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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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Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest

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Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest

 The Oyo State wing of the Southwest Security Network (Amotekun Corps) has recovered AK-47 rifles, military camouflage and other items hidden in a forest in the state by suspected kidnappers.

Commandant of the corps in Oyo State, retired Col. Olayinka Olayanju, told newsmen in Ibadan on Monday that the corps recovered four AK-47 rifles, four magazines and 50 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.

Also recovered were wraps of Indian hemp, raincoats, two Nigerian Army caps, and a beret.

He said the items were recovered while operatives of the corps were combing forests following rising cases of kidnap on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“Last weekend, efforts of our men were rewarded when the arms and ammunition were found in one of the forests following a tip-off that some gunmen sighted in the area.

“The security network’s agents are still present in the forest to possibly apprehend the criminal elements,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Special Adviser to Gov. Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the governor had directed security personnel in the state to take proactive steps to stop abductions in the state.

Owoseni said collaboration with local hunters and vigilantes assisted greatly in recent successes recorded by the Amotekun corps in the state.

He assured that the state government would provide the equipment needed for the smooth operation of the corps to enhance their performance.

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Motor Park Attacks: Osun Police Recover 5 guns, Arrest 10 Suspects

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 The Osun Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 10 suspects over the attacks across some motor parks in the state on the premise of the forceful takeover of the parks.

SP Yemisi Opalola, the Command’s Spokesperson, in a statement, said five guns, nine live and four expended cartridges and five cutlasses were recovered from the suspects.

“This is to inform the general public that the Osun State Police Command is aware and frowns at the crises that erupted within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state in the early hours of today (Monday).

The Commissioner of Police, the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and other stakeholders had met with the NURTW executive, members and other stake holders to avert the crisis and forceful take-over of the parks in the state.

“All consented to maintain peace, but it was a surprise to learn about the attacks by NURTW members in several parts of the state with attendant destruction of offices and injury to some persons and police personnel.

“The CP, Faleye Olaleye, swiftly charged the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders to ensure the situation is brought under control and arrest culprits.

“Consequently, the Police operatives tactical operation led to the arrest of 10 suspects and recovery of one Barretta pistol, two Pump Action guns, two Barrel guns, nine live and four expended cartridges, five cutlasses and charms,” she said

She said the CP was, however, assuring the public that the command was fully on top of the situation as mobile, conventional, tactical and patrol teams had been deployed to curtail the crises.

The CP also advised members of the public to go about their lawful businesses without fear of insecurity or attacks.

He warned that anyone found culpable in the unwarranted violence and attacks would face the full wrath of the law.

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LASTMA apprehends 2 suspected ‘one chance’ robbers; Troops neutralize 4 Kaduna Bandits

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LASTMA apprehends 2 suspected ‘one chance’ robbers; Troops neutralize 4 Kaduna Bandits

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have arrested two suspected ‘one chance’ armed robbers in Ikate, Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos.

The General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, said this through the Director, Public Affairs of the authority, Mr. Taofiq Adebayo, in Lagos on Sunday.

 Oreagba disclosed that the suspects were nabbed by the patrol team of the Agency while on duty monitoring and controlling traffic around Lekki-Ajah axis of the State.

 “Our officials heard passengers with loud voice shouting, thieves! thieves!! while on patrol team, in an unpainted commercial bus.

“While trying to stop the driver, he drove dangerously and our men pursued them with LASTMA patrol vehicle down to Ikate where they were blocked by another pathfinder car belonging to a good Samaritan”.

“Two suspects were arrested while the remaining two suspects escaped with the P.O.S. they used to withdraw passengers’ money inside the T4 commercial bus.

“The two arrested suspects with the recovered unpainted T4 commercial bus were later handed over to R.R.S personnel who were on pin-down at Chisco, along Lekki- Ajah”.

“They were all later moved down to Ilasan Police Station for further investigations,” Oreagba said.

The General Manager advised Lagos residents to always ensure they board buses at designated garages adding that they should be vigilant, especially when boarding public vehicles.

One of the rescued passengers Mr. Christophe Omukoro is quoted as saying that he boarded the unpainted commercial bus from Alfa-Beach going to Ikate.

He disclosed that they were four with P.O.S machine collecting passengers’ ATM cards and withdrawing money from individual accounts.

Omukoro confirmed that passengers started shouting thieves! thieves!! thieves!!! after they had collected their phones with other valuables from them.

In another development, the troops of Operation Forest Sanity have neutralized four bandits during clearance operations in identified bandits’ hideouts around Tsohon Gayan, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna.

“The troops made contact and pursued the fleeing bandits, two bandits were neutralized during the engagement while credible human intelligence sources revealed that two others died from gunshot wounds.

“Credible sources in the general area reported that two of the four neutralized bandits have been identified as Dogo Mallam and Bello Mallam.”

According to him, the troops recovered one AK47 rifle, one magazine with 22 rounds of ammunition and a motorcycle.

The commissioner said Gov. Nasir El-Rufai praised the troops for their resilience and courage.

He assured that the clearance operations will continue in the general area and other locations.

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