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Drama as UI begins fresh process to select new VC

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There was heavy presence of armed security personnel at the Trenchard Hall of the University of Ibadan on Wednesday where the Senate of the university commenced a fresh selection process for a new vice chancellor of the institution.

The Senate had convened for an election of two members that will be part of the Joint Council/Senate Representatives to screen applicants for the new VC of the 72-year-old university.

The online election of the senate members to be part of the selection committee which was done electronically in September was cancelled and was asked to be conducted afresh.

This came just as four members of the governing council reportedly staged a walkout from the meeting held at the International Conference Centre.

Profs Ademola Aremu, Abel Olorunnisola, Mande Samaila and Dr Jaju Muhammad reportedly walked out of the meeting after about five and a half hours of the proceedings.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had ordered the selection of a new VC to replace Prof Idowu Olayinka whose tenure expires on November 30 should start afresh.

The minister had directed all 18 applicants for the post be invited and screened again following the protests against the first process by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and Non-Academic Staff Union.

The two candidates that emerged winners in the first election won again on Wednesday in the election conducted manually, it was learnt.

Six professors, who announced their withdrawal from the election, said the notice was too.

Profs Peter Olapegba, Ayoola and Moshood Akinsola participated in the election.

Olapegba who had scored 362 in the previous online voting scored 302 in the manual poll; Prof Ezekiel  Ayoola, who also scored 352 votes in the online election polled 299 votes while Akinsola who scored 20 votes before polled 17 in the manual election on Wednesday.

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Ogun gives land encroachers 1 month grace to process titles

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Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has announced a one-month moratorium for residents and entrepreneurs who have encroached on the state government-acquired land.

He announced this at the launch of an online portal, Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS), at the Tech Hub in Abeokuta.

The governor gave them up till November 30 to apply for ratification of their documents.

In his address, the Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, said the portal will also offer those who have encroached on the state government land in different parts of the state an opportunity to get title documents via the Property Registration Programme (PRP) for only a defined period.

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Court freezes Benue accounts over ‘N333m loan’

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday made an interim order freezing bank accounts of the Benue State Government over its alleged involvement in securing a “N333 million loan” in 2008.

Presiding Judge Inyang Ekwo gave the order following an ex-parte motion brought by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

He also ordered that the bank accounts of HPPS Multilink Services Ltd, a firm, be frozen pending the hearing and the determination of the substantive suit.

AMCON is the claimant; while the company and the state government are first and second respondents.

In the affidavits, AMCON described the loan as a toxic loan of eligible bank assets transferred to it by law to recover.

“That the loan was for the agreed period of 24 months at the interest of 19 per cent per annum.”

The affected bank accounts of both respondents are domiciled in Access Bank Plc, Citibank Nigeria Limited, Eco Bank Nigeria Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, First Bank Nigeria Plc, First City Monument Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Heritage Bank Plc, Keystone Bank Limited.

Others are Polaris Bank Limited, Stanbic IBTC Plc, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited, Sterling Bank Plc, Suntrust Bank Nigeria Limited, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc, Unity Bank Nigeria Plc, Wema Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc.

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Oyo jailbreak: You have no power to install CCTV in prison, Aregbesola to Makinde

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Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Wednesday, advised Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, to jettison the idea of installing security cameras in Abolongo prison, just as the governor disclosed aftermath the attack on the custodial centre.

Aregbesola’s reaction, came on the heels of the visit of the governor to the custodial centre, to assess its level of damage, following the attack of gunmen on the prison located in Oyo town that led to escape of not less that five hundred inmates.

Vanguard recalled that Makinde had, during a visit, promised that his government would take immediate steps to protect the facility.

The governor, while speaking after an inspection of the attacked centre during the weekend, said that he has ordered that the main road leading to the facility be immediately graded.

He had also promised to install security cameras in the facility and link same with the security situation room in the state.

Reacting on an Ibadan-based private radio station on Wednesday and monitored by Vanguard, Aregbesola’s media adviser, Sola Fasure, said that: “With due regard to Governor Makinde, I am sure if the governor has such power that something of such nature should be done in a correctional facility.”

“It would be taken as an advisory opinion. In the spirit of the moment, everybody is so concerned as some statement would be made but not necessarily because they are the right one to be made.”

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“There is an ongoing upgrade programmes of all correctional facility in the country. It is unfortunate it has not got to Abolongo before the incident happened. As you are aware, more per cent of all inmates in correctional facility are awaiting trial. That really creates problem for accommodation.”

“So the federal government is building a 3000-capacity facility in the 6 geo-political zones. Two are almost ready-the ones in Abuja and Kano. Each facility will have its own court. So the problem of taking suspects to court will be sorted.”

“But what we need more than anything else is for state government, because 99 per cent of most offenders are state offenders. They are the one awaiting trials and occupying most of the spaces.”

“The federal government had proposed at a time that they should build holding centers that the NCS will help them staff and manage. And then to accelerate the wheel of justice so that justice will be quickly dispensed. So that we don’t have awaiting inmates facing trial in custody for long.”

“The state government can help tremendously along this line, building holding centers and accelerating the wheel of justice. The lawyers use adjournment to frustrate justices. The state government can actually do a review and eliminate adjournment so that justice will be quickly delivered.”

“The upgrade of the facility is ongoing and it will get to every facility in the country where modern facility will be installed. So what we need, more than anything, is decongestion, especially of the awaiting trial inmates which falls within jurisdiction of state government.”

“If the state government wants to help, no problem. At least, every assistance would be appreciated. I am just making clarification. You can’t give what you don’t have. You can’t direct another agency on what to do. That is what I am trying to say.”

“The issue of the upgrade of facility is squarely within the jurisdiction of the ministry of interior and the NCS. State government do not have holding centers of correctional facility.”

“But like I said the other time, if the state governments want to assist, they will make their intention known to the appropriate authorities. And the help will be greatly appreciated,” he said.

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