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NDLEA takes 3 truck-load of cannabis to court as exhibit

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Abuja, June 11, 2019 The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Tuesday took two Hilux truck and a Toyota Hiace bus loaded with 201 sacks of cannabis sativa as exhibits to the Federal High Court Abuja.

The 201 sacks of cannabis were brought before Justice Evelyn Maha by the NDLEA as exhibits in a count charge filed against one Michael Monday and Abdullahi Iliyasu.

Monday,33, and Iliyasu, 25, both male with no skill or handiwork, are being prosecuted by the NDLEA for aiding in the transportation of cannabis sativa, an illicit drug weighing 2,058.7 kg.

The culprit whom both defendants aided in transporting the 201 sacks of cannabis sativa, one Ugo, was still at large.

Out of the 201 sacks of cannabis carefully concealed in a white sack and packed inside a black nylon, three sacks were tendered inside the court room and the rest, inside the vehicles.

Justice Maha personally went outside together with the court registry, prosecutors and defence counsels for inspection and confirmation of the remaining number of sacks of cannabis in the vehicles.

The judge admitted the 201 sacks, certificate of test analysis, packing of substance form, request for scientific aid form and other relevant exhibits tendered by the prosecution into evidence.

The defence counsel, Sharon Saakwen made no objection to the entire exhibits tendered b y the prosecution.

The prosecution witness, Mr Shehu Mohammed, the NDLEA Exhibit Officer told the court the two defendants were arrested by operatives of the NDLEA on Dec.2, 2018.

Mohammed, being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Mr Mike Kassa, said both defendants were arrested while in transit in a Mercedes truck along Abaji expressway in transit with reg. No: XB 417 KNR.

He told the court that the two defendants were brought to him with the Mercedes truck loaded with the cannabis sativa.

He further said the results from the laboratory analysis he sent to Lagos showed that it was cannabis sativa, a narcotic drug similar to cocaine and heroin.

The prosecutor prayed the court to convict the two defendants who had pleaded guilty on day of first arraignment, coupled with the prove of facts.

Kassa said this was in line with section 247(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

Justice Maha adjourned until June 25 for judgment.

The offenc, the NDLEA said, is contrary to and punishable under Section 11(b) of the NDLEA Act CAP N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

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Court sentences applicant to 1 year in prison for damaging AEDC transformer

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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

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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.

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Presidential Election Tribunal reserves judgment

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The Presidential Election Petition on Wednesday reserved judgement in the petition challenging the election of Muhammadu Buhari as president.

NAN reports that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, are challenging the election of President Buhari.

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

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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.

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Security guard docked for allegedly defiling 10-year-old girl

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A 33-year-old security guard, Suleiman Mohammed, on Wednesday appeared in a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old girl.

Mohammed, whose address was not provided, is charged with two counts of rape and threat to life.

The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Akpan Nkem, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 27 and Aug. 11, at Awolola Str., Adele Era, Ijanikin area of Lagos.

Nkem alleged that the defendant defiled the minor and threatened to kill her using his charms.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 168 and 56 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomiya, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

He adjourned the case until  Sept.16, for hearing.

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