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Deaf and dumb ex-convict jailed six months for burglary and stealing

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Magistrate Olugbenga Oladoke of a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, has sentenced an ex-convict to six months in jail for burglary and stealing.

WuzupNigeria reports that the 22-year-old culprit, Muraina Sodiq, can neither hear nor could talk.

Muraina pleaded guilty to two-count of forceful entry and stealing.

He had previously served an undisclosed period in jail for stealing cable in Osogbo.

Upon his arraignment, details of the charges pressed against him were interpreted for the defendant through the use of sign language.

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Muraina’s father, who witnessed the proceedings, after interaction with his son, also confirmed to the court that the defendant understood the charges as read and had pleaded guilty.

The defendant, who admitted committing the crime, was said to have on March 15, 2020, at Ona Babaona, Oke Baale Area, Osogbo, entered into a shop belonging to one Rafiu Haruna and stole a welding engine valued N45,000 and one car battery valued N18,000.

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Razaq Olayiwola, the prosecutor of the case said the offences committed contravene Sections 413 and 390 (9) of Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. Il Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.

Olayiwola while presenting facts of the case, tendered car battery and welding engine stole by the defendant as exhibits.

Najite Okobe announced appearance for the defendant and urged the court to be lenient with his client.

He said Muraina even with his disability did not waste the time of the court and was remorseful after he was subjected to a serious beating when he was caught where he had gone to steal.

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But the prosecutor urged the court give judgement as appropriate, saying Muraina had served a prison term for stealing cable in Osogbo.

In his ruling, Magistrate Oladoke found the defendant guilty of the two counts and sentenced him to six months jail term at Ile-Ife Correctional Center.

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Police arrest suspected hemp peddler, recover 100 parcels in Jigawa

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The police in Jigawa has arrested a suspected illicit drug peddler with 100 parcels of hemp.

The police spokesman in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the arrest to newsmen in Dutse on Wednesday.

Jinjiri said that the suspect, aged 25, was arrested by police enforcing border closure at the Kano-Jigawa border in Kijawal Village in Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa.

He said that the suspect, a resident of Sabon Garin Yaya Village in Taura Local Government Area of the state, was arrested in a Peugeot 406 heading to Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano.

“The police at Kijawal border – between Jigawa and Kano – deployed by the Jigawa Police Command to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, stopped a Peugeot 406 with registration number FGE 387 AA driven by a 25-year-old man of Sabon Garin Yaya, Taura LGA,” he said.

Jinjiri said that while searching the vehicle, the police discovered four bags each containing 25 parcels of dried leaves suspected to be hemp.

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The spokesman added that the parcels were valued at N750,000.

“The driver was apprehended and the vehicle impounded.

“During interrogation, the driver said that the vehicle and the hemp were given to him by his master who is a big hemp dealer, now at large, to deliver it to other vendors in Gezawa LGA, Kano State, who are also at large,” he said.

According to him, efforts are being made to arrest the fleeing suspects.

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The spokesman said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Usman Gomna, has directed the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to transfer the case to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for prosecution.

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Minister of Justice takes over trial of kidnap Kingpin Wadume, 19 others

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The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar  Malami has taken over the prosecution of alleged kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala, also known as Wadume (33 years) and 19 others charged with terrorism, kidnapping and dealing with prohibited arms.

The case commenced via a 16-count charge filed on January 21 this year, by Simon Lough (an Assistant Commissioner of Police) in the name of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

A senior lawyer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Magaji Labaran told a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday that the AGF has taken over the prosecution of the case pursuant to his power under Section 174(2) of the Constitution.

Labaran said the case file was handed to his office the previous day. He noted that only six, out of the 20 defendants, were present in court.

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He sought a short adjournment to enable him to put things in order and liaise with the arresting and investigating agencies to ensure that all the defendants are brought to court.

Lawyers to the defendants, including Y. D. Dagana, M. I. Tola and Yakubu Philemon did not object to the request for an adjournment.

Philemon, who represented the 16 to 19 defendants, said his clients were absent in court because of the current inter-state lockdown.

Justice Binta Nyako adjourned till June 8 for arraignment.

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Ten soldiers, including a Captain and two policemen, are among the19 people charged with Wadume.

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The soldiers are Ahmed Tijani Balarabe (Captain), David Isiah (Staff Sgt), Ibrahim Mohammed (Sgt), Bartholomew Obanye (Cpl), Mohammed Nura (Private), Okoroze Gideon (L/Cpl), Markus Michael (Cpl), Nvenaweimoemi Akpagra (L/Cpl), Abdullahi Adamu (Staff Sgt) and Ebele Emmanuel (Private).

The policemen are Aondona A. Iorbee (ASP) and Aliyu Dadje (Inspr).

Others are: Auwalu Bala (a. k. a Omo Razor), Uba Bala (a. k. a Uba Delu), Ahmad Suleiman (a. k. a Dan Ball), Bashir Waziri (a. k. a Baba Runs), Zubairu Abdullahi (a. k. a Basho), Hafizu Bala (a. k. a Mai welder) and Rayyanu A. Abdul.

They were, in one of the counts, alleged to have, “between February and April 2019 in Takum Taraba State, while acting in concert and armed with guns and other offensive weapons attacked and kidnapped one Usman Garba at his filling station in Takum and demanded and collected a ransom of N106.3miliion before he was released and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(1) of Terrorism (prevention) Amendment Act 2013.

They were, in another count, alleged to have “while acting in concert and armed guns and other offensive weapons committed acts of terrorism when you attacked and killed Insp. Mark Ediale, Sgt Usman Danzumi, Sgt Dahiru Musa, Babajide Owolabi and Faruk Bashir in Gidin Waya Ibi LGA, Taraba State, in order to rescue Alh. Hamisu Bala ‘M’ 33yrs (a.k.a Wadume) a notorious kidnapped king pin, who was arrested in connection with several cases of kidnapping and the attacked and kidnapped of one Usman Garba (aka Mayo) where a ransom of N106million was demanded and collected and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) of Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act 2013.

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We sold three cars to secure my dad’s release from kidnappers – Archbishop Joesph Masin’s son

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Three cars were sold to raise the ransom for abducted Nasarawa State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria [CAN], Archbishop Joseph Masin.

This was disclosed by the archbishop’s first son, Bishop Miracle Masin, on Tuesday.

According to Bishop Miracle, he sold the cars belonging to him, his wife and his father’s before he could raise the ransom to secure his father’s release. He added that some wellwisher also contributed funds to secure his father’s release.

WuzupNigeria reports that Archbishop Joseph was abducted at his residence in Bukan-Sidi, Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The cleric decried the harsh treatment meted to his father, who is also the General Overseer, Word of God Worldwide Gospel City.

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The Bishop, however, refused to disclose the amount paid by the family.

He explained that they started negotiations with the kidnapers from N45m, noting that when the kidnappers checked his father’s contacts on his phone and saw the calibre of persons there, they jacked up the ransom to N50m.

He said,

“Millions of naira was paid but we are not ready to disclose it now. The pressure was so much but we thank God for everything. The negotiations began from the day he was kidnapped till he was released on Saturday, May 30 around 11.45pm. He got home on Sunday around 4am.”

Miracle noted that the entire family was delighted to have his father back in good condition.

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He added,

“My father didn’t even know where he was until he met some people, who were running away from him until one of them was bold to come close and ask him what happened. They later took him to a place where we met him in.”

While describing the kidnappers as beasts, he said his father was left in a bush and was sleeping on stones with his shorts.

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He added,

“For those days, my father couldn’t eat. They were bringing food but he couldn’t eat because he was not sure of what was in the food and he didn’t trust them.

“They released him along Eggon but the ransom was actually paid in Obi.”

While expressing his gratitude to Governor Abdullahi Sule, his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe, Miracle pointed out that the state government was not involved in the payment of the ransom.

He called on the government to boost security across the state to tackle the issue of kidnapping in the state.

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