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In Newly Liberated Villages, Ukrainian Investigators Uncover Horrific Claims Of Russian Sexual Violence

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> WATCH NOW ON CNN | READ MORE ON CNN < In Ukrainian towns once occupied by Russian forces, the damage and devastation left behind by war is unmistakable. In these newly liberated villages, investigators are now looking for evidence of a hidden crime: sexual assault by Russian troops. CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward joins a specialist Ukrainian unit dedicated to looking for evidence of war crimes – specifically rape and other acts of sexual violence – at the hands of Russian soldiers. Day after day, in town after town, a police officer and prosecutor go door to door in Ukraine’s Kherson region. Treading muddy streets, past homes damaged by artillery strikes, they look for those left behind. The two men form a specialist unit that’s traveled from the capital, Kyiv. Until early October, this area of the country was occupied by Russian troops. Burnt-out cars litter the fields. The letter ‘Z’ – a symbol used by Russian forces – marks the walls. The scars of war run deep here. Russia has used sexual violence as a “weapon of war” – a deliberate “military strategy” – in its conquest of Ukraine, United Nations investigators have said. They have even relayed allegations of Russian soldiers carrying Viagra. In two weeks of work in the Kherson region, the team from Kyiv has documented six allegations of sexual assault. The real number is almost certainly much higher, they say. Tatiana, age 56, says she is one of the victims. CNN is withholding her last name and that of her village to protect her identity. Walking over broken glass, she shows Ward into her brother’s house, where she says two Russian soldiers forced their way through her door on August 26. “They walked around those rooms,” she says. “One stayed there, and the other one, who raped me, came in here. He came in, walked a little bit around the room and here in this place, he started groping me.” Russian authorities have denied accusations of war crimes in Ukraine.

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In Ukrainian towns once occupied by Russian forces, the damage and devastation left behind by war are unmistakable.

In these newly liberated villages, investigators are now looking for evidence of a hidden crime: sexual assault by Russian troops.

CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward joins a specialist Ukrainian unit dedicated to looking for evidence of war crimes – specifically rape and other acts of sexual violence – at the hands of Russian soldiers.

Day after day, in town after town, a police officer and prosecutor go door to door in Ukraine’s Kherson region.

Treading muddy streets, past homes damaged by artillery strikes, they look for those left behind. The two men form a specialist unit that’s traveled from the capital, Kyiv.

Until early October, this area of the country was occupied by Russian troops. Burnt-out cars litter the fields. The letter ‘Z’ – a symbol used by Russian forces – marks the walls.

The scars of war run deep here. Russia has used sexual violence as a “weapon of war” – a deliberate “military strategy” – in its conquest of Ukraine, United Nations investigators have said. They have even relayed allegations of Russian soldiers carrying Viagra.

In two weeks of work in the Kherson region, the team from Kyiv has documented six allegations of sexual assault. The real number is almost certainly much higher, they say.

Tatiana, age 56, says she is one of the victims. CNN is withholding her last name and that of her village to protect her identity.

Walking over broken glass, she shows Ward into her brother’s house, where she says two Russian soldiers forced their way through her door on August 26.

“They walked around those rooms,” she says. “One stayed there, and the other one, who raped me, came in here. He came in, walked a little bit around the room, and here in this place, he started groping me.”

Russian authorities have denied accusations of war crimes in Ukraine.

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RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community

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RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community

By Moninuola Sulaiman

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Truth and Life Area of Lagos Province 98 have helped over 60 worshipers and community members in Ikorodu to achieve self-reliance.

The training was for people intending to pivot into a career in the production of body and hair creams and others or those willing to upgrade their skills.

According to Pastor Nelson Olagundoye, the empowerment scheme is part of the program organized by the Area in Lagos Province 98 to commemorate with Area 24 Women conference for spreading the love of Christ and adding value to the quality of living of Nigerians (Christians or non-Christians).

He also added that the efforts are geared towards ensuring that members are empowered for multiple streams of income for different categories of members to ensure that nobody is left behind. We are laying a strong foundation for tomorrow; we want every member especially women under Area 24 Zone 3 Lagos Province 98 to have a solid foundation in Christ Jesus,” he said.

RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community
Right-Left: Pastor (Mrs) Helen Adeniyi, Wife of the Pastor in charge of Lagos Province 98; Pastor Nelson Olagundoye, Pastor in Charge of Area 24 and his wife, Pastor (Mrs) Busayo Olagundoye during the maiden edition of Area 24 LP98 women conference and skill acquisition program held recently.

Speaking at the grand finale of the conference held on Sunday, November 27, 2022, the Wife of the Pastor in Charge of Lagos Province 98, Pastor (Mrs) Helen Adeniyi commended the effort and impact made so far by Pastor Olagundoye and his wife during their short period as pastor-in-charge of the Area. He prayed for enlargement and financial breakthroughs of members of the area as well as Zone and Lagos Province 98.

Pastor (Mrs) Adeniyi in her sermon titled ‘The ever-increasing Christian Woman’ reading from the book of Luke 2:52 and Psalm 115: 14-15, told over 260 congregations in attendance the full meaning of the theme, which is in a combination of ever, increasing, and Christian. She stated that ‘ever’ simply means always, frequently, and forever while ‘increasing’ is greater and Christian is living in life according to the word of God. She continued by encouraging members to imbibe the word of God and seek the face of God in wisdom which is the principal thing. She further encouraged women to be always submissive to their husbands. She also said that in other to receive favour from everyone, we need to know how to relate with people because it is the people, God will use to favour us. She also referred the congregation to the book of Amos 3:3 which stated that ‘can two work together except they are agreed, therefore, we need the help of Almighty God before we can get into the next level of glory, she said.

RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community
RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community

At the event, the church also celebrated and presented a befitting gift to the pioneer Pastor-in-charge of Truth and Life Parish, Pastor and Pastor (Mrs) Adedayo Adewole for their giant stride in the parish in the last six years. Deacon Adebukola Oshiga after his brief remarks on the history of the parish to the congregation then presented the gift to them on behalf of the church.

The wife of the Pastor-in-charge of the Area and the Convener of the event, Pastor (Mrs) Busayo Olagundoye in her opening remarks, gave glory to Almighty God and everyone who had played one role or the other in making the event a reality. She thanked the wife of the Pastor in charge of Lagos Province 98, Pastor (Mrs) Helen Adeniyi for accepting our invitation as a Special Guest Speaker at the maiden edition of the women’s conference of Area 24.

She also specially appreciated Pastor (Mrs) Toyin Afe, Wife of the Pastor-in-charge of Zone 3, and other Pastors’ wives for creating time to grace the occasion. The program ended with high praise and thanksgiving.

The event had in attendance various dignitaries from the Provinces, Zones, Areas, Parishes, Communities, and other well-wishers. The church of Jesus Christ is marching on. All glory to God.

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Ijebu Heritage Group Honours 9 Eminent Nigerians At Annual Award Night 

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Ijebu Heritage Group Honours 9 Eminent Nigerians At Annual Award Night 

By Moninuola Sulaiman

The Ijebu Heritage group held its annual award dinner at The Metropolitan Club Lagos to showcase its contributions to society and recognize 9 of its distinguished members for their outstanding personal achievements. 

The Chairman of Ijebu Heritage Group Otunba Olalekan Belo was ably supported by eminent dignitaries and members who graced the occasion. 

Dr. Biodun Shobanjo of Troyka Holdings who chaired the ceremony in his comments further emphasized the tremendous contributions of Ijebu Heritage Group over the years as its members continue to provide inspirational leadership in all fields of endeavour. 

The distinguished personalities celebrated at the event include Dr. Segun Ogunsanya (Appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director Airtel Africa), Prof Otunba Toyin Ashiru (Appointment as Pro-Chancellor Olabisi Onabanjo University and National Honours of OON), Otunba Bimbo Ashiru (Appointment as Chairman Odua Group of Companies), Otunba Seyi Oduntan (Appointment as Chairman Wemabod and National Honours OON), Mr. Tokunboh Talabi. (Appointment as Secretary to Ogun State Government), Mr. Dapo Okubadejo (Appointment as Commissioner For Finance & Chief Economic Adviser for Ogun State), Otunba Bimbo Ogunbanjo (National Honours OFR), Bababode Osunkoya (Appointment as Chairman Access Holding) Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora (Appointment as Hon. Minister of Science & Technology Federal Republic of Nigeria). 

Congratulations to all the Awardees and Ijebu Heritage Group. Heritage…Olu Iwa!!! 

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Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women, Girls During 16Days Of Activism Campaigns

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Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women And Girls During The 16days Of Activism Campaigns

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Top artists, rising female artists, movement leaders, and influencers join forces with Industry
Nite to fight against gender inequality, and create opportunities for marginalized talents.

On the eve of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, 24th November 2022, Change.org and Industry Nite, founded by Matthew Ohio, will kickstart the 16 days of Activism Campaign to sensitize Nigerians about the issues impacting women and girls in
Nigeria and across the globe.

The two organizations are joined by the United Nations, African Development Bank, and other
impactful organizations including Invictus Africa, founded by Bukola Shonibare, Nordic Hotels, Eyowo, Sanaa Afrika, with support from influencers and creatives such as Blaqbonez, Dija, Alhanislam and goodwill messages from renowned American poets and songwriters like J Ivy, Aja Monet, and Defi.

The expression of power is the fundamental driver of violence against women and girls – this is why advocacy for gender equality is critical if we must exponentially eradicate sexual and
gender-based violence worldwide. Gender equality and gender-based violence emerged as the
largest topics of discussion and decision-maker engagement with over 9 victories in Nigeria via Change.org.

There are several petitions on the platform with a combined supporter base of 500K+ people
that address the issue of child marriage in Nigeria, and sexual harassment accounts for about
25% of all petitions started on our platform,” said Wale Ajiboye, Change.org Nigeria’s Country
Director. Hence, the need for us to take action now.

According to UNWomen, The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual
campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
against Women, and runs through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December. Led
by civil society, the campaign is supported by the United Nations through the Secretary
General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women initiative. This year, the UN marks 16 Days under the theme “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

“We are thrilled to be working together on the 16 Days of Activism initiative,” says Matthew
Ohio, Founder of Industry Nite. “Industry Nite has helped many upcoming and successful female artists, including Tiwa Savage and Ayra Starr, over the last 13 years. This month’s show features incredible female talents in music, dance, and spoken word – these creatives will speak on behalf of our women and girls – with the aim of raising awareness”

Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women And Girls During The 16days Of Activism Campaigns

Know More About Change.org: Change.org is the world’s largest and fastest-growing platform for social change, where its users can start, sign and share petitions on issues that matter to them. More than 450 million
people use Change.org in around 196 countries. Launched in Nigeria in August 2021,
Change.org currently has about 3 million users in the country and has successfully piloted its
movement accelerator, She Creates Change and We Create Change, which is an incubator for
civil society leaders who collectively use their voices for change.

Change.org is the world’s largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create
the change they want to see. Visit www.change.org.

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