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Kenyan teenagers win Daily Trust African of the Year Award

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The Selection Committee of the Daily Trust African of the Year, headed by former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, has chosen a group of five Kenyan schoolgirls as winners of the African of the Year for 2018.

Stacy Owino, Purity Achieng, Ivy Akinyi, Synthia Otieno and Macrine Atieno, from the western Kenyan city of Kisumu, were selected out of several dozen nominees, for developing a mobile application called I-cut. The application has become a very useful tool in the war against Female Genital Mutilation, (FGM). Although FGM is illegal in Kenya, it is still widely practised in the country and many other countries in Africa and around the world.

United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA] estimates that one in four Kenyan women and girls have undergone FGM, which involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia. UNICEF also said 200 million girls and women around the world have been subjected to FGM, which it described as “a range of procedures that can cause extreme physical and psychological pain, prolonged bleeding, HIV, infertility and death.”

The five girls, aged 15 to 17, call themselves “the Restorers”. As one of them, Synthia Otieno, said, they adopted the name because they want to “restore hope to hopeless girls.” I-cut is a slick mobile application that connects girls at risk of circumcision with rescue centres. It also gives legal and medical help to those who have been subjected to FGM. “The Restorers” are partnering with several non-governmental organisations in their mission to eradicate FGM. They were Africa’s only representatives at Google’s 2017 Technovation Challenge which took place in Silicon Valley, California, USA.

The winners of the award will be honoured at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria in January 2019. The programme was started by Daily Trust Newspaper, eleven years ago. The first winner was the Congolese surgeon, Dennis Mukwege, who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize. Winners of the African of the Year award get $USD 25,000 prize money in addition to a specially made plaque.

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Court sentences Man to 5 years in prison for manslaughter

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An Ado Ekiti High Court has sentenced a 52-year-old man, Joshua Akanbi, to 15 years in prison for manslaughter. He committed the offence during a land dispute between Ayede Ekiti and Itaji Ekiti in 2017.

The convict was arraigned alongside Abiodun Ogundamisi, 40, and Segun Ogundamisi, 22, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder preferred against them.

The trial judge, Justice Toyin Abodunde, held that evidence before the court proved that Akanbi was guilty of manslaughter for opening fire on one Seyi Oladipupo during a dispute when the two communities were laying claim to Orisunmibare farm settlement which later caused the victim’s death.

Justice Abodunde ruled that evidence before the court was not enough to find the accused persons guilty of murder under Section 316 of Criminal Code Cap C16 Laws of Ekiti State 2012 and subsequently discharged them of the charge.

The court consequently found the convict guilty of manslaughter for shooting the deceased contravening Section 319 and 326 Cap 6 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.

An argument ensued between the two contending parties who invaded the land with weapons accusing one another of trespass.

The convict reportedly opened fire when an attempt was made to disarm him of the gun he was holding.

The accused persons were first arraigned on July 6, 2017, when the charges were read to them to which they pleaded not guilty.

During the incident which occurred on January 31, 2017, at the farm settlement, the deceased was rushed to the nearest hospital after being shot but he later died owing to excessive loss of blood according to the medical personnel who conducted a post-mortem examination on the body at Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.

To prove the case against the convict, the solicitor-general of Ekiti State, Mr. Babatope Ojo, called seven witnesses including the investigating police officer (IPO) and the medical doctor.

Exhibits tendered include one pump action gun, photographs taken at the scene of the incident, live cartridges and statements of the accused persons.

The accused persons in their defence through their counsel, Mr. Sule Longe, called eight witnesses and also tendered photographs of the machete wounds sustained by the convict and the statements volunteered to the police.

 

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Three Schoolgirls face 5 years jail term for writing on President, Nkurunziza’s Photo on their books

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Three schoolgirls have been charged by Burundian authorities defacing a picture of President Pierre Nkurunziza, spokeswoman for the country’s Supreme Court, Agnès Bangiricenge, said on Thursday.

The three girls were among seven school children arrested last week in Kirundo province, in Burundi’s northeast and some 200 kilometres from the commercial capital Bujumbura. Four others were subsequently released.

All were accused of insulting Nkurunziza by scribbling over images of him printed in their school text books.

A regional court in Kirundo decided on Wednesday to detain the three further and proceed with a full trial, Bangiricenge said.

They will await trial in a nearby prison and could face up to five years in jail on conviction, a judge told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

“It is true that scribbling (on the president’s picture) is a punishable offence under the Burundian law but since it was committed by teenagers, I believe  this is a mitigating circumstance,” David Ninganza, a children’s rights defender working for local group SOGEPAE, told Reuters.

“Those school children are not engaged in any political fights and need no political posts. That’s why judges have to consider all those issues in their investigations.”

School children have in the past been kicked out of school for similar offences, with some jailed and released.

Source: Reuters

 

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Two JetBlue Pilots drug & rape 3 Airline Workers, infect one with STD

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Two pilots of JetBlue Airline have allegedly raped three airline workers during a layover in Puerto Rico and even left one of the women with an STD, according to a new lawsuit.

The Brooklyn suit alleges that on May 9 in San Juan, crew members met Flight Officers Eric Johnson and Dan Watson on the beach.

The women starting drinking beers with the men once learning that they were pilots with JetBlue, the suit reads according to the New York Post.

‘The beer was laced with a drug, and after that point, the rest of the night became a blur for [the women],’ the lawsuit reads. It was filed on Monday.

Both women and a third crew member wound up at the Intercontinental Hotel with the pilots.

Jane Doe 1,  from Riverton, Utah, claims that Johnson raped her and the third crew member in the hotel.

‘Johnson was on top of [Jane Doe 1] raping her,’ the lawsuit states. ‘[Jane Doe 1] felt the influence of the drug that [Johnson] laced the beer with, and was unable to react to the situation, but was simply aware that it was happening.

‘[Her] flashes of memory included Johnson having sexual intercourse with the other crewmember who was also under the influence of the drugs.’

Johnson is said to have thanked the woman for ‘making my fantasy come true.’

Jane Doe 2,  from Fort Worth, Texas, says that she became ill from the drugs and was repeatedly puking.

‘Johnson and Watson drugged [Jane Doe 2] and intended to rape [her] but did not when [she] began vomiting which was a turnoff,’ the suit continues.

While on a flight to Newark, NJ, the next morning, the women ‘expressed to each other that they were stunned by what had happened’ and expressed feeling ‘groggy and numb.’

The women say that the airline has taken no action against the pilots after they were notified of the incident.

Jane Doe 1 also accused Johnson of intentionally giving her HPV.

‘What happened to my clients is truly horrific, and Jet Blue’s failure to take appropriate action is appalling,’ said Abraham Melamed, the women’s attorney.

Both women are suing for at least $75,000 plus attorney’s fees.

JetBlue said in a statement that it couldn’t comment on pending litigation but that it took ‘allegations of violent or inappropriate behavior very seriously and investigates such claims thoroughly.’

Daily Mail.com

 

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