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Nigerian man gets death sentence for robbing former boss

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An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday sentenced a driver, Monsuru Ayoola, to death for robbing his former boss, Lanre Alabi, in 2015 with a toy gun and machete.

Ayoola, a resident of No. 153, Adeniyi Adeniji Street, Lagos Island, who was arraigned on March 14, 2016, had alleged that his former employer owed him arrears of salary.

He had pleaded not guilty to three counts of conspiracy, armed robbery and inflicting injury.

In her judgment, Justice Raliat Adebiyi found Ayoola guilty of armed robbery, but acquitted him of other charges.

Adebiyi said: “The defendant is found guilty on the count charge of armed robbery.

“The punishment for the offence is a strict and mandatory one and for this reason, the allocutus of the defence counsel cannot apply.

“The defendant is hereby sentenced to death, pursuant to Section 295 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.

“May God have mercy on your soul.”

Adebiyi held that the prosecution did not prove that the convict inflicted injury on one Oluwasegun Badia, the alleged second victim of the robbery attack who was not produced in court.

“On count two, which is the charge of inflicting injury, the court finds that the prosecution was unable to produce in court proof of the injury as well as the alleged victim (Badia),” Adebiyi held.

Earlier, the Prosecuting Counsel, Mrs. O. R Ahmed-Muili, had said the convict committed the offence at midnight of October 11, 2014 at No. 16, Yeye Olofin Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

“While wearing a plastic mask to conceal his identity, and armed with a machete and toy gun, he robbed Alabi, his former employer, of his black wallet containing N50,000 and his Nokia and HTC mobile phones.

“He also robbed Mr. Oluwaseun Badia of N18,000 and a Nokia mobile phone and stabbed Badia while fleeing the crime scene.

“The offences contravened sections 243 and 295 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011,” she said.

The prosecution said the convict was, however, apprehended by security guards and was unmasked during the ensuing struggle as he attempted to escape.

Three prosecution witnesses, including Alabi, the convict’s former employer, testified during the trial.

Alabi admitted that the convict was employed as his driver for six years, but denied owing Ayoola any arrears of salary.

He told the court that the convict had lived with him during the course of his employment but had to relieve him of his duty due to his misconduct.

When the defence opened its case with Ayoola as the first defence witness on June 22, 2017, the convict had claimed that Alabi owed him salary of four years and four months.

He told the court that on the day of the alleged crime, he only went to confront Alabi at his home over his unpaid salary, where he (Alabi) attacked him (Ayoola) with a cutlass.

Ayoola said he fainted during the fracas and when he was revived, he found himself at a Police station.

Before the death sentence, Ayoola’s counsel, Mrs. O. Oreagba-Ademola, had, in her allocates, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.

“We urge Your Lordship to temper justice with mercy. He is a first-time offender and has no prior criminal record,” Oreagba-Ademola pleaded

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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