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Usifo Ataga: Chidinma To Face Murder Trial Before High Court

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A Yaba Chief Magistrates’Court in Lagos on Monday ordered that Chidinma Ojukwu be charged with the murder of the Chief Executive Officer of Super Television, Usifo Ataga at the State High Court.

The court also ordered that one Adedapo Quadri should also face trial for Ataga’s murder while  Chidinma’s sister, Chioma Egbuchu, found in possession of Ataga’s iPhone 7, should face trial for possessing stolen items.

The Chief Magistrate, Adeola Adedayo, gave the order following legal advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The advice is to the effect that there is a prima facie case of conspiracy to murder, murder, conspiracy to commit forgery, making of documents without authority and stealing, against Chidinma.

In the advice dated August. 20, the DPP recommended that Chidinma’s sister, Chioma Egbuchu, who was found in possession of Ataga’s phone and had refused to release it, should be tried at the high court for being in possession of a suspected stolen item.

The DPP  said: “After careful consideration of facts available in the case file, this office is of the view that a prima facie case of conspiracy to murder, murder, forgery, making of documents without authority and stealing, contrary to Sections 222, 233, 363, 379 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015, has been established against Chidinma and two others.

” Facts available also established against Chidinma, the offense of having possession of things reasonably suspected to have been stolen, contrary to Section 329, of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015.”

The magistrate, however,  discharged Chidinma’s father, Onoh Ojukwu as well as one Babalola Disu, one Abayomi Olutayo, and one Ifeoluwa Olowu, based on the DPP’s advice.

Recall the Nigeria police had on August. 9, prayed the court to remand the suspects to enable the police to carry out further investigations into the case.

The court had granted the request and ordered that Chidinma and Adedapo Quadri should be remanded for 30 days.

The police had also docked Chidinma’s father, Onoh Ojukwu, and four others for obstruction of justice.

Ojukwu, 57, and Babalola Disu, 42, were charged with obstructing the police from performing their duties and failing to report a crime to the police.

The others – Chioma Egbochi, 28; Abayomi Olutayo, 23, and Ifeoluwa Olowu, 23 – were accused of dishonestly receiving stolen items.

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Court Remands 2 Men For Alleged Armed Robbery, Rape

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A Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded two men, Edward Abah and Eric Unogwu at the correctional centre, Makurdi for alleged armed robbery and rape.

The accused of No. 327 Jakande Estate, Lagos were charged for robbing some residents of New Kanshio Layout, Makurdi and raping a 22-year old lady, Nguevese Vembe.

They are charged for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, rape and acts of terrorism.

When the case came up, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mr Vincent Kor did not take the plea of the defendants for want of jurisdiction.

Kor adjourned the matter until Feb 3, 2022 for further mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Ato had told the court that on Oct 18, 2021, a report was brought to the police.

Ato said that Victor Nyamtamen, Charity Ochai, Margaret Samoh and Nguevese Vembe of New Kanshio Layout, Makurdi jointly reported at ‘B’ Division Police Station, Makurdi that they were robbed.

“They stated that on Oct. 17, five armed men broke into their various compounds, held them hostage, and robbed them of valuable items worth millions of naira.

“They further stated that the armed men also raped Nguevese and fled away with a Toyota Corolla with registration number BWR 299 BF valued N2.5 million.

“The robbers also stole a Lexus Jeep 330 with registration number AAA 03 DW valued N3 million being properties of the complainants,” he said.

The Prosecutor said that the defendants were later arrested for committing the offences.

He said that their offences contravened sections 6(b) 1(1)(2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, 2004, 284 of the Penal Code of Benue, 2004.

Their offences also contravened section 4(2) of the Abduction, Hostage-Taking, Kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Law of Benue, 2017

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#EndSARS Report: Buhari Is Waiting For The White Paper – Adesina

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Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is waiting for the White Paper from the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters.

He made this known in an interview on Channels TV, monitored by Crystal News

It would be recalled that the panel, on Monday, November 15, 2021, submitted its report to the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The governor then set up a four-member committee for a White Paper report which will be submitted within the next two weeks for the Lagos State Executive Council to consider.

Adesina, during an interview on Channels Television’s Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily, on Monday, said the Federal Government awaits the White Paper report.

He said the areas that concern the state will be left for the state while those with Federal nature will be handled by the Federal Government.

#EndSARS Report: Buhari Is Waiting For The White Paper – Adesina

“What would happen is that when the states come up with pronouncements on that panel report, that would then be of interest to the Federal Government.

“Definitely, when the reports come out, the ones that are Federal in nature will be considered. There are some things that would be Federal in nature, the Federal Government would tackle that but things that are state in nature, the state government will handle.

“There is an Attorney General of the Federation who will advise and the needful would be done,” Adesina said.

On if some states have submitted their report to the Federal Government, he said, “I am not quite sure of that, but I know that areas that would affect the Federal Government will be looked into by the Federal Government.”

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Police Arrest Suspects Who Laid Siege On Justice Odili’s House In Abuja

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has arrested a group of 14 persons who allegedly posed as security personnel and raided the home of Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba while parading them at the Force Headquarters Annex, Garki, Abuja.

Frank Mba said seven others are still at large and security operatives are in pursuit.

One of the arrested persons includes a fake Chief Superintendent of Police identified as Lawrence Ajojo who reportedly led the team.

Police Arrest Suspects Who Laid Siege On Justice Odili’s House In Abuja

According to Mba, those arrested are criminals from various professional backgrounds.

He said: “The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) ordered a comprehensive investigation into the incident.

“Earlier on, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice had also submitted a written petition into the office of the IGP, requesting a robust and discreet investigation into the matter, with the aim of unravelling the identities of the persons involved, their motives, and perhaps, the authorities, if any, behind them.

“The case was subsequently handed over to the force intelligence bureau on the instruction of the IGP.”

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