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Venus not to appear in court after car accident

By Emmanuel Onminyi,

United States tennis player, Venus Williams, will not face any criminal charges in relation to a fatal traffic accident she was involved in near her Florida residence, in the month of June, 2017.

According to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper, the driver of a car that struck Williams’ SUV in an intersection will also not be charged, after Palm Beach Gardens police concluded that none of them violated the right-of-way.

Police had initially said Williams was to blame for failing to yield the right-of-way.

But by July, Palm Beach Gardens police said video evidence had surfaced that showed that the seven-time Grand Slam champion entered the intersection lawfully, and that a car not involved in the collision forced Williams to stop in the intersection. The traffic light changed, and a sedan that struck Williams’ SUV had a green light.

A 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who was a passenger in a Sedan that collided with the SUV Williams was driving, died 13 days after the June 9 accident. His wife, Linda Barson, 68, was the driver of the Sedan.

The Barson family has filed a wrongful death suit against Williams.

Woman allegedly steals money in NFF’s office

By Emmanuel Onminyi,

A woman working as an intern in the Nigerian Football Federation has allegedly stolen 40,000 Dollars with the intention of returning the money after doubling it via voodoo.

The woman who is said to be a sister to an ex-president of the Nigeria Football Federation, allegedly picked four bundles of ten thousand Dollars and took to her heels, leaving her handbag at the crime scene.

The woman whose name was not mentioned, handed the money to two men who assured her of doubling the money to eighty thousand Dollars within 48 hours.

“Yes two middle aged men have been arrested in connection to the money theft at the NFF. The men confessed to the Police of being money doublers and confirmed that the lady actually gave them the money to double for her”, a top source at the NFF said.

In the mean time, the Nigeria football Federation is reportedly in huge debt as it continues to make plans and source for funds for the 2018 World Cup. And only recently, the sports ministry said it needed three billion Naira ($8340000) to prosecute the World Cup.

It would be recalled that this is not the first time money, especially foreign currencies will go missing in the Glass house. In March 2009, the accounts department of the NFF was broken into, and 200,000 Dollars was carted away from one of the drawers.

Also, in 2012, 80,000 Dollars was alleged to have gone missing, but the NFF denied such ever happened. However, the Federation is yet to issue an official statement since the latest incident.

Police recovers Anambra missing journalist’s remains

By Balogun Alabi

The Anambra State Police command has recovered remains of a journalist, Ikechukwu Onubogu, after he was declared missing by his family members few days ago.

The deceased, who works as a camera man with Anambra Broadcasting service (ABS), cause of death remained unknown despite ongoing investigation.

It was learnt that Onubogu was with his family before he received a strange call and left his house with camera shortly after without disclosing his destination to any member of his household.

The Guild gathered that the remains of the Camera man, was dicovered by police after it was dumped at Obosi, near Onitsha, before it was deposited at one Anambra state hospital.

Confirming the report, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nkeiru Nwode, said that the remain of the deceased was discovered where it was dumped few days after his dissapearnce.

The police head on Friday commiserated with the family and assured the public that the police would uncover Onobogu’s killers.

“The police has commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death; we assure the public that no stone would be left unturned, until the perpetrators are brought to justice,” Nwode said.

The Managing Director, ABS, Uche Nworah, said that the late man dissaperance report got to the management hours after his family could not tell his where about.

Through a statement released on Friday by the broadcasting house, the ABS boss disclosed that the police had informed the organization about discovery of its camera man’s body which was reported to have been found where its killer had dumped him.

He described the late journalist as a peace loving man that would never expect that anybody would want to harm him.

“The horrific death of our beloved and hardworking staff, Onubogu, has thrown the entire ABS family into mourning.

“He was dedicated to his job and would do anything to capture images that will help viewers to make meaning of every developing story.

“We will surely miss him. We cannot speculate at this time the circumstances leading to his death as the police are already working hard to unravel what happened.

“Our thoughts remain with his family, particularly his wife, who recently gave birth,” the statement said.

The MD was of opinion that it’s camera man’s death was an indication that danger lurk around for journalists in course of carrying out their official duty.

He urged friends, colleagues and associates of Onubogu to remember the family during prayers, and that difficult time.

Arabic teacher defiles three siblings in Lagos

By Newsdesk

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.

AIG cautions policemen against LASTMA officials intimidation

By NewsDesk

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) of Zone in Lagos, Adamu Ibrahim, has warned officers of Nigeria Police in the state to stop harassment  traffic officials of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA), who he said were on road to ease free flow of vehiclar movements

Ibrahim spoke against the background of intimidation and harassment of the officials of LASTMA by the men of the Nigeria Police on Friday in Lagos, where he emphasized on need to accord the officials respects.

The police boss passed the warning during a courtesy visit by the management of LASTMA during which he noted that the Nigerian police officers were trained professionals that must obey and respect law of the state.

According to him, any police officer caught violating traffic laws, driving on the BRT dedicated corridor, intimidating or harassing LASTMA officials should be reported for necessary sanction.

Ibrahim assured LASTMA officers of continued police support and cooperation in the traffic control and implementation of the Lagos State traffic laws.

It was gathered that the visit by officials of LASTMA to the AIG was in continuation of the effort of the agency to improve relationship between the Nigerian Police and LASTMA and promote good working relationship with other security agencies in the state.

The Chief Executive Officer, LASTMA, AIG Chris Olakpe, (Rtd) while speaking during the visit, said the visit was to develop synergy and bridge the gap between the agency and Nigerian Police.

Olakpe explained that the agency was out to promote cordial relationship and clear all the grey areas of misunderstanding between the two agencies, adding that the essence of the visit was to have harmonious working relationship for the overall progress and development of Lagos state.

He said both organisation need each other stressing that police’s support and cooperation were crucial to the successful implementation of the state traffic laws.

According to him, LASTMA officials need protection while on duty across the state, assured that such protection would give them more impetus to perform and serve motorists and commuters better on the road.

General Manager, LASTMA, Olawale Musa, however called for more police back-up and protection for the agency and expressed sadness at instances, where police officers would drive on dedicated BRT corridor.

The meeting was attended by the Lagos State Commissioner, Police, Fatai Owoseni, Commissioners of Police in charge of Railways, Marine, Airports and other security heads and officials and it would be recalled that the agency had paid similar visits to other security formations in the state.

Police invades former attorney-General’s home in Kogi

By NewsDesk

Atleast 20 policemen stormed former Attorney General of the federation, Mohammed Adoke, home in Okene, Kogi state and ransacked every room in the building.

It was gathered that the team arrived the home of the senior advocate with a search warrant from Abuja on Friday, at about 3pm and left  after two hours of search.

 

According to police source, the officers stormed the house with intention to recover money and unspecified documents during the search that lasted for two hours.

Eyewitness narrated that the policemen after searching the rooms for two hours, also ransacked septic and underground water tanks but unfortunately, the search team could not find anything incriminating and promptly asked the guards on duty to sign a form confirming that they did not take anything away.

It would be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is on the trail of Adoke, concerning the scam in federal government’s transfer of OPL 245 from Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd to Shell and ENI for a fee of $1.3 billion, including $210 million signature bonus paid to the federation account.

EFCC also accused Adoke of money laundering, but the former attorney general denied the allegations, pointing out that he was being witch-hunted.

Meanwhile, search by security agencies in the house of the ex-AGF, with previous ones carried out in The Hague, Kano and his brother’s house in Okene, have been a routine actions.

It would also be recalled that EFCC, once carried out two raids in Nigeria, and in each raid nothing was found.

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

By NewsDesk

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.

NDLEA, Interpol, others seize 881.100kgs illicit drugs in Sokoto

By NewsDesk

A joint Task Force, comprising Interpol, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and other relevant agencies, have impounded 881.100 Kilogrammes of illicit drugs during operation carried out in Sokoto State, as well as the Nigeria-Niger border.

It was learned that the operation also affected the arrest of six suspects, including a 12-year-old boy, who was arrested during the joint operation and seizure of different categories of illicit drugs such as Diazepam 67.10kgs, Tramadol 22.60kgs, cough syrup with codeine 794kgs and 30kgs of cannabis.

NDLEA chairman,  Mustapha Abdallah, disclosed drugs impounded in Sokoto on Friday to newsmen during closing ceremony of a five-day -Joint Training and Operations Exercise, between Nigeria and the Niger republic law enforcement personnel.

It was gathered that the programme was organised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in conjunction with Interpol and the NDLEA in Sokoto State, during ongoing war against drug trafficking and abuse.

Abdallah stated that the seizures were made sequel to the joint operation with code-name Operation Ninibo, Nigeria-Niger border, saying, there was a robust existing protocol between Nigeria and the Niger republic, which he said was the background of the efforts to rid the region of illicit drugs.

“It is against this background that the agency is currently working out modalities to engage member states of the sub-region on bilateral agreements. This will lead to the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), that will strengthen cooperation, enhance intelligence sharing and mitigate constraints,” he said.

The Chairman, ECOWAS Commission, Marcel de Souza, who was represented by retired, Diange Abdulrahman, stated that West Africa was a regional hub for the production, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs and other related crimes.

“The lack of effective management and control of West Africa land, sea and air borders foster the prevalence of illicit drug trafficking, as well as organised crimes,” Souza said.

The Leader of the team, Niger republic, Police Commissioner, Salifou Assoumane, restated the commitment of his country to rid the Nigerian-Niger borders of illicit drug trafficking, criminal networks and the sale of falsified drugs.

The Interpol Team Leader, Hakidu Illo, added that the training centred on how to detect illicit drugs concealed in vehicles, shoes, containers and other personal effects of the drug traffickers.

According to him, the operation was also aimed at clamping down on illicit drug cartels and to recover stolen vehicles from Europe, alongside other vital documents, such as International Passports.

Court grants seven allege Badoo cult suspects bail in Lagos 

By NewsDesk

An Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State has granted bail to seven alleged members of the dreaded cult group popularly called Badoo boys, accused of wanton killings in Ikorodu area of Lagos.

The accused persons granted bail were Afolabi Kessington, 25, Ismaila Shaibu, 36, Mutiu Nurudeen, 26, Ibrahim Bello, 25, Lukman Mohammed, 35, Gift Itafa, 50 and Sheriff Adewunmi, 23, all  pleaded not guilty.

It was gathered on Friday that the suspects were charged with conspiracy, membership of an unlawful society, public disturbance, unlawful gathering and breach of peace in the locality.

The Police Prosecutor, Fidelis Dike, said that the accused committed the offences earlier in the at Powerline, Agbala area of Ikorodu and at Irawo Estate, Owode Onirin in Lagos State.

According to the prosecutor, the accused members of the Badoo cult conspired and gathered in the aforementioned areas to have their meeting, which was deemed illegal.

It was learned that the offences contravened Section 42(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 and the Magistrate, Kofo Ariyo, admitted the accused each to a bail of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum, one of whom must be a blood relation and the Magistrate adjourned the case until August 9 for mention.

Police arraign two over alleged threat to kill market leader

By NewsDesk

The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned two unemployed men, Olusegun Odakale and Abiola Adeyemo before an Ikeja Magistrate’s’ Court for allegedly threatening to kill a market leader.

Odakale, 72, and Adeyemo, 40, whose addresses were not obtained by the police are being tried for breach of peace, conspiracy and threat to life.

The Police Prosecutor, Sergeant, Godwin Awase, told court that the accused committed the offences on July 5, at Abibat Mogaji Market, Oko-Oba, Agege, near Lagos and alleged that the accused and others still at large, conspired to threaten to kill a market leader, Risikat Eniola.

“The accused stormed the market, threatened to kill the complainant if she refused to leave the market for them,’’ the prosecutor stated and the accused were telling traders to stop paying market levies and dues to the complainant but that they should be paying to them,” he stated.

“The accused were trying to hijack the management of the market from the complainant by instigating the traders to cause bridge of the peace in the market”.

According to him, the accused persons caused a breach of the peace by creating unrest in the market.the offences and thereby committed offence which contravened Sections 56,166 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, adding that Section 56 attracts one-year jail term for threat to life.

After the charges were read to the accused persons, duo, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the Magistrate, J.A. Adigun, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100, 000, each with two sureties each as part of the bail condition.

The Magistrate added that the sureties should be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government, and adjourned until Aug. 22 for mention of the case