A 25-year-old lady, Chioma Okocha and five men: Ndubuisi John, Haruna Aliyu, Saddam Abdullahi, Bashir Usman, and Usman Ibrahim, have been sentenced to a total of 141 years imprisonment for trafficking in cocaine and cannabis Sativa by federal high courts sitting in Benin, Edo and Abeokuta, Ogun state respectively.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Tuesday.
Chioma Okocha was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail by Justice AC Obiozor of the Federal High Court, Benin, for trafficking 200grams of crack cocaine following her arrest in Benin City, the Edo State capital on 24 September 2021 by NDLEA operatives.
She was subsequently arraigned in suit no. FHC/B/136c/2021, and pleaded guilty to a one-count charge when her case came up in court on Monday 15th November. The judge, however, granted her the option of paying a N2 million fine or spend 15 years in jail effective from 24 September when she was arrested while trying to deliver 200grams of cocaine to a customer at an eatery in Benin City.
The five men: Ndubuisi John; Haruna Aliyu; Saddam Abdullahi; Bashir Usman, and Usman Ibrahim were also convicted and sentenced to a combined 126 years imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Abeokuta presided over by Justice Ogunremi Omowunmi Oguntoyinbo in suit no. FHC/AB/105c/2021.
The convicts were arrested on 14 September along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway conveying 46 bags of Cannabis Sativa weighing 552 kilograms in a truck, and subsequently charged on three counts of transportation, possession and dealing in the illicit drug.
In her judgment, Justice Oguntoyinbo sentenced the first, second and third accused persons to 30 years imprisonment each while the driver of the truck bagged 21 years and the motor boy/driver’s assistant 15 years in jail.
While Ndubuisi, Haruna and Saddam were sentenced to 10 years on each count charge, Bashir got seven years on each count charge and Usman 5 years on each count charge. The jail terms are to run concurrently.
Lagos APC Faction Defects To PDP
A faction within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, ‘Lagos4Lagos Movement’, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The faction, which is headed by Olajide Adediran, defected to the PDP at an event held in Lagos on Saturday.
On hand to receive the defectors into the PDP was Bukola Saraki, a former Senate president and ex-Kwara State governor.
The Lagos4Lagos Movement has been critical of the reign and stronghold of APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, saying no one has the right to impose governors and political office holders in the state.
The Adediran faction had in September 2021 held a parallel local government congress at different locations in the state, condemning the leadership of the party in the state for adopting consensus as the option for electing ward executives.
It had alleged impunity, imposition and marginalisation in the party for its action but the congress of the movement was not recognised by the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, Saraki called for a voice vote on the group’s defection from APC to PDP.
“Those in favour that Lagos4Lagos should move to PDP say ‘aye’,” Saraki said, calling for a vote in the manner done at plenary at the senate.
Members of the group chorused “aye” in response and Saraki said, “the ayes have it”.
He, however, did not ask if any members were against defecting to PDP.
White Paper Review Of Lagos #EndSARS Panel Report Illegal, Says Falana
Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, has described the White Paper produced by the Lagos State government from the state’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the Lekki Toll Gate shooting as illegal.
Falana, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made his stance known in a statement on Friday.
The Lagos State government on Tuesday released its White Paper of the panel’s report, which was submitted to Babajde Sanwo-Olu, the state governor, on 15 November.
The panel had in its report stated that nine persons were killed during the #EndSARS protest at the toll gate on October 20, 2020, adding that the action of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force on the night could be equated to a massacre.
However, the state government dismissed the findings of the panel, describing the report of deaths as “assumptions and speculations”.
The government also faulted the duplication of names and details in the report, saying it created contradictions, as well as “doubts and gaps”.
But speaking on the development, Falana said the White Paper committee set up by Governor Sanwo-Olu lacked the legal backing and competence to edit, modify, alter or reject the report of the commission.
Citing section 15 (2) of the Tribunals of Inquiry Law of Lagos State, Falana said the report of the judicial panel is as effective as a judgment of the Lagos state high court, thus its findings can only be challenged in a competent court.
He wrote: “When the government set up a White Paper committee a fortnight ago, I questioned its legal validity. It was my view that since the committee is unknown to law, the members were not competent to edit, modify, alter, edit or reject the report of the commission, more so, that the members of White Paper committee did not have the opportunity of taking evidence from the witnesses who had testified before the commission.
“I argued further than that the governor cannot reject the report, summary of evidence and findings of the Okuwobi Judicial Commission in any material particular.
“I am not unaware that it is the practice of governments to issue a white paper on the report of a commission of inquiry. But since there is no provision for a White Paper under the law the Lagos state government is bound by the findings and recommendations of the Panel.
“Therefore, any institution and individual indicted by the commission may wish to approach the High Court to challenge any aspect of the report. Since the White Paper committee is illegal its findings are of no moment.
“By insisting that only one person was killed at the Lekki Toll Gate, the writers of the White Paper contradicted an earlier statement by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu that two people were killed following a violent attack on peaceful protesters by Nigerian soldiers.”
VIDEO: Scenes From Late Sylvester Oromoni’s Posthumous 12th Birthday
The family members of late Sylvester Oromoni kept to their words by celebrating their son on his birthday on Saturday despite his untimely death.
It would be recalled that the father of the deceased in a heartbreaking video promised to celebrate his son’s birthday despite his absence.
Sylvester’s father also disclosed that his son had always aspired to be a pilot and he had always dressed like a pilot during career day in school.
In a video shared on Saturday, it was confirmed that the family of late Sylvester fulfilled their promise to celebrate their son’s birthday.
A huge pilot cake was seen together with Sylvester’s photos, as family and friends gathered around to celebrate late Sylvester.
Watch the video below:
The 12-year-old Oromoni was a student of Dowen College who died after allegedly suffering from injuries he sustained after being attacked by his seniors in school.
Oromoni was admitted to a Lagos hospital on Friday, November 26, 2021, following the attack and confirmed dead on Tuesday, November 30.
The school has since been shut down by the Lagos State government.
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