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Borno Senatorial election: Tribunal dismisses suit against Gov. Shettima

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The Borno Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed a suit filed by tSen. Mohammed Abba-Aji of the PDP challenging the election of Gov. Kashim Shettima of the APC.

Abba-Aji is challenging the return of Shettima as winner of Borno Central Senatorial seat.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abba-Aji, represented the zone between 2003 and 2007.

Also joined in the suit are the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ruling on the application for withdrawal of the petition filed by Abba-Aji, the tribunal headed by Justice Peter Kekemeke dismissed it for lack of merit.

“The petitioners have not complied with the provision of section (49) of the 1st Schedule of the Electoral Act.

“It is our view that the petitioners ‘ application lacks merit and so failed’’, he held.

Kekemeke also dismissed application of Shettima and APC for praying the tribunal to dismiss of the petition for also lacking in merit.

“However, the petition had turned academic in pursuant to paragraph 15 (4) of the 1st Schedule of the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended, this petition is accordingly dismissed’’, he held.

Abba-Aji had earlier sought an order of the tribunal, mandating INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to

Shettima because the election was marred by corrupt practices and non- compliance with electoral Act.

He is also sought for an order mandating INEC to conduct a fresh election to the seat of Borno Central Senatorial District.

 

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2 docked over alleged receipt of 4 stolen vehicles

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Two businessmen: Victor Umeh, 48, and Cletus Eze, 39, charged with receiving stolen vehicles, were  hauled up before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos in Thursday.

 

The defendants were arraigned before Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen goods.

Umeh and Ezeh, however, denied committing the offences and were admitted to bail in the sum N300,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

 

Osunsanmi said that all the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government (LASG).

 

The case was adjourned until Feb. 17 for mention.

 

The prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendants committed the offences between March and April 2019 at Gowon Estate, Lagos.

 

He said that the defendants were caught in possession of four stolen cars.

 

The defendants received four cars from some robbery suspects knowing same to have been stolen.

 

The owners of the stolen cars are yet to be identified,” the prosecutor said.

 

The prosecutor said that the defendants also stole N590,000 from one Mr Christopher Akinyanmodi and another N850,000 from one Mr Agabi Johnny.

 

The prosecutor said that the defendants had deceived the potential buyers to buy two out of the four stolen Toyota cars with the sums stated above.

 

Ayorinde said that the defendants absconded but were eventually arrested after they had committed the offences.

 

The prosecutor said that the alleged offences violated Sections 287, 328 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

 

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 stipulates three years’ imprisonment for stealing while Section 328 prescribes 14 years for receiving stolen property.

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Electrician bags 10 months imprisonment for property theft

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A Grade I Area Court, Mpape, Abuja, on Thursday, sentenced an electrician, Ige Oremogume, to 10 months in correctional centre for property theft.

The Judge, Salihu Ibrahim, sentenced Oremogume, 40, after he had pleaded guilty to breaking into the complainant’s house and stealing his property.

Ibrahim, however, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N10,000.

He, however, granted a N250,000 bail to another suspect, Jacob Idowu, who pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Edwin Ochayi, told the court that the case was reported at Mpape police station by one Ilufoye of the DSS headquarters, Abuja, on Nov. 24.

Ochayi said the convict and Idowu, 35, conspired, broke into the complainant’s house and stole a plasma television set, television decoder and two jerry cans of red oil.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 346 and 287 of the Penal Code.

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Mechanic in court for allegedly stealing motor parts

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A 30-year-old man, Monday Owin, on Thursday, appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing motor parts, valued at N58,000.

The defendant, an auto-mechanic, who resides at 1, Adejumosi Street, Ijegun in Igando area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offences were committed on Nov. 13 at Ogunrinola Street, Isheri, Lagos.

Ogu alleged that the defendant, and others at large, stole a battery, valued at N19,000, three rotor coils, valued at N7,000 and one Mercedes Benz ignition key, valued at N32,000.

Ogu alleged that they were caught by the complainant, Mr Damilare Falana, who raised the alarm, leading to the arrest of the defendant, while the other accomplice escaped.

The prosecutor said that the total value of the stolen parts was N58,000.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravene Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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

The Chief Magistrate, Mr J. A. Adegun, admitted the defendant to a N50,000 bail, with one surety in like sum.

Adegun adjourned the case till Jan. 28, for mention.

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2 men bag 2 years’ imprisonment each for assaulting police officer

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An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday sentenced two men: Biodun Ademoye, 18, and Abiodun Omotosho, 27, to two years’ imprisonment each for attacking a policeman with weapons.

 

The magistrate, Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi, sentenced the duo after they pleaded guilty to a four-count charge of conspiracy, assault, extortion and a breach of the peace.

 

Osunsanmi ruled that the convicts should serve out their jail terms without an option of fine.

 

The magistrate delivering her judgment said, “You are hereby sentenced to two years’ imprisonment each without an option of fine.

 

The sentence will serve as a deterrent to others who may want to engage in similar acts.

 

Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, had told the court that the defendants committed the offences with some other persons still at large on Nov.14, at at Boladale Street in Oshodi, Lagos State.

 

Ayorinde said that the defendants conducted themselves in a manner likely to breach the peace by extorting money, harassing passers-by and unlawfully assaulted Insp. Hosea Guruti.

 

The complainant had driven to the street where he parked his car to eat in a restaurant.

 

The defendants demanded that he should pay a fee for parking his car on their street.

 

The complainant insisted that he must finish his food before paying, but they pounced on him, beat him and broke his head with a weapon.

 

He was rescued by a police patrol team which was passing by,” he said.

 

Ayorinde said that the defendants were arrested, while their accomplices escaped.

 

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the affences violate Sections 168, 173, 174 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (revised).

 

 

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Court remands man, 55, for allegedly defiling daughter

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday, remanded a 55-year-old man, Nathaniel Okwuegbelem, in a correctional centre for allegedly defiling his 16-year-old daughter.

The Magistrate, Mrs B. O. Osunsanmi, who did not take the plea of Okwuegbelem, ordered that he should be remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre, pending an advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Osunsanmi had ordered the police to return the case file to the DPP for advice.

The defendant, who resides at Ikotun area of Lagos, is facing a charge of rape.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, ASP. Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that

the defendant committed the offence in August at his residence.

Ayorinde said that the defendant had canal knowledge of his daughter on two occasions.

The girl told her friend what her father had done to her and she reported the case to the police,” the prosecutor said.

He said the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the section prescribes life imprisonment for rape.

The magistrate adjourned the case till Jan. 13, for mention.

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