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11 die in Nasarawa auto crash

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Nasarawa State says an accident which occurred along Akwanga-Lafia highway involving three vehicles claimed the lives of 11 persons while four others sustained injuries.

The Sector Commander, Ismaila Maiwada-Kugu, confirmed the accident to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia, the state on Monday.

Maiwada-Kugu said the accident took place at a place popularly known as ‘Many have gone’ in Wowyen village on the outskirts of Akwanga Local Government area of the state around 10.25 am on Monday.

“Three vehicles and 15 people were also involved in the accident. Four persons were injured while 11 persons were killed. The vehicles are, one ‘Boxer’, one ‘Sharon’, one motorcycle and one heavy duty trailer,” he said.

Maiwada-Kugu said FRSC officials on learning of the incident swiftly moved to the scene to attend and evacuate those affected to the nearest hospital.

“Our officers and men have gone there and attended to those affected. Information I received is that the trailer landed on one of the vehicles preventing occupants from coming out of the vehicle as they were trapped inside,” he said.

Maiwada-Kugu appealed to drivers to always be cautious especially when on high speed or about to overtake other vehicles ahead of them so as to prevent unfortunate accidents.

(NAN)

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EFCC arraigns Kano sharia court workers over alleged N1.2m fraud

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The Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday arraigned Ado Shehu and Ali Muhammad for alleged theft and receipt of gratification.

The duo were made to appear before Justice Amina .A. Aliyu of the Kano State High Court.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren disclosed this in a statement to TIMELY POST in Abuja.

Further, he explained, “complainant, Sanusi Yakubu in a petition, had alleged that one Williams Aondo (now late), who was a staff of Skye Bank, conspired with Shehu and Muhammad, both of whom are staff of Sharia Court, Kano State and instituted a civil action, claiming that he (the complainant) was late, after they noticed inactivity on his account for a few years, not knowing that he was alive and well in Saudi Arabia.

“The petitioner also alleged that the court, acting upon the information presented before it by the said Shehu and Muhammad, ordered his account to be closed and that the sum of N1,255,728.00 (One Million, Two Hundred and Fifty-five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty-eight Naira) that was in the account be remitted to the court for distribution to his heirs”.

Count one of the charge reads: ”That you Ado Shehu, Ali Muhammad and Abba Sanusi, (now at large), sometime in December, 2017 at Kano, Kano State, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, conspired among yourselves to do an illegal act to wit: conspiracy to commit theft against one Sanusi Yakubu and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96(1)(a) and punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Law (1987).”

But the defendants reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

On this premise, the prosecution counsel, Zarami Mohammed asked the court for a trial date and for the defendants to be remanded in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS).

Defence counsel Rabiu Sani, however, made an oral application of bail for the defendants, which presiding Justice Aliyu granted.

He also admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N100,000 each and two sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties, Aliyu ordered must be a staff of the judiciary, not less than Grade Level 12 and the other must also be a judiciary staff.

He also ordered that they be remanded in the custody of NCS pending the fulfillment of their bail conditions as the case was adjourned to November 14, for hearing.

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Fake native doctors land in prison over alleged N5m fraud

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A Chief Magistrate Court in Ilorin on Tuesday ordered that two fake herbalists are remanded in Police custody allegedly defrauding two brothers of N5 million.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Kudirat Yahaya ordered that Augustine Joko and Raheem Alaba, be remanded, following an application by the prosecutor, Insp. Mathew Olorunshaye.

Olorunshaye prayed the court to remand the defendant pending police investigation.

Yahaya adjourned the case until Nov. 26, for further mention.

The police charged Yahaya and Joko with two counts of conspiracy and false pretence.

Earlier, Olorunshaye, told the court that the case was reported on Nov. 3, through a petition by James and Donald Christopher, both of Budo-Doka, Gweri of Kaiama, to the Commissioner of Police.

Olorunshaye said that between the months of April and October 2019, the defendants and four others now at large conspired and presented themselves as herbalists, who specialise in ”doubling money”.

He alleged that the defendants and their gang fraudulently deceived the brothers to give them N5 million with a promise to double the amount to N50 million.

The prosecutor said that the defendants were arrested during a sting operation, while trying to collect more money from the complainants in Maraba Area, Ilorin.

He alleged that other suspects took to their heels.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 97 of the Penal Code and Section 1(3) of Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act 2006.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Man bags 20 years for raping teenager

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An Ikeja Special Offences Court, Friday, sentenced a 38-year-old barber, Jobi Kayode, to 20 years in prison for raping his 12-year-old neighbour (name withheld).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Kayode after finding him guilty of a charge of defilement due to the strength of the complainant’s testimony and the medical evidence.

“The prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and I hereby convict him on the offence of defilement, as charged.

“The instances of rape have become prevalent in our society and it is almost becoming an epidemic. The defilement of a 12-year-old neighbour, who trusted him as her neighbour, is heinous.

“The defendant is hereby sentenced to 20 years in prison, to be served at the Kirikiri Correctional Centre, with no option of fine. The sentence starts from today, November 8, 2019,” the judge said.

NAN reports that five witnesses (the complainant, her parents, a medical doctor and a police officer) testified for the prosecution during the trial, while Mr Kayode testified solely in his defence.

The complainant (name withheld), who was a Junior Secondary School One (JSS1) student, while testifying during the trial, had said that the convict had the habit of making lewd advances at her and showing her his manhood whenever she was heading home from school.

While being led in evidence by F. O. Ligali, the lead prosecuting counsel, she said “I usually close from school at 4 pm. from Mondays to Thursdays and 2 pm. on Fridays.

“Whenever I’m coming back from school, he (defendant) usually makes advances at me and sometimes brings out his penis and shakes it at me,” she said.

The student said that one day when she was opening the gate to the compound of her home, the defendant approached her and told her he wanted to see her neighbour in the compound.

She said that immediately he got into the compound, he overpowered her and raped her.

“He threatened me that if I should tell anyone about what he did to me, he would kill me,” she said.

The complainant said she did not tell anyone about the incident and that three days later, he approached her again while she was opening the gate of her compound, telling her, again, that he wanted to see her neighbour.

“He promised not to rape her and when he got into the compound, he rushed at me faster than the first time and raped me. He again threatened to kill me if I should tell anyone,” she said.

The complainant said that she did not tell her parents about the incident but that she revealed the incident after a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) who came to give sex education in her school.

She said she confided in a member of the NGO team about the defilement, who later informed her teacher who, in turn, told her to inform her parents but that she declined to tell her parents out of fear.

According to her, her mother was informed about the rape by her teacher during a PTA meeting, while the mother informed her father who, in turn, reported to the authorities.

Kayode, in his defence, denied raping his neighbour.

“I had, at no time, visited the complainant’s compound. Their gate was always locked with a padlock,” he said.

Before the sentence was passed, Saheed Sanusi, the defence counsel, in his allocutus (plea for mercy), had asked the court to temper justice with mercy.

“We plead for leniency; the defendant is a first time offender; he has a family to look after. His family will suffer as a result.

“We plead the court for leniency so that he will continue to support his family. He has learnt his lesson; such an incident will not happen again,” Sanusi pleaded.

According to the prosecution, the convict committed the offence on June 21, 2015, at the Shangisha area of Lagos.

“The offence contravenes Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011,” Ligali said.

(NAN)

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