The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, has refuted claims of an alleged assault by police officers from his command on Professor Sunday Edeko, the Dean of Faculty of Law, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.
Addressing journalists at the state headquarters in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Mr Gwandu said the publications making the rounds on social media, cast aspersions on the current reforms by the Nigeria Police Force,especially in the area of human rights.
He recounted the police’ version of the events that led to the publications in the newspapers and online media on Friday April 14, 2017.
According to the Force, Professor Sunday Edeko had interfered with a police operation being carried out in Ekpoma, Edo state on March 13 2017.
“This same lecturer was coming from nowhere and he blocked the vehicle of the police, the police did not say anything to him, he said he must know why they are arresting that person. The suspect was not his relation, I doubt if he was even his student but he was exchanging altercation with my policemen. My policemen did not molest him.”
The CP also confirmed that a letter of apology was written and signed by the professor, which he (the CP), read during the briefing.
“I write to apologise over the incident that happened in Ekpoma on the 13th March 2017. I wish to say that it was not my intention at all to obstruct law enforcement being involved in law and order enforcing. Thank you, yours faithfully Sunday Edeko.”
Administrators of tertiary institutions across Nigeria have been advised to seek ingenious ways of sustaining their development institutions in the face of the current economic challenges.
This emerged at the 20th convocation ceremony of the Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, in Edo state where the economic climate of the nation was assessed.
The University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ignatius Onimawo, said about 8,692 graduates on Saturday, bagged diplomas and first degrees, while also disclosing that 136 academic staff, 276 senior non-teaching staff and 443 junior staff had been promoted.
Chairman of Channels Media Group, John Momoh was also awarded an honourary doctorate of Business Administration, for his outstanding achievements in the broadcast industry in Africa.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole who was also present, stressed the need for Nigeria to re-order its priorities, such that the education system never fails.
The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar urged the graduates to always look around for a problem they could solve, assuring them that by so doing, “they would never be poor”.
The Edo State Police Command has arrested five persons connected with the kidnap and killing of Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, Paul Erie, of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in Igbanke community Edo State.
In an interview with Channels Television, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, confirmed that his command had been on the trail of the kidnappers since the abduction of two Chinese nationals in the same area.
He said that the Police would soon catch up with other members of the gang still on the run.
The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has emerged as the new Chairman of the South South Governors Forum following a meeting which is recorded as the first to be held shortly after the unveiling of the Calabar International Convention Center.
The governors of the BRACED Commission unanimously endorsed the Edo State Governor following his wealth of experience which other South South state governors believe can be beneficial to the region.
Adams Oshiomhole, speaking after unveiling the Calabar International Convention Center in Cross River State, South South Nigeria, described the center as beautiful image to Nigeria’s Tourism Sector.
Speaking on the importance of the 5,000 Capacity Calabar International Convention Center to the South South region, the new Chairman described the edifice as a well packaged parting gift from Liyel Imoke to not just Cross River State but the South South region and Nigeria as a whole.
The Comrade, who was overwhelmed by the project, described Liyel Imoke as a silent achiever in spite of the financial constraints the state is faced with.
Oshiomhole reasoned that by this feat, Imoke has laid a solid foundation for his successor to build on, thereby boosting the tourism map of the state.
In his remarks, Imoke disclosed that, the project which was 95% complete, is a catalyst to bringing alive other tourism related investments in the state.
The BRACED comprises of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta States and had in attendance representatives who were part of installing its new leadership.
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the cordial relationship between the outgoing Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, and President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, as one of the positive things coming from Nigeria to the international community in a long while.
Governor Oshiomhole, during the convocation ceremony of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma was reacting to the visit of the President-elect to President Jonathan at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.
He remarked that the current circumstance shows that Nigeria has moved ahead.
The Edo State Government has resolved to go ahead with the teachers’ assessment following a town hall meeting held to discuss the controversy surrounding the idea.
Among issues for determination were those of teachers who are unable to read, those who have exceeded the required number of years of service and are fraudulently keeping themselves there and those who are past the age of retirement.
Governor Oshiomhole, said that he was changing the exercise from competency test to assessment test, as this would enable them determine those who need training, and the type they would require; those that are qualified and those that cannot be remedied.
While they accept the option of training and retraining of teachers as a possible remedy, the Governor noted that it would be fool hardy to train unqualified teachers, knowing that they do not possess the capacity to receive and reproduce the knowledge.
Participants at the town hall meeting, in their response, threw their weight behind the assessment test, and the Governor right there appointed a former Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Professor Dennis Agbonlahor, to chair the exercise, which he said would be conducted by non-state officials.
The teachers unions however boycotted the town hall meeting.
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has confirmed the appointment of Professor Cordelia Agbebaku as the substantive Vice Chancellor of the state-owned Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.
Governor Oshiomhole, who said that the government’s decision was borne out of the fact that the Vice Chancellor has brought stability and development to the university, made the disclosure at the State Government House in Benin City when he received traditional rulers from Edo Central Senatorial district.
The Governor also assured that he would continue to do his best to make the point that Edo is one and the same, adding that the state is driven by merit and not ethnicity.
Earlier, the royal fathers from Edo Central, who were led by the Onojie of Opoji, Ehidiamen 1, thanked Governor Oshiomhole for the development in their domains and assured him of their partnership to move the state forward.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has approved the sum of N500 million for Ambrose Alli University to upgrade its facilities.
Speaking at the inauguration of eight member Governing Council of the university chaired by Professor Greg Akenzua, Governor Oshiomhole said the money will be paid in installments, beginning from this month and spread over a couple of months.
Governor Oshiomhole who acknowledged that the institution has several challenges said the Governing Council will decide how best to put the money to use, but that he expects value for every kobo spent.
The Governor said he has total confidence in the new AAU Governing Council as it is made up of seasoned academics, administrators, and people who have demonstrated passion for quality education.
Responding, Chairman of the Council, Prof Greg Akenzua, on behalf of others, pledged that the Council would do its best to reposition the University and justify the confidence reposed in them by the Governor.
Other members of the council are Professor Thomas Audu, Professor Tom Imobighe, Dr Andrew Isegwe, Dr Andrew Okwilagbe, Dame Esohe Jacobs, Prince Tony Omoaghe and Dr Godswill Ogboghodo.
Two female varsity students lost their lives on Friday when a well at the hostel in Edo state caved in.
The young women, both students of the Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, died in the tragic accident at about 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning, at the Kudirat hostel.
According to reports, there were seven students at the well when the structure fell apart and the students found themselves in the well.
The victims were pulled out of the crumbled well and rushed to the Irrua Specialist Teaching hospital where two of the seven were pronounced dead.
One of the survivors, Ms Esther Akhibi, a 200 level student of Political Science, said the water taps at the hostel had been non-functional for a long time, forcing the girls to resort to trips to the well for water.
None of the girls had been able to jump back in enough time to avoid falling into the well as it collapsed. They were rescued by the University’s Red Cross team and other resourceful students.
Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. George Akpede, described the incident at the well as tragic and confirmed that the hospital was making every effort to keep the injured victims in good health.
University authorities are yet to react to the incident that has sparked protests among university students angered by the incident.