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Suspected assassins strangle 70 year-old couple to death in Ogun State



It was all round tears and mourning at Gbongan in Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State as a 70 year-old couple were killed by suspected assassins at their residence.

They were reportedly strangled at their residence at Abe Koko area of Gbongan along the Gbongan-Iwo Road.

Many residents of the town are still confused about why the couple, Pa Reuben Akanbi and his wife, Victoria, might have been targeted but some suggested it could be connected to a land dispute.

One of the children of the slain couple, Dr. Caleb Akanbi, is said to be a lecturer at the Computer Science Department of the Osun State University main campus in Osogbo.

A resident of the town, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that some assassins had made an attempt on the man’s life about two months  ago but they were said to have spared him when one of them  discovered that he was his former teacher who was very nice to him.

Pa Akanbi was said to have gone to church for a thanksgiving because of his miraculous escape at the time but it was believed that his assailants hired another gang of killers, who struck at his residence in the early hours of last Saturday and killed him and his wife.

The resident said, “The hoodlums killed both the man and his wife. Their killers twisted their necks and probably hit them with heavy object. The man died on the spot but the wife died while they were carrying both of them to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo for treatment.

“We don’t know why hired killers were after them but I heard that some gunmen had come to his house about two months ago and they told him that they were hired to kill him. The assassins reportedly told him that they would not kill him because the man was a good person while he was a teacher.

“They struck in the early hours of Saturday. The remains of the husband and wife have been deposited at the LadokeAkintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital morgue.”

 The distraught son of the deceased could not answer calls put across to his telephone by our correspondent but he confirmed the incident in a reply to the text message sent to him.

Asked if he was the son of the couple killed by some persons in Gbongan, Akanbi simply wrote “Yes sir.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State, Mrs. Folashade Odoro, when contacted confirmed the incident.

She said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, had ordered detectives to get to the root of the matter and arrest those behind the killing.

Odoro said, “We are aware of it. The commissioner of police has directed a team of detectives to get to the root of the matter and I am sure they will unveil those behind the killing.”

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia



Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, is set to commence the trial of the leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The trial of the IPOB leader has been scheduled for November 26th and will see five prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against Kanu.

Also Read: Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

This was disclosed in a hearing notice served on the prosecution team in the office of the attorney general and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

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Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days



JUST IN: Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

Abdulrasheed Maina’s son

House of Representatives member, Umar Sani Dan Galadima has been asked to produce Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail on or before December 4.

Faisal is being prosecuted before the court on money laundering related offences and was granted bail in 2019.

Honorable Galadima who is representing Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State is standing surety for Faisal after signing a N60 million bond.

Also Read: BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Wednesday ordered Dan Galadima, who was present in court, to show cause by December 4 why he should either not forfeit the N60 million he pledged while taking Faisal on bail, or be sent to prison until he is able to produce the defendant.

Recall that on Monday, Justice Abang sentenced Senator Ali Ndume who is a surety for the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team who has also jumped bail.

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Lawyer Dumps Maina, Applies To Quit Case



Lawyer Dumps Abdulrasheed Maina, Applies To Quit Case

UpAbdulrasheed Maina

Adeola Adedipe, a lawyer hired by Abulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), in his ongoing trial for money laundering, has applied to quit the case.

Maina’s lawyer who is also representing the company of the former PRTT Chairman – Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja at the resumption of proceedings in the case on Wednesday, that he has filed a notice, indicating his intention to withdraw from further representing his client.

Also Read: Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

Adedipe revealed that his brief has not been perfected due to the failure of his client to pay.

He apologised to the federal court presided over Justice Okon Abang for being absent from proceedings during some of the recent adjournments.


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