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Gov. Sule approves establishment of mobile court to handle rape cases

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Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has approved the establishment of mobile court to handle cases of rape and other forms of violence against women across the state.

He gave the approval during interactive session with women groups on Friday in Lafia.

He said that issues concerning women and youths remained topmost in his agenda.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari “for taking appropriate measures to ensure peace reigns in the North Central and the country at large.”

He urged women and youths to take advantage of the windows of opportunities coming into the state as investors set up businesses to improve their status.

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The state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Halima Jabiru, who thanked the governor for approving the establishment of the mobile court, expressed concern over the increasing rate of rape in the state and many parts of the country.

Jabiru said the court would help in bringing perpetrators to book.

She explained that the Ministry of Justice would help to produce a draft bill to be presented to the state House of Assembly.

The commissioner decried increased violation of women and girl’s rights and urged the judiciary to ensure that perpetrators of such heinous crimes, face quick and stringent penalties to serve as a deterrent to others.

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She also called for the establishment of a scheme to address the issue of girl child education in the state, noting that with added support to women through the Ministry of Women Affairs, there would be improvement through multiplier effects on families and the entire society.

Mrs Aisha Isa Idoma, the Chairperson of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) in the state, commended the governor for completing projects initiated by his predecessors.

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Idoma, who described the governor as a man of his words, commended him for carrying women along in his administration, especially with the appointment of Jabiru as Commissioner for Women Affairs.

She, however, said that the NCWS in the state, the umbrella body for all women organisations, is handicapped because it has no office to operate.

APC Woman Leader in the state, Mrs Elsie Monday, also thanked the governor for carrying women along in all political activities.

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RCCG pastor lands in court for issuing $1.6m dud cheques

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) on Wednesday re-arraigned an assistant pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of David Parish, Victoria Island, Lagos, Ayodeji Ibrahim Oluokun for allegedly issuing dud cheques of $1.6 million.

Oluokun was arraigned alongside his company Peak Petroleum Industry Nigeria Limited, before Justice Toyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special offences Court.

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The defendant was re-arraigned on a six-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence, stealing and issuance of dud cheques.

The EFCC Counsel, S.O Daji, told the court that the defendant, in 2014, approached the management of GOSL Nigeria Limited for a loan in the sum of $1.6 million to enable him carry out operational activities in his company’s oil field in Bayelsa State.

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Oluokun was alleged to have assured the firm that he would repay the money within a year.

Unable to repay the loan, the defendant allegedly issued two post-dated Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited cheques for the sum of $1 million and $666,666 respectively, the prosecutor said.

The pastor pleaded not guilty, and Justice Taiwo adjourned the matter till September 23.

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Man who raped 11-year-old girl sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in Abeokuta

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A 36-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl.

The man identified as Ugochukwu Obiakor was on Wednesday, August 12, sentenced to 25 years in prison by an Abeokuta high court, for raping an 11-year-old girl.

Presiding the case was Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu who after the man pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge against him, held that the evidence presented before the court by the prosecution was tenable and found the convict guilty as charged.

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Before the sentence, James Mafe, the prosecution counsel and director of legal drafting in Ogun state told the court that the convict committed the offence on September 4, 2017, at Omu-Aleku village in Mowe area of the state.

The convict reportedly came to the victim’s mother’s shop to make a purchase but came back when the mother left the shop.

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Obiakor pretended that the victim’s mother owed him some money and dragged the girl to an uncompleted building beside the shop where he raped her after opening the shop’s iron railings.

Justice Dipeolu consequently sentenced Obiakor to 25 years imprisonment with hard labour.

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Kano Court sentences man to death by stoning for rape

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An Upper Shari’a Court sitting in Kano on Wednesday, sentenced a 60-year-old man, Mati Abdu, to death by stoning after his conviction for raping a 12-year-old girl.

Abdu was convicted on a count charge of rape contrary to Section 126 of Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law 2000.

The Trial Judge, Ibrahim Sarki-Yola, said the accused person pleaded guilty to the charge after the case was adjourned for the fourth time without changing his plea.

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Sarki-Yola said the Court was convinced by the accused person’s admission of the charge against him and found him guilty.

The Judge, thereafter, convicted the accused and sentenced him to death by stoning under Section 127 (b) of the Kano State Shari’a Code Law 2000.

Sarki-Yola, however, ordered a 30-days grace within which to appeal the judgment.

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Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Ms. Badariya Muhammad, had told the court that the convict committed the offense sometimes in 2019, at Farsa village in Tsanyawa Local Government Area of the State.

Muhammad told the court that the convict at about 1:00 p.m. had unlawful canal knowledge of the 12-year-old girl under a tree situated at Farsa village in Tsanyawa.

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The prosecution argued that the offense contravened Section 126 of Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law 2000.

In his submission before the Court, Abdu pleaded guilty to the charge in four separate sittings of the Court.

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