Kenyan Man Murders Family, Sets Himself On Fire

A Kenyan man has allegedly murdered his wife and three children before setting himself on fire in their home in the early hours of Tuesday Jan. 16th in Juja, Kiambu county.

According to police reports, members of the public reported the fire incident at the home of one Patrick Nderitu Karuiru to the area chief in Kiambu county. When the area chief arrived at the scene, he found neighbours putting out the fire.

After they manage to put out the fire, Nairobi News reported that they found one burned body of the middle-aged man laying at the veranda door with the other four bodies in the bedroom. All three bodies of children, aged below 10 years, had visible head injuries, same to the body of their mother, Rosemary Kaninia.

The authorities in Kiambu county suspect the man murdered his wife and their three children before setting the house on fire.

 

Pandemonium As Customs Officers Kill Alleged Rice Smuggler In Lagos

The Abule Egba area of Lagos went into serious tension earlier today following the killing of a rice smuggler by suspected Customs officers.

According to reports, the customs officers had chased the rice smuggler to Abule Egba in the early hours of Wednesday before shooting him dead and fleeing.

Police source said the body of the deceased was seen lying on the ground this morning while bags of rice that were smuggled were seen inside the danfo bus, with registration number Lagos/RKY/1953506.

Stains of blood was seen on the body of the bus and some bags of rice.

Irate youths burnt tyres and blocked the express road in protest over the killing and the refusal of the police in the area that the dead body should not be evacuated from the scene further fuelled the crisis.

Officials of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS and taskforce officials were quickly drafted to the area to quell the riot while Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC was also deployed.

As at this morning, motorists avoided the Abule Egba axis, while those who dared, were forced to turn back as hoodlums were on rampage.

People were seen running helter and skelter to avoid being caught in the crisis.

It took the intervention of the RRS, led by their commander, Tunji Disu, the taskforce, police from Oke Odo Police Station and others to restore normalcy to the area. Also on ground were the Fire Service and the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corp, LSNSC.

 

Kidnapped Member Of Taraba State House Of Assembly Found Dead

The Taraba state police command has confirmed the death of kidnapped member of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi, representing Takum I constituency.

This was revealed by the Police spokesman in the state, David Misal, who said the body of the lawmaker was found at Kwari, along Takum-Kashimbilla road.

He said: “Yes, it has been confirmed, the body was found this afternoon at Kwari, along Takum -Kashimbilla road.”

Ibi was kidnapped on December 30 last year, in Takum when he went home for Christmas celebration. Eyewitnesses said he was whisked away at gunpoint by his abductors, who were on riding a motorcycle.

Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, said he has been devastated by the death. “My heart has been broken,” he said.

Ibi’s colleague, Mark Useni, a former Speaker and member now representing Takum II, described Ibi’s death as shocking.

Useni noted that the people of Takum who were eagerly waiting for his release have been thrown into mourning this afternoon. “It’s a very sad news to the people of Takum and the entire state,” he said.

 

Killers Of Ibe Kachukukwu’s Uncle Sentenced To Death

A Delta State High Court sitting at Issele-Uku, under the trial judge, Justice C.I. Ogisis yesterday sentenced the killers of Felix Boise, the 75-year-old uncle to Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukukwu, to death by hanging.

Justice Ogisi sentenced the three defendants namely: Sunday Luka, a 32 year old driver, Danjuma Kaika, 37 and Luka Agu, 33 all from Nassarawa State. They also made away with the deceased’ Kia Rio car.

The victim was murdered at his farm on June 9, 2014 at Onicha-Ugbo in Aniocha North Local Council of Delta State by three persons who were arrested, prosecuted and have been jailed.

The three defendants, who were labourers in the deceased farm were charged to court on a four count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit murder under section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap C21, Volume 1 Laws of Delta State, 2006 and murder under section 319(1).

Other charges are conspiracy to commit armed robbery contrary to section 6(b) and punishable under section 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11, Volume 14 Laws of the Federation, 2004 and the substantive offence of murder under section 1(2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms Act.

While delivering the death verdict, Justice Ogisi, said the punishment for the offence committed by accused was mandatory and does not have the discretionary power to mitigate the death sentence.

The trial Judge, who sentenced the first and second accused persons on all four count charge, however, discharged the third accused person on count two and four but was sentenced on counts one and three.

 

29 Year-Old Woman Burnt To Death By Husband

A 29-year-old woman, Salome Kanini died yesterday at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) after being set on fire by her estranged husband at their matrimonial home in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County, Kenya.

According to reports Salome suffered over 60 per cent burns after her estranged husband poured petrol on her and set her ablaze last Thursday, January 4th. Her younger brother is nursing deep cut wounds on his left hand following a struggle to save her.

Salome’s brother John Njenga said his sister’s estranged husband called her with instructions to come and fetch their son’s school uniform as he was joining nursery. But when she got home the man poured petrol and burnt her.

The two, Njenga explained, had already separated in September last year and his sister had returned to live with his parents in Kiserian together with their two children. They had been married for five years.

Salome asked her brother to accompany her that evening to pick the school items. But as soon as they arrived, the man, who police have identified as Stanley Nduati, a matatu driver pulled her in the house and locked out the brother.

The man, then started issuing threats that he was going to kill her and then take his own life as neighbours watched. That was when Njenga tried force his way into the house.

“I felt sharp pains on my hand then I realized he was stabbing me with a kitchen knife. I told him no matter how many times he stabbed I was not letting go,” said Njenga.

It was at this time that he got out his phone and called his mother to inform her of the incident.

A neighbour offered a sledge hammer that was used to break the window but by that time her sister was already on fire.

“We watched as he picked gallon of petrol, poured on her, lit the matchstick, and turned on the gas cylinder. By the time a neighbour offered her a blanket, all her clothes were burnt. It was hard to recognize her,” he said.

The husband later stormed out brandishing a knife threatening to kill anyone who dared approach him before he jumped off the balcony from his house on the first floor and vanished on foot.

The man was later arrested that night when he tried to sneak back to the house to collect some of his belongings. He is currently being held at the Ongata Rongai police station.

 

Four Brothers Kill Grandmother For Rituals In Edo State

The Edo State Polic Command has confirmed to have arrest two of the four brothers who allegedly killed their grandmother.

Dickson Oluka, Salaya Oluka, Martins Oluka and Austin Enayi have allegedly killed their grandmother, Grace Ovbiedo for money ritual.

It was gathered that the culprits are internet fraudsters and had consulted a native doctor in their search for wealth.

The incident happened on December 12, 2017 at No. 28 Asowata Street, Ohovbe quarters in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.

A source in the family said the native doctor instructed them to tie a live tortoise to their back and kill someone very close to them before they would become very rich.

The four brothers on getting home were said to have actually strapped a tortoise to one of their back and together they smashed their grand-mother’s head against a wall. They were reportedly caught while attempting to dispose the body.

Edo State police spokesman, Chidi Nwanbuzor, confirmed the incident, saying Dickson and Salaya have been arrested while the two other siblings fled. He said a manhunt has been launched for them.

The two brothers in custody have confessed to the crime while others arrested including the native doctor have been granted bail. The tortoise is still in police custody as exhibit.

Dickson, one of the suspects, said they carried out the act because they were not making if in life.He said they had earlier used broom to beat their grandmother to enable her confessed to her witchcraft before they killed her.

According to a recording of his confession at the police station, Dickson said: “That old woman does not make her grandchildren to succeed. Austin said my aunt wanted to do papers for him to travel abroad but it did not work. We said it was our grandmother that is causing her grandchildren not to succeed. We have used broom to beat her before.

“When we went there, she asked us whether we were there to kill her. Austin held her mouth to stop her from shouting and we kicked her. Blood came out of her nose and ear. Nobody followed us there. The thing was done by four of us. We even helped her to take the things she bought from the market inside the house. We didn’t allow her to shout.”

 

Driver Kills Boss, Dumps Body In Septic Tank

A driver, Samson has been arrested for killing his boss and dumping his body in a septic tank at Ekiadokor area of Ovia North East local government area.

Two other suspects have also been arrested in connection with the killing.

According to reports, Samson sold the vehicle of his boss to an herbalist at Ovbiogie village and told his children that their father was kidnapped.

Police sources said Samson informed the victim’s children who are based abroad that the supposed kidnappers were demanding for the sum of N2m.

The police source said Samson collected some money from his boss’s children with a promise that their father would be released soon. The lid blew on Samson when some relatives visited the residence of Samson’s boss and discovered the decomposing body inside a septic tank. It was a bid by Samson to collect the balance of the N500, 000 with which he sold the car to the herbalist that he was arrested by policemen from Ekiadolor Division.

Policemen at the police headquarters where the case was transferred to said the incident happened two weeks ago. The policemen said the corpse of the victim has been recovered and the three suspected interrogated. Police spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was yet to get briefings on the incident.

PHOTOS: Two Men Charged For Killing Lesbian Couple, Children

Two men have been arrested and charged for the gruesome murder of a woman, her lesbian partner, and two of her children in Troy, New York.

James W. White, 38, and Justin C. Mann, 24, from Schenectady, New York were charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder during their arraignment in Troy City court Saturday morning. Both men pleaded not guilty.

Police say Brandi Mells, 22, her lesbian partner Shanta Myers, 36, and Myers’ children Jeremiah, 11, and Shanise, 5, were killed inside Mells’ tiny basement apartment around 9 p.m. on Dec. 21. The bodies weren’t found until 5 days later. The victims’ throats were slashed and their hands were bound behind their backs

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said at a press conference that one of the defendants knew the victims. He declined to give a possible motive for the murders.

Tedesco said: “I don’t need to speak about the horrific events that took place in that apartment, especially dealing with children. I don’t have to tell you what a good feeling it is to have these two in custody. It’s a great relief.”

The police chief said both men were arrested at Mann’s apartment on Friday. Mann appeared emotional during his arraignment, according to the Daily Gazette.

State police Major Robert Patnaude said surveillance cameras, both public and private, helped lead detectives to the suspects.

Patnaude told reporters: “We’re confident that we have the right people here. We’re confident that we’re going to be able to put a great case together. It’s going to get better as the days and months go on, as the forensic evidence develops.”

White and Mann face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted on all charges.

 

Lesbian Couple And Children Found Dead In Home

A lesbian couple was found murdered with their throats slashed alongside their two children in upstate New York on boxing day and they have now been identified.

Shanta Myers, 36, and her 22-year-old girlfriend Brandi Mells were found dead inside the apartment where they had been living in Troy, just outside Albany, at about 12:50 pm on Tuesday. Myers’ two children – five-year-old Shanise Myers and 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers – were also found dead inside the home. Myers has a third child, a son, who doesn’t live with her.

Law enforcement sources told the Albany Times Union that the victims had been found bound and with their throats slashed. Police Chief James Tedesco described the slayings as an act of “savagery.” He added there was evidence it was not a random act.

He said on Wednesday: “After being in this business for almost 42 years, I can’t describe the savagery of this. I don’t have the word.”

The bodies were first discovered by a property manager after being asked by family to check on the welfare of the residents. Autopsies completed on Wednesday afternoon are expected to clarify the timeline of attacks and exactly how the victims were killed. Police have said they still don’t have a suspect for the murders, and don’t want to release a potential motive in the fears of hurting their investigation.

Rev. Jackie Robinson said the family were much loved and respected in the neighborhood. He said Myers had worked as a bus monitor and her children were active in youth programs. Robinson added that he didn’t know anything about Mells.

The pastor added that children at the youth center where Jeremiah played basketball were distraught and crying over news of the killings. He said community members were nervous because the killer remains at large.

Myers has been described by friends as a hardworking mother who was devoted to her children.

Olukere Of Ikere-Ekiti, 5 Others Sent To Prison Over Alleged Murder

The Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, was on Wednesday remanded by an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court for alleged murder.

He was arraigned in connection with violence which erupted shortly after he inaugurated his hotel located in Gbemisola area of the town on Friday.

Suspected thugs vandalized the hotel over a statement made by Obasoyin which they believed was against the interest of a governorship aspirant who hails from the town.

Obasoyin’s loyalists allegedly launched a reprisal attack on those identified as the perpetrators on Monday which claimed the life of one Kolade Adefemi.

Others charged with the Olukere on an order to remand filed by the Commissioner of Police were Ajewole Sunday, Adetowoju Bode, Kayode Michael, Olowolafe Tola and Aluko Taiwo.

According to the remand order form marked MAD/181fk/17, the accused persons were charged with conspiracy, attempted murder of Ayodele Osanyinbola and murder of Kolade Adefemi.

The offences are punishable under Section (1) and 319 (1) of Criminal Code Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State 2012 within Ado-Ekiti Magisterial District on or about the 25th December, 2017.

Defence counsel, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi, urged the court to grant bail to the accused persons.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Johnson Okunade, opposed the bail application and pleaded that the court granted the remand order request.

Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye refused the bail application and ordered the accused persons to be remanded in prison pending the issuance of legal advice on the case.

Adegboye adjourned the case till 8th of January, 2018.

Taxi Driver Arrested Over Murder Of British Embassy Worker

A taxi driver has recently been arrested over the murder of a British embassy worker in Beirut whose body was found dumped by a motorway.

According to reports, the driver allegedly confessed to killing Rebecca Dykes and abandoning her body in the east of the capital, Lebanese state media reported. He also admitted attempting to rape the 30-year-old victim before strangling her with a rope.

It is believed Ms Dykes had been at a colleague’s leaving party in the Gemmayzeh district of Beirut on Friday night.

Lebanese police traced the alleged killer after his car was picked up on traffic management CCTV cameras.

An official said that the murder was a “criminal act” and not politically motivated.

Ms Dykes was working as a programme and policy manager with the Department for International Development and as policy manager with the Libya team at the Foreign Office (FCO), according to her LinkedIn page.

She had previously worked as an Iraq research analyst with the FCO.

British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter tweeted on Sunday that everyone at the embassy was “deeply shocked, saddened by this news”.

“My thoughts are with Becky’s family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss,” he said.

“We’re providing consular support to her family & working very closely with Lebanese authorities who are conducting police investigation.”

Ms Dykes, a University of Manchester graduate, also had a masters in international security and global governance from Birkbeck, University of London.

She was a former pupil of Malvern Girls’ College and Rugby School and had spent time at a Chinese International School.

A Department for International Development spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with Becky’s family and friends at this very upsetting time.

“There is now a police investigation and the FCO is providing consular support to Becky’s family and working with the local authorities.”

The Foreign Office confirmed that an arrest had been made.