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IGP deploys forensic support for investigation on Uwaila Omozuwa’s rape, murder


Adamu Muhammed

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Adamu Muhammed, has deployed forensic support for the investigation on the rape and murder of Uwaila Omozuwa.

Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100 level student of Microbiology at the Univerity of Benin, was raped and bashed with a fire extinguisher in the head by unknown men.

She was found in serious condition inside a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in Edo State where she had gone to read at night.

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In reaction, the Nigerian Police Force revealed that the IGP assured that the perpetrators will be brought to book.

A statement issued on Twitter reads:

“As part of deliberate and concerted efforts by the Nigeria Police High Command to unravel the circumstances surrounding the brutal attack and unfortunate death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa in Benin, Edo State on 28th and 30th May 2020 respectively, the Inspector General of Police has deployed additional investigations aids and forensic support to Edo State Police Command to complement and expedite actions in the ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident.

“The IGP, while condemning the attack, commiserates with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. He calls for calm and assures that the Force will surely bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time.”


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Osun: Man to die by hanging for ritual killing



An Osun State High Court sitting in Ile-Ife on Tuesday sentenced a 37-year-old man, Oluleke Ogunyemi, to death by hanging for murder.

The accused had been arraigned before the court on March 6, 2013, for killing one Moshood Babalola.

He was charged with conspiracy and murder.

The offences are punishable under sections 319 and 324 of the Criminal Code Cap. 34, Laws of Osun State.

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According to details before the court, the accused, at Iredunmi area, Ile-Ife, around 10 am on February 17, 2010, killed Babalola after cutting off his head with a knife.

The deceased’s father, Sikiru Babalola, reported the incident at the More Police Station, Ile -Ife.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution counsel from the state’s Ministry of Justice, Mr Tijani Adekilekun, called five witnesses.

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Testifying before the court, a prosecution witness, Inspector Rasheedat Olanrewaju, said she and two police operatives visited Agbedegbede area of Ife, where the accused used to reside.

She said the team while searching the house of the accused, found the victim’s decomposing body.

Olanrewaju added that the accused in his statement to the police confessed that he killed Babalola for ritual purposes.

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In his judgement, Justice Adedotun Onibokun found the accused guilty of the charges.

He subsequently sentenced him to death by hanging.

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Reverend arraigned for allegedly raping his housemaid, 16



A clergyman identified as Reverend Joseph Ma’aji has been arraigned by officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, Kaduna state command, on Tuesday, July 7 before a Chief Magistrate court in the state for allegedly raping his 16-year-old housemaid.

According to the legal officer of the NSCDC prosecuting the case, Yayayi Jauro, the state social welfare office in Kakuri, Kaduna, on July 1, received a report of alleged sexual harassment and act of gross indecency against the Reverend.

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The legal officer, Jauro said that Ma’aji was reported to have been unlawfully having sexual intercourse on several occasions with his underaged maid, who was entrusted to him by her uncle, at his residence in Barnawa, Kaduna, since 2015.

The NSCDC legal officer, Jauro stressed that Ma’aji had been molesting the girl and requesting for sexual favours unjustifiably and had voluntarily confessed to have committed the crime during investigations.

“Medical reports from Gwamna Awan hospital here in Kaduna had also confirmed commission of the alleged offence,” Jauro said.

He said the offence contravened section 257, 260 and 262 of the Kaduna State penal code law of 2017.

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Passing his judgement on the case, the Chief Magistrate, Bashir Shittu ordered that Ma’aji be remanded pending advice from the office of the state Director of Public Prosecution.

According to Magistrate Shittu, his court lacked the power to try the accused.

He adjourned the case to Aug. 25, for further mention.

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Bandits kill Army Captain, abduct relatives



Troops kill 135 bandits, raid hideouts in Katsina, Zamfara

An Army officer attached to the 353 Artillery Regiment, Ojo Barracks, Lagos, was on Sunday, reportedly shot dead by suspected bandits, along the Okene-Lokoja highway.

Capt. GSM Abubakar, with army number N/13600, was said to be travelling in his Honda Accord car when he ran into a blockade mounted by the armed bandits.

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An unconfirmed source said that Abubakar was travelling from Lagos to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, in Jaji, Kaduna State, to participate in 2020 junior officers course.

He was said to be in the company of his wife and mother when the incident happened.

The bandits were said to have opened fire on the officer, who was dressed in mufti, killing him on the spot.

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They thereafter abducted his wife and mother.

Other officers travelling in other vehicles behind him narrowly escaped the attack.

They were said to have maneuvred their ways and sped away from the scene.

The officer’s remains moved to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja were on Tuesday claimed by the family for burial in his hometown, in Niger State.

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