The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Saturday, upheld the election of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-olu of Lagos State.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the five-man panel in two separate judgments, upheld Sanwo-Olu’s victory in the March 9 poll and dismissed the appeal by governorship candidates of Labour Party (LP) and Alliance for Democracy (AD).
The two parties and their candidates had appealed the Sep. 23 judgment of the Lagos State Election Petition Tribunal which upheld Sanwo-Olu’s victory.
The appellate court in both judgments upheld the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal that the appellants failed to prove that Sanwo-Olu was not competent to contest the March 9 governorship poll by virtue of his alleged mental incompetence.
It noted that the Election Tribunal had observed that no scintilla of evidence was placed before it including newspaper publication proving Sanwo-Olu’s alleged mental incompetence.
The appellate court upheld the Tribunal’s decision that no proof of allegation of collusion and assault against officers of the Nigerian Army was provided by the appellants.
It upheld the Election Petition Tribunal’s decision that the appellants did not provide sufficient proof of electoral malpractice at the polling units against the respondents.
The appellate court ordered that a cost of N200,000 be awarded against the appellants in favour of six of the seven respondents (except for the Commissioner of Police) in both appeals. The costs will be a total of N2.4million.
Reading the lead judgment on behalf of the five-man panel in the appeal by the LP, Justice Hannatu Sankey said the appeal was lacking in merit and hence dismissed.
“I hereby uphold the judgment of the Lagos State Election Petition Tribunal,” she said.
Reacting, Mr Bola Aidi, counsel to the appellants said he was grateful for the judgment.
“I am grateful for the judgment and I thank my lord for the expeditious hearing of the case,” he said.
Mr Victor Okpara, counsel to Sanwo-Olu and the APC also thanked the bench for the judgment.
“I want to thank the bench for the well considered judgment. It was faultless and flawless,” he said.
Reading the lead judgment on behalf of the five-man panel in the appeal by the AD, Justice Ayobode Shodipe said the appeal was lacking in merit hence dismissed.
“The seven issues of the appellant are hereby resolved against him,” he said.
Aidi,counsel to AD said “once again we want to show appreciation for the judgment.”
Mr K.O Shobayo and Mr J. J Ogunyemi, counsels to Sanwo-Olu and APC in their reaction, thanked the court for the ruling.
Edited by Ali Baba-Inuwa
Engineer in court for allegedly buying stolen laptops
An engineer, Robinson Onyeka, on Thursday appeared before a Grade I Area Court in Mpape, Abuja, over alleged purchase of nine stolen laptops.
The police charged Onyeka, 31, with receiving stolen property.
The defendant, a resident of Zone 4, Lugbe, Abuja, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Mr Stanley Nwaforaku, told the court that the defendant bought the stolen laptops from one Hakeem Okeowo sometime in November 2018.
Nwaforaku said that during an investigation, the police recovered four of the laptops from the defendant’s shop and other premises belonging to different individuals.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 317 of the Penal Code.
The Judge, Mr Salihu Ibrahim, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with one surety in like sum.
He adjourned the case until Nov. 27 for hearing.
Edited by Ejike Obeta/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
Court dissolves 6-year-old marriage over battery, infidelity
A Customary Court at Mapo in Ibadan on Thursday dissolved a 6-year-old marriage between one Temitope Adebayo and Olumide Adebayo on account of laziness, battery and infidelity.
Dissolving the marriage, the President of the court, Ademola Odunade, said any spouse that was unfaithful in a relationship would eventually lose out.
The court, while blaming the plaintiff for collapsing her marriage through her suspicious attitude, dissolved the union and awarded custody of their six year-old child to Temitope and directed Olumide to pay N5,000 alimony.
Narraring her ordeal, Temitope, an Estate Agent, said she was ready to move on with her life because she had been overburdened with chores because of her husband’s laziness.
“I have never had rest of mind in my union to Olumide for many years now due to his unrepentant laziness.
“Even if I am slightly down or tired, Olumide will never offer to help me with home chores such as fetching water and washing.
“Worse still, he doesn’t want to see any man by my side and if he does see me discussing with a man, he beats me without mercy.
“As an estate agent, there is no way I will not have both male and female customers. There was even a day he punched me in the eyeball and blood settled in my eye,” Temitope said.
The respondent consented to the suit, stressing that he had beaten his wife only once before.
Olumide, who worked with a private firm in Ibadan, told the court that the plaintiff was too troublesome and could not be trusted.
“My lord, I was the one who got her the job, but Temitope has started having extra marital affairs.
“All of a sudden, Temitope started hiding her mobile phone from me, but I investigated and found out the man she is dating.
“Sometimes, she doesn’t know that I have returned from office and I capture most of her discussion with her secret lover on phone.
“In fact, I gave her lovers phone number to her mother to confirm the story herself and she called the man in my presence.
“Subsequently, Temitope started moving away her belongings from my home one after the other,” Olumide explained.
Edited by Philip Dzeremo/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Police arraign trader for allegedly insulting, intimidating neighbour
Abuja, Nov.21, 2019 The police, on Thursday, arraigned a 31-year-old trader, Aliyu Mohammed in a Kabusa Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly insulting and intimidating his neighbour.
Mohammed, who resides at Sun City Estate Lokogoma, Abuja, is charged with three counts of criminal intimidation, intentional insult and assault.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mohammed Lawal, told the court that the complainant, Bisi Tade, of Sun City Estate, Lokogoma, Abuja, reported the matter at the Lokogoma Police Station on Nov. 13.
Lawal alleged the defendant called the complainant stupid.
He further alleged that when the complainant asked him to stop insulting her, he picked up a stick and threatened to harm her.
Lawal said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 155, 264 and 296 of the Penal Code Law.
He pleaded not guilty.
The judge, Justice Ibrahim Kagarko admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.
He adjourned the case until Dec. 3 for hearing.
Edited Adeboye Ajayi/Sadiya Hamza
Court remands man who allegedly raped 13-year-old
For allegedly raping a 13-year-old, a 55-year-old man, Dayyabu Dankaka, was on Thursday remanded by a Kaduna Magistrates’ Court.
The Magistrate, Mrs Hajara Dauda, who did not take the defendant’s plea, ordered that he should be kept in prison pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Dauda adjourned the case until Dec. 2 for mention.
The defendant, a resident of Paki Village in Ikara LGA of Kaduna State, was charged on a count of rape.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Baba, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Nov. 4 at Paki Village.
Baba alleged that the defendant lured the 13-year-old girl into his room and defiled her by having sexual intercourse with her, in contravention of Section 258 of the Kaduna State Penal Code, 2017.
He said that the victim’s parent reported the case at the Ikara Police Station.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 258 of the Penal Code prescribes up to life sentence for rape.
Edited by Ejike Obeta/Ijeoma (NAN) Popoola
Court remands 40-year-old man for allegedly sodomising neighborur’s 10-year-old boy
Kaduna, Nov. 21, 2019 A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that a 40-year-old man, Musa Alhassan, 40, who allegedly sodomised his neighboir’s 10-year-old boy,be remanded in a correctional centre, pending legal advice.
The Magistrate, Hajara Dauda, who did not take the plea of Alhassan ordered the police to duplicate the case file and send it to the State Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.
Dauda adjourned the case until Dec. 4 for mention.
The police charged Alhassan, who resides in Kaduna, with one count of unnatural offence.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Baba, told the court that Alhassan committed the offence on Nov. 2 at Warri Street in Kaduna.
According to Baba, Mohammed Zayyad, of the same address with Alhassan reported the matter at Sabon Gari Police Station Kaduna, on the same date.
The prosecutor stated that the defendant lured his neighbour’s 10-year-old boy to his house and sodomised him.
Baba said in the course of investigation, the defendant confessed to committing the offence which contravened the provisions of Section 259 of the Kaduna State Penal Code, 2017.
Edited by Shittu Obassa/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Teenager arraigned over alleged theft of food items
A teenager, Bashiru Udu, on Thursday appeared before an Ojo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State over allegedly theft of food items.
Udu, aged 19, was arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, burglary and stealing.
He, however, pleaded not guilty before the Magistrate, Mr A.A. Adesanya.
According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Simon Uche, the teenager committed the offences on Oct. 30, at Ajangbadi in Lagos State.
Uche said that the defendant and some others still at large, burgled a shop belonging to one Maduabuchi Uzor, located at Cele Bus Stop, Ajangbadi, Ojo LGA.
The prosecutor said that Udu made away with 30 litres of palm oil, six bags of 10kg Semovita, two cartons of Pure Vegetable Oil, three cartons of Power Oil and two cartons of Kings Oil.
According to him, the other stolen items include; four cartons of Indomie noodles, eight bags of rice and two cartons of Spaghetti.
He said that all the stolen items worth 270,000.
Uche added that the teenager stole N102,000.
The alleged offences comtavene the provisions of Sections 287, 390 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The magistrate granted Udu bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the case until Jan. 15, 2020, for mention.
Edited by Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
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