29th June, 2010
Justice L. A. Okunnu of High Court 37, Criminal law division, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, has issued a warrant of arrest on the Publisher of rested Conscience Magazine, Chief Abiola Ogundokun for refusing to appear before it on a conspiracy to theft charge.
P.M.NEWS reliably gathered that the bench warrant for Ogundokunâ€™s arrest was issued by the judge last Friday, while court officials and security operatives were seen yesterday set out to carry out the order.
After giving the order on charge number ID/134C/2009C instituted against Ogundokun and Aramide Olufowobi on behalf of the people of Lagos State by the Deputy Director ofÂ the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Ms. Olayide Eboda, Justice Okunnu adjourned hearing in the case till Thursday 8 July, 2010 when Chief Ogundokun is expected to be produced in court.
P.M.NEWS further learnt that the order for the arrest of the close associate of former head of state, late General Sani Abacha, became necessary as he refused to appear in court since the commencement of the case last year.
In the proof of evidence signed by the Lagos Deputy Director of DPP Ms. Eboda, Messrs Oyeyinka Alliyu and Richard Williams, Police Corporal Emmanuel Ikwuta, Corporal Daniel Itodo and Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Y.A. Suleiman were listed as government witnesses.
Aramide Olufowobi and Abiola Ogundokun were charged on three count-charge of conspiracy, stealing and receiving of stolen property which were copies of document titledÂ â€œRauf Aregbesola, Man of the People,â€ Property of Bancod Nigeria Limited, 37, Durosimi Street, Opposite Somolu Local Government in the Ikeja judicial division.
In the first count, Olufowobi and Ogundokun were charged with conspiracy contrary to section 5/6 of the Criminal code law, Cap. C. 17, Vol.2 laws of Lagos State, 2003, while Oluwofobi was charged on count two for stealing the property from Bancod Nigeria Limited, Somolu on 31 March, 2009, contrary to section 390 (6) of the criminal code law, cap C.17, Vol.2, laws of Lagos State 2003. Chief Ogundokun was charged for receiving stolen property on 31 March, 2009 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja in the Ikeja judicial division, contrary to section 427 of the Criminal Code law, Cap C 17, Vol.2, laws of Lagos State, 2003.