Domestic Worker To Die By Hanging For Killing Employer, Pregnant Daughter
A High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State, on Monday sentenced a domestic worker, Joseph Ogbu, to death by hanging for killing his employer, an 89-year-old grandmother, Adejoke John, and her daughter, Oreoluwa, at their home in the Surulere area of the state.
Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay handed down the verdict after she found the convict guilty of three counts of armed robbery and murder.
After Ogbu was arrested, the Lagos State Government arraigned him on October 22, 2019.
He was charged with three counts of armed robbery and murder preferred against him by the state.
According to the prosecution, the offence committed contravened Sections 222 and 297 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Ogbu pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.
Ogbu, while committing the crime on June 19, 2019, strangulated Adejoke, and stabbed her pregnant daughter to death.
The convict also robbed the octogenarian of her Toyota Camry Saloon car with number plate, FST 104 CW, LG plasma TV, motorway handset, one Gionee handset, one Nokia phone, one i-Tel phone, and one power bank.
The prosecutor said the incident took place around 9.30pm at No 4, Ogunlana Drive, in the Surulere area of the state.
In her judgment, the trial judge, Nicole-Clay, held that Ogbu confessed to the crime.
She said, “He killed one Adejoke by strangling her, and one Oreoluwa by stabbing her to death.
“I have considered the evidence of the security guard, an Okada man, one Yahya Ibrahim, the house help, and a policeman.”
Nicole-Clay held that the convict admitted to living with the deceased mother and daughter, and he was the only witness of the incident.
She stated that the defendant did not raise an objection to the admissibility of the confessional statement.
“There’s no doubt that the defendant confessed to the crimes,” Nicole-Clay said.
According to the judge, the defendant could not give an explanation of what he was doing with all the stolen items he was found with around 2am on the day he was arrested.
“The evidence is shown to the satisfaction of this court and the court has established guilt against the defendant. He is hereby guilty as charged,” Nicole-Clay said.
After convicting him, the judge told Ogbu, “I have to hear from you, you have been found guilty.”
In his response, the convict, who spoke in Pidgin English, said, “The mama no die for my presence. I beg for mercy.”
In his allocutus, the defence counsel, Moses Enema, told the judge, “The defendant is a first-time offender, a son to a young widow, largely dependent on this son.
“In the course of the trial, my lord, the defendant was very remorseful; it’s an indication that he is willing to turn a new leave. We do pray the court to temper justice with mercy.”
Nicole-Clay pronounced, “This court has found Joseph Ogbu guilty of these heinous crimes, you are hereby sentenced to death by hanging.”
Man Arrested For Stabbing Wife To Death In Delta
The Delta State Police Command has arrested a butcher for allegedly stabbing his wife to death in Warri metropolis.
The incident reportedly occurred on Thursday evening when the suspect tried to scoop hot water to bathe on returning from the market.
PUNCH Metro gathered that his wife refused and asked him not to touch the hot water on the cooker claiming he did not provide money for house upkeep nor to refill cooking gas cylinder.
But the suspect reportedly ignored his wife’s refusal and forced his way to the burning gas cooker to scoop the hot water.
Consequently, the aggrieved wife reportedly attacked him during which a fight broke out between the couple.
In the ensuing scuffle, the wife was said to have rushed for a kitchen knife with the intention to stab her husband.
However, the man reportedly overpowered the wife and forcefully collected the knife from her, and used the same to stab the woman several times until she collapsed.
It was gathered that at that point, the suspect, seeing the gravity of his action, carried the wounded woman to a private hospital for treatment.
His daughter, pained by the development, was said to have rushed to a nearby police station where she reported the incident and the suspect was immediately arrested.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident.
The PPRO said, “Confirmed” without providing much details.
Police Probe Alleged Abduction Of Rivers APC Lawyer
The Rivers State Police Command on Friday said it is probing the alleged abduction a lawyer working for the All Progressives Congress in the state of Dr Godswill Dike.
On Thursday, the Rivers chapter alleged the abduction of its lawyer inside the Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Aba Road, Port Harcourt.
Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Iringe-Koko said though no formal complaint has been made, the Commissioner of Police Okon Effiong, has ordered operatives of the Command to investigate claims by the APC that their lawyer was abducted after signing for and taking possession of the Certified True Copies of election documents.
The CP has promised that anyone found culpable would be made to face the wrath of the law.
Man Tortured To Death In Bauchi For Stealing Watermelons
Four people have been arrested for allegedly torturing a suspected watermelon thief to death in Bauchi, the Police has said.
Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, disclosed this in a media statement made available to journalists in the State.
He said that the deceased was caught after allegedly stealing seven watermelons valued at N2,000 from a summer farm in Dallaji Village, Tudin Wada Ward in Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Wakil, a Superintendent of Police said: “On the 29th March 2023 at about 10.00am, one Ado Sanya, male (40) of Dallaji village Tudun Wada Ward, Warji LGA, reported at Warji Divisional Police Headquarters that on the same date at about 1.20am, one Ibrahim Hashimu, male, criminally trespass into the farmland of one Mohammed Garba, male, of the same address and stole some watermelons.
“His hands were tied with a rope and beaten with sticks by Mohammad Daluta, (24); Ibrahim Mahmud (22); Bashir Mahmud (18); Abdullahi Mahmud (22); all males of the same address.
“On receiving the report, a team of detectives was quickly drafted to the scene and evacuated the victim to General Hospital Warji for medical attention where they referred to the Cottage Hospital, Gwaram LGA, Jigawa State, where he was certified dead by the medical doctor.
“An investigation commenced in earnest and preliminary investigation revealed that the victim “Ibrahim Hashimu” trespassed into a summer farm and stole seven pieces of watermelon fruit valued at N2,000.
“In the process of taking away the stolen items, the owner of the farm caught him on the spot. He then conspired with others and beat him with sticks. As a result, he sustained an internal injury which led to his death.
“Consequently, all the above four suspects were successfully arrested and an investigation is still ongoing to explore all the intricacies surrounding the case.”
According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Aminu Alhassan, while reacting to the incident, frowned at the action of the suspects, who, instead of reporting the case to the Police for proper investigation and prosecution, took the law into their hands.
“He however directed that the case be transferred to criminal investigation department Bauchi, for discreet investigation and assured members of the public that justice will be served accordingly,” he assured.
Similarly, the PPRO said that on March 24, 2023 at about 10.09pm, some unknown persons, trespassed into the house of one Abdu Muhammadu, male (30) of Dasare village, Tarbuwa Ward in Zaki Local Government Area of Bauchi State and shot him with a bow and arrow on his chest.
He said that as a result, he sustained serious injuries; adding that having received intelligence of the incident on March 26, 2023 around 12.30am, Police Operatives attached to Zaki Divisional headquarters led by the Divisional Police Officer, rushed to the scene and evacuated the victim to Federal Medical Centre, Azare for immediate medical treatment, where he was certified dead by the medical doctor.
Wakil said that during the investigation, the Command arrested one Sambo Adamu, male (22) of the same address, in connection with the case, and he voluntarily confessed his culpability.
The Police Spokesman said that efforts have been intensified to explore more facts in the incident in order to arrest the remaining suspects adding however, that investigation is ongoing.