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Justice Served As Court Sentences Uduak Akpan To Death

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Justice Served As Court Sentences Uduak Akpan To Death

Justice Bassey Nkanang of the Akwa Ibom State High Court, has sentenced Uduak Akpan to death by hanging for the murder of Iniubong Umoren.

Umoren, a graduate of Philosophy, University of Uyo, was killed on April 2021.

She was job hunting while awaiting mobilisation for the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

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NDLEA Addresses Critics On Drug Bust

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Femi Babafemi, the Spokesperson of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has addressed critics of the anti-narcotic organisation, after news of the destruction of 1.8 tons of cocaine seized in Lagos surfaced.

The Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Marwa (Retd), on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, presided over the crushing and setting ablaze of the 1.8 tons of cocaine recovered by the Agency from a warehouse in the Ikorodu area of Lagos last week.

However, the destruction of the illicit drugs raised public concerns, as many people took to their social media pages to express their loss of confidence in the agency.

This administration must really think that we are daft sha!! What is this lamba that the NDLEA is giving with this cocaine seizure saga? Dem dey burn evidence?,” popular singer, Falz, said as he joined other critics to query the agency.

Responding to the critics, Babafemi released a statement that read: “Claims and insinuations that @ndlea_nigeria has destroyed all drug exhibits recovered from the Ikorodu cocaine warehouse are false and misleading. Our statement on the public destruction clearly states that the order to destroy the seizure was issued by a Federal High Court Lagos.

“The statement further states that a portion of the drug seizure is secured for the purpose of prosecuting the suspects in court. As part of transparency and in line with legal procedures, the suspects were taken to the venue of public destruction to witness quantity destroyed.

And sign certificate of destruction. In fact, 27.5kg of the cocaine has been secured for the purpose of prosecution. Those making unfounded claims obviously didn’t read our earlier statement or doing that out of mischief. Please disregard their falsehood.”

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Homeless Woman Seeks Help After 5yrs Living Under The Bridge

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Homeless Woman Seeks Help After 5yrs Living Under The Bridge

Blessing Okon, a 28-year-old alcohol-addicted woman, has sought out help after years of battling depression.

This writer gathered that the mother of one left Akwa Ibom in 2015, after losing her widow mother, for Lagos.

On getting to Lagos, he met one Samuel, who was a gardener at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), and they both explored a romantic relationship.

“I had my baby towards the end of 2017 for him (Samuel). In 2018, my husband and a man from Ibadan stole some bottles of beer at a party. His friend managed to escape, but Samuel was unlucky. He was beaten to a pulp after being caught and taken to the office of the Oduua People’s Congress (OPC) from where he was handed over to the police. He was consequently charged to court and he had since been at the kirikiri prison.

“As if that was not enough, our building on No 2, Ewunmi street, Idi-Araba, was sold and our new landlord evacuated the tenants. And since I couldn’t afford to take a rent, I took my eight-month-old baby at the time to start a life living under the bridge,” Okon said as she narrated the situations that plunged her into depression.

Okon, who’s presently at Adejoke Orekoya ward at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre in Yaba area of Lagos State, appealed to Nigerians to help her secure an apartment.

I don’t want to return to living under the bridge where I was picked. I just want to have at least a room apartment of my own so that I can look after my daughter,” she appealed.

When this writer reached out to Kenneth Obaraye, the Good Samaritan looking after Okon’s daughter, through his Twitter page @lakencreation, it was discovered that the child had already been enrolled into school.

I picked interest in her case because I believe she wasn’t mentally deranged as many people thought. And thankfully, she was willing to be helped because she was the one that even recommended rehabilitation because of her addiction to alcohol. But now, even though I have helped her enroll her child into school, she needs to get her life back to escape from depression forever.

“She needs to get something sustainable doing so she can feed herself and cater for her child’s needs,” Obaraye told this writer.

Obaraye further explained that any financial help secured for help would also be deployed for her rehabilitation programme.

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Man Imprisoned For 21 Years For Defiling His Daughter

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Man Imprisoned For 21 Years For Defiling His Daughter

A man identified as Akin Isaac has bagged 21 years imprisonment after being convicted for defiling his daughter and raping her for a period of 12 years.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court, on Thursday, September 15, 2022, sentenced the 52-year-old following his plea of guilty to the one count preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.

Prior to Isaac’s conviction, Lagos prosecution counsel, Omowumi Bajulaye-Bishi, in the course of the trial,  revealed that the defendant defiled his daughter and raped her from age six to age 18.

According to the prosecution, the offence committed contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law Cap C.17 Vol. 3 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Bajulaye-Bishi , while reviewing the facts of the case, revealed that between 2014 and 2020, Isaac was having unlawful sexual intercourse with his daughter which resulted into at least one pregnancy.

Having heard the prosecution, Justice Taiwo, who handed down the sentence to Isaac, directed the court registrar to put the defendant in the witness box to go through the process of plea bargain.

In the course of the plea bargain, the judge asked the defendant whether he was forced or coerced by anybody whatsoever to change his plea from not guilty to guilty.

Responding, Isaac answered that he decided to change his plea, and prayed the court for mercy.

In her judgment on the plea bargain agreement the convict signed with the state, Taiwo said the 21 years proposed sentence by the ministry of justice was too small to the offence which carried life imprisonment.

Her words: “I knew this case very well, I could remember the survivor was crying when giving evidence before the court that she had abortion and how the defendant had beaten her.

“The prosecution had called four witnesses who testified against the defendant. The defendant initially pleaded not guilty.”

The judge, however, admitted the defendant’s plea of guilty, after which she ordered his imprisonment.

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