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NSCDC Arrests Father, Agent in Jigawa for making 12-year-old Serve as Househelp



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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Jigawa have arrested a 65-year-old father who lodged a complaint that his 12-year-old daughter was missing after he gave her out as house help.

He had been earning N5,000 monthly stipends for the two years that the daughter was away from home.

Arrested alongside the father was the 37-year-old agent who facilitated the house-help job.

NSCDC spokesman in Jigawa, Mr. Adamu Shehu, told newsmen in Dutse on Wednesday that the 12-year-old child was initially taken to Katsina State to work as a house help.

“After serving for about three months in Katsina, the girl was taken to Dutsen Alhaji in Bwari Area Council of the FCT to work for the sister of her boss, but was reported missing five months after.

“All efforts by the father, Malam Audu Sambo to get his daughter back through the agent proved difficult, which made him report the case to the NSCDC.

“He did not realise that he was an accomplice to the crime of human trafficking,’’ Shehu said.

He added that upon arrest and interrogation, the agent confessed to having taken the girl to Katsina twice where she spent about two years with the consent of her father.

He said the agent, however, denied knowing that the girl was taken to Abuja to serve another woman.

He equally confessed that he had been in the business for years to augment his income from farming.

“Investigation also showed that there are four other girls aged between 12 years and 16 years whom the agent had taken to the Katsina madam and to another woman in Abuja to serve as house helps.

“Further investigation showed that the father of the victim received calls twice from his daughter while she was in Abuja and also received N10,000 from the girl’s madam before her disappearance,’’ Shehu added.

He said that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr. Musa Alhaji, advised parents to stop giving out underage children to serve as domestic workers as it exposed them to exploitation and to social vices.

Shehu assured that the suspects would be charged in court at the conclusion of investigation.


Security Guard, 24 Others Charged With Undergraduate’s Murder



Security Guard, 24 Others Charged With Undergraduate’s Murder

An Iyaganku Magistrate’s Court, Ibadan, on Wednesday, remanded a security guard at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, and 24 others for allegedly killing a student of the institution.

The security guard, Femi Oladoye, and the others are charged with conspiracy and murder.

The Magistrate, Mrs Olabisi Ogunkanmi, did not take their pleas for want of jurisdiction.

She directed the police to return the case file to the state director of public prosecutions for advice.

Ogunkanmi adjourned the case until July 8 for mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor, CSP Funke Fawole, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on May 24 at 9.00 p.m. in the university.

Fawole alleged that the defendants unlawfully caused the death of a  22-year-old student, Mr Jefry Akro, by beating him with planks and wire.

She alleged that Oladoye and a male porter in the university, Kehinde Olabusuyi (one of the suspects),  failed to rescue Akro from aggrieved students who eventually beat him to death.

She said the offences contravened Sections 516 and 324 of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000. 

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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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Police Nab 4 Suspects Swapping POS Machines In Katsina



Police Nab 4 Suspects Swapping POS Machines In Katsina

Those who think the major challenge in Katsina State is kidnapping or banditry may be wrong, as the Police Command in Katsina State has arrested four daring suspects who specialise in swapping their victim’s Point of Sales (POS) machines and withdrawing their money.

The spokesman of the command, ASP Abubakar Aliyu, who disclosed this while parading some suspects in Katsina on Thursday, said seven POS machines were recovered.

“In the course of investigation, it was revealed that the syndicate would criminally swap the POS machines of unsuspecting victims with fake ones that looked identical, and then criminally withdraw money from the victims’ accounts.

“The suspects had swindled five victims who were mostly business owners over ₦4.7 million..

“The suspects confessed to the commission of the crime and investigation is ongoing. At the end of the investigation, the suspect will be charged to court,” he said.

The PPRO added that with the aid of some good samaritans, their operatives succeeded in arresting the suspects while attempting to rob a commercial tricycle rider as other members of the syndicate escaped.

Aliyu said, “The syndicate’s modus operandi is to drug their victims by offering them drinks laced with sedatives before robbing them of their tricycles.

“In the course of an investigation, two other victims identified the suspect, corroborating his involvement in the crimes robbing them of their tricycles valued at ₦1.6 million, and ₦2.250 million respectively.”

According to him, the command had also succeeded in arresting a suspected member of a syndicate of armed robbers who have been terrorising commercial tricyclists (KEKE NAPEP) in the state.

He explained that the suspect was arrested in connection with a string of armed robberies targeting unsuspecting commercial tricycle riders.

According to Aliyu, the command has also succeeded in arresting another suspect in connection with a rape case of a 16- year-old girl.

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