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Civil Defence Personnel Assault Leadership Newspaper Reporter At Catholic Archbishop Ordination.


By Jide Jegede

Waheed Adebayo, Oyo State Correspondent of Leadership Newspapers, had a rough deal with men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, at the installation of a new Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Gabriel Abegunrin, last Friday.

Mr. Adebayo, who, alongside other journalists, was duly accredited for the event, was assaulted by three officials of the corps, who accused him of “indiscipline”.

The reporter drew the fury of the Civil Defence men when he refused being pushed back as he attempted to photograph the retiring Archbishop Alaba Job handing over to his successor at SS Peter and Paul Major Seminary, Bodija, Ibadan.

The occasion, covered by several journalists, was graced by eminent personalities from within and outside the country, including Governors Abiola Ajimobi and Kayode Fayemi of Oyo and Ekiti states respectively, as well as a representative of Pope Francis II.

While journalists jostled for vantage spots to properly cover the event, personnel of the Civil Defence were also busy trying to prevent them.

One official, identified as A.J. Anjorin, threatened to seize and vandalise cameras of the journalists should they go beyond a point to the podium.
As the retiring Bishop prepared to handover the staff of office to his successor, photojournalists with PRESS tag naturally surged forward for shots.

But while personnel from other security outfits, including the Police, Department of Security Service, gave way for journalists to do their job, furious Civil Defence Corps officials pounced on the journalists.

Mr. Anjorin particularly singled out Mr Adebayo, beat him and tore his cloth. His colleagues also joined him in dragging the reporter.
Effort by other journalists to identify Mr. Adebayo did not stop the officials from rough-handling him.

Among the NSCDC men, Mr. Anjorin appeared most outraged and bent on attacking the journalists. He refused to listen to the State Public Relations Officer of the corps who was called in to ask order when they went wild.

“I am not going to listen to any boss. Take your phone away. You said you are journalists. Go and write whatever you like,” he retorted while being asked to speak to the PRO on phone.

With the kind of treatment handed Mr. Adebayo, people nearly mistook him for a thief and he was almost mobbed by some of the faithful at the occasion.

It only took the timely intervention of his colleagues and the President, Media Arm of the Catholic Church, Tope Abiola, who insisted that the victim (Adebayo) was duly invited to cover the installation before he was left alone.

Mr. Job also directed that Mr. Adebayo be given another cloth to join them at the mass held for the ordination.

Mr. Adebayo later told PREMIUM TIMES that he had never been so assaulted in his decades of journalistic experience.

He said he lost his Samsung Handset, eye glasses, the sum of N10, 000 and his office identity card in the incident.
The Public Relations Officer of the NCSDC in the state, Oluwole Olusegun, could not be reached for comments on Sunday.
He did not answer calls made repeatedly to his phone. He also failed to respond to a text message sent to him for an official reaction.

However, an official of the corps in the state, who would not want her name mentioned because she was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the command was planning to invite Mr. Adebayo to their office on Monday to apologize to him and possibly pay for his damaged property and refund his lost cash.


Civil Defense Operative Shoots Policeman To Death At Armed Robbery Scene In Bayelsa.


By SaharaReporters, New York

A member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC)  shot and killed a mobile policeman during a shoot-out with armed robbers in Yenegoa.

The NSCDC personnel and the deceased mobile policeman were both attached  to the State Security outfit, ‘Operation Door Akpor.’

Police sources said that the security patrol team had engaged armed robbers in a shoot-out at Edepie axis of the state capital after it received a distress call that robbers have attacked a petrol station in the area.

Police public relations officer in the state, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, who confirmed the incident, described the death of the policeman as an unfortunate mishap.

“Last Monday night, the police received a distress call that armed robbers had attacked a  petrol station at Edepie roundabout in the state capital.

“When the patrol team got there, the robbers opened fire on sighting the police van, so there was a shoot-out, and in the process, the civil defense personnel mistakenly shot his patrol team colleague,” Akhigbe said.

Total Garbled Mismanagement Of Biafra Resources, 1,556 Illegal Oil Refineries Destroyed, 1,646 Suspects Arrested In 2013 — CNS.

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1,556 illegal oil refineries have so far been destroyed by the Nigerian Navy in 2013. 1,646 suspects have also been arrested, according to the Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Vice-Admiral Dele Ezeoba.Ezeoba disclosed this at the launch of the Chief of Naval Staff Strategic Guidance, SG, 02 in Abuja, yesterday.“The Nigerian Navy destroyed 1,556 illegal oil refineries, 103 barges, 69,606 auxiliary equipment and 1,443 large wooden boats.’Between October 2012 and September 2013, more than 1,646 suspects were arrested and handed over to either the Nigeria Police Force, EFCC or the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for trial,” Ezeoba said.He stated that the incidence of piracy had been reduced considerably.“For instance, between January and September 2013, the Nigerian Navy received 91 alerts of suspected sea robbery and piracy within Nigeria’s maritime space,” he added.According to Ezeoba, the Nigerian Navy responded to 64 cases of sea robbery and is currently investigating 22 of the remaining cases.The chief of naval staff also said the two hijacked vessels, MV Crow and MT Norte, with 17,000 metric tonnes of gasoline, were successfully rescued by the Navy.“Currently, two offshore patrol vessels are under construction, one to be fully built in China and the other to be completed in the Naval Shipyard Limited, Port Harcourt,” he added.Ezeoba also said the Navy had acquired a U.S. Coast Guard Ship, USCGC Gallatin which is expected to sail into the country by the second quarter of 2014.“Following the achievement of the aforementioned milestone, which was the essence of my SG 01, it has now become necessary to issue my SG 02,” he said.



Abomination: Grandma sold daughter’s baby girl for $1,600 in Cross River state.

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A woman in Cross River state has been arrested by the police after her daughter reported her for selling her baby for N253,000 (about $1,600)Miss Ndidi Nkwegu, alleged that her mother sold her baby daughter to a child trafficker, who has also been nabbed, in the neighbouring Ebonyi state, after she sold the baby at a bigger price to another ‘baby business tycoon’ based in Abuja.“When I came back home and asked my mother for the whereabouts of my daughter, she couldn’t tell me anything reasonable.“I discovered that she had bought so many things which she never had before; actually, my mother was never happy with me when she discovered that I was pregnant, prior to my giving birth to my baby girl.“I had to call the police; my mother is now in police detention in Cross River State.“After interrogation, the police discovered that she was the one who sold my baby to a woman who is a child trafficker,” she told newsmen.The case blew open after the the Ebonyi State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrested four persons allegedly engaged in child trafficking.They were paraded Friday.Mrs Ego Echendu, the Commandant of NSCDC in Ebonyi, told a news conference at the NSCDC Headquarters in Abakaliki, said that the suspects were arrested on Thursday in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi.“Yesterday we were able to arrest some suspects we have been trailing and monitoring for about one month now; they are involved in child trafficking,” he said.”The Traffic Unit of the Command foiled the suspects’ plot to convey their victims out of the state. However, other suspects are still at large but as soon as the command completes its investigation, the case would be transferred to the agency responsible for such matters,’’ she said.Echendu said that one of the traffickers was a dealer in the child trafficking business while the other suspect was a buyer.“We had to strike yesterday following the information that reached us.

“The buyer was about to move to Abuja to sell the baby to another set of people for a higher amount; the information we got was that the baby was bought at the cost of N253, 500.“We are tiding up our file. As this is not one of our core mandates, we are going to transfer the case to the agency saddled with such responsibility,” she said.Echendu said that the suspects had confessed to the crime, adding that they also divulged information on some of their accomplices.“The dealer is Blessing Nwilo, a teacher in Sharon Secondary School, Abakaliki, but she hails from Enugu; the buyer is Ngboro Chikezie from Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi.“She claims to be an Area Officer with the Ministry of Education in Ebonyi,” she said.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Suspected Cult Members Arrested In Akure For Gang Raping 16 Year Old Girl.


Wale Fadahunsi and Banji Olaseinde
By SaharaReporters, New York

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested two members of a gang of suspected serial rapists.  The two men are allegedly to have raped a young girl.


At the NSCDC headquarters in Akure, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Kayode Balogun said the rape happened in Oluwatuyi quarters in Akure and told reporters, “We got a tip off and the two guys were arrested while the remaining four are still at large. They gave us a confessional statement on how the young lady was raped, and they threatened her not to tell anyone what transpired. Because of that fear she did not tell anyone.”


Balogun said items found in the possession of the suspects include butcher’s knives and a small axe.


One of them, Wale Fadahunsi, 28, told police he sex with the girl but did not force her. He had asked the girl out several time but she refused.  A high school drop-out, Fadahunsi is now a fashion designer.  He admitted to being a member of the cult group.


“On that day, I went to go and meet someone to give them fashion work when I met her in the house. My friends advise me to seize the opportunity to have sex with her since I asked her out and she is proving stubborn. So, I did it willingly and did not force her”


The second suspect, Banji Olaseinde, 25, known as ‘Obanje Babalawo Sherry’ said he is also a high school drop-out and belongs to the cult group, Blue Angel. He said, “We were many that raped her and we have asked her many times to join our group.”


The victim said she was on her way back from school when she was accosted and taken inside the house and gang-raped.  She said the six boys took turns, forced her to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, cut a section of her finger and licked her blood as a way of initiating her into the gang.


“I saw those guys. I wanted to run and they told me not to run. One of the guy held my hand and took me inside and forced me. He said I should come and join their cult group but I refused and they held my cloth and took met on the bed and three of them took their turns while they also video me”.


She said after they had raped her, she begged the guys to let her leave but they refused and took her to another nearby house, they threatened to send the video to everyone in the street, including her school.  At the second house three guys raped her again.


The Ondo state chairperson of the Federation of International Female Lawyers (FIDA), Barr (Mrs) Adesola Adeyemi-Tuki is protesting the incessant rape cases which always involve girl-child and women.


Adeyemi-Tuki said, “We cannot continue to fold our arms and watch our women and girls being raped by these ugly ones in our society. We are not happy over these reoccurring and sad incidents. Parents should be watchful and look after their children, and school administrators should be vigilant about their pupils”.


She also asked the prosecutor of rape cases to redouble their effort and ensure no one found guilty is allowed to go free without been punished in accordance with the law.


This latest rape case comes a week after Ganiyu Kolawole, 71, was charged in court with the alleged rape of Taye Juliana, 7, at Oba Ile in Akure, first reported by Sahara Reporters on December 6th.

Another baby factory discovered Imo as police arrest proprietor.


A middle-aged woman, Mrs. Celine Eze from Umuezeala-Ogwara in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, has been arrested the police for her alleged involvement in running a baby factory and child trafficking.

According to information available to, Mrs. Eze, a professional nurse, was arrested at her home in the community by security operatives from police headquarters, Owerri.

She was said to have capitalized on her profession as a nurse to perpetrate the crime.

According to village sources, Mrs. Eze has been running the secret home for a long time now where she keeps pregnant female students and teenage girls who were being impregnated by her boys.

Some villagers revealed that the babies were being sold to people ‘looking for fruits of the womb’, while some were of the opinion that the babies were sold to highest bidders.

Meanwhile, the husband of the culprit, Mr. Matthew Eze, was said to be making frantic effort to get her wife released from the police.

This is even as no proper search was said to have been made by the police in her home.

When contacted for clarifications on the matter, the state police PRO, DSP Joy Elemoko confirmed the case but said she did not know the name of the person involved.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Nigerian ‘baby factories’ bring profits and pain.


ENUGU, Nigeria (AFP) – The proprietor of Nigeria‘s Moonlight Maternity Clinic was not interested in discussing allegations that he sells newborn babies, with boys fetching higher prices than the girls.

“I have nothing to say to you,” Ben Akpudache, a stout 74-yeard-old, told AFP at the small, dimly lit clinic with concrete floors tucked between commercial shops in the southeastern city of Enugu.

“I can’t just have people coming in and asking questions.”

“Doctor” Akpudache, whose medical credentials are under question, had his clinic raided in July after a three-month sting operation in which the security forces discovered a so-called baby factory.

“We had our people posing as if they wanted to buy a child,” Nigeria’s Civil Defence Corps (NCDC) spokesman Denny Iwuckukwu told AFP.

Police had separately stormed his home in May, where they discovered that babies were also for sale.

The “factories” are usually small facilities parading as private medical clinics that house pregnant women and offer their children for sale. In some cases, young women have allegedly been held against their will and raped, with their newborns sold on the black market.

But security services say the majority of cases, including that of the Moonlight clinic, have seen unmarried women with unplanned pregnancies arrive voluntarily or through persuasion.

Their newborns are then sold for several thousand dollars, with boys fetching higher prices. The mother receives roughly $200 (150 euros).

Typical was Ebere Onwuchekwa, 29, who became emotional when asked about the sale of her son Prosper.

Speaking at the office of a child rights NGO, she said the father demanded she get an abortion, illegal in Nigeria, and she refused. Her mother ultimately brought in a “midwife”, who delivered the baby then sold him for $1500.

“She took him away… He was a day old,” said Onwuchekwa.

After learning what happened, her uncles tracked Prosper down and got him back. The 18-month-old sat quietly on his mother’s lap as she spoke.

When asked about the woman who sold her son, a resentful Onwuchekwa said “she doesn’t want me to say anything about what happened”.

As for Akpudache, he is out on bail and his facility, which he insisted in a brief, tense encounter was a “registered maternity clinic”, remains opens.

Authorities said it was not been shut down because they were waiting for the courts to take action, though the NCDC spokesman insisted Akpudache would face justice.

“Human beings should not be sold like animals,” said Iwuckukwu.

When police stormed Akpudache’s expansive, three-storey home in Ogui Eke village, roughly an hour outside Enugu, they found six pregnant young women.

In a video provided to AFP by the Enugu police, one of the women said she wanted to continue studying, not struggle as a single mother. Akpudache’s offer to host her through the pregnancy then sell the newborn seemed a solution.

In the same video, Akpudache said he was just trying to “help people in need”.

Despite a 2003 law against human trafficking, including selling children, it is Nigeria’s third most common crime behind fraud and drug trafficking, the United Nations has said. The European Union has cited Nigeria as the African country where the scourge is most common.

The maximum sentence is life in prison but sentencing remains at the judges’ discretion and offenders can get away with just a fine.

Baby trafficking, in particular, has intensified in the southeast, which is populated mainly by the Igbo ethnic group. The NCDC has several ongoing undercover operations targeting suspected baby trafficking rings in Enugu, underscoring the severity of the problem in this region.

The reasons given for why this “baby” market has developed here vary widely.

Some fear newborns are being sold to witchdoctors for rituals in a country where occult practices still occur. Some say fraudsters in the region had simply found another reliable way to earn cash.

But the security forces and activists said the majority of buyers are likely married couples struggling to conceive.

Oby Nwankwo, who spent years as a magistrates court judge in the southeast, said Igbo customs that place huge importance on male children may also play a role.

Widows and daughters have faced massive obstacles when trying to inherit family resources after the death of a patriarch, explained Nwankwo, also a member of a UN committee on discrimination against women (CEDAW).

In some cases, “if a man does not have a child, that’s it. His brother or distant relative will inherit”, said the ex-judge.

Nigerian courts have ruled against Igbo inheritance customs that discriminate against females, but the pressure on a couple to have a male heir remains intense.

Official adoption, managed by state governments in Nigeria, is excessively bureaucratic and involves a public record, a problem in a society where stigmas about adoption persist.

Iruka Nwokedi of the Women in Peace-Building Network in Enugu also blamed the intense pressure placed on having a son in the region.

“Most people want to go through the back door… they look for illegal means,” said Nwokedi.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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