Archive for November, 2015

The Nigerian Law of Trafficking & How It May Apply to @Sugabelly

November 28, 2015

It would be interesting to read up on the precedents but I think that Audu and his pals can be prosecuted under this Act –

 

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (PROHIBITION) ENFORCEMENT & ADMINISTRATION ACT 2015

Section 13 (1) All acts of human trafficking are prohibited in Nigeria
(2) Any person who recruits, transports, transfers, harbours or receives another person by means of –
threat or use of force or other forms of coercion abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or position of vulnerability; or
giving or receiving payments or benefits to achieve the consent of the person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation of that person…

commits and offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than two year sand a fine of not less than NGN250,000.00

13 (5) The consent of a victim of trafficking in persons to the intended exploitation set forth in the definition of trafficking in persons in this act shall be irrelevant where any of the means set forth in the definition has been used.

Section 15 Any person who –

(a) by use of deception,coercion, debt bondage or any other means, induces any person under the age of 18 years to go from one place to another to do any act with the intent that such person may be or knowing that it is likely that the person will be forced or seduce into illicit intercourse with another person – is liable on conviction to imprisonment for 5 years and a fine of NGN500,000

Section 16 (1) Any person that procures or recruits any other person under the age of 18 years to be subjected to prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation with himself, any person or persons, either in Nigeria or anywhere else commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less that 7 years and a fine of not less than NGN1,000,000.

 

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What is Grooming? And How Does It Concern @sugabelly? How Does It Concern Us?

November 24, 2015

The topic of the moment in Nigeria has been the ‘rape’ of @sugabelly. This is the full story here.

Many have questioned why she stayed, why she kept going back and why she didn’t tell someone. Some have questioned if it was ‘rape’.

The story bore great similarities to a story I read of the UK men that routinely groomed young girls for sex slavery, exploitation and prostitution. Read it here.

Sugabelly’s case seems to be a classic case of grooming for abuse.

“Grooming is a tactic of overcoming the survivor’s defenses by slowly desensitizing his or her natural reaction to abusive behaviors. The most commonly recognized context is when pedophiles use it on children and their parents, but the technique is also used in other contexts, such as confidence scams or commercial sex work. Grooming works by mixing positive behaviors with elements of abuse. At the beginning, all behaviors are positive. Slowly, abusive elements are added in amounts that surprise the survivor to an extent, but do not push alarm to a high level. Overtime, the inappropriate comes to feel normal. Because the primary aggressor’s real goal isn’t understood by the survivor, he or she often misses the harmful implication and dismisses the internal signals of alarm that do arise.

“For most of the relationship, the survivor may be eager to experience the sense of specialness and push to see the primary aggressor. This may contribute to later guilt and shame when frank abuse is occurring. Because of the staged and confusing progression, the survivor may not at the end understand that the primary aggressor has been the sole instigator. The survivor might erroneously believe that there has been a mutual progression. This is largely responsible for the tragic, well-known reluctance of survivors to report abuse.”

 

I am convinced that these men are still abusing other young vulnerable women. Even if Sugabelly isn’t pressing charges, they should be investigated. I’m sure they can be prosecuted under the NAPTIP or the new VAPP Bill. It really is time to do something.

FAQ: My husband is Threatening to Sue Me Under S.389 of the Penal Code

November 24, 2015

Question: After reading this my husband started to threaten to sue me and to send my former  lover to jail. Can he do this?

Answer: The Penal Code is only applicable in northern Nigeria, incident would have had to happen in Northern Nigeria.
Judgement delivered in Upper Area Court,

Area Courts exist in the Northern parts of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
(i) The Upper Area Court
(ii) The Area Court I
(iii) The Area Court II

The jurisdiction of the Area Court under that Law includes the following:
(a) All questions of Islamic Personal Law
(b) Matrimonial Causes and matters between persons married under customary law
(c) Suit relating to custody of children under customary law
(d) Civil actions involving debt demand and damages
(e) Matters relating to succession to property and the administration of estate under customary law
(f) Matters concerning ownership, possession or occupation of land

If you are married under statutory law, jurisdiction is with the high court and under the Matrimonial Causes Act.

 

On Diezani Allison-Madueke’s Cancer Pictures & A Zombie Nation

November 15, 2015

Diezani Allison Madueke released the most pathetic pictures with an interview yesterday. I read the interview but its the images that haunt. How did you feel about them? Did it leave a sour taste in your mouth? How do these pictures of a once vibrant woman looking old and wasted make you feel? Shocking, isn’t it? Did you find it traumatic too?

Dora Akunyili coming out despite her battle with cancer to appear at the National Conference felt brave and right. This feels self serving and wrong. This feels repulsive, an ill advised media display calculated to elicit sympathy for a woman who displayed little sympathy for any body. She visited Nigeria flood victims in 2012 wearing diamonds and LV.  Stories from her former employees and associates reveal a callous insensitive woman.

Her story has sparked a hot debate on empathy vs. retribution. Some folks are saying its just karma and she should just die already. The backlash is not pretty. Will they publish Part 2 of that interview? And a lot of compassionate do-gooders suddenly find themselves forced to defend the woman. {Sorta like some folks are forced to defend Biafra even though they disagree with Kanu maybe?)

You must ask yourself honestly- Diezani has cancer. So what? Do you know how many women die of breast cancer every day in Nigeria because Diezani and others like her selfishly accumulate wealth for self and family instead of developing the nation like they’re are supposed to?

Recent data by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) shows that one woman is diagnosed of breast cancer every 20 minutes in Nigeria and about 40 Nigerian women die of breast cancer daily compared, with 30 women daily in the 2010 report. Sadly, the incidence of breast cancer rose from 38.7 per cent to 42.2 per cent between 2008 and 2012 with about 35 per cent increase in the number of deaths within the same period. Here

Diezani is privileged and lucky to afford expensive treatment in London. And she detected  it early. So why exactly are you supposed to feel sympathy and pray for her? Because you don’t wish such a fate on our enemies? Did you wish this fate on her to begin with? Its not ‘jazz’, its cancer. There is clear cause and effect. Or is it because you are just more compassionate than everyone else? That’s ok but why are you insisting everyone must feel compassion and sympathy with you? Why are you judging those that do not?

Go ahead if you want to start prayer rings, night vigils, fasts and praying for her health and cure. Just don’t pretend to do it because  of some divine love for her as a fellow human being. Ask yourself whether you are praying for her to prove to your invisible God that you are capable of forgiving and therefore deserve His forgiveness too.

There will also be those who will pray for her because they really and honestly do not see anything wrong with what she did while in office. They will pray for her because she is their ‘leader’ (whatever that means), because she is from their ethnic group, because she is a woman who accomplished something, because she is their sister, mother, friend, aunt, matriarch etc etc etc.

Have you been so mind fucked you think its more important to be solemn and sober in the face of grave illness and possible death than to focus on the great prize which is Freedom? Have you been so brainwashed you put religion before good governance in support of an elite class of rulers you call leaders?

You should direct your sympathy to the efforts by Professor Ifeoma Okoye‘s early detection campaign to end breast cancer for all Nigerian women. You should check out what the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria is doing here. You should do more to make cancer detection and treatment accessible to all Nigeria women and pray for the more than 14,600 Nigerian women that die of breast cancer every year.

What will be will be. Save your sympathy for a worthy cause. And turn your prayers into actions that support good governance, cancer research, early detection and affordable treatment for all Nigerians.

YES, You Can

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The Latest NOIPolls Tells Me More About Nigeria & Biafra Than Buhari’s Popularity

November 10, 2015

Latest governance poll results released by NOIPolls have revealed that the President’s approval rating for October 2015 stood at 80 percent.

This represents a 2-points increase from September 2015 (78 percent) and a 10-points increase from June 2015 (70 percent) when his first job performance was appraised.

Findings indicate that the increase in the President’s job performance is mostly centred on the perceived ‘improved electricity supply’ (21 percent) and ‘improved security’ (17 percent).

Analysis on the President’s performance by geo-political zones indicated that the North-West zone (92 percent: 57 percent + 35 percent) and North-East zone (87 percent: 48 percent + 39 percent) had the highest percentage of respondents who approved of the President’s job performance.

On the other hand, the South-South zone (17 percent: 13 percent + 4 percent) and South-East zone (13 percent: 8 percent + 5 percent) had the largest proportion of respondents who disapproved of the President’s job performance.

Analysis by geo-political zone revealed that the North-West (82 percent: 47 percent + 35 percent) and North-East zones (69 percent: 42 percent + 27 percent) accounted for the larger proportion of Nigerians who experienced an improvement in electricity supply, whereas the South-East (33 percent: 24 percent + 9 percent) and South-South zones (30 percent: 23 percent + 7 percent) accounted for the larger ratio of Nigerians who reported a poor state of electricity supply to their households over the past month.

In conclusion, 8 in 10 Nigerians approved the President’s job performance in October 2015. Also, the President achieved an average (3) rating in terms of his performance in National Security, Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Conflict Resolution, Agriculture and Food Security but he performed poorly in Job creation. Finally, majority (62 percent) of Nigerians surveyed reported that electricity supply to their household has improved over the past one month.

Note the geopolitical differences and think about it in the context of the current agitations in the South East.

the people of the region are expressing their grievances. Nigeria needs to start listening. WE really really need to talk about the Nigerian Civil War and start calling it that too. When peaceful change is impossible, violent change becomes inevitable.

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