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Valentine: Clandestine Love

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Valentine: Clandestine Love

Open rebuke is better than secret love…and the kisses of an enemy are deceitful

A pretty and promising girl
Who was a final year undergrad student
But now from the great beyond
Writes with a bleeding pen.

Come let us take our fill of love
Till morning, he said to me.
With his smooth toast, he persuaded me.
And with a blind love, I fell for him.

Afterwards, I ‘sheepishly’ went after him
Unsuspecting like an Ox going to the slaughter,
Like a doe bounding toward a trap,
Not knowing it will cost me my life.

What a piteous and painful enigma!
That my supposed ‘boyfriend’ and lover
Wrote and signed my death warrant
And then ruthlessly executed it with his accomplice(s)

Oh no! I thought no amount of money can buy love
And that love was as strong as death,
But only to be slaughtered for money ritual
For something that was vain and elusive.

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For the sake of avarice, I was slaughtered and for his mother I was
murdered
And now these villains are asking God for pardon and forgiveness
But sadly I never had such a second chance to ask
Because ‘as it’s appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment’

Now listen, O ye daughters of the land
And learn from my bitter tales
Because those that fail to learn from them are fortune of others
May some day become a misfortune others may have to learn from.

Know that the heart of a human is desperately wicked.
So, always think through before you go through
Because the more you see and hear
At times, the less you understand.

Be duty bound to always obey godly and wise instructions
That it may be well with you
And that ye may live long on the earth
For this is a commandment with a promise that eluded me.

Be warned of secret illicit pleasures.
Always make good use of your leisure
And learn to say no to peer pressure
So that death will not knock prematurely.

Ultimately, fear God and keep his time less commandments
For God shall bring every deed into judgment
Sometimes, here on earth and definitely hereafter
With every secret thing whether it be good or evil.

Okwumabua Paul C.
Department of Political Science,
Obafemi Awolowo University,
Ile-ife, Nigeria.
Email:Okwumabua1234@gmail.com

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Court Jails APC Senator Seven Years For Fraud

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Court Jails APC Senator Seven Years For Fraud

The Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Peter Nwaoboshi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) , has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.

The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Friday also ordered that the senator’s two companies, Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd and Suiming Electrical Ltd, be wound up in line with the provisions of Section 22 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2021.

The court’s ruling was delivered in an appeal challenging the judgment of Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court which on June 18, 2021, discharged and acquitted the defendants on two counts of fraud and money laundering. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which arraigned him however challenged the lower court’s decision.

EFCC had arraigned the three defendants over the acquisition of a property named Guinea House, Marine Road, in Apapa, Lagos, for N805 million.

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Part of the money paid to the vendor – N322 million transferred by Suiming Electrical Ltd on behalf of Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd – was alleged to be part of proceeds of fraud.

Earlier in his judgment, Justice Aneke said the evidence of the prosecutor “proved that the third defendant obtained a loan of N1.2 billion from Zenith Bank to purchase additional equipment and as provision of working capital”.

“It also proved that the loan of N1.2 billion together with interest of N24 million was properly granted to the third defendant .Nothing else was proved by the complainant or prosecutor in this case,” the EFCC quoted the judge as saying in a statement.

The high court judge was also quoted as claiming that a fatal blow was dealt to the case of the prosecution by its failure to call officials of Sterling Bank “to testify and probably tender exhibits F and F10. Consequently, he discharged and acquitted the defendants”.

However, ruling on the EFCC’s appeal on Friday, the Court of Appeal held that the trial judge erred in dismissing the charges against the respondents.

“The court said the prosecution had proved the ingredients of the offence and consequently found the defendants guilty as charged,” EFCC said.

 

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Drama In Court As Lawyer Appears In Priestly Attire

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VIDEO: Drama As Lawyer In Priestly Attire Appears In Court

By John Michael Ojo
There was a mild drama today at the Okpoko Magistrate Court in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, as a lawyer simply identified as Ogbachalu Goshen appeared before the court in a pastoral robe.

But Ogbachalu who was standing before the magistrate, CB Mbaegbu, was denied  hearing on the ground that he was not properly attired, leading to a minor incident in the court.

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However,  citing a recent Supreme Court’s judgment which supported the wearing of hijab by female students in public schools as a reference point, Ogbachalu reminded the court that it was his right to dress in his priestly attire as he was an ordained pastor and that the objection by the court to hear him, was an infringement on his fundamental human right as enshrined in section 38 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

The magistrate however disagreed his submission which only forced the court to dismiss.

 

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Court Orders Immigration, Banks To Release David Ukpo’s Details To Ekweremadu

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Court Orders Immigration, Banks To Release David Ukpo's Details To Ekweremadu

To enable detained former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu to effectively defend himself in London, a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the Nigerian Immigration Service and three banks to immediately release details of David Ukpo to him.

Justice Inyang Ekwo issued the order while delivering judgment in a suit instituted by Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.

The judgment against the defendants followed their non-appearance in court to defend the suit.

By the court order, all official information including the account opening package in relation to Ukpo are to be released to Senator Ekweremadu to ascertain the real age of the said Ukpo.

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Ukpo had claimed at a London court that he was a minor of 15 years old which led to the arrest and detention of the Nigerian Senator.

Other defendants are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank, United Bank of Africa (UBA), and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents, respectively.

 

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