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Oyo Mobile Court Begins Trial of Traffic Offenders Wednesday

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By Dele Ogunyemi, Ibadan

Traffic offenders caught by the men of Oyo State Road Traffic Management Agency (OYRTMA) in the State will face the wrath of the law immediately they get arrested.

This disclosure was made by the Executive Chairman of OYRTMA, Dr.

Akin Fagbemi after the Chief Magistrate of State Mobile Court, Magistrate Moruff Mudashiru paid him a visit at his Ibadan office on Monday.

He disclosed further that the mobile court set up to try those that violate traffic regulations would start sitting on Wednesday, 18th September, 2019.

Fagbemi charged the court to ensure fair and speedy trial of offenders to minimize what he called the culture of indiscipline by some road users in the State.

He expressed the readiness of the agency to work closely with the judiciary to bring the nuisance of unnecessary traffic violation to a halt as his men have been trained to be civil in their approach to motorists while they were on the road.

The OYRTMA Chairman maintained that motorists whose vehicles were confiscated or impounded by the officers of the agency would be made to face the Mobile court and get speedy trial across the State.

“We are ready to work with the Mobile court to bring to barest minimum, the culture of road indiscipline by some road users who will not respect the rights of others on the road by parking indiscriminately, driving against the traffic among other sundry illegalities on the roads.

“By Wednesday, the court will start trying offenders and we will give the Mobile court the best of our support to make their job easier and prompt to ensure sanity is returned to our roads,” Fagbemi said.

He went on to solicit for the absolute commitment of the court in speedy adjudication of all cases in line with global best practices and dictate of the traffic laws of Oyo State so as to oil the wheels of the developmental agenda championed by the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

The Chief Magistrate,Magistrate Moruff Mudashiru expressed satisfaction with the operational and administrative changes which he said was going on at the Agency since the appointment of Akin Fagbemi as the Executive Chairman of OYRTMA. 

He further affirmed that sanity would be returned to the highways and major roads across the State as all traffic offenders would be tried fairly without recourse to social status, creed, gender, religion or political affiliations.

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Forex: Court Strikes out Charge Against 19 BDC Operators

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Justice Lewis Allagoa of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Monday, struck out the charge against 19 Bureau De Change (BDC) Operators, following the withdrawal of the case.

The suspects are Ibrahim Jubril, Abdullahi Abubakar, Ibrahim Hassan, Adamu Isiaka, Ibrahim Abdulrahman, Jubril Hassan, Mohammed Isoaka, Mohammed Aminu and Adamu Ibrahim.

Others  are Hassan Amadu, Salisu Hamidu, Mahmoud Mohammed, Murtala Usman, Hassan Yakubu, Abdullahi Kabiru, Ali Sadam.

Ahmadu Yusuf, Abdullahi Hussain and Alhaji Sido.

The defendants were charged with conspiracy, unlawfull operation of forex trading as BDC operators without licence from regulatory agencies and deriving various sums of money from such unauthorised trading.

They were said to have committed the offence around Feb. 21, within the Lagos metropolis.

When the case was called, Mr Umaru Bello, from the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti announced appearance for the prosecution.

The prosecutor, shortly after his announcement, informed the court that he seeks to withdraw the charge against the defendants.

He told the court that he received a call from his superiors in the office to withdraw the case.

He told the court that he would not be proceeding with the arraignment of the suspects.

Justice Allagoa accordingly, struck out the charge.

The police had earlier said that the offence contravenes the provisions of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2020. (NAN)

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Kogi: Appeal Court Vacates Inspection Order Granted to SDP by Tribunal

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday, set aside the inspection order granted Murtala Ajaka, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) by the Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Reports says that the tribunal had, on Nov. 25, 2023, granted an ex-parte order, allowing the SDP and its candidate in the Nov.

11, 2023 governorship poll to carry out forensic examination of all the Bimordal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) used in the election, among other reliefs.

The three-member panel of justices led by Justice J.O.K. Oyewole, in a unanimous ruling, vacated the inspection order on the grounds that it went outside the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The appellate court held that while inspection is allowed under the Electoral Act, it must be jointly carried out with the respondents and the scope of the inspection should be within the strict limit allowed under the Electoral Act.

“The ex parte order made by the trial tribunal on the 25th November, 2023 at the instance of the 1st and 2nd respondents are within the jurisdictional competence of the said tribunal.

“However, paragraphs ‘g’, ‘k’ and ‘n’ thereof are beyond the scope of Section 146 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022. The said paragraphs ‘g’, ‘k’ and ‘n’ are hereby expunged.

“The inspection purportedly done pursuant to the said orders of the trial tribunal without the presence of the appellant violates paragraph ‘h’ of the said orders and it is hereby set aside,” the panel ruled

Reports says that while the SDP was represented at the Court of Appeal by Pius Akubo, SAN; Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, appeared for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) .

Gov. Usman Ododo of Kogi was represented by J.B. Daudu, SAN, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) was represented by Abdulwahab Muhammed, SAN.

Other members of the Appeal Court panel include Justices A. I. Banjoko and A.B. Mohammed.(NAN)

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My Wife Attempted to Stab me, Husband Tells Abuja Court

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A businessman, Mr Ojo Owo, on Friday told a Customary Court in Jikwoyi, near Abuja, that his wife, Muyibat, attempted to stab him with a knife.

His claims are contained in a divorce petition he filed against the woman. 

“One night, my wife took the kitchen knife and attempted to kill me over a little misunderstanding.

“She boasted that she will destroy, kill or cripple me and reduce me to nothing and that when she finishes with me, my family will not recognise me,” he claimed in the petition.

The petitioner also told the court that the respondent is “so stubborn, disrespectful, mannerless, diabolical and unfriendly” with anyone around him.

According to him, the respondent’s constant fights have caused him to develop high blood pressure which he will be nursing for the rest of his life.

The petitioner further averred that he had to abandon his matrimonial home to save his life due to the intolerable behaviours of the respondent “who constantly threatens my life”.

He urged the court to dissolve his marriage and grant him custody of the children.

The respondent, Muyibat, also a businesswoman, however, denied the allegations.

The Judge, Thelma Baba, advised the couple to explore avenues for amicable settlement for the sake of the children, and adjourned the matter until March 7, for hearing. (NAN)

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