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BREAKING: Lagos Arraigns Fresh 202 Joggers For Violation Of Lockdown Order

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Two hundred and two fitness enthusiasts were on Thursday arraigned before two Lagos Mobile Courts for violating the lockdown order made to curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease in Lagos.

Officials of the Lagos State Taskforce had arrested the fitness addicts on Thursday morning at over 15 areas in Lagos including Yaba, Agege, Ogudu/Ojota and Iju areas of the metropolis while they were either jogging, cycling or loitering.

The trial held at the State Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti, Yaba

They were charged before two Magistrates, Mrs Makanju Oshodi and Mr Nurudeen Layeni of the Lagos Mobile Courts.

They all faced a one-count charge of violating the social distancing directives of the Lagos State government contrary to Regulation 1(1) of the COVID-19 Regulations and punishable under Section 5 of the Public Health Laws of Lagos State 2015.

The violators who mostly plead guilty to the charge and were ordered to pay fines ranging from N5,000 to N10,000 to the Lagos State Government.

They were in addition ordered to immediately commence a two-hour community service.

Speaking journalists after the trial, the Coordinator Mobile Courts, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Mrs Arinola Ogbara-Banjoko disclosed that over 260 persons had been tried at the Mobile Courts for various violations since the lockdown began.

Mrs Ogbara-Banjoko explained that about 50 juvenile offenders and persons with special needs that were apprehended were not arraigned at the Mobile Courts.

She said they were not a part of the over 260 persons tried at the mobile courts.

She said the deaf and dumb persons were separated because there was no interpreter to translate to them.

“Fines of N10,000 and community service were handed by the court,” she added.

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BREAKING: DPO, Seven Other Policemen, One Civilian Killed In Kogi Bank Robbery [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

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Nine persons, made up of eight Policemen and one civilian, were feared killed on Thursday in Isanlu, Kogi State when a gang of armed robbers launched an attack on a first generation bank in the town.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that among those killed was the Divisional Police Officer in the town, two policewomen, and five policemen.

NAN sources indicated that while the DPO, the two policewomen, and four policemen were killed at the Police Station, one policeman was killed at the bank’s premises.

The other victim, a male civilian, died when a stray bullet hit him.

The armed robbers were said to have invaded the Police Station at about 1 pm and opened fire on all officers and men on duty.

The source told NAN that the Police Station was completely destroyed by the armed robbers who also set free all detainees in the detention facility.

The robbers later proceeded to the bank where they killed one of the Policemen on duty and carted away money.

An eyewitness, Segun Thomas, told NAN that the robbery operation lasted almost one hour.

Thomas said: “The robbers came in two vehicles – a bus and a car – with which they also escaped from the town.”

NAN learnt that the car, believed to have been snatched from its owner, was later abandoned around Kizito College, Isanlu.

William Aya, spokesman of Kogi State Police Command, confirmed the robbery incident and the invasion of the Police Station, but added that the casualty figure was “still hazy”.

Aya told NAN: “The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ede Ayuba, has dispatched the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operation to Isanlu to ascertain the true situation.”

Aya promised to brief the press “as soon as details are available”.

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Nigerian Lawmakers Reject Castration As Punishment For Rapists

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The House of Representatives has voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration for rapists.

The House, at the plenary on Thursday, considered and adopted a motion on the rising cases of sexual violence in Nigeria.

A member, Mr James Faleke, had recommended that persons found guilty of rape should be castrated.

Just before the prayer was subjected to a voice vote, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, however, asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male.

The comment generated noise in the chamber, The PUNCH reports.

Putting the prayer to vote, the nays had it.

In honour of victims of sexual violence in Nigeria, the House resolved that members should be dressed in black on the next legislative day.

The House is expected to sit on Tuesday.

Debate on rape and other sexual crimes lasted over two hours during Thursday’s plenary.

Details later…

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Alleged Rape: Nigeria Police Forward Biodun Fatoyinbo’s Case To Justice Ministry

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The Nigeria Police Force says it has forwarded the alleged rape case of the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, to the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation at the Federal Ministry of Justice.

The NPF said this in a letter addressed to Lagos-based photographer, Busola Dakolo, who is also the wife of popular musician, Timi Dakolo.

In the letter signed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, the police said the DPP would study the case file and then give advice.

The letter read in part, “I am directed to inform you that the Force Criminal Investigation Department had concluded its investigation and forwarded the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation for legal advice and further necessary action.’’

Mrs Dakolo had last year accused Fatoyinbo of raping her in Ilorin, Kwara State in 1999 while she was still a teenager.

The cleric, however, denied the allegations.

The scandal sparked a series of reactions last year which led to the pastor stepping down for several weeks.

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