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12-Year-Old Simple Field School Student Dies After Alleged Flogging From Teacher

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A 12-year-old student, Emmanuel Amidu, of Simple Field high School, has been pronounced dead at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, after being allegedly flogged by his Mathematics teacher for failing to turn in the assignment he and other members of the class were given during the previous session.

The Junior Secondary school student was said to have been beaten alongside his classmate by the teacher identified as Mr. Stephen for not completing the task after he requested that all students submit their assignments for assessment.

As gathered, the boy was flogged by the teacher, who was said to have been angered by excuses tendered before him by the deceased student for not completing the homework before coming to school sited in Marogbo axis Agbara, Badagry Local Government.

While being flogged, it was learned that young Emmanuel fell on the ground and was said to have been helped by his fellow student to his seat, even as the teacher was said to have insisted that they must do the assignment in the class and present it to him.

Narrating how the boy passed on, the father of the student, Akinola Amidu, claimed that the boy was unconscious following the flogging but was revived after another teacher of the school poured a bucket of water on his son, leaving him drenched.

He noted that aside from the water, the management of the private school did not administer any first aid treatment to him and for hours, he was left there.

Amidu, who noted that the boy died a day before his birthday on May 17, said that he was left in utter shock when his son, who had left home alive was brought back unconscious after school closing hours and that the minor could not lift his hands or legs.

According to the deceased boy’s father, Emmanuel said to need pants of blood after he was rushed to a hospital in the community in the Agbara axis of the state.

But after buying blood and fulfilling other necessary medical procedures proscribed by the experts at the hospital, he was said to have been directed to take his son to LUTH’s emergency children’s ward for further treatment.

“The school denied my daughter from calling me about the state of the boy but for the timely intervention of a neighbor’s child who had sneaked into the toilet to call the motorcyclist that usually brings them to and back from school.

“After they brought him home, we took him to a hospital on Friday where they said he needed blood and I had to buy. After several attempts, he was responding to treatment but the doctor recommended that we should take him to LUTH after an examination,” he said.

Speaking exclusively to The Guild on Friday, Amidu disclosed that the boy was stable after being attended to in LUTH but he had gone to the hospital’s pharmacy to get drugs for the boy when he returned to the news of his son’s death.

He claimed the school management had conspired to hide the truth regarding circumstances surrounding his son’s death which was linked to the flogging by the teacher and that they have been threatening anyone that wished to narrate what transpired at the school.

He noted that he got the full details of what occurred from students in his son’s class who disclosed that they had been warned not to disclose the incident.

“I did not want to take up the issue but the conspiracy of the school management is why I have decided to take it up to ensure that shutdown of the school and I will not stop until I find out what happened to my son.”

The boy’s father further disclosed that the teacher involved was earlier arrested by the Magboro police division but was later released and that he was told that they could not do anything about the matter.

On their part, the school management has declined Amidu’s claims of being responsible for the boy’s death and that they knew nothing about the circumstances that led to the demise of the student.

During an attempt by The Guild to find out what transpired from the Principal of the school over a call, he claimed he was in a meeting, and all efforts to reach him again proved abortive.

Meanwhile, during a phone call, the Lagos Police Command, Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, noted that he was not aware of the incident and as a result could not comment on it.

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Ekweremadu Narrates How David, “Kidney Donor” Refused To Return To Nigeria

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The former deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has explained that David Ukpo Nwamini, the would-be kidney donor of his daughter, Sonia refused to return to Nigeria after it was discovered that his kidney was not compatible with his daughter’s.

The Enugu-born federal lawmaker gave the details in a suit filed along with his wife, Beatrice, against the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) over the controversy surrounding the real age of Nwamini.

Ike Ekweremadu and his wife were recently arrested for allegedly bringing a minor to the UK to harvest his organ. They were subsequently remanded in custody till July 7.

However, Ekweremadu had written to the UK high commission to support the visa application of a “kidney donor” for his daughter Sonia.

Although the UK police said the donor was 15, he was listed as 21 years old on his international passport and the Bank Verification Number (BVN) portal.

In a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/984/2022 and filed on June 27 by Adegboyega Awomolo, counsel to the senator and his wife, before Inyang Ekwo, justice of a federal high court in Abuja, the Ekweremadus prayed the court for an order directing the NIMC to supply them with the certified true copy (CTC) of Ukpo’s biodata, The Cable reported.

They also sought an order directing the NIS comptroller-general to supply the applicants with Ukpo’s documents and application form presented for the issuance of his international passport.

The suit is also seeking an order directing Stanbic IBTC Bank and UBA to supply the applicants with the certified true copy of the “mandate card and account opening package of Ukpo’s bank accounts”.

Awomolo, who gave 20 grounds why the prayers should be granted, said Ukpo offered to donate one of his kidneys to the daughter of the applicants if his kidney was compatible.

He said Ukpo informed the applicants that he was 21 years old, after which Ekweremadu supported his visa application to the United Kingdom with a letter to the British high commission in Nigeria, explaining the purpose of the visit.

“After conducting various medical tests, the Royal Free Hospital in London decided that the said David Nwamini Ukpo was not a suitable donor because his kidney is not compatible with that of Sonia Ekweremadu,” he said.

According to Awomolo, Ukpo was then asked to return to Nigeria but rather than do so, he approached the authorities in the UK, claiming he was 15 years old.

“The applicants require documents from the respondents to assist in the fair criminal investigation and as facts in their defense to establish their innocence of the allegation in the charge and to prove that David Nwamini Ukpo is not a minor and indeed consented to the medical examination in the United Kingdom,” he said.

Ekwo fixed July 1 for a hearing of the matter.

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JUST IN: Court Dismisses Kanu’s Application For Revocation Of Bail

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The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has dismissed an application by Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), seeking an order discharging the earlier order revoking his bail.

Justice Binta Nyako in her ruling on Tuesday ruled that Kanu has not provided sufficient reasons to warrant the court to set aside its order.

She accordingly dismissed the application for being an abuse of the court process.

In the dismissed application which was filed by his lead counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, Kanu also prayed for an order setting aside the order made on March 28, 2019, directing for his arrest and continuation of his trial in absentia.

Justice Nyako had, on March 28, 2019, revoked the bail Kanu, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial should continue in his absence.

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CJN Resignation: Public Confidence In Judiciary System At All-Time Low – Olumide Akpata

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Olumide Akpata, president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has reacted to the resignation of Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as CJN, saying public confidence in the judiciary is currently at “an all-time low”.

In the statement, Akpata thanked the retired CJN for his service to the nation and prayed for his quick recovery.

“In the course of previous publications and communications, I have consistently appreciated the outgone chief justice of Nigeria for the cordial working relationship between the bar and the bench under our respective administrations. I must do so again today as he bows out,” the statement read.

“It is however impossible, to consider his lordship’s retirement in isolation of the recent unprecedented developments at the supreme court where 14 justices of the court censured the outgone chief justice of Nigeria over his lordship’s handling of their welfare and related issues.

“Beyond this, there is near-universal agreement that public confidence in the judiciary and indeed the legal profession is at an all-time low.”

The NBA chairman added that “there is now more than ever the need for urgent reforms in the judiciary and to rebuild the almost dissipated confidence that Nigerians have in the judiciary and the wider legal profession in Nigeria”.

“These should form the immediate first tasks for honorable Mr. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, who is expected to now take over as the acting chief justice of Nigeria,” he said.

“The NBA welcomes the appointment of honorable Mr. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola and pledges its readiness to work together with his lordship and the judiciary in cleansing the Augean Stable and addressing the ills that have continued to plague not just the Judiciary but the entire legal profession.”

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