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Court refuses to reduce Shangisha ex-baale’s bail terms

A Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Tuesday dismissed an application brought before it by an ex-Baale of Shangisha, Chief Mutiu Ogundare, urging the court to vary his bail condition.

Ogundare, who was arraigned along with his wife, Abolanle, and his brother, Mohammed Babatunde, for staging his kidnap, has been in the Kirikiri Prison due to his inability to fulfil the bail term granted him and his relations by an Ogba Magistrate’s Court.

The ex-baale allegedly connived with his wife and brother to fake his kidnap on Wednesday, July 5, and they were subsequently arrested and arraigned on three counts bordering on fake kidnapping, which they pleaded not guilty to.

 At the Tuesday’s proceedings, Ogundare, who was represented by his counsel, Chief H. N. Ogirien, pleaded with the court to reduce some aspects of the bail conditions, especially the part where the deposed traditional ruler was asked to provide a level 17 officer in the state civil service.

“My Lord, we are unable to secure a Level 17 Officer of the Lagos State Civil Service. No one is willing to come forward and stand as surety.

“We also have difficulty getting a traditional ruler to stand as surety. We are simply asking the court to review the bail conditions such that the defendant could easily perfect the bail conditions.

“This situation is peculiar because a man and his wife are both incarcerated. They have young children of nursery, primary and secondary ages who are solely dependent on them. The children have nobody to take care of them,” Ogirien said.

The vacation judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, asked why the application was not taken to the lower court where the bail was granted.

He said, “He is a traditional ruler, so I am wondering why none of his fellow traditional rulers can stand for him.

“Are you saying that there is no traditional ruler within jurisdiction that can stand for him?”

The judge thereafter dismissed the application of counsel for the deposed traditional ruler.

The magistrate’s court had granted N2m bail to each of the defendants, with two sureties each in like sum.

According to the court, the sureties must include a traditional ruler, a person with registered property in Lagos, a taxpayer and a Grade Level 17 Officer in the state public service.

Meanwhile, the police on Tuesday arraigned a 27-year-old man, Victor Aligbe, for releasing his ex-girlfriend’s nude pictures on social media and sending threat messages to her.

Aligbe was arraigned before a Lagos State Magistrate’s Court in Ikeja on three counts bordering on breach of the peace, which he pleaded not guilty to.

According to the charge sheet, the defendant and others still at large, committed the offence on August 17, 2017, around 10am on Lawal Street, in the Alaba area of Lagos.

According to the police report, the lady received a call from her former lover to come to his friend’s family house at Lawal Street.

The report claimed that on getting there, she was threatened with a cutlass and her phone was forcefully collected from her. Her nude pictures were later uploaded on Facebook.

She was subsequently threatened with text messages.

According to the report, Aligbe, in his statement to the police, claimed to be an Internet fraudster, and that he taught his ex-girlfriend how to defraud people on the Internet.

Aligbe further claimed that an American, Ryan Kubick, used to send money to them through MoneyGram and because of that, his partner decided to end the relationship between them but continued collecting money from Kubick.

According to the report, Aligbe claimed that he sent threat messages to her for betrayal.

Aligbe, however, denied uploading her nude pictures on social media.

He said, “I am into yahoo yahoo (Internet fraud). On Wednesday, Ryan (Kubick) called me from the US that he found out that my girlfriend had scammed him by collecting money from him. She collected the money under the pretext of coming to meet him in the US.

“I taught her the work of yahoo yahoo. I put her in the business.

“Now that she understands the business, she’s collecting money through MoneyGram without telling me anything about it.

“I don’t know who posted the pictures. It could be one of my friends or the white man, who was defrauded.”

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe

The Punch

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