Update: 3 Killed In Kwara Senator's House Burning

At least three people were allegedly killed while security operatives tried to stop an angry mob from burning the house of Mohammed Sha’aba, senator representing Kwara north.

The Kwara command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps confirmed the incident, saying it happened in in Lafiagi, Edu local government area of the state.

The deaths are suspected to be related to an issue associated with the conduct of the council elections.

But Kunle Bilesanmi, police public relations officer in the state, said he could not confirm the deaths.

NAN quoted a source as saying the crisis erupted when some youth barred Sha’aba from coming into the town.

The youth’s action was as a result of the alleged failure of the senator to assist the community in repairing a collapsed culvert on the road leading to the town.

The youths were said to have barricaded the road when Sha’aba was coming home for the council poll.

They allegedly insisted that he would pass through the culvert that they mobilised resources to repair.

The source said when the senator found it difficult to enter the town, he called for security reinforcement.

The source added that when the security men, mostly soldiers arrived, they allegedly shot sporadically and killed three people.

The source claimed the action of the security personnel led the youth to burn the residence of the senator.

A man, who said that his young brother was among the dead threatened that no election would hold in the town.

Man Kills Wife For Refusing Sex

Police say a man in the northern Indian state of Haryana killed his wife after she refused to have sex with him.

Sanjiv Kumar, 35, allegedly strangled his wife, Suman, during a fight on Tuesday.

The man confessed to the crime after he was arrested, police officer Ramesh Jaglan told the BBC.

Domestic violence has been the most reported violent crime against women in India for more than a decade now.

"She had been refusing sex for a while. On Tuesday, she refused again, which irritated him and he strangled her. We have arrested him," Mr Jaglan told the BBC.

The couple had been married for more than a decade. They have two children.

The crime occurred in Haryana's Jogna Khera village, where the family had been living.

A case of domestic violence is reported to the police in India every five minutes, but activists say the real numbers are even higher.

India introduced a new law in 2005 to protect women from domestic violence, but it has failed to stem the tide of violence because cases registered under it are not treated as criminal.

The BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi says domestic violence in India is rooted in patriarchy. Women are considered inferior to men, the abuse of women is widely condoned and arguments are often made to try and justify beatings.


Flash: EFCC Arrests Former Senate President

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission  (EFCC) has arrested the former Senate President, Senator Pius Anyim. 

Anyim was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation under the former administration of Dr. Gooluck Jonathan. 

Details soon. 

Japan Serial Killer Used Twitter To Lure Victims

As if Twitter didn’t have enough problems on its plate with faltering user numbers and accusations of fake news, the microblogging site has now been linked to a series of murders in Japan.

An alleged serial killer, known as the ‘Twitter killer,’ in Japan, is thought to have used the platform to lure to his home victims who had tweeted suicidal thoughts. According to media reports, police discovered the dismembered bodies of nine people at the home of Takahiro Shiraishi, located just outside of Tokyo.

CEO Jack Dorsey, who is in Japan this week to discuss ways to address hate speech on Twitter, described the news as “very unfortunate and extremely sad,” in an interview with public broadcaster NHK.

“We need to take on the responsibility to make sure our tool is being used in positive and healthy ways,” he said, but added that it is simply not possible to police every tweet on the platform.

He told NHK he hopes Twitter can help people with suicidal thoughts by connecting them with other users who can help.

To that end, Twitter recently updated its policy to address the issue of suicide:

You may not promote or encourage suicide or self-harm. When we receive reports that a person is threatening suicide or self-harm, we may take a number of steps to assist them, such as reaching out to that person and providing resources such as contact information for our mental health partners.

Hate speech continues to be prevalent on social media in Japan — the country with the second highest rate of Twitter users after the U.S. Japanese users have been vocal in their calls for Twitter to solve the problem, which came to a head when well known model and actress Kiko Mizuhara was harassed on the platform.

Justice Auta In Trouble Over Alleged N220m Fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it had arrested a former Kano State High Court Judge, Justice Kabiru Auta, for an alleged N220 million fraud.

Spokesperson of the commission, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

Okoduwa said the suspect was detained on Tuesday when he honoured an invitation by the commission over allegations of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery.

Auta, according to her, allegedly conspired with some other persons to defraud a Kano businessman named Alhaji Bashir Yakasai of N220 million.

“The matter was referred to the commission after it had been reported to the National Judicial Council which had constituted a committee to investigate the allegations.

“The amount involved had been fraudulently obtained from Yakasai by Auta and his accomplice, Bashir Sufi, on the pretext that they were acting on behalf of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhtar.

“Auta in his statement to the Commission disclosed that he made a part repayment of N20 million to Yakasai during the course of the matter,” she said.

Okoduwa said the suspect was released on administrative bail, while further investigation into the matter was ongoing.

Nigerian Woman Pleads Guilty To Distributing Child Pornography In Ireland

A mother-of-three who forwarded a child pornography clip which showed a child being raped will have her sentencing finalised later this month.

Jadesola Agbolade (51) pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly distributing child pornography on July 20th, 2016.

Agbolade told gardaí­ she forwarded on the video clip via the messaging platform WhatsApp in a bid to warn a friend about the dangers of leaving her kids alone with her boyfriend, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

The court heard Agbolade, formerly of Deerhaven Avenue, Clonee, Dublin, is currently living in temporary homeless accommodation. Agbolade has no previous convictions.

Judge Karen O’Connor initially heard evidence in the case last month. On Thursday she said she had received a detailed probation report in relation to Agbalade which she wanted time to consider. She said given the nature of the case it required very detailed consideration.

Judge O’Connor adjourned finalisation of the case until November 21st.

Source: Irish Times

Abuja Federal Court Jails 2 For Contract Scam

Nigerian Fraudsters Jailed Over £610,000 Theft In London

A gang of fraudsters who stole £610,000 from business bank accounts have been sentenced.

Melinda Mensah-Oke and Arinola Kuye
Melinda Mensah-Oke and Arinola Kuye

Inner London Crown Court heard how Victor Oke, 39, of Galleons Drive, Barking, used stolen data provided by Desmond Uyiosa Abifade, 25, of Henniker Road, Stratford, to falsely impersonate company directors via telephone banking.

Once Oke gained access, he diverted funds to ‘mule’ beneficiary accounts monitored by Moses Kuye, 28, of Connaught Road, Silvertown.

Melinda Mensah-Oke, 37, also of Galleons Drive, impersonated company directors when a female voice was necessary, while Arinola Kuye, 27, also of Connaught Road, acted as the group’s money launderer.

They were caught after being spotted by fraud investigators at HSBC, who passed the case to the dedicated card and payment crime unit (DCPCU) to investigate.

Desmond Abifade
Desmond Abifade

The DCPCU is sponsored by the banking industry and made up of officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, bank investigators and support staff from UK Finance.

Police were able to analyse when and where the calls were made to identify the phones used and from there, the perpetrators.

All five were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, which they pleaded not guilty to.

On Wednesday, Oke was sentenced to four years in prison, while Moses Kuye was jailed for three years and three months.

Mensah-Oke received a fourteen month suspended sentence and Abifade a two year suspended sentence.

Arinola Kuye was given a 12 month community order and instructed to complete 50 hours of unpaid work.

DC Dave Cass, who investigated the case for the DCPCU said: “This was a concerted effort to commit fraud against two companies and profit from crime.

“The police take fraud very seriously and these sentences should send a message to fraudsters that you will be caught and punished.”

All losses were refunded to the genuine business account holders.

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