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Gunmen kill Soldiers, Kidnap Expatriate On Construction Site

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Two soldiers were killed by suspected kidnappers at a road construction site in Ukanafun council area of Akwa Ibom.

An expatriate, working with Al Madal Construction Company, was also kidnapped by the same people.

The incident happened on Wednesday while the expatriate was inspecting the construction of Ukanafun road construction project.

According to an eyewitness, Friday Idiok, the soldiers were killed while escorting the expatriate during the inspection.

Idiok said the kidnappers took custody of the expatriate when they discovered the two soldiers were dead.

He said, “There was sporadic shooting here, two soldiers were killed. The gunmen also escaped with the soldiers’ guns and took the expatriate to their hideout. Everybody here is in panic. We do not know what the government will do on this matter.”

Speaking on the incident, Obong Johnson Obosi, the clan head of Inen, said the community was doing the burial of one of their sons, Udoimo, when they heard gunshots and the residents ran away.

“The next report was that two soldiers attached to an expatriate working on the road construction project that links my community with Ukanafun have been killed and the expatriate abducted,” he said.

Obosi, who could not establish the nationality of the kidnapped expatriate, said soldiers from Ibagwa barracks arrived in their ambulance and carried the corpse of the soldiers to the morgue.

Confirming the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria, on Thursday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom, SP Odiko Macdon, said the command was aware of the incident and was working with the sister security agencies in the state to arrest those involved.

“We have received information about the unfortunate incident at the road project in Ikot Ibritam, Inen Ekeffe leading to Ukanafun. We are working with our sister agencies to identify, and arrest and prosecute those involved,” he said.

Macdon appealed to residents of the community to remain calm and go about their normal duties, promising that security operatives would apprehend the culprits and bring them to book.

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FG vs Dino Melaye: What happened in court on Tuesday

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An FCT High Court Maitama on Tuesday ordered the prosecution to pay N100, 000 for stalling trial of the Sen. Dino Malaye in the alleged falsehood suit filed against senator.

NAN reports that Melaye was charged with two counts bordering on giving false information to the police.

The Federal Government arraigned Melaye, alleging that he, sometime in April, 2017 deliberately gave false information to the police.

The judge, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck gave the order after the prosecution informed the court that their witnesses were not in court.

Goodluck held that by the provisions of Section 396 (4)(6) of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, 2015, parties are entitled to five adjournments and nothing more.

The judge said she was not pleased with the attitude of the prosecution in the matter, especially when the matter was placed on fast track, day to day hearing and the defendant’s counsel comes from outside jurisdiction.

” A cost of N100, 000 is therefore awarded against the prosecution instead of N250, 000 prayed by the defence counsel ” she ordered.

The judge said the trial was slated for Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 and both dates of trial are stalled for failure of the prosecution to bring their witnesses to court.

Goodluck then adjourned the matter until Dec. 5, for continuation of trial

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mrs N.O.Ezra informed the court that her witnesses were not in court.

Ezra then prayed the court for an adjournment to enable them bring their witnesses.

Responding, defence counsel Olusegun Odubela, SAN, told the court that this was unfair to the defendant because the witness could not be more involved in Kogi election than the defendant who was a candidate in the election.

”The court should be guided by the provisions of sections 396 (4)(6) of ACJA and 36 (4) of the 1999 constitution as amended.

”The prosecution have not adduced any cogent reasons why their witnesses are not available in court, in case the court grants them an adjournment, we will be asking for a cost of N250, 000, he said.

Odubela further told the court that since last sitting on July 4, the prosecution could have known and informed the court and the defence counsel who comes from another jurisdiction.

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Ilorin court jails five internet fraud suspects

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Five additional internet fraud suspects were on Tuesday sentenced to six months imprisonment by a Kwara State High Court.

All the defendants, who were arraigned before Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar, by the Ilorin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, were sentenced to six months imprisonment in their separate charges brought against them.

They were Olamide Ijisesan, Ogundowole Tolulope, Abdullahi Abubakar, Chilaka Dickson, and Olayiwola Azeez.

Among all the defendants, only Ogundowole Tolulope was convicted by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, while others were jailed by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar.

The charge against one of the convicts read, ” that you, Olamide Ijisesan (Javier Cheryl) sometime in April 2016, at Ilorin,Kwara state within the jurisdiction of this honorable court,cheated by pretending to be one Javier Cheryl, a white Caucasian female with gmail account [email protected] and fraudulently induced one Javier Hernandez to deliver the cumulative sum of 350 US dollars to you and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 325 of the Penal code law.”

All the suspects pleaded guilty to their separate charges brought against them by the anti-graft agency.

Prosecution counsel led by Mr Blessing Akinsola, told the court that the defendants have approached the commission for a plea bargain agreement and urged the judge to convict them according to the agreement.

All the defence counsel confirmed the position of the prosecution.

Delivering judgement, the judge said the evidence of the prosecution was not challenged or controverted by the defendants.

“This court has hereby convicted and sentenced the defendants to six months imprisonment,” without the option of fine.

The court also ordered that items like phones,laptops, and monies recovered from the convicts be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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Man in court over violence, threat to life

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A 43-year-old unemployed, Adekunle Shoetan, on Tuesday, appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly threatening the life of an aged man and his wife.

Shoetan, who resides in Alagbado area of Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, threat to life and attempt to commit a misdemeanour.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, ASP. Peter Nwaongwu, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Oct. 24, at Alagbado area of Lagos.

Nwaongwu said that the defendant called one Alhaji Tajudeen Oladele with a hidden phone number and threatened him.

“The defendant told him not to go out of his residence for 21 days or else, he would die.

“He also told the complainant that he was paid by someone to assassinate him and his wife, Alhaja Tawakalitu Oladele.

“The defendant was, however, arrested after a thorough investigation,” Nwaongwu said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 5, 56 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.‎

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 5 stipulates a six-month jail term for attempting to commit a misdemeanour, while Section 56 stipulates a one-year jail term for threatening violence.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Yetunde Aje-Afunwa granted the defendant N500, 000 bail, with two responsible sureties each in like sum.

She adjourned the case till Dec. 19 for mention.

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