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Popular Catholic Priest Rapes 10-year-old Minor In Abuja

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A Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja, on Monday remanded Rev. Fr. Anthony Ochigbo, Parish priest of Church of Assumption, Asokoro, in police custody for alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl.

Ochigbo was arraigned on a one-count charge of rape.

The Upper Area court judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, adjourned the case till Aug. 30 for ruling.

His counsel Godwin Chukwukere had applied for his bail pursuant to sections 158, 162, 163 and 164 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).

Chukwukere urged the court to grant the defendant bail because he was still innocent until proven otherwise.

He said even though the offence was not bailable, Section 162 gives the court wide powers to grant bail in cases like this.

The counsel urged the court to exercise its discretion in favour his client, adding that the defendant was on administrative bail and would not jump bail if granted.

The prosecutor, John Ijagbemi, opposed the application, saying that the defendant was not given administrative bail.

He urged the court to discountenance the application and remand the defendant in custody.

Earlier, Ijagbemi had told the court that Grace Ibong of Kuruduma village, Asokoro, Abuja, reported the matter at the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, on Aug. 17.

He said after a church programme in the said church, the defendant asked the complainant to leave her 10-year-old and eight-year-old daughters to spend the night with him, which she did.

He further said when the complainant went back to the defendant’s house to pick her children, she discovered an unusual movement from her 10-year-old daughter on Aug. 15.

Ijagbemi said when the complainant asked her daughter why she was moving unusually, the victim said that the defendant forcefully had carnal knowledge of her without her consent during the night.

He said the offence contravened Section 283 of the Penal Code.

The priest pleaded not guilty.

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Olatoye Sugar’s Family Sues UCH N200m For Releasing Horrific Photo Lawmaker [PHOTO]

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For releasing the photograph, the Olatoye family is seeking N200 million damages.

C. C. Amedu of Ikeh Sunday Chambers in Ibadan filed the petition on behalf of the Olatoye family, which is accusing the hospital of allowing the gory photographs of the late lawmaker in his dying hours at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital to be circulated on social media, thereby causing members of his family a lot of grief.

The petition was also sent to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and the Ibadan chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association.

It reads in part: “A cursory assessment of the attached photographs revealed that the deceased, as at the time the photographs were taken, was still at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital in a pool of blood. Therefore, it is reasonable and unarguable to believe that only your staff could access the unit at the material time.

“The above conduct of your staff suggested that instead of your personnel on duty to have acted in their full professional capacity, focusing on taking care of the deceased, which might have probably saved his life, they were busy taking his pictures, which perhaps for the purpose of selling same to social media operators as it can be seen trending online.”

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Ganduje Issues Strong Warning Ahead Of Kano Election Rerun

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Ahead of the supplementary elections in Kano on Saturday, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has warned that his government will not tolerate any breach of peace by any group or persons in the state.‎

‎Ganduje gave the warning on Tuesday in Kano, when an amalgam of 320 associations called Kano Peace Ambassadors, paid him a solidarity visit.‎

“We will not tolerate breach of peace under whatever guise, and the government will not fold its arms and watch people instigating instability in the state.‎

“As a governor of Kano state and the Chief Security Officer of the state, I cannot sleep if any drop of blood is wasted.

‎”I am not speaking as a gubernatorial candidate, but as the executive governor of Kano state and the chief security officer of the state. Anybody wishing to disrupt the peace of the state will not go scot-free,” he said.‎

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Drama In Kano As Ganduje’s Aide Resigns Over Governor’s Refusal To Concede Defeat In Kano Guber Race

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Alhaji Hashim Suleiman, the Senior Special Assistant on Urban Beautification to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has tendered his letter of resignation to Secretary to the State Government.

In his resignation letter, he attributed his reason to the failure of Governor Ganduje to concede defeat to the Guber candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf, who won the election that has been declared inconclusive in controversial circumstances by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The letter of resignation, dated, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, which he personally signed, reads, ”I write to formally inform you of my voluntary resignation from the office of SSA, Beautification.

“I thank you for offering me the opportunity to serve under your administration as SSA.”

He added that as a transparent Khadimul-Islam, the governor ought to have conceded defeat, so as to serve as a precedent to other Muslims, who serve Allah in truth and sincerity.

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