Nollywood actor, Ime Bishop Umoh aka Okon Lagos, has stated that he does not regret saying prostitutes do not have any dignity.
Recall that Okon came under serious attack some weeks ago after he shared a video on his Instagram page in which he reacted to the alleged rape of some women accused of prostitution in Abuja.
Over 70 women were arrested by the police officers in Utako and the women alleged that the officers took turns to rape them using sachet water nylon as a condom. Okon in his video said the women cannot claim they were raped because they are prostitutes and do not have any dignity.
In this fresh interview, Okon says he does not regret his comment. The father of two said he does not in any way justify rape but he was astonished that as much as social media users were condemning rape, they were not also condemning prostitution which he believes is an immoral act.
“I live my life in such a way that I live for the best and hope for the worst so things hardly shock me. I saw the backlash coming but I didn’t know it was going to get that sort of attention.
I saw it coming; I knew I might be misunderstood depending on the level of comprehension of my audience. Humour waters down the sensitivity of some issues. Euphemism is saying something that is very harsh in a mild way. I didn’t justify rape in any way.
The issue people had with what I said was that I likened rape to theft and that I said prostitutes do not have dignity. My assertion was to clarify the fact that raping a prostitute is theft and they don’t have dignity. My assertion is metaphorical.
If I wanted to use a simile, I would say rape is like theft. Rape is taking a woman’s dignity without her consent. I don’t regret saying that prostitutes do not have dignity; no one would be proud to introduce themselves as a commercial sex hawker.
Speaking further, Okon said “I wanted to be fair in my analysis; I was trying to point out the fact that prostitution is a wrong act, so we shouldn’t be malicious by talking about only rape. Why are we canonizing one criminal act and demonizing the other? Both acts are morally wrong. I believe in humanism; as humans, we should observe the golden rule.
I am not trying to say that I am a saint; in fact, I don’t want to be one so that there would be a difference between Jesus and me. It is unfortunate that some women were raped by policemen.
“I am not saying it serves them right, but I am also concerned about the immoral act; prostitution. The level of moral decadence in the country is worrisome.
I even saw some public figures with verified social media accounts supporting the idea that prostitution should be legalized; I don’t want to call names.
I won’t make comments about something insensitive like that. Rape is bad, but prostitution should be addressed as an issue as well”.
He added that he doesn’t owe anyone an apology for his comment. “Everybody around me is a woman; I have a wife and two daughters; my respect for women is inevitable. I am not going to be shaken; a prostitute is not a dignified person.
According to Lucky Dube; ‘the terrible thing about the truth is that, when you say it, you always stand alone.’ I am brave enough to say the truth and nothing will happen to me. I don’t owe anyone an apology,” he said
UNN Final Year Student Commits Suicide Over Inability To Graduate
A staff of the university of Nigeria Nsukka has narrated the sad story how her son killed himself three days ago.
Mr Samuel Elias a final year student of department of Religion and Culture, University of Nigeria Nsukka has committed suicide by drinking Sniper. The mother, Mrs Kate Elias a staff of the university said that the unfortunate incident happened on Monday June 17, around 5.30pm in her house at Justina Eze Street Nsukka. Mrs Elias said ” she came back from work on that fateful day and discovered that the mood of her first child was bad, he was staggering when he came to collect a bottle of coke from the fridge.“I followed him immediately to his room and started talking to him but he could not respond and when I look closely his teeth has tightened up.“As I look around I saw empty sniper bottle, at this point I raised alarm and my other children rushed to the room and we tried to give him red oil but his tightened teeth will not allow the oil enter his mouth,”she said. According to her we immediately rushed him to Faith foundation Hospital Nsukka where we were referred to Bishop Shanahan Hospital Nsukka, Samuel died in Bishop Shanahan Hospital. The mother of seven said her 25- year son could have died of depression, noting that he had been lamenting of his inability to graduate from UNN because of his final year project where one course was still holding him. She said also that her son had not been happy how his late father’s family had abandoned them since their father died. ”I know two things he usually complained, his inability to graduate from UNN since 2016 because of the project that he has not finished as his classmates have all went to National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).“As well as how his father’s family in Ihechiowa in Arochukwu local government of of Abia state abandoned them and their mother since their father died.“Whenever he complained of these things I usually advice him to trust God who is capable of solving every problem.“I do not know why he went to this extent of committing suicide, I have seven children he is my first child.“it still looks like a dream to me that my first son and first child has died, ” she said in tears. Reacting to this incident, Prof Tagbo Ugwu , the Head of Department of Religion and Culture in University of Nigeria, Nsukka said somebody called him and told him about the unfortunate incident. “I received the news with rude shock and surprise.“I will find out from his supervisor what is wrong from the project that has stopped him from graduating,”he said.When contacted Mr Ebere Amaraizu, the Police Public Relations Office (PPRO) Enugu State confirmed the incident and said police would investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.“The police is aware of Samuel Elias death, a final year student of department of Religion and Culture in UNN who committed suicide on Monday by drinking sniper.“Police will investigate circumstances surrounding the death, ” he said.
EFCC Re-Arraigns American Over $1.2m ‘Green Card Fraud’
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday re-arraigned an American, Marco Antonio Ramirez, before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for allegedly defrauding three Nigerians of $1,229,800 under the pretext of securing America’s Green Card for them.
Those allegedly defrauded by the American and his companies are: Ambassador Godson Echejue, Abubakar Umar Sodiq and Olukayode Sodimu.
The American was re-arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada on an amended 12-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining under false pretence.
The accused was arraigned alongside his companies, U.S.A Now LLC, Eagle Ford Instalodge Group LP and U.S.A Now Capital Group.
Ramirez and co-defendants were first arraigned on June 22, 2017 before Justice Josephine Oyefeso on a 16-count charge but pleaded not guilty to the alleged offences.
Following his plea, he was admitted to bail for $25,000.
Midway into his trial, his case file was transferred to Justice Dada, making his trial to start de novo (afresh).
During proceedings yesterday, Ramirez again pleaded not guilty to the amended 12-count charges brought against him by the EFCC.
EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, N. S. Oweize, asked the court for a trial date.
The defendant’s lawyer, Ademola Adefolaju, who did not oppose the prosecutor’s request, prayed the court to let his client continue with the bail terms earlier granted him by Justice Oyefeso when he was first arraigned.
When the judge asked the accused if he had fully complied with the bail term, Adefolaju confirmed that his client had fully complied with the bail terms.
The lawyer said his client had also been visiting EFCC’s office, as directed by the court.
Following his submissions, Justice Dada granted the request of the defence.
She held: “Since the defendant has not breached any of the bail terms granted by my brother judge, the defendant is hereby allowed to continue with the terms.”
The judge adjourned the matter till October 7, 8, 9 and 10 for trial.
3 Teachers Caught With Leaked WAEC Questions (Photo)
The police force headquarters in Abuja, on Thursday, paraded four suspects for exam malpractices committed in the just concluded West African Senior School Certificate Examination Council (WASSCE).
Three of the suspects are teachers and staff of various secondary schools in Anambra and Imo states. They are Ibuokanma Darlington, 36, Ernest Kelechì, 33, Godstime Onuoha and Uche Chukwuma, Darlington, 17.
The suspects were said to be in possession of WASSCE questions papers on their mobile phones which they sent to WhatsApp platforms of students at the time of their arrest.
They were arrested at the examination centre where they were posted as supervisors. The suspects, during an interview with newsmen, admitted to have had the question papers on their mobile phones.
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