Three drug traffickers get 5 years jail term each.

Three drug traffickers are to spend the next 15 years behind bars, a court ruled in Lagos on Monday.

A Federal High Court which handed down the verdict, said the trio – Bukola Adeoye, 24; Muyideen Ipumafayi, 35; and Alani Babaraji, 30 – were convicted following their guilty pleas.

The judge, who gave the convicts an option of N5 million fine each, are to spend five years each in jail.

They were arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on three separate charges bordering on trafficking in hemp.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ms. Adeoye was first arraigned on March 6, 2013, before Justice John Tsoho and had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

However, Mr. Tsoho was transferred from the Lagos Division of the court, while Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, took over as the new trial judge.

On February 1, Ms. Adeoye opted to change her plea and pleaded not guilty; she was re-arraigned and remanded in prison while the court adjourned proceedings for a review of facts.

The prosecutor said she was arrested at Ejigbo in Lagos with about 12.15 kg of cannabis sativa (hemp).

Mr. Ipumafayi was arrested on December 7, 2016 along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for also transporting about 10.4 kg of hemp.

He was arraigned on January 26 and had pleaded guilty to the charges while the court also adjourned for a review of facts.

Mr. Babaraji was arrested on November 29, 2016 at an uncompleted building at the Ijegun area of Lagos for dealing in 1.1kg of Cannabis. He was arraigned on January 26 and pleaded guilty to the charge.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, the prosecutor, Jeremiah Aernan, reviewed the facts of the cases and tendered evidences before the court.

He tendered a statement of the convicts, a request for scientific aid form, as well as exhibits.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Olatoregun found the trio including a woman guilty of the offences as charged.

She sentenced the trio to a term of five years imprisonment each which will run from the date of judgment.


Source: NAN

Improvement in power will take at least 5 years – Electricity Distribution Boss.

If you harboured any thoughts on getting improved electricity any time soon, then sorry to burst your bubble because it’s not going to happen.

This is according to the Managing Director of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Olufunke Osibodu.

Osibodu who spoke at the 11th Annual Founder’s Day event of the American University of Nigeria in Yola, on Saturday, said it would take at least five years to see any improvement and at least N250 billion is required annually to fix the country’s electricity sector.

“And we Nigerians need to understand that we cannot do it overnight, and in addition we have to pay for it,” said Mrs. Osibodu, while delivering the keynote speech titled ‘Beyond Oil: Sustainable Development for All Nigerians.’.

“We need to be ready as citizens also, to accept and live with the pain that we have to go through, and allow time as our friends.

“As Nigerians, often we are the ones that deceive our politicians. The politicians believe that the only way to go is to promise everything immediately possible. Promise that everything is possible today so that they can get elected. But when you see that it is not, so we want to give them time and use time as our friends.

“It is the same story for the power industry. When I tell my friends, that forget any improvement for the next five years, they are scared, but that is the truth. We need minimum of five years to invest before we see results.

“But very often, because Nigerians are impatient, we start pushing our governments and they start reversing good things they have done in various ways. So we need to be more patient.”

CAF Bans Giwa, 4 Others For 5 Years

Confederation of African Football, CAF, has slammed a five-year ban on embattled Chris Giwa and four four of his disciples thereby confirming and extending the same five-year ban placed on them by the Amaju Pinnick- led Nigeria Football Federation. The four others affected by the continental ban are Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong.

In a letter signed by CAF’s Secretary-General, Hicham El Amrani and dated May 27th 2016 and copied to NFF’s President Amaju Pinnick, the letter stated that the ban forbids them from all football related activities for 5 years.

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Jonathan Marks 5 Years In Office With Prayers

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), marked five years of taking over the leadership of Nigeria as substantive president, with prayers and thanksgiving.

The President was sworn-in on 6th May 2010 by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu after the death of late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

The President dressed in light brown Agbada with matching cap, after the recitation of the National Anthem and National Pledge, shocked council members when he said there was not going to be a national prayer (the second stanza of the National Anthem), but rather two ministers close to God were to prayer for one of the members who was marking his birthday.

The surprised council members were asking each other whose birthday it was, while they were still wondering whose birthday it was, President Jonathan then asked them to guess whose birthday it was.

When none of them was forthcoming, President Jonathan then reminded them that 6th of May, 2015 marks his 5th year anniversary as substantive President.

The cabinet members broke into sumtultous clapping followed by laughter, with many nodding in appreciation.

He then nominated the Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo to say the Christian prayer while the Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, the Muslim prayer.

After the national pledge, Jonathan said: “Today, we will not say the national prayer. Somebody is celebrating birthday so we will offer special prayers for him. Two very Godly people will pray, Nebo and Yuguda. Do you know the person?”

When they could not answer, he said: “On May 6, exactly five years today, I was sworn-in as substantive President.”