Taraba Records 129 Culpable Homicide Cases In 2019

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A file photo of policemen on patrol.



The Taraba State Police Command says a total of 129 culpable homicide cases were recorded in various parts of the state in the year 2019.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Alkasim Sanusi, the figure is among the over 480 suspects arrested by the command during the period.

“I’m glad to announce to you that 486 suspects were arrested and prosecuted for various crimes,” he said.

The police commissioner made the disclosure on Saturday at an event organised by the state government to appreciate security operatives in Taraba for a job well-done in the year.

It was also a pre-retirement lecture in honour of Sanusi who is due to bow out of service on December 31, 2019, after putting up 35 years in the public service.

Giving a breakdown of the figure, the police commissioner explained that 67 suspected kidnappers were arrested, and 54 armed robbery suspects apprehended among others.

On his part, the state deputy governor who represented Governor Darius Ishaku, Haruna Manu, gave the security agencies a pat on the back for their doggedness and quest to ensure peaceful coexistence.

He agreed with the notion that Taraba was a difficult place to work as a security agent, but not without a clause.

According to the deputy governor, the state is a mini Nigeria and anyone who serves there lives to tell a story as it is as an advantage.

The Commanding Officer of 20 Model Battalion, Serti, Colonel Sani Adamu, and Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Taraba, Umar Aliyu, were among the dignitaries at the event.

Taraba State in north-east Nigeria has had its fair share of insecurity ranging from kidnapping, farmers and herders clash, ethno-religious conflicts, and banditry among other crimes.

Shiite Leader, El-Zakzaky Charged With Culpable Homicide

This photo, taken on January 14, 2018, shows Shiite leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky in Abuja during his first public appearance since his arrest in December 2015.


The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and three other leaders of the group have been charged to court.

El-Zakaky, Mallama Zeenah Ibrahim, Yakub Yahaya Katsina and Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki all identified as leaders of the IMN are facing eight counts bordering on culpable homicide, inciting disturbance and promoting unlawful assembly.

The Kaduna State Government filed the charges before the Kaduna State High Court of Justice, more than two years after the clash between the Nigeria Army and members of the sect led to his arrest.

All four defendants were accused of culpable homicide, an offence punishable by death, for causing the death of a soldier, Cpl Yakubu Dnakaduna.

A copy of the charge sheet shows that the state government filed the suit on April 19, 2018.

The first count reads, “That you, Mallam Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky, Mallama Zeenah Ibrahim, Yakub Yahaya Katsina and Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki being leaders of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria on or about the 12th day of December 2015 at Zaria agreed along with other members of the Sect to do an illegal act, to wit: while armed with dangerous weapons such as pistols, guns, dane guns, cutlasses, knives, catapult, axes, clubs and sticks blocked Sokoto Road, Sabon Gari, Zaria and other major roads within the environs and prevented the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff and the general public from gaining access to the roads and same act was done in pursuance of the said agreement and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 59 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State 2017.”

The second charge reads, “That you, Mallam Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky, Mallama Zeenah Ibrahim, Yakub Yahaya Katsina and Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki being leaders of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria on or about the 12th day of December 2015 at Zaria abetted the commission of the offence of Culpable Homicide punishable with death by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria which offence was committed by blocking Sokoto Road and major Roads in Zaria and its environs while armed with dangerous weapons such as such as pistols, guns, dane guns, cutlasses, knives, catapult, axes, clubs and sticks and in so doing caused the death of one 98NA/46/2900 Cpl Yakubu Dnakaduna of the Nigeria Army in the entourage of the Chief of Army Staff by shooting him with guns when the said 98NA/46/2900 Cpl Yakubu Dankaduna alighted from one of the vehicles in the entourage of the Chief of Army Staff in order to disperse the members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria and clear the road, which offence was committed in consequence of your abetment, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 47 and punishable under Section 190 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State 2017.”

Since the clash between the Shiites and members of the Nigeria Army on December 12, 2015, El-Zakzaky has been held by federal authorities.

His arrest and detention led to series of protests by Shiites in several parts of the country.

The protests have continued despite a ban on the IMN by the Kaduna State Government.

Recent protests in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, has turned violent with the police using tear gas to disperse the protesters who, for their part, pelted police vehicles and personnel with stones.

More to follow…

Yobe Police Recorded Less Serious Crimes In 2015 – Commissioner

RRS-yobe -policeThe Yobe State Police Command says it has recorded less serious crimes in 2015, compared to the year 2014.

Parading 17 suspects before journalists at the end of the year media briefing in Damaturu, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Zannah Ibrahim, said major crime statistics for the two years indicates that terrorists’ attacks recorded in 2015 stands at 19 cases, as against the 25 of last year.

According to the CP, other crimes that recorded decrease in 2015, compared to 2014 include; culpable homicide, kidnapping, unnatural offences, armed robbery, grievous hurt and wounding, as well as breach of public peace.

CP Ibrahim also revealed that rape and indecent assault offences against firearms and forgery of currency notes recorded various increase in 2015.

The Police Commissioner disclosed that four of the paraded suspects are believed to be involved in certificate forgery at the College of Education, Gashua.

While one is responsible for signing, stamping and issuance of forged certificates, two others were canvassing for interested “grandaunts” and the last person specialised in printing the certificate.

Musa Ahmed and Ali Yusuf, who are suspects to the crime, in an interview with newsmen, attributed his offence to an act of the devil.

The CP also disclosed that some of the suspects paraded were found to have engaged in the production and circulation of counterfeit currency, contrary to section 21 of the Penal Code Law.

He said further investigation revealed that the suspects had in their possession fake Nigerian currency totalling about 490, 000 Naira, Identity cards, a bottle containing mercury and forged land sale agreement, among others.

The Commissioner said that some of the suspects will be arraigned for culpable homicide, being in possession of dried leaves believed to be Indian herp or a control substances, suspected homicide and mischief, contrary to sections 221 and 327 of the Penal Code Law of Nigeria.

He appreciated the efforts of the state government, traditional institution, sister security agencies, the media and other security stakeholders in the state for their unflinching support given to the Police in the year under review, hoping similar synergy will be exhibited in the years ahead.

While assuring of a hitch free Christmas celebration, the CP said the command will intensify vehicular, foot and join patrol to ensure a crime free state.

Yobe Police Parade Man Accused Of Raping Two-Year-Old Girl

YobeThe Yobe State Police Command has paraded a 30-year-old man suspected to have raped a two-year-old girl in Nguru town of the state.

The suspect, Ishaku Babangida, is believed to have sexually assaulted the two-year-old girl, Bilkisu Ya’u, in the troubled north east town.

The State Commissioner of Police, Zannah Ibrahim, said that the command had concluded investigation on the suspect and he would soon be arraigned in court.

The CP said this while parading the suspect in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, along with other suspects believed to have carried out various offences ranging from culpable homicide, robbery, circulation of counterfeit currency, cattle theft among others.

The suspected rapist, Ishaku Babangida, who admitted to have carried out the crime, described it as an act of the devil.

He admitted that the two-year-old girl was actually under aged but was just tempted to have carried out the assault without any fetish intention attached.

The CP also said that seven suspects were being quizzed on circulation of counterfeit 1000 and 500 Naira notes around Potiskum and Fika axis.

He called on the people of the state to be very careful with currencies that exchange hands within the area.

The Commissioner of Police lauded the synergy existing between the command and the public and called for more timely provision of information on the activities and hideouts of criminals in the state.

He gave the assurance that the command would continue to intensify patrols within and around the state to curtail activities of criminals in the state.

CP Zannah Ibrahim also called on Yobe citizens not to take laws into their hands even when offended, but to report culprits to security operatives for necessary action.

Pistorius Guilty of Culpable Homicide, To Be Sentenced October 13

PistoriusSouth African amputee sprinter, Oscar Pistorious, has been found guilty of culpable homicide and contravening the Firearms Control Act (discharging a weapon in a public space).

Judge Thokozile Masipa acquitted Oscar Pistorius of two of three weapons charges but found him guilty of the third.

Pistorius did not intend to kill Steenkamp, Masipa said, accepting his defense that he thought someone had broken into his house and that he believed he was defending himself.

Having recapped that Pistorius is not guilty of murder or premeditated murder, she said that Pistorius acted negligently when he fired shots through the door, knowing there was someone behind it.

Judge Masipa also said that she had considered the submissions by counsel is not persuaded that bail should not be extended. Oscar Pistorius is therefore to remain out on bail until the sentencing hearing which has been set for October 13.

The Olympic sprinter is accused of killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius has not denied that he shot her, but claims it was an accident.

Culpable homicide is the South African term for unintentionally — but illegally — killing a person.

There’s no mandatory minimum for negligent or culpable homicide. The maximum sentence is 15 years.

Pistorius has no prior convictions and it is expected that this would be taken into account during the sentencing phase.

Pistorius Not Mentally Ill

Pistorius 422x280Psychiatrists have found out that double-amputee Olympian, Oscar Pistorius, did not suffer from any mental illness that impacted his ability to know right from wrong when he fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The requirement by Judge that Pistorius be observed by a panel of four mental health experts at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa for up to 30 days came after a psychiatrist called by the defense said she diagnosed him with generalized anxiety disorder.

However, it was announced Monday (June 30) that the experts disagreed and the trial resumed.

The South African sprinter is accused of gunning down Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in his home on Valentine’s Day of last year (2013).

Nicknamed the “Blade Runner,” Pistorius has admitted to the shooting but pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder, alleging he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

The state contends that Pistorius argued with Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, before killing her.

If found guilty of murder, Mr Pistorius, who went on trial on 3 March this year, could face life imprisonment. If he is acquitted of that charge, the court would consider an alternative charge of culpable homicide, for which he could receive about 15 years in prison.