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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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Nigerian senate proposes 14 years jail term for sexual predators in Universities

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The Sexual Harassment Bill sponsored by the Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege  and President Muhammadu Buhari’s Finance Bill sponsored by Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya scaled second reading on the floor of the Senate on Novemeber 6. 

Ezrel Tabiowo, Special Assistant (Press) to President of the Senate said in a statement that the proposed legislation titled “A Bill for an Act to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions and for other matters connected therewith 2019” has 27 clauses.

Sexual offences defined in the bill includes; sexual intercourse with a student or demands for sex from a student or a prospective student or intimidating or creating a hostile or offensive environment for the student by soliciting for sex or making sexual advances.

Other forms of sexual harassment identified in the bill are; grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, stroking, touching, pinching the breasts or hair or lips or hips or buttocks or any other sensual part of the body of a student; or sending by hand or courier or electronic or any other means naked or sexually explicit pictures or videos or sex related objects to a student, and whistling or winking at a student or screaming, exclaiming, joking or making sexually complimentary or uncomplimentary remarks about a student’s physique or stalking a student.

 

Senator Omo-Agege who maintained that sexual harassment must be defined in tertiary educational institutions as statutory rape with strict liability for offenders to be prosecuted easily, however said extension of the bill to primary, secondary schools, worship centres and work place will not be necessary because the Criminal and Penal codes already adequately deals with these categories with sufficient clarity.

“The most effective way to deal with the offence of sexual harassment in our tertiary institutions is to penalise the very impropriety of the act, with or without consent” Senator Omo-Agege said in his lead debate. 

The bill also prescribes expulsion for students who falsely accuse educators of sexual harassment.

He said, “An educator whose character is maligned is at liberty to sue for defamation under the law of defamation which is well-settled in our jurisprudence and needs no duplication in this bill.”

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‘It’s been a very tough year for those engaging in cyber crime’ – Dolapo Badmus

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Zone 2 Police PRO, Dolapo Badmus while reflecting on the scale of arrests and clampdown on cynber crime in 2019 stated that, ‘it’s been a very tough year for those engaging in cyber crime’.

She then went on to advise the youths that, ‘Yahoo Yahoo is not a profession, it’s a means to a destructive end! Be guided’.

See her full post below…

If what I’m reading here is true, then it’s been a very tough year for those engaging in cybercrime, from January till date (and obviously for ever) it has been arrest upon arrest!

I am thinking, it’s a resolution of all security agencies all over the world to put a stop to this menace! I then imagine, what shall it profit a man to buy laptop and press till day break only to end up in the hand of detectives in order to be jailed!?

Dear Youth, Yahoo Yahoo is not a profession, it’s a means to a destructive end! Be guided.

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LASU student Afeez Ogunbowale arraigned for allegedly robbing and raping two muslim virgins at gun point

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On Monday, November 4th, two muslim students of the Lagos State University (LASU) narrated before an Ikeja Special Offences Court how they were robbed and raped at gunpoint by a fellow student identified as Afeez Ogunbowale.

The students, who were both wearing niqabs (Islamic garment which covers the body leaving the eyes uncovered), in a two-hour testimony revealed to the court that they lost their virginity in the attack. They made the claims while testifying as prosecuting witnesses during the trial of Ogunbowale, over alleged robbery and rape.

In a Facebook post, Ogunbowale stated that he had attended Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta before coming to LASU in 2017. 

Led in evidence by Mrs. O.A Bajulaiye-Bishi, the prosecuting counsel, the students, who were roommates, told the court that they were 200 level students when the alleged rape and robbery occurred on April 18, 2018. The witnesses told the court that at around 3a.m., a torch was flashed into their apartment, awakening them suddenly and five men, including Ogunbowale, who were armed with a gun and machetes, forced themselves in.

Student A (name withheld), 23, told the court “they took three phones, a gold chain, earpiece, power bank and N1, 200. Three of the men left, leaving the defendant and one other person who I cannot identify.  “The defendant told the other guy ‘I want to sleep with these girls’. The defendant went to the toilet with my roommate while the second man tried to rape me.    

“The second man could not penetrate me because I had an asthmatic attack and the second man left me to swap places with the defendant. The defendant came and had sex with me while I had the asthmatic attack and my roommate was screaming and pleading for him to leave me alone and he said in pidgin English ‘if she wan die, make she die’.

“The other three men came back into the apartment and saw the chaos. They told the two other men that this was not what they came here to do and they assisted in looking for my inhaler. My inhaler was found and they all left my apartment.”

Student A told the court that they lodged a report at the Ojo Barracks and they were referred to the Mirabel Center for medical examination and counselling.

“The case was transferred to the Festac Police Station, then to the Ikeja Police Station. When the defendant was apprehended and brought to the Ikeja Police Station, he was shocked when he saw us there. He went on his knees and said to us in Yoruba ‘Alhaja please’,”

Student A said.  While being cross-examined by Mr Bisi Salau, the defence counsel, Student A said that she recognised Ogunbowale as her assailant because she had seen him a number of times on campus. She noted that the residence where the alleged crime occurred belonged to her aunt.

“I was a virgin until the day that incident occurred, I cannot remember the exact date I went to the Mirabel Center. When I reported the incident at the Ojo Barracks, they called to inform the Vice-Chancellor of LASU about it. The five men who came to our apartment were armed with a gun and the defendant was the one who carried the gun, he touched me with the gun.    

“The defendant has a group of friends in my class and his friend sent me a friendship request on Facebook. When I looked through his friends list, I saw the defendant’s photograph which I gave to the campus Department of State Security (DSS) official. I saw the defendant on campus and alerted the campus security. He was apprehended in September 2018,” Student A said.

Student B (name withheld), 20, while giving her testimony narrated how Ogunbowale allegedly raped her.

“The defendant took me to the toilet and pointed a gun at my head, that day I was still a virgin and it was difficult for him to penetrate into me. He said to me ‘you never do am before.’  “He took me to a chair and raped me and the second man left my roommate and exchanged places with him and raped me as well.  

“After we had reported the incident to authorities, we were examined and counselled. We had to go there over a long period of time but we had to cut that short because of our exams.  “We could not even take some of our medication because of our school examination,” she said.

The alleged culprit Ogunbowale pleaded not guilty during his arraignment for five-counts of robbery and rape. According to Bajulaiye-Bishi, the defendant committed the offence alongside others who are now at large on April 18, 2018 at the Okokomaiko area of Lagos.

“The defendant and his accomplices while armed with a gun, knife, machete and bottle robbed the students of their phones, power bank, ear piece, gold chain and N1,200. The defendant and his accomplice who is at large had unlawful sexual intercourse with the complainants. The offence contravenes Sections 260(1) and 297(2)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015,” she said.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo ordered that Ogunbowale continue to enjoy the bail that was granted to him by Justice Yetunde Adesanya before the case was transferred from Adesanya’s court to her court. She also warned the defendant that neither he or his friends should threaten witnesses otherwise his bail will be revoked. The case was adjourned till Nov.ember 25 for further hearing.

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