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Benin Businessman Investigated By EFCC For €29 Million Fraud Dies In Kirikiri Prison

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According to SaharaReporters, a businessman from the Republic of Benin, Jean Codo, who is being investigated for alleged €29m fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has died at the Kirikiri prison, Lagos.

Codo, who owns Transport and Port Management System Limited, died on Thursday due to a lack of proper medical attention.

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He was granted bail in November 2019 but could not fulfill the bail conditions and despite appeals to have him released on the compassionate ground due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Nigerian authorities refused until he died in custody.

The Beninese were said to have collapsed in prison and rushed to the military hospital in Lagos where he died on Thursday morning.

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Like Codo, a suspected cross-border robbery kingpin, Hamani Tijani, died at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons in January 2014 after suffering partial stroke for nine months.

A spokesperson for the Nigerian Prisons Service, Lagos Command at the time, DSP Biyi Jeje, confirmed the development to journalists.

Jeje said 42-year-old Tijani died in the clinic of the maximum prison.

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A citizen of Niger Republic, Tijani was arrested in 2003 in the Benin Republic and spent 11 years in prison while facing trial before his death at Kirikiri.

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Driver jailed 10 years for importing hard drugs

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Thursday sentenced a driver, Akinola Suleiman, to 10 years imprisonment for importing 11 kilogrammes of hard drugs.

Justice Babs Kuewumi convicted Suleiman following a nearly seven-year trial before two judges.

He said the convict’s jail term would run from August 30, 2013, when he was arrested by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The judge also ordered that the drugs seized from the convict be destroyed if there was no appeal against the judgment within the period stipulated by the law.

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Kuewunmi, who plies the Ghana-Nigeria route, was found at the NDLEA checkpoint, Gbagi, Seme Border area, with 1.3kg of heroin neatly concealed in a big brown travel bag with false bottoms, hidden in a Toyota Camry car with registration number JJJ 584 AE Lagos.

He was charged before Justice Okon Abang on November 6, 2013, on two counts of importation of 1.3 kilograms of heroin and 9.75 kilogrammes of Ephedrine, a substance similar to cocaine, heroin and LSD.

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The NDLEA said he violated Section 11(b) of the NDLEA Act, 2004.

Suleiman pleaded not guilty, but Abang declined to grant him bail on the ground that he was a flight risk.

When his trial commenced on February 20, 2014, prosecution counsel Aliyu Abubakar called four witnesses.

Following Justice Abang’s transfer to another division of the court and the parties’ inability to obtain a ‘fiat’ for the judge to complete the case, the convict’s trial started ‘de novo’ before Justice Kuewumi.

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During the new trial, the prosecutor called seven witnesses and tendered six exhibits, The defendant was his only witnesses.

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Fingerprints on fire extinguisher used to smash Vera Uwaila Omozuwa led to suspect’s arrest

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The suspect arrested in connection with the gruesome rape and murder of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa was nabbed courtesy of fingerprints left on a fire extinguisher.

WuzupNigeria reports that Omozuwa, a 100 level Microbiology student of the University of Benin [UNIBEN] was attacked inside a Redeemed Christian Church of God Parish in Edo State. She was said to have gone to read in the church.

Her attackers were said to have left several bite marks on her body, broken her bones and strangulated her, leaving her for dead. Reports claimed the 22-year-old was a virgin as of the time of the attack.

The Edo State Police Command has, however, arrested one person in connection with the incident.

According to the Command’s spokesperson, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, the suspect was arrested following the screening of the fingerprints on the fire extinguisher allegedly used to smash the head of the deceased.

“The item used in the assault, which was a fire extinguisher, was recovered, immediately the operatives who were with some specialists screened the fingerprints which led to our suspect around the place of the incident, the suspect was arrested,” Nwabuzor said.

The murder of Uwa after she was raped in a church where she had gone to read had sparked outrage and protests in Benin, Lagos and Abuja with the hashtag #JusticeForUwa dominating social media trend since Sunday.

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A group of protesters from the University of Benin (UNIBEN) students union, activists and some members of the public had on Monday stormed the headquarters of the state police command in Edo State demanding justice for Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

The protesters wearing black outfits and bearing placards condemning rape staged a walk from the Kings Square area of Benin City and eventually took their message to the state police command headquarters at GRA.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police, operations, Ayoola Ajala who received the protesters, assured them that investigations have commenced and arrests have been made in connection to Uwa’s murder.

Among those who reacted in condemnation of the tragic death of Vera was the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, APC lawmaker representing Ovia federal constituency in the House of Representatives John. Dennis Idahosa and General Overseer and Senior Pastor of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide Pastor Johnson Suleiman.

Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the state, Mr Chris Nehikhare in a statement in Benin said it was saddened by the brutal rape and murder of Miss Vera.

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The party noted that “education is the cornerstone of sustainable development and meaningful progress…our youth must be told”.

Mr.Idahosa in a statement signed by his media aide Mr Osaro Aghedo said:

“I’m shocked and deeply anguished to hear about the death of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100 level student of University of Benin, Micro Biology department who was a victim of rape that took place on May 29th, in Benin and later died 30th of May 2020.”

He stated that:

“Action and not words is required to check incidents like this heinous rape. We must identify the causes and find solutions for such criminal depravity in our society.”

While expressing condolences to the bereaved’s family, friends and the university community, the lawmaker called on “all Security agencies to fish out the perpetrator of such dastardly act.

 

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I was the lookout, says 22-year-old arrested over kidnap of magistrate’s daughter in Rivers

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A 22-year-old suspect has narrated his role in the kidnap of the daughter of a magistrate in Rivers State sometime in April.

Gift Tasie, was one of the hoodlums that attacked the home of the magistrate at Rumuagholu, abducted his daughter and then demanded N10m ransom.

Tasie, who is presently in the custody of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), said his role on the day of the attack was to act as a lookout while others stormed the magistrate’s apartment

The suspect said he took to crime because he needed to survive.

Tasie, who described himself as an orphan, said he dropped out of school after his parents’ death.

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He said:

“It was because I needed to survive that made me join the gang led by Ihekazi Igwe. He initiated me into the Icelander cult group. On the day of the incident, I joined them at an agreed location at Omagwa. When I got there, Ihekazi, Ibuchi, Bright and Sampson Aaron were already on the ground with their guns. We drove to the house. I was given a machete and instructed to watch out for vigilante boys. After about an hour, they drove out with another car and inside the car was the magistrate’s daughter.

“When we got to the bush, they shared all the valuables stolen from the house. I was given N10,000 and a wrapper. I was asked to go home because I live with my sister, and if she doesn’t see me in more than 24 hours, she could raise the alarm.

“When I called them the next day, they told me that they asked the family to pay N4 million. I was waiting to be called to collect my share when Ihekazi called to say that the lady had escaped. I wanted to use my share to start a business. I am sorry, it was poverty that led me to crime.”

The attack on the magistrate’s home was carried out by five young men, including Tasie. The other suspects are still at large.

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The gang robbed the victim’s house and then abducted his daughter. She later escaped from her kidnappers.

The IRT operatives, who had been investigating the matter since the invasion of the magistrate’s home, tracked Tasie to his home and arrested him.

The operatives are still on the trail of other fleeing members of the gang.

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