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Three students at UNILAG’s medical college accused of sexual assault

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Students at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (UNILAG) are embroiled in a string of sexual assault cases.

Anonymous accounts from purported students detailed a few cases on the micro-blogging site X and alleged inaction by the university.

The purported victims used the hashtag “#EndSACultureInCMUL” on Monday and Tuesday, generating media discourse on the matter.

An activist at the varsity tells TheCable that the cases include one between a 200-level Pharmacy male and a 200-level Medicine female in March 2024 and another in late June between ⁠a 300-level male Pharmacy student and their female colleague in 200-level Radiography.

Another cited case is between a 600-level male student of Medicine said to be a serial offender and several females from different levels.

The source tells TheCable that the first case was taken to the university’s student affairs division in March but got a “concrete” response.

It was said that UNILAG’s student body only asked the alleged serial offender at the College of Medicine to pay a meagre ₦5,000 fine.

“The second one happened recently; just last week, and that was what triggered the [public outrage] again,” the source said in a text.

“Of course, it was bound to happen since nothing was done concerning the previous cases. This has also been escalated to the faculty and university management.”

Details about each case are still sketchy as most of the victims refuse to directly engage with the press for fear of university sanctions.

In a reactory statement, the UNILAG management asked the said victims to make official reports at the institution’s student affairs unit.

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“The management has seen reports of sexual misconduct among students making the rounds on social media,” the statement partly reads.

“We empathise with victims of these reports and invite them to make official reports to the office of the dean, Student Affairs Division at the University of Lagos’ Akoka campus.

“The management wishes to inform our students, their parents/guardians, and other stakeholders, of the university’s continued firm stance against injustice. Indeed, the University of Lagos has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct and related vices.”

The university management assured that an investigation would be conducted on these sexual misconduct cases in pursuit of justice.

In 2019, some staff members at UNILAG were indicted in a sex-for-grade scandal that prompted internal probes and suspensions.

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Mercy Chinwo, husband offer scholarships to 100 UNICAL students

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Mercy Chinwo, the Nigerian gospel singer, and her husband Blessed Uzochikwa have offered full scholarships to 100 University of Calabar (UNICAL) students through the Mercyisblessed Foundation.

The couple announced the gesture before a crowd of students during their tour of the university on Friday, July 12, 2024.

In a statement, the lovebirds disclosed that the scholarship entails full payment of school fees and other compliments that foster stability in learning for indigent and bright students of the university.

“The criteria for selection and other modalities to shortlist eligible candidates would be communicated through appropriate channels. The scholarship is with immediate effect,” the statement reads.

The philanthropic gesture is not the first from Chinwo and Uzochikwa, a pastor, in 2024.

In April, the couple also awarded scholarships to 50 undergraduates at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) on behalf of their foundation and Charis, their son.

The ‘You Do This One’ hitmaker had revealed that the scholarship is a token of giveback to a society that raised her.

“Port Harcourt is home to me any day. The memories are fresh of a city where I dared to dream and hope for a purposeful life. I thank the Lord for His work in me and through me so far. The scholarship is to inspire students that their dreams and ambitions are valid and not to give up because there is a God who has ‘Excess Love’, ” she said.

The singer recently unveiled a 12-track album ‘Overwhelming Victory’, which she recorded while she was pregnant.

Chinwo is also credited for hit projects like ‘Elevated’, ‘Wonder’, and ‘Confidence’, among others.

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Governor Mutfwang orders closure of Jos collapsed school

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Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang has visited the collapsed structure at the Saint Academy, Busa Buji, Jos North local government area of the State on an on-the-spot assessment as he ordered the immediate closure of the school.

The school has 284 Secondary students and 145 Primary pupils. Its structure collapsed on Friday morning killing 22 persons and leaving 154 others injured.

The statistics obtained on Friday evening showed that 154 people have been rescued from the debris, and 22 individuals have been confirmed dead while 132 are hospitalized. Injured students and staff receive medical treatment at various hospitals in Jos, the State capital.

39 of the injured are at the Plateau State Specialist Hospital, 32 are at Our Lady of Apostles (OLA) Hospital, 55 are at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital and six are at the Jos University Teaching Hospital.

The State government directed all major hospitals in Jos to prioritize the treatment of the victims, regardless of documentation or payment.

On visiting the site of the incident on Saturday morning, Mutfwang also commiserated with the family of the deceased children and promised that the state government would bear the cost of the treatment of the injured students.

He said, “… Whoever built this school, did not do well. I am not a technical person but all I can see on this debris is sand. It is a two-storey building as a layman, I know there has to be a proper mixture of sand and cement but what I can see here is pure sand.

“You have endangered the lives of innocent children for no reason. We can’t continue like this, it is no longer time to spend time praying against demons and Satan, this is human negligence.

“We cannot allow this school to function for the parents, it is unfortunate what has happened but what it means is that this school is closed down immediately.

“We can’t take any further chances and we need to send this message particularly the owners of private schools the drive for profit must not overshadow the safety of lives so we taking steps immediately to do a technical audit of all the schools. We will test their structural integrity to ensure human beings can habit such buildings.”

He added, “Some buildings were not built in the right places, some built without approvals, without the right materials so we will correct these things. I won’t just blame the school but also our public officials who were supposed to supervise but didn’t do their jobs.

“We are setting up a committee to investigate this incident and bring in building professionals to investigate this and anyone found culpable will face the wrath of the law. This is why we signed Executive Order 003 to bring sanity into the environment.

“When we insist that some building be demolished, we are not wicked, we are concerned about the safety of lives. When we see buildings on waterways, in marshy places, we will bring them down. We can’t afford to have this kind of mishap again. May God grant the parents of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss and grant the injured a quick recovery.”

He commended the efforts of all stakeholders in the rescue mission and asked that citizens do the right things and obey rules and regulations put in place to save lives.

The Governor is also going on hospital visits to the injured.

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86 universities, others conducted illegal admissions, says JAMB

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Analysis of data on the admissions conducted for the 2022/2023 admission session in Nigerian universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions of learning revealed that 88 institutions conducted admissions outside of the Central Admissions Processing System popularly referred to as CAPS.

According to JAMB, admissions conducted outside CAPS are illegal, null and void.

JAMB had in 2017 introduced the Central Admissions Processing System where all tertiary institutions upload the admission status of candidates offered admission in the institutions.

CAPS has centralised and automated admission processes between candidates and their chosen tertiary institutions.

In 2020, JAMB warned institutions to stop offering admissions to candidates through their own portals.

The board described the practice as a flagrant abuse of the automated Central Admissions Processing System.

In April 2024, the board noted that it would no longer condone illegal admissions conducted outside of the CAPS.

The board in a bulletin warned candidates to desist from accepting admissions offered by the institutions without going through it.

In the statement titled, ‘Cessation of illegal/irregular admission’, JAMB reiterated that all applications of admissions to first degree, national diploma, national innovation diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into full-time, distance learning, part-time, outreach, sandwich, etc., must be processed only through JAMB.

In a report tagged, ‘Compiled assessment of institutions on compliance with the 2022/2023 admission guidelines’, the board noted that it scored institutions who complied fully with admission guidelines 10 points; those with partial compliance, five points, while those institutions who failed to comply were awarded zero point.

Under the section for the conduct of full admissions on CAPS, our correspondent observed that 88 institutions failed to comply.

Some of the institutions are the University of Uyo, University of Abuja, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Yaba College of Technology, Plateau State University, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Coal City University, Crawford University, Crescent University, Ebonyi State University, Rhema University, Borno State University, Chrisland University, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, and Chukwuemeka Odumegwu University.

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