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Don’t just arrest ‘Yahoo Boys’, rehabilitate and utilise their potentials, Ooni tells EFCC

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to go beyond just arresting suspected cybercriminals popularly known as ‘Yahoo Boys’, but to also rehabilitate them in order to put their potentials into good use.

The Ooni made the call during a visit by the EFCC delegation from the Southwest Zonal Office to his palace in Ile-Ife, on Wednesday.

Ogunwusi, who decried the alarming rate of cybercrimes among Nigerian youths, posited that some of the perpetrators were ignorant of their actions and the consequences.

“While I support your absolute clampdown on criminals in the private and public sectors, I will charge the commission to work on the rehabilitation of those found guilty, especially our youths caught committing cybercrimes.

“Engage them to let them know that you are not their enemy.

“Carry them along through your sensitisation programmes so that they will see reasons to join you in your attempt to create a better Nigeria.

“If you engage and utilise their potentials, you will spend less on fighting crimes,” the Ooni said.

He also urged the EFCC to step up its fight against corruption in order to uphold its goodwill, adding that the commission must be fair and seen to be fair by Nigerians.

“The best judgment is public opinion and that is why you must remain neutral in your operations.

“Politicians will come and go, Nigeria will remain and that is why you must not let politicians direct how you operate,” the monarch said.

Earlier, the Head of Ibadan Zonal Office of EFCC, Friday Elebo, had decried the high level of corruption in the country.

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Elebo said that the commission under its National Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, had resolved to work with critical stakeholders, including the traditional institution.

“Kabiyesi, we are aware that you traditional rulers are the closest to the grassroots and that is why we are here to seek your support and collaboration in the fight against corruption.

“We need you as a voice to help us tell the youths that they can do better in life without indulging in cybercrimes.

“We recognise your vantage position in decision making in the country and that is why we have come to you,” Elebo said.

 

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My wife lied, incest is a taboo in Yorubaland, says man accused of raping his nine and seven-year-old daughters

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“I cannot sleep with my children. The rape could have been from an outsider and not me. I didn’t know about it.” These were the words of 48-year-old Femi Onifade, who stands accused of defiling his nine and seven-year-old daughters.

Onifade, a welder, was arrested by the personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps [NSCDC] in Ondo State after his wife, Tope, filed a complaint that he committed the act at his residence, No 27 Liberty Hospital Road, Oluwatuyi area of Akure.

But when he was paraded at the NSCDC headquarters in Alagbaka, Akure, on Monday, the suspect said it was not possible for him to have carnal knowledge of his children because such was a taboo in Yoruba land.

He suggested the crime might have been committed by an outsider, alleging his wife of 11 years raised a false alarm on him.

Femi said,

“I used to have quarrels with my wife. We had a clash around 11pm on that day and she left the house and because of the curfew in town, I didn’t want her to take the children with her. I insisted that the children must remain with me. My wife left and did not come back.

“I went to her family to report and her family begged me. My wife came back two days later and asked me what happened to the children when she examined their private parts.

“My wife accused me of sleeping with our daughters and I said I could not have done it, because it was a taboo in Yoruba land. I am not happy because I was accused of what I did not do. I went to the palace of the Deji of Akure to take an oath for people to believe me.

“I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. It is a lie. I cannot sleep with my children. The rape could have been from an outsider and not me. I didn’t know about it

“The children were crying because they did not see their mother that night. My children used to cry whenever my wife and I were fighting. It was a neighbour, who told my wife that one of the girls cried till daybreak.”

However, his wife, Tope, who vowed to quit the 11-year-old marriage, said Femi told her that what she noticed in their daughters’ private parts was evidence of dysentery when she raised the alarm over her discovery.

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Tope said the children informed her that their father inserted something in their private parts and also used his mouth.

She stated,

“The day we had a quarrel, my husband did not allow me to sleep in the house. I asked neighbours to beg him on my behalf, but he said I should go. He did not allow me take any of my daughters along. I had to find somewhere to sleep. The next day, a neighbour called me to say one of our daughters cried all through the night.

“The neighbour begged me to come back home. I came back and in the night, I noticed something in one of the children’s private parts. I asked my husband and he told me it was dysentery.

“I woke up the eldest daughter and asked her and she pointed at their father. The children said their father used to put something in their private parts.”

Tope added that tests carried out on the children revealed that both had been deflowered.

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The Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC in the state, Olufemi Omole, said the suspect would soon be charged.

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26-year-old man rapes neighbour’s teenage daughter in Lagos

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The Lagos Police Command have arrested a 26-year-old man Benjamin Omade for alleged abduction and defilement of a teenage girl.

The victim (names withheld) was said to be the daughter of his next-door neighbour at Bariga.

It was gathered that Omade allegedly eloped with the underage girl since May 17 with no one knowing their whereabouts.

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He was said to have taken her to 61, Odunsi Street, Bariga where the police tracked him to and arrested him on Sunday evening.

Confirming the incident, police spokesman Bala Elkana said detectives tracked the suspect to the location after the girl’s mother reported her abduction.

He said the woman told the police she strongly believed Omade was responsible for her sudden disappearance.

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Elkana said the teenager was rescued from the location, adding that the suspect confessed to the crime.

Elkana said the case was under investigation

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Man gives wife money for upkeep after court remands her, boyfriend over their plot to kill him

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The courthouse was filled with mixed emotions when David Gator, whose wife and her boyfriend planned to kill him,  gave the wife money for upkeep and assured her of his undying love for her while she cried herself to prison.

This was after the Asokwa District Court in Kumasi remanded her and the accomplice into police custody for the second time.

Mavis Brepo and Patrick Asare were arrested after an assassin they tried to contract on phone turned out to be the Manhyia Divisional Police Commander.

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The 27-year-old woman popularly called Maadwoa, married to David Gator, 55, planned with her 50-year-old boyfriend, Patrick Asare, to kill her husband so they could settle down together.

The two made their first appearance in court on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Adom News’ Nana Asenso Mensah who was in court reported that Mr Gator who was present with other family members also assured her of his undying love.

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He was seen comforting a crying Mavis who had been linked by cuffs to her alleged lover.

He told her, the money is to help with her upkeep in prison while an investigation continues into the matter.

Meanwhile, the two lovers are expected to appear in count on June 3.

He told her, the money is to help with her upkeep in prison while an investigation continues into the matter.

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Meanwhile, the two lovers are expected to appear in count on June 3.

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Since the arrest of his wife, Mr. Gator has maintained her innocence. In earlier news, he said he is convinced his wife was being influenced by a spiritual force.

While appealing for the charges to be dropped against her, the father of three said, he has long forgiven Mavis and is ready to take her back should she be freed.

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