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Court sentences applicant to 5 months in prison for stealing a car



A Mpape Upper Area Court, Abuja, on Wednesday sentenced a 26-year-old, applicant, Marvin Baraya, to five months in prison for stealing a Toyota Camry worth N800,000.

The judge, Mr Hassan Mohammad, sentenced Baraya after he pleaded guilty to theft and begged for leniency.

Mohammad gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N15,000.

He warned the convict to stay away from crimes.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Austin Urom, told the court that one Segun Ayodeji, reported the matter to the Commissioner of Police, on April 19.

Urom said the complainant reported that his Toyota Camry was stolen from a car park at  the Air Wave Garden Wuse Zone III Abuja where he went to eat .

The prosecutor said that the car was  recovered from Baraya in Wuse Zone 5, on April 23, following police investigation.

He said that the defendant confessed to the crime and begged for leniency.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 288 of the Penal Code.


Man, 45, docked for allegedly swindling accommodation-seeker of N300,000  



A 45-year-man, Rasheed Ogunmefun, was on Monday docked at an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly obtaining N300,000  from an accommodation-seeker.



Ogunmefun, whose residential address was not mentioned in court, is facing a charge of obtaining money under false pretences.

He, however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Mary Ajiteru, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 6, at noon at No. 34, Ijale St., Gbadi-Agric in Ikorodu.


Ajiteru said that Ogunmefun fraudulently obtained N300,000  from a complainant, Mrs Gbadi Somachi  on the pretext to rent an apartment for her, which he refused to do.


The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 314 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.


The magistrate, Mr O. M. Dawodu, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.



Dawodu adjourned the case until Sept. 26, for mention.




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Court remands driver for stabbing man with a knife



A Karmo Grade I Area Court Abuja, on Monday ordered that a 24-year-old driver, Chinedu Agba, who confessed to stabbing a man with a knife, be remanded in prison, pending sentencing.

The Judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, adjourned the case until Sept. 9, for sentencing, after Agba pleaded guilty to causing grievous hurt.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that the matter was reported on Aug. 20 at Utako Police Station, Abuja, by Chidera Chima of Jabi Park.

Ukagha said that Agba bought vehicle spareparts valued at N3, 000 from the complainant’s shop and refused to pay him.

She said that Agba stabbed Chima on his right arm during an argument over payment.

The prosecution counsel, said that Chima sustained grievous injury and was taken to the Gwarinpa General Hospital where he was treated.

She said that the complainant spent N45, 000 for his treatment.

The offence, she said,  contravened the provisions of Section 247 of the Penal Code.

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Commercial motorcyclist remanded over alleged theft of bike worth N225, 000



An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered the remand of a 49-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Taiwo Ojo, for allegedly obtaining N225,000 from a man on the pretext of purchasing a motorcycle for him.

The Magistrate, Mr F.O. Hughes, ordered that Ojo, who resides at No. 25, Pa. Odemuyiwa St., Alakuko, Lagos should be remanded at the Kirikiri Prison, Apapa, Lagos pending a review of the facts of the case and sentencing.

The defendant is facing a charge of stealing, breach of peace and fraud, to which he pleaded guilty.

Hughes adjourned the case until Sept. 30.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Ishola Samuel, told the court that the defendant committed the offences at No. 6, Olubayo St., Moshalasi, Alagbado, a suburb of Lagos, on July 2.

Samuel alleged that Ojo collected the money from the complainant, Mr Dotun Makinde, on the pretext of purchasing a motorcycle for him, which he did and resold for N180, 000.

“Ojo converted the money to his personal use and all attempts made by Makinde to get his money back were unsuccessful,’’ the prosecutor said.

The alleged offences contravened Sections 287, 168 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that stealing attracts a three-year term.


(Edited by Idonije Obakhedo)


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I was shocked when my name was not on Buhari’s ministerial list–Shittu



Mr Adebayo Shittu, the immediate-past Minister of Communication, said that he was shocked when his name was not included on President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list.

Shittu, who made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja, said although he did not expect that he would not be reappointed, as a Muslim, he took it as his fate.

The ex-minister said: “I took it the way it came.”

reports that Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, had, on July 23, read out the names of 43 ministerial nominees sent by President Buhari to the lawmakers for confirmation at the upper house.

While the list contained 14 former ministers, 29 new names and seven females, 18 ex-ministers did not make the list, including Mr Shittu.

“Of course, I expected that I will be reappointed (as minister) but when it didn’t happen, as a Muslim, it didn’t take me five minutes before I accepted that what has come, it’s the will of God.

“And I have also found comfort in a Quranic verse when God promised that what is to come later is better than what is with you now.

“So for me, it says we must accept that there is always something better with God which he gives to his beloved.

“I see myself as a beloved of God.

“I have come a long way and I have served at the state and national levels and the experience that I have garnered over the last three and half years cannot be purchased from the stores or from the market,” he said.

He said as public officer, one must always have it in one’s mind that “whatever has a beginning will necessarily have an end.”

“And it is not how long one stays in public office but how well you are able to distinguished yourself,” he said.

The ex-minister, who is a legal practitioner, said he had decided to fallback to his profession.

“I want to thank God that I am one politician who has a second address in the sense that, if I am not a minister, I will be doing some other productive things which will also contribute to national development.

“Of course, I would have wished that I have other opportunities to serve. I believe the chapter of my public service is not closed.

“By the grace of God, I will continue to be relevant in national development.

“As a lawyer of about 40 years, I now have my chambers opened in Abuja. So now, I am back in practice,” he said.

Shittu, who thanked God for the opportunity to serve as minister, also thanked the president for the appointment.

“I have been a local politicians for almost 40 years before the opportunity to serve at the national level.

“I really appreciate it and I want to say that I am eternally grateful to Mr President.

“So for me to have been in office for three and half years, I think it is a rear privilege for which I will continue to thank God and to continue to thank Mr President,” he said.

reports that Mr Shittu was the youngest lawmaker at the age of 26 to be elected a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly in 1979.

The former minister, who skipped the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), had aspired for the governorship seat of Oyo State in the last election but was disqualified by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Developer urges FG to address housing deficit 



The Federal Government has been urged to address the lingering housing deficit in the country by ensuring enabling laws and environment for the private estate firms to thrive.

Osilama, an estate developer, said Mr Babatunde Fashola, the new Minister of Works and Housing must develop a workable template that would crash the present high cost of houses.

He explained that the government could realistically achieve the provision of affordable houses for all, if it worked in collaboration with the National Association of Real Estate Developers.

He said that no country had succeeded in housing its population without collaborative efforts with housing professionals and the banking sector.

According to him, shelter being a necessity of life like food and clothing must be addressed as quickly as possible for the citizens to have life.

Osilama said the first approach to liberalizing the sector was to review the Land Use Act 1978, which its operations had inhibited housing business in the country.

He said the Act had for many years made it difficult for private developers to easily access land from the overseeing authorities in states and the federal level.

Osilama was of the view that the Act placed so much powers on original owners of land, adding that these owners were at all time prepared to torment developers with astronomic compensation, which invariably would be transferred to unit cost of houses.

“If the law could be amended to make developers easily access estate land direct from the authorities instead of through land speculators as with present experience, the cost of building houses will crash significantly.

“If the cost of constructing houses crashes, you can be sure that the cost per housing unit will equally crash, thereby leading to more opportunities for people to have decent homes.

“Land Speculators are the major challenge of the sector because they are presently responsible for high cost of land. They have always insisted to make 1,000 per cent profit from land they may have bought cheaply from the government.

“Those of us operating in Abuja are suffering the most. In the FCT, the land you bought for N10 million could attract N20 million as payment for compensation.

“The inhibition of the Land Use Act is the power state governors weld. They have often used this power to destroy the sector as they appropriate land to their cronies and leaving out genuine developers.

“By doing this, the government must have set in motion the process of ensuring that the housing delivery chain was made easy and lucrative for citizens to acquire houses.

“As it stands at the moment, the country is outside of the pecking order of nations with coherent plans for their citizens to acquire houses either in mortgage or direct purchases.

“The Federal Government should also review that National Housing Scheme for workers. It could be made to work better. In fact, less than 15 per cent of the workforce has acquired house through the scheme and this is not encouraging.

“The best bet is for the government to shift attention from construction of houses to pure supervision and regulation. The private sector must be brought in to handle the process,’’ Osilama said.

“I am aware of the high cost of building materials, but these materials can be sourced locally. We have cement, wood, water, stones and iron, so what is the problem?

“The government needs to create the enabling environment for the business as it is mandatory for citizens to be housed.

“It should not be viewed as a luxury to own a decent home, to achieve this; the government must remain on the driver’s seat to navigate the private developers through the vagaries of the industry,’’ Osilama said.

Osilama, however, said that his company was more than ever before prepared to crashing prices of house in the country.

“As a company, we are doing a lot to construct affordable houses for the ordinary Nigerians. We are working on a project called “Operation Affordable Houses’’.

“We are combining two technologies to reduce the values of houses in the country by 50 per cent.

“Apart from this, we have the one exclusively designed for federal legislators, especially those making their first appearance in the National Assembly.

“We are partnering with our bank to allow them access beautiful facility in Guzape area of the FCT without collateral and without equity contribution.

“They are only expected to domicile their salary accounts with the bank for installment deductions.

“In this package, we are offering one year free accommodation and those who may not need the accommodation would be offered money in its place,’’ Osilama said.


Edited by Felix Ajide




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