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Robber terrorising Lagos residents in military uniform arrested

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Festac Police Station had recovered a sword, two daggers, house breaking implements, two phones, a POS machine and an ATM card from one Chizoba Okeke, 30, around Festac area of Lagos State.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Bala Elkana on Sunday.

Elkana said that Festac Police Station on Thursday received a distress call from a filling station at 2nd Rainbow, Festac, that an armed robber was sighted along the area.

He said that Anti Robbery Patrol team was promptly drafted to the location and the suspect was arrested.

“Investigation is ongoing to ascertain where and how he got the military uniform he operates with and to also identify other members of his gang.

“It is not yet established whether he belongs the the gang of dismissed soldiers arrested some weeks ago. The suspect will be charged to Court as soon as investigation is concluded,” he said.

In the same development, patrol team from Bariga Division have saved two persons, Abiodun Balogun, 32, and a lady Odisha Ginika, 21, from dying from gas poisoning.

Elkana said that the patrol team noticed the occupants laying down unconscious on the driver and passenger seats of a black Hyundai vehicle parked along Shobande Street, Akoka.

He said that they were rushed to hospital for medical attention while the vehicle was removed from the scene for inspection.

“They were resuscitated by the medical team on duty and later discharged from the hospital.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the man is an Uber driver while the lady is his passenger.

“They became unconscious as a result of a poisonous chemical gas they inhaled due to leakage from the air conditioning system,” the DSP said.

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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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