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Jigawa High Court sentences four rapists to life imprisonment



By Umar Akilu Majeri, Dutse

The Jigawa High Court 6 sitting in Birnin Kudu presided by Honourable Justice Musa Ubale has on Wednesday delivered judgment against four men, Umar Danladi, Abdussalam Sale, Auwalu Yunusa and Mu’azu Abdurrahman sentencing them to life imprisonment for rape cases.

The four men were  charged  and found guilty of the offence of rape, punishable to life imprisonment under Section 283 of the Penal Code Law of Jigawa State 2012(as amended)

Umar Danladi  who hails from Sabuwar Gwaram, Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State, was alleged to have lured and forcefully took an 8 year old pupil while returning from school and raped her.

The defendant was arrested, and on arraignment, he denied the charge.In his effort to prove the charge against the defendant beyond reasonable doubt, the prosecution counsel Yahaya Abdullahi Esq (Deputy Director Citizens Right) called three witnesses, tendered three exhibits (statement of the defendant and medical report) and finally closed his case.

On his side, the defendant testified as sole witness in his own defense and called no other witnesses.

In the second case, Abdussalam Sale from Rafawa Village, Dutse Local Government Area, was accused to have raped a 12 year old girl he met along Sabon Garin Barnawa to Kishin Gishin Gawa village.

The defendant sent the victim on an errand, but after she had returned, he forcefully grabbed and raped her. After his arrest he admitted to have committed the offence. But on his arraignment, he denied the charge.

In the case of Auwalu Yunusu who hails from Kafin Fulani in Gwaram Local Government Area, he was accused to have raped a 6 year old girl, after returning from an errand the defendant sent her. After the victim had returned, the defendant forcefully had sexual intercourse and threatened to kill her if she tells anyone.

Few days later, the victim was asked what happened to her but refused to talk, until when she could not walk again. That was when she revealed the identity of Mr. Yunusa as the person who raped her.

In establishing the charge against the defendant, the prosecution  called five witnesses, tendered two exhibits (statement of the defendant and medical report) and finally closed his case.

On his side, the defendant testified as sole witness in his own defense and called no other witness.

Lastly, Muazu Abdulrahman who comes from Sabuwar Gwaram in Gwaram Local Government was also accused to have lured an 8 year old pupil and had sexual intercourse with her while returning from school. The defendant forcefully took her to a guinea corn farm and raped her.

On arraignment, the defendant denied committing the offence, while the prosecution in an effort to prove his charge, called out 3 witnesses and tendered 3 exhibits (statement of the defendant and medical report). The defendant testified as sole witness in his own defense.

Honourable Justice Musa Ubale while delivering judgments in the four cases found that the prosecution through its counsel Yahaya Abdullahi had proved the cases beyond reasonable doubt, and so, sentenced the four accused men to life imprisonment based on the provision  of Section 283 of the Penal Code Law of Jigawa State 2012 (as amended).

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NAF bombs terrorists hideouts in Borno



The Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai, OPHK, and the Nigerien Air Force on Tuesday eliminated scores of terrorists and destroyed their hideouts in Damasak and Mobbar local government areas of Borno State.

A statement by the Director, Public Relations and Information of NAF, AVM Edward Gabkwet, on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the interdictions were under the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF.

Gabkwet said the terrorists had attempted to attack troops of Sector 4 of the MNJTF at Lada, a border town between Niger Republic and Nigeria, and subsequently fled across the border into Nigeria.

According to him, the fleeing terrorists who were on eight motorcycles were later tracked to two locations in Zarri village, about 28 kilometers east of Damasak and Mala Alide in Mobbar areas of Borno.

He further stated that they were observed hibernating in the village with their motorcycles hidden under trees.

“Subsequently, airstrikes from the Air Component of OPHK and Nigerien Air Force, under the watchful eye of Niger’s Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, struck the terrorists’ locations.

“Real-time ISR footage later confirmed numerous terrorists were eliminated and several structures within the targeted areas destroyed.

“Collaborative efforts of this nature have continued to yield positive outcomes on both sides of the border.

“It has also led to the reduction in terrorism and other forms of cross-border crimes perpetrated by criminals crisis-crossing the borders to evade justice,” he added.

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Sex Scandal: We won’t oppose any sanction against lecturer — ASUU UNN



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that the union would not oppose any sanction against the lecturer allegedly involved in sex scandal in a video trending in the social media.

Chairperson of ASUU, University of Nigeria Nsukka, (UNN), Dr Oyibo Eze said this in Nsukka on Tuesday while reacting to the alleged attempt by a lecturer in UNN to have sex with a female student in his office on Monday.

“ASUU will not oppose any sanction if after investigations, the suspect is found guilty of allegation to have attempted to have sex with a female student in his office.

“We should all know that every action has its consequences,” he said.

He said that ASUU condemned the alleged act by the lecturer identified as Mr. David Udom-Udom of the Social Science Unit, School of General Studies (GS) of the UNN.

“I saw the trending video of the alleged act yesterday and this morning I went  to GS department and confirmed the incident in the viral video on Monday.

“Lecturers should see students as their children by displaying high sense of discipline, morality and avoid asking sex for mark.

“It is condemnable and that is what happens when a dog eats the bone hung on its neck.

“Our job as lecturers is to teach students not to harass them sexually,” he said.

Reacting to the incident, Comrade Enoch Utazi, the President, Students Union Government (SUG) of the UNN, also condemned the alleged act by Udom to have sex with a student for mark.

Utazi said SUG would follow the matter to its logical conclusion to ensure that the affected randy lecturer was punished according to rules and regulations of the university.

“SUG will ensure this randy lecturer is punished to serve as deterrent to others who exploit female students sexually in order to give them mark,” Utazi said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chris Alumona, the Chief Security Officer of UNN, when contacted, confirmed the incident and said that the randy lecturer Udom-Udom had been arrested and handed over to the police.

Alumona said his office acted on tip-off from UNN Department of Students Affairs on what was happening on Monday in Udom’s office

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Alleged N8.5bn fraud: You have case to answer, Lagos court tells NIMASA staff, ex-JTF Commander



Justice Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Monday, April 22, 2024, told a former Commander of the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, Major-General Emmanuel Atewe ( rtd.), and a  staff of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Kime Engonzu, that they have a case to answer in the alleged N8.5bn money laundering case brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Atewe and Engonzu are standing trial on a 22-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N8, 537,586,798.58, which also involves a former Director-General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and Josephine Otuaga, also a staff of NIMASA.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi, Major General Emmanuel Atewe, Kime Engozu, and Josphine Otuaga, sometime in 2014, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Court, with intent to defraud, conspired amongst yourselves to commit an offence to wit: conversion of the sum of N8,537,586,798.58 property of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, thereby prompting the commencement of their trial.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution called several witnesses and subsequently closed its case against the defendants.

However, the defendants, rather than open their defence, filed a no-case-submission.

Akpobolokemi had, in a no-case submission, filed by his lawyer, Dr. Joseph Nwobike, SAN, prayed the court for an acquittal without having him present a defence.

Ruling on the no-case submission on Monday, Justice  Faji discharged and acquitted Akpobolokemi  and Otuaga, the fourth defendant.

He however, ruled that Atewe, the second defendant, and Engonzu, the third defendant, should open their defence in counts 12 to 22 of the charge.

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