Three men –Edward Gitau, Nicholas Mwangi and Meshak Mwangi — have been sentenced to death for stripping and sexually assaulting a woman they believed was dressed too provocatively.
The incident happened in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.
The three men, however, had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonments because Kenya’s ban on carrying out executions means the trio will spend the rest of their lives in jail.
The female victim was attacked at a petrol station on the outskirts of Nairobi in 2014, during which she was stripped, sexually assaulted and her phone and cash stolen by a violent mob, ostensibly because she was wearing a mini skirt which her attackers deemed ‘provocative.’
The incident was captured on camera and widely circulated on social media.
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The verdict capped a case that prompted hundreds of people to march through the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, in short, fitted clothing in 2014, calling for an end to violence against women after a video of the attack was made public.
“This is what many uncultured men do out there,” he added.
It was part of a rash of assaults against women; and it led activists to mobilise under the hash tag #MyDressMyChoice to demonstrate.
A judge was forced to release a woman she had ordered to be remanded in prison after she reportedly stripped in court.
Akot Dorcus protested by stripping and was released
A Ugandan woman shocked many people in court after she reportedly stripped n*ked to avoid being thrown into prison.
According to reports by local media, the woman identified as Akot Dorcus accused her brother of using police to cause arrest of family members.
The incident happened on Tuesday morning at the Lira High Court in Uganda. Justice had remanded six members of the same family in prison. The Court presided over by Justice Dr. Winifred Nabisinde, a resident judge for Lira circuit sent on remand the suspects over attempted murder.
Those sent on remand until 24th July of this year when Court will pass a ruling were; Olwa Nelson, Okaka Peter, Ochom Martin, Oroma John Peter, Owani Geoffrey and the complainant’s biological mother, Alobo Nancy, 46. They are residents of Nambieso Sub County in Apac district.
Omeny Tom, had dragged his family members to court accusing them of trying to kill him. He told Court that on the 17th November, 2014, his huts where set ablaze over land related wrangles.
Akot stripped in protest claiming they were Innocent, stripped her clothes in protest. The fracas brought commotion and drama among police officers, Lawyers and Court staff who exchanged bitter words with a Field Force Police commandant and his troops.
The situation normalized after Justice Dr. Nabisinde Winifred sent a message ordering for the release of protesting and chaotic Akot Dorcus.
He now moves around with the aid of crutches, and each time he visits the toilet to relieve himself, the scars on his manhood bring back the memories of how he suffered at the hands of three female rapists.
Stories of men falling prey to female rapists in Zimbabwe have been received with scepticism by many people. This is because victims have not been prepared to come out to tell their stories and there have even been suspicion that some of the stories were made up by men seeking excuses for their own wayward ways. The Standard however, took time last week to track down the female rapists’ latest victim, 48-year-old *Chivamba, a teacher from Mashonaland East.
After pleading with him we finally convinced him it would be harmless and in fact a positive social move to tell his story.
His first confession was that he had never believed the stories about female rapists.
“I used to hear it via social media platforms and there was a time in this country when the rumours of female rapists spread like veld fire and I thought they were all a joke.
Little did I know that one day I would be a victim myself. I am confused, traumatised and I feel dejected.”
Chivamba shed tears as he recounted how he was sexually abused for days by two women who had given him a lift from Chitungwiza. He kept saying he prayed every day that the women get caught one day and brought to justice.
The father of four said he was so traumatised by the sexual ordeal he still relives the nightmare. “No man would ever want such an experience and as for me, I would give anything to avoid a repeat, even in a dream.”
Our interview with Chivamba took place at his home in Chitungwiza where we finally caught up with him after several visits to his work place in Macheke yielded nothing as he was off duty and recuperating at home.
“My family stays here in Chitungwiza and I was on my way back to Macheke after a weekend visit when this tragedy happened,” Chivamba said. “I usually prefer to use buses when travelling but as fate would have it, that day I flagged down a private car, a BMW and it stopped. The driver told me that he was going to Mutare via Marondera and that was perfect for me. There were three women already in the car, one sitting on the front passenger seat and the other two on the back seat. I got in and sat with the two women at the back and we took off.”
He said everyone was very friendly and the driver seemed to be in a love relationship with the woman sitting with him in the front.
“They were all drinking beer which was in a cooler box and when we got to Ziko shopping centre they stopped to refill. One of the ladies offered me a beer and I politely turned her down since I was not feeling well. I settled for a cascade which she handed over to me,” he recalled.
Chivamba said as they approached the Dema tollgate the driver took the dust road which many other drivers used to avoid paying toll fees. He said by this time he had finished the drink but was strangely feeling dizzy.
“I thought maybe it was the effects of the tablets that I had taken that day since I was having a running stomach. I fell asleep and the next moment I found myself in a small room with a small bed. I screamed but no one came to my rescue.
“My manhood felt itchy and when I looked down I realised I was bruised. I felt weak and I was confused. Then the two women who I was sharing the back seat within the car entered the room. They appeared to be much younger than the one who was seated at the front. They began removing their clothes and told me that they wanted me to have sex with them. I refused but one of them who appeared very drunk produced a pistol and told me that she would not hesitate to kill me.
“They tied both my hands, and began caressing me like what happens in a porn movie. They would take turns to suck my manhood and forcibly having sex with me. I was made to take another drink and soon after I had an erection. They would not stop raping me despite my pleas for mercy. One of the women used a condom but the other one wanted unprotected sex,” Chivamba recalled.
The following day the women brought him food but kept him locked up in the small room while masked with a woollen hat. Later in the day they bundled him into their car and they drove for some time before he was dumped along Wedza-Murambinda road.
“That was my first time to be in Wedza. I was assisted by some young men who directed me to Wedza centre where I reported the matter to the police. The police then took me to hospital where I was given treatment for the bruises on my manhood and also medication to prevent infection. I am grateful to the police and the staff at the hospital,” he said.
The medical report seen by this paper says Chivamba sustained injuries on his manhood, suffered chest pains and was put on 30-day medication to prevent him from contracting the HIV virus.
There have been several such cases of women raping men in similar fashion, involving cars and drugs in the past five years.
In 2011, some three Gweru women appeared in court accused of “raping” 17 male hitch hikers and collecting their semen.
The trio of Rosemary Chakwizira and sisters Netsai and Sophie Nhokwara were also found with 31 used condoms containing semen. However, the trio told the courts that they were commercial sex workers who had simply failed to dispose of the used condoms because they were too busy.
They were charged with indecent assault but were acquitted for lack of evidence.
Two months ago, two men reported that they were raped by seven women along Seke Road. The women were reportedly armed with a pistol and drugs that made their victims drowsy but at the same time giving them erections.
A local legal expert who preferred anonymity said at law, there was nothing like “female rapist”.
“There is nothing like a female rapist according to the law. It may only be aggravated indecent assault. Rape involves penetration; men are not penetrated unless a man is penetrated through the anus. In fact, that will not suffice,” the legal expert said.
Female rapists are said to be out to harvest sperms which reportedly fetch a lot of money in South Africa where traditional healers allegedly pay as much as $400 to $600, per ejaculation.
On Wednesday Chivamba will be back at work, teaching, but he says he is not sure he still has the confidence to stand in front of his pupils because of the trauma he went through. He also prays he did not contract HIV.
Policemen in Osun State have arrested three men who brutally murdered a 400 level student of the Osun State University for money rituals.
One of the suspects who brutally murdered a 400 level student of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Oluwafemi Shonibare has confessed.
According to New Telegraph, the suspect identified as Yusuf Aliu made the confession yesterday night when he was paraded alongside others at the state Police Command Headquarters in Osogbo.
The police said the three men involved in the murder wanted to use the student for money ritual. Abdulrofiu said that they hit Shonibare with a pestle on the head and later butchered him.
He added that Shonibare’s head was roasted but that luck eventually ran out on them and they were apprehended by the police. Earlier yesterday, Shonibare’s decomposing body was discovered in the bush close to the house of the Islamic cleric in Osogbo.
Residents of Jafaria Street were said to have alerted the police to the discovery. It was deposited in the morgue pending a post-mortem to ascertain the cause of his death. Police sources said it was the Alfa who showed the police where the body was dumped.
“Showing us the place has not exonerated him from the crime until he is proven otherwise,” the source said.
The students of the institution rushed to the scene where the body was found.
“We wept uncontrollably when we saw his decomposing body. On getting to the scene, the odour that oozed out from the bush was unbearable but we had no choice than to stay and mourn the departed soul in a solidarity manner,” one of the students said.
Speaking on the development, the Deputy Coordinator of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the South-West, Saheed Afolabi, confirmed the discovery.
Mrs Omotayo Salawudeen, a 39-year-old housewife based in Osogbo, Osun State told the police and newsmen yesterday that she had sex with Alhaji Hakeem Salawudeen, her husband before killing him, using her hired killer.
“My husband of 17 years was a good man who took care my needs and that of our three children”.
“He didn’t offend me, I was just mad at him and after having sex with him, I took a pillow and covered his month and Oladapo Dolapo, the guy I hired for the job stabbed him to death”, she lamented.
Olafimihan Adeoye, Osun state police commissioner, while parading the suspects said the incident occurred on May 27, 2017.
But, the woman said the deceased did nothing to her to warrant the killing, saying that though she regretted her action, it was just her desire to kill the husband.
Dolapo, the 24-year-old suspected killer also explained that the woman enticed him with promises of a befitting accommodation and other largesse to punish her husband by killing him.
The Osun police chief further explained that one Engr. Salawudeen Adesina Jimoh of No 3, Engr. Adesina Salawu Street, Osogbo reported the incident on May 12, 2017 to the police.
“Engr Jimoh told the police that on that fateful day at about 3:00am, two unknown persons entered his brother’s house at No 11, Adeniran Street, Alleluyah Estate, Osogbo and stabbed him to death with knife and nothing was carted away”.
Based on the report, police directives and other officers on patrol visited the scene of the incident where inscriptions: “No Price No Pay, Aye Axe And Forgiveness Is A Sin” were found on the wall of the house of the deceased.
Adeoye said the police arrested Dolapo first and when quizzed confessed that he was hired by the wife of the deceased to kill the husband with promises of a better life.
However, investigations by the police revealed that Omotayo participated actively in the killing of her husband, even as the police chief assured that the case could be charged to court, soon.
Meanwhile, one Friday Augustine (28), Ojo Tifase (19) and Augustine Adepegba (60), suspected to be robbers were also paraded yesterday before newsmen.
Two unregistered Bajaj motorcycles, one single cut to size barrel, damaged local made pistol, four empty sell of AK 47 ammunition and one cutlass were some of the items recovered from the suspects.
Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday deposed the suspended Baale of Shangisha in Magodo, Chief Yusuf Ogundare for allegedly faking his abduction.
The incident took place on July 5 along Center for Management Development (CMD) Road in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the State.
Recall that Ambode a few days ago suspended Ogundare moments after he was paraded alongside his brother, Mohammed Adams by the Lagos State Police Command for conspiring to fake the alleged kidnap.
In a press release signed by the State’s Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon Muslim Folami, the Governor ordered Ogundare to henceforth desist from parading himself as the Baale of Shangisha or discharge any duties attached to chieftaincy matters in the State.
Folami, in the statement made available to DAILY POST said: “This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has authorized the DEPOSITION AND PROSECUTION by police of Chief Yusuf Mutiu Ogundare, Baale of Shangisha with immediate effect.
“This is in accordance with Section 38, subsection 1 of the Obas and Chiefs Laws of Lagos State inter-alia “The Governor may suspend or depose any Oba or Chief whether appointed before or after commencement of this law, if he is satisfied that such suspension or deposition is required according to customary law or is necessary in the interest of peace or good government.”
“Furthermore, he (Ogundare) is to stop parading himself, purports to exercise or discharge any of the duties attached to Chieftaincy Matters with immediate effect.”
Folami said the deposition followed the formal confession of the Baale to security services that he staged his own kidnap to blackmail the State Government.
State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, while parading the suspects at the Lagos House in Ikeja, had narrated how they conspired to perfect the fake kidnap, all in a bid to implicate the Oba of Magodo, as well as rubbish the State Government and security agencies.
Owoseni said six days after the incidence, some men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) on patrol in Alausa area at about 10pm apprehended Ogundare after he was dropped in a suspicious manner by a car which sped off immediately.
Alison-Madueke to Kola Aluko: “If you want to hire a yacht, you lease it for two weeks or whatever… You don’t go and sink funds into it at this time when Nigerian oil and gas sector is under all kinds of watch.” – Intercepted recording of an apparent phone conversation between former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and oil trader, Kola Aluko
Demola Ojo with agency reports
US prosecutors on Friday moved to seize $144m in assets including a 200-foot yacht and a Manhattan condominium one block from Central Park, calling them the fruits of an international bribery scheme that involved the former Nigerian Oil Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The justice department action targeted Nigeria’s oil man, Mr Kola Aluko’s vessel, Galactica Star, which its builder bills as the “world’s largest fast displacement yacht”, along with condominium units in Manhattan and real estate in Southern California located just three miles from the Pacific Ocean.
From 2011 to 2015, two Nigerian oil men, Kolawole Aluko and Olajide Omokore, alledgedly conspired with others to bribe the country’s minister for petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in order to win oil production contracts worth $1.5bn, according to a civil forfeiture complaint. At the time, along with controlling the country’s state-owned oil company, Mrs. Alison-Madueke, also headed the Vienna-based oil cartel, OPEC. Nigeria’s federal high court earlier this year charged her with money laundering and she has previously denied any wrongdoing. After awarding government contracts to shell companies owned by the two men, Mrs. Alison-Madueke — known as “the madam” or “Madam D” — was rewarded with a “lavish lifestyle”, according to the US Department of Justice.
Alison-Madueke has since denied any wrong-doing in her relationship with Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore.
A civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation that money or property was involved in or represents the proceeds of a crime. These allegations are not proven until a court awards judgment in favour of the US.
“The United States is not a safe haven for the proceeds of corruption,” said acting assistant attorney-general Kenneth Blanco. “If illicit funds are within the reach of the United States, we will seek to forfeit them and to return them to the victims from whom they were stolen.”
Though known as “a small time trader” who had previously earned around $500,000 annually, in less than three years, Mr. Aluko purchased more than $87m of US property and the $82m yacht, according to the complaint, filed in US district court in Houston. According to the complaint, in a conversation with Mr Aluko that prosecutors say Mrs. Alison-Madueke recorded, she criticised him for his lavish spending. “If you want to hire a yacht, you lease it for two weeks or whatever,” she said. “You don’t go and sink funds into it at this time when Nigerian oil and gas sector is under all kinds of watch.”
The two businessmen allegedly purchased millions of dollars worth of property in and near London for the oil minister and her family and then furnished the homes with furniture, artwork and other luxury items from Houston-area stores that she fancied. In January 2011, the Nigerian businessmen and unidentified co-conspirators bought a Buckinghamshire home known as “The Falls” for £3.25m. Two months later, as Mr Aluko was meeting with Nigerian oil officials to discuss a contract, he arranged to buy two properties near London’s Regent’s Parks: a £1.7m home at 39 Chester Close and 58 Harley House on the Marylebone Road for £2.8m. The first property, upgraded with an elevator and new stone flooring and countertops, was intended for the use of Ms Alison-Madueke’s mother and her son, according to the complaint. The men that month also purchased a £3.7m flat at 83-86 Prince Albert Road for the oil minister. Ms Alison-Madueke appears to have favoured furniture stores in the Houston area, which she patronised on periodic visits to the US oil industry capital. On a single day in May 2012, Mr Aluko wired $461,500 from a Swiss bank account to one furniture store and spent an additional $262,091 at a second on the oil minister’s behalf, the complaint says.
The case was brought as part of DoJ’s kleptocracy asset recovery initiative. Mr Aluko and Mr Omokore created two shell companies in the British Virgin Islands — Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria and Atlantic Energy Brass Development — to handle their oil contracts. Though the companies, which prosecutors say were “unqualified”, failed to fulfil the terms of their deals, they were allowed to produce and sell more than $1.5bn worth of Nigerian crude oil. The pair then created additional shell companies to launder the proceeds through the US, prosecutors said. Mr Aluko’s last known address was in Porza-Lugano, Switzerland, while Mr Omokore is described as a resident of Lagos.
According to the Justice Department, the complaint announced Friday demonstrates the Department’s commitment to working with our law enforcement partners around the globe to trace and recover the proceeds of corruption, no matter the source.”
“Business executives who engage in bribery and illegal pay-offs in order to obtain contracts create an uneven marketplace where honest competitor companies are put at a disadvantage,” said Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Andrew W. Vale. “Along with the Department of Justice, international law enforcement partners and other US federal agencies, the FBI is committed to pursuing all those who attempt to advance their businesses through corrupt practices.”
The US government also stated that Aluko, Omokore and others funded a lavish lifestyle for Alison-Madueke. According to the allegations, they purchase millions of dollars in real estate in and around London for Alison-Madueke and her family members, then renovated and furnished these homes with millions of dollars in furniture, artwork and other luxury items purchased at two Houston-area furniture stores.
In return, the US government said Alison-Madueke used her influence to direct a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to award Strategic Alliance Agreements (SAAs) to two shell companies created by Aluko and Omokore: Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Ltd. and Atlantic Energy Brass Development Ltd. (the Atlantic Companies).
Under the SAAs, the Atlantic Companies were required to finance the exploration and production operations of eight on-shore oil and gas blocks. In return for financing these operations, the companies expected to receive a portion of the oil and gas produced.
However, according to the complaint, the Atlantic Companies provided only a fraction of the agreed upon financing or, in some instances, failed entirely to provide it. The companies also failed to meet other obligations under the SAAs, including the payment of $120 million entry fee. Nevertheless, according to the allegations, the companies were permitted to lift and sell more than $1.5 billion worth of Nigerian crude oil.
The government contends the Atlantic Companies then used a series of shell companies and intermediaries to launder a portion of the total proceeds of these arrangements into and through the US.
“Today’s announcement would not have been possible without the remarkable work conducted by a group of dedicated investigators, attorneys and international partners who were committed to leaving no stone unturned in this case targeting international corruption,” said Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, Stephen E. Richardson.
“This case demonstrates that the FBI will not tolerate American institutions and property being used to launder proceeds of foreign corruption and today’s filing is an important step towards recovering identified funds. This should serve as a warning to other corrupt foreign officials that the United States is not open for their business.”
The war against human trafficking intensified in Edo State last week after whistle blowers informed security agents about the arrival of a Russian based alleged human trafficker,Vivian Ehioze.
Consequently, she was arrested alongside her brother, Pastor Endurance Ehioze, said to be her recruiter. One of their victims was alleged to be a 23-year-old-lady, Florence Abu, said to have been trafficked to Russia for prostitution when she was 17. They were alleged to have been involved in trafficking several girls to Russia with Endurance allegedly using his position as a pastor to facilitate the recruitment of the girls from church.
The state Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, whose men arrested the suspected traffickers, described the raid as a boost to the fight against human trafficking. While victim Florence, who was deported to Nigeria after she had suffered some strange ailment, is being treated at a hospital, Vivian and Emmanuel are cooling their feet in prison after a magistrate court in Ekiadolor asked them to be remanded.
They were remanded on a two-count-charge by Chief Magistrate E I. Bazuaye. The suspects, and two others still at large, were said to have committed the offense sometime in January 2013 at Idunwina Quarters, Ekiadolor, near Benin-City. They were alleged to have connived to procure Florence for the purpose of prostitution and other sexual exploitation.
Meanwhile, Florence narrated her story to Sunday Vanguard.
“It all started in 2012 when a pastor in my church, Endurance Ehioze, called me to say he wanted to see me. He asked me if I will like to travel out of the country and I said yes. I told him that I was constrained financially; so he said money was not the problem and that he had a sister abroad that will finance my trip. He further told me that I could pay off the sister off in less than two months after my arrival abroad.
He added that I shouldn’t be afraid of making money abroad since and I am a good singer and hair stylist. The pastor further told me that I might be lucky to even come across a white man that will support me”, the victim started.
“Later, he (Endurance} gave me her sister’s number in Russia called Vivian Ehioze. When I flashed her, she called me and introduced herself. She asked me if I was interested in leaving the country, saying as long as I was interested I should get my passport ready which I did by borrowing N30, 000 from LAPO, and I called her to tell her that my passport was ready.
“She asked me to give the passport to Pastor Endurance (the brother) as he will handle everything. She gave me words of encouragement that everything will be fine.
Few days later, she called again to say I should pack my luggage and take it to her mother’s place enroute to Lagos. But when I got to the mother’s place, she told me it was late to travel to Lagos that same day.
The next morning, she woke me up and said there must be an agreement between us because many girls, when they get to Russia, don’t often pay her daughter back the money spent to take them abroad. So, she said, she must take something from me as an oath and that once I finished paying her daughter, I will have to pay her some money as well. I was surprised that Endurance, who is a pastor, encouraged me to undertake such oath. I had thought that as a Christian we will do it the Christian way. Finally, the mother took strands of hair from my head, armpit, private part and she also collected my pant for the oath taking”.
She went on: “When I arrived Lagos, the next day, an elder brother of Madam Vivian (name withheld) came to pick me from the park and took me to a hotel. He brought out a slip of paper from his pocket and said it was my visa application and that it was genuine. He told me to relax and that I should use what I have to get what I wanted. I was shocked when he took my phone according to an order from Vivian so that nobody might call to discourage me from proceeding on the trip. I asked him how I will be able to communicate with my mother since he had collected my phone and he assured me that Endurance (pastor) will be the link man if I wanted to speak to my mother.
“Immediately thereafter, he brought out a condom and asked that I should pull off my dress. I resisted him but he forcefully had his way. He said it should be a secret between the two of us and threatened that if I disclosed it to any one, something terrible will happen to me. He took me to his house and asked me to pretend about it.
For the two weeks period I waited for my visa, it was hell for me in the house. He molested me regularly but thankfully my visa came in February 2013”.
“When I arrived in Russia, Vivian came to pick me up at the airport and she took me to her place in Moscow. The first thing she did was to take my passport away from me.
She said the passport now belonged to her. The third day, at about 9pm, she asked me to dress up. She took me on a road walk during which I met several Nigerian girls prostituting on the street and that was how I was lured into prostitution. I started paying the money ($45,000} and once I finished paying, I was deported to Nigeria.
Apart from that, I was inflicted with a strange ailment. Life was so unbearable for me so much so that I was put under medication for almost one year. The doctors treating me couldn’t handle my case. The doctors said other people with worse health situations had been treated and wondered why my own case was different. When I couldn’t bear it, I had to tell my mother about it. It was my mother that used to send me black soap and cream from Nigeria through courier to treat the ailment. At a point, it was my mother that was sending money to me to pay my house rent. Life there became difficult so much so that I had to go to Nigerian embassy in Russia for help before I was deported”.
Asked if she was aware she was being trafficked for prostitution, Forence said: “I was 17 years old then. My madam lied to me that life was far better over there and that if I didn’t want to stay in Russia, I could travel to another country. I made all the credits I needed at O’ level but there was no money to further my education; so when the opportunity came, I jumped at it.
Besides, my mum was owing a huge debt and I wanted to help her because of the embarrassment. But what my madam told me was completely different from what I met in Russia. I was molested to point that I took ill. I was using gas water because of acute chest pain arising from the torture I received from my madam. Sometimes I will just collapse. I was always on drugs. And the she abandoned me in Russia and came to Nigeria to look for other girls to traffick. I couldn’t cope with life; so I was deported with other girls who were going through the same situation as l. If it is possible, some of our girls in Russia will trek back home because the suffering there is huge, some of them are beggars there.
“ I want to advise young girls hoping to be taken abroad to work that all that glitters is not gold. Yes, abroad is beautiful, but if you are going to be trafficked by someone, you should cry out. Life there is not what they paint to you. Many girls out there are dead and their parents think they are alive. Out of the 300 girls deported in the last one year, about 100 of them are HIV positive. Our girls should learn trades and empower themselves rather than going abroad for prostitution. I want to thank Edo State Commissioner of Police because he has fought for me by apprehending my traffickers (madam and her brother).
I came in contact with an NGO (Solomon Okoduwa) through one girl called Gift when we were at the NAPTIP detention centre in Lagos. Okoduwa has been helping me to settle down and was instrumental to the arrest of my madam and her brother”
Corroborating the victim’s story, her other, Madam Josephine Abu, who wept profusely, said, “My daughter was assisted to travel through Endurance our pastor, who is the second in command to the senior pastor of our church.
The suffering was too much for me to bear. He said since I was indebted to some people and I could not pay, he would help my daughter to travel abroad. He (Endurance) assured me that since my daughter is a hair stylist, she will make money in Russia. For a long time, I didn’t hear from my daughter until she called to say she was seriously ill and could not bear staying in Russia any longer and had to be deported”.
The National Coordinator of the Initiative for Youth Awareness on Migration, Immigration, Development and Reintegration (IYAMIDR), Comrade Okoduwa Solomon, who described Florence’s story as very pathetic, narrated how the suspected traffickers were arrested. “Information reached us that her madam was in town to recruit young girls to be taken to Russia. So, we contacted the police who swung into action by arresting the said madam and her brother. The Commissioner of Police and the NAPTIP acted wonderfully. Apart from this girl, we have other victims and that is why we are trying to reach out to Governor Godwin Obaseki to help us rehabilitate these girls.
“They are our children and sisters, so that they can be assisted to be useful to themselves and the society. Parents should also caution their children against illegal migration”.
Unfortunately, she was not meant to be on duty on that sad day!
Dr Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, a family medicine physician, was the victim killed by Dr Henry Bello with an AR-15 assault rifle in a sick bloodbath at Bronx Lebanon Hospital on Friday.
Tam was not Bello’s intended target however, as she was supposed to be off work on Friday and was covering a friend’s shift.
State records show Tam graduated from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013, and was licensed to practice medicine in New York in December of 2015.
Bello’s intended target was reportedly a hospital resident at Bronx Lebanon who was not at work on Friday.
The 45-year-old shooter’s sick reign of terror unfolded on the 16th and 17th floors of the hospital just two hours after he sent an email to the New York Daily News blaming two other doctors for terminating ‘my road to a licensure to practice medicine’.
Bello, who was described on the hospital’s website as a family medicine physician, wrote: ‘First, I was told it was because I always kept to myself. Then it was because of an altercation with a nurse.’
On Friday evening it was revealed that Bello had been forced to resign over sexual harassment accusations.
However, in the email that was sent at 12.46pm, Bello said he was told his termination stemmed from him threatening a colleague.
He said he then sent an email to that colleague ‘congratulating her for my termination after she sent out an email to everybody telling them to file complaints against me so I can be terminated for being rude to her’.
‘I only said in the email, it remains to be seen if my life is meaningless or disposable,’ Bello wrote.
Bello then blamed another doctor for ruining his career, adding that the doctor ‘blocked’ him from getting his medical permit despite him pouring $400,000 of his money into the hospital and the family medicine department.
According to the Daily News, an editor at the newspaper didn’t make the connection to Bello until after the shooting.
The newspaper is also withholding the names of the two doctors whom Bello said caused his termination. Bello shot himself after trying to set himself on fire at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital at around 2.45pm on Friday.
He staggered, bleeding, into a hallway where he collapsed and died with the rifle at his side, police said.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill confirmed Bello died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A former colleague described Bello as a problematic employee, and said he was ‘aggressive’ and ‘threatened people’.
However, in the email he sent to the Daily News, Bello didn’t threaten violence against anyone.
The attack on Friday left several doctors fighting for their lives, and witnesses described a chaotic scene as gunfire erupted and spread terror throughout the medical facility. Employees locked themselves inside rooms and patients feared for their lives.
‘I thought I was going to die,’ said Renaldo Del Villar, a patient who was in the third-floor emergency room getting treatment for a lower back injury.
In 2015, he was allowed to resign from the hospital after being accused of sexual harassment, according to two law enforcement officials. They did not know the details of the allegations, and agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still unfolding.
However, Dr Maureen Kwankam, 50, told the New York Daily News he was fired from the hospital ‘because he was kind of crazy’.
‘He promised to come back and kill us then,’ she said.
Ultimately, one female doctor was killed and six others wounded – five seriously, according to O’Neill. The patients were treated in the emergency room at Bronx Lebanon.
He also tried to set fire to the nurses station on the 16th floor, but the hospital’s sprinkler system put it out before the blaze could grow.
‘This was a horrible situation unfolding in a place that people associated with care and comfort, a situation that came out of nowhere,’ New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said. He also said terrorism did not play a role.
According to New York State Education Department records, Bello had a limited permit to practice as an international medical graduate to gain experience in order to be licensed. The permit was issued on July 1, 2014, and expired last year on the same day.
Bello ‘was very aggressive, talking loudly, threatening people all the time. He was a problem,’ said Dr David Lazala, a family medicine doctor who said he trained Bello at Bronx Lebanon.
He said Bello, who worked at night as a doctor, sent him a threatening email after Bello was fired.
In unrelated cases, the doctor had been arrested in 2004 on a charge of sexual abuse, according to a police report, after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello grabbed her, lifted her up and carried her off, saying: ‘You’re coming with me.’
He was arrested again in 2009 on a charge of unlawful surveillance, after two different women reported he was trying to look up their skirts with a mirror.