Women Protest In Kogi, Demand Justice For Murdered PDP Leader

Women Protest in Kogi over murder of PDP women leader, Mrs Salome Abuh on December 4, 2019. Photos: ChannelsTV/Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Women in Kogi State took to the streets on Wednesday to protest over the killing of their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Mrs Salome Abuh.

The women who marched to the office of the Human Right Commission in Abuja, are demanding justice over the brutal murder.

Mrs. Abuh was burnt alive in her home by suspected political thugs after the Governorship election in the state last month.

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Meanwhile, six suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder.

Two Businessmen Jailed For Raping and Murdering Colleague

 

A Turkish court on Wednesday jailed two men for raping and murdering a colleague in a case which became a rallying cry for in the campaign to end violence against women.

Wealthy businessman Cagatay Aksu was sentenced to life for the murder and sexual assault in May 2018 of 23-year-old Sule Cet, state news agency Anadolu reported.

His colleague Berk Akand was sentenced to 18 years and nine months for assisting in the crimes, the agency said.

The case sparked anger across Turkish society after the men claimed the university student committed suicide by throwing herself from the 20th floor of a building in Ankara.

There was also an attempt to suggest Sule was somehow to blame because she drank alcohol, and there was uproar at a hearing earlier this year when the defence lawyers speculated over Sule’s virginity.

At another hearing, Aksu reportedly told Sule’s father: “If only you’d looked after your daughter,” widely seen as criticism of his parenting.

“Femicides” have become a major issue in Turkey, where conservative attitudes still dominate in much of the country, with daily reports of gruesome murders of women, most often at the hands of current or former partners.

The “We Will Stop Femicides Platform”, a rights group, says 39 women were killed by men in November alone. The figure was as high as 53 in September.

While the government acknowledges the issue of violence against women, critics say not enough is being done to provide shelters and to address the broader problem of gender inequality which permeates society.

When women gathered to protest against the violence in Istanbul last month, they were teargassed by police.

Turkey ratified the 2011 Istanbul Convention on preventing domestic violence, but in some cases, defendants are still able to receive reduced sentences if they claim provocation or because of “good behaviour” in custody.

 

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Son Of Former German President Stabbed To Death

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An assailant has stabbed to death the son of former German president Richard von Weizsaecker in attack at a Berlin hospital that left one other person seriously injured, police said Wednesday.

The motive for the attack on Fritz von Weizsaecker, 59, on Tuesday evening was unclear.

Von Weizsaecker, a doctor, had just delivered a lecture on liver diseases at the Schlosspark hospital in the western Berlin neighbourhood of Charlottenburg when he was stabbed, a police spokesman said.

He died at the scene despite efforts to save him.

The suspect was overpowered by other people present, one of whom was severely injured by the attacker.

Police opened an investigation and were expected to release information about the assailant and the possible motive.

Chief of the liberal FDP party, Christian Lindner, voiced his grief about his friend on Twitter, saying that “once again we ask ourselves what sort of world are we living in.”

He was married with four children.

His father, Richard von Weizsaecker, was considered one of Germany’s great post-war political figures.

The elder Weizsaecker was president of West Germany from 1984 to 1990, and then held the same position in the united Germany from 1990 to 1994.

He was previously a deputy in the lower house of parliament for the CDU now led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, and mayor of West Berlin.

He died in 2015.

Epstein’s Injuries Point To Murder, Not Suicide, Pathologist Says

The wealthy US financier Jeffrey Epstein, indicted on charges he trafficked underage girls for sex, committed suicide in prison, US news media reported on August 10, 2019. / AFP

 

A forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother said Wednesday that evidence suggested the disgraced financier had not died by suicide in his jail cell but had been murdered.

Michael Baden contradicted the official verdict of suicide by hanging given by officials in August, saying Epstein’s injuries were “more indicative of homicidal strangulation.”

“I think that the evidence points toward homicide rather than suicide,” Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who was present at the autopsy, told Fox News.

He said multiple fractures found in Epstein’s neck — specifically the hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage — were “very unusual for suicide.”

Epstein was found dead in New York’s high-security Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10 as he awaited trial on allegations that he trafficked girls as young as 14 for sex.

New York’s chief medical examiner Barbara Sampson ruled that he had killed himself, a verdict that has been disputed by Epstein’s lawyers and his brother Mark.

Sampson said Wednesday she and her office stand by their ruling.

“The original medical investigation was thorough and complete. There is no reason for a second medical investigation by our office,” she said in an email to AFP in response to Baden’s assertion.

Epstein, 66, was a multi-millionaire hedge fund manager who hobnobbed with countless celebrities over the years, including Britain’s Prince Andrew and US President Donald Trump.

His death fueled several conspiracy theories, mostly speculating that he had been murdered to stop him from revealing compromising information about some of his wealthy acquaintances.

Epstein was charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and another of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.

He denied the charges but faced up to 45 years in jail if found guilty.

After his death dozens of women came forward to say they had been abused by him and several have sued his estate for damages.

Epstein was convicted in Florida in 2008 of paying young girls for massages but served just 13 months in jail under a secret plea deal struck with the then state prosecutor.

Baden was New York’s chief medical examiner in the late 1970s and is a regular guest on Fox News.

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Jury Recommends Death Sentence For ‘Hollywood Ripper’

Jury recommends death sentence for 'Hollywood Ripper'
In this file photo taken on May 2, 2019 photos of the deceased are displayed in court during opening statements in Los Angeles, California, in the trial of Michael Gargiulo (screen R).  Al SEIB / POOL / AFP

 

A jury in California recommended the death sentence on Friday for a man dubbed the “Hollywood Ripper” who was earlier found guilty in the gruesome killings of two women at their homes.

Michael Gargiulo, 43, was convicted in August on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder by a Los Angeles jury.

A judge is set to sentence Gargiulo, also described as the “boy next door killer,” on February 28.

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.

Those who testified at the trial included Gargiulo’s teenage son, who pleaded with the jury to spare his dad’s life, and Michelle Murphy. She was stabbed eight times in her home by Gargiulo in April 2008 but survived.

Murphy said she woke up on that fateful night to find a man straddling her while he stabbed her in the arms and chest. She managed to fight him off and as he fled from the apartment he yelled “I’m sorry,” she testified.

In this file photo taken on August 6, 2019, Michael Gargiulo listens during closing statements in his capital murder trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. Lucy Nicholson / POOL / AFP

 

Prosecutors during the trial described Gargiulo, an air-conditioning repairman, as a ruthless killer who 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.”

“Two and a Half Men” actor Kutcher told jurors he had gone to Ellerin’s home in Hollywood to pick her up for a date on the night she was murdered, but had arrived late and nobody had answered the door.

He said he had looked through a window and seen what he thought was red wine spilled on the floor before leaving, assuming she had already gone out.

Kutcher said he and Ellerin, a fashion design student, were acquaintances.

Gargiulo was arrested following the attack on Murphy in 2008 in her Santa Monica apartment.

His defense team has argued that he should not get the death sentence, describing their client as a mentally ill man who suffered abuse while growing up.

When his trial in Los Angeles ends, Gargiulo is set to be transferred to Illinois where he is facing charges for the 1993 murder of Tricia Pacaccio, 18, who was killed in front of her home after an evening out with friends.

Gargiulo at the time lived near Pacaccio’s home in the Chicago area and was friends with her brother. Years after the murder, when Gargiulo was already living in Los Angeles, his DNA was matched to the crime scene thanks to improved testing methods.

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Man Sentenced To Death By Hanging Over Murder Of MTN Staff

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After more than three years of legal battle, the Kwara State High Court, has sentenced Ogundele David, to death by hanging over the killing of a staff of MTN Telecommunications, Abiola Tosin Ashinwo.

In a judgment given by the trial judge, Justice Adebayo Yusuf, Ogundele was convicted on two counts.

In the first count, he was convicted of committing an illegal act of stabbing Ashinwo with the intention of causing her death, thereby being guilty of culpable homicide which according to the judge, is punishable with death under Section 229 of the Penal Code Law.

He was also convicted for committing culpable homicide for causing the death of Ashinwo by stabbing her with a knife and thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Penal Code Law.

The prosecutor, Abdulmumini Adebimpe Jimoh, had called four witnesses before the court; Inspector Yusuf Daudu, CPL Bunmi Adegboye, Abiola Ashinwo and ASP Gbadebo Adeyemi, as proof.

He also tendered some exhibits which included a Toyota Camry, a knife, a pair of rubber slippers, photographs of the deceased, a statement of the convict, among others.

Thereafter, the judge held that Jimoh was able to prove the case of culpable homicide against Ogundele.

Consequently, he ruled that for the first offence, he is to serve a 25-year jail term while he would be sentenced to death by hanging for the second charge.

Man Arrested For Beating His Wife To Death

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A 28-year-old man, Kazeem Yusuf, has been arrested by operatives of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly beating his 26-year-old wife to death.

According to a press statement by the police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect earlier on September 23 reported to a police station that his wife collapsed while going to fetch water and gave up the ghost.

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“Upon his report, Divisional Police Officer, Enugada division Superintendent of police, Baba Hamzat detailed his detectives to the scene, but on close observation of the corpse, the detectives noticed marks of violence on it which aroused their suspicion that the victim might not have died of natural cause.

“While the detectives were searching for more evidence, the suspect sneaked out and took to his heels. The corpse was subsequently taken to General hospital Ijaiye mortuary while a massive manhunt was launched for the fleeing killer husband,” the statement read in part.

Yusuf was finally arrested on October 14, 2019, at his hideout in Itori.

The police added that he has since made a confessional statement that he beat up his wife over a disagreement and she collapsed in the process and died.

The deceased has been buried by her relations according to Islamic rite.

Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.

Police Parade Suspected Killer Of Female Naval Officer In Kaduna

 

The police in Kaduna State have paraded the suspected killer of a female Naval officer at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Commander Oluwayemisi Ogundana.

Until her death, Ogundana was the commandant of Command Secondary School of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga paraded the prime suspect, Simon Bernard along with 44 other suspects on Wednesday.

The suspect who confessed to the crime said he single-handedly killed the Naval officer after gaining access into her house located at the Jaji Military Cantonment in September.

He also admitted to using an iron rod to hit her head from behind, after sneaking into her house.

According to him, he killed her because she was allegedly fond of cheating the staff under her.

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The suspect went further to explain how he dismembered her body and later packed it into two bags, dropped them in the officer’s SUV jeep and drove off to where he dumped the two bags into a shallow well.

Among the others who were arrested and paraded were suspected abductors of three students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a member of the state House of Assembly, Suleiman Dabo.

The CP told reporters that the suspects were arrested at different locations during several operations carried out by men of the command and the IGP Rapid Response Team.

He further explained that the some of the suspects confessed to being responsible for the killing of three Operatives of the IGP Intelligent Response Team (IRT) in 2018 and recent Kidnapping of an Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Algarkawi among other crimes.

Items recovered included 20 Ak-47 rifles, one Type O6 assault rifle, three Beretta pistols, three locally made pistols, 135 live ammunitions and four stolen vehicles.

Woman Gets Life Sentence For Murder Of Lover’s Eight-Year-Old Son

 

A Dominican woman was sentenced Monday to life in prison in Spain for murdering the eight-year-old son of her Spanish partner in a case that shocked the country.

A jury in Almeria in southern Spain last month found Ana Julia Quezada guilty of killing the boy, who was the son of her then partner Angel Cruz.  A court on Monday handed down a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years, the stiffest possible jail term under Spanish law.

Gabriel Cruz disappeared on February 27, 2018, after visiting his grandmother in Las Hortichuelas, a village near the coast 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Almeria.

His disappearance triggered a massive search involving hundreds of volunteers which lasted nearly two weeks.

But on March 11, the police discovered the boy’s body in the boot of a car belonging to Quezada, who had been seen taking part in the search, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with his face and speaking to reporters in tears.

He had been asphyxied, according to the court.

Investigators began to suspect Quezada after she found a shirt belonging to the boy near the village in an area which police had searched twice.

The case received nationwide attention after a missing person’s alert went viral. An image of a blue fish — inspired by Gabriel’s love of the sea — was shared on social media with the hashtag #TodosSomosGabriel, meaning “we are all Gabriel”.

During the trial Quezada said she had accidentally killed the boy when she covered his mouth in an attempt to silence him.

The court also ordered her to pay 250,000 euros ($273,000) each to the boy’s mother and father for “psychological damages”, as well as 200,203 euros to the Spanish state to cover the costs of the search for the child.

“Psychopaths should be locked away, far from society, so they can’t hurt anyone,” the boy’s father told reporters last month after the jury found her guilty.

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Khashoggi Murder: UN Expert Blasts Saudi Prince Over Defence

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In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFPj

 

A UN rights expert on Monday criticised Saudi Arabia’s crown prince for trying to create “distance” between himself and journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s execution, even as he appeared to acknowledge the Saudi state was responsible.

Agnes Callamard, a United Nations special rapporteur who conducted an investigation into Khashoggi’s murder, was reacting to an interview broadcast by US media on Sunday with Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Speaking to CBS’s 60 Minutes, Prince Mohammed denied ordering or having advanced warning of Khashoggi’s killing on October 2 last year at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but said he “took full responsibility as a leader in Saudi Arabia”.

Callamard, whose independent probe found “credible evidence” linking the crown prince to the murder and attempted cover up, dismissed that defence as “problematic”.

“He is only taking corporate responsibility for the crime, which goes without saying,” Callamard told AFP, days ahead of the first anniversary since Khashoggi’s death.

She said the interview appeared to mark a concession by Prince Mohammed that “the killing of Mr. Khashoggi was a state killing,” and therefore a rejection of Riyadh’s previous explanation that responsibility for the brutal murder lay with rogue agents.

But Callamard condemned the prince, known by his initials MBS, for taking “no personal responsibility for the crime”.

“He is creating huge distance between himself and the crime,” by arguing that he cannot be liable for the conduct of all Saudi government employees.

Callamard told AFP that “for the last 12 months, the Saudi state, their various representatives and (MBS) included have been lying to the international community regarding the nature of the crime. So now we are supposed to take his word that, yes, he has a corporate responsibility but he has no personal responsibility?”

“Not good enough,” she said.

The CIA has also reportedly said the killing was likely ordered by Prince Mohammed.

But Saudi prosecutors have absolved the prince and said two dozen people implicated in the murder are in custody, with death penalties sought against five men.

 Justice not ‘easy’ 

Callamard has previously blamed UN “paralysis” for the failure to punish those who murdered Khashoggi — a US resident, Washington Post contributor and critic of the Saudi royal family.

She has called on Secretary General Antonio Guterres to independently launch a UN criminal probe.

The UN chief’s office has said that is impossible without a member state request.

“I have not argued that this will be easy for (Guterres) procedurally or politically to do. What I am arguing is that if he wanted, and if he received sufficient formal or informal backing, he could find the legal backing to move forward,” Callamard said.

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Man Arrested For ‘Killing Partner In Front Of Their Three Children’

 

A French woman was killed by her partner in front of their three children, prosecutors in northern France said, prompting hundreds of protesters to gather nearby calling for an end to deadly domestic violence.

The man, 37, stabbed the 27-year-old woman 14 times during a dispute in the northern port city of Le Havre on Monday,

The couple were in the process of separation, prosecutors said in a statement late Tuesday. Their children, aged six, four and two, looked on as their mother was attacked.

The mother died instantly and the man was quickly arrested. A prosecutor said the stabbing happened in front of a supermarket.

“The accused confessed to what happened and said he acted out of fear that the victim would prevent him from seeing his children,” the statement said.

The death of the woman — named as Johanna — sparked fresh outrage in France, where an increase of murders of women by current or former partners has been identified as a major social problem by the government.

Around 800 people rallied in front of the town hall in Le Havre on Wednesday and 600 marched through the streets, according to police, to protest the killing and demand justice, brandishing slogans such as “break the silence” and “stop the femicides”.

The mother died instantly and the man was quickly arrested. A prosecutor said the stabbing happened in front of a supermarket.

The suspect was charged and was detained on Wednesday and a judicial inquiry has been opened.

The three children were placed in a temporary placement order and under the care of a family member, prosecutor Francois Gosselin said.

Police had already intervened at the couple’s home a week earlier, when the woman said she had escaped through a window after her partner threatened her with a knife.

He was detained at the time but it was decided there was insufficient basis for further action.

According to official statistics, a total of 121 women were killed by their partner or former partner in France last year.

The government of President Emmanuel Macron has embarked on a major consultation on domestic violence to find ways to stop the murders.

The problem has become all the more pressing following a new spate of such killings this year.

According to French associations battling violence against women such as NousToutes and the Fondation des Femmes, 106 women have been killed in such crimes so far this year.

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Woman Arrested For Stabbing Husband To Death Over Daughter’s Birthday Party

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Homicide detectives from Surulere Division in Lagos State have arrested a woman, Stella Peter, for allegedly stabbing her husband, Bala Haruna to death following an argument over their daughter’s one-year birthday.

An argument ensued between them which turned violent and the woman used a kitchen knife to stab the man in the back which led to his death.

The woman, who confessed to the crime, accused the man of refusing to release money for their daughter’s birthday party.

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Police Spokesperson, Bala Elkana disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the couple were not actually married but lived together at 2 Tejuosho Avenue, Surulere Lagos, for three years and have a baby who just turned one.

Homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba have taken over and commenced an investigation into the case and the suspect will be charged to court for murder.

 

Notorious Car Snatchers  Arrested

Meanwhile, detectives from Ilemba Hausa Division have arrested two suspects,  Gidion Amuzie and God’s power Imafidion and recovered one black Honda accord 2007 which they hid at Jemilugba Street, Ilogbo Lagos.

The suspects, according to a statement signed by the police spokesperson, Bala Elkana specialise in snatching vehicles from the owners or stealing the vehicles from where they are parked.

Elkana said the suspects confessed that they stole the vehicle at a car wash in satellite town Lagos.

Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to Court.

 

Arrest of Armed Robbers and Cop Killers

Also, Divisional Police Officer Igando, Taiwo Kasumu arrested three notorious armed robbery suspects.

The suspects are notorious for terrorising the Igando/Egan residential neighbourhood mostly at night time.

“The men arrived the neighborhood on three motorcycles with intent to rob along Ikotun-Igando road but the attempt was foiled by the police. One Oseni Waheed ‘m’ 32yrs was arrested at the scene with one locally made pistol while the rest escaped.

“He led detectives to Aribisala street in Egan where three of his fleeing accomplices were arrested at about 02:30am of 16/09/2019,” the statement read in part.

The suspects, according to the statement, were also on the wanted list of the State CID Yaba for series of robberies and murders including the alleged murder of a Policeman under Amukoko Division during one of their robbery operations.

Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to Court.

 

Police Intercept Van Carrying Large Quantity of Cannabis

Police Officers from Area J Command also intercepted a van along Itafaji Street, Lagos Island loaded with twenty bags of Cannabis leaves.

The driver of the van, Usman Adeyemi was arrested while the vehicle was impounded for discreet investigation.

Investigation is also ongoing into the case.