UNIABUJA suspends 24 students arrested during cult initiation

The University of Abuja on Friday announced the indefinite suspension of 24 students of the institution arrested during cult initiation in Gwako village along Gwagwalada Road in the Federal Capital Territory.

The students, including seven final year students, were arrested by the police on March 15 after the villagers raised the alarm of a crowd of cultists hiding in a bush.

The suspected cultists arrested with the effort of the community vigilantes had subsequently been taken into police custody.

According to an eyewitness, a total of 46 persons suspected to be students were arrested but about 24 are from the University of Abuja. It was not clear yet where the other suspects school. They were stripped and beaten by the villagers before they were moved away by the police in two vans.

The university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, on Friday approved the indefinite suspension of the 24 students of the university.

In a release by UNIABUJA’s Head of Information and University Relations, Dr Habib Yakoob, the university said suspicious activities must be promptly reported to the police and other authorities.

Yakoob said, “The vice-chancellor has approved the indefinite suspension of 24 students of the university for alleged involvement in cultism. This is the first batch of the arrested students to be suspended by the university management.

“Out of the 24 suspended students, who cut across various faculties including Science, Arts and Social Science, seven were in 400 level; 10 in 300 level; six in 200 level and one spill-over student.

“The affected students have been directed by the university authorities to hand over all the (school’s) property in their possession and vacate the hostels immediately. The vice-chancellor also directed that the students be made to appear before the Students’ Disciplinary Committee for further investigation.”

The university management maintained that it has zero tolerance for cultism and other related misconduct.

Source: Punch


Coronavirus: Unilorin screens 4 students from Ghana and Chad

The University of Ilorin(UNILORIN) says it has screened four returning international students to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the institution.

Dr Idayat Adurotoye, the Chairperson of Unilorin Coronavirus Prevention Committee, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ilorin.

Adurotoye said that three of the students were Ghanaians while one was a Chadian.

She said this was part of the university proactive measures to ensure the international students are free from the virus.

She, however, explained that the results were yet to be released.

“Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the committee has put in place a preventive mechanism to ensure no incident is recorded.”

Adurotoye explained that the committee had also made provision to distribute hand sanitisers and other preventive kits in the institution.

She urged members of the university community to ensure they observed a high level of environmental hygiene.

Uni Ibadan

UI establishes a new Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences

The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Abuja, has granted the request of the University of Ibadan to establish a Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences. The new Faculty will run the following degree programmes:
(i). Economics
(ii). Accounting
(iii). Banking and Finance
(iv). Marketing

Established some 61 years ago, the highly regarded Department of Economics at the University of Ibadan is easily one of the best of its type in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Department runs B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D programmes as well as the Master of Business Administration (now ceded to the UI School of Business) and the Master in Banking and Finance as approved by the Senate of the University

Since the early 1990s the Department has been host to the highly successful Collaborative Ph.D programme in Economics funded by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), based in Nairobi, Kenya.

More recently, the Department of Economics is also host to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Centre of Excellence as part of which initiative there will be funded postgraduate programmes in Economics, Accounting, and Banking and Finance. The iconic CBN Complex and its Students’ Hostels are to be declared open soon by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

We salute the foresight, courage, hard work and determination of the founding fathers of our legacy Department of Economics and the entire Faculty, alumni/alumnae, students and friends of the Department for their immense contribution to the very high level of training, education, research and value-added service for which the Department is reputed.


Coronavirus: Panic in ABUAD as students go into self-isolation

The reported death of an American of suspected coronavirus at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital (ABUAD) has stirred panic among staff and students of the Ekiti-based school.

A group of 400 level medical students and other healthcare professionals are said to have been isolated because they had contact with the deceased while attending to him at the teaching hospital. Their roommates and close friends are also said to have been quarantined by the school authorities.

Sources in the school said the test results for the deceased has not returned but while it is being awaited, the students who are being isolated are also going to be tested.

Spokesperson of the varsity, Tunde Olofintila, said the multi-system hospital took some pro-active steps by ordering special precautionary kits from abroad in readiness for any eventuality.

“This enabled our highly-skilled and competent healthcare professionals to manage this particular case while other medical centres rejected the said American contrary to global best practices in the medical profession. We have also isolated those who had close contact with the victim while all the facilities used in managing the instant case have been fully disinfected.”

Regardless, students of the school have taken to the  social media to lament the situation.

A contact from the school, who pleaded anonymity lamented: “You see now, ABUAD teaching hospital has been forming hard guy, hard guy, as the best multi-system hospital, now they have brought coronavirus for them to cure. Please everyone should beg and tell them we are no longer the best.

“As we are trapped in ABUAD, coronavirus came to join us. He is not a staff. He is an expatriate, referred from the state teaching hospital. He died before the result of his test came. But result was positive which makes him the first recorded case in Ekiti. All contacts with him have been quarantined.”

ABU Zaria

Senate President Host Yobe State Students From ABU Zaria

The Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan yesterday hosted a delegation of Yobe State Students Association, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria chapter (NUYOSSABU) to an interactive session at his office in Abuja.

The interactive session which was also attended by Senator Ibrahim Mohammad Bomai of Yobe South Senatorial District discussed issues of burning interest to both parties.

The news was shared on the official Twitter accounts of both the Senate President and the Yobe state students Association

Dr. Ahmed Lawan who is also from Yobe State has been representing the people of Yobe North senatorial district in the Nigerian senate since 2007.

The former University of Maiduguri lecturer is also an Abusite. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Maiduguri in 1984. A master’s degree in Remote Sensing from the Ahmadu Bello University and a Doctorate degree in Remote Sensing/GIS from Cranfield University, UK, in 1990 and 1996 respectively.

Campus News

Coronavirus: FG orders closure of varsities, schools nationwide

The Federal Ministry of Education has ordered the immediate closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide over the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country and as part of measures to contain the spread.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, confirmed this to The newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.

When sent an inquiry through a text message, Echono simply replied, “Confirmed.”

A release later released by the ministry added that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, asked all principals of the 104 Unity Colleges “to fast-track the ongoing second term examinations and close shop until further notice.”

The ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Ben Goong, in the release, said, “The Federal Government has ordered the closure of all the 104 Unity Schools in the country on March 26, 2020, as a proactive step aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.”

“In the meantime, the minister said the management of all the unity colleges should immediately activate the necessary emergency procedures and processes such as the provision of alcohol-based sanitisers, and handwashing facilities among others.

“The minister directed the principals to immediately report any suspicious case to the nearest health authorities.”


UNIABUJA VC throws weight behind 2020 UniAbuja Carnival.

The Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja Professor Abdulrasheed Na’allah has throw his weight behind the forthcoming UniAbuja Carnival, the don stated this while receiving the team of the carnival on a courtesy visit at his office yesterday.

In his remarks, he urged students of the university to come out and showcase their talents. He also commended the facilitator partner of the carnival and promised a one hundred percent support towards it success.

Earlier on, the chief executive officer of Model Mark Eudtainment who also doubled as the facilitator partner of the carnival Mr Tayo Folorusho explained the essence of the carnival, according to him University of Abuja Carnival is an emerging destination for tourism and entertainment in the federal capital territory.

The Facilitator Partner, Mr Tayo Folorusho and the Vice Chancellor

Also with the arrays of talent from different parts of the country in the school needs to be showcased to the world . Going down Memory Lane, he informed the VC that the maiden edition was held on the 19th to 21st of July 2017 and it brought into the University arena, artists, fashion enthusiast, dancers, cultural exhibitors among other dignitaries and fun loving Nigerians with over 30,000 in attendance.

The Dean of students affairs,Dr Umar Kari, Director, Development and Advancement, Prof. Bassey Ubom, The Creative Lead of The OWL Campus Media, also the official media partner of University of Abuja Carnival, Mr Toyosola Amuludun and others were in attendance.

This year’s edition is expected to hold on March 25-27, 2019.


Ned Nwoko hosts UNIABUJA management team, carnival facilitators

One of Nigeria’s foremost philanthropist, Chief Ned Nwoko has hosted the management team alongside the carnival facilitators from the University of Abuja.

Prince Ned Munir Nwoko who is a Nigerian lawyer, politician and businessman, engaged in a tête-a-tête with the management team of the University of Abuja as well as the organizers of the University of Abuja Carnival 2020 on Friday, 28th February 2020.

Chief Ned Nwoko who was listened to the plans of the visiting team, confirmed his company’s readiness to partner with University of Abuja management in support culture tourism and development.

During the discussion of the partnership Ned Nwoko made it known that he’s already to support the University of Abuja carnival as well.

He also disclose his action to provide grant for institutions to commence research and come up with cure Malaria in Africa.

He also confirm is availability to grace the Carnival.

Some of the dignitaries present at the meeting include:

Dr Umar Kari
Dean of students affairs, Uniabuja

Prof. Bassey Ubom
Director, Development and Advancement

Mr Tayo Folorunsho (CEO Model Mark Entertainment) the organizer of University of Abuja Carnival

Mr Toyosola Amuludn (Creative Lead, The OWL Campus Media ) official Media Partner of University of Abuja Carnival….


Regina Daniels To Grace Uniabuja Carnival 2020

It’s has being confirm from the organizers/facilitators of University of Abuja 2020 that the Nollywood actress Regina Daniels has confirmed her appearance at the maiden carnival coming up on this month 25th -27th of March, 2020 at the University.

Regina Daniels is married to a billionaire politician Chief Ned Nwoko.

University of Abuja Carnival is an emerging destination for Culture, Tourism and Entertainment in the federal capital territory and with array of talents that abound within the campus.

The university held the first campus carnival in 2017 amidst pop and pageantry with resounding success. It was a celebration of art and culture as well as Edutainment Festivals with over 30,000 Audience and hundreds of exhibitors in Art, Business and Fashion into the University arena.

AAU News

AAU students protest slapping of SUG president

Students of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma on Friday staged a protest on the streets of Ekpoma, demanding prosecution of a policeman that slapped President of the Student Union Government, Comrade Osamagbe Eghobamien.

The protesting students blocked the Benin-Auchi highway and sat in front of the Police Division in Ekpoma.

A source said trouble started when some policemen attempted to arrest some students staying off campus.

The source stated that some executives of the SUG were present at the scene and an attempt to intervene led to a policeman slapping Comrade Eghobamien.

Spokesman for the institution, Mr. Edward Aihevba, said the police have apologised to the students.

Aihevba said the campus was peaceful and no hitch in academic activities.

He said the SUG executives have accepted the apology and traffic congestion has been eased.