An Abuja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded Samuel Attah, 37, of Asokoro, Abuja, in prison custody for alleged cheating and presenting a dud cheque.
Police prosecutor Abu Okpanachi told the court that on Sept. 4 Victor Karga, the chief security officer of the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, reported Attah at the Maitama Police Station.
Okpanachi told the court that Karga, through a petition, reported that on Aug. 8, the accused checked into room 770 of the hotel and stayed till Aug. 28.
According to him, on Aug. 28, the accused presented a post-dated Bank PHB cheque of N500,000 to the hotel as part payment of his accumulated bills.
Okpanachi told the court that the cheque was returned unpaid for lack of funds in the said account, when the accused had already accumulated a bill of over N860,000.
“During investigation it was discovered that the accused intentionally issued the post- dated cheque to deceive the hotel management in order for him to retain the room.’’
He said the accused presented the cheque knowing full well that there was inadequate fund in the account to meet the value of the post-dated cheque.
Okpanachi said the offences contravened the provisions of Section 322 of the Penal Code.
The accused, fearing bias, however, applied to the court to transfer his trial to another court, saying that he had previously stood trial before the court.
Okpanachi urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending his next arraignment as he had previous crime records and other charges against him pending before High Court 7.
Chief Magistrate Oyewumi Oyebola, however, listened to the application of the accused “in view of the allegation of bias he raised before the court’’.
Oyebola urged the prosecutor to prepare a formal and proper charge against the accused before the FCT High Court and ordered that he be remanded in prison custody
Army Changes Operation Python Dance’s Code Name …Says It Is Now, Exercise Atilogwu Udo
The authorities of the Nigerian Army have said that its former annual training exercise code named, “Exercise Egwu Eke”, has now become “Exercise Atilogwu Udo”.
This was the content of a press statement by the Nigeria Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu and made available to Defence correspondents in Port Harcourt, recently.
The Tide gathered, that the annual training exercise commenced in 2016 and had consistently recorded remarkable successes since its introduction.
Iliyasu in the statement, hinted that the exercise, which covers the South-East region of the country, was designed to combat criminal activities like kidnappings, armed robbery, inter-cult and communal clashes among other sundry crimes.
“All other information related to the exercise as contained in the previous press statement and press conference issued by the Army Headquarters remain unchanged”, it added.
The Tide further learnt that the “Exercise Egwu Eke “, was launched in the Southeast in the heat of sucession agitations by the Indigenous people of Biafara (IPOB) in 2016 led by Nnamdi Kanu. The Federal Govenment has since prescribed the group.
The military formation, as it was also learnt, was able to defeat many criminal elements in the South-East, thereby, making it habitable for innocent members of the public.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army in protecting lives and properties of the citizens.
Buratai said it was particular about the ember months and yuletide season due to the security challenges associated with it.
The Army chief also solicited for the support and understanding of Nigerians towards providing a well secured environment for all and sundry.
Police Arrest, Prosecute Kidnappers In Oyigbo
The Police Area Command in Oyigbo Local Government of Rivers State, says it has arrested and prosecuted some suspected kidnappers while others are being investigated.
The command also said guns and ammunition were recovered from the suspected kidnappers.
The Area Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Rosemary Collins said this in her office yesterday, explaining that the operation sting recently launched by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike is yielding positive result.
ACP Rosemary said categorically the police really, appreciated the effort and good gesture of the governor for donating operational vehicles and some logistics for effective policing of the state, and pointed out that the operation of vehicles were positioned in strategic places within her command which had helped in combating crime. She said arms had been recovered from criminal hideout.
“Some kidnappers have been arrested and prosecuted, even some are under investigation”, she stated.
She assured that effort of the police would be redoubled to fight crime even during the ember month. We are on to checkmate their evil activities, proactive measures are being taken using surveillance and intelligence gathering by the officers to flush out hoodlums terrorising the area, while assuring the public of absolute confidence especially on information sharing using community policing”, she said.
Housewife Seeks Dissolution Of 12-Yr-Old Marriage
A 40-year-old housewife, Motunrayo Ajayi, yesterday asked an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage to her husband, Taiwo Ajayi, over lack of care.
Our correspondent reports that Motunrayo, a mother of two, accused Ajayi of incessant beating, destruction of properties and not caring for her and the children.
Motunrayo, a resident of 10, Omisanjana in Ado-Ekiti, told the court that she stopped living with her husband two years ago, because he chased her out.
”He beats me mainly when I ask for school fees of the children and their feeding allowance.
”He does not care about his family, particularly the children.
”I left his house when I could no longer bear it, but he still continues to beat me where I reside,” she said.
Motunrayo, therefore, prayed the court to separate them, saying she was not ready to die.
She also asked for the custody of the children.
The petitioner also asked the court to order her husband to take responsibility of school fees of the children, including their feeding allowance.
The respondent, Ajayi, a 48-year-old resident of Omisanjana, said he stopped living with his wife about a year ago.
He denied ever beating her.
He said there was a time their landlord reported his wife to him, but when he confronted her about the matter, she cursed and fought him.
He, however, urged the court to beg his wife to come back to him for the sake of their children.
The President of the court, Mrs Olayinka Akomolede, after hearing from both parties, adjourned the case until Oct. 31 for judgment.
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