The case was adjourned till February 16, for the continuation of trial.
Security agents on Thursday evening prevented a jailbreak by inmates of Kurmawa prison, around the emir’s palace in Kano.
Gunshots were heard within the area where the prison is located, as residents prepared to break their Ramadan fast on Thursday.
Spokesman for the Nigerian correctional service in Kano, Musbahu Nasarawa, confirmed the incident, adding that the inmates attempted to cause pandemonium but were resisted.
“We have put down the rebellion through the concerted efforts of the prison officials,” he said.
Nasarawa said that violence broke out when prison officials attempted to retrieve illicit items found with some of the prisoners.
Unconfirmed reports had initially claimed that the commotion was the result of the poor quality of food the prisoners were served when they wanted to break their fast on Thursday.
Nasarawa, however, denied the claims that the crisis was the result of lack of food or poor quality of food for the inmates.
According to him, normalcy has been restored to the area.
There has been a series of jailbreaks across the country in recent times.
While an attempt by inmates to break out of prison was foiled in Edo on April 14, prison officials sustained injuries following an attempt at the Bauchi correctional centre on April 9.
In Imo, over 1,500 inmates reportedly escaped when gunmen broke into the correctional centre in Owerri, the state capital, on April 5.
The Federal Government on Tuesday said “unscrupulous” opposition politicians have “legally hamstrung” President Muhammadu Buhari from providing any relief to Nigerians on the scarcity of N200, N500 and N1,000 bank notes.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed stated this at the 23rd Edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration Scorecard in Abuja.
He said the opposition parties have turned the scarcity of new naira notes to a political game, “preferring to make Nigerians suffer more on the altar of unconscionable political gamesmanship”.
The pandemonium over the February 10 deadline for the validity of three old naira notes assumed another dimension on Monday as five political parties and three state governments begun legal battles.
Whilst the Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara governments dragged the Federal government before the Supreme Court, seeking an extension to the February 10 deadline, five political parties took the matter to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court and secured an order barring the Federal Government and the apex bank from any extension of the deadline.
The CBN on October 26, 2022, announced its plan to redesign the three banknotes. The President subsequently unveiled the redesigned N200, N500, and N1,000 notes on November 23, 2022, while the apex bank fixed a January 31 deadline for the validity of the old notes.
The CBN also pegged its weekly cash withdrawal limits to N500,000 for individuals and N5m for corporate firms.
With cries by many Nigerians, the apex bank extended the deadline from January 31 to February 10, saying it got the approval of the President.
Buhari on Friday after a meeting with some APC governors asked for seven days to make a major decision on the policy.
Mohammed, on Tuesday, said, “Recall, ladies and gentlemen, that after his meeting with Progressives’ Governors on Friday, Mr. President Buhari urged citizens to give him a seven-day window to resolve the currency crunch that has emanated from the implementation of the Naira redesign policy.
“Unfortunately, on Monday (yesterday), some opposition political parties ran to court to obtain an injunction restraining Mr. President and the CBN from extending the Feb. 10 deadline for Nigerians to exchange their old notes for new ones. The court action came after a number of opposition parties threatened to boycott the 2023 general elections if the deadline was extended.
“These curious actions by the parties concerned is clear evidence that the opposition has turned this whole issue into a political game, preferring to make Nigerians suffer more on the altar of an unconscionable political gamesmanship.
“Or how else can one explain the fact that these unscrupulous opposition parties do not want any action that could reduce the pains being experienced by Nigerians?
“How else can one explain the fact that they have decided to legally hamstring Mr. President, in particular, from providing any relief for Nigerians suffering from the cash crunch?
“It is bad politics when you put the interest of desperate political parties over and above that of Nigerians, the same Nigerians whose votes you earnestly seek.”
The minister said despite the “bad politicking” by opposition parties, the government is willing and able to take decisive steps to bring succour to Nigerians in the shortest possible time.
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested two ex-convicts for robbing a passer-by on Olowopopo Way beside Otedola Bridge, Lagos.
The suspects — Osazee Festus, aged 33, Matial Anthony, aged 23, both ex-convicts, and Osinachi Nwachukwu — were arrested in the early hours of Saturday, February 04, 2023.
According to a tweet by Lagos State Police Command, the trio, wielding a cutlass, accosted their victim at about 6:20 a.m. and dispossessed him of his Samsung A19 mobile phone.
The victim promptly alerted RRS officers close to the scene who swiftly arrested two of the suspects and recovered the phone.
Investigations following the arrests led to the arrest of the third suspect.
Osazee was released from prison on February 02, 2023 after eight months behind bars while Anthony regained freedom in June 2022.
The Commander of RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, has transferred the three suspects to the Command Headquarters for further investigations.NB
A prosecution witness, Mrs Uche Uwalaka, on Monday told a Lagos State High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, that a murder suspect, Benjamin Ogudoro, who allegedly burnt his wife and brother-in-law to death, has caused her family a lot of pain.
Uwalaka, sister to Chinyere Ogundoro and Ifeanyi Edeziem who were burnt to death by her husband, Benjamin said her mother is late and currently in the mortuary as a result of pain, and shock arising from the incident of the loss of her two children on the same day.
The witness, who was led in evidence in chief by the Director of Public Prosecution, Dr Babajide Martins, stated that the action of the defendant has led her only brother’s wife to become a widow and her late sister’s four children stranded.
“I am pleading for justice because of the pain of losing my siblings to the action of the defendant,” she said.
The defendant is standing trial for alleged murder before Justice Sherifat Sonaike.
Ogundoro, 50, was arraigned on December 7, 2022, on a four-count charge of murder preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.
He was alleged to have killed his wife, Chinyere, who had just returned from Scotland, and her brother, Ifeanyi, by setting them ablaze.
The prosecution said the incident happened on April 1, 2022, at about 3.30am, at House 5, Zone 7, Oteyi Garden Estate Abule Ado, in the Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos state.
The state alleged that the defendant poured petrol on the bodies of his wife and his brother-in-law, Ifeanyi, and the mattress and set them ablaze while asleep, which led to their death.
According to the prosecution, the offences committed contravened Sections 223 and 341, of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge against him and the trial commenced immediately.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, the deceased’s sister concluded her testimony and was cross-examined.
She explained that her late brother told her what transpired before he died while she was with him at the hospital.
The second prosecution witness Stanley Ulasi, a former tenant of the defendant also narrated to the court how the two siblings were burnt to death.
The case was adjourned till February 16, for the continuation of trial.
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