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EFCC Releases 13 Out Of 94 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested In Osogbo Nightclub

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office, has freed 13 of the 94 suspected Internet fraudsters arrested in Osogbo, Osun State, on Monday.

It was earlier reported that about 94 suspects were arrested on Sunday night after operatives of the agency raided night clubs in Osogbo and Iwo towns in the state.

During the raid, 19 exotic cars and over 100 phones were recovered from the suspects.

However, after preliminary investigation was conducted, the 13 persons were released.

While speaking with Channels Television, Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent of the EFCC in the state, Mr Bright Igeleke, said the latest arrests was an indication of the resolve of the commission to rid the country of economic and financial crimes.

He also confirmed that about 152 convictions had been made on Internet fraud and related offences.

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LASU students to pay additional N150,000 tuition

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Students of the Lagos State University will start paying a sum of N150,000 tuition fee for a second stream undergraduate programme.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, said the second stream degree programme was introduced to help deepen the entrepreneurship skills of students of the institution.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the Vice-Chancellor as saying, “Our regular Stream 1 programme tuition fee is still N25,000, while medical students pay N37,000.

“But for Stream 2 entrepreneurship programme, the tuition fee is N150,000, aside from acceptance and medical fees,”

However, Fagbohun was said to have refuted speculation that LASU had increased tuition fees for its undergraduate programmes.

It is not clear whether or not the second stream degree programme would be optional or mandatory for students of the university.

According to NAN, Fagbohun said the entrepreneurship programme, which would run along with normal undergraduate degrees, would prepare students to be self-employed and employers of labour.

The Vice-Chancellor added that “Research indicates that small-medium enterprises employ more than 80 per cent of the workforce in Nigeria.

“That is why we have a very close working relationship with SMEs, so they can impact on the university and impart right entrepreneurship skills to the students.

“Before starting, the Stream 2 entrepreneurship programme will go through all the approval processes of the university.

“Critical thing for LASU is quality assurance which means the two-stream programmes will be standard and run successfully together without any programme failing.

“We have a directorate of quality assurance that monitors every programme of the university in order to achieve best practices,” the vice-chancellor said.

He said that entrepreneurship courses would be taught only during the first year of the regular Stream 1 programme, while it would be taught throughout the duration of the Stream 2 programme.

Also speaking, Prof. Martins Anetekhan, Director, LASU Centre for Entrepreneur, said the university was concerned about widespread unemployment among graduates of Nigerian universities.

“After the investigation, we realised that most graduates are not getting jobs because the available job vacancies can not accommodate them.

“It means they have to be skillful and adjust their mindset to become entrepreneurs who can also employ others and contribute to national development.

“Apart from giving them knowledge on normal degree programme, LASU introduced Stream 2 programme so they can also acquire some skills, knowledge through entrepreneurship programmes,” he said.

Anetekhan said that there were 79 different areas of entrepreneurship for the Stream 2 programme and teaching had been arranged such that it would not clash with the normal degree programmes.

“We should all know that entrepreneurship programme is the delivery of handsome skills and LASU partnered with many small scale industries to teach the students,” he said.

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Bayelsa guber: PDP mocks APC, tells INEC what to do next

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday mocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the disqualification of its candidate, David Lyon and his running mate in the Saturday’s governorship election in Bayelsa State by two courts of competent jurisdiction.

The party said the development was victory for democracy and the fact that manipulators cannot continue to have their way in Nigeria’s electoral process.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately “delist the APC from the ballot as any vote cast for that party would be a wasted vote, since the court judgments has made it clear that the APC is not in the election.”

The PDP invited INEC to note that no fewer than two decisions of courts of competent jurisdiction have negated the participation of the APC in the race.

The statement reads: “The first was the judgment disqualifying the APC candidates over the
presentation of false documents by the deputy governorship candidate, Biobarakuma Degi Eremienyo, which was followed by another judgment, nullifying the entirety of the APC primary that produced the candidates.

“It is, therefore, trite law that given the circumstances that have entangled the candidature of the APC, the party, accordingly, has no place in the November 16 governorship election and cannot lay claim to any vote.

“Notwithstanding the disqualification, the PDP calls on the Police and the military to immediately invite David Lyon and other APC leaders for questioning over the recent gruesome attack and killing of PDP supporters by APC thugs in Nembe.”

The party condemned the attack by “APC agents as cowardly and a clear case of crime against humanity, which must not be politicized under any guise.”

“Information available to the PDP shows that the attackers were known supporters of the APC, who have also been seen on several occasions in functions with APC leaders including the disqualified candidates.

“Our party therefore stands in vehement rejection of any attempt to politicize the attack, insisting that the masterminds, facilitators and executors must be swiftly brought to book on the full terms prescribed by our criminal laws,” the statement added.

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Why Kogi Guber may be bloody on Saturday – CDD

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The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has issued a warning to voters ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State.

In a statement jointly signed by Adele Jinadu, CDD chairman, and Idayat Hassan, the director, the organisation said the incidents of violence can affect voters’ turnout on Saturday.

The organization warned that the election on Saturday would be a ‘bloody process if urgent action is not taken to address the situation.’

The CDD urged security agencies to protect the lives of the electoral officials and ensure that violence is curbed during the election.

The statement read: “Less than 48 hours to November 16, 2019, Kogi State Governorship election, political actors have failed to de-escalate the tension, which had been building up in the State.

“Unfortunately, this has set the stage for what could be a very bloody electoral process, if urgent action is not taken to address the situation

“It is disheartening that political gladiators across the partisan divide have shown no apparent signs of refraining from using vitriolic rhetoric capable of inflaming passions, which could result in dire consequences for voter confidence and turnout and the credibility of the entire process.

“At the CDD Elections Analysis Centre, we believe the credibility of an election does not rest exclusively with happenings on the polls or outcome of the elections. To us, equally crucial is the nature of the environment heading into the polls, and mainly how it contributes to the unfettered participation of all stakeholders, especially political contestants in the process.

“Our findings from the observation of the pre-election environment point to a very volatile political environment, characterised by fierce rhetoric, threats of violence and actual incidents of violence.

“At the last count also, the threats of violence and actual incidents of violent disturbances, including the condemnable arson on the party secretariat of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) could have the effect of making voters stay away from the polls.”

DAILY POST recalls that SDP secretariat which was attacked by suspected political thugs on Sunday, was set ablaze in the early hours of Monday.

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