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Ikeja – Mrs Adeola Adebola, Deputy Headteacher, Chrisland School, Victoria Garden City, Lagos, on Tuesday said the mother of a two-year-old pupil of the school tutored her to allege that the school supervisor defiled her.Adebola told an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court that the mother tutored her child to claim that the Supervisor, Adegboyega Adenekan, defiled her.Adebola gave evidence at the resumed trial of Adenekan.Adebola was the fourth defence witness.She was led in evidence by defence counsel, Mr Olatunde Adejuyigbe (SAN).She testified that she had worked for Chrisland School for almost 19 years, adding that she was promoted to the Deputy Headteacher in 2015.She said: “The defendant is my colleague and was a supervisor in the upper Chrisland Primary School.“The incident was reported to the headteacher, and being my immediate head, she brought the allegation of defilement to my attention.“There was a meeting on Oct. 18, 2016, the headteacher invited the child’s mother and she came in with a lady called Titi.“My headteacher was reluctant about her presence but the mother assured her that she was someone she trusted,” the witness said.She testified that the mother told the meeting that no one lived with her family and that she was the only one that stayed with her children and did everything herself.“After a while, I was told to bring the child from her classroom which I did.“I tried to talk to her and I asked who bathed her that morning and she said, ‘Anu.’“I asked who Anu was, and the mother said the person who bathed her was her husband’s niece who lived with them.“The child immediately said, ‘ Anu bathes me and hurt my bum,’ but her mother immediately said, ‘Nobody bathed you, you did it yourself’, and the child immediately said, ‘Yes, I did it myself’.”The witness added that the pupil further said, ‘Mr Adenekan put his wee in my wee and poured dirty sand in my wee’.Adebola said she asked the child if she knew where the alleged defilement occurred, adding that when the child gave an affirmation, she asked the child to identify where it happened.“When we got to the place where we have our assembly, she said, ‘This is the place.’ Her mother was visibly embarrassed and we were shocked.“The mother said to her that there was another place she told her, and the girl looked at her and started walking toward the canteen area.“We got there and it is a more open place, and the child said,’ This is the place”, and her mother got more jittery.“These areas the child showed us are open and very busy with people going out and coming in,” Adebola said.Refuting the defilement claim, the witness said that due to their ages, the school’s pupils never moved around the school premises unescorted.She said that the nursery section of the school had a creche, and that they admitted children from the age of six months.According to her children left the nursery section when they attained five years of age.“We don’t have a male class teacher in the nursery section. School starts by 8.00a.m., and by 7.30a.m., we expect children to be in school. It is only the class teacher and the assistant who can go with children to the bathroom.“The defendant does not participate in our assembly because the assembly is different from where he is. He is the supervisor of upper primary and the headteacher and I go round the school to ensure that things are done properly,” she said.Adebola said that due to the structure of the school, it was unlikely that a staff would defile a pupil without drawing the attention of other individuals within the premises.“Mr Adenekan does not have an office to himself, he shares office with two other supervisors. The office is on the first floor and has an outer oom where photocopies are made by Mr Muri, the school Clerk.“The child’s class is next to the toilet, and they are always followed by the class assistant to the toilet. Parents or guardians, in order to pick them, must show their pickup cards to the educator.“I was shocked at the allegation, the defendant’s section is different from ours, we usually don’t do things together.“The management of the school were immediately informed and it called in a disciplinary committee and did its own findings to see if the allegation was true or not,” she said.While being cross-examined by Mr Jide Boye, the lead state counsel, Adebola said that though she did not know him prior to his employment by Chrisland School, she considered the defendant to be a responsible man.“Having worked with someone for four to five years, you will know him considerably. I have no doubt as to his character.“Sometimes, during a long vacation, we have seminars and group learnings together, and from there, I got to know him.“Part of my shock is that the child knew him despite the distance, that is why we are her. I was with the child at the school clinic and I am aware that she drew a ‘wee-wee’ there. By my own judgment, children can draw anything,” she said.Boye asked the deputy headteacher if she was aware that on Nov. 16, 2016, the child’s mother wrote a formal complaint to the school and had yet to receive a reply.The witness said that she was unaware.“I don’t think the defilement happened because of the structures in place in the school. You need to be there, my lord. The children are babies, we follow them everywhere.“I have a passion for children, I have over 30 certificates in relation to bringing up children, I’m loyal to my organisation, I’m here for the truth,” Adebola said.Earlier, Ms Ruth Inuegbu, the Assistant Teacher of the pupil’s class, testified that she found the allegation “strange”.“I am the the assistant to Mrs Adejoke Erere, the child’s class teacher. The defendant never came to our class to sit with the child as alleged by the mother.“The defendant does not come to our assembly ground because he is in primary while we are in nursery,” Inuegbu said.Justice Sybil Nwaka adjourned the case until June 25 for continuation of trial.Adenekan who was arraigned on Jan. 29, 2018, pleaded not guilty to a charge of defilement of a child.The prosecution alleges that Adenekan committed the offence sometime in November 2016 at Chrisland School, Victoria Garden City, Lagos.According to the prosecution, the defendant defiled the two-year and 11-month-old by having sexual intercourse with her.The alleged offence contravenes Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 which recommends a life sentence for anyone convicted of defiling a child. (NAN
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Wednesday lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Polytechnic Act Amendment Bill into law.Its National President, Mr Usman Dutse, spoke with Newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday, while reacting to the signing of the bill into law by the president.Dutse said the union was happy that the bill was finally signed, hoping that all agencies concern would commence its implementation immediately.He said the law when implemented, would bring development into the system, minimise internal challenges and conflicts in the sector and also increase efficiency in operations.Dutse said the law would also minimise government’s interference and improve democracy in the sector and industrial harmony.“We are happy that finally, the bill has been signed; and we thank God Almighty for this great feat we have recorded in the sector.“The law is a paradigm shift in the polytechnic sector; it will address many challenges bedeviling the sector.“We appreciate President Buhari for assenting to the bill, because we made series of efforts in the sixth and seventh assembly, but all the efforts ended without any result.“We thank God that this time, we were able to achieve something, and we believe it will be a paradigm shift in the sector.“The law will bring development into the system, minimise internal challenges and conflict in the sector; it will bring about increase efficiency in operations, minimise government interference and improve democracy in the sector“I want to encourage all stakeholders to implement the law. We are calling on all the agencies to immediately commence implementation.We are appealing to all the agencies concern to do the needful without further delay,” he said.Dutse urged the Federal Government to also continue with the efforts and give more attention to the sector.He said that Polytechnic Act was just one of the many agitations and demands of the sector, urging the government to meet other demands.“We are calling on the government, to without further delay, release the approved funds for the NEEDS assessment in all polytechnics, so that with the review of the law, everything will be complemented.“The NEEDS assessment is to ensure a sustained and effective intervention in the infrastructure and other needs of our institutions, and it is long overdue.“A good law without good infrastructure in the polytechnic will not yield the desired result; so we want government to improve infrastructure facilities in the sector.“We also want government to meet all other demands which include review the Memorandum of Action, release of the revitalisation fund, non-payment of salaries by some state governments, payment of CONTISS 15 arrears and HND/BSc dichotomy, among others,” he said.
Lagos – Victor Tale, the Captain of Super Sand Eagles on Wednesday urged his teammates to focus on one game at a time at the African Games in Cape Verde.Tale gave the advice in an interview in Lagos while encouraging his teammates who are currently participating at the first ever Games that began on June 14 to June 23.Tale did not make the team due to his club engagement with the Kogi United FC in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).NAN also reports that only nine players were selected from 21 players that were invited to the Badagry camp.“I believe so much in taking one game at a time and I know that by so doing, there will be focus and that will be of great advantage to the team.“I know by God’s grace we will have a successful outing at the tournament, the players were camped, so I believe this will help them play more cohesively,’’ he said.Tale, however, said that nine players was the least number the team had to travel with for the tournament.“Normally the team travels with not less than 12 players, we were surprised when only nine players were selected but the coach’s hands are tied.“I strongly believe that the selected nine players will deliver and earn us our first qualification to the Olympics,’’ he said. (NAN)
- The NNPC has condemned the incessant blockades of its premises by people living with disabilities- The NNPC spokesman explained that the corporation had made special provisions for the group in its ongoing recruitment exercise- The corporation cautioned the protesters to desist from any further siege action on the its premisesThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has condemned the incessant blockades of its premises by people living with disabilities, saying the individuals involved should learn to transmit their concerns to the corporation through appropriate channels.This was contained in a statement released by the corporation’s group general manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, on Wednesday, June 19.READ ALSO: Fulfill your campaign promises, free Leah Sharibu - Anglican Church to BuhariLegit.ng notes that Ughamadu said the group’s action was unbecoming. He added that repeated obstructions were inimical to the NNPC’s daily business, given its contribution to the coffers of Nigeria’s three tiers of government.The spokesman explained that the NNPC had made special provisions for the group in its on-going recruitment exercise, as it’s a disability-friendship company.Ughamadu, however, stressed that such employment offers must pass through acceptable processes and procedures, even though he pointed out that employing persons with disability was a corporate policy of NNPC.The NNPC spokesman cautioned the protesters to desist from any further siege action on the corporation’s premises.PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news appMeanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the NNPC clarified that there was no discrimination in the various requirements in its recruitment process.The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) had rejected the requirement for recruitment by the NNPC, alleging that it was anti-poor and anti-masses.The association further gave the corporation a 72-hour ultimatum to withdraw all alleged anti-poor and anti-masses conditions in the criteria.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng: Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!Former NNPC group managing director Andrew Yakubu in court over fraud allegations - on Legit TV:
- The certificate of return of Sina Akinwunmi, a member of the Ondo state House of Assembly, has been withdrawn- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) withdrew Akinwunmi's certificate of return on Wednesday, June 19, and asked him to vacate the seat- Moreover, INEC issued the certificate to James Ololade-Gbegudu, the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary electionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, June 19, withdrew the certificate of return of Sina Akinwunmi, a member of the Ondo state House of Assembly, representing Okitipupa constituency II.The electoral body then issued the certificate to James Ololade-Gbegudu, the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election, Vanguard reports.READ ALSO: NAIJ.com upgrades to Legit.ng: a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo OlupohundaINEC's national chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, in a letter ordered Akinwunmi to vacate the seat immediately.Earlier, Legit.ng reported that an Ondo state high court sitting in Akure had declared Ololade-Gbegudu as the winner of the APC House of Assembly primary election for Okitipupa Constituency ll.Ololade-Gbegudu had approached the court to seek an order to compel the APC and INEC to recognise him as the authentic APC candidate for the constituency and not Akinwunmi, whose name was forwarded to the electoral body by the party.The claimant said that he won the direct primary election of the constituency held on October 5, 2018 with 4,000 votes to beat five other aspirants, including Akinwunmi, who polled zero vote.PAY ATTENTION: Get the Latest Nigerian News Anywhere 24/7. Spend less on the Internet!Olabode Adegbehingbe, in his judgment, held that all evidence laid before the court by officials of the APC, documentary evidence, including the primary election result sheet adduced by counsel to the plaintiff, Femi Emodamori, showed that Ololade-Gbegudu actually won the APC assembly ticket.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng: Same great journalism, upgraded for better service! 2019 elections:Do you still trust INEC to conduct fair elections? - Nigerians speak| Legit TV
- Neymar's departure from Paris Saint-Germain is increasingly gaining grounds this summer- The 27-year-old has been linked with a move back to his former club Barcelona this window- Lionel Messi and Luiz Suarez have reportedly asked the Brazilian if the rumours were trueNeymar has continued to keep in touch with former Barcelona teammates Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi since quitting Camp Nou.The Paris Saint-Germain forward revealed he would leave France and reports claim the Brazilian is heading back to Spain to rejoin the Catalan side.And the Ligue champions have resulted into cashing in on the 27-year-old and it is understood that PSG chairman, Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said irresponsible behaviour from players will no more be tolerated.READ ALSO: Alex Ferguson's choice of Man United's new consultant rejected by Ed WoodwardNeymar joined the Parisians from Barcelona for a world record £200million in August 2017.But missed a larger part of the 2018-19 campaign through injury and suspension with just 17 league appearances, scoring 15 goals.His two years at Parc des Princes has also been overshadowed by his antics off the pitch and PSG will consider selling him this summer if they receive a substantial offer.READ ALSO: NAIJ.com upgrades to Legit.ngAccording to Spanish news media outfit Sport, Barca stars have messaged Neymar to ask whether the rumours of a potential return are true.The Brazilian star is also in a WhatsApp group with Messi and Suarez - called 'The three sudacas'.It is also understood that Messi, Suarez and others would support Neymar's decision, which is in contrast to the rumoured signing of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.Neymar won two La Liga titles and a Champions League triumph during his spell with Barca, and would be a good fit in their attcking line.PAY ATTENTION: Install Pitch Football App for FREE to get the latest football News & ScoresMeanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Neymar Sr has made stunning comments on the allegations surrounding his son Neymar Jr, after the PSG striker's Instagram video in which he used in defending himself was taken down.A woman filed a police report in Brazil on Friday, May 31, saying that the 27-year-old took advantage of her.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng We have updated to serve you better.Super Eagles defender Jamilu Collins reveals what is as big as winning the World Cup | Legit TV
Over 100 shops in Makurdi Modern Market, Benue State, were reportedly engulfed in fire on Tuesday evening, destroying goods worth millions of naira.Thomas Ugwu, a resident of the area, who confirmed the incident to DAILY POST, said the fire started at about 6:30 pm when the market was closed after the day’s business.He said nobody could presently tell what caused the fire as the market had closed for the day with nobody left behind in the premises.
Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Neymar, has finally opened up on his future at the club.According to Mundo Deportivo, the Brazilian international has now told the club’s president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, that he wants to leave for Barcelona in this summer’s transfer window.“I do not want to play more in PSG. I want to go back to my house, where I should never have left,” the Spanish newspaper quoted Neymar as saying.Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 for a world-record deal of £222 million.The forward has also drawn interest from Real Madrid in recent weeks.DAILY POST had reported that PSG will consider selling Neymar this summer, if they received a substantial offer.Chairman and CEO, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, told France Football: “Players will have to be more responsible than before.“It must be completely different. They will have to do more and work harder. They are not there for their own amusement.“If they do not agree, the doors are open – Ciao! I do not want star behaviour anymore.”Neymar has also intimated Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, of the club he wants to join this summer.
Ugandan rapper, Fik Fameica has released the official music video to his latest single titled “Omu Bwati.”Fik Fameica features Nigeria’s legendary Dancehall star, Patoranking with production credits from Nigeria’s Ctea On The Beat and ARTIN PRO from Uganda.The video was directed by Uganda’s film maker, Sasha Vybz.Watch video and share your thoughts below.
Abuja – Media mogul Mo Abudu will chair the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala in New York.The International Emmy Award is an award that bestows recognition to the best television programs initially produced and aired outside the United States.In 2018, Abudu was elected as a director of the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences, the organisation responsible for the Emmys.News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the honour was announced by the Emmys @iemmys on Instagram and reposted by Abudu @moabudu.The International Emmys wrote, “EbonyLife TV (#Nigeria) CEO, Mo Abudu, will Chair the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala on November 25, in #NYC. #iemmys“As producers, we are in a unique position to share fresh, authentic, and original stories with a global audience. Our content is not limited by language or culture.“Viewers want to see stories that reflect their everyday lives—which can be found everywhere.“At EbonyLife, we believe in changing the global African narrative. And like many, we connect the world with our stories.“As a Nigerian television producer, I am honored to chair the 47th International Emmy Awards and be part of an organization that celebrates extraordinary television producers from all over the globe – Mo Abudu.”Responding to the honour, Abudu wrote on Instagram, “I am honored to chair the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala that celebrates extraordinary television producers from all over the globe.“I would like to thank the International Emmy Awards for this honour and opportunity.”NAN reports that in April, Abudu became the first African to be honoured with the MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur.Abudu has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”. She launched Nigerian broadcaster and producer, EbonyLife TV, in 2013, producing over 1,000 hours of original programming each year.She went into filmmaking with the creation of EbonyLife Films. She is the Executive Producer of ‘Fifty’, ‘The Wedding Party’ (2016), the most successful Nollywood film ever at the Nigerian box office.She also produced ‘The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai’ (2017), the highest grossing Nollywood film of all time; and ‘Chief Daddy’ (2018), the third-highest grossing Nigerian film.In March 2018, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced a three project deal with EbonyLifeTV, the first of its kind between SPT and a Nigerian television company. (NAN)