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Businessman arraigned for defrauding Chinese handbags worth N2.16m  

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A businessman, Chibuike Amadi, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly collecting handbags worth N2.16 million from a Chinese under the pretext that he would pay her back after sales.

 

Amadi, 28, who resides at No. 11, Akiosun St., Ijesha in Lagos State, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining money under false pretences.

 

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him in court.

 

The prosecutor, Sgt. Mishozumu Samuel, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on March 26, 2019 and on April 26, 2019 respectively in Agege area of Lagos State.

 

Samuel said that the accused collected the said handbags from the complainant, Mrs Linling, ( a Chinese) with a promise to pay her back after he would have sold them.

 

The prosecutor said that the defendant knew that he was making a representation he knew was false.

 

The prosecutor said that the defendant, who did not pay the money, also failed to return the goods to its owner.

 

According to him, the offences contravened Sections 411, 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

 

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 314 of the law provides for 15 years’ imprisonment for obtaining money under false pretences.

 

The magistrate, Mr O.D. Njoku, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

 

The court fixed Aug. 28 for further hearing.

 

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Court remands tailor over unlawful possession of firearm

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Magistrate Ajuma Igama, who did not take the plea of Azenda, ordered that he be remanded in the Federal prison Makurdi.

She adjourned the case until Sept. 26, for further mention

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Ato Godwin,  told the court that Azenda was arrested on June 26, by the  Department of State Security Service (DSS) in Benue, following a tip off from the state vigilante group.

Ato  said Azenda was nabbed at Km V,  Gboko road around Coca cola area in the outskirts of  Makurdi.

He said when a search was conducted in him, one locally made pistol, one live ammunition and charms were recovered from him.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (special provisions) Act 2004.

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Businesswoman, 46, docked over alleged impersonation, extortion

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A 46-year-old businesswoman, Basirat Awodeyi, on Monday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly impersonating  a Facebook presenter and attempting to extort N5 million.

Awodeyi, who resides in Shomolu area of Lagos, was charged with conspiracy, false accusation, impersonation and demanding property by written threats.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Mr Augustine Nwabuisi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 7, on a Facebook page with the name Senator Jokotade Omoba’s Fan Page.

According to him, the defendant made different false accusations and wrote offensive information about the complainant, Mr Olamide Adeyemi, on the Facebook page.

He claimed that the page was not the original fan page of the talk show presenter, but a fake one created by the defendant.

Nwabuisi submitted that the defendant also demanded  N5 million from the complainant  to stop the defamation.

“My lord, Awodeyi went as far as posting a picture of mating dogs with the heads of the dogs’ photo shopped to the complainant’s head.

“The defendant did not hatch this scheme alone; we are, however, yet to apprehend her accomplices,” he said.

The alleged offences contravene Sections 411, 95 (b) (c), 380 (1) and 302 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 380 provides for a three-year jail term for impersonation, while 302 stipulates 14 years’ imprisonment for demanding property by written threat.

Chief Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere granted the defendant’s bail in the sum of  N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Oghere said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Sept. 25 for mention.

 

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Gov Sani-Bello reiterates commitment to autonomy of judiciary

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Gov. Abubakar  Sani-Bello of Niger  on Monday reiterated his commitment to  judicial autonomy.

Sani-Bello made the pledge at the opening of a two-day training for Magistrates’ and District Courts  in Minna.

The  training was sponsored by Department for International Development (DFID), Role UK London Judicial College London, African House London and the Niger Government.

He said this, would enable the judiciary to carry out its major responsibilities without hindrance.

”The state government had taken proactive steps to enhance the welfare of judges and and granted the judiciary the independence it requires to function optimally.

”The government has embarked on renovation of some courts builds across the state to provide conducive judicial environment.

”The government would continue to ensure that the judiciary gets its own share of FAAC allocation,” he said.

He added that the training would strengthen the rule of law and facilitate its progress towards Sustainable Development Goal.

In his goodwill message, Gov. Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, commended the state government for its synergy with judicial arm of government for effective performance.

He described the training of magistrates as “important”, adding that the training would improve their capacity and keep them abreast with judicial administration justice.

Tambuwal, who described the judiciary as the last hope of the common man, called for adequate support to the judiciary and appealed to other state governors to emulate Niger, and give financial autonomy to the judiciary, in order to have an independent and corrupt free judiciary.

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Lagos court remands unemployed man over alleged robbery charge

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An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday remanded a 27-year-old unemployed man, Sunday Ademola, in prison custody for allegedly stealing two phones worth N410, 000 at cutlass-point from two pedestrians.

Ademola, whose residential address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and armed robbery.

The plea of the defendant was not taken.

The Magistrate, Mr B. I. Bakare, ordered that the case file be duplicated and sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.

Bakare adjourned the case until Sept. 17 for DPP’s legal advice.

He, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison for the period of 30 days pursuant to Section 264 (1) (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Friday Mameh, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on Aug. 23, at 11.00 p.m., at Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Igbo Efon in Eti-Osa area of Lagos.

He alleged that the defendant conspired with others still at large and robbed one Mr Ojivwe Bighero, of his Samsung phone worth N100, 000 at cutlass-point.

“The defendant also robbed another pedestrian, Mr Greg Ogunli, of his S9 Samsung phone worth N310, 000 at cutlass-point,” Mameh said.

He said the offences contravened Sections 297 (1) and 299 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 297 (1) provides 21 years imprisonment as punishment for anyone found guilty of robbery.

 

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PDP, candidate pray tribunal to order fresh election in Nasarawa State

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The PDP and its candidate in the 2019 Governorship election, Mr David Ombugadu, on Monday prayed the Election Petition Tribunal in Nasarawa, to order a fresh election in the state.

Ombugadu, is challenging the result of the March 9 Governorship Election, in which INEC returned  Abdullahi Sule of the APC, as the governor.

Counsel for the PDP, Mr Wale Olanikpekun, SAN, while adopting his final written addresses, alleged that INEC did not comply with the accreditation requirements in more than 90 per cent of the polling units in the state.

He said that they had tendered certified true copies of voter registers to the tribunal, adding, “the total votes that returned the governor did not tally with the number of accredited voters”

“If there is no compliance with the accreditation process, the law says that the election is invalid and should be declared as such.

“The election conducted on March 9 in Nasarawa state has not complied with the accreditation process, that is what we are holding unto.

“We want the tribunal to declare the election invalid and order a fresh election in the state,” he said.

Also adopting his final argument, Mr Hassan Liman and Mr Adebayo Adelogun, representing the APC and Sule, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit.

They argued that the petitioners’ claims against the accreditation process were merely a figment of their imagination.

After listening to all arguments in the suit, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Abba Mohammed, reserved judgment  in the matter.

“The tribunal will communicate to all the parties in the petition the day the judgment will be delivered,” Mohammed said.

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