Court sentences man to death for kidnapping 4-year-old boy in Akwa Ibom

Justice Augustine Odokwo of a high court sitting in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom state, today November 25, sentenced a 31-year-old man, Ekerete Michael Ukpong, to death for kidnapping a 4-year-old boy, Success Amos Kalu, who has not been found till today.   The convict Ukpong, a native of Udok Atai in Ikono Local Government Area of the state, was condemned to death after he was found guilty of kidnapping, an offence punishable by death, under section1 (2) of Akwa Ibom State

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US court sentences Nigerian man to over 7 years imprisonment for $1.89m fraud scheme that targeted women

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has sentenced a Nigerian man, Jabin Godspower Okpako, to more than seven years in prison for conspiring to launder approximately $1.89 million in mail and wire fraud proceeds in a scheme that targeted women.   The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced  that Okpako, 36, was sentenced on November 23, 2021, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Matthew W. Brann.    According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Jabin Okpako and

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Iran court sentences ex-opposition leader Ruhollah Zam to death

An Iran court on Tuesday, June 30, sentenced ex-opposition leader Ruhollah Zam to death.   Ruhollah Zam, who was accused of fueling anti-government protests, was arrested and indicted over corruption charges, after his return from exile in France in 2019 .   The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced the arrest of Zam in October last year.   “The court has considered 13 counts of charges together as instances of corruption on earth and therefore passed the death sentence,”  judiciary spokesman

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Russian court sentences former US marine to 16 years hard labour on disputed spy charges

A Russian court sentenced a former American marine on Monday to sixteen years of hard labour on spying charges in Russia.   Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian, and Irish passports, was arrested in December 2018 in a hotel room in Moscow with a USB flash drive which security officers say contained state secrets.   He was reportedly getting ready for a wedding when an old friend turned up unexpectedly. Moments later, security officers showed up in his room and

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Court sentences former Exxon Mobil engineer to 15 years imprisonment for raping his tenant’s 14-year-old niece

A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere sentenced a former Exxon Mobil engineer to 15 years imprisonment today, June 1, 2020.   James Onuoha was sentenced to 15 years jail term without an option of fine after he was found guilty of raping his tenant’s niece, who was 14 years old at the time.   The incident happened on January 4, 2016, and caused outrage at the time, with a number of celebrities lending their voice to call for justice.

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