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Plateau Governorship tussle: Useni, PDP to appeal tribunal’s judgment

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 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Governorship candidate, rtd Lt.-Gen. Jeremiah Useni have resolved to challenge the judgment of the Tribunal which affirmed the election of Gov. Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Useni, in a statement signed by his media consultant, Mr Abraham Yiljap,  said:”We’ll appeal the judgment”.

reports that Justice Halima Suleiman, Chairman, Plateau Governorship Elections petition tribunal in the judgment delivered on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed Useni and PDP for want of proof.

The tribunal upheld the victory of Gov.  Lalong as the duly elected Governor of the state having been qualified to contest the Elections.

The tribunal also said that Useni and his party failed to unbundled the burden of proof of Electoral malpractices and non compliance with the provision of the Electoral Act.

In the statement, Useni, said that there were many grounds to appeal the judgment.

“ I have have taken all processes with immediate effect to appeal the matter.

“I will deploy legal instruments to retrieve the mandate that the people of Plateau freely gave me at the polls” he said .

Useni, who expressed confidence in the Nigerian judiciary to do substantial justice,

further appealed to the people to keep hope alive and never to despair.

TYC/SH

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Artisan jailed 6 months for laptop, phone theft

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For stealing an Apple laptop and Techno phone, both valued at N350,000, a 32-year-old man, Mohammed Abdullahi, has been sentenced  to six months’ concurrent jail term.

An Ojo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos sentenced the artisan who pleaded guilty to a two-count charge  of conspiracy and stealing.

He was arraigned on Dec. 2 before the Magistrate, Mr A. A. Adesanya.

On Tuesday, the court reviewed the facts of the case and tendered in evidence, a written statement of Abdullahi, among other things.

The court admitted the statement as exhibit and convicted and sentenced Abdullahi to a term of six months’ imprisonment on each of the counts.

The court held that the terms shall run concurrently from the date of his arrest.

According to the police, the convict committed the offences on Nov. 27, at Jao Hotel located in Ojo, Lagos State.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Simon Uche, had submitted that Abdullahi conspired with another man still at large to steal the laptop and phone from the complainant, Mr Frederick Onwuka.

According to Uche, the laptop and phone are worth N300, 000 and N50, 000 respectively.

The offences contravene the provisions of Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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Mechanic, 44, docked for allegedly assaulting police officer

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A 44-year-old Mechanic, Rafiu Akinleye, was on Tuesday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly assaulting a police officer on duty.

Akinleye, a resident of Gbagada area of Lagos is facing a count charge of assault on a police officer.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offence at 8 a.m. on Dec. 1, at No. 6, Church St., Ifako-Gbagada, Lagos.

According to her, a Police officer, Insp. Idara Atai, who was attached to Ifako Police Station, had gone to the defendant’s house to invite him for questioning on a petition that was written against him.

Olaluwoye alleged that once the defendant saw the officer, he began to push and drag the officer out of the compound; causing serious bodily harm to him and destroying the buttons on his uniform.

The offence contravenes Section 174 (b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 174 (b) stipulates three years imprisonment for the offence of assaulting a police officer executing his duty.

Chief Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She further directed that the sureties must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of three years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government.

Oghere adjourned the case until Jan. 14, 2020, for mention.

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Court orders ex wife to return refrigerator, other items to former husband

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A Sharia Court ll, sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, on Tuesday recovered a refrigerator, gas cooker and coolers for a businessman, Muhammad Muntari, from his former wife Umma Zakariyya.

While delivering his judgment, the Judge, Murtala Nasir, said that the items he recovered were proven to be the belonging of the complainant, Muntari.

The judge had earlier asked the complainant if he could swear with the Qur’an that the items belonged to him since he had no witness and he affirmed.

Muntari, who resides at Badarawa, Kaduna, told the court that he used to run a restaurant before but due to some financial issues he stopped and took all the items to his house.

I used to run a restaurant before but due to some financial issue, I stopped and took all the items to my house for use.

I didn’t give her those items as gift but kept it at home for general use, when we divorced, she took the items away,” he said.

The defendant, Zakariyya, who also resides at Badarawa, had earlier told the court that the items were given to her by the complainant when they were a couple.

When he brought the items, he told me it was mine and for home use, I don’t have any witness,” Zakariyya said.

The court, therefore, directed the defendant to return the items to the complainant.

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Court remands farmer for allegedly killing girlfriend

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A Magistrates’ Court in Ilorin, on Tuesday, ordered the remand of a farmer, Abubakar Babato, 20, at a correctional centre for allegedly killing his 18-year-old girlfriend.

The senior magistrate, Mr Muhammed Ndakene, gave this order that the defendant be remanded in custody and adjourned the case until Jan. 6, 2020 for further mention.

The accused person is facing one- count charge of culpable homicide, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp Isaac Yakubu, recalled that on Nov. 27, the case was transferred from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Bani, Kwara, to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID), Ilorin for investigation.

Yakubu said that on Nov. 16, one Abubakar Bajida of Danwaya Aderan, Bani, reported the case at the Bani Police Station.

He said that on Nov. 15, the accused person visited the complainant’s house to invite his daughter, Azumi Abubakar, 18, who happened to be his lover.

The prosecutor said that the accused left with the complainant’s daughter but she never returned home.

Yakubu said that while the complainant was on his way to the defendant’s house to check for his daughter, he found her lying dead in the bush in a pool of her own blood.

He said that investigation conducted led to the arrest of the accused person, who confessed to have macheted the victim to death.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 221 of the Penal Code.

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My wife brings strange man to desecrate our bed, man tells court

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For allegedly bringing  another lover to desecrate their matrimonial bed, a 45-year-old businessman, Chike Aroh, asked an Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Tuesday to dissolve his marriage to Chioma Aroh.

 

Chike told the court that Chioma, with whom he had three children in their 17-year-old union, had been unfaithful.

 

My children tell me that their mother used to bring a man home and both of them usually entered our bedroom and locked the door.

 

When I confronted her, she could not give me any reasonable answer.

 

She had been denying me sex for over 12 months, but gives it freely to her lover,” the petitioner told the court.

 

The estranged husband said that his wife was a street fighter.

 

My wife used to embarrass me in public, she fights with everybody in the street over slight provocations,” Chike said.

 

He said that Chioma sometime in the past left their matrimonial home to an unknown destination for months without his knowledge and permission.

 

The petitioner said that his wife was an irresponsible wife and mother.

 

She is very lazy, does not wash nor cook. I do the washing and cooking,” he said.

 

Chike said his wife was an unrepentant drunk; that she was fond of drinking to stupor and would, afterward, misbehave.

 

Aroh said that his wife, who had failed to appear in court after being summoned, was in the habit of always threatening his life with bottles, knives among other weapons.

 

 

He pleaded with the court to end the loveless marriage, adding that he was no longer interested.

 

Separate us before she kills me,” he pleaded with the court.

 

The president of the court, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, in his judgment said that it was obvious from available testimony and the respondent’s refusal to appear in court that the marriage had hit the rocks.

 

Throughout the duration of this case, the respondent refused to honour court processes.  Therefore, the court has no other choice than to dissolve the marriage.

 

The court pronounced the marriage between Mr Chike Aroh and Mrs Chioma Aroh dissolved today.

 

Both parties, henceforth, ceased to be husband and wife.

 

Both parties are no longer husband and wife, they are free to marry any partner of their choice, without any hindrances and molestation,” Koledoye said.

 

The judge, however, ordered Chike to pay a severance of N150,000 to Chioma for her to start a new life.

 

Edited by: Debo Oshundun/Peter Dada
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Septuagenarian loses marriage for starving wife of sex

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A 72-year-old retiree, Mr Funsho Amos, has lost his marriage for starving his wife of sex for three years.

An Igando Customary Court, in Lagos, on Tuesday granted the request of Mrs Ayo Amos, seeking dissolution of her union to Funsho on the grounds of sex starvation and irreconcilable differences.

The court president, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, while delivering the judgment, said it appeared that the estranged couple was tired of the marriage and all efforts to reconcile both parties had failed.

Since both parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage.

The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Mrs Ayo Amos and Mr Funsho Amos dissolved today; both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife.

Each of you should go on his or her separate ways unmolested, the court wishes both of you well in your future endeavours,” Koledoye ruled.

The Nigeria News Agency reports, that the 40-year-old businesswoman, Ayo, had earlier approached the court to end her nine years old marriage over sex denial.

My husband denied me sex for good three years without any reason and he knew that I needed a child,” Ayo said.

The petitioner told the court that the respondent humiliated her because she was yet to have a child for him.

My husband told me to pack out of his house saying that I am a barren woman and cannot bear children.

He told me to get another man, that he is no longer interested in me.

Funsho refused to pay our house and shop rents when both expired, and ordered the landlord to eject me from the house; which the landlord complied with.

I begged him, even when my family members called him to know if I have offended him in any way, he told them that he was no more interested in me,” Ayo said.

The petitioner said that in August 2018, she begged her husband to divorce her after sending her out of their matrimonial house, but he refused.

I pleaded with him to divorce me so that I can move on with my life because age is no longer on my side, but he refused.

He said that no man can marry me again that any woman he had slept with can never get married again, so there is no need for him to divorce me,” she said.

Ayo urged the court to terminate their marriage which had not produced any child so that she can moved on with her life.

I have wasted nine-years with him without achieving anything, please divorce the union,” she pleaded.

The respondent, however, conceded to the petitioner’s request for the dissolution of their marriage, saying that he was no longer interested in the union.

I do not love her anymore, please court, grant her request for the dissolution of our marriage.

“I have six children, some are abroad. I do not even need a child from her,” Funsho said.

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Court remands labourer in prison over alleged murder

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A Kaduna Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday ordered the remand of a 30-year-old labourer, Inuwa Yunusa, for alleged murder.

The Magistrate, Umar Ibrahim, who did not take the plea of the defendant, ordered that he be remanded pending legal advice from the Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Ibrahim adjourned the case until Jan. 14, 2020, for further mention.

Yunusa who resides in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, is standing trial for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Chidi Leo, told the court that the case was transferred from Kauru Divisional Headquarters of the state, to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID), on Nov. 12.

Leo said on the same date, at about 2:00 p.m., the defendant and two others now at large, had a misunderstanding with one Adamu Dogo, which led to a physical brawl.

The prosecutor stated that during the fight the defendant and his friends used a log of wood and hit Dogo on his head and he slumped.

Leo added that when the victim slumped, the defendant and his friends took to their heels before he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 59 and 190 of Kaduna State Penal Code, 2017.

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Man docked for refusal to pay N75,000 stake for lotto, stealing N175,000

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A 25-year-old man, Joshua Ayomide, was on Tuesday docked at an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State for allegedly refusing to pay N75.000  as the stake fee for   Bet9ja lotto.

 

The defendant whose address and occupation were not disclosed is facing charges bordering on a breach of the peace and stealing.

 

The prosecutor, Insp. Ayodeji Omoyeigha, told the court that the defendant on Sept. 3 at 12:30p.m., conducted himself in an unruly manner at a Bet9ja shop along Aye-Ore Road in Okitipupa Magisterial District.

 

The prosecutor added that the defendant also conducted himself in a manner likely to have caused a breach of the peace by not paying the sum he staked in a lottery.

 

He said that the defendant also stole N175,000 belonging to one Oluwaseun Enikanolaye, the owner of the lotto shop.

 

Omoyeigha said that the offences contravened Sections 249(d) and 390(9), Criminal Code, Cap.37, Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State, 2006.

 

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.

 

The chief magistrate, Mr Dickson Ogunfuyi, admitted the defendant to a bail of N50,000 and a surety in like sum.

 

He said that the surety must provide evidence   of a year’s tax clearance paid to the state government.

 

He adjourned the case until Dec. 23 for further hearing.

 

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Businessman, 65, in court over alleged N9.2m land fraud

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A 65-year-old businessman, Salisu Dauda, on Tuesday appeared in a Kaduna Magistrates’ Court, over alleged N9.2 million land fraud.

Dauda, who resides at Western Way, GRA Zaria, Kaduna, is facing a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and fraud, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Chidi Leo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with one Habu Abubakar, now at large in 2011 at Kaduna.

Leo said that Mr Musa Shehu of Malali, in Kaduna, reported the case at the Police State Command on Nov. 30.

He said the defendant collected the N9.2milliom for two plots of land located at Igabi Local Government Trade Fair Layout, at the rate of N5.2million and N4million.

He said that the complainant was, however, denied taking possession of the land by someone who claimed to be the real owner of the land.

The prosecutor said all efforts made by the complainant to get a refund of his money or another landed property from the defendant proved abortive.

Leo said the offences contravened Sections 297 and 307 of the Kaduna State Criminal Law, 2017.

The Magistrate, Mr Umar Ibrahim admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200, 000, with two sureties in like sum.

Ibrahim said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, with evidence of tax payments to Kaduna Government.

He adjourned the case until Jan. 14, 2020 for further mention.

Edited by: Edith Bolokor/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
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