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Absence Of Witnesses Stalls Trial Of Pastor Who Allegedly Raped, Impregnated 17-year-old Daughter

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The trial of a Pastor Emmanuel Orekoya at the Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for defiling his 17-year-old daughter was stalled on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, because of the absence of prosecution witnesses.

Orekoya was first arraigned on February 27, before Justice Abiola Soladoye on a two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault by penetration in 2017 in the Itire area of Surulere, Lagos.

NAN reports that the prosecution also told the court that the pastor allegedly defiled his daughter by inserting his fingers into her vagina and also by inserting his penis into her mouth contrary to the Criminal Laws of Lagos State (2015).

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The pastor pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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At the resumption of hearing on Wednesday, the prosecuting State Counsel, Mr Olusola Soneye, told the court that his three witnesses could not make it to court.

He explained that he reached out to the witnesses on Tuesday and that they promised to be pre-sent in court.

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Soneye then asked for an adjournment to which the defence counsel did not object.

Justice Soladoye adjourned to June 5.

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Man Hacks Wife To Death Over Alleged Extramarital Affair

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Residents of Idekan Farm Settlement in the Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun State were left shocked when a man named Matthew James killed his 55-year-old wife, Etim Mary, due to suspicions of her having an extramarital affair.

It was gathered that the incident took place around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.

It was learnt learnt from several community and police sources that the suspect, now in police custody, committed the crime after suspecting that his late wife was having an extramarital affair with another man in the community.

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An eyewitness, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said the police operatives from the Ijebu-Igbo Division had taken the suspect into custody.

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The eyewitness further told our correspondent that the suspect claimed he and the deceased woman had a “blood covenant” not to betray each other.

The source said, “They had a blood covenant that they would not leave each other. He suspected the wife was having an extramarital affair. The woman had been married before she met James. He married her when the woman was already ageing. She had grown up with children before James married her.

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“James is claiming they both had a blood covenant not to leave each other for any reason. He just returned one morning with a machete and hacked the woman to death. He didn’t run away after committing the crime. He just stood beside her after.”

The spokesperson for the state police command, Omolola Odutola, commenting on Monday’s shocking incident, stated that the wife was pronounced dead by the attending doctor after being rushed to the hospital by other residents.

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She said, “She was found lying in the pool of her blood just in front of the house about 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. She had deep cuts on her forehead, shoulders, and other parts of her body. The husband was found with the blood-soaked machete he was believed to have used to commit the crime.

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“The body was taken to a general hospital in Ijebu-Igbo, where she was certified dead by a doctor on duty. Her corpse has been deposited at the Alayangbe Private Mortuary in Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, for the autopsy.

“We will move the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Abeokuta as soon as the preliminary investigation is concluded.”

The PUNCH reported a similar incident in April in Ekiti, where a suspect named Dare Onipede allegedly killed his wife, Arinola, during a dispute over accusations of her having an extramarital affair.

The suspect allegedly stabbed his wife, the mother of three, to death during the incident.

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One Killed In Osun Cult Clash

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One yet-to-be-identified male adult was killed in a suspected cult clash along the Ondo road area of Ile-Ife, Osun State on Saturday.

It was PUNCH gathered on Tuesday from a source privy to the incident but pleaded anonymity due to the nature of the incident that the clash was suspected to be between the Eiye and the Alora confraternity.

The source told our correspondent that the clash was a fallout of an initial clash that had ensued between the two cult groups.

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The victim was reportedly attacked by armed men who were on a motorcycle while he was purchasing an item along the road.

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The armed men were said to have shot him in the head leading to his death while the sounds of gunshots had reportedly created tension in the area with many residents fleeing so as not to be caught in the crossfire.

The source said, “One person was killed along the Ondo road on Saturday by some armed suspected to be cultists. There are reports that the victim was also a cult member.

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“These cult groups have been having issues among themselves in the area. He was buying something along the road when he was shot on his head and he died on the spot.

“There were tensions in the area with many people fleeing because they feared there may be a reprisal attack. It was the police that came to calm the situation.”

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The Osun State Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident to our correspondent in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

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She stressed that an investigation has commenced into the incident while a manhunt has been initiated to arrest the fleeing suspects.

There was a suspected cult clash along Ondo road. The victim was buying something along the road when he was attacked by some men who came on a motorcycle. They shot him in the head which led to his death.

“His body has been recovered to a morgue in the state, and we have begun an investigation into the matter to arrest the perpetrators,” Opalola said.

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The PUNCH reported on February 8 that there were multiple fatalities in clashes between rival fraternities in Ilesa, Osun State, with as many as six people reportedly killed.

Security sources had noted that the killings took place in different locations in Ilesa and Osu towns in the state.

Opalola, who confirmed the clashes, however, did not disclose the casualty figure, saying, “For security reasons, we will not give a figure.

“A rival group may be claiming that it has suffered more casualties than the other group, which may escalate the crisis. We have beefed up security in the affected areas.”

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JUST IN: Police Confirm Killing Of Cop, Vigilante Member In Rivers LGA Crisis

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Police said two people who died were a policeman and a member of a vigilante group and that they were killed at Eberi-Omuma in Omuma Local Government Area of the state.

However, police said in order to tackle further breakdown of law and order that its men have been ordered to take over the 23 council secretariats in the state.

The deceased persons were killed around the premises of Omuma LGA council secretariat during the protest.

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A source in the area said a policemen attached to a politician in the area had first shot the vigilante member who was among the Pro-Fubara protester and that his men (vigilate members) retaliated and shot a police man.

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While another source claimed that it was the vigilante members that had shot the policeman before the furious looking security men attached to a pro-Wike politician fired back and killed the local security member.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, who confirmed this in Port Harcourt said investigation into the killings has commenced.

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Iringe-Koko said: “Following the breakdown of law and order in the various Local Government Council secretariats in Rivers State where supporters of the two Political factions clashed over the tenure of Local Government Council Chairmen, a case of death was recorded at Eberi-Omuma, Omuma LGA, where a Police officer and a vigilante were killed.

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“To forestall more bloodshed and prevent a further breakdown of law and order, the Police have taken over all the 23 Council Secretariats and some critical government infrastructure in the state. Conventional police officers and anti-riot police officers have been deployed to these facilities.

“While urging all groups and individuals to be law-abiding, the Command also warns anyone who intends to cause mayhem as we will not hesitate to impose the full weight of the law on them.

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“We also wish to ask the law-abiding residents and visitors in the state to go about their lawful businesses without fear. We are resolved to carry out our constitutional duty of protecting lives and property.”

 

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