Suspected Land Crabber Docked For Unlawful Demolition, Threat to Life

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A 45 years old suspected land grabber, Emeka John Onugha, was today, rerraigned before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on a seven count-charge bordering of conspiracy, felony, willful destruction of building, forcible entry, conduct likely to breach public peace and threat to kill.

The suspected land grabber was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku led-court, by the men  Inspectors-General Monitoring Unit, (IGP Monitoring), Abuja .

The police in a charge marked B/88a/2018, alleged that the defendant and others now at large, have sometimes in March, 2018, at Oko-Ado, in Eti-Osa Local Government Area, of Lagos, conspired among themselves and forcibly entered into a large expanse of land belonging to the dou of Hassan Ogwu Aku and Smart Clement.

During the said unlawful entry into the land, he was also alleged to have wilfully and unlawfully demolished a building structure  valued N120 million, belonging to the two complainants. While also alleged to have threatened to kill them.

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The defendant and others now at large, was also alleged to have on the said date, conducted themselves in the manner that caused breach of public peace.

The alleged offences, according to the prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, are contrary to and punishable under Sections 411, 52, 350 168(b) and 56(a) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015. And Sections 2(3) and 7 of the Properties Protection Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to all the counts of the charge.

During the suspect’s arraignment before the court on Friday, the prosecutor, Animashaun, had told the court that the defendant was charged to court, after the complainants wrote a petition against to the Inspectors-General Monitoring Team, (IGP Monitoring) Abuja, Force Headquarters, under the leadership of Mr. Habu Sanni.

Animashaun told the court that upon careful investigation of the said petition by Inspector Reuben Noah, the defendant was found culpable of all allegations and he was brought to court.

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Upon the plea of the defendant, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Botoku, admitted him to bail  in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in the same sum.

One of the sureties according to Chief Magistrate Botoku must be a landed property owner within the court’s jurisdiction and that the sureties must obtained three years tax payable to Lagos State government. She added that all the bail conditions must be verified by the prosecutor.

The matter has been adjourned till November 10, for commencement of trial.

Count one against the defendant reads: “that you Emeko John Onugho ‘m and others now at large on or about the month of 2017, at Oko-Ado Community in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, in the Lagos Magisterial District did conspired amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit and forcibly Entry and thereby committed on offence Contrary to Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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Count five reads: “that you Emeka John Onugha ‘m’ and others now at large. on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did wilfully and unlawfully damage a building structure valued One Hundred and twenty million Naira (N120 Million), properties of one Hassan Ogwu Aku ‘m’ and Smart Clement m, and thereby committed and offence contrary to and punishable under Section 350 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

And count seven reads: “that you Emeko John Onugha ‘m’ and others now at large on the same time, date and place, in the aforementioned Magisterial District,  did threatened to kill one Hassan Ogwu Aku ‘m’ and Smart Clement ‘m‘ and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 56 (a) of Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015”.

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