Teenage Boarding Student Arrested For Slitting Schoolmate’s Throat

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A 16- year-old boarding student of Elkanemi College of Islamic Theology Maiduguri has been handed over to the police over the attempted murder of a younger student.

He was said to have slit the throat of an 11-year-old JSS 1 student, Jubril Sadi Mato, with a razor blade at about 10:00 pm on Saturday night.

Jubril was, however, immediately rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, where surgery was conducted on him.

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His parents, who live in Yobe State, said they had received a disturbing call on Sunday morning from the school authority asking them to come over.

“Though in critical condition, he is breathing normally, I thank God that he is still breathing. The person who did this thing to him must be a serious criminal. This is a heinous crime to get hold of a small boy like this and slit his throat it’s terrible. The CID came and they met me here and I am sure they are on top of it,” his guardian told Channels Television.

Also speaking to journalists, the principal of the junior section of the school, Kashim Ibrahim Abdullahi said: “This incident happened in the night and was after the prep time. I was in my house in the quarters of the Elkanemi College when the students ran to me and said somebody was bleeding terribly. So, I picked my car and rushed the boy to the state specialist hospital where the doctor referred us to the trauma center here in the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

“The child has been given a befitting treatment and an operation before he was brought to the Intensive Care Unit”.

Family sources say Jubril’s vocal cavity was affected by the injury but he has been able to scribble some details of what happened on the night he was assaulted.

The school authorities also denied allegations of an attempt to shroud the act in secrecy in order to set the perpetrator free.

“We are going to stand to see that justice is given; we are not going to support anybody that will do this heinous act. We are a school of Islamic theology and this is not what we are preaching but you know when you are dealing with human beings, some human beings are vicious you may not know. This is something that is hidden but thank God we have seen this and we are going to take drastic measures,” the principal said.

Meanwhile, the hostel masters in charge of the rooms that the boys were, have been fired, but still in the school’s custody to aid investigations.

Secondary Schools To Reopen For SS3, JSS3 Students On August 4

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The Federal Ministry of Education has announced the reopening of secondary schools for JSS3 and SS3 students (only exit classes) from August 4, 2020.

Students will have two weeks to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) which will commence on August 17, 2020.

These were the unanimous decisions reached today at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.

In a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, “It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from August 4, 2020, to enable them to prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020”.

The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public-spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast track the preparations safe reopening, as agreed.

The ministry further stated that another meeting will be held tomorrow (July 28, 2020) between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.

FG Orders Closure Of All Schools

As part of measures to contain the spread of the pandemic in the country, the Federal Ministry of Education on March 19, 2020, ordered the immediate closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide.

The Education Minister, Adamu Adamu in a communique had noted that all 104 Unity Schools in the country should close on or before the 26th of March, 2020 as a proactive step aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus.

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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, speaks to reporters in Abuja

He asked all the Principals of the Unity Colleges to fast track the on-going second term examinations and close shop until further notice.

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“We have directed all higher institutions to close this weekend. Unity Schools that have completed their exams are to close immediately.

“Others are to hurry and close the latest on 26th March,” the statement partly read.

In the meantime, the Minister said the management of all the Unity Colleges should immediately activate the necessary emergency procedures and processes such as the provision of alcohol-based sanitizers, and handwashing facilities among others, adding that students should strictly adhere to the principles and best practices of good hygiene.

Adamu Adamu also directed the Principals to immediately report any suspicious case to the nearest health authorities, emphasizing that nothing should be taken for granted at this delicate time of the global pandemic.


Police Arraign 22 Osun Secondary School Pupils In Court

Twenty-two students of the Osogbo Grammar School have been arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, for allegedly attacking their teachers and fellow students.

Some of the pupils, the male students and one girl, brought to the court in their school uniforms, were said to have conspired, hired some thugs and invaded their school with dangerous weapons.

They were accused of storming the school’s staff room and classrooms and assaulting teachers and students on sight.

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The accused students include: Lawrence Samuel, 22; Amao Ayoyinka, 23; Lucky Jeremiah, 16; Segun Agboola, 17; Sodiq Adeyemo, 17; Jamad Adegbenle, 17; Gafar Oyeleke, 14; Ayomide Fatunmibi, 15; Pelumi Oyetunde, 15; Ahmed Gbadebo, 17; Pelumi Owoyemi, 17; Musbau Olabode, 16; and Ridwan Oladapo, 15.

Others are Seye Dawodu, 15; Toheeb Adeyemo, 15; Esther Adeleye, 14; Mutiu Ajadi, 16; Taiwo Oluwatobiloba, 16; Abass Lukman, 17; Ridwan Oladimeji, 22; Samad Mudashiru, 19; and Sunday Fowowe 17.

The accused students were arraigned on a seven-count charge bearing on conspiracy, violence, unlawful possession of weapons, among others.

They were said to have attacked the school in protest what they termed “unjust treatment” always meted out to them by their teachers.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Joshua Oladoye told the court that the accused persons committed the offence on October 17 and 18, 2017, at about 9:30 a.m. at Osogbo Grammar School.

Oladoye explained that they conspired to cause mayhem and succeeded in attacking and inflicting injuries on the members of staff and students of the school.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.

Counsels to the accused persons, Mr A.O. Olodo and Mr Jimoh Akintayo, applied for their bail, asking the court to make the bail conditions liberal and said the offences slammed on the students were bailable.

Magistrate Adenike Olowolagba granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties each in the same amount.

The case was adjourned till December 6, for hearing.

Nigeria Restores History Into Education Curricula

Nigeria, Education, School, HistoryThe Nigerian Government has reintroduced history as a core subject in the primary and secondary schools’ curricula.

The Federal Government also restored history as a stand-alone course at the tertiary level.

The reintroduction comes after the subject was earlier merged with social studies, following complains that pupils and students no longer like to study the course.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who disagreed with the rational, made the announcement on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Adamu stated that no nation would progress without recourse to its past.

He added that given the critical nature of Nigeria’s history and the effect it could have on the nation at present and in the future, it has become imperative to reintroduce history as a core subject.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Folashade Yemi-Esan, on her part, corroborated the minister’s remarks.

She expressed hope that the restoration would help the young citizens learn and appreciate the diversity of Nigeria as a country.

Yemi-Esan added that it would also serve as a medium to reduce the incidences of religious and ethnic intolerance.

Teachers Protest Unpaid Salaries In Bayelsa

Bayelsa Teachers Salaries ProtestSecondary school teachers in Bayelsa State have held a protest to declare their displeasure over unpaid seven-month salaries by the state government.

The teachers took to the major roads to press home their demands before marching to the state secretariat in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital in south-south Nigeria.

They claimed that while other workers in the state have received half month payment three times, they have not received anything.

The teachers also rejected government’s proposition to give them half pay for the month of August on Thursday, insisting that the government must pay them as the other workers.

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) in Bayelsa State, Mr Oyiemi Ebiredeni, said that members of the union had been battling to survive, as a result of unpaid salaries.

The Commissioner of Education, Mr Markson Fefegha, told Channels Television that the executives of ASUSS and the state government had different understanding with regard to the agreement reached during their private meeting.

Lagos Records Highest Candidates For NCEE – NECO

necoThe National Examination Council (NECO) has said that Lagos State recorded the highest number of candidates sitting for the 2015 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) with 25,437 pupils, while Borno State had the least with 55 candidates.

The low number of candidates in Borno may be connected with insecurity in the state.

Some 200 girls writing their final year examinations in a Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok were abducted by members of the Boko Haram sect on April 14, 2014.

The girls are still missing.

But the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr MacJohn Nwaobiala, said adequate arrangements were made for candidates in states like Borno, Adamawa and Yobe where there are security challenges.

Mr Nwaobiala added that candidates in states where supplementary elections took place were moved to other centers that are not affected by the poll.

The examination took place in 420 centers across Nigeria and the results are expected to be released on Wednesday April 29, 2015.

Mr Nwaobiala stated that about 24,072 candidates would be offered admission into the Unity Schools based on their present carrying capacity.

Over 86,000 students sat for this year’s NCEE examination and they stand a chance of gaining admission into the 104 Federal Government Unity Colleges across the federation.

Former Senate leader; Olusola Saraki is dead

The former Senate leader in the second republic, Dr. Olusola Saraki is dead.

He passed away early this morning in Lagos, after a prolonged illness.

The late strongman of Kwara politics has been battling with an undisclosed ailment for months and has been seeking treatment abroad.

Dr Saraki became a Senator of the Nigerian Second Republic (1979-1983).

The late politician fondly called ‘Oloye’ was the Waziri of the Ilorin Emirate.

Born 17th of May, 1933 at Ilorin, Kwara State, he attended Eko Boys High School for his secondary education and proceeded to London for his university education, attending the University of London and St George’s Hospital Medical School, after which he returned to Nigeria to work as a medical officer at the General Hospital, Lagos and the Creek Hospital, Lagos.

He veered into politics in 1964, when he ran as an independent candidate in the parliamentary election for Ilorin, but didn’t succeed and after the election, he returned to his medical practice in Lagos.

In 1977, Olusola Saraki was elected as a member of the constituent assembly that produced the 1979 constitution and he was elected a Senator of the Second Republic, in 1979 and became the Senate Leader.

He was re-elected to the Senate in 1983 on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

In 1998, Dr Saraki became the National Leader and member of the Board of Trustees of the All People’s Party (APP), contributing to the APP success in Kwara and Kogi States.

He assisted Mohammed Alabi Lawal in becoming Governor of Kwara State.

In 2001, he was head of a team from the Arewa Consultative Forum, a northern cultural and political group, sent to meet and discuss common goals with northern state governors and other leaders.

Dr Saraki later switched allegiance to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and in the 2003 elections, supported his son; Bukola Saraki to be the PDP’s governorship candidate in April 2003 election in Kwara state.

Dr Bukola Saraki became the governor of the state while his sister, Gbemisola R. Saraki, was elected a Senator for Kwara State Central.

Meanwhile, the Kwara State Governor has declared today, Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 a work free day and three days of mourning, to allow residents in the state attend the burial of late states man.

A 20 man committee on the burial for Dr Saraki has been set up.

Members of the committee which is headed by Alhaji Saka Onimago are Barrister Anthony Towoju, Alhaji Kayode Issa, Alhaji Tajudeen Oloje, Alhaji Yekeen Ilobu, Alhaji Sule Maja, Prince Yemi Afolayan, Alhaji Ali Olola, Alh Lekan Alabi, Alhaji Mohammed Saraki and Alh Ope Saraki. Others are Alhaja Muslimat Ibrahim, Hon. Ganiyu Abdulkareem, Hon. Adamu Sabi, Hon. Mrs Owolabi, Alhaji Issa Hajia Nimota, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, Alhaji Wahab Oba and Alhaji Abdulsalam Suleiman. Alh. M. A Shehu is the secretary of the committee.

The governor urged community, religious and political leaders to troop out en masse to receive the remains of this illustrious son and Nigeria’s political icon later today at the Ilorin International Airport.