A 58-year-old man, Obinna Izegben, was, yesterday, sentenced to 60 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a six-year-old old primary school pupil by Justice Sybil Nwaka of the Ikeja Special Offences and Sexual Court.
Justice Nwaka sentenced Izegben after he found him guilty of the charge of defilement brought against him by Lagos State.
He held that “this defendant is charged with the offence of defilement of a child, contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
“Upon his plea of guilty, the prosecution stated the fact of the case and it was established that he was found guilty of the offence. I cannot agree less with the prosecution, because of the rate at which men in large number defile children.”
Justice Nwaka further said that children are no longer safe with uncles, teachers and even fathers.
He said: “This is sad. I encourage children to come out and report all cases of assault and defilement against them. The state of Lagos has zero tolerance for defilement.
“I, hereby, sentence the defendant to 60 years imprisonment with hard labour,” Justice Nwaka pronounced.
His conviction is the first since the inauguration of the special court on February 1.
According to the prosecution, led by Mr. B. T. Boye, the convict was arraigned on February 12, alongside two others, Raimi Jimoh, first defendant, and Kazeem Olohunwa, second defendant, on a three-count charge bothering on defilement.
He pleaded guilty while the two others denied the charge.
[VIDEO] Herdsmen Kill Bus Conductor In Lagos Over Cow’s Death
Persons identified as herdsmen have stabbed a bus conductor to death for killing a cow in Lagos.
This happened in the early hours of Monday and became public in a viral video from the scene of the accident.
According to one of the videos making rounds on social media platforms, the incident occurred at Mowo on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, close to President Muhammadu Buhari Estate.
The commentator in the video said the bus conductor, who fled after the accident that led to the death of the cow, was killed close to a police checkpoint.
The driver, who was said to be heading to Badagry from Mile 12, was said to have fled as soon as he sensed danger.
This made the herdsmen go after the conductor of the bus with registration number: FKJ 756 XH.
BREAKING: Justice Olukayode Ariwoola Sworn-In As Acting CJN [PHOTOS]
President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), in an acting capacity.
Justice Ariwoola was officially sworn in by the president on Monday afternoon, following the sudden resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad from the Judicial position.
It was gathered that Justice Muhammad was forced to resign over the weekend, although the information in the public space is that he’s quitting on health grounds.
Recall that last week, a letter was written by 14 justices of the supreme court accusing him of abandoning his responsibility as the leader of the court leaked.
The judges also accused the CJN of going on foreign trips with his family while denying them the right to go on international training.
It was gathered that there was a memo from the judges to the presidency, highlighting all of the CJN’s financial dealings, and threatening that they would stop sitting from September if he is not removed.
Ariwoola, the new CJN was the next-highest ranking justice of the supreme court after Muhammad.
He is billed to leave the Judicial service in 2028.
Sunday Igboho Recounts DSS Attack, Says ‘It’s War, Their Intention Was To Eliminate Me’
Popular Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho has recounted his encounter with the Department of States Services (DSS) during a raid on his residence in 2021.
On the 1st of July, 2021, the DSS raided Igboho’s residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, arrested 13 of his aides, and allegedly killed two others. The arrested aides were arraigned before the court but later granted bail by a Federal High Court.
According to the agitator who is currently in the Benin Republic, the intention of the security men was to eliminate him.
Igboho who spoke to journalists in Cotonou on Friday said he deliberately escaped the attack to prevent his aides and loyalists living inside the building from being killed.
“They cordoned off my house and started shooting. Some of them were strategically positioned on the street that leads to my house from Soka Road,” he said.
“They shot and forced their way into my premises, shooting sporadically in an encounter that lasted for more than one hour. It was a war and their intention was to kill me. It was God that saved me. Residents of Soka, most especially my neighbours, were gripped with fear.
“My uncle, who was a Muslim, observing prayer was shot dead right on his praying mat. Another close aide of mine was shot dead.”
He, however, said that despite his travails, the agitation for the actualization of the Yoruba nation was intact.
He added that he would soon return to Nigeria after his long sojourn in the Benin Republic.
Igboho noted that he was not scared of being arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services upon his return to Nigeria as he believes in the judiciary.
“I am going back to Nigeria soon,” he said in a recent interview.
In September 2021, an Oyo State High Court granted a relief sought by Igboho and ordered the Nigerian government to pay him N20 billion.
“I am going back to Nigeria soon.” He added, “I believe in the judiciary.”
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