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Gateman threatens to kill man and his family, gets N5m ransom, bags 20 years in jail

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a gate-man to 20 years imprisonment for terrorism, threats to life and fraud.

Justice Ayokunle Faji sentenced James Paul Tuksa on three counts: 10 years for terrorism, five years for threats to life and another five years for fraud.

The sentences will run concurrently, the judge said, meaning Tuksa will spend only a maximum of 10 years in jail.

The sentence takes effect from October 10, 2016, when the defendant was arraigned.

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The judge convicted the defendant on March 13, 2020 but adjourned till yesterday for sentence.

Tuksa was found guilty of obtaining N5m ransom from a complainant after threatening to kill him and his family.

The Office of Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) arraigned Tuksa on May 25, 2017, on a two-count.

He pleaded not guilty.

During trial, the government amended the charge to three counts and Tuksa repeated his plea.

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The AGF’s counsel Mr O.C. Anigbogu said Tuksa committed the offence while he was a gateman at 4a, Ibironke Crescent, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi.

The court heard that Tuksa, sometime in October 2016, phoned one Victor Omotayo Awosika, of 2, Ibironke Crescent, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, and threatened to exterminate him and his family, unless he was paid N5 million.

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Awosika paid up.

Anigbogu said the offences contravened Sections 24 (2) (a) and (2) (1) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and Section 390(9) of Criminal Code, 2004.

During his trial, the prosecutor called two witnesses and tendered four exhibits including the defendant’s statement.

Tuksa’s extra-judicial statement and a closed circuit television (CCTV) footage were also.

Tuksa testified in his defence.

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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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Twitter: BABCOCK student called out for allegedly raping 24 girls (Photos)

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A Babcock student, Godknows Adolphus Owhor is currently trending on Twitter following allegations of rape against him.

The student’s alleged victims came forward with their story after Twitter user @caramelangiee shared screenshots of a DM she got.

Another lady also accused him of defiling her when she was just 14.

Other ladies came out to accuse Owhor of rape including an alleged cousin.

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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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