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Accolades as Kwara govt, academics, students remember late KWASU VC Akanbi

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Accolades as Kwara govt, academics, students remember late KWASU VC Akanbi

•KWASU’s SUG hosts 6th Students Leadership Summit, Empowerment

Kwara State Government on Wednesday again paid tribute to the late Vice Chancellor of the State University (KWASU) Malete, Prof. Muhammad Mustapha Akanbi, describing him as a strong and value-driven administrator in his lifetime.

The government said this in Ilorin at the 6th Students Leadership Summit and Empowerment of the Kwara State University Students’ Union, affirming that Prof Akanbi was exceptionally upright.

Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, who represented the Governor at the occasion, said Prof. Akanbi was a team player that played active roles in transforming KWASU.

“Everything we’ve heard this afternoon revolves around the excellent qualities of the Vice Chancellor Prof Mohammad Akanbi.
He was a strong and value-driven administrator. He was a fine representative of the youth constituency as one of the youngest vice chancellors in the country,” he said.

KWASU Students’ Union found Prof Akanbi worthy to be honoured at this year’s Leadership Summit in view of his contributions to the University, with the theme: “A Colossus that Bestrode the Planet Earth: The Life and Time of Prof MM Akanbi.

Prof Akanbi was appointed by Governor AbdulRazaq in April, 2020, and he died two and a half years after.

“The government is really proud of his leadership and his vision for the University. He was sure-footed, firm, courageous, and kind. He was also a team player. It is rare to have students describe an administrator in those words in the same sentence”.

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He said for students to speak good about the late Vice Chancellor means a lot, urging the youths, especially students of the institution, to emulate his values and virtues.

The question is: what legacy am I leaving behind? And what would you be remembered for?, Ajakaye queried, praying to God to continue to bless the soul of the deceased.

At the event were various dignitaries and some government officials including the Kwara First Lady Ambassador Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq was represented by Dr. Funsho AbdulRazaq; Mutawalle Ilorin and Chairman of the occasion Dr Alimi AbdulRazaq ably represented by Dr. Ghali Alaya; Acting VC of KWASU Prof Shaykh Luqman Jimoh; Dean Students Affairs, KWASU Prof Moshood Mahmud Jimba; representative and wife of the honoree Mrs. Shakirat Mustapha Akanbi; Guest Speaker of the occasion and Vice Chancellor Ojaja University Eyenkorin, Prof Jeleel Sijuade; former VC Federal University of Technology Minna, Prof Musbau Akanji; Alhaji Sa’ad Salau; Alhaji Bashir Adigun; President Students’ Union KWASU Israel Jesutofunmi; some family members of the honoree, among others.

Acting Vice Chancellor KWASU, Prof Shaykh Luqman Jimoh, in his remarks, said late Akanbi was a visionary and academic luminary, and exemplary administrator, whose tenure was filled with unwavering commitment and passion for transformative education.

He said the University has resolved to name the Senate building after the late administrator to immortalize him.

“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of loss that we gather to remember and honour Prof Muhammad Mustapha Akanbi, the second Vice Chancellor of the University. As we reflect on his life and profound impacts that had on this community, we are reminded of the immeasurable void that his passing has left behind”.

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Mutawalle Ilorin and Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Alimi AbdulRazaq, who was represented by Dr. Ghali Alaya, said the institution owes a duty to maintain the good legacy of Prof Akanbi, and to continue to execute what he had as wishes and aspirations for the University.

Prof Sijuade, in his lecture, said the late VC left a vacuum that was difficult to fill, alluding to some of his exemplary virtues, and how he impacted the lives of many in all stages of his life.

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Edo residents count losses in flood-affected neighbourhoods

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Edo residents count losses in flood-affected neighbourhoods

Residents of Uffa, Ugbogbo, Afekhai, Orere, Domingo Road, Lawani Road, Momodu Ajayi Road and Ibillo-Auchi Road in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State have started counting losses as their houses and property have been submerged under flood.

DAILY POST reports that 85 houses were reportedly submerged under flood while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed following a two-day heavy downpour.

It was also reported that the flood took over major parts of the local government area.

Some of the affected victims blamed the flood on water coming from the Orere rock, collapsed bridges in major parts of the area and indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages.

One of the victims, Priscilla Osiobafoh, who expressed shock over the incident, added that about 85 houses have been submerged in the flood.

Osiobafoh, who is the Executive Director of BraveHeart Initiative, an NGO, said out of the 85 houses, 50 buildings were destroyed.

According to her: “The flood occurred at about 10 am on Monday. I did an on-the-spot assessment and reached out to about 37 victims affected by the flood.

“So far, we have about 85 buildings that have been affected by the flood. But the major destruction is in about 50 buildings in the area.

“The cause of the flood was the heavy water coming from the Orere rocks, the collapse of major bridges in the council area and the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages.

“This also shows the effect of climate change and all the environmental issues a lot of people talk about that we don’t pay attention to.

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“We understand some of our citizens were careless about their drainage system. They allow dirt to be in their gutters.

“One significant thing that happened on that day was that all the bridges in the town had issues.”

She called for the construction of a drainage system that would channel all the water coming from the rocks to its appropriate place.

She noted that while the government can blame residents for the indiscriminate dumping of refuse on drainages, it cannot, however, blame them for the collapse of bridges.

“All the bridges are faulty, the water exceeded the bridge level and went through all the places. These are critical issues that need government’s attention,” she stated.

Other victims, who spoke to journalists, including Ms Feyintola Eshamah and Ms Stella Agbarajo, lamented that they lost their entire properties to the flood.

“The water had wreaked havoc on our buildings, thereby rendering us homeless. Thank God that there were no casualties. But we have lost all our properties to the flood,” Agbarajo added.

Another victim, Mrs Edith Igboje, appealed to the

federal, state and local governments to come to their aid.

Reacting to the development, the chairman of the council, Tajudeen Alade, said the council had made its report on the incident to the state government.

“I have made an on-the-spot assessment of the affected areas along with the HOD Environment and Supervisory Councillor for Works, and we have made our report to the state government.

“We have equally informed the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to see how we can assist the victims to cushion the effect of the flood,” he said.

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The council chairman, however, blamed the citizens for poor sanitation, buildings on the right of way and indiscriminate dumping of refuse on drainages.

Sources: Daily Post

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Police probe Yobe cleric for allegedly impregnating friend’s wife

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A 65-year old woman has been arrested for allegedly inflicting injury on her 19-year old house-help in Ezinifite, Aguata local government area

The Yobe State Police Command has begun the probe into the case of a self-proclaimed marabout, Auwalu Haruna, arrested for allegedly abducting and impregnating his wife’s friend.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the 20-year-old girl, after days of disappearance, was found pregnant at Haruna’s custody in Anguwan Arewa, in the Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State.

In a telephone interview with PUNCH Metro on Thursday, Dungus Abdulkarim, the spokesperson for the state police command, revealed to our correspondent that Haruna was accused of hypnotising the victim with a concoction that rendered her unconscious.

Abdulkarim said the case was transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department, and a discreet investigation was ongoing.

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“The suspect is just like a marabout, he does rituals for people. So, he allegedly forced her to drink a certain medical concoction that made her fall in love with him, then he eloped with her to Anguwan at Kano.

“The abduction case was reported to the Tarmuwa Divisional Police Headquarters by her father, who alleged it was Mallam Haruna who perpetrated it. After thorough research, the command operatives arrested him in Kano with the girl, whom he had already impregnated. It was medically confirmed that she was two months pregnant.

“The case is still under investigation at the Yobe SCID, and you know there are processes. After we are done, we still have to transfer his file to the Yobe State Ministry of Justice. The ministry, which is our counterpart, will now go through the file and vet it.”

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If satisfied with the investigation, they can now provide legal assistance to the police, and he will be arraigned in court,” Abdulkarim concluded.

PUNCH Metro reported in June that a 71-year-old landlord, identified simply as Adesina, for allegedly defiling and impregnating his tenant’s 14-year-old girl at Akegbeyale Street in Ifesowapo Akute, Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

Our correspondent gathered that the residents and other tenants were thrown into a state of shock when the septuagenarian suspect was found on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, having sexual intercourse with the minor at about 10:15 pm in the bathroom.

Source: The Punch

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Osun teenagers caught stealing high tension cables

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Osun teenagers caught stealing high tension cables

Two teenagers identified by their first names, Jelili and Babatunde, have been nabbed by members of the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service for stealing a high-tension electricity cable in Arola village in Ede, Osun State.

A security source who was present when the suspects were arrested by the hunters, laid in the bush, waiting for them, during an interview with PUNCH Metro on Wednesday, said the suspects were nabbed around 3:30 pm in the bush in Arola village on Tuesday.

Before they were picked up, he said, the suspects, had successfully cut an electricity cable from high-tension poles in the area and were about to flee the scene.

The source, who pleaded to remain anonymous for security reasons, however, said hunters had monitored the activities of the suspects within the area over some time before they were eventually arrested while perpetrating the crime.

“We caught them around 3:30 pm inside the bush. The operatives of the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service in Ede arrested the two suspected vandals on Tuesday.“They were caught stealing high-tension cable around the Akoda/Arola area in Ede. The first suspect is identified as Babatunde, while the second suspect is Akeem. They are both 19 years of age. We have handed them over to the NSCDC officers for further investigation.

“We have monitored the suspects over a period of time. Criminals are using the bush for cover, but it was easy for us to lay in the bush and get them because we know the terrain very well,” the security source said.

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When contacted, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Osun State, Kehinde Adeleke, said the suspects were in the custody of the command.

She said, “It is true. They are in our custody. The investigation is progressing well. They may go to court on Thursday.”

 

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Woman nabbed for attempting to smuggle drug to Abuja inmate

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Woman nabbed for attempting to smuggle drug to Abuja inmate

A woman identified as Precious Yusuf has been arrested by officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service while attempting to smuggle drugs to an inmate at the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Abuja.

The suspect was said to have disguised as a visitor to one of the inmates but was apprehended during a search by the correctional service officials.

Yusuf, according to a statement on Wednesday by the FCT command spokesperson of the service, Adamu Duza, concealed the drugs in food packs.

He said the woman confessed that she was sent to deliver the drugs for an inmate in the facility.

Duza said, “The Nigerian Correctional Service, FCT Command has apprehended a lady called Precious Yusuf trying to push in drugs to an inmate of the Medium Security Custodial Centre Kuje, Abuja.

“This occurred on Tuesday when the above-named lady came in the guise of a visitor to an inmate. During the usual routine search by officers of the Kuje Custodial Centre, items suspected to be Indian hemp and other dangerous drugs were concealed in food packs in a carton. The culprit confessed to having been sent to bring this to an inmate of the custodial centre.”

He noted that the Controller of Corrections, FCT Command, Ibrahim Usman, directed that the woman should be handed over to the Nigerian Drug Law Agency for investigation and prosecution.

Duza said the controller warned those planning to perpetrate the same crime to desist.

He said, “The Controller of Corrections, FCT Command, Ibrahim Usman, has since ordered that the suspect be handed over to the Nigerian Drug Law Agency for further investigation and prosecution.

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“Usman cautioned and warned drug peddlers to desist from trying to smuggle in illicit substances into the custodial centres in the guise of visits as his officers and men are on alert to deflate such a plot.”

Source: The PUNCH

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Welder nabbed for allegedly kidnapping prophetess in Cross River

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Welder nabbed for allegedly kidnapping prophetess in Cross River

Cross River State Police Command, yesterday, paraded a welder identified as Oliver for alleged kidnapping a prophetess, Uduak Emmanuel alongside 19 others for various crimes.

Briefing newsmen at the state Police Command Headquarters in Calabar, Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, said the 20 suspects were arrested for various crimes within four months.

According to her, their offences ranged from kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, cultism to unlawful possession of firearms, among others.

According to Ugbo, of the 20 suspects arrested, 14 have been charged to court while the remaining would also be charged as soon as investigations were concluded.

She further explained that 14 persons were arrested over cult related activities, three for armed robbery, others for rape, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms while items recovered includes phones, laptops, locally made pistol, criminal charms Indian hemp amongst others.

In a related development, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Augustine Grimah presented 17 cheques of over N43 million to families of deceased police officers.

Augustine urged the families not to allow the money bring wrangling among them, rather it should keep them united and used judiciously.

Source: Vanguard

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Escaped Hyena from Jos Wild life Park recaptured

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Hyena escapes Wildlife Park in Jos

The Hyena that’s escaped from the Jos wild life park has been recaptured.

The management of the park said the animal, which escaped from the park days ago, was found, tranquilized, captured and safely returned to its enclosure.

The General manger of the Plateau State Tourism Corporation, Chuwang Pwajok, who announced the return,however did not mention when the animal escaped or where it was found.

Many residents have been apprehensive since the news of the Hyena’s escspe went public on Monday.

“The relentless efforts of our team, coupled with the unwavering support of the public, led to this successful capture,” the management said.

The Plateau State Tourism Corporation reassured enhanced measures were in place to prevent future occurrences and to ensure the continued safety of both the animals and the community.

It was not the first time that animals escaped from the park.

In 2015, a lion escaped, while the most recent was in July 2018 when another lion escaped from its cage.

 

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