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.

Murdered banker: Stepmother confirms husband was abusive

The case of late banker, Titilayo Omosoje Arowolo who was allegedly murdered by her husband, Akolade Arowolo came up today at the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.

The victim’s step mother, Mrs Adetoun Yeside Oyakhire, told the court that the relationship between the couple was already strained before her murder.

An emotional Mrs.Oyakhire, who was the fifth prosecution’s witness, gave a vivid account of the harrowing relationship that existed between the deceased and her husband during their two-year-long marriage.

She told Justice Lateefa Okunnu that the last time the deceased came running home in January 2011 and had told her father that she was tired of the marriage and wanted to file for divorce.

According to Mrs Oyakhire, Titilayo had told her family that her housekeeper had reportedly caught her husband in bed with another woman. The deceased had also discussed the matter of his infidelity with his mother before moving back to her father’s house.

The witness, who was led in evidence by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mrs. Olabisi Ogungbesan, told the court that the late Titilayo’s father, before going back to Kano, warned her not to return to her husband’s house.

The stepmother said that Titilayo however went back to her husband when he came in April to beg and asked for forgiveness adding “I think he succeeded in convincing her that he is a changed person”.

In another account, Mrs Oyakhire said that three months after their marriage, they had a quarrel.

“I can’t remember how it started but I remembered that Kolade chased her round the house with a knife. She was still breast feeding her baby then. He succeeded in snatching the baby from her and took her to his mother at Ejigbo”.

She said that Akolade’s mother later brought the baby back to Titilayo in her father’s house.

In yet another account the step mother told the court that Akolade had at a time threatened to throw the deceased from a top floor and that her father advised her to report the threat at the police station for documentation “but I am not sure she did”.

The fourth prosecution witness, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Titus Ogbonna who testified before Mrs Oyakhire had told the court that based on the investigation he conducted, he was certain that Akolade Arowolo murdered his wife, Titilayo Omosoje Arowolo.

He stressed that he based his conclusion on the findings in the investigation he conducted into the matter.

Under cross examination by the counsel to the defence, Mr. Olanrewaju Ajanaku, the ASP also told the court that there was enough circumstantial evidence linking Arowolo to the death of his wife, Titilayo.

The case was adjourned until 27 March when the hearing will continue.