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Police arraign man for allegedly stealing employer’s motorcycle

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The police on Thursday arraigned a 20-year-old man, Bashiru Saidu, who allegedly stole his employer’s motorcycle worth N160,000.

Saidu, who resides in Karmo village  Abuja, is charged with theft.

The Prosecution Counsel, Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that the complainant, Nafiu Ibrahim of Ereke Junction Karmo, reported the matter at the Karmo Police Station on Sept. 16.

Ukagha alleged that the complainant gave Saidu his Boxer motorcycle for commercial purpose,

She alleged that Saidu criminally stole the motorcycle.

The prosecutor further told the court that during police investigation Saidu confessed to the crime and all efforts to recover the motorcycle, failed.

She said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 278 of the Penal Code.

The Judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N160, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Maiwada adjourned the case until Oct 16, for hearing.

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Court sentences unemployed without fine option for beating up mother

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced one 26-year-old unemployed Victor Phillip to two months’  imprisonment without an option of fine for beating up his mother and other family members.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs S. K. Matepo, ordered that Phillip  should spend two months in the Kirikiri Correctional Facility, Lagos.

”It will serve as deterrent to others,” she held.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Phillip, who resides at 52, Pius Eje St., Aboru, Ipaja, Lagos,  had pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of assault and causing damage.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Innocent Odugbo, told the court that Phillip  committed the offences on Dec. 3, at his  residence.

Odugbo said that the defendant had an unresolved argument with his family members and beat them up, including his mother.

“The defendant also beat up his elder brother, Mr Udeme Phillip, who is the complainant in this case.

“He also damaged a cooker valued at N6, 000 and a centre table valued at N30, 000,” he said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 57, 171 and 350 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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Man docked over false allegation against Gov. Muhammad

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and ordered that the accused to be remanded in a correctional facility.

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‘ We received  805 election appeals across the country – Bulkachuwa

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(NAN ) The President of  Court of Appeal,  Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa,  on Thursday said the court received  805 election petitions on the general elections.

 

Bulkachuwa made the fact known when she addressed the 2019 Annual Justices Conference in Abuja on Thursday.

 

She said many of the justices did not enjoy their annual vacation due to the general elections which culminated in the various elections petitions tribunals and the appeals.

 

We received 805 petitions from across the country,  this can be attributed to the confidence which the citizens have in the judiciary as the hope for the common man.

 

No doubt this electioneering year was a hectic one, because after the annual sittings,  805 appeals were filed across the 16 divisions and the court was up to the task.

 

I say well done for our collective efforts in making Nigerian democracy stronger in spite of all odds,“ she said.

 

She said that, while the election petition tribunal were sitting,  the justices were on the move on different panels with a view of bringing down the volume of cases in different divisions.

 

Bulkachuwa said  effort further helped in de-congesting the court backlogs of appeals.

 

For the year ending, the court has disposed of 4,007 judgments and 7,911 motions.

 

We will be commissioning the Ilorin and Yola divisions of the Court of Appeal while renovation work on Benin and Kaduna divisions are ongoing .

 

We intend to create four new divisions of the court with a view to reducing  the workload  on the justices  and also bring  justice closer to the people,“ she said.

 

Bulkachuwa said the court established a Social Media Centre before the commencement of the tribunals sittings.

 

She said the social media hub was an interactive platform meant to give on the spot report of the happenings in the various tribunals.

 

She said that the mainstream media supported the Appeal Court especially during the formal inauguration of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

 

” Thank you for being there for the court and I wish to seize this opportunity to further appeal to you not to relent in giving us positive coverage.

 

” As I have always said,  our doors are open if you need to seek further clarification where in doubt, ” she said.

 

In his remarks,  the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed, said for judges to work as a panel, there must be peace,  co- operation and intelligence.

 

He said that the justices were carefully drawn and there should not be a show of egotism but understanding among them.

 

Mohammed said all should strive to achieve the purpose of their being there.

 

The theme of this year’s conference was ” Professionalizing the Administration of Justice “(NAN )

 

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Body of SANs demand judicial commission of inquiry into alleged DSS invasion of court

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The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to probe into the alleged invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by operatives of Department  of State Services (DSS).

 

Mr  T. J. Onomigho Okpoko,( SAN), stated this in Abuja on Thursday, in a paper he presented on behalf of the group  at the valedictory court session in honour of Justice Kumai Akaahs, who retired as a justice of the Supreme Court on Thursday.

 

The body said the event was troubling, particularly the audacity with which some of the actors entered the courtroom.

 

” They  exposed our hallmark of indiscipline to the whole world in a matter of seconds

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The way out is an independent commission of enquiry under the law. This can be achieved.

 

The Body of Senior Advocates hereby demands that Mr President considers without delay, the setting up of a judicial commission of  enquiry to hear publicly and determine the perpetrators of the acts, their sponsors and their objectives” Okpoko said.

 

According to him, unless, this is done, Nigerians are unlikely to be convinced by any other explanations that the act was not the work of the DSS.

 

The group said it was the result of any such  inquiry that would lead to the re-establishment of discipline in the society.

 

He added that the DSS and its officers were not above the laws of the land and the Constitution.

 

In Nigerian law and in the Common Law, the Superior Orders is no defence to a criminal conduct.

 

” It has never been and this administration must not allow it to be.

 

What took place in Nigeria was seen not only by Nigerians but by people all over the world” and we condemn that act in its entirety.

 

He insisted that a country that did not respect its judiciary could not qualify as a democratic country.

 

The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria recognises the judiciary as the third arm of government in the country to which the judicial powers of the nation is vested,” he said.

 

He insisted that no one suggested that judges were above the law or that they ought not to be arrested when there was justifiable cause to do so. .

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Father sues son-in-law for abduction, marriage without consent

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A middle-aged man, Abdulkareem Kashif, was on Thursday arraigned in an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court for allegedly abducting a 21 year-old lady and marrying her without her parents’ consent.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Mathew Ologbonsaye said Kashif was arrested following a petition by Basheer Adefaka against the defendant alleging that he abducted and married his daughter with radical ideology.

The Prosecutor said that investigation had revealed that the defendant furnished the Sharia Court of Appeal in Ilorin with false information about the marriage to fraudulently obtain a marriage certificate for the purported union.

He said that the defendant appeared in court on a three-count charge of abduction, fraudulent marriage and false information with intent to mislead the public.

He said the alleged offences contravened sections 272, 386 and 140 of the Penal Code.

Ologbonsaye said investigation was still continuing into the matter and left the bail request by the defendant to the discretion of the court.

Kashif, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

The Chief Magistrate, Kudirat Yahaya, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 and one surety in like sum.

Adefaka claimed that the defendant had brainwashed and instigated his daughter against him and all efforts to convince her to return home proved abortive.

According to him, he asked the defendant to bring his parents to formalise the union if he truly wants to marry his daughter, but he refused to do so.

The petitioner also claimed that Kashif, who belonged to a radical Islamic sect, had brought strangers to represent his parents when he went to introduce himself to the lady’s family, but that he refused to hand over his daughter to them.

“So later when my daughter went back to school at University of Ilorin, he abducted my daughter from her hostel and married her unlawfully without my consent,’’ Adefaka said.

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