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Court Convict Businessman, Gbadamosi Olarenwaju, Over Stealing

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Justice Mojisola Dada of a Special Offences Court in Lagos has convicted and sentenced a businessman, Alh Gbadamosi Sikiru Olarenwaju to two years imprisonment over stealing of N9m.

The judge handed down the verdict after the convict pleaded guilty to one count charge of obtaining money by false pretence.

Also, the court noted in his judgement that upon completion of serving term, the convict should enter into a bond with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to be of good behaviour and never to be involved in economic and financial crimes, illegitimate or criminal act within and outside the shores of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Justice Dada who noted that the imprisonment shall run from the date of his formal arraignment in 2019, however, grant the convict an option of fine of one million naira.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned the convict on an amended charges of a count information of stealing.

According to the anti graft agency, the convict on the 19th of November, 2010 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court with a dishonest intent stole the sum of nine million naira from one John Stevens.

The anti graft agency said that the offence is contrary to Section 390 of the Criminal Code Cap C17 Vol. 2 Laws of Logos State of Nigeria, 2003

During the arraignment, EFCC Counsel, Mohammed Hussain told the court of an amended charges from two count to one and urged the court to take the convict plea.

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When the charge was read to the convict, Gbadamosi Sikiru Olarenwaju, he pleaded guilty.

Upon his plea, EFCC Counsel informed the court of a plea bargain agreement with the convict and pray court adopt same in sentencing’ him accordingly.

The development which the convict counsel, Ademola Aderinle concede to, while pointing out that the convict is a first time offender who has regretted his actions.

In his judgement, Justice Mojisola Dada ordered the forfeiture of the convict property situated at No. 9 Lawal Mohammed Street, Alimosho Local Government Area of the State as payment in the sum of eight million naira as the final restitution to the nominal complainant.

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Insecurity: Supreme Court Grants Public Usage of Firearms

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The Apex court in the United State of America, has gave a verdict that allows Americans have a fundamental right to carry firearms in public in a landmark decision that came just weeks after another deadly school shooting.

The 6-3 ruling strikes down a New York law that required a person to prove they had legitimate self-defense needs to receive a gun permit and will prevent states from restricting people carrying guns.

Despite a growing call for limits on firearms after two mass shootings in May stunned the country, the court sided with advocates who said the US Constitution guarantees the right to own and carry guns.

The ruling is the first by the court in a major Second Amendment case in a decade and a victory for the powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association.

“Today’s ruling is a watershed win for good men and women all across America and is the result of a decades-long fight the NRA has led,” NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said in a statement.

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“The right to self-defense and to defend your family and loved ones should not end at your home.”

Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote the majority opinion, said “the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.

“New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.”

The US Senate is currently considering a rare bipartisan bill that includes modest gun control measures.

On May 14, an 18-year-old used an AR-15-type assault rifle to kill 10 African Americans at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

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Less than two weeks later 19 children and two teachers were shot and killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, by another teen with the same type of high-powered, semi-automatic rifle.

The New York law said that to be given a permit to carry a firearm outside the home, a gun owner must clearly demonstrate that it is explicitly needed for self-defense — meaning those without the demonstrated need could not do so.

Gun-rights advocates said that violated the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which says “the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

More than half of US states already allow permitless carry of firearms, most of them only doing so in the past decade.

But more than 20 still maintain restrictions that they could now be forced to abandon based on the court’s ruling.

In the ruling, the court overturned a New York state law dating to 1913 that had stood based on the understanding that individual states had the right to regulate gun usage and ownership.

Over the past two decades, more than 200 million guns have hit the US market, led by assault rifles and personal handguns, feeding a surge in murders, mass shootings and suicides.

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Two Seagreen Pharmaceutical Sale Reps. To Be Arraign September 22

SFU arraigned the defendants before the court on a two count charge which borders on stealing sum of N6m from Seagreen Pharmaceutical Ltd.

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The Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has fixed September 22, 2022 for the arraignment of Esan Kehinde Olayinka and Osakwe Stephen over allegations of six million naira theft.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi who presided over the matter gave the date following the withdrawal of the sister case at the Magistrate Court by the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of the Nigeria Police.

SFU had arraigned the defendants before the court on a two count charge which borders on stealing of the said sum.

According to the charge information, the defendants while serving as a sales representatives of a Seagreen Pharmaceutical Ltd, between 2012 and 2014 , in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, while being employed as a sales representative by Seagreen Pharmaceutical Ltd, Anthony Village, Lagos, sold pharmaceutical products entrusted to them and dishonestly converted proceeds of the sales to personal use.

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Upon their arraignment, the defendants notified court that similar case is still pending before a Magistrate Court, urging court to discontinue the case as it amount to an abuse of court process.

The development forestall the trial.

At today’s proceeding, the SFU Counsel, Emmanuel Jackson informed the court that the case at the Magistrate court had been withdrawn.

He urged court to allow the prosecutor reopen it’s case and arraigned the defendants.

The judge granted the prayer and advised the prosecutor to serve the defendants again to appear for trial.

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How Criminal in Security Guard Disguise Made Attempts To Kill Me – SAN

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prof. John Mbaduga, has narrated how two security guards, Kingsley Asuquo and Isaac Edet, stabbed him and stole his money.

Asuquo and Edet are standing trial before Justice Yetunde Adesanya of the Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square.

They were accused of stabbing the senior lawyer multiple times after robbing him in 2018.

At the resumption of trial, Prof Mbaduga, led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mr. Ladega Adetokunbo, told the court that the defendants were security guards employed to protect the building where his law office was located.

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The Senior Advocate said the incident happened in the afternoon when Asuquo entered and pointed a gun at him in his office on the building’s third floor.

Prof Mbaduga said he was shot three times before he was stabbed twice in the chest.

He said, “I begged them not to kill me so that I could give them money, but Asuquo insisted he was going to kill me, while Edet wanted to take the money. While I was lying in a pool of blood, I heard them discussing that they would take the money and also kill me.”

The lawyer said he told them he had the sum of N80,000 in his bag and over N1m cash in the office.

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“Edet took the money; Asuquo removed my wristwatch and two of my phones. On the way to the office, I was in their middle and Asuquo was behind me. Asuquo said he didn’t want money, but wanted to kill me. He stabbed me at the back of my head and Edet stabbed me in my forehead. They started stabbing me everywhere,” he added.

The SAN said the two assailants appeared to be leaving before Asuquo rushed back and stabbed him in the stomach when he saw him still breathing.

He said, “When I came out with blood all over my face, I blocked a car that was passing by. The driver asked me what happened and I told him. He said he saw the two defendants running and he reversed to chase them. Another person came and used his car to take me to a hospital.”

Justice Adesanya adjourned the case till June 22 and 23 for continuation of trial.

 

 

 

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