Priest Jailed For Murder Of Parishioner

A jury in Hidalgo County in South Texas on Friday sentenced an 85-year-old former priest to life in prison for the 1960 killing of a schoolteacher and former beauty queen who was his parishioner.

The jurors found John Bernard Feit guilty of murder on Thursday night then they sentenced him on Friday. 25-year-old Irene Garza was killed by Feit after she went to him for confession at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas.

Irene disappeared on April 16, 1960. Her bludgeoned body was found days later. An autopsy revealed she had been raped while unconscious, and beaten and suffocated. Prosecutors asked jurors on Friday for a 57-year prison term, one year for each year he had walked free since killing Irene Garza. Prosecutor Michael Garza, who is not related to the victim, had asked the jury not to view the now elderly and weak Feit as he is today, but to try to imagine him as a 28-year-old man capable of subduing the woman.

The jury eventually decided on the maximum sentence. Afterward, Garza said at a news conference that he wished that he could take credit for the conviction and sentence, “but it was God-driven.”

“I can say this: Pigs are flying, and Irene is resting,” he said.

Feit, then a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, came under suspicion in the investigation early on. He told police that he heard Garza’s confession in the church rectory rather than in the confessional, but denied he had killed her. One of the evidence that pointed to Feit as a suspect over the years was the testimony of two priests who told authorities that Feit had confessed to them. One of them said he saw scratches on Feit soon after Garza’s disappearance. His portable photographic slide viewer was found near Garza’s body. Feit had also been accused of attacking another young woman in a church in a nearby town just weeks before Garza’s death. He pleaded no contest and was fined $500.

Feit left the priesthood in 1972, married and went on to work at the Catholic charity St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, training and recruiting volunteers and helping oversee the charity’s network of food pantries.

 

Man To Die By Hanging After Beheading Boy

Justice James Abundaga of the Nasarawa State High Court 4, sentenced one John Yakubu to death by hanging for beheading a seven-year old boy, Samuel Danjuma, in 2012. The convict was apprehended by DSS officials with the severed head of the deceased on July 22nd 2012.

Justice Abundaga said that Yakubu in confessional statement, said he lured the boy, his neighbour’s son, to a stream in Agwan Galadima in Nasarawa Local Government and drowned him before removing his head.

Justive Abundaga said the death sentence was in line with Section 221 of the penal code. The accomplice of the deceased, Ishaya Daklung, was sentenced to four years in prison, with hard labour for being in possession of human head, saying that Daklung’s sentence was in line with Section 219 of the penal code.

Justice Abundaga said the severed head of the victim was deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia morgue.

 

NANS Leader, Others Arrested For Murder

The National Association of Nigerian Students, Bayelsa State chapter’s leader, and seven other undergraduates have been arrested by the Bayelsa State Police Command for alleged murder of a student.

The Bayelsa NANS leader Perewari Benjamin, who is a 400-level student of the state-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma, alongside his accomplices were arrested after a driver reported the case to operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Squad.

The suspects are Asari Enagob, 400 level; Suoguai Bina, 500 level; Ibe Ogbonna, 300 level; Igbanibo Tari, 400 level; Ekperi Kenneth, 400 level; Kemefie Ebimene, 200 level, Chukwuma Lawrence.

The state Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba, parading the suspects lamented the involvement of the students in the alleged murder, adding that they were arrested after a driver whom they assaulted and hired his bus without paying flagged down a patrol van of operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Squad around the area.

On the incident that led to the death of the unnamed student of the Federal University, Otuoke, Amba said, “The incident occurred at the Zone B Election for Coordinators of NANS at the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, between November 25 and November 26.

“On November 26, three drivers – Ayo Kehinde, Jamiu Salahudeen and Nwanya Chinonso – reported to the police that the suspects (students) hijacked their vehicles and robbed them at gunpoint.

“Students representing universities and higher institutions in the South-South Zone resorted to the use of firearms, which led to the death of the student. The students also involved themselves in robbery against innocent citizens.

“This leaves one to wonder about the future of our great nation. The development calls for a drastic action to curb this menace and a complete reorientation of our youths.”

The police recovered arms and ammunition from the suspects, including two locally-made single-barrelled pistol; two live ammunition; five 9mm live ammunition and some charms.

 

Family Hacks Disobedient Son To Death In Imo

The family of Oke Amandi, who own a Sabbath mission In Ihitenansa, Imo state, have been accused of killing one of their sons in his sleep because of his waywardness, after which they immediately tried to bury him secretly.

The son Chibuzo Amandi, popularly known as Monkey, was butchered to death by his family as he slept in their home in Imo state. According to reports, it was his brothers who killed him because he constantly terrorizes his parents.

The family, were caught when trying to secretly bury Monkey the morning after.

Onlookers asked the reason why Monkey was acting out and his brother replied:

“We sent Monkey to learn a trade but Monkey refused. The Dorma that was bought for him, he has destroyed that Dorma. The only thing left of it is just that thing there. There was a time Monkey was given 200,000 (Naira) to set his life up elsewhere and Monkey said igbo (drugs) was what he wanted to plant in Benin. He was given 200,000 to leave home. Monkey went to that place but when time came to do what he went there for, he said he wouldn’t and returned home with a bag of Igbo. “

Killer Of Oyo State House Of Assembly Member Apprehended

The Oyo State Police Command also paraded a runaway killer of a member of Oyo State House of Assembly, Gideon Aremu, representing Oorelope Constituency, July last year.

The commissioner revealed that the suspect, who escaped to Ekiti, his country home, shortly after committing the act, had been on the Police wanted list.

In his words:  “Nemesis caught up with the suspect when he was arrested in his criminal hideout after sneaking into the state and led another robbery gang to snatch a motorcycle from its owner at Egbeda area of the state.”

The suspect, Arobiole, popularly known as Judgment, admitted to the crime and confessed saying he and two of his gang members were responsible for the murder.

Narrating how he committed the crime with two others, Judgment said:

“It was Toiheeb, who initiated the idea. The lawmaker was described as a very generous man, who always gave people in the neighbourhood money. “We trailed him to his house and as he tried to alight from the car, we pointed guns at him. The lawmaker was surprised to see his neighbour among us. He held him by the shirt and said ‘Even you.’ “We collected his phone then I shot him because he was struggling with us. We thought since he knew one of us, he would expose us sooner or later. It was after we killed him that we knew he was a very important person in Oyo 

 

Killers Of APC Stalwart ‘Onwa’ Arrested

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested four suspected killers of an All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ubah.

Ubah, popularly called Onwa, was shot dead inside his Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) on July 21, 2017 at FESTAC Town in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos, on the eve of the state’s local council elections.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Imohimi Edgal, paraded the suspects yesterday at the command’s headquarters. He identified the suspects as Michael Fashola, who allegedly pulled the trigger that killed Ubah; Muftau Toyosi; Abidemi Kolawole and Fatai Onifade, also known as Apese. Onifade claimed he was a member of vigilance group in FESTAC Town.

Before his assassination, Onwa was the Head of FESTAC Town/Amuwo-Odofin Community Policing Youth Vanguard. He was suspected to be a police informant.

On the day he was killed, Onwa had received a phone call from someone he allegedly knew very well requesting to meet him at a certain location within FESTAC Town. The killers, riding on a motorcycle, had accosted him at 7th Avenue, where one of them shot him at a close range. He died on the spot.

According to the police, the assassins left with his mobile phones and wallet to make it look like a robbery.

The suspects told newsmen that they did not plan to kill, but only to harass him. They said that one Fashola shot him against their plan.

They were arrested by the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) team led by Philip Rieninwa, a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Lagos.

Edgal said his men recovered one Beretta pistol, one locally-made gun and a pump action rifle from the suspects.

 

Details Of The Events That Lead To Bilyami’s Murder Revealed

Yesterday news broke that Bilyam, the son of former PDP chairman, Bello Haliru Mohammed, was stabbed to death by his wife, Maryam Sanda.

According to report, Bilyam had previously been admitted to a hospital after his wife Maryam had bite off his ear. It was also revealed that late Bilyami was previously married to another woman, who he divorced to be with Maryam.

Read a post by one of the victim’s close friends who had seen him hours before the murder below:

Today I witnessed the most wicked and shameful display of arrogance in Bilyaminu’s death case. At about 9 to 10pm last night, tension started to build between Bilyaminu and his wife, Maryam at his residence. Maryam demanded a divorce with the threat of cutting off his manhood.

Ibrahim Aliero, Bilyaminu’s friend (in whose instance the drama started) intervened 4 times to stop Maryam from stabbing her husband.

Ibrahim called Auta (Maryam’s uncle) and Abba (bilyaminu’s cousin) who had left the house moments before the drama started to come and intervene.

After a short calm, Maryam broke a bottle of groundnut and attempted to stab Bilyaminu, again, but this time he held both her hands and struggled to take the bottle from her, injuring himself in the process unrelenting and wild, she bit his finger.

Uncle Auta had arrived this time to calm the situation. They both committed to uncle Auta to let go of the grievances (at least for the night) After the situation had become calm, Bilyaminu and his friend went to the Pharmacy to get his hand treated from the bite he sustained from Maryam.

They later went to the ATM and made a withdrawal to pay up the balance of a spare part for Maryam’s crashed car. By 11pm, Bilyaminu and Ibrahim had gone back to a calm home. Abba (Bilyaminu’s cousin) joined them in the living room.

They stayed till almost midnight and decided to call it a night. When Bilyaminu was seeing them off, he told Ibrahim that “I don’t want to go back until she’s asleep”. They called it a day. Abba and Ibrahim left.

At around 2pm Sunday afternoon, family members were summoned to Maitama Hospital, where Bilyaminu was laying in a pool of his blood with multiple stabs on his chest, shoulder, a deep cut on his inner thigh, and many bite wounds on his stomach.

Maryam had confessed to stabbing him to the hospital authorities. Maitama Police Station was the next point of call. At Maitama Station where Maryam was asked to write her statement, story changed. She claimed they got involved in a fight and Bilyaminu sustained injuries from a broken shisha pot that she never stabbed or hit him.

She was later taken to the FCT command in Garki II for further investigation. The police commissioner instructed that the crime scene should be visited. To the amazement of Abba (Bilyaminu’s cousin) and Ibrahim (his friend) who are key witnesses in the investigation.

Bloodstains had been mopped up, murder weapon disappeared, but flower vases and shisha pot were broken to corroborate Maryam’s earlier statement at the station. In the midst of this tragedy and confusion, Maryam had the audacity and courage to change her story. More disgusting is her lack of remorse and respect for the victim’s family.

Someone who divorced his 1st his wife to to be with you doesn’t deserve this. #JusticeForBilyaminu SHALL be served by the Almighty Allah on the day of resurrection.

May Allah grant Bilyaminu Jannah and bless the life of his 8 months old daughter Sa’adatu.”

Meanwhile, friends of Bilyamin Muhammed Bello, has taken to social media to call on relevant authorities to arrest his wife.

 

3 Killed As Gunmen Invade Commissioner’s Residence

At least three people have been killed by unknown gunmen at the residence of Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Obong Udo Ekpenyong.

The gunmen attacked Ekpenyong’s home in his village, Ikot Okusung, in Ukanafun Local Government Area of the state at about 2am on Sunday. The attack resulted in the killing the commissioner’s sister and two other persons. The attackers were said to have invaded the residence of the commissioner’s on motorcycles.

The hooligans gained entrance into the premises by shooting their way into the building, killing Ekpenyong’ sister, who was a teacher, while destroying several property.

Confirming the fatal incident, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, said the two others killed were responding to the alarm raised by the commissioner’s sister.

The state police public relations officer, DSP Bala Elkana, told Daily Sun that “The four gunmen entered his house and shot his sister. When they entered, she raised an alarm and people tried to come to her rescue. So, when the hoodlums were fleeing, they shot indiscriminately and killed two persons on the road. But inside the house they killed one person, a woman, that is, the sister to the commissioner.

“That is one of the reasons that we have placed a ban on motorcycles. All the killings that have taken place in the area were carried out by people riding bikes. I have issued a release this morning on the ban of the use of motorcycles in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun from 6pm till 7am till further notice.”

 

Son Of Former PDP Chairman Stabbed To Death By Wife

Bilyamin Muhammed Bello, son of a former PDP chairman, Haliru Bello, was last night, allegedly, stabbed to the death by his wife, Maryam Sanda, who is the daughter of embattled former Aso Savings boss, Hajia Maimuna Aliyu.

According to reports, the attack was as a result of an allegation of infidelity after she saw a text message on his phone. The deceased was stabbed 3 times in the back; and severally on his private parts, at their home in Maitama, Abuja.

Before this, Maimuna had bit part of his ear off and was treated at a hospital before returning home. He was advised to leave the house but he refused. After stabbing him, she drove him to the hospital where he died.

The couple had a daughter together.

Late Binyamin Bello has since been buried according to Islamic rites in Abuja after his janaza at Abuja national Mosque today 19th November, 2017.

 

Update: Ritualist Who Killed 17 Year-Old Girl Reveals Motive

A suspected ritual killer, Yewunu Tanlaju, who was caught yesterday by members of the the Ogun State Vigilant Group has confessed to selling the severed parts of a 17-year-old girl, Taye Gusinu, to an herbalist for N8,500.

Meanwhile the 35-year-old suspect allegedly killed the victim last Thursday in Idosemo, Ipokia, Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State, by severing her head and removing her heart and other vital organs.

Tanlaju spoke with correspondent at the police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while being paraded with two other accomplices – an herbalist, Olusoji Asamo; and one Joyi Suru. The victim’s decomposing remains were also brought to the parade ground.

Tanlaju said the victim was hawking puff-puff when he lured her into an isolated building.

He said, “I saw the girl hawking puff-puff in a school environment. I called her and bought N40 puff-puff from her.

“After she finished selling to me, she was leaving when I seized her from behind and tied her down. She attempted shouting, but I blocked her mouth. I slaughtered her myself.

“It was the second time I would be killing in the area. It was Asamo who told me to bring human parts, although I didn’t know what he wanted to use them for.

“When I delivered the girl’s parts, he gave me N8,500. But it was N10,000 he gave me when I delivered the first parts.”

Asamo confessed that the human parts were brought to him immediately the heinous act was committed.

The 27-year-old herbalist said, “It is true that he brought the human parts to my house, requesting money ritual. I collected them from him with the intention of reporting the case.

“I didn’t report to the police because police station is far from our area. I was the one who took the human parts to Joyi Suru for safekeeping. I gave him N8,500, so that he will not be suspicious.”

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said the suspects were arrested after a complaint by the father of the victim, Jimoh Gusinu.

He said the arrest was successful with the collaboration of the Ogun State command of the Vigilante Service of Nigeria.

The father of the deceased, who was visibly angry while speaking with journalists, demanded justice and warned that under no guise should the suspects be freed.

He said, “The government must also kill them. If I set my eyes on them again, I will attack them with whatever I can get.”

 

Man Brutally Murders Fiancée’s Mum Before Dinner With Her Father

An Ohio man, Jeffrey Scullin Jr, 20 has been arrested for brutally stabbing and shooting his future mother-in-law to death. Jeffrey shot and stabbed Melinda Pleskovic to death on the night of October 23 before joining the victim’s unsuspecting husband for dinner at an Applebee’s, where his bride worked as a waitress.

 

According to Police reports, he later called 911 to report finding Pleskovic, 49, lying dead in a pool of blood and even acted as a pallbearer at the woman’s funeral, three days before he was arrested for her murder.

 

Scullin was arrested after police searched his truck and found a tactical knife with traces of Pleskovic’s blood on it. More blood was found on the inside passenger door handle of the 2002 Chevy pickup truck.

 

The suspect was arraigned last Friday in Cleveland on charges including aggravated murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence in the October 23 slaying of the popular school teacher and married mother-of-three. He did not enter a plea.

 

A judge set his bond at $1million. Scullin’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 13.