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Alleged attempted murder: Court remands acclaimed pastor pending DPP advice

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by Funmilayo Okunade

Ado-Ekiti, March 11, 2019 An Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court on Monday, ordered that Oyelowo Sunday, an acclaimed pastor at Gospel Cherubim and Seraphim Church, who allegedly attempted to murder a housewife, be remanded in prison, pending legal advice from the  office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Magistrate Omolola Akosile, gave the order because the plea of the accused could not be taken for lack of jurisdiction.

She adjourned the case until April 11, for mention.

The accused, whose address was not provided, is being accused of attempted murder.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp Monica Ikebuilo, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Jan.16 in Aramoko Ekiti.

She alleged that the accused attempt to murder a housewife, Mrs Abaje Anasiru.

Ikebuilo said that the complainant sought for spiritual help from the accused, who claimed to be a pastor at Gospel Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Aramoko Ekiti.

She said the accused told the complainant, to bring her shaved pubic hair with black soap for a special bath.

“The accused also demanded for sex from Mrs Anasiru with a promise that she will be free from all her predicaments,” she said.

The prosecutor alleged that the woman’s husband noticed that she was losing a lot of weight after performing the rituals the accused ordered.

Ikebuilo said when the police went to the accused’s church, they found different boxes with charms and he confessed to the crime that he had sex with the woman and asked her to shave her pubic hair.

She said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 320 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.  

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3 brothers in Police net over alleged murder of woman in Abuja

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Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman in Abuja,

according to Mr Frank Mba, Public Relations of the Police Force.

Mba, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said that the suspects, from Isiekenesi, Ideato Local Government in Imo, are helping Police investigation into the May 14 murder of Mrs Janet Ogbonnaya, a mother of five children.

He said that the suspects were arrested by the Police in their home town where they had allegedly taken refuge after committing the crime in Abuja, to evade arrest.

Mba said that investigation that led to their arrest followed complaints by one Chinedu Ogbonnaya, who alleged that his mother, Janet, 55, a native of Ozuitem in Bende Local Government Area of Abia, had been kidnapped.

Ogbonnaya told the Police that N5 million ransom was being demanded by the kidnappers to secure the mother’s release.

“A comprehensive and painstaking investigation by Police operatives resulted in the arrest of the three suspects, who, in the course of interrogation, revealed that the victim had long been murdered and buried.

“Further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of the principal suspect, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada, Abuja to visit the suspect.

“The suspect took advantage of the visit, served her milk laced with drugs, and subsequently murdered her,” he said.

According to him, the victim was buried in a septic tank afterwhich the suspects went ahead to reach out to the family, using her phone, to demand N5 million ransom to secure her release.   ​

Mba said that the suspects, on Thursday, led a team of investigators alongside pathologists to a residence at Wumba District, Lokogoma area of Abuja, where the victim’s decomposing body was exhumed from a septic tank.

The spokesman said that the exhumed body had been taken to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital for forensic examination, while a Toyota Highlander Jeep belonging to the deceased had also been recovered at a mechanic workshop in Apo, where it had been repainted into a different colour.

Mba said that the vehicle documents had been fraudulently changed with ownership of the stolen vehicle criminally transferred to one of the masterminds of the crime.

According to him, investigation also revealed that the house where the deceased was killed and buried originally belonged to one of the suspects but was hurriedly sold to a third party to obliterate evidence.

Already, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has commended the team of Police operatives for a job well done. He has also pledged that perpetrators of crimes will not go undetected and unpunished.

The Police helmsman has also enjoined citizens to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhood to the nearest Police Station,” the statement said.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

 

 

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Enugu lawmaker decries alleged invasion of constituency by Ebonyi communities

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Chinedu Okwu, Member representing Aninri Constituency, in Enugu State House of Assembly has called on the state government to urgently intervene in the alleged invasion and destruction of houses and farmlands by some communities in Ebonyi.

Okwu, who made the call in a petition submitted to the House during plenary in Enugu on Thursday, listed the communities as Uburu, Akaeze and Ishiagu communities in Ebonyi.

He said that land grabbers from the three communities were claiming part of Aninri land, in spite of the obvious boundary features, adding that “they could not render any sustainable account of such claim.

“We complain in tears, about the unwarranted invasion, killing and maiming of our people by the three communities in Ebonyi, Uburu, Akaeze in Ohaozara and Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Areas respectively, that share common boundary with us.

“Shortly after their kinsman, His Excellency Mr David Umahi, became the governor of Ebonyi, they returned to our land with much more force and a new turn of claim.

“Initially, they were making individual claims of ownership of different parts of our land but now, they claim and act for and on behalf of Ebonyi government.

“They forcefully re-enter with tractors bearing the inscription, Ebonyi Government and destroyed our cassava, yam and rice farms respectively, spanning about 100 hectares and deforested our popular Egu-Nkwo, which over the years used to be the major source of our timber business,” he said.

The lawmaker alleged that Ebonyi government had entered into agreement with a Chinese company for mining activities of the Led and Silicon deposits in the land.

“The company just started getting the revenue and other benefits accruable from the mining, which is supposed to be for Enugu State, and now is being enjoyed by the Ebonyi government.

“Our people are dying in pains, the thought of watching helplessly another state driving us out of our land and taking over by force our source of livelihood, when we also have a state government, is quite unbearable”, Okwu lamented.

Reacting, the Speaker, Ubosi urged the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, to dialogue with her counterpart in Ebonyi, to resolve the land encroachment issue amicably.

The House thereafter adjourned to June 11 for further legislative activities.


Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

 

 

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Police arrests man over alleged rape of 85-year-old woman in Niger

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The Police Command in Niger has arrested one Peter Ayemoba, of Rafin Sanyi area in Suleja Local Government Area, for allegedly having carnal knowledge of his two daughters.

The police also announced the arrest of another suspect who allegedly raped an 85-year-old woman.

ASP Wasiu Abiodun, Command Public Relation Officer (PPRO), disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Minna on Thursday.

Abiodun said that Ayemoba had sexually assaulted his daughters, now aged 20 and 23, between 2013 and 2019.

“Investigation revealed that the suspect usually threatened to kill them and commit suicide if they denied him carnal knowledge,” the PPRO said.

He also said that police detectives attached to Kagara division in Rafi Local Government Area have arrested one Ezekiel Yonana, 25, for raping an 85-year-old woman in Tukunguna village.

Abiodun said the incident occurred on May 23 at about 23:00 am while the old woman was asleep.

According to the PPRO, the suspect, a resident of Unguwar Ya’u Tunguna village criminally trespassed into her room and threatened to kidnap her or paid him some money.

“The suspect forcefully had canal knowledge of the 85-year-old before she was rescued by her grandson.”

Abiodun said that the two suspects had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court.

He appealed to residents to volunteer information about suspected criminal elements in their midst.

AAG /MZA

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Alleged intimidation: Court fixes June 11 to rule over Pilot’s claim

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A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court has on fixed June 11, to deliver rule  in an alleged case of criminal intimidation and inciting disturbance filed by a pilot, Abba Maigida.

 Maigida, who resides at No 13, Moses Majekodunmi Crescent, Utako, Abuja filed an application  for direct criminal  complain in compliance  with  Section 89 (5) of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

He instituted  the suit against his neighbour, Uche Okolie, on May 15.

The Judge, Inuwa Maiwada, who fixed the date, ordered that a letter of reminder be sent to the police to send a copy report of the investigation in order for the court to deliver its ruling.

He adjourned the matter until June 11, for ruling.

Earlier, the defendant’s counsel, Onyeka Osigwe, informed the court that the police has concluded investigation and will forward a report to the court.

NAN reports that Maigida alleged that Okolie who resides in an apartment directly above his own within the same address, constitutes nuisance.

Maigida said every attempt to get her to stop pounding on his ceiling failed.

In addition, Maigida alleged that the defendant threatened him with a knife, when he tried to talk to her to stop hitting objects on his ceiling.

The pilot is praying for the court to invoke the provisions of sections 183 and 397 of the Penal Code Law, which is an offence for inciting public disturbance and criminal intimidation.

The defendant, however, denied the allegation and the court ordered police investigation into the matter.

The court  directed that  a report be presented at the end of the investigation.(NAN)

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Police arrest man, 25, for allegedly raping 70-year-old woman

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The Police Command in Ogun, said on Thursday, that it had arrested a 25-year-old Wasiu Bankole for alleged forceful carnal knowledge of a 70-year-old woman.

The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, made this disclosure in a statement in Abeokuta.

The spokesman said that Bankole allegedly committed the offence on Tuesday at Abule Lemode area of Ijoko in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

Oyeyemi stated that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday following a report by the victim at the Agbado Divisional Police Station.

He said that the suspect allegedly broke into the septuagenarian’s house at 8 p.m. on Tuesday to commit the alleged offence.

“The victim stated further that it was one of her neighbours, who heard her screaming that came to rescue her by using a stick to hit the suspect on his back.

“The victim added that the suspect immediately jumped off her and ran away, leaving his clothes, shoes and torchlight inside her room.

Upon the report, the DPO, Agbado Division, SP Kuranga Yero, dispatched detectives to look for the suspect in order to bring him to justice.

“The detectives succeeded in getting him arrested on Wednesday around Ijoko area and brought him to the station.

“On interrogation, he confessed to committing the crime but claimed to have acted under the influence of alcohol.

“The victim has been taken to the hospital for medical attention”.

Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, had ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation.


Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

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Court acquits cleaner of defilement, as alleged victim failed to testify

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An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court on Thursday acquitted a 26-year-old cleaner, Charles Etuk of defilement as the alleged 13-year-old victim failed to testify.

Delivering judgment, Justice Abiola Soladoye, held that there was no direct evidence linking the defendant  to the alleged crime to warrant a conviction.

“There is no circumstantial or direct evidence linking the defendant to the crime. The victim did not testify in this case and the evidence of Sgt. Lama,  was not corroborated and non-compelling. The defendant cannot be convicted on it alone.

“The evidence of the sole prosecution witness, was a repetition of what he was told by the victim of this case and her mother. There was also no medical evidence before the court.

“Accordingly, the prosecution of this case was a waste of precious judicial time. I find you Charles Etuk not guilty as charged contrary to Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015,”Justice Soladoye said.

Following the judgment, defence counsel, Mr Kelechi Obi, thanked the court for “a well considered judgment”.

NAN reports that according to the prosecution led by Mrs Arinola Momoh-Ayokanbi, Etuk committed the offence sometime in April 2017 at No.16, Aina St., Sogunle, Lagos.

The police alleged that he defiled 13-year-old daughter of his neighbour.

The offence contravened the provisions of Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015

During trial, the prosecution opened its case on April 8, 2019 and presented one witness, the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sgt. Lama Bolaji.

The policeman in his evidence told the court that sometime in October 2017, the police had come to arrest the defendant’s home to arrest his brother over alleged defilement and the alleged victim who had witnessed the arrest had asked her mother the reason why Etuk’s brother was arrested.

“When her mother told her why the defendant’s brother was arrested, the daughter opened up to her mother and said that the defendant did the same to her earlier in April.

“According to her, the defendant had sent her to buy a drink for him and when she returned from the errand, he grabbed her and defiled her,” the IPO alleged.

Testifying solely in his defence on Jan. 23, Etuk denied all the allegations in court.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Sales representative in court over alleged criminal breach of trust, cheating

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A 36-year-old sales representative, Sunday Peter, on Thursday appeared in a Magistrates’ Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna State over alleged misappropriation of N294, 140.

The police charged Peter with criminal breach of trust, misappropriation and cheating, contrary to sections 296, 293 and 306 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Esther Bishen, told the court that Yakubu Bitrus of Godogodo, Kafanchan, reported the matter on May 25.

Bishen alleged that the defendant sold 382 pieces of wood, valued at N294, 140, and only remitted N80, 000.

She alleged that the defendant converted the N214, 140 to his personal use and all efforts made to retrieve the money failed.

When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

In his ruling, Magistrate Michael Bawa, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Bawa adjourned the matter until June 9 for hearing.


Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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2 docked for alleged theft, receiving stolen property

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Two men, Stephen Zogo and Samson Waje, were on Thursday, brought before a Magistrates’ Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, for alleged theft and receiving stolen property.

The duo were standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property, contrary to sections 327, 270 and 302 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law.

The prosecutor, Insp Esther Bishen, told the court that one Deshi Ngwan, a resident of Binzom, reported the matter at the station on June 1.

Bishen said the complainant alleged that Zogo trespassed into his house and stole six doors, two cartoons of tiles and two shovels, all valued at N165,000.

She told the court that the defendant later sold the stolen items to the second defendant, Waje.

When the charges were read to the defendants, they both pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, thereafter, prayed the court for adjournment to enable the Police call its witnesses to prove its case.

In his ruling, Magistrate Michael Bawa, granted N100,000 bail to the defendants with two sureties each in like sum.

Bawa adjourned the matter until June 10 for hearing.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Man docked for allegedly stealing N530, 000

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Man docked for allegedly stealing N530, 000

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Kafanchan (Kaduna) A 20-year-old man Gideon Jaja, was on Thursday brought before a Magistrates’ Court in Kafanchan for alleged theft of N530,000.

Jaja was charged with housebreaking and theft, contrary to sections 332 and 270 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp Esther Bishen, had told the court that one Godwin Izunna reported the matter at the station on May 25.

Bishen quoted the complainant as alleging that on the same day, he went to his shop located at Katsit and discovered that it was broken into and the sum of N530, 000 was stolen.

She said the complainant alleged that he strongly suspected the defendant of being the perpetrator of the act.

When the charges were read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, thereafter, prayed the court for an adjournment to enable the Police complete investigation into the matter.

In his ruling, Magistrate Michael Bawa, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 and two sureties in like sum.

Bawa adjourned the matter until June 10 for further mention.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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