The family of late Sylvester Oromoni has hired human rights activist, Femi Falana to file a case against Dowen College over the death of the student under mysterious circumstances.

Femi Falana

Sylvester was allegedly bullied and beaten to death by some students of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos State, for refusing to join a cult group.

However, the school insisted that the 12-year-old boy died after sustaining an injury while playing football, even as the late boy’s father who bears the same first name as his son said the boy named his bullies before he died.

Late Sylvester Oromoni

Femi Falana in a letter signed by one of his lawyers in his chambers, Taiwo Olawole wrote to the office of Lagos State’s Chief Coroner, demanding for an inquest to be conducted to unravel the circumstances that led to the boy’s death.

He said the family of Oromoni had briefed him on the mysterious demise of their son and suspected that he died because of the injuries he sustained after being assaulted by some senior students.

Falana said in the letter that given the needless death of Sylvester Oromoni, his chamber was compelled to request the Chief Coroner to use his office to cause a Coroner’s inquest to be conducted into the cause of death of this young and promising boy.

He said the Chief Coroner, after conducting the inquest should make an appropriate recommendation under Section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner’s Law 2007 that stated that an inquest shall hold whenever a coroner was informed that the death of a deceased person within his coroner district was as a result of a death in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation.

This latest development is coming days after prominent celebrities like Wizkid, Davido, Mercy Johnson, Kanayo. O Kanayo, joined other Nigerians to mourn and call for Justice for the Dowen student when news of his death broke on the internet.

Similarly, a record 400,000 people signed an online petition demanding justice for Sylvester Oromoni.

Sylvester with his parents

The Lagos state government shut the school down even though the school has resorted to holding online classes. The death of Sylvester Oromoni sparked outrage among Nigerians and threw up the conversation around the prevalence of bullying in boarding schools in Nigeria.

Story: Ihuoma Ukeje



The Federal Government of Nigeria has called on the United Kingdom to review and rescind its decision to put the country on the red list following the discovery of the Omicron Virus.

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture

The federal government condemned the decision of the UK government to add Nigeria to its travel red list and ban foreign travels from the country describing it as unjust, unfair, punitive, indefensible, and discriminatory.

The UK joined other countries including Canada to take similar action against Nigeria because of the discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the country.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday the 7th of December in Abuja, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed described the UK’s decision as discriminatory and driven by fear rather than Science.
He added that Nigeria has only recorded less than two of the variants which did not originate from Nigeria, hence the decision is not justifiable and not driven by science.

How do you slam this kind of discriminatory action on a country of 200 million people, just because of less than two dozen cases? Whereas British citizens and residents are allowed to come in from Nigeria, non-residents from the same country are banned. The two groups are coming from the same country, but are subject to different conditions. Why won’t Britain allow people in both categories to come in, and be subjected to the same conditions of testing and quarantine? This is why this decision to ban travelers from Nigeria, who are neither citizens nor residents, is grossly discriminatory and punitive,” he said.

The Minister said, instead of resorting to travel bans, countries should focus on ensuring vaccine equity rather than take “knee-jerk” reactions against Africa that can be detrimental to the quest to tackle the pandemic.

Instead of these reflex responses that are driven by fear, rather than science, why can’t the world take a serious look at the issue of access to vaccines, and ensure that it is based on the principles grounded in the right of every human to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health without discrimination based on race, religion, political belief, economic or any other social condition,” Mohammed said.

“Nigeria has handled the Covid-19 pandemic with utmost responsibility and based on science, and has rightly earned global accolades for its efforts. Nigeria does not belong on any country’s red list,” he added.

Story: Ihuoma Ukeje



Everton Football Club‘s 8 games winless run in the premier league ended in a dramatic fashion with a 2-1 win over Arsenal at Goodison Park on Monday the 6th of November 2021.

Everton’s Richarlison celebrating his goal last night

Everton came from behind to defeat the Gunners 2-1. Martin Odegaard’s volley in first-half stoppage time put Arsenal ahead. However, Everton’s forward Richarlison de Andrade, who had two efforts ruled out for offside via VAR checks equalized with a 79th-minute header after Demarai Gray hit the woodwork.
Gray later secured Everton’s first win in nine Premier League outings courtesy of a strike in the second minute of time added on at the end of the 2nd half.

At the end of the match, Everton’s manager Rafael Benitez described the game as ‘perfect’.
“I think we saw the character in the first games (of the season) and today it was even better, in terms of two goals disallowed and the reaction of the team, the fans behind the team, everybody delighted at the end because of the great goal Demarai scored, and three points after that bad run,”.

Arsenal players, Martin Odegaard celebrating his goal with Gabriel Martinelli

So I think everything was, you can say, perfect, no? In terms of the players, the fans, the performance, and the final score.”
Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta described his team’s performance as ‘not good enough
“I didn’t like (the first half performance),” said Arteta. “There was no penetration, no threat, totally the contrary of what we are trying to do. It wasn’t good enough.

“What I want is more from my team. Today we had the game under control and we have to find a way to win.

“In the Premier League when the game is there you have to kill it. When you have big chances, you have to put them in the net.”

That victory lifts Everton up to 12th in the table, giving them an eight-point cushion to the bottom three, while Arsenal remains 7th. The loss makes it two losses in a row, and three losses in four games, for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Story: Ihuoma Ukeje



Nigerian singer-songwriter Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as WizKid has emerged as the African artist of the year at the 3rd annual Apple Music Award organised by the music streaming service.

Wiz Kid with his Apple Music Award Plaque

In a press release, Apple music said the awards celebrate outstanding musical acts across five categories namely Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Top Song of the Year, and Top Album of the Year. According to Apple Music, winners were selected via a process reflective of Apple Music’s editorial perspective and global listening habit.

The music streaming service, acknowledged WizKid as one of Africa’s biggest crossover acts, having worked with Beyonce, Drake, Skepta, and Chris Brown, amongst others.
Apple music also cited his critically acclaimed and most commercially successful album ‘Made In Lagos,’ released In October 2020, and his hit song “Essence,” as reasons why the artiste was given the award.

In a statement acknowledging the awards, WizKid thanked Apple Music for the honour.
“Thank you to Apple Music for this award. It’s a blessing to get to do what I do, and I’m proud to be representing Africa.”

Story: Ihuoma Ukeje



The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called on some youths to join him in a peace walk to herald the healing of the state in the aftermath of the #ENDSARS protests that rocked Lagos in October 2020.

Lagos State Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu

The government extended the invite during a press conference held at the Statehouse, Alausa, Ikeja on 30th November 2021. The governor said it will signal a new beginning towards the rebuilding of the state.

Sanwo-Olu specifically invited Folarin Falana, the entertainer better known as Falz, Skit maker, Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr. Marcaroni, Dele Farotimi, an activist and lawyer; Temitope Majekodunmi, Segun Awosanya, Singer, Seun Kuti, among others, to join him in what he described as a historic March for Lagos.

Some Protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate during the #EndSARS Protest in October 2020

According to the Lagos State Governor, “Nobody will build this city for us. Let us show the world who we are. We are Lagosians. A people of great renown, driven by the irrepressible spirit of Lagos.”

“It is a testimony to our strength and resilience as a people that, despite the huge losses incurred because of these terrible incidents, we have bounced back, with our economy as vibrant and virile as ever. I have no doubt whatsoever that our prospects are as bright as ever and the best lies ahead of Lagos State and Nigeria.” governor Sanwo-Olu said

The governor said his administration will ensure the provision of a safe platform, through the Ministry of Justice, where young people can register complaints that border on human rights violations.

Sanwo-Olu also said the government was seeking ways to improve security in the state, saying that his administration was focused on establishing measures that will guarantee the safety of lives and property. “We will make it easier for our young people to initiate formal complaints on human rights violations through the Ministry of Justice.”

He also pledged to improve the coordination between the state government and the security agencies, including the police and the military, adding that the Lagos state government is studying how to improve security policy formulation, information sharing, and clarifying rules of engagement in times of social unrest.

The governor disclosed his government’s plans to establish a detailed procedure for the just compensation of citizens with verified claims of police brutality committed during the protests just as they did in the case of people who lost their livelihood and business during the October 2020 #EndSARS protests.

Story: Ihuoma Ukeje



Lionel Messi said Robert Lewandowski was robbed of the 2020 Ballon d’Or win and appealed to France Football to give the polish striker his prize for last year.

Leo Messi with his Ballon d’Or

The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who won the men’s Ballon d’Or for a record seventh time hailed Lewandowski in his acceptance speech, saying the Polish striker deserved to receive the 2020 award that was scrapped due to COVID-19.
I want to tell Robert, that it is an honour for me to compete with him,” declared Messi after receiving his trophy.

“You deserve your Ballon d’Or. Last year everyone agreed that you were the winner. I think France Football should give you your Ballon d’Or and you should have it as you deserved it.

“I hope France Football can give it to you so you can have it in your house because you were the just winner. You have to have it in your house.

Lewandowski scored 55 goals during the 2019/20 season, 48 in 2020/2. He is currently 25 goals in all competitions this season. He was the favorite for the 2020 prize before it was canceled due to no football during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lewandowski with his 2021 Ballon d’Or
Best Striker of the Year award

Lewandowski was nominated for the award again this year after he broke late Bayern legend Gerd Muller‘s single-season Bundesliga goal record in May, scoring 41 league times last season, as well as winning the European Golden Shoe.

The 33-year-old amassed 580 points in the voting, finishing 33 points behind Messi.

Messi and Lewandowski all smiles at the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony

Messi, 34, who left Barcelona as a free agent to sign for PSG, was presented with the award for best men’s footballer in the world on Monday night, November 29th, 2021, in a ceremony in Paris, making him the player with the highest Ballon d’Or, two more ahead of Manchester United‘s Cristiano Ronaldo, who has five.

Story: Ihuoma Ukeje



Stakeholders have called for more accountability on policies implementation on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) cases in Nigeria in an annual walk to mark the beginning of 16 days of activism for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls organised by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) SGBV Response Team.

The walk which began at the Cyprian Ekewensi Center For Arts and Culture, Abuja and ended at the Unity fountain, maitama Abuja was fully attended by the Director General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Dr Fatima Waziri – Azi, Members of the FCT SGBV Response Team, Civil Society Organisations, (CSOs) SGBV Survivors, Persons with Disabilities and the general public.

16 Days of activism is marked every year from the 25th of November to December 10 and 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign. 

The Director Youth Development Department FCT, Ambassador Asabe Umar, said the event was necessary because raising awareness on the plight of victims of gender and sexual violence is key in eliminating the menace. She said with these activities the awareness keeps increasing every year.

Director Youth Development Department FCT, Ambassador Asabe Umar

She stated that no country can progress if women who are the bedrock of families are left to suffer sexual and gender-based violence without any form of intervention.

The Desk Officer, FCT SGBV Response Team, Mrs. Jacinta Ngozi Ike, said the walk was organised to make victims and residents of the FCT aware that the response team is available to assist them. She also disclosed that the response team has a fully functional hotline for victims of SGBV in the FCT to report their cases and get help. The hotline is 08078111126.

Mrs. Jacinta Ngozi Ike, Desk Officer, FCT SGBV Response Team.

Also speaking at the event, the Secretary FCT SGBV Response Team, Chinwe Onyeukwu, the Executive Director, Women Africa, appealed to victims of gender-based violence to break the silence and report cases of violations to the relevant government agencies. She also said that the FCT referral centre in Bwari General Hospital provides medical services, forensic examination and counselling for victims of gender and sexual-based violence in the FCT.

Chinwe Onyeukwu, Secretary FCT SGBV Response Team, Executive Director, Women Africa

A teenage survivor of sexual and gender-based violence, Chiamaka Mitchell Clement lamented that despite events such as the 16 days of activism by government agencies, it seem like the government has not paid enough attention to girls who have been raped and even have babies as a result of the rape. And she prays the government will begin to pay attention to girls in Nigeria.

Miss Chiamaka Clement, SGBV Survivor

Dorothy Njemanze, a Gender Rights Activist, called for more accountability on the implementation of policies that have been made already to help end SGBV in Nigeria. She also emphasized the need to enable a system where victims can obtain a restraining order online within the first 48 hours of the reporting the offence, free of charge.

Dorothy Njemanze, Gender Rights Activist and Founder, Dorothy Njemanze Foundation

Other stakeholders have called on the government and the agencies saddled with the responsibility of handling cases of SGBV to put the interest of the victims first.

Story: Ehizogie Ohiani, Ihuoma Ukeje

Pictures: FCT SGBV Response Team



The Executive of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), led by the Chairman Mr. John Ugbe, the Cheif Executive Officer, Multichoice Nigeria, on Wednesday 24th November 2021, introduced the Society of Nigerian Broadcasters (SNB) to the members of Staff The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria through a membership drive to sensitize staff on the need to be part of the association which seeks to promote professionalism in the broadcast industry.

The Chairman, Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe, the Cheif Executive Officer, Multichoice Nigeria.

The team led by the BON Chairman comprised of executive members including the Vice-Chairman, Director-General Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Dr. Mansur Liman, and the Executive Secretary, Mr. Yemisi Bamgbose. The Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe said that the SBN has been registered since 1994 but is finally taking off in 2021, 20 years later. He urged members of staff of the corporation to be part of the historical organisation which seeks to professionalise the industry.

The broadcast industry in Nigeria has come under public scrutiny many times due to the activities of quacks who put out content without any regard for ethical standards.

To checkmate the activities of non-professional broadcast journalists and unprofessionalism, the Director-General of FRCN, Dr. Liman Mansur said that the organisation will ensure the certification of those who can be referred to as the real professionals in the broadcast industry.

The Director-General of FRCN, Dr. Liman Mansur giving his opening speech.

He said the organisation will also ensure that media organisations have professionals who run its daily affairs to avoid situations of people saying whatever they want to say without minding the consequences of their actions.

Addressing members of staff, the Executive Secretary of BON, Mr. Yemisi Bamgbose explained that the organisation aims to improve professionalism as it is obtainable in other professions, like accounting or law. He said the body aims to meet the professional needs of its members through well structured programmes. It will also enhance high ethical standards in the broadcast industry through regular interactions with its members.

The Executive Secretary of BON, Mr. Yemisi Bamgbose addressing concerns of members of staff.

He urged members of staff to join the body so that the high standards that broadcasters are known for do not get eroded by unprofessionals who neither know nor practice the ethics of the profession.

Highlights of the event was the question session by members of staff of the corporation who were curious to know how the executive intends to ensure that there is a recognisable standard in the broadcast industry by those who use the media.

In response members of the executive made it clear that the body is not a regulatory body but a body that seeks to uphold and ensure professionalism, and this goal is to be achieved through the training.



Teachers in Government Primary and Secondary Schools in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have insisted that nothing will prevent an indefinite strike if their demands are not met before Thursday, 25th November 2021.

Stephen Knabayi, Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, FCT

Stephen Knabayi, chairman of the Nigerian Teachers Union (NUT), FCT, made this known to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) at the end of an emergency meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, 23rd November 2021.

The FCT Chapter of the NUT started a five-day warning strike on Thursday, 18th November 2021 for non-payment of their delayed promotion salaries, Insecurity, lack of updating teachers, among others.

The Strike action, according to the Chairman of the union is carried out by all teachers in the FCT Administration as well as those from the Area Councils, adding that the demands of the teachers are twofold.

Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi, listening to the Acting Secretary of NUT, Comrade Margaret I. Jethro

Knabayi said that although the Union had received a commitment from the FCT Minister, Bello Mohammed in this regard, the Union has continued with the warning Strike as there had been no sign of commitment from the FCT area Council Chairmen.

He said: “The Strike continues. It is a Five-day warning strike to end on November 24th, 2021. We are dealing with two levels of government on this matter- the State and area councils”.

“As I speak to you now, we no longer have problems with FCTA, due to the commitment we have received from the Ministry of FCT. However, we have no commitment from the area as we speak. That’s why the strike is still ongoing.”

The NUT president urged the Chairmen of the area councils to take advantage of the window for the warning Strike to dialogue with the Union. Failure to do so, he said, would mean a call for the strike to continue.

He added that he hopes they continue to take advantage of the available window to dialogue with them with the aim of proffering solutions, or else, the Union would meet to discuss and decide on how to take the Strike to the next level.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe

Picture: Global Times Nigeria




The West African Examinations Council, Nigeria, has released the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination results on Monday, 22nd November 2021. Nigeria.

Mr. Patrick Areghan, Head of the Nigeria National Office, while announcing the result at the WAEC office said the examination, which was an international one, took place simultaneously throughout the five-member countries of the Council – The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

WAEC students

Areghan added that the same international timetable was used.

He said, “The examination ended on October 8, 2021, and today, Monday, 22nd November, 2021 – 45 days after the conduct of the last paper, we are releasing the result”.

According to him, this is a record time, considering the fact a week was lost to insecurity, during the marking exercise in the South East, occasioned by the heightened tension before and during the Anambra Gubernatorial election.

He said “It is, therefore, not true, as you can see, that WAEC delayed the release of the results of the WASSCE (SC) 2021 as being speculated in some quarters. We have kept to our promise, in spite of all odds”.

He further said: “We should be praised rather than being vilified. Nothing can be faster or earlier than what we have done.

“We do not release results without marking the scripts and processing the scores. We are grateful to the examiners for doing a good job within the stipulated period” the Head of the WAEC National office said.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe