An Egor Magistrates’ Court, Benin, on Friday sentenced a 62-year old pastor, Alfred Idonogie, to two years imprisonment for defiling a 10-year old girl.
Chief Magistrate Taye Omoruyi found Idonogie guilty of the offence after the prosecutor presented five witnesses who testified in proof of the charge.
The prosecution witnesses included the victim’s grandmother, the girl, the investigating police officer and a medical doctor, who established that there was penetration into the little girl’s private part.
The court said that the accused committed the offence on June 25, 2 013 at Onaghino Street, medical stores road, Benin City.
The judge said the convict would spend six months in jail if he agreed to pay a fine of N200,000
Counsel to the accused, Mr U. Osa-Uwagie, indicated his interest to contest the judgment on appeal.
The Coordinator, Edo State Child Protection Network, Jennifer Ero, who took up the matter, said the judgment was a victory for the child.
She urged the public to be committed in the fight against child abuse. (NAN)
The Federal Roads Safety Commission, Kano State
Command, said seven persons died in an auto crash
on Bagadawa-Mil Tara- Katsina road on February
The FRSC Sector Commander in Kano, Mr Garba
Ibrahim, told the News Agency of Nigeria on
Friday that the accident occurred at about
7.30p.m., adding that nine persons were also
injured in the crash.
He said the accident involved three vehicles,
including an articulated vehicle with Reg. No. KTN
628AA and two Toyota buses with Reg. No.
AA106KKH and GNN26AA.
Ibrahim said the accident involved 26 people while
the remains of the dead and those injured were
taken to the hospital.
He said the FRSC personnel responded promptly to a
distress call by a Good Samaritan immediately
after the accident and advised drivers to be careful
when they drive.
I write this open letter from the bottom of my heart to the president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the federal republic of nigeria, dr. Goodluck jonathan, to ensure that the incessant but avoidable strikes of 2013 do not spill over to 2014. The reasons being that strike of any sort dwindles the economy and retard development. If not asuu today, it is asup, coesu, nlc, or nma tomorrow. For the sake of good governance, equity, justice and fair play, the president should use his good offices to put to a stop to strikes in the country.
Owerri, Imo State,
FOUR persons – a couple, their daughter and house help-yesterday, died in a miltiple accident involving the convoy of Ondo State deputy governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi.
A traditional ruler, the Osunmakinde of Ife Tuntun, Osun State, Oba Obawure Taofeek Olaposi, who was seriously injured in the crash, is on admission in Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure.
The deceased are the Chairman of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Alex Akinwale, his wife, Rebecca, and daughter, Pauline.
The Akinwales first child, Paul, who was also involved in the crash, however, survived.
The wife was a staff in the Marketing Department of the NTA, Akure.
However the deputy governor escaped death.
Eyewitness account revealed that the crash occurred at Apomu-Owena along Akure –Ondo Road when a white Toyota Camry car belonging to the monarch ran into Olanusi’s convoy among other vehicles while trying to overtake.
Sunday Vanguard learnt that the driver of the Camry dangerously overtook the vehicles and, in the process, rammed into on-coming vehicles including those in the deputy governor’s convoy resulting in the multiple accident.
The NTA couple were coming from Ondo town after attending a burial ceremony.
It was gathered that the Camry rammed into the couple’s car before hitting the deputy governor’s convoy.
The monarch and a teenager in his vehicle are receiving treatment at the Akure specialist hospital.
The corpses of the deceased were said to have also been deposited at the hospital mortuary.
The Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor, Mr Daisi Ajayi, said his principal was on his way to Ondo for an official assignment when the incident occurred.
Ajayi said one of the security cars in Olanusi’s convoy was badly damaged as a result of the incident.
Meanwhile, it was wailing at the premises of the NTA, Akure following the death of the couple.
Immediately the news of the death of the Akinwales spread, workers trooped to the television station located at Oba-Ile to confirm it.