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Police Invite Activist Who Accused Officers of Raping Sex Workers, Say She Won’t be Detained

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The Police in Abuja have invited a woman for questioning after she accused officers of raping suspected commercial sex workers with sachet water nylons.

Dorothy Njemanze, an Abuja-based women’s rights activist, raised the allegation on social media on Thursday. It came as police and social development authorities intensified their crackdown on alleged sex workers across the federal capital.

Abuja Police Commissioner Bala Ciroma told PREMIUM TIMES the activist was only asked to turn up at the FCT police headquarters to assist detectives with information about officers responsible for the gruesome abuses.

“The allegations are too grievous for our institution to ignore,” the police chief said. “We hope the woman will have useful information that will aid our investigation.”

Mrs Njemanze said she learnt from some of the women arrested and profiled as prostitutes that officers traded the women’s release for sex.

“We learnt that some of the women were raped with sachet water nylons because there were no condoms left,” Mrs Njemanze told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday evening.

The police invited her because she had put out a video and wrote posts on her social media handles alleging the incident earlier this week.

“I will be honouring the commissioner’s invitation on Thursday (today) morning,” she told PREMIUM TIMES. “We are partners in progress.”

Mr Ciroma said he looked forward to receiving Mrs Njemanze on Thursday, and she will not be detained no matter how the invitation turned out.

Out on a limb

Dozens of women have been arrested at night clubs in major parts of the city within the last two weeks. They were accused of “offences” ranging from prostitution to indecent dressing, despite social media outrage that some of the women might have been hanging out with male acquaintances or even alone.

At least 70 women were arrested in a joint raid by the police and Abuja social workers between April 29 and 29. The arrests were in addition to dozens of women who were taken into custody at Caramelo, a famous gentleman’s club in the posh Utako neighbourhood.

The Nigerian Constitution is silent on commercial sex activities, but there are subsidiary legislation in some local jurisdictions that prohibit such acts. After the purported invasion of Abuja by young women repeatedly made headlines in 2011, there were rumours that Ike Ekweremadu was sponsoring a bill to legalise the commercial sex work in the country. The Enugu senator, who became the deputy senate president in 2015, however, denied the reports at the time.

The police summarily arraigned some of the women at an improvised courtroom, but many were reportedly freed amidst unclear circumstances. Some of those convicted received up to six months’ imprisonment, while a few others were slammed with fines.

Even though the clubs were filled with both sexes, only women were arrested. This has elicited allegations of gender-based violence against women, which could render them even more vulnerable than they had been.

‘No vagina is safe in Abuja’

Mrs Njemanze said she had been gathering evidence about the alleged rape of women with sachet water nylons, but her personal experience sufficed to conclude that officers were capable of committing such acts.

“When I was arrested in 2012, my breast and buttocks were terribly fondled by some of the officers,” Mrs Njemanze said.

She made headlines that year after being arrested for alleged prostitution. She sued the Nigerian government at ECOWAS Court and won. The court determined that her rights were violated because she was arrested only because she was out at night.

“In most cases of prostitution, you will have a man and a woman,” Mrs Njemanze said. “If you arrest only the woman and profile her as a prostitute, then it becomes gender-based violence.”

She said only 10 of about 70 women who were arrested last week were arraigned before a mobile court near the Federal Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.

“Police officers freed most of the women after they were given sex and money,” Mrs Njemanze said.

She said she will demand a review of the circumstances under which the most of the women were released without charges — including an interview of all the officers that took part in the arrests and some of the freed detainees.

‘Just plead guilty’

Mrs Njemanze said one of the major concerns she would raise with Mr Ciroma will be about officers’ “unethical practice” of ensnaring suspected prostitutes into admitting their guilt.

“Whenever they arrest women at night clubs, be they strippers or commercial sex workers or whatever, they usually ask them to just plead guilty in their kangaroo court so they could be fined for a small amount rather than sent to jail,” she said.

The officers use the tactics to avoid the responsibility of proving that the women were actually prostitutes as required in criminal proceedings. Only a few of victims of discriminatory police arrests know their fundamental rights as Nigerian citizens, she added.

“I respect the commissioner because he has been proactive against sexual and gender-based violence,” Mrs Njemanze said. “But the officers have failed to emulate his professionalism.”

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REDAN Visits Adron Homes, Commends Efforts of Real Estate to Nigeria’s GDP

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The President, Real Estate Development Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Prince Akinloye Adeoye, along with his Executive team, which consist of Dr Kunle Adeyemi, Vice President, REDAN(South/West) and Mr Jide Ogunleye, REDAN Secretary visited the Chairman and Group Managing Director of Adron Homes and Properties, Aare Adetola Emmanuel King, at the company’s headquarters in Omole Phase 1, Lagos.

During the courtesy visit, the team headed by Prince Akinloye applauded Adron Homes and Properties for its efforts in providing affordable housing schemes and praised the company for consistently bridging the gap between the masses and affordable urban development. Prince Akinloye also commended Adron Homes for transforming many individuals from tenants to landlords, emphasizing the company’s transparency, commitment, and reliability which has set a positive example for other real estate brokers in Nigeria.

He highlighted the significant contribution of the real estate sector to Nigeria’s GDP, citing statistics from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics for Q1 of 2024. He stressed the need for the government to uphold development standards, enhance industry regulations, and eliminate unethical practices in the real estate business. According to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, the real estate sector contributed N11.2 trillion, representing a 5.20% share of the GDP in Q1 of 2024. Although the sector showed nominal growth compared to the previous year, its real GDP growth was lower at 0.84%. He also disclosed that 11 trillion is more than enough to prove that real estate business in Nigeria is a lucrative business that has come to stay and also implored the government to remain committed to upholding tenets of development and enhancing regulation of the industry to meet global practices and also make quackery in the business a thing of the past.

“The construction sector contributed 4.0% to the GDP, with a nominal growth of 10.24%, though it experienced a real growth rate decline of -2.14% year-on-year. Experts attribute this growth to increased government policies and investments, growing population demands for shelter, and significant contributions from the Nigerian diaspora.”

The Host, Aare Adetola Emmanuel King also commended the effort of the REDAN President and his team for their listening ears and also their constant proactive steps to ensure the industry is well regulated and all ethics of the industry is upheld. He also disclosed that Adron Homes will always be in partnership with the leadership of REDAN and will remain committed and continue to serve as an example to other real estate players on the issues of integrity and sincerity of purpose. He also disclosed that the visit will further rejig Adron’s commitment to more development of Homes and also continued partnership with the government to ensure affordable homes get more handy for all sundry.

Aare Adetola also implores the leadership of REDAN to enact more policies that will further put the business on a high pedestal which will enhance more funding, more investment through Foreign Direct Investment and also getting government support in the reduction of building materials and other household items which is currently serving as a bottleneck for the development of the business which has caused many Real estate companies to fold up, while some have started cutting corners due to high rates of materials.

“When materials are quite affordable, real estate will thrive. There would be buyers and off-takers. But with the current prices of cement, wood, nails, paints etc the prices of real estate are soaring high to the roof Government intervention and reducing tariffs on the importation of building materials will help cushion the effect and also put many back in business. Adron Homes and Properties is committed and we are here for collaboration for national development.”

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Glo Creates Opportunity for Phone Lovers to Own Latest Samsung Fold/Flip 6

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Phone lovers can own the latest Samsung Fold/Flip 6  by pre-ordering, digital solutions provider, Globacom, has assured its customers. So tablets, offering a versatile experience for productivity and entertainment”.

In a press statement issued in Lagos, the company said that the offer covers Samsung Z Fold 6 256GB which goes for N2,795,000; Samsung Z Fold 6 512GB for N2,974,000; Samsung Z Fold 6 1TB for N3,331,000 and Samsung Z Fold 6 256GB for N1,674,000 only.

Similarly, Samsung Z Fold 6 512GB which goes for N1,853,000; Samsung Z Fold 6 512 Eco package for N3,635,000; Samsung Z Fold 6 1TB Eco package for N3,992,000 and Samsung Z Fold 6 512 GB eco package for N2,223,600 are also on offer.

Globacom added that customers will enjoy free 18G of data from Glo over six months when they buy  any of the phones.

The innovative devices transform from smartphones to tablets, offering a versatile experience for productivity and entertainment, Globacom disclosed in a press statement in Lagos.

Globacom advised interested buyers to  pre-order any of the devices which come in different colours from now until July 31st, 2024 by  registering for preorder using the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfJKl18DDmlGAvwUDQcoQVdlWOwcDQYW1-vb3r_D_rRVmwSw/viewform or they visit any Gloworld shop across the country to make the pre-order at the  minimum deposit of N500,000.

Samsung Fold/Flip 6 phones are the latest products from world-class handheld device manufacturers, Samsung, with whom Globacom enjoys an existing sales arrangement.

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AI Ignite Africa Hosts Groundbreaking Summit in Lagos

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The AI & the Content, Marketing & Communications Revolution in Africa Summit is set to take place on July 26, 2024, at The Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos by 11 AM.

This groundbreaking event hosted by AI Africa in collaboration with Global Tech Africa will bring together industry leaders, marketing technology experts, and innovative content creators to explore the transformative power of AI in marketing, communications, and content creation across the African continent.

The summit will feature insightful panel discussions including “The Future of Customer Engagement: AI Applications in Marketing,” which will delve into how AI reshapes customer engagement strategies and drives innovation in the marketing sector. Moderated by Ifeoma ‘Oma Areh, Principal Consultant/Founder WildFlower PR, the panel will include esteemed panelists such as Oye Akideinde, GM of Digital Innovations at Airtel; Chuka Obi, Director of Innovations at Glo; Rukevwe Toka, Marketing Manager for West Africa; and Fred Akinmuyisitan, Head of Portfolio Strategy at The Heineken Company.

The second panel, “AI for Content Creation: Productivity, Revenue, and Ethics,” will explore the impact of AI on content creation, highlighting how AI tools enhance productivity and generate revenue while addressing ethical considerations. This discussion will be moderated by David I. Adeleke, Africa Editor at Rest of World, and will feature prominent stakeholders in the content creation and management space such as Abuch Ugwu, CEO of Chocolate City/Humanz, acclaimed tech content creator Tobi Ayeni, also known as Ms. Techy; and communications leader, Adedoyin Jaiyesimi, Co-Founder of The Comms Avenue.

In addition to the panel discussions, the summit will unveil and showcase AI-driven products designed to revolutionize marketing, influencer marketing, and PR workflows. The summit will highlight AI-powered tools like Maxxiti and Palet. This product showcases promise to offer attendees a first-hand look at innovative solutions that can significantly enhance their marketing and content strategies.

“AI isn’t just a buzzword in marketing, content, and communications in Africa; it’s a catalyst for innovation and growth. The AI Ignite Africa Summit is where we ignite that spark, bringing together visionaries and changemakers to harness AI’s power for a brighter future.” – Ifeoma ‘Oma Areh, Organizer, AI Ignite Africa Summit. We’re not just discussing the future; we’re shaping it with AI. This is where Africa’s brightest minds converge to unlock AI’s revolutionary potential for marketing, content creation, and beyond,” she added.

The first AI Ignite Africa is organized in partnership with the prestigious Global Tech Africa; a collaborative platform where key players in the African and international tech scene come together to drive growth opportunities and build a thriving tech landscape across the continent. Register for the summit here.

“We are excited to collaborate with AI Ignite Africa,” explains founder Dr Inya Lawal. “Our collaboration underscores the vital role of AI in driving innovation and transformation across sectors. This summit will serve as a platform for industry leaders and experts to share insights and explore new frontiers in customer engagement, marketing strategies, and content creation. We are excited to see the impact of these discussions on the future of AI in Africa,” she added.

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