Thursday, 25 September 2014

Court sentences man to life imprisonment for rape

Ilesa (Osun), Sept. 24, 2014 (NAN) An Ilesha.High Court has sentenced one Obafemi Kolawole to life imprisonment for rapping an 18 year old girl.

Delivering his judgement on Wednesday in Ilesha, Justice Abdulkareem Abdulkareem, said the convict was found guilty of the charge preferred against him.

The judge said the prosecutor had proved her case beyond reasonable doubt that the convict committed the offence.


Monday, 22 September 2014

Girl impregnated by own father in Oyo tells her story

It is unbelievable. It sounds strange, though this is not the first time such would be happening. Each time the incident occurs, it sounds untrue. But it has happened again and there is a living being serving as a confirmation. A bouncing baby boy named Moses Okiki Bolutiwatife. The ‘it’ is incest committed by a 42-year-old Segun Oderinde against his 16-year-old daughter (name withheld)
The name, Boluwatife, means ‘As God wills’, but is it really the will of God for a man to sire a child through his own biological daughter? Okiki also means ‘fame’ but is it this kind of fame the little baby would have wished himself? This is the strange thing that has happened in the Oderinde family in Gboro Compound, Igbeti, Olorunsogo Local Government area of Oyo State.
Crime Reports learnt that Oderinde and the mother of his daughter, one Funmilayo (37), divorced each other 13 years ago when the girl was just three years old. The young girl was in her mother’s custody until when September 2013 when Oderinde insisted on taking his daughter into custody. Not only that, he insisted that his daughter should be sleeping in the same room with him.

Things however took a turn, according to reports, when on December 25, 2013, the teenager’s sleep was rudely interrupted by her father who came home drunk at about 1 a.m. asked her to get up. The girl’s eyes widened with shock and fear when her father brashly told her to remove her dress.
As expected, the girl refused her father’s abnormal command but quickly complied when she saw him brandishing a well-sharpened, glittering cutlass, with a threat to sever her head in a jiffy if she was not fast in obeying his instruction. He succeeded in having sexual intercourse with her, albeit forcefully.
Unable to comprehend her father’s action, the girl reported the incident to one of her stepmothers, who promised to find out if her claim was true. Whether the woman asked her husband or not, the girl did not know.
Her ordeal however continued when the man had sex with her again in March and April 2014, unknown to her that she was already pregnant with the first encounter. When she started feeling weak by the end of April, she was said to have been taken to Ronke Clinic, Igbeti, by her stepmother who is a nurse and was confirmed to be pregnant by one Mrs Elizabeth Aremu.
The proprietress of the clinic reportedly informed the girl’s father and her paternal grandfather of the result of the pregnancy test carried out on the girl and her confession which indicted her father. Oderinde was said to have denied the allegation and started maltreating his daughter until the case was reported at the Igbeti Division of Oyo State Police Command on April 30, 2014.
When the report was received, The Divisional Police Officer, Mr Oyelere Ishola, was said to have taken the girl to General Hospital, Igbeti where the pregnancy was re-confirmed. She was referred to a diagnostic centre to ascertain the duration of the pregnancy, and the ultrasound scan done at one Bethsaida Hospital, Igbeti on May 1, 2014 indicated that the girl was four months and two weeks pregnant. She was given the second week of September 2014 as the expected delivery date.
Crime Reports further learnt that the DPO and the Divisional Crime Officer had to take it upon themselves to register the teenager for ante-natal care at the General Hospital and while investigation was ongoing, Oderinde, who had initially denied having carnal knowledge of his daughter, confessed to have committed the act but denied impregnating his daughter.
Based on the confession, Crime Reports gathered that on May 30, the incestuous man was arraigned in Magistrate Court, Kisi on charge number MKS/8C/2014 on a three-count charge including rape. He was thereafter remanded in prison custody.


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Ogun police arrest 25-year-old for defiling toddler

Kayode Akanni
The men of Ogun State Police Command attached to the Ayetoro Division have arrested a 25-year-old man, Kayode Akanni, of Pedepo Village in Ayetoro for defiling a three -year- old girl.
The suspect was said to have tricked the victim into his room, before he defiled her, damaging her private parts.
The command spokesman, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, said it was the injuries inflicted on the girl that exposed Akanni.
This, he said, made her parents to report the matter to the police and the suspect was promptly arrested.
The suspect, he added, had confessed to the crime.
He said, “During police interrogation, it was discovered that the suspect tricked the young and innocent baby into his room by telling her to bring to him a bunch of keys outside the room.
“It was after that he had unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl.
“The suspect has confessed to the crime, while the victim has been taken to hospital for treatment.”
Adejobi said the commissioner of police, Mr. Ikemefuna Okoye, has ordered the case be transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation, Eleweran, Abeokuta for thorough investigation.
Adejobi said the command would carry out thorough investigation and perfect prosecution of the matter, as such would deter people from engaging in such barbaric act.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Husband, wife docked for rape of 16-year-old housekeeper

Lagos -A man, Ezechima Patrick and his wife, Uzoima, were on Wednesday charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged rape of their 16-year-old housekeeper.

Ezechima, 42 and Uzoima, 37, who reside at No.14, Iyajesha St., Amikonle in Alagbado, a Lagos suburb, are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, child defilement and rape.

The prosecutor, ASP Godwin Anyanwu, told the court that the accused committed the offences between June 1 and June 4 at their residence.

He alleged that the husband conspired with his wife to rape the teenage housekeeper.

“Patrick conspired with his wife to defile the 16-year-old girl. Uzoima had overpowered the girl for the husband to rape her.’’

According to Anyanwu, Uzoima threatened to stab her with a knife to force her to cooperate with her husband.

He said the offences contravened Sections 137, 258 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Section 258 stipulates life imprisonment for rape.

The couple, however, denied the charge.

In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

Further hearing in the case was fixed for Sept. 22. (NAN)


Man arraigned over defilement of neighbour’s daughter

Lagos – A 30-year-old trader, Emeka Okafor, who allegedly defiled the five-year-old daughter of his co-tenant, on Wednesday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Okafor, 29, who resides at Tedi Danzer area of Abule Osun in Lagos, is standing trial for child rape.

The prosecutor, ASP Godwin Anyanwu told the court that the accused committed the offence on Aug. 13, at his residence.

Anyanwu explained that the accused, who lives in the same building with the parents of the minor, lured the child to his room and inserted his finger in her private part.

“Okafor capitalised on the innocence of the child and put his finger in her virgina and thereby caused her injuries, ” Anyanwu said.

The prosecution submitted that the offence is in contravention of Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

Okafor, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.

The magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, order that the file be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 137 prescribes life imprisonment for anyone found guilty of child rape.

Aje-Afunwa granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to Oct. 10 for DPP’s advice.(NAN)

Lagos – A 30-year-old trader, Emeka Okafor, who allegedly defiled the five-year-old daughter of his co-tenant, on Wednesday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
Okafor, 29, who resides at Tedi Danzer area of Abule Osun in Lagos, is standing trial for child rape.
The prosecutor, ASP Godwin Anyanwu told the court that the accused committed the offence on Aug. 13, at his residence.
Anyanwu explained that the accused, who lives in the same building with the parents of the minor, lured the child to his room and inserted his finger in her private part.
“Okafor capitalised on the innocence of the child and put his finger in her virgina and thereby caused her injuries, ” Anyanwu said.
The prosecution submitted that the offence is in contravention of Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
Okafor, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.
The magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, order that the file be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 137 prescribes life imprisonment for anyone found guilty of child rape.
Aje-Afunwa granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to Oct. 10 for DPP’s advice.(NAN)
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Monday, 15 September 2014

Man, 34, arraigned for allegedly raping foreigner

Lagos – A 34-year-old man, Fabian Anyanwu, who allegedly assaulted and raped a 22-year-old Cameroonian lady, on Monday appeared before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Anyanwu, a resident of 721 Road, D Close, Block 2, Festac Town, Lagos, is standing trial on a two-count charge of assault and rape.

The prosecutor, Cpl. John Iberedem, told the court that the accused committed the offences on August 15 at his residence.

Iberedem said that the accused assaulted and forcefully had carnal knowledge of the complainant.

” The complainant said that the accused offered to give her a free ride since he claimed to be going towards the same direction with her.

“When it was time for her to alight from the car, Anyanwu refused to stop but took her to his house.

“The lady said that the accused beat her up and also had carnal knowledge of her.

” The complainant said that it was Anyanwu’s neighbours who invited the police when they heard her screaming, ” the prosecutor stated.

Iberedem said that the offences contravened Sections 171 and 258 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Section 258 prescribes life imprisonment for rape, while Section 171 stipulates three-year jail term for assault occasioning harm.

The senior magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomaiya, granted the accused bail in the sum of N20,000, with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till Sept. 18 for mention.(NAN)


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

How I was raped by soldier for 5 hours under a tree — Student

IBADAN — A 23-year-old National Diploma, ND, student of Mass Communication Department, Ibarapa Polytechnic, yesterday, narrated how she was raped under a tree by one of the security men attached to Operation Burst set up by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State to check criminality in the state.

rape-victimThe incident was said to have happened in Eruwa from 10.30 pm on August 29 this year while she was returning after seeing off a friend.

She said she was raped repeatedly for five hours before she was let off the hook by the rapist soldier.

How it happened

According to her, the soldier allegedly ordered her to climb the motorcycle while threatening to stab her with a knife.

She said: “It happened on Friday, August 29, 2014. I was coming back to my room after seeing off a friend. He accused me of being a cultist for moving about around that time, but I denied it. He then ordered me to climb his motorcycle, but I pleaded with him that he should let me go.

“He removed a knife and said that he would stab me if I refused to obey him. So scared, I climbed the Okada and he took me to the Operation Burst office in Eruwa.

“When we got there, he forcefully led me to a dark area under a tree and ordered me to remove my dress to enable him see if I had tattoos on my body.

“I told him I did not have tattoos and that he should let me go. He then removed the knife again and said that he would slaughter me like a ram if I failed to ‘cooperate’ and that I would be buried like many other girls who had failed to cooperate in the past, and nobody would trace my death to him.

“Sensing danger, I removed my clothes. He ordered me to lie down under the tree and had sex with me several times while I was crying.

“He raped me till 3.30 am and I complained of catching cold. He entered into the office and brought out a bottle of beer. He gave it to me to hold for him.

“Later he said he was going to bring a blanket for me to cover my body. I waited for about 30 minutes, but when he did not return, I dressed up and ran away.”

Case reported at Police station

The victim’s counsel, Mr. Adeosun, confirmed her story, saying: “In the morning of Saturday, August 30, 2014, the victim called her parents on the telephone and told them what happened. It was the parents that came to brief our office. We thereafter advised that the victim should report to the Police Station at Eruwa, which she did.”

When the matter was reported to the security outfit, the girl identified the rapist among other security operatives paraded before her.

To worsen her ordeal, the Eruwa General Hospital where she went for test did not help matter.

According to her, on arrival in the hospital, the doctor she met told her to buy hand gloves which she did.

She said: “The doctor told me to lie down and use his phone torchlight to examine my private part and wrote a report that although there was no trace of semen, the private part had been tampered with.”

It was gathered that the doctor claimed he could not carry out test on the inner part of the vagina because the hospital did not have the facilities to carry out such test.

The victim’s lawyer said a soldier called him at 8.25 pm on Sunday informing him that the Army had commenced court martial trial on the indicted soldier, but that the student must appear to testify.

Suspect recommended for disciplinary measure

Responding, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, quoted the security outfit as saying it had recommended the suspect for disciplinary measure for abandoning his duty post.

In a statement issued by the outfit’s Second in Command, CSP Elijah Bawa, “immediately the outfit was informed of the allegation of rape against the said soldier, he dispatched an investigation team to Eruwa.

“The team met with the Divisional Police Officer for the Eruwa Division, DSP Kayode Adigun who disclosed that the 23-year old Mass Communication student of the school lodged a complaint with the command that she had been raped by the soldier who was also an operative of the anti-crime outfit.

“The outfit’s Second in Command and the DPO took the complainant to the Eruwa General Hospital for medical examination, the result of which they said proved negative.

“The soldier will, however, be charged for abandoning his duty post in the night without permission against standing instructions in the Operation Burst’s code of conduct,” he said.


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Sex abuse: Victims recount ordeals at homes, schools and offices

Stella Maris was sixteen years when she got admission into the University to study Economics. She was a very brilliant student and made the best WAEC result in the secondary school she attended.

A day before she moved into the University campus, her father took her on a shopping spree and she had fun purchasing all she ever wanted and even those things she never dreamt she could have. Her father spent a fortune on her and she went home a happy girl in preparation for moving into the campus the next day.
*The victim on her matriculation day

*The victim on her matriculation day

But something strange happened to her that night. Someone crept into her room and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her. She woke up and saw blood stains on her sheets and rivulets of semen on her thighs. She didn’t understand it because her father was the only male at home as her male siblings were all schooling abroad. She confided in her mother the next morning and although she looked shocked, she dismissed Stella’s story as the figment of her imagination and told her not to discuss it with another person.

She moved into the campus the next day and focused on her education. But during lectures one day, she felt very sick and fainted and was taken to the medical centre. Her parents were called after a test conducted on her revealed she was pregnant. It was her father that drove to the campus and picked her.

But he didn’t take her home immediately. He drove her to a hospital where he had her pregnancy terminated.

Within a short while, it dawned on Stella Maris that the culprit was her father. She confided in her mother who dismissed her allegations as arrant nonsense and warned her to be very careful.

But during her long holiday and she was home, the attack became frequent to the point that she demanded her true paternity from her mother. Embarrassed by the whole scenario, her mother warned her again to be careful. Eventually, Stella Maris had cause to leave the house and come to Lagos and seek refuge in a shelter belonging to a non-governmental organisation. Her mother made several trips to the NGO to try to explain the predicament but Stella Maris remained there for months and eventually had to quit school.

At the shelter where she sought refuge, she met others like her. Young girls and teenagers who were sexually-abused by their fathers, cousins and other close relatives who were also seeking refuge there.

Before her death in 2012, Sele Eradiri, the Nigeria Television Authority broadcaster who featured on a weekly popular programme Newsline once featured a family in Ikoyi Lagos where a 38 year-old man allegedly violated a six-year old daughter of his friend and the mother of the girl equally alleged her husband was inserting his fingers in the private parts of his own daughters. Sele Eradiri had taken the crew of Newsline in partnership with Mrs Josephine Effah Chukwuma of Project Alert on Violence Against Women and the police and headed to the Ikoyi residence of the couple to rescue the children and their mother and forwarded them to a shelter belonging to Project Alert at Ikeja.

Sexual harassment is a common phenomenon in higher institutions of learning, offices and the home.

It is often a shameful experience for some of the victims who could not openly talk about their experience nor report their cases to the police. Shame and social stigma faced by many victims have made them remain silent in the face of tyranny. Sometimes too, they are intimidated and threatened by their assailants to remain silent.

A young lady who just resumed work after her NYSC narrated how she got a job and lost it barely three months after.

“My boyfriend who works in the establishment told me about the vacancy. I applied for the job and was invited for the interview. I got the job. Shortly after I resumed, I realised all the managers were making passes at me but one was most vehement and aggressive in his approach. So, I told him that my fiance works there and that what he was demanding for was not possible.

It was like a joke but before I knew it, my fiance’s name appeared in the sack- list and I did something that shook the foundation of that establishment. I ran to the MD and narrated my experience to him and told him about my fiance’s predicament. I had to resign for my fiance to remain in the company but they still sacked him afterward. It was bad.

That is why I am in my own business. It was a very bad case. What baffles me is that the people who do this don’t care if you are married or not.”

Universities are worse off for this. In many higher institutions, female students sleep their way to ‘success’ while the male students pay their way through.

Cynthia Okere narrated how a particular lecturer tormented her at the university to the point that she spent six years instead of four to graduate . But she was not bold enough to report the man to the authorities.

Cynthia said her trouble started when she had to take a compulsory course being handled by the lecturer when she was in 100 Level. If you failed the course, you would be asked to go to another department.

“So, the lecturer just capitalised on this to make money and satisfy his sexual urge. He collected N5,000 from male students and demanded sex from female students. I refused to pay and I refused to yield to his sexual advances. I failed the course and had to rerun it in 200 Level.

That was when I looked for money and paid the lecturer. But this could not assuage his sexual thirst. The man insisted on sleeping with me. I refused and made up my mind to change the course. I was not surprised when he released the result and I failed again.”

Tertiary institutions across the country are rife with stories of female students’ travails in the hands of these lecturers. Lecturers capitalise on the innocence and academic laziness of many female students to have illicit sex with them. In many cases, some of these lecturers have been dealt with by the institutions concerned. Stories abound of randy lecturers who were caught in hotel rooms after they were set up by female students in conjunction with the institution’s authorities.

During a recent visit to the University of Lagos, a parent of a new student had to force back the breasts of a female student into her bra when she saw the way they were dangling out of her low-neck blouse like water-melons.

“ It was incredible. You needed to have seen those breasts. And on top of that, her skirt was very short. Which lecturer would see her and look away? She was practically begging for it. You cannot blame the men all the time because my husband has experienced that in his office. An 18-year-old intern asked him to rent a house for her and he demanded to know why. She told him she was living with her parents and they were disturbing her. I personally walked her out of his office because after he told me the story, I visited him one day and found her seated there.”

However, many parents are of the opinion that seductive dressing should not be a yardstick for sexual harassment. In a workshop held in Lagos sometime ago on elimination of violence against women in higher institutions organised by the Legal Research and Resource Development Centre in conjunction with the Students Affairs Division of the YABATECH, some of the participants disagreed with this position. One of them, an associate professor of law from UNILAG, Mrs Ayo Atsenuwa, reportedly said that the fact that some females dressed seductively in the name of fashion was not enough for any reasonable man to harass them.

“If we argue like this, we can as well justify armed robbery. What we are saying is that an armed robber who does not have a car is justified to steal one from those who have. If our fathers did not rape our mothers who were always dressing almost nude in ancient time, then we have no reason to justify rape or sexual harassment,” she said.

In her presentation at that seminar, the Executive Director, Project Alert on Violence Against Women, Mrs Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, said that there was no reason for anybody to engage in sexual harassment.

Josephine Effah, through Project Alert has been dedicated to creating awareness about the dangers of sexual abuse and rehabilitation of sexual abuse victims.

She is known to stand against battery, sexual abuse, trafficking of young girls for forced labour and other issues and also operates a shelter for battered and sexually-abused women. Effah-Chukwuma posited that domestic violence including battery, threat to life and sexual harassment are the commonest forms of violence against women and young girls so far received.

“Sexual violence against children, especially little girls, is becoming prevalent. Hardly can a day go without one newspaper reporting a case of defilement and incest against a young girl; sometimes as little as two years of age,’’ she said.

She opined that although poverty and socio-economic challenges can be considered to be part of the causes of these abuses, they are avoidable reasons.

“It is more about men and boys feeling they have power and control over women and young girls, physically and sexually assaulting them,’’ she observed. For women, sexual harassment is still an issue they face in the workforce. Even female employees at high-profile companies  have reported harassment from their coworkers. Women in offices are often harassed, belittled, ignored, objectified and challenged.

Emilia, a secretary resigned her job because her husband suspected she was having an affair. “ Indeed my boss sexually harassed me everyday for years. I was ashamed and embarrassed to do anything about it. I felt pathetic and weak. I hated his power and control over me but I pretended it was not so. I needed the job and besides, it was my word against his. I was happy when my husband insisted I resigned.”


More men having sex with children

T here was pandemonium one   afternoon at No. 9 Awofodu Street, Pedro, Lagos.    Mama Nonso could not be consoled. She was screaming on top of her voice. It was not the scream of fright; it was an angry sound of a female animal whose young has fallen into the hands of a predator.

All the tenants rushed into her apartment to see her griping Leke’s manhood in one hand and dealing blows all over him with the other hand and biting him.   Leke was a young man who lived in one room with his mother on the basement of the same building. He was always in Mama Nonso’s apartment, watching movie with the woman’s little female children, and occasionally running errands for the woman and her husband.RAPE

People tried to rescue Leke from Mama Nonso who had practically turned crazy with rage but they could not. She lifted every object within her reach in the sitting room – side stools, glassware, picture frames – and smashed them on Leke’s head. As she snatched a bottle filled with roasted groundnut from the table, some powerful men moved in and pinned her down, rescuing Leke from her before she could commit murder.

By that time the entire compound had been filled with people, even from nearby buildings, whose attention had been attracted by the commotion.

“What is the problem, Mama Nonso?” some elderly men asked her.

“Ask him!” she screamed, leaping from the floor and grabbing Leke again, pounding and clawing his face. “Ask this animal called Leke. I caught him red-handed with his penis inside my baby’s bum-bum – This little girl who is not up to 3 years old!”

“Aaaaahhhh!!!!!!! Leke?” the people shouted. Of course Leke denied it, but everyone knew that Mama Nonso could not be mad like that for any other reason. According to Mama Nonso, she left her little daughters in the sitting room with Leke and went to the kitchen where she was cooking. They were all watching a movie. Leke put little Nonso on his laps pretending to be babysitting her, but working his manhood into her buttocks. The mother suddenly came into the sitting room from the kitchen and caught him right in the act! Hell hath no fury like a woman whose baby is sexually molested.

That was in 1995. Several years later in 2007, and several kilometers farther at 7 Fajeromi Street, off Igbo-elerin Road, Okokomaiko, Lagos, a marketing executive with African Alliance Insurance company (name withheld) convinced a 13-year old student of Evangel College, Okokomaiko, living with her aunty next flat to the marketing executive, to come out to the staircase by 5.00 AM every morning to meet him.

The marketing executive had a perfectly laid out design to bring himself and the 13-year old girl out from the flats without his wife and children and the under-aged girl’s aunty and husband knowing what was happening. The insurance marketer had an industrial diesel engine generator installed downstairs at the backyard, of which his wife’s brother who lived with him used to come down by 5.00 AM every morning to switch on. But the insurance man decided to take over the job of switching on the generator every morning. So he told the 13-year old student to come out every morning as soon as she heard the sound of the generator. He told the girl to pretend to be sweeping the balcony, and from there unlock their entrance door and come out to the staircase where he would be waiting for her.

And so this secret meeting between the 57 year old insurance marketing executive and the 13-year old student went on for several months before the lid was blown off. As part of the routine checks on the girl by her aunty, the aunty found one thousand naira notes hidden among the girl’s clothes in her room. When the girl came back from school, her aunty questioned her about the source of the money, and the student said her father, the aunt’s elder brother, who lived in Ijegun, Lagos sent her the money. The aunty picked her phone immediately and called her father, but the father said he had never sent any money to his daughter. So she began to flog the girl with cane, and told her clearly that she was not going to stop the beating until she told her the true source of the thousands of naira she found among her clothes. That was when the girl opened up and told her aunty that it was Mr. – the insurance marketingexecutive that was giving her the money!

“What work do you do for Mr. – for which he pays you?” the aunty asked the girl. Having been forced to let the cat out of the bag in the first place, the 13-year old girl spilled all the beans, painting in graphic details, everything that transpired between her and the insurance man under the staircase. She confessed that the insurance man had been kissing and fingering her under the staircase; that he had tried several times to coerce her into having sex with him but that she did not agree; that the man had promised he would do anything for her if only she would allow him to put his penis into her private part. Angrily, the aunty confronted the insurance man the following day as he was driving into the compound. He denied, saying he never did such thing with the 13-year old. This further infuriated the aunty who pounced on the man and called the attention of everyone around to the matter. That evening the insurance man went to the Okokomaiko police station and reported that he was assaulted by the aunty of the 13-year old girl.

The police came and arrested the aunty and the husband, who decided to take along with them to the police station, the 13-year old girl. After they had written their statements, the police became convinced that the insurance man had been molesting the 13-year old girl under the staircase. So they detained him.

That night, the Investigation Police Officer, IPO, a seasoned officer who had perfected the art of grilling suspects both physically and psychologically, informed the insurance executive that he would invite the Vanguard’s crime reporter in the morning to come and take the story for publication. He even cast the headline of the story for the insurance man who was still denying the allegation: “African Alliance Insurance Executive in police net for molesting 13-year old girl.”

From that point the insurance man started shaking and pleading with both the police and the 13-year old parents and relatives who came from different parts of Lagos and began to protest at the police station. The insurance man’s wife, a young pretty woman, and other members of his family also came to the police station. Initially, they had been angry that their brother was assaulted by a woman. As the case changed, they were bemused. The wife could not believe it. They all pleaded with the police and the victim’s family not to allow the matter go beyond the walls of the police station for fear that the African Alliance Insurance Company might sack the insurance executive and throw his wife and children into suffering.

The victim’s family left the matter, but the police did not. The insurance man was made to pay huge sum before he was let off the hook.

Back to 1995 at 9 Awofodu Street, Pedro, Lagos, you could see a little Hausa girl, not more than 9 years old, washing plates at the public tap in front of the old one-storey building. She was new in the yard. Everyone had assumed that the over 50 years old Sanni (not his real name), a foreign currency exchange dealer, had brought the little girl the last time he travelled to his hometown in northern Nigeria to be his house girl. Sanni had several wives and children but none lived with him at Awofodu.

Neighbours, however became worried that the little girl was always screaming at night. The scream got too loud and so unbearable to the neighbours one night that they decided to intervene. “Sanni, why is your house girl always screaming at night?” the elderly men the tenants delegated to Sanni asked him in his sitting room.

Relaxed, and obviously enjoying the scenario, Sanni said to them: “Aisha is not my house girl. She is my wife. I have to consummate my marriage, or don’t I have the right to?   Thank you very much for your concern, but she will get used to it.” Wide eyed and apparently disgusted, the delegates left Sanni’s apartment, and the matter was closed. The culture of early marriage in northern Nigeria is closely connected to the problem under discuss, insists Elochukwu Charity, who runs an NGO that fights sexual abuse of children and domestic violence. Charity, who had a close shave with a pedophile at age 9, is not the only one mad at men who do this terrible harm to kids. Early this year, actress, Stella Damascus, was furious over Senate’s refusal to outlaw child marriage. She summarized her views in two sharp and short messages:

“#ChildNotBride – EducationNotEjaculation!”

Messing up children sexually is not restricted to the secular world. Some religious leaders who ought to be in the forefront of the efforts to heal society of this terrible perversion are also neck deep in the act. On March 3, 2014, Vanguard newspaper carried a report of a protest by some women and NGOs over a Lagos pastor accused of sexually abusing children. The protesters were led by Josephine Effah-Chukwuma of Project Alert and Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin of Women Arise. The pastor, a proprietor of an Ophannage at Akute-Ijoko, was said to have relocated the orphanage from its former location because his crime was exposed. According to the women activists, “the pastor has a four-count charge of sexual abuse of children hanging over his head.” Two girls from the orphanage were said to have alleged that they had been sexually molested by the pastor.

Similarly, there was another report of an Islamic teacher (see…) who sexually abused an 11 year- old girl as he was teaching her, but the teacher was spared jail.

Since the past 10 years, rape of children by older men has been increasing in Nigeria especially in the northern part of the country. In 2008, the then deputy police boss of Kano State, Suleiman Abba, disclosed a case of a 70-year man who raped a 3-year old girl, counting up to 54 recorded cases of child rape in the state alone. He told of another case in which the victim was raped to death. According to the deputy police chief, a few young men rape minors, but majority of those who commit this crime are aged between 45 and 70, and their victims are from 3 to 11 years old. He re-echoed a well known fact about rape: that majority of the parents of the victims do not report to the police when these things happen to them for fear that it will attract a social stigma to their kids.

Perhaps to stem this heinous crime, a fundamental version of Islamic law was reintroduced in Kano in 2001 but a prominent Islamic scholar wanted more action against the crime.

The crime of elder men having sex with children has no geographical boundary. As a matter of fact, it is a transnational problem. At the international level, it is like pure madness: In Bangalore, India, a 70-year old teacher was arrested for sexually abusing a minor girl in school premises. This took place barely one month after the gang-rape, in the same country, of a six-year old girl which evoked public outrage.

At Malvern School of Music, 44 years old Anton Fomin, a Russian piano teacher, is standing trial for sexually abusing three 6-year old children. The children had told their parents that Fomin had been showing them pornographic images from his laptop computer as well as fingering their private parts while teaching them. When police arrested Fomin and inspected the files in his laptop computer, they found exactly the images the children had described.

It is possible that the men who tear little girls apart may be considering themselves holy and straight when compared to other guys who screw under-aged boys and animals.   On August 19, the Vanguard newspaper reported a story of a 19-year old man who raped a chicken to death in Ondo.   And recently in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, a Catholic Archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, Vatican’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic, was being defrocked and tried in the Vatican for sexually molesting some boys regularly at the oceanfront where he used to disguise himself and offer the boys money to perform sexual acts.   Reports say it was the first time a top Vatican ambassador, who served as a personal envoy of the pope was being accused of sexual abuse of minors. It has sent shock waves through the Vatican and two predominantly Catholic countries that have only begun to grapple with clergy sexual abuse: the Dominican Republic and Poland, where Mr. Wesolowski was

ordained by the Polish prelate who later became Pope John Paul II.

Statistics are like luxuries in Nigeria – mostly non-existent or only available to a few persons or agencies at worst. Elsewhere, substantial data on sexual abuse of children abound.   According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology, up to 80,000 cases of child sexual abuse are reported every year.   The number of unreported instances, it says, is far greater, because children are afraid to disclose it, and the legal procedure for proving it is difficult. In fact another organisation, the Child Sex Abuse Prevention and Protection Centre, says 88 per cent of cases of adults sexually abusing children are not reported.

Why men do it

Like in ritual killing, superstition has been fingered as one reason why men defile babies. According to those in this school of thought, some men have been told by their medicine men that they would become wealthy if they have sex with a female between 3 and 11 years old, while others believe that sex with a minor would cure them of certain sicknesses and sexually transmitted diseases.  While that may be possible in explaining the reasons for rape of minors in Africa and other third world countries where the culture of superstition is strong, it is definitely not enough to account for sexual abuse of children in civilized societies of Europe and America. A much more plausible reason is the increasingly twisted, warped, perverted mind of this generation.

Preponderance of Pornography and media influence

Two other related villains people point at as being partly responsible for the minor sexual scourge are proliferation of pornography and electronic media, especially television and the Internet. Unlike before, more people have access to mobile internet in their phones and with pornographic video materials flying all over this medium, it is not surprising that most people are hooked. “On these sites,” says Dr. Olatunji, a senior lecturer at Lagos State University, “people view adults having sex with kids, and after seeing those materials, the next step is to try to put them into practice.” In addition, he says, programming on television stations these days have sexual undertones which promote immorality.

Some people have blamed the moral failure of modern society for this ill. “There is general collapse of morality among people of all nations today,” says Pastor Merith. “These things will continue until the world comes to an end. They are signs of end-time.”

However, Charity Elochukwu is more optimistic that there is a way out: “Nigeria needs in-corrupt law makers, in-corrupt leaders. There will be peace if the 360 formula is applied in Nigeria. If not, Nigeria will remain a country that allows its minors get hurt without knowing they are hurt.”

Children, they say, are the future leaders. If we keep destroying them before they grow up, there may be no future at worst, or at best, we will end up having a world filled with monsters as people.


Monday, 1 September 2014

Teacher rapes 6-year-old girl in Bauchi

A teacher in Bauchi state has been arrested for allegedly raping a 6-year-old girl.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Haruna Mohammed, who disclosed this on Sunday, said that the accused, Habibu Abdullahi, gain access to the victim’s home on the basis of being her former school teacher.
The DSP who stated that the suspect will be arraigned in court, also revealed that he pleaded guilty and had confessed raping the victim twice.
Earlier this year, an assistant principal in a Bauchi school, was arrested for sexually harassing his pupil in an office after school hours.




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