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Ambode orders execution of Rev. King, death row inmates

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Akinwunmi Ambode has instructed the execution of inmates on death row in the state prisons, including the General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King.

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday.
According to him, the state had begun reviewing the matter after prison officials complained of the antics of some death row inmates who felt that they had certain rights which excluded them from being executed.
The Attorney-General assured that, unlike previous administrations, Ambode would sign the necessary documents to execute those on death row.
Kazeem said: “Very soon, you will see the action of this government on that issues, we are reviewing the case on Rev. King and others on death row.
He added: “Lots of people are on death row, Rev. King is not the only one on death row, it is on the instruction of Ambode that I visited the prisons recently and I discuss the issue with the prison officials and they expressed their concerns.
“We are moving in that direction of signing. The prison officials said we need to look at that seriously. Those on death row are beginning to think they have some rights. We are going to move in that direction, you will hear from me, but I will not tell you the exact date.”
The Supreme Court had on February 27, 2016 affirmed the death sentence passed on King by the Appeal Court.
The condemned cleric was arraigned before the Lagos High Court in Ikeja on September 26, 2006, on six counts of murder of a member of his church, Ann Uzoh, and attempted murder of five other members.
He was said to have poured petrol on the deceased and the five other victims and set them on fire for allegedly committing fornication.
Uzoh died on August 2, 2006, 11 days after the incident, as a result of the injuries which she sustained from the burns.
She was said to have been 65 per cent burnt in the fire incident. The trial judge, Justice Olubunmi Oyewole (now a Justice of the Court of Appeal), had in his judgement delivered on January 11, 2007, convicted Ezeugo and sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment on each of the five counts of attempted murder and death sentence for murder.

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Police arrest another gang member of Zenith Bank robbery

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The Imo State Police Command has arrested a member of the four-man robbery gang that attacked a customer at Zenith Bank in Owerri, killing two policemen.

The suspect, Chinomso Onwuegbuchulam, popularly known as Ogolo, was arrested at his hideout at Close 7 Mgbuakara, Eleparanwan in Rivers.

The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Chris Ezike, who paraded the suspect on Friday in Owerri, described Onwuegbuchulam as the last man standing in the robbery gang.

He said that Onwuegbuchulam had a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the Imo State University.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the four-man robbery gang attacked a customer at Zenith Bank, Owerri in February last year, killing two on-duty police officers.

The police had, however, arrested two out of the four gang members, days after the incident, recovering three AK47 riffles and 175 rounds of ammunition, while one member of the gang was killed during the robbery.

Ezike said that operatives of the command had been trailing the Onwuegbuchulam, who had been on the run since the incident.

Speaking to NAN on the sidelines at his parade, Onwuegbuchulam said that he had been into robbery since 2012.

He said that he was the one, who snatched N2.8 million from the customer at Zenith Bank.

Onwuegbuchulam disclosed further that he got N400, 000 as his share in the robbery, while the remaining money was shared among other gang members and the informant. (NAN)

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53 persons jailed for life for 2013 bombing

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A  court in Turkey sentenced a man to 53 life sentences for a 2013 bombing which killed 53 people near the border with Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.

The bombing in Reyhanli was, at the time, the deadliest spillover of violence from Syria into Turkey.

Five children were killed.

The court case did not settle the question of whether Nasir Eskiocak, the main suspect, operated on behalf of any organization.

The suspect was arrested about a month after the bombing, trying to escape to Syria. (dpa/NAN)

 

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Woman dies in church after giving testimony

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A hairdresser died in the church immediately after giving testimonies before the congregation at Universal Church of God.

The deceased, simply identified as Mpofu attended a church service at Bulawayo area of Zimbabwe where she gave a testimony thanking God for the wonders He had done in her life.

According to reports by B-metro, Mpofu slumped immediately after sharing her testimony and died in the church.

A close relative who asked for anonymity told the media that they were very disappointed and confused as they were not sure if the testimony was the reason behind Mpofu’s death.

“It is very sad that our family member died this way. She was someone who was a dedicated church member which now turns to be a surprise that she died in the house which she thought was the safest,” said the relative.

“What is more surprising is when all this happened the church did not notify us that she had collapsed choosing to keep her for six hours. We do not know why they kept her in church when they were aware that her condition was critical, that is why we are suspecting foul play,” he continued.

The deceased’s husband left mourners in shock when he asked all church members to leave the funeral.

It was clear that he wanted nothing to do with Universal Church members and their pastors.

A pastor who declined to be named said they did not bother attending the funeral as they were not on good terms with Mpofu’s family. Mpofu was buried on Monday.

Efforts to get a comment from the church on the incident involving their deceased member were fruitless as a pastor that invited B-Metro over for a comment asked for written questions that he said would be sent to their lawyers for a response.

(B-metro)

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