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NGO Rescues 13-Year-Old Girl from Alleged Pastor’s Sex Slavery; Perpetrator Apprehended in Umuahia, Abia State”

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A 13-year-old girl has been rescued after weeks of sex slavery in the hands of an alleged man of God identified as Pastor Prosper.
The rescue was facilitated by a non-governmental organisation, Women Aid Collective, WACOL.
WACOL in a statement made available to Newsmen on Monday by its media officer, Egodi Igwe said on 28th September 2023, it received a case of the abduction of a 13-year-old girl by one Prosper Ifedinuru, a pastor at Living Faith Tabernacle, a.k.a, Winners Chapel, Umulokpa, Uzo-Uwani LGA in Enugu, Enugu State.
Igwe said, “the case was reported to WACOL by the parents of the victim who narrated the ugly incident and requested the rescue of their daughter.
“According to them, their daughter, Miss N (name withheld), was abducted by Prosper who came to their village as a Missionary”
There were reports that Prosper disappeared with the minor with the excuse that he was taking her to open a bank account.
The parents were also quoted to have told WACOL that after the pastor kidnapped their daughter, he disappeared and all efforts to trace him and the minor proved abortive.
“Subsequently, it was revealed that the ‘mysterious pastor’ had turned the minor into a sex slave that he constantly violated and abused.
“Immediately, the WACOL team contacted the Enugu State Police Command and began working with the police to track the perpetrator and rescue the child victim.
“During the investigation, the church authorities denied the perpetrator, saying he was no longer in their service.
“They acknowledged that he was previously in their employment but was not in any way supported to commit such a heinous crime against the innocent child.
“After numerous searches by the police, Prosper was caught at a border town in Umuahia, Abia State.
Igwe expressed displeasure with the rampant occurrence of such cases, saying, “It is simply unacceptable. Girls deserve to have a safe environment to flourish and excel.
“They should not have their childhood snatched from them by people who ought to protect them.
“Girls are not safe anywhere, even in religious spaces.
“There is a need for perpetrators to be held accountable and for tools of the law to be activated to protect girls in all places”, the statement read.

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UNN lecturer caught pants down inside office with student

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A lecturer of University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, has been caught pants down inside his office with a female student.

The man whose name is yet to be ascertained by newsmen is said to be a lecturer in the School of General Studies of the institution.

The victim is alleged to be someone’s wife.

A voice in the viral video said: “We have been following this case from day one. As you can see we have all the chats, voice notes, videos and everything.”

Commenting under the video, a student identified the man in the video, claiming he taught him Peace and Conflict, a course under General Studies, during his time in UNN.

He said: “That is my lecturer in UNN, he taught us Peace and Conflict under GS in my time. We called him or rather, he called himself “The Short Man.” He was very strict with us in class. It’s unfortunate that he was involved in this.”

Another source said: “When he wants to sleep with someone’s wife? Well, it was planned by her husband, UNN security with some students. Even when the lady offered him money he refused. Well, with this, if he still remains, he will never try that again”.

When contacted to speak on the matter, the Public Relations Officer of the institution said he was yet to see the video.

He said he would investigate to find out if it’s true.

Meanwhile, a lecturer, who sought to remain anonymous identified the location of where the incident happened as a GS building. He, however, said he couldn’t disclose the name of the man in the video.

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Justice served: Two defendants await sentence for motorcycle theft

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In a recent case brought before the Magistrates’ Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, the wheels of justice turned decisively as two individuals, John Simon and Yusuf Nikie, found themselves facing the weight of the law for their involvement in the theft of a motorcycle. Their guilty pleas echoed through the courtroom, leading Magistrate Michael Bawa to order their remand in a correctional facility pending further proceedings, with the final judgment slated for May 2.

Simon and Nikie stood accused by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, charged on two counts: conspiracy and theft. The narrative unfolded as Prosecutor Marcus Audu presented the facts to the court. According to Audu, the saga began when Tanko Umaru, the aggrieved party, filed a report at the corps’ office in Kafanchan on April 13, detailing the disturbing incident.

The prosecution outlined the sequence of events, alleging that the defendants brazenly entered Umaru’s residence in Bakin Kogi and absconded with his prized possession—an emblem of mobility and livelihood—a Bajaj motorcycle. Yet, their scheme was thwarted as the long arm of the law swiftly intervened. The diligent efforts of law enforcement culminated in the apprehension of Simon and Nikie during the investigative process, with the stolen motorcycle discovered in their possession, serving as damning evidence against them.

The gravity of their actions was underscored by the legal framework within which they operated. Audu emphasized that Simon and Nikie had transgressed against the provisions outlined in Sections 58 and 270 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, reflecting the severity of their offenses under the jurisdiction of the court.

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Lagos trader jailed 5 years for receiving N2.19m stolen property

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An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced a 22-year-old trader, Mohammed Abdulhamid, to five years imprisonment for receiving stolen property worth N2.19 million.

The convict who resides in Ayobo area, Lagos, had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and receiving stolen property.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. O. Fagbohun, sentenced the convict to Kirikiri Correctional Centre without an option of fine.

Fagbohun noted that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Felicia Okwori, told the court that the offences were committed between June  2023 at 56, Captain Davies Road, Ayobo, Lagos.

Okwori said the convict received stolen property from one Mohammed Awalu, security guard to the complainant, Mrs Omolola Idowu.

She disclosed that Awalu is currently serving his jail term on the same offences.

She added that the convict and others still at large stole the complainant’s property when she travelled.

The prosecutor listed the stolen property to include two gates valued at N540,000, window protectors worth N870,000 and a power generator worth N300,000.

She listed other stolen items as ceiling fan worth N25,000, gas cooker N375,000, and a pumping machine valued at N85,000, all totalling N2.19 million.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 328 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015

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