Members of a vigilante group in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State have arrested a painter Paul Iwapele for allegedly defiling his three-year-old stepdaughter.
ThePunch reported that the victim’s mother, identified only as Kemi is a Beninoise who came to Lagos some years ago.
Kemi was said to have been impregnated by a man, who died a few months into their relationship.
She later met Iwapele, who promised to take care of her and the pregnancy, which was four months old at the time.
Kemi later gave birth to the child while living with her new lover who has now been accused of defiling the three-year-old he is expected to be nurturing as a father figure.
Kemi, who spoke to PUNCH on Sunday, demanded justice for her daughter.
The 35-year-old said she became suspicious after observing her child touch Iwapele in a strange way, adding that she later discovered that he had been sleeping with her.
The Beninoise said the suspect, when confronted, denied the allegation.
“I was bathing my daughter when she started telling Iwapele to look at her private parts. I became curious and asked why she would be making such statements to him. She even went ahead to touch him in his private parts and told me that Iwapele usually put his hands in her private parts as well.
“She usually complained of pain when I bathed her and when I checked her private parts, I discovered that they had peeled. She was also running a temperature; she complained of stomach ache and her stomach was swollen.
“When I took her to a hospital, I was told that she would undergo an operation, but I refused to go back because I was scared. I went to meet my pastor and he told me that someone had been sexually molesting my daughter.
“I don’t go out; I am always indoor. So, I don’t know how someone would do such a thing without my knowledge. I asked him, but he denied until we went to a Muslim cleric’s place, where he was challenged until he confessed to the crime.
“I want the government to make him face the full wrath of the law because I have been told that people who sleep with minors do it for ritual purposes.”
Iwapele, while speaking to PUNCH, confessed to the crime, saying since January 2020, he had had carnal knowledge of the victim four times.
“I have been having sex with her since January and for only four times. I don’t know what used to make me do it; I just know that at midnight it just happens.
“When I discovered that her private parts were peeling, I had to stop and it was around that period that people got to know about it and started beating me.”
The Deputy Commander, Onyabo Vigilante Group, Olanrewaju Olabinjo, said Iwapele also confessed to the crime when his men interrogated him.
He, however, said Iwapele had been handed over to the police for further investigation.
“I was on the field when I received a call from one of my officers that a woman who reported a case of rape was at my office.
“I rushed down to the office and met the woman. When she explained how everything happened, I told my officers to apprehend the man and during interrogation, he confessed that he perpetrated the crime on four different occasions.
“We have taken them to the Divisional Police Officer. There is a human rights section at the station and some non-governmental organisations will be contacted to take appropriate care of the victim.
“The family of the suspect came to my office for the matter to be settled, but I drove them away because we don’t compromise.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the suspect was in custody.
He added that the victim had been taken to the Mirabel Centre of the Lagos State Universty Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, for further tests and treatment.
India police arrest Pigeon on suspicion of being a Pakistan spy
The India police have arrested a pigeon on suspicion that it is a trained spy for Pakistan.
Indian officials said that the pink painted bird carrying a “coded message,” attached to its foot was alleged to have flown from across the border that separates Indian and Pakistan-controlled parts of Kashmir, according to reports.
Villagers living close to the border in Manyari turned the pigeon over to authorities after catching it along the border, Sky News reported.
Geeta Devi, a resident of the Kathua district of Indian-administered Kashmir, reported that the bird flew into her home Sunday night. Police logged the animal as a “Pak Suspected Spy” and launched an investigation to decipher the message, the outlet reported.
“We don’t know where the bird has come from. Locals on our side captured it near our fence,” Kathua police’s senior superintendent Shailendra Mishra told the Times of India.
“The pigeon, suspected to be trained in Pakistan for spying, has a ring with letters and numbers written on it,” a police source said.
“Though birds have no boundaries and many fly across international borders during migration, a coded ring tagged to the captured pigeon’s body is a cause of concern as migratory birds have no such rings,” the source added.
However, in an update, a Pakistani villager has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return his pigeon, currently being held in India on charges of spying.
The man identified as Habibullah, who lives just 4km (2.5 miles) from the border, said he flew his pigeons to celebrate Eid festival.
This is not the first time birds have reportedly been used for espionage in the disputed territory in the past.
In 2016, the Indian police arrested a pigeon that was found carrying a warning note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi near the nation’s heavily militarized border with Pakistan.
In 2013, Indian security forces found a dead falcon fitted with a small camera, and in 2010 another pigeon was detained over spying fears.
Police arraign man, 26, over alleged fraud
The police on Friday arraigned a 26-year-old man, Ilesanmi Ojo, before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged fraud.
The defendant of no fixed address is standing trial on a count charge of the alleged fraud.
The prosecutor, Insp. Oriyomi Akinwale told the court that the defendant committed the offense sometimes in the month of Dec. 2019 at Onala area in Ado-Ekiti.
He alleged that the defendant, a mechanic, fraudulently obtained the sum of N155,000 from one Pastor Olusegun Olufowose to repair his Sienna vehicle.
Akinwale also alleged that the defendant duplicated the key of a Nissan Pathfinder Jeep with Reg. No. WWW 852 AE, belonging to the complainant without his consent.
He said the offenses contravened Sections 421 and 508 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him to study the case file and assemble his witnesses.
The defendant pleaded not guilty.
His counsel, Mr. Olarewaju Oluwasola, urged the court to grant his client bail, with a promise that he would not jump bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Olanike Adegoke, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the case until June 24 for hearing.
You have case to answer, court tells mechanic accused of manslaughter
An Ikeja High Court on Friday told a mechanic, Taiwo Adeyemi, accused of killing a colleague during a physical scuffle, that he had to defend the manslaughter charge filed against him by the Lagos State Government.
Justice Hakeem Oshodi, delivering a ruling on a no-case submission filed by defence counsel, Mr Adetokunbo Agoro, said the prosecution for the state had presented sufficient evidence before the court to warrant Adeyemi putting up a defence.
According to reports the ruling on the no-case submission was originally slated to have been delivered on May 4 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delivering the ruling online, Justice Oshodi said: “From the evidence laid before the court by the prosecution, there has been no evidence that has been discredited by the defence.
“There is, however, ample evidence on the face of the court’s record which is legally admissible, that links the defendant to the deceased.
“There cannot be any dispute that death occurred after a fight. The defendant is said to be the other party of the fight.
“From the written submission of the defence counsel, he believes that there is no documentary and prima facie case laid out by the prosecution and that the evidence of the first and second prosecution witnesses are hearsay.
“To the court, the prosecution has made out a prima facie case for the defendant to face. Accordingly, the defendant is now called upon to open his defence.”
Following the ruling, the judge adjourned the case until July 27 for defence.
Reports have it that Adeyemi is charged with manslaughter contrary to Section 227 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.
He was arraigned at the High Court on June 5, 2017.
According to the prosecution led by Mr M.T. Adewoye, the defendant committed the offence at 1.00 p.m. on April 4, 2014, at a mechanic’s shed, located at Ashade Market, Mangoro, Agege, Lagos.
“The defendant had an argument with the deceased, Sikiru Oladeinde; during the scuffle, he hit the deceased with a plank that had nails attached to it.
“Oladeinde sustained some injuries and passed away some days later in hospital,” the prosecutor said.
During the trial, three witnesses testified on behalf of the prosecution — a welder and co-worker of the deceased, Mr Olujimi Ogunleye; the brother of the deceased, Mr Kehinde Oladeinde; and the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sgt. Felix Osunbu.
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