…detectives pose as preachers
•Our dad a victim, not a criminal, say girls
Forty-seven-year old Rashidi, living in Sango-Ota, Ogun State could easily be described as a good looking man.
This means that getting a woman to warm his bed wouldn’t be a lot of headache. But Rashidi, for some years now, had been having sexual intercourse with four of his daughters. A situation many people who got wind of described as bizarre.
But the most bizarre is that his wife, who is the mother of the four girls, was aware of the situation and appeared handicapped to do anything about it.
The incestuous affairs were blown open after a crack team of police detectives from Sango-Ota Area Command, Ogun State, went undercover to investigate the crime and returned with mind-boggling discoveries. Although the illegal affairs had been going on for years, daughters, father and mother had preferred to let it remain within the family circle.
According to them, they were still trying to seek out solution for their father’s inexplicable sexual yearnings for his biological daughters, when police stormed their home to arrest the man. One would have expected the daughters to have fought the sexual onslaught from their dad, especially since two are adults, but they didn’t.
They said: “Our father is sick. He doesn’t know what he is doing. We know what is wrong with him. We just need money to make him well. To arrest him and take him to court for the whole world to see and read about him and us is not the solution. We need spiritual help, not publicity.”
The first of the girls is 26 years old, second is 23, third is 19 and the last is 14. Ordinarily, these ladies could have decided to report him to police or family members.
But they didn’t, rather they said: “Our father is a victim, not a criminal.”
Our reporter left Lagos State as early as possible to seek out the father and hear this strange story and occurrences from the horse’s mouth.
A few minutes after our reporter introduced herself, Rashidi burst into heart-breaking tears. It was gathered that when Rashidi was arrested and presented with his alleged crime, he had vehemently denied it.
On Tuesday, however, speaking with our reporter, he had a sinking look on his face. Tears gathered in his eyes and rolled down his cheeks. He sniffed and used his T-shirt to wipe his tears.
He whispered: “Please help me! I need help! Yes, I have been having sexual intercourse with my four daughters. Something used to come upon me and take control of me. I’ll lose my senses and about two or three hours after having intercourse with any of my daughters, I will come back to my senses. This had been going on for years. I even married a second wife and visited a herbalist in order to check this malady, but all efforts failed. But it’s not every day I have sex with them. It is whenever that evil spirit comes upon me.”
Investigators had earlier discovered that the last sexual intercourse with his third and fourth daughters occurred on May 11, 12 and 13.
The arrest of Rashidi wouldn’t have been possible, but for the diligence of the policemen and women, who painstaking kept digging into the case after receiving information about the father that had been sexually preying on his daughters.
A police source said: “The police team launched investigation after receiving credible information that Rashidi was having sex with four of his daughters. The police team was determined to rescue the girls. They went into the community and put surveillance on the family, but found it difficult to penetrate. They knew they couldn’t make an arrest without first verifying the information they had received. They decided to go after one of the girls. They pretended to be preachers, speaking about God and salvation. They went to the place where one of the girls works and preached to her and then prayed for her.
“They then tactfully delved into issues that had to do with incest. They told her that God was willing and ready to deliver anyone caught up in that sort of situation. They gently asked her more questions about incest and whether she was experiencing it. It was at that point she opened up. The police team told her about her fundamental rights and human rights activists. They left.
“The following day, the police team returned to her work place in their uniforms. They introduced themselves as police. They had to pet her before she agreed to follow them to make statement. After her statement, the police went to the house and arrested the father. The mother and other siblings were there. The father, right then and there, denied the allegation.
“When the mother got to the station, she admitted knowing about it. The three other daughters also confessed that their father had being having sex with them. Police carried out preliminary investigations and discovered that Rashidi used to have sex in his room with his daughters, while his wife is fast asleep or when the wife is not around. He also used to have sex with them outside the house.
“When police asked the daughters why they didn’t react against their dad, they said they too were under a spell. They said once he tells them to undress, they would simply obey. Whenever their mother catches them, she would shout on her husband. But the woman has a medical condition, which if she shouts too much, could lead to her losing consciousness, for about three days.”
Speaking amidst tears, Rashidi said that he had been hearing voices in the past 13 years. The voices used to order him around. According to him, he hears the voices, but had never seen the speaker. He claimed that it was the voice that ordered him to be having sex with his daughters.
Rashidi, who introduced himself as a mechanic, security guard and commercial motorcyclist, said: “The first time the voice spoke to me was about 13 years ago. The voice ordered me on that fateful day to place three seats on each other. It asked me to go into the store and take a rope. It further instructed me to tie it to the ceiling fan, climb the mounted seats and placed the noose around my neck. I had already done all these, when my wife suddenly woke up.
“I don’t know what is wrong with me. I have no quarrel with anyone and I’m not indebted to anyone. Four years ago, I was riding motorcycle when the voice ordered me to park, and enter the river, but someone saved me. Whenever the voice comes, I lose my senses. After about three hours, my senses will return. I couldn’t tell anyone what I was going through. I decided to go and tell a herbalist, who is close to me. He did some things for me, including spiritual bath, but it didn’t work. I continued to have sex with my daughters. I have spent a lot of money on this, trying to find a lasting solution. Just three weeks ago, the voice came while I was riding motorcycle. I stopped right in the middle of the road; vehicles could have crushed me. People shouted and called me a mad man.”
It was also discovered that Rashidi had attempted suicide several times, but often saved in the nick of time. Our reporter heard that his last attempt was mixture of chemicals, which he wanted to drink, but he was caught.
He cried: “I just want to take the chemicals and die. I even took a second wife because I thought it would check my sexual predilection towards my daughters, but it didn’t work. I still continue to leave my second wife’s house to my first, to have sex with my daughters.”
Rashidi is said to be the breadwinner of his family, daughters, wives and aged father. The father, who is about 90 years old, was said to have rushed down to Lagos after hearing that his son had been arrested. Since the old man got to Lagos to hear the story, he had been stooling nonstop.
The police station had been flooded with tears from Rashidi, his wife and daughters. One of his daughters, since his arrest, had embarked on a hunger strike. Others laid siege to the station.
Another of his daughters, who cried throughout her interview with our reporter, said that she had already made efforts to seek for solution. She had gone to Christian and Muslim clerics. She has also visited a herbalist. The verdict had always remained the same, unchanged.
Asked what the verdict was, she said: “They all said that my father is under a curse. The curse was placed on him by a woman, who he had offended. They all said that a spiritual work needed to be carried out. I guess that it was in the course of trying to find solution by visiting these men that policemen heard about our predicament.
“Whenever it comes upon him, he will start acting abnormally, insane. You will know that he was no longer in his right senses. And then he will come to us and order any of us to strip. Whatever spell is disturbing him, affects us too. When he orders me to strip, I wouldn’t know what I was doing. I wouldn’t be able to refuse. We wouldn’t be able to fight or stop him. We just obey like we’re under a strong force. There was a midnight he called me outside our apartment. He ordered me to remove my panties and lay on the chair there. I simply obeyed him. He had sex with me right there. We were both no longer in our senses. About two to three hours after the act, we both came back to our senses and started crying.
“When I went out and discovered that someone cursed my father, I had to alert my mother. She told me that she too had made her findings and it was the same response. We were both trying to raise the money for the spiritual works before everything came out in the open.”
She added: “The pastor said that the spiritual work will cost us N30,000, the Alfa said N35,000, while herbalist said N20,000 plus. My father has a mental problem. We don’t want a court case.”
The herbalist that Rashidi ran to, seeking help, also came to pay him a visit in police custody. The herbalist told the police that Rashidi truly came to him for help and that he assisted him. The herbalist said that he didn’t know that what plagued Rashidi continued even after the work he did for him. He wished Rashidi had returned to tell that he was still having intercourse with his daughters.
Police arrest Jonathan’s in-laws over theft of jewellery, valuables worth N.3bn
Operation Puff Adder of the Bayelsa State Police Command at the weekend arrested four in-laws of the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan over alleged involvement in the illegal entry into his home in Otuoke community in Ogbia Local Government Area and carting away jewellery, custom made walking stick and other valuables worth over N.3billion.
But another source claimed that the some substantial sum of money was also carted away by the suspects.
The four persons, include two brothers to the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, and two ladies suspected to be members of Jonathan’s family.
Mrs Jonathan’s two brothers were identified as Mowsor Princewill Oba and Boma Rasheed Oba.The other two female suspect are yet to be identified.
It was learnt that the one of the arrested suspects, who is a management staff of the Aridolf Resort, Hotel and Spa owned by the former First Lady, had duplicated the keys to the rooms where the valuables were kept and led the forceful entry and gradual looting of the valuables.
It was gathered that after some domestic staff discovered the theft, the former President was informed and he quickly called in men of the Bayelsa Police Command to effect their arrest and recover the looted valuables.
A source close to the former First Family, said that Mrs Jonathan was shocked and disgusted by the theft and wondered why the arrested management staff of her hotel did not steal her money instead of masterminding the looting of her husband’s valuables.
MAUSTECH: Egba monarchs, others threaten showdown with Abiodun
*Accuse gov of hidden agenda over varsity relocation
Egba traditional rulers, leaders of thought, clubs and indigenes in Ogun Central Senatorial District on Saturday kicked against the planned relocation of the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH), Abeokuta by Governor Dapo Abiodun.
They said the governor’s request to the Ogun State House of Assembly to amend the law establishing MAUSTECH was filled with “hidden agenda” and amounted to playing on the sensibilities of the Egba and creating bad blood in the state.
This was contained in their position paper submitted to the Prof Segun Awonusi-led panel constituted by the state government to review the status, operations, funding and viability of MAUSTECH and the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.
The immediate past governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, had established MAUSTECH and the Ipokia polytechnic following the “upgrading” of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta in 2017 but the two new institutions had since failed to take off.
Amid the controversy, stakeholders in the Ogun West Senatorial District, last week, urged the governor to relocate MAUSTECH to Ipokia Local Government Area so as to give the Yewa-Awori extraction more sense of belonging and address the gap in university education for the people of the area and the state at large.
But giving the stance of the Egba nation, the President of Abeokuta Club, Engr. Tokunbo Odebunmi, said the “only state-owned full-fledged university in Egbaland” should not be considered for relocation elsewhere under whatever circumstances.
Fake drugs: Mob at Onitsha Market attack NAFDAC officials
A contingent of officials from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and police officers have been attacked and pelted with stones, bottles, packaged water and plumbing items at the plumbing material market located at Head Bridge Market, Onitsha, Anambra State.
According to a statement from NAFDAC yesterday, the attack follow the NAFDAC team’s evacuation of some counterfeit medicines including anti-malarial, antibiotics, sildenafil citratea and tetanus toxoid from the Plumbing Material Market section.
The substandard medicines had been stored in a warehouse with temperature of over 40C, which would have damaged the drugs and subject the persons that would consume them later to danger that may result in death.
To this end, the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye has urged the public to report any suspicion of fake medicines to 08001NAFDAC (0 eight hundred1NAFDAC) or to the nearest NAFDAC office.
According to Adeyeye, drugs stored at this high temperature will compromise the health of the population and result in fatalities.
She said: “Counterfeiting of drugs subjects the population to treatment failure and early death.
“Members of the families of the counterfeiters are included in the population, that is, no one is exempted from the consequences of substandard, falsified and counterfeited medicines.”
The evacuation came sequel to credible intelligence obtained from concerned members of the public regarding the connivance of drug counterfeiters from the Head Bridge Drug Market, Onitsha and the Executive members of the Plumbing Material Market Association, Onitsha in the diversion, concealment and storage of substandard and falsified medical products at the plumbing material market.
Four killed, others trapped as building collapses in Delta
A three-storey building under construction in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State has reportedly collapsed, killing at least four workers at the site.
It was learnt that scores of persons might also still be trapped inside the collapsed building.
Although the causes of the collapse could not be ascertained, it was learnt that the building caved in during a downpour in the university town on Saturday morning.
Abraka is where the state university is located.
Sources told our correspondent that the victims were in the building waiting for the rain to subside to begin work when a section of the building caved in.
A few persons who were working on the building escaped but four persons were confirmed dead by eyewitness.
Stay clear of Bayelsa or contend with me, CP tells criminals
Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State commissioner of Police (CP) Uche John Anozia has warned miscreants, cultist, thugs and other criminals to turn a new leaf or flee from the state as he said the command under his watch was determined to rid the state of lawless elements.
Parading 29 suspects at the weekend at the police headquarters including one Peter Joshua, the suspected killer of two National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in March this year, the Commissioner maintained that the arrests were made possible through the effort of the recently launched ‘Operation Puff Adder’.
Displaying the firearms recovered from the suspects, which included two AK-47 rifles, 40 locally made pistols, 26 locally made revolvers, seven Dane guns, three fabricated AK-47,rifles, two berretta pistols and one general purpose gun, among other weapons, CP Nnadozia said: “On June 20, operatives of Operation Puff Adder acted on a tip-off and arrested one Ebimobowei Adisemo and Ikpi Malafakumo along the East –West road who were coming to Yenagoa for an armed robbery operation with one Black Toyota Highlander SUV and one ash colour Toyota Corolla car.
“Upon a thorough search the police recovered two AK-47 rifles, three face masks, six extra plate numbers, and four AK-47 magazines loaded with 120 7.62mm ammunition with 50 others as spare ammunition.”
Alleged extortion: Over 200 tipper drivers block Enugu-Awka-Onitsha Road for 3 hours
No fewer than two hundred tippers were used to block the Enugu- Awka – Onitsha Expressway yesterday for about three hours when members of the Tipper Drivers Association protested what they called over taxation, intimation and smashing of their vehicles by alleged government revenue agents.
The protesters who chanted protest songs also blocked the main entrance gate to the government House demanding to see the Governor, Dr Willie Obiano who incidentally was away on an official trip abroad. All efforts to get the protesters to leave the expressway proved abortive for hours until the arrival of the Secretary of State Government Prof Solo Chukwulobelu who urged them to clear from the Federal Government highway.
The leader of the association for Enugu and Anambra states Mr Emmanuel Ezeokafor, who spoke with reporterssaid: ” We are peace-loving people and our protest as you can see is not a violent one. We are here to register our unhappiness over the imposition of several levies and all manner of extortion by some people who claim to be government revenues agents.
“We won this case of illegal taxation at the Festival High Court and government called us for a meeting and we agreed to dialogue with government but we’re still discussing with government when some people who claim to be government revenue’s agents came to collect taxes and levies from our members.
“If you refuse to pay, they will beat you up and shatter the windscreen of your tipper. So far about 17 of our members have sustained various injuries while two were locked up at a police station. Ezeokafor further alleged that “before we were paying N100. 00 later it went up to N200.00 and now we pay between N700.00 N1,500.00, and one Ogechukwu who claims to be a government’s agent has been using his position to intimidate out members who refuse to pay.
“Our demand is that we do not want any so-called government agents who have been extorting money from us. We want to discuss with government on how much we should be paying and we will collect the money ourselves and pay directly to the accounts of the government.”
Man commits suicide over wives’ adulterous affairs
A 40-year-old Zimbabwean Jotham Chakawa has committed suicide as a result of his two wives allegedly cheating on him. Reports say that Chakawa killed himself after suspecting his two wives, who happen to be sisters, were engaged in two separate adulterous affairs.
Chakawa is reported to have previously made two attempts to kill himself after suspecting that his two wives, Letwin Gwena (27) and Sekai Gwena (19), were covering for each other in their affairs. Chakawa committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in his own homestead just before supper. Masvingo Police Spokesperson, Chief Inspector Charity Mazula confirmed the incident.
No postmortem was conducted on the body because the police were said not to have fuel to transport the body.
I raped my daughter to confirm her virginity –Man
A 37-year-old guard, Wasiu Orilonise, has publicly confessed that he raped his 15-year-old daughter in order to authentic her virginity and protection. Orilonise who appeared in Oyo State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan, however, appealed to the court to forgive him as he did that only to confirm if his daughter was still a virgin.
The prosecutor, Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the accused had sometime in December 2018 at Omo village, Agbofieti, Ibadan, in the Ibadan Magisterial District, raped the daughter without her consent. Ogunremi said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 34, sub-sections 1 and 2 of the Child Rights Law of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The plea of the accused was, however, not taken during the arraignment.
When the Chief Magistrate, Mr. Taiwo Olaniran, sought to know what pushed him into defiling his biological daughter, the accused said since he lost his wife a few years ago, he had been taking care of his daughter and her siblings. He told the court that he committed the act in order to protect his daughter.
Orilonise said the incident happened when he was trying to ascertain if the victim had lost her virginity, adding that upon discovering that she was still a virgin, he started having sex with her regularly before she would leave for school and at night.
The magistrate berated fathers who were fond of sexually abusing their daughters and other under- aged girls, saying they were allowing the devil to use them to destroy the society. He ordered that the accused be remanded in the Agodi Prison pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions and adjourned the case till July 30, 2019.
Tailor arraigned over N1.48m fraud
A 47-year-old tailor, Popoola Abolade, was yesterday charged before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly defrauding a company of N1.48 million.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Abolade, who resides in Ikeja area of Lagos, is facing two-counts of stealing and obtaining by false pretences, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Oriabure, told the court that the defendant committed the offences at 1pm on Jauary 19, at 33, Olorunlogbon St., Anthony Village, Lagos. Oriabure said that the defendant was contracted by Slloyd Nigeria Ltd., to sew 222 uniforms worth over N1.6million for its workers.
He, however, said that the defendant delivered only 48 of the uniforms to the company and promised to deliver the remaining 174 uniforms, which he failed to do. Oriabure told the court that instead of meeting his contractual obligations, the defendant locked up his shop and absconded with the balance of N1.48million. “My Lord, it was the company’s Human Resources consultant, Olumide Oladipo, that made the report at the station.
“Upon investigation, the defendant was arrested and he signed an undertaking to supply the remaining uniforms to the company or return the money within three weeks.
“My Lord that was in May, up till date he has refused to do either,” the prosecutor said. Oriabure said the offences contravened Section 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). NAN reports that Section 287 stipulates a three-year jail term for stealing, while Section 314 carries 15 years for obtaining by false pretences.
The Magistrate, Mrs. S.O. Obasa, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum. Obasa ordered that the sureties must be above 40 years and reside within the court’s jurisdiction. He added that the sureties should show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government. The case was adjourned till July 30, for mention
Owner of collapsed hotel building in Ebonyi arrested
The Ebonyi State Police Command has arrested the owner of Metro View Hotel which collapsed in Abakaliki on Wednesday night, Christian Akanihu, this is according to a news report by Premium Times, online news portal. The arrest was facilitated by an assistant to the state governor on infrastructural maintenance, Ali Odefa.
Odefa said the state government would conduct integrity test on all public buildings in Abakaliki. More than 60 persons escaped death when a wing of the popular hotel located close to Presco Campus of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, collapsed around 7pm on Wednesday.
Following the collapse, the Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Authority sealed the 26-room hotel on Thursday morning. The special assistant to the Governor David Umahi, on capital territory, Ejem Okoro, led the team that sealed the hotel. He said the hotel would remain sealed pending investigation by the government.
The hotel was commissioned for operation in May 2005 by former governor, Martin Elechi . A member of the hotel management, Autsine Orji, who spoke to journalists on the incident, said they had noticed a crack on some of the pillars holding the building and they immediately cordoned off the side of the building and while they began renovations.
“It was in the process of the renovations that the building collapsed.” Orji said those who lodged in the hotel were outside the building for a seminar when the incident happened, stressing that no life was lost.
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