Discharged And Acquitted: Security guard found not guilty of murder after 13 years in prison

0 0
Read Time:42 Second

Abubakar Zibo, a security guard, who has been in prison custody for 13 years, was yesterday discharged and acquitted by a Lagos High Court, which found him not guilty of the murder of his friend, Charles.

Justice Kayode Ogunmekan said while delivering the judgement that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt the allegation of conspiracy and murder levelled against him as required by Section 1 of the Evidence Act, 2011.

The case, which was commenced by the Lagos State Coordinator, Legal Aid Council, Mrs L.Y. Salau, was later handed over to Mrs. Grace Adenubi.

The judge held that it was trite law that the burden of proof in a criminal case was on the prosecution, adding that where the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt, the defendant must be discharged and acquitted.

About Post Author

Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %

Shameful: Driver, 49, accused of sexually molesting girl, 7

0 0
Read Time:1 Minute, 22 Second

Sesan Tianu, 49, a commercial driver accused of sexually molesting the 7-year-old daughter of his neighbour, was arraigned in a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Wednesday.

Tianu, who resides at No. 18b, Adetoke St, Bariga area of Lagos, and is standing trial for child rape, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, ASP Godwin Anyanwu, had said earlier that the accused committed the offence on May 3, around his residence.

He said:

“As his victim was urinating in front of the house, the accused lured her into his parked commercial bus. He inserted his finger in her private part. The raped girl screamed but the accused covered her mouth with his hand and he further penetrated into the girl’s private part. The accused threatened the victim not to tell her mother. The raped girl’s mother noticed blood stain on her pant when bathing her in the night and morning. The little girl told her mother what happened to her and then the case was reported at the Bariga Police Station."

The prosecution submitted that the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Soladoye, ordered that the legal advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the case should be sought.

Soladoye granted the accused bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to Aug.1 for the DPP’s advice. It should be noted that  the Nigerian constitution prescribes life imprisonment for anyone found guilty of child rape.

About Post Author

Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %

In Abuja: APC Governors meet on insecurity, economy, governance

0 0
Read Time:1 Minute, 15 Second

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors, both outgoing and incoming, have resolved to replicate positive governance strategies in all APC-controlled states.

This is contained in a statement released shortly after a one-day retreat attended by the APC governors in Abuja on Wednesday, May 20.

According to the statement, the governors agreed to embark on a peer review mechanism to facilitate and replicate positive governance strategies and policies in all their respective states.

They further resolved that: ''All those who hold leadership positions in the party should be ready to instigate the right followership that will produce results.

''The country cannot decide to entirely ban importation of foreign products but look for ways to create competitive markets to compete with imported products.

''The Nigerian economy needs to be diversified especially towards agriculture.''

Also, the governors agreed to implement uniform programmes that will impact on the lives of the governed as from May 29.

They further agreed that from the day of inauguration, their activities will set the pace for others to follow hence the need for action and not a replication of promises.

According to NAN, resource persons were on hand to brainstorm with the governors on insecurity, economy, governance, and infrastructure development, among others.

The retreat was declared opened by the Vice President-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The retreat had all out-going governors and newly elected governors in attendance apart from the Kaduna State Governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

About Post Author

Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %

Holy High: Cleric arrested trying to ‘export’ 174kg of narcotics

0 0
Read Time:1 Minute, 3 Second

Prophet Micheal Raji, 60, who is resident pastor of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim at Agodo-Egbe, Ikotun Lagos, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA while trying to unlawfully export 174 kilogrammes of hard narcotic drugs worth N609 million to South Africa, Vanguard reports.

The suspect, who is believed to be a member of a drug trafficking syndicate, concealed 91kg of Methamphetamine (crystal meth) and 83kg of Ephedrine with an estimated street value of N609 million in different foodstuffs tied in polythene bags.

He was arrested at the cargo section of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) during pre-shipment examination.

A statement by NDLEA says he was found with three international passports bearing his name with his picture

    “Preliminary investigation has indicated that the 60 year old suspect Michael Raji is a top member of a drug syndicate operating in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. The pastor had three international passports bearing his photographs. One of the passports bears the name Michael Raji while the other two bear the name Kadigun Fatah Ola. It was equally discovered that the church premises where he ministers also serves as a warehouse for narcotics,” NDLEA said.

About Post Author

Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %

The Pot And The Kettle: Husband, wife, exchange hot words in court

0 0
Read Time:1 Minute, 58 Second

It was a show of shame as 55-year-old man, Asimiyu Oladele, and his 48-year-old wife, Kudirat, threw caution to the wind and engaged each other in a war of words at a Grade ‘C’ Customary Court sitting at Inalende, in Ibadan North-West local government area of Oyo State, where they had gone to seek a divorce to their 15-year-old marriage which has produced two teenage children.

While Oladele accused his wife of serial adultery and lack of care and attempted murder, Kudirat accused her husband of being irresponsible, a tout and a lay about.

First to fire the salvo was Oladele and he said:

"I want to divorce her because she is adulterous. She fornicates to an extent that I caught her red-handed with her man-friend in our matrimonial home. They locked the entrance door that day, but I managed to see them through the window.

 She also attempted to kill me by sending thugs to me when she could not cope with my silence over her behaviour. But her plan was averted because those guys she sent know me and they came to me to ask why my wife wanted to kill me, to which I took time to explain to them."

But his wife Kudirat would not be caught lying low as she told the court that she was also fed up of her husband and urged the court to divorce them

"I did not commit adultery, the person he met in the house with me was my alfa, and we were sitting down on the chair watching television, not in the bedroom. And it was his first time of coming back home after a year he has abandoned me and the children.

My husband is an irresponsible man, he doesn’t take care of me and the children. He is a tout. He has destroyed most the 'goods in my market.'

My Lord, since he is tired of me, I’m also ready to part ways with him. Please, separate us."

The president of the court, Ramon Olafenwa, had no option but to grant the warring parties their wishes:

"Having observed that there is no more love between the couple, the court hereby dissolves the 15-year-old marriage."

About Post Author

Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %

Greenpeace says Chinese vessels illegally fishing off Africa, Beijing disagrees

0 0
Read Time:1 Minute, 56 Second

SHANGHAI, May 21 (Reuters) – Chinese fishing boats have been illegally fishing off West Africa, Greenpeace said on Wednesday, adding that Chinese companies expanded operations in Africa from 13 vessels in 1985 to 462 vessels in 2013, but the government said they are within the law.

One fifth of China's distant water fishing fleet now operated in Africa, Greenpeace said in a report, and was dominated by bottom trawlers, "one of the most destructive fishing gears in the modern fishing industry."

Over a 10-year period, 183 illegal fishing cases involving 118 Chinese vessels were reported in six West African countries – Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

Within 26 days at sea, Greenpeace discovered an average of one new illegal Chinese fishing case every two days, noting these infractions were likely "just the tip of the iceberg".

China's foreign ministry said Chinese fishing companies in Africa strictly abided by the law and by deals they have signed with governments in Africa.

These companies had contributed to local economies by "paying taxes, providing jobs and increasing incomes, which is welcomed by local governments and their people" said ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Wednesday.

But Greenpeace argued Chinese fishing operations in West Africa were a "double standard", as China had improved sustainability provisions in its own domestic legislation while continuing to defy laws in Africa.

Several of the illegal fishing cases occurred when African nations such as Guinea were trying to deal with Ebola, and as China offered assistance to African countries during the outbreak.

Many of the vessels tracked had not installed or turned on their Automatic Identification System devices, a system used globally to record data from ships' activities.

The report singled out China National Fisheries Corporation, the country's largest distant water fishing company, as a repeat offender.

Along with Dalian Lian Run Overseas Fishery Corp and Shandong Overseas Fisheries Development Co. Ltd., the company also under-declared its vessels' gross tonnage, the report said, with its actual fishing capacity exceeding its authorised limit by 61 percent in the first half of 2014.

The companies did not respond immediately when contacted for comment. (Reporting by Sue-Lin Wong; Additional reporting by the Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Nick Macfie)

About Post Author

Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %

In Lagos: ‘Hypertension is a silent killer’ – experts call for fight against illness

0 0
Read Time:1 Minute, 32 Second

The Managing Director, Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc, Emmanuel Ekunno, has said that available screening records indicate that one out of three adults in Nigeria suffer from hypertension.

Ekunno said this in Lagos on Wednesday, May 20, at the inauguration of the National Secretariat of Cardiovascular Support Club (CSC).

The CSC is a club of individuals supporting the fight against hypertension in Nigeria.

"In the statistics, one out of three adults in Nigeria suffers from hypertension.

"One out of the three Nigerians does not know he or she has it, while one out of the three is managing it.

"Many of the hypertensive patients cannot keep it below the standardised rate of 140/90, and this has become a problem in the society because the number of patients is on the increase.

"This suggests the intervention of professionals, doctors and well meaning Nigerians to come together in the fight against this sickness," he said.

"Some of the symptoms of this deadly sickness include obesity, frequent headaches and general weakness in the body.

"While factors that contribute to hypertension are mostly bad lifestyles adopted by many; this may include not exercising well, excessive salt intake, unrest, smoking and alcoholism," he said.

Ekunno said many people have hypertension without the knowledge of it as they may be going about living but dead inside.

"Some people may go about not knowing that they have high blood pressure, this is because it is silent in the body; it is a silent killer.

"So many are dead prior to any intervention because they are not aware that they have the sickness until they suffer heart attack,’’ he said.

According to Ekunno, there is the need to form a club that can mitigate the suffering of people by making the drugs affordable.

About Post Author

Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %

NWTF: Group urges Buhari to appoint women in key positions

0 0
Read Time:1 Minute, 11 Second

The Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF), Ayisha Osori, has urged the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to appoint women in positions of decision making.

While speaking to NAN in Abuja on Wednesday, May 20, Osori said that it is also necessary for the incoming administration to adopt inclusive representation.

According to her, this is imperative as the performance of women at the general elections is poor.

She observed that the advocacy for change was required of the middle class in order to bring about revolution in the society

She said, "I am in two minds about this grassroot advocacy issue, because for me, all around the world it is the middle class that leads revolutions.

"It is the middle class that drives change; you do not expect the masses who are burgled down with many issues: poverty, looking for food, looking for water, health issues to actually care.

"It is the middle class that is going to drive change because for me, grassroot people have proven over and over again that what they care about is food.

"And if a man comes and provides it great, if a woman comes and provide it, I also think for them it’s great, the change we want to see in terms of inclusive representation is going to come from middle class, it is not going to come from grassroot.’’

About Post Author

Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %

In Lagos: Thousands receive free medical care in Lekki

0 0
Read Time:1 Minute, 18 Second

No fewer than 15,595 residents in Lekki Local Development Area of Lagos and its environs have benefited from free health screening organised by the State Government.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said this while reviewing report of the five-day medical expedition on Wednesday, May 20 in Lagos.

The health mission, which took place between May 13 and May 17, featured consultation, screening and treatment for various ailments.

Idris said the medical mission was a comprehensive healthcare initiative that covered primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention.

He explained that the programme was aimed at taking health care to the grassroots and under-served areas of the state.

"The mission is particularly significant because it assists the government in its efforts at bringing to the barest minimum, the number of untimely deaths in the state.

"The major beneficiaries of the programme were the most vulnerable members of the population at the grassroots like the elderly, children, youth and pregnant women.

"These people are prone to infections and other maternal and child health-related diseases,’’ he said.

Giving statistics on the mission, the commissioner said 1,595 people benefited from eye screening, treatment and free eye glasses.

He said another 547 people were treated for various dental ailments, while 2,807 people had access to reproductive health services.

According to him, 10,644 people were treated for hypertension, diabetes and malaria.

Idris noted that public health education to enlighten the people on basic healthy living techniques was also done at the mission.

About Post Author

Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %

2-Year-Old Girl Is One Of The Best Preserved Mummies Ever

0 0
Read Time:2 Minute, 4 Second

Ninety years ago, on December 6, 1920 Rosalia, daughter of Sicilian Official Mario Lombardo, died of pneumonia at the age of two.  Her grieving father couldn't settle for just laying his daughter to rest and sought out Alfredo Salafia, a Sicilian professor of chemistry, to preserve her. After he worked his magic, she was placed in the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily where she rests to this day.

Her near-perfect preservation has earned her the name "Sleeping Beauty" since she appears to be a living child simply taking a nap. The secrets to her embalming stayed unknown for years until Salafia's handwritten memoir was uncovered by anthropologist and curator of the Capuchin Catacombs Dario Piombino-Mascali. It revealed that her blood was replaced with a formula that prevented the body from drying out and killed bacteria. The recipe translates to: "one part glycerin, one part formalin saturated with both zinc sulfate and chloride, and one part of an alcohol solution saturated with salicylic acid."

Her unusually perfect embalming isn't the strangest part of Rosalia's story. Being such a famous mummy, she is visited often and this was how it was discovered that her eyes appeared to be opening. One person even took four images of her face two hours apart and put them in a video to show the progress the eyelids make. While some think it is the soul of the child causing this anomaly, there are others who have more practical explanations. In an article from Discovery, Piombino-Mascali stated: "It’s an optical illusion produced by the light that filters through the side windows, which during the day is subject to change." He claims her eyes were never really closed in the first place which allowed this phenomenon to appear to happen.

I've always been fascinated by mummies because of their amazing appearances and stimulating histories. Of the many mummies out there, Rosalia sure has one of the more interesting stories. Her memory didn't end with her untimely demise or interesting preservation, as the mystery behind her opening eyes brought her to the public's attention. While there is an explanation for this, she will still remain one of the most mysterious and beautiful mummies out there. Check out the video to get another look at her and more information surrounding her origin.

{youtube}jrbbOCuDJCE{/youtube}

About Post Author

Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %