Obinwanne Okeke, the 31-year-old Nigerian being tried in the United States for Business email compromise fraud, has been remanded in prison custody until February 2020 for the continuation of his trial.
Okeke’s trial commenced on Monday at the Newport News, Virginia, federal courthouse, following an indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The 31-year-old has been in the custody of the US Marshals Service since early August.
At the commencement of his trial at the Virginia federal courthouse, the judge declared the case as complex.
The FBI accused him of orchestrating the theft of $11 million from a foreign subsidiary of American heavy equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar.
Earlier a grand jury said Okeke should be made to forfeit at least $11 million in asset and an emerald-shaped diamond engagement ring found on him when he was first arrested on August 6.
#JusticeforUwa: My Daughter Was Blindfolded, Tied Like A Criminal — Distraught Mother
22 year-old female student of University of Benin, Uwaila Omozuwa, was raped and killed in a church last week and her mother reveals she was blindfolded, “tied like a criminal”.
Uwa’s mother, Mrs Joy Omozuwa who has been thrown into mourning, alongside her entire family and friends of Uwa narrated death of Uwaila, how she was reportedly gang-raped and beaten by her assailants who inflicted deep head injuries on her and left her for death.
According to reports, the church security guard was said to have found her when he went to collect the keys to the church and was told that somebody had earlier come to collect the key and was inside the church which was about five minutes walk from her residence.
Uwa is said to have been using the hall of the Redeemed Christian Church of God situated at Osa-Amadasun Street, Ohovbe Quarters which she attended as her reading house for the past 5 years until May 27th, when she was raped and murdered.
According to Mrs Omozuwa a church member called her that there was an emergency in their church only to rush down to see the mangled body of her daughter in the hospital.
Speaking to Saturday Vanguard Mrs Omozuwa said:
“She is my second child, the most gentle of all my children and was always interested in her book. What happened to my daughter is so painful; I never knew this was how she will die. On that fateful day, May 27th, I left home with her and she went to the church to read. For over five years now, she had been going to the church to read, so, that day she did the same thing. When the schools were shut as a result of COVID 19 pandemic, she had been going there to study because she said she didn’t want to have any carry over in her examination. I waited till in the evening when I normally called her if it was getting late although she didn’t have a fixed time that she would come. Sometimes she came home 5 pm, sometimes 6 pm or 2 pm depending on her mood.
“By 5 pm, I tried to call her but her line was not going through. There was a boy who was also a member of the church staying near the church whom she said sometimes came around and she had told me that I should not panic if I didn’t see her on time but unfortunately, I didn’t have the boy’s number so I was becoming worried. I saw off a member of our church who came to visit me and by the time I returned, I missed three calls from Mrs Osula who is also a member of the church and stayed close to the church. She asked to come to the church quickly and when I got there, I was told that Uwa had been rushed to the hospital.
“They said they met her with her eyes blindfolded, her mouth tied and her hands tied behind her like a criminal. She was untied and when they noticed that she moved her hand, they quickly took her to Enoma hospital. When I saw my daughter, there was blood all over her body, the white top she wore had turned red with her blood; I looked at her ear, there was blood coming out of it as well as her nose while she had a swollen eye. There was a very big cut on one part of her head and another deep cut close to one of her eyes. She was also raped. So, I had to sum up courage, I started cleaning the blood from her body and they were giving her drip while she was breathing intermittently and at times she would stretch her body.
“My husband came and said he had gone to the scene of the incident and that the blood stain was too much, so we had to move her to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH. When we got there, the doctors told us that it was 50-50 chance for her to survive because the injury was much but that they would try their best. But she did not make it and she died on Saturday.”
Uwaila’s father, Elder Johnson Omozuwa was unhappy with the slow response of the police when he reported the matter at the station. He said; “I want the authorities and security agencies to dig into the root of this matter, I don’t want my daughter to die in vain. I went to report the matter at the police station that night but police refused to go with me to the scene of the incident till the following day. I saw my daughter in a pool of blood and I ran to the police but the police refused to go with me. A neutral team should be sent by the police to investigate this matter.
“I will remember my daughter as a disciplined child. She wrote UTME three times and she never scored below 240, she wanted to read medicine and the third time she chose nursing but she was given Microbiology. She didn’t want to take it but I advised her to take it being a brilliant girl.”
Nigerians have called for justice for Uwa with the hashtag #JusticeforUwa via their social media platforms
‘Mad Man’ Caught With Dead Baby In Aba [VIDEO]
A suspected “mad man” has reportedly been nabbed with a dead baby in Aba.
The man who was seen being dragged into a van by security operatives, attracted lots of attention after being caught with the dead baby. Some of those who gathered at the scene of the incident, were heard saying they don’t know who owns the baby.
Instagram user @jonadad13 who shared the video wrote;
what a world
A guy looking like a man caught with a dead child. A mad man caught with a dead child
A man always dressing as a mad man caught with a dead child in aba now.
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Why Most Rapists Go Unpunished — Police
Frank Mba, spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has revealed the reasons most rapists go unpunished in the country.
Mba who appeared on a TVC programme on Thursday said that late report of rape cases and contamination of crime scenes are the major reasons most sexual assault cases are not successfully prosecuted. The Police Spokesman also stated that some rape victims are guilty of withdrawing the allegations after collecting sums of money from the suspect.
“Rape is a very serious criminal offence and rape it is not fun. Rape is not sex. Rape is not lovemaking. Rape is violence. It is a very extreme form of torture. It is a life-threatening event. It is totally humiliating. As a matter of fact, you can define rape as robbery of another persons essense, dignity and the worst form of assault on any woman. It is a serious thing.
“Unfortunately for us, it is one of those crimes that has posed a lot of problems in managing, in presenting, in investigating sometimes and in successfully prosecuting.
“Most cases of rape are unreported. As a matter of fact, some statistics say between 60% to 90% of rape cases are unreported. It is even worse when they are cases that has to do with incest and molestation of children. A lot of these cases are unreported.
“The fundamental problem for us as investigators are three. Number one is the fact that a lot of rape cases are reported very late and the fact that they are reported late, it impacts on the quality and the success of investigations. The longer you stay in reporting a rape case, the higher the probability or the chances that evidence and the crime scene will be mismanaged.
“Although there is no status bar limiting the time you can report a rape case, you can even report twelve months later, but the earlier you report a rape case, the better and higher the chances of success.” he said
The Police Spokesman also emphasized the importance of the sanctity of crime scenes which he mentioned to be the location of the assault and the woman’s body.
He reiterated that not even the water closet of a toilet should be flushed after a crime. According to Frank Mba, these are the things that would be important in gathering evidence that would lead to the imprisonment of the rapist.
“As a matter of fact, in most crimes, how the crime scene is managed determines the success of investigations and people must remember that rape cases are even very special in the sense that in a rape case, there are two immediate crime scenes.
“The first crime scene is place where the crime took place whether it is in a room, a car, a bush path or in a church like the case of Uwa. That particular place where the crime took place is a major crime scene.
“The second crime scene is the body of the woman. Infact the body of the victim is a walking crime scene. It is a living crime scene. It is a mobile crime scene. And how we manage both the physical as well as that living crime scene will determine the success of an investigation.
“Let me give a few tips on how we can manage this because often times, before the police get to the crime scene, a lot of persons have messed up the crime scene.
“Whenever there is a rape, the first thing is to leave the physical crime scene intact. Don’t adulterate them, don’t take anything out of the place, don’t alter the position of any object, don’t touch anything. Don’t even flush the toilet.
“If there is a condom pack there or a used condom, don’t even touch it and for the woman, don’t shower, don’t douch. Don’t change your clothings and if it is a case where we suspect it is a Date rape where probably drug was used or a drug facilitated rape, then the woman has additional responsibility to make sure that she doesn’t urinate except it is a situation where if she doesn’t urinate, she might suffer something. She will need to urinate in the hospital because the first urine after that incident might help us determine the kind of drug that was laced in her drink and if for example you suspect it is a drug-induced rape, don’t dispose any glass cup there or even the drink whether it is a wine. Leave it there for us.”
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