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Lagos Govt Charges Chidinma With Murder

Lagos Govt Charges Chidinma With Murder

Lagos govt charges Chidinma, one other with murder of Super TV CEO, Ataga

The Lagos State government has filed charges against Ms Chidinma Ojukwu and one other person, Adedapo Quadri for the murder of the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Michael Ataga.

The suspects who were brought before a Chief Magistrate court sitting in the Yaba area of Lagos were led into the courtroom around 9 am on Monday, September 6.

It was reported that Ms Ojukwu, a 21-year-old student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) was arrested by the police on June 23 for allegedly killing Ataga at a short-let apartment in Lekki.

It would be recalled that Ms Ojukwu and Quadri were presented before the Chief Magistrate court on August 9 by the police to seek their remand in custody, which was granted by the magistrate.

The magistrate had ordered the two be remanded for 30 days at the first instance to allow the police to continue with its investigation of the murder case and also advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Re-appearing before the magistrate on Monday Counsel to the police, Cyril Ajiofor told Magistrate Adeola Adedayo that the police has received legal advice from DPP on the case, recommending their trial for murder, saying that the suspects would be arraigned at the High Court which has jurisdiction over such matters.

According to the DPP’s advice dated August 20, after careful consideration of facts available in the case file, a prima facie case of conspiracy, forgery and murder exists against, Ms Ojukwu and Quadri, while a prima facie case of stealing exists against Ms Ojukwu alone.

The DPP also established the offence of having possession of a stolen item against one Egbuchu Chioma said to be Ms Ojukwu’s elder sister, from whom the deceased’s iPhone 7 was said to have been recovered.

“After careful consideration of facts available in the case, this office is of the firm view that a prima facie case of conspiring to murder, murder, conspiracy to commit felony to wit; forgery, forgery and making documents without authority contrary to sections 233, 222, 411, 363 and 370 respectively of the Criminal Law of Lagos State exists against Ojukwu Chindinma Adaora and Adedapo Quadri.

“Facts available also establish the offence of having possession of a thing reasonably suspected to have been stolen contrary to section 329 of Criminal Law of Lagos against Egbuchu Chioma,” the advice partly read.

We also learnt that the DPP Director, Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi had gone ahead to file a charge against the three suspects at the Lagos High Court, but is yet to get a date for the hearing of the case.

Meanwhile, the DPP cleared 11 other suspects and asked that they should be released as no offence had been disclosed against them in respect to the case.

The 11 people are Ms Ojukwu’s father, Ojukwu Onoh, Babalola Disu, Olowu Ifeoluwa, Olutayo Abayomi, Nkechi Mogbo, Tony Okonye, Damilola Adekoya, Bola Adekoya, Segun Akinsanya, Oluwatoni Dada and Adams Kenneth.

Following the development, Magistrate Adedayo discharged Mr Ojukwu, Disu, Olutayo and Olowu who had earlier been arraigned by the police for obstruction of justice and failing to report a crime to the law enforcement agencies.

The Magistrate Court ordered the further remand of Chidinma and the two others to be tried and adjourned till Sept 29 to await further Information from the DPP as to the status of the case at the High Court.

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Ondo Govt reacts to court judgement declaring new LCDAs ‘illegal’

The Ondo State Government says necessary legal action will be taken on the judgement nullifying the creation of the 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.

The government’s reaction is contained in a statement by the Attorney General of Ondo State, Mr Kayode Ajulo SAN, made available to  newsmen on Friday in Akure.

Justice A.O Adebusuoye of the state High Court had in a judgement on Thursday described the creation of the LCDAs as unlawful.

The court said it was illegal for a governor to sign a law outside the State.

The court said that the Local Government Creation Law 2023 signed by the late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Ibadan was unconstitutional, illegal, null and void.

The statement said the government has taken cognizance of Ondo State High Court’s judgement and had requested for a Certified True Copy of it.

Ajulo said after it was studied and analysed, a legal opinion would be presented to the state government.

“Subsequently, all necessary measures, in accordance with our laws, will be taken to safeguard the interests of our citizens, foster peaceful coexistence, and uphold the rule of law.

“The Attorney General remains steadfast in his commitment to prioritizing the well-being and welfare of our citizens, working tirelessly to ensure that justice and the law are served,” the statement said.

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LASTMA impounds 40 vehicles in Oyingbo, ijora, idumota axis

The  Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has impounded another 25 commercial and 15 private vehicles operating illegal garages and causing serious road obstructions around Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota areas of  Lagos.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, said this in a statement on Friday in Lagos.

Adebayo said impounding the vehicles at these areas was a decisive move by LASTMA to restore order and ensure the free flow of traffic.

He said the operation was led by LASTMA Head of Enforcement, Mr Kayode Odunuga, under the directives of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr Sola Giwa.

Adebayo that they were specifically directed to target illegal garages that had been a persistent source of congestion and inconvenience for residents and commuters.

He said the impoundment, which began in recent weeks, was part of a broader initiative by the  Lagos State Government to enhance the efficiency of the city’s transportation network.

He quoted Giwa as emphasising that government is committed to maintaining law and order on the roads, ensuring that all traffic regulations are strictly enforced.

“illegal garages have been a significant challenge in our quest to maintain a seamless traffic flow in Lagos.

“These impoundments send a strong message to all offenders that the state will not tolerate activities that disrupt public order and endanger the lives of our citizens.

“Our goal is to create a safe and orderly environment for all road users and this action is a crucial step in that direction,” Giwa said.

He noted that the targeted areas, Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota, are known hotspots for traffic congestion due to unauthorised parking and the establishment of makeshift garages.

He said that these activities not only obstruct the free movement of vehicles but also pose safety risks to pedestrians.

“LASTMA’s intervention aims to clear these bottlenecks and enhance the overall traffic situation in these critical areas.

“Residents and business owners have expressed their support for the government’s action, noting the positive impact it will have on their daily activities.

“LASTMA has also assured the public that the operation will be sustained and extended to other parts of the city where illegal garages and related activities are prevalent,” he quoted Giwa as saying.

He urged all vehicle owners and operators to adhere to the state’s traffic regulations and cooperate with authorities to avoid sanctions.

He reiterated that the government’s primary objective was to create a better and more livable Lagos for everyone.

He also urged motorists to take ownership of the roads and to promptly inform LASTMA of any broken down or abandoned trailers or trucks via the Agency’s hotlines: 0810056586008129928503.

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Emir of Ilorin commiserates with Saraki over mother’s death

Nigeria in very bad shape, only PDP can rebuild it —Saraki

Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has commiserated with a former Senate President,  Dr Bukola Saraki, over the death of his mother, Mrs Florence Saraki.

This is contained in a condolence message issued by the emir’s Spokesman, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, on Wednesday in Ilorin.

Mrs Saraki died on Tuesday at the age of 89.

Sulu-Gambari described the deceased as a wonderful mother, great philanthropist and virtuous wife to  Dr Olusola Saraki, the late Waziri of Ilorin, whose contributions to humanity would forever be remembered.

According to him, the deceased lived a fulfilled life, with numerous accomplishments.

The royal father urged Saraki, a two-term governor of Kwara, and his siblings to be strong in heart over the demise of their beloved mother.

Sulu-Gambari, who is also the Chairman of Kwara Traditional Rulers’ Council, extended his condolences to both the immediate and extended family members of the Saraki dynasty.

“I pray that Almighty Allah grants the family and friends the fortitude to bear the great loss,” he said.

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