8 more women have accused controversial Malawian Prophet, Shepherd Bushiri of rape
Court records of the extradition request South Africa sent to Malawi which were exclusively sourced by Mail & Guardian, shared a detailed account of the alleged crimes reportedly committed by the leader of one of the most popular and richest churches on the continent, Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) and his wife, Mary.
Some of the rape charges which dates back to 2016, have been added to charges of fraud, money-laundering, jumping bail and contravention of the foreign currency act that Bushiri was already facing before his escape from South Africa in November last year.
Prosecutors accused him of raping women and girls as young as 16, including two sisters; drugged some, bribed them into silence, and threatened others with murder in six years of jaw-dropping sexual violence.
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Some of the women later were involved in what could appear to be consensual sexual relations, after Bushiri allegedly promised to marry at least one of them. But the majority, particularly those who were very young, were threatened with death by Bushiri or his bodyguards, the victims claimed. One of the victims reportedly got pregnant, but was forced to terminate the pregnancy.
It was alleged that the ECG church was used as a recruitment service for Bushiri through his network of “sons” and “prophets”. They would eavesdrop, record and engage in subtle conversations with churchgoers to collect information later used by Bushiri to lure women into sexual relations.
The court records stated that Bushiri promised to marry one of the women he raped between May 2015 and June 2016, and allegedly paid her parents substantial sums of money.
Another woman alleges that between June and July 2015, she was raped by Bushiri in his hotel room after “the prophet” took pictures of her in her underwear and in naked poses. He allegedly handed her cash.
Also sharing her experience, one of the women also alleged that she was invited into Bushiri’s hotel room and given a drink that made her dizzy. She fell to the floor, after which Bushiri allegedly took her clothes off and raped her. Another victim was allegedly impregnated and given cash to register a construction company.
The youngest of the victims who are sisters shared the most harrowing incidents. The girls say they were choristers in Bushiri’s church, and he befriended their parents before starting to text them on WhatsApp.
“After two weeks, my family and I met prophet Bushiri in his church after the evening service that ended at 11pm.
“My parents and I were very excited to meet with the prophet and his wife, prophetess Mary Bushiri. Prophet Bushiri told my parents he wanted to sponsor my sister and me to start recording at his studio in Sandton [Johannesburg] and that he was going to be our spiritual father.”
They claim to have met him in July 2016 at the Southern Sun Hotel in Arcadia, Pretoria.
A man named “Aubrey” who appeared numerous times in the court papers as one of the people scouting women for Bushiri, was reportedly sent to pick up the young women from their home where they were with their mother.
On being informed by his daughters that Bushiri had sent for them, their father was unhappy but Aubrey spoke to him on the phone and he consented to the arrangement.
At the hotel, Bushiri allegedly kept the sisters in separate rooms, where he later prayed for them and gave them cash. He allegedly gave one of the sisters and the brother R5, 000 each. The other sister told prosecutors she was paid R10, 000.
A second meeting took place at the Sheraton Hotel, where Bushiri allegedly gave the siblings R20, 000 in January 2017. Bushiri invited one of the sisters to the Sheraton. She was taken to one of the upper floors by Aubrey who left promptly.
“Usually, Aubrey and one or two bodyguards are always in the suite, but that day they were not there. Prophet Bushiri came from the bathroom. He greeted me and asked me how everything was. I told him everything was fine. He told me he would pray for me to get distinctions and open doors of blessings in my life.
“When praying for me … he started to touch my body and private parts. I started to push his hand away. He continued to touch me. I asked him to stop. I screamed. I was wearing a long dress. He used force to pull me to the bed. He pulled my underwear and threw it away.
“I was screaming all the time. He put his hand over my mouth and nose. I was fighting back. He overpowered me. He put his penis inside my vagina and … raped me. I kept screaming and crying because it was extremely painful because I was a virgin. He continued raping me, and I was screaming, fighting and crying. When he finished, he stopped. I noticed drops of blood coming from my vagina.”
After the rape, the victim who was 18 at that time alleged that Bushiri threatened to kill her if she reported the incident or told anyone, and gave her R10, 000. In June 2018, her sister told her Bushiri had raped her too and that’s when the two sisters agreed to report the incidents to their parents.
Bushiris’ extradition trial is expected to start in earnest in Malawi courts next week after chief resident magistrate Patrick Chirwa refused to recuse himself. Bushiri’s lawyers had objected to his handling of the case, citing possible bias because of the magistrate’s involvement in issuing the warrant of arrest police used to arrest the Bushiris.
Source: Linda Ikeji
10 ex-governors linked with £56m properties in UK – Report
There is a fresh report linking 10 former Nigerian governors to properties worth £56 million (about N30billion) in the United Kingdom.
The report on illicit financial flow (IFF) from Nigeria to the UK and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also showed 216 properties were owned by 13 Nigerian law enforcement officers in the UAE.
The report, according to SaharaReporters, was presented at a media roundtable organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation.
Neither the identities of the former governors nor the venue of the roundtable was disclosed.
A don at the Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK, Dr. Gbenga Oduntan, presented the report titled, “Fixing Nigeria’s Illicit Financial Flows: A Critical Review of UK and UAE Policies, Laws and Practices.
Commenting on the report, Chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, said funds stolen from Nigeria and taken to the UK and UAE were mind-boggling.
He noted that both countries have become enablers of illicit funds and stressed the need to challenge external collaborators aiding the flow of illicit funds out of Nigeria.
“We should make it difficult for people to take out the proceeds of crimes,” he said, adding that the UK and UAE should protect their systems from “those toxic resources.”
The HEDA chairman further noted that while over $50 billion is lost annually to IFF in Africa; Nigeria retains the lead among other African countries in the menace.
Stakeholders have however advocated for the creation of a tripartite anti-corruption task force for the three countries to stop the illicit financial flow.
Oduntan, who presented the research report, said apart from the huge amount of money illegally stashed abroad by politically exposed persons in Nigeria, $15bn alone is lost to tax evasion by multinationals in Nigeria.
In addition, he said there is heavy under-invoicing between Nigeria and the UK, adding that fixing Nigeria’s illicit financial flow would require the destination countries to collaborate with the country in shutting their systems against suspected proceeds of crimes.
He, however, lamented that this is not the case, saying, in UAE, findings showed that prosecution of money laundering cases was very low.
Age Does Not Matter, I Need a Man To Marry Me Please – Woman Begs on The Streets
A Woman identified as Lucy Chemotai has taken to the streets, to beg the men that she is due for marriage.
Currently, there are many debates that have been emerging concerning the scarcity of men for marriage.
Many people suggest that this could be as a result of the tough economy that is brought about by the pandemic.
According to Lucy Chemotai who is also known as Chepkam while in the street of Eldoret she wants any serious man irregardless of his status.
The woman surprised people saying that even if the man is broke she will be okay with him.
Furthermore, she said that age to her was just a number and any man who is 18 years and above could avail himself.
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I Need Your Help Now Than Ever, Uzodimma seeks stakeholders’ support over insecurity
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has urged traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders to support government’s efforts aimed at tackling insecurity in the state.
The governor made the appeal in Owerri, yesterday, at the town hall meeting of the council of traditional rulers in the state on security issues.
Uzodimma, represented by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Paul Emeziem, also reiterated his commitment to ensure sustainable peace and unity in the state.
He said his determination to offer viable development and prosperity of the state would be unachievable without peace and security in the state, adding that he was not unmindful of handiwork of the enemies and oppositions to distract the government and make the state vulnerable.
He said: “No doubt, we are not sleeping over the security situation in our state but the government cannot do it alone. We need relevant information and support from the traditional rulers and other concerned Imo citizens to achieve results.
“We are also determined to support every effort that will ensure sustainable peace and unity of the state because without that, all the laudable vision and developmental programmes of the government would not be achieved.
“So, beyond what the government is doing in the areas of infrastructure, human capital development and so on, which are visible and commendable, there is need for us to join hands together to protect and safeguard the state and lives of the people.”
“We are under obligation as patriotic citizens to support the government to provide the desired dividends of democracy for our people and we are undaunted in the resolve to get Imo back on track for the general good of the people,” Emeziem added.
Earlier in his remark, His Royal Highness, Eze Emmanuel Okeke, Chairman, Imo State Community Policing, condemned the recent attacks in the state by suspected hoodlums.
He also backed the establishment of the security outfit called EbubeAgu by the South-East governors, expressing optimism that with support of the people, they would achieve the desired results.
He said: “We, the entire Ezes in the state, have vowed to partner with efforts that would bring to book those behind the dastardly and ungodly acts in our state.”
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