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Expedite action to bring Omozuwa’s killers to justice, group tasks Police

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Girl Child Africa, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) on Tuesday, urged the Police to intensify efforts to ensure that killers of Miss Uwaila Omozuwa were brought to justice.

Founder of Girl Child Africa, Bukky Shonibare made the call in a telephone interview with the Newsmen

Omozuwa, a student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) was gruesomely raped and murdered in a church in Edo, where she had apparently gone to study ahead of the resumption of academic activities.

This elicited protests by various groups and individuals, demanding the arrest and prosecution of her murderer (s) who was/ were still at large.

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While condemning the rape and murder of the 100 level female microbiology student of the UNIBEN, Shonibare emphasized the need for police to work assiduously to establish the facts surrounding Omozuwa’s death.

The human rights activist also stressed the need to implement laws that protected the lives and rights of citizens from abuse, particularly women.

According to her, the way we handle Omozuwa’s matter will serve as a deterrent to others and go a long way in stopping rape in the country.

“This brings to the fact that we have laws that protect the lives and rights of citizens from abuse.

“If those laws exist as letters and are not implemented, then every person who wants to indulge in sexual abuse will have his or her way.

“In February 2019, Edo government signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill which stipulates appropriate punishments for sexual abuse.

“Same was replicated in some states but unfortunately the laws are not being implemented.

“Since the passage of this law, we have not had instances where they are used to serve as a deterrent to those who may want to indulge in such ugly practice,’’ Shonibare said.

She, however, decried unwholesome practices in the judiciary, saying that they contributed to slowing down quick dispensation of justice in the country.

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She said “even when you take such cases to the courts, the corruption is discouraging and will not allow victims to get justice.

“We will continue to have such cases of abuse if the laws are not implemented.

“Therefore, the way we follow Uwa’s case will go a long way in stopping sexual abuse in Nigeria,’’ Shonibare said.

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Police nab two kidnappers In Rivers State, recover decomposing corpse of victim

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The Rivers State Police Command has arrested two notorious kidnappers in a sting operation carried out on Tuesday, July 14.

The decomposing corpse of their victim who an N1m ransom was paid for after being kidnapped on Friday, May 15, 2020, at Woji, Port Harcourt, was recovered by operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the state police command. A vehicle belonging to the victim identified as Ereba Dinabari was also recovered.

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Rivers police spokesperson, Nnamdi Omoni said the suspects Osundu Uchendu, 25, and Amebulem Amos, 23 have confessed to the crime. They also reportedly confessed to carrying out a series of kidnappings within the state.

Omoni said;

“Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit arrested the suspects while doing a follow-up on the kidnap of one Ereba Gospel Dinabari, who was abducted on May 15, 2020, at Woji, Port Harcourt, and a ransom of N1m was paid without the victim being released.

“The Commander of Anti-Kidnapping Unit on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, led operatives to storm Alesa in the Eleme LGA, where two suspects, Osundu Uchendu, 25, and Amebulem Amos, 23, were arrested.

“Their confession led the operatives to a forest at Alesa in the Eleme LGA, where the victim’s decomposing body was found tied to a tree.

“The Toyota Spider car belonging to the victim was recovered. The suspects confessed to have carried out several kidnappings around Woji, Abuloma, Peter Odili Road and Eleme communities.

“Investigation is still ongoing and they will be charged as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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Three Zambian lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19

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Three lawmakers have tested positive for COVIID-19 at the country’s National Assembly, a senior official has said on Saturday.

Cecilia Mbewe, Clerk of the National Assembly, said the three lawmakers were among 16 other staff and non-staff members who tested positive during testing conducted at the testing center situated within the National Assembly premises.

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This brings the total number of lawmakers who tested positive to 19.

She said in a statement that the National Assembly will continue to operate under strict guidelines as recommended by the ministry of health in order to manage the current situation and prevent the further spread of the virus.

The assembly is implementing COVID-19 preventive measures with the sitting arrangement having been changed to ensure social distancing while members of the public are not being allowed to attend parliamentary sessions.

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Zambia has not been spared from the COVID-19 pandemic with the southern African nation so far recording 2,283 cases and 84 deaths.

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Policemen allegedly storm Joy Nunieh’s home ahead of appearance before house committee

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The home of former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh is reportedly surrounded by Policemen.

She is scheduled to testify before a House of Reps panel today July 16, as part of the ongoing probe of NDDC.

Media personality, Fisayo Soyomobo said the policemen arrived at Dr Joy Nunieh’s residence at 3 Owuru Creek View, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt at about 4 am. He said this means the former Acting MD of the NDDC cannot leave for the Port Harcourt International Airport where she should be connecting a flight to Abuja.

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He tweeted;

Dozens of policemen are circling the House of Joy Nunieh, the former MD of NDDC, who is scheduled to testify before a House of Reps panel today as part of the ongoing probe of NDDC.

The policemen arrived at Nunieh’s residence at 3 Owuru Creek View, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, at about 4am. Their presence means she cannot leave for the Port Harcourt International Airport where she should be connecting a flight to Abuja.

Nunieh recently accused Niger Delta Minister Godswil Akpabio of trying to “come up” on her after failing to bribe her and convince her to take an oath of secrecy in Abuja.

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