Nigerian Police arrests suspected killers of US Army veteran, Oscar Okebata

The police in Imo State have arrested suspected killers of Oscar Okebata, a retired soldier in the American Army who was robbed and murdered in Atta, in the Ikeduru LGA, on January 12, 2017.

At a press briefing in Owerri, the state capital on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, said Chukwu Osondu, Stanley Uchechukwu, Kelvin Onyekachi and Promise Uchendu were apprehended with “concrete evidence that showed that they murdered the ex-solider” who was in the state for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Lakanu said, “The suspects were arrested in connection with the robbery and murder of one Oscar Okebata of Achi Mbieri in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, an American veteran soldier who returned home for Yuletide last year”.

“The victim’s Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was sold at N125,000. It was the mobile phone that led policemen to the suspects, leading to their arrest.”

6 alleged murderers of Army colonel remanded in prison

An Omi-Adio Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan on Wednesday ordered the remand of six men over the alleged murder of Anthony Okeyin , the Commandant, Command Day Secondary School, Apata, Ibadan.

The defendants- Solomon Agada-Emmanuel, 20; Taiwo Adeniyi, 33; Kehinde Bibisoye, 27; Andrew Ewere , 25; Udobata Orusa-Uzi, 28, and Ephraim Obi, 38 – were arraigned on charges bordering on conspiracy, robbery and murder.

The Chief Magistrate, Risikat Ebeloku –Mustapha, ordered that the six accused persons be remanded at Agodi Prison pending legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecution, DPP.

The pleas of the six accused persons were not taken, while the case was adjourned till March 28, for mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Musiliu Fatola, had told the court that the defendants allegedly robbed and killed the army colonel on December 11, 2016, in the school.

Mr. Fatola, a police inspector, also said that the suspects robbed Okeyin of his Samsung X4 cell phone.

“The suspects allegedly caused the death of one Ekok Okeyin, 52, unlawfully by throwing him from upstairs to the ground floor, which led to his death,” the prosecutor said.

Mr. Fatola said that the offences contravened Sections 316, 324 and 401 and punishable under Sections 319 and 402 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II Laws of Oyo State 2000.


Source: NAN

Fanatical Parents Jailed For Life After Murdering Daughter For Having Sex

A Muslim mother and father who murdered their own daughter for bringing ‘shame’ on the family because she had sex with a man they did not approve of have been caged for life in Germany.

The so-called ‘honour killing’ of Lareeb Khan, 19, was carried out by her father Azadullah, 52, who crept into her bedroom at night and strangled her while her mother Shazia, 42, looked on.

The killing was triggered because they learned she had tried to steal condoms for her illicit sex sessions with her lover.Both then disposed of the body of the ‘bright and talented’ youngster whose only crime was to fall in love with a 23-year-old man called Raheel they disapproved of.
The court heard how he crept into her room as she slept and strangled her while her mother looked on. Both then dressed dead daughter Lareeb, a dental technician, in her clothes.

They then wheeled her in the wheelchair used by Lareeb’s grandmother from their high-rise apartment to the family car, drove to a secluded embankment in their home city of Darmstadt and tipped the corpse down it.

Mother Shazia would later tell police that she did not intervene to try to save her daughter out of fear of her husband. But the court learned she was every bit as fanatical as him and was often at loggerheads with Lareeb.

Khan told police after the killing:

‘My daughter could not defend herself because one arm was pinned under the mattress and she could not speak because I was applying so much pressure. I noticed that after five minutes she was dead but I continued to press.’

He said they dumped her body and planned to tell people she had run away. But her corpse was found the next day and the parents confessed to the crime almost immediately.

Judge Wagner heard the father take all the guilt for the crime, that his wife did not have the strength to resist him. Axel Kollbach, her lawyer, asked for her to be sentenced only for help in disposing of the body, not murder, and to take into account the ‘cultural background’ to the crime.

But Judge Wagner was having none of it, stating:

She clearly is also guilty of murder. Yopu feared being shunned by the community if it got out that your daughter had slept with her boyfriend.’It was worth killing your daughter for. A woman cannot be so physically weak that she doesn’t intervene in the murder of her own daughter and instead watches it for five minutes.’You lived in two cultural worlds. It is not the case that you may not be allowed to live in your own culture. But you must also deal with our values.’ 

He said they could have cut their daughter off from the family if they wanted to show their disapproval of her lifestyle, not murder her.

Her father’s pathetic last words to the court on Tuesday before he was led away to begin his sentence were spoken through an interpreter. ‘I would undo it all if I could,’ he said. ‘I accept any punishment.’

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Too little, too late…

Saudi Beheads Rapist, Murderer

Saudi Arabia beheaded a convicted rapist and a murderer on Tuesday, bringing to 37 the number of death sentences carried out in the kingdom this year.

Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed al-Bishi, a Saudi national, raped his victim at gunpoint, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

“He also committed a number of armed robberies causing panic amongst the society. He had entered a number of homes by force and tried to kidnap and rape women and children,” the statement said.

It added that Bishi was sentenced to death “as punishment and to serve as a deterrent to others”.

Authorities carried out the sentence in the southwestern region of Asir.

In a separate case, Hamoud bin Salih bin Falih al-Zubi was executed in the capital Riyadh, the ministry said.

He was sentenced to death for gunning down a fellow Saudi during a brawl.

Drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are all punishable by death under the Gulf kingdom’s strict version of Islamic sharia law.

Amnesty International said in its annual report released last week that death sentences are often imposed “after unfair trials”.

The London-based watchdog said some defendants claimed to have been tortured or “otherwise coerced or misled into making false confessions” before trial.

The kingdom executed 87 people last year, up from 78 in 2013, according to an AFP count.