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Court remands four over alleged culpable homicide

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An FCT High Court sitting in Kubwa, on Thursday remanded four persons in a correctional centre over alleged culpable homicide.

The defendants: Emmanuel Agu, Augustine Uden, Micheal Okechukwu and Iliyasu Sadiq were arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on culpable homicide and criminal conspiracy.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya adjourned the matter till Oct. 24 for a hearing.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Adama Musa told the court that the defendants while armed with a gun and other dangerous weapons, robbed ASP Husseini Salisu of his official AK 47 rifle on Sept.3, 2021.

Adama said that the defendants shot and killed Salisu while on a moving bike at Idu Pipe Railway Junction, Karmo, Abuja on the said date.

He said the offence is punishable under the provisions of Sections 6, 1 (2) (a) (3) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, LFN 2004 and Section 221 of the Penal Code.

(NAN)

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Businessman bags life imprisonment for defiling 12-year-old daughter

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An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court on Tuesday sentenced a 34-year-old businessman, Oluwafemi Asekeji, to life imprisonment for defiling his 12-year-old biological daughter.

Justice Abiola  Soladoye, in her judgment, also held that the Prosecution had proved the three legs of the charge of defilement against Asekeji.

Soladoye said that the convict’s act of having unlawful sexual intercourse with his own biological child was against the law of nature.

She said it was a case of incest which should never be heard of.

According to her, the father of the convict, who is 75 years old, testified against him that he defiled his granddaughter, by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.

The judge said: “The victim, in her testimony, told the court that she was 14 years old but her father defiled her when she was 12 years old.

“She testified that she was at home with her father, who was drunk on June 11, 2020 and he instructed her to enter the room and lie on the bed.

“She told this court that her father asked her to take off her clothes and then had sex with her.

“She said  and I quote ‘he laid on me and put his penis in my vagina, then he took videos of me and threatened to show the video to people if I tell anybody what has happened.”

The court held that the survivor testified that her father instructed her to drink salt water after he had defiled her.

The judge said the survivor told the court that she could not tell anyone earlier because the convict had threatened to kill her if she told anyone that he had been sexually abusing her before the last incident of June 11, 2020.

The judge also held that the medical report revealed that the survivor had been defiled as the report showed the hymen had been broken.

The convict’s mother, a petty trader, in her evidence, also told the court that she returned from the market and saw blood on the pants of her granddaughter and then asked her what happened to her.

She said her granddaughter told her that she was having stomach pain and her father gave her something to drink and then told her the incident that occurred.

The survivor’s grandmother said that a report was made at the Meiran police station and the convict was arrested.

The convict’s brother in his testimony also told the court that the convict had been causing problems in the family and had been arrested before.

The convict who testified as the sole witness in his case denied having sexual intercourse with his daughter.

He said that he did not live with his parents but that he had access to the house adding that his daughter lived with his parents.

The court said in the instant case,  the survivor identified her biological father as the man who had sexual intercourse with her several times.

Soladoye said: “Apart from identifying Asekeji as her father, other witnesses confirmed the evidence of the victim.

“Circumstantial evidence and also medical report, evidence of the grandmother, the evidence of the grandfather and evidence of her uncle all points to the convict.

“Oluwafemi Asekeji, you have been found guilty as charged and you are hereby sentenced to life imprisonment.

“The convict is to have his name registered in the Lagos State sexual Offences register.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the convict was arraigned before the court on a charge of defilement.

The State Counsel, Ms Abimbola Abolade, told the court that the convict committed the offence on June 11, 2020, at about 11:00 p.m. at Ilupeju Street, Araromi Bus Stop, Meiran in Lagos.

The prosecution called five witnesses while the convict testified as a sole witness.

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72-year-old man bags life imprisonment for defiling 7-year-old girl

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The Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja, on Monday, sentenced a security guard, David Jackson, 72, to life imprisonment for defiling a 7-year-old girl.

Justice Abiola Soladoye sentenced Jackson to life imprisonment and held that the prosecution had proved the three ingredients of defilement against the convict.

Delivering her judgment, Soladoye held that the survivor was 7 years old at the time of the incident and during her testimony identified Jackson, a gateman in one of the houses on her street, as her abuser.

“The testimony of the survivor was clear, consistent and coherent under cross-examination.

“The second prosecution witness was a teacher who identified that the survivor was her student.

“She testified that one of the survivor’s classmates had reported to her that the survivor was not feeling well and she was walking in a funny way.

“The teacher, in her evidence, said that she made an inquiry and discovered that the survivor was complaining of pains in her private part and that someone had sexually assaulted her,” the judge said.

Sholadoye also held that the testimony of the survivor’s father was credible and was also corroborated by the evidence of the other two prosecution witnesses.

She said that attempts by the convict to deny the charge did not hold water.

“The defendant is consequently found guilty as charged for defilement of a 7-year-old child contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015 and he is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment,” Soladoye said.

(NAN)

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Police arrest prankster in Abuja

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The Nigeria Police Force, National Cybercrime Centre, said it has arrested a Nigerian prankster, in Abuja over threatening video pranks.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Thursday in Abuja, said that the prankster was arrested at an apartment in the Wuye area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to him, the arrest followed the circulation of accusatory videos on social media, in which the suspect was alleged to have committed heinous crimes, including rape.

The police spokesman said the videos had caused significant apprehension among social media users.

He said the suspect had claimed that the videos were scripted and that it was part of his attempt to regain the spotlight after a break.

“Regardless, such actions have serious implications and cannot be taken lightly,” the force PRO said.

Adejobi said that the Nigeria Police Force had remained committed to maintaining public safety and ensuring that individuals were held accountable for actions that incite fear or disturb public peace.

He therefore warned pranksters and content creators to be law-abiding and be conscious of pranks that could pose threats to the public and jeopardise the general security of the nation.

The police spokesman further urged the public to remain calm as the Nigeria Police Force proceeds with the necessary legal actions in the case.

(NAN)

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