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Rape victim set ablaze on way to court

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A 23-year-old rape victim was set ablaze by a gang of men, including the alleged rapist, as she made her way to court in northern India on Thursday, police said.

The incident stirred public outrage and shame over the scourge of crimes against women.

During the past week, thousands of Indians have protested in several cities following the alleged rape and murder of a 27-year-old vet near the southern city of Hyderabad.

Protesters and parliamentarians are pressing for courts to fast-track rape cases and demanding tougher penalties.

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The woman attacked and burned on Thursday morning was in a critical condition, according to DS Negi, a doctor at the Civil Hospital in Lucknow, the capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

She had been on her way to catch a train in Unnao district to attend a hearing when she was doused with kerosene and set on fire, police said.

“As per the victim’s statement, five people were involved in setting her on fire, including the one who was accused in the rape case,” Vikrant Vir, a police superintendent in Unnao, said.

All five men have been detained, Uttar Pradesh police said in a tweet.

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Police documents seen by Reuters showed the woman had filed a complaint with Unnao police in March alleging that she had been raped at gunpoint on December 12, 2018.

Having been subsequently jailed, the alleged rapist was released last week after securing bail, police officer S.K. Bhagat said in Lucknow.

Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous state and has become notorious for its poor record regarding crimes against women, with more than 4,200 cases of rape reported there in 2017 – the highest in the country.

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The Uttar Pradesh state government, currently controlled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), came under fire in July from opposition groups accusing it of protecting a lawmaker accused of rape

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Nurses, one other arrested for stealing newborn baby abandoned in Katsina hospital

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Three women have been arrested in Katsina State for allegedly stealing a newly born baby girl abandoned in a private hospital in the state.

WuzupNigeria gathered that the suspects included two nurses – 35 years old Misira Tijani and Grace Ejigu,43 – and the buyer, one Eucharia Onyema, 45.

The Police in the state said that one Shamsiya Sani, 25, of Dandagoro Quarters, in Katsina, the state capital, delivered the baby in a private hospital on 25 July 2020. She, however, abandoned the baby shortly after delivery, leaving behind a handwritten note which explained that she took the action because the baby was borne out of wedlock.

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The two nurses – Tijani and Ejigu – picked up the baby and allegedly sold her to Onyema.

The three women were paraded at the headquarters of the Katsina police command on Monday evening.

The Command’s Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, told newsmen during the suspects’ parade, that the bubble bust after the driver of a commercial tricyclist hired by the three women to convey them to their various houses from the hospital drove them to the Sabongarin police division after eavesdropping to their conversation.

SP Isah added,

“Nemesis caught up with them (the three women) when they were arrested on their way from the hospital to their houses with the child through the help of a Keke NAPEP rider who suspected them of stealing the child.”

The police spokesman said the baby was already receiving attention at the Social Welfare department of Ministry of Youths and Social Development.

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The two nurses, in an interview with journalists, denied selling the baby, insisting they gave her to Eucharia Onyema on humanitarian grounds.

Tijani, who spoke on behalf of the duo, said,

“We took the step we took on humanitarian grounds. We never sold the baby. The only mistake we made was not informing the hospital management before taking the decision.”

Eucharia equally said she did not buy the baby, declaring that she collected her from the two nurses with a view to taking care of her since she has no child of her own.

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She said,

“It’s true I am barren. I only collected the baby from the two nurses in order to be taking care of her.”

The police spokesman, however, said an investigation was ongoing on the incident.

 

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37-year-old Beninoise takes Nigerian couple on ‘spiritual journey’, scams them N5m

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In a bid to protect themselves and their children from untimely death, a Nigerian couple were reportedly entrapped by a 37-year-old Beninoise, Gbese Peter, and scammed to the tune of N5m.

Peter was alleged by the Ogun State Police Command to have defrauded Mr and Mrs Bamigboye of the sum on the pretext of helping them to overcome their spiritual problems and shielding their children from untimely death.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.

Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested after Mrs Bamigboye lodged a complaint at the Sabo Police Station, Abeokuta North LGA.

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He said the complainant lamented that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago.

The PPRO, in the statement, quoted Mrs Bamigboye to have said that the suspect started discussing with them about a serious spiritual calamity awaiting them and their children “if an urgent spiritual step is not taken.”

“Out of fear of the unknown, they agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin, where he gave them a wooden coffin which he instructed them not to open until he asked them to do so.

“She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them until they coughed out a total sum of N5m.

“When they realised that they had been swindled, the shock led to the death of her husband.

“Upon the report, the DPO of Sabo division, SP Nicholas Tamunoinom, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of the public, they succeeded in arresting him on July 25, 2020.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to collecting money under false pretences from the couple, but he claimed that he only duped them of N3.5m and not N5m as claimed by the woman, and that he used the money to build a house for himself.”

Oyeyemi added that the command recovered from the suspect some items, including a wooden coffin containing a white cloth and other substances and a horn wrapped with a white cloth and beads.

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The PPRO said the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered the transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.

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I duped my victims of N3.5m to build a house- Native doctor confesses

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Katsina police arrest corps member over alleged rape

A suspected fake Beninoise native doctor, who was arrested by the Ogun State Police Command has claimed that he duped his victims to build a house.

The 37-year-old Benin Republic national, who was identified as Gbese Peter, said he collected N3.5million only, which he used to build a house for himself, contrary to the claim that he collected N5m.

Police said Peter was arrested for;

“defrauding a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Bamigboye Alao of the sum of N5million under the pretence of helping them to overcome their spiritual problems and shielding their children from untimely death.

A statement by Ogun police spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Oyeyemi, on Monday, revealed that the suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged at Sabo police station by Mrs. Bamigboye.

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Mrs. Bamigboye was said to have reported that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago when he started discussing with them about a serious spiritual calamity awaiting them and their children if an urgent spiritual step was not taken.

“Out of fear of the unknown, the couple had agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin where he gave them a wooden coffin, instructing them not to open it until he asked them to do so.

“She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them, until they coughed out the total sum of N5million,” Oyeyemi narrated.

When they realized that they had been swindled, Mrs. Bamigboye reportedly said the shock led to her husband’s death.

“Upon the report, the DPO Sabo division, SP Nicholas Tamunoinom, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of the public, they succeeded in arresting him on the 25th of July 2020.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed collecting money under false pretence from the couple, but he claimed that he only duped them of N3.5million and not N5milion as claimed by the woman, and that he has used the money to build a house for himself,” the PPRO said.

A wooden coffin containing white cloth and other substance, horn wrapped with white cloth and beads were recovered from the suspects.

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The State Commissioner of Police, CP Edward A. Ajogun has directed that the suspect be immediately transferred to the State CIID for proper investigation and diligent prosecution.

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