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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

R. Kelly leaves jail after female 'friend' posts his $100K bail (Photo)

Embattled R&B singer, R. Kelly has been released from jail after posting bail following multiple charges of criminal sexual abuse.

Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari told USA TODAY that Kelly posted $100,000 , which is 10 percent of the $1 million bond set Saturday, after spending three days behind bars.

Court documents show his bail was paid by a 47-year-old woman from the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune. She listed herself as a "friend" of Kelly.

On Monday afternoon, he was pictured with his defense attorney, Steve Greenberg walking out of the Cook County Jail following his release.

The terms of Kelly's release prohibits him from having any contact with females under the age of 18.

The release comes just hours after he pleaded not guilty to 10 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He's accused of sexually assaulting four women between 1998 and 2010 and his alleged victims include three who were aged between 13 and 17 at the time.

The singer's next court date is March 22.

Court to rule on ex-Adamawa Governor’s son, Abdul-Aziz’s request to travel today

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Abuja has adjourned to February 26, 2019 to hear an application filed by Abdul-Aziz Nyako, son to a former Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, seeking for the release of his international passport, to enable him travel to Saudi Arabia, to perform the lesser hajj.

Abdul-Aziz is being prosecuted by the EFCC, along with his father, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba, for allegedly laundering about N29 Billion state funds, using five companies – Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited.

Bringing the application to court on February 25, 2019, defence counsel, R.A. Liman, told the court it was for the release of the international passport for the second and third defendants.

Prosecuting counsel, O.A. Atolagbe, however, noted that the prosecution would need time to go through the application and to come back to the court with its reply. Justice Abang, thereafter, adjourned for “hearing of the application”, and fixed April 8, 10 and 11, 2019 for “continuation of trial”.

Boy, 16, choked and raped girl, 10, on way home from school then dumped her in a ditch

A teenage boy choked and raped a young girl as she headed home from school, then left her for dead in a stream.

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of five offences relating to the incident in Exmouth, Devon, in October last year.

The girl, while going home from school, took her phone out to call her mother when she heard footsteps running behind her. Suddenly, hands grabbed her around the throat and she was dragged down a bank into the stream by the boy, who allegedly raped her after she fell unconscious.

A jury of nine women and three men were told the boy, now aged 17, admits choking the girl and sexually assaulting her but denies charges of attempted murder and rape. He was cycling home when he saw the girl in a grassy area, close to a riverbank covered in trees.

Prosecutor Anna Vigars QC said:

Although she never saw his face, the defendant was the person who grabbed her from behind.

We know that because he accepts that it was him. He took hold of her from behind, around her throat, wrapping his arm around her neck and squeezing hard.

By accident, she held down the home button on her phone – that activated Siri. That drew his attention to the mobile phone.

He took it out of her hands and threw it away from her, into the bushes.

She had seen some self-defence videos so she tried to do what she saw on those videos, which was to kick her attacker in the groin, but because he was holding her so tightly she couldn’t move sufficiently to get a good kick in.

Mrs Vigars said the boy continued to hold the girl around her neck and walked her towards the stream, tightening his grip when she did not move with him.

In a police interview, the girl described how she was "fading into a sleep" as she sat down in the water, Metro UK reports.

Mrs Vigars told the jury:

She thought she was going to die.

She thought a way to avoid the whole thing was to pretend that she was already dead. She flopped down and shut her eyes.

She hoped that whoever it was who had hold of her neck might just give up and leave her. When she pretended that was what was happening to her, she did fade away.

She can remember nothing from that point until she came to in the stream.

A woman walking by the stream found the girl after hearing "a panicked yelling" as she shouted out for a teacher, the court heard. The girl told her she had been strangled by a man who had taken her mobile phone. Police were called and an investigation was launched, with a number of doctors examining the girl.

The doctors found injuries to her genital area, while the boy’s DNA was present on her body and underwear. Bruising to the girl’s neck matched the seams of the coat he had been wearing, Mrs Vigars said.

The prosecution say he was trying to kill her and it was only luck that she didn’t die as he held her around the throat hard enough and for long enough for her to fall unconscious.

He meant her to die and he left her in that cold stream in October to die.

The boy denies charges of attempted murder, attempting to choke with intent to commit rape, and rape of a child under 13. He admits attempting to choke with intent to commit sexual assault and assault by penetration.

The trial, due to last for two weeks, continues.

Ex-Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan loses Senatorial bid in Delta

Former Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has lost his senatorial bid.

Uduaghan who was the governor of Delta state from 2007 to 2015, contested for the Delta South Senatorial district but he however lost to the incumbent Senator, James Manager.

According to the INEC returning officer, Professor Oladipupo Adesina, who announced the result, said Manager polled 258,812 votes to win Uduaghan who garnered 125,776 votes.

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