An 80-year-old grandma, Mujidat Sikiru Okiji and two others accused of duping a customer, Paul Oseghale Abumere N13 million under false pretence have been sent to prison.
Okiji and two others were arrested by the police and charged before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court.
The grandmother was accused of conniving with her accomplices, Oluwakemi Olatunji, 58 and Bada Rasag, 46, to obtain the money from the complainant with the promise to sell a room and parlour bedroom flat apartment to him along Ado Road, Ajah, Lagos.
She was accused of selling the property they earlier sold to one Chinedu Fabian Ekebosi in 2008 for N1,550,000 to the complainant for N13,000,000 in 2021 without the consent of the supposed rightful owner, Ekebosi.
Problem began for the accused when the complainant went to the property he paid for to take over, only to be confronted by Ekebosi, the rightful owner of the property that his property was not for sale and that he never authorized any one to help him sell his property.
Following the ugly development, the complainant, Abumere petitioned the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG in charge of Zone 2 Command, Lagos about the matter who directed his men to arrest the suspects.
The accused were charged before the Tinubu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos Island, Lagos Nigeria on a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretence, threat to life and conduct likely to cause breach of peace.
Police counsel, Ibrahim Haruna informed the court in the charge marked B/32/2022 that the defendants committed the offence on 21 April, 2008 and 11 February, 2021 at Ado Community, Ajah, Lagos.
Haruna told the court that the defendants tricked the complainant and collected the N13 million from him and sold another person’s property for him knowing full well that the property belonged to Ekebosi who bought it from them in 2008.
Haruna said the offences, the defendants committed were punishable under sessions 411,52, 314(1)(a), 287, 365(3)(1)(a) 56(1)(a)(b) and 168(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and Magistrate B.A. Sonuga granted them N500,000 bail each with two sureties each in like sum.
Sonuga adjourned the case till 23 November, 2022 for mention and ordered that the defendants be detained at the Ikoyi and Kirikiri correctional facility till they perfected the bail conditions.
Police rescue two children abandoned by mothers in Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command says operatives of the Rapid Response Squad unit in the state have rescued two children abandoned by their mothers in the Marina area of the state.
This is contained in a statement posted on its official Twitter handle on Friday.
The children were identified as five-year-old Chidara and three-year-old Shonton Chukwu.
The RRS said that the children were rescued on Thursday at about 6:00 p.m.
“Our patrol team at Marina saw two underage boys on the expressway about to be run over by speeding vehicles.
“The boys disclosed that their mother boarded a car and left them,” the command wrote.
The RRS said that the children had been taken to the Adeniji-Adele Police Division to be reunited with their parents.
How Diezani shared $115m to politicians to compromise 2015 polls – EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that its investigation shows that Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former minister of petroleum resources, allegedly gave politicians $115 million to compromise the 2015 elections.
Abdulrasheed Bawa, the EFCC chairperson, said this at an induction retreat for new resident electoral commissioners (INEC) in Lagos.
Bawa was represented by Adukwu Michael, the chief superintendent of the anti-graft agency.
Diezani was the minister of petroleum resources from 2010 to 2015 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan
Shortly before Jonathan handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, she left the country.
The former minister is alleged to have stolen $2.5 billion from the Nigerian government while she was a minister.
She has, however, denied the allegations, while the EFCC has since commenced a process to extradite her.
The Federal Government had gained forfeiture of Diezani’s properties located in Banana Island Foreshore Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, including 18 flats and six penthouses.
‘OUR FOCUS IS TO DISCOURAGE USE OF MONEY TO INFLUENCE ELECTION’
The EFCC chairperson’s representative said some of the monies allegedly stolen by Diezani have been recovered by the agency.
He disclosed that the anti-graft agency is focusing on how to discourage vote buying.
“The commission’s focus in election management is discouraging the use of money to influence the outcome of election,” THISDAY quoted him as saying.
“Electoral spending by politicians often leads to voter inducement and vote buying.
“Parties often induce voter with money because they lack proper and realistic policies to convince the electorate to vote them into power.
“Whenever one is induced to sell his vote, he automatically loses moral ground to challenge corrupt tendencies of those elected.
“In the 2015 discreet investigation, the commission was able to uncover a grand plan to compromise the 2015 general election through massive cash payments to politicians.
“$115 million was paid out to politicians by former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madukwe, to compromise the election.
“Some of the money was recovered while many of the culprits are being prosecuted with few convictions recorded. At the heart of EFCC strategy to curb voter inducement is inter-agency collaboration and information sharing.
Gunmen attack mosque in Delta, many injured
Some unknown gunmen, early Friday morning attacked a mosque in Ughelli, Delta state, leaving 11 worshippers injured.
According to some residents, the attack took place at about 6.47 am when some Muslim faithful were holding their morning prayers at the Central Mosque, located along Okoroda street in Ughelli.
The resident who gave his name simply as Larry, said many residents were jolted from their sleep by gunshots followed by loud cries from people inside the mosque.
“My name is Larry, I am a commercial vehicle driver here in Ughelli. I live very close to the central mosque, so this morning at about 6.45 am we heard a shooting at the mosque.
“Because of fear, many people in my compound were frightened and we remained inside only peeping through our windows.
“As the shooting lasted, we heard loud cries from some worshippers inside the mosque,” Larry said.
According to him, after the invaders left, many residents thronged to the mosque in their numbers to see what happened.
He said residents helped to evacuate injured worshippers, adding that those that survived the attack suffered severe injuries.
Larry said that some of the worshippers told residents that three of their fellow worshippers were taken away by the gunmen.
Delta police spokesperson, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the attack but said that only 11 worshippers were injured in the attack.
He, however, did not confirm the abduction of three worshippers.
“I just called the DPO at Ughelli and he confirmed to me that 11 persons were injured in the attack at the mosque.
“However, the police have commenced an investigation into the incident and we will update you as we work to unravel the culprits.
“For now, no arrest has been made but I can assure you that we will get those involved,” Edafe said.
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