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President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the killing of students of Ojodu Grammar School in Lagos State.

 President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the killing of students of Ojodu Grammar School in Lagos State.


Buhari commiserated with the parents, relatives, and friends of the students killed by a trailer in an accident at Isheri Road in Ojodu, Lagos State, on Tuesday.


In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the president described the incident as sad and painful.


The statement reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with parents, relations and friends of Ojodu Grammar School students who lost their lives in an accident on Tuesday, along Isheri Road, Ojodu, in Lagos State.



“President Buhari condoles with Government and people of Lagos State and the authorities of Ojodu Grammar School over the sad and painful loss of the promising lives that were cut short in the tragic incident.


“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will comfort the grieving parents and relations at this very difficult time, and grant the injured quick recovery.”


FRSC denies involvement in death of Ojodu Grammar School students


 





Trailer rammed into school pupils during afternoon hours and crushed 20 of them to death in Lagos State Nigeria

 It was a black Tuesday in the Ojodu-Berger area of Lagos State as a trailer rammed into school pupils during afternoon hours and crushed 20 of them to death.


The pupils were reported to be of Omole Primary School and Babs Fafunwa’s Secondary School. Among those feared killed were three pupils of the same parents.

 

In reaction, students of nearby secondary schools blocked the road and pursued the trailer up to Ogba, where the driver was caught up and the trailer, allegedly set ablaze.

     

Sources said the accident occurred about 2:00 p.m. at the Grammar School Bus Stop when the pupils, who just finished their examination for the day, we’re going home. 



Residents, especially motorists and traders, who witnessed the accident could not control their emotions, as mangled bodies of the pupils with their bloodstained uniforms littered the bus stop.

 

According to sources,  the truck driver was alleged to have been chased by an official of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) before killing the students.

 

Another account said, it was Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), that were pursuing the truck driver before he rammed into the pupils.



Angered by the accidents, youths took over the road and blocked the road, resulting in pandemonium.  

 

But an eyewitness, Temitope Ibidun, who arrived at the scene immediately after the accident, said the white truck coming from Berger was allegedly being pursued by policemen and in the process of escaping lost control and ram into the students waiting to board vehicles home.

   

She said: “From their uniforms, they are students of Ojodu Grammar School and Babs Fafunwa’s Secondary School.



At least, I counted about 20 students that have been crushed, with several others injured. 

 

“Seeing their mangled bodies will force tears down the eyes of whoever witnessed the scene, it was a gory sight to behold.

 

“At the initial stage, before I got to the scene, I saw two students carrying one of their mates drenched in blood, I was still asking myself what would have happened to him when they had teachers in their school before I saw the scene ahead. It was a gory sight to behold.”



Ibidun said the incident caused serious traffic gridlock in and outside Ojodu as the bodies littered the Berger- Ogba road, as traffic flow was grounded to a standstill. “I trekked from the scene to Ogba as there was no vehicular movement. It was when I got to Ogba that we learnt that the fleeing truck was apprehended in front of Excellence hotel.

 

Meanwhile, sanity has returned to Ogunnusi road, Ojodu as security agencies have fully taken charge of the situation.

   

The Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the accident said security agencies are on top of the situation. 



“Adequate policemen are on the ground to maintain law and order. The situation is being professionally handled,” he added.


MEANWHILE, the Lagos Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has denied involvement in the crash that claimed the lives of school children along Ogunnusi Road, Ojodu.

  

In a statement signed by the Route Commander and Public Education Officer, Olabisi Sonusi, FRSC said: “An articulated truck was said to have lost control at Grammar School Bus stop along Ogunnusi road, which caused the death of an unverified number of students and leaving many injured.


“The men of FRSC were called upon by passersby to help intervene after the crash had happened.


“About seven of the victims were rescued and immediately taken to Lagos State Emergency Centre, Ojota, by FRSC personnel, while another road user helped in carrying about seven also to the same emergency centre.


“The general public should disregard the information being circulated by some unscrupulous elements that FRSC men caused the crash.


“We want to place on record that our men were not in any way involved in the cause of the crash as patrol activities were not ongoing along that axis as at the time of the crash.


“The Sector Commander Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, however, wishes to commiserate with the families of the deceased, that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. He also prayed that the injured would recuperate fast.


“He, therefore, wishes to state that normalcy has been restored to the axis as security agents are on ground to ensure free flow of movement for motorists.”





MainOne, a West African data centre and connectivity solutions provider Acquired By US Giant Equinix For $320m

 MainOne, a West African data centre and connectivity solutions provider with a presence in Nigeria, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire is set to be acquired for $320 million by American multinational Equinix Inc., the US company said in a statement Tuesday.


The all-cash transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of next year, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions including the requisite regulatory approvals.


Founded by Funke Opeke in 2010, MainOne is a key provider of enterprise connectivity solutions, with an estimated 800+ business-to-business customers. These include major international technology enterprises, social media companies, global telecom operators, financial service companies, and cloud service providers.


The company owns and operates an extensive submarine network extending 7,000 kilometers from Portugal to Lagos, Accra, and along the West African coast, with landing stations in Nigeria, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire. These provide connectivity to and from Europe, West African countries, and the major business communities in Nigeria.


MainOne also owns digital infrastructure assets that include three operational data centers, with an additional facility under construction expected to open in Q1 2022. These are in addition to key internet exchanges enabling low latency to key global networks, including Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Facebook.


Under the terms of the agreement, the management team, including CEO Funke Opeke, will continue to serve in their respective roles.


“The MainOne team is excited about the partnership created through the acquisition,” Opeke said in the statement. “With similar values and culture to what we have built in 12 years, Equinix is the preferred partner for our growth journey and will accelerate our long-term vision to grow digital infrastructure investments across Africa.”


For Equinix, a global specialist in data centres and internet connectivity, the deal marks the first step in a long-term strategy to become a leading provider of digital infrastructure in Africa.


Equinix believes MainOne to be one of the most exciting technology businesses to emerge from Africa, making the acquisition a pivotal entry point for the US company into the continent.


“Expansion in Africa has long been a strategic priority for us. With MainOne, we have found a company that not only has a highly complementary data center and connectivity assets but can further accelerate the expansion of our business model and growth objectives,” said Eugene Bergen, EMEA President at Equinix.


Globally, Platform Equinix is comprised of 237 data centres across 65 metros and 27 countries, providing data center and interconnection services for over 10,000 businesses, including more than 50% of Fortune 500 companies. When completed, the acquisition will extend Platform Equinix into West Africa.


“MainOne’s leading interconnection position and experienced management team represent critical assets in our aspirations to be the leading neutral provider of digital infrastructure in Africa,” added Charles Meyers, President, and CEO of Equinix.




CHINA vs USA: White House Announces Diplomatic Boycott Of Beijing Olympics Over 'Human Rights Abuses'

 The United States will stage a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics over concerns about China's record on human rights, the White House said Monday.


"The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games given the PRC’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a press briefing, referring to the People's Republic of China.


A diplomatic boycott means that no U.S. Government officials will attend the Games but that U.S. athletes will still be allowed to compete.


China has come under fire for cracking down on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, for its policies toward Tibet and Taiwan, and for detaining and abusing Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang.


Some Republican lawmakers, who have grown increasingly hawkish toward China, have been pressuring the administration to boycott the 2022 Games or push for China's host status to be revoked and for the Games to be moved. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., urged the administration last month to boycott the Games, including keeping athletes from competing.


Calls for either a diplomatic or full boycott of the Winter Games have grown since the Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai disappeared from public view for three weeks after making sexual assault allegations against a former senior official of the Chinese Communist Party.


Peng has since reappeared but questions remain about whether she is acting on her own free will.


A diplomatic boycott is seen by some as the best way to hold China to account without punishing athletes who have been training for years.


Psaki said the Biden administration had informed U.S. allies of its decision and would leave it to individual countries to make their own decisions. She added that the administration did not want to “penalise” U.S. athletes by barring them from participating and felt that a diplomatic boycott would send a clear message.


In a March opinion piece, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said that prohibiting American athletes from competing would be "unfair" and "counterproductive."


"The right answer is an economic and diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics," he said.


Romney applauded the White House's decision following Psaki's announcement, in a tweet, saying "America will not turn a blind eye to China's predation, persecution, and genocide."


China on Monday warned that it would take “resolute countermeasures” to any boycott.


“The Winter Olympics is not a stage for political show and political manipulation,” Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said. A boycott would be “a naked political provocation, and a serious offense to the 1.4 billion Chinese people.”




The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has revealed that Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria are now over 70,000.

 The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has revealed that Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria are now over 70,000.


The UN Refugee agency also appealed to international community for urgent additional support for refugees in Nigeria.


UNHCR, while stating that of the over 70,000 refugees, added that nearly 80 per cent of them are women and children.


The UNHCR’s Country Representative, Chansa Kapaya, in a statement on Monday, said: “This is not just a number, these are people behind these numbers, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, people just like you and I, that have been forced to flee their homes to seek safety and save their lives. 70,000 refugees are 70,000 daughters and sons.”


She lamented that their dreams and plans were disrupted by violence in the North-west and South-west regions of Cameroon where a conflict between secessionist non-state armed groups and the army are displacing people from their homes since 2017.


She noted that recent arrivals and UNHCR’s protection monitoring confirmed killings, abductions, forced evictions and other forms of violence, with armed groups attacking schools and hospitals.


She said over 8,000 Cameroonian women, men and children have arrived in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Benue, Enugu, Cross River and Taraba States in the past 12 months, many in hard-to-reach rural areas.


She disclosed that UNHCR, together with the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, registered them, with 59 per cent refugees found in local communities and the rest live in four settlements which UNHCR helped built on land generously provided by the government.


The statement said Nigeria has a progressive open-door approach to refugees, allowing refugee girls and boys to go to school just like nationals and their parents to work where they can, and with support from UNHCR, Nigeria provides primary health care to refugees and nationals alike.


Kapaya said: “UNHCR commends Nigeria because it is on its way to become a champion in implementing the Global Compact on Refugees, but Nigeria needs support.”


She said the most pressing needs of Cameroonian refugees are food, shelter, improved health care and education as well as livelihood opportunities.


She said with rising food prices, the economic impact of COVID-19 and the refugee influx, needs are on the rise with serious risks of gender-based violence and negative copying mechanisms such as begging and survival sex.


The amount of support UNHCR can deliver is increasingly falling short. Cash for food, for instance, had to be reduced since 2019 due to insufficient funding.


The statement said $97.7 million is needed to respond to the needs of a total of some 78,000 refugees and asylum-seekers of different nationalities and to IDP needs – protection, camp management/coordination, shelter and non-food items such as blankets and jerry cans.


The statement lamented that so far, not even half of this amount (45 per cent, as of 23 November) has been received.




Anti-lockdown riot erupts in Belgium as protests sweep Europe amid Covid Xmas fears

 Anti-lockdown riot erupts in Belgium as protests sweep Europe amid Covid Xmas fears – with 2.5million cases in one week


Six people were hospitalised including two police officers while 20 were arrested after protests broke out in Brussels.


Cops in Brussels used water cannons and tear gas as 8,000 people descended on the capital in protest at new restrictions introduced on Friday.


Crowds were heard chanting "Freedom! Freedom!" and held placards which read "everyday fascism" emblazoned with yellow stars as they marched towards to EU's headquarters.


The demonstration turned violent when 100 rioters threw rubbish and other objects, including a bicycle, beer cans, and fire crackers, at police.


The intense public backlash comes after the government tightened restrictions for a third week in a row - forcing kids as young as six to wear face masks and ordering schools to shut a week early.


Belgium - with a population of 11 million - registered a weekly average of 17,862 new daily cases this week: a six per cent rise from last week, with hospital admissions also up four per cent.


Some 800 people are in hospital with severe forms of Covid while 44 people have died in the past seven days.


Protests have also kicked off across European capitals this weekend as the virus returns with a vengeance ahead of Christmas.


More than 2.5million cases have been recorded in the past week alone across Europe - with major surges in France, The Netherlands, Italy, Austria and Germany.


New restrictions are being rolled out across the continent with measures such as heavy fines, mandatory vaccinations and full lockdowns for the unvaccinated.


And it comes as the new Omicron variant looms over the continent, despite WHO saying as of yet no one has died from the "super mutant" strain.


Governments are scrambling to try and control the Covid winter surge which appears to be have dealt a hammer blow to hopes of a normal Christmas.


Pictures from the last few days show large anti-lockdown marches in Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Italy.


Austrian authorities have imposed lockdown on the unvaccinated and warned anyone who refuses to comply with jab status checks could be fined over £1,000.


Thousands marched through Vienna against the new measures designed to save lives and protect hospitals from being overwhelmed.


Austria was the first domino to fall in imposing new measures in Europe as it saw record case loads at the end of November of over 15,000 each day.


Figures have now dropped to around 7,000 amid the new restrictions.


And meanwhile in Dutch town of Utrecht there was another several thousand strong march to rage against new restrictions.


It is the first major march in the Netherlands against the measures which include new closures of restaurants and bars.


Protests also erupted in Barcelona, Spain, as marchers spoke out against new Covid certificates required to enter bars, restaurants, gyms and care homes.


Germany also saw protests of people waving "we the people" banners in Frankfurt over their new restrictions - a crackdown on the unvaccinated.


And then in Italy, protesters hit the streets in Turin to speak out against the country's new coronavirus health pass.








Stunning photos show total solar eclipse over Antarctica as moon completely covers the sun

 Stunning photos show total solar eclipse over Antarctica as moon completely covers the sun


THESE stunning photos show the moment the sun is completely covered by the moon in an amazing solar eclipse.


The phenomenon saw the sun completely disappear - however was only properly visible over Antarctica.


However, those in the Southern Hemisphere may have caught a partial eclipse.


Parts of Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Chile might have been able to catch a glimpse of the striking change in the sky this morning.


And the pressure was on to see the stunning event, with the next solar eclipse is expected April 8 2024 for those in the US.


Meanwhile, there are no eclipses expected in Europe for the rest of the 21st Century.


Thankfully, even if you couldn't make it to Antarctica, you could still watch today's eclipse online.


Nasa livestreamed the spectacle, showing the moon slowly but surely cover the sun.


Nasa said: "The eclipse will occur before, during and after sunrise or sunset.


"This means viewers will need to get a clear view of the horizon during sunrise or sunset."


Watching the solar eclipse online means no safety required – just enjoy the magic via your screen.


If you're lucky enough to see the eclipse in person, you should follow Nasa's advice.


"When viewing a partial solar eclipse, you must wear solar viewing or eclipse glasses throughout the entire eclipse if you want to face the Sun," Nasa says.


"Solar viewing or eclipses glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses are not safe for viewing the Sun.


"If you are in the path of a total solar eclipse, you can take off your solar viewing or eclipse glasses only when the Moon is completely blocking the Sun."








President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the killing of students of Ojodu Grammar School in Lagos State.

 President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the killing of students of Ojodu Grammar School in Lagos State. Buhari commiserated with the pare...

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