Teenager in court over alleged rape



A teenager, Mohammed Muritala (15), who allegedly raped a 13-year-old, on Friday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

Muritala, whose address was not provided, however, pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge.

The Prosecutor, ASP Benson Emuerhi, said that the defendant committed the offence on Oct. 13, at No. 2, Oluwole Olaniyan St., Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos State.

Emuerhi alleged that the defendant lured the 13-year-old into his apartment at 9.00p.m. and rape her, in contravention of Section 260 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 260 prescribes up to life imprisonment for rape.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olufunke Sule-Amzat, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

Olufunke Sule-Amzat adjourned the case until Dec. 2 for mention.

Edited by Ijeoma Popoola



Rape Crisis: NICO Director Seeks Culture Policy Review Rape



After 32 years since Nigeria’s cultural policy was put in place, the acting Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mrs Bridget Yerima, has told the Federal Government to review the policy, to tackle the country’s rape crisis.

Yerima told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that reviewing the policy was central to tackling the incessant rape cases plaguing Nigeria currently.

She lamented that Nigeria’s cultural policy, formulated in 1988 had become obsolete and needed to be re-appraised and updated, to tackle emerging social issues, including rape, child-molestation and domestic violence.

According to her, Nigeria needs to consider the methods adopted by some foreign countries in their resolve to curb incidences of rape in their countries.

“Countries like India, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia have instituted punishment options of death, castration, beheading and death by firing squad.

“Nigeria may need to move in that direction as means to curb the rising incidence of rape cases.’’

Yerima, who is the Director, Overseeing the Office of the Executive Secretary of NICO, argues that no punishment should be considered too harsh in protecting minors and old women, who have been at the receiving end of rapists in recent years.

“There is no doubt that the rising cases of rape, child molestation and domestic violence in Nigeria are causing many citizens sleepless nights. This calls for creative solutions to stem the ugly tide.

“The rape cases involve illegal sexual acts and violence often leading to death. In most cases, the victims are females and children who are vulnerable and weak.

“These cases have become so rampant and discomfiting, prompting Nigeria’s parliament to call for a state of emergency to deal with the embarrassing crisis.

Yerima, however, recommended that it had become auspicious for parents and guardians to rise to the occasion by playing their required roles to stem the worsening tide of rape nationwide.

“Parents and guardians must resume their traditional responsibilities as parents, who must be on ground to guide, direct or instruct their children all the time.

“In recent times, due to the harsh economic climate, most parents have had to pick up jobs that take them away from home in order to make ends meet.

“While this is explainable, parents must learn the balancing act and avoid being absentee parents most of the time.’’

Yerima suggested that at least one parent must be on ground all the time, to not only supervise but to also instruct kids.

According to her, a situation where parents transferred their roles and responsibilities to domestic helps and caregivers or to teachers and neighbors is totally unacceptable.

She said that parents should ensure that their children dressed decently at all times, to avoid attracting the attention of marauding rapists.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation is currently grappling with a rape pandemic that that has seen babies and geriatric citizens being raped by young men.

Citing a recent report, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, said that up to two million Nigerians are raped every year.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Silas Nwoha (NAN)

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Teenager bags 6 months imprisonment for stealing television from church



A Dutse Grade I  Area Court, Abuja on Monday sentenced Nazifi Usman, an 18-year-old trader to six months imprisonment for stealing a television set belonging to a church.

The Presiding Officer, Mr Suleiman Mohammed, who tried and found the defendant guilty however, gave him an option to pay a fine of N10, 000.

Mohammed held that the convict had failed to give the court a reasonable explanation why he committed the crime.

The Judge also ordered that the item, which was found in possession of the convict and was in police custody, be returned to the church immediately.

The convict, a resident of Tudun Wada in Bwari was convicted of criminal trespass, housebreaking, causing mischief and theft.

He pleaded guilty to the offence.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mr Tunde Arowolo, told the court that the convict was been reported at the Bwari Police Station by Pastor Napoleon Yahaya of Garam village in Niger state, on May 25.

He said the he convict on May 24, trespassed into Deeper Life Bible Church, Garam and stole a 45-inches LG television set, valued at N50, 000.

The prosecution also said that during police investigation, the convict confessed to the crime and also confessed that two of them carried out the criminal act but the other ran away.

Arowolo added that the convict however,  could not give satisfactory information on his partner’s whereabout.

He noted that the act, however, contravened Sections 348, 346, 326 and 287 of the Penal Code.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/ Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Rape: NAWOJ embarks on nationwide protest



The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has started a one-week nationwide protest against increased cases of rape, killings and other forms of violence against women in the country.

The NAWOJ National President, Mrs Ifeyinwa Omowole, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Omowole said that the protest would be virtual, in compliance to the federal and state governments’ physical distancing protocol on the management of COVID-19, which discourages large gatherings.

The NAWOJ boss stated that “in the last few weeks, we were inundated by reports of rape at an alarming dimension.

“Rape now occurs almost everywhere in homes, offices and even religious places.

“Unfortunately, a number of Nigerians have fallen prey to perpetrators of this dastardly act. Sadly, children have not been spared.”

Omowole, therefore, urged women journalists and other stakeholders to join in the fight against rape, which was disrupting the peace and stability of families and the country.

She added that “as women journalists, we cannot remain silent over the havoc created by this monster that is threatening the peace and stability of families and societies.’’

She encouraged members of the association to drop their e-flyers and write-ups on their various social media platforms at noon between Monday and Thursday, and at 8 p.m. on Friday to Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that UNWomen recently reported a rise in Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Lagos State, with 300 per cent increase between March and April.

The group also said that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded an increase of rape cases during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Similarly, the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, recently urged lawmakers to enact laws and evolve policies that would ensure a safe society and end violence against women and girls.

Tallen made the call following increased cases of rape and killings of children, young girls and women recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)







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Rape: Delta traditional rulers call for stiffer punishment



The Delta Council of Traditional Rulers have called on government at all levels to apply stiffer penalty for perpetrators of rape and other gender -based violence.

The Chairman of the Council, Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor (11) made this known in a communique at the end of the council’s quarterly meeting in Asaba on Saturday.

”The council condemns in strongest terms the alarming rate of rape cases in the country.

“We are calling on government at all levels to come out with more stringent measures to curtail the ugly trend of rape.

“The Judiciary and law enforcement agencies should handle the issue of rape with high sense of justice.

“Anyone caught in the dastardly act should face the full weight of the law,” Efeizomor said.

The monarch said the recent cases of rape and murder were regrettable and urged the government to apply maximum weight of the law to serve as deterrent.

He pledged the council’s total support to the fight against rape and gender violence.

He also called on rape victims to speak out and report acts of sexual abuse and molestation to the authorities.

The royal father appealed to lawyers and judges in the nation to exercise human face in handling rape-related cases.

He noted that when lawyers and judges act with a sense of responsibility, it would help to ensure that perpetrators and their cohorts get quick judgement.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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