A 300-Level Medical Laboratory student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Christabel was yesterday evening discovered dead in her hostel room at Newton Street, Ekosodin area of Benin City, after allegedly taking some deadly substance to end her life.
Christabel whose body has been taken to the mortuary, took her life in the off-campus community, Ekosodin.
She reportedly left behind a suicide note which was discovered next to her body.
According to Dockaysworld correspondents, the deceased had lingering relationship issues with her boyfriend but it’s not clear if this was the motivation behind her acts as christabel was a vibrant and cheerful lady.
Meanwhile, in a social media post by Uniben Metro, it was reported that the suicide note, which is already in custody of the police at Ugbowo police station, was addressed to two persons, names withheld and the two persons have been invited to the police station for questioning.
The post claimed the suicide was not due to relationship problems between the deceased and her boyfriend but rather personal unresolved issues between the two persons the letter was addressed to.
The 2019 edition of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) is set to kick off on Jun 18 with matches across eight groups to be played over 21 weeks. The Uniben royals is expected to face FUOYE dazzlers in the opening game.
It should be noted that the 32 teams that qualified for the group stage were draw into eight groups of four teams each starting from Group A – Group H from the Sahel and Coastal divisions.
The participating universities are University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, University of Benin, University of Port-Harcourt, University of Jos, University of Calabr, Lagos state University and many others.
Group A has UNILAG Marines, FUTA Tigers, EKSU Mountaineers, OAU Giants. while Group B has UI Pioneers, AAUA Luminaries, LCU Gladiators, LASU Blazers. In Group C, UNIUYO Tuskites, IAUE Minders, DELSU Titans, UNICAL Malabiites, will do battle to qualify for the round of 16. MOUAU Bloomers, RSU Dolphins, ESUT Explorers, NDU Oilers were ceded in Group D as Group E will feature UNIBEN Royals, FUOYE Dazzlers, FUNAI Hawks and UNIZIK Cardinals.
Teams in Group F include NILE Rovers, FUTMINNA Transformers, PLASU Boulders, UNILORIN Warriors. while Group G plays host to ABU Nobles, KUST Pyramid, ATBU Bravehearts, UNIMAID Dessert warriors. The last group, Group H will have BUK Stallions, NSUK Miners, BSU Weavers, UAM Tillers.
Games in group stages will be held across the eight host institutions that were automatically ceded for ease of games logistics and facilities. The first two teams from each group will automatically qualify for the round of 16 which would be played in a return leg elimination series before the Super Four grand finale to be held at the Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.
Meanwhile, the champions of the competition in the last season which happens to be the indomitable tillers of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi have cemented their status as the kings of collegiate football by winning the maiden edition of the league in addition to their gold medal from the last NUGA games.
As part of the highlights for last season, the OAU Giants and the UNILORIN Warriors left an indelible mark in the 2018 Season. Both teams had a good play at the maiden season as they won the 3rd and 4th place respectively.
A young lady who claimed to be a student of Novena University, Delta State, has been caught stealing in the University of Benin, UNIBEN.
The woman was, this morning, nabbed inside a female hostel in UNIBEN, Ekenwan campus.
Local reports show that there have been many recent cases of theft in the hostel. Just three days ago, a student reported that her laptop and phone were stolen overnight from her wardrobe.
However, this morning, laptops, phones and a handbag got missing inside three different rooms and an alarm was raised. That was when a student said she spotted a girl with tinted hair, leaving the rooms.
The gate to the hostel was promptly locked and a search was initiated. The suspect was eventually found inside the common room and apprehended. She later confessed to the many thefts.
According to the hostel occupants, the suspect, who claims to be a student of Novena University, goes around telling people that she’s a fresh student of UNIBEN with no hostel space to stay and that they should please accommodate her for the night.
Once taken in, she strikes by going to surrounding rooms, very early in the morning, to steal, especially when the occupants have gone out to have their bath.
She is currently at the security office at Ugbowo, UNIBEN.
The University of Benin Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, UNIBEN ASUU, has condemned the rustication of five student leaders by the university management.
The union expressed its displeasure in a public statement dated February 7 and signed by J. U. Iyasele and R. N. Chikogu; the Chairman and the Secretary of the union respectively.
“The union wishes to state that protest is a legitimate instrument in every democracy for responding to and resisting unfair and unjust laws and policies. For this reason, the union considers the rustication of five students of the university, based on their participation in the peaceful protest which trailed the increase in the fees charged at the university to be high – handed.”
The academic staff however assured the public that the leadership is interacting with the administration of the University of Benin with a view to arriving at a peaceful resolution of the matter to ensure industrial harmony in the University.
“The University of Benin branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities thus dissociated itself from (i) the recent increase in fees and charges at the University of Benin and (ii) the rustication of five students including some leaders of the students union of the University of Benin”
The management of the University of Benin, last week, rusticated five students for allegedly staging protest with the aim of disrupting official programmes of the school last year.
The affected students included Elvis Ogbidi, Students’ Union president; Justus Aidenagbon, secretary-general; Innocent Momodu, assistant secretary-general; Goodnews Ehisbhi, public relations officers; and Benjamin, also known as Sankara, an activist.
Apart from the University of Benin, student activists at various Nigerian universities, including the University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, and Obafemi Awolowo University, have faced sanctions from authorities for leading protests against poor welfare, increment of fees and other irregularities.
The Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neoliberal Attack (ANSA) has condemned the hike in school fees and hotel fees of University of Benin students, UNIBEN, calling on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Osasere Orunmwense, to reverse the fees or resign from his position.
The group also called on the University management to restore the proscribed students’ union body in the varsity.
It accused the management of insensitive for increasing school fees as a time of economic hardship.
Below is the statement released by the Group:
What this hike action reveals is the insensitivity of Prof. Orunwense to the current economic hardship of the Nigerian masses. Otherwise, how does a Vice-Chancellor expect a mother who suffers to put her child through school, merely by selling pepper or sachet water under the scorching sun at Uselu Market; or how does he expect a poor father who earns a miserly thirty thousand naira (#30) a month by driving UNIBEN shuttle to cope with the new fees and charges? How does the Vice Chancellor expect the working class parents who have not been paid up to nine months of salaries by the same government to cope?
In a country that shamefully operates the lowest minimum wage in the world, eighteen thousand naira (#18,000); less than 50 dollars, the public must begin to demand that the VC publicly explain how such an already impoverished masses can cope with this current hike? Clearly, the hike is intended to price education out of the reach of the poor. But all authorities must know, to cite the words of J.F Kennedy– that our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education,
While the paltry about 7 percent allocation to the education of the 2017 budget contributes to this current nightmare in education, the most current 6 percent allocation contained in the appropriation budget of 2018 threatens a worse tragedy for education in this country. This hike at UNIBEN threatens to become a template for a similar hike of fees and charges at other universities in Nigeria. This is one of the many reasons why all men and women of good conscience everywhere must call for a total reversal of the hike. Nigerian students throughout the federation must begin to organize and synergize for a nationwide mass movement against this callous policy of our selfish, inconsiderate capitalist ruling class
Needless to say, the devious plan of fee increment is nothing short of a national program that is to be unleashed on every campus in the country. These horrific round of fee increments is not only targeted at making our poor parents bear the responsibility of an irresponsible government but as well to price education out of the reach of over 120 million poor Nigerian populace.
An undergraduate of the University of Benin, Edo State, Mr Kingsley Osamede, has won the annual oil and gas essay contest organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.
Osamede, a 200-level student of Medicine and Surgery at the university, was among the top five finalists in the competition.
The undergraduate was rewarded with a cash prize of N500,000, a laptop computer and a plaque.
He defeated Augustine Ekele, a 200-level student of Dentistry and Dental Surgery at UNIBEN; Victory Williams of the Federal University, Otuoke; Elizabeth Ezekiel, a student of Medicine and Surgery, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma and Mayeroghene Obodoya of Delta State University, Abraka, to win the coveted award.
Borokinni was the only Nigerian and African who participated in the competition this year.
After learning about the result of the competition, the young student of UNIBEN said the award will push him to more exceptional things.
“This award will definitely push me further to do more exceptional things that will showcase Nigeria and Africa to the world,”
The Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition also known as the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is reportedly the oldest writing competition in the world.
A commonwealth for Peace, which was the theme for the just concluded competition is crafted around topics that challenge young writers under 18 to consider peace at all levels from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth.
However, in recognition of the contestants’ achievements, Punch reports that the winners and runners-up will visit London and participate in a series of educational and cultural events scheduled to hold in November.