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Read! How stolen phone led to wrongful imprisonment of two innocent people for 8 months

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Read!!! How stolen phone led to wrongful imprisonment of two innocent people for 8 months

The Flemer Initiative Project which facilitates the provision of free legal services to indigent awaiting trial detainees in Nigeria has narrated how stolen phone led to the wrongful imprisonment of two innocent people for 8 months.

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Earlier today, we successfully got two inmates out of Prison Custody after 8 months of awaiting trial. Find the full details of their journey towards incarceration and freedom below.

Names of inmates: Shaibu Yakubu (Male), Dupe Sunday (Female)

Charges: Armed Robbery, Stealing and receipt of stolen property

Duration awaiting trial: 8 months (Oct 2018 – June 2019).

Dupe was held in kirikiri female prison, while Shaibu was held in Ikoyi prison.

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Dupe is a mobile phone retailer. One fateful day, Shaibu brought a phone and gave to Dupe. After a while, the Police showed up and arrested Dupe on accounts of possession of a stolen phone. The story gets even more interesting.

It happened that a Lady was robbed at gunpoint at a filling station and all her property including her Bag, phone and ATM Cards were stolen.

With the aid of the Police, she was able to track the phone to Dupe. Dupe took the Police officers to Shaibu who in turn agreed to take them to the person he bought the phone from. Unfortunately, the Robber who sold it to Shaibu escaped before he could be apprehended by the NPF.

Dupe and Shaibu were eventually charged to court on account of Armed Robbery, Stealing and receipt of stolen property. When the complainant realized that Dupe and Shaibu were innocent of the robbery, she decided to withdraw the case instituted against them.

She wrote a withdrawal letter and gave to the prosecution Counsel. The Complainant herself never made an appearance in Court.

The Police saw this as an opportunity to extort the accused persons and in collusion with the prosecution counsel refused to submit the complainant’s withdrawal letter to the magistrate. Instead, the Police extorted the sum of a 100,000 naira from the two accused persons.

Despite this initial extortion, the prosecution counsel still refused to submit the withdrawal letter and instead did everything possible to keep the case dragging for long even as he kept demanding for more money from the accused during every court hearing.

We took on the case in March and advised the accused parties to stop paying the prosecution counsel who had made it a habit to extort money from the accused during every court hearing.

Today was the 5th time that we (FLEMER) have been in court over this case.

During the four previous appearances, the prosecution counsel always presented flimsy excuses that led to the adjournment of the hearing and stalled trial. Today, the prosecution counsel still brought up another set of excuses to stop the court from proceeding with trial.

The legal counsel from FLEMER representing the accused persons could not take these unjustifiable adjournments anymore and therefore opposed any further adjournments today, Our Counsel argued that it was apparent the prosecution counsel lacked the will to proceed to trial and that the Magistrate should in the interest of justice strike out the case.
The charges against Shaibu and Dupe were subsequently struck out for want of diligent prosecution after 8 months in jail; awaiting trial.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

Also Read: Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists

He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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