Dane accused of killing wife and daughter, sentenced to death by hanging

A Dane, Peter Nielsen, who was accused of killing his Nigerian wife and daughter, has been sentenced to death by hanging by a Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square. Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile on Friday convicted Nielsen on the two counts of murder brought against him by the Lagos State Government. The Dane, who was sentenced to death by hanging on both counts, was on June 13, 2018, charged with the death of his wife and singer, Zainab, and their three-year-old daughter, Petra. The state government had accused…

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Man arrested for trafficking wife to Mali for prostitution, sells son for N600,000

A 36-year-old man, Kingsley Essien, has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly trafficking his wife to Mali for prostitution and selling her two-year-old son for N600,000. The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Thursday, said the suspect was arrested following a report lodged at the Agbara divisional headquarters by the suspect’s wife, Bright Essien. The PPRO said, “Bright reported that sometime in October 2021, her husband, Kingsley Essien, informed her that he had secured a job for her…

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Catholic knight, brother arraigned for possession of 2.1kg heroin

Sir Basil Okafor, a knight of the Roman Catholic Church, and his cousin, Edwin Izuchukwu, were on Wednesday arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. The two brothers were levelled with charges bordering on conspiracy, possession of 2.169 kilograms of heroin, and frustrating the cause of justice. According to the NDLEA, the suspects were arrested on March 28, 2022, at No 26 Akpomule street, Isolo-Okota area of Lagos. The prosecutor, Mr. Umar Hussaine, informed Justice Daniel Osiagor that the defendants were found in unlawful possession of the prohibited drug…

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Ex-NDDC MD, Ekere questioned by EFCC over alleged N47b fraud

The former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere was yesterday arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for alleged diversion of funds to the tune of N47 billion through registered contractors of the agency. The Commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwajaren, confirmed the arrest. The former NDDC boss was the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Akwa Ibom in the 2019 elections. He also lost the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primary election to Governor Emmanuel Udom in 2015. Nsima, 56, was…

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Accountant General of the federation arrested for alleged N80b fraud

The serving Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in connection with diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80 billion. He was arrested yesterday in Kano State and was immediately moved to Abuja last night. EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest in a statement. He said the funds were allegedly laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja. “The Commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF raked off the funds through…

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Northern governors condemn killing of Deborah, call for calm

The Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) has condemned the killing of Deborah Samuel Yakubu, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State, on allegations of blasphemy. While calling for calm, the chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, in a statement, yesterday, expressed the governor’s concern about the development, which was clearly an extrajudicial measure of addressing perceived infractions. Deborah, a second-year student of Home Economics, was killed on Thursday following an allegation that she had blasphemed the Prophet of Islam. The victim was stoned…

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Two pregnant women, barber arrested for drug trafficking at Lagos Airport

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two pregnant women and a barber at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja, Lagos, for attempting to import and export illicit drugs. The NDLEA spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement, yesterday, in Abuja. Babafemi said the first to enter the agency’s dragnet was a Brazilian returnee, Nworie Chikwendu, who was arrested on May 3. He said the suspect was arrested during an inward clearance of passengers on a Qatar Airways flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, enroute…

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Deeper Life church expels man over alleged rape attempt of 12-yr-old girl

A 60-year-old man identified as Boniface Onyekwere, has been expelled by Deeper Life Bible Church, Anambra State, over an alleged attempt to rape a 12-year-old girl. The church’s stand was made known in a disclaimer signed by the State Overseer, Pastor Jude Chukwuocha and dated April 26, 2022, which noted that Onyekwere was not a pastor or worker in any Deeper Life church in Anambra State. Onyekwere was arrested by the Anambra State Police Command on charges of attempted rape of a minor who was entrusted in his care. The…

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Mortuary attendant arrested for cutting off dead body’s head

Kushimo Lukman, a mortuary attendant, was, yesterday, arrested in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, for cutting off the head of a deceased boy. Lukman, who was arrested by men of the Ogun State government-owned security outfit, the So-Safe Corps, while on routine patrol, said the severed head was requested for by one Chief Ifalonishe at the cost of N50,000. The So-Safe Corps said the suspect, who resides at 9, Abule Oloni, Oke Yidi, Abeokuta, was “an acclaimed mortuary attendant working with MABOD at Oke-Yidi, Abule Oloni, Abeokuta.” Yusuf said he…

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NDLEA arrests Drug baron with 103 bank accounts at Lagos airport

Chief Afam Ukatu, the billionaire drug baron behind the N3bn tramadol deal involving a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police and former leader of the Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. A statement on Monday by the spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, said he was arrested “after months of surveillance and evading arrest.” According to Babafemi, Ukatu, who is the chairman of Mallinson Group of Companies, was nabbed onboard a flight to Abuja at the MM2 terminal of the Lagos airport,…

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