AMAZING: How good Samaritan took a hawker boy from the streets to school.

Well meaning Nigerians have come to the aid of a child who was found hawking in Ogoja, Cross River State.

After his picture went viral on social media, a groups of young Nigerians came together to put him in school and ensure he gets the education that he deserves.

In a Facebook post made by the good Samaritan, it was discovered that the little hawker boy has been enrolled in one of the best schools in the state.

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Do you remember that little boy I met hawking in Ogoja about a month ago? He is now in school. One of the best private schools in Ogoja where he is given one full meal a day and the school bus also picks him up daily to go to school. He has been issued uniforms, textbooks and exercise books. Our little chap is on his way to greatness. I’m so excited!

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When I met this little cutie hawking when he was suppose to be in school, my heart broke. The father initially resisted my initial move to help. We went past that and here we are. I’m not a millionaire but the little we have, we can share. We can’t save the thousands of kids hawking on our streets but for this one, we have taken him off the streets. And by the grace of God he will stay off the streets and study up to the university.

We didn’t do this alone. We just couldn’t. When I wrote about this kid, many persons supported me with kind words and holy anger… Some did more. Ofem Ekapong Ofem, Okoi Eduson, Peter Offem Ubi, sent in money to support his schooling. Thank you my brothers. The little you sent went a long way. Ofem Ekapong Ofem has even pledged to send in a token every term for his school fees. God bless you sir.

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I want to specially thank Faith Nwaozuzu, for being a main driver of this project. I salute you Ma. The kid is surely in safe hands.

We can be the change we want to see in the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, thanks for always being there… Oya let’s prophesy what course this kid will end up reading in the university. You can wish him well by addressing him with the title of the profession you wish for him.

Man jailed 10 years for raping 13-year-old hawker.

A Katsina State High Court in Malumfashi on Friday sentenced a 28-year-old farmer, Yusuf Umar, to 10 years imprisonment for raping 13-year-old hawker.

The trial judge, Justice Abbas Bawale, convicted Umar after he was found guilty of unlawfully having carnal knowledge of one Salima Nuhu on April 13, 2014.

Delivering judgment, Bawale said the prosecution had successfully established the charge beyond reasonable doubt as required by law.

The judge, however, said he had taken into the consideration the ill health of the convict, being a cancer patient in his judgment.

He said the punishment for the offence under section 283 of the penal code law attracted a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The judge said the lead prosecution Counsel, Mr. Aminu Garba, had led four witnesses and three exhibits, including the medical report on the victim.

He sentenced the convict to 10 years imprisonment without option of fine to serve as deterrent to others.

The convict, who was not represented by a counsel, defended himself during the trial.

The convict had lured the 13-year-old into his house on the pretext of buying mangos from her and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her.

The case was first mentioned on Dec. 17, 2015

Hawker Not Killed By BRT, Lagos Clarifies Maryland Incident

The Lagos State Government has clarified the misconception surrounding the unfortunate incident where a street hawker was knocked down by an oncoming truck at Maryland Bus Stop on Wednesday.

The street hawker, who was trying to evade arrest from officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), had attempted to cross the road before being hit by the truck, which was erroneously thought to be a BRT Bus.

As a result, hoodlums armed with sticks and stones, immediately descended on some BRT buses plying the route as at the time of the incident and in the process destroyed several of the BRT buses.

But the Government in a statement signed the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said that contrary to the information being circulated in the social media that the street hawker was hit by a BRT bus, it was a truck belonging to a soft drink company that unfortunately hit the boy. “It wasn’t any of our buses that killed him (hawker), it was a soft drink company truck that unfortunately crushed the boy while he was trying to escape from KAI officers who were on patrol trying to rid the street of street hawkers and traders.

“But hoodlums now took advantage of that to start destroying government assets, including several of the brand new BRT buses,” he said. Ayorinde said it took the intervention of a team from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) to quell the riotous scene caused by the hoodlums before the corpse of the boy was taken to the morgue at the General Hospital, Ikeja. The Commissioner said that at least three hoodlums alleged to have been part of the mob that destroyed the BRT buses have been arrested, saying that the law would take its full course.

“The Lagos State Government would like to use this opportunity to further reiterate that it would not relent in ridding the state of illegality, street trading and hawking,” he said. Ayorinde said that Section one of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003, restricts street trading and hawking in the metropolis, while Sections Seven and Eight of the same law gives jurisdiction and power to the Special Court to order the seizure and public auction of items impounded from street traders.

Section 10 of the law, he said, also prescribes a N5000 fine or three months imprisonment upon conviction. “Street traders are hereby urged to desist from this illegal activity because the government will not be blackmailed and would do that which is necessary.

“And for the miscreants and hoodlums, the Lagos State Government and the Police Command would not allow any act of civil disobedience and those arrested would be dealt with in accordance with the law and further arrests would be made as investigation continues,” he said.

Credit: Vanguard