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NSCDC arrest teacher for raping, impregnating 12-year-old pupil

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The Adamawa State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has reportedly arrested a teacher, one Nathan Yusuf, for allegedly raping a 12-year-old pupil.

The pupil was confirmed pregnant on Thursday by a referral centre that admitted her for care.

The incident, as reported by The Nation, occurred in Namtari, a community in Yola South Local Government Area of the state.

Bashir Tahir, a member of the Adamawa Hope Center located at the state Specialist Hospital in Yola, where the girl was rushed to, confirmed that the girl was pregnant.

“She has received all the needed support and the medical tests required.

“So far she is free from all sexually transmitted diseases. But she will start receiving anti-natal care next week at the Hope Center,” Bashir said in The Nation report.

The Adamawa State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), which arrested the teacher, has assured that he would be made to answer for his actions.

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The state Commandant of the corps, Abdullahi Nuruddeen, told newsmen on Thursday during a briefing in his office:

“I always charge my men not to relent in their effort on arrest and prosecution of crimes, more especially the ones endangering the life of people like rape cases.

”On 2nd September, 2019, around 2:30 pm, we arrested a suspect of rape in person of Nathan Yusuf (37) who is a teacher at Gurel Primary School Namtari, Yola South, suspected to have raped his primary school pupil who is below 14 years of age, which he confessed to have given her codeine syrup before raping her.

“As soon as we finish our investigation, the suspect will be charged to court.

“We are advising parents to be very vigilant o their children and report such crimes to the relevant authorities for judicial action.”

An uncle of the victim, Sulaiman Namtari, who also spoke to newsmen, said the action of the teacher shocked the community because he was held in high esteem.

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He said:

“Every member of the community reserves tremendous respect for the teacher as he has been in the community for years.

“There is no house he doesn’t enter and every member of the community knows him very well. What he did was a perfidy of the highest order and for that we want authorities not to spare him.”

The suspect confessed to the act and promised he would take care of the baby after delivery.

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He also said he would take full responsibility for his action.

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Man, 45, bags 15-year jail term for raping his tenant’s niece

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An Igbosere High Court in Lagos, on Monday, sentenced an ex-staff of an oil company, James Onuoha, to 15 years at the correctional centre for raping his tenant’s 14-year-old niece.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye sentenced Onuoha, 42, and an engineer, without an option of fine.

On Jan. 14, the court had adjourned the case until March 25, for judgment, after the parties adopted their final written addresses.

But judgement could not be pronounced due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, which led to the lockdown of almost all sectors of the economy in March, including the Judiciary.

At the resumed hearing on Monday, the Lagos State Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Babatunde Sunmonu, and the defence counsel, Dr Victor Olowonla, announced their appearance.

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Before the verdict was handed down, Olowonla, in his allocutions, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as Onuoha was a first-time offender.

“My lord, he is a first-time offender; he is a family man with wife and children, and also the breadwinner of his family.

“He has lost his job since this case came up; going by the circumstances of this case, I urge my lord to temper justice with mercy,” he said.

Onouah, who was charged to court by the Lagos State Government, was first arraigned in January 2016 at the Magistrates’ Court on a four-count charge bordering on defilement.

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Onuoha was remanded in Kirikiri correctional centre pending legal advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Following his indictment by the DPP, the case was transferred to the high court for trial.

The state government accused Onuoha of committing the alleged offences on Jan. 4, 2016, at No.25, Samuel Amoore Street, Idowu Estate, Ike-Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos.

The prosecution said the defendant willfully had an unlawful sexual act with the teenager.

He said the offences contravened Sections 137 and 258 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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Onuoha, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, hence the prosecution opened its case and called witnesses, including the victim.

After the prosecution closed its case, Onuoha opened his defence, narrating to the court how he visited his house at the above address to ask for rent from his tenant who was not at home at the time of his visit.

Onuoha said the victim was the only person at home, adding that he entered the apartment to inspect it and thereafter gave the victim N1, 000 as Christmas gift.

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Security guard confesses to rape of nine-year-old in Abuja

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An Upper Area Court in Gwagwalada, FCT, on Monday, ordered that a security man, Gideon Sunday who allegedly defiled a nine-year-old girl be remanded in police custody.

Sunday was arraigned on a one-count charge of abuse of a minor.

The Judge, Sani Umar granted the application made by the prosecuting counsel, Akaso Sunday not to grant bail to the defendant.

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Umar ordered that the defendant be remanded under police custody for one week.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel Sunday told the court that on May 12, 2020, one Grace Abitayo reported the case at the police station.

He said that the defendant on May 6, 2020, took the girl to his room and had carnal knowledge of her.

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He added that during police investigation the defendant confessed to have committed the offence.

He prayed the court not to grant bail to the defendant, saying that the offence was not bailable.

He said that if granted bail the defendant would jump bail and would also jeopardise the ongoing investigation, adding that the court should refuse him bail.

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The offence, he said, contravened the provision of sections 275 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty, NAN reports.

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Group asks court to compel DSS, IGP to investigate Omo-Agege

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The Incorporated Trustees of Empowerment for Unemployed Youths Initiative on Monday, asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to compel the Director-General, Department of State Services, (DSS), and the Inspector- General of Police to investigate the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.

The group wants the security agencies to investigate Omo-Agege over his alleged conviction in the United States in November 1995.

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A motion ex parte filed by the group further prayed the court to order Omo-Agege to step down from office as deputy senate president pending the completion of the investigation.

Counsel to the group, Mr. Edward Omaga said his client asked the deputy senate president to step down to allow for transparent and fair investigation and to also prevent him from interfering with the investigation.

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The group also prayed the court to declare that refusal of the DSS and the IGP to investigate Omo-Agege would be deemed unjustifiable, wrongful, and tantamount to dereliction of duties under the relevant laws that established them.

According to Omaga, in the affidavit attached to the motion exparte, until the DSS and the IGP are compelled by an order of the court, they will continue to refuse to investigate Omo-Agege.

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The plaintiff said in the suit that it was convinced that any action or inaction of persons occupying elective and appointive positions would have a direct impact on the overwhelming unemployed youths in the country.
No date has however been fixed for hearing in the suit.

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