Police To Arraign Dangote’s Workers Over N451m Theft, and other major headlines you missed today.

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Police To Arraign Dangote’s Workers For N451m Theft

The Police Special Fraud Unit on Monday stalled the arraignment
of eight members of staff of the Dangote Sugar Refinery, Apapa, before a
Lagos State High Court in Ikeja due to their inability to produce one
of the defendants in court.

The defendant, Mr. Habib Mande, and his company, El-Habib Property
Nigeria Limited, were scheduled to be arraigned alongside eight workers
of the sugar company for an alleged theft.

The other defendants in the suit are Musa Sule, Joseph Ukpah, Babatunde
Ajao, Onyekwere Chinedu, Alayande Rahaman, Omoro Ezekiel, Zainab
Adebanjo, Abugba Odion and Minnie Mohammed.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Emmanuel Jackson, told the vacation judge,
Justice Sedotein Ogunsanya,  that he was ready to proceed with the
arraignment of the other defendants.

But the trial judge overruled him, insisting that all the defendants must all be present in court for their plea to be taken.

The judge, therefore, adjourned the matter till August 7 for arraignment.

According to the information before the court, the defendants were to be
arraigned on an eight counts bordering on stealing, forgery of cheque,
requisition form and uttering of false documents, contrary to section
468 of the Criminal Code, Cap.C.38, Law of the Federation of Nigeria,

According to the charge, they were alleged to have conspired among
themselves “to commit a felony, to wit: stealing of N451m, property of
Dangote Sugar Refinery.”

The offence was said to have been committed between 2012 and 2016.

According to a petition by Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc dated November 17,
2016 and addressed to the Commissioner of Police, the alleged theft was
discovered  during a routine audit check that was conducted and still
ongoing into the accounts of Dangote Sugar Refinery, Apapa, Lagos.

The petition stated that a total of N67,906,150.00  was discovered to
have been allegedly siphoned out of the company’s account to one company
known as El-Habib Property Nigeria Limited for the shipment of goods on
 their behalf.

The petition stated that further  checks made on the company revealed
that El-Habib Property Nigeria Limited had not been engaged for any
service since 2016 and neither was it having pending claims with
Dangote’s company.

“I alleged that the defendants carefully organised a network to siphon
the company’s money to a total sum yet to be ascertained and shared with
El-Habib Property Nigeria Limited,” the petition stated.

According to the petition, Dangote Sugar Refinery pleaded with the SFU
to use the wealth of experience of its members of staff to ascertain the
extent of the alleged fraud committed and to bring the defendants to

Nigerians Are Angry & Hungry, Oba Of Lagos Warns Senate

The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has warned the Senate against attack from “angry and hungry” Nigerians.

The monarch spoke when he hosted the Minister for Health, Isaac Adewole, in his palace on Monday.

“There is still room for improvement and I appeal to them to do what
Nigerians want because the way we are going, I will not pray for a
situation where Nigerians will rise and go attack them in the Senate as
it is getting to that stage as Nigerians are hungry and angry,” the
traditional ruler said, in a short video made available to Premium

“Let me make it loud that majority of right thinking Nigerians are
annoyed with them on the recent decision to sit on certain matters.”

The monarch did not state the matters he had in view to have fired the warning.


Suspected Badoo Member Invades Nursery School, Attempts To Kidnap Pupils

An 18-year-old man suspected to be a member of the reprehensible Badoo
cult has been caught as he stole into a nursery school in Mushin, Lagos

The suspect, Fred Minima, who reportedly had the logo of the cult on his
left hand, allegedly entered the premises of the nursery and primary
school with the intention to kidnap some pupils.

He was said to have stolen some phones before he proceeded to attract
the pupils. However, eagle-eyed security guard caught him and handed him
over to the police.

He was charged before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on
Monday, for allegedly belonging to a forbidden cult group, Badoo.

Minima, who resides at Akala area of Mushin, is facing three counts of
attempted kidnap, belonging to an unlawful society and stealing. He
pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all the charges.

But Police Prosecutor, Maria Dauda, insisted that the accused committed
the offences on July 26 at 11.10 a.m. at No. 25, Akinola St., Mushin.

The offences contravened sections 21, 42 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates
three-year jail term for offenders, while kidnapping offences in Lagos
State attract a penalty of life imprisonment or capital punishment.

The Magistrate, Mrs. O.O.A. Fowowe-Erusiafe, in her ruling, granted the
accused bail in the sum of N50,000, with two sureties in like sum and
adjourned the case until August 29 for mention.


ALUU 4: Sergent, 2 Others Sentenced To Death

3 persons linked to the Aluu 4 case, have been sentenced to death.

According to a report, a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers
State, sentenced Police Sergeant, Mr. Lucky Orji; and two others, David
Ogbada and Ikechukwu Amadi, aka Kapoon, to death for the murder of four
students of the University of Port Harcourt, on Monday.

Four other suspects standing trial along with the convicts – Saviour
Johnny, Abiodun Yusuf, Joshua Ekpe and Cyril Abang, were discharged and
acquitted by the court for not being actively involved in the murder.

Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Tekena Elkannah and Chiadika Biringa, students of
UNIPORT were on October 5, 2012, murdered by a mob at Omuokiri village,
Aluu community, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

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