The president of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Justice Benedict Kanyip, said on Monday in Abuja that the court disposed of 1, 486 cases in the outgone 2019 to 2020 legal year.
He said over 6,000 cases are pending before the court.
Mr Kanyip made this known at a ceremony to mark the beginning of the new 2020 to 2021 legal year.
He said the figure was understandable as 627 cases were disposed of in the fourth quarter of 2019, while in the first quarter of 2020, a total number of 619 were disposed.
Mr Kanyip said the figure however, dropped to 240 in the second quarter of 2020, the period in which the COVID-19 lockdown was most severe, according to him.
The president, in addition, said that in all, between October 2019 and June, 2020, 1,486 cases were disposed of.
He said this earned the court the annual vacation as the court worked even during the trying times of the COVID-19 lockdown.
“As at March 13, the court had 6,596 cases in its docket across the country with Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Ibadan leading in that order.
“Today, the total number of cased that are pending are 6095. This means that 501 cases were disposed of between March 13 and Sept. 30, 2020.
According to him, “these measures have given expeditious disposal of cases, as well as minimize the rate of transmission of the dreaded COVID-19 during the period of the pandemic.”
Police Arrest Rapist In Akwa Ibom State
Police in Akwa Ibom state have arrest a rapist, who allegedly forcefully raped a 17-year-old girl.
A young man of 26 years from Ikot Ubo was arrested as he forcefully raped girl of 17 year on her way to school.
The Vice chairman of Oruk Anam, Hon. Uduak Umoh who handed over the rapist to the police, warmed Oruk Anam indigenes to desist from rapping, kinnapping, and other social vices.
While rushing the girl to Poly Clinic, Ata Obio Akpa, Oruk Anam Local Government Area, the young girl was said to have been seriously wounded.
Abuja Police Reiterate Commitment to Clamp Down on Criminals
The Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) Police Command has reiterate its commitment to clamp down on all criminal elements within the state while issuing a serious warning that those caught would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The Commissioner of Police, CP, Babaji Sunday made this known during a press conference at the command’s headquarters, Abuja.
The commissioner who reiterated the commitment of the command in ensuring that criminal activities are removed from the FCT, also warned those flaunting the ban on the use of tinted vehicles and covered number plates to desist from such acts.
He assured residents of Abuja that the Command is providing enough security for the protection of lives and properties particularly in the ‘Ember months when criminal activities are believed to be on the increase.
He said, “I want to sound a note of warning to criminal elements within FCT to desist from their nefarious activities or face the full wrath of the law. Also, I wish to reiterate the ban on the use of tinted vehicles and covered number plates within the FCT, as all violators will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
“I want to use this medium to reassure FCT residents of the command’s unwavering commitment toward the protection of lives and property within the Federal Capital Territory.
“In addition, I wish to express my profound gratitude to the Inspector-General of Police IGP. Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, FDC, the Honorable Minister of the FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello for their unflinching support towards the FCT command.
“I also want to appreciate Gentlemen of the Press and all those who volunteered useful information to the command in its fight against crime within the FCT”.
Police Indict Man for Allegedly Defrauding Pastor N1.2m
The Lagos state police has indict one Taiwo Awopetu (45-year-old man) before Magistrate Court at Badagry, for allegedly defrauding one Pastor Felix Ogoh of N1.2 million.
Taiwo Awopetu, whose address is still unknown, is facing a two-count charge (fraud and stealing).
The prosecutor, ASP Ikem Uko, told the court that the defendant (Taiwo Awopetu) committed the various offence sometimes in January 2021 at Ajara, Badagry area of Lagos, Nigeria.
Uko said the defendant allegedly collected the sum of N1.2 million from the complainant under the pretext of selling a Toyota Corolla 2006 model to him.
He told the court that the defendant converted the money to his personal use.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 314 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.
The defendant was granted a bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum by the Chief Magistrate, the person of Patrick Adekomaiya.
The Chief Magistrate said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction with evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government.
The chief magistrate then adjourned the case until Nov.23, for mention.