A 28 year-old mechanic, Amos Raphael on Friday appeared before an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State for allegedly stealing a motorcycle worth N170,000.
Raphael, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with one other still at large, on July 2, at 7.30 p.m., along Okitipupa-Erinje Road in Okitipupa.
Orogbemi said that the defendant stole a blue Qlink motorcycle with registration number Ondo KTP 341 JA, engine number DRJ34942, from where it was parked, property of Mr Kingsley Agboje.
The Prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 516 and 390(9) of the Criminal Law of Ondo State, 2006.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Musa Al-Yunu, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Al-Yunu said that the surety should show evidence of one year tax payment to Ondo State Government.
He said that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
Al-Yunu adjourned the case until Aug. 24 for mention.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
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
Visa Ban: FG says sanctioning electoral offenders disrespectful to Nigeria’s sovereignty
The Nigerian government has said it considers it disrespectful to the Sovereignty of the country for any outside country to apply punitive measures such as visas restriction on its citizens.
The Nigerian government made this known in a statement issued by Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that this comes as a response to the recent announcement of the United States and the United Kingdom to impose visa restrictions on those who undermine electoral processes.
The Nigerian Government said it was committed to providing all necessary logistic, financial and security support to the electoral process.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to state that the Nigerian government has taken note of the concerns of some of our partners, especially the United States and UK governments regarding the elections in Edo and Ondo States.
“They have also expressed their intentions to take punitive measures against those who decide to, in what they termed as, undermine democracy.
“It is important to highlight that the responsibility for the conduct of elections in Nigeria solely resides with the Independent National Electoral Commission and State Independent Electoral Commissions.
“The Federal Government, and especially the President, is committed to providing all necessary logistic, financial and security support to the electoral process.
“The President has continually urged all parties and contestants to peacefully conduct themselves before, during and after the elections, and supported patriotic non-governmental initiatives such as the Abdusalami Abubakar-led Peace Committee.
“Furthermore, it should be noted that there are ample provisions in our laws to sanction violators and perpetrators of electoral violence and fraud.
“It would be considered disrespectful of the sovereignty of Nigeria for any outside authority to sit in judgment over the conduct of our citizens and apply punitive measures such as visa restriction, unilaterally.
“While we appreciate the support and encouragement of our international partners such as the EU, we urge our equally valued partners such as the UK and United States to cooperate with our relevant agencies,” the government said.
The government called on the partners to support security agencies by providing them whatever concrete evidence of observed misconduct to allow our laws and regulations to take their course.
The Nigerian government also expressed solidarity with the government and people of the United States as regards their forthcoming election, which it hoped would be free from interference and violence.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Ondo 2020: Jedege advises citizens to reject violent politicians with votes
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate in Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, has appealed to his teeming supporters across the state not to allow unprovoked attacks from the ruling party to deter them from coming out to vote on Oct. 10.
Jedege disclosed this on Friday in Oba-Akoko in Akoko South-West Local Government area.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that PDP had earlier visited Oba-Akoko on wednesday, Sept. 16, on its campaign tour before it was disrupted by hoodlums in the Oba community.
The party flagbearer said the team returned to the community amidst a tumultuous crowd and advised residents in the community to disregard violence politicians and vote for his party in the Oct. 10 governorship election in the state.
“They have already heard the result of the election through mass rejection and they think the only straw they can hang on to is to unleash violence on the people.
“But don’t be dismayed and don’t let them put you at home on election day. Come out and vote and reject them with your votes,” jegede said.
Jegede also assured people of the area that if voted in as governor, the exorbitant tuition fees introduced in Ondo higher institutions would be cancelled, as education is the heritage of Ondo State.
He also promised to open up rural communities through road infrastructure and provision of farm inputs to boost farm produce.
Faboyede said the party would not be deterred, realising how the people were determined for a change of government.
Also Speaking, an octogenarian community leader in Oba-Akoko, Chief Ezekiel Adeniyi, deplored how some politicians had often turned the town to a battle ground “each time there is election”.
“They feel that the best way to win our heart is to intimidate us, but we are not fools; we know where we are going,” he said.
He, however, commended Jegede’s maturity and show of affection for the masses, assuring that the community had resolved “to do the needful”.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Ondo 2020: Speaker receives SDP, ADC Councillorship candidates in Ifedore
The candidates thereafter endorsed the re-election of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu.
The politicians, who were from different political parties, according to Oleyelogun, would boost the re-election bid of Gov. Akeredolu in ifedore local government area.
The speaker said that the governor’s rural and urban renewal projects, coupled with infrastructural development across the 18 council areas had greatly earned him much support from various political angles.
According to him, `to put all sentiment apart, Mr Governor has transformed the state for good within the short period of his first term in office.
He said that by his survey, no governor had been able to meet his standards since the creation of the state.
“Akeredolu is a grassroots politician who is at home with both the young and the old, men and women across the three senatorial districts of the state,” he said
The speaker received the new members and handed them over to the governor at the government house, Akure.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new members include: Gbadamosi Yakubu of Social Democractic Party (SDP) in Ilara Ward 2; Tope Adu of SDP in Ijare Ward 2; and Ojo Busola of Action Democractic Congress (ADC) in Igbara-Oke Ward 1.
Yakubu who spoke on behalf of the new members said the transformation agenda of Akeredolu was enough to earn him a second term in office.
He added that the governor’s efforts at transforming the state could not be underestimated.
He promised to mobilise his supporters to work assiduously for the re-election of Gov. Akeredolu for a second term in office.
“Our coming to APC is not as a result of financial inducement, rather we are driven by our conviction that you will perform,” he said.
Edited /Donald Ugwuhttps://nnn.ng/ondo-2020-speaker-receives-sdp-adc-councillorship-candidates-in-ifedore/