Court Sentences Man To 50 Years Imprisonment For Defiling Minor

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The Lagos State Sexual Offences Court, Ikeja has sentenced one Okechukwu Onyeakazi to 50 Years imprisonment for defiling 8- year old minor in Lagos.

Justice S. Nwaka-Gbagi delivered the Judgement in charge No.ID/3901C/2017 between the State of Lagos and Okechukwu Onyeakazi.

The defendant who pleaded guilty reportedly defiled the minor on different occasions.

The convict was earlier arrested by the Police and arraigned on a – one-count charge of defilement which contravenes the Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State.

The Prosecuting Counsel, Adebayo Haroun, had told the court during the trial that the convict committed the offence in 2017 at Shogunle, area of Lagos State.

Haroun, however, urged the court to sentence the defendant accordingly having found him guilty of the charges against him.

Delivering judgement on the case, Justice S. Nwaka, held that the evidence and the two witnesses presented before the court by the prosecution were tenable and found the convict guilty as charged.

Three-Year-Old Dies From Electric Shock In Jigawa

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A three-year-old child has died from an electric shock in Jigawa State.

The victim’s death is said to have been linked to alleged negligence of the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO).

Confirming the incident to Channels Television on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police, Sule Gomna, said two KEDCO officials from the technical department have been invited over the incident.

“They are being interrogated over the alleged official negligence which resulted to the death of the minor,” the police boss said.

The CP who said the case is now between the state and the distribution company gave the assurance that justice must be served even if the parents of the child decide not to press charges.

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Reacting to the incident, the father of the victim, Yahaya Dutse, accused the electricity distribution company of negligence.

According to him, the incident occurred after he personally complained to the distribution company of the naked electric cable that fell on the street.

Yahaya, a resident of Bokkwato, in Dutse metropolis in the state capital, said his son accidentally walked on the cable which fell down as a result of the downpour.

“We’ve complaints to the KEDCO officials that the electric wire risks the lives of children and other residents, however, no action was taken until when the unfortunate incident happened on Sunday,” the father told police investigators.

All efforts to reach the KEDCO office proved abortive as Channels Television was denied access to the compound.

The KEDCO is responsible for the distribution of electricity in Jigawa, Kano and Katsina states.

 

 

Police Arrest Man Accused Of Raping, Impregnating 10-Year-Old Girl

 

The Benue State Police Command has arrested a man identified as Terna Taga accused of raping and impregnating a 10-year-old girl.

The child was delivered of a baby girl through caesarean section by a team of doctors after some humanitarian workers raised the alarm on social media and admitted her to the hospital after three days of protracted labour.

While parading the suspect on Thursday, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Mukaddas said 15 others were also arrested for various criminal activities bordering on gun manufacturing, armed robbery and kidnapping.

“One 10-year-old girl (name withheld) who is an orphan living with her uncle was allegedly raped by one Terna Taga, 18 years old of North Bank, Makurdi.

“The victim became pregnant and has been delivered of a baby girl. Investigations reveal that the uncle was making arrangement, having known her condition to marry her out to an old blind man, when he discovered that she is pregnant,” he said.

The police boss who stressed that the girl’s uncle is on the run, said that the suspect will be arraigned in court.

Speaking on efforts made in fighting crimes in the state, the CP explained that the Command received a distress call from residents of Otukpo on August 5 that some robbers were terrorising the community.

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According to him, police personnel were immediately drafted to the area who succeeded in making some arrest.

“Officers were deployed to the scene where one Ahmad Yusuf Ali (Male) was arrested with a locally made pistol and charms.

“His other gun members are still at large and efforts are being made to arrest them. Investigation is equally in progress,” he said.

Edo Govt Assures Justice For 12-Year-Old Allegedly Defiled By Community Leader

 

The Edo State Government has vowed to serve justice for a 12-year-old girl alleged to have been defiled by a community leader.

In a statement on Friday, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development said the move is necessary to protect the children’s rights and prevent a reoccurrence of such.

Channels Television learnt that minor was allegedly defiled by the Odionwere of Jatto Street in Oregbeni Quarters.

The 34-year-old defendant, Goddey Jatto, appeared at the Evbouriaria Magistrate Court over the case involving the minor.

According to the prosecuting counsel, Inspector Thomas Ojo, the victim was accosted, taken to the bush behind a fish-pond in the area and defiled by Jatto on January 22, 2019.

Narrating her ordeal to the court, the victim stated that the accused allegedly gave her N200 after committing the offence.

“While I was waiting for my mother at the shop, I decided to go to a neighbour to help me call my mother on phone.

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“Before I could get to the neighbour’s house, I changed my mind and turned back because I did not want to upset my mother. As I was returning to the shop, Jatto called me to help him take a book to his wife and I refused because I do not want my mother to get to the shop and not meet me there.

“He insisted and as I walked close to him, he held my hand, closed my mouth with his other hand and dragged me to the back of his house by the fish-pond,” she said.

On her part, the victim’s mother said the defendant was initially released at Oregbeni Police Station and the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) pressurised her to settle but she refused.

She explained that officials of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development gave her the assurance that justice will prevail on the matter as the government was keen on protecting children.

Defense counsel’s bail application was vehemently opposed by the prosecution to avoid potential distraction that could scuttle the case.

The case was adjourned to May 2, 2019, for accelerated hearing.

Pope Accepts US Bishop’s Resignation Over ‘Misconduct’ With Minor

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary bishop Alexander Salazar over his “misconduct” with a minor, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

The case is the latest in a litany of child sexual abuse scandals to have rocked the Roman Catholic Church of 1.3 billion followers around the world.

The Vatican said an investigation by the Archbishop of Los Angeles had found suspicions about Salazar’s behaviour to be “credible”.

A letter from the archbishop, Jose H. Gomez, said that in 2005 he had been “made aware of an allegation against Bishop Salazar of misconduct with a minor” during the 1990s when he was serving as a parish priest.

The allegations were investigated by the police but not prosecuted, Gomez said.

He said that since Salazar was a bishop when the allegations were made, he had passed the issue to the Vatican “which conducted an investigation and imposed certain precautionary measures”.

Salazar “consistently denied any wrongdoing,” Gomez said, and after obtaining permission from Rome, he had put the matter in the hands of the archdiocese’s “independent Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board.”

“The Board found the allegation to be credible and I submitted its findings and recommendations along with my own votum to the Holy See to make its final determination as to Bishop Salazar’s status,” he said.

“These decisions have been made out of deep concern for the healing and reconciliation of abuse victims and for the good of the Church’s mission.

“Let us continue to stay close to the victim-survivors of abuse, through our prayer and our actions.”

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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.

Police Arrest 17 Men For Raping 11-Year-Old Girl In India

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The Indian police have arrested 17 men for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl over several weeks.

The girl, who has a hearing disability, was allegedly sexually assaulted inside a largely unoccupied apartment block in the southern city of Chennai.

Among those arrested were the building’s security guards, plumber and elevator operator, the police said on Tuesday.

The elevator operator, 66, was the first to attack the girl after she returned from school and was cycling around the complex, according to the police.

He allegedly invited other men who filmed each other raping the child.

As the ordeal progressed, she was sedated with injections and drug-laced soft drinks, reports said.

“This is the initial stage of investigation and we have to go in-depth to ascertain the details,” a local police official told AFP.

According to local reports, the accused took the girl to various places in the complex including the basement, terrace, gym and public restrooms to rape her.

The incident came to light after the girl told her family who then lodged a police complaint. She is now receiving medical attention.

India has a grim record of sexual violence. Some 19,000 attacks on minors were reported in 2016, but most of the attacks are never brought to police attention.

In January, India was rocked by a particularly shocking attack when an eight-year-old girl died after being kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped for days at a Hindu temple.

This led to the introduction of the death sentence for the rape of girls under the age of 12.

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Man, 52 Arraigned For Raping Nine-Year-Old

 

A 52-year old man Mr Gabriel Olaniyan ‎has been brought before an Ibadan Magistrate Court sitting in Iyaganku area of Oyo State for allegedly raping a 9-year old girl.

Olaniyan was arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Mrs N.A.J. Ogunbon on one count of defiling the minor.

The prosecutor, Mrs Folake Ewe, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 1 at about 5:00 pm at Alapafon Area of Ibadan.

Ewe‎ said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 218 of the criminal code CAP 38 (Volume II) Laws of Oyo State, Nigeria (2000).

When asked to explain the reasons behind his actions, Olaniyan pleaded with the court saying that he erroneously used N10 biscuit to lure the innocent girl.

The magistrate who rejected his plea, condemned the act and lamented the increasing cases of  pedophilia.

Also Giving an account of the events that led to the incident, the victim’s father, Mr Adeleke, told the court that his daughter was on her way back from a Quranic school when she was allegedly accosted by Olaniyan and eventually raped. ‎

Furthermore, he told the that he was separated with Fatia’s mother and had remarried another woman under whose care his daughter was.

Ogunbon ‎urged parents to always monitor their children and take good care of them to in order to prevent them from being molested by rapists and other undesirable elements in the society.

The magistrate also advised the minor’s father to either return her to her mother or take her to a‎ responsible relation for proper care.

Subsequently, she ordered that the accused be remanded in Agodi Prison pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution. The case was eventually adjourned till April 5, 2018.

Bill To Curb Sexual Offences Against Minors Passes Second Reading

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A bill which seeks to provide for the registration and monitoring of convicts of sexual offences against children has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

Sponsored by the lawmaker representing Bekwarra/Obudu/Obanliku Cross Rivers, Ochiglegor Idagbo, the bill proposes the establishment of a monitoring unit under the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and keep records of those convicted for the rape of minors.

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The bill, which enjoyed the support of most members will also ensure that a website is created to make it easy for members of the public to check the identity of those that seek to work with them before employing them.

“History has taught us that people that commit sexual offences against minors have the tendencies to commit this sexual offence again and again.

“So, this bill seeks to establish a monitoring unit under NAPTIP that will register and monitor these sexual offenders. Whenever these sexual offenders seek employment in places where minors will be found, they will have the right to know that this person has been convicted for sexual offences in the past,” Idagbo said on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday.

The PDP lawmaker said the trauma which the children suffer as a result of these sexual offences is such that any responsible society will try to be proactive rather than be reactive.

“This bill seeks to make our society proactive to ensure that these sexual offences do not occur,” Idagbo added

Civil Servant Gets Life Imprisonment For Raping Minor

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An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Wednesday sentenced a local government employee in Ekiti State, Ojo Ayodele, to life imprisonment for raping a minor.

Ayodele was found guilty of raping a 15-year-old girl in Ijero Ekiti.

The convict was said to have abducted the minor in the town and taken her to a secret location in the town where he subjected her to continuous sexual assault for 21 days.

Delivering her judgement, Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde, found Ayodele guilty as charged and sentenced him to life imprisonment for raping the girl.

During the trial, the Director of Public Prosecution, Gbemiga Adaramola, prosecuted the case on behalf of the state while the convict was represented by his counsel, Tosin Osundahunsi.

The trial began on February 2, 2016, when Ayodele was brought to court on two counts of rape and abduction.

The prosecution called seven witnesses during the trial and tendered exhibits which include statements of the victim and the convict, medical report which established the rape, among others.

The convict did not call any witness apart from himself in the course of the trial.

A good Samaritan who saw bloodstains on the victim’s clothes after her ordeal had taken her to the Ijero Local Government Immigration office to report the case.

Ayodele was subsequently caught and arrested by immigration officers at the council secretariat as the victim identified him there as her abductor.

The immigration officers handed him to policemen at the Ijero Police Station where the case was reported.

The victim was living with her stepmother after her father and mother got divorced with the latter relocating to Port Harcourt.

She was said to have fled home allegedly due to her maltreatment by her stepmother after which she met Ayodele who promised to take care of her.