(NAN ) The FCT chief judge, Justice Ishaq Bello, has sworn in three new judges of the Sharia court of appeal.
Bello, who is also the chairman, FCT Judicial Committee admonished the New judges to be sure to administer justice without fear or favour.
The New judges are Justices Suraju Mohammed, principal Area Court judge, Abubakar Mahmoud, higher Area court and Hassan Aliyu, Senior Area court judge 2.
He urged them to be conscious of the integrity of the justice system by doing what is right as stipulated by the tenets of Islam.
“You must be conscious of your personal integrity and the integrity of the institution by being conscious of who they are now ” he said.
Bello further warned them to avoid many associations and be mindful of what they say, especially in public.
He said that they should always consult Islamic books and also be wary of the press.
” Strive always to achieve the goal, should you be found wanting, you will shame not only the Grand Khadi but the entire FCT judiciary.
” It is our duty to protect you so that you can give your best ” he said.
Speaking on the challenges ahead of them, Justice Mohammed who spoke on behalf of others, said that influences from within and without would be the main challenge.
“I have been a magistrate for four years and I know some of these challenges especially issues of influence.
” If someone is determined that justice must be done, he should not allow any third party to influence his decision as a judge.
” Collecting money and whatever is something that is scaring, so once a judge is determined to stay away from these corrupt practices, he should try harder.
” He should make sure he does not engage himself in such because when he collects once he would want to continue which is damaging as far as his career is concerned” he said.
Edited by: Sadiya Hamza
Court sentences man to 1 year imprisonment for impersonation
Adamu of Egume village, Dekina LGA of Kogi, had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of impersonation and forgery preferred against him.
The Magistrate, Aliyu Shafa, however sentenced Adamu to six months imprisonment for each offence or an option of N5,000 fine for each offence.
Shafa cited the Holy Bible and Quran to buttress his sentencing, adding that he was satisfied with the evidences given by the defence witnesses about the good character of the defendant.
He said the punishment would serve as a deterrent to anyone planning to trail that part in the future.
Shafa also warned Adamu to desist from committing crimes and be of good behaviour.
Earlier, the defence counsel, Khalid Salaw, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy, adding that the defendant was a family man with four children and a pregnant wife.
Salaw said that the defendant was a first offender and had no criminal record or arrest in the past.
The defence counsel told the court that the defendant had learnt his lessons and would not repeat the act in future.
The prosecutor counsel, Victor Ejelonu told the court that the defendant cheated by impersonating as a staff of SSS at varying locations within Abuja while conveying passengers.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 321 and 363 of the Penal Code.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Obike Ukoh (NAN)
Man in court for allegedly stealing 3 cell phones worth N180, 000
A 20-year-old man, Kelvin Sashak, on Tuesday appeared in a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing three cell phones worth N180,000 and other items.
The police charged Sashak, who resides at no 25 Bamako Street Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, with two counts of joint act and theft.
The Police Prosecutor, ASP Peter Ejike, FCT Command, Abuja, told the court that Mr Nivea Momoh who resides at Bamako Street Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, reported the matter at the Wuse Zone 3 Police Station on May 10.
Ejike alleged that the defendant and one Innocent, currently at large, entered into the complainant’s room and stole three cell phones and other personal belongings.
The Prosecutor alleged that the items stolen are two Nokia phones valued at N50,000 each, a “British” mobile phone valued at N80, 000, a Nigerian and British passports, National identity card, shoes, belts and clothes.
He said the offence contravenes the provisions of section 79 and 287 of the Penal Code.
The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Magistrate Chinyere Nwecheonwu in her ruling admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200, 000 and one surety in like sum.
Nwecheonwu ordered that the surety be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and should deposit a valid means of Identification which must be verified by the court registrar.
She adjourned the matter until Aug. 31, for hearing.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Scavenger in court for allegedly stealing generator set
A scavenger, Sani Abubakar, on Tuesday appeared in Magistrates’ court in Kuje, FCT, for allegedly stealing a generator set valued at N45, 000.
Abubakar, 25, who resides at Anguwan Mada Area of Kuje, is charged with house breaking and theft.
The prosecutor, Doris Okoroba, told the court that a resident of the area, Micheal Denis, reported the matter at the Kuje police station on Aug. 2.
Okoroba alleged that Abubakar broke into Denis’ house pretending to gather scrap materials within the compound.
She alleged that the defendant he broke into the complainants house and stole the generator set.
The offence, she said, contravened the provisions of sections 96 and 287 of the Penal Code.
Meanwhile, Abubakar pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Magistrate Jim Taribo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with a surety in like sum.
Taribo adjourned the case until Aug. 26 for hearing.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Court remands “spiritualist” for allegedly obtaining N2m from woman
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Geagwalada, FCT, on Tuesday ordered that a 43-year-old man, Friday George be remanded in police custody for allegedly cheating and fraudulently obtaining N2 million from a woman.
The police charged the defendant, who resides in Banode Estate, Bida Niger State, with three obtaining, cheating and extortion.
He pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Yusuf Ibrahim adjourned the case until Aug. 26 for hearing.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Abudullahi Tanko, told the court that one Bode Adebayo of Blantyre street Wuse II, Abuja and two reported the matter on July 15, 2020.
Tanko alleged that the accused sometime in 2009 approached Adebayo’s sister, Alice, with the intention to defraud her.
He further alleged that the defendant, dishonestly “hypnotized” her into thinking that he was a “spiritual man of God”.
He alleged that the defendant told Alice that God instructed him to avert her problems and bring her vision to reality.
The prosecution counsel added that the defendant also promised to revive her dead father which he claimed to have restored him back to life.
He alleged that the defendant intentionally cheated them by extorting about N2 million from them for sacrifice, cleansing, feeding and treatment for the revived father.
The prosecution counsel added that the said money was also meant to secure a job for one Rebecca Adebayo and Tony Adams with the Nigeria Immigration Service.
He said that during police investigation the defendant confessed to have brainwashed and collected huge amount of money from them.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 176, 320 and 292 of the Penal Code.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)