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N1.2bn money laundering: Iwu will perfect bail conditions soon- Lawyer



Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN, Counsel to Prof. Maurice Iwu, former INEC chairman who was granted N1 billion bail over alleged N1.2 billion money laundering charge, on Thursday said that Iwu would soon perfect his bail conditions.

Raji told a Nigeria News Agency correspondent in Lagos that Iwu was still in custody.

He said though the bail conditions were stringent, it would be perfected.

NAN reports that Justice Chuka Obiozor of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, had on Friday Aug. 9, admitted Iwu to bail in the sum of One billion naira with two sureties in like sum.

In his submission, Iwu’s counsel, Raji prayed the court for an order admitting the defendant to bail on self recognisance pending the hearing and determination of charge filed against him or in the alternative, an order of the court admitting the defendant on liberal terms.

In his submission, the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, opposed the application on the ground that the defendant would interfere or intimidate the witnesses of the prosecution.

He however averred that if the court must grant the bail, the conditions attached should be stringent.

In that ruling, Justice Obiozor, admitted Iwu to bail N1billion.

The judge further ordered that the first surety must have a property registered in Lagos valued at N1  billion and must be resident in Lagos.

He also ordered that the surety must produce evidence of tax clearance, statement of his bank account with passport photos of both the surety and defendant.

The judge further ordered that the second surety must be a civil servant on Grade level 16 or a professor.

While ordering that the defendant be remanded in Ikoyi prisons pending the perfection of his bail conditions, Justice Obiozor stressed that the defendant must not interfere with the witnesses during trial.

As a vacation judge, having presided over the arraignment and concluded with the ruling on bail application, he directed the court registrar to return the case file to the Admin judge for reassignment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Iwu on Thursday Aug. 8, on four-counts charge of money laundering to the tune of N1.2 billion.

He pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

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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.

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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 Nigeria News Agency reports that Olaitan, who resides at No. 13, Timidere St., Alagbado, Lagos, is facing charges of conspiracy, assault, breach of the peace and armed robbery.

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.


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2 men arraigned over alleged assault, phone theft



Two men, Lekan Adegbebe, 26, and Isiaka Sulemon, 20, were on Friday docked at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, over alleged assault and stealing of a Nokia phone worth N4,500.

Adegbebe is a bus conductor, who resides at No. 14, Moshood Bello St., Sango-Ota in Ogun while Sulemon, is a barber, living at No. 10, Muhammed St., Oshodi in Lagos.

They are being tried on charges of conspiracy, assault and stealing which they denied committing.

The prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Aug. 5 at Ile-zik Along Abeokuta Expressway Road, Lagos.

Eruada told the court that the defendants attacked, stole the phone and a wallet which contained company’s identity card and other valuables belonging to the complainant, Mr Adeyemi Adeoye.

He added that the duo also assaulted the complainant by using bottle to inflict injury in his right leg in the process of stealing from him.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 411, 287 and 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.

The magistrate, Mrs M.I. Dan-Oni, granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety each in like sum.

Dan-Oni adjourned the case until Sept. 23, for mention.

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