Six Members Of One Family Murdered In Mexico

A soldier stands guard next to a security transport truck after it was ambushed by an armed group who killed four private guards in an assault on the Guadalajara-El Arenal highway, Jalisco state, Mexico, on June 19, 2020. ULISES RUIZ / AFP
PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE STORY: A soldier stands guard next to a security transport truck after it was ambushed by an armed group who killed four private guards in an assault on the Guadalajara-El Arenal highway, Jalisco state, Mexico, on June 19, 2020. ULISES RUIZ / AFP

 

Six members of one family, including a minor, were killed in their home by an armed group in central Mexico, the local prosecutor’s office has said.

Gunmen arrived at the house in Celaya in Guanajuato state on Thursday night and started setting off “explosions targeting the family,” it added.

Investigators found three women and two men dead at the scene, as well as a minor whose age and gender were not given, the prosecutor’s office said Friday.

Two other women were wounded and taken to hospital, according to the state security ministry.

Celaya’s mayor condemned the killings and said he would help with the investigation.

Guanajuato is one of Mexico’s main industrial centers and has attracted the attention of violent cartels involved in drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping and stealing petrol.

Atlanta Policeman To Face Murder Charges For Shooting Black Man

 

An Atlanta police officer will face felony murder charges for the death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, who was shot in the back as he fled the officer, District Attorney Paul Howard announced Wednesday.

Howard said Garrett Rolfe had no justification for shooting Brooks, and aggravated the case by kicking Brook’s body as he lay on the ground bleeding.

“We concluded that, at the time that Mr Brooks was shot, he did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officers,” Howard said.

Edo Police Confirm Death Of Lawyer, Arrest Alleged Killers

 

The police in Edo State have confirmed the death of a lawyer in the state, Iyoha Osobase Omon after his killers were said to have confessed to the crime and led a police team to the shallow grave where he was buried in Benin City the Edo State capital.

The command in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Dsp Chidi Nwabuzor, said Osobase’s remains were on Tuesday exhumed by pathologists from the Central Hospital Benin City and taken to the hospital’s mortuary for autopsy.

According to the police, the command received a complaint on May 7, 2020, that barrister Omon, (41 years old) had been kidnapped by one Osasu Osadolor and his gang members at Evbuomodu village, Aduwawa, Benin City.

It said after preliminary investigations, operatives of the anti-kidnapping and cybercrime unit immediately took over the case from the Aduwawa division.

It also noted that on May 19, 2020, the alleged kidnap kingpin, Osadolor, was arrested with a black coloured Lexus 330 jeep reg. No. Ben-374-cu, said to have been used in kidnapping the victim.

Police operatives of the unit were also said to have (on May 26, 2020), arrested three additional suspects namely: Uwadia Taiwo Uhunmwangho (38 years old), John Oke (30 years old) and Saturday Imagbe (40 years old) with one Audi 80 car reg. No. Ca-956-ben also used in kidnapping the victim.

The suspects were said to have confessed to beating up the victim and later dropped him somewhere along old Benin-Auchi Road, Aduwawa, Benin City.

The police statement further revealed that on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the operatives arrested two more gang members, one Leonard David (21 years old) and Valentine Dibie (24 years old).

They maintained that all the suspects confessed to conspiracy, kidnapping and the murder of Mr. Omon whom they allegedly killed and buried in a bush close to his house at Aduwawa, Benin City.

#JusticeForUwa: Protesters Storm Police Headquarters In Edo

Protesters including students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), activists and concerned individuals on Monday stormed the headquarters of the state police command in Edo State demanding justice for Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

Uwaila, a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology in UNIBEN was reported to have been raped and killed by some hoodlums inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

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This sparked outrage with #JusticeForUwa dominating social media trend on Sunday.

The protesters wearing black outfits and bearing placards decrying rape staged a walk from the Kings Square area of Benin City and eventually took their message to the state police command headquarters.

The deputy commissioner of police, operations, Ayoola Ajala who received the protesters, assured that investigations have commenced and arrests have made in connection to Uwa’s murder.

He also debunked allegations that the police station where the matter was reported to refused to look into the incident for lack of funding.

Meanwhile, Uwa’s siblings who were also part of the protest demanded that justice be served promptly.

See more photos from the protest below…

Court Orders Remand Of Nursing Mother For Allegedly Killing Her Baby

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A Magistrate Court sitting in the Igbosere area of Lagos Island has ordered the remand of a 22-year-old nursing mother, Olufunmilola Adisa, accused of killing her baby.

Magistrate Doja-Ojo on Wednesday ordered that Adisa be remanded at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) where she will undergo psychiatric evaluation.

The evaluation is to enable medical authorities determine the state of her mental health.

Adisa was accused by the police of drowning her 21-month-old child in a bucket of water.

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The remand order was made after an application by the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender (OPD) who is representing the nursing mother probono.

The OPD through it’s Director, Dr Babajide Martins, based its application on Section 217 (3) of Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL), 2015.
Magistrate Doja-Ojo granted the prayer and adjourned till June 26, for the outcome of the tests.

According to a temporary charge marked C/42d/2020 attached to the OPD’s application, “Adisa Oluwafunmilayo on May 11, 2020 at about 2020 hours at Plot 222, 21/211 Road Gowon Estate, Alimosho Local Government Area (LGA) Lagos… unlawfully killed one Adisa Oluwanifemi, female, aged one and a half years, by drowning her in a bucket of water and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”

The charge was signed by Deputy Superintendent (DSP), Yetunde Cardoso.
Speaking after the court session, Martins said the OPD is representing Adisa in line with its statutory responsibility of providing free legal service for the indigent and vulnerable.

He also said the OPD came to her rescue by providing free legal representation and ensuring that the suspect was timely moved from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti to the Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Oshodi as an out-patient pending her arraignment for further judicial action.

Lesotho PM Steps Down Amid Murder Scandal

In this file photo taken on June 3, 2017 Lesotho political party All Basotho Convention (ABC) leader and candidate Tom Thabane (C) casts his ballot at a polling statio in Maseru, during Lesotho's general election. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP
In this file photo taken on June 3, 2017 Lesotho political party All Basotho Convention (ABC) leader and candidate Tom Thabane (C) casts his ballot at a polling statio in Maseru, during Lesotho’s general election. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

 

Lesotho’s embattled Prime Minister Thomas Thabane announced his resignation on Monday, ending months of political uncertainty gripping the kingdom since he was accused of participating in his ex-wife’s murder.

Thabane’s political rivals have piled pressure on the prime minister to step down early over allegations that he had a hand in the brutal 2017 shooting of Lipolelo Thabane, whom he was divorcing.

His coalition was disbanded in parliament last week and he had been expected to resign by May 22, when a new government is due to be installed.

“I decided to personally come and inform you that I am stepping down as prime minister of Lesotho,” Thabane told supporters in his Abia home constituency on the outskirts of the capital Maseru.

The 80-year-old did not state when he would formally quit but government spokesman Nthakeng Selinyane said the premier would officially “announce his resignation” in an address to the nation on Tuesday.

“It is rather difficult to part ways with something that you had been accustomed to and leave people behind, but we all have to leave at some point,” Thabane added.

For the time being, he will remain leader of his ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC), he said.

Thabane, whose term is due to end in 2022, had in January set himself a target of leaving office by July 31 because of his advanced age.

But Lesotho has been plagued by political instability since the start of this year, when police said they found Thabane’s mobile number in communications records from the scene of his estranged wife’s murder.

Political instability

The alleged evidence prompted rivals within and outside Thabane’s party to demand his immediate resignation.

Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was shot and killed outside her home two days before her husband’s inauguration in July.

The murder sent shock waves through Lesotho — a tiny landlocked nation of 2.2 million with a history of political turmoil.

Thabane has denied involvement in the killing.

His current wife Maesaiah Thabane, 43, whom he married two months after Lipolelo’s death, is considered a co-conspirator in the murder case.

She has already been charged with murder and is out on bail.

Thabane’s government collapsed after his coalition partners pulled out over his repeated refusal to leave office earlier than stated.

The ABC and main opposition Democratic Congress party have nominated Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro as Thabane’s successor.

Lesotho’s supreme traditional leader King Letsie III was advised by his council on Monday to appoint Majoro as prime minister, his senior private secretary Monehela Posholi said in a statement.

“Majoro will be sworn in as his successor tomorrow at 10 am (0800 GMT),” said ABC spokesman Montoeli Masoetsa.

The ABC’s national executive committee is expected to hold a special conference in July to elect a new party leader.

While no premier has served out a full five-year term in Lesotho over the past decade, the octogenarian Thabane boasted in an interview with AFP last week that he has set an example to fellow African leaders who have a propensity to cling to power.

“I’m trying to set a precedent that leaders in Africa must volunteer to leave when they think it’s time to leave or at the very worst they must leave when their term ends.”

16-Year-Old Girl Accused Of Killing Father’s Friend Remanded In Custody

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A 16-year-old girl accused of killing her father’s friend who allegedly attempted to rape her has been arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrate Court sitting in the Yaba area of Lagos State.

The young girl, a Senior Secondary School (SSS) three pupil, was arraigned by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) before Mrs A Adedayo of the Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The police brought her before the magistrate on a one-count charge of killing one Babatunde Ishola aged 51 years on March 7, 2020 at Nwadolu Street, Aboru in Alimosho area of the state by stabbing him to death with a knife and thereby committing an offence of punishable under Section  225 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.

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The deceased was said to be employed as a guard at a school in the community and lived alone.

The teenager’s plea was however not taken but after listening to the application of the prosecuting police officer, Chief Magistrate Adedayo promptly remanded her at the Correctional Home For Girls in Idi-Araba.

She ordered the police to send a duplicate copy of the case file to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and adjourned till April 27 for DPP’s advice.

The State Office of the Public Defender (OPD), which is defending the teenager, did not oppose the proceedings.

The OPD has however assured the teenager of free and quality legal representation throughout the duration of the trial.

Man Allegedly Hacks Neighbour Over Missing Phone

The 27-year-old suspect, Ejike Okata paraded by the Ogun State Police Command on March 1, 2020.

 

The police in Ogun State have arrested a 27-year-old man, Ejike Okata, over the death of his neighbour in Obalende, the Ijebu-Ode area of the state.

In a statement issued by the spokesman for the Ogun State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect was arrested for allegedly hacking the 50-year-old deceased to death.

According to Oyeyemi, the victim was “macheted to death by his neighbour over a minor argument and that the suspect has run away immediately after the incident.”

He explained that Okata’s arrest followed a report by the victim’s younger brother who reported at the Obalende Police Station in the area on February 28.

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“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Obalende division Chief Superintendent of Police, Omonijo Sunday mobilised his detectives to the scene where the corpse of the victim was recovered and taken to Ijebu Ode General Hospital mortuary for autopsy, while a serious manhunt was launched for the fleeing suspect.”

“The efforts of the detectives yielded positive result today 1st of March 2020 when the suspect was about boarding an Ebonyi state-bound motor but was apprehended by policemen who have already laid an ambush for him due to intelligence information they already have about him,” he said.

Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to “hacking the deceased to death because she accused him of stolen a phone which infuriated him.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.

Police To Charge Lesotho PM With Murder Of Wife

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane/ AFP

 

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will be charged with the murder of his estranged wife, who was gunned down ahead of his inauguration in 2017, police said Thursday, as the beleaguered premier announced he would quit by the end of July.

Lilopelo Thabane, 58, was killed in June 2017 by unknown assailants on the outskirts of the capital Maseru, two days before the premiere, now aged 80, took office.

The couple had been embroiled in bitter divorce proceedings when Lipolelo was murdered in front of her home in the capital Maseru.

Her death shook the tiny mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, which is entirely surrounded by South Africa.

Police investigations found that communications records from the day of the murder included his cell phone number.

Deputy Police Commissioner Paseka Mokete told AFP that the 80-year-old prime minister “will be formally charged with… murder”.

“It does not necessarily mean he was there but that he was acting in common purpose,” Mokete said.

The case also drew in the prime minister’s current wife, Maesaiah Thabane, 42, who has also been charged with the same murder of her rival.

“She was charged under common purpose even though she did not pull the trigger, but people she was acting in consent with pulled the trigger,” said Mokete by phone.

Sporting a bright yellow outfit complete with a matching headscarf, she sat straight-faced, next to the prime minister during his inauguration that was held at a stadium in Maseru, two days after the murder.

The long unresolved murder had plunged the PM’s leadership into question, forcing his All Basotho Convention (ABC) party to ask him to resign.

 ‘Old man should go’ 

The ABC had given him until Thursday to step aside but he snubbed their deadline, instead of saying he will only go by July 31.

“I effectively retire as prime minister with effect from the end of July this year, or at an earlier date if all the requisite preparations for my retirement are completed before then,” he said in an address on national radio.

He said the decision to step “has been the hardest to make in my over half-a-century career as in the public service. I have been battling with this idea for over a year now”.

“The truth is at my age I have lost most of my energy. I’m not as energetic as I used to be a few years ago,” he added.

“I hope that the remaining months that I will spend in office will afford parliament and my party enough time to work on transitional arrangements.”

Thabane’s re-election in 2017 had brought hopes of stability to Lesotho, a country with a long history of turmoil.

He first came to power in 2012 as head of the country’s first coalition government, formed after an inconclusive vote.

But his second term was rocked by Lipolelo’s murder and ructions in the ruling party, buffeting the picturesque kingdom of 2.2 million people.

Opposition parties and many ordinary people in the country also want Thabane gone.

“It defies logic how he still wants to remain in office despite the controversy that surrounds him,” said street vendor Malefa Mpobole, 42.

Another citizen, Lenka Ntjabane, 43, said: “This old man should just go. He should just take his wife and go”.

AFP

Alleged Murder: South African Authorities To Arraign Nigerian On Thursday

 

South African authorities are expected to arraign a Nigerian man on Thursday over the alleged murder of a fellow Nigerian during a physical altercation in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

Basil Nwauzigbe was seen in a video that went viral, hitting the deceased, Goodluck Ifechukwu with a brick before pushing him to his death.

Many eyewitnesses and the policemen were on the scene as the events unfolded on Monday night.

Details later.

Lesotho Murder Intrigue ‘Traumatises’ Already Volatile Kingdom

 

Murder, mystery, suspense and political drama — the cocktail of events playing out in Lesotho belongs in a best-selling thriller.

But it is the lived reality of a small southern African kingdom teetering on the brink.

Lesotho’s picturesque mountains and ski resorts have earned it the moniker of Africa’s Switzerland. But lately, the country has been rocked by scandal, with the first family sucked into the long unresolved murder of the prime minister’s previous wife.

In 2017, 58-year-old Lipolelo Thabane was gunned down near her home, just two days before Prime Minister Thomas Thabane was sworn into office.

The premier and his then-wife were engaged in a bitter divorce at the time.

Two months after Thabane assumed office, he married Maesaiah, now aged 43.

Last week, she was charged in connection with the murder of her rival.

Thabane’s election had brought hopes of stability to Lesotho, which has a long history of political turmoil.

He first came to power in 2012 as the head of the country’s first coalition government, formed after an inconclusive vote.

But the start of his second term was rocked by Lipolelo’s murder, which sent shock waves through the tiny kingdom of 2.2 million people.

The now 80-year-old prime minister was also questioned last month after investigations revealed that communication records from the day of the murder picked up his cell phone number.

“That put a personal crisis on top of a political crisis that had been going on for almost a year,” said Nqosa Mahao, the deputy president of Thabane’s ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC).

Mahao, who has been at odds with Thabane since he was elected deputy last year, has said Lipolelo’s murder had “foredoomed this government”.

A faction of the troubled party has since asked Thabane to resign. He agreed to go on the grounds of his advanced age but has yet to give a date for his departure.

It has been more than a decade since a prime minister served out a full five-year term in Lesotho.

 ‘Battered image’ 

Thabane has already fled the country once.

His 2012 coalition government was marred by political bickering, which culminated in an army-led coup in August 2014.

The prime minister sought exile in South Africa after soldiers attacked police posts and surrounded his official residence.

He returned home in 2017 and successfully ran for re-election.

Yet once again, his party has been rocked by ructions and is split down the middle. The alleged link to the murder of his previous wife has only added to his woes.

“We as a country have never had to sink so low, the second-highest office in the country (after King Letsie III) linked to crime,” Mahao said. “We as a nation are traumatised.”

He said the scandal, which sparked headlines both at home and abroad, “has battered the image of the country”.

“We were already the region’s mischievous boy even before this crisis,” he told AFP in the capital Maseru.

“Whoever imagined that the (murder) crime would” reach the prime minister’s office, he asked.

The Democratic Congress — the main opposition party founded by Thabane’s predecessor Pakalitha Mosisili — could not agree more.

“The rule of law in this country has collapsed and the executive has become the law unto itself,” said its current leader Mathibeli Mokhothu.

He said Thabane’s link to a murder “brings shame on us… He is the face of the country”.

“We are all disgruntled, and instability is at levels never seen before,” Mokhothu told AFP, backing calls for the “old and tired” Thabane to step down.

Parties in Thabane’s coalition also want him gone.

“In other democracies once there is such an allegation against a head of state, (he) automatically would voluntarily resign,” said Machesetsa Mofomobe, deputy president of the Basotho National Party speaking from his party headquarters.

“We are also calling on him to call it a day,” Mofomobe said.

 Successor unknown 

Thabane’s party has yet to agree on a successor to serve out his term after he leaves office.

The next national elections are due in 2022.

On the streets people are jaded.

“We don’t know what is going on in our country,” said civil servant Dineo, 38, declining to give her full name.

“We keep on electing these people and they keep on disappointing us. This is the last straw.”

“(Thabane) is one person who we had so much faith in,” she added, vowing “never ever” to vote again as she left a Sunday morning church service.

AFP

Police Inspector Charged With Murder ‘Kills Self’ To Evade Trial

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A police inspector facing murder charges in Lagos State has reportedly killed himself to evade trial.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

He explained that the police officer, Inspector Okon Essien, was detained at the State Crime Investigation Department (CID) cell in Yaba before killing himself on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Elkana, the suspect was arrested at Akodo on Friday last week along with three of his colleagues.

They include Inspector Lawrence Adegboye, Inspector Olorunloju Olusegun, and Sergeant Ovbioghi Joseph.

The statement said, “The police officers were said to have intercepted four suspects namely, Samson Ugonah, Omachi Godwin, Hassan Usman Stanley. and Prosper Okoye along Area 12, Offshore Oil Dangote Refinery Project, Akodo.

“Inspector Okon Essien was alleged to have shot at one of the suspects, Hassan Usman Stanley resulting to his death.”

The command’s spokesman added that the policemen were thereafter arrested and taken to the State CID, Yaba for investigation.

“While in custody, the said Inspector Okon Essien is alleged to have killed himself. His corpse is deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.

“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc has ordered an in-depth investigation into the case. Investigation is ongoing,” the statement added.