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Kidnappers demand N20m from abducted Deeper Life varsity deputy VC

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Gunmen have abducted Prof. Johnson Fatokun, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Anchor University, Lagos State, owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry.

He was reportedly abducted in Nasarawa, while going to the airport to return to Lagos.

He was said to be returning on Monday when his vehicle was attacked by the gunmen.

A source said the assailants were in police uniform.

The source said, “The professor had dropped his son at the Deeper Life High School in the morning. He also went to drop the daughter at a federal university in Jos.

“He was returning from Jos to Keffi, Nasarawa State, late in the evening when they encountered the gunmen on the road. The driver, however, manoeuvred his way and sped through them. The gunmen started chasing the vehicle and shooting.

“There was another set of kidnappers right in front of them. They succeeded in stopping the vehicle. They beat up the driver, who managed to escape. The professor begged them for mercy, because those people were angry. That was how they whisked him away.”

The PUNCH reported that the kidnappers had been speaking with some leaders of the victim’s church in Nasarawa.

It was gathered that the gunmen demanded N20m as ransom.

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JAMB Registrar Oloyede’s tenure ends tomorrow

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The tenure of the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, will end tomorrow.

 

The tenures of 13 other agencies and corporations under the Federal Ministry of Education will also lapse on the same day.

 

The heads of the agencies will stop reporting for duty as from today, being the last day of work, after serving for four to five years. The affected officials are eligible for reappointment for a second term as may be deemed fit by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

But there was no official announcement or statement on their fate last night.

 

Other Education sector’s chief executives whose positions would be vacant include Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC); Dr. Hameed Boboyi, Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC); Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB).

 

Others are: Prof. Sunday Ajiboye, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN); Afolabi Aderinto, Computer Registration Council of Nigeria (CRCN); Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, National Teachers Institute (NTI); and Prof. Michael Afolabi, Librarian Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN).

 

Also affected are: Prof. Steven Ejugwu Onah, National Mathematical Centre, Shedda; Prof. Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche, National Institute of Nigerian Languages; Prof. Lillian Salami, Nigerian Institute for Educational Planning and administration; Prof. Lanre Aina, National Library of Nigeria; Prof. Abba Haladu, National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education and Prof. Bashir Usman, Nomadic Education Commission.

 

The chief executives were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 1, 20216. They were sworn in by Education Minister Adamu Adamu on August 2, 2016 at the auditorium of the National Universities Commission (NUC).

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681 law school students fail Bar final exams

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The Nigerian Law School, on Tuesday, revealed that 618 intending lawyers that sat for the December 2020 Bar final examinations, failed.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Professor Isah Chiroma, made the disclosure after he presented a total of 880 successful candidates that were confirmed as lawyers during day-one of the Call to Bar Ceremony.
Prof Chiroma said the successful candidates were part of a total of 1,561 students that participated in the examinations.
Equally admitted into the Bar on Tuesday were 4 candidates from previous Bar Final Examinations.
Meanwhile, Prof. Chiroma disclosed that henceforth, law graduates of National Open University of Nigeria would be permitted to do special remedial course at the Nigerian Law School.
He said: “The Council of Legal Education, Nigerian Law School have been receiving commendations from stakeholders and the general public for offering Admissions to Law graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for special remedial course.
“I am also to respectfully inform you all that the programme will commence on Monday June 28, 2021, at the Nigerian Law School Headquarters, Bwari, Abuja”.
In his address, the Chairman of Body of Benchers, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, implored the new wigs to always uphold the tenets of the rule of law where ever they found themselves.
“As members of a learned and noble profession, you will be required to carry out your duties in a professional manner.
“This entails demonstrating a high sense of civility, honesty, integrity and compliance with laid clown rules and regulations.
“You must commit yourself to the fair administration of justice and to doing your part in facilitating true access to justice.

“Once again, I extend my sincere congratulations to all the new wigs and formally address you as my learned Friends.
“Always remember how much you have laboured in time past and the sacrifices your loved ones have made for you to succeed and strive to exhibit the highest sense of responsibility which the legal profession is known for all over the world.
“Having achieved this milestone, may your lives be forever enriched,” Justice Rhodes-Vivour stated.
He warned that the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPDC, would not hesitate to wield the big stick against any lawyer whose conduct “negate the sacrosanct standards of the profession or amount to infamous conduct in a professional respect”.

“The Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee has been carrying out its mandate in a just and fair manner without giving rooms for compromise, affection or ill-will.

“From January to July 2021, three lawyers were disbarred, six lawyers were suspended (ranging from two years to four) and one lawyer was admonished.

“You are therefore advised to be of good behaviour and abide by the ethics and tradition of the profession to avoid being brought before the Committee”, Justice Rhodes-Vivour added.

The Call to Bar ceremony will continue on Wednesday and Thursday

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Buhari appoints Wushishi as NECO registrar

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Professor Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi as Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examination Council (NECO).
The council has been run by an acting registrar since the death of Prof Godswill Obioma, the former registrar.
Obioma died in Minna, Niger State capital, last month.
In a letter with reference No: FME/PSE/NECO/1078/C.1/36, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated that the appointment of Wushishi is for an initial tenure of five years.
He said the appointment took effect on 12the July.
Wushishi was born on 5th April 1965 and hails from Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State.

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