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How Prof. Eyitope Ogunmodede, OAU VC Is Thwarting Prof. Agboola's Dream Of Becoming Dean Faculty Of Administration

SAHARA REPORTERS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:52


Professor Eyitope Ogunmodede, the vice chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, has resolved to scuttle the assumption of Professor A. A. Agboola into office as the duly elected Dean of the Faculty of Administration having polled the highest number of votes cast at the election SaharaReporters can confirm.

The position of the dean was contested for on the 14th of May, 2018 and it had witnessed the emergence of Agboola as the Dean-elect of the faculty. This was adopted and approved by the Faculty board of administration on the 2nd of July, 2018 and subsequently by the University Senate on the 23rd of July, 2018 without any controversy.

With this verified event, it, however, turned out that the professor’s name was not included in the list of newly elected Deans presented at the Senate Meeting held two months after the said faculty election.

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When the school Registrar was contacted for clarification on the omission of Agboola's name from  the list, he said Agboola’s co-contestant had dropped a letter of protest challenging the process of the election on the basis of proxy.

This complaint was, however, made more than 70 days after the election was held contrary to the university regulations governing it that any individual having complaints as regards any appointed proxy should lodge such a complaint not later than forty-eight hours after the election has been held.

The vice chancellor not oblivious to this rule confirmed the information given by the registrar.

He later proceeded to inform the senate of the substance of the allegation submitted concluding that a legal opinion had been sought but the said legal opinion was not disclosed on the senate floor.

The reported substance of the protest was that a duly-listed member of the Faculty board of administration representing the Dean of Education whose membership was approved by the faculty and the Senate gave a proxy, which in the opinion of the protester was appendix I of the university law.

In reaction to this, the Registrar in his report had said that he could not locate any defect in what has been done, neither is he convinced that a cognate Dean or his representative as already approved by the Faculty Board enjoys a lesser status as Member of the faculty board to such extent that he or she could not exercise the right to vote by proxy as provided for in the regulation 4(1) and 4(7) of the University Law.

The legal unit of the university also wrote that the election conducted for the Dean of the Faculty of Administration on 14thof May, 2018 cannot be vitiated by the singular act of Dr. Adediwura appointing a proxy on who attended the meeting of the board and voted on his behalf notwithstanding that the said proxy was a candidate in the election (Appendix II).

Despite this overwhelming reason contradicting the allegation made, the vice chancellor still insisted that the protest be taken back to the faculty for resolution while he unprecedentedly and unlawfully appointed Prof. M.L. Nassar, the most senior professor in the Faculty as the acting dean of the faculty on the 2nd of August, 2018.

After an unsuccessful attempt to hold a meeting to consider and take a decision on the directive of the vice chancellor, the acting Dean of the Faculty called for another meeting and logically concluding that there was nothing awkward with the process and conduct of the Deanship election that was held on the 14th of May, 2018 while considering the protest in all ramification.

The Board unanimously, went ahead to recommend to the school management to allow the duly elected Dean, Prof. A. A. Agboola, to assume office without any further delay as the 19th Dean of the Faculty of Administration  for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic session. However, the university management failed to adhere to the decision made by the board.

Despite several appeals made to the vice chancellor and the university management as a whole, they have condescending failed to acknowledge the lawful mandate given to Prof. A. A. Agboola by the people of the Faculty of Administration.

All attempts to reach the vice chancellor and his public relations officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, on the matter proved abortive.

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EFCC arrests eight suspected internet fraudsters

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:34

EFCC says it recovered exotic cars, phones, and laptops from the suspects.

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JUST IN: Hours after FRSC officials kidnap, two villagers abducted

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:15

The incident occurred on Monday evening in Obokun Local Government Area of the state.

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Minister inaugurates housing estate in Bakassi, Cross River

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:13

The government says the houses are for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Bakassi LGA.

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Tribunal rejects PDP candidate’s plea to recount ballot papers in Edo

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:58

The tribunal ruled that there was no provision in the Electoral Act as amended for the recounting of ballot papers after the declaration of election results.

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Kaduna fire service records 22 deaths in four months

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:54

In the course of responding to the distress calls, 64 persons were rescued alive.

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Cosafa Cup: Angola withdrawal weakens tournament further

BBC NEWS AFRICA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:42
Angola become the second Africa Cup of Nations-bound sides, with Madagascar, to withdraw from southern Africa's Cosafa Cup.

Hundreds protest as Indonesia confirms president’s re-election

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:37

A relaxed-looking Mr Widodo pledged on Tuesday to be a leader for all Indonesians.

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FG to hand over 9 irrigation systems to Sokoto Rima River basin

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:32

Benefiting states have been urged to take ownership of the projects and ensure that security of water infrastructure was made a top priority.

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Jigawa Govt releases N192m for improvement of Dutse water supply

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:24

The aim is to ensure constant flow of clean water to all houses in the state capital, in line with the priorities of the state government.

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What Did Naira Marley Do To Warrant All The Security?, Daddy Showkey Asks EFCC

SAHARA REPORTERS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:06


Veteran Nigerian singer Daddy Showkey has again called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to leave Nigerian Singer Azeez Fashola better known as Naira Marley and go after individuals that have looted the country's money.

The singer had earlier begged the EFCC to have mercy and release Naira Marley.

READ Daddy Showkey Begs EFCC To Show Naira Marley Mercy

However, his plea fell on deaf ears as the singer was arraigned yesterday at the Federal High Court,  Ikoyi, Lagos before Hon. Justice I. Nicholas Oweibo who ordered that the singer be remanded in prison till May 30, when is bail application will be heard.

READ BREAKING: Naira Marley Pleads 'Not Guilty', To Be Remanded In EFCC Custody Until May 30

At his arraignment yesterday, Naira Marley was guarded by security officials attached to the EFCC but the sight of the security operatives did not go down well with Daddy Showkey who took to his Instagram handle today to express his displeasure.

Speaking in a mix of Pidgin and English, he said: "Many things I saw yesterday made me laugh. What did Naira Marley do to warrant all the security? All the people wey be threats to our society, they never do them like this oh.

“This boy is a small boy, all of us know what we did while we were young. One day, your own will come. Don’t think because you are in power now, you will be using your position anyhow.

“I have talked and begged EFCC to give this boy another chance but you refused, they do like say na him thief Nigeria money.

“All the people that stole Nigeria money, what have you done to them? Yet you are treating Marley like a slave.

“Weytin this boy do self wey we never see before, na him kill people with Bomb? Na him thief Nigeria money? Yeye dey Smell.”

 

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Nollywood, Hollywood team up in new movie “Shadow Parties’’

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:26

The movie has already gone through the post-production stage and is sponsored by Media Concept Studio.

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Prof. Adewole, Nigeria's Health Minister, Appears Before Senate

SAHARA REPORTERS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:24


Professor Isaac Adewole, Nigeria's Minister of Health has appeared before the Nigeria Senate to explain the poor state of teaching hospitals in the country.

Adewole was summoned by the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly following a motion by Senator David Umaru (APC-Niger) at plenary on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, to brief it on the current state of facilities and health care services in the teaching hospitals.

Umar noted that most teaching hospitals in the country are not up to standard and have been overstretched with patients having to sleep on bare floors due to lack of space and proper medical equipment needed for their treatment.

Receiving Adewole at the Senate Chamber, Bukola Saraki, Senate President, noted that the Senate is concerned with the deteriorating conditions of hospitals and health facilities across the country and inability to improve the standard of the health sector despite the annual budget being made available to the ministry.

“We would give you the opportunity to take the floor to brief the Senate on the state of affairs of the Nigerian Teaching Hospitals. We are concerned with the deteriorating conditions of our hospital facilities across the country.

“Despite the annual budgetary allocation to the health sector, Nigerians are still dying because of obsolete equipment, the poor state of infrastructure, lack of generating sets, lack of power, sometimes lack of diesel, lack of drugs etc which we are very concerned about," Saraki said.

Saraki tasked Adewole to avail the Senate what solutions and measures he would employ to tackle the problem affecting the entire country.

 

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Africa Cup of Nations: South Africa wait on passports for players

BBC NEWS AFRICA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:11
South Africa coach Stuart Baxter is waiting on passports for two players to join up with his 30-man provisional squad.

Saraki Disowns NASS Clerk Over Draconian Guidelines For Journalists' Accreditation, Promises Investigation

SAHARA REPORTERS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:07


Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate, has dissociated himself from the decision of the management of the National Assembly led by the Clerk, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, to impose draconian conditions on journalists seeking to cover the activities of the Ninth Assembly.

Saraki, in a statement on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on New Media, Olu Onemola, stated that he remained committed to the freedom of the press.

The statement explained that Saraki has always been at the  forefront of the campaign for the freedom of the press as only true freedom of members of the fourth estate of the realm can ensure accountability and promote transparency.

READ NASS Management, Saraki Move To Gag Journalists, Issue Stringent Guidelines For Press Accreditation

The President of the Senate, therefore, vowed to institute and probe into the idea behind the guidelines because neither himself nor the Speaker,  House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara,  were aware of it.

The statement read,  “The attention of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has just been drawn to a story that is circulating on social media about the National Assembly issuing new guidelines to journalists.

“These alleged guidelines have not emanated from either the Senate President or the Speaker and will be promptly investigated.

“The public should note that the Eight National Assembly has been committed to the freedom of the press as exemplified by its work to bring governance closer to the people through live streams and live tweets.

“This is because the leadership of the 8th National Assembly believes strongly in the freedom of the press and in carrying the Nigerian public along.

“Hence, the Senate President and all his colleagues will continue to work to ensure that these freedoms remain unhindered,” Onemola said.

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Self-driving trucks begin mail delivery test for U.S. Postal Service

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:03

The trucks will travel on major interstates and pass through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

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Group Asks Dokubo To 'Step Aside', Calls On Buhari To Order Investigation Into Looting Of N60bn Amnesty Training And Vocational Centre

SAHARA REPORTERS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:32



Protesters of the Concerned Niger Deltans for Sustainable Development

Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, was again rocked by protest against the vandalisation and looting of the N60 billion Amnesty Training and Vocational Centre located at Kaima community in Bayelsa State.

The protesters, under the aegis of the Concerned Niger Deltans for Sustainable Development, made up of women, aged and youths, said the repeated protests against the looting that lasted for  five days at the vocational centre last year, was a deliberate mockery of the anti-corruption stance of President Muhammadu Buhari by the Presidential Amnesty Committee led by Professor Charles Dokubo.

The protesters, 'armed' with placards with inscriptions such as “Mr. President, Dokubo is a disgrace to anti-corruption stance”. “Order criminal investigation now”, "Step Aside NOW! Dokubo is a disgrace”, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the stepping aside of Professor Charlse Dokubo in order to allow for a criminal investigation to commence into the outrageous looting.

READ ALSO Leaked Audio Exposes Amnesty Boss Dokubo's Plans To 'Steal' N4.88bn

Comrade Okpokeme Waripamowei who spoke to newsmen in Yenagoa on behalf of the group, asked President Buhari to probe the fake supply contracts, public funds stealing, fraud and corruption at the Amnesty office.

They also asked the President to request that Professor Charles Dokubo present his hand over note and step aside from office, “Professor Dokubo has openly mocked and laughed at President Buhari’s anti-corruption war and Nigerians are waiting for your response. Professor Dokubo has awarded over N13billion in false supply contracts to his front companies and arranged for the five days of uninterrupted looting of the N60billion vocational facilities.”

Protesters of the Concerned Niger Deltans for Sustainable Development Sahara Reporters Media

“Mr. President, rather than to allow the Police to investigate the looting of the N60 billion complex, Prof. Dokubo inaugurated a fact-finding committee headed by Brig-Gen. Sotunde Songonuga (retd). Other members of the committee are Mr. Dodoye Arikpo of the Department of State Services (DSS), Barrister Paddy Ogon, a Chief Superintendent of Police, Mrs. Ene Cynthia Ogbe, Pastor Reuben Wilson. Mr. Unyime Eyo to serve as Secretary.

“We had earlier this year, staged a similar protest on the 13th March 2019 with the revealation that the External Auditing Committee inaugurated by Prof. Dokubo found thirty (30) companies used in perpetrating contract frauds worth billions of naira. Prof. Dokubo was hurriedly informed by his cronies that the External Committee found incriminating information and fraudulent activities against him, and he must dissolve the committee with urgency.

“In a Panic-Mood, Prof. Dokubo dissolved the External Auditing Committee on 14th March 2019 and set-up a new committee headed by the Director of Procurement, Mr. Musa Odiniya who is the brain behind the entire fraud and fake supplies contracts scam in the Amnesty office to oversee and investigate his own department for fraud in an effort to cover-up for Prof. Dokubo. This is the same Director of Procurement, Mr. Musa Odiniya that orchestrated all the contract fraud and public funds stealing perpetrated by the former Amnesty Boss.

“Prof. Dokubo is presently using Amnesty funds to recruit and pay thugs and some myopic youths and elders across the Niger Delta region to stage a Protest across the region in support of his fraudulent activities to enable him to remain in office as the Amnesty Coordinator.

“Prof. Dokubo directed the Head of the Boro-Town Vocational Training Center, Mr. Jude Gbaboyor to open the warehouse where supplied items are kept, and they arranged with hoodlums to cart away items previously supplied to cover-up their fraud.

"The move is to enable Dokubo, his front men and the director of procurement, and other senior management staff in the Amnesty office to claim that the N13billion worth of supplied items have been stolen by hoodlums”. 
 

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Cameroonian Maid Who Killed Boss In Lagos Sentenced To Death By Hanging

SAHARA REPORTERS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:21



Ebun's mother at her graveside



The Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has sentenced a Cameroonian maid, Leudjoe Koyemen Joel, to death for murdering her Nigerian employer, Mrs Dayo Adeleke.

Delivering the judgement on Tuesday, two years and five months after the crime, Justice Adedayo Akintoye convicted Joel and ordered that he be hanged to death.

Justice Adebayo said, the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt a count of murder pressed by the state against the Cameroonian.

Ebun's mother at her graveside Kemi Filani
They family of late Dayo Adeleke in a statement welcomed the judgment. 

It reads: “On the night of 20th December 2016, we received the news that our daughter, sister, and friend Dayo Enioluwa Adeleke, was brutally slaughtered in cold blood whilst defenceless and in the solace of her own home by her Cameroonian domestic help, Joel Ledjou

“Words cannot adequately describe the complete and utter devastation and sorrow that her senseless murder has caused in our lives.

“Joel had just been employed two months prior to the murder of Dayo. Dayo’s usual empathy and the need to help a ‘poor refugee’ as described by the pastor who referred him to Dayo from Mountain of Solution Ministries,  led to her employing him.

“It’s ironic that the person she employed, out of her compassion, turned round and snuffed out her life in one senseless act of greed.

“Her supposed ‘offence’ to warrant being murdered by him was that she had not obliged him a two-week salary advance which he requested earlier that morning. The reward for Dayo’s kindness was death!

“Joel robbed Dayo of marriage, motherhood and longevity, a painful fact that still hurts us as a family each and every day.

“The Nigeria Police worked tirelessly in investigating the matter and the Ministry of Justice, Lagos State, in turn, has worked diligently in prosecuting the matter in court.

“Today, Tuesday, May 21, 2019,  two years and five months after the murder, Justice Akintoye, sitting at the Criminal Division of the High Court of Lagos State delivered her judgment and found Joel Ledjou guilty of murder and sentenced him to death by hanging.

“This murderer who robbed Dayo of marriage, motherhood, and longevity.

“Though still heartbroken over the loss of Dayo, we are somewhat consoled that justice has finally been served. Our beloved Dayo can now rest peacefully in the knowledge that her perpetrator received the full weight of the Law for her murder.

“Dayo, our light, you will never be forgotten. You are always and forever in our hearts. Your legacy lives on through all of us who remain.”

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