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Impregnated 10-year Old Girl Gives Birth in Benue




From Chris Gaga, Makurdi 

A 17 -year old boy who allegedly impregnated a Minor (10 years old girl) in Benue State is now in police custody. 

This is even as the Benue State government has taken over the case of the impregnated Minor who was delievered of the baby last Sunday.  

A famous humanitarian activist and member of CSOs, Ukan Kurugh had on Friday, upon notice of the girl’s critical condition, rushed her to  a hospital in Makurdi, where she was delivered of a baby through a Caesarean Section(CS) on Sunday.


Speaking on behalf of government, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Tabitha Igirgi, told journalists that they were at the hospital to take over the case a well as take care of mother and child. 

Represented by the Director of Child Development in the Ministry, Mrs Ann Yaji, the Commissioner thanked the hospital management for accepting her when the Minor was brought to the hospital, as well as the Civil Society Organization for facilitating the admission of the minor.


She said the Benue State government was passionate about the vulnerable children and would take care of her like they have been doing to others. 

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She stated that the boy responsible for the pregnancy has been traced and is now in police custody. 

The Medical Director of Foundation Hospital, where the girl delivered the baby, Dr.  Ijiko Michael said mother and child were in good condition.

He thanked the state government for taking over the upkeep of the girl and advised that people should exercise restraint to avoid putting both baby and mother at risk of stigmatization and sundry issues. 

“There are issues of rehabilitation, psychosocial issues among others. The system has not done justice to her, she has been out of school and we need to take care of our people especially the vulnerable”.

Dr. Ijiko who said the issue was beyond the girl alone therefore, pleaded with government not to fail in their duties to the girl because she was vulnerable.

A humanitarian and Civil Society activist who facilitated the admission of the minor into the hospital,
Ukan Kurugh appreciated the state government for stepping into the case.

“I want to say a big kudos to the state government. That is what a responsible government should do. The first lady through her NGO and the commissioner for women affairs has been very passionate about cases like this. So I want to thank them for this gesture, ” he said. 

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Ukan Kurugh expressed hope that justice will be served the little girl, even as he stated that CSOs would not interfere with the investigation of the police now that the alleged culprit was arrested. He however, maintained that they would keep a watch to ensure that he faced the music of the law.

DAILY ASSET gathered that the arrested 17 – year old boy had confessed having sexual intercourse with the 10 year old minor in December of 2018.

The source told our Correspondent that, upon discovery that the minor was pregnant, her foster Uncle married her out to a much older man, but the 10 -year old could not cope with the marriage and returned back under the care of the said uncle until her being put to bed. 


Troops arrest 10 Robbers, rescue 3 Victims in Kaduna 




By Gom Mirian, Abuja 

The military high command, yesterday said its troops deployed on internal operations in Kaduna state has arrested ten armed robbery suspects at Kafanchan town in Jema’a local government area of the state. 

A statement issued by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko stated the names of the arrested suspects as: Messrs Manga Ismail, a 22 – year-old, Idris Haruna (Ban Sambo), 20- year-old, Sani Bali, 19- year-old.


Others are Shamsudeen Ladan, 25 – year-old, Abdulmajid Yau (Sele), 22 – year – old , Abubakar Hassan, 23 – year-old, Abbas Aliyu, 15 – year-old, Mohammed Umar (Jazuli), 17 – year – old, Jonathan Vincent (Bamai), 19 – year-old and Stephen Joseph, 25 – year-old.

According to him, items recovered from the criminals include: TV, DVD, gas cookers, Mattresses, woofer, phones, scissors, among others.


Gen. Onyeuko also said on the same day, troops acting on intelligence reports, conducted a cordon search operation at Fanock Village, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State and found a Toyota Corolla car with registration number ABUJA KUJ 452 AZ with no occupant. 

Onyeuko explained that Troops conducted search operations in the surrounding bush and rescued 3 kidnaped civilians comprising two females and a male. 

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Speaking further, he said :”Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in a sustained effort to eliminate criminals elements in their Area of operation on 28 June 2022 based credible intelligence conducted clearance operation in conjunction with vigilantes at Kan Duniya Village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State, neutralized notorious bandit and kidnapper.

“Similarly, on the same day, troops on fighting patrol sighted 2 x suspected kidnappers around Sara High Ground Mangu Local Government Area Plateau State on a motor cycle, suspects abandoned their motor cycle on sighting troops and fled.

” Troop exploited area and recovered 2 AK47 rifles, 101 rounds of 7.62mm special, 5 magazines, 1 motor cycle, 1 iron digger and 2 black jackets amongst others”, he said. 

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Husband of Slain Kenyan Runner Tirop Seeks Plea Bargain




The husband of slain Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop is seeking a plea bargain after initially denying a charge of murder, his lawyer said yesterday.

Tirop, a rising star in the world of athletics, was killed last October in her home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub in western Kenya for top runners.

Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich was arrested after a dramatic late-night chase the day after Tirop’s body was found with stab wounds, and has been in custody ever since.

The 41-year-old denied a charge of murder at a November court appearance.

But in the latest twist in the legal saga, his lawyer Ngigi Mbugua told the Eldoret High Court that Rotich was willing to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the hope of attracting a more lenient sentence.

The prosecution said it was not against the idea of a plea bargain but wanted Tirop’s family to be involved in the process.

A hearing on Rotich’s request will take place on 22 September.

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HEDA Petitions ICPC over Allegations against Ex-CJN




The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the allegations against the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman, HEDA, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, yesterday in Lagos.

Suraju, in a letter to the Chairman of ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, urged the commission to stand tall over the allegations of corruption, maladministration and incompetence leveled against Muhammad.

“As a leading anti-corruption organisation in Nigeria and non-partisan human rights and development league, we call on the ICPC to commence investigation into the budgetary allocation, utilisation and development process of the judiciary with a view to sanitisation of that critical arm of government,” he said.

Suraju said it was widely reported that the immediate past CJN responded to the allegations brought against him by 14 Justices on the aforementioned allegations.

“It is unarguable that the judiciary is the last hope of the helpless and its judges are only meant to be heard and not seen.

“However, these allegations made by fellow Justices of the apex court against the CJN cannot be overlooked as it is weighty and must be diligently investigated by the commission in order to protect that vital institution.

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“If the Supreme Court of Nigeria is infested with corrupt persons, then our democracy is doomed, ICPC and others relevant bodies should rise and act fast to redeem the temple of justice from possible collapse,” HEDA said. (NAN)

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