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Pastor Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Raping And Impregnating A 14-Yr-Old Orphan In Rivers

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A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has sentenced a 39-year-old pastor, Justice Aniele to life imprisonment for raping a 14-year-old girl.

Aniele, who is a pastor with the Assemblies of God, raped the girl, an orphan who was under his care and got her pregnant.

The rape incident happened on December 11, 2017, at Amaji community in Omuma Local Government Area of Rivers state where he worked as a pastor.

Delivering her judgement on Thursday, November 11, on the matter which lasted for about four years, the presiding Judge, Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chuku, found the accused guilty.

Convicting the accused, the judge said he (Aniele) took advantage of the minor under his care and had unlawful sexual intercourse with her which resulted in pregnancy and the birth of a little baby boy that later died.

The Court held that the accused did not show any remorse for his actions, by attempting to abort the pregnancy more than once and for threatening to kill the victim should she reveal the truth to anyone.

Justice Kingsley-Chuku further noted that the offence committed is punishable under section 32, sub 2 of Rivers State Child Rights Law 2009.

Speaking with newsmen after the judgement, the State Prosecution Counsel, Lilian Franklin, said justice has been served on the victim and the state.

“We got judgement today for unlawful sexual intercourse with a child with a maximum sentence which life in imprisonment,” she said.

“Police concluded investigation and the case file was sent to the Ministry of Justice and immediately we called witnesses to testify in court which they did, the victim has also testified

“The IPO was called to testify and he called the doctor that attempted abortion for the defendant. Although he refused, he testified which strengthened our case that the defendant actually brought the victim for a failed abortion and she had a baby instead although the baby died

“Today, we are glad that we got justice for the victim and the state and it should serve as a deterrent for others that have children in their care and would want to molest or abuse them for other things than allowing them to be children that they are.” she added.

Also, Chisom Anyalebechi, counsel who represented FIDA holding a watching brief in the matter, expressed happiness that the accused was convicted for the crime.

“We are so happy. Immensely grateful for getting this judgement, it will act as a detorant to others because so many people are taking away with this and the victims and family are complisanct sometimes,” the counsel said.

“There should be an end to all these by prosecuting this matter, be diligent while doing it and see that you get judgement

“We charged this matter under Child Rights Law and not criminal Code, hence the judgement for life imprisonment.”

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60 Suspected Fraudsters Arrested At Awards Night For Sakawa Boys

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Operatives of the Lagos Command of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested 60 suspected internet fraudsters during an award ceremony at the Conference Hotel in Abeokuta, Ogun.

Spokesperson for EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Monday, November 29, said that the suspects were arrested at an event, tagged: “Peer Youths Awards”.

According to him, investigation revealed that the event was organised to reward high-level internet fraudsters in the country.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include exotic cars, electronic devices, laptop computers and mobile phones.

According to the EFCC spokesman, the suspects will soon be charged to court.

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13-Year-Old Old Girl Allegedly Raped By Her Father And Grandfather

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Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun Command, has arrested two persons, a father and a grandfather, for allegedly raping their 13-year-old daughter/granddaughter.

Spokesperson of the command, Mr Adigun Daniel, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Osogbo on Monday, November 29, said that the suspects were arrested on Friday.

“The corps received a tip-off from an informant who disclosed that the girl opened up to her that the grandfather and father have been having carnal knowledge of her. The corps immediately swung to action and arrested the father,” Adigun stated.

“Upon investigation, the girl said that her father had been having carnal knowledge of her since two years ago. She also said that she had been living with her maternal grandmother at the age of three before she was taken to her paternal grandfather at the age of five

“She said that her father and mother are separated and that was why she was entrusted to the care of her grandparents at different times.

“The girl also stated that at some point, she was molested by her grandfather but she could not stick to her allegation, owing to the fact that she was still living with him,” the NSCDC spokesman said.

He, however, added that both the father and the grandfather had denied having carnal knowledge of the girl.

Adigun said that the corps had given custody of the girl to the state Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, pending the conclusion of investigations into the matter.

He further stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Emmanuel Ocheja, had directed that appropriate investigation be carried out on the alleged case of incest against the victim.

The NSCDC spokesman quoted Ocheja as saying that the girl was psychologically disturbed to give vivid account of her ordeal, adding, however, that the corps would scoop out useful information to help her.

Ocheja said that NSCDC would not condone such act in any guise, adding that the protection of underage and females was paramount to the corps.

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Bride Sadly Dies On Her Wedding Day; Cause Of Death Revealed

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A Nigerian lady, identified as Hannatu Yahaya, has reportedly died on her wedding day.

Hannatu got married to Isyaka Yusuf, in Kawon Maigari, Kano, on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

According to family members, Hannatu began to act in a berserk manner when she was about to be taken to her husband’s house, as she started destroying properties.

Family members began to pray for her and then rushed her to the hospital where she was confirmed dead.

A family member who spoke to the media said two weeks ago, Hannatu who battled an ulcer, fell ill and was taken to the hospital.

There, she was placed on admission for a week and then discharged. On Thursday, November 25, she fell ill again and was treated.

However, things took a drastic turn on Saturday while she was about to be taken to her husband’s house.

Her body was buried on Sunday morning, November 28. She was in her 30s. May her soul rest in peace, Amen.

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