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Seven-year-old Ogun boy sold for N1m recovered in Anambra after two years

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The police in Ogun State have narrated how a seven-year-old boy, Joshua Joseph, who was declared missing two years ago, was found with his ‘adopted mother’, Blessing Ozor, in Anambra.

It was gathered that Ozor allegedly paid N1.05m for Joseph’s ‘adoption’.

Ozor claimed to have paid the N1.05m to a level-13 civil servant in the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs, Ifeoma Joy, before she could adopt the boy.

Joshua, it was learnt, was declared missing by his parents, who live in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, in 2017, but he was found by men of the state police command in Anambra State.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, gave the details at the state police headquarters, Abeokuta, on Sunday, while handing over Joshua, who had been renamed Chisom by Ozor, to his father. He paraded Ozor and Joy in connection with the incident.

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Makama intimated that the boy was found after thorough search and investigations by operatives of the command over the last two years.

The police boss stated that Joshua was stolen in Ijebu-Ode and sold to Ozor.

According to the police boss, two other members of the syndicate, Rita and Angela, were being held in prisons in Edo and Ondo states, respectively, for the same offence.

It was gathered that both Rita and Angela gave information from their prison cells that led to the recovery of the boy and the arrest of Ozor and Joy in Anambra State.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, accused Joy of collecting over N1m from the acclaimed adopted mother and forged adoption documents from the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs.

Joy is working at the Ministry of Women Affairs in Anambra State. She used the opportunity to arrange buyers for stolen children.

“In the course of looking for her, she got transferred to four local government councils within one month in order to evade arrest.

“Our findings showed that eight children had been stolen by this syndicate from Ogun State and four had been recovered.

“One of the stolen children was found when the people, who adopted him, saw the boy’s picture on the pages of newspapers and returned him.”

Speaking with journalists, Joy denied the allegation against her, saying she was not involved in such an act.

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She said,

“I never did such a thing. I know the woman, who brought this boy, as a worker at the Peace Sisters’ Home.

“So, when my sister in fellowship (Ozor) came up with the idea of adopting a child, I called the other woman to help us get a boy and I gave Rita my sister’s particulars. When she finished with the particulars, she now came with this boy. I never knew the boy was stolen.”

In her own words, Ozor said she gave Joy N150,000 for processing of the adoption papers and additional N900,000 when the deal was completed.

“I am just a victim of circumstances by my foolishness. I went to a sister in our fellowship, who had adopted a child before, because I have two daughters already but I had a feeling for a son; my last daughter is 24 years old.

“I went through Rita because she and her husband had adopted a child before and they led me to this woman, Joy. I believed that everything was okay because she made me believe that she runs the Peace Sisters Home. That was why I adopted the boy (Joseph) from her,” she spoke in tears.

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My wife lied, incest is a taboo in Yorubaland, says man accused of raping his nine and seven-year-old daughters

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“I cannot sleep with my children. The rape could have been from an outsider and not me. I didn’t know about it.” These were the words of 48-year-old Femi Onifade, who stands accused of defiling his nine and seven-year-old daughters.

Onifade, a welder, was arrested by the personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps [NSCDC] in Ondo State after his wife, Tope, filed a complaint that he committed the act at his residence, No 27 Liberty Hospital Road, Oluwatuyi area of Akure.

But when he was paraded at the NSCDC headquarters in Alagbaka, Akure, on Monday, the suspect said it was not possible for him to have carnal knowledge of his children because such was a taboo in Yoruba land.

He suggested the crime might have been committed by an outsider, alleging his wife of 11 years raised a false alarm on him.

Femi said,

“I used to have quarrels with my wife. We had a clash around 11pm on that day and she left the house and because of the curfew in town, I didn’t want her to take the children with her. I insisted that the children must remain with me. My wife left and did not come back.

“I went to her family to report and her family begged me. My wife came back two days later and asked me what happened to the children when she examined their private parts.

“My wife accused me of sleeping with our daughters and I said I could not have done it, because it was a taboo in Yoruba land. I am not happy because I was accused of what I did not do. I went to the palace of the Deji of Akure to take an oath for people to believe me.

“I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. It is a lie. I cannot sleep with my children. The rape could have been from an outsider and not me. I didn’t know about it

“The children were crying because they did not see their mother that night. My children used to cry whenever my wife and I were fighting. It was a neighbour, who told my wife that one of the girls cried till daybreak.”

However, his wife, Tope, who vowed to quit the 11-year-old marriage, said Femi told her that what she noticed in their daughters’ private parts was evidence of dysentery when she raised the alarm over her discovery.

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Tope said the children informed her that their father inserted something in their private parts and also used his mouth.

She stated,

“The day we had a quarrel, my husband did not allow me to sleep in the house. I asked neighbours to beg him on my behalf, but he said I should go. He did not allow me take any of my daughters along. I had to find somewhere to sleep. The next day, a neighbour called me to say one of our daughters cried all through the night.

“The neighbour begged me to come back home. I came back and in the night, I noticed something in one of the children’s private parts. I asked my husband and he told me it was dysentery.

“I woke up the eldest daughter and asked her and she pointed at their father. The children said their father used to put something in their private parts.”

Tope added that tests carried out on the children revealed that both had been deflowered.

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The Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC in the state, Olufemi Omole, said the suspect would soon be charged.

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26-year-old man rapes neighbour’s teenage daughter in Lagos

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The Lagos Police Command have arrested a 26-year-old man Benjamin Omade for alleged abduction and defilement of a teenage girl.

The victim (names withheld) was said to be the daughter of his next-door neighbour at Bariga.

It was gathered that Omade allegedly eloped with the underage girl since May 17 with no one knowing their whereabouts.

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He was said to have taken her to 61, Odunsi Street, Bariga where the police tracked him to and arrested him on Sunday evening.

Confirming the incident, police spokesman Bala Elkana said detectives tracked the suspect to the location after the girl’s mother reported her abduction.

He said the woman told the police she strongly believed Omade was responsible for her sudden disappearance.

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Elkana said the teenager was rescued from the location, adding that the suspect confessed to the crime.

Elkana said the case was under investigation

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Man gives wife money for upkeep after court remands her, boyfriend over their plot to kill him

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The courthouse was filled with mixed emotions when David Gator, whose wife and her boyfriend planned to kill him,  gave the wife money for upkeep and assured her of his undying love for her while she cried herself to prison.

This was after the Asokwa District Court in Kumasi remanded her and the accomplice into police custody for the second time.

Mavis Brepo and Patrick Asare were arrested after an assassin they tried to contract on phone turned out to be the Manhyia Divisional Police Commander.

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The 27-year-old woman popularly called Maadwoa, married to David Gator, 55, planned with her 50-year-old boyfriend, Patrick Asare, to kill her husband so they could settle down together.

The two made their first appearance in court on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Adom News’ Nana Asenso Mensah who was in court reported that Mr Gator who was present with other family members also assured her of his undying love.

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He was seen comforting a crying Mavis who had been linked by cuffs to her alleged lover.

He told her, the money is to help with her upkeep in prison while an investigation continues into the matter.

Meanwhile, the two lovers are expected to appear in count on June 3.

He told her, the money is to help with her upkeep in prison while an investigation continues into the matter.

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Meanwhile, the two lovers are expected to appear in count on June 3.

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Since the arrest of his wife, Mr. Gator has maintained her innocence. In earlier news, he said he is convinced his wife was being influenced by a spiritual force.

While appealing for the charges to be dropped against her, the father of three said, he has long forgiven Mavis and is ready to take her back should she be freed.

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