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Police arrest 70-year-old, 50-year-old for allegedly raping 11-year-old pupil

Two elderly men have been arrested by Kebbi State Police Command for an alleged rape of 11-year-old primary school pupil in Gwandu Local Government Area.

Our source reports that the girl (name withheld) was lured by the men while at school on Oct. 31 to an an unknown location and raped her.

In an interview with NAN, the Director General of Kebbi Concerned Citizens, Ibrahim Muhammed, who reported the case to the state Police Command, said the suspects would soon be taken to court.

“An 11-year-old girl was allegedly molested and raped by 70-year-old and 50-year-old men in Gwandu town, Gwandu Local Government Area of Kebbi state.

“The suspects, who are currently under investigation by the Police in the state, are said to have confessed to the crime. Medical report has also confirmed that the girl was actually raped and principal witnesses are available,” he said.

He said that the attention of KCC was drawn to the incident by some residents in Gwandu town when they saw signs of the case being frustrated.

“Our intervention in the matter was not only to accelerate full-scale investigation into the issue but to also facilitate more revelation and arrests.

“Now all arrangements to move the matter to court have been made.

“KCC is using this medium to call on all relevant/ concerned agencies and public to be more proactive in rising up against these social vices,” the director said.

He commended the state Police Command and the management of the school attended by the victim for the role they played in ensuring that justice was done.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nafiu Abubakar, confirmed the incident.

“The investigation is still ongoing and we will get back to you with more details on the matter,” he said.

Source: Punchng.com

Court remands two for defiling minors in Katsina

A Katsina Senior Magistrates’ Court has ordered that two men, Jibrin Magaji, 30, and Anwar Maruf (age not stated), be remanded in a correctional facility for allegedly defiling two minors.

Following the order, Magaji of Maska village in the Funtua Local Government Area of the state, is to remain in custody until December 11, 2019, when his case comes up for mention.

Maruf of the Kofan Marusa Quarter, Katsina, will remain in custody until January 16, 2020, when his own case is expected to come up for mention.

The presiding magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, gave the order after police prosecutors arraigned the duo in two separate cases of rape.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, ASP Sani Ado, told the court that one Sham’uana Musa, 43, of Maska village, Funtua LGA, reported a case of rape at the Central Police Station, Funtua, on October 10, 2019.

The complainant reported that Magaji, who is his neighbour, on the said day, lured his 11-year-old daughter into a nearby uncompleted building, where he allegedly had penetrative sex with her and thereafter gave her N20.

Acting on the report, the police sent detectives, who arrested Magaji and charged him for rape in accordance with Section 283 of the Penal Code Law.

Maruf, on the other hand, was alleged to have had forceful carnal knowledge of a 14- year-old-girl at the Kofar Marusa Quarter, Katsina, on October 30, 2019.

He was also charged with offence of rape in line with Section 283 of the Penal Code Law.

The prosecution pleaded with the court to adjourn the two cases to enable the police conclude investigations.

The presiding magistrate subsequently granted the request and adjourned the two cases to December 11, 2019 and January 16, 2020, respectively for mention.

Source: Punchng.com

Police allegedly torture man, 26, to death in Kano

Emir of Karaye in Kano State, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar II, has called for proper investigation into the death of a 26-year-old man, Abdulkadir Nasiru, who was allegedly tortured to death by the police.

Information Officer of the Karaye Local Government/Emirate Council, Alhaji Haruna Gunduwawa, who made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen said the Emir made the call after receiving a report of the incident from the father of the deceased, Malam Nasiru Madobi, and the District Head of Madobi in his palace.

He called on the Commissioner of Police in the state to ensure proper investigation into the alleged torture and killing of Abdulkadir by some police officers in the Madobi Division.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed the incident.

He said, “Four policemen had already been arrested in connection with the incident.”

Source: Punchng.com

Herdsman kills sibling for having affair with wife

A Kwara State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ilorin has remanded a cattle herder, Iliasu Abubakar, in the Federal Correctional Centre, Ilorin, after confessing to murdering his brother, Isah, in Gwanara, Baruten Local Government area of the state.

Iliasu, who is standing trial for culpable homicide, allegedly killed his brother over allegation that the deceased was having an amorous affair with his wife.

The offence, according to the police prosecutor, is contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code Law.

It was gathered that one Umaru Abubakar of Budo-Aiki, Fulani camp, via Gwanara, reported the incident at the community police post, from where it was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Ilorin, for discreet investigation.

Umaru, who is the father of the two brothers, had gone to the camp of his sons but found no one around except for the cattle.

When he searched the camp, Umaru found Isah’s corpse, with machete cuts on his neck, but his brother was nowhere to be found.

It was learnt that discreet investigation into the incident revealed that Iliasu killed his brother and fled to Oyo State.

After he was arrested, Iliasu reportedly confessed to the police that he dealt his brother machete blows for having an illicit affair with his wife.

The deceased was said to have once confessed to his brother that he fathered the three-year-old child his wife was nursing.

The suspect said he had warned the deceased on several occasions to stop the affair with his wife but he did not heed the warning, hence, Iliasu attacked him.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Sanni Abdullah, prayed the court to remand Iliasu in a correctional centre.

He said the offence could not be tried at the magistrates’ court hence the need to remand the suspect till the matter would be transferred to the appropriate court for hearing.

The magistrate, Mrs Jumoke Bamigboye, conceded to the prayers of the prosecutor and ordered the remand of the accused person and adjourned the matter till November 26, 2019, for mention.

Source: Punchng.com

Soldiers invade septuagenarian professor’s Lagos home • ‘My guard and I were assaulted’

Soldiers from a yet-to-be ascertained barracks allegedly stormed the home of a 78-year-old professor of optometry/gynaecology, Chike Anamdi, on October 27, around 3am, and assaulted him and his security guard.

According to Anamdi, he was asleep when the soldiers invaded his small estate, The Doctor’s Place, on Orisunmbare Street by the Transformer bus stop in the Shasha area of Lagos State.

He added that the security guard called him on the telephone to inform him that some soldiers were banging the gate of the estate.

Narrating his ordeal, Anamdi said he asked the soldiers to come back around 8am, but they continued banging the gate until they forced it open and headed for a flat occupied by a young man.

The professor explained that the soldiers, who had assaulted the security man, also pushed him out of the way.

He said he initially refused to give the young man the flat, because he considered him too young at around 17 or 18, but he yielded when the young man presented his uncle, who signed the tenancy agreement.

Anamdi stated, “Around 3am on October 27, 2019, the security man, Baba Sule, called me and said there were soldiers at the gate. I asked him what they were doing there at that time and he said they were trying to force it open.

“So, I went down to the security post and noticed that the soldiers had already forced their way into the compound; it is a small estate. When I asked of their mission in my estate, they said somebody sent them to remove some things from a flat.

“I told them that that was not the way to do things and asked them to come back around 8am, but they pushed me away not minding my age.

“I left the place and went back to bed and around 6am, I asked the security guard what transpired after I had gone inside. He said they hit him, pushed him aside, broke the gate and entered the premises, removed some items from the young man’s flat and left.

“I discovered that it was the tenant, whom I have been in court with for the N400,000 worth of damage he did to my property and his refusal to pay the outstanding rent and utility bills.

“After the incident, whenever I called the tenant, he would not pick my calls.”

The professor said when he was on a vacation in the United States of America, the young tenant allegedly climbed the roof of his apartment, broke the roof and installed some things on it without his consent.

He added that he sued the tenant to court for vandalising his property and his lawyer was handling the matter before the latest incident.

According to him, he reported the incident at the Idimu Police Station, but was told that the police could not do anything about it since the attack was carried out by military personnel.

Anamdi said he had not seen the tenant since he disappeared from the house before the invasion by the soldiers, adding that his request for the police to trace him to the gas station, where he claimed to be working when he wanted to rent the flat, was not heeded.

He added that the police said they could not ascertain the actual location of the gas station.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, did not answer calls to his mobile telephone line and had yet to respond to a text message sent to him on the matter as of the time of going to press.

Source: Punchng.com

Stepmother, herbalist burn Nasarawa teenager’s hands over witchcraft

A 13-year-old boy, Ovey Friday, whose hands were allegedly burnt by an herbalist on the prompting of his stepmother in Nasarawa State, has narrated how he ended up in hospital.

Speaking in an interview with Northern City News on his hospital bed at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, on Thursday, the victim said his troubles began when his stepmother, Mrs Mercy Jummai, 35, who is heavily pregnant, accused him of being a wizard.

According to him, Mercy, whom he lives with in the Wulko community in the Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state, raised the alarm that he made love to her in her dream.

He said, “My stepmother said she was always seeing me making love to her in her dream, but I told her that it was not true.

“So, she started threatening me, saying that I would not stay in the same house with her. That was when she said she would take me to a native doctor’s house.

“The native doctor, who is a Fulani man, picked a stone and threw it at me. After that, he rubbed the stone on me and tied my two hands with a rope.

“Then, he brought charcoals out of the fire and poured it on me and tied my hands, asking me to confess that I was a wizard and a member of a secret society. But I told him that I was innocent of what he was accusing me of.

“He brought out powdered pepper and poured it into the fire while the smoke smeared all over my face, with my hands burning.

“After that, he fetched charcoals from fire (he did this three times), that was when I began to pray to God. When he saw that I was praying, he came back and untied the rope from my hands, but my wrists, palms and fingers were already badly burnt.

“They brought me home and the next day, I woke up to see that both my hands had swollen. It was at that time that they took me to hospital for treatment.”

Ovey, who is fondly called ‘Small Man’ by members of the Wulko community, said, “I have forgiven my tormentors.”

Residents of the community described the teenager as an assuming boy, who is a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church choir and a class captain at the Government Junior Secondary School in the community.

When our correspondent visited the Wulko Police Outpost, the officer in-charge, Danjuma Bujujin, said the police were working to ensure that those behind the crime against the boy were brought to justice.

It was gathered that the case file had been transferred to the Nasarawa-Eggon Divisional Police headquarters for further investigation.

It was learnt that the suspects were initially detained for one night.

Speaking on the issue, the paramount ruler of the area and Sarkin Garin Wulko, Joseph Envuladu, expressed displeasure over the incident, which he said was uncommon in the community.

He stressed the need for the police to diligently investigate the matter and bring all the culprits to book.

Our correspondent was informed that the damage done to the victim had led to the permanent loss of the use of three fingers on one of his hands.

Medical personnel at the hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media, expressed fears that if further treatment was not commenced immediately, the hospital might be forced to amputate Ovey’s hands.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe, confirmed the incident.

He told our correspondent that investigation into the case was ongoing and promised to ensure that the case would be charged as soon as investigations were completed, adding that the command was determined to ensure that the case served as a deterrent to others.

Source: Punchng.com

Policeman defiled me several times —Nine-year-old girl

A nine-year-old pupil on Wednesday narrated before an Ikeja Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Lagos how a 40-year-old policeman, Andy, lured her into his apartment and defiled her on numerous occasions.

It was reported that the child made the revelation during the trial of Andy on one count of defilement, contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The child, who described herself as a Primary Five pupil of one of the schools in Lagos State, was led in evidence by Miss Inumidun Solarin, the state Prosecutor.

She said the defendant, who was her neighbour, had defiled her on various occasions and that on the last occasion, he had lured her into his apartment under the pretext of giving her N200 to buy milk for him.

The child told the court that Andy, after defiling her, had hid her under his bed when her elder sister was frantically searching for her.

She said, “I know Brother Andy (the defendant). He is our neighbour, who lives at the backyard of our house. He is popularly known as ‘Officer.’

“On that day, Brother Andy called me when I got back from school and sent me on an errand. He sent me to go and buy milk for him. Then he gave me N200.

“I bought the milk and when I returned, he asked me to bring it inside his room. He then said I should drop the milk on the table and sit down.

“When I sat down, he now told me to lie on the bed and remove my pant. He now put his penis in my bum bum. He put his penis at my front bum bum (she demonstrates by pointing at her vagina).

“After that, he asked me to hide under the bed when my elder sister came calling my name.

“One of our neighbours, Chioma, even entered his room to buy recharge card for him, though she didn’t see me, I saw her from under the bed.

“And because my elder sister was shouting my name and looking for me, officer told me to pretend like nothing happened and that I should pass through the backyard gate.”

The child said that when she was found by her sister, she lied and said that she was at her friend’s house and that her sister had insisted that she took her to the friend’s house.

“I started begging her not to beat me, and I told her that I was inside officer’s room. My sister beat me and reported to my father who was very angry.

“When my mummy came back from the market where she sells abacha (African salad), my sister reported me again.

“This time, my mummy threatened to kill me if I don’t tell her what happened. I became afraid and told her the truth.

“Immediately, my mummy called all her brothers and they came to our house the following morning and took us to Amukoko Police Station to report.

“It was after we made a report at the station that the Police came and arrested Brother Andy,” she said.

The witness said she was referred by authorities to the Mirabel Centre (a Sexual Assault Referral Centre) where the doctors revealed that she had been sexually abused on several occasions.

The prosecutor asked, “How many times has he done such to you (sexual intercourse)?”

“Many times. I can’t really count,” the child responded.

While being cross-examined by Mr. M.L. Ezomo, the Defence Counsel, the child said the reason why she did not report the abuse was because the policeman had threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

She also added: “No other person touched me except Brother Andy.”

According to the prosecution, the policeman allegedly defiled the nine-year-old child on June 6 at Amukoko area of Lagos.

Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015 prescribes a life sentence for anyone found guilty of defilement.

Justice Sybil Nwaka adjourned the case until October 30 for continuation of trial.

Source: Punchng.com

Call for short consultancies for baseline assessment on ACJAimplementation in Anambra, Delta, Jigawa, Plateau, Yobe and Rivers State,and the FCT

Project title: Deploying Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 in tackling corruption in Nigeria

  1. Introduction

LEDAP Legal Defence & Assistance Project, a justice serviced non-profit organisation, received support from John D and Catherine D MacArthur Foundation to undertake the project of ‘advancing the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 to tackle corruption and related crimes in Nigeria’.

To this end, the project team seeks to undertake a baseline survey of the target areas of the project in order to understand the situation of investigation and prosecution of such cases so as to measure the progress made in the project. Successfully completed consultancies may be renewed to conduct end-project assessments in mid 2020.

The duration of the consultancy is for three weeks, comprising 5 fee-days of field work and 3 fee-days of preparation of report and slides of the finding.

Mid-project outputs assessment and end project impact assessment will later be conducted to measure the progress made against the finding of the baseline survey. It is therefore expected that the findings of the baseline assessment will be empirically and analytically accurate against the identified indicators.

Consequently, LEDAP seeks experts in not only baseline assessment and analysis of findings, but with considerable insight into the system of investigation and prosecution of corruption and related cases. Access to the anti corruption agencies, relevant arms of the police, and prosecutors’ offices will be an added advantage.

  1. Location of survey:

Federal level investigation and prosecutions; six states of Anambra, Delta, Enugu, Jigawa, Yobe and Rivers

Consequently, LEDAP calls for expression of Interest from interested consultants with experience in field study on justice delivery and empirical baseline research based in the indicated six state and in the Federal Capital Territory. A consultant will be appointed for each of the states, and one for the FCT and the assessment of federal agencies

  1. Description of activity:

The survey will be conducted by six selected consultants, one for each state and at federal level. In order to ensure consistency of methodology and analysis of findings, one of the selected consultants will coordinate other consultants (Lead consultant).

The baseline survey is to identify the following facts in the investigation and prosecution of corruption and related cases in the relevant institutions and, using the identified indicators below, articulate the empirical findings, the challenges faced, and locations, pattern, and causes of the challenges. Where possible, recommendations on how to overcome the challenges may be suggested.

It is expected that the consultants will work with the relevant Justice Reform Teams of the states in order to integrate the findings in the overall scheme of any on-going justice reforms in the respective states.

The study will collect current factual information on the following issues:

Institutions

  1. Key agencies, departments, and directorates (offices) involved in investigation and prosecution of corruption cases at the federal and state levels.

Investigation

  1. Number of corruption cases reported/booked/taken up by each of the identified agencies, departments or directorates in a year/month
  2. Number of corruption cases for which investigation was completed in a year/month
  3. Number of investigated cases charged to court
  4. Number of investigated cases closed/dropped, and reasons
  5. Segregation of suspects (gender, political exposure, economic crimes, public officers, others)
  6. Average time taken to investigate each category of corruption or economic crime.
  7. Key challenges in investigation of corruption cases

Prosecution

  1. Number (and percentage) of investigated cases that are charged to court
  2. Number (and percentage) of charged cases that proceeded to trial
  3. Length of time between end of investigation, charge to court, arraignment, trial and conclusion of trial, and judgment.
  4. Number (and percentage) of tried cases resulting in conviction, and in acquittal in 2017-2018-2019
  5. Segregation of prosecuted cases (gender, political exposure, accomplices to politically exposed, economic crimes, public officers, others)
  6. Key challenges in prosecution of corruption and related cases.

Compliance with ACJA

  1. Level of awarenessof existence of ACJA/ACJL of the investigators and prosecutors
  2. Level of compliance with provision of ACJA/ACJL in investigation and prosecution of cases
  3. Challenges faced in complying with provisions of ACJA/ACJL
  1. Date for assessment: November 10  to 30 2019
  2. Remuneration: Lead consultant (1) to handle one state or the federal level and in addition, oversee other consultants: Consultancy fee of N300, 000 for maximum of 10 fee days (comprising 5 fee-days of field work, 2 fee days of developing survey tools (questionnaires and sample survey guide, and half-day training of selected consultants, and 3 days of report preparation)

State-level Consultants (for each of six project states) to handle the survey in the designated state, consultancy fee of N200,000 for maximum of 8 days (comprising 5 days of field work and 3 days of report preparation)

  1. Expenses: N25,000 local transport and out of pocket expenses for field work.
  1. Deliverable:

1.                   Prepare questionnaire and survey guide for collection of information (lead consultant) – Week 1

2.                   Completed questionnaires/filed field data collection form (to be submitted for all agencies/officials interviewed) – Week 2-3

3.                   Summary of findings – Week 3

4.                   Analysis of finding (in narrative and PowerPoint slides) – week 4

Please send expression of interest and indication that you are available within Nov 10-30 2019 for the assessment to info@ledapnigeria.org, on or before October 31 2019 Consultancy contracts will be concluded by November 4 2019. For more information, please call or send whatsApp message to 08036913264.

LEDAP is an equal opportunity employer, including for short term employment as advertised.  Persons with disabilities and social minorities are encouraged to apply.

Roseline Okoro

Legal/Project officer, LEDAP – Legal Defence & Assistance Project

roseline@africanetworkforicj.org