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Labourer bags 18 months in prison for stealing 165 blocks in Abuja

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A Lugbe Grade I Area Court, Abuja, on Friday sentenced a 27-year-old labourer, Raymond Abite, to 18 months in prison for stealing 165 concrete blocks.

The police charged Abite, who resides at Gua-ba village Kuje Abuja, with two counts of criminal trespass and theft.

The judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, who sentenced Abite after he pleaded guilty, however, gave him an option to pay a fine of N15, 000.

Sadiq said that the punishment would have been more severe if he had not pleaded guilty and saved the court the pains of prolonged prosecution.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Austin Urom, told the court that on Aug.1, Mr Thomas Ogbeta of Dantata Kuje, reported the matter at the Kuje Police Station.

Urom told the court that the convict trespassed into the complainant’s site at Kuje and stole 165 concrete blocks.

He said that during police investigation the convict admitted to the crimes.

Following the plea of the convict, the prosecutor prayed the court to try him summarily, under Section 112 (8) of the Administration of Criminal Justices Act, 2015.

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BREAKING: Scores feared dead, many injured as PDP, APC supporters clash in Bayelsa

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There was pandemonium on Wednesday in Ogbolomabiri community in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State following exchange of gunfire between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) during a governorship rally organised by the ruling party.

A staff of the Bayelsa State-owned radio broadcasting corporation, Radio Bayelsa and driver of the outside broadcasting van identified as Simon Onu was hit by flying bullet and died on the spot while trying to maneuver his vehicle from the troubled spot.

Five others identified as supporters of the PDP mobilised from Yenagoa, the capital city were reported killed in the bloody shooting. A policeman was reportedly shot in the leg, while another mobile police was also shot in the stomach.

The governorship campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which was slated to hold in the area was disrupted and party faithfuls chased out of the area.

DAILY POST Bayelsa State’¢ correspondent with other journalists who attended the event were held hostage in the Nembe forest for several hours until the military came to their rescue.

Governor Seriake Dickson, who was billed to attend the rally in company of the candidate of the party, Senator Douye Diri, however, condemned the bloody attack.

DAILY POST learnt that trouble started when some supporters of one of the political parties started defacing posters and flags of the rival political party at the King Koko Square venue of the rally.

Serious shooting by armed men reportedly rocked the King Koko Square venue of the campaign as party supporters waiting for the dignitaries to arrive took to their heels.

The attackers, it was also learned opened fire on the protocol bus of the Bayelsa State Government House along the junction between Bassambiri and Ogbolomabiri communities.

Some journalists, including James Akam of the DAILY POST and Mike Taiyese of the Daily Asset Newspapers, covering the rally were also caught in the cross fire as many others sustained different degree of injuries.

Confirming the shootings, the incident, spokesperson of the Nembe Chiefs Council, Chief Nengi James, said there was a clash between rival supporters of the PDP and APC in Nembe resulting in injuries.

He said: “I can confirm that supporters of the PDP and APC clashed in Nembe with some persons sustaining various degree of injuries, but however, no death has been recorded.”

Also, a prominent indigene of the area and former senator representing Bayelsa East senatorial district, Senator Nimi Barigha-Amangi, has condemned in its entirety the act of provocation and violence released on the community by supporters of the People Democratic Party (PDP).

In his statement Chief Senator Nimi Barigha-Amangi noted that the approved venue for the PDP rally was King Koko Square and instead of going about their normal business of the day, went about chanting war songs around the community terrorising and molesting passers by.

Chief Barigha-Amange said that this was uncalled for, because other patties did use the same venue for their rallies which was very peaceful and rancour free.

He, however, warned that no individual should hide under any political platform to breach the already existing peace and harmonious relationship amongst the people in Nembe.

He called on the various security agencies in the area to redouble their efforts in stopping troublemakers from further terrorising the peace-loving people of Nembe in name of politics as no group would be allowed to over run the Nembe community.

The Police Public Relations officer, Asinim Bustwart, was yet to respond as at press time.

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LASU: Suspected cultists sent to prison for shooting man’s penis

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court on, Wednesday remanded Shittu Saheed, a student of the Lagos State University (LASU), and five suspected cultists for armed robbery and allegedly shooting a man on his penis.

Shittu, 25, was arraigned alongside; Victor Otobo, 28, Suleiman Musa, 34, Ibrahim Kolade, 33, Ayinla Muiz, 30 and Lateef Alowonle, 21 on 11-count charge of conspiracy to commit robbery, armed robbery, attempted murder and causing of grievous harm.

NAN reports that the defendants, suspected to be members of the Aiye confraternity (Black Axe Movement), denied all the charges.

Following their not guilty pleas, Justice Taiwo ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.

According to Mr Olakunle Ligali, the lead prosecutor, the defendants committed the offences at different dates and locations within LASU premises, PPL and Pipeline area of Okokomaiko, Lagos in 2018.

“The student and the five other defendants, all belong to an unlawful society called ‘Aiye confraternity’ Black Axe Movement.

“Saheed and four co-defendants; Otobo, Musa, Kolade and Muiz at 9p.m on Oct. 2, 2018 at Ahiawu Apeke St., Pipeline area of Okokomaiko caused grievous harm to Mr Oscar Oke by shooting him on his penis with a locally made cut to size pistol.

“The defendants robbed one Mr Isiaka Adeshina (M) of N25, 000 and also caused grievous harm by shooting him on his left armpit with the pistol.

“They also at same date and place attempted to kill Mr Chinedu Onwuka by shooting him on his back with a pistol,” he said.

Ligali noted that Kolade and Alowonle robbed Itohan Omorodion of her Tecno W3 mobile phone valued at N40, 000 within LASU premises on Sep. 24, 2018.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 230(a), 245, 297(2)(a) and 299 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

Justice Taiwo adjourned the case until Dec. 18 for trial.

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Police arraigns editor, journalist over report on company allegedly owned by Buhari’s adviser

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The Nigeria Police Force has arraigned the Editor of NewsDigest, an Abuja-based online newspaper, Gidado Yushau and a student journalist, Alfred Olufemi before a magistrate court in Ilorin Metropolis.

They were arraigned on Tuesday following a petition from a company allegedly owned by the just appointed Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Finance and Economy, Dr. Sarah Alade over a report on hemp smoking published on 19 May, 2018.

The investigative report titled: “Inside Kwara factory where Indian hemp smoking is ‘legalized,” was authored by Olufemi.

According to the report, Hillcrest Agro-Allied Industry, one of the groups of companies allegedly owned by Alade, a former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), tolerated the smoking of cigarettes, as well as Indian hemp by workers within its vicinity.

The report also stated that the industry refused to respond to Olufemi’s inquiry on the disturbing situation after he had put several calls and text messages to the industry’s hotlines.

Police operatives earlier arrested the platform’s webmaster, Adebowale Adekoya in Lagos and Gidado Yushau in Abuja before taking them to Ilorin for further questioning.

Olufemi later voluntarily submitted himself to the police in Ilorin.

On Tuesday, the two defendants (Gidado and Alfred) were charged with Criminal conspiracy and defamation against Sections 97 and 192 of the penal code.

The First Information Report (FIR) obtained by PRNigeria averred that the two defendants “criminally conspired to tarnish the name and image of Hillcrest Agro-Allied Industries.”

Both Messrs Shuaib and Olufemi pleaded not guilty before a Magistrate Court in Ilorin Metropolis.

Following the bail application made by the defence counsel, Barrister Usman Kola Belgore, the Chief Magistrate of the Court, Magistrate A.O Muhammed released the defendants on grounds of recognition and that they are innocent until proven otherwise.

The conditions of bail include two sureties each who are relatives of the defendants with a bail bond of two hundred thousand Naira (N200,000.00).

The case was adjourned for hearing on January 13.

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