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Muslim Women Protest Against Rape, Demand Stiffer Penalties For Perpetrators

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Federation of Muslims Women Association of Nigeria (FOMAN) in Edo State, Tuesday, June 8, protested against the increasing rate of rape, just as the Association members called on government at all levels to come up with stiffer penalties for perpetrators.

FOMAN also called on government at all levels to institute practical mechanism that will give better protection for girls and women under the law and that will ensure perpetrators are brought to book.

The protesting women who carried placards with inscriptions such as, ‘say no to rape; join the fight against rape; Age no matter, whether three, five, 18, 50 and 80 years, it is rape among others’, noted that the protest became necessary so as to stop the rape and killing in the country.

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Speaking on behalf of the National Amirah, Hajiya Halima, the state Amira, Hajia Rabi Abiri, said rape in whatever form negates the teaching of the world’s major religions which preache chastity as an essential requirement for a morally upright family, community and nation.

She noted that as Muslims mothers, they have watched with concern the increase in the incidence of rape across the country.

She said, “This has heightened the level of insecurity and women freedom of movement is threatened while its dignity is being shredded. Women and children are living in fear of being molested, abused or killed.”

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Also speaking, the Chief Imam of Benin, Abdufatai Enabulele, noted that women are created to be respected and not to be violated.

Enabulele, who joined the women in the protest said him and other men decided to join the women so as to support them, noting that raping and killing of women should be a concern to all Nigerians.

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He called on both the federal and the state government to have the political will to come up with stiffer penalty.

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PHOTOS: Many Trapped As Two-storey Building Collapses In Lagos Island

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Rescue operation is currently ongoing to save victims trapped in a two-storey building which collapsed at number 15, Iga Idungaran, close to Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu’s palace, Lagos Island.

According to eyewitness, the unfortunate incident occurred at about 11am, Thursday.

Men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Nigeria Police, among other emergency responders were on ground searching for survivors.

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Recall that the latest incident happened barely four days ago, precisely on Sunday, when a Mosque collapsed at Yusuf Street, Papa Ajao, Mushin area, killing at least three worshippers, including a 12 year-old boy in the process.

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Terrorists Kill 12 In Kaduna Market Attack

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Terrorists, on Wednesday, reportedly attacked and killed 12 persons at Maro Junction, a weekly Market in Maro Ward, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

A former chairman of the local government, Cafra Caino, who confirmed the development to The PUNCH, said the assailants invaded the market around 3pm on Wednesday and opened fire.

According to him, 12 bodies have been recovered while 20 others who sustained various degrees of injuries have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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He explained that it was the second time the weekly market had been attacked while business owners and customers transacting businesses.

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“The situation is critical and has thrown residents around the area into confusion while they scampered for safety in neighbouring villages.

“Security operatives drafted to the area have already left. We are appealing to the government to deploy security operatives to help restore normalcy,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, did not respond to calls and text messages sent to him by The PUNCH correspondent as of the time of filling this report.

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VIDEO: Three Arrested For Accusing Delta Policemen Of Stealing N50m Gold Chains

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The Delta State Police Command has arrested three men for wrongly accusing some of its officers of stealing their gold chains, supposedly worth N50 million, during a stop-and-search operation.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Edafe Bright, disclosed this in a post, accompanied by a video, on X.com on Tuesday.

His caption read, “So yesterday, these three guys were accosted by men of RRS, searched, and allowed to go, only for them to come back later in the evening, alleging that their gold worth N50m was stolen by the policemen.

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“The policemen were humiliated for simply doing their job; well, the rest is history. “Please watch for the full gist.”

In the video, Edafe explained that the gold chains were later found in the possession of the suspects when they came back to the RRS office to accuse the officers of theft.

The driver in whose pocket the gold chains were found also claimed that the chains were given to him before they got to the RRS checkpoint.

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He added that later on, one of them, Nnamdi, said he couldn’t find his gold when he wanted to change his clothes.

“I called his brother to ask if those were the gold he (Nnamdi) was looking for, but he said no. So when we came back to the RRS office, the chains were found in my inner pocket,” he explained, speaking in pidgin.

 

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