Month: October 2019

Call for short consultancies for baseline assessment on ACJAimplementation in Anambra, Delta, Jigawa, Plateau, Yobe and Rivers State,and the FCT

Project title: Deploying Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 in tackling corruption in Nigeria

  1. Introduction

LEDAP Legal Defence & Assistance Project, a justice serviced non-profit organisation, received support from John D and Catherine D MacArthur Foundation to undertake the project of ‘advancing the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 to tackle corruption and related crimes in Nigeria’.

To this end, the project team seeks to undertake a baseline survey of the target areas of the project in order to understand the situation of investigation and prosecution of such cases so as to measure the progress made in the project. Successfully completed consultancies may be renewed to conduct end-project assessments in mid 2020.

The duration of the consultancy is for three weeks, comprising 5 fee-days of field work and 3 fee-days of preparation of report and slides of the finding.

Mid-project outputs assessment and end project impact assessment will later be conducted to measure the progress made against the finding of the baseline survey. It is therefore expected that the findings of the baseline assessment will be empirically and analytically accurate against the identified indicators.

Consequently, LEDAP seeks experts in not only baseline assessment and analysis of findings, but with considerable insight into the system of investigation and prosecution of corruption and related cases. Access to the anti corruption agencies, relevant arms of the police, and prosecutors’ offices will be an added advantage.

  1. Location of survey:

Federal level investigation and prosecutions; six states of Anambra, Delta, Enugu, Jigawa, Yobe and Rivers

Consequently, LEDAP calls for expression of Interest from interested consultants with experience in field study on justice delivery and empirical baseline research based in the indicated six state and in the Federal Capital Territory. A consultant will be appointed for each of the states, and one for the FCT and the assessment of federal agencies

  1. Description of activity:

The survey will be conducted by six selected consultants, one for each state and at federal level. In order to ensure consistency of methodology and analysis of findings, one of the selected consultants will coordinate other consultants (Lead consultant).

The baseline survey is to identify the following facts in the investigation and prosecution of corruption and related cases in the relevant institutions and, using the identified indicators below, articulate the empirical findings, the challenges faced, and locations, pattern, and causes of the challenges. Where possible, recommendations on how to overcome the challenges may be suggested.

It is expected that the consultants will work with the relevant Justice Reform Teams of the states in order to integrate the findings in the overall scheme of any on-going justice reforms in the respective states.

The study will collect current factual information on the following issues:

Institutions

  1. Key agencies, departments, and directorates (offices) involved in investigation and prosecution of corruption cases at the federal and state levels.

Investigation

  1. Number of corruption cases reported/booked/taken up by each of the identified agencies, departments or directorates in a year/month
  2. Number of corruption cases for which investigation was completed in a year/month
  3. Number of investigated cases charged to court
  4. Number of investigated cases closed/dropped, and reasons
  5. Segregation of suspects (gender, political exposure, economic crimes, public officers, others)
  6. Average time taken to investigate each category of corruption or economic crime.
  7. Key challenges in investigation of corruption cases

Prosecution

  1. Number (and percentage) of investigated cases that are charged to court
  2. Number (and percentage) of charged cases that proceeded to trial
  3. Length of time between end of investigation, charge to court, arraignment, trial and conclusion of trial, and judgment.
  4. Number (and percentage) of tried cases resulting in conviction, and in acquittal in 2017-2018-2019
  5. Segregation of prosecuted cases (gender, political exposure, accomplices to politically exposed, economic crimes, public officers, others)
  6. Key challenges in prosecution of corruption and related cases.

Compliance with ACJA

  1. Level of awarenessof existence of ACJA/ACJL of the investigators and prosecutors
  2. Level of compliance with provision of ACJA/ACJL in investigation and prosecution of cases
  3. Challenges faced in complying with provisions of ACJA/ACJL
  1. Date for assessment: November 10  to 30 2019
  2. Remuneration: Lead consultant (1) to handle one state or the federal level and in addition, oversee other consultants: Consultancy fee of N300, 000 for maximum of 10 fee days (comprising 5 fee-days of field work, 2 fee days of developing survey tools (questionnaires and sample survey guide, and half-day training of selected consultants, and 3 days of report preparation)

State-level Consultants (for each of six project states) to handle the survey in the designated state, consultancy fee of N200,000 for maximum of 8 days (comprising 5 days of field work and 3 days of report preparation)

  1. Expenses: N25,000 local transport and out of pocket expenses for field work.
  1. Deliverable:

1.                   Prepare questionnaire and survey guide for collection of information (lead consultant) – Week 1

2.                   Completed questionnaires/filed field data collection form (to be submitted for all agencies/officials interviewed) – Week 2-3

3.                   Summary of findings – Week 3

4.                   Analysis of finding (in narrative and PowerPoint slides) – week 4

Please send expression of interest and indication that you are available within Nov 10-30 2019 for the assessment to info@ledapnigeria.org, on or before October 31 2019 Consultancy contracts will be concluded by November 4 2019. For more information, please call or send whatsApp message to 08036913264.

LEDAP is an equal opportunity employer, including for short term employment as advertised.  Persons with disabilities and social minorities are encouraged to apply.

Roseline Okoro

Legal/Project officer, LEDAP – Legal Defence & Assistance Project

roseline@africanetworkforicj.org

Husband beats wife to death over disagreement

Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested 28-year-old Kazeem Yusuf for allegedly beating his wife, Raimot, to death at Ita-Aka in the Abeokuta area of the state.

After perpetrating the crime, Kazeem reported at the Enugada Police Division that his wife collapsed and died on her way to fetch water.

In a bid to verify the claim, the Divisional Police Officer, Enugada Police Division, SP Baba Hamzat, detailed detectives to the scene of the incident to investigate the cause of death.

The detectives, however, noticed marks of violence on Raimot’s body and when Kazeem realised that the detectives were about to unravel the truth, he absconded and abandoned them at the scene of the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement on Wednesday that the corpse was deposited in the Ijaiye General Hospital mortuary, while a manhunt was launched for Kazeem.

He added that Kazeem was arrested at his hideout in Itori and confessed during interrogation that he beat up his wife following a disagreement.

Oyeyemi stated, “On September 23, 2019, when the incident happened, Kazeem Yusuf ran to the station and reported that his wife collapsed while going to fetch water and died. Upon his report, the DPO of the Enugada Police Division, SP Baba Hamzat, detailed his detectives to the scene, but on close examination of the corpse, the detectives noticed marks of violence on it, which aroused their suspicion that the victim might not have died of a natural cause.

“While the detectives were searching for more evidence, the suspect sneaked out and took to his heels. The corpse was subsequently deposited in the Ijaiye General Hospital mortuary, while a massive manhunt was launched for the fleeing husband.

“The manhunt yielded a positive result on Monday, October 14, 2019, when his hideout in Itori was discovered and he was promptly arrested.

“He has since made a confessional statement that he beat up his wife over a minor disagreement and that the deceased slumped in the process and died. He further stated that it was not his first time of beating the woman, but didn’t know that it would result in her untimely death. The corpse of the deceased mother of one has been buried by her relations according to Islamic rites.”

The PPRO stated that the state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.

Source: Punchng.com

Woman remanded for burning housemaids with hot knife

A Kwara State Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ilorin has remanded a 48-year-old housewife, Bilikis Mohammed, in the Federal Correctional Centre, Ilorin, for allegedly inflicting injuries on two housemaids with a hot knife.

Bilikis, of House 114, Mandate Estate Area, Ilorin, was arraigned before the court on three counts of child labour, cruelty to children and causing hurt to two housemaids put in her custody for not flushing the toilet after use.

The prosecution alleged that the offences were contrary to Section 28 (1) of the Child’s Right Act, 2003, and sections 238 and 248 of the Penal Code Law.

The accused person, according to the prosecution, was arrested by the personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on October 10 following a complaint by one Mr Issah Adebayo of Plot D28, Basin Staff Quarter, Ilorin, that Bilikis inflicted injuries on her housemaids with a hot knife.

The First Information Report stated, “Investigations conducted by the NSCDC office in Ilorin revealed that the accused abused the victims, Aisha Bakari, 12, of Ita-Ogunbo area, Ilorin, and one Hauwa, 14, both of whom were domestic servants of the accused, by inflicting bodily injuries on them with the use of a hot knife.

“Both victims were physically abused by the use of the hot knife on their thighs and buttocks, thereby causing grievous bodily hurt to them for using the toilet without flushing it as alleged by the accused.”

Bilikis pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Kehinde Ajide of the legal department of the state command of the NSCDC, said the accused might jump bail if granted bail by the court.

He urged the court to remand Bilikis in a correctional centre pending the determination of the case.

The accused person was not represented by a counsel.

Chief Magistrate Abdulganiyu Mustapha ordered that she be remanded in the Federal Correctional Centre, Oke-Kura, Ilorin, until the next adjourned date.

He subsequently adjourned the case till October 23, 2019, for hearing.

Source: Punchng.com

Hoodlums stab, force hawker to eat faeces over open defecation

A hoodlum in Aguda, Surulere area of Lagos State, identified only as Lass, is on the run after stabbing a 12-year-old boy, Seyi, for defecating in front of a house.

He allegedly stabbed the boy in the hand and stomach and forced him to eat a portion of the faeces.

Seyi, an orphan and primary six pupil, hawks yam for his aunt whom he lives with in neighbouring Ijesha community.

It was learnt that the boy had gone hawking on October 1, 2019 when he suddenly had the urge to use the toilet.

Unable to find a toilet around the area, he rushed to the front of the house on Joel Oguntade Street and emptied his bowel beside a gutter.

An elderly woman living in the compound reportedly sighted him and raised the alarm, attracting some residents to the scene.

One of the residents was said to have invited Lass and one other hoodlum who assaulted the boy.

A social worker with the Advocate for Children and Vulnerable Persons, Mr Lanre Akala, said the dehumanising treatment meted out to the boy was brought to his attention and he reported the case at the Aguda Police Station.

He said, “The boy was hawking yam around Aguda for his aunt. We learnt his parents are dead. On the day the incident happened, he had the urge to use the toilet while he was hawking around 7pm. He excreted around a gutter in front of a house on 10, Joel Oguntade Street, Aguda.

“As he was defecating, an elderly woman came out and held him down. She called some men to beat him. The men then invited some area boys who stabbed him and forced him to eat the faeces. They forced it down his throat and gave him water to drink.

“The case was reported at the Aguda Police Station and three of them, including the woman, were arrested. We will follow through the case. The boy has been treated in a hospital.”

Seyi, a native of Ikale, Ondo State, who admitted what he did was wrong, told our correspondent that he resorted to open defecation because he could no longer hold the excreta.

He stated that one of the residents had flogged him before the hoodlums were invited, adding that the louts threatened to kill him if he refused to eat the faeces.

He said, “That Tuesday, I sold yam to someone and she asked me to wait and collect the money. As I was waiting for her, I was ‘pressed.’ I asked a man where I could poo but he shunned me. I then rushed to the front of a house and pooed in front of their gutter.

“A woman came and was shouting at me. People came outside and one of them started flogging me. After flogging me, they called two area boys. They (touts) said if I did not eat my shit (faeces), they would kill me. When I did not want to eat it, one of them stabbed me in my stomach and hand and forced me to eat the shit. They then gave me water. I know all of them.”

It was learnt that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the assault but they denied Seyi was fed with his faeces.

The case has been transferred to the Gender Unit at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja.

“One of the suspects admitted that he flogged the boy but he insisted that nobody forced him to eat his faeces and drink water as the boy claimed. The suspect said he flogged him the way he would punish his own child for engaging in such an act. The suspects are assisting the police to track the hoodlum who reportedly stabbed the boy,” a source told our correspondent.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, said the Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, had ordered that thorough investigation be carried out on the case to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book.

Source: Punchng.com

Lagos trader robs businessman, rapes housemaid in Abia

A second-hand cloth and footwear dealer in Ojota, Lagos State, Promise Uzoma, has been arrested by the police for allegedly robbing a businessman in Aba, Abia State.

Uzoma also reportedly raped the man’s housemaid and fled with N250, 000, jewellery worth N3.9m and phones among other valuables.

He was apprehended alongside his gang member and cousin, Chukwuebuka Ogubuike by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team.

It was learnt that luck ran out on the suspects recently after the duo and other members at large attacked the businessman, Nwokebuike Augustine for a second time in his house at Umugbsi area of Aba Town, Abia State, and robbed him of his valuables including mobile phones and jewellery worth about N4.4m.

It was gathered that the gang had robbed Augustine sometime in 2018.

He wrote a petition to the police and the IRT detectives led by DCP Abba Kyari went after the suspects.

“The robbers stole gold jewellery valued at N3.9m, a sum of N250,000; Nokia and Samsung phones valued at N200,000 and expensive perfume and sneakers valued at N100,000, from Augustine’s house. Two members of the gang were arrested after weeks of investigation,” a source told our correspondent.

Uzoma, 23, explained that his phone was stolen and he joined the gang to raise money to buy another one and resuscitate his dying business.

He said, “I sell cloths and footwear at Ojota Market in Lagos State. I used to buy wears at Ariaha Market, in Aba, but few months ago, my phone was stolen in Aba town while I was sleeping in one of my trips and someone took me to a native doctor who said he could prepare charms for me that would make the person who stole my phone to return it.

“I bought the phone for N70,000 and the native doctor asked me to pay N30,000 for the charm and I gave him the money, but seven days after I made the payment, the person didn’t return my phone. I went back to the native doctor and informed him that his charms didn’t work and he asked me to pay additional N7, 000 so he could consult his oracle to know why his charms didn’t work. I refused and insisted that he should refund my money and he told me that he has given my money to his gods.

“He later gave me the money which I used to place a bet but I lost. I got frustrated after I lost money to gambling then one of my friends, known as Udo approached me and told me about a robbery operation. He promised me that I would replace my lost phone after the operation and raised some money for my business.”

Uzoma stated that Udo asked him to invite one other person and he brought in his cousin, Ogubuike.

He said Udo asked him and Ogubuike to enter the businessman’s house while he (Udo) waited outside.

“He told me that he once robbed the man and that the man knows him very well. When we got to the man’s compound, we met the doors open. We entered and pointed our guns at him. He gave us N250, 000 and brought out his gold jewellery because we threatened to kill him if he didn’t cooperate.

“I don’t know what came over me; I then raped his housemaid. I also wanted to rape his wife but I left her because she was a nursing mother,” Uzoma added.

He explained that he got a Samsung phone and N100, 000 as his share from the robbery, adding that it was after he was arrested that he knew the jewellery was worth N3.9m.

Ogubuike, an ex-inmate, said he resolved to turn a new leaf having being remanded in prison twice but was persuaded to go for the recent operation leading to his rearrest.

He stated, “I have been to prison twice. The first time was in 2017 when I bought two stolen laptops. I was arrested and spent three months in prison. After I returned from prison, one of my friends gave me links to work as a security man for a lawyer and after working for him and he refused  to pay my salary, I stole his wife’s bag and his phone. I spent one month in prison and when I came out, I vowed to turn a new leaf.

“The boys who brought the job (robbery operation) told me I would make enough money from it. After the operation, I got only N100,000. It was Uzoma who raped the home help.’’

Source: Punchng.com

Ekiti landlord defiles tenant’s nine-year-old daughter

The police in Ekiti State, on Monday, arraigned a 59-year-old man, Dauda Jimoh, before an Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defiling his tenant’s nine-year-old girl.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Monica Ikebuilo, alleged that the accused was in the habit of having unlawful carnal knowledge of the minor.

Ikebuilo said Jimoh committed the act for which he was arraigned on September 22, 2019, at Ilupeju Ekiti in the Oye Ekiti Local Government Area of the state.

She stated, “The defendant, who is the landlord to the victim’s mother, usually defiled the victim whenever her mother was not at home.

“It was when the victim’s elder sister saw the accused on top of her sister that she called her mother’s attention to the incident.

“The victim said the defendant had defiled her five times, while the defendant said it was only twice that he violated her.

“The offence contravenes Section 31 of the Child Right Law of Ekiti State, 2012.”

The police prosecutor urged the court to remand the accused in a correctional facility pending legal advice from office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The court did not take the plea of the accused.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, ordered the remand of the accused in a correctional facility and adjourned the case till November 11 for mention.

Source: Punchng.com

Police arrest father for torturing son to death

The Police in Niger State have arrested a 40-year-old man, Samaila for allegedly torturing his six-year-old son, Habibu to death.

Alhaji Adamu Usman, the Commissioner of Police in Niger State, confirmed the arrest in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Monday.

Usman said that a good Nigerian from Unguwar Tunga Maje in Suleja Local Government Area of Niger, where the suspect resides, reported the matter to the police.

The commissioner alleged that Shuaibu was giving his late son extra moral at home but beat him to death because the deceased did not perform well.

He said that the suspect had admitted that he tortured the son and never knew it would lead to his death.

“We have since commenced an investigation into the case and the suspect will be charged to court,” the commissioner said.

The commissioner urged parents to desist from giving unnecessary punishment to children as those found doing that would be arrested and prosecuted.

Source: Punchng.com

Sales girl raped to death in Edo

A 17 year-old salesgirl, Miss Peace Onaiwu, was on Monday allegedly raped to death by yet-to-be  known assailants inside her shop at Uwasota Junction, Ugbowo, Benin City.

Onaiwu’s body was found in the shop at 4.55pm with her panties pulled aside while her head was covered with a black cellophane bag.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident to journalists.

He said operatives of the Ugbowo Police Division went there to remove the corpse.

He further said that arrest had been made as investigators at the homicide section of the state police command headquarters had commenced investigation.

DSP Nwabuzor however stated that a case of rape and possible ritual were also being looked at by the operatives.

Source: Punchng.com