Ogun Organises 4-Day Refresher Course For Judicial Workers

amosunThe Ogun State Judiciary in conjunction with the Nigerian Judicial Institute has begun a 4-day refresher course and workshop for magistrates, judicial assistants, court registrars and other judicial officers.

Declaring the event open at the High Court premises in Isabo, Abeokuta, the state capital, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade and the Director of Studies of the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Mr Ajah Ogbu, charged participants to seized the opportunity provided by the training to improve themselves

The participants are to be taken through criminal proceedings in the magistrate courts, recording evidence in the magistrate courts, civil proceedings in the magistrate courts, judgement writing in the magistrate courts, effective communication skills as tools for effective service delivery.

32 magistrates, 25 judicial assistants, 17 secretaries, 20 court registrars, 20 process clerks and 18 bailiffs took part in the 4-day refresher course.

Retired Soldier Gets Life Imprisonment For Raping Step-Daughter

retired soldier gets life imprisonment for raping step-daughterAn Ogun State High Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, has sentenced a retired soldier, Alabi Ibrahim, to life imprisonment for raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter and infecting her with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

The convict was alleged to have committed the crime in 2012 and was subsequently arrested and tried following intervention from the Ogun State Chapter of Child Protection Network (CPN), an umbrella body of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) that fight for the rights of children.

A medical report presented in the court from the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, established that the convict had sexually assaulted the girl and also infected her with HIV.

The report tendered by a medical practitioner, Dr. Seyi Adejobi, says that after the defilement, medical investigation revealed that the girl had been penetrated, and blood investigation also showed that she had HIV.

The blood sample of the convict also tested positive for the virus.

However, Counsel to the convict, Adebola Okudoro, told the court that the allegation against him was hearsay, thereby appealing to the court to temper justice with mercy in seeing that his client was not sentenced.

He pleaded, “My Lord, the accused person is a first offender. The health of the accused should be put into consideration. He is infected with HIV and will need access to medical attention, which is very expensive, and there is no such facilities in prisons custody.

“The accused person is the breadwinner of the family. He has several dependants. We pray the court to temper justice with mercy,” he pleaded.

In his judgement, however, the presiding judge, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi, said that the accused faced a one-count charge of having sexual intercourse with the child; offence said to be contrary to section 3 of Child Rights Law, noting that the court was convinced with the allegation against the accused after several court sittings.

Akinyemi further added that the victim’s testimony during cross examination showed that she was telling the truth and not being tutored, as there were concrete evidence that the victim was sexually assaulted, having also lost count on number of times the convict assaulted her.

“The court is convinced about the girl’s evidences. She is intelligent, she remained consistent during cross examination and she does not seem to have been tutored.

“I find her evidence credible. Evidence of her mother corroborated her own,” the judge stated.

The presiding judge also made reference to the medical report which stated that the accused infected the girl with HIV, stressing that the convict’s action has brought a permanent stigma on the innocent girl.

“I am fully convinced that the accused had repeatedly had sex with the girl. I found the accused guilty as charged. I find it not in my mind to show any mercy.

“The man is shameless, sleeping with mother and child, what an abomination.

“People like him need not to be in the society. I therefore sentence him to life imprisonment. He should, however, be given access to reasonable treatment,” the judgement declared.

Amosun, APC Ask Tribunal To Strike Out MPPP Petition

AmosunOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) have filed a motion of notice before the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, challenging a petition brought before it by Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP).

The three-member tribunal, headed by Justice Henry Olusiyi, began its sitting at the premises of the Ogun State High Court, Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Tuesday.

The MPPP, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last election, Gboyega N. Isiaka, had filled separate petitions challenging the outcome of the last governorship election which returned Governor Amosun elected.

While the MPPP in its petition asked the court to cancel the whole election, alleging that its candidate’s name and party were omitted from the ballot paper, the PDP and Isiaka said Governor Amosun did not win lawful votes to have returned him elected.

The PDP and Isiaka’s petition could not begin, after the counsel to the 3rd to 128th respondents, Olushina Sofola, told the tribunal that his clients had not filled their responses because they were still within 21 days recognised by law, within which to file their responses.

Mr Sofola said his clients were served on the May 5 and had until the close of work on Monday, to file their responses.

Application seeking the extension of time for the respondents to file their responses was, however, struck out by the tribunal.

Although, the tribunal has not fixed a date for the hearing of the petitions, the lead counsels to Amosun and APC, Fagbemi Lateef and George Oyeniyi, told the tribunal that a motion on notice, requesting the tribunal to strike out the petition of MPPP had been filled.

According to the motion signed by one Azeez Soboyejo, dated May 13, a copy of which was obtained by Channels Television’s correspondent, the petitioner sought for an order dismissing and/or striking out the petition for being statute barred, having been filed outside the mandatory statutory period of 21 days after the declaration of the election result.

This, according to the motion, was contrary to section 134(1) Electoral Act No 64, 2010 (as amended) and section 285(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

Citing grounds for the application, both APC and Governor Amosun said the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain and determine the petition, as the court had failed to disclose any reasonable cause for action.

The application also stated that the petition was filed in gross violation of the provisions of section 134(1) of the, Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

It however, asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition “for reasons that same is frivolous, speculative, gold-digging, and unmeritorious, with substantial cost”.

House Help Who Killed Ogun Magistrate Arraigned In Court

Ogun murderDavid Uche, who allegedly killed an Ogun State retired magistrate, Mrs Oluwafunmilayo Timeyin, has been arraigned before an Abeokuta magistrate court on a one count charge of murder, an offence contrary to section 316 and punishable under section 319 of the criminal code laws of Ogun State of Nigeria 2006.

Arraigned before Magistrate Anthony Araba of the magistrate court one in Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, David Uche was in chains after being brought from the Oba prison facility in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state.

David Uche, a former house help to the late retired magistrate, murdered his former boss  last week on March 28 and was later arrested by members of  the vigilante group attached to Laderin workers estate in Abeokuta.

He has however been remanded in prison custody pending  advise from the director of public prosecution.

The house help who was arrested last week, allegedly scaled the fence of the late Timeyin’s house, deactivated the security system inside the building, and laid siege within the premises before hacking the retired magistrate to death.

David was reportedly employed two months ago and sent packing two weeks ago for allegedly stealing his boss’ valuables including phones and jewellery which led to his arrest and subsequent release on the boss’ order.