Gunmen Abduct Barrister Bisola Ajayi In Rivers

 

A female lawyer, Ms. Bisola Ajayi, has been kidnapped by gunmen at Rumuokurusi, Port Harcourt, Rivers.

The 25-year-old female lawyer was intercepted on Saturday along Woji street while trying to enter their apartment by the gunmen, who seized and dragged her into their vehicle.

A source from the family said the incident occurred between 8:30 pm to 9 pm.

The lawyer who graduated from the Faculty of Law, from the University of Lagos, UNILAG was reportedly taken away in a white Toyota Venza in Rumukurushi, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

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It was gathered that the gunmen spotted military paraphernalia.

The gunmen are said to have followed Bisola to her house where she was kidnapped.

Confirming the incident, spokesman of the police command in Rivers State, SP Nnamdi Omoni, assured that the command has put in machinery for her speedy rescue from her abductors.

Her abduction is said to have sent shivers down the spine of many residents in the area as this is coming at a time when the youths of the country are trying to deal with the menace of SARS officials and other ills bedeviling the society.

Persons who have ‪information on her whereabouts are asked to call 08114490934.

‘Ogundipe Has Not Denied Any Wrongdoing’ – Babalakin Insists UNILAG VC Sack Was Legal

 

Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Wale Babalakin on Monday reiterated that the sack of Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor was legal.

He also noted that Ogundipe has not denied any of the allegations levelled against him.

Babalakin made the remarks during an appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

Ogundipe was sacked by the University’s Governing Council last week, but he has rejected the decision, claiming the process was not fair and did not follow due process.

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The University’s Senate and labour unions have also suggested the Vice-Chancellor’s removal contravened the University’s laid down procedures.

The school’s alumni association on Saturday called for the Council to rescind the sack and follow due process.

On Monday, Babalakin, who chairs the Governing Council, maintained that due process had been followed and Ogundipe had been found guilty of gross misconduct and financial misappropriation.

What Babalakin Said?

“First, let me repeat that the Council complied with due process in the removal of Professor Toyin Ogundipe.

“I’ve heard a lot of comments on all media. And these comments ignore a fundamental fact – Ogundipe has not denied any wrongdoing. He has not said that he did not spend N120 million renovating the residence of himself and two of his cronies without mentioning it to anybody. It was discovered. It was not mentioned, it was not prevented and there was no approval. That is patent illegality. And he has not denied it.

University of Lagos' Pro Chancellor, Wale Babalakin addressed the press on August 14, 2020.
Babalakin addressed the press on August 14, 2020.

 

“Ogundipe has not denied that he created something very new in the University – the concept of security votes. Or he continued it – I don’t know when it started. But he paid security votes, which is money that requires no account in the University. He has not denied it.

“Ogundipe has not denied that he forged documents, in trying to present a candidate for the Director of Works. He was Chairman of the Committee and he was told to collate results. When he collated results, the second became first, first became second, he never denied it. On the floor of the Council – and it’s in the minutes – he did not have any comments about it.

“Ogundipe has not, till today,  been able to present a proper account of the University. Three sets of people have looked at the account, none have said that the accounts represent a fair representation of the University’s financial position.

“In fact, he concealed it until two-and-a-half years after Council came in, when, a (Professor Omoleyinwa) report found out that he had concealed information and had presented what is not a budget as a budget.

“Ogundipe unilaterally sought to appoint a Professor into the University. This is the worst scandal in academia. He sent me a memo that I should approve that the Librarian becomes a professor. I am familiar with University systems. You just don’t become a Professor. You must go through the process and then it comes to the Council for confirmation.”

 

Union Members March With Embattled Unilag Vice-Chancellor

Professor Ogundipe was sacked by the University of Lagos' Governing Council on August 12, 2020.
Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe was sacked by the University of Lagos’ Governing Council on August 12, 2020.

 

Some union members at the University of Lagos marched with Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe on Thursday, protesting his sack as Vice-Chancellor.

The University’s Governing Council on Wednesday had announced the removal of Professor Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor.

However, the union members – from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) – asked the Federal Government to rescind the sack.

 

They gave their position after a Congress held on Thursday at the University.

READ ALSO: UNILAG Governing Council Fires Vice-Chancellor Ogundipe

In a joint communique produced after the meeting, the Unions said “the council violently and most lawlessly violated the law in the said removal of the Vice-Chancellor.”

They added that no notice had been served to Prof. Ogundipe on the allegation against him, no fact-finding mission was set up and no formal report was produced to substantiate the sack.

They concluded that the Professor hadn’t been afforded a fair hearing.

Professor Ogundipe’s sack was announced after a meeting of UNILAG’s Governing Council chaired by the institution’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Dr. Wale Babalakin.

The meeting was held on Wednesday at the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Federal Ministry of Education, however, said it is yet to be briefed on the developments at UNILAG.

It, however, affirmed that the university’s council has the power to hire and fire, but that due process must be followed in doing so.

Channels Television learned that seven members of the council voted for Professor Ogundipe’s removal, while four others voted against it; one member voted that the Vice-Chancellor should rather be placed on suspension.

In a memo dated August 12 and signed by the Registrar and Secretary to the Council, Oladejo Azeez, Professor Ogundipe was “lawfully removed by the Governor Council at a meeting fully attended by all members.”

Azeez also announced the appointment of Professor Theophilius Omololu Soyombo of the Faculty of Social Sciences as Vice-Chancellor of the University “in an acting capacity.”

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.

READ ALSO: Identity Of Youth Who Jumped From 3rd Mainland Bridge Confirmed

 

 

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

Dele-Ashiru
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.