Court Orders Remand Of Two Teenagers Over Alleged Murder Of RCCG Pastor

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in the Yaba Area of Lagos State has ordered the remand of two teenagers Farouk Mohammed 16, and Kasali Jamiu 19, charged with the alleged murder of a Redeemed Christian Church of God’s (RCCG) Pastor, Babatunde Dada, aged 46.

Magistrate Linda Balogun ordered the remand of the minor, 16-year-old Mohammed at the Special Correctional Centres for Boys in Oregun while 19-year-old Jamiu was remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Center, pending the legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

The duo were charged alongside two others Mumuni Toheeb, 21 and Mubarak Soliu, 20 both of whom allegedly received a Spark S Techno Phone belonging to the deceased and valued at N60,000.

The four defendants are facing three charges bordering on conspiracy, murder, and receiving of a stolen item, preferred against them by the Police.

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The Prosecuting lawyer with the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti, Mr Julio Hodonu, told the court that the defendants allegedly committed the offences on December 3, 2021, at Road 13, 6th Avenue Festac Town, in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos State.

The prosecutor also said that Farouk and Jamiu conspired amongst themselves and unlawfully killed Babatunde Dada, by stabbing and clubbing him to death with a bottle and wood. According to the prosecutor, the offence is punishable under sections 411, 223 & 328(1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.

He asked the court to order the remand of the suspects for the first 30 days pending the DPP’s advice.

Following his remand application, counsel to the first defendant, Oyekanmi Isijola, raised an objection that the first defendant is a minor and should not be remanded in prison but a juvenile centre.

Magistrate Balogun agreed and ordered that the first defendant should be remanded at the Special Correctional Centres for Boys, Oregun, and the second defendant Ikoyi Prison respectively.

Meanwhile, the Magistrate granted Mumuni Toheeb and Mubarak Soliu bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

She said that the sureties must show proof of employment, proof of source of income, show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government, and have their addresses verified.

The case was adjourned till February 14, 2022, for DPP’s advice.

Beheadings Reported In Insurgent-Hit Mozambique – Charity

 

Several beheadings, including of teenagers, have been reported around the restive northern Mozambique town of Palma since it was attacked by militants in March, a charity and local sources said on Friday.

Palma and surrounding areas have been on tenterhooks since militants linked to the Islamic State launched a raid of unprecedented scale on the town, killing dozens and forcing tens of thousands to flee.

Many sought refuge in nearby Quitunda, a resettlement village next to a heavily guarded gas exploration site operated by French oil giant Total and abandoned days after the raid.

Several bouts of low-key violence have been reported since the militants retreated.

British charity Save the Children on Friday said it was “shocked and appalled” by news this week of two 15-year-old boys being beheaded in Palma on Sunday.

The teenagers were among a group of 15 adults who had left Quitunda in search of food, according to the independent news outlet Carta de Mocambique, which reported the incident.

Two adults were also killed, it added.

“We are appalled and disgusted at this senseless crime,” Save the Children Mozambique country director Chance Briggs said in a statement.

The insurgency is “having a continual, horrific, deadly impact on children,” he said.

“They are being killed, they are being abducted, they are being recruited for use by armed groups.”

One local source in the provincial capital Pemba said relatives in Quitunda had heard of “insurgents” beheading several people on Saturday.

Momade Bachir, who is regularly in touch with family members still stranded around Palma, told AFP that four residents were attacked after they left the town to pick manioc in surrounding fields.

Another three beheaded bodies were found near Pemba that evening, according to Bachir.

Finding food has been difficult since the March 24 attack on Palma and aid agencies have struggled to take in supplies due to security concerns.

The World Food Programme has warned that almost one million people, mostly displaced, faced severe hunger.

Insurgents have been wreaking havoc in Cabo Delgado since 2017.

The fighting has claimed more than 2,800 lives, half of them civilians, according to conflict data tracker ACLED, and displaced around 800,000.

Police Arrest Four Teenagers Over Kidnap Of Six-Year-Old Boy

Police patrol vans stationed at the Edo State House of Assembly in Benin City, the state capital on August 6, 2020.

 

The police in Bauchi State have arrested four teenagers for allegedly kidnapping a six year-old-boy and demanding N2.6m ransom.

The teenagers were among 32 suspects paraded on Friday for various offences bordering on armed robbery, rape among others at the Police Headquarters in Bauchi.

Speaking to journalists, one of the suspects confessed that he was lured into the crime by his friend, Abdulgafar Adamu.

Isa, an 18-year-old student of Legal Studies, Misau, claimed that the 6-year-old victim is their victim’s son.

“I met my school friend and told him about the kidnapping plan because we need money to start a business, sitting without doing anything was the reason we did it,” he said.

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While blaming the cause of the action on the COVID-19 lockdown, Isa said: “that’s what made us decide we want to start a business because we don’t know the day of resuming of school. We asked his father to come with one million to collect his boy.”

According to the police authorities, the kidnappers had earlier demanded N2.5 million and after much negotiation, they agreed to receive 1 million naira.

The victim was said to have been kept in one of the suspect’s parent’s house for two days.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lawal Jimeta, said the case is still under investigation.

“You saw the nature of the suspects of the kidnappers. What is frightening is that you saw their ages, they are very small, and none of them has reached 20 years.

“They did the kidnapping right close to where they stay, that is very frightening. Some of them have just finished secondary school, only one of them is in the first year of university. As I said it is very frightening, they are the ones that kidnapped the 6 years,” he said.

Thailand Begins Search Operations For Teenagers Trapped In Cave

Thai rescue personnel arrive at the Tham Luang cave to conduct operations to find the missing members of the children’s football team in a cave chamber along with their coach at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai on June 25, 2018. 
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Desperate parents led a prayer ceremony outside a flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 children and their football coach have been trapped for days, as military rescue divers packing food rations resumed their search Tuesday.

Hundreds of people have been mobilised to find the youngsters who went into the Tham Luang cave on Saturday and were trapped when heavy rains flooded its main entrance.

Anxious relatives camped out to perform traditional rituals, making offerings and reciting emotional prayers for their children’s safe return.

“I asked for all God’s wishes, but I’m certain in my heart that they will survive. They have been inside the cave before,” the father of one of the young footballers said.

Some relatives wailed at the cave’s entrance near the Laos and Myanmar border, where huge crowds have gathered near stockpiles of water and food.

“My child, I’m here to get you now,” one crying parent said, while another screamed: “Come home my child!”.

The children, aged between 11 and 16, are thought to have retreated further into the tunnel as monsoon rains fell and flooded the cave, believed to be several kilometres (miles) long.

Rescuers found bicycles, football boots and backpacks at the entrance to the site Monday, and divers said they spotted footprints in one of the cave’s chambers.

Park officials, police and soldiers were dispatched on foot, while an aerial team was also being mobilised to see if there was another entrance to the cave, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.

Navy divers equipped with oxygen tanks and food rations entered the cave early Tuesday in northern Chiang Rai province where rain continued to fall.

Rescue teams were also dispatched to light the inside of the cave and drain water from the site and an underwater robot was set to be dispatched to survey the area and help rescuers.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said they were working around the clock to find the youngsters.

“We’re working against time, but we’re not panicking,” he told reporters.

Forecasters said rains are expected to continue Tuesday, which could hamper rescue efforts.

Tham Luang cave is not hugely popular among foreign tourists because of its remote location but draws locals to worship at small Buddha statues inside.

Downpours routinely pound Thailand during the monsoon season from May to October, often causing flooding and landslides.

Fifteen people died in flooding in December that submerged large swathes of Thailand’s south and hit hundreds of thousands of households.

This is not the first cave accident in the country.

Six foreign tourists and two Thai guides were killed in 2007 when they were swept away by flash floods in a cave in Khao Sok national park in southern Thailand.

The fiance of one of the tourists killed in the accident survived after clinging onto a ledge in the cave for 21 hours.

AFP

Two Teenagers Killed In Failed Borno Suicide Attack

Two Teenagers Killed In Failed Borno Suicide Attack
The scene of the attack in Maiduguri, Borno State

 

Two female suicide bombers were killed on Wednesday morning while attempting to attack a mosque in Borno State, North-east Nigeria.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Damian Chukwu, confirmed this in a statement personally signed by him.

He revealed the attackers tried to gain entry into the Alhaji Bunu Mosque during the morning prayers in Jiddari Polo general area on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the state capital.

Mr Chukwu added that the bombers who were between the ages of 13 and 16 years were, however, prevented by the policemen on patrol and unarmed vigilante men also praying in the same mosque.

“In the ensuing stampede, both bombers ran into an uncompleted building in the neighbourhoods, collided and simultaneously exploded, killing only themselves,” he said.

The police commissioner affirmed that no other casualty was recorded in the incident.

He noted that normalcy has been restored in the area and the remains of the girls have been evacuated.

Chukwu also said the police and the EOD team deployed have sanitised and rendered the area safe.

Police Parade 66 Teenagers For Drug Possession In Bayelsa

Police Arrest Two Notorious Robbery Suspects In Enugu
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The Bayelsa State Police Command says its operatives have arrested no fewer than 16 suspected armed robbers, five kidnappers, and 66 teenagers for drug possession and cultism in different parts of the state.

The suspects were paraded at the headquarters of the command in Yenagoa, the state capital, today.

Giving details of the arrest, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Amba Asuquo, said the 66 teenagers, whose ages ranged from 14 to 17 years, were arrested in possession of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp.

He said the teens, comprising 36 males and 30 females were arrested when a team from the State Anti-Robbery Squad raided a community in Ekeki area of the Yenagoa metropolis.

Asuquo said profiling and screening were ongoing, stressing that the teenagers would not be charged but would be counselled in the presence of their parents, warned and discharged.

From the other suspects that were paraded, the police chief said four locally-made revolver pistols, two pump actions guns, one 7.62mm live ammunition, 20 .9mm live ammunition and 30 rounds of AAA cartridges were recovered.

He explained that on September 28, one Yoko Nathan, 31, and others on the run, came from Azegbene community in Ekeremor Local Government Area to Yenagoa to buy three AK47 rifles but were tracked by detectives.

He said the suspect (Nathan) was arrested on Tombia Road, Yenagoa while trying to exchange money for the guns, while others fled.

He said the suspect confessed that the guns were meant for kidnapping, sea robbery and armed robbery.

Asuquo also said, ”On October 4, 2017, about 7 pm, policemen on patrol intercepted a tricycle with three occupants, armed with a locally-made revolver pistol with five rounds of live ammunition on Melford Okilo Road.

”On sighting the police team, the hoodlums fled. They were chased by the police and one of them was arrested, other gang members were traced to Tana Suite on Custom Road, Biogbolo, Yenagoa.

”The suspects were searched and one locally made revolver pistol with five rounds of .9mm live ammunition was recovered from one of the suspects, James Oweifa, 21. The other suspect is Peter Enang, 22.”

Investigation is ongoing in the matter.

The police boss added that on October 5, one Godbless Miller, 28, Agala Lawrence, 26 and Longlife Edwin, 23, all of Opolo-Epie community were arrested in connection with cult activities at a hideout in Opolo, based on a tip-off.

He said upon interrogation, one of the suspects, Miller, confessed to being a dealer in Indian hemp and the suspects admitted to being members of Greenlander cult.

Lawyer Says 18 Year-Old Is Too Young To Marry, Vote

A legal practitioner, Boye Lemiyu, has said that persons from the age of 18 and below are too young to marry or vote as that is the age of ‘experimentation’.

While speaking on Channels Television’s flagship programme, Sunrise daily, Lemiyu,explained that an 18 year old does not have the emotional capability to handle the stress that comes along with the two responsibilities.

Disagreeing with the globally recongised adult age of 18-year old, the lawyer claimed that 21 should the precise age for adulthood because when an individual of 18-year old commits a crime, he or she is still viewed as a minor before the law.

Reacting to the controversial amendment of the 1999 constitution, Mr Lemiyu said few Nigerians “have actually made input into the amendment that is being passed presently. Most people are busy with their day to day activities.”

He also questioned the arrogation of the powers of the National Assembly to be the authority to formulate a new constitution for Nigeria.

The National Assembly perhaps is a representation of the sovereign will of the people but when you talk about the formulation of a new constitution, “I think the people themselves ought to be directly involved.”

“It should be something they are consciously doing.”

He also said that “political actors in the country today are arrogating to themselves powers that sometimes they do not possess.”

“They need to be reminded that ultimately sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria.”

Asked if what Nigeria needs is an amendment to a proper implementation of the laws, the lawyer said “the operation of the constitution can be better done than it is presently being done. I don’t think the present actors are particularly mindful of public interest.”

Their vision, about where they want to take the country, is not clear, he added.