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Mexican drug lord, El Chapo, sentenced to life in prison in the US after escaping from jail twice

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A US judge in Brooklyn has sentenced Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to life in prison plus 30 years.

Guzmán, 62, was found guilty of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, by a federal court in New York in February.

El Chapo had escaped twice from maximum-security prisons in Mexico. His first escape came in 2001, purportedly in a laundry cart and with the help of prison officials he had corrupted. In 2015 he escaped again by digging a mile-long tunnel from his cell but was later arrested and extradited to the US in 2017.

He is a former head of the Sinaloa cartel, which officials say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US.

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During his trial, witnesses said he had tortured his cartel’s enemies.

Speaking through an interpreter just before Wednesday’s sentencing, Guzmán said in the Brooklyn courtroom his confinement in the US had amounted to “psychological, emotional, mental torture 24 hours a day”.

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He also said he had received an unfair trial, accusing jurors of misconduct.

The life sentence was the minimum Guzmán faced. The additional 30 years were for unlawful uses of firearms.

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He was also ordered to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture.

Prosecutors said Guzmán would be serving his sentence behind “tonnes of steel”, referring to a high-security prison in Colorado.

It was not immediately clear if Guzmán would appeal against the verdict.

Authorities have also not said where he will be imprisoned. But he likely will spend the rest of his life at the U.S. Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado, the cumbersome name for what is better known as ADX Florence, the nation’s most secure “Supermax” prison.

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According to Reuters, no one has escaped from the prison since it opened in 1994.

Prisoners are typically confined for around 23 hours a day to solitary cells, each with a narrow window about 42 inches (107 cm) high and angled upward so only the sky is visible.

They can watch TV in their cells, and have access to religious services, educational programs and a commissary.

But special restrictions are used to ensure that inmates cannot exert influence or make threats beyond the prison walls. Prisoners cannot move around without being escorted. Head counts are done at least six times a day.

 

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Nurses, one other arrested for stealing newborn baby abandoned in Katsina hospital

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Three women have been arrested in Katsina State for allegedly stealing a newly born baby girl abandoned in a private hospital in the state.

WuzupNigeria gathered that the suspects included two nurses – 35 years old Misira Tijani and Grace Ejigu,43 – and the buyer, one Eucharia Onyema, 45.

The Police in the state said that one Shamsiya Sani, 25, of Dandagoro Quarters, in Katsina, the state capital, delivered the baby in a private hospital on 25 July 2020. She, however, abandoned the baby shortly after delivery, leaving behind a handwritten note which explained that she took the action because the baby was borne out of wedlock.

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The two nurses – Tijani and Ejigu – picked up the baby and allegedly sold her to Onyema.

The three women were paraded at the headquarters of the Katsina police command on Monday evening.

The Command’s Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, told newsmen during the suspects’ parade, that the bubble bust after the driver of a commercial tricyclist hired by the three women to convey them to their various houses from the hospital drove them to the Sabongarin police division after eavesdropping to their conversation.

SP Isah added,

“Nemesis caught up with them (the three women) when they were arrested on their way from the hospital to their houses with the child through the help of a Keke NAPEP rider who suspected them of stealing the child.”

The police spokesman said the baby was already receiving attention at the Social Welfare department of Ministry of Youths and Social Development.

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The two nurses, in an interview with journalists, denied selling the baby, insisting they gave her to Eucharia Onyema on humanitarian grounds.

Tijani, who spoke on behalf of the duo, said,

“We took the step we took on humanitarian grounds. We never sold the baby. The only mistake we made was not informing the hospital management before taking the decision.”

Eucharia equally said she did not buy the baby, declaring that she collected her from the two nurses with a view to taking care of her since she has no child of her own.

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She said,

“It’s true I am barren. I only collected the baby from the two nurses in order to be taking care of her.”

The police spokesman, however, said an investigation was ongoing on the incident.

 

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37-year-old Beninoise takes Nigerian couple on ‘spiritual journey’, scams them N5m

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In a bid to protect themselves and their children from untimely death, a Nigerian couple were reportedly entrapped by a 37-year-old Beninoise, Gbese Peter, and scammed to the tune of N5m.

Peter was alleged by the Ogun State Police Command to have defrauded Mr and Mrs Bamigboye of the sum on the pretext of helping them to overcome their spiritual problems and shielding their children from untimely death.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.

Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested after Mrs Bamigboye lodged a complaint at the Sabo Police Station, Abeokuta North LGA.

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He said the complainant lamented that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago.

The PPRO, in the statement, quoted Mrs Bamigboye to have said that the suspect started discussing with them about a serious spiritual calamity awaiting them and their children “if an urgent spiritual step is not taken.”

“Out of fear of the unknown, they agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin, where he gave them a wooden coffin which he instructed them not to open until he asked them to do so.

“She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them until they coughed out a total sum of N5m.

“When they realised that they had been swindled, the shock led to the death of her husband.

“Upon the report, the DPO of Sabo division, SP Nicholas Tamunoinom, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of the public, they succeeded in arresting him on July 25, 2020.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to collecting money under false pretences from the couple, but he claimed that he only duped them of N3.5m and not N5m as claimed by the woman, and that he used the money to build a house for himself.”

Oyeyemi added that the command recovered from the suspect some items, including a wooden coffin containing a white cloth and other substances and a horn wrapped with a white cloth and beads.

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The PPRO said the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered the transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.

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I duped my victims of N3.5m to build a house- Native doctor confesses

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Katsina police arrest corps member over alleged rape

A suspected fake Beninoise native doctor, who was arrested by the Ogun State Police Command has claimed that he duped his victims to build a house.

The 37-year-old Benin Republic national, who was identified as Gbese Peter, said he collected N3.5million only, which he used to build a house for himself, contrary to the claim that he collected N5m.

Police said Peter was arrested for;

“defrauding a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Bamigboye Alao of the sum of N5million under the pretence of helping them to overcome their spiritual problems and shielding their children from untimely death.

A statement by Ogun police spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Oyeyemi, on Monday, revealed that the suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged at Sabo police station by Mrs. Bamigboye.

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Mrs. Bamigboye was said to have reported that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago when he started discussing with them about a serious spiritual calamity awaiting them and their children if an urgent spiritual step was not taken.

“Out of fear of the unknown, the couple had agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin where he gave them a wooden coffin, instructing them not to open it until he asked them to do so.

“She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them, until they coughed out the total sum of N5million,” Oyeyemi narrated.

When they realized that they had been swindled, Mrs. Bamigboye reportedly said the shock led to her husband’s death.

“Upon the report, the DPO Sabo division, SP Nicholas Tamunoinom, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of the public, they succeeded in arresting him on the 25th of July 2020.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed collecting money under false pretence from the couple, but he claimed that he only duped them of N3.5million and not N5milion as claimed by the woman, and that he has used the money to build a house for himself,” the PPRO said.

A wooden coffin containing white cloth and other substance, horn wrapped with white cloth and beads were recovered from the suspects.

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The State Commissioner of Police, CP Edward A. Ajogun has directed that the suspect be immediately transferred to the State CIID for proper investigation and diligent prosecution.

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