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Three out of the six students of the state College of Health and Technology in Offa town allegedly raped their female colleague in the institution, according to The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command, Mr. Ambrose Aisabo on Friday.
During a media briefing in Ilorin The CP said the victim was allegedly drugged by the suspects (names withheld) before they allegedly raped her.
According to the police boss, the suspects allegedly raped the female student ‘mercilessly until she became unconscious.’
He stated that the female student was being treated at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
He added that the remaining three suspects would be apprehended and the six suspects prosecuted.
Aisabo also said the command had arrested three suspects (names withheld) for cultism.
ABUJA — President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday announced the suspension of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over alleged “various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct”.
In a statement in Abuja the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati said the suspension of The CBN governor was as a result of the reports of the Financial Reporting Council Of Nigeria and other Investigating bodies which he said indicate “far-reaching irregularities under Mallam Sanusi’s watch which have distracted the Central Bank away from the pursuit and achievement of its statutory mandate”.
The statement further Directed that the most Senior Deputy Governor of the CBN, “Dr Sarah Alade who will serve as Acting Governor until the conclusion of on-going investigations into breaches of enabling laws, due process and mandate of the CBN”.
The statement reads
“Having taken special notice of reports of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and other investigating bodies, which indicate clearly that Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s tenure has been characterized by various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct which are inconsistent with the administration’s vision of a Central Bank propelled by the core values of focused economic management, prudence, transparency and financial discipline;
“Being also deeply concerned about far-reaching irregularities under Mallam Sanusi’s watch which have distracted the Central Bank away from the pursuit and achievement of its statutory mandate; and,
“Being determined to urgently re-position the Central Bank of Nigeria for greater efficiency, respect for due process and accountability, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has ordered the immediate suspension of Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from the Office of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“President Jonathan has further ordered that Mallam Sanusi should hand over to the most senior Deputy Governor of the CBN, Dr Sarah Alade who will serve as Acting Governor until the conclusion of on-going investigations into breaches of enabling laws, due process and mandate of the CBN.
“The President expects that as Acting Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Alade will focus on the core mandate of the Bank and conduct its affairs with greater professionalism, prudence and propriety to restore domestic and international confidence in the country’s apex bank.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria reassures all stakeholders in Nigeria’s financial and monetary system that this decision has been taken in absolute good faith, in the overall interest of the Nigerian economy and in accordance with our laws and due process” the statement concluded.
National Assembly split
Members of the National Assembly were yesterday divided along partisan lines on the suspension from office of the governor of the Central Bank, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. While the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP controlled Senate gave official support for the action of the president, senators belonging to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, however, strongly objected to the action as they described it as an erosion of the powers of the Senate.
Strong efforts by PDP members of the House of Representatives to also endorse the president’s action was, however, thwarted by APC members of the House who out voted the PDP legislators in the motion on a vote to condemn the president’s action.
Despite the Senate’s assertion of the correctness of the president’s action in suspending the CBN governor, the House of Representatives in the motion said the president’s suspension of the nation’s top banker was an erosion of the powers of the Senate.
Senate spokesman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who gave the official reaction of the legislative house said the president acted within the ambit of the CBN Act in suspending Sanusi from office.
“The President only suspended Sanusi, he did not sack him. So he acted accordingly.”
He, however, said the Senate had received communication from the president on a successor for Sanusi who is expected to formally leave office in June.
He said the president had forwarded Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the present managing director of Zenith Bank plc as the next governor of the CBN.
Besides Emefiele, a deputy governor was also submitted to the Senate for confirmation.
Reps counter Senate
The official position of the Senate was, however, countered by some APC senators including Senator Babajide Omoworare, APC, Osun East, who described the suspension as illegal and outside the powers of the president.
In a chat with newsmen, Omoworare said Sanusi’s suspension was illegal and contrary to the provisions of the CBN Act which prevents the president from doing anything to the CBN governor except removing him subject to the approval of two-thirds majority of the Senate.
”Democracy is not about ambushing but the President’s action today on the suspension of Sanusi is like ambushing democracy by not following the rule of law because the President has no powers to do so going by the provisions of the CBN Act. Thus, his action as far as I am concerned and I know as far as law abiding Nigerians are concerned, is illegal.
”Sanusi no doubt, has been the crown witness in the matter of alleged mismanagement of Nigeria’s oil proceeds to the tune of $49.8 billion within the last two years which made his suspension at this time very uncomfortable to Nigerians and her strategic foreign partners,” he insisted.
Apparently embittered by what they claimed as the selective fight against corruption as claimed by the president for the ouster of Sanusi, the House of Representatives yesterday mandated its committees on Justice, and Legislative Compliance to compile all reports and resolutions dealing with corruption by public officials which the president has yet to act on. The reports are to be brought to the attention of the president for him to act on them immediately.
Points of law
Following resumption yesterday, the House Minority Whip, Rep. Samson Osagie, ACN, Edo State upon a point of order brought a motion on the suspension of the CBN governor.
Osagie had barely finished reading his motion when Rep. Henry Ofongo, PDP, Bayelsa, raised another point of order to challenge him, but he was overruled by Speaker Aminu Tambuwal.
Osagie in his motion observed that section 11(7) of the CBN Act, 2007 upon which the president claimed to have acted did not contemplate the suspension of a CBN governor as he alleged that the president could only remove the governor if found wanting upon endorsement by two-thirds of the Senate.
As he spoke he was heckled by PDP members. Rep Henry Ofongo a PDP member who punctured him through a point of order faulted Osagie, saying the minority whip was bringing in issues from the CBN Act, which were not relevant to the matter at hand.
He was overruled by Speaker Tambuwal who told him to wait for his turn.
Uproar set in when Rep Ralph Nnanna Igbokwe also raised a point of order, drawing the attention of the House to the same section of the CBN Act earlier cited by Osagie which gave the President powers to appoint and remove the CBN Governor.
According to him, if CBN was a public institution, operating under the public service rules with Sanusi as a public officer heading the institution, he can be removed under such rules if found wanting in the discharge of his duties, urging the House “to resist every temptation not to act on the side of the law.”
While Tambuwal ruled Igbokwe as being in order, the speaker, however, said Igbokwe’s assertions did not address the matter of the suspension.
The deputy majority leader, Rep. Leo Ogor on his part defended the suspension as the beginning of a process, and not an end in itself.
“For you to remove somebody, there has to be a process, and the suspension is the beginning of that,” the lawmaker stated, amidst shouts of ‘No! ‘No!! No!!! from supporters of the motion.
Following the conclusion of the debate, Speaker Tambuwal put question as to whether the House should condemn it and the ayes in the House carried the day.
Following the debate other APC House members spoke on the development.
The Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, APC, in his reaction expressed dismay saying:
“I am concerned about its legality. Whilst it can be argued that an employer has the right to suspend an employee, the question here is whether this is a suspension or a removal in the guise of suspension.”
Gbajabiamila further described the suspension as an attack on CBN autonomy and setback for the fight against corruption.
“For good reason the Central Bank governor, world over is independent and autonomous. To remove him you need confirmation and buy-in of the Senate. You cannot do it through the back door. If you read carefully the reasons advanced by the Presidency then it becomes clear that this is a removal and not a suspension and therefore illegal and unconstitutional.”
“It becomes more worrisome when you consider the timing and the fact that the CBN Governor has just blown the lid off a monumental scandal involving the disappearance of $20 billion from our coffers. The message being sent out is not the best. There can be no worse attack on the autonomy of the apex financial institution as envisaged by the constitution. For God’s sake the man only has 3 months left!”
Also in a direct response to Sanusi’s suspension, Rep. Pally Iriase (Edo/APC) in a chat with newsmen challenged President Jonathan to disclose allegations of “various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct,” he gave as reason for Sanusi’s suspension.
Iriase said the suspension which he described as “hasty” could dent foreign investors’ confidence in the country’s economy.
“We have been talking about impunity. This (Sanusi’s suspension) is yet another show of impunity by this administration. The suspension is personal and is not unconnected with the recent disclosure of missing money from the NNPC.
“It is a clear case of if you cannot shut him up, ship him out. It should be condemned in its totality.” Iriase said.
Worried by the high rate of young ladies and women engaging in prostitution for survival as well as termination of unwanted pregnancy in the country, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, had urged the nation’s teeming young ladies to take to noble professions by refraining from prostitution and such unwholesome acts.
Speaking at a recent commissioning of the Maternal and Child Health Center and School of Nursing Complex, sited in Alimosho General Hospital, Igando area of the state, Fashola, said such unholy profession add noting to the nation’s economy.
It will be recalled that the state Nursing School, was in 2006 shutdown by the government and relocated to its new site within Alimosho General Hospital, Igando for fresh operation.
According to Fashola: “This new commissioned nursing school will offer the young ladies of easy virtues the opportunity to pursue career in medical profession and improve medical service in the state.”
The governor explained “the institution was cited inside the Alimosho General Hospital for the nursing students to have access to practical studies during their training with assurance that the school would provide opportunity for young girls in the state to take to noble profession.
The governor maintained: “The school attested to the commitment of the Lagos State Government to quality health care delivery. When we moved the school from Awolowo, people said we have sold it, but all along, we were planning to site the school within a general hospital where the students can have access to practical training.
“The school is ready based on our commitment towards ensuring that our girls take a career path that is honourable. It is a lot better than the job some do at night.
Harping on the Maternal and Child Health Center also commissioned at the general hospital, he added that the health center will save women from the stress of having to travel a long distance to access health care during child birth.
According to him, “This will be the seventh Maternal and Child Health Center we are commissioning. The eight one is nearing completion and it’s at Lekki and we are going to ten. The ninth one will be sited at Epe while the tenth one will be at Badagry.”
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris however, said that the maternal and child mortality reduction, MCMR, strategies employed by the state government to address the twin issues of maternal and child deaths in the state was already yielding positive results as evident in some key performance indicators.
Idris noted that the MCMR strategies were fashioned towards addressing some specific major causes of maternal and child mortality in the state.
He said: “We have run the MCMR programme for over a year now and we have been collecting data to see how far we have gone, what else we need to do and if there is a need for us to amend or change our strategies. But from what we have seen so far, there is no need for us to change our strategy”.
The commissioner noted that the design of the strategy was geared towards addressing some delays in seeking assistance and accessing qualitative care for pregnant women and children stressing that public enlightenment, infrastructure, quality of care had been identified as areas that needed to be addressed in the MCMR design.
“These strategies were developed to address three delays which are; delay in seeking appropriate medical help for obstetric emergencies for reasons of cost, lack of recognition of an emergency and lack of access to information and gender inequity; delay in reaching an appropriate health facility for reasons of distance, infrastructure and transport; and delay in receiving adequate care when a facility is reached because of sub-optimal complement of human resources, inadequate utilities such as electricity, water and unavailability of medical supplies”,Idris explained.
He stated that a major thrust of the MCMR strategy was advocacy and public enlightenment and sensitization campaigns which includes; advocacy and sensitization campaigns at the community level, enlightenment and health promotion activities including provision of radio jingles, documentaries, information, education and communication materials on maternal and child health interventions.
“One major thing we have done in this regard is to go to different senatorial districts to enlighten the public on this programme and we divided the State into four senatorial districts and we have held four senatorial town hall meetings in Oshodi-Isolo, Ibeju-lekki, Surulere and Amuwo-Odofin for Lagos West 1, Lagos East, Lagos Central and Lagos West 2 senatorial districts respectively”, the Commissioner said.
Idris added that the town hall meetings provided government with an avenue to engage the communities on effort geared towards MCMR rate with a view to generating interest and participation for the programme, stressing that government had been furnished with firsthand feedback on the strength and weakness of the programme and other maternal and child health issues through the meetings.
According to him, plans were also in top gear to continue the advocacy and sensitization campaigns especially in communities where the maternal and child health indices were not encouraging. Hence, town hall meetings would be done on local government area basis with Ajeromi local government area as take-off point.
He posited that the need for interaction with the people at the grassroots cannot be over emphasized in lieu of the need to address grey issues and involve the people in the programme implementation to achieve the desired results as they have crucial roles to play in the success of the campaign.
On infrastructural development, the commissioner stated that a total of 57 primary health care centres offering 24-hour services in each of the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas were renovated and provided with emergency obstetric equipment to enable them function optimally as basic emergency obstetric centres.
“As part of our infrastructural development strategy, we commenced the construction of 10 Maternal and Child Centers (MCCs) at strategic areas in the state; seven of which have been completed and have commenced operations. The remaining three are at varying degrees of completion”.
The MCCs, located at: Ikorodu, Ifako-Ijaiye, Isolo, Gbaja in Surulere, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Amuwo-Odofin . Lekki, Epe and Badagry, are to serve as additional exclusive maternal and child health referral centers to the Priamry Health Centre, PHC, facilities.
Free kits for pregnant women
The state government had procured and distributed a large number of delivery packs for pregnant women called ‘mama kits’ as a way of attracting pregnant women to the primary health care facilities for ante-natal care attendance adding that over 15,000 mama kits have been purchased and distributed, “Idris boasted.
He stressed that basic obstetric drugs like misoprostol used for reduction of hemorrhage and magnesium sulphate required for essential obstetric care in primary and secondary health facilities were purchased and distributed to health facilities, adding that equipment of operation of blood banking services in the secondary health facilities in the state had also been purchased and distributed.”
Staff were also trained on different aspects of the programme, such as emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmOC), emergency obstetric care, essential newborn care, partograph for active management of labour, anti-shock garment and manual vacuum aspirators for management of obstetric complications in pregnancy and life- saving skills among others, it was gathered.
I am an Ajebutter. Not by birth, or by formings, or by swag – I am simply an unapologetic Ajebutter by default. I didn’t choose to be born one. God, without seeking my opinion (because He’s God, I guess), gave me the genes of an Ajebutter and a funny Bri-Merican accent . By luck or some twisted work of fate, fortune, Karma (I might have killed ten defenseless puppies in my past life) or destiny, I have found myself in Lagos, crazy Lasgidi, and this is my story…
I write this with a heavy heart. I will be leaving Lagos. This city of blinding lights, and relentless hustle, that have become my home. Cities that I have learned to love, hate, tolerate, survive and thrive.
The Christmas is upon us all, and since I’m a big fan of family and brotherly hugs, I’ll be rushing home the first chance I get, and somehow, no matter how much I’ve cried and yelled at Lagos, raved and ranted at the injustice and discourteous attitude of the streets, some things still remain special.
I will miss the early morning rush and scramble for commuter buses, the traffic jam, the endless BRT queues, and the dried expectant eyes of intending passengers. I will miss the street spectacles. The fights, the drama, women grudgingly clinging onto the garments of drunk men, and the curses in Yoruba.
I will miss the crude lack of grace from the Agberos, their menacing stares had awaken my deep societal longing for massive change. I will also miss the omnipresent smell of Marijuana and Indian hemp. They’re bad scents to me, but reluctantly have I learned to accept them, and live with it.
I will miss the women. Those gentle species with a heart of glass, and sharp eyes for a good guy. They come in all shapes, sizes and dispositions, and Lagos has given me my fair share of woman drama. Surprisingly, I miss the whores, and sex workers, who never fail to offer me a chance to smash my genitals against theirs.
I always reject, but appreciate the gesture.
Above all, I will miss my job and my readers. You guys have been the best. Running around the state, chasing the ‘celebrities’, and being right at the thick of the news has made me a better person. I have seen Davido reach puberty, 2face become a proper man, Don Jazzy lose his arrogant aura, and Tonto Dikeh deceiving the Nigerian public.
These few months were a splash of relative happiness sprinkled with a confetti of achievements. I have not made a fortune of cash, or found a stash of gold. But I have found souvenirs. These memories of a lifetime, my mental pictures of everything. These are my souvenirs.
Here’s to Lagos. Here’s to the bright lights. Life is happening, and nothing lasts forever. I am Joey Akan, an Ajebutter stuck in the winds of Lagos. You have followed my story, and thankful I am.
Have an amazing festive season! I will miss you all!
The festive seasons are the perfect time for holiday hook ups. during this season you’ll come across a lot of new faces, people are travelling down from different places all coming together to have a great time during the holidays. While your friends who are dating will have each other, you can cast your net into the crowd of hot new people, something you can’t do while in a committed relationship. forget that people look at you with pity and tell you its hard to be alone during that time of the year, its awesome to be single during Christmas….. though not so sure about new years when it clocks midnight and there is no one to kiss you.
1. You have more you time, dating during Christmas means you have to attend every event with your partner. not when you’re single .You can chose not to go, or go and be free to mingle with hotties at the party.
2. Its the perfect time to catch up with your other friends who are single
3. This year you don’t have to worry about what to get your partner for Christmas, this year buy yourself an awesome present.
4. Rather than being depressed about not having a boyfriend or girlfriend, look forward to 2014, plan the year, set goals that will make you a better person.
5.You save yourself awkward moments like having Christmas day lunch with his/her family.
A kiss is regarded as an expression of love, passion, compassion, adoring and affection towards your partner. It is the most effective ways to communicate your feelings without having to say anything in words. Its one of the ways we connect sexually.
The first kiss can be a deal breaker for most people, if the guy or girl doesn’t kiss as well as they want, they don’t even move the relationship to the next level. Everyone wants that person who when their lips come in contact fireworks go out!
Meaning of Kissing?
For some couples, kissing usually signifies the beginning of intimacy between them. Some take it as a sign that the other person is really “interested” in them or that they are moving to the next level in their relationship.
Reasons to kiss.
Kissing keeps the fire burning in your relationship, it lets your partner know that you are still attracted to them and your bond of intimacy is still intact.
The biggest reason why people kiss is to show the other person just how much they care about them. If you deeply care or even love someone, share those feelings with them, kiss them from time to time. Let it express your love for the other person. Don’t hold back. Don’t think about it. Just do it, the experience is nothing short magical.
Its important to kiss your partner EVERYDAY, it lets them know that you care.
Kissing is a great way to initiate lovemaking with your partner as there there are more nerves in the lips,thats why kissing can lead to sex.
The intensity of a kiss lets you know how much your partner is into you.When a guy is urging you towards open mouth kissing, he transfers libido – boosting testosterone so you can want him as much as he wants you
Passionate kisses elevate your blood pressure and cause your heart to beat faster, getting you more excited, and making it easier for you to reach orgasm.
Kissing also comes with health benefits, as kissing for one minute burns 26 calories.
The endorphins you release when kissing are said to be 200 times more powerful than the drug effects of morphine! so get high off kissing.
A Pennsylvania teenager has been accused of beating and raping a 70-year-old nun in the parking lot of a Roman Catholic church.
The incident took place on Friday outside St. Titus Church, located near Pittsburgh.
According to report, the 18-year-old teenager, identified as Andrew Bullock had asked the nun if she needed help which she declined and thanked him. He was said to have grabbed the nun’s neck, choked and punched her, before raping her.
The Police said the nun could not speak when they first arrived because of a dislocated lower jaw, but she managed to write down on a piece of paper that she had been raped. She was reportedly taken to a local hospital, where she was able to speak with police before surgeons worked to fix her jaw.
Bullock was caught by the authorities through a description, as well as a shoe imprint found at the scene of the attack.
Bullock was said to have confessed to the crime after being questioned by officers.
He was later ordered by a judge to be held in lieu of $50,000 bond on charges of felony rape, aggravated assault, sexual assault, as well as a raft of other, misdemeanor charges.
In a statement by The Sisters of St. Joseph, they expressed their sadness over the incident.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the assault of one of our Sisters.
“As we offer continued prayers of healing for our Sister, we also pray for the young man who has been arrested in the assault.