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Army ex-spokesman, Sani Usman, gets new appointment days after retirement

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has offered an appointment to retired Brig-Gen. Sani Usman as faculty member of its Business School.

Usman voluntarily bowed out of the Nigerian Army as its Director of Public Relations last Thursday after more than 35 years of meritorious service.

A statement issued by the Coordinator of NOUN Business School, Prof. Samaila Mande, on Tuesday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the former army spokesman was appointed because of his wealth of experience.

Mande expressed optimism that as Public Relations and Communications expert, Usman would bring his great wealth of knowledge and experience to bear in his new appointment.

He said with Usman’s appointment, the retired general would chair the Crisis Communication, Public Relations and Security Studies sessions of the School.

Usman is a graduate of the Bayero University Kano, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and also has a Masters degree in Media, Peace and Conflicts Studies.

He is also a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and member of the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru in Jos.

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Kimanin yara milyan 9.5 ake ciyarwa a kullum, cewar gwamnatin tarayya

Akwa Ibom,
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Akwa Ibom University suspends 4 students for allegedly raping female colleague

The Akwa Ibom State University, located at Obio Akpa Campus in Oruk Anam has announced the suspension of four students for allegedly raping a female student of the institution.

The Head, Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Protocol of the University, Comrade Akaninyene Ibanga told journalists that the students were suspended by the university authorities as a normal procedure to allow them attend police interviews as part of investigations by the security agency to established their level of involvement in the crime.

He said the university would expel the students if they were found culpable of the offence after investigations.

Asked if the police would exonerate the suspected rapists, he said, “There is no way the police would exonerate them because the victim has obtained a medical report to back up police findings. Once the police concludes their investigation and send their report, the university would expel them if found guilty.”

In the release signed by the Head of Information unit of the institution, Mr Ibanga, the names of the perpetrators and their registration numbers were given as Akpan, Udeme Matthew (AK15/ART/HIS/009, Essien, Godwin Fidelis (AK16/SMS/MAS/019),Bassey Courage Joseph(AK16/ART/PFA/009)and Bassey Godspower Columbus (AK16/SMS/PAD/012 respectively.

“Kindly be informed that the Vice -Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University has taken appropriate disciplinary measures against the four students who have recently been involved in rape cases and caused embarrassment to the University Community.”

“Letters issued and signed on 8th April, 2019 on the directive of the Vice-Chancellor by the Registrar and Secretary to Senate, Mr. John E. Udo to the four culprits clearly state “The University has received a security report that on Saturday, March 23, 2019, you in company of three others allegedly raped and caused severe bodily harm to a female student of the Department of Performing Arts and Mass Comnunication”. He said.

He explained that the suspension letters were issued in line with the University rules and regulations as enshrined in the Student Information handbook.

He said the Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of Senate, had directed that the studentship of the suspects should be suspended indefinitely with effect from the date of the letters, for their alleged gross misconduct, which constitutes a breach of the Matriculation Oath.

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2019 UTME: JAMB speaks on when results will be released

The Joing Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday explained why it had not released the results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the board discovered that some candidates who wrote the examination engaged in massive fraud and impersonation, putting their results in doubt.

Benjamin stated this in an interview in Abuja, on Wednesday.

He said the board had started screening the results of all the candidates who wrote the examination and would release them as soon as it finished the exercise.

Benjamin said: “We will not release the results in a hurry. We will do a lot of crosschecking and matchmaking to be sure that nobody that was engaged in illicit act go scot free.

“We will release the results as soon as we finish checking the results to ensure that all those ones that we caught in various illicit registration acts are properly dealt with and those that we could not arrest are withheld.

“We will release the results when we finish doing our screening. We are screening the whole results.

“We don’t have the numbers now but we won’t release any result until we are sure of the whole thing.”

Benjamin also said the board was investigating cases of biometric verification failure in some states.

He assured that the board would do the needful once it finished its investigation and found the reported cases to be genuine.

“We will not be able to say genuine now until we do our due diligence. We are investigating because I told you that we have cases of illicit registration and we discovered that some of them created some scene when they discovered that their time for the exams clashed and they could not write the exam.

“We are giving everybody the benefit of doubt. We will look at all the perimeters and ensure that no one whose case is actually genuine suffers injustice.

“When we finish our exams we will be able to look at the whole thing (biometric issues),” he added.

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