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Islamic cleric wants to take 16-year old student as 9th wife, court says NO


An attempt by an Ore-based Islamic cleric, Alhaji Yusuf Lateef, to forcefully marry a 16-year-old girl as his 9th wife has been quashed by an Ondo State Family Court in Akure.

The court reuninted the 16-year old Secondary school student (names withheld) with her parents after stopping her forced marriage.

The court presided over by Justice Aderemi Adegoroye ordered the return of the girl to her family for proper care and education amd warned Lateef to stay away from her.

Lateef was to make the teenager who was 15 in 2019 his 9th wife.

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It was gathered that Alhaji Lateef had approached the girl’s parents and sought her hand in marriage in 2019.

Despite protest by the teenager, her parents forced her to accept the proposal and a day was fixed for the marriage.

The teenager fled their Ore home on the day fixed for the marriage with support from her brother to Akure, the state capital.

She was said to have went to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development where she was sheltered and legal works began to stop the marriage.

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Alhaji Lateef and the girl’s parents were arraigned at the Family Court for breaching Part three of the 2007 Ondo State Child Rights Law.

After hearing from the defendants, the court ruled that the girl be returned to her parents and Alhaji Lateef be made to sign an undertaking to stay away from her as well as ensure no harm comes her way.

Ondo Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Titilola Adeyemi, said it was victory for children in the state.

“We are excited the matter has gone that way. That will be a warning to everybody that it is no to child marriage in Ondo State. Child marriage is denying a child her future. We must make sure we work for the child to realise her future.”

The girl said she intended to further her education as well as be a good woman in the future.

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She was handed back to her parents after staying away from her parents for one month and the Cleric was warned to stay away from her henceforth.


Man, 29, allegedly rapes mentally-challenged woman in Ekiti




A 29-year old man has been remanded at a correctional centre by a court in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital over the alleged rape of a mentally-challenged woman.

Police prosecutor Monica Ikebuilo told the court that the suspect identified as Olaleye Ayo lured a mentally-challenged woman into a room in Ado-Ekiti and raped her on June 29.

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The defendant’s plea was not taken.

Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, ordered that the defendant be remanded at a correctional centre pending legal advice.

She adjourned the case until Aug. 12, for mention.

A clinical psychologist, Dr Muhammoud Dan-Asabe, of Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State has urged the federal government set up clinical psychology centres across the country to tackle social challenges that cannot be treated medically.

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Clinical psychologists identify emotional and mental behaviour through observation, interviews and tests with a view to diagnosing existing or potential disorders.

Dan-Asabe made the call in an interview with newsmen in Bauchi on Tuesday, saying recent developments have necessitated checks on people’s mentality.

He said,

“The rampant instances of rape have caused abnormal sexual behaviour which a normal and sensible human cannot indulge in. Those who indulge in rape and drug abuse need to undergo psychometric tests; their thinking capacities need to be tested.”


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Osun: Man to die by hanging for ritual killing



An Osun State High Court sitting in Ile-Ife on Tuesday sentenced a 37-year-old man, Oluleke Ogunyemi, to death by hanging for murder.

The accused had been arraigned before the court on March 6, 2013, for killing one Moshood Babalola.

He was charged with conspiracy and murder.

The offences are punishable under sections 319 and 324 of the Criminal Code Cap. 34, Laws of Osun State.

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According to details before the court, the accused, at Iredunmi area, Ile-Ife, around 10 am on February 17, 2010, killed Babalola after cutting off his head with a knife.

The deceased’s father, Sikiru Babalola, reported the incident at the More Police Station, Ile -Ife.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution counsel from the state’s Ministry of Justice, Mr Tijani Adekilekun, called five witnesses.

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Testifying before the court, a prosecution witness, Inspector Rasheedat Olanrewaju, said she and two police operatives visited Agbedegbede area of Ife, where the accused used to reside.

She said the team while searching the house of the accused, found the victim’s decomposing body.

Olanrewaju added that the accused in his statement to the police confessed that he killed Babalola for ritual purposes.

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In his judgement, Justice Adedotun Onibokun found the accused guilty of the charges.

He subsequently sentenced him to death by hanging.

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Reverend arraigned for allegedly raping his housemaid, 16



A clergyman identified as Reverend Joseph Ma’aji has been arraigned by officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, Kaduna state command, on Tuesday, July 7 before a Chief Magistrate court in the state for allegedly raping his 16-year-old housemaid.

According to the legal officer of the NSCDC prosecuting the case, Yayayi Jauro, the state social welfare office in Kakuri, Kaduna, on July 1, received a report of alleged sexual harassment and act of gross indecency against the Reverend.

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The legal officer, Jauro said that Ma’aji was reported to have been unlawfully having sexual intercourse on several occasions with his underaged maid, who was entrusted to him by her uncle, at his residence in Barnawa, Kaduna, since 2015.

The NSCDC legal officer, Jauro stressed that Ma’aji had been molesting the girl and requesting for sexual favours unjustifiably and had voluntarily confessed to have committed the crime during investigations.

“Medical reports from Gwamna Awan hospital here in Kaduna had also confirmed commission of the alleged offence,” Jauro said.

He said the offence contravened section 257, 260 and 262 of the Kaduna State penal code law of 2017.

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Passing his judgement on the case, the Chief Magistrate, Bashir Shittu ordered that Ma’aji be remanded pending advice from the office of the state Director of Public Prosecution.

According to Magistrate Shittu, his court lacked the power to try the accused.

He adjourned the case to Aug. 25, for further mention.

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