The Ondo State police command has arraigned, before the Juvenile court in Akure, a 17-year-old student of St. Joseph College, Ondo, for allegedly sodomising an eight-year-old boy.
The victim is the son of an Akure-based journalist, Lanre Duyile.
A police spokesman, Femi Joseph, confirmed the teenager’s arraignment while giving an update on the case.
Mr. Joseph however did not give details of the charge preferred against the suspect, since it is a case involving a minor.
He said the arraignment was in fulfilment of the police’s promise to ensure justice.
“The case has been registered with the presiding magistrate who will get all facts before knowing the charges to be preferred against Olamilekan,” he said.
“I am sure hearing will commence at the next adjourned date. It is no longer in our hands.”
Reacting to the arraignment, Betty Abbah, the Chief Executive Officer of CEE Hope, a Non-Govermental Organisation, pursuing the case after a complaint was lodged by the victim’s father, said the arraignment was a relief.
“The prompt arrest and arraignment of the suspect by the police following our outcry and that of other members of the public is extremely commendable,” she said.
“The police has lived up to its billing that it can be responsive and stand for the protection of the most vulnerable which this little sodomised boy represents.”
She also advised the parents to resist any pressure to withdraw the case.
“I am aware that tremendous pressure is currently being mounted on the father of the boy by some powerful individuals to withdraw the case,” she revealed.
“He should be left alone with his family. At a point, he had to vacate his house to live in a church for fear of his family’s safety. Enough is enough.
“People, no matter how powerful, should be told that there are limits to their impunity especially in a country and a state governed by law and order.”
Ms. Betty called urged the state government, the Ministry of Women Affairs, the House of Assembly and all relevant stakeholders to step in to ensure justice was secured for the little boy.
She promised to begin a comprehensive psychosocial support to ensure the victim’s stability, safety and a sense of justice.
It was learnt that the arraignment did not come until the Mr. Duyile raised the alarm that the police was conniving with the parents of the suspect to sweep the case under the carpet.
The police promptly denied the allegation and rearrested the suspect after he was initially released.
Mr. Duyile narrated that he noticed his son was always touching the private parts of his mates, a development which prompted an investigation on his part.
The little boy later confessed to his parents that the suspect had been abusing him whenever he was left with their neighbour in their absence.
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Church Elder Found Dead In Guest House After Having Sex With A Member
An elder at the Ascension Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Koforidua was found dead in a room hours after he had lodged into a guest house at Aboabo, near Nkurakan in the Eastern Region, last Tuesday.
The 60-year-old man identified as William Osae-Ansah , who is also a treasurer at the church, was alleged to have checked into the Susu Sei Me Guest House about 9.30 a.m. with a 40-year-old woman, also a member of his church.
According to workers at the Guest House, they received the shock of their lives when the woman who accompanied the church elder into the hotel room rushed to the reception some few minutes later to report that her partner was unresponsive.
They said the Church elder was found naked and lifeless in the hotel room after engaging in hot intimacy with the lady whose identity wasn’t revealed.
Confirming the incident, the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ebenezer Tetteh , said the owner of the guest house, Mr. William Adu Afari , alerted the Police about the shocking occurrence.
Ebenezer confirmed that the lady who accompanied the man was arrested and released after a post-mortem conducted on Osae-Ansah by the Koforidua Central Hospital revealed that he died of cardiac arrest and hypertension during the alleged sex act.
The body of the late Osea-Ansah has been deposited at the Koforidua Regional Hospital morgue , while all the money he had with him belonging to the Church has been retrieved by the Police for safekeeping, according to Graphic Ghana
Doctor Slaps And Flogs Nurse, Orders Her To Kneel Down
A doctor in the Lekki area of Lagos State, Dr Emmanuel Okolo, has been accused of brutalising a nurse, Dorcas Adeyera. The incident happened at the Awoyaya Hospital and Maternity Centre, Ibeju Lekki.
Sources gathered that Okolo and Adeyera’s misunderstanding stemmed from the treatment of a patient rushed into the medical facility in the early hours of Monday.
Okolo was alleged to have frowned on the admission of the accident victim without his consent, blaming Adeyera for the action.
The medical doctor allegedly summoned the 23-year-old into his office and ordered her to kneel down. When the victim refused, 35-year-old Okolo was alleged to have dealt her several slaps and also flogged her with a belt.
Adeyera, in her report to the medical director of the hospital, said she was humiliated by Okolo.
The report read in part, “Around 2am, there was an emergency outside the hospital. I stepped out to have a clear look at the patient, who was said to have been involved in an accident and already fractured a bone in his left leg.
“The patient was conscious and alert; no obvious respiratory distress, but seemed to be in severe pain. I went back inside the hospital to notify the doctor on call, Dr Okolo Emmanuel, and immediately went back to move the patient inside the hospital.
“On getting there, I noticed that my colleague, who is a registered nurse and midwife, had already offered the patient a stretcher and the man’s relatives were trying to get the patient on it.
Then, I noticed that the patient and his relatives were Hausas, and the people that brought him in a car were just helpers. Immediately they dropped the patient on the stretcher, they zoomed off.
“Back inside the hospital, Dr Okolo, who had been to the emergency room, saw the patient being carried towards him. He suddenly got angry and asked why the nurse didn’t allow him to see the patient first before bringing him into the hospital.
He pointed at me, blaming me for it and said I should get out of his sight, which I did immediately; only for him to get angrier and ordered the patient to be taken out of the hospital as he was not ready to attend to him.”
The Ife, Osun State indigene, said the doctor instructed her to ensure the order was carried out. Adeyera said she left for the pharmacy after asking the patient to leave the premises.
“I left for the pharmacy with the hope that the patient’s relatives will source a means of leaving, only for the doctor to come in a few minutes later and dragged me into his office.
“I was shocked and tried to remove my hands from his hold; but he was too fierce. “In his office, he told me to get down on my knees (kneel down) to which I declined as it was against the ethics of my profession to do that in uniform. He gave me the first hard slap and repeated his order; I refused and called my colleague for help.
“I tried to get out of his office, but he dragged me back and reached for his belt and started flogging me until the security men and my colleague came and tried to hold him. He said I was rude and he was not my age-mate.
“I tried explaining to the security men what had happened, but he did not allow me to speak out. He reached for the sphygmomanometer and was about using it to hit my head when the security men took it from his hand and another round of slaps on my cheeks followed. This time around, I fell on the floor and he started punching me,” she added.
The nurse, who spoke to Sources on Thursday, said she reported the case to the police at the Elemoro division, adding that she was treated at the Epe General Hospital.
She said Okolo had yet to report at the hospital since she reported to the police. Our correspondent gathered that the police dropped an invitation letter for the doctor at the hospital.
Okolo, when contacted on the telephone, declined comment. “I cannot speak right now; I am with my lawyers,” he said.
He ignored subsequent calls to the telephone line and did not respond to a text message from our correspondent.
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