The Benue State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a school teacher, Terseer Maikyo, who allegedly raped a JSS 1 student in Ukum Local Government Area of the state.
This was contained in a press statement on Friday signed by the Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Sewuese Anene and made available to newsmen in Makurdi.
The statement stated that Maikyo was arrested on October 8, and would soon be charged to court.
It further stated that another man, Nelson Omanka from Obi Local Government, who was also arrested on October 9, for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl, had been charged to court.
The police also added that two people had been apprehended by detectives on October 7, in connection with the murder of one Fidelis, a student of the University of Science and Technology Calabar, Cross-River State.
The suspects were named as Emmanuel Williams and James Ulem.
“Two white and blue coloured axes, one machete, a bottle of concoction, five handsets and wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian-Hemp were recovered from them.”
Five robbery suspects – Lubem Tseer, Tertsea Ephraim, Peter Yaigh, Joseph Gyan and Aondaana Tarhembe – were apprehended in their hideout in Gboko with a single barrel gun, one cartridge and assorted charms, it said.
According to the command, two Toyota Corolla vehicles and assorted phones were recovered from five robbery and kidnapping suspects operating along Ugbema/Adikpo road.
It gave their names as Nanen Targba, Gabriel Mbakighir, Aondofa Doaior, Aondohemba Torkwembe and Atsor Abeda.
“Again, Suleiman Abdullahi was arrested in possession of one locally-made revolver pistol with an expanded 9mm ammunition, four rounds of live AK 47 ammunition and 126 wraps of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.”
It stressed that the Command was determined to mitigate criminality in the state and urged the public to provide useful information to the police to help in tracking the criminals.
“Benue State Police Command has continued to intensify efforts towards the fight against crime as evident in the recent special deployments and arrest of suspects in connection with heinous crimes.
“Within the last three weeks, Police Officers deployed to strategic points have been able to foil kidnap/ robbery attempts among among other crimes,” the statement added.
Man bags 12 months jail term for housebreaking, stealing
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.
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.
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
FG frees 3,789 prison inmates to curb COVID-19 spread
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.
”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.
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.
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.
Pastor arrested for allegedly raping daughter in Ogun
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.
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.
“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.
“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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