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JAMB warns Bauchi Poly against backdoor admissions



The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP) in Bauchi against continued involvement in “backdoor admissions”.

According to JAMB’s latest bulletin, Danladi Mohammed, the board’s zonal director covering Bauchi, sounded a note of warning to the institution during the visit of ATAP’s management to his office in the state.

He said JAMB would no longer condone admissions done outside the board’s central admissions processing system (CAPS), which he described as “illegal”.

Mohammed said the majority of the regularisation cases treated at the zonal office are from the institution.

He added that the implication is that the institution has done more illegal admissions than any other in the state.

Mohammed restated that any admission conducted outside CAPS will no longer be condoned by the board.

He, therefore, advised the institution to take advantage of the window of opportunity provided by the JAMB to clear its backlog of illegally conducted admissions.

The director, however, commended ATAP on its drive to re-invigorate its CBT centre and construct an additional centre within the institution to cater for the board’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

He also lauded the polytechnic for its desire to switch to CBT mode for the institution’s internal examinations.

On his part, Hashim Sabo Bello, ATAP’s rector, said the visit was to strengthen the existing cordial relationship between the institution and the JAMB’s zonal office in the region.

He promised to heed the warning against illegal admissions by conducting all its admissions through CAPS.

The rector was accompanied on the visit by ATAP’s registrar Lawal Sambo, the bursar Lamaran Muhammad Gidado, and the director of works Muhammad Mujtaba Jibril.

Also involved were the director of degree programmes Aliyu Mohammed Lawal and the admission officer Bello Gimba.


UniAbuja ASUU suspends 81-day strike rejecting staff appointments




The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) has suspended its strike.

Sylvanus Ugoh, the chairman of the university’s branch of ASUU, addressed journalists following a congress in Abuja on Monday.

The UniAbuja ASUU has been at loggerheads with the varsity’s management in a protest against alleged illegal appointments and promotions.

The union members had disagreed with some appointments done without a governing council.

The ASUU branch also rejected an advert for the vacancy of the vice-chancellor’s position by the then Abdulrasheed Na’Allah-led university management.

They had begun a strike on May 2 to voice their demands.

Ugoh said on Monday that the UniAbuja ASUU suspended its strike after the union met with a new governing council in the university.

He said the council promised to review and address all of the union’s demands.

Ugoh said the council agreed to cancel the controversial advertorial and publish a new one in line with due process.

He said the council also agreed to review the staff employment and promotion process, especially those of the 2022/2023 season.

“Within these 82 days, we have been engaging with the former vice chancellor but he did not shift ground,” the ASUU chairman said.

“He refused in his position to comply with the rules. He refused to comply with the act establishing the university and refused to oblige the process. After all procedures failed, the union embarked on a comprehensive and indefinite strike.

“Since the inauguration of the council, the union has been engaging the council and the university administration. The council met with the union last Thursday. They communicated in writing to the union, touching on the issues that bothered the strike.

“The council agreed to cancel the advert that was placed before now and re-advertise for the position of the VC. The council also went ahead to agree with the union to review the process of recruitment that was done without due process.

“The process of employment of staff in the university is clear. There must be an advert in the national daily. These processes were not followed. So the council has agreed to review the process of recruitment and get back to the union.

“They also have mandated that the election into the position of deans of facilities and provost, College of Health Sciences, be conducted.”

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300-level AAU student shot dead in private hostel




One Emmanuel in Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, was shot dead in his room on Sunday, July 21, 2024.

The deceased, a 300-level student of Adekunle Ajasin University, met his untimely death after some yet-to-be-identified gunmen attacked him in his private hostel.

It was gathered that Emmanuel, who was studying Linguistics at the tertiary institution, was shot while on his bed.

A student, who requested anonymity, disclosed, “It happened last night; the victim was shot while on his bed, in his room.”

The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Odunlami Ibukun, confirmed that the police were informed and were investigating the incident.

“It was reported to the police, and they went to the crime scene. The incident occurred around 9:30 pm. The investigation is ongoing,” Ibukun said.

The Vice Chairman of the National Association of Universities Students (NAUS), Comrade Oladele Emmanuel, called security agencies and the university management to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“The motive behind the killing is yet to be identified,” he stated. “However, the university community must be reassured that such a tragic event will be met with the full force of the law and diligent investigative efforts.”

He noted that the death of the young student was a devastating loss not only for his family and friends but also for the entire AAUA community.

“His potential and contributions to our shared academic environment are irreplaceable. We mourn his untimely departure and extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time,” the students’ union leader stated.

The NAUS Vice Chairman urged the university management to enhance security measures around the campus and surrounding areas, including increasing security patrols, providing better lighting, and ensuring more accessible emergency services. “We trust that the authorities will act with urgency and transparency in addressing this incident. Emmanuel’s memory deserves nothing less than our commitment to uncovering the truth and ensuring justice is served.”

The student union leader emphasised the need for the AAUA community to unite in their grief and resolve to create a safer and more secure environment for all.

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Two female students of TASUED robbed, raped at off-campus residence




Two female students of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) in Ogun state have been robbed and raped.

Omolola Odutola, the spokesperson of the Ogun police command, told TheCable that the incident occurred at around 10 pm on Monday.

She said the matter was reported to the Igbeba Division of the Ogun state police command and the victims have been hospitalised.

Odutola said the robbers invaded an off-campus apartment where the victims (names withheld) resided by tearing down a netted window.

“The victims were robbed of their phones and an undisclosed amount through a POS transaction at gunpoint,” she said.

“Thereafter, the robbers took the girls to an uncompleted building opposite their home where they took turns to rape them.

“Once the ladies are discharged from the hospital, they will be questioned and further investigation will begin to arrest the culprits.”

Earlier this month, a group of cultists had disrupted an exam at TASUED to lynch a final-year student.

Odutola said the state’s police also recently handled some harassment-related cases emanating from TASUED’s host community.

She said the command is looking to engage with the vice-chancellor of TASUED to address recurring security threats affecting the school.

“Most of TASUED’s students live outside the school because the university lacks a hostel. And some of the indigenes in the host community are hostile. This is not the first time this is happening in the school,” she said.

“We had earlier arrested some set of suspects who had been involved in similar acts.

“We will be engaging with the VC to address the security threats affecting the university.”

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