A pastor, Amos Kosini and his wife are on the run after the self-acclaimed cleric allegedly flogged his son, Faithful, to death over allegation of witchcraft.
It was learnt that two other children of his church member, Paradise, and Godspower, also sustained severe injuries in the hands of the cleric and now in a critical condition at a hospital. Kosini was alleged to have used a wire to inflict injuries on the children.
The incident, according to sources, occurred at Ogirisen community of Elume, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State while Kosini was conducting deliverance sessions on the children for allegedly possessing ‘evil spirits.’
The children were said to have been camped at his self-contained apartment in the agrarian community.
As the news of the incident filtered in, Kosini alongside his wife, reportedly absconded from the community in the dead of night apparently to avert an imminent attack from angry residents
Aged five years, Faithful reportedly died of the injuries inflicted on him by Kosini on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
Among the five children tortured by the cleric while conducting ‘spiritual deliverance’ are four females and a male – Paradise, Wonderful, Winner and Goodness.
Gloom pervaded every nook and cranny of the community when our correspondent visited. A community youth leader who simply identified himself as Francis, said, “The incident happened last week Thursday. He (Kosini) tortured his son to death for being a wizard and possessing evil spirits. People are sad since the incident happened because we trusted him. He killed his own son in the name of deliverance.”
When our correspondent visited the community hospital where the children were receiving treatment, a worker who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident.
“Wonderful lost so much blood when she was rushed to this place. We did all we could do to revive her and she is now gradually responding to treatment,” the official said.
When contacted on the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, said the incident had yet been reported to the police.
Man, 56, Defiles Neighbour’s 10-Year-Old Girl, Remanded
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday remanded a 56-year-old estate agent, Lawal Taiwo, in the Kirikiri Custodial Centre for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s 10-year-old daughter.
The magistrate, Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi, who did not take the plea of the defendant, ordered that the case file be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
Taiwo, who resides at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, is being tried for defilement.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the police prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendant committed the offence at his house in September 2018.
He said the defendant unlawfully had carnal knowledge of the girl.
“The defendant called the girl into his room when he discovered that her parents had gone out and had sexual intercourse with her.
“He threatened to kill the girl if she told her parents,” he said.
The prosecutor said the victim, however, told her friend’s mother, who in turn, informed her mother.
“When the parents interrogated their daughter, she told them that the defendant had defiled her on three occasions.
“The parents of the victim reported the case to the police, leading to the arrest of the defendant,” the prosecutor said.
Defilement violates Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, and is punishable with up to life imprisonment.
Osunsanmi adjourned the case till March 16 for mention.
Father’s Attempt to Smuggle Hard Drug to Detained Son Quashed by EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a 60-year-old fish-farmer, Muyiwa Otulayo, for attempting to smuggle substance believed to be hard drug to his detained son, Damilola.
Otulayo is currently in the commission’s detention at the Ibadan zonal office.
The older Otulayo was on the premises of the EFCC in Ibadan on Monday, February 17, supposedly on a visit to his son.
However, while discussing with the son, an officer of the commission noticed that he handed over a sachet of drugs to him.
The drug was taken from him and kept as an exhibit.
The in-house nurse, who examined the content, confirmed that it was Rohypnol, a tranquillizer, used under strict prescription for the treatment of severe insomnia and assist in anaesthesia.
The drug, according to experts, contains high sedative effect and is rarely used except when prescribed by licensed medical officers.
The younger Otulayo was recently arrested after a criminal case of money laundering, detected in the United Kingdom, was reported against him.
The case, involving the sum of £45,000, was said to be a part of a wider amount (about £500,000) for which he was declared wanted by the London’s Metropolitan Police.
He is on the wanted list of the International Police before the petition was filed at the Ibadan Zonal Office of the EFCC.
It was learnt that officers of the Interpol were already in touch with the commission in respect of the said case.
Further investigations are said to be ongoing on the case.
The commission added that the suspect (older Otulayo) would be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for prosecution.
Kidnappers Abduct Another 12 Travellers in Kogi, Demand N30m
The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of another set of 12 persons in Itobe/Ajegu community in the Ofu Local Government Area.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya, said the victims were travelling from Warri in a Toyota Hiace bus when they were abducted.
He, however, said that the number of victims had yet to be ascertained.
A source told our correspondent that the kidnappers had demanded N30m ransom to free the victims.
He said, “The victims boarded a Toyota Hiace bus belonging to Eleojo Transport Service with number plate KSF 19 XZ from Warri in Delta State on Sunday with 16 passengers heading to Anyigba in the Dekina LGA of the state.”
The source also said four of the passengers alighted at Okene, leaving 12 persons in the car, including the driver.
The vehicle was said to have run into the kidnappers between Itobe and Ajegu in the Ofu LGA, Kogi State.
The driver reportedly escaped and went to the Police at Itobe division to report the incident.
Recall that on Sunday around six o’clock, six passengers were abducted along Lokoja-Kabba road in the state.