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.”

Man Kills Wife After Argument Over Pap In Niger State

The 20-year-old suspect being paraded by the Niger State Police Command afer allegedly killing his wife.

 

A 20-year-old man, Lawali Danladi has allegedly killed his wife after an argument over pap in Rafi Lafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed this on Wednesday via a statement issued to Channels Television.

Danladi who hailed from Kadaura village via Yakila Gunna district was arrested, while the victim, Zulai Lawal was said to have died after being beaten to a coma.

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“On 26/03/2021 at about 0900hrs, based on credible information, Police Operatives attached to Kagara Division arrested one Lawali Danladi age 20yrs ‘m’ of Kadaura village via Yakila Gunna district of Rafi LGA,” the statement read.

“The suspect was arrested to have allegedly killed his wife, one Zulai ‘f’ of same address over a misunderstanding in which he beat the victim to coma and as a result, she died on the spot.”

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have beaten the victim due to a mere pap argument and fell unconscious, she was rushed to General Hospital Wushishi where she was confirmed dead, however, the investigation has commenced and the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.”

‘No Murder Will Go Unpunished’: IGP Condemns Murder Of Security Operatives

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu speaks during a meeting with top police officers in Abuja on November 27, 2020.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has condemned the murder of security operatives and attacks on facilities in some states of the federation.

Adamu, in a statement issued on Sunday via his spokesman, Frank Mba, said no murder will go unpunished.

“No murderer will go unpunished,” the IGP said while enjoining parents/guardians as well as traditional/opinion leaders to weigh in and prevail on their children/wards to desist from towing the destructive paths of crime.

The police boss “reiterated that the Force will not tolerate any further attack on its personnel or any citizen by any individual or group under any guise whatsoever.”

He also assured that “Law Enforcement Agents have gathered sufficient intelligence on the attackers and are closing up on scores of suspects already implicated in the attacks either directly or indirectly for financing, aiding and abetting the criminals.”

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In recent times, 16 suspects have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force for complicity in a series of violent and unprovoked attacks, particularly in the southeastern part of the country.

The arrest, the police spokesman noted, followed painstaking, deliberate and tireless efforts by operatives of the Force working in collaboration with their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Airforce.

Mba said the arrest is “aimed at bringing to justice persons responsible for the emerging trend of attacks on security personnel and wanton destruction of security facilities and operational assets.”

The suspects were identified as Ugochukwu Samuel, Raphael Idang, Cletus Nwachukwu Egole, Michael Uba, and twelve others.

They were said to have been implicated in multiple felonies committed across several states in the South-Eastern region.

The police authorities also assured that the suspects will be charged to court on the conclusion of investigations.

Man Arrested In Ondo For Killing Wife

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Ondo State Police Command has apprehended a middle-aged man identified as Gbenro for allegedly killing his wife in Ondo city, Ondo State.

It was gathered that the  Gbenro strangulated the victim named Wayeṣọla to death while she was asleep at their residence on Salvation Army street, Odojomu Area of the town early in the morning yesterday.

The five-year-old daughter of the couple who was said to have witnessed the wicked act alerted the neighbours.

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It was gathered that the neighbours then called the deceased’s brother on phone, and on arrival, the brother  locked the Suspect and the deceased in the room, to prevent the Suspect from escaping,  and proceeded to report the case at the police station.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, Tee- Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation.

He revealed that the Suspect has been transferred from Ondo to Akure, the state capital where further investigation on the incident is ongoing at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

 

Zambian Police Officer Charged With Killing Protesters

PHOTO USED TO DEPICT THE STORY: Demonstrators marching towards the South African Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia on September 4, 2019, to protest against the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in the Rainbow Nation are blocked by Zambian general Police inspector Kakoma Kanganja and his police team. SALIM DAWOOD / AFP

 

Zambian police on Wednesday said they had arrested an officer on murder charges over the deadly shooting of two anti-government protesters in December.

Fanwell Nyundu, 25, is accused of killing the duo as they demonstrated outside a police station where opposition party leader Hakainde Hichilema was being questioned.

“The suspect is in police custody and yet to appear in court,” police spokeswoman Esther Katongo said in a statement.

Nyundu faces two counts of murder.

Hichilema, known to his supporters by his initials HH, is President Edgar Lungu’s main contender in elections due in August.

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He was summoned by police on December 23, 2020, for questioning about a property purchase he made 20 years ago.

Several hundred supporters, including the two victims, milled outside the police station in the capital Lusaka to show their support.

The two men were killed when riot police were sent to break up the protest. Their blood-stained bodies were found lying on the ground after the demonstrators fled.

Police issued a statement shortly after the incident saying the men were reportedly killed by gunfire after tear gas was used to disperse an “unruly” crowd.

Hichilema, however, said it was hit job by “snipers”.

The 58-year-old veteran campaigner and self-made entrepreneur have made five bids for the presidency between 2006 and 2016.

He spent four months in jail after contesting his last defeat in 2016.

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Police Confirm Murder Of Former Owerri NBA Chairman

Barrister Ndieonyema Nwankwo.

 

The Imo State Police have confirmed the gruesome murder of a 64-year-old man, Barrister Ndieonyema Nwankwo who was the former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Owerri branch.

A statement signed by the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer Orlando Ikeokwu, on Sunday, explained that when the command received the report of the murder, operatives were immediately deployed to the scene of the incident (his office).

According to the PPRO, they met the lawyer’s lifeless body in a pool of blood and machete cuts were seen on his neck.

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Ikeokwu noted that while taking a further look around the office, a machete with bloodstains, suspected to have been used in inflicting the cuts on him, was found on the floor.

He said it was also discovered that his car and other yet to be identified items were taken away.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Nasiru Mohammed, while calling for calm, has also ordered an investigation into the matter, with a view to arresting the fleeing suspects and recovering the stolen items.

Armed Men Kill Two Police Officers In Taraba

A file photo of a police officer displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Two police officers – a Sergeant and Constable were on Monday killed by some armed men in Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The officers were on their way to their duty posts in Jen Community when the armed men attacked and killed them.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, David Misal confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Tuesday.

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” I regret to inform you that on the 25/01/21 at about 1900hrs, two policemen attached to Karim Lamido LGA were attacked and killed while on their way to their duty post at Jen community.

”The incident occurred at a point in an isolated area in Karim Lamido Jen road when two of the police officers a Sergeant and Constable stopped to rectify a fault noticed from the vehicle they are driving.

” Suddenly armed men emerged from the bush and opened fire on them,” Misal explained.

He added that an investigation has been launched into the incident.