A 31-year-old, driver, Oluwatosin Sodende, who allegedly stole his employer’s car valued at N1.7 million, was brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court.
The defendant, who resides at No. 5 Aina St., Oke-Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos, is facing trial on a two-count charge of car theft and fraudulent conversion.
Sodende, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 29 at about 5:00p.m.
Ekundayo said the defendant, who was employed as a driver at Telvida Intl. System Ltd., Victoria Island Lagos, stole the company’s Toyota Corolla car with Registration No. KTU 251 FU assigned to him.
He told the court that the defendant’s employer had instructed him to always park the vehicle at the Nigerian Breweries’ premises, Iganmu or at AIICO building Churchgate, Victoria Island, after close of work.
“Sodende, however, disobeyed the company’s standing instruction and took the vehicle home and claimed that it was stolen from where he had parked it in front of his house.
“The defendant converted the vehicle to his personal use,” Ekundayo told the court.
He said the offences contravened Sections 285 (7) and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
While Section 285 (7) carries seven years imprisonment for stealing, Section 312 prescribes 15 years imprisonment for anyone convicted of fraud.
The Magistrate, Mrs A. M. Olumide-Fusika, granted the defendant N500, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
Olumide-Fusika adjourned the case until Sept. 2 for trial.
Court remands security guard for defiling 13-year-old girl
An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Friday, ordered that a security guard, Tirimisiyu Oladeji, 60, who allegedly defiled a 13-year-old girl, be remanded in prison custody, pending legal advice.
Chief Magistrate O.O. Ogunkammi, did not take plea of Oladeji,who resides in Oke – Sapati area of Ibadan.
Ogunkammi remanded Oladeji in Agodi prison pending the outcome of legal advice from the office of the Oyo State Department of Public Prosecution.
The magistrate adjourned the matter until Sept.27, for mention.
The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Sikiru Opaleye, told the court that Oladeji in June, at Jericho area of Ibadan, defiled the minor.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 357 and is punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State 2000.
Defence Counsel, Mrs Modupe Odunmomi appeared for the defendant.
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Contractor in court for allegedly blocking debtor’s gate with family
By Glory Abuh-Adejoh
Abuja, Aug. 23, 2019 A contractor, Austine Ojo, who allegedly blocked his debtor’s gate, stopping workers from going in, on Friday appeared in a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Wuse Zone 6.
The police charged Ojo, who resides at No 57, Flat A, Suncity Estate, Abuja, with three counts of disturbance of public peace, inciting disturbance and constituting public nuisance.
The Prosecution counsel, Chijoke Ogezie, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug. 6.
He said that the complainant, Mr Christopher Obijiofor, in a petition to the AIG Zone 7 Headquarters, Abuja reported the matter for investigation.
According to Ogezie, the defendant at about 6.48 a.m.,spread his blanket and laid down at the entrance of Good Homes Ltd., with his wife and children.
He said the action of the defendant prevented workers from gaining access to their offices.
The counsel further alleged the defendant refused to leave the entrance, insisting that the management of the company must pay him.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 113,114 and 178 of Penal Code.
The defendant however, pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Linda Chidama admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 and a surety in like sum.
She adjourned the matter until Sept. 16 for hearing.
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My husband is an unrepentant smoker, woman tells court
An Ibadan-based military personnel, Folasade Adedeji, on Friday petitioned a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, to dissolve her marriage to Taiwo, her husband, due to his unrepentant smoking and drinking habits.
She told the court that their union was two and a half year-old.
Testifying before Chief Ademola Odunade, the court’s President, Folasade, said that she was determined to call it quits with her husband because she does not want their child to have a bad beginning of drug abuse like his father.
She added that her husband inherited smoking and consumption of alcohol from his father, as such wanted to end the marriage to stop what seemed like a generational trend from continuing.
“I did everything humanly possible to discourage Taiwo, from continuing with the habit of beer consumption and cigarette smoking, but he has refused to turn a new leaf
“Instead, he said that I am making life uncomfortable for him and that I should move away from his house.
“When I insisted, Taiwo one day, led about 25 members of his gang to attack me in my matrimonial home, by beating and molesting me as well as ransacking the entire house.
“The men who were masked requested for the land documents Taiwo had bought for our child which he kept with me, but I had taken the document away before they arrived.
“Taiwo’s relatives are aware of all these acts and his disappearance from home for the past five months,” Folasade explained.
The defendant consented to the suit and did not deny the allegations leveled against him, instead, he threw more light on the matter.
Taiwo who earned his living as a software engineer contended that he was a bubbler who could not do without smoking and drinking beer.
“Aside from the fact that Folasade warned me about going to enjoy myself in the night, I started smoking at the backyard and she was still not contented.
“In fact, Folasade demanded money from me before I could make love to her in addition to milking me dry on any slightest opportunity.
“I left home because she often steal my money, I took the chairs in the sitting room and the generator that I bought with money to an unknown destination,” Taiwo said.
In his judgment, Odunade, observed that the foundation of the whole problem was Taiwo’s addiction to smoking and beer.
He added that there might be a tragedy ahead if the court does not end the union.
Odunade therefore pronounced the marriage dissolved and awarded custody of the two and a half year-old child produced by the union to Folasade, directing Taiwo to pay N5, 000 as the child’s monthly feeding allowance.
Court remands motorcycle rider over alleged armed robbery
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded a motorcycle rider, Afeez Olaitan, 23, in Kirikiri Prisons over alleged armed robbery.
The Magistrate, Mrs O.O. Fajana ordered Olaitan’s remanded due to the gravity of the offences he allegedly committed.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Patrick Ebri, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 20 on AIT Road, Alagbado.
Ebri alleged that Olaitan, conspired with others at large to rob one Mr Sunday Adeyemi of a Tecno Spark valued at N15, 000 and a sum of N2, 000.
He alleged that Olaitan also assaulted Adeyemi by using a stone to inflict a deep cut on his head.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 411, 173, 168 and 297 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
NAN reports that the court did not take the plea of Olaitan as the magistrate said she needed advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
She ordered that the case file should be sent to the DPP.
The magistrate adjourned the case until Sept. 27 for mention.