Vigilante Member Arraigned For Raping Nursing Mother In Osun

Justice Ademola's Trial OpensA 25-year-old vigilante member, Sunday Arewa, has been docked before an Ile-Ife Magistrate court in Osun State, for allegedly raping a nursing mother.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Emmanuel Abdulahi, told the court that “Arewa committed the offence on January 19, 2017 at about 12:00 am at Oke-Ogbo area in Ile-Ife.

“The accused inflicted injuries on the left arm of the victim, Tosin Afolabi, and also threatened her with gun before allegedly having carnal knowledge of her in an uncompleted building.

The prosecutor further informed the court that the accused committed offences contrary to and punishable under Sections 351, 355, 86(2) and 360 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun, 2003.

Arewa entered into a not guilty plea to the four count-charges presented against him.

Meanwhile, the Defence Counsel, Akintilo Olakunbi, made attempt to move application for Arewa’s bail but the presiding Magistrate Olalekan Ijiyode, asked her to bring a written bail application.

The presiding Magistrate has therefore ordered that Arewa be remanded in Ile-Ife prison custody.

The case was adjourned to March 10, 2017 for hearing.

Edo Govt Seals Water Factory For Harmful Practices

edoThe Edo State government says it will prosecute persons who produce water that is not fit for human consumption in the court of law.

The Edo State Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy Washington Osifo disclosed this while inspecting a water packaging factory in the state, where he lamented the poor condition in which he met the factory.

Meanwhile the owners of the factory had escaped from the premises before the commissioner and his team arrived.

Delta Gets Seven-Day Ultimatum To Abolish DESOPADEC Bill

desopadecThe Delta State Government has been issued a seven-day ultimatum to reverse or abolish the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Commission (DESOPADEC) Bill passed by the State House of Assembly and recently signed into law by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. 

At a press briefing organised by leaders and representatives of oil producing communities, drawn from the Ijaw, Itsekiri, Urhobo and Isoko ethnic nationalities in Warri, Chief Mrs Rita-Lori Ogbebor, said the oil producing communities in Delta State have been denied their rights since the introduction of the derivation principle.

Chief Ogbebor explained that the principles of derivation remained clear that 13 percent of the revenue accruing to the federation account from any natural resources shall be allocated to the oil bearing communities.

She further noted that the Delta State Government has not done much for the oil producing communities, despite the nearly N5 Billion monthly derivation fund the state has received for over 16 years.

She warned that the oil producing communities would institute a criminal action against the Delta State Government in the Court of law, if the Bill and Law passed by the House of Assembly and signed by the state governor respectively is not urgently reversed.

On Tuesday, Governor Okowa signed the DESOPADEC amendment bill into law emphasising that the new law would also allow the establishment of a Management team for DESOPADEC to meet with the expectations for which the commission was initially established.

Malaysian Court Rules Use Of “Allah” Exclusive To Muslims

A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.

The unanimous decision by three Muslim judges in Malaysia’s appeals court overturned a 2009 ruling by a lower court that allowed the Malay-language version of the newspaper, The Herald, to use the word Allah – as many Christians in Malaysia say has been the case for centuries.

“The usage of the word Allah is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity,” chief judge Mohamed Apandi Ali said in the ruling. “The usage of the word will cause confusion in the community.”

The decision coincides with heightened ethnic and religious tension in Malaysia after a polarizing May election, in which the long-ruling coalition was deserted by urban voters that included a large section of minority ethnic Chinese.

In recent months, Prime Minister Najib Razak has sought to consolidate his support among majority ethnic Malays, who are Muslim by law, and secure the backing of traditionalists ahead of a crucial ruling party assembly this month.

His new government – dominated by his Malay-based United Malays National Organization – has toughened security laws and introduced steps to boost a decades-old affirmative action policy for ethnic Malays, reversing liberal reforms aimed at appealing to a broader section of the multi-ethnic country.

In its case, the government argued that the word Allah is specific to Muslims and that the then-home minister’s decision in 2008 to deny the newspaper permission to print it was justified on the basis of public order.

About 200 Muslims outside the court in the administrative capital Putrajaya, greeted the decision with shouts of “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest).

“As a Muslim, defending the usage of the term Allah qualifies as jihad. It is my duty to defend it,” said Jefrizal Ahmad Jaafar, 39. Jihad is Islamic holy war or struggle.

RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY

Lawyers for the Catholic paper had argued that the word Allah predated Islam and had been used extensively by Malay-speaking Christians in Malaysia’s part of Borneo island for centuries.

They say they will appeal against Monday’s decision to Malaysia’s highest court.

“The nation must protect and support the rights of the minority,” said Father Lawrence Andrew, the founding editor of the Herald. “God is an integral part of every religion.”

Christians in Indonesia and much of the Arab world continue to use the word without opposition from Islamic authorities. Churches in the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak have said they will continue to use the word regardless of the ruling.

The paper won a judicial review of the home minister’s decision in 2009, triggering an appeal from the federal government. The court ruled on Monday that the constitutional rights of the publisher had not been infringed.

Ethnic Malays make up 60 percent of Malaysia’s 28 million people, with Chinese accounting for more than a quarter and ethnic Indians also forming a substantial minority. Christians account for about 9 percent.

Analyst Warns Court To Treat PDP Case With Caution

A public affairs analyst, Chima Nnaji, has called on the judiciary to exercise caution in treating the case involving two factions of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), which is currently before it.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, he examined the crisis rocking the ruling party which has also been referred to the court of law for judgment.

However, since the PDP crisis “has been brought to the judicial angle,” “the judiciary must be very careful because the politicians are like soldiers of fortune. They have a way of plundering anything on their way,” he said.

On Saturday, the Tukur led PDP faction allegedly masterminded an operation by the Nigeria Police to seal off the secretariat of the Baraje led faction, in the Maitama area of Abuja.

The party defended the closure saying that the Baraje faction was acting against a court injunction. The court had earlier ruled that both parties retain status quo antebullum pending the time a proper hearing is staged.

Mr Nnaji said that the internal conflict in the party has gone out of hand as a result of different interests. He added that “in this situation, which is political, reason has completely taken a flight, because interests are involved”.

Court Orders EDSIEC To Refund Nomination Fees To Candidates

A state High Court in Benin City has ordered the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) to refund the monies paid by candidates to the commission as nomination fees for to enable them participate in the Local Government Elections.

Justice Nongi Imoukhuede of the state High Court gave the order based on the suit by the Edo State PDP seeking a declaration that section 16 (e) of the Edo State Local Government Electoral Law 2012 and paragraph 5.1 of the guidelines issued by EDSIEC are unconstitutional, null and void.

The party also sought for an order of perpetual injunction restraining EDSIEC from rejecting candidates on the ground of non payment of non refundable fees.

The trial judge granted all the reliefs sought by the People’s democratic Party (PDP).