Former Haiti Senator Arrested In Jamaica Over President’s Murder

In this file photo taken on January 7, 2020 Ex-President of Haiti Jovenel Moise speaks during a joint press conference with the Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Port-au-Prince. CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP

 

A former Haitian lawmaker who is a suspect in the assassination of the country’s president has been arrested in Jamaica, Jamaican authorities said Saturday.

Ex-senator Jean Joel Joseph, wanted in the July 7, 2021, killing of president Jovenel Moise, was arrested Friday evening, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said in a statement.

The JCF “can confirm that a Haitian national; Jean Joel Joseph and three other members (of) his family were arrested in Jamaica on immigration-related charges,” the statement said.

Jamaican investigators contacted Haitian authorities who said Joseph was “wanted in Haiti as a suspect in the alleged assassination of the Haitian President in 2021,” it added.

Joseph was arrested at a house in St. Elizabeth, a parish in the southwest of the island.

A Jamaican police source told AFP that Joseph is “being detained at the moment.”

The source said Jamaican police acted in conjunction with “international law enforcement partners” and that “joint investigations” had been underway.

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Moise, who was unpopular in Haiti, was killed and his wife was seriously wounded when a commando of around 20 men burst into the presidential residence and shot them in July.

Dozens of suspects had been arrested previously over Moise’s murder, but much about the assassination remains murky, especially who ordered it.

An arrest warrant was issued for Joseph right after the killing, with authorities describing him as “armed and dangerous.” Joseph was an opposition senator and fierce critic of the president.

More than 40 people, including more than a dozen Colombians and some Americans of Haitian origin, have been arrested in connection with the assassination.

The killing deepened an already dramatic crisis in Haiti, which is suffering from a lack of security, soaring gang violence and a spate of kidnappings.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who has in effect been running the country since Moise’s death, told AFP this month that he too had been targeted in an assassination attempt, during national day celebrations.

Earlier this month, US authorities charged a retired Colombian soldier in connection with Moise’s killing.

The Justice Department said 43-year-old Mario Palacios, along with others, “participated in a plot to kidnap or kill the Haitian President.”

US prosecutors said the plot against Moise “initially focused on conducting a kidnapping of the president as part of a purported arrest operation,” but it “ultimately resulted in a plot to kill.”

The US Congress on Thursday ordered a probe into Moise’s assassination.

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to order the State Department to issue a report within 180 days that would provide a “detailed description” of the circumstances surrounding Moise’s killing.

AFP

Kogi Court Sentences Man To Death By Hanging For Stabbing Colleague

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Kogi State High Court of Justice in Lokoja, on Thursday, sentenced one Muritala Dare to death by hanging for stabbing his colleague with a broken bottle.

Justice Josiah Majebi, who presides over High Court 2, Lokoja, found the defendant guilty after considering his involvement in an incident that occurred on August 16, 2021, around the NUJ area of the Lokoja metropolis.

The defendant was charged for the offence of Culpable Homicide punishable with death under Section 221 (a) and (b) of the Kogi State Penal Code just as the charge stated that he “caused the death of one Lukman Karim by doing an act to wit, stabbing him on the neck and hand with a broken bottle with the intention of causing his death and thereby committed an offence.”

To prove that the defendant committed the offence, the prosecutor called three witnesses and tendered seven exhibits which included the defendant’s confessional statement, a Coroners Ordinance (Chapter) Report of Medical Practitioners, and a Nigeria Police Post Mortem Examination report dated 19th August 2020.

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While giving evidence, the principal witness, who is attached to the Quick Response Unit of the Kogi State Police Command, said the condemned defendant was apprehended from his hideout after committing the crime while the deceased, who died at the scene of the incident, was confirmed dead at the Specialist Hospital, Lokoja where the corpse was later deposited.

Upon examination of the evidence presented before the court and particularly relying on the confessional statement made by the defendant, Justice Majebi averred that “a confession is an admission at any time by a person charged with a crime stating or suggesting that he committed the crime”

He noted that “it is well settled that in a criminal trial (that) an issue may be proved by direct evidence (evidence of an eye witness) confession or admission voluntarily made by the Defendant and circumstantial evidence”.

Thus while concluding that the entire case of the prosecution was built on the confessional statement of the defendant, which though he tried effortlessly to deny during the trial, the statements he made during the course of investigating the matter were adequate to rely upon in passing the judgment according to the Judge.

According to the trial judge, “it is trite law that a valid voluntary statement entered without objection and admitted in evidence is good evidence and no amount of subsequent argument against it or retraction will vitiate its admissibility and potency as a voluntary statement and the mere denial by the defendant will not be a good reason for rejecting it.

“It is only desirable to have some evidence of circumstances which make it probable that the confession was truly confessional, as in Exhibit P1 in the instant case.”

“I have carefully perused and considered Exhibit P1. It is confessional in nature. I am compelled to consider the legal propriety/status of the said Exhibits P1 & P P6 in view of the fact that their admissibility is being challenged by the learned counsel for the defendant under issue two of his issues for determination and more importantly, that as earlier stated, the entire case by the prosecution herein is built on them particularly Exhibit P1,” he added.

Elaborating further, he said there were sufficient reasons to arrive at the conclusion that the evidence contained in the statements made by the defendant were convincing enough even outside his confessional statement.

“I am of the view that there is sufficient evidence outside the confessional statement of the defendant to make it probable that the statement is true. Aside from the admission of the defendant that he stabbed the deceased to death with a broken bottle, his averments in Exhibits P6 are materially the same as his averments in Exhibit P1,” he said.

“Hence, his averments in Exhibits P6 corroborate his averments in Exhibit P1.”

In the two exhibits, the defendant averred that he knew the deceased.

In Exhibits P6, the defendant stated that he worked with the deceased at the same place under high tension, and in Exhibit P1, he stated that he had issues with the deceased after they were sacked from their former shop. According to him, on the 16th day of August 2020, he had a fight with some persons including the deceased.

While in Exhibit P6, he stated that he removed the broken bottle he had earlier kept in his pocket and stabbed the deceased with it on his neck and left hand leading to his death”.

The court, therefore, held that the stated evidence of circumstances made it possible that the statement made by the defendant and contained in Exhibit P1 was “truly confessional” while noting that for the prosecution to succeed in a charge of Culpable Homicide, under Section 221 (a) of the said Penal Code, it must have the ingredients of the death of a deceased resulting from the act of a defendant whose act would have been done with the intention to cause death or that the defendant knew or had a reason or know that death would be the probable and not only likely consequence of his act.

He therefore concluded that all these essential ingredients were already manifest in the matter and supported by other evidences.

“I have carefully looked and considered Exhibit P1 and I am satisfied that it is direct, positive and admits the essential elements of the offence of Culpable Homicide as stated against the Defendant….There is a nexus between the act of the Defendant and the death of the deceased. The fact that the deceased died on the 16th day of August, 2020 is not in dispute between the prosecution and the Defence. The substance of the case, established by the evidence adduced is that the deceased was killed by the Defendant.” And there was “no Scintilla of evidence from the Defendant both in Exhibit P1 and his oral evidence to show that the killing of the deceased was in Self-Defence or Provocation” as was canvassed by his counsel.

In conclusion, his lordship found the Defendant guilty of the charge of Culpable Homicide against him and convicted him accordingly.

“Premised on the above findings, I hold that the prosecution has proved all the ingredients of the charge against the Defendant and thereby raising the presumption of guilt against him in respect of the charge.

“That, you, Dare Murtala, is hereby sentenced to death for the offence of Culpable Homicide for which you are convicted. The sentence of this Court upon you is that you will be hanged by neck until you be dead and may the Lord have mercy upon your soul,” he pronounced.

Gunmen Kill Police Officer In Ondo Community

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Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have shot and killed a yet to be identified police officer in Oka-Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The spokesperson of Ondo State police command, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Tuesday evening in a phone conversation.

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The incident which happened on Tuesday afternoon around Oke-Maria axis of the town is said to have caused panic among the residents.

According to Odunlami, the gunmen came on a motorcycle, shot the policeman, and fled the scene.

She, however, noted that investigations have commenced to unravel the mystery behind the murder.

Meanwhile, the remains of the deceased have been deposited at the morgue in a nearby hospital.

Man Arrested For Stabbing Mistress’ Husband To Death In Ogun

38-year-old Daniel Udoh has been arrested for stabbing his mistress husband to death in Ogun State.

 

The police in Ogun State have arrested a 38-year-old man, Daniel Udoh, for stabbing his mistress’ husband to death in the Onipanu area of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this via a statement on Sunday, identifying the victim as Emaka Umonko, a husband to a woman with whom the suspect was allegedly having a secret love affair.

He said the suspect was arrested following a distress call received by the DPO Onipanu Divisional Headquarters.

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According to the police spokesman, the deceased had been suspecting that Udoh was going out with his wife and confronted him, leading to a serious fight between the two men.

“While the fight was going on, the suspect, a commercial driver, brought out a knife and used it to stab the deceased severally at his back and chest, following which the deceased collapsed,” the statement read.

“Upon the distress call, the DPO Onipanu Division, CSP Bamidele Job, quickly detailed his men to the scene, where the suspect was promptly arrested, and the knife recovered as an exhibit.”

The victim, a welder, was rushed to State Hospital Ota but was unfortunately pronounced dead by the doctor on duty.

The remains of the victim were subsequently deposited at Ifo General Hospital mortuary for post mortem examination.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspect be transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, for further investigation, with the view to charging him to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Family Seeks Justice Over Killing Of Daughter For Alleged Ritual

 

 

The family of a 29-year-old, Elohor Oniorosa, allegedly killed during a visit to her boyfriend, Osaretin David, on Christmas eve is seeking justice.

Elohor’s parents explained that after waiting for hours for the National Diploma holder to return home from the visit and with calls to her line unanswered, they headed to the boyfriend’s apartment that evening.

Speaking to Channels Television, the victim’s mother, Comfort Oniorosa, said her daughter left the house for her boyfriend’s place thinking that his illness would have gotten worse.

According to her, the victim – a teacher in a private school –  didn’t brush as she left on December 24 after a call from David, a truck driver in Iguadolor community, Ovia North East Local Government Area.

But the victim’s father, Williams Oniorosa, said he met his daughter in her pool of blood, a situation that prompted him and the landlord to alert the police authorities.

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A photo combination of 29-year-old Elohor and her parents.

 

He thereafter led Channels Television to David’s apartment where the crime allegedly took place. The building was found under lock and key with no clue of the suspect’s whereabouts.

“When we got there, the landlord just pushed the door open and all we saw is that my daughter was lying in the pool of her blood. Everywhere, both the bedspread, the whole wall of the house was stained with blood. So we had to rush to the police, myself, and the landlord,” he said.

The police confirmed that the victim was found dead with deep machete cuts on parts of her body in the apartment of the young man who had recently returned from Ghana,  disclosing that a manhunt was on to apprehend the suspect who is on the run.

The landlord, Ifueko Ogieriakhi, was invited by the police to give a statement in which he explained why he locked up the suspect’s apartment.

He noted that the suspect’s properties were still there, hence the decision to prevent it from being burgled.

But the police authorities said they are ever determined to arrest the fleeing suspect and prosecute him if liable for the murder.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bello Kontongs, said if found that the suspect didn’t commit the crime, the police would ensure to unravel the circumstances that led to the murder of the victim.

Four Suspected ‘Yahoo Boys’ Arrested Over Alleged Murder Of Colleague

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Four suspected internet fraudsters popularly called Yahoo Boys have been arrested for alleged murder of their colleague in Ogun State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed this in a press statement issued on Wednesday in Abeokuta identified the victim as 20-year-old Alexander Uzoma.

He said the suspects were arrested following the report lodged at the Adigbe Divisional Headquarters by the mother of the victim, Ogechi Alexander, that her son left home on November 20 and did not return.

“She reported further that her son told her that he was going to visit some of his friends whom she didn’t know,” the police spokesman said.

Following the report, the case of a missing person was subsequently lodged at Adigbe division, but when the whereabout of the victim remained a mystery after some days, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lanre Bankole directed that the case be transferred to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

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According to the police spokesman, DSP Nurudeen AbdulGafar of the SCIID embarked on intelligence and technical investigation which led to identification of one Babatunde Owoseni as the person who was last seen with the victim, and he was promptly arrested.

It was gathered that the suspect, Babatunde led policemen to arrest his co-accomplices – Azeez Oyebanji, Ayobami Adesina and Balogun Sulaiman.

Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed that the victim came to their house to learn about internet fraud, and after eating food, they all took a substance known as Colorado which made them to fall asleep.

The police spokesman added, “They confessed further that when they woke up at about 8 pm, they met the victim on the ground already vomited all over his body. When they tried to carry him, they discovered that he is no longer breathing. At that point, Azeez Oyebanji from whom they bought the drug was invited, and he advised that they should throw the corpse away.

“It was then that Ayomide and Gafar arranged for Uber driver to come and when the driver came, Ayomide collected the vehicle from him and used it to carry the corpse to the top of Kuto overhead bridge where it was dumped. The corpse was later removed by the state health workers and buried as unknown corpse.”

The police authorities said preliminary investigation revealed that there was a mark of violence on the head of the deceased as shown in the picture taken by the health workers before it was buried.

In getting to the root of the matter, the police commissioner, Lanre Bankole ordered the investigating team to expedite action on the investigation and charge the suspects to court as soon as possible.

Police Arrest Husband For Masterminding Abduction, Gruesome Murder Wife In Abia

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Operatives of the Nigeria Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested four suspects in connection with the abduction and gruesome killing of the late Mrs Nneka Nwanyi-Sunday Emeh Kalu who was earlier reported missing and later found dead in a cassava farm on August 29, 2021, in Ngugworo Community in Nguzu Edda in Afikpo South, Ebonyi State.

The suspects arrested are; Irem Ifeanyi Mbah, Igwe Anya Chima, Okorie Okam and Emeh Kalu – the husband of the deceased and the principal suspect. The suspects are within the age bracket of 25 – 40 years and all natives of Nguzu Edda village in Afikpo South Local Council Area of Ebonyi State.

Police spokesman, CP Frank Mba stated on Wednesday that investigations into the death of the victim followed complaints received from the people of Ngugworo community, Ebonyi State, a border town to Abia State where the victim resided when the decomposing body of the late Mrs Kalu was discovered in their community.

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The discrete investigations carried out by the police team led to the arrest of the four suspects. It was discovered that Emeh Kalu – the husband of the deceased, in a bid to fraudulently and hastily ‘inherit’ his wife’s numerous assets including landed property, houses, money in bank and thriving business, etc, procured the services of five (5) other criminal elements to stage the abduction of his wife by luring her to meet him at a junction to pick up somethings for the house.

Investigations further revealed how the criminals strangled her to death after obtaining necessary information on the whereabouts of title documents and other relevant papers of her possessions.

Efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects and persons indicted in the matter with a view to concluding the investigations.

The Force, while condoling the family of the deceased for the unfortunate loss, enjoined families and relatives to be their “brother’s keeper” and provide prompt information to the Police that would assist in proactively containing crimes and all forms of gender-based violence.

CP Frank Mba disclosed that all the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation.

Buhari Condemns Katsina Commissioner’s Murder, Says Killers Must Be Found

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President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to the reported assassination of the Katsina State Commissioner of Science and Technology, Dr. Rabe Nasir, describing the killing as a heinous and condemnable act.

In a statement by his special media aide, Garba Shehu, the president emphasized that there is no place for such violence in the country.

President Buhari said he is deeply anguished by the tragic killing of the up-and-coming leader who had served his community, state, and the nation with utmost diligence.

“My thoughts are with the bereaved family,” the president said. He urged law enforcement agencies to do a thorough investigation and bring to justice all those behind the crime.

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A Gruesome Murder 

Gunmen on Wednesday shot and killed Dr Nasir in his residence at GRA along Daura Road in the Katsina State capital.

According to sources, the commissioner was killed in the wee hours of the night.

One suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident. It is unclear what transpired at the deceased’s house but police authorities have assured that investigations are underway and those involved will be brought to book.

20 Bangladesh Students Sentenced To Death For Murder

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Bangladesh sentenced 20 university students to death on Wednesday for the brutal 2019 murder of a young man who criticised the government on social media. 

The battered body of Abrar Fahad, 21, was found in his university dormitory hours after he wrote a Facebook post slamming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for signing a water-sharing deal with India.

He was beaten with a cricket bat and other blunt objects for six hours by 25 fellow students who were members of the ruling Awami League’s student wing, the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

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“I am happy with the verdict,” Fahad’s father Barkat Ullah told reporters outside court after the verdict. “I hope the punishments will be served soon.”

Prosecutor Abdullah Abu told AFP that the remaining five perpetrators were sentenced to life imprisonment.

All those handed death sentences were between 20 and 22 years old and attended the elite Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology alongside Fahad.

Three of the defendants are still at large while the rest were in the courtroom.

A lawyer for the defendants said the sentence would be appealed.

‘Highest punishment’ 

Fahad had put up a post on Facebook that went viral hours before his death.

In it, he criticised the government for signing an accord that allowed India to take water from a river that lies on the boundary the two countries share.

Fahad had been seen — in leaked CCTV footage that went viral on social media — walking into a dormitory with some BCL activists.

About six hours later, his body was carried out by the students and laid on the ground.

The BCL has earned notoriety in recent years after some of its members were accused of killing, violence and extortion.

In 2018, its members allegedly used violence to suppress a major anti-government student protest.

Those protests were sparked by anger over road safety after a student was killed by a speeding bus.

Protesters have called for the attackers to be harshly punished and for the BCL to be banned.

Hasina vowed soon after the attacks that the killers would get the “highest punishment”.

Death sentences are common in Bangladesh with hundreds of people on death row. All executions are by hanging, a legacy of the British colonial era.

In August, a court sentenced six Islamist extremists to death for the brutal murders of two gay rights activists.

AFP

Sylvester Oromoni: Five Dowen School Students, Three House Masters In Custody – Police

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The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday said five students of Dowen College, as well as three housemasters of the school, are now in their custody over alleged involvement in the death of their colleague, Sylvester Oromoni Junior.

12-year-old Sylvester was said to have died from the injuries sustained during an alleged assault by five of his colleagues who wanted to initiate him into cultism.

Following the incident, the police authorities began an investigation on Monday and earlier quizzed three students.

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According to the police, four of the students were allegedly mentioned by the parents of the victim to be directly involved in the crime while another student is assisting police investigations.

But addressing journalists on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, said nobody is above the law, adding that the police would carry out its work in line with the juvenile laws.

“The students whose names were mentioned are in police custody and investigation is on. Equally too, I have gotten in touch with my colleague in Delta State,” he said.

“Yesterday, I spoke with the mother of the deceased. I got them invited, so once they come now, we will be able to get the full facts of the case. The school has told us their own version of the case and the parents too, we will get their own version of the story.”

Odumosu explained that four groups were involved in the case – the families of the children that are alleged, the school’s authorities, the deceased’s family, and the government.

According to him, the four groups would come together to do and witness the post-mortem that will be conducted on Sylvester’s corpse in order to achieve an objective result.

UK Launches Investigation Into Death Of Six-Year-Old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

The six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was killed in June 2020 by his dad and step mum. Credit: Sky News

 

The United Kingdom has launched a national investigation into the death of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes to protect other children.

Labinjo-Hughes, from Solihull, died in June 2020 after being tortured by his dad and step mum for more than a year.

Thomas Hughes has been jailed for 21 years for manslaughter, while Emma Tustin received a 29-year penalty for murder.

A year after the boy’s murder, the government said it is also launching an urgent inspection of social care services in Solihull.

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Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, UK Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab, said: “The most vulnerable in our society need to have the maximum protection.”

Similarly, Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, announced the national review on Sunday.

The development upgrades an existing local serious case review which had been started into Arthur’s death.

The local review is looking into the circumstances around his death after it emerged social workers had visited the house in the months before he died and found no issues, despite relatives raising concerns.

Mr Zahawi said he had asked inspectors in social care, health, police, and probation to investigate the safeguarding agencies Arthur was known to.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) this weekend confirmed to Sky News that Tustin and Hughes’ sentences are to be reviewed.

This is even as crowds of people gathered at Solihull Street, where Arthur lived, to hold a vigil for him on Sunday.

They released blue balloons – the colour of his football team Birmingham City FC – and broke out into applause.

Panic Grips Ondo Community Over Killing Of Woman At Church Entrance

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Fear has gripped residents of the Iwaro community in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State over the killing of a woman at a church entrance.

The victim, a middle-aged woman – Mrs. Veronica Dare – was murdered in front of a Deeper Life Bible Church in the community.

She was said to have been murdered while going to the church to perform her duty as a sanitation worker in the church.

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Her body was discovered on the floor, soaked in her blood, with a deep cut on her neck.

The remains of the woman have been deposited at the mortuary of the General Hospital, Iwaro by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident on Monday in a telephone conversation with Channels Television.

She expressed sadness on the wicked act, saying the police investigation has commenced to apprehend the killers of the woman.