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Estate Agent remanded in prison for duping 125 persons of N25m

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Four tenants in court for allegedly exhuming landlord’s corpse, selling his property

 

A 39-year-old estate agent, Ibrahim Ayinde has been remanded by an Ebute-Meta Magistrate Court, for allegedly defrauding 125 persons under the pretence of providing them with apartments.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs O. A. Olagbende, however, ruled that the accused person should be remanded in Ikoyi prison for a week for failing to carry out court order.

Ayinde is being charged on 125 count bordering on conspiracy and stealing. He, however, denied the charges.

According to the Police prosecutor, Mrs Clara Olagbayi, the defendant committed the offence at Agege, a suburb area in Lagos between May and July, 2017.

The prosecutor further informed the court that Ayinde collected N25 million from 125 people for a 14-flat in Agege.

Subsequently,  unsuspecting victims started moving in their belongings after paying fully for the apartment and they met other persons there despite the fact that they were given a complete set of key to the house.

At the resumption of the proceedings, the defendant whose lawyer was absent in court informed the Magistrate that he has not carried out the court’s order because he got it late.

Magistrate Olagbende had earlier ordered that the defendant should evict the tenants in the house pending the conclusion of the matter in court, an order he had failed to obey.

The Magistrate, who was not pleased with the defendant excuses, ordered his remand in Ikoyi prison custody for a week, after wish he will carry out the court order.

While pleading for mercy, Ayinde said he has started paying some of the complaints and he will finish paying them by May, 2019.

The magistrate, however, disagree with him, insisting that he spend a week in Ikoyi prison and “when you return, you will go and evict the tenants currently living in the house as ordered by the court.”

She, thereafter, adjourned the matter till Thursday, April 11.

 

 

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Bus fails break, falls on Ojota Bridge

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A bus conveying gallons of palm oil, bags of beans and other goods lost its control and fell on Ojota Bridge on Sunday night.

According to eyewitnesses the driver of the vehicle who was alone came out with bruises, and the vehicle was subsequently pulled to the roadside.

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Lassa Fever kills one, five infected in Kebbi

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First Lassa fever conference holds in Abuja

 

The Kebbi State Government on Sunday confirmed one death from six cases of Lassa Fever in the state.

Dr Assad Hassan, Epidemiologist at the state Ministry of Heath, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi, that the cases were recorded between February and April.

Hassan told NAN that four of the victims were from Birnin Kebbi; while the remaining two were from Bunza Local Governmment Area (LGA) of the state.

“The persons confirmed to be infected with the disease are between 23 to 65 years, and they include four males and two females,’’ he said.

According to him, one of the female patients was the one that died within hours of arrival at the Federal Medical Centre in Birnin Kebbi.

He said the blood sample taken from the deceased tested positive to Lassa fever.

“The medical doctor that attended to the deceased was also infected with the fever but has been treated and discharged from hospital,’’ he added.

Hassan further explained that the last confirmed case was on April 27; and refuted reports that two children had died last week as a result of the fever.

“In response to the outbreak, there has been continuous sensitisation of health care workers on Lassa Fever detection and infection, prevention and control measures within the hospital setting.

“Similarly, advocacy, social mobilisation and community engagement has been carried out in all the 21 LGAs of the state,’’ Hassan said.

The epidemiologist also advised communities to keep food and drinking water in rodent-proof containers and to also bring sick family members to the hospital early enough for treatment. (NAN)

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Court sentences kidnapper Evans’ 2 Gang Members to 41 years in prison

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Evans didn’t make statement to police under duress - Witness

 

Two former members of billionaire kidnapper, Evans’ gang have been sentenced to 41 years imprisonment by court.

During an Ikeja High court sitting in Lagos State on Monday, witnessed Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced the convicts, Kelvin Emenike Ukoh and Emeka Obasi for the abduction of one Ugoje Jude, a shipping agent, and his staff, Miss Piriye Gogo in August 3, 2012.

The convicts were members of the kidnapping gang headed by billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans. They were arraigned in 2013 alongside three others: Uche Igbani, 28, Chibuzor Osuagwu, 33 and a 36-year-old woman, Onowu Ngozi, on a 14 count-charge bothering on conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.

Ugoje and another staff, Piriye Gogo were kidnapped by the gang who and were later taken to an unknown destination by their leader, Evans.

Miss Ugoje narrated the entire ordeal before the court including how she almost got raped and how she was saved by the police patrol she saw and flagged after the three men took away Jude while holding rifles.

Jude also testified in court, he said his abductors initially ordered him to pay N10m for his release but after negotiations, they accepted N5m.

Justice Taiwo after listening to the testifiers convicted and sentenced Ukoh and Obasi to 5, 15 and 21 years for conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery respectively, while the other three; Igbani, Osuagwu and Ngozi were discharged and acquitted by court.

 

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