Several Feared Killed, Others Injured As Students Clash With Indigenes In Niger


Several persons were feared killed and others injured in a clash between students of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, and some indigenes of the town.

The incident occurred after a disagreement between some of the students and a commercial driver on Saturday.

The driver was alleged to have shortchanged the students and reneged on an earlier agreement to drop them off at a location.

The students were said to have regrouped on Sunday and with the support of some of their colleagues and stormed the park. This resulted in a fight between the students and residents of the community.

The Institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Husseini Enagi confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

Although he said that the claims about the loss of lives could not be substantiated, he confirmed that several students were injured, and properties destroyed in the clash.

Some of the students, however, told Channels Television that at least five of their colleagues were killed in the clash.

Husseini said the institution’s management will meet to deliberate on the matter and to also ascertain more facts concerning the incident.

Students Protest Killing Of Colleague In Ede

protestSome youths in Owode-Ede town in Osun State have protested the killing of their colleague, a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede.

The young man, simply identified as Dada and said to be in his twenties, was reportedly knocked down by a fuel tanker driver whom the youths accused of reckless driving.

The angry students also alleged that the Police helped the driver escape.

They took to the streets of Owode-Ede area of the state on Thursday to register their displeasure over the incident.

While the youths claimed that the incident was not the first, residents in the area called for the construction of speed breakers on major roads across the town.

Police Parade 75-Year-Old Certificate Forgery Suspect

Forgery Suspect, certificate forgeryThe Anambra State Police Command has paraded two elderly suspects who are specialists in certificate forgery.

Mr Onuzulike Ude, a 75-year-old retired teacher and Mrs Evelyn Nwoke, aged 52, were arrested between May 5 and 6, following information on their documents and certificate forgery business in Awka.

Parading the suspects alongside three other suspects arrested for robbery and production of fake currency, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, decried the evil business of the two elderly suspects.

He said that they have forged several certificates and documents including degree certificates of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, National Youth Service Corps discharge certificates among others.

Other suspects paraded were a robbery suspect, a fake currency manufacturing specialist and a kidnapping suspect known as Jerry Gana, who claims to be an ex-soldier as well as a graduate of Biochemistry.

He was involved in kidnapping in Delta State and ran to Anambra State to hide but was caught by the Police in the state.

He had collected ransom running into millions of Naira from the victims he had kidnapped before his arrest.

The Police boss, Mr Karma, warned criminals to steer clear of Anambra State as the state would remain too hot for them.

He warned that the long arm of the law will catch up with them wherever they are hiding to perpetrate their nefarious activities.

Lawmakers Assure Mimiko Of Adequate Funding For New Poly

Governor Olusegun MimikoThe Chairman, House of Representative Committee on Education, Hon. Aminu Suleiman has assured the Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, that the Committee is working closely with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to ensure that there are enough funds for the successful take-off of the newly established Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji in Ondo State.

The assurance was made when members of the Committee paid a courtesy visit to the governor, in his office, in Akure, as part of their oversight functions.

Honourable Suleiman expressed satisfaction on the state of some Federal Government owned tertiary educational institutions, which the Committee visited in the State.

He also said that the overall interest of the members for the visit was for the educational development of Ondo State.

Responding, Governor Mimiko maintained that education was a tool for social development and breaking of generational poverty.

He stressed that his administration’s heavy investment in the education sector was to ensure that the products of the State were able to compete with their peers anywhere in the world.

Mimiko further projected that in the next five years, every child in the State would be attending standardised mega schools.

The members of the Committee after leaving Ondo State are expected to visit other States of the federation to assess the Federal Government owned educational institutions located there.

Jonathan Appoints Ali, Others To Chair Governing Councils Of Parastatals

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the composition and appointments of the chairmen and members of the governing boards of 20 Federal Government parastatals and agencies.

Senator Ahmadu Ali emerged chairman of National Universities Commission with Dr. Mohammed Salisu Mijinyawa, Arc. Adamu Jumba, Engr. John Ayere, Barrister Chris Ekwomadu and Amb. Godson Echegile as members.

The National Centre for Women Development has Chief Dr. Mrs Becky Ketebu-Igwe as chairman with Hajia Meiro Momoh, Hajia Binta Kuraye, Hajiya Zulai Bello, Ms. Alice Ochai and Sulieman Lawal Jarman Kaura as members.

Adamu Maina Waziri is the new chairman of the Federal Polytechnic, Birnin – Kebbi with Razak Gbadegesin, Hajia Maria Umar Waziri, Abasiubong Okoko, Sir Ambrose Ejiogu, Muzakkiru Sidi Bawa and Chief Fred Kpakol as members.

Federal College of Education (Tech) Gusau has Hon Bala Bawa Ka’oje as chairman with Dalhatu Ibrahim Demeji, M. Ashiekh Umara and Hon. V. Olumide Bamidele while the National Broadcasting Commission has Dr. Herbert Orji as chairman with Hon. Kabiru Umar, Hon. Mike Iheanetu, Yakubu Busa Buji, Hon. Ebenezer O. Ayorinde, Isa Badamsi Dahiru, Dennis Sami and Jude Nnorum SAN as members.

Professor Tunde Adeniran emerged chairman of West African Examinations Council with Igwe Cyprian Ije, Mrs Ebun Ilorin Jegede and Hon. Uchennia Orji as members while the Teacher’s Registration Council has Prof Greg Iwu as chairman.

The National Council for Arts and Culture has Professor Nelson Branbayefa as chairman with Alhaji Saidu Gwadabe, Emma Okafor and Nneka Igwe as members.
Maj. General Barau Said [rtd] emerged chairman of the governing council of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, with Chidi Ovunda Amadi, Alhaji Tanko Yusuf and Dr. Emmanuel Anteyi as members.

The National Ear Hospital, Kaduna, has Dr Mrs Abisola Clark as chairman with Chukwuka Daniel Nwokolo, Barrister Mathias Eze, Dr. Charles Anokwa and Mustapha Aliyu Ibrahim as members.

For the National Obstetrics Fistula Centre, Abakaliki, Mrs Josephine  Elechi emerged chairman, Yeye Bola Dare, Nze Imo Umunna and Paul Obanuwa, and Mr. Diamaro Patrice Ayaebi as members.

The National Open University of Nigeria has Sen. Ameh Ebute as chairman with Prof Godwin Soglo, Dr. Usman Matazu, Hon Chudi Offodile, Alhaji Ibrahim Isa Kaita, Dr. Ahaziah Umana, Mr. Funsho Owoyemi, Mr. Peter Aboyeji Onyiloye, Mrs. Lilian Nwankwo, Dr. Ojong Achigbe, Senator Babale Maikarfi, Senator Bright Nwanne, Moshood A. Salvador, Prof S.O. Igwe and Dr. Kachi Ononuju as members.