Parents blame government, management over deaths at Queens College.

Amid raging controversy over the death of two students of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos State, parents have blamed the government and management of the school for not providing good source of drinking water to the students.

Some parents who spoke with The Guardian yesterday at the school, which has been shut following a directive from the Ministry of Health to fumigate the school premises, linked the death to lack of potable water and unhygienic environment at the college.

It would be recalled that two female boarding students, Vivian Osuinyi and Bithia Itulua died after reportedly suffering cases of stooling and vomiting. It was alleged that the late students ate spaghetti and drank water served in the cafeteria by the college cooks.

At the school yesterday, parents who were summoned to pick their SSS 3 wards, who are writing their mock examination, were agitated by the development. They expressed disappointment over the incident, alleging that the college showed greater interest in commercialising the provision of clean water at the detriment of the students.

One of them who pleaded anonymity said “the most unfortunate thing is that the college has a big water company called ‘Queens Delight’ within the school premises, yet they could not provide potable drinking water for the students. This is absurd! Government on its part do not care to know whether the school has good source of water or not, yet they collect fees every term without taking good care of the students.

“Education at Queens College is not cheap. For parents after investing so much on their children to loose a child due to carelessness of some group of people is pathetic. What is most painful is that this death is avoidable if all parties have gotten their priorities right. The college’s lavatories, kitchen area is so dirty, there is no water in the toilets, and students complain they normally see hairs in their food. This has to be critically addressed.”

Meanwhile, chairman of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), John Ofobike, has insisted that there was no recent outbreak of any epidemic at the college, wondering why parents are blowing the latest incident out of proportion.

According to him, “about three weeks ago, I got a call that some students were stooling and vomiting. When I got to the sick bay, I saw four students were on admission. We made effort to trace the cause of the incident. A worker at the college told me they are suspecting that the drinking water was contaminated. After we confirmed it was not food poisoning, we instructed all students to stop using water from the school tank.

“We bought 3,000 bags of sachet water and distributed to all students. After three days, the girls on admission were certified okay and discharged. Surprising last Thursday, the social media went agog with the news of epidemic and death of four students of the college. The first student died about three weeks ago. The two students died of fever, malaria and typhoid according to their families. So until the ministry brings out the report of their investigation, we will know the exact situation.”


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“Someday soon, we will all rejoice together”, Buhari tells parents of missing Chibok girls.

President Muhammadu Buhari has again expressed the commitment of the Federal Government to securing the release of the remaining Chibok school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents.

The re-commitment came as the world, yesterday commemorated the 1,000th day of the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State,

“We are grateful to God that on this landmark day, we are not completely in the depths of despair, but buoyed with hope that our daughters will yet rejoin their families and loved ones.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari yesterday reiterated his pledge that government would not spare any effort to reunite the girls with their families.

“I salute the fortitude of the distraught parents. As a parent also, I identify with their plight. Days turned to weeks, weeks turned to months, months turned to years, and today, it is 1,000 days.

“The tears never dry, the ache is in our hearts. But hope remains constant, eternal, and we believe our pains will be assuaged. Our hopes will not be shattered, and our hearts will leap for joy, as more and more of our daughters return. It is a goal we remain steadfastly committed to,” the President said.

President Buhari commended all who have been in the vanguard for the recovery of the girls, both nationally and internationally, stressing:

“Someday soon, we will all rejoice together. Our intelligence and security forces are unrelenting, and whatever it takes, we remain resolute. Chibok community, Nigeria, and indeed, the world, will yet rise in brotherhood, to welcome our remaining girls back home. We trust God for that eventuality’’, he added.

Meanwhile, Suspected armed fleeing Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday in Yobe State, attacked a military formation and killed five soldiers at Buni/Yadi military post.

Soldiers in Damaturu confirmed the development, saying they lost the officers after Boko Haram militants attacked the 27 Task Force Brigade located in Buni Yadi, one of the Boko Haram strongholds in that part of the state.

Spokesman of the 27 Task Force Brigade, Lt. George Okupe in a text message said “Buni Yadi came under attack at about 6:15 pm, but troops have successfully repelled the attack. We cannot confirm casualty figure now but things are under control.

Details will be made available to you as soon as we are done with all necessary clearance.”

But a military source in Damaturu told The Guardian that there was a surprise attack by Boko Haram insurgents who on Saturday night launched a daring attack on 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army Buni Yadi. The source said that five soldiers were killed, including a captain.

“The insurgents came from the eastern side of the brigade in large numbers and launched superior fire power on the military formation before they were repelled.”

The casualty on the side of Boko Haram fighters is yet to be disclosed, but another military source in Damaturu said that the insurgents also suffered heavy casualty in the attack as many dead bodies littered in the bush. “Troops are still in pursuit of some of the fleeing insurgents,” he assured

14 Year Old Girl Chained By Her Parents Regains Freedom

A teenage girl, identified as Onyeka John, has regained freedom after she was allegedly chained by her mother to the burglar-proof bars for about one month.

The girl lived with her parents in a rented apartment on Serebe Street, Abaranje, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.

The parents reportedly tied up John by the neck and legs for habitually running away from home, which they ascribed to mental illness.

It was learnt that the parents had gone out on Wednesday and locked up the girl as usual.

On that day, the landlord, Mr. Oladapo Olubajo, was said to have gone to the backyard, where the family’s apartment is located, to check a pumping machine when he saw the girl.

The landlord was said to have alerted a resident, who reported the case to the police at the Ikotun division.

The resident, who begged not to be named, said the girl’s parents eventually showed up at the police station and made statements.

He said, “The parents locked the girl up. She is about 14 years old. She was chained naked to the burglary inside the room by the neck and legs.  Policemen came to rescue the girl. Her parents later turned themselves in at the station. They said the girl had been a disgrace to the family.”

The landlord, Olubajo, told our correspondent that he wanted to take up the matter with the parents, but some residents prevailed on him not to.

He explained that he met the girl naked in the apartment, adding that the condition she was could frustrate her to commit suicide.

Olubajo said, “When I saw her chained to the burglar-proof  bar, I raised the alarm. The police later got the parents to the station and interrogated them.

“The girl said she had been there for almost one month. Her parents moved here a year ago. I have noticed that their behaviour was odd. but I didn’t know they could go to the extent of chaining the ir daughter.

“People begged me and the police eventually released the girl to them yesterday (Wednesday). The conclusion we reached is that I want them out of my house. They also claimed the girl is mentally ill. Even if she is mentally challenged, was that the right way to go about it? She could have killed herself.”

Onyeka’s father, who spoke on the telephone on Thursday, said he and his wife meant no harm for the girl.

He said, “She always runs away from home. That was why we chained her. I think she is mentally ill. We planned to take her to a hospital this month. As I speak now, she has fled home again.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the case was under investigation.

“The lady is suffering from mental illness. Her parents chained her to prevent her from entering the street, and without intention to harm her,” she added.

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Released 21 Chibok Girls Reunite With Their Parents. See Emotional Photos.

The 21 Chibok Girls released on Thursday, October 13th by the deadly Boko Haram Sect after over two years in Captivity have finally reunited with their parents.
The 21 Chibok Girls who are currently receiving treatment at a government facility in Abuja, met with their parents for the first time since April 13th, 2014.
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Daughter sues parents for sharing her childhood photos on Facebook

An 18-year-old from Austria is suing her parents for allegedly posting hundreds of photos from her childhood on Facebook.


Now we all know that over-sharing images of your children can come off a tad bit cloying, and at its worst is somewhat of a social media faux pas, but sharing 500 photos is extreme by anyone’s standards.


That’s what the daughter alleges her parents did and, to top it all off, she claims the images are of a sensitive nature, including pictures of her having her nappy changed, and sitting on the potty, reports The Local.


They knew no shame and no limit and didn’t care whether it was a picture of me sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot,” said the teen. “Every stage was photographed and then made public.”


The parents have allegedly been sharing the images with their 700 Facebook friends since 2009, with her father insisting it is their right to publish the images they took.


The teen, who is from the southern Austrian state of Carinthia, said that the sharing of the photos despite her repeated protests left her with no choice but to take legal action.


Michael Rami, a legal adviser cited as her lawyer by The Local, claimed the case is the first of its kind in the country. He added that if it can be proven that the images violated her right to a personal life than she has a good chance of winning the case against her parents. Referencing similar cases that took place abroad, Rami said that the outcome could result in the parents having to pay financial compensation for the suffering she met with as a result of their actions. The case will go to trial in November.


Parents keen on sharing every single moment of their child’s life online should heed this warning. Alas, you never know what your children may object to when they come of age. In fact, law enforcement agencies in France and Germany have previously issued public warnings regarding the legal consequences parents could face when publishing images of their children on the web.

Teenager Sues Parents For Invasion Of Privacy

In this day and age, parents are always posting pictures of their kids on social media. Before they’re even born, their faces will be on the internet in the form of scan pictures.

And from first steps to the first day of school, every new milestone is documented – including some embarrassing ones.

But parents might want to think twice about what they share online after it emerged that a teenager is suing her parents for invasion of privacy.

Why? Because they posted pictures of her when she was a baby that include having her nappy
changed and sitting on a potty.

The 18-year-old woman, who lives in the Austrian state of Carinthia, claims that since 2009 her parents have made her life a misery by constantly posting new pictures of her on their social media accounts from when she was an infant.

She said the pictures allegedly included embarrassing and intimate images from her childhood and added that they were shared with her parents’ 700 online friends.

Michael Rami, the woman’s lawyer, says that to date her parents have posted 500 images of her on social media sites without her consent. He believes she has a good chance of winning the court battle.

The teenager said: “They knew no shame and no limit – and did not care whether it was a picture of me sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot – every stage was photographed and then made public.”

She told local media that despite her requests, her parents have refused to delete the photos, which prompted her to sue them.

She said: “I’m tired of not being taken seriously by my parents.”

Her father believes that since he took the photos he has the right to publish the images.

Yet Rami said that if it can be proven that the images have violated her rights to a personal life, her parents will lose the case.

And it might also mean the parents have to pay money to the child.

My Husband Deceived My Parents, Paid Only N600 As My Bride Price

A trader, Margaret Agwu, on Wednesday told an Igando Customary Court, Lagos, that her husband, Onu, deceived her and her parents and paid just N600 as her bride price when she was still 12 years old.

She also said that sometimes he strips her naked and beats her to pulp.

Margret, who made this known when she testified in a divorce proceedings against Onu, told the court that her husband had turned her into a punching bag.“He once punched me in my stomach and I lost my first pregnancy after a fight.

I have lived every minute of my life in fear but I cannot go back to my parents because of the bride price,” she said. Margaret, 45, had urged the court to annul her 33-year-old marriage citing husband’s duplicity.

“When I was 12 years old, my husband came to my village to ask for my hand in marriage with a promise to my parents that he would send me to school.

“He also lied to my parents that he is a businessman that he owned a provision store and that he lived in a flat. “My parents told him that they cannot release me for marriage because I was too young and besides I was still schooling.

“Onu told my parents that he will send me to school after the marriage, my parent agreed and he paid the bride price,” she said.

Margaret regretted that on getting to the city, she discovered that her husband was not what he made her and her parents believe he was.

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Boko Haram : NEMA Re-unites 200 Children With Parents In Borno

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said it had reunited more than 200 children with their parents affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Sa’ad Bello, the Head of Operations, Adamawa and Taraba office of the agency, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola.

Mr. Bello said the successful re-unification was conducted with the collaboration of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) under Restoring Family Link Programme.

He said the children, mostly of between the ages of five and 12, were from Bama and Baga in Borno.

“Meanwhile, we still have about 165 unaccompanied children in four designated camps in Adamawa,” he said.

The official said some families from Bama visited some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Yola where they identified their children.

He said after intensive investigation by appropriate authorities concerned, the children were handed over to their parents.

He said that the agency with the support of ICRC, was working hard, through appropriate channels, to identify the parents of the remaining unaccompanied children.

NAN reports that family reunification during armed conflicts is a right under international law.

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Parents Of ‘Jihadi Jack’ Face Terror Charges

The parents of a British Muslim accused of joining ISIS have been charged with terrorism offences.
Jack Letts, aka  “Jihadi Jack”, who converted to Islam, was suspected of being the first white Briton to join the terror group after he travelled to Syria two years ago.
The 20-year-old, who reportedly goes by the name Abu Mohammed, married an Iraqi woman with whom he has a son, named Muhammed and they have been living in Raqqa, in Syria since.

Letts’ father, John Letts, an organic farmer and baker, and mother, Sally Lane, are accused of making money available for a terrorist purpose because they have been helping their son financially since he
went to Syria.

A spokesman for the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) said Mr Letts, 55, and Ms Lane, 53, both of Chilswell Road, Oxford, have been charged under section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
Mr Letts faces three counts of “entering into or becoming concerned in an arrangement to make available money, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used for a terrorist purpose”.
Ms Lane, who is a former books editor, faces that charge and two others of attempting to provide money knowing or suspecting it might be used for terrorism.
However, both have denied their son, who ran off to Syria in 2014 aged 18, has any ties with IS.

He is thought to have told his parents he was going to study Arabic in Kuwait before secretly travelling to Syria.

His parents, Mr. Letts and Ms Lane have both been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 9 June.

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I Share Your Pains, Buhari Tells Chibok Girls’ Parents

On the second anniversary of the abduction of Chibok school girls, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he understands the trauma, parents of the school girls were going through, saying, he shares in their pains and will spare no effort to ensure the safe return of the girls. In a statement by his media aide, Mallam Garba Shehu, Thursday, to mark the second anniversary of their abduction, the President stated that with the intensified efforts of both his government and the armed forces, the girls would be rescued and returned home. The statement read in part:

“On the second anniversary of the kidnap of the girls, President Buhari affirms that, as a parent and leader of the country, he understands the torment, frustration and anxiety of the parents and will not spare any effort to ensure the safe return of the girls.

“The President continues to believe that with the total commitment of the Federal Government, Nigerian Armed Forces and security agencies, and the support of the international community, the girls will be eventually rescued.

“President Buhari notes that thousands of persons, mostly women and children, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, have already been rescued and reunited with their families. He shares the hope of the parents that the Chibok girls will ultimately be rescued and reunited with their families as well.

“The President assures the parents that the Federal Government and security agencies will continue to explore all possible options for the safe return of the girls.

“President Buhari urges the parents to continue to exercise patience and understanding as the government works diligently to ensure that the girls return home unharmed.

“The President thanks all Nigerians, religious and civil organizations, and the international community for their continued sympathy, support and prayers for the return of the Chibok girls.”

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Man Kills Wife, 8 Children, 2 Sisters & Parents, Commits Suicide

A 35-year-old chartered accountant allegedly stabbed and killed 14 members of his family and then committed suicide by hanging himself, around 30km from India’s financial capital Mumbai. The incident occurred on 28 February.

Hansil Warekar stabbed eight children, his wife, three sisters and parents at his bungalow at Ghodbadar road in Thane district at 2am IST (8.30pm GMTon 27 February). Local police said there was a party organised at his residence on Saturday (27 February) after which all the family members had gone to sleep, when the accused may have attacked them.

“Prima facie evidence suggests that the accused bolted all the doors of the house and murdered his family while they were asleep with a knife that we found near his body. The accused then hanged himself after killing his family. There were three rooms in the house. While he was in a room with his wife and two daughters on the first floor, his parents and sisters were in separate rooms on the ground floor,” said joint commissioner of Thane Police Ashutosh Dumbare.

Police learnt of the incident when one of the victims raised an alarm and Hansil’s in-laws who were in a house nearby called them. “Hansil slit the upper part of this victim’s throat. She survived the attack and screamed for help. The survivor’s in-laws, who were in the neighbouring house heard her cries and tried opening the door, but it was locked. The in-laws broke open the grill of a window on the ground floor and entered the house. It was then that the police were alerted about the incident,” the joint commissioner added.

Now, police are waiting for Hansil’s sister Subia Bharmar, the lone survivor of the attack, who has been admitted to a hospital, to reveal the reason behind the incident. “We have recorded the survivor’s statement. However, the exact cause that triggered her brother to kill her family and himself is still unclear. Our investigation is still underway,” Dumbare said.

The murder weapon, a knife, was found near Hansil’s body.

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Buhari Meets With BBOG Team, Chibok Girls’ Parents Away From Media Presence

President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to meet with members of the Bring Back Our Girls group, after a government team failed to convince the group to suspend its request of speaking directly with the president Thursday.

Mr. Buhari is meet with the group at the banquet hall of the presidential villa, the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Monguno, said. However, reports at the time of the meeting says the press has been asked to exit the hall, and all recording gadgets switched off.

There had been a stand-off at the presidential villa, Abuja, as members of the BBOG group campaigning for the release of school girls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok in 2014, insisted they be allowed to meet Mr. Buhari.

Members of the group were instead met by a government team comprising the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan; Minister of Defense, Monsur Dan-Ali; National Security Adviser, Mohammed Monguno; and the Chief of Defense Staff, Abayomi Olonishakin.

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Fanatical Parents Jailed For Life After Murdering Daughter For Having Sex

A Muslim mother and father who murdered their own daughter for bringing ‘shame’ on the family because she had sex with a man they did not approve of have been caged for life in Germany.

The so-called ‘honour killing’ of Lareeb Khan, 19, was carried out by her father Azadullah, 52, who crept into her bedroom at night and strangled her while her mother Shazia, 42, looked on.

The killing was triggered because they learned she had tried to steal condoms for her illicit sex sessions with her lover.Both then disposed of the body of the ‘bright and talented’ youngster whose only crime was to fall in love with a 23-year-old man called Raheel they disapproved of.
The court heard how he crept into her room as she slept and strangled her while her mother looked on. Both then dressed dead daughter Lareeb, a dental technician, in her clothes.

They then wheeled her in the wheelchair used by Lareeb’s grandmother from their high-rise apartment to the family car, drove to a secluded embankment in their home city of Darmstadt and tipped the corpse down it.

Mother Shazia would later tell police that she did not intervene to try to save her daughter out of fear of her husband. But the court learned she was every bit as fanatical as him and was often at loggerheads with Lareeb.

Khan told police after the killing:

‘My daughter could not defend herself because one arm was pinned under the mattress and she could not speak because I was applying so much pressure. I noticed that after five minutes she was dead but I continued to press.’

He said they dumped her body and planned to tell people she had run away. But her corpse was found the next day and the parents confessed to the crime almost immediately.

Judge Wagner heard the father take all the guilt for the crime, that his wife did not have the strength to resist him. Axel Kollbach, her lawyer, asked for her to be sentenced only for help in disposing of the body, not murder, and to take into account the ‘cultural background’ to the crime.

But Judge Wagner was having none of it, stating:

She clearly is also guilty of murder. Yopu feared being shunned by the community if it got out that your daughter had slept with her boyfriend.’It was worth killing your daughter for. A woman cannot be so physically weak that she doesn’t intervene in the murder of her own daughter and instead watches it for five minutes.’You lived in two cultural worlds. It is not the case that you may not be allowed to live in your own culture. But you must also deal with our values.’ 

He said they could have cut their daughter off from the family if they wanted to show their disapproval of her lifestyle, not murder her.

Her father’s pathetic last words to the court on Tuesday before he was led away to begin his sentence were spoken through an interpreter. ‘I would undo it all if I could,’ he said. ‘I accept any punishment.’

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Too little, too late…

Female Teacher Who Drew A ‘Penis’ Image On Student’s Assignment Won’t Be Suspended

Kim Juzdowski, a language arts teacher at Chapin High in El Paso, Texas, drew a p*nis on a student’s assignment and when questioned, Mrs Juzdowski admitted drawing the p*nis across the student’s assignment! She says she did that because he wasn’t working hard enough in class.

The mother of the boy has called for the school to suspend the teacher but administrators say they won’t because she ADMITTED IT.

Christian Teacher Arrested For Having Sex With Underage Female Student Over 40 Times

What is this world turning to?? Both the man and the girl need to be flogged thoroughly. And for God’s sakes, hosting sex parties for underaged kids???

A Christian Scientist school in Missouri has been hit with a $1million lawsuit accusing the institution of failing to protect students from an employee charged with having sexual intercourse a 16-year-old girl dozens of times and organizing orgies for teens.

According to the complaint filed by the alleged victim’s parents last week, when officials at Principia
– a high school and college for Christian Scientists in St Louis – found out about the alleged sexual abuse, they did little beyond issuing telecommunications director Zachary Retzalff a verbal warning to ‘knock it off’ and ‘cut it out.’, the Mirror reports.

Retzlaff, a 33-year-old widowed father of two young sons, was arrested over the summer and charged with statutory rape.

According to the civil suit reviewed by the St Louis Post-Dispatch, Retzlaff had sex with the 16-year-old female student at The Principia more than 40 times on and off campus between July 2014 and May 2015.

The telecom manager also allegedly introduced the girl to sadomasochism, choking the girl until she passed out before having sex with her.

Retzlaff also allegedly hosted group sex parties with the 16-year-old and other students from the Christian Scientist school.

The school where he was doing the deed

The parents of the teenager, identified in the complaint as ‘Jane Doe,’ claim that she ran away from home and they believe she is living with Retzlaff and plans to marry him.

Court filings in the case allege that officials at the St Louis school knew Retzlaff had sex with students in the past.

In June, the widower was accused of engaging in sexual activity with a girl younger than 17, and charged with a single count of felony statutory rape. He pleaded not guilty in the criminal case and was released on $25,000 bail.

Prosecutors are now seeking to have Retzlaff remanded to jail because they believe he violated a judge’s order prohibiting him from contacting the victim.

Retzlaff lost his wife and the mother of his children, Juliana, in February 2014. According to the complaint, sometime after her passing, he 16-year-old student began babysitting the couple’s children and cleaning his home.

Eyah, she has eaten what adults eat and now she wants to marry him. Equating sex with love. The man needs to be locked up and the keys thrown away for misleading this young girl .

Kogi Refunds N276.8m WAEC Fees To Parents

Kogi State Government has approved the re-reimbursement of N276.8 million to candidates that sat for the 2014/2015 West African Examination Council (WAEC) in the state.

The state government’s plan to pay the fees earlier was allegedly stalled by some officials in the ministry of education and the Teaching Service Commission, who were suspected to have inflated both the number of prospective candidates and the total amount expected to be paid to WAEC as examination fees.

Governor Idris Wada had set up a seven-man WAEC Fee Verification committee headed by Hajia Maryam Ladi Ibrahim that authenticated the correct number of candidates that sat for the examination.

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Sometimes It Can Be Morally Necessary For Parents To Separate – Pope Francis

Pope Francis says it may be “morally necessary” for some troubled families to split up so that the weaker partner or the children can be protected. He said this today June 24th while addressing Catholic faithfuls ahead of a global meeting on family life in October. He said;

“There are cases in which separation is inevitable. Sometimes, it can even be morally necessary, when it’s about shielding the weaker spouse or young children from the more serious wounds caused by intimidation and violence, humiliation and exploitation”

He went on to say that after separations, it is important that the couple is counseled so that the ‘child does not become daddy or mummy’s hostage”. He noted that there are many families with ‘irregular situations’ in the world.

Reekado Banks Builds House For Parents (SEE PHOTO)

Music star Reekado Banks has shared photos of  a house that he is building for his parents. He shared the photos on Snapchat and on Twitter.

“I really can’t appreciate my parents enough. Nothing too big for them” said the Katapot singer.

Reekado Banks joined Mavin Records in 2013 and has played a part in the rise of the music imprint within the last two years.


We Want Our Girls Back, Not Rebuilding Burnt Schools, Chibok Parents Cry Out

Almost one year after more than 200 secondary schoolgirls were abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno state by Boko Haram terrorists and their school set ablaze, members of the community and some of the distraught parents yesterday rejected attempt by the Federal Government to rebuild the burnt school insisting that all they wanted was to have their children back home.

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Kassig’s Parents ‘Heartbroken’ by his Beheading

US aid worker Peter Kassig’s parents said they were “heartbroken” by the death of their son, after his beheading by Islamic State militants was shown in a video Sunday.

“We are heartbroken to learn that our son, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, has lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people and his desire to ease their suffering,” Ed and Paula Kassig said in a statement posted on Twitter.

A video released by IS militants showed the beheading of Kassig, who took the name Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam, and that of 18 men described as Syrian military personnel. His death was confirmed by President Barack Obama.

His parents said further that, “Fed by a strong desire to use his life to save the lives of others, Abdul-Rahman was drawn to the camps that are filled with displaced families and to understaffed hospitals inside Syria.”

“We know he found his home amongst the Syrian people, and he hurt when they were hurting.”

Kassig founded an aid group through which he trained some 150 civilians to provide medical aid to people in Syria. His group also gave food, cooking supplies, clothing and medicine to the needy.

“We are incredibly proud of our son for living his life according to his humanitarian calling,” the Kassigs wrote, using the Twitter handle @kassigfamily.

“We remain eternally grateful for the many, many words of support and prayers from all over the world on our son’s behalf.”

They said they were also “heartbroken” for the families of other Western captives beheaded by ISIS.

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