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Unemployed man on trial for allegedly attempting to steal a car

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A 39-year-old unemployed man, Segun Awoleye, who allegedly attempted to steal a car on Monday appeared in an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The police charged Awoleye, whose address was not provided, with a misdemeanor.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Mary Ajiteru, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 24 at No; 17, Olumide Awosanya street; off unity estate, Ojokoro village, Owutu area in Ikorodu.

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Ajiteru alleged that the defendant attempted to open a Toyota Camry salon car, belonging to one Bayo Adegboyega with an intention to steal.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 21(5) of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Magistrate O.M. Dawodu admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.

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He adjourned the case until March. 5 for mention.

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Police declare war on killers in Ekiti community

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The Police in Ekiti State on Wednesday declared war on persons suspected to be involved in the violence and killing of two persons at Ire Ekiti, Oye Council Area of the state over the stoppage of Ogun Onire Festival celebration.

The town had been embroiled in violent crisis since Sunday over attempt by its monarch, Oba Victor Bobade to enforce government’s directives banning the celebration of the annual Ogun Onire Festival to prevent further spread of COVID 19.

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The action considered as provocative to Ogun worshippers had led to an attack on the palace of Oba Bobade, where two persons were killed and a car burnt in the process.

The police had arrested one arrowhead of the violence and 15 other suspects declared wanted.

The Police Commissioner, Mr Babatunde Mobayo, in a statement in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, said the command had begun a mop up operation to halt further killings and turning the town to a killing field.

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The statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said:

“In order to restore peace to the Community, the Commissioner of Police wishes to inform the people of Ire-Ekiti that the Police shall be carrying out a mop up operation and investigation to fish out the perpetrators in the Community from the hour of 6:00 am today, 12th August, 2020.

“In view of this, the Commissioner implores the people of Ire-Ekiti Community to be law-abiding, cooperate with the Police deployed and avoid any act that could frustrate the aim of the operation, as such adverse act shall not be tolerated.”

Mobayo observed with dismay, how some “unscrupulous” persons in their large number had taken to the streets, destroying properties, causing injuries and death of innocent citizens and consequently causing a state of anarchy and unnecessary apprehension.

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Two Nigerians, Sudanese jailed for entering Malta with forged passports

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Three men – two Nigerians and a South Sudanese – have been jailed six months for using tampered passports to enter Malta.

The Nigerians – 26 years old Jerry Onyibe and Iwezu Tony, 30 – and a Bany William, 21, from South Sudan were charged with falsifying the passports, knowingly making use of them and possession of falsified documents.

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Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendi jailed the three men after they pleaded guilty.

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Man, 65, kidnaps 11-year-old girl, prostitutes her

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A 65-year old man by name Ahmadu Garba, abducted and allegedly defiled girl, 11 before giving her out as a prostitute to clients for three months while she was in captivity.

The incident happened in Jalingo, Taraba State, where they reside.

Following the dastardly act, Police operatives from Taraba State Command have arrested Garba alongside his accomplices, Abubakar Bala and Suleiman Ahmadu and were paraded by the Police in Jalingo the capital of Taraba State on Monday.

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The Taraba State Police Command Public Relations Officer, David Misal, confirmed that the criminal kept the little girl in his custody for three months. He also collected money from others and allow them to have carnal knowledge of her.

The Police image maker, Misal explained that the criminals were arrested following a tip-off to the Police intelligence team, which moved in, rescued the girl and then arrested the suspects for interrogation.

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During the investigation, the victim narrated what happened and how she was molested helplessly for those months.

Misal said that the three suspects confessed to have committed the crime and the Police will prosecute them and ensure the little girl gets justice.

The three suspects risk several years of imprisonment for statutory rape if they are tried and found guilty before the Court for the alleged offence.

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