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Family Of Man Beaten To Death Holds His Funeral Service At His Alleged Killer’s Home



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The family of a murdered Zimbabwean man held his burial service at their neighbour’s home, who they accused of beating him to death over alleged theft of a Manchester United T-shirt.


It was gathered that 30-year-old Blessing Zikhali, died on Wednesday, March 31, in Bulawayo, after he was allegedly brutally assaulted at the neighbouring house where one Khumbulani Sithole also known as Sniper, allegedly brandished a pistol to frighten people from rescuing the deceased.


Family of man beaten to death holds his funeral service at his alleged killer


Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube, who confirmed the incident,  said two people, Farai Fero and Fortune Ngwenya, have been arrested over the murder.


He said they accused Zikhali of stealing clothes belonging to Sithole from their washing line. After allegedly beating Zikhali, the two men escorted him to ZRP Pumula station where police called an ambulance to take him to the hospital.


“The deceased was with his girlfriend at his place of residence when the two came and asked him to go to Ngwenya’s place. When they got there, the two men alleged that Zikhali had stolen clothes from the washing line earlier that day and an argument arose.” Inspector Ncube stated.


He said the two men assaulted Zikhali with fists and a hosepipe all over the body and he sustained a cut above the left eye. On March 31 at around 1 AM, the two accused persons escorted the now deceased to ZRP Pumula intending to file a report.


“While at the police station, the officers realised that Zikhali was seriously injured and arrested the two men for assault. The police also called an ambulance to take Zikhali to Mpilo Central Hospital where he later died,” he added.

Zikhali’s family held the funeral service on Sunday, April 4, at Sithole’s home, three houses away from theirs. The relatives said they took the funeral service to Sithole’s home to show that the family is responsible for his death.


Proceedings including body viewing were held at the neighbour’s gate before the family proceeded to Athlone Cemetery Extension for burial.


The Sithole family was not part of the burial and it is said they bought a goat to be slaughtered for mourners, but the Zikhali family would have none of it.


Speaking to Chronicle, Zikhali’s aunt Ms Lindiwe Ndlovu said he was killed like a snake and the Sithole family should know that they are to blame.


“The reason we have taken Ble’s funeral wake to Sniper’s home is that Sniper is responsible for his death. He killed him together with his friends whom he bought alcohol so that they could join him in assaulting our son. He accused Ble of stealing his Manchester United T-shirt claiming that the T-shirt was expensive and it cost him R1 200. They claimed that Ble stole the T-shirt because the shoe-print of the person who stole was similar to Ble’s shoeprint,” said Ms Ndlovu.

“They fetched Ble from home at 8 AM and started assaulting him until it was 1 PM. Even after they assaulted him, he maintained his innocence, so they also came back at about 4 PM and they assaulted him in front of his father and neighbours as they watched helplessly as Sniper, a known malayitsha, locked the gate to his home and drew a pistol making it impossible for anyone to render any assistance. Sniper threatened to shoot anyone who would enter his home as they assaulted him.”

“They were assaulting him while tying him to a trailer of a car. They tied his body on the trailer just as Jesus was nailed to the cross. After realising that they had brutally assaulted him they then handed over his body to the police. That is what led to the arrest of Sniper’s accomplices Fortunate Ngwenya and Farai Fero and the two remain detained behind bars. So, a third culprit escaped together with Sniper who we are told crossed the border to South Africa. But fortunately, before his death Ble managed to tell police the people who were assaulting him,” she said.


“The way he was brutalised is the reason why as a family we had resolved that those responsible for his death, should take charge for his burial that is why we have brought Ble’s body to Sniper’s home. We also gather that he goes around bragging that killing is not new to him and he has two more bodies underground that he killed while he was still staying in Emakhandeni. We can’t have such a person as a neighbour. Right now, his family has deserted the home, we wonder how they will return.”


Ms Ndlovu said they would demand compensation for the death.

“We want this to bother him because you can’t just spill blood and not expect repercussions,” she said.



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Kogi Poly Student Nabbed With Pistol, Ammunition On School Campus



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Security operatives at Kogi State Polytechnic (KSP), Lokoja, have arrested one Shehu Tenimu Mohammed (ND II), of the Department of Public Administration, of the institution.

Mohammed was alleged to have been in possession of a locally made pistol while making his way into the campus.

The Head, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, KSP, Uredo Omale stated that the student with Matriculation Number 2018/ND/PAD/170, was also carrying five rounds of live ammunition at the time of arrest entrance on Friday.

According to the statement, the arrest was made possible by the strong security network put in place to halt attempts to breach the ban on End-of-Examination celebration on campus.

The statement added: “It should be recalled that the ban itself came into force in view of intelligence report that some suspected cultists would be coming to the campus with ammunitions to avenge their colleague who was killed after the end of examination in 2019.

“Management under the proactive leadership of Dr S.O. Usman therefore beefed up security on campus, including daily routine check at the polytechnic entrance and the premises.

“Ever at alert, the security operatives of the institution had on Thursday, 8th April, 2021, impounded a Tricycle, (Keke NAPEP) which apparently was intended as a decoy for hiding and releasing gun shots outside the school gate.

“In the same vain, the gallant security operatives also arrested a non-student suspected to be a hired mercenary with a charm on the campus on 7th April, 2021. The suspect who has since been handed over to the law enforcement agency claimed that he came to the campus to celebrate end of the examination with his sister.

“It was the continuation of the security check at the gate that led to the arrest of Shehu Tenimu Mohammed who was coming to the campus purportedly to write his ND II final examination on Friday, 9th April, 2021.

“Mohammed was stopped by the ‘stop and search’ officer and was asked to hand over his belongings. He took to his heels when he realised he would be caught with live ammunition, but it was too late for him.

“He has since been handed over to the appropriate law enforcement agency for further interrogation and investigation.”

The Rector, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, assured members of staff, students and the general public that no stone would be left unturned in efforts to ensure that sanity is restored on the campus to make the atmosphere conducive for teaching and learning.

He commended the security unit of the institution for their dexterity, just as he appealed to members of the polytechnic community to remain on the side of the law.

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One Killed, 10 Abducted in Daylight Attack on Niger Community



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One person was killed and 10 others kidnapped yesterday in a broad daylight invasion of Gurmana Community in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

An eyewitness told THISDAY on phone that a top member of the local vigilante whose name was given as Idi Fylo narrowly escaped being killed as he was said to have just stepped out of his residence when the bandits struck. His house and yam barn were however set ablaze.

It was also learnt that one Maiangwa Sarkin Zamma was shot in the right arm and was already receiving treatment in a local clinic in the area.

According to eyewitnesses, the bandits in their numbers stormed the community shooting sporadically and leaving the people to scamper for safety.

It was gathered that the bandits rustled several cattle and dispossessed the villagers of their property apart from setting ablaze their harvested food stores.

THISDAY was told that raids of communities in the area had become a daily occurrence since the withdrawal of soldiers and policemen from their camps in Allawa and Bassa over a week ago after six soldiers and one policeman were murdered, their camps and operational vehicles set ablaze.

The Co-Convener of the Shiroro Youth Associations, Yussuf Abubakar Koki and the Spokesperson of the Coalition of Shiroro Associations, Comrade Salis Sabo in separate comments confirmed the incident.

The embattled Chairman of Shiroro Local Government Area, Alhaji Sulaiman Chikuba when contacted on phone said he had heard the “sad news but I don’t have the details.”

Police Public Relations Officer Niger State Police Command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun when contacted promised to get back to THISDAY but did not do so until the time of going to press.

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Bauchi Police Arrest 30 Suspected Robbers, Kidnappers, Cattle Rustlers



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The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested 30 suspects in connection with various criminal activities ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling and phone snatching.

Parading the suspects yesterday at the Police headquarters, the State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Sylvester Alabi, said that on Monday 22nd March 2021, a joint operations with members of Peace and Security Committee, Bauchi, led to the arrest of one 24-year-old Aliyu Usman of Anguwan Hardo and one 18-year-old Abdullahi Ibrahim of the same address, who conspired with one Nazifi of Kofar Simi Bauchi and others at large, and burgled the house of one Habib Mohammed, a staff of Ruwasa.

He said the suspects, armed machetes and other deadly weapons, burgled the house of the occupant and robbed him of a laptop computer, two Infinix phones, one Tambo phone and jewelries, adding that the suspects would be charged to court for proper prosecution.

The CP said that on Thursday 25th March 2021, a team of detectives attached to Area Command Metro in collaboration with members of Peace and Security Committee, Bauchi State, arrested a group of suspected armed robbers, house trespassers and phone snatchers.

He mentioned the names of the suspects to include Abdullahi Hashim, age 20 of Zango, Shuaibu Mohammed Nasir Alias of Zango, Ahmed Abdullahi Alias of Nasarawa Bauchi, Al-Anon Dahiru of Jahun Bauchi, Mohammed Ismail of federal low-cost Bauchi and Aliyu Adamu of Jahun Bauchi, adding that they conspired with eighth other suspects.

He said that the suspects who armed themselves with dangerous weapons such as machetes and knives, broke into houses at Zango, attacked the occupants and robbed them of valuable items which include phones, laptops, motorcycles, plasma Television and jewelries, all valued at the sum of N3.1 million in addition to a cash sum of N290,000 which they cartered away.

The Police Commissioner said that on the 31/3/2021 at about 1130 hrs, one Abdulkarim Isah, aged 20 years of Karin Lamido of Taraba State, conspired with three others now at large and invaded the house of One Mallam Usman Gandi of Ruga village of Alkaleri local government in a bid to kidnap him and his wife.

The police boss said that through robust intelligence, detectives were able to track down the suspect Abdulkarim, alongside one, Yusuf Adamu, adding that during interrogation, both suspects voluntarily confessed to various crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery and drug trafficking, after which they will be charged to court for prosecution.

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