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Photo News: Police Stop Senate Delegation From Seeing Dino Melaye In Hospital |RN

By Michael Abimboye

 

The Police on Wednesday denied the Senate leadership from visiting Senator Dino Melaye in the National Hospital, Abuja.

The senators were stopped by police officers stationed at the hospital.

The delegation was led by Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Na’Allah.

It included Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena, Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha and Deputy Chief of Staff to Senate President, Hon. Gbenga Makanjuola.

(New Telegraph)

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SHOCKING: Herdsmen In Army Uniform Kill Another 43 Benue Farmers |The Republican News

By Cephas Iorhemen, MAKURDI

 Herdsmen-fulani

 

Less than 24 hours after Fulani herdsmen killed nineteen people including two Catholic Priests in Benue, the insurgents in the wee hours of Wednesday attacked fifteen villages in Guma and Gwer West local government areas leaving at least 43 local farmers dead.

The herders who residents said were dressed in the Nigerian Army uniforms, attacked the Mbakpaase, Tse-Umenger, Tomanyiin, Tse-Ali Agudu and Mbanyiar communities, while in Gwer West they attacked ten council wards.

New Telegraph gathered that the heavily armed men, numbering more than 50, stormed the Tse-Umenger on Tuesday night around 7pm and set the entire village on fire and killed nineteen (16) people.

It was gathered that while the attack was going on, another group of the insurgents numbering over 20 attacked Tomanyiin in Saghev council ward, Tse-Ali Agudu, Mbanyiar at Mbawar council ward at about 11 pm killing 19 persons.

As if the killings were not enough, the armed Fulani herdsmen also invaded and attacked Abiam village in Sengev council ward of Gwer West local government area and killed eight people after they had abducted one person and took him to an unknown destination.

Chairman of Gwer West, Mr Francis Ayaga told reporters that the herders have occupied ten out of fifteen council wards of the local government adding that the invaders made an incursion into the area from Doma in neighbouring Nasarawa State to attract the people.

Mr Ayaga said however that he could not ascertain the casualty figure as more bodies were being recovered from the bush but said many people were killed.

A resident of Gwer West who did not want his name mentioned said, the victims who have been taking refuge in Naka, had gone home to find out whether they could return home when the herdsmen attacked them.

“The victims went home to find out whether their village was safe for them to return but they were attacked and abducted by the herdsmen”.

“This morning they collected a phone of one of the victims and called his family members and while he was still speaking they executed him”.

“The herdsmen also called and told family members of the victims to go and collect the bodies of the deceased. But nobody can go there because the herdsmen are still occupying the place”.

Former governorship aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in the state, Dr Tivlumun Nyitse, who hails from Umenger community told journalists that the invaders killed many people in the village and burnt many houses stuffed with food items.

Hordes of the inhabitants including women, children and old people alike who deserted their homes are said to be taking refuge in the bush, while in Mbakpaase, corpses recovered were hurriedly buried by the villagers, who have since fled for safety while lots of people were still missing as at press time.

A source from the area who pleaded anonymity hinted that no single house was reported standing in these villages at the time of this report.

The attacks, it was learnt, occurred same day the herdsmen attacked Gwer East local government and killed 19 persons, including two Catholic Priests.

Commissioner of Police in Benue State, Mr Fatai Owoseni told journalists that he was yet to obtain details about the killing and promised to divulge them as soon as they were ready.    (New Telegraph)

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First Scrotum And Penis Transplant Performed |The Republican News

The transplant was carried out by surgeons at John Hopkins university hospital© Other The transplant was carried out by surgeons at John Hopkins University hospital
A man who lost his genitals in a war injury has received the world’s first full penis and scrotum transplant.Surgeons at Baltimore’s John Hopkins University have rebuilt the veteran’s entire pelvic region from the parts of a deceased donor.

It is hoped that the operation will give the injured man full urinary and sexual function within weeks.

In an ambitious March operation lasting 14 hours, surgeons connected tiny nerves, blood vessels, skin, muscles and tendons to rebuild both the man’s penis and extensive surrounding tissue.

While a handful of successful penis transplants have been reported in recent years, this was the first to reconstruct the scrotum as well – making it far more complex and expensive than previous procedures.

The recipient, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he “felt finally more normal” on waking up from the operation.

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“It’s a real mind-boggling injury to suffer; it is not an easy one to accept,” he said.

The extent of the patient’s injuries – he had lost his penis, scrotum, and much of his abdominal wall – meant taking an exact replica of what was missing was the most sensible option for the surgeons treating him.

“We’ve really replaced like with like,” surgeon Dr Richard Redett said. “We looked at the defect our patient had and procured the exact same graft from our donor.”

The full transplant is radically different to current procedures – often used in transgender surgery or to treat congenital abnormalities – that use a patient’s own skin to construct a penis.

Such operations require patients to use an implant to achieve an erection, bringing a higher risk of infection than the highly experimental full transplant.

But while they avoid such problems, transplants present new ethical problems in penis surgery.

The families of deceased donors need to give explicit permission for a penis – as parts of the face or hands – to be given for transplant, for example.

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It was also decided in this operation that a scrotum transplant should not extend to the donor’s testicles, which would bring the possibility of having children. “We just felt there were too many unanswered ethical questions,” surgeon Damon Cooney said.

Surgeons at John Hopkins described lost penises as “an unspoken injury of war”, suffered in silence by patients who face stigma as well as a loss of sexual intimacy and urinary function.

The US Department of Defense trauma registry has recorded 1,367 male service personnel with having suffered genitourinary injuries between 2001 and 2013, although it is not clear whether how many of those resulted in the loss of all or part of the penis.

Patients can also lose a penis through cancer or accidents. One previous penis transplant, in China, was reversed after psychological problems experienced by the recipient and his wife.

After the surgery in March, however, doctors say the first penis and scrotum recipient is doing well.

(SkyNews)

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JUST IN: Buhari In Close-door Meeting With El-Rufai, Yahaya Bello, Other APC Governors

By New Telegraph

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President Buhari and APC governors in a closed-door meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with governors of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governors in attendance include Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano.

Others are Kashim Shetima of Borno, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, are also in attendance.  (NewTelegraph)

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Dino Melaye Re-arrested On Hospital Bed |The Republican News

By Emmanuel Onani, Abuja

 

The Police has revealed how a re-enforced team of personnel, rearrested Senator Dino Melaye on a hospital bed.

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood, the Senator representing Kogi West was being driven to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, when he jumped out of a moving vehicle.

He alleged that his (Melaye’s) escape was facilitated by some suspected “miscreants”, who he claimed, had blocked the Lokoja-bound movement with 2 Toyota Hilux vehicles.

Moshood, however, noted that through re-enforcement, policemen were able to trail the embattled lawmaker to Zankli hospital in Abuja, where he was rearrested.

“At about 1200Hrs of today Sen. Dino Melaye while in lawful custody of the Nigeria Police Force and being taken for arraignment in Federal High Court, Lokoja from Abuja, escaped from lawful custody when hoodlums and miscreants in Two (2) Toyota Hilux Vehicles blocked the Police vehicle conveying Senator Dino Melaye around Area 1 Round About, Abuja and in the process the Senator jumped out of the Police vehicle through the window and was rescued from the Policemen by hoodlums and miscreants to an unknown destination”, Moshood said.

According to him: ” The Police team re-enforced and trailed Senator Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested. The Senator would be arraigned in court without further delay.

“Meanwhile, one of the Toyota Hilux vehicles used by the hoodlums and miscreants in aiding the escape of the Senator has been recovered by the Police investigation team.

“The Inspector General of Police has therefore directed a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the rescue and escape of Senator Dino Melaye from lawful custody.”  (New Telegraph)

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EFCC Detains Nwaoboshi While Police Hunts For Melaye |The Republican News

By Onwuka Nzeshi, Chukwu David and Emmanuel Onani Abuja

This is not the best of time for some members of the Senate. Two of the senators are now in the eyes of the storm.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has for about eight days detained Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta North) over alleged fraud.

Also, Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) was yesterday prevented from travelling abroad while armed policemen laid siege to his Abuja residence.

Nwaoboshi was arrested over the purchase of a 12-storey “Guinea House” in Lagos and alleged corruption in the equipment contract he got from the Delta State Government.

The building was owned by Delta State before the sale.

The lawmaker purchased the building for N805 million through his company, Golden Touch Construction Project Limited.

Nwaoboshi, who represents Delta North Senatorial District, was detained after interrogation on April 17.

EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwajare, confirmed that the senator is in custody.

The Delta lawmaker has asked supporters to be calm and law-abiding, saying his ordeal was the handiwork of “detractors”.

A statement by his media aide, Hon. Andy Onyemeziem, read thus: “We hereby bring to the notice of the general public that on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Senator (Barr.) Peter Onyeluka Nwaoboshi was detained by the EFCC after series of interrogation over some pending issues part of which is already before the court.

“While, formal charges have been filed against him by the Commission, however, attention is drawn to the ill-treatment meted against his person.

“As a law-abiding citizen, who believes fervently in the rule of law, the senator urges his teeming supporters and well-wishers to remain calm and steadfast to the laws of the land as this is the handwork of detractors, who are bent on tainting the senator’s image and throwing cogs in the wheels of his good works for the Anioma people, the Niger Delta and Nigeria in general.”

Meanwhile, it was a day of drama yesterday as armed policemen laid siege to the residence of Senator Melaye, the vocal lawmaker who has been very critical of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in recent months.

Hordes of policemen barricaded the entrance to the palatial Signature House located on Sangha Street, Maitama and prevented human and vehicular movement in and out of the mansion.

They also blocked the street with their patrol van while a number of the armed policemen took strategic positions beside the perimeter fence of the building.

A few hours after the Police arrived the building, a group of protesters also besieged the lawmaker’s residence in protest and offered to be arrested along with Melaye.

Melaye was earlier yesterday arrested and prevented from travelling abroad by men of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The lawmaker, who was on his way to Morocco to attend a Federal Government-sponsored programme was briefly detained at the airport before he was released.

New Telegraph learnt that following his encounter with the immigration officials, Melaye returned to his home in Abuja only for the armed policemen to arrive there seeking to arrest him.

The leader of the Police Squad, an Assistant Commissioner of Police dressed in plain clothes declined to state the reason behind the siege.

The man who also declined to give his name was courteous when our correspondent approached him but he declined to comment on the reason for the siege and how long it would last.

When New Telegraph asked him what their mission was he said: “We are here to do our job. I know why we are here but I have to keep that close to my chest.

If you want details, you can go to the Force Headquarters or call the Force PRO,” he said

Addressing journalists at the venue, the Senate Minority Whip, Philip Aduda, condemned the development.

He said he had visited the house in order to report back to the presiding and principal officers of the Senate.

Aduda said: “Some of us came here with a view to reporting to the presiding officers and principal officers on what we have seen.

“I will report appropriately on what I saw, but I  don’t believe this should happen.” Director, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER), Mr Frank Tietie, who addressed journalists at the scene of the siege, expressed disappointment at the action of the Police, describing it as an attempt by the Federal Government to silence critics and intimidate all dissenting voices in the country.

Tietie, a human rights activist and lawyer, said it was disheartening that while Nigerians were being killed every day in different theatres of conflict, the security agencies have chosen to silence the lone voice that has been speaking against the killings and injustice in the land.

Tietie challenged the Nigeria Police to tender a court order or any other legal instrument which justifies the invasion of Melaye’s residence and holding him to ransom.

On the argument that Melaye was being hounded by the security agencies because of a pending case against him in Lokoja, Kogi State, the human right activist said the lawmaker cannot answer to the charges because the Police had failed to guarantee his safety in Kogi State.

Meanwhile, some protesters have also besieged the same residence of the embattled lawmaker, vowing to go into detention with him if the Police arrest him.

The protesters numbering over 40 were said to have been drawn from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Abuja.

Melaye has been having a running battle with the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, and the Federal Government, leading to the Police declaring him wanted on an allegation that he was sponsoring some armed criminals and gun runners in Kogi State.               (New Telegraph)

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OAU, ASUU, CONUA Disown ‘Randy’ Lecturer |The Republican News

By Mojeed Alabi

  • More ‘victims’ recount ordeal with embattled Prof.

 

The sexual harassment scandal rocking the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, is yet to douse, as more damning revelations and verdicts have continued to emerge from, even the unusual quarters.

It is no longer news that the embattled Professor of Management and Accounting, a sexagenarian, Richard Akindele, who was accused by a female student, Ms Monica Osagie, of sexually harassing her in a damning audio recording that has gone viral on social media, has been suspended indefinitely by the Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede-led management of the institution.

But, a new twist to the sexual harassment allegation is that apart from the university’s lecturers’ unions, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Congress of University Academics (CONUA), declaring their support for the management’s decision, the unions have also distanced themselves from the embattled professor, claiming he is not their member.

Meanwhile, New Telegraph has exclusively gathered from more ex-students of the Accounting Department of the university’s faculty of Administration, who have narrated their ordeal in the hand of the Prof. Akindele either as just their course lecturer or as their project supervisor.

Some of the students, particularly the 2001 set who shared their experiences on the class’ WhatsApp group, said the lecturer was in the habit of threatening female students that they would fail his examination as a ploy to lure them into his ‘trap.’

They also said unlike other courses they took in the department, Akindele was in the habit of arranging separate seats for both male and female students during examinations.

According to one of the female students, who craved anonymity but whose matriculation number started with MAC/2001/****, the embattled lecturer, who she noted taught her Management Theories with Course Title MAC 201, had lied to her that she failed the course.

She explained; “You know this lecturer has a style of announcing the students’ results in his course. Unlike others who would paste the results by their doors, Akindele would ask us to report to the lobby of his office and ask each of the students to come in one by one.

“If you are a male, he would simply tell you your result in few seconds and you go. But if you are a female student he ‘likes,’ the simple thing is that he will tell you that you didn’t do well. He would just say “you scored F” without telling you the exact score.

“So when he told me that, I just went to my brother who was also a lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences and when he asked him what happened, the man said my brother should tell me to come to him the following day. Then when I got there the following day, Akindele, just chastised me for reporting him to my brother. At the end of the day, I had an ‘A’ in the course.”

Similarly, another student who was a former students’ union leader on the campus, who graduated from the department in 2002, accused the lecturer of being notorious for such practice, which he described as embarrassing.

The source said; “In fact, I have a classmate who was married to another of our classmates but when she went back for MBA programme, the professor pestered her to the extent that the lady had to show him pregnancy before she could be freed from the pressure.”

It would be recalled that following the hues and cries that the incident generated, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, had in a statement on Thursday, last week, confirmed the indefinite suspension of the lecturer over his alleged complicity in the sexual harassment case.

The university’s decision, according to a statement released by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, had followed the preliminary report of an investigative panel set up to look into the matter by the vice-chancellor.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued by ASUU and signed by its newly elected Chairman, Dr. Adeola Egbedokun, the union said it was satisfied with the prompt response of the management towards ensuring sanity in the system.

“ASUU-OAU, therefore, encourages the Vice-Chancellor and his team not to relent in their efforts to get to the root of the matter and ensure that justice is done and seen to have been done in the matter. The union also admonishes its members to always adhere strictly to the code of conduct guiding their appointment in the university as they carry out their lawful activities,” the statement added.

When probed further on whether the union would refer the embattled lecturer to its Ethics and Grievances Committee for further investigation and action, Egbedokun told New Telegraph that Prof. Akindele had formally signed out of ASUU some months ago, and so is incapable in that wise of taking any action against him.

Also on its part, CONUA, through a short message to New Telegraph by its Chairman, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, said: “Our position when the news broke was for the university to investigate and establish the veracity of the matter. That has not changed. We went further to state that culpability should be appropriately sanctioned. As for the membership of CONUA for the professor, as I write we’re yet to affect the check off dues of CONUA members. Thank you, sir.”

Meanwhile, the matter took yet another dramatic dimension at the weekend, when for the first time, the acclaimed victim, Ms Osagie, who had hitherto assumed anonymous status, unveiled herself to the public.

Ms Osagie, a postgraduate student of Master’s programme in Business Administration (MBA), who had spoken through her counsellor and Executive Director, Women Advocate Research and Documentation (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, accused the university of maligning her, saying she was never invited to appear before the committee set up to investigate the case.

But, the university in its statement said: “Although the Investigative Committee had invited both Prof. Richard I. Akindele and Miss Osagie, only Professor Akindele had appeared before the Committee, while Miss Osagie is yet to appear or make any representation. The report indicated that many other witnesses appeared before the Committee and gave useful evidence. The university is making efforts to ensure that Miss Osagie appears before the investigative committee so that it can hear her side of the case and promptly submit its final report.”

However, in a statement issued by Dr Akiyode-Afolabi, a former students’ union leader, said Ms Osagie was compelled to involve the third party, who in turn allegedly made the matter public since the student’s effort to use an internal mechanism to address the matter had failed.

Dr Akiyode-Afolabi wrote: “Contrary to the information coming from the university’s press release, Ms Monica Osagie was never invited by the school management to appear before any panel. We have been in contact with Ms Osagie and have her instructions to inform the management of her willingness to appear before any panel set up by the university, if and when duly invited.”

She added: “In this case in point, Ms Osagie made efforts to inform senior members of the Faculty of Administrations about her predicament and no one was able or willing to intervene leaving her to resort to self-help in documenting her evidence. This, once again brought into focus the need to strengthen regulations and complaint mechanisms in our institutions, so as not to expose students to unethical advances by randy lecturers.”

When New Telegraph called on the university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Olarewaju to confirm if truly the acclaimed victim was not invited, he explained that only the committee members could confirm that, and that he would find out and get back to us. But as at the time of filing this report, he is yet to either confirm or deny the allegation.

However, by Sunday morning, a letter inviting Ms Osagie to appear before the panel today, April 24, had surreptitiously emerged from the office of the university’s Dean of Post Graduate College and signed by the University Deputy Registrar and Post Graduate College Secretary, Mrs A.O. Fadeyibi.

The letter with Ref. No: ADP 15/16/H/1424, entitled: “Re: Investigative panel on alleged harassment of a female student: Detailed audio recording: Request for the presentation of Miss Osagie Monica Oselode,” reads: “I write at the instance of the Provost, Post-Graduate College to invite you to appear before the investigative panel on alleged harassment of a female student detailed in audio recording at its meeting which will come up at 10:00am on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

“Please be informed that on arrival, you are required to call the Secretary to the panel to facilitate your appearance before the panel. Thank you.” (New Telegraph)

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