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14 More Killed in Jos, Jang Ponders Vigilante Response

Thisday newspaper:Against the backdrop of yet another 14 murders, among whom was a pregnant woman late Friday night, the Plateau State Government may have begun to consider self-help measures, including the use of armed vigilante groups, to defend the lives and property of its citizens.

To this end, the governor, Dr. Jonah Jang, is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting with President Good-luck Jonathan Monday to discuss lasting solutions to the situation that has left the state in a permanent state of siege.

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Court frees boy prisoner

The Namibian Newspaper: "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October.

In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."