The Criminal Court of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced eight Nigerians to death for carrying out what it termed as “a string of armed robberies” at money exchanges and cash machines across the emirate in December 2016.
Khaleej Times, a UAE medium, reported on Thursday that the ninth suspect was however sentenced to six months imprisonment for possession of stolen money.
He would be deported after serving the jail term.
The report noted that the ninth suspect denied the charge against him and claimed that one of the suspect’s brothers asked him to transfer Dh60,000 to an account in his home country (Nigeria).
The court accused the convicted persons of armed robbery, public assault and seizing money by force. Some of the accused were said to have confessed to their crimes while others denied the charges.
The UAE Police said they checked surveillance cameras and found fingerprints to identify the perpetrators, which led to their arrest.
One of the defendants was said to have returned part of the stolen money.
A total of Dh1.8m cash was reportedly stolen from three locations.
In the ruling, which took place on Wednesday, only eight persons were convicted out of the 20 persons arrested for the crime, which involved attacking security guards in four violent attacks at ATMs and money exchanges across Sharjah in late 2016.
According to a report by Gulf News, a daily English Newspaper in Dubai, the verdict was handed down by Judge Majid Al Muhairi of Sharjah Criminal Court.
Meanwhile, Gulf News said a prosecutor pointed out that the judgement could be appealed and that the sentences could be downgraded to life imprisonment.
Court Rules on Ndume’s Bail Application Friday
The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Friday for ruling on the bail application filed by Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume, who has been detained in prison since Monday over his suretyship for Abdulrasheed Maina believed to have jumped bail.
Justice Okon Abang adjourned for ruling after Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, argued the bail application, which was opposed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar.
Maina, a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on charges of money laundering involving N2bn.
On November 18, 2020, Justice Abang revoked the bail granted him, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial would proceed in absentia.
The judge also on Monday remanded Ndume in prison until he produced Maina or paid the sum of N500m bail bond to the Federation Account.
Ndume, through his lawyer, Marcel Oru, had on Tuesday filed an appeal against the remand order at the Court of Appeal, along with an application for the bail of the defendant filed before Justice Abang.
Widow of Killed Vendor Urges Gbajabiamila to Ignore Family’s N500m Demand,
Josephine Okereke, the wife of the newspaper vendor shot and killed by a Department of State Services operative attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disowned her husband’s family over their demand for N500m compensation.
Josephine spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
The family of Ifeanyichukwu Okereke had written to Gbajabiamila, demanding N500m.
Lawyer to the family, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), in a letter dated November 23, 2020, said he was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke.
The DSS had last week arrested the operative, Abdullahi Hassan, who shot Okereke while Gbajabiamila had also visited the family of the deceased and promised to ensure that they do not suffer.
However, the family demanded more, adding that nothing could bring the dead vendor back to life.
The widow, however, said she was not aware of the pre-litigation process, urging the Speaker to ignore the family fulfill his promises to her and her two children.
GSA Set to Celebrate First Anniversary
A new generational church In Lagos, GLORY SIGNATURE ASSEMBLY will be celebrating 5 years in ministry and her 1st anniversary as a church on December 12. The event is expected to showcase pomp and pageantry.
The church will also be opening and dedicating her new edifice referred to as THE SIGNATURE HOUSE.
The anniversary promises to be one of its kind as it will be featuring several activities that will illuminate the lives of everyone that will be present.
The theme of the anniversary is ‘THE EARTH HAS YIELDED ITS INCREASE AND GOD OUR GOD HAS BLESSED US’
Popular preacher, Dr Abel Damina, will be ministering alongside Rev. Mrs Nnamso Akpan, who is the Chief Host to the glory of God.
Also, Pastor Wisdom Chigozie, Min. Paul Daniels, Min. Esther Benyogo & THE SIGNATURE VOICES will be leading people to true worship at the anniversary.
Reception follows immediately after service at the same venue.
Furthermore, as part of the anniversary activities, the annual thanksgiving of the church will hold On Sunday Dec. 13 @ THE SIGNATURE HOUSE.
There is going to be an outpouring of abundance, new doors will be open, fresh grace has already been released for the service….come experience the signature of Gods glory! Don’t miss out….come let us sing for joy to the Lord!