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Doctors, nurses should be reporters of sexual assaults – rights campaigner

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Doctors and nurses should be reporters of sexual assaults to appropriate authorities, a rights campaigner, Mrs Bose Irosi, said on Friday.

Ironsi, also a retired midwife, said in Lagos that doctors and nurses saw rape and other sexual assaults only as medical issues requiring medical attention without seeing the human rights angle.

She spoke during a training on sexual assault trauma management.

The training was organised by a British Council Programme in Nigeria: Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) funded by the European Union.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 25 medical doctors, nurses and social workers from Island Maternity, Alimosho, Igando, Gbagada and Ikorodu general hospitals attended the training.

Counsellors of Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP) a non-governmental organisation, also participated in the training.

Irosi, who is also the President of WRAHP, said: “Rape is a calculated terror against women, people are killing women daily by raping them.

“As a retired midwife, we see rape cases in hospital like any other medical issue that needs only medical attention without giving attention to the human rights angle of the cases.

“Doctors and nurses should not only treat rape patients but should follow up on the human rights angle of the case.

She urged doctors and nurses to see themselves as parents of rape victims brought to them for treatment.

“If you can prosecute an offender against your child, you should do the same for rape victims brought to you for treatment.

“You should take such victims to sexual assault referral centres which will counsel the victims and take up the cases,” Irosi urged.

According to the retired midwife, the majority of rape cases reported at police stations lacks forensic examination evidence to prosecute alleged offenders.

She urged that doctors and nurses should help in that regard.

She commended RoLAC for the training, urging participants to take it serious.

Miss Amaka Agu, a Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) counsellor and facilitator at the training, said that sexual violence was in the increase.

She noted that sexual assault involved trauma and, therefore, should be thoroughly prosecuted.

She advised victims of sexual assaults to be willing to prosecute the cases, noting that justice in such the cases would not be for the victims alone, but for others that would have been victims.

“Counsellors are to work on the psyches of the victims.

“Counsellors shouldn’t be judgmental or biased against the victim, the victim’s name and case must be confidential.

“Counsellors must have passion for the job and should not be culturally or religiously biased.

“You must drop your personal feeling and empathise with the victim. A rape victim should reach SARC in their areas first; the counsellor will then counsel the victim on the way to go about the case, including reporting to the police,’’ she advised.

According to Agu, reports from the counsellor and medical personnel will go a long way to determine the success of prosecution of the case.

She said that a counsellor must be mindful of his or her communication with the victim by not adding to her problem.

“What you say and how you say it will matter; a counsellor must send a message that is acceptable to the victim.

“Many victims were traumatised from their homes.

“Some victims are traumatised by family members who call them printable names,” she said.

Agu advised against stigmatisation of victims of sexual assaults, urging counsellors and medical personnel to take good care of them to give them hope.

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UK orders probe into Islamophobia claims by conservative lawmaker

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered an investigation into conservative lawmaker, Nusrat Ghani claims that she was sacked as a junior minister in 2020 over concerns that she was a Muslim.

A Downing Street spokesperson announced on Monday in a brief statement to reporters that “the Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry into the allegations made by Nusrat Ghani MP.’’

In an interview published by the Sunday Times, Ghani said that she was dismissed as a junior transport minister in February 2020.

She said following her dismissal a senior Conservative lawmaker told her that her Muslim faith made colleagues “uncomfortable” and that her career would be “destroyed” if she tried to complain.

In a subsequent statement on Sunday, she said that she had directly informed Johnson about the matter but that the prime minister wrote to her that he could not get involved and suggested that she use the internal Conservative party’s complaint process.

Reacting to the launch of a probe, Ghani wrote on Twitter that she welcomed the decision and asked that all that was said in Downing Street, and by her senior Conservative colleague be included in the terms of reference of the inquiry.

“As I said to the Prime Minister last night, all I want is for this to be taken seriously and for him to investigate,’’ she added.

The Islamophobia claims came as Johnson was facing calls to resign over a string of parties that were allegedly held in Downing Street during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash

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Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.

Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.

Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.

Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.

A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”

It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.

One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage

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District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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