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UK announces temporary suspension of walk-in service in Nigeria

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The United Kingdom Mission in Nigeria has announced a temporary suspension of the Flexi Appointment, known as the walk-in service, at its Visa Application Centres.

In a statement on Monday, the mission noted that the move was to ensure the safety of its customers who stand outside the VAC.

The Mission added that visa applicants will not be attended to should they appear before their appointment date.

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The statement read in part, “To protect the safety of customers waiting outside of our Visa Application Centres, the Flexi Appointment (walk-in) service has been temporarily suspended. You will not be able to book one of these appointments online or by turning up at the VAC. If you have already paid for this service (before 10 January) then you can still benefit from this.

“You should not attend the VAC until it is your allocated appointment time, or you have been contacted by TLS to collect your passport. Visa customers who turn up at the VAC significantly before their appointment will be asked to leave and return at the correct date and time.”

The UK Mission, however, stated that there would be exceptions for serious cases such as health emergencies, which would be on a case by case basis.

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The statement added that applications for student visas are being processed within the normal time frame.

“Where there are extremely compassionate or compelling circumstances (for example, a medical emergency), UKVI may consider expediting specific cases. However, the bar for this is high and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

“We are aware that large numbers of prospective students are queuing outside of the Visa Application Centre to try and secure a visa appointment. Student applications are being processed within the customer service standard of 15 working days,”the statement added.

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NUT strike: Niger pupils still home two weeks after resumption

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Almost two weeks after resumption in other states, pupils in Niger State are yet to resume with no hope at when the impasses between the Niger State Government and Nigerian Union of Teachers would be over.

While parents expressed worries over their wards’ inability to resume school as a result of the sit-at-home directive issued by the NUT to its members over the government’s refusal to stop the percentage payment of salaries, the state government and the union seem not to be making headway in resolving the conflict.

Our correspondent spoke to some parents who were of the impression that the state government was not being sincere with the way they are handling the situation, claiming that the state government didn’t take the issue seriously as it spent money on other things that didn’t match up with education.

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A parent, Musa Sale, whose child is in primary school said he didn’t understand why the issue cannot be resolved once and for all.

“This problem has been on for a long time and I wonder why the government doesn’t want to pay them their full salaries. How can someone be working and he is being paid part of his salary when it is not as if he is under punishment for defaulting?”

Another parent, identified as Christopher, accused the government of insincerity in the impasse saying, “I know that if the government wants this issue resolved, it will be resolved swiftly because they have their way around things but you can see that they don’t want it resolved. If not, in a matter of hours, the issue would be over”.

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Most of the women were worried about their children seeing other children in private schools go to school while they stay at home doing nothing.

“I am just worried that while my neighbours children are going to school, mine will be seating at home and missing out on schoolwork,” a parent, identified simply as Agnes said.

When contacted on the fate of the pupils, the chairman of the NUT, Akayago Mohammed, referred our correspondent to the outcome of a communique from the State Wing Executive Council meeting which held in Minna on Monday which insisted that there would be no resumption until the government made commitments to reverse the percentage payment.

At the time of filing this report, the state Commissioner for education, Hannatu Salisu, did not pick up her calls nor did she respond to a message sent to her by our correspondent.

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Two arrested as Ogun student, parents hire thugs to assault teachers

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A secondary school student, Joshua Joseph, and his mother reportedly hired some thugs, invaded the Toyon High School, Ere, Ado-Odo, in the Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State and brutalised three teachers.

The assault on teachers happened a few weeks after the mandatory undertaking forms were recently signed by parents, as part of the efforts to curb the act assault in the state.

Our correspondent gathered that in the last quarter of 2021, more than four teachers were beaten by their students, majorly in connivance with hoodlums.

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And on Tuesday, the act reared its ugly head when the student and his mother invaded the school with hired thugs and inflicted injuries on three teachers.

It was gathered that Joseph had earlier been prevented from entering the class because of his hairstyle.

A teacher identified as Mr. Kabir Azeez had told the student to go and cut his hair before entering the classroom.

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But, Joseph was said to have returned to the school with his mum and the thugs, who attacked the teachers.

An eyewitness said, “Three teachers were beaten – Messrs Abel Thomas, Kabir Azeez and Adegun Adekunle. The car that was destroyed belongs to Mr. Jolayemi Jeromu. One of the thugs, Posu Baale, was the one who smashed the car’s windscreen.”

The Vice-Principal, Mariam Onilogbo, confirmed the development.

She said, “On Monday, we asked our student to go and cut his hair because the hair he brought to school was not acceptable in the school. Yesterday (Tuesday), he came again with that same hair and we told him to go and cut the hair.

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“I collected his bag and told him to come back after cutting the hair. Coming back to school, he came with two men and two women to accuse us that why should we ask him to go and cut his hair.

“I told them that if we cannot tell him to cut his hair, all of them should leave my office. I gave them his bag and told them to go and be teaching him at home.

“They went out and I started to hear noises within the school premises. They started beating the teachers. They smashed the windscreen of a car parked within the school.

“Yesterday evening, they came to our quarters again, claiming that we stole their phone. They almost attacked us. We told them their phone is not with us. They came to meet us again this morning, but we thank God no one was attacked again.”

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The Vice Principal added that the mother and one of the thugs have been arrested by the police.

It was gathered that the teachers invited the police after locking up the suspects in the computer room.

Confirming the incident, the Police Command in the state said the parents of the students have been arrested.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

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According to him, the couple, Oyedele Nutai Joseph, and his wife, Elizabeth Joseph ,were on the 18th of January 2022, arrested by men of Ogun state police command for unlawfully invading the school.

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