Seven nurseries in Myanmar’s capital remained closed Thursday as police charged a suspect for allegedly raping a two-year-old, a case that has horrified a country where experts say assaults on children are widespread.
The father of the girl spoke to local media about the investigation last week.
He described how his daughter had returned home from her nursery in Naypyidaw in May with injuries that doctors told him were the result of rape.
The government this week temporarily closed the school and several others in the capital.
“Fifteen private schools were shut on Monday but eight have re-opened,” the Department of Social Welfare’s Tin Zaw Moe told AFP.
A judge announced Thursday that a suspect has been arrested and charged with rape.
But an online campaign fueled by rumours over the assault has gained traction for weeks.
The Senior Pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre (CCC), Poju Oyemade, has called for justice regarding the allegations of rape involving the Founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.
The call follows a recent interview by Busola Dakolo – photographer and wife of popular musician, Timi Dakolo in which she alleged that Pastor Fatoyinbo had raped her when she was a teenager.
According to Oyemade, on hearing the news, he immediately contacted the spiritual leader which he said he believes Pastor Fatoyinbo defers in authority to, to wade into the issue and bring about a decision.
“He informed me his position. It was that Pastor Biodun should first step down from the pulpit indefinitely, suspend 7 Days of glory and make a public statement. These he made known to him directly in an hour,” Oyemade said.
When asked of his opinion, the CCC pastor noted that at the foundation, governing structures in Pentecostal churches are not strong enough to ensure that an erring member is sanctioned.
Beyond that, however, he said he had three objectives in mind – Justice, Healing and Redemption.
He also went further to apologise to all those who have been “abused and exposed in our independent Pentecostal structures”, adding that the church will seek to build stronger structures.
Read his full statement below.
My position on the case
I have been asked by many well-meaning people about my position concerning the accusation of rape made against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.
I could only watch the tape by Busola Dakolo for a few minutes, it was difficult to sit through it. From what I heard it is impossible not to be heart broken and sympathise with her.
She must have gone through a lot and then to sit to tape her experience must have been very painful.
She is today a wife and mother of three to have to relive a 20yr old experience.
I immediately contacted the spiritual leader in the Body of Christ I believe Pastor Biodun deferrs in authority to, to wade into the issue and bring about a decision.
He informed me his position. It was that Pst Biodun should first step down from the pulpit indefinitely, suspend 7 Days of glory and make a public statement. These he made known to him directly in an hour.
This should serve as the first step. He informed me that was the position and asked my opinion.
We had 3 objectives in mind.
1. Justice 2. Healing 3. Redemption.
I have been informed that the decision to step down and cancel the 7 days of Glory have been made.
It is apparent that the manner in which our Pentecostal Churches were/are born with an individual receiving a call directly from God and we all operating largely as independent bodies, our governing structures are not as strong as in the orthodox church settings with the exemption of Pentecostal denominations where you are appointed a pastor and can be easily sanctioned.
This, however, makes it imperative that we go an extra mile to show a high level of compassion and sense of responsibility for people placed under our care or else what has brought our great growth may be what will destroy us.
For those who have been abused and exposed in our independent pentecostal structures, I deeply apologise and we will seek to build stronger structures through peer reviews and in our relationships.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the act of rape, saying it doesn’t matter who is involved.
“It is ungodly, wicked, and reprehensible”, a statement issued on Sunday by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media & Communications) to the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, said.
It, however, stated that regarding the recent allegations against the Founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, it is yet to get details of the matter, other than news from social media.
According to organisation such information “is not reliable or credible evidence enough to jump into a conclusion”.
It further stated that the CAN Leadership has reached out to the leadership of the block which the Pastor in question belongs, with a view to getting to the root of the matter.
“This will help us to make the right decision on the issue,” the statement read.
Pastor Fatoyinbo recently came under fire following allegations of rape by Busola Dakolo, photographer and wife of talented Musician, Timi Dakolo – the most recent in series of allegations in the past.
In a recent interview, she accused the pastor of raping her when she was a teenager – a story that has resulted in several groups of supporters calling for him to step down and be investigated.
“The truth will either vindicate or exonerate but without a doubt, the truth will serve justice as it heals a hurting society whose faith has been battered and whose hope may be shattered if this is ‘swept under the carpet,” he said.
Meanwhile, the former presidential candidate thanked Busola for “finding the strength and the courage to break her silence & speak her truth”.
Read his statement below.
The wise King Solomon once said … There is a time for everything … A time to be silent and a time to speak.
But you may ask, how do you know when it is time to be silent or to speak up? For me, the answer is quite simple …. when the ‘PEACE of silence’ is taken away from you & the ‘BURDEN of silence’ becomes too heavy to bear.
Only a few people ever find the courage to break out of the PRISON of silence & to speak up about a hurt, a pain, a shame or a fear that has kept them silent for many years.
Please understand that … the way we all react when their silence is broken will either release them into a life of freedom or repress them back into the darkness & bondage of silence; sometimes for the rest of their lives.
Worse still, many of the people who are still under the BONDAGE of silence are also watching to see how we speak & act when someone else finds the courage to break their silence & speak up about something that makes us all uncomfortable.
And so, I thank my dear sister Busola Dakolo for finding the strength and the courage to break her silence & speak her truth. I salute your courage even as I encourage everyone under the bondage of silence to please find the courage to speak up & lighten their burden. Your voice may be the only source of strength and courage that others (who may be in a similar or different circumstance) will hear and be encouraged to break their silence.
Yesterday (Fri.28thJune), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo broke his silence and responded contrary to the allegations.
To be clear, I do not have any desire to be a judge nor do I have the competence to judge such an egregious case but I know this for sure … that serious allegations such as RAPE deserve to be fully investigated especially where the names of witnesses have been mentioned and their identities revealed in the story.
I strongly believe that a thorough and independent investigation can only be in the best interest of everyone concerned as well as in the best interest of the body of Christ & the society at large.
To this end, I call on all leaders in the body of Christ to SPEAK UP & DEMAND A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OF THESE ALLEGATIONS IMMEDIATELY. With all due respect to all our ‘fathers and mothers of faith’, this is NOT a time to be silent. This is the time to speak up.
Now … the scriptures (in Mathew 5:23) provide us with a guide for such a precarious time as this … “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and then remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar first go & be reconciled to them and then come back & offer your gift.” Without a doubt, Pastor @BiodunFatoyinbo is a gifted preacher & teacher of God’s Word … but, our sister @BusolaDakolo has brought a serious allegation against him. Therefore, in line with the scriptures, it is only appropriate that he leaves his gift (preaching & teaching) at the altar in order to first go and attend to this matter, reconcile with the truth and, if exonerated, then return to the altar to serve God’s people with his gift.
The scriptures clearly advise that he should take a break and step aside in order for this investigation to be concluded & justice pronounced.
This is what great leaders do in every nation we admire. Great leaders hold themselves to higher standards of scrutiny and accountability to the people they lead.
This is why they usually step aside in the face of serious allegations to pave the way for independent investigations without interference.
This is especially the case whenever allegations of serious misconduct or crime such as RAPE have been made and named witnesses can be called to testify.
There may be different sides to a story but there will always be only ONE SIDE TO THE TRUTH … and through the transparent process of an independent investigation, THE TRUTH will surely prevail.
“The truth will either vindicate or exonerate but without a doubt, the truth will serve justice as it heals a hurting society whose faith has been battered and whose hope may be shattered if this is ‘swept under the carpet” he said.
The police in Ogun State say they have arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl.
According to a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the arrest was made after the victim reported the case at the Ibafo Police Station.
Oyeyemi explained that the suspect who is a friend of the family went to the victim’s house on the said date at about 1:30 pm asking for her parents.
According to the young girl’s account, when he found out that her parents had gone to church, he grabbed her and forcefully committed the act.
Thereafter, the case was reported and the DPO Ibafo Division, SP Abiodun Ayinde, detailed his detectives to the scene at Mapara Makogi area and the man was promptly arrested.
On interrogation, the suspect who admitted to being a friend to the family of the victim, claimed not to know what came over him when he committed the act. According to him, the young girl always saw him as a brother.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bashir Makama has ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.
Protesters have stormed the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) in Abuja over the rape allegation against the Founder of the church, Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Bearing placards with inscriptions such as ‘Thou shall not rape’, and ‘Your pastor is not your God’, the protesters are calling on the pastor to step down, and be investigated, among other things.
The protesters had converged on an NNPC filling station close to the church in Guzape before proceeding to the church, which is holding its first Sunday service since Busola Dakolo, photographer and wife of musician Timi Dakolo accused the pastor of raping her, 20 years ago when she was 18.
The pastor has denied the allegation, but many including celebrities and leaders of civil society groups are demanding an investigation and have expressed support for Busola. Many others have also defended the pastor.
The latest scandal to involve the pastor has dominated social media discuss for days with the push for a protest gaining traction through Friday and Saturday.
In 2013, a member of the church, Ese Walters, had alleged that she and the pastor had an affair.
Ahead of the protest, security was tightened at the church with masked police officers, soldiers and members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps stationed around it.
Fatoyinbo revealed that the cancellation followed consultation with his spiritual leaders and church elders who asked him not to put the special guests through the risk of protests amid allegations of rape against him.
He added that his “elders” were handling the situation and he expressed sadness at the huge deployment of security agents in the church.
Busola Dakolo, photographer and wife of musician Timi Dakolo had accused Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, of rape in an interview with Y!Naija on Friday.
Mrs Dakolo said that Fatoyinbo did the act when she was 16 years old at her parents’ home.
The allegation sparked social media storm, with thousands sharing their views on the matter, while several celebrities expressed their support for her and called for an investigation into the matter.
The COZA senior pastor has denied the rape allegations.
Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh “handpicked” women whom he would rape or sexually coerce, offering cash, gifts and other privileges in exchange, international rights groups said on Wednesday.
“Yahya Jammeh treated Gambian women like his personal property,” said US attorney Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch (HRW).
“But rape and sexual assault are crimes, and Jammeh is not above the law, and no woman is beneath it.”
Jammeh ruled the tiny West African state for 22 years before fleeing to Equatorial Guinea after losing elections to opposition candidate Adama Barrow in December 2016.
His regime was notorious for its brutality and corruption, but this is the first time that his sexual abuse of women has been extensively and publicly documented.
The investigation, by HRW and a Swiss NGO, TRIAL international, is based on evidence from several women, eight former Gambian officials and several other witnesses, they said.
Jammeh had “protocol girls” who were required to be on call to provide him with sex, according to their report, issued in Dakar, the capital of neighbouring Senegal.
He “handpicked young women to satisfy his sexual fantasies,” according to a top aide quoted in the report.
As an inducement, he would lavish gifts on them or provide support for their impoverished families or offer a scholarship to study abroad.
They were required to live next to his residence and were barred from leaving without his authorisation — and if they refused his sexual demands, he would threaten them or hit them.
The “protocol girls” were overseen by his female cousin, Jimbee Jammeh, who also procured other women for him, the report said. She fled with him to Equatorial Guinea.
Several women have gone on record with their experiences, it said.
One of them was Toufah Jallow, then an 18-year-old drama student, who was the 2014 winner of the main state-sponsored beauty pageant, which Jammeh had lauded as “a means to empower girls”.
Over six months, she refused his advances, rejected his offer to become a “protocol girl” and a proposal to marry him, Jallow said.
After aides brought her to attend a pre-Ramadan Koran recital at the presidency, State House, Yahya locked her in a room, hit and threatened her, injected her with a liquid and raped her, according to her testimony.
She fled to Senegal days later.
Gambia has set up a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), modelled on South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to shed light on Jammeh’s reign.
“These admirable women broke the culture of silence. It is now crucial that the TRRC and the government give them a path to redress and justice,” said Marion Volkmann-Brandau, who led the research.
“It’s time for the ‘shame’ of rape to switch sides.”
Jammeh is also accused of spiriting away hundreds of millions of dollars — one estimate put it as high as one billion dollars (880 million euros).
Brazilian police are questioning Neymar Thursday for the first time over allegations he raped a woman he met through social media in a Paris hotel last month, charges he has denied.
Accompanied by a police escort, the world’s most expensive footballer was driven to a Sao Paulo police station where security had been ramped up for his highly anticipated arrival.
Wearing a dark suit buttoned at the middle, the star striker entered the station on crutches after injuring his right ankle in a pre-Copa America friendly against Qatar last week that forced him out of South America’s showcase tournament.
Neymar’s appearance comes after Brazilian police said Thursday they had filed a defamation suit against his rape accuser for insinuating the force was corrupt.
During an interview with television channel SBT this week, Najila Trindade said: “The police are bought, aren’t they? Or am I crazy?”, in response to questions over the police investigation of an alleged theft of a tablet device from her home that contained a short video she claims has conclusive evidence she was assaulted.
The ugly affair has dominated headlines in Brazil as it prepares to host the Copa America and tarnished the festive atmosphere ahead of Friday’s opening game between the Selecao and Bolivia.
Neymar, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, previously gave a statement to Rio de Janeiro police over WhatsApp messages posted on his Instagram account that featured intimate photos of Trindade.
He told police that an assistant and a technician were responsible for sharing the messages and photos, TV Globo reported previously.
More than 60 per cent of Brazilians believe Neymar is innocent, according to a recent poll of 2,071 Brazilians last week.
Only 14 per cent think he is guilty, Parana Pesquisas said.
“So I gestured towards the direction where I thought there will be people who would rescue me. When we got there, we met only two women in the room who had just put to birth.
“So I held onto the door, but he pulled me away. One of the women in the camps heard my screams and came to plead with him to leave me alone but he wouldn’t listen. Instead, he grabbed me into another shelter where he raped me.”
Although none of the security agencies in the state has reacted to the allegation as at the time of filing this report.
But Speaking to Channels Television, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Emmanuel Shior confirmed the incident.
“I am working with security agencies to get to the bottom of the issue in terms of getting evidence against the security personnel that is accused. When we get enough evidence against them, I assure you that we will get them to face the law,” he stated
“On 27/03/2019, the Command’s Gender Unit received a complaint of defilement of a minor reported by the mother of the minor (name withheld) against the husband of her elder sister, Kabiru Oke, m 44yrs old of No 1 Olatikupo Street, Egbeda, and his son, Oke Faruq, m 19yrs old of the same address,” the statement said.
According to Elkana who is a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), the victim lived with the suspects for a couple of years.
He disclosed that Kabiru started perpetrating the crime on October 20, 2018, with the suspect having sexual intercourse with the victim regularly.
The son of the first suspect was also said to have started having unlawful carnal knowledge of the same minor on January 10, 2019.
Elkana said the suspects had threatened to kill the victim on several occasions if she tells anybody about the affairs.
The victim, according to him, later exposed the suspects when her mother noticed some changes in her and discovered that she was pregnant.
The minor was thereafter taken to the hospital by the police Gender Unit for medical examination for confirmation.
The Police Public Relations said this led to the arrest of the two suspects and their subsequent arraignment in court.
The court ordered their remand in prison while the case was adjourned till May 13, 2019.
In a related development, one Marainerume Alfred, 45, was arrested for defiling a 14-year-old girl in Ejigbo.
The mother of the victim also reported the case to the Command’s Gender Unit, saying they live on the same street with the suspect.
Elkana said the suspect usually called the victim to his shop while on her way back from school and have sexual intercourse with her in the shop.
He disclosed that Alfred allegedly committed the crime between May 2018 and March 2019.
“The suspect, in his statement to police, revealed that he turned the survivor into his sex partner after he divorced his wife in May 2018,” the command’s spokesman said.
He added, “The matter was discovered on 27th March 2019 at about 1400hrs, by the survivor’s grandmother who perceived some odour from the body of the survivor when she returned home and subjected her to questioning.”
The DSP said the mother of the victim informed the police that the suspect gave her daughter some drugs to take thereafter, to prevent her from getting pregnant.
He noted that an investigation was ongoing and the suspect would also be charged to court for defilement.
Two women living with R. Kelly are defending the R&B superstar charged with sexual abuse, saying in an interview aired Thursday that their relationships with him are consensual.
Azriel Clary, 21, and Joycelyn Savage, 23, told US network CBS that they “absolutely” are in love with Kelly, brushing off allegations that the 52-year-old artist brainwashes women he keeps in homes that operate as de facto sex cults.
“We live with him, and we’re in a relationship with him,” Clary said of Kelly, who returned to jail Wednesday for failing to pay child support.
“A very strong relationship as well,” added Savage.
Questioned on the nature of their sex lives with Kelly, Clary said “I would never share with no one what I do in or outside of the bedroom.”
“There are people all over the world who have multiple girlfriends,” she said. “It’s no different.”
Last month Kelly — dogged for decades by allegations including child pornography, sexual abuse and false imprisonment — pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against four victims, three of them minors. That case is not linked to women he currently lives with.
In 2017 a BuzzFeed report alleged the musician had kept women as virtual sex slaves at his Chicago and Atlanta homes.
Clary and Savage dubbed accusations against Kelly money-making schemes.
But Clary’s parents released a statement shortly after the interview aired saying their daughter “is presently suffering from years of mental abuse and manipulation by R. Kelly.”
“R. Kelly is a desperate liar and serial abuser of young girls who should die in prison,” said the statement tweeted by lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represents at least two of Kelly’s alleged victims.
“All of the victims and parents cannot be lying.”
CBS released the interview with the two women after airing an emotional sit-down with Kelly himself, his first public comments since the indictment against him.
“I didn’t do this stuff. This not me,” Kelly said, saying he was “fighting” for his life.
“Whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true.”
Kelly — the star behind hits like “I Believe I Can Fly” — remains in custody in Chicago after failing to pay $161,000 in child support payments he owes to his former spouse and three children.
Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly also has previously accused the artist of domestic abuse.