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The military personnel also urinated on the widow and the family after beating them for several hours.

A Nigerian Navy officer, Victor Owonam, allegedly led nine military personnel to the residence of a widow, Mrs. Esther Bassey, and her family in Cross River State, brutalising and dehumanising them.

The military personnel also urinated on the widow and the family after beating them for several hours.

SaharaReporters learnt that the incident occurred on Sunday, in the afternoon when Owonam, a Seaman, and his sister, also a navy officer, stormed the widow’s residence and dragged her and her four children out of the apartment.

In a petition, the Country Director of a civil society, Citizens’ Solution Network, Richard Inoyo, stated that the Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, and the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, should investigate the assault and bring the erring officers to justice.

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But there was nothing stated in the petition as the reason why the navy personnel carried out the alleged assault on the family.

Narrating the incident further, Inoyo said, “On December 27, a naval officer, Victor Owonam, led his sister, also a naval woman, and eight military personnel to the residence of Mrs. Esther Bassey, an aged widow with three daughters and a son. They gave this helpless family the harshest and most violent humiliation of their lives, after cowardly beating and torturing the aged widow and her kids for hours.

“At 10pm the same day, unsatisfied with the first robust beatings given to the woman and her family, Owonam returned with his military colleagues to the apartment, pulled down the burglary of her house, dragged her and her kids out. Before they could get dressed, the military men clamped them into a vehicle belonging to Operation Akpakwu (a new Security outfit in Cross River State) and took them to Bogobiri and began to beat this family again.

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“They humiliated them, urinated on them after severe beatings, continued till about 3am the next day in the dead of night before they were asked to leave in excruciating pains and humiliation. One wonders if we are in the 21st century or some barbaric 4th century where humans were treated like animals.

“Today, in solidarity with Mrs. Bassey, her kids, we and 39 other civil organisations are demanding justice for the family and calling on the Chief of Naval Staff to recall, arrest and try Owonam, his sister and the eight other military personnel who cowardly inflicted such high-level form of torture on the aged widow and her three daughters and son.”

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The group also called on the governor to “stand up and ensure this case doesn’t get swept under the rug.”

“We equally call on the highest echelon of the Nigerian Navy to ensure due compensation and apology is handed to the family of Mrs. Esther Bassey besides the dismissal of all the indicted officers.

“A country where men in naval uniforms will abuse their privileges and mercilessly beat a defenceless widow sends a dangerous and disgraceful message to both the Nigerian Navy and international community, hence the need to offer justice to these victims of naval brutality, so as to serve as a deterrent to other erring uniform men,” Inoyo added.

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“Sex work should be legal” tribal mark model, Adetutu, says as she narrates how how started doing online sex work.

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Ugwuanyi’s wife campaigns against gender-based violence in #Enugu State

…scales up awareness on yellow fever, COVID-19 vaccination

The wife of the Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Monica Ugochi Ugwuanyi, on Wednesday, rounded off her state and zonal campaigns against gender-based violence, calling for an all-inclusive and sustained crusade to stem the tide of domestic violence, sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, public harassment, among other forms of violence against women in the society.

Mrs. Ugwuanyi who also used the events to scale up awareness on yellow fever and the importance of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination, described gender-based violence as barbaric and a violation of human rights.

Sensitizing women during the state flag off of the campaign against gender-based violence, held at Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, as well as the campaign in Enugu North, Enugu West and Enugu East senatorial districts, Mrs. Ugwuanyi lamented that the violent behaviour has eaten deep into the fabric of the society, adding that it cuts across most human societies, irrespective of gender.

According to her, “We know that not only women are victims of gender violence, some men are also beaten by their wives”.

The Enugu First Lady maintained that some children were being molested by their fathers and relatives and urged women to preach and sensitize the people against the ugly act.

She explained that the aim of the sensitization campaign was to enlighten the women of the three senatorial districts on the onerous task and counseled them to carry the crusade to churches, schools, families, workplaces, among others, stressing that women have the numerical strength to change the society for the better.

Mrs. Ugwuanyi equally harped on the importance of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination and charged women to drive the campaign for the public to get vaccinated as a sure way of containing the pandemic.

Advising women to be respectful and avoid things that could trigger violence, the governor’s wife encouraged them to involve themselves in politics narrating that they have a lot to achieve if they unite and speak in unison.

“Let us come together and speak with one voice. We have the numerical strength, we can vote in our members provided we are united”, she said.

Also speaking, a Consultant, Public Health Physician, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Dr. Nwachukwu Ugwunna, who delivered a lecture on “The Current Wave of COVID-19 and Necessary Containment Measures”, revealed that the last COVID-19 lockdown created ample opportunity for people to assess the level of gender-based violence among families and the society at large.

Dr. Ugwunna maintained that the poverty and frustration engendered by the last the lockdown skyrocketed the level of gender violence within the family level.

“You know that the last COVD-19 lockdown brought poverty, frustration among families, unlike what it was where in the morning family members move to their different businesses and schools, this time family members did not go anywhere from morning till night, hunger, poverty became prevalent thereby resulting to violence”.

In his lecture on “Yellow Fever Symptoms, Prevention and Vaccination”, the Deputy Incident Manager, Emergency Operations Centre, Enugu State Ministry of Health, Dr. Uchechukwu Joel Okenwa, spoke on measures of checking the spate of the epidemic among the people.

Dr. Okenwa stated that yellow fever has claimed many lives in the society and urged the people to avoid anything that will make them prone to the disease, which he said, is caused by a particular species of night mosquito.

He therefore enjoined the people to keep their environment clean, clean gutters, stagnant water, wear long-sleeves and vaccinate themselves to check yellow fever, stating that there is currently no medicine for the disease.

Other people who spoke at the events include the General Manager TAMARSAL, Mrs. Evelyn Onah, the Zonal Commander NAPTIP, Enugu State Command, Mrs. Comfort Agboko, Executive Director Heroine Women Foundation, Mrs. Onyinye Mama.

Chairmen of Local Government Councils, their wives and other top government functionaries also attended the events, which were powered by the Enugu State Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development, Office of the Wife of the Governor and the governor’s wife’s pet project, Ugo’s Touch of Life Foundation (U-TOLF).

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Ugwuanyi Campaigns Against Gender-Based Violence In Enugu State

Ugwuanyi Campaigns Against Gender-Based Violence In Enugu State

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A Nigerian couple Babsola Kuti and Lola Fafowora have remarried after severing ties for about a decade.

The duo first got married in London on April 8, 1996. They have three children — a boy and two girls — now aged 24, 19 and 16 respectively.

Kuti and Fafowora met about 32 years ago in Lagos. After a year of getting to know each other, they began dating on Kuti’s 20th birthday in 1990.

Following separation and divorce, the couple eventually reconciled in 2017 and renewed their vows on April 8, 2021, about 25 years after they first got married.

Their children witnessed the ceremony while some family members also joined on Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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It was learnt that the couple’s best man Folarin Agbede and bridesmaid Kemi Kalejaiye-Mason at their first wedding in 1996 also witnessed the reunion.

“I feel grateful to see God’s grace. It was all topsy-turvy, but I believed someone up there was fighting for our love,” said Fafowora.

On his part, Kuti said:

“After more than 10 years of separation and even a divorce, against all odds we found ourselves together again.”

“We hardly spoke. Interestingly there was never any personal animosity and most people who knew me well always said we would get back together. I always laughed at them. One of them was my flatmate in Abuja Tunji Adenuga. Many people who knew me always wished it for us but it was hard at the time to see how it would happen,” he added.

Nigerian Couple Remarries After Over 10 Years Of Separation And Divorce (Pix)

Nigerian Couple Remarries After Over 10 Years Of Separation And Divorce (Pix)

Nigerian Couple Remarries After Over 10 Years Of Separation And Divorce (Pix)

Nigerian Couple Remarries After Over 10 Years Of Separation And Divorce (Pix)

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