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Maryam Sanda: What court decided in case of alleged husband killer

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An FCT High Court, Maitama, on Tuesday fixed Oct. 16, for Maryam Sanda, accused of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, to open her defence.

The matter was adjourned at the instance of Justice Yusuf Halilu.

Sanda is charged with allegedly killing Bello, her husband, who was a nephew of former PDP Chairman, Alhaji Bello Muhammad on Nov. 18, 2017.

The court also discharged and acquitted Maryam’s mother, Maimuna Aliyu, brother, Aliyu Sanda and housemaid, Sadiya Aminu, who were accused by police of assisting Maryam to conceal the evidence by cleaning the blood of the deceased from the scene of the crime.

The police said the offence is contrary to the provisions of Section 221 of the Penal Code.

NAN reports that Justice Halilu had on April 4 ruled that Sanda had a case to answer in the case and subsequently ordered her to enter her defence.

The ruling was based on the no-case submission filed by counsel for Sanda, Olusegun Jolaawo, SAN, and Hussein Musa for other defendants after the prosecution closed its case.

The prosecution had called six witnesses to prove its case against the defendants.

Halilu ordered Sanda to enter her defence, discharged and acquitted three other defendants, saying that the police were unable to link them with their alleged offence.

The judge held that from the evidence of the prosecution witnesses, “a thick cloud seems to form around the case of the prosecution, making it impossible at this point of time for the other side not to be considered”.

“The submissions of no case to answer as it were in this particular situation is overruled.

“I order the first defendant, Maryam Sanda, to enter her defence with respect to the offence of culpable homicide punishable by death,” Halilu held.

The judge had adjourned the case till May 6 and directed that it shall be held on a day by day trial unless otherwise directed by the court.

The case could not go on due to the absence of the judge who was on election petition tribunal duty in Ogun State.

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Rice Smuggling: Court orders interim freezing of 45 bank accounts

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A Federal High Court on Monday in Abuja ordered the temporary freezing of 45 bank accounts belonging to three companies allegedly involved in smuggling of rice into Nigeria.

The companies whose accounts were domiciled with ten commercial banks in Nigeria are Sun Sam A1 International Limited, Sun Sam International Limited and Sunchrist O. Trans Nigeria Limited.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed directed the Head offices of First Bank Nigeria PLC, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Union Bank PLC, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Zenith Bank PLC, Sterling Bank, Access Bank, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Polaris Bank and Eco Bank Nigeria to freeze forthwith all transactions from those accounts for 45 days.

Justice Mohammed said that this was pending the outcome of the investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Ruling on an ex-parte application on behalf of the apex bank by its counsel, Nosike Nicholas, to freeze the accounts for 90 days, the Judge granted the apex bank permission to freeze the accounts for only 45 days.

He said that the order of freezing for 45 days was subject to renewal for further days upon an application by the CBN, in the event that its investigation could not be concluded within the first 45 days.

Nosike anchored the application on section 60, Paragraph (B) of the Banks and other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 1991 as amended.

He told the court that there was an ongoing investigation against the defendants who are customers of the commercial banks.

According to him, transactions under the accounts can cause significant financial loss to the rice industries in particular and the Nigeria economy in general.

The case was adjourned to Dec. 12 for further hearing.

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EFCC storms ‘Yahoo-Boys’ party, arrests 94 suspected internet fraudsters

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office on Monday, raided an Osogbo-based nightclub notorious for hosting parties for suspected internet fraudsters.

The raid led to the arrest of 94 suspects and confiscation of 19 exotic cars, laptops, scores of sophisticated mobile phones and other items.

Popularly known as ‘Club Secret Underground,’ the nightclub is located on the Ibadan-Iwo expressway of the Osun State capital.

The wee-hour operation was sequel to an intelligence report hinting that the suspected internet fraudsters were organising a night party for Sunday, October 13 during which some of them intended to celebrate their loots.

A discreet operation on the club had earlier been carried out to ascertain the authenticity of the intelligence, the confirmation of which led to the mega raid effected.

According to the anti-graft agency, the suspects are currently undergoing further interrogation, and would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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I rape minors to ease tension – 18-year-old rape suspect

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The Niger state police command has arrested and paraded a suspected rapist identified as Mizanbilu Yusuf, for defiling 6 minors in the state. 

Yusuf, 18, whose arrest came after he raped a 9-year-old girl confessed to raping other minors in Kafin Koro community in Paikoro Local Government Area of the state. The suspect further revealed that he started raping little girls in the community when he was 17 years old to ease tension. 

“I have been in the act and I enjoyed doing it,” he said as he begged for forgiveness from families of his victims. 

“I do it when I am aroused to have sex and since I do not have a girlfriend, I decided it would be easier to have carnal knowledge of minors in my area to cool off tension.

“It is quite unfortunate that I found myself in this hopeless act, I want to warn other teenagers to shun this wicked act. It may destroy their future.”

Speaking to newsmen on the arrest, Niger state police spokesperson, Muhammad Abubakar said the suspect who confessed to being a serial rapist will be charged to court after investigation has been concluded. 

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