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Unemployed in court over alleged attempted stealing

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Lagos, March 12, 2019 An unemployed man, Ahmed Abimbola, 22, who allegedly attempted to snatch a cell phone was on Tuesday brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The defendant, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of breach of peace and attempted stealing.

Abimbola, however, pleaded innocence of the offences.

The prosecutor, Insp. Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on March 1, about 4.55 a.m., at Westwood Estate, Badore Ajah, Lagos.

“The defendant was seen loitering around in the estate, covered his face with black cloth, made attempt to snatch the cellphone of a woman on her way to work at earlier hours of the morning.

“The woman (name withheld) raised alarm and the estate security men apprehended the defendant,’’ Ekundayo said.

The offences contravene Sections 21 (1) and 166 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 21 (1) carries seven years imprisonment, while section Section 166 (d) stipulates of N40, 000 fine or imprisonment for three months or both.

The Magistrate, Mrs A.M. Olumide-Fusika, granted the defendant N50, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

She said that one of the sureties must be a relation of the accused and the other, a civil servant.

Further hearing on the case has been fixed for April 11.

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Unemployed man bags 6 months imprisonment for $1,200 internet fraud

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An Ikeja Special Offences Court in Lagos State on Wednesday sentenced an unemployed man, Lawal Sholaru, to six months imprison for defrauding an American, Mr David Geobel, of $1200 (N466,212) through the Internet.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sholaru had at his arraignment on March 18 pleaded guilty to a charge of obtaining money by false pretences proffered against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The defendant was remanded at the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centre, after his arraignment and the scheduled delivery of the judgment was delayed due to the lockdown occasioned by outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Delivering the judgment online during a virtual proceeding, Justice Mojisola Dada said that Sholaru was convicted following his admission of guilt, but granted him an option of N100,000 fine in lieu of term in jail.

“The timeous plea of guilty of the defendant is very impressive and commendable, he has exhibited great remorse for his action.
“He has also unwittingly spent about two months in custody. In the interest of justice, the defendant is hereby sentenced to six months imprisonment.
“The sentence is to commence from March 18, 2020 when he was first remanded in custody or an option of a fine of N100,000 in lieu of his prison term,” the judge said.
Justice Dada ordered that the defendant shall forfeit his vehicle and any other property recovered from him by the EFCC to the Federal Government as proceeds of crime.
“He shall undertake to be of good behaviour and never to be involved in any other crime. This is the judgment of the court,” she said.
Following the judgment, the defence counsel Mr Kunle Aina, thanked the court.
Earlier during the proceedings, the EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Samuel Daji gave a brief summary of the facts of the case.
“Based on intelligence received by the Commission, the defendant was arrested on March 8, 2020 at Lakers Club, Ikorodu, Lagos State, on suspicion of engaging in internet fraud.
“The defendant made a confessional statement where he admitted that he defrauded a US citizen, one Mr David Geobel, to the tune of $1,200.
“He also admitted to representing himself as one Alicia White. Further investigations were carried out on the defendants email address and fraudulent documents where the defendant represented himself as an American General were uncovered,” he said.
The EFCC prosecutor, to strengthen the anti-graft agency’s case, tendered to the court the defendant’s confessional statements dated March 8 and March 11, as well as the alleged fraudulent documents found in Sholaru’s possession.
“Investigations revealed that the defendant had no other source of livelihood other than internet fraud and his car was bought from the proceeds of crime,” Daji said.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Financial conditions worsen dramatically for newly-unemployed Americans amid COVID-19 outbreak: Fed report

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Financial conditions worsened dramatically for people who experienced job loss or reduced hours in March as COVID-19 swept across the United States, according to a report released Thursday by the Federal Reserve Board.

In April, fewer adults reported that they were at least doing okay financially six months earlier, said the latest Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households.

A smaller supplemental survey showed that 43 percent of adults were “doing okay” financially, and 29 percent were “living comfortably,” down from 75 percent and 36 percent, respectively, in the fall of 2019.

“The survey data show that early in the public health crisis, a larger fraction of Americans were facing financial hardship than in the fall of 2019,” said Federal Reserve Board Governor Michelle W. Bowman.

The declines in self-reported financial well-being were concentrated on those who lost a job or had their work hours cut, the report showed.

Among adults not experiencing a job loss or reduction in hours, 76 percent were at least okay financially in April.

Among those who experienced a job loss or hours reduction, however, 51 percent indicated that they were doing at least okay financially in April, whereas 48 percent were “finding it difficult to get by” or “just getting by.”

Some 19 percent of all adults reported either losing a job or experiencing a reduction in work hours in March, the report showed, while noting that some people took on new or additional employment in the month.

Nine in 10 people who were furloughed or lost a job said that their employer indicated that they would return to their job at some point, according to the report.

However, in general, people were not told specifically when to expect to return to work.

The report also showed that consistent with the employment declines in March, many people have experienced income declines. Twenty-three percent of all adults, and 70 percent of those who lost a job or had their hours reduced, said their income in March was lower than in February.

The survey was released one day after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the COVID-19 crisis raises “long-term concerns,” and warned that a prolonged recession and weak recovery could lead to an extended period of low productivity growth and stagnant incomes.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported a staggering 20.5-million job loss in April, which erased a decade of job gains since the global financial crisis and pushed the unemployment rate to a record 14.7 percent.

Powell said the COVID-19-induced job crisis has disproportionately weighed on lower-income households and families.

Teasing data from the survey, he said among people who were working in February, almost 40 percent of those in households making less than 40,000 dollars a year lost a job in March.

“This reversal of economic fortune has caused a level of pain that is hard to capture in words, as lives are upended amid great uncertainty about the future,” Powell said, adding that he expects unemployment to peak next month.

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Number of new unemployed people in Israel amid COVID-19 exceeds 1 mln

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The number of new unemployed workers in Israel, since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in the country, has reached 1,011,205, Israel Employment Service said on Sunday.

This figure includes all new unemployed workers added since March 1, three days after the first coronavirus case was detected in Israel.

On Sunday, 11,930 people applied for unemployment benefits, the highest daily number of applicants since April 5.

Most of the new unemployed workers (87.9 percent) were put on unpaid leaves since March 1, while 7.25 percent have been laid off in this period, and the rest have quit or did not apply for benefits.

According to the bureau, the unemployment rate in Israel is currently 27.4 percent, compared with 4 percent in March 1. The total number of unemployed people in Israel currently exceeds 1.14 million.
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Female car wash operator advises unemployed women to engage in legitimate ventures

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A female car wash operator, Blessing Jame, has advised unmployed women, especially the young ones, to engage themselves in legitimate ventures that will enable them to become self-reliant.

James who is in her 20s, gave the advice in an interview with the New Agency of Nigeria in Awka, the Anambra capital, on Tuesday.

She advised the unemployed females, especially those in the state, not to regard any job as that meant for men alone, but to venture into any legitimate endeavour that could give them money.

She said that she did not see herself as doing a man’s job.

“There is nothing like a man’s job; any determined woman could engage in any positive job to earn money rather than sell her body.

“I am the manager here and I also wash car for customers. A woman can do anything positive to make money. There is nothing like car wash is for boys or men only.

“Car wash is better than going into prostitution and I do it with happiness because it puts food on my table,” she said.

James told NAN that she had been on the job for over a year now, and had been doing it with pleasure ever since then.

According to the young woman it takes her about 30 minutes to wash a car.

“I don’t spend more than 30 minutes to wash a car unless I have to wash the car engine because this is a very technical aspect of the job.

“I train the boys working here; I operate the vacuum machine, pressure machine and handle washing of engine,” she added.

She said educational qualification should not be a barrier for anybody who wished to be positively engaged.

Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Ejike Obeta
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Zamfara Govt. disburses N66m to unemployed youths, women in March 

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Zamfara State Government says it has disbursed N66million to 6,600 beneficiaries under its Social Intervention  Programme (Z-SIP) across the state in March.

The Secretary of the Programme, Alhaji Mubarak Magaji-Maradun disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Gusau on Saturday.

NAN reports that Z-SIP is one of the empowerment schemes introduced by the Gov. Bello Matawalle administration.

Magaji-Maradun said that the beneficiaries included unemployed youths and women drawned from the 14 local government areas of the state.

“You know Matawalle introduced Z-SIP to reduce unemployment and poverty among citizens of the state.

“Each of the 6,600 beneficiaries received N10,000 last month as monthly stipend from the state government,” he said.

The official said the state government would soon introduce skills acquisition projects for one million small scale traders across the state.

“Very soon, we are going to commence the projects where over 1 million beneficiaries would benefit from N10 million,” he said.

According to him, the gesture is to support the unemployed youths and women in the state to setup their own small and medium scale

businesses.

He, however, apologized to the beneficiaries for the delay in the payment, which he said, was caused by COVID-19 outbreak.

Magaji-Maradun assured the peoplect that the programme would fully resume with regular monthly payment to all the benefiting youths and women.

He appealed to them to utilize the funds judiciously for the state government to achieve the desired objectives of the programme.

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Unemployed in court over alleged theft of phone, money

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A 38-year-old man, Rasak Ibrahim, on Friday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged theft of N372,000  and a Tecno phone.

The unemployed man, who resides at 25, Agaraeu St., Isale Eko, Lagos, allegedly stole the money and phone from one Mrs Nkechi Ugwu.

The defendant is facing charges of conspiracy and stealing but he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Insp. Innocent Odugbo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Jan. 15 at Ipodo area of Ikeja.

Odugbo alleged that defendant stole the phone worth  N27,800 from Ugwu’s shop and used it to transfer money from her bank account.

The prosecutor also alleged that the defendant and his accomplice, now at large, hacked into Ugwu’s  bank account through her phone.

“They transferred N370,000 to different accounts and purchased N2,000 airtime to two different MTN numbers,’’ he told the court.

Odugbo said that one of the numbers the defendant sent airtime into was tracked and that led to his arrest.

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs S. K. Matepo, admitted the defendant to N200,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Matepo adjourned the case until April 6 for mention.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde/Ijeoma Popoola
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Unemployed man gets 9 months imprisonment with hard labour for breaking Jeep windshield

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A Magistrates’ Court in Ikorodu, Lagos State, on Friday sentenced an unemployed man, Tunde Olushola, to nine months imprisonment with hard labour for breaking a Hyundai Creta Jeep windshield.

Magistrate A.R. Onilogbo, sentenced Olushola based on the convict’s confession and evidence that broke the windshield of a Hyundai Creta Jeep worth N295,000 belonging to one Sulaimon Rasaq.

Onilogbo did not give the convict an option to pay any fine.

The police charged Olushola with criminal damage to property.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, ASP Gbemileke Agoi told the court that the convict committed the offence on March 13, at about 3 p.m. at Ajegunle Ikorodu road in Ikorodu, Lagos state.

He  said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 339 and punishable under Section 340 of criminal law of Lagos State, 2015 as amended.

Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Sadiya Hamza
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UN says coronavirus pandemic could leave up to 24.7m unemployed

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  The coronavirus pandemic could cost up to 24.7 million jobs around the world if governments fail to come up with a coordinated policy response to the economic fallout of the health crisis, an official said.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) said this on Wednesday in Geneva.

If countries implement large-scale measures to protect jobs, stimulate the economy and boost employment, unemployment will only grow by 5.3 million, up from last year’s global total of 188 million, the UN body said.

“In 2008, the world presented a united front to address the consequences of the global financial crisis, and the worst was averted,” ILO Director General Guy Ryder said in a statement.

“We need that kind of leadership and resolve now,” he added.

However, the ILO also noted that the financial crisis boosted global unemployment by 22 million.

The forecast also said that companies would reduce work hours and wages, leading to increased underemployment.

Self-employment will not be able to cushion the effect of the Covid-19 viral disease because health measures are restricting the movements of service providers and goods, the ILO warned.

Workers stand to lose at least 860 billion dollars in income by the end of the year, which will hurt consumption.

In addition, the ILO expects that the number of people who live in poverty in spite of having a job will increase by between 8.8 million and 35 million people.

The UN labour body previously predicted the number of working poor to drop by 14 million this year.

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Felix Ajide
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Bauchi speaker empowers 500 unemployed youths

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Mr Abubakar Suleiman, Speaker, Bauchi State  House of Assembly has disbursed N5 million to 500 unemployed youths to enable them to engage in productive activities.

Sulieman, (PDP Ningi Constituency) distributed monies to indigent constituents as part of comprehensive youths and women empowerment initiative.

Mr Abdul Burra, the Spokesman of the speaker made the disclosure in an interview with Nigeria News Agency , on Wednesday in Bauchi.

Burra said the beneficiaries were carefully selected in the eleven wards in the area,  adding that the scope of the programme would be expanded to mobilise participation.

He said that 200 females received N5, 000 each while 300 their male  counter part got N10, 000 each, respectively.

Burra said the disbursement committee set up by the speaker would monitor the beneficiaries to ensure effective utilisation of the monies to achieve the expected positive impact on them.

According to him, about 100 youth will be train on vocational and skill acquisition programme designed to expose the trainees  to weaving, pomade processing , leather work and computer literacy.

The spokesman added that the speaker also engaged 10 unemployed qualified health personnel to serve as casual workers of the General Hospital, Ningi.

He said: “They are placed on a N10, 000 monthly stipend while several boreholes and hand pumps were procured to enhance access to clean water in the area”. 

Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Rabiu Sani Ali
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Unemployed man faces N500, 000 malicious damage

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A 21-year-old unemployed man, Qudus Kazeem, on Tuesday appeared in an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly damaging the roof of a building worth N500, 000.

The police charged Kazeem, who resides in Lagos Island, with two counts of malicious damage and attempted theft.

He pleaded not guilty on the two counts.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Solomon Mawari, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 14, at 2.40p.m. at No. 46, Orisan St., Isale-Eko, Lagos Island.

He alleged that the defendant maliciously damaged the roof of the house valued at N500, 000, belonging to the complainant, Mr Kareem Toheed.

The defendant, he alleged, entered a shop to steal a phone but was caught, he jumped on the roof of the house to avoid arrest and the ceiling collapsed.

He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 350 and 406 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Counsel to the defendant, Mrs Mary Ibe, prayed the court to admit her client to bail in the liberal terms.

Magistrate  A. A. Famobiwo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.

She adjourned the case until March 30 for mention.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
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NDE empowers 510 unemployed graduates in Enugu

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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Enugu State on Tuesday said it had trained no fewer than 510 unemployed graduates on different skills.

The NDE’s Coordinator in the state, Mrs. Chika Onah told Nigeria News Agency in Enugu that the beneficiaries were trained to be proficient in fashion and design.

Onah added that the beneficiaries would also be trained in aluminum fabrication, welding, barbing and hairdressing, automobile engineering and other skills.

The coordinator, who said that the training was conducted simultaneously across the state, added that about 30 persons were selected from each of the 17 council areas of the state.

Onah urged the youth and unemployed graduates in the country to embrace skills acquisition, instead of looking for white collar jobs.

She said that the trainees would after the training, be empowered to start their businesses depending on the availability of funds.

Onah said that the state’s NDE office was currently facing challenges of operational vehicles for trainees’ supervision.

She advised the trainees to be dedicated to the skills acquisition programme, adding that it would be of immense benefit to them.

Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Maureen Atuonwu
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Unemployed charged with theft of school laptops

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A 25-year-old man, Sunday Obi, who allegedly broke into a school building and stole two laptops valued N200,000, was on Monday charged before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

Obi, who resides at 6, Ogo Olorun St., Sango Ota, Ogun, was charged with  conspiracy, stealing and burglary but he pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, told the court that Obi committed the offences on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5 at the Academic Solid Secondary School located at No. 1, Arogundade Road, Aboru, Lagos.

Ogu alleged that the defendant and his accomplice burgled the office of the school proprietor, Mr Yomi Akinlalu’s, and stole two HP laptops worth  N200,000.

The prosecutor told the court that the defendant and his accomplice came back another day to steal a scanning machine, but were  caught by  security guards.

“The defendant was thereafter brought to a police station,” Ogu said.

According to the prosecutor, the alleged offences contravene Sections 307 , 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr J. A. Adegun, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of  N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Adegun adjourned the case until March 23 for mention.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Ijeoma Popoola
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Court jailed 28-year-old unemployed 6 months for felony

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An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday in Lagos sentenced a 28-year-old unemployed man, Wale Omodara, to six months in Kirikiri Correctional Centre for breaking into an apartment with intent to commit felony.

 

The magistrate, Mrs O.A. Akokhia, pronounced the verdict after the defendant had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of intent to commit felony and damage.

 

Akokhia in her ruling said  that the convict should serve out his terms without an option of fine.

 

“You are hereby sentenced to six months’ imprisonment without an option fine.

 

“The sentence will serve as a deterrent to others who may want to engage in similar acts,” she said.

 

The magistrate advised the convict to change his ways of life after he might have  completed  his jail term.

 

The defendant, a resident of Alakuko, a  Lagos suburb, who attributed his action to the handiwork of the devil, urged the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing him.

 

The prosecutor, Insp. Adegoke Philip, had earlier told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Feb. 23 at 4:30a.m at Alakuko.

 

He said that the defendant unlawfully jumped into the premises of Mr Moses Babatunde with intent to commit felony.

 

“The defendant scaled the fence of the complainant’s house to gain entrance into his compound.

 

“He also damaged four slates and one ceiling to gain access to the complainant’s bedroom.

 

“When the complainant sighted him, he raised  an alarm, neighbours rushed to the scene and the defendant was arrested when he wanted to scale the fence to escape,”the prosecutor said.

 

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 308 and 406 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

 

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Peter Dada (NAN)

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NDLEA files drug trafficking charge against unemployed man

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday filed

one-count chargeof alleged trafficking on250g of cannabis in a Federal High Court Lagos, against an unemployed man,

Umaru Abubakar.

In the charge sheet, marked /69C/20, the prosecution counsel, Mr Jeremiah Aernan, alleged that Abubakar committed the offence on Feb. 11.

He said that Abubakar was arrested at Ago Bridge in the Festac area of Lagos while trading on Cannabis (a.k.a Hemp).

According to prosecution, hemp is a banned narcotic similar to Heroine and other restricted hard drugs that are listed as being prohibited in the NDLEA schedule.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Sections 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation 2004.

The Act specifies a penalty of life imprisonment if convicted of the offence.

No date has been fixed for arraignment of the defendant.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde/Sadiya Hamza

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NDE creates 40,000 new jobs for unemployed Nigerians – D-G

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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) says it has engaged 40,000 unemployed Nigerians in community development projects in order to tackle youth restinessness and improve on their standard of living.

Dr Muhammad Argungu, the Director-General of the agency, made this known in Keffi on Thursday at the end of a three-day capacity building workshop for 19 procurement officers of the organisation.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the workshop is “Enhancing Public Procurement Compliance: Techniques, Tools and Best Practices”.

According to him, this February, we have also attained major strides under the Presidency’s Special Public Works in rural areas being implemented by the NDE presently.

Argungu, represented by the agency’s Head of Procurement Department, Mr Aliyu Abubakar, explained that the pilot stage would create 40,000 new jobs by engaging 1,000 persons each in five Local government areas in eight benefitting states.

The states are Katsina, Jigawa, Edo, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Kwara and Borno.

“It is an off-farm initiative to engage young persons in community development projects such as road rehabilitation, drainage clearance, street cleaning and traffic control, among others,” he said.

He also disclosed that those engaged would be paid a monthly stipend of N20,000 each for three months.

Argungu, however, explained that the capacity building programme was conceived to equip procurement officers with techniques and tools to ensure best practices in the dynamic world of procurement.

“We have trained many of our officers for effective service delivery.

“As we have also trained many Nigerians in different skills including empowerment programmes; this is to enable the beneficiaries become self reliant,” he said.

Argungu urged the procurement officers to use the knowledge gained during the workshop for effective service delivery.

The director-General lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for giving adequate attention to the plights of Nigerians and called for its sustenance.

NAN reports that the three days workshop was climaxed with presentation of certificates to participants.

Edited By: Janefrances Oraka/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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2 unemployed men arraigned over alleged attempt to steal battery, aluminium

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An Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court on Monday arraigned two men for allegedly attempting to steal battery and aluminum belonging to Lukmon Arigilaye and Fijabi Olawale.

The Police charged the two defendants, Lekan Tolase, 27; and Tunde Akanni, 20; whose addresses were not provided, with felony to wit; stealing.

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

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Mary Ajiteru, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Feb.16 at about 11a.m. at Omotayo St. Ibeshe area of Ikorodu.

She said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 406 of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mr O.M. Dawodu admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety each in like sum.

He adjourned the case until March 26 for mention.

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2 unemployed docked for allegedly stealing from patients at clinic

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Two unemployed men who allegedly stole a mobile phone and N5,000 cash belonging to patients at a clinic were on Wednesday charged before an Ajegunle Magistrates’ Court.

The defendants, Shola David, 26; and Emmanuel Enahoro, 22; who both live in Ajegunle area of Lagos, are being tried for conspiracy and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Gbenga Salami, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Feb. 8, at No. 14, Evie St., Ajegunle, Lagos.

Salami said that the defendants entered the clinic and stole an Infinix phone belonging to a patient, Mr Azeez Gafari, valued at N40,000.

He alleged that the defendants also stole N5,000 from the purse of another patient, one Alhaja Bola Oriola.

The prosecutor said that the defendants were caught and apprehended by the security guards in the clinic.

Salami said that the offence contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Erinle, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N40,000 each, with two sureties in like sum.

Erinle adjourned the case until March 2, for mention.

Edited By: Ejike Obeta/Oluwole Sogunle

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Unemployed charged with trafficking 350g of Marijuana

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has charged 37 years old man, Adeniran Bolarinwa before a Federal High Court Lagos, for allegedly trading in 350g of Cannabis.

The defendant is being charged with drug trafficking in a suit marked /11C/20.

The prosecutor, Mr Jeremiah Aernan, alleged that the defendant committed the offences on Dec. 12, 2019.

Aernan alleged that the defendant was arrested under a bridge at Ojota new garage area of Lagos, while trading in Cannabis popularly known as Hemp.

According to prosecution, Hemp is a banned narcotics similar to Heroine and other restricted hard drugs which are listed as being prohibited in the NDLEA schedule.

The offence of drug trafficking contravenes the provisions of Sections 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation 2004.

The Act specifies a penalty of life imprisonment for any convicted offender.

No date has been fixed for arraignment of the defendant.

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Tricycle theft: Unemployed changes plea during sentencing

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A 19-year-old unemployed man, Usman Kaana, who earlier admitted stealing a tricycle worth  N665, 000, on Thursday changed his plea during sentencing by an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the defendant had pleaded guilty  to a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and  breach of the peace on Wednesday.

The court then  adjourned the case to Thursday for  review of the facts and sentencing.

However, during  proceedings on Thursday, the defendant changed his plea to not guilty.

The  Magistrate,

Miss M. F. Onamusi, consequently  granted him bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Onamusi said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and  have evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until March 11 for mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Godspower Ehizoba, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with with some  others still  at large,  on Dec. 31, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at New Market on Victoria Island, Lagos.

Ehizoba said that the defendant presented himself to the complainant, Mr Daniel Sabastine, as a member of the Lagos State task force on tricycle riding, seized the tricycle and stole it.

“The defendant seized the complainant’s tricycle valued at N665, 000 and converted it to his personal use.

“He conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace,” Ehizoba said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 168 (d), 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ijeoma Popoola

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Court remands unemployed man accused of tricycle theft in correctional centre

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An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Wednesday remanded a 19-year-old unemployed man, Usman Kaana, at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre, for allegedly stealing a tricycle valued at N665, 000.

Kaana, whose residential address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and conduct likely to cause breach of the public peace.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges against him.

The Magistrate, Miss M. F. Onamusi, who ordered his remand, adjourned the case until Feb. 6, for review of facts and sentencing.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Godspower Ehizoba, told the court that the defendant and others at large, committed the offences on Dec. 31, 2019, at about 10:00 a.m., at New Market, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Ehizoba said that the defendant presented himself to the Complainant, one Daniel Sabastine, as a member of the state’s task-force in charge of tricycle riders.

“The defendant seized the complainant’s tricycle valued at N665, 000 and converted it to his personal use.

“The defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace,” Ehizoba said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened sections 168 (d), 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendant at a correctional centre.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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