The Niger State Police Command has arrested one Emmanuel Isacc for raping a 20-year-old buns hawker in Minna, the state capital.
Isaac, who was said to be a serial offender, alleged drugged the victim and had carnal knowledge of her without her consent.
According to the victim, she was selling her goods when Isaac came and hypnotised her after which she lost consciousness She recalled that she woke up feeling dizzy and in an unstable state in a room.
She stated that she regained consciousness in the afternoon and saw herself naked with her wares by her side inside the room of the suspect.
“He came in and told me to dress up and took me to his shop but I was still feeling somehow. So I sat in his shop and he went out, I saw three women passing and I asked them where is this area, they asked me who brought me here and I told them that I did not know how I got here as she recounted what transpired.
“They told me that that was not the first time he (suspect) would be doing this and asked me to come to Rayuwa SARC to report the case. They gave me transport fare and called a motorcyclist to take me to SARC.”
Speaking with our correspondent, the Administrative Secretary, RAYUWA Sexual Abuse Referral Centre, Mrs Anne Nwakpuda, on Monday said that the case was reported to the Kpakungun Police Station where the suspect had been brought for similar cases.
According to her, the Police confirmed that the suspect had cases regarding drugging and raping girls around his neighbourhood.
“Just like Emmanuel, there are many perpetrators who have pending cases of rape and still engaging in raping more girls making more serial rapists on our streets.
“If justice can be done on time, it will save our girls and women from these perpetrators. It hurts the victims so much when there is a delay in judgment. Imagine someone raped a girl and the victim still sees him flaunting and moving around in the community like nothing is wrong!”
Nwakpuda, who acknowledged that the courts were overloaded with cases, pleaded that sexual offences should be given priority.
She added that it would give the victim a sense of justice and make them know that they have done the right thing by reporting the case to the right quarters.
Ogun Govt commences works on flood-prone areas
The Ogun Government on Wednesday said it had commenced palliative works in areas affected by flooding from rainfall in Abeokuta on Friday and Saturday.
The state Commissioner for the Environment, Abiodun Balogun, said this at a press conference in Abeokuta.
Balogun said that the palliatives, which included the fixing of failed bridges, clearance of waterways, and dredging of the water channels, were ongoing in about 16 areas across the metropolis.
The Newsmen reports that areas most affected in Abeokuta include Kuto, Isale-Igbein, Lanfewa, Amolaso, Ijeun-Titun, and Ago-Ijesa.
Others are Abiola Way, Isale Abetu, Sokori, Igbore, Oke-Mosan, Isale Ake and Adigbe.
The commissioner said that the intervention was meant to bring temporary relief and succor to the affected people before the government embarked on a permanent solution.
He described the downpour as massive with attendant adverse effects.
Balogun said that the damage caused by the flood would have been uncontrollable, but for continuous dredging of waterways in the state.
“Though the present administration is not interested in demolishing people’s houses, some structures will have to give way.
” Before we demolish any building, which of course will be the last resort, we will talk to those whose structures are around the canal on the need to remove them,” he said.
Balogun assured that regular dredging, conversion of some culverts which have outlived their usefulness to bridges and distilling of drainages would be carried out to allow for free-flow of the drains whenever it rained.
He said that engineers from the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and staff from his ministry had assessed the extent of damage by the flood, adding that the report would be useful in developing lasting solutions to the problem.
The commissioner stressed the need for residents to properly dispose of their wastes instead of dumping them on waterways to prevent flooding.
JUST IN: Seven killed as explosion rocks NNPC facility
An explosion on Oil Mining Lease 40 operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company has killed seven workers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation announced on Wednesday.
NPDC is the flagship subsidiary of NNPC.
The explosion occurred on Tuesday at the petroleum company’s Benin River Valve Station.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Kennie Obateru, said the BRVS explosion happened at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by NPDC.
He disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja entitled “NNPC Reports Explosion at NPDC’s Benin River Valve Station.”
“The incident, which occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately, caused seven fatalities.”
The national oil firm said a detailed investigation of the cause of the explosion had commenced.
It said the Department of Petroleum Resources had been duly notified and Form 41 was being prepared for the industry regulator as required in circumstances of this nature.
“The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers,” NNPC stated in its statement.
It named the employers as Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, adding that they were consultants to NPDC.
NNPC said all personnel onboard the platform had been fully accounted for.
Its Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, commiserated with the families of the bereaved.
He prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.
Delta: Two persons killed in fatal accident as policemen engage man in hot chase (Photos)
No fewer than two persons have died in a fatal accident that occurred while police officers were chasing a man in Sapele, Delta state on Tuesday, July 7.
According to eyewitnesses, the police officers tried to stop a Benz SUV coming in from Benin city, however, the driver of the vehile refused to stop, instead he started to reverse.
This forced the police officers to engage him in a hot chase.
It was during the chase that the police officers allegedly opened fire at his tyres. The driver lost control and rammed into a motorcycle driver and his passenger.
The motorcycle rider identified as Joseph died on the spot while the elderly woman who is said to be a primary school teacher, Mrs. Igho Avwata, died an hour later.
”The police officers chased the driver from Oleh Road down to Ogorode Road. When they saw that the driver was abit faster than them, they shot one of the tyres of his car. This led to the driver losing control.
The car hit the bike man who died on the spot. A woman was on top of the bike. She fell off due to the collision. She was rushed to the hospital but could not make it. Also the driver and a female in the car believed to be the girlfriend of the driver are in pretty bad shape.” an eyewitness said.
The state police command is yet to comment on the unfortunate incident.
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