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Police Arraigned Four for Allegedly beating up Onibereko, Oba Adewale Okoya

The police on Tuesday arraigned four men at a Badagry Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, for allegedly beating up a Badagry monarch, Oba Adewale Okoya, the Onibereko of Ibereko-land.

The defendants – John Olaitan,62; Adebayo Olaitan, 49; Liadi Adesina,50; and Lukuman Ogunyemi, 45 – are facing a two-count charge of assualt and breach of public peace.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Ayodele Adeosun, told the court that the defendants on Feb. 8 exchanged blows with the monarch during a scuffle over a piece of land at Ibereko New Site area of Badagry, Lagos State.

“The defendants unlawfully assaulted the monarch by hitting him with fist blows and caused him bodily harm.

“Also, they assaulted him by tearing his cloth and broke his royal staff.

“The defendants conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by attacking, Oba Adewale Okoya,” said the prosecutor.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 314 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The Magistrate, Mr Lazarus Hotepo, granted the defendants ₦100,000 bail each with two sureties in like sum.

Hotepo adjourned the case until March 5, for mention.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has granted amnesty to 2,600 inmates at the Correctional centres across the country.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made this known during a press conference.

The affected inmates includes:

  1. Inmates that are 60 years and above
  2. Those suffering from ill-health likely to terminate in death
  3. Convicts serving 3 years and above and have less than 6 months to serve
  4. Inmate with mental issues
  5. Inmates with option of fine not exceeding ₦50,000

41 Federal inmates and 29 FCT inmates making a total of 70 inmates who met the above criteria will however be released today from the Kuje Custodial Centre in Abuja.

This amnesty does not apply to inmates sentenced for violent extreme offences such as terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry, rape, human trafficking, culpable homicide and so on.

The Governors of the 36 states under whose jurisdiction most of the inmates were incarcerated are expected to complete the exercise in line with the federal principle.

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LAWMA Rewards Outstanding Sweeper

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has handsomely rewarded an outstanding highway sweeper, Fasasi Raheemat Oluwabukola, on behalf of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, incident commander of the state.

Raheemat was sighted and photographed along Dolphin/Osbourne Road, her operational corridor, by Ms. Adebisi Awoniyi, a resident of Dolphin Estate, a photo that later went viral on the social media, few days ago.

Speaking during the brief presentation, the MD of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, noted that the recognition was to appreciate Raheemat’s constant diligence and impassioned service, as attested by Ms. Awoniyi, who claimed to have regularly observed her, during her daily work-out sessions.

The LAWMA boss noted further, that there was reward for diligent hard work, because one could never tell who was watching at any point in time.

Responding, Raheemat expressed profound gratitude to Mr Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the rather unexpected recognition, stressing that it was most unexpected, as she was only doing her duty to the best of her ability.

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