Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Posted by Project Alert On Violence Against Women at 04:53
Thursday, 10 January 2013
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.”
Posted by Project Alert On Violence Against Women at 02:46
Saturday, 5 January 2013
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.
Posted by Project Alert On Violence Against Women at 13:42
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.
Posted by Project Alert On Violence Against Women at 13:40