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UNIBEN Announces Resumption Of Academic Activities

The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), on Monday, announced that the institution will resume full academic session on January 30, 2021.

The announcement was contained in a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST signed by Benedicta Ehanire, PhD, Public Relations Officer of the University.

The statement read, “The University of Benin has released an amended calendar for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 Academic sessions.

“At the end of a meeting of the University’s Senate on Monday 4th January, 2021, it was resolved that old Students of the Institution should come into residence on the 30th of January for the continuation of First Semester lectures on Monday 1st of February, 2021.

“The Semester is expected to run until the 1st of April, 2021, while Second Semester is billed to commence on April 5, 2021.

“For the 2020/2021 amended calendar, fresh students are to under-go on-line clearance from Monday 5th to Friday 30th April, 2021 and commence orientation on the 3rd of May, 2021.”

Meanwhile, all returning students (old and new) were asked to note the following:

“1. They will be required to fill an on-line questionaire and submit the print-out to the Dean of Students before resumption.

2. Adhere strictly to the non-medical protocols of compulsory use of face masks, hand sanitizers and physical distancing.

3. Possession of an android/smart phone or device is advised, as e-learning has become inevitable.

4. Expected to comply with acceptable dress codes as determined by the University in line with societal norms and values.

5. Returning students with any ailment are to ensure that they are properly treated before resumption.”

In the statement, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Lilian I. Salami, on behalf of Management, Senate and Staff wished all, a most fulfilling 2021.

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Alleged Server Collapse: Post-UTME Still On Course, UNIBEN Assures

…Says No Issue With Server, But Power

By Ogochukwu Isioma

Following the alleged collapse of its server, management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) says there is no cause for alarm as candidates who sat for the Institution’s Post-UTME exercise on Tuesday December 8, have been advised on what to do.

In a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST, Thursday, endorsed by the Institution’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire, she said those whose submissions were affected in two of the centres have been advised, via their emails, to return for the exercise.

“The candidates are to go to the University’s ICT Centres from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th December, 2020 from 9am,” the statement added.

This is even as the University management insisted UNIBEN has no problem with its servers, while attributing the problem to a technical hitches resulting from power cut on campus.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the University has no problem with its servers as the submissions of all candidates who took the examination before 8th December and those of others whose Centres were not affected are intact.

“In the meantime, more than half of the affected candidates have been captured. Management regrets all the discomfort caused by the unfortunate incident.”

Meanwhile, UNIBEN says the present power outage on Campus is as a result of Community unrest at Ihovbor, the main source of power supply to the University.

Revealing that the Community youths forced power outage due to a clash, the University, however, expressed hope that normalcy would be restored soonest.

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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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Shun cultism, attend classes regularly – UNIBEN VC tells new students

Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, has called on newly admitted students of the institution to shun social vices, including cultism, CAMPUS GIST reports.

The VC gave the advice on Tuesday, September 15, at the virtual matriculation ceremony conducted for students of the 2019/2020 academic session.

VC Salami

Addressing the new students, the vice chancellor warned that the University would not award its degrees to students who are found wanting in character and in learning.

She, therefore, urged the new students to shun all vices capable of truncating their educational pursuits, while taking their academic work seriously.

“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,” Salami said.

“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.”

Prof. 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 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.”

CAMPUS GIST reports that a total of 10,018 new students admitted into the 2019/2020 academic session were represented by a student from the various faculties of the University at the virtual ceremony.

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.

Cross section of the new students representatives with some members of the UNIBEN SUG
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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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Transcript: UNIBEN Disengages Services Of ETX-NG

The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has disengaged the services of ETX-NG Limited, a platform for transcript application, processing and delivery, CAMPUS GIST reports.

A statement by the University spokesperson, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire announcing the disengagement, advised students and alumni to stop all transactions (financial or otherwise) with the company forthwith.

“Graduating students are advised to make transcript payments directly to University of Benin account via Remita”, she said.

“All applications for transcripts should be made through www.uniben.edu via master card or call: 08099993537, email: examsandrecords-transcript@uniben.edu,” Ehanire added.

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Ize-Iyamu Demands Swift Prosecution Of Suspected Killers Of Uwa

The candidate of the APC in the Edo Governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has tasked the Police to commence the swift prosecution of the suspected killers of Uwaila Vera Omozuwa and ensure justice.

Miss Omzuwa, a 100-level microbiology student of the University of Benin, was raped and murdered in a church in Benin City where she had gone to study. Her death sparked national outrage and refocused attention on the prevalence of sexual assault and abuse of women in the country.

On Wednesday, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, paraded six suspects involved in the murder following what he described as “united efforts” of the Police, including homicide experts and State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

In a statement forwarded to CAMPUS GIST by Mr. John Mayaki, the Chairman of Edo APC Campaign Council, Ize-Iyamu commended the Police for the arrest but insisted that it was only the beginning of the process toward ensuring justice for the family and friends of the late Uwa.

Condemning the rape and murder of Uwa as a heinous crime, he says the perpetrators must be made to face the full weight of the law without delay, and sensitization and legal efforts to prevent and protect women from sexual assault and other forms of abuse are intensified.

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UNIBEN Staff Killed, 1 Injured As Police Chase Driver Over N100 Bribe

Dr. Stella Okotie, a staff of the University of Benin, was on Tuesday sent to early grave when a commercial bus driver running away from police extortion rammed into her.

CAMPUS GIST reports that the incident happened in Benin City at about 6:30pm along the ever-busy Benin-Lagos expressway, close to the UNIBEN main gate.

The deceased was until her demise, a lecturer at the UNIBEN faculty of Education. Aside Okotie, one person was said to have also been killed with another sustaining some injuries.

The victims were killed while a commercial bus driver was running away from the police officers who had earlier flagged his vehicle down, demanding N100 bribe.

One of the officers was said to have jumped into the moving bus and engaged in a physical struggle with the bus driver, dragging the steering wheel in the process.

According to an eyewitness, the late UNIBEN staff was standing at the walkway alongside her husband, Dr. Williams Okotie, also a staff of UNIBEN and her son when the bus hit her and their stationery UNIBEN water supply van.

“The police officers were pursuing a commercial bus in quest for money leading to a physical struggle between one of the officers and driver of the vehicle,” he told CAMPUS GIST.

“While the police was struggling the steering wheel with the driver, the bus ram into Dr. Okotie who was standing on the walk way just by the side of her vehicle killing her on the spot.”

Following the incident, the police officers fled the scene leaving behind one of their colleague who was beaten to pulp and almost left for dead by angry mob but for the quick intervention of a woman believed to be his wife.

Consequently, residents and passersby barricaded the ever-busy new Lagos road right in front of the UNIBEN Ugbowo main gate, causing heavy traffic gridlock for hours.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor could not be reached for comments. The university management is yet to issue a statement as at the time of filing this report.

In response to incident, the UNIBEN medical students are embarking on a solidarity protest on Wednesday (today) against the killing of the mother of their former colleague.

A statement issued by Comr. Goodluck Eghosa Osemwenkhae, Director of Information, Media and Publicity, on behalf of the union, said the protest would cover the police headquarters and the Edo state government house.

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UNIBEN Forensic Centre & DNA Studies Holds 1st Virtual Training Workshop

The University of Benin (UNIBEN) Centre for Forensic Programmes and DNA Studies (CFPS), is set to hold her first virtual training workshop, CAMPUS GIST reports.

This was disclosed in a two-page statement made available to CAMPUS GIST on Friday, in Benin City by the CFPS, Office of the Vice Chancellor.

The programme has as theme: “Application of knowledge of Forensic and DNA tools in combating pandemic and enhancing crime scene investigation.”

CAMPUS GIST reports that the workshop will hold virtually via videoconferencing software, Zoom from August 4 – 5th, 2020.

See program of events below…

DAY 1

11:30am – 11:58am: Admission of Participants

12:00 – 12:20pm: Welcome address by University of Benin Vice-Chancellor (Professor (Mrs.) Lillian Salami)

12:30pm – 12:45pm: An Introduction and overview on Forensic, Crime scene Investigation and Pandemic by the Director of Centre for Forensic Programs and DNA Studies, University of Benin (Professor Edeaghe Ehikhamenor)

12:15 pm – 01:45pm: First speaker

AIG (Rtd). Dr. Akhiwu Wilson (MBBS, MSC (Tox), PGDIP (FOREN.PSYCH), FMCPath, FWACP, CERT FOR ANTHRO)

01:45 pm – 02:00 pm: A brief break for refreshments and exchange of pleasantries by participants

02:00 pm – 02:45 pm: Second Speaker

Chief/Force Consultant Pathologist, Nigeria Police Force

Topic: Crime Scene Investigation: Application of Forensic and DNA skills in rape Investigation, Nigeria experience

Third speaker

Professor Ikhide Imumorin
Adjunct Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta USA and President CEO African Biosciences Ltd.

Topic: Pandemic Covid-19 Virus: Rationalization of Susceptibility of Victims and Enhanced Survival based on their Genetic Profile

02:50pm – 03:00pm: Announcement vote of thank by Dr. Victoria Mokwenye

DAY 2

11:45am 12:10pm: Admission of Participants

12:15 pm 01:00 pm: First Speaker

Dr. Ona Ekhomu (CFE, CPP, CSP, PCI, CPO)
Chairman of Management and Security, Lagos, Nigeria

Topic: Crime Scene Investigation: Forensic Ballistics and Firearms analysis of the gun, cartridges and other missiles to know The real shooters

01:05 pm – 01:50 pm: Second Speaker

Professor Peter O. Olayiwola (Ph.D). FCFI, FNCS, Citp, JP)

Topic: Crime Scene Investigation: Application of Computer Digital and Mobile Phone Forensics to Combat Cybercrimes in Nigeria

01:45 pm 01:55 pm: A brief break for refreshments and exchange of pleasantries by participants

02:00pm – 02:45pm: Third Speaker

Professor Ikhide Imumorin
Adjunct Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.
and President & CEO African Biosciences Ltd.

Topic: Pandemic Covid-19 Virus: Application of Forensic and DNA analysis in testing and Management

12:50 pm – 03:05 pm Fourth Speaker

Dr. Adesuwa Urhoghide Edigin (RDS, MHA, Cert LRM)

President Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, Edo state branch

Topic: The Role of Networking amongst Various Stakeholders in Combating Crime in the Society

03:10 pm 03:20 pm: Vote of Thanks by Barrister Aigbe Irene

“The Centre appreciates the members of committee for the 1st Virtual training workshop namely:

“Nwawuba Stanley U
Amidu Latifu Adeniyi Okojie Beckley Odianosen
All Academic and Non-Academic Staff of CEFPADS
All Student of CEFPADS.”

To participate, register at >>> https://forms.gle/ehCV8tS6aCrDCisbAhttps://forms.gle/ehCV8tS6aCrDCisbA

or

https://bit.ly/ForensicVTWhttps://bit.ly/ForensicVTW

Request for training certificate with all the eLearning materials with regards to the 1st Virtual Forensic workshop is possible via payment to the account;

Name: Zenith Bank
Name of Account: FORDEC
A/c number: 101 660 020 4
After payment, send a scanned copy of proof of payment to email: CEFPADS@uniben.edu
For enquiry, call: 08065699068.

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UNIBEN Professor, Emoghene, Dies

A lecturer at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Professor Alexander Ochuko Emoghene, is dead.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that Professor Emoghene died on Saturday morning after a brief illness.

A close friend of the professor, who craved anonymity, confirmed the report to CAMPUS GIST on Sunday.

Until his death, Emoghene was a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences.

He was also a two-time Head of the Department of Microbiology, in the same faculty.

Emoghene was billed to deliver a lecture at the UNIBEN regular inaugural lecture series in April but was postponed owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

He was yet to deliver same [lecture] until his demise.

Professor Emoghene studied at the University of Benin, in Edo state, graduating with a second class (upper division) degree (Hons) in Botany, in the year 1987.

He also obtained a Master of Science (MSc) in Microbiology from same UNIBEN, 1989 and later a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Plant Pathogenic Microbiology/Phytopathology, 1996.

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