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ICPC detains ex-JAMB Registrar for N900m fraud

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a former Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, for allegedly misappropriating Nine Hundred million Naira(N900,000,000).

Ojerinde, who was arrested on March 15, 2021, in Abuja by ICPC operatives, allegedly committed multiple cases of fraud while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO).

The alleged offences were perpetrated between 1999 and 2007 as well as 2008 and 2016.

Ojerinde was alleged to have awarded contracts worth over N450 million beyond his approval threshold. Most of the contractors could not be traced as at the time of his arrest. But the ICPC has seized some assets traced to Ojerinde, who is also a Professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

A statement by the commission’s spokesperson Mrs. Azuka C. Ogugua, said Ojerinde had made useful statement.

The source claimed that investigation had “successfully linked the source of N1.7 billion used to acquire some of the properties to NECO and JAMB through a private solicitor based in Abuja.

The solicitor admitted that he collected the funds on various dates from an accountant who served under Prof. Ojerinde in both agencies”.

Also, a Federal High Court in Minna, the Niger State capital, has given an order of restitution and forfeiture to the Federal Government of all the assets that were found to have been corruptly acquired with public funds for Ojerinde.

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Hijab Controversy: 10 Kwara Schools Resume Monday

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Hijab Controversy 10 Kwara Schools Resume Monday

Recall that some schools in Kwara and Lagos State, where embroiled in a Hijab Controversy, the Kwara State government has directed 10 secondary schools that were embroiled in the hijab controversy to resume on Monday.

This is contained in a contained in a communique signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for the commencement of the third term of the 2020/2021 academic session.

The intent of the resumption, is to enable the students and teachers to cover the lost grounds as other schools in the state will resume for the third term academic session on April 26, 2021.

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The Communique reads, “This is to inform parents/guardians and teachers that the 2020/2021 Third Term Academic Session for the 10 schools affected in the recent hijaab debate starts on Monday, 12th April 2021.

“This is part of the government’s efforts to bring the students in these schools up to speed in whatever they may have missed when their schools were shut. This is especially necessary for students preparing for external examinations.

“The resumption date for other schools not affected by the brief closure of schools is Monday 26th, 2021, as had earlier been communicated.

“All the teachers and staff of the affected schools should resume duty and commence classes immediately.

“The Monitoring and Inspection team of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development will be going round to ascertain compliance.”

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Ondo Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

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Ondo Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Adding up with the strike actions going on in the nation, the Labour union at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State have begun an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries and other issues.

This was signed in a statement Mr. Temidayo Temola, the chairman of the Joint Action Congress (JAC) in Okitipupa.

The affected unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

“The JAC of OAUSTECH arising from an all-important congress on April 6 resolved to commence a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike.

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“This is a result of the inability of the management of the university to meet the demands of the unions on the payment of salaries from November 2020 till date.

“Also, non-remittance of over 22 months pension deductions coupled with non-implementation of minimum wage as well as non-payment of earned allowances.

“The unions will not relent on the indefinite strike until our demands are met,” the statement read.

Reacting to the development, the Registrar of the Institution, Mr Ganiyu Saliu, said that the management is aware of the strike, attributing the inability of the government to meet the union’s demand to the shortfall in the government’s subvention which could no longer be managed to meet its obligations.

He blamed the COVID-19 pandemic as being responsible for management’s inability to meet its obligations.

“Government is aware of all these issues but all these were due to the dwindling fortunes; the management is working with the unions to resolve all the issues soon,” Saliu said.

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I want answers to how Richard Okorogheye died, says mother

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The mother of a Nigerian student, Richard Okorogheye, whose body was found in a lake in Epping Forest in UK, says her heart “feels as if it has been ripped apart”.

According to Sky News, Evidence Joel said she is “completely hollow and devastated and empty” after police confirmed yesterday that the body found in Essex on Monday was the 19-year-old’s.

“At this moment of time I just want answers as how my son lost his life. I want answers. I desperately need closure,” she said.

She said she will continue to support the police in order to find out what happened to her son.

Okorogheye went missing after leaving his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of 22 March.

On Monday, the Metropolitan Police said they were informed by Essex Police that the body of a man was found in a lake in Epping Forest.

The mother of the student said she had been to the site where her son’s body was found to lay flowers.

She said, “It was a very uncomfortable place to be. I wouldn’t want to be there.

“My son that I know cannot walk into that darkness – no torch, no light. An hour and 30 minutes from where he was last seen. He must have guts to do that. He’s only 19.

“What could push him to go that far if he wasn’t meeting somebody?”

Okorogheye was a student at Oxford Brookes University but had been shielding during the pandemic because he had sickle cell disease.

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Joel said he only left the house for hospital appointments.

The teenager’s death is being treated as unexplained and police do not believe at this stage that there was any third-party involvement.

Investigators are still looking at his computer and searching the forest for his shoes, phone and bag which were not with his body when it was found.

Joel said she was “surprised” to hear that police believe no one else was involved.

“Something happened there. It’s too far for Richard to walk into that darkness alone. You can’t, it’s tedious, it’s darkness.

“So how did he get there? What happened? We don’t know. I feel something happened there.”

The cause of Okorogheye’s death is pending while further investigations are carried out, however police found no evidence of physical trauma or assault, detectives said.

Joel described her son as the “perfect child” and said she was “lucky” to be his mother.

“He will always be my baby and I will always be his mother and no one can take that away from me,” she said.

Joel also told Sky News that a number of fake GoFundMe pages have been set up in her son’s name.

She said the family has not created one yet but will do so soon.

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