An Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court at Iwo Road, on Friday, sentenced a 24-year-old Paul Olaitan to four years in a correctional centre, for burglary and stealing home appliances.
The convict, of unknown address, had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Oladiran, ruled that the convict is sentenced to two years in the correctional centre for count one charge of burglary with no option of fine.
“The convict is hereby sentenced to two years imprisonment at the Agodi Correctional Centre on a two-count charge of stealing plasma television, with no option of fine.
“He is to serve with hard labour, to serve as a deterrent to others,’’ Oladiran said.
The Magistrate, however, said that the convict should serve the term concurrently, meaning that he would spend two years at the custodial centre.
Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the convict had on Aug. 2, by 2.00 p.m. at Ogo-Oluwa Street, Iyana Agbala, Ibadan, broke into the apartment of one Gbenga Ajadi.
“The convict entered into Ajadi’s apartment on a Sunday afternoon.
“Ajadi met the convict in his room after reaching home from Church; so, he raised the alarm.
“The convict tried to jump over the fence, but was chased and caught with the stolen properties by neighbours,’’ said Ogunremi.
He said that the convict stole N85,000 cash from Ajadi’s room, one plasma television valued at N100,000 and a big bag, valued at N10,000.
Ogunremi said that the total sum of the stolen items was N195,000, adding that the offence contravened sections 390 (9) and 411 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II, Law of Oyo State 2000.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)https://nnn.ng/man-24-bags-4-year-jail-term-for-burglary-stealing/
Foundation donates food, other gifts items to widows in Abuja
News Agency of Nigeria reports that at the maiden edition of the foundation’s meeting on Saturday in Abuja, the widows were full of praises to the foundation.
Major items such as rice, spaghetti, indomie, seasoning, vegetable oil, salt, bread, Ankara materials, shoes and cash were distributed to widows.
Mrs Bukola Adewumi, founder of the SASF, said empowering widows was a dream come through for her, adding that her mother was also a widow and knew what she went through during the period, until she passed on.
”This is like a burden to me, my mother was a widow, I knew what she went through, the struggle and I have nursed this ambition from my university days and also given the little I had then,” she said.
Adewumi said she had been giving her widow’s mite before now, but that it was time to establish a foundation that would be readily available to cater for their needs.
She noted that her greatest joy would be to see the widows smile, stressing that it was the essence of establishing the foundation to assist widows.
According to her, SASF will not only be about sharing food items, but would also ensure that the widows are trained on entrepreneurial skills, in other to have a ready source of livelihood.
She explained that the foundation would acquire land and build a widow’s home, in a bid to have projects running there.
”Whatever money we make as proceeds will be plough back to the widows,” she said.
Adewumi said the foundation would have a data base where the names and details of all widows would be saved, for possible support, adding that widows, who register with her foundation, would no longer be a liabilities.
She then called on public spirited Nigerians to contribute to the foundation in the drive to help the widows out of doldrums, adding that their financial support would help cushion their plight.
Mrs Elizabeth Aledare, a resident of Lugbe Airport road, lauded the foundation, adding that the gesture was a divine intervention for her as she and her children had nothing to eat at the moment.
She said that one of her children was billed to return to school come Sept. 21, but that the fear of getting her food had overwhelmed her, until the foundation intervened.
Aladare, 53, from Kogi, who had been a widow for 12 years, said she would remain grateful for the swift intervention by the foundation.
Mrs Chinese Ozor, one of the beneficiaries, a 40 -year-old widow from Enugu, who lost her husband in 2016, commended the organiser, describing the initiative as a timely intervention.
She said such gesture would linger in her memory, while calling for support from Nigerians for the foundation to be able to reach out to other widows.
Mrs Binta Aminu, another beneficiary, 42, from Katsina, who lost her husband in 2018, said the intervention by the foundation was heartwarming.
Aminu said she could not believe her eyes with the items provided by the foundation, while commending the organiser for the kind gesture.
Mary Adeyemi, 23, from Oyo, who lost her husband in 2019, described the gesture as huge and wonderful.
The young widow urged other public spirited Nigerians to join hands with SASF to reduce the burden of widows in the country.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide
The Smile Attaracts Smile Foundation (SASF) distributing food items on Saturday in Abujahttps://nnn.ng/foundation-donates-food-other-gifts-items-to-widows-in-abuja/
Ibadan Poly sacks lecturer over alleged sexual misconduct
The management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI) has terminated the appointment of its lecturer, Kelani Omotosho, over alleged sexual misconduct with a former student.
This is contained in a statement signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mrs Modupe Fawale in Ibadan on Saturday.
The management said the lecturer, from the department of Urban and Regional Planning, was sacked for allegedly embarrassing and tarnishing the image of the institution.
In the termination letter dated Sept 15, 2020 and signed by the registrar, it read: “you will recall that you were engaged in an inappropriate behaviour and poorly managed relationship with your former student.
“This act embarrassed and tarnished the image of your employer, The Polytechnic Ibadan.
“You will also recall your responses and appearance before the Investigative Panel and Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee that looked into the above matter.
“After a careful consideration of the above issue, the Governing Council found you guilty as your actions and activities amount to misconduct.
“The Governing Council therefore approved the immediate termination of your appointment with effect from Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.
“You are to hand over all property of the institution in your possession to your head of department.”
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/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
Edo election: Group lauds committee over peace accord
Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA), has commended Rtd. Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar-led Peace Committee for making political parties and their candidates in the Saturday Edo election to sign a peace accord.
The organisation also thanked the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, for calling the political parties and their candidates to order.
The group’s Executive Director, Ms Faith Nwadishi, made the commendation in a pre-election statement in Abuja on Friday.
Nwadishi said that the advice by the Oba for a peaceful election should be a reference point in Nigeria’s election history.
She called for deployment of more health personnel to polling areas to guide people on the election day.
“Strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol is imperative while Personal Protective Equipment at the polling areas are mandatory and should be enforced.
“The INEC’s directives on special treatment for nursing mothers, pregnant women and the elderly should be adhered to by ad hoc staff on the field,” she said.
Nwadishi said her organisation had deployed observers across the state to cover the elections “and we shall be sharing reports with the media and on our social media handles as they come in.
“CTA calls on all eligible and registered citizens to come out and vote for candidates of their choice as it is their right to do so. Your vote is your power and must count,” she added.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu