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An Ebonyi State magistrates’ court sitting in Abakaliki on Friday remanded, a 24-year-old man, Okeye Jacob, in prison for his alleged involvement in armed robbery, attempted murder and cultism.
Jacob was alleged to have stabbed one Florence Igwe in the face with a dagger and thereafter robbed her of N50, 000.
The suspect allegedly belonged to a cult group known as Junior Vikings Confraternity and used to terrorise unsuspecting members of the public and robbing them of their valuables.
City Round further gathered that the suspect committed the offense at Ohaofia Agba community in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state, on February 9, 2020.
He was arraigned before the magistrates’ court on four counts bordering on armed robbery, attempted murder, cultism and conspiracy on Friday.
The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Chinedu Mbam, said the suspect almost killed the victim during the incident. He also told the court that the offense was punishable under sections 516A (a), 402, 320 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria.
The charges read in part, “That you, Okeye Jacob, and others at large on February 9, 2020, at Ohaofia Agba, in Ishielu Local Government Area, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: armed robbery, attempted murder and cultism, thereby committing an offense punishable under section 516A (a) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
“That you, Okeye Jacob, and others now at large, on the same date, place and in the aforesaid magisterial district, did arm yourselves with daggers and robbed one Florence Igwe of her cash sum of N50,000.00, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 402 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
“That you, Okeye Jacob, and others now at large on the same date, place and in the aforementioned magisterial district did unlawfully attempt to kill one Florence Igwe by stabbing her with a dagger on her face which caused her harm, thereby committing an offence punishable under section 320 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
“That you, Okeye Jacob, and others now at large on the date, place and in the aforesaid magisterial district, did belong to a cult known as Junior Vikings Confraternity, thereby committing an offense contrary to sections 3(1), (3) and 4 (1) and punishable under section under section 5 of the Ebonyi State Law prohibiting secret cult activities and carrying of offensive weapons.”
No bail application was made on the suspect’s behalf because he was not represented in court by any defense counsel.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs B.I. Chukwu, noted that the court lacked the jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter.
She directed that the defendant should be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, while the case file should be transferred to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for necessary legal advice. She adjourned the case till March 9, 2020, for report of compliance.
Police have arrested a woman over the murder of her 4 year old child;
According to sources the suspect is currently detained at the Bundung Police Station. Investigation continues and her boyfriend who is believe to be the culprit is on the run.
The woman was married before the incident but later got divorced. she decided to live her husband’s house and stay with her boyfriend along with her four year old daughter. Said our reliable source.
It is also revealed on the point daily newspaper that The boyfriend who is currently on the run has always beat up the little child and inflicted her with injuries.
On the day of her death, the man had beat up the child to an extend she was admitted at the Bundung Maternal and Child Health Centre. She later refereed to Kanifing General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
At the time of going to press, police were still hunting for the suspect who is believed to be on the run.
Our source further added that when the lady was arrested she attempted to cover her boyfriend, saying “she was responsible for the death of her child. However, after a marathon investigation by the police, it was realized that the boyfriend was the principal suspect in the case.”
Police have arrested Buba Drammeh who is accused of killing Buba Jammeh, a former staff of Brikama Area Council (BAC) during a communal land dispute between the people of Gunjur and Berending in March 2019.
Police spokesperson, ASP Lamin Njie, confirmed the development on the police Facebook page. ASP Njie says the suspect is currently under custody helping investigators on their investigation.
The suspect, he went on, was arrested by personnel of the Anti-Crime Unit of The Gambia Police Force.
‘Buba Drammeh is arrested in connection with the Gunjur-Berending shooting incident which led to the death of Mr. Jammeh.’
The office of the IGP, he added, wishes to commend efforts of members of the public for providing vital information leading to the suspect’s arrest.
“The public will be duly informed about the outcome of investigations and individuals with relevant information about the incident are encouraged to come forward to assist with investigations.”
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Lawyers for Lesotho’s prime minister have told a court that he cannot be charged over the murder of his estranged wife because his position makes him immune from prosecution.
PM Thomas Thabane’s then-wife, Lipolelo Thabane, was shot dead in 2017.
The case has now been referred to the High Court. His current wife has already been charged with the murder.
Mr Thabane would be the first African leader to be charged with domestic murder while in office.
The case has shocked many in the small landlocked kingdom which is entirely surrounded by South Africa.
In Monday’s hearing, defense lawyer Qhalehang Letsika said: “My client cannot be prosecuted while in office but he is not above the law.”
The presiding magistrate referred the case to the High Court, which will be sitting as the Constitutional Court when it hears the case with a panel of at least three judges.
Mr Thabane, 80, missed a court appearance last week because he went to South Africa for medical treatment.
He rejected reports that he had fled the country. In January, his wife Maesaiah Thabane also went to South Africa after police issued a warrant of arrest against her.
Mr Thabane has said he would step down in July, resisting pressure from his own party to leave office immediately.
Thabane still in charge – for now
Lesotho is a constitutional monarchy and while the constitution is explicit that the king cannot be charged with a crime, it is unclear on the fate of the prime minister.
It has been reported that Mr Thabane wants to seek immunity for himself and his current wife Maesaiah Thabane who has already been charged with Lipolelo Thabane’s murder but it is not clear what that would mean for the murder case.
Prosecutors argue that everyone is equal before the law and Mr Thabane should be no exception.
The country’s top legal minds – a full bench of judges in the High Court – will need to decipher what the law allows. What is not in doubt is that this case will test Lesotho’s laws and the independence of the judiciary.
Mr Thabane has been embarrassed and weakened politically – some within his All Basotho Convention (ABC) want him to leave office immediately to face this murder debacle on his own.
But he is presumed innocent until proven guilty and until the matter gets finalised, he will continue running the country, at least until his party can agree on a successor.
How did the murder take place?
Lipolelo Thabane was gunned down at close range on the side of a dirt road while returning to her home in a village near the capital, Maseru.
She was involved in bitter divorce proceedings with Mr Thabane when she was killed.
At the time, the prime minister was living with Maesaiah, who is now 42, as if she were his wife.
But Lipolelo had already won a separate legal battle to be recognised as First Lady, rather than Maesaiah.
Maesaiah accompanied Mr Thabane to his inauguration, following his estranged wife’s death.
Two months later she and Mr Thabane got married in a Roman Catholic ceremony.
Maesaiah was charged with her rival’s murder on 5 February, and is out on bail of about $67 (£52).
She has also been charged with the attempted murder of a family friend Thato Sibolla, who was with Lipolelo at the time of the shooting and is expected to be a key witness in the murder case.
Maesaiah has not yet been asked to enter a plea.
SOURCE BBC NEWS