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Friday, June 5, 2020

"Disappointed with the response we got at the Command Headquarters" Bolanle Olukanni says as 'End Rape' protests hold in Lagos and Abuja (photos/videos)

Concerned Nigerians living in Lagos and Abuja took to the streets to protest the incessant rape and the lack of justice for victims in Nigeria.

In Abuja, protesters gathered at the police headquarters to sensitize people about what constitutes rape. The same was done in Lagos. Videos from the Lagos protest show men and woman dressed in all black while carrying placards warning against rape and asking for justice for victims.

Media personality, Bolanle Olukanni, who was present at today's protest said the response from the Command Headquarters was not encouraging.

She wrote: "Requesting for change with @standtoendrape. Protesting against the indifference of the @nigeriapoliceforce . We need you to do better for us. Help us . Protect us ! Honestly very disappointed with the response we got at the Command Headquarters."

Actress Tonto Dikeh joined the protesters in Abuja, so did comedian Warri Pikin.

Uti Nwachukwu petitions police over rape allegation leveled against him by a Twitter user

Uti Nwachukwu has petitioned the Nigeria Police Force demanding a full-scale investigation into the rape allegation leveled against him by a Twitter user.

Few days ago, a Twitter user claimed the media personality raped her in August 2017 and she shared a screenshot of a message from a user saved with the name "Uti 2" apologizing for forcefully having his way with her. The person behind the anonymous account also made some other claims.

Uti has now petitioned the police, demanding a full-scale investigation. He shared copies of his petition letter to the police on his Instagram page.

''I have today, June 5th 2020 filed a petition to the Inspector General of Police, demanding a full-scale investigation.

I don’t even know where to begin this from, or what words to use Because I’m angry, hurt and utterly disgusted; but these are feelings I’m now too afraid to express without being attacked for. •

I’m appalled that blogs now resort to reporting allegations made anonymously online, without according people the respect of a proper investigation. •

How do I defend myself against someone I can neither identify, nor address and still remain calm. •

As A STRONG ADVOCATE AGAINST RAPE, my immediate response is always to listen to the victim and let their voice be heard because too many have been forced into silence.

But what I never considered, and perhaps now I should, was how to do this if you’re the accused; and that’s where I find myself now. •

My position on rape REMAINS THE SAME, that it is a violent human rights scourge that no human being must ever suffer. •

And for this very reason, I refuse to be a part of anyone setting women’s voices back when they’re finally finding the courage to speak and are slowly being heard.

Which is why I’m dedicating myself to getting to the bottom of this, by pursuing these allegations to THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW; and I expect my accuser to do the same.

Although I’m hurt, I recognize that this is bigger than me.

My innocence when proven will hopefully deter others from destroying the many years of advocacy towards ending rape in our society.''

Retired vicar, 81, who married Romanian toyboy, 27, has passed away and his husband says he's ready to enjoy his £150k inheritance and £2,000-a-month pension

An 81-year-old former vicar who made headlines when he married his 27-year-old Romanian toyboy lover in 2017, has passed away.

Philip Clements, a retired Church of England vicar, passed away overnight on May 31 in a Bucharest hospital room after moving to Romania with his 27-year-old husband Florin Marin.

Widow Florin, who is 54 years younger than his husband said he cried over the tragic death for only two days because his late husband would not want him to be sad.

The model is now looking forward to enjoying £150,000 he will get from a life insurance policy, a £100,000 house that Mr. Clements bought for him before he died, and a £2,000-a-month-for-life pension.

Speaking in an interview with Daily Mail, He said: 'People will think that I am a widow with a black hat who is crying, and I did cry, but two days is enough.'

'Philip didn't want me to cry, he wanted people to be happy whatever happened.

'I don't want to show people my feelings because my husband died, because some people take advantage of that and there are people who are happy because of your sadness,' he added.

'I am 27 years old and I'm not challenged.'

Mr Marin will enjoy a £2,000 British widower pension for the rest of life unless he remarries.

'He was my husband and this is my right,' he said.

Mr. Marin will also get £10,000 from a life insurance policy to organise a funeral but said it will be a simple ceremony with no wake or party - and that Mr. Clements' ashes will be spread in a park in accordance with his will.

In addition, Mr. Marin will get around £150,000 from Mr. Clements' life insurance policy.

'My darling people, it is not my fault that left me with this money,' the 27-year-old said.

He added that the amount was 'not that huge, it's not like saying, wow, it's one or two million pounds.'

Mr. Marin says he will 'always remember Philip' but hasn't ruled out future relationships.

On Mr. Clements' health challenges, he disclosed that he had fallen ill during the coronavirus lockdown and faced difficulties in getting some of his medications from the UK due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

He said his husband refused to go to the hospital for several days until he insisted on taking the elderly man himself.

Once in hospital, Florin said he was separated from his husband as he was placed on a quarantined coronavirus ward amid fears he had the disease.

According to him, Clements' COVID-19 test came back negative and he was transferred instead to a cardiac ward before he went into a coma and was placed on life support.

Florin said he then received a call around midnight on May 31 from the hospital confirming that his husband had passed away.

The retired vicar will now be cremated and have his ashes scattered in a local Bucharest park.

The couple, who met on the online dating site Gaydar got married in April 2017.

Five months into their marriage, the pair split up over arguments including Florin's late-night clubbing. Mr. Clements then returned to the UK, living with a friend after selling all his property to be with Florin, who also moved on with a rich Spanish businessman.

The couple later reconciled after the ex-vicar agreed to allow Mr. Marin to visit gay clubs at the weekends with people his own age.

17-year-old girl arrested for staging her kidnap with the help of her butcher boyfriend

A 17-year-old girl has been arrested for faking her own kidnap in Ogun State.

The girl identified as Seun Adekunle was arrested alongside her 25-year-old boyfriend, Basit Olasunkanmi, after her mom, Bukky Adekunle, reported at Enugada police division on the 4th of June 2020 that she sent her daughter to Lafenwa market on the 1st of June 2020 and she has not been seen since then.

The mother disclosed that she received a call from someone two days later and the caller claimed to have kidnapped her daughter. The caller then made a demand for the sum of N500,000 as ransom.

She added that the caller warned her not to go to the police if she wants her daughter alive.

Investigation led the police to the hideout where the girl and her boyfriend were staying as they waited for the ransom to be paid.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the boyfriend, who is a butcher, was the one who brainwashed the girl and fed her the plan because he needed money.

Social distancing observed as President Buhari, others observe Juma'at prayers at the statehouse mosque (photos)

President Buhari today observed Jumat prayers at the mosque in the presidential villa.

This will be the first Juma'at prayer at the statehouse mosque since the ban on religious gathering was lifted by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID19 on June 1.

Joining him at the service were EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, and others.

Social distancing and other COVID-19 guidelines were observed during the prayers.

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