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Court in Nigerian sentences four men to death for robbery, kidnapping

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Court in Nigerian sentences four men to death for robbery, kidnapping

An Ikeja High Court on Thursday sentenced four men to death by hanging for armed robbery.

The convicts are Victor Chukwunonso, Ifeanyi Maduaka, Obinna Nwankwo and Richard Nwabueze.

The court found them guilty of armed robbery and kidnap of Mrs Gloria Emole, the younger sister of the Managing Director of Emzor Pharmaceutical Company, Chief Ebuka Okafor.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo held that the prosecution proved the charges of conspiracy, robbery and kidnapping against the convicts beyond all reasonable doubt.

Lawal-Akapo said: “The first defendant was arrested after the IMEI number of the victim’s Nokia phone which got lost, was inserted into another phone and it brought out all the information.

“He made a confessional statement that led to the arrest of the second defendant. I have tested the statement and it passed all conditions.

“The confessional statement that the first defendant worked with the victim’s elder brother was collaborated by other witnesses.

”I rely on the confessional statement, and the guilt of the accused persons has been established.”

Lawal-Akapo said that prosecution established the offences of conspiracy, armed robbery, and kidnapping against the convicts.

”I have listened to all the allocutus by all the counsel but these are able young men who have unleashed terror on people, and they must therefore face the music.

“The defendants are sentenced to 10 years jail term each for the first count, conspiracy.

“They are also hereby sentenced to death by hanging for the second count of armed robbery, and consequently sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment for the third count, kidnapping.”

NAN reports that defence counsel, Mrs Helen Ibeji, Mr S.P. Okeke and Mrs Scholastical Nwogu, in their allocutus, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, saying that the defendants were first-time offenders who had learnt their lessons.

Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, Dr Babajide Martins, however, urged the court to convict and sentence the defendants in accordance with the law.

“My lord, kidnapping and armed robbery are capital offences.

“The victim was very lucky to be alive as the offences the convicts committed were premeditated.

“I urge the court to sentence them accordingly,” Martin said.

NAN reports that the defendants committed the offences at 8.30 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2012, on Unity Close, Ogudu, Lagos State

They were arraigned on July 13, 2013.

The defendants had been in prison custody.

The prosecution submitted that the first convict was a former employee of the victim’s elder brother who was sacked after he fought.

Prosecution told the court that the defendants kidnapped the victim when she was about to leave her residence.

Martins said that the victim was kidnapped, blindfolded, thrown inside the booth of a car and and driven to an unknown area in Ikorodu, Lagos.

He said that the victim was later released on Nov. 22, 2012, after a ransom of 70,000 dollars was paid by her husband.

During the trial, prosecution called four witnesses, who testified against the defendants.

The offences contravene Sections 297, 285 (2) and 291 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

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Iraqi court sentences former IS leader’s wife to death

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Iraqi court sentences former IS leader’s wife to death

An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced the wife of the former top leader of the Islamic State (IS) group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to death.

According to Supreme Judicial Council statement, the Karkh Criminal Court issued the death verdict for the wife of the terrorist over joining the IS group and detaining the kidnapped Yazidi women in her house in west Mosul.

In 2019, the U.S. forces conducted a raid targeting al-Baghdadi in Syria’s northern province of Idlib, killing the IS leader.

Al-Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, established the IS in 2014.

The extremist militant group, which once captured large swathes of land in western and northern Iraq, was defeated in late 2017.

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The Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS) has arrested an 18-year-old suspected vandal, Mubarak Abdullahi, for allegedly stealing LED road stud light on the newly renovated Third Mainland Bridge.

Mr Jubril Gawat, the Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, disclosed this in a post he shared on his X handle, @Mr_JAGs, on Friday.

Gawat said that the suspect was arrested around 10.00 a.m. on Friday.

“The suspect, living in Makoko, had at the time of his arrest, removed 10 of the LED road stud light screwed to the road to enhance the visibility of road users.

“The suspect was caught red-handed by the operatives on patrol of the bridge around 10.00 a.m today,” he said.

According to him, RRS Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, weeks ago, deployed bike riders on 24 hours security patrol in the area to monitor traffic and infrastructure on the bridge.

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5 hunters arrested for torturing 14-year-old boy to death over alleged N20,000 theft in Adamawa

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5 hunters arrested for torturing 14-year-old boy to death over alleged N20,000 theft in Adamawa

The Adamawa State Police Command has arrested five hunters for torturing a 14-year-old boy to death over the alleged theft of N20,000 in the Maiha Local Government Area of the state.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, June 6, 2024, said the suspects were arrested for “extra-judicial killing of a teenager”.

“The Adamawa State Police Command has on 5/6/2024 arrested five Hunters for the unlawful arrest and torture of a 14 years old teenager, whom they alleged to have stolen 20,000 in Maiha Local government area,” the statement read.

“The Commissioner of Police, while condemning the actions of the hunters, warned members of the public against taking the law into their own hands.

“The suspects are currently under investigation and would be charged to court for the law to take its course.”

5 hunters arrested for torturing 14-year-old boy to death over alleged N20,000 theft in Adamawa

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