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Introduce Castration – Afe Babalola suggest over increased rape cases

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Legal luminary and founder of Afe Babalola University, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), on Wednesday condemned the rising spate of rape cases, and called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on rape matters.

The elder statesman, in a statement by his Media Coordinator, Tunde Olofintila, in Ado-Ekiti, also recommended an amendment to the laws relating to rape, such that rapists would not be imprisoned only, but castrated to serve as deterrent to others.

Justifying Babalola’s position, the statement said that the society was worried by the prevalence of rape, emphasising that castrating perpetrators of rape could not be said to be too much.

It asserted that such punishment had become necessary bearing in mind the physical, psychological and emotional pains rapists inflicted on their victims and families.

The statement recalled the case of 22-year-old Vera Omozuwa, a 100 Level student of University of Benin, and that of 19-year-old Barakat Bello, a student of the Institute of Agriculture, Research and Training, Ibadan who were raped and murdered.

It noted that the society could not afford to fold its arms without drastic actions.

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“The prevalence of rape cases is not only alarming, but worrisome. It is worrisome in the sense that it is inconceivable that a male could forcefully rape someone and goes further to kill her.

“Today, we have cases where fathers rape their daughters which, to me, is abnormal. We have young men raping young girls and killing them, why?

“Every concerned Nigerian is worried by the problem. You can imagine your daughter going to school and she is gang-raped. This is totally unacceptable and we should rise with one voice to fight the menace.

”In my days, when I was young, rape was unknown. There were no super rich people but there was no poverty. To me, poverty is one reasons why people rape.

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“An unemployed person, who is also poor, will find it difficult to have a lady friend or wife and when he has desire and there is no means, he can be pushed to raping a lady,” the statement quoted Babalola as explaining.

It also blamed the frequent cases of rape and murder on use of hard drugs, stressing that anyone on drugs could not be presumed normal, which might have been responsible for some fathers raping their own children.

The statement frowned at some herbalists who would assure people that making use of women’s under wears or cutting parts of a lady’s genitals could make them rich.

It stressed that society would only recover from the scourge of rape through constant vigilance, observance of religious tenets of love, provision of employment and avoidance of drugs.


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Afe Babalola lead David Lyon’s case in court


The Supreme court has begun hearing the application of the All Progressives Congress and its candidate for the review of Bayelsa State election judgment given by the court on 13 February.

The party seeks reversal of the judgment which disqualified its candidate David Lyon in the last governorship election.

David Lyon, the disqualified APC governorship candidate is represented by legal giant, 90 year-old Chief Afe Babalola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.


Babalola is urging the court to set aside the judgment.

He noted that the court has jurisdiction and powers to set aside its own judgment, if the judgment is obtained by fraud, if the court was misled or the judgment was given outside jurisdiction, which is one of the grounds of their application.


He also argued that the judgment delivered on 13 February breached the applicant rights to fair hearing.

The party argued that the Supreme Court acted without jurisdiction and denied it fair hearing when it proceeded to disqualify its governorship candidate even though the Federal High Court, in the judgment by Justice Inyang Ekwo, which the apex court affirmed, refused the prayer to disqualify Mr Lyon.

Attending the proceedings are the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomole and the disqualified deputy Governor elect of the APC, Senator Degi Biobarakuma. Also in court is the governor of Bayelsa State, Duoye Diri.

The 7 member panel of the Justices of the Supreme court is led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta.


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Operation Amotekun, Constitutional; Afe Babalola


Senior Advocate of Nigeria Afe Babalola, said attempts by the Federal Government to scuttle the Western Nigeria Security Network, would fail because it is supported by the constitution.

Babalola, an elder statesman and founder of Afe Babalola university, said those kicking against Amotekun were ignorant of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the previous ones.


Babalola faulted Nigeria’s attorney-general and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, saying sections 24, 40, 45of the 1999 Constitution impose clear responsibility on citizens to ensure security of their lives and property.

The SAN, at a news conference in Ado Ekiti said it was unfortunate that Malami relied on Article 45 second schedule of the Constitution (amended), that gives to the Federal Government the exclusive power to manage the police.


Babalola defended the Southwest governors, saying they only responded to the yearnings of the people of the geopolitical zone for improved security since the central police system had failed to safeguard them and their property.

He pointed out that kidnapping, armed robbery, herdsmen/farmers clashes and other security challenges prompted the formation of Amotekun as a regional response to stem the developments.


The legal giant argued further that the governors have the right to protect their people because that was the ultimate responsibility of responsive governments.

“Amotekun is a protective and supportive outfit established by the governors of the Southwest. It has its roots in the 1999 Constitution and the constitutions before it – 1960 and 1963.


”Section 24 of the constitution provides that ‘it shall be the duty of every citizen to make positive and useful contribution to the advancement, progress and well-being of the community where he resides’. Well-being means security of life and property, etcetera. How many Nigerians realise that they have a duty to assist and to protect the interest of their community and themselves.

”And Section 40 goes further that ‘every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular, he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any other association for the protection of his interests’.


”When you put these two together, it shows that all of us have the duty to associate whether as Yoruba or as state people to ensure that lives and properties are safe. The Amotekun outfit has its roots in the Constitution. It is constitutional, it is legal and proper.”

“If this outfit had been established about 10 years ago, we would not have these issues of kidnapping, killing and other security challenges. We won’t have those who go to the farms to kill people because they would be fished out. That is why the Constitution says that such outfit should report to the police.


”What I have just said is that it is to support the police and support the government in their duty to ensure that there is peace, safety of property and lives. It is a good idea. It is belated but it is lawful and constitutional.

”All that the AGF said is that Article 45 of the Constitution, second schedule gives to the Federal Government the exclusive power to manage the police, he did not say that sections 20, 40 and 45 are abrogated. They cannot abrogate it.


”The sections I have quoted are superior to the schedule he is talking about and in any event, the governors have not set up a parallel police outfit. What they have done is to set up a supportive and protective organ to assist the police and in their communiqué, they said it would report to the police.

”The law says you can join together in association to assist the police. How can the police or any government be angry about this.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria Afe Babalola


”In my opinion, the act has been done. Amotekun has been launched, let them go on. What the state governors have done is legal, so why should they bother? Let them (Federal Government) try to go to court. They will meet the governors there. All what they would have to do is to show them sections 24, 40, 45 of the 1999 Constitution.

”It is a case that must fail if they go to court. They have not set up a parallel police outfit. No. the Constitution says it is your duty to protect the interest of yourself and others and join together in doing so. So simple. The case will be so easy to win.”


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Operation Amotekun: Rally set to hold tomorrow

…Go to court if you’re dissatisfied

…It’s not regional army or ethnic agenda


A Yoruba ethnic pressure group, Yoruba World Congress (YWC) will, tomorrow, staged a peaceful protest in all the six states of the South West in support of Amotekun.

The group, in a statement, by its Director of Contacts and Mobilisation, Victor Taiwo, urged all the Yoruba people to join the protest march in the state capitals of the six states.

According to him, those in Lagos are to converge on Gani Faweyinmi Freedom Park, Ojota, those in Oyo State will converge on Agodi Cenotaph, Ibadan, while those in Ogun State will meet at Pansheke Junction, Abeokuta and those in Osun State will take off at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo.


Also, the protest in Ondo State will hold at Alagbaka roundabout, Akure while those in Ekiti are to converge on Fajuyi roundabout, Ado-Ekiti for the protest.

Meanwhile, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Afe Babalola, has told the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to take the six South West governors to court over the launch of the joint security network, Operation Amotekun.


Babalola argued that declaring Amotekun illegal by Malami is itself an unlawful pronouncement as the AGF had gone overboard dishing out judgment on issues of such nature as if he were a law court. He added that it would also constitute gross abuse of court process for the Federal Government to expect the South West governors to file an action against it.

Babalola, while speaking to newsmen in Ado Ekiti yesterday on the controversial issue, said the Federal Government should be the one to approach the court to seek redress, since it waited until after the formation of Amotekun before making its position known.


“In my opinion, the act has been done, Amotekun had been launched, let them go on. Anybody that feels what they have done is wrong can go to court. They will meet the governors there. All the governors would have to do is to show them the law, the constitution, sections 24, 40, 45. That is it.

“What the state governors have done is legal, so why should they bother? Let the Federal Governor try to go to court. It is a case that must fail if they go to court. They have not set up a parallel police outfit. The constitution says it is your duty to protect the interest of yourself and others and join together in doing so. So simple. The case will be so easy to win.


“The Amotekun outfit is a protective and supportive outfit established by the governors of the South West. It has its roots in the 1999 Constitution and the previous constitutions before it – 1960 and 1963.

“Section 24 of the constitution provides ‘it shall be the duty of every citizen to make positive and useful contribution to the advancement, progress and well-being of the community where he resides’. Well-being means security of life and property. How many Nigerians realise they have a duty to assist and to protect the interest of the community and themselves?


“Section 40 goes further that ‘every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular, he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any other association for the protection of his interests’.

“When you put these two together, it shows all of us have the duty to associate whether as Yoruba people or as state people to ensure lives and property are safe. The Amotekun outfit has its roots in the constitution. It is constitutional, it is legal, it is proper,” he said.


In a related development, Ondo Governor and Chairman, South West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, has reaffirmed that Amotekun is neither a regional army nor an ethnic agenda to obliterate and undermine national cohesion.

He warned against divisive statements and utterances that are capable of compromising the genuine intention of the South West governors regarding the setting up of the security outfit.


Akeredolu, in a statement, by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, reiterated his earlier position that Amotekun was initiated to compliment efforts of the conventional internal security agencies that appear to have been hampered by the absence of local intelligence gathering architecture.


“Amotekun, when fully operational, would serve the purposes of local information and intelligence gathering for processing and usage by the conventional security agencies. Amotekun, is therefore, merely supportive and not a replacement for the nation’s security agencies.

“Concerns expressed by individuals, agencies of government and several stakeholders are noted without bias. Where possible, the inexorable efforts of the South West governors will be deepened through relentless interface.” he said.


On his part, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland and National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams, said the former civilian governor of old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, is protecting his selfish interest.

Apparently, Adams was replying Musa over his attack on the six governors of the South West for establishing a security outfit, Amotekun.


Musa had, at the weekend, launched a virulent attack on the South West governors for establishing the security outfit.

However, Adams in his reaction yesterday, said the fear of the North is that, the existence of Amotekun would jeopardise their conquest agenda, stressing that the northern leaders were not for good governance, but conquest agenda.

“Let me say this clearly, the emergence of Amotekun is the beginning of wisdom, and the fear of the northern oligarchy is that, the existence of Amotekun may jeopardise their conquest agenda. They are not for good governance, but interested in their plan towards conquest agenda.

“As a former governor, when has he become spokesman for the North, that he is now addicted to condemning any good initiative from the South West. It is on record that, he is the only former governor who operates a one man show.”


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