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‘It’s a harmless trend’ — police dismiss claim of cult initiation among students in Delta

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The Delta police command has dismissed claim that some primary and secondary school students in the state were being initiated into cultism.

Footage of some students in Asaba, the state capital, displaying what was rumoured to be initiation marks earlier surfaced online.

Harrison Gwamnishu, the activist, earlier claimed the initiation process, known as “snake bite”, involves intense rubbing of paper at the back of one’s palm amid incantation until blood comes out.

But in a statement on Thursday, Bright Edafe, the command spokesperson, said the video was “a harmless trend among school children and not a cult initiation process”.

“The command is aware of a viral video clip on various social media handles that captions an activist in one of the secondary schools around 74 area, Asaba, Delta state. The command, having examined the video clip and carried investigation, wishes to debunk the narrative by the said activist as false and should be completely disregarded,” the statement reads.

“On receipt of the video clip, the commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass, immediately directed the Area Commander Asaba, ACP Sunday Oladipo and the command public relations officer, DSP Edafe Bright to proceed to the school for an on the spot investigation.

“On arrival at the school premises, the school pupils, a teacher, and one of the parents were interrogated. A mother of one of the affected children stated that her children said it was a game in the school tagged ‘snake bite’ and nothing more to it.

“The PPRO probed further to ascertain the claim and interviewed the school pupil, which led to an interesting discovery. It became clear that it is a harmless trend among school children and not a cult initiation process as wrongly portrayed by the said activist.

“The command therefore urges parents to be calm and ignore the false claim making the rounds, also, it is noteworthy that any right-thinking person who noticed such a trend ordinarily will go into proper investigation and also inform the police to investigate before posting on social media. It is again advised that the false publication should not be taken seriously.”

Charles Aniagwu, the state commissioner for information, earlier warned that any school found indulging in such an act would be shut down.

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SEE FULL LIST: Bisi Akande, Wole Olanipekun… Tinubu appoints governing councils for tertiary institutions

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the reconstitution of governing councils and boards for federal tertiary institutions in the country.

A statement released by Nnamdi Mbaeri, the permanent secretary in the office of the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) on Friday, said 255 individuals have been appointed to the governing bodies.

In the statement, Tinubu appointed Bisi Akande, former interim national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to chair the University of Ibadan’s governing council, and Wole Olanipekun, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), as the chairman of the University of Lagos council.

Others are Isa Yuguda, a former governor of Bauchi, who will chair the National Open University’s governing council; Siyan Oyeweso as chairman of the Obafemi Awolowo University’s council; Adebayo Shittu for David Umahi University of Medicine in Ebonyi State; and Muiz Banire and Florence Ita Giwa, who have been appointed to lead the councils of the Federal University of Transportation in Katsina state and the Federal Polytechnic in Ugep, Cross River state, respectively.

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Nigerian lady, Chinwe Splendor claims university demanded certificate return after her sex-for-grades remark on podcast

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A Nigerian lady simply identified as Chinwe Splendor appeared to have landed in hot water after making a controversial statement on a podcast.

Splendor was the latest guest on the Gbam!! by Yan Content podcast, where she chronicled her school life, including how she slept with lecturers to pass her courses.

During the episode, she claimed there was a year when she never attended lectures but had good grades.

“I finished school five years ago. When I entered, things were so hard for me and I had no other option than to enter street and during that time, I did not have time for lectures because after night work I will be tired. So I decided means to cover up my studies by sleeping with lecturers,” she said.

“There was a particular year that I did not attend lectures at all but I made all my papers. It was not easy. I had to do what I had to do to survive. I slept with so many lecturers and I came out with good grades.”

The lady claimed the viral interview reached her “university’s administration who demanded the return of my certificate within 48 hours”.

Splendor expressed distress over the situation, questioning why she should return a certificate she “earned” through her actions.

“The university I attended sent me an email to return my certificate within 48 hours. I want to ask, is this right? That certificate, I earned it. I worked hard for it,” she said.

“If it is like that, then I know so many of my coursemates that will return their own certificate. I am really going through a lot.”

Splendor, however, did not disclose the university’s name.

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FG announces Vietnam scholarships for Nigerian WAEC candidates

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The federal government of Nigeria has announced a fresh scholarship award from the Government of Vietnam for candidates who passed the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) examinations. 

The announcement was made by the Federal Ministry of Education on Monday, June 11, via its X page.  

Tagged, “VIETNAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY-INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (VNU-IS) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMMES FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2024-2025”, the ministry advised Nigerian applicants to maximize the opportunity. 

It added that the scholarship offers various ranges of financial support. 

The statement partly reads,  

“The Government of Vietnam is calling on interested and qualified Nigerians to apply for Vietnam National University. 

 “The categories of Awards are: 

“i. Vietnam Scholarship programme offers 100% tuition fee, for 5 persons only 

“ii. Hanio scholarship programme offers a 50% tuition fee, for 8 persons only; 

“iii. International student scholarship programme offers a waiver of the 1st-semester tuition fees, for 12 persons only.” 

The government revealed that the Vietnam scholarship awards “depend on the GPA score in SSCE/WAEC examinations.” 

“Students selected would be qualified for renewal of the scholarship award based on each academic year’s performance. 

“Shortlisted students would be contacted by the school for online interviews. 

“For application and other enquiries, kindly go to admission@vnuis.edu.vn, Or Email: loannt@vnuis.edu.vn (admission officer, Ms Loan Nguyen), WhatsApp/Mobile /Zalo: + 84978981625 or + 974140166. 

“Deadline for this application is 30th June 2024,”.the ministry announced. 

Earlier, the ministry had invited Nigerians to apply for the MTN scholarship programme for the 2024 academic year. 

A week ago, the federal government of Nigeria also announced scholarship awards from the Italian Government for postgraduate applicants in the country. 

On May 2, 2024, the ministry also announced a Romanian scholarship program for undergraduates and postgraduates in Nigeria. 

The scholarship was said to be for those pursuing Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs. 

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