A corporal of the Mobile Police Force, who was attached to the Special Task Force in Plateau State, Damadu Bzibu has been dismissed by the Nigeria Police for raping a four-year old girl.
Plateau State Police Commissioner, Chris Olakpe, during the quarterly press briefing on the activities of the command, disclosed that after the orderly room trial of the accused, Bzibu was dismissed and handed over to the criminal investigation department for further prosecution in the court.
Prior to this revelation, Bzibu’s identity was concealed, following the allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, which reportedly occurred in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, last month.
Briefing journalists on the achievement of the command during the first quarter of the year, commissioner Olakpe explained that the Nigeria Police will not tolerate indiscipline or acts capable of bringing the police into disrepute.
According to him, the security personnel attached to his command were able to apprehend some criminals involved in various crimes across the state ranging from car theft, criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, as well as armed robbery and cow theft with some dangerous weapons recovered from the suspects.
On Bzibu’s sexual abuse against a four year old girl, one of the concerned organisations, the Child Protection Network (CPN), represented by Tony Obemeasor, has written a petition for the transfer of the child defilement case to the Ministry of Justice in Plateau State for prosecution.
The Imo State Commissioner for Information, Mr Theodore Okwu Ejike Ekechi has described the growing baby factory business as a national phenomenon which Imo State is most likely, just a branch of.
On Channels Television’s programme, ‘Sunrise’, Mr Ekechi said that the revelations gotten from the state own personal interrogation and through the Ministry of Women Affairs and the revelations that have come out from the Police’ own interrogations show very clearly that the business was headquartered in states like Ebonyi, Edo Plateau, Lagos, Rivers, Benue and Abia.
He claimed that the commitment of the Imo State Government to fighting crime in the state was the reason behind the crime being uncovered in the state, stressing that there is also need to emulate the efforts of the Imo State Government at the national level.
The State Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Mr Olatoye Durosimi, who was also on the programme, credited the success of the Police in uncovering the crime to the strategic partners who are both government and non-government actors in the state through its intelligence policies, which Ekechi describe as Police-Government Synergy.
Mentioning roles like the hawks that snatch the babies from their mothers; the hawkers, who take the babies from the hawks to sell, he went on to share some of the discoveries of the Police. He described the criminals mode of operation and the structure of their personnel as a cartel.
The commissioner while describing how the government had used community leaders in its strategies reassured the public of the state and the Police commitment to ensuring that the state was ridded of all such places, which he said were still in existence.
Also part of the panel of analysts was a Human Rights Activist, Laila St Matthew Daniel, who explain the motive behind such crimes and blamed the unfortunate development on poverty and the financial disempowerment of Nigerians.
Referring to a certain Dr. James Ezuma, whom she alleged was hiding behind the cover of running an NGO and a clinic to also commit the crime, she stressed the disconnect between stories told by the victims as a proof that parents of the young girls being used to rear the babies knew about the crime being committed against their children.
She also revealed that many of the babies are also being used for different kinds of rituals.
The Edo State Police Command has paraded Mr Ifeanyi Nwong, for defiling a one year old girl who was unnamed and Mr Elvis Idemudia who allegedly defiled a 12 year old girl.
The two individuals were paraded alongside 27 other suspected criminals who have been accused of committing offences including kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, armed robbery and pipeline vandalism.
While addressing journalists at the Command headquarters in Benin City, the Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo, spoke about the 29 persons who were on parade.
Mr Adebanjo, who paraded eleven suspects for kidnapping, said that the amendment of the kidnapping law and efforts by men under his command would ensure that kidnapping and other crimes would come to an end in the state.
Among those paraded for unlawful possession of firearms was Mrs Atoe who was arrested with a bag containing two hundred and sixty four live cartridges. She claimed that she was in the business of selling cartridges to local hunters.
Two suspects, who were paraded for their involvement in pipeline vandalism, denied committing the crime. Five vehicles loaded with petroleum products were recovered from them.
An AK 47 Rifle, 3 English pump action guns, live ammunitions and cartridges were among items recovered from the suspects.
Adebanjo, who reiterated the Police’s resolve to make the state inhabitable for criminals, called on residents to partner with the force by giving out useful information.
Parents have been advised to protect their children, especially the girl child, as there are many wolves under human cover, seeking innocent girls to destroy.
Plateau State Police Commissioner, Chris Olakpe, while briefing Newsmen on the activities of his command in Jos explained that raping of minors is becoming rampant, hence the role of parents in protecting their wards.
Various suspects with crimes ranging from rape, criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, culpable homicide and child trafficking were on parade at the Plateau State Police Command Headquarters.
However, according to the police commissioner, the issue of rape is giving the police much concern as there are different cases of rape involving girls of about 7 and 14 years.
He called on members of the public to cooperate with security agencies and vigilante groups by volunteering credible information and report promptly, unscrupulous elements in the society.
Others apprehended by the security agents include a gang of child traffickers that allegedly tricked a lady in connivance with a neighbour to steal a one year old boy with a bargain of 60, 000 Naira but the lady was said to have been rescued by passers-by.
Twitter, the social media site, is under pressure in Britain to make it easier for Internet users to report abuse after more than 30,000 people petitioned it over the case of a feminist campaigner who says she was repeatedly threatened with rape.
Caroline Criado-Perez helped lobby the Bank of England to make a woman, 19th century novelist Jane Austen, the new face on the country’s 10 pound note, to defuse criticism that women were under-represented on the currency.
She was then “targeted repeatedly with rape threats” by ill-wishers objecting to her activity, according to an online petition, which called on Twitter to urgently add a ‘report abuse’ button to its service.
Some users proposed a one-day boycott of Twitter to protest against what they said was its failure to address the issue.
Twitter’s General Manager for the UK Tony Wang promised to suspend all accounts found to be in breach of its rules.
“We take online abuse seriously,” he wrote, saying the company was testing ways to simplify reporting of abuse.
The Imo state police command has arrested a 30-year old man, Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye who allegedly raped a 4-year old girl to death in Omuma Oru east local government area of Imo state.
Parading the suspect at the command headquaters in Owerri the state capital, the Imo State Commissioner for Police Mr. Mohammed Katsina revealed that his team caught Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye while he was trying to bury the corpse of the 4year old girl after raping her to death.
Mr. Katsina also paraded some kidnap suspects, armed robbers as well as fraudsters who had been terrorizing the peace of the state.
He called for the cooperation of Imo citizens by giving the police meaningful information regarding to criminal hide outs and their movement.
He advised criminals in the state to go into hiding as he will not take it likely with their lot.
The management of Oxpharm specialities limited, the pharmacy where the drug, Rohypnol Flunitrazepam, was allegedly bought and used on the late Cynthia Osokoku has told their side of the story on how the two accused pharmacists were arrested.
The Chief Executive Officer of the pharmacy, Ike Ugwu while speaking with Channels Television’s correspondent, Yomi Otaigbe, expressed regret over the blanket charges placed on both the pharmacists – Osita Orji and Chukwunonso Maduokor, who were alleged to have dispensed the drug and the other accused persons.
Both pharmacists were arraigned together with the suspected killers of the deceased before a Yaba Magistrate Court on Monday. The suspected killers, Okwumo Nwabufo and Ezike Olisaeloka, allegedly purchased the drug, most commonly known as date-rape drug, which was allegedly used on the late Cynthia.
Mr Ugwu pleaded with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to look carefully into the matter to prevent miscarriage of justice.
The police in Rivers state on Wednesday said that it has arrested one Jim Zaccheus for allegedly killing and secretly burying his girlfriend, Peace Matthias in his room last Saturday in the Elechi beach area of Diobu, Port Harcourt.
The new Rivers state police commissioner, Mohammed Indabawa disclosed this while speaking during his maiden press briefing in Port Harcourt.
“I think he had a quarrel with his girlfriend. Then he killed her and buried her in his room,” the commissioner said.
Channels Television reporter learnt that the suspect had been suspicious of his girlfriend over a new hair style she made and demanded to know how she got the money, a situation that led to a quarrel between them.
Not satisfied with her explanation, the suspect was said to have beaten her to death, although it was not clear if he used any object on the victim.
However, neighbours had suspected the movements of the suspect, coupled with a strong stench that was coming out of the room and had alerted security operatives who forced the door open and exhumed the victim’s decomposing body.
The police commissioner said that the suspect has already confessed to committing the crime and will soon be charge to the court once investigation into the matter is concluded.
Gang-rape suspect in police net
The new Rivers police commissioner told journalist at the press briefing that the command had arrested four out of seven suspects who gang-raped a 14-year old girl in the Rumuodonmaya area of Obio/Akpor local government axis of the city.
Mr Indabawa who recently took office as police chief for Rivers also said he planned to continue with the fight against entrenched corruption among officers and men of the command, adding that he would use everything in his powers to reduce crime rate in the state to the lowest.
The Ogun State Police Command, on Tuesday, said it had arrested four suspected members of the robbery gang that attacked Ekene Dili Chukwu luxury bus which was conveying 42 female secondary school students to Lagos from Enugu, last Saturday, at the Oke-Odo end of Sagamu-Benin Expressway in Ijebu-East Local Government Area of the state. Confirming the arrest, the spokesman for the Ogun State Police Command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said: “The Ogun State Police Command has arrested the driver of the luxury bus that conveyed the Enugu students who were attacked by some hoodlums at Ogbere along the ever busy Ijebu/Benin expressway at 11.40p.m on Saturday, 31/3/2012 and four others who have been suspected to have carried out the operation.
“The other suspects arrested are Oni Olopari, Innocent Omule, Gbenga Adebayo and Samuel Luca. Driver of the bus has identified Samuel Luca as one of those who attacked them that night. “In the same vein, the command was able to recover some items in the suspects’ houses at Ijebu Ife and Ijebu Imushin, including some plastic chairs contained in a broken down vehicle at the scene of the robbery, the recovery of these chairs assisted the police to focus more on the suspects who were raided in their hideout at Ijebu Imushin after a tip off. The command is still intensifying efforts to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.”
During investigation, one of the suspects, Lucas, was discovered to have been residing in a military barracks in Ilese area of the state before he was ejected for an undisclosed offence.
Meanwhile, in an interview with the Vanguard newspaper, the transport company’s General Manager, Charles Obiora dismissed as baseless and unfounded rumours that some students were gang-raped by the hoodlums who hijacked the bus, challenging any parents to show evidence of such from a government certified medical report.
“I can tell you that nobody was raped and I challenge any parent who said his or her daughter was raped to come up with a medical report from a government hospital to that effect,” he said.
They have been called the “sperm hunters”, a gang of beautiful women in Zimbabwe that travel the streets of Zimbabwe, having sex with unsuspecting, albeit willing men, and harvesting their condoms full of sperm.
News of the promiscuous crew has sparked fears of taboo rituals in Zimbabwe, where the men are preyed upon, drugged, lured and sometimes threatened into repeated bouts of sexual intercourse before they are dumped by the roadside.
“Now, men fear women. They said: ‘we can’t go with you because we don’t trust you’,” 19-year-old Susan Dhliwayo recounted in a Zimbabwe Times article. The sperm is reportedly used in good luck “ju-ju” rituals.
In one recorded case of sperm hunting, the Nhokwara sisters and one of their boyfriends were charged with the bizarre crime of attacking male hitchhikers and harvesting their sperm for ritual purposes.
The sperm-hunting crew were exposed when they got into a car accident and 30 used condoms were found in their car boot.
The group is facing a 17-count charge of aggravated incident assault even though a woman raping a man is not considered a criminal offence in Zimbabwe.
In their defence, the women denied allegations that they were sperm hunters, claiming instead that they were simply hard-working prostitutes.
Whatever the reason, the men of Zimbabwe are wary. One woman told the Agence France Presse that she had recently pulled over to assist male hitchhikers who refused to enter her car for fear of being raped.
Semen has become a lucrative commodity in Zimbabwe, University of Zimbabwe sociologist, Watch Ruparanganda said, adding that now businessmen furnish street youth with a hotel room, booze and prostitutes and asked to hand over the used condom after the fact.
The rituals could be for anything from enhancing good fortune, boosting business or protecting criminals from police detection.
The Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association slams the practice.
“We believe that this is a form of witchcraft. So we are totally against the idea,” said spokesman George Kandiyero.
“It has really frightened people,” he said. “It has really brought in a bit of shock because normally it was the other way round, normally we know of men raping women, not women raping men.”
“We do not have the exact number of confirmed cases,” said national police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena of the phenomenon that was first publicised in 2009.
“These cases occurred mostly when the victims were hitchhiking and boarded private vehicles. We encourage people to use public transport.”
A nine-year-old pupil of Sunshine Nursery and Primary School, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has narrated before a High Court sitting in Ife how she was allegedly raped by her teacher, Francis Ijiwande.
At the hearing on Friday, the pupil said that Mr Ijiwande raped her in 2010.
She said that the teacher accosted her when she was urinating behind her classroom and subsequently raped her on the school premises – after the school hours.
The pupil told the court that, “Mr Ijiwande was my teacher in primary four. I was in primary five when he raped me. When I was urinating behind the classroom, I saw uncle (Mr Ijiwande) standing at my front.
“As I was urinating, uncle pushed me down. He removed my pant and threw it away. I shouted for help but no one came to my rescue. Uncle removed his trousers and boxer. He then lay on me and removed his private part and put it inside my private part.
“I felt the pains in my thigh and back when uncle was on me. Uncle did not stay long on me. I also felt the pains after uncle stood up. I managed to stand up and stay with my younger brothers, who were waiting for my father at the front of my school.”
When asked if she told her parents her ordeal, the victim replied, “I did not tell my parents because Uncle Ijiwande threatened to kill me. I only complained of back and thigh pains. My parents gave me Paracetamol, (a pain reliever), but the pains persisted.”
She explained that her mother discovered the fate that had befallen her four days later when the pains did not subside, adding that she was subsequently taken to a hospital.
The victim said, “My mother called me in the evening and ordered me to remove my pant. She discovered something like mucus and clotted blood at my private part. My mother shouted and she started crying. My father woke and we all prayed together and we went to sleep.
“The day, my parents took me to a hospital. A doctor conducted a test on me. We later went to a police station where I made statement on what Uncle Ijiwande did to me and he was arrested.
“Two policemen followed me to where uncle raped me. My parents and Aunty Bisi, the proprietress of the school, also followed us. Aunty Bisi called me aside and told me not to mention uncle Ijiwande’s name again. She told me the police would kill him and that I would not see him again.”
Testifying before the court, a Professor of Gynecology, Orji Okechukwu, who conducted a test on the victim, confirmed that the pupil was actually raped.
Mr Okechukwu accused the police of lack of diligent prosecution, saying they failed to conduct a test on the girl and the accused when the matter was reported.
The gynaecologist said he refused to release the result of the test he conducted on the victim and the specimen he took, alleging that the police thereafter began to threaten him.
However, the prosecuting counsel, Moses Faremi, prayed the court to adjourn the case for further hearing, saying he was not healthy.
The Presiding Judge Justice O. Siyanbola granted Mr Faremi’s prayer and adjourned the matter till April 18, 2012, for further hearing.