Sunday, 7 February 2016
News News :Chibok Kidnapping: "Nobody can bring back the girls because they are nowhere to be found"-Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said the over 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State may never be found because their whereabout is unknown.
He stated this on Friday, February 5 while fielding questions during the Seventh Roundtable with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a programme organised by Obafemi Awolowo University Staff Club.
"The search for the abducted Chibok girls may not be fruitful. Nobody can bring back the girls because they are nowhere to be found." he said.
Obasanjo blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for ignoring the distress call to rescue the girls on the day they were abducted.
"The former president heard about the kidnap 8am in the morning of the abduction but failed to act until 72 hours laterand by then it was too late."
"Anyone saying the Chibok girls will return is telling lies, maybe some of them will return to tell their story."
According to him, the best efforts to rescue the girls can yield is that few of the girls may be found.
He described the failure of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the 2015 presidential election as a blessing to Nigeria.
Responding to a question posed to him about the constant fight between him and Prof. Wole Soyinka, Obasanjo described the playwright and Nobel laureate as a hunter rather than a political analyst.
"I will trust Wole Soyinka as an "aporo hunter" than trusting him as a political analyst. I have no ssue with him"
This photo has gone viral after it was posted online. The woman who wedded her longtime man-friend in Kenya-exposed her “fallen oranges” in a revealing wedding gown as she tied the knot.
This has since been a subject of discussion on social media with many claiming that it was not right for the lady to expose her husband’s assets to everyone…and I ask.
Rape is becoming a norm in Nigeria.
15-year-old Semisola Olona (not real names) was allegedly raped by a commercial tricycle rider, known as Mr. Lati Ajoje.Olona, a senior secondary one student in a Lagos school, said Ajoje was her mother’s customer and she knew him before the incident. Olona’s mother runs a canteen in Iyana Ipaja, Lagos.
She told Punch that she never believed Ajoje would rape her because he was a frequent customer at her mother’s shop.
In tears, Olona, who claimed she was a virgin before the incident, narrated how Ajoje took advantage of her.
She said she was on her way to her mother’s shop on January 15, 2016, when she met Ajoje who offered to drop her off at the canteen.
“I didn’t suspect anything. I even thanked him as I boarded his keke (tricycle). When we got to the bus stop, he turned and faced another route. I asked him if he wasn’t going to my mum’s shop again. He didn’t answer me. I told him to stop me at the bus stop but he refused.
“He then told me to be patient and said he only wanted to go and collect something at Water Estate. I insisted I wanted to drop off. He didn’t listen to me, he ignored me.
He got to where he was going and he stopped at an uncompleted building and told me to get down. I asked him why, he said he wanted to tell me something. I told him I didn’t like the place he brought me and I was already feeling uncomfortable. He just carried me forcibly and entered the building. I was struggling. I even had to bite him but he didn’t bulge. He carried me into a room in the uncompleted building.
“He removed my clothes. I told him I would rather he killed me than do anything to me. But he said he wasn’t going to kill me but he would still have sex with me. That was how he forced himself on me and raped me,” she said.
Olona said Ajoje threatened to kill her if she ever told anybody about the incident.
“After raping me, he used one rag to clean me up. After he finished, he gave me N200. But I told him I wasn’t going to take his money. I was afraid to tell anybody because he had said he would kill me. But eventually, I had to tell my sister who told my mother. I have not seen him again since then. He no longer comes to my mother’s shop,” she said.
The President of Touch a Heart Foundation, Lawrence Bassey, who is currently handling the case, said the organisation felt obliged to take over the case when Olona’s mother reported the incident to it.
“The victim’s mother said her child was ra*ped and presented a police report. We have taken her to the Mirabel Se*xual Assault Referral Centre. After some tests, one of the doctors told the girl’s mother that she was actually ra*ped and she has been given some treatment,” he said.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the case was also reported at the Gowon Estate Police Division.
The investigating police officer in charge of the case has said that the police are still looking for a way to arrest the r8ape suspect.
But Bassey said the suspect has been seen on the road operating his tricycle numerous times without attempts by the police to arrest him.
“The police have just refused to do their job and make the arrest. He is well known in the area.
“Few days ago, the IPO told us he can’t go around looking for a ra*pist. He said we should go and look for the suspect ourselves. We have started the investigation on our own since the police said we should handle it ourselves.
“The suspect has yet to be found. We met with the chairman of the Keke operators in the area where Ajoje operates and he promised to get back to us. They took us to his mother, who also said that Ajoje is on the run and nobody has seen him. We have informed the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person, Office of the Public Defender and the Public Advice Centre about this matter,” he said.
When contacted ,the Divisional Police Officer of the station, Mr. Festus Otabor, a chief superintendent of police, he explained that the complainant had the right to ask for him, if the IPO refused to act on the case.
“On a case of such magnitude, they should have made attempt to see me. I cannot hear of such case and just let it go. I am happy that you are informing me about the issue. They need to come back and talk to me. It is a serious issue,” he said.