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Court remands 3 friends for alleged culpable homicide, armed robbery

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2 in court for alleged unlawful possession of hemp

… As NSCDC arrests 6 suspected cultists, recovers arms***

An FCT High Court in Kubwa, Abuja, on Monday ordered that three friends be remanded in a correctional centre for alleged culpable homicide and armed robbery.

The police charged Nasiru Jibrin, Lawal Hamza and Kamal Yusuf with conspiracy, armed robbery and culpable homicide.

Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya, ordered the remand of the defendants, pending trial after they pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.

Ogbonnaya adjourned the matter until Oct. 19 for hearing.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Donaldtus Abah said that the defendants and three others,  at large while armed with matchete and dangerous weapons at Kuchigoro, Airport  Road, Abuja, on Oct.7, 2019 robbed and caused the death of a 25-year-old woman, Chidinma Nwangwu.

He said the defendants stole the deceased’s handbag containing two cell phones and a  Zenith bank ATM card, adding that the offence is punishable under Section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms  ( Special Provision) Act LFN, 2004.

Defence counsel, Akin Adewale and Khalifa Ajala appeared for the defendants.

In a related development, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River has arrested six suspected cultists with two locally made pistols, the newsmen report.

Commandant of NSCDC in C/River, Mr Samuel Fadeyi, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Calabar, said the suspects were arrested in a hotel in Calabar after the Corps noticed their suspicious moves.

Also read: NSCDC: arrests 2 suspected oil thieves in Delta, apprehend 2 suspects over alleged diversion of 33,000 litres of petrol

Fadeyi, who resumed as the new Commandant of the Corps in the state on June 15, said that no suspected criminal would be spared if arrested.

He told newsmen that the suspects were still undergoing profiling, adding that under his watch, every arrested suspect would be prosecuted accordingly.

“Within my first week of arrival, some group of boys lodged in a hotel where I kept my escorts and on the basis of suspicion, we had to raid them. After the arrest, we found two locally made pistols with them. We are currently profiling the suspects as we speak,” he said.

He said that the command under his watch would not tolerate cases of vandalism, oil theft, transformer theft, adulteration of petroleum products which most times leads to explosion and health risks.

He told newsmen he was currently doing a risk-threat assessment of critical infrastructure in the state, starting with Calabar as the capital city of the state.

He warned anyone or group of persons planning or harbouring criminal intentions in the state to desist from it, adding that a new “sheriff is in town”.

He pledged to collaborate with other security agencies in the state in order to promote and enhance peace and progress across the state.

 

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Bobrisky Jailed 6 Months Without Fine Option For Naira Spraying

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 Naira Abuse: Court sentences Bobrisky to 6 Months in Custody

…Okuneye sprayed about N400,000 in various tranches of N20,000 and N50,000

A Federal High Court in Lagos State, on Friday, sentenced convicted crossdresser, Idris Okuneye (alias Bobrisky), to six months in prison for abuse of the Naira.

The court did not give the cross-dresser the option of fine.

Bobrisky was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The court convicted him on April 5, following his guilty plea, but reserved sentence until April 9.

The court had ordered Okuneye to be kept in the custody of the EFCC pending sentencing.

However, due to the Federal Government’s declaration of April 9, April  10 and April 11 public holidays, the case could not proceed as scheduled.

On Friday, Justice Abimbola Awogboro sentenced the convict without an option of fine.

The judge held that imprisonment would take effect from the date of the cross-dresser’s arrest.

Okuneye was taken away by EFCC operatives immediately after his sentencing.

The EFCC had, on April 4, filed a six-count charge against Okuneye.

The charge bordered on Naira mutilation and money laundering.

He was consequently arraigned on April 5 and he pleaded guilty to the first four counts.

The court struck out the last two counts following an application by the EFCC.

On April 5, Mr Bolaji Temitope, a prosecution witness and  Assistant Superintendant of  EFCC,  gave evidence before the court and narrated the circumstances surrounding the prosecution of Okuneye.

After review of the facts of the case, EFCC counsel, Mr Suleiman Suleiman, prayed the court to convict the cross-dresser.

According to EFCC, Okuneye committed the offences on March 24, at Circle Mall, Jakande, Lekki, Lagos State.

The commission stated that Okuneye tampered with the cumulative sum of N400,000 while dancing during a social event, by spraying same.

Okuneye also sprayed various tranches of money such as N20,000 and N50,000 at various events in 2022 and 2023, according to EFCC.

The offences contravene  Section 21(1) Central Bank Act of 2007 and Section 19 of the Money Laundering Act of 2022

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Man, 52, remanded for contempt of court

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Man, 52, remanded for contempt of court

An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Monday ordered that a 52-year-old man, Shola Ajani, be remanded in Agodi correctional facility for contempt of court and alleged perversion of the course of justice.
Ajani, whose address was not provided, was charged with perverting the course of justice.
The Magistrate, Mrs Kausarat Ayofe, remanded the defendant after he had pleaded guilty to the charges.
Ayofe adjourned the case till May 23 for judgment.
The Prosecutor, Insp Toyin Ibrahim, told the court that Ajani, who had been a defendant in a case of assault in 2022, failed to appear in court on Feb. 7.
Ibrahim said that Ajani failed to appear in court on that day to answer the charge against him without cogent reasons.
He said that Ajani’s failure to appear was with the intent to disrespect the court.
According to him, the offences were contrary to Section 133 of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

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Alleged N950m Fraud: Absence Of Ex-Punch Staff, Others Stalls Arraignment

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The absence of a former employee of Punch Nigeria Ltd., Olusegun Ogunbanjo and others, charged with N950 million fraud on Tuesday suffered a setback as the defendants failed to show up in court.

Other defendants in the suit numbered  ID/21559C/2023 are Olawunmi Ogunbanjo, Vaneloo International Ltd., Valeco Global Ventures, Bagco Garba, Taofeek Ogunbanjo, Ifeanyi Odogwu, Bound Media Ltd., and Godwin Benson.

When the case was called, only counsel to the first defendant, Mr Charles Jiakponna, appeared in court while there was no representation for other defendants.

Justice Ismail Ijelu asked the defence why all the defendants were absent in court without explanation. Ijelu, thereafter, issued a bench warrant on all the defendants except Ogunbanjo.

The judge adjourned the case until March 28 for arraignment.
The court had on Feb.26 overruled the objections of the first defendant that it lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case.

The court ruled that it had thoroughly examined the information and proof of evidence in the case and formed the view that its jurisdiction to entertain the case was absolutely, intact.

The court had ordered that all the defendants be produced in court to take their plea.
The Lagos State Government had on March 10, 2023 arraigned Ogunbanjo before a Sabo-Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged N950 million fraud.

Magistrate Adeola Olatubosun had granted him bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum, following his not guilty plea to the three-count charge of obtaining by false pretences, forgery and stealing.
Ogunbanjo was alleged to have obtained N450 million from one Mr Olusola lkuyajesin and N500 million from one Mr Durodola Balogun under false pretences of using the money to buy stationeries.

He also allegedly forged the organisation’s Local purchase orders to carry out the acts, in contravention of Sections 287, 314 and 365 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The judge  adjourned the case until March 14 for  arraignment

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