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Ill El-Zakzaky, wife depart Nigeria for india

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The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria [IMN], Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, have left Abuja for India for medical treatment.

The duo were accompanied by security personnel aboard an Emirate Airline.

El-Zakzaky and his wife arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja earlier on Monday, following the order of a Kaduna State High court which granted them leave to undergo treatment at an Indian hospital of their choice.

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This followed an application by El-Zakzaky’s counsel and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), to allow them to travel for treatment as a result of their deteriorating health condition.

Justice Darius Khobo, thereafter, granted the leave on August 5, adding that the IMN leader and his wife would be accompanied abroad by officials of the Kaduna State Government.

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Their trial is expected to resume as soon as they return from the trip.

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COVID-19: Lagos working to protect pupils when FG reopens schools – Education Commissioner

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The Lagos State Government has begun work on putting measures to protect pupils when the Federal Government reopen school nationwide.

WuzupNigeria reports that the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari [retd], had announced the closure of schools to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at the annual ministerial press briefing of the state Ministry of Education on Tuesday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, said although it was the FG that would decide when the schools, the state was putting in place measures to protect the pupils when the schools reopen.

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“It is the Federal Government that will open the schools as they were the ones that closed the schools. Recall that the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 on Monday said schools remain closed.

“I can’t give you a date when schools will resume in Lagos, but we are working with development partners, ministries of Education across the country to come up with series of protocols on how we will be able to manage when we open schools.

“So, we are working behind the scene, we have a paper on the protocols and we will start to share as the paper is finally approved in a few days.

“There must be protocols that will address schools with large gatherings.

“There are many things we are thinking of, we are thinking about pupils not coming to school every day so that we will be able to spread the children across the whole school.

“Pupils don’t have to be in their class to learn, they can learn in a room with tables and chairs.”

Adefisayo added that a total of 3000 primary and secondary school teachers were recently absorbed into the teaching workforce of the Lagos State in a bid to boost the capacity of the existing workforce thereby providing quality education.

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The Commissioner also pointed out that the Ministry had embarked on the construction and upgrading of Public Schools’ infrastructure across the state with the completion of six blocks of 92 classrooms in primary schools and three blocks of 54 classrooms in secondary schools in the state.

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Expedite action to bring Omozuwa’s killers to justice, group tasks Police

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Girl Child Africa, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) on Tuesday, urged the Police to intensify efforts to ensure that killers of Miss Uwaila Omozuwa were brought to justice.

Founder of Girl Child Africa, Bukky Shonibare made the call in a telephone interview with the Newsmen

Omozuwa, a student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) was gruesomely raped and murdered in a church in Edo, where she had apparently gone to study ahead of the resumption of academic activities.

This elicited protests by various groups and individuals, demanding the arrest and prosecution of her murderer (s) who was/ were still at large.

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While condemning the rape and murder of the 100 level female microbiology student of the UNIBEN, Shonibare emphasized the need for police to work assiduously to establish the facts surrounding Omozuwa’s death.

The human rights activist also stressed the need to implement laws that protected the lives and rights of citizens from abuse, particularly women.

According to her, the way we handle Omozuwa’s matter will serve as a deterrent to others and go a long way in stopping rape in the country.

“This brings to the fact that we have laws that protect the lives and rights of citizens from abuse.

“If those laws exist as letters and are not implemented, then every person who wants to indulge in sexual abuse will have his or her way.

“In February 2019, Edo government signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill which stipulates appropriate punishments for sexual abuse.

“Same was replicated in some states but unfortunately the laws are not being implemented.

“Since the passage of this law, we have not had instances where they are used to serve as a deterrent to those who may want to indulge in such ugly practice,’’ Shonibare said.

She, however, decried unwholesome practices in the judiciary, saying that they contributed to slowing down quick dispensation of justice in the country.

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She said “even when you take such cases to the courts, the corruption is discouraging and will not allow victims to get justice.

“We will continue to have such cases of abuse if the laws are not implemented.

“Therefore, the way we follow Uwa’s case will go a long way in stopping sexual abuse in Nigeria,’’ Shonibare said.

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VP Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu, ASUU hail Unilag VC at 60

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VP Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu, ASUU hail Unilag VC at 60
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu have prayed for more wisdom, strength and favour for the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, as he clocked 60.

In a congratulatory message made available to newsmen in Lagos, Osinbajo thanked God for Ogundipe’s life. and prayed Him to grant the vice-chancellor more grace.
”Dolapo and I, congratulate you heartily on your 60th birthday anniversary.
”We bless the name of the Lord for his great favour and mercy over your life in the past years. God is truly worthy of praise.
”As we celebrate with you and your family and friends as you attain this milestone, we pray that as your days are, so shall your strength, wisdom and favour with God be, in Jesus name,” Osinbajo prayed.
Similarly, Sanwo-Olu congratulated the vice-chancellor, saying that he  (Ogundipe)  belonged to the privileged class of ‘Nigeria’s Independence’ children.
”You were born in the same year the country emerged as an independent nation, bearing the hopes and aspirations of the African continent and the entire black race.
”By your towering and exceptional achievement as a foremost man of God, scholar, administrator and patriot, you stand tall today.
”I have followed closely your transformational strides at Unilag, which happens to be my alma mater.
‘’Under your watch, the institution entered the 2020 Times Higher Education Ranking of the best 1000 universities in the world, for the first time,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The governor said that the vice-chancellor had registered his footprints on the sands of time, by his achievements.
“I am proud of the work you are doing and grateful that the Almighty God has spared your life to see this Diamond Jubilee,” he said.
The governor prayed to God to continue to grant Ogundipe grace and wisdom to take the university to greater heights.
”On behalf of my wife, Ibijoke, and myself, I congratulate you and the entire Ogundipe family on this milestone, and wish you many more glorious years,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Also in a congratulatory message, the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) wished Ogundipe more years of experience and diligence.
”The association rejoices with the vice-chancellor. We believe he is 20 years old, plus 40 years of experience. We look forward to another 40 years when we will come back to celebrate him.
”We wish him the very best in office as he continues to pilot the affairs of the Great Akokites,” ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said.
Newsmen report that Ogundipe clocked 60 years on Sunday.
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