Ikeja, March 12, 2019 A 38-year-old trader, Olamide Yusuf, on Tuesday, appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly absconding with a N200, 000 loan he took from a micro finance company.
Yusuf, who resides in Agege area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Josephine Ikhayer, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in June 2016 in Abule-Egba, Lagos.
Ikhayer said the defendant fraudulently obtained the money from Gold Micro-Finance Bank and agreed that he would pay back, a representation he knew was false.
“The defendant collected the loan with pretext of using it for business and with an agreement to pay back after a month but he absconded with it.
“He relocated from the address he gave to the bank to unknown location and refused to pick his calls. Yusuf was later arrested after 33 months of disappearance,” he said.
The prosecutor said the offence violated Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for stealing, while Section 314 prescribes 15 years for obtaining money under false pretences.
The Magistrate, A.K. Dosunmu, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Dosunmu said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until March 27 for mention.
People perform Friday prayer with COVID-19 prevention measures in Amman, Jordan
People keep social distance as they perform Friday prayer in a mosque in Amman, Jordan, on June 5, 2020. Jordan registered 19 more infections on Friday, bringing the total coronavirus cases in the kingdom to 784, including nine deaths and 571 recoveries. (Photo by Mohammad Abu Ghosh/Xinhua)
Full moon seen in Manila, the Philippines
UN preparing for gradual reopening of headquarters in New York: spokesman
The United Nations is making preparations for the phased reopening of its headquarters in New York, said a spokesman on Friday.
Preparations are going through a senior emergency management group, which exists just for the COVID-19 crisis, with inputs from various UN departments, guided by the UN medical authorities, and in close contact with the host city of New York, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“They will meet again very soon to give some guidance to the secretary-general as to when to move to a next step, which could see a kind of phased reopening,” he told a virtual press briefing.
The United Nations is identifying critical staff that would need to be in the building. The reopening would also depend on the wishes of member states, he said.
“Preparations are under way in terms of signage, in terms of workspaces. But we’re taking it… one phase at a time,” he said. “We don’t want to rush this. But we do want to be able to move forward when we feel it is safe to have an uptick in the number of people that will be allowed in the building at any one time.”
The current lockdown, which began on March 16, lasts till the end of June.
German gov’t supports local fleece manufacturer to boost face mask production
The German government subsidised the expansion of fleece production by local company Innovatec in order to boost production of face masks in the country, Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) announced this on Friday.
“We intend to significantly expand our production capacities for protective equipment in Germany and thus effectively reduce our dependence on imports,’’ said German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, when handing over the first notice of funding for fleece production.
Innovatec would invest more than 11 million euros ($12.5 million) in two new units for fleece production and could manufacture an additional 1,500 tons of fleece in the future, enabling the production of more than 1.5 billion face masks, according to BMWi.
The programme was aiming to stimulate an additional fleece production of 4,000 tons per year.
However, Altmaier stressed that “our long-term goal is to cover the entire value chain, from machines to filter fleece and protective masks’’.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Lagos Police arrest man kissing minor in viral video
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Adeyeye Babatunde, ”M” of Kajola St., Shagamu, Ogun State, for kissing his three-year old step sister in a viral video.
“The state Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, directed detectives from the Gender Unit to analyse the video and apprehend the suspect.
“The team got the suspect and he has been handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department, , for diligent prosecution in court.
“The CP expresses gratitude to Nigerians who helped in bringing the incident to the notice of the police, and urged everyone to continue to speak out against sexual and gender-based violence,” Elkana said.
He said that for complaints on rape, child abuse or domestic violence, the public should call any of the following numbers.
“08175899289, 09062887858, 09062887856, 09062887849, 09062887841, 09062887870, 08023532283, 09062887864, 09062887861 and 09062887860,” Elkana said.
German police attempt to break up anti-racism rally in Hamburg
Police in the northern German city of Hamburg on Friday said they had intervened to disperse attendees of an anti-racism rally they claimed were not adhering to coronavirus restrictions.
Around 1,500 people attended the demonstration, which was linked to last week’s killing by United States police of African-American man, George Floyd.
Police declared the event over after just half an hour, claiming attendees had violated police instructions to observe coronavirus restrictions such as keeping a safe distance from one another and wearing a covering over their lower faces.
However, the crowds did not immediately disperse, with photos posted on social media, showing people sitting instead on the ground.
German politician, Christiane Schneider of the hard-left Die Linke, posted a picture on Twitter using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter she claimed showed a police water cannon ready for deployment against the crowd.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Trump directs United States troops reduction in Germany: media
United States President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to reduce United States military presence in Germany by September, United States media reported on Friday.
The move also limits the size of United States troops deployed in Germany at any one time at the 25,000-troop level. According to the report, overall troop levels under current practice can rise to as high as 52,000 as units rotate in and out or take part in training exercises.
The report came days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said due to the coronavirus pandemic, she will not attend the Group of Seven (G7) Summit that initially scheduled at the White House in late June.
A person familiar with the matter was quoted as saying that the troops’ reduction plan had been discussed within the administration for months and was not linked to Merkel’s decision on G7 Summit.
The reduction plan might further strain the relations between Washington and Berlin. The two allies have been at odds with each other on Iran nuclear issues, Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, and defense burden-sharing, among others.
Control of COVID-19 through waste management, our priority – Gombe commissioner
Dr Hussaina Goje, Gombe Commissioner of Environment and Forest Resources stated this at a news conference in Gombe on Friday to commemorate the World Environment Day.
Goje said as part of efforts to ensure that isolation and treatment centres were safe and the risk of spread minimised, the state government had continued to fumigate the centres and other high risks locations.
According to her, measures have been put in place for proper waste treatment process using incinerators, adding that the government is partnering with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe in that regard.
“We have two incinerators in our facilities and we have put measures in place to take away infectious wastes and properly incinerate them. Wastes from all four isolation centres are properly disposed.
“ The incinerator at the Federal Teaching Hospital , Gombe, can take eight tonnes of wastes and work for eight hours per day,” she said.
The commissioner added that the ministry had also made arrangements to ensure proper evacuation and disposal of wastes in the state, adding that it was planning to build 100 waste collection centres in the state.
Goje called on residents of the state to take the issue of proper sanitation seriously, adding “ the current environmental crisis the world is facing is a warning that we must heed collectively,”
Oman reports 770 new COVID-19 cases, 15,086 in total
The Omani Ministry of Health announced on Friday 770 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 15,086.
According to a statement issued by the ministry, all new cases, including 343 Omanis, are related to community contact.
Meanwhile, the total recovered cases of COVID-19 reached 3,451, while five new deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 72.
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