* Exodus of 40 Kogi varsity lecturers worries ASUU * U.S. sees no major Islamic State links to Boko Haram, despite claims

* Exodus of 40 Kogi varsity lecturers worries ASUU  * U.S. sees no major Islamic State links to Boko Haram, despite claims


Exodus of 40 Kogi varsity lecturers worries ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kogi State University Ayingba chapter, has expressed concern over the exodus of academics from the state owned-institution. It bemoaned the depletion of lecturers, a situation it blamed on the state government. Read more

No link between ISIS and Boko Haram -US 

After Boko Haram killed more than two dozen soldiers in Niger last week, it claimed the attack in the name of Islamic State-West Africa Province — a title meant to tell the world it is an arm of the Syria-based extremist group. But U.S. officials tell Reuters they see no evidence that Boko Haram has received significant operational support or financing from Islamic State, more than a year after the brutal West African group’s pledge of allegiance to it. Read more

Diamond Bank, 2 Managers,Arraigned For Money Laundering

he National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday arraigned Diamond Bank Plc and two of its managers, Lasisi Abayomi and Hillary Ojukwu and two others before the Federal High Court in Lagos on a six-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering. Others arraigned alongside the bank and its two managers before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun Ishola are Oni Oil and Gas Ltd and Mrs Lizzy Chinyere Ikenua.  Read more

Benue governor’s wife to promote literacy

Life of the Benue State Governor, Mrs Eunice Ortom, has said her pet project known as Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF) is poised to advance the intellectual development of the average Benue child. Mrs Ortom stated this at a two-day literacy development and talent show competition organised by ESLF in Makurdi. Read more

Pupils show creativity with milk

Creativity of some primary and secondary school pupils came to play during the Peak Art of Milk cooking competition held last Wednesday to commemorate the World Milk Day. The Blue Roof, LTV8 Agidingbi,  teemed with over 1,000 pupils who witnessed the contest as well as other activities to mark the day. Read more

Stop child abuse, illiteracy, pupils urge

Secondary school pupils in Lagos State have called for encouragement of girl-child education and an end to child abuse especially in the Northern part of the country. In a Children’s Day programme organised by The International Association of Lions Club (District 404B-2 Nigeria), in conjunction with Olawole Lanre Akinsanmi (OLA) Foundation in Lagos, the pupils lamented the ordeals of their colleagues in the North and their expectations of government and the society, to make life better for them. Read more

Post-UTME matters

The latest news making rounds that the Education Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has scrapped the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) has caused quite some ruckus. The second level screening was introduced in 2004 as a child of necessity when the integrity of the University Matriculations Examination (now Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME) had become questionable. Stories about paper leakages and widespread examination malpractices were rife in the pre-post-UTME era.  It was common to find candidates with high scores in the examination not able to defend it after being admitted because they had cheated.  It was also common to find low-scoring candidates with influence and money getting into school at the expense of better candidates. Read more

JSS 1 pupils win Inter-Public Junior Secondary Schools debate

A Twelve year-old pupil of Jibowu Junior High School, Yaba Nnenna Onwuchekwa, with her partner, Ujong Etim have emerged winners of this year’s Inter Public Junior Secondary Schools Debate competition. However her choice, alongside others as contestants, was accidental. “I am very happy we won because I had just three days to prepare them for this competition,” said Morenike Arise who trained Onwuchekwa and others. Read more

Pupils seek extreme hunger reduction

Some secondary school pupils in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to insist on the effective introduction of farm practices in schools and homes for cultivation of crops to reduce extreme hunger among Nigerian children. The pupils, drawn from various schools, made this demand during a seminar by Development and Leadership Institute (DLI), a non-governmental organisation. Read more

LASU’s road to peace

The coconut breaking ceremony signalled the beginning of the convocation ceremony at the Lagos State University (LASU) on May 30.  Workers trooped out, dancing to the music supplied by Ballad Singers, as the Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof Lanre Fagbohun, led the breaking of the coconuts. It was followed by prayers for the institution.  The ceremony was rounded off with a breakfast of garri and coconut. The participation of members of the university community in the ceremony was taken as a sign that peace is returning to the institution. Read more

Firm lauds Fed Govt’s school meal policy

Managing Director of Natnundo Foods, Mr. Francis Toromade, has applauded the Federal Government’s plan to provide an Egg-a-day for every Nigerian child. Toromade said the initiative is crucial particularly as the Population Reference Bureau reports that there are over 11 million malnourished children in Nigeria. Read more

Cultism: Gunmen Attack Hostel, Kill 7 Benue Varsity Students, Security Man

Gunmen suspected to be members of a cult group early on Wednesday, killed seven students of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi (UAM), even as they attacked a students’ hostel and murdered a private security man in the place. Read more

Lagos Arraigns Monarch, Son Over Murder

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday remanded the traditional ruler of Temidire community in Agbado Oke-Odo area of the state, Alhaji Nojeem Abioye and his son, Wahab Abioye in prison custody over alleged killing of one Alhaji Rasaki Olatunji, popularly known as Tunji Alaso.         Read more

Keshi’s death saddens Nigeria -Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said the sudden death of a former coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, saddened the nation. In a condolence message he signed personally, Osinbajo described the deceased as hardworking. Read more

Niger uncovers 22 ghost schools, 24 head teachers

NO fewer than 22 ghost primary schools and 24 head teachers have been discovered in the Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger State. Investigations showed that between the ghost schools and head teachers, a whopping N76m was being lost monthly. Read more

Medical laboratory science council CEO killed in Abuja

Tragedy struck on Wednesday at the apartment of the acting Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, Mrs. Olufunke Omotuyi, when unidentified persons stabbed her to death. PUNCH Metro learnt that the MLSCN boss was stabbed in the neck and in the chest by the assailants at about 4am on Wednesday. Read more

I make N10,000 every two hours –Fake policeman

A 33-year-old man, Austin Okwuokei, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly claiming to be a policeman and extorting money from motorists.  PUNCH Metro learnt that the Ogwashi-Uku Delta State indigene was apprehended by policemen attached to the command’s monitoring team last Thursday at the Costain Roundabout, Iponri. Read more

Police arrest beach managers over drowned Unilag students

The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested two managers of the Elegushi Beach in Ajah where two postgraduate students of the University of Lagos drowned on Sunday during their friend’s birthday. The command, however, declined to disclose the names of the suspects, adding that it was on the trail of some other members of the management to investigate their complicity in the incident. Read more

Residents flee Lagos estate after kidnappers kill engineer

There was a fresh attack by suspected kidnappers on Winners Estate in the Adamo, Ikorodu area of Lagos State, during which the hoodlums engaged the police in a shootout for three hours. Our correspondent learnt that during the shootout, a site engineer, identified only as Isaac, was killed by the rampaging kidnappers. Read more

Masinga: Stephen Keshi was one of the most respected coaches in Africa

Former Super Eagles captain and coach, Keshi, suddenly passed away in Benin City on Wednesday morning at the age of 54.  ‘Big Boss’ as he was affectionately known was a respected figure, not only in his native Nigeria, but across the African continent. As a player Keshi inspired Nigiera to 1994 African Cup of Nations glory, as a coach he masterminded Nigeria’s run to 2013 Afcon success. He is one of only two footballers to have won the coveted title as a player and as a coach.  Read more

Earthquake hits Indonesia’s Bali, no tsunami alert issued

Indonesian official at the meteorology and geophysics agency confirmed a shallow quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck off a tourist resort of Bali Island in central Indonesia on Thursday. He said the quake jolted at 11:13am Jakarta time (0413 GMT) and the epicenter, with a depth of 10 km under sea bed, was located 308 km southeast of the Klungkung town. The official said the intensity of the quake was felt at 3 to 4 MMI (Modified Mercally Intensity) in Denpasar city and 2 MMI in Karang Kates of the island. Read more
South africa: bob hewitt appeal rejected, must go to jail

South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by former Grand Slam tennis champion Bob Hewitt, ruling that he must serve a six-year jail sentence after being convicted of the rape and sexual assault of young girls he coached decades ago. A panel of three judges at the Supreme Court of Appeal said in a judgment released Thursday that the prison sentence given to Hewitt was appropriate. Hewitt, now 76, was convicted of the offenses last year. Read more

Somalia: 30 ethiopian troops killed in attack by militants

A Somali official says 30 Ethiopian troops have been killed in an attack on a base for African Union peacekeepers in central Somalia. Mohamed Mohamud, a military officer in the town of Halgan, said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle early Thursday at the gates of the Ethiopian military base there before gunmen entered the base. Read more



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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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