Queen’s College: 350 sign petition against ex-principals, teacher

Following the death of four pupils of the Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, over the outbreak of diarrhoea and general unhygienic condition at the school, about 350 concerned stakeholders including parents and students have instituted an online petition against four key figures including two former Principals, Mrs. Ekwutozia Osime and Dr. (Mrs.) Lami Amodu, and a Biology teacher, Mr. Olaseni Osifala, The petition, which is entitled; #JusticeforQCGirls, is questioning the academic, moral, infrastructural and physical degeneration in the school, which it described as the nation’s foremost girls’ college. They addressed the…

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Runaway bride may have ‘spiritual husband’ –Family source

       …left home five days before wedding   The wedding ceremony between Taiwo Orimoloye and Abiodun Isaac was called off following the disappearance of the bride five days to the wedding ceremony. BABATOPE OKEOWO reports that the family of the bride blames the incident on spiritual problem while the groom still retains hope that the bride remains his.     In what looked as scene from the Nollywood movie, a bride to be; Miss Ruth Taiwo Orimoloye left home five days to the solemnization of her wedding and has not…

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Two die as Fayose imposes curfew in Ekiti

Ayodele Fayose

Two persons are feared dead in a clash allegedly caused by some youths suspected to be members of Federation of Igbara-odo Students Union. An eyewitness said trouble began when the students started distributing some pamphlets inciting the people of the town to probe the monarch, Oba Edward Jaiyeola, on how monies raised in the last anniversary celebration of the town were spent. They also demanded the inclusion of four of their members in the monarch’s council of chiefs and that a new generation bank, which was about to vacate the…

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Buhari: We’re discussing with Chibok girls’ captors

THREE YEARS AFTER ABDUCTION… President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday disclosed that his administration has reached out to leaders of the Boko Haram sect for the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped exactly three years ago in Borno State. The president stated this in a statement to mark three years since the girls were abducted from Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok. “We have reached out to their captors, through local and international intermediaries, and we are ever ready to do everything within our means to ensure the safe release of all…

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How I escaped from Boko Haram – Chibok schoolgirl

One of the escaped Chibok schoolgirls, who goes with a pseudonym “Sa’a” addressed delegates at the recent Global Education and Skill Forum (GESF) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, who was at the event had exclusive interview with her. Excerpts: Can you recollect what happened on April 14, 2014 when Boko Haram attacked your school? What happened that night was a very terrible experience. We, the senior students, writing our final examinations were in school when Boko Haram came to Chibok town and started shooting sporadically. When…

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Exam malpractice: Five principals demoted in Ebonyi

Five principals of public secondary schools in Ebonyi State had been demoted to classroom teachers for aiding and abating examination malpractice during the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) in the school. Also, 25 teachers and supervisors indicted in the malpractice had been placed on half salaries for three months. Commissioner for Education, Prof. John Ekeh, made the revelation while speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki yesterday. According to him, 15 private schools indicted in the report will not be allowed to participate in SSCE for one year while they will equally…

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Two dead in California school shooting

Two adults are dead after a school shooting at a San Bernardino, California, elementary school, according to police. The deceased were found in a classroom at North Park Elementary School, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan wrote on Twitter. The shooting appears to be a murder-suicide, Burguan added. Two injured victims — possibly students — were taken to local hospitals for treatment, Burguan said. Their condition is unknown at this time, he added. The suspected shooter is believed to be “down” and there is no further threat at this time,…

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Malala ‘humbled’ by honorary citizenship

  Nobel Peace prize laureate Malala Yousafzai says she is “humbled” to become the sixth person to receive an honorary Canadian citizenship. At 19, she is also the youngest ever person to receive the honour. During the official ceremonies in Ottawa, she called on Canadian politicians to use their influence to help fund education for girls worldwide, including refugees. Ms Yousafzai is a global advocate for women’s rights and education. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Ms Yousafzai for her advocacy, calling her “the newest and possibly bravest citizen of…

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A blind man’s crusade against blindness

He is a medical doctor who is visually impaired. Based on his own experience, he is now working to ensure that others do not suffer his fate. STEVE UZOECHI reports from Owerri     The story of Dr. Chibueze Anugwom, a blind medical practitioner, popularly known as Buski, is as strange as it is touching. He has not resigned himself to the squalid life of the defeated or lost that spark of ambition inherent in every man; but has consistently maintained that his visual impairment cannot deter him from contributing…

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