The Acting General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Joseph Daramola, has disclosed that there was something hidden in the rape allegations made against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA.
He insisted that this hidden aspect in the rape allegation needed to be unraveled.
The CAN secretary assured that the Christian body will investigate the matter without fear or favour.
It was reported earlier that the leadership of CAN said it was already seeking ways to address the rape allegations raised by celebrity photographer Busola Dakolo, against Fatoyinbo.
He said: “We do not want to limit the investigation because it is very wide. We all know that there is something hidden in this issue. Without sentiment, nobody is condoning any criminal act.
“I am a lawyer, and before you can prove the offence of rape successfully, you have to consider so many things. You have to prove beyond every reasonable doubt before you can establish any rape case,” Daramola told newsmen.
“One cannot easily have his way into a woman; it is not possible, and here we are talking about rape. If you look at the entire story, one has to do proper investigation.
“For example, if the court wants to look into it, a lot of things will be considered. Church elders will interrogate Fatoyinbo without fear or favour. There is no pastor that people don’t tempt.
“We have got to a place where our thinking faculty has to be sharpened. And we have to reason like human beings. The investigation will be concluded soon but it has to be properly conducted.”
FG Constitutes 12-Member Police Trust Fund Committee
President Muhammadu Buhari has developed a framework to train and equip personnel of the Nigeria Police to tackle insecurity.
A statement by Odutayo Oluseyi of the Ministry of Police Affairs said towards this end, the Minister, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, has inaugurated a 12-member Ministerial Interim Committee on the Nigeria Police Trust Fund, chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Mr. Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri.
The committee includes a lawyer, who is one of the daughters of Professor Wole Soyinka, Mrs. Moremi Soyinka-Onijala.
According to the statement, Dingyadi (minister) explained that the careful selection of members of the committee which comprises of directors/heads of units of the ministry and senior members of the police hierarchy was to meet various sector requirements.
The team is to draw up the take-off budget for the trust fund and liaise with the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for suitable office accommodation for the administration of funds.
It is to determine the logistics and other necessary requirements for the effective take-off of the fund; develop an organizational structure for the administration of staff of the fund; and develop a timeline for the take-off of the fund.
Additionally, it is to propose a date for the inauguration of the board.
Members of the committee include Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri (FCA) – permanent secretary – Chairman; Dr. Kayode Musbau K – (DFA) – member; Bombata Babatunde H. – (DHRM) – member; Barrister Moremi Soyinka-Onijala – (PID) – member; Afrika Emmanuel Chukwudi – SA/permanent secretary – member; Joseph O Egbunike – CP – member; Shehu Usman Shuaibu – acting CP – member; Augustine Akpofure Saromi – DCP – member; Jonathan Towruru – DCP – member; Emeka Frank Mba – DCP/FPPRO – member; Abel Jangnap Miri Zwalchir – ACP – member; and Zubairu M.G. – D(PSD) – member.
94% Nigerians Don’t Practise Proper Hand Washing -UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), says 94 per cent Nigerians do not practise proper hand washing in the country.
A UNICEF representative, Mr Oumar Doumbouya, said this, yesterday, in Abuja during the 2019 Global Handwashing Day Celebration with the theme: “Clean Hands for All’’.
He said that the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Nigeria was facing an interesting time with the recent declaration of a state of emergency in the sector, the target to end open defecation by 2025 and government commitment’s to revitalise the sector.
“Handwashing has been proven by several studies to be the most cost-effective intervention in the prevention of communicable diseases. However, the facts and figures do not show that Nigeria is taking advantage of this.
“The finding from the 2018 WASH National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASH-NORM) conducted by the Ministry of Water Resources and National Bureau of Statistics with support from UNICEF, revealed that only 21 per cent of households have access to basic hand hygiene services.
“The report also revealed that while only 12.5 per cent of households demonstrated proper handwashing with soap under running water.
“Also, only six per cent of all households in Nigeria are likely to practice proper handwashing with water and soap at critical times.
“For the remaining estimated 94 per cent, who would be less likely to practice handwashing, their poor hygiene practice affects the rest of us,” he said.
He also noted that more than 100, 000 children under five die each year due to diarrhoea, of which 90 per cent were directly attributed to unsafe water and sanitation.
Doumbouya said that Nigeria has a national strategy for the promotion of hygiene, which prioritises hand washing before eating, after using the toilet, and after cleaning a child who defecated.
He said that the strategy focuses on the promotion of hygiene in three key contexts that include communities through households, schools working with teachers and school environmental health clubs and health facilities work in with facility health workers.
He said that the data above from the WASH-NORM showed that more needed to be done that regard.
“As Nigeria strives to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across in the section, UNICEF will continue to support government efforts to revitalise the WASH sector through various activities and projects.
“The private sector and academic institutions have key roles to play in using their platforms to promote safe hygiene messages and support WASH interventions in underserved communities.
Gunmen Kill Man, Abduct Two Children In Abuja
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed a man identified as Ayuba Chashe, and abducted his two children at Yebu community in Kwali Area Council of FCT.
The Chairman of Kwali Area Council, Mr Danladi Chiya, confirmed the development to newsmen yesterday.
Chiya said that the incident happened at midnight on Monday when the gunmen attacked the community.
The chairman condemned the attack on Yebu community that led to the death of the man and the abduction of his two children.
He assured the residents in the area that everything possible would be done to get the perpetrators to book and the children released from captivity safely.
He commiserated with the affected family and assured that there was collaboration between security agencies to make sure that the kidnappers are apprehended.
Chiya, therefore, urged the community to cooperate with security agencies and report any suspicious movement to curb the menace in the area.
Meanwhile, efforts to reach the F.C.T Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Anjuguri Manza, proved abortive.
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