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  1. Meek Mill Speaks From Prison, ‘I Was Setup’ Meek Mill is speaking from the prison where he’s serving his controversial sentence and insists the judicial system set him up to fail… from jump street. Meek talked by phone to Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News about the 2-4 years Judge Genece Brinkley gave him, and he says the real problem started way back in 2008 when he was convicted on gun and drug charges. Meek feels the 10 years probation he got way back then made it nearly impossible for him to avoid getting tossed in prison. As he puts it, a simple jaywalking ticket would’ve been enough for Brinkley to lock him up … under the law. The Philly rapper’s case is drawing national attention now and he’s getting tons of high-profile support as critics question Judge Brinkley’s sentence. Despite the pressure, she’s refused to recuse herself or grant Meek a bail hearing.
  2. A 40-year-old man, Babangida Salisu, has been remanded in Katsina prison for allegedly flogging a six-year-old boy, which resulted in his death. The police said Salisu of Yankara village in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State, on March 12, 2018, flogged the boy for coming late to school. The boy allegedly died after the flogging. The boy’s mother, Sa’ade Babangida, reported the incident at Faskari Police Station from where the case was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence for in-depth investigation. Salisu is now facing a charge of culpable homicide. When Salisu appeared before a Katsina senior Magistrate court on Friday for cognizance, the prosecutor, Inspector Sani Ado, said investigation was still in progress and sought an adjournment which the presiding senior magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, granted. She directed that Salisu should be remanded in the prison custody till May 24 when the case would come up for mention.
  3. A Court in Manhattan on Thursday sentenced Abdullahi Shuaibu, 53, who worked at the UN in 2013, to two years in prison after an exhaustive plea agreement with the court. It was a stunning defeat for the prosecutor who had asked that Shuaibu be sentenced to five years under the indictment. Shuaibu pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree; one count of Robbery in the Third Degree, a non-violent offense; and two counts of Grand Larceny, also non-violence offense. Grand larceny, also known as a grand theft, is the intentional taking of someone’s property or business under illegal conditions. Shuaibu received two years for the one count of Attempted Robbery in the ‘Second Degree’ and one year for the Robbery in the ‘This Degree’ and one year for the ‘Grand Larceny’ to run concurrently with the two years sentence. Therefore, Shuiabu is expected to be released from jail in about six months, having been arrested on April 18, 2017, for a string of bank robberies in New York. He was initially charged with robbery in the first degree, where he was facing 15 years in jail, according to his lawyer, Mr. Olayinka Dan Salami. However, the prosecutor was unable to sustain that charge before the grand jury, explained his other lawyer, Mr. Tim Pruitt, who represented him at arraignment. During the plea negotiation with the court, the court had offered Shuaibu one year prison term, but the judge changed her mind after the prosecutor submitted to the court a letter purportedly written by Shuaibu to obtain an office in New York. The defense attorneys had contested the accuracy of the letter and informed the court that the prosecution produced the letter because they were still upset that they were unable to get Shuaibu on a more serious charge However, the court refused to re-offer its original offer of one year. Rather than pleading to just one count under the indictment, the prosecutor also insisted that Shuiabu must plead guilty to all the four counts under the indictment. At that point, his lawyers suggested to him to re-consider his position to plead guilty and go to trial, but Shuaibu was very tired of staying in prison without knowing what going on trial would hold. DanSalami said he would have preferred a sentence of probation or one year at the most, even though the plea was a good plea in the realm of things. After the sentencing, Pruitt advised Shuaibu of his right to appeal and one of his paralegals met with Shuiabu to go over the appeal process.
  4. Ex-president of Brazil sent to prison

    Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s former president, has been ordered to turn himself into the authorities to serve the 12-year jail sentence he was given after being convicted of corruption. Lula had pleaded with the country’s supreme court to remain free until he had exhausted all his appeals, but the judges ruled by six to five against his request after 10 hours of debate. Lula says the corruption charges against him are politically motivated and designed to stop him from running for president again in October’s election. Despite his conviction and six separate pending corruption trials, he is leading in opinion polls. His Workers’ party (PT) described the ruling as “a tragic day for democracy and Brazil”. The case against Lula is part of the “Car Wash” corruption investigation, which has led to the jailing of dozens of top executives and politicians and exposed bitter divisions in the country. Lula’s successor, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached and removed from office amid a scandal and economic crisis. The current president, Michel Temer, avoided standing trial before the supreme court last year when allies in congress shielded him from charges of corruption, obstructing justice and links to organised crime. Polls put his approval rating at 5%, but he has hinted at a run in October regardless. Lula oversaw a period of sustained economic growth and his social policies helped lift millions of people out of poverty, but his legacy took a hit as the economy struggled under Rousseff and corruption allegations emerged against him and his leftist PT, which held power from 2003 to 2016. Lula’s supporters, made up of groups of leftwing social movements and trade union members, gathered in the capital, Brasilia, on Wednesday, a night after thousands of anti-Lula protesters took to the streets of 100 Brazilian cities. Douglas Grandini, who works at an estate agency and was on an anti-Lula protest, said: “The crisis that Brazil is in today comes from the bad planning and corruption of [politicians’] mandate. We’ll take 10 years to recover.” Lula was found guilty last year and sentenced to 10 years in prison for accepting bribes worth 3.7m reais (£790,000) from the OAS construction company – the amount prosecutors said the firm spent refurbishing a beach flat for Lula in return for his help in winning contracts with the state-run oil company Petrobras. In January, an appeal court unanimously upheld his conviction and increased the sentence to 12 years.
  5. A Karmo Grade I Area Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the remand of One Theresa Obonna in prison for alleged theft of eight months baby. The defendant, a resident of Jabi, Abuja is facing a count charge of theft. The Prosecutor, Zannah Dalhatu, told the court that one Godstime David, who resides in Akwa-Ibom, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, on March 2. According to Dalhatu, the complainant alleged that in January 2017, her lover impregnated and asked her to abort it but she refused and relocated to Abuja. She said that she stayed with the defendant and after giving birth, the defendant seized the baby and moved to an unknown destination. Dalhau said that during a police investigation, the baby was recovered from the defendant. The prosecutor also said the offence contravened Section 288 of the Penal Code. The judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded after he pleaded not guilty. Sadiq adjourned the case till May 3 for hearing.
  6. FABOLOUS COULD FACE 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ALLEGED EMILY BATTACK New York rapper Fabolous has some serious pressure on his head. New reports claim the hip-hop veteran could spend five years behind bars if prosecutors go at him for his recent domestic violence arrest. According to reports, Fab faces aggravated assault and terroristic threats. BOSSIP has also learned that the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has stepped in and will be trying the case against the Brooklyn rapper. A spokeswoman for the prosecutor confirmed Monday that the initial charges still stood. If he’s convicted, the “Throw It In The Bag” rapper could face three to five years in state prison along with up to $15,000 in fines for the aggravated assault charge alone. He is due back in court later this month. (Bossip) Yesterday, G-Unit boss 50 Cent delivered a savage Fab meme in light of his publicized domestic violence arrest.
  7. An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the remand of a 42 -year-old driver, Seyi Olowokere, in Kirikiri Prison, for alleged sexual assault on a 12 -year-old boy. The Magistrate, Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison, pending the advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Osunsanmi who refused to take the plea of the accused adjourned the case until April 10 for hearing. The accused, a resident of Masha Kilo, Surulere, Lagos, is being tried for sexual penetration through the anus of a minor. Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the accused committed the offense on March 17 at his residence. Ayorinde said that the accused sexually assaulted the 12-year-old boy by penetrating his anus. “The accused called the boy where he went to play football and lured him into his room to defile him. “He undressed him, laid him on his bed, asked him to suck his B.reast and thereafter, inserted his manhood into his anus. The boy shouted but the accused covered his mouth. “The victim narrated the ordeal in the hand of the accused to his mother which led to his arrest. “A medical report issued revealed that there was penetration into the boy’s anus,’’ the prosecutor said. He said that the offense contravened Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). The Section prescribes a life jail term for offenders.
  8. Nigerian rapper, Sauce Kid, finally released from U.S prison. Sauce Kid who spent 2 years in U.S jailed was arrested for stealing $15,388.
  9. A woman who was released two days ago for allegedly killing her husband has held a birthday party for the daughter. A Nigerian woman accused of stabbing her husband to death, Maryam Sanda has organized a birthday party for her daughter. Recall that an FCT High Court on Wednesday released Sanda on bail after she was arrested for allegedly killing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death. Her slain husband was a nephew to the former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Haliru Bello. According to daily Nigerian, she organized the party at her mother’s residence on Thursday, and the event was attended by close family members. Looking unruffled, the suspected killer housewife appeared in one of the photos cuddling the baby celebrant Alisha who turns one. On Wednesday, Justice Yusuf Halilu said the court granted her bail based on the medical report which indicates she is pregnant and indisposed.
  10. The Controller of Prisons, Lagos State Command, Tunde Ladipo, says education in prison facilities is getting better by the day, with an inmate in the Maximum Prison undergoing a PhD programme. Ladipo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that things were looking up, especially with the commitment of officials and performance of inmates. The controller spoke to NAN on the sideline of the 2017 Ikoyi Prisons Education Award held in Lagos on Thursday. He said that aside the inmate taking a PhD programme at the maximum prison, which is in Kirikiri, several others, both at the facility and the Ikoyi Prisons, were also undergoing Master's degree programmes in various fields. The controller said that despite being in incarceration, many prisoners had shown zeal to acquire education, even at the highest level. Ladipo said the state of education facilities in prisons across the country was receiving a boost following the directive of the Controller-General of the Nigerian Prisons, Alhaji Ja'afaru Ahmed, that all their schools must be functional. "He is very much interested in the reformation of the inmates, especially as it concerns their welfare and has instructed that the education of inmates must be taken seriously. He has directed that all the schools within the walls of the prisons must be equipped and functional. "The controller-general also directed that we ensure too that our inmates are reformed spiritually and ensure that their welfare is always on the front burner. He has gone a step ahead by providing drugs that will serve for not less than two years for inmates in prisons nationwide. "This is coupled with the acquisition and distribution of operational vehicles, such as the Green Maria, ambulances, escort and sewage vehicles as all as official cars,'' Ladipo said. He said that in a bid to achieve accelerated growth and national transformation, every Nigerian must be given equal education opportunity, irrespective of where they may find themselves. Ladipo said that the prison, as a reformation centre, must not be an exclusion, as those in there, are equally entitled to their rights to be educated. "That is why we are putting every resource available at our disposal in ensuring that we make life conducive for the inmates by also bringing all levels of education to them within the facility. "The essence of bringing these persons to the prisons is to change their lives and empower them for the better in the future,'' he said. Ladipo recalled that in 2015, the Maximum Security Prison School had produced a Master's degree holder while still serving a jail term. He, however, said the feat was not single-handedly achieved, but with the collaboration of some religious and non-governmental organisations. "We appreciate their contributions, and like Oliver Twist, we are asking for more interventions from members of the public,'' Ladipo said. The prison boss assured that management would speak with the authorities on the need to provide a standard CBT centre for the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination by JAMB for the inmates. He also appealed for more volunteer teachers to assist in the teaching of various subjects in the schools, especially as more inmates were yearning for education by the day.
  11. Five young men who were sent to jail for an alleged murder, were discharged and acuitted by the Enugu High Court, after the court found them innocent of the crime, they apparently, knew nothing about. According to reports, the young men have been in prison for five years, for a crime they knew nothing about. After waiting to no avail for an eyewitness to come forward to testify against the them, the court ordered that they be released discharged and acquitted. Facebook user, Chijioke Okibe, who shared a video of the excited youngmen wrote "There were ecstatic jubilation of some awaiting trial men today at the Enugu high court complex when five of them who had spent five years in prison were discharged and acquitted of a crime they said they did not commit." "One of the freed men told me that their journey started since 2013 when they were detained by Enugu SARS at their cell but that it happened that one of the inmates who was asthmatic and was tortured by SARS men and that led to his death" "Consequently according to the young man in his late twenties they were accused falsely of killing the young asthmatic boy." "Five of them were as a result incasarated for five years but were discharged and acquitted for want of diligent prosecution by Hon. justice C I Nwobodo today 29/11/17"

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