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Court strikes out BATN’s suit against FCCPC

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Monday, completely struck out an Originating Summons, in an action filed by British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN), against the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).

BATN had asked the court to prevent  FCCPC from investigating it for anti-consumer protection, public health and anti-competition violations that the Commission was investigating.

The tobacco company had,  in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1350/2020 before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, secured an ex parte injunction, and further asked the court to prevent the continuation of the investigation by the consumer protection commission.

In a preliminary objection argued by Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman of the FCCPC, the court agreed that the case was premature and lacking in merit, as administrative conditions precedent, such as Pre-Action Notice, were not complied with by BATN.

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The court noted that there was no basis or urgency for the filing of the action after the Pre-Action Notice which, according to the court, remains a fundamental provision of the law.

By this decision, the ex parte injunction expires as the court refused the case and agreed with the FCCPC that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case.

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Blasphemy: Court Charges Kano based Islamic Cleric Abduljabbar Over incitement, Sundry Offences, Remands In Correctional Centre

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Blasphemy: Court Charges Kano based Islamic Cleric Abduljabbar Over incitement, Sundry Offences, Remands In Correctional Centre
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By Our Reporter, Kano.

Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, the Kano-based Islamic cleric famous for his controversial religious commentaries and statements that are regarded as statements mortifying the companions and sacrilegious to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) has been charged to court for blasphemy.

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A statement issued by the commissioner for information, Malam Muhammad Garba indicated that the development followed the receipt of the First Information Report from the police by the Office of the Attorney General and commissioner for justice which prepared charges against the cleric.

Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, the Kano based Islamic cleric

Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, the Kano based Islamic cleric

Abduljabbar was subsequently arraigned on Friday, July 16 before an Upper Sharia Court Judge, Kofar Kudu, Alkali Ibrahim Sarki Yola, where the charges that included blasphemy, incitement, and sundry offences were mentioned.

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The statement added that after the court sitting, it adjourned the case to July 28, while the scholar would remain under police custody until Monday when he would be sent to prison till the adjourned date.

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Abaji APC Primaries: Abuja High Court to Hear Abaji Chairmanship Candidate Substitution Suite Sept. 9, 14.

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The Abaji APC chairmanship candidate, Alhaji Mohammed Angulu Loko (m) with his team of lawyers and party Supporters at the FCT High Court, Abuja, shortly the court fixed September 9 and 14 to a suite he filed before the Court for wrongful substitution by the national body of the APC for the April 23, chairmanship primaries.
APC Primaries: Abuja High Court to Hear Abaji Chairmanship Candidate Substitution Suite Sept. 9, 14.
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By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

An FCT High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja, yesterday, fixed September, 9th and 14th 2021 to hear a suite filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship candidate of Abaji Area Council, for the February 12, 2022 council election, Alhaji Mohammed Angulu Loko, over his substitution by the national body of the party.

Chairmanship candidate of APC in Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Mohammed Angulu Loko, (m) listens to one of his lawyers after FCT High Court fixed September 9 and 14 for hearing of his Substitution suit by the national body of the APC

Chairmanship candidate of APC in Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Mohammed Angulu Loko, (m) listens to one of his lawyers after FCT High Court fixed September 9 and 14 for hearing of his Substitution suit by the national body of the APC

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The presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Esho, announced the adjournment after all counsels to the defendant failed to file their defense.

The party’s chairmanship candidate, Alhaji Mohammed Angulu Loko, through his counsel, ishaka Mudi Dikko (SAN) filed a suit before the court to challenge the national body of the APC for subtituting him after he duly won and was declared winner of the April 23, 2021 chairmanship primaries, which he said was monitored by INEC, APC electoral committee and security agents.

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He added that it was wrong after Alhaji Mohammed Angulu Loko, was duly declared as winner of the party’s primaries and was issued with certified copies of result as the authentic chairmanship candidate, the national body of APC should turned around to submit Abubakar Umar Abdullahi, name who came second at the primaries to INEC as the party’s flagbearer.

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He said in the suit that Alhaji Mohammed Angulu Loko, won 150 votes against his opponent, Abubakar Umar Abdullahi, who scored 123 votes, saying it was wrong for the party to submit the aspirant name who came second in the primaries to INEC.

Alhaji Loko, therefore, prayed the court to declared him as the authentic chairmanship flagbearer of APC for the February 12, 2022 council election in Abaji Area Council.

The Abaji APC chairmanship candidate, Alhaji Mohammed Angulu Loko (m) with his team of lawyers and party Supporters at the FCT High Court, Abuja, shortly the court fixed September 9 and 14 to a  suite he filed before the Court for wrongful substitution by the national body of the APC for the April 23, chairmanship primaries.

The Abaji APC chairmanship candidate, Alhaji Mohammed Angulu Loko (m) with his team of lawyers and party Supporters at the FCT High Court, Abuja, shortly the court fixed September 9 and 14 to a suite he filed before the Court for wrongful substitution by the national body of the APC for the April 23, chairmanship primaries.

However, Global Times Nigeria report the counsel to the respondent, Abdulghaniyu Aruwo, in his preliminary objection, urging the court to dismiss the claimant suit for filing out of time.

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CJ Olusiyi Receives FIDA Executives Kogi Chapter

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The Chief judge of Kogi State, Hon Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi hosted international federation of women lawyers (FIDA) Kogi State Chapter.

The Chairperson of the Association, Mrs Ajuma Lilian Okolo along with the Secretary of the Association, Barr Kemi Omaiza Usman stated that, the group were in the office of the Chief Judge to appreciate God and the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the judicial friendly Governor for the confirmation of the appointment as the substantive Chief Judge of the state, stating that, as the patron of the association, they’re delighted with the modest achievements and described the Chief Judge as one of the outstanding Chief Judge in Nigeria who believes in due process and speed administration of justice system as could be seen from the visit to correctional homes in the State in recent time and commended the Governor for the well deserve confirmation.

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Responding, the Chief judge, hon Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi thanked the association and its executive member’s for identify with him and assured them of his continued support when ever the need arise.

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The president, Kogi State Costmary Court of Appeal, Hon Justice JB Olowosegun and the secretary of the association, Barr Kemi Omaiza Usman were present during the visit.

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