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LASU student killed for ritual purpose to be reburied in Lagos tomorrow


The body of Favour Daley-Oladele, a final-year LASU student, who was allegedly murdered for money rituals by her boyfriend, Adeeko Owolabi, at a church in Ikoyi-Ile in Osun State, on December 8, will be buried in Lagos on Tuesday January 7th.

Her family took the decison to give her a befitting burial after her body was exhumed by the police for further investigations over the weekend.

Favour who was in a relationship with Owolabi, was lured to a church in Ikoyi-Ile in Osun state and murdered by Owolabi and his herbalist, Segun Williams, who disguised as a prophet. After killing her, they cut vital organs from her body which was used to prepare concoctions that Owolabi and his mother, Ruth, allegedly drank. They have all been arrested by the police and would be arraigned in court soon.


#Newsworthy…

Ritual culprit, Adeeko Owolabi that killed and ate girlfriend’s heart gives original story


Adeeko Owolabi, the 22-year-old man who alongside one Prophet Segun Phillips, allegedly killed his girlfriend, Miss Favour Daley-Oladele, a final year Theatre Arts student of Lagos State University (LASU), has shared gory details of how he carried out the dastard act.

Adeeko and Phillips as well as his mother, Ruth, today January 4th, took the police to the shallow grave where Favour’s body was buried after she was killed on December 8th. When the body was exhumed, the head, the two breasts, neck and part of the two legs of late Favour had been removed by the suspects.

Speaking to newsmen, Adeeko said he lured the deceased to Ikoyi-Ile where the prophet’s church is located and lodged her in a hotel before killing her.


” After I lodged her in a guest house, I took her to a house which I claimed to be my uncle’s house, knowing fully well that the place was a ritualist’s den. I smashed a pestle on her head and she collapsed. The prophet thereafter used a knife and cutlass to dismember her body which was divided into three parts breasts, head and legs with other vital parts. We buried the remaining part of her body beside Prophet Philip’s Church called ‘Solution Salvation Chapel’, while some vital parts was given to my mother to eat for spiritual cleansing” he said

Also speaking to newsmen, the prophet who claimed to be the Senior clergyman at Solution Salvation Chapel, said the deceased was murdered to make money rituals for Owolabi. According to him, he used the church as a cover up

”I am not a prophet but a herbalist who engages in spiritual cleansing for whomsoever come to my place. I used the Solution Salvation Chapel as a cover up not to allow people know the true picture of who I am and what I do. Owolabi came to my place for money rituals and I told him that we need a complete human being for the rituals. And on December 8, he brought his girlfriend to my church and we killed her and as well dismembered her body part for money rituals” he said

On her part, Adeeko’s mother, said she was not aware that her son was involved in rituals.


#Newsworthy…

Stand Accord – France asks Iran after Soleimani’s death


France urged Tehran Saturday to stick with a landmark nuclear accord at risk of falling apart, the day after Washington killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he had discussed the issue with his Chinese and German colleagues, hoping to avoid escalation of an already intense stand-off between Iran and the United States.


“France fully shares with Germany the central objective of de-escalation and preservation of the Vienna (nuclear) accord,” Le Drian said in a statement.

With China, “we in particular noted our agreement… to urge Iran to avoid any new violation of the Vienna accord,” he added.


The 2015 agreement negotiated between Iran and the UN Security Council permanent members — Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States — plus Germany offered Tehran relief from stinging sanctions in return for curbs to prevent it acquiring nuclear weapons.

US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal last year and reimposed even more sanctions on Iran, which in turn has progressively dropped key commitments in the accord, including limits on uranium stock and enrichment levels.

Tehran recently announced that it would take a further step away from the accord in early January and this was widely expected to be announced on Monday.

The European Union, which helped broker the 2015 deal, has been trying to keep the accord alive despite the US withdrawal, but analysts say that now looks increasingly unlikely after the US killed Major General Qasem Soleimani, a key Iranian figure.


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Update: We murdered Qasem Soleimani to stop a disaster – Trump

...not to start a war


President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States killed top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani to stop a war.

Addressing newsmen in Florida, Trump alleged that Soleimani was “plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him”.


Blaming Soleimani for the death of hundreds of American civilians and servicemen, the president said he should have been killed long ago to save many lives.

“For years, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless Quds Force, under Soleimani’s leadership, has targeted, injured, and murdered hundreds of American civilians and servicemen.


“The recent attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq, including rocket strikes that killed an American and injured four American servicemen very badly, as well as a violent assault on our embassy in Baghdad, were carried out at the direction of Soleimani.

“Soleimani made the death of innocent people his sick passion, contributing to terrorist plots as far away as New Delhi and London”, Trump said.


He said the late military general had been carrying out acts of terror to destabilise the Middle East for the last 20 years.

“Just recently, Soleimani led the brutal repression of protestors in Iran, where more than a thousand innocent civilians were tortured and killed by their own government.


“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.

“I have deep respect for the Iranian people. They are a remarkable people, with an incredible heritage and unlimited potential,” he said.


Trump noted that although the U.S. was not seeking a regime change in Iran, the “Iranian regime’s aggression in the region, including the use of proxy fighters to destabilise its neighbors, must end, and it must end now”.

NobleReporters reports that there is tension in the Gulf over the killing, with Iran vowing “severe revenge” on those responsible.


Iran’s National Security Council has also vowed to effect “harsh vengeance” on the U.S. for the killing.

“The U.S. regime will be responsible for the consequences of this criminal adventurism.


“This was the biggest US strategic blunder in the West Asia region, and America will not easily escape its consequences.”

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has urged American citizens to “depart Iraq immediately” following the airstrike.

U.S. officials said thousands of additional troops would be deployed to the Middle East as a precaution.

World leaders, including UN Secretary General António Guterres, have called for restraint by all parties to prevent another war in the region.


#Newsworthy…

37years vigilante stabbed 17 years old teen in Aba.

…over minor argument


A 37-year-old vigilante member, Sunday Kalu has been arrested for stabbing a 17-year-old boy identified as Chinemerem Ifeanyi to death over a minor argument. NobleReporters learnt

The deceased and the vigilante member clashed on his way home from work around 8 p.m at Agu Road in Ndiegoro community of Aba South LGA.


A resident of the community who spoke to The Nation said he overheard the late Ifeanyi and Kalu arguing over a phone.

He said;

“I overheard him saying leave my phone while the man he was arguing with kept struggling to take the phone


“As at then, I never knew the person was Bakassi, I was thinking it was a mere street boys argument. It was later we got who he is.

“It was when I heard a scream that I and some persons rushed to behold Ifeanyi in a pool of his own blood stabbed on the neck and shoulder.


“The whole place was becoming dark. The man quickly abandoned the phone and tried to escape.

“Some persons who recognized him gave information made a call to Cameroun Barracks Police Station and they went after him and got him arrested.

“The unfortunate thing was that we later found the receipt of the phone on Ifeanyi and it bears his name which means, he bought the phone and it was still new.”

Abia State’s Police Commissioner, Ene Okon confirmed the incident and and also revealed that the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID).


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Students from LASU fully charged to fight for justice over murder of mate.


National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Southwest (Zone D) has vowed to ensure that justice is done in the gruesome murder of a 22-year-old Lagos State University (LASU) final year Theatre Arts student, Favour Daley-Oladele.

Late Daley-Oladele was reportedly murdered by her boyfriend, some of her body parts dismembered, cooked and eaten by the boyfriend’s mother, as part of a bizarre money-making ritual. NobleReporters learnt

LASU students?vow?to seek?justice in the gruesome murder of?22-year-old final year?student, Favour Daley-Oladele

The murder occurred early in December at Ikoyi-Ile, Ikire in Osun state, 270 km from the lady’s school. A candle light procession was held in her honour on Monday, December 30th by LASU students, who mourned her demise.

NANS promised to follow the matter to a logical conclusion and “update the public on our actions and findings in due time.”

LASU students?vow?to seek?justice in the gruesome murder of?22-year-old final year?student, Favour Daley-Oladele


#Newsworthy…

Kenyan man hangs himself in hospital.


A Kenyan man identified as Lamek Muhia has been confirmed dead after committing suicide in one of the toilets at Murang’a County Referral Hospital on Sunday December 29.

The deceased hanged himself in the toilet, a day after he was admitted in the hospital for taking poison in an apparent suicide attempt.

Though what pushed the man into committing suicide is still not known, the hospital’s medical superintendent Dr Leonard Gikera disclosed that the patient who was recovering well before his last attempt to take away his life was found dangling on the toilet’s shower by other patients.

County Police Commander, Josephat Kinyua who confirmed the incident said the deceased’s body was moved to the hospital’s mortuary after they were notified by its management. He also appealed to depressed individuals to seek help from clerics, community leaders and psychologists instead of taking their lives.

He said;

“Cases of suicide of people aged below 40 are on rise and we advise young people to seek help and advice from members of the clergy, community leaders and psychologists instead of taking their lives.”


#Newsworthy…

LASU undergraduate killed and eaten by friend, mom and prophet. Police nabbed.


Three suspects linked to murder of a final year student of Theatre Arts at the Lagos State University (LASU) identified as Favour Seun Daley-Oladele, have been reportedly arrested by the police.

LASU final year female student allegedly killed and eaten by friend, his mum and a Prophet

The deceased who was reportedly pregnant was allegedly killed on December 8 at Ikoyi Ile community in Ikire, Osun State.

Favour was allegedly killed by an ex-student of LASU, Owolabi Adeeko in collaboration with his mother Mrs Adeeko and one Prophet Segun Phillip, said to be a serial money ritualist. The deceased’s body parts was allegedly eaten by Owolabi and his mother in a bid to change their family’s misfortunes.

LASU final year female student allegedly killed and eaten by friend, his mum and a Prophet

Omojola Omotayo who shared the story on Facebook, wrote;

#JUSTICE FOR FAVOUR SEUN DALEY-OLADELE
FAVOUR SEUN DALEY OLADELE Aged 22yrs, a 400 level theartre art student of LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY(LASU) was gruesomely murdered on the 8th of December 2019 at Ikoyi Ile in Ikire,Osun state . She came home to see her parents, attended church service on Sunday ,while with her parents that sunday, she received a call from one OWOLABI ADEEKO who was an ex Lagos State University student who asked her to meet with him at undisclosed location.

Favour had told her parents she would be going to school as well as seeing a friend that afternoon this person happen to be OWOLABI ADEEKO whom she met about two months ago . That same Sunday afternoon she spoke with her father and he wishes her the best of luck in her forth coming final examination.

From then on, everything started happening in quick succession, her phone stopped going through, she did not returned calls neither did she call any of her parents to inform them of her arrival at school . Unknown to the parents she had been murdered by OWOLABI ADEEKO an ex student of LASU in Collaboration with One prophet SEGUN PHILLIP who happened to be a serial money ritualist practising his satanic trade at Ikoyi Ile in Ikire, Osun state and One Mrs ADEEKO who also happened to be OWOLABI ADEEKO’S mother.

These three people and others gruesomely murdered Favour SEUN DALEY OLADELE. In his confessional statement, OWOLABI ADEEKO admitted inviting her to an undisclosed location before using One black Honda to take her to Fortress hotel at ikoyi ile ,later that evening OWOLABI ADEEKO and her mother ,Mrs ADEEKO lured her to prophet SEGUN PHILLIP place, introduced later as an uncle,Favour was drugged while at the named hotel, Owolabi futher stated that by the time they got to prophet Segun PHILLIP’s place she was already tired, the three of them simply put favour under the tree close to an uncompleted well dug for that purpose, favours mutilated body was dumbed inside that well.

OWOLABI ADEEKO admitted futher that he used pestle to smashed FAVOUR’S head while prophet SEGUN PHILLIP admitted that he used sharp knife to cut favours throat. Prophet Segun PHILLIP also admitted in his statement that he caught her open ,removed her heart and certain parts of Favours body to cook native stew for OWOLABI ADEEKO’S mother. Mrs ADEEKO a collaborator in this evil scheme admitted eating the said native stew called(Aseje) so that her family misfortunes can be changed and so that she and her family can become rich.

Again it’s important for us to appreciate the good work of the investigating officers but what is most troublesome is that the duo of OWOLABI ADEEKO and prophet SEGUN PHILLIP were boasting that they will soon be released by the police. We are calling on well meaning Nigerians to demand justice for Favour SEUN DALEY OLADELE, we are calling on Nigeria’s Students to rise up through various medium to demand justice for Favour.

We are calling on good people within LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY to use their position to demand justice for Favour. Favour was said to be pregnant at the time of this incident.. Please #justice for Late Favour Seun Daley Oladele and spread the news .These perpetrators must be brought to face the justice…#justiceforFavour-Oladele

LASU final year female student allegedly killed and eaten by friend, his mum and a Prophet

LASU final year female student allegedly killed and eaten by friend, his mum and a Prophet

LASU final year female student allegedly killed and eaten by friend, his mum and a Prophet


#Newsworthy…

28 years old Trader commit suicide over man in Bayelsa


A 28-year-old female fruit seller, identified as Joy Osain, has allegedly killed herself by drinking a poisonous substance suspected to be Sniper.

The late Osain, a source in Azikoro village where the incident happened, said she was residing with Eze Augustus the boyfriend before the unfortunate incident happened.


The source, said that contrary to the allegation that the man beat the lady to death, the lady felt bad because the man brought in another lady into the house where they were living together. NobleReporters learnt

The source said: “See, I have to tell you the truth because I know you. The lady drank Sniper because she found out that the boyfriend brought in another lady who was incidentally the girlfriend of her lover into the house.


“They started quarrelling and she drank Sniper. As at when Joy fell on the floor outside and died, the boyfriend was not even around. They called him and told him. He now ran to the police station to report.

“The relatives of the girl came and destroyed the boy’s house saying that he beat their sister to death.”

When Sunday Telegraph visited the family of the deceased at Agbura community where the late girl hailed from, the father, Chief Abida, who was visibly pained, said: “I don’t have anything to say now. How can they still arrest three persons that went to take my daughter to the mortuary after the death of my daughter?

“If they didn’t arrest them, I would have let go but now they are in detention. Please I don’t have anything to say. I’m sorry.”


#Newsworthy…

Box’19: Lady, friend killed 5 days to her Wedding.


A lady whose wedding was scheduled to hold in Yola on December 31, was allegedly killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists alongside her friends on Boxing Day.

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists

Martha Bulus was reportedly travelling with her sister, Zainab and her friends said to be members of her bridal train when they were attacked by the insurgents at a village near Gwoza in Adamawa State. It was learnt that all passengers of the ambushed vehicle were killed in the attack.

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists

Facebook user, Amos Adziba who shared the story wrote;

WHAT A TRAGEDY

This young lady by name Martha Bulus was killed along side with her friends by Boko Haram yesterday, along Maiduguri- Gwoza road.She was traveling for her wedding which is scheduled to take place on 31-12-2019. May their souls rest in peace.

May God almighty bring an end to our Predicaments and calamities

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists

The claims was corroborated by another Facebook user, Jack Vince who wrote;

MARTHA BULUS. Killed yesterday by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram terrorists along Gwoza road as she traveled to Yola to get married. The wedding was scheduled for the 31st of December, 2019.

This is one of several incidences in the embattled northeast of Nigeria that may never make it to the tabloids.

Rest In Peace, sweet sister.

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists


#Newsworthy…

Bollywood actor, Punjabi commit suicide.


Bollywood actor Kushal Punjabi, 37 has been found dead at his residence.

According to local media reports, his body was found hanging in his Mumbai home, India on the night of Thursday, December 26th. He was last seen in Ishq Mein Marjawan.


His colleague, Karanvir Bohra shared the news of his demise on social media saying;

“Ur demise has shocked the hell out of me. I’m still in denial @itsme_kushalpunjabi. I know you are in a happier place, but this is unfathomable. The way you lead your life really inspired me in more ways than one….but what was I to know. Your zest for dancing, fitness, off-road biking, fatherhood and above all that, that smiling face of yours, your happy-go-lucky nature your warmth all that was such ingenuity. I’m gonna miss you so much #kushlani You will always be remembered sad a guy who lived a full life”.

Punjabi’s funeral rites will be held in Mumbai by 4 pm on Friday, December 27th


#Newsworthy…

Man shot dead on Xmas in Anambra.

A tragic incident occurred on Wednesday December 25, as a man identified as Onyeocha Umuokwu was allegedly shot dead by a policeman.

The incident reportedly occurred at the home of one Engineer Eze in Alor Idemili South Local Government area of Anambra state.

Eyewitnesses alleged that the deceased was killed by a stray bullet shot by a policeman aiming at a fleeing cow in the community.

A post shared by This is Anambra on Facebook read;

#SO SAD…

Onyeocha Umuokwu was shot by a police officer at Engineer Eze house yesterday been 25th December 2019, in Alor idemili south LGA Anambra stat

The news have it that a cow cut the rope they use to tied it and started running then the police officer on the duty now try to shoot the cow but mistakenly shot and killed this Alor popular/jovial man Onyeocha Umuokwu na Alor.

Very horrible…

Anambra man allegedly shot dead on Christmas day by policeman shooting at a cow

#Newsworthy..

Wife’s alleged death caused by man using eye drops.

…faces charges of first-degree murder.

Authorities in North Carolina say a man who worked as a paramedic is accused of using eye drops to kill his wife last year.

Joshua Lee Hunsucker, 35, of Mount Holly, was arrested Thursday in the September 23, 2018, killing of Stacy Robinson Hunsucker, 32, the North Carolina Department of Insurance said in a statement. Joshua Hunsucker faces charges of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said at a preliminary hearing Friday that Stacy Hunsucker’s body contained a suspicious amount of an active ingredient that is found in eye drop medication, which can cause heart failure when ingested in large quantities, according to NBC affiliate WCNC in Charlotte.

Jordan Green, an attorney for the North Carolina Department of Insurance, said at the hearing that after Stacy Hunsucker’s blood tested positive for a chemical found in eye drops, investigators interrogated Joshua Hunsucker. Green said he gave investigators enough information for them to arrest him, WCNC reported.

“I don’t know that he would characterize it as a confession, but it certainly approached that level,” Green said in court.

Joshua Hunsucker’s attorney, David Teddy, declined to comment on the case to NBC News on Monday. He said in court Friday that he anticipates the case will be “strenuously opposed.” Teddy said his client is a lead paramedic with Atrium Health and has no criminal record. He also said Joshua Hunsucker has been placed on administrative leave while his employer investigates potential misconduct.

Barry White, assistant director of public affairs for the North Carolina Office of Insurance, said Monday that Stacy Hunsucker’s death was tied to a $250,000 life insurance payout.

#Newsworthy…

Tragedy as Gunmen attacked GEJ hometown in Bayelsa.

… killed 1 soldier, injures 1

Gunmen numbering 20 in the wee hours of Tuesday attacked the country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area killing one soldier and injuring another.

The gunmen according to investigation had thrown dynamite into the compound before they invaded it from the water side at about 2am shortly after Jonathan left to sleep in his house in Yenagoa.

Eye-witness account said after they threw the dynamite into the compound the gunmen approached the house from the waterside at the back and went for the gun at the gunboat but unfortunately the gun was not mounted.

It was then two soldiers stationed at the back sighted them and a heavy shoot-out commenced with the gunmen.

The eye-witness account said if not for the timely intervention of the other soldiers that were coming to the back of the house with the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), the gunmen would have entered the compound and kill everybody inside.

“The gunmen opened fire on the soldiers and the soldiers replied. It was a heavy shootout. The Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) positioned in from of the house, made a u-turn blaring siren to join his men behind the house. The soldiers while engaging the gunmen at the back of the house were not aware some gunmen were coming into the house on land. Those gunmen on foot shot dead a soldier and shot another in the leg. The gunmen, escaped after sighting the APC moving to reinforce the soldiers. The gunmen abandoned a boat filled with blood. The gunmen suffered heavy causalities because at the jetty blood was everywhere and some watching from inside the house saw the gunmen moving some bodies of their colleagues into another boat.”

Many residents of Otuoke who were thrown into panic commended the soldiers for their gallantry at repelling the attack from the gunmen.

Jonathan who was at the scene with Commander of the 3rd Brigade, Elele and the Bayelsa Commissioner of Police was shocked at the incident and motive behind it.

The Operation Delta Safe, Joint Task Force is working to issue a statement on the incident.

#Newsworthy…

Jamal Khashoggi’s death: Corruption in Saudi Arabia as Crown prince declared unguilty.

Human Rights Groups and Turkey have come out to slam a verdict by a Saudi High court absolving crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman of any wrong doing in the 2018 murder of Wasshington post journalist and fierce MBS critic, Jamal Khashoggi.

The Crown Prince’s right hand man, Saud al-Qahtani, widely regarded as the mastermind of the operation was also cleared by the court of all involvement on Monday, according to a government organized news conference in the State capital, Riyadh.

(Read first story here)

Prosecutors said there would be no charges brought against him because “no evidence” existed.

At the time of Khashoggi’s brutal murder Qahtani was Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s senior adviser, so clearing him of wrong doing automatically clears MBS of wrong doing because he was Bin Salman’s right hand man.

Rights groups decry Saudi court verdict on Jamal Khashoggi murder after 5 people are sentenced to death, but Saudi Crown Prince is cleared of any wrong doing?

“The investigation showed that the killing was not premeditated … The decision was taken at the spur of the moment,” Saudi Deputy Public Prosecutor Shalaan al-Shalaan said, a verdict contradicting the findings of a United Nations and United States-led investigation that found that Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia gave the order for the journalist’s killing.

Khashoggi, was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul by a team of Saudi agents when he went to process documents for his planned marriage. He never left the consulate alive as he was drugged and dismembered inside before his remains were deposited in a yet to be found place.

The US CIA, Turkey, the UN, the EU all accused the Saudi Arabian government headed by Mohammed Bin Salman of being behind the gruesome murder, and after weeks of denail, Saudi Arabia later accepted they had carried out the murder.

The Saudi authorities said it was the result of a “rogue operation” and put 11 unnamed individuals on trial, but denied MBS was aware of the operation.

The Saudi prosecutor’s office on Monday said a total of 31 people were investigated in connection with the killing, and that 11 people were charged. Three were handed jail terms totalling 24 years and the rest were acquitted. None of the defendants’ names was immediately released by the court.

Ahmed Benchemsi, spokesman for Human Rights Watch, told Al Jazeera that the trial was “all but satisfactory”.

The case was “shrouded in secrecy since the beginning, and it’s still … until now … We do not know the identities of those masked perpetrators, we don’t know the specific charge levelled against who exactly,” Benchemsi said.

“Saudi prosecutors did not even attempt to investigate the upper levels of this crime, and whether they played a role in ordering the killing, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” he added.

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on summary executions, said the sentence “is anything but justice”.

“Under international human rights law, the killing of Khashoggi was an extrajudicial execution for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Bottom line: the hit-men are guilty, sentenced to death. The masterminds not only walk free. They have barely been touched by the investigation and the trial. That is the antithesis of Justice. It is a mockery,” said Callamard, who does not speak for the UN but reports her findings to it.

Christophe Deloire, the Secretary General of Paris-based media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders said that the sentences “can be interpreted as a means to permanently silence the suspects, a way to prevent them from speaking to better cover up the truth”.

“The opacity of the procedure and the concealment of evidence does not allow us to get an idea” of why several others were convicted or acquitted, said Deloire, adding: “We still expect a full accounting.”

Turkey, responding to the verdict said those responsible for the murder had been granted immunity.

“Those who dispatched a death squad to Istanbul on a private jet … and sought to sweep this murder under the rug have been granted immunity,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top press aide, Fahrettin Altun, wrote on Twitter.

#Newsworthy…

5 suspected Jamal Khashoggi killers sentenced to death.

Five persons were on Monday sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for the murder of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, the country’s public prosecutor said.

Another three persons were also sentenced to a total of 24 years in jail.

The US resident and critic of Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018 after trying to pick up a marriage document for he and his Turkish fiancé.

After weeks of repeated denials that it had anything to do with his disappearance, the kingdom eventually acknowledged that its officials were behind the gruesome murder.

Meanwhile, the United States on Monday welcomed the death sentences handed down to the killers of journalist.

“Today’s verdicts were an important step in holding those responsible for this terrible crime accountable,” a State Department official told reporters after the ruling, which was lambasted as a travesty by Turkey, rights groups, and The Washington Post, to which Khashoggi contributed.

The court however, exonerated two top aides to Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince, whom the US considers responsible for Khashoggi’s murder.

#Newsworthy…

NAN exonerate Fayemi’s wife over FUOYE killings.

…give ‘stay away’ order

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has exonerated wife of Ekiti Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi of involvement in the recent killings of two students of Federal University, Oye Ekiti.

The students’ body also lifted an order warning Governor Kayode Fayemi and his wife to stay away from all the tertiary institutions in the country.

Two FUOYE students, Joseph Okonofua and Kehinde Dada were on September 10 allegedly shot dead during a protest that coincided with the visit of Mrs. Fayemi to Oye Ekiti, which led to confrontation between the First Lady’s security details and students.

The incident forced the NANS to make a public statement directing students to henceforth treat Fayemi and his wife as persona non grata in all tertiary institutions.

A communiqué by NANS’ Senate President, Gambo Abubakar Mohammed and Clerk, Kabiru Mohammed after its Senate meeting in Ado Ekiti on Monday, said neither Fayemi nor his wife knew anything about the death of the students.

The SUG President Federal University, Lokoja , Kogi State moved a motion for the lifting of the order, seconded by SUG President of Niger State College of Education, Zakari Mohammed.

It was later affirmed by other Senators at the plenary.

Exonerating Fayemi and wife further, NANS said: “Ekiti State government has taken the responsibilities of paying for hospital bills of all injured students and for the burial arrangement of the deceased.

“The government also visited the deceased’s families and compensated them while processing the employment opportunity two members of the bereaved families.

“We realised that it is time to move on and allow the sleeping dog lies in the interest of peace and love among all those that were involved”.

The students appealed to Fayemi to fulfill his promises to those who suffered any form of calamity during the incident.

The Senators also lamented the death of a students’ leader, Com. Yemi Adeniran, who died in a ghastly motor accident, saying the deceased did well as a member of the SUG during his lifetime.

#Newsworthy…

Gunmen murdered 8 in former senator’s commune.

…over 100 people flee

Barely one week after armed bandits abducted two expatriates and six others working for former Senator David Umaru, armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked Umaru’s community, Kaure, Kwaki Ward in Shiroro Local Government Area.

The bandits killed eight other villagers in the attack, which occurred in the early hours of yesterday.

Over 100 members of the community, including women and children, were said to have fled to safety.

The councilor representing the ward, Malam Jafaru Kwaki, told our correspondent on phone yesterday afternoon that the bandits stormed the community on motorcycles with three persons on each at about 7am shooting sporadically into the air.

He said: “I just received the sad development of an invasion again of a community in my area by armed men dressed in black. This is another deadly attack after two expatriates and six members of the community were abducted and are yet to regain their freedom almost 10 days now.

“As has been their manner, they stormed the community on motorcycles, shooting. From the information at my disposal, eight people have lost their lives in the attack, which lasted hours.

“We cannot ascertain the number of people injured in the attack yet because many escaped into the bushes with bullet wounds but we were able to move 15 who sustained various degrees of injuries to health centres.”

The attack in the community is the 15th in the last 10 months with an estimated 200 people so far killed while about 5,000 others, mostly women and children, have been forced to abandon their homes. The last attack was the abduction of two foreigners and six others in Erena, Shiroro local government area.

The two expatriate construction workers were said be handling the contraction work on the 52 kilometers roads from Erena town to Kaure village, a border town between Niger and Kaduna states, cutting across over 200 villages.

The counselor disclosed that the attackers rustled cows, dispossessed locals of cash and foodstuff at gunpoint.

“They burnt two vehicles, five machines and some houses in the attack,” he also disclosed.

He said many locals were missing with search parties hurriedly put together, combing bushes for them, while others were being evacuated to safe locations.

Our correspondent also gathered that the attack is coming even when locals displaced in the recent attacks across eight communities in Rafi and Shiroro local government areas are still in the internally displaced persons camps in Kuta, Kagara and Gudu communities.

The attacks, which happened three weeks ago claimed 13 lives in Kukoki, Shiroro local government area alone, while the district head of Madaka, Alhaji Zakari Yau, his wife, the village head of Kukoki and four others, including the secretary of the district council and a retired soldier were kidnapped.

Kwaki called on the state government and the military to urgently come to the aid of the district and entire Shiroro and Rafi local government areas by deploying troops to the areas which he said, have been under siege for a long time.

Although the police could not be immediately reached for comment on the attack, the senator representing the zone, Senator Sani Musa condemned the latest attack, describing it as one attack too many.

He said it high time military came to the rescue of the people, stressing: “All indications is that something urgent must be done before the people are completely wipe out. I am highly worried about the growing insecurity in the area”.

Meanwhile the Niger State Emergency Agency (NSEMA) said it had activated emergency response mechanism to deal with the situation.

The Director General of the agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Inga, said his office is yet to receive report of casualty of the latest attack.

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Report says that A thousand + Christians killed by terrorists in 2019.

A new report on the persecution of Christians in Nigeria has found that about 1,000 adherents of the Christian faith have been killed by Islamic militants in 2019 alone.

The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), headed by a member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Cox, discovered that believers in the North and Central region of Nigeria were the most severely affected.

The group said the constant attack of “harmless” persons, especially worshipers and clerics portends danger for Christianity as it has ignited fears in clerics deployed to the northeast to work.

In its end of the year report, the group recounted the killing in August of Reverend Father David Tanko and many others in the northern part of the country, adding that over 1000 Christians have been killed in 2019

Recently, they explained that suspected terrorists had threatened to attack other clerics, including a missionary sister identified as Sister Chioma Ibe after the killing of Fr Pius Ani.

Fr Pius Ani and Sr Chioma Ibe, it was learnt, were two Catholic missionaries whose work in the northern part of Nigeria had drawn a lot of accolades and admiration but had also exposed them to the Boko Haram terrorist group.

The killed priest was a pastor of St Theresa Catholic Church in Maiduguri, Borno State, working with Sr Chioma Ibe, who is the principal of the parish school.

Both the priest and the nun were said to be working with youths by converting the youths and adults of that town to the Catholic faith. The parish school is open to both Christians and Muslims.

It was learnt that with their teachings many were converted to Catholicism and embracing the Christian doctrine, with no fewer than 50 students administered with the sacrament of baptism and welcomed into the Catholic Church and receiving the first communion

According to reports, the popularity of these missionaries has spread widely to the predominantly Muslim state, exposing them to the threat of the Islamic fundamentalist group who have made several unsuccessful attempts to kill both missionaries.

This led to the priest and nun being transferred out from the northern part to another church in the south where they both continued their good work of ministering in the church and also managing the parish school.

According to the reports: “Islamist Fulani militia continue to engage in an aggressive and strategic land grabbing policy in Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna and parts of Bauchi state.

“They attack rural villages, force villagers off their lands and settle in their place — a strategy that is epitomized by the phrase: «your land or your blood.”

According to HART, the exact number of Christians killed by Islamic militants Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen was unknown, though the data suggests the figure to be sitting at around 1,000 for the year. The organization believes that some 6,000 have been killed since 2015, and with an additional 12,000 displaced.

“In every village, the message from local people is the same: ‘Please, please help us! The Fulani are coming. We are not safe in our own homes,” HART said in the report.

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Police inspector kills corporal.

…injures DSP in Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Police Command has confirmed the killing of one of its personnel, a Corporal who was shot range by an Inspector.

The Inspector names withheld was also said to have opened fire on another policeman officer a Deputy Superintendent, who inflicting him with gunshot injuries before killing himself.

The incident was said to have happened at Dutse Alhaji police Division in the FCT.

The commissioner of police Bala Chiroma who made this known said the command has commenced a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the act. He also the command will put measures in place to forestall a reoccurrence.

Although the commissioner did not reveal what may have been responsible for the gruesome act, it was gathered that the incident may not be unconnected to some illegal deals. It was also gathered that the deceased police Inspector may have been suffering some mental illness.

Ciroma in a statement signed by the

Command,Deputy Police Public Relations OfficerASP Yusuf Mariam, reads; “The FCT police command

regrettably condemns the unfortunate incident that took place at Dutse Alhaji Division on 21st December, 2019 at about 0430hrs involving the murder of a Police Corporal by an Inspector of Police.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the deceased Inspector fired a shot at the Corporal leading to his death and injuring a Deputy Superintendent of Police before he committed suicide.

“While commiserating with the family members of the deceased, the Commissioner of Police has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident and put measures in place to forestall the reoccurrence of such incident.

“The Command urges residents to remain calm while reiterating its commitment to provide adequate security during the Christmas/New year Celebrations”.

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65 years Former NNPC staff killed by farm workers in his farm.

Ibrahim Ajayi Allah, a 65-year-old ex-staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was reportedly killed in his farm by his worker.

The deceased who was killed on December 13 by one of the workers at his farm in Oke-Oyi, outskirts of Ilorin, retired from the finance department of the NNPC.

The deceased’s younger brother Yakub Abejide Allah who confirmed his death, said;

“My elder brother was murdered on December 13th on his farm site in Oke-Oyi area of Ilorin East local government area of the state.

“Three years ago, he retired and chose to pursue agriculture which has always been his passion. He bought hectares of land in Ogidi, Kabba/Bunu local government area of Kogi State and poured all his passion into it. However, because of so many unanticipated factors, the returns were not as expected.

“About six months ago, he decided to gradually move out of Ogidi. So he bought about eight hectares of land at Oke-Oyi near Ilorin and restarted his farming there.

“The suspect picked up by the police is a man from that community with whom he had developed a close relationship. He was always going in and out with the man. In fact, on the day of the murder, they were said to be together and had lunch together before he was savagely axed to death at about 5pm.

“When the police searched the suspect’s house, they found my brother’s phone and other personal effects. He is said to have confessed to having killed my brother.

“I felt so bad when I heard the news of my brother’s gruesome killing. It was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Oke-Oyi Police Station that narrated how my brother was hacked to death.

“Subsequently, I called his wife and our other family members and broke the sad news to them. The police said they have arrested the alleged perpetrator of the heinous crime. According to them, he was initially detained at the Oke-Oyi police station before being transferred to the state Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Ilorin.

“We learnt that during a search in his house the late Ibrahim’s phones, personal effects as well as other dangerous items the perpetrator used to kill my brother were found there.”

Ex-NNPC staff hacked to death by worker in his farm in Ilorin

Wife of the deceased said she became worried when she did not get the usual morning call from her husband.

“He usually calls me in the morning. He called me on Friday morning. When I didn’t get his call on Saturday morning, I called his lines and none were reachable. Later, one rang and someone picked it and said my husband had an accident and that his phone was with the police and they asked me to come there. I linked them to my husband’s brother in Ilorin before I arrived there.

“By the time I got there, it was already 8pm and I was told he was in the hospital. When I asked to see him, that was when my husband’s brother told me that he was dead.

“A farmer suspected something and called the local vigilante group who reported to the police. When the police came, they saw his car and his phone. That was how I was able to call his number.

“I saw the suspect, his name is Waheed. He actually confessed to committing the crime. I asked him what my husband did to him and he said nothing, that he did not know what came over him. He said my husband used to help him and even promised to buy him a car,” she said.

“He (the deceased) used to squat with the suspect because he is new there. He just arrived six months ago. They used to stay together and go to the farm together until he got his own apartment two months ago. A machete stained with my husband’s blood and his phone were found in his house. He also had wounds on his body and that was how they knew that he was the one who killed him.

“The Oke-Oyi police said they were going to transfer the case to a bigger police station. They had already brought the documents when I was there but since then, I have not heard anything. He has already confessed that he killed my husband and I just want justice. It may be that there are other people involved in the killing.

“I asked for my husband’s body because it was already decomposing and we buried him on Monday.”

Ex-NNPC staff hacked to death by worker in his farm in Ilorin

Also confirming the death of the deceased, spokesman of the Kwara police command said the suspect has been arrested and investigation is still ongoing.

He said;

Yes, I am aware of that incident. We have a suspect arrested already and intensive investigation is going on. At the appropriate time, people will be informed of the outcome of our investigation”

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Court sentence oba oyekan’s son to death.

Lagos High Court, Ikeja yesterday sentenced to death son of former Oba of Lagos, Prince Adewale Oyekan, 50, and a former domestic servant, Lateef Balogun, 27, for the murder of Alhaja Sikirat Ekun, a 62-year-old businesswoman and politician.

The convicts, who have been in custody for seven years, murdered Ekun by strangling her and throwing her body into a 1,000-feet well.

Justice Raliatu Adebiyi said the prosecution proved the charges of conspiracy and murder beyond reasonable doubt.

She said: “The circumstantial evidence was strong and cogent; the act of the defendants in killing the deceased was intentional and premeditated. The court finds that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt the offences of conspiracy and murder, and the defendants are accordingly found guilty of the two-count charge.”

Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, prescribes that a person, who commits the offence of murder shall be sentenced to death. Same is the punishment for conspiracy to commit murder as contained in Section 231 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The judge said the provisions of the above section do not give the court any discretion whatsoever in sentencing the defendants. For this reason, she said, the first and second defendants are hereby sentenced to death by hanging. “May God, the giver of life, have mercy on your souls,” she said.

According to the prosecution led by Mr. Akin George, the convicts committed the murder around 1am on October 17, 2012, at the home of the deceased located at No. 5, Babatunde Lalega Street, Omole Phase One, Lagos State.

The prosecution said the deceased employed the Prince as the manager of her restaurant while Balogun, the second defendant, is her former domestic staff.

According to the prosecution, “the convicts conspired, killed the deceased and threw her body in a well within the premises of her home, and took over her businesses and property, including a bus, which was sold for N170,000.

“When any inquiry was made by family and friends about her whereabouts, Oyekan informed them that she travelled to Abuja for the Ileya (Eid-el Kabir) festival. He passed this information by sending a text message from Ekun’s mobile phone.

“Following worry from members of Ekun’s family, and after an extensive search, her body was found two months later, in December 2012, by well diggers and fire fighters. The convicts had placed a generator, a gas cylinder and other household items on the body to conceal it in the 1,000 feet well,” he said.

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Update – Late Oba Oyekan’s Son Arrested.

…killed business woman.

Adewale Oyekan, son of a former Oba of Lagos, has been sentenced to death by hanging by an Ikeja High court for the murder of Sikirat Ekun, a 62-year-old businesswoman and politician.

Adewale who is the son of Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, a former Oba of Lagos who died on March 1st 2003, was sentenced alongside Lateef Balogun, a former domestic servant of the deceased.

According to the prosecution led by Akin George, Oyekan and Balogun committed the murder at 1am on October 17th 2012, at the home of the deceased located at 5, Babatunde Lalega street, Omole Phase One, Lagos.

George told the court that the deceased knew Oyekan due to her friendship with his late mother. She had employed Oyekan as a manager at her restaurant while Balogun was employed by her to cater for her aging father. However, Balogun’s employment was terminated following a disagreement with the deceased.

According to George,

“The convicts conspired, killed the deceased and threw her corpse in a well within the premises of her home, and took over her businesses and property including a bus which was sold for N170,000. When any inquiry was made by family and friends about her whereabouts, Mr Oyekan informed them that she travelled to Abuja for the Ileya (Eid-el Kabir) festival. He passed this information by sending a text message from Mrs Ekun’s mobile phone.

Following worry from members of Mrs Ekun’s family, and after an extensive search, her corpse was found two months later, in December 2012, by well diggers and firefighters.

“The convicts had placed a generator, a gas cylinder and other household items on the corpse to conceal it in the 1,000 feet well.”

Delivering judgement in the case today, the presiding judge, Justice Raliatu Adebiyi, held that the prosecution proved the charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced them to death by hanging.

“The circumstantial evidence was strong and cogent; the act of the defendants in killing the deceased was intentional and premeditated. The court finds that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt the offences of conspiracy and murder, and the defendants are accordingly found guilty of the two-count charge.

“Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, stipulates the punishment for the offence of murder as follows. Subject to the provisions of any other law, a person who commits the offence of murder shall be sentenced to death.

“Same is the punishment for conspiracy to commit murder as contained in Section 231 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The above cited provisions of the law does not give the court any discretion whatsoever in sentencing the defendants.

“For this reason, the first and second defendants are hereby sentenced on each of counts one and two, to death by hanging. May God, the giver of life, have mercy on your souls.” she said

Five witnesses, including two police officers, a nephew of the deceased, Iyiola Olaniyi; and the only child of the deceased, Folashade Amurun, testified for the prosecution.

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