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Tricyclist, 21, Files Court Application Summoning KAROTA MD On Criminal Charge



Chief Magistrates Court sitting in Kano has slated March 24 for ruling on application filed by Trycylist, Mujitapha Isa, 21, who is seeking to serve the Managing Dircector, Kano Road and Traffic Agency(KAROTA), Dr. Baffa Dan-Agundi a Criminal summon through substituted means. reports that the Complainant Isa, 21, through his counsel, Barrister Abba Hikima, in a direct complaint letter dated March 1, dragged the Managing Director of KAROTA before the court for the alleged unlawful violence, intentional assault, causing grievous bodily harm, criminal abuse of authority and offering bribe on the person of the tricycle rider.

When the case came up today monday for hearing, neither Baffa nor his counsel attended the court.

It could be recalled, that the court had on March 18, ordered a criminal summon for the MD to appear before it on March 22, personally to respond to the allegations against him.

Counsel to the complainant, Barrister Hikima, alledged  that the court bailiff told him on two occasions that on March 18 and 19, were at the defendant office to serve him criminal summon as earlier ordered by the court.

At the plenary session today the court told Abba Hikima that Baffa filed preliminary objections challenging the court to hear the case

In his submission Barrister Hikima argued that  defendant recieved the summon

“The court bailiffs were denied entering into the defendant office. The record shows he has not been served, the case is criminal in nature and the court cannot hear the Preliminary Objection(PO) of the defendant without his present in court.”

During the proceeding, Barrister Hikima made an application pursuant to section 138 and 139 of ACJL urging the court to grant leave to the court bailiff to serve the defendant through substituted means by pasting the summon at the office of the defendant in order for him to appear the complaints against him and consequently record his plea.

According to the letter, Abba Hikima explained that on Feb.25, KAROTA Boss allegedly assaulted, dehumanized his client Mujittapha until he became unconscious over allegation of been part of those that spearheaded protest and a two-day strike by tricycle riders in the state.

‘’While on the course of lawful business as a tricycle operator in Kano, our client Isa got arrested by men and officer of KAROTA for allegedly distributing flyers which purportedly and incited tricycle riders in Kano state for the imposition of N100 tax with its attendant expenses”

‘’ immediately after his arrest which came 3 days after the said strike by tricycle riders he was taken before the MD at KAROTA office where the said allegation was repeated before him.

‘’Upon hearing the allegation, the MD became furious and enraged whereupon he approached our client and began to physically batter and assault him with heavy blows on sensitive part of the body (Head, Neck and Chest) with his fists.

The letter added that Isa became unconscious and was rushed to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano, where he was later resuscitated.

Chief Magistrate, Ibrahim Khalil, adjourned the matter until March 24 for ruling.

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Job Scam: Court Sentences Kano Civil Servant to 1 Year in Correctional Center.




The Kano State Senior Magistrate Court presided over by Haulatu Magaji has convicted Kano Civil Servant Abubakar Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center with an option of fine to the tune of N50,000.

Arraigning the suspect before the court, the prosecution counsel Barrister Halliru Isa told the court that Jibril was found to be collecting money under the pretence of providing jobs to applicants.

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He told the court that the offence against Abubakar Jibril contravenes section 342 of the penal code.

After reading the charge on him, he pleaded guilty and sought for leniency, stressing that he was first time offender.

Prosecution Counsel prayed the court to try the defendant summarily acccording to section 151 of Criminal Procedure Code.

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Consquently, Magistrate Haulatu Sentenced Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center. Her words ” Having admitted with the content of the charge I here by sentence you to 1 year in Correctional Center with the option of N50,000 as fine. Similarly, you are to pay the complainants N700, 000 or to spend 6 months in Correctional Center in case of any default”.

It could be recalled that the convict who is a staff with Kano State Agency For Mass Education was apprehended by the operatives of NSCDC while selling appointment letter of NSCDC to public.

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Recall that when he was paraded to Journalists by NSCDC, the convict confirmed that he downloaded referee form from the Corps’ website and selling it to his victims under the pretence that he will secure job for them.

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Court Orders 20 Strokes, 180 Days Against Six Phone Snatchers In Kano



Kano State Upper Shari’ah Court, City Number 1, presided by Ibrahim Sarki Yola has sentenced 20 lashes with cane and 180 days in correctional center, against six phone snatchers who were found guilty of their offences.

The convicted persons were arrested in different locations within Kano metropolis

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According to the First Information Report by Police, the convicts were apprehended after series of complaints from members of the public.

” Eight stolen phones were recovered in their possession and they couldn’t give any satisfactory information in relation to how they acquired the phones”

” Knives and other dangerous weapons were also recovered from the suspects.”

The six convicts of different addresses in Kano Metropolis included : Umar Ibrahim, Abba Sani and Abubakar Yusuf.

Others were Ahmad Mustapha, Aliyu Bashir and Ahmad Musa.

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They all pleaded guilty and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

Ibrahim Sarki Yola ordered 20 strokes be administer to each of the convict.

The Judge, similarly convicted each to spend 180 at correctional centres.

” This will serve as a deterrent to other culprits who are terrozing the public”

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Federal High Court Fixes June 23 For Re-arraignment of FIRS Top Officials




The Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed June 23 for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to re-arraign some top officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service and two former directors over alleged fraud.

Justice Bolaji Olajuwon fixed the date after counsel to the EFCC, Ekele Iheanacho, informed the court that the matter was formally before a sister judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who had been transferred to the Calabar division.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Olajuwon from Markudi division took over from Justice Ojukwu.

“This matter was slated for the prosecution to open its case but due to recent transfer that took place, the matter will have to be commenced denovo (afresh),” Iheanacho told the judge.

The EFCC lawyer hinted that though the defendants were already on bail, he would have prayed for an arrest warrant against three of the defendants who were neither in court nor represented by counsel.

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NAN observes that only the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 9th defendants were either in court or represented by their counsel.

“They are actually on bail. But if not for the fact that the matter is coming up for the first time before my lord, I will have made a request for the arrest warrant,” Iheanacho said.

The judge, therefore, held that the defendants, who were absent, should be given another opportunity to come to court.

Olajuwon then adjourned the matter until June 23 for fresh arraignment.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the anti-corruption agency had, on March 11, arraigned Mr Peter Hena, former Coordinating Director; Mohammed Bello Auta, ex-Finance Director, and seven other staff of FIRS before Justice Ojukwu.

Others are Aminu Sidi, Umar Aliyu Aduku, Mbura Mustapha, Obi Okeke Malachy, Obaje Napoleon Adofu, Udo-Inyang Effiong Alfred and Benjamin Jiya.

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They were arraigned on 42-count charge bordering on corruption, fraud and criminal misappropriation of funds running into millions and punishable under the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended in 2012).

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