Man Demands Justice For Sister, Two Others Allegedly Killed By ‘Drunk Driver’

A file photo of late Jemima. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

Two students of the University of Jos and a tricycle rider have been killed following an accident in Plateau State.

Jemima who was in her second year and her friend – Jennifer, a final year student – had left for church on Sunday morning as usual, but never knew that would be their last day.

Both ladies lost their lives to what was described as a “reckless driving” as a result of the action of a man said to be celebrating his birthday.

Late Jemima’s elder brother, Othniel Anselm, who narrated his ordeal on Twitter, said the ladies had boarded a tricycle to church before the tragic incident ensued.

According to him, what was supposed to be a “harmless journey” turned sour when the car of the suspect identified as one Daimler Augustine Daniel went over the road barricade and hit the tricycle conveying the victims.


‘All I Want Is Justice’

In the process, the tricycle rider was said to have died on the spot while the two passengers were rushed to a military hospital.

However, both women were reportedly rejected by officials who demanded a police report before they could be admitted to the facility.

“Sissy (Jemima) and her friend were still alive, and hence, rushed to the nearby hospital: 347 Nigerian Airforce Hospital, 303 Rayfield Road, NAF Station on Bauchi-Jos Expressway.

“This hospital rejected both of them … From there, they were rushed to another hospital but before any medical help could be given, Jemima and Jennifer had died,” Anselm sobbed.

He added, “My sister, her friend and the tricycle driver, were casualties of the reckless driving of a stoned driver. Jemima and Jennifer died as a result of a failed medical system.

“And their (suspected) murderer may go scot-free because of corruption within the police force. All I want is justice. I owe my sister that much.”


#justiceforjemima

On the other hand, Anselm alleged that Daimler who survived the accident confessed to being drunk after celebrating his birthday overnight before the tragedy struck.

The suspect was said to have been detained at ‘Anglo Police Station’ located along the Airport Road in the Plateau State capital.

Anselm said Daimler was later granted bail on Tuesday by the police, allegedly without the consent of the families of the victims.

Although he acknowledged that the police reached out to them, he insisted that his family was contacted on Wednesday.

“My dad and older brother decided to travel to Jos to stop this from happening. They left early this morning (Thursday), only to get there to find out that Mr Daimler had been released two days ago even before the call came through to my dad,” he said.

Jemima’s brother quoted a source as saying that the police state claimed that the accident occurred as a result of the actions of the suspect and the late tricycle rider.

He, however, argued that pictorial evidence showed otherwise, adding that the police should have allowed justice to run its course.

Anselm condemned the purported decision to grant bail to the suspect and called for justice for the victims.

He said, “Even if he (Daimler) was going to be granted bail and afterwards charged to court … was it supposed to be done without the consent of the victims’ families? It is wrong on many levels.”

Meanwhile, #justiceforjemima dominate twitter trends on Thursday as sympathisers joined the call for justice in the case.

This, perhaps, caught the attention of the Minister of State for Employment and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo, who condoled with the families of the victims.

Mr Keyamo also gave assurance that he would call the attention of the authorities in Plateau to ensure the victims get justice.


Police React

The police authorities in Plateau have confirmed the incident, saying it happened at Nyingi in Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

They, however, said that claims that the suspect had been released were untrue.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Mathias, told Channels Television on Thursday that Daimler driver complained of severe pains two days after the incident.

According to him, the suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment and has since been in detention while investigations were ongoing.

The command’s spokesman gave assurance that Daimler would be charged to court for manslaughter as soon as investigation was concluded.

Anti-Snakebite: University Of Jos Makes Major Breakthrough In Medical Research

 

A major breakthrough in medical research has been recorded to enhance snakebite management, with the production of a vaccine that can tackle the effects of snakebites.

The covip-plus vaccine, developed by a research team at the University of Jos, is meant to prevent and neutralise the infusion of snake venom into human and animal tissue or blood.

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Addressing journalists on the achievement, vice-chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Sebastian Maimako asked the Federal Government and pharmaceutical companies to synergise with the institution to produce the vaccine as an indigenous product.

The anti-snake venom vaccine is derived from the seeds of a plant traditionally used by the Rukuba people of Bassa in Plateau state.

Fire Guts University Of Jos Library, Faculty Building

fire, university of Jos, Library, Faculty buildingA three storey building housing the University of Jos library, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Management Studies has been gutted by fire.

The fire incident occurred late Saturday night shortly after the students finished their ongoing examinations on the third floor of the building.

The library complex located in the permanent site of the university was commissioned in 1997.

An eye-witness at the scene confirmed that the entire library complex was totally burnt while all records in the affected faculties were also destroyed.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

More details shortly

 

Nigerian Varsity Heads Seek Solution To Tertiary Education Challenges

Tertiary Education ChallengesVice Chancellors of Nigerian Federal, State and Private Universities are holding an annual conference of the association at the University of Jos in North-central Nigeria.

Top in the agenda of the meeting of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) are challenges facing universities in Nigeria and possible solutions.

In his keynote address, the Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, Professor Adam Habib observed that under-funding of tertiary institutions across the African continent, especially in Nigeria, had resulted in inequality and structural poverty at the universities.

He said it had also affected the quality of graduates produced from the institutions.

It is the 31st annual conference of the association with the theme: “Quality Assurance and Global Competitiveness: a challenge for Nigerian Universities” and issues of quality as well as standard practices and procedures in the universities are also being discussed.

In proffering solution to the challenge of funding, the Professor of Political Science suggested that the Vice Chancellors should consider the option of approaching the banks towards an Educational Fund System that would create opportunities for students to have access to quality education.

While declaring the conference open, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, urged the Vice Chancellors to use the conference in finding solution to the challenges of tertiary institutions, especially frequent industrial actions prevalent at universities.

As the Vice Chancellors across the country gather for the annual conference, there should be concerted efforts in proffering solutions to issues of funding, quality infrastructures as well as curtailing the frequent industrial actions at the tertiary institutions in order to produce quality graduates that will contribute meaningfully to the development of the society.

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

UNIJOS ASUU Calls Off Strike After Three Months

UnijosThe Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the University of Jos (UNIJOS) has suspended the three month old industrial action embarked upon to press home their demands from the school authority.

Rising from an emergency congress meeting of the association at the union’s secretariat in Jos, the Branch Chairman, Chris Piwun, expressed satisfaction with the agreement arrived between the union and the school as well as the conduct of the members which resulted in suspending the industrial action.

Students of UNIJOS have been at home for three months, following the strike embarked on by their lecturers over several issues affecting the academic staff of the university.

Issues in contention include payment of deductions from the academic staff union members, post graduate allowance, absorption of the staff of remedial science and Centre for Continuing Education into parent departments.

Others are the inclusion of earned academic allowance in the monthly salaries of staff of the university as well as election of heads of departments instead of selection.

After a truce was brokered by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development between the school authority and the union, a special congress was convened where the industrial action was suspended after an understanding was reached among the concerned parties.

With the suspension of the strike and resumption of academic activities at the institution, all parties are expected to respect the Memorandum of Understanding and adhere strictly to the pact in order to avoid any other industrial action that can jeopardise the learning process of the students.

Students of the university lost a semester in their academic calendar owing to the strike.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Solomon Dalung was a lecturer in the university’s Law Department before his appointment as Minister.

University Of Jos Resumes Academic Activities

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University of Jos School Gate

The University of Jos, Plateau State, North-central region of Nigeria, has resumed its academic activities with the commencement of the second semester examinations.

Academic activities were disrupted by students’ demonstration late in 2014 and this resulted in the closure of the institution.

They had protested over increment in developmental charges. The protests became violent leading to destruction of lecture halls, administrative offices as well as hostel facilities.

The Students’ Union Government was also suspended.

Respite, however, came for the University of Jos students after two months of staying at home.

According to the resumption guidelines released by the School Registrar, Jili Dandam, all returning students must pay the sum of 6,000 naira each, as surcharges to cover cost of damages.

The students would as well sign an undertaking under oath, to be of good behaviour during their remaining period in the school.

The intervention of the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and other concerned citizens resulted in the re-opening of the school as well as lifting of the suspension on the Students’ Union Government.

Experts Demand Criminal Justice System Reform

Criminal justiceSome Nigerian legal experts have called for a reform of the nation’s criminal justice system to enable judges serve justice speedily to both the rich and the poor in the society.

According to the experts who spoke at a forum in Abuja during the week, the current criminal justice system favours the rich who commit huge financial crimes as against the poor.

It was a gathering of legal experts to identify with their colleague, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), who had written a book, “Oiling The Wheels of Justice In Nigeria”.

As the title suggests, the experts analysed the structure of Nigeria’s justice system and its impact on the nation’s democracy.

According to Professor of Law at the University of Jos, who was also the Keynote Presenter, Joash Amupitan, reforming Nigeria’s criminal justice system would not only speed up justice administration, it would also reduce impunity.

A reform in the system, according to the group of professionals, would help to prevent what they called “time buying technique” often adopted by the rich to escape justice.

In the last three years, efforts have been made to reform the judiciary, especially in relations to electoral matters.

Experts say such reforms which have sped up hearing in the election tribunals should also be introduced in criminal procedures.

Jos Bombing: Governor Jang Orders Local Security Outfit Take-Off

jonah_jangThe Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, is asking the people of the state not to be cowed by the spate of bombings being launched by terrorists in the state, but to be courageous and hopeful for an abrupt end of the insurgents.

In order to provide additional support to other security agencies in the state in countering terrorism, the Governor announced the immediate take-off of a local security outfit to be known as ‘Neighborhood Watch’ in the state.

Governor Jang, who spoke at a special interdenominational service at the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, in Jos, the Plateau State capital, said that the state would overcome the atrocities of the insurgents if the people put their trust in God.

At least 76 persons were killed in two bomb blasts in the central area of Jos, the Plateau State capital on Tuesday, May 20.

The explosions, believed to have been caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), occurred around the busy Jos Main Market, between railway terminus and also at the temporary site of the Jos University Teaching Hospital.

Few days after, about three people died in another bomb blast on Saturday night along Bauchi road, close to a football viewing centre by University of Jos.

The blasts came as the Nigerian authorities continue the search for more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014.

 

3 Killed In Jos Bomb Blast

bomb-explosionAbout three people have died after another bomb blast rocked the city of Jos, the Plateau State capital on Saturday night.

The explosion occurred along Bauchi road, close to a football viewing centre by University of Jos.

Eyewitness report says the bomber, approached the viewing centre while sports fans were watching the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, but could not get there before his car exploded.

The sound of the explosion was heard in Jos South LGA, which is about 25 kilometres away from the scene.

In the meantime, the Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, has urged residents to remain courageous assuring them that the culprits  would be brought to book.

The blast comes less than a week after twin explosions at the terminus market in the same city left many people dead.

Legal Experts Seek Referendum For Nat’l Conference Outcome

Epiphany-AzingeThe Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) has advocated a referendum for the resolutions of the ongoing National Conference in Abuja.

The Director-General of the institute, Professor Epiphany Azinge, said that subjecting the outcome of the National Conference to a referendum would deepen the nation’s democracy and increase people’s interest in governance.

Professor Azinge called for the enactment of a referendum act in order to fast track the use of referendum and plebiscite as a means of participatory democracy.

Speaking at a forum organised by the institute, where legal experts gathered to brainstorm on the legal aspects of referendum and plebiscite, the Director-General advised the Federal Government to engage more Nigerians in governance through referendum and plebiscite.

“Constitutionally or otherwise it would appear that only in one provision of the constitution and that is the provision dealing with the provision of states is the word referendum ever mentioned.

“But we are now at a crossroad as to how to ensure that referendum becomes part and parcel of our national life and if possible how to navigate the charted waters to know how and when we can invoke referendum either constitutionally, legislatively or administratively as the case may be”, he said.

Participants at the forum were, however, divided on the use of referendum as a form of participatory democracy.

While a lecturer at the University of Jos, Dr. Samuel Oguche, said that referendum was “a way of making people – the electorates – to be directly involved in the conduct of their own affairs as it has to do with governance”, a senior lecturer at the same university, Professor Nnamdi Aduba referred to it as a complicated process.

He explained: “There are still problems with referendum, especially on what matters can you easily subject to referendum.”

The Director of Research at the NIALS, Professor Clement Dakas, however, said: “Every single issue should be the subject of a referendum. What we need to do is to isolate fundamental national questions and subject them to referendum. That does not mean referendum does not have its challenges.”

The one day roundtable which examined the concept, process and procedure of referendum and the history of plebiscite and referendum in Nigeria, was expected to produce a working document that would make the nation’s democracy more participatory.