Two Arraigned Over False Information To Police

Two accused persons, Patrick  Onomhante -54, and Dickson Ugoche – 52, have been arraigned before a Lagos State Magistrate Court sitting in Ikeja for allegedly giving false information to the police.

They appeared before  Magistrate B. O.Osunsanmi  on a three-count charge of  conspiracy, false accusation,  false statement to a public officer and given false information to the police .

The accused were docked for allegedly making false accusation against, Paul Njoku, who was charged with an offence of threat to life and  unlawful diversion of properties  knowing same to be false.

They pleaded not guilty. The accused allegedly committed the offence on February 26, 2014 at about 11:45 am at the State Criminal Investigation Department, (SCID)  Yaba,  Lagos.

The Prosecutor, Inspector  SimonImhonwa, said the offence is contrary to Sections 94, 95 (c) and 96 (b)  of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The defence counsel,  A.E.POyenetor, told the court that the  first defendant is his uncle and the father of Miss Ugoche, his friend, who bears the same surname .

He told the court,”Yourhonour, this matter has been taken to another court and the defendants have been in custody since then.

The prosecutor did not oppose  the bail application.

Magistrate Osunsami granted the defendants bail for N100,000 each with  two sureties in like sum.

He said the two sureties must work in a reputable company, have fixed addresses and show evidence of tax payment.

He adjourned the matter till  January 13, 2017.


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Ngwuta is appearing before Justice John Tshoho over varying charges from fraud to accepting of bribes.
Ngwuta was one of the judges arrested after a DSS raid on the homes of high court and Supreme Court judges across the country several weeks back.

Former Nigerian Naval Chief Arraigned For Alleged Corruption

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned a former Chief of Naval Staff, Usman Jibrin, before a court in Abuja on corruption charges.

Mr. Jibrin, a retired vice admiral, was arraigned alongside two others: Bala Mshelia and Shehu Ahmadu, both retired rear admirals.

They were arraigned before Justice A. Umar of the FCT High Court in Maitama, Abuja on a 4-count charge of criminal conspiracy.

They were docked alongside Habour Bay International Limited.

The former senior naval officers are accused of buying a house worth N600 million from the account of Naval Engineering Services. The purchase was not captured in the budget.

Instead, the documentation of transfer of ownership of the property was done such that a private company owned by Mr. Jibrin’s family became the buyer.

The defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

In view of their plea, counsel to EFCC, Abdullah Faruk, asked the court for a date for commencement of trial.

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Three Arraigned For Killing Nine Policemen

Three suspects alleged to have been involved in the killing of 10 persons, including nine police officers, were on Thursday arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court siting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The suspects were said to have shot and killed their victims during various bank robbery operations in different parts of the state.

Accused persons, who were identified as Godgift Gwenbe (29), Odum Atokaritou (35), and Napughi Duba (29), were arraigned on 18 counts of conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and murder.

The suspects were alleged to be responsible for the murder of Spy ASP Bamidele Mohammed, attached to Sterling Bank, Port Harcourt; Inspector Austine Moore, who, until his death was attached to Elekahia Police Station in Port Harcourt; Corporal Prince Tigbara (Elekahia Police Station) and Inspector Jonah Oletu.

Others alleged to have been killed by the suspects are Inspector Peter Olavoghokere, Corporal Paul Nnaa, Inspector Dennis Akpan, attached to Olu-Obasanjo Police Station, Port Harcourt.

Also murdered are Sergeant Ekwere Epoulo, Corporal Okougor Nyambi all attached to Olu-Obasanjo Police Station and Mr. Femi Oloukun, who was until his demise the Regional Manager of Sterling Bank.

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Man Arraigned For Stealing & Eating Two Live Turkeys

Chukwu Darlington, 23-year-old man, who allegedly stole two live turkeys in Lagos and ate them, has been released on bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.

He was arraigned before a Surulere Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The accused, whose address is unknown, is facing a three-count of conspiracy and stealing.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

“The accused allegedly stole the two live turkeys, property of the complainant, Solomon Agwuocha, who lives in the same neighborhood with him,” the prosecutor, Sgt. Christopher Okoliko, told the court.

He put the value of the turkeys at N35,000.

According to Okoliko, the offences were committed at Ojoajeje Close, Sari-Iganmu on June 8.

“Darlington and his group killed the two live turkeys and ate them without the consent of the owner. The accused ran away after committing the crime,” he added.

The offences contravened sections 285 (1), 289 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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Fake Cleric Arraigned For Rape During Prayer Session In Lagos

A 42-year-old man, Wasiu Lawal, who allegedly raped a 38-year-old woman on the pretext of helping her spiritually, was on Wednesday in Lagos brought before a Surulere Magistrates’ Court.

The accused, who lives at No.1, Adeleke Agodo St., Ikorodu in Lagos State, is facing a charge of rape.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Christopher Okoniko told the court that the accused committed the offence at about 9.00p.m. on July 1 in Lagos.

He said that the accused, who claimed to be a pastor, native doctor and a Muslim cleric (alfa) forcefully had a sexual intercourse with the woman under the guise of “praying” for her.

The complainant said she did not know how she ended up sleeping in the man’s house till the next day.

“She said the next day she narrated the story to her husband who reported the matter at Ikorodu police station which led to the arrest of the accused,” she said.

“The accused uses one room for pastoral work, the second room to consult as herbalist and the third one for Muslim cleric (Alfa) work, “ he said.

The offences contravened Section 258 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Mrs A. Dan Oni, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties.

She said that one of them must be gainfully employed with an evidence of tax payment.

The case was adjourned till Sept. 14 for mention. 

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Travel Agent Arraigned For N1.7m Visa Scam

An unregistered travel agent, Benjamin Danbawa, has been arraigned at the Igbosere Magistrates Court, Lagos, for allegedly duping an Aba -based trader of N1, 703,000.

The Nation gathered that the trader, Ifeanyi Chikwelu, 28, came to Lagos from Aba, in March last year to seek a visa to Canada.

He reportedly met Danbawa, 41, in front the German Consulate at Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Danbawa, according to the police, introduced himself to the trader as a travel agent and proposed to assist him in securing a visa to Canada.

 He allegedly told Chikwelu that application for a Canadian or United States visa would not be in his favour since both embassies preferred to give visas to elderly people.

He advised the trader to seek a German or South African visa.

The suspect, who hails from Kachia local government area of Kaduna State, allegedly billed Chikwelu various sums totaling N1, 703,000.

They are Visa Application Fee of N150,000, Acceptance Fee ‘as a fresher in Canada’ N98,000 and Temporary Residence Fee of N400,000.

Others are N400,000 to put Chikwelu’s bank account in order, N35,000 for hotel reservation, another N35,000 for a cancelled hotel reservation and N70,000 as agent services.

The travel agent also charged N35,000 for photos, N150,000 for work permit in Canada and $300 for sending of documents to Canada.

Danbawa was subsequently arrested last month by police in Victoria Island following a complaint that he disappeared after collecting the money.

A police source said investigations showed that Danbawa neither registered nor worked with the Canadian High Commission.

He was arraigned before Mrs. O. M. Ajayi on two-count charge of obtaining by false pretense and stealing on Friday.

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Amosu Arraigned, Granted N500 Million Bail

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Mr. Amosu, a retired Air Marshal, was arraigned alongside Jacob Adigun, an Air Vice Marshal, and Gbadebo Olugbenga, an Air Commodore on a 26-count of stealing about N50 billion.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The judge granted them bail in the sum of N500 million each.

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Man Arraigned For Sexual Abuse On 3 Daughters

For allegedly raping his three daughters, a 48-year-old man, Micheal Ogbar, on Tuesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, refused to hear his plea and remanded him in kirikiri prisons.

Elias said the court had no jurisdiction over the case and therefore transferred the matter to Apapa Magistrates’ Court. The accused, who lives at Oke-Ogba St., Badagry, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of defilement and rape.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Rafael Donny, told the court that the offences were committed between January and May at the accused residence. Donny said that the accused raped his two daughters and defiled the third daughter.

“The accused sexually abused his 24, 20 and 10 year-old daughters,” he said.

The offences contravened sections 137 and 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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Synagogue Church Trustees, Engineers Finally Arraigned For Manslaughter

The long awaited arraignment of the trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), the two engineers who constructed the collapsed six-storey guest house belonging to the church and their companies finally took place yesterday before an Ikeja High Court.

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo ordered their arraignment after dismissing separate applications filed by the defendants through their counsel seeking to stay proceedings of the High Court pending their appeal at the Court of Appeal.
The judge also remanded the two engineers, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun, in Kirikiri Maximum Prison.

The Lagos State Government had, late last year, slammed a 111-count criminal charge against the trustees of the church, the two engineers, and their companies – Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Limited – for their involvement in the September 12, 2014 collapse of a six-storey guest house belonging to the church, which led to the death of 116 persons.
But the defendants had deployed several tactics to stall their arraignment by filing various pre-trial applications.

The 111-count charge brought against the defendants borders on criminal negligence, manslaughter and failure to obtain a building permit.
Justice Lawal-Akapo in his ruling said: “Section 273 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) states that subject to the constitution, an application for a stay of proceedings in respect of a criminal matter before the High Court should not be entertained before the court.

“I find no merit in the two applications, they are lacking in merit and substance. This is a clear case of abuse of court processes to the irritation and annoyance of the court.”

Immediately after Justice Lawal-Akapo’s ruling, the lead counsel representing the defendants made several attempts to convince the court not to proceed with the arraignment.
While Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), representing SCOAN, argued that it would be improper to proceed with the arraignment since the day’s business of the court was for ruling, Chief Efe Akpofure (SAN), representing Hardrock Construction Company, said he had just lost his mother and would not be able to proceed.

The judge however overruled them and ordered that the charges be read to the accused persons. The case was adjourned to April 26 for hearing of the defendants’ bail applications.

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2 Men Arraigned For Anal Sex Inside Jeep In Lagos

Two men, who allegedly had anal sex inside a jeep, were on Tuesday docked at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. The accused – Innocent Egbuna, 33, and Jide Ajayi, 21 – are being tried for a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and act of gross indecency. Egbuna, who claimed to be a soldier, lives at No. 22, Support Regiment, Ijebu-Ode in Ogun, while Ajayi, an unemployed, is a resident of No. 28, Owoduni St., Onipanu on Ikorodu Expressway.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Joseph Ajebe, told the court that the offences were committed on Jan. 18 at Ajao Road, Ikeja. According to him, the accused were caught by an anti-crime patrol team at Ikeja. “The accused were found inside a parked Nissan Jeep with registration no. KSF 914 AC having anal sexual intercourse.

“Ajayi said Egbuna accosted him and told him to have sex with him, promising to give substantial amount of money and that he will also take him to the club to have a nice time. “Ajayi agreed because he was frustrated and did not have money to fend for himself,” Ajebe said. The offences contravened Sections 136, 166 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Section 136 provides three years for act of gross indecency, while Section 166 prescribes a N15, 000 fine or imprisonment for three months for disorderly act. Section 409 stipulates a two-year jail term for conspiracy. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty. Ruling on the bail application of the accused, the Chief Magistrate, Mr Alexander Komolafe, granted the two men bail in the sum of N100,000 each with two sureties each in like sum. Further hearing in the case has been adjourned to Mar. 7.

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Yarima Arraigned Over N1bn Fraud

Former Zamfara state governor Ahmad Sani, otherwise known as Yarima, was charged to court yesterday on a 19-count-charge of corruption. He was charged before Justice Bello Shinkafi of High Court 4, in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The commission accused him of diverting part of N1 billion project funds for other purposes. The fund was meant for the repair of the collapsed Gusau Dam and the resettlement of the victims displaced by flood waters. The money was obtained through a bank loan after it was approved by the State House of Assembly as additional budgetary allocation. Yarima, now a senator, was, among others, charged with embarking on N385.5 million extra budgetary spending. The offences were committed in 2006 and mainly in October and November of that year. The former governor was said to have spent the sum of N20 million purportedly on assistance to INEC; N10 million purportedly on donations; N43 million on surveillance of guest; N21 million on settlements. Others are N64 million on sponsorship of government officials on Hajj; N32 million on settlement of accommodation; N15 million on furniture allowance; N29 million on purchase of 2000 Nanfang motorcycles; sum of N23 million on payment to automobile company; N14 million on payment of auditing of account and N14 million on Ramadan Feeding. It said that the offence contravenes Section 22 (5) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000. Yarima on or about May 2007 used his position as governor  to confer corrupt advantage upon himself  by  awarding consultancy services to his company, Development Management  System Ltd,  for the supply of 50, 000 metric tons (200,000 bags) of grains by Zamfara State Government to the Federal Government. The contract included an  agreement to pay 10 % i.e. N161million of the total cost of N1.6 billion to Development Management Ltd as consultancy fee but for which only 9,181.89 metric tons (91, 818 bags) were supplied. It said the former governor paid Development Management Ltd N91, 840,000 whereas it was entitled only to N29, 565,685.80. It added that the company was overpaid by N62, 274,315 and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. Earlier, Yarima’s counsel, Mahmud Abubakar Magaji (SAN) had applied for bail arguing that the offences are bail-able. He said Yarima being a two term governor and a sitting senator would never jump bail. He added that the accused would be available throughout the trial. He said nowhere in the charge sheet was Yarima accused on suspected of diverting the said amount of money to his own personal use. All what is alleged is that he used the money to sponsor the citizens of the state to Hajj or feed them during Ramadan fasting and, therefore, he was entitled to bail according to the ICPC Act. The accused was granted bail in the sum of N100 million and two sureties each of whom must have property worth N150 million in Gusau and one of them must be a resident within Gusau town. The case has been adjourned to February 29 for hearing.

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More Suspects Arraigned Over Falae’s Kidnap

Two more suspects were yesterday arraigned before an Akure High Court over the abduction of former Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Olu Falae.

The suspects, who were arrested in Abuja by men of Department of State Services, DSS, are Abdulkadir Umar and Babawuro Kato.

Five other suspects had earlier been apprehended by the police and charged to court.?

?Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, sought the approval of the court to withdraw the earlier charges preferred against the suspects to be replaced with a new one.

The new charges preferred against the seven suspects read: “That you, Abubakar Auta, Bello Jannu, Umaru Ibarahim, Masahudu Muhammed, Idris Lawal, Abdulkadir Umar, Babawo Kato and others now at large, on or about Monday September 21, 2015 at Kajola/Eyinala Community in Akure Judicial Division did give information for the purpose of kidnapping and abducting Chief Samuel Oluyemi Falae.

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75 Year Old Man Arraigned For Alleged Possession Of Human Head

The police on Thursday arraigned a 75-year old, James Adeniran, and three others in an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged conspiracy and possession of human head.

The other three accused persons were Tope Omoleye,19, Femi Ajayi, 20, and Dada Owoeye,45.

Prosecutor Caleb Leramo told the court that the accused persons on Oct. 27 at Iloro-Ekiti, Ijero Local Government Area conspired and unlawfully had in their possession human head of one late Peter Ajayi.

Mr. Leramo said the offence contravened Sections 516 and 329 (a) of the Criminal Code of Ekiti State, 2012.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

Their Counsel, Busuyi Ayorinde, urged the court to admit his clients to bail, promising that reliable sureties would be available to take them on bail.

Magistrate Richard Adegboye granted bail to each of the accused persons in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties each in like sum.

Mr. Adegboye adjourned the case till Nov.23, for hearing.

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5 Directors Arraigned Over N655 Million Theft

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has charged five directors in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to court for allegedly stealing N655 million and $100,000.

The officials were arraigned before an Abuja Federal High Court, Maitama, presided over by Justice Baba Yusuf.

Those charged include a former Director of Finance, Yusuf Agabi, Deputy Director of Finance, Akpore Okeroghene and Director of Finance, Ayinla Abibu.

Others are Deputy Director of Accounts, Idowu Adewale and another Deputy Director, Accounts, Ntu Ngozi.

The five senior officials are accused by the ICPC of stealing N655 million and $100,00 from the ministry’s account, between December 2013 and December 2014.

The commission, through its counsel, Paul Bassi, filed a 22-count charge against Mr. Agabi, who is alleged to have defrauded the government of N458 million.

The second accused person, Mr. Akpore, was arraigned on a 5-count charge of fraudulently obtaining N33 million, while Mr. Ayinla is docked on a 10-count charge of fraud totalling N147.5 million.

The fourth and fifth accused persons, Mr. Adewale and Mrs. Ntu, were arraigned on allegations of fraudulently obtaining the sums of $100, 000 and N19 million, respectively from the ministry’s account.

All offences contravene Section 13 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, and punishable under Section 68 of the same Act.

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Aide Of Former Minister To Be Arraigned Over N60m Scam

Muhammed Gital, a former chief of staff to the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed is set to be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a N60m scam.

Gital will be arraigned on Thursday alongside Sani Abba, the Deputy Director, Mass Housing at the Federal Capital Development Authority over their involvement in a N60million land scam.

They allegedly conspired and defrauded Duru Ejiogu, the managing director of Visioni and Strauss Nigeria Limited on the pretext that it would be used to facilitate the change of Land Use in respect of Plot No: 523, Cadastral Zone BOO Kukwaba District, from Passive Recreation to Residential.

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