Nigerians have taken social media by storm since Friday to express their views and opinions on the legal battle between Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited and Guarantee Trust Bank, GTB. Recall that the take over was made known on Friday through a press release shared via tweet thread on the twitter account of Innoson Vehicles and signed by Cornel Osigwe, the Head of Corporate Communications for Innoson Group. While speculations and debates have been going on on the matter, another shocking incident, coincidentally involving a bank has created more uproar expecially as it involves the death of a man.
It has been reported that a man has jumped to his death from a network mast situated in a bank in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The man, suspected to be mentally unstable, was naked when he entered the bank premises on Saturday, located at Sango in Ibadan.
Olugbenga Fadeyi, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident to NAN, stating that the naked man came to the Wema Bank branch in Sango and entered the building through a small gate leading into the premises.
He, thereafter, climbed the mast and jumped down from the roof, before he could be rescued.
“The impact was so much that he crashed through the roof and fell inside the bank. An official of the bank was called in to open the premises.”
“By the time the bank’s door was opened, the man was already bleeding through the mouth and was rushed to the University College Hospital, where he was confirmed dead,” Fadeyi said.
The victim’s corpse has been deposited at Adeoyo Hospital for autopsy, while efforts are on to ascertain his identity.
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Recall that in 2018, the Police arraigned Iliyasu Lawal, 28, Nura Iliyasu, 29, and Idris Suleiman 28, in a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court FCT for attempting to commit suicide inside the presidential villa.
Augustine Urom, the Prosecuting Counsel, had averred that Mr Lawal, on September 12 allegedly climbed an MTN telecommunication mast within the presidential villa to commit suicide while the others watched. Mr Urom further told the court that the Department of State Service (DSS) had transferred the defendants to the FCT Police Command on September 18.
He further averred that the defendants allegedly invaded the Aso Rock Villa with various protestation placards capable of making the public to revolt against the federal government. Mr Urom said the First Information Report (FIR) had alleged that the display of the defendants was capable of igniting uprising against a Constituted authority. The prosecutor claimed the offences contravened Sections 79, 348, 114, 113 and 231 of the Penal Code.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the five-count charges of joint act, criminal trespass, inciting disturbance, disturbance of public peace and attempt to commit suicide levelled against them. Uche Uwazuruonye, Counsel to Messrs Lawal and Suleiman thereafter filed an oral application seeking the court to admit his clients to bail.
Mr Uwazuruonye, said the alleged offences were bailable, adding that his clients would always be available to stand justice. “I assure the court that the defendants would not jump bail if admitted,’’ he said.
Similarly, Dim Udebuani, Counsel to the second defendant, Mr Iliyasu, prayed the court to also grant his client bail, saying this will provide for him required right atmosphere to prepare his defence.
The Magistrate, Muhammad Abdulmumini, went ahead to admit the three defendants to bail in the sum of N250, 000 and a surety respectively. Mr Abdulmumini said the sureties must be from a Grade Level Seven Officer and above in the Federal Civil Service within the jurisdiction of the court. The Magistrate adjourned the case until October 16 for hearing.
Source: Dauly Advent
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