28 Jul 2017

Wow! Tope Alabi reveals why she almost didn't marry her husband, Soji

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Tope Alabi who is married to Soji, the couple shares their marital experiences and why their marriage has lasted this long, see interview below...  
For how long have you been married? 
We have been married for over 16 years.

How and when did you meet?
Soji: We met around 1994. Then, I was working as a studio engineer in Lagos. She came for the production of some movie sound tracks. I was the one producing the sound tracks for her. In 1998, we were working on her first album, when I proposed to her to be my wife.
Tope, what was the attraction in Soji? Did you marry him because you thought he would be of use to your business?
Tope: No. I believe it was the plan of God for us to get married. Before he proposed, I never saw Soji as a man that had the standards I desired. Then, I was a ‘big girl’ in the movie industry. I have had experiences of many things in life. So, imagine a man, who was staying in one studio and working at all times! He was too gentle for my liking and his stature was not encouraging either. But I discovered that God’s purpose for our life must come to pass. Then, I never knew that I would be a vessel in God’s hands. I never knew I had His grace in my life. I never knew God had planned that we would come together and do exploit in His kingdom. I was just going about producing sound tracks for movies and I was not into any ministry. Really, I love my husband.

What made you propose to Tope? Did you know she would one day be a celebrity in the entertainment industry?

Soji: No. I am not God, so how would I have known that she would be a celebrity someday? We never knew that everything would turn out this way. But we give the glory to God for His covenant over our lives. Before I proposed to her, anytime she came around in the studio, I felt good. She is very lively and honest. But I never knew marrying her would have been possible. Even at over 16 years of marriage, I don’t regret marrying Tope. She is my choice forever.
How have you successfully worked with your husband? Are there times you quarrel over business issues?
Tope: For us to be in the ministry for over 16 years now is by the grace of God. The administration of the ministry has been assigned to my husband and I don’t poke about at all. Mine is to prepare for programmes. Whenever he gives the signals that all is set, I am ready. If there is a need for any material— either for my own use or for the home— I make a request and he provides. God has been using him tremendously for me and the ministry. So, at no point in time did we ever quarrel over business issues. The business isn’t mine but his (Soji’s).

Is it safe to have a business relationship with one’s wife?

Soji: Yes, it is. All you need is an understanding of each other. That way, everything is on course. There is also a need to understand God’s word which proffers that two heads are better than one. When you do, running a business with your spouse becomes very easy.
How do you separate business from marriage?
Soji: We have a management that is in charge of our businesses. Our concern is the home front. My wife and the children are important. At home, it is love and how to take good care of them. When we get to the office, we discuss business.
Do you get intimidated by her fame?
Soji: No, if Tope Alabi is famous, she carries my name along with her; why should I be intimidated?
Do you get angry at some of her fans who would go to the extreme sometimes?
Soji:Concerning her fans, I know who I am married to and I trust her to any length. She is a woman of integrity, a woman that fears God with a deep knowledge of Him.

Tope, Are there times you regret marrying him? Do you experience jealousy from him when you are with your fans?

Tope: No, my Choice is a complete man that knows what he is doing. I call him Choice because he was chosen for me from heaven and he moves above any circumstances he faces. So many times, he leaves me alone with my fans— they take pictures with me and I sign autographs. He would not mind and anytime they finish with their snapshot, he takes his property (me) along with him to his house. I respect him for his understanding nature.

Do you quarrel? How do you settle and who apologises first?

Tope: Yes we do, we talk it out and I will apologise. After a hug, we settle whatever caused it. The husband is the head of his wife. I must confess that God has been so faithful in our marriage and I give all the glory to Him alone.

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Omg! Man Kills Wife, Her Lover As Children Watched

Police in Lusaka have arrested a 33 year old man identified as Peter Siwale, a clearing agent of Lusaka’s Mean Wood Phase 2 for allegedly shooting dead his wife identified Charity Namuko aged 30 together with another man identified as Andrew Chibesa aged 27, whom he suspected to have been having an affair with his wife.

This happened on Thursday, 27th July 2017 between 18:00 and 19:00 Hours in Mean wood.

According to Police, brief facts of the matter are that the suspect trailed the victims who are both teachers at a named school in Kaunda Square to some place in Mean wood using a friend’s motor vehicle where he saw them in a romantic state.

“He then picked the two whom he took to his home where he is alleged to have shot both of them dead in the presence of his children. His wife sustained a wound on the right shoulder and right side of the chest while the other victim sustained a wound on the left side of the chest, Police in Lusaka have arrested a 33 year old man identified as Peter Siwale, a clearing agent of Lusaka’s Mean Wood Phase 2 for allegedly shooting dead his wife identified Charity Namuko aged 30 together with another man identified as Andrew Chibesa aged 27, whom he suspected to have been having an affair with his wife.

This happened on Thursday, 27th July 2017 between 18:00 and 19:00 Hours in Mean wood.

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo said brief facts of the matter are that the suspect trailed the victims who are both teachers at a named school in Kaunda Square to some place in Mean wood using a friend’s motor vehicle where he saw them in a romantic state.

“He then picked the two whom he took to his home where he is alleged to have shot both of them dead in the presence of his children. His wife sustained a wound on the right shoulder and right side of the chest while the other victim sustained a wound on the left side of the chest.”

The suspect later went to the neighbour with the children and requested that he be taken to the police.

A shotgun has since been recovered from the scene with three empty cartridges.

The suspect is detained in Police custody while the bodies of the deceased taken to mortuary.

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Update! Six Abducted Pupils Regains Freedom In Lagos

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After 64 days in captivity, the six abducted pupils of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe have regained their freedom.

Although details of their release have not been made public, the kids were released in Ajakpa Community in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

A senior police officer said the children had been moved to the Ondo State Police Command headquarters in Akure where they are at the moment.

Indian Court Rejects Abortion For 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

India's Supreme Court has refused to allow an abortion for a 10-year-old girl, allegedly raped by her uncle, on the grounds that she is too far into her pregnancy.

A doctors' panel told the court that, at 32 weeks, termination of the pregnancy would be "too risky".

Her pregnancy was discovered two weeks ago when she complained of stomach ache and her parents took her to hospital. A lower court had earlier turned down her plea on similar grounds.

Without disclosing the details of the medical report, the judges today ruled that termination was "not good for the girl". They have asked the government-run Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research hospital in the northern city of Chandigarh to ensure that proper medical care is provided to her.

The top court has also suggested that the Indian government set up a permanent medical board in each state to take prompt decisions in such cases.

The girl belongs to an extremely poor family, her father is a government employee and mother works as a domestic helper. The girl alleges she was raped several times in the past seven months by her uncle, who has been arrested.

Her pregnancy was only recently discovered because she herself was unaware of her condition.

Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors confirm the mother's life is in danger.

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Check out Actress, Mercy Aigbe with her natural hair

 The actress shared this photo of herself without a wig...

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David Beckham Signs Autograph On Girl's Bottom

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His love of partying is said to be driving a wedge between one of the world's best-loved power couples. And David Beckham was unleashing his daring side again on Sunday, when he was pictured signing a girl's bottom in Kernville, California.

Enjoying a spot of  'guy time' away from wife Victoria, the 42-year-old hunk had pulled over at a hardware store during his motorcycle road trip with a mate, when he was faced with the cheeky request.

Google CE Arrives In Lagos, Nigeria

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Indian-American Sundar Pichai today attended the ‘Google For Nigeria’ event where he spoke and educated many about the internet.

Earlier before then, he had announced his arrival when he tweeted a photograph showing people in Lagos and wrote; ‘Hello from Lagos.’ #GoogleforNigeria.


Making the internet work better for everyone in Africa

By 2034 Africa is expected to have the world’s largest working-age population of 1.1 billion—yet only 3 to 4 million jobs are created annually. That means there’s an urgent need to create opportunities for the millions of people on the continent who are creative, smart and driven to succeed. The internet, and technology as a whole, offer great opportunities for creating jobs, growing businesses and boosting economies. But people need the right skills, tools and products to navigate the digital world and to make it work for them, their businesses and their communities.

Caption: Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, at Google for Nigeria event in Lagos

Today, at our Google for Nigeria event in Lagos, we announced progress we’ve made in our products and features for users in Nigeria, including YouTube, Search and Maps. We also announced initiatives focused on digital skills training, education and economic opportunity, and support for African startups and developers.

Digital Skills for Africa
Last year we set out to help bridge the digital skills gap in Africa when we pledged to train one million young people in the region—and we’ve exceeded this target. Through either in-person or online trainings, we help people learn to build a web presence, use Search to find jobs, get tips to enhance their CV, use social media, and so on. Now we’re expanding this program, and committing to prepare another 10 million people for jobs of the future in the next five years. We’ll also be providing mobile developer training to 100,000 Africans to develop world-class apps, with an initial focus on Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Google.org grants
Our charitable arm, Google.org, is committing $20 million over the next five years to nonprofits that are working to improve lives across Africa. We’re giving $2.5 million in initial grants to the nonprofit arms of African startups Gidi Mobile and Siyavula to provide free access to learning for 400,000 low-income students in South Africa and Nigeria. The grantees will also develop new digital learning materials that will be free for anyone to use.

We also want to invite nonprofits from across the continent to share their ideas for how they could impact their community and beyond. So we’re launching a Google.org Impact Challenge in Africa in 2018 to award $5 million in grants. Any eligible nonprofit in Africa can apply, and anyone will be able to help select the best ideas by voting online.

Launchpad Accelerator Africa
We want to do more to support African entrepreneurs in building successful technology companies and products. Based on our global Launchpad Accelerator program, this initiative will provide more than $3 million in equity-free funding, mentorship, working space and access to expert advisers to more than 60 African startups over three years. Intensive three-month programs, held twice per year, will run out of a new Google Launchpad Space in Lagos—the program’s first location outside of the United States.

Making our products work better in Africa
For people to take advantage of digital opportunities, acquiring the right skills and tools is only part of the equation. Online products and services—including ours—also need to work better in Africa. Today, we’re sharing news about how we’re making YouTube, Search and Maps more useful and relevant for Nigerian users.

YouTube Go
Designed from the ground up, YouTube Go lets you discover, save and share videos you love in a way that’s transparent about the size of downloads. Designed to be “offline” first, the app improves the experience of watching videos on a slower network and gives control over the amount of data used streaming or saving videos. It’s a full YouTube experience, with fresh and relevant video recommendations tailored to your preferences and the ability to share videos quickly and easily with friends nearby.  In June, Nigeria became the second country where we started actively testing YouTube Go. Later this year, we’ll be expanding this to a beta launch of the app, available to all Nigerian users.

Lagos now on Street View in Google Maps
In the last few months, we’ve improved our address search experience in Lagos, by adding thousands of new addresses and streets, outlines of more than a million buildings in commercial and residential areas, and more than 100,000 additional Nigerian small businesses on Google Maps. Today we’re launching Lagos on Street View, with 10,000 kilometers of imagery, including the most important historic roads in the city. You can virtually drive along the Carter Bridge to the National Stadium or across the Eko Bridge, down to the Marina—all on your smartphone.

Faster web results
When you’re on a 2G-like connection or using a low storage device, pages can take a long time to load. We previously launched a feature that streamlines search results so they load with less data and at high speed.  Today we’re extending that feature to streamline websites you reach from search results, so that they load with 90 percent less data and five times faster, even on low storage devices.

More local information in Search
We’ve also made several updates to Search to bring more useful, relevant answers and information to people in Nigeria:
●Knowledge Panels: We’re connecting people with easy access to the answers to things they care about, displaying knowledge cards for everything from local football teams to Nigerian musicians and actors.

●Health Cards: Later this year we’ll launch more than 800 knowledge cards detailing common symptoms and treatments for the most prevalent health conditions in Nigeria. We’ve partnered with the University of Ibadan to ensure that answers have been reviewed by Nigerian doctors for local relevance and accuracy. Nigeria is one of the first countries where we’re providing locally tailored health answers on Search.

●Posts on Google: Posts makes it possible for musicians, entertainers and other public figures to share updates, images and videos directly on Google, for people to see while they explore on the web. Nigeria is the third country where we’ve made this feature available and some of the country’s popular musicians are already using it.

The things we’re announcing today are what drive us—building platforms and products that are relevant and useful for billions, not just the few, and helping people to succeed in the digital economy. That’s why we hope to equip more people, in Africa and elsewhere, with digital skills and tools. We’re excited to be part of Africa’s evolving digital story.

France Plans Asylum 'Hotspots' In Libya

France says it plans to set up "hotspots" in Libya to process asylum seekers, in a bid to stem the flow of migrants to Europe.

President Emmanuel Macron said the move would stop people not eligible for asylum from "taking crazy risks". The centres would be ready "this summer".

He said that between 800,000 and a million people were currently in camps in Libya hoping to get into Europe.

But many of them did not have a right to asylum, Mr Macron said.

The French leader said that migrants were destabilising Libya and Europe by fuelling people-smuggling, which in turn funded terrorism.

"The idea is to create hotspots to avoid people taking crazy risks when they are not all eligible for asylum. We'll go to them," he said on Thursday at a naturalisation ceremony in the central city of Orléans.

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Businessman Arrested In Lagos For Trafficking Ghanaians

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An Imo State-based businessman has been arrested for allegedly belonging to a syndicate that traffics girls to Saudi Arabia.

The suspect, Bernard James, reportedly worked with accomplices in Ghana, who sent girls to him for trafficking to Saudi Arabia, where they would work as housemaids.

Punch Metro learnt that one Theresa, who lives in Accra, had procured Ghanaian passports and Saudi Arabia visas for four girls, but was unable to facilitate their travelling through Accra airport due to some immigration laws.

Names of two of the girls were given as Salamatu Al-Hassan, 22, and 18-year-old Memunat Isiaka.

She was said to have contacted James to get the victims cleared at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

It was gathered that James assured her that the girls would scale through screening processes at the MMIA, and requested $800 to bribe immigration officials that would ensure their clearance.

Punch correspondent learnt that the girls were brought to Lagos by road and James picked two of them around 1am on Saturday at a hotel in Ikotun, and took them to an inn on the Lagos Island.

The third victim was reportedly brought to the Lagos Island hotel by a cab driver.

It was learnt that he wanted to pick the fourth girl, Isiaka, at a cross-border bus terminus in Yaba the same day, when operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, acting on intelligence, arrested him.

The native of Okwe in Imo State, who was paraded at the NSCDC office in Ikeja on Thursday, told Punch Metro that he met Theresa in 2008 in China.

He said he agreed to receive the girls after a friend, Abbey, who he met at the MMIA in one of his trips to China, told him that their clearance was guaranteed.

James said, “I used to travel to China to buy clothing materials. I met Theresa there in 2008 when she came to buy goods and we exchanged contacts. We have been chatting with each other since then. Two weeks ago, she told me she had four girls that wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia and that I should help them to get cleared at the MMIA

“She said there was a new rule in Ghana that made it difficult for the girls to travel through the airport in Accra. I called Abbey, an unofficial immigration agent, and he said he knew immigration officers who could clear the girls for N50,000 each.

“I asked Therasa to pay $200 for each girl and she agreed. Last Friday, she called me that the girls were on their way to Lagos and I left Imo to receive them. She said I should collect their travel documents from one Obama, an assistant driver.

“By Saturday, three of the girls were already with me at the hotel. I went with Salamatu (Al-Hassan) to pick Memunat at the Yaba bus terminus. Obama didn’t show up.”

Punch correspondent learnt that a passport bearing Isiaka’s identity was recovered at the terminus, but the two other girls had run away when James led the operatives to the hotel.

Al-Hassan, a mother of one, in her statement made through an interpreter, said she was an apprentice tailor, adding that her father introduced her to Theresa.

She said, “I am from Sakori, Ghana. My father told me about a housemaid job in Saudi and he took me to Theresa through his friend. I didn’t pay any money, but I don’t know whether my father collected money from the woman.”

But 18-year-old Isiaka, who worked in a restaurant in Kumasi, said she paid money to a man that introduced her and her father to Theresa.

The Lagos State Commandant of the NSCDC, Tajudeen Balogun, said the suspect and the victims would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters.

He said, “Some people called us that some persons were involved in human trafficking and we quickly swung into action. We were able to arrest the man, who happens to be a member of a syndicate, and two other victims.”


See Oyinbo husband pounding yam for his Nigerian wife (photo)

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Wow...this is a beautiful photo. We like when a man embraces our culture, kudos!

Nigerian man caught with unwarranted passport in India

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An unnamed Nigerian man was arrested for possessing an unwarranted passport from Salbari, Pradhan Nagar, a sub division of Baksa district in Asam state of India,  on Tuesday evening, July 25.

The man had been staying in Salbari since the last few days. He had a dispute with his neighbours over different reasons, which the neighbours informed the police about the man.
The man was arrested by the police after he failed to produce a valid passport. An investigation has been directed against the man.

Nigerian Asylum Seekers set to be deported back to Nigeria from Iceland

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 After nearly two years of waiting in Iceland, the asylum application of Nigerian asylum seeker, Sunday Iserian and his family was rejected by the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.
"I m a dead man if I go back to Nigeria, but this isn't about me, it's about my daughter. I want her to have a chance of a better life," he said in an interview with Iceland Monitor.
32-year-old Iserian lives in Iceland with his wife, Joy Lucky and their eight year old daughter Mary. They have been subjected to violence, poverty and threats, and Joy Lucky was a victim of sexual slavery while pregnant with Mary.
The news of the the rejection of their application has met with some furor in Iceland and a petition is now online for them to be able to stay in the country.

Speaking to mbl.is, Joy describes being approached by a vicar at her local church back in Nigeria who promised to get her a job as a nanny in Europe.  Once she accepted the offer, which she had good faith in, she was taken to a building where her hair, and her pubic hair, was cut off and her body washed according to black magic rituals to scare her into compliance. She was transported to Libya where she met Sunday and fell in love. Once they fled across the Mediterranean to Italy the couple lost track of each other and Joy discovered that she was pregnant.  She only found Sunday again three years later.

Upon arrival in Italy, Joy was transported to a building in Naples where she was told that she was not going to work as a nanny, but as a prostitute. She was told she owed 50 thousand Euros for her transport to Italy and had to repay that debt by selling her body on the streets of Naples.

When the men who held her captive realised that she was pregnant they tried to force her to have an abortion. She refused, and was stabbed through her hand with a knife. (She shows the knife wound to the journalist of mbl.is)
"After that I decided to try to escape," says Joy.

After four months of being forced to work as a prostitute she fled and received help from an Italian charity aiding victims of human trafficking. She was urged to report to the police and was helped to a local hospital where she gave birth to Mary.
"After I fled I started to receive threats. I was told if I didn't repay my debt they would kill me and my family."  Joy says that these people attacked her mother and sister. Her mother died in the attack and her sister lost her eyesight.

Sunday, on the other hand fled to Italy for other reasons. He says that he was a victim of political persecution and was afraid for his life. He worked as a driver for the leader of the PDP democratic party, who was murdered when Sunday was driving.
"They shot him to death and then burned the car. I escaped to a nearby farm and then hid with my uncle."

Following this incident the Nigerian government put out a warrant for Sunday's arrest as he was suspected of killing the man. Sunday shows the journalist a story from the Sunday Observer where he's wanted by police following the murder. After spending a few days at his uncle's house, members of the Boko Haram attacked the home and killed his uncle and his uncle's son. Sunday fled to a nearby church where he received money to get him away from Nigeria to Libya and onwards to Italy.

Sunday and Joy met up again in Italy in 2011. They lived in great poverty, sleeping at trains stations and having to beg for food.
"I wanted a better life so I managed to get online and found good countries to live in via Google," says Sunday who spent the next couple of years saving up enough money to move to Iceland. Once in Iceland, they applied for asylum and received housing. Mary got into a school and Sunday got a job. In an interview with mbl.is, his employer, who runs a construction company in Hafnarfjörður, says that Sunday has given 110 % to his job, has never been late and never missed a day off work.

"I didn't just want to sit at home and do nothing," Sunday explains. "I was told of new laws where asylum seekers can seek work and so I just applied for a job."  Sunday takes the bus to work every day from Reykjanes to Hafnarfjörður.
Joy points out that Sunday has paid taxes in Iceland since he started work and thinks it's unfair that they are now being deported.
"I don't want to live on the system here," says Sunday. I want to work and pay back to society here. I want to continue doing that, I want to be a part of this society. If the authorities don't want us to live in an apartment for asylum seekers I will work even more and pay rent. Until now all our money goes to our lawyer and for living expenses. Their daughter Mary already speaks Icelandic. "Our daughter deserves to be in school here and to have a good life."

The couple applied for asylum for humanitarian reasons. However, the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration reached a verdict in April that the couple should be sent back to Italy due to the Dublin regulation. The verdict was taken up by the Immigration and Asylum appeals board in Iceland who said that the family couldn't be sent back to Italy as their position was too delicate but a second verdict by the Icelandic directorate of immigration ruled that they should be sent back to Nigeria instead. The appeals board came to the same conclusion.

Sunday and Joy say that they haven't been able to sleep or eat for weeks for fear of being deported. Joy says she still receives death threats and shows the journalist numerous text messages and video messages which she has received, the last being sent only a few days ago. One of the videos shows a man saying to Joy that he will kill her, like he killed her mother. She says that the men found her on Facebook and found out that she was returning to Nigeria. She adds that she fears that Mary will be circumcised upon going back to Nigeria.
 "I don't like that and I don't want my daughter to have to go through that."

Joy complains of health trouble after suffering a lot of  physical and mental violence in her months as a prostitute. She has however received no assistance for this in Iceland, although the ruling of the Icelandic Directorate of immigration says that she was undoubtedly the victim of human trafficking. She has attended Icelandic courses in Iceland and goes to church regularly.

"Why did they let us stay here for almost two years, with my daughter at school and my husband working, when they're just going to kick us out? It's not right."  Sunday speaks to her softly in Nigerian and then says to the journalist, "We are very grateful for the help we've received. We're just frightened. If they are going to deport me, all I ask is that my daughter can stay in Iceland and have a good life. It's the only thing I ask for."

Friends of the family in Iceland have launched a petition to let the family stay, pointing out the 74th clause in the Icelandic immigration laws on a resident permit for humanitarian reasons.
"Iceland is a country which stands up for women's rights and the protection of children. We can't stand by and let this happen. We plead for the Minister of Justice to intervene and to reconsider this decision."
The decision reached by the appeals board, however, says that they think Sunday's story is lacking in credibility and that nothing points to him being persecuted by the Nigerian government. The appeals board believes that Joy was a victim of human trafficking but seeing as it's been almost a decade since she was forced into prostitution, she's unlikely to be receiving threats from the people responsible.

The couple are now awaiting a meeting with the Icelandic ombudsman for children who, last year, sent out a declaration where the Icelandic government was urged to take better care in the treatment of cases of children applying for international protection in Iceland. The Ombudman's office feels that there are too many cases of the rights of children applying for children are ignored.

Source: Iceland Monitor

Photo of Nigerian man wanted for rape and aggravated sexual assault in Norway

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This Nigerian man, Eguye Thompson Ochuko has been declared wanted in Norway.
33-year-old Ochuko from Warri, Delta State is sought for rape and aggravated sexual assault.


 Photo credit: INTERPOL