Pregnant Woman Dies In Fake Doctor’s Hospital

The Lagos state police command has arrested a fake doctor whose activities in Cares Hospital located in Iba area of Lagos, has led to the death of several pregnant women.

While parading the doctor alongside staff, it was disclosed that the hospital has been in operation for three years, and has no proof of registration.

“They are fake doctors, they have never gone to any medical schools or any nursing school but they operate a hospital around Iba, the hospital is known as Cares Hospital, they also have a pharmacy there,” the State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide revealed.

It was also revealed that the unqualified medical personnel go as far as performing surgeries on patients and take delivery of babies as well which has led to the demise of many pregnant women who patronise the establishment.

“They carry out operations, surgeries; deliver women of their kids as a matter of taking as much as 200 deliveries, meanwhile they are not doctors, they are not even qualified nurses, no knowledge of that they didn’t go to any school and from investigation, we have equally discovered that a lot of women have died there, because they are not real doctors”

One of the suspects also narrated the case of a victim who was  “labouring due to an overdose of Oxytocin induction, she was bleeding, and she bled then and they were not able to arrest the case, as they were leading the woman down from the delivery couch, the woman fell from the bed and died”.

Officer Braide advised patients seeking medical attention to be very careful and mindful of which medical institution they go to for medical services as making a wrong choice may mean risking their lives.

Zimmerman Trial Jurors To Be Instructed On Lesser Charge: Judge

Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial will be told they can potentially convict him for the lesser charge of manslaughter for the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a Florida judge said on Thursday.

“The court will give the instruction on manslaughter as a Category One,” Seminole County Court Judge Debra Nelson said.

The decision on the instructions that will be given to the panel of six woman jurors was announced by Seminole County Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, as lawyers for the defense and prosecution argued in a hearing closed to the jury about the instruction they will be given in the closely-watched case.

Zimmerman, 29, faces up to life in prison if he is convicted of second-murder, the charge for which he was put on trial. Under the lesser offense of manslaughter, he could face a maximum penalty of 30 years.

“Blade Runner” Pistorius Murder Trial Postponed Until August

A South African judge on Tuesday postponed until August 19 the murder trial of global athletics star Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.

Pistorius, 26, had to make his way through a scrum of photographers and reporters as he made his first formal public appearance since his release on bail in February.

The double amputee athlete, nicknamed “Blade Runner” for the prosthetics he uses in competition, has admitted shooting Reeva Steenkamp, 29, four times through a locked bathroom door on February 14 at his home in an affluent Pretoria community.

In pre-trial testimony, his lawyers told the court the shooting was a tragic mistake and Pistorius was acting in self-defense against what he thought was an intruder.

Prosecutors accuse him of premeditated murder for firing into the door, hitting Steenkamp in the head, hip and arm.

The judge postponed the case after the athlete’s lawyers asked for more time to prepare.

Pistorius was one of the stars of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London, carrying South Africa’s flag at the closing ceremonies for the Games.

His arrest and subsequent murder charge shocked millions around the world as he was seen as a symbol of triumph over adversity.

In South Africa, he was a hero for both black and white people, transcending the racial divides that persist 19 years after the end of apartheid.

Pistorius has mostly kept out of the public eye since he secured bail. Media reported that in April he partied at a nightclub in a Johannesburg suburb after his bail conditions were relaxed the previous month.

The Pistorius camp said the matter was blown out of proportion and he went out for a quiet dinner with friends after spending weeks in the house with family.

South Africa does not have trial by jury so pre-trial media coverage is seldom deemed to be prejudicial.

Special Prosecutor In Pakistan’s Bhutto’s Murder Case Shot Dead

The prosecutor investigating the murder of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister – Benazir Bhutto, Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, was shot dead by motorcycle attackers in Islamabad, on Friday.

Zulfiqar was ambushed by gunmen on a motorcycle as he drove to a court hearing in the case. He lost control of his car, which hit and killed a pedestrian.

The former Pakistan Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, died in a gun and bomb attack in 2007.

Former Pakistani President, Pervez Musharraf, who is currently being held under house arrest, has been accused of failing to provide adequate security for Ms. Bhutto at the time of her death.

Mr Musharraf, who recently returned to Pakistan after living abroad, has denied the allegations leveled against him but will remain under arrest while investigations are being made.

The prosecutor, Zulfiqar was actively involved in the murder case and was on Friday ambushed by attackers who sprayed his car with bullets, badly injuring the prosecutor.

He later died in hospital.

A woman pedestrian was also killed and Chaudhry Zulfiqar’s bodyguard was injured.


Ousted Pistorius Detective Quits South African Police

The South African detective, pulled off the investigation of athletics star Oscar Pistorius for murder after it emerged he himself faces attempted murder charges, has resigned from the force, police said on Thursday.

Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, the first officer on the scene after the Valentine’s Day shooting of Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was also criticized for mixing up key facts about the investigation at the “Blade Runner’s” bail hearing.

“He handed in his resignation yesterday and it was accepted with immediate effect,” police spokesman Brigadier Neville Mlaali told Reuters. “We are not going into the details.”

Botha, a detective with 24 years experience, is accused of firing on a minibus taxi full of passengers in 2011 while pursuing a man accused of murdering a woman and disposing of her dismembered body down a drain, local media said.

The charges were withdrawn but reinstated on February 4, 10 days before Steenkamp was shot.

The incident has embarrassed the South African police who regularly come under fire for failing to reduce one of the highest crimes rates in the world and dispel perceptions of a force that is poorly trained.

Last week, eight policemen were arrested for tying a Mozambican taxi driver to the back of a vehicle and dragging him to the station. The video-recorded treatment of the man who later died shocked audiences around the world.

Nike Suspends Contract With Pistorius

American sportswear company Nike suspended its endorsement contract with South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius on Thursday after he was charged with murdering his girlfriend a week ago.

Nike has sponsored Pistorius since 2007, supplying him with running kit and special soles that he wears on the base of his carbon fiber racing blades.

“We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely,” the company said in a statement, confirming the suspension of the agreement.

Nike, the world’s largest sportswear company, ended a long-standing sponsorship agreement with cyclist Lance Armstrong last year after he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles because of a doping scandal.

Nicknamed “Blade Runner”, double amputee Pistorius is the world’s highest profile Paralympian and also competed alongside able-bodied athletes in the London Olympics last year.

His sponsorship deals with companies including British telecoms firm, sunglasses maker Oakley and French designer Thierry Mugler are believed to be worth around $2 million a year.


Police Arrest Man For Assaulting His Son With Hot Iron

The Kogi State Police command has arrested a 49 year old school principal, Mr. Christopher Ogbeun, for inflicting a high degree of burns on his 10 year old son, Stephen Ogbeun.

The young boy was allegedly abused by his father for destroying some of his vital office documents which were kept at home.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Katsina, who disclosed this while parading the father at the Kogi state Police headquarters in Lokoja stated that it took the intervention of an ambush squad to save Stephen’s life.

He revealed that his squad caught the suspect red handed as he tied up the boy’s hand and closed his mouth before using the hot pressing iron on him.

According to an eye-witness, it was a pathetic situation at the state specialist hospital Lokoja where the boy is laying critically ill.

Victoria Ogbeun, the victim’s sister who was at home when the incident occurred confirmed that her father had indeed used a hot iron on young Stephen.

Mr. Ogbeun, the assailant, stated that his vicious act was an effort to make his son confess to a misdeed.

He claimed to have discovered that his son had destroyed a letter of approval from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and so in an attempt to make him own up, he employed the use of the hot pressing iron.

Mr Ogebeun will be charged for unlawful detention, inflicting injuries on the boy and attempted murder.

Jonathan’s silence on Mubi and Aluu killings is disappointing – Tony Uranta

Tony Uranta, a public affairs analyst, today confirmed that two different patrol teams were on hand at the scene where the boys were murdered and the location where the incident took place was within five different outposts of police and JTF.

He further said that the Police did not attempt to disperse the crowd before the boys were killed and left to him the DPO and others should be charged to court.

According to Mr. Uranta, who was a guest on Sunrise Daily, “the problem we have in this country is that no government official can be charged to court and if the issue is not properly taken up he will go on a one-man protest”.

Mr. Uranta said he was not pleased with President Goodluck Jonathan for not making a mention of the Mubi or Port Harcourt killings in his address yesterday and he felt the president lacked empathy as the issue of flood was not the biting issue as of the time he addressed the nation and he is sure the so-called fund being disbursed for flood disaster has been penned down for embezzlement.

Cynthia’s murder: charge us for unprofessionalism not rape/murder – pharmacists

The management of Oxpharm specialities limited, the pharmacy where the drug, Rohypnol Flunitrazepam, was allegedly bought and used on the late Cynthia Osokoku has told their side of the story on how the two accused pharmacists were arrested.

The Chief Executive Officer of the pharmacy, Ike Ugwu while speaking with Channels Television’s correspondent, Yomi Otaigbe, expressed regret over the blanket charges placed on both the pharmacists – Osita Orji and Chukwunonso Maduokor, who were alleged to have dispensed the drug and the other accused persons.

Both pharmacists were arraigned together with the suspected killers of the deceased before a Yaba Magistrate Court on Monday.
The suspected killers, Okwumo Nwabufo and Ezike Olisaeloka, allegedly purchased the drug, most commonly known as date-rape drug, which was allegedly used on the late Cynthia.

Mr Ugwu pleaded with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to look carefully into the matter to prevent miscarriage of justice.

Court frees suspected killers of Guardian Editor, Bayo Ohu

A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Friday discharged and acquitted three persons charged for conspiracy and the murder of Bayo Ohu, a political reporter and the Assistant News Editor of the Guardian Newspapers, murdered three years ago in Lagos.

The murdered political reporter and the Assistant News Editor of the Guardian Newspapers, Bayo Ohu.

The Lagos State government had accused the three men of conspiracy and the murder of Ohu.

The accused are Dada Yemi Adesanya, Ganiu Sulemon and Idris Balogun.

The Lagos State government which prosecuted the case had alleged that on the 20th of September 2009 at NO 9 Oyeniji Street, in Odukoya estate, Akowonjo Egbeda area in the Ikeja judicial division, the three men armed with offensive weapons robbed Ohu of one laptop computer and two mobile telephone sets.

The men were also alleged to have murdered Ohu in the process of robbing him of his belongings.

Ruling on a no case submission filed by the defence counsel, Yemi Omodele, the presiding judge, Justice Lateefa Okunnu held that the prosecution failed to prove its case against the men beyond reasonable doubt.

The court stated that no evidence whatsoever was placed before the court to show that the defendants were at the scene of the alleged crime.

Justice Okunu observed that none of the police officers listed before the court as witnesses came to testify saying “they abandoned the case and did not turn up”.

The court further held that there was no correlation in the evidence of the first prosecution witness, Kashi Taiwo and that of Bode Adetola, the 2nd prosecution witness, to show that the defendants were the persons that killed Ohu.

What the prosecution had against the accused person according to the court was at best ‘mere suspicion which goes to no issue’.

The court subsequently discharged the accused persons.

Ohu was shot and killed at his home in Lagos, on the morning of Sunday, September 20, 2009. Five assailants were believed to have attacked Ohu, stealing his laptop and cell phone.

Former Inspector General of Police Ogbonna Onovo had in January of 2010 announced the arrested of three men suspected to be involved in the murder of Ohu, including the suspect that pulled the trigger that killed the journalist.

The police authority who were pursuing a case of robbery as against the speculations of assassination had said that Ohu’s laptop and phones were recovered from the persons that bought them from the robbers adding that it was from them that the robbery suspects were traced and arrested.

Man kills girlfriend, buries her in his room

The police in Rivers state on Wednesday said that it has arrested one Jim Zaccheus for allegedly killing and secretly burying his girlfriend, Peace Matthias in his room last Saturday in the Elechi beach area of Diobu, Port Harcourt.

The new Rivers state police commissioner, Mohammed Indabawa speaking during his maiden press briefing in Port Harcourt.

The new Rivers state police commissioner, Mohammed Indabawa disclosed this while speaking during his maiden press briefing in Port Harcourt.

“I think he had a quarrel with his girlfriend. Then he killed her and buried her in his room,” the commissioner said.

Channels Television reporter learnt that the suspect had been suspicious of his girlfriend over a new hair style she made and demanded to know how she got the money, a situation that led to a quarrel between them.

Not satisfied with her explanation, the suspect was said to have beaten her to death, although it was not clear if he used any object on the victim.

However, neighbours had suspected the movements of the suspect, coupled with a strong stench that was coming out of the room and had alerted security operatives who forced the door open and exhumed the victim’s decomposing body.

The police commissioner said that the suspect has already confessed to committing the crime and will soon be charge to the court once investigation into the matter is concluded.

Gang-rape suspect in police net

The new Rivers police commissioner told journalist at the press briefing that the command had arrested four out of seven suspects who gang-raped a 14-year old girl in the Rumuodonmaya area of Obio/Akpor local government axis of the city.

Mr Indabawa who recently took office as police chief for Rivers also said he planned to continue with the fight against entrenched corruption among officers and men of the command, adding that he would use everything in his powers to reduce crime rate in the state to the lowest.

Supreme Court sentences a PHCN staff to death by hanging

The Supreme Court on Wednesday approved the death by hanging of a security guard, Stephen Haruna working with the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) over his alleged murder of an Assistant General Manager in the Legal department of the same company, Sussana Igwe.

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Supreme Court sentences a PHCN staff to death by hanging over his alleged involvement in the murder of an Assistant General Manager in the Legal department of the same company

Following police investigations, Mr Haruna admitted killing his boss, Ms Igwe and was consequently charged with murder before an Abuja High Court.
The court found him guilty and sentenced him to death.

He, however, challenged the judgment on appeal. When the Court of Appeal affirmed the High court’s decision he took the matter to the Supreme Court.
Justice Suleiman Galadima who wrote the lead judgment that was concurred by four other justices, said there was overwhelming evidence to uphold the conviction of Mr Haruna.

”In the face of overwhelming evidence against the appellant, I cannot upturn the concurrent findings of the trial court and the Court of Appeal, when the appellant has failed to demonstrate that the said concurrent findings were perverse and could not be supported, having regard to the evidence adduced by the Prosecutor,” Justice Galadima said.

He added that one of Mr Haruna’s girlfriends, Mary Jimoh, testified that the money he stole from Ms Igwe was deposited with her.

Although, the convict made three confessional statements to the police in the course of investigations, he later retracted one of them.

The justice held that even if the third statement was discountenanced, Haruna could still be and was rightly convicted. According to him, the appellant’s confessional statement was corroborated by the discovery of stolen money he took to his girlfriend at Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja for safe keep.