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NANS PRO Aspirant, Omale, Withdraws From Race Ahead Of Polls

A frontline aspirant for the position of National Public Relations Officer in the forthcoming convention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Oguche Divine Omale, has withdrawn from the race.

His withdrawal was communicated via a personally signed statement on Friday, November 27, a copy of which was forwarded to CAMPUS GIST, in Abuja.

The NANS national convention is slated to hold from November 29 — 3rd December, 2020 at the Area 10 Sports Complex, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

In the statement, Friday, Omale, a Masters student at the University of Benin, said he was withdrawing to give room to “legitimate students” who had more years in their academic pursuit.

“…While we’re passionate about service delivery, we cannot also fail to relinquish the mantle of leadership when our time is up,” he said. “As an M.Sc Student of the University of Benin, I have little time to round off with my academics as well as other project works…

“It’s therefore hypocritical for me to contest and remain in office as a student representative even while I have graduated and I’m no longer a student anymore because that has been what we have criticised and fought for all these years.

“We understand the beautiful colouration, the glamour, and the pride that comes with serving Nigerian students at the apex level, but we’re equally putting into consideration the desire of other genuine and qualified students who would not also mind in giving their very best to serve our noble association.”

Omale added, “we are of the opinion that NANS should be centred around genuine students who have shown consistent enthusiasm towards positive change. These people who have the zeal, the leadership dexterity and charisma, should be empowered and encouraged to assume leadership roles in our noble association, so as to chart a way forward for a new Nigeria, and to advocate for better society for all Nigerian students.”

He charged ‘legitimate undergraduate and postgraduate students’ to take up elective positions in NANS either at the national level, at the zonal level, or at the state level so as to lend their voices to nation building, community development, and save the Nigerian students movement from ridicule.

“Ever since I announced my intention to contest for the position of the PRO of NANS, a lot of people have embraced the aspirations as if it was theirs, because of their trust and confidence in me. That is why my decision to step down hurts, it hurts all these genuine supporters of progressive change and myself too. But we appeal that they all take this notice in good fate, as the interest of Nigerian students supersedes every individual aspirations.”

The former UNIBEN Students’ Union PRO called on leaders of the NANS who have served the association for more than 15 years, to allow the younger ones take leadership position.

“Those who have ridiculed the association and have turned NANS to medium of making money should let go of their firm grip on the association and allow genuine students who are enthusiastic for change take over the association, take over its governance while they(the leaders) advise from afar.”

To genuine supporters, who have shown their commitments to progress, including members of the Oguche Divine Omale Campaign Organisation (ODOCO), the media team, the strategic team, and everybody who has been part of this project, Omale said he was grateful.

To presidential aspirants in the NANS contest, people he described as “friends”, Omale called on whosoever that wins the election amongst them, to look inwardly to make the association great again.

To those running for NANS National PRO, a position he withdrew from, he said “you guys have worked hard to be PRO of our great association, and I just want to wish you guys the very best.”

“Having spent a lot in the course of this journey has never been my pain, but my hurts has been letting those who truly believe in my vision and in me down for the first time. I beg for your forgiveness and for you all to see this as a best step in putting our association in the right direction.

“While my victory is sure with you all, I still believe that the association should supersede individual gains or interest. The future holds a lot for us all and by Gods grace, we’ll give our best,” the statement added.

“We appreciate every Nigerian students for their support throughout the aspiration. We still value the support, the acceptance at every campus tour and all the genuine endorsements of legitimate students, we appreciate all of these and we’re indeed very grateful.”

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Student Commits Suicide Hours After Posting Cryptic Messages On WhatsApp

A student of the University of Osun, Juba Babatunde Phillips, has allegedly committed suicide hours after posting some cryptic messages on popular social media platform, WhatsApp.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that Philips was, until his death, a first-year student in Theatre Arts department, Ikire campus of the University.

According to reports gathered, the late student was found dead in his hostel room by a friend on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

Prior to his death, he had shared messages on his WhatsApp status, commenting on hardship and suicide.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that the posts prompted his friend to rush to his hostel to check on him, only to find him already dead with a bottle allegedly containing a poisonous substance next to him.

Friends of the deceased have taken to Facebook to mourn him.

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Raped UNIBEN Student, Uwaila Omozuwa, Laid To Rest (Photos)

The remains of Miss Uwaila Omozuwa, the first-year student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), who was gang-raped and murdered in a church, have been laid to rest.

CAMPUS GIST reports that Omozuwa’s remains were interred at Third Cemetery, in Benin City, Edo State, amid tears from family, friends and colleagues.

The deceased final moments began with a funeral service on Friday at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Edo Province 10, Aduwawa, Benin City.

CAMPUS GIST recalls that the 22-year-old was raped and injured in the head in a church, RCCG, where she went to study on May 27. She died from the injuries three days later in a hospital.

Her murder provoked public anger in the streets of Benin with different groups – including the students community – demanding that her killers be brought to justice.

Although, the Edo Police Command paraded six suspects: Nelson Ogbebor, Akato Valentine, Mrs. Tina Samuel, Mrs. Mary Ade, Nosa Osabohien and Collins Ulegbe in connection with the incident.

Nothing has been heard since then with the key-suspect, a woman, said to have been discharged and acquainted, while others allegedly escaped from detention.

At the service of songs in honour of the deceased, on Friday, the cleric-in-charge of RCCG Peace Sanctuary, Benin, Pastor Dele Balogun, described Omozuwa as a very devout Christian, “who did not joke with the things of God.”

Balogun also noted that although the incident was painful, the murdered undergraduate was committed to God’s work to the end.

Members of Omozuwa’s family, in a statement, described her as a very hardworking and committed daughter, who would be greatly missed.

They said she lived her life as a dedicated Christian, who took the things of God very seriously.

A member of the family, who spoke to newsmen in a tending clip obtained by CAMPUS GIST, lamented that the family was yet to get justice months later.

She alleged that the police had swept the case under the carpet “because my family is not rich enough to pursue the case.” “I wish we are richer than this,” she lamented.

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‘Kidnapped’ AAU Student Exposed For Allegedly Faking Her Kidnap For N100m

Nigerians have taken to Twitter to drag one Miss Adebayo Oyiza, the 18-year-old student of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, who was allegedly kidnapped last week.

CAMPUS GIST recalls how the alleged kidnapping of Oyiza made headlines, with her abductors said to be demanding N100 million ransom.

According to reports, Oyiza, a 200 level medical student of AAU was kidnapped on transit near Kogi state by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

A voice note said to be the conversation between her abductors and lover in Hausa made the rounds where Oyiza could be heard in a weak, broken voice supposedly traumatized.

Four days after what seemed like a staged kidnap, Oyiza reportedly escaped the claws of her kidnappers claiming she “trekked” all the way from Kogi to Edo.

Shortly after her ‘dramatic’ escape, Oyiza took to Facebook to make an announcement that apparently didn’t go well with people who have been worked up over her alleged kidnap.

She simply wrote: “Wagwan”, on her wall, a Bini language CAMPUS GIST understands is translated into “What’s going on” in English language.

The statement raised eyebrows as many said anyone who just left captivity would be too traumatized to post on social media immediately after her release.

In another post, agent ‘Flash’ Oyiza debunked her kidnapping rumours, saying she has been sick and never sent any distress message to anyone.

“I can’t write essay I no fit till further notice. I’m very unwell. Cruise? So did I come online to post I was kidnapped or I called one person to please reach out and help me that I got kidnapped?,” she wrote.

Oyiza went ahead to tackle all claims that she staged her kidnap saying she has been in school and her parents are aware of her whereabouts.

“I had an health issue and I was going to fix and I got napped’ on the road, if you stay in Okene or know anyone there, stroll go parks or police station and ask them what happened I haven’t been in Lagos since protest started.

“I’ve been in school and my parents are aware of that, I didn’t run from home, didn’t plan anything.

“The TV noise in the recording, release it let’s hear.
“Let me type this one in peace.
“Then you can now do as you like.
“Wagwan was wrong!

“Me trying to create threads but people kept dragging and my evil spirit is controlling me.

“You need to understand that I can’t type the long essay on a go, it’s bits by bits.

“First off
I’m sorry, I don’t know how to behave.

I’m sorry if I made you loose anything or make people come at you.

I’m beyond grateful for help and prayers.
So grateful!

“No money is with me, the voice note going around, God bless the person for adding fuel to fire, people bringing old conversations and remixing storyline, special shout out, people claiming what they’re not to me and putting me in more trouble, hugs and kisses.

“If I wanted to chase clout, I for post or I for call many people, I only called three people on the first day, and I started receiving many calls checking on me and I know someone I called put out the nappers’ number which was a good thing, to an extent, the people that kept asking for me where much and made the nappers’ think I had lots of people to gimme so why not bill her.”

CAMPUS GIST, however, observed that Oyiza’s statements did not go down well with her friends, as many insisted she was chasing clouts.

Some have joined the call for Oyiza to be arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others who may want to pull similar kidnapping drama.

A social media user alleged that Oyiza intended to use the N100 million to travel to the United Kingdom with her lover assuming she succeeded.

A Facebook user, identified as Boda GigGle narrated how he noticed something “fishy” when he reached out to the family of Oyiza.

The user in a bid to use his platform to help out, contacted Oyiza’s alleged brother who referred him to her ‘dad’ and the story took a different turn from there.

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BREAKING: NYSC Camps Reopen Nationwide Nov 10

The Federal Government has announced November 10 as date for the reopening of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps across the country.

CAMPUS GIST reports that the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, made the announcement, on Thursday, October 15.

“The resumption of the NYSC Orientation Camp for prospective Youth Corpers has been approved and opens on November 10th, 2020”, he said.

According to the minister, full COVID-19 protocols will be enforced as the nation reopens her NYSC orientation camps nationwide.

Details later…

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BREAKING: ‘Mugabe’ Bamidele Finally Impeached As NANS President

The embattled President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr. Danielson Bamidele Akpan has been impeached by the Senate Arm of the Association at an emergency Senate meeting which held on Tuesday, bringing an end to his ‘Mugabecious’ two-and-a-half-year reign.

CAMPUS GIST reports that Akpan was impeached at the meeting which had in attendance current senators (i.e Students’ Union presidents), past and serving NANS leaders and stakeholders.

Our NANS correspondent reports that the meeting held on the popular videoconferencing App, Zoom due to the COVID-19 protocols. It was hosted by the Senate President, Gambo Abubakar Mohammed.

Akpan was impeached over alleged incompetence, misappropriation of fund, corruption, elongation of one-year tenure, disregard for NANS Charter of Demand and insensitivity to the plight of Nigerian Students, amongst others.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that his Vice President (National Affairs), Mr. Chidi Ilogebe was immediately announced and sworn in as Acting National President pending the conduct of fresh elections.

Although Ilogebe is Special Assistant (SA) on Students’ Affairs to the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, against the NANS Charter Demand which forbids excos from holding political positions.

Meanwhile, the impeached NANS president, who recently got married while in Office, has been enmeshed in $200,000 fraud scandal. He has been accused of embezzling the fund said to have been released by the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) as palliative to Nigerian students.

Akpan was said to have negotiated the amount with the nation’s oil body as a way of shutting the mouth of students’ from protesting or kicking against the recent hike in pump price.

Although he has denied the allegation, but originating documents and eyewitnesses have come out to collaborate the report, including his consultant who claim to have strike the deal with the NNPC for a percentage.

Also, a former aspirant for the position of NANS president, Amb. SA Lukman, has petitioned the erstwhile president Akpan before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Abuja over the alleged $200k NNPC largesse.

Details later…

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NYSC Announces Passing Out Date For Batch ‘C’ Corps Members

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has announced winding-up/passing-out date for the 2019 Batch ‘C’ Stream I corps members.

A statement made available to CAMPUS GIST, Tuesday, said the Director-General of the NYSC has approved Thursday, 15th October, 2020 as the date for the passing-out.

“Given the circumstances of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the required protocol for social/physical distancing, below is the programme of activities:

“i. Monday 12th October, 2020

(a) Release of Passing-Out Corps Members by Employers
(b) Registration/Clearing of Corps Members by Local Government Inspectors

“ii. Tuesday 13th October, 2020

“(a) Signing of final clearance by Zonal Inspectors
(b) Administration of Questionnaire (Form 4B) on 30% of the passing-out Corps Members.

“iii. Wednesday 14th October, 2020

“(a) Signing of final clearance by Zonal Inspectors

“iv. Thursday 15th October, 2020

“(a) Distribution of Certificates of National Service to deserving Corps Members at the Local Government level.”

The NYSC management, therefore, wished all affected corps members a very safe and successful exercise.

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UNIBEN Matriculates 10,018 Students For 2019/2020 Session

The University of Benin (UNIBEN) on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, matriculated a total of 10,018 students for the 2019/2020 academic session, CAMPUS GIST reports.

CAMPUS GIST reports that the matriculation ceremony held virtually, with a student representative from the various faculties/schools/colleges/institutes physically present.

The live event took place at the University of Benin ‘Akin Deko’ main auditorium, with only the principal officers and few designated officials of the institution present.

Our correspondent, who monitored the ceremony, reports that the matriculation oath was administered on the new students by Acting Registrar of the school, Mr. C. I. Ehigiator.

Addressing the new students of the University, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Lillian Salami, told the students to see their admittance into the institution as an opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of the country.

“The motto that we pridely proud of this university, the University of Benin is knowledge for service. You are therefore expected to bear constantly in mind and to exhibit high sense of discipline while you are in the University and outside the walls of the University.

“The University of Benin would not award its degrees to students who are found wanting in character and in learning,” she warned.

The vice chancellor also urged the new students to shun all vices capable of truncating their educational pursuits.

“You need to constantly remind yourselves that the distance between today’s ceremony and your convocation is quite wide. And it is important that the journey ends successfully.

“For this to happen, you need to be regular in attendance at lectures; at least a minimum of 75 per cent is required of you to be allowed into examination halls, as well as carrying out all assignments, shunning deviant behaviours and other vices including cultism that can expose you and others to danger.”

Some of the matriculating students, who spoke to CAMPUS GIST off-camera, expressed confidence in making the institution proud.

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EXCLUSIVE: VC Abandons Accident Victims Caused By His Convoy (Photos)

The Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, Prof Edward Olanipekun, has allegedly abandoned two critically injured victims of the auto crash said to have been caused by his convoy in August this year.

CAMPUS GIST had reported how the accident, which occurred along the Ado Ekiti-Iworoko road on May 18, got Miss Ruqayat Mohammed, a 2018 law graduate of EKSU and her friend, Mr Abdulateef Oluwasegun, critically injured.

The VC, whose convoy, allegedly caused the accident

Both Ruqayat and her friend were in a Mitsubishi Lancer, one of the vehicles collided with by a vehicle in the VC’s convoy. They sustained multiple fractures in both legs and are yet to be able to walk.

To get Ruqayat on her feet, CAMPUS GIST gathered that over N1.5 million had already been spent by her parents, with no help from the VC, whose convoy allegedly caused the accident.

The VC had in a statement forwarded to CAMPUS GIST in August, said he was not directly involved in the accident. Prof. Olanipekun insisted his back up vehicle was involved in the accident after he had already passed by the scene.

The VC also disclosed that “those involved in the accident are already receiving treatment at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) and they are in stable conditions.”

However, at the weekend, CAMPUS GIST gathered that all efforts made by families of the victims to get assistance from either the EKSU VC or the University had been futile.

“Even when my dad wrote a letter to the VC, seeking his assistance, we did not get any response,” Ruqayat, who has been confined to the wheelchair told reporters.

A copy of the letter by Ruqayat’s dad, Mohammed Subar, dated July 9, 2020, is reproduced below by CAMPUS GIST;

“Sir, my name is Mohammed Subar, it is with utmost humility that I write through your good and high office to notify you of the auto crash which occurred on the 18th of May 2020, involving my daughter, Miss Ruqayat Mohammed, a 2018 graduate of Ekiti State University, faculty of Law and her friend, Mr Abdulateef Oluwasegun, both Alumni of the above mentioned institution that led to multiple fractures in both legs of my daughter and her friend.

“Sir, this accident has caused my family so much and as a result we have spent over N1.4 million at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital and still spending, because on the 6th of July, 2020, she was referred to National Orthopedic Centre, Igbobi, Lagos for a hip surgery.

“Attached to this letter are the copies of her pictures and the referral letter.

“Sir, this is to bring to your notice the untold hardship this unfortunate accident has caused my family and I believe strongly that by the reason of this letter, you will play a fatherly role in other to save both Ruqayat and Abdulateef’s career.

“Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response.”

It is, however, not clear if the letter got to the vice chancellor. When contacted by CAMPUS GIST, a spokesperson for the University, declined comment. He said he was not allowed to speak on the matter.

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NANS President, Akpan, Engages Girlfriend On Birthday (Photos)

Mr. Danielson Bamidele Akpan, embattled president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has engaged his girlfriend, Miss Etini Etukudo.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that the event took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotels, Abuja on Sunday, at the birthday occasion of Mr. Akpan who has been nicknamed ‘Mugabe’.

Akpan bagged the infamous title ‘Mugabe’ following his refusal to conduct fresh elections or handover power despite the expiration of his one-year non-renewable tenure since 2019.

Though he claims elections cannot hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Akpan is however seen in political gatherings including allegedly endorsing the re-election bids of Southern governors.

“The same coronavirus did not stop him from throwing a birthday party and flouting the existing COVID-19 protocols with his guests”, a friend of the NANS president wrote on social media.

Critics have, on so many occasion, called on Akpan to stop parading himself as NANS president, while several of his appointees have equally resigned their positions following the development.

Announcing the engagement via his social media handle, the NANS president wrote; “I rounded up (sic) my special day by proposing to my beautiful queen. Guess what, she said YES!.”

On her part, Lady Etukudo wrote; “So yesterday I said YES to our forever, I am excited to start this journey with you my darling, Danielson Bamidele Akpan. Cheers to us!!! To love, no question.”

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