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Woman tells husband: to return her virginity, good health as condition for divorce

A 28-year-old woman, Toriola Suliat, on Wednesday told her husband, Toriola Lateef, that she would only consent to his request for the dissolution of their marriage if he returns her virginity and good health, as she was two years ago before the union.

Suliat stated her conditions before an Iseyin Grade C Customary Court, where the husband had gone seeking for the dissolution of the marriage over “frequent public embarrassment.”

He told the court that Suliat was in the habit of harassing him at his work place and social functions attended by his friends and relatives.

The husband said he had to move out of their matrimonial home due to the unbearable development.

Responding, Suliat said she was charmed by Toriola before she agreed to marry him.

“Ideally, I will not marry this type of human being, if not for the charm he used on me.

“I was looking for charm to help my business grow and he told me that he will need to get some hairs from my private part and also make love to me, that was how I found myself married to him.

“When I got to his house, my business boomed and he also made a lot of money too and we got it renewed twice but now my health is deteriorating and he now moved out of the house.

“He must look for a way to return my virginity and my health, before he can say he wants to leave me.”

Ruling on the matter, the President of the Court, Chief Raheem Adelodun, said the case would be put on hold until the health condition of Suliat improves.

He ordered the families of the estranged couple to seek urgent medical help for Suliat and update the court every 15 days

Businessman lands in court for posting offensive ‘things’ about woman on Facebook

Men of the Nigerian Police, Zone 2 , Onikan, Lagos, on Wednesday, arraigned a 40-year-old Lagos businessman, Mr Ibrahim Arowolo, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly committing an offence under the Cybercrimes Act.

The accused, Ibrahim, was arraigned before the court presided over by Justice (Professor) Chuka Austin Obizor, on a three count-charge bordering on the offence.

The police alleged that the accused had on September 1, 2018 at about 09.32 am at Lagos, knowingly and intentionally posted on his internet Facebook wall page medium to the general public that have access to his Facebook, messages and pictures of one Felicia Ayeni, wherein he portrayed her as a suspect, prisoner, criminal, fraudulent person, thief, 419 among others.

The police claimed that the accused knew the information he posted to be false as he did this for the purpose of causing the said Felicia annoyance, inconveniences, insult , injury, intimidation, hatred, ridicule among others.

The offence, according to the prosecutor, Mr. Justine Enang, is contrary to and punishable under Section 24 (1) (a) and (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act , 2015.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following the defendant’s not-guilty plea, the prosecutor, Mr. Ennang asked for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending his trial.

But counsel to the defendant, Mr K.S Lawal told the court that he had filed a motion for the defendant’s bail and that the prosecutor has been served.

The prosecutor, while admitting being served with the motion, told the court that he was not opposing the motion for bail.

After moving the bail application, justice Chuka Obiozor granted the accused bail in the sum of N1 million with one surety.

The judge also ruled that the surety must be a landed property owner in Lagos State with evidence of same, produce evidence of payment of three years tax to the Lagos State government while all documents submitted must be verified by the court’s Deputy Registrar.

Justice Obiozor further ruled that the surety must submit two recent passport photographs of himself to the court registrar while the defendant should remain in Ikoyi prison pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

According to the three count charge, Ibrahim Arowolo was alleged to have on September 1, 2018 at about 0932 hours , at Lagos knowingly and intentionally posted on his internet Facebook wall page medium to the general public that have access to his Facebook, messages and pictures of one Felicia Ayeni wherein he portrays her as a suspect, prisoner, criminal, fraudulent person, thief 419 among others an information he Arowolo knew to be false, and did this for the purpose of causing her annoyance, inconveniences, insult , injury , intimidation, hatred, ridicule among others.

The offence committed according to the charge filed by Me J I Ennang, is contrary to and punishable under Section 24 (1) (a) and (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act , 2015.

The defendant was also alleged to have on the same date and place did conduct himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by posting the pictures of Felicia Ayeni on his Facebook internet medium, wherein he portrays her as a suspect, prisoner , criminal, fraudulent,419, thief among others, an information he knew to be false and which is capable of causing her anger and annoyance and breach of peace, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249 (d)of the Criminal Code, Cap C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.,2006.

Lekki hotel rape: Lagos will continue prosecution of two varsity dropouts

The Lagos State Government has said that in spite of a letter of withdrawal by the complainant in a rape case, it was determined to bring the two defendants to justice.

The defendants are Don-Chima, 25, and Rasak, 28, both dropouts from Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo in Ogun State.

The duo are facing trial before an Ikeja High Court for allegedly drugging and raping a 24-year-old woman at a hotel in Lekki Phase One, Lekki, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that during previous court proceedings on June 13, the complainant via a letter of withdrawal, dated June 3, informed the court that she wanted the criminal case against the defendants withdrawn.

She said the reason for her intention to withdraw the case was due to “intervention of family members and for the sake of my integrity”.

However, at the start of proceedings on Tuesday, Mr Akin George, a Deputy-Director in the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, informed the court that Lagos State would continue the prosecution of the defendants.

“At the last adjourned date, my lord said that the state should get feedback from the Ministry of Justice on how to proceed with this case.

“The instruction from the Solicitor-General and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice is that we should go ahead with the prosecution.

“The witness is already in the box and she should continue with her evidence,” he said.

Following George’s submission, Justice Abiola Soladoye informed the court that she had received an affidavit from the complainant and her two friends, stating that they did not want to testify in the trial.

“Notwithstanding the receipt of the affidavit, the case before the court is between the state, the victim and the defendant.

“The court will proceed with the case,” she said.

Following Soladoye’s pronouncement, the complainant was invited to the witness box to continue being cross-examined by Mr Tunji Ayanlaja, the counsel to the defendants.

Under cross-examination, the complainant denied that she, her father and her two friends demanded N50 million from the defendants’ parents to withdraw her allegations of rape.

She denied wanting to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, regarding the alleged N50 million.

She also denied making false allegations against the defendants when payments for the alleged N50 million were not met.

Recalling the events of the morning of the day she was allegedly raped by the defendants, she said, “I had half a medium sized glass of Hennessey and Coca-cola.

“I had a clear head to take care of Foluso, my friend, who was drunk.

“It was surprising that I slept thereafter as I knew I was not going to sleep because I had slept earlier during the day.

“Like I said during the last court proceeding, I went upstairs to take my friend Foluso from the reception to Chima’s room upstairs,” she said.

Recalling when her friends confronted the defendants at the De-Lankaster Hotel over the rape allegation, the complainant denied seeing her friends beat up Don-Chima and Rasak.

She said that before the confrontation, she did not report the alleged rape at the reception because when leaving the hotel after she woke up from her induced sleep, there was no staff at the reception.

“I know the gravity of my allegations. On February 3, it was reported to the Maroko Police Station and on February 5 it was transferred to the Gender Unit of the Nigeria Police Command.

“There was police personnel who was with us at the police station and there were several cars driven to the hotel.

“The police were not in the car with me. I’m aware there are charges in court against my friends for allegedly beating up the defendants,” she said.

Following the completion of her evidence, the court proposed adjourning the trial to October.

Upon hearing this, Ayanlaja, Counsel to Don-Chima and Rasak sought their bail, noting that there were new circumstances to warrant them being bailed by the court.

“My lord, I respectfully submit that these are young people and I respectfully submit that the long adjournment should be a new circumstance that would weigh on the mind of the court as to the need to grant bail.

“It is the discretionary power of the court to either grant or withhold bail.

“The only condition is that your lordship will be satisfied that they will be available in court to hear the case against them.

“They are first offenders. It is the power of the court to reform and accused persons should not be put in a place they will become hardened criminals,” he said.

George, however, vehemently opposed Ayanlaja’s application.

“With heavy sense of duty and respect to the SAN and this honourable court, the state submits that this application after the close of the witness’ testimony is an abuse of court process.

“This court is functus officio (given a decision that cannot be re-examined) in regards to the application for bail. The next bus stop available to canvas this kind of argument is a superior court.

“My lord, application for bail is by a written application and a court cannot sit upon an appeal against its own ruling.
“A plethora of decisions consider such a move as judicial rascality.

“We are ready to proceed expeditiously in this case. I urge the application for bail to be trashed,” George argued.

Soladoye in a short ruling, refused Ayanlaja’s request to consider granting the defendants bail.

“I have carefully listened to both the defence and prosecution counsel.

“A ruling denying the defendants bail was delivered on April 29.
“This can never be reversed by this court.

“There are no new grounds or circumstances in this case.

“This case is adjourned to October 9 for the continuation of trial,” she said.


Mother leaves her three kids in car and commits suicide by jumping off bridge

A mother stopped her car on a bridge, with her three children inside, then walked to the railing and jumped off the bridge to her death.

Stanlee Allyn Holbrook, 26, a Pennsylvania woman, jumped to her death off of the Homestead Grays Bridge around 7:20 p.m. on Friday. Authorities said her body was recovered around 9:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh Public Safety spokesman, Chris Togneri said in a statement that emergency responders were called after multiple witnesses reported seeing a woman standing on the outer bridge railing.

“The woman stopped her vehicle in traffic on the bridge and went to the railing. Police discovered three children, between the ages of 1 and 9, still in the vehicle.”

Initial reports stated that they were unsure if the children belonged to Holbrook. But her friends have confirmed on social media that the children were hers.

The children were taken to a hospital for evaluation and will be turned over to the Allegheny County Children, Youth, and Family Services.

Last October, Holbrook took to Facebook to post about her children and how she will always love them.

She wrote at the time:

My kids are the realest ones on my team the love they give me is unconditional im blessed ik it gets hard but I signed up for this job no matter the highs or lows im always give them my all BCus my creator gave me each day to value them an share the moments best feeling hearing momma I love u.

Herdsman beheads wife in Ekiti

The police in Ekiti have confirmed the alleged beheading of a lady in Ilasa Ekiti, Ekiti East Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday, by a herdsman believed to be the deceased’s husband.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Caleb Ikechukwu who confirmed the killing, said the suspect had been arrested while investigations into the incident had commenced.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that tragedy struck as the young herdsman (name withheld) allegedly cut off the head of the lady at a stream side in Ilasa Ekiti.

The victim, who is also of the same ethnic group with the suspected assailant, was allegedly attacked beside the stream where she had gone to fetch water with her younger sister.

The young man was said to have ambushed her and brought down her head while she bent to collect some water from the stream, and took to his heals immediately.

He was arrested following the information provided by the younger sister of the deceased who witnessed the incident.

The victim was said to have been betrothed to the herdsman while she was a teenager, in line with their customs and tradition.

NAN further gathered that trouble started last month when the suspect requested the lady to spend the Eld-el-Fitr holiday with him, but the family of the deceased failed to release her.

The lady was said to have observed that the suspect was a drunkard and drug addict and had avoided him for necessary marriage arrangements.

The suspect, NAN gathered, was angered, having assumed that the family of the deceased had breached the marriage contract.

Some relatives of the deceased who did not want their names mentioned expressed sadness over the incident.

The traditional rulers of the community, Oba Ajayi Omolagba, condemned the incident and said that the community had been in shock since the strange occurrence.

The Alasa of Ilasa said that the town had summoned the two families as well as their landlords to a meeting where resolutions were reached on how to forestall future occurrence.

Oba Omolagba noted that the community would also make necessary appeasement to God as such incident was strange and a taboo in the land.

Woman bites off tongue of would-be rapist

A 24-year-old medical doctor has bitten off the tongue of her would-be rapist when he attacked her as she slept in her hospital’s staff quarters.

The would-be rapist, who is now in the hospital had gained access to the South African hospital posing as a patient, and tried to force his tongue into her mouth, reports IOL News.

According to the spokesperson for the Free State provincial health department, Mondli Mvambi, the doctor was not injured in the incident, which occurred at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein late on Tuesday.

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“The alleged perpetrator failed to overpower the doctor and could not execute the rape. During the scuffle, the doctor managed to bite the tongue of the alleged perpetrator who then ran away to National Hospital.”

“He was later arrested and then taken for plastic surgery and was operated on under police guard and he will be handed over to be taken before a court in due course.

“It is by the grace of God that the doctor had the strength to fight back and bite the suspects tongue off. She is currently undergoing medical tests and counselling.”

Secondary school pupil dies after taking beverage laced with Sniper

The family of Favour Ekemedili, a Senior Secondary School 1 pupil of the Cedar College, Baruwa, in the Ipaja area of Lagos State, has been thrown into mourning after she allegedly died of drinking a beverage said to be laced with an insecticide, Sniper, on the school premises.

PUNCH Metro reports that Favour was in the classroom receiving lectures with her classmates when she allegedly took the beverage.

Immediately after consuming the beverage, it was learnt that she started complaining of severe stomach ache and was rushed to the school’s sickbay for urgent medical treatment.

While the nurse on duty was examining her to ascertain the cause of the discomfort, our correspondent gathered that Favour’s classmates, who saw when she took the beverage, were said to have showed the school management the leftover.

The beverage, after being examined, was discovered to be laced with Sniperand this prompted the school management to rush her to the General Hospital.

The Principal of the school, Samuel Adeliyi, said the management discovered that the beverage that Favour took was the cause of her stomach ache, because her classmates saw when she consumed it.

While commiserating with the bereaved family, the principal said the school management had paid a condolence visit to the family.

Adeliyi said, “On that faithful day, the first period was over and the teacher had left the class for the next teacher to come in. While they were waiting for the next teacher to come in, the girl (Favour) stood up, brought out the drink from her bag, went to the window and started drinking it.

“As she was drinking it, she poured some quantity through the window. Her classmate even challenged her for pouring the beverage away, but she didn’t answer them and as the next teacher entered the class, she threw the bottle away through the window.

“Three minutes later, she started complaining of stomach ache and she fell down. The classmates quickly rushed her to the sickbay and while she was being attended to by the nurse, her classmates, who went in search of the bottle, brought it to the sickbay to show the nurse what she took. When they smelled the content, they realised that the drink was Sniper. So, the nurse realised that the case was beyond the capacity of the sickbay and rushed her to the hospital that the school uses.”

When contacted, the deceased’s mother, Nkem, blamed the school management for not properly monitoring her daughter while in their care.

“I don’t have any issue; I leave everything to God. Whatever I say cannot change what has happened. My daughter left my house and went to school; while in the class, was she monitored? But I leave everything to God because whatever I say cannot bring back my daughter,” she stated.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, in a statement on Sunday, said Favour died while receiving treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.He added that the remaining content of the beverage bottle had been taken to the laboratory for testing.

He stated that the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department had commenced investigation into the incident.

Elkana said, “On Thursday, May 30, 2019, around 5.40pm, the Ipaja Police Station received a complaint from the Cedar College, Baruwa, that on the same date around 9am, one Favour Ekemedili, an SS1 pupil complained of severe stomach ache and was rushed to the school’s sickbay. The school’s sickbay immediately moved her to the general hospital, which in turn referred her to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where she was admitted for medical attention.

“Her parents were contacted by the school authority. She died around 6pm while receiving treatment. Her friends, who witnessed the incident, stated that the stomach ache started after the girl took a beverage, known as Fanjuice. On a close check of the bottle, it was discovered that it contained an insecticide known as Sniper and not the beverage. The chemical substance was taken for laboratory testing. Homicide detectives from the SCIID are investigating the case.”

MFM suspends Abuja pastor who raped, impregnated teenager


The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries on Monday slammed an indefinite suspension on the ‘Pastor’ of its branch in Life Camp area of Abuja, David Onyekachukwu, over an indecent relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

The church, however, said Onyekachukwu is “not an ordained Pastor” and has been arrested by the police.

The MFM premised the indefinite suspension on its investigation which established that the ‘Pastor’ raped the girl and consequently resulted in pregnancy.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), had arrested the 48–year-old pastor in Abuja for alleged rape and sexual exploitation of a 16-year-old orphan.

NAPTIP’s Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, Stella Nezan, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Nezan alleged that the suspect, a pastor in the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Church (MFM), Gwarimpa branch, impregnated his victim in the process.

She said that the suspect, who volunteered to provide shelter for the girl and deliver her from evil spirit after she had been accused of witchcraft, took advantage of the situation.

“NAPTIP operatives effected arrest of one pastor with MFM in Gwarimpa, Abuja, for rape, sexual molestation and impregnating a 16-year-old orphan.

“The suspect from Nsukka in Enugu State, was said to have volunteered to provide shelter and also conduct deliverance on the girl after she lost her parents and was accused of witchcraft.

“But he took advantage of the vulnerability of the innocent girl and repeatedly devoured her sexually,” she said.

Nezan said that the victim, a Junior Secondary School (JSS) student in Abuja had lived with the pastor, a widower, and his daughter for sometimes before the sexual exploitation started.

The suspect was said to have confessed to committing the crimes “only twice” and blamed it on the devil.

“The victim, a JSS2 student of one of the government schools in Abuja, suddenly dropped out of school and was in dire need of accommodation shortly after the death of her parents in 2018.

“Investigation revealed that the pastor was living with his daughter in the same compound with the victim’s deceased parents in Karmo, a suburb of Abuja, and volunteered to assist her in her education.

“According to the victim, after the first year of their living together, the pastor started making love advances toward her, an action she constantly resisted.

“She narrated that the first time the pastor raped her was in March, after her birthday outing,” Nezan said.

She added that the pastor continued to rape her afterwards and it resulted in pregnancy.

“During interrogation, the pastor confessed to sexually abusing the girl only twice and attributing the evil act to the devil,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Director General of NAPTIP, Ms Julie Okah-Donli, has described the action of the suspect as the highest form of wickedness against a fellow human being.

Okah-Donli promised that the case would be diligently prosecuted in order to secure justice for the victim.

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Olujonwo Obasanjo’s move to serve wife divorce papers fails

The inability of Mr Olujonwo Obasanjo, son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to serve his estranged wife a copy of their divorce petition has stalled the proceedings at an Ikeja High Court in Lagos on Tuesday.

Mrs Temitope Obasanjo (nee Adebutu), is Olujonwo’s estranged wife and daughter of popular Premier Lotto magnate, Sir Kessington Adebutu, popularly known as “Baba Ijebu”.

During the proceedings, counsel to the petitioner, Ms Omo Omofoma, told the court that the court sheriff had made several attempts to serve defendant to no avail.

“It is quite unfortunate that we have yet to serve the respondent (Temitope).

“My lord, the sheriff of this honourable court has made several attempts to serve the respondent the petition without success.

“I have with me, a motion ex parte for substituted service dated May 18, 2019,” she said.

Omofoma informed the court that the defendant was not resident in Lagos, but lived and worked in Ogun.

She said that the court sheriff was informed that the defendant occasionally visited the Lagos residence which was given as address for service by the petitioner.

The counsel noted that Olujonwo was not aware of any alternative address to serve the court documents to his estranged wife.

Responding to the submission, Justice Adebisi Akinlade said that the petitioner could not claim to be unaware of how and where his wife could be contacted by the court.

“Olujonwo cannot tell me that he does not know where she stays; they courted for some time, they had a highly publicised wedding which was viewed nationally and internationally.

“They have separated since 2017 till date and by June next month, it will be two years since they separated, which is longer than the actual marriage.

“The parties can narrow down their issues and part amicably and prevent the press from feeding on this case. Let them go their separate ways without generating unnecessary publicity,” she said.

The judge further noted that other means of service like an alternative address and courier service should be explored by the petitioner.

Akinlade adjourned the case until September 18, for further mention.

Breaking: Four-year-old killed, several trapped as another building collapses in Lagos

A four-year-old has been reported killed by The Nation newspaper as another building collapsed in Lagos on Tuesday.
According to the newspaper, the building collapsed on Agarawu Street, Lagos Island, where several buildings have collapsed in recent times.

Almajiri teacher, 25 others arrested for alleged homosexuality

No fewer than 26 persons, including an Almajiri school teacher have been arrested by Sokoto State Police Command over alleged homosexuality, murder and other crimes.

Addressing newsmen on Monday in Sokoto, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Kaoje said the suspects were apprehended at various locations in the state between May 24 and May 26.

Kaoje said the suspects were arrested following intensified patrols by the police and tip-off from good samaritans.

He said the Amajiri school tutor, Mutala Maude, was arrested for allegedly engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with six of his male students.

Kaoje said that Maude, a resident of Arkilla Magaji area in Sokoto metropolis, has about 60 Almajiri students in his school and was arrested following a tip-off from officials of the National Human Right Commission.

He also said that two other persons, Hali Custom and Muhammad Dan’yamai, were arrested inposession of different consignment of substances suspected to be Indian hemp.

He added that 12 other suspects were apprehended in posession of cutlasses, knives, swords, axes they use to perpetrate various crimes.

The Commissioner said three persons, Zakariyya Sani, Umar Hassan and Hamza Sama’ila, were nabbed over multiple shop breaking and theft, adding that items worth N4.5 million were recovered from them.

According to the police chief, the two suspects had confessed to committing the crimes.

Kaoje said two others, Ali Ukawa and Musa Bajini were arrested for alleged arming themselves with cutlasses and inflicted injury on one Alhaji Katu of Maikaza village in Goronyo LGA.

He added that six vigilante members popularly called ‘Yansakai were arrested over alleged unlawful killing of one Muhammadu Kadade of Jigawa village in Kebbe LGA.

The police commissioner said investigation have been conducted and all the suspects would soon be charged to court.

Court sacks late Adebajo’s estate trustees

A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere has sacked the two executors of the Estate of the late proprietor of the Stationery Stores Football Club and NOSS Stores, Israel Adebayo Adebajo.

The court ordered immediate removal of the executor and executrix, Tilewa Adebajo and Adeola Adebajo-Akande, over mismanagement of the estate of the late Adebajo and their inability to account for the proceeds collected from it in the past 14 years.

The court also ordered the immediate removal of the trustees for negligence of the Estate, non-adherence to their fiduciary responsibilities and lack of accountability.

It also ordered the sacked executors to account for the proceeds from the estate in the past 14 years.

The court further ordered the sacked executors be replaced with corporate trustees, either of which could be the First Bank Trustees or Union Bank Trustees, to administer the Estate.

Israel Adebayo Adebajo died in 1969.

The presiding judge, Justice M.O Obadina, gave the order for the sacking of the two trustees following a suit instituted by the daughter of the late Israel Adebajo, Dr. Gloria Adebajo-Fraser, MFR, against the mismanagement of her father’s estate and lack of accountability by the defendants.

The other claimants are Irene Adebajo, the Matriarch and legal wife of the Testator and Roland Adebajo, their older son.

The plaintiff had sought, among other reliefs before the court, the removal of the two defendants as the executors of her late father’s estate and an order of the court compelling them to account for the proceeds collected from the estate since 2004.

Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Obadina held since the first and second defendants had failed to manage the account of the estate well, a good case had been established for their removal as the executors of the estate of the late Adebajo.

The judge also averred that contrary to the claims of the defendants that they wanted the money accruing into the estate’s account to accumulate before remitting it to the various beneficiaries, the law had made provision for the yearly rendering of accounts by executors of estates, failure of which is punishable by a fine of N1000 for every year they failed to do that.

Justice Obadina further noted there was no evidence before the court that the balance in the estate’s bank account should increase before distribution to the beneficiaries could be effected by the executors, stressing that since 2004 the estate had not disbursed proceeds to the beneficiaries.

The judge also averred that frauds of about N31.61million and another N11million were detected in the estate’s account with the First Bank plc.

The court awarded N500,000 costs against the defendants.

Matriarch of the Adebajo family and legally married wife of Israel Adebajo, Irene Adebajo, expressed happiness to witness over the landmark judgment in her lifetime.

She said: “It hurts me to see the state of the properties as if there are no trustees to care for them. Gloria is God-sent and a true daughter of her father.

“She has demonstrated commendable leadership skills and selflessness to pursue this matter diligently based on my request to her.

“I am proud of her and I know her father’s spirit is definitely with her. She is a person of integrity and exhibits the moral orientation with which we raised her.”

Dr. Gloria Adebajo-Fraser, MFR, commended the judiciary, which she claims is doing a great job in delivering unbiased justice to secure the confidence of the aggrieved.

“Our case is a locus classicus based on the first case my mother instituted 45 years ago.

“I have no doubt that there are many similar situations in Nigeria to day whereby trustees do as they wish with the resources and properties of the deceased to the detriment of the beneficiaries.

“It is my sincere hope that this landmark judgment will change the outlook of such situations in future.

“I see this matter as a victory for various beneficiaries all over Nigeria, who are aggrieved, to give them hope for justice.

“Trustees should realise that their position is not a permanent one but held in trust only and subject to compliance with fiduciary responsibilities and instruction of the Testator in order to serve the beneficiaries in total honesty.”

Roland, who is the elder brother of Gloria based in Europe, expressed happiness over the victory.

He lamented the trustees spent his own share of funds a few time because he is not resident in Nigeria and ignored letters by his counsel to release his funds till today.

“They act with impunity, total disregard to the existent laws and spent on themselves to our detriment. It reassuring and encouraging to see the Nigerian courts dispense justice in this way.

“The judge deserves special commendation for this judgment. I am impressed. Gloria also must be commended. She is a brave, intelligent and dynamic person.

“She used her personal funds to prosecute this matter on our mother’s request and God has seen her through. She has carved a niche for herself in this family, whether anybody likes it or not.

“I have great respect for her. She never asked to be in charge of the Estate but for corporate trustees to be appointed to administer the Estate.

“That is selfless gesture. Our mother is proud of her and always praises her wherever I speak to her on the phone from Europe.

Efforts to reach the trustees, Tilewa and Adeola, for their reactions as at the time of filing this report were unsuccessful.

Pastor ask court to dissolve marriage over sex deprivation

Pastor Samson Farounbi has told an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State that the small size of his penis made his estranged wife to deny him sex for a long period.

Farounbi disclosed this on Monday when testifying before the court on a case of divorce he instituted against Tope Farounbi.

He had requested the court to end the 19-year-old union on the grounds of unrest of mind, threat to life and lack of respect for his family.

Narrating his ordeal, the Pastor said his wife, who was a fruit seller, used to return home at late hours every day and refused to have sex with him.

”There was a day I challenged her why she always return late and denying me sex.

”She confessed that the small size of my penis was responsible for keeping late outside and for refusing to have sex with her.

”She suggested to buy local herb for the treatment of my micro penis which cost N5,000 but I priced it down to N4,000.

”I got myself treated with the ‘Agbo'(local herb) but she still felt reluctance to allow me have access to her body,” he narrated.

The pastor further alleged that the defendant maltreated his mother when she was living with him and that the ill-treatment forced his aged mother to relocate to Ilesha where she died few months later.

He told the court that Tope used to curse every member of his family and always cursed his blood brothers when they visited him.

”My lord, she is a devil, always fighting people especially females, that come to my church for prayer, accusing me of flirting with them.

”We have never stayed beyond two years in every house I rented since we married 19 years ago due to her stubbornness and troublesome character.

”The five children of our union lack home training and always cursing me whenever I tried to correct any of the kids for doing wrong things.

”In fact, our first child has ran away from home now and I cannot even locate his whereabouts.

”I urge the court to separate us so that I can have peace of mind to do my pastoral work,” he pleaded.

In her defence, Tope denied all the allegations but urged the court to dissolve the marriage as requested by the plaintiff.

She accused her husband of womanising, saying he never care for her welfare but was in the habit of drinking alcohol.

The President of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun and the two court assessors, Chief Wahab Popoola and Chief Alao Ganiyu, in their unanimous decision dissolved the marriage.

Balogun said the court was handicapped to settle the dispute between the parties because the couple had agreed to end the marriage.

He ordered that three kids that are males including the first born that ran away should be in the custody of the plaintiff while the remaining two daughters should remain with the defendant.

He further directed the plaintiff to pay N8,000 monthly allowance for the upkeep of the two kids in the defendant custody.

He admonished the parties to refrain from fomenting trouble or disturb public peace.

Police arrest school gardener over alleged murder of SS3 student

The Lagos State police command says a gardener in a secondary school has been arrested over an alleged murder of a Senior Secondary school student.

The Command’s spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana confirmed the arrest in a statement on Sunday.

According to Elkana, on May 16, at about 2.40pm, Iponri Police Station received a complaint from Jubril Martins Memorial Grammar School Iponri.

The complaint said that on May 15, at about 4.40pm, a gardener with the said School engaged a 16-year-old SSS 3 student in a fight along Oke-Olu Road Iponri.

He said that in the process, the student fell down and became unconscious and was rushed to Smith Medical Hospital where he later died.

“Eye witness accounts show that the deceased person was returning home with his friends after writing WAEC and the suspect blocked him on the way and pulled him down, on the accusation that the deceased student had insulted him before.

“Homicide detectives from State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba, have visited the crime scene, corpse of the deceased is deposited at the mortuary for autopsy,” he said.

According to him, the suspect has been arrested and will be charged to court for murder.

VIO to impose N50,000 fine for ‘For Sale’ stickers on moving vehicles

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Directorate of Road Traffic Services (VIO) says pasting ‘For Sale’ sticker on moving vehicles as a way of marketing was illegal and a violation of the law.

Mr Kalu Emetu, the directorate’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) made this known in Abuja, on Sunday.

Emetu said that such act was a violation of the FCT Administration’s transportation master plan.

He noted that a lot of vehicles had been impounded for violating the law; and warned car owners to use proper channels of marketing their vehicles.

He also said that it was illegal for any vehicle owner to market their vehicles in unauthorised car marts in the FCT.

“We have been impounding vehicles because it is illegal to be marketing your vehicle inside the city without authorisation, once you put up any car for sale, it is meant to be at the right place.

“Once you put any car for sale, you pay for advertising, and other fees, so if you have a vehicle for sale, arrange with an authorised car dealer to help you sell it,” he said.

The PRO said that once vehicles in an illegal car mart were impounded, a certain fine would be paid on each, depending on the type, before they are released.

According to him, the fine ranges from N50,000 to N25,000, adding that the vehicles will also be towed to their office for safe keeping, pending the time the owner pays the fine.

“When we get the fine from you, you will have to write an undertaking that you will not repeat such act again, when all these are done, your vehicle will then be released,” he said.

He, however, said if the offence was repeated even after paying the fine, the car owner would be re-arrested and be made to pay another fine.

Emetu said the fine was another way of generating revenue for the government.

30-year-old father of 11 stabbed to death by 20-year-old man

A 20-year-old man has been convicted in the stabbing death of a 30-year-old father of 11.

Twenty-year-old Nasiar Day had confessed to killing 30-year-old Jose “Migue” Malave at the victim’s Palisade Avenue, New Jersey, USA home on November 14, 2017.

As reported by Jersey Journal, a number of events led to the senseless killing of Malave, a father of 11 children.

Day’s defense attorney said Day moved to Jersey City to live with his girlfriend and their baby but they had money trouble and were evicted. After a few months, the landlord put most of their possessions on the street, including clothing, a crib and other items.

On the day of the homicide, Day was hanging around with friend Devante Dormena, who was 17 at the time, and others at a nearby deli. Day saw Malave and his then eight-year-old son walk by and noticed the boy was wearing a sweatshirt that he recognised as his own.

Day told Malave that the shirt belonged to him and Malave said he would give it back, but he just wanted to walk his son home first.

At Malave’s apartment, he returned the sweatshirt, which was apparently taken when Day’s things were put at the curbside.

Day thought Malave might have more of his belongings, but when and he and Dormena went back to the apartment, the Malaves would not let them inside. Instead, they let others come into their home and they found more items belonging to Day. The items were returned as well.

Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Nicole Gazzar said Malave tried to diffuse the situation at every turn, but Day would not let it go. She said Day got a knife and he and Dormena went back to Malave’s home and pushed their way inside. Dormena punched Malave before Day fatally stabbed him.

Gazzar said the clothes Malave returned that day were recovered in a search in Newark and they had Malave’s blood on them. She said Day was actually holding all the clothing Malave had willingly returned as he stabbed him to death.

Gazzar noted that Day was arrested three times as a juvenile and was adjudicated delinquent for aggravated assault in an incident in which he beat a 16-year-old girl with a scooter.

He was on probation for that incident when he killed Malave.

The judge meted out the maximum penalty of 20 years for the crime under the plea deal.

He said Malave had done nothing wrong and merely reclaimed some garbage on the sidewalk.

Dormena pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and faces five to 10 years in prison.

“You are a violent person, that’s what your record says,” Young told Day before sentencing him.

Day showed no emotion at the sentencing but did apologise to Malave’s family.

400 level UNN student commits suicide

A 400-level student of the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), identified as Chukwuemeka Akachi, on Monday allegedly committed suicide, the police have confirmed.

Ebere Amaraizu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Enugu state, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, described it as “pathetic and unfortunate.

“The suicide of a UNN 400 level student of the Department of English and Literary Studies on Monday is pathetic and unfortunate. Police will investigate circumstances surrounding the suicide.”

An eyewitness account said that Akachi went to an uncompleted building on Sullivan Road, Nsukka, where he drank two bottles of “Sniper’, an insecticide, and slipped into coma.

He said that the deceased was discovered by some passersby, who reportedly saw him in a state of coma.

He said that the people, mainly students, raised alarm before he was rushed to UNN Federal Medical Centre.

It was further learnt that he was later moved to University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla Enugu, where he was confirmed dead by doctors on duty.

According to the eyewitness, Akachi posted a suicide note on his Facebook wall shortly before he committed suicide, as follows:

“Forgive me. In case you are the one who found the body, I am really sorry. It had to be someone you know.

“I have chosen Jo Nketaih’s poem as my suicide note: “They said you came looking for me. I don’t drown, I was the water, Where do atheists go when they die! Lol. Amen.”

Also, Akachi was said to have posted on his Facebook on May 12 that “My mental health has been on life support for a while now. Thanks to those who call. Text. Visit.

“Speak to me. May we always remember. May we never forget. You May have added a few hours, months or days to my time here. But you know life support is expensive right?
“Thank you for trying. Amen.”

A senior security personnel in UNN Security Department, who pleaded anonymity, also confirmed the incident, adding that the report was brought to them on Monday morning.

He said this was not the first time Akachi wanted to commit suicide, adding that on two occasions, he had drunk kerosene and petrol to kill himself but was rescued.

“But on Monday he drank Sniper and was rushed to UNN Medical Centre first, but was later moved to UNTH Enugu, where he was confirmed dead.

Man beats his wife to death over sex

An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Friday remanded one 31-year-old Godspower Johnson accused of beating his wife to death during a fight over sex.

Chief Magistrate O.O. Olatunji, ordered that Godspower should be kept at the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos, for the next 30 days pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the case.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Oladele Adebayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 21, at 5.30p.m., at No. 28, Adekoye St., Igbo-Elerin, Ishashi.

He alleged that Johnson beat his wife, Deborah, aged 31, to death during a fight.

“The defendant wanted to make love to his wife, he inserted his two fingers into her private part which didn’t go down well with the deceased. A fight ensued leading the defendant to beat up his wife,” he said.

The prosecutor said that murder contravened the provisions of Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 223 stipulates death sentence for the offence.

Olatunji adjourned the case until June 7 for mention.

Another container falls on Ojuelegba bridge

A container has fallen on the bridge in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos state.

Different containers have been involved in accidents on the bridge, the last being in April when at least seven vehicles were destroyed.

Saheed Olatunji, chairman of Ojuelegba NNAMORAL zone, a unit of Road Transport Employment Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), said that Tuesday’s incident resulted in gridlock.

“It happened around barracks, from where you will climb the Ojuelegba bridge. It is still there now causing traffic jam,” he said.

Security operatives at the scene

A security operative at the location said that the container truck had more load than its capacity, which led to its crash.

“The load is too much for the body, so as it was climbing the bridge, it was rolling down. It is 40 feet longl,” he said.

A police officer at the location said there was no casualty in the incident.

“There is no casualty, this is just a minor accident,” the security operative said.

Speaking with , the driver narrated how the container fell off the bridge.

“As I was climbing the bridge, a bus overtook me and I had to stop. When I set out after the bus left, the gear dragged me back and the container turned and fell.

“It is not because of the break. There is no casualty. I was not the only one in the truck, we were three in number, but nothing happened to any of us.”