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Extrajudicial Killing: Five Vigilante Group Members To Die By Hanging

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A Kano State High Court presided over by the Chief Judge, Justice Dije Aboki, on Thursday, convicted and sentenced five members of a vigilance group to death by hanging, over the extra-judicial killing of a 17-year-old male, Ahmed Musa.

The five convicted persons who were attached to Sani Abacha Youth Centre include Emmanuel Korau, Elisha Ayuba, Irimiya Timothy, Auwalu Jafar and Mustapha Haladu.

The prosecution lead counsel, Lamido Dinki, said the convicts committed the offence on January 22, 2022, at Sabon Titi, Panshekara, Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state.

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Also, the lawyer explained that on the same date at about 10 a.m., the convicts conspired and attacked the deceased, while he was crossing Sabon Titi, Panshekara Road.

Furthermore, the prosecution told the court that the defendants disembarked from a tricycle and started brutalising the deceased, with a long wooden hard club which he attempted to evade.

While attempting to shield himself from harm, the first defendant used a long sharp knife in his possession and stabbed the deceased on his neck, dragged him on the floor and bundled him into their waiting tricycle and whisked him away.

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In the process, the deceased suffered grievous injuries and swollen face,” he said.

He disclosed that the victim was subsequently conveyed to Kuntau Police Division Kano from where he was rushed to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano, but confirmed dead on arrival by a doctor on duty.

To prove his case, the prosecution presented five witnesses.

On the other hand, the defence counsel, Ahmad Muhammad, led the five convicted persons, alongside one other person.

When the charges were read, the convicts denied committing the offence.

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According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 97 and 221 (b) of the Penal Code.

Earlier in their testimony, the defendants claimed that they approached the deceased to arrest him following a complaint lodged against him.

The presiding judge upheld, “I’m fully satisfied with the evidence adduced by the prosecution, Lamido Abba Soron Dinki.”

Furthermore, Justice Aboki commended Dinki’s diligent prosecution, saying, “The prosecution has presented its case beyond reasonable doubt.

“I, hereby, sentence the five defendants to death by hanging.”

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RCCG Pastor Arraigned For Allegedly Raping Daughter

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A Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Emmanuel Orekoya, was on Tuesday arraigned before the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for allegedly raping and impregnating his 17- year-old daughter.

The defendant is facing two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and sexual assault preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.

It was also gathered that the defendant in the process of having sexual intercourse with his daughter, allegedly impregnated her.

The state’s prosecution counsel, Mrs Abimbola Abolade, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in 2017 at Jacob Adeleye Street, Odoeran, Itire area of the state.

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The prosecutor also told the court that Orekoya sexually assaulted the victim, by inserting his finger inside her vagina and inserting his penis inside her mouth.

According to the prosecutor, the offences Orekoya committed contravened Section 137 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges pressed against him.

Justice Soladoye adjourned the case till April 17, 2024, for the commencement of trial.

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27 Year Old Kills Father, Removes His Eye In Abia

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A 27-year-old man, identified as Chinalu Ogbonna, has allegedly killed his father, Maduka Ogbonna, and removed his left eye.

Vanguard gathered that the incident happened at midnight on Monday at a compound opposite Junior Secondary School, Amuzukwu in Umuahia North council.

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Though the cause of the incident is still sketchy, Vanguard learnt that the suspect who was arrested by the youths of the area confessed to have wanted to use his father for ritual.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Abia State Command, ASP Maureen Chinaka,was yet to respond to a text message and calls placed on her mobile number.

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Troops Rescue 10 Kidnap Victims In Kogi

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Troops of the Nigerian Army on Monday, rescued 10 passengers onboard a Peace Mass Transit Bus, who were kidnapped while traveling from Calabar to Abuja.

The passengers were rescued in Kogi.

This is contained in a statement by the Director, Army Public relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said the rescue operation took place at Ogugu Community, along Enugu-Kogi Road in Olamaboro Local Government Area of the state.

He said the troops swiftly mobilised to the scene of the kidnap incident in response to a distress call where the kidnappers had demobilised the bus, abducted the passengers and moved them into the nearby Ette forest.

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According to him, the gallant troops diligently tracked and engaged the armed gang in a fire fight, compelling them to relinquish their hostages.

“The swift and decisive action of the troops led to the successful rescue of the passengers,” he said.

Nwachukwu also said that army troops, in another operation, raided IPOB/ESN Enclaves in Egbuoma/Osiam in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo on Monday.

He said the operation resulted in the neutralisation of one terrorist and recovery of one Mercedes Benz 350 4matic from their camp.

The Army spokesman said the troops in Nasarawa on Monday, quelled an attack on Katakpa village in Toto Local Government Area of the state, following a distress call.

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He said that an armed group identified as the Bassa militia group had invaded the village and annihilated the Sarkin Katakpa.

According to him, the troops acting on a distress call, embarked on a fighting patrol to the community and successfully repelled the attackers.

“During the incident, troops recovered two AK 47 Rifles, two AK 47 Magazines, two G3 Rifles, two G3 Rifle Magazines, 41 Cartridges of 39mm ball special ammunition and 45 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

“Troops have dominated the general area and continued further exploits to nab the assailants.

“The Nigerian army remains committed to ensuring safety and security of citizens and will continue to conduct operations to sanitise troubled areas and maintain peace and stability in the country,” he added.

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