Three persons were feared dead yesterday when operatives of the Lagos State Task Force and motorcyclists clashed on Isolo Road, in Mushin area of the state. Operatives of the task force were said to have gone to the motorcyclists’ park on Isolo Road about 10a.m. to impound motorcycles, but they were resisted by the riders which led to a clash. It was learnt that the motorcycle riders chased the policemen to Ojuwoye Junction. But when they got to the junction where traders were, the policemen started shooting at the riders. Witnesses said stray bullets hit two persons while the policemen’s van crushed a trader to death at Ojuwoye Market.
A trader, who identified herself simply as Iyabo, said there was commotion in the market, when the policemen started shooting indiscriminately. She said: “We were in the market, when suddenly we saw the task force officials in their vehicles with some motorcycle riders coming towards Ojuwoye junction. Before we knew what was happening traders had started shutting down their shops. “Before we knew what was happening, a hairdresser apprentice and a motorcycle rider had been hit by stray bullets from the policemen.
A woman, who was selling on the roadside, was crushed by the policemen’s truck.” Another resident, who did not want his name in prints, gave the names of the victims as Modinat, Abimbola Kolapo and Kazeem. He said: “It was unfortunate that they were killed in such circumstance.
The late Modinat was returning from school where she took her master’s daughter when the stray bullets hit her and Kazeem. The stray bullet hit the motorcycle rider in the chest, while Abimobola was also crushed to death by the truck of the task force when they were trying to escape from the motorcyclists, who were chasing them.
“What annoyed me most was that when we tried to rescue the trapped woman under their truck, the task force officials threatened to shoot anybody who dared to go close to the woman who was calling for help. Unfortunately before she was rushed to the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, she had died.
Her death ignited a protest.” Modinat’s distraught sister, Mrs. Aduke Adekola, said, it was bitter pill for the family to swallow. Adekola said the deceased left home in the morning with a promise to return. She said: “I learnt she was not part of those who were fighting the motorcycle riders; she was returning from where her master sent her when the stray bullet from the policemen hit her. I was told the policemen also prevented people from going close to her, in an attempt to rescue her. “But they were the ones who later evacuated her remains to the mortuary at LUTH. We don’t know how to inform her mother of her death. “I also learnt that her boss, Kudirat, fainted and was rushed to the hospital immediately she heard that Modinat had died. Her family members are still battling to bring her back to life; this is too much for us to bear.”
The Chairman of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers and Riders association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), who simply gave his name as Abo, said the excesses of the task force officials were unbearable. He said: “When they came this morning (yesterday), they approached me for money, which we normally give them. But one of them said the money we gave them was not enough and that we should add to it. “We persuaded them to accept it but they threatened to impound our motorcycles.
I said if they impound our motorcycles, how were we going to give them the money they normally collect from us? Before I knew what was happening, they had started impounding our motorbikes and we also resisted them.” Abo added that out of annoyance, some of the motorcycle owners mobilised themselves and started shouting at the policemen. He said: “To my surprise, the policemen started shooting sporadically. In the process, two persons were hit by stray bullets and one another woman was crushed to death when they were trying to escape from the angry mob.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chike Oti, could not be reached on his mobile line at press time. Confirming the incident, the head of Public Affairs, Lagos State Task Force. Mr. Adebayo Taofeek, said they went on a normal routine of enforcing the state traffic law. He said: “We were able to impound 25 motorcycles and took them to our office.
While at the office we received a distress call that some of the riders had mobilised and went on the rampage. We went back to the area with the support of policemen from Area D Command to maintain law and order. “Unfortunately, when we got to the scene, they had injured two officials of KAI and we were trying to rescue them when they attacked our vehicles. But I am not aware if anybody was killed in the process.”
Remarkable achievement! Nigerian-American girl born without hands wins handwriting competition
An inspirational story of a 9-year-old Nigerian-American girl, Anaya Ellick, is trending after she emerged winner of two national awards for exceptional handwriting skills in America. The feat, as outstanding as it is, is made even more remarkable considering that she was born without hands.
A third-grader in the Chesapeake area of Virginia in the United States, Ellick beat hundreds of others who competed with her to the award in competition in spite of her physical challenges.
She was named winner of the 2018 Nicholas Maxim Award, which is part of the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest on April 26. Ellick’s tale of extraordinary proportions shows she previously won the Nicholas Maxim Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship when she was a first grader two years ago.
Her story, one of the most profound depictions of the popular maxim – there is ability is disability, indicates that people should never limit the extent of their dreams and aspirations no matter the circumstance. With her feat, the amazing young girl has brought glory not just to her family but as well to Nigeria through academic brilliance.
The accomplishment by the girl, who found a way to be the best at writing despite the fact that she was born without hands, has left many observers wondering how she was able to pull it off. According to the organisers, the award recognises students with special-needs who have developed an exceptional skill in handwriting and even they are astonished that the 9-year-old who was also named winner of the contest’s print category, could do it again on a larger scale.
Being so close to home, Saturday Telegraph gathered that the little girl who doesn’t use prosthetic hands, took an unconventional approach to it all. She took time to learn how to hold a pencil between her arms both for the purposes of drawing and writing.
On account of the feat, her school has taken the lead in celebrating the Nigerian-American on social media. “Greenbrier Christian Academy is proud to announce third grader Anaya Ellick has won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Cursive!,” a post by the school began.Anaya previously won the Nicholas Maxim Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship as a first grader in 2016 and has claimed the title again with her outstanding cursive writing. “What makes Anaya’s achievement as a National Handwriting Champion so special is Anaya was born without hands and does not use prosthetic.
In order to write, she is able to hold a pencil between her two arms and stand at her desk to get the proper angle needed for writing. “Anaya is an extraordinary young lady. Her tenacity continues to inspire all of us at GCA. She has well-earned first place finish reminds us all what determination and hard work can achieve.
We are so proud of Anaya and her accomplishments. “During our Foundations Academy Chapel, Anaya’s teacher, Mrs. Becky Cannaday, shared a message on our character trait of the month, boldness, and on the importance of letting your light shine for God’s glory.
“Cannaday encouraged students to be bold and reminded our Gators that boldness does not always mean being front and center, but can also be shown by humbly standing alone in doing the right thing, even when everyone else is not. Mrs. Cannaday went on challenge students to respectfully love others and to not be fooled by the world into acting in ways that do not glorify God. “As at the time of going to the press, after Cannaday’s message, representatives from Zaner-Bloser presented Anaya with a monetary award and trophy.
The National Handwriting Contest is an annual event sponsored by Zaner-Bloser to promote legible handwriting,” the message concludes. In a statement, GCA Principal, Tracy Cox, also spoke about the remarkable 9-year-old. “Anaya is a remarkable young lady.
She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do,” said. “She is a hard worker and has some of the best handwriting in her class. Her determination is an inspiration to all of us at GCA,” she said.
LCDA creation: Oke Ogun community hails Ajimobi on grassroots devt
Residents of Wewe, one of the 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) created from the 33 Local Government Areas of Oyo State on January 16, 2018, have given kudos to the administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi for affording them at the grassroots level the opportunity of directly participating in the governance of the 42-year-old Pace setter state.
The commendation is sequel to the election and swearing in of the Council Chairman, Mr Olaniyi Olusegun Olawuwo, who was the first Caretaker Chairman of the area, created from the Saki West Local Government, and had within a very short period of time touched many of the sectors of the area.
Wewe community is known for its heavy reliance on agriculture, as well as some economic activities like iron pots, shear butter, bakery, table water factories and modern day businesses including tourist centre. Bordered in the East by Saki East Local Government; in the North by ATISBO Local Government; in the West by Saki West Local Government, and in the South by Asabari LCDA, Wewe LCDA covers about 60 kilometres terrain around a waterlogged area with many rivers adjoining Wewe River, which the LCDA was named after. According to Olawuwo, while speaking with Saturday Telegraph, his administration had been able to embark on and completed over 31 various projects including agricultural and natural resources, environment health, education and social services, primary health care, road construction among others.
Olawuwo while recounting his experience as the pioneer caretaker chairman and his mission to transform the LCDA said the creation of the council had in no small measure justified the reason Governor Abiola Ajimobi established the LCDA.
The level of development since the creation of LCDA has really gone deeper into the grassroots in the old local government areas. By the time we are privileged to execute our mission for this LCDA, without mincing words, it would be clear to everyone, even the critics of Governor Ajimobi, that the creation of LCDAs is primarily for the good of our people at the grassroots as promised by our Governor. “When I came on board, it was evident to me that we have a lot to do to key into the vision of our governor in ensuring development across the length and breadth of Oyo State.
You will recall vividly that his administration is championing rural and urban development. The urban cities have been enjoying massive development, so creation of LCDAs will match deep rural development.
“At Wewe LCDA, we came on board with a lot of hopes on our shoulder, hence our resolve to set the area on the road of development. In conjunction with the staff, we have been able to prove that the LCDA will in truth serve as a spring board for eventual development and as a platform to get our people’s view and come up with their actual needs”, Olawuwo said.
Court declares teacher’s sacking ‘unlawful’
The National Industrial Court, on Friday declared as `unlawful’ the dismissal of one Akpomovine Ojo-Gabriel for embarking on maternity leave by the Hillside School, Abuja. Justice Rakiya Haastrup in delivering the judgement ordered payment of her salary and cost of suit.
The judge said the defendant’s failure to recognise the claimant’s maternity leave and refusal to allow the claimant resume after her leave was unjustifiable.
Haastrup said the stopping of her salaries is in breach of the terms of contract of the parties as contained in the staff handbook. The judge said the defendant breached the agreement in the section of the handbook that dealt with maternity leave which the claimant was entitled to as a staff.
“The handbook stipulates one month notice or salary in lieu of notice is required where the employment relationship is to be terminated by either party,’’ she said. Haastrup said the act of the defendant in mandating the claimant to re-apply for her position was null and void.
She ordered the payment of the claimant one month basic salary and any other entitlements that may be due and accrued. The claimant was also awarded the sum of N50, 000 as cost of prosecuting the suit.
The court, however, said the claimant was not entitled to the claim for an order of reinstatement. The claimant’s counsel, Kingsley Osuji, said his client before her dismissal was a teacher at Hillside School, Abuja, until she left for a two months maternity leave which was duly sought for and approved.
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