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Police arrest Lagos prophet for raping minors, aborting pregnancies

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The General Overseer and founder of Zion Prayer and Deliverance Mission in Ikotun, Lagos State has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping underage children of his members.

Prophet Elisa Ayoluwa, alias White, was also alleged to have aborted several pregnancies from a 15-year-old victim with the help of a woman known as Iya Titi.

According to reports, Prophet Ayoluwa was arrested on Friday morning after a woman, whose six-year-old daughter was also molested, refused pleas from church elders that the matter be swept under the carpet.

The Nation reported that the woman took the case to a Child’s Right Advocate, Mrs. Precious Ndukwu, who lodged a complaint with the police at Ikotun.

The victim’s mother alleged the prophet offered her N5, 000 to keep quiet on the incident, adding that other parents accepted the money.

According to the woman, she usually took her child to the church premises to stay with other kids whenever she was going to work.

“I used to have a job that kept me busy. I will leave home early and won’t return till about 11pm,” she was quoted by The Nation as saying.

“So, I usually took her to the prophet’s place and would go and pick her at night. Other children used to come there too to play.

“But along the line, I noticed that whenever I wanted to take her there, she would cry and say she does not want to go.

“I did not know anything was happening to her until one Sunday in church, a member called me aside and she told me to go and check my daughter.

“By this time, rumour has been going around that the prophet was sexually molesting children and teenagers.

“So, I took my daughter to a nurse and she examined her and said she has been penetrated.

“That was how I started asking her questions and she said it was the prophet that he usually molested her and that the day he raped her, he used clothes to clean the blood. She said he even told her not to tell anyone.”

According to Mrs Ndukwu, the kid was taken to Mirabel Centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) after her mother’s complaint and it was established that she has been violated.

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She said her findings also revealed that the prophet’s alleged rape of minors was common knowledge in the neighbourhood, wondering why the other parents chose to remain silent about it.

“Upon investigation, we discovered that he has a particular woman known as Iya Titi that helps him abort for a particular child any time she is pregnant. The church members are aware of his behaviour and he has been going round begging each of the child’s parents.

“He has given N5, 000 to the mother of the child that he committed abortion for and she accepted to let peace reign. He remarried recently and so, I don’t know if his new wife was aware before now.

“The parents of the other victims refused to follow us to the police station to make their statement but the mother who refused the money did and the prophet was arrested.

“We expect the police to compel the other parents to come forward and state what they know.

“They need to be made to understand that keep quiet in this matter was a crime and they could be charged as accomplices,” she said.

Police spokesman Bala Elkana confirmed the suspect’s arrest, adding that he denied the allegation.

“The parents of the victim took her to the pastor’s house to be there temporarily when they went out for a programme.

“The act was suspected to have happened during that time. The pastor denied the allegation. We await medical report,” Elkana said.

 

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Hushpuppi: Protesters storm US Embassy, demand Atiku, Dino Melaye’s arrest (Photos)

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Some Protesters on Monday took to the US Embassy, Abuja, demanding an investigation into the link between ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Timi Frank and some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains with Raymond Abbas Igbalode, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

The group, under the aegis of Concerned Citizens Forum (CCF), seen in their numbers held placards calling for the arrest of Atiku, Melaye and other PDP members linked to the fraudster.

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Some inscriptions from the placards read: “Say No to fraud, Interpol act now”, Interpol act and arrest Dino Melaye”, “Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are”, “FBI should investigate Atiku Abubakar,” amongst others.

They also submitted a letter to the US Ambassador and the Federal Bureau of Investigation calling for a thorough probe of Hushpuppi’s political allies in the PDP.

This is coming after the All Progressives Congress (APC) had alleged “criminal conspiracy linking the top PDP members to Hushpuppi.

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The protesters submitted a letter signed by Comrade Adamu Kabir Matazu.

In the letter, Matazu called on the US to investigate the connection between PDP high profile Chieftains and Hushpuppi.

The group claimed that ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar’s frequent trips to Dubai prior to 2019 presidential elections may not be unconnected to Hushpuppi.

They asked the US to go after Atiku, Dino Melaye, Timi Frank and other PDP stalwarts who through their associations with Hushpuppi may have helped to launder the proceeds of crime.

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Recall that Bukola Saraki and Atiku over the weekend had denied any connection to Hushpuppi.

Atiku described the allegations as mischievous and an attempt at political blackmail by the APC, adding that the picture with Hushpuppi was not a meeting.

See photos from the protest below:

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Man, 34, arraigned over alleged fraud

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A 34-year-old man, Uchi Enyi, was on Monday brought before an Ogbeson Magistrates’ Court in Benin City for allegedly obtaining N24,000 under false pretences.

The defendant is being tried on two charges of obtaining goods under false pretences and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Charity Asemota told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in December 2019 along the Benin-Agbor Road, Ikpoba-Hill, Benin City.

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Asemota said that the defendant fraudulently obtained N24,000 under false pretences that he would make some doors and windows for Philip Umeh Company Limited, knowing same to be false.

Asemota said that the offences contravened Sections 419 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11 Law of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976; now applicable in Edo.

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The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the counts.

The Chief Magistrate, Prince Mutairu Oare, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety in like sum.

Oare said that the surety must be residing within the jurisdiction of the court and his address must be verified by the court registrar.

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He adjourned the case until July 22 for further hearing.

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Niger: One dies, two arrested for scooping petroleum products

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The Police Command in Niger has arrested two persons suspected to be involved in the scooping of petroleum products from a vandalised pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at Gwacipe village in Gurara Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Adamu Usman, disclosed this to newsmen in Minna on Monday.

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Usman said that one Abu Shehu of Gwacipa village was scooping petroleum product from the dugout pit and that in the process, he became unconscious in the excavated hole.

“The suspect was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Gawu Babangida, where he was confirmed dead by medical personnel and the corpse was deposited at Umaru Yar’Adua Hospital, Sabon Wuse.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased conspired with one Ibrahim Musa and Sani Musa all of Gwacipe village in Gurara local government area to commit the crime.

“They are currently undergoing interrogation at the Command’s Headquarters in Minna, and would be charged to court at conclusion of the investigation,”he said.

 

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