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Kidnappers release NRC MD’s wife

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Mrs Francisca Okhiria, wife of the Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Okhiria, has been released by her abductors.

A reliable source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday that Okhiria, who was abducted by some unknown gunmen since Sept. 24 was released on Wednesday night and reunited with her family on Thursday.

The Police in Benin had on Sept. 25 confirmed the kidnap and alleged that she was kidnapped by gunmen in police uniform.

Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the incident, said the gunmen trailed the woman from the airport and kidnapped her on the way to her house.

He said that Okhiria was kidnapped at Irhirhi, along NNPC filling Station in Oredo Local Government Area.

Okhiria’s abductors had reportedly demanded N20 million ransom before her release.

The source, however, refused to reveal to NAN if a ransom was paid.

Recall that wife of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Margaret Emefiele, was in September 2016 abducted along Benin-Agbor Road and a ransom of N1.5 billion was demanded by her abductors.

Similarly, in September 2015, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Olu Falae, was kidnapped in his farm in Ondo State.

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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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