Thursday, 6 July 2017

Ushbebe, Yaw, Helen Paul, Jide Kosoko All Storm Set Of Ghetto Breed For Eniola Badmus [Photos]

Efe is a young vibrant lady who believes in being rugged and street life. People around her sees her as a threat. She never believes in love until Onons came into the picture who spoke the language she understands.

Decision and choice becomes the order of the day where Fred a complete gentle man also appears seeking for a true relationship.

Men Who Robbed Segun Odegbami’s Home Arraigned

Six men who allegedly burgled ex-Green Eagles winger, Segun Odegbami’s house and stole items worth N14.1 million, on Wednesday appeared before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The accused are: Oke Moses, 18; Abdul Azeez, 22; Ajibade Rahmon, 24; Isaac Okenuga, 29; Olusola Orisansope, 22; and Daramola Abiodun, 22.

They are standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on burglary, conspiracy, receiving stolen property and stealing.

The prosecutor, Chijioke Njoku, told the court that the accused committed the offences from June 1 to June 20 at 2:00 a.m. on Victoria Island, Lagos.

He said that two of the accused, Messrs. Moses and Azeez, unlawfully burgled Mr. Odegbami’s house and stole the items worth N14.1 million.

According to the prosecutor, the stolen items include a Rolex watch worth N12 million, Iphone 7plus valued at N490, 000, a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone worth N150,000 and two Apple laptops worth N600,000.

He said that the accused also stole a box containing clothes and shoes worth N500, 000 and a phone recharge cable worth N5,000.

Mr. Njoku submitted that the other accused persons received the stolen goods from Messrs. Moses and Azeez.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 287, 307 (b), 328 (1), and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, denied the charges.

The Magistrate, F. O. Botoku, granted them bail in the sum of N1 million each with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until August 17 for mention.


Lagos Pupils’Abduction: Kidnappers Break Silence, Promise To Free Children

After three weeks of  communication silence, abductors of six pupils of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, have contacted some parents of the victims again.

Punch Metro learnt yesterday that the kidnappers also allowed the parents to speak with all the children, promising that they would be released soon.

It was gathered that the kidnappers did not request that the parents or the government pay any additional ransom. The children had spent 41 days in captivity as of Wednesday.

Three days after notifying the college of the attack, the gunmen broke into the boys’ hostel around 6am on Thursday, May 25.

They picked 10 Senior Secondary School pupils from the hostel and led them to a waterside, where their speedboat was anchored.

The pupils were screened based on their family backgrounds. While four were consequently released, the assailants whisked away the remaining six pupils, identified as Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Phillips and Farouq Yusuf.

After a prolonged negotiation, the kidnappers eventually settled for N100m ransom for all the children.

The parents had protested at the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s office on Wednesday, June 7, accusing the government of indifference and asking it to facilitate the release of the children.

Eventually, the parents raised and paid N10m to the captors on June 9.

The following day, they demanded additional N40m ransom and went incommunicado, leaving the parents in confusion.

However, some parents, who spoke with our correspondent on Wednesday on condition of anonymity, said the kidnappers had established contact with them again.

They said the gang allowed them to speak with all the children and assured them of their safety.

A parent said, “They have called again and promised to release our children soon. But they did not specify when and where they will be released. They allowed one of us to speak with all the children and they assured the parent that the kids are safe.

“Our plea is that they should have mercy on us and free these children. We cannot wait to see them.”

Another parent, who also confirmed the phone call, said the kidnappers did not demand further ransom.

The parent said, “It is true they have contacted us and made a promise to free our children very soon. In fact, we have been on the lookout since yesterday (Tuesday). We just hope they will not renege on their promise again. They did not request more ransom. We pray that they do not change their minds.

“We are a bit relieved to hear from the children again after about three weeks’ break, but the most important thing is their freedom. We want to see our children.”

Asked why rescue operations had not yielded results despite repeated assurances in the last few weeks, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said efforts had been intensified.

He said, “We are ensuring security awareness and presence in all schools in the state.

“The police are also working with other security agencies and all stakeholders to dialogue on the best way to police the state.

“Such efforts will lead to reduction in crimes and the rescue of the schoolchildren.

“The police are working round-the-clock to rescue them very soon.”

Meanwhile, the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria says the inability of security operatives to rescue the six kidnapped pupils undermined the investment of the state government on security.

The Amir (President) of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr Saheed Ashafa, said this in a press statement on Wednesday.

He said allowing the children to spend 41 days (by Wednesday) in captivity showed that security in Lagos needed reforms.

He said, “The continuous stay of the pupils with kidnappers means that the investment of the state government in security has yielded little or no result. The situation is an embarrassment on the much rated Lagos State.”

Ashafa, who lamented the psychological torture that the pupils would be going through, prayed for their safe rescue, urging the parents of the victims to be hopeful.

Ashafa deplored the spate of criminality bedeviling the peace of the state in recent times.

“We appeal the state government not to relent in its effort to maintain a crime-free Lagos,” he added

FG Will Publish Looters Names, Says Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Wednesday said the Federal Government would publish the names of treasury looters intermittently after it must have met some conditions.

A Federal High Court in Lagos had earlier on Wednesday gave a ruling compelling the Federal Government to “immediately release to Nigerians information about the names of high-ranking public officials from whom public funds were recovered and the circumstances under which funds were recovered, as well as the exact amount of funds recovered from each public official.”

 Justice Hadiza Shagari gave the order while delivering judgment in a suit filed against the Federal Government by a human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.

The Federal Government had last year, through the Ministry of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed that it had recovered cash sums of N78,325,354,631.82,   $185,119,584.61, £3,508,355.46 and €11,250, among others, between May 29, 2015 and May 25, 2016.

The names of persons from whom the funds were recovered were, however, not made public.

SERAP had last year filed the suit, seeking a court order to compel the Federal Government to make the names public.

In a judgment on Wednesday, Justice Shagari, upheld the group’s argument that “by virtue of the provisions of Section 4 (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011, the defendants are under a binding legal obligation to provide the plaintiff with up-to-date information” as regards the names of the high-ranking public officials from whom the funds were recovered as well as “the circumstances under which the stolen public funds were returned.”

SERAP had, in its suit marked FHC/CS/964/2016, contended that by releasing the names of the looters, the Federal Government had nothing to lose.

While answering reporters’ questions at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Malami said the list would be published intermittently.

He said, “Let me place it on the record that we have Freedom of Information Act in place. And the government is fully aware of its responsibility.

“But we have to take into account and consideration, the fact that there are some factors that have to be considered as far as making these disclosures are concerned.

“There are matters that are sub judice in court. There are matters of reconciliation, compilations and other associated things.

“On the need and compliant basis, the Federal Government has been making public necessary statements.

“The disclosure will definitely be made, but it is contingent on reconciliation of associated considerations as they relate to sub judice principles; as they relate to concluding, reconciliation and confirmation of figures.

“So that has been done and the government will at the appropriate time make necessary disclosures perhaps intermittently against the background of the prevailing conditions relating to the pendency of certain things and associated things.”

Pensioners Floor Okorocha In Court

National Industrial Court sitting in Owerri, has described the slashing of pensioners’ monthly stipend by Imo State Government as illegal.

The court also ruled that the form issued by Imo State Government and compelling pensioners to sign, accepting the cut and absolving government of indebtedness to the senior citizens is illegal, null, void and of no effect.

The presiding judge, Justice Anuwe, held that Imo State Government acted illegally and unconstitutionally.

The court also made an order of perpetual injunction against Imo State Government, its officials, agents and privies. Justice Anuwe then ordered the immediate payment in full of pensioners entitlements.