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Three teenagers narrate how they were trafficked to Ghana, forced into prostitution after taking oath



Three teenagers from Ebonyi State have narrated how they were trafficked to Ghana, forced into prostitution after making them to take an oath at a shrine.

The victims, Ugochi Ojukwu, 17, Ogechi Ejiuwa, 17, Mesoma John,15, were allegedly abducted from their Akaeze community in the Ivo Local Government Area of the state, with one Ejiwa Ogbonnaya, 18, trafficked to Ghana for prostitution by two suspects, Ivi Chukwu Chinecherem, 20, and Ogbonna Justice,19.

Some police attached to Anti-Human Trafficking of the Ebonyi State Police Command arrested the two suspects after they allegedly tried to abduct another teenager, Faith Ogbonnaya.

The suspects, who were paraded by the state Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, on Wednesday September 8, admitted to the crime and confessed that they trafficked the minors to Ghana without the consent of the parents.

The police succeeded in rescuing the victims while effort is on to rescue Ejiwa Ogbonnaya.

The suspects reportedly handed them over to a woman in Ghana who allegedly took them to a shrine where they were administered an oath not to run away from the country or else they would die.

After the oath, the woman reportedly gave them four men. The men had sex with them for three weeks while parents of the victims were looking for them and reported them missing from their community at Ivo police division.

Narrating their ordeal, one of the victims, Ogechi, said, “There is one boy in our place and he told me that he has a job. I asked him the type of work and he told me that he is serving somebody; that he was working at a beer parlour and I can sell drinks there.

“I said I am not interested and I can’t go with him for the business. I travelled, and at our place, he came back. He still met me and told me the same thing. I told him that I will tell my mum before I will follow him for the business.

“He told me that I should not let my parents know that if I told them, they would not allow me to go. He said if I told my parents he would ‘destroy’ me. It was at this point that I agreed to follow him and go.

“We left for Lagos that day from where he told us that we are going to Ghana. He told me and some other girls that were going with us that if we get to Ghana, we will start the business immediately and I said okay.

“When we got to Ghana, a woman there started telling us that we are going to sleep with some men. I told her no, that I can’t do such a thing. She said that I can’t go back to where she took me and that she has already paid my bride price and everything about me, so there was no more going back. She took us to a shrine and we took an oath and she threatened that we would die if we broke the oath.

“At that time, she gave us four men to sleep with us. When the four men started sleeping with us, I developed a stomach problem. While I was in Ghana, my mother started looking for me and reported to the police. The police later arrested the boy. The woman put us inside a bus and took us to Lagos where she abandoned us and ran away. We spent three weeks in Ghana.”

Another victim, Mmesoma, said four men slept with her for the three weeks they stayed in Ghana before their rescue.



Clergyman arraigned for allegedly raping, impregnating a minor



A clergyman, Rev Dr Theophilus Tarveshima, 45 was on Wednesday arraigned before a Makurdi Upper Area Court for allegedly raping and impregnating a 13 year old girl.

When the case came up, Police Prosecutor, Inspector Veronica Shaagee told the court that the case was received at state Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Makurdi from ‘D’ Divisional Police Headquarters, Gbajimba on October 6, this year.

She explained further that one Dooga Shuir of behind L.G.A Secretariat reported to Gbajimba Police Station that, he discovered that his.14 year old daughter, Doosuur Dooga was pregnant.

The Police Prosecutor said Dooga had told the police that when he enquired from his daughter Doosuur who was responsible for the pregnancy, she said that it is one Rev. Dr Theophilus Tarveshima of same address who got her pregnant.

She said Dooga explained further that his daughter disclosed that the man of God had sexual intercourse with her more than two times as a result of which she became pregnant.

The Prosecutor said during Police investigation, the said Rev. Dr. Theophilus Tarveshima was arrested for committing the offence.

Shaagee further said that the case was still ongoing and requested for time to complete it adding that the accused contrarvened Section 284 of the Penal Code Law of Benue State 2004.

However, the Magistrate, Mrs Rose Iyorshe granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 and one surety with a fixed address and adjourned the case to November 10th for further mention.

Iyorhse explained that the accused was granted bail because there was an accompanying affidavit with the First Information Report (FIR) that the informant (Mr. Dooga Shuir) was no longer interested in the case.


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Lover ‘pushes’ girlfriend to death after seeing her with another man



The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested one Enoch Yohanna, who allegedly pushed his girlfriend, Ruth Amos, to her death.

The Spokesman of the Command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, confirmed the development in a statement.

Wakil in the statement on Friday said a patrol by detectives sighted the 28-year-old lady laying in a pool of blood with wounds on her head and blood gushing from her mouth at the Sabon Kaura area of Bauchi metropolis.

The statement said: “On 07/10/2021 at about 0445hrs a Joint patrol team in collaboration with the Peace and security committee while on visibility patrol sighted a young lady laying in a pool of blood with wounds on her head and blood gushing from her mouth at Sabon Kaura, the team evacuated the victim to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi, where medical doctor certified her dead. ”

“During the course of investigation, one Hajara Amos aged 56yrs of Bayara village was identified as the deceased mother and also identified the deceased as Ruth Amos aged 28yrs of the same address.”

The Command said the suspect will soon be profiled and charged to court.

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Kidnappers snatch woman’s car with her two kids in Akure



Police in Ondo State on Saturday said two little girls of nursery and kindergarten classes had been kidnapped in Akure, the state capital, and their mother’s car stolen by the suspected kidnappers.

Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State, Funmilayo Odunlami, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the abduction took place on Friday night.

She said the mother had parked the car in front of her house around 8pm when they returned from an outing, and went out to open the gates, leaving the two kids in the vehicle.

Odunlami said, “Another car with three occupants suddenly drove up to her; some of the occupants collected her car keys and drove her car away with the kids inside.

“The anti-kidnapping section of the police is already on the trail of the assailants to rescue the two kids and recover the car.”

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