Breaking News: Court dismisses suit against INEC, Obaseki

A Federal High Court seating in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Monday, January 18th, 2021, dismissed a suit filed by African Action Congress(AAC) challenging  the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Godwin Obaseki on account of its candidate’s name not appearing on the ballot paper used in the conduct of the Saturday, September 19th, 2020, governorship election in Edo State. On whether the court has jurisdiction to rule on the issue, Justice Demi Ajayi-George stated that the court can only use the claim of the…

“Meet us in Appeal Court tomorrow”, APC lawyer tells Obaseki

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it was prepared to meet Governor Godwin Obaseki at the Court of Appeal over a case of forgery and perjury it preferred against him and William Edobor at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Chief Akin Olujimi, who is the counsel to the plaintiffs, told the court today that his interest was for the case to be heard and that he would appear at the court of appeal tomorrow for the continuation of the case. The plaintiffs in the suit marked FHC/B/CS/74/2020, prayed…

Edo govt, domestic violence survivor, Agbonkhese, unveil book to end gender-based violence

Edo State Government, as part of efforts to end all forms gender-based violence in the state, has partnered with a domestic violence survivor, Louisa Eikhomun-Agbonkhase, on a book to educate residents on the dangers of such acts and enlighten victims of some laws enshrined in the state that protect them from abuse. The pre-launch of the book, “Surviving Domestic Violence in Relation to Laws on Protection in Nigeria,” was held recently in Benin City, the Edo State capital, as part of activities lined up for the 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls in Nigeria,…

Glitz, Glamour, Pomp and Ceremony at the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin, Annual Dinner

By Douglas Ogbankwa Esq.  It was a re-enactment  of  the Oscars and Grammies combined as the profoundly  fashionable members of the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA) Benin Branch-the Lion Bar –  converged on the prestigious  and vintage Uyi Grand Event Centre in the heart of the GRA precinct of Benin City to officially wind down activities  for the Year 2020. The well attended Dinner had amongst the many attendees, My Lord, the Honourable,  Chief Judge of Edo State – Esther Amenaganwon Edigin – Chief Judge, FICMC, who in  My Lord’s usual manner…

#EndSARS: Obaseki expands Judicial Panel of Inquiry, hails performance

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has commended the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on brutality, human rights violations and alleged extra-judicial killings by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force, for their commitment and dedication to duty, as he swore in Dr. Usiosefe Anthony Ereyimwan as member of the panel. Obaseki, while swearing in the panel’s new member at the Government House, Benin City, hailed the panel for carrying out its assignment with the professionalism and urgency it deserves. The governor had in October inaugurated the Judicial…

Obaseki backs judicial autonomy, reforms

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on Friday reassured that his administration will sustain ongoing reforms in the judicial system, noting that he is in full support of the independence of the judiciary. Obaseki disclosed this while addressing members of the state judiciary at the opening of the 2020/2021 legal year. According to the governor, “As a government, we are not opposed to the independence of the judiciary, and we believe that the judiciary should be properly funded. “Unfortunately, the judiciary is like other arms of government that has been…

Gender based violence response team presents its scorecard

Edo State Coordinator of Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Team ( SGBV-RT), Barrister Charity Ebosele, has given a scorecard of the outfit’s activities within the year. She said that there were 150 cases of rape and sexual violence and 20 Persons Convicted within the period under review. She made the statement at a one day sensitization programme organized by the Edo State National Orientation Agency(NOA) on a topic: “Curbing of the Increasing Wave of Rape and Gender Based Violence, Response Team,” in Benin City. She cautioned the men to…

Criminal case against Johnson Atseleghe, seven others adjourned aftermath of jailbreak

The case between the Edo State Government and Johnson Atseleghe plus seven others which came up on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020, at Criminal Court 4 in Benin City took a new twist as a fallout of the recent endSARS protests around the country which resulted in jailbreak in Benin City and Lagos. The case bothering among others on conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and malicious damage had to be adjourned to Wednesday, November 11th, 2020, even as the defendants’ counsels led by Barrister Madagbelo (SAN) came up with a preliminary…

EndSARS: Edo Judicial Panel of Inquiry receives nine petitions, holds inaugural sitting Nov 5

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to look into cases of police brutality, human rights violations or allegations of extra-judicial killings by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Edo State on Tuesday said it has received nine petitions from the public. Chairman of the 22-man panel, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (Rtd), while addressing journalists in Benin City, assured that they would carefully investigate all complaints and petitions brought before it. Ehigiamusoe said the panel would commence sitting on Thursday, November 5, 2020. She…

Social Crusader commences court process to confirm Obaseki’s academic qualification

President of the One Love Foundation and Social Crusader, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor, is desirous of laying to rest issues surrounding Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Neghoghase Obaseki’s university certificate. To this end he has gone to court to compel the authorities of the University of Ibadan to furnish him with the necessary information regarding the admission and graduation of Governor Obaseki from the institution. The case, suit number B/20305/2020, was brought through his counsel, T. A. Akahomen Esq via an originating summons pursuant to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act…