One Adeoye Wasiu, 18, was arraigned in an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Tuesday for allegedly smoking Indian hemp publicly.
The Prosecutor, Insp Emmanuel Abdullahi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on August 3, around 08:00 a.m., at Ile-Ife.
Abdullahi said that the defendant conspired with others now at large to commit felony to wit: conduct likely.
He added that the defendant conducted himself in a manner that might cause a great breakdown of law and order in Ile-Ife and its environs.
According to him, the defendant publicly engaged himself in the smoking of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp in those areas.
The prosecutor stated further that the defendant was unlawfully in possession of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, which he could not give satisfactory account of how he got it.
Abdullahi said that the offence contravened Sections 249(d), 430 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The defendant with no fixed address, however, pleaded not guilty to three-count charge of conspiracy, smoking and possession of Indian hemp.
The Defence Counsel, Mrs Comfort Eyiolawi, pleaded for the bail of the defendant in most Liberal term, promised that her client would not jump bail, but would produce substantial sureties.
Magistrate A.A. Ayeni granted the bail of the defendant in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.
Ayeni added that the surety must swear to affidavit of means, resides within the court jurisdiction, produce a blood relation as well as three recent passport photographs each.
He adjourned the case until Aug 13, for mention.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Adewopo congratulates Obaseki on re-election, seeks stability, prosperity for Edo
The convener of the Ayombo Movement for Good Governance, MrAyoade Adewopo, has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election by the Edo people.
Adewopo, who was a 2018 Osun State gubernatorial aspirant underthe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the commendation in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria , in Abuja on Sunday.
Adewopo in the statement signed by himself said:
“I write to extend warm congratulations on your well deserved re-election for a renewed four-year term as Governor of Edo State.
“This election was one of the most competitive in our country’s history.
“However, once again, the people of Edo have demonstrated their commitment to democracy by voting in a largely peaceful process.”
“I am confident that under your renewed leadership, Edo’s leading role in advancing the values and principles of democracy will continue to be strengthened.
“It is my sincere wish that Edo, under your leadership, will maintain political stability and integration, and achieve economic prosperity just like other states governed by PDP Governors.”
“Please accept my very best wishes for a successful tenure of office and my personal regards.”
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
NAWOJ National Election: Akingbehin launches campaign Oct. 2
Senior Editor Ayaba Omobolanle Akingbehin, who is contesting the Vice President’s seat, Zone B, of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), is to launch her campaign on Friday, Oct. 2.
The NAWOJ election is to hold on Nov. 11, in Minna, Niger State.
A statement by Akingbehin-For-VP Campaign Council, announced on Sunday in Lagos that Mrs Abosede Adelaja, the Assistant Secretary, NAWOJ, Lagos State chapter, is the Campaign Coordinator for Lagos.
It said that Modupeola Sobukonla, Chairperson, Ogun NAWOJ, would coordinate other states in the zone that comprises of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti.
It said that the candidate’s vision was to ensure that NAWOJ South-West, B-Zone, remained an indivisible entity while focusing on training and retraining of the female journalists in the zone.
“l will focus more on developmental programmes and trainings.
“When elected, l will ensure that NAWOJ South-West, B Zone, stands on truth and fairness,” the statement quoted Akingehin as saying.
She appealed to other contestants across the country to make their campaigns issue-based and avoid attack on personalities.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan and Ephraims Sheyin
NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.
“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.
“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.
The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.
“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.
The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.
“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.
“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.
“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
COVID-19: NCDC announces 221 new cases, total infections rise to 56,956
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday.
According to it, the new cases are confirmed from 18 states in the country.
The new infections brought the total number of confirmed cases to 56,956 in Nigeria.
The public health agency said that Lagos had 59, the highest number of cases, followed by Abia with 46 cases and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 22.
Among others were; Rivers, 11, Bauchi, 7, Benue, Ekiti and Imo, 6 each, Kaduna, Kwara and Ondo, 4 each, Ogun and Osun, 3 each, Bayelsa, Edo and Kano, 1 each.
According to it, those discharged on Friday include 100 community recoveries managed in Oyo State in line with new case management guidelines.
The health agency sadly recorded one more death, which brought the national death toll to 1,094.
It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
It cautioned that the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 was higher when people did not wear face mask in public places.
“Wear your face mask properly at all times. Adhere to all non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19,” it urged Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as the people of Edo State prepared to vote their preferred candidates at the governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19, NCDC urged all to observe the COVID-19 guidelines recently released.
It noted that relevant stakeholders must take actions that would reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the election.
“Ensure there is hand hygiene and temperature checks at the campaign ground, polling stations; providing additional polling stations or booths to ensure physical distancing, with clearly marked floors to enforce spacing on queues.
”Mandating the use of face mask for everyone, regular cleaning of polling stations, tables and other surfaces highly essential because those are the areas that are easy to contract the virus.
”Multiply hand-washing points or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, while staff at the polling units should practice hand hygiene frequently,.”
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu