A middle-aged woman and a mother of three, Mrs Bukola Olarenwaju, was allegedly raped and strangled at the Olorunda area of Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Thursday.
Accusing fingers have been pointed at a neighbour of the deceased, whose belonging was said to have been found at the scene of the killing, even as he had disappeared since the incident happened.
Sources said the husband of the woman had gone to work while her children were away at holiday classes leaving her alone at home when the incident occurred.
The perpetrator was said to have broken into the woman’s room where he raped her and killed her in the process.
Sources said one of the children of the deceased saw the neighbour on a bike while returning from school on Thursday but was unsuspecting of any occurrence at home at that moment.
The spokesperson for Ekiti State Police Command, Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the incident, said that the perpetrator, “after raping the woman, also strangled her.”
Ikechukwu said medical examination conducted on the deceased at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital confirmed that she was raped before being strangled by her assailant.
“Medical examination confirmed the above but we have not been able to ascertain who actually committed the crime and what actually led to that.
“Apart from this, we saw condom and semen within the scene where the crime was committed, which also substantiated the fact she was actually raped.
“We were told that a man, who was a neighbour actually did it and fled. We are yet to arrest the man, but proper security arrangements have been made that would ensure speedy arrest of the suspect”.
Ikechukwu said the deceased’s husband had deposited the corpse at EKSUTH morgue while investigation was ongoing on the matter.
It was double trouble for 12-year-old Amaka (not real name), a housemaid in the Shasha area of Lagos State, who was reportedly defiled by a neighbour policeman and tortured with hot water by her boss for failing to open up.
The woman, Amarachi Archaur, has been arrested by the police.
We learnt that Amaka, who hails from Enugu State, had been living with Archaur since she was four.
A yet-to-be identified woman had reportedly taken the girl to Archaur’s mother in the village and the suspect brought her to Lagos.
The girl fled home on August 9 with the injuries and ran to Baale Market, which is some distance away.
A market woman alerted a human right group, Esther Child Rights Foundation, and the case was reported at the Shasha Police Station.
A worker at the organisation, Mr Joseph Ekpo, told our correspondent that Amara suffered burns in the back, legs and hands.
He said, “We went for awareness on Friday, August 9 when a call came in from Baale Market that a girl was in distress. I went to rescue the child at the market and followed her to the woman’s house.
“When we got there, the woman refused to open the door. I then took the girl to Shasha Police Station and handed her over to the police. Policemen went back to the place and arrested the woman. The girl said she had been with her since she was four years.”
The Director of the foundation, Mrs Esther Ogwu, said her team followed up on the case at the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, but was told that another human rights group, Access to Justice, had taken over the matter.
The Director, Access to Justice, Queen Olusola, said the girl eventually opened up that she was defiled by her neighbour, a policeman, but she was afraid to tell her boss.
Olusola stated, “The woman denied pouring hot water on her. She said the water the girl boiled to bathe herself poured on the floor and that she slipped and fell on the hot water. But the girl said she was abused sexually when the woman sent her to buy something and that when she got home, the woman noticed bloodstains in her clothes and questioned her.
“The girl initially lied which angered the woman. She threatened to pour hot water on her if she did not tell the truth and made good her threat.
“When the girl got to our custody, we calmed her down and she opened up that it was a policeman that abused her. She said the policeman was around when the woman was threatening her and that she was afraid to speak up. She said the policeman raped her in a restaurant and his house. But when we invited the policeman, he denied.”
Olusola explained that the alleged defilement was a development on a case of assault earlier reported to the police, adding that the organisation would meet with the police on Monday for further investigation.
“The case is still ongoing. We requested to see the mother of the girl in the course of our investigation but we discovered that the girl did not have a background. The woman couldn’t give us the through picture of how she got the girl.
“She told us that a woman brought the girl to her mother. When we asked to speak with the girl’s mother, she said she did not have her mobile number any longer. She said the girl spoke to her mum last in December,” she added.
Ogwu enjoined parents to take full responsibility of their children rather than give them out to relations to prevent such a scenario.
“They should also make sure they give birth to children they can cater for. This way, sending children to relations can be reduced. People should be careful of how they treat children in their care because karma would catch up with them. The woman in question is pregnant, yet she maltreats someone’s child,” she added.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, had earlier confirmed the physical assault to our correspondent, adding that the suspect would be charged.
He said, “On August 14, around 4pm, a case of child abuse/assault occasioning harm was transferred from Shasha Police Station where one Josephine Ekpo attached to a human rights foundation reported that while they were on awareness, they rescued a child, 12, from the hand of her guardian, Mrs Amarachi Archaur, 36, who is fond of maltreating her.
“He complained further that the suspect maltreated the said Favour and poured hot water on her body and she sustained injuries all over her body. The case is still under investigation and the suspect will soon be charged.”
However, efforts to get his reaction to the defilement allegation on Friday proved abortive as calls to his line rang out. He had also yet to reply to a text message to his line as of press time.
Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition in Trafficking in Persons have arrested three Nigerians, Chika Nnodim, Samuel Udoetuk and John Oji for allegedly trafficking three Ghanaians from Ghana to Nigeria.
The three suspects were nabbed after the case was reported to the agency by the Ghana High Commission, Abuja in April 2019, which raised the alarm over the kidnapping of three Ghanaian girls aged between 15 and 21 to Nigeria.
The suspects were believed to be part of a criminal border syndicate and were handed over to the office of the Inspector-General of Police for further investigation after their arrest by NAPTIP.
The agency said in a release on Saturday that the suspects had been under “security watch list of the governments of Nigeria and Ghana and were nabbed by NAPTIP officials after a very painstaking investigation at various locations within Nigeria and Ghana.”
The agency’s Head of Public Relations and Information, Stella Nezan, said, “The case was reported to the agency by the Ghana High Commission Abuja in April 2019 alleging the kidnap of their citizens from Ghana to Nigeria. The agency collaborated with relevant law enforcement agencies within Nigeria and Ghana during the investigation.”
The Director-General, NAPTIP Julie Okah-Donli, said the agency and the police would ensure diligent prosecution of the suspects.
Tragedy struck in Imo State on Friday after a retired policeman, Emezim Duru, shot and killed a yet-to-be-identified man at an ongoing festival in the state.
The incident, which occurred at Obibi junction at Ito Ofe annual festival, Naza, in the Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, abruptly brought the festival to an end.
A community source told our correspondent that the festival was mapped out to confer a chieftaincy title on United States-based police officer, Meshack Onyeagoro, who is an indigene of the community.
The source, who craved anonymity, said Onyeagoro had recently returned from the US to receive the chieftaincy title which is revered in the community.
It was learnt that Duru was shooting sporadically into the air during the celebration when bullets hit two guests, resulting in the instant death of one, while the other person was rushed to the hospital.
He said, “A retired police officer has just killed one person at the ongoing Ito Ofe annual festival in Naza. The other person who was hit by the bullet has been rushed to the hospital. The retired police officer was shooting in jubilation.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Imo State Command, Orlando Ikeokwu, said the police had recovered the gun and arrested one suspect.
The spokesperson said the gun belonged to the host but not the retired policeman.
Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre Yola, Adamawa State, are battling to save the life of a five-year-old girl reportedly raped by a man, whose identity is still unknown.
Doctors at the hospital said the development had caused severe damage to the girl’s rectum and womb.
Dr Sexana, a paediatrician, at the hospital, who first attended to the girl when she was brought in a distressed state, said a minor surgery was carried out to stabilise her.
He added that a major corrective surgery must be carried out by paediatric consultants to save the girl’s life.
According to sources, when the girl was rushed to the hospital after she was found in a pool of blood it took the intervention of three specialist doctors at the emergency and intensive care unit to revive her.
Mrs Rebecca Kwabe, one of the female lead United Nations’ women mentors in the state, said, “The girl’s condition still remains critical.”
She called for help to save the girl’s life.
Kwabe confirmed she had been informed by Dr Sexana that the girl had been operated upon, but needed a major corrective surgery.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Auwal Abubakar, could not be reached for comment.
Calls put through to his line were unanswered and neither did he return them as of the time of filing this report.
A 32-year-old man, Ojo Owoeye, was on Friday, arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for molesting and impregnating a 16-year-old secondary school pupil.
Owoeye was charged with one count of sexual abuse.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Johnson Okunade, alleged that the defendant committed the offence sometime in May in Ado-Ekiti, where he sexually abused and impregnated the pupil.
“The offence contravenes Section 4 of the Ekiti State Gender-based Violence (Prohibition) Law, 2011,” Okunade stated.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The defence counsel, Mr Ojo Abioye, told the court that his client would take responsibility for the pregnancy and prayed the court to grant him bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Aderopo Adegboye, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N20,000 and two sureties in like sum.
Adegboye adjourned the matter till September 18 for further hearing.
Policemen from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Anambra State Police Command have allegedly beaten up a 98-year-old woman, Cecilia Okpalaku of Achina in the Aguata Local Government Area of the state, over a family dispute.
“The policemen said they were looking for a document in my house but they ended up taking my granddaughter from me and assaulted me with an AK-47 riffle,” the nonagenarian told our correspondent.
It was gathered that the incident happened when the cops invaded the family home of one Emeka Okpalaku in Achina on the invitation of his estranged wife, Chiemerie Nzekwe, from the same local government area.
Emeka, a Japan-based businessman, our correspondent learnt, was married to Esther from Uga some years back.
While Emeka was in Japan, Esther and their daughter stayed back in Achina with the mother-in-law, Cecilia.
A family source, who begged not to be named said, “Emeka was occasionally visiting home to see his wife and daughter. But trouble started when the husband visited home recently and observed certain strange things.
“It was Esther’s inability to explain some of these things that made Emeka to threaten to opt out of the marriage.
“Emeka, having sent his wife away, left their only daughter in the custody of his nonagenarian mother, Cecilia.
“His embattled wife stormed the husband’s place in Achina with some SARS operatives to forcefully take away their daughter.”
It was alleged that the SARS operatives assaulted Cecilia in the process as she tried to stop them from taking away the child.
The nonagenarian’s family has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for his intervention in the matter.
In the petition by its lawyer, Charles Asadu, the family decried the alleged assault on Cecilia by the police over a matrimonial issue.
The petition read in part, “We have been briefed and our legal services have been retained by Messrs Josephine Anudu and Euphemia Ekwebele of Umuezeiyi village, Achina in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
“Information reaching us is that armed police men with Ak-47 rifles and wearing black T-shirts with the inscription, F-SARS, in company with Mrs Chiemerie Okpalaku, invaded the premises of our client and physically assaulted their aged mother, Mrs Cecilia Okpalaku, 98.
“The reason behind the attack was that Mrs Chiemerie Okpalaku is an estranged wife of Emeka Okpalaku, son of the aged woman, who resides abroad and has been in marital problems.
“We gathered that it was the aftermath of the matrimonial faceoff that prompted Chiemerie and the officers to attack the aged woman.
“They ransacked the entire household, damaged the doors of the rooms and went away with so many household items belonging to our clients.
“In an effort to subdue our clients, the police used the butts of their AK-47 rifles on the aged woman, who according to our clients, is now admitted in one of the hospitals in Achina.”
When contacted on the telephone, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident.
Mohammed said the persons in dispute were not formally married, adding that the command had commenced investigation into the matter.
He said, “The real fact of the issue is that the man confiscated the credentials of his fiancée in order to deny her the opportunity of reporting for the National Youth Service Corps orientation.
“The complainant’s lawyer sent in a petition to the Anambra State Police Command and the Commissioner of Police ordered a discreet investigation into the matter.
“However, as soon as the suspect sighted the police, he escaped through a window. The police then used the power of ingress to gain access into the house.”