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Police Arrest Suspected Cultist in Delta

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A 55-year-old suspected cultist and gun runner, Ufuoma One, has been arrested in Jesse, Ethiope-West Local Government Area of Delta State by police operatives led by ASP Julius Robinson.

During the arrest on June 8, 2024, the police recovered a locally fabricated AK-47 rifle with a revolver-like magazine and thirteen rounds of 7.6mm ammunition from the suspect.

SP Bright Edafe, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrest. “In addition to his involvement in a series of crimes in that area, he is also suspected to be a member of the Eiye confraternity,” Edafe stated, adding that “investigation is ongoing.”

Ufuoma One’s arrest is a significant breakthrough in the police’s efforts to combat cultism and illegal arms trafficking in the region. The suspect’s activities had reportedly terrorized the local community, contributing to a rise in violent crimes.

The police operation, which led to Ufuoma’s capture, was part of a broader initiative to clamp down on organized crime in Delta State. This initiative aims to disarm and dismantle cult groups that have been responsible for numerous criminal activities, including armed robbery, kidnappings, and violent confrontations with rival cults.

The locally fabricated AK-47 rifle found in Ufuoma’s possession is particularly concerning for law enforcement, highlighting the ongoing issue of illegal firearms manufacturing and distribution in Nigeria. The recovery of this weapon, along with the ammunition, underscores the potential threat posed by such individuals to public safety.

Community leaders in Jesse have expressed relief at the suspect’s arrest. Many residents have been living in fear due to the frequent clashes between rival cult groups. The arrest has sparked hope for a return to peace and stability in the area.

The police have urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities. SP Edafe emphasized the importance of community cooperation in the fight against crime. “We rely on the support of the public to provide information that can help us apprehend criminals and ensure the safety of our communities,” he said.

As investigations continue, the police are determined to identify and apprehend other members of the Eiye confraternity and associated criminal networks.

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Court Sentences 3 To Death For Armed Robbery In Ekiti

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An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced three persons to death by hanging for the offences of armed robbery and conspiracy.

The men convicted by the court presided over by Justice John Adeyeye are: Akingbade David, Michael Mayowa and Ibrahim Jimoh Mukaila.

The convicts committed the offences on the March 1, 2019 at NTA Road in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

The convicts robbed one Gbenga Ajayi of his Toyota Corolla car on the said day at gun point.

They were later arrested and charged to court with the offences bordering on Conspiracy and Armed Robbery which are contrary to Section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap.R11, Vol.14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

An Assistant Chief Legal Officer, O. F. Ajumobi who prosecuted the case for Ekiti State called two witnesses and tendered eleven exhibits in support of the case.

The trio of Akin Abon, lyanu Olumuagun and Adeyinka Opaleke, who represented the convicts gave evidence in their defence and called no additional witnesses.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Adeyeye held that the prosecution proved all the ingredients of the offences against the defendants beyond reasonable doubt.

He consequently convicted all the defendants and sentenced them to death by hanging for both offences.

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Tricyclist Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Assaulting Policeman

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The Jos Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday, sentenced a 24-year-old tricycle rider, Benjamin Bulus to one year in prison for smoking marijuana and assaulting a policeman.

The magistrate, Shawomi Bokkos, summarily tried and sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of assault and possession of marijuana.

Mr Bokkos, who sentenced Bulus to one year jail term on each of the two-count, said that the sentence was to run concurrently.

The magistrate said that the sentence on the first count of assault was without an option of fine while Mr Bulus was given an option of N20,000 fine on the second count.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp Ibrahim Gokwat told the court that the case was reported at the Laranto Police station Jos by Mathias Chung, on May 25.

Mr Gokwat said that Chung made a distress call to the police that the convict was constituting a nuisance in the environment, smoking marijuana near his residence.

When the police arrived at the scene, Mr Bulus slapped a policeman and went for his gun, shot at him with intention to kill, but missed his target.

The offences, the prosecutor said, contravened the Plateau State Penal Code Law.

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Two Men Charged with Stealing N700,000 in Ibadan, Granted Bail

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Two men, Okiki Olaniyan, 18, and Hamzat Sodiq, 20, appeared before a Grade ‘A’ Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday, charged with stealing N700,000. The defendants, whose addresses were not provided, are facing charges of conspiracy and theft. Both pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Philip Amusan, informed the court that Olaniyan and Sodiq allegedly committed the offences on June 7 at the Ogunpa market area in Ibadan. According to Amusan, the duo stole N700,000 belonging to Esther Ayeni. He stated that the offences violated Sections 516 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

Presiding over the case, Sukurat Yusuf, the President of the court, granted the defendants bail set at N500,000 each, requiring two sureties each in the same amount. She scheduled the next hearing for July 22.

During the session, the prosecution detailed the circumstances surrounding the alleged theft. Esther Ayeni, the victim, reported that she had just completed a business transaction when the incident occurred. She claimed that the defendants had been lingering around the market area, observing her movements.

Witnesses from the Ogunpa market testified that they saw Olaniyan and Sodiq acting suspiciously before the theft. Despite the defense’s plea of innocence, the prosecution emphasized the strength of the evidence against the defendants, including eyewitness accounts and security footage from nearby shops.

The defendants’ legal counsel argued for their innocence, highlighting the lack of direct evidence linking them to the theft. They contended that the prosecution’s case was based on circumstantial evidence and stressed that their clients should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

In response to the bail conditions, the defense requested leniency, citing the defendants’ young age and lack of prior criminal records. However, the court maintained the bail terms, emphasizing the seriousness of the charges.

As the hearing adjourned, the courtroom remained tense with supporters of both the defendants and the victim present. The upcoming hearing on July 22 is expected to further delve into the details of the case, with additional witnesses and evidence likely to be presented.

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