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PSC staff members protest over recruitment of 10, 000 officers by I-G Adamu

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Staff of the Police Service Commission (PSC), on Wednesday, staged a protest at the Federal High Court, Abuja, over the alleged recruitment of 10, 000 officers by the Inspector General (I-G) of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The protesters, under the umbrella of the Nigerian Civil Service Union, PSC Chapter, carried placards with various inscription to press home their demands.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the aggrieved staff converged outside the court premises singing different solidarity songs.

The demonstration took place simultaneously as Justice Inyang Ekwo of Federal High Court Abuja delivered ruling on the matter brought by the PSC against I-G Adamu.

Secretary of the staff union, Mr Remi Ogundeji, said the staff were protesting against the usurpation of powers of the commission by the I-G Adamu.

“We all know that it is the constitutional rights of the Police Service Commission to recruit, promote and discipline Nigerian police officers,” he said.

Ogundeji said that the PSC and the I-G both began the recruitment exercise together before the commission was no longer carried along by Mr Adamu.

“We have instituted an interlocutory injunction to stop the exercise and we sought for the interpretation of the constitution that stipulates the functions of the PSC,” he said.

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Court remands 40-year-old man for sodomising neighbour’s son

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A Magistrates’ Court in Gombe on Wednesday ordered that 40-year- old man, Kabiru Abdullahi, who pleaded guilty to sodomising his neighbour’s  14-year-old son, be remanded in a correctional facility, pending sentencing.

Abdullahi pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.

Chief Magistrate Babayo Usamatu, who gave the order, adjourned the case until Nov. 28, for sentencing.

Earlier in the First Information Report (FIR), the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Bako Shekari told the court that the defendant, who resides n Tashan Magarya in Kumo, Akko LGA, Gombe State, committed the offence in October.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of  Section 284 of the Penal Code law.

Shekari further prayed the court to order the defendant to pay N40, 000 as compensation and for  medical examination.

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Court remands 20-year-old man over alleged defilement

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An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates Court in Lagos on Wednesday remanded one Micheal Babalola, 20, who allegedly defiled a minor.

Babalola is facing a two-count charge of indecent assault and defilement, which he pleaded not guilty.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Adedayo, ordered that Babalola should be kept in Nigeria Correctional Centre, Ikoyi, pending when the case would be filed at the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, had told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Nov. 2, at about 2.00 p.m., at BCC Church premises, Idi-araba in Lagos.

Uwadione alleged that the defendant indecently and unlawfully assaulted a 11-year-old girl by forcefully removing her panties.

“The defendant defiled the girl by unlawfully having carnal knowledge of her by blunt penetration,” the prosecutor said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the alleged offences contravene Sections 137 and 263 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The chief magistrate, however, adjourned the case until Nov. 27 for mention.

Edited by Debo Oshundun/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Tailor in court for allegedly beating up businessman

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A tailor, Collins Nnochiri,44, on Wednesday appeared in a Karmo Grade I Area Court for allegedly beating up a businessman.

The police charged Nnochiri with three counts of assault, criminal intimidation and mischief.

The prosecution counsel, Ijeoma Ukhagha, informed the court that the defendant committed the offence on Nov. 2 in Jabi.

She told the court that the complaint was lodged by a businessman, Benjamin Udueje, who lives in  Jabi.

She alleged that the defendant went to the complainant’s place of business, attacked him and tore his shirt valued at N5, 000.

The prosecution also alleged that he defendant threatened to kill the complainant.

During police investigation, he said, the defendant could not reasonably explain his actions.

Ukhagha said the offence contravened the provisions of  sections 397, 265 and 327 of the Penal Code law.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000.

Maiwada then adjourned the case until Nov. 27 for trial.

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Court jails  2 men 14 years for receiving stolen items

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An Ado Ekiti High Court on Wednesday sentenced two men to seven years’ imprisonment each for receiving stolen property.

Justice Abiodun Adesodun convicted Adams Samson, 39, and Ayinla Kolawole, 33, for receiving stolen property.

He did not give them an option of fine.

The judge, however, did not find them guilty of armed robbery which there were also charged with.

He held that the prosecution failed to prove the allegation of armed robbery against the defendants; hence their acquittal of the  charge.

Earlier, prosecution counsel, Mr Gbemiga Adaramola from the state Ministry of Justice, said that the convicts committed the offences on or about May 30, 2017, on Jimoh Aliu Street in Ado-Ekiti.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 427 and 430 of the Criminal Code,  Laws of Ekiti, 2012.

The prosecution called three witnesses and tendered exhibits including pictures, mobile phones, statements of the convicts and vehicle particulars.

Defence called only a witness..

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Police in Osun arraign Man, 47,  over alleged fraud of N6.3m, impersonation

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The Police in Osun on Wednesday arraigned a 47-year-old man, Olaitan Bashiru, at an Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged fraud of N6.3 million.

Bashiru, who is facing a two-count charge of fraud and theft, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The State Prosecutor, Mr S.O Ayodele, told the court that the defendant committed the offences between June and September 2018 in Osogbo.

Ayodele said the accused defrauded a company, Cadtech Nigeria Limited, by clamming to be the owner of Powerex Nigeria Limited, a claim he knows to be false.

He said the accused, in a fraudulent manner, obtained the sum of N6.3 million from Cardtech Limited on a business transaction he knew to be false.

The Prosecutor said the offenses contravened Sections 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol 11, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The Defense Counsel, Mr Eyotayo Soji, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.

The Magistrate, Mrs Aishat Ajanaku , granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.

Ajanaku said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction with evidence of tax payment and two passports photographs attached with an affidavit of means.

The case was adjourned untill Dec 19 for hearing.

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Father docked over alleged cruelty to his baby

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The police, on Wednesday, arraigned one Mr Livingstone Okpezi in a Karshi Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, over alleged cruelty to his child

The defendant, who resides at Angwan Sarki Orozo, Abuja, pleaded not guilty to one count of cruelty to a child. 

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mohammed Lawal, told the court that the complainant, Nwabeke Ginika , who lives in Orozo, Abuja, reported the matter at the Karshi Police Station on Oct. 21.

baby at a motherless babies home.

defendant threatened to cut the baby into two.

The prosecution counsel said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 238 of the Penal Code.

The judge, Isa Anas, admitted the defendant to bail  in the sum of N200, 000  with one  surety in like sum.

Anas adjourned the case until Dec. 16, for hearing.

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