Kwara governor warns clerics against hate speech

By Peter Moses, Ilorin
The Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has warned religious and political leaders against uttering hate speeches and inciting their followers against other residents in the state.
Ahmed cautioned opinion leaders and other members of the public against utterances which could overheat the polity.
The governor handed down the warning during a stakeholders meeting with various religious leaders, political leaders, labour leaders and members of security and executive councils at the Government House, Ilorin.
While emphasizing the need for constructive criticism for improved governance, Ahmed stressed that criticism must be separated from incitements in order to move the state forward.
On outstanding salaries at local government level, Ahmed challenged serving Transition Implementation Committees (TIC), and prospective local government chairmen to show capacity to raise revenues, saying that local government councils in the state had not done enough in revenue generation.
According to him, councils’ business has moved beyond reliance on federal allocation for survival to a new level where council authorities must be resourceful by thinking outside the box to raise their internally generated revenues to augment payment of salaries and execute developmental projects.
Ahmed assured the TICs that the state government would continue to give necessary support to local government councils to improve their revenues and meet their obligations.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner of Police, Lawan Ado, maintained that hate speeches would be treated as terrorism in line with the directive of Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the recently held National Economic Council Security Summit in Abuja.

Court sentences two, detain one, free other Barcelona terror attacker

By Newsdesk

A Spanish judge, Fernando Andreu, has sentenced two of the four surviving terror suspects linked to Barcelona and Cambrils attacks.

The court, after the hearing, charged the two, Chemlal and Driss Oukabir, for murder, membership of a terror organization and illegal possession of explosives.

Andreu, who made the rulings after the hearing, directed that the third suspect, Salah el Karib, be detained for another 72 hours for further investigated.

The judge, however, ruled that the fourth suspect, Mohammed Aalla, be freed because the evidence presented by prosecutor against him was weak.

The quartet of the 12-man terrorist cell responsible for last week’s attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils appeared at Spanish National High Court here on Tuesday.

The four suspects arrived at the court at around 8:00 a.m. yesterday after spending hours in the cells of the Civil Guard Headquarters in the town of Tres Cantos, north of Madrid.

Houli Chemlala, who was the first to speak before the judge, is reported to have testified that the terrorist cell had planned to destroy important monuments in Barcelona before a gas explosion in the house where they were preparing the attacks left him injured and two members of the cell dead.

Those replies matched what he told the Catalan regional police in the five days he had been maintained incommunicado under their custody.

Chemlal was accompanied to the court in Madrid by Mohamed Chemal, Dris Oukbar, Mohammed Alla and Salh Karib, all of whom were detained in the town of Ripoll, in Girona province, to the north of Barcelona.

Dris is the older brother of one of the terrorists who was shot by police during the attack on Cambrils in the early hours of Friday morning.

He handed himself to police few hours after the attacks, saying his brother had stolen his driving license, which was used to rent the van that killed 13 persons on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas street.

El Karib, who is the owner of a call center in the town of Ripoll, where three of the terrorists were arrested, told the court he had only helped members of the cell buy air tickets in order to earn a commission on the sale.

Aallaa, whose brother also died in Cambrils, told the judge that the although the Audi A3 used in the attack in which 5 terrorists, including his brother, were shot dead, was in his name, it was only for insurance issues.

Couple bags 30 months jail term for duping, engaging in false marriage

By Newsdesk

A couple in Harare, Zimbabwe has been sentenced to two and half years each for allegedly luring 56-year-old Nyakanyaka Msipani into a false marriage relationship which culminated in the perceived marriage.

The couple, Brian Mathe, 30 and wife, Stephanie Pullen, 20, both from the high-density suburb of Mbare, opened a Facebook account recently which they used to lure Msipani

During the court proceedings on Wednesday, it was revealed that the couple played brother and sister with the husband marrying off the wife to Msipani for a bride price of $3,000.

After opening the Facebook account and hooking up with Msipani, Pullen introduced her husband Mathe as his sibling and said that the bride price should be paid to him since their parents were dead.

In order to fast track the marriage process, Msipani paid $3,000 with Mathe presiding over the marriage ceremony and said he would accompany Pullen to his residence after two weeks.

The love-struck Msipani received a call from Mathe just before the two weeks lapsed and was told that Pullen needed urgent medical assistance and caused him to pay more money for medical bills and groceries before they disappeared.

But nemesis caught up with Mathe while roving in the city as Msipani met Mathe in town and initiated his arrest immediately.

While delivering judgment, Magistrate Victoria Mashamba suspended a year each on their jail terms for five years on condition of good behavior and another six months on condition that they restitute Msipani $4,029.

Mashamba stressed that the couple deserved a custodial sentence, saying, you have looked down upon the marriage institution. They caused emotional and psychological stress to the complainant who believed that he was getting married.

Unemployed man gets 5yrs jail term for theft

By Newsdesk

An Aflao Circuit Court has sentenced a 42-year-old unemployed, Martin Worda, to five years imprisonment for dispossessing a foreigner of his money.

According to the prosecutor, Michael Akemo, an Ivorian, Drame Maki, met Worda at about 6: 30 pm recently at Ghana Private Road Transport Union public bus terminal and asked for direction to a bus travelling to Abidjan.

It was gathered that Worda, who was convicted on his own plea, agreed to help Maki locate the bus terminal but asked him to surrender all foreign currencies on him for his perusal and to avoid arrest by Ghanaian security personnel within the axis that often arrest anyone possessing fake notes.

He said as soon as the Ivorian reluctantly handed over CFA 30,000 to Maki, he took to his heels, but the Ivorian gave him a hot chase and succeeded in arresting him.

Akemo said before Maki arrested Worda, he (Worda) quickly passed on the cash to an accomplice who bolted away with it.

He said Maki single handedly pulled Worda to the Aflao Police Station, where he (Worda) admitted passing on the cash to one Sule of Zorokpone-a known den of criminals, but failed in helping the police to arrest the said Sule.

Buhari cancels FEC meeting, directs Osinbajo to submit SGF, NIA probe report 

By Newsdesk

President Muhammad Buhari has cancelled the first Federal Executive Council (FEC) that could apparently allow him address economic issues affecting the country after resuming to office barely two days ago.

The FEC meeting earlier scheduled for 10am on Wednesday was called off by Buhari, even as he directed the Vice President to submit his investigation committee probe report on allegations leveled against two of his suspended aide, to him.

 

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, were the two suspended aide investigated for alleged corrupt acts.

The Investigative Committee will also present its report on the money recovered in a private building in Ikoyi, Lagos State which also involved the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke.

Explaining further on reasons Buhari cancelled the FEC meeting, special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said that the committee headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, will present their report to him at 12 noon, in his office.

It would be recalled that absence of the President had stalled submission of the report since its completion several weeks ago.

Couple bags jail term after cemetery sex act

By Newsdesk

A couple in Alabama, United State (US), has been sentenced to different jail term for allegedly engaging in sexual act with minors.

The couple, who were identified as Charli Parker (wife) and Jamie (husband), were both teachers and allegedly lure their students into engaging in sex with them at different locations.

Charli, a former teacher at a private Christian school was first accused of having sex with two underage male students and sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to one charge.

She was arrested in March and indicted on 13 counts of a school employee having sex with a student under the age of 19.

In the judgement, the 31-year-old was sentenced to 12 years in prison, though she would only serve three years, followed by five years of probation.

Parker, who was the head coach for the girls’ basketball team and taught physical education at Pickens Academy, had sex 11 times with one of the students at her home and in a cemetery between October 2014 and March 2016.

As part of the judgement, Parker must also follow the state’s sex offender law and cannot have contact with the victim, even though constitutionality of the state’s teacher-student sex law is currently under appeal.

Although the student’s name was redacted from official documents, authorities previously said her victim was male.

Not long after Parker’s arrest, her husband, Jamie, who also taught at the school and was the boys’ basketball coach, was charged with having sex with a female student.

While condemning the act, Chief Assistant Pickens County District Attorney, Andy Hamlin, told newsmen that the government will not tolerate the act.

“There needs to be a definitive line drawn in the sand that makes a statement to the public that this behaviour will not be tolerated,”

“Nobody wants to see their kids going through something like that. I have tried three or four of those cases in the last year and it’s hard on the kids and it’s hard on the parents,” said Hamlin.

Parker has been ordered to begin serving her sentence on Sept. 11, while her husband’s case is set for trial on Nov. 27.

Customs intercepts four tricycles with illegal products

By Newsdesk

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller for Kano/Jigawa Area Command, Yusuf Abba-Kasim, has disclosed that four tricycles concealed with smuggled food items has been impounded by the command.

Abba-Kasim added that the tricycles were discovered by officers of the command who were on patrol of the outskirts of Kano.

The comptroller, who disclosed the seizure in Kano on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on activities of the command,  said: My men impounded four tricycles concealed with 45 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice, 30 cartons of foreign spaghetti and 33 Jerry cans of foreign vegetable oil.

He stressed that the smugglers brought in the goods through border routes and dumped them on the outskirts of Kano municipal after realising that officers in the command had intensified their surveillance.

According to him, we want to educate the general public of the trick being used by smugglers to deceive people to bring in foreign items. We are ready to impound such items to prevent them from coming into the city.

The comptroller urged the public to provide the command with relevant information to curtail smuggling.

Electric vandal dies after electrocution in Lagos

By Newsdesk

Nemesis caught up with a yet-to-be identified vandal who was electrocuted while allegedly vandalizing a transformer cable belonging to Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) in Lagos.

It was gathered that the deceased was about completing the vandalism when power supply was restored to the facility.

EKEDC’s General Manager, Corporate Communication, Godwin Idemudia, who disclosed the tragedy to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, in a statement, hinted that the incident occurred at Balogun Street, Akpongbon on Lagos Island, yesterday.

According to Idemudia, the vandal was cutting the transformer cable and, suddenly, electricity supply was restored to the area.

He said that the police and members of the Community Development Association (CDA) in the area had since removed the victim’s corpse from the substation.

“This is why we always appeal to our consumers to always protect and secure their transformers all the time. If the vandal had made away with the cable, the whole area would have been plunged into darkness for days.

“The company has been spending a lot of money on repair of vandalised equipment and stolen cables. If all our installations are well secured and protected, this money would have been spent on buying new equipment and ensuring regular power supply,” he said.

India bans instant divorce

By Newsdesk

Worried by cases that often trail divorce cases in India, the country’s Supreme Court has banned instant divorce allegedly frequently perpetrated by some members of Muslim community in the country.

The landmark ruling came on a group of petitions filed by Muslim women and women’s groups who challenged the archaic practice.

Most Islamic countries including neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh – have banned triple talaq. But the practice has thrived in secular India, where religious authorities, including those of the Muslim minority, regulate marriage and divorce through civil codes.

India has so far been one of the few countries where a Muslim man could divorce his wife through uttering a word, talaq, meaning divorce in Arabic, three times in quick succession.

Of the five judges that ruled on the act, two voted that the act should remain while three others kicked against it, arguing that the practice was unconstitutional, illegal and a violation of the right to equality.

Although two dissenting judges, including Chief Justice JS Khehar, were critical of attempts to meddle with religious laws, they suggested that the Indian parliament should be the one to make this decision and frame legislation addressing the issue within the next six months.

Explaining what transpired during court proceedings, Zakia Soman, from the Indian Muslim Women’s Movement group, one of the petitioners in the case, expressed her satisfaction on the judgement.

She said: “We are very happy, we have won. We, the Muslim women, were till so far deprived of a law which is gender-just, which upholds our rights in marriage and in family.

“It is because of the domination and hegemony of patriarchal elements that Muslim women have suffered for the last 70 years. It is a historic day for us.

“But it doesn’t end here. A proper, longer battle for social reform, for women’s empowerment, awareness, education has to be taken up,” Soman added.

Of the Indian population, 14 per cent representing 1.25 billion, were governed by personal law, formally codified in 1937, which is loosely based on sharia, or Islamic law.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), a non-governmental body, which oversees the application of the legislation, had opposed involvement of the court on the issue.

It argued that Islamic law could not be tested on basis of constitutional provisions and that the judiciary could not interfere with Muslim personal laws.

A AIMPLB member, Zafaryab Jilani, in her reaction to the judgement, hinted that the Muslim body will abide by court decision, but disapproved call of legislation.

According to her, I don’t think that the government may be required to bring about any legislation, we will try to carry on our reform programme throughout the country to ensure that this practice may come to an end or is reduced to a nominal extent.

 

 

Court orders Alison-Madueke to forfeit N2.6bn, Lagos, Abuja, P.H property

By Newsdesk

A federal court sitting in Lagos state has ordered former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to temporarily surrendered properties located in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja, valued at about N2.6 billion to the Federal Government.

This came barely two months after same court ordered that Alison-Madueke temporary forfeit a $37.5 million property on Banana Island, Lagos, and millions of naira and dollars linked to her.

The order of the court was sequel to an ex-parte application filed and argued before it by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), counsel, Anselm Ozioko.

Named as respondents in the suit are: Diezani Alison-Madueke; Donald Chidi Amamgbo; Chapel Properties Limited; Blue Nile Estate Limited; Azinga Meadows Limited and Vistapoints Property Development Limited.

In the ruling delivered by Justice Abdulaziz Anka on Tuesday, the court argued that the property were acquired with proceeds from unlawful activities.

Among the houses the ex-minister was asked to forfeit to the apex government include 21 mixed housing units of eight four bedroom with a penthouse apartment; six buildings of three bedroom apartments; two buildings of three bedrooms apartment and one building of four bedrooms apartment.

It was gathered that these property were located at 7 Thurnburn Street and 5 Raymond Street, Yaba, Lagos state and were valued at N937 million.

Also asked by Alison-Madueke to forfeit were 16-four bedrooms terrace buildings, located at Heritage Court Estate, Omerelu Street, Diobu GRA, Port-Harcourt, River State, valued at N928 million.

Aside these, another 13-three-bedroom with one room maid’s quarter situated at Mabushi Gardens Estate, Plot 1205, Cadastral Zone B06, Mabushi, Abuja, valued at N650 million; and six flats of three bedrooms and one boys quarter, located at Plot 808 (135) Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, valued at N805 million, were listed among property that should be forfeited.

While delivering his ruling, Anka ordered that the properties should in the interim be forfeited to the Federal government and that EFCC notify the respondents to appear before the court.

On why the respondent should appear before it in another 14 days, he argued that it was to allow her explain reasons the properties should not be permanently forfeited to the apex government.

Anka further directed EFCC to make publication of the interim order in a national newspaper for the respondents and anyone who is interested in the properties to appear before the court.

During hearing, the anti graft agency alleged that the properties were purchased by Alison-Madueke and others listed in the case.

In an affidavit attached with the ex-parte application, sworn to by Sambo Mayana, an investigator with the agency, he averred that last year, an intelligence report was received against both Diezani and Amamgbo, and upon analysing the intelligence report, a search warrant was executed at the office and premises of Amamgbo.

Mayana averred further that among the documents recovered from Amamgbo was an undated report tltled “Highly Confidential Attorney Work Product- August Report”.

The said ‘highly confidential report contained 18 companies and several properties located in United Kingdom (UK), Nigeria and United States of America (USA).

It was learned that Amamgbo, disclosed to EFCC that he registered the 18 companies to assist the former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke in holding title of the temporarily forfeited properties.

Mayana stated that investigation into ownership of the said Properties revealed that FBN Mortgage Limited was the last owner of the three property.

He also stated that payment for the properties were received by FBN Mortgage Limited at various times from 2011 to June 16, 2015.

According to him, First Bank of Nigeria Plc stated in a letter that the source of the money was Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke, and that the bank picked up United States Dollars from her house located at 10, Frederick Chiluba Close, off Jose Martins Street, Asokoro, Abuja.

Of the dollars picked up from Diezani’s house, $3,342,307 million was credited into FBN Mortgage Limited account number 2008133531.

Mayana also stated that First Bank of Nigeria Plc, in its extra judicial statement made by its Head of Public Sector Group, also confirmed that the sum of N840 million, equivalent of $5,540, 318, transferred to Skye Bank by one Adeyemi Edun, was picked up in 2011, from the ex-minister’s house in Asokoro, Abuja, and transferred on her instruction to Skye Bank in favour of Adeyemi Edun on the same day.