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Herbalist arraigned for conspiracy, threat to peace

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A herbalist, Lamidi Ibrahim, who allegedly converted his rented apartment to a shrine, was on Tuesday arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for breach of peace and conspiracy.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that Ibrahim, 42, of No. 9, Awopeju Close, Iju-Ishaga, Agege, Lagos, committed the offences on Aug. 31 at his residence.

Olatunde said that the accused and others still at large conspired to cause a breach of the peace by illegally converting a rented room into a shrine.

“The accused rented an apartment without putting up a written agreement with the owner of the property that he will be worshiping illegal shrine by planting a shrine in the compound,” he said.

Olatunde said that the accused always performed rituals and disturbed the peace of neighbours.

“The accused always buries charms in the compound, thereby disturbing the peace of co-tenants and all efforts to caution him always resulted in threat to life.

“He also performed rituals, sacrifices, including spiritual cleansing in the premises,” he said.

The prosecutor said the house was also used by scammers to carry out fraudulent activities in addition to its being used as an abode for miscreants.

“The accused always brings people of questionable character to the premises to perpetrate fraudulent acts and engage in smoking of hemp,” Olatunde said.

He said the offences contravened Sections 166 and 410 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, which prescribes six months jail-term for offenders.

The accused pleaded innocent of the offences and was granted bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.

The Magistrate, Mr A O Aka-Bashorun, adjourned the case to Oct. 10 for mention.

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Rapper Kodak Black shot while leaving Justin Bieber’s afterparty

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American rapper, Kodak Black,  was among three people shot early Saturday February 12, as he was leaving a party held for Justin Bieber in West Hollywood, California.

The 24-year-old Florida rapper and three others were shot; two were taken by ambulance and two self-transported to a hospital, the Los Angeles Police Department said. All are in stable condition.

According to reports by TMZ, Kodak – real name Bill Kapri – was outside the restaurant with fellow rappers Gunna and Lil Baby in the early hours of Saturday (12 February) morning.

A fight broke out within the group, with Black reportedly attempting to punch someone when gunshots were heard by witnesses. He was shot in the leg.

“The fight was believed to have started with someone in Kodak Black’s entourage,” a source told Page Six. “After others jumped in, shots were fired… and then all hell broke loose.”

It was not immediately clear what sparked the fight outside the club in the 400 block of N. La Cienega Boulevard. But an LAPD spokesman said the victims were shot when they emerged from the club during the fight.

In a video shared online, several people were seen fighting with Black during the scuffle. After a few moments, multiple gunshots were heard.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Police said that 10 shots were fired during the altercations, with four men injured, including Black.

One is said to have been shot in the shoulder, one the leg, and one the buttocks, a source said, while photos showed a man covered in blood.

Two of the men (a 19 and 60-year-old) were taken straight to the hospital from the scene. A 24-year-old (believed to be Black) and another man took themselves to the hospital later.

Two of the men are yet to be named by local authorities, but they are all said to be in stable condition.

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US Pastor fatally stabbed 15 times by her son

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A pastor from Brooklyn, New York, US is dead leaving her church community in shock after her son allegedly stabbed her 15 times.

Tracey Sydnor was the Head pastor at the Upper Room Baptist Church on Rockaway Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Sydnor, 61, was killed on Saturday, January 29, when her son, identified as Kenji Francis, allegedly repeatedly stabbed her in her Brooklyn home on Wyona St. near Livonia Ave. in New York in the afternoon.

“She was the glue that kept everything together,” Terrence Reed, a friend of Sydnor, told the Daily News. “Not one bad thing can be said about her.”

She was stabbed at least 15 times, including in her neck, ear and hands, police said. An Ambulance rushed Sydnor to Brookdale University Hospital, but she could not be saved.

Her 40 year old son, Francis, was taken into custody at their home. Charges against him were pending Sunday.

Francis has no prior arrests or history of mental illness.

“It seems like he just snapped,” a police source said.

A knife believed to be the murder weapon was recovered from a bedroom in the home, sources said.

Sydnor grew up attending the church before leading its choir. She was appointed as the head pastor of the congregation in November 2021.

“She was full of life and full of love; she loved singing and dancing,” Reed said. “She was a sweet lady.”

“We talked life stuff, church stuff, just everyday conversation,” Reed said. “She was an encourager, very supportive person.”

In a sermon Sunday, January 30, at the Upper Room Baptist Church, Bishop J. Carl Henderson announced the loss of Sydnor to the congregation.

“God bless you and please my sister, please my brother continue to pray for the family, her children, her siblings and her extended family and our church family as a whole. Our church is suffering a loss.” Henderson said

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Gunmen bomb police station, release detainees

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Gunmen, yesterday, bombed the police headquarters Dikenafai in Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State and released detainees.

However, an eyewitness account said the detainees were re-arrested by a local vigilante group.

The hoodlums, who came in large numbers, touched a part of the police station, using explosive devices.

It was gathered that locally-made explosive devices were used in the attack which destroyed the administrative office, the office of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and the reception desk.

The Chairman of Ideato South Local Government Area Interim Management Committee, Pastor Bede Ikeaka who visited the scene expressed shock over the incident.

It was gathered that the released detainees were re-arrested by vigilante officers close to the scene.

When contacted, the police spokesman, Michael Abattam, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

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