Several Students Among Over 24 Killed In Guinea Bus Crash

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An overtaking bus rammed into a truck in western Guinea on Sunday, killing more than 24 people — mostly school or university students.

The bus was travelling from the capital Conakry to Faranah in the southwest. The accident occurred near Kindia, Guinea’s fourth largest city some 130 kilometres (80 miles) east of Conakry.

The government said the crash led to “more than 24 deaths” and several injuries.

Local official Kabinet Kake told AFP that “students are the main victims.”

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Kake said the bus had collided with the truck while trying to overtake another bus.

Lieutenant Faouli Soumah from the gendarmerie said the corpses were “barely recognisable”.

Deadly road accidents occur regularly in Guinea and are often caused by poor road and vehicle conditions or reckless driving.

Fifteen people died in September in a minibus accident.

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Man Sets Varsity Student Ablaze During Brawl Over Sale Of Adulterated Petrol

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The Akwa Ibom State Police Command says its operatives are on the trail of a roadside petrol dealer in the university town of Obio Akpa in Oruk Anam Local government area of the state.

Mr Odiko Macdon, who is the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, explained that the suspect was declared wanted for setting an undergraduate student ablaze.

The suspect, now at large, was said to have fled the scene of the crime after setting the victim identified as on fire after an argument with him.

The victim was identified as Enwongo Akpan, a 200-level student of the Department of Philosophy at the Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU).

It was gathered that Akpa had bought petrol worth N500 from the suspect and later discovered it was adulterated when it failed to start his generator.

He was reported to have returned the petrol to the seller and demanded a refund of his money from the suspect, an action that resulted in an argument between the duo.

In the heat of the argument, the suspect collected the petrol, poured it on the victim, and struck matches on him while people around scampered for safety.

Channels Television gathered that the victim was later rescued by villagers and students while the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Nse Essien, was alerted of the incident.

Professor Nse Essien directed that the victim be taken to a popular hospital in Abak for immediate attention, after which he was moved to another medical facility for better treatment.

According to Macdon, the police are already on the trail of the suspect and will soon apprehend him with a view to bringing him to justice.

Chrisland Scandal: Lagos Govt Grills School Management, Teachers, Parents

 

All parties involved in the alleged Chrisland school scandal were scrutinised at the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Education Quality Assurance Conference Hall, Alausa in Ikeja on Wednesday.

A reliable source told Channels Television that those who attended the meeting were police officers, officials of the Education Quality Assurance, and that of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, Chrisland school authorities including the affected teachers, parents of the affected students.

The source further said that no student was sighted, however, against the earlier scheduled invitation by the police for all parties involved to report to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, for detailed investigations.

Their presence at the Ministry nullified the earlier arrangement to be at the state CIID, Panti.


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Wednesday’s meeting is the latest development since reports that some students of Chrisland schools were involved in a case of alleged sexual violence in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

While the Lagos State Government had shut all Chrisland schools in the state following the incident, it has also vowed to ensure justice is done.

It equally warned “that any person who engages in any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a child commits an offence and is liable to custodial sentence of fourteen (14) years. This includes ‘producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing an image of child pornography’.

The incident has sparked heated debates on social media. While many accused Chrisland of trying to cover up the matter, others claimed the student was raped.

But in a statement released shortly after, Chrisland denied claims of sexual abuse.

“We are proud to reassure our stakeholders that no rape of anyone or the administration of a pregnancy test on any child took place on our watch,” a statement signed by a member of the Chrisland advisory board, Akin Fadeyi, read.

“For emphasis, only a COVID post-travel test was conducted on the returning delegation of our students, in compliance with COVID-19 travel protocols, at the Life Centre Medical Services on March 21, 2022, at School Hall, Opebi.”

Police Officer Shoots Student In Oyo State

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The Oyo State Police Command has confirmed the shooting of a student by a police officer.

In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ngozi Onadeko, has ordered full-scale investigations into the death of the victim, Mr. Samuel Akinsuyi ‘m’ along Eruwa-Ibadan Road on Friday 11/03/2022.

He said the operatives involved have all been identified, apprehended, and undergoing debrief accompanied immediately with the commencement of their orderly room trials.

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In furtherance to the above, the Commissioner of Police, therefore, appealed for calm and reassured of a thorough and diligent investigation into demystifying the actions that led to the incident.

Adequate sanctions would be meted out in accordance with relevant laws and statutes, he said.

Osifeso added that updates would be provided in due course and urged residents and the student’s body to go about their normal business and academic activities as investigations continue on the matter

Reps Reject Bill Seeking To Bar Public Officers’ Children From Studying Abroad

 

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a bill seeking to prevent public officers from sending their children to schools overseas.

Some of them insisted that it infringes on the fundamental human rights of Nigerians. Others argued that some public officers do not control public funds and should not be prevented from giving their children the best education that they can afford.

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The bill, which was sponsored by representative Sergius Ogun, sought to ensure that only public officers who can show they can afford foreign education for their children without using public funds are allowed to do so.

Lawmakers appealed to Mr Ogun to step down the bill but he refused, and when it was put to vote, a majority voted against the bill.

Final Year Taraba Poly Student Drowns In Swimming Pool

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A 26-year-old Computer Science student of the Taraba State Polytechnic has been found dead in a swimming pool.

Identified as Clara Jacob, the lifeless body of the final year student was discovered at the Suite 11 Hotel swimming pool in Jalingo, Taraba State on Saturday.

The elder brother to the deceased, Jacob Joseph, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said the body has been taken to the Federal Medical Center, Jalingo and deposited at the Morgue.

“I am shocked beyond words to know that my own sister is no more.

“More surprising to me is that I heard she was nowhere to be found and the pool manager said he does not know how to swim not to talk more of searching for her at the deep side of the pool,” Joseph said.

Eyewitnesses at the scene say she was swimming alongside some friends when she suddenly went missing.

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According to the friends, they were all swimming together when they noticed Clara was struggling at the deep end of the pool.

When they called the pool manager to assist, he said he did not know how to swim.

“After several minutes of frantic efforts, we only succeeded in pulling her lifeless body out,” one of the friends of the deceased told Channels Television.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state, Abdullahi Usman, said the incident is yet to reach his desk by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Jalingo, LGA.

He, however, gave an assurance that an investigation will commence into the incident.

Taraba University Student Found Dead In Hostel

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A 200-level student of the Taraba State University in the Peace and Conflict Resolution Department has died after a brief illness.

According to an anonymous source, the student identified as Patience Samson was rushed to the school clinic on Saturday after her fellow students discovered she was critically ill.

She was attended to and discharged later in the day.

However, the source further disclosed that Samson was found dead in her hostel by Sunday morning.

The University’s Director of Communication, Sa’ad Mohammed, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone interview, stating that more details regarding the student’s death will be revealed.

Her remains have now been deposited at a morgue awaiting autopsy.

Police Arrest Lecturer Accused Of Raping Teenage Student In Ogun

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Police operatives in Ogun State have arrested a lecturer, Dr Stephen Ukenna, who was accused of raping a teenage student.

Ukenna is said to be a lecturer in the Department of Business Management at the Covenant University, Ota.

The 41-year-old suspect was alleged to have raped a 17-year-old student of the school and later arrested by the police.

Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, who is the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the state capital

He noted that Ukenna was arrested following a complaint lodged at the Ota Area Police Command by the parents of the victim.

According to the command’s spokesman, the victim’s parents reported that their daughter called them on phone from the school to inform them about the incident.

She was said to have been invited by the lecturer to his office under the pretence that he wanted to plan a surprise birthday party for her close friend.

Oyeyemi said on getting to the lecturer’s office, Ukenna reportedly locked the office door and forcefully had sex with the student.

Dr Stephen Ukenna was arrested following a complaint by the parents of the victim.

 

“Upon the report, the Area Commander in Ota, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Muyideen Obe, swiftly deployed his team to the school where the randy lecturer was promptly arrested,” he said in the statement.

During at interrogation by the police, the suspect was said to have admitted that he had carnal knowledge of the victim but was unable to give any reason for his action.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Ajogun, condemned the rape of the innocent student.

He also ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.

Protest Over Kidnap Of Lecturer, Student In Edo

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The students and staff of the National Institute of Construction Technology Uromi have staged separate protests at Uromi Esan northeast Local Govt Area of Edo State over the kidnap of a lecturer and a student.

Gunmen suspected to be bandits on Wednesday kidnapped the lecturer and student within the school premises.

Students are calling for the security of the school

They barricaded some roads asking the security agencies to step up efforts to ensure the safe release or rescue of the victims/

The protesting students are also insisting that more security should be provided in the school to guarantee the safety of staff and students at the school.

21-Year-Old Student Killed In Oyo

 

The police in Oyo State have confirmed another killing of a 21-year-old student in Ibadan, the state capital.

The victim, Grace Oshiagwu, was until her death a student of Oke Ogun Polytechnic in Shaki area of the state

Speaking to Channels Television via the telephone on Sunday, the spokesman of the State Police Command, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said the student was allegedly killed by unknown assailants around 3 pm this afternoon with machete cuts on the head.

According to him, police personnel rushed to the scene after a distress call and took her to Adeoyo hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

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Meanwhile, the Command says an investigation has commenced into the matter with the Police Tactical teams on the trail of the assailant(s).

The police spokesman also asked members of the community to avail the authorities with credible information to unravel the misery behind these dastard killings and put an end to it.

Hong Kong Student’s Death Triggers Fresh Outrage

Students of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) participate in a march towards HKUST president Wei Shyy’s lodge in Hong Kong on November 8, 2019, following the death earlier in the day of student Alex Chow, 22, who was taken unconscious to hospital early on November 4 following late-night clashes between police and protesters.
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A Hong Kong student who sustained head injuries when he fell during clashes with police died on Friday, triggering a fresh wave of outrage from the pro-democracy movement and fears of more violent unrest.

Although the precise chain of events leading to 22-year-old Alex Chow’s fall are unclear and disputed, his death is the first student fatality during five months of demonstrations.

Protesters, who allege police tactics contributed to Chow dying, responded to his death with calls for Friday night vigils across the city as well as further rallies over the weekend.

“Today we mourn the loss of a freedom fighter in Hong Kong,” Joshua Wong, a prominent pro-democracy campaigner, said on Twitter.

“We will not leave anyone behind – what we start together, we finish together. Given the losses suffered by Hong Kong society in the past month, the government must pay the price.”

Online forums used by the largely anonymous and leaderless protest movement also quickly filled up with the calls for vigils to mourn Chow’s death.

Chow was taken to hospital early on Monday morning following clashes between police and protesters in the middle-class district of Tseung Kwan O.

He was certified dead by the hospital on Friday morning after failing to emerge from a coma.

He had been found lying unconscious in a pool of blood inside a multi-storey car park that police had fired tear gas towards.

Protesters had been hurling objects from the building, in the type of confrontation that has become routine in late-night rallies over recent months.

Police acknowledged that tear gas had been used to disperse protesters near the car park where Chow fell on Sunday night.

But they denied any wrongdoing, saying their use of tear gas was justified and rejecting other allegations of hindering Chow’s rescue.

“The police did not hinder any fire services officers, ambulance responders or ambulance at all from taking the injured to leave the scene,” a police spokeswoman said this week.

In a short statement, the Hong Kong government expressed “great sorrow and regret” on Friday over Chow’s death.

It did not comment on the specific circumstances that led to him dying, other than to say police were investigating.

‘Eliminate Disorder’

In Beijing, foreign affairs ministry Geng Shuang declined to comment directly when asked about Chow’s death.

“This isn’t a diplomatic question so I suggest you ask the relevant government department. I will just say this: stopping the violence, eliminating disorder, and restoring order is Hong Kong’s most urgent task,” Geng told reporters.

Chow was a student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The college held its graduation ceremony Friday morning, and university head Wei Shyy paused the proceedings to announce Chow’s death.

After the ceremony was cut short, hundreds of students gathered to mourn Chow’s passing and condemn what they described as police brutality.

“Hindering rescuers is attempted murder!” Student chanted as they marched in the campus.

Millions of people have taken to Hong Kong’s streets since June in the greatest challenge to China’s rule of the city since its handover from the British in 1997.

China governs Hong Kong under a special “one country, two systems” framework that is meant to give the city more freedoms and liberties than on the mainland.

But public anger has been building for years over a belief that Beijing is eroding those freedoms, especially since President Xi Jinping came to power.

The protests were triggered by a government effort to introduce a law allowing extraditions of criminal suspects to mainland China.

Hong Kong’s government belatedly withdrew the plans but not before the protest movement escalated into wider calls for democracy.

Protesters are demanding fully free elections to choose the city’s leader, as well as an investigation into alleged abuses by police.

Court Awards N25m To Student Who Became Blind After Being Flogged By Teacher

 

A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has ordered the proprietress of Cendom International Nursery and Primary School, Olodi-Apapa, Lagos, Mrs Uche Owen, to pay N25 million as damages to a 5-year-old pupil of the school, Destiny Kalu who became blind after he was flogged for not paying school fees.

Destiny had through his father, Inyima Kalu, dragged Mrs Owen and his class teacher, Miss Uduak Sam before the court in 2013 for flogging and inflicting severe injuries to his right eyes over non-payment of school fees.

In his statement of claim, Destiny alleged that on June 20, 2011, Mrs Owen came to his classroom and flogged all the pupils that had not paid their school fees.
He stated that the proprietress further instructed their class teacher, Miss Uduak to flog them severely.

Destiny claimed that while being flogged, his right eye was covered with blood as a result of cane injury inflicted on him by the teacher.

He said the incident left him in pains and tears for several hours unattended to in the schooI premises.

Destiny further claimed that his class teacher neglected him as he bled internally and water gushed out of his right eye all through the school hours, until he was picked up at the close of school by his father after every staff of the school had abandoned him and gone home.

Destiny was subsequently taken to Ajeromi General Hospital Lagos where he was treated and later referred to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH)
At LUTH, the right eye was operated on without success. Doctor’s report revealed that Destiny’s right eye was permanently damaged and cannot perceive light as a result of severe internal damage.

Following the permanent injury sustained by Destiny, his father demanded N30 million as compensation from the school.

In her statement to the Nigeria Police after the incident, Miss Uduak admitted that she punished the infant by caning him on the instruction of the principal, Mrs Owen.

However, in her statement of defence, Uduak claimed that Destiny may have sustained the injury on his right eye during a fight with another pupil in the school.
The proprietress also denied being responsible for the injuries sustained by Destiny.

Delivering judgment in the matter after six years of trial, Justice Yetunde Idowu held the two defendants liable for the permenant injury.

Justice Idowu held that the defendants owe a duty of care to Destiny but breached that duty by flogging and inflicting injury on him.

She said: “Caning a child for non-payment of fees is not only wrongful but illegal. It is trite and universally accepted that caning a child does not have positive effect. Flogging is an abuse of a child and domestic violence against a child. It should be discouraged completely as it is contrary to all known best practices and unacceptable.

“The child was under the custody of the 1st Defendant, in her school premises. The 1st and 2nd Defendants, the owner of the school and the class teacher owe a duty of care to the child. The duty of care was breached when the 2nd Defendant on the instruction of the 1st Defendant engaged in flogging the child.

“Vicarious liability basically means that employers are liable for the torts of their employees, committed during the course of employment. A tort is a wrongful act or an infringement of a right (other than under contract) leading to legal liability.

“Damages in the sum of N25 million is awarded in favour of the infant suing by the next of kin.”