A 19-year-old sales boy, Lucky Ovie, was on Tuesday arraigned before an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State for allegedly stealing his employer’s N35,000.
The defendant of no fixed address is standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and converting other peoples property to personal use.
The Prosecutor, Insp Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the defendant on April 12 stole the money which was from sales of bags of cement belonging to his boss, one Wale Banjoko.
Orogbemi said that the defendant also converted the stolen money to his personal use before he was apprehended.
The prosecutor said that the offences were contrary to Sections 390(9) and 383, Criminal Code, Cap.37, Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State, 2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Musa Al-Yunus, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50, 000 and a surety in like sum with evidence of a year ‘s tax clearance.
He adjourned the case till May 24 for further hearing.
Contempt: IGP, Kyari appeal against order, apply for stay of execution
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, and a Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Response ,Mr Abba Kyari, on Monday appealed against a court order directing them to produce an alleged dead suspect in court either “dead or alive”.
NAN reports that Justice Dorcas Agishi of the Federal High Court Jos had ordered the IGP to produce one Nanpon Sambo, facing trial before her for alleged illegal possession of fire arms, or face contempt charges.
The judge had ordered that the duo must physically appear before it on Dec. 9 and explain why they should not be committed to prison for gross contempt of court.
NAN reports that in spite of the order, the duo, who did not appear in person, however, filed an appeal and a motion on notice asking for a stay of execution of the earlier order for the production of Sambo “dead or alive”.
Instead of appearing in person as directed by the court, they filed the appeal on Monday morning, Dec.9, through their counsel, Joshua Ayanna, at the registry of the court and left without stepping into the court room.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, Sambo’s counsel, Mr. D.G. Dashe, told the court that he had just been served with the two processes in court.
My Lord, the Bailiff has just been here in court with a motion on notice for a stay of execution of your order, which directed them to produce Sambo.
My worry is that in spite of filling an appeal and a motion on notice at the Registry this morning, there is nobody or counsel in court as we sit to represent them.
In the first place, l wonder why they could go on appeal of such an order because if the suspect is dead as they claimed and the court has ordered them to produce the corpse, they should just comply, ” the defense counsel said.
Dashe, however, applied for time to enable him to study the two processes filed for an appropriate response.
The Judge, then, adjourned the case to Dec. 16 for hearing of the motion on notice.
Edited by: Philip Dzeremo and Abdullahi Yusuf
Police arraign man, 45, for allegedly assaulting apprentice
The Police on Monday arraigned a 45-year-old man, Joel Kosoko, in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly assaulting an apprentice.
Kosoko, of no fixed address, is standing trial on a four-count charge bothering on assault and injury.
Nwaongwu said that Kosoko, who was a trainer to the complainant, John Abraham, an apprentice, inflicted injury on his left eye and caused him harm.
He said the defendant and others conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace when they assaulted Abraham following a misunderstanding.
They caused a serious injury on his left eye which he may likely not be able to see with again,” he said.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 168(d), 173, 246 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that Section 246 stipulates three years imprisonment for the offender.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Y. O. Aje-Afunwa, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Aje-Afunwa adjourned the case until Feb. 2, for further hearing.
Edited by: Tayo Ikujuni/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
Housewife seeks peace, wants dissolution of 11 months old marriage
A Housewife, Safiya Haruna, on Monday approached an Upper Area Court in Zuba, Abuja, seeking a dissolution of the 11 months union between her and Abdulkarim Kadiri.
Haruna told the court that she wants the court to dissolve her marriage to Kadiri so she could have peace of mind.
She said that she was no longer interested in the marriage with her estranged husband, due to lack of love.
The petitioner told the court that she had exhausted all avenues of reconciliation and that she approached the court as a last resort.
Haruna said she and Kadiri got married in January, but she had to leave her matrimonial home since June due to irreconcilable differences between them.
I will not return to that house even if he gives me one million U.S. dollars,’’ she said.
The presiding judge, Mr Gambo Garba, adjourned the matter until Dec. 17, to enable the husband respond to the petitioner’s claims.
Edited by: Debo Oshundun/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
Alleged P&ID scam: Court dismisses defendant’s plea for bail variation
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, dismissed the application for bail variation filed by the British national, James Nolan.
Justice Okon Abang, who dismissed the prayer, said the application was lacking in merit and adjourned the case till Tuesday for continuation of trial.
He gave the ruling after he had taken the arguments of the prosecution and defence counsel.
The judge wondered why Nolan could not respond to the serious allegation levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that he forged resident permit and that if granted bail he might jump bail.
According to Justice Abang, I took a risk in admitting the 3rd defendant (Nolan) to bail.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Justice Abang had earlier fixed Dec. 6 for hearing on the bail variation but adjourned till Dec. 9.
Justice Abang had, on Nov. 7, granted Nolan bail in the sum of N500 million.
The judge, who granted the bail in an application filed by Nolan, ordered that the applicant must produce a surety in like sum, who must be a Nigerian and a serving senator not standing any criminal trial in any court in Nigeria.
Besides, he held that the proposed surety must submit a three years tax clearance certificate and sign an undertaking to always be present in court with the defendant throughout the duration of the trial.
The senator must have a landed property fully developed in Maitama District of Abuja and fully certified by the FCDA.
The surety must submit two passport photographs,” Abang ruled.
The court also ordered the defendant to surrender all his international passports, even as it mandated the Nigerian Immigration Service to confirm how many passports that were issued to him within the past 20 years.
NAN recalls that EFCC had, on Oct. 21, arraigned Nolan and Adam Quinn (at large), both British nationals, over their alleged complicity in the 9.6 billion dollars judgment against Nigeria.
Process and Industrial Development (P&ID), an Irish engineering company, had secured the award against Nigeria following the non-execution of a 20-year gas and supply processing agreement (GSPA) the company had with the Federal Government.
The arraignment of the two Britons is coming weeks after two P&ID directors were convicted over the deal.
The defendants, both directors of Goidel Resources Limited, a Designated Non-Financial Institution and ICIL Limited, were arraigned on a 16-count charge bordering on money laundering.
Court slams N1m bail on estate agent over alleged fraudulent property sale
A 59-year-old man, Agbomabini Kolawole, who conspired with others and obtained N8 million under false pretences from a woman to sell a building to her was on Monday granted N1 million bail by an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Y.O. Aje-Afunwa, granted the bail application and ordered that the defendant should produce two sureties as a condition for the bail.
Aje-Afunwa said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and should be gainfully employed.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, ASP Peter Nwaongwu, told the court that the defendant and others still at large, committed the offences on July 8, at Fidelity Bank, Agege Branch.
Nwaongwu alleged that the defendant and his accomplices conspired among themselves to obtain N8 million under false pretences from Mrs Chibuike Obi to sell a building to her.
He said that the building which is situated at No 8, Christ Foundation St., Ilupeju, Oke Aro, belonged to the defendant.
According to him, the offences contravened Sections 287, 314 (3) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.
Aje-Afunwa adjourned the case till Jan. 9, 2020 for hearing.
Edited by: Debo Oshundun/Adeleye Ajayi
Court remands 2 for allegedly robbing couple N1.97m
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Monday remanded two men – Idris Ibrahim, 28, and Jubril Ahmed, 36 -who allegedly robbed a couple of N1.97 million.
The Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Aderibigbe ordered that the duo should be kept at the Kirikiri Correction Centre, Lagos, pending advice of the state director of public prosecutions.
Aderibigbe did not take the plea of the defendants but adjourned the case until Jan. 18, 2020.
The duo was charged conspiracy, robbery and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Mojirade Edeme, submitted that the defendants armed themselves with dangerous weapons and robbed one Mr Joseph Okafor and his wife, Helen, of N1.97 million, on Sept. 29 in Ikeja.
The defendants removed the kitchen window to gain entrance into their apartment.
They pointed knives, iron rods, bottles among other weapons at the couple, demanding their money, threatening to kill them if they refused to comply.
For fear of the unknown, the couple surrendered their money,” he told the court.
The prosecutor said that as the defendants were on their way out of the couple’s residence, the complainant raised an alarm and the defendants and their accomplices fled, but neighbours arrested the defendants .
The defendants were arrested, while others escaped with the money,” she said.
Edeme said that during police interrogation, one of the defendants confessed that it was the couple’s security guard that told them that they had some money at home.
She noted that alleged offences contravened 287, 296 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 296 prescribes 21 year’s imprisonment for robbery.
Edited by: Debo Oshundun/Ijeoma Popoola
Man, 31, arraigned for allegedly stealing N9m Mercedes Benz
For allegedly stealing a Mercedes Benz GL 450 model, a 31-year-old man, Patrick Oguaba, on Monday appeared before an Ojo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The defendant being prosecuted by the police is facing a count charge of stealing.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Simon Uche, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in October at the Agric area of Ojo in Lagos State.
The defendant was arrested after a tipoff revealed that he stole the car at Agric and moved it to an unknown location.
The car is valued at N9 million,” Uche said.
According to the prosecutor, the car belongs to one Mr Sunday Olubiyo, a resident of Ojo.
The Magistrate, Mr A.A. Adesanya, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Adesanya adjourned the case until Jan. 29 for mention.
Edited by: Debo Oshundun/Ijeoma Popoola
2 men in court for allegedly stealing car worth N2.5 million
Two men, Godwin Amuzie and Godspower Imafidon, who allegedly stole a Honda Accord car valued at N2.5 million on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Amuzie, 25, an artisan and Imafidon, 25, a security man, who both reside at Satellite Town, Lagos, are facing charges of conspiracy and stealing.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.
The Prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Sept. 13 at Satellite Town, Lagos.
Ogu alleged that the defendants stole the car belonging to the Complainant, Mr Ezema Anselem.
He said that the complainant dropped the car for Amuzie to wash and when he returned to pick his car, the defendant had left with it.
He reported the case to the police and the defendants were arrested with the car,” Ogu said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr J. A Adegun, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties in like sum.
Adegun adjourned the case until Jan. 8, 2020 for mention.
Edited by: Okisor Angela/Adeleye Ajayi
Sowore: Rights commission urges law enforcement officials to respect law
Sowore: Rights commission urges law enforcement officials to respect law
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) urged law enforcement officials on Saturday to respect the law.
Its Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu made the call in Abuja while reacting to the invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Dec. 6 by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to rearrest Omoyele Sowore who was earlier released by the same department.
Ojukwu said that the commission had watched with dismay the conduct of law enforcement officers in “facie curie“ on Friday Dec. 6 at the Federal High court Abuja.
He reiterated the need for law enforcement officials to understand that to qualify as law enforcement agents, they “must first of all be law abiding and not be above the law”.
“As officials paid with tax-payers’ money, there is no room for impunity and utter disregard for the constitution.
“Our democracy is founded on the principle of Separation of Powers and all citizens including law enforcement officials must understand the implications of that.
“They are enjoined to respect the law and the constitution in the enforcement of the law,” he said.
The NHRC executive secretary urged all the relevant agencies of government to arrest and try all law enforcement officers involved in the desecration of the hallowed chambers of the federal high court Dec. 6 for contempt in the face of the court.
He added that the concerned law enforcement officers should be tried so that it would serve “as a reminder to all law enforcement agents in carrying out their law enforcement duties they must obey the law”.
He said that law enforcement officials should be enforcing the law within the law.
“Impunity by law enforcement officials cannot be condoned in our democracy because impunity uproots the very foundations of our constitution and our democracy,” he said. (NAN )
Edited & Vetted By: Saidu Adamu/Emmanuel Yashim
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