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2 professors fired in Nigerian university over sex for grade allegations

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Nigeria, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na-Allah has confirmed that two professors of the institution have been sacked over sex for grades allegations.

The Vice-Chancellor made the confirmation on Monday in New York as reported where he is on a two–day visit to meet with the University of Abuja Alumni Association, USA chapter.

Prof. Na-Allah called on the alumni body to channel more support for the institution. He also stressed that” female students needed to be protected.”

 “I have dismissed two professors since I became the vice-chancellor.”

“We cannot allow the lives of our students to be destroyed because most of the abuses destroy the lives of their victims.’’

The vice-chancellor said: ”it was sad to see some lecturers, who are supposed to be protecting the female students, become one of their problems.

“As I speak now, there are several investigations ongoing by a committee set up, addressing the problem,’’

Academic institutions in West Africa have increasingly been facing allegations of sexual harassment by lecturers. This type of abuse is said to be endemic, but it’s almost never proven. A documentary by the BBC in 2019 that went viral revealed the disturbing cases of lecturers making sexual advances to female students.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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