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Fraud: Court sentences ex-Adamawa Pilgrims Welfare boss to five years imprisonment

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The Adamawa High Court sitting in Yola has sentenced a former executive secretary, Adamawa State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Bishop Jingi Mayo, to five years imprisonment.

Mr Bello Bakori, Adamawa Commissioner, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), confirmed the development on Tuesday in Yola.

Bakori said that Jingi was the executive secretary of the board between 2016 and 2017, and was sentenced to a correctional facility on March 23, 2020, without an option of fine.

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He said the defendant was charged on a 3-count charge filed on the Jan. 30, 2019, for violating the provisions of Sections 16, 19 and 25(1)(a) of ICPC Act.

The charges, according to the commissioner, are punishable under Sections 16, 19 and 25(1)(b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

“The convict was charged to Court on Jan. 30, 2019, for diverting and furnishing of false return in respect of the sum of N69,198,600.00 (Sixty Nine million, One Hundred and Ninety-Eight Thousand and Six Hundred Naira).

“The amount after thorough investigations was discovered meant for the operation committees of the 2016 Christian Pilgrims operation to Israel and fraudulently the convict diverted the amount for personal use.

“The convict was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Adamawa High Court presided by Justice Nathan Musa, for diverting government money and making false statement to the officer of the Commission,” the statement read in part.

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Three to hang 10 years after killing groundnut seller, ex-Niger Delta agitator in Rivers

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After 10 years of legal battle, three persons have been sentenced to death over the death of a former Niger Delta agitator, Soboma George, and a groundnut seller, Joy John-Ejims.

The criminals – Dougbra Ogbe, Emmanuel Gladstone, and Bere Matthew – were convicted on three counts bordering on conspiracy and murder of George and John-Ejims in 2010.

Justice George Omereji of the Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt in the judgement that lasted for over two hours directed that the convicts be tied on their neck till they are confirmed dead.

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He held that the prosecution was able to prove his case beyond reasonable doubts, especially with the evidence of an eyewitness, Emmanuel Eniete, who was hit by a stray bullet during the attack that led to the death of George.

The trial judge noted that evidence and testimonies of the witness had proven that the defendants actually committed the crime as charged.

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Omereji noted the confessional statement that the convicts killed George because he wanted to kill them for refusing to assassinate the former governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, and then Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State further indicted them.

However, the prosecution counsel, Ipalibo Karibo-Botoye, after the proceeding, expressed happiness that ten years of prosecution, justice had come to stay.

He commended the court for giving George and John-Ejims justice, noting that he was ready to defend his case further at the appeal court.

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Karibo-Botoye,

“We are happy that ten years after the murder of George justice has come to stay. It is a thing of joy that the court saw that we proved our case.

“If they go on appeal we are ready to defend this case to logical conclusion. This is justice for the family.”

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Man, 25, breaks into 70-year-old woman’s house in Ogun, rapes her

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The Ogun State Police Command has arrested one Wasiu Bankole, 25, for allegedly raping a 70-year-old woman.

WuzupNigeria reports that detectives from Agbado division in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state arrested the suspect on Wednesday less than 24 hours after he reportedly committed the crime.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident Thursday, said the suspect had confessed to the crime.

Oyeyemi disclosed that the septuagenarian rape victim (name withheld) reported at the Agbado division that while she was sleeping in her house on Tuesday, the suspect broke in and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

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He said:

“The suspect was arrested following a report by the victim who reported at Agbado division that while she was sleeping in her house on the 2nd of June 2020, at Abule Lemode area of Ijoko at about 8:00pm, the suspect suddenly broke into her room, held her down and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her against her consent.

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“The victim stated further that it was one of her neighbours who heard her screaming that came to rescue her by using a stick to hit the suspect at his back consequent upon which he jumped off her and ran away leaving his clothes, shoe and torchlight inside her room.

“Upon the report, the DPO Agbado division, SP Kuranga Yero, dispatched his detectives to look for the suspect and bring him to justice. The detectives succeeded in getting him arrested 24 hours after and brought him to the station.

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“On interrogation, he confessed committing the crime but claimed to have acted under the influence of alcohol.”

Oyeyemi, however, stated that the victim had been taken to the hospital for medical attention.

He added that the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to Anti-human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.

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Police free 42-year-old man who raped seven-year-old IDP

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There is serious anger in the Nguru area of Yobe State following the decision of the Nigeria Police Force to release a man who serially raped a seven-year-old internally displaced girl.

The girl, it was gathered lives with her mother in a camp at Garbi, a suburb of Nguru town, after they fled insurgents attacks.

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According to Sahara Reporters, an activist based in Nguru who is working to get justice for the family of the victim (name withheld) said people of the area are outraged after they saw the perpetrator of the crime, Danladi Naira, walking freely in the town.

Describing how the alleged rapist was nabbed, he said:

“The rapist always picks the girl on her way to Islamiyya and rape her.”

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