A businessman, Alhaji Shehu Marafa, on Friday prayed a Gudu Grade II Court to order his estranged fiancee to return the N500,000 he gave her to plan their wedding.
Marafa filed a suit against Aisha Shetima over her failure to honor the marriage agreement between them.
He alleged that Shetima collected N500,000 to plan their wedding ceremony.
In his testimony before the court, Marafa claimed that in February, he went to meet Shetima’s parents in Bauchi after which he paid N50,000 as dowry and gave the parents N20,000, a basket of kolanuts and a carton of sweets as part of the marriage negotiations.
He then said that after the introduction with her parents, they fixed the wedding for April 27.
Marafa also told the court that 2 weeks after the introduction, she called him and cancelled the wedding because she was no longer interested.
He then said the father returned the N70,000 given to them during the introduction but Shetima refused to return the N500, 000 he gave her.
“I gave her N200,000 cash to her as part of the marriage expenses.
“I also transferred N300,000 to her account when she started disturbing me for her balance.
“After she said she wouldn’t marry me again without giving a reason, I pleaded with her repeatedly but she bluntly refused to reconsider.
“I then informed her father who said he was going to talk to her.
“A week after, her father called and said she still insisted on calling of the wedding.
“ Her father then returned the N70,000 and paid it into my brother’s account who then transferred the money to me.
“My brother then told me that he told her father that he has forgiven the basket of kolanuts and carton of sweet and so he didn’t need to return them.
“Aisha however has refused to pay my N500,000 back.” He told the court.
In her defense, Shetima told the court that the reason she called off the wedding was because Marafa didn’t give her an option.
she said she informed Marafa that the date they fixed would not be convenient for her but he insisted on that date.
“After telling him that April would not be convenient, he told me that if I didn’t go ahead with it, he would begin to suspect me.
“As a result, I decided to call off the wedding” she said.
The Judge, Ado Muktar adjourned the case till July 3 for judgment.
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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.
Security guard docked for allegedly defiling 10-year-old girl
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.