A mother confessed Saturday to killing her three young daughters in an apartment in Vienna, Austrian police said, without giving a motive.
The 31-year-old called the emergency services in the early hours saying she wanted to kill herself, and when police turned up they found the bodies of an eight-month-old baby and a three-year-old girl.
The woman’s nine-year-old daughter was taken to hospital but was unable to be saved, police said, adding that the mother had some light injuries herself.
According to local media reports, the three girls were suffocated.
A housewife in Kano identified as Hauwa has allegedly killed two of her children after her husband, one Ibrahim Haruna Aminu married a second wife.
The deceased kids were identified as Yusuf (5-year-old) and the Zahra’u (3-year-old).
Reports suggest that the incident occurred on Saturday morning in Diso village within the Gwale Local Government area of Kano State.
According to the Uncle of the deceased children, Sadiq Haruna Aminu, his brother’s wife and mother of the deceased children had been living in envy ever since his brother married another wife, leading to her killing her own children.
He said the incident happened when the husband was away and in his new wife’s place.
According to Aminu, his brother’s eldest wife, Hauwau called him on phone in the morning, stating that there was an issue at their residence. Upon his arrival, he met the lifeless bodies of his children.
“She beat the children and used a knife to cut them. Her sister’s daughter (10-year-old) who was living with them was also another victim but she survived with a cut on her hand and she is the witness to the incident,” Sadiq stated.
The ward head of Diso, Ahmad Bello said they were all thrown into a state of shock following the incident.
Mr. Bello condemned the act saying she should have taken the matter to court instead of taking the laws into her hands and killing innocent children.
When contacted the police public relations officer Kano command DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa confirmed the incident.
He said the suspect was in their custody, and the investigation had already commenced after the command CP ordered the case to be transferred to the criminal investigation unit.
The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday September 30 paraded some suspected kidnappers, robbers and armed bandits who were apprehended in different states at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office in Abuja.
Seven armed robbery suspects linked to a deadly attack on a bullion van in Ebonyi State that claimed the lives of four policemen on 29-July, 2020 were among those paraded.
The gang leader, 46-year-old Sunday Shoyemi said it took them two days to plan the attack on the bullion van and their arrest was, however, caused by little arguments amongst his team members.
Shoyemi who used to be a fisherman in Bayelsa State said it was his first robbery and he regretted all his actions.
Another paraded suspect was 58-year-old John Nnoma from Abia State who is known for exchanging life cartridges with bush meat.
Nnoma said he usually conceals his weapons inside second-hand clothings meant for sale in Taraba State where he’s being paid with bush meat as a means of barter with the bandits.
Addressing journalists as the suspects were being paraded, spokesman of the Force, DCP Frank Mba, said: “no matter how smart you are as a criminal, you have a very short lifespan, and no matter how smart you are, the police will always get at you”.
Items recovered from the 47 suspects included 321 rounds of AK-47 ammunitions, nine pistols, 10 AK-49 riffles, seven AK-47 rifles, 864 live cartridges, N258,570 cash, 1 GPMG Gun riffle and 583 new military camouflage uniforms.
A former staff of a first-generation bank, Oreoluwa Adesakin, has been handed a cumulative 98 years jail term by Justice Muniru Olagunju of the Oyo State High Court for stealing from her employer.
Adesakin was found to have committed financial fraud against her employers to the tune of N49,320,652.32 (Forty-nine Million, Three Hundred and Twenty Thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty-two Naira, Thirty-two Kobo), and an additional $368,203.00 (Three Hundred and Sixty-eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Three United States Dollars) belonging to the bank which she converted to her personal use.
She was prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on 14-count charges, bordering on stealing, forgery, and fraudulent accounting.
One of the charges read: “That you Oreoluwa Adesakin sometime between the months of May 2013 and November 2013, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division, whilst being a staff of First Bank PLC stole the sum of N25,974,116.13 (Twenty Five Million, Nine Hundred and Seventy Four Thousand, One Hundred and Sixteen Naira, Thirteen Kobo) from First Bank PLC MoneyGram Payment Naira Account, the property of First bank PLC.”
She pleaded not guilty to all the charges, which necessitated her trial.
Prosecution counsel, Usman Murtala in arguing his case, presented documents and witnesses which nailed the convict.
The judge noted that the EFCC amassed a pool of incontrovertible evidence against the convict and did a diligent investigation and prosecution. He pronounced Adesakin guilty of all the charges, sentencing her to seven years in prison without an option of fine on each of the 14 counts, which will run concurrently.
Apart from the jail term, the convict is also to restitute the employer, through the EFCC, all the money she stole.
The convict was arraigned April 4, 2014, by the EFCC following a conclusion of investigations against her which arose from a petition from her former employer, dated December 18, 2013.
The bank alleged in the petition that Adesakin, as its Money Transfer Operator, saddled with the responsibility of effecting payments through Western Union Money Transfer and Money Gram platforms, fraudulently manipulated accounting and withdrew the total sums of N49,320,652.32 and another $368,203.00 for herself, which the bank only uncovered while reviewing its internal account.
The EFCC was also able to establish that the convict used part of the proceeds of her crime to acquire landed properties in different parts of Oyo State.
The Jigawa State Police Command said it has arrested two men who have been claiming to be police sergeants and extorting people in different locations.
Both men were arrested after they extorted the sum of N56,000 from three unsuspecting individuals in Fanisau village of Dutse Local Government Area.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abdu Jinjiri, said a set of police uniform bearing the sergeant rank was recovered from the house of the suspects.
“In the course of our investigation, the suspects confessed to have collected the said amount from their prey,” Jinjiri said.
“Investigation further revealed that the acclaimed sergeants were dismissed police officers.”
He added, “The first fake Police Officer in the person of Abubakar Sadiq ‘m’ 39yrs old of Tsafe LGA, Zamfara State was dismissed from the Force since 2015 from Jigawa State Command for the offence of desertion.
“The second suspect by name Mudi Abdulkarim ‘m’ 40yrs old of Dutse LGA, Jigawa State was dismissed from the Force since 2016 from Railway Command Rigasa, Kaduna State for the offence of desertion.”
A shootout outside a funeral parlour left 14 people wounded Tuesday in Chicago, as President Donald Trump threatens to send federal agents to a handful of US cities led by Democratic mayors.
The incident started when occupants of a vehicle “began firing at attendees of a funeral. At that time the attendees of the funeral exchanged fire,” Chicago deputy police superintendent Eric Carter told reporters.
Shootings have become breathtakingly normal this summer across the United States. A total of 63 people were shot and 12 killed over the weekend in Chicago in ongoing gun violence, according to local media.
Carter said 14 people were wounded in Tuesday’s shooting but did not specify the degree of severity.
“Too many guns are on our streets and in the hands of people who should never possess them,” Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted after what she called a “horrific mass shooting.”
Trump’s threat to send more military-garbed law enforcement into US cities has mainly been in response to the anti-racism protests rocking the country following the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer in May.
After the Department of Homeland Security deployed scores of Border Patrol police and federal marshals — many in combat fatigues — to Portland, Oregon last week, Trump said he could do the same in other Democrat-led cities like Chicago and New York.
“Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents,” mayor Lightfoot tweeted late Tuesday.
According to reports, DHS was preparing to send 150 paramilitary personnel to Chicago after police there clashed with demonstrators seeking to tear down a statue of Christopher Columbus.
Trump called the move necessary, even claiming Chicago was “worse than Afghanistan.”
The president has also singled out Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland as potential cities for sending federal agents.
On Monday, the mayors of six major cities — Atlanta, Washington, Seattle, Chicago, Portland and Kansas City — said in a letter to Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Attorney General Bill Barr that the uninvited paramilitary deployments violate the Constitution.
“In Indonesia, the penalty for drugs is death. So that’s the case we are dealing with…appealing to them not to kill them but they said that is their law but (asides that) there hasn’t been any particular contact with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission about problems in Indonesia”.
Speaking about other issues in relation to the COVID-19, the NIDCOM boss noted that the government is in touch with Nigerians in diaspora in various parts of the world even as efforts are on the evacuate them.
According to her, 18 more Nigerians are expected to return from France over the weekend.
Unfortunately, she also noted that 40 Nigerians living in the diaspora have died as a result of complications from the virus.
Meanwhile, Dabiri-Erewa also noted that “Nigerians in the diaspora are coming together to raise funds to help frontline workers in Nigeria and very soon, this initiative by the Nigerians in the diaspora will be presented to the PTF”.
Zimbabwe’s health minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested Friday for alleged corruption related to the supply of medical materials to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the anti-graft agency said.
He was being held at a Harare police station and is likely to appear in court on Saturday.
“I can confirm that the minister of health and child welfare has been arrested and is being detained at Rhodesville police station,” John Makamure, spokesman for the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, told AFP.
“It’s to do with the procurement of COVID-19 materials,” he added.
The government did not immediately comment on the arrest, which came a day after the country’s main opposition condemned alleged state corruption following suspicions over a $2-million-dollar payment to a medical company contracted to provide anti-coronavirus equipment.
Harare has come under fire for granting two-month-old company Drax Consult SAGL a contract to supply $20 million worth of drugs, personal protective equipment and COVID-19 test kits.
The deal was allegedly signed without the legal consent of Zimbabwe’s procurement registration authority.
In March, authorities in Hungary — where Drax Consult SAGL is registered — flagged a suspicious $2 million deposit into the company’s accounts, drawing anger from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
Local media reported last week the arrest of businessman Delish Nguwaya, believed to be Drax’s local representative, in connection with the same case.
The government last week ordered the cancellation of all contracts for the supply of medicines and sundries by Drax, according to the state-run Herald newspaper.
The country has detected 479 virus cases, including four deaths, although that figure is believed to be underestimated due to a lack of testing.
The police in Edo State have confirmed the death of a lawyer in the state, Iyoha Osobase Omon after his killers were said to have confessed to the crime and led a police team to the shallow grave where he was buried in Benin City the Edo State capital.
The command in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Dsp Chidi Nwabuzor, said Osobase’s remains were on Tuesday exhumed by pathologists from the Central Hospital Benin City and taken to the hospital’s mortuary for autopsy.
According to the police, the command received a complaint on May 7, 2020, that barrister Omon, (41 years old) had been kidnapped by one Osasu Osadolor and his gang members at Evbuomodu village, Aduwawa, Benin City.
It said after preliminary investigations, operatives of the anti-kidnapping and cybercrime unit immediately took over the case from the Aduwawa division.
It also noted that on May 19, 2020, the alleged kidnap kingpin, Osadolor, was arrested with a black coloured Lexus 330 jeep reg. No. Ben-374-cu, said to have been used in kidnapping the victim.
Police operatives of the unit were also said to have (on May 26, 2020), arrested three additional suspects namely: Uwadia Taiwo Uhunmwangho (38 years old), John Oke (30 years old) and Saturday Imagbe (40 years old) with one Audi 80 car reg. No. Ca-956-ben also used in kidnapping the victim.
The suspects were said to have confessed to beating up the victim and later dropped him somewhere along old Benin-Auchi Road, Aduwawa, Benin City.
The police statement further revealed that on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the operatives arrested two more gang members, one Leonard David (21 years old) and Valentine Dibie (24 years old).
They maintained that all the suspects confessed to conspiracy, kidnapping and the murder of Mr. Omon whom they allegedly killed and buried in a bush close to his house at Aduwawa, Benin City.
The Nigerian Navy has arrested 10 pirates who were reported to have attacked a Chinese Vessel, MV Hailufang (II).
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Commander NNS BEECROFT, Commodore IA Shettima, on Monday.
According to Shettima, the vessel was attacked on May 15 by pirates of the coast of Cote de Viore.
Thereafter, they took control of the vessel which had 18 crew members comprising Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivorians, and directed it towards Nigerian Waters.
“The Nigerian Navy was alerted of the pirate attack and immediately, the Nigerian Navy Ship NGURU was dispatched to intercept the vessel.
“On interception of the vessel at about 140nm south of Lagos Fairway Buoy, the pirates refused to comply to the orders of the Navy Ship, hence the Nigerian Navy had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel. All ship crew were safely rescued, while the 10 pirates were arrested,” the NNS Commander stated.
He added that it is pertinent to note that the last five known or documented pirate attacks were outside of Nigerian waters, of which the Nigerian Navy has responded in the interest of Regional Security.
“This is aptly captured in the NN Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy ‘which covers Nigeria’s outermost maritime area of interest, encompassing the entire West African waters and the GoG,” Shettima said.
According to the Navy boss, this underscores the need for increased regional cooperation in terms of information sharing and further deepening of our response capability.
He noted that for instance, the latest rescue effort was bolstered by additional intel received from the Beninous Navy during the operation.
“This also emphasizes the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral IE Ibas commitment to ensuring maritime security within Nigeria’s maritime space and the Gulf of Guinea in general,” Shettima added.
Meanwhile, he used the opportunity to warn the criminal elements that engage in any acts of maritime crime within the Gulf of Guinea to desist, noting that the Nigerian Navy has the capability and will power to deal with such perpetrators.
Some 21 people have died and 13 others have been seriously injured in the Mexican state of Jalisco after ingesting contaminated liquor, regional authorities said Wednesday.
In total, 56 people have been affected in two municipalities in the western state since Saturday, state health official Huge Esparza said during a press conference, including the 21 who have died and 29 who have become ill.
The 13 who became seriously ill were transported via helicopter to hospitals in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, while the rest were discharged, Esparza said.
Sixty-five persons have been arrested in Lagos State for violating the lockdown order.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, the suspects who were between the ages of 16 and 45, were arrested for holding a birthday party and consuming some substances suspected to be hard/illicit drugs.
They were said to have been arrested at hotel in the Oko Oba area of the state, following credible intelligence obtained by the police.
“Some of the suspects were found in the swimming pool catching fun, in total neglect of the social distancing regulations and the lockdown order.
“The suspects who are within the range of 16 to 45 years, confessed to have left their various homes to the hotel in defiance to the sit at home order,” the statement read in part.
According to the police, the manager of the hotel was equally arrested and the hotel has been sealed off by the relevant agency of the state government.
“Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court,” the statement said, adding that the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu (psc) urged residents to continue to be law-abiding.
He also advised parents to monitor the activities of their children, especially during this lockdown period, saying together we can stop the spread of COVID-19.