France Passes Law Against Sexual Offences

Since sexual offences have been a hot topic in France after an outpouring of tales of sexual harassment and violence in the MeToo movement, France has approved tougher law measures against sexual offences.

However, leftist lawmakers and feminist groups were unhappy that the law did not set a minimum age below which sexual intercourse would be assumed to be rape.

There has also been anger over a case where media reported that prosecutors had initially declined to charge a man with the rape of an 11-year-old girl on the grounds that she had consented.

“He was at first charged with sexual abuse of a minor, but later placed under investigation for rape,’’ public broadcaster FranceInfo reported.

The new law, which now goes to the Senate for approval, widens the circumstances in which intercourse with a child under 15 could be considered to be rape.

It also doubles the penalty for any sexual intercourse with a child under 15 from five to ten years.

The government said a legal opinion from a state body that assesses new laws meant the law could not declare that any intercourse with a child under 15 should be considered rape.

However, left-wing lawmakers said the government could still have gone further with its text.

The new law, which was passed by 115 votes to 29 in the National Assembly and now goes to the Senate for approval, also provides for the possibility of on-the-spot fines for street harassment.

75-Year-Old Dry Cleaner In Jail For Raping Minors

75-year-old Abdullahi Umar has been remanded by a Minna Magistrates’ Court for allegedly raping two minors and fingering another.

Umar is standing trial on a 2-count charge of sexual abuse and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Gunduma Ibrahim, had told the court that one Bashir Mohammed reported the matter to the state Child Rights Agency on April 15.

Ibrahim said the accused person was said to have lured the complainant’s 7-year-old daughter into his room at Maje Tunga, Minna and fingered her genitals.

According to him, during police investigation it was revealed that the accused person had lured two other girls aged 9 and 7, who were his close neighbors, into his room and had carnal knowledge of them on different occasions.

He said the accused person warned the girls not to tell their parents what had been transpiring.

The prosecutor noted that the offences were contrary to sections 19 (2) and 18 (2) of the Child Rights Law of Niger State 2010.

When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor thereafter prayed the court for an adjournment to enable police complete it’s investigation into the matter.

The Magistrate, Binta Rijau ordered the accused person to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the matter till May 9, for further mention.

3-Year-Old Girl Raped To Death In Kano

3-year old Khadijah Abubakar Abdullahi, who was declared missing four days ago, has been found inside an office at Khairat community school in Walalambe quarters, Nassarawa local government area of Kano state yesterday April 17th.

According to reports the body was discovered with blood stains around her vagina and anus, suggesting that she was raped to death. Khadijah and her friends had gone to the school to meet with her mother who is a teacher there.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police public relations officer, SP Magaji Musa Majia, said nine suspects mostly teachers of the school, have been arrested in connection with the rape and murder.

Father of the deceased, Malam Abubakar Abdullahi popularly known as IBB, said he was shocked when he saw the lifeless body of his little girl in a pool of her own blood.

“The condition I found my daughter suggested that she was raped. Seeing her in that condition, we could not even touch the lifeless body. The body has started decomposing, causing an awful odour. We called the police who took the corpse for investigation and later released it to us for burial. Khadijah is dead, but I want justice to be done. It is Khadijah today, only God knows who will be the next target. There is a need for the authorities concern to do something on this inhumane act in order to safeguard the lives of our children.

Her mother is a teacher in the school where her lifeless body was found and late Khadijah and her siblings are students of the same school. On the fateful day she got missing, she was not accompanied to the school by her mother because she (the mother) was sick. After the school hours, Khadijah’s siblings came back home with the news that she was nowhere to be found after the closure of school around 5:30pm and that was the beginning of our travails,” he said

 

World’s Most Flexible Man Sentenced To 22-Years In Prison

The world’s most flexible man Mukhtar Gusengadzhiev, 53 has been exposed and given a 22 year prison sentence for committing sex crimes against young girls, including his own relatives.

Gusengadzhiev was found guilty of sex crimes against six underage girls despite a petition signed by more than 1,700 fans claiming he was “framed”.

The contortionist, who according to the Guinness World Records, is the most flexible man on the planet, was initially accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl, the daughter of his ex-girlfriend Inna Volkova. When police searched his Moscow flat, they found videos made by him containing child pornography, a court heard.

The child told police that Gusengadzhiev repeatedly undressed her and touched her intimate body parts. Law enforcement sources said that between 2012 and 2015 he “performed violent sexual actions against underage children” in and around Moscow.

“The investigators established that victims of those crimes came from the families of his friends and relatives,” Russian authorities said a statement.

“Besides, the accused man made friends with lonely women who had children in order to commit crimes against these (girls) later. While searching the apartment occupied by the accused man video recordings of a pornographic nature involving young children were discovered.”

The contortionist’s supporters insisted he had been framed. Some 1,700 people signed a petition claiming the case was flawed.

“We think that the case was fully made up by Inna Volkova and we demand thorough investigation,” the petition said.

Tatiana Konstantinova, head of Yoga Federation of Russia, accused the contortionist’s ex-girlfriend of “seeking revenge perhaps because of his love for so many other women”.

She added: “I do not believe the accusation that he is a paedophile.”

Irrespective of what his supporters think, Gusengadzhiev, who has featured in a string of Russian films and performed in 40 countries around the world, was sentenced to over two decades in jail.

Gusengadziev denied his guilt, claiming his relatives framed him to inherit his luxury apartment.

 

Russian Teacher Under Investigation For Alleged Affair

A Russian teacher Irina Ibragimkhalimova, 41 is currently under investigation after an explicit photo leaked showing her getting intimate with a teenage student.

Ibragimkhalimova who is a deputy head, is seen in the intimate photo with Valeria Fedorova, 17. It is alleged that they were carrying on a lesbian affair and alleged messages between the pair have also been revealed.

“Valeria and her teacher Irina are suspected of having a true sexual affair and this is supported by the evidence picked up in the social networks of both,” a local news website reported.

“Screenshots prove that they posted many pictures where they were together, hugging and kissing each other, and one particular photo posted by the teacher is really intimate making everyone think they did have sex.”

But Valeria, now 18, has denied the affair, claiming the alleged images were photo shopped.

The student said: “I have spoken to Irina Ibragimkhalimova and she says she does not have this kind of underwear as in the pictures. It looks very old.”

She had never seen her teacher wear “this strange male-style shirt”, she said.

“And look the the breasts, I am sorry, this is not my size at all, they made it up,” she told Mash news outlet.

Police said: “If the information about a love affair between the teacher and the teenager is proved, a decision about launching a criminal investigation will be made without delay.”

The case has been handed to the Investigative Committee which examines serious crimes. A full scale investigation was launched into the conduct of Ibragimkhalimova, also a Biology teacher, who has not commented on the scandal in Borovichi, 275 miles northwest of Moscow.

Both the teacher – who has an adult son – and student have deleted their accounts, it was reported. They both admit to being “friends” and are backed by head teacher Lyudmila Krupkina.

“Irina was a good friend to her student from earlier years,” said Krupkina, who claimed the leak of images could be linked to blackmail.

However, police indicated there was no sign of blackmail.

A leaked message allegedly from the teacher to the student read: “I’m asking nothing from you…

“It seems to me that I know you. I feel you. I love you.

“Words are useless here…..my heart is beating like mad.”

Valeria, who was 17 when the “affair” is supposed to have taken place, allegedly told her teacher: “The main thing in life is to meet somebody who understands you even when you keep silent! I LOVE YOU!”

A regional education ministry commented: “Representatives of the Investigative Committee of Borovichi district are working in this school now.”

The student is due to be awarded a ‘gold medal’ for her studies in the school, which gives her a fast track into top Russian universities.

The teacher is “highly respected”, say colleagues.

Ambode Supports 25 Year Jail Term For Sex Offenders

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday has supported a 25 year jail term for sex offenders and perpetrators of all forms of domestic violence.

Ambode led a walk against Domestic and Sexual Violence in Alausa, Ikeja with the Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, Chief Judge of the State, Justice Olufunmilayo Oke, wife of the Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, Attorney General, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, members of the State Executive Council, members of the House of Assembly, stakeholders in the justice sector, celebrities, students, among others said it was time to take aggressive steps to put a stop to the menace.

Backing the 25 year jail term for rapists, the governor, decked in a red T-shirt with inscriptions including ‘I Say No To Rape’, ‘Stop Domestic Violence’, among others, said it was time to take the fight one step further by amending the Protection Against Domestic Violence Law, 2007 and also come up with strict punitive measures that would serve as a deterrent to perpetrators of such act.

“Rape should not be met with light sentencing; the minimum sentence of 25 years is highly recommended. We need new laws, which will respond adequately to the nature and occurrences of this era. Domestic Violence is a crime, and should be treated as such. The Protection Against Domestic Violence Law, 2007, should therefore be amended accordingly,” Ambode said.

He said in the last two and half years, the State has done a lot in the war against the oppression of the female gender, noting that the State’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team has executed interventions and initiatives including easy access to reporting incidents, speedy rescue and access to justice, medical and psycho-social support for survivors, sensitization & policy advocacy and the establishment of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Trust Fund to ensure survivors are financially independent.

Ambode, however, said that his administration would not rest on its oars until the menace is totally eradicated.

“A lot of progress has been made in the steps taken to protect the rights of women and the girl child and in the war against the oppression of the female gender. However, there is still so much to be done. We need to ask ourselves the hard question: for this cause we honour today, how can we truly ensure we are walking the talk?

“What we are tackling today is an almost innate culture which relegates women to the background and forces them to suffer in silence. In Lagos, we are waging a war against this culture and we will do everything within our power to transform ours to a culture of equality, respect and dignity for all. It is a journey of radical transformation, and our government is wholly committed to seeing it through.

“We are not just reactive in helping survivors but also taking aggressive steps to prevent future occurrences. Our aim is to build a system of trust and accountability, where survivors are encouraged to speak out and potential perpetrators are discouraged to commit future acts,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor commended the Lagos State Judiciary for heeding the call to establish a Sexual Offences Court, just as he also lauded the State House of Assembly for enacting the Protection against Domestic Violence Law, 2007, the Child’s Right Law of Lagos State, 2015 and the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, noting that all efforts was geared towards providing a solid platform for waging the war against Sexual and gender based Violence.

Besides, Ambode, urged the Nigeria Police Force to strive to be more professional and ensure proper investigation of reported cases by grooming specialist officers, since they were mostly the first point of call for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

“As the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is now. We firmly believe that the actions we take today will be the seeds sown for a brighter future for our women and indeed, our children. We believe our State can continue to pioneer in this agenda and become a benchmark not just in Nigeria, but globally”, he said.

In her remarks, the Chief Judge commended Ambode for leading the symbolic walk, saying the development as well as other efforts geared towards combating the menace eloquently confirmed the commitment of the State Government to reduce the menace to the bearest minimum, just as she urged victims to come out and seek justice.

On his part, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa who was represented by the Chief Whip of the House, Rotimi Abiru, said Lagos has set the pace in putting issues of rape, domestic violence, child abuse and others on the front bunner adding that the coming together of the three arms of governments was a proof of political will to fight the menace in the State to a standstill.

 

Journalist Accuses Police Of Releasing 17 Year Old Boy Who Sexually Abused His Daughter

Lanre Duyile is a journalist who has accused the Ondo State Police Command of releasing a 17 year old boy who had multiple anal sex with his eight year-old son.

Duyile who spoke to the Nation said himself and his wife always left their children in the care of their neighbor until they return from work in the evening. He, however, discovered that his son developed a funny habit which upon, he confessed that their neighbor’s son had been having sex anally with him.

Each time we go to work, my children stay with our neighbour.  I did not know that my neighbours’s son had been having carnal knowledge of my son. The boy is a pupil of St Joseph’s College, Ondo. He is 17-year-old, while my son is eight. He had been having anal sex with him for a long time. Later, each time I took my son out for a stroll, he touched people’s private parts in public. But I didn’t pay attention to this habit until someone brought it to my notice. So I threatened him when we got home and he confessed that my neighbour’s son had been sleeping with him since a long time ago and threatened him not to tell anybody.” he said

Duyile said he got the suspect arrested at Fagun Police Station, adding that the family came to beg that the matter be resolved, which he agreed to do, but the DPO insisted the case be taken to court. He said he was hwoever shocked when he discovered that the police had released the suspect without informing him.

Immediately I got the boy arrested at Fagun Police Station, his family came to beg me that we should settle the matter. I initially agreed. So we went to the station to end the case and get the boy released.  On getting there, the DPO said they should sue the boy the following Monday. So I left, but before I got home, I discovered they had released him. They released him without my knowledge. I became angry and said the whole world must know what happened to my son.”

Duyile accused the police of not being interested in how to conduct a medical test on his son, saying they told him to go and do it.

The suspect’s family should be responsible for the test, but they left me alone to do it. So I sense a connivance with the police, particularly the DPO, in a bid to sweep the matter under the carpet,” he alleged.

The journalist said his son was traumatised, as he cried all day, begging that he be taken to a new environment. He alleged that since the case was reported, the DPO had put him under pressure, which prompted him to relocate his family because of unforeseen circumstances.

Menawhile, the state police command’s spokesperson, Femi Joseph, denied the allegation that the police were trying to cover up the case. According to Joseph, Duyile refused to show up to enable them conduct a medical test on his son.

“We are ready to take the case to court,” he added.

But Duyile said the police were only being economical with the truth, as they told him to go and sort out the medical.

 

Man Arrested For Raping 13-Year-Old Physically Challenged Girl

The Lagos State police command has arraigned a 38-year-old driver, Peter Edialu before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly molesting a 13-Year-old physically challenged girl.

Police Prosecutor Clifford Ogu told the court that the offences were committed on Jan. 31 at 12, Anuoluwapo St., Ogba, Lagos. Ogu said that the accused met the girl, a 13- year -old physically challenged, outside playing alone.

“The accused lured the girl to an uncompleted building and molested her.

Ogu said that the accused attempted to escape when neighbours raised an alarm. He said the neighbours caught up with the accused and handed him over to the police. The offences, he said, violated Sections 141, 262, 263 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Chief Magistrate Taiwo Akanni admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum. She adjourned the case until Feb. 26 for mention.

 

Brothers Insert Metal Balls Into Sex Organs To Cause More Pain To Their Rape Victims

A horrific case is presently on trial in Spain exposing two brothers for inserting metal balls into their penises in order to cause more pain to the women they were raping.

A court has been told how Cristian and Sebastian Sandulache pimp women at a brothel in Oviedo in Spain, where they raked in up to £10,000 each night. Prosecutors described how the brothers chopped off one woman’s arm with a samurai sword, while other women were forced to eat Euro notes if they failed to make enough money.

According to reports when they were in jail, Cristian and Sebastian Sandulache made a series of cuts along their penises and inserted small metal balls into the incisions. The metal balls apparently makes sex more pleasurable to them, but more painful to the women with whom they practice it.

The brothers from Vaslui in Romania are facing 600 years in prison for the horrific crimes they committed. They are accused of human trafficking, coercive prostitution, and money laundering at the court of Audiencia Provincial de Oviedo.

At the trial, they were accused of using a henchman Ionut Baciu to “bring more water” to force the women to swallow the money, and warned: “If this happens again, next time you eat in coins.”

Cristian is the younger of the two, born in 1984, but is the head of the clan, while his older brother Sebastian occupies a more junior rank in the network.

Victims, known only as AC and AGM, described their experiences in court, and say they were tricked into believing the men were their boyfriends in their home country. They travelled to Spain hoping for a better way of life, but only when they arrived did they find that their apparent boyfriends were in fact twisted pimps who would subject them to beatings, rape, humiliations and threats, as well as forcing them into prostitution. One victim told the court that Cristian would threaten to “fire” or burn her mother and grandmother, while another said they threatened to rape her younger sister.

Some of the victims became pregnant because of the rapes, but were forced to abort the children, but had to go to Romania to perform the procedures as they had passed the 15th week of their pregnancy. Another victim was described as being a wrestler with physical strength, who the brother subjected to beatings that left her unable to move from bed for a week. Then they allegedly cut her arm off with a katana samurai sword.

The brothers reportedly leached off most of the money the women made and sent them home to their own relatives in Romania. While making £10,000 in a night, the women in the brothel would only see around £200 per fortnight.

Reports suggest the brothers have 23 police records since their arrival in Spain in 2013, which includes human trafficking, rape, money laundering and a presumed armed robbery in the Galicia region. Before the trial they spent a week in prison, before paying 30,000 Euros as a deposit. The Olive Press reported they are still on the streets as the court ruled “they are not a flight risk”.

 

7-Year-Old Boy Accuses Father Of Attempted Rape, Raping His 3 Year-Old Sister

As stories evolve daily exposing sexual crimes, researches has shown that more sexual crimes are carried out by family members of the victims.

Wisdom Adefemi has accused his father Olusegun Adefemi, of sexually abusing his 3-year-old sister, Favour. Wisdom disclosed this to the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who ordered the arrest of Adefemi.

According to Wisdom, his father also attempted to penetrate him and his 5-year-old brother, Godspower, through the anus, but they refused because the pain was too much to bear.

Narrating his ordeal, he said: “My daddy slept with Favour from here (pointing at the private part of his sister.) He put her on the ground and then he did it. It was five times. He wanted to do my own from the back but I refused.

“He wanted to do Godspower too. When we refused, he started beating us.”

Edgal, Parading the suspect, said he was arrested at No. 6 Ipakan Street, Ijede, after an official of Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC), Adekoya Sesan, reported the incident.

He said Adefemi had unsupervised access to his kids since he was separated from his wife sometime ago over alleged abuse.

The suspect, however, denied allegations saying “I am shocked at the allegations. I have never done it and I will never do it. I heard that my children accused me of raping their sister. They never said it before me. I thought the police would bring them before me and ask them so that I can hear it from them directly but the police did not.”

Imohimi said the suspect inflicted grievous injury in the private part of the child as a result of forceful penetration.

“The girl has been taken to Mirabel Medical Centre for examination and treatment while her siblings have been placed in temporary home.

“The suspect would be charged to court at the end of investigation,” Imohimi said

 

Somaliland Passes First Law Against Rape

Somaliland has passed its first law against rape, in a bid to reduce the violence against women.

Before this new law to liberate women, rape was not considered a criminal offence and perpetrators did not face any penalty.

Instead, victims’ families are paid off or they are forced to marry their rapists to avoid public shame.

The new law will punish rapists with up to 30 years imprisonment.

Ayan Mahamoud, Somaliland’s representative in Britain, said the law passed by the lower house of parliament on Monday still needed approval from the more conservative upper house.

“The bill had been languishing for some years and the newly elected government, which is very serious about tackling violence against women, saw it as a priority to bring it before parliament,” Mahamoud told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“It is however possible that it will face resistance when it comes before the House of Elders in the coming weeks, as members in the upper house tend to be more traditional.”

Somaliland, with a population of about four million, declared independence from Somalia in 1991 following a bloody civil war, but is not internationally recognised as a country.

Mahamoud said President Musa Abdi’s government, which came to power in November, was shocked by reports of gang rape and wanted to take action against it. He refuted claims the move was part of a strategy to show Somaliland as a functioning democracy with the aim of gaining recognition on the global stage.

The UN hailed the law as a milestone, but said much more needed to be done.

“Once it is signed into law, there is need to develop the capacities of the national justice and security actors, non-state actors and service providers and to create awareness among the public,” said Fadumo Dayib, head of UN Women in Somalia.

“Every woman and girl has the right to live her life without the threat and fear of violence.

“This law will make a substantial contribution in curtailing sexual violence against women and girls.”