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16-year-old pupil kills mate during clash between two schools

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The Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) has arrested a 16-year-old boy for allegedly killing his mate during a cult clash in Ijanikin.

The suspect, Adewale Ayuba, allegedly committed the crime on October 21 during a fight between pupils of Oto Awori Secondary School and Government Secondary School.

Ayuba was said to have stabbed one Abdulahi Wasiu on the chest killing him on the spot.

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The Public Affairs Officer (PAO) of the agency, Olawale Afolabi, said LNSC officials at Vespa received information and notified policemen at Ijanikin Ijanikin Division who moved to the scene.

“When LNSC operation team got the information, they notified Ijanikin police station. The police in conjunction with LNSC took the deceased to the hospital.

“The boy that committed the offence ran away but he was fished out and arrested by our men who handed him over to Ijanikin police station for further action,” said Afolabi.

Meanwhile, policemen attached to Alapere Division on Saturday morning arrested four suspected cultists including a woman said to have lodged at a hotel in the neighbourhood.

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It was gathered that the suspects identified as Dare Taiwo, 26, Ayomide Adebanjo, 22, Odunayo Akinsanmi, 28, and Babatunde Akinsomi 32 were arrested at Money Mack Hotel, Oshogu in Alapere.

The police said a locally made pistol was recovered from them during a search, adding that they would be charged to court after investigation.

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Man bags 12 months jail term for housebreaking, stealing

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An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun, on Tuesday, sentenced one Seun Ogunmodede, 37, to 12 months imprisonment for housebreaking and theft of an international passport.

Magistrate A. A. Ayeni sentenced Ogunmodede after he had pleaded guilty to the charges of housebreaking and theft.
Ayeni sentenced the convict without an option of fine.

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Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Osanyintuyi had told the court that Ogunmodede committed the offenses on July 5, at about 2:13 pm. at House 72, Eleran Arojo layout, Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi said that the convict and others now at large, conspired with intent to commit felony to wit: breaking and stealing.

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He added that the convict broke into the house of one Akinpelu Oluwaseun and stole his international passport, one DVD player, and a traveling bag, all valued at N28,000.

He said the offenses contravened Sections 383, 390(9), 411, 412 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002

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FG frees 3,789 prison inmates to curb COVID-19 spread

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The Federal Government has facilitated the release of 3,789 inmates in prisons nationwide as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus since the discovery of COVID-19 in the country.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malamimade this public on Tuesday while speaking at an event meant to highlight the achievements of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Service Reform and Decongestion (formerly, Presidential Committee on Prisons Reform and Decongestion).

He. said: ”As part of measures to decongest the custodial centres nationwide in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the dangers posed to the centres, my office, the Ministry of Interior in collaboration with Presidential Committee on Correctional Service and Decongestion, the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy and State Executives and other relevant stakeholders were galvanised to develop measures to overcome the challenges.

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”The initiatives adopted have so far led to the release of about 3,789 inmates, while simultaneously reducing the instances of unnecessary test and we intend to sustain this momentum.”

Malami noted that the Presidential Committee has since its establishment in October 2017 aided the release of a total of 7,713 from 39 prisons in 18 states that it has visited and appraised.

The AGF said the Presidentail Committee, headed by the Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Ishaq Bello has also identified many challenges in the nation’s correctional centres and is working ways to address them.

He noted that the inadequacy of the nation’s correctional facilities now compels them to currently operate at over 150% of their capacity.

He said part of measures to address the inadequacy in the correctional centres was the ongoing construction of 3000-capacity maximum security custodial centres in Karshi, Abuja and Janguza in Kano State.

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The AGF said, ”undoubtedly, the COVID19 pandemic has posed its own peculiar challenges in the light of the worrisome and dilapidated state of our correctional centres nationwide.”

He said his office will work with the Ministry of Interior and other relevant agencies “to urgently decongest the correctional centres of awaiting trial inmates.

“Also, to be revisited is the issue of condemned convicts on death row for over 10 years with a view of getting relevant authorities to commute the sentence to life imprisonment

“This is based on the provisions of Section 12 (2) (c) of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019. A review of cases of inmates awaiting trial for upwards of five (5) years will also be considered.

“We are very mindful of the increasing number of sexual assault and kidnapping; and with respect to the public interest, those who are charged or convicted for such offences will not be considered for release during the proposed exercise.”

Justice Bello said his committee, during its visits to correctional centres, found that a number of facilities were in dire need of urgent rehabilitation and made recommendations as a matter of urgency to the relevant authorities for the renovation/construction of these facilities.

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He said his committee, after a review of cases of inmates eligible for prerogative of mercy and condemned convicts on death row for over 10 years, wrote to several State Governments to act on some special cases identified and to exercise their powers of clemency in deserving cases or commute to life sentence those condemned to death.

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Pastor arrested for allegedly raping daughter in Ogun

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A 44-year-old pastor at Ogo Oluwa Parish of the Christ Apostolic Church in Owode-Egbado, Ogun, has been arrested by the police for raping his own biological daughter.

The  Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abeokuta.

According to Oyeyemi, the pastor was arrested following a complaint by his daughter at the Owode-Egbado Divisional Headquarters that her father had been molesting her.

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The statement said the suspect had been forcefully having carnal knowledge of the victim since 2015 when she was 19 years old and shortly after the demise of her mother.

The daughter, according to the statement, further reported that she had been impregnated three times by her father.

According to her, the father took her to a nurse where the pregnancies were aborted.

The statement said the suspect had procured family planning services for the victim so as to prevent further pregnancies.

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“Having realized that her father was all out to ruin her life, she ran away from the house and reported to an NGO.

“The NGO, Advocacy For Children And Vulnerable Persons Network, took it upon itself to assist her in reporting the incident at the Owode-Egbado police station.

“Upon the report, the DPO Owode-Egbado division, SP Olabisi Elebute, led her detectives to the pastor’s house where he was arrested.

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“On interrogation, the suspect made a confessional statement that all that his daughter said is nothing but the whole truth,” the statement said in part.

It added that the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Anti-human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit for further investigation and prosecution.

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