Isheri School Kidnap: Students’ Group Wants Security Upgraded

kidnapped, Isheri North, Isheri,The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has expressed concern over the kidnap of students and staff of Nigerian Tulip International College (formerly Turkish International School) in Ogun State.

The President of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, gave the group’s reaction to the abduction in a statement on Monday.

Dr. Ashafa also condemned the bomb attack at the University of Maiduguri early Monday morning.

His statement is coming four days after ten (10) people including students of the NTIC were abducted from their school premises.

According to Dr. Ashafa, the kidnap and bomb blasts should serve as a signal to the Federal Government and the Military that there should be no relaxation despite the fall of Sambisa forest.

While commending Nigeria security operatives for the recorded success so far, Dr. Ashafa lamented that students were the most affected victims of the horrible experiences of terrorism and kidnapping.

The MSSN Lagos leader said: “The act of turning students and educationists to money making avenue is condemnable and capable of discouraging people’s interest in education, if not properly addressed. We appeal to security operatives to do all they could to ensure the safe rescue of the victims of the kidnap incident at Turkish International school.

“The bombing of the University of Maiduguri mosque came to us as a shock. It is disheartening and incomprehensible, as it surprisingly happened at a point when many Nigerians are beginning to show confidence that terrorism is coming to an end in the country. Perpetrators of such act must be arrested and dealt with appropriately.

“However, the saddening current development is a caution to both Nigerians and security operatives. Though extremely painful, it is a bad signal that the fall of Sambisa forest, which is believed to be the headquarters of Boko Haram sect, does not automatically translate to the end of terrorism in Nigeria; so our security operatives need to do more.”‎

He feared that the incapacitation of Boko Haram to operate from Sambisa Forest could lead to the rise of terrorists’ incursion in many of Nigerian communities if government fails to act fast.

To avoid the incursion and further criminal activities, he suggested proper mobilisation of all security agencies for swift and robust internal security and surveillance.

He added, “‎School owners in Lagos have to increase their security consciousness. The frightening reports of arrest of Boko Haram suspects in the state and cases of kidnapping is discouraging and beginning to create fear among parents in the state.

“Our security operatives may also have to go and re-strategise against internal security threat that the success recorded by them in key places could cause.

“They should also begin to pay more attentions to border strips, and other states and areas that some of the fleeing terrorists could want to operate or hide”.

Use Of Hijab: Appeal Court Sets Aside Ban In Lagos Schools

hijab-Full-VeilA five-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Thursday set aside the judgment of a Lagos High Court which banned students in public primary and secondary schools in the State from putting on Hijab (the Muslims headscarf) with their school uniforms.

The panel, which was specially constituted by the President of the Court pf Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, was presided over by Justice Ali Gumel.

In his lead judgement, Justice Gumel held that the use of hijab is an Islamic injunction and also an act of worship and it will therefore constitute a violation of the appellants’ rights to stop them from wearing hijab in public schools.

Justice Modupe Onyeabor of an Ikeja High Court had on October 17, 2014, dismissed the suit instituted against the Lagos State Government by two 12-year-old girls under the aegis of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit.

Dissatisfied, the appellants approached the appellate court to set aside the judgement and protect their constitutional rights.

The government had banned the use of Hijab on the argument that it was not part of the approved school uniform for pupils.

But in a unanimous judgment, the appeal court resolved all the five issues raised in favour of the appellants.

The appellate court held that the lower court erred in law when it held that ban of hijab is a policy of the Lagos State Government, who was the respondent in the case.

The court noted that no circular was presented before the lower court to show that it was a policy of Lagos State adding that “he who asserts must prove”

The court further held that if there was a policy, such policy ought to have emanated from the State House of Assembly and not the executive arm of government.

Consequently, the court held that the fundamental human rights of female Muslim students as enshrined in section 38 (1) of the 1999 constitution was violated by the Respondent.

The court dismissed the argument of Lagos State that it made an exception by allowing female Muslim students to wear hijab during prayers.

Other Justices on the five-man panel are Justice M. Fasanmi, Justice Adamu Jauro, Justice J.S. Ikyegh and Justice Ifeoma Jombo-Ofor.

Group Condemns Hike In LASU Fees, Charges

LASU Fee Hike: Group Condemns Management’s PlanThe Council of Higher Institutions (COHI) has criticised the hike in acceptance fee and indigene verification charges by the management of the Lagos State University (LASU).

COHI, which is an organ of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, made the disclosure in a statement signed by its Coordinator, AbdulWaasi’ Muddaththir.

The body noted that the said fee to be paid by students was against the current fee regime of the institution, which was just reversed from the previous over 250,000 naira to its initial 25,000 naira.

“It would be recalled that the management had on Monday released a bulletin via its website, stating that the successfully admitted students should within a week pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of 20,000 naira and indigeneship verification fee of 5,000 naira.

“Whereas the acceptance fee increased from 10,000 naira to 20,000 naira, the verification fee rose to 5,000 naira from 1,000 naira.‎ The increment in the fees may lead to chaos and another closure of the institution which has just been witnessing calmness after several years of unease, if care is not ‎taken.”

The group asked, “Of what benefit is it to the government to deny students of having access to education? Why should a whooping sum of 5,000 naira be collected from indigenes?”

The council alleged that the move by the institution was a means to strategically return to the unbearable fee of over 1000% increment.

“If an administration at its early stage can introduce an unjustifiable increment in acceptance and verification fees, then there are high tendencies that the same government may return to the obnoxious 1000 percent increment later reversed by the same All Progressives Congress-led administration,” the body added.

COHI also urged the LASU management to extend the time for payment of the normal fee beyond one week so as to enable indigents pay.

Christian and Muslim leaders trade words over burnt Church in Ilorin

The Christian community in Ilorin has accused the Secretary of Nigerian Inter Religious Committee (NIREC) and former Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Isiaq Oloyede of setting a church ablaze over land dispute.

Members of the Living Faith Church (a branch of Winners Chapel) along Airport road in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital woke up Monday morning to find their new church razed down by unknown people.

The new church building which was constructed about two months ago has been an issue of litigation between the church and members of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria in the city.

While briefing the press on the issue, the state secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Cornelius Fawenu alleged that the former Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin had thrice threatened to deal with the worshippers, claiming that the land belonged to Muslims.

The clergy further alleged that Professor Oloyede had also threatened to dislodge them by all means if possible.

Reverend Fawenu also added that several efforts have been made to avert trouble as the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, the state governor and the state Commissioner of Police were contacted to avert trouble.

Reacting, Professor Isiaq Oloyede fuming with anger denied ever being involved in the fracas and he threatened to sue the leadership of Christians in the state for damaging his name.

As the secretary of Nigerian Inter Religious Committee, Professor Oloyede said he will never be involved in what could lead to crisis in whatever form and urged Christians in the state to avoid dragging his name into mud.

A visit to the church reveals the total destruction of musical instrument and chairs in the church as remnants of burnt equipments litter the surrounding.

Although the church which is still under construction had been used on several occasion for worshipping.

All efforts to get the reaction of the police proved abortive as the state Commissioner of Police and the Police Public Relation Officer were not on duty despite several visits.