Gunmen kill groom in Kano State

There would be no “happy ever after” for bride Siliya whose groom was killed by unknown assasains, only hours after a wedding.

According to reports, Alhaji Lawan Kofar Dawanau, the 47-year-old newlywed and staff of the Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State was shot dead shortly after the Zuhr prayer.

Eye witnesses say the assailants had stormed the quarters on a motorcycle, taking a female guest hostage and using her to force their way into the wedding ceremony.

Upon their arrival, reports said, the groom came outside when one of the gunmen identified and shot him, a source told reporters.

The Leadership reported that the gunmen had asked those around to remain calm as they had come there on a mission, warning that anyone who got in the way would get shot.

Kano State police PRO Magaji Musa Majia confirmed the incident and promised that an investigation into the killing was underway.

Witchcraft killing: Couple convicted of torturing teenage brother to death

A British Court on Thursday convicted a couple of torturing and then killing 15-year old Kristy Bamu, a teenage boy who they accused of witchcraft.

Kristy, on Christmas Day 2010, was drowned in a bath tub by his sister, Magalie Bamu and her partner Eric Bikubi, originally from the Congo.

Both Magalie, 29 and her 28-year-old football coach Bikubi, residents of Newham, denied killing Kristy.

The couple claimed the boy had cast spells on another child in the family and had been carrying out the drowning exercise in order to exorcise the demons from him, the Old Bailey court heard.

According to reports, Kristy and his four siblings, between 11 and 22 years old, had been visiting Magalie in London from their home in Paris in 2010. They were accused of bringing witchcraft into the home shortly after they arrived.

The elder Bamu sister had insisted on a “deliverance” session for them, where all five siblings had been subjected to prolonged beatings.

The AP reported that all had been forced to pray for deliverance for three days and nights and deprived of food and water.

Kristy’s two sisters, 20 and 11 years old, had escaped further torture after “confessing” to being witches.

However, Kristy saw no such freedom from his “deliverance”. He had been singled out after he had wet himself from fear.

Prosecutors at London’s Central Criminal Court painted the scene of a gruesome and painful murder. Kristy had been tortured for three days, sustaining 130 injuries from sticks, a metal bar, a hammer and a chisel, the reports revealed.

Ceramic tile floors had been smashed onto his head and pliers had been used in twisting his ears.

Bloodied, bruised and battered, Kristy was later forced into a bathtub and doused with cold water, where he drowned.

Telegraph reported that his brothers, a 13-year old and an autistic brother aged 22, had been forced to join in the torture of their brother.

The court also heard that at some point, Bikubi, who had accused the siblings of bringing voodoo or kindoki into his home, had asked the siblings to jump out of the 8th floor window to see if he could fly.

Magalie had failed to come to the aid of her sibling, instead encouraging her partner to continue until he elicited a confession from the youngsters.

Sister Kelly, now 21, testified in court, reliving the torturous holiday season.

She said: ”They started talking about kindoki, witchcraft and this and that.

”It was as if they were obsessed by witchcraft and then it became absolutely unbearable.

”They asked if we were witches. I repeated again and again and again that we were not witches.

”I did not know what was going on in their minds. They decided we had come there to kill them.”

Kelly added: ”Kristy asked for forgiveness. He asked again and again.

”Magalie did absolutely nothing. She didn’t give a damn. She said we deserved it.”

Calling Magalie ”an idiot”, Kelly said: ”I am sure she still believes even to this day that we are witches.

”I have no pity for her. She had no pity for us.”

Paramedics on the scene described a blood-splattered living room, adding that items around the home had been used as “weapons of torture”.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said: ”It was only when he realised that Kristy was not moving that Eric Bikubi stopped what he was doing and pulled him from the water. By then it was too late.”

”Kristy was just too badly injured and exhausted to resist or to keep his head above the water,” Altman said.

He said the teenage boy “had been the victim of a prolonged attack of unspeakable savagery and brutality.

”Kristy was killed in the name of witchcraft. It is hard to believe in this day and age anyone can believe someone was practising witchcraft.”

Bikubi had copped to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility caused by brain damage, but his mental health claims had been rejected.

He further pleaded guilty to two counts of causing actual bodily harm to the girls. Magalie denied the assaults, but was found guilty.

Judge David Paget said the duo would be sentenced on Monday.

British court convicts 19 year old Nigerian girl of manslaughter

A British court has convicted 19-year-old Nigerian-born Victoria Osoteku of manslaughter in the March 2011- killing of a London pupil.

She was accused of being behind the brutal murder of Sofyen Belamouadden who was stabbed to death in front of terrified commuters at the Victoria Island in London.

Osoteku was caught on CCTV camera, kicking the dying pupil in the head after he had been knifed repeatedly for 10 seconds by rival school students.

According to Telegraph reports, the murdered student had suffered nine knife wounds, including severe injuries to his heart, a lung and major blood vessels.

Osoteku, a south London resident, was found guilty at the Old Bailey court and was the only female to be charged in connection to the gruesome murder.

At 17, the A-level student had orchestrated Sofyen’s murder. The court heard that she had purchased the set of Argos knives that the gang members had used in stabbing the student.

Osoteku had sent out the phone text and Facebook messages, instigating the clash between students of rival schools. Sofyen had been hunted down by some 20 students who had been armed with a Samurai sword, flick knife, Swiss army knife, machetes and screwdrivers. They had chased him around the Terminus Way concourse and into the Underground station, reports said.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said “they were so heavily armed that no smaller group, or even police officer or member of station staff, could withstand them or stop them.”

A smaller group of attacker had delivered the final fatal wounds on Sofyen after he had fallen down the stairs and into the ticket hall.
Heywood said Osoteku and another pupil had been the “focal point” behind the attacks.

“She was one of those who set up and organised the confrontation that led to the death. Her responsibility for the death is very great indeed, even though it was others that delivered the final fatal blows that led to Sofyen Belamouadden’s death,” he added.

Osoteku had denied the allegations during the five-month long trial, claiming that she hadn’t kicked the deceased, but had only been checking him.
“I just went to see if he was OK and I nudged him with my foot to see if he was OK,” she wept.

“He didn’t move. I looked down and then I ran off. I panicked. I did not know what to do.”

Osoteku, the fourth to be convicted of manslaughter, had recounted for the court, a terrible childhood and hard upbringing.

She claims she had been taken into care at age eight. Osoteku is currently in custody awaiting sentencing at a later date.

Yola residents protest police killing of a student

Riots broke out today in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, when some police officers allegedly shot and killed a secondary school student.

Reports stated the student, a pupil at Government Day Secondary School, had been found with illegal drugs in his possession and had been handed over to police attached to Damare police station by the school’s principal.

It was the last time the young student was seen alive.

Police forces later deposited his corpse at his family compound and quickly drove away. Youths in the area, outraged at the murder of the student, took to the street in angry protests.

Carting the deceased student in a casket, the youths marched to the palace of the Lamido of Adamawa to make their grievances heard.

The rioting youths had reportedly attacked police stations. Adamawa police officials are yet to confirm or deny the reports.