Former Brazilian congresswoman Flordelis dos Santos was sentenced Sunday to 50 years in prison for the murder of her husband in 2019, a Rio de Janeiro court ruled.
Famous for adopting dozens of street children from Rio de Janeiro’s slums, Dos Santos, 61, and her husband, pastor Anderson do Carmo, were a power couple in Brazil’s burgeoning Evangelical Christian movement until he died in a hail of bullets at their home in a Rio suburb in June 2019.
Prosecutors charged Dos Santos in August 2020 with “orchestrating the homicide, enlisting (several of her grown children) to take part in the crime and attempting to disguise it as an armed robbery.”
Prosecutors said the suspected motive was to gain power over the couple’s finances, which Do Carmo, then 42, managed with “rigorous control.”
Dos Santos had been protected by parliamentary immunity but she lost it after being ousted by a near-unanimous vote of her colleagues in August 2021.
The former congresswoman was also found guilty of trying to murder her husband with poison on at least six previous occasions, as well as forgery of documents and armed criminal association, according to the Public Prosecutor’s Office complaint.
Dos Santos was elected to Congress for the conservative Social Democratic Party in 2018.
Born in the Rio favela, or slum, of Jacarezinho, she met Do Carmo in 1994.
Together, they founded what they called the Community of the Evangelical Ministry Flordelis.
Five of the couple’s other children and a granddaughter were also accused in the trial.
Simone dos Santos Rodrigues, biological daughter of the former congresswoman, was also sentenced on Sunday to 31 years in prison, while four adopted children and a granddaughter were acquitted.
One of Dos Santos’s biological sons, accused of being the gunman, as well as another family member who bought the weapon, were sentenced a year ago.
Lagos To Arraign Doctor For Defiling Wife’s Niece
A medical doctor, identified simply as Olaleye, will be arraigned on Monday before Justice R.A Oshodi of the Sexual Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos State, for allegedly raping his wife’s 15-year-old niece in the state.
It was earlier reported that Olaleye was accused of raping the minor who was living with them at their residence in the state after her father died.
It was learnt that the doctor allegedly deflowered the minor after introducing her to pornography.
Olaleye was said to have perpetrated the crime for about 19 months until the wife discovered and reported to the Lagos State Police Command for investigation.
The policemen detailed to investigate the case reportedly arrested Olaleye and the case was transferred to the Gender Unit of the police command, where an Investigative Police Officer, Bimbo Williams, was assigned to handle the case from March 2022.
As proper sanctioning of the suspect was not forthcoming, it was learnt that a petition was written to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Agency to intervene in the matter.
The agency reportedly forwarded the case file to the Directorate of Public Prosecution and recommended Olaleye for trial.
Our correspondent gathered that the doctor would be arraigned on Monday (today) at the Sexual Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos.
Lagos Herbalist Rapes Wife’s Teenage Sister, Kills Mother-In-Law
A 38-year-old herbalist, Jimoh Jogbo, has allegedly killed his mother-in-law in a Celestial Church located at White House in Orofun community, in the Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Jogbo also allegedly killed his friend, Shakiru Jamiu, who saw him on the way to perpetrate the crime in the church.
It was gathered that Jogbo and his wife relocated to Lagos and were living with his mother-in-law pending the time they would secure an apartment in the state.
The herbalist was said to be at home with his wife and her 14-year-old sister when he allegedly defiled the minor.
Angered by the development, the victim reported the incident to Jogbo’s wife and her mother.
The duo threatened to take up the matter with the herbalist and ordered him to leave the house.
During a visit to the mother-in-law’s residence on Saturday, Jogbo’s wife, while speaking with our correspondent, said after instructing her husband to leave the house, he trailed her mother to the church on Monday, November 14, 2022, and allegedly killed her.
She said, “Both of us moved in with my mum in March and we have been living with her since then. In October, my mum visited one of my sisters who delivered a baby, and we were at home with my two younger sisters.
“On November 6, one of my sisters went to a vigil, while the youngest one stayed at home with us. That very night, my husband and I were outside around 11pm but as he was talking to someone, I left him and went inside.
“He later came to sleep beside me. It was the following day that my younger sister told me he raped her at midnight. When I confronted him, he denied. I informed my mum and we became furious and asked him to leave the house.
“He packed his properties and left the following day only to return during that week to start begging me. When my mum returned, she went straight to the church where she stayed till Sunday. On Sunday evening, he called me and said my mum called and rained curses on him.”
Jogbo’s wife said her husband informed her that he was returning to Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, but lurked around the community to perpetrate the crime.
She said, “Around 3am, someone from my mum’s church called me to come to the church because she was not feeling fine. As I was about to rush out, I heard footsteps and saw an iron rod on the floor.
“I was called from the church again that I should start going to the Akodu General Hospital and that was how I got to know that he (Jogbo) had killed my mother and was about to come and kill me.”
During a visit to the scene of the incident, the church’s shepherd, Durodola Agunloye, while speaking to our correspondent, said he heard someone shouting his name when Jogbo was attacking his mother-in-law on the church’s premises around 2am.
Agunloye said, “I rushed out, went straight into the church and saw her in a pool of blood. She could not talk when I called her name but was only grasping for breath. Immediately, I alerted the chairman of our church, who came around with his car which we used in conveying her to the hospital where she was confirmed dead.
“We also reached out to some local vigilantes to mount surveillance in the community and Jogbo was caught while trying to escape. When they brought him to the church, he denied the killing.“
Around 7am, we saw the corpse of a young man a few metres away from the church and we discovered that it was Jogbo’s friend, Shakiru. We learnt that Shakiru saw him on his way to the church and confronted him and since he knew Shakiru recognised him, he attacked him with a stick and killed him. Jogbo used the same stick to kill his mother-in-law.”
Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the incident, said, “It is a fresh case and investigation is ongoing.”
20-Year-Old Boy Kills Stepmother In Anambra
One Ekenedilichukwu Okeke yesterday confessed being responsible for the gruesome murder of his stepmother, Mrs Theresa Okeke in Awka, Anambra state.
Mrs Okeke, an accountant with the National Population Commission (NPC), was reportedly strangled to death on Sept. 28, 2022 in her residence, No. 4 Umuziocha, Awka by unknown assailants.
But the suspect, while being paraded by the police together with 19 others at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Amawbia, said he took the decision of killing the woman to enable him withdraw N1million from her account.
He said he had to hire his friends to assist him carry out the act, shortly after the woman who had been assisting him in paying his fees, insisted he must leave her house over a misunderstanding.
He said, “I finished writing JAMB and was doing some menial jobs to enable me raise money for my university fees. I also worked for NPC three months ago.
“I had a misunderstanding with my mom, along the line and she scolded me. I pleaded with her, thinking she had forgiven me. But the next day she asked me to leave the house. I called my dad and elder brother to inform them of the development but my dad didn’t pick. It was my brother who picked that I told what happened.
“After, I called my friends to help me get money from my mom so I can use it for my fees ahead of my admission. Along the line, she collapsed and slumped.
I’m very remorseful and praying God to have mercy on me and government to forgive me,” he said.
One of the accomplices, Peter Jideofor, a musician who confessed he was the one that tied the woman’s mouth when she attempted to scream, said they would not have killed her if she had provided her pin number.
He said, “He told me he had an issue with his step mother and that I should help him extract N1m from her. It was around 2am, with my other guys. We tied her hands and feet. When she wanted to shout, I personally tied her mouth. In the process, she stopped breathing. It was at that point I left because my mission was not to kill. When I was leaving, I told the guy to keep checking on her every 30 minutes. But it was in the morning he told us that she was dead. All of us were in shock and fled, but I stayed.