Police in Adamawa State yesterday said they had arrested three men for allegedly exhuming the body of a seven-year-old girl and cutting off her head for N5 million. The suspects are from Tashan-Baba village in Mapeo district of Jada Local Government Area. The three suspects, Yunusa Audi, Dauda Babale and Muka’ilu Ishaya, claimed that they were hired to get fresh human head for payment of N5 million.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Othman Abubakar, explained that the arrest of the suspects followed an intelligence report, received from a good Samaritan in the area on May 21. He said: “Immediately the report was made, the police went into action and arrested the three suspects. Police found fresh human head of late Blessing Johnson of the same village, in their possessions. The victim is a seven-year-old and died of natural causes.
She was buried at the village cemetery. Unfortunately, a day after her burial, one of the suspects, Muka’ilu Ishaya, a local butcher, dug her grave, brought out her body and severed her head for criminal purpose.
“The three suspects have confessed to the crime. They claimed to have been contracted by Mr. John Bakari of Karlahi village in Fufore Local Government Area of the state. Apparently, this Bakari asked t h e m to get f resh human h e a d f o r p a y – m e n t of N5 m i l – l i o n . B u t t h e y w e r e arrested in the process. Preliminary investigation has revealed that it was the butcher, Muka’ilu Ishaya, who was contracted by the two suspects, Yunusa Audi and Dauda Babale, for the job, which he obliged.
“The prime suspect knew that Blessing has just been buried, which made it easier for him to accept the deal of getting a fresh human head. Unfortunately, luck ran out on him, resulting in the arrest of the other two suspects.” The PPRO added that the principal suspect, Bakari John, of Karlahi village is at large, adding that the police were on his trail.
GTBank Marks 10 Years of Autism Advocacy, Holds Annual Autism Conference July 27th- 28th
For the past 10 years, Guaranty Trust Bank plc has been at the forefront of the advocacy for people living with autism.
The Bank’s Orange Ribbon Initiative has also become a major rallying point for driving awareness about Autism, campaigning against the social stigma associated with developmental disorders, and helping people with autism live a full and productive life.
This year, as part of its Orange Ribbon Initiative, GTBank will hold its 10th Annual Autism Conference via live stream on Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28, 2020, so that anyone, anywhere can interact and learn from globally renowned medical experts, caregivers and health practitioners about supporting children and adults living with Autism.
Themed, “Autism: Focusing on similarities rather than differences,” the two-day conference will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions facilitated by specialists on Autism, such as Dr. Andy Shih, a Senior Vice President at Autism Speaks, Dr. Pamela Dixon, the Director of Clinical Services and Inclusion at Autism Speaks and Dr. Brooke Ingersoll, Associate Professor and Director of the Autism Lab at Michigan State University, USA, amongst others. To participate in the conference, visit www.gtbank.com/autism2020.
Commenting on the 10th Annual Autism Conference, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “This is one of the most important Autism Conferences we have held over the years, not only because it marks the 10th anniversary of our advocacy for people living with autism, but also because it is happening at such a critical time. The Covid-19 pandemic has made life more difficult for people all over the world, and at this year’s Conference, we are bringing together specialists, caregivers, parents and concerned members of the public to share expertise and experience about how we can continue to be there for children and adults living with autism, during this pandemic and beyond.”
Guaranty Trust Bank plc is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world-class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation. The Bank is also going beyond the traditional understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility as corporate philanthropy by intervening in key economic sectors through non-profit consumer-focused fairs and capacity building initiatives for small businesses.
James Hope College Honored At The Fourth Edition Of British Council Recognition And Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards
This year, to recognize scholarly excellence, James Hope College received multiple prizes including,
- Best in the World Category for English as a Second Language – Two awards
- Best Across Eight Subjects in Nigeria – One award
- Best in Nigeria Category – Eight awards
- High Achievement Category – Two awards
These awards acknowledge exceptional Nigerian-based learners’ achievements in Cambridge examinations taken by students around the world. The primary purpose of these awards is to celebrate and recognize the success of high-performing Cambridge learners and the partner schools that have exemplified Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Child Protection policies.
Elated at this laudable feat, the Founder/Chairman of James Hope College, Mr. Jim Ovia congratulated the awardees and commended the management of the College. According to Mr. Ovia, the College would continually offer “world-class education that would enable our students to compete favourably on a global scale.”
James Hope College is an educational initiative of the Jim Ovia Foundation. Since its inception, the College has consistently maintained an outstanding academic pace within and beyond Nigeria. Some of its accolades include (but not limited to):
- 100% A* – C in all 13 subjects registered for the 2019 November IGCSE Examinations
- The 2019 Cambridge Summer School Scholarship awarded to a James Hope College student
- British Council Awards for Best In Nigeria in Biology, Chemistry and Geography for the 2018 November IGCSE Examinations
- British Council Award for High Achievement in Nigeria in Design and Technology for the 2018 November IGCSE Examinations
- 100% perfect score in the 2018 Cambridge Checkpoint Examination
- Best 2016/2017 BECE result in Delta State
- Overall Best Student for the 2016/2017 BECE in Delta State
The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards recognizes the exceptional performance of learners around the world in Cambridge examinations. The awards reflect the talent and hard work of learners and acknowledge the dedication and commitment of both teachers and parents.
Indeed, James Hope College is making its mark in the academic landscape within and outside Nigeria.
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