Alleged Rape: Court Remands Medical Doctor In Ikoyi Prison

A photo combination of a court gavel and the Managing Director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, Dr Femi Olaleye.

 

Dr Femi Olaleye, the Managing Director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, has been remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional facility pending the fulfillment of his bail conditions.

Mr Olaleye, is facing a two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault by penetration of his wife’s 16-year-old niece.

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He was arraigned by the Lagos state government on Wednesday at the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, in Ikeja area of Lagos.

The doctor pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.

The court granted him a bail of N50m with two sureties in like sum.

On November 21, the scheduled arraignment of the cancer care advocate was stalled following his absence in court.

During the trial on Wednesday, Babatunde Ogala, counsel to the defendant, read out some portions of Olaleye’s bail application, which was earlier filed in the court.

Mr Ogala asked the court to admit the defendant on bail on the grounds that he is ready to attend all the trials for the case.

The lawyer also said that the defendant is a leading cancer care advocate, whose patients will suffer if remanded in prison during the course of the trial.

The senior lawyer said the offences levelled against his client are not “grievous allegations like treason” that warrants the death sentence.

The lawyer added that the behaviour exhibited by Olaleye as it relates to his voluntary presence in court shows that he will comply with the conditions of the court.

He said the defendants came to court with “reliable and liable” professional colleagues who are ready to stand as sureties for him if granted bail by the court.

Countering the bail application, Babatunde Martins, a lawyer with the state government, said the offences leveled against the defendant is a serious crime in Lagos, which attracts life imprisonment.

Mr Martins said the prosecution team is concerned that the defendant has the tendency to interfere with the case, owing to his relationship with the claimants — his wife and the minor, who is the survivor.

Mr Martins argued that Mr Olaleye is flight-risk because he owns the Nigerian passport and probably possesses a British passport.

He asked the court to impose bail conditions that will ensure that the defendant attends his trial.

Bail conditions

For the bail conditions, the presiding judge said the defendant should provide two sureties with N50 million in like sum.

The sureties will to provide titles of two landed properties in Lagos, proof of gainful employment, three-year tax clearance, and proper national identification documents.

The judge asked Mr Olaleye to submit his international passport, British passport and all travelling documents to the court’s clerk.

The court fixed 19 and 21 December, for the continuation of trial.

 

Man Utd’s Greenwood Remanded In Custody On Attempted Rape Charge

In this file photo taken on January 10, 2022, Manchester United’s English striker Mason Greenwood features during the English FA Cup third-round football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood was Monday remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault.

The 21-year-old forward looked at his family from the dock before he was taken down the steps at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.

All three charges relate to the same woman.

Greenwood was first held in January over allegations relating to a young woman after images and videos were posted online.

He had been on bail since but was arrested on Saturday for an alleged breach of conditions.

Members of Greenwood’s family sat in the public gallery in the small courtroom, along with members of the press.

Wearing a grey hooded Nike top and grey jogging bottoms and flanked by two dock officers, the footballer spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, and address.

The attempted rape is alleged to have taken place in October 2021.

The controlling and coercive behaviour relates to a period between November 2018 and October this year. He is alleged to have made threatening and derogatory comments towards the complainant, as well as accessing and monitoring her social media accounts.

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The charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm is dated December 2021.

Within hours of the allegations surfacing online at the beginning of the year, Greenwood, who has made one appearance for England, was suspended from playing or training with Manchester United.

Nike suspended and later terminated its sponsorship deal with the player, while Electronic Arts confirmed his removal from active squads on its FIFA 22 game.

Greenwood will appear before a crown court in Manchester on November 21.

The defendant’s legal team told reporters they would be submitting a further application for bail.

A product of the United academy, Greenwood has played 129 times for United, scoring 35 goals. He signed a new deal in February 2021, keeping him at Old Trafford until at least 2025.

He made his England debut against Iceland in September 2020, but he and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden were sent home after a breach of the team’s coronavirus guidelines.

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Police Arrest 84-Year-Old Man For Defiling Minor In Ogun

The suspect, Stephen Jack.

 

Police authorities in Ogun State have arrested an 84-year-old man Stephen Jack for allegedly defiling an eight-year-old girl whose name was not given.

“The suspect who resides in Okun Owa area of Ijebu Ode was arrested following a report lodged at the Obalende Divisional headquarters by the father of the victim who reported that he discovered that his daughter was bleeding from her private part, and when he asked the little girl of the cause, she informed him that the suspect had sex with her,” the spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command  Abimbola Oyeyemi said in a statement on Saturday.

“Upon the report, the DPO Obalende Division, SP Murphy Salami detailed his detectives to the scene, where the randy old man was apprehended. Preliminary investigation revealed that the old man is a known pedophile in the area.”

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The victim has been taken to the General Hospital in Ijebu Ode for treatment, the police image maker added.

Abimbola quoted the Ogun State Commissioner for Police Lanre Bankole to have “directed that the suspect be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Departments for more investigation and possible prosecution”.

46-Year-Old Man Arrested For Defiling His Biological Daughter

 

A 46 years old man, Olusegun Oluwole has been apprehended by men of Ogun State police command for forcefully having carnal knowledge of his 17 years old daughter (name withheld).

The suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged at Ibara police station by the victim, who came in company of some indviduals and reported that while she was sleeping in their one room apartment at Amolaso area of Abeokuta at about 11:30 pm, her father, having observed that others are fast asleep suddenly grabbed her and forcefully had sex with her with a threat to kill her if she refused to allow him.


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Upon the report, the DPO Ibara division, CSP Bernard Egbondiya, quickly detailed his detectives to the scene, where the suspect was promptly arrested.

On interrogation, the father of six, who confessed to the crime pleaded for forgiveness, claiming not knowing what came over him when he committed the crime.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the transfer of the suspect to state Criminal investigation Departments for further investigation and possible prosecution, while the victim was taken to general hospital for medical treatment.

Teen Held For Raping 10-Year-Old Girl In Kwara

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A 15year-old boy who allegedly had forceful carnal knowledge of a 10year-old-girl at Oro-Ago, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara has been remanded by the State Juvenile Court.

The boy (name withheld) allegedly appeared from a bush to meet some girls who went swimming in a local stream in the area.

He was said to have chased the girls from the stream and caught up with one of them who fell down while running away and had forcefully had carnal knowledge of the girl.

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According to the Police First Information Report (FIR), the defendant (a 15-year-old boy), came out of the bush, disguising himself as a mad man, and met the girls swimming in the stream.

He reportedly started chasing the five girls, but the victim of the girls fell down and while the four other girls escaped, the defendant caught up with the victim.

“The girls were running towards their house for safety before the victim fell down where the defendant struggled with her and eventually had forceful intercourse with her,” the report further said.

The FIR also said that the matter was reported at the Oro-Ago police station by the victim’s father, Musa Mohammed and it was subsequently transferred to the Anti Human Trafficking Women and Children Protection Unit for discreet investigation.

The police report also revealed that “the Medical report obtained from ECWA Community Health Initiative, Oro-Ago confirmed that there were bruises, forceful penetration and bleeding from the victim’s private part.”

The prosecutor, Moshood Adebayo, urged the court to remand the defendant base on the alleged offence which he said was criminal against the defendant.

The Presiding Magistrate, Mr O.A. Adeniyi granted the request of the prosecutor and ordered that the underage defendant be remanded at the state government Children reformation Center, Ilorin.

The matter was later adjourned till August 31.

French Court Jails Serial Rapist For 20 Years

This photograph taken on September 15, 2021 shows the D2 division unit at the Fleury-Merogis prison, in Fleury-Merogis, on the outskirts of Paris. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

 

 

A French court on Friday jailed a man for 20 years over dozens of rapes and sexual assaults he committed over a 30-year period along the border with Belgium.

Dubbed the “Rapist of the Sambre” for the river running through the region where he operated, 61-year-old Dino Scala will serve at least two-thirds of the sentence behind bars.

A former janitor and family man seen as a pillar of the community, his 2018 arrest and subsequent trial for 17 rapes, 12 attempted rapes and 27 assaults shocked France.

“I want to apologise to my victims,” Scala said Friday before the judges retired to consider their verdict, his voice betraying little emotion.

Prosecutors had called the defendant “extremely dangerous”, saying he embodied “the unthinkable banality of evil”.

And an expert psychologist consulted by the court spoke of a “gulf between the social face and the hidden face” of the accused.

“The law is not up to” the seriousness of Scala’s crimes, said Fanny Bruyerre, who represented nine of the victims.

The maximum penalty of “20 years is so little” for 56 “lives destroyed”, she added ahead of the verdict.

– ‘Compulsions’ –
Scala confessed to around 40 of the 56 rapes and assaults he was charged with, attributing them to uncontrollable “compulsions”.

Investigators suspect that beyond the crimes tried in court, there were other victims who did not come forward to police.

Around half the victims stayed away from the trial, with some complaining they were mistreated when trying to file criminal reports or even told they were lying.

“I’ve been reliving this rape for 22 years, it’s torture,” one woman told the court.

Expert testimony suggested Scala’s frustration at what he felt was a lack of recognition in his personal, professional and sporting lives — he also coached a local football team — may have contributed to a desire to dominate and inflict terror on others.

But the defendant himself said it would be “impossible” for him to reoffend if released from prison.

“I’ve caused too much unhappiness around me. When I attacked those people, I didn’t realise how serious the things I was doing were,” he told the court.

– ‘Hunter’ –
Between 1988 and 2018, Scala’s youngest victim was 13, the oldest 48, and most were attacked the same way — surprised on deserted streets on early winter mornings, strangled and dragged into nearby bushes or trees.

Police began their search in November 1996, when a 28-year-old woman said she was raped alongside a motorway near Maubeuge. Investigators found the attacker’s DNA at the scene but found no matches in police databases.

Other attacks followed, with more than 15 alleged victims over two years, but then reports of similar cases suddenly stopped.

Despite increased patrols, the assailant was never found and the case was closed in 2003.

Three years later a new series of assaults in Belgium relaunched the inquiry, and police began to suspect that other earlier cases in the area might be linked to the same man.

It was only in February 2018, when a teenager was assaulted in Erquelinnes, Belgium, that video surveillance cameras revealed a Peugeot car at the scene, and Scala was arrested a few weeks later.

A knife, gloves and cords that could serve as garrottes were found during searches, and DNA matches were made at several of the crime scenes.

After his arrest he told investigators how he carried out his attacks.

“I hung around… I watched where women would pass by,” he said. “I have the nature of a hunter.”

US Judge Dismisses Rape Suit Against Football Star Ronaldo

Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on May 7, 2022.
Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

A US district judge in Las Vegas has dismissed a rape lawsuit against football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, castigating the legal team behind the complaint.

Judge Jennifer Dorsey threw out the case brought by Kathryn Mayorga of Nevada, who alleged she was assaulted by the Portuguese soccer star in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.

In a 42-page ruling released Friday, the judge accused Mayorga’s attorneys of “abuses and flagrant circumvention of the proper litigation process” and said that as a result, “Mayorga loses her opportunity to pursue this case.”

Her attorneys had actually moved to dismiss the case voluntarily last month, US media said, but Dorsey decided that their repeated use of illicitly obtained confidential documents meant the case had to be dismissed “with prejudice” — meaning it cannot be revived.

“Nothing less than a with-prejudice dismissal will purge the taint that has permeated this case from its very inception and preserve the integrity of the litigation process,” Dorsey wrote.

Mayorga filed a complaint in September last year alleging she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo, who strongly denied the accusations.

Mayorga said that while she had agreed to a financial settlement with Ronaldo shortly after the alleged incident — reportedly for $375,000 — her emotional trauma at the time did not allow her to participate in the mediation process.

But in trying to revive the case, Dorsey found, Mayorga’s lawyer Leslie Stovall made repeated use of “cyber-hacked attorney-client privileged documents.”

That use of the documents was “bad faith,” the judge ruled, “and simply disqualifying Stovall will not cure the prejudice to Ronaldo, because the misappropriated documents and their confidential contents have been woven into the very fabric of Mayorga’s claims.”

Ronaldo is one of the biggest stars of world football and is a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player.

Man City’s Mendy Charged With Additional Count Of Rape

Man City defender, Benjamin Mendy.

 

Manchester City and France footballer Benjamin Mendy has been charged with a further count of rape, it was announced Wednesday following the lifting of reporting restrictions.

The latest allegation, which relates to a new complainant, means the 27-year-old has now been accused of eight counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape, relating to seven young women.

Mendy pleaded not guilty last month to the prior charges. The latest has not yet been put to him in a court.

The media had been banned from publishing the latest charge, but that restriction was lifted by judge Steven Everett during a hearing at Chester Crown Court in northwest England on Wednesday.

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All the alleged offences are said to have taken place at Mendy’s home address near Macclesfield, northwest England, between October 2018 and August last year.

Mendy is due to go on trial before a jury on July 25 along with his co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, who has also pleaded not guilty.

Matturie denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault, relating to eight young women. His alleged offences span from July 2012 to August last year.

Both the defendants are on bail. None of the women said to have been assaulted can be named under English law.

Mendy joined Premier League champions City from French side Monaco in 2017. He has played 75 times for the Manchester club, but his playing time has been limited by injuries and a loss of form.

He was suspended by City after being charged by police.

The last of Mendy’s 10 caps for France came in November 2019, after the defender won the World Cup in 2018.

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Ochanya: Court Acquits Lecturer Accused Of Rape, Another Jails Wife For Negligence

Alleged Bribery: Witness Testifies As Rickey Tarfa’s Trial Continues
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A Makurdi High Court in Benue State has acquitted Andrew Ogbuja, a lecturer at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, accused of raping and causing the death of Ochanya Ogbanje, a 13-year-old schoolgirl, in 2018.

Justice Augustine Ityonyiman acquitted Ogbuja of the charges filed against him on Wednesday while delivering judgment on the case at the court in the state capital.

Ogbuja and his son, Victor, who are both maternal relations of the victim, were accused of serially raping her until she fell ill and subsequently died.

Ochanya was admitted to the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi for two months before she died on October 17, 2018.

On October 10, 2019, the Benue State government arraigned 54-year-old Ogbuja before the Makurdi High Court on four counts of rape and Ochanya’s death.

 

The Acquittal

Delivering judgment on the case, Justice Ityonyiman held that the prosecution failed to prove the four counts against Mr Ogbuja.

He explained that the police investigators failed to subject the defendant to medical examination, in order to match his specimen with the findings in the medical reports that were presented before the court.

In evaluating the evidence, the judge held that two autopsy reports from the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi and the Nigerian Police Forensic Laboratory in Lagos left him quandary.

“I cannot pick and choose which of the autopsy reports to rely on in reaching a just conclusion of this case,” he said.

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Justice Ityonyiman added that while the autopsy report from the Medical Centre in Makurdi said Miss Ochanya died of “natural cause”, the one from the police forensic laboratory revealed that the deceased “suffered diseases that were related to sexual abuse.”

Despite narrating her ordeals at the hands of the Ogbujas in a video tendered before the court, he said, “it is regrettable that the deceased could not tell her story before she died.”

“I hereby acquit and discharge the defendant of all the four count-charge.”

 

Wife Convicted

Elsewhere, Justice Mobolaji Olajunwo of the Federal High Court in Makurdi convicted Ogbuja’s wife, Mrs Felicia, for negligence in the rape of the deceased.

Felicia, on her part, was arraigned by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) over negligence that led to the rape and death of Ochanya.

The anti-trafficking agency accused Mrs Ogbuja of failing in her duty to protect the deceased from being raped by her husband and son.

In Mrs Ogbuja’s case which coincided with that of her husband, Justice Olajunwo held that the defendant failed in her duty to protect Ochanya from ‘being sexually abused by her son, Victor’.

According to her, the victim was being abused by Felicia’s son but the defendant who owed the girl the duty of care to ensure that she was protected from such an act failed in doing so, even when her daughter, Winifred, drew her attention to the sexual assault.

The judge said the defendant made it impossible for the NAPTIP investigating officer to see and interrogate Winifred in the course of the investigation of the matter.

Agreeing with the prosecution, she said “the evidence that Ochanya told the defendant (Mrs Ogbuja) about what was going on, and was not successfully challenged,” proved NAPTIP’s case.

Justice Olajunwo also held that Felicia failed to challenge the prosecution’s evidence that she “threatened to send Ochanya out of her house if she told anyone about the sexual abuse.

“This evidence has neither been challenged nor controverted. The defendant failed to perform her duty as it concerned the well-being of Ochanya, particularly as it comes to her protection from being sexually abused.”

“The fourth prosecution witness, in his testimony, said Ochanya upon been presented for medical examination complained of passing urine uncontrollably and had serious pain in the lower abdomen.

“When Ochanya was examined, it was discovered that the membrane covering the vagina opening was not there, which is an indication that Ochanya had been disvirgined,” the judge stated while recalling the prosecution’s evidence.

Before sentencing the convict, Felicia’s lawyer, Abel Onoja, pleaded for leniency and called two witnesses in frantic efforts to save his client.

But Justice Olajunwo sentenced Mrs Ogbuja to five months imprisonment without an option of a fine, after listening to her lawyer’s plea for clemency.

“Taking into consideration the testimonies of witnesses that testified to the defendant’s character, the number of months contained in the law shall be reduced by the court.

“Therefore, the defendant is sentenced to five months imprisonment with no option of fine,” she held.

 

Search For Education

Miss Ochanya, in search of a sound education, had left her rural home at Ogene-Amejo for Ugbokolo township where she lived with the Ogbujas. Mrs Ogbuja is said to be Ochanya’s maternal relation.

The Ogbujas residence, where they lived with the deceased, was said to be located on a street almost opposite the Emmanuel Primary and Secondary School where Ochanya obtained her primary education in Ugbokolo, Benue State.

Ochanya, who was a JSS1 pupil of the Federal Government Girls College Gboko in Benue State, died of complications linked to the alleged serial rape by Mr Ogbuja and his fugitive son.

Mr Ogbuja was later arraigned on four counts of sexual abuse of the late Ochanya during a period of over five years, which resulted in her death in October 2018.

The father and son allegedly abused the late Ochanya while she was living with them. But the son, Victor, disappeared after police started looking for him and his father over the case.

Doctors later diagnosed Ochanya with Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) – a disease attributed to the serial rape allegedly by the two men.

Court Sentences 31-Year-Old Man To Death For Robbery, Rape

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

An Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene has sentenced a 31-year-old man, Nsikak Udofia, to death for armed robbery and life imprisonment for rape.

A native of Utu Edem Usung in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, Udofia was convicted by Justice Augustine Odokwo, after being found guilty of robbery and rape.

The convict, a secondary school dropout, and others now at large were said to have “robbed a shoe meander, one Gabriel Akpan Victor, of his torchlight, two knives, a roll of black thread, two palm slippers and a cash sum of two N2,350 while on his way home from work on 31st December 2017.”

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Three weeks after, the convict was also said to have raped a 16-year-old Senior Secondary School two student in an uncompleted building in Utu Edem Usung, Ikot Ekpene on 21st January 2018.

Delivering judgement which lasted for two hours, the trial judge, Justice Augustine Odokwo found the accused guilty of the two-count charge, which is punishable under Section(1) sub-(1) of the Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act, Laws of the Federation and Section 367 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2000.

The court held that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused person committed the offenses.

In the first count charge of robbery, Justice Odokwo sentenced Nsikak Udofia to death by hanging, praying to God to have mercy on his soul.

In the second count charge of rape, the Court held that Nsikak Udofia shall serve a life sentence in Ikot Ekpene Correctional Centre.

Justice Odokwo held that “the sentence is to run consecutively as the offense of rape is prevalent in Ikot Ekpene.”

He ordered the Clerk of the Court to keep in her safe custody, all the exhibits pending appeal, if any, and return them to the parties that tendered the exhibits, if, after the period allowed for appeal, no notice of appeal is filed.

Channels Television observed that the convict wept in the courtroom, begging the judge to temper justice with mercy on him.

Police Arrest Man For Raping, Strangling Neighbour To Death In Ogun State

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

A 23-year-old boy, Ikenna James, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly raping and killing his 29 years old neighbor Oluwatoshin Adefisayo, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University.

The Ogun State police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed this in a press statement issued in Abeokuta, the state capital

He said that the suspect, who lives in the same compound with the late Adefisayo, bargained with his friend – who is now at large – and they broke into the apartment of the deceased in the night through the ceiling while she was fast asleep, raped and then strangled her.

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“The neighbors including the parents of the suspect woke up in the morning only to discover that the apartment of the deceased had been broken into. The neighbors there and then invited the local vigilante to the scene, and while at the scene, Ikenna was seen coming down from the ceiling where he has been hiding after the dastardly act.

“He was quickly held down while a distress call was made to the police at Ogijo Divisional headquarters,” the public relations officer explained.

He said that in the strength of the complaint, the Divisional Police Officer, Ogijo Division, CSP Onatufeh Umoh, quickly led his men to the scene and got the suspect arrested.

“On interrogation, Ikenna James, whose partner in crime has run away confessed to the commission of the crime, also informed the police that they decided to kill the victim after raping her because they discovered that she recognized them.”

“Ikenna’s parents, who described his arrest as good radiance to bad rubbish, said they have already given up on him as he is the black sheep of the family. They also appealed to the authority concerned to ensure that appropriate punishment is awarded to him,” the police added.

The state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has however ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation. He also directed that his accomplice be hunted for and brought to book.

Mason Greenwood Removed From FIFA 22 By EA Sports – Reports

Police Arrest Man Utd’s Greenwood After Assault Accusation
File photo of FIFA 22 player card for Mason Greenwood

 

Manchester United forward, Mason Greenwood has been removed from the video game console, FIFA 22, by makers EA sports.

Greenwood had been arrested on suspicion of rape and assault on Sunday after video, photos and an audio recording were posted on the woman’s Instagram account, together with accusations of violent assault, before being deleted.

An initial statement by United said: “We are aware of images and allegations circulating on social media. We will not make any further comments until the facts have been established. Manchester United does not condone violence of any kind.”

High-profile United players, Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea, and Paul Pogba were quick to distance themselves from the embattled youngster by unfollowing him across social media platforms.

According to reports, EA Sports on Tuesday during its database release update for FIFA 22 on all platforms, including PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, excluded the 20-year-old  from all offline modes in the game with immediate effect.

Despite the exclusion, the Englishman’s FIFA 22 Ultimate Team item still remains active,

Footwear manufacturing brand, Nike followed suit by also suspending their partnership with Greenwood following his arrest.

In a statement to the BBC, Nike said: “We have suspended our relationship with Mason Greenwood.

“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

Manchester police had also launched an investigation into the arrest of “a man,” who had been arrested on the suspicion of rape and assault as under English law, alleged and actual victims of sexual offences cannot be named.