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Actress docks before court over serial stealing in Lagos

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A Nollywood actress identified as Yetunde Akilapa, has appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged burglary and stealing of valuables worth N7 million at a resident in Ketu axis of the States

The actress, 32, who resides at Oladelola St., Ketu area of Lagos, said to be standing trial on a three-count charges of burglary and stealing though pleaded not guilty, after she was brought before the court, yesterday.

Police Prosecutor, Benson Emuerhi, inform the court that the accused committed the offences on June 27 at Mutairu Street, Shangisha, Ketu, a suburb of Lagos, at 2.10 p.m.

According to him, the accused was apprehended while trying to enter the apartment of the complainant, Mr Adeboye Lamidi.

Lamidi alleged that he was in his sitting room when he noticed someone was trying to open the door to his apartment with a key from outside.

Akilapa used a different key to unlock the door of the complainant house but was caught in the act, he said.

“l peeped through the door hole and l saw the accused trying to open my door with a key.

The prosecutor also alleged that the accused on Nov. 16, 2015 at 3.00 p.m. broke into the residence of Oyinlola Tuga by unlocking the door with a master key.

Tuga, who lives at Ayodele Okeowo St., Gbagada Soluyi in Lagos, reported that the accused stole jewellery, bags and other valuables worth N7 million.

“Tuga alleged that after raising alarm that his house had been burgled, his neighbours told him that they saw the accused parking her car with registration no. MUS 689 CZ in front of the complainant’s house.

“They challenged her and found the stolen items and a hundred bunch of keys on her.

“The accused was apprehended and handed over to the police at Ifako Police Station,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akilapa came into the film industry in 2013 and acted in a Yoruba film, “ Ileri-Oluwa’’, which brought her to limelight.

The actress was earlier reported to be in the news for stealing and breaking into people’s homes years ago and has been on the police wanted list for the past three years.

The actress was in the news in Feb. 2013 when it was reported that she was arrested for robbery by the police in Alade, Somolu area of Lagos.

She was sent to the Kirikiri Prison and after a few months, she regained her freedom in November 2013.

In Jan. 12, 2014, she was again caught trying to steal with a bunch of master keys hidden in her brassiere at a house in Magodo Phase 2.

The offences contravened Sections 287, 307 and 308 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

NAN also reports that Section 287 stipulates a three-year jail term for stealing, while Section 307 prescribes seven years for burglary.

The Magistrate, Mrs Olufunke Sule-Amzat, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with two responsible sureties.

Sule-Amzat said the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Oct. 22.

Court arraign man over allegedly defiling 9yrs-old tenants daughter

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court remanded a 40-year-old man, Dominic Bassey, for 25 days over alleged defilement of his neighbour’s nine-year-old daughter in Lagos on Thursday

Bassey will be remanded in Kirikiri Prisons, pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The Chief Magistrate, Mr P.E. Nwaka, directed that the case file be sent to the DPP for advice and
fixed July 30 for case mention.

Bassey, who resides at No 54, Surulere St., Afromedia, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, is being tried for child defilement.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Christopher John, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 17 at his residence.

John said that the girl and other children in the compound went to Bassey’s apartment to sleep as they usually do.

He added that “Bassey, however, woke the girl up, undress her and applied cream on her private part, defiled her and promised to buy her a dress.

“Bassey also told the girl not to tell anyone, but when her mother came back from market, she saw blood stain on her daughter’s dress and asked her questions.

“The girl then narrated everything that Bassey did to her.”

The prosecutor told the court that the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Court arraign man for having carnal knowledge of daughter

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An incestuous 60-year-old father, Amusat Ashiru, who allegedly defiled his 12-year-old daughter, was on Thursday in Lagos remanded in Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos, on the orders of an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

The Magistrate, Mrs B.O.Osunsanmi, who had refused to take plea of the accused, said the accused should be kept behind bars pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Ashiru, a driver, who resides at Orisunbare, Shasha, a Lagos suburb, is being tried for defilement.

The accused committed the offence sometime in May at his residence as he had canal knowledge of his daughter several times, the Police Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court.

“The girl, who has been staying with his uncle since her parents separated, decided to live with her father.

“She moved into her father’s house three months ago and since that day, her father had turned her into a sex machine,” he said.

Ayorinde said the girl, who could no longer tolerate her father’s constant sexual demands, ran away from home and was begging people to accommodate her in their homes.

“A good Samaritan, who met her on the road begging for where to sleep, interrogated her and she told her what her father has been doing to her.

“The woman reported the case to the police and the accused was arrested,” the prosecutor said.

The offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The section prescribes life imprisonment for offenders.

The case was adjourned until Aug. 6 for mention.

Court free herdsman accused of stealing cow

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A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday discharged a 40-year-old herdsman, Mohammed Burtu, charged with receiving a stolen cow.

The Magistrate, Mr Ibrahim Emmanuel, discharged Burtu, a resident of Karau-Karau village in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State, for “lack of diligent prosecution’’.

At the resumed hearing of the case, the prosecutor, Insp. Musa Abdullahi, asked for an adjournment, to enable him to present the investigating police officer.

Emmanuel, however, refused the application, noting that the case had been severally adjourned because of non-availability of prosecution’s witness.

The magistrate reminded the prosecutor that at the last sitting, he promised to produce the witness on the next adjourned date.

“The case has suffered series of adjournments at the instance of the prosecution.

“Every person charged with an offence is considered innocent until conviction.

“It is no longer in the interest of justice to adjourn the matter again, due to the failure of the prosecution to produce its witnesses in court.

“I hereby invoke Section 165 of the Criminal Procedure Code, to strike out the matter and discharge the accused for want of diligent prosecution,” Emmanuel said.

On Dec. 12, 2017, one Adamu Yusuf, reported the case at the Kabala West Police Station on April 17, that one of his cows was stolen from him at gunpoint.

Abudullahi said that on Jan. 12, the complainant went to Sabon Birnin Market in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, and found his stolen cow in the possession of the defendant.

He said that during police investigation, the defendant claimed that he bought the said animal from one Mohammed Isah, now at large, who claimed to be the owner.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 278 of the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.

Burtu had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Absence of prosecution witness stalls trial of alleged wife killer

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The absence of a prosecution witness has stalled the murder trial of dockworker Lekan Shonde, who allegedly beat his wife to death at their Lagos home two years ago.

The state was scheduled to open its case against Shonde, 51, on Tuesday at an Ikeja High Court.

The prosecution led by T. M. Ashafa, however, informed court that the first prosecution witness was unavailable.

“Our witness that was supposed to come today informed us that she was ill and would be unable to come.

“In the circumstance, we will be asking for a further date to enable us bring our witness,” Ashafa said.

Responding to the state’s claim, Robert Clarke (SAN), Shonde’s Defence Counsel, registered his displeasure over the development.

He said: “There are instances where apologies are completely meaningless, this is just one of those instances.

“My lord, nine witnesses have been slated as potential witnesses in the proof of evidence.

“This matter has been on for two years and the most important witness is the medical doctor that gave the post mortem, as this allegedly happened in the bedroom and there were no eyewitnesses.

“The medical doctor is a government official and with the greatest respect, may I seek the order of court that the first witness should now be the pathologist as that is the only witness that this court wants to listen to.”

Acceding to Clarke’s request, Justice Josephine Oyefeso gave an order that a witness summons should be issued to a pathologist.

“The witness summons to Dr S. S. Soyele is to ensure the medical doctor testifies as the first prosecution witness on the next court date.

“Prosecution must get its act together and exercise due diligence as expected, witness summons is hereby issued on the pathologist, Dr S. S. Soyele.

“The case is adjourned to Sep. 20 and Oct. 3 for trial,” the judge said.

Shonde had previously been arraigned in the high court on Oct. 24, 2017 on a charge of murder, and had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecution had alleged that Shonde committed the offence at 8.30 p.m. on May 5, 2016 at his No. 3, Tiemo Close in Egbeda, near Lagos.

According to court documents, Shonde was involved in an altercation with his wife, Ronke which led to her death.

After Ronke’s death, the dockworker allegedly locked up the home and fled, leaving his spouse’s corpse in the living room.

The crime scene was discovered by neighbours, who heard the cries of their two young children, struggling to “wake up” the lifeless body of their mother.

Shonde was said to have surrendered to the authorities five days later, after an extensive manhunt.

Court arraign man over defilement of minor

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A medical expert on Friday told an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court that her findings revealed that the two-year and 11-month old pupil of Chrisland School was defiled.

Dr Oluwatoyin Olayioye, was testifying before Justice Sybil Nwaka at the resumed trial of Adegboyega Adenekan, the school supervisor who allegedly defiled the child.

The witness, who has been practising medicine for eight years, holds a Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery, a Masters degree of Public Health and is also a trained Forensic Examiner.

Led in evidence by Babajide Boye, the Chief State Counsel, Olayioye, the fifth prosecution witness said in 2015 to 2016, she was working with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) at the Department of Family Medicine.

“I was consulting for the Mirabel Centre when the case was referred to my team from the Ikeja Police Command on Nov. 24, 2016.

“My team was made up of myself, Dr Oyedeji Alagbe and Dr Olujimi Sodipo. The Mirabel Centre had seen over 2,000 clients and I cannot quote verbatim the number of cases involving minors between ages one to five that I have overseen.

“My Lord when the child was seen at Mirabel Centre, she said the perpetrator put his wee-wee in her mouth, she said he put his wee-wee in her vagina and that the perpetrator put his mouth on her wee-wee.

“On general examination, we found the female child calm, intelligent, not pale, she was not hot to touch or in any distress and at the time of the examination, she was well hydrated.

“On examination of the child from head to toe, there were no fresh findings relating to the case but in my systematic examination, there were significant findings.”

According to her, the findings included whitish patches in the urethra openings, notches in the hymen, redness on the vulva and pain while touching.

“After exposing the client to the physical examination, the genital area was not in a steady state, along the urethra opening, there were whitish patches which are scaly skin that ought not to be there.

“It could be due to an assault in the vaginal area My Lord, the notches are healed lacerations (wounds), the notches in this client may be due to blunt penetration injury.

“My Lord, when we talk about blunt penetration, it has a pattern in which it descends, the pattern is different from injuries from sharp objects, chemicals or burns.

“Due to the pattern of the notches, we arrived that it should be as a result of blunt penetrative injury which could be due to penile injury, finger or any other blunt object.

“My Lord in the normal state of the vagina, redness is not supposed to be there except in cases of assault,” Olayioye.

The Medical Doctor told the court that mother of the child could not ascertain the time the alleged sexual assault took place.

“I made the conclusion based on the child’s declaration, the mother’s declaration, which were consistent with my clinical findings that it could be due to penile penetration.

“Our findings revealed blunt penetration injuries which could be as a result of penile penetration, finger penetration or blunt force injury.”

Cross-examining the witness, Olatunde Adejuyigbe (SAN), the defence counsel, challenged her professional credentials.

The witness admitted that she was not yet a consultant but that she was currently undergoing the training.

She also told the court that she could not remember the name of the foreign doctor who conducted the forensic examiner training which was in affiliation with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Mirabel Centre and LASUTH.

“The person who trained me is a certified Medical Doctor from St. Mary’s Hospital in the United Kingdom but I cannot remember his name,” she said.

Adejuyigbe also queried the time frame with which the witness carried out the examination claiming that it could have affected the accuracy of the report.

Nwaka adjourned the case until July 4 for continuation of cross-examination of the witness.

Adenekan who was arraigned on Jan. 29, pleaded not guilty to a charge of defilement of a child.

The prosecution alleges that Adenekan committed the offence sometime in November 2016 at Chrisland School, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos.

According to the prosecution, the defendant defiled the child by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.

The offence violated Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 which recommends a life sentence for anyone convicted of defiling a child

Lagos court remands woman lawyer for chopping off hubby’s penis

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A 48-year-old female lawyer, Udeme Otike-Odibi, has been remanded, Igbosere High Court in Lagos which ordered that the woman should be kept at Kirikiri prison for killing her 52-year-old husband, Symphorosa Otike-Odibi, after she choped off his penis.

Udeme, 47, was arraigned by the Lagos State Government on a two-count charge of murder and misconduct with regard to a corpse.

She however pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Lagos State Prosecutor, Sunmonu Babatunde, had told the court that the accused committed the alleged offences on May 3, at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki, Lagos.

He said that the accused stabbed her husband and mutilated his corpse by cutting his genitals.

The offences contravened Sections 165 (b) and 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 165 (b) provides five-year imprisonment while Section 223 is punishable by death.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye, however remanded the accused in prison and adjourned the case until Oct. 8 and 9 for hearing.

The accused first appeared before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in prison pending the Directorate of Public Prosecutions legal advice.

Symphorosa Otike- Odibi, the murdered lawyer, from Delta State, was the second person killed by a female lawyer.

The first lawyer to commit the crime was Mrs. Yewande Oyediran, working with the Oyo State Ministry of Justice.

Yewande stabbed her husband, Lowo Oyediran Ajanaku, 38, to death in their Akobo Estate home in Ibadan, Oyo State home on February 2, 2016, after she found out that he fathered a child through another woman.

NOA condemns recent killing in Plateau, suggest for community JTF as preventive measure

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The Plateau State office of  National Orientation Agency (NOA), has condemned killing that occurred in the state after which it suggested community Joint Task Force (JTF), as a preventive measure.

However, the Director, NOA, Plateau state office, Bulus Dabit,, who spoke against the killing on Monday in Jos said that there was need for  public to realise that the community played a critical role in ensuring peace through reporting early warning signals.

“Community JTF will be a panacea for the killings in Plateau. It can work within the regulations of the State Security apparatus, Operation Rainbow.

“The organisation should train the youths and deploy them to communities to protect lives in their area of Jurisdiction,” he said.

The director said that countries like Afghanistan also adopted the measure to address insurgency and was yielding effective result.

Dabit expressed worry that insurgents attacked innocent children and women hiding under the pretense of farmers and herdsmen clashes.

He called on Plateau residents to live in peace as it was a criterion for rapid development in the area.

President Muhammadu Buhari had vowed that his administration would not rest until the murderers and sponsors of the crime were brought to justice.

Terna Tyopev, spokesperson of the Police Command in Plateau said 86 deaths were recorded while six persons were injured.

The attacks were on 11 communities in Gashish District in Barkin Ladi LGA and some communities in Bokkos LGA which started on Friday.

A dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South LGAs to restore peace in the various communities.

Lagos woman appears before Lagos court after biting neighbor’s eye during fight,

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A 30-year-old woman, Ebere Okechukwu, has been arraigned before an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly biting her neighbour, one  Perpetual Theophilus, eye while fight between herself and her co-tenant.

Okechukwu, a resident of No 3, Alhaji Taliatu Lawal Gbasemo St., Aga Ikorodu, was facing a three-count charge of breach of peace, threat to kill, and causing grievous harm, though she pleaded not guilty the allegation

The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. John Iberedem, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 15 at her residence.

Iberedem said that the accused and the complainant, one Perpetual Theophilus, had been at loggerheads on an undisclosed matter over the years.

He said that some neighbours had tried to settle the rift between them, but to no avail.

“On June 15, the accused went to the complainant’s shop to beat her and in the course of the fight, bit her eye.

“The complainant was rushed to a hospital while the matter was reported to the police

The offence contravenes Section 168(d), 56(1) and 245 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State Laws, 2015.

In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs F. A. Azeez, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties should show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government while she adjourned the case till July 12 for mention.

Abuja based woman’s suspected killers inside police’s net

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At least, two men suspected to be involved in killing of an Abuja based woman, Charity Aiyedogbon, who was reported to had gone missing since May 2016, have been arrested by Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who has since the woman was reported missing had not withdrawn investigation.

As listed, the suspects arrested inlcuded Chukwujekwu Ezeugo, 27, as principal suspect, from Enugu state and Emmanuel Adogah, 28 from Edo.

However, the Commissioner of Police, FCT, Sadiq Bello, who spoke on the arrested while briefing newsmen on the arrest by operatives of the command on Thursday in Abuja,said that the principal suspect, Ezeugo was arrested in Benin while the second principal suspect, Adogah was arrested in Abuja on June 11 by operatives of the command.

The commissioner said that Ezeugo, who had been at large since the disappearance of Charity, confessed to have conspired with Adogah to murder her on May 9, 2016 at Kagini, Abuja.

He said that Ezeugo also confessed to have given her excess alcohol before moving her from his house at Yaounde Street to Kagini, where she was butchered and packaged in two sacks and dumped by the bank in Ushafa, Bwari, Abuja.

He further confessed that he killed her in order to take possession of her Acura ZDS Jeep and other property.
Bello said the deceased car and some of her property had been recovered from him.

He said that the second principal suspect, Adogah who was a habitual criminal equally confessed to have participated in the commission of the heinous crime.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Charity’s former husband, Mr David Aiyedogbon had been accused of having a hand in the disappearance of the deceased.

Speaking with newsmen, Aiyedogbon said that the arrest and subsequent confession by the suspects had vindicated him, adding that the deceased would surely get justice.

“In spite of the negative, wicked insinuations and blackmail in the social media, we were not deterred and today we know what happened to Charity.

“We have now confirmed that she is dead, it is our sincere belief that no person, no matter the motive or intention has any justification to kill another person,’’ he said.

He said that some of those who were accomplice in the case had been charged to court for criminal offences while civil suit was also pending in an Abuja High Court.

David said that the deceased, who was 44, had four children.

Also speaking, Ezeugo said that he was in a relationship with the deceased, adding that both of them had differences.
He said that killing her was the work of the devil, and expressed regret about the act.

Bello said the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

In a related development, Bello said that the command had arrested five members of a notorious armed robbery gang, who specialised in robbing unsuspecting passengers in taxis in Abuja.

The suspects are Ebuka Ejeanyido, 28, Chidebe Okocha, 36, Chukwuma Amichie, 30, Augustine Agbo, 32, and Chinedu Obi-25.

He said that they were arrested during police investigation of the disappearance of Michael Sunday, who was reported missing by members of his family on May 27 after leaving his brother`s house in Apo, Abuja.

“The missing man’s phone was traced to one of the suspects who led police detectives to arrest the other suspects.

“The suspects confessed that one of them, Chidebe Okocha used hammer to hit Sunday on the head when he tried to take control of their operational car from the driver.

“The suspects said they abandoned his body under Apo Bridge,’’ he said.

The commissioner said efforts were ongoing to recover the remains of the deceased while the operational car used by the gang, an army green Volkswagen Passat Wagon, one hammer and a cell phone belonging to the deceased had been recovered.