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Court Remands Chidinma Over Alleged Murder of Usifo

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Lagos state government has arraigned Chindima Ojukwu, and two others before a Lagos High Court, in Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, presided over by Justice Yetunde Adesanya, for the murder of SuperTV founder, Michael Ataga.

Others arraigned with her include, Adedapo Quadri, and her sister, Egbuchu Chioma in whose possession police recovered Ataga’s iPhone 7.

She was brought to court by prison warders putting on veil to conceal her face from the cameras.

Her formal arrangement was a follow-up to the legal advice issued by the Lagos Directorate of Public Prosecution establishing a case against her.

The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, has recommended Chidinma Ojukwu and four others for trial over the murder.

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Mrs. Adeyemi said that the duo also allegedly conspired to commit forgery, by procuring and making Access and UBA Bank, account statements purported to have been made by the deceased.

The DPP had preferred nine count charge that bothers on murder, forgery, and stealing against the defendants.

The Prosecutor further accused Ojukwu and Quadri, of allegedly forging an international passport and a driver’s license In Chidinma’s name.

According to the prosecution the offences committed is punishable under Sections 411, 233, 365 (2) b, 280, 329, of the criminal laws of Lagos State 2015.

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They however pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Consequently, Justice Adesanya, remanded the first and second defendants in prison custody and allowed the third defendant to continue on the bail granted her at the Magistrate court.

The case was adjourned till November 9 and 11, for trial.

The 22-year-old student of the University of Lagos was arrested by the police on June 23 for killing Mr Usifo at a short-let apartment in Lekki.
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PHCN N6bn Insurance Benefit Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Cecilia Osipitan

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Justice U. P. Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, has granted the Managing Director of PJO Ventures Limited, Cecilia Osipitan N500million bail with two sureties in like sum.

The judge gave the bail ruling shortly after her arraignment along with PJO and Insurance Resource and Consultancy Services Limited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

EFCC had filed nine-count charges against the defendants which borders on criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and conversion of public funds to the tune of six billion naira.

According to EFCC, the money was meant for the payment of outstanding insurance premiums and claims of deceased and incapacitated staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

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Osipitan’s offence was said to have contravened Section 311 of the Panel Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, (Abuja) 2004 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Act.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the nine counts charges levelled against them.

Ruling on the bail application, the judge noted that the sureties must be federal civil servant, a religious leader or a member of the National Assembly residing and own landed properties in Abuja.

The matter was subsequently adjourned till January 20, 2022 for commencement of trial.

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Attempted Murder: Court Discharge APC Chieftains in Osun

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Seven members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Osun State who were accused of murder by the Police have been discharged by the State Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo.

The Police had arraigned the then APC state secretary, Mr. Rasaq Salinsile, the acting chairman, Rev. Adelowo Adebiyi, former Commissioner for Works and Transport, Kazeem Salami, and former Commissioner for Youth Sport and Special Needs, Comrade Biyi Odunlade.

Others were former Special Adviser to the Governor on Taxation, Barr. Gbenga Akano; and two APC members from Ilesa and Osogbo, Alaba Popoola and Azeez Adekunle respectively.

The defendants were charged for attempted murder, assault and breach of peace allegedly committed at the venue of the sitting of Ward Congress Appeal Committee of APC.

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At the resumed hearing of the matter, State counsel, Mr F. Akintayo, informed the court that the state has taken over the prosecution of the case from the police.

Mr. Akintayo then applied that the case is withdrawn from the court.

Defence team led by Gbenga Awosode did not oppose the application.

In his ruling, the presiding magistrate, Dr. Segun Ayilara, subsequently dismissed the case.

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Former NSITF Board Chairman, Olejeme Trial Begins November 8

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Justice Maryam Hassan of Abuja (FCT) High Court sitting in Jabi has fixed November 8, for commencement of trial of the former board chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Ngozi Olejeme.

The judge gave the date shortly after delivering ruling over her bail application which allows her to continue to enjoy the administrative bail conditions already granted to her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Justice Maryam Hassan in addition to the ruling directed that the travel documents of the defendant be submitted at the court’s registry.

Ngozi Olejeme was arraigned before the court by EFCC on nine-count charges which borders on mismanagement, giving a false statement, taking a kickback from contracts, and diversion of NSITF funds into personal accounts and companies she had an interest in.

According to EFCC, Olejeme committed the offence between 2012 and 2015 when she was the board chairman of the NSITF.

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The anti-graft agency noted that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 8,19 (1) (b) (1), punishable under the Corrupt Practice & other Related Offence Act 2000 and Section 17, (1) (2), 39 of EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under the same section.

However, Olejeme pleaded not guilty to all the counts charge preferred against her.

Subsequently, her counsel, Mr. Paul Erokoro, SAN, applied for bail on self recognition or in the alternative, in the most liberal terms.

He said the bail application was predicated on medical grounds as the defendant has been diabetic and hypertensive for thirty years.

In a counter reaction, EFCC Counsel, Mr. Steve Odiase, who did not opposed the bail application however, opposed to granting of bail on self recognition.

He said that there was no consideration for bail on self recognition in Section 165 (1) of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

He urged the court to grant the defendant bail with reasonable surety.

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