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Alleged 16.4m fraud: Absence of prosecution witness stalls Ehindero’s trial

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Abuja, March 11, 2019 The  absence of prosecution’s witness on Monday stalled the trial of  former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Sunday Ehindero and former Commissioner of Police, John Obaniyi,  in an  FCT High Court in Apo.

Ehindero is standing trial alongside a former Commissioner of Police in charge of Budget at the Force Headquarters, John Obaniyi, over  an alleged  N16.4 million fraud.

The Independent  Corruption  Practices and Other Related Offences Commission(ICPC), counsel, Mr Golden Iwuagwu informed the court that his witness was ill and could not make it to court.

He further asked for an adjournment since the matter will not go on.

Counsel for the first and second defendants , Kehinde Amaro (holding brief for Dr Alex Izinyon SAN) and Samuel Odariko did not oppose the application respectively.

Justice Sylvanus Oriji, adjourned the case until March 21, for continuation of hearing.

NNN reports that the defendants were arraigned on a 10-count charge bothering on conspiracy, fraud and making false statement before Justice Oriji.

The ICPC alleged the defendants committed the offence between May 2006 and November 2006.

The ICPC alleged that the defendants conspired and used their positions to pay N500 million in two fixed deposit accounts with Wema Bank and Intercontinental Bank from the N557. 9 donated by the Bayelsa Government to the Nigeria Police for purchase of arms and ammunition.

The N500 million placed in fixed deposits, the anti-corruption commission, alleged yielded an interest of N16, 412, 315.06.

The prosecution stated that the alleged offence contravened the provisions of sections 26(1) and 22(5) of the ICPC Act, 2000.

NNN reports that on March 8, the second prosecution witness (PW2), Olayinka Adebayo, who is an ICPC investigator, told the court that the former IGP in his statement, said the proceeds from the interest generated on the fixed deposit was spent for operational purposes.

The witness stated this while being cross examined by Izinyon, adding that the commission was, however, unable to confirm this in the course of investigation.

While being cross examined by counsel for Obaniyi,  Odariko, the witness stated that the money donated by the Bayelsa State government was meant specifically for providing support for the operational activities of the state police command.

Adebayo told the court that as a signatory to the IGP account with First Bank, the second defendant was privy to the operation of the account.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Man, 25, docked over alleged theft of N1.6m cows in OAU

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A man, Sulaiman Ibrahim, 25, on Tuesday appeared before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun, over the alleged theft of four cows worth N1.6million belonging to the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Adesina Elijah, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 30, at 5:30 p.m.,at the Commercial farm of the  university in Ile-Ife.

Elijah said that the defendant conspired with others now at large to commit felony to wit: stealing of cows.

He added that the defendant stole four cows valued N1.6million , property of Students Economic Empowerment and Development Programmes of OAU, Ile-Ife, which has Dr Ajila Kehinde as its Coordinator.

Elijah said that the offence committed contravened Sections 383, 390(9) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.

Mr Babawale Omodogbe, the Defence Counsel, applied for the bail of the defendant in most liberal terms, and pledged that his clients would not jump bail, but would provide reliable sureties.

The Magistrate, Mrs Muhibah Olatunji, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N750,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Olatunji said that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means, reside within the court’s jurisdiction, and one  of them  must be a state civil servant not below Grade level 08.

She added that the second surety must produce three years’ tax clearance certificate and each surety should produce three portrait photographs.

Olatunji, thereafter,ordered the remand of the defendant in ‘A’ Division Police Station, Moore, Ile-Ife, pending the perfection of the bail conditions.

The case was adjourned until June 30, for hearing.


Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Peter Dada (NAN)

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Police arraign man, 20, over alleged church break-in, stealing

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The police on Tuesday arraigned a 20-year-old man, Abdulazeez Nasiru, before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for alleged church break-in and stealing.

The defendant of no fixed address is standing trial on a two-count charge of burglary and stealing.

The prosecutor, Sgt.Olubu Apata, told the court that the defendant and others  currently at large, committed the offences on May 25, at about 1:00 a.m., at Isato Ologoro Street in Ado-Ekiti.

He alleged that the defendant and his accomplices who are  currently at large, broke into the Cherubim and Sheraphim Church, Orisun Ibukun.

Apata also alleged that the defendant and his accomplices stole: one big generator valued  N80,000, a medium- size Tiger generator valued N15,000 and four microphones valued  N20,000.

Others item stolen are: a watch valued  N15,000 and cash sum of N36,000, all valued N166,000 belonging to the church.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 415 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment  to enable him  study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Awosika adjourned the case until July 6 for hearing.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Peter Dada (NAN)

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Alleged falsehood: Court strikes out suit, discharges Dino Melaye

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Justice   Olasumbo Goodluck of an FCT High Court, Maitama on Tuesday discharged Sen. Dino Melaye who was accused of providing false information to the police.

The  Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) charged Melaye with two counts of giving false information to the police.

Delivering a ruling in a no-case -submission filed Melaye, Justice  Goodluck held that on count one, there is no evidence that the defendant gave false information to any person in public service.

She also described the evidence given by PW1 (Onoja) as “vague”.

The judge said:” neither of the two witnesses elicited evidence on the status of Mohammed Abubaker Audu.”

“Hence, there is lack of evidence on the nature of the status of employment or if at all he is employed not to talk of him being engaged in public service,” she said.

“I am also inclined to allude to the submissions of the defence counsel that there is no statement before the court allegedly made by the defendant to one who is in the public service.

“This being the case, the first ingredients of the offence upon which count one is predicated has not been proved to the court.

“Similarly, the second element of the count has not been proven by the prosecution”.

Goodluck held that the prosecution failed to present the audio recording of the conversation between the former Maleye and Audu, nor was an audio expert engaged to the ascertain the identities of the persons in phone conversation.

She further held that no staff of Sahara reporters, the online medium which allegedly released the audio conversation, was called to testify.

The judge also held that no investigative police officer was called to prove that indeed a report was lodged against the defendant.

“It is no longer uncertain that a court does not rely on speculations and suspicions from any material evidence.

“No audio recording of the telephone conversation between the defendant and Mohammed Abubakar was presented at trial.

“All we are left with is the hearsay evidence of the existence of the statement as recounted by the witnesses.

“Besides, the prosecution failed to call in evidence, the Sahara reporter to establish through his staff that the Sahara Reporters recorded a telephone conversation involving the defendant and another.

“In effect, there is no credible and cogent evidence of any Sahara Report’s recording before this court.

“In the light of the fore going consequences, I am of the view and will so hold that the defendant ought to be discharged as there is no reason to convict him in the circumstances.

“He is accordingly discharged on account of the fact that the no-case-submission succeeds” Goodluck held

NAN reports that Melaye’s Counsel Mr Olusegun Jolaawo, SAN, filed a no-case-submission when the prosecution closed their case.

Melaye was alleged to have in April, 2017, deliberately given false information to police to incriminate David Onoja, then Chief of Staff to Kogi State governor, as masterminding an assassination attempt on him.

He was also alleged to have given false statement of facts in a phone conversation with Mr Mohammed Abubakar, son of former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu, with the intention of harming the reputation of Onoja.

He, however, denied committing the offence punishable under Sections 140 and 393 of the Penal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963. (NAN)


Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

 

 


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Indonesian security forces nab rebel for allegedly shooting dead foreigner in Papua

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Indonesian security forces have arrested a separatist who allegedly shot dead a New Zealand citizen who worked for the mining company PT Freeport Indonesia in the country’s easternmost province of Papua recently, a police officer said on Tuesday.

The rebel with an initial of TW was one of the 10 attackers of PT Freeport Indonesia which operates the Grasberg mining field, the largest gold mining and the second largest copper mining sites in the world.

The incident which occurred on March 30 also left two other employees of the firm injured.

The Provincial Police’s Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw said that TW, a member of the separatist group which the government called a criminal armed group, was nabbed on Friday in the province’s city of Timika.

During the arrest, Waterpauw said, the security forces seized scores of ammunitions, according to local media.

PT Freeport Indonesia has been frequently targeted by separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM), leaving scores of casualties.

The Papua-based OPM, which has been seeking an independence through guerrilla wars since decades ago, also targeted soldiers, police personnel and civilians.

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Osun court remands man over alleged threat to life

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An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Tuesday remanded one Joseph Patrick, 30, in police custody over alleged threat to life.

The Prosecutor, Insp Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 25 at about 12:45 pm on Aladanla Street, Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi alleged that the defendant and others now at large threatened to kill one Joseph Orji with a cutlass.

According to him, the offences contravened Sections 86 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and threat to life.

The Defence Counsel, Mrs Fausat Lawal, applied for bail for  his client in the most liberal terms, pledging to provide reliable sureties.

Magistrate Joseph Owolawi, however, declined to grant bail and ordered the defendant’s remand at ‘A’ Division Police Station in Moore, Ile-Ife.

Owolawi adjourned the case till Thursday for ruling on bail.

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Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)
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Court remands 3 over alleged robbery, arson in Osun

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An Ifetedo Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Tuesday remanded three men for alleged armed robbery and arson.

The defendants are Omisope Bukola, 25; Sogo Elusoji, 45 and Owolabi Rafiu, 55.

The Prosecutor, ASP Joseph Adebayo, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on March 3 at about 5:00am at Odemuyiwa Village in Ife South Local Government Area of Osun.

Adebayo alleged that the defendants conspired among themselves to commit armed robbery and arson.

He alleged that the defendants, while armed with guns and other dangerous weapons, robbed one Chief Fatai Adeyeni, the Baale Aye Arode Village, of 50 gallons of palm oil.

The prosecutor told the court that the defendants also stole the victim’s bags of cocoa beans and palm kernel seeds as well as goats.

He further alleged that the defendants willfully and unlawfully set the victim’s house on fire, burning his properties which included government-owned hospital equipment kept in his custody.

Adebayo told the court  that the total value of the stolen properties and the burnt hospital equipment were valued at N10 million.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 1(1), 2(a) and 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R11 Vol 14, Laws of the Federation, 2004 and 443 and 516, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The plea of the defendants were not taken.

The Magistrate, Mr Joseph Owolawi, ordered the remand of the defendants in ‘ A’ Division Police Station, Moore, Ile-Ife, saying his court lacked  jurisdiction to hear the case.

He adjourned the case till June 24 for mention.

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Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)
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Man in court for alleged criminal trespass, theft

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A Wuse Zone II Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Abuja, on Monday, arraigned a 23-year-old man, Ibrahim Abdul, for alleged criminal trespass and stealing of mobile phone worth N40,000.
Abdul, of Gudu District, Apo, Abuja, is standing trial on a four-count charge of criminal trespass, theft, mischief and causing hurt.
The Prosecutor, Stanley Nwafoaku, told the court that on May 18, one Inspector Michael Benjamin, attached to Apo divisional police headquarters, reported the matter at Apo police station.
Nwafoaku alleged that on the said date, at about 7.00 pm, while the complainant was on a stop-and-search duty at Gudu junction, the defendant criminally trespassed where the complainant parked his car.
He alleged that the defendant forcefully opened the door of the Nissan Almera car and stole the complainant’s mobile phone, valued at N40,000.
The prosecutor said that the complainant and his colleagues on duty immediately noticed the crime and swiftly ran to arrest the defendant.
He further alleged that the defendant, who struggled to escape and resist arrest, smashed the phone on the ground and mischievously bit the complainant’s hand, causing him severe injury.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes Sections 348, 288, 327 and 246 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
The Chief Magistrate, Idayat Akanni, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 and one surety in like sum.
Akanni said that the surety must have a means of livelihood, a valid identity card, fixed address and live within the jurisdiction of the court.
She, thereafter, adjourned the matter till June 24, for hearing.

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Court remands security man for alleged defilement of a 9-year-old girl

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An Upper Area Court in Gwagwalada, FCT, on Monday ordered that a security man, Gideon Sunday who allegedly defiled a nine-year-old girl be remanded in police custody.

The police charged Sunday with one count charge of procuration of a minor.

The Judge, Sani Umar granted the application made by the prosecuting counsel, Akaso Sunday not to grant bail to the defendant.

Umar ordered that the defendant be remanded under police custody for one week.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Sunday told the court that on May 12, 2020 one Grace Abitayo reported the case at the police station.

He said that the defendant on May 6 2020 took the girl to his room and have carnal knowledge of her.

He added that during police investigation the defendant confessed to have committed the offence.

He prayed the court not to grant bail to the defendant, saying that the offence was not bailable.

He said that if granted bail the defendant would jump bail and would also jeopardise ongoing investigation, adding that the court should refuse him bail.

The offence, he said, contravened the provision of sections 275 of the Penal Code.

The defendant however pleaded not guilty.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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3 men appear in court for alleged impersonation

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Three men, on Monday, appeared before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged impersonation.

The defendants, Iyiola Sunday, 19, Akintayo Oke, 38, and Oluwaniyi Gbenga, 35, are facing a charge of impersonation.

The prosecutor, Insp Caleb Leranmo, told the court that the defendants and others at large, committed the offence on May 26 at about 4 p.m. in Aramoko Ekiti.

He alleged that the defendants and others at large, impersonated themselves to be Amotekun security agents.

Leranmo said the offence contravened Section 108 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendants pleaded not guilty and their counsel, Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, urged the court to grant the defendants bail, promising not to jump bail.

The chief magistrate, Mr Abdulhamid Lawal, in his ruling, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties each in like sum.

He adjourned the case until June 29 for mention.


Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

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