Thursday, 30 January 2014

Police nab man, 60, for raping 12-yr-old girl

LAGOS — A 60-year-old man simply identified as Akinduro is cooling his heels in police net for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old student of May Flower School, Ikenne, Ogun State.
Vanguard gathered that the girl (names withheld) was put in the custody of the suspect who runs a private hostel in the town.

Findings revealed that the her parents could not afford the exorbitant accommodation fee in the school, prompting her parents to send her to the private hostel.
However, the custodian, Akinduro, had canal knowledge of her on two occasions and the girl could no longer cope with the situation and raised the alarm which attracted sympathisers.

Also, the matter was said to have been suppressed for days until the quick intervention of some concerned citizens who notified Ogun police and his arrest was effected.
Confirming the arrest, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Muyiwa Adejobi, said investigations revealed the suspect did not have a clean record.

The PPRO said the suspect had been involved in such acts before and such cases were swept under the carpet.
‘’The girl gave us some descriptions which fits the man. Truly, he had canal knowledge of her on Friday and Sunday.
“On getting to the community, we discovered that he had been caught in such act on several occasions but the victims did not report such incidents for reasons best known to them.”

Adejobi, however, said the suspect would face the music this time around.
He said: “Personally, I hate such acts, also, Nigerian law is against it. Imagine somebody who supposed to be a custodian of a 12-year-old girl was now caught defiling her.  He is not supposed to go scot-free.”

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Court remands man, 23, for alleged rape

An Osogbo Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday remanded a 23-year-old man, Kwame Dogo, in the Ilesa prison for an alleged rape.

Magistrate Olusola Aluko who gave the order, said the accused should be remanded in prison because of the magnitude of the offence.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Elijah Olusegun, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on Jan. 17, at about 4.00 p.m, along Iwo Road, in Bode-Osi Local Government Area of Osun.

Olusegun said that the accused forcefully and unlawfully had carnal knowledge of one Mojesi, 11, who was his neighbour’s daughter.

He said that the accused committed a two count-charges that contravened Section 31(1) and punishable under Section 2 of the Child Right Laws and Section 360 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. 11, Laws of Osun, 2003 and 2007.

Counsel to the accused, Mrs Nnena Ugwu, prayed the court to grant bail to her client in most liberal terms.

The magistrate, however, overruled the bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison.

The case was adjourned to April 7 for mention. (NAN)

Police arrest 5 for robbery, rape in Ogun


ABEOKUTA — The Ogun State Police command said, yesterday, that it arrested five persons after they  robbed  and raped a businesswoman along Idi-Iroko road in Yewa South Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said that the victim, who left Lagos for Idi-Iroko, Tuesday, was  taken to Olodo village where the hoodlums beat her up thoroughly and raped her.

The suspects also robbed the victim of N1,803,000 cash, gold worth N200,000 and a  wrist watch worth N5,000 and mobile/blackberry phones, all valued at N2,187,500

According to Adejobi, the  anti-robbery team led by Sergeant Adebayo Oyesomi attached to the command’s State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID,  Eleweran, Abeokuta  while on normal routine patrol along Obada/Ewekoro/Ifo/Sango road sighted the victim by the road side at Papalanto junction in Ogun State  after her release by the robbers  and interrogated her.

“She narrated her ordeal in the hands of the hoodlums and volunteered to assist the police to apprehend the suspects.”

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ABEOKUTA — The Ogun State Police command said, yesterday, that it arrested five persons after they  robbed  and raped a businesswoman along Idi-Iroko road in Yewa South Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said that the victim, who left Lagos for Idi-Iroko, Tuesday, was  taken to Olodo village where the hoodlums beat her up thoroughly and raped her.
The suspects also robbed the victim of N1,803,000 cash, gold worth N200,000 and a  wrist watch worth N5,000 and mobile/blackberry phones, all valued at N2,187,500
According to Adejobi, the  anti-robbery team led by Sergeant Adebayo Oyesomi attached to the command’s State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID,  Eleweran, Abeokuta  while on normal routine patrol along Obada/Ewekoro/Ifo/Sango road sighted the victim by the road side at Papalanto junction in Ogun State  after her release by the robbers  and interrogated her.
“She narrated her ordeal in the hands of the hoodlums and volunteered to assist the police to apprehend the suspects.”
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

‘My Girlfriend Made Me Rape Young Boys’

The police in Benin have arrested and paraded a 33-year paedophile, Justine Olise, who allegedly raped five boys aged between 10 and 15, blaming his girlfriend who left him and broke his heart for the act.

Olise was paraded alongside 59 other suspected criminals at the Edo Police Command Headquarters in Benin City.

He said he lured the victims into his room at  20, Evbodaghe street, Eyean in Benin City before carrying out the act.

“I don’t know what came over me. It all started when my girlfriend left me and broke my heart, so I wanted to stay away from all women,” Olise confessed.

Other suspects paraded were arrested in connection with kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, unlawful possession of firearms, cultism, stealing, attempted murder and forgery. A large cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the suspects.

The State Police Commissioner, Foluso Adebanjo, who paraded them, said most of the arms and ammunition were recovered from kidnappers and armed robbers.

He warned that the state would be tough for criminals, especially those who come from other states to operate in Edo, just as he warned local criminals against colluding with outsiders.

Adebanjo who was apparently angered by recent deaths arising from clashes between rival cult groups in the state, warned cultists to desist from killings or they would be dealt with severely and charged with murder.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Abence Of Prosecution Witness Stalls Alleged Rape Case

The absence of a prosecution witness, Mrs Mary Paul, in an FCT High Court on Tuesday, stalled the trial of a pastor, Emmanuel Mathew,50, charged with the alleged rape of three minors.

Mathew, who is the General Overseer of The Choice Bible Church, Mpape, and proprietor of the primary school where his victims attended, was arraigned on a five-count charge.

The police accused him of raping two seven-year-olds and a nine-year-old pupils on different occasions in his school.

When the case was mentioned, before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf on Tuesday the prosecutor, DSP  Stanley Nwodo, informed the court that the prosecution witness, who is also the mother of one of the victims, was absent in court, due to ill health.

“My Lord, the case cannot go on as our key witness is presently having health challenges,” he said
Nwodo also told the court that the three pupils in question are minors and applied to the court for an adjournment to also enable the judge hear the children in Chamber and not in open court.

He, therefore, prayed the court for an adjournment.

The defence counsel, Mr Uy Yamah, objected to the prosecution’s application.

However, in his ruling, Justice Baba-Yusuf, granted the prosecution’s application and adjourned the matter to March 27 for the continuation of the hearing.

The offence, contravenes the provisions of Section 283 of the Penal Code.

If convicted, he is liable to 14 years imprisonment or with an option of fine or both.

Mathew had pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge and was also granted bail in the sum of N500, 000 and a surety in like sum. (NAN)

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Raped teenager seeks N76,000 for caesarean

The life of a 14-year-old  eight-month pregant girl is presently on the line over her inability to raise the sum of N76,000 required for a caesarean section at Igando General Hospital in Lagos State.

The teen, simply identified here as Miss Duke, immediately sought the intervention of a non-profit organization, Advocates Research & Documentation Centre-WARDC, who, in turn, did an open-letter to the state governor, Mr.Babatunde Raji Fashola, to allow the teenager free access to quality maternal care in any of the state-owned hospitals.

“WARDC is writing to seek your urgent intervention to save the life of Miss Duke and allow her access to quality maternal care. Miss Duke is being denied access to antenatal facilities due to the high user fees and cost related to child delivery in state-owned hospitals. Doctors say her life is in serious danger unless she receives urgent necessary medical attention.

Miss Duke who lives in Isheri (at Ikotun area) in Lagos State was raped eight months ago, and became pregnant for a man named Tobi, who had since absconded after he was inappropriately released on bail by the Police, at Isheri Police Station sometime in August 2013.

This teenager was referred by us to the Igando General Hospital and was asked to pay the sum of N76,000 (Seventy-six thousand Naira) by the doctors who have said she must be operated upon in one week, and who have also refused any fee waiver.

She has no parental support; her only surviving parent, her mother, sells groundnut and does not have any hope of raising the said amount.

We are calling on Lagos state government to intervene because the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at its 41st Session confirmed that states have an international human rights obligation to immediately take action to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity”, the open-letter signed by Dr.Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Executive Director, WARDC, read.

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The life of a 14-year-old  eight-month pregant girl is presently on the line over her inability to raise the sum of N76,000 required for a caesarean section at Igando General Hospital in Lagos State.
The teen, simply identified here as Miss Duke, immediately sought the intervention of a non-profit organization, Advocates Research & Documentation Centre-WARDC, who, in turn, did an open-letter to the state governor, Mr.Babatunde Raji Fashola, to allow the teenager free access to quality maternal care in any of the state-owned hospitals.
“WARDC is writing to seek your urgent intervention to save the life of Miss Duke and allow her access to quality maternal care. Miss Duke is being denied access to antenatal facilities due to the high user fees and cost related to child delivery in state-owned hospitals. Doctors say her life is in serious danger unless she receives urgent necessary medical attention.
Miss Duke who lives in Isheri (at Ikotun area) in Lagos State was raped eight months ago, and became pregnant for a man named Tobi, who had since absconded after he was inappropriately released on bail by the Police, at Isheri Police Station sometime in August 2013.
This teenager was referred by us to the Igando General Hospital and was asked to pay the sum of N76,000 (Seventy-six thousand Naira) by the doctors who have said she must be operated upon in one week, and who have also refused any fee waiver.
She has no parental support; her only surviving parent, her mother, sells groundnut and does not have any hope of raising the said amount.
We are calling on Lagos state government to intervene because the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at its 41st Session confirmed that states have an international human rights obligation to immediately take action to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity”, the open-letter signed by Dr.Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Executive Director, WARDC, read.
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Thursday, 16 January 2014

Four years rape: Court adjourns for legal advice

The alleged four years rape of a 13-year-old girl by a 56-year-old man, Chukwudi Anonike, has been referred to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

An Ebute Meta Court’s magistrate, Ms S.O Solebo, said the state had decided that cases involving rape, armed robbery and murder should first go through the DPP before trial.

PUNCH Metro had reported on December 3, 2013 that Anonike and the victim lived on Ola Street, Ikotun area of Lagos where the incident happened.

The underage girl was said to be a regular visitor to the defendant’s room, and each time she visited, Anonike allegedly had sex with her.

The sexual relationship reportedly lasted for four years before it was discovered on November 2, 2013 by the victim’s sister.

The police said the sexual intercourse caused damage to the girl’s private part.

Anonike was subsequently arrested and arraigned on one count of rape.

Upon his arraignment on December 2, 2013, he was admitted to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties each in like sum.

When the matter came up for mention on Wednesday, the victim, her sister, and the defendant were in court.

The defence counsel appealed for proof of evidence from the police prosecutor, Inspector Richard Odigwe, after the latter asked for a trial date for the case.

The magistrate however said, “The case has to be referred to the DPP for legal advice. We have been instructed that cases involving rape, armed robbery, murder should be referred to the DPP before we begin trial on them.”

The matter was subsequently adjourned till February 7, 2014 for DPP’s advice.

PUNCH

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Police arrest 9 for alleged rape, murder of minor

The Sokoto State Police Command has arrested nine suspects allegedly connected to the defiling and killing of a minor in Nakasari area of Sokoto South Local Government Area of the state.

Alhaji Shaiubu Gambo, the Commissioner of Police, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Tuesday that investigations had begun to ensue a diligent prosecution of the suspects.

He said that the nine-year old girl was a house help to a Nurse and “the suspects took the advantage when her mistress left  for work to attack the deceased”.

“We will do all that we can to get to the root of the case and to ensure that all those that have hands in the alleged murder are brought to justice, ” he said.

Gambo called on the residents to assist the police with relevant information that would help them in unravelling the mystery of the case.(NAN)

Criminalising rape and child abuse offences


Tackling rape and sexual abuse.


The issue of rape in our society today, especially in Nigeria, is beginning to take the centre stage, occupying front pages of both local and national dailies while critical issues bordering on socio-economic debates rarely get that much attention. Today, the issue of rape has gone beyond a matter of  sex without consent between a stronger male and a weak female or between one weak female and two or more stronger males. There have been cases where defenceless  females were gang- raped by stronger males in most bizarre circumstances.

There had been calls from different quarters including NGOs on the need for tougher punishment for rapists and abusers of children. In Lagos State, for instance, the government has been working hard to ensure that no child abuser  goes unpunished. The Lagos State Government recently organised a stakeholders’ forum, in collaboration with the United Nations International Children Educational Fund, UNICEF, on “Prevention of Sex Abuse in Lagos’. The highlight of the forum was the need for culprits of rape cases to be prosecuted under the provision of criminal offences as against the provisions of the Child Rights Law in order to stem the tide of these inhuman behaviours. This, according to participants, would signal an end to these vices in our society.

Participants at the forum also advocated a close monitoring on children exposing themselves to the various social networks which could in turn make them vulnerable to abuses from older ones. It was stressed that the responsibility of safeguarding children should not be seen as the exclusive preserve of government, but a joint responsibility involving the police, social workers, teachers, lawyers, media practitioners and especially parents who should play their own parts in addressing the menace from its formative stage, and from the perspective of the law.

However, it is rather sad that the resolve of government and other stakeholders to seriously address the issue of rape in the country is not being helped by the provisions of the law. Unfortunately, in this regards, the punishment stipulated by the law for rape offenders is, to say the least, too mild. Hence, it has not served its intended purpose of discouraging or deterring rape offenders as cases of child abuses and rape keep increasing. According to statistics from Partnership for Justice, a Lagos-based human rights organisation, cases of rape have been in the increase in places such as Oshodi, Ikeja, Agege and Ketu in Lagos.

According to the statistics, from July to November 25, 2013, the centre had offered free services to 124 rape victims in the state. This figure only represents the few who could summon courage to seek for professional help. A larger number of sexually abused victims often prefer to bear their indignation in silence for obvious reasons. If we are to really tackle the issue of rape headlong, we would need to take a clue from some countries that had already criminalised sexual and other related abuses against children. In Scotland and England, for instance, rape has been criminalised for over two decades. It would not be out of place if Nigeria borrows a leaf from these countries with a view to addressing the loopholes in our laws.

Another controversial aspect of the rape issue is what should really be classified as rape. Going by the definition of rape, every form of sex without consent is rape, whether it takes place within a marriage or any other kind of relationship. Gone are those days when a woman is believed to have no legal protection from rape by her husband. Rape within marriage and other relationships is now clearly recognised within the law. Sexual relationship within or outside marriage should be consensual and anything contrary to this falls under rape. Recently, a certain Alex Ojuala reportedly hypnotised his wife, Mrs. Glory Ojuala, who is a nursing mother, for three days in order to have sex with her, just a few days after she was delivered of a baby at her matrimonial home in Lagos.

For a society beset with horrendous crimes against women, it is pertinent for our lawmakers to combat this new wave of criminality and violence to the younger ones and women in general by pursuing the bill on rape with the same zeal used on the same sex marriage and other laudable pieces of legislation. Also, the authorities concerned with enforcement of laws in this regard should not be slack in doing so because it is only when the relevant laws are implemented to the letter that the propensity for rape would be checked and the incidents curbed.

Government agencies such as the Ministry of Education should as a matter of urgency remove the veil used in covering issues similar to this all in the name of keeping some information away from them which they believed the children are not ripe enough to know. Sex education should be revived in the education system for pupils in secondary schools and ensure that children are elaborately educated and oriented on the various indicators of sexual abuse. Parents should yield to the call from government, especially the Lagos State Government that all children within school age should not be seen hawking during school hours as doing this portends greater risk to them and make them vulnerable to abuses.

One would love to recount the words of the late president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela: “Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, women and other vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” How apt!


Friday, 10 January 2014

Man Bags 10-year Jail-term For Raping Best Friend’s Wife

A man in his early 40s has been handed a 10-year jail-term after he was found guilty of raping his best friend’s wife, court officials in Borno revealed to LEADERSHIP.

The ground-breaking judgment which was handed by Justice Alkali Gana Wakil of the Maiduguri High Court No 11, after he had found it was established that the man, identified as Baba Ghana Mohammed of Damboa Town, Damboa local government area, could not defend his claims of innocence.

Babagana, according to reports from his community, had a reputation for forcing his way with married women, until luck ran out on him, when he decided to commit the crime closer home, when he attempted to rape the young wife of his best friend, whom he visited after her husband had travelled out of town.

According to the Registrar of the court, Barrister Sanda, Babagana was sentenced in accordance with the provisions of Section 283 of the Penal Code of Nigeria.

Wakil had, while pronouncing the judgment, observed that “the crime of rape has assumed a universal dimension and therefore people should be wary of associates and acquaintances with such evil tendencies”.

The judge described the convict as “a poacher of married women whose act is reprehensible and callous. He is thereby sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labour.”
In his defence, Babagana simply described his act as “a mistake”.

LEADERSHIP FRIDAY understands that the judge was lenient with the accused, as Section 283 of the Penal Code prescribed 14 years for such a heinous crime.

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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Rape of sex workers: 4 dismissed soldiers left duty posts — Witness

Abuja —  A prosecution witness, Police Inspector Olamide Olayemi, said the four dismissed soldiers charged with rape of seven commercial sex workers in Abuja, left their guard duty-posts to commit the crime.

Olayemi stated this while giving evidence at an FCT High Court in Abuja, yesterday, where the dismissed soldiers, Nse Eyedip, 33; Ugwu Matthew, 23; Emezien Uzonna, 24, and Efosa Ikhomoregbe, 23 are being tried.
They were arraigned on a 12-count charge bordering on conspiracy, rape, assault and robbery on January 23, 2013.

Olayemi, while being led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mr Adama Musa, told the court that on the day of the incidence, they were supposed to be on duty at the Airtel mast in Wuse 2.
He said: “The accused persons left their guard duty-post with their Hilux van, armed with their official riffles.
“The accused persons arrested the victims and collected N104,000 from them which they  shared among themselves.”

The witness, who was also one of the investigating police officers, told the court that he took the statement of the fourth accused (Ikhomoregbe).
He said: “The fourth accused told me that he got only N1,500 as his share from the amount they stole from their victims.

“He also told me that his colleague, Matthew, the second accused, had sexual intercourse with one of the victims with her consent.
“My team also visited the scene of crime located at the River Plate Garden Wuse 2.”

Olayemi also told the court that he led the team of police officers who took the victims to the Wuse General Hospital, where they were examined by medical doctors and that a medical report was sent to the police.
He further told the court that at the end of their investigation, the police filed a case of criminal conspiracy, rape, assault and armed robbery against the four soldiers.

After listening to the testimony, the presiding judge, Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi, adjourned the case to February 19 for continuation of hearing.

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Abuja —  A prosecution witness, Police Inspector Olamide Olayemi, said the four dismissed soldiers charged with rape of seven commercial sex workers in Abuja, left their guard duty-posts to commit the crime.
Olayemi stated this while giving evidence at an FCT High Court in Abuja, yesterday, where the dismissed soldiers, Nse Eyedip, 33; Ugwu Matthew, 23; Emezien Uzonna, 24, and Efosa Ikhomoregbe, 23 are being tried.
They were arraigned on a 12-count charge bordering on conspiracy, rape, assault and robbery on January 23, 2013.
Olayemi, while being led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mr Adama Musa, told the court that on the day of the incidence, they were supposed to be on duty at the Airtel mast in Wuse 2.
He said: “The accused persons left their guard duty-post with their Hilux van, armed with their official riffles.
“The accused persons arrested the victims and collected N104,000 from them which they  shared among themselves.”
The witness, who was also one of the investigating police officers, told the court that he took the statement of the fourth accused (Ikhomoregbe).
He said: “The fourth accused told me that he got only N1,500 as his share from the amount they stole from their victims.
“He also told me that his colleague, Matthew, the second accused, had sexual intercourse with one of the victims with her consent.
“My team also visited the scene of crime located at the River Plate Garden Wuse 2.”
Olayemi also told the court that he led the team of police officers who took the victims to the Wuse General Hospital, where they were examined by medical doctors and that a medical report was sent to the police.
He further told the court that at the end of their investigation, the police filed a case of criminal conspiracy, rape, assault and armed robbery against the four soldiers.
After listening to the testimony, the presiding judge, Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi, adjourned the case to February 19 for continuation of hearing.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/01/rape-sex-workers-4-dismissed-soldiers-left-duty-posts-witness/#sthash.sFTUD6eX.dpuf

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

‘Oyo police recorded 365 rape cases in 2013’

The Oyo State Police Command on Tuesday said 365 cases of rape and indecent assault were reported and investigated in the state in 2013.

It also said that 60,997 ammunitions were recovered during the same period.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Ndabawa, said the figure  was an improvement on the 2012 record.

Ndabawa, at a press briefing in Ibadan, said his men and officers were able to overturn the high crime rate in the state, saying that the state used to be a favoured destination for bank robbers and vicious criminals.

He said, “In line with the action plan of the command for the year 2013, it embarked on an operational plan that evolved from a realistic appraisal of the crimes, threats and challenges the command has experienced. It is important to note that threat to security situation in the state included property crimes, Fulani herdsmen/farmers’ friction, market leadership tussle, chieftaincy dispute, rivalry between transport workers and trade union dispute.

“With intelligence policing and proactive approach to the provision of security in the state, the command embraced a crime prevention strategy, which included patrol of vulnerable black spots in the state, constant community policing, sensitisation campaign, stop and search at notorious flashpoints, aggressive information gathering and intermittent show of force.”

The statistics released by the commissioner also showed that 59 robbery cases were reported in 2013 while 103 arms and 198 stolen cars were recovered.

It also showed that the command charged 161 cases and 789 persons to court while 1078 convictions were recorded.

Ndabawa said the border line from Shaki leading to Benin Republic was mostly for the smuggling of ammunitions into the state, adding that there were less police casualties because proper intelligence gathering and other policing strategies led to easy arrest of criminals instead of arms confrontation with them.

Rape, murder top 2013 crime record in Ekiti

The Ekiti State Police Command said in Ado- Ekiti, the state capital, on Tuesday that   there were increased cases of rape and murder in the state last year.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Sotonye Wakama, gave the hint while rendering the account of the command’s efforts in crime prevention and reduction strategy in 2013.

The CP put the number of reported rape cases in Ekiti State in 2013 at 44 against the 30 cases in 2012.

He said there were 44 reported murder cases in the command last year, against the 31 reported cases in the preceding year.

Wakama, who was represented on the occasion by the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Victor Babayemi, said the recorded surge in rape and defilement were as a result of increased public enlightenment programmes on gender based violence and hard work on the part of the command.

He said, “At the end of every year, it is important for us to take a retrospective look at the previous year with a view to reappraising our efforts and performances vis a vis our mandate of protecting lives and properties.

“There has been significant decrease in some violent cases while the hard work and dedication of the personnel of the command accounted for the seeming increase in rape cases.

“A total of 432 suspects were arrested and prosecuted. Five armed robbers were killed and several others wounded during armed robbery encounter with the police.

“Five vehicles and 12 motorcycles were recovered, while a total of 22 arms and 56 rounds of ammunition were recovered during the past year.

“Also, properties worth N579, 464.00 were recovered and handed over to their owner. In spite of the various challenges confronting the command, we have been able to leave above board and that is why Ekiti State can be counted amongst the most peaceful and most secured in the country.”

PUNCH

Monday, 6 January 2014

Osun police nab 78 rape, 70 robbery suspects

OSOGBO — Osun State police command has disclosed that no fewer than 78 rape and 70 robbery suspects were arrested by the command in year 2013.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Dorothy Gimba stated this while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command last year.

Meanwhile, the command has apprehended a graduate of Computer Science and Engineering, Olawale Peters (34) and four others for allegedly stealing 28 laptops, eight digital cameras, phones and other computer accessories valued at over N6 million.

The suspects were said to have stolen the gadgets at a computer accessories shop in Osogbo.

The suspects, according to the Police Commissioner committed the offence on December 23,  2013.

Other members of the robbery gang include Olaiya Saheed (23), Sunday Job (27), Ajagbe Babatunde (25) and Adedeji Musibau (24).

On the review of the activities of the command, Gimba said 26 murder suspects, 17 cultists and two kidnappers were arrested while two kidnapped victims were rescued and 45 arms, 52 ammunition were recovered during the year under review.

She said 62 vehicles and 64 motorcycles were also recovered while 90 suspects were convicted and another 99 standing trial in various courts in the state.

The commissioner of police noted that the command carried out diligent investigations of all cases and employed prompt responses strategies in achieving the feat recorded in 2013.

She explained that the command with the help of the state government and other security agencies restored orderliness and peace to the crisis ridden communities of Oba-Oke and Oba-Ile in Olorunda Local Government Council of the state as well as Ido-Oshun and Ede.

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