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Man impregnates primary school pupil

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… says, I gave her parents N20,000

Mr. Victor Emmanuel, 45, who was arrested for having sex with a 13-year-old girl and putting her in the family way, has insisted that he did nothing wrong. The suspect described the girl as his fiancée.

According to him, he was already planning to marry her and has given her parents N20,000 and some drinks as part of introduction and marriage rites. Emmanuel was arrested by detectives attached to the Ajangbadi Police Station after the victim’s school alerted them. The police said that the suspect raped the girl and described her as a minor.

Emmanuel, an indigene of Imo State, said: “I didn’t rape her! We are in a relationship.

We’re even planning to get married. We have been dating for eight months now. The girl’s parents know me. Yes, I know she’s pregnant for me. I have accepted the pregnancy and I’m already taking care of her.”

He added: “I have started the marriage rites. In fact, the girl’s parents had been collecting money from me. I have paid N20,000 to them for introduction and to buy drinks. They have also asked me to bring N100,000, out of which I have paid N64,000.”

Emmanuel said he was arrested after his supposed father-in-law, called and told him that the girl’s school authority said the victim was too young for sexual activities, let alone for pregnancy.

Emmanuel said: “The school authority said she was too young. The school authority insisted that I should come to the school. When I got to the school, I was arrested.” The Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sergeant Mary Ikumo, said that the victim’s parents claimed not to know or had ever set eyes on Emmanuel.

According to Ikumo, the victim’s parents alleged that their daughter, who is just in primary six, was raped by Emmanuel.

Ikumo said: “The mother of the victim was with us yesterday. She said she didn’t know the suspect from Adam. The mother said that the girl used to hawk plantain and the suspect was one of her customers. He used to tip the girl N500 every time he buys plantain from her. One day, he pulled her into his shop and raped her.”

Emmanuel, a tailor, insisted that the victim’s parents consented to the relationship.

“They are already addressing me as husband,” said Emmanuel. He further said: “I take good care of her, including paying for her hospital bills. I go to her house at Ajangbadi every time. In fact, the mother called me last week and brought some clothes to my shop to sew for her.

The woman told me that she would be travelling this week. She used to bring food for me and sometimes drops the girl with me at my shop. “If police go to their compound to make their investigations, neighbours would tell them that I am her husband.

I have also been paying for her ante-natal. Yes, I once went with her to hospital for ante-natal. On most ante-natal days, her mother would come over to collect money from me.”

The matter, however, took a suspicious turn when Emmanuel couldn’t tell his supposed wife’s school address, home address or her parents’ names.

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Kingdom Wealth Multipurpose Society debuts

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Kingdom Wealth Multipurpose Society (KWMS) will be inaugurated tomorrow in Akure, the Ondo State capital. KWMS is a poverty alleviation and empowerment programme aimed at lifting the people. The occasion will also witness the inauguration of the South-West coordinators of the programme during which Chief Adewale Omojuwa, the Adetolugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, will be decorated as the grand patron and Dr. Alatishe Mike as the regional director.

The event, which begins at 9a.m., is expected to draw to Akure, government officials and many dignitaries from both the public and the private sectors of the economy. The organisers said KWMS was established to provide succour for Nigerians and a channel for the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.

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Customs engages officers on professional handling of arms

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Seme Command of the Nigerian Customs Service has engaged its officers on more professional approach in the handling and usage of arms through a combat training. Speaking during the retraining exercise conducted by the Nigerian Army, 243 Recce Battalion, Badagry, Lagos for the officers, the Area Comptroller, Mohammed Aliyu, said the event was to equip his officers with all the necessary knowledge and skills in handling and usage of arms.

The comptroller said the exercise would help the customs’ officers to deal with challenges that they might face in the course of discharging their duties. Aliyu said that the command had indicated his readiness to reward excellent performance among officers as motivational incentives to ensure strict compliance to our extant laws and the service operational golden rules while discharging their responsibilities.

He warned officers and men of the command not to compromise the standard set by the service but should be committed to the implementation of government fiscal policies especially now that their services are most needed. Aliyu said that the service was ready to explore all avenues in order to ensure that the target for the year was not only met but exceeded. The comptroller re-stated that the anti-smuggling drive of the command was well fortified against smugglers.

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Two arrested for murder of guard

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Detectives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos, have arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of a security man during a robbery operation at MP Manufacturers, Lekki. The suspects, it was learnt, scaled the fence of the company located on Plot 25, Bisola Durotimi Drive, Lekki, Phase 2, recently.

It was also learnt that the suspects made straight for the guard’s stand immediately they gained access into the company, demanding laptops which were newly delivered to the company. One of the guards, Abubakar Isiaka, who struggled with the robbers, was stabbed in the ribs and waist. His shout for help attracted his colleagues who rushed to the scene, to find the dying guard in a pool of blood while the robbers had escaped.

Isiaka died at the hospital, following the injury sustained in the attack. Police sources said when the information of the robbery got to the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, he directed the Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) to investigate the case and bring the perpetrators to book. Consequently, the duo of Daniel John (25) and Collins Archibong (25), both from Cross Rivers State, were arrested via the network service provider of the phone stolen from the deceased. During interrogation, the suspects admitted to the crime. One of the suspects, John, said the victim was killed unintentionally.

He said: “We went there just to steal. But by the time we got there, we met the guard sleeping. But he woke up and engaged us and at the same time held me and Archibong. He was very strong. We stabbed him because he almost overpowered us. We went away with his phone and sold it for N90,000.

I got N30,000, Collins got N20,00 while the third person, Bassey, got N40,000. “We had forgotten about the operation and were going about our normal work as security guards at Lekki Residential Security when we were arrested.” Edgal said the suspects would be arraigned soon. The commissioner also warned criminals to either stop and turn a new leaf or leave the state for good.

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