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Police arraign PDP governorship agent, 3 others over alleged electoral misconduct

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by Ikechukwu Iweajunwa

Owerri, March 12, 2018 The police on Tuesday arraigned a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Gvernorship agent in Imo Mr Uche Onyeaguocha and three others in an Owerri Chief Magistrates’ Court  over alleged electoral misconduct.

Others arraigned with Onyeaguocha are Steve Asimobi, Paschal Onwukaike and Oliver Enwerenem.

The police charged the defendants with ten counts bordering on disorderly conduct during election, destruction of election materials, disrupting of election process and destruction of INEC result sheet.

Chief Magistrate R.O. Nworka, admitted the defendants to bail on self recognition, after considering a bail application moved by Onyeaguocha’s lead lawyer Mr Loius Alozie (SAN).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Uche Onyeaguocha, a former House of Representative member was arrested by security agents on Sunday after allegedly destroying Ideato South LGA result sheet at the INEC office.

Onyeaguocha’s action however led to temporal suspension of announcement of governorship result by the returning officer Prof. Francis Atunta, Vice Chancellor Michael Opkara University of Agriculture.

Onyeaguocha in an interview with NNN said his action was to defend democracy and to liberate Imo people from perpetual bondage.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Travel agent in court for allegedly defrauding 3 applicants of N1.186m

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Lagos, Nov. 21, 2019 A female travel agent, Aderonke Ise-Agba, 45, who allegedly defrauded three applicants of N1.186 million  on Thursday appeared in a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Ise-Agba, a resident of No. 10, Danshi St., Lagos, Island was charged with four-counts bothering on fraud and forgery  however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Insp. Ajaga Agboko, told the court that the defendant committed the offence sometimes in July 2018 at Warder’s Barracks, Ikoyi, Lagos.

He said that the defendant collected N1.186 million from the three applicants under false pretenses of helping them get a Turkish Visa.

The prosecutor said that Ise-agba collected N507, 000 from one Mr Sule Saibu, N350, 000 from Mr Bashiru Abiola and N329, 000 from Mr Ade Adewale.

Agboko said after the defendant collected the money she disappeared and was later found and arrested.

“After an unrepentant Ise-Agba was arrested and promised to get the visa for the three complainants, she gave them forged Turkish visas,” he alleged.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 315 (1) and 363 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 315 (1) stipulates 15 years imprisonment while 363 prescribes three years imprisonment for forgery.

The Magistrate, Mr T.A. Anjorin-Ajose, granted the defendant N300,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until Dec. 12 for trial.

Edited by Dada Ahmed (NAN)

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Engineer in court for allegedly buying stolen laptops

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An engineer, Robinson Onyeka, on Thursday appeared before a Grade I Area Court in Mpape, Abuja, over alleged purchase of nine stolen laptops.

The police charged Onyeka, 31, with receiving stolen property.

The defendant, a resident of Zone 4, Lugbe, Abuja, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Mr Stanley Nwaforaku, told the court that the defendant bought the stolen laptops from one Hakeem Okeowo sometime in November 2018.

Nwaforaku said that during an investigation, the police recovered four of the laptops from the defendant’s shop and other premises belonging to different individuals.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of  Sections 317 of the Penal Code.

The Judge, Mr Salihu Ibrahim, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with one  surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case until Nov. 27 for hearing.

Edited by Ejike Obeta/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Court dissolves 6-year-old marriage over battery, infidelity

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A Customary Court at Mapo in Ibadan on Thursday dissolved a 6-year-old marriage between one Temitope Adebayo and Olumide Adebayo on account of laziness, battery and infidelity.

Dissolving the marriage, the President of the court, Ademola Odunade, said any spouse that was unfaithful in a relationship would eventually lose out.

The court, while blaming the plaintiff for collapsing her marriage through her suspicious attitude, dissolved the union and awarded custody of their six year-old child to Temitope and directed Olumide to pay N5,000 alimony.

Narraring her ordeal, Temitope, an Estate Agent, said she was ready to move on with her life because she had been overburdened with chores because of her husband’s laziness.

“I have never had rest of mind in my union to Olumide for many years now due to his unrepentant laziness.

“Even if I am slightly down or tired, Olumide will never offer to help me with home chores such as fetching water and washing.

“Worse still, he doesn’t want to see any man by my side and if he does see me discussing with a man, he beats me without mercy.

“As an estate agent, there is no way I will not have both male and female customers. There was even a day he punched me in the eyeball and blood settled in my eye,” Temitope said.

The respondent consented to the suit, stressing that he had beaten his wife only once before.

Olumide, who worked with a private firm in Ibadan, told the court that the plaintiff was too troublesome and could not be trusted.

“My lord, I was the one who got her the job, but Temitope has started having extra marital affairs.

“All of a sudden, Temitope started hiding her mobile phone from me, but I investigated and found out the man she is dating.

“Sometimes, she doesn’t know that I have returned from office and I capture most of her discussion with her secret lover on phone.

“In fact, I gave her lovers phone number to her mother to confirm the story herself and she called the man in my presence.

“Subsequently, Temitope started moving away her belongings from my home one after the other,” Olumide explained.

Edited by Philip Dzeremo/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Police arraign trader for allegedly insulting, intimidating neighbour

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Abuja, Nov.21, 2019 The police, on Thursday, arraigned a 31-year-old trader, Aliyu Mohammed in a Kabusa Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly insulting and intimidating his neighbour.

Mohammed, who resides at Sun City Estate Lokogoma, Abuja, is charged with three counts of criminal intimidation, intentional insult and assault.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mohammed Lawal, told the court that the complainant, Bisi Tade, of Sun City Estate, Lokogoma, Abuja, reported the matter at the Lokogoma Police Station on Nov. 13.

Lawal alleged the defendant called the complainant stupid.

He further alleged that when the complainant asked him to stop insulting her, he picked up a stick and threatened to harm her.

Lawal said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 155, 264 and 296 of the Penal Code Law.

He pleaded not guilty.

The judge, Justice Ibrahim Kagarko admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case until Dec. 3 for hearing.

Edited Adeboye Ajayi/Sadiya Hamza

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Court remands man who allegedly raped 13-year-old

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For allegedly raping a 13-year-old, a 55-year-old man, Dayyabu Dankaka, was on Thursday remanded by a Kaduna Magistrates’ Court.

The Magistrate, Mrs Hajara Dauda, who did not take the defendant’s plea, ordered that he should be kept in prison pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Dauda adjourned the case until Dec. 2 for mention.

The defendant, a resident of Paki Village in Ikara LGA of Kaduna State, was charged on a count of rape.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Baba, told the court that the defendant  committed the offence on Nov. 4 at Paki Village.

Baba alleged that the defendant lured the 13-year-old girl into his room and defiled her by  having sexual intercourse with her, in contravention of Section 258 of the Kaduna State Penal Code, 2017.

He said that the victim’s parent reported the case at the Ikara Police Station.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 258 of the Penal Code prescribes up to life sentence for rape.

Edited by Ejike Obeta/Ijeoma (NAN) Popoola

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Court remands 40-year-old man for allegedly sodomising neighborur’s 10-year-old boy

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Kaduna, Nov. 21, 2019 A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that a 40-year-old man, Musa Alhassan, 40, who allegedly sodomised his neighboir’s 10-year-old boy,be remanded in a correctional centre,  pending legal advice.

The Magistrate, Hajara Dauda, who did not take the plea of Alhassan ordered the police to duplicate the case file and send it to the State Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.

Dauda adjourned the case until Dec. 4 for mention.

The police charged Alhassan, who resides in Kaduna, with one count of unnatural offence.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Baba, told the court that Alhassan committed the offence on Nov. 2 at Warri Street in Kaduna.

According to Baba, Mohammed Zayyad, of the same address with Alhassan reported the matter at Sabon Gari Police Station Kaduna, on the same date.

The prosecutor stated that the defendant lured his neighbour’s 10-year-old boy to his house and sodomised him.

Baba said in the course of investigation, the defendant confessed to committing the offence which contravened the provisions of Section 259 of the Kaduna State Penal Code, 2017.

Edited by Shittu Obassa/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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