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Court remands man for allegedly defiling 8-year-old daughter

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A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Iyaganku, Ibadan, ordered that a 50-year-old man, Amuda Yussuf, who allegedly defiled his eight-year-old daughter, be remanded in a correctional facility.


Chief Magistrate Patricia Adetuyibi, who did not take plea of the defendant, remanded Yussuf in Agodi Correctional Centre, Ibadan, pending the legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

She adjourned the matter until April 29, for mention.

The police charged Yussuf with defilement.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, ASP Samad Aliu, told the court that Yussuf committed the crime between September 2019 and February in Olohunkemi Zone 7, Muslim area, Ibadan.

The offence,  he said contravened the provisions of Section 218 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Sadiya Hamza



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Lockdown: Opening of some shops in markets worries Lagos residents

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Some Lagos residents on Friday expressed worry at the opening of some shops in markets, saying that it was generating crowd that could spread coronavirus.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Federal Government on Sunday locked down Lagos Abuja and Ogun State for 14 days to check coronavirus spread.

 

The government, however, ordered that shops and stalls selling medicine, food and other live-saving essentials should operate from 10a.m. to 2p.m. daily to help the residents.

 

Some Lagos residents told NAN on Friday that markets were being crowded during the period and that it could defeat the purpose of the lockdown.

Mrs Yetunde Ayoola, a trader said:

“Although the government is trying to avoid  starvation,  crowding of markets is dangerous.

“People always rush to  buy goods  before the 2:00pm deadline, there is  no social distancing and the virus can easily spread.”

She also said that  the rush could lead to stampede.

“This can lead to chaos; the government should quickly address the situation,” she urged.

Mr Yekini Adeyemi, a motorcycle rider, said that markets would  have been more crowded if more people  had money to buy foodstuffs.

“I, for instance,  depend on what the day provides for me but I was forced to  stay at home. There has not been  any compensation.

“I tried to work so that I could feed my family but security agents were too strict,” he said.

Mrs Yemisi Osho, also a businesswoman, said that the purpose of the lockdown  was being  defeated by the crowding of markets.

She also said that although markets were crowded, many residents found  it difficult to get to markets because of lack of commercial vehicles.

“How do they  get to the market when there is restriction of movement of commercial vehicles?

A teacher, Mrs Bolatito Badmus, told NAN that she had to trek a long distance to get to a market to buy food stuffs.

“This is suffering.” she said.

Edited By: Ijeoma Popoola
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Court remands five-man gang for armed robbery, murder

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An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court sitting in Isabo on Friday remanded four men in Correctional Centre for alleged armed robbery, murder and stealing.


The defendants, Anuoluwapo Toheeb, 28, Saliu Azeez, 29, Kehinde Rasaq, 30, Yesiru Rabiu, 25, are facing a five-count charge bordering on, armed robbery, murder, stealing and possession of offensive weapon.

The defendants, however pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor Insp. Olu-Balogun Lawerence told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Feb 23 at about 1:30 am., at No 17 New Market Rd., Atitori Ijebu Igbo area of Ogun.

Lawrence said that the defendants  entered into the compound while armed with gun and cutlass and robbed the occupants.

He alleged that the defendants entered into the house of one Omotowo Moshood through the back door and killed him while he was dragging with the gang to secure key to his motorcycle.

The five-man gang also robbed another man, Isa Rabiu of his Bajaj motorcycle valued N450,000 and also robbed one Abiodun of his two itel phones valued N12,000.

The prosecutor said the offences committed contravened section6 (b)1(2) of the Robbery and Fire Arms (Special Provision) Act Cap RII Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

He noted that the offence also contravened section 316 and 319 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun 2006.

The Magistrate, Mr Olakulehin Oke, ordered that the defendants should be remanded in prison pending legal advice from the office of the state Director of Public prosecution (DPP)

He however, adjourned the case till June 2 for mention.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Maureen Atuonwu
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Akpata mourns late Abayomi, former DG Nigerian Law School

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Mr Olumide Akpata, Immediate past Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL), on Friday, mourned passage of former Director General of Nigerian Law School, Dr Koleade Abayomi (SAN).


News of the demise of Abayomi was disclosed on Thursday, by the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) in a statement signed by its Secretary, Mr Seyi Sowemimo (SAN) and obtained by newsmen in Lagos.

In his condolence message, Akpata said news of the death of Abayomi, had left him in utter shock and deep sorrow.

He said: “Indeed, there is never a good time to lose a loved one but Dr Abayomi’s passing at this time is, for me, most unfortunate and painful.”

Akpata extolled the qualities of the late director general, underscoring the impact he had made in his years as a lawyer and teacher, saying that Abayomi was `a teacher of teachers and lawyer of lawyers’.

“My first encounter with him was as my Lecturer at the Nigerian Law School, a vocation which he practiced with utmost excellence, dedication and commitment.

“Afterwards, we became good friends and up till his demise, I felt privileged to call a man of his calibre, my close friend.

“The Learned Silk was a man of an impeccable pedigree, class, intellect, distinction and of course, great wit.

“Until his demise, he was a member of the legal profession for nigh 55 years and within that period, he excelled in all the facets of the profession that he ventured into; as a Law Lecturer and an Academic,’’ he said.

According to him, he rose to the rank of Director-General of the Nigerian Law School and he was also an acclaimed Author; and an Advocate.

“He was admitted into the coveted Inner Bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

“He earned and was awarded the prestigious national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in recognition of his excellent and selfless service to the legal profession and indeed the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

Akpata extended his sympathy to friends and family of Abayomi, who he described as `a rare gem and a gift to the world’.

According to him, the late Abayomi was one of the best in the Nigerian legal profession.

“As he makes his way to the bosom of the Almighty God, I am consoled by the fact that he has left indelible imprints of excellence within the legal profession and I pray that he shall have eternal rest and peace.

“My deepest sympathies are with everyone affected by the death of the Learned Silk; his dear wife, his family, friends, colleagues and well-wishers.

“May the Almighty give all of us who mourn him the fortitude to bear the loss occasioned by his death,” Akpata said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Adeleye Ajayi
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Omar v Jatau: Bauchi Tribunal adjourns hearing until April 30

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The Bauchi elections petition tribunal has adjourned until April 30, the case involving Alhaji Tata Omar and All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the declaration of Mohammed Jatau of Peoples Democratic Party as winner of the Zaki Federal Constituency polls.


The National and State Houses of Assembly tribunal which sat on Friday in Bauchi ordered the adjournment for commencement of hearing on the adjourned date.

This was after it had heard the briefs from the petitioner and the respondent on the Jan. 25, Zaki Federal Constituency rerun election.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Omar and the APC, on March 13, with file Number /02/2020, filed a petition before the tribunal challenging the declaration of Jatau as the winner.

PDP and INEC were also joined in the suit as second and third respondents.

Justice Haruna Kereng, who heads the tribunal, after listening to the applications and the pre- trial conference by the parties adjourned until April 30, for commencement of hearing.

“Further, it is also directed that the said hearing shall be on a day-to-day basis including Saturdays.

“The tribunal may, if it thinks it is expedient and in the interest of justice, enlarge or bridge any allotted number of days and the duration of time allotted,” Kereng said.

He said the parties are allowed to call 21 witnesses during the proceedings.

The chairman of the tribunal also explained to each party that 20 minutes for examination in chief would be allowed.

“Also 10 minutes for re-examination and 30 minutes for cross-examination,” he added

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo
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Man, 47, bags 4 years imprisonment for raping 8-year-old girl

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An Abeokuta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Isabo, on Thursday, sentenced a 47-year-old man, Moshood Shaabi, to four years imprisonment for sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl.


The Chief Magistrate, Mr J. E Akan, convicted Shaabi after he had pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of sexual abuse.

Akan held that all the evidences before the court proved that the convict had sexual intercourse with the eight-year-old.

He then sentenced Shaabi to four years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Bukola Abolade, had told the court that convict committed the offence on March 26, at Alaba Market, Ogijo in Sagamu area of Ogun.

Abolade said that the convict lured the little girl into a shop and sexually abused her.

She said that the offence contravened Section 33 of the Child Right’s Laws of Ogun, 2006.

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Ex-convict, another bag 4 and half years, 40 strokes for stealing motorcycle

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A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna State has sentenced a 30-year-old ex-convict, Bege Adamu, to three years in a correctional facility for stealing a motorcycle.


Adamu was docked alongside Joefrey John who was handed a one and half year jail term or fine of N100, 000.

The Presiding Judge, Abdulaziz Ibrahim, also ordered the two accused persons to be given 20 strokes of the cane each.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Esther Bishen, had told the court that one Ishaya James of Ungwan Masara, Kafanchan, reported the matter at the station on March 23.

Bishen said the complainant, a commercial motorcycle rider, alleged that he was going about his business at about 7:30pm on March 20 when the two accused persons flagged him down to convey them to Zauru.

She said that while in motion, the two accused persons were said to have pushed the complainant off his bike and zoomed off to an unknown destination.

According to her, police investigation revealed that the two accused persons stole the bike and gave it to one Kalu Obioma, now at large.

She said the actions of the accused persons amounted to criminal conspiracy and theft, contrary to Sections 58 and 270 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law.

When the charges were read to them, they both pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.

The prosecution thereafter prayed the court to try them summarily in line with Section 125 (8) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Donald Ugwu
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Truck driver bags 9-years imprisonment for crushing man to death

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An Abeokuta High Court on Thursday sentenced a truck driver, Oyelami Adewale, to nine years imprisonment for driving dangerously and killing one Tunde Abdul.


Delivering judgment, Justice Patricia Oduniyi convicted Adewale on a two-count charge of dangerous driving and murder

Oduniyi held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.

She held that the evidence presented by the prosecution was tenable and therefore, sentenced Adewale to seven-years imprisonment for the first count of causing death through dangerous driving.

Oduniyi also sentenced the convict to another two years for the second count, for driving dangerously in the public high way.

She, however, said the jail sentence was to run consecutively.

The prosecuting counsel, J.O Mafe, said the convict committed the offence on Aug. 15, 2015 at Km 34 Alapako area on Ibadan/Lagos expressway off Ogun Federal highway in Abeokuta.

Mafe said the convict who was a truck driver, drove his truck with reg. no. Osun PRN 123 XA recklessly and hit Abdul which caused his untimely death.

He said the offence committed contravened sections 316, and 319 of the Criminal Code, laws of Ogun 2006.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Donald Ugwu
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Courts are expected to sit, dispense time-bound cases during lockdown – Malami says

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 Courts are expected to attend to matters that are urgent, essential or time-bound, even during the lockdown, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has said.


Malami said this in a statement issued by Dr Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Minister.

“Speedy dispensation of justice is a cardinal principle of the Justice Sector Reform of the present administration, hence, time-bound cases are treated with dispatch and accorded the required attention,” Malami said.

Malami had given the directive of the speedy dispensation of time-bound cases in a letter addressed to all heads of court dated April 1, conveying the COVID 19 Regulation 2020.

He said that the earlier directive issued by the Chief of Justice of Nigeria (CJN) is in tandem with the COVID-19 Regulations 2020 made pursuant to Quarantine Act 2004 by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR).

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
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Lockdown enforcement: NHRC urges public to report any human rights violations by operatives

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Abuja, April 1, 2020  The National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) on Wednesday urged members of the public to report all cases of human rights violations during the enforcement of the lockdown order.

The advice was given in a statement by Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of the Commission in Abuja in line with the enforcement of lockdown order in Lagos , Ogun anf FCT.

Ojukwu stated that following reports of alleged human rights violations by security operatives enforcing the lockdown order, the Commission has directed it’s staff to monitor and document all cases of human rights violations across the country for necessary action.

He also directed members of the public to report by telephone calls or text messages or video to relevant staff of the Commission and ensure that such reports include the location of the violation.

“Members of the public should include date, time of such violations including a clear description of alleged violators and their victims, their gender and vulnerability  (if possible, name,  Sex,  rank and security outfit of security personnel or official.

“All complaints of human rights violations should be reported to the commission for documentation and directed for redress to the Commissioners of Police FCT on (Phone/Email) or CP Lagos: (Phone/Email)  and CP Ogun: (Phone/Email)

“Similarly, any complaints of violations involving the Military should be reported to the Commission for documentation and directed for redress to the Director Army,Civil Military Affairs: (Phone/Email) ,” he said.

Ojukwu also called on  the Commissioners of police of the various  states and the offices of the Commission across the country .

The NHRC had on the March 30, called on law enforcement agencies to refrain from all forms of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment of Nigerians in the enforcement of the order.

He stated further that  the directives of the Government is in line with the Anti Torture Act of 2017 and Convention Against Torture, to which Nigeria is a party.

Ojukwu lamented that reports coming to the commission indicated that some security operatives were openly torturing and violating the rights of citizens in flagrant disregard to rules of their  engagements, the laws of Nigeria and its international Obligations.

The Numbers designated by the NHRC for reporting and documenting human rights violations during the enforcement of the lockdown order  are:  (Phone/Email) ,  (Phone/Email) ,  (Phone/Email) and   (Phone/Email)

The commission also urged members of the public and bystanders and eyewitnesses  who can get video coverage of any violations to forward same to the said numbers by WhatsApp giving as much detail as possible to help locate and hold accountable violating law enforcement officials.

The Commission therefore enjoined all citizens in the affected states to comply with the Covid-19 directives to protect their rights to health and that of others (NAN )

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
(NAN)

 

 



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