A Junior Secondary School 2 pupil of Simple Faith Schools, Agbara, Lagos State, Emmanuel Amidu, has died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Surulere.
The victim’s father, Akinola Amidu, claimed that the 12-year-old was flogged by a teacher when he went to school on Thursday, May 12, 2022.
He said his son started vomiting shortly after the beating and was rushed to a hospital, where he gave up the ghost.
The distraught father alleged that the school management was covering up his son’s death and protecting the mathematics teacher, one Steven, who allegedly flogged Emmanuel for not completing his assignment.
He said, “I was at home that Thursday because I was on leave. I recall that Emmanuel asked me for money to buy a new exercise book and I gave him N500 to buy the book and give the remaining change to his sister.
“Later that day, I was called by the management of the school that Emmanuel was vomiting. Meanwhile, this was a boy who left home without any health issue. I had to go to the school and we moved him to a hospital.
“I later learnt that the whole thing started after their class teacher, Mr Steven, beat the whole of his class for not completing their mathematics assignment.
“Emmanuel was actually using my phone torchlight to do his assignment a day before, but I had to collect the phone from him and his sister because I needed to be in contact with the office. We had issues with our electricity at home.
“It was at LUTH that I lost my son. Meanwhile, the management of the school quickly ran to the Morogbo Police Station at Agbara to report that my son died from vomiting.
“How can somebody just die from vomiting if nothing triggers it? The management of the school is trying to protect the teacher.”
Akinola, 45, demanded the arrest and prosecution of the teacher, as he urged the state government and the police to give the family justice.
Emmanuel’s 13-year-old sister, Rachael, told PUNCH Metro that her brother vomited after he was beaten.
She said, “I was called by our English teacher that my brother was not feeling fine and he did not eat and had been sleeping.
“His friend told me that they were beaten for not doing their sums in mathematics and after that he was just sleeping and vomiting.”
The school Principal, Adetayo Akanji, described the incident as unfortunate.
He said, “I was there when Emannuel died on Friday and it was unfortunate that it happened this way. Yes, Steven flogged the whole class for not doing their sums, but not with the intention to hurt them.
“Some hours after that, he (Emmanuel) placed his head on his desk and he started vomiting, after which water was poured on his head.
“When he started to vomit, the proprietor called me and we took the boy to the hospital. In fact, the father joined us when he was taken to LUTH where he and I were running around to get prescribed drugs for him. But before we came back, he had given up. Our school reported the matter at the Morogbo Police Station.”
The school proprietor was contacted on his telephone number, but his wife, Fola Ashaka, who picked up the call, said PUNCH Metro’s enquires on the matter had been forwarded to the appropriate quarters, she then cut off the call.
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She said, “Your message sent earlier to me has been received and it has been sent to the appropriate quarters.”
Efforts to speak to the teacher involved in the incident were abortive, as neither the principal nor the proprietor’s wife was willing to provide his contact.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said the incident was not reported.
“I have called the DPO of Morogbo Police Station and he confirmed that no such case was reported there,” he added.
In 2020, a secondary school teacher in Isawo, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, identified only as Emmanuel, was reported to have beaten a pupil to death over the student’s inability to answer a question in class.
The state police command had said that the matter was also not reported.
A lawyer, Toyin Taiwo, said the Lagos State Government had prohibited flogging of children in schools.
“Children have rights and they must be respected. This is one of the reasons for training programmes organised for teachers, parents and guardians on how to handle children,” she added.
According to the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, all forms of abuse of children are criminal.
She said, “This is evident in the enactment of the Child Rights Law which came into force in 2007 but amended in 2015. Since then, the state has gone on to formulate policies that pertain to safeguarding and protecting children, especially in child centres, institutions and schools. To this end, all forms of child abuse, including physical or sexual, are criminal in nature and the full wrath of the law would be unleashed on anybody found culpable.”
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Police Arrest Five Robbery Suspects, Recover Two Cars In Ogun
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested five new suspects in connection with the recent robbery attacks and killings in some parts of the state, particularly at the Gateway Polytechnic, Saapade.
The command also announced that it has recovered two Lexus cars stolen during the recent robbery attacks. The state’s Commissioner of police, Alamutu, made the disclosure earlier today while speaking on the security situation across today.
Recall that some suspected armed robbers recently invaded communities hosting students of the Gateway Polytechnic, Saapade in Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State, robbing and shooting some of the students.
According to Alamutu, operatives of the command in Remo North Division had received a distress call on 2/12/23, about 3:00 a.m., that some armed robbers were on rampage within their community. The Divisional Police Officer led his men to respond to the distress call and met a group of armed robbers.
He added that there was an exchange of gunfire between the police and the armed men. In their bid to escape, they shot at four (4) students who were walking along the road and made away with a Lexus car they had earlier snatched at gun point from another student. One of the victims of gun shots reportedly died on his way to the hospital while the three others were treated and discharged.
The police later tracked the stolen Lexus car to the Oke Itoku area of Abeokuta, the state capital where it was recovered. Another Lexus car, discovered to have been snatched at the Ajuwon area of the state by the same gang, was also recovered.
The police said some members of the gang were later arrested through intelligence gathering while a member of another gang that robbed people of their phones at gun point was also nabbed.
“He had escaped into the bush upon the arrival of policemen at the scene but was later fished out with the help of the locals. As we speak, about eight police patrol teams now operate within the area,” Alamutu added.
Jubilation Galore As SCOAN Holds 2023 Thanksgiving Service
It was jubilation galore on Sunday as members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), including well wishers across the globe gathered to celebrate God’s faithfulness and grace upon the church at the second thanksgiving anniversary.
The event was to commemorate the reopening of the ministry after the glorious passing of its founder, the God’s General, Senior Prophet TB Joshua on June 5, 2021 and to celebrate the mighty works of God still happening in the ministry under the new leadership of Pastor Evelyn Joshua.
The colourful event witnessed a huge turnout of members, well wishers, guest artistes and invited guests from all over the world .
The elated Evelyn Joshua, clad in a simple but elegant pink attire in her speech expressed gratitude to God, ministers and members of the church who have stayed with the ministry even in the time of challenges.
She promised that the church’s new administration would continually strive to preserve the legacy of the church’s founder, Prophet TB Joshua.
“The legacy of Prophet TB Joshua shall live forever,” she said
Quoting from the book of Psalm 107:1 Pastor Joshua enjoined the people to give thanks to God “for He is good and His mercy endureth for ever”.
She also expressed profound gratitude to Emmanuel TV Partners for their unquantifiable support.
Highlighting various activities undertaken by the SCOAN in the year, Pastor Joshua mentioned the ministry’s special meetings at The Prayer Mountain, outreaches in Ghana, Spain, Zambia and Kenya, and numerous charity events in Spain, Turkey, Malawi, Ukraine, Kenya and other parts of the world. The woman of God also commended the different groups in the church for their faithfulness and steadfastness making the church to continue to move forward in God’s grace.
High-profile Gospel artistes including Christina Shusho from Tanzania performed at the SCOAN Shusho beautifully in Swahili language the popular southern and east African tongue to the excitement of the mammoth overflowing audience.
Guest artiste Akintayo Akinwande performed a medley of Nigerian praise songs while SCOAN youth deployed choreography to offer a dance offering to God and to illustrate a message by Prophet TB Joshua.
The congregants also watched clips highlighting God’s goodness in various amazing dimensions.
People from all walks of life including Bishop Micheal Fleming of Church On The Street, a charity based in the United Kingdom graced the earth-shaking thanksgiving service.
Foreign visitors from all over the world, different groups of the church danced to the altar with their thanksgiving offering as the SCOAN Chorister sang like never.
All who attended the service were richly blessed and filled with joy. The church has continued to wax stronger under the leadership of Pastor Evelyn Joshua
7O-year-old Woman Gives Birth To Twins
A 70-year-old woman has given birth to twins following IVF treatment, a hospital in Uganda has said.
Safina Namukwaya delivered a boy and a girl via caesarean at a fertility centre in the capital, Kampala.
Ms Namukwaya, who is is one of the oldest women to give birth, told local media it was a “miracle”.
The hospital congratulated her, saying it is more than a “medical success; it’s about the strength and resilience of the human spirit”.
In 2019, a 73-year-old Indian woman gave birth to twins following IVF treatment.
“We’ve achieved the extraordinary – delivering twins to Africa’s oldest mother aged 70!” the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre (WHI&FC) posted on its Facebook page.
It said she had delivered the babies on Wednesday just after midday, adding: “Mother and babies are all well.”
Ms Namukwaya told Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper that her pregnancy had been difficult as her partner abandoned her when he realised she was going to have twins.
“Men don’t like to be told that you are carrying more than one child. Ever since I was admitted here, my man has never showed up,” she said.
This is Ms Namukwaya’s second delivery in three years. She gave birth to a baby girl in 2020.
She said she had wanted to have children after she was mocked for being childless.
“I looked after people’s children and saw them grow up and leave me alone. I wondered who would take care of me when I grow old,” she is quoted as saying.
It is not clear whether she used a donor egg or one of her own that was frozen and stored when she was younger.
Typically women go through menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. Fertility drops around this time but advances in medicine have made it possible for them to give birth.
In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is one of several techniques. During the process an egg is removed from a woman’s ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory.
The fertilised egg, called an embryo, is then put in a woman’s womb to grow and develop.
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