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Farmer/herder conflicts require real-time, practically-oriented solution – Malami

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, says farmer – herder conflicts require a real-time, practically-oriented solution. Malami said this on Saturday at the AB Dikko memorial symposium holding in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi.


In a statement by Dr Umar Gwandu, SA Media and Public Relations Office of the Attorney-General issued in Abuja, Malami called for stakeholders’ engagement to resolve  the protracted farmer – herder conflict in the country.

“The better approach towards resolving the crisis over the short, medium and long terms is to directly involve the stakeholders at the conception, implementation and monitoring phases”.

He said that community-oriented approach is likely to yield greater dividend in diffusing and eventually eliminating the menace that has retarded economic development and created wide-spread insecurity.

The Minister noted that addressing farmer-herder crisis from purely theoretical perspectives often devorced from reality.

“Without synchronisation with the needs and aspirations of the involved stakeholders it is not only counter-productive, but inimical to the emergence and sustenance of a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria”, the Minister said.

He therefore advocated the setting-up of regulated grazing reserves to replace the “Burtali” or “Hurumi” pastoral system.

He said that intensive enlightenment of livestock breeders on the need for sedentary farming and transhumance agriculture as complimentary economic process to nomadic farming is neccessary.

He said provision of water holes in remote grazing locations, subsidized veterinary care and mobile ambulatory services for

surgeries and other medical interventions for livestock would be of great help. He also emphasised the need for providing social amenities, educational

facilities and cattle markets at central locations to accelerate nomadic settlements.

Malami said educating communities on the need for peaceful co-existence and community engagement fora for bridge-building in community relations, are of utmost importance.

According to the Minister, revamping the activities of the Nomadic Education Commission with a view to complimenting the efforts of government is essential in resolving the farmer-herder clashes.

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Court remands teenager over alleged theft of electrical wire

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An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun, on Monday, remanded one Ologbenla Toheeb, 18, over alleged theft of electrical wire in an uncompleted building.


The Prosecutor, Insp Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 31, around 6 pm. at Fasina area, Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi said that the defendant broke and entered into Mr Ondeku Ojo’s uncompleted building, with intent to commit felony.

He added that the defendant stole electrical wire, valued at N150,000, at the uncompleted building.

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 383, 390(9), 411 and 412 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to three-count charge of breaking, entrance and stealing.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Unah Sunday, pleaded the court to grant the defendant bail in the most liberal terms, pledging that his client would not jump bail, but would provide reliable sureties.

The Magistrate, Joseph Owolawi, did not grant the defendant bail, but ordered that he be remanded in the custodial centre at Ile-Ife.

Owolawi, thereafter, adjourned the case till May 13, for hearing.

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Social distancing: All attendees of Funke Akindele’s party to be charged to court

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Lagos State Government is to prosecute  all those who attended Saturday’s birthday party hosted by Nollywood star, Funke Akindele.


The state Attorney-General, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) ), said on Monday that they would be prosecuted  for  flouting social distancing regulation of the state

He made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency shortly after an Ikeja chief magistrates’ court convicted and sentenced Akindele and her husband for flouting the regulation.

NAN reports that Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa sentenced Akindele and her husband to 14 days community service, each.

Aje-Afunwa also imposed N100,000 fine on each on them, directing that they should be isolated for 14 days.

The attorney-general said that efforts were being intensified to arrest all those who   attended the party held on Amen Estate in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

According to him, all the attendees will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“Once they are apprehended, they will face charges.

“Today, the state charged two people to court for violating the Infection Disease Regulation of  Lagos State Government.

“They pleaded guilty and the court has sentenced them to pay a fine of N100, 000 each, to observe community service for 14 days and to be kept in isolation in a place to be decided by the Lagos State Ministry of Health,” he said.

Onigbajo noted that the movement restriction was put in place to protect the lives of the residents.

“Everybody is urged to familiarise themselves with this law and to comply with it; otherwise, the long arm of government will reach out to them sooner than later.

“This sentence should serve as a deterrent  to everybody, nobody is bigger than the law,” he to NAN.

Aje-Afunwa while sentencing the couple had  ordered that they should provide the personal details of the attendees of the party.

“Each defendant shall provide the names, addresses and GSM numbers of every person who attended the party within 24 hours,” she said.

NAN reports that Akindele was arrested by the police on April 5 for flouting the social distancing regulation of the Lagos State Government.

The actress had on April 4 hosted many people including Azeez Fashola (alias Naira Marley) to her husband’s 43rd birthday party at their residence located at Amen Estate, Eleko Beach Road, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

Videos of the party were posted and circulated on social media platforms.

According to the police, efforts are ongoing to arrest Naira Marley and other persons featured in the video.

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Man docked for allegedly assaulting another with stick

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The police in Osun, on Monday, arraigned a 30-year-old man, Fatai Ganiyu, before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court for allegedly assaulting one Odeyemi Odeyinka with a stick.


Ganiyu, whose address was not provided, is facing a charge of assault to which he, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Insp Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 4 at 10:30 am. at Gbelenkan area of Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi said that the defendant assaulted one Odeyemi Odeyinka by using a stick to hit his lower jaw, which caused him serious injury.

He said that the defendant also obstructed Insp. Akinpelu OlaOluwa while he was performing his lawful duty.

Osanyintuyi said that the offence contravened Sections 355 and 356 of the Criminal Law of Osun, 2002.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Olowoyo Ifedayo, applied for bail for the defendant in the most liberal terms, promising that his client would not jump bail, but would provide responsible sureties.

The Magistrate, Mr Joseph Owolawi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum.

Owolawi said that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means and must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He, thereafter, adjourned the case till May 11, for mention.

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NHRC orders investigation into alleged torture of driver by Cross-River Magistrate

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday called for thorough investigation into the allegations into a case of alleged torture, inhuman and degrading treatment of an official driver attached a Cross River Magistrate.


The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, made the call in a statement on the alleged torture.

He stated that the 35-year-old driver was allegedly beaten by the sons of Magistrate Agnes Onyebueke (under her directives) for being rude to her.

“Information reaching the Commission, revealed that since assumption of duty with the said Magistrate, the driver has perpetually been subjected to series inhuman and degrading treatments.

“These degrading treatment ranged from verbal, physical assaults and other forms of oppression.

“This particular one  has left him with a broken rib, legs and bursted eye.

“There’s no justification for any form of human rights violation by anybody, especially those looked upon as the custodians of the law based on fairness and equity,” he said.

He therefore directed the Cross-River Coordinator of the Commission to collaborate with the state Commissioner of Police and relevant authorities and immediately commence a full-scale investigation into the matter with a view to ensuring that there is accountability for the human rights violations.

“If it is found that the magistrate and her sons have a case to answer, the Commission would collaborate with the relevant authorities to ensure that justice is done.

” All the stakeholders in the Criminal Justice Administration system including the National Judicial Council, should ensure that perpetrators of any form of human rights abuse/violation, no matter how highly placed, are brought to justice.

“Their victims must also be adequately compensated as prescribed by Nigerian law” he said.

In another development, Ojukwu also commended the Akwa Ibom Police Command over the action taken to penalise an erring police official for assaulting a medical personnel on duty as the country battles to contain the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The commission also commend the Military for identifying and arresting the officers involved in the death of a civilian in Delta as well as those who posted threat video on the social media.

Ojukwu enjoined all law enforcement agencies in all locations to ensure accountability for any human rights violations including sexual and gender based violence  during the enforcement of Covid-19 Regulations.

” There is need to reclaim the country from the impunity of individual officers and men who smear the name of our law enforcement agencies and the government, which has the ultimate responsibility for the protection of human rights” he said. (NAN )

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(Reopened: Funke Akindele, husband to serve 14-day community service, be isolated for flouting distancing regulation

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For flouting social distancing regulation by hosting a birthday party,  Nollywood star, Funke Akindele and her husband, Abdul-rasheed Bello, have  been each fined N100,000 by an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Chief Magistrate, Yewande Aje-Afunwa, also ordered that they should serve 14-day community service amongst other sanctions.

“The defendants shall pay a fine of N100, 000 within three days from today. They are to serve community service for a period of 14 days – for three hours from 9am-12pm daily – excluding Saturday and Sunday,” she said.

The chief magistrate held that the community service should  be done in any public place in Lagos.

“The defendants shall be made to visit 10 important public places in Lagos State to generate awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of non-compliance with the laws created to curb the spread of the disease.

“Each defendant shall provide the names, addresses and GSM numbers of every person who attended the party within 24 hours.

“In order to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread, the defendants shall be immediately held in isolation for 14 days in a place only known to the Lagos State Ministry of Health.”

Earlier while reading the sentence, Aje-Afunwa reprimanded  the couple for their action and said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.

“The gathering was a reckless and irresponsible act. When thousands have died or have been infected and the whole world is mourning it is callous for an individual to throw such a huge party.

“While governments are paying millions to flatten the curve, the two defendants were strengthening the curve by throwing a party.

“Have the two defendants lived up to the expectations of the public and teeming youths that look up to them? The answer is, ” No,” she said.

The chief magistrate, however, noted that the couple had no prior criminal record and had looked remorseful and after the sentence the general public will be put on notice of the consequences of flouting the social distancing directives.

NAN reports that following social distancing guidelines, less than 20 persons were allowed into the courtroom.

The prosecution team was led by the Attorney-General of Lagos, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN).

The state Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Yhaqub Oshoala.

Messrs  Abayomi Alagbada and Akeem Fadun defended the couple.

Earlier during their arraignment, Akindele  and Bello plead guilty to a count charge of flouting the social distancing regulation  of Lagos State Government.

According to the prosecution, the couple committed the offence on April 4 at  their residence  located at No. 9, Gbadamosi St., Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

The prosecution said  that the couple  gathered more than 20 people at the residence,  contrary to the state’s Regulation 8(1)(a) and (b).

 

It said that their action is punishable under Section 58 of the Public Health Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Addressing the court after the charge was read, Onigbanjo said that the couple held a birthday party at their residence with many people in attendance.

“This is contrary to the social distancing directive contained in the regulations issued by the Governor of Lagos State pursuant to the Infectious Diseases Act.

“Particularly, the defendants flouted Regulations 8(1)(a)(b) and 17(1)(I) of the Lagos State Emergency Regulations 2020.

“My lord, the defendants’ offence is punishable under Section 58 Public Health Laws of Lagos State 2015.

“The defendants having pleaded guilty, I urge the court to convict them accordingly,” he prayed.

After the submission, Akindele and Bello were asked if the facts ascertained by the state against them were true.

“It is true though there are one or two exemptions,” Akindele responded  in tears.

“Yes, it is true but there are some exemptions,” Bello said.

Reacting to their responses , Aje-Afunwa said that the couple should not give a “partial answer” or  a plea of not guilty would be entered against them.

Following the assertion of the chief magistrate, the couple said they were admitting all the facts brought against them by Lagos State, and thereafter pleaded guilty to the charge.

Alagbada, in his allocutus (plea for mercy), said that the couple was first-time offenders and decent members of the Lagos society.

“They have two young children who need the attention of their parents, and one of them is very ill.

“The first defendant (Akindele) is an Ambassador of Lagos State, she advocates that people should pay their taxes and she uses her talent to advance the cause of the state, she used to do it and will continue to do it.

“I urge my lord to consider this relationship which will continue after now.

“I hope my lord will play a role in ensuring the relationship between the first defendant and Lagos State continues,” he submitted.

The counsel added that they  were role models to young people, many of whom were at the party on that day.

“The offence was committed in ignorance, and majority of the people in the house that day reside there,” the defence counsel said.

NAN reports that Akindele was arrested by the police on April 5 for flouting the social distancing order of the Lagos State Government.

The actress had on April 4 hosted numerous people including Azeez Fashola (alias Naira Marley) to her husband’s 43rd birthday party at their home located at Amen Estate, Eleko Beach Road, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

Videos of the party were posted and circulated on various social media platforms.

According to the police, efforts are ongoing to arrest Naira Marley and others featured in the video.

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Court sentences Funke Akindele, husband to 14-day community service for violating regulation

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday Sentenced Nollywood star, Funke Akindele, and her husband, AbdulRasheed Bello, to 14 days community service each for violating social distancing regulation of Lagos State.


The couple had admitted guilt before  Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa during arraignment on Monday.

Aje-Afunwa also imposed a fine of N100 on each of them and ordered that each of them should  be isolation for 14 days.

The chief magistrate  had stood down the case after the couple  pleaded guilty.

She imposed the sentence when proceedings resumed more than an hour later.

In the charge preferred by the attorney-general of Lagos State, the couple committed the offence on Sunday on Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki.

”You, Funke Akindele and Abdulrasheed Bello, on the fourth day of April 2020, at 9 Gbadamosi Close on Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki in the Lagos Magisterial District, gathered at the aforementioned address with over 20 persons, contrary to the social distancing directive of Mr Governor of Lagos State, made pursuant to Regulation 8 (1) (a) and (b) and 17 (1) (I) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease ( Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 58 of the Public Health Law of Lagos State,” prosecution stated in the charge sheet.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the police  had on Sunday arrested  Akindele for organising a party which violated social distancing  regulation of the Lagos State Government.

The regulation is to check the spread of Coronavirus.

“The attention of state police command was drawn to a viral video showing large number of persons mainly in the entertainment industry on an estate in Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki axis.

“They were celebrating a birthday party organised by Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband.

“Police detectives from the state CID, Yaba, were promptly drafted to the location and Akindele was arrested,’’ the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, has said in a statement.

He said that efforts were being intensified to arrest the remaining persons in the video, among whom are Azeez Fashola (a.k.a Naira Marley) and Abdul Rasheed Bello a.k.a. JJC Skillz.

The police spokesman had advised those involved to report at the CID Yaba on Monday in their best interest or risk being declared wanted.

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Lockdown: Court remands man over alleged breach of public peace, others

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An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Monday remanded one Amolese Afeez, 20, over alleged breach of public peace and disobedience to the state government’s stay-at-home  directive to curtail spread of COVID-19 pandemic.


The defendant is being tried on four-count charge of disobedience, breach of public peace, possession of cannabis sativa and assault.

 

The Prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on April 1, about 10:30 am at Gantry Area, Olode, in Ife South Local Government Area of Osun.

Osanyintuyi said that the defendant disobeyed the order of the state government for residents to “Stay-at-home” to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He alleged that the defendant also conducted himself in a manner that caused breach of public peace by instigating members of the public to disobey the government directive.

He said Afeez at Gantry Area, Olode resorted to announcing to the public that Osun State government had no right to order a “Stay-at-home” directive.

The prosecutor told the court that the defendant unlawfully had in his possession a substance suspected to be marijuana, which weighed 15Kgs.

He alleged that the defendant assaulted one Femi Adebayo, a Vigilante personnel, by punching his face, which caused Adebayo an injury.

Osanyintuyi stated that the offences contravened sections 3, 4, 203 and 249(D) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

Afeez pleaded not guilty to the charges.

 

The Defence Counsel, Mr Sunday Olagbaju, urged the court to grant his client bail in most liberal terms.

Oladbaju said that his client would not jump bail, but would produce substantial sureties.

The Magistrate, Joseph Owolawi, turned down the plea and ordered that the defendant be remanded at Ile-Ife Correctional Centre.

Owolawi adjourned the case until April 14, for hearing.

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Lawyers urge KDSG to release inmates with minor offences to curb COVID-19 spread

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Some Kaduna-based lawyers on Monday urged the state government to consider releasing some inmates in order to decongest the Correctional Service formations in the state.


Speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna, the lawyers said this was necessary because people in detention were particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreak.

Mrs Linda Joseph, a lawyer, said the transmission of diseases in overcrowded facilities is rife, thereby placing the lives of both prisoners and staff at risk.

Joseph said prisoners live in confined conditions with others for prolonged periods and their hygiene and healthcare are therefore difficult to assess in detention centres, especially during a pandemic.

“There are inmates with minor offences and there are others in the prisons who cannot afford the bail conditions. So, the state government should consider such inmates and release them.

“These proposed measures are not new. For several years, countries have been encouraged to reduce prison populations and now with COVID-19 spreading fast, these measures need to be considered,” she said.

Joseph urged governments to take urgent steps to reduce prison populations, protect people in places of detention, and prevent uncontrollable outbreaks.

Another lawyer, Mukhtar Babanyaro, said releasing inmates with minor offences or those whose release dates are near would be a good step by the state government.

He said this would help to decongest correctional centres and avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Babanyaro said correctional centres were particularly vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 as inmates live in close quarters with lean resources for proper hygiene.

He stated that some countries have started recording some COVID-19 cases in their correctional facilities.

“A place like Louisiana in the U.S. had three incarcerated people who have already died from COVID-19 and at least 30 people, including staff, have tested positive,’’ the lawyer said.

Babanyaro noted that, with this development, some countries have gradually started to take action to decongest their prisons.

He added that countries like Ethiopia had pardoned more than 4,000 prisoners whose release dates were near or had been given sentences of less than three years for minor crimes.

“Iran also released over 85,000 prisoners, while France’s Ministry of Justice is asking for short-term prison sentences to be delayed, reducing the number of new prison admissions from 200 a day to 30.

“And, Ghana recently granted amnesty to over 800 prisoners, most of whom are first-time offenders.’’

Babanyaro further urged state governments to review cases of people in detention and release those held in pre-trial detention, particularly those detained for minor or low-risk offences.

He noted that individuals sentenced for minor low risk offences, particularly those who have 18 months or less remaining of their sentence to serve, should be freed.

Also speaking, another lawyer, Linda Ejiofor, said correctional services needed to ensure that the human rights of those in their custody were respected.

“The inmates should not be cut off from the outside world, and most importantly they should have access to information and adequate healthcare provision,” she said.

According to her, in correctional services, inmates share everything from cells to showers to dining spaces and that makes them more vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19.

“Once the virus is there, it will spread like wildfire because there is basically no way in the crowded conditions that exist in current jails and correctional centres they can implement social distancing,” she said.

Ejiofor further said in spite of resources being stretched, protective measures should be put in place so that those in detention could still receive access to legal advice and representation.

She added that where this was not possible in person, prisons should provide for unfettered, free access to confidential telephone lines to contact lawyers.

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(Re-opened) Nollywood star Funke Akindele, husband plead guilty to flouting social distancing regulation

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Nollywood star, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello, on Monday pleaded guilty to flouting social distancing regulation.


The couple admitted guilt before Magistrate Aje Afunwa in Ikeja.

The magistrate stood down the case after the arraignment of the couple.

She may give sentence when proceedings resume after some minutes.

The police in Lagos had on Sunday arrested  Akindele for throwing a party which violated restriction order against the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

 

“The attention of state Police Command was drawn to a viral video showing large number of persons mainly in the entertainment industry on an estate on Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki axis.

“They were celebrating a birthday party organised by Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband.

“Police detectives from the state CID, Yaba, were promptly drafted to the location and Akindele was arrested,’’ the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, has said in a statement.

He said that efforts were being intensified to arrest the remaining persons in the video, among whom are Azeez Fashola (a.k.a Naira Marley) and Abdul Rasheed Bello a.k.a. JJC Skillz.

The police spokesman advised those involved to report at the CID Yaba on Monday in their best interest or risk being declared wanted.

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