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Bauchi Police Debunks Allegation Of Masterminding Robbery Attack

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From Adamu Imam & Our Correspondent, Bauchi

The Bauchi State Police Command has disassociated itself from a purportedly mischievous video clip in circulation in the social media, alleging that the police in Dambam local government was the mastermind of a robbery attack that occurred along Kano- Maiduguri road, where some motorists were robbed of their belongings.

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The video, according to the police, showed a police patrol vehicle belonging to the Danbam police division of the command, carrying victims of armed robbery attack, mainly women and children.

While urging members of the public to disregard the video as it is unfounded, the statement said that the Police Commissioner, CP Philip Macu has directed a discreet investigation into the armed robbery incident and the purported video clip as findings will be available to the public.

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According to a press release issued by the acting State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Umar Magaji on behalf of the command and made available to newsmen in Bauchi, the allegation is not only false but misleading and a calculated attempt by mischief makers to incite the public against the police.

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“For the avoidance of doubt and to set the record straight, on the 18th February 2020, at about 0300hrs, a report was received by the Dambam police division that a group of armed robbers numbering about nine, blocked Kano-Maiduguri highway at a location near Bam village, Dambam local government, robbing innocent motorists of their belongings.”

“On receiving the report, the police patrol team was promptly mobilised the area, however on sighting the police, the robbers took to their heels to the bush, leaving some robbers passengers on board of a Sharon motor Vehicle with registration number XA300 ABS Kano, driven by one Umar Mohammed from Ambursa in Kebbi State, heading to Maiduguri, Borno State” The statement read.

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The police aid that consequently, when the team came back to the scene of the attack, they met some angry drivers who accused them of being responsible for the robbery, adding that the victims could not refute the allegation as they were traumatised as clearly shown in the video.

Men of the State Police Command addressing the Press

“On reaching the village head house, the victims who now felt safe informed the gathering that it was not the police that robbed them. They said the police came to their rescue and chased the robbers into the bush. This statements by the victims doused the tension and put the situation under control, only for the command to see the viral video on the social media” The statement added.

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Gang-rape: Edo Man, Friends Bag Death Sentence, Jail

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Edo State High Court sitting in the Auchi area of the state has sentenced one Taofeek Isah to death by hanging.

The court also sentenced two others, Jeremiah Okamudu and Miracle Pius, to different jail terms.

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One of the defendants, Godwin Adeyemi, was, however, discharged and acquitted.

The convicts were brought before the court on five counts of rape, kidnapping, attack with a harmful substance, inflicting physical injury, and unlawful trial by ordeal.

The presiding judge, Justice Philip Imoedemhe, in his judgment on Thursday, sentenced Isah (1st defendant) to death; Okamudu (2nd defendant) to four years’ imprisonment; Pius (4th defendant) to 19 years.

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Justice Imoedemhe held that all the evidence tendered before the court convinced him beyond reasonable doubt that the 1st, 2nd and 4th defendants were guilty of the charges.

Imoedemhe ordered that Isah be hanged to death while the other convicts be taken to the Auchi Custodial Centre to serve their jail terms.

The lead prosecutor from the Edo State Ministry of Justice, Clement Eseigbe, had during the trial submitted that Isah connived with three of his friends to kidnap, gang-rape and grievously assault a 20-year-old girl, Blessing.

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The prosecutor said the defendants committed the offences on October 22, 2021, at Okpella community in the Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The defendants did rub pepper in the private parts of Blessing and inflicted physical injuries on her by beating her with a cutlass, wood and other dangerous objects,” the prosecutor added.

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In a similar case, the court sentenced a 61-year-old man, Taiwo Buoro, to 10 years’ imprisonment for raping a 12-year-old girl.

Imoedemhe in his judgment sentenced Buoro without a fine option.

Buoro, a farmer, committed the offence on September 19, 2021, at Ososo in the Akoko-Edo LGA of Edo State.

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Representatives of a non-governmental organization, BraveHeart Initiative for Youth and Women, expressed joy at the judgment.

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Police Arraign Cryptocurrency Marketer Over Alleged N51.7m Fraud

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The Lagos State Police have arraigned a cryptocurrency marketer, Temitope Longe, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos for allegedly obtaining the sum of N51,789,222 by false pretence and fraud.

Longe was docked before Justice Tijjani Ringim on the alleged offences by the officers of the Police Special Fraud Unit Ikoyi, Lagos.

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The PSFU’s prosecutor, Mr Justin Enang, told the court that the cryptocurrency operator and others now at large, committed the offences in Lagos sometimes in 2017.

Enang told the court that the defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of N25,894,711 from one Dr. Abiodun Adefunrin with false pretence of investing same in cryptocurrencies and forex trading.

He further told the court that the defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of N25,894,711 property of Francis Aremu, and converted same to his personal use.

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According to the prosecutor, the offences committed contravened Sections 8(a) and 1(1){a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

He also told the court that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as Amended in 2012.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the allegations levelled against him.

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Following the defendant’s plea, the prosecutor asked for a trial date and also urged the court to remand him in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services until the determination of the charges against him.

But the defendant through his counsel pleaded with the court to admit him to bail in the most liberal terms.

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His counsel told the court that his client was a first-time offender and that charges against him were bailable ones.

Justice Ringim, after listening to the counsels’ submissions, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N20 million with two sureties in like sum.

The Judge further ordered that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not below Grade Level 14, among others.

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Justice Ringim ordered that the defendant be remanded in NCS custody until when he is able to meet the bail conditions, and adjourned the case to March 30, 2023, for trial.

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Akwa Ibom YPP Guber Candidate Bags 42 Years In Prison Over Corruption

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The senator representing Uyo Senatorial District, Bassey Akpan has been sentenced to 42 years in prison without an option of fine for corruption.

Akpan, the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party, (YPP), Akwa Ibom State, was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissíon (EFCC).

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Delivering her judgement at the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Thursday, the presiding judge, Justice Agatha Okeke found Senator Akpan guilty on a six-count charge bordering on money laundering and receipt of exotic cars worth two hundred and four million naira (N204m).

During the court proceeding, Defense Counsel Solomon Umoh (SAN) pleaded with the Court for leniency as the convict has a young wife and children to cater for.

He also pleaded that the court should temper justice with mercy by including an option of fine. But that was opposed by EFCC, citing legal authority to convince the court not to give fine as an option, particularly in the light of the fact that the court has not opted for the maximum sentence.

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Akpan was arraigned by the anti-graft agency on June 24, 2019, at the Federal High Court, Uyo for corruption charges.

He was accused of receiving from Jide Omokore, a BMW X5 (bulletproof) worth N50 million in December 2012 and another Infinity QX 56 (bulletproof) worth N45 million from the same source.

In November 2013, he also received a Toyota Landcruiser V8( bulletproof) valued at N40 million and in March 2014, he received a Range Rover, valued at N40 million. Also in September 2014, another Toyota Hiace High Roof bus valued at N27 million was received from the businessman.

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Additionally, he was prosecuted for receiving at different times between 2012-2014, Toyota Hiace High Roof buses valued at N16 million and six units of Toyota Hilux vehicles valued at N36 million.

The EFCC which was investigating money used for the 2015 elections, spotlighted Jide Omokore, who was suspected as a conduit through which illegal funds were used for elections. While interrogating the businessman, he mentioned his numerous transactions with Obong Bassey Albert, who was a commissioner in the state and now a senator.

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Meanwhile, the senator has been taken to the Correctional Centre, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, where he is expected to serve his jail term.

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