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University of Ibadan History Department Produces First Class Graduates after 69 Years

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For the first time in 69 years, the University of Ibadan (UI) has produced its first graduate with a First Class honours degree in History.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. Idowu Olayinka said Ozibo Ekele of the Department of History was one of the 186 students who made First Class at the 2015/2016 convocation ceremonies, which began yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Prof. Idowu opined that 5,629 students graduated in various academic programmes from 12 faculties, including the Distance Learning Centre.

According to him, 186 passed with First Class honours, 1,538 finished with Second Class Upper, while 3,133 finished with Second Class Lower.

Also, he said 434 students made Third Class, while 81 others graduated with Pass degrees.

The vice chancellor urged the graduates to be good ambassadors of the university, saying they should impact positively on their world, noting that the students would have graduated a long time ago but for the strike embarked upon by the academic and non-academic workers’ unions.

Following his observations, the breakdown of the graduating list showed that 3.5 per cent and 28.6 per cent finished with First Class and Second Class (Upper) honours.

Prof Olayinka then hailed Ekele for breaking the jinx as the department had never produced a first-class student since inception.

He said: “We warmly congratulate Ozibo Ekele, who is graduating today with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 6.6 out of a maximum of 7.0.

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We Are Not The Worst Police Force In The World -Nigerian Police Reacts To Report

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The Nigerian police force has reacted to a viral report stating that it is the worst rated Police outfit in the world. In a statement signed by Police PRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood, obtained by PoliticsNGR, the Nigerian police counters the report stating that it is ‘One of the best in the world and the best in Africa’. The statement read;

 

· Nigeria Police Force is the best in UN Peace Keeping Operations, Best in Africa, One of the Best in the World. The Force rejects the report as unempirical and absolute falsehood, should be disregarded and discountenanced.

· IGP Assures Nigerians, International Community and Stakeholders Of Policing with Integrity and International Core Values and World Best Practices.

The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to The Cable News Online of today, 10th November, 2017 captioned “NIGERIA POLICE RATED WORST IN THE WORLD”, on the 2016 World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) credited to two (2) bodies, The International Police Association and the Institute for Economics and Peace. The report claimed to have measured the ability of the Police to address Internal Security Issues in 127 Countries in four (4) key areas of Capacity, Process, Legitimacy and Outcomes.

2. The Nigeria Police Force after a careful study of the report and the news items emanating from it, wishes to state categorically that the report is entirely misleading, a clear misrepresentation of facts and figures and essentially unempirical, considering the area of coverage of the report which was said to have been carried out in 2016 by the above-mentioned associations.

3. The report did not take into cognisance the significant improvement in the areas of Capacity Building, Training and Re-training of the entire personnel of the Force as provided for by the current Federal Government of Nigeria and other Foreign and Local NGOs which has greatly improved the efficiency and service delivery of the personnel of the Force throughout the country.

4. It is pertinent to state that the instruments used to evaluate the performance of the Force vis-à-vis that of other countries is absolutely incorrect and grossly inadequate and therefore a plain distortion of facts and figures. The strength of about Three Hundred and Seventy Thousand (370,000) Police Personnel in the country stands at around One (1) Policeman to less than Six Hundred (600) people in population estimates of One Hundred and Eighty Million (180,000,000) Nigerians.

5. It is equally significant to state that the current recruitment of additional Ten Thousand (10,000) Police Personnel into the Force by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the request by the Inspector General of Police to Government for approval of the recruitment of Thirty One Thousand (31,000) Police Personnel yearly for a period of 5years will definitely increase the strength of the Force to meet up with the UN ratio of One (1) Policeman to Four Hundred (400) citizens.

6. Furthermore, in the UN Peace Keeping System, the Nigeria Police Force is rated as the best in UN Peacekeeping operations in the world. This clearly shows that the Nigeria Police Force is not and cannot be the worst in the world under any known scientific yardstick or measuring instrument.

7. Currently, the Nigeria Police Force is one of the only two African Delegates representing the whole of Africa continent on the executive committee of Interpol, a position the Force attained based on high performance, merit and sustained good track records.

8. For avoidance of doubt, since the inception of the present Police administration in July 2016, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, he has introduced and implemented diverse internal reforms aimed at improving capacity building and efficient service delivery of the personnel of the Force, which is yielding positive results in the standardization of the capability of the Nigeria Police Force to deal with violent crimes and terrorism throughout the country. The establishment and take-off of a world-class Terrorism Investigation Bureau for the Force with state-of-the-art equipment and technical support from foreign partners has greatly improved the capacity of the Force to deal with threats posed to internal security in this regard.

9. However, it must be pointed out that the Nigeria Police Force sees the report as a clear demonstration of mischief, ignorance and calculated attempt to distort the feat being recorded by the Force in ensuring adequate security and safety of Nigerians. Nowhere in the report were references made to either the improved capacity or achievements recorded by the Nigeria Police Force across the country in the recent time, the Force, therefore, implores all Nigerians and international community to disregard the report as unfounded and misleading.

10. The renewed determination of the Force to adhere to Internal Police Reforms for greater efficiency in service delivery and conform to standard principles, building trust and confidence in the citizenry for their safety remain unequivocal and unwavering.”

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Teenage Armed Robbers Nabbed In Lagos (Video)

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If you are taking them off the streets, give them legitimate work to do. Whether or not the social media has influenced the youth of this generation is not the point now. On an honest note, Nigeria has already gained a bad reputation across the world, being known for corruption and internet scams. Our youths are more interested in quick cash than hard work and now the virus has spread to teenagers and their nubile minds. When will we face the reality of what our country should be and work on it?

Two teenage armed robbers were recently nabbed in Lagos and paraded with their locally made pistols. The two boys revealed that they have gone on robbery operations several times.

The circumstances of their arrest however, were not made available. Watch the video below;


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tz6t0WNLO0

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Lagos State Unveils Fish Statue In Epe (Photos)

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The fish statue. Photo: State House

In a press release forwarded to the media, it was stated that the Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, represented Ambode at the statue’s unveiling on Wednesday.

Titled ‘The Fish’, the statue is located at Lekki-Epe T-Junction in Epe Local Government Area.

Hon. Akinsola quoted Ambode as saying the iconic statue is a symbolic expression that celebrates the traditional disposition of the founding fathers of Epe as a generic community of fishermen, primarily because of its proximity to the lagoon.

The Fish statue is a celebration of the communal economic activities which revolve around the vast potentials available in the coastal area, including fishing, marine transportation and job opportunities,” Ambode said.

Earlier in his remark, Chairman of Epe Local Government Area, Hon. Doyin Adesanya, said the siting of the monument at the Lekki-Epe T-Junction did not only signify Epe as the fish basket of Lagos State, but also that of the nation.

Mr. Bale Olorunju who represented the sculptor, Mr. Hamza Attah, in his narrative of the artwork said the monument depicted modern Epe as the collecting point for the export of fish in Lagos, noting that fishing is the major occupation of the people in Epeland

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Olusegun Obasanjo Appointed Into UN High-Level Advisory Board On Mediation

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed into the United Nations (UN) High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation along with 17 other current and former global leaders.

The Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez, in September, announced the establishment of the board to provide him with advice on mediation initiatives and back specific mediation efforts around the world.

The Board is composed of 18 current and former global leaders, senior officials and renowned experts who bring together an unparalleled range of experience, skills, knowledge and contacts.

Gutierrez explained that the establishment of the Board is part of the “surge in diplomacy for peace” he has consistently advocated, and gives due priority to the prevention and mediation work of the United Nations.

The said Board is expected to allow the UN to work more effectively with regional organizations, non-governmental groups and others involved in mediation around the world.

In the announcement of the appointments, the world body described Obasanjo as one of the most distinguished elder statesmen of Africa.It added:

“He served as President of the Republic of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, and before that as the Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces from 1976 to 1979. Over his long career, Mr. Obasanjo has been involved in numerous international mediation efforts, including in Angola, Burundi, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.

“In 2008 he was appointed the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes region.”

Kudos to him!

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Nigerian Police Supposedly Return ₦834,000 Extorted From Public as Bribe, Sanction 17 Officers

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Rumor has it that Nigerian Police returned ₦834,000 extorted by its officers from members of the public to the owners between July and September.

The force was also said to have sanctioned 17 police officers, including the suspension of an Assistant Superintendent of Police in Ikorodu, Lagos State, during the period for “corrupt practices”.

According to a statement by the Police Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit on Monday

In the pursuit of implementing the ‘Change Begins with Me’ Campaign of the Federal Government and in line with the desire of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, in bringing an end to impunity, the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit in Q3 2017 recovered and returned a total sum of ₦834,000 extorted money to members of the public. “Sixteen police officers were also sanctioned for various acts of professional misconduct during the period under review (July-September, 2017).

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UNIPORT Withdraws 47 Graduate Certificates, Expels 17 Undergraduates And 6 Students Rusticated

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The Senate of the University of Port Harcourt, has announced the expulsion of 47 graduate students, 17 undergraduates, withdraws 4 higher degrees/4 first degrees and rusticates 6 undergraduates for various offences.

An official bulletin of the university (Uniport Weekly) stated that the punishment levied to the 74 graduates and undergraduate students are as a result of various act of misconduct considered to be at variance with terms of their admission.

According to the bulletin, the decision to expel the students was taken at the 434th Senate Meeting of the university held on Thursday October 13th 2017.

The apex academic regulatory body also ordered the withdrawal of degree certificates already issued to some students who were adjudged to have graduated in error, while others were rusticated for planning a protest and attempting to disrupt the first semester examination of the 2016/2017 session.

The offences for which the students were indicted ranged from examination malpractice, sabotaging the anti-plagiarism process, as well as posing a threat to security in the university. The V.C also announced senate’s decision to expunge the names of problem students who were cleared either by omission or commission from the graduation list.

After much deliberation on the report of the committee that investigated the planned protest and attempted disruption of the first semester examination of the 2016/2017 academic session, senate decided that the following students be rusticated for one academic session with effect from 2017/2018 session.

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Kidnapper Evans Portrays Full Dentals In Court During Arraignment (Photos)

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The notorious billionaire kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, was arraigned in court this morning for the continuation of his trial.

The kidnapper was said to have looked overjoyed and in an elated mood as he was arraigned alongside five other accomplices at the Ikeja High Court at where their trial commenced. The question being; What is he so happy about???

Meanwhile, Evans, has reportedly filed an application seeking to be released on bail. He also prayed the court to give his case an accelerated hearing.

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Adebola Williams Gives Speech At Obama Summit 2017 , Receives Sanding Ovation From Obama

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31year old Debola williams, popularly known as Debola Lagos, was one of the speakers at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit which held in Chicago yesterday.

The only Nigerian invited to speak,he was said to have received a standing ovation from Obama himself. There were other influential nigerians invited to the event such as Tony Elumelu, Dangote, Bukky Sonibare, Uche Pedro.

Debola Williams is he Co-Founder and CEO of RED, which owns Africa’s largest portfolio of youth media brands and engages over 30 million youths. He was named by Forbes as one of Africa’s best entrepreneurs under 30 and CNBC young business leader of the year 2014

 

Some reactions from the event:

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Encomium as Airtel Honours Primary School Teachers

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Leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has been commended by teachers in its adopted public primary schoolslocated in Lagos, Ogun, Kaduna, Kwara, Cross River and Imo States.

 

L-R: Emeka Oparah, Director, Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel Nigeria; Kudirat Kasali, Head Mistress, Oremeji Primary School II, Ajegunle; and Chioma Okolie, CSR Lead, Airtel Nigeria, during the presentation of Airtel Outstanding Contribution to Education Award to the head mistress at Airtel Teachers training held in its adopted school, Oremeji Primary School in commemoration of World Teachers Day on today, Thursday, 5th October, 2017

The teachers who were overwhelmed with joy hailed the telco for its focus on education and for organizing a specialized training as well as award platform to honour Nigerian teachers.

Airtel, through its Adopt-a-School programme, had announced an audio visual and ‘train the trainer’ program for all the 152 teachers in its adopted schools, spread across six States.

Speaking yesterday at the flag-off of the workshop at the Oremeji Primary School II, Ajegunle, Lagos, Head Teacher, Mrs. Kudirat Kasali, commended Airtel for organizing a special training for the teachers in commemoration of World Teachers’ Day.

The practical training session themed “Training the Trainer” was facilitated by Mr. AzeezJamiuOlusola, an Education Consultant.

Speaking on the place of instructional materials in teaching pupils, Mr. Olusola explained that instructional materials such as printed materials, audio, visual have become imperative for successful delivery of lessons in 21st century.
One of the teachers of the school who spoke with the media after the training, Mr. Chinedum Okafor, said the training was much needed to enhance their capacity in the classroom. He stated that the training which was on Instructional Material will guide him in delivering his job.

Another teacher, Mrs. Obi Eunice, extoled Airtel for organizing the training. She said the training will enable them have more impact on the pupils.
After the training, the Head Teacher received ‘Airtel Outstanding Contribution to Education’ Award for her dedication and hard work towards the development of the school.

Some of the teachers of the school: Mr. Bakare Ibrahim Aremu, Mr. Fasasi Adebayo, Mrs. Obi Eunice Chinazo and Mrs. Morogbonwon Bukola Iyabo were also rewarded for their excellent performance with Airtel Solo Aspire smartphones.

In his opening remarks, Mr. EmekaOparah, Director, Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel Nigeria, reaffirmed the telecom giant’s commitment to quality primary education, which according to him, is “a very critical component to building national development and the foundation for a brighter future.”

Airtel’s Adopt-a-School programme is a robust initiative that offers underprivileged children access to quality education in conducive environment, also providing them with all the materials for learning and study. As part of the programme, Airtel also trains teachers of its adopted schools to ensure that high teaching quality is always maintained.

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