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Benue: Five farmers murdered after Osinbajo’s visit



  • Bandits kill 10, sack four villages in Kaduna
  • Houses, food barns burnt

Again, gunmen believed to be herdsmen yesterday murdered five farmers in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State. Scores of other people were still missing in the attack which came a few hours after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, left the place.

This came as armed men overrun four villages in Kaduna State and killed 10 people. Osinbajo had undertaken a two-day working visit to the state to have first-hand information on the deadly attacks and interact with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Logo was one of the local government areas the Vice-President visited. While there he had given the IDPs hope of returning to their ancestral homes to continue with normal farming activities. But the killers invaded the local government area when farmers were on their way to the farms and burnt down many houses.

The attack has forced hordes of the inhabitants to flee their homes. A community leader in the area, Chief Joseph Anawa, said the invaders made incursion into the area between 6:30a.m. and 9a.m. and launched the attack on Ukemberagya community and Gaambe-Tiev. He said: “So far, three dead bodies have been recovered.

Those killed are Bem Torjem, Apedzan Chia and Akpuku Koya. Many others are still missing as I am speaking with you.” Anawa said five villages – Tse- Mue, Torkaa, Mgbakpa, Torjem and Ifer – were worse hit.

The local government Chairman, Mr. Richard Nyajo, confirmed the killings and said he had reported the matter to the police and Governor Samuel Ortom.

The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, also confirmed the killing of three people in the area. “While we were having a Security Council meeting, we got a report that there was an attack on Chembe village on Wukari- Anyiin Road which falls within Logo Local Government Area.

“The Police Special Forces have moved to the place and so far, from the report I got three persons were killed and because it’s a developing story we will update you when we have more information,” Owoseni said. Meanwhile, the killing in Kaduna came days after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, opened a military operation base in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of the state.

The attack occurred at Mashigi, Dakwaro, Sabon Gida, and another village near Dakwaro, all in Kakangi Ward of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Aliyu Mukhtar, confirmed the attack. Mukhtar, however, said the command was in the process of confirming the actual casualty figure.

The people of Birnin-Gwari have been under attacks from bandits for some time now. Hundreds have been killed, abducted and maimed while villages sacked. Recently, 11 soldiers sent to the area to stem the tide of attacks were also killed by the bandits.

Buratai had given soldiers posted to the area three weeks to root out the bandits from their enclave before the recent attack. The bandits attacked the villages and killed anyone in sight, burnt houses, food barns and destroyed others.

It was learnt that so far 10 bodies have been recovered from the villages and surrounding bushes, even as rescue operation is still ongoing. A member of the volunteer group, Malam Umar, said so far “10 bodies have been recovered, while many are unaccounted for”.

But the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Aliyu Mukhtar, said seven persons were killed in the attack in Birnin-Gwari. According to him the attack occurred on Wednesday about 6p.m. Mukhtar also disclosed that the combined team of security operatives comprising the police and military was now on the trail of the bandits.

He said the police would do everything possible to apprehend the killers and bring them to justice. Also, the bandits burnt houses and grain stock of the affected villages. According to him, volunteers from the southern axis of Birnin- Gwari and security men have been mobilised to the affected communities to ascertain the number of casualties. Also, the member representing Birnin-Gwari/Giwa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hassan Shekarau, had earlier raised a motion on the floor of the House, calling for government’s intervention over the incessant killings in his constituency.

However, the gunmen struck in the lawmaker’s Kakangi Ward a day after his motion. On their part, the Birnin Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, a group of indigenes of Birnin-Gwari both home and in the Diaspora, said in a statement that “the affected villages are in need of aid, such as food, shelter and clothes”.

The group said despite the attacks and kidnappings which had almost become a daily occurrence on Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road, “we are saluting the Federal Government and security agencies for the deployment of personnel to deal with the situation in Birnin-Gwari. “We hope more troops and special police task force will be deployed.”

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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.

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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.

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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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