Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Man in police net over alleged rape of deaf and dumb

OSOGBO — Osun State Police Command, yesterday, paraded a 21-year-old Shina Amusa, for allegedly having canal knowledge of an 18-year-old deaf and dumb.
The Command stated in Osogbo that already the suspect had been subjected to thorough and systematic investigations by detectives attached to Dugbe Divisional Police Headquarters, Osogbo.
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Giving the details of the crime, the Investigating Police Officer in charge of the case, said the suspect overpowered and forced the hapless deaf and dumb girl inside his room before allegedly raping her.
He said: “The case which was reported to the station by the father of the victim, Yisa Adebayo has been taken with every seriousness as the Divisional Police Officer, (DPO) CSP Rauf Razak is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the suspect faces the full consequence of his offence.”
Meanwhile, Ladoke Akintola Teaching University Hospital, (LAUTECH), Osogbo, had confirmed in a  medical check-up that there was penetration into the victim.
The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department, (SCID), of  the Osun State Command of the Nigerian Police for further investigations.


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Delta Records 146 Rape Cases

Statistics from the Delta State office of the Attorney-general and Ministry of Justice has shown that no fewer than 146 rape cases were recorded in the last four years.
Sources close to the Ministry told LEADERSHIP that the figures though not made public, was sequel to unconfirmed reports by a social network which reported that the state recorded no fewer than 265 cases in the last four years.
However, a Senior State Council at the Ministry of Justice hinted that many of the cases were perpetrated by married men, adding that the figures have been a source of concern to the Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan who ordered a thorough review of the suspects’ jail terms.
LEADERSHIP reliably gathered that worse hit areas included Ika North and South, Kwale, Ughelli and Asaba where there have been reported rape cases in the last few months.
But the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Charles Ajuyah (SAN) had in a press chat in 2012, expressed worries over the increasing cases of rape and disclosed measures to reduce the menace.
He said, “there have been many cases of rapes we did not bring to the notice of the press. This is because most of the cases handled by the Ministry of Justice are special cases that needed to be thoroughly handled without bringing it to the notice of the public”.

Police Arraign Man For Defiling 5-Year-Old Girl

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The police, yesterday arraigned a 35-year-old driver, Ibrahim Akin, before a Gwagwalada Upper Area Court, for allegedly defiling a five-year-old girl. Akin was arraigned on a one-count charge of gross indecency.
The Police prosecutor, Martha Paul told the court that on December 23, 2012, the accused assaulted a five-year-old-girl by putting his finger into her private part. She said the offence, which contravened the provisions of Section 285 of the Penal Code, was reported by one Cajethan Ubughu of Angwan Dodo at the Gwagwalada police station. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty, while his counsel, Mr. Ayam Michael, prayed the court to grant him bail.
Ayam made an oral application for bail on the grounds that the charge before the court “remains an allegation, until the contrary is proven.”
“The accused is a father of a one- month-old baby and if he is sent to prison, it will affect the child in a way. We know that the offence is not ordinarily bailable but we beg the court to grant him bail. The surety to take him on bail, if granted, is present in court,” he submitted.
Ayam further assured that his client will not jump bail if granted and will keep to all the conditions of the court.
The prosecutor did not object to the bail application. Consequently, the presiding judge, Mr. Babangida Hassan, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with a surety in like sum.
Hassan said the surety must reside within the FCT and must be a civil servant or own a landed property, adding that the surety’s passport photograph should be attached to the bail form while his address should also be made available to the prosecution counsel. He also ordered that if by close of work on Wednesday, the accused was unable to meet the bail conditions, he should be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the matter to February 20, 2013, for hearing.

Rape of minors on the rise in Ekiti State

Young girls are no longer safe in Ekiti State as male adults molest them with sexual assault and outright rape. The rate of occurrences is quite alarming while victims include minors in their teens.

Worried by this ugly development which is abnormally on the rise, Ekiti State chapter of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has decried the trend and called on the on the state judiciary and other relevant authorities to ensure speedy prosecution of culprits

Chairperson of FIDA in Ekiti State, Mrs. Rita Ilevbare, while briefing newsmen on the development in Ado Ekiti the state capital on Thursday, lamented the development and called for the trial of any rape case adding that this “should be done in chambers to protect the identities of the victims.”

FIDA also called on the Ekiti State government, through its Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to take over all rape cases pending before the courts in the state for quick dispensation of justice. FIDA said the state Ministry of Justice must exhibit zealousness on the implementation of the gender-based Violence Prohibition Law and the Child Rights Law to protect the rights of women and stem the tide of rape incidents in Ekiti State.

According to Ilevbare, the trial of accused rapist in-chambers became imperative following the perceived reluctance of victims to testify in court because of stigma.
“In most cases, some of these cases ended up being struck out for lack of diligent prosecution once the victims are not favourably disposed to testify in court,” Ilevbare stated.

The group, however commended the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Sotonnye Wakama, for the arrest and extant prosecution of 85-year old Mr. Samuel Oladipupo, for the alleged rape of a 12-year old girl in Ado Ekiti recently.

Also commenting on the stigmatization of the victims, the Programme Officer, Gender Relevance Initiative Programme (GRIP), Mrs. Abimbola Ahmed, appealed to parents to always warn their children and wards against pornographic materials, saying “those addicted to such always grow the criminal tendency for rape, especially at childhood stage.”

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Police Arrest 10 Suspected Rapists, Kidnappers In Delta

Police detectives in Delta State have arrested six suspected rapists allegedly responsible for a series of rape activities in Warri metropolis.
Police spokesman in the state, ASP Famous Ajieh confirmed that the suspects were arrested yesterday while using a taxi to deceive unsuspecting members of the public around Erhneren junction.
He said the police detectives acted on a tip-off, as well as report by the last victim who boarded their taxi from Odion Street, around Udu.
He revealed that, according to the victim, the rapists took her to an uncompleted building where she was allegedly raped by four of them until she became unconscious. Ajieh identified the suspects as Tejiri Akpoture, Ogbor Seih, Great Obrakpo, Lucky Orieh, Felix Oboru and Joseph Nkwo, all residents of Cemetery Road, Warri.
The police spokesman disclosed that the suspects, upon interrogation, confessed to the crime, adding that a Black Berry mobile phone they used in recording their illicit action was recovered, saying they would be charged to court after investigation.
Meanwhile, four suspects, including a lady, were yesterday arraigned before an Asaba Magistrate’s Court for the alleged kidnap of the state commissioner for higher education, Professor Hope Eghagha.

Woman Gang Raped By 4 Men In Warri

A 22-year old young lady was gang-raped to coma by 4 armed men at the Cemetery Road in Warri, Delta. The rapists recorded the whole incident with a BlackBerry phone.

The victim boarded a taxi with 4 male passengers from Odion Road to Aguowe Street (her residence). After she boarded, the taxi driver suddenly took a turn towards Cemetery Road. After that, the 4 rapists hit her.
The victim tried hard to resist the rapists, but she did not succeed. Her rapists were armed with dangerous weapons including a dagger and guns. They threatened her and said that they will kill her once she raised an alarm.

They drove to an unfinished building along Cemetery Road where they took turns in raping the victim and left her in a state of coma.

The Quick Response Squad of the Delta State Police Command in Warri got a tip regarding the incident and they pounced on the suspects. They arrested one Tejiri Akpofure , Ogbor Seih, and Great Obrakpo (Nos. 24, 64, and 66) at Cemetery Road.

Famous Ajieh, the new Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) confirmed the arrests in Asaba on January 4. According to him the police command has gone out to arrest Stephen Ebeme, a member of the gang who has escaped.

According to Ajieh, the suspects confessed to them and surrendered the BlackBerry phone that they have used to record the gang-rape scene. He assured that the rapists will be charged to court. He also mentioned that they already have the custody to 3 alleged kidnappers/murderers which include David Evjouke, Ola Ikwueke, and Ikechukwi Uwaguna.

It was found out that the suspects killed Emmanuel Chukwunolu – the man who refused to be kidnapped two weeks ago at Ebeneku, Ndokwa.

The rape victim, whose name was unrevealed, is still recovering in an undisclosed clinic in Warri.



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