A Badagry Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Wednesday remanded 15 men and one woman over alleged membership of an unlawful society, attempted robbery and unlawful gathering.
The defendants are are: Raimi Olanrewaju, 60; Taofeeq Olanrewaju, 26; Abiodun Olanrewaju, 28; Ope Lawal, 19; Eyolade Yusuf, 18; Joseph Uzoma, 20; Idowu Kazeem, 20; Ismaila Atanda, 20, and Sheriff Adekunle, 19.
Others are Morufu Sanni, 46; Fuwadi Agbalaya, 19; Afeez Alabi, 20; Jamiu Ajibade,19; Adeolu Thomas, 39; Sodiq Yusuf, 19; and the only woman, Aisat Aponmode, 20.
The defendants, whose addresses are not known, are facing a five-count charge of belonging to an unlawful society, attempted robbery, breach of peace, unlawful display of dangerous arms and unlawful gathering.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomaiya, remanded them in prison and adjourned the case until Aug. 27 for mention.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP. Patrick Nkem, had told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Aug. 5, at about 10 p.m., at Eteghin community, Badagry, Lagos.
Nkem said the defendants belonged to an unlawful society and had in their possession, cutlasses, a dagger, a knife and an iron bar.
“The defendants conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by disturbing the peace of one Sabitu Anafiu and other community members.
“They were unlawfully displaying dangerous arms in public. They attempted to rob Anofiu and other members of the community.
“The defendants also took part in an unlawful gathering and rioting,” he said.
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Sections 168, 42, 51, 45 and 406 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Woman, 32, docked over alleged N200, 000 online business fraud
A 32-year-old woman, Precious Osagie, who allegedly obtained N200, 000 from her neighbour on the pretext of investing it in an online business, was on Thursday brought before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
Osagie, whose residential address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and stealing.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Edet Ekpo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in August, at 10.00 a.m. at Amokoko, Apapa, in Lagos.
He said that the defendant obtained the sum from Mrs Chinyere Nnamene under the false pretences of investing the money in the Aquatics Multilinks Resources International Ltd. for it to yield proceeds within two weeks of investment.
“The money was lost and the defendant could not give a satisfactory account of how the money was invested and could not pay back to the complainant,” Ekpo said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Popoola, granted him bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum, who must show evidence of three years’ tax payments to the Lagos State Government.
He adjourned the case until Sept. 3 for mention.
Shop owners seek ejection of tenant after 20 years’ seamless relationship
Two shop owners, Mairo Lawal and Mairo Aliyu on Thursday prayed a Sharia Court sitting at Magajin Gari, Kaduna to assist them recover their shop from a tenant, Murtala Malam.
The judge, Malam Murtala Nasir, after listening to both parties adjourned to Aug. 29, to ascertain the status of the case at the Magistrate court.
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Court remands 2 applicants for allegedly kidnapping a businessman
A Makurdi Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that two applicants, who allegedly kidnapped a businessman be remanded in prison custody, pending legal advice.
The Magistrate, Mrs Ajuma Igama,who did not take the pleas of Okwuchukwu John and Sunday Nwoye, said that the court lacked jurisdiction to do so.
Ajuma adjourned the case until Sept 12 for further mention.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Ato Godwin, told the court that a letter of complaint was written to the Commissioner of Police, Benue Command, by ALAO. G. HAMZAT and Company on July 17.
Godwin alleged that in the letter, Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi, aka “Alhaji Gambo” who lives in Makurdi, was kidnapped at the North Bank on July 16.
Based on the strength of the complaint, he said, detectives swung into action and the accused persons were arrested.
He also alleged that the defendants used a Glo sim card with No , to negotiate ransom for the victim.
Godwin alleged that the defendants confessed to committing the crime.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 17(a) (b) and 1(2) of the Terrorism (provision) Amendment Act 2013.
Technician in court for allegedly cheating Karu orphanage
A 38-year-old technician, Martin Bossan, on Thursday appeared in a Karshi Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly cheating the Karu orphanage of N75,000.
The police charged Bossan, who resides in Lugbe, Abuja with three counts of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal misappropriation.
The Prosecution Counsel, Ayotunde Adeyanju, told the court that the complainant, Joseph Daniel, of the Abuja Children’s home Karu, reported the matter at the Karu Police Station, on Aug. 16.
He alleged that in May, the home management entrusted one power-inverter, to the defendant, to sell and return the proceeds.
Adeyanju said this was to enable the management use the money to take care of the children in the orphanage.
The prosecution alleged that the defendant sold the inverter worth N75,000 and converted the money to his personal use.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 312, 322 and 309 of the Penal Code.
After the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty.
The judge, Anas Isah, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000, with two sureties.
Isah adjourned the case until Sept. 11 for hearing.