2 men in court over alleged unlawful possession of cartridges



Two unemployed men, on Thursday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for illegal possession of 50 rounds of live cartridges.

The police charged Ranti Ayaovi, 33 and Ojo Oluode, 54, who both live in Badagry area of Lagos with two counts of conspiracy and unlawful possession of ammunition.

The prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Sept. 26, at Gbaji Jucntion , along Seme border, Badagry, Lagos.

Ogu alleged that the men of the Nigeria Custom Service arrested the defendants during a car search at the Seme checkpoint.

The prosecutor also alleged that fifty rounds of live cartridges were found in their car and they could not give a satisfactory account on how they got them.

Ogu said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 330 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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

Chief Magistrate J.A. Adegun admitted the defendants to bails in the sum of N100, 000 each with two sureties in like sum.

Adegun adjourned the case until Dec. 4, for mention.

Edited by Cecilia Odey/Sadiya Hamza


Job applicant remanded for allegedly robbing with toy gun



An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded a 27-year-old job applicant, Jacob Odili, in the Kirikiri Correctional Centre, for allegedly robbing a man of  N70,000 cell phone, with a toy gun.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Aderibigbe, who gave the order, did not take the plea of the defendant.

She said that Odili should be remanded  pending advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Aderibigbe ordered the police to duplicate  the case file and send to the DPP for advice.

Odili, who resides at Igando, Lagos, was charged with  robbery and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Mojirade Edeme, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Nov. 17, at Igando.

She said the defendant used a toy gun to rob the complainant,  Mr Adefehinti Adeyanju, of a cell phone.

He said that the defendant accosted the complainant, pointed the gun at him, demanded for his cell phone and threatened to shoot him if he would refuse to comply.

“For fear of not being killed, the complainant quickly surrendered his phone.

“But unknown to the defendant, the complainant knew him where he was living before; so, he went there to report to the community leaders.

“The defendant was eventually arrested but had sold the phone,” Edeme said.

The alleged offences violate Sections 287 and 296 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 provides for three years’ jail term for stealing while Section 296 prescribes 21 years’ imprisonment  for robbery.

The case was adjourned until Jan. 17, for mention.

Edited by: Tayo Ikujuni/Ijeoma Popoola


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Driver remanded for allegedly raping landlord’s 16-year-old daughter



A Kaduna magistrates’court on Friday remanded a driver, Amos Luka, 33, for allegedly raping his landlord’s 16-year-old daughter.

The Magistrate, Umar Ibrahim, who did not take the defendant’s plea, ordered that he (Luka) should be kept in correctional facility pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Ibrahim adjourned the case until Jan. 17, for mention.

The defendant, a resident of Idoma Road, Hayin Bakin, Kaduna State, is facing a charge of rape.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Chidi Leo, had told the court that the victim’s parents reported the matter at Kawo Police Station on Dec. 2.

Leo said that on the same date at about 6.00pm when the landlord’s 16-year-old daughter was taking her bath, the defendant, who is a tenant in the house, forcefully open the bathroom.

“The defendant then cover her mouth with his hand and forcefully had unlawful carnal knowledge of her before she was rescued by the mother who came back from the market,” he said.

The prosecutor noted that the offence contravened Section 258 of the Kaduna State Penal Code, 2017.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 258 of the Penal Code prescribes life sentence for rape.

Edited by: Tayo Ikujuni/Tukur Muntari.


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Man, 26, faces trial for alleged house-breaking, stealing in Ibadan



The police, on Friday, dragged a 26-year old Sodiq Fasasi, before an Iyaganku Senior Magistrates’ Court for alleged house-breaking and stealing.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Fasasi, whose address was unknown, was charged with a two- count charge of burglary and stealing.

The prosecutor, Insp Sunday Ojeleye, told the court that Fasasi, on Nov. 29, at about 2 p.m. at Ile Apena Alabede’s house, Foko area, Ibadan, allegedly broke into the apartment of one Ibrahim Adegbenro.

Ojeleye said, ” the defendant allegedly stole plasma television valued N24,000, two speakers valued N5,000, a pressing iron valued N5,000, MP 3 radio valued N2,000 and a decoder valued N5,000.

“The defendant was caught while trying to escape with the electronic gadgets and he was thereafter reported to the police.

He said that the total value of the stolen items was N41, 000, stressing that the offence contravened Section 390 (9) and 413 (2) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.

The senior magistrate, Mrs T. B Oyekanmi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two reliable sureties in like sum, and adjourned the matter until Jan. 20 for mention.

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3 docked for allegedly stealing N1.4m inverter batteries



The police in Lagos on Friday arraigned three men – Sunday Joseph, Kazeem Kareem and Moses Nworie – who allegedly stole eight inverter batteries worth  N1.4 million

Joseph, 31, Kareem, 27, and Nworie, 39, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing, before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate Court,

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, ASP Peter Nwangwu, told the court that the defendants committed the offences with some others still at large, on Nov. 14, on Adebayo Street, Ikorodu, Lagos.

Nwangwu said that Joseph and Kareem stole the inverter batteries belonging to America Tower Corporation, Nigeria, and sold them to Nworie.

“Nworie received the batteries, knowing that they were stolen,” the prosecutor said.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 287, 326 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N350, 000 each with two  sureties each in like sum.

Aje-Afunwa adjourned the case until Jan. 8, 2020, for mention.

Edited by: Edith Bolokor/Ijeoma Popoola


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Alleged treasonable felony: AGF takes over Sowore’s case



Abubakar Malami, SAN, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, has taken over the prosecution of Omoyele Sowore in the charge of treasonable felony against him at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

“and addressed to the Director General of the Department of State Services, National Headquarters Abuja.

“The Solicitor General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, SAN, who signed the letter refereed to a letter from the DSS office on Sept 9, 2019.”

Gwandu said that upon further review of the case, the AGF directed the immediate takeover of the prosecution of all charges in respect of Sowore by the Federal Ministry of Justice in

line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

He said the letter requested the DSS to “promptly forward all the case

files” in respect of Sowore to the office of the AGF.

Edited by: Sadiya Hamza


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