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Man, 28, remanded for alleged armed robbery, homicide

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A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered the remand of a 28-year-old man, Ahmed Shuaibu, in a correctional centre for alleged armed robbery and culpable homicide.

The defendant, who resides in Rigasa Kaduna, is being tried for alleged criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and culpable homicide.

The Chief Magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, however, refused to take the plea of the defendant for lack of jurisdiction and consequently directed the police to return the case file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

The Chief Magistrate adjourned the matter until June 24, for mention.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp Chidi Leo, had told the court that the case was reported at the Rigasa Police Station, where it was transferred to the State Intelligence Department for further investigation on Jan. 10 via a letter.

Leo alleged that on Dec. 12, 2021, the defendant along with two others now large, had forcefully broken into the apartment of one Iliyasu Garba (the deceased) at Makarfi Road Rigasa, while he was sleeping.

The prosecutor said the defendant and his two accomplices, who were armed, attacked, robbed and killed Garba and his security guard.

He alleged that a threat text message found on the deceased phone, led detectives to the arrest of the defendant while his accomplices fled.

The prosecutor told the court that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 1 (2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, 2004 and Sections 59 and 190 of the Kaduna State Pedal Code, 2017.

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Corps member empowers ex-convicts in Ekiti, warns against stigmatisation

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A serving corps member in Ekiti State, Anuoluwa Elizabeth Balogun, has empowered ex-convicts in the state with tools in various skills, as her Personal Community Development Service (CDS) project in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Balogun, whose passion was borne out as a result of the numerous psychological challenges ex-convicts faced when released from prison, such as stigmatisation, discrimination, isolation, and instability, embarked on the seamless project to make an impact in her immediate environment.

The ex-convicts were presented with the tools at the one-day sensitisation programme tagged “Sensitisation of the Public Against Stigmatisation of the Ex-Convicts,” in Ado-Ekiti, on Wednesday.

Balogun said that the project is to rehabilitate, reform and reintegrate the ex-convicts, while urging the Federal Government and other relevant stakeholders to map out programmes towards their proper reintegration into the society.

She added that during her pre-release counselling sessions with the ex-convicts, she discovered that the various offenses they committed were as a result of poverty and improper upbringing.

According to her, “This project is set to rehabilitate, reform, and reintegrate a sizeable number of ex-convicts in Ekiti State. It is a smaller version of the big institution I have in mind, which the Federal Government and the State Government should take up, being also ably supported by individuals in the society.

“During the one month pre-release counselling sessions with the inmates, with the professional services, I realised that most of the crimes committed was as a result of poverty, poor upbringing and a bad influence.

“It is on this note that I urge the government to have a well structured rehabilitation centre for them in the custodial centre, so that the psychology of the name is not just being changed but a lot being changed about them by getting them upskilled with also a lot of therapy sessions.”

On her part, the NYSC Ekiti State Coordinator, Mary Chikezie, lauded the efforts of Balogun noting that it is in tandem with the reasons behind the formation of the scheme.

Chikezie enjoined the public to assist corps members who are embarking in their personal CDS projects while urging them to desist from stigmatising ex-convicts.

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ECOWAS Youth Council appoints Osungbade youth ambassador

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The Youth Council of the Economic Community of West African States (EYC), has announced the appointment of Osungbade Akeem as its youth ambassador.

This was made known in a letter released recently by the president of EYC, Ambassador Seun Williams, and seen by Tribune Online.

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The letter stated, “This appointment is not unconnected to his laudable antecedents, hardwork and diligence in the area of service to humanity even in the face of oppression and intimidation.

“As a relentless crusader of promoting entrepreneurship for African youths, we are optimistic of his positive impacts in the region and organisation.”

Ambassador Osungbade Akeem, when reached for comments on his appointment, stated that, “Service to humanity is one that I’ve dedicated my life and this is just a call for more innovative actions that would create values among West African youths. I’m glad to accept this as a challenge.”

Akeem is the founder and CEO of Cyberxox, a remote website, application and logo designing agency. He is also the Head of Marketing of Cudium, a cross-border payment technology company.



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