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40-year-old man on trial for killing bats inside Obafemi Awolowo University

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A 40-year-old man was on Tuesday dragged before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun State for allegedly trespassing into Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU) campus in Ile-Ife to kill bats.

Femi Afolabi is charged with breach of public peace and trespass to which he pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecution Counsel, Sgt Adewale Adesina, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan 13 at 9 a.m. at OAU.

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Adesina alleged that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by entering OAU without the institution’s permission and started killing bats with a catapult.

He added that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 249(d) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

Defence Counsel, Mr Samuel Obi, prayed the court to admit his client to bail in the most liberal terms.

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The Magistrate, Mrs Muhibah Olatunji, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.

Olatunji ordered that the surety must swear to an affidavit of means and reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

She added that the surety should show evidence of three years tax payment to Osun Government.

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The case was adjourned until Feb 11 for mention.

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Police arrest two over alleged raping of minors in Adamawa

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Police in Adamawa has arrested two suspects for alleged raping of two minors in Jambutu,  Yola North Local Government Area of the state.
DSP Sulaiman Nguroje disclosed this to the Newsmen on Sunday in Yola.
Nguroje said that the two suspects, Aminu Abdullahi, 19, and Abubakar Haruna, 32,  were arrested separately for allegedly raping 9 years old and 15 years old respectively.
” Detectives attached to Doubeli Division in Yola North LGA  on July 29, arrested one Aminu Abdullahi, 19, for raping a 9-year-old.
” The suspect met his 9-year-old victim at Jambutu Football field playing and took her into an uncompleted building and had carnal knowledge of her.
” While, the second suspect ( Abubakar Haruna,32 ) on July 30, forcefully raped a 15-year -old victim who happened to be his neighbor after deceiving her with the pretext to send her on an errand.
” The victims were rushed to the hospital  for medical screenings while the suspects had confessed to committing the crimes and are now under police custody for further investigations, ” Nguroje said.
He explained that the command received the voluntary information from good Samaritans that the suspects allegedly raped the underaged.
Nguroje said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olugbenga Adeyanju, commended members of the public especially those that keyed into the fight against Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Assaults against Women and Children in the state.
He said that the commissioner advised parents to closely monitor their wards and teach them to keep the distance from persons with questionable characters.
He added that the command would continue to protect the lives and property of the residents.
He urged the people to report any suspicious and strange movements around them to the nearest security post for a quick response.
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Man on the run after allegedly raping girl sharing Sallah food in Ibadan

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A man, identified as Waheed Ogundele, is currently on the run after allegedly raping a girl (name withheld) in Ologuneru area of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.

WuzupNigeria gathered that Ogundele raped the girl on the night of Sallah while she went to share food to her neighbours.

A relative of the girl, who identified himself as Mahmud, said that the rapist absconded while neighbours were trying to take him to a police station.

“We were going to pray in a mosque when her mother sent her to go and give food to somebody,” the relative said in a SaharaReporters report.

“She did not come back on time and we had to go and check to know why she is being delayed.

“We saw her coming on the road shedding tears with blood on her body.

“We asked what happened and she said Ogundele raped her.

“We tried to hold him down but his friends intervened and helped him escape.”

Mahmud said the case had been reported at the Eleyele Police Command, adding that they were trying to appeal to the family of the victim not to escalate the matter.

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Condemning the rate of rape in the country, a lawyer, Alexander Atuchukwu, urged parents to educate and discourage their male children from rape.

He noted that rape was the only criminal case in law that does not have a defense.

He said,

“As a lawyer, we have found out that most rapists and their apologist and sympathisers had a rough sad traumatic childhood; cases of father beating mother and others.

“Rape is the only criminal case that doesn’t have a defense in law, as bad as murder is, murder has a defense in law but rape doesn’t.

“The moment you decide to rape a woman, that is the day you decide to damage her life forever, just like how u have her physical health and mental health. Let us all take note and be guided.”

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Bus driver goes wild, beats passenger to death in Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a commercial driver, Habeeb Quadri, for allegedly assaulting a passenger, Emmanuel James, in the Surulere area of the state, resulting in his death.

Quadri was arrested by the Bode Thomas Police Division on Thursday with eyewitnesses claiming that the driver hit James in the chest over an issue bordering on money during which the deceased slumped.

The scuffle occurred at the Bode Thomas Junction.

According to the PUNCH,  the incident caused confusion at the junction as other passengers and passersby tried to revive James to no avail.

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They reportedly thereafter prevented Quadri from escaping from the scene.

A police source narrated that the deceased’s son reported the matter at the station after James was rushed to the hospital but confirmed dead by a doctor.

The source said,

“It is a murder case and we are investigating it. On July 20, about 9 am, the passenger’s son, who identified himself as Emmanuel Kayode, came to the station.

“He and his father lived on Olatunde Onimole Street, Aguda in the Surulere area. He reported that his father was assaulted by a commercial driver named Habeeb Quadri at the Bode Thomas Junction. The man was thereafter rushed to the hospital after he collapsed immediately.

“The son stated further that the hospital rejected him and based on the man’s critical condition, he was taken back home for treatment. Along the line, he gave up the ghost. We have taken the statement of the complainant. The scene of the incident was also visited. The suspect has been arrested.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bala Elkana, confirmed Quadri’s arrest, adding that the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for further investigation.

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He said,

“The case is presently with the SCIID. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will soon be charged.”

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