The Durban University of Technology has confirmed that a student has died after being stabbed by another student in one the university’s residences in the Durban CBD.
According to a statement issued by the university, the incident took place on the afternoon of Thursday 7 January 2020.
DUT STUDENT STABBED IN THE NECK
“It is alleged that students were fighting in a room. Sadly one of the students was stabbed during the altercation. When the Residence Advisor arrived on the scene, paramedics were called to assist the victim.
“The ambulance arrived within five minutes of receiving the call but tragically, the injured student had passed on. The police are investigating this very serious criminal incident. We hope that the police will have a successful investigation and that justice will be served against whoever committed this heinous crime.”
KZN SAPS LAUNCH INVESTIGATION
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala confirmed that a case of murder is being investigated by Durban Central SAPS. “It is alleged that yesterday at 16:50, a 19-year-old male was stabbed to death by a known suspect while at a student residence on Grey Street. He sustained a stab wound on the left side of the neck and was declared dead on the scene by paramedics. The suspect fled the scene after the incident and is being sought by police.”
The university made headlines in 2019 when first-year Industrial Engineering student Sandile Ndlovu, 18, was attacked inside a lecture room. Ndlovu was stabbed in the head and his cell phone and laptop were also taken.
Four days later, another student was found dead in one of the residences and it was believed that the student committed suicide.
In February 2019, Mlungisi Madonsela was shot by a security officer from XTLG T/A Excellent Security Services, the company contracted by the university to protect students and staff.
Again in February, the body of 30-year-old Dr Euvette Taylor (who was a staff member and residence advisor) was found dead in his room on campus.
The current Sterling House residence advisors could not be reached for a comment.
Cross River Assembly to confirm Justice Akom Ikpeme as substantive Chief Judge Thursday
An operative with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Bello Hamma-Adama, on Wednesday, told a Federal High Court in Abuja that a sum of N75 million was recovered from Halima, wife of a former Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Tanimu Turaki.
Tanimu Turaki was a Minister in the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government between 2013 and 2015.
Turaki also served as a supervising Minister for the Federal Ministry of Labour between 2014 and 2015.
Hamma-Adama, the 5th prosecution witness (PW5) in the ongoing trial of Turaki, made the disclosure before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
He, however, said the money was later transferred in tranches into private individuals’ accounts.
Giving the breakdown, Hamma-Adama, who was the lead investigator in the agency, said N45 million was transferred to the Minister’s brother, Abdullahi Maigwandu, through his Zenith Bank account.
Out of the N45 million, he said Maigwandu transferred N20 million to the Guarantee Trust Bank account of Halima Tanimu Turaki, the ex-minister’s wife.
According to him, the sum of N20 million was transferred to O-Pec Nig Ltd.
Hamma-Adama said that the remaining N5 million was withdrawn in China using the ATM of Maigwandu by Halima to procure furniture items.
He said, “N30 million was transferred to Abubakar Sani Gude’s Zenith Bank account from the ministry’s account, and the N30 million was sent to the wife of the 1st defendant (Turaki).
“We called for the Maigwandu’s account statement in Zenith Bank. We discovered he is a civil servant in Kebbi on a salary of about N33, 000.
“We suspected a case of money laundering, and we did a network analysis, and we discovered that he could not have owned that money because he is on N33, 000 salary.”
“He said he is a brother to the former minister and that the money was transferred on his instruction,” he added.
However, the Judge, Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 for trial continuation.
Recall that the EFCC had arraigned the former Minister (1st defendant) alongside his former Special Assistant, Sampson Okpetu (2nd defendant), and two firms; Samtee Essentials Ltd and Pasco Investment Ltd, on 16 counts of money laundering.
The duo had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
54 deaths and 1,335 new cases of Covid-19
They said that 50 of the deaths occurred in January and the median age of those who died was 85 years and the age range was 55-96 years.
With 54 deaths this evening, it means there has been a total of 3,120 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
There is also now a total of 191,182 confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland.
Nphet said that of the cases notified today: 618 are men and 711 are women, 54 per cent are under 45 years of age and the median age is 43 years old.
Regarding the location of tonight’s cases: 437 are in Dublin, 114 in Cork, 78 in Galway, 71 in Meath, 61 in Louth and the remaining 574 cases are spread across all other counties.
They said as of 2pm today, 1,670 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised and 217 are in ICU. 81 additional hospitalisations have taken place in the past 24 hours.
Speaking this evening, Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, said: “The current 14 day incidence remains more than double the peak incidence experienced during previous Level 5 measures in October, therefore, now is not the time to drop your guard and start to interact with people outside your household.
“The risk of transmission in the community remains very high. We must continue to work towards reducing incidence of disease and preventing further hospitalisations and deaths.”
Court admits evidence against Naira Marley
The Federal High Court Ikoyi, Lagos State, on Wednesday, admitted more evidence against Azeez Fashola, popular musician also known as Naira Marley.
Naira Marley was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for offences bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud.
He pleaded “not guilty” to the 11 counts filed against him.
The EFCC had on February 28, 2020, through its second witness, Augustine Anosike, sought to tender in evidence a compact disc containing information, analysis and extractions from the defendant’s iPhone.
The defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN had objected to its admissibility, which was equally opposed by the prosecution.
In his ruling, Justice Nicholas Oweibo dismissed the objection, noting that “the disk and investigation report include some of the contents extracted from the iPhone which has already been admitted in evidence”.
Thereafter, prosecuting counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, informed the Court that the prosecution was ready to continue with the case as the witness was in court to continue with his testimony.
The case was adjourned following the plea by one of the defence lawyers, Akinwale Kole-Taiwo.
Kole-Taiwo appealed with the Court for an adjournment because, “the lead counsel, Ojo, was in Edo for another matter”.
Following the appeal, Justice Oweibo adjourned till March 8 and 11, 2021 for “continuation of hearing”.