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17-Year-Old Kwara Student Allegedly Commits Suicide Over Exam Failure



A 17-year-old student of Offa Grammar School, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State, identified as Adegoke Adeyemi, has allegedly committed suicide following his failure to gain promotion to the next class in his school.

Police sources said the student, who was found hanging on a tree, resorted to taking his life after failing to pass his promotion examination from SS1 to SS2.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Kwara Command, Okasanmi Ajayi,  in a statement in Ilorin on Wednesday night, said the senior secondary school student was asked to repeat the class but was ashamed and took his life.

 “The victim, who was later identified as Adegoke Adeyemi ‘M’ aged 17years, a student of Offa grammar school, was believed to have hanged himself as a result of his failure to pass his promotion examination from SS1 to SS 2, which necessitated his being asked to repeat the class,” the statement read.

“Information was received by the Divisional Police Officer, Offa, at about 15:34 hours of 2/8/2022 to the effect that, a boy’s lifeless body was seen hanging on a tree behind Ariya garden hotel, Offa. A team of policemen from the divisional headquarters was swiftly drafted to the scene.

“The corpse of the deceased student was removed from a tree behind Ariya Garden Hotel, Offa, by a team of policemen from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Offa, at about 15.34 hours on Tuesday.

“The corpse was taken to the Offa General Hospital for autopsy, while an investigation has been launched into the matter.”

Meanwhile, the police PRO said the Command made a breakthrough in the arrest of one notorious cultist on the wanted list of the anti-cultism team at ACE Supermarket, Unity Road, when it accosted the cultist named Monday Ojoagbu.’

The wanted cult suspect and other members of his gang were said to be on a mission to carry out another gruesome attack on a yet-to-be-identified target.

While others escaped, the police spokesman said the leader was apprehended by the police at the supermarket where they were traced at about 6 pm on Tuesday.

He added: “In an attempt to arrest the suspect, while also avoiding likely collateral damage in the process of the arrest, it was difficult to simultaneously arrest the other members of his gang who escaped using customers of the supermarket as shields.

“Investigation of the matter is ongoing. One locally-made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from the suspect.”

He said efforts are in progress to arrest his fleeing accomplices, reiterating the commitment of the Commissioner of Police in the state, Tuesday Assayomo, to rid the north-central state of criminal activities.

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COP27: FG launches planting of 250,000 tree to fight Climate change



As part of it’s effort to fight the impacts of climate change in the country, Federal Government has launched a youth driven tree-planting project tagged ‘Project 250,000

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare disclosed this in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on the sidelines of the ongoing 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27).

Dare at the sideline event tagged “Youth and Climate Change” said the project will involve engaging 250,000 youths to plant 250,000 trees across the country in the first phase of the project.

After the evey, he  disclosed that the ministry was doing a lot to empower and get the vibrant Nigerian youths involved in the fight and awareness campaign about climate change.

”The project 250K is the Ministry of Youth Sports Development attempt to make sure that we bring onboard the youth of our country in the climate change action plan.

“This means we will be engaging 250, 000 youths across the country to plant 250,000 trees, then we can plant 50, 000.

The goal is to make sure that we are not just planting the trees but the awareness is generated, they plant the trees and also become ambassadors for climate change,” Dare said.

He said that the ministry is working closely with the ministry of environment and other strategic implementation partners in a Public Private Partnership to ensure the project is privately funded.

The minister explained that the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) is also on board to advice on the best trees to be planted in different parts of the country.

He assured that details of the project will be made public as soon as the strategic engagements are completed.

It will be recalled that the event tagged Nigerian ‘Youth and Climate Change: Harmonization of Nigerian Youth Climate Change efforts and Policy Development’ had officials from the Ministry of Environment, relevant agencies and youth groups.

The side event also provided platform for the ministry to build synergy with the various youth groups who have been working in silos, as the ministry seeks a comprehensive youth policy on climate change.

The COP 27 which began on Nov. 6 with world leaders and representatives from 198 countries and more than 30, 000 delegates will end on Nov. 18.

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