A 49-year-old man, Wada Haruna, who admitted to the charge of raping a 12-year-old girl, was on Monday in Jos sentenced to four years imprisonment.
A Jos Upper Area Court sitting in Kasuwan Nama which handed down the verdict, said the accused was guilty as charged.
The judge, Mr Yahaya Mohammed, said since the accused had pleaded guilty to the charge, the court had no option than to convict him.Mohammed said the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.
Police Prosecutor U. Edwin had told the court that the accused informed a man, Babangida Mayau of Barkin Ladi about his sexual exploits, Babangida in turn reported the crime at the Barkin Ladi Police Station.
He said, “The accused told Babangida how he took the girl into his room and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.’’
The accused had pleaded guilty to the charge of rape brought against him.
The offence contravened Section 283 of the Penal Code.
A middle-aged man, Akilu Alhaji Saidu, has allegedly beaten to death his three-year-old step-daughter, Saratu Yahuza.
Saidu has since been arrested and detained by the Katsina State Police Command. The incident occurred when Saidu was said to have dragged her into an uncompleted building in Yankara village of Faskari Local Government, where he allegedly beat, twisted and broke her neck.
The Command’s spokesperson, DSP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the development, said one Yahuza Yakubu, purported to be the biological father of the girl, reported the case at the Police Station in Faskari.
Isah said the suspect had since confessed to the crime and during investigation, told the Police investigators that he acted under the influence of psychotropic substances. Isah said the deceased was rushed to Funtua General Hospital, where a doctor confirmed her dead.
Mrs Ukamaka Nkwegu, who was recently delivered of triplets at Maternal and Child Health Clinic, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital has sent a ‘Save-Our-Souls’ message to Ebonyi State Government and good-spirited individuals to enable her take care of the babies after her husband abandoned them.
It was gathered that Nkwegu, who, until she was abandoned, was the third wife of her husband, was brought to the hospital from her village, Ozibo Obegu Ibenta, Ebonyi Local Government Area of the state, after prolonged labour.
Matron of the health centre, Mrs Elizabeth Odoh, said Ukamaka, who is in her late 20s, was abandoned at the mercy of the maternity staff and some people who have been taking care of the babies.
Last Tuesday, a ‘Good Samaritan’ took her from a park where the woman was kept and was in labour for hours. They abandoned and accused her of witchcraft, that didn’t want her to deliver her baby.
A new study has said Lagos, Nigeria, is one of the most stressful cities in the world.
Five hundred locations were taken into cognisance in the study conducted by a United Kingdom based dry-cleaning and laundry service, Zipjet.
Lagos was ranked third in a research, which revealed the world’s most and least stressful cities of 2017.
Baghdad was ranked the most stressful city overall, followed by Kabul, in second place.
Cairo and Dakar were two other African cities on the most stressful cities list, while there was no African representation on the least stressful cities list.
In assigning the ranking, some of the factors considered were traffic levels, infrastructure, pollution levels, finance, citizens’ wellbeing, public transport, percentage of green spaces, financial status of citizens, including debt levels, physical and mental health, and the hours of sunlight the city gets per year.
Four of the top 10 most stress-free cities are in Germany, with Stuttgart in top place, Hanover is in third place, Munich is fifth and Hamburg is the joint ninth most stress-free city alongside Graz, in Austria.
A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has sentenced a 40-year-old man, Godbless Ogiode, to eight years imprisonment for defiling two minors.
The convict, who resides in Kpansia, a suburb of Yenagoa, was arrested on September 15, and immediately charged to court for rape. He was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a four-year-old girl and unlawful carnal knowledge of a five-year-old boy.
The magistrate convicted the suspect after he pleaded guilty to the charges. Expressing delight over the judgment, Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, Chairperson, Federation of International Women Lawyer, FIDA, Bayelsa, said it was victory for them and a warning to paedophiles, child molesters and abusers.
Ogbise-Erhisere, who is also the complainant in the matter, told newsmen that she was happy with the speedy dispensation of justice in the case. She explained that on Friday, September 15, she got a distress call from a concerned neighbour on the defilement of a boy. According to her, neighbours informed her that he was a serial molester of children, where the mother of the four-year-old girl caught him having sex with her daughter. She narrated how she reported the matter at the Ekeki Police Station and subsequent arrest of the man.
The FIDA Chairperson thanked members of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Bayelsa State chapter, for their role and the various medical examinations they carried out on the victims as well as the Police for the prompt arrest and prosecution.
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