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39-year-old truck driver jailed 6 years for stealing hair products worth N27 million

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39-year-old truck driver jailed 6 years for stealing hair products worth N27 million

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday sentenced a 39-year-old truck driver, George Emmanuel, to six years imprisonment for stealing 1,001 cartons of “darling” hair products worth N27 million.

Emmanuel, and his accomplice, Emmanuel John 26, a security officer whose addresses were not provided, were charged with three counts bordering on conspiracy and theft.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the convicts stole the products from their employer, Godrej Nigeria Limited.

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The Magistrate, Mr Lateef Owolabi, sentenced the first defendant to two years imprisonment without fine and both defendants to four years imprisonment and an option of N400,000 for theft

Owolab, however, held that the sentences should run concurrently.

He added that the convicts should restitute full amount of the products, shared equally by both defendants.

Owolabi said the accounts by the defendants were full of lies and inconsistencies and the first defendant gave feeble evidence to the allegations.

According to the presiding Magistrate, the first defendant clearly deviated from a robust defence to a feeble allegation that a supervisor, Mr Shoyoye, attempted to set him up.

He said: “I sentence the defendants as follows, on counts one and two, two full year’s each imprisonment or a fine of N200,000 each.

“Count three, the first defendant alone to four full year’s imprisonment or a fine of N300,000 fines shall be consecutive, while terms shall be concurrent, sentence is from today.

“The defendants shall also restitute the complainant to the full amount of the Darling hair products as set out in the charge sheet to be shared in equal amount by the defendants.

“The restitution shall be paid before the release of the defendants. Thus, even if the defendants pays the fine, they shall not be released until the satisfaction of the restitution to the complainant.

“Further any amount found in the account numbers in any traceable bank belonging to the defendants shall be paid to Godrej Nig Ltd, the complainant, as restitution for the full amount of the braids, if the amount is less than the restitution sum, the complainant is at liberty to recover the amount through any legal means,” he said.

According to Owolabi, the first defendant did drive the loaded truck out of the premises on Sunday which was not a working day, and returned same empty on Monday.

He said this crime had caused the company severe loss without any hope of restitution and only custodial sentence would suffice.

He said: “However, this type of nefarious crimes needs to be curtailed, I am of the firm view that any punishment devoid of custodial sentencing shall be inappropriate.

“There is a strong need to send a message to the defendants and the general public at large in this regards,”he added.

NAN reports that the prosecutor, SP Josephine Ikhayere, had said that the convicts, between May and July 2021 conspired among themselves to steal the goods, contrary to Sections 411, 280 and 287(7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendants were first arrainged on Jan 27, 2022.

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Iraqi court sentences former IS leader’s wife to death

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Iraqi court sentences former IS leader’s wife to death

An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced the wife of the former top leader of the Islamic State (IS) group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to death.

According to Supreme Judicial Council statement, the Karkh Criminal Court issued the death verdict for the wife of the terrorist over joining the IS group and detaining the kidnapped Yazidi women in her house in west Mosul.

In 2019, the U.S. forces conducted a raid targeting al-Baghdadi in Syria’s northern province of Idlib, killing the IS leader.

Al-Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, established the IS in 2014.

The extremist militant group, which once captured large swathes of land in western and northern Iraq, was defeated in late 2017.

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Police arrest suspected vandal on Third Mainland Bridge

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Police arrest suspected vandal on Third Mainland Bridge

The Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS) has arrested an 18-year-old suspected vandal, Mubarak Abdullahi, for allegedly stealing LED road stud light on the newly renovated Third Mainland Bridge.

Mr Jubril Gawat, the Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, disclosed this in a post he shared on his X handle, @Mr_JAGs, on Friday.

Gawat said that the suspect was arrested around 10.00 a.m. on Friday.

“The suspect, living in Makoko, had at the time of his arrest, removed 10 of the LED road stud light screwed to the road to enhance the visibility of road users.

“The suspect was caught red-handed by the operatives on patrol of the bridge around 10.00 a.m today,” he said.

According to him, RRS Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, weeks ago, deployed bike riders on 24 hours security patrol in the area to monitor traffic and infrastructure on the bridge.

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5 hunters arrested for torturing 14-year-old boy to death over alleged N20,000 theft in Adamawa

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5 hunters arrested for torturing 14-year-old boy to death over alleged N20,000 theft in Adamawa

The Adamawa State Police Command has arrested five hunters for torturing a 14-year-old boy to death over the alleged theft of N20,000 in the Maiha Local Government Area of the state.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, June 6, 2024, said the suspects were arrested for “extra-judicial killing of a teenager”.

“The Adamawa State Police Command has on 5/6/2024 arrested five Hunters for the unlawful arrest and torture of a 14 years old teenager, whom they alleged to have stolen 20,000 in Maiha Local government area,” the statement read.

“The Commissioner of Police, while condemning the actions of the hunters, warned members of the public against taking the law into their own hands.

“The suspects are currently under investigation and would be charged to court for the law to take its course.”

5 hunters arrested for torturing 14-year-old boy to death over alleged N20,000 theft in Adamawa

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