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The Humanist Association of Nigeria has condemned the dismissal of Corporal Olajide Omolola, a female police officer.
The group is outraged that the dismissal was on the basis of “a now-repealed Section 127 of the Police Act which prohibits pregnancy before marriage for female police officers ONLY. (emphasis ours). The said-sack was contained in the police wireless message with reference number CJ:4161/EKS/IY/Vol.2/236, DTO: 181330/01/2021.”

In a statement by Leo Igwe, Zainab Hassan, Enokela Murphy Adama and Daniel Nnaji, members of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, they said that they were “very sad that in this age and era, the Nigeria Police Force could still operate with a law that best be described as obnoxious; a provision that segregates against women.

“Ordinarily, such a law, for all purposes negates the intent of the constitutional provisions granting all Nigerians – both male and female, fundamental rights to private and family life and freedom from discrimination. Justice and fairness does not permit or condone such, so we strongly condemn same.

“The decision smacks of patriarchy and misogyny. Do you think if men get pregnant this regulation would exist and apply? Of course not. Otherwise where is the law or regulation that punishes policemen for giving birth to children outside their marriage? Where is the law and regulation that penalizes male police officers for having children before marriage?

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“The Nigerian Police Force should not be seen as an institution that hates and discriminates against women. The Force must not target and/or penalize women for desiring to build a family life. After all, getting or being pregnant is not a crime under the Nigerian Law.

“Female police officers who get pregnant before or after marriage, within or without marriage deserve the support of the police establishment and not sacking or dismissal.

“To this end, Nigerian Humanists demand that the Inspector General of Police reverses the dismissal, and reinstates Corporal Olajide Omolola immediately. The IGP should consider that this application of the law promotes unjust treatment of an officer based on her gender.

“This, we strongly condemn and urge the Nigerian Police Authority to look into the matter. The dismissal of this female police officer is a gendered decision and a national embarrassment. It is incompatible with the norms and values of the 21st century!

“Please, reinstate Corporal Olajide Omolola now!”

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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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