FG reacts after Teachers of a boarding school for deaf kids in Abuja are accused of sexually exploiting the pupils

FG reacts after Teachers of a boarding school for deaf kids in Abuja are accused of sexually exploiting the pupils

The Department of State Security DSS and the Nigeria Police have began an investigation into an alleged abuse of some pupils of the Abuja School for the Deaf in Kuje.

The security agents were alerted recently after suspected ritualists invaded the school, abducted and molested some pupils, while initiating some others  into cult groups.

One of the parents of the affected students who spoke on Brekete (a breakfast programme on Human Rights radio) in Abuja on Tuesday February 5th, said that her son who attends the school had been molested by teachers in the school.

It was gathered some parents also brought the matter to the attention of the Federal Ministry of Education who contacted the Federal Capital Territory Administration, the government authorities overseeing the school.

The Federal Ministry of Education asked the DSS carry  a detailed investigation and  it was discovered that no case of molestation was found at the end of the investigation by the DSS.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, told the Nation that after a detailed investigation, it was discovered that no single sign of molestation was found.

The Permanent Secretary said the government again visited the school on Tuesday with a team of medical doctors and ordered a thorough examination of some of the pupils alleged to have been molested. Echono said 40 pupils were examined by a team of doctors and gynecologists and no sign of any form of molestation found on their bodies.

“We have done full investigation, involved the DSS and did surveillance for ten days. We embedded DSS operatives among the staff claiming they were posted there just to be watching day and night in the school to try and find out if anything unusual is going on.

“I called 64 different parents to find out if there had been any case, even of a child dying in the school not to talk about missing. There was no such case.

“We did 40 examinations today physically with their parents, covered no such single case out of the 40 that we did today. Medical doctors and gynecologists, did the test today and not a single case have been found. We are going to address a press conference when we finish.”

A statement issued by the Assistant Director (Information), FCT Secretariat, Anthony Ogunleye said:

“The attention of the Education Secretariat has been drawn to the alleged abuse of a pupil of the Abuja School for the Deaf Kuje as broadcast by an Abuja based radio station. The Secretary for Education is deeply concerned by the very serious allegations especially since the well-being of a minor is concerned. While the highly emotional broadcast has prompted an investigation by the Nigerian Police, the Secretary for Education has also ordered an internal investigation into the matter.

“While we await the result of the investigation by the law enforcement agencies we want to assure all parents and guardians that their children and wards are quite safe in our custody. We therefore enjoin them to remain calm and all enquiries can be sent to either the Secretary for Education or the Chairman, FCT Universal Basic Education Board.”

When contacted, the Spokesperson for the FCT Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, simply said: “We are aware of the case and we are investigating it.”

Jennifer Lawrence confirms engagement to Cooke Maroney

Jennifer Lawrence confirms engagement to Cooke Maroney

Jennifer Lawrence has confrimed that she is engaged to art dealer boyfriend Cooke Maroney,

Rumours were swirling after the Hunger Games actress was spotted wearing a ring while enjoying a night out with art dealer Maroney, 34, in New York over the weekend.

A spokesperson for Ms Lawrence just confirmed the engagement. A wedding date has not been announced yet.

Ms Lawrence, 28, was first romantically linked to Maroney in June 2018.

 

Jennifer Lawrence confirms engagement to Cooke Maroney

Man tries viral Polar Vortex boiling water trick. Gets burnt on video, roasted on YouTube

The trend of pouring boiling water and watching it freeze mid-air in sub-zero temperatures has gone viral to say the least. As the US Midwest battles Polar Vortex 2019, videos of boiling water freezing mid-air have surfaced on social media.

Chris Kieger who tried doing the Polar vortex had a different story to tell as some of the water burnt his calf .The 15-second long slow-motion video reveals the man throwing the water into the air above him. While most of the water successfully freezes like he may have wanted, the last bit from the pan lands on the back of his calf, burning him.

The video which is titled “Steamy Goodness” got comments that left more more burns for Chris than his actual burn .A comment read, “Let those scars serve as a permanent reminder that being stupid comes with a cost.”

Naomi Campbell likes steamy shirtless photo of rumoured beau Liam Payne amid claims they’re having a ‘mind-blowing’ time together

Naomi Campbell likes steamy shirtless photo of rumoured beau Liam Payne amid claims they

Supermodel, Naomi Campbell, 48 and British singer, Liam Payne, 25 are said to be having a ‘mind-blowing’ time together amid speculation they have been dating for two months.

The pair were first publicly spotted at Davido’s concert at the O2 Arena in London, and it was later revealed that they rung in the New Year together, partying in Ghana.

 

Naomi Campbell likes steamy shirtless photo of rumoured beau Liam Payne amid claims they

On Tuesday,  Naomi Campbell continued to fuel romance claims as she liked a steamy shirtless snap of Liam Payne, 25, on Instagram.

He captioned the snap: ‘Comment what you think I’m thinking…’

Naomi Campbell likes steamy shirtless photo of rumoured beau Liam Payne amid claims they

Man killed after being electrocuted by ‘charging phone’ while using earphones to listen to music (Graphic Photos)

Man killed after being electrocuted by ?charging phone

A Thai man has been killed after being electrocuted charging his phone while using earphones to listen to music in Thailand. 

 

Police said they found 24-year-old Kritsada Supol on his mattress with his Samsung device plugged into a power point with a cheap charging cable.

 

When the property owner visited his room in Chonburi the next morning, police said the body of the man who is factory worker was found with signs of burning around his ears.

Man killed after being electrocuted by ?charging phone

According to the Sun UK, he appeared to have been listening to music or talking to someone, with the microphone section of the earphones resting over his lips.

Police Captain Jaleuk Polthong from the Phan Thong Provincial Police Station in Chonburi, Thailand, said they believe that Kritsada was electrocuted while using the earphones and charging his smartphone at the same time.

The captain said: ‘We believe a short circuit caused his death while he was on the phone with someone or he was listening to music.’

Man killed after being electrocuted by ?charging phone

Officers blamed a poor quality charger for the death.

Polthong added: ‘Many people could be in danger if they use cheap charging adapters which are not manufactured from the authorised company.

‘It looks like the victim was electrocuted but the body will be sent for an autopsy to confirm the exact cause of death.’ Man killed after being electrocuted by ?charging phoneMan killed after being electrocuted by ?charging phoneMan killed after being electrocuted by ?charging phone

National Universities Commission gives licence to four new universities

National Universities Commission?gives licence to four new universities

The National Universities Commission (NUC), has given provisional approval to four new private universities to commence academic programmes.

 

Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, NUC at the presentation of the licences to the universities in Abuja on Tuesday, said the four universities had been under scrutiny since 2006. The universities are: Greenfield University, Kaduna State, Dominion University, Ibadan, Trinity University, Laloko, Ogun, and Westland University, Iwo, Osun.

 

With the approval, Nigeria now has 79 private universities, and a total of 173 universities, private and public. Rasheed underscored the need to increase the number of universities in the country, taking into consideration the country’s 200 million population.  He added that with the country’s population, only about two million students can access university education.

“Only less than 6 per cent students’ enrolment is in private universities. We hope the NUC work closely with you to ensure we introduce courses that are more attractive to prospective students and more appropriate to our current move to reposition the education system in Nigeria.

All over the world, private initiatives are welcome. Proper education cannot be handled by government alone. The NUC is not ready to sacrifice quality on the altar of access; we must ensure adherence to quality; we do not want to encourage you to run the university with impunity.’’

Rasheed added that the commission was currently processing about 270 applications in which many of them are active for approval.

Ayo Fayose mocks President Buhari for saying he assumed office in 2005 instead of 2015

Ayo Fayose mocks President Buhari for saying he assumed office in 2005 instead of 2015 (Video)

During the APC rally in Ekiti State today, President Buhari made another error when he said he assumed office in 2005 instead of 2015.

 

Reacting to the error, the immediate past governor of the state, Ayo Fayose said, ‘a man could not even remember when he assumed office. He said in Ekiti today that he assumed office in 2005. Yet, they still want him to continue as President. Must they ruin Nigeria just to promote their personal interests? Why can’t they just allow this man to go home and rest?

 

Court remands man in prison for allegedly stabbing another man to death over his refusal to accept Islam

Court?remands man in prison for allegedly stabbing another man to death?over his refusal to accept Islam

On Tuesday, an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos remanded a man identified as Habeeb Eletu, for allegedly stabbing to death, a man over his refusal to accept Islam.

 

The defendant, 26, whose plea was not taken, is being tried for malicious damage and murder. The Prosecutor, Insp. Kehinde Omisakin told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Jan. 22, at 9.00p.m., at Awoyaya Town in Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State.

 

Omisakin said the defendant allegedly became furious and dashed out at night on the said date, confronting whoever came his way to accept Islam. The defendant was said to have insisted that whoever refused to accept his religion would either be stabbed or have his property damaged.

 

The prosecutor alleged that in the process, the defendant maliciously damaged a Toyota Camry marked LND 568 FM (Lagos) and a Honda saloon car marked GGE 478 AM (Lagos). She said in the process, the defendant stabbed one Ojo, 27, whose surname was yet to be provided to death, adding that the deceased was stabbed in the chest with a knife.

 

“The defendant also inflicted deep injuries on the body of one Adedoyin Ayedun,” she said.  Omisakin said the offences contravened Sections 222, 350 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Komolafe ordered the remand of the defendant at the Ikoyi Prison.  Komolafe, however, fixed Feb. 8 for further hearing.

Sierria Leonean biggest hip hop artist Kao Denero features Runtown in new song, launches clothing line

 Sierria Leonean biggest hip hop artist Kao Denero features Runtown in new song, launches clothing line

Amara Denis Turay, popularly known as Kao Denero, is a Sierra Leonean Afro Hip Hop Artist born on October 17th 1985 in Lungi, Sierra Leone.
Kao Deno features Runtown in his new single Green Gold directed by Patric Ellis in Freetown.
He has had international collaborations with Shaba Ranks, Sarkodie, Busy Signal, X-Project, Cindy Sanyu and Runtown. He is regarded to be the most consistent artist from his country.
He is also launching is clothing line LEO WEAR which is an International brand and will be launched in 10 different counties around the world with top artists.
Watch KAO DENERO FT RUNTOWN – GREENGOLD video below and follow Kao Denero online @kaodeneroofficial

Finally, Governor Ambode presents N852.316bn budget for 2019 to State House of Assembly

Finally, Governor Ambode presents?N852.316bn budget for 2019 to State?House of Assembly

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday presented the year 2019 budget proposal of N852.316billion to the House of Assembly, with a pledge that it had been carefully prepared to be all-encompassing and dedicated to complete major ongoing projects in the State.

 

The Governor said N462.757billion representing 54 percent of the total budget size had been earmarked for capital expenditure, while N389.560billion representing 46 percent had been dedicated to recurrent expenditure, saying that key projects such as the Oshodi-Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road and Oshodi Interchange Terminal, among others would be completed.

 

He said from inception of his administration, nine key areas were given priority after careful assessment of the needs of the citizens, adding that such had informed the massive investment in the said sectors which he listed to include security, transport / traffic management, economy -including tourism and agriculture, housing, education, health, infrastructure – social and physical, water, wealth creation – skill acquisition/microfinance, e-Governance and enhanced capacity building, sustainable environment and smart city projects.

 

Giving details of what informed the budget size, Governor Ambode said the performance of Y2018 budget of N1.046trn as at November 2018 stood at 60 percent owing to reduction in revenue projections, while the total revenue stood at N530.192billion.

According to him, “In the outgoing year, however, we experienced a reduction in our revenue projections, which affected our projected performance and our desired implementation of the Y2018 Budget. The overall Budget performance as at November 2018 stood at 60 per cent/N574,206billion with actual cumulative total revenue of N530,192billion/64 per cent, Capital Expenditure closed at N311,930billion/49 per cent and Recurrent Expenditure performed at N262,276billion/82 per cent.

“In preparing the Year 2019 Budget, therefore, we were very mindful of the out-going year performance, the yearnings of our people and the fact that we are going into an election year. Consequently, we are today presenting a Budget that will be all-encompassing, reflect the level of resources that will be available and with special consideration to the completion of major on-going projects in the State.”

While outlining the key components of the Y2019 budget and the sectoral allocations, the Governor said with priority given to completion of major infrastructure projects and smooth transition to the next administration, the government was proposing a total budget size of ‘N852,316,936,483,’ including a deficit financing of N77.086billion which is expected to be sourced from internal loans and other sources.

Finally, Governor Ambode presents?N852.316bn budget for 2019 to State?House of Assembly

 

He added: “The projected total revenue for Year 2019 is ?775.231billion, of which ?606.291billion is expected to be generated internally,?168.940billion is expected from Federal Transfers while a total of ?77.086billion will be sourced through deficit financing within our medium term expenditure framework.

“In 2019, as was with our previous budgets, Economic Affairs still dominates the sectoral allocation of the proposed budget. This is due to our continued focus on the completion of major on-going projects such as: Oshodi-Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road; Agege Pen Cinema Flyover; Phase II of Aradagun-Iworo -Epeme Road, Oshodi Interchange Terminal; completion of JK Randle Complex, Onikan Stadium; Imota Rice Mill; Renovation/Furnishing of Lagos Revenue House, amongst others in order to meet their specified deliverable outcomes without any bias or prejudice to others.”

Expressing optimism that the revenues of the State would improve in 2019, Governor Ambode said the government had begun consolidating on the already established public financial management and technology-driven revenue reforms through data integration and use of multi-payment channels, just as he said that every strata of the society would benefit from the budget.

“The Year 2019 Budget has been carefully planned to accommodate all and sundry; women, youth and physically challenged, young and old. We will continue to spread development to all part of our state even as we embark on effective transition knowing fully well that the implementation, failure or success of the Budget depend on all of us,” he said.

Governor Ambode commended the Speaker and members of the Assembly for the support accorded his administration in the last three and half years, while also acknowledging the role of Royal Fathers, Religious leaders, members of the Business Community, Professional Bodies, Development Partners, Non-Governmental Organisations, public servants and all residents as well as members of the fourth estate of the realm for their various support and contribution during the lifespan of his administration.

In his remarks, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa expressed optimism that the budget would be of great benefit to the people of the State, just as he assured that the House would work with the executive to pass the budget.

Photo: Lagos state police arrest two men for drugging and raping girl in Lekki

Photo: Lagos state police arrest two men for drugging and raping girl in Lekki

The Gender Section of the Lagos State Police Command is investigating a case of rape reported  against one Razaq Oluwaseun Oke, 28, in Blue and Don-Chima George, 25,in Black of Dallankester Hotels, Lekki, Phase one Lagos.

 

A statement from the Lagos state police command, CSP Chike Oti, states that the duo allegedly took a girl, 23, to a club on Saturday, February 2, 2019, unknown to her that they had ulterior motive. While at the club, they mixed the young woman’s drink with a substance that made her weak and almost unconscious.

 

Satisfied that the drug was beginning to affect the victim, they quietly left the club with her to Dallankester Hotels in Lekki Phase one, owned by the father of one of the suspects named Don-Chima George.

 

At the hotel, they took turns to rape her. As if that wasn’t enough, they filmed the abuse.

 

When the victim woke up from the induced sleep, she confronted the suspects who denied having carnal knowledge of her. Not satisfied, she placed a call to her elder brother complaining that she had been violated.  The brother immediately invited policemen from Maroko Division led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Isah Abdulmajid to the scene.

 

On searching the suspects, the DPO recovered their phones and went through their video recordings where he saw a video of the suspects sexually abusing the apparently unconscious  victim.

 

The state  Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi has directed the Gender Section of the Command to investigate and diligently prosecute the suspects to serve as deterrent to others.

First picture of children killed in Stafford house fire

First picture of children killed in Stafford house fire

The four children who were killed when a fire ripped through their family home as they slept in the wee hours of this morning have been pictured for the first time.

The fire ravaged the house in Stafford in the early hours of this morning, claiming the lives of three boys and a girl, named locally as Riley, 8, Keegan, 6, and Olly, 3, and four-year-old little girl Tilly.

 

First picture of children killed in Stafford house fire

 

Natalie Unitt, 24, and her partner Chris Moulton, 28, and their two-year-old son, Jack, were saved and taken to hospital, where they are expected to recover from the smoke inhalation and burns they suffered.

 

First picture of children killed in Stafford house fire

 

Tearful neighbours and family are mourning the kids who have been described as ‘cute as buttons’. Mourners have laid teddy bears and flowers near the scene of the devastating fire this morning. Some of the tributes are believed to be from family.

 

First picture of children killed in Stafford house fire

 

A hand-written note attached to a cuddly toy read:

 

RIP Babes xx life is so so cruel. All our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.

 

One note read:

 

Will be dearly missed, love Uncle Dave and Auntie Lou Lou.

 

Another added:

 

To my lovely grandkids I will always miss you. Love you always xxx

 

 

First picture of children killed in Stafford house fire

 

Natalie Unitt’s former school friend, Sophie Flood, said the children were ‘her world’ and she didn’t know how Natalie would cope without them

Ms Flood, 26, told MailOnline:

 

Natalie was bullied at school. All she ever wanted in life was to be a mum and she lived for those kids. They were her whole world. Now she’s lost four of her babies she’ll be totally devastated. I don’t know how she’ll cope without them.

 

 

 

Chief Inspector John Owen, of Staffordshire Police, described the incident at 2.40am on Tuesday as ‘absolutely heartbreaking’.

 

First picture of children killed in Stafford house fire

Riley, 8.

 

A nearby resident described how a sheet of flames engulfed an upstairs window at the semi-detached property on Sycamore Lane in the Highfields area of Stafford.

The witness said:

 

We heard a bang and looked out of the back window upstairs. At the start it was just a sheet of fire coming out of the bedroom window. It seemed to take ages for the fire brigade to arrive – it seemed like forever.

The neighbours came out and drove their car out of the back garden and there were lots of fire engines and police.

 

 

 

First picture of children killed in Stafford house fire

Keegan, 6.

 

Neighbour Bryan Pickering, who lives around 40 yards from the scene of the fire, was among those who contacted the emergency services after spotting the blaze.

He said:

 

We were straight on to 999. The flames were coming out that bad, there was nothing you could have done – even with a ladder.

 

Another resident, who was also reluctant to give her name, said she had not realised that anyone had died in the blaze until she heard a news broadcast confirming that four children had died.

 

First picture of children killed in Stafford house fire

Tilly, 4.

 

The woman said:

 

The room at the back was completely full of flames.

We just stood there with our hands over our mouths wondering what was going to happen next.

A man and a woman got into an ambulance. They were in blankets and she had the little one in her arms. ‘I’d assumed they had all got out. It’s terribly sad, almost beyond belief.

 

Fire crews remain at the scene combing for clues as to what triggered the blaze.

 

 

 

Three-month-old baby burnt to death in Kano

Three-month-old baby burnt to death in Kano

A 3-month-old baby, Mohammed Sani, was burnt to death in a fire outbreak in Kano on Tuesday February 5th.

According to reports, Mohammed’s parents lived in a two-bedroom apartment at Sheka Yar’ Kasuwa in Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano where the fire started.

The mother of the child was the only one at home and had run out of the house in search of help from neighbours when the fire started. Unfortunately, the child died in the raging fire before men of the state fire service could contain it.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.