Offa Robbery: Defence Counsel Announces Withdrawal From Case

A Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin has ruled that the five suspects arrested for the Offa robbery attack have a case to answer, even as their counsel has announced his withdrawal from the suit.

Counsel to the accused persons, Barrister Abdulrasheed Lawal, announced during the further hearing of the case on Wednesday that he is withdrawing on moral grounds.

He said further that he lacks full knowledge of the case since inception.

The Magistrate, Bio Saliu, in response granted the lawyer’s withdrawal and also consented to the claim that the accused persons have cases to answer as moved by the police prosecutor.

The police prosecutor, Jimoh Abdulkadir who held brief for the Officer-In-Charge Of Legal, Kwara State Police Command had earlier informed the Magistrate of an application submitted before the court, indicating that the suspects have cases to answer.

He added that there was a need for the police to carry on in its investigations in order to allow for the arrest of more suspects and transfer them to a proper court for trial.

The Magistrate, therefore, adjourned the case to Thursday, December 6, 2018, and ordered that the accused persons remain in prison custody.

Court Remands Teenager, One Other For Stealing Beer, Bush Meat

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A Magistrate Court sitting in Ile-Ife, Osun State on Friday, remanded 18-year-old Mayowa Segun and 29-year-old Adebowale Wasiu, for allegedly breaking into a shop and stealing various items including beer, soft drinks, bush meat and recharge cards worth N41,950.

The Prosecutor, Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 4, 2018, around 01:55 a.m. at Isale Agbara Area, Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi said that the accused conspired among themselves with intent to commit a felony to wit breaking, entering and stealing.

He added that the accused broke into the shop of one Yusuff Adebimpe and catered away five bottles of Goldberg, four bottles of Trophy beer and soft drinks. Other items stolen include bush meat and recharge cards valued at N41, 950.

The prosecutor stated that the offence contravened sections 383, 390 (9), 412 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

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The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge of conspiracy, intent to commit a felony, shop breaking and stealing.

The Defence Counsel, Ben Adirieje, applied for the bail of the accused in the most liberal term, pledged that his clients would not jump bail, but would produce reliable sureties.

Magistrate Olalekan Ijiyode, however, refused the bail of the accused but asked their counsel to come with written application for the consideration of their bail.

The Magistrate noted that the rate of crime in the society is alarming especially among youths. He, therefore, ordered for the remand of the accused persons in prisons custody, pending the consideration of their bail.

The case was adjourned until July 27, for the ruling application.

Barber To Receive 12 Strokes Of Cane Over Phone Theft, Court Rules

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An Iyaganku Magistrate Court in Ibadan has ruled that a 25-year-old barber be canned 12 strokes for stealing a smartphone valued at N48,000.

The barber, Mutiu Fatai, was also sentenced ‎to one week of community service.

Fatai was arraigned on April 23, 2018, before the court ‎on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecutor, Shalewa Hammed told the court ‎that the convict and others now at large April 9, 2017, at about 6:30 p.m. at Oni and Son’s Hospital area of Ibadan respectively did conspire together to commit a felony with stealing.

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He said on the same date, time and place Fatai double-crossed the car of one Mrs Taylor Funmilayo of Oni Memorial Hospital and snatched her smartphone valued at N48,000.

Hammed said the offence is punishable under Section 516 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II laws of Oyo State.

On April 23, 2018, the convict pleaded not guilty and was granted bail the sum of 50,000.00 ‎with one surety gainfully employed and the case adjourned till June 5, 2018.

On June 7, 2018, the complainant had approached the court requesting for the withdrawal of the case based on pressure from Mutiu Fatai’s Family.

The Magistrate, however, turned down the request insisting that he wanted to hear the fact of the matter.

After listening to the fact of the matter, the Magistrate put it to the convict whether it was true or not, to which he (Mutiu Fatai‎) replied in the affirmative and pleaded guilty.

He further prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, saying that dropped out of school due to financial problems from his family.

In his ruling, the Magistrate ruled that Fatai be canned 12 strokes and sentenced him to one-week community service, to serve as a deterrent to others.

Court Remands Two Varsity Students For Alleged Murder

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A Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, the Capital State of Osun, has ordered the remand of two students of Adeleke University, Ede for alleged murder.

The students who are both in 400 level were remanded for allegedly killing Adeyemi Yusuf, a 200 level Computer Information System student in the institution.

The two accused, Akanbi Khalyd (23) and his accomplice Vera – Cruz Babashola (22) were arraigned on Friday before Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara on two count charges bearing on conspiracy, the felony to wit murder.

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Police Prosecutor, Inspector Oladoye Joshua, told the court that the duo committed the offence on March 27, 2018, at about 12.30 a.m. in the school.

He explained that the defendants killed Yusuf by torturing him to death.

Prosecutor argued that the offence contravene Section 324 punishable under Section 316,  319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Volume 11.Laws of Osun State  2002.

The plea of the accused persons was taken due to the magnitude of the offence.

The Magistrate, Olusegun Ayilara while ruling ordered that the duo be remanded in  Ilesha prison custody.

Ayilara said the case file should be duplicated and forwarded to the office of the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

The case was adjourned till June 29 for mention at Ede jurisdiction.

 

Court Sentences Mother Of Three To 12-Month Imprisonment Over Phone Theft

 

A Magistrate Court in Osun State sitting in Osogbo the state capital on Monday sentenced a 35-year-old woman, Nafisat Raji, to 12 months imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone valued at N15,000.

The convict who is a mother of three children was arraigned before Magistrate A. A Oloyade on a count charge bordering on stealing.

The prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo Abiodun told the court that the convict committed the offence on March 10 at about 11:00 p.m. at Tinumola Estate in Osogbo.

He said the convict entered the shop of Rofisat Bolaji and stole the mobile phone.

The convict was mobbed by the angry resident around the area who later handed her over to the police.

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Inspector Abiodun tendered the statement of the convict and the stolen phone as an exhibit before the court.

He added that the offence is contrary to and punishable under section 390 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Volume 11 Laws of Osun State 2003.

The convict having no legal representation pleaded guilty to the one count charge and admitted to the facts.

She pleaded to the court for a pardon saying her last child is too young to be abandoned.

The prosecutor also informed the court that the convict has once been charged to court on the same offence.

The magistrate convicted her on the one count charge.

While delivering final judgment, she sentenced her to 12 calendar months imprisonment or pay an option of 10,000. She also ordered that the phone be returned to the complainant.

Suspects Remanded In Prison Over Death Of Delivery Man

Suspects Remanded In Prison Over Death Of Delivery ManPolice on Monday arraigned two suspects accused of conspiring and killing the delivery agent of an online marketing company in Port Harcourt before a Magistrate Court in the Rivers State capital.

Sodienye Mbatumukeke and Excel Naaba were said to have committed the act on March 25, 2017, after robbing the man of his mobile phones and later dumped his body in a septic tank.

The Chief Magistrate, Amadi Amadi-Nna, who declined jurisdiction on the matter, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody, pending the legal advice of the Rivers State Director of Public Prosecution.

A police source told Channels Television that investigations have so far revealed that the third accused, a female, has not been found to be connected to the murder, as she was found to have come around after the crime was committed.

An elder brother to the victim, Dolph Otu-Idam, urged well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid in ensuring that the culprits do not go unpunished.

“The stand of the family is that the company has not told us where my brother is and what happened to him. Secondly, coming to court, they just informed us right now; I have not eaten since morning.

“There is no preparation, the family does not even have a lawyer to defend the matter, because we have been getting threats that the family of the killers have money to throw here and there.

“We just have nowhere to run to as it stands, we are begging all well-meaning Nigerians to come to our aid,” he said.

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.

Drama As Police Charge Arrested Pro-Biafra Agitators

massobThe uproar generated by the recent rally by acclaimed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State is yet to settle.

Thirty-seven of the arrested persons were on Monday arraigned before the Magistrate Court amid tight security.

Lined up for procession into the court, they continued to chant Biafra slogans, as security operatives tried to control the situation.

There was tension, as the accused persons arrived at the premises of the Rivers State High Court complex in Port Harcourt.

Lawyer to the group, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, engaged a security officer in an argument over an issue relating to the way and manner his clients were being handled.

While the argument was on, the IPOB members were led in a single file into the Magistrate Court room.

The prosecutor is pushing charges of treason and conspiracy to overthrow the Nigerian state in a matter between the accused and the Commissioner of Police.

When the case was called, the suspects pleaded not guilty.

The magistrate then remanded them in prison and adjourned the matter to the January 30 for cross-examination.

Outside the courtroom, lawyer to the accused expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling of the court.

“As at the last count, we have over 20 of them that have been killed and over 200 arrested.

“We are in court today to seek their release. In a smart move, the police have brought charges that I can describe as frivolous against them, to cover what they have done.

“We have, however, argued on the merit and demerit of the charge because in the first place, the charge filed in this court is baseless and unfounded. There is no material or fact in this charge.

“And the law is very clear, when there is a charge of capital offence with serious punishment brought before a court without jurisdiction, the court is to first of all inquire on the matter of jurisdiction before remanding the accused in prison,” Mr Ejiofor told reporters.

One of the prosecutors said he was not willing to join words with the lawyer to the accused.

While the IPOB members made their way into a waiting van, they continued to sing solidarity songs, showing no signs of slowing down.

Hundreds of acclaimed members of the IPOB from the South-south and south-east zones had gathered on Friday in Port Harcourt in support of the US President, Donald Trump.

The IPOB members, who said they were on a peaceful rally in support of who they referred to as “our man”, were abruptly dispersed by army officers and other security operatives, on Aba Road in the Rivers State capital.

Some of the protesters claimed they were attacked by security operatives, leading to many of them sustaining injuries.

Many of those who resisted the security operatives were arrested and their flags confiscated.

They were carrying flags with pictures of Donald Trump and the acclaimed leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

The IPOB supporters said they will continue to believe in their dream of the nation of biafra. the walk took them through some major streets in port harcourt.

Yahoo Fraud Allegation: Court Insists Iwo Monarch Should Be Arrested

Abdulrasheed-Akanbi-Oluwo-of-Iwo,The supremacy battle between the traditional stool and the judiciary in Osogbo is getting tougher, as the Magistrate Court has issued another order for the arrest of Oluwo Of Iwo, Oba Abdulraseed Adewale.

The Magistrate Court presided over by Mr Olushola Aluko is insisting that the Oluwo Of Iwo should be kept in prison till the next adjourned date over his defiant attitude towards an earlier court order.

Olushola issued the fresh order during his sitting on Wednesday at the Osogbo Magistrate Court in Osun-State.

A Criminal Case

The magistrate had on December 20 issued a bench warrant against the monarch for his refusal to adhere to court order.

However, Olushola adjourned the case till December 27 for mention but the date was declared public holiday by the Federal Government.

The counsel to the applicant, Soji Oyetayo, was present in court on Wednesday for the magistrate to fix an enrollment date for the case.

But the magistrate responding to the request of the plaintiff said: “I want to clear the mind of the public about the case before me and I want to say that the application before me is a criminal case and not a civil matter at all.

“The Commissioner of Police should know and perform his legitimate duty under the law. He should find out whether or not three lorries of police man were sent to the Magistrate Court to rescue the magistrate that was initially trying the case in Iwo before the case was transferred to Osogbo.

“Indeed prison officials had to fire some gunshot before the situation at the premises of the court calmed down.

“When the first defendant failed to appear in this court, the court in exercising his power, as provided by law, issued bench warrant to compel the first respondent Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi to appear before this court”.

The Magistrate for explained that by implication the monarch should be arrested and kept in prison till next date of the sitting for his failure to appear, as ordered by the court.

According to him, the bench warrant was issued in the presence of his lawyer, Mr Olaide Yekin and counsel to the Commissioner of Police Mr Abass Harunan the Officer in Charge of legal, State CID command Osun.

“After the event of last adjourned date the online media was awashed with threat allegedly issued by the first respondent, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale to arrest me traditionally. I personally read and watched on Channels Television on Friday 23rd of December 2016 then on Monday 26th December 2016, Punch newspaper published it at page 12 a story caption: I’ll not appear before Osun magistrate.

“The story was also promoted on the front page of the paper, in the body of the story the first respondent was quoted as saying that “it is a shame on judiciary to have such magistrate sitting. I have the print out of the statement posted on channels Television and newspaper publication.

“It is no doubt that the statement are contemptuous in nature and they are meant to embrace and humiliate this court. Under the law, it is contempt espacal which attracts punitive action and this court has a duty to protect itself from assault and preserve the sanctity of judiciary and due process, therefore the case which brought the parties before me is hereby stepped down until this issue of contempt is cleared,” the Magistrate stated.

He further pointed out that the non-issuance of a bench warrant against the Commissioner of Police was not an excuse for the first respondent not to appear on the summon on him on October 10.

“The Commissioner of Police was sued on his official capacity hence he need not to appear personally. It is on that score that another bench warrant is hereby issued on the first respondent Oba Rasheed Adewale to appear before this court again personally on the first adjourned date which is 30th December 2016 to come and confirm if indeed he made those statement to explain what he meant by allegation of bias and the statement that read “it is a shame on the judiciary ” as published in the Punch newspaper and to stand by the statement if he uttered them or retract them consequently to tender unreserved apology to the court.

“This court shall deal with the matter primarily on the next adjourned date whether or not the first respondent is present in court. The enrollment shall be served to his counsel team lead by Olaide Yekin. That is mine position on the matter,” he added.

The case is expected to come up on December 30, 2016 whether or not the Oluwo of Iwo will appear before the court, the event unfolding will give the answers on the day.

Oba Akanbi had refused to appear in court in person to defend allegations filed against by Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye, that he was sponsoring thugs and involved in Yahoo fraud.

Earlier on Wednesday he gave reasons for his refusal to appear in court.

He insisted that the lawsuit was the handiwork of some mischief makers who want to distract my compassionate leadership style and an attempt to get me docked so as to discredit the crown.

“How can I appear in court on defamatory allegations? There are two respondents in the case, Oluwo and State Commissioner of Police.

“The CP has been represented in court several times and I (Oluwo) have also been represented by three royal fathers and qualified layers, so why should the magistrate run after the crown leaving the man in khaki? This is an indication that something is wrong somewhere.

“If they can represent CP, why must they request the physical appearance of a first class ruler? You now insisted on docking Oluwo, maybe you meant another Oluwo not Adewale Abdulrasheed,” he said.

 

Oba Claims Supremacy Over Court Order, Threatens To Arrest Magistrate

Oba Abdul Rasheed, Rehabilitation, OshogboIt appears the existing feud between two traditional monarchs in Iwo Land of Osun State that has led to an order by a Magistrate Court for the arrest of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, (Telu One) is taking a new dimension.

This is because the Oba Akanbi is threatening to issue what he termed “Traditional warrant of arrest” on magistrate Olusola Aluko of the Osogbo magistrate court who issued his bench warrant.‎

Magistrate Aluko had in the previous week, issued a warrant that would effect a force arrest of the monarch if he failed to appear before it to answer allegations against him by another monarch in the state, one of which was his involvement in fraudulent activities, which he called ‘Yahoo Yahoo’.

Supremacy Over Court Order

Though, Magistrate Aluko made good his threat on Tuesday when he finally ordered security agents to produce Oba Akanbi in court by force to answer to the criminal charges against him.

But Oba Akanbi told reporters in Osogbo that he would issue a “traditional warrant arrest” against the Magistrate, claiming supremacy over the court order.

The monarch, who denied the knowledge of the bench warrant of arrest against him, said he came to hear of it on the pages of newspapers.

The Iwo monarch also said he cautioned anyone against attempt to denigrate traditional institution, saying “as a king I too have traditional warrant of arrest I can invoke against the Magistrate.”

The Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Oba Adeoye had approached the Magistrate Court, accusing Oba Akanbi, of concealing some facts about his past to the state government when he was installed as a first class monarch about a year ago.

The Oluwo described the court order as an insult against his throne, saying it was obvious that the judge was out to intimidate and harass him for “reasons best known to him and his sponsors.”

Envious Of My Selfless Service

The Oluwo, who insisted that he had no case to answer before the Magistrate Court, however said he had great respect for the judiciary and the law, adding that he would be ready to answer any serious charge preferred against him in any law court.

Claiming that the court had no jurisdiction over the case, Oba Akanbi accused Magistrate Aluko of “dancing to a tune dictated by a piper”.

He said: “Because somebody or some people somewhere do not like my guts they are making use of an available tool to do their bidding. But I don’t care and I want them to know I can not be intimidated and harassed by anybody. I got so many jobs to do for my people and I would not tolerate any distraction.

“They are certainly envious of my selfless service to the people of Iwo and its environs but that is their headache, not mine. They are desperate, using the idle hands and those without integrity to carry out their diabolical plans. Allah is the greatest and all of us are mere mortals.

“I don’t have any skeleton in my cupboard the detractors just want to drag the name of the Oluwo of Iwoland in the mud. I don’t even involve myself in land matters or sale of lands. I don’t even have a private house other than the palace. My utmost priority is the wellbeing of my people.

“I have spent my personal money to rehabilitate disused courts in Iwoland. I toil day and night for progress of my town. The magistrate and the Oba in question are being paid and sponsored by detractors and this is the price I’m paying for success and great fame”.

Oba Akanbi tasked traditional rulers not to sit back and see the insult on Oluwo as his only predicament but to speak up against it because of its implication on the traditional institution.

He thanked the administrations of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Rauf Aregbesola for providing an environment of peace and justice, adding that if not for good government at both state and federal level,  bad elements within the judiciary would have continued to flourish.

Policeman Remanded In Prison For Alleged Murder In Osun

Policeman Remanded In Prison For Alleged Murder In OsunA Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, the Capital of Osun state, on Thursday, ordered the remand of a 48-year-old policeman, Pius Felix, in prison custody for allegedly killing a commercial driver.

Felix, who is attached to Awo Police Station, Ede, is facing a count of murder.

Magistrate Olubukola Olowolagba, ordered that the accused be kept in custody at Ilesa prison due to the magnitude of the alleged offence.

Police Prosecutor, Mr Mireti Wilson, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on December 20 at Ara Junction, in Awo, Ede.

Wilson further explained that the policeman killed one Michael Ishola, who allegedly refused to stop his vehicle at a check point.

He told the court that the accused had threatened to shoot the deceased, if he failed to stop and later did so.

He said the offence contravened Section 316 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. 11 Laws of Osun, 2003.

The plea of the accused was not taken because of the criminal nature of the offense committed.

Olowolagba, while handling down the verdict, ordered that the accused policeman be remanded in prison custody.

She, thereafter, adjourned the case till February 9, 2017 for mention.

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.