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Toppled UK slave trader statue to go on temporary display

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A controversial statue of a 17th-century British slave trader toppled last June in Bristol will go on temporary display in a museum as city authorities debate its fate.
The bronze statue of Edward Colston, a former top official in the Royal African Company, was pulled down during a Black Lives Matter rally in the southwest English city on June 7.

It was dragged through the city and dumped in the harbour, as anger at the death of George Floyd in US police custody the previous month prompted protests in numerous British cities and around the world.

Four people will stand trial later this year after pleading not guilty to criminal damage charges.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is pressing ahead with contentious legislation to toughen jail terms for vandalism of historical artefacts.

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The statue was retrieved from the harbour and a conservation team at local museum M Shed cleaned it and stabilised spray painted graffiti to prevent flaking.

It will now form the centrepiece of a temporary exhibition at the museum opening next Friday — almost a year to the day after it was pulled down — which will also feature placards from the protest and a timeline of key events.

Meanwhile, Bristol’s city council is going to launch a survey, asking locals about what they think should happen to the statue.

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Bristol mayor Marvin Rees, who previously described its toppling as a “piece of historical poetry”, said the exhibition and survey aim “to start a conversation about our history”.

In response to the incident, Rees formed the We Are Bristol History Commission last September, which he said would “be leading that conversation with citizens over the coming months”.

“The 7 June 2020 is undoubtedly a significant day in Bristol’s history and had a profound impact not just in our city but also across the country and around the world,” he said.

“The future of the statue must be decided by the people of Bristol,” Rees added, urging all residents to participate.

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Adeyemi College Of Education Staffs Union Block Ore-Ondo Highway ( Video)

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In the early hours of today June 28th 2022, it was reported that the Non-teaching Staff of Adeyemi College of Education came out in masse dislodging all economic activities and blocking vehicular movements on the Ore-Ondo highway, in what was described as a peaceful demonstration.

The staff had their convergence in front of the institution’s gate, where they aired their demands.

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It was noted that their protest is premised on the inability of the Buhari-led federal government to appoint a new Vice-Chancellor for the College turned University, hoping that since the status of the institution has been upgraded and signed into law, there is need for effective steps to be taken by the federal government to put in place necessary measures to materialise the University status.

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It’s observed that the foremost Federal College of Education stationed in Ondo, was upgraded to a University at the beginning of the year 2022, but there have been expectations among staff and the college Community that the government should have appointed a VC for the institution, to authenticate the new status.

The staff members opined that the speculations around as made it compelling for them to engage in such demonstration to make the stand of the staff members known.

Their earnest expectation remains that the federal government meets up their appeal by appointing a Vice Chancellor.

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Adeyemi College Of Education Staffs Union Block Ore-Ondo Highway  In the early hours of today June 28th 2022, it was reported that the Non-teaching Staff of Adeyemi

 

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

The police in Bauchi state has arrested a 32-year-old man identified as Isaac Ezekiel, of Rafin Zurfi Yelwa Bauchi Metropolitan, for allegedly plucking the eyes of a 16-year-old boy.

 

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

 

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According to LIB who had earlier shared the story of how the victim identified as Uzairu Salisu, was employed to work on a farm and while carrying out the duty, was attacked with his eyes plucked out.

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

 

A statement released by the spokesperson of the police command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, said the suspect voluntarily confessed to the unfortunate crime.

 

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

 

The police spokesperson said a prompt search at the house of the suspect led to the recovery of Uzairu Salisu’s eyeballs.

 

Exhibit recovered from the suspect two human eyeballs in a calabash, Cable wire used in perpetrating the heinous act, Travelling bag containing some native medicine”

Wakili added that others arrested in connection with the crime include Nensok Bawa ‘M’ 38yr-old of Kabwir District Kanke Local Government Area Plateau State and Yohana Luka (AKA Doctor Samu) 52yr-old of Golbong Village Amper District in Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State.

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”Findings reveal that in April 2022, Principal Suspect Isaac Ezekiel conspired with the two suspects above to conceive the idea to commit the atrocity of getting the eyeballs of a human being.

On 24th June 2022 at about 0900hrs the principal suspect Isaac Ezekiel lured one Uzairu Salisu ‘M’ 16yr of Jahun Bauchi Metropolitan into a nearby Bush for a casual job on his farm, the Isaac Ezekiel used a cable wire to strangulate Uzairu Salisu into a coma and use a knife to remove the two eyes for a ritual purpose.

Investigation is in progress, after which the suspects will be charged to court.” the statement read

 

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Herders kill passerby after commercial bus rammed into their cows and killed one

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Herders kill passerby after commercial bus rammed into their cows and killed one

The police in Lagos state have arrested two herdsmen for allegedly killing an onlooker in the Agbemowo, Badagry area of the state today June 27.

A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Benjamin Jundeyin, says the trouble started when a commercial bus rammed into two cows, killing one of them.

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Herders kill passerby after commercial bus rammed into their cows and killed one

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The herdsmen got angry and intended to attack the bus driver and conductor but ended up killing an onlooker. Benjamin in his statement debunked claims that the deceased ran to the police station for protection but was turned back.

”A commercial vehicle ran into two cows this morning at Agemowo, Badagry, killing one of the cows. The two cattle herders attacked someone they mistook for the vehicle conductor, resulting in his death. Angry residents blocked the highway in protest of the killing.

The DPO, Morogbo Division, assisted by soldiers from 243 Recce Battalion, Badagry successfully cleared the obstruction. Normalcy has since returned to the area. It is entirely false that the victim was turned back when he sought refuge in the police station.

He did not make it off the accident scene, let alone reach the station. Meanwhile, the two herders have been arrested. Investigation is ongoing. Updates will be provided subsequently.”

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