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Bandits sack eight villages, kill 70 in Niger

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At least, Bandits have killed 70 people in Shiroro Local Area of Niger State, sacked eight villages and displaced over 1,000 people.
The number of people killed rose from 15 after the first attack, which occurred earlier last week.
It was learnt that several injured persons were rushed to various hospitals in Kuta, Erena and Zumba towns, while displaced people are now seeking refuge in different Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.
A report made available to journalists yesterday by Senator David Umaru, representing Niger East Senatorial District, indicated that within the last six days, 19 people have died in Kwaki village, 14 in Barden Dawaki village and eight in Ajatawyi village.
Other casualties include seven dead in Gwassa, five in Ajayin Bataro, four others in Bwailo, three in Baton village and two in Giji village.
Findings have it that over 800 cattle were rustled during the period.
Umaru appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the rescue of Niger-East constituency.
He said: “I’m pleading with President Muhammadu Buhari to order the relocation of security chiefs to the area to immediately curtail the carnage.
“I’m in pains and sorrow over the killing of my people by bandits who have occupied most of our communities in the past few days. It is horrible that over 69 people have been killed and over 1,000 displaced and yet there is no respite for the good people of my constituency.
“The situation is beyond the capacity of police. I therefore appeal to President Buhari to order the military into the area to stop the bandits. I’m also calling on the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 1 Division, Nigeria Army, Kaduna, to deploy more personnel to save the villagers from the onslaught of the bandits.”
Umaru stressed the need for government to give priority to the provision of adequate logistics in assisting security agencies in the area.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muhammad Abubakar, told our correspondent on phone that, “for now, our record shows only 12 deaths so far.”
He added: “The state command has drafted its men in collaboration with other security agencies to the trouble areas, to ensure the security of lives and property of the people.”

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SHI’ITES’ BLOODY PROTEST: DCP, 11 civilians killed as Shi’ites’ protest turns bloody

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SHI’ITES’ BLOODY PROTEST: DCP, 11 civilians killed as Shi’ites’ protest turns bloody
  • Channels reporter hit by stray bullet, dies
  • Two NEMA emergency response vehicles burnt 

 

Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, DCP Usman Umar, was among those killed yesterday in Abuja during a violent protest by Shi’ites.

A journalist with the Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, who was shot during the protest was later confirmed dead at the hospital.

Eleven members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise called Shi’ites were reportedly killed while 30 others were wounded in the bloody encounter.

The Shi’ites were protesting the continued incarceration of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Umar was shot while trying to prevent the protesters from their mass action of destruction of property within the vicinity of the protest.

The DCP was immediately rushed to the hospital, but died moments later while receiving treatment.

Also, two Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment.

The fracas, which lasted for about two hours, witnessed sporadic shootings, forcing motorists to make quick detours and passers-by to scamper for safety. The incident paralysed business activities within the Federal Secretariat Complex as well as across the Three Arms Zone of the capital city.

In the ensuing melee, some vehicles stationed at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) emergency outpost overlooking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, were set ablaze. There were also reports of sporadic gunshots around the Bolingo Hotel and Area 10 axis of the capital city.

The fracas occurred barely two weeks after a similar encounter left many policemen injured, after the adamant Shi’ites breached security barricades and invaded the National Assembly.

El-Zakzaky and his wife have been in “protective custody” since December 2015 despite court rulings ordering their release.

The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, condemned the protest and warned that the Force would no longer tolerate the activities of the group, declaring ‘enough is enough’.

Adamu, who commiserated with the family of the murdered police officer, warned that Nigeria would not continue to suffer losses on account of reckless and lawless persons and groups in the society.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, disclosed in a statement that yesterday’s protest involved over 3,000 IMN members, who stormed the streets at about 12:30p.m.

The FPRO said the “heavily armed protesters defied all sense of decency and violently attacked” innocent citizens and police personnel on duty along the route.

He said: “In the process, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, FCT Command, DCP Usman A. K. Umar, was shot and fatally injured by the protesters. The officer, who was immediately rushed to the hospital, died moments later while receiving treatment. Also, two Assistant Superintendents of Police and a journalist with the Channels Television sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment.

“The violent protesters also razed down a NEMA Response Post close to the Federal Secretariat, Abuja and two vehicles.”

Mba confirmed that the police had arrested 54 suspects in connection with the incidents, adding that the suspects were undergoing interrogation and would be arraigned as soon as possible. 

Similarly, NEMA has accused IMN members of burning down two vehicles at its Emergency Response and Ambulance Bays (ERABs) in Abuja.

Head of Media and Public Relations of NEMA, Malam Sani Datti, made this known in a statement in Abuja.

He said: “This is to confirm that ERABs of the NEMA located on Ahmadu Bello Way beside the Federal Secretariat was attacked today (yesterday) with two vehicles burnt down.

“The attack was carried out by members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria commonly known as Shi’ites.”

Datti explained that the affected vehicles were the Mobile Intensive Care Unit, which was a life support ambulance, and a multi-purpose Response Intervention van.

He said the ERABs were situated at the location for timely response to emergencies and disasters to reduce loss of lives and property.

The NEMA Director-General (DG), Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, had while inspecting the damage, noted that the burnt equipment were very expensive and would cost taxpayers a lot of money to replace.

However, the spokesperson of the Shi’ites, Ibrahim Musa, who confirmed the clash in a phone interview with one of our correspondents, alleged that six of their members were killed by security operatives while a truckload of those injured were taken away by the police to an unknown destination.

But in a statement later, Musa said 11 IMN members were killed.

According to Musa, trouble started for his group while they were on their routine daily procession to demand the release of their leader and other detained members.

He said the procession, which commenced at the popular NICON Junction, Maitama District, Abuja was headed towards the Central Business District when security operatives confronted them at NITEL Junction, Wuse 2.

Musa also denied that their members attacked the police with arms and also burnt the NEMA facilities.

He, however, vowed that not even the killing of their members by security agencies would stop the protest and demand of the release of El-Zakzaky, his wife and other members who were still being held by the state.

He said: “The procession, attended by several thousands of persons, including very young children, the aged, women and the physically-challenged, met with an extreme rage indicative of deep seated animosity the Nigerian authorities bear for the movement.

“What actually happened was that the protesters started the procession from NITEL junction and on getting to Federal Secretariat, the police cordoned off the road and started firing at them.

“A lot of people have been shot but for now we can only confirm 11 deaths, but several are injured, the figure for now stood at 30. Though we are aware of the fact that the security agents have been going around taking off those they killed from the streets.

“Even some seriously injured persons that were taken to Abuja University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada; the police went there and took away about 11 people they shot during the protest.

“We strongly dispute the claim by the police that the protesters shot at them because throughout our processions we have not been carrying any arms right from 2015 to date.

“It was also the police who shot at the reporter of Channels TV, another indication that many innocent people were shot at by the police, including some of their own.

“In this era of social media, the brutality displayed by the police today has been captured with some pictures showing the police setting up the bonfires and there are videos that captured the police carting away their victims.”

Meanwhile, Channels Television announced the death of its reporter, Precious Owolabi, shot during the protest.

In its news bulletin, Tonight at 10, the station said Owolabi was hit by a stray bullet during the protest.

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COZA: IG orders immediate takeover of investigations

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Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, yesterday ordered the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Mr. Michael Ogbizi, to immediately take over investigations into the case of rape reported by Mrs Busola Dakolo against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA).

This order followed the outrage which greeted police invitation to Busola and her husband, Timi, a music star.

On Saturday, the couple received a police invitation to appear at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. The couple were accused of “criminal conspiracy, falsehood, mischief and threat to life.”

Timi disclosed that the police had earlier drilled him and his wife for six hours a few weeks ago. According to him, he didn’t understand the reason for the second police invitation.

Timi said that he and his wife had earlier written a petition to the police without any response.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, in a statement yesterday, said the IG was demanding a speedy, thorough, fair and impartial investigation into the rape allegation saga.

He said: “The DIG is also expected to take over the investigation of the complaint made by Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo against the Dakolos in addition to providing a personal supervision to all facets of the investigation to ensure justice and fair-hearing to all the parties, with each case being treated purely on its merit.

“In the same vein, the IG has directed that the procedure which the police operatives adopted in serving invitation letters on Timi and Busola Dakolo on Saturday, 20th July, 2019, be subjected to rigorous and discreet scrutiny to ascertain its conformity with police standard operating procedure and international best practices. While enjoining the general public and the parties involved in the cases to remain calm and patient, the IG assures Nigerians of unalloyed police professionalism in the matter.”

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Detainee killed after vandalising 16 vehicles at police station

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Policemen at Sango Police Station were yesterday accused of arresting a young man for sporting tattoo and later shooting him to death.

The incident occurred after witnesses, who were allegedly at the scene of the shooting, uploaded videos they recorded.

According to social media, the 26-year-old suspect was arrested for sporting tattoo and later shot for damaging 16 vehicles.

Another version of the story insists that the suspect, a cultist, broke the handcuff on his wrists and smashed at least 16 out of the vehicles parked at the station with an axe.

It was learnt that the suspect was arrested on Friday on allegation of assaulting a woman.

He was alleged to have vandalised the 16 vehicles parked at the station after escaping from police detention.  He was said to have been shot on the leg and later died.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, denied the claim that the victim was shot because of the tattoo on his body.

According to him, the deceased was a cultist, who confessed to his membership of Eiye Confraternity.

Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, disclosed that the suspected cult member went berserk and was shot while attempting to attack officers at the Sango Police Station with an axe. He explained that the suspect was arrested and taken to the station following an allegation of assault levelled against him.

The PPRO stated that the axe was among the exhibits recovered by the police from some suspected cult members that were previously arrested.

He said: “It is mischievous to say that the suspect was killed because of the tattoo on his body. This was a cult member. He was arrested for a case of assault.

“He assaulted somebody and he was arrested. On getting to the station, he just took up an axe and was pursuing all the policemen. He destroyed 17 vehicles at the station; he broke their windscreens and side screens.”

All the policemen and suspects at the station had to run for their lives. But when he wanted to harm a policeman that was armed; in the process, that policeman shot him in the leg. Should they have waited till he (suspect) killed everybody? There is a complainant who complained against him. The suspect is a confessed member of Eiye Confraternity. At the station, he suddenly jumped up and drew the axe. He destroyed 17 vehicles; you can confirm from those present at the scene, including civilians.”

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Why I don’t trust any clearing agent to do my clearing – Ogbonna, auto dealer

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Ikechukwu Darry Ogbonna,the Chief Executive Officer of IVD Autos Limited, has established himself as an astute businessman of many trades; a few of which are automobile, property and entertainment businesses. With more than a decade’s wealth of experience in the business of importing automobiles to Nigeria, Ogbonna has proven himself to be a young and passionate business man determined to carve a niche for himself.

Unlike many who just dabble into a business without passion, foresight or commitment, just because they were advised to, or for the profit, Ogbonna ventured into the automobile business with passion, focus and set goals.

“I’ve been into this business for more than 14 years. It’s a good business and I have passion for it. I’ve always looked forward to being in the auto mobile industry and I really don’t have any regrets. Thank God I’ve gone far and things are going as planned.”
“It’s been God all the way and all I’ve ever wanted is working for me.  I’ve had challenges with the Nigeria Customs Service. There was a day they came for their routine search and there was a car they found that wasn’t properly cleared and didn’t have genuine papers and so, it was taken away. I never knew that one of my agents didn’t complete the duties and used fake papers. So I was forced to pay additional charges on the vehicle in order to get it back. So far, that has been the only major challenge I’ve had”, he said during an interview withNew Telegraph

Rather than allowing his experience with the Nigeria Customs Service have a negative effect on his business, instead he exploited it to improve how he runs his automobile business.
“I only learnt that I should not trust any agent to do my clearing for me. Whenever my cars arrive at the port and go through the clearing process, I still confirm the process to be sure it has been done and mistakes don’t repeat themselves. The Customs is doing their job as they are supposed to, because if not for the investigation they did, I wouldn’t have known that the agent played on me after taking a huge amount of money from me for the clearing. I was impressed at the way they carried out their job,” he noted.
For someone, who has made a respectable fortune from the automobile business, Ogbonna was quick to assert that the business is worth emptying one’s account to invest in.
“It is a very lucrative business. I’ve made a lot of money from it. I’ll advise anyone to invest in the automobile business, so long as they have passion for it. If you don’t have passion for it, don’t start it because if it flops or doesn’t turn out the way you want, you might end up with regrets,” he said.
Based on his wealth of experience in the business, he blamed the importation of low quality automobiles on customer’s demand.
“I’ll say that it depends on what the customer wants. Some might say they want cheaper cars and they will give you their budget. Some might even ask you to buy from auction. So it depends. Yes, customers are partly responsible for the importation of low quality automobiles because they sometimes come with low budgets,” he explained.
He, however, was of the opinion that the onus lies on automobile dealers to advise prospective customers on the importance of ordering high standard automobiles.
“Our role as automobile dealers is to advise our customers to get good quality automobiles and for safety they should go for wheel balancing, alignment and equally take other precautionary steps by following safety tips and things like that.”

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Two dead, one injured in Ibadan quarry accident

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Tragedy struck in Ibadan on Monday when two site workers were killed when quarry sand submerged them at Ologuneru, along Eleyele-Eruwa Road on the outskirts of the metropolis.
The Oyo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp, Corps (FRSC) Commander, Chukwurah Uche, confirmed the news, saying that “our officials were alerted by the residents of the area around 3pm that a quarry had caved-in and two people lost their lives.
“We evacuated their corpses to a mortuary while the third person who sustained injuries was taken to the University College Hospital (UCH)”, Uche said.
The accident, which happened at Carpenter Bus stop, Ologuneru, attracted scores of sympathisers who thronged the scene discussing the unfortunate incident.
According to an eye witness, three men were at the site packing sand into a truck when the heap of sand which was about two-storey building high, suddenly caved in and covered the three men below.
Eyewitness said aside FRSC, officials of the Nigerian Police and National Emergency Management Agency also stormed the area to help in rescue operations.

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Teacher docked for allegedly raping teenage student

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A 28-year-old teacher, Idowu Daniel, was on Monday remanded in prison by an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly raping a 17-year-old secondary school student.
The Chief Magistrate, Olufunke Sule-Amzat, who did not take the plea of the defendant, ordered that he should be remanded in Kirikiri Prisons.
Mrs Sule-Amzat ordered the police to send the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
The defendant, who lives at Abule-Egba area of Lagos, is facing a charge of defilement.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the defendant on June 27 at 9.25 a.m. unlawfully had carnal knowledge of his student in the Biology Laboratory at Anastasia Comprehensive College, Abule-Egba, Ikeja.
“The teacher lured the student into the school’s Biology lab and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her, ‘’ the prosecutor said.
According to him, the offence contravenes the provisions of Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 137 prescribes 14 years imprisonment for rape if found guilty.
She adjourned the case until October 21.

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Gunmen abduct four Turkish expatriates in Kwara

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Gunmen have kidnapped four Turkish expatriates at a local drinking joint at Gbale village in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State.

 

The incident, according to sources, occurred about 10p.m. on Saturday while the men were having fun at the joint.

 

The expatriates, identified as Yasin Colak (33), Senerapal (40), Ergun Yurdakul (35) and Seyit Keklik (25), are said to be working with Instabul Concrete Limited, Gbale.

 

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the abduction.

 

Okasanmi said the state Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, had dispatched policemen attached to ‘Operation Puff Adder’ to the area to rescue the expatriates as well as arrest the hoodlums.

 

He added that the effort of the police was beginning to yield positive result.

 

However, the PPRO did not say if any arrest had been made.

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COZA: Our lives at risk, says Dakolo

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…warns against treating rape victims as criminals

 

Popular musician, Timi Dakolo and his wife, Busola, yesterday raised the alarm over threat to their lives the rape allegations levelled against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA).

 

 

The couple also condemned the way the police were handling case.

 

 

Timi, who addressed a press conference in Lagos, said he didn’t expect that his residential address would be released to the public.

 

The singer also called on Nigerians to stop treating rape victims like criminals for speaking the truth.

 

This came as former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, condemned the invitation letter served on Timi and Busola, by the police.

 

 

The action by the police came a month after the singer’s wife made allegations that Fatoyinbo raped her twice as a teenager in Ilorin about 20 years ago.

 

 

At the conference held at Ikeja, Timi wondered why the police stormed his home to invite him and his wife to Abuja from Lagos State, while the police had allegedly refused to invite Fatoyinbo, who allegedly raped his wife 20 years ago.

 

 

He added that last month, he and his wife wrote a petition to the police, and they were questioned for six hours by the police. Timi said he didn’t understand why police were inviting them for another round of questioning.

 

 

He said: “On June 27, my wife, through her legal representative, wrote a petition on rape against Mr. Biodun Fatoyinbo. The petition was filed at the Office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Alagbon, Ikoyi. We had four meetings and about six hours at the police station. The IG personally assigned the file and immediately asked for an action on the case but we deliberately decided not to publicise it because we believed the law would be followed through.

 

 

“We had filed the petition before the release of the interview that had been recorded three weeks before. The interview was published on June 28. We have on several occasions met with the police in the course of investigation. We were therefore shocked by the invitation to Abuja when no visible action was taken to interview Mr. Fatoyinbo.”

 

According to him, since the entire saga began, his life as well as the lives of his wife, Busola, and his three children have been at risk.

 

 

The singer alleged that things got worse when the police made their residential address in Lagos public thereby making them susceptible to attacks.

 

 

He said: “I didn’t expect that our residential address, where my children live, would be released to the public and since then, we have noticed how my life, my wife’s life and the lives of my children have been put at risk to strange faces around the house. We have been followed home, people are watching our home; we have not been able to do our work. We now have to tell our children why they cannot step outside.”

 

 

Timi said his wife had informed him of the alleged rape since last year and it took a while before they both decided to make the matter public. Timi added that the allegation was not targeted at the church, but Fatoyinbo and the matter should thus be treated as a crime and not a campaign against the body of Christ.

 

 

He said: “I have never attended COZA in my life. I have never been in the same room with Fatoyinbo in my life, neither have I been a music director.”

 

Taking to Twitter, Ezekwesili said the operation by the police on the matter “appeared extremely intimidating,” urging the police hierarchy to offer an explanation.

 

 

She said: “Just catching up on this and seeing those pictures of the Dakolo’s report of your ‘invitation’ makes this your statement quite curious @PoliceNG. Did not seem your officers executed a regular police invitation.”

 

The former chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, mocked the police for summoning the Dakolos to answer to cases of criminal conspiracy, falsehood and mischief.

 

Odinkalu tweeted: “So all of a sudden @policeNG has case of “falsehood, mischief…” non-existent crimes, against @timidakolo?”

 

Timi had on Saturday revealed through Instagram that he and his wife had been summoned to Abuja by the police over rape allegations made against Fatoyinbo, who was forced to announce a leave of absence as a result of the outrage that greeted the allegations against him.

 

 

In an invitation letter dated Thursday, July 18 which the singer posted on Instagram, the police say they are investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, falsehood and mischief, prompting many Nigerians reacting on social media to sense an attempt to turn the case against them.

 

 

According to Timi, he and his family will not succumb to bullying on the issue no matter where it is coming from.

 

 

Earlier on Saturday, the Bayelsa State-born musician had claimed that some strange men who came in a van with registration number BR 932 KSF, attempted to invade his residence with guns before later assuring fans of the safety of his family members while revealing the police summon.

 

 

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, said that the invitation was not synonymous with a ‘Warrant of Arrest’ and must not be misconstrued to be one.

 

He said: “Rather, it is a polite investigative tool used in eliciting information voluntarily from parties to aid police investigations.”

 

The letter of invitation said to have been released by Dakolo, showed that the couple were to report in Abuja tomorrow.

 

Also, a columnist with The PUNCH, Abimbola Adelakun, was on Sunday questioned by security men at COZA, in Abuja.

 

Adelakun, who said she was at the church on Sunday in furtherance of her research on Pentecostal churches, said she was pulled out of the church by the church’s security men, who recognised her, and made her to stay in “one place where they were keeping everybody that they suspected.”

 

The columnist said her demand to be allowed to leave was refused by the security men. She said the matter had been taken to a police station in Abuja.

 

 

On her Twitter handle, @Adunnibaby, the columnist wrote, “I’m aware of the info about my arrest at COZA today. I wasn’t arrested. Earlier, I sent out an image because I was concerned when pulled aside by the protocol department for questioning. Thanks to everyone who has been concerned about me. I am sorry for all the misinformation out there.”

 

 

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First Lady seeks justice for violated blind students

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Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has called for justice for the female blind students alleged to have been sexually molested by their teachers.

 

The President’s wife, who described the action as sad and disheartening, also commended the Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr. Christian Ohaa, who had last week, swiftly stepped into the matter and indefinitely suspending the accused teachers.

 

Buhari, who tweeted through her official Twitter handle with hash-tag message “#Say No To Rape,” condemned the action in its totality.

 

She said: “This is disheartening. Justice must be served, thanks to Perm. Sec FCT for swinging into action; rape shouldn’t be taken lightly.”

 

The alleged sexual molestation of the female blind students of a special school for the blind in Abuja started trending on the social media after the permanent secretary, alongside other FCTA management staff, paid an unscheduled visit to the school last week.

 

Some of the blind female students alleged that the teachers were always fiddling their breasts and other sensitive private parts, as well as raping them.

 

The fact-finding mission resulted into immediate suspension for Mr. Ilo Chukwuma and Ebenezer Olateju, the accused teachers.

 

The Permanent Secretary, Ohaa, who noted that the suspension would last till when the investigation was concluded, also directed that Chukwuma, who was accommodated in the school residential quarters, vacate the school within the week, stressing that both teachers should stay clear of the school premises as investigations continue.

 

 

Ohaa also asked the Director of Department State Services (DSS) in the FCTA, Mr. Adamu Gwary, to ensure full compliance and implementation of the directive.

 

Had said: “While we are working round the clock to give every physically challenged student the best of education we cannot have incidents such as this to mar our progress and achievements.

 

 

“But let me assure parents that anyone found culpable in any of these incidences, not only in this school, will be dismissed and prosecuted. Our teachers, like Caesars’ wife must be above board.”

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Otedola: Why I took over Sadiq Daba’s medical bill

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Businessman and former chairman of Forte Oil PLC, Femi Otedola, has explained why he undertook to pay medical bill of veteran broadcaster and actor, Sadiq Daba.

 

Otedola said he heard about Daba’s health condition when it was brought to his attention through an online news story he read a few days ago.

 

The philanthropist said he was saddened to hear that Daba had taken ill again after overcoming his challenges from prostate cancer two years ago. 

 

He said: “From the news report, I gathered that he was rushed to the Emergency Unit of LUTH after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

 

“I must say that even though I don’t know Mr. Daba personally, he is a face I am familiar with through the old TV drama production ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’ which I used to watch while growing up.

 

“I was moved by a sense of nostalgia and concern when I read of his medical situation recently and decided to take over his medical bills. He has been visited and arrangements are being made to support him.”

 

Otedola said that in other climes, the likes of Daba and other such actors who more or less paved the way for the entertainment industry and the Nollywood industry in Nigeria, touted as the third largest movie industry in the world, would be celebrated as icons and due recognition would be accorded to them.

 

He added: “For me, taking care of Sadiq’s medical expenses is my little way of showing appreciation and gratitude for the good memories he created for me and others in the past.”

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