Lagos schools risk N500,000 fine closure for not teaching Yoruba language

Yoruba language bill: Lagos schools risk N500, 000 fine, closure for non-compliance 

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State

 Lagos – The Lagos State House of Assembly is proposing a fine of N500, 000 or closure of any school that flouts its proposed law on compulsory teaching and learning of Yoruba Language, when passed. • 

“A Bill for a Law To Provide for the Preservation and Promotion of the Use of Yoruba Language and for Connected Purposes’’ before the House seeks to make Yoruba language a core subject in schools. 

Presenting a report on the bill on Thursday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Mr Lanre Ogunyemi, said that it would enhance the preservation of the language. 

According to him, the bill also recommends the translation of all the laws in the state into Yoruba language in order to get to its target.

 The Assembly had previously made moves to make teaching and learning of Yoruba Language compulsory in both public and private schools in the state. 

The House said that such step had become imperative to meet its target of preserving and promoting the indigenous language of the South West from going into extinction. 

The bill states further that all state- owned tertiary institutions should incorporate the use of Yoruba Language in the General Studies (GNS) curriculum. 

It reads in part: “The use of Yoruba Language shall be an acceptable means of communication between individuals, establishment, corporate entities and government in the state if so desired by the concerned. 

“Any school that fails to comply with the provisions of Section 2 of the law commits an offence and is liable on first violation to issuance of warning and on subsequent violation be closed down and also pay a fine of N500, 000.” Ogunyemi later told newsmen that the committee might amend a provision in the bill which recommended that it should take effect after two years of its passage.

 According to him, most of the lawmakers want the bill to become effective immediately after it is signed into law by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode. The lawmaker added that the Assembly was passionate about Yoruba Language which necessitated its adoption for parliamentary debate on Thursdays.

 “The National Policy on Education provides that the language of an environment should be spoken in schools, which is why Yoruba Language is being adopted for Lagos schools. 

“After the passage of the bill into law, it would become compelling for schools to speak Yoruba Language. We want to preserve the language for generations yet unborn,’’ he said.

 On compliance by private schools after passage, the lawmaker said that schools owners were part of the bill and that they were at meetings the committee held across the education districts in the state. 

He added that private schools owners would have no choice than to key into the project as they have been properly mobilised, adding that the state Ministry of Education would ensure compliance. On the translation of the laws into Yoruba Language, 

Ogunyemi said that this was to ensure that those that are literate in Yoruba language were carried along in the scheme of things in the state. The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, commended the committee, noting that the bill should take effect once signed into law by the state governor. 

NAN reports that the House accepted the report as its resolution as the bill awaits third reading. (NAN)


We are not holding Kanu, DHQ insists

IPOB Leader, Kanu, Not in Our Custody, DHQ Insists


Military never invaded his residence, won’t declare him wanted Ngwaukwu Kingdom: Ohanaeze should champion Igbo interest, not IPOB
By Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia and Paul Obi in Abuja 
Following the growing concerns about the whereabouts of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday said the IPOB leader was not under its custody and could not be responsible for his disappearance. 
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche explained that the military was not holding Kanu and that it was not the responsibility of DHQ to declare him wanted. 
“Nobody raided Kanu’s home; not from the information I got, I was watching it live, I was monitoring it live and speaking with them (soldiers) on the ground.  
“The people that came out from there (Kanu’s house) that I saw were the Biafra Security Service and Biafra National Guard. I think I later confirmed that there was nothing to actually justify the roadblocks mounted by IPOB. I saw the militancy, nobody told me and I saw the action there. We are still investigating.”
Enenche contended that it was premature to assume that the Abuja Federal High Court would hold the military accountable for the disappearance of Kanu, stressing that there was no need to jump the gun. 
On the alleged proscription of IPOB by the military, Enenche said: “The military did not proscribe IPOB. Due process was followed. The job of the military is to diagnose security issues and warn the public of consequences and that is part of our media operations.  
“We did our media operations very well, otherwise, that weekend would have been the longest weekend in this country and we were also very careful choosing our words; we know the law very well. 
“People had mindset and they were in a hurry to attack the military because of their mindset. Because of that, it is a pity to say that some people lost their reputation.” 
On Operation Python Dance 11 in the South-east, Enenche said: “It is to enlighten them, educate them and make them aware about what the military has been doing and will continue to do.  
“For your information, I was in that area and I served there 12 years ago. We have been carrying out several exercises in the same way with different code names; nothing like this came up. So, when they reflect on such things, it will encourage them.  
“There were activities we carried out like medical outreaches; reaching out to the needs of people. The operation is not negative.” 
Asked if the military would also launch another operation to tackle herdsmen and farmers clashes, which has led to brutal killings in many parts of the country, Enenche said there was no need for any special operation on the crisis, “given that the crisis is being handled by an ongoing operation.”  
He maintained that the herdsmen and farmers conflict had already been tackled under “Operation Mesa.” 
Enenche cautioned that there was the need to categorise “identified” herdsmen on one hand and “unidentified” herdsmen on another hand, and “let us not put to all of them together”.  
The Director also assured Nigerians that no group would carry out the threat asking some tribes to leave their region, as the military has put everything in place to checkmate such incidents.  
He assured Nigerians across the country that though, the threat had been withdrawn, there was no cause for alarm regarding October 1st declarations by tribal groups in the North and South.  
Kanu is expected in court on 17th October, 2017 over alleged treason offences against the federal government.  
The IPOB leader’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja against the Nigerian Army and the federal government, asking them to produce him, “taking cognizance of the fact that his disappearance was as a result of the invasion of his residence in Umuahia, Abia State.”  
Ohanaeze must champion Igbo interest, not IPOB, Ngwaukwu people insist 
In a related development, the people of Ngwaukwu Ancestral Kingdom in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State have said that the separatist group should not be allowed to fight for Igbo interest. 
They accused IPOB of usurping the powers of Ohanaeze Ndihbo, “which is the body authorised and in a better position to fight for the interest of Ndigbo within the Nigerian state.” 
Ngwaukwu people made their position known in a statement issued after a meeting held at the palace of Ezeukwu of Ngwaukwu, HRM Eze Bernard Enweremadu, during which they deliberated on ‘the matters of IPOB and security challenges in Abia state. 
The traditional Prime Minister, Nze Joe Nwogu, who read the statement he signed with the palace secretary, Samuel Azumara, expressed strong fears that the activities of IPOB could spark another civil war. 
They said that their nasty experiences in the civil war of 1967-70 “are too fresh to be forgotten” hence they would “not be part of any move or activities that will make another outbreak of war inevitable”. 
To forestall the possibility of another war, Ngwaukwu people said that IPOB should stop pretending to be championing the interest of Ndigbo when a formidable apex organization the Ohanaeze Ndigbo is in a better position to lead the fight for equity and justice.   
“The quest/agitation for Igbo interests, especially in the area of justice, equity and manifest sense of belonging is acceptable as that is within the ambit of the laws of Nigeria,” Nwogu said. 
Arguing that Ohanaeze Ndigbo should take the driving seat of championing the Igbo cause, the Traditional Prime Minister said that it was the position of Ngwaukwu that Ohanaeze remained the best suited body to fight for Igbo interest. 
“IPOB should not be allowed to be bastardising or contradicting the existence and efforts of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, which is a better organised, experienced and intelligent body/platform to ventilate Igbo issues, interests and agitations,” he said. 
Aside from rejecting IPOB, the people of Ngwaukwu also weaved a conspiracy theory around its activities, saying that the group posed serious threat to the governorship seat of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the first person from Ukwa/Ngwa section of Abia to become the state governor. 
In his remarks corroborating the position of his people the Ezeukwu of Ngwaukwu, Eze Bernard Enweremadu took the argument further by stating that the old Aba zone was entitled to 16 years in government house since the old Bende zone had taken 16 years.
Source: ThisDay

Uniben student kills mother, rips open her womb, intestines

Man kills 55-yr-old mother, rips her womb open

By Osagie OTABOR, Benin 
A 55-year old woman and mother, identified as Josephine Igbineweka has been killed by her last child, Caleb Obasogie.

Caleb, aged 22, allegedly killed his mother because she refused to give him money.

The killing occurred around 8am at their residence at 31A, Iyamu Street, off Textile Mill Road, Benin City.

Witnesses said Caleb locked his mother in a room and stabbed her repeatedly with broken bottle until her intestines ripped out.

He reportedly dangled the intestines and his mother’s womb before neighbours before they could rush in to rescue her.

Neighbours said the deceased passed the night at a neighbour’s house because her son locked her out for not giving him the money he demanded from her.

Caleb is a final year student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) while his late mother was a beer parlour operator in Benin.
Spokesman of the Edo State Police Command, DSP Moses Nkombe, confirmed the incident and disclosed that the suspect has been arrested by the police.

Source: The Nation

Teacher allegedly strangles son

Teacher allegedly strangles son

A Minna Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered the remand of a 38-year-old Arabic teacher, Bashiru Isah, accused of strangling his own son.

Isah was arraigned on one count of culpable homicide, punishable under Section 221 of the Penal Code Law.

The Police prosecutor, Insp. Emmanuel Danladi, told the court that one Aisha Bashiru, wife to the accused person, reported the matter at Lapai Police Division on Sept. 19.

Danladi said the complainant alleged that on the same date at about 1:15am, her husband, a resident of Ebbo village in Lapai, took their son into his room and strangled him to death with his hands without any reasonable excuse.

He said Isah admitted committing the crime during police investigation.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that when the charge was read to the accused person, he pleaded guilty.

However, the Magistrate, Maryam King, said the court would not record the plea of the accused because it lacked jurisdiction to try the case.

King, therefore, directed the police to forward the case file to the State Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

She adjourned the matter till Oct. 26, for further mention.


Court sentences man to death for killing father

Court sentences man to death for killing father

 By Agency Reporter

A Plateau State High Court on Friday sentenced a 20-year-old man, Ponjul Yakubu, to death by hanging, for shooting his father to death.

Reports says that Justice A.I. Ashoms gave the sentence after he found Yakubu guilty of a one-count charge of culpable homicide, punishable with death under section 221 of the Penal Code.

“Going by the findings of this court, you, Ponjul Yakubu, mercilessly took the life of your father, Mr Domsing Yakubu, in cold blood.

“You have, however, shown remorse and appeared sober throughout your trial; however, this sentence is mandatory as the law states that any person convicted of murder shall be punished with death by hanging.

“The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Ponjul Yakubu, will be hanged until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul,” he declared.

Reports suggest that Yakubu was arraigned on July 8, 2015, to face a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death, after allegedly committing the crime on May 5, 2015.

Yakubu was specifically accused of using his father’s dane gun to kill him ( father ), while the old man was taking an afternoon nap under a tree in their home at Dorowa, in Vwang Gwong Village, Shendam Local Government, Plateau State.

When Yakubu appeared in court, however, he pleaded not guilty to the allegation of killing his father.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Gideon Azi of the Plateau State Ministry of Justice, who investigated the matter, however, told the court that Yakubu had confessed to killing his father for refusing to buy a motorcycle for him.

“He ( Yakubu ) confessed that he returned home on the said date and found his father sleeping on a mat under a tree, went into his ( father )’s room, took his loaded gun and shot him at close range,” Azi told the court.

Azi submitted Yakubu’s confessional statement to the court as evidence, and quoted the accused as saying that he committed the crime alone.

Yakubu promptly owned up to the statement that bore his thumb print.

Azi further quoted the accused as saying that his father, after harvesting about a thousand tubers of yam and several   bags of maize and millet, promised to buy a motorcycle for him after selling them.

The accused was further quoted as saying that his father sold the farm produce without consulting him, and also refused to buy the motorcycle as promised, an action that provoked him into killing him.

Speaking to reporter after the judgement, Mr Singa Zhatau, the Defense Counsel, said that the judgement was right in view of the evidence presented in the court.

“Before taking any further step to appeal, I want to state that the reasoning in this judgement is valid.

“Justice is a three-way traffic – justice for the state, the accused and the victim.

“I believe that this judgement would further reassure the society that justice can be obtained in the courts.

“This confidence building will go a long way in addressing the rampant instances of jungle justice that are becoming common in the country,” he said.


Edo sacks perm sec, suspends 3 others over exam fraud

Edo sacks perm sec, suspends 3 others over exam fraud

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

The Edo Government has sacked Dr. Osayuware Idahosa, Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Youth and Special Duties, over allegation of padding the budget for the conduct of primary school examination.
The government also announced the suspension of three officials involved in the alleged scandal, which was up to N283 million.
The decision announced by the Commissionrr for Communications and Orientation, Mr Paul Ohonbamu, was the outcome of an extraordinary session of the State Executive Council.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Governor Obaseki vowed to unmask the people that sent a N283 million request for the conduct of primary school examination in the state, which was eventually conducted at the cost of N30 million
Ohonbamu said that the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, submitted a report of the panel of enquiry on the conduct of the 2016/2017 Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination and after due consideration of findings and recommendations, the council discussed and arrived at the decision.
He said that Idahosa was Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Education at the time the alleged fraud was committed and was referred to the State Civil Service Commission for appropriate action, according to the rules and guidelines of the service.
The three other officers involved in the alleged fraud are Barr. S. A. Erhunmwunse Edokpayi, Mrs. E.I. Ero-Ugiagbe and Mr. Lucky Adagbonyin.
He said that the exco resolved that they should proceed on indefinite suspension without pay and their case forwarded to the State Civil Service Commission for appropriate action.
“EXCO also set up a committee to be chaired by the Commissioner for Employment and Wealth Creation, Mr Emmanuel Usoh to investigate the delisting of about 350 private schools from the list of eligible schools to participate in the Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination.”
The commissioner said that the committee would also invesigate the conditions that led to the relisting of the schools shortly after they were delisted.
Ohonbamu further said that the meeting ordered that an audit exercise be carried out into the accounts of the examination committee.


Social media is making children poor writers- expert

‘Social media making children poor writers’

Jesusegun Alagbe

The Lead Professional Developer of The Writers’ Corner [a group concerned with training pupils and teachers in writing], Uche Odoji, said the use of the social media by children was turning them into bad writers.

Udoji stated this during the week at the 2017 Rising Star Writing Competition Award in Lagos.

The competition, organised by TWC in conjunction with Vuvuzela Communications Limited, was to encourage children in both primary and secondary schools to become better writers.

Udoji said the children were asked to write an essay on the theme, “The beauty of nature,” and that over 540 entries were received from Lagos, Abuja, Anambra, Delta and Ogun states.

She said, “We are concerned that the writing culture is dying in Nigeria as a result of the social media. We have noticed how the online language is making its way into the class. Some children can’t write properly again.

“We are struggling with them using the words they use online in the class. Right now, some of them can’t punctuate properly, they write improperly. They are now using contracted words in their writings.

“These children probably think they are right because they see adults use those words online. It’s actually a big trouble for us, but we hope that through competitions like this, they can become better writers and readers.”

Udoji added that she hoped that more pupils from more schools and states would participate in the next edition of the competition, which would be the third organised by TWC.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Research, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who was the  chairman of the occasion, said through his representative, Dr. Olusola Adekanmbi, that it was time parents created more time to train their children.

He said, “There’s room to do more in terms of educational development in the country. We teachers in particular and everyone in general need to do more. The government shouldn’t be totally blamed for the system’s collapse.

“We all need to play our part so as to move the country forward and to make sure it is reckoned with in the comity of nations. Parents too should be willing to put in more work and create time to train their children. They shouldn’t be running after money while they forget to train their children.”