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Family loses father, son same day

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A man, Melody Odiazor has allegedly been killed by vigilante members in Edo State, just as he was hurrying home after receiving news that his father was dead. The grieving mother of Melody, Helen Odiazor 60, has demanded justice for the murder of her son.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, yesterday said that police were already aware of the matter. He stated that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Saint Saviour Police Station, and the vigilante group that killed Melody have been invited for questioning. It was gathered that the late Melody, a truck driver apprentice, was shot by some local vigilante at Tipper Garage, along Saint Saviour Road around 9 p.m.

A family source said: “Melody was returning home after he received informed about the sudden death of his father. He was shot alongside two other boys by a trigger-happy vigilante group. The remains of the victims were afterwards displayed at the St Saviour Police Station.” Helen, who broke down and cried ceaselessly, said that the loss of her husband and son on the same day was shocking.

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Fire razes IDP camp in Plateau

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The newly constructed ultra modern Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau has been razed by fire.

The camp was constructed by the Presidential Committee on Flood, Relief, and Rehabilitation, which came into being after the 2012 flood disaster that ravaged 24 states in the country.

Mr. Bintan Wuyep, Director, Relief, and Rehabilitation, Plateau Emergency Management Agency confirmed the inferno while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Thursday.

Wuyep, who is the Acting Executive Secretary of the agency, said the disaster occurred on Tuesday.

He said, however, that SEMA had been unable to assess the level of damage due to the paucity of funds.

“We don’t have funds even to fuel our vehicle to go to the camp to ascertain the cause of the inferno and assess the extent of the damage.

“We have gone everywhere even for a loan, but we have not succeeded.

“Hence, we cannot give the exact level of damage caused by the sad incident,” Wuyep said.

The Acting executive secretary described the incident as “a big loss to Plateau and Nigeria as a whole.’’

According to him, the camp was meant to house Displaced Persons that might be affected by future disaster in any part of the state.

Wuyep added that SEMA had already informed the Presidential Committee of the sad development.
“The committee told us to assess the damage and formally write a report informing them of the cause and extent of the damage.

“But like I said earlier, we are constrained by lack of funds,” he said.

Wuyep appealed to the State Government to empower the agency with funds to enable it to function according to the law establishing it.

He commended the State House of Assembly for its resolve to investigate the cause of the inferno.

Wuyep stated that the action was not just timely but necessary.

 

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Zamfara teacher flogs student to death

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A teacher at Government Day Secondary School, Sankalawa, in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State has allegedly flogged a student to death.

 

The Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar-Gummi, disclosed the incident yesterday.

 

Abubakar-Gummi, who spoke under matters of urgent public importance during the assembly’s sitting in Gusau, said that the House had received several reports on the issue.

 

According to him, another incident at Government Female Day Secondary School, Kwatarkwashi, had led to the injury of a student after the Vice Principal allegedly subjected her to “heavy punishment”.

 

Gummi said: “These problems apart, from discouraging our children from acquiring education, also reveal poor attitude to work on the part of teachers in this state.”

 

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the lawmaker urged the House to invite the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology to explain steps taken to address the issues.

 

The Speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, described the actions of the teachers as unfortunate and vowed that the assembly would not allow the matter to pass.

 

He said: “It is part of our responsibilities to ensure effective security and good learning atmosphere for our children for their future development, therefore, we cannot allow teachers to continue harassing our children in school.”

The speaker directed the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology to invite the commissioner to appear before it on the matter.

Meanwhile, the Assembly has passed into law the bill for the establishment of Zamfara State University, Talata-Mafara.

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Tailor jailed 60 years for defiling girl, 12

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Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Lagos, yesterday sentenced a 58-year-old tailor, Cobina Iziejen, to 60 years imprisonment for defiling a 12-year-old girl (name withheld).

 

The court commissioned on February 1 by the Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke, convicted the Iziejen after he confessed to have slept with the victim (a primary five pupil) on three different occasions.

 

Iziejen was arraigned alongside two others – Raimi Jimoh (38) and Arowolo Kazeem Olorunwa (35) – on a three-count charge of defilement of a child.

The accused committed the offence sometimes in 2017 around Orimedu Town, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

 

While delivering the judgement, Justice Sybil Nwaka said: “The prosecutor, earlier in his address, said that issue of rape and defilement offences is now rampant; a situation where our children cannot freely move around especially in schools.

 

“I cannot agree more with the prosecuting counsel that incidence of rape has taken a new astronomical dimension in our society.

 

“The rate at which men in our society are prowling around, looking for young underage children to defile is alarming.

 

“Children, especially the girl child, are no longer safe in the custody of uncles, brothers even fathers, this is sad.

 

“Our children especially the girl child should be encouraged to cry out and report any sexual assault against them as this is the only way to correct this dire situation.

“We desire to make the city of Lagos and its environs safe for our children.

 

 

 

“These children are leaders of tomorrow and as such not to be ruined in their formative years.

 

“The state of Lagos has zero tolerance for sexual offences. In view of the plea of guilt and the facts by the prosecutor, Iziejen is hereby convicted accordingly.

 

“For these reasons, I hereby sentence you to 60 years imprisonment with hard labour. This is the judgment of this honourable court.”

 

However, the chief state prosecutor, B. T. Boye, said while the convict, who is the third defendant in the matter, pleaded guilty, the other two denied the allegation.

 

Boye said: “It was observed by the school authorities that the child was fond of returning late from lunch break during school hours.

 

“Upon enquiry, the child admitted that the second defendant, Olorunwa, has been having sexual intercourse with her during break time.

 

“The head teacher of the school probed further and thereafter reported the matter at Akodo Police Station, Ibeju-Lekki.

 

“It was at the station that the victim (Child X) also mentioned the first and third defendants as persons who have also defiled her several times during break time.

 

“Also, Iziejen pleaded guilty on February 12, 2018 and Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 states that any person who has sexual intercourse with a child commits a felony and upon conviction serves a punishment of imprisonment for life.”

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