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13-year-old girl raped by 8 men pregnant with twins

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A 13-year-old girl allegedly raped by eight men including an Imam, is said to be five months pregnant with twins in Kubau Local Government, Kaduna State.

Head of Arridah Foundation, Hajiya Rabi Salisu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Kaduna that the case was brought to the organisation to assist the girl in getting justice.

She said that the foundation would mobilise support and follow up the case in court “until justice is done.’’

NAN learnt that the Imam is a neighbour of the girl’s parents.

Rabi said: “We have received the case, and I must say in our years of advocacy during which we have treated over 400 cases of rape and child abuses, we have never come across this type of inhumanity.

“It is devastating to see eight men raping a 13-year-old. She is pregnant, she hasn’t even developed breasts at all and her parents are threatening to abort the twins to avert public embarrassment.

“The fact that the rapists are eight in number might even expose her to HIV/AID or sexually transmitted diseases and other dangerous infection as a result of forced sex.

“We need justice for this girl and that is why we need the support of Kaduna state government, all human right organizations and religious leaders to quickly intervene and bring succour to the poor child that is facing daily challenges.”

The father of the girl, Mu’azu Shittu, said he had already taken the case to Upper Sharia Court in Ikara.

According to him, he had contemplated abortion but was advised against it.

“She is too young to be carrying twins and there is no single one among the rapists that is ready to take responsibility for the pregnancy,’’ he lamented.

The girl said the men usually give her N500 and warned her not to tell anybody.

“They usually call and give me N500 when I came back from school and went out hawking; they forced me into it.

“And they have been warning me not to tell my parents, they promise to kill me if I dare tell my parents, that is why I refused to tell my parents, I was so afraid.’’

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How F-SARS nabbed Imo most wanted kidnappers

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Wild jubilation erupted in Owerri, Imo State capital, following reports that the operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the State Police Command had arrested two most wanted armed robbers and kidnappers in the state.

The suspects, Chinedu Nwoke, popularly known as Assa, 32, and Uzoma Okafor, 30, were arrested in Owerri on Saturday.

A senior police source said that the suspects were overpowered at the Control Post axis in Owerri after a gun duel with the F-SARS operatives.

The source said, “We have arrested the most wanted kidnappers, armed robbers and murderers in town; Chinedu Nwoke, popularly known as Assa, is 32 years old and he is from Ezioha Umuduru in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.

“The other suspect is Uzoma Okafor of Number 10, Old Nekede Road, Owerri. They were arrested at Control Post Roundabout by the F-SARS operatives following a tip-off.

“On sighting the F-SARS Commander, CSP Victor Godfrey, and his men, the kidnappers, who had been wanted by the police for a long time, opened fire, but they were overpowered.

“One locally made pistol with two unexpended cartridges and one expended cartridge were recovered. A black Nissan Pathfinder with registration number – KTU 824 FD – was also recovered.

“It is very important to note that during the gun battle, the suspects sustained gunshot injuries. They have been taken to a hospital for medical attention.

“One of the suspects, popularly known as Assa, had allegedly committed many crimes. He is alleged to have killed four persons identified as Orufe, Ogbuno, Obarammuo and Kwabaiko. He was said to have attacked and killed policemen in Oru East in the past.”

Confirming the development, the state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, said that the community policing strategies of the Inspector General of Police, which he said was being implemented by his Command, were yielding fruits in the state.

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NSCDC arrest fake soldier in Kaduna

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Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kaduna State Command, on Tuesday arrested a fake soldier with Nigerian Army uniforms and Police beret in Kaduna metropolis.

The Commands Public Relations Officer, Orndiir Terzungwe, disclosed this in a press statement in Kaduna.

According to the statement, the suspect who gave his name as James Abelagi Tersoo, 25, was apprehended during a stop and search operations along Jos Road in Kaduna.

The suspect who claimed to be working with a private guard (name withheld), was heading to Kakuri area of the metropolis when he was arrest.

“When searched, his bag contained one pair of Nigerian Army Camouflage, Black boot, one Green Beret with police crest and two belts (black and white).

“The operatives who escorted the suspect to his residence located at Jos
Road during investigation, also recovered another pair of Army Camouflage uniform, two camouflage jungle hats and one pair of Army Uniform.

“Other items recovered are one Army winter cap, one Army neck Muffler, two Army knee guard, one Army cardigan, two Army Crested T-Shirts and a pair of private guard uniform.”

Terzungwe said the State Commandant of the corps, Mr Madu Bunu, had on Sunday, ordered full deployment of officers and men of the command to ensure law and order and enforcement of 24 hour curfew imposed on Kaduna town and environs.

The curfew followed upsurge of violence in some parts of Kajuru, Chikun, Kaduna-North and South and Igabi Local Government Areas.

“In the interest of peace and stability, Bunu, restates call on parents and guardians to warn their children and wards to be law abiding and desist from all forms of crime.”

He also called on traditional and religious leaders to caution their
followers against indulging in any act capable of destroying the peace
measures put in place by government.

He warned that anyone who disobeys the order and is arrested will face
appropriate sanctions.

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Computer engineer rapes woman at gunpoint

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A 23-year-old man Emmanuel Okafor, will spend the next 36 days in remand, for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman at a gunpoint, an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has ruled.

Okafor was remanded in Kirikiri Prison on Tuesday pending an advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The Chief Magistrate, Mr K.O. Ogundare, directed that the case file be sent to the DPP for advice.

The accused, who resides at No. 42, Adeola St., By Johnson Bus-stop, Itire, Lagos, is being tried for rape, conspiracy and robbery.

Earlier, Police Prosecutor, Edet Akadu, had told the court that Okafor committed the offences with others still at large on Oct. 13 at an uncompleted building along Michael Ogun St., Surulere, Lagos.

Akadu said that the accused accosted the woman, lured her to an uncompleted building and had an unlawful sexual intercourse with her at a gunpoint.

“Okafor and his accomplices also robbed the victim of her valuables such as gold earrings valued at N60, 000, IPhone 7 plus valued at N170, 000 at gunpoint.

“The accused collected the woman’s ATM card and withdraw N70, 000 from her account, while his accomplices were with her at the uncompleted building at a gunpoint.

The offences contravened Sections 260, 411 and 297 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The plea of the accused was not taken. The magistrate adjourned the case until Nov. 28.

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