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Update on police assault of pregnant woman in Lagos

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Women’s rights activists Dr Joe Odumakin has threatened to mobilize all pregnant women for protest if the police officer that assaulted a pregnant women in Lagos is not disciplined.

A clip which surfaced few days ago on the social media, showing a police officer identified as Arthur Okeke harrasing a pregnant woman with disregard for her condition has continued to attract more reactions.

The victim, Mrs. Rashidat Oyelowo Abdulmajeed recounted her experience while speaking to journalists in Lagos. She told of how the police officer conducted himself very embarrassingly. Find the video here
The victim stated that she was slapped and her hijab was also torn during the encounter on the bus with police officer, Mr. Arthur Okeke.

 

She narrated that the policeman was in a seat behind the one she sat on the bus, and he officer leaned forward, resting his arms on guard of her own seat, but her back was also relaxed on same guard.
The woman said Officer Arthur Okeke ordered her to raise her back from the seat, but she had responded that it was meant for occupant of seats to rest their back on. Besides, she said, she told the officer that she was pregnant.
Officer Arthur began assaulting her thereafter.
“He pulled my hijab from the back and forcefully reclined my head backwards so that my head hung over”, she said.
Her narration, which buttressed the visual spreading on the social media, included how the police officer ordered the bus to stop and also asked every passenger to alight so he’d torture her more. She said every passenger condemned his actions, but most of them were under trepidation he might harm them.
While the bus stopped,  the officer also called on another who was directing the traffic, on the road to join him in the act, but he was turned down.
Reacting to the incidence in Lagos, female activist and president of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Oke-Odumakin who received the victim in her office on Friday, called on the Police Inspector General, Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed to take on the erring officer for disciplinary action.
Okei-Odumakin warned that the spate of police indiscriminate molestation of citizens is on the increase and moreso, unacceptable.
“I trust the IG of police that he will take action on this and bring Arthur Okeke to book. But failure to do this, we will mobilize all pregnant Women and protest police brutality on the street for the sake of Mrs. Rasheedat”, she said.
Meanwhile, the Police Force has not said anything about disgraceful conduct of the officer, despite many communications to it about the incidence.
Severally, the video has been tweeted, tagging the Police authority on social media with the video, but no single response from the police came on it.

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  1. lizzy

    July 7, 2014 at 9:42 am

    That is Nigeria, if action is not taken that may be the end But if the woman is a wife of a police or soldier or one of the high ranks in Nigeria the story will not be like this. May God help us in this country

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I don’t mind being a second wife to a rich man: Nigerian Actress

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I don’t mind being a second wife to a rich man: Nigerian Actress

Ruth Eze, Nigerian actress has revealed that due to family pressure, she doesn’t mind to be a second wife to a rich man.

Eze made this known in an exclusive interview with Inside Nollywood.

She expressed that due to her mother’s pressure on her to marry, she wouldn’t mind being a second wife as long as the man is rich and agrees to a white wedding.

“My mother is on my neck to get married but I can’t afford to marry a poor man, truth be told. So, I have been calming my mum down. I told her if I don’t look well and rush into marriage, I might rush out before she knows it.

For now, I’m here waiting for true love and without money, love can’t be true and sweet. I also don’t mind being a second wife as long as he agrees we have a white wedding,” she said.

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It is well with my soul – Ada Ameh mourns daughter

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It is well with my soul – Ada Ameh mourns daughter

Nigerian Actress, Ada Ameh has taken to social media to mourn her daughter who died on October 20 in Abuja.

 

The actress shared burial poster of her late 31-year-old daughter,  Aladi Godgifts Ameh, stating that the process will hold at the New Gwarinpa Cemetry in Abuja.

 

Sharing the obsequies, Ada Ameh wrote;

“Join me as I finally lay my daughter to rest .. just keep praising Him cos olowo gbogboro is turning things around for my Good…its well with my soul

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US special forces rescue American held hostage in Nigeria

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U.S. special forces rescued an American citizen who had been kidnapped by armed men in an operation on Saturday in northern Nigeria that is believed to have killed several of his captors, U.S. officials said.

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Forces including Navy SEALs rescued 27-year-old Philip Walton, who had been abducted on Tuesday from his home in neighboring southern Niger, two U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity, adding that no U.S. troops were hurt.

A diplomat source in Niger said Walton is now at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Niamey.

“Big win for our very elite U.S. Special Forces today,” U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox News that the Trump administration had over the years rescued 55 hostages in 24 countries.

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The Pentagon confirmed the operation but did not provide the identity of the hostage.

Walton, who kept camels, sheep, and poultry and grew mangoes near the border with Nigeria, was kidnapped by six men armed with AK-47 assault rifles who arrived on motorcycles at his home in southern Niger’s Massalata village early on Tuesday.

His wife, young daughter, and brother were left behind.

Reuters has reported that the perpetrators appeared to be from the Fulani ethnic group and that they spoke Hausa and some English. They demanded money and searched the family’s home before leaving with Walton.

Niger, like much of West Africa’s Sahel region, faces a deepening security crisis as groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State carry out attacks on the army and civilians, despite help from French and U.S. forces.

Four U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger in 2017, sparking debate about the United States’ role in the sparsely populated West African desert that is home to some of the world’s poorest countries.

At least six foreign hostages are being held by Islamist insurgents in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Islamists have collected millions of dollars in ransom payments in recent years. The U.S. government has frequently criticized other countries for paying.

Culled: Reuters

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