NGO once more petitions Oyo CP, fingers PPRO, DPO over alleged poor dealing with rape case

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A Non-Governmental Organisation, Child Protection Network (CPN), has petitioned the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude over what it described as a poor manner males of the state police command dealt with a sexual abuse case of a 7-year-old woman by a 65-year outdated man in Ibadan.

CPN mentioned that it was embarrassed by the best way the DPO of Ogbere Police Division, CSP Janet Talatu dealt with the matter by releasing the suspect, recognized as Mr. Adetunji.

The NGO in an announcement signed by CPN Coordinator within the state, Dr. Ebunlomo Walker, Chairperson of FIDA, Barrister Folake Ajayi, Comrade Kehinde Akinyemi of Child Growth Concern Initiative, Barrister A. A. Ibitara of JDPC, Barrister Yakub Fadare from Nigeria Bar Association, Alhaja Airat Ogungbenro from FOMWAN, Alhaji I. G Yusuf from Child Development and Concern Foundation, Mrs. Ibukunoluwa Otesile from Hope for Second Chance Foundation and Mrs. Chinyere Adeyemo from Chiyemo Global Impact Initiative argued {that a} case of rape or sexual assault towards a ‘minor’ is a severe crime beneath the legislation, therefore there’s a want for the police to punish the perpetrator based on the legislation of the land.
CPN within the petition addressed to Odude titled, “Strong petition towards gross skilled misconduct and injustice on a toddler sexual abuse (CSA) offence case of a 7-year-old woman by a 65-year-old man ‘Mr. Adetunji’ in Ibadan”, a duplicate which was made obtainable Newsmen accused the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) within the state, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu for what they thought of as “unprofessional and least anticipated from a senior police officer of PPRO’s calibre” who the society appears ahead to as our hope for redress of societal ills and safety of the rights of youngsters”.
The group within the petition copies which have been additionally despatched to the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Attorney General in Oyo State, Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community Development and Social Welfare, UNICEF, Zone B, Lagos, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists Oyo State Council, requested additional that instances of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) reported at any police station needs to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Iyaganku, Ibadan for thorough investigations and subsequent prosecution of the offenders and suspects by the Police in accordance with the Penal Code and as a way to guarantee justice for the victims.
The petition reads, “Our consideration was just lately drawn to a case of a 7-year-old woman sexually abused by a 65-year-old man (One Mr. Adetunji) on or in regards to the seventh day of December 2018 at Ifelodun Community, Elebolo Street, Lagbele Area, Ogbere, Orita Merin ti oya, Ibadan. The crime was reported at Ogbere Police Division by the mom of the sufferer, one Mrs. Tayo Ladipo.

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According to the Victim’s Mother, She confirmed that the results of Medical examination carried out in two completely different hospitals indicated that the 65 years outdated man Mr. Adetunji, really dedicated the offence of sexual assault on the mentioned 7-year-old harmless woman “Victoria”.

“We have been most embarrassed by the best way the DPO at Ogbere Police Division dealt with the matter by releasing the perpetrator on the flimsy excuse that the person didn’t penetrate therefore the DPO organized a settlement which resulted into the perpetrator paying the mom of the sufferer ₦12,000 to lastly settle the case, thus the mom advised the Police that she didn’t wish to prosecute the matter anymore. We want to level out the truth that a case of Rape or Sexual Assault towards a ‘Minor’ is a Serious Crime beneath the legislation. See “Sections 33 and 34 of the Child Rights Laws of Oyo State,2000” and as such CSA Case is a State Case and never one which the Victim’s Mother can resolve to withdraw.
Such withdrawal will solely encourage extra offenders to proceed their development in crime. “It may curiosity you, sir, that when our group reported the matter to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu, who we imagine will do justice to the case and shield the curiosity and rights of the kid.
But to our dismay, the PPRO, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu, rotated to accuse the Child Rights Activist of “Crying greater than the bereaved” – A press release we in CPN thought of unprofessional and least anticipated from a Senior Police Officer of PPRO’s calibre who the society appears ahead to as our hope for redress of societal ills and safety of the rights of youngsters. “We are equally of the agency opinion that an offence of rape or tried Rape is a Crime towards the State and as such, any try to comb similar beneath the carpet is deemed as one other offence of Compounding Felony or Pervasion of Justice. It is subsequently primarily based on the foregoing that we attraction to you, Sir to make use of your good places of work in making certain that the perpetrator of the crime, One Mr. Adetunji is arrested and arraigned earlier than the suitable court docket forthwith within the curiosity of justice.
“We request additional that instances of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) reported at any Police Station needs to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Iyaganku, Ibadan for thorough investigations and subsequent prosecution of the offenders/ suspects by the Police in accordance with the Penal Code and as a way to guarantee justice for the victims. Kindly deal with as pressing”.
However, all efforts made by EJESGIST to get the response of the PPRO, Adekunle Ajisebutu proved to abortive as calls put via his phone line weren’t attended to. But, the DPO of Ogbere Police Division, CSP Janet Talatu whereas reacting, declared that the person didn’t rape the woman.
Talatu in a phone dialog with EJESGIST on Saturday mentioned that that the NGO, after it reported the case to the PPRO whom she mentioned interviewed the events and located that the person didn’t rape the woman, nonetheless went forward to put in writing the petition to the Commissioner of Police. She mentioned, “Good afternoon my brother, I’m CSP Janet Talatu. What they’re telling you is a lie. There was no case of rape. No case of rape. Any case of rape, I usually switch to state CID. Because I’m a mom and I’ve a daughter too, even when the events mentioned they’re able to settle out of court docket, I’ll switch the case to the state CID. “This case was reported, I feel they’re residing in the identical home, this ‘face me I face you home’.
The mom of the woman was not round, she got here again from college, however due to the connection they’ve amongst themselves, one lady residing in the home mentioned, you’ll be able to keep in our room. That woman slept on the mattress. I feel the person based on the woman eliminated her material however didn’t do something.
The man didn’t penetrate, nothing, nothing. “So, it was after, I feel ten days that the woman now advised the mom that the person eliminated her material and in the course of the course of, somebody got here in, that was why the person couldn’t do something with the woman. Despite that, the person was arrested and I detained the person for 3 days. We took the woman to 3 hospitals, docs confirmed that he has not defied the woman. No case of rape, no penetration and the woman remains to be a virgin. And the mom now mentioned that the owner affiliation chairman pleaded along with her to withdraw the case.
Despite that, I mentioned once we switch the case to state CID now you can withdraw. “Based on that, the lady on her personal, went to court docket, introduced a sworn affidavit that she was not within the case. Based on that, the person was launched on bail. There was nothing.
They went to the PRO on the Eleyele headquarters, the lady mentioned that she was not the one which invited the NGO. I don’t compromise. Me I’m stunned, I don’t know what they’re searching for. I used to be supervised that they went on air. I’m stunned that they went to fulfill the PRO, after they interviewed the events, they nonetheless went to put in writing petition once more”.

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