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Police To Arraign Dangote's Workers For N451m Theft
The Police Special Fraud Unit on Monday stalled the arraignment of eight members of staff of the Dangote Sugar Refinery, Apapa, before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja due to their inability to produce one of the defendants in court.
The defendant, Mr. Habib Mande, and his company, El-Habib Property Nigeria Limited, were scheduled to be arraigned alongside eight workers of the sugar company for an alleged theft.
The other defendants in the suit are Musa Sule, Joseph Ukpah, Babatunde Ajao, Onyekwere Chinedu, Alayande Rahaman, Omoro Ezekiel, Zainab Adebanjo, Abugba Odion and Minnie Mohammed.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Emmanuel Jackson, told the vacation judge, Justice Sedotein Ogunsanya, that he was ready to proceed with the arraignment of the other defendants. But the trial judge overruled him, insisting that all the defendants must all be present in court for their plea to be taken.
The judge, therefore, adjourned the matter till August 7 for arraignment.
According to the information before the court, the defendants were to be arraigned on an eight counts bordering on stealing, forgery of cheque, requisition form and uttering of false documents, contrary to section 468 of the Criminal Code, Cap.C.38, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
According to the charge, they were alleged to have conspired among themselves “to commit a felony, to wit: stealing of N451m, property of Dangote Sugar Refinery.”
The offence was said to have been committed between 2012 and 2016.
According to a petition by Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc dated November 17, 2016 and addressed to the Commissioner of Police, the alleged theft was discovered during a routine audit check that was conducted and still ongoing into the accounts of Dangote Sugar Refinery, Apapa, Lagos.
The petition stated that a total of N67,906,150.00 was discovered to have been allegedly siphoned out of the company’s account to one company known as El-Habib Property Nigeria Limited for the shipment of goods on their behalf.
The petition stated that further checks made on the company revealed that El-Habib Property Nigeria Limited had not been engaged for any service since 2016 and neither was it having pending claims with Dangote’s company.
“I alleged that the defendants carefully organised a network to siphon the company’s money to a total sum yet to be ascertained and shared with El-Habib Property Nigeria Limited,” the petition stated.
According to the petition, Dangote Sugar Refinery pleaded with the SFU to use the wealth of experience of its members of staff to ascertain the extent of the alleged fraud committed and to bring the defendants to justice.
Nigerians Are Angry & Hungry, Oba Of Lagos Warns Senate
The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has warned the Senate against attack from “angry and hungry” Nigerians.
The monarch spoke when he hosted the Minister for Health, Isaac Adewole, in his palace on Monday.
“There is still room for improvement and I appeal to them to do what Nigerians want because the way we are going, I will not pray for a situation where Nigerians will rise and go attack them in the Senate as it is getting to that stage as Nigerians are hungry and angry,” the traditional ruler said, in a short video made available to Premium Times.
“Let me make it loud that majority of right thinking Nigerians are annoyed with them on the recent decision to sit on certain matters.”
The monarch did not state the matters he had in view to have fired the warning.
Suspected Badoo Member Invades Nursery School, Attempts To Kidnap Pupils
An 18-year-old man suspected to be a member of the reprehensible Badoo cult has been caught as he stole into a nursery school in Mushin, Lagos State.
The suspect, Fred Minima, who reportedly had the logo of the cult on his left hand, allegedly entered the premises of the nursery and primary school with the intention to kidnap some pupils.
He was said to have stolen some phones before he proceeded to attract the pupils. However, eagle-eyed security guard caught him and handed him over to the police.
He was charged before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Monday, for allegedly belonging to a forbidden cult group, Badoo.
Minima, who resides at Akala area of Mushin, is facing three counts of attempted kidnap, belonging to an unlawful society and stealing. He pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all the charges.
But Police Prosecutor, Maria Dauda, insisted that the accused committed the offences on July 26 at 11.10 a.m. at No. 25, Akinola St., Mushin.
The offences contravened sections 21, 42 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates three-year jail term for offenders, while kidnapping offences in Lagos State attract a penalty of life imprisonment or capital punishment.
The Magistrate, Mrs. O.O.A. Fowowe-Erusiafe, in her ruling, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000, with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until August 29 for mention.
ALUU 4: Sergent, 2 Others Sentenced To Death
3 persons linked to the Aluu 4 case, have been sentenced to death.
According to a report, a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, sentenced Police Sergeant, Mr. Lucky Orji; and two others, David Ogbada and Ikechukwu Amadi, aka Kapoon, to death for the murder of four students of the University of Port Harcourt, on Monday.
Four other suspects standing trial along with the convicts – Saviour Johnny, Abiodun Yusuf, Joshua Ekpe and Cyril Abang, were discharged and acquitted by the court for not being actively involved in the murder.
Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Tekena Elkannah and Chiadika Biringa, students of UNIPORT were on October 5, 2012, murdered by a mob at Omuokiri village, Aluu community, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.