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Man who defiled, infected two sisters, 13 and 11, with STD must not go unpunished – concerned neighbour

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A concerned resident of Gut village in the Rayfield area of the Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, Jemimah Bayei, has demanded justice for the siblings, aged 13 and 11, who were allegedly defiled by a 54-year-old man.

WuzupNaija had last week reported that one James Otuneruke was caught after he allegedly molested two sisters.

It was also gathered that the 54-year-old had been molesting the girls for a while before he was apprehended last week Tuesday.

While demanding justice for the girls, Bayei, whose vigilance burst Otuneruke’s alleged crimes, said she had had cause to accost him when she noticed the two girls sneaking into his apartment but he allegedly told her that he used to send them on errands.

Bayei added that upon interrogation, the girls confessed that the man had been molesting them.

She, however, accused the officers at the Anglo Jos Divisional Police Headquarters, where the matter was reported, of compromise.

She said,

“I have been seeing them sneaking into the man’s apartment through the back door and I decided to follow up on what they used to go there to do; so, I asked the man if he was aware that the children used to sneak into his apartment through the back door and he said he was aware and that he used to send them on errands, but I was shocked because no shop opens till around 10pm; so, that was what raised my suspicion towards the man.

“Over time, I have been seeing them sneaking into the man’s apartment, but because I didn’t have evidence I couldn’t just raise the alarm. On Monday night, my friend and I saw the girls entering the man’s house; the younger sister entered first, while the elder sister was outside waiting for the coast to clear before going in.

“We were coming back from work when we saw them but I went into my apartment to drop my bag before coming out to meet them. My friend was in front, so the elder sister saw her shadow and ran into our landlord’s apartment. I followed her to ask her questions, and I also saw my landlady outside. I told her what I noticed and she said she had also noticed them going into the man’s apartment, so she sent the elder sister to go and call her younger sister and the landlady interrogated them.

“At first, they were trying to deny it until we threatened to take them to the police station and the younger one decided to confess. She said the man used to press her breast, insert his fingers into her private parts and put his ‘nana’ in her vagina and that the first time he put his ‘nana’ in her vagina, it really pained her and she said she was going to tell her mother, but the man pleaded with her not to tell her mother and that he was going to do it in a way that it won’t pain her again.”

Speaking on the police compromise, Bayei said the officers allegedly conspired with the suspect to pretend as if he was sick so as to take him away from the station.

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She stated,

“After Otuneruke was arrested, I was called from the police station that he was not feeling fine and that they didn’t want him to die in their station; so, they wanted to take him to the hospital and I told them to give me the name of the hospital and that I would come and check him there, but they said they had taken him back to the station but they might have to let him go, because they didn’t want him to die in their custody.

“I told them that I had spoken to the Commissioner of Police and he said that if the man disappeared from their custody, there was going to be trouble; so, someone in the background said the suspect’s situation was not as bad as portrayed and that he was better now; that was when I knew that something was fishy.”

According to Bayei, the test conducted on the younger sister revealed that she had been infected with an undisclosed sexually transmitted disease.

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When contacted, the Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Matthias, did not pick all calls put across to his telephone line and did not respond to a text message sent to the line.

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FG raises penalty for hate speech from N500,000 to N5m

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, reviewed the penalty for hate speech in Nigeria.

Mohammed disclosed the increment in penalty for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million.

The Minister disclosed this at the unveiling ceremony of the reviewed Nigeria Broadcasting Code organized by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Lagos.

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A statement signed and issued by Mohammed’s spokesman, Segun Adeyemi said the reviewed code contained the Antitrust provision aimed at boosting local content and encouraging the growth of the local industry, among other provisions.

The statement reads partly:

“The amended Code also includes the provision raising the fine for hate speech from 500,000 Naira to 5 million Naira.

“Alhaji Mohammed clarified that the amendments were necessitated by a Presidential directive, in the wake of the 2019 general elections, for an inquiry into the regulatory role of the NBC with a view to repositioning the regulator for optimum performance.

“He said despite the attacks by some vested interests, who believe that their singular business interest is superior to national interest, over the provisions of the amended Code, the Federal Government remains unperturbed.”

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1.5m students to sit for 2020 WAEC exams

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The 2020 West African School Certificate Examination is to be taken by 1,549,463 candidates in 19,129 centres nationwide.

The participants comprise 786,421 males, while the balance 763,402 are females.

The Head of Nigeria National Office (HNO) of the organisation, Patrick Areghan, made the disclosure yesterday in Lagos.

He added that the test, which holds between August 4 and September 5, would run daily from Monday to Saturday.

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In deference to existing COVID-19 protocols, the HNO said:

“Schools must provide wash-hand buckets with running water, soaps, hand sanitisers and thermometer hand-gun to check the temperature of all concerned.”

He continued:

“All examination functionaries, including the council’s staff on distribution, supervisors, invigilators, inspectors, candidates and school officials will be required to wear face masks, wash and sanitise their hands daily, and throughout the duration of the examination.”

Areghan asserted that the council would adhere strictly to physical distancing in the examination halls by ensuring that candidates sit two metres apart.

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UPDATED: WAEC releases 2020 WASSCE timetable

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The West African Examinations Council has released the timetable for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

The Federal Government had announced the resumption of graduating pupils beginning August 4, noting that WASSCE would begin effective August 17, 2020 through September 12, 2020.

WAEC Nigeria in a statement on Tuesday signed by its Head of Public Affairs, Demianus Ojijeogu, advised candidates to disregard other versions of the examination timetable in circulation.

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The statement was titled, ‘WAEC Releases Timetable For The Conduct Of West African Senior School Certificate Examination For School Candidates, 2020’.

The statement read,

“The West African Examinations Council, Nigeria wishes to inform its stakeholders-schools, parents and candidate-that the Final International Timetable for the conduct of WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020 has been released.

“The Council notes that several versions of the examination timetable have been in circulation and enjoins the general public to disregard them as they did not emanate from it.

“The examination which has been slated to begin on Monday, August 17, 2020 will end on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

“The Council hereby urges the candidates to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of the examination by shunning all acts of malpractice and obeying all Covid-19 protocols that have been put in place at the examination centres.

“This is wishing the candidates success in the examination.”

 

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