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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.
An Italian student protester has been charged with sexual assault after she was pictured kissing a riot police officer’s helmet during a demonstration last month.
The 20-year-old student was photographed kissing officer Salvatore Piccione during a protest against a planned rail link in Northern Italy.
Construction of the high-speed line is expected to reduce journey time from Milan to Paris from seven to four hours.
The photograph of Nina De Chiffre subsequently went viral on social media and was hailed as a symbol of peaceful protest in the country.
However, COISP, a union representing Italian police officers, later revealed that they had lodged a complaint with Turin prosecutors.
Franco Maccari, the union’s general secretary told La Repubblica: “We have accused the protester of sexual violence and insulting a public official.
“If the policeman had kissed her, World War III would have broken out,” he said.
“Or what if I had patted her on the behind? She would have been outraged. So if she does that to a man on duty, should it be tolerated?”, he added.
“A kiss is a positive thing,” he said. “But in this context, between these two people, it was just disrespect.”
It later emerged that Nina De Chiffre had not only kissed the officer but had also licked her fingers and touched his mouth.
According to reports the protester has since been charged with “sexual violence” and causing “offence to a public official”.
Riot officer Salvatore Piccione said: “ When I’m wearing my uniform I represent the police institution, and I have an obligation not to react to provocation.”
“The important thing is that, in the end, the demonstration went ahead without disturbance.”
A commercial bus driver, identified as Emeka Ugwudiobi has been accused of raping one of his passengers from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. at gun point in an uncompleted building around Mayor Market, Enugu.
According to the prosecution counsel, Mr Francis Ajagu, the driver plies the New Market-Gariki route and the victim was one of his passengers.
On that fateful day, the driver noticed only the victim was remaining in the bus and drove to an uncompleted building beside the Mayor Market and started raping the victim.
Ajagu said the victim was raped from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. without break and that the pleas of the victim to allow her rest fell on deaf ears. The victim was rescued by one Mr Chidubem Ezeorah, a passerby who ran into the scene and reported the case to the police.
He said that the victim could hardly stand on her feet when the police came to her rescue in the uncompleted building.
However, Mr Obeta Peter, the counsel to the accused, who described the accused as a responsible man with a wife and four children said Emeka had been driving for the past 16 years and that nobody had ever complained that he was a rapist.
He denied that his client had ever set eyes on the victim before, adding that there was no way a bus driver would carry a gun inside his bus and the police would not notice.
Justice Dorathy Agishi ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody while adjourning the case to Feb. 26, 2014 for further hearing.
United States, California – Sisters Charm and Brittani Niccole have both been given breast enhancements by their plastic surgeon father. The girls, from fashionable Orange County in California, are walking advertisements for their famous plastic surgeon parent, Dr Michael Niccole.
Brittani, 25, first had breast surgery as a gift for her 18th birthday when she went from an A cup to C. Then, three years later Michael gave her a rhinoplasty for her 21st birthday, when he narrowed the bridge of her nose.
Charm first went under Michael’s knife at the tender age of ten when she had her protruding belly button reshaped. This year she also opted for a breast augmentation to take her from 32B to 32C – and didn’t have to look far for a surgeon.
Charm, also 25, explains:
“Having surgery done by my dad makes sense – he’s the best at what he does and I know I’m in safe hands. Growing up in Orange County and seeing so many people having surgery, it never seemed like a big deal to me. Out here, cosmetic surgery is a normal part of everyday life.
“Since I had my boob job all my friends tell me that I look great. I didn’t want to go too big and I think this is my perfect size. You might not even know I’d had them done if you didn’t know me.”
Both women regularly have facial peels and Botox at their dad’s clinic to reduce the chances of wrinkles.