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Police Arrest 5 Suspects Over Murder, Rescue 10 Kidnapped Victims In Benue



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The Police Command in Benue has arrested five cultists who allegedly killed and dismembered the body of one Moses Babatunde in Otukpo Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, Julius Okoro disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Monday in Makurdi.

According to him, the police received information on Saturday at 1.45 pm that an unknown corpse was seen at the Edikwu river bank with its internal organs removed.

“A team of detectives was deployed to the area for investigation, and the investigation revealed that the lifeless body was that of one Moses Babatunde, aged 29 years, who was last seen sitting with his friends at a burial ceremony.

“The following suspects have been arrested in connection with the case: Idoko Omoru, Emmanuel Eze, Emmanuel Obande, Ameh Peter, and Sunday,” Okoro said.

He further stated that an investigation was ongoing to unravel the mystery behind the death and removal of Babatunde’s internal organs.

The CP also said that a medical doctor working with Federal Medical Center, Makurdi, kidnapped on May 13 at Judges Quarters, Makurdi, has been rescued.

“During the investigation, a team of Operation Zenda JTF trailed the kidnappers to their hideout at Gaya Village, Utange Council Ward in Kastina Ala LGA of the state.

“On sighting the Police, the kidnappers engaged them in a gun duel that claimed the life of one of them while three of the suspects were arrested and others escaped into a nearby bush with bullet wounds.

“10 kidnap victims including the doctor were rescued unhurt.

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“Items recovered from the kidnappers include, one locally fabricated AK47 rifle with 10 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, two single barrel rifles, one locally made barrette pistol loaded with three rounds of 9mm live ammunition, and two military uniforms,” he said.

The CP also said that on Sunday while Police teams were on patrol along Makurdi-Lafia road, information was received that some gunmen had accosted a vehicle conveying passengers to Enugu at Daudu in Guma LGA.

He said that the Police swiftly moved to the scene and forced the suspects to abandon their victims and took to their heels.

“They also abandoned a bag containing military camouflage uniforms and wooden guns.

“The victims have been released to continue with their journey and an investigation is ongoing to arrest the suspects who are at large.

“I have re-strategized and drawn a plan to rid the state of criminality.

“I assure you of my commitment to make sure that the good people of Benue sleep with their eyes closed,” Okoro said.

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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



Security Guard, 24 Others Charged With Undergraduate’s Murder

 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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