Former Power Rangers actor, Ricardo Medina, sentenced to 6 years in prison for manslaughter

Former Power Rangers star actor, Ricardo Medina Jr. was sentenced to six years in state prison for the stabbing death of Josh Sutter, Late Sutter was identified as Medina’s roommate by the LA County DA’s Office, though Medina’s attorney reportedly said the two were just friends, not roommates.
Medina Jr. pleaded guilty earlier this month to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted to stabbing Sutter with a sword. Six years was the maximum sentence.

The 38-year-old actor was arrested for the crime back in January, after he and Sutter allegedly got into an argument that turned physical.   According to LA County Sheriff’s Department, Sutter forced himself into Medina’s bedroom, where Medina had gone with his girlfriend in the midst of the argument. The actor then stabbed Sutter with a sword he kept in his room.

Afterward, Medina reportedly called police and was arrested when they arrived.

Medina is best known for playing Cole Evans/Red Lion Wild Force Ranger in 2002’s “Power Rangers Wild Force.” He also played Dekker in Power Rangers Samurai in 2011–2012 and has had small parts on “ER” and “CSI: Miami.”

Kano businessman jailed for raping 11-year-old twins

A Kano Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday remanded in prison a 30-year-old businessman, Lawan Zubairu, over alleged rape of 11-year-old twins.

Zubairu, who lives at Hotoron Fulani Quarters, Kano, is facing a charge of rape to which he pleaded not guilty.

Chief Magistrate Muhammad Jibril, who gave the order, said the accused should remain behind the bars pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The prosecutor, ASP Rufa’I Inusa told the court that the complainant, Ibrahim Musa, of Hotoron Fulani Quarters reported the case on March 18.

Inusa alleged that the accused lured the complainant’s daughters into his room and defiled them.

The offence contravened Section 283 of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation.

The case was adjourned to April 27.

[Daily Post]

Gay prophet jailed 3 years for child molestation in Akure

An Akure Chief Magistrate Court has sentenced 32 year old Waleola Sunday, pictured above, a gay prophet with the Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) Church in Akure, Ondo state, to three years imprisonment for defiling little boys who live around his church at Oke Aro area of Akure the state capital.

Waleole was arrested by officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo State following a tip-off.

During his trial, the legal officer of NSCDC, Ebiriku David told the court that investigations showed that Waleola was a “serial homosexual” who was in the habit of seducing young males, an act that contravenes section 32 (1) of the Ondo State Child Right Law 2017.

The gay prophet, Waleole in court pleaded guilty to the crime. He blamed the devil for his act

“I always enter public schools during their break hours to approach most of these male students before carrying out the act. And after this, I would take them to the bush and seduce before they returned back to their classes. I believe it’s devils work because I would always come back to my senses after I molested the little boys,”.

Delivering his judgement, Magistrate Bob Manuel pronounced him guilty and ordered he be jailed for three years at the Olokuta Prison yard in Akure.

[Linda Ikeji]

Ritualist sentenced to death by hanging for murdering two brothers in Kogi

A High Court sitting in Koton-Karfi in Kogi state has sentenced a herbalist identified as Ibrahim Muhammed, to death by hanging for murdering two brothers, Mohammed Kudu Abubakar and Umar Tanko Abubakar after snatching their car in January 2016.

According to police report, the condemned herbalist snatched the Toyota Carina E Wagon the brothers were riding in at Kungbani Village in the Kogi Local Government Area.

After he snatched the car from them, he posioned them and left them to die. When the poison did not affect the brothers, he used a pestle to hit them until they died. He then buried them in his compound. Delivering judgement in the case yesterday, the Presiding Judge, Justice Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye, described the herbalist’s act as a high level of exceptional wickedness.

“This is a high level of exceptional wickedness. I hold that after poisoning the two brothers as the accused confessed in his downright criminality, he hit their heads with pestle (Exhibit P7) to hasten their annihilation. And, in order to avoid any trace of his brutal and inhuman act, the accused buried the dead bodies of Tanko and Mohammed in his compound. Unfortunately for him, since nothing is hidden under the sky, nemesis caught up with him. By the application of an unusual but most excellent investigatory dexterity, the Special Anti-Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police, Kogi State, exposed the apparently hidden crime. By your own word, after poisoning both Tanko and Mohammed and they refused to die, you used a pestle to hit them on their heads. That was a brutal homicide committed with determination and ruthlessness. The manner you committed it by your own description, make it a high-level exceptional wickedness that it can only be properly marked by death sentence, which is the only sentence I can pass on you,” he ruled. The remains of the deceased brothers have been exhumed and buried properly

[Linda Ikeji]

Woman jailed 8 months for cheating in Abuja

A Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Friday sentenced a 44-year-old woman, Veronica Anum, to 8 months imprisonment for criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The Presiding Judge, Alhaji Ahmed Ado, however, gave her an option (from the 8 months jail term)  to pay a fine of N4,000 and warned him to desist from committing crimes.

Ado said the sentence would serve as deterrent to other would be offenders.

He also ordered her to pay N29,000 as compensation to the nominal complainant.

Anum, an apprentice and resident of Global Estate, Abuja, was convicted on a two-count charge.

The convict begged the court to temper justice with mercy because she did not know that the person did not send the money.

Prosecutor Zannah Dalhatu had told the court that Chika Abia of Karmo, Abuja, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, on March 2.

Dalhatu said that the complainant told the police that the convict on Dec. 13, 2016 approached him for his account details to enable her friend send her money.

He later got an alert of N29, 000 and he transferred the money to another bank account she sent to him, he later received a call from his sister outside the country that she sent N29,000.

Also that the money was to be given to their mother to buy drugs.

Dalhatu said that all efforts made to recover the money proved abortive.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.


Lead City University undergrad sentenced to death after killing fellow student in Ibadan

Justice Adegboye Gbolagunte of an Ibadan High Court has sentenced to death by hanging, a 200 level student of Lead City University, Ibadan, Moshood Owolabi pictured above. Moshood was sentenced to death after the court found him guilty of stabbing one Seun Kolawole, a fellow student, to death two years ago.

Prosecuting counsel, and a Deputy Director in the Oyo State Ministry of Justice, A. Olawale, told the court that Moshood who is a student in the department of Physical and Health Education stabbed Kolawole with a broken bottle in the neck, following a misunderstanding between him and the deceased.

The offence is punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Cap. 38 Vol. II Law of Oyo State 2000. Justice Gbolagunte said the evidence provided before the court proved beyond doubt that Moshood was guilty of the crime.

He thereafter sentenced him to death by hanging. According to her, the sentencing would serve as a deterrent to others.

[Linda Ikeji]

Court sentences 10 men to death over football riot

An Egyptian court on Monday, February 20, 2017, sentenced 10 men convicted over rioting that claimed 70 lives at a stadium in Port Said in 2012. According to Aljazeera, the football riot broke out when fans of home team Al-Masry and Cairo’s Al-Ahly clashed after a premier league match between the two clubs. The Cairo fans unfurled banners insulting the local team, which had won the match 3-1.
The ruling by the Court of Cassation, which is final, excluded an 11th defendant who remains at large after his death penalty was also confirmed in June 2015 by another court.

The ruling was welcomed by relatives of those who died in the rioting, who celebrated outside the court in Cairo.

[Linda Ikeji

Man sentenced to death for killing wife in Plateau

A Plateau High Court sitting in Barkin-Ladi on Thursday sentenced a 37-year-old man, Benjamin Toma, to death by hanging for killing his wife, Vicky.

Justice Samson Gang, in a 68-paged judgment, pronounced Toma guilty of a one-count charge of culpable homicide, punishable with death, under section 221 of the penal code.

“Going by the findings of this court, you, Benjamin Toma, mercilessly and in a calculative manner, took the life of your wife in cold blood.

“You have not shown any remorse for your reprehensible act at the time of the incident and throughout the entire trial. You were exhibiting such character traits that seem to suggest your deep conviction about the justness of your wicked and callous act.

“In all of this, your two children are the ultimate losers, but the law shall nonetheless take its course; the offence for which you are being charged, does not contemplate a plea in mitigation. The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Benjamin Toma, will be hanged until you are dead,” Gang declared.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Toma was arraigned on October 13, 2014 to answer a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death, under section 221 of the penal code.

He was said to have committed the crime on March 4, 2014.

Toma was specifically accused of using an iron rod to kill the wife and also using a rope to tie her neck before hanging her in the store to give the impression that she killed herself.

When the suspect appeared in court, he however, pleaded not guilty to the allegation of killing his wife, and claimed that she took her life by hanging herself.

But while standing in court as a prosecution witness, Sgt. Sunday Abu, who investigated the case, however told the court that Toma, in a confessional statement, had said that on the said date (March 4), he demanded for sex from his wife at about 1 a.m.

“He (Toma) further confessed that his wife refused to grant his request, and declared that Vicky had persistently rejected that demand for more than one year on the suspicion that he had HIV/AIDS.

“Toma said that because of this wife’s allegation, he went to the hospital and confirmed he had hepatitis and not HIV. He told investigators that on that night, he struggled with his wife and later used an iron rod to hit her.

“He said that when she fell, he left her there for two hours, and later took her out of the room and used a rope to hang her in a bid to conceal his action.”

Abu, who submitted the confessional statement in court as evidence, quoted Toma as saying that he acted alone without any help, adding that even the children were fast asleep and did not know what was happening.

Toma promptly owned up to this statement that bore his thumb-print.

He said he was not under duress when he made the two confessional statements, first at the Barkin-Ladi Divisional police headquarters and later at the state CID, all of which contained his acceptance of the deed.

Late Vicky’s mother, Ngo Sambo, who also appeared as a prosecution witness, told the court that she heard people crying at her daughter’s matrimonial home and branched over only to discover the body of her daughter hanging from the roof.

Sambo said she called her son, one Captain, who observed that the table the accused claimed Vicky stood on, to commit the said suicide, was very far away from her.

Captain also noticed some lacerations and wounds on her, which prompted him to invite the police as he suspected foul play.


Man handed death sentence for killing wife’s lover in Borno

A man, Haruna Tonga, who was handed a  death sentence by a Borno State High Court, for killing his wife’s lover, Adama Ali, has appealed against the death sentence.

Tonga has taken the matter to the Court of Appeal in Jos, and wants the death sentence quashed.

Justice A.B. Kumalia of High Court 12, Maiduguri, had, on February 25, 2014, sentenced Tonga of Barama Village in Hawul Local Government of Borno to death by hanging for killing Ali, whom he accused of having a love affair with one of his three wives, Fatima.

When the case came up before appellate Justices led by A.G. Mshelia on Monday, counsel to Tonga, Mr Aliyu Sangei, told the court that his client was sentenced in error and declared the judgement as “a flagrant abuse of court process”.

Sangei appealed to the court to allow his client’s appeal and set aside the decision of the lower court by discharging and acquitting Tonga.

He argued that Tonga was tried, convicted and sentenced to death in flagrant abuse of court process, with two charges simultaneously filed against the appellant in respect of one and the same offense.

He said that one of the charges was still pending.

The appellant’s counsel also claimed that Tonga did not sign the alleged statements (Exhibit C1 and C2) used by the lower court, whose judge did not also sign his ruling and judgment.

But the defense counsel, Mr. Garba Chibok, said that the lower court acted rightly and not in error since Tonga himself confessed to committing the culpable homicide, contrary and punishable under Section 221 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In his argument, Chibok said that the statements of Tonga were signed and that the court did not make any error in its judgment, and therefore urged the justices to apply, recognize and uphold it.

Chibok appealed to the court to look at the merit of the lower court’s judgment and dismiss Tonga’s appeal for lack of merit.

He said, “Tonga had called his three wives and informed them of his knowledge about the secret escapades of one of them and had wanted an outright confession.

“He threatened to use the Holy Quran to swear against the suspect, if she failed to confess to him.

“It was at that point that Fatima confessed and gave the name of Ali as her lover.

“Tonga, in anger, waylaid Ali and killed him with a cutlass and a knife and did not deny it.

“He confessed to committing the crime before the Village Head, Police and the lower court, which convicted and sentenced him to death in accordance with the law.”

After listening to the two counsel, the presiding lead Judge, Justice A.G Mshelia, announced that the court has reserved judgment to a date to be communicated to them.


Oil firm MD imprisoned 69 years over N754m fuel subsidy fraud

Justice Latee Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Thursday sentenced the Managing Director of Ontario Oil and Gas Limited, Mrs. Ada Ugo-Ngali, to a jail term of 69 years for a fuel subsidy fraud of N754m.

But the jail term would run concurrently for 10 years.

The judge ordered the return of the N754m to the Federal Government.

Justice Okunnu had on January 13, 2017 convicted Ugo-Ngali, Ontario Oil and Gas Limited and its Chairman, Mr. Walter Wagbatsoma, of eight counts pressed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The judge had been unable to pass the sentence on the judgment day as Ugo-Ngali slumped in court after being convicted and just before the judge could pass the sentence.

The convict was subsequently rushed out of the courtroom and taken to Havannah Hospital in Surelere from where she was later moved to the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba.

Ugo-Ngali came to court on Thursday straight from LUTH and on a wheel chair, with plasters on her body.

In passing the sentence, Justice Okunnu rejected the plea of the convict’s lawyer, Mr. Edoka Onyeke, praying that the sentence should be non-custodial in view of his client’s health.

“I have considered the plea of the defence counsel for a non-custodial sentence of the 2nd defendant. I have to say that the request to grant a non-custodial sentence must be rejected and I can only exercise my discretion on the length of time the convict will spend in prison,” Justice Okunnu held.

She subsequently sentenced the convict to a cumulative jail term of 69 years, which would, however, run concurrently for only 10 years.

The judge said the jail term would begin to read from January 13, 2017, when Ugo-Ngali and her accomplices were pronounced convicted.

Wagbatsoma, who is the first convict in the case, is said to be currently under house arrest in the United Kingdom, where he is being held for money laundering, relating to a £12 million National Health Service Trust Fund.


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