An Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Tuesday remanded one Saka Usman, after he pleaded guilty to stealing cell phones and cash from a residence at Ireshe community in Ikorodu.
Usman, 23, whose address is not provided is facing a two-count charge of felony and stealing.
The Magistrate, Mr O.M. Dawodu, remanded Usman in prison and adjourned the case until July 25 for review of the facts of the case and sentencing.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Mary Ajiteru, told the court that Usman committed the offence on June 21 at No. 6, Itunlaye-Ode Str., Ireshe, Ikorodu.
Ajiteru said that the defendant stole two Tecno phones worth N7, 000 and cash of N2, 000, properties of one Oluwapelumi Oyewole.
According to the Prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 398(1) and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 308(1) provides for five years jail term for entering a residence with intent to commit felony, while Section 287 stipulates three years for stealing.
Man, 25, docked over alleged theft of N1.6m cows in OAU
A man, Sulaiman Ibrahim, 25, on Tuesday appeared before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun, over the alleged theft of four cows worth N1.6million belonging to the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
Elijah said that the defendant conspired with others now at large to commit felony to wit: stealing of cows.
He added that the defendant stole four cows valued N1.6million , property of Students Economic Empowerment and Development Programmes of OAU, Ile-Ife, which has Dr Ajila Kehinde as its Coordinator.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.
Mr Babawale Omodogbe, the Defence Counsel, applied for the bail of the defendant in most liberal terms, and pledged that his clients would not jump bail, but would provide reliable sureties.
Olatunji said that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means, reside within the court’s jurisdiction, and one of them must be a state civil servant not below Grade level 08.
She added that the second surety must produce three years’ tax clearance certificate and each surety should produce three portrait photographs.
Olatunji, thereafter,ordered the remand of the defendant in ‘A’ Division Police Station, Moore, Ile-Ife, pending the perfection of the bail conditions.
The case was adjourned until June 30, for hearing.
Police arraign man, 20, over alleged church break-in, stealing
The police on Tuesday arraigned a 20-year-old man, Abdulazeez Nasiru, before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for alleged church break-in and stealing.
The defendant of no fixed address is standing trial on a two-count charge of burglary and stealing.
He alleged that the defendant and his accomplices who are currently at large, broke into the Cherubim and Sheraphim Church, Orisun Ibukun.
The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him study the case file and present his witnesses.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Awosika adjourned the case until July 6 for hearing.
Killing of unarmed black man in United States condemned in Africa
The death of George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody last week, is facing fierce condemnation in Africa as two separate autopsies released Monday both found Floyd’s death to be a homicide.
The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Friday condemned the police “murder” of Floyd in the United States.
Mahamat was referring to the death of George Floyd on May 25 shortly after a white police officer in Minneapolis held him down with a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes despite pleas by Floyd he was struggling to breathe.
“I strongly condemn the murder of George Floyd that occurred in the United States of America at the hands of law enforcement officers, and wishes to extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” he said in a statement.
“I urge the authorities in the United States of America to intensify their efforts to ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin,” said the statement from Mahamat.
The president of Ghana, Nana Akuffo-Addo, also condemned the killing on Monday night on his official facebook account as violent protests continue in dozens of U.S. cities following his death in police custody.
“Black People, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in the United States of America. It carried with it an all too painful familiarity, and an ugly reminder,” said the president.
“We stand with our kith and kin in America in these difficult times, and we hope that the unfortunate, tragic death of George Floyd will inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism,” said Akuffo-Addo.
Former African presidents also joined the condemnation.
The Forum of Former Heads of State and Government has urged African countries to “raise a strong protest” to the killing and demand that the “perpetrators of this crime and all other crimes of this sort be punished in the strongest terms”, according to a statement released by former Beninese President Nicephore Soglo.
“While we note the action taken by American authorities in charging one of the officers who was caught on camera kneeling on an unarmed (George) Floyd, it is equally concerning that incidents of police brutality against African American citizens are on the increase,” the party said in a statement available to Xinhua on Tuesday.
The cascade of recent cases involving police brutality against black Americans “has sharpened the focus on inescapable realities that American society places a perilously low value on black lives,” the ANC said.
“It’s deplorable that almost 70 years since racial segregation was abolished in America, people of color are still routinely slaughtered for the color of their skin,” the party said.
The ANC urged the South African government to engage with the American government through established diplomatic channels to diffuse racial tensions and build social cohesion among different races.
“Despite the American constitution granting citizenship to every American, and blacks are Americans, the political and economic system is biased against those at the bottom of the social pyramid,” said Elisio Macamo, a sociologist from Mozambique, currently a professor of African Studies at the University of Basel.
“The racial problem in America is, on the one hand, the sequel to a poorly worked past and, on the other hand, a manifestation of the limits of a liberal political culture that does not place the creation of opportunities as a means for the individual to actually enjoy freedom,” said Macamo.
Zambian human rights specialist Eugene Kabilika challenged the United States to demonstrate by example the human rights it purports to promote by dealing sternly with perpetrators of criminal injustice.
Kabilika, who is Caritas Zambia Executive Director, further explained that the history of the U.S. is full of such unfortunate stories of racial discrimination against African Americans noting that they (African Americans) have undergone many struggles that include being freed from slavery and having the opportunity to vote.
He further asserted that such happenings create instability and lead to lack of peace in the world, adding that it is up to the leaders to move into the right trajectory and failure to which the world becomes unsafe for all.
German Govt. debates huge coronavirus stimulus package
Representatives of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, made up of the conservative CDU and CSU parties and the centre-left SPD, were set to meet at the chancellery at 2 pm (1200 GMT) on Tuesday for a marathon debate that sources said was likely to last all night.
The parties are still at odds about how best to deploy the money.
Some of the options under consideration are up to 3 million euros per company to subsidise losses; premiums to encourage people to buy cars, thereby supporting the country’s all-important car industry.
Other options include a 300-euro payment per child to support families; additional funding for municipalities as they deal with growing unemployment; and a 28 billion euro investment in infrastructure projects.
Another point of contention is how much new debt the government should incur in the process of stimulating the economy.
The stimulus package would be one of the largest in the country’s history.
At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, the German government disbursed some 90 billion euros to support the flagging economy.
Once it has been agreed, the package still requires formal approval from Merkel’s cabinet, as well as the country’s lower and upper houses of parliament, the Bundestag and the Bundesrat.
The German economy is expected to contract by 6.6 per cent this year, the Ifo research institute said late last month.
Table tennis latest sport in Germany to recommence
Boll, a seven-time European singles champion and three-time Olympic team event medallist, was the star of the two-day Dusseldorf Masters.
He featured alongside 16 players who all live or train in the western German city.
Local authorities approved their strict safety and hygiene concept with no spectators, no change of ends, no post-match handshakes, and a frequent change of balls which were all disinfected.
It follows similar small events in tennis in the country where the Bundesliga was the first major football league to resume action.
The basketball top flight is also to follow on the weekend.
Rosskopf said that he wants to give his players some additional motivation as uncertainty remains when regular tournaments can be played again.
“The lads are physically fit. But to do nothing else but training is mentally too demanding in the long run,” Rosskopf said.
Boll said he was happy to play as it “was about time I got some adrenaline going again.”
The tournament in Dusseldorf continues every week for the next three months.
But players could change, although most of them are in the national team or play in or near the city.
German police investigate after poisoned drinks found in supermarkets
German police said on Tuesday that they had launched an investigation after bottles of drinks containing a deadly poison were found in two Munich supermarkets.
The poison was found in the two locations in four separate incidents, and in three of the four, customers consumed small amounts of the toxic liquid, police said.
Two women aged 34 and 42 had to receive immediate medical attention after drinking the beverages.
The third, a 48-year-old, suffered from symptoms including dizziness and nausea, but did not require medical attention.
The fourth bottle found to contain poison had not been sold yet, they said.
Police are yet to determined the motive for the crimes, and a police spokesman said that blackmail was unlikely because the supermarkets had received no demands until this point.
They advised the public to be aware of any unusual smells coming from beverages, and to inform them immediately should the substance be suspicious in any way.
German diocese to pay victims of abuse up to € 75,000
The Catholic diocese of Augsburg on Tuesday agreed to pay victims of sexual and physical violence at the hands of Church members up to 75,000 euros (84,000 dollars) each.
Bishop Bertram Meier said in a statement that it was time to “put the people concerned at ease,’’ adding: “It is my priority to send a clear signal and show that we are taking responsibility.’’
The decision came as a result of a unanimous decision taken by the German Bishops’ Conference.
Augbsurg is the second German diocese to make such an announcement.
It provides for one-off payments, which depending on the severity of the case amount to up to 25,000 euros.
A monthly support payment that will not exceed 75,000 euros in total is also possible.
The funds will not to come from tax money collected for the church.
Also on Tuesday, German prosecutors charged a priest from the diocese of Wuerzburg with two counts of child sexual abuse.
The priest, who has been barred from clerical duties pending the investigation, has declined to comment on the allegations.
According to a report commissioned by the church, which was released in September 2019, 1,670 priests or 4.4 per cent of Catholic clerics abused 3,677 people between 1946 and 2014 in Germany, Most of the victims were boys.
Following revelations of sexual abuse of children by priests around the world, German bishops last spring announced a reform process called the `synodal path’ that would examine topics including power structures, sexual morality, celibacy and role of women.
IPMAN urges members to comply with new petrol price
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has called on its members to immediately comply with the recent reduction in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
The call followed the recent new price announced by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Alhaji Bashir Danmalam, the Chairman of the association in Kano, in a press statement on Tuesday in Kano.
According to him, all marketers under my jurisdiction should immediately comply with the new price modulation advice by making sure no one sells above the approved ceiling of N123.50 per litre.
He further assured the public of a steady supply and distribution of petroleum products at all times and in all circumstances.
He further prayed to God to bring the end of the challenge, while advising both the public and marketers to continue to observe all public health measures of personal hygiene and social distancing.
Osun court remands man over alleged threat to life
An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Tuesday remanded one Joseph Patrick, 30, in police custody over alleged threat to life.
Osanyintuyi alleged that the defendant and others now at large threatened to kill one Joseph Orji with a cutlass.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and threat to life.
The Defence Counsel, Mrs Fausat Lawal, applied for bail for his client in the most liberal terms, pledging to provide reliable sureties.
Owolawi adjourned the case till Thursday for ruling on bail.
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