Court sentence ten oil thieves to 12 years imprisonment

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday convicted and jailed 10 men for 12 years for dealing in 200 metric tons of petroleum product without lawful authority. The men were convicted alongside their vessel, MV Peace. Justice Mohammed Idris sentenced each of the 10 crew members to a jail term of 12 years. He ordered that the vessel and the recovered petroleum product should be forfeited to the Federal Government. The convicts are Captain James Abatan, Wasiu Owonikoko, Patrick Ameh, Johnson Ademola, Felix Otto, Chigozie Oguike, Olu Salisu,…

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Court Restrains Lagos Govt from Enforcing 5% Hotel Tax Law

The Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained the Lagos State Government from enforcing the provisions of its new Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant (Fiscalisation) Regulations 2017. The law introduced a five per cent consumption tax in addition to a five per cent Value Added Tax on every purchase or service rendered by hotels, restaurants, fast food outlets,  event centres, bars and night clubs. But in a ruling on March 21, 2018, Justice Rilwan Aikawa restrained the state from further enforcing the law. The judge said the law would remain suspended…

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Lagos Opens Nigeria’s First DNA Forensic Lab

…To Render Free Legal Services In Commemoration Of Int’l Day Of Peace The Lagos State Government has completed the construction of the first ever high-powered DNA Forensic Laboratory in Nigeria, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem has disclosed. The State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode had last year approved the construction of the DNA forensic lab as part of the criminal justice sector reforms designed to solve crime through technology and fulfil an unmet need for DNA profiling which is a unique forensic technique that is…

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Lagos Docks Oniba’s Kidnappers, As Judge Remands Suspects in Prison

The Lagos State Government on Monday arraigned the key suspects arrested in connection with the kidnap of Oniba of Iba Town, Oba Yishau Goriola Oseni before a Lagos High Court in Igbosere. The suspects – Duba Furejo, Ododomo Isaiah, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo on an eight-count criminal charge of conspiracy to murder, murder, armed robbery and Kidnapping. The suspects, who allegedly carried out the crime on July 16, 2016 at the palace of the monarch, were said to have  murdered a security detail attached to…

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JUDGES’ ARREST: “DSS Action in Order, but…” -Akande

By Joshua Timi Reactions have continued to trail the recent raid and arrest of Judges by the men of the Department of State Security (DSS), with the latest coming from a Member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Akande. The PDP Lawmaker representing Ojo Constituency 1 at the assembly believes that while the DSS act was in order, it is a complete abberation for the security agents to infringe on the fundamental human rights of citizens, no matter the position such individuals occupy.

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Lagos CJ Frees 153 Kirikiri Prisoners

Three inmates of the Kirikiri Medium prison who have been awaiting trial for over 16 years were freed today alongside other 150 inmates of both the Kirikiri Maximum and Medium prisons. The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade granted freedom to the 153 prisoners while exercising the prerogative of power vested on her pursuant to provision of section 1(1) of the Criminal Justice Release from Custody Special Provision Act Cap C40, 2007 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria‎. Among the 129 inmates released from the Medium prison, 79…

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Lagos Launches Mobile Courts

It will no longer be business as usual for road law offenders in Lagos as the state government today launched five mobile courts for immediate trial and dispensation of justice in matters of road traffic. The government said this will bring a check to impunity on Lagos roads. Speaking during the unveiling of five buses that will serve as the mobile courts at the Ikeja High Court, Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade‎ said the launch signifies the beginning of a new era in the state Judiciary. “Let it be made…

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Court Slams 84 Years Sentence on Seven Oil Thieves

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday convicted and sentenced seven men to a prison term of 84 years for dealing in 1,459 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit without obtaining lawful authority. The convicts, who will each serve a jail term of 12 years, commencing from Friday, are Adedamola Ogungbayi, Olaniran Olabode, Suraju Gasali and Moses Emmanuel. Others are Wilson Bonsi, Okaraodi Uche and Onyeogo Happy. The judge also ordered the forfeiture of the vessel, MT Good Success, used by the convicts in perpetrating…

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You Have 30 Days To Conduct Fresh Council Polls, Court Orders Lagos Government

A Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere has directed the Lagos State Government to conduct fresh Local Government Elections within the next 30 days. Justice Abdulfatai Lawal this morning addressed the order to the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the state government, while delivering judgment in a suit brought before the court by the National Conscience Party (NCP) against the state and LASIEC. The Judge also frowned at the appointment of caretaker committees by the state government to run the affairs of Local Councils in the state,…

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Lagos Lawyer in Police Net for Fondling 9-year Old’s Breasts in Court

An unnamed lawyer has been detained at the Lions Building Police Station after he was caught fondling the breasts and private part of a nine year old grand daughter of his client. The girl, who just returned from England had accompanied her grandmother to court but eye witnesses said the lawyer lured the girl to a secluded place to have a feel of her sexual organs. The incident happened within the premises of Tinubu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos Island. The cry of the little girl attracted the grandmother, who asked her…

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