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WE’VE BEEN ABANDONED! Parents of 13-year-old SSS1 pupil crushed by BRT bus say son needs surgery on his hip


A Senior Secondary School one pupil, Ibrahim Abdullahi, is battling with crushed leg and hand at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

The 13-year-old was reportedly knocked down by a BRT bus at the Maryland bus stop, Lagos, immediately he alighted from another BRT bus.

The victim’s mother, Funke Oladipo, alleged that Primero Nigeria Limited, the operator of BRT buses on the Ikorodu Road corridor, had abandoned the victim at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where he was admitted.

She said an official of the transport firm, identified as Yomi, stopped visiting the victim about two weeks ago when he collected the victim’s hospital bills.

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Abdullahi was knocked down by the BRT bus on March 16, 2018.

His right leg and hand were reportedly crushed by the vehicle.

His mother told our correspondent that the family had not heard from the company managing the BRT buses since the firm paid N100,000 for the treatment.

She said,

“He was going to Mende that day to spend the weekend with my sister. As he alighted from a BRT bus, another oncoming BRT bus hit him. He was taken to the Eko Hospital from where he was referred to LASUTH.

“The BRT management gave us N100,000 when the incident happened. One of their officials, Mr. Yomi, came here (LASUTH) about two weeks ago and we gave him a medical bill totalling N400,000.

“He promised to get back to me soon. I have been calling him, but he did not pick my calls and nobody from the BRT management has visited since then. I called him again today (Monday); he did not pick my calls. It was my sister’s call he later picked and he only promised her that he would come.”

Funke said her son was billed for grafting on his lap on Friday after which a surgery would be carried out on his dislocated hip.

“A doctor has told us from day one in the presence of Mr. Yomi that the grafting would cost about N180,000. We have to pay before Wednesday if we want it to be done on Friday. We are worried that the management is not showing up and I have no means of paying the bills,” she added.


Edo to launch sex offenders’ register



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The Edo State Government, on Wednesday, said it was working with consultants to domesticate the sex offenders’ register as part of its stance against rape and other forms of gender-based violence.

The Chairperson, Edo State Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, who addressed journalists in Benin City, said the government remained committed to its zero-tolerance for any form of gender-based violence.

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Omorogbe, who is also the state’s attorney-general and commissioner for justice, stated,

“I am hoping that in the coming months, after working with our consultants, we will be able to launch our own Edo State sex offenders’ register, which is expected to be a live register to prevent manipulation.

“I want to send a message to the perpetrators out there. We are coming for you. To all those who take pleasure in inflicting violence on their spouses, children and others, know this day that your days are numbered.”

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Amnesty International to Buhari: Declare rape a national emergency



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A global human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to declare rape a national crisis in the country.

Amnesty International Nigeria said on Wednesday that it joined its voice to other civil societies demanding justice for Uwaila and Barakat.

The AI Nigeria, in a series of tweets, noted that a “toxic culture that encourages men to see women as passive sex objects” must be discouraged.

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The organisation tweeted,

“The government’s response to rape continues to be woefully inadequate. Frequent reports of rape across Nigeria are a gruesome reminder of the violence women and girls face. Violence against women and girls is often not properly registered or investigated.

“The rape and murder of 18-year-old student, Barakat Bello, in Ibadan is shocking. Amnesty International is calling on the Nigerian authorities to declare a national crisis on rape. Women and girls’ safety must be paramount across Nigeria.

“Dear President Buhari, declare rape a national crisis. Rape is a crime. If there is no consent, it is rape, even if the victim stays quiet and does not resist. The ‘boys will be boys’ mentality warps sex into something for men, done by men to women, without regard for the woman’s well-being. This toxic culture that encourages men to view women as passive sex objects needs to be addressed.

“We are joining people in Nigeria to demand justice for Omozuwa (Uwaila), who was raped and murdered in a Nigerian church. Violence against women must stop. Authorities have to ensure justice for her and other women.”

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 348 coronavirus cases, total now 11,166



Nigeria has recorded new Coronavirus cases with the NCDC announcing 348 new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Newsone Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 348 new Coronavirus cases in a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Wednesday evening, June 2.

This burgeoning online news platform understands that the NCDC noted that of the 348 COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday evening, 163 were detected in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city, FCT-76 Ebonyi-23 Rivers-21 Delta-8 Nasarawa-8 Niger-8 Enugu-6 Bauchi-5 Edo-5 Ekiti-5 Ondo-5 Gombe-5 Benue-4 Ogun-2 Osun-1 Plateau-1 Kogi-1 Anambra-1, southeast Nigeria.

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To be continued……

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