Lagos denies issuing directive to conduct school assembly in Yoruba on Thursdays

LASG: We Didn’t Issue Directive To Conduct School Assembly In Yoruba

The Lagos State Government has debunked reports trending on the social media in respect of a purported directive issued to Schools in Lagos State to conduct Assembly in the Yoruba language on Thursdays.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Education on Friday stated that “the reports trending on social media that the government has directed that teaching and learning of Yoruba are now compulsory from Primary to Senior Secondary Schools (SS.III) as from next session is false and unfounded”.

The statement said the clarification became necessary following stories on the social media which had been generating reactions and were capable of misleading the pupils, students, education stakeholders and the general public.

The ministry re-assured the public that Lagos State Government did not implement policies without far-reaching consultation and communication with relevant stakeholders and therefore enjoined members of the public to disregard such stories trending on social media platforms.
Source: P.M. News


News Headlines June 30,  2017. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers

News Headlines June 30,  2017. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo 

The Punch

Restructuring : El-Rufai under attack for criticising agitators
Badoo cult killed 26 Lagos residents in 12 months
Kung fu: Chinese company compensates crippled worker
Family withdraws 11-year-old poison victim, threatens school with suit
Ogun college suspends lecturer for impregnating nursing student
Two feared dead in Kwara communal clash
W’Bank commits $215m to community projects in Nigeria
Seven insurance firms to manage Lagos cooperatives’ liabilities
NNPC/FIRST JV secures $700m for new oil fields
Continental Re aims to become premier pan-African reinsurer
Aviation union to picket NCAA over workers’ welfare
Naira may weaken on increased dollar demand – Analysts
Heritage Bank restates commitment to credit provision
FG grants tax defaulters nine-month amnesty
Ex-vice principal gets life jail for raping 12-year-old pupil
Ajaokuta: NLC, NSE, others seek termination of sale agreement
At University Press forum, writers long for the farm
Omije Oju mi thrills Ooni with Naija Prophecy
City People to celebrate Mega 99
Rivers: Tribunal sacks Sekibo, declares Uchendu winner
Court reinstates suspended Kogi lawmaker
Echoes from Madam Tinubu’ll teach history – CBD
Two killed, 10 vehicles burnt in Kogi accidents
Kachikwu hails firm for helping UNN
UK repatriates 28 Nigerians
Osinbajo appoints INEC commissioners for 14 states
EFCC traces N603m to civil servant’s wife
Lalong sacks 17 LG committees
2018: Crisis threatens Obiano’s second term bid
Missing students: NSCDC meets UNIOSUN, community leaders
Saraki, Okowa laud ex-gov Suntai’s charisma, humility
Police set to prosecute Joy Odama’s suspected killer
MTN empowers youths with kiosks
Common causes of weight loss in pets
Lebanese blocks Abuja estate gate with container over land dispute
Kung fu: Chinese company compensates crippled worker
Family withdraws 11-year-old poison victim, threatens school with suit
Ogun college suspends lecturer for impregnating nursing student
Two feared dead in Kwara communal clash
We owe LG workers nine-month salary, not 16 – Bayelsa govt
Breaking: Lalong sacks 17 LG transition C’ttee’s
No going back on Melaye’s recall process – Group
Seven insurance firms to manage Lagos cooperatives’ liabilities
Presidency explains why presidential jet remains with Buhari in London
Court sentences eight-week-old baby to death
Kcee attacks Hushpuppi, says EFCC needs to pay more ‘attention to detail’
Conf Cup: Germany meet Chile in final
Sudan faces FIFA ban
Residents panic as more hoodlums ‘invade’ Akure stadium
Saints join Iheanacho race
I will keep improving – Aruna Quadri
Freestyle football: GAC Motors backs Feet ‘n’ Tricks
PFN seeks reversal of revised curriculum
Lagos leads in Cowbellpedia qualifying exam
Curriculum: Group tackles education minister
School for the Blind pleads for FG’s support
NUT begs Kano govt to take over salary payment
‘Gender equality aids development’
Cancer symptoms most people ignore
Life expectancy to reach 125 years by 2070, scientists predict
Africa gets generic version of most effective HIV drug
Seven-year-old boy battles disease that left his stomach swollen
Nigeria determined to eradicate HIV/AIDS – Minister
Six ways to deal with social media backlash
Internet fraud (online scam)
Editorial: Saving Nigerians from electrocution
Disorder at home, excellence abroad?
I wished Osinbajo sold beans in Garki Market
Does Nigeria really need political restructuring?
No going back on works, other ministries allocations’ cut –N’Assembly
Ohanaeze overrules Kanu on Anambra poll boycott order
Calls for Nigeria’s division will fail, says US


Executive order , Osinbajo Gives Tax Defaulters Nine Months to Pay Up
Shell Lifts Force Majeure Raising Nigeria ’s Crude Output by 226 ,000 bpd
NEC Extends Duration of FG ’s Financial Support to States
Melaye’s Recall: Electorate Task INEC on Neutrality
Nigeria will Overcome Challenges, New Anglican Bishop Predicts
Umahi Advocates Justice, Equity in Nigeria
Presidency: Service Chiefs’ Tenure Already Extended Till December
In New Executive Order, Osinbajo Gives Tax Defaulters Nine Months to…
Shell Lifts Force Majeure Raising Nigeria’s Crude Output by 226,000bpd
NEC Extends Duration of FG’s Financial Support to States
Presidency: No Big Deal Leaving Presidential Jet Abroad
EU Withdraws Financial Support for Nigeria, Says Country Not Poor
APC won’t ignore clamour, says party chairman
Donald Trump Hosts Two Chibok Girls
Again, Yoruba Leaders Adamant on Nigeria’s Restructuring
Umahi: Social Media will Destroy Nigeria, Denies Rejecting Restructuring
Saraki, Ahmadu Bello’s Family Mourn Suntai
Osinbajo Appoints 14 New RECs
Tribunal Sacks Rivers Senator, Sekibo
Dickson Sacks All Bayelsa Council Bosses
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Cautions IPOB against Lawlessness
NCAA Issues First Drone Certificate to Oando
Metallurgical Unions Fault FG’s Concession of NIOMCO to Indian Group
Tompolo’s Kinsmen Raise the Alarm over Renewed Threat to Peace in N’Delta
Osun By-election: Group Condemns PDP Allegation
Dasuki’s Trial Stalled Due to Judge’s Absence
Jubilation in Cross River as FG Approves EIA for Super Highway
Removal from Office: Magu to Know Fate Oct 10
Otuaro is Delta Acting Governor as Okowa Begins 15-day Leave
US Selects Oak TV for 2017 Media Co-op
Supply, Critical to Nigeria’s Economic, Industrial Devt, Say Nnaji, Soludo
Ambode’s Wife Empowers 103 Widows
Alleged N22.8bn Fraud: Court Declares Visit to Amosu’s Scene of Crime Premature
Pastor, Sister in Police Net after Collecting $45,000 from Trafficked Victim
Vice Principal Jailed for Life for Raping Minor
Ondo Police Declare War on Cultism
One Policeman Killed in Gombe Communal Clash
Jerry Gana: Restructuring Inevitable, Unity Cannot Be Enforced
Melaye’s Recall: Electorate Task INEC on Neutrality
Nigeria will Overcome Challenges, New Anglican Bishop Predicts
Umahi Advocates Justice, Equity in Nigeria
JShell Lifts Force Majeure Raising Nigeria’s Crude Output by 226,000bpd
NEC Extends Duration of FG’s Financial Support to States
Presidency: No Big Deal Leaving Presidential Jet Abroad
Unilever Nigeria Applies to Raise N58.9bn Via Rights Issue
Survey: FIRS’ Approach on Transfer Pricing Audit Adversarial
Heritage Bank Restates Commitment to Deepen Agro-business
Capital Hotels Records N5.37bn Turnover in 2016
Airlines Lose N20 Billion Annually to Bird Strikes
Apapa Gridlock: Customs Agents Urge FG to Grant Waivers on Goods
Threat to Recall Melaye Has Gingered Him to Work,
Okechukwu: Secession, Not an Option for the Igbos
Umahi: Chime, Elechi’s Defection Not in S’east’s Interest Politics
Risk Data: Information is Power
Chidoka Advocates New Charter for Nigeria
‘My Husband is very Supportive’
Giving Succour to Business Owners
Ume-Ezeoke: No Govt Can Tackle Housing Gap without Robust Primary Mortgage Institutions
Klitschko’s Camp Favours Las Vegas for Rematch with Joshua
GAC Motors Partners Feet n Tricks, Donates Car for Freestyle Football Championship
Gusau Gets IAAF Mention as AFN President
Nigeria Olympic Day Run Thrills Ghana, NOC/NSPAC
NPFL: Tax Chief Charges Players on VAT Wonder Goal
Confed Cup: Germany Beats Mexico 4-1 to Set up Chile Final
Making Digital Happen in Nigeria

The Nation

 Oshiomhole: Babangida owes Nigerians apology
 Eastern Consultative Assembly faults Babangida’s version of restructuring
 Ohanaeze, IYC, Okorocha, others knock Kanu
 Evans seeks N300m damages from police
 APC didn’t promise restructuring, says Oyegun
 Puyol, Pique, Eto’o, Football Heroics Land in Argentina for Messi’s Wedding
 Gusau gets IAAF mention as AFN President
 IAAF World U-18 Championship Nairobi 2017: IAAF approves nine Russians to compete as neutral athletes
 Obasanjo calls for common currency in ECOWAS
 Court dismisses Lekki Gardens director’s bid to quash chargesEvans seeks N300m damages from police
Buhari’s health: Fayose under fire from Okorocha, BMSG, lawyer
Osun by-election: ‘PDP’s allegation is cheap blackmail’
Suicide bombings: Police rules out setting up post in UNIMAID
UNILAG invents new method of diagnosing malaria
Ortom to resolve dispute with Benue varsity lecturers
MFM 2-1 SUNSHINE STARS Duke Udi faults officiating, threatens to resign
Buy back clause: £2.7m delays Iheanacho’s West Ham move
Pillars now a complete team, coach Musa boasts
London legends tourney Ikpeba, Garba Lawal join ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Amokachi listed
George delighted with Rangers’ win
CONFEDERATION CUP It’s Germany vs Chile in final
Ekiti 2018: Presidency has not anointed anybody, says Bamisile
‘How Husain ‘ll succeed Adeleke’
‘Adeleke is candidate to beat’
Nollywood Travel Festival to hold during TIFF 2017
Bibliophilia to hold Young Writers’ Summit
Nollywood to sign MoU with HMO
Osinbajo appoints new RECs –
CVR: Lagos gets 25 additional centres
Blindman threatens legal action against clinic for rights’ violation
Ambode’s wife, others condemn violence against kids
Bayelsa worries over poor turnout in voter registration
Agony of a sinking nation
Govt to publish names of tax defaulters next March
NSITF threatens to sue employers for breaking its law
Boost for non-oil sector as Nigeria exports Yam to US, UK others
Nigeria to hit 40b barrels oil reserve by 2020


Man, Sule, To Die By Hanging For Robbing Woman Of Toyota Corolla Car
Zuma May Go As S. Africa Parliament Decides Vote Of No-confidence In August
Media Set Ablaze As Phyno, KCee Blast Hushpuppi Over Fake Watch Troll
Tottenham Sign Lucrative Nike Kit Contract
 Stanley Uzochukwu Opens Ultramodern Luxury Mega Centre, Announces Recruitment Of 700 Youths
 Court Dismisses Certificate Forgery Suit Against Sen. Andy Uba
 Only Buhari’s London Doctors Can Decide When He’ll Come Back – APC
 Man, Saidu In Court Over Alleged Protest Against El-Zakzaky’s Detention
 Boy, Utibe Who Sang Davido’s ‘IF’ In Viral Video, Loses Mum
 680 Civilian JTF Members Killed By Boko Haram Attacks – Official
 Biafra Agitation, Arewa Youths’s Threat, Militancy Result Of Corruption – Magu
 Man Who Smashed Fellow On The Head And Stabbed Him To Death Receives Death Sentence By Hanging
 We’v Provided Meters To All MD Customers Within Our Network — EKEDC Official
Evans Sues NPF, Lagos Police Boss, SARS For Media Trial; Seeks N300m For Illegal Detention
We’ll Reject Restructuring Done By Buhari Govt – Ohanaeze Youths
Generator Fumes Killed Joy Odama – Police
Housewife Offers N120,000 Bride Price To Quit 5-yr-old Barren Marriage
Yoruba Leaders Make Fresh Call For Restructuring
APC Govs Tackle Fayose Over Comment On Buhari’s Health
Osinbajo Reads Riot Act To Tax Defaulters
I ‘ll Appeal Tribunal Sack, Says Sekibo
Diezani Bribe: How INEC Officials Received N264.8m —Witness
NAIRA WATCH: Naira Pushes Up, Now N365/$
Ohaneze Disowns Kanu Over Threat To Anambra Polls
Beware Of Fake Vanguard Websites
My Relationship With Former President Obasanjo- Alex Ozone
Charley Boy Unveils Oracle Of O’Island Reality Show
‘When Nollywood Stars Stormed Kigali For AMAA Nominees Party’
ONDO: How Herdsmen Killed Man Whose Farm Is Near Falae’s
Fresh Controversy Over Review Of Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration
NIGERIA: What Is Restructuring?
How Anti-grazing Law Unified Ortom With Critics In Benue – Kwaghngu
Okowa’s Prosperity For Deltans, Paying Off – Umukoro
Tottenham Sign Lucrative Nike Kit Contract
Bournemouth Pay Record Fee For Dutchman Ake
Photo: Ronaldo Shows Off His Twin Baby Boys After Surrogate Birth
Arsenal Will Sign Quality Players, Says CEO Gazidis
Nigerian Firm Forms Football Club In South Africa
Nigeria’ll Be Ahead Of France, UK Economically By 2050 If… — Soludo
Oil Prices Rise, Highest In Two Weeks
Corruption: Customs, Clearing Agents Disagree, Set Up Committee

The Guardian

APC will deliver true federalism’
Terror attacks not Islam, says Pogba
Uncertainty in military over naming of new service chiefs
Why aircraft can’t abandon Buhari, by Presidency
Renovators at UK blaze tower were asked to cut costs
TV hosts targeted by Trump question his ‘unmoored behavior’
Mosul victory in ‘days’ as IS falls back in Syria
Germany legalises same-sex marriage despite Merkel’s objections
French political icon Simone Veil eulogised as ‘best of France’
Corruption root cause of separatist agitations, says Magu
Murray determined to make Wimbledon
Gunners fans must get behind Wenger – Gazidis
Bournemouth pay record fee for Dutchman Ake
Tennis star Venus Williams allegedly ‘at fault’ in fatal car crash
Monfils, Djokovic through to ATP Eastbourne semifinals
Football is life, God has used it to showcase me, says Amokachi
Education, good governance will enhance African trade – Obasanjo
Aero Contractors plane ‘develops fault’ at takeoff
Kachi Ekezie: Entrepreneurship is about risk taking
Nigeria missing as mobile IoT initiative gets underway
Amos Adamu and sins of the past
Gender sensitization of water collection in Africa
Editorial: Sanctions against banks over illicit funds transfer
The devil’s playground
Time to rein in these ethnic irredentists
This house shall not fall
Nigeria: And Richard Joseph came President Buhari fast recovering in London hospital, says APC
FG’ll remain resolute in anti-corruption fight despite challenges, says Osinbajo
APC won’t renege on true federalism, says Odigie-Oyegun
Kogi court quashes six months suspension of lawmaker
Vigilance team members nab suspected Badoo cultist in Ogun
Three feared killed in Ajayi Okasanmi, communities’ clash
FG gives Nollywood over N420m additional grant
Jay-Z sorry for cheating and loves gay mom
‘Star Wars’ droid R2-D2 auctioned for $2.8 million
Issa Rae leads charge of YouTube stars into Hollywood
How long can people live?
Tackling iron, zinc deficiencies with ‘better’ bread
Raw fish dishes could give you liver cancer
Combating chronic kidney disease with regular exercise

The Sun

Agitations: Nigeria better together, says US
• APC, el-Rufai reject restructuring
APC dividing Nigeria along primordial cleavages –UPP
Buhari: Okorocha blasts Fayose
Nigeria not paying £4,000 daily for presidential jet in London –Presidency
Ohanaeze scolds Kanu, IPOB over Anambra guber
.Says group overheating polity  
UK deports 28 Nigerians      
INEC: Osinbajo approves new RECs
FG approves extension of budget support facility to states
• Okays rehabilitation of prisons
Yoruba leaders urge FG to implement 2014 confab
• Fasheun, Al-Mustapha condemn agitation for Nigeria’s break up
Understanding the promise of Anambra Airport City Project
Dickson dissolves LG caretaker committees, commissions
Tribunal sacks Rivers PDP senator
Why we moved against Fulani herds men –Jigawa deputy gov
2019: Ogun wants Senator Adeola to replicate Lagos magic
It’s criminal to oppose anti-open grazing law -Benue AG
Why I won’t forget my husband – Late Col. Ochefu’s widow
Cancer threatens little girl’s dreams
•Family of 7-year-old diagnosed with leukaemia begs for help
Why Nigerian artistes misbehave, destroy their names
–Danku, Oritsefemi’s manager
Kudos to NFF but…
Recession, Etisalat Nigeria and big debt
Discover your niche and succeed
Eid el-Fitr: Celebrating unity in diversity in Ugwuanyi’s Enugu
Lalong sacks 17 LG chairmen
Democracy: Troops begin solidarity march across Nigeria – DHQ
Recession: Air travellers, businesses groan as foreign airlines fleece Nigerians
Ransomware: Fear grips  FG over possible Petya’s attack in Nigeria
…Alerts banks, telcos over new malware
Osinbajo gives 9-month deadline to tax evaders
…Declares every Thursday tax day
Ahead Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier: Omeruo dismisses Cameroon
Aron Samuel sets target with CSKA Moscow
Ronaldo introduces his twins to the world
It’s criminal to oppose anti-open grazing law -Benue AG
Senator Abubakar Danladi: Beginning of the end
2019: Benue people’ll beg Ortom to run –Kwaghngu
APGA crisis: NEC disowns Agbaso, backs Oye
EDITORIAL: Diversifying Nigeria’s energy source

Daily Trust

Hajj fare would have been N2million but for our intervention, says Chairman, Nigeria-Saudi Committee
States to build prisons – NEC
Arewa group dissociates from attack on Osinbajo, Yoruba
Melaye: Constituents file suit to stop INEC’s recall process
Election tribunal sacks Rivers senator, Sekibo
Ohanaeze cautions IPOB over call to boycott Anambra guber poll
Nigeria can generate $10bn from honey, hives – USAID official
Windstorm destroys 220 houses in Jigawa – Official
EU says no more financial support for Nigeria – Envoy
FG begins verification of poultry farms affected by bird flu in Kano
 Safeguarding interest of the girl-child
APC govs blast Fayose over Buhari comment
APGA will govern Anambra for a century — Oye
Kanu can’t arrogate leadership of Igboland to himself — Nwodo
2019: Group supports Lamido for presidency
Melaye: Constituents file suit to stop INEC’s recall process
Group wants Bafarawa’s case quashed
Chief Judge inaugurates tribunal for Jigawa LG polls despite court order
Tribunal sacks Rivers’ Senator Sekibo
…as court reinstates suspended Kogi assembly lawmaker
…Kogi Lagos groups support recall
China’s Hong Kong at 20
Marriage in the eyes of society
Coping with the agricultural revolution
The Emirates and politicians
New education curriculum: Distinguishing rumours from facts
Islam fastest growing religion in Sydney
Welcome success of Diaspora bond
Al-Azhar says Islam ‘totally Incompatible’ with violence
Turkey to implement mosques in schools under new rules
We have powers to keep Evans for 3 months — Police
Court slams online newspaper N4bn over reports on Saraki
UK deports 28 Nigerians
UK officials bid Nigerian diplomat farewell
Why Kogi, Gombe ministers have not been inaugurated
Bailout loan to states extended
Okorocha slams Nnamdi Kanu over Biafra agitation
Ogu: Onazi instrumental to my career
Germany maul Mexico to reach Confederations Cup final
.Toriola, Quadri, two others to represent Nigeria at ITTF Africa Cup
Ajaokuta Steel not mature for privatisation – Stakeholders
Mining dispute threatens Dangote’s investment in Ethiopia
3 survive car fire at Yangoji
Kuje vigilante clash: We’II fish out culprits – Chairman
FCTA closes land offices in area councils
Editorial: Welcome success of Diaspora bond.
Nigeria can generate $10bn from honey, hives – USAID official
FG begins verification of poultry farms affected by bird flu in Kano
EFCC arrests NABDA DG over alleged N23m scam
Rape: Vice principal gets life imprisonment in Ekiti

​Court dismisses certificate forgery suit against Andy Uba

Court dismisses certificate forgery suit against Andy Uba
An Abuja High Court sitting in Apo , Gudu District , on Friday, dismissed a certificate forgery suit filed by one Uchenna Nnadi against Sen . Andy Uba .

Justice Valentine Ashi said the law says that he who asserts must prove ; and that the plaintiff had failed to lead the court with further evidence.

Ashi said that the plaintiff should have investigated and gotten his facts from the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) , which cleared the defendant as being eligible for elections .

He said the plaintiff should have also conducted checks at Union Secondary School , Awkunawu , Enugu State ,

where the defendant said he obtained his School Leaving Certificate as opposed to Boys ’ High School , Awkunawu , which the plaintiff claimed.

The judge dismissed the suit and said the plaintiff failed to investigate the defendant ’ s claims and therefore failed to prove the forgery case against him .

Nnadi had sued Uba on the grounds that he presented a forged School certificate from Boys ’ High School , Awkunawu , and so unqualified and ineligible to stand for elections .

Uba , in his counter affidavit , however , denied ownership of the said certificate and maintained that he graduated from Union Secondary School , Awkunawu , which he submitted to INEC and was properly cleared . NAN

Court sentences Vice Principal to life imprisonment for raping 12-year-old pupil 

Vice Principal bags life jail for raping 12-year-old pupil

 Odunayo Ogunmola, Ado-Ekiti 

An Ekiti State High Court has sentenced former Vice Principal of St. Mary’s Girls Grammar School, Ikole-Ekiti, Taiwo Ajayi, to life imprisonment for raping a 12-year-old student (name withheld).

The court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, found Ajayi guilty of raping a minor contrary to Section 31(2) of the Child Rights Law of Ekiti State 2012. The convict was the Vice Principal (Academics) at the time he committed the offence on March 18, 2014.

Ajayi lured the girl into his office, locked the door from behind and raped her on the table while blocking her mouth with a cloth. One of the teachers knocked the door but the convict refused to open the door and threatened her not to tell anybody.

Two teachers stormed the victim’s office finding the door locked but gained entrance after about 30 minutes and discovered the shock find of the vice principal having carnal knowledge of the girl.

Justice Monisola Abodunde held that the prosecution had proved the case beyond every reasonable doubt on the strength of evidence placed before the court.

The prosecution was led by Mr. A.E. Arogundade of the Ministry of Justice while the defence was led by Mr. Sule Longe. The convict was first arraigned in court on October 14, 2016 and he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In delivering the judgment, Justice Abodunde rejected the convict’s counsel’s plea for leniency on grounds that his client is a first offender, father and breadwinner of an aged mother.

Justice Abodunde held: “The cases of child defilement has been on the increase lately and to serve as a deterrent to others, my view is that the punishment stipulated by the lawmakers was deliberate to deter the offence and protect the right to dignity of the child.

“The defence counsel is pleading for leniency and praying for fine instead of the due punishment. My question is: who pays the victim for the lifetime scar of the trauma and torture of rape.

“I am unable to deviate from the provisions of the law in this instant. The defendant is found guilty as charged and sentenced to life imprisonment.”

The prosecution called eight witnesses including a medical practitioner from the State University Teaching Hospital, police officers who investigated the case, two other pupils and a teacher in the school.

Exhibits tendered include a medical report, statement of the accused, report of the panels set up by the school authorities and Teaching Service Commission, medical report from the police clinic, statement of the victim, among others.

The two panels set up to investigate the matter indicted Ajayi which led to his suspension from service after which he was arrested and arraigned to face the charge.

Source: The Nation 

Badoo cult strikes again,  kills couple,  two kids 

Badoo kills Lagos couple, two kids in fresh attack

Afeez Hanafi

Suspected ritual cult , Badoo , terrorising Ikorodu and environs in Lagos State has struck again , killing a couple and two of their three children at Olopomeji , Odogunyan .

The family – Ike David , 50 ; Margret David , 28 ; Ike David ( Jnr ) , 5 ; Matthew David , 4 ; and two – year – old Friday David – were reportedly attacked around 1 am on Wednesday .

While the father , a motorcycle rider , Margret and Ike Jnr died on the spot, Matthew gave up the ghost at the Ikorodu General Hospital , where Friday, who had gone into a coma, was also admitted .

The victims were said to be from the Oju Local Government Area of Benue State .

With the Wednesday attack , the group had struck in Ikorodu three times within two weeks .

In the two previous incidents, the hoodlums broke the head of a pastor in Lasunwon town , opposite Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu. They killed a couple in Ogijo.

PUNCH Metro learnt on Wednesday that the assailants had scaled the fence of a building on Aliu Akinsanya Street , Olopomeji , where the family lived with their landlord .

The gang members reportedly entered through a door to the Davids ’ apartment and proceeded to the bedroom where the victims slept , smashing a stone on their heads.

It was gathered that the killers locked the main entrance door to the building from outside and went to two other houses, but were unsuccessful.

The landlord , Jude Nwachukwu, who said he was asleep throughout the attack , told our correspondent that he sensed something was amiss around 6 am when he wanted to go out and could not open the door.

He said , “ I knocked at the door of the family ’ s apartment , but there was no response . I called a neigbour opposite our house . The neighbour ’ s child broke the padlock they used to lock the door from outside .

“ The boy told me that the gang also came to their house , but nobody was injured . He said they left the stone on their premises and fled . I went to knock at the door again without getting any response . I opened their door and found them in a pool of blood . ”

The neigbour, Caroline Orji, said a member of the gang , who appeared naked , was about to attack her husband when he woke up and raised the alarm .

She said , “We suddenly saw a man naked in our bedroom around 1 am with a big stone . As he wanted to smash it on my husband , he shouted Jesus , and the man ran out . He dropped the stone on the premises, scaled the fence and escaped . Some policemen took the stone with them. ”

A resident , who identified herself simply as Mariam , said the spate of the attacks suggested that the police were overwhelmed .

“ The government should help us . Policemen cannot secure our community. The government should engage vigilance groups to protect us . We can no longer sleep with our two eyes closed , ” she added .

The deceased ’ s relative, Bernabas Adama , described the deaths as devastating, adding that he was sleeping when the landlord came to inform him about the incident .

“ On getting to the apartment, I found the couple and Ike ( Jnr ) dead . We rushed Matthew and Friday to the general hospital . Matthew died in the afternoon . Friday is still unconscious and the hospital said he might be referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital , ” he added .

A member of Onyabo , a vigilance group in the community, Morufu Ojoge , said the gang also attacked the house of a former leader of Onyabo called Terror , but did not succeed .

He added that the group and its counterpart , the Oodua People’ s Congress , were ready to work with security agencies if they were mobilised .

Following the attack , hundreds of residents stormed the palace of the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi , to express their anger over the incessant killings in the community.

One of the protesters , Jackson Ode , said it was time the monarch and government brought the menace to an end.

He said , “ We want explanations on why Badoo operates unhindered. The killings must stop. ”

A woman, Adewunmi Ojoge , said , “ We have several factional Baales in Odogunyan . The kabiyesi ( Ayangbure ) said no representative from Odogunyan had come to his palace for discussion on Badoo attacks . He told us to be vigilant and that he had met with the relevant authorities on the way forward. ”

The monarch was said to be in a meeting when our correspondent called to speak with him on the incident .

However , a spokesperson for the palace , who did not disclose his name , said the monarch had initiated actions to complement the efforts of security agencies in bringing the attack to an end.

He said , “ The protesters came and the kabiyesi had spoken to them accordingly. We have got in touch with all the relevant security agencies and vigilantes . All the traditionalists in Ikorodu have come together to do sacrifices and they will go on a day -time rally today (Wednesday ) and a night rally on Thursday (today ). ”

A police source disclosed to PUNCH Metro that OPC and Onyabo leaders met with top officers at the Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday to deliberate on Badoo .

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer , ASP Olarinde Famous- Cole , said the police , the military and private security outfits were jointly working to apprehend the culprits and ensure safety of the residents.

“ There was an incident involving a family of four in the community. There is a survivor . The command is on the trail of the culprits, ” he added .
Source : The Punch 

​Rivers Tribunal sacks Sekibo, PDP Senator

Rivers Tribunal sacks Sekibo, PDP Senator
The Rivers state elections petition tribunal has sacked PDP’s George Thompson Sekibo, Senator representing Rivers East and has declared Andrew Uchendu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the senatorial election.

The Tribunal also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Sekibo and issue a fresh certificate of return to Mr Uchendu.

The Tribunal’s decision was hinged on the fact that Mr Uchendu won the lawful majority vote cast during the Rivers Re-run legislative election.

Uchendu had approached the tribunal with a petition asking the court to declare him winner of the poll, alleging that INEC failed to take into cognisance the results of some wards and polling units before declaring Sekibo the winner of the polls.

The Tribunal hinged it’s decision on substantial non compliance with the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines.
Source: Vanguard 

How to reduce sickle cell patients

How to reduce sickle cell patients, by hospital

 By Oyeyemi Gbenga-Mustapha 

The Federal Medical Centre in Ebute-Meta, Lagos, has called on those yet to know their genotype to avail themselves of the hospital’s services.

By doing so, the hospital said a significant reduction in people living with the Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD) will be recorded. According to the centre, one out of every four Nigerians has sickle cell trait.

According to the Acting Medical Director, Dr Olubukola Aseru, over 300, 000 children are born annually with SCD, and 70 per cent of these births happen in Sub-Sahara Africa.

He said: “Nigeria by virtue of its population stands out as the most affected country in Africa with annual infant deaths of 100, 000, representing eight per cent of infant mortality. One out of four Nigerians has sickle cell trait; therefore, people need to be sensitised about the existence, consequences, prevention and care of SCD. The first step is to undergo genotype screening, and abide by medical counsel of the results.”

Describing the condition, he said Sickle cell disease is a group of disorders, which affect hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body. Haemoglobin is a protein in the red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. People with this disorder have atypical hemoglobin molecules called haemoglobin S, which can distort red blood cells into a sickle or crescent shape.

Going by this year’s theme: “Sickle cell disease-importance of comprehensive management”, Dr Aseru said the hospital conducted free genotype screening of pupils and interested persons through the hospital’s Sickle Cell Disease project office. “When results are given and are SS (HbSS and HbSc) there will be a need for a comprehensive management of the disorder. This holistic approach goes beyond treating the biological and physical manifestations of the disease such as crises and complications, but also encompasses strategies aimed at reducing the prevalence and burden of the disorder and putting into consideration the psychosocial and economic impacts on the person, the caregivers, the family and the society as a whole,” he explained.

The centre’s Consultant Family Physician, Dr Usman Olagoke said the SCD Project office opens from 8:00am to 4:00pm, every week day andnon-governmental organisations can assist people with SCD because home care and hospital care of those living with SCD have become increasingly complex and expensive.

“These people need help in the area of subsidising their medical expenses, equip healthcare facilities, rehabilitation and reintegration of SCD patients, who have had irreversible complications, promote research works on SCD, and get involved in the awareness drive and vocational training,” he said.
Culled from The Nation