At least, 20 people were abducted when bandits attacked Furfuri community in Bungudu local government area of Zamfara State, Sunday night.
Among those abducted were two wives of a former Accountant-General of Zamfara State, Abu-Bello Furfuri.
Sources, however, said the two wives, Hajia Khadija and Hajia Ade were rescued by members of a vigilante group in the area.
It was gathered that two of his female children and some domestic staff are still being held by the bandits.
The two abducted daughters are Zulaihat Abu-Bello and Zainab Abu-Bello.
Furfuri community is less than 10 kilometres from the capital city, Gusau.
Abdullahi Shehu, a resident of Bungudu town, said the bandits attacked the community around 11 p.m. Sunday night and went straight to the former Accountant-General’s residence.
“He (former Accountant General) lives with his family in Furfuri even when he was the accountant general, so it’s possible the attack was a deliberate one because they went straight to his house when they entered the community.”
Though Shehu said Furfuri was at home when the bandits struck, he said the man was helped by one of his domestic staff to leave the house through a back exit.
He said other houses were attacked. In one house, eight siblings were reportedly abducted by the bandits.
“What we know now is that 18 residents are with the bandits including Zulaihat and Zainab and three other domestic staff taken from the forrmer AG (Accountant General) house. Seven of them were taken but with the rescue of the two wives, he now has five people to save. The remaining 13 people were picked from other houses. They could be more than that but for now, this is what we’ve gathered.”
PREMIUM TIMES gathered from an anonymous member of the ex-accountant-general’s family that his two wives were, however, rescued by a team of vigilance members in the area.
He said immediately after the attack, the vigilance members mobilised their men and followed the bandits.
“That’s how they do,” he said. “Anytime there is an attack, the vigilante members regroup and either block or chase the bandits to see if they can rescue some of the abductors.
“Immediately the bandits left Furfuri, we alerted the vigilante members who went after the gunmen and because the wives are too weak to walk the distance to where the bandits kept their motorcycles.”
He said the wives have been handed over to their husband.
Contacted, the Zamfara State police command spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, said he was in a meeting. He, however, confirmed the abduction but didn’t give details.
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The metropolitan police who confirmed the arrest on Thursday said the duo was charged with conspiring to bring a child to the UK in order to harvest organs.
The arrest followed an investigation by the force’s specialist crime team.
The Police said that they have been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court today.
“Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55 (10.9.66) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting,” the statement reads.
“Ike Ekweremadu, 60 (12.05.62) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
“A child has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support.
“As criminal proceedings are now under way we will not be providing further details.”
Lagos bishop allegedly rapes female pastor twice, threatens victim
The founder of a church in Lagos State, identified only as Bishop Daniels, has been accused of raping an assistant female pastor at his house in the Lekki area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered from the victim that Daniels, who is married with children, allegedly raped her on two separate occasions, adding that she bled during the incident.
Our correspondent learnt that the victim, who was based outside Lagos, was summoned to the Lagos headquarters of the church where the incident happened.
She said, “He wanted me to attend a meeting and the date clashed with my brother’s wedding. So, I didn’t attend the meeting and as punishment, he ordered church members at my branch not to celebrate my birthday and instructed me to report to the church’s headquarters in Lagos for punishment.
“So, I went to his house in Lekki for the punishment and when I got there, he said I should strip naked because he wanted to beat me. He was alone at home. He saw that I was shocked at his statement and started making me feel guilty.
“He said his spiritual father tested him in many areas and after hours of contemplating, he became angry that I disobeyed him. So, I went into the guest room, took off my clothes and closed my eyes as I came out to meet him. He told me not to close my eyes, and ordered me to kneel as he sat on a chair.
“He saw my nakedness and said he wanted to test my loyalty and was not having sex with me. He told me to put my clothes back and after wearing them, he told me to take them off again and I did. He later told me to go and not tell anyone, but after leaving his place, I told some of our senior church members.”
The victim said she returned home and after some time, Daniels called her to report at his residence over another incident.
She said, “So, while at his house, he told me he would punish me for an offence and said I should transcribe the messages in one of his teachings. The next day, the pastor of the branch in Ibadan and his wife whom I met at his residence the previous day left, so I was alone in the house with Bishop Daniels.
“So, while in the sitting room with him, he attempted to kiss me and I stopped him; then he slapped me. He was angry and said the last time he told me to go naked, he didn’t do anything with me. So, he left and I went into the room to sleep.
“The following day, we were in the sitting room listening to a pastor’s message when he said I should go naked again. I did, and surprisingly, he also went naked and raped me for about 30 minutes till I started bleeding because of the tears I sustained despite not being a virgin.
“The incident happened around 10pm; I was dumbfounded. He told me to go inside the room to clean up myself and before I returned, he had cleaned up the blood on the floor. He told me not to tell anyone, but I told a pastor in my church.”
The victim said Daniels did not allow her to leave his house, adding that when he attempted raping her the following night, she pleaded with him that she was tired.
The 22-year-old said, “In the morning, I greeted him, but he didn’t answer. Later, he started saying I should be privileged that he had that kind of thing with me. All of a sudden, he took off my clothes and raped me again and I still bled the second time. It was traumatic for me.
“He told me to go to the bathroom to wash and he cleaned the blood before I came out. I picked up my phone, informed the pastor of my branch and another church member of our branch, who decided to come to the pastor’s house.
“Bishop Daniels started begging me and said he never knew what came over him. When the church member came, I wanted to follow her out to tell her the story, but he prevented me from leaving the house. I later left his house but while thinking about the incident, I felt suicidal.
“I stopped going to the church and my branch has been closed down. I reported the incident to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Alagbon, in 2020. But the investigating police officer, one inspector Samuel, told me to bring N70,000 if I wanted him arrested.
“I did not have that money and had to stop going to the station. Bishop Daniels started sending people to beg me, but I just moved on. Recently, two other victims reached out to me that Bishop Daniels attempted to have sex with them and I got someone ready to sponsor my case.
“So, I instituted the case again last month at the FCID Alagbon and he was arrested last week. I want justice, but the police have yet to charge him to court even after I gave them all my evidence, including how he was threatening me over the case and how his wife was begging me.”
Contacted to get his reaction regarding the victim’s allegations, Daniels said, “I don’t know or have any pastor with the name you gave me. If you want to publish an article, I will be glad to make money.”
However, in one of the audio recordings the victim sent to our correspondent, the bishop was heard telling her that they should commit sin together.
In another audio, the victim was heard crying as she challenged the bishop for telling someone that she wanted sex with him and he did it.
Responding, Daniels, in the audio said, “Don’t say that to anybody, I have not even been talking to anybody.”
A spokesperson for the FCID, Niyi Ogundeyi, said following the complaint of the victim, Daniels was arrested and detained for six days.
He said, “The case was initially reported in 2020, but the complainant said the case was not properly handled and it was referred to Supol Yemi. Bishop Daniels was arrested and detained for six days. Afterwards, he was released because he is entitled to bail and the police have no right to detain him perpetually.
“Meanwhile, investigation is ongoing and an appointment has been given to all parties to visit the command on Thursday. The allegation against him is that he sexually harassed her and other people corroborated the evidence of the complainant. Investigation is ongoing.”
Lesson teacher bags life imprisonment for impregnating 14-year-old pupil
Justice Abiola Soladoye of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Monday sentenced a lesson teacher, Joseph Ibanga, to life imprisonment for defilement and impregnating a 14-year-old girl.
The offence is said to be punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, which stipulates life imprisonment for offenders.
The prosecution presented three witnesses at the trial, while the defendant had no witness and spoke in his own defence.
According to the prosecution team, Olusola Soneye, Olufunke Adegoke, and Abimbola Abolade, the defendant committed the offence between January and March 2019 at No.12, Iresi Street, Orile-Agege, Lagos.
They all submitted that the defendant was a lesson teacher, who taught the survivor at home because she was not in school “for a long time due to slow learning.”
The prosecution said the defendant raped the minor where she lived with her aunt whenever he went to teach her.
She subsequently became pregnant and had a baby.
Delivering judgment in the matter, Justice Soladoye said the prosecution proved the charge of defilement against the convict.
She said, “The survivor was a minor and her consent is immaterial. The evidence before the court showed that the defendant had sex with the victim in her home and in the defendant’s own matrimonial home. She subsequently became pregnant and had a baby.
“The medical report corroborated the evidence against the defendant. The defendant is responsible for the act and there is evidence before the court to prove same.
“The survivor identified the defendant as her lesson teacher and the person who had sexual intercourse with her without her consent.
“The defendant is very ungrateful and wicked, ravished the student with impunity and taught her nonsense. Ibanga has brought ridicule to the teaching profession and this punishment will serve as a lesson to him and warning to others.
“The defendant is hereby found guilty as charged based on the avalanche of evidence against him, and he is sentenced to life imprisonment.”
The judge ordered that the convict should have his name entered into the register of sexual offenders of Lagos State.
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