BREAKING: Footballer Ched Evans found not guilty of rape.

Footballer Ched Evans has been found not guilty of raping a young woman, following a re-trial.

 

The jury took around three hours to reach their verdict in the re-trial, which came after an original guilty verdict four years ago was quashed by the Court of Appeal.

 

The 27-year-old had always denied raping a teenager at a Premier Inn hotel near Rhyl in North Wales five years ago.

 

Evans said he walked into a room at the hotel to find fellow footballer Clayton McDonald having sex with the woman.

 

The Welsh footballer had told Cardiff Crown Court that McDonald asked the woman whether he could join in,
to which she looked up at him and replied: “Yes”.

 

Evans said he had consensual sex with the complainant before getting up and leaving after realising he was cheating on his girlfriend.

 

Prosecutors had tried to prove the complainant was too drunk to consent to sex and awoke hours later confused and alone in the room.

 

But Evans had told Cardiff Crown Court the woman was no more drunk than him or McDonald.

 

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Forgery Charge: Saraki, Ekweremadu Plead Not Guilty

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, were on Monday, docked before an Abuja High Court at Jabi over their alleged complicity in forgery of the Senate Standing Rules, 2015. The two lawmakers took turns and pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge preferred against them by the federal government.

They were arraigned alongside former Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa and his deputy, Mr. Benedict Efeturi. Shortly after the defendants entered their plea to the charge marked CR/219/16, the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mr. Mohammed Diri, notified the court of FG’s counter-affidavit opposing release of the accused persons on bail. Diri told the court that the counter-affidavit which was filed Monday morning, was still pending before the court’s registry. He therefore persuaded trial Justice Yusuf Halilu to stand-down the matter for an hour to enable the registry to transmit the process to the court for hearing. Investigations revealed that FG, in its counter-affidavit, is seeking remand of both Saraki and Ekweremadu in custody.

Meantime, there is heavy security presence within perimeters of the court which shares boundary with the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, where Saraki is also answering to another 16-count charge bordering on his alleged false/anticipatory declaration of assets. Supporters of the embattled lawmakers thronged the court premises in their numbers to observe the proceeding.

Earlier, armed security operatives barred photo-journalists from gaining entrance into the court premises, a development that led to protest by the journalists. It took the intervention of lawyers to persuade the mobile police men to grant the camera men entry into the premises. Specifically, the four defendants were alleged to have masterminded the usage of a bogus Senate Standing Rules, for the July 9, 2015, election through which both Saraki and Ekweremadu took over the leadership of the Senate.

FG maintained that the defendants had by their conduct, committed an offence punishable under Section 97 (1) and 364 of the Penal Code Act. The two-count charge which was okayed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, read: “That you, Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu, on or about, the 9th of June, 2015, at the National Assembly complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this court, conspired amongst yourselves to forge the Senate Standing Order, 2011 (as amended) and you thereby committed the offence of conspiracy, punishable under Section 97 (1) of the Penal Code Law.

“That you, Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu, on or about the 9th of June, 2015, at the National Assembly complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this court, with fraudulent intent, forged the Senate Standing Order 2011 (as amended), causing it to be believed as the genuine Standing Order, 2015 and circulated same for use during the inauguration of the 8th Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when you knew that the said Order was not made in compliance with the procedure for amendment of the Senate Order. You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law.”

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Metuh Pleads Not Guilty To Destruction Of Evidence Charges

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, before the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama in Abuja, on charges bordering on destruction of evidence.

Metuh, who allegedly destroyed his statement which he made under caution to the operatives of the EFCC, pleaded not guilty to the two counts.

The offences were said to be contrary to sections 166 and 326 of the Penal Code Act.

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Dokpesi Pleads Not Guilty To Money Laundering Charges

The proprietor of Africa Independent Television, Mr Raymond Dokpesi, has pleaded not guilty to a six-count charge of fraudulent and corrupt act preferred against him by the Federal government of Nigeria.

Mr Dokpesi was arraigned on Wednesday before a Federal High Court presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said he was absolutely not guilty, as the charges preferred against him were not true.

In count one of the charge, Mr Dokpesi and DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited were accused of receiving public funds to the tune of 2.1 billion Naira from the account of the office of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria for the funding of media activities for the 2015 presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contrary to Section 58 Sub-section Four B of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

In the other counts, Mr Dokpesi was also accused of collecting the said amount without a certificate of no objection to contract award duly issued by the Public Procurement Bureau and receiving payment for a purported contract without bidding for the said contract.

Having pleaded not guilty to all the charges, Justice Kolawole adjourned the hearing of Mr Dokpesi’s bail application to December 10.

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Accused CBN Staff Plead Not Guilty Of Currency Scam

The Federal High Court in Ibadan on Wednesday ordered the remand of eight bank officials over alleged currency scam. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned three CBN staff and five employees of First Bank Plc over the alleged scam.

The CBN employees are Kolawole Babalola, Olaniran Adeola and Togun Phillips while their alleged accomplices included Isiaq Akao, Ayodele Adeyemi, Oyebamiji Hakeem, Ayodeji Alase and Ajiwe Adegoke.

The commission arraigned the bank officials on a 28-count charge bordering on forgery, misrepresentation and self-enrichment before Justice A.O. Faji. The EFCC, in the charge, said the CBN staff conspired with the First Bank employees to recycle N10 million mutilated currency notes meant to be destroyed. Other charges preferred against the accused included amassing wealth beyond their statutory income and causing economic adversity to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty. Justice Faji ordered that the accused be remanded at the Agodi Prison in Ibadan while adjourning the matter till June 8 to hear the bail applications.

Earlier, Olayinka Bolanle, the defence counsel to the first accused person, Mr. Babalola, had made an oral bail application on behalf of his client. The judge, however, opposed the oral application and said he preferred written application for bail.

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