A Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, sentenced one Abubakar Ali, slated to get married on October 1, to three months in prison.
Ali was charged with conspiracy, trespass, and house-breaking, offences he admitted committing.
The convict who resides at Abacha Road, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, said he committed the crimes in order to meet up with the obligations of his upcoming wedding.
The Magistrate, Ibrahim Muhammed, however, gave the convict an option of N20,000 fine, warning that poverty was not an excuse for him to steal.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr Fidelis Ogbobe, had told the court that on September 2, police officers from Asokoro Police Station were called by the Manager of A.A. Rano Filling Station, Asokoro to the scene of the crime.
Ogbobe said the convict was caught after he broke into the station’s office and attempted to break the safe that contained proceeds of the day’s business.
The prosecutor said the convict confessed during interrogation that the Supervisor of the filling station, one Shehu Bello, told him that N5million was kept inside the safe.
He said that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 97, 343, 353 and 95 of the Penal Code.
Update: Army confirms Boko Haram resorted to Arson burn entire Community in Borno
Nigerian Army has confirmed that Boko Haram terrorists actually invaded a community in Borno state on Wednesday night, and burnt down the area. Read stated below…
Frustrated by the current military deployments which has made most towns and villages impenetrable in the North East, the Boko Haram, have resorted to arson of make shift houses in remote settlements.
Just before Midnight on 14 November 2018, a pocket of Boko Haram sneaked into Mammanti village along Damboa Road in Borno State, fired some shots to scare the inhabitants and set some houses ablaze.
Troops from 251 Task Force Battalion were quickly mobilized to engage the Boko Haram, who fled in disarray. However, 2 civilians were wounded and have been evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment. Exploitation of the area is ongoing.
Over 162,000 Bags of Rice Donated to IDPs By China spoil in NEMA Stores
While the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north-east are not only crying for hunger, but also acute malnutrition ravaging their children, 162,696 bags of rice donated by the Chinese government to the IDPs have been abandoned and left to rot in stores belonging to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), according to an online medium, The Cable.
In June 2017, the Chinese government had donated and shipped a total of 6,779 metric tons of rice, which is 271 trucks and approximately 162,696 bags of rice into the country’s seaport meant for distribution to IDPs in the north-east as food assistance.
Government agencies, like the ministry of budget and national planning, ministry of agriculture, ministry of finance and NEMA were tasked with different responsibilities of receiving, clearing, storage, transportation and distribution of the consignments to the IDPs.
But one year later, after the food items were cleared from the port, they have not reached their destinations – even after another N161 million was said to have been spent on transportation, delivery and logistics.
According to the United Nations, Nigeria is still facing a crisis of global magnitude with 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the north east.
In April, while testifying in company of an official of the Nigeria Customs Service before the house of representatives ad hoc committee on emergency and disaster preparedness, Mustapha Maihaja, director-general of NEMA, denied that the rice was missing.
Maihaja told the committee that the first batch was cleared from the ports and stored in a warehouse in Maiduguri, Borno state, and Yola in Adamawa state.
However, the state governments where the beneficiaries are have denied receiving any single bag of rice from the consignment purported to have been delivered and distributed to the IDPs by NEMA.
Boko Haram terrorists invade Mamannti village in Borno raze Community
Men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists have attacked and razed down another community near Maiduguri , Borno state on Wednesday night.
The terrorists, who rode on bicycles, invaded Mamannti village, an outskirts of Maiduguri at about 10:30pm yesterday, shouting “God is great” as they shoot sporadically.
According to eyewitnesses, the whole community was burnt down as residents fled to Molai for safety.
“As I am speaking with you, the village is burnt down and many animals dead, when people were running; the invaders said, “don’t run we have been warned not to kill you.”
He added: “I can’t tell you the casualties figure because we all ran to Molai. We are waiting for the military to go there now,” the source said.
The Boko Haram insurgents have been staging attacks on communities close to Maiduguri in recent times, burning down houses and carting away foodstuff and livestock.
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