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Court orders employer to pay ex-driver N3m over rights abuse (Guardian)
A Federal High Court, Lagos has ordered one Mr Bernard Imarah to pay his former driver, Roland Ogamune, and his wife, Blessing, N3 million for violating his fundamental privacy rights.
Justice Ayotunde Faji upheld the argument of counsel for the Ogamunes, Mr. Mofesomo Tayo-Oyetibo, that the couple had constitutionally guaranteed rights to privacy and freedom of movement and it was unlawful for Imarah to trample on those rights.
The judge awarded N2 million to Ogamune and N1 million to his wife, adding that this was a case of Imarah’s misuse of his dominant position over his former driver.
Ogamune was Imarah’s driver but resigned voluntarily sometime in December 2017. However, sometime in early 2018, Imarah accused him of stealing expensive alcoholic drinks worth millions of naira kept at his home in Lekki, Lagos. Read more
Yoruba Nation rally: Nigerians slam Lagos police for lying, demand identity of salesgirl’s killer (Punch)
Some Nigerians on social media have criticised the police in Lagos for lying on the cause of death of Jumoke Oyeleke, the salesgirl who was allegedly killed by a stray bullet during the Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos on July 3, 2021.
They called for the identification and prosecution of the policeman who fired the shot.
Agitators for the Yoruba Nation gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park at Ojota amid the presence of armed policemen and soldiers on July 3. Read more
Navy intercepts 162 bags of suspected smuggled rice in Lagos offshore (Guardian)
The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT on routine patrol recently intercepted a wooden boat with 162 bags of foreign parboiled rice off the shore of Lagos.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Commodore Bashir Mohammed on Sunday in Lagos.
Mohammed said the patrol team intercepted the boat at 3:30pm on June 8.
“Preliminary investigations by the Base reveals that the bags of rice were all foreign parboiled rice smuggled into the country from Republic of Benin. Read more
LASG seals 16 firms over tax evasion (Leadership)
The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) yesterday resumed sealing of companies and hospitality firms over unpaid consumption taxes, shutting 16 firms during tax law enforcement.
The LIRS director of legal services, Mr Seyi Alade, said during the statewide enforcement had resolved to wield the stick on defaulters who insist on short-changing the state government.
Alade noted that LIRS suspended for some time the shutting of corporate organisations and hospitality firms over unpaid taxes. He said the affected companies failed to meet up with the March 31 deadline.
“Now, the service has resumed sealing of firms particularly the hospitality firms; it is committed to continue the exercise until full compliance to tax payment and remittance are achieved,” Alade said. Read more
Lagos arraigns suspected land grabbers in Oshodi (Guardian)
Lagos State Government has arraigned 10 suspected land grabbers before a Special Offences Court sitting in Oshodi over allegation of forceful takeover, trespass and land grabbing of property belonging to Nichemtex Limited, in Ibeshe, Ikorodu.
The 10 defendants, namely Amisi Friday, Holy Osaweme, Wale Adigun, Muhammad Amodu, Christopher James, Tope Ojo, Usman Abubakar, Jubril Isa, Yusuf Babamariam and Sherifu Ibrahim, were arraigned on a four-count charge by the state’s task force on land grabbers.
They were said to have encroached on acres of land owned by Nichemtex LTD, a subsidiary of United Nigerian Textiles Public Limited Company Plc between 2019 and 2021 in Owode Ibeshe, Ikorodu, Lagos.
According to the coordinator, Lagos State Special Task Force on Land Grabbing, Owolabi Arole, the defendants were arrested following an investigation of a petition dated May 5, 2020 by United Nigerian Textiles Plc. Read more
Apapa gridlock: Security agents, hoodlums clash over control of extortion points (Vanguard)
More facts have emerged as to what led to the recent clashes between security agents and hoodlums that rocked the Tin-Can Island Port area of Apapa, two weeks ago.
It was gathered that both parties tried to outwit each other over the control of the extortion points along the port access roads.
Confirming the development, a former president, National Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, Mr. Mohammed Inuwa, said the clash occurred while he was at a meeting in Abuja, adding that the information he got was that security agents and some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, had a face-off over the control of extortion points along the port access roads.
Inuwa said: “I was not around when the crisis was on, I was at the Abuja National Executive Council meeting, it was when I got back that I was told there were clashes between security agents and hoodlums. Read more
Missing nightgown: Court refuses to discharge Danish accused of killing wife (Vanguard)
A Lagos High Court sitting at Tafa Belewa Square, on Monday dismissed an application seeking to discharge a Danish, Peter Nielsen, accused of killing his Nigerian wife and daughter.
Nielsen’s counsel, Mr Olasupo Shasore (SAN), had prayed the court to discharge him on the basis that an exhibit, his wife’s nightgown, was missing.
According to Shasore, the nightgown the woman wore the night she was allegedly killed, could no longer be found in the court’s record due to burning of the court by hoodlums who hijacked the October 2020 #EndSARS protest.
He submitted that substantial justice will not be done in the absence of the exhibit.
Nielsen, 54, is standing trial on a two-count charge of murder.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defendant was accused of killing his Nigerian wife, Zainab, a singer, and their three-year-old daughter, on April 5, 2018.
At the resumed hearing, Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile dismissed the defendant’s application after hearing arguments of both defence and prosecution. Read more
Yoruba Nation rally: Autopsy faults police claim, says salesgirl was shot (Punch)
Jumoke Oyeleke, the salesgirl who was allegedly killed by a stray bullet during the Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos on July 3, died from a missile injury.
This was revealed by the report of an autopsy conducted on the remains of the 25-year-old on Monday.
The report contradicted the claim by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, that Jumoke was abandoned after she was stabbed.
The autopsy report, which was obtained by PUNCH Metro, was signed by one Dr S.S. Soyomi of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. Read more
How we smuggled stolen cars from Nigeria to Benin Republic, returned them as Tokunbo – Trans-border robbery suspects (Nation)
Operatives of the FIB Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force have smashed a five-man trans-border robbery syndicate who specialised in snatching cars from Nigeria, refurbishing them in the neighbouring Benin Republic and bringing them back as tokunbo (fairly used) vehicles.
The breakthrough recorded by the security agents followed the arrest of a 23-year-old suspected member of the gang Abdulrafiu Olamilekan, following which two other members, namely Idris Adesina (26) and Suleiman Aliu (35) were also arrested. The remaining two members of the syndicate, Wandoko and Tunde Jonny a.k.a Elija, remained at large.
A police source said the gang was so organised that each member had a specific role to play during the robbery operations they usually carried out between the odd hours of 8 pm and 12 am.
For instance, the source said, the role of one of the members during attacks on victims’ homes and room to room operations in hotels or private buildings was to kick the door open. Read more
Lagos barman, domestic worker, labourer die at workplaces (Punch)
Three workers, identified as Femi, Israel Umogani and one Austine, have been found dead in their respective places of work in Lagos State within a week.
Femi was a barman at a hotel on Pipeline Road, Abule Egba; Umogani worked as a domestic worker on Fatai Irawo Street, Ajao Estate while Austine aka Mortuary was a POP designer.
Femi was reportedly found dead in his room at the hotel on Saturday morning of June 25, with a head injury and blood streaming from his nostril.
It was learnt that Femi and a co-worker were embroiled in a quarrel in the early hours of the day which led to a fight. Read more
Lagos Assembly proposes 2-year jail term for assault on firemen (Guardian)
Lagos House of Assembly has recommended two years’ imprisonment for a person or persons obstructing fire fighting or assaulting fire fighters.
The assembly made the recommendation in its proposed state fire service bill.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Special Duties, Mr Raheem Kazeem (Ibeju Lekki II) made the disclosure at a one-day public hearing on the bill on Friday.
The public hearing was conducted by the House of Assembly. Read more
Court remands 21-year-old woman over theft, attempted murder (Punch)
The Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Yaba, Lagos State, has remanded a 21-year-old woman, Blessing Lawal, in a custodial centre for the alleged stealing of N1m and attempted murder.
Lawal, who resides in the Aguda area of Lagos, is standing trial for conspiracy, obtaining by false pretences, stealing and attempted murder, contrary to sections 287, 230, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The police prosecutor, Mr Williams Ologun, brought a request for her remand with a supporting affidavit and the defendant’s statement.
According to Ologun, the defendant on April 2, 2021 lured the complainant, Mr Abdullahi Babatunde, to a location on the pretext of selling a Toyota Corolla to him for N1m. Read more
Woman locks up five-year-old for six months in Lagos (Punch)
The police in Lagos State have arrested a 43-year-old woman, Sharon Williams, for allegedly locking up and assaulting her five-year-old nephew, Micheal Ibiyome, for six months.
Ibiyome lived with the suspect in Gberigbe community, in the Ikorodu area of the state.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect allegedly used a cutlass to inflict injuries on the back of Ibiyome’s head.
It was gathered that a neighbour reported the matter to the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs, which transferred the case to the state Ministry of Youths, Sports and Social Development. Read more
Residents get relief as Lagos clears canal (Guardian)
Relief from perennial flooding has come for Lagos residents of four local council areas as the state has successfully desilted the major channel which was blocked by refuse for over 10 years.
The affected local governments and development areas are Surulere, Mushin, Odi-Olowo and Itire-Ikate LCDAs.
Some of the residents, who spoke during the inspection in Akobi Crescent, LUTH collector and tributary, Idi Araba and Ishaga, said flooding would become a thing of the past with the regular clearing of System 6c.
A resident, Akindele Michael, said the clearing would address perennial flooding in the Idiara and Mushin area. Read more
Fake developer defrauds 100 prospective Lagos tenants of N500m (Punch)
A suspected fake developer, Ahmed Ayinde, has been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defrauding no fewer than 100 prospective tenants in the Olowo Ira area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the victims paid for different flats in a one-storey building on No 5, Ayedun Street, Olowo Ira, being developed by Ayinde.
After receiving payments, it was learnt that Ayinde and his accomplices told the prospective tenants that they needed some time to complete renovation works on the building.
It was agreed that after the renovation was completed, keys to the respective flats would be handed over to the tenants.
However, drama ensued on Wednesday when efforts by some of the prospective tenants to access their flats proved abortive.
A victim, Sunday Akinmoladun, said he was surprised that over eight persons paid for the same flat he paid for, adding that a lot of intending tenants were stranded because people had occupied all the flats in the building. Read more
Salesgirl remanded for alleged N1m theft, attempted murder (Vanguard)
A 21-year-old girl, Blessing Lawal, was on Thursday remanded at a correctional centre for alleged one million naira theft and attempted murder.
Chief Magistrate F.M. Ajayi, gave 14 days remand order at a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Yaba, Lagos.
The defendant who resides in Aguda area of Lagos is standing trial on conspiracy, obtaining by false pretences, stealing and attempted murder.
The prosecuting lawyer with the State Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Mr Williams Ologun, brought a request for 14 days’ remand with a supporting affidavit, a copy of the complaint’s letter and the defendant’s statement. Read more
Murder, robbery suspects among 1,320 arrested in Lagos (Nation)
Operatives of the Lagos Police Command have arrested 1,320 suspected hoodlums and miscreants in major raids across the state.
This is just as the command said it arrested 185 suspected armed robbers, cultists and murderers.
Commissioner of Police (CP) Hakeem Odumosu made this disclosure at a press briefing to highlight the achievements of the command since May.He said those arrested comprised 66 suspected armed robbers, 72 cultists and 47 murderers. Read more