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University of Calabar suspends lecturer after being accused of raping a 400-level student

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Education in the past was a thing of joy and happiness for both the student and the parent and it was  something to be proud of but in recent times, it’s quite unfortunate that the same education has been a major fear for students and parents as those that are meant to educate are now being found guilty of  rape related issues.

The Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, Prof. Cyril Ndifon, was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old 400-level student in his office and has been suspended yesterday by the panel instituted by the school’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivara Esu.

 

Professor Ndifon, who is the first professor of Law from Cross River State, was briefly arrested and detained by the police and later released on Wednesday before he was suspended yesterday evening by the panel set up to investigate him.

The professor was accused by mother of the victim, Mrs. Irene Akpan, in a letter sent to the university, alleging that the incident happened between 3 and 5pm on August 29 at the dean’s private office on the top floor of the faculty building.

According to the lady, Professor Ndifon forcibly had sex with her daughter after a fierce struggle. The school authorities confirmed receipt of complaints from the victim, while the police also affirmed it but was quick to add that the matter was undergoing thorough investigation.

Narrating her daughter’s ordeal, Mrs Akpan explained that the dean had set a one-hour test for the students on that Saturday, assigning two lecturers to carry out the supervision.

She alleged that 20 minutes to the end of allotted time, Ndifon entered the hall and ordered the students to stop writing.

She said while the students were preparing to submit their answer sheets, Ndifon approached her daughter, tore her answer sheet and left the shreds on the seat.

Mrs. Akpan said: “He walked straight to my daughter’s desk, collected the script and tore it. He left the torn script on her seat, so the girl collected the pieces and put them in her bag. According to her, you will still have to pass through the faculty before leaving the building.

“She said as they were leaving, the dean accosted her again and asked if she still had the shredded script, she said yes. He instructed her to follow him to the general dean’s office to recopy the answers on another plain sheet, which she did.”

“The unsuspecting girl followed him to the general office where two people were, including the dean’s secretary. The office of the dean is on the first floor of the building, according to my daughter.

“She said while writing in that office, the dean who had earlier gone out, came in again and instructed her to follow him to his private office on the second floor so that she could comfortably use the table.”

The victim’s mother said five minutes after getting to his private office, the dean locked the door, concealed the key and started making advances, adding that they struggled but Ndifon subdued her and had sex with the girl.

She said her daughter was later taken to Airport Police Station, along IBB Way in Calabar, where she gave statement and also had medical examinations at the police clinic.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Effiong Eyo, said the institution was seriously looking into the matter.

“A panel has been set up to look into the matter. The authorities are looking seriously into it,” Eyo said.

Also, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Hogan Bassey, said the command was investigating the case.

He said: “The case of rape or sexual assault requires discreet investigation and we have to handle it with care.”

 

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ALHAJI MUJAHID ABUBAKAR DOKUBO-ASARI HOSTS UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN VISITING TEAM IN OBUAMA,RIVERS STATE

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ALHAJI MUJAHID ABUBAKAR DOKUBO-ASARI HOSTS UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN VISITING TEAM IN OBUAMA,RIVERS STATE 

ALHAJI MUJAHID ABUBAKAR DOKUBO-ASARI HOSTS UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN VISITING TEAM IN OBUAMA,RIVERS STATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Alhaji Mujahid Abubakar Dokubo-Asari on July 4th, 2024, welcomed a visiting research team from the esteemed University of Groningen, located in the Netherlands, to his residence in Obuama, Rivers State.

 

 

 

ALHAJI MUJAHID ABUBAKAR DOKUBO-ASARI HOSTS UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN VISITING TEAM IN OBUAMA,RIVERS STATE 

 

 

 

 

The University of Groningen, with a rich history spanning over four centuries, prides itself on excellence and has been associated with notable figures like Nobel Prize laureates Ben Feringa and Frits Zernike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The university is renowned for its groundbreaking research that addresses contemporary social issues, bridging the gap between various fields of study and connecting science with society. Their current research areas include Energy, Healthy Ageing, and Sustainable Society, with recent studies focusing on topics such as environmental sustainability, conscious living, and the impact of climate change on wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Led by Dr. Dumebi Obute, the visiting team from the University of Groningen is conducting a comparative study on resource extraction, its environmental implications, and the adaptive strategies of indigenous communities affected by extensive resource exploitation. Their journey has taken them to various parts of Africa, including South Africa, Zambia, and Nigeria, to investigate large-scale extraction industries like mining and crude oil production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recognizing Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari’s prominent role in advocating for resource control and environmental preservation in the Niger Delta region, the research team sought his expertise and insights. Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari, known for his global advocacy on these interconnected issues, was seen as a valuable source of historical knowledge and practical experiences in handling resource-related challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The collaboration between Alhaji Mujahid Abubakar Dokubo-Asari and the University of Groningen holds the potential to inform global resource policies, promoting the well-being of indigenous communities impacted by resource extraction activities. By integrating historical context and local perspectives, this research aims to contribute to more sustainable and equitable resource management practices worldwide.

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TY Buratai Literary Initiative to commission Book Placement Project in Abuja, Nasarawa schools

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TY Buratai Literary Initiative to commission Book Placement Project in Abuja, Nasarawa schools

TY Buratai Literary Initiative to commission Book Placement Project in Abuja, Nasarawa schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That THE TY Buratai Literary Initiative (TYBLI) has announced the commissioning of its Book Placement Project in three schools across Abuja: Army Day Secondary School, Mambilla Barracks, Al-Hikmah International Academy in Mararaba, Nasarawa State and IDP Sharing Prosperity School in New Kuchingoro, Abuja. These activities will take place on July, 2nd, 4th & 9th respectively.

 

 

 

 

TY Buratai Literary Initiative to commission Book Placement Project in Abuja, Nasarawa schools

 

 

 

 

 

In a statement signed by theatre expert and Secretary, TY Buratai Literary Initiative, Om’Oba Jerry Adesewo, the Book Placement Project is a key programme of TYBLI, aimed at enhancing access to quality books and promoting literacy among young people in under-served communities. This initiative is part of TYBLI’s ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of reading and supporting educational development across Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each commissioning event will feature the installation of a mini-library stocked with a curated selection of books tailored to the needs and interests of the students. Additionally, the events will include a brief reading and interactive session with students, aimed at sparking their interest in reading and engaging them with the new resources. A book management talk will also be provided, offering valuable guidance to teachers and students on how to effectively utilise and maintain their new library resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TYBLI’s founder, Lt. Gen. T.Y. Buratai (Rtd), expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “We are thrilled to bring the Book Placement Project to these schools in Abuja. By providing access to quality books and fostering a love for reading, we are investing in the future of our young people and contributing to the educational development of our communities.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairperson of the TY Buratai Literary Initiative, Dr. Lizi Ben-Iheanacho, will lead the team to the beneficiary schools for the installation and commissioning. TYBLI also acknowledges Adams Pages and Sprezzatura Publishing for donating the books for the first phase of the Book Placement Project, and calls for more donations from public-spirited individuals and organisations to help make books available for students across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The TY Buratai Literary Initiative remains committed to expanding its reach and impact, with plans to bring the Book Placement Project to more schools across Nigeria in the coming year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the Book Placement Project and how to support TYBLI, please visit www.tybli.com.ng

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OLAOPA SPECULATION TO SCRAPPED HND IS MISCHIEVOUS

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OLAOPA SPECULATION TO SCRAPPED HND IS MISCHIEVOUS.

The Senate arm of National Association of Polytechnic Students NAPS who has been on the vanguard to stop HND/Bsc Dichotomy condemned the wrong Speculation of OLAOPA the Chairman of Federal Civil Service Commission. The association admitted that there are lot of good recommendations in the bill to abolished HND/Bsc Dichotomy that has been passed by the 9th Assembly but wonder why the going back and Front From the Federal Civil Service Commission in this regards? If there is no evil motive or hatred against HND Certificate, there is something wrong with the Management team of Federal Civil Service Commission and HND Holders.

 

 

OLAOPA SPECULATION TO SCRAPPED HND IS MISCHIEVOUS.

The NBTE and COEAD Submission at one day retreat on HND/Bsc Dichotomy that was held yesterday in Abuja at Tetfund Building Abuja, the report and their submission is different from this callous, wicked response and Publication of OLAOPA.

The Leadership of Senate Arm of National Association of Polytechnic Students NAPS is hereby calling on the Federal Government to Investigate the Federal Civil Service Commission and OLAOPA on reasons for the hatred on Polytechnic Certificate, knowing fully well that Polytechnic Education were designed to solved critical Technical issues and create great platform for Technology advancement in the Country, there is no Professional war between HND/Bsc Certificate Holder’s as speculated by the Chairman of Federal Civil Service Commission, what we are clamouring for is that Polytechnic Students,HND Certificate holders should not be treated as Second class to Bsc, assuming Olaopa has Polytechnic Background he wouldn’t have come up with that unreasonable Conclusion, solutions to HND/Bsc Dichotomy has already been settled in Bill to abolish HND/Bsc, we are calling the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed to look into this Bill and Assent the Presidential Signature to make it a Law.

OLAOPA has no special skill or Intelligent more than those that laboured for the Bill to Abolish HND/Bsc Dichotomy, their Labour for years shouldn’t be in vein because of myopic mindset of OLAOPA, we are calling on him to withdraw that Statement or face the Massive Protest from National Association of Polytechnic Students NAPS.

This Statement from a Professor is shocking because some developed country place great Value on Technical Education. With all the Research of the University, how many solutions has the University Graduates proffer to solve Nigerian Economy Challenge?

Until HND/ Bsc Dichotomy is abolished,Aluta Continua…

Signed

Comrade Adeniji Boluwaji Temitope
Senate President of National Association of Polytechnic Students(NAPS)
08069738724

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