CITY NEWS 2 in court over at­tempted rape Can­dido in­au­gu­rates eco­nomic ad­vi­sory c’ttee

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Two per­sons have been ar­raigned be­fore the Abuja Grade 1 Area Court, sit­ting in Karmo, for al­legedly at­tempt­ing to rape a girl res­i­dent be­hind the Air Force Quar­ters, Abuja.

The per­sons were iden­ti­fied as Adekola Oluwakare and Ezekiel Katung. The third sus­pect, Fri­day, re­mained at large. The sus­pects were ar­raigned un­der sec­tions 79 and 95 of the Pe­nal Code for joint act and at­tempted rape.

The prose­cu­tor, A.Z. Dal­hatu, told the court that the al­leged crime was com­mit­ted on Thurs­day , July 14 when Fri­day force­fully en­tered into the com­plainant’s room shortly af­ter she came out of the bath­room and was yet to dress her­self.

The prose­cu­tor said that the com­plainant al­leged that one of the ac­cused per­sons (Fri­day) grabbed her waist, while his friends stood out­side mon­i­tor­ing what would hap­pen to her, in spite of her call for help.

The prose­cu­tor added that the com­plainant man­aged to es­cape af­ter she used a cut­lass and in­jured the sus­pect on his head and hand.

The prose­cu­tor said that Fri­day came from Kado to visit his friends, Adekola and Ezekiel in their house, where they al­legedly com­mit­ted the crime.

When the charges were read to the ac­cused per­sons they pleaded not guilty and were re­leased on bail by the pre­sid­ing judge, Abubakar Sadiq, in the sum of N10, 000 each with a surety within the court’s ju­ris­dic­tion and the case was ad­journed to Au­gust 10. The Chair­man of Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil (AMAC), Ab­dul­lahi Adamu Can­dido, has in­au­gu­rated a 15-man eco­nomic ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee to boost the coun­cil’s rev­enue and har­ness its re­sources.

In­au­gu­rat­ing the com­mit­tee, Can­dido said the move was aimed at en­hanc­ing the coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment.

He urged the com­mit­tee mem­bers to to en­sure that AMAC gen­er­ates re­sources out­side the statu­tory fed­er­a­tion al­lo­ca­tion.

He said that de­liv­er­ing good gov­er­nance to the peo­ple of AMAC could not be achieved with­out ad­e­quate re­sources.

He said: “We can­not just sit down and keep ask­ing, where are the re­sources? Be­cause re­sources are in abun­dance.”

While de­scrib­ing the com­mit­tee as the most crit­i­cal he had es­tab­lished since as­sum­ing of­fice, he urged that the mem­bers must en­sure that civil ser­vants were paid reg­u­larly and that the elec­torate were not short­changed.

“You have a huge task be­fore you. That’s why I see this body as the most im­por­tant of all com­mit­tees un­der my lead­er­ship,” he said. “You are at lib­erty to bow out at any time, if you can­not do it,”he added.

The com­mit­tee, chaired by the AMAC vice chair­man, Lawrence Onuchukwu, was also ex­pected to mon­i­tor the joint AMAC and Pri­vate-Pub­lic Part­ner­ship (PPP) projects and ex­plore fur­ther ar­eas of rev­enue gen­er­a­tion.

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