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‘My husband’s benefactor raped me in presence of our children’

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A twenty-year- old housewife and resident of Bauchi, Lubabatu Yusuf Samaila, has lamented the detention of her husband, after filing a rape complaint against a Deputy Immigration Superintendent, Sani Muazu, who happens to be her husband’s benefactor.

Recounting the incident which occurred on December 9, 2023, she detailed how Sani Saleh Muazu assaulted her in her home, disregarding her plea for him to stop the act.

According to the victim, despite her resistance, Muazu proceeded to assault her in front of her traumatised children.

Her words “On December, 9, 2023, at about 3:0 clock in the afternoon, Sani Saleh Muazu came to my house and started hugging me, touching my breasts.

“I begged him to stop it because of my small children but he threatened me, that he was stronger than me so I should just cooperate, moreover he was the one taking care of my family.

“I kept pleading with him to stop as my children were watching as I struggled to free myself from his grip and run away but he kicked me with his leg and I fell down.

“He slapped me and I started crying. My seven year old son who had a fractured leg and couldn’t walk crawled into the room on his buttocks from outside and saw what was happening and started crying, begging him to stop.

“Muazu raised his hand and hit me on the chest repeatedly as my sons cried, saying don’t kill our mother.

“He then pinned me to the ground with his leg. I couldn’t struggle again, climbed me and started having intercourse with me in front of my children.

“My husband heard my children crying and he rushed inside the room and met Mu’azu on top of me and he held him up and started shouting so this is what you are doing to my wife? This has been your intention of bringing us to Bauchi?

“Mu’azu stood up and slapped my husband hard and they started wrestling.

“I was weak, I couldn’t stand up; I was just lying on the bed crying. They kept wrestling until they got outside and he ran away. Up till now as I speak with you I am still feeling the pain.”

The victim expressed frustration over the lack of police investigation into her alleged rape, revealing that instead, they arrested and detained her husband for purportedly defaming the suspect.

The victim in a petition is seeking the intervention of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun regarding her rape complaint against Deputy Immigration Superintendent , Sani Muazu.

Barrister Muhammed Alkassim, the founder of African Child Development and Human Rights Protection, who issued the petition on her behalf while addressing journalists at a press briefing yesterday criticised the Bauchi CP for neglecting the investigation of the alleged rape, asserting that Lubabatu is in desperate need of help and justice.

Alkassim accused the police of deviating from their primary duty, citing sections 1 and 2 of the newly established Police Act.

He disclosed that the organisation’s petition, submitted on December 22, 2023, has remained unaddressed by the CP for almost three weeks.

He revealed that on the day of submitting the petition, the suspect was promptly arrested but released unconditionally within 24 hours, even though facing serious charges.

He, therefore called for the immediate re-arrest of the suspect on behalf of the victim, declaring the organization’s commitment to pursuing justice.

However, the Bauchi Police Command countered the civil society organization’s claims.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, in an interview with journalists stated that the CP had directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation Department, to investigate the case.

Wakil confirmed that the investigation is ongoing and assured the public that the outcome will be disclosed.

Regarding the arrest of the victim’s husband, Wakil clarified that he was charged with criminal defamation, aiding and abetting offenses, including kidnapping.

He said the charges stem from a petition filed against Yusuf Samaila by Nazir Umar and Co chambers on behalf of their client, Sani Saleh Mauzu which prompted the arrest of Lubabatu’s husband based on the allegations raised by the complainant.

 

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Court sacks Oyo traditional ruler

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An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan has nullified the selection and appointment of Oba Sakirudeen Oyeleye as the Onifiditi of Fiditi.

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan has nullified the selection and appointment of Oba Sakirudeen Oyeleye as the Onifiditi of Fiditi.

The PAPERS reports that Fiditi is one of the towns in Afijio Local Government Area.

The court, presided over by Justice K.B. Olawoyin, granted a mandatory injunction setting aside the presentation of the Staff of Office to Oba Sakirudeen.

The staff of office was presented to Oyeleye on October 18, 2021, by Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and other officials.

The court in its ruling also restrained all defendants from taking further actions towards filling the vacant stool of the Onifiditi of Fiditi pending the determination of the suit.

The plaintiffs in the case are Samuel Ogunkunle and Bayo Oyewale.

They were represented by R. A. Olawuwo and B.M. Olimene.

The court awarded a cost of N200,000 in favor of the plaintiffs and adjourned the suit until May 22.

 

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Dating scam: German police arrest 11 Nigerians

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The German Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of 11 suspected members of a Nigerian mafia group behind a large-scale dating scam.

The German Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of 11 suspected members of a Nigerian mafia group behind a large-scale dating scam.

Bavarian police said in a statement that the Black Axe gang was involved internationally in “multiple areas of criminal activity”, with a focus in Germany on dating scams and money-laundering.

The police said that the dating trick was a modern form of marriage fraud.

“Using false identities, the fraudsters for example signalled their intention to marry and in the course of further contact repeatedly demand money under various pretexts,” the police said.

The police added that the money was subsequently transferred to Black Axe in Nigeria via financial agents.

Explaining further, the German Police said the gang used a “commodity-based money laundering” scheme where products, often with a seeming “charitable purpose”, were bought and delivered to Nigeria.

 

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Five children suffocate to death in Niger – Police

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The Police Command in Niger has confirmed the death of five children by suffocation in a car on Sunday in Minna.

The Police Command in Niger has confirmed the death of five children by suffocation in a car on Sunday in Minna.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Niger, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Minna.

He said that the Kpakungu Division Office of the Police Command received a report at about 6.30 p.m. on Sunday that five children between the ages of five and 13 years were found trapped in a Honda Civic vehicle with registration No. GO 778 ABC at Gurara Albishir area of Minna.

Mr Abiodun said that the children were found to have suffocated in the vehicle, while their bodies were later removed by the various parents, as police visited the scene.

He said that the owner of the vehicle had been invited for questioning and an investigation was ongoing on the matter.

Meanwhile, a source in the neighbourhood who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the children had mistakenly locked themselves in the car, which had been abandoned for more than two years by the owner.

He said that the parents later discovered their bodies in the car on Sunday evening after searching for them for hours in the vicinity.

According to the source, the victims comprised four females and a male, three siblings and two others from different parents including the car owner’s child.

(NAN)

 

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EFCC declares Ugandan, Dennis Aliga wanted for money laundering

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a Ugandan, Dennis Aliga, wanted for allegedly obtaining money by false

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a Ugandan, Dennis Aliga, wanted for allegedly obtaining money by false pretences, money laundering, and diversion of public funds.

The anti-graft agency made this known in a post shared on its official X handle on Monday by its spokesperson, Dele Oyewale.

EFCC’s statement read, “The public is hereby notified that Dennis Asega Aliga, whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an alleged case of obtaining money by false pretences, money laundering, and criminal diversion of public funds.

“Aliga, a 41-year old Ugandan citizen, last lived in Sapeto Towers, No. 1, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos State.”

The EFCC, therefore, urged that “anybody with useful information as to his whereabouts should please contact the commission in its Benin, Kaduna, Ibadan, Sokoto, Gombe, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Ilorin, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Abuja offices.”

 

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Gunmen kill Babcock University professor, abduct two

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Gunmen have killed a professor of law at Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun, Yinka Olomojobi, and abducted two others in the Iperu area of

Gunmen have killed a professor of law at Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun, Yinka Olomojobi, and abducted two others in the Iperu area of the state.

Olomojobi was shot dead on Friday for allegedly refusing to be taken away by the suspected gunmen.

While he was shot dead, two residents were kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination.

But the spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, Omolola Odutola, said one person had been arrested in connection with the incident.

“A two-week-old security man was arrested based on reasonable suspicion as police commence discreet investigation,” she said.

“A report from the Iperu Division indicates that a kidnapping and murder incident occurred on the 19th of April, 2024, at about 9:20 pm.”

“A suspicious coincidence led the police to arrest one Awada Ishaya of Plateau state who was employed two weeks ago when the event centre was launched as a security man for further interrogation,” Odutola said.

“The lecturer was taken to Babcock University Teaching Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Efforts are underway to apprehend the culprits and rescue the kidnapped victims. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.”

Gunshots were heard at the Ajadeh Event Centre on Sagamu Road, in the Iperu area in Ogun State.

Eyewitnesses said eight men dressed in black, and armed with guns emerged from an unknown place, went into the relaxing lounge, and opened fire indiscriminately.

They later identified Prof Olowojobi as the victim shot in the chest for resisting to go away with the hoodlum. At the same time, a manager of a car stand known as Dare, and one other yet-to-be-identified person, were said to have been taken captive by the gunmen.

 

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Rainstorm throws 40 Ogun communities into darkness

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Forty communities in Ogun State have been plunged into darkness following a rainstorm on Sunday. The downpour which began around midday,

Forty communities in Ogun State have been plunged into darkness following a rainstorm on Sunday.

The downpour which began around midday, destroyed electricity facilities in some parts of the state, leading to a blackout.

“Due to broken poles occasioned by the heavy downpour at Ota and Mowe, customers in the following communities: lyana lyesi, Osuke Town, Egan Road, lyana Ilogbo, Ijaba, Ijagba, Itele, Lafenwa, Singer, Joju, Alishiba, Oju Ore, Tollgate, Eledi, Akeja, Abebi, Osi Round About, Ota Town, Ota Industrial Estate, Igberen, lju, Atan, Onipanu, Obasanjo, Lusada, Arigba, Odugbe, Ado-Odo, Igbesa, Owode,” the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) said in a statement late Sunday.

“Olokuta, Hanushi, Bamtish Camp Lufiwape, Eltees Farm, August Engineering, Spark Cear Soap Ayetoro, Amazing Grace Oil, Christopher University, Royal Garden Estate, Pentagon Estate, and environs are experiencing power outages”.

It called on residents of the areas to avoid “contact with the broken poles, saggy wires or any other electrical installation affected by the rain”.

“Our technical team is working to clear and replace the broken poles and installations to ensure power supply is restored as soon as possible,” IBEDC said.

A video circulating on social media showed fallen electricity poles on vehicles in a flooded Sango-Ota area of the state.

 

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