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What Hope For Inclusive-Education In Lagos? By Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna.

By Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna

To all intent and purposes, Lagos state still ranks top when it comes to innovations and promotion of education. One of these innovations in the area of education is the running of several inclusive schools across the state. In Lagos state, thirty-two government owned schools run inclusive-education for the deaf, blind, dumb, mentally and physically challenged. The secondary schools operating inclusive-education for the deaf and hearing-impaired are located in Eric-Moore:Surulere, Badagry, Epe, Ikeja and Ikorodu.

Since the beginning of the 2013/2014 academic session, students of Ikeja Senior High School lacks teachers for the deaf class. The population of the deaf students, which was about seventy at the beginning of the academic year, has begun to reduce as some of the students in the senior class have withdrawn from the school.

Investigation reveals that only ten students are left in the senior high school and two have withdrawn, but they may become extinct by the end of the academic year if sign language teachers or interpreters are not employed to teach the students.

One of the teachers at Ikeja High School, who spoke under anonymity said everyday is depressing for the hearing impaired students in the senior class as the teachers who come to teach the students continue to speak to the deaf students. Also a recent visit by one of the officials from the Lagos State Ministry of Education to the school indicated that the state government is not ready to employ teachers for the hearing-impaired students.

Ikeja High School is the only government owned school under Ikeja District 6 operating inclusive education for the hearing impaired. Further investigation reveals that Ikeja High School is been directed to admit students with hearing impairment, but the school has only two sign language teachers for the whole hearing impaired student population.

Also at State Grammar Schoool Eric Moore Surulere that has an estimated population of over 400 hearing impaired students for both junior and senior school, teachers are also in short supply. The school has about ten teachers for the deaf students and only one mathematics teacher for the hearing impaired students.

One of the volunteer teacher who was part of the Lagos state “Eko Project” Mr. Olajide Adeniyi said if not for the Eko project, education in state would have suffered lots of set back. He explained that most of the teachers recruited for the project function as full time teachers but are paid only #15,000. “As at the moment, most schools have stopped paying the Eko Project teachers and this has resulted to lack of teachers in most schools across the state. Here in State Grammar School, I am no longer an Eko Project teacher but I volunteer to teach mathematics to the junior secondary school students in class 3 to assist them in preparing for the junior WAEC exam. If not for my passion for these children, I would have left but they will be ill prepared for the major examinations”, he added.

At Wesley School for the Deaf located in Surulere, one of the teachers who spoke under anonymity lamented that the introduction of inclusive education in 2007 by the Fashola administration was a good concept but it lack monitoring and is gradually becoming a burden. According to him, over ten teachers were recruited from Wesley School for the Deaf to assist other schools that started operating inclusive education but till date none of those teachers were replaced. “The government is not employing teachers for students with special need training. It takes a lot of patience and psychological development to transfer knowledge to hearing impaired students. Most times we rely on students from colleges of education who come for their basic teaching practice experience, if not for them it won’t have been easy for us the teachers to cope with the work load. Though things have changed compared to the past, as students enrollment has increased over the years. We have people enrolling there children from an early age, this is a good for the educational development of the child. Most deaf students don’t like going home after school because their family members don’t know how to communicate in sign language. I will recommend for there to be more schools for the hearing impaired especially boarding school facilities as this help the children to integrate with their fellow classmates and boost their academic performance”, he concluded.

Efforts by Our correspondent to get reaction from the Public Relations Officer PRO Mr. Jide of the Lagos State Ministry of Education proved abortive as he described the lack of teachers at Ikeja High School for the hearing impaired as an allegation that needs to be confirmed.

Access to universal basic education is one of the seven Millennium Development Goals MDG, which member countries of the United Nations are meant to attain by 2015. But these goals of which provision of universal basic education is one have challenges bedeviling it which may hinder it attainment in many states of the country. It is still unfortunate that many top government officials do not see education beyond formal schooling for the able and privileged children. Whereas so many Al-majiri children are scattered across the Northern part of the country who with little exposure to education will make them better citizens. It is in this regard that planning and catering for these children with special needs as well as the Al-majiris should be part of annual state and federal budgeting.


How Nigerian Police Randomly Kill Suspects At SARS Ikeja.

By Chinedu Ekeke

The policemen walk into the cell and hand the next victim a plain sheet of paper to sign his signature. Thereafter they collect back the plain sheet, and then jokingly ask him; “which water you want? Ikorodu abi Island?”. Within days of the signing, they come back to pick the person, tie a piece of cloth around his mouth and take him out of the cell, not to be seen again.

The Nigerian Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, located in Ikeja Lagos, may have become the address for the extrajudicial killing of Nigerians.

Our source, who was miraculously released from the command some time ago, narrated to Ekekeee his ordeal.  He said he saw the way people were being singled out for execution night after night.

A night or two before he was eventually released, after the intervention of a big elected government official in Abuja, they came near the gate of the cell and shouted the name (which we are withholding) of their next victim. On hearing his name, the man began to sob, and ran to hide in the toilet. The policemen came into the cell and threatened everybody to produce him or be the ones to replace him. Knowing the end stared him in the face, the man eventually came out and watched his wrists grabbed by the awaiting hands of the cops. “Shebi we tell you say you go die?,” they taunted him. Minutes later, a gunshot outside the cell told the detainees what they feared: another person may have been executed extra judiciously. Till our source left the place, he never saw the man again.

A nursing mother went to see her husband held in the cell for a long time. She brought food and N1000 cash for him. The policemen collected the food and money and asked her to go back, promising they would deliver the items to the man. However, our source said the man had been executed a month earlier.

Ekekeee sought to confirm the knowledge of these happenings from four different police officers at different locations in Lagos. While pleading anonymity, they all confirmed that cases handled at the Ikeja Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are cases ‘between life and death”.

One police source specifically told us; “Anybody wey go there no dey come back”.

When we asked him why they don’t take the suspects to court since it is the courts that have the constitutional powers to decide matters of execution of offenders, he said that the police don’t trust the courts. “Dem go release them. And if them release them, our life no safe again.”

After execution, the bodies of their victims are dumped inside a canal in either Ikorodu or Lagos Island.

Ekekeee called the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, to confirm if she is aware that this happens in Ikeja, a man who said he was her Personal Assistant took the call and gave our reporter another number which he claimed was her direct line. We called the line twice, it rang without being picked.

We sent a text message seeking her comments, and up till when this report was being published, received no response.



No To Accidental Discharge And Sweeping Under The Carpet The Gruesome Murder in Ikorodu By Aileru Yinka.

By Aileru Yinka

The killing of innocent and hapless citizens by policemen and security operatives has become a recurrent incident in our society. Either during riots, peaceful protest, quelling of social disturbance or in the course of enforcing the law, it is not uncommon to hear reports of security operatives shooting harmless and defenseless civilians. Over time this wanton killing of innocent citizens has been given an appellation; “accidental discharge”.

The recent in the series of accidental discharge resulting in the death of innocent civilians is the shooting of a commercial motorcycle operator popularly known as Okada rider in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. According to reports in the media, the policemen were going to arrest an Okada rider identified as Olalekan for violating the Lagos State traffic Law which prohibits the use of Okada on highways. The Okada rider apparently resisted arrest and consequently he was reported to be shot three times by one of the policemen identified as Haruna. The Okada rider died immediately on the spot. The incident resulted in near total breakdown of law and order in the area. At the time of this write-up, there is still on going in the area one form of protest or the other over the killing.

The killing of innocent people by security operatives in our society has become one too many. All these incidents of accidental discharge clearly showed the lack of true professionalism on the part of those we have entrusted with guns to protect our lives and property. It is clearly horrendous and beastly for a policeman to shoot a supposed criminal in the course of arresting him, especially where no danger is posed to the life and person of the policeman.

Even though there are provisions in our law which give the police power to employ all necessary means in apprehending a suspected criminal, the watchword in every circumstance is reasonability, and the means to be adopted in every occasion must definitely vary in accordance with the gravity of the crime involved. To rain hot lead on a traffic offender as the policeman had done with Olalekan is the height of police brigandage and clearly showed a malignant bestiality on the part of our law enforcement agents. There is clearly no rationale behind shooting a civilian who is unarmed in the course of arresting him. It is only in a society like ours that policemen carry live ammunition to disperse placard carrying protesters while they flee when confronted by robbers. There is indeed a dire need to inculcate into the training our policemen the ethics of professional conduct and proper handling of weapons.

The police hierarchy have already promised to investigate the incident and prosecute the culprit as appropriate. However such statement is not uncommon in circumstances like this and in most cases the case will be swept under the carpet. Ordinarily the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender (OPD) readily assists in prosecuting cases like the present. An example of such case handled successfully by the OPD is that of the policeman who killed a protester during the Subsidy Protest in January 2012. However the OPD might not be so eager in the present circumstances because the law which the killer cop was purportedly enforcing was a Lagos State Law, and the OPD is a department of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice. It is thus incumbent on civil liberties organizations and human right activist to ensure that the case does not end up in the annals of accidental discharge cases.

Beyond the prosecution of the culprit, there is a need for the total overhaul of the orientation of our security operatives. The security forces or the police force is not a place for social misfits and psychologically unstable individuals who become trigger happy at the slightest hint of trouble. Also the law that allows policemen to use lethal force in apprehending suspected criminals should be reviewed. The law clearly offends against the cardinal principle of criminal prosecution which is ‘innocent until proven guilty’.

In addition, statutory provisions should be in place to provide adequate compensation for victims and families of police brutality. Even though such compensatory law will not bring back the dead or remove the pain and anguish that might have been caused, it will serve to alleviate the pain and suffering of the victim or their families, especially where the victim is the breadwinner.

Enough of these senseless killings of innocent people and police brutality. I pray to God to grant the family of Olalekan the fortitude and strength to bear the irredeemable loss.

Aileru Yinka is a Law student at the University of Lagos,


The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters 

Body Of Ikoyi Golf Club Manager Found Day After Van Plunges Into Lagos River.


Emergency workers prepare body of Kolawole Ahmed for the morgue
By SaharaReporters, New York

Emergency workers recovered and identified the body of Mr. Kolawole Ahmed the manager of Ikoyi Golf Club and driver the ill-fated Toyota Hilux Van that plunged into Majidun river yesterday morning.

Mr. Ahmed body was recovered today at 8:23 am by divers affiliated with National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA). NEMA spokesperson in Lagos, Ibrahim Farnloye released a short statement earlier stating that NEMA  workers are continuing search andrescue operations with the hope of finding more bodies.

Mr. Ahmed reportedly plunged into the river early Saturday morning with three other occupants in a van he was driving, according to eyewitnesses.

The account of the eyewitnesses raises natural curiosity that the accident may be homicide as Mr. Ahmed was said to be heading to Ikorodu to manage a property of his under construction. He lives originally in the Ikeja area of Lagos. Lagos is replete with notorious land grabbers who routinely kill people over land disputes. The body retrieved today had severe injuries to the head, NEMA recovered the vehicle yesterday but Mr. Ahmed’s body was not found inside the vehicle.

NEMA states that the body of Ahmed has been deposited at the General Hospital in Ikorodu  an Islamic funeral is expected later tomorrow.

Live near high-tension cables, risk cancer – Agency.


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Transmission Company of Nigeria has warned that people who spend long time under or close to high voltage power lines risk having cancerous diseases. It said the radiation that emanates from the facility makes its location not conducive for human habitation.

The Assistant General Manager (Public Affairs) of the agency, Mr. Dave Ifabiyi, who spoke to our correspondent on Friday, warned that occupants of structures under transmission towers, which are illegal, risk death either through the disease or an accident.

He said, “People who stay under or around the transmission lines are susceptible to having cancer. For a facility that carries 132KVA/330KVA, it is very dangerous to live or stay around it. The radiation from the high tension cables makes the environment dangerous to health.

“Medical personnel have told us that electricity is a major source of radiation; we are talking about a very high radiation. If you use an umbrella made with iron under such cables while it rains and you will feel the radiation pulling it in your hand.”

Ifabiyi further said, aside the radiation, the poles could fall leading to loss of lives and properties.

He identified areas like Ipaja, Akungba and Adelabu in Surulere, Egbin in Ikorodu as places where crisis was imminent due to large number of illegal structures under high tension cables.

Ifabiyi said, “The kind of electricity you find on the facility is not one that shocks like that in our homes but one that burns the victims instantly.

“Unfortunately, under this kind of facility you will find mechanic workshops, kiosks, markets and high profile residential buildings. Even, some people have built schools in such a dangerous place.”

The TCN spokesman explained that aside the health risks, the agency had acquired the right of way for such facilities. According to him, structures found under high tension poles would be considered illegal and an encroachment.

He said the agency would begin to prosecute defaulters in 2013. He said while the agency was not legally empowered to demolish such structures, he said those identified would be reported to relevant envirosnmental agencies for demolition.

The Chief Executive, TCN, Mr. Olushola Akinniranye, had also warned against scooping sand under transmission towers and electric poles. He said this could cause their collapse.

He warned that people found scooping sand or trading under electric cables were endangering their lives by such acts.



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