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Soldiers Allegedly Rape 300-Level Student Of Adekunle Ajasin University At Checkpoint

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A 300-level student (name withheld) of the Ondo State Government-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, was allegedly raped on Wednesday, by soldiers attached to the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Owena, Akure.

According to Daily Sun, the incident occurred at the military checkpoint at Ikare-Akoko, in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state, just a few kilometers from the university campus.

The victim said to be a student of Religious and African Studies, is reported to be going to Ikare-Akoko when the incident happened.

It was alleged that the victim was raped serially by the soldiers.

A source hinted that one of the soldiers identified as Lance Corporal allegedly ordered the victim to get down from a minibus commonly refer to as “Agolo” and took her into a cubicle at the back of the checkpoint, where the soldiers allegedly sexually assaulted the victim.

A student of the university, who asked to remain anonymous, said that the soldiers at the Ikare checkpoint are in the habit of molesting female students who pass through the checkpoint.

“We were coming from Akungba in a minibus on Wednesday evening. On getting to the checkpoint, the soldier looked inside our taxi and pointed to the lady and ordered her to get down. We didn’t know why he did that.

When the lady alighted, he took her to their mini-barracks and asked us to leave the scene.

“Out of fear, we left the place hoping that she will be released immediately, but she was not released until after one hour later. After that, we discovered that she was serially raped by the soldiers at the checkpoint

“Immediately, we went to Ikare Police Station to report the incident and rushed her to the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Ikare-Akoko, for examination and treatment. She is still at the hospital where it was confirmed that she was raped.”

“This is not the first time such a thing will be happening at the soldiers’ checkpoint in the town. The commuters, who are mostly students that live in Ikare, are often sexually harassed especially in the evening. The soldiers will be using their hands to press our breasts while inside a cab, in the name of stop-and-search,” the source added.

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Ikare-Akoko, Dr. Olawale Oguntuase, has confirmed that a lady was brought to the hospital on Wednesday’s night for treatment.

Dr. Oguntuase, however, said results of medical examination carried out on her are yet to be ready to ascertain if it was a case of rape.

A police officer at the Ikare Police post confirmed that the incident was reported at the police post at about 7:15 p.m on Wednesday, adding that the Police had looked into the matter.

He confirmed that the name of Lance Corporal Sunday was mentioned in the statement written by the complainant.

“The matter was reported here, but I won’t say more on it,” he stated. “When we complete our investigation, it would be sent to the headquarters in Akure.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Command, Mr. Femi Joseph, said he was not aware of the incident.

“I have not been briefed about the matter. I will have to call the Ikare Division, and I will call you back when I get the details,” Joseph told Daily Sun.

The Brigade Commander of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Brig. Gen. Zakari Abubakar, when contacted on the matter said that he was at a meeting and promised to call back.

The Management of the AAUA was said to have begun an investigation into the matter.

The Head of Media and Protocol Unit of the university, Mr. Victor Akinpelumi, confirmed that the Management of the institution was aware of the incident and had started an investigation into it.

According to him, “the Management is aware, and an investigation had commenced. The university has set up a panel to look into the matter and we will get back to you.”

(The Sun)

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Makinde vs Adelabu: Confusion As APC, PDP Celebrate Appeal Court Ruling In Oyo

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There was wild jubilation in Oyo State following the Monday ruling of the Appeal Court on the application filed by the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the last elections, Adebayo Adelabu, against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan held that there was a miscarriage of justice at the Oyo State Election Petition Tribunal because they should have considered every document submitted to prove its case and not lump it together and consider it as one, it did not give any consequential order to that effect.

The Appellate Court in its ruling resolved the four issues filed by Adelabu in favour of Makinde and dismissed the four reasons. The court had noted that it allowed the appeal because there were issues of a miscarriage of justice at the lower court but added that a judgement must be given after considering a situation in its entirety.

The four-man panel further noted that in this situation the 180 days mandated for the tribunal to operate had lapsed and there was consequently no reason to touch the ruling of the lower court.

Adelabu had filed an appeal through his counsel, Yusuf Alli (SAN), against the judgement of the tribunal upholding the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Engr Seyi Makinde, praying the court to dismiss the judgment of the lower court and order a fresh election while counsel to Seyi Makinde urged the court to dismiss the appeal and uphold the judgement of the case.

While the camps of the APC has started jubilating, the PDP camp has also started jubilating in reaction to the judgement.

APC United Kingdom as at 1:07 PM via his verified Twitter handle @APCUKingdom tweeted that “[BREAKING NEWS] Appeal court rules in favour of APC Gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu, as his appeal was upheld. More Details shortly! #NextLevel @OfficialAPCNg @apcghanachapter @apcyouthomoodua.”

Appeal court rules in favour of APC Gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu, as his appeal was upheld.

More Details shortly!#NextLevel @OfficialAPCNg @apcghanachapter @apcyouthomoodua pic.twitter.com/pHnxg7L5GC

— APC United Kingdom (@APCUKingdom) November 11, 2019

The PDP via G.S.M Media @MakindeMedia, an independent media campaign team for Makinde said: “Congratulations Gov. Seyi Makinde. People’s choice!”

Congratulations Gov. Seyi Makinde.

People’s choice! pic.twitter.com/P2xHZEMAt2

— G.S.M Media (@MakindeMedia) November 11, 2019

A copy of the image accompanying the tweet was also posted by Oyo State PDP via @PDPOyoState.

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Great News! 12-Year-Old Nigerian Boy, Chika Ofili, Bags Award In UK For Discovering A New Formula In Mathematics

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Master Chika Ofili, a 12-year-old Nigerian boy based in the UK, has bagged a special award for recognition after making a shocking new discovery in mathematics.

He is said to have discovered a new formula for divisibility by 7 in mathematics.

His new formula for divisibility of 7 is to multiply the last digit in the figure and then add everything together, then check if the new figure is a multiple of 7.

For example, to check if 7 can divide 532, the process is illustrated below:

53 + 2 x 5= 63

63, is a multiple of 7; hence 7 can divide it. Amazing isn’t it??? Nigeria to the World!!!

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FG Declares Monday Public Holiday

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The Federal Government has declared Monday as Public Holiday to mark the 2019 Eid-ul-Mawlud which is in commemoration of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior, announced this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, NAN reports.

He said the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and enjoined them to live within the virtues and teachings of the Prophet.

He said imbibing the Prophet’s virtues of love, courage, and perseverance would guarantee peace and security in the country.

Aregbesola expressed confidence that the challenges confronting Nigeria at the moment would soon be over and therefore called on Nigerians to remain focused and determined.

He gave the assurance that with the immense potentials the country is endowed with; coupled with its human and natural resources, Nigeria will sooner than later join the league of developed nations.

“With love, commitment, self-sacrifice, patience and patriotism, we will certainly, build a greater Nigeria,” Aregbesola said.

The Minister restated the Government’s desire to ensure a peaceful and secure environment for all Nigerians.

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