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Sexual Violence: CEE-HOPE Partners Two NGOs to sensitize Teenagers



As part of activities marking the recent 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE) partnered two other NGOs to sensitize children at Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest slum settlement.

Speakers at the event

NGOS, Jabez Place, a sexual violence awareness organization and the Children, Youth and Women Empowerment Initiative (CHIYOWO) engaged the over 60 children drawn from Makoko and other places across Lagos. Jabez Place led by Adesola Alamutu, a gender rights activist and founder of Children and the Environment (CATE) and Iquo Diana-Abasi, a poet and writer, enlightened the children on how to stay safe and avoid being sexually violated, stressing that the COVIV-19 period has led to increased rates of rape and other forms of sexual violence. Also in attendance and giving similar advice was Yemi Oni, Head, Legal Services, Lagos State Ministry of Justice. They also encouraged the children to be alert, self-aware and confident and to report attempted violation or persons to adults or their teachers and other authorities figures around them. CHIYOWO Initiative’s representatives, Onyeka Titigbe and Lameed Opeyemi, sensitized the children, both boys and girls, on the need to imbibe a good reading culture as it helps to widen the horizon of their knowledge and also imbues them with a heightened sense of self-awareness about their rights and the confidence to report and prevent potential child abuse. CHIYOWO also donated 300 copies of books including story books and those on various topics to CEE-HOPE. Betty Abah, CEE-HOPE founder expressed gratitude to the speakers for coming to enrich the children’s lives. She also described CHIYOWO’s gesture as life-enhancing. “The sensitization –talks on sexual violence prevention to these teenagers are simply priceless considering the high incidences of sexual violence especially against young persons that we face in the course of the pandemic.” She said “the books donation from CHIYOWO is equally priceless, as you never can tell the extent of impact of these books, and as we say, ‘Readers are leaders,” she added.

Happy participants at CEE-HOPE’s community event during the event

books, Abah said, would go to CEE-HOPE’S community libraries in Makoko, Monkey Village (Lagos) and Agbado Ogun State. ChiYoWo’s founder, Tokunbo Ifaturoti said they are glad to partner with CEE-HOPE on the ’16 days of Activism’ event in Makoko community. “We are also excited to donate various books to ICT centres set up by CEE-HOPE in Makoko, Monkey Village and Agbado Oja, Lagos State, as part of our Book Drive activities. This we believe will compliment your effort in creating opportunities for the poor and underprivileged communities in Nigeria. “Through the Book Drive Nigeria Project, which ChiYoWo started in 2017, over 10,000 reading and educational books have been donated to schools and communities in the six geopolitical zones across Nigeria.

Book Donation by CHIYOWO

ChiYoWo looks forward to more partnerships with CEE-HOPE in 2021,” Ifaturoti said. The event also marked the official opening of CEE-HOPE’S new ICT and Youth Hub at Makoko. The youth centre is also CEE-HOPE’S sixth opening for the year. The other five are located in Monkey Village (Lagos) two in Benue, one in Kaduna, one in Jos, Plateau State. Out of the six, three are located in orphanages across Jos, Makurdi and Kaduna while the rest are in marginalized communities. CEE-HOPE works with vulnerable and at-risk children in marginalized and hard-to-reach communities across the country.

Oche Onu writes.

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BSU Student Found Dead Days After Missing



A 300-level student of Benue State University (BSU), Erekaa Naomi Dooshima, has been found dead few days after she was declared missing.

On Tuesday, Ukan Kurugh, the Benue activist, raised the alarm over the whereabouts of the student.

In a post on his verified Facebook page, Kurugh said her identity card, phone, and blood-stained clothes were found in Markudi, the state capital.

“Missing person: A girl by name Erekaa Naomi Dooshima with her Facebook user name “Affection Erikz” is missing, her clothes stained with blood, her phone, identity card were found around Rahama clinic opposite medical school Makurdi. She is a 300-level mass communication student at the Benue State University,” he wrote.

“If anybody has any useful information about her, please contact the nearest police station or the university authority for immediate action.”

In a follow-up post, the activist said the student had been found dead.

Kurugh said the lady’s corpse was found in a fenced land in Markudi and was exhumed by police operatives.

“The corpse of this young lady by name Erekaa Naomi Dooshima I made a post about her missing yesterday has been found in a fenced land behind Bolek Filling State after medical school and is currently been exhumed by men of the Nigeria Police Force Makurdi Benue state,” he added.

The state police spokesperson, Sewuese Anene confirmed the development.

Anene, however, said there is an ongoing investigation to get more details on the incident.

“Yes, we recovered a lady’s corpse yesterday (Wednesday). But I don’t have much details about her at the moment,” she said.

Source: platformsafrica

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South-West LP Debunk Fake News of Leaders Joining APC


The attention of the Labour Party of Nigeria especially the Ondo State Chapter has been drawn to a purported meeting/defection held at Adegbemile hall, Akure, today Monday 13th February 2023 at noon.
The meeting attended by about a few dozen people alledged that the entire Southwest Labour Party has been merged with the All Progressive Congress (APC) with effect from today. As expected, the meeting was chaired by an expelled Labour Party member, Mr. Banji Omotoso, who was the then caretaker state chairman in Ekiti state from 2017 to 2019.

The Ondo State Labour Party under the leadership of our able chairman Chief (Mrs.) Remilekun Ojo make bold to state as follows:

  1. That the labour party of Nigeria in the Southwest and entire Nigeria remains one and an indivisible party.
  2. That the entire Labour Party of Nigeria has never at anytime and will under no circumstances ever think of merging with any other Party, not even the All Progressives Congress (APC) that has brought untold hardship and suffering to the entire nation.
  3. That the so-called Southwest coodinator Mr. Banji Omotoso was an expelled member of the party, who since January 2020 has ceased to have anything whatsoever to do with our great Party.
  4. That the said Mr. Banji Omotoso was expelled for gross malfeasance and anti-party activities. Therefore he has no authority from any quarters to speak for or on behalf of the Labour Party in Ondo State.
  5. That we strongly make it clear to the general public and well-meaning long-suffering citizens of Nigeria to disregard any information from the said Mr. Banji Omotoso who has since ceased to be our (LABOUR PARTY) member.

Thank you.

Signed ;
Chief (Mrs.) Remilekun Ojo
Ondo State Chairman

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BREAKING: CBN Bows To Pressure, Increases Withdrawal Limit to 500k



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revised its cash withdrawal limit policy, stating that individuals and corporate organisations can now withdraw N500,000 and N5 million respectively within a week.

Platforms Africa reports that the apex bank announced this in a letter dated December 21 and signed by the CBN Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna Mustafa. The letter, which was made available to PlatformsAfrica, was addressed to all deposit money banks and other financial institutions.

“The maximum weekly limit for cash withdrawal across all channels by individuals and corporate organizations shall be N500,000.00 and N5,000,000.00 respectively,” the letter read.

Cash withdrawal above the limits shall be subject to a processing fee of 3 per cent and 5 per cent for individuals and corporate organisations respectively.

According to the CBN, the decision to revise the policy was based on feedback received from stakeholders.

Previously, individuals were constrained to N100,000 cash withdrawals weekly and N20,000 daily while corporate organisations were limited to weekly withdrawals of N500,000.

“Third-party cheques above N100,000 shall not be eligible for payment over-the-counter, while the extant limit of N10 million on clearing cheques still subsist,” the letter added.

The CBN said monthly returns on cash withdrawal transactions above the specified limits should be rendered to the banking supervision department, other financial institutions’ supervision and payments system management departments.

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