NEWS: CJN asks Magistrates to Liberalise Bail Conditions and Other News Updates

Releasing Chibok girls information’ll damage ties with Nigeria –UK

There is a strong indication that the United Kingdom is withholding intelligence information as regard the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram since April 14, 2014.

The girls, until their abduction, were pupils of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

The British government claimed that revealing details of what it found about the whereabouts of the abducted girls would clearly damage its relationship with Nigeria and other allies.

This revelation came after a UK-based group, Security in Africa, through its founder, Ben Oguntala, wrote the British Ministry of Defence to request for information on the Chibok girls.

“The information was sent on January 30 this year and the UK government has 20 days to comply. They do have a defence of national security and that would prevent them from disclosing the information. Let’s hope they don’t. If they rely on national security defence, we can raise the matter with the Information Commissioner’s office to determine if their claim of national security is reasonable,” Oguntala told our correspondent while requesting for the information.

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Fuel scarcity hits Lagos, worsens in Abuja, others

In the last couple of days, major petrol stations around the country have witnessed long queues due to the non interest of  importing the fuel mainly because of the rising exchange rate of the dollar to the Naira and also because of the delay in subsidy payments.

A marketer told correspondents that an exchange rate of N226 per dollar was demanded on import duties contrary to the inter-bank exchange rate of N198 posted on the website of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency for the pricing template of PMS approved on February 19, 2015.

The major marketers import close to 60 per cent of petrol consumed in the country while the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation imports the balance.

The States badly hit by this scarcity are Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Bayelsa, Ondo, Ekiti, Kaduna, Delta, Plateau, Akwa-Ibom, while Abuja, the nation’s capital, appears to be the worst hit.

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Prison congestion: CJN asks magistrates to liberalise bail conditions

The Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has asked magistrates to stop imposing stringent bail conditions on accused persons involved in minor offences

He gave the directive over the weekend when national executives of the Magistrates Association of Nigeria, led by its acting National President, Chief Magistrate Victoria Isiguzo, paid him and 15 other Justices of the Supreme Court a courtesy visit.

Worried by the rising figures of awaiting trial inmates in various prison facilities across the federation,, has asked magistrates to stop imposing stringent bail conditions on accused persons involved in minor offences

He said it was regrettable that minor offenders are sometimes ordered to meet harsh and untenable bail terms, even as he stressed that the essence of bail is not to punish an accused person but to secure his attendance to appear in court for trial.

He, therefore, called on magistrates to stop indulging the police by admitting to bail a suspect whose case the police are not ready to prosecute.

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Stepmom Ties and Locks Up 2 year Old Girl For Soiling Herself

On the 17th of February, Christiana Faturoti a 28-year-old woman allegedly tied up her Step daughter Lovelyn and locked her up all alone in the house as a punishment because she soiled herself.

Cries from the little girl attracted the attention of a neighbour who traced it to an unoccupied room which was padlocked. After peeping and seeing the girl in such a condition, the neighbour quickly alerted the police at Itori police station.

Christiana was promptly arrested and is currently undergoing interrogation at the Anti-Human Trafficking section of the Department of Criminal Investigation, Ogun State Police Command.

 

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