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Special Adviser On Students’ Matter To Anambra Governor, Sheriff, Dies

The Special Assistant on Students Matter to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, Comrade Sheriff Emeka Eboh Zadok, is dead.

Campus Gist reports that Comrade Zadok died after a brief illness on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

He died at the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, in Anambra state.

He was appointed Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Students’ Matters in the year 2017.

Zadok was a known student leader and a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).

Campus Gist recalls that Zadok, in 2016, vied for the National President position of NANS but lost to the immediate past president, Aruna Kadiri.

Zadok was a participatory member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Association of South-East Youth Community Leaders (ASEYC) and Nigeria’s Representative at the West African Student’s Union (WASU).

He is survived by his immediate family and lovely wife. Comrade Zadok is from Abia State and was President, Umuobasi Youth Association.

In a statement made available to Campus Gist by the Anambra Stakeholders Forum and NANS Zone ‘B’ stakeholders, they resolved to give the late students’ leader a befitting burial.

They also ordered that a condolence register be opened at his immediate constituency, NANS Zone ‘B’ Transport Welfare Office at UNIZIK bus stand temporary site Awka, Anambra State from the 10th to 21st of July, 2020.

The statement announced the formation of a Central Planning Committee and subcommittees to handle all preparations for his burial. The committee has Comrade Chika Nzelu as Chairman and Comrade Chuks Obele as Secretary.

A tentative burial date of July 22 was announced, while the central planning committee is to liaise with the immediate family of the deceased and also carry the family along in every planning/preparation of his funeral rites.

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Sex-For-Marks: Senate Rules Out “Mutual Consent” From Sexual Harassment Bill

The Senate, on Tuesday, ruled out “mutual consent” as defence by randy lecturers, while passing the Sexual Harassment Bill meant to checkmate sexual harassment in the nation’s higher institutions.

Campus Gist reports that the bill christened: “An Act to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions”, seeks to stop sexual abuse of female students.

It was sponsored by Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) and co-sponsored by 105 other Senators.

The bill proposes up to 14 years jail term, with a minimum of 5 years, without an option of fine for any educator who commits sexual offences in tertiary institutions.

The bill was passed following the consideration of a report of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters presented by the Chairman, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele Opeyemi (APC, Ekiti Central).

In his presentation, Senator Bamidele said sexual harassment has been made an offence by removing mutual consent as a defence in prosecution of sexual harassment cases.

The bill, he said, seeks to maintain the relationship that exists between educators and students with the aim of making tertiary institutions conducive centres of learning.

According to Campus Gist, Senator Bamidele maintained that it was immoral and illegal for an educator or a lecturer to keep or maintain sexual relationship with a student.

“This bill seeks to tame the hydra-headed monster in the name of sexual harassment which has become a pandemic in our tertiary institutions.”

In his remark, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said the bill is an important and landmark legislation that the ninth Senate has passed.

“We have to protect our daughters, sisters, mothers from sexual predators. From the recommendations, we wanted a fair means of offence that somebody is accused of.

“We want tertiary institutions to be safe and peaceful learning environment for everyone,” he said.

The bill will be transmitted to the House of Representatives for concurrence and then sent to the president, Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

*The sexual offences identified in the Sexual Harassment Bill include;

•sexual intercourse with a student

•demands for sex from a student or a prospective student

•intimidating or creating a hostile or offensive environment for the student by soliciting for sex or making sexual advances

•grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, stroking, touching, pinching the breasts or hair or lips or hips or buttocks or any other sensual part of the body of a student

•sending by hand or courier or electronic or any other means naked or sexually explicit pictures or videos or sex related objects to a student

•whistling or winking at a student or screaming, exclaiming, joking or making sexually complimentary or uncomplimentary remarks about a student’s physique or stalking a student

If signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, sex offenders in Nigeria’s higher institutions risk 14-years jail term, with a minimum of 5 years, without an option of fine.

Source: Campus Gist

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BREAKING: Nigeria Boycotts 2020 WAEC Exams

The federal government on Wednesday said Nigerian final year secondary school (SS3) students won’t participate in the forthcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, while addressing State House Correspondents after the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), in Abuja.

The Minister argued that WAEC as a body cannot determine the resumption date of schools in Nigeria.

He said he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers posed by COVID-19.

Adamu declared that Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He, therefore, called on governors that have announced the resumption of school in their states to reconsider their position so as not to jeopardize the lives of the students.

Details later…

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Sex-For-Marks: Randy Lecturers Risk 14-Years Jail Term As Senate Passes Bill

The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill seeking to stop sexual abuse of female students in the nation’s tertiary institutions.

The bill, christened: The proposed legislation titled “A Bill for an Act to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions and for other matters connected therewith 2019 was sponsored by Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, APC, Delta Central, and co-sponsored by 105 other Senators.

The bill which has 27 clauses, proposes up to 14 years jail term, with a minimum of 5 years, without an option of fine for any educator who commits sexual offences in tertiary institutions.

The bill defines sexual offences as including sexual intercourse with a student or demands for sex from a student or a prospective student or intimidating or creating a hostile or offensive environment for the student by soliciting for sex or making sexual advances.

Other forms of sexual harassment identified in the bill are grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, stroking, touching, pinching the breasts or hair or lips or hips or buttocks or any other sensual part of the body of a student; or sending by hand or courier or electronic or any other means naked or sexually explicit pictures or videos or sex related objects to a student, and whistling or winking at a student or screaming, exclaiming, joking or making sexually complimentary or uncomplimentary remarks about a student’s physique or stalking a student.

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UNIBEN urges Police to intensify investigation on student’s rape, murder

Authorities of the University of Benin has expressed concern over the slow phase of the Police investigation into the rape and gruesome murder of a student, late Uwaila Omozuwa.

In a statement, issued by Dr Benedicta Ehanire, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Lilian Salami, had complained about the slow phase of investigation when she visited the Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr Johnson Kokumo in Benin City on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that late Omozuwa, 22, a 100 level Microbiology student, was reportedly raped and murdered in a church in Benin City on Wednesday, May 27.

She later died at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) on Sunday, May 31.

Salami appealed to the Police to support the institution in crime prevention and management.

“My heart is still heavy, especially, because the circumstances of Miss Omozuwa’s death are yet to be unravelled and the perpetrators brought to book,’’ she said.

The VC urged the Police to do all in their power to ensure that no stone is left unturned in their investigation of the crime.

In his response, the Police Commissioner described the DNA and Forensic Centre of the University of Benin as one of the best in the country.

Kokumo told the VC that efforts were being made to bring the culprits to justice with the arrest of two key suspects.

He said that the Police would be happy to collaborate with the university in training its officers in forensic.

(NAN)

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1, 864 pass Law School Bar Final Exams- D-G

The Council of Legal Education has said that 1, 864 students of the Nigerian Law School passed the Bar Final Examinations conducted in January.

The council made this known in a statement signed by the Director-General of the School, Prof. Isa Chiroma on Sunday in Abuja.

The council, while releasing the results said that a total of 2, 515 students participated in the examinations.

Chiroma, who described the performance as outstanding, said that among the 1, 864 students who were successful, only 5 made First Class while 632 others failed the examinations.

“Candidates graded in First Class are 5, Second Class Upper 77, Second Class Lower are 633, those who got pass marks are 1,067 and those with Conditional Pass are 82.

“632 candidates failed the examination, 17 were absent and 2 results are withheld.”

Chiroma further explained that only 0.2 per cent made First Class, 3.06 per cent made Second Class Upper, 25.17 per cent made Second Class Lower and 42.42 per cent passed.

He said other performances include a 3.26 per cent for those with conditional pass, 25.12 per cent failed the examinations, 0.7 per cent were absent and 0.8 per cent results are being withheld.

He also said that screening and Call to Bar ceremony dates for the successful candidates would be communicated in due course. (NAN)

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Uwa: Police Arrests Two Over Murder Of UNIBEN Student

Two “key suspects” have been arrested in connection with the rape and gruesome murder of 100 level Microbiology student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

This was disclosed by the Edo state police commissioner, Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, when he played host to the UNIBEN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami at the Force headquarters, in Benin city on Monday.

In a statement made available to Campus Gist, the police chief assured that efforts were being made by the Force to bring all the culprits to justice.

Miss Omozuwa, 22, was raped and murdered right inside a Redeemed Christian Church in Benin city, on May 27, 2020 during her study hours.

Her death had stirred reactions from activists and notable figures, especially Nigerians on social media, seeking for justice and demanding a stop to rape in Nigeria.

Students of the University of Benin, friends of the deceased and members of the public had equally taken to the streets of Benin city to protest Miss Omozuwa’s death.

The University, in a statement, said it shares in the pain of the family of the victim. While commiserating with the bereaved family on the loss of their daughter, the vice chancellor prayed God to grant her soul peaceful rest.

A statement endorsed by the Public Relations Officer of UNIBEN, Benedicta Ehanire, Ph.D, noted that losing a child at this time compounds the hardship brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Police rates UNIBEN DNA and Forensics Centre as best in Nigeria

The Nigerian police has described the DNA and Forensics Centre of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) as one of the best in the country, Campus Gist reports.

The police, on Monday, also expressed its readiness to partner with the prestigious federal higher institution to train officers of the Force in Forensics.

Edo state police commissioner, Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokumo made the declaration while receiving UNIBEN vice chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami at the Force headquarters, in Benin city.

A statement made available to Campus Gist signed by Public Relations Officer of the institution, Benedicta Ehanire, Ph.D, said the VC was at the police office to solicit support in crime prevention and management in the university.

Prof. Salami, however, used the occasion to express concern that the gruesome rape and murder of the 100 level Microbiology student of the institution, Miss Uwaila Omozuwa, in a church in Benin city, is yet to be unravelled.

She said hearts were still heavy, especially, because the circumstances of Miss Omozuwa’s death are yet to be unravelled and the perpetrators brought to book.

Professor Salami, therefore, urged the police to do all in their power to ensure that no stone is left unturned in their investigation of the crime.

On his part, the police commissioner intimated the vice chancellor with efforts made so far to bring the culprits to justice with the arrest of two key suspects.

Campus Gist gathered that the vice chancellor was accompanied on the visit by principal officers of the University.

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Deputy Vice Chancellor Tests Positive For COVID-19

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Benue State University, Makurdi, Prof. Godwin Achinge, has tested positive for COVID-19, Campus Gist reports.

This was disclosed by the Benue state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, at a press briefing at the Government House in Makurdi, on Saturday.

Mr. Ortom noted that Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Tony Ijohor and Chief of Staff, Mr Terwase Orbunde also tested positive to the virus.

This is coming barely 48 hours after the governor’s wife and one of his sons, including the state Head of Service (HoS) tested positive too.

Governor Ortom who lamented that a total number of 35 persons were confirmed positive in a test carried out a week ago, said he was proceeding on self-isolation.

Ortom said he would be carrying out another test in three days time, as advised by medical officers, even though the result of the test earlier carried out on him returned negative.

“My test result came out negative. But the medical officers said that another test will be carried out on me after three days.

“So, after this interaction I will isolate myself. I will be in isolation until I have clearance from the medical officers,” said Ortom.

The Benue state governor appealed to the people of the state to take preventive measures against Coronavirus very serious, insisting that the virus is real.

“COVID-19 is real and I enjoin my people to take the preventive measures seriously. I want my people to be alive and free from the disease.

“We have to stop the spread of the disease by maintaining all the COVID-19 protocols,” he said.

The governor while urging Benue people to avail themselves for testing for early detection, however said COVID-19 is not a death sentence.

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COVID-19: Edo State Govt Warns Against Reopening Of Schools

Edo State Government, on Friday, said it has not authorised the reopening of schools for 3rd term academic activities amid COVID-19 crisis, warning that government will impose sanctions on schools that flouts the directive.

In a statement obtained by Campus Gist TV, Commissioner for Education, Hon. (Barr) Jimoh Ijegbai, said government did not authorise the reopening of public or private schools, including certificate classes.

The statement read in part; “It has come to the attention of the Edo State Government that some schools in Edo State have reopened and some are planning to reopen for the 3rd term academic session.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the state government has not authorised schools whether public or private, even the certificate classes to reopen under the present circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A date of resumption will be communicated to all stakeholders after modalities have been put in place to ensure the safety of our children and wards.”

The commissioner urged school proprietors to be guided by the state government’s directive, warning that adequate sanctions will be meted out on any school that flouts the directive.

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