The Nigeria police force has defended the detention of Ademola Adeleke, lawmaker representing Osun west senatorial district.
Speaking with on Monday, Frank Mba, force spokesman, said Adeleke was detained in connection with ongoing criminal investigations against him.
There were earlier reports how the police detained Adeleke, who was candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 governorship election in Osun state.
The senator had honoured an invitation at the force headquarters in Abuja before he was detained.
Mba said Adeleke will be charged to court on Tuesday.
He said: “Senator Adeleke is currently in police custody. He was taken into custody in the evening of today 6th May, 2019 in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person.
“Meanwhile, in the best tradition of natural justice and fair hearing, he has already been served with the relevant charge sheet containing his alleged offences in the presence of his Attorneys. He will be arraigned in a competent court of law tomorrow, 7th May, 2019.”
The police had arraigned Adeleke for alleged examination malpractice.
But his campaign organisation accused the force of working for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the detention.
“The principal of the secondary school attended by Senator Adeleke testified through affidavit before Bwari High Court that the school indeed issued the testimonial. WAEC equally testified that the Senator sat for the examination. For the Police to revive this old clarified issue confirms political vendetta,” it said in a statement.
A 29-year-old father of two, Akpojivi Joel Onoriode, described as kingpin of cybercrime, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Uyo Zonal Office, Calabar, Cross River State.
The suspect, during his interaction with the EFCC operatives, said he wouldn’t want anyone to tell his children that he was into cybercrime, which was part of the reason he relocated from Delta State to Cross River State.
He said: “I was really known in my school then as a ‘Yahoo boy.’ I have two kids. I didn’t want to bring them up where people will say, ah! your father is a Yahoo boy. That was why I relocated my family from Asaba to Calabar. When I came out now and saw you people and the bus outside, my mind just told me there was a problem.”
He said: “The Saturday morning operation led to the arrest of a known ‘Yahoo’ kingpin, Akpojivi Joel Onoriode, who is a graduate of Delta State University, Abraka. He is married and has two children.” Orilade said Onoriode was arrested in his lavishly furnished duplex located at Plot 10, Block VI, Unical Satellite Town, Calabar, which he confessed was purchased with proceeds from his illicit ‘Yahoo’ business.
The Range Rover could, however, not be moved out of the premises with other exhibits due to mechanical problems. Other items recovered include, two iPhones, one Nokia phone, and documents of landed properties owned by the suspect. Orilade said:
Chukwudi said: “I have defrauded women from United Kingdom. They usually pay me after we get engaged, and then, they will now want me to come over, that’s when they send me money and that’s how I get paid.”
Petty offenders will no longer be sentenced to prison terms, the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke has said.
She disclosed this on Monday at the official presentation of the two practice directions, the ACJL Practice Direction and Restorative Justice Practice Direction, held as part of effort to ensure effective justice system.
The event held at the Lagos Judiciary Conference Room, Ikeja.
Justice Oke said once the Practice Directions “comes into operation on June 3, minor offences will be diverted to these centres and Restorative Justice outcomes applied to ensure that persons who commit minor offences will no longer end up in jail.
“So long as they are prepared to take responsibility for their actions and the harm they have caused system,” she said.
Justice Oke said the Magistrates Courts, which would use the practice directions, would focus on reconciliation with the victim and community at large, rehabilitation, restitution and repair of the harm done and will as much as possible, under the law, impose non- custodial sentences including fines, restitution orders, community service orders and so on.
The Chief Judge said the documents mark a history era in the Criminal Justice administration in Lagos State.
She listed some of the highlights of the ACJL Practice Direction includes tightening the Pre-Trial Remand procedure to address the challenge of Awaiting Trial inmates, introduction of the Plea Bargain Protocol to encourage Plea deals and decongest the Criminal Division docket and introduction of Case Management Protocol to ensure that the Prosecution and Defence are properly prepared before trial opens.
“Criminal justice administration in the Country has been beset by a myriad of challenges ranging from ineffective or incomplete investigations, delays in criminal trials, congested court dockets, the awaiting trial syndrome and the attendant congestion of our prisons, to name a few.
“Today in Nigeria we have seen countless cases where defendants are arrested for minor offences burglary, wandering, two fighting and so on; they are locked up in our prisons for the flimsiest reasons and join the teeming population awaiting trial. “In fact the Awaiting trial inmates account for more than 75% of the inmates in our prisons today.
“They are in our prisons with hardened criminals and by the time they come out they have been initiated into a life of crime and are ready to spread terror, death and destruction in their post-prison escapades,” she lamented. (The Nation)
A SENIOR lecturer at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Olayinka Adegbehingbe, who was abducted on Sunday night has been released.
The professor and his wife, Bernice, were abducted on the Ibadan-Ife Road, Osun State.
They were returning from Lagos to Ile-Ife when they were stopped by unknown gunmen at Asejire, a community on the highway.
The Osun State Police Command confirmed the abduction, but said the don’s wife was released by the abductors.
The police also denied reports of bandits’ attacks on travellers on the Ife-Ilesa road on Sunday evening.
A senior officer at the state police command, who preferred anonymity, said the kidnap of the OAU lecturer was mistaken for the alleged bandits’ attacks.
The source said Mrs. Adegbehingbe was released before her husband was whisked away by the gunmen.
Mrs. Adegbehingbe is the Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences.
A story went viral on the social media on Sunday that some herdsmen alighted from a truck, shot into the air and dispossessed travellers of their valuables ran into the bush.
Mrs. Adegbehingbe was said to have slumped as her husband was being taken away.
She is said to be receiving treatment for shock at an undisclosed hospital. He younger brother, Kola Olabojede, pleaded with reporters and sympathisers to allow her to rest, saying she was yet to recover from the shock. The gunmen have not established contact with Adegbehingbe.
Academic activities at the victim’s department came to a halt as his colleagues suspended classes when the news of his abduction was broken.
Police spokesperson Mrs. Folasade Odoro said efforts to free Adegbehingbe had begun.
Mrs. Odoro, who said the Commissioner of Police Mrs. Abiodun Ige, visited the scene of the kidnap on Sunday night, assured all that the victim will soon regain freedom.
In a statement, the OAU spokesperson, Abiodun Olanrewaju, who praised the police for responding quickly to the incident, however, urged them to ensure the lecturer’s freedom.
Also yesterday in Jos, gunmen broke into Plateau State Polytechnic, abducting a girl.
The attackers raided the staff quarters at Heipang in Barki Ladi Local Government Area.
Tyopev Terna, spokesman of the State Police Command, confirmed the attack.
The abducted girl, 24, is said to be the younger sister of Ezekiel Rangs, an Assistant Deputy Registrar of the institution.
The attack was the second on the institution in two months.
In February, suspected gunmen abducted Kim, the 12-year-old son of Andrew Dido, the chaplain of the polytechnic.
“We had a report of the case of kidnap. We have recorded the case. A 24-year-old girl was kidnapped and our men have been mobilised to follow the trail of the kidnappers,” Terna said.
He, however, declined to confirm if the girl kidnapped is Rangs’ sister.
“The most important thing is that a child has been kidnapped. I think all human beings are equal,” the police spokesman said. (The Nation)
Meghan Markle, the duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday with her husband, Prince William, by her side.
In a statement released on Monday, Buckingham Palace said: “The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning. The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side. An announcement will be made soon.”
The baby weighed seven pounds and six ounces, about 3.3kg.
The baby, which is understood to be a week overdue, is going to be seventh-in-line to the throne.
Markle, the 37-year-old American actress before marrying Prince Harry.
She was reported to have chosen a female-led medical team for her delivery alongside her mother, Doria Ragland.