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ICPC, DSS arrest 48 lecturers, security officers, others for exam malpractices

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and the Department of State Services have arrested 48 individuals for alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board.

JUPEB is an advanced level educational examination that qualifies a candidate for admission into 200 level in any Nigerian and foreign university through direct entry.

It is coordinated by the University of Lagos and has up to 10 accredited universities.

Operation Combo was simultaneously carried out by the operatives of ICPC and DSS in seven states after extensive monitoring of tutorial schools known for notoriously compromising JUPEB examinations.

The sting operation consequently led to the arrest of the President of Tutorial School Owners, the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, disclosed in a statement on Wednesday, titled, ‘ICPC, DSS arrest 48 lecturers, security officers, ICT specialists over leakage of JUPEB examinations.’

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According to the commission, the operation, a consequence of a sustained period of surveillance and undercover investigations spanning several weeks, led to multiple arrests of suspects, including parents of candidates.

Also arrested were lecturers and others involved in examination malpractices and other illegalities in the participating institutions.

Some of the suspects have been granted administrative bail while the investigation is ongoing.

The statement said, “The suspects were arrested from Wellspring University, Benin, Edo State; Christopher University, Mowe, Ogun State and Crown-Hill University, Ilorin, Kwara State.

“Again, the raid of tutorial centres by operatives in McPherson and Precious Cornerstone universities in Ibadan and Ilara-Epe, in Oyo State, respectively, led to more arrest of suspects.”

The ICPC further stated that credible intelligence gathered during the operations showed active connivance of the parents of the students and the management of the universities.

It added, “Three current Vice-Chancellors have been invited by the ICPC for their roles in the unchecked and massive malpractices reported. It was revealed that syndicated social media platforms were created by the facilitators for leaking questions and circulating answers to students for a fee during examinations.

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“Investigation also revealed that candidates, who are mostly minors, allegedly paid between N350,000 to N500,000 each to the suspects in the various tutorial schools to engage in the illegalities.”

The anti-graft agency revealed that the cartel, in connivance with the coordinators of the examination centres and other management staff of the institutions, allowed candidates to enter the examination halls with smartphones and other electronic devices to send question papers to waiting groups online and subsequently receive answers to the questions.

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Kwara governor pledges scholarships award for 16 distinguished fellows

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Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has expressed the readiness of the state government to provide scholarships to outstanding fellows that would emerge from the second edition of the Countryside Emerging Leaders Fellowship (CELF) taking place in Ilorin, the state capital.

The Convener of the Fellowship programme, Mallam Lawal Olalekan Olohungbebe, who announced this at a press briefing in Ilorin yesterday, said the government is committed to providing scholarships to all outstanding participants from across the 16 local government areas of the state.

Olohungbebe, who spoke on behalf of Haashim Initiative for Community Advancement (HICA) and Hannis Institute for Development Studies (HIDS), the corporate organisers of the Fellowship, said the objective of CELF is to stimulate and inspire creativity and critical thinking among young participants selected from across the state.

Speaking further, the convener said the media briefing was called to formally kick-start the second edition of the programme tagged: ‘CELF 2.O’, with the theme: ‘Nurturing Potential and Delivering Growth’.

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Olohungbebe disclosed that CELF, as an educational intervention, is aimed at building the capacity of young people, particularly in rural areas to drive development in their various communities.

According to him, “Considering the very limited opportunities available in rural communities, the quality of the education young people receive in rural areas, the level of exposure and the remote possibility of furthering their education after secondary school, are the areas CELF is conceived to breach for young people living in those communities.

“We believe that with the right guidance and support, they can take charge of their lives right where they are and use CELF training to turn around the fortunes of their families and communities.”

The convener added that the CELF 2.O has a new approach and focus, as applicants would now be required to submit a letter of intent alongside other application documents, while the focus of the Fellowship itself would be to deliver training on entrepreneurship, mentorship, personal and community development.

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Olohungbebe, who also acknowledged donations and support made by individuals, corporate bodies, civil societies, community-based organisations and other partners, said the impact of the maiden edition of CELF has endeared the Fellowship to a greater number of partners, who have now come on board to offer their absolute support for the second edition.

He commended the state Governor, AbdulRasaq, for his donations to the participants last year and his greater commitment towards the success of this year’s edition.

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Police confirm gunmen attack on UNIABUJA, say 6 abducted

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The FCT Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday, has confirmed the attack on the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) Staff Quarters by suspected bandits on Tuesday.

NewsWireNGR had earlier reported that gunmen stormed the University’s staff quarters in the early hours of Tuesday kidnapping a professor of economics, his children, and others.

Confirming the incident, Sunday, in a statement said he had dispatched additional tactical and conventional policing resources to UNIABUJA main and satellite campuses.

He said he has also directed the operatives to man the staff quarters and other affiliate formations of the university, to fortify security, improve public safety and protect citizens in and around the university community.

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The CP noted that a combined team of the police and personnel of the Nigerian Army 176 Guards Battalion were swiftly mobilised to the area to protect the citizens.

“Preliminary investigations however revealed that six (6) persons were allegedly abducted into the forest by the criminals on sighting the security operatives,” he said.

The CP, while calling for calm, stressed that the security forces are already working with the locals in the area toward rescuing the victims.

He assured that the perpetrators would be arrested and brought to book.

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Meanwhile, the school spokesperson, Habib Yakoob, had earlier said; “We have report that four of our staff and their children were, nevertheless, abducted by the evil men.

“Efforts are being made to ensure their safe return. A sad day for us, indeed”.

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Nigerian Lecturer Ties Knot With His Former Student

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A lecturer with the Taraba State University, TSU, Francis Collins Somorija and his former student, Mercy Momboya will be gettiing married on November 6, 2021 in Yakoko, Zing Local Govt Area, Taraba.

Mercy took to Facebook on Monday to share their love story. Read below:

Today been 1-11-2021, I want to share a little story about Collins Francis Somorija my husband to be….

First of all Collins was my lecturer in Taraba state University TSU, Department of Sociology. Anyway it is funny but it is unique & it is will be in record that a Departmental lecturer married his student.

I love that you have keep a record my lecturer turn husband…… Like joke like play when Collins open up to me he loves me seriously I thought he wanted to take advantage of me so, I was reluctant but he was so determined and trusting God that one day I will listen to him, Collins said I’m not going back to Adamawa this is the suitable place to stay.

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When I agreed to his gentle request, I saw seriousness in him, though men are funny a times. They can change at anytime but in life u have to try someone no matter what.

I love his zeal because he really knows what he wants,his patients makes him to achieve his goal today.

Secondly we have seen a lot of trials in our relationship but because I have a strong husband he always raised me up anytime I’m weak, he makes me stronger, he respects me before everyone, he denied alot of ladies because of me.

Thank you my love for making me special before everyone, he hate seeing me angry, men like you are rare u have most of the quality a woman will always pray to have u never give up u are a strong man indeed anytime I think of how u patiently waited for me is not all men that can tolerate that I love you I love you I love you Collins

Finally I won’t forget all his relatives and friends most especially his parents, they welcomed me in that house as if I’m from Taraba state. They hate seeing me disturb n is what I prayed for God to Join me with in-laws that will love me n support us in our relationship not in-laws that will try to see our downfall..At last my Prayers is answered. thank you Jesus! I love you my in-laws may God keep us together and continue to unite us forever and ever amen.

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Two certificates collected in Taraba state University is not easy. It has been God all the way and I will forever be grateful to God. All honour and glory belong to him.

U are all invited my lovely friends please don’t b tired with us. Traditional wedding is now a history. Send forth is now a history. THE FINAL STAGE IS OUR WHITE WEDDING…BE OUR GUEST AND PRAY FOR US….. I love you all.

Nigerian lecturer set to marry his former student
Nigerian lecturer set to marry his former student
Nigerian lecturer set to marry his former student
Nigerian lecturer set to marry his former student
Nigerian lecturer set to marry his former student

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