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1. Two Teachers Rape, Infect 10 Students in Lagos
Doctors in an undisclosed hospital are treating 10 secondary school students of a Lagos State government secondary school in Epe, who were infected with Sexually Transmitted Diseases, STDs, after allegedly being raped by two of their teachers.
The teachers, whose identities could not be ascertained at press time, as gathered, allegedly took turns to have carnal knowledge of the students until the bubble burst, weekend.
Report had it that they threatened to fail the students if they refused their demand.
Vanguard was informed that none of the students knew they were infected until one of them complained of an unusual discharge from her private part to her mother. When taken to a hospital, she was discovered to have been infected with STD.
Another student, said to have confided in one of her friends of a similar discharge, discovered that her confidant had same problem. They then opened up on the teachers’ acts.
Another version had it that one of the students had a verbal confrontation with one of the teachers, after refusing to bow to his pressure.
During investigation by the school, other victims, as gathered, confirmed that they were also raped by the teachers on different occasions.
Efforts to get the response of the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, on whether the teachers had been arrested, failed as he promised to reach.
2. Nasarawa Government To Arrest Individuals, Groups Engaging In Hate Speeches.
Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State says government will henceforth arrest and prosecute individuals and groups engaging in hate speeches.
A statement by the Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Ahmed Tukur, said Al-Makura issued the warning on Sunday when the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Mustapha Agwai, led other traditional rulers on a sallah visit to the Government House, Lafia.
He said the warning became imperative in order to ensure the sustenance of the peace in the state and check the activities of mischief makers bent on inciting violence.
“Anybody caught making provocative statements that infringe on the rights of groups or individuals will be severely dealt with in accordance with the law,” he said.
3. Kano state House of Assembly speaker, Kabiru Rumrum, resigns from office.
Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Kabiru Rurum, resigned from office this morning over fears that his colleagues might impeach him today.
He read his resignation letter before stepping down. Members of the state house of assembly have over time accused him of corruption, extortion and high-handedness.
Among the many allegations is that he cornered N100 million allegedly given to the house by billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote, to shelve the probe of Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The former Majority leader of the state assembly, Yusuf Ata has been elected the new Speaker while Abdulaziz Gafasa, was elected the new Majority Leader to replace Ata.
4. "Middle-Belters” will not follow the North if Nigeria breaks – Professor Jerry Gana
The President of the Middle Belt Forum and former Minister of Information Jerry Gana has said that if the North allows Nigeria to break up, the region will not go with them.
According to Punch, he spoke at the St. Matthew’s Church, Maitama, Diocese of Abuja (Anglican Communion), in Abuja on Sunday.
Gana said that the “Middle-Belters” love Nigeria, which changed to a federal system so the minorities could have a place, and will remain with the Federal Republic of Nigeria if the country does break up.
“They think when it comes to break-up, we will go along with the North. We have already told them that if they allow this country to break up, we are not going with the North. We are staying where we are. So, just take notice. If it comes to that, we will tell you that you are Arewa and we are ‘Middle-Belters.’
“We love Nigeria and it was changed to a federal system because of the minorities so that we can have a place. So, we love Nigeria but in the unlikely event that people want to go their way, the Arewa in the Sahel will go. But we will remain here in the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.
He also criticized the spokesperson for the Northern Elders Forum Ango Abdullahi for supporting the calls by the coalition of Northern youth groups for Igbos to leave the region.
“One of them, who also spoke is a former vice-chancellor. I thank God he didn’t sign my certificate. My own was signed by Professor Ishaya Audu. How can a man of that stature, of that status, of that level of leadership, says he supports the youths in Kaduna to give to other legitimate citizens, an order to go? Who are you? Who says that?
“In this country, there are no second-class citizens. We are all first class. We are all sons and daughters of this land and that was why I decided to call a conference of all the minorities from 14 states and we had to state in clear words that the quit notice was totally unconstitutional. This is our home,” he said.
The former Minister added that true federalism was the way to mend the warring factions, saying federalism is what works when there is a diversity of ethnicity and religion.
“In democracy, dialogue is the language, consultation is the way. Two cannot work together unless they agree. So, there needs to be dialogue and mutual respect. Anywhere you have diversity of ethnicity or religion in the world, the type of system that works is federalism. And that is the way. And each one must build his federal system the way it suits him. It cannot be imposed; it cannot be engineered in favour of one person,” he said.