CORRUPTION: Senior Lawyer Jailed 4 Years for Money Laundering.

The Federal High Court Kano presided over by Justice Fatu Riman has convicted and sentenced one Yakubu Mohammed Na-Allah, a senior lawyer to four years imprisonment without option of fine for offenses of money laundering to the the tune of Fifty Million Naira Only (N50,000,000).

The convict was arraigned by the EFCC on 14 January, 2013 on a two count charge of money laundering. Upon arraignment, Na-Allah pleaded not guilty and subsequently trial commenced on 26 June, 2013 in which the prosecution called seven witnesses and tendered fifteen exhibits.

On February 1, 2013 the properties of the convict were attached by the EFCC following an interim forfeiture order issued by the same court.

Na-Allah’s journey to prison started when the commission received a petition that the 68-year-old Kano Lawyer, allegedly duped two of his clients to the tune of N50million part of the money recovered for his client in a case they filed against Ministry of Solid Minerals where the convict represented them. The petition alleged that the convict after winning the case and the sum of Ninety Million Naira (N90,000,000) recovered, he gave his client only Thirty Million Naira (N30,000,000) and converted the rest of the money to his personal use. However, investigation by the EFCC revealed that the convict used part of the proceeds to acquire a palatial mansion in Sharada area of Kano.

In his judgment, Justice Riman ruled that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and subsequently convicted Na-Allah.

Prosecution counsel, M.S Abubakar urged the court to consider the forfeiture of properties acquired by the convict with the proceed of his crime.
Justice Riman sentenced the convict to serve two years imprisonment on each of the two count charge and also ordered that the attached property of the convict worth Fifty Million Naira at the time it was purchased be forfieted to the Federal Government. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Three men jailed 22 months for stealing in church.

A Jos Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday sentenced three men to 22 months imprisonment for stealing from a church.

Magistrate Helen Danboyi convicted Mathew Daniel, 38; Monday Garba, 32; and Peter Chris, 38, of a three-count charge of conspiracy, theft and mischief, following their guilty plea.

Danboyi sentenced Daniel to four months jail term with an option of N1,000 fine; Garba, six months with an option of N1,500 fine; and Chris, the ring leader, 12 months with no fine option.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Yange Terzungwe, had told the court that the three men stole items valued at N281,360 from the Grace and Light Ministry in Dong Kasa.

He said that the crime took place on October 1.

According to him, the trio broke into the church auditorium through its burglary proof and stole a laptop worth N250,000, a telephone valued at N20,000; nine MTN recharge cards worth N750 each and a cash sum of N4,560.

He said that the offences were punishable under sections 97 and 345 of the Penal Code, Laws of Northern Nigeria.

Domestic Servant, 24, Jailed 8 Months For Stealing Gold Worth N250, 000

An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday sentenced a domestic servant, Sarah Akapa, to eight months imprisonment for stealing her employers gold neck chain and two earrings worth N250, 000.

Akapa of Ketu, a suburb of Lagos State, pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing.
Delivering her judgment, the Magistrate, Mrs O. S. Amzat, advised the convict to turn a new leaf while in prison after sentencing her to eight months imprisonment with no option of fine.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Ihiehie Lucky, told the court that the offence was committed on Oct. 31 at the complainant’s house.
Ihiehie said the complainant reported the incident at Ketu Police Station in the early hours of Nov. 6.

“The complainant, a trader, said that on Oct. 31 her house help stole her gold neck chain valued at N100, 000 and two gold earrings valued at N150, 000.

“When she was questioned, she confessed that she had given the items to her ex- boyfriend who came down from Ajah to collect them from her.
The offence committed contravened section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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Electrician jailed 3 months for stealing N11,000 phone

A Jos Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced a 22-year-old electrician, Abdulgafar Musa to three months in prison for stealing a Nokia phone valued N11,000.

Musa, of No. 66, Shehu Street, Jos, was charged with theft.

The Magistrate, Mr Jovita Binjin, sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to the crime and begged for leniency.

In his plea, the convict said “It was the devil’s hand work; jobs are not coming and I needed money to eat and also give help to my ailing mum.

“I will not do it again, have mercy on me,” he pleaded.

Binjin, however, sentenced the convict to three months imprisonment or pay an option of N3,000 fine.

The Magistrate added that the sentence is to serve as a deterrent to those who might want to engage in similar acts.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, Sgt. Thomas Amuku told the court that one Madina Adamu of the NDLEA, Rikkos, Jos, reported the matter at the A Division police station on Sept. 18.

Amuku said that the defendant went into the complainant’s house and stole her Nokia phone valued at N11, 000.

He said during police investigation the defendant confessed to have sold the said phone to one Abel Augustine of Gada Biyu Street, Jos for N3,000.

The prosecutor added that the offence contravened the provision of Section 287 of the Penal Code.

Woman Jailed For Allegedly Stabbing Her Husband To Death In Ibadan

An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Monday ordered the remand of 35-year-old woman, Doris Kanung, in prison custody for allegedly stabbing her husband to death.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Oladiran, said that the court lack jurisdiction to try the matter. He said that the accused should be remanded at Agodi Prison pending the outcome of advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecution. The plea of the accused was not taken.

Oladiran, however, adjourned the case till Sept. 20, for mention. Doris, a mother of three, who reside at No. 12, Alaafia Str., Mokola, Ibadan, is facing one-count charge of murder.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Femi Omilana, told the court that on Aug. 3, at about 11.30p.m., the accused allegedly stabbed her husband Vincent Kanung, 45, with knife in the stomach following some disagreement. He said that the incident resulted to the death of Vincent. The prosecutor said the offence contravened section 316 and 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State

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Turkey To Release 38,000 Jailed For Pre-coup Crimes

Turkey will grant early release to some 38,000 prisoners who committed crimes before July 1, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Wednesday, amid reports of prison overcrowding after the failed coup.

Bozdag said in a series of messages on Twitter that the move was “not an amnesty” and the convicts were not being pardoned but released on parole.

It will not apply to convicts guilty of murder, terrorism or state security crimes, or the thousands jailed after the putsch which took place on July 15.

“The regulation refers to crimes committed before July 2016. The crimes committed after July 1 2016 are outside its scope,” Bozdag said.

“As a result of this regulation, approximately 38,000 people will be released from closed and open prisons at the first stage.”

The timing means that it is impossible that anyone detained for complicity in the coup can be released as part of the mass parole move.

There have been reports in Turkish media that jails in the country were suffering severe overcrowding due to the influx of tens of thousands of prisoners in the wake of the failed July 15 coup.

According to Turkish officials, over 35,000 people have been detained since the coup attempt although almost 11,600 of them have since been released.

It is likely that releasing convicts not linked to the coup will make room for the alleged coup plotters who still face trials and heavy jail sentences.

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Bricklayer Jailed For Stealing Two Packets Of Maggi

A Lugbe Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Thursday sentenced a 30-year-old bricklayer Jeopardy John, to three months imprisonment for stealing two packets of Maggi cubes.

John, had pleaded guilty to a three-count of criminal trespass, housebreaking and theft.

“I am sorry for the act I committed and I am pleading with the court not to send me to jail.

“It was hunger that made me to steal. For some time now I don’t have job, please sir forgive me, and I promise not to steal again,’’ the convict pleaded.

The judge, Mr Garba Ogbede, however, sentenced John to three months in prison but with an option of payment of N15,000 fine.

Ogbede also ordered that the recovered items be returned to the owner.

According to the judge, the punishment would have been more severe if he had not pleaded guilty, and saved the court the pains of a prolonged prosecution.

Earlier, the prosecuting counsel, Miss Vivian Oporomo, had told the court that on July 12, Eneojo John of the same address, reported the matter at the Iddo Police Station.

Oporomo told the court that the convict broke into the complainant’s shop at about 1.30am and stole two packets of Maggi cubes, valued N700 and one DVD player valued N10, 000.

She said that when the complainant caught the convict inside his shop with the said items, he raised an alarm.

Oporomo said that during police investigation and interrogation, the convict admitted to committing the offence.

The prosecutor said the offences contravene sections 342, 347 and 288 of the Penal Code.

The convict was however unable to pay the N15,000 fine and was taken to Kuje Prison.

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Paedophile Commits Suicide On The Day He Was Due To Be Jailed

A paedophile committed suicide by throwing himself off a bridge on the day he was due to be sentenced, a court has heard.

Michael Fiek, 40, who was originally from Shoreditch, east London, was due to be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court – along with two other men.

But on the day of sentencing, Judge Tom Bayliss QC was told that Fiek had jumped to his death in London.

Fiek had been facing a lengthy jail sentence, after previously pleading guilty to 14 offences – including meeting a 15-year-old boy with another man and paying him for sex.

The men then took photos of the sexual activity before swapping them over the internet, Leeds Crown Court heard.

As the photos were exchanged, the men were said to have discussed their ‘strong sexual interest in young boys.’

Sentencing will proceed for the men accused alongside Fiek –  Andrew Lynes, 51, of Deighton Road, Huddersfield, and James Bould, previously of Swindon Road, Dewsbury.

The court previously heard how the men had described themselves as ‘committed paedophiles’.

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Man Jailed For Wandering Around The Streets Of Abuja

A Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Thursday sentenced a 27-year-old man, Sunday Vincent, to three weeks imprisonment for public nuisance.

The judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave Vincent an option to pay N3,000 fine and warned him to desist from committing any crimes.

The convict, of no fixed address, was convicted for wandering around the streets and gave no satisfactory explanation on what he was doing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Zeerah Doglass, told the court that the convict was arrested by the police patrol team attached to Ademola Adetokunbo street, Wuse two, Abuja, and taken to Kado Police Station Abuja, on Jan. 1.

She said that the offence is punishable under Section 198 of the Penal Code.

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Tanzanian Govt Officials Jailed For Lateness

Six government officials in Tanzania were jailed this week after turning up late for a meeting, reports said Friday, amid a government campaign to tighten standards and tackle corruption.

“The officials spent six hours in custody following the order by the district commissioner,” the Uhuru newspaper reported Friday, in an editorial praising the move.

“They showed up two hours earlier on the following day,” it added.

The local government official in a suburb of the main city Dar es Salaam ordered his six colleagues be locked up after they turned up over three hours late for a meeting he had called at 8:00 am about land disputes.

The commissioner reportedly said the tardiness of the public servants was “irresponsible.”

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Man Jailed 7 Years For Raping 9 Year Old

A 35-year-old man, Stanley Edomwonyi, was on Wednesday in Benin sentenced to seven years imprisonment for raping a nine-year-old girl.

The State Counsel, Mrs O.R. Ewemade, told the Court that the convict committed the crime on Oct. 24, 2013, at about 6:00 pm, at Block 7, Flat7, S and T Barracks, Ugbowo, Benin.

NAN reports that the convict was charged with rape which contravened Section 218 of the criminal Code cap 48 vol. II laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 as applicable in Edo.

The Magistrate, Mrs Igho Braimoh, ruled that the convict was guilty as charged and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment with hard labour.

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Man Jailed For Impersonating Nicki Minaj

A British man has been jailed for four months after repeating calling emergency phone services claiming to be Nicki Minaj.

While this normally wouldn’t be a critical offense, 24 year-old Stephen Brown’s claims were part of a string of calls made to the emergency phone service earlier this year. He previously called emergency services claiming that two men were attacking him before hanging up and calling back saying he wanted to cancel the first call, that he was Nicki Minaj and that there was a poltergeist in his house, according to NY Daily News.

While in court appealing a sentence for breaching the Anti-Social Behaviour Order, the judge sentenced Brown to four months in jail calling him a “nuisance” but recognizing that he clearly needs help after his defense attorney described him as a chronic alcoholic. Brown is still banned him from making any more emergency calls unless he is in an actual emergency.

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Names Of 30 Women Jailed By Lagos Court For Prostitution

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday sentenced 30 women to six weeks imprisonment for prostitution.

Those sentenced are Funmi Olayemi, Damilola Ibrahim, Blessing Emmanuel, Grace Nwaokoro, Anu Titus, Princess Osu, Cynthian Ozumba, Chindima Eke.

Others include Blessing Winwah, Rebecca James, Gift James, Bukola Taiwo, Patience Amos, Oyinda Adesewa, Funmilayo Ajayi, Modinat Bello, Damilola Abiodun, Saki Godwin.

Others are Glory Edet, Blessing Okafor, Tope Obatula, Shade Afolabi, Foluke Kolawole, Tosin Ajayi, Bisi Onanuga, Princess Isaac, Esther Akpan, Cythia Osas, Joy Osas and Patricia whose surname is unknown, among others.

The accused were tried for prostitution and breach of peace.

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Women Who Mention God’s Name During Sex Should Be Jailed, Says American Televangelist

American televangelist and founder of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, John Hagee, has accused women who call the name of God during sex as saying the name of God in vain, a transgression, he believes, should be punishable by imprisonment.

In an interview with, Hagee, said that “If you’re asking about my personal opinion, there is no greater sin in terms of wrongly using God’s name than women who use it during sex.

“That is one of the filthiest, most derogatory and sinful uses of the Lord’s name I can think of. If it were up to me, I would put every single woman or girl who does that in jail. That would be a fine example of God’s wrath aimed at what is, in my opinion, a terrible misuse of our Maker’s good name.”

Hagee added that the Bible expressly forbids calling the name of God in vain.

“One of the things that the Bible has consistently denounced is the taking of the Lord’s name in vain. In fact, one of the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament states: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7). The word “vain” means “for no reason” or “useless,”.

“One of the things that the Bible has consistently denounced is the taking of the Lord’s name in vain. In fact, one of the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament states: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7). The word “vain” means “for no reason” or “useless.”

“Thus, God was instructing the Israelites to avoid using his name in a useless, disrespectful way. Instead, the Israelites were supposed to revere the name of God and use it in a serious, considerate way.

“Many of the ancient Israelites were so respectful of the name of God that they would not even pronounce it or write it for fear of using it in vain.

“Those who did write it would often throw away the quill they had used, because they thought that any quill that had written God’s name was holy and should not be used for regular words.

“in this world of crimes and deaths that surround us, a simple blasphemy does not get that much attention when it should.

“Saying the Lord’s name in vain might seem petite and insignificant compared to some of the things that are going on in the world right now, even in churches all across America,” Hagee elaborated.

“But, that’s precisely the problem. If the shepherds of a faith start doing wrong, what is the flock supposed to do? Follow in their footsteps? I don’t think so. The flock needs to get its bearings and start thinking for itself.”

The pastor reprimanded: “But, nowadays you have people committing sin everywhere you look, including Houses of God, which are the holiest of places.”


Jailed South African Athlete, Pistorius, To Be Released August

South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, who was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, will be released on probation by 21 August, South African authorities said.

Pistorius will be released after a recommendation from South Africa’s correctional services department, the BBC reported Monday. Pistorius was acquitted on murder charges. A state appeal against the ruling is due in November. South African law allows Pistorius to be released having served a sixth of his sentence.

South African Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise told the BBC that the case management committee at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, where Pistorius is being held, made the recommendation last week.


Buhari Meets Journalist He Jailed As Military Ruler

Nigeria’s president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has met one of the journalists jailed by his military regime nearly 30 years ago.

Tunde Thompson was imprisoned in 1984 under the notorious Decree 4 of the Buhari military government.

Alongside his colleague, Nduka Iraboh, at the Guardian newspaper, Mr. Thompson became one the faces of the regime’s iron-fisted rule, a case repeatedly referenced during Mr. Buhari’s campaign for March 28 election.

Mr. Thompson said ahead of the polls that he had forgiven Mr Buhari. He later worked as part of the former military leader’s media team.

At a meeting Tuesday in Abuja, Mr. Buhari praised the journalist for rising above his jail experience to forgive and support him, saying what happened under his military regime was one of the challenges of that period.

The president-elect also commended members of his campaign media team led by Shehu Garba for running a very “decent media campaign” despite the vigorous hate campaigns mounted against him by the Peoples Democratic Party.

Mr. Buhari, who received members of the team and “Social Media Influencers” at the Defence House, Abuja on Tuesday, was full of praises for the APC Presidential Campaign Media & Publicity members.

“I want to commend you especially for two things. First, is the decent media campaign you conducted. Despite the PDP’s dirty tactics, you stayed focused on issues and avoided the temptation to sling mud.”

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Former Minister, Kuforiji-Olubi Jailed In The UK

Nigeria’s first female chartered accountant and former Minister of Commerce and Tourism, Bola Kuforiji-Olubi, is currently in a United Kingdom prison where she is serving out a one-month jail term for contempt.

According to reports, Kuforiji-Olubi was convicted on February 18 by Justice Michael Burton of the Commercial Division of the High Court of Justice Queens Branch Division for disobeying the orders of the court.

The former minister, who was ordered to be remanded at Her Majesty Prison Holloway, got herself into jail when she attempted to repeat the levity with which high profile individuals usually treat court orders in Nigeria in London.

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Ivory Coast’s Former First Lady Jailed

Ivory Coast’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for her role in the violence that followed the 2010 elections. Gbagbo, 65, had been charged with undermining state security.

Her husband, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court. More than 3,000 people died in the violence that followed the presidential poll after the ex-leader refused to accept defeat to Alassane Ouattara.

She and her husband were arrested in 2011 after troops stormed a bunker where the pair had taken refuge in the main city, Abidjan.