Month: December 2018

Torture Alert-Nigeria No. 12 – December 2018

#Stoptorturein9ja Project of LEDAP- Legal Defence and Assistance Project.

Hello,
Legal Defence and Assistance Project brings you update on incidents of torture in Nigeria

“A healthy man does not torture others-generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.”  #StopTorturein9ja. 

Carl Jung

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP’s TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
  • ARTICLES ON UDHR
NEWS
Joint Statement: NGOs express their concern for the lives of death row prisoners after actions taken at risk of imminent execution by Saudi government.
On 1 November 2018, the case of 12 men convicted of spying for Iran and spreading the Shia faith, including that of  Abbas Al-Hassan, was transferred to the Presidency of the State Security (PSS) by Royal Decree, indicating what may be their imminent execution, despite concerns about the fairness of their trials by the international community and the United Nations. Read More
Again, activist charged with cyber-stalking, remanded in prison.
Barely 24 hours after his release from the Keffi Prisons, an Abuja-based activist and Convener, Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, has again been remanded in prison custody. Read More
Rape: NGO trains girls in self defence.
An Osun State based non-governmental organisation, Value Female Network, has trained over 350 girls on self defence, especially against rape. Read More
Ogun butcher beats wife to death for being rude.
A butcher in Abosule, Agbado, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, Sina Kasali, is in police custody for allegedly killing his wife, Sherifat Kasali. Read More
How HOD harassed, attempted to rape us – Ebonyi Poly students.
Two female students of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwanna, Afikpo in Ebonyi State, have cried out for help over alleged sexual harassment and intimidation against them by one of their lecturers. Read More
DSS parades alleged fraudster who breached Aso Villa security.
A middle aged woman, Amina Mohammed also known as Justina Onuoha, has been paraded by the Department of State Services for allegedly gaining entry into the Presidential Villa posing as First Lady of Kogi State.  Read More
Driver remanded in prison for killing motorcycle passenger.
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court has ordered that a 45-year-old tipper driver, Semiu Akanni, who allegedly drove recklessly and killed a motorcycle passenger, be remanded in the Kirikiri Prison, pending when his bail conditions will be met. Read More
Presidential aspirant Sowore rescues men being punished by some soldiers.
The post Presidential aspirant Sowore rescues men being punished by some soldiers on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Sunday, 2 December 2018. Read More
Decomposing corpse of kidnapped Ekiti NBA scribe found, lawyers protest.
Legal practitioners in Ekiti State on Monday, December 3, 2018, protested against the kidnap and killing of their members, calling on security agencies to step up security of lives and property. Read More
Nigerian man allegedly stabbed to death in Ghana.
A Tweet by Louis Ojei, @louismichael99, has brought to the attention of Abike Dabiri, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Relations and Diaspora to the alleged murder of a Nigerian, Michael who was stabbed to death yesterday, 5th Dec 2018 by a bus conductor in Ghana. Read More
Police raid Anambra brothel, arrest teenage sex workers. 
The Anambra State Police Command on Saturday night 1 December, 2018,raided a brothel on Ring Road, Enugwu-Ukwu in the Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State. Read More
Man stabbed to death after visiting lover in Daura.
A 40-year-old man, Abdulrahman Sani, has been stabbed to death in Daura, Katsina State.  Read More
F-SARS arrests two suspected kidnap kingpins in Imo.
Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command have arrested two suspected kidnap kingpins said to have been on the command’s wanted list for a long time. Read More
Businessman demands justice as land grabbers kill son
A Lagos-based businessman, Sunday Omojola, has asked the police to investigate the murder of his son and ensure that those responsible are brought to book. Read More
Lawyer petitions DSS, police over alleged assault by NAPTIP officers
A lawyer, Mr Promise Jones, has accused officers of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Osun State Command, of assault.Read More
Bayelsa Police parade teenage cultists, armed robbers
A total of 22 suspected criminals, mostly teenagers, were on Friday paraded by the Bayelsa State Police Command at the state police headquarters, Yenagoa. Read More
Man arrested for allegedly beating wife to death
A 38 years old man, Shina Kasali, has been arrested by the Ogun State police command for allegedly beating his wife, Sofiat Kasali, to death. Read More
Truck driver remanded for beating VIO
An Abeokuta Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Isabo, on Friday, remanded a truck driver, Nurudeen Bashir in prison custody for allegedly assaulting a Vehicle Inspection Officer in Abeokuta, the state capital.  Read More
Court remands eight men who allegedly beheaded policeman
A Plateau High Court on Wednesday ordered that eight men, who Police accused of beheading a policeman, be remanded in prison. Read More
Son hacks father to death in Enugu
The Enugu State Police Command has arrested one Chibuike Nwachukwu for alleged murder of his father, Osita. Read More
Teacher remanded in prison for defiling five-year-old pupil
A magistrates’ court sitting in Okitipupa, in the Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, has ordered that a teacher, Ebenezer Adeyeye, be remanded in prison custody.  Read more
12 Things you Need to Know about the New F-SARS.
The Police has outlined 12 principles that guide the operation of the overhauled SARS later renamed to F-SARS.

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New FSARS Contact Details incase of SARS Abuse
If The ‘New’ FSARS Harass You. 

Please Contact: 
DIG, Department of Operations: 08037025670; IGP X-SQUAD 0902 690 0729, 08078662130, 08174041000 – CALLS,
0903 227 8905 – SMS, 
0903 562 1377 – whatsapp 
OPINIONS
New practical guide on the protection of LGBTI persons deprived of liberty
Historically subjected to discrimination and abuse across all regions of the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex ( LGBTI) persons are particularly exposed to the risk of ill-treatment or even torture when deprived of their liberty. Read More
Essence of Presidential Panel on SARS is to unravel truth — Ojukwu
The Chairman of the President Panel on Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), reform, Mr Tony Ojukwu, said that the essence of the panel was to ascertain the truth on the allegations of human rights violations by members of the Public.

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Why Nigeria Police relish parading suspects
Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as well as a plethora of High Court rulings deprecating the act of parading suspects before trial are as clear as daylight on the protection given to the principle of fair hearing and the presumption of innocence of the accused. Read More

Introducing a new resource to document weapons and restraints in places of detention.
A recent study ommissioned by the Association for the Prevention of Torture emphasised the important role of torture prevention bodies in reducing the risk of torture  and ill-treatment.  

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Using comics to mobilise support for torture prevention.
One way to increase support for torture prevention is to influence public debate that torture is wrong. As popular culture in particular series and films continues to brand torture as “necessary” or “inevitable”, we should explore new ways to challenge these pre-conceived ideas, including through popular mediums.

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A Painless Solution to Law Enforcement Misconduct By Tochukwu Chukwmerije
Law enforcement misconduct refers to ill- appropriated conduct and or illegal actions taken by law enforcement agent(s)/officers in connection with their official duties. Law enforcement misconduct terms refer to a wide range of procedural, criminal and civil violations. Misconduct is the broadest category.

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How Policemen Should Behave During Elections – SAN
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Dele Adesina, has advised men of the Nigeria Police Force against taking sides with politicians and political parties during elections, warning that such behaviour will erode public confidence in the police and undermine the integrity of the institution and its officers.

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LEDAP’s TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
LEDAP trains Paralegals on Torture Prevention, Gathering of Evidence and Documentation of Torture in Lagos State.
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and National Committee against Torture (NCaT) trained paralegals and human rights activities on torture prevention mechanisms, gathering of evidence and principles of documentation of torture. The training held from 20-21 November 2018 in Lagos state. 
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Training of CSOs, Lawyers and Journalists on Torture Prevention Mechanisms in Lagos-LEDAP
The legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)and National Committee against Torure (NCaT) sets to train to lawyers lawyers, CSOs and Journalist on tortrure prevention mechanisms from 5-6 December, 2018 in Lagos . While the lawyers will be trained on prosecution of torture cases, the journalists and CSOs will be trained on gathering evidence and reporting torture cases to meet criteria for admissibility in courts. The training is in furtherance to the activities of the Anti-Torture Project which aims to reduce incidents of torture in Nigeria.


LEDAP Speaks on Torture, SGBV and Custodial Conditions of Women in the #16DaysActivism on Violence against Women.
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project is focused on creating public awareness on the prevalence of torture , Sexual and Gender Based Violence and other inhuman treatment against women in detention facilties as a means of bringing to forebear the exacerbating cases of violence women face in the society. This is in furtherance to the internationally recognised 16 Days of Activism that aims to create public awareness on the various kinds of violence women face in the society with the aim of curtailing its occurrences. For more updates, follow us on facebook and twitter as we livestream accounts of victims of gender based violence.
LEDAP Secures Judgement in Favour of Kabiru Ahmed, a Victim of Police Brutality in Yola, Adamawa State.
As part of its pro-bono services to victims of human rights violations in Nigeria, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), through one its numerous pro-bono lawyers,U.B. Ismaila (ESQ), filed a motion at the Federal High Court, Yola seeking for the enforcement of the fundamental human rights of Mr Kabiru Ahmed who was unlawfully arrested, detained and tortured by officers of the Nigerian Police in July 2016. In the ruling which was delivered by His Lordship, Balkisu Bello Aliyu, the applicant was awarded five million (5,000,000) Naira against the respondents, as a compensation for the unlawful arrest, detention and torture inflicted on him.
LEDAP Provides Free Legal Support to 85 Survivors of Torture in North Eastern Nigeria.
As part its efforts towards enhancing redress system for victims of human rights violations and power abuse, the Legal Defenece and Assistance Project through its committed pro bono lawyers in North East is currently supporting 85 survivors of human rights violations arising from illegal detention, detention incommunicado, torture and other degrading, inhuman treatments. These survivors were drawn from the four North East States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno and Yobe. Some of the cases filed earlier this year are already at the judgement stage while judgement had been delivered on some other cases.
LEDAP Records Success in an Out-of-Court Settlement on Torture Cases
In line with LEDAP’s commitment towards curbing torture in Nigeria, the organisation through its pro bono counsel in Yola, Adamawa state successfully signed a Memorandum of Terms of Settlement between the plaintiffs and the 3rd Respondent.
The plaintiffs Bizain Wilson and Andrew Galayina were brutally tortured by Nigerian Army Captain in 2015 for political reasons, which resulted to their hospitalization for three months.
Through the terms of settlement the 3rd respondent made consideration for the sum of 300,000 thousand naira which the plaintiff acknowledged receipt and agreed to withdraw the claim subject. A consent judgement has been given in respect of this case.
LEDAP joins in the #EndSARS Campaign
Follow us on our social media pages  to get the latest uodates on our campaign  against SARS brutality on Nigerians. Instagram Facebook Twitter
UPCOMING EVENTS/ OPPORTUNITIES
Supporting national partners’ advocacy efforts towards OPCAT ratification, Jakarta, Indonesia
The APT will soon undertake a working mission to Jakarta, Indonesia, in the context of the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s funded project to support national partners’ efforts in strengthening advocacy for ratification of the Optional oprotocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in Indonesia. December 10 – 14, 2018.

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Second Meeting of the Steering Committee and Coordination group for the development of a Universal Protocol for Investigative Interviewing and Associated Safeguards
The   Steering Commitee , c omprised of 15 experts, will meet for the second time to discuss endorsement and advocacy strategies for the   Universal Protocol  They will also review a first draft developed by the   Drafting Group . December 10 – 11, 2018 .

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Universal protocol on investigative interviewing and associated safeguards: the Tunisian experience, Tunis.
On the occasion of the second meeting of the Steering Committee, for the development of a Universal Protocol for Investigative Interviewing and Associated Safeguards, the APT, in partnership with the Danish Institute against Torture (  DIGNITY), is organising a national seminar gathering governmental and non-governmental actors in Tunis. December 12, 2018

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Invitation
OHCHR invites civil society to join the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for Human Rights Day celebrations to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Thursday 13 December 2018 from 10:00 to 12:30 at Palais des Nations Room XX, Geneva, Switzerland. Register Here
Meeting of UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent invites civil society and non-governmental organizations to a meeting during its next session holding on Wednesday 5 December 2018 from 15:00 to 17:00 at Palais des Nations Room XXI, Geneva, Switzerland. Register Here
Meeting of UN Human Rights Council inter-sessional
The UN Human Rights Council inter-sessional meeting on “Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (HRC resolution 37/24) holds on Wednesday 16 January 2019 at Palais des Nations Room XX, Geneva, Switzerland. Read More
Invitation to Join the Coalition For Effective ECOWAS Community Court of Justice
NCICC and Trust Africa invites all individuals and Civil Society Organization working to promote human rights, rule of law and good governance in West Africa to join the network for an effective ECOWAS court. The coalition engages in various supportive strategies and mechanisms to fosters the effective functioning of the Ecowas Court and in demanding accountability from the government of member states. Click here to register
Call for Conference Participation on “Bribery and Corruption: Modern Approaches to an Eternal Problem
T he International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Conference invites judiciary, prosecution agencies , defence lawyers, legal policy drafters, law enforcement, corrections and government officials to its conference aimed at tackling bribery and corruption by focusing on the scope of the problem, corruption prevention, risk management, investigation and law enforcement strategies, legislative reforms and policies, international responses and evidentiary issues.The conference will hold in Brisbane, Australia from 9-12 July 2019. Read More
ARTICLES ON UDHR

30 Articles on the 30 Articles 
                                           The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: 
                              Still working to ensure Ereedom, Equality and Dignity for All.

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Read More

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty. Read More 

Article 3.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. Read More

Article 4.

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms. Read More

Article 5.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Read More

Article 6.

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. Read More

Article 7.

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination. Read More

Article 8.

Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law. Read More

Article 9.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile. Read More

Article 10.

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him. Read More

Universal protocol on investigative interviewing and associated safeguards: the Tunisian experience, Tunis.

On the occasion of the second meeting of the Steering Committee, for the development of a Universal Protocol for Investigative Interviewing and Associated Safeguards, the APT, in partnership with the Danish Institute against Torture ( DIGNITY), is organising a national seminar gathering governmental and non-governmental actors in Tunis. December 12, 2018

This event will enable national authorities – including the Ministries of Interior, Justice and Human Rights, as well as the National Preventive Mechanism (INPT) – to share with the international experts the Tunisian experience and progress in implementing both the key safeguards and the interview techniques in the framework of criminal proceedings.

More information on the session’s agenda.

Second Meeting of the Steering Committee and Coordination group for the development of a Universal Protocol for Investigative Interviewing and Associated Safeguards

The Steering Committee, comprised of 15 experts, will meet for the second time to discuss endorsement and advocacy strategies for the Universal Protocol. They will also review a first draft developed by the Drafting Group . December 10 – 11, 2018.

For more information on this initiative please visit Developing International Guidelines on Investigative Interviewing and Associated Safeguards

Supporting national partners’ advocacy efforts towards OPCAT ratification, Jakarta, Indonesia

The APT will soon undertake a working mission to Jakarta, Indonesia, in the context of the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s funded project to support national partners’ efforts in strengthening advocacy for ratification of the Optional oprotocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in Indonesia. December 10 – 14, 2018.

The highlight of this mission will be the signing of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding between the APT and the National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia (KOMNAS HAM) as a step towards strengthening institutional cooperation and better coordinating national efforts to prevent torture. This will be followed by a full day of intensive discussion on how to implement the cooperation for the next three years.Embarking on this mission will be APT’s ASEAN Programme Officer, Shazeera Ahmad Zawawi, and Director of Thematic Programmes, Jean-Sébastien Blanc.

Why Nigeria Police relish parading suspects

Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as well as a plethora of High Court rulings deprecating the act of parading suspects before trial are as clear as daylight on the protection given to the principle of fair hearing and the presumption of innocence of the accused.

The Nigeria Police on the other hand, are equally as blatant and downright nonchalant in their disregard of these constitutional safeguards for the citizen.

On this fundamental issue of principle and sanctity of the Nigerian justice system, the police beg to differ; they regularly poke a finger in the eye of the law, placing themselves high above the law in this regard, while damning the consequences. What makes this more alarming from this column’s standpoint is the seeming acquiescence of society at large about it.

Our lawmakers and the executive branch of government are indifferent, civil society groups respond to it with inertia and the public feel pretty jaded about it all, seeing it as amusing and a piece of theatre to savour. The only people who feel burdened enough to highlight this odious element of our justice system in the media appear to be the odd individual and personalities with prescience and a weight to throw around. Why?

The answer to the above puzzle is traceable to the village-square mindset of the pre-colonial era that still permeates the Nigeria Police thinking in the modern era. In that frictionless communard populated by people aligned to a deep sense of right and wrong, where the sin of the father is usually visited on the sons, daughters and siblings of the wrongdoer, naming and shaming becomes a most potent tool in the hands of those entrusted with the responsibility of enforcing community rules. The mere mentioning of a person’s name and the commission of a criminal act in the same sentence carry such opprobrium that the person so-named is shunned by the rest of the community, and is tainted for life thereafter. In the village square, one man’s fortune is everybody’s fortune.

Conversely, one man’s misdemeanour is everybody’s cross to bear. The village-square mentality is a relic of a bygone order in a bygone culture where the individual is the community, and community the individual. We, nonetheless, and irrespective of the techno drama of the modern life, remain very much by-products of that tradition.

A more utilitarian explanation for the inexcusable police violation of the law in parading suspects is convenience and resources. The police are simply overwhelmed with levels of criminality in society, and little or no incentive for them to do a thorough job of investigating, especially amidst dwindling resources. It is a matter of interest to us in Africa to note that in the West, sometimes, authorities can spend $1m to investigate and convict a theft of $100,000.

For them, the end always justifies the means. The greater good and health of society require that no sum is spared in the investigation and punishment of offenders. Here on the continent of Africa, we have yet to arrive at that level of sophisticated administration of justice. What we have, instead, is the law enforcement officers doing what appears to be their ‘best’ to curtail crime and criminality by harping on the naming and shaming logic of a by-gone age. It appears that the razzmatazz of parading suspects on TV and other media is an end in itself for the police; a wink to the public for marks for effort.

Linked to the question of resources is the police desire to promote deterrence by parading suspects. It is a cheaper and quicker way of achieving that it seems. What baffles right-thinking citizens in this country, however, is that every police recruit ought to know that the mere fact of parading someone in public undermines their right to fair hearing. There is no smoke without fire, a lot of people would conclude, which also undermines the presumption of innocence until proved guilty in a court of law.

Parading of suspects in Western jurisdiction is anathema to their notion of justice, and would not be countenanced in any way. The main reason for this being that, there is a jury trial embedded in their system, which is absent in ours. Jury trial is a process by which 12 people randomly selected from the public where a crime is committed, sit in court, hear the evidence against the accused, and are then asked to pronounce on the person’s guilt or innocence following a direction on the law from the judge. This is standard practice in most Western jurisdictions.

By contrast, we do not have jury trial in our jurisdiction. A judge sitting alone usually hears the evidence against the accused and pronounce on guilt or innocence after lawyers on both sides have presented their arguments. We do not have jury trial in our jurisdiction for all sorts of reasons, chief among which is the problem of mass illiteracy, and inadequate database of citizens up and down the country. These anomalies are not insurmountable, but, they are needed to be rectified first, to make jury selection truly neutral and random as it operates elsewhere. The argument runs then, that, under our system, trial by media has a minimal effect, since there is no jury to influence. Judges cannot be influenced by the media. Or, can they?

Let us swiftly disabuse the mind of the reader by saying that notwithstanding their antiquarian wigs and gowns, judges are products of the same society which has given them the authority to sit in judgement of others. They too feel what others feel when confronted with the allusion of guilt on the face of a suspect being paraded in the media by police. That said, they, (the judges), ultimately hold the key to resolving this malaise once and for all. Every case brought in front of a judge where the accused is found to have been paraded beforehand ought to be dead on arrival.

A police parade of a suspect should be enough to disable a subsequent trial in a court of law in this country, as it is fundamentally prejudicial to a fair hearing. So, no more endless judicial pronouncements on the need to stop the parade of suspects, no more point excoriating senior police officers for parading suspects when, based on the foregoing, the case against the accused is bound to be thrown out later by a judge. No more need to start waging a rear-guard effort endlessly suing the police. We need a hero amongst the judges, we need one ready to put his head above the parapet; one who would, ab initio, treat a case of police parade of a suspect as a jurisdictional issue. It should rank as a solid foundation for a preliminary objection which can be raised at anytime during the proceedings.

Once established, the judge does no more than throw out the case against the accused who had been paraded hitherto. Let the prosecution appeal against the decision to the Supreme Court, from here until Kingdom come. That would teach them. Above all, it would cut off the head of the marauding snake called police parade of suspects in this country by rendering it a futile exercise.

Teacher remanded in prison for defiling five-year-old pupil

A magistrates’ court sitting in Okitipupa, in the Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, has ordered that a teacher, Ebenezer Adeyeye, be remanded in prison custody.

Adeyeye, a primary school teacher, was accused of defiling a five-year-old pupil inside the school’s toilet in Okitipupa. He was arrested by the men of the Ondo State Police Command on November 7, 2018.

The accused was said to have lured the victim to the school toilet, where he allegedly had a carnal knowledge of her.

He was arraigned on one count of rape.

According to the police prosecutor, Mr Ayodeji Omoyegha, the case was reported at the police station by the victim’s parents and the suspect was later arrested.

Omoyegha said the offence contravened Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

Adeyeye, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In his ruling, the magistrate, Mr O. Ogunfuyi, ordered that the suspect be remanded in prison custody pending the outcome of the legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He adjourned the case till January 30, 2019.

Son hacks father to death in Enugu.

Son hacks father to death in Enugu
The Enugu State Police Command has arrested one Chibuike Nwachukwu for alleged murder of his father, Osita.

Nwachukwu reportedly hacked his father to death in the early hours of Friday in their residence at Amuri Community in the Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.

The spokesperson for the police in the state, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday, but said the circumstances under which the crime was committed had yet to be ascertained.

Amaraizu, a Superintendent of Police, in a statement on Friday, said the 25-year-old suspect had been taken to custody for proper investigation.

He said, “A son identified as Chibuike Nwachukwu, who is about 25 years old, has allegedly hacked his father, Mr. Osita Nwachukwu, who is about 60 years old, to death with a machete over a yet-to-be established issue. The alleged incident has thrown the entire Amuri community into mourning.”

Amaraizu added that the body of the deceased had been deposited in a hospital mortuary in the community for autopsy.

Court remands eight men who allegedly beheaded policeman

A Plateau High Court on Wednesday ordered that eight men, who Police accused of beheading a policeman, be remanded in prison.

The Police charged Abubakar Sani, Abubakar Mohammed, Hussaini Musa, Mohammed Zubairu, Abdulahi Mohammed, Ibrahim Usman, Mohammed Doma and Sadiq Abubakar with culpable homicide.

The prosecutor, Mr. E.A. Inigbenoise, told the court that the accused persons committed the offence on September 1.

Inigbenoise said the accused persons, on the said date, attacked Sgt. Yunana Ishaya with an axe around Gordons Hotel, Zaria Road, Farin Gada, Jos North and beheaded him.

He said that charms, which the accused persons believed would make them disappear at will, were found on them at the time of their arrest.

He added that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97, 221 and 217 of the Penal Code.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Trial judge, Justice A.I. Ashoms, ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the matter to December 14, for hearing.