An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Wednesday, remanded one Salawudeen AbdulWasiu, 20, over alleged rape of a minor.
The defendant is facing a two-count charge of rape and indecent assault.
He, however, pleaded not guilty.
Adebayo alleged that the defendant unlawfully had carnal knowledge of a 12-year-old girl.
He said that the defendant unlawfully had indecent assault of the minor.
According to him, the offences contravened Sections 31(1) (2) of the Child’s Right Law of Osun, 2007 and 360 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The Magistrate, A. I. Oyebadejo, refused bail to the defendant.
Oyebadejo ordered AbdulWasiu to be remanded in Ile-Ife Nigerian Correctional Custody pending the consideration of his bail.
The magistrate adjourned the case until Aug. 20, for hearing.
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
NDDC warns Nigerians against scammers offering fake jobs
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has warned the public against activities of fraudsters offering non-existent jobs to unsuspecting seekers.
Mr Charles Odili, NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, said in a statement in Port Harcourt on Monday that the scammers demanded money from unsuspecting Nigerians to obtain jobs.
“NDDC is once again compelled to alert members of the public of activities offering placements in non-existent empowerment programmes purportedly being run by the commission.
“We have received several inquiries from potential victims, who were deceived into believing that NDDC was currently running different training and skills acquisition programmes.
“The hapless job-seekers are being asked by scammers to pay some enrollment fees into fake accounts,” he said.
Odili said that the scammers told their victims that they were representatives of officials of the commission.
According to him, the fraudsters also informed the public that they were authorised by NDDC management to collate list of contractors with jobs as well as negotiate payments.
“Members of the public should note that these dubious individuals, who impersonate NDDC officials, are exploiting the social media to carry out their nefarious activities.
“We advise those who have genuine business with NDDC to always cross-check their information at the commission’s official website and other social media handles.
“We warn those claiming to represent the commission or its Chief Executive Officer in non-existent programmes to desist forthwith or they will be arrested and prosecuted,” he warned.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Revised NDC will impact Nigeria’s climate, economic development, says Environmentalist
An Environmental Expert, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, says the revision of the nation’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) has the potential to impact Nigeria and Africa’s climate change policy and economic development.
Okereke, Director, Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi State, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Monday.
He stated that the ongoing revision of NDC would produce a robust document that could help to drive sustainable green economic development for the country.
According to him, there are several environmental experts that consider Nigeria’s original NDC quite ambitious.
“Some might say that Nigeria ought to demonstrate leadership by increasing its ambition.
“Others might say that the priority for the country for now should be on rebooting its economic growth.
“A critical question to ask is to what extent Nigeria has actually implemented the NDC that it pledged in 2015?
“And what are the environmental, social and economic benefits that have accrued to the country as a result.
“It is important to ensure that Nigeria is not simply making commitments it has no intention of achieving simply to please the developed countries that are financially supporting the NDC revision process,” he said.
Okereke stated that some experts asserted that the preparation of the original NDC, which started in late June 2015, was rushed to meet the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) deadlines.
“One implication was that some of the data and analyses on which the NDC was based relied on grey literature and are judged very suspect.
“For example, in the absence of a national emission registry, the emissions from most of the key sectors (energy, transport and forestry) on which the NDC was based were best guess projections,” he said.
The professor added that the previous NDC preparation process had limited public engagement, thus hindered the country from receiving inputs from critical stakeholders like business moguls, parliamentarians and sub-national actors.
“Till date, many of these stakeholders have remained largely unaware of or had limited involvement in the implementation of the NDC.
“Moreover, with limited public awareness of, and engagement with the development of the original NDC, there was not much from the civil society in the way of monitoring the implementation (or lack) of the NDC following its ratification in 2017,” he said.
Okereke said that in the original NDC, Nigeria committed itself to make 20 per cent “unconditional emission reduction” of its Greenhouse Gas emission by 2030 compared to the 2010 levels.
Okereke noted that Nigeria further committed that it would increase her emission reduction to 45 per cent by 2030 if help was received from the international development partners.
He stated that Nigeria’s NDC was built on the appealing philosophy of pursuing socioeconomic development while reducing carbon pollution.
Okereke added that NDCs are voluntary documents that governments agreed that parties to the UNFCCC would submit to show what each government had committed to do in order to tackle climate change.
He, however, said that though the submission and commitment are voluntary, once a country submitted their NDC, they were expected to keep the commitment or pledge made.
Okereke noted that Nigeria started the process of revising her NDC in March 2020 and would be due to conclude the exercise in November.
Edited By: Sam Oditah/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
NDDC probe: Uduaghan dismisses reported N429m road contract allegation
Former Delta Governor, Dr Emmanuel, on Monday said the allegation linking him with a Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) road contract in Port Harcourt, Rivers, was false.
Uduaghan in statement in Warri which was signed by his media assistant, Monoyo Edon, urged the public to disregard the allegation as reported by the media on Monday.
According to the media report, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, had in a letter linked two former Delta governors, James Ibori and Uduaghan, to various contracts awarded by the commission.
The letter was said to have been addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Uduaghan, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Delta, said he had reached out to the minister to immediately correct the falsehood.
“The publication states that the former governor was linked to the contract for the emergency repair of Close B, Alhaji Estate & Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt, at a cost of N429m.
“I want to state clearly that the said accusation is false. Uduaghan has never approached the NDDC for any contract whatsoever.
“It is even more ridiculous that the said contract is a road inside Port Harcourt town.
“The attention of the Minister of the Niger Delta, Sen. Akpabio, has been drawn to the publication and I hope he makes a correction,” he said.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
38-year-old man accused of raping a minor, tells court it was a frame up
A 38-year-old man, Mark Amos, standing trial at the Plateau State High Court for allegedly raping an eight-year-old, has told the court that he was framed up.
On arraignment, he told the court that he was framed up by the minor for no justifiable reason.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Mrs L.P Fombot of the state Ministry of Justice, had told the court that Amos, a resident of Lamingo Estate in Jos East Local Government area, committed the act.
She said that Amos committed the crime by luring the minor into his room and had carnal knowledge of her.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 208 of the Plateau State Penal Code and punishable by life imprisonment if convicted.
The accused in his statement said: “I accommodated the said victim and her aunt, one Miss Patience, in one of the rooms in our compound when she had problems and needed accommodation.
“I noticed that aunt always beat the little girl.
“On that day she was beaten by her aunty again so I asked her to come into my room as I wanted to help her.
“I left her in the room and went to take my bath, but when I returned I didn’t see her again. The next day her aunt reported to the police that I raped her niece.
“I did not do it, she framed me up, her aunty once told me the girl was used to framing people up,” he said.
The victim, in her statement to the police, however, said that the accused had carnal knowledge of her four times and that she could no longer bear it and had to report him to her aunt.
She said the accused person always warned her not to disclose the act to anybody.
Justice S.P Gang ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody until Aug. 20 for hearing.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)