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EFCC arraigns 2 for land scam in Enugu

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Ferdinand Ugwuani and John Ugwu

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the South East Zone, Enugu on Wednesday, arraigned the duo of Ferdinand Ugwunwani and John Ugwu before Justice A.M Liman of the Federal High Court, Enugu.

They were docked on a three–count charge bothering on conspiracy and obtaining the sum of N1,780,000 (One Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira only) under false pretences, an offence that is contrary to Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

According to investigation carried out by the Commission, it was allegedly found out that the duo having falsely represented themselves as owners and custodians of some non existent plots of land at Umunwene, Iji Nike, Enugu State, obtained the said sums in two tranches of N1.180,000 and N600,000 as payment for two plots of lands and harmonization fees, respectively.

It was further discovered that apart from the fact that the duo knew the original plots were part of a layout, they went ahead to sell the said plots to the complainant and made him pay the money in one of the suspect’s personal account rather than that of the community.

When the charges were read to the defendants, they pleaded not guilty, which prompted the defence counsel P.O. Nwanjoku to move a joint motion for their bail.

This was quickly countered by the prosecution counsel, F. A Shehu, saying that the second defendant John Ugwu had severally refused to honour invitation from EFCC.

The judge, however, noted that having come from his house to the court, the defendant has shown willingness to attend to his trial.

He thereafter granted the duo bail on N1 million with one surety each. Each of the sureties must either own a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court or be a civil servant not less than level 14 in the local, state or federal civil service.

The case has been adjourned to February 20,2018 for trial.

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My husband said I’m not hot in bed as his girlfriend – Wife tells court

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An Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Tuesday dissolved the marriage of a woman who claimed that her husband regarded her as performing less in bed than his girlfriends.

The Court President, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, held that although the respondent, Mr Tosin Owolabi, wanted the marriage sustained, his wife, Adenike, insisted on divorce.

He said that the court lacked the power to force a willing husband on an unwilling wife.

“The court cannot prevail on the petitioner, Adenike, to rescind her decision to quit the marriage.

“It is crystal that the marriage between the couple has broken down irretrievably, and there is nothing the court can do to sustain it,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adenike had sought divorce, saying that, Tosin, her husband of seven years, regularly told her that she was not good in bed.

She said that Tosin, 36, was adulterous and complains: “I am not hot in bed.

“I know he was using that as an excuse for his infidelity,” the mother of two said.

“I cannot have access to his phone because he coded it so that I will not know about his illicit affair with other women,” she told the court.

She also accused Tosin, a teacher, of battering her.

“My husband beats me up at any slightest provocation; he started beating me during courtship but I endured, thinking he would stop.

“He beats me even during pregnancies which always lands me in hospital,” she said.

The petitioner added that Tosin was jealous.

“He is always accusing me of dating any man he sees me with,’’ Adenike said, adding that Tosin threatened to kill her and might carry out the threat.

Responding, Tosin admitted beating Adenike but blamed it on his temperament.

He also accused Adenike of infidelity.

The court granted the custody of the two children of the marriage to Adenike, and ordered Tosin to be paying N5,000 monthly to her for each of the children’s feeding.

It also ordered that Tosin should be responsible for the children’s education.

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How Pastor sexually molested 12-year-old twin daughters

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A 54-year-old pastor, Michael Olise, has been remanded in Kirikiri Prison by an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defiling 12-year-old twin girls (names withheld).

Pastor Olise, who is a friend to the father of the twin girls, is facing a two-count charge bordering on child defilement

The defendant is said to be a pastor at a church, Anointing Chosen Vessel, Governor’s Road, Ikotun, Lagos.

The prosecuting police officer, Raphael Dony, told the court that the offence was committed in November at 2 Okanlawon Street, Ago Palace Way, Okota, Lagos.

In the first count, Pastor Olise was alleged to have unlawfully defiled the first twin girl on November 15 at about 1500 hrs and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

In the second count, Pastor Olise was alleged to have sometime in November between 1000 hrs and 1600 hrs unlawfully and sexually assaulted the second twin girl by fingering her private part and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

According to information before the court, the defendant retained a room in the house where the twin girls lived with their parents where he allegedly defiled the girls in turn.

Pastor Olise was said to have carried out the dastardly act when the mother of the girls travelled out of the country on a business trip while the father was at work.

Prosecutor Dony added that “the father noticed a change in the way the girls walked and on being questioned, they narrated what the defendant did to them to their father.

“The father later reported the matter to the police station in Okota which led to Pastor’s arrest.”

After the charge was read, Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi refused to grant bail to the defendant.

She ordered Pastor Olise to be remanded in Kirikiri prison and adjourned the matter till January 23.

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N2.4 million fraud: Alleged fake doctor, prophet remanded in Enugu prison

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, South East Zonal office, Enugu on Monday arraigned one Kingsley Ifeanyi Eluma, AKA Doctor Eluma, Managing Director of EEAL Global Links Nigeria Limited before Justice A.M Liman of Federal High Court Enugu.

He is facing a two-count charge bothering on obtaining the sum of N2,452,500. (Two Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand,Five Hundred Naira) under under false pretences.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him.

Eluma had for many years allegedly paraded himself as a Phd holder and a prophet.

He was said to have sometimes on or about 23th March 2018, presented himself to a victim as a director in National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) capable of securing a job for him at Federal Civil Service Commission, (FCSC). He also obtained several funds with a promise to secure visa to Dubai and USA for the petitioner’s relatives as well to import a fairly used Toyota Camry from USA for him.

Soon after his plea was taken, the defence counsel E.O Isiwu prayed the court for permission to move his application for bail which was opposed by the prosecution counsel, Innocent Mbachie on the condition that he might jump bail.

However, the presiding judge decided otherwise and granted the accused bail in the following terms: One surety and the sum of N2, 000,000 (Two Million Naira) in like some. The surety he stated shall have a landed property within the jurisdiction of Federal High Court Enugu. Document of the said property will be verified by ministry of lands Enugu.

He equally ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

Case has been adjourned to 13th February 2019 for trial.

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