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JAMB arrests ‘professor’ for alleged exams fraud

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A man who claimed to be a professor, Jide Jisus, has been arrested for alleged examination malpractice during the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

A statement yesterday by the spokesperson of JAMB, Mr. Fabian Benjamin, said the ‘professor’ was apprehended by the monitoring team of the registrar of JAMB in an examination hall at Brix Academy, Jabi, Abuja.

He said, “His identity was shrouded in dubious tales. He claimed during interrogation that he was one of the professors selected by the Board to oversee the conduct of the examination.

“He also claimed that he was awarded a professorial position by Christian University, Isolo, Lagos and that he had two professorial awards from “Becket” University England and Freedom University.

“He similarly claimed to be a staff of Anchor Polytechnic, Kubwa, Abuja, an institution that does not exist. According to him, he said he is the president of the United Nigeria Chaplin Institute of Peace Academy.

“However, it was discovered that he had a daughter who was taking the 2019 UTME in the same centre where he was caught.”

“The Board’s operational guideline does not allow unauthorised persons into the examination hall.

“The Professor was, therefore, not one of those selected by the Board to monitor the conduct of the 2019 UTME,” the statement said.

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I’m not scared of kidnappers – Senate Deputy Majority Leader speaks on running from constituency

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The Deputy Majority Leader of the Nigerian Senate, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, has said he visits his hometown, Oka-Akoko in Ondo State regularly while dismissing media report suggesting otherwise as utterly misleading.

Reacting to a media report suggesting that he no longer visit or travel to his constituency, the lawmaker said he has been regular to his hometown in Ondo State now than before.

“The said media report is utterly misleading as it did not reflect the crux, essence and meaning of what I said when I visited the Akure residence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti whose daughter was killed by gunmen.

“The misleading report seems more like offside interpretation and off-key inference.”

Speaking with DAILY POST in Abuja, he said he has scheduled programmes in his home this weekend, while promised to honour all.

“I visited my hometown recently and I will visit my hometown by this weekend and next week to attend scheduled political engagements and community activities”.

“The suggestion that I can no longer travel to my hometown does not represent the truth.”

Meanwhile, it should be noted that when Senator Ajayi Boroffice spoke with reporters in Akure, he emphasized the enormity of security challenges and made reference to a spot near Oba Akoko which is said to be regular operational base of gunmen.

During the engagement with reporters, the senator also said government will find sustainable solutions to the menace.

He called for synergy among security agencies and advised security agencies to work closely with space agencies to ensure accurate mapping of possible locations and hideouts of criminals in Ondo State and Nigeria in general.

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Killing of Fasoranti’s daughter: NOA tells Nigerians what to do

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The National Orientation Agency, NOA, has urged Nigerians to allow security agencies the space to deal with the murder case of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, rather than politicising the matter.

Director General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari said every Nigerian has a role in the process of resolving the spate of criminal activities through our civic and patriotic duties.

He noted, however, that security agencies were mandated, primarily, to investigate and prosecute offenders.

Head, Press Unit NOA Paul Odenyi, in a statement, yesterday quoted the DG as condoling with the family of late Olakunrin on behalf of the agency.

He stated: “As Nigerians continue to condemn the rising incidence of crime in the land, the NOA has appealed to Nigerians to allow security agencies the space to deal with the disturbing cases of banditry and armed robbery, rather than resorting to peddling political narratives and stereotypes.

“While condoling with the family of late Olakunri on behalf of the agency, the director-general said every Nigerian has a role in the process of resolving the spate of criminal activities through our civic and patriotic duties, noting however, that security agencies are mandated, primarily, to investigate and prosecute offenders.

“Abari urged political players to stop the dangerous name calling and stigmatisation and, as leaders, show more understanding and tolerance of the diverse people in the country in the spirit of shared humanity and a united nation.”

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Police nab 40 Shilla Boys, vow to treat them as armed robbers

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The Adamawa State Police Command has nabbed 40 youths suspected to be members of the notorious Shilla Boys, who usually terrorise the state capital, Yola, dispossessing residents of valuables.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Audu Madaki, who paraded the boys on Monday at the police headquarters in Jimeta, said the police would henceforth treat the boys as armed robbers and charge them to court accordingly.

He explained that the boys, who usually rob their victims using knives, machetes and scissors to scare them to submission or injure unyielding ones, could legally be prosecuted as armed robbers.

He said the 40 boys were rounded up around Jimeta in Yola North Local Government Area and Yola in Yola South LGA, being where the boys frequently operate, within the last three weeks.

The police command had in its last press briefing three weeks ago, paraded 65 Shilla Boys. The command had on a much earlier occasion nabbed a much higher number of the group: 173.

CP Audu Madaki said his command arrived at the decision to treat the Shilla Boys as armed robbers so that the process of law at the courts would take a more deterrent course.

The CP spoke against the background of a situation whereby the boys are charged to court by the police under such charge as criminal conspiracy and public nuisance only for them to be allowed back almost immediately into the society where they promptly resume their criminal activities.

In the course of the Monday afternoon press briefing, the Commissioner of Police also announced the names of five people who he said denounced “their criminal tendencies and repented from kidnapping.”

He named the five, all of them from Song LGA, as Mohammed Rabiu, Raboji Isa, Jalon Iliya, Babawuro Alhaji Lamdo, and TukurAlhaji Lamdo.

He said the five repentant kidnappers surrendered five AK47 guns and 334 rounds of live ammunition and vowed to assist both the police and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to identify and “recover more people in order to keep Adamawa State free from crime.”

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