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Ritual: Pastor, Accomplice To Die For Beheading Seven-year-old

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court sitting at Ikeja, on Tuesday, sentenced a pastor, Erinmole Adetokunbo, and his accomplice, Adedoyin Oyekanmi, to death for killing a seven-year-old boy in the Ikorodu area of the state.

Justice Taiwo gave the verdict after the defendants changed their pleas from not guilty to guilty.

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The men were arraigned on October 30, 2017, before the Lagos State High Court on two counts bordering on conspiracy and murder.

According to the charge sheet, Oyekanmi and Adetokunbo, on June 7, 2017, on Oke Oniburokun Street, Odokekere, Ikorodu, conspired to murder a seven-year-old boy, Kazeem Rafiu.

They were said to have beheaded Rafiu and buried the head around the church’s altar, while the body was kept in a canal.

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Adetokunbo was later apprehended by residents. He was said to have confessed to the crime, naming Oyekanmi as his accomplice.

The duo led a team of policemen to the church, where the victim’s remains were recovered.

After four years of being remanded in prison, the state re-arraigned the convicts before the special offences court on September 21, 2021, as the trial commenced.

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At the resumption of trial for the prosecutor to present another witness to prove the allegations against the convicts, the court was informed by the state counsel, Mrs O. A. Bajulaiye, and the defence counsel, Ms Anthonia Otsokwa, that the men had decided to change their pleas.

Subsequently, the judge ordered their pleas to be taken, according to The PUNCH.

The charges were read to them in Yoruba and they pleaded guilty to the two counts.

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The state counsel, Mrs O. A. Bajulaiye, thereafter reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court to convict them accordingly.

While begging for mercy, the defence counsel, Ms Anthonia Otsokwa, told the court that the convicts had realised their offence and were remorseful for the death of the child.

In her judgement, Justice Taiwo noted that the case was a pathetic one as the defendants conspired and killed a child by cutting off his head for ritual purposes.

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The judge said, “These defendants have committed a heinous crime and deserve no mercy. They have cruelly and intentionally killed a seven-year-old boy, depriving him and his family of a bright destiny.

“Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State imposes the death penalty for premeditated murder and I have no hesitation in imposing the said punishment.

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“I hereby sentence Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinwole Adetokunbo to death for killing Kazeem Rafiu. May God have mercy on your souls.”

PUNCH

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Police Arrest Suspected Bayelsa Kidnap Kingpin

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Detectives from the Bayelsa State Police Command have arrested a suspected kidnap kingpin identified as John Ewa, who had been on the wanted list of the police for various alleged abductions in the state.

It was learnt that the police operatives trailed Ewa, who goes by the alias ‘Lion’, to Abuja where they nabbed him on Saturday.

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The suspect, who flaunts wealth on social media, is believed to be involved in several kidnap incidents around Yenagoa, the state capital.

In a six-second clip that trended on social media at the weekend, Ewa, dressed in his pyjamas, was seen displaying few notes of foreign currency saying, “Get money for this life, hustle, hustle.”

However, another video of his arrest also surfaced at the weekend on social media.

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In the 1:05-minute clip, a sobbing Ewa was seen wearing only pants, kneeling on the ground with his hands handcuffed, and apparently responding to questions by officers.

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He said, “Please, forgive me. My wife just born sef.”

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The voice of one of his victims, Danjuma, was also heard saying he identified the suspect when he and his gang members kidnapped him.

When contacted, the spokesman for the state Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the arrest of Ewa.

He said, “We are going to issue a statement tomorrow (Monday) or parade the suspect.”

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Police Arrest 84-year-old Man For Allegedly Defiling Minor

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The operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested one 84-year-old Stephen Jack for allegedly defiling an eight-year-old girl (name withheld).

The state Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abeokuta.

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Oyeyemi said the octogenarian who resides at Okun Owa area of Ijebu Ode was arrested following a report lodged at Obalende divisional headquarters.

He said the girl’s father had told the police he discovered that his daughter was bleeding from her private part.

According to Oyeyemi, the father said when he asked the little girl why she was bleeding, she informed him that the suspect had sex with her.

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Oyeyemi said the DPO Obalende division, Murphy Salami, immediately detailed his detectives to the scene, where the “randy old man” was apprehended.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the old man is a known pedophile in the area,” he said.

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Oyeyemi said the victim had been taken to the General Hospital Ijebu Ode for medical treatment.

He quoted the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, to have directed the transfer of the suspect to State Criminal Investigation Departments for more investigation and possible prosecution.

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68-year-old Man Allegedly Defiles Minor, Remanded In Prison

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A 68-year-old man, Ayodele Faremi, has been remanded in prison for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old girl in Osogbo, capital of Osun State.

Faremi was arrested on Sunday after the case was reported to Dada Estate police station, Osogbo.

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DAILY POST gathered that one Folashade Ashafa revealed that her sister’s child (name withheld) was allegedly defiled when she was nine-years-old by Faremi.

This medium further gathered that the suspects also continued having carnal knowledge of her twice in the month of May and one time in the month of August 2022.

It was also learnt that the 68-year-old man always gives a particular drug to the underage to drink whenever he finishes his indecent act.

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Meanwhile, Faremi was charged to Magistrate Court on Monday with three count charges.

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The offence allegedly committed is punishable under Section 31(1)(2), 32 and 360 of the Child’s Rights law of Osun State 2007.

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The Magistrate, O.A Daramola ordered the remand of the suspect in prison and adjourned the case till October 25

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