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NDLEA Arraigns 3 ‘Akala Boys’ Over 803kg Marijuana

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arraigned three hard drug dealers domicile in Akala area of Mushin before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The three dealers are; Jelili Kamoru, Sodiq Oduola and Adebayo Seun, was arraigned in a separate charge before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke.

Akala street in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos, is notoriously known for sales of hard drugs.

NDLEA alleged that the Akala’s boys were arrested and arriagned over unlawful dealing in 803 Kilograms Cannabis Sativa, otherwise called Marijuana.

Arraigning the defendants, the prosecutor, Mr. Jerry Aernan told the court that the defendants, on October 15, 2021 at Akala, Mushin, LGA of Lagos State, conspired among themselves and Unlawful dealt in 803 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, popularly called Indian Hemps.

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The offences according to the prosecutor are contrary to and Punishable under Section 11(c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004,

Upon the reading of the charge, the defendants pleaded not guilty.

Following their not guilty, the prosecutor, asked the court for a trial date, while also asked the court to remand the defendants in the custody of Nigeria Correctional Service, till the determination of the charges against them.

However, counsel to the defendant, Mr. Uche Okoronkwo, while replying to the prosecutor’s remand application, told the court that he has a pending motion for bail for two of the defendants, Jelili Kamoru and Sodiq Oduola he urged the court grant them bail in most liberal terms.

Justice Anake after listening to parties, adjourned till November 29, to rule on Jelili and Sodiq bail applications.

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In the case of the third defendant, Adebayo Seun, who was charged seperately for allegedly dealing in 4.5 kilogrames of the banned substance, Mr Okoronkwo said he was just briefed about the matter and would need time to file a bail application on his behalf.

Justice Aneke while rullng on the applications, adjourned the matter till November 29 in the case of Kamaru and Oduala and February 23 in the case of Seun.

The judge also ordered the three defendants to be remanded in the custody of Ikoyi Correction Service.

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Court Convicts Retiree Over Perversion of Justice

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Justice Mojisola Dada of a Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, has sentenced a retiree from the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, Charles Aiyeyi, to one year imprisonment.

Charles Aiyeyi was convicted for charges bordering on conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and making false statement to a public officer with intent to pervert the course of justice.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned the convict alongside with Friday Itsede, on a two-count charge for their involvement in the stalling of the trial of Chief Executive Officer of Omo-Jay Nigeria Limited, Jerome Itepu.

They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges and EFCC commenced trial.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution witness, Callistus Egwuonwu, testified that sometime in 2015, the EFCC received a petition against some persons which included Jerome Itepu.

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He told the court that in the course of investigation, Itepu was in 2018 invited for interrogation, which he honoured and he made statement, following which he was granted administrative bail.

In fulfilling the bail condition, the suspected fraudster provided the two defendants who stood as sureties for him. Aiyeyi had produced a letter of introduction from the Office of the Auditor General in which he was introduced as a staff of the Office. The second defendant told investigators that the suspect was a “blood relation” and that he could produce him anytime. They both signed a bond of N18 million each.

Thereafter, the suspect was released to the defendants, but he jumped bail, became incommunicado, while the defendants failed, despite promises and assurances, to produce him.

Subsequently, the EFCC arrested the defendants and charged them in court for perverting the course of justice. Though charges had been drawn against the suspected fraudster, he could not be arraigned in court as he remained in hiding and the defendants failed to produce him.

It was later discovered that at the time the first defendant introduced himself to the EFCC as a staff of the Office of the Auditor General, when he had in fact at the time retired from active service.

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In the course of the trial, the defendants also filed a no-case submission which was dismissed by the Court.

Delivering judgement, Justice Dada discharged and acquitted the second defendant holding that as argued by the defence, Exhibit P3 which was the bail condition, required only one surety, a level 14 civil servant, which in the instance was Aiyeyi.

The Judge thereafter held that the prosecution successfully proved the charges against the first defendant and so sentenced him to one year in prison; following the allocutus, however, he was given an option of fine of one million naira, (N1m).

One of the counts reads: “Charles Aiyeyi, Friday Itsede and Jerome Itepu (at large) on or about 21st December, 2018 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to pervert the course of justice by giving Mr. Callistus Egwuonwu, a staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, employed in the public service with the intention of causing Jerome Itepu to be released on bail pursuant to which he absconded.”

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Court Sentences Husband To Death By Hanging For Killing Pregnant Wife

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An Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting at the state capital, Uyo, has sentenced a 52-year-old man, Nkereuwem Emah, to death by hanging for killing his pregnant wife, whom he accused of infidelity.

Justice Bassey Nkanang in his judgement found Emah, the father of five from Mbiabam in Ibiono Ibom Local Government area of the state, guilty of murder.

The convict was said to have killed his wife on the 12th of February 2018, while she was sleeping in their residence.

During his arraignment on 6th December 2018, the convict pleaded not guilty to the one count of murder, contrary to Section 326(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Volume 2, Laws of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, 2000.

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The judgment came after four years of litigation in which, the prosecution called three witnesses, including a 10-year-old son of the deceased, Christian Sylvanus Etim, who narrated how his father committed the act against his mother.

Mr Etim said “On 12/2/2018, my father, (the accused person) is a mechanic with the Water Board. On the said date, he used a matchet in the night. My mother was sleeping. He used it and cut my mother. My mother died. The incident took place in the house we all lived in. The village head called the Police in Itam. The Police came and invited me to accompany them to the station.”

The evidence of the son was corroborated by his father, who had earlier confessed to the Police when he was arrested after the incident.

In his extra-judicial statement before the court, the convict stated that “on 12/2/2018 at about 4:30 am, I call my wife to ask her about how she came about the pregnancy and who is responsible for it. She refused to answer me and I become annoyed.

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I took the big matchet and cut her right hand. She moved to run away, I cut her neck again and she fall down. I was informed by people around our house that one Michael Udoh always sleep with her anytime I left the house for work,” Emah said.

Delivering judgement which lasted for almost one hour, the trial judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang described the act as a “callous, inexplicable and inexcusable debasement of the marriage institution.”

The court held that the accused person, Nkereuwem Etim Emah, is hereby sentenced to death. In compliance with the Section 339(2) of the Criminal Procedure Law, Cap 39, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, the sentence of the Court upon you, Nkereuwem Etim Emah is that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead and may the Lord have mercy on your soul”.

Earlier, the Convict had pleaded with the Court to temper justice with mercy and give him another chance to go home and take care of his five children.

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N96bn Fraud: Rotimi Amechi Must Be Prosecuted – Supreme Court

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The coast is clear for the probe and prosecution of former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as Supreme Court directed relevant investigative agency to investigate his alleged financial misappropriation of ninety six billion naira (N96bn).

The Apex Court arrived at this decision after his application to stop the investigation was thrown out by the five man panel Justices of the highest court in the land.

In a unanimous judgement by the five-man panel of Justices, they submitted that there was no justification to stop the probe of the All Progressives Congress presidential aspirant.

The court also awarded a million naira (N1m) cost against the ex-governor.

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Governor Nyemson Wike had set up a Commission of Inquiry, to probe some transactions estimated at about N96billion carried out by Rivers State Government under Amaechi.

The Commission of Inquiry, headed by Justice George Omekeji, was to look into how N96 billion was allegedly withdrawn from the treasury of the state government and how it was expended.

The Governor also said that the commission of inquiry was to look into the lawful or otherwise sales of valuable assets of the state.

The commission of inquiry at the conclusion of its finding reported that Amaechi’s administration fraudulently sold some assets belonging to the State.

The listed valuable assets are Omoku Gas Turbine, Afam Gas Turbine, Trans Amadi Gas Turbine, Eleme Gas Turbine, Olympia Hotel and the award of contract for the execution of Mono Rail Project.

Amaechi, however, challenged the credibility of the commission of inquiry at the High Court of Rivers State and lost.

The former Governor also lost at the Court of Appeal prompting him to approach the Supreme Court.

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