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A Nigerian man, Ridwan Oyewunmi, has called on Nigerians on social media to help him get justice after a school teacher who is currently on the run, allegedly beat his younger brother, Boluwatife Omelaja, to death at a school in Ikorodu, Lagos state on Thursday, November 26.
In a Twitter thread, the distraught brother said the teacher beat Omelaja because he couldn’t answer a question. His tweets read
"Twitter NG i just lost my brother to School Teacher Brutality. Mr Emmanuel(frame 1)is a sec school teacher at Elihans college, Ikorodu in Lagos. He beat up my brother Boluwatife Omelaja(frame 2) to death on 26th of November in the school premises because he couldn't answer a math question he was asked correctly.
The school initially made us believe he slumped and died while he was trying to answer the question on the board, a boy who wasn't ill or showed any sign of sickness before.
He was brought home in the school's bus by the school proprietress and principal, along with Mr Emma-whom we didn't know was the killer at that time, and he was buried few hours later according to muslim's doctrine
Meanwhile Bolu's other brother, Lateef Omelaja was prevented from leaving the school premises, in order to prevent him from spreading the true news to us at home and to buy Mr Emma more time to run away.
We believed the cock and bull story the school fed us not until Lafeef got home at around 5pm and narrated what really happened at the school to us.
We also confirmed this from other students of the school including classmates of Boluwatife.
The painful part is, the school keeps trying to cover up for Mr emma claiming he didn't beat Bolu.
Mr Emma is on the run, nowhere to be found.
I know no amount of punishment for him will bring back my brother but i just want Mr Emma located and justice served.
The U.K. government said Friday, Nov 27, that it plans to create a Digital Markets Unit (DMU) to enforce "a new code to govern the behavior of platforms that currently dominate the market, such as Google and Facebook."
The aim is to protect smaller competitors and give consumers more control over personal data.
Under the new code, some of the world’s biggest tech companies may have to be more transparent about the services they provide and how they use consumers’ data. They may also be forced to give consumers a choice over whether to receive personalized advertising, and they won’t be able to place restrictions on customers that make it difficult for them to use rival platforms.
The DMU, which will be part of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), will start work in April 2021.
The government said the DMU may be given the power to suspend, block and reverse decisions made by large tech companies. The DMU could also order them to take certain actions to achieve compliance with the code, and impose financial penalties for non-compliance, the government said.
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said in a statement: "I’m unashamedly pro-tech and the services of digital platforms are positively transforming the economy — bringing huge benefits to businesses, consumers and society.
"But there is growing consensus in the UK and abroad that the concentration of power among a small number of tech companies is curtailing growth of the sector, reducing innovation and having negative impacts on the people and businesses that rely on them. It’s time to address that and unleash a new age of tech growth."
Britain’s announcement comes as US tech giants are facing increasing scrutiny around the world over their power and as other countries step up their regulatory powers.
"Our new, pro-competition regime for digital markets will ensure consumers have choice, and mean smaller firms aren’t pushed out," said Business Secretary Alok Sharma.
The measures are due to come into force after Britain goes it alone at the end of a post-Brexit transition period from the European Union.
Next month the EU is to present its own major legislation called the Digital Services Act, which will set out rules for strict oversight over big tech.
Google reacted by saying it wants to "work constructively" with the new regulator.
Facebook said it remains "committed to working with our UK industry partners to find ways to support journalism and help the long-term sustainability of news organisations."
It is preparing to launch its Facebook News service in the UK, which works with news media and includes original reporting.
The Federal Government has requested for a week break from a meeting with organised labour to review the new petrol price increase.
The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari who attended the meeting on Thursday November 26, stated that the cooperation cannot unilaterally announce a reversal of the new price without consultation.
Both the labour and government team led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha then agreed that the meeting should be adjourned to December 7.
Speaking at the end of the meeting, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige said;
“By Monday, December 7, we will come back, because the message from the organised labour is clear. They want a reversal of the pump price to what it was. So, the government side will take it back to our principals.
“Even though government is not fixing the price of premium motor spirit (PMS) anymore because it is deregulated, it is part of the economy. So, the government side will consult anybody that needs to be consulted.
“We will consult the President as the Minister of Petroleum and then, the Economic Management team because funds are involved.”
Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero who also spoke to reporters said they believe that the reversal must have been effected before the resumed negotiation on December 7.
“We took one week adjournment for them to reverse it (fuel increment) for us to begin discussions because the GMD (Group Managing Director) was saying that he can’t just announce it there, that he needs to do consultations.
“Exactly one week will be next week Friday so the following Monday we will reconvene by 5pm. We insisted on 2pm, the Minister said 7pm but we eventually agreed by 5pm.
“We insisted on reversal for any other talk to place although we have agreed to brief our organs, the NLC NAC is meeting today (Friday) so we are briefing our NAC, we may have to delay other organs after that Monday if they didn’t announce it.
“That’s why we said we don’t need to be shouting strike, we need to put our house in order."
The Federal Government said it has reached out to the British Government over the threat by the British Parliament to impose sanctions on Nigeria’s officials for their roles in the End SARS protests.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this yesterday, November 24, while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Onyeama said the Nigerian government reached to present its own side of the story.
He said the lawmakers are not responsible for imposing sanctions but added that it is necessary to give to the U.K. government Nigeria’s own position to enable them to have a balanced perspective.
He said: "Yes, we have reached out to the U.K government. The meeting that took place were Parliamentarians and they don’t speak for the U.K. government which acts for the United Kingdom and has also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that has happened.
"So, we have been in touch with them and engaging with them. And of course, as in any democracy, the members of parliament are able to also air their view.
"But what is important is that a balanced picture is made available to them before they take any decision.
"The U.K. government has been briefed. There was a U.K. Parliamentarians meeting and the U.K. government, which acts for the United Kingdom has also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that has happened."
'Rapists to be chemically castrated in Pakistan under new laws' approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan
Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan has reportedly approved in principle a law on chemical castration of rapists in the
Local reports said Mr. Khan approved the law which would also fast track sexual assault cases during a federal cabinet meeting on Tuesday, November 24th. But Pakistan's government is yet to make an official announcement.
The decision was made after the law ministry presented a draft of the anti-rape ordinance at the meeting.
According to GeoTV, Kahn said in the meeting: 'We need to ensure a safe environment for our citizens.'
He reportedly said the legislation would be clear and transparent with strict enforcement by officials.
The draft legislation is expected to increase women's role in policing and improve witness protection.
Kahn said rape survivors will be able to register complaints without fear and will have their identities protected by the government.
Pakistan has witnessed an increase in incidents of rape since 2018, when a serial killer raped and murdered seven-year-old Zainab Ansari in the eastern city of Kasur in Punjab province.
Cases of sexual harassment and violence against women have also been on the rise with nearly 1,000 women being killed each year in so-called 'honor killings' for allegedly violating conservative norms on love and marriage.
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a Chinese expatriate and his driver in Donga local government area of Taraba state.
The Chinese national was said to be traveling along Donga-Wukari road with his driver in an SUV on Tuesday, November 24, when the gunmen blocked the road and whisked them away to an unknown destination.
It was gathered that the kidnappers had contacted the Chinese company which has a base in Donga town informing them that the victims are safe but are yet to demand ransom.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, DSP David Misal confirmed the incident but declined to give further details
In a similar development, an attempt made by another group of kidnappers to abduct a Chinese national same Tuesday, was reportedly foiled by youths in Mararaba-Baissa, Donga Local Government Area of Taraba state.
According to reports, the kidnappers attempted to abduct the Chinese national working on the construction of the 86Km Kurmi-Abong road.
Vigilant youths in the community captured one of the suspects, pictured above, while others managed to escape.
The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu will begin on Thursday November 26 as scheduled by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Ahead of the court sitting in which five prosecution witnesses have been lined up to testify against Nnamdi Kanu, copies of the hearing notice were served on the prosecution team in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
Recall that Justice Binta Nyako had since March 28, 2019, revoked the bail granted the IPOB leader, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial on charges of a treasonable felony would proceed in his absence; but the court had not had any sitting on the case since then.
9 members of Ondo house of assembly kick against removal of Iroju Ogundeji as Deputy Speaker
Nine members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have condemned the impeachment of Iroju Ogundeji as the Deputy Speaker of the House.
The lawmakers who described the impeachment as unlawful, pointed out that section 92 sub 2C of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended requires a two-thirds majority and the provisions of the standing order of the House for the impeachment of the Speaker or his Deputy.
Two lawmakers – the Former Majority Leader, Jamiu Maito, representing Irele State Constituency and Ademola Edamisan – while speaking on behalf of the nine members said the motion for the impeachment of the deputy speaker was never moved at the session.
They declared the action as null and void and further stressed that it will not stand.
Four members of the University of Ibadan Governing Council staged a walk-out during a council meeting aimed at selecting a new Vice Chancellor.
The process of selecting a new Vice Chancellor for the University of Ibadan has been rocked with a series of crisis and on Wednesday, Nov 25, about five and a half hours after the meeting commenced, four members of the Governing Council staged a walk out.
The four members include two external members appointed by the Federal Government, Dr Jaju Muhammad and Prof Mande Samaila as well as the two internal members of the council, including Professor Ademola Aremu and Professor Abel Olorunnisola.
According to The Nation, the members walked out after unsuccessful efforts to ensure the Council maintain absolute control and act according to the letter from the Federal Government through the National Universities Commission(NUC) and Federal Ministry of Education, which asked the Council to review the entire process including re-inviting shortlisted 18 candidates for the VC position.
It was gathered the Council was discussing the validity of the election being conducted on Wednesday by the outgoing Vice-Chancellor despite the instruction by the Federal Ministry of Education that the Council should take charge.
"You see those who staged walkout were asking for the letter from the Federal Ministry of Education and NUC. They were saying the Senate was wrong to have hurriedly met and ordered re-election within 24hours.
"They were worried that the election did not follow due process. In fact, the election is already generating fresh crisis as many contestants pulled out of the election citing violation of FG directive and illegal process as reasons.
"They felt that the Federal Ministry of Education instructed the Council to review it and not the Senate. In fact, the letter from the Federal Ministry of Education was not even presented for discussion at the Council meeting until they raised issues on the validity of the election being held on campus.
"Rather than allow the Council to act on petitions relating to the election, the Vice-Chancellor was alleged to have only briefed the Council Chairman who was said to have a health challenge at the time.
"The fundamental allegations levelled against the candidates have not been independently verified and a thorough investigation conducted. The petition was addressed to the Council and not the Senate. They left when it was obvious that due process will not be followed. I think they don’t want to be used to endorse illegality.
"Investigation revealed that efforts are being made to hurriedly conclude the process and announce the anointed candidate of the outgoing VC, whose tenure expires on November 30 in defiance to directive from the Federal Ministry of Education," the source told The Nation.
But another member of the Senate, who was at the meeting where the re-election of the selection committee member was holding, said the election was conducted in line with the Ministers of Educations directive.