Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday fixed June 5 to deliver judgment in the suit seeking information on the amount spent on President Muhammadu Buhari’s treatment in London.
Tsoho fixed the date for judgment after listening to arguments of counsel and adopted
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1142/2017, was instituted by the Incorporated Trustees of Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative (ASRADI), led by its Executive Director, Adeolu Oyinlola.
In the suit, Mr Godwin Emefiele, the governor of Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) was requested to disclose how much it cost tax payers money to pay for Buhari’s London medical bills.
The suit also sought to know how much it cost the country to keep the presidential and crew for 103 days at the Stansted Airport in the UK while President Buhari’s treatment lasted.
On the last adjourned date of Feb.16, the CBN and its governor had opposed the suit, arguing that it was not within their immediate responsibilities to disclose such information.
ASRADI had said in the suit that the CBN and its governor refused to honour its Freedom of Information request contained in its letter of Oct. 19, 2017.
But, in their counter affidavit filed on Feb. 13, the CBN and its governor urged the court to reject the applicant’s prayers and dismiss the suit.
They also urged the court to vacate an earlier ex parte order granting leave to the applicant to apply for “a prerogative order of mandamus” compelling them to provide the information requested.
However, they had admitted receiving the Oct. 19, 2017 letter from ASRADI, but forwarded it to the President’s Chief of Staff.
Among other things, ASRAD is seeking an order compelling the respondent to furnish it with information sought in the letter of Oct. 19, 2017.
It also seeks a further order, mandating the CBN and its Governor to pay the plaintiff N10 million in damages for refusal to release information in respect of the letter dated Oct. 19, 2017.(NAN)
Man lured two teenage girls with N100 for sex
The Police in Lagos on Tuesday arraigned a 62-year-old man, Sikiru Gbadamosi in an Ikorodu Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly enticing two teenage girls with money in exchange for sex.
The accused, a resident of 8 Araromi St., Beach Area in Ikorodu community is standing trial on a count charge of sexual assault.
The two teenage girls, aged 11 years and 13 years old respectively also resided in the accused neighbourhood.
The prosecutor, Sgt. John Iberedem, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in March at about 2 p.m. in his apartment.
He said the accused usually invited the girls into his apartment when returning from school to have sex with them and paid them between N100 and N1,000 each.
Iberedem said that the defendant had been sleeping with them for a long time and threatened them not to tell anybody or be dealt with.
The prosecutor said some neighbors confronted the girls on what they were always coming to do with the man, they confessed and the matter was reported to the police.
Iberedem said the girls were taken to the hospital adding that reports conducted on the girls’ vagina confirmed defilement.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 263 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that section 263 stipulates a life imprisonment on conviction.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs F. A. Azeez, granted the accused bail of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.
She ruled that the sureties must be of grade level 12 and above and has a land that has Certificate of Occupancy.
Azeez also said that one of the sureties must be his family member who paid tax to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until May 9 for mention. (NAN)