Sango-Ota (Ogun), June 11, 2019 A 50-year-old driver, Mr Balogun Sarafadeen, who allegedly damaged Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company’s poles with his vehicle was on Wednesday appeared at an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun.
Sarafadeen, of no fixed address, is facing a two-count charge of reckless driving and damages.
The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on March 20, 2019, at about 6.20 p.m. opposite Progress Filling Station, Idiroko road, Ota.
Mustapha alleged that the defendant, drove his Mack truck with registration number KUJ 874 XU, in a dangerous manner and damaged the electricity company’s poles, valued at N200, 000.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 6(1) and 135 of Federal Highway Act Cap, Revised Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2006.
The defendant pleaded not guilty of the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Mathew Akinyemi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N150, 000, with two sureties in like sum.
He ordered that the sureties, who should reside within the court’s jurisdiction, must be gainfully employed, and should show evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government.
Akinyemi adjourned the case until July 1for further hearing.
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Man, 24, docked over alleged theft of motorcycle
A 24-year-old man, Nojeem Azeez, was on Wednesday docked at a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State over alleged theft of a Bajaj motorcycle worth N230,000.
Azeez, who has no fixed address, is facing a count charge of stealing.
The Prosecutor, ASP. Clement Okuiomose, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug.13 at about 10:30 p.m. at First Bank Bus Stop in Ajangbadi area of Lagos.
Okuiomose said that the defendant stole a Bajaj motorcycle with registration number KJA 369 QL which belonged to Mr Erhabor Isoken.
“The offence contravenes Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,” the prosecutor said.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty and was granted bail by the Chief Magistrate, Mr Lazarus Hotepo, in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned untill Sept. 25 for hearing.
Court sentences applicant to 1 year in prison for damaging AEDC transformer
A Kabusa Grade I Area Court on Wednesday sentenced an applicant, Ibrahim Ali, to one year in prison for damaging a transformer belonging to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company(AEDC).
The Judge, Ibrahim Kagarko, sentenced Ali, after he pleaded guilty to mischief and theft.
Kagarko did not give the convict an option to pay any fine.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mahmud Lawal, informed the court Mr Effiong Etim, who works with AEDC, reported the case at the Garki Police station, FCT on Aug. 20.
Lawal told the court that the complainant reported that on Aug.20, Ali removed a transformer panel door from the AEDC facility located at Arochukwu Street, Garki II,
Lawal informed the court that in the course of police investigation, it was discovered that the convict had caused inestimable damage to the transformer.
The convict, he also said, confessed to the crime when interrogated by the police.
The offence, he added, contravened the provisions of sections 327 and 287 of the Penal Code Law.
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Court remands 3 accused persons over alleged armed robbery in Kano
A Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered that three accused persons, Namaska Haruna, 25, Wada Ibrahim, 30, and Abdulsalam Ibrahim, 20, be remanded in prison custody over alleged armed robbery.
The defendants, who reside in Kiru Local Government Area of Kano State, are standing trial on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery, contrary to Section 97 and 398 of the Penal code.
The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, ordered the remand of the defendants in prison custody pending legal advice from office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Jibril adjourned the case until Sept. 5, for further mention.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Pogu Lale, had told the court that the defendants committed the offence on July 11, at about 2:30 a.m in Kiru local government area.
He alleged that the three defendants and six others now at large, armed themselves with dangerous weapons and stormed the house of 45-year-old Muhammed Kabiru, at Maska Village, threatened to kill or kidnap the victim and in the process robbed him of his valuables.
He listed the dangerous weapon the defendants used to attack their victim to include gun, pistol and sticks.
The prosecutor told he court that the defendants dispossessed their victim of N235,000, 38 pieces of peak milk valued at N47,000, six cartons of Maltina valued at N30,000.
Other properties collected from the victim are four Tecno handset valued N30,000, one radio valued N2,400 and five memory cards valued N7,000.
The defendants, however, denied committing the offence.
Presidential Election Tribunal reserves judgment
The Presidential Election Petition on Wednesday reserved judgement in the petition challenging the election of Muhammadu Buhari as president.
Buhari was declared the winner of the Feb. 23 presidential election, with over 15 million votes as against Atiku’s 11, 262,978 votes.
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Police arraign 2 drivers for allegedly stealing chemicals worth N1.1m
The Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the defendants and others at large, committed the offence on July 20 at the Rock Foundation Logistic Limited, Ota, Ogun.
Mustapha alleged that the defendants being the driver in charge of a lorry with registration number AAA 777XG diverted the company’s chemical material valued N1.1 million to another place.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 390 (4(6) (8b) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun,2006.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Mathew Akinyemi, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N400,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
He also ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to the Ogun Government.
Akinyemi adjourned the case until Sept.9 for further hearing.