Lagos Court Sentenced 3 Bolivians To 12 Years Imprisonment For Production Of Hard Drugs

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, of the Federal High Court, Lagos, has sentenced three Bolivians to 12 years imprisonment for unlawful production of Methamphetamine, a drug similar to cocaine and heroin.
The convicts are: Reuben Ticono Jorge, Yhugo Chavaez Moreno, and Yerko Artunduago Dorado.
On Monday, November 21, 2016, the court convicted the three Bolivians after they pleaded guilty to two drug-related offences leveled against them by the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
They were convicted after NDLEA’s prosecutor, Abu Ibrahim,   reviewed  facts of the charges, on the said day.
During a review of the charges, Ibrahim tendered several evidence, including Certificate of Test Analysis, drug analysis reports, statements written in English and Portuguese, among others, which were admitted as exhibits by the court.
However, Justice Oguntoyinbo reserved judgement till yesterday, following their counsel’s plea, Chief Benson Ndakara, that the court to be lenient in sentencing them due to the period they had spent in detention.
Delivering judgment, Justice Oguntoyinbo said the jail terms prescribed by the NDLEA Act for count one of the charge was life imprisonment without prescribing minimum sentence.
The judge also stated that the prescribed jail term for the second count was 25 years, without prescribing minimum jail terms.
Consequently, Jusice Oguntoyinbo sentenced the three Bolivians   to six years, on each counts respectively.
She ordered that the jail terms run concurrently “and it will start counting from February 2, 2012, when they were arrested.”
The convicted Bolivians, alongside two Nigerians; Basil Ikechukwu Uzoka and Uba Ubachukwu Collins, were arraigned and re-arraigned before the court, on a six count-charge bordering on unlawful production and storage of the controlled drug.
The convicted Bolivians, alongside the Nigerians, were charged on two count charges of unlawful production of controlled drug known as Methamphetamine and unlawfully using a property at Satellite Town, for the production of the said controlled drug. Ikechukwu pleaded not guilty to the charge while Collins allegedly allowed the said property to be used for the production of the drug.


Ekiti Court Sentences Herdsman To Two Years Imprisonment For Grazing

A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced one Ali Haruna to two years imprisonment for taking his cows for grazing in a farmland and destroying crops.

The Magistrate, Idowu Ayenimo, in his judgement, said the accused was arraigned in his court on Jan 22, 2016 over a two-count charge of wilful and unlawful damage of farm crops at Ago Aduloju in Ado-Ekiti.

The 18-year-old Haruna was confirmed by the four prosecuting witnesses to have been caught in the midnight grazing his cow in the farm belonging to Abdulahi Yaho and Bello Mohammed.

The cash crops said to have destroyed by the cows in the farm included cassava, maize, okro and pepper, all valued at N3 million.

In his defence, the defendant had told the court that the owner of the cows lived in Ilorin, Kwara.

The magistrate said that the court did not believe Haruna’s defence as it was not credible.

He held that the police prosecutor, Mr Olasunkanmi Bankole, had proved his case beyond reasonable doubt.

He thereby convicted the defendant as charged without option of fine.

The magistrate ordered that sentence should run concurrently, explaining that the term was minimal because the offence was committed before the Grazing Law was promulgated in the state.

The defence counsel, Mr Chris Omokhafe, had prayed the court to be liberal in the dispensation of justice, saying that he was a first offender.

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Cameroon Sentences 89 Boko Haram Members To Death

Cameroun has sentenced 89 members of the Boko Haram terrorist group to death over terror charges.

In contrast, Nigeria where the deadly insurgency started and has recorded tens of thousands of deaths caused by the violent sect, has only convicted a handful of terrorists to prison terms.

Rather than convicting terrorists, who have been caught and detained in special prison facilities in mainly northern Nigeria, the federal government has been expending huge resources on their rehabilitation.

According to a BBC report, a Camerounian military court tried the insurgents over their roles in several attacks in the northern part of the country which borders Nigeria. Since 2009 when Boko Haram launched its campaign of violence, Cameroun has been its next target after Nigeria.

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Court Sentences Man To Death By Hanging For Killing Own Brother

Justice Muhammad Abubakar Sambo of Bauchi High Court has sentenced a 27-year old man, Salisu Ali, of Zango village in Tafawa Balewa Local Government of the state, to death by hanging for committing culpable homicide.

The prosecution counsel, Sabiu Adamu Gumba, had told the court that the accused lured his seven-year old brother, Yusuf Ali, to the bush where he hit him with a stick, killing him instantly.

Mr. Gumba said the accused later cut off the penis of the deceased and gave it to his dog.

In a confessional statement, the accused confirmed that he killed Yusuf due to the misunderstanding between him and the mother of the deceased.

According to him, he did not take any intoxicant while committing the offence and the deceased did not engage him in a fight during the incident as he fell and died instantly.

The prosecution counsel presented his first witness, Aliyu Shehu, who is father to both the accused and the deceased.

He told the court that the deceased was sent to the market by his mother on the day he was killed to buy detergent only for him to be lured by the accused into the bush.

He said a good Samaritan informed him that he saw the accused with the deceased on their way to the bush.

The witness said some youth in the village later forced the accused into the bush where he showed them the body of the murdered boy.

In his judgment, Justice Abubakar Sambo ordered that the accused be hanged on the neck until he was certified dead.

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BREAKING: Egypt Court Sentences Morsi To Life In Jail For Spying

An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, to life in prison over spying.

Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, Khairat El-Shater and Mohammed El-Beltagy, and 14 others were also sentenced by the court in Cairo on Tuesday to death by hanging over charges of delivering secret documents abroad between 2005 and 2013.

Back in May, a court in Egypt sentenced Morsi along with 105 others to death for a mass prison break in 2011 during the country’s revolution against long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.

The death sentences were to be referred to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s highest religious authority, for consultative review and confirmation. The Grand Mufti’s verdict is non-binding on the court.

The final verdict on the death sentence is expected to be announced shortly.

Morsi had also been given a 20-year prison term in a separate trial in April on charges of protester deaths in 2012. The case stemmed from the deaths and torture of demonstrators outside his presidential palace in December 2012.

Morsi, the country’s first democratically-elected president, was ousted in July 2013 in a military coup led by the former head of the armed forces and the current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.