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Man, 53, in court over alleged N690,000 fraud

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A 53-year-old estate agent, Joshua Daudu, was on Friday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly obtaining N690,000 from a man and failing to rent out office space to him as promised.

Daudu, who resides at Ikeja, Lagos, however, pleaded innocence to the two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretense and stealing.

The Prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, said that the defendant committed the offence in August 2018, at Ogba, Lagos.

He said that the defendant collected the money from one Mr Michael Oyadele, the complainant.

“The complainant approached the defendant for office space, and after negotiations, the defendant asked him to pay N690, 000, which the complainant paid.

“After the defendant collected the money, he was nowhere to be found.

“Efforts made by the complainant to get the office space or retrieve his money proved unsuccessful, as the defendant refused to pick his calls,” Ogu said.

He said that the complainant reported the case and the defendant was eventually arrested.

Ogu said that the offence contravened Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 prescribes three years imprisonment for stealing, while Section 314 stipulates 15 years for obtaining money under false pretense.

The Magistrate, Mr J.A Adegun, granted the defendant bail of N100,000 with two sureties, who should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

He adjourned the case until Aug. 14, for mention.

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Dasukigate: Court admits U.S.-based woman to N250m bail

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The Federal High Court Abuja, on Wednesday, admitted the U. S.-based businesswoman, Isabella Oshodin, bail in the sum of N250 million.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the court had, on Monday, ordered Oshodin to remain in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s custody until Aug. 21 pending bail application.

NAN reports that the EFCC arraigned Oshodin for for unlawfully receiving N22.9 billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.).

The businesswoman, whose husband, Bob Oshodin was said to be at large, was arraigned on a 25-count charge bordering on sales of a furniture manufacturing company to the Federal Government to the tune of 55 million U.S. dollars

Justice Taiwo Taiwo also ordered the defendant to produce two sureties in like sum.

Justice Taiwo also ordered that the defendant should remain in the country pending the determination of the suit.

The judge adjourned the trial until Oct. 15, Oct. 16, Oct. 17 and Oct. 22.

She had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Man, 24, docked over alleged theft of motorcycle

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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.

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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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