Thursday, 21 May 2015

Court detains Lebanese for avoiding N49m Customs duties

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  10:54   Crime No comments
A Lebanese, Fares Chawich, was on Wednesday detained by the Federal High Court in Lagos for avoiding custom duties that is worth N49M. The Judge in charge of the trial Justice Saliu Saidu, ordered that the Lebanese should be detained after the Nigerian Custom indicted was five count charge.

Chawich is to remain in prison till when he is able to meet the bail condition the court imposed on him. He and one Chief Emmanuel Ekong who is no where to be found, on May 8, 2015, broke the seal of the Nigeria Custom Service so as to avoid payment of custom duties which is worth N49, 116, 004.00.

Some of the vehicles listed in the indictment are; Brabus  G800 Jeep, 2013 model, with chassis number 212718;  McLaren SLR 2009 Model, chassis number 001960; Ferrari 458, 2013 Model, chassis number 195200; Aston Martin 2009 Model, chassis number 815026; and Aybach 625 2009 Model, chassis number 002513;.

The prosecutor, Julius Ajakaye, told the court that the misdeed committed by the Lebanese were discordant to and punishable under Section 145 (5) of Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

The accused had pleaded not guilty after the charges had been read to him.
Counsel to the accused, Chris Emeh, pleaded with the court to admit his client to bail in the most generous terms.

However, Ajakaye did not dispute the bail application of the accused, but asked the court to order the accused to tender his valid international passport with the court, pending the time the case will be finally concluded.

Ruling on the bail application, the trial Judge, Justice Saidu, admitted him to bail for the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum.
According to the judge, The sureties must be live of Lagos State, who should be owners of landed properties within Lagos state.

The judge also ordered that the landed properties of the sureties’ must be verified by the prosecutor and the court registrar, and that the accused should drop his valid international passport with the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar.
The matter has been adjourned till the 8th of July, 2015, for trial.

PENGASSAN ask FG for a state of emergency in oil and gas sector

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  09:09   No comments

The Senior oil workers in the oil and gas sector have called on the newly elected Federal Government  of Nigeria to declare a state of emergency in the oil and gas industry in other to address the many issues bothering it.

The workers, under the wing of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), deeply expressed that the entire nations economy is being affected by the problems all sub-sectors of the oil and gas industry are having today.

The Union President, Francis Johnson, in a statement that was signed by him on Wednesday, the workers expressed that there are plenty problems with the industry which required immediate attention by the incoming Buhari-Osinbajo administration to rearrange the industry for productive and effective delivery of its benefits to Nigerians.

He also said that there was need for the Buhari administration to call an all-inclusive stakeholders’ forum of those involved in operations in the sector to critically study and suggest workable and enduring solutions to all the issues which will benefit Nigerian as a nation.

“All the sub-sectors of the oil and gas industry have one challenge or the other and all these challenges are affecting the delivery of the benefits of our God-given hydrocarbon resources to the country and the entire people of Nigeria.These challenges are as a result of past neglects, wrong policies and policy summersault in some areas of the sub-sectors. All these are inflicting pains on Nigerians who ought to be enjoying the benefits of the natural resources that God bequeathed to the country,” Johnson expressed.

He mentioned some of the problems to include undue interference in the management of government agencies, pipeline vandalisation, state of the refineries, subsidy payment controversies, divestment, illegal transfer or allocation of oil blocks, intractable and persistent scarcity of petroleum products, irregular Joint Venture (JV) funding with emphasis on delay in cash call payment, inadequate funding of government agencies in the oil and gas sector and crude oil theft.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Crime watch: Driver arraigned to court for stabbing neighbour

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  17:17   Crime No comments
On Wednesday, a residence of  Ibadan Street, Benna Bus Stop, Ajegunle in Lagos, Azeez Kolawole was charged to court for stabbing his neighbor with a broken bottle on the neck. Azeez Kolawole who is a 39 year old driver was held on the account of assault.

But the accused has since then denied any act of such, whereas Corporal John Iberedem, who is the prosecutor told the court that Kolawole had assaulted Jamiu Isiaka  on May 15 by stabbing him at his home, explaining the the accused caused his neigbhor bodily harm.

The prosecutor further said that ,

 "The complainant said he was in his room when he heard Kolawole beating his wife. Isiaka left his room to settle the fight between the couple when the accused stabbed him with a broken bottle on the neck."

The prosecutor also explained that Kolawole  has breached the provision of Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The Senior Magistrate, Mr G.L. Otepo, granted bail in the sum of N50,000 to the accused with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till the 7th of July for mention.

Road Safety Alarms: Drivers arrested with fake Drivers Licence will face prosecution

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  15:18   Politics No comments

Those who now have a fake drivers licence are in danger of facing prosecution when caught as addressed by t
he Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

In a training at Abuja for the verification of vehicle number plate and drivers licence by all security agencies, the chief executive and corps marshal of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, made this address as he says 

 “it is a criminal matter” and this prosecution will help to checkmate the high rate of fake driver’s licence which is now prevalent among motorists.

He further explained that the point of the training is to help all security agents to be able to check the database of FRSC in other to authenticate number plates and drivers licence without calling the corp.

He also mentioned that 

“The essence is that those who give two passport photographs to some people are just wasting their time because it is fake. The drivers license today is N6, 950, why give N10,000 or N15,000 to someone to give you a fake license? Is that not ignorance and stupidity on the part of those drivers? So, I think we need to get it right. But for Nigerians, there are bound to be bad eggs, so that is why we are tackling it already, it is not out of hand."

Suicide Bomber Kills10 In Adamawa Cattle Market

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  10:50   Crime No comments
There have been a bomb blast on Tuesday at the Garkida town of Gombi local government area of Adamawa State by a suicide bomber at the busy cattle market with 10 people feared dead. Several people were also injured in the attack after they have believed that the terrorist attacks are now history.

An eyewitness, Mallam Sadau, who is a Cattle dealer slightly escape death after he pleaded that there should be tighter security for those recaptured areas from boko haram so that these areas will not be reclaimed by the terrorist. He narrated that during the mishap many people lost their money and belonging and this is the first experience of a suicide bomber attack in Adamawa State since the inception of terrorism in North east sub-region.

All endeavors to verify from the military authorities proved unsuccesful as their lines were not going through.
However, when DSP Othman Mohammed who is the Adamawa State Police Command spokesman was contacted, he could not confirm the incident, rather said military authorities should know better.

Man sent on exile in a wheelbarrow by kinsmen

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  10:19   Crime No comments

Mr. Charles Ikegwuruka, has been sent on exile on a wheelbarrow in his maternal home, Isu because he took his younger brother Mr. Osiwu Ikegwuruka, to the awful Okija shrine (also called Ogwugwummiri Okija) which is located in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Their visiting the Okija shrine was as a result of the younger brother's wife who was tagged baren by the Native doctor.

Charles had met a native doctor who was told  that there was a woman in the family who is bewitched and had marine husband and children. He was also instructed by the native doctor to bring forth this woman for cleansing.

Charles later told his Junior brother and they agreed to take osiwu's wife to the shrine. On reaching there the whole rituals and incantation were  performed in a river with the wife bathing naked in front of the two brothers. Trouble broke out between the two brothers when the problem(barrenness) was not yet solved after the whole rituals

It was gathered that the crisis was heightened when Osiwu got a letter from the Okija shrine, at the instance of Charles, inviting him and his wife to come the shrine to swear an oath. Osiwa hearing this reported to his Kinsmen who know asked Charles to withdraw the matter, but Charles insisted that the shrine has declined

Charles’ kinsmen quickly agreed that he must ride on a wheelbarrow to his maternal home with palm fronds tied around his neck and stay there until he drops the matter lodged before the awful Okija shrine.

“Our son (Charles) has committed sacrilege. We can’t finish resolving a matter and still take it to a shrine, coupled with other atrocities Charles has been committing,” one of the kinsmen, who chose to be anonymous, said.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Obama under Pressure to be at Buhari's Inauguration

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  09:28   Politics No comments

As we approach the inauguration for Buhari-Osinbajo Presidency on the 29th of May, pressure has been growing on the white house and President Barrak Obama on who will be the white house representative at the inauguration.

According to sources, Johnnie Carson who is the immediate past U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, wants to have President Barack Obama to send his Deputy, Vice President Joe Biden to head the delegation, the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN)  and a pro-Africa U.S. lobby group in Washington DC  are demanding that the President of the United States of America attend the event in person rather than his Deputy, Vice President Joe Biden.

There were signs that the U.S. President was not yet ready to make known a delegation to the Nigeria’s presidential inauguration ceremony on May 29, according to Natalie Wozniak, a White House spokesperson.

But, such a declaration could be done in the forthcoming week, which is the usual practices by the White House.

Johnnie Carson proposed that by sending a high powered delegation to the presidential swearing-in ceremony in Nigeria and then President Obama dropping by in Nigeria on his way to East Africa in July, Obama could bring about a whole new beginning between Nigeria and the U.S. with the emergence of the Buhari-Osinbajo presidency.

Josephine Ugwu, the Airport Cleaner honored by Lagos Assembly

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  09:01   Politics No comments
The cleaner Josephine Ugwu, who returned N12 million has finally been rewarded by members of the Lagos state House of Assembly on Monday, after she found the money while cleaning a toilet at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, in January.

An undisclosed amount and a letter of recommendation was presented to the cleaner by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Taiwo Kolawole,

This move by the house of assembly was for the act of patriotism and honesty by Miss Ugwu for retuning the sum of 12 million naira Kolawale explained.
The letter was read to the floor which states

“your action is a great inspiration to many who believe in the future of Nigeria; your conduct has positively affected the image of Nigeria internationally. It is an act worthy of emulation and because of this; we decided to hold a special parliamentary session to celebrate your honesty, integrity, uprightness, sincerity, truthfulness and patriotism. We truly believe in you.”

This act by the house was as a result of the deputy Whip, Rotimi Abiru, who brought forward the issue before his colleagues, sometime in January, and he expressed his happiness that the motion on Ugwu has been concluded and he further thanked the House for celebrating the patriotic cleaner.

Abiru also thanked Ugwu for being a proud Nigerian who has shown to the world that, there is hope for us as a nation. “She has written her name in gold and so Nigerian youths must emulate her good character,” he said.

Congratulating her earlier, Segun Olulade asked the House to give Ugwu employment in the Assembly or  suggest her to the state governor for employment to inspire other Nigerian youths to emulate her.

Rotimi Olowo who agreed with his colleague said that the state government should immortalise her by naming any state institution or monument after her to encourage the need for honesty and integrity among the youths in Nigeria.

Thanking the House for the kindness, Miss. Ugwu said she was very happy, expressing that “I never expected that I will be honoured to be in this Assembly talk more of been recognised and honoured by this institution.”

According to Miss Ugwu, she was just carrying out her duty and following the rules of the organisation she is working with and also living according to the upbringing she received from her parents who instilled the virtue of honesty into her.

“My family trained me not take anything that does not belong to me. I also want to prove to the world that Nigeria is a good country with people of integrity unlike the wrong impression they have about the country”, she added.

She revealed that it was the third time since December 2014 that she was returning cash left behind by passengers to the Airport security. Ugwu was followed to the Assembly by the Managing Director of her company.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Presidential Inauguration: Army tells public of 21 gun salute

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  20:55   Politics No comments
On Monday at Abuja, The Guards Brigade of the Nigerian Army informed the public on firing of artillery guns for Presidential Inauguration and Swearing in Ceremony that will take place on May 29.
This awareness is contained in a statement delivered by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations in the Guards Brigade, Maj. Charles Ekeocha.
Ekeocha was quoted as saying "rehearsal for the Presidential Inauguration and Swearing in Ceremony has commenced since May 4 at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
He explained that the practice involved firing of the traditional 21 gun salute.
He also stated that "the practice session for the 21 gun salute will take place on May 20 and May 25, and on the inauguration day, May 29.
"The public is hereby notified, especially those living within Asokoro area of Abuja and its environ not to panic at the sound of simulated firing of military weapons during the dates.''

Housekepper indicted for theft of Employer's belongings worth N1.12M

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  17:11   Crime No comments

Loveth Oriaku who is a 24-year-old housekeeper, on Monday showed before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos indicted for stealing 3 boxes of jewelry which worth N250,000.

Oriaku is also facing trial for apparrently stealing 450 Euros, 2,100 dollars, 1,800 ands, N75,000 and 700 pounds, all giving a total of N1.12 million.

Oriaku, who lives at No.7, Ishau Adewale St., Surulere , Lagos where her employer also lives, is facing an indictment for stealing.

Sgt. Jimah Iseghede who is the Prosecutor, explained to the court that the culprit committed the offence on April 27 at the employers address.

He further explained that the culprit entered into her employer‘s room , one Mrs Fedelia Ochulor, and took away her three boxes of money and jewelry.

“The complainant expressed that her son, a witness in the case, told her that he saw Oriaku when he was entering her room while she went out.

“When the eye witness confronted the Oriaku, she said that the complainant asked her to clean the room,” Iseghede said.

The prosecutor explained that the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 285 requires three years’ imprisonment for stealing.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr A.F. Adeeyo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N300,000, with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till 5th of
May for mention.

3-yr-old Child falls out of moving Car in Delta

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  14:26   No comments
It was a cold experience over the weekend when eyewitnesses and motorists saw a middle-aged woman drive into Anwai Road axis of Asaba, the Delta State capital, with her three-year-old child nearly falling off the car.

The event, according to a passer-by occurred at mid-day when the woman, whose name could not be immediately verified, hurriedly drove into Anwai Road from an adjacent street, and in the process, one of the rear doors of her car slung open with her three-year-old son hanging slightly on the edge.

Some eyewitness and motorists around screamed at the woman to stop, but to no avail as the woman looked not to have heard.

In the tension that ensued, some drivers went after her as she moved towards the popular Nnebisi Road.

On arriving close to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) junction, a tricycle rider, well known as “keke rider’ who was coming in the opposite direction, saw the car and the child almost drifting off from the door and immediately stopped her, thus preventing the car from going any further.

Immediately the car stoped, the child dropped on the tarred road and was almost hit by another tricylist coming from behind.

It was then the woman understood that something was wrong and to the surprise of many, she speedily got off the car, picked up the child from the ground, put him inside the car and drove off.

At the time at which this report was filed, no one could confirm the identity of the woman and the child or her mission.

Church bewildered by Law makers Pay

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  12:57   Politics No comments

The members at the Saint John's Anglican Church, Rumueme Deanery located in Rivers State were amazed on Saturday when they were given a clue of how much a Nigerian senator earns as salary.

The church was the place of the second session of the 7th Synod arranged by the Diocese of the Niger Delta North (Anglican Communion).

Administering over the event, President of the synod, the Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey and the Archbishop, Province of Niger Delta, revealed to members of the church that a Nigerian Senator earned N29m every month as salary.

The entire church were astonished, even as Kattey asked the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to take another look at the earnings of the lawmakers.

"The incoming government should adopt practical cost-saving measures. A situation where lawmakers take so much as salaries is not healthy for the country's economy.

"Go to the Internet, you will see that a senator earns N29m as salary every month. It is not hidden," Kattey had told the shocked congregation.

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