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Outrage In Bayelsa Over Gang Rape Of 2 Teenage Girls To Death

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Women lawyers and other professionals in Bayelsa State yesterday expressed anger over the gang related rape of two teenage girls in the state.

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According to the angry female lawyers, two teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 16 years were violently raped to death by a gang of boys at separate areas of the Bayelsa State capital.

While the 15-year old girl (names withheld) was raped by a gang of boys at an uncompleted building along the D.S.P Alamieyeseigha expressway, the 16-year-old girl was raped to the point of death by a gang of boys at the weekend.

The angry women lawyers, under the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), while confirming the development expressed disgust of the refusal of the victims’ parents to seek arrest of the rapists and pursue prosecution.

According to the chairperson of FIDA in Bayelsa, Barr (Mrs) Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, she expressed disappointment over a ridiculous settlement proposal made by one of the suspect’s parent in one of the reported cases over the weekend to offer the victim one thousand naira and a rubber of rice to close the case.

Ogbise-Erhisere called on the victims’ parents not to settle rape cases outside the court in order for offenders to face the full weight of the law as well as serve as a deterrent to others.

Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, expressed her displeasure over the act against the innocent girls in the society who go about their lawful duties and call on relevant security agencies to be alert to curb the increasing cases of this social vice.

She called on parents to advice their male children to desist from the shameful act which attracts the wrath of God and life imprisonment sentence in our laws.

Source:Leadership

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COVID-19 vaccine: US embassy celebrates Nigerian doctor Ogbuagu

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The United States Mission to Nigeria has celebrated Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, for his role in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ogbuagbu, who graduated from the University of Calabar in 2003, migrated to the US and rose to become an Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Yale University.

He was part of the team that helped pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

In a Facebook message on Monday, the US mission wrote, “Nigerians contribute to the world in so many ways. Our hats off to Dr Onyema Ogbuagu at Yale who helped develop a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Ogbuagu is the son of a former Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Stella Ogbuagu. He also has a twin brother who is an engineer.

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Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

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After beating Mark Zuckerberg in world rich list ranking — the billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now leapfrogged Bill Gates to grab the world’s second-richest ranking.

Musk’s net worth rose more than $7.2 billion on November 23, driven by another surge in the Tesla share price, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. The current net worth of Elon Musk stands at $127.9 billion.

This comes as one of the biggest gains in the ranking of the world’s 500 richest people — Musk has added over $100.3 billion to his net worth this year.

Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

In January 2020, he ranked 35th, but the soaring Tesla share price has driven his ranking to surpass other billionaires in the world.

The jump in Musk’s fortune came as the shares of the electric car-maker Tesla soared as the electric car makers market cap neared $500 billion on Monday.

Gates would have been on the top, had it not been for his philanthropy.

~BusinessInsider~

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#EndSARS Protest: Those who have murdered Nigerians will not benefit from trade or travel to the UK – Lyn Brown

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British politician serving as Member of Parliament, Lyn Brown has called for sanctions against those involved in the shooting incident during the EndSARS protest in Lekki on October 20.

Speaking during a debate in the house on Monday November 23, Lyn stated that the least they can do is to make sure that those who have “murdered” Nigerians and deprived them of their human rights are not able to benefit from trade or travel to the UK.

She added that these include government officials and the Nigerian army who are stopping a “transparent investigation and effecting of justice.”

The lawmaker also averred that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government went ahead to not only accuse protesters of sponsoring terrorism and freeze their accounts, but also blamed them for the increase in food prices.

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