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Daddy Fingered, Raped Us At Knife Point, Threatened Us With Hammer — Two Teenage Girls Tell Lagos Court

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Two sisters on Monday narrated before an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court how their middle-aged father allegedly defiled them at knifepoint in their home.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the teenagers testified at the start of their father’s trial on two counts of defilement.

Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Mrs Arinola Momoh-Ayokanbi, they told the court that their father had seven children comprising five females and two males.

They testified that the defendant started abusing his four oldest daughters sexually after their mother died during childbirth in 2008.

One of them, who testified as the first prosecution witness (PW1) said the incest started when they lived at a barracks in Lagos.

“My father started fingering us at nighttime when we were sleeping.

“When we moved out of the barracks to the house my father built at Iyana-Era in Lagos, he continued fingering my sister in a bedroom we shared.

“Later, my father progressed to leaving his bedroom and lying between us, groping us.

“If we woke up, he would ask why we were awake and why he was in our bedroom; he threatened to beat us and send us away.

“One night, he came to our room and asked us to separate ourselves. I went to the sitting room while my sister was in the room.

“He approached me and said if I did not allow him to have sex with me, he would use a knife and hammer to injure me.

“He started slapping me, and I allowed him to have sex with me; after it happened, I cried bitterly,” she said.

The second witness, now 18 years old, while testifying as the third prosecution witness, told the court that she and her sister went to their village after their mother’s demise.

She said that, on return to Lagos, she noticed that one of her older sisters had run away from home.

“I asked what happened, and we were told she had run away from home because our father was having sex with her.

“My lord, not up to a year after our return from the village, our father started fingering us.

“My sister and I shared the same bedroom, he started separating us at night; he would tell my sister to stay in the sitting room while I would be in the bedroom. He would have sex with me in the bedroom and threaten me with a knife,” she said.

Both sisters told the court that they reported the alleged incest to a member of their church who took them to the Ijanikin Police Station.

“The Police summoned our father and interrogated him, and he lied that he did not do anything. A policewoman told him to allow us to lock our bedroom door at night.

“We came back home from the Police station at nighttime; our father knocked on our door and said if we would not open the door, he would use the hammer or knife to injure us.

“We refused to open the door and did not sleep that night till the following day,” she testified.

Testifying, her sister said, “At the Police station, we said we did not want him arrested but we did not want to be in the house with him, we wanted to stay far away from him.

“The Divisional Police Officer gave us his phone number to call him in case of trouble.

“When we returned home, my father continued to forcefully have sex with me. I called the DPO and he said there was nothing he could do because it was a family matter.”

The sisters said they contacted their church member and he got in touch with their family members in the village about the alleged incest.

They said their extended family in the village requested that they should come to the village with their father.

They said that while at the village, their father denied the incest and left them in the village to return to Lagos. They told the court that they missed a term of school while at the village.

The sisters said that on their return to Lagos, their father while attempting to take them back to their secondary school was questioned by the school authorities on why they missed a term.

The witnesses said their father told the school authorities that they were taken to the village because they were troublesome.

They said that in a desperate bid not to return to the home they shared with their father, they told the teacher their ordeal, and he informed the school authorities which got their father arrested.

“Our school counsellor was summoned and our father was taken to the Ijanikin Police Station. From our school, we were taken to the Pastor Bimbo Odukoya Foundation at Ilupeju, Lagos.

“My sister and I were then taken to a home at Maryland which belongs to a Foundation (name withheld) where we are currently staying.

“We also went to Mirabel Centre to undergo some tests, and the results showed that we were defiled,” she said.

While being cross-examined by defence counsel, Mrs Adeshola Bello, the sisters said that the defendant also committed incest with their two older sisters.

One of them said: “My father is harsh to me, though I do not hate him because he is my father.

“When he came to finger us at night and discovered we were wearing panties, he would tear our underwear.

“He had been doing it to my older siblings; since my oldest sister did not do anything about it, I kept quiet.”

The other teenager said: “My father did not start with me, he started with my eldest sister.

“I was aware of it because when I was young while we still lived in the barracks, we all used to sleep in the same room and I used to see him touching her.”

The youngest daughter of the defendant, aged 14 years, while testifying as the fourth prosecution witness (PW4), told the court that she never knew her father defiled her older sisters.

“When we got to the Police station, we were told that my father defiled my older sisters. I never knew this because I was not defiled by him,” she said.

While being cross-examined, she testified that she usually slept in the same bedroom with her father and youngest brother.

“He is a good father though he is sometimes harsh and hot-tempered,” she said.

Mr. Gbenga Gbadebo, the second prosecution witness and a teacher to PW1 and PW3, told the court that the incest came to light when the defendant was being asked by the school principal why his children went to the village and as a result missed a term of school.

He said that the sisters revealed the alleged offence to a female teacher while their father was questioned by school authorities.

He added that investigation by the school authorities revealed he committed incest with four of his five daughters.

He said that one of the daughters told the school authorities that the first daughter was like a wife to her father,” Gbadebo said.

Justice Abiola Soladoye adjourned the case until November 19 for the continuation of trial.

NAN reports that during arraignment on the two counts of defilement on June 24, Justice Soladoye had ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Kirikiri Prisons.

NAN reports that Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, stipulates life imprisonment for defilement.

(NAN)

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Tony Elumelu Donates Technology Centre To AAU

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Chairman of UBA Group, Tony O. Elumelu, has made the donation of a multipurpose information technology center to his alma mater, Ambrose Ali University.

Through the UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Elumelu has championed the construction of a state-of-the-art multipurpose information technology building, which will benefit the students of Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, Edo State. The hall, to be named The Tony O. Elumelu multipurpose hall, is furnished with computers, desks, and chairs measure 839 square meters and have adjoining offices and conveniences.

Elumelu highlighted his motivation: “Education is crucial to Nigeria’s human capital – whether our young people join our national institutions, the private sector or, as I did, take the entrepreneurial path, no one can afford to be cut off from the digital world. It has been a personal mission to ensure that the hall was delivered to specification, for the benefit of the students at the AAU. Success brings with it the duty to give back, and I am just grateful that I am now in a position to meaningfully help the next generation”.

The multipurpose hall was formally handed over to the University, at a ceremony attended by members of the University’s governing council and staff, led by Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ignatius Onimawo.

Speaking at the commissioning, UBA’s Directorate Head, South Bank, Mr. Chris Ofikulu, who represented the UBA Group Chairman, highlighted the contribution of UBA, through its Foundation, to education and development across Africa.

‘As a pan-African bank, operating in 20 countries across our continent, UBA is committed to being a socially responsible institution, and a role model for businesses in Africa. The UBA Foundation actively promotes the socio-economic improvement of the communities in which UBA operates, with a particular emphasis on development in the areas of “Education, Environment, and Economic Empowerment”. We believe in intervening and building capacity within communities, facilitating projects that will act as catalysts for social and economic development’ he stated.

“Tony Elumelu is a product of this great university and is conscious of the need to give back and there is no substitute for world-class educational infrastructure, and this is what has informed the construction of these facilities, that will help equip the future leaders of our great nation Nigeria,” he said.

The AAU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ignatius Onimawo, who expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards the gesture by the UBA Group Chairman, noted that one of the most pressing needs of the University for 2020 had been met, and thanked UBA and Mr Elumelu.

He challenged students to make proper use of the facilities provided by UBA and to ensure that they emerge great leaders and mentors like Elumelu, whose commitment to catalyzing entrepreneurial growth across Africa, through the Tony Elumelu Foundation, and institutionalizing African philanthropy, had created a strong positive role model. ‘We at Ambrose Ali university are so proud of our son Tony Elumelu and every time we see him doing good across Africa, we feel joy and accomplishment’ said Onimawo.

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Nigerian Bottling Company Appoints Matthieu Seguin As Managing Director

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Non-alcoholic beverage giant, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) has announced the appointment of Matthieu Seguin as the company’s Managing Director effective October 3, 2019. Seguin succeeds George Polymenakos who was appointed in August 2016.

Until his appointment, he was the General Manager for Coca-Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland for almost 4 years.

According to a company statement signed by the Public Affairs and Communications Director, Mr. Ekuma Eze, Seguin will lead the organization and it’s over 2,700 employees to deliver growth, business optimization, and profitability for Coca-Cola Hellenic Business in Nigeria.

Eze stated that Seguin is a thoroughbred professional with multi-industry experience and a remarkable track record in business turnaround as well as a strong passion and commitment for people development, having served in different capacities in top management positions.

He further disclosed that Seguin is not new to the company nor the Nigerian business environment, having previously worked in Nigerian Bottling Company as the Commercial Director between 2011 and 2016.

Seguin joined Coca-Cola HBC in December 2009 as Group International Customer Director. In May 2011, he was appointed the Country Commercial Director for Nigerian Bottling Company. Before this, he had worked with Procter and Gamble for almost 18 years in different commercial roles across Europe, Middle East & Africa.

During his time as General Manager for Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, Seguin led the organization through a period of considerable success, delivering profitable growth through a focus on prioritization, simplification and team development.

Matthieu Seguin is an alumnus of the INSEAD School of Business, IMD Business School and Ecole de Management de Normandie. He has served on various boards including as Member of Board of Repak Ireland; Member of the IBEC National Council and Chairman of Food Drink, Ireland’s Prepared Consumer Foods Council.

 

Ekuma Eze
Public Affairs and Communications Director

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Aimart Realtors To Reward Customers In Season’ Promo Draws

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Aimart Realtors, one of Nigeria’s premium real estate management and development company, will be hosting the grand finale of her special season’s promo on the December, 14th, 2019. The event which will take place at Air force Officers Mess, No 1 kofo Abayomi Lagos will see winners emerge from various categories of a promo many observers regard as top-notch in this season of a giveaway.

The current Aimart Realtors Promo does not just have huge reductions in the prices of houses and plots of land at all Aimart estates in Ibeju-Lekki and Lagos Mainland, there is a special top-up as customer who makes deposits for any package will smile home with lots of goodies to celebrate this year’s yuletide holidays and new year season.

In a statement issued by the company, the Managing Director Mrs. Oluwabukola Iluyomade, stated that the organization wants to excite all Nigerians during this season as they take advantage of the heavy discount on various packages in all their estates across different parts of Lagos.

In her words, “the vision of Aimart Realtors is to be a one-stop solution in the global real estate business. Besides, we are equally poised to provide precise, accurate and affordable real estate services that guarantee human dignity, wealth creation, and preservation for our esteemed customers.

“As the season approaches, we decided to provide this icing on the cake for all, right from the first day of October we started the promo till this December that we are ending this special promo”

She added that the excitement of this event is meant to wow everyone and set the stage for a bigger, better and fun-filled new year,

Since its establishment years ago, Aimart Realtors has successfully provided client-oriented solutions and real estate portfolios that offer optimized shelters for both individuals and businesses.

Over time, the company has remained consistent with its vision as “a one-stop solution provider in the global real estate business” and thus continues to design, conceptualize, build and manage decent and affordable residential, office, commercial accommodations that are excellent for habitation and investment.

The company has also created a top-notch standard in delivering worry-free-homes to customers at home and in the diaspora. Giving optimum value to virtually all her clients.

In all her jobs and activities, Aimart Realtors has maintained a clean record of delivering exceptional services in all areas of land documentation, survey plan, C of O and gazette processing and these have kept customers coming back with great satisfaction.

Interested customer who desired to end 2019 in grand style with the acquisition of land and homes at affordable prices should contact Aimart realtors on the following 234 1 2932213 +23481280794
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