An auto spare parts dealer, Martins Ukemezie, has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping a 13-year-old hawker in his shop at Iyanu bus stop, Meiran, Lagos State.
The victim, a primary six pupil, had reportedly sold N50 groundnuts to Ukemezie last Monday and was about to collect the money when the suspect allegedly dragged her into his shop and raped her.
Saturday PUNCH reports hat the teenager, who lives with her grandmother in the neighbourhood, went hawking that day around 4pm after she returned from school to raise part of her N5,000 school fees balance.
She was said to have returned home crying and narrated the incident to her aunt who made a report at the police station.
The aunt, Blessing, said the family had been enduring difficult times lately which forced her and the girl to engage in hawking in order to sustain the family.
She said the victim’s mother died after delivery and was living with her father in Abuja until last year when she relocated to Lagos after the father lost his job.
“Around 5pm, she came back home crying. She said a man raped her. She led a neighbour and me to the man’s shop, but he had run away. His shop was open. There is another shop close to the man’s, but the shop did not open that day. We reported the case at the police station and a police officer followed us to the scene. We were there when the officer got a call that the man had reported at the station. We later knew he was married with two children. His shop is in front of his house. His family members were not at home when the incident happened.”
Blessing said her niece gave a vivid account of the incident at the police station but the man denied committing the crime, adding that he later admitted to have only made an attempt to rape her.
The girl was taken to a health centre in Meiran as well as Mirabel Centre in Ikeja for tests.
The report of the test conducted on the girl at the health centre showed that she had lost her hymen.
LAUTECH lecturers drum support for students
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapter of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) has condemned the management of the institution for increasing tuition fee.
The increment by nearly 100 percent with effect from the 2018/19 academic session was announced by the school, which is jointly owned by the Oyo and Osun state governments, on Monday.
This newspaper reported that the decision was taken at the 133rd meeting of the governing council of the university on July 5 to hike the fee.
Until the adjustment,100-level students who are indigenes of Oyo or Osun paid N120,000 while those who are not from either state paid N150,000 as part of the resolution of the management of the institution after a strike by its workers that lasted several months.
However, this time around, indigenes are now to pay N200,000 while non-indigenes are to pay N250,000 for the new session which will commence on October 29.
The new fees are against the initial N63,500 for indigenes and N72,500 for non-indigenes who are returning students.
Barely 24 hours after the announcement on Monday, a protest by the students ensued leading to a shutdown of the school’s main campus in Ogbomosho as well as it’s medical school in Osogbo.
The spokesperson of the university, Lekan Fadeyi, has not been responding to calls and text messages sent to his line on the development.
PREMIUM TIMES also reported that students locked the institution’s campus gates in Osogbo and Ogbomoso to protest against the increment with the hashtag, #OccupyLautech.
However, the Secretary of LAUTECH ASUU, Toyin Abegunrin, in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday condemned the increment and vowed that the teachers would continue to support the agitation of students.
“We are not in support of the increment and ASUU believed that education should not be privatised,” Mr Abegunrin said.
“It is the duty of the management to pay necessary fee and not to put their responsibilities on parents who are struggling to survive.
“ASUU is in support of the students’ agitation because we did same during our time. If not, some of us will not graduate. It is important for them to express their displeasure and we condemn the authorities for their acts,” he said.
Co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen dies at 65
Paul Allen, the billionaire who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 is dead. He died Monday afternoon in his hometown of Seattle, after battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Allen, whose wealth was estimated north of $20 billion, announced 2 weeks ago his cancer had returned after 9 years in remission.
Allen and Gates, both college dropouts, hatched the idea for Microsoft in Albuquerque. They designed software for the yet-to-explode personal computer revolution.
The 2 men met when they were teenage students at Lakeside School outside Seattle. They became fast friends and bonded over their love of computers. The two would go “dumpster diving” for computer program code. Allen, who dropped out of Washington State, convinced Gates to bail from Harvard.
Allen is the one who came up with the name — Micro-Soft.
Paul was 65.
Jigawa immunises 1.5 million children against polio
The Jigawa Primary Healthcare Development Agency (JSPHCDA) says over 1.5 million children were immunised against polio in the recently concluded immunisation in the state.
Kabiru Ibrahim, the executive secretary of the agency, said this on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse.
He said the agency received enough Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) which led to the successful immunisation of the targeted children against the disease.
Mr Ibrahim also said adequate personnel were engaged to conduct the exercise simultaneously across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.
The executive secretary commended traditional rulers and religious leaders as well as other stakeholders in the state for their support and cooperation in ensuring the smooth conduct of the exercise.
Mr Ibrahim further expressed satisfaction at the level of compliance by parents.
He said that such cooperation would facilitate quick response in combating the disease and address other emergency situations in the state.
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