Sunday , 18 March 2018
Home » News » Metro


Man docked for allegedly sleeping with underage sister-in-law since she was eight

For repeatedly having sex his 16-year-old sister-in-law, a 52-year-old, Olusola Williams, is to cool his heels in prison, an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court ruled on Friday.

Olusola is to remain in Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos, for the next 38 days, according to Chief Magistrate Taiwo Akanni, who had refused to take his plea.

The accused, a generator repairer, who resides at 19, Water Andem St., Abule-Egba, a suburb of Lagos, is being tried for sexual assault.

At the arraignment of the accused, the police prosecutor, Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offence was committed from 2009 to February 2018 at the apartment of the accused.

Mr. Ogu said the secondary school girl, who is related to the accused’s wife, has been living with him since 2009.

“The girl who could not hide it any longer, told her principal when some social workers came to their school to show a film on sexual assault.

“According to the girl, her uncle has been sleeping with her since 2009 when she was eight years old,” Ogu told the court.

He added: “The girl said the sexual abuse reduced to two times a week when she started menstruating in 2013.

“Before 2013, the accused used to sleep with her almost every day and the last time he slept with her was on Feb. 28, 2018.

“The case was reported at the police station and the accused was called for questioning and from there, he was detained and charged to court.”


Court grants bail to alleged killer wife, Maryam Sanda

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Jabi, on Wednesday granted bail to Maryam Sanda, who is being prosecuted for allegedly stabbing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death, on November 19, 2017.

Justice Yusuf Halilu who granted her bail on health grounds, had previously dismissed her two previous bail applications.

The judge had earlier in a ruling delivered on December 14, 2017, granted bail to Sanda’s three co-defendants, but declined her plea for bail and ordered her to be remanded in Suleja prisons.

On February 7, 2018, the judge also dismissed another bail application which the defendant, a nursing mother, anchored on her newly discovered pregnancy.

However, her counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), filed another bail which he moved on Wednesday.

The police prosecuting counsel, Mr.  James Idachaba, opposed the application.

However, in his bench ruling, Justice Halilu said the court was satisfied with the health grounds on which the application was founded.

Dismissing the prosecution’s objection to the application, the judge held that they (the prosecution) failed to counter the applicant’s claim that her ailment could not be treated in the prisons’ health facilities.

Justice Halilu, ordered, as part of the bail conditions, that she should provide two sureties who must deposit their titles of ownership of landed properties in Abuja.

He also ordered that Maryam’s father should enter into an undertaking to always provide her in court throughout her trial.

Two men arraigned for drinking alcohol in front of police station

Two men, Wole Broad, 49, and Wale Oludare, 40, were on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly drinking alcohol in front of a police station.

The two men were also accused of conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by drinking alcohol in front of the Akinpelu Police Station at Oshodi, Lagos.

They are facing a two-count of felony and breach of peace.

Broad, residing at No.17, Olakunle Ajibade Street, Ojota, is self-employed, while Oludare, a labourer, resides at No. 8, Akinpelu Street in Oshodi.

The duo conspired to commit a felony by conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace, the prosecution alleged.

The Prosecutor, Inspector Rachael Williams, told the court that the accused committed the offences on March 1 at about 11.55 p.m. at No. 5, Akinpelu Street, opposite the Akinpelu Police Station.

“The accused drank alcohol in front of Akinpelu Police Station after the commissioner of police had warned that on no account should anyone operate a beer parlour around any police station,” Williams stated.

According to her, the offences contravene Sections 57 and 412 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 57 prescribes six months imprisonment for offenders.

The two men, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Mrs. L. Y. Balogun granted them bail in the sum of N5, 000 each with one surety each in like sum.

Pastor allegedly impregnates two teenage siblings

The Police have arrested a 30-year-old pastor suspected to have impregnated two primary school siblings aged 15 and 17 years respectively.

Pastor of Unabii Christian Church, Kenya, Alfred Maingi Ndolo, was apprehended after the two orphaned girls who lived with their grandmother, disclosed that they had both been having sexual relationships with the pastor and were pregnant.

The grandmother reported the matter to the Police, and the suspect was arrested as investigations were launched.

According to the girls’ grandmother (name withheld), the two girls were lured into the ‘unholy alliance’ by the pastor who was a frequent visitor to their house as a ‘spiritual advisor’ to the girls.

The girls subsequently frequented his church.

“I never suspected anything until early this week when I noticed that the physique of the 15-year-old girl had changed and she was withdrawn.

“However, my questioning did not yield much and I opted to take them to a nearby health centre for medical checkup, where I was told that both of them were pregnant,” she said.

Incidentally, as the police were recording statements from the girls at Ngoliba police station, the 17-year-old developed labour pains and was rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital where she delivered a baby girl through Caesarian section.

Confirming the incident, Thika East Deputy OCPD, Zipporah Nderitu, said the suspect was being held for the alleged crime and that he would be arraigned in court to answer to the defilement charges.

“We will call for DNA test and lock in the suspect for good, as he is said to have committed a similar offence seven years ago in Oldonyo Sabuk and served his full term in prison,” she said.

(Kenyan agency)

Lagos Sexual Offences Court jails 58-year-old paedophile for 60 years

An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court on Wednesday sentenced Obinna Iziejen, a 58-year-old paedophile, to 60 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 12-year-old pupil.

Iziejen was convicted of the offence of defilement on Feb. 15.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sentence is the first judgment of the Sexual Offences Court inaugurated by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Feb. 1.

Justice Sybil Nwaka, in her judgment, said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to sexual predators in the state.

She said: “I cannot agree more with the prosecuting counsel that incidences of rape have taken a new astronomical dimension in our society.

“The rate at which men in our society are prowling around, looking for young underage children to defile, is alarming.

“Children, especially the girl child, are no longer safe in the custody of uncles, brothers even fathers; this is sad.

“Our children, especially the girl child, should be encouraged to cry out and report any sexual assault against them, as this is the only way to correct this dire situation.

“We desire to make the city of Lagos and its environs safe for our children.

“These children are leaders of tomorrow and as such, not to be ruined in their formative years.

“The state of Lagos has zero tolerance for sexual offences.

“For these reasons, I hereby sentence you to 60 years imprisonment with hard labour; this is the judgment of this honourable court.”

NAN reports that the convict was arraigned on Feb. 12 alongside Raimi Jimoh (38) and Arowolo Olorunwa (35) on a three-count charge of defilement of a child.

Iziejen had pleaded guilty while Jimoh and Olorunwa claimed innocence of the charges.

NAN reports that the trial of Jimoh and Olorunwa, who pleaded not guilty, will commence soon.

According to Mr Jide Boye, the Chief State Counsel, the convict committed the offence in 2017 at Orimedu Town, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

According to him, the child is a 12-year-old primary five pupil.

“It was observed by her school authorities that she often returned late from her lunch break during school hours.

“Upon enquiry, the child admitted that Olorunwa has been having sexual intercourse with her during the break time.

“The head teacher of the school, probing further, reported the matter at the Akodo Police Station, Ibeju-Lekki.

“At the police station, the child also identified Jimoh and Iziejen as persons who also defiled her on a number of occasions during her break time.”

The prosecution revealed that Iziejen, in his statement to the police, admitted defiling the pupil on three occasions in his home.

NAN reports that on Feb. 15, during the facts and sentence for the case, Iziejen was convicted of defilement by the court.

During the facts and sentence proceedings, Boye had urged the court to allow justice take its course, and that a stiff punishment should be meted out to Iziejen, to send a clear message to the public.

“A situation where our children, especially the girl child, cannot freely move around even in schools, should be condemned by the state.

“The state will deal decisively with anyone found guilty of sexual offences.

“The victim/survivor should be reassured of justice, because the state has put the necessary facilities in place, to make sure that they are adequately protected,” Boye had said.

Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, prescribes a mandatory life sentence for anyone found guilty of defiling a child.


Two pupils die in Abuja school after eating party biscuits

The police in the Federal Capital Territory have confirmed the death of two pupils of the Local Education Authority (LEA), Kubwa II school after eating biscuits at a party.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on Tuesday, two 14-year-old pupils of the school, Nehemiah Yahaya and Yahaya Garba, of primary 5 and 4 respectively, died after eating biscuits at a party allegedly organised by unknown persons.

The spokesperson of the police in the FCT, Anjuguri Manzah, told NAN that no arrest had been made as investigation was ongoing.

He said that the case would be transferred to the command’s Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

Following the incident, the Chairman, Bwari Area Council, Musa Dikko, suspended activities at the school till Monday, February 26.

Man accuses wife of being pregnant for boyfriend, seeks divorce

A 34-year-old man has approached the Igando Customary court for dissolution of marriage after accusing his wife of being pregnant for her boyfriend.

Ola Ismaila, an indigene of Ede, Osun State, said he got to know about his wife’s supposed pregnancy when she started having stomach pains.

Mr. Ismaila said his suspicion was confirmed when he caught his wife, Aminat, patronising a midwife for a pregnancy test and possible abortion.

“I have not released in her whenever we have sex based on doctor’s advice,” Mr. Ismaila said.

“Right from the day I got married to her, her way has been questionable. She has a boyfriend. The boyfriend even called her right on our matrimonial bed around 7 a.m. How can an unmarried man call my wife around 7 a.m.?

“Her mother could testify to her infidelity. Even when I reported her to the mum, she corrected her and asked her to delete her boyfriend’s number from her mobile phone.”

Mr. Ismaila also accused his wife, who is his landlord’s daughter, of being fetish.

“When she was pregnant with her twins, she brought an oil from her mum telling me to use. After bathing and drinking out of the oil, things turned around. My job became so bad to the point I couldn’t feed my family.”

He further accused her of threatening his life with a knife.

But Aminat denied all the allegations but said she used the knife in self-defence.

“He brought out cutlass the first and second time, then the third time, I picked up a knife to defend myself,” she said.

“I have never cheated on my husband. The man that called me was my JAMB mate. I called him after missing his call the night before. It was around 9 am that I spoke with him.

“I was not pregnant for any man. I was only having pain below my abdomen after an operation I had while giving birth to our child. My husband was just being suspicious for what is not real.

“About the oil, it was given to me by my mum which she got from a church. Everybody that used out of the oil never complained except him.”

She further pleaded with the court not dissolve their four-year-old marriage, adding that she still loves him despite her husband’s “lack of love.”

Akin Akinniyi, the court president, ruled that the couple should be referred to the dispute resolution section.

He said they both lacked understanding, adding that the court was not just a dissolution centre but a reconciliation home.

He adjourned the case till March 6.

Fake policeman arrested while collecting N15,000 bribe

The Police on Tuesday arraigned a 34-year-old man, Prince Williams, in a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court,  Abuja, for allegedly impersonating as a  police officer.

The defendant of 222 Road, House 555, 2nd Avenue,  Gwarinpa, Abuja, is facing a two- count of impersonation and extortion.

The prosecutor, Mr. Kufreabasi Ebong, told the court that the accused committed the offenses on February 11 at 10 a.m.

Ebong said that the accused disguised as a police officer and collected a valid driver’s license and N15,000 from an unsuspecting victim.

The offences contravened Sections 132 and 292 of the Penal Code.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges

The Magistrate, Mr. Taribo Jim, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum, and adjourned the case until March 21 for hearing.

Katsina gov’s aide kills own daughter with car

Tragedy struck in Katsina on Friday when Governor Aminu Masari’s Special Assistant on Religious Affairs, Abdullahi Darma, accidentally crushed his daughter, Aisha, with his car.

It was learnt that the incident occurred at Darma’s Katsina house while he was reversing the vehicle.

Sources said the governor’s aide did not know that the toddler was behind the car.

“The car ran over the girl and she died on the spot,” a family source said.

Darma also posted news of the tragic incident on Facebook, which elicited an outpouring of condolences from sympathisers and associates, many of who also besieged his residence to commiserate with him.

“A few minutes ago, I got tested by God. I was reversing my car when I crushed my daughter mistakenly and she died,” he said in Hausa in the Facebook post.

Darma was brief in his response on Sunday when our correspondent sought to know how the accident occurred.

He described it as “an act of God.”

Our correspondent could not confirm whether the incident was reported to the police, as the state police spokesman, DSP Gambo Isah, could not be reached for comment.

Our efforts being sabotaged — Cleaner Lagos Initiative claims

Efforts by the Lagos government to sanitise the state is reportedly being frustrated by some unknown individuals.

There have been complaints of dirt taking over places in the cosmopolitan city, making residents to underrate the efficiency of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).

The administration of Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of the state, introduced CLI in July.

Ambode said the initiative was conceived to address challenges and as well revolutionise waste management in line with international best practices.

Idiat Oluranti Adebule, deputy governor (middle), Adeniji Kazeem,commissioner for justice, (far left), Samuel Adejare, commissioner for the environment (2nd left), Akintola Oke, commissioner for the establishment, training and pensions (3rd left), and Saka Fafunmi, chairman, house of assembly committee on the environment, during the inauguration of CLI

Some officials of CLI, who preferred not to be named, described as worrisome, the rate at which some people go in sabotaging the efforts to rid the state of filth.

A senior official of the CLI said it was unfortunate that those who felt the new arrangement would affect them adversely were working hard to sabotage it by all means, including deliberate dumping of large waste in public places.

“Take for instance, the picture of heaps of refuse under the Idumagbo pedestrian bridge that was published today in a national daily. The refuse at that spot was evacuated just overnight and the team finished by 3am today (Sunday) and by 3am, the heap of refuse was back there, including a fully-loaded Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) big refuse container that was not there previously,” he said.

Officials clearing the dirt under Idumagbo pedestrian bridge around 3am

“As I am talking to you, our officials have returned to the same spot to clear everything. The commissioner of the environment was also there to see things for himself and he has asked the private sector participant (PSP) operator that dropped the container belonging to the LAWMA on the spot to remove it immediately.

“That has been the challenge. When our officials clear the heaps of refuse from a spot before one could say Jack Robinson, the heaps were back on the same spot cleared by our officials and this really has to stop because a cleaner Lagos is in our collective interest.”

A source said the permutation of those behind the sabotage was that if they kept dumping tonnes of refuse in public places, they would achieve the twin objective of distracting CLI officials from paying adequate attention to other places while projecting the initiative, which is targeted at a comprehensive turn around of Lagos to become one of the cleanest cities in the world, as a failure.

Another reliable source said the situation had also been compounded by members of the public who indiscriminately dump their waste in public places and not the designated spots.

In a video that went viral on social media recently, John Olawale, an official of Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, lamented how people were dumping refuse on the same spots in public places, thus frustrating the efforts to rid the state of filth.

Joseph, who is Visionscape’s area manager for Lagos Island West, alleged that heaps of refuse sometimes appear overnight in places already cleared by environmental officials, saying that the deliberate sabotage of the project called for concern.

Speaking at the Obalende area of the state, Joseph said he could not understand why anyone would deliberately dump waste in large quantity just few minutes after the spot had been cleared.

In the video, a man wearing LAWMA uniform was seen fleeing from arrest after illegally dumping waste on the same spot.

The government banned cart pushers from operating in Lagos as part of the measures taken to ensure the success of CLI.