Security File with Enani Benson
MISSING CASE FILES: 15-YEAR-OLD RACKET UNCOVERED AT IKEJA HIGH COURT
A large scale racket involving the destruction of case files within the judiciary in Lagos State by some unscrupulous elements may have been uncovered.
At the centre of the racket, which involves alleged illegal release of prisoners, are certain legal practitioners and court officials.
WESTERN POST reliably gathered that a self-confessed member of the syndicate, who is also a staff of the judiciary in the state, blew the whistle, which is also believed to involve forgery of court judgments within the past 15 years in an explosive manner.
It all came into the open in a 10–page petition. Laced with scriptural quotations and forwarded to the Chief Judge of the state, the anonymous writer who described himself as a staff of the Ikeja High Court, and also a student–pastor and born- again Christian made certain startling revelations about the operation of the syndicate.
According to the petition, his pastor advised him to confess his sins, which he had committed for the past 15 years.
He claimed that he used to take between N15,000.00 and N35,000.00 for certain crimes involving forgery and destruction of court records among others.
Part of the petition read thus: “I have freed persons convicted by some justices in the state and have also forged and signed some warrants of production for the release of some accused persons on remand and set free some prisoners convicted by the judges.
“Sometime ago, we produced and signed warrant of production of an accused person on behalf of judges after destroying their case files, we would then go to the prison and set them free. I did that personally several times. The court will think the accused (freed) is still in prison, awaiting trial.
“ I have destroyed many record books that contain cases of many criminals who were found guilty and sentenced to jail terms or fines and today they are freed and now on the street across the state”.
Claiming further that he started committing the offences when he was a court clerk 15 years ago, the petitioner added: “I have burnt to ashes the record book that contained the celebrated courts judgment in a land dispute before an Ikeja High Court in Lagos State”.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command reacted in a manner suggesting that the command was yet to be briefed on the development.
According to the state police command spokesperson Ngozi Briade, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), the police are yet to receive any official information that could warrant necessary investigation of the matter.
HERBALIST, SIX OTHERS ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY.
Detectives from Zone XI Police Headquarters, Oshogbo in Osun State, recently smashed a seven-man robbery gang, which has been terrorising residents of the state.
The gang, which comprised a renowned witchdoctor in Gbongan area of the state, is being quizzed at present at the Special Anti-robbery squad section in Oshogbo.
The witchdoctor, Ajayi Komolafe, said someone brought some members of the gang to him for his prayers.
He said: “I am a witchdoctor known all over Osun State. One of my clients, Okere, brought some people to me. The young man came for prayers for success in his business endeavours.”
He said he consulted his oracle and the type of business the men were engaged in- armed robbery- was revealed.
According to him, he prayed and gave them some success charms. He said he continued to pray for members of the gang but they failed to show appreciation.
For instance, members of the gang once share their loot in his shrine and gave little amount of money to him.
“I watched them, as they shared the large sum of money, they only gave me a paltry sum of N15,000.00”.
He said one day, he decided to challenge the gang for giving him little amount of money considering the fact that he was responsible for their successes during their operations. “Immediately I challenged them, Okpere told me that I was a healthy man without deformity and that if I needed money, I should join them during next operation.”
He said after Okpere’s challenge, he decided to join the gang in their next operation.
He said: “I actually went with them and we were successful and I got N50,000.00. After the second robbery, I got N80,000.00, I made more than N300,000.00 from the fifth operation.”
On how he was arrested, Babalawo (herbalist), as he was fondly called, said it was one the members who joined another gang to rob people that implicated him.
“The boy did not come for prayers and fornication before he went for the operation. Besides, he failed to enquire from the oracle whether his star was compatible with his new gang,” he said.
Another suspect, Olayinka Adebayo (aka Last Born), believed by the police to be the leader of the gang, said contrary to the belief, the gang was led by one Frayo who is now at large. He was angry with the Babalawo whom he described as a fake witchdoctor.
“He assured us that police would never arrest us, yet, they arrested us, telling us where and how we operated, “he said
He said members of the gang respected Babalawo, adding that he disappointed them.
He also revealed that Frayo and the assistant leader of the gang called ECOMOG were based in Lagos before police chased them away and they started operating on Lagos – Ibadan expressway.
“I met them at a party and informed them that my friend Jelly and I were also operating in Kwara State, before we were chased away last year.
When he moved to Oshogbo town, he invited Frayo and Ecomog; “we were succeeding until six months ago when police changed their strategies. We became afraid and Okpere advised that we should consult a juju priest.”
He said after receiving assurances from Babalawo that they would not be arrested, “we decided to try our luck in Ilesha town, where we robbed one security officer working with the Osun State government. We snatched his car, that was our greatest undoing as police arrested us.”
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone XI Police HQ, Osogbo, David Omojola, confirmed the arrest of the gang.
He warned that the three states under his command, Osun, Oyo and Ondo states, would be too hot for criminals especially armed robbers and warned them against perpetrating their evil deeds there as there is no hiding place for them.
MFM PASTOR SEEKS DIVORCE, ALLEGES WIFE STARVES HIM OF SEX
For failing to satisfy his sexual desires, a pastor with the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), Olugbenga Ogidan, has asked an Ikorodu Magistrate Court to dissolve his 12-year-old marriage to his wife Abigel.
Ogidan had approached the court specifically seeking for the dissolution of his marriage on grounds of abandonment.
He told the court that the marriage, which was solemnized in 2002, had failed to produce any children despite several attempts, which included the IUF (Invitro Uterine Fertilisation) process.
The 40 years-old pastor said after series of tests it was discovered that his wife had fibroid, a situation, which made her to become a completely different person.
“She became aggressive, hostile and confrontational despite all my pleadings. She banned sex between both of us forever,” the petitioner said.
He further told the court that his 39-year-old wife moved out of their matrimonial home on December 4th, 2012 while he was away on a church programme.
Ogidan said: “When I came back I was very shocked because she never divulged the new place of her abode.
“I sought for her, went to her office, knelt down for her publicly and begged her to return home because God can still do it”.
He alleged that his wife told him she left their marriage to seek for a child elsewhere because she was told to do so by God.
The petitioner therefore asked the court to dissolve the marriage because his wife had moved on with her life.
The case has been adjourned to July 11, 2014 for cross-examination and defense.
LAGOS ESTATE AGENT IN COURT FOR DEFRAUDING TENANT.
A 36 year-old estate agent, Liadi Olatunji, has appeard before an Igbosere Magistrates Court in Lagos for allegedly defrauding someone seeking accommodation of N230,000.00.
Olatunji, who gave no particular residential address, was charges with obtaining by false pretences and stealing.
The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Phillip Osijale, told the court that the estate agent committed the crime on November 1, 2013, at Obadina Street, Lagos Island, Lagos.
Osijale said that Olatunji induced Folarin Anjorin to part with his N230,00.00 under the pretext that he would get a one room “self contained” apartment for him.
According to Oshijale, the accused converted the money to his own use and never provided the accommodation he promised the complainant.
The prosecutor added that all efforts by Anjorin to contact the accused for a refund of his money proved abortive.
He said the offence contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the criminal law of Lagos State, 2011. Section 312 prescribes a 15-year jail term for anyone convicted of the offence of obtaining by false pretences.
Meanwhile, the complainant, Anjorin, was present in court as a witness for the prosecution, while the estate agent, however. pleaded not guilty to the two-court charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs. A. Botoku, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000.00 with a surety in like sum.
Botoku adjourned the case till July 25, 2014 for continuation of hearing.
HOW LAGOS LANDLORDS, AGENTS FEED FAT ON TENANTS
As the economic meltdown persists, landlords and tenants in Lagos have continued to lock horns over arbitrary high cost of house rents in the metropolis despite subsisiting tenancy law in the state.
A resident of Ogba, a Lagos surburb, Ebere Igwe, is one tenant who will never forget his encounter with estate agents.
In a chat with WESTERN POST, Igwe, however, blamed the problem on unpatriotic agents and shylock landlords in the state.
According to him, “The agents connive with landlords to make life unbearable for tenants. They secretly tell landlords to increase rent because they know that the higher the rent the more money they will get at the end of the day as agency fees and commission.
“Sometimes, the landlord in question terrorizes tenants. They are frequently locked out if they come home late at night and or when the high cost of rent could not be met on time. The landlords drive out the tenants, leaving them stranded.
“I had an ugly experience some time ago in my Ogba home. Before I got the house in question, the agent cashed in on my desperation to get a house and swindled me. He was always demanding money from me for transport fare, and when I finally got the house, the landlord insisted that I pay a certain huge amount as rent. I later found out that it was the agent that connived with the landlord to hike the rent.”
Bimpe, another tenant residing in Ikorodu, while sharing her experience with WESTERN POST said she was made to pay some amount upfront for sanitation and general maintenance of the compound because, according to the landlady, some tenants disagree on how to keep the premises clean, hence the need to charge some money before we moved in.