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Man jailed for stealing 52 copies of PUNCH’s newspapers

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A man, Mohammed Hassan, has been sentenced to two weeks in prison for stealing newspapers.

WuzupNigeria reports that Hassan, a former packer with PUNCH Nigeria Limited, had stolen 52 copies of Saturday PUNCH from the company’s premises on 4 July 2020 but was caught by the company’s security officials on duty.

The papers were worth N13, 000.

The matter was promptly reported at the Warewa Police Station.

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The suspect was subsequently charged with one count of stealing by the Investigating Police Officer, W/Insp. Ese Olatunde, before the Chief Magistrates’ Court, Owode.

The case was re-assigned to the Mowe Magistrates’ Court, where Hassan was arraigned on Monday.

The charge read,

“That you, Mohammed Hassan, on July 4, 2020, around 1.50pm, in the Obafemi Owode Magisterial District, did steal 52 copies of Saturday edition of PUNCH Newspaper, valued at N13,000, property of PUNCH Nigeria Limited, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State, Nigeria 2006.”

Hassan pleaded guilty to the charge.

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The prosecutor, Philemon Inocha, tendered the defendant’s confessional statement as an exhibit before the court.

Hassan’s counsel, O. G. Olajide, urged the magistrate to temper justice with mercy, saying his client was a first-time offender.

The Magistrate of an Ogun State Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Mowe, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area, Mrs T. O. Adebutu-Obasanjo, sentenced Hassan to two weeks’ imprisonment with an option of N10,000 fine.

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RCCG pastor lands in court for issuing $1.6m dud cheques

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) on Wednesday re-arraigned an assistant pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of David Parish, Victoria Island, Lagos, Ayodeji Ibrahim Oluokun for allegedly issuing dud cheques of $1.6 million.

Oluokun was arraigned alongside his company Peak Petroleum Industry Nigeria Limited, before Justice Toyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special offences Court.

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The defendant was re-arraigned on a six-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence, stealing and issuance of dud cheques.

The EFCC Counsel, S.O Daji, told the court that the defendant, in 2014, approached the management of GOSL Nigeria Limited for a loan in the sum of $1.6 million to enable him carry out operational activities in his company’s oil field in Bayelsa State.

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Oluokun was alleged to have assured the firm that he would repay the money within a year.

Unable to repay the loan, the defendant allegedly issued two post-dated Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited cheques for the sum of $1 million and $666,666 respectively, the prosecutor said.

The pastor pleaded not guilty, and Justice Taiwo adjourned the matter till September 23.

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Man who raped 11-year-old girl sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in Abeokuta

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A 36-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl.

The man identified as Ugochukwu Obiakor was on Wednesday, August 12, sentenced to 25 years in prison by an Abeokuta high court, for raping an 11-year-old girl.

Presiding the case was Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu who after the man pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge against him, held that the evidence presented before the court by the prosecution was tenable and found the convict guilty as charged.

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Before the sentence, James Mafe, the prosecution counsel and director of legal drafting in Ogun state told the court that the convict committed the offence on September 4, 2017, at Omu-Aleku village in Mowe area of the state.

The convict reportedly came to the victim’s mother’s shop to make a purchase but came back when the mother left the shop.

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Obiakor pretended that the victim’s mother owed him some money and dragged the girl to an uncompleted building beside the shop where he raped her after opening the shop’s iron railings.

Justice Dipeolu consequently sentenced Obiakor to 25 years imprisonment with hard labour.

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Kano Court sentences man to death by stoning for rape

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An Upper Shari’a Court sitting in Kano on Wednesday, sentenced a 60-year-old man, Mati Abdu, to death by stoning after his conviction for raping a 12-year-old girl.

Abdu was convicted on a count charge of rape contrary to Section 126 of Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law 2000.

The Trial Judge, Ibrahim Sarki-Yola, said the accused person pleaded guilty to the charge after the case was adjourned for the fourth time without changing his plea.

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Sarki-Yola said the Court was convinced by the accused person’s admission of the charge against him and found him guilty.

The Judge, thereafter, convicted the accused and sentenced him to death by stoning under Section 127 (b) of the Kano State Shari’a Code Law 2000.

Sarki-Yola, however, ordered a 30-days grace within which to appeal the judgment.

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Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Ms. Badariya Muhammad, had told the court that the convict committed the offense sometimes in 2019, at Farsa village in Tsanyawa Local Government Area of the State.

Muhammad told the court that the convict at about 1:00 p.m. had unlawful canal knowledge of the 12-year-old girl under a tree situated at Farsa village in Tsanyawa.

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The prosecution argued that the offense contravened Section 126 of Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law 2000.

In his submission before the Court, Abdu pleaded guilty to the charge in four separate sittings of the Court.

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