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I Burnt Midnight Candles To Emerge UNILAG Best Graduating Student – Taiwo

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Young and petite Miss Taiwo Bankole,  was one of the two best graduating students for the 2016 academic session of the prestigious University of Lagos having scored 5.00 CGPA.
And of course, she has stories to tell about her uncommon academic feat.
The exceptionally brilliant graduate of Cell Biology and Genetics would tell you that her result did not come on a platter of gold, but that she studied hard to outshine her contemporaries.
Taiwo revealed that some of the secrets of her success was that she attended classes regularly, read all her textbooks often and listened attentively to her lecturers during classes.
“I studied Cell Biology and Genetics. I read at length and I usually read for about six hours both in the morning and at night each day. I prefer to read at night because the weather is cool and everywhere is quiet at such time.
“However, my life on campus revolved around going for lectures and going to the campus fellowship of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) as I was a worker in the church. I didn’t have much time for social activities. But I sometimes went to dinner parties with my friends.
“I know some students do all sort of things on campus, maybe they were used to such things or they were doing them for psychological purposes or because of money. Some of the students don’t know what they are doing, but this is not good enough,” she said with a sense of seriousness.
One vital point Taiwo also made clear during the interview was the contribution of her parents to her success as she declared that they made much impact on her and that they always encouraged her to be the best she could be.
The diminutive young lady particularly paid glowing tributes to her mother, Mrs Patricia Bankole, who is a confidential secretary at the Public Affairs Department of the Lagos State House of Assembly, while also appreciating her father for his financial and moral support.
She said: “my parents met all my financial needs in school and they still do. They prayed for me and they still do. They kept advising me and they warned me not to misbehave.
“They always gave me money whenever I am broke,” adding that her twin sister is still in UNILAG, where she is also studying Cell Biology and Genetics in the same university.
Asked to speak about her friends on campus, she reacted that she had many friends that were both Christians and Muslims, and that some of them were brilliant, but that she didn’t have any friend who could influence her negatively.
One how she felt about her final result, Taiwo paused for a moment, looked into the air and stated that it did not come to her as a surprise.
“I had been having such a result from my 200 level, so it was not really a surprise, when it came. I monitored my result regularly and I always tried to improve where I am lacking.
“Like I said, I listened attentively to my lecturers and I would like to say that everything was just the grace of God. I read overnight, when I am not tired because I believe that night is the best time to read,” she said.
As it is expected, the management of her school deemed it fit to offer her a lecturing job after her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, and the young lady revealed that apart from grabbing the offer, she wished to go back to school and study more, but that she would wait for the direction of God all the same.
Taiwo used the opportunity to advise everybody to be the best in what they do, and be determined to succeed, while also revealing that she had planned to study medicine, but that her school drafted her to the department after the first year, and thanked God for the course she eventually studied.
Explaining what Cell Biology and Genetics is all about, she said that it is about biology and cell genetics.
“It is all about cells, it deals with diseases from cellular and hereditary level, any disease one gets from his or her parents. It also deals with the causes and the cure of disease, it deals with cancer, anemia, cough and how to cure them as well as other diseases,” she said

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US special forces rescue American held hostage in Nigeria

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US special forces rescue American held hostage in Nigeria

U.S. special forces rescued an American citizen who had been kidnapped by armed men in an operation on Saturday in northern Nigeria that is believed to have killed several of his captors, U.S. officials said.

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Forces including Navy SEALs rescued 27-year-old Philip Walton, who had been abducted on Tuesday from his home in neighboring southern Niger, two U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity, adding that no U.S. troops were hurt.

A diplomat source in Niger said Walton is now at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Niamey.

“Big win for our very elite U.S. Special Forces today,” U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox News that the Trump administration had over the years rescued 55 hostages in 24 countries.

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The Pentagon confirmed the operation but did not provide the identity of the hostage.

Walton, who kept camels, sheep, and poultry and grew mangoes near the border with Nigeria, was kidnapped by six men armed with AK-47 assault rifles who arrived on motorcycles at his home in southern Niger’s Massalata village early on Tuesday.

His wife, young daughter, and brother were left behind.

Reuters has reported that the perpetrators appeared to be from the Fulani ethnic group and that they spoke Hausa and some English. They demanded money and searched the family’s home before leaving with Walton.

Niger, like much of West Africa’s Sahel region, faces a deepening security crisis as groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State carry out attacks on the army and civilians, despite help from French and U.S. forces.

Four U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger in 2017, sparking debate about the United States’ role in the sparsely populated West African desert that is home to some of the world’s poorest countries.

At least six foreign hostages are being held by Islamist insurgents in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Islamists have collected millions of dollars in ransom payments in recent years. The U.S. government has frequently criticized other countries for paying.

Culled: Reuters

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#EndSARS: 11-year-old boy released from police custody in Edo

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#EndSARS: 11-year-old boy released from police custody in Edo

Human Rights Advocate, Kola Edokpayi, has confirmed the release of an 11-year-old boy, Gift Osayuhi, from police custody in Edo.

Osayuhi was arrested over his alleged involvement in burning down a police station during the end SARS protest against police brutality.

This was disclosed by Edokpayi n a statement released on Saturday.

Osayuhi was arrested for allegedly joining the gang of hoodlums that attacked Oba Market police station at Evbuotubu area of Benin City. After the attack, the young boy was said to have worn the uniform of a police sergeant and declared himself as the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Confirming the development on Friday October 30, Mr Edokpayi thanked the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Johnson Kokumo and the State Ministry of Justice for their understanding and cooperation.

He also disclosed that the boy, whose mother is a widow, said that his dream is to become the IGP.

“We have been able to secure the unconditional release of the 11-year-old boy by name Gift Osayuhi whose picture went viral on social media yesterday for allegedly joining some miscreants to break into Oba Market Police station, took their police Uniform, wore it and declared himself as the new IG of Police during the ENDSARS protest. The boy was released to us after we undertook to rehabilitate and reform him,” said Mr Edokpayi.

“The young boy said his dream is to become the IG of Police and we also undertook to ensure the boy is giving a proper education so as to help him achieve his dream. We sincerely thank Edo State Commissioner of Police and Edo State Ministry of Justice for the kind understanding and cooperation. We also met with his mother who told she is a widow who takes care of the children alone and the little boy usually assist her to sell water and drinks in Ring Road.”

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Federal Polytechnic Oko issues dress code for students

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Federal Polytechnic Oko issues dress code for students

Federal Polytechnic Oko new dress code for students is currently the talk of social media

A document has been distributed to students of Federal Polytechnic Oko to make them aware of the dress code in the institution and social media users are outraged.

The document reads, War Against Indecent Dressing (WAID) in Federal Polytechnic Oko then goes on to list what is not acceptable in the tertiary institution as regards fashion.

For the women, the code bans things like skirt with slit above knees, off-shoulder dresses and tops, sleeveless dresses and tops, rugged jeans and low waist trousers, lengthy and coloured braids, coloured hair, long artificial lashes, bandana hairband, bogus fashion jewelries and more.

For the male students, they banned long and bushy hair/beard, braids, dread lock and coloured hair, rugged jeans, kaftan without trousers, inscription on hair cut, T-shirts and jeans with immoral messages and more.

Nigerians have reacted, calling the dress code “ridiculous”

@zennyharry wrote:

“Someone shared this with me on Facebook.

Apparently this is the dress code issued by a Federal Polytechnic in Anambra state.

How ridiculous is this?

Institutions subjugating citizens and subjects. Does it not end?”

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