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Court dissolves six-year-old marriage on grounds of lesbianism, adultery

By Agency Report,

An FCT High Court, Maitama, on Monday dissolved the six-year-old marriage between Godwin Ometu and his wife Joyce, on grounds of lesbianism and adultery.

Justice Jude Okeke, ordered for the dissolution of the marriage, as Ometu had proved the allegations he leveled against his wife.

Okeke said that the court was satisfied with the evidence of the petitioner which the respondent did not contradict.

” As the petitioner‘s evidence are admitted by the respondent and admitted evidence need no proof. The court is satisfied with the evidence of the petitioner, which is reasonable and based on the intolerable behaviour of the respondent, founded on lesbianism and adultery.”

He held that the records of the court revealed that the couple was married on October. 12, 2012, at Jos North Marriage Registry, and on October 28, 2013 they had a twin.

Okeke noted that they both lived in Abuja until the respondent moved to Jos.

He said that from the evidence of the petitioner, in several occasions, he cautioned the respondent on her behavior, with he responded with insult.

“If you don’t like what I am doing, I will quit the marriage and live my life the way I want it.’’

Okeke observed that on one occasion when the petitioner visited her at Jos to deliver some food items, money and other things for the upkeep of the children, he did not meet her at home.

He noted that when she was called she said rudely: “If you like you can keep those things at the gate with the gate keeper and go back to Abuja.

“I am in a friend’s house and I have decided to sleep over there and nothing can make me come back to welcome you,’’

Okeke said that on another visit by the petitioner, he was made to sleep in a hotel and was prevented from seeing the children.

He added that when the petitioner called on the respondent, she told him that she was having a visitor and would not have him and the visitor in the house at the same time.

The judge said that no reasonable man would be expected to put up with such a woman.

“In the light of the foregoing, the court resolved the whole issue raised above in favour of the petitioner against the respondent.

” It is declared that the marriage between the petitioner and the respondent contracted on October 12, 2018, at Jos North Marriage Registry, had broken down irretrievably as a reason of intolerable behaviour on the part of the respondent.’’

He ordered that the custody of the two children will be with their mother and the petitioner would have unhindered access to them at all reasonable hours of the day.

Abuja airport shuts down after Jet skids off runway’

By Balogun Alabi,

The minister for state on aviation, Hadi Sirika, has confirmed that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was temporarily shut down.

It was gathered that the airport was forced to shut down for about 30 minutes after a private jet operated by Nest Oil, skidded off the airport runway while landing.

While confirming the incident which occurred on Thursday through her social media page, the minister said that the jet lost landing gear in an attempt to return to the runway.

Meanwhile, the federal government has threatened to revoke the remodeling contract of the Port-Harcourt International Airport, domestic wing, due to slow pace of work by the contractor



Police arraign woman for impersonating Aisha Buhari

Zulaykha Abodunrin with Agency Report,

The Police, Friday, has arraigned Aishatu Bello, 37, in a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for reportedly impersonating the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari.

Bello, who lives at Durumi village, Abuja, was arrested on Jan.10 after allegedly committing the offence.

The Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Adama Musa, told the court that the offence was contrary to Section 179 of the Penal Code and that Goni Bakaryu of Fadama House, No.1 Eldoret Close, Wuse 11, Abuja, reported the matter at the Maitama Police Station.

Musa told the court that Bakaryu had informed the police that the National Project Coordinator of Fadama 111, Mr Tayo Adewumi was meant to be the defendant’ victim.

He said the complainant informed the police that Adewumi had received a text message from the defendant, who claimed to be the wife of the president. Musa also told the court that the defendant had used the text to demand for contract from the National Project Coordinator of Fadama 111.

During investigation, it was discovered that the wife of the President did not send the defendant to the Fadama 111 coordinator to secure any contracts.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Her counsel, Mr Olatunji Salawu, had filed an oral application for bail.

The Magistrate, Yetunde Iwot, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of  N800, 000, with two sureties and  adjourned the case until Feb. 15, for mention.

“In view of the plea of the defendant of not guilty, and the application of the prosecution counsel for an adjournment, we apply that the defendant be admitted to bail,“he said.

Dokpesi’s PA testifies against him in court over alleged looted fund

By Balogun Alabi with News agency report,

Following trial of DAAR Communications Plc, Chairman, Raymond Dokpesi, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, Prosecution witness, Gabriel Agorye, testified how he withdrew N40 million from the alleged looted N2.1 billion.

It would be recalled that Dokpesi had been standing trial over alleged looted fraud filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC).

Agorye who was the 11th prosecution witness claimed and told court that he was Dokpesi’s personal assistant and ran errands for him several times.

The witness, who was led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) also said that some funds were paid into his personal account which he withdrew and gave to his boss.

During court hearing on Friday, Agorye under cross examination Kanu Agabi (SAN), told court that he never knew the source of the monies that he withdrew for his boss from his account.

He added that he was unsure if the money paid into his account were proceeds of an illegitimate transaction.

“I cannot say that the source of the money was illegitimate, and I do not know the uses to which the monies were put to,” he said.

However, the court justice, John Tsoho, discharged the witness and adjourned the case till February 6 and 7 for continuation of the matter.

Court convicts student after found guilty of theft, cheating

By Balogun Alabi,

A Grade one Court sitting in Kubwa area of Abuja, has sentenced a 27-year-old man, Aonover Iorwuese, to four months imprisonment after he was found guilty of theft and cheating.

It was learnt that Iorwuese, a student, was arraigned before court when one one Mary Abraham of NEPA Road, Kubwa, Abuja, reported the matter at Kubwa Police Station on January 13.

Mary was said to have gone to a hotel in the area to withdraw money from Automated Teller Machine (ATM) point and met Iorwuese on the said date.

The convict was said to have offered help to the complainant by assisting her withdraw money from the ATM, but eventually stole the card, and told the woman that her ATM card was hooked in the machine.

In an attempt to use the stolen card, Iorwuese was arrested, and about 30 pieces of the cards were said to have been found in his possession.

During court hearing on Friday, the prosecutor, Babajide Olanipekun, said that all the cards were recovered from Iorwuese by police, and that the offences he committed contravened Sections 79, 322 and 287 of the Penal Code.

However, the convict pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of cheating and theft, as well as, ‎begged for leniency, assuring that would never repeat such mistake.

Therefore, the judge, Mohammed Marafa, gave him an option of N40, 000 fine, and warned him to desist from committing crime and be of good behaviour.

Tanker drivers urges FG to fix bad roads, threatens boycott

By Balogun Alabi,

The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), has threatened to boycott bad some bad roads across the country if  the Federal Government failed to  repair  important  roads before the raining season, as the warning may affect smooth supply and distribution of petroleum products to some parts of the country.

It was gathered that the association had earlier paid a visit to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, to report the matter, especially the road leading to the Tatabu Bridge from Jebba to Mokwa area of Niger State which was terrible where trucks spend days on the road, but the government remained adamant.

The drivers urged FG to repair some of the bad roads identified, as Tanker Drivers could not do anything to assuage the suffering of Nigerians under the circumstance.

According to PTD, some bad roads were currently by-passed to Mosimi to demonstrate that the drivers was ready to work 24 hours to ensure smooth supply of products across the country.

While making the threat in a statement signed made available to journalist on Wednesday in Abuja, the Union, Head Media Relations, Abdulkadir Garba, quoted the PTD National Chairman, Salimon Oladiti, as saying that the FG should expedite action on repairing the roads, as the situation would get out of control if rain begins.

Oladiti added that the union would be left with no choice than to boycott some of the bad roads, except solution was provided to stem tide of tankers breaking down.

Also, the chairman commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for supplying petroleum products through the system Two- B.

“The system now bridges fuel products to the North and other parts of the country through Ibadan- Mosimi and Ejigbo depots as well as Warri-Calabar-Aba depots, while waiting for the commencement of Ilorin-Ore depots among others,” he said.

However, the association said that it supported use of depots outside Lagos State, as it decongested gridlock in Apapa area of the state, as well as, eased problem of fuel scarcity.

“The perennial problem of fuel scarcity will soon be a thing of the past,” he added.

Man appears before court for allegedly abducting neighbor’s wife in Abuja

By Balogun Alabi,

A 36-year-old man, Emmanuel Peter, has appeared before a Grade 1 Area Court sitting in Karu area of Abuja, over allegations that he abducted his neighbour’s wife, Akpeku Felicia.

It was gathered that the prosecutor, Ismail ’la Mahmud, told the court that one Akpeku Godwin, who resides in Area A, Nyanyan, Abuja, had initially reported the matter to Nyanyan Police Station on January 12.

The prosecutor alleged that on the day of the incidence, the complainant had a misunderstanding with his wife, Felicia, which she angrily moved out of her matrimonial home.

Mahmud told court that the wife moved to the apartment of the defendant who was their neighbor, adding that the neigbour accommodated her for about two days.

During court hearing yesterday in Abuja, the prosecutor told court sitting before Justice Hassan Ishaq, that the defendant, a driver, accommodated the complainant’s wife till the following day and gave her some money to travel out of town to an unknown location.

Mahmud, who stated that the defendant accommodated and aided the escape of the complainant’s wife without his consent, added that the accused was facing a charge of abduction, which contravened the provisions of Section 27 of the Penal Code.

However, Peter denied committing the offence, whiles the judge, granted him to bail in the sum of N100, 000, with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until February 9.

Man receives five strokes of cane over stealing attempt

By Balogun Alabi,

A Grade 1 court sitting in Kubwa area of Abuja has ordered that a 25-year-old man, Abubakar Mustapha, be flogged five strokes of cane, over alleged attempt to steal a jeep tyre cover.

The accused was sad to have committed the alleged criminal offence on November 18, after he entered a compound located along pipeline, Kubwa area of the state to steal the item.

It was gathered that Mustapha was arrested in the process of stealing the tyre cover, even though the accused has no fixed address.

During court hearing on Friday in Abuja, the prosecutor, Babajide Olanipekun, told court sitting before Justice Mohammed Marafa, that the alleged offence the accused committed contravened Sections 346 and 95 of the Penal Code.

Olanikun added that the suspect would be facing a two count charge of criminal trespass and attempt to commit an offence.

Mustapha however pleaded guilty to the charge count against him, which resulted to the judge warning him that he should desist from such crime.

Justice Marafa warned that if the accused was brought back to court again, he should be ready to face the consequences.

NFF inaugurates Technical and Development committee

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

In a bid to improve the state of Nigerian football, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has inaugurated its newly-composed Technical and Development committee, just as the committee held its inaugural meeting at the NFF secretariat, Abuja.

NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, who represented NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, and the Executive Committee, hailed the quality of the membership, and charged them to bring their experience to play to ensure that the Nigerian national teams does not only maintain the impressive form of 2017, but go ahead to perform better internationally in year 2018.

He said: “The NFF leadership took its time to compose this very important committee, and this is evident in the calibre of people we have in this room. Your responsibility is indeed huge because the national teams must not only maintain their good showing of 2017, but must perform even better this year.

“Nigerians will not take excuses for poor showing by any of the national teams. The ball is now in your court to fashion policies and programmes that will guarantee great performances by our teams internationally.”

Chairman of the committee, Yusuf Ahmed, thanked the NFF for the opportunity given to the members to serve, and assured that with the pedigree of persons in the panel, he has no doubt that the national teams are headed for even better days.

“I am excited that we have juggernauts in this committee; people who have seen it all and have much to contribute to the development of Nigerian football. On behalf of the committee, I make bold to say that we will work assiduously and energetically, and bring our experience to bear in steering the national teams to higher glory.”

Edo records highest number of Libyan returnees

By Balogun Alabi,

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has disclosed that Edo State has the highest number of returnees of about 533, out of evacuated stranded Nigerians in Libya, adding that Delta State has 128, while Yobe State has 28.

It stressed further that other number of returnees included Ogun states and Imo states which had 25 each, Ondo State with 17 and Oyo state has 15, stressing that other states who recorded no returnees were Borno, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, Bauchi, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Niger State.

However, the agency explained that 27 states have had their indigenes returned, while nine states and Federal Capital Territory(FCT) were yet to record any returnees.

Also, NAPTIP noted that nine pregnant women and five babies were among 972 returnees that have been repatriated.

During a news conference on Thursday in Abuja, NAPTIP Director General, Julie Okah-Donli, disclosed that it had arrested two suspected traffickers among Nigerian returnees repatriated from Libya.

Okah-Donli said that the two suspects were currently undergoing investigation, although, one of the suspected traffickers; a female, was transferred to NAPTIP’s Lagos Zonal command for questioning.

She disclosed that the agency had set up a task force to fish out those involved in the trafficking or smuggling of Nigerians, assuring that they would be prosecuted accordingly.

The DG, hinted that about 40 personnel of her agency, including, counselors, caregivers, investigators and public enlightenment officers, have been deployed to provide various services to the returnees at the Port Harcourt’s camp.

She further commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his concern and the bold step in the evacuation of the trapped Nigerians in Libya.

“This will go into history as the biggest evacuation of Nigerians ever by a Nigerian Government. It shows the great interest of the President in the protection of the lives of Nigerian citizens no matter where they are across the globe and irrespective of their immigration status” she said.