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Islamic cleric, 43, caught on camera defiling five-year-old girl in Mosque

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An Islamic Cleric, Abdulsalam Salaudeen, was on Monday remanded by an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for allegedly defiling a five-year-old girl in a mosque.

Justice Abiola Soladoye, who obliged the prosecutor’s request for the remand, adjourned the case until October 14 for trial.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Salaudeen, 43, is being tried for allegedly defiling the child, who was under his tutelage.

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The Prosecutor, Ms T. Olanrewaju-Dawodu, told the court that Salaudeen allegedly committed the offence on Dec. 22, 2018 at the premises of Olorunbabe Mosque at No. 15, Palace Road, Igando, near Lagos.

Olanrewaju-Dawodu said that Salaudeen, popularly called Alfa, was caught defiling the child via the footage of a hidden camera which was installed within the premises of the mosque by suspicious individuals.

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The defendant, residing at No. 16, Awoyemi St., Ikotun, Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

 

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Kano Court sentences man to death by stoning for rape

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An Upper Shari’a Court sitting in Kano on Wednesday, sentenced a 60-year-old man, Mati Abdu, to death by stoning after his conviction for raping a 12-year-old girl.

Abdu was convicted on a count charge of rape contrary to Section 126 of Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law 2000.

The Trial Judge, Ibrahim Sarki-Yola, said the accused person pleaded guilty to the charge after the case was adjourned for the fourth time without changing his plea.

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Sarki-Yola said the Court was convinced by the accused person’s admission of the charge against him and found him guilty.

The Judge, thereafter, convicted the accused and sentenced him to death by stoning under Section 127 (b) of the Kano State Shari’a Code Law 2000.

Sarki-Yola, however, ordered a 30-days grace within which to appeal the judgment.

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Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Ms. Badariya Muhammad, had told the court that the convict committed the offense sometimes in 2019, at Farsa village in Tsanyawa Local Government Area of the State.

Muhammad told the court that the convict at about 1:00 p.m. had unlawful canal knowledge of the 12-year-old girl under a tree situated at Farsa village in Tsanyawa.

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The prosecution argued that the offense contravened Section 126 of Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law 2000.

In his submission before the Court, Abdu pleaded guilty to the charge in four separate sittings of the Court.

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Police declare war on killers in Ekiti community

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The Police in Ekiti State on Wednesday declared war on persons suspected to be involved in the violence and killing of two persons at Ire Ekiti, Oye Council Area of the state over the stoppage of Ogun Onire Festival celebration.

The town had been embroiled in violent crisis since Sunday over attempt by its monarch, Oba Victor Bobade to enforce government’s directives banning the celebration of the annual Ogun Onire Festival to prevent further spread of COVID 19.

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The action considered as provocative to Ogun worshippers had led to an attack on the palace of Oba Bobade, where two persons were killed and a car burnt in the process.

The police had arrested one arrowhead of the violence and 15 other suspects declared wanted.

The Police Commissioner, Mr Babatunde Mobayo, in a statement in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, said the command had begun a mop up operation to halt further killings and turning the town to a killing field.

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The statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said:

“In order to restore peace to the Community, the Commissioner of Police wishes to inform the people of Ire-Ekiti that the Police shall be carrying out a mop up operation and investigation to fish out the perpetrators in the Community from the hour of 6:00 am today, 12th August, 2020.

“In view of this, the Commissioner implores the people of Ire-Ekiti Community to be law-abiding, cooperate with the Police deployed and avoid any act that could frustrate the aim of the operation, as such adverse act shall not be tolerated.”

Mobayo observed with dismay, how some “unscrupulous” persons in their large number had taken to the streets, destroying properties, causing injuries and death of innocent citizens and consequently causing a state of anarchy and unnecessary apprehension.

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Two Nigerians, Sudanese jailed for entering Malta with forged passports

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Three men – two Nigerians and a South Sudanese – have been jailed six months for using tampered passports to enter Malta.

The Nigerians – 26 years old Jerry Onyibe and Iwezu Tony, 30 – and a Bany William, 21, from South Sudan were charged with falsifying the passports, knowingly making use of them and possession of falsified documents.

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Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendi jailed the three men after they pleaded guilty.

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