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Alleged N41.6m misappropriation: Court discharges IPAC Chairman, Ameh, Tanko

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A Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja on Thursday discharged the National Chairman of the Inter-party Advisory Council, Chief Peter Ameh, and his predecessor, Tanko Yunusa, of misappropriation of N41.6million.

The police charged Ameh and Yunusa with conspiracy, misappropriation and and conversion of  N41.6 million, belonging to the organisation.

They were therefore arraigned on Aug.30 on a four count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, criminal breach if trust, misappropriation and cheating.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

When the matter came up for hearing on Thursday, the prosecution counsel, Victor Okoye informed the court that he had an application in line with Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

Okoye said the Section provided that a prosecutor had the power to withdraw a matter before judgment was delivered.

He further said the ground for the application for withdrawal was to enable prosecution to carry out further investigation on the matter.

Kehinde Edun, the defence counsel however, opposed the application and pointed out that the Section further said that a prosecutor may withdraw a matter at the instruction of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

He added that there was no evidence before the court to show that there was such instruction from the AGF.

Edun further said if the application were to be granted, the court should also grant a consequential order that the defendants would not be re-arraigned on the same charge.

The Magistrate, Ahmed Ndajiwo, in his ruling said ” Having considered the submissions of both counsel, I am granting the prosecution’s application, only subject to leave of court not to re-arraign defendants on the same charge.

“Accordingly, the First Information Report (FIR) against the two defendants is hereby struck out and the defendants discharged and should not be arraigned on the same offence, except with the leave of the court”, Ndajiwo said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Ameh is also the National Chairman of Progressive Peoples Alliace party, and Tanko, the National Chairman of National Conscience Party.

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Court remands 40-year-old man for sodomising neighbour’s son

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A Magistrates’ Court in Gombe on Wednesday ordered that 40-year- old man, Kabiru Abdullahi, who pleaded guilty to sodomising his neighbour’s  14-year-old son, be remanded in a correctional facility, pending sentencing.

Abdullahi pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.

Chief Magistrate Babayo Usamatu, who gave the order, adjourned the case until Nov. 28, for sentencing.

Earlier in the First Information Report (FIR), the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Bako Shekari told the court that the defendant, who resides n Tashan Magarya in Kumo, Akko LGA, Gombe State, committed the offence in October.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of  Section 284 of the Penal Code law.

Shekari further prayed the court to order the defendant to pay N40, 000 as compensation and for  medical examination.

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Tailor in court for allegedly beating up businessman

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A tailor, Collins Nnochiri,44, on Wednesday appeared in a Karmo Grade I Area Court for allegedly beating up a businessman.

The police charged Nnochiri with three counts of assault, criminal intimidation and mischief.

The prosecution counsel, Ijeoma Ukhagha, informed the court that the defendant committed the offence on Nov. 2 in Jabi.

She told the court that the complaint was lodged by a businessman, Benjamin Udueje, who lives in  Jabi.

She alleged that the defendant went to the complainant’s place of business, attacked him and tore his shirt valued at N5, 000.

The prosecution also alleged that he defendant threatened to kill the complainant.

During police investigation, he said, the defendant could not reasonably explain his actions.

Ukhagha said the offence contravened the provisions of  sections 397, 265 and 327 of the Penal Code law.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000.

Maiwada then adjourned the case until Nov. 27 for trial.

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Court jails  2 men 14 years for receiving stolen items

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An Ado Ekiti High Court on Wednesday sentenced two men to seven years’ imprisonment each for receiving stolen property.

Justice Abiodun Adesodun convicted Adams Samson, 39, and Ayinla Kolawole, 33, for receiving stolen property.

He did not give them an option of fine.

The judge, however, did not find them guilty of armed robbery which there were also charged with.

He held that the prosecution failed to prove the allegation of armed robbery against the defendants; hence their acquittal of the  charge.

Earlier, prosecution counsel, Mr Gbemiga Adaramola from the state Ministry of Justice, said that the convicts committed the offences on or about May 30, 2017, on Jimoh Aliu Street in Ado-Ekiti.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 427 and 430 of the Criminal Code,  Laws of Ekiti, 2012.

The prosecution called three witnesses and tendered exhibits including pictures, mobile phones, statements of the convicts and vehicle particulars.

Defence called only a witness..

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Police in Osun arraign Man, 47,  over alleged fraud of N6.3m, impersonation

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The Police in Osun on Wednesday arraigned a 47-year-old man, Olaitan Bashiru, at an Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged fraud of N6.3 million.

Bashiru, who is facing a two-count charge of fraud and theft, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The State Prosecutor, Mr S.O Ayodele, told the court that the defendant committed the offences between June and September 2018 in Osogbo.

Ayodele said the accused defrauded a company, Cadtech Nigeria Limited, by clamming to be the owner of Powerex Nigeria Limited, a claim he knows to be false.

He said the accused, in a fraudulent manner, obtained the sum of N6.3 million from Cardtech Limited on a business transaction he knew to be false.

The Prosecutor said the offenses contravened Sections 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol 11, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The Defense Counsel, Mr Eyotayo Soji, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.

The Magistrate, Mrs Aishat Ajanaku , granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.

Ajanaku said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction with evidence of tax payment and two passports photographs attached with an affidavit of means.

The case was adjourned untill Dec 19 for hearing.

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Father docked over alleged cruelty to his baby

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The police, on Wednesday, arraigned one Mr Livingstone Okpezi in a Karshi Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, over alleged cruelty to his child

The defendant, who resides at Angwan Sarki Orozo, Abuja, pleaded not guilty to one count of cruelty to a child. 

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mohammed Lawal, told the court that the complainant, Nwabeke Ginika , who lives in Orozo, Abuja, reported the matter at the Karshi Police Station on Oct. 21.

baby at a motherless babies home.

defendant threatened to cut the baby into two.

The prosecution counsel said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 238 of the Penal Code.

The judge, Isa Anas, admitted the defendant to bail  in the sum of N200, 000  with one  surety in like sum.

Anas adjourned the case until Dec. 16, for hearing.

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Lagos State Judiciary Staff Union elects new exco

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The Lagos State Chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) on Tuesday night elected new executives to run its affairs for the next four years.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the election which took the form of party politics had two teams-  Omoluabi Team and Pillars Team – vying for executive positions.

Judiciary staff from all over Lagos State thronged the premises of the Ikeja High Court at 3.00p.m. to cast their votes. Voting  ended at 7.45p.m. after which counting of votes began.

Mr Kehinde Shobowale of Pillars Team was declared the winner of the election after polling 388 votes to become the new Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of JUSUN.

He narrowly defeated Mr Taofeek Gbadebo of the Omoluabi Team, who got 382 votes.

Addressing the judiciary staff at the event, the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Aloba, praised the peaceful conduct of the election.

The chief judge, who was represented by Mr Sanusi Kamar, Director of Finance and Human Resources of the Lagos State Judiciary, pledged support for staff of the Lagos State Judiciary.

He urged them to work hard and pursue excellence in their various fields, promising that their welfare would remain important to the judiciary.

In his acceptance speech, the new JUSUN Chairman, Shobowale, promised not to let down the judiciary.

Shobowale said that he would work hard to deliver all his electoral promises.

NAN reports that Mrs Adenike Ogunnaike was elected the union’s Vice-Chairman, while Mrs Olorunfunmilayo Oloyede emerged the Treasurer.

Edited by Olawunmi Ashafa/Ijeoma Popoola

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