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CCT Fixes July 4 For Arraignment Of Ex-Bayelsa Speaker, 4 others

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) yesterday fixed July 4 for the arraignment of former Speaker of Bayelsa, Kombowei Benson and four other serving and former staff of the assembly over alleged abuse of office.
Those to be charged alongside the speaker are former Clerk of assembly, Aaron Timiye and former Accountant, Thomas Tamaraodubo.
Others are Owudogu Edward serving Clerk, of the assembly and Koroye Stephen, serving accountant of the assembly.
The Tide reports that the arraignment, which was supposed to hold on Tuesday, was stalled due to ill health of the Chairman CCT, Justice Danladi Umar
The Federal Government filed four counts bordering on allegations of abuse of office against the defendants.
The charge was brought to the tribunal pursuant to Section 24 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
According to the charge, the alleged actions of the defendants are contrary to paragraph 9 of the fifth schedule, part 1 of the 1999.
The offence is punishable under paragraph 18 (1) and (2) of the same constitution, and Sections 13 and 23 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act CAP C15 LFN 2004.
The charge also indicated that the offence contravened government policy as well as the provision of 1999 constitution as amended as incorporated under section 13 of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act .

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How Two Siblings Beheaded My 10-Year-Old Son –Father

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Mr Kayode Makinde, the father of 10-year-old Joseph Makinde, who was beheaded by two siblings, Saheed and Ayodeji Obadimeji, on Monday, narrated to a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere how the duo killed his son and held on to his parts at the police station.
Our source  had reported that Saheed, 19, and Ayodeji, 18, had on November 27, 2018, around 8.30pm, allegedly beheaded Joseph in an uncompleted building at Sapati, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, over N200,000.
The siblings allegedly lured Joseph into the uncompleted building by sending him to buy a beverage drink for them and when he brought it, they held him and cut off his head with a knife.
The duo alleged that they were contracted by one Sodiq Abefe to produce a human head for N200,000.
The defendants were arrested by the anti-kidnapping operatives of the Lagos State Police Command and were subsequently arraigned before Justice Adedaye Akintoye on two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and murder.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The offences, according to the prosecution, contravene Section 222 (1) (a) and are punishable under Section 233 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
At the resumed hearing on Monday, Kayode, who is the first prosecution witness, told the court how he saw one of the defendants holding his son’s head, while the other was holding his torso at the police station.
Kayode, who told the court that he knew the defendants and that they live in the same area of Sapati town with him, noted that they were from the same mother but different fathers.
The bereaved father, while being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Yusuf Sule, noted that one of his neighbours, identified simply as Femi, had sent Joseph on an errand on the next street to help him withdraw money from an Automated Teller Machine when he was accosted by the defendants.
Kayode said his son left for the ATM around 6.30pm and did not come back, and when a search party was constituted to look for him, he could not be found and a case of a missing person was reported at the Elemoro Police Station, Ibeju-Lekki.
He added, “The following day, I returned to the police station and the police took me to where a patrol van was parked and showed me the rear of the van, where I saw the dead body of my son. The first defendant was holding his head, while the second was holding the body.
“The police arrested Femi, who sent my son on an errand to the ATM; they took the defendants to Panti and at Panti, I was asked what happened and I narrated what I knew to them and they told me they were working on it.”
Under cross-examination by the defence counsel, Emma Nidiyo, Kayode reiterated that he saw his son’s body parts with the defendants and that they confirmed at the police station that they killed Joseph, adding that his son was not a friend to the defendants before he was killed.
Justice Akintoye adjourned the matter till January 20, 2020, for the continuation of trial.

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Melaye’s Trial: Court Slams N.1m Cost Against Prosecution

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An FCT High Court, Maitama, yesterday ordered the prosecution to pay N100, 000 for stalling trial of the Sen. Dino Malaye in alleged falsehood filed against him.
Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, is charged with two counts bordering on giving false information to the police.
The Federal Government arraigned Melaye, alleging that he, sometime in April, 2017 deliberately gave false information to the police.
The judge, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck gave the order after the prosecution informed the court that their witnesses were not in court.
Goodluck held that by the provisions of Section 396 (4)(6) of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act,  2015, parties are entitled to five adjournments and nothing more.
The judge said she was not pleased with the  attitude of the prosecution in the matter, especially when the matter was placed on fast track,  day to day hearing and the defendant’s counsel comes from outside jurisdiction.
“ A cost of N100, 000 is therefore awarded against the prosecution instead of N250, 000 prayed by the defendant’s counsel “ she ordered.
The judge said the trial was slated for Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 and both dates of trial are stalled for failure of the prosecution to bring their witnesses to court.
Goodluck then adjourned the matter until December 5, for continuation of trial
Earlier, the prosecution counsel,  Mrs N.O.Ezra informed the court that her witnesses were not in court.

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Levies Imposition: Court Fixes Hearing For Jan 27

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos yesterday further adjourned until January 27, 2020, for report of service in a suit challenging the imposition of levies in the Ikeja Computer Village.
The Fundamental Rights suit, marked FHC/L/CS/1568/19, is filed by one Prince Ochokwu Obieze through his lawyer, Mr Ikechukwu Chiaha.
Joined as first to fourth respondents are: Inspector- General of Police, Commissioner of Police Lagos Police Command, Area Commander Area F Command and one IPO, Jennifer.
Also joined as fifth to seventh respondent are: Mr Tony, Mrs Bisiola Azeez, (Iyaloja) and Mr Adeniyi Olasoji (Babaloja).
The applicant is seeking a declaration that the incessant molestation, threat to kill, harassment and his detention by the first to fourth respondent at the instance of the fifth to seventh respondent is illegal.
On Tuesday, Mr Ikechukwu Chiaha announced appearance for the applicant, while Mr P.A. Oyewo appeared for the fifth to seventh defendants.
Chiaha told the court that the case was coming up for the first time, adding that he had served the court processes on respective parties.
He said,for instance, that the court’s processes were served on the fifth to seventh respondent over a month ago.
He argued that if reliance was to be placed on the provisions of order 4 rule 1 of the Fundamental Human Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules, then the court ought to hear the applicant’s motion.
According to him, the bailiff of the court also informed him that processes had been served on the other defendants, but added that since the court is “dominus’, (lord), he would leave everything at its discretion.
He said that subject to the court’s convenience, he would be asking for a short date.
On his part, fifth to seventh defence counsel (Oyewo) said he was not opposed to a date. The court consequently, adjourned the case until January .27, 2020, for report of service.
In the originating motion, applicant is seeking  declaration that the forceful invasion of his business premises at the Computer Village, Ikeja on August 8, by thugs for refusal to pay “unjustifiable levies” made by the fifth to seventh respondents is unlawful and illegal.”
He also wants a declaration that his beating, harassment, and intimidation in the market place by the fifth to seventh respondents in company with their thugs, due to his refusal to accede to an illegal levy in the computer village is unlawful.
The applicant also seeks a declaration that the inhumane treatment meted on him during his detention by agents of the first to fourth respondent at the instance of the fifth to seventh respondent, is a flagrant violation of his fundamental rights.
He, therefore, seeks an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the respondents from further infringing on or violating his rights.
The applicant also seeks an order, restraining the respondent from further “forcefully and exploitatively” demanding payment of the said levies from him.
Applicant wants an order restraining the respondents from forcing and torturing him to denounce his membership of the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria.
Besides, the applicant seeks payment of damages in the sum of N25 million against the respondents for the violation of his fundamental rights as well as aggravated and exemplary damages in the sum of N2 million.

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