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Police arrest 3 for mob attack linked to cow smuggling in India

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The Indian police said Thursday that three men have been arrested in Rajasthan state on charges of assault and murder after they attacked a group transporting cows.

A group of 15 Muslims was attacked by a 200-strong mob on a highway in Alwar district on Saturday over suspicions that they were smuggling cows for slaughter.

Five men were seriously injured and one of them, Pehlu Khan, 55, later died in hospital.

The men were dairy farmers who had bought the cows from a market in Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur, and had all the requisite documents, Indian Express newspaper reported.

Hindus regard the cow as holy.

Cow smuggling is a punishable offence in Rajasthan and its slaughter is banned in most Indian states.

Federal Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: “Whatever the incident, the Rajasthan government has taken action, reports with police have been filed and our government will see that law takes its own course.”

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said police had lodged cases against both sides , of cow smuggling against the men who were attacked and of manhandling and murder against their attackers, and were probing all angles, India Today news channel reported.

Opposition parties attacked the government on the issue in both houses of parliament Thursday.

The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party runs the federal government and that in Rajasthan state.

“There was a mob of 200 people and only three arrested … If you let things go on like this peace will be destroyed in this country,” said Mallikarjun Kharge, a lawmaker for the opposition Indian National Congress Party.

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Man to die by hanging for killing stepmother

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A Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos has sentenced a 24-year-old man, identified as Binfa Lamde, to death by hanging for killing his stepmother.

The Chief Judge, Justice A. I. Ashoms, who handed down the judgment, declared that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Lamde killed the woman, NAN reports.

He said, “Going by the facts before this court, you, Binfa Lamde, mercilessly took the life of your stepmother, Mrs. Kum Zwade, in cold blood.

“This sentence is mandatory; the law states that any person convicted of murder shall be punished with death by hanging.

“The sentence of this court upon you is that you will be hanged until you are dead,’’ Ashoms declared.

Lamde was said to have committed the crime on April 10, 2014, when he used a machete to hack his stepmother to death.

Lamde, a resident of Ngwak village, Langtang North, in his confessional statement to the Police, said that he was at home on the said date when he heard his step sister, one Chakwai Zamde, screaming in her room.

“I ran to her and she told me she was not feeling fine. We took her to the hospital, but after several checks, we were told that nothing was medically wrong with her.

“We later took her to a native doctor, but her health condition kept deteriorating. My stepmother later confessed that she had `tied’ the sick girl through witchcraft.

“We asked her to `untie’ the girl, but she refused. My son was equally sick at that time and I felt she was also responsible. So, when my step sister died, I got very angry.

“I went into her (late stepmother)’s room, while she was sleeping, and used a machete to stab her all over her head and she died instantly,’’ the Police quoted Lamde as saying in the statement.

Counsel to the convict, Mr David Adudu, while speaking with newsmen after the judgment, said that the capital punishment handed down on the convict was right as he was found guilty of the crime.

Adudu, however, said that he would study the judgement and appeal the death penalty.

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EFCC arraigns 24 ‘Yahoo’ boys, releases names

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan office, on Wednesday arraigned twenty four students of Olabisi Onabanjo University and the National Open University of Nigeria who were arrested for alleged involvement in various cyber crimes.

Ten of the defendants: Agboola Taiwo, Adetayo Tade Ademiluyi, Rabiu Daniel, Sokoya Oluwaseyi, Fredrick Shaibu, Oshikoya Gbolahan, Adegbola Kazeem Aina, Ademosun Opeyemi, Tosin Awobona and Babarinde Jacob were arraigned before Hon. Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Fourteen others, comprising of Adeleke Oluwamayowa, Banjo Femi, Towolawi Olanrewaju, Tijani Babatunde, Sarafadeen Abibullahi, Adebowale Abimbola, Osunkoya Korede, Mufutau Yusuf Akorede, Salisu Ajibola, Olamikan Oluwasiji, Oduwole Gbenga, Damilare Adelaja, Bakare Azeez Adebola and Edward Ayodeji were arraigned before Hon. Justice M. S. Abubakar of the Federal High Court 1 sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The defendants were all arraigned on separate charges bordering on obtaining money by false pretences, impersonation and possession of fraudulent documents.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

One of the counts against one of the accused persons reads: “That you, Rabiu Daniel (a.K.a. Agent Howard Hall) on 23rd June, 2018 at Abeokuta within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, knowingly had in your possession documents containing false pretences to wit: an e-mail address, howardhall900@gmail.com wherein you represented yourself as; Agent Howard Hall, working for the Government/Facebook Compensation Bonus and Poverty Eradication, and other false pretences, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6, and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006”.

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Man bags three years in prison for raping seven-year-old girl

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An Upper Area Court I, Kasuwan Nama in Jos, on Wednesday, sentenced one Augustine Arafan to three years in prison for raping a seven-year-old girl.

The judge, Lawal Suleiman, who passed the sentence on Arafan without an option to pay fine, said it would serve as a lesson to others who would want to indulge in such ungodly act.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the prosecutor, Labaran Ahmed told the court that the case was reported to the Nasarawa Gwong Police station by one Sarah Abok of Lamingo Road, who is the girl’s mother on October 3.

Ahmed said that the accused, who is the girl’s neighbour, lured her into his room and forcefully made his way on her and gave her N10.

On arraignment, the accused pleaded guilty and begged the court for mercy, promising the court that he will never indulge in such indecent act again.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 283 of the penal code law of Northern Nigeria.

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