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2 docked over alleged theft of cell phone

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The police on Friday docked two friends, Chinemeren Ndukwe and Jairus Kevin, before a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly snatching a woman’s cell phone worth N 65, 000.

Ndukwe and Kevin, who reside at Kuchingoro village, Airport Road, Abuja, pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of Joint act and theft leveled against them.

The prosecutor, Mrs Ukagha Ijeoma, told the court that the matter was reported at the Utako Police Station, Abuja, on May 21, by one Patience Audu, of Audu Tudun Wada, Karu, Nassarawa State.

She said that the defendants jointly and smartly snatched the complainant’s cell phone,  valued at N65, 000 at Berger round about, while she was making call.

The prosecutor said that the defendants sold the phone to one Abdul Hamidu of Kuchingoro village, Airport Road, Abuja, for N20,000.

“During police investigation the phone was traced to Hamidu and he was arrested.

“The offences contravened the provisions of Sections 79 and 288 of the Penal Code,’’ she said.

The judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N100, 000, each, with two sureties each in like sum and adjourned the case until July 1, for hearing.

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Court remands man pending sentence for stealing 2 phones

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A Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, on Thursday, remanded a 29-year-old man, Yusuf Adebayo, in Ikoyi Correctional Centre, after pleading guilty to stealing two mobile phones, valued at N12,000.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, remanded Adebayo, pending the review of the facts of the two-count charge of stealing.

Elias adjourned the case till Dec. 19 for facts and sentence.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Edet Okoi, had earlier told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Nov. 29 at 1, Engineering Close, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Okoi said that the defendant stole a Tecno mobile phone belonging to Cardinal Security Service and another Itel mobile phone belonging to Mr Daniel Abada.

He said that the mobile phones were valued at N6000 each.

Okoi said that the defendant entered into the premises and stole the phones from a drawer at the security post.

“A security guard sighted the defendant at the parking lot, trying to force open one of the vehicles packed in the company’s premises and raised the alarm, and the defendant was subsequently caught,” the prosecutor said.

He said the offences contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for stealing.

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Man, 40, docked for allegedly assaulting police officer

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The police, on Thursday, arraigned a 40-year-old man, Olatunji Anjorin, before an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court in Isabo, Abeokuta, for allegedly assaulting a police officer while performing his lawful duties.

Olatunji, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of assault and disobeying court orders.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Olu-Balogun Lawerence, told court that the defendant committed the offences on Nov. 27 at 1.00 pm., at Oke-Ilewo in Abeokuta.

Lawerence said that the defendant assaulted the complainant, Sgt. Osawaru Festus, by fighting and biting him on the chest and shoulder when he went to arrest him for failing to appear in court for his case.

“The complainant, who is attached to Magistrates Court II, was ordered by the court to go and arrest the defendant for failing to appear in court.

“On getting to the defendant’s place, the officer was trying to arrest him but which he violently resisted, thus leading him to inflict serious injuries on the complainant,” he said.

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 356, 197 and 133 of the Criminal Law of Ogun State,  2006.

The Magistrate, Mr Olakuleyin Oke, granted the defendant bail in the sun of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum.

Olakuleyin said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and with evidence of tax payments to the Ogun Government.

He then adjourned the case till Dec. 24 for mention

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Son accused of strangling father to death remanded in correctional centre

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An Iyaganku Senior Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Thursday remanded 32-year-old Ibrahim Isiaka in Agodi Correctional Centre for allegedly strangulating his father to death.

The Senior Magistrate, Mrs T. B . Ogunkanmi, who did not take the plea of the defendant, ordered that he should be remanded in custody pending receipt of legal advice from the state Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Ogunkanmi, thereafter, adjourned the matter till Feb. 13, 2020 for mention.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ibrahim of Alagbagba area, Ashi , Ibadan was in court on a one – count charge of murder.

The Prosecutor, Insp Sunday Ojeleye, told the court that Ibrahim on Nov. 8, at about 10.00am, allegedly caused the death of his 72-year-old father, Busari Isiaka, by strangling   him to death.

Ojeleye said: ” The defendant was alleged to have pushed his father to the floor in the process.

” The incident was said to have occurred at Alagbagba area, Ashi Bodija , Ibadan.”

He said the offence contravened Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

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Mixed reactions trail Kalu’s conviction over N7.65 bn fraud

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Mixed reactions from two political party chieftains in Abia greeted Thursday’s judgment of a Lagos High Court, which sentenced the Senate Chief Whip and former Abia governor, Sen. Orji Kalu, to 12 years in prison over N7.65 billion fraud.

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Chief Donatus Nwankpa, said in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency that he was disappointed and angry with the judgment.

Nwankpa, who was a member of the Abia House of Assembly when Kalu was governor, said that the judgment was not fair.

“The party will meet to take a position on the judgment but as an individual, I am very saddened by the judgment.

“I am not convinced that judgment was given,” he said, adding that the court’s verdict sustained his doubts about the integrity and objectivity of the nation’s judiciary.

Nwankpa said that he never had the confidence that Kalu would get judgment, “considering the utterances of the judge.”

“I’m highly convinced that something went wrong. The judgment is not fair,” he said.

Conversely, the Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council in Abia, Mr Ceekay Igara, described the judgment as “good precedence.”

According to him, “if Kalu was found wanting as governor of the state, he should face judgment.

“It is a normal thing and goes to prove that nonody is above the law.

Igara, who is the state Chairman of the Labour Party, said that the judgment was supposed to teach two lessons.

He said, “The first lesson for those who are in government and second for others who intend to take over is that whatever they do, there is always a judgment day.”

Mr Maduka Okoro, the South-East Media Aide to Kalu, told NAN that Kalu would appeal the judgment “to allow other judges and a higher court take another look at the case.”

Okoro said that Kalu was not bothered by the judgment but considered it as one of the travails that every leader must experience “before becoming what God wants him to be.”

He expressed optimism that the judment would be reversed by a higher court, adding that Kalu would be acquitted at last.

He said that as governor, Kalu administered Abia transparently and never defrauded the state.

Kalu was Abia governor from 1999 to 2007 and won election to the Senate in the 2019 election, after three attempts.

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Surety docked, forfeits N200, 000 for failure to produce defendant

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A surety, Patrick Okechukwu, on Thursday appeared at an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State following his failure to produce his friend charged with fraud.

Okechukwu was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and attempt to pervert justice.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, said that Okechukwu stood as a surety for his friend, Victor Amos, on July 20, at the Ogudu Magistrates’ Court.

He said that Okechukwu failed to produce Amos when he was billed to have appeared in court.

Ihiehie told the court that Amos had obtained N550,000 under false pretences from a complainant on the pretext that he would rent  a two-bedroom apartment for the complainant with the amount.

The prosecutor said that the surety signed an undertaking to produce Amos in court on July 24 but he failed.

He also said that he would present Amos on any other date his presence might be required in court until the end of the case.

The prosecutor said that Okechukwu agreed that he would forfeit N200, 000 to the Lagos State Government if he failed to produce Amos in court.

He said that Amos had been absent in court on three different adjourned dates, adding that a bench warrant had been issued for his re-arrest.

“My Lord, Okechukwu has refused to produce Amos or lead the police to effect his re-arrest.

“ On Nov. 21, he failed to produce the defendant. He has to prove to the court why he should not forfeit the N200, 000,” Ihiehie said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that conspiracy and attempt to pervert justice contravene Sections 97 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

NAN reports that Section 97 provides seven years’ imprisonment for attempt to pervert justice, while Section 411 provides for two years’ imprisonment for conspiracy.

The magistrate, Mrs Ejiro Kubeinje, granted the defendant N500, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Kubeinje ordered that the surety should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Dec. 18, for mention.

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Banker in court over alleged N320,400 theft

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A 25-year-old banker, Michael Adeniran, was on Thursday arraigned before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State  over alleged theft of N320,400.

Adeniran, who lives in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, is being tried for stealing and obtaining under false pretences.

Following his plea of not guilty, Magistrate Ejiro Kubeinje released him on bail of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Kubeinje said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Dec. 17.

The prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, had earlier  told the court that the defendant stole some amount of money belonging to Infinity Microfinance Bank on Nov. 7 at No. 580, Ikorodu Road, Lagos.

“The defendant- a marketer received the money from a customer who paid back a loan he obtained from the bank.

“He refused to remit it into the company’s account but fraudulently converted it to his own use.

“Sometime in October, the defendant also  obtained N20, 000 from one Mrs Felicia Akerele under the pretence that you were going to open an account for her which you never did.

“When the theft was detected, he was questioned but could not give accounts of the money.

“He was handed over to the police,” the prosecutor said.

The prosecutor said that the alleged offences contravened Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 prescribes three years’ jail term for stealing.

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