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Forensic Expert Says Baba Ijesha Engaged the Minor In Sexual Activities

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An Ikeja Sexual Offences Court has heard how Olanrewaju James (alias Baba Ijesha) allegedly engaged his victim, a minor (names withheld) in sexual activities.

A child forensic expert, Mrs Anike Ajayi-Kayode, the Executive Director of the Cece Yara Foundation, told the court that the case of Omiyinka was referred to her by the Special Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of the Nigerian Police Lagos, Lagos State Command, for forensic investigation.

Led in evidence by the prosecuting team, Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, the Director Public Prosecution (DPP), Mrs Ajayi-Kayode said the outcome of her forensic Investigation revealed that the perpetrator engaged the child in sexual activities twice when she was seven years old.

The witness who is a certified child forensic interview specialist told the court that she had participated in over 25 child forensic interviews.

She said that the survivor was relaxed, cooperative and was able to recall events that happened in the past.

She said the perpetrator reminded his victim that he touched her some years back and that she has grown up and developed.

Mrs Ajayi-Kayode, told the court that the case of Omiyinka was referred to her by the Special Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of the Lagos State Command, Nigerian Police Force forensic Investigation.

She said the outcome of her forensic Investigation revealed that the perpetrator engaged the child in sexual activities.

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Mrs Ajayi-Kayode told the court the child told her that on the first occasion, her aggressor told her to “remove her pant, sit her on his lap and rub his manhood on her body” and instructed her not to tell anybody.

She said the child told her that on the second occasion which was on April 19, the perpetrator “inserted his car keys into her virgina”a and also told her not to tell anybody.

The child expert told the court that the attributes exhibited by the defendant were the dynamics of child sexual abusers and the modus operandi of perpetrators which involves “secrecy, intimidation, threat or coercion”.

She said the defendants attributes were also “similar to that exhibited by child abusers all over the world” due to vulnerability of their victims.

The child expert said after interviewing the child, she conducted forensic Investigation on her and wrote report on her findings adding that this has been compressed into a flash drive.

Thereafter, the prosecution sought the court’s permission to tender the flash drive and the report before the court.

The defence did not object to the request.

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The court admitted in evidence the flash drive and Child forensic interview report prepared by the witness and the items were marked exhibit H and H1.

Also marked exhibit G was the clinical presentation on the interview conducted with the survivor.

Earlier, there was a mild drama in court as Egbeyemi made attempt to seek adjournment.

Egbeyemi at resumed proceeding told the court he had a letter from Mr Babatunde Ogala SAN and Dada Awosika SAN requesting for an adjournment.

He said Ogala was indisposed while Awosika had travelled out of country.

But the prosecution opposed the application for adjournment by the defence.

Adeyemi reminded the court that the case against the defendant was a criminal matter which takes precedence over any other matter.

She argued that it is not fashionable for the defence to be asking for adjournment for the senior lawyers adding that Since he was in court to hold brief for them, he should be in possession with the facts of the case.

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Citing several authorities, the prosecution urged the court to hold that the defence counsel has facts of the case and order proceeding into the matter.

She also urged the court to hold that no party can hold the court to ransome and seek adjournment at his whims and capris.

At this stage , Justice Taiwo asked the court registrar to clarified when messages were sent to counsels on dates fixed for hearing.

He said text messages were sent on August 29 and September 26 and that the senior lawyers replied that the dates were okay for them for trial.

Justice Taiwo rejected their application for adjournment consequent upon which the prosecution presented its first witness.

The matter has been adjourned to October 20 and 21 for cross examination of the forensic expert by the defence.

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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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