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Barely four months after five human skulls and a basin of blood were found inside a church in Ububo-Alia, Awara, Ohaji/Egbema Local Council of Imo State, policemen have uncovered a shrine at Ngor-Okpala Local Council of the state used as armoury and ritual den by suspected criminals.

A human skull, 82 rounds of live ammunition, three K2 magazines, a locally-made revolver pistol, one locally-made single-barrel short gun, two axes, an identity card belonging to the prime suspect, Chidera Njoku, and photographs were recovered from the house.

According to the Imo State police boss, Chris Ezike, a Good Samaritan informed detectives on activities of criminals and the goings on at the shrine.He said a search warrant was executed, adding that Njoku, a native of Umuagwu Alulu in Ngor-Okpala, fled through the back gate when they got hint of police arrival.
t was gathered that the police arrested the suspect’s mother, said to be the owner of the premises.“Also, the command on Sunday night arrested three suspects involved in the kidnap of a Catholic Priest, Father Charles Nwachukwu around 8p.m. on Friday. Ogadinma Ajonuwma, Chinedu Odoemenam, Uzoma Mejuru, all natives of Agbaja in Nwangele Local Council were arrested by the command’s anti-kidnapping squad,” Ezike said.

It was gathered that the police rescued the priest at Agbaja Forest in Nwangele unhurt and recovered his Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) marked WER334NJ.Father Nwachukwu was kidnapped at Amauzari in Isiala Mbano on his way from Owerri Airport, where he dropped off a guest. From there, he was moved to Nwangele forest.

Meanwhile, suspected kidnappers have attacked, shot and seriously wounded a lecturer with the Delta State University, Abraka, Prof. Richard Okorodudu at Ughelli.It was gathered that the lecturer was traveling in his Toyota Prado Jeep with registration number EKY 257 DJ when the suspected kidnappers intercepted his vehicle in a commando style, dragged him out of his car and tried to force him into their vehicle, but he resisted and in anger they shot him on the head and leg.
he suspected kidnappers left him in the pool of his blood to die and made away with his car. He was later rushed to an undisclosed hospital by sympathizers where he is receiving treatment.

In another development, eight kidnappers arrested along Abuja-Kaduna highway last week begged the Nigerian Police yesterday for forgiveness, saying they carried out the activities in obedience to instructions from their master, who is still at large. The plea came ahead of their arraignment in court today.

The suspects said their master, who they called Hussein, asked them to carry out the kidnapping, saying they never knew the weight of the law regarding the action.
Speaking to journalists after being paraded by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, the suspects who confessed to participating in many kidnapping activities along the road, said their leader, who they received instructions from was on the run, saying they were merely errand boys

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Education crisis widening social gaps in Nigeria, others –World Bank




The World Bank Group has warned that the education crisis in Nigeria is currently widening the social inclusion gaps in the country .

The group said this in its World Development Report for 2018 titled “Learning to Realise Education ’s Promise ” which was presented in Abuja on Wednesday .

The event was attended by the Minister Finance , Mrs . Kemi Adeosun , her counterpart in the Education Ministry , Adamu Adamu , and major stakeholders in the education sector .

The bank in the report called for greater action and coordination of the education sector to achieve the objectives of poverty reduction.

It said millions of young students in low and middle -income countries face the prospect of lost opportunities and lower wages in the future because their primary and secondary schools were failing to educate them to succeed in life .

Warning of a ‘learning crisis’ in global education , the World Bank report said schooling without learning was not just a wasted development opportunity but also a great injustice to children and young people worldwide.

Without learning , it said education would fail to deliver on its promise to eliminate extreme poverty and create shared opportunity and prosperity for all .

The report observed that even after several years in school , millions of children could not read , write or do basic mathematics .

This learning crisis , according to the report , is widening social gaps instead of narrowing them .

It added that young students disadvantaged by poverty, conflict, gender or disability got to adulthood without even the most basic skills of life .

The World Bank Group said like in Kenya , Tanzania, and Uganda “where third grade students find it difficult to make a sentence ,” evidence had shown that in Nigeria , when fourth grade students were asked to complete a simple two- digit subtraction problem , more than three – quarter could not solve it.

It said , “The diagnosis in this World Development Report may make for disheartening reading , but it should not be interpreted as saying that all is lost – only that too many young people are not getting the education they need .

“Learning shortfalls eventually show up as weak skills in the workforce , making it less likely that young people will find good- paying , satisfying jobs .

“But change is possible , if systems commit to learning , drawing on examples of families , educators, communities , and systems that have made real progress . ”


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New study finds that 78% of black fathers are unmarried




A new study has found that most black fathers are unmarried and this revelation has led to a coversation online.

The study carried out by the Centers For Disease Control reveals that more than 3/4 of all Black fathers are not married. The study also found that 72% of Black men have had children by age 44. But only 27% of African American fathers were ever married to the child’s mother. That number applies irrespective of the race of the child’s mother.

The study goes on to point out that 78% of Black men with kids fathered at least one child outside of marriage.

Past studies have pointed out the high percentage of unwed Black mothers. The new study pointing out the percentage of unwed fathers exposes a crisis among Black men and social media activists are concerned by the high percentage of unwed fathers.

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IVF made easy: Scientists create device to identify strongest sperm




Scientists from Cornell University have created a device that will help doctors identify the strongest sperm to be used for in-vitro fertilization.

The result of the research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Alireza Abbaspourrad, Cornell’s Yongkeun Joh assistant professor of food chemistry and ingredient technology, said conventional methods of separating motile sperm is tedious and takes hours.

The device takes advantage of sperm’s ability to go against the flow — a process called rheotaxis. It has a microfluidic channel through which the sperm swim and a microscopic corral — shaped like a “C” — with a retaining wall that attracts the strongest swimmers.

“The older method is tedious, time-consuming and not efficient. It’s the time that laboratory technicians and physicians expend that makes the process expensive,” Abbaspourrad said.

“With this method, it’s five minutes instead of several hours.”

Soon Hon Cheong, Ph.D., assistant professor at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Meisam Zaferani, a doctoral student in chemistry, also worked on the device.

“Here, we took advantage of sperm’s natural tendency to redirect against fluid flow, once the sperm reach a certain velocity,” said Cheong.

“Once the sperm detect interference, they can use it to swim upstream. That’s when we can trap them. We could separate the good sperm from the not-so-strong in a reasonably elegant way. We are able to fine-tune our selection process.”

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