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Niger gets new Chief Judge

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Justice Aliyu Mayaki, on Friday took the oath of office as the Acting Chief Judge of Niger State.

Mayaki took oath of office at a valedictory court session in honour of the former Chief Judge, Justice Ahmed Bima, who has attained the mandatory retirement age of 65 years, NAN reports.

Bima was appointed acting Chief Judge on Jan. 28 and confirmed on June 13.

In his remarks, Bima highlighted some of his achievements to include rehabilitation of magistrate courts in the state.

According to him, others includes training of staff, provision of computers for Magistrates and Management staff among others.

“From January, 2019 to dated, we were able to impact positively in our own little way, as a build up on the legacy left behind by my predecessor.

“This progress was achieved in the areas of infrastructure development, training of staff and provision of computers for magistrates,” he added

The oath of office for the acting Chief Judge was administered by the deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso.

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Why you must not sell ‘forfeited properties’ – court warns Okorocha

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A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has ordered former governor, Rochas Okorocha and his family not to sell or alienate any of the properties that were subject of an interim order of the court pending the conclusion of investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Presiding Justice J. K. Omotosho also directed the applicants to, on or before Tuesday, September 17, depose to an affidavit of undertaking and adjourned to September 27, for report.

The anti-graft spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

Uwujaren added that judge gave the Consequential Order while vacating the July 25, Interim Order, forfeiting five properties owned by Okorocha and his family to the Federal Government.

The properties are: Rochas Foundation College, Owerri, All in 1 Shopping Mall, East High Academy, East High College and Royal Spring Palm Hotel & Apartments.

But Registered Trustees of Rochas Foundation College, All-in Limited, Royal Spring Palm Apartments Limited, Registered Trustees of Women of Divine Destiny Initiative and Uluoma Okorocha Nwosu, it was learnt, had challenged the order on August 8, through five separate motion on notice praying the court to vacate the interim forfeiture order.

Also, the commission in response filed counter affidavits to the motions of the applicants on 19 August.

EFCC , however, said when the case came up for hearing on August 21, the applicants’ informed the court that they were served with the commission’s counter affidavits and asked for an adjournment which was granted by court.

However, when the case came up on September 9, for hearing of the motions, the applicants reportedly filed further affidavits and in reply to these further affidavits, the commission also filed counter affidavits to the applicants’ further affidavit and served them same day.

But applicants’ counsel, Okey Amechi, SAN, reportedly informed Justice Omotosho that they were just served and the court adjourned the case to Wednesday, September 11, for hearing.

Further, the EFCC affirmed, “After the court sitting, the applicants’ served the commission with 2nd Further Affidavit at precisely 11:21 am.

“On Thursday, September 12, 2019, Counsel to the Commission informed the Court that the Applicants had served him with their 2ndFurther Affidavits and that he would need time to respond.

“The Court gave the Commission till Friday, September,13, 2019 to file its Counter Affidavits, failing which it will make a consequential order.

“This was after counsel to the applicants had drawn the attention of the court to the nature of the properties, one of which is a school which was scheduled to resume in September.

“On Friday, September 13, 2019 when the matter came up, Counsel to the Commission informed the Court that he is yet to file its Counter Affidavits and the Court issued the consequential order vis-à-vis the nature of the properties involved”.

Meanwhile, the commission said it was studying the consequential order of court.

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EFCC arrests 11 Yahoo boys in Sapele [PHOTO]

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Operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin zonal office nabbed eleven suspected internet fraudsters at their hideouts in an early morning raid in Sapele, Delta State on Saturday.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by EFCC Spokesman, Tony Orilade.

EFCC gave the names of the arrested suspects as Omomua Victor, Demi Johnson, Agufure Godstime, Agboroko Precious, Anthony Omonomo, Onskharoma Julius and Freeborn Efe. Others are Akama Precious, Tagbajiemi Promise George Raphael and Stanley Agabiri.

The raid which was conducted in the wee hours of the day was based on intelligence.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include a laptop computer, a Mercedes-Benz car, computers, mobile phones, flash drives and internet modems.

EFCC added that the suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.

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Okada rider allegedly beats wife to death for not breastfeeding baby

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The police command in Ogun State has apprehended a 40-year-old okada rider, Kingsley Madukwe, for allegedly beating his 40-year-old wife, Glory Madukwe to death.

The arrest of the suspect, it was learnt, was a result of a report by one Chief Rafiu Gbadamosi, the Baale of Egando in Atan, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government area of the state.

The Baale had told the police that the couple had a minor misunderstanding as a result of which the husband beat the wife to death at about 11:30pm on Wednesday.

A statement by the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the DPO Atan Ota division, SP Salau Abiodun, led his detectives to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect, who is an indigene of Ihiala in Anambra State, narrated that his late wife, a mother of eight, was having a month old baby and that the baby was crying, which made him to wake his wife up to breastfeed the baby, but she refused claiming that she was too tired to breastfeed the baby at that time,” Oyeyemi said.

The PPRO added that the deceased wife got up and went to the sitting room without carrying the baby.

This was said to have angered the husband, consequent upon which he drew his wife back and “gave her a hot slap.”

He said the woman fell down and gave up the ghost.

The corpse of the victim had since been deposited at the General Hospital, Ota mortuary for post mortem.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Bashir Makama, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution,” Oyeyemi said.

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