Eight suspects were on Wednesday arraigned over the rape and murder of Blessing Olajide, a 300 level student of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN).
She was allegedly raped and murdered at her Tanke residence along the University road in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.
Some valuable items were also carted away from the residence.
The suspects who allegedly carried out the dastardly act were later arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) and currently standing trial before Justice Ibrahim Yusuf of an Ilorin High Court.
They are being charged for criminal conspiracy, rape, armed robbery, culpable homicide, and receiving stolen properties.
The case was however adjourned till July 6 as three out of the eight suspects do not have legal representation.
A notorious kidnapper and rapist known as Surajo Dauda, has revealed the gruesome ordeal he put one of his victims through while she was in his custody.
Dauda who was apprehended by police in Katsina State confessed to kidnapping a certain 18-year-old housewife, Jamila Auwal, and raping her daily for the duration she was held captive.
A spokesman for the police in Katsina State, SP Gambo Isah, noted that the married woman was taken from Tandama village after she was drugged.
Mr. Isah who disclosed this while parading the suspects before the command headquarters in Katsina on Friday added that Dauda confessed to having abducted the victim, locking her up for five months in a room, and defiling her on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, one Abdullahi Isiyaku (‘M’, aged 30yrs) of Wardanga village in Bakori LGA of Katsina state reported at Danja Division on June 17th, 2021, that sometime in January 2020, he travelled to Lagos to earn a living and left his wife behind, one Zainab Ahmed, (“F”, aged 20 yrs), under the care of her parents at Unguwar Dantalle village of Tandama area in Danja LGA of Katsina state.
He however noted that when he returned earlier in June, he met his wife with a four months old baby girl. In the course of an investigation, the lady stated that she was indoctrinated into a new Islamic Sect called “Hakika” by three suspected rapists who jointly had carnal knowledge of her.
The suspects – Tukur Dan-Azumi, (m, aged 19yrs), Abubakar Yahuza, (m, aged 20yrs), Rufa’i Saosi, (‘m’, 27yrs) all of Unguwar Dantalle in Tandama village area Danja, have now been apprehended.
The police say all the suspects will be charged to court after investigations have been concluded.
“One Ibrahim Haruna aged 60-year-old of Gawuna Quarters lured a 6-year-old also of the same address into his shop and had carnal knowledge of her.” the statement said.
“The suspect was arrested, the victim was rushed to sexual assault referral center Dutse for medical examination, the case is under investigation at the State CID in Dutse,” it added.
Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa has approved a law that proposes the death sentence for rapists and kidnappers. However, cases of rape in the state have continued to rise with the police recording 35 cases in four months since the time the law was approved.
Nearly three dozen women have filed a lawsuit in California against adult video website Pornhub, accusing it and its parent company of knowingly profiting from footage depicting rape and sexual exploitation, including of minors.
Lawyers representing the 34 plaintiffs accuse the online giant — one of the world’s largest adult video websites — of creating a teeming marketplace for child pornography and “every other form” of nonconsensual sexual content and want the company to pay damages.
They accuse MindGeek, the controversial adult entertainment empire that runs Pornhub, of being a “classic criminal enterprise” with a business model based on exploiting non-consensual sexual content.
“This is a case about rape, not pornography,” the complaint said, describing the website as “likely the largest non-regulatory repository of child pornography in North America and well beyond.”
All but one of the plaintiffs, who reside both in the United States and abroad, wished to remain anonymous.
Fourteen said they were minors when they were filmed and should be considered “a victim of child sex trafficking”.
Michael Bowe, a lawyer representing the women, told CBS News the court could order MindGeek to pay hundreds of millions to his clients.
Serena Fleites, the only plaintiff to be named, said that in 2014 she learned that “a nude, sexually explicit video” that her boyfriend had coerced her to make when she was only 13 years old had been uploaded to Pornhub without her consent.
The video remained online until the teen, posing as her mother, asked Pornhub to remove it.
Yet the video was not taken down for several weeks, the lawsuit said, and during that time it was downloaded and reuploaded by several different users, with each video requiring a fresh request to remove it.
The plaintiffs’ lawyers accuse MindGeek of operating a “gaslighting campaign” online in a bid to discredit the victims, as well as making “threats of physical violence and death” against them.
They are also suing Visa Inc — one of the world’s largest payments processing companies — for “knowingly” profiting from trafficking in providing merchant services to MindGeek.
Both Visa and Mastercard suspended processing payments for Pornhub in December, after a New York Times article accused the site of hosting illegal content, including child pornography and rape videos.
According to the suit, MindGeek owns more than 100 pornographic sites, including Pornhub, RedTube, Tube8 and YouPorn, and sees some 3.5 billion visits each month.
Montreal-based MindGeek described the suit’s accusation that it is running a “criminal enterprise” as “utterly absurd, completely reckless and categorically false,” according to US media.
Pornhub, which claims 130 million visitors a day, has denied allegations of trafficking and announced a series of measures to combat illegal content.
An Indian court Friday acquitted the former editor of a leading news magazine accused of raping a female colleague seven years ago in a high-profile case that made headlines across the country.
Tarun Tejpal was acquitted of charges of rape, sexual harassment and wrongful restraint, public prosecutor Francisco Tavora said in the coastal state of Goa.
“Seriously aggrieved. The State will be assailing the judgment,” Tavora told AFP in a text message.
Tejpal, the 58-year-old founder and former editor of Tehelka magazine, was accused of raping a female journalist in the lift of a five-star hotel in Goa in November 2013.
He was granted bail in 2014.
The case came at a time when India’s record on sexual assault was under the scanner following the fatal gang-rape of a New Delhi student in December 2012 that sparked widespread protests and resulted in the strengthening of anti-rape laws.
Tehelka magazine had reported forcefully on gender inequality in the country, highlighting police and judicial insensitivity to rape victims as well as the misogynistic attitudes of many Indian men.
Women’s rights campaigners attacked the court’s decision, with activist Kavita Krishnan calling it “very unfortunate”.
“This is a case where there was an enormous amount of evidence and courageous action on the part of the complainant who lost no time in telling people what happened,” Krishnan told AFP.
“I am aware of how torturous the trial has been for the complainant. The entire process of the trial has put her in the pillory and subjected her to all kinds of cruelties,” she added.
Tejpal, who has consistently denied the allegations, welcomed the ruling, describing it as “a long-fought for vindication” in a statement read out by his daughter Cara outside the court in Goa.
The victim, who has since quit the magazine, cannot be named for legal reasons.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti State, Olawale Fapohunda, has lamented the increasing rate of rape cases in the state, asking critics to put themselves in the shoes of parents of the victims.
Fapohunda in a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle explained how the past week has been a “week of Rape Rage and One day one rape incident” in the state.
He recounted how each day was about him handling one rape case or the other.
According to him, on Monday, he got a briefing on the health situation of a 9-year-old girl who was violently raped by her uncle and needed multiple surgeries on her Clitoris. While on Tuesday, a 7-year-old girl was raped by her father’s friend.
“Reflecting over my Diary this week. It was a week of “Rape Rage”-One day One Rape incident.
“On Monday, I got a briefing on the health situation of a 9-year-old girl who was violently raped by her uncle. She needed multiple surgeries to her Clitoris.
“On Tuesday, a 7-year-old girl was raped by her father’s friend. I was also briefed on the situation of a SSS 3 Girl who was gang-raped a month ago and is now pregnant. On Wednesday, a 14-year-old girl complained that she has been raped severally since she was 10 by her Guardian.
“On Thursday, a 6-year-old girl was sodomized by her mother’s business partner. Her mother is a rape survivor.
“On Friday while I was trending on major platforms for ordering phantom arrests, I was busy trying to calm down a distraught mother who suspects that her husband is having sexual intercourse with her 9-year-old daughter.
He also revealed had been accused of being too harsh on the alleged sex offenders. Fapohunda stated that he was told his hardline attitude towards some sex offenders who were from his party could cost them votes come 2022, while opposition parties have accused him of targeting their members for political gains.
“In all these I have been accused of being too harsh on the alleged sex offenders. I have been told that these girls are not my daughters. That these matters are best resolved within the family. There is also the issue of politics.
“Some within my Party argue that my hardline attitude especially when the offender is our sympathizer will cost us votes in 2022 while the other Party accuse me of targeting their members for political gains. I plead guilty to the charge of zero tolerance.
“All I ask from these critics is to put themselves in the shoes of the parents of these girls and ask themselves if these were their daughter’s and they complained to me and I did nothing, will they commend me for a job not done?
“Next week, I will be inviting the Chiefs of a Community that enacted a law that effectively prevents victims of rape from seeking support from my office!!!, ” he concluded.
Police have arrested a 70-year-old man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in Jigawa State.
The suspect, Ibrahim Nasaleh, is said to have committed the offence in Kiyawa Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Zubairu Ismail, who is the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the arrest of Nasaleh to Channels Television on Thursday.
He noted that the suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged by the mother of the victim at a police station.
According to the command’s spokesman, the victim was rushed to the Sexual Assault and Referral Centre in Dutse, the state capital.
He disclosed that the suspect was apprehended by the police at about 1pm on Tuesday in Kiyawa town.
“The arrest was due to a report made by the mother of the victim who lives in Shuwarin Village, Kiyawa Local Government at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Kiyawa, that the said Ibrahim Nasaleh had carnal knowledge of her daughter who is just seven years of the same address in his house.
“The victim was quickly rushed to Sexual Assault Referral Center, Dutse for medical examination, while the case is still under investigation,” Zubairu said.
Recently, the state governor, Badaru Abubakar, assented to the Violence Against Person Prohibition Law, which approved the death penalty for rapists in Jigawa.
After nearly 10 years of legal battles that initially led to an acquittal, a former French government minister faces at least three years in prison after a court found him guilty of raping an employee during “foot massages” in his office and at the home of his co-defendant.
The conviction of Georges Tron, 63, comes as France is confronting a wave of sexual assault allegations that has pushed the government to promise tougher laws to protect victims and punish assailants.
Tron remained silent when the verdict was announced late Wednesday by a Paris appeals court after 11 hours of jury deliberation and handed his watch to his lawyer before police took him directly to prison to serve a five-year sentence, with two years suspended.
Tron was a cabinet minister under prime minister Francois Fillon when he was forced to resign in 2011 over allegations made by two women who worked for him while he was mayor of Draveil, outside Paris.
The women said that between 2007 and 2010, Tron, known for practicing reflexology as a hobby, imposed foot massage sessions that would involve groping and digital penetration, at times turning into threesomes with his deputy Brigitte Gruel.
Virginie Ettel and Eva Loubrieu testified that they felt powerless to resist the politician over fear of losing their jobs. Ettel later resigned, while Loubrieu was fired after being accused of theft.
But the court convicted Tron of raping only Ettel, saying he had applied “psychological constraint” because she was his direct subordinate at city hall.
Gruel was handed a suspended two-year sentence.
“This is a huge victory for all women who face problems in the workplace,” said Ettel’s lawyer Vincent Ollivier.
Tron was cleared of raping Loubrieu, who broke out in tears and rushed out of the courtroom upon hearing the verdict.
Tron and Gruel deny the allegations, which were rejected just over two years ago by a court that found no use of force and said the women appeared motivated by a desire for “vengeance.”
Tron’s lawyer at the time, Eric Dupond-Moretti, had declared “a victory for justice.”
But Dupond-Moretti, who is now President Emmanuel Macron’s justice minister, is spearheading the government’s pledge for tougher laws against sexual assault.
The country has been roiled by thousands of women breaking their silence since last year’s publication of “Consent” by Vanessa Springora, whose account of abuse by a prize-winning author while she was still a minor has just been translated to English.
A 32-year-old man, Tunde Bello has been arrested by the police for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 29-year-old lady in Ogun State.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Friday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi,
The suspect was said to have held his victim hostage and then demanded the sum of ₦140,000 as ransom after raping her.
“While she was going to her office on that day, she boarded a Hyundai car at about 5:00 am from Ogunrun road Mowe to Lagos. But on getting to Mowe junction, the driver of the car made a detour to Ibadan road and drove her to a bush along Lagos-Ibadan express road where he beat her mercilessly before forcefully having carnal knowledge of her,” the statement read.
“After raping her, he held her hostage and asked her to call her relations to send the sum of ₦140,000 to him as ransom before he will let her go.
“She stated further that she had to call her brother who transferred ₦140,000 to her account; she also transferred to an account given to her by her abductor before she was released.”
The police spokesperson said upon her report, the Divisional Police Officer of Mowe division, Marvis Jayeola, mobilised his detectives to go after the suspect with the view to get him arrested.
“The intelligence and technical based investigation embarked upon by the detectives’ yielded positive results when the suspect who has been under surveillance was apprehended on the 16th of January 2021,” he added.
Oyeyemi explained that upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to the committing the crime.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.
Veteran Brazil international striker Robinho on Thursday had a nine-year sentence for the rape of a young woman upheld by a court in Italy.
Judges of the Milan Court of Appeal confirmed the sentence for both Robinho and one of his friends for group sexual violence dating back to January 2013.
Robinho was playing for AC Milan at the time of the attack and was tried in absentia in November 2017.
The pair were among a group of six men accused of taking part in the gang rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman in a Milan nightclub.
They were both ordered to jointly pay the woman damages of 60,000 euros ($73,000).
The case against the four other accused has been suspended.
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Robinho, 36, who has denied the charges, has the right to again appeal the sentence within 90 days.
Robinho was forced to pull out of a move back to his first club Santos last October amid pressure brought to bear on the Brazilian club by sponsors.
Television channel Globo Sports released excerpts of a recording Italian prosecutors used to secure their conviction, in which the player purportedly says, “I’m laughing because I don’t care. The woman was completely drunk. She doesn’t even know what happened.”
Robinho started his career at Santos in 2002 and joined Real Madrid in 2005, then going on to play for Manchester City from 2008 to 2010, and Milan for four years until 2014.
He also played in China with Guangzhou Evergrande, Atletico Mineiro in Spain, and the Turkish club İstanbul Basaksehir.
He has 100 Brazil caps and 28 goals for his country.