Edo State Commissioner of Police, Lawal Jimeta, Wednesday, April 15, confirmed the killing of four persons in different parts of Benin City and another two in a neighbouring village.
The commissioner, while confirming the killings to newsmen in Benin said there was no clue yet concerning motives behind the killings.
He, however, said some persons had been arrested by the Anti-cult Unit of the command, but that he was yet to be briefed fully on the matter.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a young man was on Tuesday night reportedly shot dead at Ugbague lane by suspected rival cult members.
Another one said to be a youth leader in Ward 12 of Oredo Local Government Area of the state escaped being killed when his assailants also believed to be rival cult groups came for him.
On Easter Sunday, a young man was reportedly trailed and shot while going to have his bath.
On Monday night, two persons were reportedly killed at separate locations in Egor Local Government Area.
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The Easter Monday killings took place along Benin Technical College (BTC) Road and Universal Junction, along Medical Stores Road.
One of the victims identified simply as ‘Odion’ an Auto mechanic, was said to have been shot dead in his workshop on Benin Technical College (BTC) Road, while the identity of the other victim killed at Universal junction could not be ascertained.
It was gathered that the assailants stormed the workshop in a red coloured Toyota Camry car and shot their victim and immediately zoomed off, leaving him dead.
Meanwhile, two farmers were alleged to have been killed by suspected herdsmen at Odighi Village in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo on Wednesday morning.
The victims were said to have gone to the farm to source for food for their families but unknown to them, the suspected armed men laid ambush and shot them.
When NAN correspondent visited the village, one Hilary Omoregie, said to be from Odigutue, a neighouring community to Odighi, said: “I was going to my village this morning when I saw people gathered around the dead bodies.
“I was told the two of them, an Igbira and the other, an Urhobo man, were going to their farm when they were ambushed and shot by suspected herdsmen.
“They have been troubling us, people don’t go to farm again because of consistent attack,” he said.
Reports say the two bodies were evacuated by police from Ekiadolor Police Division.
The Commissioner of Police, who also confirmed the killings, said that they were hunters, who went to the bush the previous night and their bodies were discovered this morning.
Jimeta said that investigations into the incident had commenced.
‘I Escaped After Two Weeks In jail’ – Convicted Serial Killer, Cultist [Photos]
Oluwatosin Ikuhemeyin, a notorious cultist who terrorized the Igbokoda community and escaped from jail in Owo in March 2022 was on Monday recaptured by operatives of the Ondo State Police Command.
The convict was said to have broken out of jail just after arriving at the facility within two weeks.
Speaking while parading the suspect, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Funmilayo Odunlami, claimed that detectives had been tracking the dreaded cultist known as ‘4G’ due to his shooting prowess.
Odunlami claimed that the arrested cultist, alongside six other inmates who were on the command’s wanted list, escaped from Owo Correctional Centre.
“The suspect, Tosin Ikuhemeyin, a.k.a. 4G, had been on the wanted list of the command over his role in multiple cult battles in the state that have resulted in the death of certain members of another cult organization.
“He was a member of the Aye cult group and was captured in Igbokoda, where he was hiding out. He will soon be charged in court.”
Speaking on his arrest, the 24-year-old cultist stated that “before I was caught and taken to an Owo correctional facility, I was a member of the Aye cult and the group’s head in Igbokoda.
“After being imprisoned for two weeks, I was detained this morning in Igbokoda, but I managed to escape from Owo Prison with the help of six other inmates.
“I met with some inmates in the prison who had been plotting an escape before I arrived, and they successfully incorporated me into their schemes under the leadership of one Dada.”
Court Jails UK Ex-convict One Year For Defrauding Hotel
Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos, on Friday sentenced a United Kingdom ex-convict, Ahmed Adebola, to one year imprisonment for defrauding Radisson Blu Hotel of N4.4 million.
Justice Dada sentenced the defendant after he pleaded guilty to an amended one count of obtaining by false pretence, offence which contravenes Section 312 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had, on May 30, charged the convict on an amended one count of obtaining by false pretence.
The EFCC counsel, Ahmed Yerima, said that the Radisson Blu Hotel Management wrote a petition against the defendant to the commission, after he defrauded the hotel of the sum of N4.4million.
The prosecution submitted that the EFCC received a report from the hotel sometime in December 2020 and alleged that the defendant, who had lodged in their facility, off and on, made payments through credit cards and American Express in favour of the hotel and the payments were recalled by the unified payment system.
Yerima said, “Based on the information gotten between December 15 and 16, 2020, the defendant checked into the hotel again and was arrested based on the earlier allegations against him.
“A search was conducted on him and nine different credit cards, bearing different names, were recovered from him in which six out of the nine were American Express.
“Two United Kingdom driver licences were recovered from him at the point of arrest, all of which contained the same information, including the picture of the defendant and the only difference was the name.
“The defendant said that the cards were given to him by one Jim Collins, whom he met in the UK and he was aware that the credit cards were not legally issued and that he did not know the owners of the card.”
The prosecution further said that an investigation was extended to the National Crimes Agency in the United Kingdom to confirm the authenticity of the cards, the driver licences and the criminal record of the defendant, if any existed.
“The team received a response from the NCA stating that the driver licences were forged documents, including the credit card.
“The NCA also said that the defendant was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment in the UK for offences bordering on fraudulent bank card, motoring offences and others which later resulted in his deportation,” the prosecution said.
Delivering judgement, Justice Dada sentenced the defendant to one year imprisonment.
Dada said, “The defendant is hereby sentenced to one year jail term, having been on bail till now or pay an option of fine of N2 million.
“All the items recovered from him is hereby forfeited to the Federal Government and must write an understatement never to go back to the same crime again.”
Nigerian Jailed 235 years For N525m, €64,000 Fraud, Loses Lekki Houses
Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court, Uyo, has convicted and sentenced Scales Olatunji.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) labelled him “a notorious international fraudster”.
The convict bagged 235 years imprisonment for internet fraud and money laundering.
Olatunji pleaded “not guilty” after arraignment in July 2019 on 45-count charges.
One reads: “That you, Scales Olatunji Ishola “M”, Meraiyebu Charles “M”(at large), Gabriel Adeyemi Olugbenga “M”(at large), Ojomo Oluwatobi Ayodele “M”(at large) and Adekola Oluwatoyin “M”(at large), between January 2017 to October 2018 converted N525,172,580”.
The theft of the funds, which formed part of proceeds of unlawful activities to wit: fraud (Business E-mail Compromise and Identity Theft), violated Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.
Also, Olatunji on or about May 15, 2018, sent electronic messages (email) using firstname.lastname@example.org to one Monica Goulmoen of the Charity Association for providing girls and boys in Kobane with a football pitch.
He impersonated Per Ravn Omdal, a former Norwegian Football Association President, demanded and received €64,000.
The offence negates offence contrary to Section 22 (3)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the same Act.
Delivering judgment, Justice Okeke convicted Olatunji on all the 45- counts preferred against him by the EFCC.
The judge said the evidence of the prosecution witnesses were consistent and the prosecution established his guilt.
The prosecution was also able to establish the offence of cybercrime as it relates to count six to forty five of the charges.
The judge sentenced Olatunji to seven years imprisonment on counts one to five, and five years imprisonment on counts six to forty-five.
The sentence shall run from the date of arrest. The money in his account will be sent to the affected Norwegian citizens through the EFCC.
Olatunji’s properties in Lekki: House No. 6, Road 2 West-end Estate in Ikota and House No. 10, Donatus Odum Street, Ikate are to be sold and the proceeds restituted to the victims.
The EFCC commenced a probe after the convict was caught on March 20, 2019 at his Ikota residence. The action followed a petition from the Oslo Police District in Norway.
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