An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Tuesday remanded five students of the University of Lagos (Unilag) for allegedly defiling a minor.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the students are- Moboluwaji Omowole, 19, Chuka Chukwu, 19, Peace Nwankama, 19, James Aguedu, 20 and Osemeka Josephine, 20.
They plead not guilty to a three-count charge of defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child in a premises and procuration.
The lead state prosecutor, Mrs. K.A Momoh-Ayokambi, said the defendants alongside others who are at large, committed the offence in January 2017 at the premises of Unilag, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos.
“Omowole and another individual who is now at large defiled the complainant (name withheld).
“Chukwu, at his premises located at No. 25, Shobande St., Akoka, Yaba, Lagos knowingly allowed Omowole and the other individual who is still at large to defile the complainant.
“Nwankama, Aguedo and Osemeka between January 2017 to March 2017 were into procuration of underage girls for the purpose of defilement,” Momoh-Ayokambi said.
According to her, the offence contravened the provisions of sections 137, 138 and 140(1)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015.
NAN reports that the arraignment of the students which was to initially hold on Sep. 24, 2018 was stalled on two occasions, due to the absence of Daniel Ugochukwu, a unilag student who was to be charged alongside the others.
On Jan. 30, Mr. Chukwudi Nneke, the counsel to Ugochukwu told the court that the student was absent due to ill health and was receiving treatment in the eastern part of the country.
Mrs. Fehinti Igbemudia, the lead state prosecutor had disputed Nneke’s claims stating that the defendant was fleeing from justice as there was no proof of Ugochukwu’s ill health.
However, during Tuesday’s proceedings, Nneke presented before the court, a medical report dated Feb. 22 from the Imo State General Hospital as proof of Ugochukwu’s ill health.
Responding, Momoh-Ayokambi said “We were to request for a bench warrant for the third defendant (Ugochukwu) but on the face of the medical report, we have an amended charge dated Feb. 20 and we will like the defendants to take their plea.”
Following the plea of the defendants, Justice Sururat Soladoye, ordered that they be remanded in the Kirikiri Medium Prisons.
She adjourned the case until March 18 for hearing of the bail application.
Oyo NANS Congratulates Sangodoyin Over Appointment, Charges Him To Hit The Ground Running
The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Oyo State has congratulated Prof. Daud Sangodoyin on his inauguration as the State Commissioner for Education by Governor Seyi Makinde.
The congratulatory message was issued on Saturday in Ibadan, the state capital by its Chairman, Comrade Asubiojo, Olujuwon (Marshal).
The message reads, “We have no doubt that with his rich educational background, qualification, vast experience and proven leadership acumen, Prof. Sangodoyin will effectively handle the education ministry to reflect the educational yearnings and aspirations of this administration as said by His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde and the National Policy on Education.
“We strongly desire that he hit the ground running by attending speedily to issues impeding the growth of education in the Pace setter state”.
“As NANS, Oyo state look forward to working closely with the ministry to further strengthen the education sector. We seize this medium to thank His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde for approving bursary for Oyo Law School students and appeal that this kind gesture be extended to other students in the state”, the message continued.
Back to School for 272,847 Oyo children through ‘BESDA’ Scheme
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board,(SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Adeniran, has assured that the implementation of the World Bank supported “Better Education Service Delivery for All” (BESDA) scheme will see 272,847 out of school children in the state get a free education.
The SUBEB boss gave this assurance at the Opening ceremony of the interactive session with stakeholders on implementation of BESDA Scheme held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan, the state capital on Friday.
Adeniran, also promised that the state would work in line with the standard blueprint in executing the programme, assuring that by next session there would be a reduction in out of school children in Oyo State.
He noted that as contained in a sample by the Nigerian Education Data Survey (NEDS) 2015, Oyo State has been observed to have the total of 272,847 Out of School Children marooning the street and constituting nuisance in the state.
The five-year “Better Education Service Delivery for All” (BESDA) scheme is a short term initiative set to run between 2017 – 2022 and saddled with the responsibility of improving literacy level and increasing equitable access to Out of School children to go back to school.
According to the SUBEB Chair, Oyo state was the only Southwest state benefitting from the five-year BESDA programme.
“Oyo state is well prepared and you can see the huge turnout of our various stakeholders.
“There is a technical work plan that will be used and we’ll create awareness on the importance of schooling in deriving adequate security and a crime free state.”
He further lauded Governor Seyi Makinde for his support towards improving education in the Pacesetter state.
Also speaking at the event, the National Coordinator of BESDA scheme, Prof. Gidado Tahir noted that Oyo state has the best infrastructure and commitment in deriving the goal of the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA).
Professor Tahiru explained that the programme was aimed at drastically reducing the rate of out of school children across the country while noting that Oyo State was among seventeen states that had benefitted from the programme.
“This is a programme that is designed specifically for all children who are not in school for the purpose that they are given education, particularly literacy.
“Let us see that we clear the less than 300,000 children on the streets before the mid-term. Let’s commit ourselves to see that this is done”, he added.
Also, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin declared that education is a compulsory right of every Nigerian irrespective of gender, social status, religion, ethnic background and peculiar individual challenges.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics of the Ministry, Mrs. Aminat Atere lauded the World Bank assisted programme, stressing that the state government is committed to providing quality education to all its citizenry.
More than 4million Nigerians participated in NYSC scheme since inception – DG
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that since 1973, inception of the scheme, 4,644,804 Nigerians have participated so far.
NYSC, also vowed to prosecute any corp member that presents fake results or certificate for enrolment into the scheme.
Its Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed this on Thursday during a media briefing in Abuja.
The DG, who lamented over the rising spate of fake corps members, also threatened to blacklist any institution that engages in the presentation of unqualified persons for mobilisation into the scheme.
He lauded the use of innovation in fishing out those with fake results and certificates.
“The deployment of ICT solutions in the NYSC formulation process and existing collaboration with WAEC and JAMB have enhanced the integrity of the process and reduced the incidents of fake corps members.
“However, this is threatened by the presentation of unqualified persons for mobilisation by some corrupt institutions for mobilisation into the scheme.
“We have discovered in recent times that unscrupulous individuals now present fake results sourced mostly from foreign institutions, particularly in West Africa for mobilisation into the scheme.
“Let me repeat our warning that anybody who presents fake certificate in any attempt to get mobilised for service will be handed over to security agencies for prosecution,” he said.
Ibrahim declared that anybody involved in the presentation of fake results and certificates for enrolment into the scheme will face a minimum of two years jail term.
He added that one of the major objectives of the scheme is to instil discipline in Nigerian youths.
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