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Hitmen group arrested, jailed after trying to subcontract assassination job to one another

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A group of hitmen have been jailed after repeatedly trying to subcontract a job to each other in Guangxi, China.

Businessman Tan Youhui hired a hitman to “take out” his competitor for $282,000 (£218,000), a court heard.

But the hitman hired another man to do the job, offering $141,000. That man hired another hitman, who hired another hitman, who hired another hitman.

The plan crumbled when the final hitman met the man, named only as Wei, in a cafe and proposed faking his death.

All six men – the five hitmen and Tan – were convicted of attempted murder by the court in Nanning, Guangxi, following a trial that lasted three years.

The saga of the subcontracted hitmen dates back to a professional dispute in 2013, when Mr Wei took legal action against Tan’s firm, the Nanning Intermediate People’s Court said on its website.

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Scared of losing money fighting a lengthy court case, Tan contacted hitman Xi Guangan and offered him ¥2m ($282,000) to kill Mr Wei.

Xi accepted the job but shortly afterwards asked another hitman, Mo Tianxiang, to kill Mr Wei instead, offering him ¥1m. After Mo accepted, Xi renegotiated with Tan to be paid another ¥1m after the killing.

But Mo in turn contacted another man, Yang Kangsheng, who agreed to carry out the killing for an upfront fee of ¥270,000, with another ¥500,000 to be paid afterwards.

Yang Kangsheng then offered another hitman, Yang Guangsheng, ¥200,000 to assassinate Mr Wei, also with a bonus of ¥500,000 after completion.

Finally, the chain came to an end when Yang Guangsheng offered a fifth hitman, Ling Xiansi, ¥100,000 to kill Mr Wei.

Instead of carrying out the murder, Ling met up with Mr Wei in a cafe, told him there was a hit on him and proposed a plan – that the two of them fake the murder.

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Mr Wei agreed to pose, gagged and bound, for a photo that Ling could take back to Yang Guangsheng – before later reporting the case to the police.

The case initially went to trial in 2016, but the six defendants were acquitted due to a lack of evidence. Prosecutors appealed against the decision, and the second trial lasted three years.

Tan, who hired the original hitman, was sentenced to five years in prison, while Xi, the first hitman, was sentenced to three years and six months.

Yang Kangsheng and Yang Guangsheng were sentenced to three years and three months, Mo was sentenced to three years, and Ling was sentenced to two years and seven months.

Source: BBC

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Confusion in Kano emirate as Ado Bayero and Sanusi celebrate court order

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Confusion in Kano emirate as Ado Bayero and Sanusi celebrate court order

 

The ruling by a Federal High Court in Kano State on Thursday on the Emir of Kano’s dispute has compounded the crisis it was meant to resolve.

Indeed, both removed Emir Aminu Ado Bayero and reinstated Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II are celebrating, claiming victory that the court ruled in their favour.

Justice Abdullahi Mohammed Liman in his ruling on Thursday ordered that the status quo be maintained. No details were given

He went ahead to uphold the action of the Kano State House of Assembly repealing the Emirate Law which brought in Emir Ado Bayero and creation of four Emirates in the state but faulted the state governor Abbah Yusuf’s subsequent actions for not following due process.

Justice Liman declared, “I hereby order that every step taken by the government is hereby nullified and becomes null and invalid and that this does not affect the validity of the repealed Emirates Law but actions taken by the governor, which include the assenting to the law and the reappointment (of Sanusi).

“I have listened to the audio of the governor both in Hausa and English after assenting to the law, and I am convinced that the respondents are aware of the order of maintaining status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motions on notice in the court.

“Having been satisfied that the respondents are aware of the court order, the court in exercise of its powers set aside an action, because it is in violation of the court’s order.

“I think it is a very serious matter for anyone to flout the orders of the court and go scot-free with it.”

The Kano State Governor in its reaction after the court ruling said Sanusi remained Emir of Kano.

The state government maintained that by the court’s pronouncement, it recognised Sanusi as the 16th Emir of Kano because his reinstatement had been done before a controversial interim order, which the court alleged the governor flouted in assenting to the Kano Emirates Council (Repeal) Bill 2024.

Liman held that the defendants were aware of the interim order granted by the court, but chose to ignore it and went ahead with implementation of the law.

The judge stated that every aspect of the process undertaken by the Assembly to refill the 2024 law was null and void, saying he would assume his coercive powers to enforce compliance with his order.

Respected lawyers including Liborous Oshoma have questioned the Justice Liman’s order, interpreting it to mean giving something with one hand and taking it back with the other hand.

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Bandits murder man considered rude during negotiation in Kaduna

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Bandits murder man considered rude during negotiation in Kaduna

Bandits have shot dead a 27-year-old man, identified as Abba, after he delivered a N16 million ransom and three motorcycles to them for the release of nine victims they abducted in Jere town in Kaduna State.

Bandits invaded some houses at Unguwar Iya in Jere on April 16, 2024, abducted nine residents and demanded N30 million.

A resident, Shuaibu Hussaini, confirmed the killing of Abba while speaking through telephone with our reporter on Wednesday.

He said the incident happened last Saturday after the victim, who was behind the negotiation of the ransom, went to deliver N16 million and three motorcycles to the leader of the bandits at a location in the area.

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He said the bandits’ leader, after collecting the ransom and the bikes, tied the deceased with a rope and opened fire on him.

“It was one of the victims who was among those released who said the bandits’ leader claimed that they decided to kill Abba for being rude to him during negotiation of the ransom.

“It was when one of the family members of the victims tried to find out the whereabouts of Abba after delivering the ransom that the bandits’ leader asked the family to go to a particular location and pick his corpse,” he said.

Hussaini, who said the death of the deceased had thrown not only Abba’s into mourning, but Jere chiefdom was also pained by the killing of the deceased.

The spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Hassan Mansur, was yet to confirm the development.

Bandits murder man considered rude during negotiation in Kaduna

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BREAKING: Court scraps Ondo LCDAs

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BREAKING: Court scraps Ondo LCDAs

An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has scrapped the 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) created by the administration of late former Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

It declared the creation as unconstitutional and illegal.

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Presiding Judge,  Justice A.O Adebusuoye, said the LCDAs were not lawfully created.

BREAKING: Court scraps Ondo LCDAs

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