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  1. A five-year-old schoolgirl drowned in a pit latrine after falling in when she went to the toilet between lessons in South Africa. Lumka Mkhetwa was feared abducted when she vanished while at school in Bizana in the Eastern Cape and a police search was launched for the youngster. But her lifeless body was found the following day after the pit toilet was emptied and searched. The tragedy happened at the Luna Primary School, the Education Minister has confirmed. Angie Motshekga apologised for the death of the Grade R pupil. She said in an official statement: ‘The death of a child in such an undignified manner is completely unacceptable and incredibly disturbing. ‘I would like to send my sincere condolence to the family of Lumka Mkhetwa. I cannot begin to know the trauma the parents are experiencing now. ‘It is truly a tragic incident and my sympathies are with them.’ Counselling has been offered to staff and pupils at the school. The incident was similar to one at a school outside Polokwane four years ago when Michael Komape, five, drowned in a pit toilet. His family went on to claim damages from the State. Lumka’s father Vuyani Mkehtwa said he believed from the position his daughter was found in that she could have been pushed rather than fallen. He told Despeath Live: ‘We do not understand how this happened. We were under the impression that children are escorted to the toilet at that age. ‘We have serious questions about the responsibility of the teachers but we have received a visit from officials, who have promised to investigate.’ Mkhethwa last saw his daughter on Monday morning as she was leaving for school and has been told his teacher last saw her at 1pm. He described Lumka as a happy child who enjoyed playing with other children and was excited about having finally started school this year. He said:’We are heartbroken because we send our children to school thinking they will be safe. ‘Although we do not know the details of how this tragedy happened from how she was found it does not look like she was using the toilet because she still had her underwear on. ‘From the position of her legs it leaves us with the fear that she may have been pushed.’ The national education department said it is doing ‘everything in its capacity’ to try to upgrade pit latrine toilets and sanitation at schools in South Africa. Section 27 executive director Mark Heywood, who runs a public interest law centre hit out at Motshekga over Lumka’s death. He said: ‘I read her statement and I absolutely believe that she is crying crocodile tears. ‘She knows about the repulsive and shocking state of toilets in public schools in remote areas. ‘The problem is that she and her people know about these deadly toilets but there is no political will to fix them. ‘They continue to make excuses. It’s not a matter of lack of resources or technology. They simply do not care’ he said. Captain Edith Mjoko of the local police said: ‘No foul play is suspected. The body is still with the police for a post-mortem and inquest will take place’.
  2. An 18-year-old girl has been killed by her smartphone after it exploded while she was talking on it in India. Uma Oram is said to have plugged the device into charge and was speaking to a relative when the tragedy happened at her home in the village of Kheriakani in the eastern Indian state of Odisha The teenager received injuries to her hand, chest and leg and was knocked unconscious before being taken to hospital where she was declared dead. Oram is understood to have plugged it in and was talking to the relative when the tragedy happened. Her brother Durga Prasad Oram said: ‘As the battery of the mobile phone was draining out, she plugged it for charging while talking about it simultaneously. The cell phone… was put on charging when she started talking to a relative. ‘Before we could know what exactly happened, Uma fell unconscious. She was declared dead at the hospital.’ Pictures of the incident show a damaged phone that some media sources in India say appears to look like a Nokia 5233, released in 2010.
  3. Nollywood Actress, Moji Olaiya passed away a few months after she gave birth to a baby, Mariam in Canada. She died on the 17th of May, 2017. The newborn daughter she left behind, Mariam Ashabi Moropeda, clocked one year yesterday.. and she’s growing beautifully. The family of the late actress has said that she was not poisoned, contrary to reports that went viral last year. The actress died in Canada on May 17, two months after delivering her second daughter. In a statement signed by her brother, Femi Olaiya, the family said an autopsy report revealed that she “died of a different cause that can be termed natural medical cause”. “The Olaiya Family appreciate the immense outpouring of love and affection the public showed the family since the sudden and untimely death of our beloved Sister, Moji Olaiya, and the huge support we received for her burial,” the statement read. “We also want to use this medium to especially thank the Burial committee and all those who were involved in helping to raise funds for the return of Moji’s remains to Nigeria, we are eternally grateful to you for rising above the grief to support the family. “This is also appreciating Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, erstwhile governor of Lagos State for his humane and philanthropic gesture in providing the required funds to transport Moji’s corpse back to Nigeria. Thank you, your Excellency. Indeed, Moji received burial befitting queens because of all your efforts. “We wish to use this opportunity to debunk claims circulating on social media that a friend in Canada poisoned Moji. An autopsy was conducted; the autopsy reports indicated that our dear sister died of a different cause that can be termed natural medical cause. “It is not the desire of the family to have anyone implicated in her death having seen the autopsy reports, therefore, we appeal to friends, fans and the general public to accept Moji’s death as an act of God though rather unfortunate.” The Nollywood star was buried at the Ebony Vault burial ground in Ikoyi , Lagos on Wednesday.
  4. An eighteen-year-old boy, identified as Adeyoju Gbenga, has been apprehended by local authorities in Ogo Oluwa area, Abete in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti state, after he reportedly defiled a 3-year-old girl who he took to his room earlier this week. Due to the shameful act, the strange fluid has been coming out of the minor’s private part, Omo Edema reports – It was gathered that that wasn’t his first time and the mom of the victim only got to know after the victim’s sister drew her attention to it. This comes after the Bayelsa State Police arrested a 31-year-old man, identified as Mike for raping a 9-year-old girl. According to reports the guy who is their neighbor lured the girl simply identified as Ruth to his room with N20 before defiling her. Her mother traced her to his room with her voice while she was screaming, While the mom was shouting her name, he then tied the little girl’s mouth with a wrapper. He has since been arrested and is currently in custody at Akenfa Police Station Yenagoa..
  5. Three herdsmen identified as Iliya Garba, Hassan Abdullahi, and Lanshak Lonfalk, who was charged with criminal conspiracy and open nomadic livestock rearing and grazing, an offence punishable under Sections 97 of the Penal Code and 19 (2) of the Open Grazing Prohibition Ranches Establishment Law of Benue, 2017, were sentenced to a year imprison each for violating the law. The herdsmen were arrested on February 18 in a joint patrol team of `Operation Zenda,' led by Sgt. Edward Shinyi, and were brought to the State Criminal and Investigation Department, Makurdi according to their prosecutor Insp. Michael Iorundu. "The team reported that the three herders, and others now at large, were openly grazing their cattle along Yeluwata Road in Guma Local Government Area of Benue. When the case came up for a mention, the herders pleaded guilty to the charge against them, saying that they were not aware that open grazing had been prohibited in Benue,'' he said. However, before sentencing them, the Magistrate, Mrs Lillian Tsumba who noted that the herders were first offenders who were also illiterates and not even aware that open grazing has been prohibited in Benue, said a law is law and must be obeyed in spite ignorance. She also gave the herdsmen the option of N500,000 fine, or they go on with their prison sentence. Mrs Lillian Tsumba further disclosed that the open grazing prohibition law required massive exposure and education of persons at the grassroots. The sentencing is coming few days after the Nigerian army launched an exercise which will serve as a training avenue for troops and dovetail into an operation, to combat herdsmen attacks. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State who was present at the launch rocked a military attire to the event. The exercise named "Ayem-A- Kpatuma, a Tiv word meaning "Cat race", will be conducted in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa, and Niger states, and is scheduled to take off on 31st March.
  6. A 15-year-old student of Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe State, Amina Mallam Usman has narrated the dramatic encounter she had with Boko Haram terrorists and how she successfully escaped from being abducted. Boko Haram terrorists had on Monday attacked the school abducting many of the students. In an interview with The Nation, Amina narrated how the incident happened. She said: "When Boko Haram came to our school, we thought they were soldiers because they dressed like soldiers. "We ran, and then one of them called us. One of them asked me to come to the car. "I got close to the car, and then one of them started laughing at me. "I moved closer to them, thinking they were soldiers. "I soon realized that they were not soldiers. As I made to run away, one of them tried to grab me. I dodged him but he got my hijab. I quickly removed my hijab and left him with it and ran away. I thought I was dead. "They entered our hostel again, but some of us ran into the bush. I ran up to five kilometres and hid in one Fulani settlement called Miligia." Asked how many students she saw in the invaders' vehicles, Amina said: "There were many students in the vehicles. They were up to 50 that were in the vehicles." She said she felt like the angels should take her soul the moment she realized the men were Boko Haram terrorists. She is not psychologically prepared to return to the Dapchi school.
  7. Peter Aboh, a final year student of Microbiology at Federal University, Lafia in Nasarawa State, who was one of the victims of Fulani herdsmen killings in Benue State recently has been buried. Facebook user, Chukwudi Iwuchukwuwho shared photos from his burial ceremony wrote; “Peter Aboh was a final year student of Micro Biology at the Federal University, Lafia in Nasarawa State. He was due to graduate in 8 months. Before Fulani herdsmen gruesomely murdered him in his home in Utonkon in Ado LGA”
  8. An unidentified 13-year-old girl has been reported dead while giving birth to a set of twins she conceived after she was raped by a pastor in Calabar. According to one George Odok on Facebook, who works as a journalist, one of the twin babies also died with the teenage mother while the other survived. George Odok gave the update on his page

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