Thursday, 30 October 2014

Mechanic allegedly abducts, rapes 13-yr-old girl for 5 days -

LOKOJA— A Lokoja senior magistrate’s court has remanded a 28-year-old mechanic, Abdulkadir Salihu, in prison custody for allegedly abducting and raping a teenage girl for five days.

Mrs Joyce Abdulmalik of Lokoja Senior Magistrate Court 1 gave the order, yesterday, in her ruling on arraignment of the accused in Lokoja.

The accused was arraigned on a two-count charge of kidnapping and rape, being offences contrary to Sections 273 and 283 of the Penal Code Law.

Prosecuting police officer, Corporal Ubi Ubana, told the court that one Adama Ibrahim of Galilee Street, Lokoja reported the matter at the ‘A’ Division Police headquarters and Department of Criminal Investigation, Lokoja on October 23.

According to him, Ibrahim had alleged that on October 16, at about 1:25 pm, his niece (names withheld), aged 13, was sent to buy Okro from Adankolo New Layout Market, when the accused “enticed her into his house on Agbai Street.”

The accused, who he said did this without the consent of her guardian, also had carnal knowledge of the victim without her consent.

He added that Salihu went further to lock up the girl in his room from October 16 to 20 of same month, to enable him have unfettered access to her.

“During the period, he had sex with his captive for several times before releasing her on October 20,” he said.

Ubana who told the court that investigation into the case was ongoing, and urged it to remand the accused in Koton-Karfe prisons, in view of the enormity of his offence.

In her ruling, Abdulmalik upheld the submission of the prosecution and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Medium Security Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe and subsequently adjourned the case to November 10 for mention.
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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Marital Rape: Who Will Push The Cause Of Victims?

Though a hardly talked about topic, rape is a problem in many matrimonial homes. The unfortunate scenario in this case is that the victims live with their abusers and are often too scared to voice out their pain, for societal, cultural and other such reasons. Catherine Agbo and Ruth Choji, Abuja and Solomon Ayado, Makurdi, write
In July 2013, one Maryam Yahaya made a confessional statement to the police in Plateau State that she killed her husband, Lawal Bala, by stabbing him with a knife on his neck while the deceased was sleeping in his bedroom in his home at Layin Sidi, Gangare, in Jos North local government area of the state, shortly after he returned from his business.
The 17-year-old Maryam, who claimed to have been forcefully married to the deceased, not long before the incident, told the police that she had to end her late husband’s life because she could no longer contend with his insatiable appetite for sex, alleging that he often had sexual intercourse with her up to six times in a day and would force her against her wish most of the time.
Stories of men having forceful sexual intercourse with their wives against their wishes abound. As Africans, it is unheard of in this part of the world that a woman would accuse her husband of raping her as she is deemed to be his property by virtue of the dowry he paid on her and can do with her as he wishes, including having sexual intercourse with her even against her wish. Cases of marital rape abound.
Marital rape is a situation where someone uses violence or the threat of violence to force their wife or husband to have sex. Reporting rape in marriage may become even more complicated because of a woman’s relationship to her assailant. Women raped by their husbands may hesitate to report because of family loyalty, fear of their abuser’s retribution, inability to leave the relationship, or they may not know that rape in marriage is against the law.
In November 2013, a 45-year-old trader, Muina Adelami, asked a Lagos Family Court in Lagos State to dissolve her eight-year-old marriage to her husband, Shuaib, a clerical officer, on the ground that his sex drive was high. According to her, the husband would have sex with her against her wish and beat her if she resisted him. She recalled an incident when she fainted and after assisting her to come round, he continued having sex with her.
“We start having sex every night just before midnight and this goes on till the early hours of the next day. Many times, immediately after he comes back from work, he starts demanding for sex. He would refuse to stand up even when I am crying and will start beating me whenever I complain. There were times I did faint, but when I regain consciousness, he would start again. The way he’s going, he will kill me. I now look older than my age mates due to too much sex,” she told the court.
In his defence, Shuaib admitted to having a high sex drive, but added that it was his right to have sex with his wife, adding that sex cannot kill her.
Speaking on the issue of marital rape, a lawyer, Emmanuel Adoga stated that “both the Penal Code which is applicable in northern states, and the Criminal Code (in the west) define rape to be sexual intercourse with a woman or carnal knowledge of a woman when consent is obtained by use of fraud, force, intimidation, threats to life, or physical harm. “Carnal knowledge” and sexual intercourse are defined for the purposes of both codes as acts of penetration. Under the Criminal Code, a woman may be prosecuted under the law prohibiting “unnatural” intercourse for “permitting” a man to have such intercourse with her. It is thus only when it can be proved that a person has contravened the ingredients of an offence as defined by the relevant penal legislation that such a person can be found guilty of committing that offence.”
Continuing, he said, “concerning marital rape, the question is whether or not a man can be liable for the offence of rape against his wife and therefore necessarily entails the consideration of the provisions of the Criminal Code Act Cap C17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (applicable as Laws of the various States in the Southern part of Nigeria except Lagos State where the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 applies) and the Penal Code Act (applicable in the FCT, Abuja and also applicable as Laws of the various northern states) to ascertain the physical and mental elements of the offence because Rape is defined in Section 357 of the Criminal Code and by Section 358 of the Code; the offence is punishable with imprisonment for life with or without caning. Section 357 of the Criminal Code provides: Any person who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a woman or girl, without her consent, or with her consent, if the consent is obtained by force or by means of threats or intimidation of any kind, or by fear of harm, or by means of false and fraudulent representation as to the nature of the act, or, in the case of a married woman, by personating her husband, is guilty of an offence which is called rape. But Section 282 (2) states that, (2) Sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife is not rape, if she has attained puberty and because of this law, in the North, a man can only be guilty of the offence of rape against his wife if his wife has not attained the age of puberty. And that is why when women report cases of marital rape to the police, they find it hard to provide adequate assistance. The victim who has found the police to be unresponsive will then refuse to open up again. They will rather speak to their religious advisers who don’t really help except to encourage them to bear it. Women who are raped by their husbands are likely to experience multiple assaults and often suffer severe long-term physical and emotional consequences. It is most times more traumatic than rape by a stranger because a wife lives with her assailant and she may live in constant terror of another assault whether she is awake or asleep.”
A psychologist, Mr Adebayo Adewuti, said, “emotional reactions to marital rape can be very dramatic and severe because the act is done by an intimate partner. The effects could be injuries to the vaginal and anal areas, scrapes, cuts, bruises and soreness, torn muscles, fatigue, vomiting, broken bones, injuries caused by weapons, miscarriages or stillbirths, contraction of sexually-transmitted infections, including HIV, shock, anxiety and intense fear, depression, suicidal ideation, acute and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), loss of trust, shock, anxiety and intense fear, depression, suicidal ideation and acute and PTSD. Marital rape survivors may have flash backs, inability to trust, depression, and traumatic stress disorder, indignation and persecution of all forms of rape will take time. The physical effects of spousal rape are the same effects suffered by any rape victim and it could be that, some marital rape victims don’t realise they have been raped as they are under the mistaken impression that partners cannot rape each other.
He further categorised rape as battering rape, which occurs when physical and sexual violence occur together, saying in this instance, victims may experience physical and sexual violence at the same time or one may occur after another and that the rape may occur after the physical violence as an attempt to “make up.”
“There are different types of marital rape and these include force-only rape that does not include physical violence, obsessive rape involves torture or perverse sexual acts,” Adewuti added.
A Muslim cleric, Mallam Yahaya Sani, stated that forcing a wife into sex or marital rape is forbidden in Islam.
“If a man calls his wife to bed and she refuses, and then he sleeps angry, the angels shall curse her until he awakens.” Qur’an, 2.187 ‘they are garments for you and you are garments for them,” and this is how each spouse acts, emotionally, physically, and spiritually for the other. The spouse should fulfil the sexual needs of the other such that their desires are brought into check and they are able to stay away from the haram, both major (such as fornication). Muslim couples who are happy in bed are happy in their marriage. Islam is a religion of peace, and honours women and most of the hadith talks about how to treat women. Ibn Abidin says, ‘among the rulings of marriage is that each spouse is allowed to derive sexual pleasure from the other. Both husband and wife have the right to fulfil each other’s sexual needs.
“That is why the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said that, “If a man calls his wife to bed and she refuses, and then he sleeps angry, the angels shall curse her until he awakens.” It is not sexual abuse rather, it is to protect the marriage bed and keep it undefiled, where each spouse rushes to fulfil the rights and desires of the other. The messenger of Allah also stated that, ‘the most perfect of believers are those most perfect of character; and the best of you are the best of you to your spouses. The best of you are the best to their wives, and I am the best of you with my wives. He created for you spouses from yourselves that ye might find rest. A Muslim husband is forbidden to harm or abuse his wife! He has to act kindly towards his wife. Islam also says that ‘O ye who believe! Ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should ye treat them with harshness, that ye may take away part of the dower ye have given them, except where they have been guilty of open lewdness; on the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing, and God brings about through it a great deal of good.’ Qu’ran An-nisa 19 also says, ‘we all know that, husband’s urges are so strong, and to prevent him from acting out on them illicitly, a wife’s duty therefore is to submit (but cannot be forced) in order to preserve the marriage”.
A Christian cleric, Pastor Tunde Adegboyega of Resurrection Power and Life Ministry also condemned marital rape, saying, “1 Corinthians 7:1-5 says it is a husband’s duty to provide sexual satisfaction to his wife and it is a wife’s duty to provide sexual satisfaction to her husband, the sexual act within marriage is honourable.
“Marriage is honourable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). Sex within marriage is considered something pure and undefiled. As Christians, though we know it is lawful, we want to be like Jesus. That’s the reason why forcing sex on the spouse is a sin. It’s a sin of hypocrisy. 1 Corinthians 7:4 says the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. But a husband forcing sex on his wife without her willing participation is sinning because he is abusing his wife. It says quite clearly that the husband has authority over the wife’s body, and the wife has authority over the husband’s body. However, the husband cannot forcibly take what his wife has not offered. His physical need is not an excuse for abuse.”
In Benue State, though the issue is not very common as victims seldom talk about it, it has been discovered that there are a few cases of men who forcefully have carnal knowledge of their wives without seeking due consent. Sometimes the act is attributed to lack of understanding and harmony in a marriage.
Commenting on the matter, a clergy in charge of Faith Cathedral, Makurdi, Archbishop Yimam Orkwar described marital rape as act of irresponsibility, saying that it does not portend a good quality of Christianity.
According to him, when couples are legally married, they are entitled to each other except where disharmony is found, adding that before having carnal knowledge, the consent of both must be sought.
He said the act of rape is unholy and ungodly and urged those who indulge in it to desist in order to inherit the kingdom of God.
“The issue of matrimonial rape is not holy at all. When couples at married, they are legally joined together and are free to have physical contact with each, but it must be done in agreement of both parties.
“It is wrong when a man rapes a spouse rape another who are legally married. Women are expected to be submissive to their husbands but in doing this, the men too must realise that women has the right and so only harmonious coexistence can prevent this unholy act.” Orkwar stated.
A Muslim cleric, Alhaji Abdukadir Abubakar said the issue of matrimonial rape is against the tenets of Islam and urged people to desist from it.
According to Abubakar, though women are supposed to be submissive to their husbands, it is equally imperative for men not to forcefully have carnal knowledge of their wives. This, he said, will uphold the true respect of men on womanhood.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tension in Imo community over rape of 11-yr-old girl


OWERRI—Uneasy calm has enveloped the sleepy, rural Ehume autonomous community in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, following the gang-rape of an 11-year-old girl.

Vanguard gathered that the girl (names withheld), who hails from Amaiyi, Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area, but resides at Ehume with her parents, was raped when her parents sent her to the popular Onuimo Rescue Market, Umungwa, Obowo.

Vanguard was told that the girl decided to take a commercial motorcycle to and from the market.

“That was how she boarded the motorcycle piloted by 35-year-old Onyekachi Nwankwo, a native of Umunachi, Obowo,” the girl’s father told Vanguard.

The obviously angry father also said soon after the suspect picked Ngozi at the entrance to the market, he told her that he intended to pick his friend, Chike Njoku, who was waiting for him at Ekeja Market in Ehume, Obowo.

he said: “My daughter innocently agreed. The story suddenly changed when Onyekachi picked his friend, veered off the road into a track leading to the boundary river between Umunachi and Umuagu communities at Obowo.”

Explaining her experience in the hands of the rapists, the girl said: “When I saw all the weapons they were holding, I had no option than to follow them.

“They parked the motorcycle inside the bush, pulled off my dress and had sex with me, one after the other and left me to my fate thereafter.”

Efforts made to get a confirmation of the incident from the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, proved abortive as his mobile line could not be reached at press time.

SOURCE: vanguard
OWERRI—Uneasy calm has enveloped the sleepy, rural Ehume autonomous community in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, following the gang-rape of an 11-year-old girl.
Vanguard gathered that the girl (names withheld), who hails from Amaiyi, Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area, but resides at Ehume with her parents, was raped when her parents sent her to the popular Onuimo Rescue Market, Umungwa, Obowo.
Vanguard was told that the girl decided to take a commercial motorcycle to and from the market.
“That was how she boarded the motorcycle piloted by 35-year-old Onyekachi Nwankwo, a native of Umunachi, Obowo,” the girl’s father told Vanguard.
The obviously angry father also said soon after the suspect picked Ngozi at the entrance to the market, he told her that he intended to pick his friend, Chike Njoku, who was waiting for him at Ekeja Market in Ehume, Obowo.
he said: “My daughter innocently agreed. The story suddenly changed when Onyekachi picked his friend, veered off the road into a track leading to the boundary river between Umunachi and Umuagu communities at Obowo.”
Explaining her experience in the hands of the rapists, the girl said: “When I saw all the weapons they were holding, I had no option than to follow them.
“They parked the motorcycle inside the bush, pulled off my dress and had sex with me, one after the other and left me to my fate thereafter.”
Efforts made to get a confirmation of the incident from the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, proved abortive as his mobile line could not be reached at press time.
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Monday, 20 October 2014

Girl, 11, gang-raped in Imo

Uneasy calm has enveloped the sleepy, rural Ehume autonomous community in Obowo local council area of Imo State, following what the villagers termed “the mindless gang-raping of an innocent 11-year old in the area”.

Vanguard gathered that the hapless girl, Ngozi (surname withheld), hails from Amaiyi, Ihitte Uboma local government area, but resides in Ehume with her parents.

It was also gathered that on the day of this ugly incident, the girl’s parents sent her to buy a few of their food needs from the popular Onuimo Rescue Market, Umungwa, Obowo.

Vanguard was also told that in a bid to quickly deliver on her parent’s assignment, the girl decided to take a commercial motorcycle to and from the market.

“That was how she boarded the motorcycle piloted by 35-year old Onyekachi Nwankwo, a native of Umunachi, Obowo”, the girl’s father (names withheld) recounted with grief.

The obviously angry father also recalled that soon after Onyekachi picked Ngozi at the entrance of the market, he told the girl that he intended to pick his friend, Chike Njoku, who was waiting for him at the time, at Ekeja Market in Ehume, Obowo.

“My daughter innocently agreed. The story suddenly changed when Onyekachi picked his friend veered off the road into a track leading to the boundary river between Umunachi and Umuagu communities in Obowo.

The traumatized girl recalled that: “When I saw the weapons they were holding, I had no option than to follow them. They parked the motorcycle inside the bush, pulled off my dress and had sex with me, one after the other. They left me to my fate thereafter”.

Efforts made to get a confirmation of the ugly incident from the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, proved abortive as his mobile line could not be reached before press time.

SOURCE:vanguard

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tension in Bayelsa community over rape of 11-yr-old girl

YENAGOA—The failure of some natives of Nembe community, Bayelsa State, to allow justice prevail in the case of a man, 60, who allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl and was to be given the traditional mode of punishment, is causing tension in the community.

The suspect, Inabiah Isaiah, popularly known as CO2, was allegedly caught red-handed having carnal knowledge of the girl (names withheld) after luring her to his house where he allegedly committed the act.

After allegedly confessing to the crime, the victim’s guardian, Jerry, reported the matter to leaders of the community for traditional justice to take its course.

It was gathered that the punishment for such an offence in the community was public lashing of the culprit at the community town hall.

However, trouble started when some local militia gang loyal to the accused, who it was gathered, is also a militia leader, whisked him away to the police station, apparently to shield him from public humiliation.

This did not go down well with a section of the community who insisted that the full weight of tradition must be allowed to take its full course or there would be no peace.

It was gathered that the people’s anger was hinged on the fact that the accused had also participated in flogging other offenders who committed a similar crime in the past and was also alleged to be enjoying the backing of some community leaders and influential politicians from the area.

Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered that a group of persons and gender activists who condemned the act, has vowed to pursue the matter in the court of law to ensure that justice prevailed, aside from the traditional punitive measures.

Source: Vanguardngr
YENAGOA—The failure of some natives of Nembe community, Bayelsa State, to allow justice prevail in the case of a man, 60, who allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl and was to be given the traditional mode of punishment, is causing tension in the community.
The suspect, Inabiah Isaiah, popularly known as CO2, was allegedly caught red-handed having carnal knowledge of the girl (names withheld) after luring her to his house where he allegedly committed the act.
After allegedly confessing to the crime, the victim’s guardian, Jerry, reported the matter to leaders of the community for traditional justice to take its course.
It was gathered that the punishment for such an offence in the community was public lashing of the culprit at the community town hall.
However, trouble started when some local militia gang loyal to the accused, who it was gathered, is also a militia leader, whisked him away to the police station, apparently to shield him from public humiliation.
This did not go down well with a section of the community who insisted that the full weight of tradition must be allowed to take its full course or there would be no peace.
It was gathered that the people’s anger was hinged on the fact that the accused had also participated in flogging other offenders who committed a similar crime in the past and was also alleged to be enjoying the backing of some community leaders and influential politicians from the area.
Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered that a group of persons and gender activists who condemned the act, has vowed to pursue the matter in the court of law to ensure that justice prevailed, aside from the traditional punitive measures.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/10/tension-bayelsa-community-rape-11-yr-old-girl/#sthash.dUpoZQXo.dpuf

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

District Head Looses Turban After Speaking Out Against Officer Caught Raping Minors

By Yakubu Salisu

The district head of Santolo village of Dawakin Kudu L.G.A of Kano has been detained by the Kano state police command and has also lost his traditional turban for speaking out against the slow nature of investigation by the police into a rape case involving a Civil Defence Officer and another young man who were caught right in the act of raping two minors.
  The district head expressed his disappointment over the slow nature and failure of the police to charge the two persons to court, a statement which has caused him his traditional office and his arrest.
According to the district head, it took ten young men to get the officer off the young girl as he shamelessly continued the ugly act even when he had been surrounded.

However DSP Mustapha Abubakar said the police are yet to get a doctor’s report hence the delay. It is still not clear as to why the district head has to be arrested and
removed from office just because he made a complaint.

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Police arrest ‘Pastor’ for rape


Men of Ekiti State Police Command have arrested a self acclaimed Pastor (names withheld) in Ikere Ekiti for allegedly having a canal knowledge of a 19 year old girl under the pretense of giving her spiritual cleansing.

According to the statement made available to the newsmen in Ado Ekiti yesterday by the Public Relations Officer,Mr Victor Babayemi,the 29 years old man was arrested by the police detectives at Araromi Street, Ikere Ekiti about three weeks ago

The suspect,according to Babayemi was said to have confessed to the crime,

The pastor was said to have lured the girl to his house to perform the spiritual cleansing having told the girl that she was under a spiritual spell.

On getting to his room,according to the police image maker, the victim was threatened and put under fear of harm before he eventually made serial sex with her

“Medical reports confirmed that the victim was actually raped by the suspect while preliminary investigation revealed that the pastor is a serial rapist who was in the habit of luring hapless women with   spiritual cleansing to have unlawful canal knowledge.

“ He will be charged to court as soon as investigation into the case is concluded,Babayemi declared.

Source: vanguard

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Man, 41, rapes 9-yr-old in Jigawa

Dutse—The operatives of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, have arrested one Zakari Imam, 41, for allegedly defiling a nine-year-old girl (names withheld) at Hadejia City of Jigawa State.

The state commandant of NSCDC, Dr. Muhmmad Gidado, told newsmen in Dutse, yesterday, that the culprit ran away to neighbouring Niger Republic after committing the crime, abandoning his motorcycle.

He said his officers followed due process to effect his arrest in his hideout in Niger Republic.

The Jigawa NSCDC boss said investigation into the case was ongoing, adding that on completion, the suspect would be arraigned in court.

He vowed to bring to book anybody found committing rape in the state, describing it as a barbaric and animalistic behaviour.

He also warned those with the intention of committing rape to have a re- think, saying there was no hiding place for them in Jigawa State.

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Police orderly, 4 others gang rape minor in Kano

KANO – A police orderly attached to the executive chairman of Kabo Local Government Council in Kano state and four others have been arrested for allegedly gang raping a minor.

The police corporal , whose identity was been concealed by Kano police command was said to have conspired with two other persons in carrying out the shameful act, at an undisclosed location in the local council area.

Security source confided in Vanguard that the suspected, a six footer randy police officer has been apprehend and kept behind bars alongside his accomplishes pending the outcome of internal investigations in tune with procedural provisions , in meting out punishment on officers and men of the force, who are found to have erred.

The source disclosed “ A police corporal has been arrested and taken to state Criminal Investigation Department for investigation over the complaint of him and two others for gang raping a lady”

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Court sentences Osun politician to life imprisonment for raping pregnant woman

An Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa has sentenced a politician in Osun State to life imprisonment for raping a pregnant woman.
Obafemi Kolawole, a political associate to one Ganiyu Oladiran, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ilesa, was on September 23 convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with whipping.
A.B Abdulkareem, the trial judge, while finding Mr. Kolawole guilty noted that although the corroboration of a second prosecution witness was limited to assault, it does not corroborate penetration which is the vital ingredient necessary for rape.
However, the medical report tendered by one Dr. Isawumi corroborated the needed penetration necessary to convict the accused.
The judge thereafter held that Rachel Ojimi, the prosecution counsel and a Chief State Counsel at the Ministry of Justice, had been able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.
He, however, struck out the charge of indecent assault since it carries a lesser punishment.
According to the prosecution, Mr. Kolawole, on 15th September, 2007, raped a pregnant lady (names withheld to avoid stigmatization), a member of the then Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN (now All Progressives Congress, APC) who was pregnant at the time of the incident.
The event occurred after the 2007 gubernatorial election in Osun State.
The prosecution charged Mr. Kolawole before the State High Court on a two-count charge of rape and indecent assault contrary to Sections 358 and 360 of the Criminal Code cap 34, Vol II, Laws of Osun.
Four prosecution witnesses were called namely: the pregnant lady, Lawal Sikiru, Dr. A.I Isawumi, and Olatunji Arojo, a police Sergeant and the Investigating Police Officer; while Mr. Kolawole testified in his defence, along with Mr. Oladiran, Adediran Kehinde, Adewusi Olowolodu and Olayinka Alege.
At the trial, the lady said that on September 15,  2007, the convict and his cohorts, who are not Police Officers came to arrest her at her house at about 7:30p.m. for an unknown offence. On sighting them and knowing their antecedents in the vicinity, she took to her heels. The convict pursued, caught up with her, and beat her up.
Having overpowered her, the lady said the convict stripped her naked and raped her, and that when her cry for help became unbearable, he covered her mouth.
According to her, her neighbours in the compound had gone to the Mosque because it was the period of the Moslem fast. Thereafter she was bundled into a waiting jeep to join two other men whom she found in the same predicament as her.
The lady further testified that they were driven to Mr. Oladiran’s house and tied to a tree where the trio were mercilessly flogged; the convict later untied her and plucked out her pubic hair, put it in her mouth and swallowed with dry gin. Thereafter, he went ahead to insert a tin opener into her vagina and poured dry gin all over her body. Then he raped her again.
The second prosecution witness, Mr. Sikiru, testified that on the fateful day, he was one of the two naked men in the waiting jeep; the other was one Gbadamosi Lasun.
He stated further that he had earlier received his own share of the beatings before being bundled naked into the jeep belonging to Mr. Oladiran when the lady was brought in naked, and that the trio were driven to Mr. Oladiran’s house and tied to a tree where they were beaten and the contents of dry gin was poured all over their body.
According to him, the lady was untied by the convict who plucked out her pubic hair, inserted a tin opener into her vagina, before going ahead to pour the dry gin into her (vagina) and then sought the consent of the Chief (Mr. Oladiran) to have another round of sexual intercourse with her.
The Chief consented and she was taken to the boot of the jeep from where they heard her shouting for help.
The medical examination conducted on the lady three days upon presentation after the incident at LAUTECH by Dr. Isawumi revealed that there was penetration and that the swap taken from the defendant was full of alcohol.
It was also discovered medically, that as at the time of the incident the lady was pregnant.
Mr. Arojo, the IPO, on his own part, testified that the lady and others were brought to the State Police Command Monitoring Unit at Okefia by Mr. Oladiran who claimed that the lady, and the others, whom he got arrested were the ones who assaulted him after the April 2007 Gubernatorial Election in the State.

According to him, while receiving the statements of all concerned, and conducting investigation into the matter, it was discovered that Mr. Oladiran’s captives, that is, the lady and the others, were indeed the victims, and the supposed complainants and cohorts were the accused persons and were consequently charged to court.

Mr. Kolawole (the convict) in his own defence, denied the allegations made against him. He admitted going to the lady’s house on the fateful day and arresting her, but denied stripping her naked; rather, he said he handed her over to his colleagues, who drove her and other captives to Chief’s house, where they were later handed over to the police. His other witnesses also admitted that the lady and others were driven to the Chief’s house.
Mr. Oladiran, while testifying for the defence, claimed his co-accused at the Magistrate Court who arrested the defendant and the others were his sympathizers.

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