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Zambia ex-VP avoids jail thanks to church


Former Zambian Vice-President Nevers Mumba has avoided prison after pleading that as a pastor, his congregation would suffer if he went to jail.

The cleric and politician was convicted on two counts of abuse of the authority of office by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The charges relate to his time when he served as Zambia’s ambassador to Canada between 2009 and 2011.

He was found guilty of awarding a contract to a Canadian company to do electrical works at the official residence of the high commissioner.

He was also found guilty of not following the correct procedure in the awarding of another contract for electrical and carpeting work, as well as the construction of a desk at the same residence.

After his guilty verdict was announced, Mumba pleaded in mitigation that his church members could not do without him.

The magistrate accepted this and Mumba, who served as vice-president between 2003 and 2004, will not serve any sentence as he was granted an absolute discharge.

Mumba is still involved in politics, and is now a faction leader of the former ruling party, the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD).

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​In Port Harcourt, Top banker bags 6 months jail term for N28m fraud



According to the statement, Chukwuma was first arraigned on July 2, 2012, and he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Justice M.A. Onyetenu of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, has convicted and sentenced a former banker,

Ikechukwu Chukwuma, to six months imprisonment for defrauding his bank.

Mr Wilson Uwujaren , Head of Media and Publicity of the commission, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to the statement, Chukwuma was found guilty on a three-count charge bordering on fraud as he used his position to influence and transfer the sum of N28 million to his account.

It said that on June 18, 2009, at Oyingbo and Fot Onne branches of the bank, Chukwuma obtained by false pretence the sum of N15 million by presenting a cheque and overdrawing his account to the tune of the said amount.

It said that he deceived the bank when he claimed that the said amount was about to be credited to his account by his uncle in Lagos.

By the action, Chukwuma committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) and (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act, the statement said.

It added that the judge also ordered the convict to pay the sum of N15 million as restitution to the bank.

According to the statement, Chukwuma was first arraigned on July 2, 2012, and he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

It said that sentence would run from March 15, 2016, the day he was convicted.

Meanwhile, an illegal oil bunkerer, Basil Anoliefo , has also been convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment with hard labour.

The statement said the judge found the convict guilty on a two-count charge of conspiracy and illegally dealing in petroleum products brought against him by the EFCC.

According to the statement, Anoliefo was arrested by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and handed over to the EFCC on April 15, 2008.

It said that Anoliefo was first arraigned on March 15, 2011, when he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The sentence is to run from May 9, 2016, the day he was convicted.

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Teairra Mari Singer might face jail term over fight with Uber driver


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The singer ignored a court case on Monday, June 13, 2016 where she was to face the charges for punching and forcefully collecting the phone charger of an Uber driver.

A judge has issue a warrant for the arrest of ‘Love and Hip Hop’, reality TV star Teairra Mari .

TMZ reports, the singer ignored a court case on Monday, June 13, 2016 where she was to face the charges for punching and forcefully collecting the phone charger of an Uber driver.
When Teairra, case was called in the L.A courtroom, she was nowhere to be found. Realizing that she didn’t show up at the court made the judge issued a warrant for her arrest.
Teairra, who is required to surrender to the authorities so she can stand trial, blamed her absence on error in scheduling.
She is expected to be in court on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

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#Saraki_Senate will consider #life_jail term for #fake_drug_dealers – #Senate_President says


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The Senate President said this at the public hearing on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and unwholesome processed Foods Act.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has revealed that the Senate will come up with a bill that will proffer a life jail term for individuals who sell and manufacture fake drugs.
Saraki said “In 2008, thousands of Nigerian children started taking a teething medicine that contained toxic chemicals. By February 2009 over 90 Nigeria babies had died from consuming the mixture. This is despicable and to say the least unacceptable.”
He said the move by the lawmakers will ensure that those found guilty will pay a N2m fine.
Punch reports that the Senate President said this at the public hearing on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and unwholesome processed Foods Act.
He also said the properties and assets of those convicted will be seized by the Federal Government.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT)
has announced that the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki will resume on Thursday, June 7, 2016. »

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In Asaba Two Fulani herdsmen sentenced to 20 years in jail over illegal possession of firearms


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The sentencing had been handed down during the court hearing held on Monday, May 16, 2016 to the herdsmen identified as Hassan Abidu and Yakubu Salem.

News reports have revealed that a High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State has reportedly sentenced two Fulani herdsmen to jail for illegal possession of firearms.
ALSO READ: Family laments as Fulani herdsmen kill man, kidnap brothers »
The sentencing had been handed down during the court hearing held on Monday, May 16, 2016 to the herdsmen identified as Hassan Abidu and Yakubu Salem.
The suspects are now reportedly facing 20 years in prison with hard labour following allegations of being a oart of an armed squad known for terrorizing the indigenes of Ibusa community in Delta State.
The herdsmen were reportedly arrested on February 23, 2015 after a distress call had been made revealing that a suspected group of Fulani boys had been seen at Power line, Ibusa, equipped with firearms and dangerous weapons.
The suspects had reportedly been prosecuted on a two count charge of unlawful possession of firearms which had been tendered against them by the Attorney-General of the state, punishable under Section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R.II, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria,2010.
ALSO READ: Enugu chief murdered by Fulani herdsmen

The pair bagged 10 years sentences respectively with hard labour and no option of fine.
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Inmate gets in trouble for posting selfies in van on his way to jail


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27 year old Shane Holbrook of Huntington, West Virginia, who was sentenced to jail for first degree armed robbery and malicious wounding after he shot a man at gunpoint in Feburuary 2016, posted pictures of himself in a jail-van transporting him to prison. The jail van belonged to the Cabell County Courthouse and he was being transported to the state’s Western Regional Jail with some other inmates. In one photo he captioned it: ‘Go hard all day.’
According to WEAR-TV, when they interviewed Holbrook and asked him why he posted those photos, he said he wanted to reassure his family that he was doing well, and posted three selfies with the captions, ‘On the van,’ ‘Go hard all day’, and ‘Catch up’ over the course of at least 20 minutes.
He said:

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“We were just trying to have a good time in jail. We’re already here, why be miserable?’
Phones are considered contrabands and aren’t allowed in jail or in the van transporting offenders to jail.
When Holbrook was asked about how he had access to the contraband, he said the cell phone was ‘within reach’.
He said: ‘It just happened…Lightning strikes trees, comets fall to earth, a guy in jail gets a cell phone sometimes. That’s just the way this works.’
The spokesperson for the jail released a statement that reads in part:
‘The Western Regional Jail and Correctional Facility authorities requires pat-downs of all individuals when they enter its custody as part of the agency’s zero tolerance police against contraband.
‘The incident in question remains under investigation. The device at issue was confiscated before the inmates entered the Western Regional Jail.’
His friends responded by laughing at his ability to post while on his way to jail. Read some of the comments below…

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