The Magistrate, Dele Awodeyi who said the accused was found guilty and convicted accordingly, gave the convict an option of N10,000 fine.
"Based on the guilty plea of the accused person, this court finds him liable and sentenced accordingly to one month imprisonment with hard labour or an option of N10,000 as fine," He said.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Zedekiah Orogbemi said the convict was absent from court on April 24, 2013 at about 10.00 a.m at Chief Magistrate Court 1 in the Okitipupa Magisterial District.
"Being a defendant in a case charge no MOK/3M/2013 and having been served summons to appear before the court on the said date, Seni failed to do so which shows an act of disrespect to this said court," He said.
Counsel to the accused, Emmanuel Ademusire asked the court to temper justice with mercy while using its discretion to find a suitable sentence for his client.
"My client was already in court for the said case, but went to relieve himself, but the case was called before he came back in," He said.
The accused, who pleaded guilty to the charge, begged the court for leniency.
The Prosecutor, Corporal Ayodeji Omoyeigha alleged that the accused and others now at large, committed the offences on April 5, 2013 at about 9:00 p.m at Apata Street, Okitipupa in Okitipupa Local Government, Ondo State.
"The accused and others now at large, conspired together and attempted to kidnap one Olubunmi Akinbuwa 'f' while she was returning from her office,"
"They were also in unlawful possession of one Toyota Carina Saloon car with reg no. EDO: AG 88 ABD and one Mosberg Magnum Automatic rifle no. 265 with two live catridges which they couldn't give satisfactory account of how they came about it ," He said.
The Prosecutor further alleged that the Automatic rifle found in the possession of the accused was a prohibited firearm and was without license granted by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Omoyeigha explained that conspiracy, unlawful possession of a car, and unlawful possession of an Automatic rifle were contrary to and punishable under sections 516(A), 430(1) and 428(D) respectively of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol I Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
He further explained that attempt to kidnap and unlawful possession of the Automatic rifle without license were offences punishable under section 4 of the Ondo State Anti-kidnapping and Anti-abduction Laws 2010, and section 28(a)(i) of the firearms act Cap 146 Vol.IX, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 respectively.
Although the plea of the accused was not taken, Counsel to the accused, Omotayo Ogungbemi applied for bail of his client in liberal terms and promised credible sureties if granted.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Justinah Kpemi ordered the Prosecutor to duplicate the case file and send the copy to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice as some of the counts of the charge sheet were not within the jurisdiction of the court.
"The Prosecutor should report back to this court on April 28 while the accused person is to be remanded in prison custody till then," She said.
The Prosecutor, Corporal Ayodeji Omoyeigha said the three accused committed the offences on April 28, 2013 at about 7:30 a.m at Ladan Street, Ode Aye in Okitipupa Local Government, Ondo State.
"The three accused unlawfully assaulted one Omolews Akinsule 'f' by beating her with fists all over her body; Ajolaye also wilfully and unlawfullt tore her dress valued N4,000 on the same date, time and place," He said.
The Prosecutor further said the offences were contrary to and punishable under sections 351 and 451 respectively of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol I Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
All accused pleaded not guilty to the two count charge.
Omoyeigha applied for a short adjournment to enable him assemble his three witnesses in court.
Not objecting to the application for an adjournment, Counsel to all the accused, Olusegun Lema asked for bail of his clients in liberal terms and promised credible sureties if granted.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Justinah Kpemi granted bail to all the accused in the sum of N20,000 and one surety in like sum, and adjourned the case till May 23 for hearing.
The Editor in Chief of CoastalNEWS.com, Mr Bola Olagbegi has lost his mum. His mother, Mrs Duduyemi Sarah Olagbegi died at the early hours of Saturday, the 27th of April at Okitipupa in Ondo State. She was aged 78 years.
The septuagenarian mother of the Ondo State based on line news medium editor hailed from the famous Sewo family of Igbinsin – Oloto in Ondo South Senatorial district. She was in her life time a hardworking and caring mother and a committed Christian, who until her death was an active member of the Methodist Cathedral Okitipupa. The Late madam Olagbegi was the wife of the former Lisa of Idepe- Okitipupa, Late High Chief Lawson Olagbegi. She is survived solely by Mr. Bola Olagbegi of CoastalNEWS.
While talking to her son, Mr. BOLA Olagbegi , he said the death of his mother came to him as a rude shock. However, he said he was grateful to God for the Christian life lived by his late mother.
The initiator and founder of the Rising Star Mathematics Club , Mrs Olukemi Oloja has declared a total battle against failure in the subject in secondary schools in the area.
In a chat with newsmen at the occasion marking the first anniversary of the club she founded a year ago, Mrs Oloja said that her objective is aimed at total eradication of the fear nursed for mathematics by students.
Her words: The main task before us is to make sure that no failure is recorded in mathematics in our secondary schools in this area in the nearest future.
In a bid to realise this goal, we shall start knocking out the fear in the students, making them know that everybody can record a distinction if determined, she explained.
Mrs Oloja who informed that various equipment are required to squarely addressed the task therefore appealed to well meaning members of the society to contribute to the fulfilment of her aspirations.
A former president of Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary School (ANCOPSS) in Ondo State, who is now the Vice President of the body in the South West, CHIEF Marcus Ogunowo in a lecture titled: “Social Media: a Panacea for Mathematical problems” which he delivered at the occasion, admonished parents to encourage their children to make use of modern technology in learning mathematics.
Ogunnowo urged the students to be more serious in the subject which he said is a must to the to know by all.
He called on government to post skilled Mathematics teachers to the schools, making teaching and learning at both the primary and secondary level.
Culled from The Hope
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