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Boko Haram terrorists seeking refuge in homes of some unscrupulous individuals – Army hints



The Nigerian Army has disclosed that some Boko Haram Terrorists are currently seeking refuge in the homes of some individuals in parts of Borno and Yobe States.

In a statement issued on Saturday by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, the development is a result of the military’s unrelenting onslaught on the BHT/ISWAP hideouts, along the Lake Chad region and Northern Borno.

Consequently, the command says it received information that the fleeing criminals are seeking refuge in homes of “some unscrupulous individuals”.

“These fugitives have been escaping and taking refuge in the residence of some persons in Maiduguri, Damboa, Gajiram, Monguno, Damasak, Biu, Gwoza Dikwa, Benisheikh, Ngamdu, Bama, Gamboru, Konduga, Gajigana and other smaller towns all in Borno State. Others, have also run to Damaturu, Gujba, Buni Yadi, Buni Gari, Gashua, Kanamma, Yususufari, Goniri and Kukareta towns in Yobe State, among others,” the statement read in part.

Colonel Isa, therefore, called on those who are said to be harbouring the criminals to report them to the army.

“While we are making concerted efforts to trace and fish out the fleeing criminals, it is important to inform and warn all those harbouring the fleeing fugitives to report or hand them to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole immediately.

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“Failure to do that would attract severe consequences.

“The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole wishes to enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians, especially those residing in aforementioned areas, to report any suspicious and strange faces in their communities,” the statement read.


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Barman in Ibadan gets 8 years jail term for illegal withdrawals from employer’s account



A 35-year-old bartender, Godwin Job, was on Tuesday sentenced to eight years in prison for illegally withdrawing the sum of N1,079,290 (One million, Seventy Nine Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety Naira) from a Fidelity Bank account belonging to his boss, Olufemi Joseph Odusanya.

Job was convicted by Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court in a two-count charge bordering on stealing, filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

Following an investigations into a petition from his estranged boss, the Commission arraigned Job on August 17, 2020 to answer for the criminal allegations against him.

The charges are: “Godwin Job (a.k.a Nifemi) “M’ sometime in August 2019 or there about, at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this court did steal an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Card, property of Olufemi Joseph Odusanya, and thereby committed an offence Punishable under Section 390 (9) Criminal Code, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State 2000.”

“Godwin Job (a.k.a Nifemi) “M’ sometime in August 2019 or there about, at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this court did steal the sum of One million, Seventy Nine Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety Naira (N1,079,290), the property of Olufemi Joseph Odusanya, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 390 (9) Criminal Code, Cap 38 Law of Oyo State 2000.”

The boss had accused Job of stealing his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card through which he withdrew cash and made Point of Sales (POS) transactions totaling N1,079,290.

In the course of investigation, the Commission discovered that Job made 14 transactions within two hours to evacuate the said amount from the victim’s account.

Though he pleaded not guilty upon arraignment, the judge held that the prosecution was able to convince the court beyond reasonable doubt that the accused indeed committed the unlawful act.

He then found him guilty as charged and sentenced him to four years in prison in each of the charges, which will run concurrently from the day of conviction.

He also ordered that Job refunds the money stolen to his victim.


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‘We did not clash with herdsmen, but raided forests in joint operation – Oyo Amotekun Commandant explains



The Commandant of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, Operation Amotekun, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd) has said that there were no clashes between his men and Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa land and Oke Ogun axes of the state.

The Commandant, who addressed newsmen in Ibadan explained that his men launched six operations in four local government areas but that the team in Aiyete was attacked inside the forest by suspected bandits, three of whom were killed by his men.

According to him, the operations were fully supported by Fulani leaders living in the areas, adding that a number of Miyetti Allah members were part of our operations.

A statement by the Commandant, which was made available to newsmen after the media briefing further added that Amotekun operatives raided the forests of Ibarapa and Oke Ogun areas of the state in the early hours of Saturday to rid the areas of kidnappers and criminal elements.

Col. Olayanju, who equally paraded one of the suspected kidnap kingpins, Sanni Bello, said he was arrested in the forests around Aiyegun axis, in Iwajowa Local Government Area, adding that the Amotekun worked closely with officials of Miyetti Allah, whose family members have equally suffered kidnapping in recent times.

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The statement by the Amotekun Commandant also indicated that the operation around the forests was embarked upon following incessant reports of killings and kidnapping in the area.

The statement read: “Contrary to any report you might have come across, there was no clash whatsoever between Fulani herdsmen and Amotekun in Ibarapa or Oke Ogun axes of Oyo State.

“What happened was that we launched clearance operations in different locations around the thick forests of the four local governments that have suffered kidnapping and wanton killings in recent times.

“When our men entered the forests at Aiyede, they were attacked, leading to a gun battle where three of the attackers died. One of our men sustained injuries.

“It is not a clash with the fulani because the Fulanis were part of the planning of the operation and we raided the forests together. We are in touch with Seriki who is the leader of the Fulani in the area. Even after our men were withdrawn Saturday afternoon, we got reports that some Fulani were kidnapped in one location close to the area of operation. So they are working with us because they are also victims of the dastardly acts of kidnapping in the area.

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“The incessant kidnapping and wanton destruction of lives necessitated the planning of a clearance operation from Lanlate, Igbo Ora, Igangan, Iganna and Aiyegun general areas in Ibarapa East, Ibarapa Central and Ibarapa North as well as Iwajowa Local Government Areas.

“There were six teams in all comprising members of Amotekun, Vigilantes, Hunters and Maiyetti Allah Vigilante.

“All the six teams had elements of these groups ( joint team). “However, at Igbo Ora, one of the teams had an encounter with two armed men, effected their arrest and recovered one double barrel rifle. All suspects and weapon were handed over to the Divisional Police Officer, DPO Magoro Police Station, Igbo Ora at about 9am on Saturday.

“In a related development, another team was attacked at about 9.30am in Igangan forest, Ibarapa North while on the clearance operations at a settlement. The attack was repelled resulting to serious injury on one member of Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) and three other suspects. Two dane guns were recovered at the scene.

“In Iwajowa LGA, one of the teams also arrested a kidnap kingpin operating around Aiyegun axis. He was arrested with a locally made pistol and cartridges.

“However, the operation was suspended at about 12 noon on Saturday to allow for further stock taking”, the statement explained

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PMS: Court picks Jan 18 for judgment in Contractor, Oyo govt. suits



An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan has fixed January 18, 2021 for judgement in a suit filed by a contractor, Mr Olufemi Oniyide of Moxharley Nigeria Limited against the state government over alleged intellectual property theft with respect to the Park Management System (PMS) in the state.

Justice Munta Abimbola fixed the date for judgment  after parties adopted their written addresses and processes as their arguments in the matter.

Mega Icon Magazine reports that Mr. Olufemi Oniyide through his counsel, Olamiji Martins Esq, had earlier written the Oyo State Governor,  Engr. Seyi Makinde  

sometimes in February 2019 alleging that the Park Management System (PMS) currently in use by the state government was his idea which he submitted to the office of the Governor through his Chief of Staff, Chief Luqman Oyebisi Ilaka.

According to Oniyide , when the state government refused to look into the merit of his case, he took the matter to the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan.

The matter with suit number I/421/2020 was filed on 14th May 2020 by Olamiji Martins Esq. and heard by Justice Munta Abimbola sitting in Court 1.

Oyo State Government, Attorney General of Oyo State, Chief Luqman Oyebisi Ilaka, Commissioner for Public Infrastructure and Transportation and Oyo State Board of Internal Revenue were sued as Defendants.

On the first day the matter came up in court, which was 21st May 2020, Justice Abimbola called the case ‘a novel matter’

On 10th August 2020, Oniyide’s lawyers, Olamiji Martins Esq. and Aborisade Adedayo Victor Esq. amended their Writ of Summons, Statement of Claim and Oniyide’s Oath. In the amended process, Oniyide through his lawyers alleged that the Oyo State government is liable under the Common Law Tort of Passing-Off, breach of contract and retroactive ratification under the law of agency having launched the unregistered proposal submitted by Oniyide as if it were that of Oyo State.

The Defendants were initially represented by the Director of Civil Litigation, Oyo State Ministry of Justice, Mrs. F. B. Segun-Olakojo Esq. who filed a memorandum of appearance on 3rd of June 2020.

However, Olakojo Esq. was replaced by another lawyer, Banjo Aiyenakin Esq. who is from Ondo State.

In open court, it was mentioned that Olakojo Esq was debriefed by the Attorney General of Oyo State, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo SAN because the matter is a political matter. Aiyenakin Esq filed the Defendants’ Amended Joint Statement of Defence on 23rd September 2020.

On 23rd September 2020 Olamiji Martins Esq. opened the case for the Claimants and called Olufemi Oniyide who was the single witness.

Aiyenakin Esq. for the Defendants also called a single witness, Engineer Abayomi Oluwarotimi Atunbi, a Director at the Ministry of Public Works and Transports.

It was the case of the Claimants that the submission of the proposal to the Defendants constitutes an offer in law.

The launching of the same proposal constitutes an acceptance by conduct irrespective of the change in name.

He relied on the case recently won by the late Ibadan Billionaire, Chief Harry Akande against Shoprite Checkers Limited at the Court of Appeal, Lagos division.

Although , the Defense lawyer, Aiyenakin Esq argued that the Park Management System (PMS) was the idea of Governor Seyi Makinde, adding that the governor  brought the idea from Europe. He maintained that the governor had the Park Management System (PMS) in the pipeline when he was campaigning in 2019.

Meanwhile, Justice Munta Abimbola called back the parties on 2nd December 2020 and 16th December 2020 for further address on the issue of jurisdiction as raised by the Defendants. He asked counsel to the Claimants whether the Oyo State High Court has jurisdiction to entertain a matter bothering on Passing-Off.

In his arguments, counsel to the  claimants, Olamiji Martins Esq. responded by citing the Supreme Court case of Ayman Enterprises Limited v. Akuma Industries Limited to the effect that since Oniyide’s proposal as submitted to the Oyo State government wasn’t registered, a fact admitted under cross examination, passing-off right of action didnt arise from the infringement of any federal enactment and therefore the Federal High Court would not have jurisdiction to entertain the matter but Oyo State High Court.

Defendants’ lawyer, Aiyenakin argued that the Oyo State High Court doesn’t have jurisdiction to entertain the matter and placed heavy reliance on Section. 251(1)(f) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) adding that the Federal High Court is conferred with the jurisdiction to entertain matter related to copyright, patent, trademark and passing-off.

He, therefore urged the court to strike out the matter.

But, when asked to reply by Justice Abimbola, counsel to the  claimants, Martins Esq argued that the Constitution didnt suggest that an unregistered proposal is at the sole jurisdictional prerogative of the Federal High Court.

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