Please Bring Back My Son, Mother Of Man Who Allegedly Jumped Into Lagoon Begs


Mother of Toju Davies Daibo, the young man who was reported to have jumped into the Lagos Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge last Saturday, February 15, 2020, has asked the authorities to help bring back her son.

Mr Toju Davies Daibo, allegedly jumped into the lagoon from the bridge inward Adeniji Adele, after alighting from an Uber, complaining of stomach issues.

Mrs Daibo told Channels Television in an exclusive interview that it has been five days since the story broke and she is appealing to the government to help find her son.

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According to her, Toju has no history of depression or drug use; he had just finished studying quantity survey from the University of Lagos and was looking forward to his NYSC and then his master’s degree studies in Canada.

She appealed to the government to find her son and provide answers as to what happened to him.

The Daibos also called for any information from security agencies so they can have some closure on the incident.

Sophie Oluwole: 6 Facts About First Nigerian Woman To Bag A PhD In Philosophy

The announcement regarding the death of Professor Sophie Oluwole has stirred some buzz all over social media, with many still at a loss as to who she really was. 

Sophie Oluwole was reported dead on Monday, she died at the age of 83.

Below are 6 major facts about the erudite scholar who is the first Nigerian lady to bag a doctorate degree in Philosophy.

1. Birthplace

Sophie was born in 1963 at an area of Ondo state known as Igbara-Oke.

2. Studied in Ife

The late professor had her primary and secondary education in Ife and she was critical of the educational system in the 1940s.

3. The Philosopher

She studied History, Geography and Philosophy at the University of Lagos,  UNILAG, she would eventually settle on philosophy, a path which she plied all through her life.

4. First Female To Bag A PhD In Philosophy

After her first degree, she was employed in UNILAG for a time as an assistant lecturer in 1972, and went on to complete her PhD in philosophy at the University of Ibadan, thus making her the first female doctorate degree holder in philosophy in Nigeria.

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As a qualified professor, Oluwole taught African Philosophy at UNILAG for six years between 2002 and 2008.

5. Mamalawo

She was often called Mamalawo a nickname which was borne from her becoming the first female PhD holder in the country. The nickname was supposed to be the female version of the Yoruba word ‘Babalawo’ – a spiritual title which denotes a priest of the Ifa Oracle.

6. Yoruba Philosophy 

More to her nickname as Mamalawo is the fact that Sophie’s teachings and works were generally attributed to the Yoruba school of philosophical thought.

The ideology was ingrained in the cultural and religious beliefs (Ifá) of the various regions of Yorubaland.

According to Sophie, this branch of philosophy predates the Western tradition, as the ancient African philosopher Orunmila predates Socrates by her estimate.

Scholars believe that these two thinkers, representing the values of the African and Western traditions, are “two of Sophie’s biggest influences, and she compares the two in her book Socrates and Orunmila”.

Sophie reportedly died around 8pm on Sunday evening after a protracted illness.

Until her death, she was a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos and the Chief Executive Officer of Centre for African Culture and Development.

Saraki Harps On Needed Investment In Nigeria’s Human Resources

Saraki Canvasses Review of Procurement Laws To Cushion RecessionNigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called for greater investments in human resources, which he described as the greatest assets of the country regardless of the nation’s abundant mineral and material resources.

At a night of recognition and dinner in honour of 72 graduates of Kwara origin who bagged first class in their studies, tagged, ‘Kwara Class of Honours’, Dr Saraki said human resources in Nigeria had not received sufficient investments and encouragement.

Future Of Nigeria

The former Kwara State governor commended the beneficiaries for their determination, commitment, patience and academic exploits.

He reiterated that the youths were the future of Nigeria and urged Nigerian students to aim for excellence and be good ambassadors of their alma mater after graduation.

“We have a lot of resources. You talk about oil, solid minerals and others, but we spend less time on human resources which is the most important.

“What you have in front of us is worth more than many barrels of oils and worth more than many carats of gold,” the Senate president observed.

The 73 firstclass beneficiaries graduated from public and private universities across Nigeria which included, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University, Federal University, Minna, Kwara State University, Covenant University, Bowen University and Afe Babalola University.

 

UNILAG Expels 125 Students, Rusticates 198 Others

UNILAG, Rustication, Protest, Expulsion
The school says it will not tolerate any form of vice or misconduct

 The University of Lagos has ordered the immediate expulsion of 125 students of the institution for forgery and academic misconduct.

Authorities of the school also rusticated 198 students over various offences including examination malpractice, academic and social misconduct.

A list of the over 300 affected students was published on the school’s website on Sunday afternoon.

UNILAG’s Deputy Registrar in charge of information, Toyin Adebule, says beyond the list posted on the institution’s website, the names and photographs of the affected students will soon be published in the media and pasted in different areas of the school.

He added that UNILAG’s action aligns with its commitment to rid the school of all forms malpractices and vices.

According to him, the penalties meted out to the students were based on the severity of the offences. Some of those rusticated were caught smoking Marijuana on campus, while others were engaged in various forms of misdemeanor.

The offences of those expelled were mainly for forged results while the rest were for academic misconduct.

Mr. Adebule said some of the affected students were caught impersonating, writing examinations for others, while others were caught with ‘micro-chips’ during examinations.

He urged the remaining students of the institution currently writing exams to abide by the rules and regulations of UNILAG. He said such rules and regulations were usually accompanied by various sanctions for defaulters.

Mr. Adebule, however, insists that this rustication and expulsion of these 323 students of the institution had anything to do with the recent students’ riot.

Students Protest

In September, some students who were earlier rusticated from the school carried out a peaceful demonstration, over what they termed an alleged violation of their rights by the school’s authority.

Unilag protestThe protest resulted from the suspension of members of the students’ union and the rustication of a student from the environmental sciences department, identified as Adeyeye Olorunfemi, who criticized the management of the institution.

In his open letter to the management which he shared on Facebook, Olorunfemi called out members of the school’s management board, bluntly accusing them of being irresponsible, insensitive and irresponsive to the welfare of the students.

The students claim they are being punished for merely protesting against poor living conditions on campus. They described the punishment meted on members of the Students Union as unjust, meanwhile the acting Dean has dismissed the issue.

He said beyond the issue of the protest, the rusticated students had other charges levied against them which they had refused to acknowledge.

This has made the students agitated about the plight of their fellow students, as it appears that only the school’s highest decision making body, can change the fortunes of the affected students.

Those fortunes, according to Mr. Adebule, have already been sealed.

See full list of rusticated and expelled students here

 

 

Electoral Institute Stresses Need For Electoral Reform

Electoral Institute, Electoral ReformThe Electoral Institute says Nigeria needs to improve its electoral service delivery and get the reform process right in order to stabilise its democracy.

The Director-General of the Electoral Institute, Professor Abubakar Momoh, made the remarks on Thursday during a meeting with stakeholders in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that although series of talks and committees had been formed to establish a panacea to credible elections, the independence of the nation’s electoral body had come into question.

Highlighting the role of the media, Professor Momoh pointed out that the issues of rising poverty, corruption and erosion of public institutions should not easily sway media practitioners.

He said that the media has a huge role to play in solving the many challenges bedevilling the nation’s electoral process.

The guest lecturer, who is a professor of Political Science at the University of Ibadan, Adigun Agbaje, posited that the attitude of politicians was largely to blame for Nigeria’s eroding democratic values.

Other experts at the gathering also cited the experience at the Edo State governorship election as one of the ways politicians erode the foundation of democracy.

They maintained that the culture of impunity during elections must be addressed.

The stakeholders said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s renewed focus on reforming the electoral process should be sustained to the letter.

The Federal Government had constituted an Electoral Reform Committee headed by a former Senate President, Mr Ken Nnamani.

The government said the committee was set up, not as an imitation of the Justice Mohammed Uwais’ panel, but to improve on the preceding one.

FG Says Electoral Reform Committee Not An Imitation

Ken Nnamani on Electoral Reform CommitteeThe Nigerian Government says its newly inaugurated Electoral Reform Committee is not an imitation of the Justice Mohammed Uwais’ panel.

The government, however, said it had constituted the committee to improve on the preceding one.

The head of the committee and a former Senate President, Mr Ken Nnamani, made the clarification on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Reduce Poll Rigging

Senator Nnamani pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to turn around the nation’s electoral system, in order to reduce the prevalence of polls rigging and violence.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, also made further explanation on the newly inaugurated committee.

He said the 24-man panel was carefully selected from across board.

Mr Malami was hopeful that the committee would among other things, enthrone transparency and come up with implementable recommendations.

He said the committee had been given 10 weeks to submit its report.

Diversionary and Unnecessary

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Dr. Dele Ashiru

However, a lecturer at the University of Lagos’ Political Science Department, Dr. Dele Ashiru, was of the belief that another electoral committee was unnecessary.

Dr. Ashiru berated the government for its refusal to implement the recommendations of past committees that had been set up to review Nigeria’s electoral system.

He told Channels Television that recommendations of past electoral committees were yet to be implemented, describing the Nnamani panel as diversionary and unnecessary.

Ashiru wondered what area of the electoral system had not been covered by the Justice Uwais report.

He highlighted some of the recommendations of the Uwais panel, which he believed if implemented, would provide solutions to many challenges faced during elections in Nigeria.

The academic emphasised the need for the Electoral Offences Commission and the exemption of the Independent National Electoral Commission from the internal affairs of political parties, as key recommendations that should be implemented.

Another Electoral Reform Committee Not Necessary – Dele Ashiru

Dele-AshiruA lecturer at the University of Lagos Political Science Department, Dele Ashiru, has berated the Nigerian government for its refusal to implement the recommendations of past committees that have been set up to review the country’s electoral system.

He was a guest of Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, October 4, the day the Federal Government had fixed to inaugurate the electoral reform committee to be headed by former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.

Ashiru wondered to what extent the recommendations of past electoral committees have been implemented in Nigeria, particularly the Justice Mohammed Uwais’ panel.

“This is a panel instituted by government to look at grey areas within the electoral process and I dare say that the panel had done a commendable job, at least according to all those who have assessed the report of the Uwais’ panel.

“So, one is surprised that another panel is being instituted when critical recommendations by the Uwais panel are yet to be implemented,” he said.

He described the Nnamani panel as diversionary and unnecessary as he also wondered what area of the electoral system had not been covered by the Justice Uwais report.

Mr Ashiru highlighted some of the recommendations of the Justice Uwais panel which he believed if implemented would provide solutions to many challenges faced during elections in Nigeria.

He mentioned the need for the Electoral Offences Commission and the exemption of INEC from the internal affairs of political parties, as key recommendations that should be implemented.

“What this government should be doing, which I think should represent the ‘change’ upon which they campaigned is to take the bold step in implementing these recommendations,” he maintained.

He also condemned the choice of Senator Ken Nnamani as the head of the committee, saying he is a “known partisan politician”.

“What manner of reform do you expect from a panel composed of purely politicians?” he asked.

UNILAG Dean Dismisses Protest Against Student’s Rustication

UNILAG Dean, protest, students rusticationSome students who have been rusticated from the University of Lagos, (UNILAG), have carried out a peaceful demonstration, over what they termed an alleged violation of their rights by the school’s authority.

Acting Dean at the students’ affairs division, Dr Karo Ogbinaka, however dismissed the issue of victimization as alleged by the students.

The protest which took place on Wednesday, resulted from the suspension of members of the students’ union and the rustication of a student from the environmental sciences department, identified as Adeyeye Olorunfemi, who criticized the management of the institution.

In his open letter to the management which he shared on facebook, Olorunfemi called out members of the management board, bluntly accusing them of being irresponsible, insensitive and irresponsive to the welfare of the students.

The students claim they are being punished for merely protesting against poor living conditions on campus.

They described the punishment meted on members of the Students Union as unjust, meanwhile the acting Dean has dismissed the issue.

He said beyond the issue of the protest, the rusticated students had other charges levied against them which they had refused to acknowledge.

This has made the students agitated about the plight of their fellow students, as it appears that only the school’s highest decision making body, can change the fortunes of the affected students.

Nigeria Adopts Development Plan For Mining Sector, Renames Ministry

Nigeria, Mining sector, Muhammadu BuhariThe Federal Executive Council has approved a road map for the growth and development of Nigeria’s mining industry.

The road map, which is to outline the contribution of mining to the growth of the GDP, is said to be in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to diversify the economy away from oil.

Name Of Ministry Of Mining Changed

The Minister in charge of the mining sector, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in company of the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Dr. Fayemi said the road map which was an offshoot of that of 2012, approved the setting up of an independent agency to regulate the industry.

He hinted reporters that the name of Ministry of Mining and Solid Minerals has also been changed to the Ministry of Mining and Steel Development.

Meanwhile, the University of Lagos and the University of Ibadan also got contract approved for the construction of a university library and international hall respectively during the meeting presided over by President Buhari on Wednesday.

Electronic Wallet Technology

The Federal Government similarly approved the renewal of contract for the electronic wallet technology platform for delivery of fertiliser to small-holder farmers in Nigeria.

The government also assented to a bill for the 2016-2018 external borrowing rolling plan to be sent to the National Assembly.

Environment Experts Warn Against Total Degradation

Environment, DegradationExperts have continued to task individuals and organisations to play active roles in safeguarding the environment from total degradation.

They made the appeal on Wednesday during a lecture at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The experts took turns to speak on “Today’s Apples: Perspectives of an Environmental Toxicologist”.

A Professor from the Department of Zoology, UNILAG, Adebayo Otitoloju, warned against pollution of any kind to the environment.

Professor Otitoloju recommended environmental monitoring and bio-monitoring as part of the solutions to environmental degradation.

Don Awunah Assumes Office As New Spokesman Of Nigeria Police

Don-AwunahThe acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, on Monday appointed DCP Don Awunah as the new Force Public Relations Officer (PRO).

Mr Awunah is to replace ACP Olabisi Kolawole who was the Police’s spokesperson from August 2015 to June, 2016.

“Until his new assignment, DCP Don Awunah, who is a seasoned and thoroughbred officer, was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Homicide Section of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) Abuja.

“He holds B.A degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos and M.A in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Benue State University, Makurdi. He is a Fellow of Institute of Security Studies (fsi), Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration, and Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR),” a statement by the Police said.

The outgoing PRO urged the media and the public to extend maximum cooperation to the new Spokesman.

On his part, Mr Awunah promised to work to increase the tempo of good relationship between the Police and the public in line with the policy thrust of the Nigeria Police Force.

He could be reached on phone through 09059202456 and email via “[email protected]”.

Ogun River: University Don Blames Human Activity For Hyacinth

Kara-River-Turns-DryThe Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has blamed human activities for the water hyacinth at the Ogun River.

He said this while leading a team of researchers from the University for a Field Work.

“Because of human activity going on there is on the increase, you have animals and other things they are working on being dumped in the river.

“You also have construction work going on here and the people throw some of the bamboo inside the river and because of that you have that blocking the pathway which the river is supposed to flow and pass the foot of the bridge.

“With that we have the accumulation of water hyacinth which has formed a mat on the river”, he said

The field work, he says, is to throw light into the phenomenon that led to the accumulation of water hyacinth around the base of the Berger Bridge.

Professor Ogundipe who blamed it on human activities, called for a close watch of what goes on around that area.

The Ogun River flows under the Kara Bridge around Ojodu Berger area of Lagos.

A part of the popular Ogun River suddenly went dry on June 18, 2016.

Unidentified green plants are seen on the river while the water body has given way