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Bandits Threatened To Make Her A S*x Slave – Parent Of Freed ABU Student Reveal

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More details have emerged the ABU students who were kidnapped by bandits before regaining freedom.

A parent of one of the students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state, who was abducted a week ago, says his daughter’s abductors threatened to turn her into a sex slave if he did not raise the ransom they requested.

The students, from the department of French, were travelling to Lagos for a programme at the Nigerian French Language Village (NFLV) in Badagry, when they were abducted exactly a week ago.

Ashiru Zango, ABU’s chief security officer, later confirmed their release to TheCable but did not comment on how they were released.

In a chat with TheCable, one of the parents of the abducted students said he paid over N500,000 after pleading with the abductors.

“They called me yesterday (Saturday), and said if I am not able to pay N1 million, they will kill the girls or marry them or use them as sex slaves,” he said.

The parent, who craved anonymity, said they expected more assistance from security personnel.

“On arriving Kaduna we were told that security personnel were monitoring the bandits in the bush. But surprisingly, the bandits called us and told us to come and wait at Abuja junction,” he said.

“They sent us a telephone number to call. We called the number and the person came to take us to a car. Unknown to me, the owner of the car is also a victim- his daughter was among those abducted.

“We drove along the Kaduna – Abuja road, that was around 11pm to will deliver the ransom and other things they demanded.”
Dickson Oko, one of the students who escaped but suffered a gunshot wound, had earlier said the kidnappers already reached out to the families of the students to demand N30 million each for their freedom.

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Sanwo-Olu: No Pardon For Rapists

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said no offender indicted in reported cases of rape and gender-based violence will go scot-free under his watch.

The governor spoke on Thursday when he received a 54-page compendium on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence compiled by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, to give recommendations on how the fight against the crime can be won.

Sanwo-Olu, who is the incident commander for gender-based violence in Lagos, reiterated his administration’s commitment to protecting the vulnerable demographics and getting justice for victims violated.

The governor said, “I am delighted by the work done by the Stakeholders’ Committee to bring attention to the problems facing voiceless adults and children in our society. Through your efforts, vulnerable people are building the courage to speak out on offences of sexual violence and heal their wounds.

“We will bring people, who have been perpetrating these crimes, knowingly or unknowingly, to book. We will ensure they never walk freely without the full wrath of the law brought upon them. It is part of our responsibility to ensure that the vulnerable members of our society have a voice and have access to where they can get justice when their rights are violated.”

Earlier, Ibijoke had called on the government to step up the response geared towards reducing sexual and gender-based violence to the barest minimum.

She said her drive was to work with the committee and create a society where gender-based violence would be reduced to barest minimum.

She said, “The stakeholders have been having meetings for months and their discussions have focused on the key development pillars of the current administration as they relate to the rights of vulnerable citizens, especially those women and children.

“The Office of the First Lady has been working with the vision to reduce sexual and gender-based violence to the barest minimum if it is impossible to eradicate the crime. We have activated our response, bringing all stakeholders and communities on board to forge a common front in addressing the issue.”

Source:- Punch ng

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Nothing to forgive – Soyinka speaks on relationship with Gowon years after he arrested him and placed him in solitary confinement

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Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has commented on his relationship with former Head of State Yakubu Gowon who on August 1967 arrested and placed him in solitary confinement just as the Civil War started.

The playwright who was detained by the Gowon government for two years in the wake of the Nigerian Civil War, told Channels Television that there is nothing to forgive.

Soyinka said;

“We communicate whenever possible, he came for my birthday in Abeokuta here. And when he started to apologise – he made a public apology – I said, ‘There is no need for it.

“The war, for me, is over.’ The ones I find difficult to forgive are those who lied against me. I don’t like liars; I just cannot stand liars.”

Soyinka also revealed that General Gowon had on various occasions made efforts to meet him so they could talk

He added;

“He even asked the former ambassador to locate me so that anytime he was passing – I was in Europe and America then – so we could meet and talk. And I said, ‘any time’ but there is really nothing much to talk about.”

The playwright further disclosed that they later met at a conference and they talked about the Nigerian Civil War.

He said;

“We hit it on very well and we joked. The ice was broken and since then, we have been friends.”

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TETFund Gives N12bn Grant To 12 Universities To Pioneer Researches

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The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), has enlisted 12 Nigerian universities as pioneer centres of excellence to spearhead research and development program that would contribute to national growth.

The universities include University of Abuja(UNIABUJA), University of Benin(UNIBEN), University of Ibadan (UI), University of Maiduguri (UNIMAD), Bayero University Kano (BUK), Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Akwa, University of Uyo (UNIUYO), and the Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.

The others are University of Jos (UNIJOS), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and Uthman Danfodio University, Sokoto.

TETFund Executive Secretary, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro presenting allocation letters and guidelines to Vice-Chancellors of the universities, said the Federal Government graciously approved N1billion as take-off grant for each of the universities, totalling N12billion.

Prof. Bogoro said the aim for establishing the centres of excellence is to support strategic and application-oriented research and expertise with potential industrial applications.

He said the universities are also expected to bring together the complementary resources needed for technical development and industrial application.

According to him, “This includes concentrating multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and translational research competence in order to further the development of products, processes and services, typically by focusing on problems that demand larger efforts than can be provided by smaller projects.’’

“Bridging the gap between researchers and users, stimulating and strengthening triple-helix relationships. This is in order to enhance scientific research being patronized by industry, and in order to make the tertiary educational institutions generally more responsive to industry needs,’’ Prof. Suleiman Bogoro said.

“In addition is expertise development and training at doctorate level in areas of industry interest, and the development of knowledge management platforms and innovation hubs, “Bogoro stated in the terms of reference.

The terms of reference state that within a five year period, the University of Abuja is expected to blaze the trail as the centre of excellence in public governance and leadership.

Also, the University of Jos and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University are expected to churn out research in food security, while the University of Maiduguri would focus on arid zone research and development and Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto to concentrate on urology and nephrology.

While, Bayero University Kano would focus on renewable energy, Micheal Okpara University to focus on root crop research and development, Nnamdi Azikiwe University to dwell on agricultural and engineering translational studies.

Others are University of Benin, aquaculture and food technology, University of Uyo, in computational intelligence, University of Ibadan, in multi-disciplinary studies and the University of Lagos in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management

Source:- Daily trust

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