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Court Sentences Housewife To Death For Murdering Her Ex-Husband

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 A High Court in  Birnin Kebbi on Monday sentenced a woman, Farida Abubakar to death by hanging for killing her former husband, Chief Magistrate, Attahiru Muhammad-Ibrahim.

Abubakar was arraigned before the court for murder on Aug. 25, 2022, while the main charge was filed on July 26, 2023.

The prosecution said that the convict stabbed Chief Magistrate Muhammad-Ibrahim with a sharp object on his abdomen, neck and left arm which led to his death.

Delivering judgment, the Chief Judge of the state, who adjudicated on the case, Justice Umar Abubakar held that the court was convinced that the accused person based on the evidence adduced by the prosecution.

“The defendant was last seen with the deceased in his house in Birnin Kebbi, shortly after, he was found dead.

“Circumstantial evidence linked the defendant to the offence.

“The burden of proof is on the prosecution to establish guilt against the accused person beyond reasonable doubt within the boundary of evidence adduced.

“With the extra-judicial statement of the accused person and the testimony of 12 prosecution witnesses, the court is overwhelmingly convinced that the circumstantial evidence is an irresistible fact that she was the one who killed the deceased.

“The evidence adduced is cogent, compelling, not controverted.

” Her Hijab was found smeared with blood. She intended to kill him. She knew death would be the consequence of her action. The offence was committed at a time when the deceased was about to marry a new wife.

“The court is satisfied, it is established that the defendant mercilessly planned and marshalled the attack with a sharp object, obviously to cause death or knowing the consequence of her act to cause death or does not care.

“The court has found you guilty of culpable homicide and bodily harm, the court has convicted you as charged”.

“The court has sentenced you to death by hanging under section 191(b) penal code law of Kebbi State. You are to be hanged by the neck until you are dead”.

“The court has also sentenced you to seven years in prison for causing bodily harm under section 224 (1) of the penal code law of Kebbi State,” the Judge read out in the judgment.

In mitigation, the defence counsel, Mudashiru Sani, holding brief for Abdulnasir Sallau, described the convict as a first-time offender with aged parents.

The council said that the convict was her parents’ caregiver and also had a young daughter in need of motherly care.

He pleaded with the court to give the convict a lighter sentence, so that she could finish her time and come back to the society as a reformed individual, considering her age.

In reply, the Prosecuting Counsel, who is the Director, Public Prosecution in the state Ministry of Justice, Lawal Hudu-Garba, enjoined the court to follow the latter of the law to serve as a deterrent to others from committing the same heinous offence.

Shortly after the judgment, the defence counsel, Sani, said, his client would appeal the verdict. 

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Francis Ogu, 65-year-old Cleric Docked For Allegedly Defiling 10-year-old Girl

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Francis Ogu, 65-year-old Cleric Docked For Allegedly Defiling 10-year-old Girl

 A 65-year-old cleric, Francis Ogu, was on Wednesday docked in the Children, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Offences Court in Awka, for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old domestic worker.

The police charged Ogu, who resides at Umuike village in Awka, with defilement.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp Chinyere Okechukwu, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 27 at his residence.

The police alleged that the accused sexually exploited the minor.

The offence, she said, contravened the provisions of Section 35(2) of the Child Rights Laws of Anambra State, 2004.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Genevieve Osakwe admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.

Osakwe adjourned the case until Aug. 21 for a hearing.

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Man, 27, Docked For Allegedly Stealing Pot Of Soup In Ibadan

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Man, 27, Docked For Allegedly Stealing Pot Of Soup In Ibadan

…As 3 arraigned over alleged stealing, housebreaking

The growing hunger in the country may have attained a new dimension as One Adewale Ogundeji, 27, was on Wednesday, dragged before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, charged with stealing a pot of soup and other valuables.

Ogundeji, whose address was not provided, was charged with housebreaking and stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, ASP Anthony Igori told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 6, at about 1.30 p.m., at Balogun Road, Oke Ibadan, near Oje market.

Igori said that the defendant allegedly broke into the house of one Mrs Tobiyat Yusuf and stole her pot of soup, N20,000 cash, MP3 player and memory card, among other items.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 411 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The Magistrate, Mr Olaolu Olanipekun granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 and one surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case until July 25 for a hearing. 

In another development, the police on Wednesday arraigned three suspects: Sadare Idowu, 46, David Terdoo, 24 and Chinedu Emmanuel, 42, before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan over an alleged stealing and housebreaking.

The defendants, whose house addresses were not provided, are facing charges bordering on alleged stealing and housebreaking.

The prosecutor, Insp. Akeem Akinloye told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Nov. 27, 2023, in Apata area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

Akinloye said the defendants allegedly broke into the house of one Mr Ademola Adebowale and stole his valuables worth N3.22 million.

The valuables, he said included: clothes, jewellery, a generator, a television, Closed-Circuit Television gadgets and a phone, among others.

He said the offences contravened Sections 411 and 390(9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olabisi Ogunkanmi, granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N750,000 with two reliable sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case until Oct. 28, for hearing. 

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Chinese Customs Catches Man With Over 100 Live Snakes In His Trousers

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Chinese Customs Catch Man With Over 100 Live Snakes In His Trousers

…The snakes include 5 different species, including corn snakes and triangle snakes

Chinese Customs have detained a man trying to smuggle more than 100 live snakes into mainland China in his trouser pockets.

The man was recently caught by officials at Futian Harbour on the border between the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, authorities said.

During an inspection, customs officials found six taped-up cloth bags containing numerous colourful snakes hidden in the traveller’s lower clothing.

According to a statement by the customs, it was revealed that the man was carrying 104 snakes of five different species, including corn snakes and triangle snakes.

Neither of which are found in China, but in North and Central America.

A video released by the customs office showed the man trying to pass through the undeclared goods corridor.

It also showed customs officers examining six large plastic bags into which the squirming reptiles appeared to have been later placed.

China’s laws prohibit the import of non-native animals.

Anyone who violates this will be held accountable, the customs report continued, without specifying what penalties the man would face. 

– dpa

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