An estate agent, Ismaila Opeyemi, 37, who allegedly obtained N2.5million under false pretences over the sale of a house, on Friday, appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Opeyemi, whose address was not provided, was standing trial for conspiracy, obtaining by false pretences, fraud and threatening violence.
The prosecutor, ASP Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometimes between Sept. and Oct. 2019, at Oshodi, Lagos.
Emuerhi said that Opeyemi and some others at large, collected the amount from Mr Ndubuisi Ezeah as part-payment for the sale of a house located at No. 4, McCarthy Lane, Anthony Village, Oshodi.
The prosecutor said that the defendant collected the money knowing full well that the house was not his and that the owner had not given him authority to sell.
He also said that the defendant deceived and cheated one Mr Joseph Onuorah and Mr Amos Orakposimi by negotiating with them that the said house, which belonged to Mr Raimi Eyiowuawi, was for sale.
“The defendant also threatened the life of the complainant, Mr Ndubuisi Ezeah, for daring to ask for a refund of his money, when the bottom fell out in the agreement.
“The case was reported at a police station, and efforts by the police to locate his whereabouts failed, until information was received on his hideout,” he told the court.
The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravene Sections 56(1), 314, 323 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O. Sule-Amzat granted him N200, 000 bail, with two sureties in like sum.
Amzat adjourned the case until Feb. 2020, for mention.
Edited by Bayo Sekoni and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Dugbe Inferno: Property owner, victims laud Makinde over cash donation
Victims of the recent inferno that razed a business complex in Dugbe area of Ibadan, have lauded Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State for assisting them with cash donations.
Although the amount involved was not disclosed, the victims expressed their appreciation through a letter addressed to the governor, with a copy made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan.
In the letter, dated May 27 and signed by Mr Dapo Davies, Chairman/Managing Director of Pelly Foam, they thanked the governor for feeling their pains to have made the donations.
Davies said the governor fulfilled his promise by giving relief money to the building owner and occupants of the complex for them to move on with their lives.
He described the gesture as surprising, saying such stood him out as listening, friendly, responsible, honest and responsive governor.
He said that the governor surprised the victims “when he arranged and paid us the palliatives’’.
“We are indeed very grateful to you for fulfilling your promise barely one month after the unfortunate incident.
“This gesture stands you out as a listening, friendly, responsible, honest and responsive governor,’’ Davis wrote.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that fire gutted the complex, located at Lebanon Street in Dugbe area of Ibadan on April 15.
It destroyed several shops and goods estimated at over N500 million.
The governor, who described the incident as unfortunate and heart-broken, also promised to launch an emergency fund to address disasters and emergencies in the state.
The cause of the fire is yet to be unravelled.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
World Intellectual Property Day: Foundation seeks laws to stimulate innovations
Friends of the Creator (Artistic) Foundation (FCF), has called on the Federal Government and National Assembly, to formulate policies and enact laws that will stimulate innovations and creativity.
The Foundation made the call in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja to mark the 2020 World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that April 26 of every year is set aside for global commemoration of the crucial role that knowledge, in the form of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), plays in advancing humanity.
The theme of this year’s celebration, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a United Nations agency, is “Innovate for a Green Future”.
In the statement, Dr Ogaga Ifowodo, the Chairman, Board of Trustees,FCF, said
“Even before oil prices plummeted due to very low demand in the face of the global lockdown, the world was already gearing for the shift to a green, clean and sustainable future.
“If Nigeria is to make that crucial shift, the indispensable role of Intellectual Property Rights must also be given policy priority,” he said.
Ifowodo, therefore, called on the government to guarantee the protection of copyright, patent, trade mark, design rights, geographical indication or appellation of origin rights, and plant-breeding rights
He also stressed the need for the private sector, universities and research institutions, to join the global technology revolution in liberating the country from the fossilised dependence.
“We have no doubt in the ability of our citizens, working alone or in collaboration with others in the universities, research institutes or other intellectual collectives, to innovate Nigeria out of its dangerous fossil fuel dependence.
“They can make us proud participants in the green, clean and sustainable economy future of the world,” he said
Ifowodo called on the government to priotise education and ensure that the sector got the highest budgetary allocation from 2021.
“The critical juncture where the world finds itself now, prescribes a radical reassessment of priorities.
“For us in Nigeria, this requires a radical increase in the investment in education — which also demands the physical and curriculum rehabilitation of our educational institutions
“In short, FCF demands that starting from 2021, education must have the highest budgetary allocation,’ he said.
Ifowodo said the theme of the 2020 WIPD was apt as it called for innovation as a knowledge-driven solution to the consequences of unrestrained abuse of the environment.
He noted that prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the world had been given fiery warning with the devastating wild fires that swept through the Amazon, Australia, Indonesia and California in the United States.
“In short, 2019 was the year the earth was on fire.
“The coronavirus pandemic, leading to the near-total lockdown of the world economy, gives final warning to humans to be better custodians of the earth or face extinction,” he said.
Ifowodo recalled that the foundation had marked previous World Intellectual Property Day with elaborate events .
He said they offered only the press statement to mark the 2020 edition In deference to the social distancing imperative and the subsequent lockdown to slow down the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
COVID-19: MTN waives charges on Cash2Cash Momo Agent money transfer services
The Chief Executive Officer of YDFS, Usoro Usoro, said the package called, Y’ello Hop Package, was in response to the escalating global Coronavirus pandemic.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that MoMo Agent is a mobile agent by Telco to provide safe and accessible money transfer services to under-banked and unbanked people across the country.
Usoro said the waiver, took effect immediately, to enable people without a bank account to send and receive money across the country at no extra cost for the next four weeks.
“During this time, all cash transfer fees will be absorbed by YDFS as one of the several new measures the company is introducing to support Nigerians as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise around the world.
“The events surrounding COVID-19 are unprecedented and will undoubtedly disrupt daily life and pose a myriad of challenges to people and businesses alike.
“With the Y’ello hope package, we are working to introduce measures that support our customers and communities, through this difficult time,” he said.
Usoro, however, said that the free Cash2Cash, allowed users to continue to make money transfers safely to help their loved ones meet financial obligations without fretting about the charges.
“To locate a MoMo Agent close to their location Customers can dial *223#,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye
Mechanic, 44, docked for allegedly assaulting police officer
A 44-year-old Mechanic, Rafiu Akinleye, was on Tuesday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly assaulting a police officer on duty.
Akinleye, a resident of Gbagada area of Lagos is facing a count charge of assault on a police officer.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offence at 8 a.m. on Dec. 1, at No. 6, Church St., Ifako-Gbagada, Lagos.
According to her, a Police officer, Insp. Idara Atai, who was attached to Ifako Police Station, had gone to the defendant’s house to invite him for questioning on a petition that was written against him.
Olaluwoye alleged that once the defendant saw the officer, he began to push and drag the officer out of the compound; causing serious bodily harm to him and destroying the buttons on his uniform.
The offence contravenes Section 174 (b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 174 (b) stipulates three years imprisonment for the offence of assaulting a police officer executing his duty.
Chief Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She further directed that the sureties must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of three years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government.
Oghere adjourned the case until Jan. 14, 2020, for mention.