…says I didn’t force her
A 30-year-old man, identified simply as Adigun, who has allegedly been defiling a 10-year-old girl for over a year, has told the police that he didn’t force the minor into having sex with him. It was learnt that Adigun has been having sex with the girl since she was just nine-year-old and was in primary five.
The suspect, who is popularly called ‘rubber,’ was alleged to have been defiling the girl since January 2017 without her parents noticing anything. The incident, which happened at Olorunkemi Street, Bariga, Lagos State, threw the community into confusion.
Many people used to see Adigun as an easy going person. Adigun allegedly used to drag the girl into his apartment whenever she was going to mosque to pray about 6a.m. and defile her. The sexual violation of the victim would have continued, but for divine intervention.
The incident was discovered by a counsellor in the girl’s school. It was learnt that the girl and her friends were playing a game, ‘truth or dare,’ when they asked themselves to swear if any man had had sex with them. Other girls said yes, but the victim simply kept mute. The counsellor became alerted.
The Coordinator for Child Protection Network, Mr. Toyin Okanlawon, who reported the matter to the Lagos State Neighbourhood Corps (LNSC), said: “She suddenly became calm when her friends asked her to swear. That was what drew the attention of the counsellor, who asked her what the problem was.
The victim opened up to her on how their neighbour had been having marathon sex with her for over a year. She was referred to Mirabel Medical Centre at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja for medical test. It was confirmed she has been abused.”
It was also learnt that the first time Adigun had sex with the girl; he was alleged to have covered her mouth with cloth. Okanlawon disclosed that the suspect had been picked and handed over to Bariga Police Station for prosecution. He said: “The suspect confessed at the police station that whenever he does not go to work, he would defile the minor.
Adigun’s family had been threatening the victim’s parents, which was why I took up the case. I want them to get justice. The suspect initially denied sexually violating the girl, but later admitted to the crime and begged for forgiveness, insisting that the devil caused it. The suspect also claimed that the girl used to come to his room to seek assistance, that he didn’t force her.
“The situation would have been averted, if the mother of the victim had acted fast after her daughter told her about the abuse. When the victim told her mother, the woman said the girl was talking nonsense. The mother couldn’t believe that such a thing could be happening right under her nose. Adigun’s sister is a close friend to the victim’s mother.”
The case has been transferred to the gender unit of the police command for further investigation. When contacted to confirm the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chike Oti, promised to find out the matter and get back to our correspondent, but at press time, he was yet to do so.
Lightning kills 15-year-old in Abia
Residents Abayi Ohanze community in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State were confused when a mysterious lightning struck a teenage girl to death.
The incident occurred about 4p.m. and took the life of the teenager, identified as Ogechi Ngozi.
Sources from Abayi Ohanze said the 15-year-old girl was struck by the lightning while she was roasting a palm nut she picked from outside their compound.
“There was a heavy rain that day. Before the rain, the community hired some labourers to cut down palm nuts as usual.
“The palm nuts were left on the roadside which is a normal thing here, so she picked some and returned to their kitchen and was roasting them to eat.
“Suddenly, we heard a serious thunder strike and the next thing I heard was shouts from their house and I went there and behold what I’ve never seen before all my life.
“She was confirmed to have died from the thunder strike (lightning) which up till now remains a mystery to all of us because we don’t know why such should happen.
“As I speak to you, they have not buried her because the source of her death looked mysterious and they need to make some consultations. I’ve never seen this type of thing before,” a resident said.
Fulani herdsmen threaten court action over Oyo’s anti-grazing bill
Hundreds of Fulani herdsmen from various parts of Oyo State Wednesday converged on Igangan, an agrarian community in Ibarapa North Local Government area, resolving to employ legal means to stop the state’s Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill 2019 which has already passed second reading at the House of Assembly.
The bill, which was jointly sponsored by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin and his deputy, Hon. Abiodun Fadeyi, was recently criticised by the Fulani led by the National Chairman of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Sale Bayari, who in an 18-page position paper presented at that forum, stated that “it is impossible in our country for any peasant small scale herdsman to go into ranching”.
According to Bayari, the bill if passed into law, it would punish poor herders.
At their Igangan meeting held at the popular Kara Market in Igangan, presided over by the Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abduk-Kadir, it described the Oyo State Anti-Open Grazing Bill as “too draconian” and targeted at crippling Fulani herdsmen from practising their age-long cattle rearing activities across the state.
Poised to checkmate the Bill, the group said: “We will go to court. We will seek legal redress if Oyo State government insists on imposing this Bill on us. The implementation of the Bill as it is, will cause commotion. If we are pushed to the wall, we know the next level. Our next level is to seek legal option. We will go to the court of law over the matter.”
Police arrest 16 randy men who slept with 3 minors
The Police in Niger State on Wednesday paraded 16 men who allegedly sexually abused three minors between the ages of 12 and 13 in Kontagora Local Government Area of the state.
Parading the suspects at the Command’s headquarters, the Police Public Relations Officer Muhammad Abubakar told Journalists that, the 16 suspects were arrested for unlawful sexual intercourse with three minors at separate occasions following a tip off.
Abubakar said one of the suspects lured the 13-year-old girl who hawks egg with N200 into a bakery room in Kontagora where he sexually abused her.
Further investigation led to the arrest of the 15 others of Chadan Daji Arra of Kontagora who had abused the two other minors.
The eldest of the suspects, Bello Sardauna, 49, told our Correspondent that he had sexual intercourse with one of the girls eight months ago when the she visited him requesting for N200.
According to Bello, a father of five boys and a girl: “I was arrested eight months after I had forgotten about her. She is 13 years old, I didn’t rape her, she requested for sex in exchange for N200.”
While regretting his actions, Bello said: “It is the devil’s work, what I did is wrong. I know my family and friends will be highly disappointed in me. I feel so ashamed.”
JUST IN: Multiple accident grounds traffic on Otedola Bridge, many trapped — LATSMA
A multiple auto accident involving 10 vehicles occurred Wednesday morning on Otedola Bridge inward Berger, with many people trapped, causing traffic build up in the congested along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Announcing the incident, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LATSMA), said the “accident involved a containerized truck, a pickup and a high capacity bus as well as several cars.”
According to the Lagos traffic agency: “The accident is said to involve up to 10 vehicles,” while it advised motorists to “use CMD road from Secretariat towards Otedola for now as we await more updates on this situation.”
LATSMA in a post on its Twitterhandle, @followlatsma said “Casualties still trapped in the pickup. The road is totally blocked for now. Emergency agencies are on ground.”
LATSMA said as a result of the accident, “the backlog of traffic now extended to Ojota Bridge for those going inbetween Berger, while the backlog for those going inbetween Tollgate have merged with the traffic from Kara.”
‘I smuggled N100m cocaine because of my traditional wedding’
36-year-old man, Ibeh Augustine Chukwuma, told the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) he smuggled cocaine worth N100 million into Nigeria because he desperately wanted to raise money for his forthcoming traditional wedding.
Chukwuma’s attempt to smuggle the cocaine into Nigeria was truncated by the anti-narcotic agents just as he was arriving at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport via Ethiopian Airline, with a maximum ECOLAC bag which was found to contain the illicit drug consignment.
The NDLEA spokesman, Jonah Achema, confirmed the arrest.
He said: “Chukwuma has been a resident of Sao Palo, Brazil, where he worked in a construction company since 2011. According to him, he had approached another Nigerian living in Brazil for financial support for his forthcoming traditional marriage in Nigeria and was promised N500,000 if he could deliver the drug consignment to an unknown person who will receive him at the airport in Abuja.”
Chukwuma, a primary school leaver, who said his two parents are aged, admitted that he was fully aware of the content of the bag but offered to carry it because of the pressing financial need.
“His name is Emmanuel Paul. He deals in food stuff along with operating a restaurant. He is my friend. I asked him for financial assistance for my marriage and he said he cannot give me the money until I carry the cocaine. He actually told me that it is drug but I had no choice,” Chukwuma told his interrogators.
The suspect’s arrest came on the heels of aapprehension of Udeagwu Emmanuel Ugwuchukwu at the Abuja Airport with 3.1 kilograms of cocaine from the same Sao Polo, Brazil aboard Ethiopian Airline. The substance was concealed in home theatre musical equipment.
The Commander, NDLEA, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Hamisu Lawan, said: “Five kilograms of pure cocaine is a huge seizure knowing that if adulterated is worth a N100 million. Overtime, we have seen a decrease in the volume of interceptions, but we are surprised that this quantity is coming again.
“Our interactions with some suspicious passengers indicate urgent need to have closer link with Ethiopian counter-narcotic officials because intelligence indicates that the place is being used for warehousing of drugs or relay purposes for drug trafficking.”
EFCC arrests social media celebrity, Mustapha, for money laundering
conomic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it arrested a social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha aka Mompha, for alleged money laundering and fraud.
Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujarem, who disclosed this yesterday, said Mustapha was arrested last weekend, while trying to fly to Dubai, through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Uwujarem said the suspect was apprehended by operatives of the Lagos zonal office.
According to Uwujarem, the suspect’s arrest was consequent upon “actionable intelligence” of organised transnational cyber fraud and associated offence.
He said: “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, has arrested a social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha, for alleged involvement in internet-related fraud and money laundering.
“The suspect was arrested on Friday 18 October, 2019 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on his way to Dubai, United Arab Emirate following series of actionable intelligence reports linking him to organised transnational cyber fraud and money laundering.
“Ismaila allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the cover of being a Bureau de Change operator, to launder his proceeds of crime.
“However, the suspect has volunteered useful information while investigation continues.
“At the point of arrest, five wristwatches with a total value of N20,000,000 was recovered from him.
“The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”
Uwujarem added that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.
Kaduna: Three die, 11 rescued in new torture centres
igeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kaduna State Command yesterday raided two torture homes in Zaria, Zaria Local Government Area.
Three persons were said to have died at one of the centres from what the NSCDC officials said was because of the unbearable and dilapidated condition of the home.
At the centres, 11 inmates – men and children – were rescued.
The two centres are located at Limanchi Corner and Marmara, both in Zaria Local Government Area.
Unlike the two previous centres discovered in Kaduna, Malam Niga Rehabilitation Centre and another managed by Malam Ismaila Abubakar, raided recently in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area, the Zaria rehabilitation centre has no female inmate.
Parading the operators of the home, the state NSCDC Deputy Commandant, Mr. Nnegha Aloysious Onyema, disclosed that three inmates died as result of unbearable conditions at the centre.
He said all the inmates were in leg and hand chains.
The NSCDC boss said the 11 inmates were rescued following an intelligence report gathered by the corps.
Onyema added that the inmates were between the ages of 11 and 40 years.
He said: “We busted two of the centres, Limanchi Corner and Marmara Centres, all in Zaria. We evacuated 11 inmates ranging from 11 to 40 years of age from the two centres. One other centre had released their inmates following information that other centres have been busted but we arrested the operator.”
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, in company with the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, and the Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hajia Hafsat Baba, were at the state NSCDC Headquarters to inspect the rescued victims.
They all condemned the inhuman treatment meted out to the victims in the name of rehabilitation.
The deputy governor told journalists that government would take necessary actions against the operators while the victims would be provided necessary medical care before handing them over to their parents.
She urged parents to desist from taking their children to such centres else they would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
One of the victims, Abdullahi Ishola (30), from Osun State told journalists that he was lured to the centre by a family member.
He said: “A family member just took me there and all of a sudden I found myself in chains.
“I was chained in the leg and hands and ever since then, I have been under unbearable inhuman treatment. I was beaten regularly and denied foods for several days.”
Ishola, a National Diploma holder in Mass Communications from Ire Polytechnic in Osun State, thanked the NSCDC that they were finally rescued.
One of the operators of the centres, Muktar Aliyu, claimed that the inmates were brought to the centres by their parents and also denied maltreating them.
The operators, however, claimed that the inmates were brought to them by their parents for help which they do, but denied beating them.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai had led some policemen to the raid the ‘Malam Rehabilitation Centre in Rigasa Local Government Area where 147 inmates – 125 males and 22 females – were rescued.
Four of the inmates were said to be foreigners from Cameroon and Niger Republics.
This came less than a month when the police raided and rescued 300 inmates from the same Rigasa area of the state.
Grinding machine plucks off teenage student’s testicles
elt of a grinding machine yesterday accidentally plucked-off the two testicles of a 14-year-old Junior Secondary School (JSS) student in Bauchi, Bashir Salisu.
Bashir, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), is a student of Government Day Secondary School, Tudun Salmanu area of Bauchi metropolis, who sat for his JSS examination (junior WAEC), preparatory to seeking admission to Senior Secondary School.
He engages in the grinding of grains under the tutelage of a man at the Muda Lawal market, Bauchi.
Narrating his ordeal in pains at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBU-TH), Bauchi, Bashir said the sad event occurred about 10a.m. on Friday, when, in the course of running the engine, the rotating belt mistakenly got in contact with his baggy trousers and pulled him.
“When my trousers got entangled as a result of the fast rotating belt, it instantly severed my testicles and inflicted grave injuries on my private part.
“The pain was unbearable and I was rushed to the hospital, where medical personnel started treating me.
“Unfortunately, the testicles had gone and can no longer be replaced; the doctors confirmed that the situation is irredeemable,” Bashir said in tears.
The victim said he engaged in grinding to learn trade which he could rely on as jobs were not easy to come by these days.
He added: “I engage in the trade after school hours and during holidays to enable me become self-reliant during and after my studies as white collar jobs are not easy to come by.
“My parents are poor and I need to prepare myself, not only to be self-employed, but also help them and my younger brothers and sisters.”
Bashir’s father, Malam Salisu Mohammed, a farmer, said when the accident occurred, he had to struggle to contain himself.
He said: “I felt highly disturbed initially but was able to collect myself later, believing that tragedies are ordained by God and must, therefore, be accepted when they happen.
“We have intensified prayers for his quick recovery, even though we have been made to understand by medical experts that his testicles are gone for good.
“We thank God that he survived the accident; he could have been dead by now and we must appreciate such luck.
“Our major challenge now is footing the bill of his treatment; we are therefore seizing this opportunity to appeal for assistance from government, individuals and organisations.”
On her part, Bashir’s mother, Mrs. Aisha Salisu, said she was traumatised by the ordeal of her son.
She said: “He had been weeping all through until now that he was able to collect himself. Seeing him wept profusely touched me a lot and made me to express some emotions, but thank God, he is now calm.”
A Consultant Urologist at the ATBU-TH, Dr. Liman Usman, said the student sustained injuries on his scrotum and testicles caused by the belt of a grinding machine.
He said: “His trousers got entangled in the belt of a grinding machine, leading to the complete abortion of the testicles and scrotum; both testicles were severed.
“He had lacerations on his private part but these were just bruises; the inner shaft was intact.”
The consultant said it was not possible to transplant the testicles because of their complex nature, adding that efforts should be geared towards making the student to psychologically accept the situation as it is.
Usman, however, said what could be done to address the psychological feeling of the boy, was to make provision for plastic scrotum, which could only be done in hospitals abroad.
He added: “What can be done is to attach plastic scrotum so that when he feels it, he will have the impression that he had his testicles intact.
“This is good for his psychological development, but this cannot be done in Nigeria, except overseas.”
Lagos impounds 4,477 motorcycles, 18 vehicles
bout 4,477 motorcycles and 18 vehicles of traffic offenders have been impounded in the last six months for flouting road traffic law in Lagos.
This was as the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, led the prosecution of 37 alleged traffic offenders arraigned before the Special Offenses (mobile) Court, Oshodi.
Shortly after assuming office, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed an executive order for the immediate prosecution of traffic offenders through the state-owned mobile courts.
The Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, confirmed that about 4,477 motorcycles and 18 vehicles of traffic offenders were impounded in the last six months.
Egbeyemi noted that the task force would continue to apprehend offenders of the state traffic rules and regulations.
Meanwhile, those arraigned yesterday were prosecuted for offences ranging from driving against traffic, illegal driving on BRT corridor and illegal plying of highway with motorcycles as well as other unsafe habits which endanger the lives of other road users.
Leading the prosecution of the 37 offenders, Onigbanjo urged the court, presided over by Magistrate Omobola Salawu, to convict the defendants as charged.
Salawu convicted the defendants to 100 days community service and fines of N15,000 to N20,000 depending on the offense committed.
Briefing journalists, the Attorney-General said the state would continue to prosecute traffic offenders until sanity was completely restored on Lagos roads and law-abiding citizens were allowed to enjoy the roads without being assaulted by defaulters.
Cult war claims seven in C’River
t least, seven people have died after some cultists and Okunde community in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State engaged in a supremacy war.
It was learnt that owing to the activities of cultists in Okunde, the entire Osokom community under Okunde held a meeting to check their activities.
However, the plan leaked to the cultists and they infiltrated the community. They killed a man, Joseph Bukie Bankong.
The cultists allegedly camped in the Apostolic Church in Okunde, close to Boki Boys’ Secondary School, before striking on Monday night.
Bankong was said to have been opposed to the activities of cult groups before he was hacked to death on Monday night, as he spoke vehemently against their activities.
On Tuesday, the community rose up in search of the cultists and ended up killing six people. They include Alphonsus Etta Ewung, Otu Agbor Edum (Chief Paulinus Otu’s son).
In the resulting fight, several houses and property worth millions of naira were destroyed between Monday and Tuesday.
In a telephone interview, the state Police Commissioner, Austin Agbonlahor, confirmed the cult war.
However, he said the police have been mobilized to the area to maintain peace.
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