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Journalist shot dead in West Bank — ministry



Journalist shot dead in West Bank — ministry

A journalist was killed in a confrontation between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the northern West Bank.

A reporter from Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera suffered a gunshot wound on the head and died, the Palestinian Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Another journalist from the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds also suffered gunshot injuries in the incident in Jenin, the ministry said.

The Israeli army said on Twitter that soldiers had been deployed in Jenin to arrest terror suspects and that suspects fired at the troops and threw explosive devices.

The soldiers fired back and hits were identified, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said.

“The IDF is investigating the event and looking into the possibility that the journalists were hit by the Palestinian gunmen,’’ the army added.

Since late March, a wave of violence had seen 17 people killed in Israel.

An Israeli security guard was also shot dead by Palestinians in the West Bank.

However, Israel’s army has intensified its operations in the occupied West Bank since the wave of attacks began, especially in Jenin, which is considered a stronghold of Palestinian militants.

Israeli military operations of this nature often lead to serious confrontations with residents.

More than 20 Palestinians have been killed since the end of March, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Several were killed in military operations, others died while carrying out attacks and during clashes with the army.

Israel conquered the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.

The Palestinians want the territories for their own state with East Jerusalem as its capital.


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Alleged BVN fraud: Investigation outcome’ll determine fate of ex-agitators -PAP



Alleged BVN fraud: Investigation outcome’ll determine fate of ex-agitators -PAP

 The Office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) says findings from the ongoing investigation into multiple accounts of ex-agitators linked to one BVN will determine the fate of protesting beneficiaries.

This is contained in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja by Mr. Freston Akpor, Media Aide to the PAP Interim Administrator.

Akpor disclosed that the names of all those involved in the alleged BVN fraud had been forwarded to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for investigation.

He said that the Amnesty Office also blamed bank officials for colluding with the ex-agitators to aid the “financial crime”.

“So, investigation is ongoing, I must tell you there is nothing the PAP can do now over this matter until the investigation is concluded and then the ONSA will take a decision on what to do.

“This is a financial crime which is why the ONSA is investigating the matter.

“The policy is one name, one BVN. But in a situation where you have more than 30 names linked to one BVN, it becomes an issue.

“We discovered that 513 names were linked to 1370 accounts. And these are the people who have cases to answer.

“As it stands, those who are protesting are the people who fall within those who have multiple accounts linked to their BVN,” Akpor explained.

On the purported “gentleman agreement” with leaders of the ex-agitators to receive monies in bulk to pay the boys, Akpor said

“it is these same boys, that also complained that when the money is collected by these so-called leaders, the money doesn’t trickle down to them”.

A handful of ex-agitators on Tuesday gathered at the premises of the National Assembly to express anger over the stoppage of their monthly N65,000 stipends.

The PAP office had explained that the stoppage of payment was necessitated by the issues surrounding the BVNs of beneficiaries.

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Lawyer bags 7-year imprisonment for alleged N1.1bn fraud



Lawyer bags 7-year imprisonment for alleged N1.1bn fraud

 … To pay N100m fine; and another N100m as compensation to victims of crime***

 A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday sentenced Umar Hussaini, a private lawyer, to seven years imprisonment with an option of fine.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, in a judgment, found Hussaini guilty of the two-count charge preferred against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

The charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/74/2020 and filed by the ICPC on behalf of the Federal Government, Hussaini, who was the sole defendant, was charged with laundering Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) funds to the tune of N1.1 billion.

After Justice Ojukwu convicted Hussaini, two witnesses, one of whom was a legal practitioner, Mr. Amobi Nzelu, testified about Hussaini’s good character, while praying to the court for leniency.

They begged the court to give the sentencing with an option of fine.

The convict, who was said to have four wives with children and aging parents, was said to be the breadwinner of the family.

He also begged the court to temper justice with mercy and sentence him with an option of fine.

He said he had never cheated anyone or committed any crime before and that the responsibility of discipline and catering for the children was on him.

Naziru Umar, the convict’s lawyer, broke into tears while pleading on behalf of his client for mercy.

Umar prayed that the sentencing should be with an option of fine in accordance with the provisions of Section 6(c)(1)(2) of the FHC Corruption and Other Related Offences Sentencing Guidelines and Practice Direction, 2015.

 ICPC Lawyer, Olubunmi Ikupolati, who drew the attention of the court to Section 11 of the AFF Act, 2006, urged the court to convict him with restitution of the funds stolen.

But Umar urged the court to discountenance Ikupolati’s application, saying such a request would amount to double jeopardy since his client was also facing a civil matter before the FCT High Court.

Ikupolati urged the court to uphold his argument. He said the issue of double jeopardy did not arise here since there was no existing judgment on the matter.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Ojukwu handed down a seven-year jail term on each count of the charge with an option of fine of N50 million each on each of the two counts.

The judge, however, ordered that the sentencing would run concurrently.

Ojukwu equally ordered Hussaini to pay the sum of N100 million as compensation to the victims of the crime, Mr. Yemi Obadeyi and the company, Cambial Limited.

She ordered the convict to be remanded in prison pending the fulfillment of the terms of the fine.

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Court Sentences Ogunlana Drive Domestic Staff to Death, for Killing Employer, Daughter



Court Sentences Ogunlana Drive Domestic Staff to Death, for Killing Employer, Daughter

An Ikeja High Court on Monday sentenced a domestic staff, Joseph Ogbu to death by hanging for killing his employer, an 89-year-old woman Ajoke John and her daughter, Oreoluwa in Lagos.

 Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay held that the prosecution had sufficiently proven the three-count charge bordering on armed robbery and murder against the convict.

Nicole-Clay held that the defendant confessed to the crime as he admitted to living with the deceased and he was the only witness of the incident.

“He killed Adejoke by strangling her and  Oreoluwa by stabbing her to death as the defence did not raise an objection to the admissibility of the confessional statement, there is no doubt that the defendant confessed to the crimes.

“I have considered the evidence of the security guard, an Okada man, one Yahya Ibrahim, the house help and a police Inspector.

“The defendant could not give an explanation as to what he was doing with all the stolen items he was found with as at about 2 a.m on the date he was arrested.

“The court is satisfied with the total evidence to establish the guilt of the defendant.

“This court has found Joseph Ogbu guilty of these heinous crimes and you are hereby sentenced to death by hanging. May God have mercy on your soul,”

The convict, while gesticulating, pleaded for mercy and prayed the court for mercy.

The convict said in pidgin English, “the mama no die for my presence. I beg for mercy,”

The defence counsel, Mr Moses Enema, in his allocution,  prayed the court to have mercy on the convict

“The defendant is a first-time offender, a son to a young widow who is largely dependent on this son.

“In the course of the trial, my lord, the defendant was very remorseful, it is an indication that he is willing to turn a new leave. We do pray the court to temper justice with mercy,” Enema said.

The state counsel, Mr Olarewaju Daud, however, urged the court to convict the defendant as charged.

Daud told the court that the convict committed the offences at 9.30 p.m. on Ogunlana Drive, Surulere Lagos.

The prosecution submitted that the defendant killed Oreoluwa by stabbing her to death, and robbed the deceased of her car, phones and Plasma TV while armed with a knife.

He also said the convict, while armed with a knife, robbed the octagenarian of her Toyota Camry Saloon car, with Registration No. FST 104 CW, LG plasma TV, motorway handset, one Gionee handset, one Nokia phone, one i-Tel Phone and one power bank.

The offence, the prosecutor said, contravened the provisions of sections 222 and 297 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, (2015).

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