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Alleged husband killer, Maryam Sanda, opens defence on October 16

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An FCT High Court Maitama on Tuesday fixed Oct. 16, for Maryam Sanda, accused of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, to open her defence.

The matter was adjourned at the instance of Justice Yusuf Halilu.

Sanda is charged with allegedly killing Bello, her husband, who was a nephew of former PDP Chairman, Alhaji Bello Muhammad on Nov. 18, 2017.

The court also discharged and acquitted Maryam’s mother, Maimuna Aliyu; brother, Aliyu Sanda and housemaid, Sadiya Aminu, who were accused by police of assisting Maryam to conceal the evidence by cleaning the blood of the deceased from the scene of the crime.

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The police said the offence is contrary to the provision of Section 221 of the Penal Code.

Justice Halilu had on April 4 ruled that Sanda had a case to answer in the case and subsequently ordered her to enter her defence.

The ruling was based on the no-case submission filed by counsel for Sanda, Olusegun Jolaawo, SAN, and Hussein Musa for other defendants after the prosecution closed its case.

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The prosecution had called six witnesses to prove its case against the defendants.

Halilu ordered Sanda to enter her defence, discharged and acquitted the other three defendants, saying that the police were unable to link them with their alleged offence.

The judge held that from the evidence of the prosecution witnesses, “a thick cloud seems to form around the case of the prosecution, making it impossible at this point of time for the other side not to be considered”.

“The submissions of no-case to answer as it were in this particular situation is overruled.

“I order the first defendant, Maryam Sanda, to enter her defence with respect to the offence of culpable homicide punishable by death,” Halilu held.

The judge had adjourned the case till May 6 and directed that it shall be held on a day by day trial unless otherwise directed by the court.

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The case could not go on due to the absence of the judge who was on election petition tribunal duty in Ogun State.

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World Bank approved $346m for projects in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger

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The World Bank has approved $346m for two projects aimed at strengthening resilience and livelihoods in the Lake Chad region.

A statement from the World Bank explained that the projects, which are to be financed through the International Development Association, will be shared between Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

The Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project for North Eastern Nigeria, Additional Financing – for which the bank allocated $176m – will help the Federal Government to improve access to basic services and livelihood opportunities for crisis-affected communities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

The project will also enhance coordination among the states and other Lake Chad countries.

The project expands the ongoing $200m MCRP project and puts an increased emphasis on support for agricultural livelihoods and investments.

The MCRP AF will provide support for labour-intensive approaches and works programs, promote rural and regional connectivity, rehabilitate market infrastructure and prioritise climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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The project will also expand its education and health activities by providing grants to school committees and incentives to returning teachers.

It would also promote the quality of primary health care services in targeted public health centres and district hospitals.

The second project, the Lake Chad Region Recovery and Development Project, valued at $170m, will support national and regional coordination platforms and local capacity building in selected provinces of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

It is also expected that the project – PROLAC – will contribute to restore sustainable rural mobility and connectivity and strengthen the recovery of agricultural livelihoods.

It will also promote knowledge sharing and regional dialogue with a data platform hosted at the Lake Chad Basin Commission while strengthening community empowerment through citizen engagement, social cohesion activities and labour-intensive public works.

The statement added that PROLAC will contribute to the rehabilitation of rural roads and small transport infrastructure, and promote productive investments in the affected the areas.

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According to the World Bank, the Lake Chad region suffers from poor development and economic indicators compared to the averages in other areas in the four countries.

There are significant gaps in infrastructure, access to basic services is poor, and natural resources and livelihoods are severely impacted by climate change.

The World Bank noted that since 2009, the situation in the region had been worsened by insecurity due to the activities of insurgents.

The prevailing security situation has prevented more than 49 million people in the region from attaining their livelihoods in fishing, livestock farming and agriculture.

The two newly approved operations will focus on enhancing regional collaboration among the four countries to support communities close to the shore of Lake Chad.

The projects are also aimed at improving the living conditions of the population, including vulnerable women and youth who face the negative impacts of climate change and suffer from insecurity.

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World Bank Director of Regional Integration for Africa, Deborah Wetzel, said the Lake Chad region remains a priority area of engagement as a result of the common nature of the challenges faced by the sub-region and the huge potential for regional cooperation.

“The framework being created by both PROLAC and the MCRP AF will lay the foundation for future regional and coordinated investments that will improve access to regional markets, promote value-chains development and revive cross-border and regional trade,” she said.

PROLAC and MCRP are aligned with existing regional and national strategies, including the World Bank’s Regional Integration and Cooperation Assistance Strategy which promotes collective actions to address the risks of regional economic contagion, fragility, epidemic and climate hot spots.

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Applicant arraigned for allegedly stealing friend’s camera worth N710,000

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Applicant arraigned for allegedly stealing friend's camera worth N710,000

A 21-year old applicant has been arraigned by the police in a Wuse  Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing his friend’s Cannon 6D Mark2 camera worth N710, 000.

The man identified as Francis, who resides in Block C6, Same Global Estate, Darkwo District, Abuja, is been charged with two counts of housebreaking and theft.

The Prosecution Counsel, Peter Ejike, told the court that the complainant, Mr Wangel Kunsept of Block 21, Darka Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, reported the matter at the Divisional Police Headquarters Wuse Zone 3, Abuja on May 13.

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Ejike alleged that the defendant illegally gained entrance into the complainant’s house, broke his door and stole the camera and a pair of shoes worth N18, 000.

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The prosecutor alleged that during the investigation the defendant admitted to committing the crime.

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The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 346 and 287 of the Penal Code

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Linda Chidama admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N400, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Chidama ordered that the surety must be a civil servant on GL 10 or above and must reside within the court jurisdiction.

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She adjourned the matter until July 2 for hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My wife lied, incest is a taboo in Yorubaland, says man accused of raping his nine and seven-year-old daughters

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“I cannot sleep with my children. The rape could have been from an outsider and not me. I didn’t know about it.” These were the words of 48-year-old Femi Onifade, who stands accused of defiling his nine and seven-year-old daughters.

Onifade, a welder, was arrested by the personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps [NSCDC] in Ondo State after his wife, Tope, filed a complaint that he committed the act at his residence, No 27 Liberty Hospital Road, Oluwatuyi area of Akure.

But when he was paraded at the NSCDC headquarters in Alagbaka, Akure, on Monday, the suspect said it was not possible for him to have carnal knowledge of his children because such was a taboo in Yoruba land.

He suggested the crime might have been committed by an outsider, alleging his wife of 11 years raised a false alarm on him.

Femi said,

“I used to have quarrels with my wife. We had a clash around 11pm on that day and she left the house and because of the curfew in town, I didn’t want her to take the children with her. I insisted that the children must remain with me. My wife left and did not come back.

“I went to her family to report and her family begged me. My wife came back two days later and asked me what happened to the children when she examined their private parts.

“My wife accused me of sleeping with our daughters and I said I could not have done it, because it was a taboo in Yoruba land. I am not happy because I was accused of what I did not do. I went to the palace of the Deji of Akure to take an oath for people to believe me.

“I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. It is a lie. I cannot sleep with my children. The rape could have been from an outsider and not me. I didn’t know about it

“The children were crying because they did not see their mother that night. My children used to cry whenever my wife and I were fighting. It was a neighbour, who told my wife that one of the girls cried till daybreak.”

However, his wife, Tope, who vowed to quit the 11-year-old marriage, said Femi told her that what she noticed in their daughters’ private parts was evidence of dysentery when she raised the alarm over her discovery.

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Tope said the children informed her that their father inserted something in their private parts and also used his mouth.

She stated,

“The day we had a quarrel, my husband did not allow me to sleep in the house. I asked neighbours to beg him on my behalf, but he said I should go. He did not allow me take any of my daughters along. I had to find somewhere to sleep. The next day, a neighbour called me to say one of our daughters cried all through the night.

“The neighbour begged me to come back home. I came back and in the night, I noticed something in one of the children’s private parts. I asked my husband and he told me it was dysentery.

“I woke up the eldest daughter and asked her and she pointed at their father. The children said their father used to put something in their private parts.”

Tope added that tests carried out on the children revealed that both had been deflowered.

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The Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC in the state, Olufemi Omole, said the suspect would soon be charged.

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