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KDSG launches sex offenders database; as Police uncover baby factory in Nasarawa

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 The Kaduna State Government has launched Sex Offenders Database to shame culprits and perpetrators of such acts.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, said at the launch in Kaduna on Wednesday that the database is a register to be used to expose the identities of sex offenders.

She said the launch makes Kaduna the 12th state to have Sexual Offenders Register that is accessible to the public.

She added that the launch is also a huge leap in the fight against sexual abuse, especially that of women and children in Kaduna State.

Balarabe said the database would serve as formal notice to sex offenders that Kaduna State is a no-go area.

She explained that “sex offences are crimes that go beyond defiling the physical body but include all crimes that exploit others for sexual purposes of any sort whether in person or online.”

According to her, the worst part of such abuses is the psychological impact on survivors, where many never live to recover while others are haunted for the rest of their lives.

She said even though men and boys also suffer sexual abuse, emphasis is more on women and the girl-child because one of the most devastating and widespread human rights violations known on earth is violence against women and children, with most of it being sexual abuse.

She, however, explained that many sexual abuse cases were not reported because of social stigma associated with it.

She added that “as government, it is our responsibility to protect all citizens, especially now that reports of rape and sodomy against young boys and girls has increased.

“It is along this line that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai took this proactive step to protect women, girls and boys from sex-related abuses.”

The deputy governor said the state government also initiated the amendment of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law (No.5) of 2017 and provided for stiffer punishment against rapists.

The new Law, the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020, provides that men convicted of raping children under age 14 will have their testicles surgically removed.

Earlier in her welcome remarks, Aisha Dikko, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, said “the launch of the sexual offences register is to name, document and shame offenders so that others will be unwilling to engage in the act.”

She noted that having a database of convicted offenders of sexual offences in the state would hold perpetrators accountable, which is an important step toward tackling the menace.

She said the register and database would contain full details of the offenders, including their photographs and home addresses, adding that the data would also be linked to the National Sex Offenders Database and be updated regularly.

On his part, Mr Isah Abdulkareem, Representative of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), said there are two offenders on the Kaduna State Sex Offenders Database.

He emphasised the need to always harmonise data collection with various partners, correctional centre, and the Nigeria Police.

Abdulkareem called for compensation for survivors “because of the fact that they have to live with the trauma for life.”

In another development, the Police Command in Nasarawa State has uncovered a suspected baby factory operating under the guise of an orphanage in Karu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

This is contained in a statement signed by DSP Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Lafia.

According to the PPRO, detectives attached to Police Area Command, New Karu uncovered the factory located at Ado Kasa on Thursday.

“The team arrested four suspects in the facility and also rescued six young girls and a baby of about six months.

“The owners of the factory are operating an illegal orphanage, St. Bridget Orphanage Home, where they carry out their illegal acts,” he added.

According to the police, the proprietor of the orphanage allegedly abduct underage pregnant girls and hold them against their will till they deliver.

Nansel claimed that children delivered in the orphanage were sold to the highest bidders.

He said that the command had handed over the suspects and the victims to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, for further investigation and prosecution.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Maiyaki Muhammed-Baba, warned that the command would mobilise resources to go after criminals operating in the state and urged parents to take care of their children.

The commissioner also urged members of the public to avail the police with credible information that would assist in taming criminals in the state.

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Clean Naija Campaign: Showcasing The Impact Of Dr Moyinoluwa Oladoye

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…In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA)

Dr. Moyinoluwa Oladoye, a young visionary leader and healthcare social entrepreneur has radically influenced sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

 In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), he plays a leadership role as the Senior Programme Officer at SRHIN in a transformative initiative to improve the practice of handwashing, hygiene, and sanitation, to about 6 million Nigerians between 2019 and 2025. 

*Dr. Oladoye with representatives from Reckitt Nigeria and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA).

With over 5 years of experience as a public health professional, Dr Oladoye has played a pivotal role in the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program that has reached hundreds of schools, health facilities and communities across 3 states in Nigeria since 2019. 

The Dettol Quest Hygiene Program, provides hygiene kits, materials, and structured education, which has led to a notable improvement in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours associated with sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

*Group photo with some of the project beneficiaries (students) at the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

The most recent rigorous impact assessment conducted in 2023 led by Dr Oladoye spanned through students, community members, and mothers/ pregnant women via pre-implementation (baseline) and post-implementation (endline) surveys. The results showed remarkable improvement in the knowledge, attitude and practice of the project’s beneficiaries.

Following former President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration for the Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 Order, Dr Oladoye is one of Nigeria’s leading Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) advocates whose projects on WASH have been presented at several state and national stakeholders meetings on WASH.

*Dr. Oladoye during the impact assessment presentation at the closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

This includes the recent closeout event that held in Lagos, drawing a distinguished gathering of stakeholders, including Reckitt Nigeria, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), the Federal Ministry of Education, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), and other pivotal figures in the fields of public health and education.

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NDLEA Arrests 92 Suspects, Seizes 217kg Illicit Substances In Kaduna

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kaduna State Command, has arrested 92 suspects and seized 217.02kg of illicit substances since the beginning of 2024.

The state Commander of NDLEA, Mr Samaila Danmalam, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Kaduna.

According to him,  the suspects comprise 88 males and four females.

He added that the seized substances included Indian hemp, cocaine, heroin, tramadol and methamphetamine.

The commander said that NDLEA operatives raided 19 illicit drugs in the state during the period.

He said that the command secured the conviction of 24 suspects and charged  25 to court during the period.

“ln its drug demand reduction efforts, 29 drug users were counselled while seven drug addicts were successfully rehabilitated.

“In a bid to dissuade members of the public from illicit drug use and trafficking, enlightenment campaigns were carried out at various locations targeting 6,956 participants.

The commander called on members of the public to provide useful and timely information to the command, saying the fight against drug abuse and trafficking requires the support of all Nigerians.

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Enugu Hospital Detains Nnewi Woman, Her Triplets Over N352,350 Delivery Bill

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A private hospital, Praise and Grace Hospital and Maternity, Enugu, has detained Mrs Joan Orajiobi and her triplets over the family’s inability to pay the delivery bill of N352,350.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Orajiobi, a native of Nnewi in Anambra, gave birth to two girls and a boy in the hospital in Enugu on New Year’s Day.

Speaking to NAN from the hospital on Friday, Orajiobi, who lives at Ologo Quarters, Uwani Enugu, said she had been discharged on Jan. 8 but held by the hospital due to their inability to complete the hospital bill.

She said the hospital billed them a total of N482,350, but that her husband was only able to pay N130,000, the remaining balance of N352,350.

“The bill amounted to that because I gave birth through Caesarian Section (CS).
“I am a hairdresser. I had two girls already before this pregnancy came in May, but I never knew I was pregnant with triplets until the scan which showed that l was carrying twins.

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*Gov. Soludo of Anambra State

“I am pleading to Nigerians, organisations especially the governors of Enugu and Anambra States, to come to my rescue and assist us with financial support. I want to go home and take care my children.

“Anybody that is touched by our condition can reach and assist us through my husband’s Access Account Number 0043854232, Account Name: Nchekwube Orajiobi C. and his WhatsApp 08065846537,’’ she pleaded.

She added that she was always touched seeing other patients who came after them leaving the hospital while they were held because they could not pay.

The husband, Mr Cornelius Orajiobi, a trader, said they both hailed from Obiofia in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He said he was excited to have triplets but regretted that it would be difficult for him and his wife to take care of the babies in terms of feeding.

“Nigerians should please assist us because this gift is bigger than what we can cater for alone.

“The N130,000 I deposited came from friends and well-wishers while I borrowed some.
“Apart from the medical bill, I need what I will use to bring up these kids,’’ he pleaded.

When contacted, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Shedrack Emeribe, told NAN that he operated on Orajiobi without a deposit from the family.

He added that it was after four days of the operation that her husband deposited N60,000 before making it up to N130,000.
He explained that all the things they were requested for the delivery were not provided, stressing that the hospital provided it for them.

“I told the husband to make an initial deposit of N150,000 but he never paid a dime till a few days after CS. But I have to save those lives,” he said.

He said that the bill of N482,350 included surgery, theatre, drug fees, and Hospital Services. 

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