A Rivers State High Court has sentenced police sergeant, James Imhalu, to death by hanging for murder.

Imhalu was found guilty of killing a commercial driver in 2015 over his refusal to pay a bribe of N100.

Justice Elsie Thompson, delivering the judgment, said evidence before the court showed that the sacked sergeant intentionally fired a shot at the commercial driver, Legbara David, at Whimpey Junction, Port Harcourt.

Justice Thompson described Imhalu as a serial trigger-happy policeman, stating that such should not be allowed to remain in the society.

The prosecution counsel, Kingsley Briggs expressed that it was quite unfortunate that the family of the deceased had to lose their bread winner. He believes that justice had at last been served. In his words, “although the will of justice grinds slowly, surely justice will come”.

On the other hand, a representative from the Legal Aid Council in Rivers State, Barrister Awaji who defended the sergeant, said his team would study the judgement to know the next line of action.

However according to him, “Today’s judgement I will say is justice for the people of Rivers state”.


Gunmen have shot at least five persons dead including a university lecturer and two policemen, in Benue State. 

The policemen were killed in Yelewata of Guma LGA, a border town between Benue and Nasarawa States when the armed men suspected to be bandits stormed the area. 

The spokesperson for the Benue State Police Command, SP Catherine Anene, has confirmed the incident. She affirmed having received report of two policemen killed in an operation, but according to her, details should come up subsequently.

Also, Fred Akaayar, a Mass communication lecturer at the Federal University, Wukari in Taraba State has been gunned down.

The lecturer and two others were killed, Thursday night, at Jootar in Ukum LGA, a border community between Benue and Taraba States.



Dominion Okoro, maid to Madam Maria Igbinedion, mother of former Governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, has been sentenced to death by hanging.

The maid, 25, was found guilty of the murder of Madam Igbinedion, 85, using a stool, with intent to rob her of the sum of N100,000 on December 1 2021, at her Ugbor residence in Benin City.

Justice Efe Ikponmwoba of an Edo State High Court, held that the convict, after the killing, used cotton wool to cover the nose of the deceased and thereafter called a cab to escape from the house the next morning, following the brutal killing.

Okoro confessed to the police that she bought Indian hemp and used it in preparing a meal for the deceased in order to weaken and kill her without struggle.

The trial judge based his judgement on evidence of the pathologist on cause of death and evidence of other prosecution witnesses, in addition to the convict’s confessional statement, declaring that it was safe for the court to send the convict to the gallows.


The Lagos State Police Command has announced that it will arrest both motorcyclist and passenger as part of measures to enforce the ban on commercial motorcycle operations in parts of the state.

Lagos State Police spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin announced this via his Twitter handle.

“Under the new total ban of motorcycles in the six local government areas of Lagos State, passengers and riders alike will be arrested and prosecuted”.

“The passenger is an accomplice. Ignorance will not be an excuse,” he declared.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, earlier on Wednesday imposed a fresh and total ban on commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, on all highways across six Local Government Areas and nine Local Council Development Areas in Lagos state following the murder of the sound engineer in Lekki.

The affected areas are Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland and Apapa.

Sanwo-Olu gave the directive during a meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers.

With this new law,  those who attempt to board bikes in any of the listed Local Government areas will now be found culpable for breaking the law and should be ready to face consequences.


An angry mob of protesters recently burnt up a level 2 student at the Shehu Shagari college of education, Sokoto , Deborah Samuel, due to claims of  blasphemy against the holy prophet Muhammed.

 Following this development, several notable Nigerians have reacted to the incident.

The sultan of Sokoto in a statement released by the Sultanate council condemned the incident in its totality, and further urged residents to stay calm and ensure peaceful co-existence amongst all.     

 Popular Nigerian politician, Adamu Garba said just like no christian will take respect for Jesus lightly, so also no Muslim will tolerate denigrating prophet Mohammed, referring to any such against the prophet Mohammed as a red line that can not be compromised

The Grand Mufti of Conference of Islamic Organizations, (CIO), Sheik Dikrullah Shafi’I , has described the conduct  of the students who killed Deborah Samuel as unlawful, inhuman and that it does not in any way represent the position of Islam, while he established that “Islam places huge value on human soul”

Former Inspector General of Police’s son, and son-in-law to Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, Jamil Abubakar, from his viewpoint, said that blasphemy is frowned on by all religions. He emphasised  that the punishment for blasphemy is death,  adding that people should respect others religion. 

The vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo on his part, described the incident as  “deeply distressing and very unfortunate”. He then referred to the President and the Sultan of Sokoto as having condemned the act respectively, stressing that there is no justification for extrajudicial killings, seeing there are legal channels to address any misdeed.

A personal assistant to the Sokoto Finance Commissioner, Anas Mohammed Sani, claimed that the victim, Ms. Samuel was murdered in cold blood because she was careless with her words. In his statement, “if anyone will repeat it tomorrow, the probability of being served same meal is 99.9%”                                                           

The General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, R.C.C.G, Enoch Adeboye, in his own words, claimed “religion is not the problem of Nigeria”, he further explained that when the Kaduna-Abuja train attack occurred, Christians were not separated from Muslims to be killed, nor did the bullets distinguish one from the other. So he concluded that the killing of the female student had nothing to do with religion, in his own opinion.

The self styled Imam of Peace, an Australian Shia Muslim influencer, popularly known as “Imam of peace” took to his official twitter handle, and contributed that Prophet Mohammed never killed anyone for insulting him or even throwing rocks at him. 

According to the Australian muslim influencer, Mohammed’s neighbor used to pile garbage at his doorstep daily, and one day when there was no garbage, and he found out that she was ill, he went visiting her, and wished her well. He made this comment via his Twitter handle @Imam of peace, with #DEBORAH following his comments.

He went ahead to praise the sultan of Sokoto for what he referred to as his “wisdom and swift condemnation”

The British government joined the calls on the government of Nigeria to bring the perpetrators to justice as President Muhammed Buhari ordered a probe into the incident.

Recall that, according to reports,  two suspects have since been arrested, over the killing of their female colleague, Deborah Samuel, in Sokoto