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Alleged threat of arrest: Okorcha approaches court for enforcement of fundamental rights

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Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo has approached the Federal High Court Abuja, seeking the protection of his fundamental rights.

Okorocha, in two fundamental rights suit filed at the court, alleged that his political adversaries were behind his current travails.

He listed as respondents in the suits, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Department of State Services (DSS) the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

He accused the said adversaries of instigating the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other agencies against him and members of his family.

The Imo governor also blamed the said political adversaries for why INEC failed to issue him with a certificate of return after being declared the winner of the last election in lmo West Senatorial District.

”Not satisfied with the withholding of the applicant’s certificate of return, those powerful forces have commenced fresh spate of attacks against the applicant on the baseless allegation that he embezzled the funds belonging to Imo state government.

“The plan has now reached a crescendo and desperation in view of the failure of the respondents to find anything incriminating against the applicant.

‘The decision now taken is to arrest and detain the applicant as soon as he hands over power to the newly elected governor of Imo on May 29 and using the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, detain him indefinitely.

”This is in order that cause may be found to have him removed from his seat as a senator to which he was recently elected.

” The plan has also been expanded to include a reign of terror against the applicant’s political, business associates and family members including his wife and children.”

In the suit, Okorocha said that he had not committed any offence to warrant the incessant threats of arrest, detention, the harassment and terror being unleashed upon him and his family.

“It is therefore important that this court as the “Fundamental Rights Court” intervene to ensure that this abuse of power and misfeasance in public office by the respondents against the applicant is abated.

”It is also important to ensure that the fundamental rights of the applicant to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, to liberty and freedom of movement are enforced.

“Where there is a course to commence any investigation whatsoever against any person including the applicant, the DSS follows legal procedures in conducting such an investigation.”

Morever, the DSS stated in its counter affidavit that the applicant could not stop security and law enforcement agencies from conducting investigations.

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Alleged Rape: Coalition commends Police over case against Fatoyinbo

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The Coalition of Public Interest Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) has commended the Nigerian Police for exhibiting high sense of intelligence in various investigation of rape allegations in the country.

Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi, Convener of COPA, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday.

Olajengbesi said the commendation became necessary following the conclusion of investigation on the allegation of rape levelled against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA).

The allegation was instituted by Mrs Busola Dakolo, wife of Nigerian inspirational singer, Timi Dakolo.

It would be recalled that Mrs Dakolo dragged Fatoyinbo to court for allegedly raping her about 20 years ago before she turned 18, an allegation Fatoyinbo denied.

The Criminal Intelligence and Investigative Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja, had in a letter in March confirmed it had concluded investigation and had forwarded the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPPF).

Olajengbesi said credit should be given to the Police for the thorough investigation, given the time it took them to conclude the work and forward to DPPF for prosecution.

“Yes, we’ve received communication on the progress of the investigation and the transfer of the Police’s findings to the DPP.

“We are excited and hopeful by this development, even as we believe that justice delayed cannot be denied.

“The crime of rape is heinous and must never be tolerated as that will give impetus to the culprit to victimise others.

Mr Fatoyinbo will have to go through the test of the law and establish his innocence if possible.

“We now patiently await the ministry’s activation of the instrumentality of the law to prosecute Mr Fatoyinbo.

“Fatoyinbo’s conviction, if found guilty, will prove to the world, Nigeria’s stern and zero tolerance for criminality, regardless of who is involved.

“This is necessary in positioning our country as where the rule of law reigns supreme.

“The ball is now in the court of the ministry of justice through the DPP.

“We express the hope and faith that justice will finally be served in this matter,’’ Olajengbesi said.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Man, 27, arraigned over alleged assault

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A 27-year-old man, Gbenga Ajayi, was, on Friday, arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for allegedly assaulting a woman.
The defendant, of no fixed address, is standing trial on a charge of assault.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Olubu Apata, told the court that the defendant assaulted one Bose Salami.
He
said that the defendant committed the offence on May 26, at Araromi-Ekute in Ado-Ekiti.
Apata
said that the woman usually begged for money from the defendant, while the defendant said he had warned her severally not to beg him for money again but that she never listened.
He said that the woman later came to beg for money, while the defendant was angry and beat her up.
According to him, the offence contravenes Section 246(d) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him study the case file and assemble his witnesses.
The defendant pleaded not guilty, while his counsel, Mr Gbenga Ariyibi, urged the court to grant him bail, with a promise that he would not jump bail.
The Magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in like sum.
She adjourned the case till June 15, for mention.


Edited By: Chidi Opara and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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2 drivers docked for alleged assault, theft of phones

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Two men who allegedly assaulted a vehicle owner and stole his mobile phones worth N95,000 have been arraigned before a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court in Abuja on Friday.

The Police charged Desmond Momoh, 39, and Jaiyesimi Oloruntoba, 30, of Asokoro Extension and Dape Village, Abuja, respectively, with five-count charge of joint act, assault, causing hurt, mischief and theft.

The Prosecutor, ASP Peter Ejike of FCT command, told the court that the matter was reported at Life Camp Police Station on May 21, by one Ahmad Tukura of Kado Estate, Abuja.

Ejike alleged that on the said date, at about 12.15 p.m, while the complainant was driving to Life Camp, he was stopped at Setraco police check point by security officers to present his pass document.

He alleged that while the complainant drove off from the police check point, the two defendants drove after him and blocked his vehicle from moving.

The prosecutor further alleged that the defendants dragged the complainant out of his car, beat him up and stole his Techno phone and Samsung galaxy tab both valued at N15,000 and N80,000, respectively.

He said the police at the check point heard the complainant screaming and immediately swung into action, arresting both defendants.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 79, 265, 244, 327 and 288 of the Penal Code.

Momoh and Jaiyesimi, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Mr Gadafi Nwegbe, Counsel to the defendants, prayed the court to grant the defendants bail, while citing Section 158 and 165(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

The Chief Magistrate, Celestine Odo, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N200,000 each, with a surety each in like sum.

Odo ordered that the sureties must be reliable with a fixed address and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

He also said both sureties must deposit a recent passport photograph to the court registrar, and their addresses verified by the court officer.

Odo adjourned the matter to June 25 for hearing.


Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Man in court for allegedly swindling businesswoman of N5m

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The police on Friday arraigned a 31-year-old man, Stephen Samson, in an Area court in Mpape, Abuja for allegedly cheating a businesswoman of N5 million.

The police charged Samson, 31, with criminal conspiracy and cheating.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mr G.J. Ayanna told the court that the defendant was arrested and taken to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in the Office of the Inspector-General of Police.

He alleged that sometime in 2019, the defendant pretended to be the Managing director of Iconic Rime international Ltd where he approached Mrs Esosa Aroki of B25, Lokogoma Globe Estate, Abuja on a business proposal.

Ayanna said the defendant asked her to invest N5 million and promised her N8 million in 40 days.

He said after the defendant collected the money, he absconded and when the complainant tried to call, he refused to take his calls.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 97 and 322 of the Penal Code.

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

The Judge, Abdullahi Ogedengbe , admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1.5 million with one reasonable surety in like sum.GL14 officer in the Civil Service.

He adjourned the case until July 3 for hearing.


Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Man docked for alleged theft of cell phone

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A 31-year-old man, Adewunmi Ayoola, on Friday appeared before an Ota Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ogun, for allegedly stealing a Tecno cell phone valued at N34,000.

 

Ayoola, of no fixed address, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and burglary.

 

The prosecutor, Insp. Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on June 1, at about 9.00p.m.

 

Mustapha said that the defendant unlawfully entered the house of the complainant, Raphael Saibu, at No. 36 Ifelodun St., Oju-Ore, Sango-Ota, and allegedly stole the cell phone.

 

He said the defendant was apprehended by the complainant’s neighbours and handed over to the police.

 

He said that the offences contravened Sections 390(9) and 516 of the Criminal Laws of Ogun, 2006.

 

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

 

The Chief Magistrate, Mr S. O. Banwo, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Banwo ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government.

The magistrate adjourned the case until June 15, for trial.


Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Obike Ukoh (NAN)

 

 

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3 brothers in Police net over alleged murder of woman in Abuja

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Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman in Abuja,

according to Mr Frank Mba, Public Relations of the Police Force.

Mba, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said that the suspects, from Isiekenesi, Ideato Local Government in Imo, are helping Police investigation into the May 14 murder of Mrs Janet Ogbonnaya, a mother of five children.

He said that the suspects were arrested by the Police in their home town where they had allegedly taken refuge after committing the crime in Abuja, to evade arrest.

Mba said that investigation that led to their arrest followed complaints by one Chinedu Ogbonnaya, who alleged that his mother, Janet, 55, a native of Ozuitem in Bende Local Government Area of Abia, had been kidnapped.

Ogbonnaya told the Police that N5 million ransom was being demanded by the kidnappers to secure the mother’s release.

“A comprehensive and painstaking investigation by Police operatives resulted in the arrest of the three suspects, who, in the course of interrogation, revealed that the victim had long been murdered and buried.

“Further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of the principal suspect, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada, Abuja to visit the suspect.

“The suspect took advantage of the visit, served her milk laced with drugs, and subsequently murdered her,” he said.

According to him, the victim was buried in a septic tank afterwhich the suspects went ahead to reach out to the family, using her phone, to demand N5 million ransom to secure her release.   ​

Mba said that the suspects, on Thursday, led a team of investigators alongside pathologists to a residence at Wumba District, Lokogoma area of Abuja, where the victim’s decomposing body was exhumed from a septic tank.

The spokesman said that the exhumed body had been taken to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital for forensic examination, while a Toyota Highlander Jeep belonging to the deceased had also been recovered at a mechanic workshop in Apo, where it had been repainted into a different colour.

Mba said that the vehicle documents had been fraudulently changed with ownership of the stolen vehicle criminally transferred to one of the masterminds of the crime.

According to him, investigation also revealed that the house where the deceased was killed and buried originally belonged to one of the suspects but was hurriedly sold to a third party to obliterate evidence.

Already, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has commended the team of Police operatives for a job well done. He has also pledged that perpetrators of crimes will not go undetected and unpunished.

The Police helmsman has also enjoined citizens to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhood to the nearest Police Station,” the statement said.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

 

 

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Enugu lawmaker decries alleged invasion of constituency by Ebonyi communities

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Chinedu Okwu, Member representing Aninri Constituency, in Enugu State House of Assembly has called on the state government to urgently intervene in the alleged invasion and destruction of houses and farmlands by some communities in Ebonyi.

Okwu, who made the call in a petition submitted to the House during plenary in Enugu on Thursday, listed the communities as Uburu, Akaeze and Ishiagu communities in Ebonyi.

He said that land grabbers from the three communities were claiming part of Aninri land, in spite of the obvious boundary features, adding that “they could not render any sustainable account of such claim.

“We complain in tears, about the unwarranted invasion, killing and maiming of our people by the three communities in Ebonyi, Uburu, Akaeze in Ohaozara and Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Areas respectively, that share common boundary with us.

“Shortly after their kinsman, His Excellency Mr David Umahi, became the governor of Ebonyi, they returned to our land with much more force and a new turn of claim.

“Initially, they were making individual claims of ownership of different parts of our land but now, they claim and act for and on behalf of Ebonyi government.

“They forcefully re-enter with tractors bearing the inscription, Ebonyi Government and destroyed our cassava, yam and rice farms respectively, spanning about 100 hectares and deforested our popular Egu-Nkwo, which over the years used to be the major source of our timber business,” he said.

The lawmaker alleged that Ebonyi government had entered into agreement with a Chinese company for mining activities of the Led and Silicon deposits in the land.

“The company just started getting the revenue and other benefits accruable from the mining, which is supposed to be for Enugu State, and now is being enjoyed by the Ebonyi government.

“Our people are dying in pains, the thought of watching helplessly another state driving us out of our land and taking over by force our source of livelihood, when we also have a state government, is quite unbearable”, Okwu lamented.

Reacting, the Speaker, Ubosi urged the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, to dialogue with her counterpart in Ebonyi, to resolve the land encroachment issue amicably.

The House thereafter adjourned to June 11 for further legislative activities.


Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

 

 

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Police arrests man over alleged rape of 85-year-old woman in Niger

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The Police Command in Niger has arrested one Peter Ayemoba, of Rafin Sanyi area in Suleja Local Government Area, for allegedly having carnal knowledge of his two daughters.

The police also announced the arrest of another suspect who allegedly raped an 85-year-old woman.

ASP Wasiu Abiodun, Command Public Relation Officer (PPRO), disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Minna on Thursday.

Abiodun said that Ayemoba had sexually assaulted his daughters, now aged 20 and 23, between 2013 and 2019.

“Investigation revealed that the suspect usually threatened to kill them and commit suicide if they denied him carnal knowledge,” the PPRO said.

He also said that police detectives attached to Kagara division in Rafi Local Government Area have arrested one Ezekiel Yonana, 25, for raping an 85-year-old woman in Tukunguna village.

Abiodun said the incident occurred on May 23 at about 23:00 am while the old woman was asleep.

According to the PPRO, the suspect, a resident of Unguwar Ya’u Tunguna village criminally trespassed into her room and threatened to kidnap her or paid him some money.

“The suspect forcefully had canal knowledge of the 85-year-old before she was rescued by her grandson.”

Abiodun said that the two suspects had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court.

He appealed to residents to volunteer information about suspected criminal elements in their midst.

AAG /MZA

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Alleged intimidation: Court fixes June 11 to rule over Pilot’s claim

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A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court has on fixed June 11, to deliver rule  in an alleged case of criminal intimidation and inciting disturbance filed by a pilot, Abba Maigida.

 Maigida, who resides at No 13, Moses Majekodunmi Crescent, Utako, Abuja filed an application  for direct criminal  complain in compliance  with  Section 89 (5) of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

He instituted  the suit against his neighbour, Uche Okolie, on May 15.

The Judge, Inuwa Maiwada, who fixed the date, ordered that a letter of reminder be sent to the police to send a copy report of the investigation in order for the court to deliver its ruling.

He adjourned the matter until June 11, for ruling.

Earlier, the defendant’s counsel, Onyeka Osigwe, informed the court that the police has concluded investigation and will forward a report to the court.

NAN reports that Maigida alleged that Okolie who resides in an apartment directly above his own within the same address, constitutes nuisance.

Maigida said every attempt to get her to stop pounding on his ceiling failed.

In addition, Maigida alleged that the defendant threatened him with a knife, when he tried to talk to her to stop hitting objects on his ceiling.

The pilot is praying for the court to invoke the provisions of sections 183 and 397 of the Penal Code Law, which is an offence for inciting public disturbance and criminal intimidation.

The defendant, however, denied the allegation and the court ordered police investigation into the matter.

The court  directed that  a report be presented at the end of the investigation.(NAN)

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