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Man, 55, Arrested For Putting Finger Into Girl, 7, Private Part

A 55 year old man, Ngozi Igwe, has been arrested in Lagos for sexually molesting a 7-year old girl by allegedly inserting his finger into her private part severally.

It was reported that the incident happened at Junaid Street in Igbo-Efon area of Lekki, Lagos where they reside.

It was gathered that Igwe had since October, 2018 till January, 2019 severally molested the victim whenever he wanted to satisfy his sexual desire despite her age.
Before he was arrested, he reportedly lured the 7-year old girl into his apartment, removed her pant and inserted his finger into her private part before he allowed her to go after warning her never to tell anyone.

However, their neighbours who suspected the 7-year old’s movement, tipped her parents. She was interrogated and she opened up.
She said that Igwe had been engaging in the act since October, 2018 but warned her not to tell anybody or he will harm her.

The matter was reported to the police and Igwe was arrested. He was later transferred to the Gender Section of the State Police Command.
During interrogation, Igwe denied ever penetrating her because he knew that she was a minor but declined to explain why he inserted his finger into her private.

The police found him culpable and charged before the Ogba Magistrates Court for sexual assault.
The court did not grant him bail after the prosecutor, Inspector Benson Emerhi, asked the court to order for the DPP’s advice because the victim was a minor.

Thus, the Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. O. Sule-Amzat, ordered him to be remanded in prison custody without an option of bail.
The court also directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send to the DPP for advice.

It was gathered that the matter may be transferred to the High Court if the DPP finds him culpable and recommends his trial for rape. If Igwe is tried and found guilty, he will spend so many years in prison for the alleged offence.

Source: P.M.Express

Security guard remanded in prison over alleged murder

A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting at Oke-Eda, Akure, the Ondo State capital, has ordered the remand of a security man, Jimoh Abdullahi, in prison custody over alleged killing of one Oreoluwa Kayode.

The accused person was arrested by men of the Ondo State Police Command in connection with the death of Kayode penultimate week.

Kayode’s lifeless body was found in a septic tank at Ita Olugbogbo in Ondo town.

Kayode, who was described as a notorious thug in the community, was allegedly fond of extorting money from the land owners in the community.

On the fateful day, the deceased, in company with two members of his gang, was said to have allegedly gone to extort money on the land Abdullahi was guarding.

It was gathered that Abdullahi reportedly prevented the thugs from operating on the land which led to a fight between them.

A source said they were allegedly struggling to collect a locally-made gun from the security guard when the trigger of the gun was pulled and the shot hit him.

He died on the spot.

The accused person was arraigned on one count of murder.

According to the prosecution, the offence contravenes Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

Abdullahi’s plea was not taken after the charge was read to him.

The prosecutor, Mr Suleiman Abdullateef, told the court that the complainant and the deceased’s family had brought a petition to withdraw the case.

The court, however, rejected the application for withdrawal.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs Victoria Bob-Manuel, said since the case had already been brought before the court, it had to follow the due process.

She said the complainant and the deceased’s family could approach the High Court if they wanted the case withdrawn.

She ordered the remand of the accused person in prison custody pending the issuance of the legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The magistrate also ordered the prosecutor to submit both the original and the duplicate case files to the court clerk for quick dispensation and adjourned the case till April 11, 2019.

Source: Punchng.com

Lagos resident beats up sergeant to evade arrest

A policeman attached to the Alagbado Police Division, Lagos State, Sergeant Muideen Ayinde, got more than he bargained for recently when a resident of the area, Henri Emordi, reportedly beat him up.

City Round learnt that Emordi had confronted one Sunday Aina who visited a friend on Awonusi Street at Alagbado in his car for allegedly trying to hit him.

In the ensuing altercation, Emordi reportedly threatened to kill Aina which prompted his wife, who was with him, to make a report at the police station.

Ayinde was said to have been assigned to follow Aina’s wife to the scene.

“On getting there, I approached Emordi and asked him what the problem was. I told him his attention was needed at the station.  He told me he was an Aye cult member and asked me to identify myself, and I did so.

“Surprisingly, he picked up an empty bottle and hit me in the face. He held on to my shirt and tore it. Many people came to beg him; he asked them to leave him. He said he wanted to deal with me. When I found out that I could not manage the situation, I called for reinforcement,” the policeman said.

But Emordi debunked the allegation that he was a cult member, claiming that Sunday had wanted to hit him with the car.

He was subsequently arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ogba on five counts of assault, engaging in unlawful society and damage.

A police prosecutor, Inspector Ben Emuerhi, told the court that the offences contravened sections 56, 172, 174, 339 and 368 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.

The charges read in part, “That you Henry Emordi on February 27, 2019, around 4.50pm at Awonusi Road Junction, Alagbado, Lagos, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did unlawfully assault one Sergeant Muyideen Ayinde attached to the Alagbado Police Division by punching him in the face which caused him an injury because he was trying to arrest you and prevent you from fomenting trouble.

“That you, Henri Emordi, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, violently threatened one Sergeant Muyideen Ayinde by chasing him with a broken bottle.

“That you, Henry Emordi, did engage in an unlawful society knowing full well that the society has been proscribed by the law.”

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs O Sule-Hamzat, granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till March 23, 2019.

Source: Punchng.com

Kidnapper threatens policeman for rescuing naval officer, others

An unidentified kidnap kingpin has reportedly threatened to attack the location of the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State if security operatives in the area continued to mount pressure on him to release 15 passengers abducted by his men.

The leader of the kidnap gang, had also through a message to the Commander of the IGP Monitoring Unit, Ben Igwe, warned that he would kill him (Igwe) and members of his family.

It was gathered that the threat, which was issued on Wednesday, did not deter Igwe, who led a team that rescued seven of the kidnap victims, including a naval officer on Wednesday.

City Round learnt that men of the unit had arrested some members of the kidnap gang, a development that was said to have infuriated the leader of the gang, who promised to fight back.

But Igwe, who spoke to our correspondent on Friday, explained that he would not be deterred by the kidnapper’s threat.

He said, “After the threat, my team rescued seven kidnap victims, including a naval officer, in the bush on Wednesday in Ubima. Why should I be worried when a criminal threatens me? I heard that he sent a message across; my people told me about the threat. He actually asked people to warn me and that he will kill me if I do not desist.”

Fifteen passengers, including a pregnant woman, were kidnapped on March 3, 2019, along Ubima/Omerelu area in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Sources said that some of the victims were still held captive, even after the payment of ransom by their family members.

Source: Punchng.com

Can INEC Legally Withhold a Certificate of Return?

INEC for good cause , in our considered view, may withhold or refuse to issue a certificate of return to a candidate in an election. Such good cause, for example, may be a post declaration awareness or realization that the declaration is not voluntary or made under duress , without the free exercise of the will of the Returning officer, especially if the tabulated of collated votes do not support such a declaration.

An illicit declaration, procured vi et armies, ought not to give birth to a legitimate return. Certifying a fraud that INEC realises and can establish as a fraud is not only irresponsible but unlawful . That will mean that INEC knowingly and willfully is certifying a fraudulent declaration or return.

Where is the law?

Section 68 (a,b & c) of the Electoral Act ( with its amendments) provides that “ the decision of the Returning Officer on any question arising from or relating to-(a) unmarked ballot paper; (b) rejected ballot paper; and (c) declaration of scores of candidates and the return of a candidate shall be final subject to review by a tribunal or court in an election petition proceedings under this Act”

Section 75(2) of the Electoral Act, 2010 ( with its amendments) states that “ where the Commission refuses and, or neglects to issue a certificate of return, a certified true copy of the order of a court of competent jurisdiction shall, ipso facto, be sufficient for the purpose of swearing in a candidate declared as the winner by that court.”

A combined reading and construction of the above two cited provisions of the Electoral Act make it luminously clear that any decision of a Returning Officer on declaration of scores of candidate and the return of a candidate shall be final, and same shall be subject to review by a tribunal or court in an election petition proceedings.

It is our humble submission that if a Returning Officer , upon making a declaration, takes a “decision” to report an alleged coercion and compulsion to make a declaration to INEC, that report, which is an inextricable part of result declaration, can validly lead to a decision not to issue a certificate of return to an alleged winner of the election. It is submitted that the decision not to issue a certificate of return qualifies as one of the “ decision of the Returning Officer on any question arising from or relating to …..declaration of scores or return of a candidate…” within the meaning and intendment of Section 68 of the Electoral Act.

Section 75(2) is even more instructive. The subsection recognizes that INEC may “ refuse” or “ neglect” to issue a certificate of return, and that in that case, a certified true copy of an order of court shall be sufficient for the purpose of swearing in a candidate that may be declared as the winner by that court.

What this subsection implies is that upon a refusal or neglect by INEC to issue a certificate of return, a court action ( election petition) may be filed by a person so declared but denied a certificate of return , to seek declaratory reliefs that he is the winner who should be issued the certificate of return.

Until such an order is obtained , INEC , as the election management body , and pursuant to its statutory and administrative powers may , for good cause and compelling reasons , withhold a certificate of return.

Jiti Ogunye is a legal practitioner, political analyst and a public speaker

 

 

 

 

Why women shouldn’t use maiden name after marriage —Lawyers

Some lawyers in Lagos on Friday argued that, under the Marriage Act, there is no provision for a married woman to bear her maiden name.

They suggested the need for women to change their surnames after marriage, warning that retention of maiden name could lead to misunderstanding or divorce.

The lawyers spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria against the backdrop of the claim by some people that maiden name should continue to form a part of a woman’s record as it helps to shape her career.

While some lawyers said that a woman could join her maiden name with that of her husband to form a compound name if her husband permits, others advised that maiden names should be dropped altogether immediately after marriage.

They argued that since marriage is a change of status, it also implies acquisition of a new name.

One of the lawyers who spoke to NAN, Mr. Ayotunde Ologe, noted that there were legal presumptions that a woman would need to execute a change of name after marriage.

“Women must have noticed that, in most forms they fill, they come across a column for maiden name. This simply means father’s name before marriage.

“This, alone, presupposes the fact that there needs to be a change of name and the name change is to reflect the fact that a woman is now married to someone.

“However, if it is permitted by the husband for his wife to continue with her maiden name after marriage, then that may suffice; but where the husband feels strongly about it, then the best approach is for the woman to stick strictly to her husband’s name,’’ he said.

On whether children should bear their father’s name or their grandfather’s, the lawyer said that it was logical for children to bear the name of their own father.

“Why will my own son want to bear the name of his grandfather? Surname is your father’s name; so, it is very abnormal for a son to quote his grandfather’s name,” he argued.

Mrs. Funmibi Adeosun, also a lawyer, advised that change of name should be discussed and resolved before marriage.

She said that lack of adequate communication between spouses contributes much to misunderstanding and divorce.

“In Africa, a woman is meant to assume her husband’s name after marriage. However, there should be no problem in retaining your father’s name if it is allowed by your husband,” she said.

“I’m a Christian and it is biblical for a woman to be submissive to her husband; it is important for a woman to submit to the opinion of the man in this regard.

“However, where the husband consents to the wife keeping her father’s name along with his own name, then that can be permissible.

“It is, however, sad to note that things as little as this can cause problems in the home due to the absence of communication,” she said.

Mr. Chukwu Agwu, also a Lagos-based lawyer, described retention of maiden name by a woman as “a show of ego.”

He added that joining maiden name with husband’s name is unnecessary.

“If my daughter is married and I join in signing the marriage register, why should I insist on her retaining my name? It is absolutely unnecessary.

“The Bible does not say a woman should carry her home to another home; so, why carry your father’s name to your husband’s house?

“Under the marriage Act, there is no requirement for maiden name and there is also no law which permits the children to use their mother’s maiden name,” he said.

According to Agwu, issues such as a woman’s insistence on the use of her maiden name are responsible for misunderstandings in marriages.

(NAN) Punch

Justice In The Crypt

Chthonian vigour becomes the fetish of the legal profession. Or whatever is left of it. The logic and rigour of the Rule of Law incinerate in the searing crust of venal rites. No thanks to the corrupt lawyer and jurist.

The synthesis of their articulated and unarticulated sinful lusts is of enormous consequence. Justice now subsists as monetised and politicised privilege.

The gross and barbaric proliferates within the judiciary and the legal profession because men and women with the character of the dung-beetle and the carabid are deified as gems and cultural touchstones.

While the corruptible jurist presides as minister of judicial decay, the venal lawyer, flaunting the finesse of the carabid, splashes and wades in the judicial bath of dissolution.

Integrity is exorcised. Duplicity is internalised. The system dissembles because it has been compromised and bonded to a leash of cash, by unrepentant occults.

If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers in the first place, argues Edward Wood aka Lord Halifax.

And speaking to the nub of the legal profession’s deathly rally, French dramatist and writer, Jean Giraudoux, states, that, “There’s no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.”

The corrupt lawyer would misappropriate the first sentence of his paragraph and pay no heed to the second part. Perhaps because he is a creature of forgettable parts. Call it selective adoption or adaptation. I would call it the insolence of intelligence; the blooming of brawn and perverse intellect.

The malady persists where a supposedly brilliant, connected, legal luminary wields his passion and intellect, as the political goon or assassin would, a machete and gun, at a price.

Many a poor, ordinary client, who hires an ‘unconnected’ lawyer in pursuit of justice often suffers the treatment of the adulterous widow, who hires her lover cum husband’s murderer to protect her from the ire of vengeful in-laws.

This is perhaps an extreme take on the value of the lawyer to the justice system as there are a few good lawyers, who have committed their professional lives to equity and justice. These people are not the target of this article, but the maleficent band, masquerading as truth-seekers and legal activists.

Just recently, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) reportedly issued a query to Aliyu Umar (SAN), the prosecutor of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, in the ongoing trial of the latter, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), for taking up the brief.

The NBA, in the February 12, 2019 query accuses Umar of professional misconduct for accepting the brief and the query has triggered discord along the north-south divide following an alleged secret move to de-robe and delist Umar as a lawyer because the NBA demanded a copy of his Call to Bar certificate.

Some lawyers are of the opinion that the NBA issued the query in response to a petition filed against Umar. How convenient? To the litany of arguments and counter-arguments trailing the NBA’s combative disposition to the Federal Government’s prosecution of the former CJN, I find a worthy retort in prominent lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN)’s take on the nation’s legal system.

In an interview with The Punch’s Gbenro Adeoye, published on October 22, 2016, Falana says: “For ideological reasons, I have always had enemies in the legal profession. I am not bothered because some of the NBA leaders are not defending judges but themselves. When I was working with the late Comrade Alao Aka-Bashorun, who is rated as the best NBA president so far, the NBA did not address press conferences to declare a state of emergency, whatever that means. If judges were harassed or lawyers were detained, the NBA leaders would meet the Attorney-General or President of a country to find out the basis of any arrest.

“Aka-Bashorun did that in Nigeria, Togo and Ghana. In 1987, Aka-Bashorun mobilised 270 lawyers to defend the late Gani Fawehinmi. He was fighting a very corrupt military junta. When the same military dictators later charged some of us with treasonable felony, the NBA also defended us.

“At that time, the NBA never mobilised 90 lawyers to defend any lawyer charged with corrupt practices…The human rights committees of the NBA were mobilised to challenge the violation of the human rights of the Nigerian people.

“I am only asking the NBA to return to the glorious era of defending popular causes. But I cannot be part of the NBA if it goes around assembling scores of lawyers to appear for other lawyers when they are charged with bribing judges. If you organise a press conference to issue threats over the arrest of judges accused of corruption, you simply parade the NBA as a pro-corruption society.”

Although Falana’s take on NBA’s complicity was issued in response to a separate incident, it no doubt suffices against the volley of expletives and righteous vituperation issued by the NBA and certain self-appointed judicial activists, in condemnation of Onnoghen’s trial.

For the records, Onnoghen was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to declare his assets, estimated at $3 million in domiciliary accounts, in full, before assuming office as CJN. Buhari issued the penalty, guided by the order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal of January 23.

Responding to the charges, Onnoghen said he forgot to declare the assets, describing the non-declaration of his domiciliary accounts as a mistake. Uglier details unfurl in the wake of his prosecution.

Given the facts of the case, it is mind-boggling that so-called senior lawyers, mostly Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), would feverishly defend Onnoghen. In tune with their character, they belted a ludicrous aria, projecting shrilly and disconcertingly, a vulgar melody, chock-full of hatred and ethnic bigotries. They spun tiresome yarns to dull the ugliness of Onnoghen’s misdemeanour.

In truth, their frantic struggle is to keep the skeletons in their closets safely tucked from the prying eyes of the government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), especially lawyers who may be found complicit making unjustifiable deposits in the CJN’s problematic accounts.

At a round-table with the government, concerned lawyers made outrageous demands, including the reversal of Onnoghen’s suspension and letting him go scot-free with the money in his frozen bank accounts.

This is what happens when duty and ethics get drenched in the fount of errant lusts, and repute drowns in torrents of money that extinguishes brilliance like a muck-sodden ember.

By their concerted effort to scuttle Onnoghen’s prosecution to the curious query issued to Onnoghen’s prosecutor, Nigeria’s so-called legal giants commit to unprecedented ridicule.

They would never query a colleague for exploiting legal loopholes to free an established looter or mass murderer. They would rather wield their query, like a sword, on Onnoghen’s prosecutor.

Nigeria is in dire need of true ethical natives, heroes of the judiciary and legal profession, on whose watch, justice may experience a spirited rebirth.

At the moment, justice subsists as wild privilege; it suffers savage extraction from the womb without the possibility of rebirth. Think of it as a forgotten corpse in the judicial tomb.

Its varnished vault, like Paglia’s cave art, is a hymn to daemonic darkness. By Olatunji Ololade

 

Supreme Court affirms interim forfeiture of another N2.4bn linked to Patience Jonathan

The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed another order of interim forfeiture made by the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court in respect of the sum of N2.4bn allegedly traced to the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.

The apex court had, barely a week ago, affirmed an interim forfeiture of the sum of $8.4m belonging to the ex-First Lady and directed her to return to the Federal High Court in Lagos to show cause why the fund should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

On Friday, in a separate appeal, a five-man Bench of the apex court unanimously handed down a similar verdict on another sum of N2,421,953,522 in the bank account of Lawari Furniture & Bath Limited, a firm which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had linked to Mrs. Jonathan.

Lawari Furniture & Bath Limited had, through its lawyers, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), filed the appeal to challenge the January 12, 2018 judgment of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, which had affirmed the interim forfeiture order of the Federal High Court in Abuja in respect of the N2.4bn.