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Cult Clashes: Man Arrested Over ‘Killing Of Cousin’ In Edo

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Operatives of the Edo State Police Command have arrested a man identified as Igboje Victor, for allegedly taking part in the killing of his cousin brother during a rival cult fight.

Igboje was among the 54 suspects paraded by the Edo State Police Commissioner, Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, for involving in various crimes in the state.

According to the commissioner, the suspects were arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping, murder, cultism, rape among others.

The incident, it was learnt, happened in Sabogida-Ora Opuje community Owan West local government of Edo State.

In an interview with Daily Trust, Igboje denied involvement in the killing.

“I was not involved in the killing of my brother but was arrested because I am a member of Eiye cult group while my late brother is in Aiye group.

“In our community, we used to sell Indian Hemp to make money but the Aiye group used the drug business to arrest Eiye members through the police”.

“The leader of both group scheduled a meeting at night to resolve the issue,” he said.

He however added that, on the day of the meeting, Aiye members laid an ambush and shot at Eiye members while on their way to the venue of the meeting, killing one of them who was later taken to the mortuary.

“The brother of the deceased, who is a military officer, said they should go and bury the boy because of his mother”

“After the burial, I went to the neighbouring community to buy food but when I returned, I learnt that Eiye members had gone to attack an Aiye member who happened to be my cousin and he died as a result of the injury he sustained.”

He said he was not among the group that attacked his brother, adding “because we belong to rival cult groups, they said I was the one that killed him and I was arrested by police alongside others.

“I was not even there when my brother was attacked. I didn’t kill my brother,” he said.

The commissioner of police, however, said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed.

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Lagos State Govt To Prosecute Employer Who Allegedly Assaulted Her Employee

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The Lagos State Government has announced its readiness to prosecute a 50-year old store owner, Mrs Rashidat Adeleke, for allegedly endangering the life of her 29-year old sales lady by pouring hot water on her face at Ikotun Area of the State.

The Director of Citizens’ Rights, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Mrs Oluwatoyin Odusanya, said the rescue team stepped into the matter following a report to the Directorate by the victim.

She said

“It was gathered that Alhaja Rashidat Adeleke, who owns Super King Mark Supreme Store at No. 35 Ayodele Ogunkoya Street, off Governor’s Road, Ikotun area of Lagos, employed the victim as a saleslady in 2019 but the employee ended up residing with her due to the high transportation fare and other stress-related issues for the past 18 months before the ugly incident happened”.

Odusanya further noted that the victim narrated that her employer had the habit of abusing her at the slightest provocation, noting the cause of the alleged incident happened when two other sales representatives in the store aged 10 and 14, had a quarrel, which resulted in damages of some goods at the shop.

The victim said

“When they got home that fateful evening, Alhaja Adeleke asked me how the goods on sale were damaged by the younger sale girls and I responded that I had no idea about how it happened”.

“Alhaja Adeleke then angrily dragged me into the kitchen, locked me inside and asked the younger sales representatives if there was hot water available. They responded none was available. But she immediately boiled water and then poured it on me twice before proceeding to flog me repeatedly before I eventually collapsed”.

Odusanya said that the employer, Rashidat Adeleke, has been arrested and transferred to the Gender Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, for prosecution.

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Man kills His Girlfriend For Ritual, Rapes Her 15-Year-Old Daughter

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A 34-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Monni Elsah Monyeki for ritual purpose and raping her 15-year-old daughter in North West, South Africa.

The accused on Tuesday, June 15, appeared in the Moretele Magistrates’ Court in Temba on charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice.

The accused’s court appearance stems from his apprehension on Wednesday, 2 June 2021, for rape.  He will make his second court appearance today, Thursday, June 17,  for a formal bail application on all the charges.

It is alleged that Monyeki, 28, was reported missing by her aunt to the police in Makapanstad. She was last seen on Saturday, 29 May 2021, with her boyfriend and her 15-year-old daughter when they went to the river for a cleansing ritual.

They were at the river when the accused allegedly gave both Monni and her daughter a liquid mixture to drink. The pair allegedly lost consciousness immediately thereafter. The accused allegedly raped the girl and thereafter warned her not to tell anyone about the incident.

He allegedly put Mmoni who was still unconscious in a wheelbarrow and pushed her to his house. The daughter then went home leaving her mother at the boyfriend’s house.

Monni was never seen again since that time and that prompted her aunt to report her missing on Wednesday, 2 June 2021. Reportedly, the aunt was accompanied by the accused and Monyeki’s daughter who explained to the police what transpired on Saturday, 29 May 2021.

As a result, the accused was immediately arrested for rape and appeared in court on Friday, 4 June 2021. He was remanded in custody.

Police continued with the search for Monni and in the process also questioned the accused who kept on denying that he knew where the missing person was.

However, the accused eventually relented and took the police for pointing out. Consequently, Monni’s burnt and decomposed body was found buried in a shallow grave in the bushes between Mathibestad RDP Section and Rajiepane village on Saturday, 12 June 2021.

Preliminary investigation revealed that some body parts were missing. The accused was then charged with murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Investigation into the matter continues.

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UNIBEN Lecturer Shot Dead In Edo

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A lecturer with the Department of Public Administration, of the University of Benin in Edo state, has been shot dead by yet to be identified gunmen.

The victim, Maxwell Eseosa Aimuen, 33, was said to have been engaged in the Institution in 2015 as a Graduate Assistant and now lecturer 11 before his untimely death.

Aimuen, according to report, was killed on Saturday at the entrance of his house in Isiohor, Benin city, Edo state.

He was said to have been shot dead while driving into his compound at Ugbowo in Edo State.

It was revealed that the deceased, who had parted with his friends after an evening outing around the Ugbowo area was attacked by some Gunmen while driving into his compound.

The gunmen allegedly shot him severally before they fled the scene.

The reason for his assassination was yet to be known, but some persons want the police to thoroughly investigate the incident as his killers did not collect anything after the Criminal act.

The matter was immediately reported at the Ugbowo Police Division. A colleague of the slain lecturer, Mr Endurance Aigbe, described the assassination as “tragic.”

“I was with the deceased till 8 pm in the company of other friends where we both retired to our various houses. I was shocked to receive a call from his wife that he has been shot dead, and l quickly joined them up in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, where the Doctor pronounced him dead. I am baffled”.

Contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the University of Benin, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, described the late Mr Maxwell as hardworking and dedicated university staff.

She called on security agents to unravel those behind the assassination.

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