Victim lying lifeless in the hospital
A 12-year-old Primary 5 pupil has allegedly been raped and killed by suspected armed robbers at Kpalsi, a suburb of Tamale in the Northern Region.
The Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, who confirmed the incident to DAILY GUIDE, said his outfit received a call that there was a robbery incident and dispatched a team to the place.
According to him, when the police got to the scene, the robbers had fled and it turned out to be not just robbery but also a homicide.
He indicated that the police were suspecting that the deceased was raped and killed by the robbers.
ASP Ebenezer Tetteh disclosed that investigation at the hospital revealed that there were some traces of blood and semen on the private part of the deceased.
No suspects have been arrested by the police yet but they suspect that the distressed minor might have recognized one or some of the criminals and so they decided to kill her.
He called on the public to volunteer information to the police to apprehend the suspects.
DAILY GUIDE learnt that normally after school, the girl goes home, changes her uniform and goes to her parents’ shop.
Eyewitnesses said at about 1pm, the parents of the deceased, realizing that their daughter was not at the shop as usual, decided to go to the house to find out if she was there.
According to them, the parents went home only to find their daughter dead in the room with blood around her private part.
FROM Eric Kombat, Tamale
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Four men ‘rape’ two sisters
Nigeria, November 2015
Four men were yesterday paraded in Lagos by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for allegedly raping two daughters in Lagos of their colleague.
NSCDC Lagos Commandant, Gabriel Abafi gave the abused sisters’ ages five and three.
Abafi, who paraded the suspects at the command’s office in Alausa, Ikeja, said: “We received a distress call around 9.15pm on Sunday that some men sexually abused toddlers between ages 3 and 5. During our investigation, the girls themselves pointed at the suspects. What do they know? Why were they harassed by these men?
“The government should come to our aid so cases like this do not escalate. We appreciate the human rights activist who informed us about this incident. The public also needs to sensitise us. If some parents are busy to take care of their children, they should take them to crèche. There are bruises on their private parts. They have been taken to Lagos State University Teaching hospital (LASUTH) for medical checkup but the results are not yet out. We will not rest until justice is done.”
The suspects are Deji Adenekan, 39; Taiye Ojo, 32; Peter Arabu, 33 and John Mahason, 24.
The victims’ father, Ayodele Ekundayo, a labourer, said he became aware of the incident five days ago when his second child kept shouting pepper.
He said his children had been in his custody since the second child was eight months old.
He said: “When I didn’t answer her, she removed her pants in tears and spread her legs for breeze to blow her private parts. That was when I became curious. I called her elder sister, who will clock five in two months what has been happening whenever I wasn’t around, then she pointed at Peter. I met them few months ago where they offloaded cement. Whenever we wanted to travel to deliver cement in other states, these colleagues advised me to leave my children behind since I was given a room. If I didn’t take them along, I leave them with the security guard.
“My daughter told me that whenever I was behind the trailer offloading cement, the driver (Adenekan) was always fingering them. She also said after he does, Ojo enters the trailer and does the same. She also said that whenever I left them with the security guard (Mahason), he puts on the company’s generator, gives them a phone to watch a blue film and sleeps with them. She said Arabu fingered her and slept with her. When I asked my colleagues, they didn’t say anything. When Arabu came, he threatened to kill me if I said anything about it. . For two days, he threatened me and that was how people heard.”
Adenekan, a driver, who’s married and has three children, said he didn’t do anything.
He said: “I met the children through their father. Their father brought them to our yard. He told us that their mother left them and he didn’t have a place to keep them. It was Ojo that brought their father to our yard. I don’t know him before. I didn’t touch her. I was even at home on the day the father came to meet us in our yard. They should look for Segun that was the first name the girl mentioned. I will never help anyone again.”
Ojo, 32, a native of Ondo State, said he only assisted their father, adding: “He said since his wife left him, he has been single-handedly taking care of them. He called me on Friday, saying some people did something to his children. I only assisted him; I don’t know anything about it. I also have my own child.”
Mahason, a security guard at Kazmus Nigeria Enterprises, said the father usually left them severally whenever he went to work.
He said: “There is no relationship between me and their father. He only came and said he had no place to stay.”
Arabu also said he knew nothing about it, adding that the victims’ father was his best friend and he couldn’t have done such to his daughters.
Iran hangs man for raping dozens of women
Iran, June 2016
Iran hanged a 21-year-old man on Sunday after convicting him of the rape of dozens of women in the historic southern city of Shiraz, the judiciary said.
The convict, identified only as Amin D., earned notoriety as the “Vaseline Man” in Iranian media for his greasing of his body in the pre-dawn attacks on women in their homes that sowed terror in the southern city of some 1.5 million people.
“The man was arrested in August 2015 with CCTV footage provided by one of the victims, DNA and blood type match and other evidence left on the scene,” Shiraz prosecutor Ali Salehi told the Mizan Online website.
“He was sentenced to death for corruption on earth and creating widespread insecurity in Shiraz through breaking into the houses of a large number of citizens at night and sexually assaulting and raping women.”
Corruption on earth is the most serious offence under the Islamic legal code in force in Iran since the 1979 revolution and is punishable by death.
Fars province police chief Ahmad Goudarzai said last year that the suspect was only identified after he left his trousers at the scene of one attack with a dry cleaning tag.
The police then narrowed their search to 15,000 people with the same family name.
Eventually they used DNA samples to identify and arrest the suspect.
Police said the man was arrested once two years before for stealing a mobile phone, but the female victim had felt too embarrassed to report the sexual assault and he was released shortly afterwards.
Amin D. was hanged together with a second man who had been convicted of raping and murdering a woman, Mizan Online said.
According to human rights watchdog Amnesty International, Iran executed at least 977 people in 2015, mostly on drug trafficking charges.
Amnesty does not include figures for secretive China, but the number of executions in Iran exceeded both neighbouring Pakistan and regional rival Saudi Arabia.
Germany plans trauma centre for IS rape victims — minister
Germany, December 2014
A German government minister said Monday Berlin aimed to set up a trauma centre for victims of a mass rape campaign by the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
Overseas Development Minister Gerd Mueller told the Bild newspaper that the care facility in Germany could serve 100 women and girls from Syria and Iraq.
Mueller said he had spoken with five young girls on a visit to Iraq who had been captured by IS and gang raped.
“Three of them are now pregnant. We have to take care of such girls,” he said.
Mueller did not provide a timetable or say where in Germany the centre would be established.
IS spearheaded a sweeping offensive that has overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria since June.
In November, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria released its first report focused on IS crimes, presenting a horrifying picture of what life is like in areas controlled by the jihadists, including massacres, beheadings, torture, sexual enslavement and forced pregnancy.
Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has become the continent’s top destination for asylum seekers. It expects around 230,000 asylum seekers in 2015, up from a predicted 200,000 this year.
The influx has spawned a far-right populist movement which has been staging demonstrations in cities across the country against the “Islamisation” of Germany.
US soldier convicted of Iraq rape, murders found hanged in prison
Iraq, February 2014
A former US army soldier sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing of her parents and sister, was found hanged in his cell, The Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday, citing prison officials.
The death on Saturday of Steven Dale Green, 28, at the United States Penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona, was being investigated as a suicide, the paper said. Green had been found hanging in his cell last week, according to the Times report.
A spokesman at the federal maximum-security prison could not immediately be reached on Tuesday afternoon to confirm the report.
Green was convicted in 2009 of the rape and murder of 14-year-old Abeer Qassim Hamza Al Janabi and the shooting deaths of her father, mother and 6-year-old sister in Mahmoudiya, 32 kilometres south of Baghdad.
He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a federal jury in Kentucky could not decide whether he should be executed.
During the trial, prosecutors portrayed Green as the ringleader of a gang of five soldiers that plotted to invade the home of the family of four to rape the girl, and later bragged about the crime.
Green, 19 at the time of the crime, was described as the triggerman in the group of soldiers, which donned black “ninja” outfits and raped the girl before killing her and her family. The rape and murders took place after the soldiers drank whiskey, played cards and plotted the attack.
Three of the four other soldiers pleaded guilty in the attack and the fourth was convicted, all in military courts-martial. They received sentences ranging from five to 100 years.
Green was tried as a civilian because his arrest came after he was discharged from the army. He was described by prosecutors as predisposed to killing Iraqis.
Defence attorneys acknowledged he took part in the killings, but argued he was suffering combat stress after the death of close colleagues and should be spared the death penalty.
It was one of several incidents involving American soldiers that enraged Iraqis and strained US-Iraq relations.