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UNILORIN student commits suicide after lending online boyfriend ₦500k



Sanni Hameedat, a 20-year-old student of the University of Ilorin has reportedly committed suicide after lending a boy she met on Snapchat the sum of ₦500,000.

According to ThePunch, the student was undergoing her SIWES programme when the incident happened.

In a statement sent to the newspaper, the management of Rubiks, the private hostel management she resided in before her death said the money Hameedat lent her ‘online lover’ belonged to her mother.

Hameedat was reported to have lent the boy the sum of ₦500,000 her mother entrusted in her hand after the boy claimed that his mother was battling breast cancer and would need some money.

According to the hostel management, when she asked the boy for the money when her mother needed it, the ‘online lover’ blocked her.

As a result, Hameedat resorted to borrowing money from various loan apps and was able to gather ₦450,000 to return her mother’s money.

However, the 20-year-old student reportedly fell into depression due to pressure from various loan app agents.

The statement by the hostel management reads in part, “The cause of suicide was traced to financial misappropriation. She was entrusted with a significant sum of money by her mother. She crossed paths with a guy on Snapchat and developed a friendship.

“When the boy claimed that his mother was battling breast cancer and urgently needed N500,000, the compassionate and emotional lady decided to help him by lending him half of the N1 million she held for her mother. And the boy promised to repay the borrowed money.

“However, when her mother needed the money back, the boy abruptly cut off all up all contact, blocking her. This left her deeply troubled and in order for her to make up the missing N500,000, she resorted to borrowing money from various apps.”

According to ThePunch, Hameedat ingested a bottle of pesticide popularly known as Sniper and was pronounced dead the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.


Lagos state government to create more technical colleges to reduce out-of-school children




Jamiu Alli-Balogun, the Lagos commissioner for basic and secondary education, says plans are underway to create additional technical colleges and vocational centres across the state.

Alli-Balogun spoke on Tuesday in Ikeja about how the state government is approaching the issue of out-of-school children.

He said creating additional technical colleges will help reduce the number of out-of-school children in the state.

The commissioner said the administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of the state, has ramped up efforts and strategies to meaningfully engage out-of-school children with a view to removing them from the streets.

The commissioner said the mission of the Lagos state Ministry of Basic Secondary Education (MBSE) is to ensure that no child is allowed to loiter again in the state.

“I have a mindset to boost the scope of technical and vocational education in the state in line with Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s THEMES agenda,” Alli-Balogun said.

“We want to take as much out-of-school children from the streets, so that they can be in the school learning one skill or the other, be useful to themselves, society and even be employers of labour.”

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UNICAL suspends fee hike after students’ protest




The University of Calabar (UNICAL) has directed that the new fees it introduced be put on hold until further notice.

The directive was conveyed in a statement by Gabriel Egbe, the university registrar, following a protest by students.

The management of UNICAL on Monday approved an adjustment in school fees after its emergency meeting on December 1.

The students, however, embarked on a protest that brought activities in the institution to a halt.

In the statement, Florence Obi, the university’s vice-chancellor, said the directive to put the new charges on hold was in reaction to the protest.

“The management of this institution is a listening administration,” the VC said.

“We want to assure the students as critical stakeholders that appropriate arrangements have been put in place through constructive engagements with the students to resolve the matter.

“The management, however, commends the students for the mature, reasonable and civilised manner exhibited towards resolving the matter.”

Following UNICAL’s reviewed charges, fresher students, returning students, and final-year students for non-science courses were expected to pay N111,000, N91,500 and N114,000, respectively.

They were also to pay N36,500, N21,500 and N21,500, respectively, as third-party dues.

Similarly, charges for the science courses were increased to N155,000, N125,000 and N148,000, respectively, for freshers, returning students, and final-year students.

This category of students was also to pay N38,500, N21,500 and N21,500, respectively, as third-party dues.

Before the adjustment, an average student paid N64,050 as a fresher, N52,050 in their final year, and N49,500 as a returnee.

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ATBU shuts campus amid protest over student’s death




The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) in Bauchi has been shut down following a protest by students.

Zailani Bappa, the head of the institution’s directorate of information, announced the development on Monday.

Bappa, who spoke at a news conference in Bauchi, said the school would be closed for one week.

He said the protest followed the alleged murder of one Joseph Baidu, a 500-level student of Geology, outside the campus on Saturday night.

“We are closing down the school because students decided to hold a demonstration while the police were still investigating the matter,” the director said.

“The murder took place outside the campus and the record we have revealed that the student lived outside the university campus, even though he is a final year student.

“The university security must report the issue to the police for proper investigation and this is exactly what happened; so, the police are currently investigating the issue.”

Bappa said the management regrets that the student agitation caused a disorder within the university community.

The director said the university is ready to address the acts of crime among students to guarantee a conducive learning environment.

“With the closure of the school, the students have been directed to vacate all campuses immediately. Any student found on any of the campuses will face the wrath of the law,” he added.

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