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Sexual abuse: I was ridiculed, humiliated, treated as a criminal..,Says father of two demanding for justice

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Sexual abuse: I was ridiculed, humiliated, treated as a criminal..,Says father of two demanding for justice

Sexual abuse: I was ridiculed, humiliated, treated as a criminal..,Says father of two demanding for justice

By Ifeoma Ikem

Sexual abuse is a major challenge in the society with many cases recorded daily. While most of them are unreported to appropriate authorities, some victims and their families do come forward, but receive no justice, as the accused are not duly punished.

A middle aged father, businessman, Mr Samuel Okpala has boldly approached a non-governmental organisation known as Advocate For Children and Valuable Persons Network (ACVPN) for justice, where he narrated his ordeal; how he was humiliated and detained for two weeks at Panti, in the year 2019, which affected his business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to him,it was over two years since the incident occured but the pain of the injustice he suffered remained. He was unlawfully detained for two weeks without committing any crime. Worse, his children were sexually abused by his ex-wife Niece..

Narrating his story, he said he was separated from his ex-wife, who was given custody of their two children, 5 and 7 years old, with access equally granted to him too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I remarried after the separation. During a holiday, my children came to spend it with me. Within three days, I noticed unusual behavior from my younger daughter who was exhibiting a very wrong behavior. I kept watch on her and immediately drew the attention of their mother about my observation but she defended them.

So I had to involved the authorities that I could and to invite my ex wife because the character (of the child) was strange to me. I contacted the (Advocates for children and Vulnerable persons Network ACVPN Isolo welfare, Lagos State Ministry of Youth and social Development MYSD, Alausa Ikeja Child protection Unit, Lagos State Domestic Violence Response Team DSVRT, the Ikotun police station Family support unit FSU, and the Isheri Sound police station Alimoso LGA. She did not honour the invitation until it was transferred to the Gender Anti-Human Trafficking Unit SCID Panti.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the case was transfered to Panti, The former OC Gender Anti-Human Trafficking Unit SCID PANTI in person of Mrs. Margaret Ighodalo demanded for from me to part with N100,000 before it was reduced to N50,000 of which I refused because I was not the offender rather I was reporting the crime and I did not know what the money was meant for. Then I was asked to meet former DCP SCID Panti. Getting to the office, I met my ex wife who was not cooperating right from the day this matter was reported to the authorities that were supposed to handle the case until it was transferred to Panti.

Narrating further, “Surprisingly, as I steppped inside the office, I met my ex wife and I was informed that my ex wife alleged that when we were together as husband and wife, I sexually abused her niece who was living with us before we separated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The former DCP SCID Panti ordered them to detain me, without asking any questions or investigating what my ex wife alleged or talking to the authorities that invited her earlier but she refused to honour until the case was transferred.

“My ex wife framed me. I was ridiculed, humiliated and treated as a criminal; my finger print and picture was taken yet justice has not been served, he added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However findings reveal that based on Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) report, Lagos State Ministry of Justice Alausa, Ikeja, advised that Samuel Okpala be exonerated while his ex wife and her niece be prosecuted based on the CECEYARA CHILDRENS FOUNDATION Forensic interview report which showed that the girl’s (Okpala’s child) unusual behavior was as a result of the lesbianism the ex wife’s niece subjected the little girl to.

Two years later and nothing has been heard of this case. Samuel OKPALA was a former Student Union member of University of Nigeria Nsulka, UNN. An Engineer by profession.

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FG Deploys 10,000 Booklets To New P/Harcourt Passport Production Centre

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There is no shortage of booklets again for the production of passport in Nigeria, the Federal Government has revealed.

This was made known by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the commissioning of the Enhanced Passport Production Centre in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital on Tuesday, 9 August, 2022. The newly commissioned passport centre will now be responsible for the production of passport demands from Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States.

 

 

 

 

“We have left no stone unturned in our quest to make passports available to Nigerians. Last year alone, we provided 1.3 million passports to Nigerians. As of today, there is no booklets shortage in Nigeria.

“As at the second quarter of this year (in June), the NIS have provided 645,000 passports out of the 750,000 applications received. To address the challenge of the backlog, we have sent 11,000 booklets to Ikoyi, 11,000 to Alausa and 8,000 to FESTAC centres in Lagos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We have also sent sufficient booklets to all the centres nationwide to address this challenge. There is therefore no excuse again for delay and non-issuance within a reasonable period,” Minister told the cheering public.

The Minister also urged the listening public to make sure they apply by themselves online to avoid being shortchanged by unscrupulous elements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I will urge applicants for the Nigerian passport to apply early enough before their travel date to avoid cutting corners and falling into the hands of scammers and other opportunists. It is important also that they apply by themselves at the Nigeria Immigration Service portal and not through touts and unscrupulous officials, which often bring heartaches.

“We have provided a window of six weeks and three weeks for fresh application and renewal respectively, after biometric data capture, by which time, other things being equal, the passport will be ready for collection. This timeline is to enable NIS investigate and validate the claims of applicants and confer integrity on the passport issued. It is a reasonable provision in passport administration by global standard. There is no wait-and-get passport service anywhere in the world. The only wait-and-get passport is passport-sized photograph from Polaroid camera,” the Minister stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minister further stated that the Passport Production Centre launched today will serve applicants from Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States, but was quick to add that it doesn’t confer any advantage or disadvantage on any of the centres, noting that a deployment of 10,000 booklets has been deployed to serve the fours states with immediate effect. He also stated that there are currently no backlogs in any of the four states.

“The production centre we are launching today will serve Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States for production purpose only. It doesn’t confer any advantage or disadvantage on the applicants in any of the four states. It’s simply a production centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We have also delivered 10,000 passports to this centre. This is in addition to the fact that there are no backlogs to be cleared. In some advanced countries we often like to cite, it takes months to procure their passports. But in addition to the standardized timeline, we have also introduced tracking mechanism in the application process, to enable applicants monitor the progress of their application.

“We are also introducing data capture centres all over the country before the end of this year, to eliminate physical contacts with NIS officials. We shall continue to introduce necessary and available innovations to passport administration in order to best serve applicants in our quest for establishing citizenship integrity,” the Minister stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While speaking, Governor Nyesom Wike, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Gogo Banigo, promised to continue to support the Nigeria Immigration Service in the state, as it was the policy of his administration.

“We would continue to support the Nigeria Immigration Service, just as we provided the building now housing the production centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Just as we provide support to all security agencies in the state and in particular, the agencies under the ministry of Interior, we would continue to prioritize the welfare of the citizens of the state,” Gov. Wike stated.

During his opening address, Acting Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Idris Isah Jere, revealed that the service will no longer condone any act of indiscipline by officer, noting that they must be professional in carrying out their assigned duties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also at the event were: the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, represented by Brig. General EC Echebuwe; Commander, 115 Special Operations Group, Group Captain AA Opaleye; Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Mr. Friday, Eboka; Controller of Customs, Rivers State Command, Dappa Williams; Rivers State Director, Department of State Services, Mr. Mohammed Shittu; Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Umar Salisu Galadunchi; Rivers State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mark Balm; amongst other dignitaries.

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Gov. Akeredolu Confirms The Arrest of Owo Church Attackers

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Ondo state governor, Governor Akeredolu has confirm that the terrorists responsible for the owo attack has been arrested. He took to his twitter page to affirm what the defense minister said in the early hours of Tuesday about the arrest.

 

On his twitter page he said: “I am happy to announce that we have confirmed the arrest of the attackers of St Francis Catholic Church, Owo. The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor has also announced it. We have known for a while but we needed not to come out with it because more works are still ongoing.

 

 

 

 

 

Five of the attackers have been arrested, including the owner of the house in Owo where the attackers stayed before the June 5 attack, while the security operatives are still on the trail of some of them.

 

We did not spare a moment in trailing the terrorists since the horrendous attacks on innocent worshippers. We will continue to give the necessary supports to our security agencies towards protecting the lives and property in the State.”
Recall that on June 5, some group of terrorists attacked a church in owo leading to loss of lives.

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Air Peace announce suspension of flight To South Africa Over cost of Aviation Fuel

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Air Peace has announced the suspension of flight services to Johannesburg, South Africa, effective from 22nd August 2022.

The Airline, in a statement, cited the increasing cost of aviation fuel, worsening forex scarcity and the delay in the issuance of visas to intending passengers.

 

 

 

 

 

It also urged passengers whose flights are affected to reschedule before 22nd August, 9th October or request a refund.

Air Peace also expressed optimism that the issues which had caused the suspension would be addressed before October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The statement read: “We hereby inform the flying public that effective from August 22, 2022, our Johannesburg flight operations will be suspended till October 8, 2022.

“This development is regretted but has become inevitable due to the delayed issuance of South African visas to travellers, worsening forex crunch and the increasing cost of aviation fuel as well as its scarcity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“However, having informed the South African High Commission in Lagos of the effects of the difficulty in getting SA visas by Nigerians, which consequence is the abysmally low passenger loads on our flights to and from Johannesburg, we believe that the situation will have improved within the next 60 days. Hence, our willingness to resume operations on the October 8, 2022.

“Passengers whose flights are affected have the option of rescheduling to fly before August 22, 2022 or from October 9, 2022. Passengers can also request a refund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We apologise for the inconveniences caused and will keep the public updated while we hope the situation improves.”

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