Court Jails Lecturer 21 Years For Raping Admission Seeker

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A file photo of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja

 

 

A Lagos High Court sitting in the Ikeja area has convicted and sentenced a former part-time lecturer, Afeez Baruwa, to 21 years imprisonment for raping an 18-year-old girl who was seeking admission into the university.

Baruwa was convicted on one count of rape leveled against him by the state government.

The convict was said to have raped the victim inside a study room when she was seeking admission into the university.

Justice Josephine Oyefeso who delivered the judgment on Thursday held that the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and, therefore, found the defendant guilty of the charge.

The defence counsel, in his allocutus (plea for mercy before sentence), said that rape was an offence of life imprisonment if found guilty.

He, therefore, asked the court to temper justice with mercy.

He also said that the convict was a first time offender, a married man with four kids and aged parents, all of whom he has to cater for.

In her sentence, Justice Oyefeso said she “cannot begin to imagine the emotional trauma of the girl”.

“The convict offended his family, the victim, the society and God,” she said.

The judge subsequently sentenced the convict to 21 years imprisonment.

The prosecution had alleged that the former lecturer raped the teenager at 9.25am on July 23, 2015, in Room 8 at the Faculty of Business Administration Annex building of UNILAG.

The victim’s father who was a friend of the lecturer had sought his help to secure admission for his daughter into the institution.

The rape was said to have occurred when she was in Baruwa’s office to make arrangements for her admission into the university.

Four prosecution witnesses had testified during Baruwa’s trial, including the complainant, her father, a medical doctor, and the investigating police officer.

The prosecution closed its case against the lecturer on January 23, 2018.

Baruwa testified solely in his defence, claiming that the complainant was his girlfriend and that he had consensual sexual intercourse with her.

He also alleged that the girl had seduced him in his office on the day the crime was committed.

Gunmen Kill Rivers University Lecturer

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The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the death of a Lecturer at the Department of Microbiology of the Rivers State University, who was attacked by suspected armed robbers in the early hours of yesterday, in his family house on Aka road, Rumulumeni, Port Harcourt, the State capital.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the suspected robbers inflicted spinal cord injury on the victim who was eventually confirmed dead by the time he was taken to the hospital by a relation.

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According to him, the State Commissioner of Police Usman Belle has ordered a full-scale investigation into the attack with a view to apprehending the Hoodlums.

Sex-For-Marks Scandal: Ex-OAU Lecturer, Professor Akindele Pleads Guilty

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The former lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Richard Akindele, has changed his plea from ‘not guilty’ to ‘guilty’ of demanding for sex from his student, Monica Osagie.

Akindele is standing trial before a Federal High court in Osogbo, the Osun State capital for demanding sex in exchange for marks from Osagie, a postgraduate student of the institution.

He is also being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) on a four-count charge of corruptly asking for sexual benefits from Osagie in a bid to fraudulently upgrade her result in Research Method course which she supposedly failed in 2017.

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Professor Akindele who is being arraigned before Justice Maureen Onyetenu was ordered to be remanded in prison at the last adjournment till Monday, December 17.

According to the prosecutor, Adenekan Shogunle, all parties in the matter have reached a plea bargain and pleaded for a suspended sentence for the accused.

Ochanya’s Death: Court Remands Lecturer Accused Of Raping 13-Year-Old In Prison

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A Makurdi Chief Magistrate court has remanded Mr Andrew Ogbuja, the lecturer accused of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old minor, Miss Ochanya Ogbanje, in prison till November 29.

Chief Magistrate Isaac Ajim made the remand order on Thursday when he declined to entertain the matter for lack of jurisdiction to hear the charge of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide preferred against the accused by the Nigerian Police.

The 13-year-old died on October 17 due to Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF) complications as a result of her ordeal, sparking outrage and calls for those responsible to be brought to justice.

The girl who is said to be a cousin of the lecturer’s wife was allegedly raped by the lecturer for the three years she lived with them.

She was a Junior Secondary School 1 student of the Federal Government College, Gboko, Benue State, at the time of her death.

Meanwhile, the family of late Ochanya Ogbanje and the National Council Of Women Society have sustained their call for justice for the victim.

Electoral Institute Stresses Need For Electoral Reform

Electoral Institute, Electoral ReformThe Electoral Institute says Nigeria needs to improve its electoral service delivery and get the reform process right in order to stabilise its democracy.

The Director-General of the Electoral Institute, Professor Abubakar Momoh, made the remarks on Thursday during a meeting with stakeholders in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that although series of talks and committees had been formed to establish a panacea to credible elections, the independence of the nation’s electoral body had come into question.

Highlighting the role of the media, Professor Momoh pointed out that the issues of rising poverty, corruption and erosion of public institutions should not easily sway media practitioners.

He said that the media has a huge role to play in solving the many challenges bedevilling the nation’s electoral process.

The guest lecturer, who is a professor of Political Science at the University of Ibadan, Adigun Agbaje, posited that the attitude of politicians was largely to blame for Nigeria’s eroding democratic values.

Other experts at the gathering also cited the experience at the Edo State governorship election as one of the ways politicians erode the foundation of democracy.

They maintained that the culture of impunity during elections must be addressed.

The stakeholders said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s renewed focus on reforming the electoral process should be sustained to the letter.

The Federal Government had constituted an Electoral Reform Committee headed by a former Senate President, Mr Ken Nnamani.

The government said the committee was set up, not as an imitation of the Justice Mohammed Uwais’ panel, but to improve on the preceding one.

FG Says Electoral Reform Committee Not An Imitation

Ken Nnamani on Electoral Reform CommitteeThe Nigerian Government says its newly inaugurated Electoral Reform Committee is not an imitation of the Justice Mohammed Uwais’ panel.

The government, however, said it had constituted the committee to improve on the preceding one.

The head of the committee and a former Senate President, Mr Ken Nnamani, made the clarification on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Reduce Poll Rigging

Senator Nnamani pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to turn around the nation’s electoral system, in order to reduce the prevalence of polls rigging and violence.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, also made further explanation on the newly inaugurated committee.

He said the 24-man panel was carefully selected from across board.

Mr Malami was hopeful that the committee would among other things, enthrone transparency and come up with implementable recommendations.

He said the committee had been given 10 weeks to submit its report.

Diversionary and Unnecessary

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Dr. Dele Ashiru

However, a lecturer at the University of Lagos’ Political Science Department, Dr. Dele Ashiru, was of the belief that another electoral committee was unnecessary.

Dr. Ashiru berated the government for its refusal to implement the recommendations of past committees that had been set up to review Nigeria’s electoral system.

He told Channels Television that recommendations of past electoral committees were yet to be implemented, describing the Nnamani panel as diversionary and unnecessary.

Ashiru wondered what area of the electoral system had not been covered by the Justice Uwais report.

He highlighted some of the recommendations of the Uwais panel, which he believed if implemented, would provide solutions to many challenges faced during elections in Nigeria.

The academic emphasised the need for the Electoral Offences Commission and the exemption of the Independent National Electoral Commission from the internal affairs of political parties, as key recommendations that should be implemented.

EGYPT UPRISING: Public Opinion Can’t Be Unconstitutional In Democracy

A lecturer of International Law at the University of Lagos, Edefe Ojomo, while discussing African Union’s (AU) rationale for suspending Egypt following the removal of President Morsi, argued the that consent of many Egyptians to the military intervention should not be regarded as unconstitutional.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, she said that asides from military coups, a revolution as seen in Egypt could also be unconstitutional, by AU standards.

She however explained that if the “constitution gets its backing from the people, then obviously public opinion and public will can’t be unconstitutional.”

She attributed the success of 20 million signatories to the petition against the Morsi led administration to dissatisfaction by the people including those who had initially voted the ousted President into power.

She said the democracy, as interpreted by Egyptians, means the ‘people’s voice”

The uprising which led to the Egyptian Army ousting President Mohammed Morsi from power barely a year after being elected into power, was caused by people’s dissatisfaction.

Ojomo noted that the crisis, which involves international politics,  domestic politics and domestic economy would not spiral into a civil war.

“People don’t think it will spiral into a civil war because the Egyptian army is strong enough to maintain ‘some calm and some peace’.”

She disagreed with claims that external influences were involved in the uprising adding that “it is insulting to call a popular uprising a sort of manipulation” by outsiders.

She regarded it as a political manner of interpreting such problems.