Police Arrest Suspect For Murdering 50-Year-Old Man Over Sex

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 25-year-old man, Bisi Omoniyi for murder.

The suspect was nabbed on October 15 after allegedly killing a 50-year-old man over a woman he purportedly wanted to pass the night with.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed the incident via a statement issued on Sunday, said the arrest followed a distress call received at the Owode Egbado Divisional Police Headquarters.

According to him, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Olabisi Elebute quickly mobilised the patrol team to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested.

Efforts made to resuscitate the victim proved abortive as the police say he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty when rushed to the hospital.

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“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, Akinyemi Wahab Alani a.k.a Ajiolopon was with his woman friend one Kafayat Sakariyau in her room apartment at Ajilete purposely to pass the night with her when the suspect, who also intended to pass the night with the same Kafayat came knocking but was denied entry,” the statement read.

“The suspect who came from Ibasa area of Okeodan forced his way into the woman’s room and met the deceased in a position the suspect described as unacceptable to him.

“Consequently, a fight ensued between them and the suspect picked a cutlass in the room and macheted the victim to death.”

Police spokesman explained that the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the General Hospital mortuary for autopsy, adding that the woman in question has since fled the crime scene.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.

UK Police Officer Given Whole-Life Jail Term For Kidnap, Rape, Murder

In this file photo taken on March 13, 2021 well-wishers embrace after placing flowers at a band-stand where a planned vigil in honour of alleged murder victim Sarah Everard was cancelled after police outlawed it due to Covid-19 restrictions, on Clapham Common, south London. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

 

 

A British police officer who falsely arrested a woman for breaking coronavirus restrictions, then kidnapped, raped and murdered her, was given a rare whole-life jail term on Thursday.

Judge Adrian Fulford told Wayne Couzens, 48, his offences were “grotesque”, after he snatched Sarah Everard off the streets of south London in March this year.

Everard’s disappearance sparked one of Britain’s most high-profile missing persons investigations and protests calling for better safety for women in public spaces.

But there has been widespread horror and revulsion at the involvement of a police officer, who exploited lockdown restrictions and abused his position of trust to kill.

Couzens, who served with the elite diplomatic protection unit of London’s Metropolitan Police, admitted kidnapping, rape and murder at a hearing in July and was sacked.

Sentencing him at the Old Bailey, in central London, Fulford called Couzens’ actions “devastating, tragic and wholly brutal” and said his victim was “wholly blameless”.

Couzens, who will die in jail, becomes the latest of only 60 criminals who will never be considered for release.

“The misuse of a police officer’s role such as occurred in this case in order to kidnap, rape and murder a lone victim is of equal seriousness as a murder for the purpose of advancing a political, religious ideological cause,” Fulford said.

Everard’s family was in court to see her killer jailed. On Wednesday, they gave emotional statements describing the harrowing impact of her death.

“No punishment that you receive will ever compare to the pain and torture that you have inflicted on us,” her father, Jeremy, told Couzens.

The high-profile case refocused attention on how the police handle complaints of violence against women and girls in Britain.

Questions have been raised about why previous complaints of indecent exposure against Couzens, said to have been a user of sex workers and violent pornography, were not dealt with.

The leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour party, Keir Starmer, a former chief prosecutor for England and Wales, said legislation needed to be tightened.

He also called for a review of how Couzens was able to “slip through the net”, despite a series of “warning signs”.

Starmer’s Labour colleague, Harriet Harman, a former women’s minister, called for the resignation of Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

“Women must be able to trust the police not fear them. Women’s confidence in police will have been shattered,” she said in a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel and the Met.

Court Orders Remand Of Dismissed Policeman Over Monsurat Ojuade’s Death

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Chief Magistrate Court in the Yaba area of Lagos has ordered the 30-day remand of a dismissed police sergeant, Samuel Phillips, pending the legal advice of the State’s Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP)

Sergeant Samuel Philips, who has been dismissed from the police force following the conclusion of his orderly room trial, was brought before Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo on Friday on a one-count charge for the alleged murder of an 18-year old lady, Monsurat Ojuade.

Monsurat was said to have been hit by a stray bullet on September 11 while the police were on criminal raid investigations in the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos. She died on her way to the hospital.

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The one count charge said that Sergeant Samuel Philips at about 11.30 pm at 53, Mogaji Street Ijeshatedo, unlawfully released gunshots into the building which hit Monsurat on her two thighs and led to her death.

At the brief proceedings, the magistrate granted the application made by the prosecutor for the remand of the defendant for thirty days, pending the advice of the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

This is because the magistrate court lacks the jurisdiction to hear a murder charge and the DPP is to recommend that the murder trial be conducted at the State High Court.

Further hearings were adjourned to October 25.

After the proceedings, Counsel to the Ojuade family, Israel Mbaebie, asked the police to change its “stray bullet” narrative as to how the deceased died.

He said “the bullet that killed Monsurat Ojuade was not a stray bullet but a case of premeditated murder on the part of the killer police”.

The lawyer also frowned at the failure of the police to make public the findings of its orderly room trial.

“Our clients frown at this disrespectful and lackadaisical attitude of the police and also wonder how it has been easier for them to organise an orderly room trial of the so called killer police without making public their findings till date and now, arraignment without making public the full identity of the culprit as earlier demanded by our clients,” he said.

Police Nab Kidnappers Who Killed Father Of Ex-Plateau Governor

 

Men of the Police Command in Abuja have arrested and paraded the killers of Pa Defwan Dariye, the father of former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye.

Speaking on the development on Wednesday, Force Spokesman, CP Frank Mba disclosed that the 93-year-old was killed while in the den of an eight-man gang who had collected ₦10 million ransom from his family.

The eight members of the syndicate arrested include Jethron Ngusen (57 years), from Horop village (who is the mastermind); Sunday Ibrahim, (35 years), from Horop village; Titus Ezikiel (33 years), from Horop; Ya’u Saidu aka Ya’u Kaban (40 years), from Kaban village and Dauda Isah (38 years), from Horop village.

Others are Mangut Shumuwar (30 years), from Horop village; Henry Amos (35 years), from Horop village; all in Mushere district of Bokkos.

Some suspected killers of ex-Governor Joshua Dariye’s father paraded at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on September 8, 2021. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

During his confession, Nguyen said he had to hire 10 others including some Fulani herders to successfully abduct the old man from his home.

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It was this mastermind who also ensured that the victim was kept in their custody for 10 days before giving the order for his murder.

According to him, Pa Dariye was abducted based on the fact that his son, Joshua had been a governor and senator but never helped his people.

Investigations revealed that all the suspects were from the same place as Pa Dariye, thereby, fueling talks that most crimes of this nature are often carried out by people familiar with the victims.

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Missing 13-Year-Old Boy Found Dead In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of the map of Jigawa, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

The body of a 13-year-old boy, Gambo Yusuf who was earlier declared missing last Saturday in Danzomo Village, Suletankarkar Local Government Area of Jigawa State, has been found.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Lawan Shiisu, disclosed this via a statement issued on Tuesday, noting that Yusuf’s body was recovered in an open well at about 12.30 pm.

“On August 29, at about 07: 40 am, a man, Yusuf Makeri of Danzomo village Suletankarkar LGA, reported at the Danzomo police outstation that his 13-year-old son, who was mentally challenged was missing and all efforts made to trace his whereabouts failed,” the statement partly read.

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“However, on Sunday, his corpse was discovered in an open well in the area,” Shiisu said.

While noting that the corpse has been evacuated and handed over to his relatives for burial, the police spokesman said no foul play was suspected in connection with the incident.

Benue Govt Closes Case Against Lecturer Over Death Of Ochanya

A photo showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.
An image showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.

 

After calling eight witnesses, the Benue State Government on Wednesday closed its prosecution of a suspended senior lecturer at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, Andrew Ogbuja who was alleged to have raped to death 13-year-old girl, Ochanya Ogbanje. 

Mr Ogbuja’s son, Victor, who is now at large, is a second suspect in the case but the police are yet to arrest him or even declare him wanted.

The government had on October 10, 2019, arraigned Mr Ogbuja, a 57-year-old, before a Makurdi High Court on a four-count charge bordering on rape and murder of Miss Ogbanje.

At Wednesday’s proceedings, the Director of Public Prosecution in the State, Peter Ukande, led the eighth witness, a photojournalist in his evidence in chief.

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Earlier, a video cassette was played before the court, where the late Ochanya said Mr Ogbuja and his fugitive son, Victor, serially raped her until she fell ill and was admitted at the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi for two months.

“My aunty’s (Felicia Ochiga-Ogbuja) son started sleeping with me, and after that, his father, (Andrew Ogbuja) started sleeping with me too. I Was sick and admitted at the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi for two months,” Ochanya revealed in the video that was played before the court on Wednesday.

In his testimony, the journalist informed the trial judge, Justice Augustine Ityonyiman, that he interviewed the deceased teenager at the premises in August 2018 when Mr Ogbuja was first arraigned an Upper Area Court in Makurdi.

However, Mr Ogbuja’s lawyer, Abel Onoja, objected to the admissibility of the videocassette.

Mr Onoja argued that he was not properly served with a copy of the video recording, querying the mode of service of the evidence.

But upon an appeal by the trial judge to both lawyers in the suit for an accelerated hearing, the defendant’s counsel withdrew his objection, paving the way for the judge to admit the piece of evidence.

“The video cassette tendered is hereby admitted as Exhibit F,” Justice Ityonyiman said.

Subsequently, the prosecuting lawyer, Mr Ukande closed the state government’s case against Mr Ogbuja.

In his reaction, Mr Ogbuja’s lawyer sought an adjournment to enable his client to prepare for his defence.

Thereafter, Justice Ityonyiman adjourned the case till October 8, 2021, for the defendant to commence his defence.

Ochanya died on October 17, 2018 from alleged complications said to have resulted from her prolonged rape by the father and his fugitive son.

It would be recalled that the prosecution called a total of eight witnesses comprising medical experts, family members of the deceased teenager and police officers who investigated the case.

“We called a total of eight witnesses comprising medical experts, police officers, family members and we tendered medical reports and statements of witnesses before closing our case today,” the DPP told journalists shortly after Wednesday’s proceedings in Makurdi.

Man Sentenced To Death For Killing His Boss’s Wife

A screenshot from a video shows Adeyemi Morenikeji being driven away from the court premises after he was sentenced to death.

 

A 37-year-old man, Adeyemi Morenikeji, has been sentenced to death after he was found guilty of killing one Mrs Racheal Ayanwale, his boss’s wife.

The accused Adeyemi Morenikeji was a former truck driver for the husband of the deceased.

In his confession when he was paraded at the Police headquarters of Eleyele Ibadan in April 2019, the accused said he killed his boss’s wife as revenge after he was sacked by his boss.

The accused said on April 11, 2019, he lured the woman out of her office on the pretext of helping her to find a spiritual solution to her marital problem.

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He said, on the way to the ‘spiritual house’, “I strangled Mrs Ayanwale, left her body by the riverside, and went away with her Pontiac Vibe vehicle.”

One week after the murder, Morenikeji was arrested by the Oyo State Police Command in Sango-Ota, Ogun State, and has been prosecuted accordingly.

Justice Adenike Adeeyo of the High Court of Justice located on Awe road, Oyo State in her ruling on Friday, July 16, said after thorough deliberation by both the prosecuting counsel (state counsel) and the defense counsel the accused had no objection but pleaded for mercy.

Before delivering her judgement, Justice Adeeyo stressed that the court had gone through all the proof of evidence as provided by the list of witnesses and the list of exhibits such as the statement of the defendant, Vibe Pontiac car Lag. KJA 67 CY Itel cell phone (all found in possession of the accused when arrested), there was sufficient evidence to convict the accused.

The defense counsel prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

In her 62 pages judgment, Justice Adenike Adeeyo said, “this Honourable Court hereby sentences you, Aderemi Morenike, to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for count 11, for robbing late Racheal Oyewunmi Ayanwale of her Pontiac Car and phones.”

Justice Adeeyo also in her ruling in Count 1 said, “this Court sentences you, Aderemi Morenikeji, to death for count 1 of the murder of one Racheal Ayanwale.”

‘Hollywood Ripper’ Sentenced To Death

'Hollywood Ripper' Sentenced To Death
In this file photo taken on August 6, 2019, Michael Gargiulo, 43, also known as the Hollywood Ripper, listens during closing statements in his capital murder trial in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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A man known as the “Hollywood Ripper” was sentenced to death Friday for the gruesome killings of two women in their homes in the early 2000s.

Michael Gargiulo, 45, was convicted in 2019 of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Among his victims was 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was found in her Hollywood home with 47 stab wounds in February 2001. On the night of her murder, Ellerin had been due to go on a date with actor Ashton Kutcher, who testified at the trial.

The second murder victim was Maria Bruno, a 32-year-old mother of four and neighbor of Gargiulo who was attacked in her sleep in December 2005 and “quite literally butchered,” prosecutors said.

“In this case, everywhere that Mr. Gargiulo went, death and destruction followed,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said Friday as he announced the sentence.

Prosecutor Dan Akemon said Gargiulo targeted women who lived near him and waited for the perfect opportunity to attack them at night in or near their homes in “totally planned killings.”

Gargiulo again insisted he was innocent at Friday’s sentencing session.

He was arrested in 2008 following an attack on a woman in her apartment in Santa Monica, near Los Angeles. She survived and testified at the trial.

Gargiulo also faces murder charges in Illinois stemming from an attack in 1993.

But Gargiulo will not be executed, at least not for now. California is famously liberal and Democratic and Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on executions in 2019.

Prior to that, the death penalty was last carried out in California in 2006, when it was halted by a federal court order.

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UK Policeman Pleads Guilty To Murder Of London Woman

People observe a memorial site at the Clapham Common Bandstand, following the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard, in London, Britain. (Photo: Henry Nicholls)

 

 

A British police officer on Friday pleaded guilty to the murder of a woman whose disappearance as she walked to her London home sparked outrage and a national debate about women’s safety.

Wayne Couzens, 48, who served in the Metropolitan Police’s elite diplomatic protection unit, had already admitted kidnapping Sarah Everard. On Friday he pleaded guilty to her murder via video link at London’s Old Bailey court.

Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, went missing while walking in Clapham, south London, during the evening of March 3.

Her disappearance led to vigils and protests and prompted the government to promise enhanced police patrols at night, as well as funding to make the streets safer for women.

Couzens was wearing khaki trousers and a blue sweatshirt as he appeared by video link from Belmarsh high-security prison in southwest London, bowing his head as he admitted to the killing.

He pleaded guilty last month to the charge of kidnapping Everard “unlawfully and by force or fraud” on March 3 and also to a second charge of rape between March 2 and 10.

Everard’s family sat in the court as Couzens entered his plea.

Everard had been visiting friends in the Clapham area and was returning to her home in nearby Brixton when she disappeared.

Her body was discovered a week later in woods some 80 kilometres (50 miles) away in Kent, southeast England.

The Metropolitan Police said that a post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as “compression of the neck”.

Couzens is due to be sentenced at the end of September.

Singaporean Woman Jailed 30 Years For Torturing, Killing Maid

Gaiyathiri Murugayan admitted to starving, torturing, and ultimately killing her help, Piang Ngaih Do.

 

 

A Singaporean woman who starved, assaulted and ultimately killed her domestic worker was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday, with the judge describing the case as “among the worst types of culpable homicide”.

The affluent city-state is home to about 250,000 domestic workers who mostly come from poorer Asian countries, and stories of mistreatment are common.

But the abuse inflicted on Myanmar national Piang Ngaih Don, 24, was particularly awful and captured on CCTV installed in the family’s home. The domestic worker was stamped on, strangled, choked, battered with brooms and burnt with an iron, according to court documents.

The domestic worker died in July 2016, after her employer, Gaiyathiri Murugayan, repeatedly assaulted her over several hours.

Gaiyathiri, 41, pleaded guilty in February to 28 charges including culpable homicide. Another 87 charges were taken into account in sentencing.

She appeared in court on Tuesday wearing glasses and a black mask, and sat silently with her eyes closed and head bowed as the judge read his decision.

After hearing an additional plea of mitigation submitted by Gaiyathiri in a bid to avoid the life sentence sought by the prosecution, Justice See Kee Oon sentenced her to 30 years in prison starting from the date of her arrest in 2016.

See cited the “abject cruelty of the accused’s appalling conduct” in his sentencing, which he added must signal “societal outrage and abhorrence” at the crime.

But taking into account the defendant’s obsessive compulsive disorder and the depression she developed around the time she gave birth, See said he did not think that life imprisonment was “fair and appropriate”.

The prosecution had sought a reduced charge of culpable homicide rather than murder — punishable with the death penalty in Singapore — after taking into account her mental health.

The maid was employed by Gaiyathiri and her husband, a police officer, in 2015 to help take care of their four-year-old daughter and one-year-old son.

But Gaiyathiri physically assaulted the victim almost daily, often several times a day, with her 61-year-old mother sometimes joining in, according to court documents.

The domestic worker, who had been employed by the family for over a year at the time of her death, was only allowed to sleep for five hours a night, and was forced to shower and relieve herself with the door open.

Provided very little food, she lost about 38 percent of her body weight during her employment, and only weighed 24 kilogrammes (53 pounds) at the time of her death.

Gaiyathiri’s lawyer Joseph Chen had asked for a sentence of eight to nine years, arguing that a “combination of stresses” had turned the struggling mother into an abuser.

He argued that a harsh sentence would deter mothers in a similar situation from asking for help — an argument that the prosecution called “disingenuous”.

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Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have arrested four suspects in connection with the abduction and subsequent killing of a six-year-old boy.

The suspects were alleged to have killed their victim after collecting one million naira as ransom from his father, Kabiru Magayaki.

They were paraded before reporters on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Jalige, at the command headquarters in the state capital.

Jalige explained that the abduction of the victim was plotted by his father’s neighbour, Mohammad Nazifi, who took advantage of his close relationship with the family.

Officials evacuate the decomposing body of the victim from a drainage tunnel in Kano State.

 

Nazifi, the prime suspect, was said to have lured the innocent boy to an unknown destination where he and his gang members kidnapped him and took him to Kano State.

Police investigation revealed that the prime suspect sent the little boy on an errand on April 24, to a location where his accomplices had laid siege for him.

Five days after the boy’s disappearance, the kidnappers called his father and demanded a ransom of N30 million before they would release him.

The decomposing body of the victim is evacuated to a bus in Kano State.

 

Unknown to Magayaki that his neighbour hatched the plot, he went into negotiation with the abductors and after much negotiations, they settled for one million naira which the family paid but could not secure the freedom of their son.

Nazifi, on the other hand, was said to have gone further to get the boy killed over concerns that he could inform his parents that he (the suspect) orchestrated the abduction should the victim be released.

The boy was, thereafter, strangled until he died, and his remains were concealed in a drainage tunnel in the outskirts of Kano metropolis.

The decomposing body of the victim is evacuated from a drainage tunnel in Kano State.

 

After paying the ransom and no sign of the return of his son, Magayaki reported the case to the police for assistance on Thursday last week.

According to the police, the suspects confessed to the crime and led security operatives to where the decomposing body of the victim was identified and evacuated.

Jalige said that the suspects would be charged to court for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, and culpable homicide.

Kogi Govt Confirms Commissioner’s Killing, Says LG Chairman’s Whereabouts Unknown

A photo combination showing the slain Pension Board Commissioner, Solomon Adebayo and the abducted LG Chairman, Pius Kolawole.

 

The Kogi State Government has confirmed the killing of the Pension Board Commissioner, Solomon Adebayo by gunmen.

The government in a statement issued on Monday by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, said the slain commissioner was coming back to the state from neighbouring Kwara alongside the Chairman of Yagba West Local Government Area, Pius Kolawole.

Although gunmen attacked the government officials, the local government chairman was abducted with the captors reaching his family on Sunday to demand ₦ 100m before releasing the victim.

“We can confirm authoritatively that the unfortunate incident happened shortly after Eruku, Ekiti Local Government, Kwara State. Hon. Adebayo died as a result of gun wounds sustained from the sad incident,” the government’s spokesman said.

“The whereabouts of Hon. Pius Kolawole, Chairman of Yagba West LGA is still unknown but security agencies in Kwara and Kogi State, as well as local security services, are working hard to ensure the safe return of the Chairman.”

Despite the unfortunate killing and kidnapping of the government officials, the Commissioner explained that the “Kogi State Government has been circumspect in making official statements in order not to do anything to throw into jeopardy, the efforts of security agencies on the matter.”

He however reiterated the people of the state of getting rid of criminal elements, noting that Yahaya Bello’s administration will spare nothing to ensuring that Kogi remains the safest state in the country.

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While warning some people against making statements capable of undermining the security of the state, the government’s spokesman called for the cooperation of all Nigerians in tackling the numerous security challenges.

According to him, the state government is determined to make Kogi peaceful and safe, adding that Governor Bello is working closely with security agencies to keep residents of the state safe.

Fanwo added, “We commiserate with the family of late Hon. Solomon Adebayo, the people of Yagba West and the entire Kogi State Pension Commission over the demise of a hardworking and patriotic gentleman who contributed immensely to our Pension Administration Revolution in the State. He will be sorely missed.

“The Kogi State Government wishes to assure the family of Hon. Pius Kolawole and the people of Yagba West of our commitment to ensure the release of the Council Chairman.

“We thank all good-spirited agencies and private individuals who have stood with us in this dark time. As a Government, we will recommit ourselves to collaborating with neighboring States to ensure the security of lives and property.”