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MFM Pastor Rapes, Impregnates 16-year-old Teenager In Abuja, Blames Devil

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has arrested a 48-year-old pastor in Abuja, David Onyekachuku, for alleged rape and sexual exploitation of a 16-year-old orphan.

NAPTIP’s Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, Stella Nezan, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Nezan alleged that the suspect, a pastor in the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Church (MFM), Gwarinpa branch, impregnated his victim in the process, NAN reports.

She said that the suspect, who volunteered to provide shelter for the girl and deliver her from evil spirit after she had been accused of witchcraft, took advantage of the situation.

“NAPTIP operatives effected arrest of one pastor with MFM in Gwarimpa, Abuja, for rape, sexual molestation and impregnating a 16-year-old orphan.

“The suspect from Nsukka in Enugu State, was said to have volunteered to provide shelter and also conduct deliverance on the girl after she lost her parents and was accused of witchcraft.

“But he took advantage of the vulnerability of the innocent girl and repeatedly devoured her sexually,” she said.

Nezan said that the victim, a Junior Secondary School (JSS) student in Abuja had lived with the pastor, a widower, and his daughter for sometimes before the sexual exploitation started.

The suspect was said to have confessed to committing the crimes “only twice” and blamed it on the devil.

“The victim, a JSS2 student of one of the government schools in Abuja, suddenly dropped out of school and was in dire need of accommodation shortly after the death of her parents in 2018.

“Investigation revealed that the pastor was living with his daughter in the same compound with the victim’s deceased parents in Karmo, a suburb of Abuja, and volunteered to assist her in her education.

“According to the victim, after the first year of their living together, the pastor started making love advances toward her, an action she constantly resisted.

“She narrated that the first time the pastor raped her was in March, after her birthday outing,” Nezan said.

She added that the pastor continued to rape her afterwards and it resulted in pregnancy.

“During interrogation, the pastor confessed to sexually abusing the girl only twice and attributing the evil act to the devil,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Director General of NAPTIP, Ms Julie Okah-Donli, has described the action of the suspect as the highest form of wickedness against a fellow human being.

Okah-Donli promised that the case would be diligently prosecuted in order to secure justice for the victim.

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U.S. Imposes Visa Restrictions On Nigerians Undermining Democracy

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The U.S. Government has imposed visa restrictions on “individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process”.

A spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Morgan Ortagus, who announced this in a statement on Tuesday, said the action applied to those responsible for election-related violence.

Ortagus said the unidentified individuals had “operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights”.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 39 persons died in violence related to the last general elections in the country.

The action, according to the spokesperson, is in fulfillment of the U.S. government’s earlier promise to consider sanctions against anti-democratic forces, including organisers of election-related violence in the country.

“In a Jan. 24 statement, the U.S. government said that we would consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process or for organising election-related violence.

“To that end, the Secretary of State is imposing visa restrictions on Nigerians believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria.

“These individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights,” she said.

The spokesperson emphasised that the restrictions targeted at specific individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people or the newly-elected government.

She explained that the decision reflected the Department’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government in its anti-corruption crusade and efforts to strengthen democracy, accountability and respect for human rights.

“The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy.

“We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the February and March 2019 elections and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes.

“As Nigeria marks the 20th anniversary of a return to democratic rule this year, we remain committed to working together to continue to advance democracy and respect for human rights and achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations.

“We condemn those whose acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption harmed Nigerians or undermined the democratic process,” the spokesperson added.

(NAN)

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BREAKING: Buhari Release 43-Man Ministerial List, Nominates Fashola, Amaechi, Aregbesola, Akpabio, Keyamo, Saraki, Others [ See List]

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President Muhammadu Buhari has finally forwarded the list of ministerial nominees to Senate for confirmation.

There are 43 nominees by the President.

On the list announced by Senate President Ahmed Lawan during plenary on Tuesday morning are former ministers Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu, Geoffrey Onyeama, Lai Mohammed and Chris Ngige.

Also on the list are former Osun Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, former Benue Governor George Akume, former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva and former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Senator Gbemisola Saraki
Mohammed Musa Bello
Senator Godswill Akpabio
Chris Ngige
Sharon Ikpeazu
Adamu Adamu
Ambassador Maryam Katagun
Timipre Sylva
Senator George Akume
Mustapha Baba Shehuri
Festus Keyamo
Clement Ike
Richard Adeniyi Adebayo
Geoffrey Onyeama
Ali Pantami
Emeka Nwajubo
Suleiman Adamu
Zainab Ahamed
Muhammad Mahmood
Sabo Nano
Hadi Sirika
Abubakar Malami
Rahmatu Tijjani
Lai Mohammed
Olorunnibe Mamora
Babatunde Fashola SAN
Mohammed H. Abdullahi
Zubair Dada
Tayo Alasoadura
Rauf Aregbesola
Sunday Dare
Paullen Talen
Rotimi Amaechi
Sale Mamman
Abubakar D. Aliyu
Sadiya Umar Faruk
Ikechukwu Ogar

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BREAKING: Senate In Closed Session Over Buhari’s 42-Man Ministerial List

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The Senate on Tuesday went in an emergency closed session a few minutes after the plenary was declared open by the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, with an opening prayer.

The executive session may not be unconnected with the ministerial nominees’ list which the President has reportedly sent to the Senate.

An online news platform, The Cable, had earlier reported that President Buhari already sent a list of 42 ministerial nominees to the Nigerian Senate.

Buhari was said to have nominated one person per geo-political zone, bringing the total to 42, unlike his first term where he appointed only 36 ministers.

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