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Court dissolves 13 year marriage after wife calls husband impotent

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Dissolution

By Deborah Akpede

Igando(Lagos State), Aug.14, 2019 An Igando Customary Court in Lagos, on Wednesday dissolved a 13-year-old marriage between Mr Monday Adiri, and his wife, Dominica, on grounds that she called him an impotent man.

The petitioner, Adiri, a 43-year-old clearing agent, alleged that Domnica, called him impotent and moved out of their matrimonial home with their two-year-ago daughter.

The President of the Court, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, while delivering judgment, held that that since the petitioner insisted on the divorce after several interventions, the court was left with no option other than to grant his wishes.

Koledoye pronounced the union dissolved.

“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Monday Adiri and Dominica dissolved today, both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife.

“Each of you should go on his or her separate ways unmolested, the court wishes both of you well in your future endeavor.”

Koledoye granted Dominica custody of the only child of the marriage, aged nine, and ordered Adiri to pay N5, 000 monthly for the child’s feeding.

He also ordered Adiri to N250,000 in damages to the respondent for the injury she sustained when he hit her head on the wall.

Earlier, Adiri said: ”my wife embarrasses me in the public. She tells anyone who cares to listen that I am not the biological father of our daughter. She calls me impotent.”

“I came back from work and discovered that my wife had moved virtually everything in the house including my furniture, electronics, gas cooker, kitchen utensils among other items.

“When I could not reached her, I called her brother who told me that she had relocated to their family house that if I am still interested in marrying her, I should come and see their family.

“Dominica told her family to return the bride price that she was no longer interested in marrying me, I initially refused to accept it since I am not in the position to collect it.

Making her submission, Dominica, denied all the allegations.

She accused her husband of infidelity.

“I noticed that a particular woman used to call him, on that fateful day, the woman called as usual and my husband was not in the room, so I picked the call, I discovered that the woman is my husband’s concubine.

“I told the woman that I was the wife of the owner of the phone, she quickly ended the call when she discovered that she was not talking to my husband.

“When my husband got into the room and discovered that I had answered his call, he got angry with me.

“Monday, who is looking for an excuse to dump me, ordered me to leave his house or I face the consequences claiming that I am too old for him but I am just a year older than him.

The 44-year-old businesswoman said that she relocated temporarily to her village for treatment due to an assault.

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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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