THE OPERATION OF PLEA OF GUILTY AND DEFENCE FOUNDED ON WITCHCRAFT IN MURDER TRIALS

THE OPERATION OF PLEA OF GUILTY AND DEFENCE FOUNDED ON WITCHCRAFT IN MURDER TRIALS

Note: The following is only an exposition based on media stories. The stories presented by the media may not be same as that to be presented before the court.  The court would only rely on what is before it in the administration of criminal justice.

Few days ago, a sad and hairraising story made the news as news platforms and reporters spread the story of 15yearold Odo Chiamaka who allegedly confessed to have killed her boss’ sixmonthold baby on the instructions of a witchcraft group she was initiated into through a communion of friendship expressed in the breaking and sharing of biscuits back in her primary school days.

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THE POSITION OF THE LAW VIS-À-VIS VICTIMS OF GUNSHOTS IN NIGERIA

The illegal influx of guns in Nigeria is quite alarming and needs urgent regulation. Statistically, at the National Consultation on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in Abuja, organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), it was revealed that Nigeria hosts 350 million or 70 per cent of the 500 million illegal arms in West Africa.

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The Political Impasse in Kogi State and the Legal Way Forward

The 21st of November was not just another day for the people of Kogi state. It was a very important one in which they were to decide the future direction of the state through the ballot. The leading candidates were Idris Wada, the incumbent and PDP candidate, and Abubakar Audu, the APC gubernatorial candidate. When Sunday came, the results were counted with Abubakar Audu leading by 41,353 votes. Read More…