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DPP Agitates For Baba Ijesha To Be Charged With Child Molestation

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DPP Agitates For Baba Ijesha To Be Charged With Child Molestation
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The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has advised that Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James (alias Baba Ijesha), should be charged with child molestation.

According to a statement signed by the Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), on Tuesday, a prima-facie case has been established against the actor.

“After due consideration of the facts in the case file, the DPP issued legal advice on the 4th of May, 2021,  to the effect that a prima-facie case has been disclosed against Mr. Olanrewaju James, and recommended he be charged under the following provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015:

READ ALSO: Released CCTV Footage Shows Baba Ijesha Touching Minor

“Section 135 –  Indecent Treatment of a Child – punishable by seven years’ imprisonment; Section 137 – Defilement of a Child – punishable with life imprisonment.

“Section 261 – Sexual Assault by Penetration – punishable by life imprisonment; Section 262 – Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration – punishable by 14 years’ imprisonment, and Section 263 – Sexual Assault – punishable by three years’ imprisonment,” the attorney-general said.

He said that the state would ensure that James’ rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution would be upheld.

Onigbanjo said that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice would not relent in efforts to ensure that sexual abuse of any resident of the state would be punished.

READ ALSO: Released CCTV Footage Shows Baba Ijesha Touching Minor

“It is instructive to note that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been consistent in its efforts in protecting the vulnerable in our society.

“Since the establishment of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in 2014, it has, till date, prosecuted over 800 cases of sexual and domestic offenses.

“The attorney-general hereby assures Lagosians and indeed Nigerians that, in accordance with the DPP’s advice, charges would be filed accordingly,” he said.

NEWSRAND had earlier reported that the police arrested James for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor.

On April 30, the police forwarded the case file to the DPP for legal advice.

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YABATECH Emerges As Nigeria’s Best Polytechnic

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The Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) has emerged as the best polytechnic in Nigeria for the second time in the Webometrics ranking released in July.

Mr. Felix Alade, Media Relations Officer of the institution, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

The statement said the ranking was based on web contents impact, top-cited research, and papers published on research and publication platforms online.

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It added that the primary objective of the ranking web was to promote open access to the knowledge generated by institutions.

“YABATECH has been able to implement strategies to improve her ranking through the increase in the quantity and quality of the web content,” it said.

The statement said the ranking web which started in 2004 was currently in its 18th year of publication.

It added that the ranking was aimed at offering full coverage of higher institutions in whatever country or discipline involved.

The statement noted that 31 institutions from over 200 countries in the world were ranked in the Webometrics ranking released in July.

It said that editors of the ranking web were scientists working at one world-class public research institution, with long experience in metrics-guided evaluation.

Commenting on the ranking, the Deputy Registrar of the institution, Mr. Joe Ejiofor, in an interview with Newsmen, described the development as a wonderful achievement.

“The news came to us as a surprise and at the same time a welcome development, the Rector and management are very happy with this latest web ranking.

“It is a pointer to the growth and development recorded since the current management led by the visionary Rector, Mr. Femi Omokungbe, came into office in 2018,” Ejiofor said.

Ejiofor said YABATECH, known for its pace-setting role, would remain dedicated to its vision as a leading institution of higher learning in and outside Nigeria.

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Lagos LG Polls: APC Claims Victory In Badagry

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Lagos LG Polls: APC Claims Victory In Badagry
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The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the Badagry Local Government Chairmanship seat in the Saturday election.

According to reports, the results return Olusegun Onilude, the incumbent chairman, for a second tenure with 8,015 votes.

READ ALSO: Police Confirm 1 Dead In Badagry Cult Clash

Declaring the result, the Returning Officer for Badagry, Mr. Edward Odukomaiya, said Onilude won with 8,015 to defeat his opponent, Mr. Monday Honfovu of the PDP, who scored  2,118 votes.

“Olusegun Onilude of the APC, having satisfied the requirements of law and having to score the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected having polled 8,015 votes,” he said.

Odukomaiya also announced that all the 10 councillorship seats were won by the APC.

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NIMASA Donates Food, Medical Equipment to Lagos IDPs

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has donated food items, educational materials, medical equipment and consumables, to the less privileged, particularly internally displaced persons, IDPs in Lagos.

According to NIMASA Director of Audit, Mrs Olamide Odusanya, the donation was part of the agency’s  corporate social responsibility.

“Empowerment plays very vital role in building and developing a nation, basic rights like education, nutrition are luxuries for millions of people across the globe, NIMASA has deemed it fit to bridge the gap by assisting and donating across the thirty six States of Nigeria”, she quoted NIMASA DG, Bashir Jamoh.

READ ALSO: NIMASA to Train 250 Cadets to Man its Platforms

The Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Soyannwo who received the items alongside other State officials thanked NIMASA for the gesture.

The items were immediately handed over to the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, for distribution.

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