12 May 2016

Cameron honest about his comment on Nigeria, Buhari insists



President Muhammadu Buhari again on Thursday rose in support of British Prime Minister, David Cameron, saying he was being honest by describing Nigeria as a “fantastically corrupt country.”
According to a news item posted on the website of the Cable News Network, Buhari said this in an interview with the news organisation’s Christiane Amanpour.

How the 'White Princess' conquered 'Nollywood'



She says she hopes to build bridges between the two countries and show that Nigeria isn't 'all Boko Haram'How the 'White Princess' conquered 'Nollywood': Former air hostess from Winchester becomes unlikely star of Nigeria's film industry because she speaks pidgin English in an African accent

Gossip fiends and barbarians! Chinese go on the attack after Queen was caught on camera branding their officials 'very rude'



Gossip fiends and barbarians! Chinese go on the attack after Queen was caught on camera branding their officials 'very rude' 

  • The Queen spoke about President Xi Jinping and his wife's visit last year 
  • She blasted 'very rude' officials' treatment of UK's ambassador to China

Meeting Chibok parents not good for my emotional state, Buhari tells CNN



President Muhammadu Buhari has said meeting parents of the schoolgirls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on a regular basis, is not good for his emotional state. Lamenting the plight of the parents in an interview with Chief

Increment of fuel price by Buhari illegal, insensitive, immoral —Falana



FalanaHuman rights lawyer and activist, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, has declared that the new fuel price regime from the Federal Government is illegal and lacks statutory power because the body,

Cameron strikes a deal with Nigerian president just days after 'fantastically corrupt' gaffe



Mr Buhari also met with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, left, and Prince Charles, centre, at Clarence House today, pictured David Cameron strikes a deal with Nigerian president just days after embarrassing 'fantastically corrupt' gaffe as Buhari is one of just FIVE leaders to sign up to Britain's 'gold standard' on anti-corruption 

Caught on video: Moment police officers wrestle suspected drug user to the ground



Shocking footage has emerged of a man being pinned to the floor by undercover police officers in BedfordCaught on video: Moment police officers wrestle suspected drug user to the ground who then dies

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT 

'Don't call me a white b***h!' Shocking moment 'racist' Muslim women face off...



'Don't call me a white b***h!' Shocking moment 'racist' Muslim women face off with white women in vicious confrontation on a London train 

  • Shocking video captured group of girls trading insults on London train 
  • Two white women trade vicious racist abuse with women wearing hijabs
  • Both parties accuse one another of racism in the shocking footage 

One of the white girls retorts: 'Calling me a white s***g, that's racist, don't be f*****g racist.'
The Muslim girls - who say they are from Woolwich Arsenal - then invite the other women, who claim to be from Peckham, London, to a fight.

NEDU AND SARAH OFILI OFFEND FANS WITH UNGODLY PICTURE



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What in the world was Wazobia radio and TV host, Nedu thinking of when he posted this picture online? Even though he has deleted the pictures, the harm has been done and he is asking Nigerians to forgive him. He has posted a controversial picture that saw him in a very ungodly position with Sarah Ofili.

The rich kids of Beijing: Super-wealthy daughters of Chinese billionaires flaunt trips on private jets



Christina Lee no doubt caused envy among her followers with a snap of her and two pals travelling by private jetThe rich kids of Beijing: Super-wealthy daughters of Chinese billionaires flaunt trips on private jets, £5,000 champagne bills and £16,000 rings online (despite the government telling them not to) 

  • Rich 'fuerdai' kids of China continue to flaunt wealth on social media

K1, Osupa, Pasuma, Obesere, Malaika Tun Wo Gau Lodo Awon Alfa!



Igbimo awon alfa ti tun soko oro si awon irawo olorin fuji ti won n pe rawon loruko orisiri lagbole fuji. 

POPULAR NIGERIA SINGER CONFESSES LOVE FOR 50 CENT, GETS HIS ATTENTION



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What could be going on in the mind of popular American rapper, Curtis James Jackson a.k.a 50 Cent as he was recently caught crushing openly on charming Nigerian songstress, Ada Jane Okwori popularly known as Imelda J.

NOLLYWOOD STARS STORM SANDRALIA HOTEL ABUJA FOR ALL WHITE PARTY



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Top Nigerian movie stars were recently at Sandralia hotel, Abuja, having fun in an all white party.
The likes of Funke Akindele, Chidinma Ekile, Chigozie Atuanya, Ebube Nwagbo, Rachel Okonkwo, Patience Ozokwor (Mama G) and many others were seen rocking an all white ensemble.

They are all looking so cute and stunning!!

'If you're not a rapist, you shouldn't be scared of having the genitals of convicted rapist cut off' - Florence Ita-Giwa



First photos from Davido’s sister Coco and Caleb's traditional wedding



Davido's elder sister Ashley Coco Adeleke and her fiance Caleb are getting married traditionally today.

See some of the fabulous and colorful photos from the ongoing event below.

NFF appeal to French Embassy after officials and a player are denied visa to France for friendlies



The Nigeria Football Federation has appealed to the French Embassy in Abuja to issue visas to its officials and a player after they were denied visas ahead of an international friendly organized by NFF to take place in France towards the end of May. Nigeria will play Mali in Rouen, France on Friday, 27th Maybefore playing Luxembourg in Luxembourg on Wednesday, 1st June.

Photo: A disgraced married man caught pants down with another man's wife




According to reports, a married man, identified as Innocent, was caught sleeping with a married woman identified as Anayo, in a hotel located somewhere around Ibagewa road, Nsukka, Enugu State.

According to reports, they were both brought out of their room fully naked, and disgraced.

Photos: Mbarara’s Robert who slept with 59 ladies and exposed their photos



Mbarara undressed babes
Robert Nasasira a Muhima from Kiruhura district, the guy who believes in the power of his whopper has been sleeping with ladies and every time he has been taking their photos n@ked just to keep enjoying the beautiful shapes of the P#$$ies these women posses.

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT ASKS UK TO MAKE OIL THEFT A INTERNATIONAL CRIME



NIGERIAN PRESIDENT ASKS UK TO MAKE OIL THEFT A INTERNATIONAL CRIME

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Has Admitted That Nigeria Is ”Fantastically Corrupt”, As Stated By UK Prime Minister, David Cameron.

The Nigerian president added that the process of battling corruption undertaken by his administration has been a challenging one.  However, he proclaimed his determination to go as necessary in his war against corruption.

SEE THE PHOTOS OF DINO MELAYE AT ONGOING ANTI-CORRUPTION SUMMIT THAT GETS EVERYONE LAUGHING



The Nigerian Social Media Users are at Again .Distinguished Senator Dino informed us days back that he was representing Nigeria Senate at the ongoing anti-corruption summit in London.Right from the day he made those post social media users have really come hard on him saying he doesn’t really fit in.

FURY AS ’MANHOOD MEAL’ SERVED AT RESTAURANT SPARKS CONTROVERSY ON SOCIAL MEDIA (PHOTO)



As you can see this controversial picture of what looks like a manhood served at a restaurant is currently the cause of heated debates on social media.
Many feel it is despicable and awful others say it looks appealing to the eyes and would surely taste good.

Yemi Solade Blasts Rotimi Makinde



Yemi Solade & Rotimi MakindeYemi Solade & Rotimi MakindePopular Yoruba actor, Yemi Solade came on Lagos State Television, LTV 8 recently and blasted star actor cum politician, Hon. Rotimi Makinde when asked about his colleagues in the movie industry, he retorted that Rotimi Makinde is not an actor. His comment on the popular actor, producer cum politician has continued to generate controversy in the movie industry since then.

Ex-Air Chief, Mohammed Dikko Umar In N9.7 Billion Fraud



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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 arraigned a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar (retd.), before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption.

FAITHIA BALOGUN, DAYO AMUSA, ADUNNI ADE AT (K.S.T) FOUNDATION KETU VISIT



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Nollywood Actresses, Faithia Balogun, Dayo Amusa, Yvonne Jegede, Adunni Ade and other KST Foundation members visit the homeless, the needy and the less privileged indigene of Ketu, Lagos, Nigeria.

TONTO DIKEH TURNS MARRIAGE COUNSELLOR …SAYS PRAYER IS BETTER THAN SEX



TONTO DIKEH TURNS MARRIAGE COUNSELLOR … SAYS PRAYER IS BETTER THAN SEX

The former controversial actress turn wonderful mother and wife, Tonto Dikeh took to Instagram this morning to share her thoughts on having a successful marriage.

With 18 Children And 15 Grandchildren, I Regret Polygamy – Adebayo Salami



Veteran Actor, Movie Producer And Director, Adebayo Salami Has Opened Up On How He Found Himself A Patriarch Of A Big Family Of Men And Women With Interest In The Film Industry.

Saraki's "Assets Fraud" Exposed By Presidential Committee



The first prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja, Mr. Michael Wetkas, revealed on Wednesday that Saraki made an anticipatory declaration of assets while he was governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.

Fear of Buhari; Niger Delta Avengers On The Run



Members of the tough-talking Niger Delta Avengers, largely an Ijaw militant group, which bombed oil and gas installations in Delta State, recently, have gone underground following a massive manhunt for them by the Army, Navy and other security agencies.

President Muhammadu Buhari had given a marching order to the military to get them immediately.

The group, which had boasted on May 5, through its spokesperson, Madoch Agbinibo, that it was on ground and neither the Government nor ex-militant leader Tompol could stop it from crippling the nation’s economy, was reported to have disintegrated and gone into hiding.

A source told Vanguard: “People say the headquarters of Niger Delta Avengers is in Delta State. I do not think so, but I know that they have their network of information gathering and are conscious of the directive by President Buhari to security agencies to crush the militant group.” 

Incommunicado 
The unrepentant group, whose strike teams blew up NNPC and Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, facilities, last week, has also not responded to mail inquiries by our reporters since Sunday.

The group’s other channels of communication have also been shut down, confirming they're on the run.

Security agencies deepens efforts
Gallant Nigerian soldiers who are collaborating with some Niger Delta groups, had obtained information on the identities of some members of the group and would likely pick some of their family members to force them out of hiding. 

"She Forced Me To Sleep With Her", Says Driver Caught With His Friend's Wife



According to reports, a taxi driver got more than he bargained for recently after he was caught smashing his friend's wife near his house in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia.

The man identified as Patrick usually drives his friend's wife to work on a daily basis. He said he was forced to have s*x with her after she failed to pay him for service rendered. His words below:
"After taking her for work in the morning, she told me that she will give me money later in the afternoon after she comes back from work.
I agreed because that is the nature of our work. She later called me around 7.30pm to pick her up from Chilanga were she said she had traveled for work and I agreed. 
After picking her up I drove to Lusaka were she resides and I demanded that she pay me my money I have worked for, instead she complained that she didn't have money and told me to sleep with her. 
I tried to insist to just give me my money, but she removed her underwear and squeezed me, it was at this stage I got carried away and slept with her just inside my car."
The woman's husband, out of anger, pounced on the driver who is his friend, beating him mercilessly.

“Why I stopped sleeping in caskets and killed my pet python” – Charly Boy



Charly Boy writes on his encounter with Jesus Christ in February 26 and how that encounter turned his life around. He said that since the encounter, he no longer take his afternoon naps in his casket and that he killed his pet python to set his spirit free.
He added that the encounter has turned him to emergency marriage counselor and that he no longer confuse people with his sexuality.
Read the beautiful piece below
Don’t Mess With my Jesus! In February, 2016, one cool and unusual breezy night in the comfort of my room, I had a strange encounter of the freakiest kind with Jesus, which I shared with you all. In that encounter, our Lord left me with specific instructions.
He had instructed me to tell you all, that Nigerians should STOP disturbing him by substituting prayers for hard work. Jesus was very very upset with Nigerian’s kinda prayer requests and shopping list, always calling His Name for the most trivial matters, things that would come to them naturally without sweat were they not a lazy and an unthinking ignorant bunch. Since that special encounter with Jesus, a lot has changed about me. I hardly noticed it, till one of my paddy guys started pointing out a lot of things that I now do differently.
Abi I don enter? Pastor Charles?
Hmmmmm, ok. He pointed out amongst others things, so many things that I no longer do like taking my afternoon naps in my casket, how I killed my pet phyton on the 26th of February to set my spirit free. How it seems like I have stopped confusing people with my sexuality and how the things of Jesus was taking a hold of me. He observed that my long time advocacy of empowering the youths has taken a monumental dimension. How I have become an emergency marriage counsellor, thanks to Tiwa & Bliss. My calm and coolness suddenly made my paddy man more intrigued and curious
“Charly, what’s going on” he asked insinuating that my Jesus encounter had reconfigured me.
I really do not feel any different from how I have always felt for the past 37yrs of being consumed by the Charlyboy persona. However I must confess that I have remained dazed by that freaky encounter. I remember Jesus giving me that strong hard look and ordering me to “Get to work” before I could ask, what work? the Lord disappeared as fast as he appeared.
Back in the days I would have wondered what they put in my weed. Haba, but am not Pastor Adeboye, T.B Joshua, Pastor Kris Okotie, or any of those holier than thou people. See me see wahala oh. Anyway, from henceforth, let no oyizzyyj Wow that nice power most change hands in Jesus name amen

My Story – Help! He Thinks I Love Him, But I Am Only Playing – Please Advice



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Our company recently employed this guy, we worked in the same company before, then he was a manager and i was a junior staff.
I left the company years ago and joined another, so few months ago he got employed in my new office as a Director.
When he resumed, being that i knew him before, i started playing around with him, like when he was introduced to us, i was like oo, common, i hug him tightly and people were surprise at our closeness before i informed them that we have worked together before.
I am a jovial person, so each time i go around his office, i will call him boyfriend, my love, hope no girl is trespassing cos i will fight o and his subordinates will laugh and say you are not serious.
On the job, we get to work together at times cos i am a Manager now, we go for meetings etc, then some of his job includes doing some short production, even though i am not employed as a video producer, i told him i can do those for him personally, cos i recently learn those, he was surprise before but he decided to give me a try, i did it for him and he liked it, he became close and said i was helping him solve alot of problems.
Recently when he comes to my office, he will ask my PA where is my woman and that one will laugh knowing i started it but i just thought that was it though.
So last month when we went to the Palms Mall, to seek for permission to film their facilities in the short production work we had, we were together then he decided to do some shopping, i helped him carry the things he bought and just had fun, he took me to shoprite and ask me to shop, i just pick two things, drink and rice and he said is that all i said yes, he started showing me things, take this, take that i said i was okay, that it wasnt appropriate to come here and start shopping like its month end. So we left, in the car he said, you do have some very good attribute girl, i said like what, he said never mind and we drove off.
After that he started asking if we can have lunch but most time our lunch time dont sync, so i told him not to worry, then he asked for a dinner, i close late, im a workaholic, so most times i will agree but i will work till 9pm and he would have waited and get tired and left.
Finally i get to have a dinner date with him and he ask if we could do this more often, i said why not boyfriend jokingly, the next time we were having dinner, I said boyfriend let me greet that guy there, i really needed to meet him, he has a contact i need for work, he held me and said you call me boyfriend jokingly, i want you to mean it lol.
After i met with the guy, he started telling me how he loved me and how he will really love us to be in a relationship, he doesnt expect a yes and he knows its so wrong on all level because we work in the same place, but i can think about it and give him a response later that he will respect any decision i make.
I said thank you o, but since then, dude is so soft and nervous when he sees me, i can see the butterflies even when we are in a client meeting.
Even though he tries not to make it obvious at work, after work he is all over me
Last night we were together, i told him i am scared as he is almost 40 and not married, that i believe any guy who gets to that age, with enough money but has not married is a play boy lol. He couldn’t say a word for like some minutes then he said, yes i am old enough to have been married and i had relationships, beautiful relationships with wonderful women, some didn’t work because of my mistakes and because of things i neglected and some didn’t work because it was not meant to work, but above all have learnt alot to be at least a better man and i am ready to make it work this time i promise, i have no doubt if you are the right girl because have known you for long and have never had a second thought about my woman, so forgive me for not making it work all these while, i want to make it right this time – MEHN THOSE WORDS RINGS IN MY HEAD LIKE KILODE, i loved the fact that he didnt put the blame on the ladies he’s dated.
Now on my own side, I do not feel anything for him but i like him alot, i like that we should be hanging out, go out, do dinner and talk from morning tonight but i do not feel anything aside that. What do you guys advise.

Nigerian courts pamper the rich, punish the poor



Some court judgments in corruption cases have attracted public criticisms for being discriminatory between the rich and the poor; but lawyers say the law and not the judges should be blamed for the light penalties given the rich convicts and heavy penalties imposed on the poor convicts, RAMON OLADIMEJI writes
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission accused a former Caretaker Chairman of the Ogori/Mangogo Local Government Area of Kogi State, Gabriel Daudu, of laundering N1.4bn belonging to the state.
Daudu, the EFCC alleged, connived with a former Commissioner for Agriculture in Kogi State, Albert Adesina, to launder the money between January and July 2008.
The two were first arraigned in April 2010 before Justice Adamu Bello of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The matter was subsequently transferred to the Lokoja Division of the Federal High Court before Justice Inyang Ekwo, where Daudu and Adesina were re-arraigned twice on amended charges.
After six years of trial, during which the EFCC called 13 witnesses and its lawyer, Mr. Wahab Shittu, made several trips between Lagos, where he was based, and Lokoja, where the trial took place, the case finally came to an end.
That the trial began and ended at all was a rare victory and an uncommon feat in the Nigerian justice system, notorious for its rich history of frustrated high profile corruption cases that never saw the light of the day.
But it is worthy to mention that Daudu and Adesina’s case came to a close only after it survived an attempt to make it start all over again before Justice P.M. Ayuba, at a time when the prosecution and the defence had already closed their cases and were awaiting Justice Ekwo’s verdict.
Finally delivering judgment on April 25, 2016,  Justice Ekwo gave Adesina a clean bill of health, discharged and acquitted him, but he pronounced Daudu guilty on 77 out of the 208 counts filed against him by the EFCC.
The cumulative amount laundered in the proven 77 counts was determined by the judge to be N98m.
As punishment for his offence, Justice Ekwo sentenced Daudu to two years imprisonment on each of the 77 counts, which by sheer addition added up to 154 years imprisonment; but since the judge said the sentences would run concurrently, Daudu was, in practical sense, sentenced to only two years in jail.
The fact that a Nigerian court managed to convict a politically-exposed person should ordinarily have gladdened the hearts of the Nigerian masses, who are the direct victims of official corruption.
But in the case of Daudu, what trailed Justice Ekwo’s judgment were open expressions of displeasure by members of the public.
Reacting to the news as published on The PUNCH Newspapers online platform, a reader, Oluwole, had written, “I feel bothered about the following points concerning this judgment which I consider to be an insult to the intelligence of Nigerians…Do judges ever apply any mathematical or economic sense in the evaluation of the intensity of the offence committed by convicted persons, the agony and suffering faced by the people whose money had been looted and the delivery of judgments against the convicted persons?”
Also expressing displeasure was one Ade who wrote on the same platform, “The case that started in 2010 with so much resources spent by government during prosecution only for the judge to give just two years imprisonment… This is not a judgment but simply an encouragement for other Nigerians to go and steal big money since the punishment is very small.”
In the said breath, another reader, Rick Eson, wrote that, “This judgment is a slap in the face of anti-corruption war. It is a mockery of our judicial system and an insult to Nigerians. If the judgment is based on any Act, that Act needs modification urgently, if we are serious about anti-corruption war against the enemy within (the corrupt, looters and launderers).”
Among many others who registered their grievances was Manny, who opined that, “In a more forward-looking society, unlike our own Nigeria, this guy would be in jail for a long time in addition to coughing out all the embezzled money back to the state. This is one clear statement to the fact that we are doomed as a nation.”
These reactions are evocative of the ones that greeted the judgment delivered last year April by Justice Abubakar Liman in the case of a younger brother of a former Governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion, Michael, who was accused of laundering N25bn belonging to Edo State.
At the end of a trial that lasted four years, Justice Liman, sitting at the Benin Division of the Federal High Court, found Michael guilty on three counts out of the 81 counts pressed against him by the EFCC.
Section 15(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2004, under which the three proven counts were filed, stipulated as punishment “a fine of not less than N250,000 or more than N1m or a term of imprisonment of not less than two years or to both fine and imprisonment.”
Having found Michael guilty as charged on counts 79 to 81, Justice Liman sentenced him two years imprisonment on each of the three counts, which would have ordinarily added up to six years imprisonment, but because the judge said the sentences were to run concurrently, Michael was only expected to spend two years in jail.
But in any case, he needed not go to jail at all, because Justice Liman also gave him the option of paying a fine of N3m i.e. N1m for each of the three proven counts.
Michael reportedly promptly paid, thereby freeing himself from the four-year-long prosecutorial albatross that had hung around his neck.
But his co-defendant, Patrick Eboigbodin, a former aide of ex-Governor Lucky Igbinedion, was not as lucky because Justice Liman found him guilty on 10 counts and sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment in addition to a compulsory fine of N250,000.
Soon after Justice Liman’s judgment was reported by an online news medium, Sahara Reporters, a reader, who identified himself simply as AI, wrote, “This kind of sentence by this judge simply gives Nigerians a glimpse into just how unfair and purposeless the Nigerian judicial system has become. How do you deter corruption by setting a fine of only N3m for a graft involving N25bn? And why does the assistant bag a jail term of 20 years with a N250,000 fine without the option of not serving a jail term as was offered the principal offender?”
Following closely, among many other disapproving comments, was one by another reader, Anonymous 11443, who wrote, “… How about restitution and refund of all stolen money? Also six year sentence is a slap on the wrist. How about a woman sentenced to 266 years for embezzling N2m from her employer?… Or is this a case of a two-tier justice system — one for the poor and another for the rich? The Nigerian judiciary is a laughing stock all over the world.”
This same mood was replicated in the public space  two weeks ago, following the judgment of  Justice S. E. Aladetoyinbo of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, who convicted a former head of the Security and Communication Department of the defunct Police Equipment Foundation, Mr. George Uboh, of fraudulent conversion of the foundation’s property to his personal use.
Justice Aladetoyinbo had pronounced that Uboh was guilty of all three counts bordering on defrauding the defunct foundation by “selling two units of Toyota Hilux pick-up vans,” thus making him liable to punishment under Section 314 of the penal code.
As punishment, the judge ordered Uboh to proceed on a jail term of three years or pay N1m to atone for his sins. Uboh chose the fine option and got his freedom.
Commenting on The PUNCH Newspapers online platform, one Iniinyang wrote, “So, in a criminal conviction there is an option of fine? Sickening!”
Another, Sharia Haram, wrote, “Cheap conviction. Buhari is a loser. He is losing it!”
The public had also expressed reservation in March this year, following the verdict of Justice Ibrahim Buba, sitting in the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, in the case of  14 foreigners, who the EFCC brought before him on the allegation that they dealt in 1,738.087 metric tons of petroleum products in Nigeria without lawful authority.
The 14 foreigners, identified as citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Philippine and Japan, were all present in court on June 10, 2015 when the EFCC arraigned them, but by March 18, 2016 when Justice Buba convicted them on all five counts pressed against them, the three Russians among them had jumped bail and absconded. For the offence, Justice Buba handed two years imprisonment to each of the 11 convicts, who remained.
The prison term, the judge said, would start reading from March 27, 2015 when the convicts were arrested by the Nigerian Navy.
But as an alternative to serving the jail term, the judge gave the convicted foreigners the option of paying a fine of N5m each.
Unlike the foreigner, however, some seven Nigerians who were also convicted of dealing unlawfully in 1,459 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit by Justice Okon Abang of the same court in October 2015, were not so lucky.
The convicts – Adedamola Ogungbayi, Olaniran Olabode, Suraju Gasali, Moses Emmanuel, Wilson Bonsi, Okaraodi Uche and Onyeogo Happy – were each handed a prison term of 10 years without an option of fine by Justice Abang.
The prison term was also not to start from February 7, 2014 when they were arrested but on October 31, 2015 when they were convicted.
The forfeiture order made by Justice Buba in the case of the foreigners also paled beside that made by Justice Abang in the case of the Nigerian convicts.
Justice Abang ordered the Nigerian convicts to forfeit their vessel, MT Good Success, and its content. He also ordered the forfeiture of funds in their companies’ accounts put at N66.6m and $975,000.
In the case of the foreigners, Justice Buba ordered the forfeiture of the vessel and its content to the Federal Government and ordered the convicts’ companies to N50m as fine to the Federal Government.
In reaction to Justice Buba’s verdict, one Original Kenny 2016 wrote on The PUNCH platform, “…For God’s sake how could one describe this kind of judgment of two years and to run from the date they were handed over to the EFCC, which was 2015 and also option of fine in N5m? Why are we undoing ourselves in the name of what?
“This is a rape of democracy and the judge, the defence lawyer and the EFCC prosecutor must be investigated because I am very sure that something higher must has change hands.”
Waheed Kabir Adebiyi wrote, “The Nigerian Justice system is always double standard. Nine Nigerian crew members on M.T. Good Success were handed 10yrs imprisonment without an option of fine for having lesser amount of refined product onboard….. SMH. #rapeofjustice.”
Another reader, Kayboy wrote, “I always just don’t know what is wrong with this our so-called justice. Honestly speaking… I cannot imagine if a Nigerian citizen dares try this is those countries mentioned… I was in Europe one time when an European told me that he could easily get away with any crime committed in my country as long as he has money; except if they have to bring a judge from Europe to try him! What a shameful judgment!”
A human rights group, Access to Justice, had criticised the decision of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court, who last December sentenced a 32-year-old man, Lawrence Alaugu, who was caught with 200g of Indian hemp, to life imprisonment.
The Executive Director of Access to Justice, Joseph Otteh, while vowing to challenge the judgment at the Court of Appeal, had described it a miscarriage of justice.
Otteh said, “The judiciary disproportionately makes the poor people more victims of crime than people of means, while the judiciary allows ostentatious plea bargains for the rich and they are let off with just a slap on the wrist.”
But a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief E. L. Akpofure, said the law which created and stipulated punishments for offences should be blamed and not the judges.
Akpofure said, “You cannot lay the blame on the table of the judges; it is a matter of what the law says. If the law has given a particular window limit within which they can impose the sentence, they cannot go outside that window. The best that can be done is the amendment of that particular law by the National Assembly. It is not the blame of their lordships; it’s not at all.”
Supporting the SAN’s view was Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, who said it is lack of understanding of the law that makes the public criticise judges.
He said, “The judges are guided by the law, not by the sentiment of the public. The law that creates an offence prescribes the appropriate punishment for it. Normally, the law, in prescribing punishment, will give certain maximum number of years in jail or a jail term of not less than certain number of years; so, the judge has a leeway between the minimum and the maximum punishment. The members of the public are angry and they want the person lynched but the judge will have to apply the law.”
While admitting that the punishments are sometimes disproportionate, Olumide-Fusika added, “People caught with one stick of Indian hemp are sometimes sentenced to an unbelievable prison term and it is because the law that created the offence allows that kind of heavy punishment. So, it is the law that has to be looked at and not the judge. For instance, some people are canvassing death penalty for corruption; it is because they have seen that the thing has become rampant that we can no longer treat it with kid gloves. So, when members of the public are complaining, they should be complaining about the law and not about the judge, because the judge will have to work according to the law.”
He also pointed out the need for prosecuting authorities to charge suspects under the laws that attract stiffer punishments.
He added, “Sometimes we have about four different laws creating the same offence or similar offences with different kinds of punishments; with one statute the punishment may be actually very stiff; so, when the prosecuting authorities are drafting the charges, they should charge under the law that carries stiffer penalty, we can look at that area. But generally speaking, judges have to stick to the law under which the offence was charged. It is just a case of misunderstanding, the public sometimes don’t understand why things go that way.”
Olumide-Fusika, however, urged the judges to also be conscious of their social responsibilities in passing judgments.
“You have to look at the prosecutorial practices and you have to look at the law but that is not to say that I am exonerating judges. For instance, if the law says between two to seven years, a judge that is conscious of his social responsibility will not sentence to two years, he will sentence to the maximum permissible because of the menace that that thing has become in the society and the law also permits both fine and prison term. A judge that is conscious of his social responsibility will actually impose both to send a signal to the people that this is becoming a menace and we have to deal with it,” he added.
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