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Police arraign businessman for allegedly shielding an offender

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The new look of Wuse market as FCTA intensifies efforts to decongest the ever rowdy area.

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INSIDE FCT COURTS

Victim forgives man who injured him in his organ A

man, David Ifedibe, 24, of Jikwoyi Phase 1, who was alleged to have caused grievous hurt on Chukwuma Ohinemelu’s private organ, was on Wednesday forgiven by the victim. In an oral application brought before the court, the Prosecutor, Mrs Glory Iheanacho, said the victim told her to inform the court that he had forgiven the accused. “He said that he is a Christian and a child of God. “That he was coming from the sanctuary of God when Ifedibe and his accomplices assaulted him and used an unknown object to cut his private organ,’’ “He said that he is no longer interested in the case,” Iheanacho told the court. Counsel to the accused Monday Obodoeze told the court that the victim had also contacted him via phone on same issue of forgiveness. The Magistrate, Mrs Hadiza Shagari, said that it was a good

thing to have a forgiving spirit. “With both the prosecution and counsel agreeing to the fact that the victim has forgiven the accused, I hereby terminate the FIR. “The accused, David Ifedibe of Jikwoyi Phase 1 is hereby discharged and acquitted. “The police should not arrest him on this same matter without a leave from this court,” she said. During the hearing of the bail application, Counsel to the accused, Obodoeze, had told the court that the victim had since been discharged from hospital. He added that there was, therefore, no need to continue to deny bail to the 24-year-old accused. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during the mentioning of the case on April 15, the prosecutor had opposed bail for the accused. Following Obodoeze’s bail application then, the prosecutor said that the victim was in critical

condition at the National Hospital undergoing surgery. “If the victim dies, the accused may abscond. We urge the court not to grant the counsel’s application for bail to the accused person,’’ she had said. Shagari, therefore, denied the accused bail. But at the renewed hearing, Obodoeze told the court that the victim had an appointment with a medical doctor that morning to see how he was recuperating. “I, therefore, urge the court to grant bail to the accused,” he said. Iheanacho did not oppose the application. Shagari, therefore, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50,000 and a surety in like sum, before adjourning the case to May 8 for further hearing. “The surety must be a reasonable Nigerian with a reasonable means of livelihood and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court,” she said. Earlier, the prosecutor told

the court that Ohinemelu had, on April 7, lodged a report at Jikwoyi police station against Ifedibe, residing at Jikwoyi Phase One. She said that Ifedibe and his accomplices attacked Ohinemelu when he was returning from church at about 8 p.m. She said the offence contravened Section 248 of the Penal Code. Section 248(1) states that “whoever, except in a case provided for in Section 244, voluntarily causes hurt shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with a fine, or with both’’. It stated further that this would be if the hurt was caused “by means of any instrument for shooting, stabbing or cutting or any instrument, which used as a weapon of offence is likely to cause death’’. The accused had pleaded not guilty to the charge. (NAN)

Businessman remanded in prison for alleged theft of land document

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n Abuja Magistrates Court yesterday remainded a businessman, Steven Baba, 36, in prison custody for allegedly duping one Alhaji Tafida Ahamed of documents of a land worth N90 million. Baba of Mararaba in Nasarawa State, was standing trial on a five-count charge of joint act, criminal breach of trust, theft, cheating and forgery. The Police Prosecutor, Sgt.

Philip Apollos, told the court that Tafida of Adamu Fika Street, Life Camp, Abuja, had reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station on Jan. 29. He said that the complainant had entrusted the original land documents and C-of-O on Plot No. 3070, Cadastral Zone AO4, Asokoro, valued at N90 million to the accused. He said that the accused and his accomplice, one Aminu

Shehu, had both claimed they had a buyer for the land, adding that they stole the original documents and handed a forged copy to Tafida. According to the prosecution, efforts to retrieve the original documents from the accused proved abortive. The accused pleaded not guilty to the five–count charge. Apollos, however, objected to a bail application by the accused, saying that

investigation into the matter was ongoing. He said that the accused unlawfully escaped from police custody when he was arrested on May 3 and was rearrested. Magistrate Abdullateef Abolaji, however, ordered that Baba be remanded in prison custody till the next adjourned date. The matter was adjourned to June 13,2013 for further hearing. (NAN)

he Police has arraigned one Alhaji Idris Danjuma, 44, of Gomas St., Abacha Estate, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, in an Abuja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly shielding an offender. Danjuma is standing trial for shielding an offender, Aminu Shehu, before Magistrate Mr Abdul-Lateef Abolaji. The Prosecutor, Mr Philip Apollos, told the court that the police arraigned the accused for the absence of Shehu who was on trial in the court. Apollos said Shehu was arraigned for alleged joint act, criminal breach of trust and forgery. He said that Danjuma stood as a surety for Shehu to facilitate his release on bail on Feb. 14. He said the accused promised, with a written agreement, that Shehu would appear in court on demand till the trial was over, but Danjuma deliberately refused to produce him when he jumped bail. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge, saying “yes I stood as a surety for Shehu but they had never demanded him from me until yesterday and he has traveled.’’ Apollos asked the court for a date for hearing in view of his denial. Counsel to the accused Mr Humprey Onyeukwu further applied for the bail of the accused in view of his plea. Magistrate Abolaji granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum one of whom must be a civil servant not below grade level 12. Abolaji said the surety must produce his first letter of appointment and last promotion letter reflecting his present posting or grade level. He added that the second surety can be anyone with a traceable and fixed address, adding that both sureties must deposit a driver’s licence, international passport or national ID card. Abolaji further said that the accused should deposit his international passport with the court. He adjourned the case till May 13 for further hearing. Earlier, Apollo had told the court that Ahmed Tafida of Adamu Fika St., Life Camp, Abuja, reported Shehu of Mararaba, Nasarawa State to the Life Camp police station, Abuja, on January 29. He said that on January 19, Tafida entrusted his original land document, C of O of plot No. 3070 Cadastral Zone AO4, Asokoro, Abuja, to Shehu. He said Shehu, who claimed to have a buyer for the land, dubiously retained the original document and allegedly gave Tafida a fake document instead. (NAN)

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