One Die In Attempted Kidnap Of Taraba College Provost

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Taraba is a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

 

 

One person has been killed in an attempted kidnap of Mr Mike Jen, the provost College of Education, Zing (COEZING) in Taraba State.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday at the Green Beach area of Jalingo, the state capital.

The kidnappers who came in their number fired several gunshots at the gate of the provost’s house to force their way in.

They, however, met stiff resistance by security operatives, leading to the killing of the gatekeeper of the house.

Superior firepower forced the hoodlums to flee the area through a nearby river.

The slain gatekeeper, Shawulu Yeshi, was a staff of the institution.

His remains have been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre in Jalingo.

Some residents of the area narrated how the incident happened to Channels Television during a visit to the scene.

They decided that the police could not intervene despite that an Area Command Headquarters was located a few meters from the scene of the incident.

 

Two Kidnapped

Meanwhile, two persons have been kidnapped by suspected bandits at the Gulum area, behind the Jolly Nyame Stadium, also in the state capital.

The bandits were also said to have abducted the victims in the early hours of Thursday without any interference from the security agencies.

According to an eyewitness, the bandits came and shot sporadically into the air to scare residents in the area.

“After picking their victims, they took this path leading to the mountain and shot continuously until we could not see them again.

“This is the second time in a week that they are coming to our area and picking up their victims without interruption,” the resident lamented.

He added, “They have not called us to know what they want or why they did what they did.”

The victims were kidnapped three days after Channels Television reported a similar case in the same location where two persons were abducted and whisked away to an unknown destination.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Taraba, David Misal, confirmed all the three cases.

He said the police were on top of the matter, adding that no stone would be left unturned until crime was nipped in the bud in the state.

9,000 Niger College Of Education Graduates Yet To Claim Certificates

 

No fewer than 9,000 graduates of the Niger State College of Education, Minna have yet to collect their certificates from the institution.

The Provost of the college, Professor Yakubu Auna, who disclosed this to reporters on Sunday, noted that some of the documents belong to graduates of over 24 years.

He said the certificates covered between 1995 to date, and appeal by the management of the institution to owners to come and claim their documents has been unfruitful.

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“We have used various media platforms to announce that the owners of the certificates should come and claim their results but they have failed to show up,” the academic lamented.

He revealed that part of the measures taken was to write both the state and local governments to mandate their personnel using statement of results to present their original certificates.

“How can somebody who graduated from an institution after 10 years not care to come and collect the original certificate that he or she spent years and resources to earn?” the provost asked.

Professor Auna was also worried that some civil servants and other individuals were found parading forged certificates belonging to the institution.

“We have received the disturbing reports of some civil servants who are parading themselves with forged results which bear our logo, but we are liaising with the state government with a view to checking the trend,” he said.

Students Protest Over Edo College Of Education Shut Down

Students and residents of Ekiadolor community in Ovia South Local Government Area of Edo State have staged a peaceful protest over the shutdown of the state-owned College of Education Ekiadolor.

The students alleged that the College of Education was shut down a few years after it was converted to Tayo Akpata University of Education.

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Four Kidnapped OSCOTECH Workers Regain Freedom

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Four members of staff of the Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, who were kidnapped on Tuesday have regained their freedom.

The freed captives were among eight people initially kidnapped on December 4.

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While three others were freed almost immediately, one other person died on the spot.

The released victims had claimed that the attackers were armed herdsmen who were demanding for an unspecified ransom.

Sources at the school said the gunmen blocked the Esa-Oke Road leading to the campus at about 4:00 pm on Tuesday and stopped several vehicles before abducting some of the occupants.

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97 Students Renounce Cult Membership In Nasarawa

97 Students Renounce Cult Membership In NasarawaAbout 97 students from five tertiary institutions in Nasarawa state have renounced their cult membership and are starting a new life.

The renouncement was influenced by the National Campus Cult Eradication Foundation in conjunction with the Nigeria Police.

National coordinator of the foundation, Samuel Ejembi, told Channels Television that the objective of the foundation is to expose the ills of cultism to members.

He said that the cultists were students from the Federal University, Lafia (FUL); Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia (NSPL), College of Agriculture, Lafia (COAL), College of Education, Akwanga (COEA) and the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), respectively.

He said that since inception in 2011, this NGO has rehabilitated 12,000 cultists from various tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

One of the repentant cultists appealed to other members to shun the act, saying it has no gain.

He said that he fell into the act of cultisim through the influence of his friends but had regretted all that he had done.

Students, Lecturers In Protest Over Closed Osun College Of Education

osun, lecturers, students,Lecturers of the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun, are calling for the dissolution of the Governing Council, which has led to a closure of the institution and threats by students to cause chaos if the school is not re-opened in a week.

The crisis, which appears to be rocking the management and staff of the school, on grounds of misappropriation and mismanagement of funds, is taking a new dimension.

The issue began when about 72 workers were laid off on the recommendation of the chairman of the ‎Governing Council of the institution, Mr Oyeniyi Akande and ever since, management and staff have been at loggerheads.

Also, members of Staff accused the council of misappropriation of the school’s funds, particularly the allocation of 107 million Naira disbursed for building the Amphil Theatre; a project which they said had been at its foundation stage for about three years now.

Few weeks back, the workers stormed the assembly complex, with chants and placards calling for the removal of Mr Akande and other members of the council.

Subsequently, the workers decided to take their plight to God, as they were reportedly gathered at the institution’s premises praying for divine intervention.

Students, who seem to be more at the receiving end, complained that they were no longer comfortable with the crisis, as it had delayed the academic year.

They warned that they could be forced to create chaos if the school was not reopened to finish the first semester.

The Osun State government has, however, appealed to the students, to give them time to wade into the crisis while the State House of Assembly, said status quo should be maintained until the governor gives his verdict.

The chairman of the Governing Council and the Commissioner For Education, Titilayo Tomori-laoye, refused to speak on the matter.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the State House Of Assembly, Honorable Najeem Salaam, said the House had decided to take up the matter and ensure amicable resolution to hasten the reopening of the institution.

 

Osun College of Education Workers Call For Council Chair Removal

Osun-college-of-education-workers-protestWorkers of the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun stormed the Osun State House of Assembly complex seeking the removal of the chairman of the institutions governing council, Mr Oyeniyi Akande.

The workers comprising of both teaching and non-teaching staff arrived at the Assembly’s complex in Oshogbo ‎, the state capital with several placards insisting that they will not return to work until their request is granted.

The state chairman of the College of Education Academic Staff Union ‎ (COEASU), Jimoh Lasisi who led the protesters alleged that the chairman has trampled on the rights of the workers.

He explained that the decision taken by Mr Akande asking 72 workers disengaged in January is against the instruction given by the leadership of the Osun State House of Assembly that “status quo” be maintained for now.

Mr Lasisi described the decision as anti-development more so the resolution of the House on the disengagement is still before the governor for his final decision.

Receiving the protesting workers, Hon Timothy Owoeye, leader of the Osun State House of Assembly appreciated them for demonstrating high level of maturity by bringing their complaints to the house.

He promised their grievances will be looked into to ensure no one is victimised unlawfully.

The workers also stopped over at the party secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to let their complains known, they were received by the Secretary of the party Razak Salinsile.

Yobe Police Recorded Less Serious Crimes In 2015 – Commissioner

RRS-yobe -policeThe Yobe State Police Command says it has recorded less serious crimes in 2015, compared to the year 2014.

Parading 17 suspects before journalists at the end of the year media briefing in Damaturu, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Zannah Ibrahim, said major crime statistics for the two years indicates that terrorists’ attacks recorded in 2015 stands at 19 cases, as against the 25 of last year.

According to the CP, other crimes that recorded decrease in 2015, compared to 2014 include; culpable homicide, kidnapping, unnatural offences, armed robbery, grievous hurt and wounding, as well as breach of public peace.

CP Ibrahim also revealed that rape and indecent assault offences against firearms and forgery of currency notes recorded various increase in 2015.

The Police Commissioner disclosed that four of the paraded suspects are believed to be involved in certificate forgery at the College of Education, Gashua.

While one is responsible for signing, stamping and issuance of forged certificates, two others were canvassing for interested “grandaunts” and the last person specialised in printing the certificate.

Musa Ahmed and Ali Yusuf, who are suspects to the crime, in an interview with newsmen, attributed his offence to an act of the devil.

The CP also disclosed that some of the suspects paraded were found to have engaged in the production and circulation of counterfeit currency, contrary to section 21 of the Penal Code Law.

He said further investigation revealed that the suspects had in their possession fake Nigerian currency totalling about 490, 000 Naira, Identity cards, a bottle containing mercury and forged land sale agreement, among others.

The Commissioner said that some of the suspects will be arraigned for culpable homicide, being in possession of dried leaves believed to be Indian herp or a control substances, suspected homicide and mischief, contrary to sections 221 and 327 of the Penal Code Law of Nigeria.

He appreciated the efforts of the state government, traditional institution, sister security agencies, the media and other security stakeholders in the state for their unflinching support given to the Police in the year under review, hoping similar synergy will be exhibited in the years ahead.

While assuring of a hitch free Christmas celebration, the CP said the command will intensify vehicular, foot and join patrol to ensure a crime free state.

Oshiomhole Abolishes 35-year Mandatory Retirement Requirement

OshiomholeThe Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has abolished the maximum 35 years input in service before retirement for workers in the payroll of the state government.

He announced the new policy in a meeting with labour leaders at the Government House in Benin, the state’s capital.

Governor Oshiomhole explained that the state civil servants could now retire only when they attain the retirement age of 60.

The Governor said that the gesture was the state’s Independence Day celebration gift for the civil servants and informed by the desire to maximally utilise the experience of civil servants in the state.

No-work No-pay

Meanwhile, striking union leaders in some tertiary institutions are calling on the state government not to implement its alleged no-work no-pay directive as it will negate the resolutions they reached in a meeting with the governor last week.

The lecturers who staged a protest at the gate of the College of Education, Ekiadolor, on Thursday explained that they decided to protest after a text message was circulated among members that the state government had ordered an implementation of the directive.

Ekiadolor College Students Protest

EkiadolorMotorists were, on Wednesday, subjected to a harrowing experience on the Sagamu-Benin Expressway, following a protest by students of the College of Education, Ekiadolor, which resulted in a gridlock that lasted for hours.

The students, who were venting frustration over the industrial action embarked upon by their lecturers and the State Government’s seeming indifference to the lecturers’ demand, barricaded the‎ expressway at the Ekiadolor axis.

The students, who also complained about what they described as the poor state of their school ‎infrastructure, had vowed to keep the roads closed till their demands were met.

All efforts by motorists, including a prominent Benin chief, Gabriel Igbinedion, who was on his way to Ibadan, to placate them were rebuffed by the students.

However, the situation turned violent shortly after a detachment of soldiers arrived at the scene and chased away the students, who then withdrew to their campus and started to destroy facilities in the school.

Channels Television correspondent, who has been monitoring the situation, says the gates to the school have been blocked by the students as the protest continues.

College Of Education Lecturers Suspend Strike For 3 Months

COEASU suspend strikeLecturers under the auspices of the Colleges Of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) have suspended their strike for three months.

The President of the union, Mr Emmanuel Asagha, told journalists in Abuja after a meeting with the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, that the decision to suspend the strike was to give the new minister time to look into their demands.

”The strike will be suspended for a period of three months as it is being emphasized that the issues will be resolved in the shortest possible time and we cannot just call off the strike”, Mr Asagba said.

”We believe a period of three months is reasonable enough for the Government to prove their mettle in addressing the key issues; hence students will resume on Monday”, he concluded.

The Minister of Education and former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, assured the union that Government would take practical steps to address their needs.

”We have assured them that we will facilitate and fast track all the process of reaching out to all other agencies involved in resolving the issues” Shekarau said.

The lecturers, who have being on strike, joined their polytechnic counterparts in suspending their strike for three months and seven days to ensure that the Government do the needful in addressing their demands.

Don Calls For Establishment Of More Universities In Nigeria

The Provost of the College of Education, Minna, Prof. Farouk Haruna has called for the establishment of more universities as well as training of more teachers in the educational system of Nigeria.

In an interview with Channels Television, Prof. Haruna said this is to guarantee a constant flow of professional and quality teachers in the nation’s tertiary institutions.

He also lamented the dearth of professional teachers in the country noting that most of the teachers in the nation’s classrooms turn to teaching as a last resort having failed to secure employment elsewhere.

He also pointed out that some qualified lecturers at the colleges of education often veer off to other sectors to seek employment, a situation he noted has contributed largely to the falling standard of education in the country.