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Stephanie Okereke-Linus Speaks On The Rape Allegations Against Her Brother

Stephanie Okereke-Linus’ brother, Daniel, is currently in police custody over rape allegations made against him by a UNILAG student named Arinola. The actress released the following statement to popular blogger, Stella Dimoko Korkus. Read below:

‘I am distraught and devastated to hear of the recent allegation of rape brought against a relative of mine, Daniel Okereke (my brother).

‘While it is a very difficult time for me, and my family; I feel the need to make clear my position, lest there be any doubt. Rape is rape, regardless of who the face of the accused is.

‘Indeed, the irony is not lost on me. I have spent my lifelong career advocating and living my conviction that women around the world should be able to live free of violence, sexual harassment or any form of abuse against their persons. This conviction led me to be involved in numerous initiatives combating violence against women in several countries including the U.S, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

‘The conviction also led me to place much of my energy on my work with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), a passion that dates back to my time at the University of Calabar.

‘As a student, I heard a story about young girls who had been forced into early marriage and were suffering the negative and embarrassing effects of VVF. The story stayed in my consciousness and drove me, for years, to seek ways to raise awareness on the condition; leading to my work with a team of dedicated doctors to carry out repair surgeries for VVF victims across the country; and my self-produced, soon to be released movie, ‘DRY.’

‘So, again, it is indeed heart breaking for me to receive and deal with news alleging a family member of mine is an alleged perpetrator of sexual violence against a woman. I am devastated.

‘This case is now in Nigeria’s criminal justice system as the accused awaits arraignment. I have also encouraged and assured the alleged victim of my stance against rape and applaud her for her bravery to upset the culture of silence, in Nigeria; even as I accord deference and patiently wait for the criminal justice system to determine the guilt or innocence of my brother.

‘For Nigerian press and blogs; I call on you to please report this case in an ethical manner. I am a married woman living my life. The alleged transgression of my relative does not make it mine. The focus should be the impact of rape on the alleged victim, and resources for other alleged victims, not me.

‘Some members of the press and blogs have turned me into the accused; using my name for sensational headlines and putting my images, exclusively, in their stories. This is a form of Victimization of me as a woman; it is unethical and extremely hurtful. I am not the alleged accused.

‘I therefore please ask all Bloggers and the media who have placed my pictures and name to this story to refrain from further using me to sensationalise this story.

‘I thank my fans and all well-wishers for your continued support and ask for your continued prayers.

‘God bless.

‘Stephanie Linus.’

Below is the picture of Daniel, the alleged rapist.Okereke1


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9 comments

  1. Well said Stephanie Linus..

    All this victimisation against women have to stop.

    Ndooo, looking forward to your movie, ‘DRY’

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  2. i’m proud of this woman. its a pity her brother turned out to be a fool. I hope the victim gets justice. see how he looks sef……animal

    • LMAO@ Animal! Chai! That was brutal Storm! I like it very much! *smh*

      • shakespeareanwalter

        Lol. Storm is very passionate about feminist issues. 🙂 Something I admire about her. Methinks if she were to have a brother who did like Stephanie’s brother, she’d have hacked his penis off before handing him over to the justice system. lol

  3. Oh My Sweet Stephanie! Its such a shame that her brother would be the one to go do this, everything she stands against and that’s if he’s indeed culpable! What a damper! I just hope peeps do not slander and make a mess of her reputation and ensure also that a clear distinction is made of the suspect and the innocent!

    • shakespeareanwalter

      It’s one of those shits life throws at you. You represent something upright, and suddenly someone related to you falls under the burden of something that negates everything you stand for.

      • Exactly Walter, Yemie and Storm…terrible stuff we see in this life…

        If he has confessed to the crime then he should serve the time in jail.

        If he hasn’t confessed then it’s tough proving these things… see Bill Cosby after 30 years…horrible mess of his retirement age…

        Anyway the press or whoever should just leave Stephanie out of it…

        • Oh Fey! If this whole Bill Cosby thingy wasn’t so darn right upsetting, I’d think it extremely ludicrous and funny! I mean, dude was an epitome of virtues and ‘rightness’! Worse still, he’s not saying jack ’bout all these allegations, neither rebuffing, confirming nor denying ’em! Its a real downer and you really can’t know a person through and through! If its true, I’d pass out! The perfect predator, with a well rehearsed facade, which the public’s bought into! Now that is evil, grisly, scary! Jeez!

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