An Ikeja Sexual offences and Domestic Violence Court, Lagos, remanded a 55-year-old man, Eze Chukwuma, in prisons for allegedly defiling two of his daughters.
Chukwuma was arraigned for allegedly defiling his two daughters aged 16 and 17 (names withheld) for almost 9 years (from 2008 till 2017).
The defendant was docked on a two-count charge of defilement contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law, CH. C17. Vol 3 Laws of Lagos of State, 2015.
The Lagos State prosecutor, A. A. George told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences between the years of 2008 to 2017 at No 2. Agbeke Close, Iyana Close, Iyana-Era, Coker Bus-stop, Ijanikin, Lagos.
However, according to a police statement by one of the daughters, a 16-year-old victim, the defendant began having sexual intercourse with his daughters after his wife died in February 2008.
The 16-year-old girl, an SS2 student, said that her father takes turns with her sisters every night and was the person who disvirgined her in 2008.
In her written complaint at Ojo Police Station against her father, the girl said that one of her elder sisters (name withheld) ran away from their house after she could no longer endure her father incessant sexual harassment.
“The whole thing started when my mother died in February 2008. My father came and brought us (me and my younger sister) back from the village in Ebonyi State to Lagos. My father started harassing my elder sister (name withheld) sexually.
“But two of my elder sisters were already staying with him then. When we got to the house, we couldn’t find one of my sisters.
“So I asked my eldest sister, Adaeze (Psuedo name) and she said that Ngozi (pseudo name) ran away from the house when she could no longer bear the sexual harassment from daddy.
“She said that daddy was sleeping with her and she ran away because it became too much.
“My eldest sister stayed and endured everything because she would soon finish secondary. My eldest sister later gained admission into the University and since then had not come home either has she spoken with my father.
After she left, we packed to Iyana-Era, and by that time, I was now left at home with my two of other sisters.
” At night, my father will ask us to separate ourselves so that he can sleep with one person before going to the other person. Sometimes, he would even threaten to stab us if we refuse to allow him to have his way.
” So out of fear, I allowed him and he disvirgined me. He slept with me only once. When I tried to confront him, after he finished, that was he is doing to us was not good, he told me to shut up.
“He told me that all sin is sin; that there is no sin which is bigger or smaller in the eyes of God. Our youngest sister, who is twelve years old, sleeps in the same room with my father, but I don’t know if he is doing the same thing to her,” she stated.
Justice Abiola Soladoye, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri Medium Prisons and adjourned the case till October 28 for trial.
FRSC: Tanker fire destroys six buildings, shops in Onitsha
No fewer than six buildings and shops were burnt on Wednesday at Upper Iweka, on Onitsha/Awka Road in Onitsha, after a 33,000-litre diesel tanker fell and caught fire.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission, Anambra Command, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, confirmed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka.
He stated that the incident occurred at around 12:44 p.m. Kumapayi said that the Fire Service Officials got to the scene of the fire promptly but could not put out the fire as their water pump developed a fault.
“The tanker lost control due to brake failure, the head of the vehicle pulled out while the tank containing diesel fell into the gutter spilling its content on the road and it caught fire due to the spill.
“The fire spread through the gutter and affected about six houses on the road and shops in Ochanja Market.
“No life was lost and no other vehicle was affected.
“The fire service got there on time but their pump developed a fault, they left the scene to fix the pump and restrategise.
“If the pump had functioned, the fire wouldn’t have spread to the houses and shops,” he said.
Kumapayi warned tanker owners and drivers to ensure that their vehicles were in good condition before plying the roads.
“The saving grace was the road bumps constructed by the state government; it prevented the tanker from ramming into buildings around the area,” he said.
Kumapayi said that policemen and FRSC officials were on ground to maintain order and ensure the free flow of traffic.
Lagos to prosecute of four police officers over extra-judicial killings
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday assured the public that it is ready and willing to prosecute four police officers indicted in an alleged extra-judicial killing of two people in Lagos.
The four dismissed police officers were identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergent Olaniyi Solomon, Sergent Solomon Sunday and Constable Aliyu Mukaila.
According to the families, their late children, Ayodele Solaja and Ogheneovo Ebobo were murdered in the cold blood by a police team led by one Inspector Fabiyi Omowayowa at Iba New Estate Lagos on Monday, August 19, debunking claims by the police that the victims were robbers.
The two families had earlier cried out to the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, who launched an independent probe into the killings of their children by the police, as well as appealed to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to look into the complicity of the advice given by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the matter.
Meanwhile, the four policemen, who were earlier charged to court on a count of murder, were later released on a “no case to answer” advice by the DPP.
Ogun to demolish Amosun’s model school, revive abandoned Gateway Hotel
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Wednesday, said one of the model schools built in Ilaro by his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, will be demolished for allegedly being structurally defective.
Abiodun, who dropped the hint at the Ogun West senatorial district town hall meeting on 2020 budget, however, assured that the school would be reconstructed.
At the event held in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area, the governor also promised to revisit and revive the abandoned Gateway Hotel, Ota whose concessioning was terminated by the Amosun administration.
The meeting, attended by traditional, religious and political leaders as well as representatives of market associations, professional bodies, civil society organisations and student unions, was held to harness the contributions of citizens across all critical sectors for the 2020 budget.
Abiodun vowed not to allow the resources of the state used for capital projects to be frittered away under any guise.
He assured the gathering that his administration will replace the structurally defective model school in Ilaro with a standard facility to serve as technical and vocational education training centre.
Cybercrime: MAPOLY student jailed
A Higher National Diploma (HND) Mechanical Engineering student of the Mashood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ojere in Ogun State, Olalekan Oladapo Ogunremi, was on Wednesday found guilty of criminal impersonation and sentenced to six months in prison.
Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division, commuted the one year punishment proposed for the 21-year-old to six months.
The judge succumb to his lawyer’s passionate plea who informed the court that his client had missed two examination sessions owing to the criminal charge filed against him by the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Ogunremi had pleaded guilty to the one-count amended charge with which he was arraigned on Wednesday consequent upon a plea bargain arrangement between him and the Commission.
Toddler Investments takes possession of Planet One in Lagos
After almost three years of legal tussles, Toddler Investments Limited on Wednesday took possession of the building that housed Planet One, a popular hospitality centre located at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Maryland, Ikeja in Lagos base on a court order.
The management team of Toddler Investments Limited, who were accompanied by court officials, lawyer and security agents took possession of the land around 2:30pm by painting “MIK/935/19 Possession taken today 16/10/19 by Court Order.” writing on some parts of the wall and buildings of Planet One Hotel.
It would be recalled that Planet One, an integrated entertainment center with a boutique hotel, different themed restaurants, bars, a night club and a spa & wellness center, was shut down in April 2017 following a legal tussle between Wema Bank and Planet One Entertainment Limited. But after the close down there has been legal tussles for the ownership of the land and control of the hospitality centre.
The possession of the land was taken by Toddler Investments Limited, who leased the property to Planet One Entertainment Limited based on the Execution Order of the Lagos State Magistrate Court in Suit No. MIK/935/19
Speaking to journalists after taking possession of the land, a Director of Toddler Investments Limited, Jimmy Odiamehi, said he is happy taking back his property.
Attack on free speech: Group writes Ikpeazu, demands sack of aide
…As blogger goes into hiding
Following the trending audio recording in which an aide to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State allegedly threatened to deal with a blogger if he did not desist from writing about the state government, a group, South-East Equity Alliance (SEA) has written to Ikpeazu urging him to defend his oath of office.
The group also demanded that the governor immediately sacks his Senior Special Assistant on General Duties, Mr. Uchenna Erondu whose voice is said to have been captured in the audio recording intimidating a student blogger, Ogochukwu Nwaokeoma and threatening to whisk him to Abuja if he dares write anything else about the activities of the Abia State government.
However, there are unconfirmed indications that the blogger, Nwaokeoma, has since fled the state and gone into hiding for fear of his life.
In an open letter to the Abia State governor signed by the National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Ekeh Ifeanyi Chimezie (Imo State); National Secretary, Okoro Williams (Ebonyi State) and the National Public Relations Officer, Debby Tochi Joy (Abia State), the group urged Ikpeazu to rise up in defence of democracy, constitutional governance and his oath to protect lives and properties of Abia citizens.
Man, 46, bags 12 yrs jail term for killing girlfriend
An Igbosere High Court in Lagos on Wednesday sentenced a 46-year-old man, Tunde Omisakin, to 12 years imprisonment for causing the death of his girlfriend, Tina Toroso.
Omisakin was charged with cutting the right hand of his girlfriend with a cutlass which resulted to her death.
He was first arraigned sometime in 2010 but was re-arraigned on February 16, 2016 before Justice Adedayo Akintoye when the former judge handling the case retired.
He was charged with a count of manslaughter for which he pleaded not guilty and was remanded in prison.
The case went for trial and the prosecution called four witnesses.
However, at the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Justice Akintoye ruled that Omisakin was guilty as charged.
She said that the prosecution was able to prove the ingredients of manslaughter beyond every reasonable doubt.
The judge said that the prosecution witnesses clearly gave evidence establishing how the incident happened.
“The prosecution evidence directly pointed to the defendant as the person who caused the death of the deceased, Miss Toroso.
“The defendant did not deny that he cut her hand but said he did not intend to kill her.
“I hold that the ingredient of manslaughter has been proven by the prosecution beyond reasonable doubt,” Akintoye said.
She, however, noted that the defence had said that the evidence of the prosecution witnesses was contradictory and that the evidence of the investigating police officers were merely hearsay.
“The evidence adduced by investigating officers during investigations cannot amount to hearsay.
“I hold that the evidence of the prosecution is consistent and therefore reliable.
“This court, hereby finds Tunde Omisakin guilty of manslaughter and is dully convicted.
“He is sentenced to 12 years imprisonment; the years of remand will be deducted from his sentence,” she held.
The defence counsel, Mrs Grace Adenubi of Legal Aid Counsel, had pleaded for leniency for the convict, adding that he was a first time offender and had been in custody since 2009 when he was arrested.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mrs Abiodun Gbadamosi, had told the court that Omisakin committed the offence on December 8, 2008, at 2am in his residence at Lamgbasa, Ajah area of Lagos.
She said that the defendant caused the death of the deceased, Tina Toroso, by cutting her right hand with a cutlass which severed her veins.
She said the offence contravened Section 317 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2003.
Herdsman in Court for allegedly stealing 15 cows
The police on Wednesday arraigned a 52-year-old herdsman, Mohammed Abubakar at a Badagry Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing 15 cows valued at N800,000.
Abubakar, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and breach of public peace, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecutor, ASP. Akpan Nkem, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in 2016 at Ajara Avovipe area of Badagry.
Nkem said that the defendant stole 15 cows valued at N800,000, belonging to one Mr Yayi Adetunji, the complainant.
“Abubakar also conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of the public peace by refusing to produce the cows on request by the complainant,” he said.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 287 and 168 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Segun Aka-Bashorun, admitted the defendant to bail of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Aka-Bashorun adjourned the case until October 29, for mention.
Five UNILAG students’ absence stalls rape trial
ape trial of five students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) could not hold yesterday because of the absence of the accused.
The undergraduates, accused of gang-raingd a 17-year-old fellow student of the institution (name withheld), are standing trial before an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Lagos
The students are Moboluwaji Omowole (19), Chuka Chukwu (19), Peace Nwankama (19), James Aguedu (20) and Josephine Osemeka (20).
The male defendants – Omowole, Chukwu and Aguedo, were absent during proceedings due to the inability of the officials of the Kirikiri Medium Prisons to bring them early to court.
Justice Abiola Soladoye stood-down proceedings at 9a.m. when none of the defendants were in court.
However, at 10.23a.m., the female defendants, Nwankama and Osemeka, were brought into the courtroom by the officials of the Kirikiri Female Prisons.
When the case was called at 10.51a.m., for hearing, the three male defendants were still absent in the courtroom.
Aguedu’s defence counsel, Mr. Lawal Pedro (SAN), registered his displeasure over the development.
He said: “The court sits at 9a.m. We, the state and citizens, are equal before the law.
“The same indulgence (standing-down the case) will not have been granted if the situation were reversed.”
Reacting to Pedro’s submission, a Director in the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Dr. Jide Martins, noted that the delay was not caused by the prosecution.
He said: “The correctional services are yet to bring the defendants to court. I do not want to speculate but one can generally assume that it is caused by the traffic situation.
“I am not comfortable with the aspersion that is inferred that the delay was at the instance of the prosecution.
“This is beyond our control. We have done our part, our witness is in court and we are ready to proceed with our case.”
As a result of the absence of the three male defendants, Justice Soladoye adjourned the case till December 3 for continuation of trial.
The prosecution said the defendants committed the offences sometime in 2017 in UNILAG, Akoka, Lagos.
“Omowole, Chukwu and Aguedo sometime in the month of January and sometime in the month of February 2017 defiled the complainant by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.
“Chukwu sometime in January 2017 at No. 25, Shobande St., Akoka, Yaba, Lagos knowingly allowed Omowole to defile the complainant by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.
“Nwankama, Aguedo and Osameka between the months of January to March 2017 were into the procuration (obtaining) of young girls for the purpose of defilement.
“Osemeka sometime in the month of January 2017, in UNILAG, sexually assaulted the complainant by kissing her,” Martins said.
FCT: Gunmen kill two, abduct three children
…murder teacher in Delta
unmen have abducted three children and killed two people at Yebu in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This came barely seven days after nine people were abducted at Dafara village in Kuje Area Council, FCT.
Also, a teacher at the Azagba Mixed Secondary School, Issele-Azagba in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, identified simply as Mr. Oriakhi, has died after being shot by kidnappers.
A resident of Yebu, Ayuba Danlami, said the gunmen attacked the village in the early hours of yesterday.
Danlami said the gunmen attacked one of the houses, killed two natives and abducted the three children from the same family.
The resident noted that those killed attempted to run away from their houses when the gunmen shot them.
He added: “In fact, we couldn’t sleep last night due to their gunshots which rend the air. As the two persons attempted to escape through the back door, one of the kidnappers opened fire on them.”
The Chairman of the council, Mr. Danladi Chiya, confirmed the abduction of three children and killing of two persons.
Chiya said that one of those killed was an All Progressives Congress (APC) supporter in the area.
He said: “I am right now in tears as I speak to you, as one of my APC supporters was killed at the village by the gunmen. I want to call on security agents to intensify efforts to fish out those behind the attack at Yebu village.”
The FCT Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Anjuguri Manza, was yet to confirm the abduction at press time.
Meanwhile, the Principal of Azagba Mixed Secondary School, Mrs. Bridget Onyeje, and three head teachers narrowly escaped being killed.
The gunmen invaded the school premises about 1p.m. on Monday, kidnapped two pupils, six teachers, including the murdered teacher, before they were rescued through combined efforts of detectives and vigilantes.
Two of the teachers, who were shot during the invasion, were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, where one of them reportedly died yesterday.
The armed men were said to have stormed the school premises, seized the principal and the head teachers, including Mr. Ifeanyichukwu, shot two other teachers who were trying to escape.
Oriakhi, who was shot in the stomach, died during surgery.
The state Commissioner of Police, Adeyinka Adeleke, said the teachers “were abducted but rescued last night (Monday)”.
Although, the commissioner said no arrest had been made, a source in the community said one person was caught with the victims in the bush where they were kept.
Adeleke could not confirm that one of the victims had died.
He said: “Let me ascertain that.”
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