Lebanese Immigrant And Colleagues Steal Company Properties Worth N7 Million
A Lebanese foreigner, identified as Mr Antioni Alromi was arraigned in a magistrate court sitting in Abakaliki yesterday for the alleged theft of properties worth over N7 million, belonging to LANA Construction Company limited.
Mr Antioni however, was not alone in the alleged crime. Other suspects include a 46-year-old supervisor at LANA Construction Company, Malachi Ogbodao (39 years old), Offia Benjamin (25 years old), and Gregory Ndukwe (42 years old).
“That you Antoine Alromi and Offia Benjamin and others at large sometimes in the month of July 2017, at Abakaliki in the Abakaliki Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit stealing and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 A (a) of the Criminal Court, Cap 33, vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State 2009.
“That you Antoine Alromi and Offia Benjamin in the same date, place and in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did steal two 1.5kva transformer valued at three million, five hundred thousand naira each, total value of property stolen, seven million naira only, property of Lana Construction Company Ltd and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 390 (6) of the Criminal code, cap 33, vol 1, laws of Ebonyi State 2009.”
While Antioni Alromi was involved in the theft of the company’s properties, Malachi Ogbodo and Gregory Friday were arraigned for attempting to purchase the stolen properties from the Lebanese expatriate.
When the case was called up for a hearing session in the court, the Counsel to the second, third, and fourth accused persons, Gabriel Onyibe appealed that the suspects be granted bail on liberal terms as they were well-known citizens of the community.
The prosecuting counsel, however, namely Kenneth Adokeme opposed the bail appeal for the second accused person and also asked that the court refuse to grant bail to Mr Alromi who did not have a counsel representing him.
The prosecuting counsel again further alleged that the first accused person had also collected money amounting to more than N3 million from people through pretence and was set to be arraigned in another court, form charges incurred by that activity.
The counsel further alleged that the first and second accused persons had also already made statements in which they confessed to the crime. He also added that the police had overwhelming evidence against them.
On the other hand, the presiding Magistrate, Olughu Nnachi, in his ruling noted that the offence was a bailable one.
The Lebanese and second accused, Offia Benjamin Amechi were however granted bail by the Magistrate, to the sum of N10 million two sureties for the same amount.
“The first accused must also tender his international passport while the two suretiess must be Civil Servants of grade level 15 or above”, he said.
The third and fourth accused persons were also granted bail to the sum of N5 million and two surfaces in like sum.
Jones Abiri: How Buhari Led FG, Charges Activist And Journalist On Terrorism
The Federal Government of Nigeria under the command of President Mohammadu Buhari apprehend Jones Abiri, who happened to be a Journalist, and he is charged with three offences, namely, terrorism, fraud and economic sabotage. The Journalist was charged on the three counts on Wednesday as reported by his legal advisor, Samuel Ogala, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered the fact why Mr. Jones was charged with terrorism and it is as a result of the court reports that states that he blackmailed the officials at Agip and Shell through text message to meet his requests, otherwise he would be left with no choice to blow off their oil installations
He was also charged for ordering sets of crooks who called themselves activists to vandalize the Bayelsa state oil pipelines. The period reported for committing the offences is as of date back between the month of June to July of 2016.
Mr Jones Abiri was arrested by the Bayelsa state security service and he spent two years in their custody without charging him to the court of law. Immediately he was released, the charges were then brought against him some months later.
Mr Jones pleaded not guilty of the offences and said that he was only haunted for his journalism work that brings to the limelight the corrupt conducts of oil companies and the intervention of the Federal Government in the Niger Delta region. The media rights advocates have taken his matter up and have requested that all sort of court charges be nullified.
FAAC Allocates The Sum Of N616.19bn In The Month Of April (DETAILS)
The NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the three tiers of government, Federal, State, and Local government have been allocated proportionally the sum of 616.19 billion naira by the Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC, in the month of April.
The allocation is done from the Federation account on Tuesday and the report was made known during the meeting of FAAC committee at the Ministry of Finance headquarter.
The statement disclosing the information of how the allocation for the month of April was distributed was signed by Mohammed Usman who is the Acting Accountant-General of FAAC.
The statement revealed the gross statutory revenue for March and April to be 518.91 billion naira and 446.64 billion naira respectively. The statement further revealed that there is an increment in Import Duty and Companies Income Tax and Petroleum Profit Tax while Export Duty and Oil royalty decrease between the month of March and April.
The statement details that the FAAC allocation for April is mainly gotten from the statutory revenue and the Value Added Tax, VAT as there is an immense increase in VAT between the month of March and April.
However, the Federal, State and Local governments were allocated 253.91 billion naira, 168.015 billion naira and 126.27 billion naira respectively after the deduction of the cost of revenue collection to the agency is deducted. Moreso, about 46.35 billion naira is given to the state producing oil in accordance with the 13 percent deduction unit.
The Federal, State and Local government received 13.89 billion naira, 46.31 billion naira, and 32.41 billion naira respectively from the VAT income of about 96.4 billion naira.
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