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“Rape is Rape, Regardless of Who the Face of the Accused is” – Stephanie Linus

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Nollywood filmmaker, Stephanie Okereke-Linus has released a press statement on the rape allegation leveled against his brother, Daniel Okereke. “I am distraught and devastated to hear of the recent
allegation of rape brought against a relative of mine, Daniel Okereke (my
brother). While it is a very difficult time for me, and my family; I feel the
need to make clear my position, lest there be any doubt. Rape is rape,
regardless of who the face of the accused is,” she started…

Indeed, the irony is not lost on me. I have spent my
lifelong career advocating and living my conviction that women around the world
should be able to live free of violence, sexual harassment or any form of abuse
against their persons. This conviction led me to be involved in numerous
initiatives combating violence against women in several countries including the
U.S, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The conviction also led me to place much of my energy on my
work with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), a passion that dates back to my time at
the University of Calabar.
As a student, I heard a story about young girls who had been
forced into early marriage and were suffering the negative and embarrassing
effects of VVF. The story stayed in my consciousness and drove me, for years,
to seek ways to raise awareness on the condition; leading to my work with a
team of dedicated doctors to carry out repair surgeries for VVF victims across
the country; and my self-produced, soon to be released movie, ‘DRY.’
So, again, it is indeed heart breaking for me to receive and
deal with news alleging a family member of mine is an alleged perpetrator of
sexual violence against a woman. I am devastated.
This case is now in Nigeria’s criminal justice system as the
accused awaits arraignment. I have also encouraged and assured the alleged
victim of my stance against rape and applaud her for her bravery to upset the
culture of silence, in Nigeria; even as I accord deference and patiently wait
for the criminal justice system to determine the guilt or innocence of my
brother.
For Nigerian press and blogs; I call on you to please report
this case in an ethical manner. I am a married woman living my life. The
alleged transgression of my relative does not make it mine. The focus should be
the impact of rape on the alleged victim,and resources for other alleged victims,
not me.
Some members of the press and blogs have turned me into the
accused; using my name for sensational headlines and putting my images,
exclusively, in their stories. This is a form of Victimization of me as a
woman, it is unethical and extremely hurtful. I am not the alleged accused.
I therefore please ask all Bloggers and the media who have
placed my pictures and name to this story to refrain from further using me to
sensationalise this story. I thank my fans, and all well-wishers for your continued
support and ask for your continued prayers.
God bless.
Stephanie Linus

LAGOS,Nigeria (November 24, 2014)  

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Police arrest four notorious cultists in Anambra

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Police arrest cemetery attendant with human skull

Four suspected cult members terrorising Anambra state have been arrested by the police.

The spokesman of the command, Haruna Mohammed, said that following intelligence report in Igbariam in Anambra East Local Government Area, the command’s Special Anti Cult unit (SPAC) arrested four of the suspects.

The suspected cultists are: Uyunwane Ikenna, 22; Mbam Onyeka, 21; Omaka Favor, 23 and Onyeka Osaegbu, 23 years. Exhibits allegedly found in their possession included a locally made single barrel pistol.

He said all the suspects have confessed to being members of Senior Vikings Confraternity Secret Cult ( SVC).

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Gunmen kill two politicians in Bayelsa

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Gunmen attack Akwa Ibom governor's former aide

 

Gunmen stormed Odeme Hotel and killed two policemen on guard.

The hotel is located at Alamesiagha road in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, owned by Senator Emmanuel Paulker, representing Bayelsa Central in the National Assembly.

Reports say the men, who came in commando style, shot sporadically before carting away two service rifle of the policemen.

A witness said that the shooting lasted for about 30 minutes.

The Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Asinim Butswat said he was working on a statement about the incident.

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Army sets up Committee to Investigate allegations of Misconduct against Her Personnel during 2019 Elections

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Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram release video, lament obsolete weapons, accuse commanders of corruption

 

As a way of ensuring that Nigerian Army troops deployed for election security duties during the 2019 General Elections conducted themselves within laid down Rules of Engagement and the Code of Conduct, the NA has set up a 9-member investigative committee, headed by Maj Gen TA Gagariga with Brig Gen JM Ali, Brig Gen GO Adeshina,
Brig Gen MA Obari, Col AT Bitiyong, Col A Tanko and Col WA Bakare as members and Lt Col PAJ Ebuk as Secretary to investigate all allegations of misconduct against the NA during the just concluded general elections. The committee is to submit its report not later than 31st of March, 2019.

The committee, which has already commenced action, was inaugurated by the Chief of Administration (Army), Major General KAY Isiyaku on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS ) Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and admonished to carry out their duties objectively, fairly and transparently in line with its Terms of Reference.

The committee’s Terms of Reference centered on thoroughly investigating the activities, actions and/or inactions of NA Personnel in all the States that alleged one infraction/wrong doing or the other.

The Committee is also to collate and thoroughly analyze all reports to determine the veracity of the allegations including the alleged assassination attempt on Rivers State Governor and the circumstances that led to the shooting to death of Lt Kurmi as well as that leading to serious injuries to an officer and some soldiers in the State.

The Committee is further mandated to visit all States where issues have been raised about the conduct of NA during and after the elections and also interact with Civil Society Organizations, sister security agencies and State Governors with claims against the Army.

It would be recalled that the COAS, Lt Gen TY Buratai has on many fora, consistently (both in words and actions), soundly indicated that, under his watch, NA personnel must remain apolitical, respect human rights and abide by the rule of law in all its official engagements within or outside Nigeria and in or out of conflict situation. NA troops were deployed for the elections under Operation SAFE CONDUCT that was set up to provide support to the NP and other security agencies to ensure hitch free and successful elections in the country.

The Chairman of the committee, Major General TA Gagariga has assured the COAS and all Nigerians of the commitee’s commitment, resolve and determination to objectively and professionally address the major issues as contained in the Committee’s Terms of Reference.

 

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