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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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Man arrested for smuggling Cannabis into Prison for inmate in Abuja

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The Nigerian Prison Service, Federal Capital Territory Command, has arrested a man, Clement Jacob, for allegedly smuggling hard drugs to give an inmate of the Kuje Medium Security Prison.

Jacob, who lives in the Dei-Dei area of Abuja, was arrested for smuggling into the prison a substance suspected to be cannabis in his sandal.

The hemp was meant to be delivered to an inmate of the prison, identified as Emeka Onyejikacki.

The prison service said in a statement on Tuesday that Onyejikacki was in the prison for possession of hard drugs.

The Command Public Relations Officer, NPS, Chukwuedo Humphrey, said Jacob was arrested by one Inspector Hussain Ibrahim, who noticed the exchange of sandals between him and Onyejikacki and conducted a search on the suspect.

Humphrey noted that the FCT Controller of Prisons, Mustapha Atta, advised members of the public and family members of inmates to ensure that inmates were properly reformed and rehabilitated.

He said, “Our officers have apprehended one Clement Jacob for attempting to smuggle a substance suspected to be Indian hemp into the prison facility. The substance was to be delivered to Onyejikacki, an inmate of the Kuje Prison.

“Jacob ran out of luck when he exchanged his sandals with those of the inmate after his session of prison visit. Inspector Hussain Ibrahim, the officer in charge of the visit area, noticed the quick exchange of footwear and requested another search after the visiting session was over.

“During the search, Hussain carefully tore open the sole of the sandals, thereby exposing the illegal transaction. Upon interrogation, Jacob, who initially feigned ignorance, divulged that one Mrs Emeka had called him to assist her in paying Mr Emeka a visit.

“He was also instructed to exchange his footwear with the inmate before leaving the premises.”

 

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Graduates of University Of Ibadan, Department Of Statistics Set To Hold First Home Coming/Reunion And Hall Of Fame Launch

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Plans are already in top gear as students of the Department of Statistics, University of Ibadan, are set to mark the first homecoming/reunion event of past graduates of the department between Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June8 2019.

The two-day program which will audaciously take place at the department complex on the campus is themed,“Homecoming event for Nation Builders and Celebration of Achievement.”The Head of Department, Dr.Angela Chukwu, said the event is aimed at bringing together all alumni of the department, basically to reunite and hopefully work together with the department in supporting research, creativity and to initiate an endowment fund to assist exceptional but less-privileged students of the department.

The event kicks off on the 7th June with a breakfast and networking meet and exchange of pleasantries after a long time of leaving the department for greener pastures. Afterwards, two alumni of the department,Prof. D.K. Shangodoyin, a Professor of Statistics, University of Botswana, and President, African Statistical Association; and Dr.Mohammed Tumala, Director of Statistics, Central Bank of Nigeria, will deliver keynote addresses.

The event will feature a panel discussion amongst distinguished alumni, which include Professor (Mrs) Joy Nwabueze, Professor Ethelbert Nduka, Mrs.Olubusola Oyebadejo and Mr.Emmanuel John Udoh who will all share expert opinions on the impact of statistics degrees in their various fields.

The second day of the program, June 8, will be a social event where the department will be recognizing retired members of staff of the department, and formally recognize and congratulate the newest professors in the department. There will also be an official launch of the department’s Hall of Fame, and an inaugurationof the “U.I. Statistics Department Ambassadors, (UISDA),” both of which will be moderated and conducted by the Head of Department.

The highlight of this home-coming event is the dinner/fund raiser ceremony at the International Conference Centre University of Ibadan. The event is to celebrate many accomplishments of the department alumni, giving a chance to catch up on sweet memories with old classmates, lecturers and members of staff while enjoying a thrilling event in the ancient city of Ibadan. Intending alumni of the department are urged to confirm their attendances at the event, through this GSM number 0805 544 1106 via sms.

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NDLEA denounces Akeredolu’s plans to legalise cultivation of Cannabis

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NDLEA arrests two police officers over illegal arms movement

 

–Abdallah denies claims he visited Thailand with Akeredolu to learn how to grow Cannabis

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday, denounced plans by the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State to begin the cultivation of Cannabis Sativa for medicinal and commercial purposes.

In a statement in Abuja, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd), reminded the governor that Nigeria remained opposed to the legalisation and decriminalization of cannabis, in line with the constitution of the country.

Abdallah denied claims that he had visited Thailand with Akeredolu to learn how to grow Cannabis sativa for medicinal purpose or economic gain, noting that at no point did he make any remark in favour of the commercial and medicinal value or monetary gain of Cannabis while in Thailand.

He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, NDLEA under my leadership has been consistent in our opposition to legalization and decriminalisation of cannabis. For example, Operation Thunderstorm undertaken by Ondo State Command of NDLEA destroyed 3,900.73 hectares of cannabis sativa planted in forest reserves.

“Similarly, I make bold to state that Nigeria’s staunch opposition to legalising cannabis for recreational purposes was restated at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, CND, roundtable just recently concluded in Vienna, March this year. Not only that, Nigeria canvassed the position that status quo ante be maintained while decisions are made by the United Nations to alter the Single Convention of 1961 under which cannabis falls. These decisions are yet to be made.

“Both Nigeria and Thailand still abide by that same Single Convention of 1961 involving cannabis. While I do not hold brief for Thailand, it is instructive to state that what research is conducted by them in order to confirm medical benefits of cannabis is done by seeds imported under their government control from Spain.

“And for the records, only 100 seedlings have been planted, still awaiting their growth, not to talk of research being conducted on them. It is inaccurate, therefore, to say Thailand has approved the medical use of cannabis. This fact can be verified from Thai Embassy in Nigeria.”

 

 

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