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Sexual Offences Court Sentence Rapist To Life Imprisonment

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An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court has sentenced a middle-aged artisan, Gbenga Olasunkanmi to life imprisonment with no option of any fine for defiling a 12-year-old customer in his shop.

The presiding judge, Justice Abiola Soladoye handed down the sentenced after finding him guilty of a charge of defilement of a minor proffered against him by the Lagos State Government.

Justice Soladoye noted that the evidence of the prosecution witnesses have been compelling, consistent and the prosecution has proved the offence of defiling a child under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The judge ordered that the convict name, Gbenga Olasunkanmi, should also be registered in the Sex Offenders Register kept by the Lagos State Government.

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“Pouncing on an innocent young girl should be something that should be condemned in all ramifications as she has now suffered emotionally and psychologically.

“This callous defendant is mean and vicious and is not fit to live in a sane society.

“The defendant having been found guilty of the offence as charged, is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment with no option of any fine” the judge ruled

According to the state prosecutor, Mr Peter Owolabani, the convict who is a bag repairer, committed the offence at 5pm on Sept. 6, 2017 at Isolo, Lagos.

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The survivor had gone to repair her schoolbag and when she returned her mother noticed that the bag was not properly repaired and told her to return to the artisan to properly repair the bag.

“After he repaired the bag for the second time, as the survivor was leaving, the convict pulled her back and forcefully defiled her in his shop,” the prosecutor said.

During the trial, three witnesses- the survivor’s father, the survivor and a medical doctor testified for the prosecution while the convict testified solely in his defence.

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N109.4bn Laundering: Court Revokes Usman Bail As AGF Frustrate Plea Bargains Arrangements

EFCC’s lawyer, Jacobs, SAN, told the court that the former AGF and his co-defendants had through a third party, requested to meet him to negotiate the plea bargain arrangement.

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A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, sitting at Maitama, has revoked the bail it earlier granted to Mohammed Usman, who is the third defendant in the 14-count money laundering charge preferred against the former Accountant-General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris.

EFCC alleged that Usman, who was the Director of the Federation Account, and one Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, in connivance with the erstwhile AGF, diverted public funds to the tune of about N109.4bn, using the account of a company, Gezawa Commodity Market & Exchange Limited, which is the third defendant in the matter.

At the resumption of trial, Justice Adeyemi Ajayi revoked his bail following his failure to arrive at the court room on time.

Usman was absent when the trial Judge entered the courtroom around 9:20am, though his lawyer, Ibrahim Ishaku, SAN, notified the court that he was held up in a gridlock.

Dissatisfied with the excuse, Justice Ajayi revoked the Defendant’s bail and ordered his remand at the Kuje prison.

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Meanwhile, the court was informed that AGF, Ahmed Idris, has approached the EFCC, for a plea bargain.

EFCC’s lawyer, Jacobs, SAN, told the court that the former AGF and his co-defendants had through a third party, requested to meet him to negotiate the plea bargain arrangement.

However, the counsel that represented the ex-AGF in court yesterday, Mr. Goddy Uche, SAN, insisted that his client and his co-defendants were at the EFCC office for the meeting but declined to go further with the negotiation after they were asked to go to the office of the EFCC chairman.

Uche, SAN, had before the EFCC lawyer revealed that the defendant sought a plea bargain, alleged that the defendants were summoned by the anti-graft agency, a development he said made it impossible for him to discuss the issue of purported confessional statements the prosecution intended to tender in evidence before the court, with his client.

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Consequently, following applications by the defence lawyers, led by Uche, SAN, and Ibrahim Ishiaku, SAN, trial Justice Adeyemi Ajayi adjourned further proceedings in the matter till October 4.

A plea bargain in a criminal trial is an arrangement that allows a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser offence in exchange for a more lenient sentence or an agreement for some charges to be dropped.

It enables both the prosecutor and the defendant to avoid a lengthy trial.

 

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Police Drags Notorious Political Thug To Court Over Alleged Murder

Oko-Ilu who is accused of terrorising the Ede community and its environment was arrested in Osogbo in the wee hours of Saturday.

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The Nigeria Police has docked a notorious political thug in Osun State, Hammed Rasheed, known as Oko-Ilu, before a Chief Magistrate Court in the state capital, Oshogbo.

Oko-Ilu who has been on the police wanted list in the state was brought to court before Magistrate Olufemi Ayilara on a nine count charges.

The charges borders on murder, unlawfully killing two persons, disruption of public peace, cultism and others.

He was charged with the death of Hassan Adedeji, one Idowu (A.K.A Delta) and the shooting of one Inspector Gbenga Eke.

The charge sheet brought to court by the Police Prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun was not read as the Magistrate did not take Oko-Ilu’s plea.

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The Magistrate, Ayilara, however ordered the Police to duplicate his case file and forwarded the same to Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

The Chief Magistrate subsequently ordered the remand of Oko-Ilu at the Correctional Center in Ilesha pending the issuance of the legal advice.

Oko-Ilu who is accused of terrorising the Ede community and its environment was arrested in Osogbo in the wee hours of Saturday.

He was arrested in an operation conducted by Police in collaboration with men of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).

Oko-Ilu, was being trailed by the security agents for allegedly causing the death of many people in the Ede community.

The case has been adjourned till October 7.

 

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Ikoyi Building Collapse: Coroner’s Inquest Indicts Government Agencies of Complicity

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A Lagos State Coroner Inquest set up to reveal why a 21-storey building collapsed in Gerard Road, Ikoyi, revealed that the building collapsed due to negligence by agencies responsible for approval and supervision of the building project.

The Coroner, Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, made this  pronouncement while revealing the outcome of the Inquest.

On 1st of November 2021, a high-rise block of luxury flats under construction in the neighbourhood of Ikoyi in Lagos, Nigeria, collapsed. At least 42 people died.

Magistrate Komolafe held that the building’s density and setback on the site showed gross violation of the Lagos State Building Regulations.

He held that the project board which should have boldly shown the sensitive and important  information, including the names and addresses of the professionals who carried out the project, was deliberately not provided.

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According to him, this act shows that the approving and supervising agencies did not sanction the offender, suggesting that they were compromised.

The agencies saddle with the responsibilities of ensuring quality building structure in the state are, Lagos State Building Control Agency, and Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory.

He said that the structure failure was due to design errors.

Magistrate Komolafe also said that there was a lack of quality assurance/control and poor  management of the project.

He, therefore, adopted the recommendation contained in the Council for the Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) Report on the matter.

He urged the  authorities concerned with the implementation of the recommendations to act accordingly.

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