2 unemployed youths docked over attempted theft of ATM card



Two unemployed men, Mustafa Sa’ad, 27, and Mu’azam Sabo, 21, on Friday appeared before a Senior Magistrate Court in Kano for charged with attempted theft of ATM card.

The defendants , who reside at Tudun Maliki Quarters, Kano, denied committing the offences when the two-count charge of trespassing and attempting to steal property were read to them.

The Prosecutor, ASP Muhammad Bakori, told the court that the defendants and one Abba Aliyu, now at large, committed the offences on March 17, on Murtala Muhammad Way, Kano.

He said that the defendants criminally conspired and went to UBA Bank ATM Gallery on Muratala Muhammad Way, Kano, with intention to swap the ATM card of one Umar Ya’ u,.

Bakori said that but in the process, the ATM card got hooked.

“Two ATM cards with different names were found in their possession,” he said.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened sections 97, 342 and 402 of the penal code.

The Senior Magistrate, Mrs Fauziya Sheshe, granted the defendants N200,000 bail each with two sureties each in the like sum.

She said one of the sureties must be biological fathers of the defendants and adjourned the case until Sept. 9 for continuation of hearing.



Lagos NUJ: I won’t suspend legal actions on Pen Jewel Estate if elected — Ajayi



Mr Adeleye Ajayi, Chairmanship Candidate in the forthcoming Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos Council Election, on Friday debunked a rumour that he intended to stop legal actions against those involved in the abortive Mowe/Ofada Pen Jewel Estate.

Ajayi, a Deputy Editor-in- Chief in the News Agency of Nigeria , who decried the rumour and others making the rounds, said elections in a professional body like NUJ should not be a do-or-die affair where contestants would be destroying one another.

The aspirant also said that rumours from his opponent’s camp about his certificate was wrong, saying that he possessed Ordinary National Diploma, Higher National Diploma, and two Master’s degrees.

He said that he was a class representative and class governor at both Ogun State Polytechnic and Lagos State University.

Ajayi said: “Getting to the top should not be a ‘do-or-die’ affair but some people hold onto the belief that they must destroy everybody and everything on their way to achieve success.

“Those in this category should remember that nemesis will catch up with them one day. Therefore, be good to people you meet on your way up because you may also meet them on your way down.

“On the controversial issue of Mowe-Ofada land and the abortive Pen Jewel Estate Project, ordinarily I need not bother re-echoing what I had said during my visits to chapels on campaign but I must put the records straight to correct the erroneous impression being peddled around that I intend to take the land cases out of courts if I win the election by God’s grace.

“Is it possible to withdraw any case out of court without the consent of the Judge and the parties involved? This is indeed a question begging for answers.

“Although the dramatis personae involved in the failed estate project are friends just like other people on this platform but that does not exonerate the two of them from facing the consequences should they be found guilty by a court of law.”

He added that it was unfortunate that the Mowe-Ofada land, which was acquired way back in 2008 and was allocated to about 2,000 subscribers devoid of rancour, had turned to be a campaign gimmick.

According to him, the situation turned sour and became a thorn in the flesh of the allottees some years after, when plans by Primewaterview Holdings Ltd. to assist in building apartments for the 800 journalists’ subscribers hit the rocks.

“Some people just want to call a dog a bad name in order to get it hanged.

“I have always emphasised in every chapel we went on campaign that the incoming executive by God’s grace will adopt a political solution to the land brouhaha.

“We shall endeavour to go beyond Lagos to further dialogue so that the hard-earned dollars and Naira can be refunded, even in installment.

“Permit me to also reiterate that legal actions, EFCC intervention, investigation by the Police Special Fraud Unit will continue pari- passu.

“I therefore, find it incredible that some people will go round, maligning me and distorting my explanation regarding the land issue just to score cheap political points,” Ajayi said.

He urged journalists to take whatever his opponent told them about him concerning the abortive Pen Jewel Estate as a figment of the imagination of the cooks of such story.

Ajayi said that when he was the President of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN), in 2010, he facilitated allocation of 50 plots of land for members of the association.

He regretted that the land had been turned to an `ATM’, by breathing down on innocent and unsuspecting landowners to contribute N60,000 for perimeter fencing; N10,000 for bush clearance etc.

Ajayi added: “I cherish the late Ibrahim Waziri’s political style tagged “Politics without bitterness’’, I have always made this phrase my watchword.

“I enjoin those further fanning the embers of disunity in the Lagos Council of NUJ to have a rethink so that we can go back to the `camaraderie’ of the good old days.

“Our collective concern should be how to build a virile union that will stand the test of time and outlive us and not to destroy a House (NUJ) solidly built by our heroes in the profession, both living and dead.

“May I therefore, appeal that those who indulged in Pull Him Down syndrome, especially during NUJ’s electioneering, that they should note that this is a professional body of gentlemen of the Fourth Estate of the Realm.”

The aspirant, who advised that people should make the campaign more exciting and not take to mudslinging, said campaign for Sept. 29 election should concentrate on issues and focus on how journalists could live a good life now and after retirement.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Peter Ejiofor)
Source: NAN

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‘Ember months’: Zone 2 police command beefs up security



The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Command, Lagos, Ahmed Iliyasu, has assured the public of adequate security around the forest borderlines and highways of Lagos State and Ogun during the ’ember’ months.

Iliyasu, who addressed newsmen at the command headquarters Onikan on Thursday, said that security had been beefed up to curb kidnapping and other related crimes during these months.

He said that the command had devised a complete operational order, which encompassed the zonal operation order and the local operation order to safeguard all critical institutions under its jurisdiction.

“These institutions include our commercial institutions, ATMs, highways such as Lagos-Ibadan expressway and market places, waterways and coastal areas in view of this COVID 19 pandemic.

“Our anti-crime architecture and policing environment is constantly undergoing review in view of patterns, trends and emerging new crimes; therefore, we have put up new architecture to contain any threats.

“Lagos is a city with huge security architecture in place in synergy with other sister services and also Ogun, is a city open for localisation and location of industries,” he said.

According to him, the best strategy toward solving crime and criminality in the society is through community policing engagement.

“Community policing is simply an interaction of the people and the resources of an area, which generates intelligence for the police in solving and checkmating some of the crimes.

“For every operation, there is a time frame in which the investigation will be carried out, having respect for the rule of law and human rights during our operations,” the AIG said.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Yemi Idris-Aduloju
Source: NAN




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Bank employee charged with stealing customers’ N427,000



A 22-year-old bank employee, Tope Olajide, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for stealing two customers’ Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) cards and used them to withdraw  N427,000.

The defendant, whose residential address was not disclosed, is facing trial before Magistrate O. A. Olayinka on a charge of stealing.

Olajide, however, denied committing the offence and was admitted to bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Olayinka said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government (LASG).

The prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in January 2019 at the Abule Egba branch of Stanbic Bank.

He said that the defendant stole two customers’ ATM cards to withdraw money from the bank accounts of two customers.

“The defendant stole N207,000 from Mr Adegboye Olanrewaju and N220,000 from another customer who was only identified as Mr Abass.

“He was exposed by the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera installed within the branch.

“It was based on the discoveries from the CCTV footage that the defendant was handed over to the police.”

Ayorinde said that the offence violated Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the section stipulates three years in jail if the offender is found guilty of stealing.

The magistrate adjourned the case until Nov. 17 for mention.

Edited By: Yakubu Uba/Peter Dada
Source: NAN

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Court sentences domestic staff to 1 imprisonment for stealing jewellery



An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Friday, sentenced a domestic worker,  Toyosi Adeniyi to one year imprisonment for stealing jewellery worth N150, 000 .

Magistrate Mercy Amole-Ajimoti, sentenced Adeniyi, after he pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy, theft and trespass.

Amole-Ajimoti, did not give the convict an option to pay a fine.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Philip Amusan told the court that Adeniyi and others, at large, conspired together to commit the offence.

Amusan said that the convict stole an HP Laptop worth N130,000, children’s clothes valued N20, 000, and five different Automated Teller Machine cards (ATM) on Feb. 19, in  Quarter 476B, Government Residential Area, Agodi, Ibadan.

Amusan said the offence contravened the previsions of Section 383 and punishable under sections 390 (9), 411 (1) and 516 of the Criminal Code of Oyo State 2000

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN


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