A driver attached to Ramlac company in Lekki area of Lagos State, who absconded with the company’s truck three months ago, has been arrested by men of the Federal Anti Robbery Squad, Lagos police command, in his home town in Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa-Ibom State.
The suspect, Isaiah Ezekiel, who was employed barely a month before he committed the crime, was sent to distribute 150 bags of sachet water to retailers within Lekki.
Apprehension, however, set in after frantic efforts to reach him on his mobile phone when he did not report back failed, as the phone was switched off.
Also, a visit to his apartment at Jakande First Gate, Lekki, revealed that he had left the house with members of his family, as the door was under lock and keys.
The suspect confessed that he sold the truck for N250,000, out of which he only got N100,000.
He said: “I did it because I needed money to buy baby milk for my six-month-old baby.
I was employed as a driver without salary but on commission basis.
For every trip, I got N500. I manage to make a trip a day, which is not enough to transport myself and eat, let alone feed my family.
Sometimes, I used the N500, which ought to be my commission to buy fuel because we were not given money for fuel.
“On May 20,2018, I took some bags of sachet water to sell as usual, but I dropped the bags at my place and took the truck to a mechanic who took me to Ladipo market, where he sold it for N250,000.
The buyer paid N200,000 with a promise to pay the balance when I bring the affidavit for the document.
The mechanic collected N140,000 and I took the rest.
I immediately went home and told my wife that we were leaving for the village because Lagos was too hard for me.
I was in the village when the police arrested me.”
Court strike’s case against GMO food
The Federal High Court of Justice, in Abuja has struck out an anti- Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) case due to technicalities.
Justice A.R Mohammed in delivering his judgment said the court’s hands were tied, due to one of the objections raised by the defendant, even though the plaintiffs have a cause of action in this matter.
He said it is a contravention of the provisions of the Public Officers Act, which states that any action instituted against a public officer as regards his/her discharge of duties must be instituted within three months, after the said breach occurred.
Reacting in a statement, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), expressed great displeasure in the ruling.
It said it considers this as a fall back on efforts to preserve the nation’s food system from being overturned by the agricultural biotech industry.
The registered Trustees of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and 16 other civil society organisations had in September 2017 filed the lawsuit against the Nigerian Biosafety Management Agency (NABMA).
The Minister of Environment, Monsanto Agricultural Nigeria Limited, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Minister of Agriculture, the Attorney General of the Federation and National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) were also joined over the permits they granted.
In the summons, by Ifeanyi Nwankwere of Basilea Juris Associates, the plaintiffs insisted that the first defendant did not comply with the provisions of the National Biosafety Management Agency Act in granting the permits to the third and fourth and defendants.