Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, 30, and Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, 27, were caught on CCTV cameras purportedly smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport in February 2017.
The brazen killing, however, shocked the world.
Charges against Aisyah were suddenly dropped on Monday and she was released.
Nguyen Thi Vy, Huong’s stepmother, told dpa by phone from her home in northern Nam Dinh province that Aisyah’s release was “unfair.’’
“I think it is unfair because the two girls involved in the same case did the same thing, but one has been released, so why has the other not been?’’ Nguyen said.
Prosecutors argued that the two women were trained assassins, who were aware of the toxicity of the substance they were handling, noting that both suspects headed to separate bathrooms immediately after the attack.
Both women have maintained their innocence, claiming they thought they were carrying out a prank that was being secretly filmed for a reality TV show in exchange for money.
They said they had been tricked by North Korean handlers.
Speculation has swirled that the North Korean government ordered the hit on Kim Jong Nam, who was considered a threat to the legitimacy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s rule.
Teenage student bags 1 year jail term over sexual encroachment on stepmother
A Sharia Court sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, on Tuesday, sentenced a teenage student, Anas Sidi-Baba, to one year imprisonment over sexual encroachment on, and criminal intimidation of, his stepmother.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that after the defendant had pleaded guilty of the offence, he told the court that he was enchanted by his step brothers.
My step brothers enchanted me and made me become a drug addict. Sometimes, I go naked; and sometimes, I do wake up late at night to pray, he said.
The Judge, Murtala Nasir, however, granted the convict a bail option of N20,000 and that he must also pay N20,000 as compensation to the complainant.
Earlier, the Police Counsel, Sgt. Aliyu Ibrahim, told the court that on Dec. 5, at about 6.00 pm., one Fatima Sidi-Baba of Unguan Sanusi, Kaduna, reported the incident to the Metro police division.
The counsel said that Sidi-Baba went into her room while she was asleep and that most times, he would come in naked.
On Dec. 3, at about 2.30 am., she saw him while using his cell phone’s torch to peep into her window. She came out and held him, while the phone along with a stick of cigarette fell off his hands,” he said.
Ibrahim, who said that the offence was punishable under Section 232 of Sharia Penal Code, prayed the court to sanction Sidi-Baba accordingly and also order him pay N20,000 as compensation for the fear he usually instilled in his stepmother.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Court remands man for allegedly stabbing his 45-year-old stepmother to death
A Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that a 35-year-old man, Sunusi Mamuda, be remanded in prison pending legal advice for allegedly stabbing his 45-year-old stepmother to death.
The defendant, who lives at Fagge Quarters Kano, is standing trial on a count charge of culpable homicide contrary to section 221 of the penal code.
The prosecutor, Insp. Pogu Lale, told the court that one Mamuda Idris of the same address reported the matter at Fagge Police Station Kano, on Sept. 13.
He said that on the same date at about 3:00 p.m, the defendant had a misunderstanding with his stepmother, Khadija Mohammed.
“The defendant in the process, stabbed his stepmother with knife on her stomach, as a result she sustained serious injury.
“The victim was rushed to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano where she was confirmed dead.’’
The defendant however denied committing the offence.
Oct. 17, when the case will come up for mention.
Edited by Cecilia Odey/Maharazu Ahmed
Police confirms release of Sen. Abbo’s stepmother
The Police in Adamawa has confirmed the release of Sen. Elisha Abbo’s stepmother, Madam Rifkatu Elisha.
The Spokesman of the command, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, confirmed the release to the Nigeria News Agency in Yola on Wednesday.
Yahaya said that the woman was abducted by unknown gunmen about two weeks ago at the family house of Abbo at Muchalla village in Mubi North Local Government Area of the state.
“Our men from the Inspector General of Police team together with other special forces deployed for the operation in the area during patrol sighted her (Rifkatu Elisha).
“She was sighted on a street along Bagira road in Mubi town of Mubi North Local Government Area on Wednesday.
“She is now taken to the Mubi General Hospital for medical examination,” Yahaya said.
He said no ransom was paid before her release and no suspect was has been arrested in connection with the abduction.
He however said that Madam Elisha was assisting the command with useful information in its investigation.
Meanwhile, Yahaya said the command had arrested three suspects in connection with the abduction of the Permanent Secretary of state Ministry of Mineral Resources, Mr Emmanuel Piridimso.
He said the suspects; Adamu Muhammed alias Mai Gero, 35, was arrested in Yola North Local Government Area with two others from Song Local Government Area with three rifles.
He also confirmed that the abductors had collected the sum of about N1.5 million before releasing the victim.
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola
Court orders man to demolish bakery erected on his stepmother’s premises
Kaduna, June 11, 2019 A Sharia Court I sitting at Magajin Gari, Kaduna, on Tuesday ordered a man, Jibril Khalid, 32, to demolish a bakery he erected on his stepmother’s premises with in 30 days.
The judge, Malam Dahiru Lawal, gave the order, after reading the report by the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency.
He held that the agency investigated and certified that the bakery was not built and located in the right environment.
”The report also indicates that the requirement for erecting a bakery should include an adequate passage, a secluded convenience, a safe point for baking, a healthy bread store room, light and adequate ventilation and easy passage for movement.
“The inability to fulfill this requirements contravenes chapter V section 42 of the National Environmental health practice regulation of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2007”, he said.
Lawal, therefore ordered the demolition of the bakery.
NAN reports that the complainant, A 55-year-old woman, Barira Salisu, of Kumasi road, Tudun Wada, kaduna, on April 23, dragged her step-son, Jibril Khalid, 32, before the court for erecting a bakery on her premises.
“Khalid’s mother and I live in the same compound, with everybody on her own allocated share. But my step-son erected a bakery in the compound, thereby inconveniencing us”, Salisu said.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Woman in court for allegedly slapping ex-stepmother
A 28-year-old woman, Amaka Okolie, who allegedly slapped her ex-stepmother and destroyed her necklace worth N190, 000 during an argument on Monday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court
Okolie, whose lives on No: 4 Taiwo St., Mafoluku in Oshodi, Lagos, is charged with two counts of assault and wilful damage but pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecution alleged that the defendant slapped her ex-stepmother, Mrs Ngozi Okolie, willfully tore her dress and cut her gold necklace valued at N190, 000, during an argument over the complainant refused to leave her father’s apartment.
Police Sgt. Michael Unah told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Feb. 18 about 8. 40 a. m. at her residence.
He added that the defendant wanted the complainant, who was once married to her father but still occupied a room in their home to leave but she declined.
“The defendant told the complainant that all her father’s property belonged to her mother because the complainant was no longer married to her father.
“The complainant refused to leave the house, this led to an altercation and the defendant slapped her, ripped her dress and destroyed her gold necklace worth N190, 000,” he said.
The offence, he said contravened the provisions of sections 173 and 339 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015, (Revised).
Chief Magistrate A. A Fashola, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000 bail with one responsible surety in like sum.
Fashola ordered that the surety must be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have his address verified by the court.
The Magistrate adjourned the case until March 20, for mention. (NNN)
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Police arrest bricklayer for allegedly raping daughter in Akwa Ibom
Police from the Divisional Headquarters in Eket Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom, have arrested Mr Godwin Jeremiah, a bricklayer from Ikot Udota, for allegedly raping his 13-year-old daughter.
Mr Sunday Digha, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), disclosed this to newsmen in Eket, during the arrest of Jeremiah on Saturday.
Digha said the suspect started harassing his daughter sexually since last year, and was arrested after she reported the case to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Eket.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the DPO was accompanied by the wife of the Eket Local Government Chairman, Mrs Bright Archibong, and President, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), in Akwa Ibom, Mrs Emem Ette, to arrest the alleged suspect.
“The suspect is currently being detained at the Divisional Police Headquarters in Eket, for further investigations,” Digha said.
He said that Jeremiah’s friend, who also allegedly attempted to rape the victim, was at large and the police were looking for him.
Narrating her ordeal, the victim, who broke down in tears, accused her father of forcefully having sex with her mainly in the night, and almost on a daily basis.
She said that her father’s friend, one Mr Michael, from Ikot Udoma village, also attempted to rape her, but he ran away when she raised alarm.
“My father forcefully abused me sexually. This occurs almost on daily basis in spite of my resistance and the pains and injury I sustained from the ungodly act.
“Initially, I reported the case to my stepmother who confronted my father, but she was beaten and this made her flee from my father’s house.
“When the whole thing became unbearable for me, I ran and reported to the police, which led to his first arrest, but my aunt, who did not believe my story, intervened and he was released on bail.
After his release, I did not have any option than to return to the house and stay with my father.
“The matter grew from bad to worse. It was the darkest moment in my life. This time my father did not allow me to sleep, he forcefully abused me through out the night.
“It was coming on daily basis. Since nobody was there to help, I decided to run away from my father’s house.
“But fate led to my meeting a compassionate mother, Mrs Bright Archibong, and the President of FIDA who rose up to fight on my behalf,” she narrated.
In his response, Jeremiah said said that his daughter, who used to sleep on the same bed with him, just decided to run away from the house without any reason.
Also speaking, Archibong condemned the act, saying that the suspect’s arrest would serve as a deterrent to others.
“It is the worst thing a person can do to a child, especially a father to his daughter. What could have caused a father to rape his daughter?”
Ette, on her part, warned that every rapist would not go unpunished as they would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
She said that after police had concluded its investigations, the law would takes it full course.
“We have also had lots of cases of women defiling their sons, this is the worst that can ever happen to a child, and we want to advise parents to desist from such acts,” Ette said.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
Notorious burglar arrested in Ikorodu, stolen items recovered
The Ikorodu Police Station had arrested a serial burglar, Ganiu Solomon, 37; of No. 5,Okuku St, Ota-Ono Ikorodu and recovered some stolen items from him.
Elkana in a statement said that the suspect was arrested in connection with a series of complaints received from residents of Ota Ono area of Ikorodu bothering on incidents of burglary and stealing.
“All the complains received indicate the same ‘modus operandi’, suggesting the fact that the crime was perpetrated by the same syndicate.
“One of such cases was reported earlier by one Ms Nkiruka Ezeokobe of Mojisola Sari Street Ota-Ono, Ikorodu, where the suspect passed through the ceiling to gain entrance into her home.
“Items recovered from the suspect include: one Samsung phone valued N235, 000 and one gold necklace valued N150, 000 among other items,” the police official said.
Elkana said that the suspect confessed to the crime and investigation was ongoing to ensure that other members of his gang were arrested.
Elkana said that the arrest was effected following a complaint received from one Mr Ibrahim Audu, the Station Manager of Riders Card, Ikorodu Division.
“The suspect sells the said forged Identification cards which serve as permit to unsuspecting motorcycle owners for between N2, 500 and N3,400.
“The suspect who started forging riders permit documents in January has confessed to the commission of the crime.
“He uses the advantage of the proximity of his shop to the licensing office at Odogunyan area to lure his victims, under the guise of being an agent of the Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO),” the police officer said.
According to Elkana, items recovered from the suspect include: machines used in printing fake documents and large quantities of printed materials.
Elkana said that the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered the transfer of the cases to the State Criminal Investigation Department for an indepth investigation and diligent prosecution.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Peter Dada
FERMA assures constant maintenance of Nigeria roads—MD
The Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has assured Nigerians of constant maintenance of 36,000 Kilometers of Federal highways across the country in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Works.
Mr Nurudeen Rafindadi, Managing Director of the agency gave the assurance in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Sunday.
He said, “FERMA is working with the Ministry of Works and Housing and we will ensure we carry out our work to complement each other in what ever gaps are left.
“There is 36,000 kilometers of Federal highways across the nation, our objective is to ensure smooth and free flow of traffic and stop any major distraction of traffic.
“Stop any trace of road that will cut one out of the country from the other, we will quickly undertake the repairs.”
He said some road projects would be captured in 2021 budget adding that currently they were working on the proposal.
“Currently we are working on 2021 budget because by August this year, we have to submit and defend our budget. “And road like Gombe-Potiskum is the road that we are including in that budget,” Rafindadi said.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Tukur Muntari.
Police arrest 23-year-old man for allegedly killing step mother in Nasarawa
The Police Command in Nasarawa State has arrested one Ahmed Abdullahi,23, for allegedly stabbing his stepmother to death.
The command’s Public Relations Officer,Mr Ramhan Nansel, confirmed the arrest of the suspect to Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Lafia.
Nansel said the suspect allegedly committed the act at about 11 p.m. on Friday at Ungwan-Yakubu, Agyaragu village, in Obi Local Government Area of the state.
According to the police spokesman, the suspect escaped from the scene of the incident and went into hiding, but that he was fished him out of his hideout on Saturday morning.
He said the suspect was about to be lynched by people of the village before the police intervened and took him into custody.
He said the police had lunched an investigation to ascertain the motive behind the alleged murder. (NAN)
Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf
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