Rape Allegation: Dbanj, Seyitan Reach Private Non-Monetary Agreement

 

After weeks of rape allegations that trailed Nigerian singer, Dapo Oyebanji popularly known as D’banj, involving one Ms Seyitan Babatayo, both parties appear to have sheath their swords.

One of the organisations which has been at the forefront of the case, Stand To End Rape (STER), disclosed in a statement on Friday, that both parties had earlier in the month, reached a private non-monetary agreement.

In the wake of series of allegations of rape months ago, a Twitter user claimed D’banj had raped Seyitan, (who is a friend of his), years ago in a hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos, after she refused his advances at a party.

According to him, D’banj traced the lady to the hotel, where he allegedly collected a spare key from the receptionist, accosted her in the room and had his way.

But after weeks of silence, the ‘Fall in Love’ crooner, reacted, describing the allegations as ‘lies from the pit of hell’.

He also said his legal team was fully involved and will address the matter with the necessary actions.

He also demanded that Seyitan pays the sum of N100 m within 48 hours of his response, or would risk legal action.

He also demanded that she writes a letter of apology and retracts her statements which would be published in four national dailies.

Meanwhile, a fresh twist to the whole story emerged after news surfaced that Seyitan had been held in police custody and eventually released days later.

It also appeared that her Twitter handle retracted some of the allegations and stated that she was done with the case and simply wanted to move on with her life.

The new development has left many puzzled and has also raised more conversations about how rape victims seem to always be humiliated into silence.

Days later, in a new statement, Seyitan confirmed that D’banj and his team had indeed coerced and intimidated her into retracting the statements.

She also hinted that the case had been pushed to the Inspector General of Police who according to her, ordered further investigations.

But in the statement by the STER on Friday, the agency said that despite all the available evidence, the singer was yet to be invited and investigated.

However, while awaiting a report from the police, STER noted that one Mr Segun Awosanya a.k.a Segalink, reached out to Ms Babatayo, asking her to attend a meeting with the accused at an address which he (Segalink) had sent to her.

“We learnt that the meeting was in view of negotiating a private settlement of the criminal case.

“The meeting was also confirmed by Ms Babatayo’s legal counsel who was scheduled to be in attendance.

“STER was also invited to the same meeting but we declined,” the statement read in part.

“On the 13th of July 2020, Ms Babatayo informed STER that a private non-monetary agreement was reached with D’banj’s team,” the statement added.

So far, nothing has yet been heard from D’banj’s team but STER assured the public that it remains committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence in Nigeria.

Man Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Raping Two-Year-Old In Ogun

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An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the state capital has sentenced a 35-year-old man, Adekunle Olalere, to life imprisonment for raping a two-year-old girl.

Olalere who resides in the Mowe area of Ogun State was convicted on one count of having sexual intercourse with the two-year-old, a charge which he pleaded not guilty to.

However, delivering the judgment on Tuesday, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi held that all evidence presented before the court by the prosecution was tenable, hence the convict was guilty as charged.

“Based on the evidence, I find and hold that the convict, had sexual intercourse with the child and is guilty as charged,” he said and thereafter, sentenced Olalere to life Imprisonment.

The prosecution counsel, Mrs Oluyemisi Aruleba, had told the court during the trial that the convict committed the offense on March 22, 2017, at No 18, Bashorun street off Unity road, Olowotedo area in Mowe.

According to her, the convict forcefully had sexual intercourse with the two-year-old girl.

Aruleba said the victim’s mother had been residing with Olalere because she helps the wife to sell foodstuff and other things.

“The victim’s mother met her two-year-old daughter crying, and noticed she was not walking properly, she checked her daughter’s private part and noticed it was swollen.

“She took the child to the hospital where it was confirmed that there were sperm cells in her private part and it was also revealed that the child had been sexually abused,” she said.

According to Arulebe, the offenses contravened Section 32 of the Child Right laws of Ogun 2006.

Reverend Sisters Protest Against Rape In Lagos

 

 Religious Sisters of Charity, a Christian Congregation in the Catholic Church protested against the increase in rape.

The Reverend Sisters took to the streets of Kirikiri, Festac, and Satellite on Wednesday to express their concerns on the issue with the theme NO TO RAPE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

The purpose of the demonstration is to end rape and domestic violence in Nigeria.

Rev Sr. Justina Suekime Nelson RSC is the leader of the group in a statement explained rape as barbaric, cruel and an abuse of the God-given dignity of the human person.

“In fact, it is worse than armed robbery and should be criminalized as such. It robs the survivors of their dignity, breaks them into pieces and the effects of the trauma remain all throughout their entire life. The survivors live their entire life in a dilemma”.

The participants carried placards with the following inscriptions such as SAY NO TO RAPE, Rape is a crime, rape equals life imprisonment, Say no to emotional abuse, say No to verbal abuse, Domestic violence is a criminal offence, say no to verbal abuse, say no to psychological abuse, etc.

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El-Rufai’s Wife, Others March To NASS, Demand Life Imprisonment For Rapists

Members of the Movement Against Rape And Sexual Violence, converge on the Unity Fountain Abuja on July 15, 2020.

 

Members of the Movement Against Rape And Sexual Violence (MARS-V) have converged on the Unity Fountain in the nation’s capital Abuja to demand life imprisonment for rapists.

According to the wife of the Governor of Kaduna State, Mrs Aisha El-Rufai, who is leading members of the group to the National Assembly, the current penalty against rapists is not stringent enough and until stricter penalties are put in place, such incidents may continue to occur.

Just recently, the Minister Of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen, noted that the incidents of rape across the country, especially during the lockdown, rose to about 3,600.


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#JusticeForUwa  #JusticeForBarakat

In May, news of the rape and murder of several girls surfaced, sparking national outrage.

One such case was the murder of a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology in the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

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The 22-year-old student was reported to have been raped inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

The men were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her and left her for dead. She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.

In like manner, other cases of rape of minors were recorded at the time, in Oyo and Jigawa states all within the space of two weeks.

While the state and Federal Governments vowed to ensure justice is served, the incidents have since sparked conversations about the value of the girl child and how the subject of rape and all forms of abuse appear to be trivialized in the country.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives on June 4, voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration as punishment for rapists.

 

 

#JusticeForMaleVictims

 

On July 14, the Senate amended the Criminal Code Act which recommends life imprisonment for kidnappers and deletes the statute of limitations on cases of rape.

Section 218 of the Criminal Code Act (amended) removing the statute of limitations implies that the defilement cases can remain open for as long as possible against the earlier limitation of two months.

The Criminal Code Act Cap. C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB.02) was sponsored by Distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central Senatorial District) on September 24, 2019.

 

Lawmakers during plenary at the Senate chamber in Abuja (File Photo)

 

The Senate on Tuesday also eliminated the gender restrictions in the offence of rape as Section 357 of the Criminal Code Act defines rape as an offence against women.

It acknowledged that the male gender can also be victims.

Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matter, Opeyemi Bamidele in his presentation, explained that the aim of criminal law and criminal justice system is not only for punishment but also for deterrence, retribution, restoration and rehabilitation of offenders.

59-Year-Old Pastor Arrested For Raping Minor In Ogun

In this photo released by the Ogun State Police Command on July 14, 2020, Abiodun who was accused of raping a minor is detained at the police station in Odeda.

 

Police have arrested a 59-year-old suspect, Oketokun Abiodun, for raping a 10-year-old girl in Ogun State.

According to a statement from the state police command on Tuesday, Abiodun is the pastor of Light Christian Church in the Odeda area of the state.

He was said to have been arrested on July 10, 2020, by men of Ogun State Police Command for forcefully having unlawful carnal knowledge of the minor.

The suspect was arrested following a complaint by the father of the victim who reported at the police station in Odeda.

Abiodun, according to the girl’s father, saw the victim playing with other children and called her to fetch his key from his room.

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

“While the innocent girl was going into the room, the pastor followed her behind, pushed her into the bed, covered her mouth with his hands, and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

“Upon the report, the DPO Odeda Division, CSP Ajayi Williams, detailed his detectives to the scene where the randy pastor was promptly arrested,” said the statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi.

It added, “On interrogation, the pastor owned up to the commission of the crime and he is currently being detained at Odeda Police Station, while the victim has been taken to the General Hospital Odeda, for medical attention.”

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Kenneth Ebrimson, ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, for further investigation and prosecution.

Senate Recommends Life Imprisonment For Kidnappers, Removes Time Limit On Rape Cases

Lawmakers during plenary at the Senate chamber in Abuja February 12, 2020. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Senate has amended the Criminal Code Act which recommends life imprisonment for kidnappers and deletes the statute of limitations on cases of rape.

Section 218 of the Criminal Code Act (amended) removing the statute of limitations implies that the defilement cases can remain open for as long as possible against the earlier limitation of two months.

The Criminal Code Act Cap. C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB.02) was sponsored by Distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central Senatorial District) on September 24, 2019.

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The Senate on Tuesday also eliminated the gender restrictions in the offence of rape as Section 357 of the Criminal Code Act defines rape as an offence against women.

It acknowledged that the male gender can also be victims.

Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matter, Opeyemi Bamidele in his presentation, explained that the aim of criminal law and criminal justice system is not only for punishment but also for deterrence, retribution, restoration and rehabilitation of offenders.

“And where the law fails to achieve any of these objectives, it becomes inherently defective, hence the need for the amendment/review of such law(s) to bring them into conformity with best practices.

“This amendment is a response to these anomalies and is also within the legislative powers of the National Assembly, to make laws that are responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of the people and to also amend obsolete laws that will enhance effective justice system and ensure good governance.

“Therefore, the amendment to the Criminal Code Act that is being proposed, is a welcome development to our criminal justice system”.

Senator Bamidele further noted that the proposition to delete statute of limitation on the prosecution of offences under section 218 and 221 of the Criminal Code Act, is a welcome development as the statute of limitation, placed on defilement and rape, negates the principles of natural law, equity and good conscience.

“There is no gainsaying the fact anyone who has carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of thirteen (13) or a girl being of or above the age of thirteen (13) and under the age of sixteen (16) or attempts to commit same offences, may not be punished, as the prosecution of such offence is barred after the expiration of two (2) months from the commission of the offence by virtue of the statute of limitation.

“Finally, they submitted that the frequency of kidnapping across the Federation and the resultant trauma, not to mention the number of lives lost to the crime, makes it imperative to review our laws with a view to ensuring appropriate punishment for perpetrators as well as serve as deterrence to would-be perpetrators.

“Thus, the passage of this Bill would proffer a life sentence for persons found guilty of kidnapping as against the provisions of section 364 of the Act, which proffer the punishment of imprisonment for a term of ten (10) years, where the offence of kidnapping is established”.

He added that Nigerians at the public hearing expressed divergent views as regards the proposed amendments in the bill.

Read Details Of The Bill Below:

REPORT OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGAL MATTERS ON A BILL FOR AN ACT TO AMEND THE CRIMINAL CODE ACT CAP. C.38 LAWS OF THE FEDERATION OF NIGERIA, 2004 TO DELETE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATION ON DEFILEMENT, INCREASE PUNISHMENT FOR THE OFFENCE OF KIDNAPPING, REMOVE GENDER RESTRICTIONS IN THE OFFENCE OF RAPE; AND FOR RELATED MATTERS.

1.0 BACKGROUND

The Criminal Code Act Cap. C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB.02) was sponsored by Distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central Senatorial District). The Bill was read for the First Time on Tuesday, 24th September 2019. On Tuesday, 26th November 2019, the Senate deliberated on the general principles of the Bill. After extensive debates, it was read the Second Time and referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, for further legislative action, (vide Order of Referral dated Tuesday 26th November, 2019), to report back with its recommendations.

2.0 METHOD OF WORK

After the referral, the Committee held a series of meetings and agreed on the following legislative framework:

(a) to consult widely and seek views of stakeholders on the justifications for the passage of the Bill; and
(b) to resort to any other matter incidental thereto, which would assist the Committee in the discharge of its assignment.

3.0 OBJECTIVES OF THE BILL

Mr President, Distinguished colleagues, the objectives of the Bill, among others, are: to delete the statute of limitation on defilement in Sections 218 and 221 of the Criminal Code Act Cap. C.38 LFN, 2004 and amend the definition of rape in Section 357, and provide stringent punishment for the offence of kidnapping in section 364 of the Criminal Code Act.

4.0 LEGISLATIVE ACTION

In furtherance of this assignment, the Committee relied on the legislative framework, earlier agreed upon as the way forward. Accordingly, in addition to the wide consultations that were made with relevant stakeholders in order to elicit their inputs on the proposed legislation, the Committee also considered divergent views expressed by Distinguished Senators on the merits of the Bill during the Second Reading stage.

Mr President, Distinguished Colleagues, I wish to state here for the avoidance of doubt that, from views expressed on the Bill, there were opposing arguments on the passage of the Bill by the National Assembly. It will interest Distinguished Senators to note that the Committee subjected all the views canvassed for and against the passage of the Bill, taking into account, extant Laws on the subject matter. Below, are the highlights of the views expressed by stakeholders on the proposed legislation.

4.1 Highlights of Views

Mr President, Distinguished colleagues, let me commend once again, the Sponsor of the Bill for this laudable piece of legislative proposal. It is apposite to state that an effective criminal justice system, is fundamental to the maintenance of law and order and since criminal justice addresses behavioural issues, it must be dynamic and proactive.

The aim of criminal law and the criminal justice system is not only for punishment but also for deterrence, retribution, restoration and rehabilitation of offenders. And where the law fails to achieve any of these objectives, it becomes inherently defective, hence the need for the amendment/review of such law(s) to bring them into conformity with best practices. This amendment is a response to these anomalies and is also within the legislative powers of the National Assembly, to make laws that are responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of the people and to also amend obsolete laws that will enhance effective justice system and ensure good governance. Therefore, the amendment to the Criminal Code Act that is being proposed, is a welcome development to our criminal justice system.

Firstly, it should be noted that the proposition to delete statute of limitation on the prosecution of offences under section 218 and 221 of the Criminal Code Act, is a welcome development as the statute of limitation, placed on defilement and rape, negates the principles of natural law, equity and good conscience. There is no gainsaying the fact anyone who has carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of thirteen (13) or a girl being of or above the age of thirteen (13) and under the age of sixteen (16) or attempts to commit same offences, may not be punished, as prosecution of such offence is barred after the expiration of two (2) months from the commission of the offence by virtue of statute of limitation.

Secondly, the stakeholders contended that the use of the words “idiot or imbecile” in Section 221 of the Act, has pejorative connotations, which have become derogatory and obsolete. As such, their usage should no longer exist in our laws, hence the need for this amendment. This is also a welcome development and a modern trend in legislative drafting and best practice world over.

Furthermore, section 357 of the Criminal Code Act, defines rape as an offence against women. However, in recent times, there are incidences of non-consensual sex, perpetrated against the male gender. Therefore, the passage of this Bill will ensure that our laws and jurisprudence evolve in tandem with the rest of the world.

Finally, they submitted that the frequency of kidnapping across the Federation and the resultant trauma, not to mention the number of lives lost to the crime, makes it imperative to review our laws with a view to ensuring appropriate punishment for perpetrators as well as serve as deterrence to would-be perpetrators. Thus, the passage of this Bill would proffer a life sentence for persons found guilty of kidnapping as against the provisions of section 364 of the Act, which proffer the punishment of imprisonment for a term of ten (10) years, where the offence of kidnapping is established.

Mr President, Distinguished colleagues, at this juncture, we wish to state that a cross-section of stakeholders opposed the passage of the Bill, based on the substantive and procedural laws on the subject matter, hence, they submitted as follows:

Firstly, they stated that the statute of limitation, regarding the prosecution of the offence of defilement that must commence within two (2) months from the date the offence was committed, which is the absurdity that this Bill seeks to address, has been cured by virtue of section 45 (1) and (2) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015, as such, the amendment should be discountenanced. For the avoidance of doubt, the section provides as follows:

“(1) Any offence committed or proceedings instituted before the commencement of this Act under the provisions of the –
(a) Criminal Code, Cap. LFN, 2004
(b) Penal Code, LFN, 2004
(c) Criminal Procedure Code, Cap. LFN, 2004
(d) Any other law or regulation relating to any act of violence defined by this Act shall as the case may require to be enforced or continue to be enforced by the provisions of this Act.
(2) Any provision of the Act shall supersede any other provision on similar offences in the Criminal Code, Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code”.

Secondly, it was contended that since the Violence Against Persons Act, 2015, has addressed the gender neutrality issue on rape or defilement, as there is no longer distinction regarding the classification of all acts of sexual penetration of persons, such as rape or defilement in this Act, it is needless to amend the Criminal Code Act in that regard. Thus, section 1 (1) (a) of the Act, states as follows:

“1. (1) A person commits the offence of rape if –
(a) he or she intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with any other part of his or her body or anything else”

From the standpoint of this provision, they argued that it is clear, gender neutrality introduced in the definition of rape in this Bill, has already been addressed, as such, the Criminal Code Act should not be amended.

Thirdly, they argued that the passage of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, has, in no small measure, helped in the administration of justice generally in the Federal Capital Territory and Federal Courts, across the country, which is the uniform procedural law that applies in these Courts. Therefore, stakeholders unanimously emphasised the urgent need to comprehensively and holistically review all obsolete existing criminal laws, including the Criminal Code Act and the Penal Code Act to pave way for uniformity and suitability in our country instead of embarking on a piecemeal amendment, as is being sought by this Bill; and

Finally, it was posited that in as much as the National Assembly has the power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federation, it does not have the constitutional competence to legislate on crimes that do not fall within the contemplation of the Exclusive Legislative List. Hence, the National Assembly cannot amend the Criminal Code and Penal Code for the States.

5.0 OBSERVATIONS/FINDINGS

Flowing from the analysis of submissions made by the stakeholders on the Bill and based on our subsequent consideration of the Bill in our mark–up session, the Committee hereby makes the following observations and findings:

1. That the introduction of the Bill is laudable and commendable as its passage into law, will address the lingering issues of status of limitation in the prosecution of rape/defilement cases and the incessant kidnapping menace, which are on the rise, in recent times;

2. That even though the statute of limitation has been deliberately omitted from the VAPP Act, 2015, which is the prevailing law on the subject matter, intended to give room for the prosecution of offences of this nature, it is not of general application. As such, this proposed amendment is a welcome development;

3. That by virtue of Section 315 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, dealing with savings and transitional provision, the National Assembly has the legislative competence to amend the Criminal Code Act as an Act of the National Assembly by its virtue of being in existing law;

4. That the National Assembly can amend the Criminal Code Act in line with the aforesaid provision, which gives it power to take over all existing laws, made prior to its existence, and subject such laws to necessary modifications in order to bring them into conformity with the Constitution;

5. That contrary to views canvassed by those opposing the passage of the Bill by the National Assembly, on the ground that its passage will usurp the powers of the States to legislate on the subject matter, it should be stated for the avoidance of doubt, that the proposed Bill seeks to amend the Criminal Code Act of 1916 and not Criminal Code Law of the States; and

6. That the Bill, when enacted, will be applied by the Federal High Court, in the southern part of the country, where the Criminal Code Act, is applicable and operational.

6.0 RECOMMENDATION

The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, to which this Bill, was referred, having considered same, recommends as follows:

“That the Senate does pass the Criminal Code Act Cap. C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020”.

WE SO MOVE.

7.0 CONCLUSION

On behalf of members of the Committee, I wish to express our gratitude for this opportunity to serve you, our colleagues and our nation, Nigeria.

Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele
Chairman

Police Arrest 60-Year-Old Man For Raping Minor In Niger

A file photo of a police van.

 

The police in Niger State have arrested a 60-year-old man, Haruna Lawal, for raping a minor in Wushishi Local Government Area of the state.

Lawan was said to have used N100 as bait to lure the unsuspecting victim, an 8-year-old girl from Angwan Barwa community.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abiodun Wasiu.

Wasiu noted that the victim, who went out to hawk fishes for her mother that early morning, was lured by Lawal into an uncompleted building where he also allegedly raped her.

Although the accused is known by everyone in the area as a scavenger of scraps, the police authorities say he is a potential rape suspect.

“On 11/07/2020 at about 1330hrs, based on information received, Police detectives attached to Wushishi division arrested one Haruna Lawal age 60yrs ‘m’ of Wushishi, a scavenger who criminally lured an eight years old girl ‘f’ of Angwan Barwa Wushishi, while she was hawking fish in the area with the sum of one hundred naira (#100.00k) into an uncompleted building and had canal knowledge of her,” the statement partly read.

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Channels Television learnt that the suspect did not deny the allegation as he was said to have confessed to using his victim to service his sexual cravings.

The police spokesman said that the “during interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.”

Over the last five months, there has been an upsurge in the cases of rape in Niger State.

According to Rayuwa Sexual Assaults Referral Centre (SARC) located in the state capital Minna, at least over four hundred cases of sexual assaults have been lodged in the centre since January this year, mostly involving minors, both males and females.

In June, a father of four was arrested by the Police for allegedly raping his two daughters shortly after the demise of their mother.

Father Allegedly Impregnates 16-Year-Old Daughter In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria

 

The Yobe State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has paraded a 43-year-old man and a father of eight for allegedly impregnating his 16-year-old daughter in Damaturu, the state capital.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Dungus Abdulkarim said the suspect had earlier divorced his wife five years ago and did not re-marry.

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The victim, whose pregnancy is said to be six-month-old noted that her father had been molesting her since 2015.

In another sad incident, a suspect who is said to be a deaf man had allegedly molested an 8-year-old boy.

The father of the victim said the act happened in Damaturu where the suspect lured his son into a mosque and, when he was caught, he pretended to be praying.

Police Arrest Five For Rape In Akwa Ibom

Police Arrest 10 Suspects For Political Violence In Akwa Ibom

 

Police in Akwa Ibom State have arrested five persons for allegedly raping minors in the State.

Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP. Fredrick Nnudam disclosed this in a statement, Thursday in Uyo, the state capital.

Citing section 1(2) of the Akwa Ibom State Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law, 2020, which states that the price for rape is life imprisonment for the guilty, the command warned members of the public against involvement in rape and any other crime.

Protesters hold placards and banners in Abuja to raise awareness about sexual violence in Nigeria in June 5, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

Giving details of the arrests, the statement read: “The fight against perpetrators of rape and other gender-based violence in Akwa Ibom State yielded another breakthrough as five (5) suspects were arrested in the State.

“Responding to a distress call on 20/5/2020, detectives of Abak Division arrested a motorcyclist, one Edidiong Daniel Tommy (31) who diverted a 16-year-old passenger to his house situated at No. 75 Hospital Road, in Abak Local Government Area where he conspired with one other suspect now at large and had unlawful carnal knowledge of the 16-year-old girl at gunpoint.

“The suspects thereafter dispossessed the victim of her phone valued at seventeen thousand naira (N17, 000.00) and the sum of fifty thousand naira (N50, 000.00).

“On 21/6/2020 at about 5pm, following a complaint, Detectives of Eket Division arrested one Sam Akpan (30) of Atabong/Liverpool Road, Eket.

“Investigation revealed that the suspect bought cooked cow skin a.k.a “Kpomo” worth two hundred naira (N200.00) from a 10-year-old girl and thereafter lured her to his house on the pretext that he left the money at home. On reaching his house, he dragged the girl to his room and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her”.

The statement further disclosed that “the Detectives of Ikot Ekpene Division on July 5, 2020, through a credible intelligence apprehended one Godwin Willie of Ikot Ubo, Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area who forcefully had carnal knowledge of his 15-year-old daughter.

“On June 26, 2020, following a tip-off, operatives of Area Command, Etim Ekpo arrested one Joseph Ekeruke Inyang (36yrs) of No. 1 Primary School Road, Utu Etim Ekpo in Etim Ekpo local government area who lured a 12-year-old girl with five hundred naira (N500.00) to his room where he had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

“Following a complaint on 25/6/2020, Operatives of Ikot Ekpene Division apprehended one Nsisong Moses Asuquo (34) of No.7 Okonah Street, Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area who sexually defiled a 13-year-old girl. Investigation revealed that the suspect took the victim from her guardian to his home on the pretext of being a housemaid and severally defiled her before sending her away” the command said.

The police spokesman stated that the Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal had reassured the victims of rape and other gender-based violence of effective remedies and protection against stigmatization and threats as encapsulated in all extant laws.

44-Year-Old Pastor Arrested For Raping Daughter

Photo of Pastor, Oluwafemi Oyebola who raped his daughter.

 

The Police in Ogun State says it has arrested a 44-year-old man, Oluwafemi Oyebola, for raping his biological daughter.

Oyebola who is said to be a pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church, Ogo Oluwa Parish in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state, was arrested following a complaint by the daughter who reported at Owode-Egbado divisional headquarters that her father had been forcefully having carnal knowledge of her since 2015.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that the 19-year-old reported that shortly after the demise of her mother, she got pregnant for her father three times and he allegedly took her to a nurse where the pregnancies were aborted.

“After the third abortion, the suspect did family planning for her so as not to get pregnant any longer,” the PPRO said.

“Having realised that her father is all out to ruin her life, she ran away from the house and reported to an NGO – Advocacy For Children And Vulnerable Persons Network – consequent upon which she was taken to Owode-Egbado police station for complaint.

“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Owode-Egbado division, Superintendent of Police, Olabisi Elebute led her detectives to the pastor’s house where he was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect made a confessional statement that all his daughter said is nothing but the whole truth,” the PPRO said.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, has now ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.

Police Arrest Two Fathers For Raping Daughters In Lagos

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A file photo of a police patrol van.

 

 

Police in Lagos have arrested a 61-year-old man accused of having unlawful sexual intercourse with his 19-year-old daughter.

In a statement on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, noted that Eke Kanu was apprehended following a complaint from a female lawyer at the Ikorodu Police Station.

According to him, the victim said her father has been engaging in the immoral act since she was small and threatened to deal with her if she tells anyone.

She added that when Kanu discovered that she was pregnant, he took her to a chemist where she was administered some drugs and injection to abort the pregnancy.

Elkana said the victim has been taken to a medical centre for treatment and forensic examination and the suspect has been detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Panti for discreet investigation and diligent prosecution.

Similarly, he disclosed that the Bariga Police Station received a report on Friday that one Chibuike Kalu had defiled his 14-year-old daughter.

The command’s spokesman stated that the 33-year-old suspect confessed that he committed the crime and the victim has also been taken to a medical centre for treatment and forensic examination.

Man Arrested For Defiling 13-Year-Old Daughter In Osun

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The police in Osun State have arrested a 50-year-old man, Adeleye Fayemiwo, for defiling his 13-year-old daughter.

In a statement issued by the spokesman for the State Police Command, Opalola Yemisi, the suspect was arrested following reports received by the victim.

Yemisi noted that the suspect who resides in Agbongbe Street, Ibokun area of the state had unlawful carnal knowledge of his daughter, adding that the victim was taken to hospital for medical examination and treatment.

“On June 17, 2020 at about 0700hrs, one Adeleye Fayemiwo ‘m’ (50) of B50, Agbongbe Street, Ibokun had unlawful carnal knowledge of his daughter, a girl of 13yrs old of the same address.

“Upon information received from the complainant, the suspect was arrested while the victim was taken to hospital for medical examination and treatment,” the statement partly read.

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Similarly, the police also arrested other suspected rapists, including a 75-year-old man accused of defiling a 15-year-old girl.

The suspect, Jacob Ayinla who resides in Odiolowo area of Osogbo was said to have lured the minor to his house under the pretext of buying local ‘PITO’ drink and had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

“On 28th May, 2020 at about 1730hrs, one Isiaka Adeyounbo ‘m’ of Ayelabowo street, Ile-Ife dragged a 16years old girl of the same address into his house and had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

“On 10th June 2020 at about 1800hrs, one Jacob Ayinla ‘m’ (75) of Odiolowo area, Osogbo lured a girl of 15years old of Aresa area, Osogbo into his house under the pretext of buying local ‘PITO’ drink and had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

“On 14th June 2020 at about 1350hrs, one Oyerinde Oyeniyi ‘m’ (28) of No.62, Mokuro road, Ile-Ife had unlawful carnal knowledge of his landlord’s daughter, a girl of 11yrs old of the same address,” she said.