…As Specialist recommends regular check on ears to curb Deafness***
An Iwo Road Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Friday denied bail to six secondary school students who were alleged to have raped a female colleague.
The students: Akeem Abee, 17, Olaiya Faruq, 16, Kazeem Awal, 16, Ajao Waris, 17, Alamu Boluwatife, 17, and Dauda Mubarak, 17, are facing trial for conspiracy and rape.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Oladiran, said the magistrate court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case.
Oladiran said : ” We all have powers; the issue of their age range of between 16 and 17 years is very important.
” If we have a very good correctional centre for minors where they can be corrected, they would have been held there.
” Even though the defendants are minors, they are to be remanded at Agugu police station pending receipt of legal advice from the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution,” he said.
The magistrate , thereafter, adjourned the matter till Dec 13 for mention.
Earlier, the defence counsel, Mrs Christy Gbadeyanka, had asked the court to take the pleas of the defendants and grant them bail, citing some precedents.
She argued that defendants were minors and keeping them with criminals would affect them negatively.
Gbadeyanka said the defendants had learnt their lesson while in the police custody.
She added that the defendants would not jump bail if released to reliable sureties, adding that the sureties would ensure they were available for their trial.
The defence counsel also submitted that the defendants were first time offenders and had no previous criminal records.
At the arraignment of the students, the Prosecutor, ASP Sunday Ogunremi, had alleged that the defendants on Nov. 17 at 6.00pm at Lagelu Grammar School, Ibadan, had unlawful carnal knowledge of one female student.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 516 and 485 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
In the meantime, Dr Patrick Odumuh, an Otolaryngologist, an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist at
National Hospital, Abuja, has advised Nigerians to always go for routine medical check-up of their ears to avoid deafness.
Odumuh said on Friday in Abuja that regular check-up could also prevent an ear ailment symptom known as tinnitus.
Otolaryngologists diagnose, manage and treat disorders of the head and neck, including the ears, nose, throat, sinuses, voice box (larynx) and other structures.
The specialist, however, said that “tinnitus is usually characterised by the perception of noise in which a person hears a cricket-like ringing or noise in one or both ears.”
He said tinnitus is also a perception of noise or ringing in the ears, and a common thing among people.
He added that “tinnitus is not an ailment in itself, but a symptom of an underlying ear problem.”
The ENT specialist said that such symptomatic signs and other ear infections, especially those caused by noise pollution,
could be detected early in the cause of medical check-up.
“The sound may be in one or both ears and it is usually accompanied by pain in the ear, which cuts across age but occurs mostly in adults and as one progresses in age.
“It is caused by accumulated ear wax, infections, continuous exposure to loud noise and age-related hearing loss.”
Odumuh warned against removing earwax frequently, noting that wax protects the ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria.
He said when earwax accumulated for long, it could become hard to wash away naturally, and later result in tinnitus.
He identified other factors that could cause ear problems, which, he said, lately increased the number of patients visiting hospitals, as noise exposure from places of worship, industrial machines, generating sets, loud music and continuous use of head phones.
Odumuh, however, advised sufferers who had visited ear specialists to adhere strictly to the therapies and medications given to them.