Police arrest healthcare worker on suspicion of murdering 8 babies

The police on Tuesday arrested a British female healthcare worker on suspicion of murdering eight babies and trying to murder six others after an investigation into deaths at a neonatal unit in northern England, police said on Tuesday. The arrest came after an inquiry into the deaths of 17 babies and 15 “non-fatal collapses” between March 2015 and July 2016 at The Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit. “This is a highly complex and very sensitive investigation and, as you can appreciate, we need to ensure we do everything we…

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Police sergeant docked for alleged murder

An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State  on Monday remanded a police sergeant, Ishaya Inusa, at Ikoyi Prisons for alleged murder of a civilian. The chief magistrate, Mrs A.O. Adegite, refused the plea of the accused, 33, being tried for murder. She ordered his remand at the Ikoyi Prisons pending the receipt of the legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs). Adegite adjourned the case until Aug. 2. Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Oladele Adebayo, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on…

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Murder: Eat, be merry, life is too short

  …lawyer told staff, a few hours before his death     Mr. Symphorosa Otike- Odibi (a lawyer), from Ukwale, Delta State, was born 52 years ago. But Odibi seemed to have premonition of death. At a launched he shared with his staff, a few hours before he was killed, the lawyer told them to “eat and make merry” because “life is too short”.   Odibi lived an active and fun filled life before he was allegedly murdered by his quiet and unassuming wife, Mrs. Udeme Odibi (47), also a…

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Man allegedly attempts to murder step-son, lands in court

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An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Wednesday remanded one Ojo Rasaq at Agodi Prisons over alleged attempt to murder his step-son. Rasaq of Olomi Village in Apete area of Ibadan is facing a count of attempted murder. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Jejelola Ogunbona, ordered that the accused be remanded at Agodi Prisons pending the determination of his bail application. Ogunbona directed the counsel to accused to bring a written bail application to convince the court why it should grant the accused bail. The Chief Magistrate adjourned the case…

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Another suspect held for Delta DPO’s kidnap, murder

Police yesterday paraded a suspected kidnapper, Abubakar Muhammed aka Buba, for being one of those who abducted and later murdered the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), SP Valentine Mbalu, who was in charge of the ‘C’ Division, Asaba, Delta State. Mbalu was reportedly killed by his abductors, 12 days after he was taken hostage by suspected herdsmen. The deceased was about 4 p.m. on March 5 between Ekwoma and Umunede on the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha Expressway. He was on his way to Asaba after spending the weekend with his family at Agbor. Speaking…

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US court halts two executions

  The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions. A blanket ruling made on Saturday…

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Vigilantes beat man to death with charms

A 28-year-old businessman, Tayo Olatunbosun, has been allegedly killed by two members of Vigilante Service of Nigeria (VSN) at Adiyan, a community in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State. The vigilantes, identified as Ismaila Jimoh and Hassan Olatunde, have been arrested by the police. The suspects were said to have nabbed Olatunbosun, who was selling phones and laptops, in the Adiyan area on Saturday for allegedly stealing a hair dryer. The vigilantes reportedly beat Olatunbosun with charms and later took him to the Agbado Police Station about 10 p.m.…

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Ohio police hunt Facebook Live killer

Police in Cleveland are searching for a man who fatally shot a “random” victim and posted the footage on Facebook. The suspect, Steve Stephens, later said in a separate video post that he had killed 13 people and was looking to kill more. Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams confirmed one killing but said they did not know of any other victims. Williams said that “multiple forces” were looking for Stephens, who “needs to turn himself in”. The victim has been identified by Cleveland police as 74-year-old Robert Godwin. “There is…

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Manslaughter: Two vigilante operatives bag six years imprisonment

An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta on Thursday found two vigilance officers guilty of manslaughter and sentenced them to six years imprisonment. Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, who delivered the judgment, sentenced Lambe Yinka and Friday Gbenga, with hard labour, for killing two men in the course of duty. The convicts, who are officers of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, were arraigned on April 27, 2015 on a two-count charge of murder and manslaughter. The duo had reportedly on July 7, 2013 shot two men, Raji Morufu and Akeem Usman,…

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YEMISI RANSOME-KUTI: WOULD BE A LOT RICHERIFI WASN’T A RANSOME-KUTI

    Yemisi Ransome-Kuti is one of the elite women out to serve her community selflessly without a thought of enriching herself. She had served in different developmental projects that had earned her recognition in her community. In this interview with FLORA ONWUDIWE, Ransome-Kuti, who is a cousin of late Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, encourages women who are aspiring to run for political offices not to give up. Excerpts…     What was your growing up like as a Ransome-Kuti, a family that played prominent roles in the history of…

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