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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.

Court dissolves 15yrs marriage over domestic violence 

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A Grade `C’ Customary Court, in Ibadan, Oyo state has dissolved a 15yrs marriage after the wife, Fausat Akinola, accused her husband Sarafa, of domestice violence.

Before the court dissolved the marriage, Fausat, a mother of three, while testifying before the court in a divorce suit filed by her husband, said that Sarafa once threw her inside a soak away.

“My lord, I support the dissolution of the marriage because my husband used to tie me to a tree in our compound. He treated me like a slave and was in the habit of beating me whenever we had misunderstandings. Dissolution of the marriage is a freedom from brutality and it will save me from untimely death though I have packed out of his house.’’ Fausat said.

Earlier, Sarafa, who instituted the divorce suit, had told the court that the defendant was very stubborn and never behaved like an obedient housewife.

The husband said Fausat and his three children packed out of his house to an unknown destination without notifying him, urging the court to order his wife to bring the kids back to him so that he could take care of them.

He also denied the allegation of tying her, saying that he never threw her into a soak away nor engage in domestic violence.

In his judgment, Mukaila Balogun, the President of the court, said there was no basis to deny the divorce request, since both parties had agreed to end the union.

Balogun, therefore, dissolved the marriage and gave the custody of the three children to the plaintiff, saying, the evidence of the defendant showed that she would not be able to take care of the children.

Balogun however, ordered the plaintiff to properly take care of the children morally and financially.

Man shot for wrong sexual perfomance

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A 21-year-old escort in Washington USA, Marissa Wallen has been arrested for shooting a man in the head for wrongly performing a sex act with her.

Reports have it that Wallen had shot her victim twice in the head and left him to die but police later found the man alive after three days.

The man was taken to the hospital and unable to speak, but he communicated with hand signals.

On her arrest, Wallen disclosed that she was an escort and had been hired to have sex with the victim.

She told the police she shot the victim twice in the back of the head for performing a sex act wrong.

The 21-year-old who allegedly displayed little remorse was also accused of robbing the victim.

According to court documents, police received a call on October 24 from the victim’s employer, who was concerned with his employee’s absence at the work in the following morning.

The document narrated that the police went to the victim’s unlocked house in which he was found sitting against a wall in the master bedroom.

The victim, according to the document, was taken to Providence Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit.

It stated that the police thereafter obtained a search warrant to the victim’s house and detected that credit cards and a handgun were missing from the home.

The law enforcement agent identified Marissa Wallen as a young woman coming to the home five different times between October 7 and 2 after reviewing a security footage from the victim’s home.

It was clear from the footage that Wallen and the victim were having sexual relations.

The security footage from October 21 showed the last time Wallen entered the home, walked in and left a short time later, and that Wallen was using the victim’s credit cards at Macy’s and other locations.

“A check on the victim’s credit cards showed 82 charges totaling more than $10,000 was made between October 22 and November 5.

“Wallen was clearly proud of her life as an escort and even asked us to call one of her clients so that he could post her bail,” court documents alleged.

She was eventually charged in Snohomish County court with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and first-degree theft, on a bail set for $1 million dollars.

Court fixes Nov. 7 to determine Tasty Time MD’s bail application fate

By Abolaji Adebayo

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned on ruling on weather Managing Director of Tasty Time Nigeria, Isaac Kole, bail application, who was charged with manufacturing of fake products, would be granted or not, to 7th of November, 2017.

The ruling which was earlier slated for Monday was postponed to new date by Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari who had allowed the accused to continue with administrative bail granted him and adjourned till Monday for the determination of his bail application.

The judge had also ordered the accused to produce a director either from Federal or Lagos State Civil Service, who would sign an undertaking to produce him in court on the next adjournment.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had on November 2 arraigned the accused on four count-charges bordering on producing fake and unregistered products.

Kole, who was arraigned alongside his company, Tasty Time Nigeria, had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At resumed hearing of the case on Monday, the case was adjourned till November 7 as the court did not sit.

The prosecution alleged that the accused had been producing unregistered Tasty Time drinks.

However, the products on list of allegation were  named to include Tasty Time juice, Glucosaid Energy drink, Tasty Time Pops orange flavoured drink, Tasty Time Fitz Apple drink and Tasty Time mixed orange flavoured drink.

The accused was also alleged to have packaged and labelled the products in a manner likely to create a wrong impression that they were genuine and also sold the unregistered products to the public.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, Mrs. Chinyere Okoli of NAFDAC, contravened the provisions of Sections 1(1), 5(a) and 5(e) of the Foods and Drugs Related Products Act, Laws of the Federation 2004.

Man bags six months jail term for possessing forge bank statement

By Newsdesk

A businessman, Oniel Awal, has been convicted by an Accra District Court for allegedly presenting a forged bank statement to secure visa from German embassy in Ghana.

Awal was convicted and sentenced to six month jail term with an option of GH¢600.00 fine  for presenting forged documents.

On the charge of possessing of forged documents, the court ordered the convicts to pay GH¢540.00 fine or serve four months imprisonment, even as the court ruled that the sentences would run concurrently.

Prosecuting Detective, Simon Apiorsornu, told the court that Awal who was based in Cape Coast had recently applied for a German Visa and presented a bank statement to the German Embassy.

The Prosecutor said during an interview by an officer of the Embassy, it was discovered that the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) statement submitted by accused had been falsified.

Accused further disclosed that he had no money in his ADB account hence he contacted a friend known as Ken and he (Ken) also contacted an unknown man who sent the accused person a bank statement.

When the Police wrote to the Bank it came to light that the bank statement was false.

Defence counsel said his client was a single parent had never fallen foul of the law, adding that handing down on his client a custodial sentence would bring hardship on his seven year old son who accused was currently taking care of.

The judgement was handed down on the businessman after pleading guilty to two charges which his counsel described as regrettable and prayed the court to tamper justice with mercy.

Handing down the sentence, the trial judge, Arit Nsemoh, warned him not to appear before the court again for engaging in any similar offences.

The court noted that offences committed by the accused was not an aggravated one and further took into consideration his seven year old son.

 

Arabic teacher defiles three siblings in Lagos

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A 23-year-old Arabic teacher, Ibrahim Idris, has been been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defiling three teenage sibling in Lagos.

The accused, who resides at 2, Kelani St., Adealu Bus stop, Dopemu, a suburb of Lagos, was being tried for defilement at the court.

The Prosecutor, Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offence was committed between May and August, at the residence of the accused.

Ogu disclosed that the three sisters, whose ages ranged between seven and 12 years, were learning Arabic and Islamic Knowledge from the accused.

“The parents were that the accused was sexually molesting their daughters until they relocated to another area and needed to change their Arabic school. The smallest of the girl told the mother that they don’t want another uncle to be teaching them,” he said.

The prosecutor added that on hearing her daughter’s remark, the mother interrogated the children and was told what the previous teacher had done to each of them.

According to him, the case was reported at the police station and the accused was arrested immediately because such offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

When the charges were read to the accused, he however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, even as he urged the court to grant him bail.

While ruling on the case, the Chief Magistrate, Taiwo Akanni, admitted the accused to bail of N250, 000, with two sureties in like sum, even as she also adjourned the case until Sept. 11.

Security guard risks jail after sleeping on duty

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A security guard, Daniel Alamudu, has been arraigned before a Grade 1 Area magistrate Court in Karu, Nasarawa state, for allegedly sleeping at his duty post.

Alamudu, who resides at Masaka in Karu, was said to be fast asleep when suspected hoodlums broke into the hotel he was employed to guard and stole items worth thousands of Naira.

The Prosecutor, Helen Ashasim, told court on Tuesday that David Aja of Wuse II reported the matter at Maitama Police Station on, yesterday, put value of stolen items at N178, 000.

She said that the defendant, who was charged for negligence, was employed as security guard at Commodore Hotel in Wuse II.

Aghasim said that the complainant, who is also the hotel’s manager, told police that the defendant slept off and allowed hoodlums to steal in the hotel while he was on duty.

According to her, while asleep the defendant failed to man the gate and allowed unhindered access for unknown persons to gain access to the kitchen of the hotel and make away with two television sets and other valuable items.

The prosecutor said that during police investigation, the defendant could not give satisfactory explanation on the incident.

She hinted that the defendant told police that he was asleep and did not know what happened because he was asleep, saying, the offence was punishable under Section 196 of the Penal Code.

The Judge, Hassan Ishaq, who adjourn the case to October 21, granted the accused bail in sum of N200, 000 with a reasonable surety in like sum.

He said that the surety must be someone with a reliable source of income and must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

Ishaq said that the surety must also submit his/her drivers’ licence or national identity card and passport photographs with the court.

Technician risks 3yrs jail term over foodstuff theft

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A 28-year-old generator technician, Kazeem Osulana, has been dragged before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly breaking into a shop and stealing foodstuff worth N40,000.

Osulana, whose address was not provided in his charge sheet, is facing a two-count charge of burglary and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Victor Eruada, told the court on Monday that the accused committed the offences last month at No. 30, Amosun Street, Oko-Oba in Lagos State.

He narrated that the accused broke into the complainant’s shop, Gloria Umanah, and stole half a bag of rice valued at N10, 000, blending machine valued N20,000 and some packets of Semovita that was also valued at N10,000.

“Umanah received a telephone call informing her that Osulana broke into her shop to steal but had been caught,” the prosecutor said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Section 287 and 309 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. And that section 309 of the law prescribes a three-year jail term for the offence.

When the offence was read to Osulana, he pleaded not guilty to the charges, praying the court to grant him bail.

The Magistrate, G.O. Anifowoshe, in her ruling, granted the accused N40, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Anifowoshe, who adjourn the case to August 30th, stressed that the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused and show evidence of three years tax payment to Lagos State Government.

Man beats 60yrs-old landlady over electricity fee

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A 30-year-old man, Isaac Elegbede, was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly beating his 60-year-old landlady after she demanded for electricity fee.

The accused, who resides at 45, Orile Agege Road, Agege, Lagos, was docked on Thursday by the Nigerian Police on two-count charge of causing breach of peace and assault.

According to the Police Prosecutor, Rachael Williams, the accused committed the offences recently at his apartment when his landlady approached him to demand for his electricity bill.

Williams alleged that the accused assaulted his landlady, Jumoke Durashola, during an argument over electricity bills, saying, he beat the 60-year-old woman and she became unconscious in the process. If not for the intervention of other tenants, it would have been another story.

The Prosecutor argued that offences contravened Sections 168 and 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, noting, assault and breach of peace carry a minimum of one year imprisonment. but the accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

After hearing arguments from both parties, the Magistrate, L. Y. Balogun, granted the accused a bail of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to next month.

Police arraigns Shoprite sales girl over alleged N553.9m theft

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The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned a sales girl,  Mariam Mufutau, attached to Shoprite stores at its Eti-Osa mall in Lagos  before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly stealing the sum of N553, 956, 000, she made from sales, one month after she was employed.

It was recalled that the management of the Shoprite stores had reported a case of theft to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Ilasan Division, Lekki, Eti-Osa, SP Oyinye Onwuamaegbu, and alleged that the sales girl stolen N535, 956, 000.

The Guild gathered that sequel to the report, Onwuamaegbu ordered Inspector Orukotan Lonikola, to arrest the accused.

It was gathered that the suspect was apprehended and during interrogation, the accused could not give account of the missing money, which made the police to charge Mufutau before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a two count charge of felony and stealing.

The Police prosecutor, Esther Adesulu, told the court in charge sheet No: J/38/2017 that the accused committed the alleged offence between 1 April and 31 May, 2017 at Shoprite Stores, Eti-Osa during working hours.

According to Adesulu, the accused betrayed the trust reposed in her as a sales girl by her employer and stole the sum of N535, 956,000, million, she made from sales instead of remitting the money into her employer’s account.

She explained that the management at Shoprite Stores discovered the fraud when the management audited the account, adding that the offence committed were punishable under section 411 and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence and Magistrate O.O Owunmi granted her bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum and the Owunmi adjourned the case till 28 July, for mention adding that the defendant be taken to Kirikiri prison pending when she would be able to fulfill her bail conditions.