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Centre raises alarm over high rate of “Sextortion” crime in Nigeria



Centre raises alarm over high rate of “Sextortion” crime in Nigeria

Devatop Centre for Africa Development, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Tuesday in Abuja raised an alarm over the high rate of “Sextortion” crime in Nigeria.

The Executive Director of the centre, Mr Joseph Osuigwe, at the screening of two short movies to create more awareness about “Sextortion” and panel discussion about the crime, stated that there has been more silence about “Sextortion”, and this is making it to thrive.

The term “Sextortion” refers to the act of coercing individuals into providing explicit images, videos, or other forms of intimate content with a threat of exposing the content to the public, in demand for gains, monetary and others.

Yhe names of the movies are “Hidden Pandemic” and “Sextortion and Revenge Porn”.

Osuigwe noted that there is so much silence about “Sextortion” and that the screening of the films was to create more awareness and commemorate the centre “TALKAM App” for citizens to report this crime.

He said that the “Talkam App” is a civic-tech initiative dedicated to addressing human rights abuses, promoting and protecting human rights, as well as stimulating reportage and action among citizens.

According to him, one of the things that had made “Sextortion” to thrive is not just only the perpetrators, but the silence and inaction of the society.

He said that the silence of the society about this crime was one of the reasons the centre was screening the films to create more awareness, and to ginger citizens to take action against it and report it to the appropriate authorities.

“Few months ago, a 17-year-old teenage boy in the United States committed suicide after being sexually extorted by three Nigerians who operate a Sextortion network.
“Recent research conducted by SNAP Incorporated shows that two-thirds of Generation Z are targeted for online Sextortion.

“There is an urgent need for organisations and donors to expand their focus to counter Sextortion and online sexual exploitation.

“Last year, through the support of United States Embassy in Nigeria, the centre started a 6th phase Talkam project, which focuses on countering Sextortion, online sexual exploitation and online Human Trafficking.

“In the past 10 months of the project, we have launched Red Card2Sextortion campaign, trained teachers and students union leaders across three states to carry out school sensitisation,” he said.

He, however, called for a holistic action against crime and other crimes against humanity.

The Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Prof Fatima Waziri-Azi, commended Devatop Centre for the initiative about the films.

Represented by Dr Ebele Ulasi, NAPTIP Director of Public enlightenment, Waziri-Azi stated that victims of human trafficking also fall into the trap of sextortion perpetrators, while calling on well-meaning Nigerians to rise against the crime.

According to her, victims of trafficking experience Sextortion when they are in the web of traffickers, who exploit their vulnerability, manipulate their fears and perpetrate heinous crimes against them.

She said that in addition to Sextortion, there are several other crimes against humanity that Nigerians must rise against, adding that they are all hitting deep in the country.

Mrs Lydia Odeh, Chief of Party, Palladium, Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) project, commended Devatop Centre for screening the movies.

She said that the movies were timely, especially as Nigeria is commemorating World Day Against Human Trafficking.

According to her, apart from Sextortion, the movies also focus on issues of sex for grade which is hitting deep in the country tertiary institutions.

She added that all the content in the films are what is happening in the Nigerian society, while calling for a change in the narrative.


Kalu tasks NDDC to extend developmental projects to Abia community



Benjamin Kalu

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Benjamin Kalu has tasked the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to ensure even spread of developmental projects to Ukwa community in Abia State.

He further said that the nine states making up the NDDC should not be neglected

Kalu said this during an interactive session with the delegation from Ukwa People’s Consultative Council led by its President General Don Ubani in Abuja

The states are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers.

Kalu expressed worry over the concerns raised by the delegation on the “undue marginalisation of Ukwa as an oil producing Community”.

He said there was need to ensure equal spread of intervention projects of the NDDC across the nine states.

According to him, the area is known for oil production and the status of Abia State as a member of NDDC came as a result of its ability to produce oil and gas from Ukwa.

“Interestingly, some of the things you mentioned have been my concerns in the 9th Assembly, in regards to the spread of intervention programmes of the NDDC across the nine states.

He said this led to the first visit of the acting MD that toured Abia, Imo and other states.

Kalu said he insisted that the tour was necessary, to have a proper update of their presence in various parts of the states.

This, according to him, is to be able to establish whether or not, the report they see on papers is the same thing on ground.

“I totally agree with you that, what we have in Abia, as an oil producing state and as a member of NDDC, comparatively speaking, is below average, in terms of developmental interventions.

“A call from the stakeholders that an improvement should take place, is definitely not a wrong call.

The deputy Speaker commended the leadership of Ukwa community for holding their youths and in spite the fact that the development interventions were below average.

He said they kept their heads peacefully and allowed all the IOCs handle their operations peacefully in those communities.

Earlier, Ubani who led the delegation, solicited the support of the House leadership towards ensuring equity and fair distribution of developmental projects to Ukwa community.

He said a time had existed in this system where the entire South East was shut-out, but under the present administration, at least the people have been given a sense of belonging

He said farmers in Ukwa federal constituency could not farm effectively because the fertility of the soil had been diminished due to oil exploration and exploitation.

“Let there be manifestation of concern on the part of NDDC. Nothing so far has given us course to be happy as oil producing area.

“We need to avoid situation that will create youth restiveness and the best way to do it is to make sure that there’s development, ” he said.

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LUTH denies late doctor worked 72-hour call duty



The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, has denied allegations that one of its house officers, Dr Michael Umoh, died after a 72-hour call.

This is contained in a statement issued by LUTH management team in Lagos on Thursday.

“LUTH management understands the fact that the family of Dr Umoh is presently mourning the death of their beloved son and requested the foreclosure of any media engagement regarding the death of their son. It is important for us as a management to make clarifications regarding the circumstances surrounding his death.

“Dr Umoh died on Sept 17 while in church with his parents. The management was informed, and the death was later confirmed by one of the Consultants in his unit (Neurosurgery).

“The death of Dr Umoh is unfortunate but the narrative of a 72 hours non-stop shift is false.

“The record from Neurosurgery unit shows that the last time he was on call was 13th and 14th September, 2023.

“He was not on call on the 15th, 16th and 17th (the day he died), contrary to the insinuations on social media. He was at home with his parents on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17,” the management said.

Prior to this time, the management said, he was on call on the Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.

”This shows that Dr Umoh was on call for a total number of four days in September, 2023.

“A delegation from LUTH visited the family on Wednesday to commiserate with the family and to get more details of the circumstances surrounding his death.

“The parents gave the details of what they thought must have contributed to his death but pleaded that the wish of the family be respected and that the narrative is not for public consumption,” it said.

The management described Dr Umoh as a hardworking and diligent house-officer, and a very promising young man.

It said he will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues.

“May his soul rest in peace, and may the Almighty give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss” LUTH said.

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