FG Appoints 13 University Vice Chancellors

Vice ChancellorsThe Federal Government has clarified the appointment of the Vice Chancellors of 12 federal universities that were established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

A statement signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and issued in Abuja says President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of the new Vice Chancellors due to the fact that the tenure of the Vice Chancellors being replaced had expired.

According to the statement, the VC of NOUN, Professor Tenebe was replaced with Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, while the substantive VC of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Professor Mohammed Kundiri, was transferred to the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.

A former Head, Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof Kayode Soremekun is the new VC of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, has Professor Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, as its new VC. Professor Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano, is the now VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.

A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Haruna Abdu Kaita, is the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Prof. Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University Of Jos (UNIJOS), will now function as VC, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.

Another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Abu, Zaria, Prof. Magaji Garba, has been appointed VC of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, while Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State, has been elevated to the position of VC of the institution.

A lecturer in the Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, will henceforth be the VC of same institution.

Professor Angela Miri of the Linguistics Department, UNIJOS, is the new VC of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State, now has Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Post-Graduate School, Imo State University, Owerri, as its VC, while Professor Seth Jaja of the Department of Management, University Of Port Harcourt, is now the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State‎.

FG Sacks 13 University Vice Chancellors

asup sacked Vice ChancellorsThe Federal Government of Nigeria has sacked Vice Chancellors (VC) of 12 Federal Universities that were established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Also affected by the sack is the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe.

A statement on Sunday by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, did not give any reason for the sacking of the affected Vice Chancellors but simply said that President Muahammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of new Vice Chancellors for the affected universities with effect from February 12, 2016

According to the statement, the VC of NOUN, Professor Tenebe, was replaced with Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, while the substantive VC of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Professor Mohammed Kundiri, was transferred to the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.

A former Head, Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Kayode Soremekun, was made the new VC of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, has Professor Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, as its new VC; Professor Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano, is the now VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.

A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Haruna Abdu Kaita, was named the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Professor Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University of Jos (UNIJOS) became the VC of the Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.

Another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, ABU, Zaria, Professor Magaji Garba, was appointed VC of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State while Professor Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the Institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State, was elevated to the position of VC of the institution.

A lecturer in the Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, is now the VC of same institution.

Professor Angela Miri of the Linguistics Department, UNIJOS, was made the VC of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State, now has Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Post-Graduate School, Imo State University, Owerri, as its VC, while Professor Seth Jaja of the Department of Management, University of Port Harcourt, is now the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State‎

Students Go On Rampage In Afe Babalola University

afe babalolaSome students in Afe Babalola University who were confirmed not doing well academically by the school authority and not prepared to improve on their academic performance on Sunday night embarked on a violent protest for not allowing them into the examination hall.

Speaking with newsmen in the campus, the Chairman of the Planning and Implementation Committee of Afe Babalola University, Professor Isaac Orubuloye explained the reasons behind the protest.

“The regulation of the university is that if you don’t attend classes 90% of the period, you will not be allowed to write exams. If you don’t register for examination, you will not be allowed to write exams.

“We have decided this time around to implement these policies to the letter. So, all students that ran afoul of these two provisions were denied from entering the examination and I think that is one of the remote causes of what has happened.

“Quite a number of them couldn’t write exams and there is no way they could explain to their parents that they were in school and they did not write examination.”

He also condemned the violent turn of events. He said that the protest was out of line as property worth millions of naira have been destroyed by the protesters.

“They went beyond ordinary protest. When people started to loot in the shops, then that becomes a crime – a serious crime.

“They looted some shops, damaged some vehicles and those things have nothing to do with their protest,” he said.

He, however, assured all parents and stakeholders to be calm as the situation was under control and calm has since returned to the university.

We Do Not Carry Arms, Shiite Spokesman Says

ShiiteThe Acting Spokesman of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, has insisted that the Nigerian Army is to blame for the crisis between the Shiite sect and soldiers in Kaduna.

Mr Musa was the guest of Sunrise Daily on Channels Television where he relayed what transpired on Saturday, December 12, between members of the sect and soldiers which initially led to the killing of seven persons.

He explained that trouble started when the sect members felt uncomfortable with the presence of soldiers on a day they were having their procession, recalling that soldiers had opened fire on them in a similar situation in 2014.

“Last year the soldiers opened fire on the Muslim brothers while they were doing a Quds Day rally. So with this in mind the brothers told them that it is not proper for them to be stationed just opposite the Hosenia and they asked them to move back.

“When the soldiers who were many in number, decided to move back, then the brothers started thinking that they had gone to bring more reinforcement; that was when the crisis started.

“It was then that the Army Chief’s convoy came and the brothers were not comfortable with what might transpire. After some negotiation with both sides, they then started opening fire and killed seven people on the spot and they got passage after dispersing the brothers.

“What surprised us is when the Army Chief had passed, why should they come back and lay siege on the Hosenia? They also went to the residence of our leader, Sheik Ibrahim Zak-Kaky and this confrontation went on right from 1pm on that beautiful Saturday down till Sunday morning,” he said.

The spokesman accused the Army of killing several members of the Shiites sect and using grenades during the onslaught.

Machete Is Not A Weapon

Mr Musa also exonerated the sect members from initiating the violence that has left several people dead.

“Our Muslim brothers, right from our history in the movement for the past 40 years, it is known that we have never taken any arms, we have never attacked anybody. We are only trying to make people understand the true teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (s.a.a.w.).

“We don’t carry arms and even the soldiers confessed that they didn’t see any gun or something of that nature. They only saw catapult and other local tools like machetes,” he said debunking claims that the sect members used petrol bombs to attack the soldiers.

“We have never made any petrol bombs but machetes. Who hasn’t any machetes in his house? Machete is just what you use in cutting something that is strong. So I see no reason why machete should be termed as a weapon, machete is not a weapon.

“How can you compare a gun and a machete? It’s just ridiculous, it’s not possible, we haven’t ever used any petrol bomb throughout our 40 years in this movement, and we have never carried arms.

“So they are just trying to make it up that we are the ones who attacked them and it’s ridiculous to say we tried to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff.”

Ulterior Motives

He also accused the Army of having ulterior motives, claiming that there must have been a plan to attack the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

“If there was no ulterior motives, after the passage of the Chief of Army Staff, they might have taken us to the Police or they should call higher authorities then the matter could be discussed and we can identify what the cause of the problem was but they did not stop there. They came back encircling the Hosenia and killed thousands of people there.

“In the mortuary of the Ahmadu Bello University hospital, it was confirmed to us that about 800 corpses were there before they took them yesterday.

“If it is just a matter of passage, it is a small issue but they encircled the place and went after the Sheik, which means it has already been planned that they want to attack the whole movement itself.”

 

Shiites Reject FG’s Investigative Panel, Demand Fresh One

kaduna-ShiiteMembers of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have kicked against the composition of an investigative panel of enquiry into the recent clash between their members and soldiers in Zaria, which left scores of their members dead.

The members, in a statement through their spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, expressed lack of confidence in the constituted panel being headed by the Area Police Commander.

The Shiites said that the Area Commander, being of a junior officer when compared to the perpetrators of the attack on their members, might not be fair to all parties, since the matter involveed a high ranking officer of a Lt. General.

They also expressed sadness over the inability of the Interior Minister, LT General Abdulrahaman Dambazau, to visit injured members who were being treated in the Hospital, during his visit to Zaria.

The sect, however, demanded that a high powered investigative panel be constituted, which would be headed by a high ranking officer. They also demanded a leader whose members would cut across human rights organisations and other highly respected elder statesmen.

Part of their statement read: “The Army authorities today evacuated the corpses they deposited at the morgue of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital and buried them in unknown mass graves.

“This is a very unfortunate episode in the massacre of innocent Muslims conducted by the Nigerian Army.

“How can people whose parents and relatives are all known be buried without proper Islamic burial? This is against all known Islamic laws and principles and even the international laws. The Nigerian Army has desecrated our dead.

“We hereby demand the location of the mass burial, and the interrogation of those who ordered the operation”.

Early this week the Federal Government sent a high powered delegation led by the Interior Minister, General Dambazau to assess the situation.

Kaduna Police Arrest 31 Robbery Suspects, Recover 8 Vehicles

policeThe Kaduna State Police Command has arrested 31 armed robbery suspects who specialize in snatching of cars, motorcycles and women handbags.

The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command, Umar Shehu,  said an AK47 rifle, four bareta pistols, four single barrel short guns, five single barrel long guns, 39 rounds of live ammunition and 92 live cartridges were recovered from them.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the suspects were arrested in Zaria, Kafanchan and Kaduna, the state capital, by operatives of the Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB), during a stop and search operation and cross fire, following a tip-off from members of the public.

During the operation, a total number of 8 vehicles of various kinds including a Prado jeep, 14 motorcycles were also recovered from the robbers.

Mr Shehu noted ed that the arrests were made within this month of May, 2015.

According to the Commissioner, the suspects usually take their stolen vehicles to Niger Republic, where they sell them to their accomplices, adding that the command is working closely with the Interpol in Niger Republic to track down stolen vehicles and their buyers.

Other arrests made by the command include 16 members of a suspected terrorist group known as ‘Sara- Suka in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of the state, where they have been attacking residents and later killed a middle aged man, injuring two others.

Mr Shehu however reiterated that the command would not relent in its fight against criminals and criminality throughout the state, urging car owners to come to the command with their vehicle papers to claim their vehicles.

One of the robbery suspects, Ibrahim Kabir, who is a 20 year old boy and a 200 level Accountancy student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, confessed to the crime.

Kabir narrated how he got  involved in the crime and however begged for forgiveness. He also disclosed how they sold the stolen vehicles at giveaway prices.

 

Ebola: US Asks Nigeria To Assist Other West African Countries

EbolaUnited States’ Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has appealed to the Nigerian Government to assist other West African countries grappling with the containment of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease in their country.

According to her, the Nigerian Government has better effective strategies for the containment and management of the virus than other West African countries like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

She made her plea after meeting with Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, in Abuja on Thursday.

Thomas-Greenfield was on an official visit to Nigeria to attend a security meeting, as well as discuss issues on health and the 2015 general elections in Nigeria.

Port Harcourt Woman Died Of Cardiac Ailment Not Ebola – Commissioner

EbolaThe Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Samson Parker, has revealed that the elderly woman who passed on in the state, died of a cardiovascular ailment and not the Ebola virus as earlier suspected.

Dr. Parker made this disclosure on Thursday morning at a breifing with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The woman was said to have shared the same hospital room with the late Dr. Iyke Enemuo, who treated the Nigerian ECOWAS diplomat in Port Harcourt, prior to his (Enemuo) death from EVD.

The late woman was quarantined with a doctor and a pharmacist, who were staff of late Enemuo’s health facility, Sam Steel Clinic.

However, following several tests, it was discovered that they were free from Ebola and were given a clean bill of health, although they were still under medical surveillance.

Thursday’s disclosure by the Health Commissioner puts to rest what was feared to be the seventh Ebola fatality to be recorded in the country.

Suspected Kaduna Ebola Patient Tests Negative

EbolaThe 19-year old Law student of the Ahmadu Bello University [ABU] suspected to manifest some symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease [EVD] on Tuesday, has been confirmed to be negative to the virus.

This was after his blood was taken for test in Lagos on Tuesday, and the result rests the fear that the virus had spread to the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Thot Dogo, told Channels Television correspondent on telephone that the patient was suffering from Dengue fever, a viral disease that exhibits similar symptoms with Ebola and HIV.

He pointed out that the disease is not airborne but can be classified as a killer disease, and stated that the patient would be discharged as soon as he is certified fit by the hospital.

The Kaduna State Government had sent the patient’s blood to Lagos for testing after the University authorities disclosed that he manifested some symptoms of Ebola virus while on admission at the Teaching Hospital.

Four ABU Lecturers Die In Auto Crash

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria has been thrown into a mourning mood following the death of its four lecturers in a car accident on the Abuja-Kaduna highway on Friday night.

The lecturers, it was learnt, were returning to Zaria after a function in Abuja when they met their untimely death.

Those who died include Professor Samuel Kafewo, Dr Martins Anyegba, Nana Aisha Ali, and another yet to be identified person.

One of the victims, Professor Jenkeri Okwori is said to be critically injured, according to the Head of Directorate of Public Affairs, ABU, Dr. Ismail Shehu, who confirmed the incident to reporters.

All of them were Development Communication experts and also lecturers at the ABU’s Department of Theatre and Performing Arts.