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Kwara Ex-Lawmakers Canvass Financial Autonomy for State Legislature

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From Alfred Babs, Ilorin

Former members of the Kwara House of Assembly have canvassed for financial autonomy for the state legislature to enable it performs its constitutional function optimally.

The lawmakers, under the aegis of Forum of Former Members of the Kwara House of Assembly, made the call in llorin in a communiqué issued yesterday.

The forum comprises ex lawmakers who served in the state House of Assembly from the second republic of Oct.

1, 1979 to the present ones whose tenure lapsed on May 29, 2019.

The communiqué which was signed by the acting Chairman of the forum, Dr Abraham Ashaolu, and the Secretary, Alhaji Isiaka Magaji, said granting the legislative financial autonomy would allow the lawmakers accomplish their constitutional functions.

“We, hereby call on the governor to respect and effect the Executive Order 10 issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to grant financial autonomy to the legislative arm.

“We are non-partisan and ready to give useful advice to the state legislature for the well-being of the people of the state,” the communique said.

It added that this initiative had become imperative in view of their wealth of experience and deep concern for further development of the state.

The Forum noted that the legislature was the first to be inaugurated by arrangement and lamented that state legislatures had been relegated to the position of junior partner in governance.

The ex-lawmakers also appealed to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Danladi, to abide with the Supreme Court judgement by inaugurating the PDP candidate, Jimoh Raheem-Agboola, declared as the winner of the llorin-South Constituency Election.

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Surety Faces N500,000 Bail Bond Forfeiture Charge

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A 47-year-old man, Ogbonna Anoka, who allegedly stood surety for a church member, but failed to produce him in court as required, on Tuesday appeared before a Sabo-Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Anoka, whose house address was not given, entered a ‘not-guilty’ plea to a charge of perversion of justice.

The Prosecutor, Insp.

Magaji Haruna, told the court that Anoka committed the offence on Jan.
26, at the State Criminal Investigation Department, M.A.K Smith St., Panti, Yaba, Lagos.

Haruna alleged that the defendant conspired with one other person to obstruct and pervert the course of justice.

“The defendant stood as a surety for one Nonso Onyekwelu, a church member, who was involved in a case of conspiracy and receiving stolen property reported at the station.

“Onyekwelu was granted bail and released to the defendant, who promised to produce him at the station until the case is finally disposed off.

“The accused is hereby called upon to show cause why the sum of N500,000 bond executed by him should not be forfeited,” the prosecutor said.

The offence, Haruna said, contravenes Section 97 (3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Reports says that the Section 97 provides seven years imprisonment for perversion of justice, while sub section (3) provides two years imprisonment.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. Y. Adefope, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned until Feb. 21 for mention (NAN)

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Court Discharges Sowore, Bakare, Orders DSS to Release Seized Items

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, discharged Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare of alleged treasonable felony charge by the Attorney-General.of the Federation (AGF), Mr Lateef Fagbemi, SAN.

Justice Emeka Nwite, in a ruling after counsel for the AGF, A.R. Tahir, withdrew the charge, struck out the matter.

Justice Nwite also ordered the Department of State Service (DSS) to immediately release three phones and the sum of N10, 000 seized from Sowore during his arrest.

The judge also ordered the DSS to release a phone belonging to Bakare and the sum of N1, 500 confiscated from him during his arrest.

Justice Nwite equally ordered that Sowore’s international passport be released.

The orders followed an application by lawyer to Sowore and Bakare, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, to tye effect.

Reports says that Sowore and Bakare were earlier arraigned before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in 2019 before the matter was reassigned to Nwite.(NAN)

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3 Docked over Alleged Theft of Maggi Seasoning Worth N50m

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Court Sentences Applicant to 6 Months in Prison for Stealing Cell Phone
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Three men were on Monday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing 3,000 cartons of maggi seasoning valued N50 million.

The accused Emmanuel Akpan, 38; Tasiu Aliu, 27; and Usman Hassan, 48, are being charged with conspiracy and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp.

Innocent Odugbo, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Dec.
15, 2023 at Engineering Close, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Odugbo said Akpan, a logistics agent, contacted a truck to convey 3,000 cartons of Terra Maggi seasoning belonging to TGI Distribution Company to Kaduna State.

The prosecutor added that Aliu, a driver and Hassan his motorboy, brought the truck for the conveyance of the goods.

”After their departure, all calls made to track their location failed, their cell phones were switched off .

”The goods were neither delivered to the agreed destination nor returned to the company,” he said.

He said the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mrs M. O Popoola, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N5 million each with two sureties in like sum.

Popoola adjourned the case until March 20 for trial.(NAN)

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