Alleged internet fraud: EFCC arrests brothers, 3 others in Ibadan



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two brothers and three others in Ibadan, over their alleged connection with internet fraud.

This was contained in a statement signed by the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the suspects were arrested on Wednesday at their hideout situated in Alaka, Elebu area of Ibadan.

Oyewale said that the suspects were arrested based on intelligence linking them with opulence without any identifiable means of livelihood.

He said that four cars, laptops, exotic phones and a stamp bearing the bursary section of Queensland University School of Medicine, Australia were recovered from the suspects.

Oyewale said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma
Source: NAN


Ibadan Poly sacks lecturer over alleged sexual misconduct



The management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI) has terminated the appointment of its lecturer, Kelani  Omotosho, over alleged sexual misconduct with a former student. 

This is contained in a statement signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mrs Modupe Fawale in Ibadan on Saturday. 

The management said the lecturer, from the department of Urban and Regional Planning, was sacked for allegedly embarrassing and tarnishing the image of the institution.

In the termination letter dated Sept 15, 2020 and signed by the registrar, it read: “you will recall that you were engaged in an inappropriate behaviour and poorly managed relationship with your former student.

“This act embarrassed and tarnished  the image of your employer, The Polytechnic Ibadan. 

“You will also recall your responses and appearance before the Investigative Panel and Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee that looked into the above matter.

“After a careful consideration of the above issue, the Governing Council found you guilty as your actions and activities amount to misconduct.

“The Governing Council therefore approved the immediate termination of your appointment with effect from Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

“You are to hand over all property of the institution in your possession to your head of department.”

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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Institute wants stakeholders to develop useful curriculum in education



Prof. Esther Akinlabi, Director, Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (PAULESI), has called on African education stakeholders to develop school curriculum that can meet the challenges in the sector.

Akinlabi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Friday that school curriculum should address the challenges of future of workplace to be relevant on the global stage.

She noted that with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and technological innovation as well as advancements in developed countries, Africa needed to prepare its youths to become relevant.

“The areas that should be looked at has to do with the future of work. 

“Things that  need to be considered have to do with artificial intelligence, fourth industrial revolution, sustainable development, and secular economy which will enable us to maximise and recycle waste. 

“These aspects have been missing from school curriculum.

“Entrepreneurship should also be inculcated into the curriculum,” she said.

She further said that this had become imperative as there were high unemployment rates across the African continent.

“So there is a need for us to recalculate and infuse entrepreneurship skills in the mindset of students. 

“So, students graduating from universities are not only looking for white collar jobs.

“We should be able to change the perception and mindset of students such that by graduation, you should be able to stand on your own. 

“Think outside the box. Think of a business idea that you can do to be able to fend for yourself. I believe that is the way to go,” she said.

Akinlabi noted that though some universities had inculcated entrepreneurship into their system, “every student must come up with their idea, business proposal and concept developed.

“So that they can have something that they can launch and work on as they are graduating from the university, should they not get a white collar job that they can do.

PAULESI is not lagging behind on that as it is in the process of having a re-curriculation in November”.

The Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (PAULESI) is located in the University of Ibadan and has world class departments involved in the delivery of programmes in life, earth, agriculture and health.

The Pan African University (PAU) is a continental initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The aim of the Pan African University is to develop institutions of excellence in science, technology, innovation, social sciences and governance, which will constitute the bedrock for an Africa pool of higher education and research.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Kayode Olaitan
Source: NAN
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Father, 60, remanded for allegedly raping daughter, 22



An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Friday remanded a sexagenarian, Abiodun Omokhunu, 60, at State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID) for allegedly raping his daughter.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Omokhunu of undisclosed address was charged with one – count charge of rape.

The Magistrate, Mrs O.A Akande, who did not take the defendant’s plea, remanded him at the State CIID custody pending the return of the case file from Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Magistrate Akande, thereafter, adjourned the matter until Nov. 12, for mention.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Gbemisola Adedeji, had told the court that Omokhunu on Aug. 31, at about 10a.m. allegedly had unlawful carnal knowledge of his daughter, 22, without her consent.

Adedeji said the offence was committed at Alubata area, Apete, Ibadan.

She said the matter contravened Section 357 and punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code of Oyo State 2000.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN
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Coy seeks Oyo govt’s support on renovation of ancient Mapo Hall 



The Ibadan Properties Company Limited has sought the support of the Oyo State Government towards the renovation of the ancient Mapo Hall, to give it a face lift.

The company solicited the state government’s support on Thursday while conducting Hon. Akeem Ige, Special Adviser to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, round the edifice.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Ibadan Properties Company Limited (IPCL) is jointly owned by the 11 local government areas in Ibadan.

NAN reports that Ige had visited the ancient hall as part of his on the spot assessment tour of monuments and tourist sites in the state.

Hon. Kehinde Akande, the IPCL Board Chairman and Caretaker Chairman of Ibadan South-West Local Government, said the state government’s assistance was imperative considering the deplorable condition of the building.

He stressed that the renovation of the edifice was beyond what the local governments could handle without the assistance of the state government.

“It is obvious that the owner local governments cannot handle its renovation alone and that is why we are soliciting the assistance of the state government.

“The edifice was last renovated in 2007 with  the support of the state government,” he said.

Akande commended Gov. Seyi Makinde for his determination to develop all facilities that were in deplorable condition.

He said that the dream of the IPCL was to rehabilitate all properties under it and make them compete with other companies like the Oodua Group of Companies.

Ige in his remarks, expressed displeasure over the dilapidated state of the monument, which he described as the pride of Ibadan people.

He said that Mapo Hall was built in 1929 was refurbished last in 2007, while he was board chairman of IPCL, stressing that majority of the facilities fixed therein were no longer functioning.

Ige expressed joy that the governor had shown keen interest in bringing back the lost glory of major heritage sites already in comatose across the state.

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