Strike: Protesting students boo police, block Ife-Ibadan expressway 

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Alleged Blasphemy: Sultanate Council Condemns Killing Of Student In Sokoto

A file photo of an entrance into the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State.

 

The Sultanate Council in Sokoto has condemned the killing of a female student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education.

According to the police, Deborah Samuel, a level-two student, was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The police said the students forcefully removed the victim from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her and burnt the building.

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Videos on social media show men stoning and flogging a motionless body draped in red attire.

Some footage also captured a raging fire as a man faced the camera, claiming that he killed and burnt her, and brandishing a matchbox.

“The Sultanate Council condemned the incident in its totality and has urged the security agencies to bring perpetrators of the unjustifiable incident to justice,” a statement signed by council secretary, Sa’idu Muhammadu Maccido, said.

“The Sultanate Council has urged all to remain calm and ensure peaceful co-existence among all people of the State and nation.”

Usifo Ataga: Change Of Counsel Stalls Trial of Chidinma, Others

This combination photo shows Chidinma, court gavel, and Usifo Ataga

 

A change of counsel by one of the defendants on Thursday stalled proceedings in the murder trial of the Chief Executive Officer of Super Tv, Usifo Ataga.

Chidinma Ojukwu, who is the key suspect, is standing trial alongside one Adedapo Quadri and a third defendant, Chioma Egbuchu, on a nine count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, forgery, stealing and being in possession of stolen property.

They had all pleaded not guilty.

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But the trial could not continue on Thursday at the Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, because one of the lawyers told Justice Yetunde Adesanya that Chioma was no longer represented by the Office of the Public Defender.

The lawyer, who identified herself as J. I. Osaigede, said that the third defendant had written the OPD that she that she no longer needed their services.

The new counsel, Ngozi Akandu, who announced appearance for the third defendant, pleaded for more time to go through the case file having just been briefed about the proceedings.

The lawyer said, “I understand that trial has commenced, but I humbly apply and urge the court to give me time to study the case file, and also for the prosecution to avail me the clearer copies of the proof of evidence so that I can come in properly”.

The prosecution counsel, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs Adenike Oluwafemi did not object. She noted that the rule of fair hearing allows litigants to get any counsel of their choice.

There was also no objections from counsel to the first and second defendant.

Justice Yetunde Adesanya, subsequently adjourned the case till May 16, 2022, for continuation of trial.

The three defendants were arraigned on October, 12, 2021, on a nine-count charge preferred against them by Lagos State Government.

Ojukwu and Quadri are facing the first to eight counts bordering on conspiracy, murder, stabbing, forgery, making of bank statements and stealing.

The third defendant, Egbuchu, is facing the ninth count – stealing of iPhone 7 belonging to the late Ataga.

Ojukwu and Quadri are alleged to have conspired and murdered Ataga on June 15, 2021, by stabbing him several times with a knife on the neck and chest.

The alleged murder took place at 19, Adewale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

The duo were also accused of committing forgery by procuring bank account statements purported to have been made by the deceased.

Spurs Crush 10-Man Arsenal To Keep Top-Four Bid Alive

Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (L) vies with Arsenal’s Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu (R) during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on May 12, 2022. Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat 10-man Arsenal 3-0 on Thursday with a north London derby masterclass that kept alive their hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four.

Antonio Conte’s side would have been eliminated from the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League if they had lost to their bitter rivals on Thursday.

But Kane tormented Arsenal once again as the Tottenham striker opened the scoring with a controversial penalty.

Crucially, Arsenal’s Rob Holding was sent off for two bookings in seven minutes.

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Kane netted again before the interval and Son Heung-min bagged Tottenham’s third goal in the second half.

Instead of sealing a return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2016-17 season, fourth-placed Arsenal now face a nerve-jangling conclusion to the top-four battle.

Arsenal still hold a slender advantage, but the end of their four-match winning run leaves them just one point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham, with both sides having two games left.

Conte said several weeks ago that it would be a “miracle” if Tottenham reached the Champions League given their lowly position when he replaced the sacked Nuno Espirito Santo in November.

But their victory in arguably the biggest north London derby since Arsenal won the league at White Hart Lane in 2004 ensured that miracle could still come true.

Conte believes finishing in the top four is “like winning a title in another country, a big achievement” given the depth of talent and wealth at the top of the Premier League.

To decide who takes the lucrative prize, Tottenham host struggling Burnley on Sunday then travel to relegated Norwich, while Mikel Arteta’s men visit Newcastle on Monday and entertain Everton.

Arteta’s bewildered expression throughout Arsenal’s capitulation suggested it is far from certain he will be able to lift his players to finish the job.

Third-placed Chelsea, five points above Tottenham, will likely need a draw from their last two games to be sure of their top-four place given their vastly superior goal difference.

As well as the huge European stakes for both sides, Tottenham also felt lingering resentment about Arsenal’s successful appeal to have this fixture postponed in January due to Covid and injury problems.

Kane stars

The acrimony did not take long to boil over in the deafening atmosphere at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with tackling flying in and Conte booked for protesting vigorously after Ben Davies’s foul on Bukayo Saka.

Amid the maelstrom, it was Tottenham who landed the first blow after 22 minutes.

Cedric Soares collided with Son as they contested Dejan Kulusevski’s cross in the six-yard box and the contact was enough to convince Paul Tierney to award a penalty.

Arsenal surrounded Tierney to complain angrily, but Kane stepped up to send Aaron Ramsdale the wrong way with a nerveless spot-kick.

The wall of sound from four sides of the stadium underlined the significance of Tottenham seizing the initiative.

Arsenal were shell-shocked and the game shifted decisively in Tottenham’s favour in the 33rd minute.

Eric Dier’s long pass targeted Son and Holding crudely blocked his path with his shoulder, a needless offence that prompted Tierney to send off the defender for his second booking.

Scenting blood, Tottenham doubled their lead four minutes after Holding’s premature exit.

Rodrigo Bentancur flicked on a corner and Kane stooped to head home from virtually on the line as Conte celebrated with a jig of delight.

Kane, the top scorer in north London derby history in all competitions, now has 13 goals in 17 meetings with Arsenal, who must rue the day they rejected him as a eight-year-old.

The night got even better for Conte in the 47th minute as Kane rolled Gabriel and the ball broke for Son to clip a deft finish into the corner.

Ramsdale made fine saves from Emerson Royal and Kane to stop Arsenal being completely humiliated, but the damage had already been done.

AFP

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