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FIJ: At Least ‘Five Abducted, 12 Killed’ in Two Years — The Travails of NYSC ‘Corpers’

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At least 12 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have been reported killed and another five kidnapped in the last two years.

Innocent Ukpere and Victor Akpan, graduates of Mass Communication, were on their way to Katsina State when they suffered an accident and died. They were two of the five young graduates who died in the same accident.

Innocent and Victor were students of the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic while the other three — Miracle Asuquo, Stella Ekikoh and Ezuruike Coleman — were graduates of University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. All of them were headed to Katsina from Uyo for the NYSC camp when their bus had an accident along Abuja-Abaji-Kwali Expressway on Wednesday, July 28.

A week after their death, their bodies were transported home in a C-130 Nigerian Air Force aircraft.

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NYSC is a mandatory one-year scheme created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war. Usually, participants are posted to states they have never visited or are not native to.

Over the years, however, some corps members have lost their lives in accidents while travelling to camp or returning. Others to attacks while some have been kidnapped.

Most recently, four students of Osun State University, Osogbo were involved in an accident on Thursday. According to Ademola Adesoji, the institution’s PRO, three of the students, including the two who died, were heading for Kaduna, while the last was en route to Kano State.

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In April 2020, four corps members were involved in a road accident along Mokwa Road. They were admitted to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Kwara State, where Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General of, National Youth Service Corps, visited them.

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On March 9, 2020, four corps members were kidnapped while on their way to the NYSC Orientation Camp, Gusau, in Zamfara State. They were however rescued two days later with the aid of repentant bandits.

In December 2020, 17 corps members were attacked by armed robbers along Jere-Abuja Expressway. One of them, Bomoi Yusuf, died in the attack.

On August 18, 2019, 12 corps members travelling to Funtua to attend a church programme had an accident and three of them died on the spot while the others sustained various degrees of injuries.

While travelling in 2019, Nuraddeen Tahir, a corps member who had just completed his 2019 Batch ‘B’ orientation course in Taraba State, and some of his colleagues had an accident that led to the amputation of his left arm.

Abraham Amuta Abah, another corpms member whose family lived in Jentan Mangoro in Jos, Plateau State, was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.

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Yeye Adesola Oyinloye-Ndu adds her voice to the on-going discussion on bullying prevention in Schools

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Yeye Adesola is a renowned Anti-Bullying advocate of over 10 years. She has held workshops in schools to curb Bullying.
She has helped teachers and parents to understand bullying, identify bullies how to help bullies and the bullied, and discourage by-standers

Yeye Adesola has finally broken her silence on the Bullying incident at the British Lead school, Abuja at a Zoom meeting that she organised on the 1st of May that attracted over 91 Parents and school owners

She defined bullying at the Zoom event as the deliberate intimidation and persecution of those perceived as weaker.

Yeye Adesola identified the various types of bullies to be homegrown, underachieving, sadistic, anxious, and reactive bullies.

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Bullies can go after anyone for any reason that may make their targets different. These targets are known as victims she said.

It could be due to their size, tribe, quiet disposition, height, disabilities, etc

There is always an imbalance of power of some sort in incidents of bullying. It could be in strength, emotional control social status, etc she said.

Bullies are not as strong as they present themselves she said. Many are dealing with unhealthy self-esteem and they need help. Hence, their victims are not the problem but the Bullies

Bullying could be Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Tribal or Racial, Verbal Cyber, etc.

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Speaking on the recent incident of bullying at the British Lead School, she advised that every school should have an Anti-Bullying policy and procedures in school, an exercise that she has done over the years with schools, and she advocates that the government should enact a law in this regard so that non-compliance will no longer be tolerated.

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Yeye Adesola applauded the calm disposition of the girl who was slapped by her mate as in her opinion, it is the best reaction that the girl could have put up under that circumstance, otherwise, she may have been more harmed by her assailant or the the bystanders if she tried to run away or beat the other girl back.
She may have hurt the other girl too!

It may look like an expensive exercise to curb bullying in school but a single incident of bullying may cost more to the school and its reputation, she said.

Bullying and harassment in the workplace are as equally prevalent as Bullying in Schools. These should be addressed as well Yeye Adesola noted.

Yeye Adesola can be reached by email at yeyeoba.adesola@gmail.com
Or WhatsApp +2349037330934

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Concerns raised over whereabouts of security expert, Otunba Adejare Adegbenro

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Concerns have arisen regarding the whereabouts of Amb. Dr. Otunba Adejare Adegbenro, a prominent Nigerian diplomat and security expert.

Amb. Adegbenro, known for his contributions to national security and international diplomacy, has reportedly gone missing after honoring a police invitation on April 26, 2024.

The Coalition of Civil Society Networks (CCSN), in collaboration with the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), has raised alarm over his sudden disappearance.

According to information gathered from the management of NATCOM, Amb. Adegbenro was called by the Special Weapon and Tactics Team (SWAT) of the Nigeria Police Force to respond to a petition.

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However, since his appearance, there has been no communication from him, and his family and associates have been unable to locate him.

Despite rumours of his release on April 29, 2024, his whereabouts remain unknown, with his phone unreachable.

Expressing concern over the situation, it is highlighted that Amb. Adegbenro holds a significant role as a Special Emissary of the International Society of Diplomats (ISD) and has been instrumental in fostering collaborations between Nigerian security agencies and international organizations like the EuroPolice Federation.

Citing the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), a signatory to by Nigeria, calls have been made to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun for transparency and adherence to due process in Amb. Adegbenro’s case.

The CCSN/OHC-IHRC NG emphasizes the importance of upholding human rights and the rule of law, urging authorities to provide clarity on his situation.

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The statement further appeals to Nigerian authorities for intervention, stressing the necessity of a thorough investigation into the allegations against Amb. Adegbenro.

Justice and accountability are deemed essential in addressing the situation effectively.

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After successful London premiere, Aiyefele Movie to screen in all major cinemas across lagos from May 3rd (Photos)

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On Friday 5th April 2024, Double Tees Productions premiered and screened the movie Aiyefele at the iconic Odeon Imac Cinema in Greenwich London.

The premiere red carpet was graced by hosts of Nollywood celebrities, from one of the lead actors Biola Adebayo, Bimbo Oshin. To celebrity guests Rykado Agbor and a host of others.

Aiyefele Movie (A Community on the Brink) is a riveting feature film that follows the journey of a community always on the brink of desolation; it struggles to find a cure for the plague killing its citizens as its beliefs and practices conflict with the new faith brought by missionaries. The people are threatened by a self-destructive culture,
assaulted by an endemic disease and oppressed by some evil forces until an unexpected visitor arrives to lead them from the drumbeats of sorrow to a vibrant tune of freedom.

Aiyefele features a respected ensemble cast in the industry, including Odun Adekola, Mercy Aigbe, Femi Branch, Bimbo Oshin, Biola Adebayo, Rotimi Salami, Lara Aiyeomoni and Akinola Akano. It is directed by
the award-winning Seun Olaiya.

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Set in 18th Century Nigeria and England, Aiyefele takes its audiences on an emotional journey of sacrifice, reflection, and redemption.
Executive Producers are Toyin Moore and Omotayo Utomi.

Feedback from the Premiere in London has been hugely positive, with the audience describing the movie as interesting, funny, emotional, with a wow effect and an immersive experience.

AIYEFELE Movie will be showing at Bluepictures cinema in City Mall Lagos from Friday 3rd May 2024.

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Check out pictures from the London Premiere below.

 

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