A decomposing body of a 16-year-old housemaid allegedly killed and dumped in the bush by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Mashi Local Government Area, Garba Talawai, has been found by the police. The deceased teenager, Rabi Abdullahi, was a housegirl to the DPO’s girlfriend, Sadiya Danyaya.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the DPO, who allegedly impregnated the girl, made unsuccessful efforts to abort the pregnancy that resulted to the death of the girl.
“When he realised that she died, the DPO sought the help of another policeman to dump the body in the bush,” said a source in the town who preferred not to be named.
Already the Katsina Police Commissioner, Sanusi Buba, has ordered the arrest and detention of Mr Talawai, a superintendent of police, after a preliminary report indicted him in the murder.
In a statement by the command’s spokesman, Gambo Isa, Rabi’s corpse was discovered at a bush path in Mashi on Thursday. Mr Isa, a superintendent of police, noted that while at the hospital, some staff identified the corpse to be the one brought by the DPO and one policeman on Wednesday.
According to the spokesman, the DPO’s girlfriend had confirmed to the police that Rabi was her maid and that she had been missing since Wednesday — an incident she reported to the DPO. Safiya told investigators that Rabi went missing after she rebuked her for carrying an unwanted pregnancy.
Mr Isa noted that both the DPO and his girlfriend, Safiya have been detained for a thorough investigation to determine their culpability in the murder.
He said a new Divisional Police Officer has already been posted to Mashi. “The Commissioner of police, Katsina state Command, CP Sanusi Buba, psc, assures the parents of the deceased and indeed the good people of Katsina state that the command will not leave any stone unturned until justice is done in the matter,” the statement added. (dailynigerian)
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A 53-year-old US millionaire, Stephen Bradley Mell, is facing a five-year jail term after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. It was reported that he once even put his private plane in autopilot mode for the purpose.
According to Gulf News, the mother of the teenager had approached him (Mell) so that he could give her flying lessons.
Mell of Bedminster, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to federal charges of engaging in interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct and receiving child pornography in December 2018 and is now due for sentencing next Tuesday.
The father-of-three, who started his own charity, Air LifeLine, which flew children with medical needs anywhere in the US for treatment, was accused of having sexual acts with the teenager.
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An 18-year old girl, who is a victim of sexual abuse, yesterday told an Ikeja Special Offence and Domestic violence Court, Lagos that her 52 -year -old father, Folorunso Oluwaseun had sexual intercourse with her for four years in order to enhance her private parts.
Testifying before Justice Sybil Nwaka, the victim (name withheld) said that the sexual abuse began when she was 12-years old while she was living with him at their Ikorodu residence in Lagos.
While being led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Babajide Boye, she said, “I was staying with my father with my four other siblings, (two boys and two girls) in a room apartment”.
“My father called me and said that my breast is not as big as that of my mates and that he would help me suck it with his mouth so that it can get bigger.
“I was in JSS 3 when he started. He asked me to sleep with him on the bed and he began to suck my breasts.
“The following day, I told my younger sister about the incident and she condemned it.
“The following week, he told me that I am not as fat as my mates and that he help pour sperm inside me so that I can be as fat as my peers.
“I allowed him have sex with me and thereafter, he gave me salt water to drink,” she said.
The victim further told the court that her mother left her father’s house in the year 2012 as the duo were always having marital issues.
“My father continued to abuse me sexually and when I told my younger sister about it, she said it is a curse and that the bible condemns it.
“I said same to my dad but he said it is not a curse because God knows that he does not have a wife.
“I attempted to stop him but he denied me and my siblings food for days until I gave in again.
“He said the more he continues to have sex with me, the more it will help him make more money to take care of us.
“My mum came but left again after about a month. He stopped when she was around and started again when she left.
“I didn’t tell my mum because he said I should not tell her. We usually go to the Apostolic church camp every year and he told me that his sister reported him to his mum and rather than rebuking him, she told him not to get me pregnant. I told my sister and she said my dad family don’t like us at all”
“In 2016, my mother came back to stay with us, she caught us one night when my father was trying to have sex with me. She screamed and my father threatened to kill her.
“my mother later took my siblings and me to Ibadan where she was formerly residing.
“I was teaching in a small school in Ibadan and we used to call him to send us money but he will say until we come back to Ikorodu. I didn’t want to go back so I went to the proprietress of the school to request for a salary increment.
“she asked of my dad after I complained that the pay was too small for my family upkeep and I told her everything I went through in the hands of my father.
“She said she knows someone who can help me at justice development peace commission at Basorun Ibadan. I told them all that happened and they said they will help me but I have to come to Lagos and they gave us a number to call at Alausa, Ikeja”
“we were directed to Justice Development Peace Commission in Ibadan but we were referred to Alausa Ikeja and I was asked to report at the police station.
“I was referred to Miracle centre to run a test. After the test, we went back to the police station and we later went to arrest my father in Ikorodu.
While being cross-examined by the defence counsel, Worker Oduagbaka, the victim maintained that she was living in a room apartment but a room was later added to it, making a room and parlour.
However, Oluwaseun was arraigned on a 2 count charge bordering on sexual assault and defilement of a minor.
Justice Nwaka adjourned the matter till June 21, 2018, for the continuation of trial. (New Telegraph)
R Kelly’s 25-year career has been defined by two constants: allegations of sexual misconduct involving underage women and a succession of hits that helped insulate the R&B superstar from the legal repercussions of these claims.
Rumours about Kelly have swirled since the Chicago native swaggered onto the R&B charts with the release of his 1993 debut solo LP 12 Play. The title was a wink to the carnal braggadocio that would come to define much of Kelly’s output, with the title implying that while other men offered foreplay, Kelly’s sexual prowess was three times as potent. It would in retrospect be a foreboding declaration.
The title of Kelly’s next collaboration was similarly suggestive, if more problematic. Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, the 1994 debut from R&B singer Aaliyah, was co-produced by Kelly and named after a track he had written for her. Kelly was 27 at the time. Aaliyah was 15. In a 1994 interview she called him her “best friend in the whole wide world”, and in August year they were married at a Chicago suburb Sheraton with a forged marriage certificate falsely stating Aaliyah was 18.
Divorce proceedings began two days later when her family learned of the wedding. The marriage was annulled by fall. Aaliyah received $100 from Kelly as part of a settlement also stating she would not pursue legal action and neither would publicly discuss the matter (Kelly has long denied the pair had a sexual relationship). Age Ain’t Nothing’ But a Number went platinum, and Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash eight years later.
While the singer was Kelly’s most famous target, their relationship demonstrated a template repeated with scores of underage women, some allegedly as young as 14 and almost all of them black. Lawsuits and stories define Kelly as controlling and physically, emotionally, mentally and sexually abusive.
Myriad women say he lured them with talk of boosting their singing careers before manipulating them into obedience and servitude (Kelly “unequivocally” denied the allegations, claiming to be “alarmed and disturbed” by their existence). Critics allege that society’s entrenched bias against black women and its subsequent failure to protect this demographic has allowed Kelly to maintain his star power, while high-powered men like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and Louis CK have seen their careers swiftly crumble in the face of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
“The bottom line is that R Kelly and his victims are the perfect storm of people we don’t care about,” activist Kenyette Tisha Barnes, who started the #MuteRKelly campaign last year, recently told BuzzFeed. “We protect problematic black men in the black community, and we discard black girls in all communities.”
But a new wave of allegations and the reinvigoration of #MuteRKelly have brought decades worth of charges back into the spotlight. On 30 April, the Women of Color faction of Time’s Up threw its support behind #MuteRKelly, with prominent black entertainers including Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis and John Legend calling for “investigations and inquiries into the allegations of abuse made by women of color and their families for two decades now”.
The campaign is also demanding corporations including RCA Records, Ticketmaster, Apple Music and Spotify cut ties with the singer. In response to the campaign Kelly’s management has referred to it as an “attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture”.
In a social climate now vastly less tolerant of predatory men, the hope is that Kelly, now 51, might be brought down for good.
Robert Sylvester Kelly was born in Chicago in 1967. Raised by a single mother, he was sexually abused starting at age eight, when he was asked to photograph an adult sexual encounter. In his 2012 autobiography Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, Kelly wrote of being repeatedly raped by an older female family member and sexually abused by an older man in his neighborhood.
Singer Robert Kelly (aka R. Kelly) was arrested in June 2002 following his indictment in Chicago on 21 counts of child pornography. (Photo courtesy Bureau of Prisons/Getty Images)
Kelly was first accused of having sex with a minor nearly 20 years later. A 1996 lawsuit claimed Tiffany “Tia” Hawkins met Kelly in 1991, when he visited her high school choir class. She was 15. He was 24. Hawkins said they began having sex shortly thereafter, and that the relationship lasted for three years and caused psychological and emotional trauma that led her to attempt suicide.
The case was settled in 1998 with the condition that Hawkins was prohibited from discussing it publicly. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, she received a $250,000 settlement.
By 1996, Kelly’s career had hit the stratosphere. He had written Michael Jackson’s 1995 smash You Are Not Alone and released I Believe I Can Fly, the soaring ballad that became his signature. The song won three Grammys at the 1998 ceremony – best song written for a motion picture, best male R&B performance and best R&B song.
But behind the scenes, Kelly’s social life was unsettling, with underage women often being invited into his circle. In 1999, his former assistant Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards told Chicago Sun-Times reporter Jim DeRogatis that “[Kelly] likes the babies, and that’s the sickness”.
DeRogatis’ reporting was instrumental in forming a comprehensive narrative of the mounting accusations against Kelly. Published in 2000, his first major report outlined charges including group sex with underage women.
In 2001 and 2002, DeRogatis anonymously received two videotapes showing a man who appeared to be Kelly having sex with two young women of indeterminate age. These tapes were turned over to Chicago police, with the second resulting in 14 child pornography charges against Kelly. It took six years for the case to go to trial.
There was no shortage of other problems in the meantime. A 2001 lawsuit filed by Tracy Sampson claimed Kelly took her virginity when she was 17 and an intern at his label, Epic Records. In April 2002, Patrice Jones filed a lawsuit alleging Kelly had impregnated her when she was underage, and that she was taken to get an abortion by someone in his circle. (Jones said she met Kelly at a Chicago McDonald’s while having dinner with her date and another couple on their prom night.)
In May 2002, Montana Woods filed a suit claiming she was secretly videotaped having sex with Kelly. All three cases were settled out of court for undisclosed sums received in exchange for signing nondisclosure agreements. Susan E Loggans, the lawyer who represented two of these women, told the Chicago Sun-Times that Kelly made additional payments to several women who threatened similar lawsuits.
“The thing that makes me sick to my stomach is it’s impossible, in Chicago, to walk three or four blocks in the music communities of the south and west side and not find ten people who have stories about R Kelly, or their cousin has a story about him or their sister,” DeRogatis told Vox last July.
In May of 2002, Kelly was arrested on child pornography charges stemming from images found on a camera during a police raid of his home in Florida. (These charges were dropped when a judge ruled that police didn’t have sufficient cause to conduct this raid.) Meanwhile, his 2003 album Chocolate Factory was nominated for a pair of Grammys and featured two of his biggest hits, Step in the Name of Love and Ignition (Remix).
In 2005, Andrea Kelly – who R Kelly married in 1996 and with whom he has three children – filed a protective order against her husband, who she says hit her when she asked for a divorce. The child pornography case went to trial in May 2008. Kelly was found not guilty, as neither the young woman – whom Kelly is seen urinating on in the tape – nor her family would testify.
During the trial, Kelly met Jerhonda Pace, a 15-year-old fan who skipped school to stand outside the courthouse each day. They began having sex a year later. Last July, Pace’s story was published in an exposé by DeRogatis that alleged Kelly kept Pace and other women in an abusive cult, and that he slapped, choked and spit on her when he caught her texting a friend.
Last week, DeRogatis and reporter Marisa Carroll published a story about Lizzette Martinez, who says she began having sex with Kelly when she was 17. (The story also focused on a woman still in Kelly’s “cult” whose parents believe has been brainwashed.) On 4 May, the Washington Post published a piece featuring six women who say they were in abusive relationships with Kelly, including two women telling their stories for the first time.
“R Kelly has close friendships with a number of women who are strong, independent, happy, well cared for and free to come and go as they please,” his management said in response. “We deny the many dark descriptions put forth by instigators and liars who have their own agenda for seeking profit and fame.”
Whether this groundswell against Kelly will result in an indictment remains to be seen. On 26 April, Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, demonstrating how deeply #MeToo and Time’s Up have permeated the culture. R Kelly has sold 60m albums, but he is hardly at the height of his powers.
There is only one show on his current tour schedule and sources close to him told BuzzFeed his finances and career prospects are dwindling. Meanwhile, #MuteRKelly is trending.
But for as adamantly as Kelly and those around him have maintained his innocence, there also seems to be a part of him that understands the nightmare of getting no acknowledgement from someone who has hurt you.
[They] didn’t want to talk about it,” Kelly told GQ in 2017 while reflecting on the person who sexually abused him. “[They] didn’t own up to it. Told me: ‘Sometime when you’re kids, you think you’ve been through something or did something, that you didn’t do, probably was a dream.’ Things like that. But it was definitely not a dream.”
The bad dreams R Kelly has caused for nearly 30 years now seem more real than ever. So, too, does the possibility of finally seeing him held accountable for these crimes. (The Guardian)
• Claims to have scored 45 in Prof. Akindele’s course
Femi Makinde, Osogbo
A post-graduate student of the Department of Management and Accounting, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ms Monica Osagie, who accused Prof. Richard Akindele, of demanding sex from her to upgrade her mark has appeared before the committee set up by the university to investigate the scandal.
The committee members met with Osagie and another lecturer, who the female student claimed she reported the matter to for his intervention, at the Pro-Chancellor’s Lodge on the campus on Tuesday.
The venue of the sitting was devoid of human traffic because the school was not in session, except some OAU security personnel deployed to man the gate and prevent people from going inside the lodge.
However, some journalists and members of the Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre, as well as a lawyer, Mrs Nkechi Nwagbaoso, were at the lodge but were prevented from witnessing the proceedings.
Osagie, who was dressed in an ash colour T-shirt and jeans, and the Executive Director of WARD-C, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, as well as another lawyer from the centre, were allowed inside the venue.
After the meeting which lasted for about four hours, Osagie emerged with the two lawyers.
Sandwiched between the two female lawyers, Osagie walked quickly into a waiting sports utility vehicle outside the gate and refused to speak to journalists.
However, Akiyode-Afolabi, protested against the closed-door policy of the investigative committee, saying officials of the National Human Rights Commission ought to have been allowed to be part of the proceedings.
While narrating what happened during the meeting to journalists, she said Osagie scored 45 in the course which Akindele taught her and not 33 that the lecturer claimed that she scored.
Akiyode-Afolabi said, “The meeting was a fact-finding one and they told us that they had not got to the level of legal representation: Because of that, we were there as observers.
“The other lecturer also brought a lawyer, but the committee refused to allow him (lawyer) inside. So, lawyers were not allowed to appear as legal representation, but we were allowed to observe the proceedings.
“The committee members asked her ( Osagie) to narrate her ordeal with the professor which she did. She explained what happened and she didn’t deny the recording (leaked telephone conversation).
“She affirmed that the recording took place and she justified why she resorted to self-help because there was no effective support coming from the university.
“The incident happened towards the end of last year (2017). It was not two years ago. She has completed her programme. She passed the course that we are talking about. She didn’t fail.
“The school reaffirmed that she passed and that she scored 45 and not 33, and the man (prof.) did not give her mark. Apparently, the man was using the 33 as a bait to get her.
“She talked about her understanding of what happened. She talked about the fact that she is a good student and that she passed all her courses. That she shouldn’t have failed the course and that she checked and found out that she passed and that the 33 the man talked about must have been his (lecturer) imagination.
“It must also have been a way of negotiating with her to get her to bow to his wish, which was the reason she recorded the conversation.”
Asked if the professor eventually had his way with Osagie, the lawyer said her client did not succumb to the alleged pressure from Akindele to have sex with him.
“I can categorically say that there was no sexual relationship between her and the man.
“I am not satisfied with the closed-door policy. I didn’t know the reason why the officials of the National Human Rights Commission were not allowed in to be part of the proceeding. We felt they should allow them but they said they were not allowed in because the other man came with a lawyer and that the lawyer was just an observer.
“As far as we are concerned, if they need more evidence, Monica Osagie is ready to give them. This case is not about her alone, but about other students out there who are being assaulted and harassed by lecturers.”
The lawyer said the centre hoped that whatever decision the university arrived at would serve as a deterrent to other lecturers who were in the habit of harassing and exploiting female students.
Osagie came into public notice after a telephone conversation was leaked on the Internet, during which the lecturer demanded sex before he would upgrade her mark from 33 to a pass mark.
The university set up a committee to investigate the issue and the committee established a prima facie case against the lecturer, who was subsequently suspended indefinitely by the OAU based on the interim report of the panel. (Punch)
Lowe sent the card to the boy when he blocked her on social media (Picture: UK News Media)
A 53-year-old teacher, Deborah Lowe, has been accused of having sex with one of her students, who is 15 years old.
According to Metro UK, Lowe sent him a card asking “who else can I be a slut with?”, a court has heard. Lowe sent the card to the teenager when he blocked her on social media after she had sex with him at her house.
The incriminating card was found by the boy’s mother and police were called, the jury heard at the start of Lowe’s trial for sexual offences.
The card depicted a woman face down in the grass with a short skirt on and revealing her underwear, and Lowe wrote alongside: ‘This is me after I found out you blocked me!’
“I’m a mess. You blocked me and I don’t know what I have done. Who else can I be a slut with? ‘I would never, ever upset, hurt, harm or make you unhappy. So please tell me what I have done. Is it my fat old arse? It’s my birthday and I’m so sad.”
Lowe, who was responsible for pastoral care at the boy’s school, sent the card to him on her own birthday, the court heard. She signed off the card with, “I bloody miss you, love the slut.”
The defendant’s lawyer denied the one count of sexual activity with a child and five counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.
Upon her arrest, Lowe gave a ‘no comment’ interview to police but did give a prepared statement.
In it, she accepted she had been involved in a sexual relationship with the boy, but said it started when he was 17, so she was no longer in a position of trust as he had left school.
The prosecuting lawyer, Mr Justin Hayhoe added: “The issues really are at what point did this relationship commence? At 15, as the boy would say, or 17, as the defendant would say.”
Lowe is also alleged to have had ‘telephone sex’ with the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons. She went on to fondle and had sex with him on a second occasion at her home.
She paid for a tattoo for the youngster – while pretending to be his aunt, the jury heard.
The prosecutor told the jury of six men and six women that it was the crown’s case that sex began when the boy was 15 and at school, and though he was not ‘forced or coerced’ he was too young to consent by law.
On other occasions, although the boy had turned 16 and could legally have sex, Lowe had broken the law because she was a teacher and in a position of trust.
The court heard the two first exchanged telephone numbers and had telephone sex before Lowe progressed things further.
The boy confided in friends what was going on and felt ’embarrassed’ before blocking her from contacting him on social media. (Metro UK)
A 36-year-old man, Chigozie Osuocha, has confessed to the defilement of his niece, Benita, in the Olodi Apapa area of Lagos State.
Chigozie, who brought the 12-year-old from Imo State in July 2017, allegedly said he had slept with her five times.
The suspect was reported to have made the statement to operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command during interrogation.
It was learnt that the victim had been sighted around 10pm on Thursday at Mile 2, after alighting from a commercial bus from Olodi Apapa.
She was reportedly with two of the suspect’s children, aged four and six.
Benita was about to board another vehicle to Maza Maza when she was intercepted by a policeman, who took her for questioning on how she came about the two children.
She was said to have opened up to the cop, saying she was returning to her hometown in Imo State over alleged sexual assault by her uncle.
Benita noted that she was taking the uncle’s two children along because they insisted on following her.
The victim, in her statement to the police, explained that since she was brought from the village, she had not been attending school, despite Chigozie’s assurances to her parents that he would enrol her upon her arrival in Lagos.
She stated that any time Chigozie wanted to defile her, he would return home early from work, lock his three children out of the house and have sex with her.
Benita said the eldest of the three children, aged six, later queried her on what the father did with her anytime he locked them out of the house.
She said she told him the details and the boy leaked the secret to the mother.
“His wife confronted me and I confirmed the story. I told her what her husband did to me. She threatened to pack out of the house. But they resolved the matter after he promised it wouldn’t happen again.
“I have been staying with his three children at home, while they go about their business. He has refused to enrol me in a school since July 2017 when I came. I also reported everything uncle did to me to his brother in Lagos, who informed the father in the village.
“They (the children) saw me packing my things out of the house and asked me where I was going. When I told them I was returning to the village, they started crying and said they would follow me. I took them along after stealing the N60,000 he (Chigozie) said I should give to his wife. I took his two sons with me and left the last child at home.
“I didn’t know police officers were monitoring me. One of them crossed the expressway and asked me some questions about the children and I told him I was running back to the village because my uncle was sleeping with me,” she added.
The RRS were said to have got the suspect’s telephone number from the six-year-old son, who was with Benita.
Chigozie was reportedly lured to the RRS’ headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja, where he was confronted with the allegations, which he allegedly confessed to.
The suspect was alleged to have said he slept with her only five times, while blaming the act on the devil.
Chigozie reportedly said he sought the girl’s parents’ permission to bring her to Lagos to continue her education while assisting his wife with domestic chores.
“I brought her to Lagos in July 2017 and started sleeping with her in December 2017. I slept with her three times in December and twice in January.
“My wife got to know about it and she threatened to move out of the house with my three children. I begged her and we resolved the issue.
“I came home yesterday and gave her N60,000 for my wife. It was the money she took as she wanted to travel to the village with my two boys,” he said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, adding that the victim had been transferred to the Family Support Unit of the command. (Punch)
The police, in Katsina State, have re-arrested a chieftain of the Katsina Emirate Council, Bashir Bala, 45, over alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl.
According to a statement from the Katsina State Police Command, Bala, who holds the traditional title of Magatakardan Katsina, had earlier in March, jumped police bail when he reportedly committed the alleged offence.
The statement, signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gambo Isah, said that the “Katsina State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that it has succeeded in re-arresting Bishir Bala of Kofar Bai quarters, Katsina.
“The suspended Magatakardan Katsina was alleged to have raped a 16 years old girl, daughter of one Tijjani Ya’u of Kofar Bai quarters, Katsina, on March 10, 2017 but later jumped police bail.
“The suspect was alleged to have lured the innocent girl under the pretext of giving her a message to deliver to her father upon which he forcefully dragged her into his room and had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.
“The sum of N2,00 he gave the victim was recovered by the police as exhibit in addition to other proofs of evidence.” (The Sun)
An imam who sexually touched four young girls during Quran lessons at a mosque has been jailed for 13 years. Mohammed Haji Saddique, 81, would call the pupils to sit next to him and read in Arabic from the Muslim holy book. He sexually touched the girls in front of his class and slapped students […]