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Bricklayer risks one year jail term for allegedly punching neighbour’s mouth

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A 29-year-old bricklayer, Yomi Adeniyi, is risking one year jail term for allegedly assaulting his neighbour, contrary to Section 172 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.


The police on Friday brought  Adeniyi,  a resident of Oworonshoki, before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court on a count charge of assault.

He allegedly punched the mouth of his  neighbour, Mr Taiwo Okeowo, at 8.30p.m. on Dec. 6, at No. 39, Adebanwo St., Oworonshoki, Lagos.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant punched   Okeowo after accusing him of slander.

According to her, the assault caused Okeowo to be hospitalised.

The prosecutor said that the alleged offence contravened  Section 172 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 172 provides for one year imprisonment for  assault.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oghere, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She directed that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, be gainfully employed and  have  evidence of three years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government.

Oghere adjourned the case until Jan. 7, 2020, for mention.

Edited by: Abdullahi Mohammed/Ijeoma Popoola

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Lawmaker distributes 20,000 cocoa seedlings to Osun farmers

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Mr Tunde Olatunji, the Chief Whip of Osun House of Assembly, on Thursday distributed 20,000 free hybrid cocoa seedlings to farmers in his Ife-North state constituency.


Olatunji, a member of All Progressives Congress (APC), while distributing the seedlings in Ipetumodu, said the programme, tagged “Ife-North Cocoa Revolution”, was aimed at empowering his constituents economically.

The lawmaker, who noted that cocoa had been the major source of income for people of Ife-North for decades, said the seedlings distribution would help in reviving cocoa plantation in the area.

He said: “In Ife-North, we have both competitive and comparative advantage in agriculture.

“Specifically, cocoa has been the major income earner for us and as a fact, 80 to 90 per cent homes in Ife-North were built with cocoa proceeds.

“There is no house in Ife-North that do not have history of cocoa farming. Cocoa has produced many graduates more than any other vocation in the constituency.

“So, what I am doing today is not to introduce cocoa farming to the people but rather to revive cocoa plantation in the constituent toward eradicating poverty and unemployment”.

Olatunji said his focus in the next four years was to inject 100,00 cocoa trees to the existing ones in replacing the old ones.

He said that such initiative was a sustainable economic empowerment that would assist in reviving cocoa foundational farming for the people.

In his remarks, Mr Adedayo Adewole, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, said that the lawmaker’s effort would go along way to assist government in its cocoa farming revitalisation programme.

Adewole, who commended the lawmaker for his initiative, said government was working towards making the state the hub of cocoa plantation in South-West.

Mr Taiwo Okeowo, Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), in Ife-North, who spoke on behalf of other farmers commended the lawmaker for the initiative.

Okeowo said the seedlings would go a long way to boost cocoa farming in the constituency.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Wale Ojetimi
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Bus conductor docked for allegedly stealing 2 cellphones

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A 22-year-old bus conductor, Adefabi Agbolahan on Thursday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court  in Lagos for allegedly stealing two phones worth N36,000.

Agbolahan is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, burglary and stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with some other persons still at large on Feb. 17, at 2 a.m. at No. 16, Lateef Fagbemi St., Bariga, Lagos.

Olaluwoye alleged that the defendant used a razor blade to cut the net of the apartment and broke into the house of the Complainant, Mr Adepoju Gafari and stole his phones.

She said that the Android phone was valued N30,000 and the second one a Tecno phone was valued N6,000.

Olaluwoye said that a neighbour saw them and raised the alarm, saying that the defendant was 

apprehended with one of the phones, while the others escaped.

The offences contravene Section 411, 287 and 306 (1) and (2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 (Revised).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 stipulates a three-year jail term for stealing, while Section 307 prescribes life imprisonment for burglary at night and Section 411 provides two years for conspiracy.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oghere,

granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Oghere said that the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of three years tax payments to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until June 2 for mention.

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Mechanic docked for allegedly assaulting man with machete

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A 21-year-old mechanic, Muyideen Toyeeb, on Tuesday appeared before a Yaba Chief  Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly assaulting a man with a machete.


Toyeeb, who resides in Iwaya area of Lagos, is facing a charge of assault occasioning harm, to which he 

pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 31 at 7p.m.

at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.

Olaluwoye said the defendant accosted the complainant, Mr Moses Mokoluwa, and threatened to kill him if he did not surrender his phone.

She said that the complainant  called for help and the defendant struck him on the

head and left hand with a machete before fleeing.

Olaluwoye said the complainant was  rushed to a hospital, while the defendant was apprehended and handed over to the police.

She said the offence contravened Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised)

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 173 stipulates a three-year jail term for assault occasioning harm.

The Magistrate, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oghere, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Oghre said that both sureties must be gainfully employed and  have evidence of three years’ tax payments to the Lagos State Government.

She  adjourned the case until June 23 for mention.

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Musician docked over alleged membership of unlawful society, breach of peace

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A 24-year-old musician, Chimaobi Elele, on Thursday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for alleged membership of an unlawful society and breach of the peace.


Elele is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, breach of peace and belonging to an unlawful society.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with some others still at large at 5.43p.m. on Dec. 24, 2019, at Ajegunle-Apapa area of Lagos.

Olaluwoye said that the defendant  belonged to a cult known as “Aiye”.

She said the defendant and his accomplices were fighting and breaking bottles; disturbing the peace of the neighborhood and chasing some church members holding a crusade.

Olaluwoye said that a church member called the police and the defendant was apprehended, while the others escaped.

She said the offences contravened Sections 411, 42 (a) and 168 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 42 (a) stipulates three years jail term for belonging to unlawful society, while 168(d) prescribes three months for breach of the peace.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oghere, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Oghere said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

She said that the sureties should be gainfully employed, with evidence of three years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government.

Oghere adjourned the case until April 17 for mention.

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