Man Murdered Over ‘Naija Bet’ In Nasarawa

Achuku Joseph, a resident of Sabo Pegi area of Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, has allegedly been murdered after winning N11 million on the football betting platform popularly called Bet Naija.

According to reports, Joseph’s body was discovered at the early morning of Saturday abandoned by the roadside at the Federal University, Lafia, with several deep machete wounds.

A member of the victim’s family, who pleaded anonymity informed newsmen that the late Achuku was being monitored right from the time he won the game by some of his friends who earlier threatened his life in order to have a share of the money.

“Achuku had to relocate to another place to hide, but they traced him and used diabolical charms on him which made him sick and started behaving abnormally.

“We then decided to employ the services of a pastor who prayed for him and later took him to the Dalhatu Araf Specialist hospital in Lafia. It was in that process, that certain diabolic portion was discovered in his pocket. The portions were removed and discarded before reviving him,” he explained.

The source added that the deceased went out as early as 6am on Saturday without the knowledge of his family members only to be told that his body was found lifeless shortly after.

The report, however, stated that the case is with the State CID in Lafia, as investigation is ongoing to bring the perpetrators to book, while the corpse is still in police custody.


Court Remands Woman Over Alleged Fraud

By Mariam Bello

For fraudulently obtaining three kegs of groundnut oil and one and half bag of beans belonging to Omolara Ayinde, a 39-year-old woman, Simiat Azeez has appeared before an Osogbo Magistrate Court. 

She was docked before Magistrate M. A Awodele on a two-count charge bothering on fraud and stealing.

The prosecutor, Inspector Jafani Muslim told the court that the suspect committed the offence in February at 51, Olatunji Ajayi Street, Oke Onitea, Osogbo.

He explained that the accused person fraudulently obtained three kegs of groundnut oil worth N24,000 and one and half bag of beans worth N25,000.

Jafani added that the defendant stole three kegs of groundnut oil and one half bag of beans, all the items valued N49,000 property of Omolara Ayinde.

Jafani said that, the offence contravenes section 419, section 383 and section 390 (9) of the  criminal code cap 34 volume 11.laws of Osun State 2003.

Simiat who had no legal representation pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge  brought against her.

The Magistrate granted her bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties.

She said sureties must sworn to affidavit of means and provide evidence of tax payments and two passports sized photographs to the court. The address should be verified by the police.

The case was adjourned to April 24 for hearing.

Family Dispute Leaves Six Dead

A long time family dispute in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar has dead to the death of six members of a family.

According to the provincial government’s statement the incident occurs on Tuesday night, in Saracha-e-Ali Khan area of Behsud district, where three
brothers armed with guns attacked their uncle’s house, killing him, his wife and four of his children.

Further details about the incident were not shared in the statement. The provincial government said the assailants managed to flee the scene, with police officials launching investigation into the case.


Canadian Fertility Doctor Uses Own Sperm To Inseminate Clients

Norman Barwin, a Canadian fertility doctor has been accused of using  his own sperm to inseminate 11 of his clients without their knowledge or consent.

In a statement, Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP, the law firm behind the case, said that DNA investigation shows that Barwin is the biological father in 11 individuals whose parents went to the doctor for assistance with fertility. The law firm said it has been in contact with more than 150 people who have allegedly been “adversely affected” by Barwin’s fertility practice dating back to the 1970s.

In addition, the firm said it has been aware of another 51 cases in which the identity of the biological father remains unknown. Among these cases, 16 individuals who were to be conceived using their father’s sperm are not a biological match to their father, while 35 individuals who were to be conceived using anonymous donor sperm may not be a biological match with the intended donor.

The proposed lawsuit against Barwin was first launched in 2016 by Davina and Daniel Dixon, an Ottawa couple who turned to the doctor for help in 1989. Their daughter was born the following year.It took more than two decades for the couple to discover the dark secret. In 2016, they underwent a blood test due to concerns over how two parents with blue eyes could have conceived a daughter with brown eyes.

The test result showed their daughter had type O-positive blood and Daniel had type AB blood, proving it was impossible that they were father and daughter, reported the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2016, citing the initial statement of claim.

The law firm said it is finalising the materials for the certification of the class action and expects the action to be certified in the coming months. In 2013, Barwin was suspended from practice for two months after he admitted inseminating four women with the wrong sperm and stopped practicing the following year.


Man Sentenced To Two Months In Prison For ‘Headbutting’ Prime Minister

Local media has reported that a Magistrate court sentenced an Australian man who headbutted former prime minister Tony Abbott  to at least two months in prison.

Labe, 38, pleaded guilty in January to causing harm to a Commonwealth public official and was Monday sentenced to a maximum six months in jail, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

Tasmanian Labe followed Abbott for 250 metres along the waterfront of the state capital Hobart before deliberately headbutting him in September 2017, the city’s magistrates court had heard earlier.

He had been facing up to two years in jail for an attack magistrate Michael Daly described as “unprovoked” and “opportunistic,” AAP said.

After the incident, Abbott said he was shocked and suffered minor injuries, with a “slightly swollen lip.”

At the time, it was believed the assault was due to Abbott’s strident campaigning against same-sex marriage while Australia was holding a legally non-binding postal survey on the issue.

Later, Labe, a self-described anarchist, said his drunken attack was inspired by “personal hatred” of Abbott and had nothing to do with the marriage debate.

Labe will be eligible for release after two months.


Police Arraigned Man Over Alleged Fraud Of 900 Bags Of Dangote Cement

By Mariam Bello

A 46 year-old-man, Akinleye Oluwaseun has been arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate court  for allegedly obtaining  900 bags of Dangote cement belonging to Alhaja Bolanle Oladapo. 

Oluwaseun is docked on a two-count charge bothering on fraud and stealing.

The prosecutor, Inspector Jafani Muslim told the court that the suspect committed the offence on March 14 at Oke-Baale in Osogbo.

He explained that the accused person fraudulently obtained 900 bags of Dangote cement belonging to Alhaja Bolanle Oladapo under pretence of paying her in two weeks time.

Jafani added that the suspect also stole the bags of Dangote cement valued N1,742,500

He submitted that the offence is contrary to and punishable under section 419, section 383 and section 390 (9) of the criminal code 34 volume 11.laws of Osun State 2003.

Akinleye Oluwaseun pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge levelled against him.

The defence counsel, Mr. Lukman Adeleke prayed the court to grant his client bail.

The magistrate, Mr. Tunde Badmus granted the accused person bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety.

He also ruled that the address of the surety be verified by the police and adjourned the case to May 5 for hearing.


Man Docked For Allegedly Organising Indian Hemp Party

By Mariam Bello

The Osun State Police Command on, April 2, 2018 arraigned a 29-year- old man,  Saheed Ayanwuyi before a magistrate court sitting in Osogbo for allegedly organising Indian hemp party. 

Saheed was arraigned on a four-count charge bothering on causing terror, felony, murder and disturbing the peace of the environment.

The prosecutor, Inspector Jafani Muslim told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 1st at about 5pm at Alaperin Junction Sabo Area in Osogbo.

Jafani, explained further that Saheed and others at large conduct themselves in a disorderly manner to cause fear in the neighbourhood and disturbed the peace of the environment.

According to prosecutor, the accused person organised a party called India hemp carnival and possess some cannabis sativa which are being smoked in the public.

Jafani said that, the offence contravened sections 516(a) section 69 punishable under section 70 section 80 and section 430 of the criminal code cap 34 volume 11.laws of Osun State 2003.

Saheed Ayanwuyi pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge preferred against him.

The Defence counsel, Mr Okobe Najite prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal and affordable terms.

Okobe said the suspect is ready to provide a reliable and credible surety to the court.

While the ruling, the Presiding Magisterate, Tunde Badmus granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with surety. He said surety must swear to affidavit of means and provide three passports photographs and three years of tax payments.

He also ordered that the address of the surety should be verified by the police. The case was adjourned to April 16, for hearing.

Two Men Dragged To Court Over Alleged Housebreaking

By Abdullahi Omotayo

The Osun State police have charged Abioye Saheed, 24 and Apantaku Kayode, 29 to an Osogbo Magistrate Court on over alleged housebreaking and stealing.

The charge sheet reads that the accused persons on 13th day of March, 2018 at 12, Adedapo Oyinlola street, Eleyele estate, Osogbo, did conspire together to commit housebreaking and stealing which is an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 of Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State Nigeria 2003.

The items carted away by the accused persons according to the charge sheet include; one Nokia phone valued N10, 000, one Star time decoder valued N7, 000, one kenwood compact disc player valued N11, 000, N500,  one Samsung Plasma television valued N55, 000 and some quality of raw food stuff valued N10, 000, property belonging to one Alhaji Sanusi Akinlabi.

The Police prosecutor, Inspector Adegoke Taiwo told the court that parts of the items were recovered in the possession of the accused persons by tracking the Star time decoder.

He added that the case of housebreaking and stealing is becoming rampant within the community as he prays the court to use the culprits as a scapegoat to serve as a deterrent to others.

The accused persons with no legal representation are facing three-count charge bothering on housebreaking and stealing, but pleaded guilty to each count charge.

The magistrate F. A.  Sodamade however grants the bail of the accused persons with sum of N200, 000 and one surety.

The case was thereby adjourned till Monday 16th April, 2018.

Prosecutor Remanded For Unlawful Escape Of Suspects

By Mariam Bello

A Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State has remanded a 38-year-old-man,  Inspector  Sunday Ajayi  for allegedly permitting escape of two accused persons kept in custody  .

Sunday is facing a two-count charge bothering on conspiracy and permitting of two accused persons escape.

He pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge preferred against him.

The prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun told the court that Sunday and others at large conspired to commit the offence to wit negligently permitting escape on November 1, 2017 in Osogbo.

He explained further that the accused person aid the escape of Kazeem Oladehinde and Idowu Hassan Adedapo from lawful custody.

According to the prosecutor, the two accused persons that escaped from police custody were standing trial on assault,  malicious damage and stealing.

Olusegun added that the offence is contrary to and punishable under section 517, 137and 138 of the criminal code cap 34 volume 4 laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The defence counsel, Mr Taiwo Awokunle urged the court to grant his client bail.

The magistrate, Mrs. A. O Ajanaku granted the accused person bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

One of the surety must be a civil servant, level 14 and the case was adjourned to May 23 for hearing.

Court Remands Woman, Two Men For Kidnapping Two-Year-Old Boy

By Mariam Bello

Three suspected kidnappers, one woman and two men have been remanded in prison custody by an Osogbo magistrate court for allegedly kidnapping two-year-old boy, Abdullahi Azeez. 

The suspects are Joy Esu, 26; Onwuka, 28, and Agubata Maxwell, 39, who were on a three-count charge bothering on  kidnapping.

The prosecutor, Felix Okafor told the court that the three accused persons and others at large committed the offence on February 18 at about 8pm at No 68 Matanmi, Oke – Baale in Osogbo.

Okafor said the trio  kidnapped a two-year-old boy, Abdullahi Azeez with intention of selling him to get money.

He stated further that the three suspects kept the child in a manner to prevent anyone from discovering the place where he was imprisoned.

According to prosecutor, the offence is contrary to and punishable under section 516, 371 and 364(2) of the criminal code cap 34 volume 11.laws of Osun State 2002.

The three accused persons pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge levelled against them.

The defence counsel, Doctor V. C Ezeji who appeared with Barrister K. E Ngwoke prayed the court to grant his clients bail quoting section 118 (2) section 36 (5) of the 1999 constitution as amended and section 7 of the criminal code procedures, adding that  the accused persons have no previous criminal records.

Ezekiel also assured the court that all the defendants have reliable and credible sureties to stand for them till the end of their trial.

Muyiwa Ogunleye, the State counsel opposed the oral  bail application made by the defence counsel saying it is premature to grants bail at this stage considering the gravity of the offence even though the granting of bail is at the discretion of the  court.

He quoted the case of Abacha Vs state 2002.

Ogunleye stressed further that count one  is talking about  kidnapping  which is a national issues in the country stressing that the accused persons are not living within the jurisdiction of the court and  may jump bail saying the counsel should come formally with the bail application so that they can be replied formally.

The magistrate, Mr Olusegun Ayilara asked the defence counsel to make a formal bail application and remanded all the three accused persons in Ilesha prison custody.

The case was adjourned to May 18, 2018 for mention.

24 Year-Old Arrested For Killing Grandmother

The Lagos State Police Command has been arrested a 24 year old man, Musendikwu Christian, for killing his grandmother in Otto area of Ijanikin at about 3 am on Monday.

According to reports Musendikwu, who was just released recently with his father from prison after serving their jail terms, was living alone with his grandmother at Idirelu Street, Oto Ijanikin.

He reportedly used a sharp cutlass to machete his 84-year-old grandmother to death before fleeing to an unknown destination.

It was gathered that when neighbours discovered the lifeless body of the old woman in a pool of her blood with multiple machete cuts at about 7 am that they informed the police.

The Divisional Police Officer, CSP Ubine Eugene, it was gathered immediately led a team of armed policemen to the scene before launching a manhunt for the suspect, who was arrested at Ishagira village Ijanikin, where he was hiding.

A neighbour, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told newsmen that “I don’t know why he killed his grandmother. We woke up that morning and discovered Mama’s corpse with machete cuts.

“Sincerely Musendikwu is from a very irresponsible family. He is involved in various criminals’ activities in this community. It hasn’t been long that they released him and his father from prison. Every member of their family is involved in one crime or the other.”

Confirming the report, the Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, said the suspect has been arrested.

“Cutlass used to commit the offence has been recovered. The corpse of the victim has been taken to Badagry General hospital for autopsy. The case has been transferred to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, for further investigation.”