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A lawyer, Barrister Ajagba Stephen, has been remanded at Kirikiri Prison, Lagos State, for allegedly assaulting a policeman.
Magistrate Owope of Court 5 Ogba, Lagos, remanded the accused over allegation that he allegedly attacked a policeman, Inspector Gbenga Daniel.
Stephen was remanded on a 2 count charge bordering on assault, grievous damage on a police officer and disorderly behaviour, which according to the prosecutor, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ayorinde, contravenes sections 168(D) and 174 of Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.

When the charges were read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail in the sum of N200, 000, with one surety.
The surety, however, must be a resident in Lagos State and must also show evidence of tax payment for the last two years.

The accused pleaded with the court to grant him bail on self-recognition. On that note, the Magistrate said that Stephen must deposit originals of his primary school, secondary school, university, National Youth Service Corps certificates and original of his call up letter to the Bar before he could be given bail on self-recognition. The accused, who could not meet his bail conditions, was subsequently remanded in prison.

Our correspondent gathered that trouble for Stephen, started after he went to Merian Police Station to bail a suspect, Stephen Emmanuel, whom police alleged stole a bag belonging to a Federal Road Safety officer in the premises of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).
The bag was said to contain a laptop, phones and some documents. Ironically, Emmanuel didn’t know that his escapades were being captured by the bank’s Close Circuit Television (CCTV).

While police were hunting for him on his first crime, Emmanuel allegedly visited the bank again to steal, but luck ran out on him. He was arrested by the bank’s security personnel and handed over to the Police at Merian.
Emmanuel allegedly confessed to the crime and took the police to Computer village Ikeja, where the receiver of his stolen items was arrested.

A police source said: “As soon as the lawyer came to the station, he started quarrelling with the police for detaining the suspect beyond 24 hours. He didn’t ask why, and all attempts to calm him down was futile. His disturbance at the station prompted the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) to order inspector Gbenga Daniel to obtain his statement under caution. When he was told that his statement was needed, he attempted to run, Daniel had to block him. He pushed Daniel and started to punch him. He was subsequently arrested and charged to court.”

Earlier, before his remand, Stephen spoke exclusively with our correspondent.
Stephen said that the incident occurred when he went to the station to see a client. The client had been detained for over a week. He said that the policeman slapped him five times and treated him like a common criminal.
According to him, when he got to the station, he told the policemen that his client should be granted bail or taken to court. He said that when he made that observation, Daniel became uneasy.

According to him, he made the request in the presence of the DCO, Daniel and other policemen. But it was only Daniel that told him in a threatening manner to move far away from him.
Stephen said: “Perhaps after hearing what Daniel said, the DCO also became hostile. He asked, “Who is this mad man?” He was referring to me. I responded that I was not a mad man. The same Daniel stood up and held my tie. He asked me, “Do you know that you’re a suspect?” I thought he was joking. Before I knew what was happening, he slapped me. He slapped me again on the left side of my face. I told him that what he was doing was wrong.

As I was talking to him, he kept slapping me; in fact, he slapped me five times.
“When he released me, I brought out my phone to take pictures of his handprints on my face; the DCO took my phone from me. I believed it was a gang up against me. As if that was not enough, Daniel held my tie, dragged me to the counter and said that I was detained.”
Stephen said that after Daniel slapped him, he was locked up for 24 hours and arraigned in court for assaulting police officers.
Stephen’s lawyer, Mr. Justice Uhuegbe, said that it was quite an unfortunate incident. He said that his client’s encounter with the policemen highlighted abuses and police brutality against citizens of Nigeria.

Uhuegbe said: “The policemen beat him up. He was slapped several times. In Nigeria today, everyone is talking about human rights and rule of law, how can such a thing continue to happen in some police stations?
The question now is, are we still in the democratic dispensation? And if such thing could happen to a lawyer, one wonders what ordinary citizens would be going through in the hands of policemen.”

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I married my sister to obey God, avoid divorce –Brother

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Twenty-five-years old Mr. Cornelius Chiadi Ezeibekwe, from Ekwulobia town in Aguata Local Government Area, Anambra State has become the buzz of the moment following his wedding to his younger sister, aged 17 years.

The youth of the community who couldn’t comprehend the taboo burnt down the Sabbath Church where the two were joined as husband and wife. Chiadi who is the sixth of the 10 children of Mr. Louis Ezeibekwe, is a Mathematics teacher at Community Secondary School, Isuofia, also in Aguata local government area.

When Saturday Telegraph visited the home of the newly wedded couple at Agba village, Ekwulobia, Chiadi was seen busy marking examination scripts in a tension free environment while his wife remained indoor throughout our correspondent’s visit to the couple. According to Chiadi, his sister and wife was a student of Federal Government Technical College, GTC, Awka, but had to leave school sometime ago to enable her observe Sabbath rites known as ‘Shimta’. “It was during the observation, which lasts for one year that the marriage took place.

In that period of ‘Shimta’, she must remain in the compound for one year. It was further learnt that Chiadi’s sister had already left school because of the controversy generated by her marriage to her elder brother.

On the reasons why he married his sister, Chiadi said: “I am a Sabbath and when I searched through the scriptures, I discovered that Bible permits marriage between a brother and a sister. So, I went ahead with the arrangement to marry my younger sister.

“The marriage ceremony was observed in our family compound, which also serves as a place of worship for us. My immediate elder brother, Paul Ezeibekwe, the pastor, was present during the ceremony.

“What happened was that when we decided to get married, we told our parents our intention and my father asked us if we knew what we were about to do. I told him that we searched through the scriptures and that God sanctioned it. It was after this that our parents consented.

“However, our other relations objected to the idea when they learnt of the plan and when we ignored them and went ahead with the marriage, they and other villagers burnt the Sabbath Church where we used to worship because they thought it was in that place that we worship, not knowing that we had since abandoned the place and are worshipping in our compound.

The burning of the church does not mean anything to us. “God told me to marry my sister and she also saw the same vision I saw earlier. There are places in the Bible that support such marriage. Those in doubt should read Songs of Solomon Chapters 4 and 5 and 1st Corinthians Chapter 7. “Since we took this decision, I have not felt anything unusual, or felt that I did anything wrong. In the school where I teach, many people asked me about it and I boldly refered them to the Bible.

“One of the reasons for marrying my sister is to avoid divorce which is rampant these days because even if we divorce each other, we will remain in the same family. Besides, by marrying one’s sibling, there will not be the possibility of introducing ugly situations, like diseases or social vices into the family. “

However, their 78 years frail looking father, appeared not to be in total control of the behaviour of his children, His eldest son, Emeka, who is a member of the Winners’ Church and resides in Port Harcourt, condemned the marriage, saying it was a taboo. He said: “I cannot support evil no matter how it is painted.”

Though the family was originally Catholics, they later changed to Seventh Day Adventist Church before switching to their own brand of Sabbath worship, with one of the children of Louis Ezeibekwe, Paul, as the pastor.

The issue drew the attention of some elders of the community a they immediately went to the traditional prime minister of Ekwulobia, Chief Gabriel Ezeukwu to lodge a complaint following the absence of the traditional ruler of the area, Igwe Emmanuel Onyeneke, who is currently out of the country. Following consultations with other elders in the community, Ezeukwu ordered that the marriage be dissolved and a cleansing of the community of the bad omen be done to avert any calamity.

The Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ekwulobia is had begun the cleansing. On whether he would submit himself for cleansing by the Catholic Church, Chiadi said; “Inasmuch as I would not like to break the law of the land, I would leave everything to God to decide because it was God that gave me the vision to marry my sister.

“Except my eldest brother, Emeka, every other member of the family supported this marriage. Our father only changed his mind following the chaos our marriage generated. “It is not the beauty of my sister that made me to marry her. The attraction is that when God wants you to do something, you should do it.”

The traditional prime minister of Ekwulobia, Chief Gabriel Ezeukwu, a Mass Communication lecturer at Madonna University, Okija, said the people of that village reported the matter to him.

He said: “Before coming to me, they were considering various options, including whether to involve the police, adopt a jungle justice or to parade those involved round the town before subjecting them to other rituals. “But I advised that the first thing was to investigate the matter thoroughly. I personally went to their compound and met their parents. I did not see the young man involved and when I was told that he was teaching at Community Secondary School, Isuofia, I went there, but still did not find him. “I saw a burnt structure that looked like a church beside their house and I urged those who gathered at the scene to disappear in their own interest.’

‘Twenty-five-years old Mr. Cornelius Chiadi Ezeibekwe, from Ekwulobia town in Aguata Local Government Area, Anambra State has become the buzz of the moment following his wedding to his younger sister, aged 17 years.

The youth of the community who couldn’t comprehend the taboo burnt down the Sabbath Church where the two were joined as husband and wife. Chiadi who is the sixth of the 10 children of Mr. Louis Ezeibekwe, is a Mathematics teacher at Community Secondary School, Isuofia, also in Aguata local government area.

When Saturday Telegraph visited the home of the newly wedded couple at Agba village, Ekwulobia, Chiadi was seen busy marking examination scripts in a tension free environment while his wife remained indoor throughout our correspondent’s visit to the couple.

According to Chiadi, his sister and wife was a student of Federal Government Technical College, GTC, Awka, but had to leave school sometime ago to enable her observe Sabbath rites known as ‘Shimta’. “It was during the observation, which lasts for one year that the marriage took place. In that period of ‘Shimta’, she must remain in the compound for one year. It was further learnt that Chiadi’s sister had already left school because of the controversy generated by her marriage to her elder brother. On the reasons why he married his sister, Chiadi said: “I am a Sabbath and when I searched through the scriptures, I discovered that Bible permits marriage between a brother and a sister.

So, I went ahead with the arrangement to marry my younger sister. “The marriage ceremony was observed in our family compound, which also serves as a place of worship for us. My immediate elder brother, Paul Ezeibekwe, the pastor, was present during the ceremony. “What happened was that when we decided to get married, we told our parents our intention and my father asked us if we knew what we were about to do. I told him that we searched through the scriptures and that God sanctioned it. It was after this that our parents consented.

“However, our other relations objected to the idea when they learnt of the plan and when we ignored them and went ahead with the marriage, they and other villagers burnt the Sabbath Church where we used to worship because they thought it was in that place that we worship, not knowing that we had since abandoned the place and are worshipping in our compound. The burning of the church does not mean anything to us.

“God told me to marry my sister and she also saw the same vision I saw earlier. There are places in the Bible that support such marriage. Those in doubt should read Songs of Solomon Chapters 4 and 5 and 1st Corinthians Chapter 7.

“Since we took this decision, I have not felt anything unusual, or felt that I did anything wrong. In the school where I teach, many people asked me about it and I boldly refered them to the Bible. “One of the reasons for marrying my sister is to avoid divorce which is rampant these days because even if we divorce each other, we will remain in the same family. Besides, by marrying one’s sibling, there will not be the possibility of introducing ugly situations, like diseases or social vices into the family. “

However, their 78 years frail looking father, appeared not to be in total control of the behaviour of his children, His eldest son, Emeka, who is a member of the Winners’ Church and resides in Port Harcourt, condemned the marriage, saying it was a taboo. He said: “I cannot support evil no matter how it is painted.” Though the family was originally Catholics, they later changed to Seventh Day Adventist Church before switching to their own brand of Sabbath worship, with one of the children of Louis Ezeibekwe, Paul, as the pastor.

The issue drew the attention of some elders of the community a they immediately went to the traditional prime minister of Ekwulobia, Chief Gabriel Ezeukwu to lodge a complaint following the absence of the traditional ruler of the area, Igwe Emmanuel Onyeneke, who is currently out of the country. Following consultations with other elders in the community, Ezeukwu ordered that the marriage be dissolved and a cleansing of the community of the bad omen be done to avert any calamity.

The Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ekwulobia is had begun the cleansing. On whether he would submit himself for cleansing by the Catholic Church, Chiadi said; “Inasmuch as I would not like to break the law of the land, I would leave everything to God to decide because it was God that gave me the vision to marry my sister. “Except my eldest brother, Emeka, every other member of the family supported this marriage.

Our father only changed his mind following the chaos our marriage generated. “It is not the beauty of my sister that made me to marry her. The attraction is that when God wants you to do something, you should do it.”

The traditional prime minister of Ekwulobia, Chief Gabriel Ezeukwu, a Mass Communication lecturer at Madonna University, Okija, said the people of that village reported the matter to him. He said: “Before coming to me, they were considering various options, including whether to involve the police, adopt a jungle justice or to parade those involved round the town before subjecting them to other rituals.

“But I advised that the first thing was to investigate the matter thoroughly. I personally went to their compound and met their parents. I did not see the young man involved and when I was told that he was teaching at Community Secondary School, Isuofia, I went there, but still did not find him. “I saw a burnt structure that looked like a church beside their house and I urged those who gathered at the scene to disappear in their own interest.”

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Truck crushes man, 2 siblings to death

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There was pandemonium yesterday in Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State when a truck laden with granite crushed a middle-aged man with three children. The incident happened at Oru- Ago-Iwoye junction, along the Ijebu- Ode/Ibadan Road when the victims were riding a motorcycle on their way to school at about 7:30am. Saturday Telegraph gathered that the tragic crash claimed the lives of the man and two of the kids on the spot.

The incident sparked riot in the area as aggrieved youths and residents set the truck ablaze in protest against the killing of the victims. Another unsuspecting truck, which drove into the scene, was also intercepted and set on fire by the protesters. Police as well as operatives of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) had hectic time to control the situation.

The FRSC Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, who confirmed the incident, said the fourth victim, a female child, was injured in the crash. Oladele, who spoke through the FRSC Public Education Officer, Ogun State Command, Florence Okpe, attributed the crash to overspeeding and dangerous driving on the part of the truck driver.

The FRSC boss gave the vehicles involved in the crash as an unmarked Shacman truck and a Chigjeng AX100 motorcycle marked OG7613BA. He explained that the injured female child was taken to a private hospital in Oru, Ijebu while the dead were taken to the mortuary of State Hospital, Ijebu-Igbo.

He said: “The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Ago-Iwoye rescue team reported promptly and succeeded in rescuing one of the victims, a young female child, to Blessed Hospital Oru Ijebu for immediate treatment. “Upon returning to the scene, youths and students who were already on the rampage started destroying the truck involved and one other truck that drove into the scene. “The bodies of the dead were evacuated in the heat of the chaos to State Hospital Ijebu-Igbo mortuary.”

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, could not be reached for comments on whether the truck driver had been arrested or not.

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Osinbajo extols late Adebiyi

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Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, led other dignitaries to Otun- Ekiti, in Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State, for the final burial ceremony of a foremost educationist and selfless community leader, Pa Daniel Olajide Adebiyi (JP). Pa Adebiyi, a product of the prestigious Christ School, Ado- Ekiti, and London School of Economics, died on October 23, 2017, at the age of 95. He was survived by children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who gave him a befitting burial deserving of his royal status.

Extolling the deceased at the farewell service held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Otun-Ekiti, the VP said that the late Adebiyi’s life and times were exemplary and worthy of commendation, hence his decision to dignify the event with his presence.

Osinbajo said, “This is a celebration of the life of a distinguished educationist. Our nation needs men and women like Adebiyi. He devoted his time and existence to serving other people and he did so with integrity and honesty.

“When we write and think about him, we think of only greatness and his contributions to the life of others. And we know that here is a man who set an example of good character, hard work and service to man and God. This is why we are celebrating his life.”

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