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Nigerian female pilgrim vanishes during Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia



The Muslim wing of the Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board has Thursday disclosed that a female pilgrim, Ms Anifat Saheed, absconded in Jeddah during the 2019 operation in .

Chairman of the board, Professor Sayed Malik, made this disclosure during the presentation of the 2019 Hajj report to Governor Seyi Makinde of the state in Ibadan, the state capital.

Malik, while presenting the report to Makinde, said she was one of the 914 pilgrims that took part in the 2019 Hajj from the state.

According to him, the disappearance of Saheed was noticed when the board was preparing the last batch of pilgrims for their journey to King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah on September 1st.

Malik said that all efforts to locate her proved abortive.

He explained that the board tried to locate her guarantor in Sango area of Ibadan without success.

Malik said, “Up till this moment, neither her guarantor nor any of her relations has come to ask questions about her.”

He disclosed that a total of N24, 628, 900.09, was refunded to the pilgrims before their departure to Saudi Arabia due to reduction in the Hajj fare.

He called for renewal of the rent of the Oyo House in Makkah with effect from January 2020.

Malik urged Makinde to study the recommendations as contained in the report and act on them so as to have hitch-free operations in subsequent pilgrimage.

Makinde while while reacting commended Malik and other board members for a successful Hajj operation in spite of the fact that process started before his administration.

He assured the board that the recommendations would be studied and acted upon for smooth Hajj operation in 2020.

Source: Daily Post

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Four Suspects Arrested In Connection With The Murder Of Bauchi Lawmaker, Musa Mante



The Bauchi State Police has arrested four suspects in connection with the murder of a member of the State House of Assembly representing Baraza Dass constituency, Musa Mante Baraza.

Recall that the lawmaker was killed by the gunmen on August 13, 2020, at his residence in Dass. The gunmen invaded his house, shot him dead, and thereafter abducted two of his wives and his one-year-old son.

Spokesperson of the Command, DSP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, who confirmed the development on Friday, December 4, when he paraded the suspects alongside others at the command Headquarters, said they were arrested on November 14.

“On 14/11/2020 at about 0104hrs one Abdulrazak Mohammed ‘m’ aged 29yrs, Abdulmumini Umar ‘m’ 29yrs, Yusuf Mohammed ‘m’ aged 18yrs and Mas’ud Hassan ‘m’ aged 22yrs all of Bauchi town, were arrested in connection to the case of gruesome killing of Hon. Musa Mantai Baraza ‘m’ member representing Dass Constituency, Dass L.G.A Bauchi State, were his two wives and one daughter named; (1) Rashida mal. Musa ‘f’ aged 35yrs (2) Rahina Mal. Musa ‘f’ aged 30yrs and (3) Khausar Mal. Musa ‘f’ aged 18months were kidnapped and taken to unknown destination,” said DSP Wakil.

“They robbed him eight different phones all valued at three hundred thousand naira (N300,000:00k) thereafter shot him dead. On receipt of the report a joint operation between IRT and Command detectives swung into action rescued the victims and arrested the above-mentioned suspects. During investigation Hon. Musa’s phone Tecno Handset with MTN sim card was recovered from their possession.” he added.

Wakil said investigation is still in progress after which the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution and possible conviction.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Bauchi State Police Command CP Lawan Tanko Jimeta, has directed all suspects to be profiled and charged to court.

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Appeal Court upholds death sentence on woman who stabbed husband to death



An Appeal Court in Abuja has dismissed the appeal filed by Maryam Sanda for lacking in merit.

The court upheld the judgement by the FCT High Court which had sentenced her to death by hanging for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, son of the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello,

Her Counsel, Joe Gadzama SAN, however, said they are heading to the supreme court, while Counsel to Police, James Idachaba, praised the judgement, adding that they are also ready to meet them at the apex court.

In his two-hour Judgement, Presiding Judge, Justice Steven Adah, held that the court is duty-bound to do justice according to law and not sentiments.

The judge held that the law does not leave room for irregularities, adding that parties must conduct criminal trials according to the law.

Under Section 221 of the penal code, the court held that the trial judge was right in his verdict, stressing that the offence is punishable by death.

The court further held that it was not in doubt that Sanda killed her husband, and has no reason to set aside the verdict of the lower court.

The Appeal court also noted that there was evidence that Maryam murdered her husband during a fight after she saw a nude picture on his phone, and she had threatened him, adding that it could be ruled as premeditated murder.

Maryam Sanda was on January 27 found guilty of stabbing her husband to death at their Abuja residence

Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court gave the sentence in Abuja while delivering judgment on the protracted trial of Missus Sanda.

He sentenced Sanda after she was convicted for stabbing late Bilyaminu to death, son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.

Upon her conviction by the judge, Sanda broke down in tears and wept uncontrollably.

Not satisfied with the ruling, she had approached the appellate court in Abuja to challenge the decision of the FCT High Court.

In the Notice of Appeal predicated on twenty grounds, Sanda prayed the appellate court to set aside the verdict of the lower court and acquit her.

She claimed that the trial judge, Justice Halilu was tainted by bias and prejudices.

According to the appellant, this led to the denial of her right to a fair hearing and her consequent conviction based on circumstantial evidence.

Sanda alleged that the judge gave the verdict despite the reasonable doubt that was created by evidence of witnesses, lack of confessional statement, absence of murder weapon, lack of corroboration of evidence by two or more witnesses, and lack of autopsy report to determine the true cause of her husband’s death.

She insisted that the judgment of the trial court was complete “a miscarriage of justice.”

The appellant also pointed to the failure of the trial judge to rule, one way or the other, on her preliminary objection, challenging the charge preferred against her and the jurisdiction of the court as evidence of bias and a denial of her right to fair hearing as constitutionally guaranteed.

She, therefore, asked the Court of Appeal to allow her prayers and set aside her conviction and sentence and subsequently acquit her.

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