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Court orders man to pay monthly stipend for his children

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A Shari’a Court has ordered a man to pay a monthly feeding allowance for the upkeep of his three children.

The Court ordered Haruna Aliyu, father of three, on Tuesday to pay N12,000 to their mother, Hafsat Haruna for the upkeep of his children.

The trial Judge, Malam Dahiru Bamalli, gave the order while ruling in a case filed before the court by the complainant, Hafsat Haruna, who is a former wife to the respondent.

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Bamalli said that the defendant must take care of his children’s health, education and clothing.

The complainant had earlier prayed to the court to compel the respondent to pay the sum of N20, 000, monthly stipend for feeding and upkeep of their children.

Haruna, a resident of Rigasa area of Kaduna, told the court that her former husband had stopped catering for their children since their recent divorce.

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In his submission, the defendant prayed the court to reduce the amount to N10, 000, adding that he could not afford the N20, 000 requested by the complainant.

 

 

 

 

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Man, 28, allegedly rapes 11-year-old girl in Ile Ife

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An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun State on Thursday remanded in prison custody a 28-year-old man, Oyerinde Oyeniyi, for allegedly defiling an 11-year-old girl.

Oyeniyi is being tried for rape and assault.

The police prosecutor, ASP Joseph Adebayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on June 14 at 3p.m. at Mokuro area of Ile-Ife, Osun State.

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Adebayo said the offences contravened Section 31(1) (2) of the Child’s Right Law of Osun, 2007, and Section 360 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

The defence counsel, Mr Akin-wumi Babatunde, urged the court to grant his client bail in most liberal terms.

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Babatunde said his client would not jump bail but would provide reliable sureties.

The Magistrate, A. A. Adebayo granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.

The magistrate said the surety must swear to an affidavit of means and reside within the court jurisdiction.

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He added that the address of the surety must be verified by the prosecutor.

The magistrate said the surety must be a civil servant not below Grade Level 8. He adjourned the case till July 28, for mention.

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Nigerian Law School audit uncovers N32m annual payment to unnamed cleaner, N36m dressing allowance to staff

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The Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation has uncovered financial infractions in the records of the Nigerian Law School.

The 2015 Auditor-General’s report submitted to the Senate Committee on Public Account, indicted the apex legal academic institution.

The infractions ranged from outright misappropriation to spending without approval and diversion of pension.

The 2015 Financial Report of the office is currently being scrutinised by the Senate Public Accounts Committee for investigation.

Nine queries were issued by the Office of the Auditor-General of Federation to the management of Nigerian Law School in 2015, according to the report.

The report said the management of the Nigerian Law School illegally paid N32m to the account of an unnamed cleaner over a period of 12 months.

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The Auditor-General report also queried the payment of N36m as dressing allowance of 52 workers to the account of a single member of staff in violation of Nigeria’s Financial Act.

The report reads in part:

“The examination of payment records revealed that the Nigerian law school several times paid N36 million to staff as dressing allowance in 2013 alone.

“The Management could not substantiate these payments with any approval from Salaries and Wages Commission to enable the audit team to determine the genuineness of these payments to staff. No appropriation in this request.”

The queries also said that N34.3 million was paid for the training of staff without approval from the federal government.

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The Auditor-General’s report further revealed from the examination of payment voucher that the Law School, at various intervals, made use of the pension funds to offset expenses not related to payment of pension, contrary to extant Financial Regulation.

The management of the institution, led by its Director-General, Prof. Isa Chiroma, appeared before the Senate panel on Thursday, July 2, to defend queries.

Prof. Isa Chiroma, while responding to the queries, said that he was not the Director-General of the institution during the period under review, but agreed that “government is a continuum.”

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On payment of N36 million as dressing allowance, the Director-General said:

“I can’t imagine the Law School paying N36 million into one account on behalf of others.”

His defence was, however, not strong enough for the Senate panel to vacate the query.

Members of the committee established that Chiroma was not the DG of the Law School when the financial impropriety took place. The panel, nevertheless, asked him to recover the money involved and return it into the school’s account.

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Bank guard, two others arrested for ATM fraud

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A bank guard and two others have been arrested for allegedly defrauding bank customers through Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in Benue State.

The three suspects were apprehended by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Dele Oyewale, the Head, Media & Publicity of the Commission’s Makurdi office said yesterday.

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The suspects were arrested on the premises of a bank in the North Bank area of Makurdi, the state capital, Oyewale said.

He said the suspects allegedly perpetrated the fraud by obtaining details of customers who sought help to withdraw cash from ATMs.

He said they operate by hanging around ATMs to help those who want to withdraw money.

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The official said that in the process they swap the figures and other details, such as password, in the customer’s ATM card and clone it to defraud the unsuspecting customer.

He said that the commission recovered 31 ATM cards of different banks bearing different names, many smartphones, two laptops, 16 SIM cards, one Glo modem, one flash drive and fake currency notes from the suspects.

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