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Alleged $1.3m fraud: Again absence of business mogul stalls fresh arraignment

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Clearing agent arraigned for alleged N700,000 fraud

The absence of a business mogul, Abdulsalam Abdulkarim-Zaura, in court on Monday stalled his arraignment for alleged 1.30 million dollars fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed a criminal conspiracy and obtained money by false pretence to the tune of 1.3 million dollars charged against Abdulkarim-Zaura.

The Prosecution  Counsel, Mrs. Aisha Habib, told the court that Abdulkarim-Zaura was nowhere to be found for arraignment.

“This is a criminal case and the suspect must be in court to answer his plea even if he is challenging the jurisdiction of the court for arraignment.

“This is a total disrespect, he has to be in court before he can file an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to arraign him,” Habib said.

Counsel to Abdulkarim-Zaura, Mr. Ibrahim Garba-Waru, told the court;” at this critical stage of the proceedings, the presence of my client is not mandatory.

“Section 266(b) of Administration of Criminal Justice Law(ACJL) 2015 says in a criminal trial the presence of the defendant is necessary but where there is an exception of an interlocutory application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to arraign him can not take place”.

Garba-Waru said his client was in court because he is not physically fit to stand trial.

“Mt client on Oct.14, filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to arraign him and in as much trial didn’t start his appearance in court is not necessary,” he said.

Justice Muhammad Nasir-Yunusa said in a criminal case a defendant must be in court.

“This is a criminal case Where is the defendant?”

The judge ordered both parties to file written addresses on why the defendant did not appear before the court and adjourned the matter until Nov.10.

Reports came in that on June 9, 2020, Abdulkarim-Zaura was discharged and acquitted by a Federal High Court over a nine-count charge of 1.3 million dollars fraud.

It was also reported that the Kano Court of Appeal division on April 2022 ordered a fresh trial of the case earlier dismissed by a lower court.

 

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Clearing Agent Arraigned Over alleged N700,000 Fraud; Motorcyclist Docked Over Phone, Cash Theft

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Clearing agent arraigned for alleged N700,000 fraud

A 38-year-old clearing agent, Oladapo Popoola, on Friday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates‘ Court for allegedly, fraudulently obtaining N700,000 to clear a Lexus ES330 worth N3.4 million.

The defendant, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of fraud and stealing.

He however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, SP Josephine Ikhayere, said that the defendant obtained N700,000 from one Mr Owoyemi Nafiu under the pretext of clearing the fairly-used car from the Apapa Port, but never did.

She said that the offences contravened Sections 314 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mr Lateef Owolabi, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N150,000 and two sureties in like sum.

Owolabi adjourned the case until Feb. 23 for mention.

In another development, a 43-year-old motorcyclist, Kingsley Akunda, on Friday appeared before an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State, for alleged phone and cash theft.

Akunda, whose address was not given, is facing a three-count charge of felony, burglary and stealing.

The prosecutor, ASP Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the defendant and one other still at large, committed the offences on Nov. 17, 2022.

Orogbemi alleged that the house at No. 22, Arikawe St., Okitipupa, in Okitipupa Magisterial District, was burgled by the defendant around 12.30 a.m.

He said that the defendant and others still at large, burgled the house of one Samuel Akinrodoye, and stole one Itel M15 android phone valued at N85,000 and N30,000 cash, totalling N115, 000.

According to the prosecutor, the offences are contrary to the provisions of the Criminal Code, Law of Ondo State, 2006.

Akunda, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Chris Ojuola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 and two sureties in like sum.

He said that the sureties, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, must be on Grade Level 15 in the state civil service.

Ojuola ordered that the sureties must present evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Ondo State Government.

He adjourned the case until Feb. 7 for further hearing.

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Adamawa Violent Crimes: Police arrest 208 suspects in January, Recover AK47 riffles, locally fabricated guns

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Adamawa Violent Crimes: Police arrest 208 suspects in January, Recover AK47 riffles, locally fabricated guns

The Police Command in Adamawa says it has arrested 208 suspects in connection with various crimes in the state.

The Commissioner of Police (CP) Sikiru Akande, disclosed this at a news conference in Yola on Thursday.

Akande disclosed that 108 of the suspects had already been charged in court.

He disclosed that the suspects were arrested in connection with suspected Kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and other violent crimes.

According to him, seven AK47 riffles, seven locally fabricated guns, generators, and televisions among other exhibits, were recovered.

“Early this year the command renewed its commitment and designed a security template to deliver on the mandate of the IGP Usman Alkali Baba to leave a deepened legacy of Democratic system and credible electoral process in the country.

“From Jan. 1st to date, the command operatives carried out tactical and intelligence-driven patrols, raiding of criminal hideouts, rescue operations, stop and search operations, community policing, and engagement of stakeholders among others.

“These operations yielded positive results and a total of 208 suspects were arrested in connection with kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and other violent crimes, out of which 108 suspects were charged to court.”

Akande commended the government and people of Adamawa for the support and cooperation rendered to the command that yielded the success recorded.

He gave assurance that all the suspects would be diligently prosecuted upon completion of investigation.

“Those at large will equally be traced and made to face the wrath of the law,” he said.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Ayojimi, son of Popular Musician, Docked over alleged Wife Battery

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 Ayojimi Balogun, 33, son of popular “Juju” Musician, Queen Ayo Balogun, was on Thursday brought before a family court in Ikeja for allegedly beating his wife.

…Ayojimi pleads not guilty as wife appears in court with neck guard!***

 Ayojimi Balogun, 33, son of popular “Juju” Musician, Queen Ayo Balogun, was on Thursday brought before a family court in Ikeja for allegedly beating his wife.

Balogun, who resides at Oniru Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos State is charged with assaulting his wife by beating her.

Ayojimi pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Ajayi Emmanuel told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Dec. 30, 2022.

Emmanuel said the defendant allegedly assaulted his wife, Jennifer Balogun, 27, by beating her.

He said the offence was contrary to Section 170 and punishable under Section 172 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.

Defence counsel Semilore Oluwataye urged the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms and promised that his client would be present at all the court proceedings.

The Magistrate, Mrs I.O. Raji admitted the defendant to a bail in the sum of N50,000 and two sureties, who must be residents of Lagos State.

Raji adjourned the case until Feb. 16 for mention.

The complainant, brought by the staff of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, appeared in court with a neck guard.

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