Kebbi gov’s wife vows to end gender based violence

June 16, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Wife of the Kebbi state Governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, has expressed commitment towards ending rape and gender-based violence in the state. Dr Shinkafi Bagudu gave the assurance while participating in a Webinar titled, “Mobilising Actions against Rape and Sexual Abuse.” According to a statement made available to Blueprint by Special Adviser on media to the Governor Yahaya Sarki Read More

Kebbi Assembly vows to pass laws against rape

June 14, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Kebbi state House of Assembly has said it would enact relevant laws to deal with Gender- Based Violence and Child rights violations in the state. The Speaker of the House,  Alhaji Abdulmumini Samaila Kamba, stated this when a coalition of Civil Society Organizations in the state, coordinated by Tallafin Mata Development Association and Actionaid visited the assembly complex. According to Read More

Ogun gov wife leads walk against rape, gender based violence

June 8, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

The wife of the Ogun state governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, Monday solicited the support of government at all levels to matters concerning rape and gender based violence. Mrs. Abiodun made this call during a peaceful and awareness walk to the Executive and the Legislative arms of the state to solicit support for action against gender based violence and rape in Read More

No mercy, bail for rapist in Ekiti, Fayemi declares

June 7, 2020 Raphael Adeyanju 0

The governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has directed the office of the State Attorney General (AG) and Commissioner for Justice to always oppose bail application and plea bargaining for rape offenders. Fayemi said the issue of rape had gone beyond what a government of a state can conquer, saying he would deploy his position as the Chairman of Read More

No justification for rape – Ebonyi commissioner’s aide

June 7, 2020 Paul Okah 0

Media Aide to Ebonyi state Commissioner for Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Chief Oluchukwu Ukie Ezeali (P. Noble), Hon. Ogbonnia Nwachi, has labelled as “ignorant, insensitivity and high level of wickedness” the assertion of many Nigerians that women were raped because of  “indecent dressing”, saying that there should never be any justification for rape. In a statement he signed and made Read More

5 gang-rape 13-year-old girl, nabbed in Kaduna

June 6, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Kaduna state government has confirmed the arrest of four men, suspected to have drugged and gang-raped a 13-year-old girl and their accomplice in Kaduna. The state’s Ministry of Human Services and Social Development which disclosed this said the victim was later dumped underneath a parked vehicle near her home. The ministry on its verified official Twitter handle narrated that the Read More

Barakat: Oyo Assembly to review existing laws on sexual violence

June 5, 2020 Bayo Agboola 0

The chairman, Parliamentary Council of the Oyo state House of Assembly, Ayotunde Fatokun, on Friday disclosed that the Assembly “is set to review existing laws on sexual violence and input stricter punishment.” Fatokun, who made the disclosure in Ibadan while speaking with newsmen shortly after visiting and commiserating with the family of Barakat Bello. According to him, this became necessary Read More

NCWD DG calls for paradigm shift in prosecution of rape cases

June 4, 2020 Ene Osang 0

The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), has condemned the increase in cases of rape of women across the country, calling for a paradigm shift in how rape is handled by all actors. A statement signed in Abuja Thursday by its Director General (DG), Mary Ekpere-Eta ESQ, called for improved and effective response from the police, the judiciary, members of Read More

Rape: Declare state of emergency on GVB, ActionAid tells FG

June 3, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

Following the increase in reported cases of rape and killings of women and girls, ActionAid Nigeria, a human rights and social justice non-governmental organisation has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a State of Emergency on Gender Based Violence following the increase in reported cases of rape and killings of women and girls, particularly in May 2020. Speaking in Read More

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Man in court for ‘raping’ she-goat

March 13, 2020 Editorial III 0

A 22-year-old man, Sunday Ogaji, who allegedly raped a she-goat, on Friday, appeared in an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court. The police charged Ogaji, whose address was not given with “unnatural offence.” The prosecution counsel, Sgt. Olubu Apata, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 4 at about 2.30 p.m. at Basiri area in Ado-Ekiti. He alleged that Read More

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Court remands man for ‘defiling’ 3-yr-old girl

March 6, 2020 Editorial III 0

An Ifetedo Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Friday, ordered that a 29-year-old man, Adeyele Sesan, be remanded in a Nigerian Correctional Centre, for allegedly defiling three-year-old girl, pending bail. The police charged Sesan with to four counts of unlawful carnal knowledge, assault, defilement and threat to life. Magistrate Joseph Owowlabi, who refused the oral bail application filed by the defendant, Read More

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55-year-old man jailed 14 years for attempted rape of daughter

February 28, 2020 Editorial IV 0

 An Ado-Ekiti High Court has sentenced a 55-year-old man,  Bashiru Adeyanju to  14 years imprisonment without option of fine for attempted  rape of  his 17-year-old daughter. Adeyanju was found guilty based on his confessional statement and statements of witnesses called during the trial. The presiding judge, Justice Monisola Abodunde, did not however find him guilty of the offence of serial rape which he was Read More

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Oyo police nab Okada rider for beheading 5-yr-old, raping housewife

December 21, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Oyo state police command on Friday paraded a commercial motorcyclist, Gbenga Oduola, 37, for beheading a five-year-old boy, Opeyemi Fadeyi, as well raping his mother, Bosede, 34, serially.  Briefing journalists at the command headquarters’ in Eleyele, Ibadan, Oyo state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shina Olukolu, said the incident occurred on December 9, 2019, at a house at Imeleke Road, Read More

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Rape of minors: Cry of the innocent

September 28, 2019 Editorial III 0

The spate of rape, especially of infants and children, is a disturbing development that should be of concern to every individual in society and should be stopped, ELEOJO IDACHABA writes in this report. Rape used to be a topic hardly discussed in the Nigerian society as  at  it rarely happened. It is not only illegal but also abhorred by all Read More

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Official: COZA opens up, dismisses Busola’s rape allegation against Pastor Fatoyinbo

September 21, 2019 Editor 0

The leadership of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), has released an official statement on the rape allegation against their senior pastor, Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo, by Busola Dakolo, wife of singer Timi Dakolo. Busola in a tell-all interview released in June, acccused Fatoyinbo of raping her when she was a teenager attending his church in Ilorin. Fatoyinbo had since denied the Read More

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Wanted: The Ukraine, Alabama rape cure

August 31, 2019 Editor 0

Perhaps, the next most rampant phenomenon stalking the land after kidnapping and armed banditry is rape. No day has passed by without one or two or more cases of rape being reported in the media. In fact, I have been trying to keep tabs on the heinous occurrences for a very long time but doing so amounts to scooping the Read More

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Rape allegation: Police detain COZA Pastor

August 27, 2019 Editor 0

Biodun Fatoyinbo, Senior Pastor and founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) is currently being detained at Nigerian Police Force Headquarters in Abuja after he surrendered himself for questioning over rape allegations levelled against him by Mrs Busola Dakolo. Mrs Dakolo, wife of Nigeria’s inspirational singer Timi Dakolo had accused Fatoyinbo of raping her many years ago – allegation Read More

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Rape allegation: Why I shunned PFN – Coza Pastor

August 23, 2019 Editor 0

Founder and Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly,  Biodun Fatoyinbo, has explained the reason he boycotted the panel set up by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to investigate the rape allegations levelled against him by a photographer, Bisola Dakolo. The cleric stated that he was advised by his lawyers not to appear before the panel because it was prejudiced Read More

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5 men gang-rape 19-year-old pregnant woman

August 14, 2019 Editorial III 0

A pregnant teenager suffered a miscarriage after she was ganged raped in Banswara, western India. The woman, 19, from India’s lowest caste, was eight-weeks pregnant when five men attacked her and her boyfriend with swords and iron rods. According to, her boyfriend died by suicide following the attack. The couple were travelling from Banswara town to a nearby village Read More

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No hiding place for rapists in Jigawa says Gov Badaru

August 13, 2019 Editorial III 0

Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar has promised to implement and comply with the amended Jigawa state Penal Code’s Laws that make it impossible for a rapist to go free. Under the amended laws, any person convicted of rape shall be liable to severe punishment with hard labour without an option of fine, or both. While receiving the Emir of Dutse on Read More

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Rape allegation: Police forced me to sign invitation letter at gunpoint – Busola Dakolo

August 7, 2019 Editor 0

Busola, photographer and wife of popular singer, Timi Dakolo, has alleged that policemen threatened her with a gun and forced her to sign a letter accusing her and her husband of criminal conspiracy. The incident reportedly happened three weeks after she had filed a rape allegation against the Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo. “The charges against Read More

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AAUA, NAWOJ condemn randy soldier for ‘raping’ student

August 5, 2019 Editorial III 0

The authorities of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) Ondo state, has  condemned the alleged sexual assault on one of its students by one of the soldiers stationed at a check point between Akungba Akoko and Ikare Akoko areas of the institution. In a letter signed by Acting Registrar of the institution, Mr. Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, said “the university, after its Read More