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3 bag 120 years imprisonment over conspiracy, illegal possession of arms in Ibadan

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An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, the state capital on Wednesday sentenced three men to 40 years (each) in prison for conspiracy and illegal possession of firearms.

The trio: Femi Olasupo, Musbau Oloyede and Ahmed Akinsanya were in 2011 arrested by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) after some neighbours of Femi Olasupo reported him to the security agents claiming that he had no source of livelihood and was harbouring people of questionable character who were terrorising residents of the area.

According to the prosecution in the suit marked I/1786/2012 heard before Justice Adegboye Gbolagunte of the Ring Road High Court 7, the first accused person was in March 2011 arrested and upon investigation, he led the security agents to an uncompleted building behind Mr Bigg’s eatery at Iwo Road, Ibadan, where four barrel guns were recovered.

Olasupo’s arrest led to the arrest of Oloyede in whose possession, some illegal firearms were also recovered at another uncompleted building around Iwo Road area of Ibadan.

Evidence from the prosecution witness revealed to the court that the trio had earlier been jailed together at the Ilesa, Osun State Prison from where they were released around the same time, only to form a gang operating around Iwo Road of Ibadan.

According to the prosecution, the trio made confessional statements, although in their defence evidence, they alleged that they were tortured by men of SARS and that they were forced to sign the statements.

Their counsel Oluwole Olukole had argued before the court that the accused persons were not arrested at any crime scene, and that no forensic test was conducted on the firearms to link the accused persons. He had therefore prayed that they be discharged and acquitted.

After the trial-within-trial conducted to establish the accused persons’ culpability in the crime, the court, however, found them guilty based on circumstantial evidence led by the prosecution.

The Judge found them guilty of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, as well as, illegal possession of firearms recovered from them which corroborated the allegation of illegal possession contrary to the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Laws of the Federation.

As part of his decision, the Judge said, “In my view, the recovery of firearms in possession of the accused persons is sufficient to justify their guilt. It was my decision after the trial-within-trial that the accused persons fell guilty of conspiracy. They were jailed together at Ilesa Prison and released at about the same time. Count 1 is well founded and sustained in this case. I therefore hold that the accused persons are guilty of the offences as charged,” he said.

Before handing down the sentence, the Judge asked for allocutus from each of the accused persons since their counsel was absent from court to plead on their behalf, and they individually begged that the Judge should temper justice with mercy.

In his judgment, Gbolagunte relied on Section 2(3) and 6 (b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) and accordingly sentenced the three accused persons to “20 years on count 1 of conspiracy, and 20 years on count 2 of illegal possession of firearms. The sentences are to run concurrently with the time they have spent in custody after the arrest deducted from the sentence.

“I therefore make an order that the exhibits recovered from the convicts be seized and destroyed by the state”.

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Abia lawmakers pass bill to set up House of Assembly Service Commission

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The bill to establish Abia State House of Assembly Service Commission, has been passed into law by the leadership of the current 7th house.

The passage of the bill took place during the State Assembly plenary sitting on Wednesday, after it (Bill)had been subjected to all necessary legislative procedures.

The Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji, who presided over the sitting, pointed out that the bill if signed into law by the Executive arm of government would strengthen the democratic structure of the State.

He listed other merits of the bill if it becomes a law to include, granting the State House of Assembly financial autonomy and creating more job opportunities among Abians.

Meanwhile, the Speaker, Orji, has assured that the current 7th leadership of the house will pay serious attention to their oversight functions in order to aid the workings of the State government.

The Speaker gave the assurance, while addressing his colleagues during the plenary session of the Assembly, opining that the recent constitution of Adhoc Committees to probe some of the Abia government agencies and Boards were not designed to witch-hunt or blackmail anybody, as it has been hinted in some quarters.

He said, “No amount of blackmail will stop the house from giving legislative backing to support the Governor of Abia state in improving the lives of Abians.

“We, as members of the legislative arm of government will not allow anyone intimidate us in the discharge of our duties”.

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Father to court: I defiled my daughter to test if she is virgin

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A 37-year-old security guard, Wasiu Orilonise, has confessed to defiling his 15-year-old daughter after being arraigned before Oyo State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan.

The suspect was arraigned on one-count of having unlawful carnal knowledge of his daughter with Charge‎ No. Mi/271c/2019.

He, however, begged the court for forgiveness as he claimed to have committed the said offence because he wanted to test the virginity of his daughter to protect her.

The prosecutor, Mr. Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the accused, in December 2018, at Omo Village, Agbofieti, Ibadan, in the Ibadan magisterial district, did rape one Orilonise Adenike.

Ogunremi‎ said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 34, Subsections 1 and 2 of the Child Rights Law of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2006.

No plea was‎, however, taken during the arraignment.

However, when the Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Olaniran, sought to know from the accused what could have pushed him into defiling his biological daughter, Orilonise said that since he lost his wife a few years ago, he had been taking care of Adenike and others siblings.

He further told the court that he committed the act in an attempt to protect his daughter and check if she had lost her virginity.

“The incident happened as I was trying to ascertain if Adenike had lost her virginity,” he said.

Upon discovering that she was still intact, he started having sex regularly with her both in the morning before she leaves for school and at night.

‎The magistrate criticised fathers who were fond of sexually abusing their daughters and other under-aged girls.

He thereafter ordered that the accused be remanded in Agodi Prison pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and adjourned the case till July 30, 2019.

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HURIWA to Buhari: Continuous detention of El-Zakzaky, Dasuki is an act of treason

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Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described the continuous detention of the leader of Shiites Islamic movement, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and erstwhile National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd.) as an act of treason.

In a statement on Thursday, the civil rights group called on global leaders to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to release on bail the duo “who have languished in underground jails for over three years extralegally”.

Citing section 36(5) and section (6) of the Nigerian constitution which states: “Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until he is proved guilty; provided that nothing in this section shall invalidate any law by reason only that the law imposes upon any such person the burden of proving particular facts”, Huriwa expressed disbelief that world leaders could fold their arms and watch as President Buhari “unleashed venoms and vicious attacks on its citizens”.

“It is the view of the human rights platform that the continuous detention and duplication of charges against the duo by President Muhammadu Buhari is an act of treason against the constitution just as HURIWA stated that it is necessary that they are not allowed to die in detention following reports of their deteriorating health conditions,” the statement added.

The group also reacted to the recent order issued by the Inspector General Police, Mr Adamu Mohammed, on the restriction of public protests in certain locations in Abuja.

It will be recalled that the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, gave the order on Wednesday.

According to Huriwa, the order by the IGP is “illegal” as it is “against the clear provisions of the constitution in chapter four and provisions of the constitution guaranteeing the fundamental freedoms of movement and peaceful assembly, including the binding Appellate court’s verdict clearly stating that police don’t have any legal right to stop protests and against the most cherished values of constitutional democracy built around the tripod of freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of movement which are even guaranteed by a plethora of global human rights laws.”

The group added that they were shocked that whilst constitutional democracy gradually dies away in Nigeria due to deliberate whittling down of respect for human rights by the current administration, world leaders in the US and UK simply don’t care but pretend to be unaware of the global consequences of a deluge of refugees from Nigeria should democracy collapsed under the heavyweight of tyranny and totalitarianism of the current administration.

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