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Ekweremadu Case: The Youngman is 22yrs, Not 15yrs, NIS
Child Abuse, Human Rights, Justice, News, Nigeria

Ekweremadu Case: The Youngman is 22yrs, Not 15yrs, NIS

Senator Ike Ekweremadu appears to be having some reprieve as the Nigerian Immigration Service has confirmed that the supposed minor in the case is actually 22 years and not 15years old as he claims. It will be recalled that Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested on charges of trafficking a minor for organ harvesting. While all details are still emerging, Isah Idris, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service has revealed that the young man in the center of the controversy, Mr Ukpo Nwamini David, is actually 22 years of age and so not a minor. See Also: Ike Ekweremadu and Wife Arrested in the Uk for Trafficking Child for Organ Harvesting With the emerging revelations, it is yet to be seen if the British government still has other things it is charging E...
Freedom of Religious Expression: Lawyer Appears at the Supreme Court Dressed as a Native Doctor
Human Rights, Judiciary, News, Nigeria, Religion

Freedom of Religious Expression: Lawyer Appears at the Supreme Court Dressed as a Native Doctor

Following the Supreme Court's ruling, granting freedom of religious expression to secondary schools students, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo decided to appear at the Supreme Court as a Native Doctor. It will be recalled that the Supreme Court had recently ruled that secondary school students could go to school dressed in their Hijabs, the religious dressing allowed for Muslim females. See Also: We Won’t Tolerate Hijab in Kwara Mission Schools – CAN Citing this, the human rights Lawyer, noted that the Supreme Court had, by that ruling, granted persons of all religions the right to dress in line with their relious beliefs. He was therefore exercising his rights by appearing as a traditional worshipper. Aside from causing a stir in court, the Justices, who were visibly shocked, immediate...
Ike Ekweremadu and Wife Arrested in the Uk for Trafficking Child for Organ Harvesting
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Ike Ekweremadu and Wife Arrested in the Uk for Trafficking Child for Organ Harvesting

The Metro Police in the UK has announced the arrest of a Nigerian man named Ike Ekweremadu aged 60, and his wife Beatrice Ekweremadu, aged 55. The two were remanded in custody on suspicion of conspiring to bring a minor to the UK for the purpose of organ harvesting. See Also: Nigeria: Ike Ekweremadu Manhandled by IPOB Members in Germany While information reaching us is still sketchy, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife are awaiting appearance before a court at the Uxbridge Magistrates' Court later today. According to the Metro Police, they were alerted to this offence in May and have been carefully investigating the matter since then. This crime falls under the modern slavery legislation. Source: Sky News
Soldiers Charged With Killing Nine Civilians In Cameroon
Armed Forces, Cameroon, Crime, Human Rights, News, Security

Soldiers Charged With Killing Nine Civilians In Cameroon

The army in Cameroon has confirmed that soldiers have killed nine civilians, including an 18-month-old girl. An army spokesman said a group of soldiers opened fire when they encountered hostile villagers in Missong, in the country's North-West region, earlier this month. The spokesman described the use of weapons as "inappropriate and manifestly disproportionate". Cameroon's ministry of defence says four soldiers have been arrested following the shooting. Read Also: Drunk Soldiers Kill 15 in DR Congo An investigation has been launched into the killings. In the same region two years ago, 21 civilians including 13 children and a pregnant woman were killed by Cameroonian soldiers in the village of Ngarbuh. Two soldiers and a gendarme were later charged with murder, a...
Teenager With Albinism Killed For Body Parts In Mozambique
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Teenager With Albinism Killed For Body Parts In Mozambique

A teenager with albinism was killed and dismembered in Mogovolas district, in Mozambique's northern Nampula province, for his body parts. Police say they have arrested the main suspect, who they say confessed to the murder. The detained suspect is the victim’s uncle, aged 22, according to the Nampula police spokesperson, Zacarias Nacute. The suspect told the press that he had been promised about 7 million meticais ($110,000; £87,000) for the body parts. Read Also: Catholic Priest, Others Convicted Over Albino Murder In Malawi He, whilst in the company of other unknown people, hacked off the victim's limbs on Friday. The body parts were found hidden in the town of Mputo. Police are looking for the other suspects. In the provinces of Nampula and Niassa, cases of ...
White Student Filmed Urinating On Black Student’s Property In South Africa
African Development, Human Rights, News, South Africa

White Student Filmed Urinating On Black Student’s Property In South Africa

A white student in South Africa has been suspended from university after he was accused of urinating on the property of a black student at Stellenbosch University, the institution confirmed. The university has said the incident will be investigated and further action including expulsion and criminal charges may be taken, depending on the outcome of the investigation. Scores of students protested at Stellenbosch University on Monday demanding swift action against the first-year student. The university – like many on social media who have seen the widely circulated video – has said the incident appears to have been racially motivated. Read Also: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Condemns Racism, Says No Community is Superior In a statement, Stellenbosch University spokesper...
Slavery Still Exists In Mauritania – UN Envoy
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Slavery Still Exists In Mauritania – UN Envoy

A UN human rights expert has called on the authorities in Mauritania to take urgent measures to implement an anti-slavery law which was passed in 2015. Following a visit to the West African country, Tomoya Obokata - the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery - said some progress had been made in abolishing the practice but warned much more needed to be done. He said people were still being born into slavery and people affected by the practice needed help to seek justice and achieve equality. Read Also: UN Watchdog Reports Continued Human Rights Abuses in Burundi Mr Obokata said people were now more willing to discuss the issue openly. But he said caste-based slavery and chattel slavery – where one person owns another – were still happening. He warned tha...
Chinese Businessman Jailed 20 years in Rwanda For Torturing Local Mineworkers
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Chinese Businessman Jailed 20 years in Rwanda For Torturing Local Mineworkers

A court in Rwanda has jailed a Chinese national for 20 years for torturing local mineworkers after a video showing him whipping a man tied to a post went viral on social media. Sun Shujun, the manager of a mine in the west of the country, was convicted on Tuesday along with an accomplice following his arrest last September. “It is clear that (Sun) tortured the victims and issued corporal punishment with malicious intent, and this is a grave crime,” Judge Jacques Kanyarukiga ruled, ordering him to serve a 20-year term in prison. Sun, who was in court for the verdict, acknowledged assaulting two workers, saying he beat them because he was “frustrated and fed up of them constantly stealing minerals”. The 43-year-old had argued for his release, saying he compensated the two by pay...
Why Osinachi’s Husband Has Not Been Arraigned –Police
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Why Osinachi’s Husband Has Not Been Arraigned –Police

Justice The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday said Peter Nwachukwu, the husband of the late gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu, has not been charged to court because the police await the outcome of post-mortem examinations on the deceased to ascertain the cause of death. Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made this known in a statement on Wednesday while giving an update on the matter. Adejobi also said the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, received the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Tallen, today in his office at the Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja. “The Minister discussed amongst other things, the plight of women in Nigeria, particularly in relation to gender and domestic-based violence. She pointed out the recent case of the famous gospel ...
Zimbabwean Killed as Protest Rocks South Africa
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Zimbabwean Killed as Protest Rocks South Africa

A Zimbabwean man has been killed as irate protesters took to the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa to clamour for an end to violence and crime. This was contained in a statement issued by South African police on Thursday. According to the public channel SABC and another media, the victim is a Zimbabwean immigrant. The murder comes amid growing popular anger over high crime rates, sometimes directed at immigrants accused of fuelling them. Protests began Wednesday in the township of Diepsloot, after it was announced that seven people had been killed there last weekend. Protesters in South Africa Residents angry at the police for allegedly refusing to attend to one crime scene marched through the streets with chants and placards, burning tires and camping outside the local...