Magistrate M.C. Ojobo, (Mrs.), in Charge No. MOR/148c/2015.
The accused persons were alleged to have conspired together on the 9th day of September 2015 at No. 97 Sakponba Road in Benin City to commit the unlawful coronation, an offence punishable under Section 517 of the criminal code, Cap 48 Vol 11 laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 now applicable in Edo State.
According to the charge sheet, the 1st accused person (Rich Arisco Osemwengie) was said to have allowed himself to be installed as a Traditional Ruler, His Royal Majesty, The Ogiamen of Utantan Benin Nation, as well as assumed the Chieftaincy title when he is not a chief, without the approval of the Executive Council of Edo State, an offence punishable under Section 20(2)(b) and 26 (1)(a)(11) of the Traditional Ruler Chiefs Law of Bendel State.
The 2nd accused person (Patrick Osabuohien) and others now at large, were alleged to have carried out the said coronation without the approval of the Executive Council and thereby committed an offence punishable under Sections 20 (2)(a)(b), 26(2)(a) and 249 (d) of the criminal code.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
Citing Section 118 of the Criminal Procedure, as well as Section 36(5) of the Nigeria Constitution where bail was at the discretion of the court, Counsel for the accused, Godwin Oiakhena who led four other lawyers, prayed the court to grant his clients bail, saying that as gentlemen they would not jump bail.
The Prosecution Counsel while objecting the bail application, described the 1st accused person as a man of considerable means who has the capacity to interfere in the investigation of the trial as others were still at large.
Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Henry Idahagbon, who led a retinue of Senior Counsel of the Justice Ministry in prosecution, told the court that the offence was tantamount to a traditional coup de tat capable of causing breach of peace, unrest and civil disorder in the society.
*Not just ok with this coronation. Smh
How UAE visa ban almost ruined my wedding – Rita Dominic
Rita Dominic, the ace Nollywood actress, has recounted how the visa ban by United Arab Emirates (UAE) almost ruined her wedding.
The UAE immigration authorities had in October banned visa applications to 20 African countries including Nigeria.
In an appreciation post on Instagram on Tuesday, the movie star narrated how the distance between herself and her cloth designer almost affected the event.
It is believed that the fashion designer resides in Dubai.
Dominic also appreciated the gown designer for “going above and beyond” to get the dress to her despite the ban.
“Thank God for a beautiful weekend full of love and joy. Thank you to @michael5inco for making my dream wedding gown. It was a lot of hard work and patience since we were in two different countries,” she wrote.
“The UAE ban almost ruined it all but designer @michael_nardi_ who you see in this video came to the rescue by going and above and beyond to make the necessary alterations and final fittings. So huge hugs to both.
“Thank you to my dream team who worked hard to get me looking good in this gown. Love you all from the bottom of my heart.”
Kiekie and husband welcome first child
Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori, the Nigerian comedian and skit maker better known as Kiekie, and her husband have welcomed their first child together.
The excited mother announced the birth of her baby girl via a post on her Instagram page on Tuesday.
She also shared a picture of the baby, who they had named Nola, alongside a clip from the Cocomelon, a popular children’s cartoon.
“Look who’s here! Our baby! NOLA. E ILORI @shonaola_ilori,” she captioned the post.
Colleagues and fans have since then taken to the comment section to congratulate the parents on the birth of their child.
Gospel Singer, Sammie Okposo dies at 51
Gospel singer and Welu Welu crooner, Sammie Okposo is reportedly dead.
According to a report making the rounds, the music producer slumped on Friday morning and died. He was aged 51.
Okposo made headlines early in the year after he publicly apologized to his wife, Ozioma for cheating on her with another lady in the United States.
In the apology which was shared on his Instagram page, the singer lamented over the incident which he noted happened in 2021.
The singer further stated that the development has seen him step aside from ministerial work until “full restoration.”
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