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Gunmen kill woman, four children in Anambra

A woman and her four children have been killed by gunmen in Anambra state.

 

The incident was said to have taken place in a community in Orumba north LGA of the state over the weekend.

 

Confirming the development on Tuesday, Tochukwu Ikenga, Anambra police spokesperson, said investigation into the incident has commenced.

 

“Investigation has since commenced and our deployment is very strategic and intelligent-driven aimed at unraveling the identities of these perpetrators,” he said .

 

The killing of the woman, who is said to be a resident of Hausa extraction, has elicited criticism in the light of recent attacks across the state by gunmen.

 

Echeng Echeng, Anambra police commissioner, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the Hausa community in the LGA.

 

In his remarks during the visit, Echeng said the police will ensure adequate security for the community.

 

Also reacting to the development in a statement issued on Tuesday, Christian Aburime, spokesman to Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra, condemned the killing, but said it had no religious or ethnic undertones.

 

“While it is true that there is general insecurity across the country, there is no targeted religious or ethnic killings in Anambra State. As a matter of fact, Anambra indigenes have suffered more casualties as a result of the unfortunate killings,” the statement reads.

 

He also said the state is stepping up efforts to tackle insecurity.

 

“It is on record that Ndi Anambra and people of the North and other parts of the country who live and do business in the state, not only share common values, but have always lived at peace with each other in the state,” he said.

 

 “Governor Soludo’s administration has not only demonstrated commitment in tackling insecurity but has continuously reassured both indigenes and non-indigenes in the State of their protection and safety.”

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Gunmen kill woman, four children in Anambra

A woman and her four children have been killed by gunmen in Anambra state.

 

The incident was said to have taken place in a community in Orumba north LGA of the state over the weekend.

 

Confirming the development on Tuesday, Tochukwu Ikenga, Anambra police spokesperson, said investigation into the incident has commenced.

 

“Investigation has since commenced and our deployment is very strategic and intelligent-driven aimed at unraveling the identities of these perpetrators,” he said .

 

The killing of the woman, who is said to be a resident of Hausa extraction, has elicited criticism in the light of recent attacks across the state by gunmen.

 

Echeng Echeng, Anambra police commissioner, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the Hausa community in the LGA.

 

In his remarks during the visit, Echeng said the police will ensure adequate security for the community.

 

Also reacting to the development in a statement issued on Tuesday, Christian Aburime, spokesman to Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra, condemned the killing, but said it had no religious or ethnic undertones.

 

“While it is true that there is general insecurity across the country, there is no targeted religious or ethnic killings in Anambra State. As a matter of fact, Anambra indigenes have suffered more casualties as a result of the unfortunate killings,” the statement reads.

 

He also said the state is stepping up efforts to tackle insecurity.

 

“It is on record that Ndi Anambra and people of the North and other parts of the country who live and do business in the state, not only share common values, but have always lived at peace with each other in the state,” he said.

 

 “Governor Soludo’s administration has not only demonstrated commitment in tackling insecurity but has continuously reassured both indigenes and non-indigenes in the State of their protection and safety.”

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Gunmen kill woman, four children in Anambra

A woman and her four children have been killed by gunmen in Anambra state.

 

The incident was said to have taken place in a community in Orumba north LGA of the state over the weekend.

 

Confirming the development on Tuesday, Tochukwu Ikenga, Anambra police spokesperson, said investigation into the incident has commenced.

 

“Investigation has since commenced and our deployment is very strategic and intelligent-driven aimed at unraveling the identities of these perpetrators,” he said .

 

The killing of the woman, who is said to be a resident of Hausa extraction, has elicited criticism in the light of recent attacks across the state by gunmen.

 

Echeng Echeng, Anambra police commissioner, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the Hausa community in the LGA.

 

In his remarks during the visit, Echeng said the police will ensure adequate security for the community.

 

Also reacting to the development in a statement issued on Tuesday, Christian Aburime, spokesman to Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra, condemned the killing, but said it had no religious or ethnic undertones.

 

“While it is true that there is general insecurity across the country, there is no targeted religious or ethnic killings in Anambra State. As a matter of fact, Anambra indigenes have suffered more casualties as a result of the unfortunate killings,” the statement reads.

 

He also said the state is stepping up efforts to tackle insecurity.

 

“It is on record that Ndi Anambra and people of the North and other parts of the country who live and do business in the state, not only share common values, but have always lived at peace with each other in the state,” he said.

 

 “Governor Soludo’s administration has not only demonstrated commitment in tackling insecurity but has continuously reassured both indigenes and non-indigenes in the State of their protection and safety.”

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‘Over 40 farmers killed’ as insurgents invade Borno community

 

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Several residents in Borno have been reportedly killed after insurgents invaded farms in Rann, Kala-Balge LGA of the state.

 

The insurgents were said to have arrived the community on motorcycles and attacked the residents with guns and machetes.

 

According to Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert in the Lake Chad region, insurgents loyal to a Boko Haram faction were responsible for the attack.

 

A source in the community was reported to have said some of the farmers were tied up before they were killed.

 

The victims are also said to have been buried on Monday, while several persons are reported to still be missing.

 

Meanwhile, efforts to reach Sani Mohammed, Borno police spokesman, were not successful as he didn’t respond to calls or messages when contacted.

 

The attack comes days after insurgents invaded the Chibok community in Borno state.

 

On May 3, Kautukari, a community in Chibok LGA of Borno state, was attacked by suspected fighters of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).

 

A resident had disclosed  that the insurgents invaded the community around 6pm and started shooting randomly, resulting in the death of eight persons.

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Hoodlums attack Osun governor’s campaign train, journalists injured

 

Suspected political thugs and hoodlums on Monday attacked the campaign train of the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

 

The thugs also attacked the bus of the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) ,which was in the convoy of the governor.

The attack of the Osun NUJ correspondent chapel bus took place at Arapajo area of Gbongan and the hoodlums which attacked the governor’s campaign train also blocked all passing vehicles and

 

The hoodlums eyewitnesses explained were armed with axes, pots, stones and sticks.

 

In the ensuing mayhem, about ten other vehicles were destroyed.

 

When the NUJ correspondent chapel bus was hit, some occupants of the bus sustained varying degrees of injuries.

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Blasphemy: Drama as Abuja RCCG members stage protest with sealed lips

 

There was drama at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Central Parish) in Abuja on Sunday as members protested against the killing of Christians in Nigeria over alleged blasphemy with their lips sealed with sellotape.

 

The protest which took place after the Sunday service at the Central Parish in Wuse 2 area of Abuja was led by the Regional Pastor of the Parish who refused to give his name to journalists.

 

Another Pastor of the church said the decision not to speak on the protest was an “order from above.”

 

The protesters who declined to speak to journalists had their mouths sealed with sellotape claiming it was a silent protest against killings in the name of God.

 

A presidential aspirant for the 2023 election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a member and Senior Pastor of the RCCG.

 

Some inscriptions on the placards carried by them included, ‘Stop the killing! God is watching’; ‘No killings in the name of religion’, ‘Don’t defend the indefensible’; and ‘Let’s live together in peace.’

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria had called for a nationwide protest over the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto by Muslim fundamentalists.

 

Some Muslim colleagues of Deborah alleged that she blasphemed their religion, for which she was stoned to death before setting her ablaze.

The killing elicited international outcry while the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the metropolis to restore order.

 

Violence also erupted on Friday in Katangan area of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State over alleged blasphemy.

 

Trouble reportedly started in Bauchi following a social media post by a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department Warji Local Government, Rhoda Jatau, which was considered blasphemous to Islam.

 

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle, however, instructed Christians in the country to be discreet in carrying out the protest in view of a threat by an unknown Islamic group to do a counter-protest.

 

He urged church leaders to do the protest by carrying placards within the premises of their local churches or CAN secretariats.

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Blasphemy: Drama as Abuja RCCG members stage protest with sealed lips

 

There was drama at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Central Parish) in Abuja on Sunday as members protested against the killing of Christians in Nigeria over alleged blasphemy with their lips sealed with sellotape.

 

The protest which took place after the Sunday service at the Central Parish in Wuse 2 area of Abuja was led by the Regional Pastor of the Parish who refused to give his name to journalists.

 

Another Pastor of the church said the decision not to speak on the protest was an “order from above.”

 

The protesters who declined to speak to journalists had their mouths sealed with sellotape claiming it was a silent protest against killings in the name of God.

 

A presidential aspirant for the 2023 election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a member and Senior Pastor of the RCCG.

 

Some inscriptions on the placards carried by them included, ‘Stop the killing! God is watching’; ‘No killings in the name of religion’, ‘Don’t defend the indefensible’; and ‘Let’s live together in peace.’

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria had called for a nationwide protest over the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto by Muslim fundamentalists.

 

Some Muslim colleagues of Deborah alleged that she blasphemed their religion, for which she was stoned to death before setting her ablaze.

The killing elicited international outcry while the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the metropolis to restore order.

 

Violence also erupted on Friday in Katangan area of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State over alleged blasphemy.

 

Trouble reportedly started in Bauchi following a social media post by a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department Warji Local Government, Rhoda Jatau, which was considered blasphemous to Islam.

 

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle, however, instructed Christians in the country to be discreet in carrying out the protest in view of a threat by an unknown Islamic group to do a counter-protest.

 

He urged church leaders to do the protest by carrying placards within the premises of their local churches or CAN secretariats.

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Police AIG Don Awunah passes on months after DIG Egbunike’s death

 

Don Awunah, an Assistant Inspector-General of Police is dead.

 

The deceased was in charge of Zone 16, Yenogoa in Bayelsa State.

 

The Benue-born cop died on Monday at a private hospital in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

 

Police spokesman, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi has confirmed the death.

 

Awunah was formerly a Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO).

 

He passed away barely three months after Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Joseph Egbunike died.

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Police AIG Don Awunah passes on months after DIG Egbunike’s death

 

Don Awunah, an Assistant Inspector-General of Police is dead.

 

The deceased was in charge of Zone 16, Yenogoa in Bayelsa State.

 

The Benue-born cop died on Monday at a private hospital in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

 

Police spokesman, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi has confirmed the death.

 

Awunah was formerly a Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO).

 

He passed away barely three months after Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Joseph Egbunike died.

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EFCC arrests man over offensive 2023 campaign advert in Enugu

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested an outdoor advertisement executive over a political advertisement about the 2023 elections.

 

The advert on two billboards in Enugu State had the name and logo of the commission.

 

The messages on the boards sited at Otigba and Zik Avenue junctions threatened some politicians over the general polls.

 

One of the messages reads: “2023: Enugu PDP Learn From 2007 Election… EFCC IS COMING WITH KOBOKO ON CORRUPT CANDIDATES.”

 

A statement on Sunday by the spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said operatives arrested Baron Nnamdi, the alleged designer, printer and owner of the billboards.

 

Nnamdi claimed he was contracted by a media aide to a former Enugu deputy governor who is in the governorship race.

 

The suspect said he was paid N160,000 for the one week campaign and that the aide supplied him with the messages, EFCC logo and pictures.

 

“The commission visited the two sites and pulled down the offensive advertisement”, Uwajaren noted.

 

The statement warned politicians to play by the rules and refrain from dragging the EFCC “into the political fray”.

 

The anti-graft agency vowed to “bring the full weight of the law to bear on errant politicians” who impersonate.

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EFCC arrests man over offensive 2023 campaign advert in Enugu

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested an outdoor advertisement executive over a political advertisement about the 2023 elections.

 

The advert on two billboards in Enugu State had the name and logo of the commission.

 

The messages on the boards sited at Otigba and Zik Avenue junctions threatened some politicians over the general polls.

 

One of the messages reads: “2023: Enugu PDP Learn From 2007 Election… EFCC IS COMING WITH KOBOKO ON CORRUPT CANDIDATES.”

 

A statement on Sunday by the spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said operatives arrested Baron Nnamdi, the alleged designer, printer and owner of the billboards.

 

Nnamdi claimed he was contracted by a media aide to a former Enugu deputy governor who is in the governorship race.

 

The suspect said he was paid N160,000 for the one week campaign and that the aide supplied him with the messages, EFCC logo and pictures.

 

“The commission visited the two sites and pulled down the offensive advertisement”, Uwajaren noted.

 

The statement warned politicians to play by the rules and refrain from dragging the EFCC “into the political fray”.

 

The anti-graft agency vowed to “bring the full weight of the law to bear on errant politicians” who impersonate.

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Gunmen kill Soludo’s lawmaker days after kidnap, display head at motor-park

 

A member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Dr Okechukwu Okoye, who was earlier kidnapped, has been killed.

The lawmaker, popularly known as “Okey Di Okay” was kidnapped late on Sunday.

Until his unfortunate kidnap and death, Okoye was representing the Aguata North constituency, the same community as the governor of the state, Prof. Chukwuma Chukwuma Soludo.

Soludo, who confirmed his kidnap on Thursday, during the presentation of the 2022 revised budget to the state House of Assembly, regretted his abduction and assured that the lawmaker would be rescued soon as security agencies were working round the clock to ensure his release.

But his freshly be.headed head was mounted at the Chisco Park in Amichi community, Anambra State on Saturday.

In a viral video circulating online, the freshly beheaded head was seen placed in a carton by the roadside with a handwritten note placed by the side.

Calls put across to the media aide of the governor, Christian Aburime, were not answered and text message was not responded to.

The state police spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, has yet to respond to the text message put across to his phone line.

Ikenga had last week confirmed the lawmaker’s kidnap, saying the deceased’s black Siena bus, which he was driving before the incident, had been recovered.

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Kano blast: DSS reportedly arrests two Boko Haram suspects, recovers bombs, weapons

There are indications that the Department of State Services, DSS, has arrested two Boko Haram members in connection to the bomb explosion in Kano State.

Eons Intelligence reported that the DSS recovered some explosive items from the arrested Boko Haram members.

According to the report, four AK-47 rifles, two pistles, suicide vests, and several Improvised Explosive Materials, IEDs, were recovered from the suspects.

Eons tweeted: “KANO BOMB-BLAST: Reports indicate that following intelligence operations, DSS has arrested 2 #BH Terrorists over the Kano bomb blast incident. Items recovered include 4 AK-47 rifles, 2 Pistols, Suicide Vests & several IED making materials.

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Kano blast: DSS reportedly arrests two Boko Haram suspects, recovers bombs, weapons

There are indications that the Department of State Services, DSS, has arrested two Boko Haram members in connection to the bomb explosion in Kano State.

Eons Intelligence reported that the DSS recovered some explosive items from the arrested Boko Haram members.

According to the report, four AK-47 rifles, two pistles, suicide vests, and several Improvised Explosive Materials, IEDs, were recovered from the suspects.

Eons tweeted: “KANO BOMB-BLAST: Reports indicate that following intelligence operations, DSS has arrested 2 #BH Terrorists over the Kano bomb blast incident. Items recovered include 4 AK-47 rifles, 2 Pistols, Suicide Vests & several IED making materials.

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Gunmen kill Soludo’s lawmaker days after kidnap, display head at motor-park

 

A member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Dr Okechukwu Okoye, who was earlier kidnapped, has been killed.

The lawmaker, popularly known as “Okey Di Okay” was kidnapped late on Sunday.

Until his unfortunate kidnap and death, Okoye was representing the Aguata North constituency, the same community as the governor of the state, Prof. Chukwuma Chukwuma Soludo.

Soludo, who confirmed his kidnap on Thursday, during the presentation of the 2022 revised budget to the state House of Assembly, regretted his abduction and assured that the lawmaker would be rescued soon as security agencies were working round the clock to ensure his release.

But his freshly be.headed head was mounted at the Chisco Park in Amichi community, Anambra State on Saturday.

In a viral video circulating online, the freshly beheaded head was seen placed in a carton by the roadside with a handwritten note placed by the side.

Calls put across to the media aide of the governor, Christian Aburime, were not answered and text message was not responded to.

The state police spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, has yet to respond to the text message put across to his phone line.

Ikenga had last week confirmed the lawmaker’s kidnap, saying the deceased’s black Siena bus, which he was driving before the incident, had been recovered.

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Danish man to die by hanging for killing Nigerian wife, daughter

 

A Lagos high court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square has convicted Peter Nielsen, a Danish national, for killing his wife and daughter.

 

The state government had, on June 13, 2018, arraigned Nielsen before the court on a two-count charge of murder — the offence is contrary to section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.

 

He was said to have killed his wife, Zainab, also known by her stage name as Alizee, and his three-year-old daughter on April 5, 2018, at about 3.45 am at their Banana Island residence in the Ikoyi area of Lagos.

 

The defendant, who had pleaded not guilty upon arraignment, had told the court while testifying that his wife and daughter died before a doctor arrived their home.

 

Nielsen told the court that he woke up at 2:30 am on April 5, 2018, and got snacks and drinks for his wife and daughter before going back to sleep.

 

The defendant said when he woke up at 7:30am and did not see his wife on their bed, he searched for her.

 

Nielsen had also told the court he saw his wife and daughter in their kitchen, where he said he perceived a strong smell of gas when he opened the door.

The defendant said he dragged his wife to the living room and asked one of the girls living with them to carry his daughter, adding that he then covered them with two blankets after he realised that they had died.

 

Delivering judgment on Friday, Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile, the presiding judge, found the defendant guilty of the murder.

 

“I hereby pronounce that you Peter Nielsen shall be hanged by the neck until death. May God have mercy on you,” she said.

 

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Suspected cultist kingpin remanded for alleged murder in Ilorin

A self-confessed cultist kingpin, Olagunju Tijani, who allegedly admitted to having killed some rival cult members in the bid to gain promotion in the Eiye Confraternity, has been remanded in the Correctional Service Centre in Ilorin, Kwara State.

He was charged with murder and belonging to a cult group by the police before Magistrate Adams Muhammed, who did not take his plea.

It was reported that Tijani was recently arrested and paraded by the state Police Command in Ilorin, Kwara State, during which he confessed to being the NO2 member of the Eiye cult confraternity in the Ilorin zone.

Magistrate Adams Muhammed directed the police to return the case file to the Kwara State Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for legal advice and adjourned the matter till June 7, 2022, for mention.

Inspector Moshood Adebayo, Prosecution Counsel, alleged that Tijani, who is a school dropout, murdered Ismaila Alabi and Emmanuel, a student of the Human Kinetics Department, University of Ilorin, in his desperate quest to assume power as the number two man in ‘Eiye Fraternity of Kwara State.

He also alleged that the suspect confessed that he used an English pistol belonging to his father who was a retired Major in the Nigerian Army to commit the murder.

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Suspected herders kill five in Benue attack

 

No fewer than five people were reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen on Friday in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

The incident, according to a source who did not want to be named happened around 1:00 pm on Friday.

“The Fulani herders invaded Tse Alashi, Kaambe community in Guma local government around 1:00 pm today (Friday).

“They killed four people who were on their farm and also moved to a where some people were moulding burnt bricks and killed two people,” the source said.

Confirming the report, the Chairman of Guma local government, Caleb Aba, said suspected herders stormed the community in the afternoon and killed three people who were on their farm.

“The incident happened around 1:00 pm this afternoon, some Fulani herders invaded a community called Tse Alashi and killed three people who were working on their farm. They also moved to a place where people were laying burnt bricks and killed two people.

The chairman said he had informed police about the invasion and added that there were no injured ones.

Again, herdsmen kill 25, injure many in Benue communities

The Security Adviser to the State Governor, Lt. Col. Paul Hemba (retd.) also confirmed the killing, saying, some people were killed.

“It was an unprovoked attack, the people were on their farm working when the herders surrounded them and killed them,” the security adviser said in a telephone interview.

When contacted, the State Police Command spokesperson, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed the attack but said she had yet to receive a report of the killing.

“We have information on the attack but I have not heard of any killing until the team drafted to the place arrives,” Anene said.

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Danish man to die by hanging for killing Nigerian wife, daughter

 

A Lagos high court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square has convicted Peter Nielsen, a Danish national, for killing his wife and daughter.

 

The state government had, on June 13, 2018, arraigned Nielsen before the court on a two-count charge of murder — the offence is contrary to section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.

 

He was said to have killed his wife, Zainab, also known by her stage name as Alizee, and his three-year-old daughter on April 5, 2018, at about 3.45 am at their Banana Island residence in the Ikoyi area of Lagos.

 

The defendant, who had pleaded not guilty upon arraignment, had told the court while testifying that his wife and daughter died before a doctor arrived their home.

 

Nielsen told the court that he woke up at 2:30 am on April 5, 2018, and got snacks and drinks for his wife and daughter before going back to sleep.

 

The defendant said when he woke up at 7:30am and did not see his wife on their bed, he searched for her.

 

Nielsen had also told the court he saw his wife and daughter in their kitchen, where he said he perceived a strong smell of gas when he opened the door.

The defendant said he dragged his wife to the living room and asked one of the girls living with them to carry his daughter, adding that he then covered them with two blankets after he realised that they had died.

 

Delivering judgment on Friday, Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile, the presiding judge, found the defendant guilty of the murder.

 

“I hereby pronounce that you Peter Nielsen shall be hanged by the neck until death. May God have mercy on you,” she said.

 

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Accused rapist jumps bail in Akwa Ibom, absconds to Cameroon

One Israel Effiong of Afaha Ekpene Edi, Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, standing trial on a rape case has failed to appear before the court.

It was learnt that he has absconded to Cameroon.

Effiong was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl from the same community.

The trial judge, justice Pius Idiong has directed the Inspector-General of Police, in conjunction with other security agencies, including Interpol, to arrest and produce the accused from Cameroon.

Justice Idiong ruled on the application brought by the prosecuting State Counsel for the Court to cancel the bail of the accused person.

The accused, a father of two children, had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of four hundred thousand Naira.

He is said to have jumped bail on 18th January, 2022, prompting the trial Judge, Justice Idiong to order the arrest of his father, Mr. Samuel Effiong Namudo, who stood in as his surety.

The State Counsel had also urged the Court to order the father of the accused to show cause why he should not forfeit the bond.

The father had told the Court that since his son travelled to Cameroon, he has been pleading with him to return home, but he has vowed that he would rather die in Cameroon, than return to Nigeria to face the charge.

Justice Pius Idiong, who is the Administrative Judge, Eket Judicial Division of the High Court of Akwa Ibom State, ruled that although the surety has forfeited the four hundred thousand Naira bond, it does not relief his son of his liability to stand trial for the offense of rape, which he was arraigned in Court.