Court Jails Man For Stealing Groundnut Oil

A 28-year-old man, Isamila Babalola was on Tuesday remanded in prison on the orders of an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, after pleading guilty to stealing.

Babalola, who has no fixed address, is standing trial on a one-count charge of stealing.

According to Prosecutor Eruada Victor, the accused committed the offence on Jan. 22 at the Sunday Market in Ogba, Lagos state.

“The accused went to the market and stole 25 litres of groundnut oil worth N12,000.’’

Victor said that the accused was apprehended by people in the market while trying to escape with the oil.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 285, Laws of Lagos State 2011.

The Magistrate, Mrs G.O. Anifowoshe, ordered that the accused be kept in Kirikiri Prisons until February 6, the next date of adjournment for facts and sentence.

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Zimbabwe Prophet arrested over President Mugabe’s death prophecy

Prophet Patrick Mugadza of Remnant Pentecostal Church in Kariba has been charged to court over President Mugabe’s death prophecy.

The Zimbabwean preacher was on Monday arrested for creating nuisance by giving a prophecy that President Mugabe wasn’t going to live to see the end of 2017.

Appearing in court, Wednesday 18, 2017, the law enforcement agents charged that Pastor Mugadza contravened Section 46 (2) (v) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23, when he allegedly misrepresented to members of the public that the prophecy was a true prophecy.

However, Pastor Mugadza denied the charge and was referred back to Harare Central Police Station, upon his next court hearing.

I Was Sex-Starved For 9 Years, Wife Tells Court

Mrs Helen Otike, a trader in Lagos has asked an Igando Customary Court to dissolve her 18 year-old marriage to her husband, Godwin, for allegedly denying her sex for nine years.

Otike, 45, told the court on Wednesday that her husband, with whom she had no child, starved her of sex.

“My husband does not want me to have a child; he has refused to sleep with me.

“We live as strangers in the house, no intimacy no relationship,” she said.

The petitioner said that her husband abandoned her in his five-bedroom duplex seven years ago to marry another wife in Abuja.

“My husband relocated to Abuja and left only me in the house he built; he refused to take care of me.

“Whenever I call him, he always told me that he will call me back, which he never did.

“On two occasions, I travelled to Abuja, I was able to locate where he is working but he refused to take me to his house.

“It was later I heard that he had married another woman in Abuja who had children for him,” she said.

She also described her husband as a dubious fellow.

“When my husband went to Abuja, I connected him with my brother who accommodated him for two years and also introduced him to a business.

“But he duped the people my brother introduced him to and ran away from my brother’s house and my brother was arrested,” the estranged wife said.

She said that she also discovered that her husband had a wife and three children before their marriage which he never told her.

“I stumbled on pictures of my husband’s wedding, I confronted him with those pictures and he confessed that he married the woman when he was in the world.

“I accepted his plea but not long he impregnated another woman before relocating to Abuja,” she said.

She begged the court to terminate the marriage that had not produced any child, claiming that she wanted to move on with her life.

“My husband has children from three women, I also want to be a mother, please dissolve the union so that I can move on with my life,” she said.

Rebutting the allegations, Godwin Otike, a businessman, said that he stopped making love to his wife when he heard that her mother was behind his predicament.

“My mother told me that my mother-in-law was responsible for my downfall which I strongly believed because my health and businesses were booming until I married my wife.

“When my mother-in-law was invited to come and say what she knows about my businesses and health, she refused to come.

“Because of that, I have to stop any intimacy with her daughter and that also made me to abandon her in my house to relocate to Abuja to start a new life,” he said.

The respondent said that his wife was a good woman and that he loved her but because of her mother’s demonic nature he has to run for his dear life.

The president of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, adjourned the case to Feb. 28 for further hearing. (NAN)

Man who named dog ‘Buhari’ appears in Court, case adjourned to March 20

The trial of Mr Joachim Chinakwe Iroko (second from left) at the Magistrate’s Court of Ogun State holden at Ota could not proceed on Wednesday, 18th January 2017 owing to the unavailability of presiding Magistrate, P. J. Ojikutu who was said to be attending a screening exercise.

The accused person, Iroko, 41, was arrested and detained by the Nigeria Police Force for allegedly naming his pet dog ‘Buhari’. He was subsequently arraigned before a Sango Magistrate Court, Ogun State on August 22, for conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace.

The charged document stated that the trader was said to have behaved himself in a manner probably to cause breach of peace by naming his do Buhari and parading same at Hausa section of Ketere market in Sango area and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249 (d) of Criminal Code of Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2016.

In court to represent Mr. Iroko were three Lagos-based legal practitioners: Messrs. Adeola Samuel Opeyemi, Esq from LEAD SOLICITORS; Tosin Adesioye, Esq. from the Law Firm of ADEGBORUWA & COMPANY and human rights lawyer Inibehe Effion from INIBEHE EFFIONG CHAMBERS.

The case has been adjourned to the 20th March 2017 for hearing of the Motion on Notice challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the competence of the charge.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg due in court over VR ‘heist’

Mark Zuckerberg is expected to appear in a Dallas court on Tuesday to defend his company over claims it stole virtual reality technology.

Zenimax Media, owner of renowned games studio id Software, is suing Facebook for $2bn (£1.6bn).

Zenimax argued its early innovations in VR were unlawfully copied when Oculus built its own headset, the Rift.

Oculus was bought by Facebook in 2014, and is seen as a major part of the firm’s strategy over the next 10 years.

The BBC understands Mr Zuckerberg will argue that Zenimax was slow to appreciate the potential of VR – and that it was Oculus’ own work that made it the valuable technology it is today.

“We’re eager to present our case in court,” a spokesman for Oculus told the BBC.

“Oculus and its founders have invested a wealth of time and money in VR because we believe it can fundamentally transform the way people interact and communicate.

“We’re disappointed that another company is using wasteful litigation to attempt to take credit for technology that it did not have the vision, expertise, or patience to build.”

The row revolves around John Carmack, the legendary games designer famed for titles such as Doom and Quake. The company he co-founded, id Software, is owned by Zenimax.

For a short time, Mr Carmack was working for both id and Oculus – but in November 2013 he left id completely.

“When it became clear that I wasn’t going to have the opportunity to do any work on VR while at id Software, I decided to not renew my contract,” he told USA Today in 2014.

Zenimax now alleges that Mr Carmack shared intellectual property with Oculus while he was still working at id Software, and that when he left the company, he took that work with him.

According to court papers: “Carmack secretly and illegally copied thousands of documents containing ZeniMax’s intellectual property from his computer at ZeniMax to a USB storage device which he wrongfully took with him to Oculus.”

Speaking at the trial, which began last week, Zenimax lawyer Tony Sammi said it amounted to “one of the biggest technology heists ever”.

But lawyers for Mr Carmack characterised it differently, arguing that his contract explicitly allowed him to work with other companies that did not compete with Zenimax.

They argued that the “trade secrets” Zenimax claimed to have lost were in fact “the fruits of Mr. Carmack’s participation and involvement with Palmer Luckey and Oculus”, and therefore did not belong to Zenimax.

Facebook’s defence is that Zenimax had its chance to invest in VR but chose not to – giving Oculus no option other than to seek outside investment.

The social media giant is arguing that Zenimax only showed significant interest in virtual reality after its $2bn acquisition was made public.

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has not appeared in public since revelations he was funding a pro-Trump online campaign

Also crucial to the case is Palmer Luckey. Mr Luckey – who hasn’t been seen in public since revelations he was funding an online trolling campaign in support of Donald Trump – is expected to be called to the stand at some point this week.

In court papers Zenimax paints Mr Luckey as a “gaming enthusiast” whose Oculus Rift headset, which was initially funded via Kickstarter, was a crude prototype.

Mr Luckey, Zenimax said, lacked “the necessary expertise and technical know-how to create a viable virtual reality headset”, and therefore relied on Zenimax to help him create the prototype which impressed Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance is expected to last most of the day on Tuesday.

On Monday, the 32-year-old posted about meeting with local communities and law enforcement groups in Dallas as part of his new year pledge to travel to 30 different US states in 2017.

Lawyer Drags EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu To Court

Lawyer and rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has petitioned the Lagos State Division of the Federal High Court to restrain Ibrahim Magu, from  further parading himself as acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Adegboruwa, in the suit filed before the court, also joined the Senate, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Shehu Malami, the EFCC and  Magu, as respondents.

The rights activist is also asking the court to direct Senate not to entertain any further request for Magu’s confirmation since “he has so far defied and rubbished an earlier decision of the Senate of December 15, 2016, wherein the Senate declined to confirm his nomination as chairman of EFCC.”

The suit was supported with a 39-paragraph affidavit he deposed to where he  traced the appointment of Magu back to November 9, 2015, and contended that he has been functioning in an acting capacity as EFCC chairman, beyond the six months allowed by law.

He also contended in the suit that, since Senate has rejected Magu as substantive EFCC chairman, he should not, thereafter, function as acting chairman and cited section 2 (3) of the EFCC Act, which stipulates confirmation by the Senate as a condition precedent to the appointment of the EFCC chairman

Adegboruwa noted that since President Muhammadu Buhari activated section 2 (3) of the EFCC Act by forwarding Magu’s nomination to the Senate, he cannot defy the decision of the Senate which rejected him for the substantive appointment and subsequently attached the chamber’s Votes and Proceedings of December 15, 2016 as evidence.

The Lagos-based lawyer stated that notwithstanding the clear decision of the Senate not to confirm Magu, he has continued to parade himself in office as EFCC chairman such as when he met with representatives of the United States Embassy on January 6, 2017, clearly defying the decision of the Senate.

He prayed the court to restrain the federal government, the EFCC and all other authorities, from recognising, treating or in any other manner dealing with Magu as EFCC Chairman, either in acting or substantive capacity.

Besides, he also sought for a declaration that Magu is not a fit and proper person to function in office as EFCC chairman. Consequently, Adegboruwa asked the court to give an order forthwith, directing Magu to vacate and relinquish his office as EFCC chairman, whether in acting or substantive capacity.

The lawyer also contends in the suit that all actions taken by the EFCC under the illegal tenure of Magu, especially charges and information filed in court, are illegal, null and void.

No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit, which was filed at the Ikoyi Registry of the Federal High Court on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Orji Uzor Kalu: Court Fixes Feb 6th For Hearing Against Chief Judge Of Abuja High Court

The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed February 6 to commence definite hearing in the suit brought by Slok Nigeria Limited and Ude Jones against the Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ibrahim Auta.

The Court was petitioned to look into the transfer of the criminal charge against the former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, from Abuja to Lagos.

Justice Binta Nyako fixed the date after the case was mentioned in court by counsel to the plaintiffs, Chief Solo Akuma (SAN).

The defendants in the suit are Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu.

Although other parties to the case were not in court and represented by counsel, the Chief judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Auta (1st defendant) was represented by Baba Dala Fika who consented to the adjournment.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/934/2016, the plaintiffs are urging the court for an order setting aside the purported transfer of charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007: Federal Republic of Nigeria V. Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and two, from Federal  High Court, Abuja division to Federal High Court, Lagos division.

In addition, the plaintiffs are seeking an order of court directing that the charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007: Federal Republic of Nigeria V. Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and others be returned to Federal High Court No. 5, Abuja, presided over by Justice Anwuri Chikere, for trial and determination.

According to a statement of claim filed by Akuma, the plaintiffs are further asking for a declaration that the purported transfer of charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007: Federal Republic of Nigeria V. Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and others from High Court No. 5, Abuja to Federal High Court, Lagos division at the instance of the 3rd defendant (EFCC) without compliance by the 1st defendant (Justice Auta) with the provisions of section 98 (3) and (4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 is null and of no effect whatsoever.

A declaration that the request of the 3rd defendant dated 19/5/2016 to the 1st defendant to transfer charge No.FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007: Federal Republic of Nigeria V. Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and others from Federal High Court No. 5, Abuja to Federal High Court, Lagos and purported transfer of the said charge to Federal High Court, Lagos, are tantamount to forum shopping and, therefore, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

A declaration that the 2nd and 3rd defendants in charge No.FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007: Federal Republic of Nigeria V. Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and others plaintiffs, herein, were denied their right to fair hearing when the 1st defendant entertained and ordered the transfer of the above charge to Federal High Court, Lagos division without complying with the provisions of section 98 (3) and (4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, is null and of no effect whatsoever. The plaintiffs posed four questions for the determination of the court including; “whether the 1st defendant can order the transfer of charge No.FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007: Federal Republic of Nigeria V. Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and others pending at Federal High Court No. 5, Abuja to Federal High Court, Lagos division upon the request and or application of the 3rd defendant without complying with the mandatory provisions of section 98 (3) and (4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. Whether the plaintiffs’ rights to fair hearing were not infringed upon following the purported transfer of charge No. No.FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007: Federal Republic of Nigeria V. Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and others as ordered by the 1st defendant at the behest of the 3rd defendant from Federal High Court Abuja division to Federal High Court, Lagos division without complying with the provisions of section 98 (3) and (4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

Dr. Kalu, Udeogu and Slok were first arraigned in 2007 before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court, but they objected to the charge and appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.

In its judgment, the Supreme Court refused the appeal and ordered the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Auta to assign the case for a re-trial.

In compliance with the judgment of the Supreme Court, the matter was assigned to Justice Chikere, where the defendants were re-arraigned.

Thereafter, the case was adjourned till December 7,8 and 9, 2016 for commencement of trial.

Drug Dealer On Life Sentence Sues NDLEA To Court

Aluagwu Lawrence, a 32-year-old convicted drug dealer, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for possessing 220 grammes of cannabis, has taken the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to the Court of Appeal.

Lawrence who was a resident of Iju Ishaga, in Lagos, is seeking the appellant court to review in his favour the judgement of the Federal High Court.

In response to the motion of appeal, the NDLEA has filed its brief of argument and March 27, 2017 was fixed for the commencement of the argument of the motion of appeal.

The appellant counsel, Vincent Nwanna, in his submission stated that the 25-year sentence by the Federal High Court on his client for possessing 200 grammes of cannabis is excessive and should be reviewed by the Appeal Court.

However, the NDLEA counsel, Jeremiah Aernan, said that the agency has a superior argument because the convict pleaded guilty before the Federal High Court and that the NDLEA Act did not differentiate between quantities of drugs found on dealers.

Meanwhile, the Lagos command of the NDLEA arrested 274 suspected drug dealers in 2016 and successfully won the conviction of 212 drug dealers comprising 205 males and seven females.

This is the highest conviction recorded by the command.

The convicts got various jail term including life imprisonment with hard labour. However, one Joy Amah 34 year old caught with 45.2kg of cannabis was convicted and pardoned by Justice Shagari on the ground that she was five months pregnant and had spent three months in custody.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd) who commended the Lagos command lawyer, Barrister Jeremiah Aernan for securing 212 convictions in a year said that the Agency is strategising to tackle the drug problem in the State.

“The Agency seized more drugs and won more convictions in 2016 in Lagos. I commend the prosecuting counsel for winning 212 convictions last year. A total of sixteen thousand, five hundred and seventy-one (16,571.289kgs) of narcotic drugs were seized by the Lagos command. While two hundred and twelve (212) drug dealers were convicted last year, one hundred and forty (140) cases were pending at the Federal High Court as at December 31, 2016. This is a clear indication that the drug problem is huge” Abdallah stated.

NDLEA Lagos State commander, Sule Aliyu said that cannabis had the largest quantity of the drugs with 16,327.398kg. This was followed by tramadol with 192.918kg, diazepan 46.7kg, exol 3.2kg, rophenol 582 grammes, cocaine 121 grammes and heroin 37 grammes. The above figures are far higher than the 4, 443.5597kg of drugs seized in Lagos in 2015.

According to the NDLEA statistics, there was an increase of 12,127.73kg of drugs seized and an increase of 63 persons convicted for drug related offences in the State over the arrests and convictions in 2015.

However, there was a drastic reduction in the number of persons counselled in connection with substance use and abuse from 362 in 2015 to 267 in 2016. This represents a decrease of 95 persons.

Okunola Taiwo who was caught with 2kg of cannabis will have to spend the next twenty-five (25) years in prison custody.

While Saheed Bello got twelve (12) years for dealing in cannabis; Mohammed Babangida and Abdullahi Ibrahim caught with 200 grammes of cannabis got ten (10) years each while Samuel Ukpe got eight (8) years each on a three count charge of dealing in cocaine, heroin and cannabis to run concurrently.

The Chairman assured that the Agency will continue to intensify drug control efforts in the State.

Impeached Jigawa Speaker Goes To Court To Challenge Impeachment

Impeached Speaker of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, Honourable Idris Garba, has gone to court to challenge his impeachment.

Garba insisted that there was a lot of irregularities and lawlessness in the process leading to his sack by 25 members of the assembly.

Counsel for former speaker, Sale Mohammed Tirmizi, said his client’s had already filed a case in the Dutse High Court, insisting that due process was not followed for his client removal.

He prayed the court to nullify his removal and return him as the substantive speaker.

According to him, the defendants included the 25 members of the assembly, who impeached him and the Commissioner  for justice, Attorney General of the state.

Tirmizi explained that his client instituted the case because the procedures followed for his impeachment contravened Section 6 (4) Rules of the  Jigawa State House Assembly 2011, which said for a speaker or his deputy to be removed, a copy of allegations for removal from office, must be made available to the individual.

“Based on the reasons made available, the so called impeachment is illegal therefore, null avoid, pointed pout that as far as the law is concern my client, Idris Garba Kareka is still the substantive Speaker of Jigawa State House of Assembly.”

Reports further revealed that, the impeached speaker was said to have accepted his impeachment in good faith, but he along with his loyalists members insisted that the aggrieved members have not follow due process in the Impeachment process as such they must seek for legal redress from court.