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Kano Missing Children: Court Reserves Date for Sentence Against Mastermind

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Kano State High Court Presided over by Justice Zuwaira Yusuf has reserved 26th March, 2021 to deliver its sentence against Paul Owne being a mastermind behind the Kidnapping of some Kano children

Paul Owne was arraigned in court alongside 6 other co defendants on 40 Head Count Charges slammed on them by Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kano State Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan.

When the case came up today Friday for re-arraignment, first Defendant, Paul Owne admitted to all offences.

Consequently, the prosecution applied for the court to sentence and convict him accordingly, in view of his admission.

The Prosecution told the court that their prayer was in tandem with the provision of section 276 sub 1 and 2 of Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2019.

Chief J.O Nwoke is the counsel to Paul and urged the court not to sentence the first Defendant

” My Lord Section 276 of ACJA provides that where a person is standing trial on capital offence a plea of not guilty shall be recorded even if he admitted”

The Prosecution argued that Kidnapping is not consider to be capital in kano State Penal Law

” The Counsel to the 1st Defendant misconceaved the offence, kidnapping is not capital offence in Kano. we call on the court to so hold in the interest of Justice”

Delivering a bench ruling, Justice Zuwaira asked the Paul again weather he has understood the charges and he answered in affirmative.
She consequently, adjourned the sitting to 26th March for sentence.

Similarly, the 6 other Defendants pleaded not guilty to the 40 Head Count Charges against them.

Attorney General Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan maintained that the State is ready to commence hearing into the matter.

Other defendants in the are Mercy Paul
Ebere Ogbono
Emmanuel Igwe
Loise Duru
Monica Oracha
Chinelo Ifedegwe

Speaking to Journalists after the court sitting, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Kano State, Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan said prosecution is making progress to ensure convictions on the remaining Defendants saying state is ever ready to ensure Justice is served.

However, Counsel to the Paul stated his displeasure with his client admission

” I met him in Correctional Facility and advised him not to admit but he fail to heed to my advise”

Justicewatchnews.com learnt that the convict and other 6 Defendants in the suit were on November and December 2014 and 2015 respectively alleged to have conspired and kidnapped many children who are under 10 years and sold them at Onitsha in Anambra State.

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22-year-old man to die by hanging for robbery

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A 22-year Kehinde Olajide has been sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery in Ekiti State.

A High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Thursday sentenced Kehinde for involvement in robberies.

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He was docked for arming himself with dangerous weapons to rob Dayo Folorunsho, Saka Yusuf, Adeoye Oluwatosin, Adeola Oluwatobi, Olayemi Aremu, Hambali Ojo and Ayodele Oluwafemi of their belongings.

Justice Lekan Ogunmoye who pronounced the judgement, said that “the prosecution had proved ingredients of armed robbery against the convict without any reasonable doubt

Ogunmoye said, “He is hereby sentenced to death by hanging until he is dead. May God almighty have mercy upon his soul”.

The convict and others who were involved in the alleged robbery were charged with nine count charges bordering on conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and robbery.

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The three other men involved in the robbery include, Kareem Azeez (24), Bamisile Lateef (28) and Adebayo Basiru (25).

The Judge, however, acquitted them for lack of proof of the offence they were charged for.

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Census: Kano Government to count Fulani Herders, Household owners

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Kano State Government said it will create a system to count Fulani Herdsmen and household owners in the state.

Director General Bureau of Statistic, Baballe Ammani stated this in an interview with Correspondent, Umar Idris Shuaibu.

Ammani said it’s imperative to tackle the security challenges facing Northern part of the country, and to improve means of livelihood.

Earlier on, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje built Ruga Settlement for Fulani Herdsmen purposely to bring an end to the traditional system of going to the southern part of this country, which comes with challenges.

“You see Fulani community in Kano tried well to gather themselves, bury their particular differences to confront His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to over look what he can do to improves the system in which they are operating, help their children to attain highest level in life as every Nigerian.

“He agreed and ordered us to conduct the census, that will give chance for Government to know actually what they can to assist their plight”, Baballe Ammani said.

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The Director General Bureau of Statistic also noted that census of household will be conducted too, to know the actual number of Kano residents especially when it comes to developmental projects.

“You know targeting social amenities to a community is not easy if you didn’t predict the number of populace, with this we’ll achieve more in the remaining years we have”, Ammani stated.

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It’s no more a news Herdsmen and Farmers clash in the country, ethnic or religions problem that lead to the killing of both parties, loss of wealth amongst others.

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Ganduje Commiserates With AIG Bello Over’s Death

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state condoles with the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Zone One, Sadiq Bello over the death of his father, Alhaji Muhammad Bello Jega (Maikaji).

In a statement by Abba Anwar
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State said ” When the information about the death of the father of AIG Zone One reached us, we received it with shock. A real community leader, whose good name was a true blessing to his people and all other neighbouring communities, has passed away,”

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He sympathised that, “Ours is to now pray for Allah’s Blessing and Forgiveness for the soul of the departed gentleman. His was indeed a good and exemplary life.”

Governor Ganduje said, “It is therefore on behalf of the government and good people of Kano state, that I am commiserating with the families of Alhaji Bello, whose good training and unrelenting commitment in raising good family, saw AIG Sadiq Bello, coming from this respected and respectful family.”

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hat, “May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. May Allah forgive all his shortcomings and reward his good deeds with Jannatul Fiddaus. May his family follow his footsteps in their endeavours.”

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Governor Ganduje has since sent a powerful delegation to Jega to officially commiserate with the family of the deceased. The delegation has Hon Nura Muhammad Dankadai, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hon Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, Alhaji Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro and Engineer Shehu Fari.

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