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Murdered UNILORIN Student Was Raped, Strangulated, Says Pathologist

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A pathologist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Dr Kayode Adeniyi, on Tuesday told a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin that the autopsy test conducted on the raped and murdered student of the University of Ilorin, Omowumi Olajide, revealed the possibility that she was strangled.

Adeniyi, who was the eighth witness in the ongoing trial of the eight suspects facing trial in connection with the murder of Omowuni, said when her body was dissected, the kidney was whitish as a result of lack of oxygen to breath.

He said a material, which could be a rope, was used to tie the hands of the victim.

“The report shows that her right side eye was swollen with the tongue showing patches of injuries.

“There were bruises around her private parts and there were signs of penetration, with deposits of smear inside her organ, which suggested the possibility that she was raped.

“The right side of her teeth was broken, and there was clotted blood on her scalp, which suggests that she must have wrestled for life and sustained injuries in the process,” he added.

Adeniyi explained that he took photographs with his Infinix phone in the course of performing the medical examination, which he printed out as evidence.

The autopsy report and the photographs were admitted by the court as exhibits.

Earlier, another prosecution witness, Dr Dupe Shittu, revealed to the court how the first defendant, Abdulazeez Ismail, stole her son’s bicycle sometime in 2017.

Shittu said she identified Ismail immediately he was brought out at the Department of State Services office in Ilorin, where she was invited to over the incident.

The witness, who claimed the deceased was her second cousin, narrated how she made frantic efforts to reach her on the phone after transferring N20,000 into her account for her to buy consumables on the day she was gruesomely murdered.

Eight persons are standing trial for alleged conspiracy, rape, murder and robbery of Omowumi at the Tanke area, Ilorin, on June 2, 2021.

The defendants are Ismail, Ajala Oluwatimileyin (aka Jacklord), Oyeyemi Omogbolahan, Abdulkarim Shuaib (aka Easy), Kareem Rasheed (Rashworld), Abdullateef Abdulrahman, Daud Adebayo (aka Bashman) and Akande Oladoja.

The first three suspects are standing trial for alleged rape and murder of the 24-year-old student, while the other five are standing trial for alleged receipt of stolen items.

The trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Yusuf, adjourned the case till Tuesday, August 3, 2021 for continuation of hearing.

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Just In: Fifth Columnists in the Presidency Working Against Tinubu, Says El-Rufai

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By Michael Effiong

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has revealed that there are some fifth columnists in the presidency who want the All Progressives Congress ( APC) to lose the 2023 Presidential election.

Speaking on Channels TV flagship programme, Sunrise Daily, Governor El-Rufai affirmed that there was serious division in the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

He stated that some people in the Presidency because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was not their preferred candidate are working against his interest.

He noted that the Naira redesign was not an APC problem but a Presidency problem, urging Nigerians to ignore their current situation and still vote for Tinubu as a person.

On the fuel crisis, he said fuel subsidy had been a problem for many years and that it was President Buhari and not APC that has insisted on the subsidy which is costing the nation a whopping six Trillion Naira.

He revealed that as far back as 2016, Buhari had been advised to remove subsidy but he had bluntly refused.

Governor El Rufai used the opportunity to hail his tenure in Kaduna State, noting that his government has attracted over $4billion worth of investments to the state.

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Atiku Vows to Construct Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto Road, Reiterates End to Banditry

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the February 25 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has pledged to reconstruct the Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto road, if elected. He also promised to float empowerment programmes that will combat poverty among the citizens.

Atiku made the pledges on Tuesday in Sokoto while addressing a crowd of supporters at his presidential campaign rally.

The PDP presidential candidate also pledged to end the security challenges bedevilling the nation, ensure stability for profitable farming, grazing as well as reopen the nation’s borders to bolster business activities.

He urged citizens to support PDP candidates at all levels at the forthcoming elections, vowing that a PDP-led administration would curb social, economic and infrastructural decay in the country.

Mr Atiku had inaugurated a remodelled presidential lodge and the Dandima flyover bridge constructed by the Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s administration.

The PDP presidential flag bearer also paid homage on the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, after an interactive session with community and traditional rulers in the state.

Earlier, the PDP National Chairman, Dr Ayochia Ayu, presented the party’s flag to PDP governorship candidate in the State, Sa’idu Umar and received scores of defectors from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Ayu described the Sokoto rally as home coming and enjoined party loyalists to use their PVCs to change the national government as well as sustain the achievements of Tambuwal.

Leader of the defectors, Amb. Faruku Yabo, said the PDP-led administration in the state had the people’s interests at heart, and it was capable of surmounting the national challenges.

The event witnessed presentations from various party chieftains on the ways to address the challenges being faced by the citizens.

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Atiku Promises to End Banditry, Reconstruct Bakalori Dam in Zamfara

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said a PDP-led Federal Government will end banditry in Zamfara State.

Atiku, who was in Gusau on Monday for a campaign rally, also promised to reconstruct Bakalori Dam to aid irrigation farming in the state. He noted that apart from Borno and Yobe states, Zamfara State has paid dearly for the spate of insecurity in the country, which he blamed on the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.

“They brought insecurity, poverty, and disunity; our youth are not going to school because teachers are not paid in secondary and tertiary institutions.

“With your vote, you will expunge them. I promise to restore peace and security in Nigeria. I have done it in the past (and) I see no reason why with your support and backing, by the grace of God, there won’t be peace in Nigeria,” the PDP candidate asserted.

He promised to work with the state government to revitalise the closed down textile companies, adding that businessmen would be supported with capital to open and go into textile production for job generation.

“We will open (closed) borders because it is not in line with the law. Our borders are closed while others are open; there is no justice in this,” he noted.

The vice presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, expressed confidence that PDP would secure over 80 per cent votes in Zamfara State.

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