Tribune Online gathered that the university had been able to complete the second semester’s academic activities with the students in all the colleges through online teaching and learning, which resulted in the conduct of the first online examination that commenced on Monday. According to the Chancellor, Professor Joshua Ogunwole, in a statement issued from the university’s protocol and public relations office and made available to the Tribune Online on Monday, the institution had released guidelines for the examination on the university’s website early enough to prepare the students for the online examination. The statement read in part: “No distraction and interference during the online examination period, as the university has zero-tolerance for examination malpractices. It is an examination offence for students to block the cameras of their computers while the examination is ongoing and parents should limit their meddling during the period. The new measures, which will be in place for the next four weeks, include the reopening of places of worship provided…Read full story
June 02, 2020 16:33 UTC
Sodiq Oyeleke with agency reportThe Lagos State Government has ruled out the immediate reopening of churches and mosques in the state. He said this on the sideline of the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing commemorating the first year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The PUNCH reports that the Federal Government had on Monday, June 1, lifted the ban on mosques and churches in the country, based on guidelines and protocols agreed with state governments. But Elegushi said the state was still looking at the possibility of reopening worship centres despite the FG’s guidelines. So, definitely, that will speak to our decision.”He, however, commended religious leaders in the State for their cooperation and involvement in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 02, 2020 16:25 UTC
“There is a wide gap between the $1b President Buhari claimed Abacha had stolen and the $5b earlier admitted by the same government. Buhari’s views were published in last week’s edition of Newsweek magazine. The group said President Buhari appears to consistently tilt towards offering a blanket of protection for Abacha. It added that some $300 were returned from the United States recently while reminding the Buhari on the controversial missing $500m of Abacha’s loot. “With all these records and many more, it is astonishing how President Buhari can be telling the whole world that Abachastole a fifth of what he actually looted.
June 02, 2020 16:24 UTC
The camp of one of the aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Hon. We cannot afford to place a political and administrative greenhorn before the people of Ondo State as our candidate. We want the government to run directly by Ondo State people and not indirectly by external proxies. Whether in the government or in the party, Kekemeke’ has never been associated with any scandal all his life. “All his life, he has lived in Ondo State, he married in Ondo State, he has his business investments in Ondo State and he serves the God of Ondo State.
June 02, 2020 16:02 UTC
Indications have emerged that churches and mosques in Lagos may not reopen soon for worshippers due to disagreement on protocols and guidelines between the state government and religious leaders. Elegushi said: “Even before the pronouncement by Federal Government, we have been having meeting with the religious leaders. We even had one with Safety Commission, looking at the possibility of reopening of religious houses. “We also had one with the leaders of the two faiths and I want to tell you categorically that at that meeting, possibility of reopening religious houses was ruled out totally. “They claimed that they cannot take such responsibility of ensuring that only 20 or 50 people are praying behind them.
June 02, 2020 15:53 UTC
Chukwudi AkasikeA group of women from Owube community in Ahiada West Local Government Area of Rivers State on Tuesday protested the activities of cultists in the area. Some of the placards displayed by the woman read, ‘Cult boys have sacked Owube community’, ‘Police commissioner, please, rescue Owube community from cult boys’, ‘Cult boys attack and kill us at will’, ‘Cult boys force Owube people to desert their homes’, and ‘Our women are raped at will by cult boys. Please, rescue Owube women’, among others. She said, “Cult boys in our community do not allow us to go to our farms again. “It is cult boys within our community joining hands with their friends from outside that are behind this.
June 02, 2020 15:50 UTC
The coronavirus pandemic’s disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities, and protests triggered by George Floyd’s death, have laid bare “endemic inequalities” in the United States, the UN rights chief said Tuesday, urging action. Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned that the COVID-19 crisis has had a worse impact on racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and a range of other countries. “This virus is exposing endemic inequalities that have too long been ignored,” she said in a statement. Similar inequalities were also fuelling the widespread protests over the police killing in Minneapolis last week of Floyd, an unarmed black man. “In the United States, protests triggered by the killing of George Floyd are highlighting not only police violence against people of colour, but also inequalities in health, education, employment and endemic racial discrimination,” Bachelet said.
June 02, 2020 15:45 UTC
The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to carry out a forensic audit of the activities of the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited from inception to date. Tribune Online reports that the resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion on the ‘Need to investigate the alleged sleaze, misappropriation and non-profitability of the NIGCOMSAT Limited,’ sponsored by the Minority Leader, Hon. On his lead debate, Hon. According to him, “because the vision of NIGCOMSAT was for it to be the leading satellite operator and service provider in Africa, the company in, 2007, launched the first geostationary Communications Satellite in Sub-Saharan Africa, so as to exploit the commercial viability of the country’s Communications Satellite for its Socio-Economic benefits. To this end, the House mandated the Committees on Information Technology (ICT) and Finance to carry out a forensic audit of the activities of the NIGCOMSAT Limited from inception to date and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.
June 02, 2020 15:44 UTC
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved and also directed that necessary physical protective measures be put in placed to safeguard telecommunications infrastructure deployed across the country. According to him, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has led to a massive migration to digital platforms and has increased the level of importance of Critical National Infrastructure to the sustenance of our economy and the security of the nation. He noted that the ministry under his leadership has championed efforts to identify telecommunications infrastructure as Critical National Infrastructure, with a view to protecting them from vandalization and theft, amongst other things. This is to reciprocate this gesture, and to submit a comprehensive list of their facility locations all over the country. Pantami commended the security agencies for their commitment in securing these infrastructure.
June 02, 2020 15:22 UTC
Apparently piqued by the incessant cases of rape all over the country, President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has advocated for stringent measures and stiffer penalties against perpetrators involved in the heinous crime of rape in the country. Lawan’s advocacy was coming against the backdrop of a motion considered to condemn the increasing cases of rape and brutality against the girl child in Nigeria. He observed that with stringent measures and stiffer penalties in place in Nigeria’s criminal and penal code would be defaulters would be weary of the consequences of such crime“We stand together should to shoulder on this, and I think we need to make the penalties for rape stiffer to be sufficient deterrent for those who are involved in this, or who even desire to be involved. It also condemned the killings of the young girls, and called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of these unwholesome acts. The Senate also observed a minute silence for Tina and Uwa and all those who have lost their lives from such brutality and rape.
June 02, 2020 15:11 UTC
Umar Muhammed, LafiaThe Nasarawa State House of Assembly has asked Governor Abdullahi Sule to relieve the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Aliyu Ahmed-Tijani, of his appointment. The lawmakers said the SSG should be sacked over his alleged failure to account for N284. The speaker also asked Mr. Ahmed-Tijani to refund over N248.5 million to the state government. He said, “Based on the resolution reached by the lawmakers of the House, Governor Abdullahi Sule should relieve the SSG, Mr. Aliyu Ahmed Tijani of his appointment. “I will request the clerk to communicate the House’s resolution to Governor Abdullahi Sule for his immediate action.”He, however, asked Sule to work on the House’s resolution in the interest of peace and development.
June 02, 2020 15:02 UTC
The Borno State Police Command; has established a Rapid Response Squad (RRS) new centre to protect farmers during this year’s plantingseason. The response squad is being sited in Auno community, along the 132-kilometre Maiduguri/Damaturu busiest highway in Northeast. Auno was also severally attacked early this year by Boko Haram insurgents, with loss of many lives and property. The incessant attacks on farmers, informed Governor Babagana Zulum to set up an office, from which he will be working there from time to time. On how farmers be protected, he said: “All our deployments now will start from Auno that will take care of that axis, providing securityespecially for farmers during this planting season.
June 02, 2020 14:57 UTC
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently having a meeting with the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The embattled AfDB president has consistently maintained innocence. The committee cleared the AfDB President but the United States Department of Treasury dismissed the outcome, calling for an independent investigation of the allegations against Adesina. AfDB, a regional multilateral institution, is owned mostly by African countries but the US is a the second largest shareholder after Nigeria. Nigerian and other African leaders have been rallying support for Adesina who is completing his five-year-tenure but is in the running for another term.
June 02, 2020 14:37 UTC
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the release of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu from the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja. The judge, Justice Mohammed Liman, ordered Kalu’s release after ruling on an application filed by the former two-term governor of Abia State. Kalu filed that the court to set aside his conviction on December 5, 2019, by Justice Mohammed Idris. Kalu explained that this became necessary since the Supreme Court, in its verdict delivered on May 8, 2020, held that Justice Idris gave the judgment without jurisdiction. Details later.
June 02, 2020 14:21 UTC
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has expressed confidence of landing a deal to secure back-to-back world title fights Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury in 2021. But Hearn, who revealed he missed FaceTime calls from Fury insists Dillian Whyte deserves his chance to become WBC Champion. “I had a couple of missed FaceTime calls from Tyson the other day, so did AJ,” Hearn told iFLTV. “Then I spoke to AJ and said ‘I had missed calls from Tyson’ and he said, ‘you know what, so did I’. “I just believe AJ beats Tyson Fury and I believe he knocks him out.
June 02, 2020 13:52 UTC