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Applicant in court for urinating on restaurant owner

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The police on Tuesday arraigned an applicant, Abubakar Shuaibu, in a Kabusa Grade I Area Court, Abuja for allegedly urinating on a restaurant owner.

Shuaibu, whose address was not provided is charged with three counts of conspiracy, mischief and causing hurt.

The Prosecution Counsel,  Mahmud Lawal,  told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 4.

Lawal alleged that the complainant, Mrs Racheal Magashi, who lives at Sheretti,Kabusa, Abuja, reported the matter at the Kabusa police station.

The prosecutor said the complainant reported that Shuaibu urinated on her body after she asked him not to urinate around her restaurant.

Lawal also alleged that the defendant with three others at large conspired and invaded Magashi’s restaurant, destroyed chairs and tables valued at N20,000.

He further alleged that the defendant also poured out a pot of soup cooked by the complainant valued at N30,000.

The prosecution said that during police investigation, the defendant confessed to the crime.

He said the offence contravened  the provisions of  sections 97, 327 and 241 of the Penal Code Law.

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

The  Judge, Ibrahim Kagarko, ordered that the defendant be remanded in Keffi Prison, Nasarawa State and adjourned the case until July 18, for hearing.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Applicant docked for allegedly stealing friend’s camera worth N710, 000

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The police on Wednesday arraigned a 21-year-old applicant, Sunday Francis, in a Wuse  Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing  his friend’s Cannon 6D Mark2 camera worth N710, 000.

Francis, who resides in Block C6, Same Global Estate, Darkwo District, Abuja, is charged with two counts of house breaking and theft

The Prosecution Counsel, Peter Ejike, told the court that the complainant, Mr Wangel Kunsept of Block 21, Darka Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, reported the matter at the Divisional Police Headquarters Wuse Zone 3, Abuja on May 13.

Ejike alleged that the defendant illegally gained entrance into the complainant’s house, broke his door and stole the camera and a pair of shoes worth N18, 000.

The prosecutor alleged that during investigation the defendant admitted to committing the crime.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 346 and 287 of the Penal Code

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

Magistrate Linda Chidama admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N400, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Chidama ordered that the surety must be a civil servant on GL 10 or above and must reside within the court jurisdiction.

She adjourned the matter until July 2 for hearing.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

 

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8,000 jobs: Ayade directs applicants to village heads

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Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

Ayade gave the directive in a statement by Mr Christian Ita, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, on Saturday in Calabar.

The governor said the decentralisation became necessary due to concerns about the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

Ayade said that the state government decentralised the exercise due to the massive crowd witnessed at registration points.

According to him, all registrations for the automatic job placement will now be at the applicants’ village square or playgrounds.

“Names originating from the various family units are to be collated by village heads and forwarded to a local government coordinator that will be appointed by the COVID-19 Response Task Force.

“The list will be verified and authenticated by the paramount rulers of each local government area and submitted to the COVID-19 Response Task Force.

“Selected persons will be invited to an all-expense paid induction course in Calabar in batches and selected persons will then be posted to their areas of interest.

“Please note that the salary to be earned will be tax free as it falls within the range of income exempted from tax by the state tax exemption law,” Ayade said.

It would be recalled that on Wednesday, April 15, the governor, during the inauguration of the state food bank, announced an automatic employment for 8,000 youths in the state as part of his palliatives to youths.

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Fake employment syndicate dupes applicants N3.2m in Bauchi

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Bauchi State Government, on Tuesday, said it had arrested 10 civil servants who issued fake employment letters to 120 applicants in the state.

The syndicate had duped the applicants of over N3.2 million, the State Head of Service, Alhaji Abubakar Ma’aji, said in Bauchi while parading the suspects.

He said the 10 civil servants are serving in the state Ministry of Health and that of Works.

Ma’aji added that the fake appointment letters into various positions in the two ministries were issued between 2017 and 2019.

He explained that the syndicate capitalised on the appointment window approved by former governor, Muhammed Abubakar, for absorption of 1149 medical students into the health sector.

Ma’aji said the activities of the suspects was blown open following public outcry that in spite of a government embargo on employment, they had continued to recruit personnel under the guise of  “Replacement”.

“I then directed all heads of MDAs to investigate the matter and based on that the state ministries of Health and Works uncovered the said syndicate.

“The syndicate even applied and obtained Personal Sub-head Numbers (PSN) from the treasury department for the fake appointments but were discovered to be same with some of the genuine students that were employed by the governmentt.

“It was discovered that the names of those given fake appointment letters were not in the government approved lists, hence a committee was setup under one Ibrahim Gambaki, Director of Finance and Administration in the ministry of Health to further investigate the matter,” he said.

“A former staff officer in the ministry of Works, Samaila Tijanni and Hajiya Nafisa Salihu as well as Mahmud Nasiru Illelah and seven others were, therefore, queried and later transferred to various ministries and agencies to give room for proper investigation.”

He added that the issue was further exposed when some of those issued the fake employment protested over non payment of their monthly salaries.

“With this development, we have to revisit the issue and discovered that the members of the syndicate were more than the earlier discovered.

“We have gotten them and will query them, and forward it to Senior Management Committee and when processed, will forward same to the office of the head of service for necessary action,” he said.

One of the suspects, Samaila Tijjani, who had retired from the state civil service, confessed that he had facilitated the employment of 61 applicants through the process.

However, one of the victims, Huseeini Mamba, said that they followed due process, applied for the positions and were issued appointment letters which they believed were genuine at the time.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maharazu Ahmed
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You lack legal rights to file suit challenging appointment of 4 Supreme Court justices, court tells applicant

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Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday. held that 

the Incoporated Trustees of Access to Justice lacked the locus standi to institute a suit challenging the 

appointment of Supreme Court Justices. 

 

The applicant had, in a suit 

marked /1460/2019, asked the court to nullify the appointment of four apex justices made by the National Judicial Council (

NJC) 

on the grounds that it did not comply with the extant Revised the council’s guidelines and procedural rules for the appointment of judicial officers of all superior court of records in Nigeria adopted by the NJC and which came into force on Nov. 3, 2014.

 

Listed as respondents in the matter are the Federal Judicial Service Commission; the NJC; the Chief Justice of Nigeria; the Senate and President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the council had, in October 2019, recommended the appointment of four new Justices for the Supreme Court to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.

They are Justices Adamu Jauro (North-East), Emmanuel A. Agim, (South-South), C. Oseji (South-South) and Helen M. Ogunwumiju (South-West).

In his judgment, Justice Ekwo struck out the suit after holding that the applicat lacked the locus standi (legal authority) to file the suit.

Ekwo upheld the objections of the respondents to the effect that the applicant lacked the locus standi to initiate the action.

The judge said that the applicant acted outside its objectives set out in its constitution which did not include engaging in public interest litigation.

Besides, the court held that Section 590 (1) of the Companies and Allied Act (CAMA) did not give the applicant the authority to engage itself in what it called “pleased interest litigation to the extent that it has the authority to initiate this type of suit.”

“I must state that Nigeria does not yet have a statutory framework for the registration or operation of Non- Governmental Organisation (NGOs).

“In other words, there is no legislation that deals with the registration or operation of NGO in Nigeria and I hope that the National Assembly and even the applicant will take a cue from other Commonwealth countries like Uganda (the Non-Governmental Act, 2016) and Zambia (Non-Governmental Act).

“These countries, apart from having enactments that, are similar to Part C of the CAMA, do have enactments that govern the operations of NGOs.

“In this climes, with the NGO Act, these organisations are active in humanitarian, educational, healthcare, public policy etc,” he ruled.

Ekwo added that the bodies or associations that are registered under Section 590 (1) of the CAMA, are by all intent and purposes, “non-contentious; non-confrontational; non-combative and non-litigations association for their objects are limited to religious, educational etc.”

He held that “anybody or association of persons who obtains registration under Part C of the CAMA and engages in any activity other than the ones mentioned in Section 590 (1) of the CAMA is an illegality.

“There is no provisions under Part C of the CAMA that makes provisions for the registration of anybody or groups of persons whose true intent is to supervise, superintend or monitor arms or agencies of government or interfere in their business.

“I am sure that if the applicant had indicated to the Coporate Affairs Commission (CAC) that the real object in it’s mind is to engage in public interest litigation of the nature of this suit, the CAC would have refused to register it under Part C of the CAMA.

“If the applicant is now telling this court that it has locus standi to engage in public interest litigation by virtue of its registration under section 590 (1) of the CAMA, then the registration was a camouflage and a fraud and ought to be revoked.

“I find that the applicant has not established any credible evidence tendered upon the originating summons that it is a coporate body registered by CAC.

“I also find that the applicant has not established by any credible evidence that it has a constitution registered under Part C of the CAMA.

“Therefore, the applicant has acted ultra vires the provision of the said Section 590 (1) of the CAMA by bringing this action.

“I therefore resolve the issue of locus standi against the applicant and in favour of the respondents,” the judge delivered.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
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Applicant arraigned for allegedly stealing N556,810

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A 21-year-old applicant, Kelvin Enahoro, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly breaking into a shop and stealing cash of N556,810.

Enahoro, whose address was not provided, is charged with shop-breaking and stealing to which he pleaded not guilty.

Prosecuting counsel, Insp. Christopher John, told the court that Enahoro committed the offences on March 9 at No. 39 Market Road, Camp Davies KaKa, Ayobo, Lagos State.

John said that Enahoro broke into the shop of Gold Edge Industrial Nigeria Limited and stole the money.

“Enahoro raided and stole the N556, 810 cash kept in the shop,” he said.

The prosecuting counsel said the defendant was caught by the security guard while trying to escape.

The offence contravened Sections 309 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 287 stipulates seven-year jail term for offenders, while Section 309 prescribes three years for shop-breaking.

Chief Magistrate, Mr P. E. Nwaka, admitted the suspect to N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

The magistrate adjourned the case until April 21 for hearing.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Tajudeen Atitebi
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Applicant, 20, in court for allegedly stealing phone

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A 20-year-old applicant, Damilola Fatumiro, was on Thursday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing an Infinix hot 7 phone, valued at N35, 000.

Fatumiro, whose resident was unknown, was charged with breach of peace and stealing.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Edet Akadu, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Feb. 25 at No. 18, Abiodun St., Mushin, Lagos.

Akadu said that Fatumiro entered the shop of Mrs Karimot Babalola and stole the phone.

The prosecutor said during police investigation, it was discovered that Fatumiro entered the complainant’s shop at the time the phone was stolen.

He said the offences contravened Sections 167 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 287 stipulates a three-year jail term on conviction.

The Magistrate, Mr K.O. Ogundare, granted Fatumiro bail of N10, 000 with one surety in like sum.

The case was adjourned until March 19 for mention.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

 

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Applicant, clergy in court for allegedly threatening to kill trader

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The police on Tuesday arraigned an applicant and a clergy in a Grade I Area Court in Mpape, Abuja, for allegedly threatening to kill a trader.

The police charged Ade Joseph and Pastor Mathew Aderemi with criminal conspiracy, intimidation and Extortion.

The Prosecution Counsel, M.M Austin, told the court that on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 the defendants criminally conspired and planned to kill the complainant, Sunday Olabode.

Austin also alleged that Ist defendant (Joseph), also extorted N6, 000 from the complainant’s wife in order to ”stop the planned killing”.

He said the case was reported by the Olabode on Feb. 4 at Mpape Police station.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 97, 397 and 292 of the Penal Code.

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

The Judge, Salihu Ibrahim, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N250,000 each with one surety each in like sum.

Ibrahim adjourned the case until Feb. 28 for hearing.

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Court remands applicant for allegedly beating up hotel attendant

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A Grade I Area Court in Mpape, Abuja, on Monday ordered that an applicant, Joel Arinze, who allegedly beat up a hotel attendant to a pulp, be remanded in a correctional centre.

The Judge, Salihu Ibrahim, who gave the order, adjourned the case until Feb. 27 for further hearing.

The police charged Arinze, 37, of Arab Road, Mpape, Abuja with causing hurt.

The Prosecution Counsel, M.M Austin, told the court that the defendant rented a room in a hotel in Mpape Area where he smoked marijuana, refused to pay his bills and beat up the attendant.

Austin alleged that the defendant injured the attendant, Akhigbe Thomas, on his face.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 246 of Penal Code.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Sadiya Hamza

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Applicant in court over alleged theft of generator

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An applicant, Nnamdi Chukwu, 34, who allegedly stole a generator worth N105,000, on Monday appeared in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

Chukwu, whose address was not provided is charged with theft of a generator but he pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Evelyn Ehiemua, told the court that Chukwu committed the offence on Dec. 27, 2019 at about 3.00 p.m., at Katankowa Market, Oke-odo, Agege, Lagos State.

Ehiemua alleged that the defendant stole the generator, property of the Complainant, Mr Ifeanyi Anyanwu, from where it was kept.

She said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the section stipulates a three-year jail term for stealing,

The Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Daodu, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Daodu adjourned the case until March 18, for mention.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Adeleye Ajayi

 

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