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Rape: Activitst calls for evacuation of mentally ill women from streets



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…As Court remands man, 31, in prison custody for allegedly defiling minor***

An activist, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, on Friday called for the protection of mentally ill women walking the streets from rapists and ritualists.

Ramatu who runs the Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria, said in Kaduna that such mentally ill women also have right to protection like all other citizens.

Tijjani therefore urged Federal and state governments to evacuate all women with mental illness from the streets and send them to Psychiatric hospitals for treatment.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the activist made the call while speaking with newsmen after visiting places where some of the women stayed in Kaduna on Friday.

“Mental illness, irrespective of the severity, has often been cited as one of the reasons that deprive a woman of her basic human and civic rights.

“They are often knowingly or unknowingly marginalized, invalidated, violated and ignored in the society.

“There is need to evacuate all these mentally challenged women that are walking the street naked; mentally ill women are commonly and repetitively abused with rape and other sexual assaults, as well as physical violence.

“The regular forms of trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, vulnerability, stigma and victimization faced by women also have an impact on their mental health.

“Our childreds are seeing them walking nakedly and no one shows concern about the dangers they face everyday in their lives in term of what to eat, where they sleep and who pressurises them in the night.

“Women living in poor social and environmental circumstances with associated low education, low income and difficult family and marital relationships, are much more likely than other women to suffer from mental disorders.

“The sad thing is that some of them have children from the rape they suffer on the streets.”

She also urged NGOs, Civil societies, corporate bodies and religious leaders to come up with new initiatives aimed at promoting mental health through mainstream health promotion activities.

Tijjani suggested the establishment of preventative mental health programs as an essential component of care provision to people at risk of mental health problems.

She said that citizens needed to be educated on the issue, so as to come up with new ideas that are very essential toward promoting better mental health outcomes.

“If the stigma attached to mental illness and other mental health problems are addressed appropriately, we could dream of a compassionate society genuinely promoting realization of social justice, equity, access and rights to persons with mental illness.”

Similiarly, Madam Ladi Makawa, founder of Women of Vision Development Initiative, said the rehabilitation of mentally challenged women was a responsibility of government.

“Women across the country must join hands in raising more voices for the sole purpose of changing life of those women that are sleeping in dirty places with their children.”

She stressed that government must provide free treatment to all mentally challenged women and rehabilitate them afterwards.

Hajiya Maryam Ahmed, Director, Rural Mothers  and Gender Initiative Nigeria, called for sensitisation of the public to show emphacy to mentally ill women and their children.

She noted that most of them were in the condition they found themselves because nobody cared.

Hajiya Hafsat Baba, Kaduna State Commissioner of Human Service and Social Development, said the government is doing its best to make life better for mentally challenged women and plans to set up a home to cater for them.

Baba urged the general public to also assist the government in taking care of such mental health victims.

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In the meantime, an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Ibadan, on Friday, ordered the remand of a 31-year-old man, Mutiu Hassan in prison custody for allegedly defiling a five-year-old girl.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr O. Adisa, who did not take the plea of Hassan, ordered  that he should be kept in Agodi prison and the case file sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.

Adisa adjourned the case until Aug. 30 for mention.

The defendant, who resides in Anfaani Asabari Junction area of Ibadan, is facing a charge of defilement.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Salewa Hammed, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. at his residence.

Hammed said the girl’s  mother had sent her and her brother on an errand to buy bread, when the defendant lured her to follow him.

“Her mother seached for the girl and later found the defendant on top of her under the staircase.

“She reported the case at Orita Challenge Police Station,” the prosecutor said.

Hammed said the offence contravened Section 218 of the Criminal Law of Oyo State, 2000.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the section stipulates 14 years imprisonment for offenders.




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ONSLAUGHT: Troops Eliminate 227 Terrorists, Apprehend 529 In 1 Week



ONSLAUGHT: Troops Eliminate 227 Terrorists, Apprehend 529 In 1 Week

 The Defence Headquarters says troops have within the last week, eliminated no fewer than 227 terrorists, apprehended 529 and rescued 253 kidnapped victims, following ground and air operations across the country.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja on the operations of the Armed Forces.

Buba said the troops recovered 231 assorted weapons and 6,441 assorted ammunition, comprising 89 AK47 rifles, 40 locally fabricated guns, 59 Dane guns, 250kg bombs used by NATO and Eastern Bloc aircraft and one MRAP.

Others according to him are; 4,198 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 841 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 88 rounds of 5.56mm, 16 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm, 99 rounds of 7.62x51mm, 956 rounds of 7.62x54mm, 242 live cartridges, one PKM magazine, 24 magazines among others

In the North East, Buba said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 83 terrorists, arrested 59 suspects and rescued 58 kidnapped hostages as well as recovered a large cache of arms.

He said that 219 terrorists comprising 29 adult males, 65 adult females and 125 children surrendered to troops within the theatre of operations between May 8 and 14.

In the North Central, Buba said the troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirle Stroke, neutralised 27 insurgents, arrested 154 violent extremists and rescued 42 kidnapped hostages.

In the North West, he said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, also neutralised 58 terrorists, arrested 125 terrorists and rescued 105 kidnapped hostages.

Buba said the air component had on May 8, bombarded a new terrorist enclave in Faskari area of Katsina State following an intelligence trail and confirmatory ISR on the migration of notorious terrorist elements to the deserted settlement.

According to him, battle damage assessment revealed that several terrorists were neutralised and their structures as well as logistics destroyed

He added that troops of Operation Whirl Punch apprehended 68 illegal miners from an illegal mining site in Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT Abuja during the week.

He said that the troops also neutralised 25 terrorists, arrested 97 suspects and rescued 32 kidnapped hostages.

He also said that in the South-South, troops of Operation Delta Safe recovered 1,442,700 litres of stolen crude oil and 154,650 litres of illegally refined AGO.

According to him, troops discovered and destroyed 18 dugout pits, 34 boats, five drums, four receivers, four reservoirs and 97 storage tanks.

”Other items recovered include 198 cooking ovens, nine vehicles, three pumping machines, two speedboats, one baofeng radio, one outboard engine and 57 illegal refining sites.

”Troops also neutralised three extremists and apprehended 16 suspected oil thieves and other violent extremists’’.

In the South East, Buba said the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralised 21 terrorists, arrested 45 violent extremists and rescued 12 kidnapped hostages as well as recovered a cache of arms. 

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Senate Berths Death Penalty For Hard Drugs, Substance Trafficking



Senate Berths Death Penalty For Hard Drugs, Substance Trafficking

The irresistible attraction for drug pushing is set to wane as the Senate on Thursday, prescribed the death sentence as the penalty for trafficking in hard drugs and other substances in Nigeria.

This followed the passage of the  National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Amendment Bill 2024.

It also prescribed not more than 15 years imprisonment without the option of fine, for conviction on consumption of hard drugs and substances.

This followed the adoption of the Senate Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and Drugs and Narcotics report on the NDLEA Amendment Act at plenary.

The report was presented by the Chairman of the committee, Sen. Mohammed Monguno (APC -Borno).

Monguno in his presentation said the amendment sought to strengthen the operations of the  NDLEA, empower its operations to establish laboratories for forensic review and update the list of dangerous drugs.

He said the amendment was also designed to review penalties and enhance the powers of the NDLEA to prosecute drug-related offences and issue subsidiary legislation.

He said the Senate had on Feb.28, deliberated on the bill, which was transmitted from the House of Representatives for the Senate’s concurrence.

He said it was important to make a general comment on the bill,  especially on the classification of the offences and penalty categorisations of drug-related offences.

He said the categorisations were peculiar and different from other laws because of the sentencing guideline used in determining drug-related offences.

“These guidelines in drug laws are designed to promote fairness, consistency and proportionality in the criminal justice system while considering the broader goals of rehabilitation and public safety.

“It is also important to note that several variables are used to determine the penalties imposed on a suspect.

“This includes type and quantity of controlled substance, defendant’s criminal history, intent behind drug-related activities, aggravating or mitigating circumstance such as organised crime, violence, use of offensive weapon.

“Others like  endangerment of minors can aggravate penalties,  conversely mitigating factors like cooperation with law enforcement or lack of prior criminal record may lessen the severity of punishment.”

Earlier, before the passage of the bill during clause-by-clause consideration, Sen.Ali Ndume (APC Borno), had moved a motion for amendment to clause 11 of the bill, which initially prescribed life imprisonment for drugs and substances trafficking in Nigeria.

Ndume had called for stiffer sanctions and moved a motion for a prescribing death sentence.

The motion was seconded by Sen.Onyekachi Nwaebonyi (APC-Ebonyi), who said that drugs and substance trafficking were doing great harm to the nation and hence,  stiffer penalties should be given to offenders.

When the voice vote for adoption of the motion on the death penalty was put to the vote, the “Yes” had their way as the Deputy President of the Senate, Barau Jubrin (APC- Kano), who was presiding ruled in favour of the “Yes.”

However, the decision did not go well for Sen.Adams Oshiomhole (APC – Edo), who objected to the ruling, saying that he was responsible to his constituents for every law passed in the Senate.

He said issues of life and death should not be passed based on a “Yes or No” response, advocating for a voting by every senator.

Responding, Barau said the best approach for the Edo lawmaker was to have called for a division immediately after the clause on the death sentence was adopted.

Barau said the decision to rule in favour of the “yes” was not the presiding officer’s making but on the members’ voice vote.

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Kaduna: Police Nab 280 Suspects, Rescue 158 Kidnapped Victims



Kaduna: Police Nab 280 Suspects, Rescue 158 Kidnapped Victims

Kidnappers hotbed, Kaduna state may finally be set for relative peace as the Police Command in Kaduna said Its operatives have arrested 280 suspected criminals and rescued 158 kidnapped victims from January to date.

The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP  Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this at a press briefing at the command on Thursday in Kaduna.

Adejobi said, ”I am pleased to highlight the significant achievements in our crime-fighting endeavours, with a particular focus on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway corridor, and communities in Kaduna State, spanning from January to date.

“Notably, I would like to draw attention to a strategic initiative implemented along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, which has significantly contributed to our successes.”

According to him, under the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, a helicopter has been deployed to serve as an escort for trains using the route.

It provides aerial support for ground troops from the Armed Forces, Police, and other security agencies.

“It has been deployed along the corridor as a proactive measure to prevent attacks and act as a first responder in the event of any untoward incidents,” Adejobi said.

Arms and ammunition recovered by police operatives on Thursday in Kaduna.

 He said this proactive measure has proven instrumental in enhancing security along the corridor, ultimately safeguarding the lives and property of commuters and residents of the adjourning communities along the route.

The Police spokesperson said, ”During this period, our proactive measures and relentless pursuit of criminal elements have resulted in remarkable outcomes.

”This included the arrest of 81 armed robbery suspects, 40 kidnap suspects, 73 murder/homicide suspects, 36 rape suspects, 22 suspects involved in cult-related crimes, and 28 suspects engaged in other criminal activities.

 “We have successfully recovered 16 firearms of various types, along with 226 ammunition of diverse calibres.

”Additionally, our operations have led to the retrieval of 28 stolen vehicles, over 200 harmful weapons, and 600 bags of fertilizers.

“A total of N3.3 million, previously paid as ransom to kidnappers, has been successfully recovered, while our swift and coordinated efforts have resulted in the safe rescue of 158 kidnapped victims, all of whom have been reunited with their families unharmed.”

The Force PPRO  said the Nigeria Police Force, under the leadership of I-G Kayode  Egbetokun, remains steadfast in its resolve to uphold the rule of law, ensure the safety and security of all citizens, and combat criminal activities across the country.

He said these recent achievements along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway underscored the zeal of the Force in fulfilling its mandate of protecting lives and property.

“This special intervention and operation would be replicated in other major expressways and cities across the country by establishing the Special Intervention Squad (SIS) by the I-G.

 The Force Police Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, addressing the press on Thursday in Kaduna.

Adejobi  said, “We will continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, employ innovative strategies, and harness the full force of the law to root out criminal elements and create a conducive environment for peaceful coexistence and socio-economic development.

“As we forge ahead, the Nigeria Police Force extends its gratitude to members of the public for their continued support and cooperation.

“Together, we will build safer communities, foster trust between the police and citizens, and strive towards a Nigeria where all individuals can live without fear of crime or violence.“

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