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Man Sentenced To 1year Imprisonment For Stealing N110, 000

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An Oredo Magistrates’ Court in Benin on Monday sentenced a 34-year-old, Wisdom Sakpra to one year in prison for stealing the sum of N110,000

The Magistrate, Ivie Akere, sentenced Sakpra after the convict had pleaded guilty of two count charge of conspiracy and stealing filed against him.

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Akere sentenced the convict six months in each count charge and did not give the convict an option to pay a fine to served as deterrent to others.

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Earlier, the police prosecutor, ASP Patrick Agbonifo, told the court that the convict was arrested at the scene of the crime on January 23, 2020, at First Bank in Adesuwa Junction, Sapele road in Benin.

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According to the prosecutor, the convict and others at large specialized in robbing customers that go to bank for withdrawals.

He said that the convict did unlawfully steal the total of N110, 000 property of Andrew Igbodidi.

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The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provision of sections 516, and 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable in Edo.

He said that the convict also confessed that he had robbed another victim, Ehis Unemhin close to UBA at Textile Mill road, Benin, adding that he used handkerchief to clean victim’s face.

He said after the convict had used the handkerchief to clean victims face, the victim would obeyed all instruction and directives given by the convict.

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He added that his victim, Unemhin was invited by the police and he confirmed the convict statement.

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N25.7bn Fraud: Appeal Court Affirms Ex-bank Boss’ Conviction, Reduces Jail Term

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Thursday affirmed the conviction of former Managing Director of defunct Bank PHB Plc, Francis Atuche, for N25.7bn fraud but reduced his sentence of 12 years to six years.

The court also affirmed the conviction of Atuche’s co-convict Ugo Anyanwu, who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment by the lower court for stealing and conspiracy to steal.

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Anyanwu’s jail term was also reduced to eight years.

Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court sitting at Ikeja had on June 16, 2021, sentenced Atuche, to 12 years’ imprisonment for N25.7bn fraud in the bank.

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While his former Chief Financial Officer, Ugo Anyanwu, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for stealing and conspiracy to steal and Atuche’s wife, Elizabeth, was discharged and acquitted.

But dissatisfied with the judgement of the lower court, Atuche approached the court of Appeal to challenge the judgment.

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Warri Chief Docked, Remanded In Edo Prison

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The police in Edo on Tuesday arraigned 54-year-old Chief Johnson Asteruleghe the Iyesere of Warri, before a Benin High Court, over alleged assault, malicious damage in Ologbo Dukedom, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.

The defendant, Johnson Asteruleghe, the Iyatsere of Warri, is being tried on a seven -count charge of assault and malicious damage with charge No:B/Co 126/22

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Police Prosecutor, DPP, Okunbor Orobosa Esq. told the court that the defendant committed the offence on the 2nd day of February, 2022, at Ologbo in the Benin Judicial Division.

According to him, “You did conspire amongst yourselves to carry on warlike undertaking malicious damage, punishable under section 517 of the Criminal Code, cap.48.vol.11. laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976 as applicable in Edo state.”

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Okunbor urged the court not to grant the defendant bail, maintaining that he is fond of fermenting trouble when granted bail, citing previous criminal cases of murder against the defendant in which he was granted bail before he committed these offences.

The defendant’s Counsel, Eghedosa Imhandegbelo (SAN) in his oral bail application urged the court to grant the defendant bail.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

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The presiding judge, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba adjourned the case to 27th of June 2022 for hearing of application for bail.

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Court Remands Book Publisher Over $156,711 Fraud

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Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos State, on Monday, ordered one of Macmillan’s book publishers, Fasasi Bola, to be remanded in a custodial centre over alleged fraud.

The defendant, alongside Macmillan Nigerian Publishers Limited, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on an amended six counts bordering on obtaining goods by false pretences.

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The charge read, “Macmillan Nigerian publishers, Professor Adesanya Iyiola Adelekan, who is now at large, and Fasasi Bola, sometime in 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired among yourselves to obtain goods by false pretences, property of BHS Printing SDN BHD of Selangor Malaysia.

“That Macmillan Nigerian Publishers, Professor Adesanya Iyiola Adelekan (now at large) and Fasasi Bola, sometime in 2018 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, obtained books for sale worth $156,711.87 by false pretences from BHS Book Printing SDN BHD of Selangor, Malaysia, under the pretences that you would sell the books and remit the money from the sales within two weeks of receiving the bill of lading, which pretence you knew or ought to know is false.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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The EFCC prosecution counsel, Ayanfeoluwa Ogunsina, however, prayed the court for a trial date and that the defendant be remanded.

Justice Dada adjourned the matter till July 8, 2022, for further hearing.

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