Two Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Monday, raised alarm over the spate of rape for rituals, as more women and girls were victims.
They raised the alarm in a joint statement signed by Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga of Centre for Impact Advocacy (CIA) and Ariyo-Dare Atoye of Adopt a Goal, in Abuja.
Ogunlana-Nkanga and Atoye described the situation as very alarming, which called for urgent intervention.
“It is eating deeper into our localities; it is spreading faster and debasing our women and destroying our girls.
“The unabated cases of rape in general are bad enough, and deserve capital punishment.
“We must do everything to fight it; however, this aspect of rape for rituals which has not featured prominently in public and intentional discourse, must be addressed with a different approach,” they said.
Ogunlana-Nkanga and Atoye also said: “rape is rape, and it must be confronted and fought to a standstill.
They said that the current public and global actions against rape could not significantly address the worrisome trend of rape for rituals.
“This aspect of rape is done for ritual purposes and spiritual cleansing, and it is embedded in occultism and voodooism.
“Rape for ritual has eaten deeper into our communities, even as more women and girls now live in fear.
“Unfortunately, some notorious traditional herbalists, occultic practitioners and ritualists, have been found to be culpable in the unconscionable and barbaric practices of recommending women and girls for violation and ritual,” they said.
The organisations leaders said that there were also other degrees of rape for rituals, which seem normal, but which have not received any significant responses and actions.
They said, “this aspect of rape, will require a different methodology and actions, while activists and actors are combating rising cases of rape in general.”
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)https://nnn.ng/csos-raise-alarm-over-growing-incidents-of-rape-for-ritual/
COVID-19: NCDC announces 221 new cases, total infections rise to 56,956
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday.
According to it, the new cases are confirmed from 18 states in the country.
The new infections brought the total number of confirmed cases to 56,956 in Nigeria.
The public health agency said that Lagos had 59, the highest number of cases, followed by Abia with 46 cases and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 22.
Among others were; Rivers, 11, Bauchi, 7, Benue, Ekiti and Imo, 6 each, Kaduna, Kwara and Ondo, 4 each, Ogun and Osun, 3 each, Bayelsa, Edo and Kano, 1 each.
According to it, those discharged on Friday include 100 community recoveries managed in Oyo State in line with new case management guidelines.
The health agency sadly recorded one more death, which brought the national death toll to 1,094.
It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
It cautioned that the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 was higher when people did not wear face mask in public places.
“Wear your face mask properly at all times. Adhere to all non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19,” it urged Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as the people of Edo State prepared to vote their preferred candidates at the governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19, NCDC urged all to observe the COVID-19 guidelines recently released.
It noted that relevant stakeholders must take actions that would reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the election.
“Ensure there is hand hygiene and temperature checks at the campaign ground, polling stations; providing additional polling stations or booths to ensure physical distancing, with clearly marked floors to enforce spacing on queues.
”Mandating the use of face mask for everyone, regular cleaning of polling stations, tables and other surfaces highly essential because those are the areas that are easy to contract the virus.
”Multiply hand-washing points or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, while staff at the polling units should practice hand hygiene frequently,.”
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Lagos NUJ: I won’t suspend legal actions on Pen Jewel Estate if elected — Ajayi
Mr Adeleye Ajayi, Chairmanship Candidate in the forthcoming Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos Council Election, on Friday debunked a rumour that he intended to stop legal actions against those involved in the abortive Mowe/Ofada Pen Jewel Estate.
Ajayi, a Deputy Editor-in- Chief in the News Agency of Nigeria , who decried the rumour and others making the rounds, said elections in a professional body like NUJ should not be a do-or-die affair where contestants would be destroying one another.
The aspirant also said that rumours from his opponent’s camp about his certificate was wrong, saying that he possessed Ordinary National Diploma, Higher National Diploma, and two Master’s degrees.
He said that he was a class representative and class governor at both Ogun State Polytechnic and Lagos State University.
Ajayi said: “Getting to the top should not be a ‘do-or-die’ affair but some people hold onto the belief that they must destroy everybody and everything on their way to achieve success.
“Those in this category should remember that nemesis will catch up with them one day. Therefore, be good to people you meet on your way up because you may also meet them on your way down.
“On the controversial issue of Mowe-Ofada land and the abortive Pen Jewel Estate Project, ordinarily I need not bother re-echoing what I had said during my visits to chapels on campaign but I must put the records straight to correct the erroneous impression being peddled around that I intend to take the land cases out of courts if I win the election by God’s grace.
“Is it possible to withdraw any case out of court without the consent of the Judge and the parties involved? This is indeed a question begging for answers.
“Although the dramatis personae involved in the failed estate project are friends just like other people on this platform but that does not exonerate the two of them from facing the consequences should they be found guilty by a court of law.”
He added that it was unfortunate that the Mowe-Ofada land, which was acquired way back in 2008 and was allocated to about 2,000 subscribers devoid of rancour, had turned to be a campaign gimmick.
According to him, the situation turned sour and became a thorn in the flesh of the allottees some years after, when plans by Primewaterview Holdings Ltd. to assist in building apartments for the 800 journalists’ subscribers hit the rocks.
“Some people just want to call a dog a bad name in order to get it hanged.
“I have always emphasised in every chapel we went on campaign that the incoming executive by God’s grace will adopt a political solution to the land brouhaha.
“We shall endeavour to go beyond Lagos to further dialogue so that the hard-earned dollars and Naira can be refunded, even in installment.
“Permit me to also reiterate that legal actions, EFCC intervention, investigation by the Police Special Fraud Unit will continue pari- passu.
“I therefore, find it incredible that some people will go round, maligning me and distorting my explanation regarding the land issue just to score cheap political points,” Ajayi said.
He urged journalists to take whatever his opponent told them about him concerning the abortive Pen Jewel Estate as a figment of the imagination of the cooks of such story.
Ajayi said that when he was the President of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN), in 2010, he facilitated allocation of 50 plots of land for members of the association.
He regretted that the land had been turned to an `ATM’, by breathing down on innocent and unsuspecting landowners to contribute N60,000 for perimeter fencing; N10,000 for bush clearance etc.
Ajayi added: “I cherish the late Ibrahim Waziri’s political style tagged “Politics without bitterness’’, I have always made this phrase my watchword.
“I enjoin those further fanning the embers of disunity in the Lagos Council of NUJ to have a rethink so that we can go back to the `camaraderie’ of the good old days.
“Our collective concern should be how to build a virile union that will stand the test of time and outlive us and not to destroy a House (NUJ) solidly built by our heroes in the profession, both living and dead.
“May I therefore, appeal that those who indulged in Pull Him Down syndrome, especially during NUJ’s electioneering, that they should note that this is a professional body of gentlemen of the Fourth Estate of the Realm.”
The aspirant, who advised that people should make the campaign more exciting and not take to mudslinging, said campaign for Sept. 29 election should concentrate on issues and focus on how journalists could live a good life now and after retirement.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Peter Ejiofor)
Edo Election: NSCDC deploys 13, 311 personnel for security operations
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says no fewer than 13, 311 of its personnel from across 10 states were deployed to Edo for Saturday governorship election.
Deputy Commandant General (DCG), Madu Kelechi, in charge of operations disclosed this in Benin on Friday while briefing newsmen on the corps preparedness for the Edo election.
Madu said that of the figure, about 7,331 personnel would be fully involved in the election while the others would be posted to protect critical national assets and infrastructure across the state.
He explained that the core mandate of the NSCDC was disaster management and the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure.
He added that the corps could not afford to leave the critical national assets in the state vulnerable to saboteurs because of the election, hence the deployment of some personnel to man the assets.
The DCG further disclosed that the corps would be working in synergy with the police as the lead security agency for the election as well as other sister security agencies.
He maintained that the corps was prepared, adding that after the preparation, some personnel like those from the counter terrorism and the intelligence units were deployed upfront for the election.
He also said that the personnel deployed have been trained at the corps headquarters in Abuja as well as by the NCDC on what to do as the election would be conducted in line with the COVID-19 principles.
He further said that the corps had sensitised the personnel on behavior as well as how to handle situation especially vote buying.
Madu listed the states from which the personnel were drawn from to include Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Anambra, Kogi, Imo, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos and Ekiti.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ismail Abdulaziz
Lagos bye election :I’ll honour my predecessors’ legacies, says Abiru
The All Progressives Congress candidate for the Oct. 31 Lagos East senatorial bye election, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, on Friday promised to deliver democratic dividends to the people of the district, if elected.
Abiru, a former Managing Director of Polaris Bank, made the promise during a meeting with party stakeholders, community leaders and residents in Kosofe.
He said previous representatives of the senatorial district did very well for the people, promising to offer same quality representation to honour their legacies, if elected.
The APC candidate said he was passionate about the progress of the senatorial zone and would not disappoint the people.
“I thank you great party members for nominating me as the candidate of our great party and I promise not to betray the confidence reposed in me.
“I will work with other elected members of the National Assembly from the state to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of this senatorial district and the state.
“By God ‘s grace ,I will honour the legacies of those who had represented this district at the Senate .
“My father, Justice Abiru first represented this district; he did very well and I can’t afford not to honour his legacies.
“Then came Senator Ogunlewe, he did extremely well too.Then Senator Mamora,Senator Ashafa and Senator Bayo Osinowo,May Allah bless his soul.
“These great men did extremely well for our people. Just like them, I will be the senator of the people. I will offer quality representation to honour the legacies of my predecessors if elected “,he said .
Abiru said he would bring all his competences and experience of over 30 years in the banking sector to bear on rendering service to the people of Lagos East.
He said he stabilised Polaris Bank and returned it to path of profitability as CEO, promising to bring the same zeal and character to the Senate if elected .
Abiru also promised to pursue efforts and initiatives to attract development to Lagos East to better the lot of constituents.
“Also poverty alleviation will be one of my priorities if elected .I already have the template and the structure to reach out to the people of this great zone.
“By God’s grace ,I shall implement programmes and initiatives to promote the prosperity of our people and reduce poverty”,he said.
Abiru said if elected he would work with other federal lawmakers to push for special status for the state in view of the pressure on it as a former federal capital.
The candidate commended Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu for his interventionist strides in the state ,promising to join hands with him and others to bring more development to the district and the state .
He urged residents of the senatorial district to vote overwhelmingly for him and APC on Oct.31.
Abiru particularly urged residents of Kosofe to prove their huge voting strength and significantly improve the voting figures from the area on the day of the election.
In his remarks,Chief Kaoli Olusanya,APC Vice Chairman ,Lagos East,described Abiru as a man of competence ,pedigree and character.
He said none of the other candidates for the senatorial election had the rich credentials of Abiru.
Olusanya however said the people of Kosofe in particular had to vote en masse to make Abiru’s victory emphatic.
“We are expecting at least 130,000 votes for Abiru and APC from Kosofe”,he said.
Speaking ,Mr Obafemi Saheed ,the party’s candidate for Kosofe 2 bye election ,also scheduled for Oct.31 ,said he and Abiru were contesting to serve the people.
Saheed said just like Abiru,he would use his experience as an economist and a banker to serve the people of Kosofe.
“Our people in the party in Kosofe have put their differences behind them and have resolved to vote massively for the party’s candidate.It shall be big victory by God’s grace “,he said.
NAN reports some of the prominent party members at the meeting include Mrs Yetunde Arobieke; Commissioner for Wealth Creation ; Rep Rotimi Agunsoye (Kosofe );a member of the state House of Assembly,Mr Rotimi Abiru(Shomolu 2) and another state legislator ,Mr Sanni Okanlawon(Kosofe 1)
Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle