)An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday ordered the remand of a teenager, Biodun Ademoye, who admitted assaulting a policeman on duty.
Magistrate B. O. Osunsanmi ordered that Ademoye , 18, should be kept at the Kirikiri Correctional Facility, Lagos, along with Abiodun Omotosho, 27, charged along with Ademoye.
Omotosho also pleaded guilty to the four-count charge.
Osunsanmi adjourned the case until Nov. 29 for review of the facts and sentencing.
The defendants, who have no fixed address, were arraigned for alleged conspiracy, assault, extortion and breach of the peace.
The Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, said that the defendants unlawfully hit the complainant, Insp. Hosea Guruti, with an unknown object on the head.
He added that the defendants conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace by extorting money and harassing passers-by on Bolade Street in Oshodi, Lagos.
Ayorinde told the court that the defendants committed the offences in conspiracy with others still at large, on Nov. 14, at 10.30p. m.
“The complainant tried to prevent the defendants from the illegal activities when they suddenly injured him on the head with an unknown object.
“The defendants were arrested while their accomplices ran away,” the prosecutor submitted.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the alleged offences violate Sections 168, 173, 174 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (revised).
Edited & Vetted By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ijeoma Popoola
Buhari felicitates with Haruna at 80
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with retired military officer and former Federal Commissioner for Information, Maj.- Gen. I.B.M Haruna as he clocks 80 years on Saturday.
Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman in a statement said Buhari’s congratulatory message was conveyed via a letter addressed to the retired military officer.
In the letter personally signed by the President to the former General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Kaduna, titled “AN OFFICER AND GENTLEMAN TURNS 80’’, the President said: “I am delighted to felicitate with you on the occasion of your 80th birthday.
“Yours is a life that has impacted our country in diverse ways, and you deserve all the accolades that can come your way as you attain this landmark age.
“From one of the pioneer intakes in the Boys Company (later Nigeria Military School) in 1954, to Regular Officers’ Special Training School, Teshi, Ghana, and then to Mons Officers’ Cadet School, Aldershot, England (1959), you were prepared for service all the way.
“You contributed in no mean way in the war of peace to keep Nigeria one, and thereafter, served as Quarter Master General, Nigerian Army, and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Kaduna, among others.
“Under your tenure as Federal Commissioner for Information (1975-1977), the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and News Agency of Nigeria were established.
“Also indelibly imprinted in our history were your roles as Chairman, Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77), Chairman, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Chairman, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum, and many others.
“Your people know your worth, and they gave you the title Walin Garkida, and you continue to serve them faithfully.
“As you turn 80, I wish you good health, strength and sound mind.”
Edited By: Ese E. Ekama (NAN)https://nnn.ng/buhari-felicitates-with-haruna-at-80/
United States court allows publication of John Bolton’s book, in blow to Trump
A United States court on Saturday ruled that the publication of a tell-all book by former national security adviser John Bolton can move forward, denying an attempt by President Donald Trump’s administration to prevent its release.
In his decision Judge Royce Lamberth said that the government failed to prove “irreparable harm” by halting the book’s publication, since much of its contents have already been disclosed through media reports.
“With hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe – many in newsrooms – the damage is done,” Lamberth said in his decision. “There is no restoring the status quo.”
But Lamberth also slammed Bolton saying he “gambled with the national security of the United States” and has exposed himself to possible forfeiture of profits and criminal liability in future court proceedings for failing to fully comply with the government’s classified information review.
The book, titled “The Room Where It Happend,” is scheduled to be released this Tuesday. It depicts Trump’s foreign policy as feckless and driven by personal interest.
Bolton says Trump asked his Chinese counterpart to purchase United States agricultural products to help his re-election bid.
He also told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he could intervene in a law enforcement probe to aid a Turkish bank, according to experts published in media reports.
The court’s decision will likely ensure a wider readership of the bombshell book, which comes roughly four months before the US presidential election.
Trump called the decision a “BIG COURT WIN against Bolton” despite losing the injunction request and referred to Bolton as a warmonger who “likes dropping bombs on people, and killing them.”
“Bolton broke the law and has been called out and rebuked for so doing, with a really big price to pay,” Trump said. “Now he will have bombs dropped on him!”
Lamberth said Bolton’s allegation that the White House classification review process was politically motivated did not hold up and he should have allowed more time for review of his 500-page manuscript.
“Many Americans are unable to renew their passports within four months, but Bolton complains that reviewing hundreds of pages of a National Security Advisor’s tell-all deserves a swifter timetable,” Lamberth said.
In his conclusion, Judge Royce Lamberth wrote that Bolton had also “exposed his country to harm and himself to civil [and potentially criminal] liability.”
Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)https://nnn.ng/united-states-court-allows-publication-of-john-boltons-book-in-blow-to-trump/
Court sentences businessman to 5 years imprisonment for forgery, cheating
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Gwagwalada, FCT, on Tuesday sentenced a businessman, Eze Solomon, to five years imprisonment for forgery and cheating.
Chief Magistrate, Baba Shani, sentenced Solomon to three years for forgery and two years for cheating, without an option of fine.
Shani also ordered the convict to pay N3 million as compensation to a businesswoman, Ms Julkart Dangin.
He said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to the convict and others from committing such crime in future.
” The convict also misled the court by lying about being ill and forging a fake hospital report to that effect which during investigations revealed was not true,” he said.
Shani said that the prosecution counsel, Emeka Ihekoronye, has proved his case beyond reasonable doubt.
Ihekoronye told the court that Solomon forged documents of two shops located in Wuse market and had been collecting rent from 2005 to 2011.
He said that the shops originally belonged to Dangin, who thought that the said shops have been revoked by the Federal Capital Territory Administration all this while.
He said Solomon deceived the occupants of the said shops with forged documents claiming to be the caretaker of the said property and has so far collected N6 million from them as rent.
The prosecution counsel said that the occupants of the shops, Mr Ikechuchwu Ebowusi and Leonard Ogoli, reported the matter to the police when their shops were sealed by the FCT Administration for not paying ground rate.
He said that when the occupants approached Solomon on why the rate was not paid, he promised to pay but never did.
The prosecution counsel said police investigations revealed that the convict was never the caretaker or given custody of the shops by the owner.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 320 and 364 of the Penal Code.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)https://nnn.ng/court-sentences-businessman-to-5-years-imprisonment-for-forgery-cheating/
Alleged fraud: Court admits taxi driver to N2m bail
Justice Peter Kekemeke of an FCT High Court Nyanya on Tuesday admitted a taxi driver, Paschal Chijioke, who allegedly swindled a businesswoman too bail in the sum of N2 million.
The police charged Chijioke with two counts bordering on armed robbery.
The police alleged that the defendant, with others who are at large, on Sept. 2, 2019 in Karu , FCT while armed with dangerous weapons robbed Ms Christiana Ogundipe N200, 000.
The police also alleged that the defendant stole a techno cell phone value at N45,000.
The offence, the police said, contravened the provisions of sections 6 (b) of Robbery and firearms special provision Act, Laws of the Federation.
Kekemeke admitted the defendant to bail following an application for bail moved by defence counsel, Mr J.A. Mustapha.
The prosecution counsel Mr Chukwuemeka Ugwuanya did not object to the bail application.
“I have taken a careful notice of the complaint of the complainant, the evidence is not such that can warrant the refusal of his bail.
” The weight of the evidence seems light, the defendant is deemed Innocent until proven guilty, in the circumstance of this case I shall exercise my discretion in favour of the defendant.
” The defendant is hereby granted bail in sum of N2 million and two sureties in like sum, one who must be owner of certificate of occupancy within Abuja ” he ordered.
He then adjourned the matter until Sept. 28 for trial.
Earlier, when the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty but the judge admonished him to tell the court the truth.
” The court is not the place to lie, it will not help you, did you do these things? the judge asked .
The defendant then told the court that on that faithful day ‘we took the victim to Mararaba , we were three in number’
“One of us claimed to be a foreigner who brought goods like iPhones and gold necklaces for sale.
“He said he doesn’t have Nigerian currency, so we then agreed that we are going to help him get Nigerian money.
“We then went to where we can do that ,on getting there we told him that we have a film, It is the film that we will wash in a chemical and it will turn to money” he said.
He told the court that when that was done, it turned to money and they asked how they can get the chemical.
He added that they were directed to a laboratory scientist.
” We all were able to contribute certain amount, after the process, and the victim promised to contribute N200, 000 which she did after four days.
The Judge said , “now that you have said the truth, it will go a long way to help you.” (NAN)
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)