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How soldiers on illegal duty killed two civilians in Ogun – Police

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The Ogun State Police Command has said some soldiers, who allegedly killed two persons at a community festival in Isheri Olofin area of the state on Tuesday, were on illegal duty.
New Telegraph learnt that two persons were fatally shot during a fight that broke out at the annual Isheri Day celebration.
Isheri Olofin is a border town between Lagos and Ogun states.
According to the police, the soldiers that fired the shots were from the Ikeja Cantonment of the Nigerian Army and posted to Kara Market.
However, the soldiers left their beat and went to Isheri Olofin, where the indigenes of the town were celebrating their annual festival, the police revealed.
On arrival, the soldiers were said to have had some disagreement with youths of the town and in the ensuing melee, they shot one Damilare Adelani.
One of the soldiers and three other civilians were also injured in the incident.

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Woman kills father with poisoned hamburger, buries him in concrete

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A woman murdered her father by serving him a poisoned hamburger then encased his body in concrete under the home they shared.

 

Dayna Jennings, 45, was sentenced to life in prison for killing her 69-year-old father, Willima Mussack, whose body was found under their home in Denver in January 2018, Jennings was convicted of first degree-murder in July after an autopsy proved Mussack was poisoned by acepromazine, an animal tranquilizer. Mussack’s son, Brian, told investigators that his father texted him in December 2017 and said Jennings had ‘drugged’ him. In the text, Mussack went on to say that he ‘had been unconscious for 15 hours after taking a bite of hamburger she had given him.’

 

It was the last time Brian Mussack heard from his father.

 

Five weeks later, William Mussack’s body was discovered to be encased in concrete in a crawl space under his home.

 

Police investigated the home and said it smelled ‘like sewage and something rotting,’ which Jennings told officers was an overflowed toilet, adding that her father went to the mountains with his girlfriend. Italian prime minister to resign after attack on ‘opportunist’ far right deputy Jennings was later interviewed at the Federal Heights police station.

 

During the interview, the officer questioning her received information that human remains were found under the home.

 

During the interview, Jennings admitted pouring concrete in the crawl space.

 

When the officer said authorities were at the home breaking up the concrete, Jennings asked for a lawyer.

 

After she was found guilty, Chief Deputy District Attoryney Rhonda Pilmer said: “Jennings repeatedly misled the family after they became concerned about Mussack, describing everyday routines as if things were fine.

 

“All the while, she was scheming about how to get rid of her father’s body. She researched the drug, ordered it, received it. All of those were opportunities to stop and ask herself, ‘Am I really going to poison my father?”‘

 

It is unclear what motivated Jennings to kill her father, but police said her massage business fell apart and her husband left her just before the murder.

 

Her ex-husband reportedly told investigators that Jenning was in a ‘downward spiral’ after her business collapsed and she displayed ‘patterns of intense and unstable relationships with family, friends, and loved ones.’

 

* Courtesy: metro.co.uk

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Plateau raises alarm as cultists, gang violence take over 14 communities

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Plateau State Government on Tuesday raised an alarm over the growing trend of cultism and gang violence in 14 communities of Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

 

Director General, Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA), Mr Joseph Lengmang in a press statement signed and issue to journalists in Jos, said the cases of cult activities and gang violence appears to be on the rise within the Jos metropolis and environs.

 

“Gangsterism and cult violence in Apata, Busa Buji, Alheri, Gada Biu, Congo Russia, Angwan Damisa, Angwan rogo, Angwan Suya, Rukuba road, Dilimi, Nasarawa Gwom, Gangare, Utan and a host of other area is as random as the way destructive wind gusts are random.You can brace yourself but still not anticipate the location or severity of the attacks and violence,” he said.

 

According to the statement, some neighborhoods are now forced to retire into their homes as early as 7pm for fear of attacks, or even caught in the middle of cult and Sara-Suka wars.

 

“Reports indicate that gang violence and cultist activities have culminated into acts of revenge that are growing more heinous by the day. Bullets have been shot, throats slit open and young boys hacked down with machetes in their prime,” it added.

 

The statement added that some of the neighborhoods have also been identified with high rates of the consumption and peddling of illicit drugs.

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Court sentences applicant to 2 years in prison for threatening to kill housewife

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A Kabusa Grade I Area Court on Tuesday sentenced an applicant, Stephen Newman, to two years in prison for threatening to assassinate a housewife.

The Judge, Ibrahim Kagarko, sentenced Musa, after he pleaded guilty to criminal intimidation with threat to life.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mahmud Lawal, informed the court Mrs. Grace Mbom, who lives on Missal Crescent, Garki , Abuja reported the case at the Garki Police station, FCT on August 7.

Lawal told the court that the complainant reported that on August 1, Newman sent her a text message informing her that he was an assassin who was paid to kill her.

He also told the court that the convict ordered Mbom, to pay double the amount he was paid to kill her.

Lawal told the court that due to the threat, the complainant was unable to step out of her house.

He informed the court that in the course of police investigation, the convict was arrested and could not give satisfactory explanations as to how the message generated from his phone number.

The offence, he added, contravened the provisions of Section 397B of the Penal Code Law.

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Ortom dethrones three traditional rulers over involvement in Katsina-Ala unrest

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From: Cephas Iorhemen, Makurdi

 

The Benue State government on Tuesday dethroned two Third Class Chiefs from Katsina-Ala, Chief Tivlumun Ubugh, the Mue Ter Chongo and Chief Ayoleve Ornguga, Mue Ter Ipusu as well as the District Head of Mbacher, Chief Luke Atomigba over their roles in the intractable crisis between Shitile and Ikyurav.

The crisis led to the recent killing of at least 30 mourners at a wake in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area.

The suspension of the chiefs followed recommendation of the Benue State Security Council after its emergency meeting in Makurdi, chaired by Governor Samuel Ortom.

The governor read the council’s resolutions after a marathon meeting with stakeholders from the local government area, which held at the Government House in Makurdi.

He stated that the traditional rulers had neglected their duties and exhibited nonchalance towards efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.

The governor noted that the traditional rulers had instead, resorted to fuelling the crisis based on vested interests, thereby contravening the code of conduct enshrined in the local government and chieftaincy law of the state.

The affected traditional rulers are to face a panel to be constituted by the Tor Tiv to investigate them and determine appropriate sanctions.

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Divert IDPs’ food, face God’s wrath –Borno gov

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…curses with Qur’an, visits IDP camps, distributes items

 

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State yesterday used the Qur’an to curse those diverting food and other materials meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The governor is in Monguno to coordinate supervise and sanitise the distribution of food items to 190,050 IDPs, the majority of who are from Marte, Kukawa, Mobbar, Guzamala and Monguno local government areas, all in northern part of the state.

Zulum ordered a copy of Qur’an to be raised the traditional way to seek the wrath of God against anyone who diverts food and other materials meant for the welfare of displaced persons.

The oath was also administered against IDPs who always collect multiple rations of food most of which they sell in markets, depriving fellow displaced persons of food.

Zulum left Maiduguri on Sunday morning and arrived Monguno in the evening.

Monguno is the largest town in northern Borno, a majority Muslim part of the state most susceptible to Boko Haram attacks. Monguno is not far from Baga and Kukawa from where citizens fled after attacks. Monguno itself was occupied by Boko Haram around 2013 and 2014.

Early this year, the insurgents had made two failed attempts to seize military barracks in Monguno.

Zulum had at the weekend ordered the deployment of trailers loaded with varieties of food items especially rice, pasta, oil and other condiments ahead of his visit.

The governor also ordered that a copy of the Qur’an be made available. On Sunday night, Zulum held a series of meetings with officials involved in humanitarian activities and those of local government areas whose citizens are displaced in Monguno.

At 6a.m. yesterday, the governor began tour of the 16 camps in Monguno. He went early to ensure that genuine IDPs who spend nights in camps were to benefit. In each camp, the governor spent at least an hour, reorganising and distributing customised tickets to bread winners of households with which the families receive quantities of food to last them for weeks.

However, hundreds of adult male and female IDPs started to leave queues whenever the oath administrator (acting like a town crier) raised the Qur’an and called on God to punish anyone on the queue to collect multiple rations of food.

He said: “Listen to me very attentively, Governor Zulum has asked me to announce to you that from himself as your governor down to humanitarian officials of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), other government officials and anybody at all, whoever diverts food meant for IDPs, may the curse of God through the instrumentality of the Qur’an, come upon that person. May the wrath of God come upon anyone who has collected allocation ticket but came here to collect what is meant for others.

“You all know that food is distributed to households and everyone here is part of a household. If you know you are not the head of a household or that you have already collected your portion, better leave the queue or you incur the wrath of the Qur’an.”

As the administrator, identified as Babagana, made the announcement in every camp, displaced persons left in numbers, some of them laughing.

Until the introduction of oath by the governor, humanitarian workers have had to contend with problems of food vending by hundreds of displaced persons who collect multiple allocations.

There were also allegations of dubious collaboration between some humanitarian workers and IDPs.  Under normal distribution arrangement, food items are allocated to households comprising a breadwinner and dependants. The food last for weeks, in some cases, a month. Although households have identification cards, some families have long devised means of collecting more than their allocations. Some sell food items to business traders who exploit them by buying the food at giveaway prices in order to resell at prevailing market rates after re-bagging.

Sometimes households separate themselves. The husband, wife and grown up children separate into individuals rather than households to collect more food items. There are hundreds of temporary tents in the camps with displaced persons having the freedom to move in and out in line with international protocol. Numbers of displaced persons are often inconsistent, depending on returns and attacks. All of these make managing the camps uneasy. 

But Zulum has vowed to use his experience as former commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Re-settlement of displaced persons to bring some sanity.

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Ensure speedy prison, justice system reforms, clerics tell FG

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Aprison stakeholder, Pastor Femi Fafowora, has called on the Federal Government to ensure speedy reforms in the Nigerian Prisons and justice system.

Fafowora made this appeal at the 11th Annual Praise Festival, organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and others in Lagos.

He said: “Maximum, Medium and other prisons were built for specific offenders, but regrettably, this is no longer the case. All inmates are now lumped together, no matter the weight of the offence, owing to explosion in the number of inmates.

“We are begging the necessary authorities to see to the speedy reform in the prisons as well as the justice system. I know of an inmate, who has been on death row in a prison for 23 years. I wondered the rationale behind such a situation.”

The cleric noted that religious bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had often collaborated with the prison authorities to train inmates on various skills and vocations.

He said: “The prison is to correct and not merely to condemn. Inmates should be treated well. The prison authorities should ensure that justice is not only served, but served speedily as justice delayed is justice denied.”

The Head of Kirikiri Medium Security Prison, Deputy Comptroller of Prisons (DCP), Ben Rabbi Freedman (Rev.), commended churches and NGOs on their impact towards correctional values brought into the prisons.

He commended the management, staff of the Medium Security Prison and the inmates as well as all the clerics, partners and other stakeholders, who have continuously ensured that the praise festival continued to hold and has now held for 11 years.

Freedman said that 99 per cent of the activities performed at the event were solely done by the inmates.

He added: “Some of the inmates have written the General Certificate of Education (GCE) O’ Level and those who excelled had been granted admission into the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to pursue various academic disciplines.”

The guest minister, Emeka Eze, who spoke on, “Enter His Courts with praise,” said that the goal of the event was to rebrand and refocus the attention of young men and women from evil to total service and dependence on God, taking into cognisance the alarming rate of crime among youths as well as the high prison population.

He called on all well-meaning Nigerians and churches to join hands by contributing bountifully towards this noble project.

Another stakeholder, Pastor Audu Daniel, speaking on ‘Life after Prison,’ expressed worries about discriminations faced by inmates after they are released from prison.

He said: “The whole essence of incarceration, rehabilitation programmes, church visits and ministration, counselling and mentoring in the prisons are aimed at reformation, remodelling and reintegration into the society.”

A stakeholder at the event, Chaplain Darlington Ajitemisan, called on the authorities to build functional libraries in prisons.

He said that the ongoing prison reforms should be fully implemented so that prisons would be decongested and classified effectively and efficiently.

This, according to him, will ensure that those in prison for minor and civil offences are not lumped together with those serving capital offences or on death row.

Ajitemisan called on the Federal Government to reform the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) as there are many inmates who are not supposed to be in prison.

The chaplain called on all and sundry to welcome former prisoners with open arms as stigmatising them might likely push them back into crime.

He enjoined all partners and stakeholders to work harder to integrate them back into the society. 

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After gang-raping me, they threatened to upload video –Undergraduate

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first year student of the Ondo State College of Health Technology, Akure, has narrated how three male undergraduates gang-raped her.

The victim, a student of the Environmental Health Technician Department of the government-owned college, said that she knew only one of the boys.

According to her, after raping her, they threatened to upload a video of the incident, if she told anyone.

She said: “I was in the room when the three of them forced their way in and pounced on me. When they entered into the room, I was shocked. They ordered me to remove my dress and lie on the bed. I begged them to leave me, but they refused. The others asked one to undress me. After that, they raped me.

“They even threatened me that they had the recordings of the escapade, and would upload the videos on the social media if I told anyone about the incident. I couldn’t keep the incident to myself. I have to confide in one of my friends, who then reported the issue to the police. The boys were tracked and arrested. The name of the one I know is Eyitayo. He had once wooed me, but I rebuffed his advances.”

The suspects, Aderoboye Damilola, Eyitayo Charles and Blessing Michael, allegedly committed the crime last Wednesday at the residence of the victim’s boyfriend, which is located outside the school campus.

The Dean of Student Affairs (DSA), Abiola Ogunro, who confirmed the incident, said it was yet to be officially reported to the school authority.

He said: “Although the case has not been reported to the school officially, it is true that some students of our school were arrested by the police. We are aware that the police have started their investigations and they promised to get back to us.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, while confirming the arrest of the suspects, said that investigation had commenced into the matter.

He added: “We have commenced investigation into the matter, and after the investigation, the suspecs would be charged to court.”

The incident came weeks after an undergraduate female student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), was allegedly raped by a soldier.

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Akeredolu appoints New Telegraph correspondent as Deputy CPS

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Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has appointed Mr. Babatope Okeowo of the New Telegraph newspaper as Deputy Chief Press Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi.

Okeowo, whose appointment is with immediate effect, was the state correspondent of the New Telegraph newspaper before his appointment.

The governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Segun Ajiboye, said in a statement that Okeowo’s appointment was in response to the rejig made to Government House Media Team of Akeredolu.

In the rejig, Mr. Olorunleke Akeredolu, formerly Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, is now re-designated Special Assistant to the Governor on Media Relations.

Also, the Special Assistant on New Media, Governor’s Office, Allen Sowore, has been moved to the Office of the Deputy Governor to function in same position.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State Council, has lauded Akeredolu over Okeowo’s appointment.

Describing the new Deputy CPS as a reliable and committed NUJ member, the state Secretary of the union, Leke Adegbite, said in a statement that the appointment was an attestation of the respect Akeredolu had for the media by working with core professionals in his administration.

He said: “Okeowo, who is the Chairman of Ondo NUJ Social Committee and member of the 2019 Press Week Committee before his appointment, has been in the forefront of a vibrant journalism practice in the state and beyond.

“We will not forget Okeowo’s bold, courageous and unparalleled determination in ensuring that there is a proud Ondo NUJ.

“Ondo NUJ believes that Okeowo’s appointment and the recent appointment of Ojo Oyewamide as the Governor’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Publicity, as well as other hardworking members of the Ondo State government’s Media Team will foster great relationship between the government and the public.”

In the same vein, the Ondo State Correspondents’ Chapel has congratulated Okeowo on his appointment.

The chapel, in a statement by its Vice Chairman, Bola Ojuola-Adeusi, assured Okeowo of support in his new office.

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42 FRSC officials, agents arrested for extortion

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Thirty-seven officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and five of their suspected agents, have been arrested for allegedly extorting motorists.

The officials were arrested by a joint inter-agency team, comprising the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), FRSC and Department of State Services (DSS), operating in Kaduna, Bauchi, Abia, Rivers, Kogi and Ogun states.

The spokesperson for the ICPC, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, said the joint team was established following complaint of extortion made by FRSC’s management against officials.

She said: “A joint inter-agency team, led by the ICPC, has arrested 37 officials of the FRSC for allegedly extorting money from motorists on Nigerian highways.

“The team also arrested five persons, said to be agents of the corps officials, in a sting operation carried out simultaneously in the six geo-political zones. The team struck on 16th August, 2019, following the receipt of a complaint from the FRSC management of the massive extortion of money from motorists on the highways by its patrol teams.

“The FRSC management had, in the complaint to the commission, observed that incidents of extortion were rife in the six states of Kaduna, Bauchi, Abia, Rivers, Kogi and Ogun. It was based on this that the ICPC-led team went into action and identified the notorious spots in each of the aforementioned states to include Aba in Abia State, Ahoada, Ajaokuta, Itori, Torro and Gwantu in Rivers, Kogi, Ogun, Bauchi and Kaduna states respectively.

“At least 13 FRSC officials and two civilians were arrested in Aba in the South-East, while 24 other FRSC officials and three civilians were arrested from various spots on roads spread across the other geo-political zones.

“Findings from the joint inter-agency team indicated that various sums of money were found on the suspects and they had since been taken into ICPC custody. However, all the officials arrested and three civilian accomplices have been granted administrative bail. They’ll be prosecuted by the commission at the conclusion of investigations.”

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Bandits kill four in Katsina –Police

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Bandits have killed four persons at Tsayau village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Anas Gezawa, confirmed this is a statement issued yesterday in Katsina.

The PPRO, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the incident occurred on Sunday night, adding that the bandits also carted away four cows.

He said: “Villagers mobilised and followed the bandits into the forest, and were able to recover the rustled animals.

“However, the bandits killed four persons and escaped into a thick mountainous forest.”

Gezawa advised the public to always involve security agents in dealing with cattle rustling, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other forms of criminal acts in the society.

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