Justice U.N. Agomoh of the
Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced one Valentine Madu to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed the charge in court on September 27, 2012.
The commission had arraigned Madu on a one-count amended charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.
Madu had allegedly collected N400,000 from one Chioma Princewill as the cost of instituting a legal action against Total E & P Nigeria Limited for the damage of farmlands and crops belonging to Omuorukwerie family in Erema, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“He collected the money but did not render the service for which the money was paid,” the commission had charged.
The charge reads: “That you Hon. Valentine Madu on or about March 20, 2001, at Port Harcourt in the Port Harcourt Judicial Division, did with intent to defraud, obtain the sum of N400,000 from Mr Chioma Princewill under the false pretence that the money would be used for the purpose of instituting legal action against Total E & P Nigeria Ltd.
“For the damage of farmlands and crops belonging to Omuorukwerie family in Erema in Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, which representation, you knew to be false, and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1) (b) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No.13 of 1995, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”
He was specifically tried for offering a plot of land for sale without granting the buyer possession of the land.
He sold the landed property for a sum of N17, 600,000.00.
Amadi was first arraigned on March 31st, 2014.
The convict pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge, and the matter went into full trial.
However, delivering his judgement, Justice Agomoh found Madu guilty, and consequently convicted and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine.
The judge also ordered the restitution of N300,000 to the victim.
He also ordered the release of exhibit 22 (A brand new Nissan salon car) to the convict.
The car was confiscated from him in the course of investigation.
Incest Cases Worry FIDA
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the State, has raised an alarm over the increase of incest in the State.
The Acting Chairman of FIDA in the State, Nnenna Igbokwe told newsmen that the organisation discovered this during their sensitisation programme about the VAAP Law.
Igbokwe said at least three of the incest cases are before court of competent jurisdiction.
The Acting FIDA Chairman also said that the accused especially, fathers use threat to silence cases of incest in their family.
She however, advised security agencies to do due diligence in their investigation of the incest matters.
Banigo Receives MWAN’s President-Elect
The State Deputy Governor and foundation member of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has received the new MWAN’s, National President-elect, Prof. Rosemary Ogu.
The Deputy Governor received Prof Ogu in her office at Government House, Port Harcourt, and congratulated the team on the victory.
She also presented gifts to the National President-elect.
Earlier, the 22nd National President-elect of Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Prof Romary Ogu had promised to work hard to take the association to enviable heights.
In another development, the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has also received her 22nd MWAN Biennial Conference registration materials from Dr Vetty Agala, the President of MWAN in the State
The Tide reports that the State delegation included MWAN’s, Rivers State Founder/Initiator, Dr Bernadette Korubo, a life member of the association, Dr Nnesochi Offor who is also another life member, past President of the State, past National Treasurer and MWAN mentor 2021.
Other delegates led by the State President, Dr Vetty Agala were Dr Obelebra Adebiyi, immediate past State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association and past President, MWAN, Rivers State, Dr Ibimonye Porbeni, the immediate past MWAN President in the State and Dr Ireju Ajie, the Secretary of MWAN in the State.
The State branch of MWAN will be hosting the 23rd biennial conference in September, 2023.
LG Boss Orders Fresh Election Processes In Community
As the build up to the Krakrama Youths Association’s election gathers momentum, the Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Hon. Onengiyeofori George, has sued for peace amongst parties.
The Tide learnt that security intelligence from the Krakrama community revealed that rancour and crisis were looming as a result of the forthcoming youth election in the community thus, if treated with levity may degenerate into a crisis situation in the community.
Sequel to the impending fracas allegedly caused by the pre-election irregularities, the Asari- Toru Local Government Area boss in line with his constitutional duty of maintaining peace and order as the Chief Security Officer in the Local Government Area has ordered for a fresh start of the process.
Speaking in a meeting with the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community, King Iwari Gibson Bala, the CDC Chairman, Comrade Victor Membere and the outgoing Youth President of Krakrama Youth Association, Comrade Ikalaso Tomitamunoa, the Council boss ordered for the nullification of the Electoral Commitee appointed by the outgoing executives of the Krakrama Youth Association.
He further asked the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community to liaise with the relevant stakeholders to appoint a credible, neutral and acceptable Electoral Committee that will oversee the elections.
Moreover, the Council Chairman directed that the aspirants who had purchased forms already still stand as status quo still remains.
For fairness, the new Electoral Committee to be appointed has been directed to give one week of grace to aspirants for continuous sale of forms.
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