Police Arrest Five More Suspected Killers Of Fasoranti’s Daughter
The police have arrested five more suspected killers of Mrs Funke Olakunri, 58-year-old daughter of the former national leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Mrs Olakunri was gruesomely murdered in July, 12, 2019 by suspected kidnappers along the Ore-Lagos highway. The suspects include Lawal Mazaje, 40, from Felele, Kogi State; Adamu Adamu, 50, from Jada in Adamawa State; Mohammed Usman, 26, from Illela, Sokoto State and Auwal Abubakar, 25, from Shinkafi, Zamfara State.
Four suspects had earlier been arrested by the police, in connection with the murder case and had been arraigned before the court. They include Muhammed Shehu, 26, Mazaje Lawal, 40, Adamu Adamu, 60 and Awalu Abubakar, 25.
They were arraigned on a three- count charge of conspiracy to kill, murder and kidnap at an Akure High Court presided over by Justice Bode Adegbehingbe. Their trials had been on since August last year, however with the additional five suspects arrested, this brought the total number of the suspects to nine. The arrest of five more suspects by men of Force CID, SWAT in connection with the murder was revealed at the resumption of the case at the court by the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Grace Olowoporoku.
She said that the five suspects were arrested following the continuous mentioning of their names during investigation.
Olowoporoku, therefore, applied for a short adjournment to enable the prosecution to conclude investigation on the new suspects. She equally told the court that the IPO of the case was in court along with three of the suspects. The trial judge, Justice Bode Adegbehingbe has adjourned the case till April 27, 29, 30 and May 5, 2021 for the continuation of hearing.
Four suspected killers earlier arrested by the police were also alleged to have murdered one Ogunbiyi Matthew aged 65 and also kidnapped one Gerald Igboayaka the same day Funke Olakunri was murdered along Ore/ ljebu Ode Expressway on July 12th last year.
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During the trial, the charges were interpreted to the four suspects in Hausa language. It reads “that Mohammed Shehu Is an, Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12th day of July, 2019 at about 0900hrs at Tollgate along Ore/ljebu Ode Expressway, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire together to commit felony to wit: Murder and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 516 Of Criminal Code, Cap 37; Vol. I, Laws of Ondo State 2006.
“That Mohammed Shehu Is an, Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12th day of July, 2019 at about 0900hrs st Tollgate along Ore/Ijebu Ode Expressway, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did murder one Olufunke Olakunrin (Nee Fasoranti) ‘f’ aged 58-year contrary to and punishable under Section 316 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
“That Mohammamed Shehu Usman, Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12‘“ day of July, 2019 at about 0900hrs at Tollgate along Ore/ljebu Ode Expressway, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did murder one Ogunbiyi Matthew ‘m’ aged 65-year contrary to and punishable under Section 316 of the Criminal code, Cap36, Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
“That you Mohammed Shehu, Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12th day of July, 2019 at Honorable Court did kidnap one Gerald Igboayaka and thereby committed and of fence contrary to and punishable under Section 3(ii) (b) of the Ondo State Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Law, 2010.”
The four defendants who had no representation in court, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges pressed against them.
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TB Joshua’s Daughter Promise Gets MPA From Top American University
Promise Joshua, a scion of renowned God’s General, global philanthropist and founder of Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) the late Senior Prophet TB Joshua has bagged a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree from a top ranking university, the University of Columbia, New York in United States of America.
She’s among thousands of 2023 Class certified and released to the world this week whom Keren Yarhi-Milo, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs described as: “future heads of states, diplomats, global entreprenurs, investors and inventors that will save lives” for a better world and humanity.
Sitting extreme right of graduands is Promise Joshua.
Promise Joshua expressed gratitude to God for His grace upon her life and for her academic success in a record time. She also paid a glowing tribute to her late father Prophet TB Joshua whom she described as: “the best dad in the world, a personification of love with a towering and unquantifiable passion for education and better humanity for which his impacts with indelible marks cut across frontiers of several nations and human races across the world”.
She also praised her mother for her steadfastness as a quintessence of true womanhood “for which I thank God and very proud of”.
Promise moving forward to receive her MPA degree certificate from the dean.
Ranked fifth in the 2018 global classification of ‘Top Master’s Programs for Policy career in International Relations’, Columbia University has remained one of world’s most important centres for research and distinguished learning environment for students in many scholarly and professional fields and has consistently been ranked the top graduate school for international relations and public affairs in the world.
AfAW Seeks Support For Abandoned Mother, Twins
The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) has urged the government of Benue state to intervene and provide Ms. Msendo Idun and her babies necessary support.
According to a statement by the Director of AfAW, Dr Leo Igwe, Ms. Idun, 20, is at the Foundational Memorial Hospital Makurdi where she gave birth to twins on Sunday, March 26, 2023.
“She has been discharged but cannot leave the hospital because of her inability to pay the medical bills. Msendo was billed 150,000 naira but has only paid 55 thousand naira. The father of the twins, Terwase, abandoned her shortly after she took in. The mother of Terwase, Mrs. Adzenda, asked the son to reject her and the pregnancy”, Igwe said.
He added: “For nine months, Msendo managed the pregnancy without any help from Terwase or his family. The last time she saw Terwase was in December 2022. Also, neither Terwase nor his mother has bothered to check or call on her since she gave birth on Sunday. The AfAW contact in Benue has visited the hospital and confirmed this difficult and worrisome situation. He reported that Msendoo looked weary, sad, and malnourished.
“Msendo’s case is not linked to witch persecution which is the main focus of AfAW. But last night, the AfAW intervened and donated one hundred thousand(100, 000) naira to help Ms Msendo settle the medical bills. Msendo needs more assistance to take care of her babies. The AfAW calls on state authorities in Benue to take necessary measures to support and ensure the well-being of Msendo and the babies. The government should compel Terwase to provide child support and fulfill his parental obligations and responsibilities as required by law.”
The AfAW called on the state chapter of the National Human Rights Commission office and the International Federation of Women Lawyers, the state department of social welfare, the ministry of women affairs, child rights and women groups, charity organizations, well-meaning individuals in Nigeria and beyond to intervene and ensure that Msendo and the babies get the help that they urgently need.
Police Parade Suspected Killers Of US-based Hotelier, Student
The police on Thursday paraded suspected killers of Ogbomoso-born hotelier based in the United States, Gbenga Owolabi, and Rachael Opadele, a student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
Owolabi and Opadele were later killed by the abductors after a ransom was paid
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The suspects were paraded at the command headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.
Parading the suspects alongside others, the state Commissioner of Police, Adebowale Williams, said they were arrested based on credible information provided by one of their victims.
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