4,403 Ebonyi teachers fail certificate screening
Education Board has said that a total of 4,403 primary schoolteachers in
the state failed a test conducted by the board.
committee, Prof. Anthony Ani, announced this in Abakaliki, the state
capital on Friday while presenting the committee’s report to the board.
screened during the exercise; out of which, 437 of them had Teacher
Training II certificates and that more than half of the population of
primary schoolteachers in the state were without original certificates .
of urgency, compile the names of teachers, especially those who
presented statements of result, testimonials, and photocopies and
forwarded such names to acclaimed graduating institutions for
verification and authentication.”
revamp basic education in the state and recommended that teachers with
severe medical challenges should be advised to seek medical attention
with government support or be retired from the system, in line with
Ebonyi State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Hyacinth Ikpor, said
the government was poised to sanitise the education sector and assured
stakeholders that the report would be implemented to the letter.
Prof. John Ekeh, described the report as appalling, stating that
teachers without requisite qualifications would be shown the way out.
qualified to be in the classrooms would be shown the way out while those
carrying false certificates will be prosecuted,” he said.
Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II acquires the 2016 Rolls Royce Phanton
The newly crowned 40th Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has acquired the new 2016 Rolls Royce Phanton. Photo credit: Dion Osagie.
Father sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping teenage daughter
The man was sentenced Friday, October 21, to the longest-known prison sentence in Fresno Superior Court history. The Associated Press is not naming the man because it could identify his daughter. They also don’t name victims of sexual abuse.
In announcing the punishment, Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. told the man he is a “serious danger to society” and noted that he had never shown remorse and has blamed his daughter for his predicament.
The man’s daughter was first sexually abused by a family friend but instead of protecting her, he turned her into “a piece of property,” prosecutor Nicole Galstan said.
The victim was raped two to three times a week from May 2009 to May 2013, when the girl got the courage to leave him.
In September, a jury found him guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including dozens of rape of minor. The daughter, who is now 23 told the judge that her father has never shown remorse for her pain and suffering.
Fake army officer nabbed in Cross River State after defrauding victims of over N1 million
A man who has been parading as an army officer in Obudu for months was arrested a few days ago after complaints from youths he had defrauded promising them admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA.
The alleged fake army officer identified as (Major Kola Elijah) is currently at the Obudu Police division for defrauding members of the public of money amounting to over a million naira.
Some of those he defrauded include; Aweli Gabriel Lishiliniye N150, 000, Kashim Adeloye Ebenezer N406, 500, Abiabe Godwin Ugbe N210, 000, and Audor Peter Bekeh N335, 000.
“It was after his arrest that we discovered that he is not a soldier but runs a boutique in Calabar. He just came to town to latch on the ignorance and desperation of young people to get into NDA and has been using that to swindle them.” a security source told CrossRiverWatch
EFCC raids Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s home
According to Vanguard Sunday, a top operative said that bank accounts of the woman and those of her children were also taken away by the security operatives during the raid.
“A search was conducted on the residence of Justice Rita Ofili- Ajumogobia by operatives of the EFCC and the search yielded documents that would assist the commission’s investigations, including bank accounts in her name and those bearing the names of her children and property title both in Nigeria and abroad”.The female judge had been having a running battle with the EFCC, including the claim she took shelter in a Lagos hospital, before turning in herself last Thursday. She had been accused by a litigant of corruption before the National Judicial Council, NJC, moved against her early this year but was not removed from her post.
Meanwhile, the EFCC has taken up the case to make her face prosecution for graft-related matters. It was not clear last night if the agency would charge her to court and when that would be.
Dr. Ngozi-Okonjo Iweala appointed board member of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
A statement issued at the weekend by AIIB Senior Communication Officer, Mr Song Liya said Okonjo-Iweala would join 10 other key persons on the panel.
“The panel provides impartial, objective and independent advice to the President, allowing the Bank to benefit from the international experience and expertise of panel members,”
The AIIB President, Jin Liquin also said the panel members would advise the Bank on the development of its strategy.
“It is a great honour to convene such an experienced and diverse group of international leaders to advise on the development of the Bank’s strategy,” Jin said
“I have no doubt that the advice the panel provides will help shape the development of the Bank in the years ahead. I could not ask for a better group of ambassadors to help promote our new Bank to the world,” he added.
Ambassadorial nominee, Pauline Tallen, rejects her nomination
“I appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for counting me worthy to serve Nigeria in the capacity of an ambassador. However, I have to let it go to attend to my ailing husband. It is a hard decision to take, but I have to, because my husband is my primary responsibility as a woman.”
Rescued Chibok girls need expert for rehabilitation – Pope
Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis 1, has said the 21 girls of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, who were released by the Boko Haram abductors on Monday last week, need experts to rehabilitate them.
The 21 girls were among the over 200 pupils of the GSS, who were abducted on April 14, 2014, by terrorists from their school in Chibok while preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations.
The Pope, who was represented by the President of Pontifical Mission Societies (Nigeria), Rev. Fr. George Ajana, said this during this year’s World Mission Sunday at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Area 3, Abuja.
He said the experts would “stabilise and give the girls psychological rehabilitation.”
The Pope stated, “The release of the 21 Chibok girls is victory, it is a very good sign and we are thanking God for it that some of the Chibok girls were released. Nigerians have been celebrating all this while, the church joins them in the celebration and we are one with them. So, we first of all thank God that a few of them, just 21 were released.
“The Chibok girls need medical assistance; the government is doing that already. They have been taken to hospital. I think they will need psychological rehabilitation. The government need to bring in experts to stabilise them because they must have gone through a lot of trauma.
“Now, coming back, I don’t think they will be their normal selves any longer. So, the Chibok girls need to be psychologically brought back to their real life. And we need to pray for them; the church will be very happy to do that.
“We keep praying for the release of the rest because they are human beings to be respected. The life of one person is as important as the lives of the whole nation, which must be respected.”
Family seeks N100m to free Obanikoro
The family and associates of the former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, are intensifying efforts to raise N100m to release him from the detention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
A source said the family had taken a decision that the former minister would not spend another week in the detention facility of the commission.
Obanikoro flew into the country on Monday last week and has since been held by the EFCC, whose operatives have been interrogating him in connection with N4.7bn traced to Silva Mcnanamara, a company in which, the commission says he has interests.
Babajide and Gbolahan, two of Obanikoro’s sons, were said to be directors of the company when N4.7bn was allegedly paid into the company’s accounts from the office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.
The money was said to be part of the amount earmarked to finance the June 21, 2014 Ekiti State governorship election, which Governor Ayodele Fayose won, and the November 2014 governorship poll in Osun State, which Chief Iyiola Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party contested and lost.
Fayose, also of the PDP, defeated the then incumbent, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, of the All Progressives Congress, while Omisore lost to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, of the APC.
A family source on Sunday said members of the family were worried about the continuing detention of the minister because of his health and were moving to ensure that he did not spend beyond Tuesday (tomorrow) in detention.
“We are concerned about his health and we are not ready to see him still in detention beyond Tuesday this week. The man’s life is more important than the money they are asking him questions about,” the source stated.
The family source confirmed that the commission had given a condition to the former minister to raise N100m to get an administrative bail.
“If that is the only condition to see him out of detention for now, we are making efforts to raise that. You know the situation of the country now, but no sacrifice is too much to make him a free man again,” the source told our correspondent.
Investigation revealed that the operatives involved in the case were dissatisfied with the former minister’s explanation on how N785m was spent.
Obanikoro had said N785m was spent to procure souvenirs to promote a campaign against the Boko Haram in Lagos.
He had told his interrogators that N200m was spent on surveillance activities while another N200m and the balance of N385m were spent on logistics and operations under the supervision of the owner of McNamara, who he identified as Taiwo Kareem.
It was, however, gathered that while the EFCC did not question the claims of the ex-minister, which were backed with documentary evidence that he paid N3.88bn to Fayose and Omisore, they doubted the veracity of the claim that N785m was spent on the campaign against Boko Haram in Lagos.
The media aide to Obanikoro, Jonathan Eze, told our correspondent on the telephone on Sunday that there were expectations that the former minister would be released this week.
Eze called on the commission to release the former minister unconditionally since he came to the country on his own volition and had been cooperating with the EFCC since the commencement of the interrogation eight days ago.
He urged the anti-graft agency to arraign the former minister if that was the decision.
The ex-minister’s spokesman stated that Obanikoro sustained a spinal cord injury and was taking medication.
Eze added, “Everything about investigation and interrogation, as far as I am concerned, is not done hastily. In as much as I would want a situation whereby Oga (Obanikoro) would have been released by now, we have no choice than to just play by the rule.
“They have said it themselves that Oga is cooperating, and because they have acknowledged his cooperation, they should speed up whatever they are doing, so that Oga can go back.
Oga is not even strong, health-wise, so that he can go and take care of himself and considering the fact that he came on his own volition, without being arrested or declared wanted, I think he should be attended to fast.
“He is a senior citizen, he can’t do anything that is untoward and he will always be around. We just hope that this new week, he would be released unconditionally.”