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Armed Robbers Invade Students’ Hostel In Anambra, Rape, Rob Victims

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No fewer than 10 female students have been raped and robbed when armed robbers invaded six off-campus student hostels at Ifite, near the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.

 

According to sources, the hoodlums, numbering about 20 stormed the area at about 8:00 pm on Thursday, going from one hostel to the other until 5:00 am on Friday, during which they robbed students of their valuables and raped some female students.

 

This was barely a few days after hoodlums also killed some security men and a 200-level student of the institution around the area.

 

It was gathered that the hoodlums have been visiting restaurants and bars robbing students and bar owners at gunpoint between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm on a daily basis.

 

This situation led to an emergency security meeting of the Anambra State Police Command, with the management of Nnamdi Azikwe University, the Student Union Government, and the commissioner for homeland security affairs.

 

The meeting which took place at the Vice Chancellor’s conference hall was aimed at addressing the recent security breaches in some of the hostels along Ifite.

 

A victim of the incident, who simply identified herself as Nkiru, told journalists that the robbers were heavily armed with guns, axes and machetes, adding that the hoodlums made away with their money, phones, laptops and others.

She said those injured by the hoodlums were those who showed some resistance when the hoodlums knocked at their doors.

 

“I was in my hostel when we heard gunshots that lasted for about 10 minutes and most of us ran to hide at the back of some shops in the area. We are still struggling to discourage one of the female students that was raped from hurting herself further. She was a virgin and they raped her twice and we are holding her because she wants to commit suicide,” she added.

Another source added that residents of the area placed a call to the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, and shortly after the situation was calmed as some security personnel came to the scene around 6:00 am.

 

The state police spokesman, Mr Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the incident, said the security operatives stormed the area as soon as they were alerted, adding that they were able to battle the criminals to a standstill.

 

Ikenga confirmed further that a joint meeting between the university authorities and the security operatives was held on Friday with a representative of the Anambra State government.

 

He noted that the command has since embarked on an intensive patrol, improved operational positioning, and deployment of covert operatives as a solution to the security situation in the area.

 

He said during the meeting, the police also emphasised the need for cooperation and actionable intelligence among the community members.

He said, “This meeting is aimed at addressing the recent stealing, burglaries, cult-related attacks, and other violent incidents in some of the hostels along Ifite. Some of the resolutions were that there shall be another elaborate meeting with the private hostel owners, the president of hostels, and other stakeholders, especially along Ifite.”

 

“Today, 20/1/2023, the Command, met with the management of Nnamdi Azikwe University, the student union government, and the Commissioner of Homeland Security Affairs in the Vice Chancellor’s conference hall at UNIZIK.

 

“Some of the resolutions include another elaborate meeting with the private hostel owners, the president of hostels, and other stakeholders, especially along with Ifite on the need to provide securities to the hotels.”

 

Efforts to get the spokesperson for the university, Mrs Gladys Ene, for a reaction, proved abortive as she did not respond to calls and messages to her telephone line.

 

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Police Arrest 50-Year-Old Man, Five Others For Raping 12-Year-Old Girl In Bauchi

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The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested a 50-year-old man and five others for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State several times.

 

Among the suspects were 40-year-old and 37-year-old men.

 

The spokesman for the command, Ahmed Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in the state on Friday.

 

He said that the case was transferred to the police from a lower Shariah Court in Yayu town in Chinade District of Katagum LGA.

 

He added that the suspects often lure the minor with monetary gifts of either N100 or N200 to commit their crime.

 

He said, “The command has arrested a 50-year-old and five others for raping a 12-year girl.

 

“The case was referred from the Lower sharia court, Yayu town Chinade district Katagum LGA on January 18, 2023, for discreet investigation regarding a 12-year-old girl who was raped on different occasions.

“A discreet investigation was conducted by the Gender Unit attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department of Bauchi.

 

“The investigation pointed to the following suspects namely; Abubakar Bello (50), Idriss Yakubu (40), Nasiru Dalhatu (40), Idris Sarkin Ruwa (50), Abubakar Jallaba (37) and Mustapha Kawu, male (40), all males and residents of Yayu village, Katagum LGA.

 

“The suspects confessed to have on different occasions enticed the little girl with monetary gifts ranging from N100 to N200 to have carnal knowledge of her.

 

“During the interrogation, all the suspects confessed to having had carnal knowledge of the underage victim.”

 

Wakil said that rape is a ‘capital offence and also against humanity and good conscience’ pointing out that section 283 of the penal code and Section 1(2a-c) of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act of Bauchi State prescribes the punishment for rape.

 

He said that during the investigation, the detectives of the command uncovered all facts and points to establish a prima-facie case against the accused persons respectively.

 

According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Aminu Alhassan, directed that the suspects be charged to court to face the full wrath of the law as justice will be served to the accused, the victim, and the society at large.

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Arabic Teacher Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Defiling Pupils

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An Ikeja Sexual offences and Domestic Violence Court yesterday sentenced an Arabic teacher or Alfa, Adam Farouk, to eight life imprisonment terms for defiling eight pupils in his class.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the pupils were aged from six to 11 years as at the time of the offence.

The convict committed the offences from November 2018 to February 2019 on Balogun Street, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Justice Abiola Soladoye held that the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt, the ingredients of the eight-count charge bordering on sexual assault by penetration.

 

Soladoye described the cleric as morally bankrupt and an embarrassment to the Islamic faith.

The judge said that the court did not fall for his lies, noting that the pupils’ evidence was corroborated as they identified the cleric as their teacher who penetrated their vaginas with his index fingers.

Soladoye also held that evidence of the 10th prosecution witness, a midwife with Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), Mrs Oluchi Nwoke-Okoi, revealed that the pupils had vaginal injuries.

The judge also held that the defendant asked the pupils to turn their backs while he defiled them one-by-one.

 

She said: “What an Islamic teacher, who took undue advantage of poor students in Islam and messed around with their purity and dignity.

“The defendant is hereby convicted of all the charges and sentenced to life imprisonment on each of the eight counts, but the sentences shall run concurrently,” Soladoye said.

The judge also ordered that the convict should have his name written in the Sexual Offenders Register of Lagos State.

 

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Gunmen Behead Imo LGA Boss After Receiving N6m Ransom For His Release

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Gunmen have beheaded the Sole Administrator of the Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Christopher Ohizu.

His abductors carried out the act after allegedly receiving a N6millon ransom.

The gunmen, who called themselves separatists, reportedly tied his hands backward with a rope before he was slaughtered.

The council boss was kidnapped with two others on Friday after his country home at Imoko community in Arondizuogu area of the LGA was razed.

 

He was shot on the legs before he was whisked away by his abductors.

It was learnt that the sole administrator was beheaded on Sunday two days later in the forest.

Videos of his beheading surfaced online on Sunday evening.

A source said: ”They beheaded the Ideato North Sole Administrator on Sunday. They posted the video of his beheading with his phone on his own WhatsApp status. This was how people got to know that he has been beheaded.

“He was sliced after collecting a ransom of N6millon. He was killed in such an inhuman way. The videos are terrifying. May God heal our land.”

Also in the video the separatists said: “We are not ESN, we are not IPOB, we are fighting to gain our freedom and there will be no election in the Southeast.”

 

When contacted, Imo Police spokesman Henry Okoye, confirmed the incident to the Nation.He said: “Mr Christopher Ohizu was abducted and two others were abducted in the early hours of 20th Jan 2023. He was the Sole Administrator SOLAD of Ideator North.”

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