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The General Hospital, Apapa, Lagos State, became a centre of public attention on Thursday as residents, motorcycle riders and passersby thronged the facility to catch a glimpse of three primary school pupils, who were allegedly defiled by a security guard.

The three victims, identified simply as Mistura, Yinka and Mary, had reportedly been admitted to the hospital for medical tests after the 60-year-old Togolese, Sabi Burno, was allegedly caught defiling 11-year-old Mistura in a container on Ibikunle Akintoye Street.

While Mistura and Yinka attend Methodist Primary School, Randle, Apapa, Mary is a pupil of United Christian Primary School. The two schools are in the same community.

The Togolese’s container-apartment is on an abandoned plot of land. The victims pass through the place to go to school every morning.


Punch Metro learnt that Mistura, who lives with her grandmother, had, while going to school on Thursday, gone into the container around 8am.

A landlord, whose house is beside the abandoned land, said he had observed her loitering in front of the container.

He said, “A hotel was on that land before it was demolished. The new owner asked the Togolese to guard it. The man put a container on the land, where he sleeps.

“He has been taking advantage of the girls since he got there about a year ago and I think no one suspected anything.

“But this morning, around 8am, I was in my house when I saw this girl, who was supposed to be in school, loitering in front of the container. She was in her school uniform.

“Not up to three minutes, the Togolese asked the girl to go in, while pretending to be sweeping. Within a few minutes, he also went in and shut the door.”

The landlord, who did not want to be identified, said he rushed to Methodist Primary School to report the incident.

Punch Metro learnt that the school’s head teacher sent a teacher with the landlord to the scene.

Punch correspondent was told that Burno was caught in the act and was held by the teacher.

“A crowd quickly gathered and I alerted policemen from the Apapa Police Station, who responded swiftly. The girl was taken to her school and some female teachers checked her private parts and found semen,” the landlord added.

Punch Metro learnt that during interrogation, Mistura confessed that it was not the first time that the security guard slept with her.

She was said to have mentioned the names of her two friends whom the Togolese had been sexually assaulting as well.

Teachers at the school reportedly invited Yinka and Mary for questioning, and they confessed that the suspect had been defiling them as well.

“Yinka said the man had slept with her for more than 10 times. The other girl said he had slept with her twice,” the landlord said.

Punch correspondent, who visited the general hospital where the victims were undergoing treatment, met Mistura’s grandmother and other relatives.

She explained that the primary five pupil’s mother died while she was an infant, adding that the father’s whereabouts was unknown.

“I took her as my own child and I never knew she was being defiled. She goes to school in the morning and returns in the afternoon after which she comes to my shop to assist me. We were still together till 11pm yesterday (Wednesday). I never suspected anything. I gave this girl good training. I am disappointed,” she said.

A classmate of Mistura and Yinka told Punch Metro that the two girls always flaunted money in the classroom.

He said, “One day, Mistura showed me N1,200 and when I asked her where she got it, she became quiet. Yinka sometimes bring N500 to class. I don’t know where they get their money. They are friends. But they always come late to school.”

A teacher at Methodist Primary School, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident.

She said the pupils were noted for lateness, adding that the authorities did not suspect such a thing was going on.

“But the incident happened outside the school; it has nothing to do with the school,” she said.

 Punch Metro learnt that some officials in the education district prevented policemen from the Apapa division from taking the suspect away.

“We got there almost immediately, but a woman said we should leave the matter because it involves schools. We waited patiently, but she insisted that they would not hand over the suspect to us, so we
left them,” a policemen said.

A source said Burno, while denying the allegations, claimed he was impotent, adding that it was the reason his wife left him.

At the General Hospital, Apapa, Punch correspondent was told that the medical director was not around.

As of the time of filing this report, efforts to get a reaction from the state Ministry of Health, were abortive.

The Director of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the head teacher of the Methodist school informed the agency about Mistura’s case.

She said, “The head teacher informed us and we advised that she should take the child to a primary health care centre, where she can receive proper sexual assault treatment. We are also liaising with the police and have requested a duplicate case file for the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the Togolese denied defiling the pupils.

He said, “The man said he did not have sexual intercourse with them, but he may have touched them indecently. Nobody has been there to prove whether it is true or not. There is currently an examination being done for all those involved. The suspect is in police custody and we are trying to establish a case of either child abuse or indecent assault based on the girls’ statements.”

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Politics Of Bitterness and PDP’s Deadly Plots Against Me, APC MUST Stop Nown – Chief Nelson Agbamuche

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its operatives in Akwukwu-Igbo in Delta State, led by Kelvin Onuwa Anyakwu and Victor Nzediegwu have been doing everything possible to harm me, my family and political associates.

 

There have been series of attacks on my properties and plots to eliminate me, leading to some unfortunate attacks on my supporters.

 

The reason for the acrimony is due to the fact that I choose to identify with a progressive party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) which has brought and still bringing development to my community.

 

As a traditional title holder whose allegiance is to my people, I thought it wise to join the APC having spent years in the PDP without any noticeable benefit to my people, but my former party chieftains won’t recognise my fundamental human rights of freedom o association guaranteed in our constitution and the African charter.

 

Consequently, they have resorted to attacks and threats to my life, destruction of my properties using thugs and local vigilantes to hound me and my associates.

 

I have already petitioned the Inspector General of Police on this matter, having lodged formal complaints at the state level with no visible action taken.

 

As if that was not enough, they also resorted to political intolerance against myself and members of the All Progressives Congress.

 

This was brought to bare on Saturday when the PDP unleashed an unprecedented level of violence against APC faithfuls during the Local Government elections that our party was clearly winning.

 

After noticing that APC had won most of the units in the election, thugs led by Ikechukwu Joseph Iwegbu, known as Presidential General, invaded the units fully armed at the point of counting to disrupt the exercise. They carted away all the ballot boxes and shot at us recklessly, many of our people sustained various degree of injuries.

The Police in our community witnessed the incidents, they can attest to the brazen attacks.

No result was announced anywhere in Akwukwu-Igbo ward. Of course APC clearly won five out of the seven polling units in the ward. If they are in doubt, let us repeat the election, APC will still win.

 

After the violent attack on Saturday, they used the instruments of the state to move against us, arresting our people who are APC members. This is one oppression taken too far.

They kept saying they don’t want APC, that Delta state is a PDP state yet all the development we have today in Akwukwu Igbo were brought by the APC government.

 

New transformers came about 6 months ago, Rural electrification is near completion, soon to be commissioned.

 

Renovation of our primary schools with perimeter fencing. We have the Agbogidi primary school, Atuma Primary school etc.

 

 

Road projects are equally ongoing.

 

Akwukwu-Illa road project alone is about 4km, you also have Engr. Sunday Gbamdi road and others.

 

Why are we not going to join a party that has brought development to our communities?

 

Since we joined APC, they have been Using hoodlums and local vigilantes to unleash terror on us. We have reported to different authorities, yet the thugs are becoming more brazen. They boast openly that no one can arrest them because they are backed by powers from above.

 

Since they have openly sworn to use everything to fight APC out of the state and we, on our part, are equally resolute in our journey to bring development to our people through the APC led Federal Government, I use this medium to call on all security agencies and well meaning Nigerians to take urgent steps with a view to safeguarding my life and properties in Akwukwu-Igbo and the state in general, as well as calling all the aforementioned individuals and their enablers to order.

 

Chief Nelson Agbamuche

 

Odoziani of Akwukwu-Igbo

 

Delta State.

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Koko Master DBANJ, Clarence Peter and K-switch endorsed Ned Nwoko Malaria Eradication Project.

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Koko Master DBANJ, Clarence Peter and K-switch endorsed Ned Nwoko Malaria Eradication Project.

 

 

One of the finest hip-hop sensation and export out of Africa, Dapo Oyenbanji popular known as DBANJ with the top notch video music Producer, Clarence Peters were on a courtesy visit to the Billionaire Philanthropist and Antarctica explorer, Prince Ned Nwoko.

 

The Koko master was thrilled with the bold vision and strategies by Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation to eradicate malaria in Africa starting with Nigeria.

 

He pledged his support in fight against the scourge of malaria in Africa. Prince Ned shares his vision of malaria free Nigeria and that it’s possible if we join our hands together to get a vaccine, clean up Nigeria and fumigate the entire country.

 

The project coordinator of Ned Nwoko Malaria Eradication Project, Mr Chukwuebuka Anyaduba also shed more light on other agenda of Prince Ned Nwoko foundation which includes Tourism, Culture and environment. Project Tourism and the Stars University being the first Sports University in Africa are one of the legacies of former lawmaker, Ned Nwoko to impacts Africa.

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