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Okada riders jailed six months for possessing hemp, codeine, tramadol



Man, 55, docked over alleged N600,000 land fraud

A Wuse Zone II Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday sentenced three commercial motorcyclists to six months imprisonment each, for possessing of hemp, codeine and tramadol.


The convicts, Auwal Sani, 18; Nasiru Sani, 25; and Abdulrasheed Abubakar, 25, are residents of Trademore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja.


They were sentenced following their guilty plea to the offences as charged by the police.

The court, however, gave each of the convicts an option of N25,000 fine.

Magistrate Huzaifa Maccido said, “The defendants, having listened to the information contained in the First Information Report by the police and pleaded guilty, will be tried summarily.

“The defendants are sentenced to six months’ imprisonment each or have an option to pay a fine of N25,000.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the convicts were arraigned on July 26, but the magistrate reserved judgment until Tuesday.

The prosecutor, Mayowa Adefioye, had told the court that the convicts were arrested on July 25 by a team of police officers on routine patrol on Trademore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja.

Adefioye said that when searches were carried out on them, 32 wraps of weeds suspected to be hemp, 10 bottles of codeine and two tablets of tramadol were found on the commercial motorcyclists.

He said that they were brought to court on a count charge of causing nuisance, contrary to the provisions of Section 198 of the Penal Code.


Bandits shoot 40 dead, sack Plateau community



Bandits in their numbers reportedly attacked Zurak village in Bashar District of Wase local government area of Plateau State, killing more than 40 persons, including vigilantes.


According to residents of the community, the incident occurred around 5: pm, on Monday, when people were going about their normal activities.


The residents said but they could not immediately report the incident due to the poor communication network in the area.

According to Sahpi’i Sambo, a youth leader in the area, who also confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, the bandits arrived at the community on motorcycles – two on a bike – with sophisticated weapons and started shooting sporadically.

He said “More than 40 people were killed while many injured. Residents of the village have fled to neighbouring communities for cover. As of yesterday, security personnel had not yet arrived at the community. It was deadly,” Sambo said.

Spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Alabo Alfred, had not responded to inquiry by our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.

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Ex-Sports Minister laments after hospital neglected him for hours over N80000 deposit



A former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has recounted how a hospital in Plateau State did not attend to him because of the non-payment of the admission deposit.


Dalung said he fell ill on Wednesday, May 8, and went to the unnamed hospital for treatment but that the hospital refused to give him treatment because he had yet to make an admission deposit despite holding his medical records. The former minister said he regained partial consciousness later and transferred the deposit before he was attended to.


“I took ill on Wednesday, arrived at the hospital & shortly became unconscious after doctor’s interviews. Was ferried into emergency ward but abandoned for over 4 hrs due to non payments of admission deposits. Regained partial consciousness later did the transfer of deposit.

After that, I fell into unconsciousness again for about 7 hours. To God be the glory, I have been discharged after 3 days & recovering. Were it not for partial consciousness to pay the deposits, I would have been Mr. late. Many Nigerians have gone this way. Where is our humanity?

I was then admitted into the ward and given medical attention. This is the hospital that has my medical records. The last medical checkup I did about 2 months ago was there, but suddenly, I became a stranger because of non payments of deposits even with the so-called name. Hmmmm”

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