Man Arraigned For Alleged Assault And Public Fight

Man Arraigned For Alleged Assault And Public FightThe Police in Osun state have arraigned one Paul Babalola, 44, before Modakeke Magistrate’s Court for alleged assault.

The Prosecutor, Sgt Ona Glory, told the court that the accused committed the offence on January 16, 2017 around 10:30PM at Urban Day area, Modakeke-Ife.

Glory said that the accused assaulted one Abosede Faseki by beating her with belt and as a result she sustained injuries all over her body.

He added that the accused also fought Segun Oyotoki by beating him with belt and equally bit him on his left hand which led to his bodily harm.

According to him, the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 355 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol 11, Laws of Osun, 2003.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to two-count charge of assault and public fight levelled against him.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Egede Victor, applied for the bail of the accused in most liberal term and pledged that the accused would not jump bail, but would provide substantial sureties.

Magistrate Bose Awosan granted the bail of the accused in the sum of 50, 000 naira with one surety in like amount.

Awosan said that the surety must swear to an affidavit of means, and the surety must be a close family member with a landed property.

She adjourned the case to February 15 for hearing.

Osun Police Arraign Two For Smoking Weed During School Hours

Osun Police Arraign Two For Smoking Weed During School HoursTwo persons have been arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State for allegedly threatening the peace in a secondary school in the state by smoking Indian hemp during class hours.

The accused persons, Hamzat Hammed, 23 and 36-year-old Oke Odunayo, were said to have committed the offence alongside one other, now at large on December 9, 2016 at about 12noon.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo Abiodun, informed the court that the accused persons, while at the Christ Africa Middle School, Africa area in Osogbo, conducted themselves in a manner capable of breaching public peace by smoking Indian hemp.

As at the time of carrying out this act, the prosecutor told the court that the students were still within the school premises.

Fagboyinbo said Hammed assaulted one Azeez Olaoluwa till the latter sustained fracture on his left arm, after smoking Indian hemp on the same day, time and place.

The prosecutor argued that the offence committed by the duo contravened Sections 516, 249 and 355 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, volume II, laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

Both accused persons pleaded not guilty to the three count-charge bearing on conspiracy, breach of public peace and assault leveled against them by the Police.

Their counsels, A. A. Popoola and J.P. Jones, applied for their bail, saying the law presumed them innocent of the offence until proved contrary by the prosecution at the final determination of the matter.

The presiding judge, Magistrate Olusola Aluko, granted the bail application in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties each in the same amount.

He adjourned the matter till February 17, 2017 for hearing.

Three Jailed For Six Months In Osun For Stealing Pineapple

89-Year-Old Man, Three Others Jailed For Land GrabbingThree persons have been sentenced to six months imprisonment by an Osogbo Magistrate Court for theft of pineapple.

The convicts faced three count charges of conspiracy, forcible entry and theft.

The convicts include, Azeez Olarewaju, 57, Sarafa Olarewaju , 33 and Ilutoye Olayode, 25.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Olusola Aliko, ordered that the convicts be kept behind bars due to the magnitude of the offense committed or pay an option of fine of 10,000 each.

The Prosecutor, Mr Idoko James, had told the court that the convicts committed the offense on August 4, 2008 at about 10 am at Igbo via Ejigbo in Osun State.

Idoko said the convicts conspired together to forcibly enter a parcel of land which was in custody of one Adeyemi Oyedemi without any justifiable reason.

He said the convicts stole palm fruits and pineapple valued about 300,000 Naira.

He also said that the incident almost led to breach of public peace before the intervention of the Nigerian Police.

The Prosecutor said the offense contravened sections 516, 81 and 383 of the Criminal Code cap 34 vol. 11 in the laws of Osun State.

Earlier, the counsel to the convicts, Mr Babatunde Akanbi, prayed the Magistrate to temper justice with mercy in his judgement after the convicts pleaded guilty to the three count charges against them.

EU urges Nigeria to abolish death penalty

The continuous use of death penalty as punishment for crimes such as murder, manslaughter, culpable homicide, armed robbery and kidnapping in some states, under the Penal Code, Criminal Code and Robbery and Firearms Act have been condemned by the European Union (EU) and Lawyers without borders, France.

At an event to kick-start the ‘Save Lives’ campaign in Abuja, the head of political governance and democracy delegation of the EU to Nigeria, Mr Alan Munday says the continuous use of the capital punishment by Nigeria in its criminal justice system is cruel and inhuman and should be discarded.

He urged Nigeria to publish a white paper or other official document on the United Nations moratorium which prescribes the suspension of death penalty as a first step towards its implementation.

However, the leader of the nation’s legal body called for caution in dealing with the death penalty. “We must find a way of fine-tuning the criminal justice that it finds a way to appeal to every one involved in the cases such as the plantiff, the victims, the state and the defendant” stated the president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Joseph Daudu.

A Lagos High Court recently passed a death sentence on former CheiSecurity Officer to late Head of state, Sani Abacha, Hamza al-Mustapha for complicity in the murder of Kudi Abiola. Lateef Shofolahan and Reverend King are other convicts awaiting the hang’s man.