Two Abducted Benue Varsity Students Regain Freedom

A photo showing an entrance into the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
A photo showing an entrance into the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.

 

The two students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi abducted by gunmen have secured their freedom.

Their release comes four days after gunmen stormed the school after its convocation and kidnapped three students.

Confirming the incident via a text message on Wednesday, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Sewuese Anene, said the students were rescued unhurt.

“The kidnapped students of the University of Makurdi have been released unhurt. Investigation into the case continues please,” he said.

When asked if ransom was paid to facilitate their release, the police spokesman replied saying: “No ransom was paid please.”

There were some reports that the kidnappers contacted one of the parents of the students and demanded N20 million ransom.

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Efforts to reach the institution’s Director of Information, Protocol and Public Relations, Rosemary Waku, proved abortive as her line didn’t reach.

This comes barely a week after about 20 students were abducted from Greenfield University in Kaduna State.

Three of the Greenfield University students were found dead on Friday.

Speaking to journalists, in Markurdi, police spokesperson Anene Sewuese said the gunmen struck at about 10:20 pm and kidnapped three of the students studying close to a lecture theatre.

“We have received that information, we are on it and I know that we are very close,” she said.

“My advice is that the members of the public remain calm. We are doing our best to make sure that we get to the root of this and apprehend perpetrators of this crime.

Kaduna Abduction: Buhari Condemns ‘Barbaric Terror Attacks’, Killing Of Three Students

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Greenfield University in Kaduna State.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of three students of the Greenfield University in Kaduna State by bandits, describing the incident as barbaric.

The President in a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the bright youngsters were cut down by evil people in their prime.

“My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace,” President Buhari was quoted as saying.

He extended his condolences and that of the Federal Government to the relatives, associates of the murdered students and the Kaduna State Government.

While lamenting the recurring incidents of kidnappings and killings, President Buhari described as “unfortunate the tenor of some political and religious leaders that seem to further incite and stoke the pain and anguish of mourning families who are forced to confront these tragedies.”

“Addressing this scourge requires a great show of empathy and coming together as a society to squarely confront these elements and the danger it poses to our democracy and peaceful life in the country.”

READ ALSO: Three Abducted Greenfield University Students Found Dead

He gave strong assurances that those who think that profits can be made, either from money paid as ransom or in politics, “will suffer from an equal measure of recompense under the full weight of the law for their wickedness and brutality.”

President Buhari also reassured his administration’s commitment to tackling the numerous security challenges in the country, noting that “Banditry, kidnapping and the politics of murders will be fought with all the resources available to our country.”

His reaction comes barely 24 hours after the three students of the Greenfield University were discovered dead.

The students were among those that were abducted by bandits from the private university located along the Kaduna- Abuja highway on April 20.

The armed bandits on Tuesday night kidnapped an unspecified number of students at the institution located at Kasarami village off Kaduna-Abuja Road in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.

Eyewitnesses had said the gunmen stormed the university and started shooting sporadically, before taking some of the students away.

The locals said that the university with about forty students population does not have enough security on the ground, despite being located in one of the epicenters of kidnapping, a situation which they believe made it easier for the bandits to gain easy access into the institution.

In recent times, Kaduna has been facing series of attacks by bandits including assaults on schools.

On March 11, they attacked the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state and kidnapped 39 students.

Ondo Varsity Shut Indefinitely After Accident That Claimed Several Lives

File photo of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State.

 

The management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko has ordered the immediate closure of the institution until further notice.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the university’s acting Registrar, Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, students were asked to vacate the campus today.

The statement titled Circular To All Students partly read: “Further to our circular of Saturday 23rd January 2021 and the attendant protest by students on Sunday, 24th January 2021, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof Olugbenga Ige, on behalf of Senate, has directed that the University be closed with immediate effect until further notice.”

“All students are therefore advised to vacate the campus latest by 6 pm today, Sunday 24th January 2021.”

Earlier, the institution had in a statement issued yesterday postponed indefinitely, the examinations scheduled to commence on Monday, January 24.

READ ALSO: Adekunle Ajasin University Postpones Exams After Students Die In Accident

The move followed a fatal road crash which occurred in the town on Saturday evening, in which some students of the university lost their lives.

“As a mark of respect for our departed students, the examinations scheduled to start on Monday, 24th January 2021, are hereby postponed till further notice.

“We appeal to our students to remain calm, as the University mourns those that lost their lives in this unfortunate incident,” Akinfemiwa said.

The ghastly accident which occurred on Saturday evening close to the institution’s main gate involved a truck conveying cement that had brake failure.

COVID-19: Yobe University Commences Production Of Face Masks

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria

 

Yobe State University has commenced the production of face masks for its staff, the neighbouring communities and for the Committee on COVID-19 in the state, as part of its social responsibility against the spread of coronavirus.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Mala Daura who displayed the products to Channels Television, said the face masks were locally produced by the Departments of Microbiology and Biological sciences.

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According to him, the locally made face masks are affordable and can be washed with detergents compared to the imported ones.

He explained that the university has the capacity to produce face masks that can go round the state if funds are made available to the university, especially now that the Federal Government has ordered for compulsory use.

The institution had earlier produced and distributed hand sanitizers to staff and some villages in Damaturu, the state capital.

Varsity Overturns Expulsion Of Student Over Hug

A female student hugs her male colleague. Credit: @ganobi

 

An Egyptian university has overturned its decision to expel a male student over hugging his female friend on campus, in an incident that sparked controversy in the conservative country.

The young man appeared in a video carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a woman and then hugging her, in what was meant to be a marriage proposal.

The footage was widely circulated online earlier this month and initially prompted the expulsion of both students from their respective universities.

But late Tuesday the Mansoura University in northern Egypt, where the video was shot, reversed its decision to exclude the male student for two years.

The student’s appeal against the expulsion included “his apology for the act committed, a pledge to not repeat it and to commit to the university’s values and ethics,” a university statement said.

It cited the student’s young age, concern for his future and his unfamiliarity with the university’s rules, deciding instead to ban him from taking the semester’s exams.

On Sunday he was interviewed by telephone by a prominent talk show host on channel MBC Masr and said that he had brought the flowers to propose to the woman.

“We were supposed to be engaged but after what happened her parents are refusing this completely,” said the young man, a first-year law student who was identified only by his first name Mahmoud.

A day later, Al-Azhar University in Cairo scrapped the expulsion decision against the young woman who appeared in the video.

The move followed the intervention in her favour of Egypt’s top Muslim cleric, Ahmed al-Tayeb, who is the institution’s grand imam.

Issuing a lesser penalty, the university said the female student would be prevented for taking the first half of her exams.

Al-Azhar is the most prestigious seat of Sunni Islamic learning in Egypt, a predominantly Muslim country which is largely conservative society.

Al-Azhar is touted as standing for Islamic moderation, but critics often accuse the institution of failing to modernise its teachings in order to counter extremism.

AFP

Iranian Students Demand Resignation Of Varsity Officials After Campus Crash

Iran on the map. Credit: Google Map

 

Hundreds of Iranian students held protests for a second day on Sunday, calling for university officials to resign over a bus crash that killed 10, state news agency IRNA said.

The demonstrating students reportedly carried photos of victims of Tuesday’s crash at a square leading to the university, in a rare display of dissent at Tehran’s Islamic Azad University.

They demanded the university’s chairman of the board of trustees Ali-Akbar Velayati resign, the sports and youth ministry’s news agency Borna reported.

The bus was carrying 30 students along a mountainous road within the university’s science and research campus in northwestern Tehran when it veered off the road and hit a concrete column.

Seven were killed instantly, state TV said, while an updated death toll of 10 was reported by the conservative Tasnim news agency the day after the crash.

The university initially blamed Tuesday’s crash on the driver having a stroke, which was later denied by the coroner’s office.

On social media, the public and students have pointed to the university’s aging bus fleet and poor maintenance.

Several mid-tier managers were fired in the wake of the accident and some arrested, the university told semi-official news agency ISNA on Wednesday.

Students have called for the university’s bus fleet to be replaced.

They want an emergency centre to be set up on-campus and for guard rails to be erected along the entire mountainous road where the accident happened.

Iran’s prosecutor general Mohammad-Jafar Montazeri visited the protesting students and called for calm.

He promised them he would follow up on the case personally and punish wrongdoers “if they were found guilty.”

Iran is the world’s seventh deadliest country per capita for road accidents, according to 2013 data — the latest available — published by the World Health Organisation.

Efforts to modernise Iran’s ageing and highly polluting vehicle fleet have been hampered by a lack of investment.

Foreign companies Peugeot and Renault were forced to withdraw this year due to the return of US sanctions.

AFP