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Defence Counsels Stall Kidnapper Evans Re-arraignment For Fresh Trial

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The re-arraignment of convicted kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans, before a Lagos State High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, has been stalled due to the absence of his lawyer as well as that of the third and fourth defendants’s counsel.

Evans alongside Joseph Emeka, Victor Aduba and Okapara Linus was brought before Justice Sherifat Sonaike in two separate charges for their case to start denovo (Fresh Trial) after the case file was transferred from Justice Adedayo Akintoye who was the initial trial judge.

When the trial came up for the re-arraignment of Evans and others the state prosecuting counsel Mr Olarenwaju Olateju announced his appearance for the prosecution while Mr Osho appeared for the 2nd defendant.

The defendants in the first charge, are being charged with five counts of charges bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping, and attempted murder, preferred against them by Lagos State.

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The offences committed which are Conspiracy is contrary to section 411 criminal law Cap C 17, Vol 13, of Lagos State 2015, Kidnapping contrary to section 271 (3) and counts three to five, attempted murder contrary to section 230 (A) Cap C17, of the criminal law of Lagos state 2015.

The alleged kidnap kingpin was arrested on June 10, 2017.

Evans was in August arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi at an Ikeja High Court over the kidnapping and he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Justice Oshodi, on February 25, 2022, found Evans and two others guilty of kidnapping the Managing Director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Donatus Dunu on February 14, 2017, and collecting 223,000 Euros as ransom from his family.

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Evans who was also arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of Igbosere High Court, in Lagos island before she was transferred to Ikeja was also sentenced to 21 years imprisonment.

Justice Taiwo on September 19, 2022, sentenced the convict and his co-defendant Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

On the second charge Evans, was charged alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba.

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They are being charged on two-count charges bordering on conspiracy to kidnap contrary to section 411, Cap C17, Vol 3 of the criminal law of Lagos state 2015 and kidnapping contrary to section 271 (3), of the criminal law of Lagos state 2015.

However, the second case was also stalled as Evans and the 3rd and fourth defendant’s counsel were not absent from court.

Consequently, Justice Sonaike adjourned the case till January 26, for the arraignment of the defendants.

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Offa Robbery: Principal Suspect Reveals Kyari Ask Him To Implicate Saraki

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A principal suspects in the Offa bank robbery incident at Kwara State, Ayoade Akinrinbosun, has told the State High Court sitting in Ilorin, how the former Commander, IRT squad, Abba Kyari, offered him ten million naira, N10m, to implicate former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, in the armed robbery case.

He revealed further that Kyari promised to give him a visa to any country of his choice if he supports the move to implicate Saraki, but that he declined the offer.

Five suspects, Ayoade Akinrinbosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham and two others were charged to court by the police for criminal conspiracy to rob the banks, murder of nine policemen and other citizens, and illegal possession of firearms.

During the incident, about 10 persons were feared killed while other residents of Offa sustained injuries.

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However, during cross-examination by defence counsel, Mr Mathias Emeribe, SAN, Akinrinbosun said he was offered N10 million to claim that Saraki asked them to carry out the bloody robbery operation.

According to him,” he (Abba Kyari) said I should admit and say Saraki was the one who asked us to go and rob. I told him I won’t do that. That I will rather die for what I didn’t do than lie against an innocent man.

“He asked me to think over his offer very well. At this point, he ordered officers Hassan and Mashood to return me to the cell, a separate one from where others were and that they should stop torturing me.”

Akinrinbosun said he was not allowed to write any statement in Ilorin except his bio-data until they were conveyed to Abuja in a tinted bus, where he was later kept in a place called Abattoir.

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There, the suspect said some herdsmen were killed in his presence, adding that he was tortured and shot in the leg in order to implicate Saraki.

Akinrinbosun maintained that Saraki had nothing to do with the robbery case.

He said: “We were like 15 to 20 taken to Abuja, I only know a few of them. We were put outside and served meals, but I couldn’t eat because my hands were paralyzed due to the torture I went through in their hands in Ilorin. They asked Kunle Ogunleye to feed me.

“They separated the five of us, put us in the generator house and Officer Hassan Attila ordered that they bring some men. They went to bring five men, Fulani men. They brought them and killed them all in my presence.

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“I was told that was not a film. He asked me to stretch my legs and shot my right leg. He shot the second leg but when I tried shifting the leg, it hit my thumb.”

The defendant went on to show the gunshot wounds on his legs to the court.

Akinrinbosun added that one of the robbery suspects, Michael Adikwu, was shot dead in his presence, a situation that got him terrified and made him agree to implicate Saraki in a prepared statement before newsmen.

The trial judge, Justice Alimat Salman, adjourned the case till February 13, 2023, for the continuation of the trial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abba Kyari Knows Fate March 22 Over Dismissing Cocaine Dealing Trial

Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed March 22 to rule on an application filed by Abba Kyari, accomplices to dismiss cocaine dealings trial levelled against them

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has fixed March 22, to determine if the former boss of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force, Abba Kyari has a case to answer over alleged complicity in cocaine dealing.

Abba Kyari and four other suspended police officers are challenging the competence of criminal charges on which they are being tried.

The presiding judge, Justice Emeka Nwite chose the date for ruling after listening to submissions by lawyers to the prosecution and defence.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, is prosecuting Kyari and four members of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force, ACP Sunday J. Ubua, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agirgba and Inspector John Nuhu.

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They were charged with conspiracy to deal in 17.55kg of cocaine; dealing in cocaine without lawful authority; conspiracy to tamper with cocaine and unlawfully tampering with the 21.35kg of cocaine seized from Umeibe and Ezenwanne.

The former IRT boss was also charged alone with attempting to obstruct NDLEA officials in the conduct of their activities by offering them a bribe.

Arguing the application, lead defence lawyer, Nureni Jimoh, SAN, prayed the court to quash the charge and discharge clients on the grounds that the defendants, who are serving police officers, were yet to be subjected to the internal disciplinary action of the Nigeria Police Council (NPC) and the Police Service Commission (PSC), as required by law.

The senior advocate contended that the failure on the part of the complainant (NDLEA) to await the outcome of the disciplinary mechanisms of the NPF in relation to his clients has rendered the charge incompetent and denied the court jurisdiction to proceed with the trial.

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He argued that the utilisation of the internal disciplinary mechanisms of the Nigeria Police Council (NPC) and Police Service Commission (PSC) provided by the Constitution was a condition precedent before the defendants could be subjected to any external prosecution.

Nureni further argued that though the disciplinary action taken by the NPC and PSC had commenced earnestly and the applicants had previously answered queries issued to them by the police authorities before this charge was filed against the applicants, the charge wrongly truncated the disciplinary procedure commenced by these authorities

Responding, prosecuting lawyer, Joseph Sunday, opposed the application and prayed to the court to dismiss it.

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He contended that most of the cases cited by the senior lawyer did not relate with the Police Service Act, saying the instant charge against the defendant was a criminal matter.

He argued that the defendants have not, either by their application or affidavit evidence, established any condition precedent required before the filing of the charge.

“To that extent, their application failed and bereft of any factual evidence,” he said.

He urged the court to dismiss the application and proceed with the trial.

 

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IGP Arraigns Accountant Over Alleged Fraud

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The Inspector General of Police, IGP, has arraigned an accountant, Rasak Adeniji before a Lagos Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba over alleged fraud, conspiracy and unlawful eviction.

Adeniji was arraigned before Magistrate A.O. Olatunbosun on seven counts charge brought against him by the men of Police Force CID, Alagbon, Lagos.

His offence bordering on conspiracy, misrepresentation of fact, stealing and unlawful eviction.,

The prosecution counsel, Mr. Morufu Animashaun informed the court that the defendant who was the accountant in Damtina Stores Limited, conspired with others at large to commit the offence between September to December 2018 in Lagos.

Animashaun told court that the defendant with others at large, conspired among themselves to commit felony to defraud Damtina Stores Limited of its property, wrote two letters to Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) on the 28th September, 2021 with the letter head of Damtina Stores Limited without authorisation of the company.

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The prosecution also alleged that the defendant lied before the Magisterial District Court in Epe which led to the wrongful eviction of one Jonathan Agwu.

According to Animashaun, “The defendant intentionally misrepresented fact to his honour, Magistrate H.O. Amos sitting at Court 3, Epe, Magisterial District, by falsely testified that one Jonathan Agwu was not a subsisting tenant of the No.18, Abibu Oki Street, Lagos Island which led to his unlawful eviction.”

He further told court that, sometime between September to December 2018, defendant collected the sum of N250,000.00 from Paulijyk Interbiz Limited in order to fast track the lease and falsify documents of Damtina Stores Limited to favour Paulijyk Interbiz Limited and also stole N10 million his employer.

Their offences are contrary to and punishable under Section 325(1), 370(a)(b) and 412 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State Nigeria, 2015.

Also, contrary to and punishable under Section 287(8), 96(a) and section 83(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State Nigeria, 2015.

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He pleaded not guilty to all the counts preferred against him.

Following his plea, Animashaun prayed to the court to remand him Correctional Center pending determination of the suit and asked for accelerated hearing of the case.

However, responding to his submission, the defendant counsel, Mr. O. Olusumade urged the court to grant his client bail.

Magistrate Olatunbosun therefore admitted him to bail of N1million with two sureties in like sum. Ordered that one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the defendant and second surety must be a land owner within the jurisdiction of the court.

While the magistrate ordered that the addresses of the two sureties be verified, she further ordered the defendant to be remanded at Ikoyi Correctional centre pending the perfection of his bail and subsequently adjourned to February 27, 2023.

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