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FG Set Up Virtual Court Sitting Technology in Correctional Facilities

FG says virtual court proceedings will boost Nigeria’s economy and decongest the Correctional facilities as it frees 15 inmates.

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Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN)

The Federal Government, FG, says the deployment of virtual court sitting technology in Correctional facilities would aid speedy dispensation of Justice and decongestion of custodial centres in the country.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, stated this during the launch of pilot project for the deployment and use of Virtual Court sitting facilities and jail delivery at the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja.

He said the project would eliminate the issue of difficulties in conveying the inmates to court and also ensure safety of inmates and law enforcement officers.

“This initiative will in no small measure help boost the economy by ensuring that funds meant for the movement of the inmates would be channelled to other essential areas of needs in the Correctional Centres, and assist the country to meet up with global best practice in terms of the Administration of the Criminal Justice,”

According to the AGF, the virtual court would end disruptions by making it possible for evidence of suspects in custody to be taken without their physical presence in court, adding that it would equally guarantee the safety of suspects and prison officials.

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Mr. Malami stated that the system would equally ensure speedy dispensation of trials in line with section 36(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), which provides that every person shall be entitled to fair hearing within a reasonable time.

“We are no longer constrained by mobility, space and time in the justice delivery on account of accommodation of the virtual court sitting facilities and deployment of incidental technology.

In a remark, the Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola advocated the inclusion of terminal dates in the administration of justice act for quick dispensation of justice.

The project which was funded by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, with support from the government of Japan, was aimed at supporting an inclusive and multi-sectoral response to COVID-19 and addressing its socio- economic impact in the administration of justice.

Immediately after the launch of the project, the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, effected the release of fifteen inmates with minor offences with an option of fine.

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Police Arraigns Herbalist Over Stealing of Human Parts

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A herbalist, Kolawole Sikiru, has been arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly breaking into a cemetery and cutting up body parts.

The accused who resides in the Ikorodu area of Lagos is facing a three count charges of forcible entry, misconduct with regards to the corpse, and receiving fraudulently obtained property.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Police prosecutor, Insp. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offence at 12.30 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2021, at Sabo Cemetery, Ikorodu Road, Lagos.

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She said that the defendant snuck into the cemetery and cut out human parts from a freshly buried corpse.

Insp. Olaluwoye said the defendant was apprehended with a locally made wooden knife and a nylon bag containing two human hands, a piece of human flesh and human heart parts.

The police said that it was the cemetery security guard that caught the defendant when he was climbing out of the cemetery through a fence with the human parts in his possession.

She said the alleged offences contravened Sections 52, 165 (a) (b) (c) and 328 (1) (2) {a} {b} of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

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The Chief Magistrate, Mrs L.Y. Balogun, granted the defendant bail in the sum of two million naira with two sureties in like sum.

Balogun said that the sureties must be gainfully employed, reside within the court jurisdiction and must produce evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She added that the sureties must have their addresses verified by the court and show national proof of identification.

She adjourned the case until Feb. 9, for mention.

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Babalawo Gets Life Imprisonment Over Defilement Conviction

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A traditional healer, (Babalawo) Prince Tom has been sentenced to two life sentences by an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court for abducting and defiling the 15-year-old daughter of his patient.

Justice Abiola Soladoye sentenced Tom after finding him guilty of a two-count charge of defilement and kidnapping.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Soladoye said that the evidence of the first prosecution witness (the survivor) was consistent and remain unshaken during cross-examination.

The judge noted the evidence of the second prosecution witness (survivor’s mother) and other witnesses also corroborated key facts of the survivor’s evidence.

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“The defendant is toxic in character, he used the name of God to deceive his victims, he is mean and callous.
His attitude even while in the dock is wicked, deadly and nonchalant.

“The defendant extorted the mother of the victim and brainwashed the family that he will heal their sick breadwinner.

“A note of warning to parents not to entrust their wards to strangers. This is a case of mans inhumanity to man.

“The prosecution has proven it’s case beyond reasonable doubt. In view of all evidence presented in court, I am convinced that the accused is guilty of these two- counts.

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“The defendant is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment for count one (defilement) and life imprisonment for count two (kidnapping). The sentences are to run concurrently,”
the judge said.

Testifying on June 22, 2021 the survivor told the court that she met Tom for the first time when he came to her family to treat her father who had suffered a stroke.

She said he was introduced to the family through a member of her mother’s church.

She said the convict had charged N25,000 as part of the fee to treat her father and she was instructed by her mother to go with Tom to a Point of Sale (POS) to withdraw the funds.

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She said she was abducted by the convict who thereafter called her mother to demand “transport money” for her to return to her family and her mother sent N10,000 (N5,000 in two tranches) to meet Tom’s demands.

The witness narrated that Tom took her to Osmak Hotel, Mushin Lagos where he defiled her at gunpoint. He fell asleep after the defilement leaving the room key on the bed.

The teenager said that using the key, she escaped from the hotel room and alerted hotel staff to her ordeal.

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Alleged N6.5bn Fraud: Court To Rule on Mompha Bail January 18

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Justice Mojisola Dada of a Lagos Special Offence Court in Ikeja has ordered remand of social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha known as Mompha in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) custody pending hearing of his bail application.

The judge ordered his remand after he was arraigned on an eight count charges which borders on aiding internet fraud and being in possession of fraudulent documents.

However, when the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty to all the allegations.

The prosecutor counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo asked court for a trial date.

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The defendant counsel, Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, who led Ademola Adefolaju and Kolawole Salami
informed the court that they have filed a bail application and same has been served on the prosecutor.

Responding to the bail application, Mr. Oyedepo asked for time to respond to the application.

After entertaining submission of counsel’s, Justice Dada adjourned till January 18, 2021 to hear and rule on the bail application.

Mompha had earlier been charged before Justice Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos vide charge No FHC/L/413C/19 by the EFCC and was subsequently admitted to bail .

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