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Woman tortures 10-year-old girl with hot stone after her pastor labelled her a witch

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A 10-year-old girl resident in Sandfield Estate, Satellite Town, Lagos, has been rescued from her guardian identified simply as Mrs Anaeme, who tortured her for allegedly being a witch.

The woman had reportedly subjected the little girl, Chidera, to serial assaults with marks of violence visible all over her body.

It was gathered that the torture took the worst dimension recently when Anaeme reportedly used a hot object to inflict injuries on the girl’s back.

Neighbours, who know about her ordeal, were said to have informed the estate chairman and managed to capture a video clip of the injuries.

The case was consequently reported at the Agboju Police Station, leading to Anaeme’s arrest on Wednesday.

There are, however, concerns that the case could be brushed under the carpet as the suspect was released the following day on the grounds that she is nursing a year old child.

The estate Chairman, Donald Ejikeme, said he called the Divisional Police Officer of the station when she found that the woman had been released but he was told that she would be transferred to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command in Ikeja on Monday.

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He said,

“Some months ago, I was driving out of the estate in the morning when I saw the little girl, carrying a bucket around. I had to stop and collected the bucket from her. I asked her why she was carrying a bucket when other children were in school. She was mute. I took a second look at her and noticed that she was unkempt and there were bruises all over her body.

“I asked our security man to get her details. I didn’t see her again afterwards until a neighbour came to report to me that the girl cries every night because her guardian usually locks her up in the toilet and torture her.

“I asked the neighbour to get video evidence so we can take it up. I then reported the case to the DPO on Wednesday. When I saw the woman walking around the estate on Thursday, I had to call the DPO and he promised that she would be taken to gender unit on Monday.”

Ejikeme said on the day Anaeme was arrested, the police found the girl in a church where the woman took her to for deliverance.

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He added,

“She said the girl possesses evil spirit. The pastor was arrested. He denied telling the woman that the girl is a witch. He was later released after some elders in the church intervened.”

An executive member of a rights group, Advocate for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network of Nigeria, Mr Osita Osemene, said the group had taken up the matter to ensure that justice is served.

He stated,

“The woman should be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent. She claimed that the girl was possessed and burnt her back. Neighbours complained that she beat the girl every day. Even if the girl is her child, she has no right to treat her that way. We are taking up the matter.”

Our correspondent could not reach the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, on his mobile and he had yet to reply to a text message sent to him.

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But a police source at the Agboju Division confirmed the assault on Chidera, adding that there was no attempt to bury the case.

The source said,

“The woman was not exonerated. She was only allowed to go home and report back to the station on Monday because she is a nursing mother. The case will be transferred to the Gender Unit in Ikeja on Monday. This is not a case that can be swept under the carpet.

“The suspect said her pastor told her that the girl is possessed. She said she was told that the girl is a witch and would kill her child in five days’ time. The woman put a stone on fire and pressed it on the girl’s body. We have rescued the girl and she is with us.

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Police arrest two over alleged raping of minors in Adamawa

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Police in Adamawa has arrested two suspects for alleged raping of two minors in Jambutu,  Yola North Local Government Area of the state.
DSP Sulaiman Nguroje disclosed this to the Newsmen on Sunday in Yola.
Nguroje said that the two suspects, Aminu Abdullahi, 19, and Abubakar Haruna, 32,  were arrested separately for allegedly raping 9 years old and 15 years old respectively.
” Detectives attached to Doubeli Division in Yola North LGA  on July 29, arrested one Aminu Abdullahi, 19, for raping a 9-year-old.
” The suspect met his 9-year-old victim at Jambutu Football field playing and took her into an uncompleted building and had carnal knowledge of her.
” While, the second suspect ( Abubakar Haruna,32 ) on July 30, forcefully raped a 15-year -old victim who happened to be his neighbor after deceiving her with the pretext to send her on an errand.
” The victims were rushed to the hospital  for medical screenings while the suspects had confessed to committing the crimes and are now under police custody for further investigations, ” Nguroje said.
He explained that the command received the voluntary information from good Samaritans that the suspects allegedly raped the underaged.
Nguroje said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olugbenga Adeyanju, commended members of the public especially those that keyed into the fight against Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Assaults against Women and Children in the state.
He said that the commissioner advised parents to closely monitor their wards and teach them to keep the distance from persons with questionable characters.
He added that the command would continue to protect the lives and property of the residents.
He urged the people to report any suspicious and strange movements around them to the nearest security post for a quick response.
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Man on the run after allegedly raping girl sharing Sallah food in Ibadan

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A man, identified as Waheed Ogundele, is currently on the run after allegedly raping a girl (name withheld) in Ologuneru area of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.

WuzupNigeria gathered that Ogundele raped the girl on the night of Sallah while she went to share food to her neighbours.

A relative of the girl, who identified himself as Mahmud, said that the rapist absconded while neighbours were trying to take him to a police station.

“We were going to pray in a mosque when her mother sent her to go and give food to somebody,” the relative said in a SaharaReporters report.

“She did not come back on time and we had to go and check to know why she is being delayed.

“We saw her coming on the road shedding tears with blood on her body.

“We asked what happened and she said Ogundele raped her.

“We tried to hold him down but his friends intervened and helped him escape.”

Mahmud said the case had been reported at the Eleyele Police Command, adding that they were trying to appeal to the family of the victim not to escalate the matter.

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Condemning the rate of rape in the country, a lawyer, Alexander Atuchukwu, urged parents to educate and discourage their male children from rape.

He noted that rape was the only criminal case in law that does not have a defense.

He said,

“As a lawyer, we have found out that most rapists and their apologist and sympathisers had a rough sad traumatic childhood; cases of father beating mother and others.

“Rape is the only criminal case that doesn’t have a defense in law, as bad as murder is, murder has a defense in law but rape doesn’t.

“The moment you decide to rape a woman, that is the day you decide to damage her life forever, just like how u have her physical health and mental health. Let us all take note and be guided.”

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Bus driver goes wild, beats passenger to death in Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a commercial driver, Habeeb Quadri, for allegedly assaulting a passenger, Emmanuel James, in the Surulere area of the state, resulting in his death.

Quadri was arrested by the Bode Thomas Police Division on Thursday with eyewitnesses claiming that the driver hit James in the chest over an issue bordering on money during which the deceased slumped.

The scuffle occurred at the Bode Thomas Junction.

According to the PUNCH,  the incident caused confusion at the junction as other passengers and passersby tried to revive James to no avail.

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They reportedly thereafter prevented Quadri from escaping from the scene.

A police source narrated that the deceased’s son reported the matter at the station after James was rushed to the hospital but confirmed dead by a doctor.

The source said,

“It is a murder case and we are investigating it. On July 20, about 9 am, the passenger’s son, who identified himself as Emmanuel Kayode, came to the station.

“He and his father lived on Olatunde Onimole Street, Aguda in the Surulere area. He reported that his father was assaulted by a commercial driver named Habeeb Quadri at the Bode Thomas Junction. The man was thereafter rushed to the hospital after he collapsed immediately.

“The son stated further that the hospital rejected him and based on the man’s critical condition, he was taken back home for treatment. Along the line, he gave up the ghost. We have taken the statement of the complainant. The scene of the incident was also visited. The suspect has been arrested.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bala Elkana, confirmed Quadri’s arrest, adding that the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for further investigation.

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He said,

“The case is presently with the SCIID. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will soon be charged.”

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