On Tuesday, the Federal High Court in Abuja sentenced two drug traffickers, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwane, who were connected to the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, to six years in prison.
The court, presided over by Justice Emeka Nite, found Umeibe and Ezenwane guilty of counts 5, 6, and 7 of the drug trafficking charges brought against them by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The duo was arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu while attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country. They were arraigned before the court on March 7 alongside DCP Kyari and four other police officers.
During their arraignment, both Umeibe and Ezenwane pleaded guilty to the drug trafficking charges. The court initially adjourned to review the facts of the case, but at the recent proceedings, the NDLEA, represented by the Director of its Legal Department, Mr. Sunday Joseph, informed the court about a plea bargain agreement reached with the two defendants.
Mr. Joseph requested the court to adopt the terms of the plea bargain deal as its judgment against the defendants. Consequently, Justice Nite convicted and sentenced the two defendants to two years in jail for each of the three-count charges against them.
However, considering the remorse shown by the defendants, the court ruled that the sentences would run concurrently, starting from the date of their arrest. Additionally, the court ordered the defendants to forfeit their international passports in accordance with the provisions of the NDLEA Act. As part of the plea bargain agreement, Umeibe and Ezenwane were permitted to testify as witnesses in the trial of DCP Kyari and the other accused police officers. The court directed the NDLEA to ensure their safety in any Correctional Facility of their choice and to monitor them to prevent any involvement in drug-related criminal activities during their jail term.
Justice Nite scheduled July 18, 19, and 20 for the full trial of DCP Kyari and his co-accused police officers, as well as the hearing of their fresh bail application. The charges against Kyari and his men involve allegations of tampering with seized cocaine and engaging in the unlawful trade of cocaine.
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Bankruptcy looms for Maureen Badejo
Recall that Maureen Badejo was slammed with a punitive damages in the sum of £100,000.00 by the UK court for defaming Dr Daniel Olukoya, the General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) and his wife Pastor Mrs Folashade Olukoya.
Unfortunately for Maureen Badejo, she has not been able to pay a dime out of the damages to the Olukoyas since the court gave the verdict in 2021. Her failed attempt to appeal the said judgment which appeal court described as pointless and hopeless only complicated her case as interests in the judgment sum kept mounting which has now left the lawyer to the Olukoyas with no option than to file for Bankruptcy against her.
At the resumed hearing of the Bankcourt application today, Maureen Badejo claimed not to have received the legal papers for her bankruptcy petition even though same had been served on her and evidence was presented that she had been served. The court has however in its magnanimity given her one last reprieve and ordered a hearing be fixed for the first open date after 14 days.
Maureen Badejo has now offered Dr Daniel Olukoya £1000.00 per month. She is basically saying she needs 100 months (about 9 years) to pay her damages to the Olukoya’s.
The offer was without hesitation rejected by the lawyers to the Olukoyas as wholly unsatisfactory.
By Femi Oyewale
Governor Sanwo-Olu invites DSS to join investigation into Mohbad’s death
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has extended an invitation to the Department of Security Services (DSS) to collaborate in the ongoing investigation into the tragic death of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
This announcement was conveyed through an official statement signed by Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, on Tuesday.
Mohbad, a former signee of Naira Marley’s Marlian Records, passed away last Tuesday at the age of 27, leaving his family, friends, and fans in mourning.
In the statement, the Lagos State government expressed its heartfelt condolences to Mohbad’s family and fans, acknowledging the profound loss of a young and promising talent in the fiercely competitive music industry.
The statement read,
- “We feel the pains of losing such a talented and promising young man, who made a name for himself in a highly competitive industry. May the Almighty grant his soul rest and comfort his bereaved family and fans.”
In a concerted effort to ensure a thorough and comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s untimely death, Governor Sanwo-Olu has taken the initiative to involve the Department of Security Services (DSS).
The aim is to widen the scope of the inquiry through inter-agency collaboration and the utilization of state-of-the-art technology to uncover the truth.
Governor Sanwo-Olu has issued a directive that all individuals who may have played any role in events leading up to Mohbad’s tragic death be held accountable and face legal consequences after a meticulous investigation.
The inclusion of the DSS in the investigation underscores the determination of the Lagos State government to achieve transparency and justice in the inquiry, with a commitment to bringing those responsible to account.
The state government also implores anyone who possesses vital information that could assist the investigative process to come forward and share their insights with the investigative team.
Furthermore, the government emphasizes the need for the investigating team to guarantee the confidentiality and protection of all witnesses who may provide essential information or indicative evidence to aid the process.
Meanwhile, in response to Mohbad’s passing, his management announced a candlelight procession and tribute night to honour the late artist.
The move comes as fans and sympathizers continue to call for a thorough investigation into the cause of his death.
The management expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love from fans worldwide and those who have organized events in their communities to pay respects to Mohbad. They invited everyone to join them in the candlelight procession and tribute concert to remember and celebrate the artist’s life.
University of Lagos Associate Professor accused of rape by female undergraduate
In a disturbing development, a female undergraduate student, whose identity has been withheld, has come forward with allegations of rape against an Associate Professor in the Department of Botany at the University of Lagos, Akoka.
The accused lecturer has been identified as Dr Akeem Kadiri, as the victim alleged that the incident took place during a visit to Dr Kadiri’s office to address concerns related to her academic results.
Instead of addressing her academic issues, the undergraduate alleged that Dr. Kadiri sexually assaulted her on August 16, 2023.
As expected, the victim reported the incident to the Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation (InclusiveSWEF), a non-governmental organization.
InclusiveSWEF subsequently filed a formal complaint with the Gender Unit of the state police command and in a swift response to the issue, the Officer in Charge of the Gender Unit secured a warrant of arrest for Dr Akeem Kadiri through the state High Court.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos has also been brought into the investigation.
Confirming the incident, Benjamin Hundeyin, the State Police Public Relations Officer, stated, “He is to appear in court in the coming days.”
The University of Lagos has acknowledged the ongoing investigation and in a statement by the spokesperson/Head of the Information Unit for Unilag, Mrs Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, said,
- “UNILAG Management, on August 28, received a letter from the Nigeria Police Force, inviting an employee of the university for questioning. The employee was immediately informed of the development and advised to comply.”
She further added,
- “On August 29, the employee complied. While we are not yet privy to the full details of the incident that led to the arrest of the employee, we are fully aware that the investigation is ongoing, and we are cooperating with security agencies to ensure that the matter is resolved in the interest of justice.”
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