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Ijeshatedo Killing: Court Orders Police To Release Corpse For Burial

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An Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrates Court in Lagos has ordered the police to prepare a warrant of burial for an 18-year-old girl, Monsurat Ojuade, allegedly shot by a policeman on September 10, 2021 at Ijeshatedo, Surulere area of the State.

Senior Magistrate Bola Folarin-Williams said the court would sign the warrant to allow the police release the body to the family for burial.

Magistrate Folarin-Williams made the order at what was scheduled to be the commencement of a preliminary inquest into the alleged murder.

The Ojuade family counsel, Israel Mbaebie, had written to the Chief Coroner of Lagos State on Monday, requesting an investigation of the circumstances leading to the teenager’s death.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana had also requested an inquest into the incident.

Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Oseni Razak represented the police, from the State Criminal Investigation Department.

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While, the late Miss Ojoade’s father, Nurudeen; her uncle, Waheed; as well as sisters, Tosin and Olaide all attended the hearing along with Mr Mbaebie.

But the inquest was stalled as parties had not been able to file the statement on oath of their witnesses.

The Magistrate ordered both parties to prepare their witness statements on oath, file them before the court and also serve each other.

She told parties that the inquest aimed to probe how the incident happened, and advise the state government on how to avert such occurrence in future, adding that the procedure was not set out to determine anyone’s guilt or innocence.

The Magistrate said: “We can’t start anything today, but there is going to be an enquiry into this case.

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“When doing an enquiry, we don’t say this person is guilty; it is to advise the government to avert it in the future”.

Mr Mbaebie also told the court that the corpse was yet to be buried as the police took it away to carry out an autopsy.

The police counsel affirmed that the autopsy had been conducted.

Mbaebie said: “We apply that the deceased, be released to us for burial; the autopsy was done on Monday, September 20 and we sent a message to the DSP.

“We have two requests: one, that the stray bullet narrative should be changed, that it was deliberate. Six men were paraded at Ikeja, and nobody showed the family who the killer of their daughter was.

Mbaebie: “Despite several attempts, the family is yet to know the true identity of the killer of their daughter. Last Friday on September 24, a young man was arraigned before your learned brother in Court One Yaba.

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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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