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Kaduna Sharia issues warrant of arrest of couple for contempt




By Aisha Gambo.

Kaduna, Aug 14.2019 A Sharia Court sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna on Wednesday issued a warrant for the arrest of a couple for contempt of court, in an alleged illegal trespass on property case.

The judge, Malam Muhammad Shehu-Adamu, gave the order after Adam and Hassana Yakubu, failed to appear for him.

Shehu-Adam adjourned the case until Aug. 21.

NAN reports that Malam Mahmuda Audu,60, had dragged Adam and Hassana, to the court for illegal trespass on his property.

The complainant who resides at Kabalan Doki area of Kaduna told the court that he gave his neighbours permission to use his open space and corridor.

“I just wanted to help them so that they can have enough space to do their daily activities. I specifically told him not to raise a fence.

“Adam and his wife, build a toilet, a pen for their live-stock and also a room for their grinding machine  without my consent, “he said.

Audu added that he reported the matter to the traditional head and the defendants were asked to stop using the grinding machine in the compound but they did not .

He prayed court to intervene in the matter and compel the defendants to leave his space.

The complainant also alleged that Hassana, calls him names.


Travel agent charged with N1.3m visa fraud



A 40-year-old travel agent, Eze Sunday, was on Monday arraigned at a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining N1.3 million from a client on the pretext of procuring a Turkey visa for her.

Sunday is facing a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing and obtaining by false pretences.

The defendant, who resides in Yaba, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Mr J.I. Eboseremen, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in January on Association Avenue in Igando, Lagos.

He said that the defendant stole the N1.3 million from the complainant, Miss Charity Obeta, which she gave him through a United Bank of Africa electronic transfer, for her travel logistics.

According to him, the defendant promised to procure a Turkey visa, get a return flight ticket and hotel reservation for Obeta, but failed.

Eboseremen alleged that the defendant absconded with the money and refused to take the complainant’s calls.

“My lord, the complainant’s intended travel date was drawing close but she could not contact the defendant.

“His colleagues at workplace told her that the defendant travelled and did not intend to return to the office.

Obeta reported the case to the police, and the defendant was tracked and arrested,” the prosecutor said.

He said that the alleged offences contravened Sections 411, 314 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oghere, released the defendant on bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties each in like sum.

Oghere said that one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the defendant and reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

She ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of three years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government.

Oghere adjourned the case until Sept. 11 for trial.

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Court remands tailor over unlawful possession of firearm



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



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



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.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Lagos court remands unemployed man over alleged robbery charge



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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