Danish man in Nigerian prison over deaths of wife, child

A Nigerian court has remanded a Danish man in prison for allegedly murdering his wife and three-year-old daughter in their upscale Lagos residence, police said Thursday.

Danish man in Nigerian prison over deaths of wife, child
A 2007 file photo of Lagos. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP photo/Ritzau Scanpix

Peter Nielsen, 53, appeared before a court in Yaba, a suburb of Lagos, on Wednesday to face a two-count charge of killing his wife, Zainab, and their daughter, Petra, on April 5th, a senior police officer told AFP.

“The chief magistrate ordered that Nielsen should be remanded in Ikoyi prison pending legal advice from Lagos state director of public prosecution on a proper trial in the high court,” he said.

The officer said the suspect had hit his wife's head against the wall several times, inflicting fatal injuries.

The police officer said Nielsen later poisoned his daughter and tried to cover up the murders as a domestic accident.

Zainab, a 37-year-old singer popularly known as Alizee, was a rising Nigerian star.

The case, which has generated media attention and publicity in Nigeria, a country where domestic violence is receiving more attention, has been adjourned to May 8th.

Last month, the Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode led a march against domestic violence in support of a 25-year jail term for rapists.


Why Copenhagen police say crime is on the up in Christiania

Crime in Copenhagen’s hippie enclave of Christiania is increasing, police in the capital say following a number of drugs-related arrests.

Why Copenhagen police say crime is on the up in Christiania

Copenhagen Police arrested three men on Saturday for selling cannabis on Pusher Street in the alternative enclave of Christiania, as they continue their efforts to stamp out the area’s former open-air cannabis market. 

According to police, 875 people were arrested for selling cannabis in the first 11 months of 2022, more than in any other year over the past four years. 

A possible explanation for the increase in arrests could be that the rewards for operating hash stands have receded, according to a police spokesperson.

“It is extremely unattractive to stand out there, and therefore a lot of new people come in who have no idea what it is all about. Many of them come from outside the catchment area, and some of them are peripherally associated with a criminal group,” Simon Hansen, head of a Copenhagen Police special unit, told newspaper Politiken.

“It’s a bit – in inverted commas – ‘easier’ for us to catch these people,” he said. 

Around half of the stalls in the street are linked to various gangs and biker gangs, such as Satudarah, Bandidos, Hells Angels and Loyal To Familia, with the rest run by people living in Christiania, the Berlingske newspaper reported earlier this month.

The trend of rising crime occurs against a background of potential housing develop in Christiania, as the enclave’s residents decide on a plan to put affordable housing in the area.

Copenhagen Police last year told news wire Ritzau that the majority of people who are arrested within Christiania come from socially underprivileged or marginalised backgrounds.

They are exploited in gang and biker circles, resulting in them in some cases operating the illicit hash market stalls, according to the police.

Conflicts between organised crime groups have reportedly become more frequently aired in the Pusher Street market.

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