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Police drags 2 Oyo govt. officials to court over alleged stealing, selling COVID-19 palliatives

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Again, tight security at Federal High Court as Nnamdi Kanu stands trial

…As 2 men land in Ekiti court, over alleged self-kidnapping***

The Police, on Tuesday, arraigned two officials of Oyo State government before an Iwo-Road Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, for allegedly stealing and selling 40 bags of sugar from the state’s COVID-19 palliatives.

The defendants are a 50-year-old driver, Adebiyi Azeez, and Sunday Akinleye , a 43-Police drags 2 Oyo govt. officials to court over alleged stealing, selling COVID-19 palliatives year-old Assistant Protocol Officer in charge of palliatives at the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

The defendants were charged alongside a trader, one Kafayat Babalola, for allegedly receiving and buying the stolen items.
The defendants are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen goods.

The Prosecutor, ASP Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that Adebiyi and Akinleye conspired to commit the offences.

Ogunremi said: “Adebiyi and Akinleye, stole 40 bags of Dangote Sugar, valued at N60,000, being COVID-19 palliatives and property of Oyo State government.

“The duo of Adebiyi and Akinleye used the official vehicle of the ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs to convey the goods to the buyer.

“The third defendant, Mrs Kafayat Babalola, a trader at Agbeni Market, Ibadan, received the 40 bags of sugar, knowing full well that they were not for sale, being property of the state government,” said Ogunremi.

He said that the offence contravened Sections 516, 390 (9) and 427 of the Criminal Code of Oyo State, 2000.

Ogunremi stated that the offence was committed on Dec. 30, 2020 at the ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs, Secretariat, Ibadan.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

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The Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Oladiran, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N20,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.

Oladiran, thereafter, adjourned the matter till Feb. 8, for hearing.

In another development, two men, Adeweye Adelusi (20) and Agboola Damilola (23), were on Wednesday arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged self-kidnapping.

The defendants, who have no fixed address, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and self-kidnapping.

The prosecutor, Insp. Bamikole Olasunkanmi, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Dec. 31, 2020 at  8:30p.m. at Iloda Camp, off Ifaki-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti.

Olasunkanmi alleged that the defendants conspired and kidnapped themselves, in contravention of Sections 5 and 4 of the Kidnap and Terrorism Law of Ekiti State, 2015.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty.

Counsel to the first and second defendants, Mr Abiola Gboyega and Mr Michael Ogunsakin, prayed the court to grant their clients bail,  promising that they would not jump bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N50,000 with one surety each in like sum.

After the arraignment, the prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present witnesses.

The court consequently adjourned the case until Feb. 11 for substantive hearing.

 

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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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