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Ebonyi: Policeman dismissed for defiling 14-year-old girl

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An Ebonyi State Police officer has been dismissed after going through an orderly room trial for defiling a 14-year-old girl.

Ebonyi state Coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Okorie Christopher Onyekachi who commended the state’s police command for not shielding the policeman, said they are working hard to ensure that the former security operative who is in his 30s is prosecuted.

Onyekachi said:

One police officer has been sacked after undergoing an orderly room trial and we are also moving for his court trial but he has gone through police orderly room trial; police internal disciplinary action which led to his dismissal. We are now moving for his trial in the court. He was accused of defiling a minor, the child is about 14 years while the policeman is in his early 30s.

“We are grateful to the state commissioner of police who has been very helpful to us. He understands what humanity is all about. Once a petition from the National Human Rights Commission is sent to him, the following morning, we will get a call that it has been assigned.

“He usually tells us to deal with him directly, that he doesn’t want the image of the police to be dented. So, he has helped us in so many ways. In 2019, we handled like 45 cases and 12 cases this year.

“Four of the 2019 cases had to do with Gender-Based Sexual Violence and these are all minors. Pitiably, a man molested a three-year- old girl. The issue of violating minors is on the increase but under-reported.

“The only time the cases are reported is when there is an underlying conflict among the families involved. “Domestic violence is on the increase even though under-reported. Under-reporting is the problem we are having on this issue of domestic violence.

“If you see the culture of Igbo land; the culture changes because of the influence of external cultures too. What happens here is that most families are not literate, our culture has not been given the necessary push or change it deserves to really give us the good result that we need. In that aspect, there is a low percentage of reporting cases of violence because of the culture; it is actually considered normal for a woman to be beaten by her husband.

“When it is so, a woman is indoctrinated to believe it that way. Women should know that they are human beings and being a human being, nobody has a right to infringe upon your own rights because the person’s rights start where your own start. Marriage does not reduce your personal rights. So, the person you are marrying should respect your rights.”

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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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Vera Uwaila Omozuwa: Melaye reacts to rape, murder inside RCCG church

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Senator Dino Melaye has called on relevant agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the rape and murder of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of the University of Benin, UNIBEN.

Uwaila was allegedly raped and killed by some unknown persons while reading in an RCCG, church in Benin City.

He called on the Attorney General of the Federation, Justice Abubakar Malami, the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of States Services, DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, to arrest the demons responsible for the crime.

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Melaye, in a tweet on his official Twitter page on Monday, said he would protest in the street if the perpetrators are not arrested.

Melaye tweeted:

“Law Enforcement Agencies must find perpetrators of Rape and Murder of 22-Year-old Uwa Omozuwa that happened in a Church in Benin city.

“The Attorney General of the Federation, IGP and DG DSS must unravel the demons responsible, or we take to the street. Enough is Enough.”

Meanwhile, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Sunday condemned the terrible incident.

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Adeboye commiserated with the deceased family and called for calm.

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