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JUPEC Exam Leakage: 48 Lecturers, Security Officers, Others Arrested

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..3 VCs quizzed, some suspects granted bailSoni Daniel, Abuja

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested 48 individuals for their alleged illegalities in the conducts of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB).

The joint operation tagged ‘Operation Combo’ conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, led to the arrests of lecturers, security officers, workers and students from some of the participating universities in the exam.

Operation Combo was simultaneously carried out by the operatives of ICPC and DSS in seven states after extensive monitoring of tutorial schools allegedly known for notoriously compromising JUPEB examinations. This has led to the arrest of the President of Tutorial School Owners (ATSO).

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JUPEC Exam Leakage: 48 Lecturers, Security Officers, Others Arrested

The operation, a consequence of sustained period of surveillance and undercover investigations spanning several weeks, led to multiple arrests of suspects including parents of candidates of the exam.A statement by ICPC’s Spokeswoman, Azuka Ogugua, said that lecturers and others involved in examination malpractices and other illegalities in the participating institutions have also been arrested.

The suspects were arrested from Wellspring University, Benin, Edo State; Christopher University, Mowe, Ogun State and Crown-Hill University, Ilorin, Kwara State. Again the raid of tutorial centres by operatives in McPherson and Precious Cornerstone universities in Ibadan and Ilara-Epe, in Oyo State respectively, led to more arrests of suspects.

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Credible intelligence gathered during the operations showed active connivance of the parents of the students and the management of the universities.

Three current Vice-Chancellors have been invited by ICPC for their roles in the unchecked and massive malpractices reported.

It was revealed that syndicated social media platforms were created by the facilitators for leaking questions and circulating answers to students for a fee during examinations.

Investigation also revealed that candidates, who are mostly minors, allegedly paid between N350,000 to N500,000 each to the suspects in the various tutorial schools to engage in the illegalities.

The cartel, in connivance with the coordinators of the examination centres and other management staff of the institutions, deliberately allowed security lapses to enable the candidates go into examination halls with smart-phones and other electronic devices to send question papers to waiting groups online and subsequently, receive answers to questions thereby engaging in massive malpractices.

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Some of the suspects arrested have been granted administrative bail while investigation is on-going.

JUPEB is an advanced level educational examination that qualifies its candidate for admission into 200 level in any Nigerian and foreign universities through direct entry. It is coordinated by the University of Lagos and has up to 10 accredited universities.

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NYSC To Corps Members: Be Vaccinated, It Will Keep You Safe

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Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has advised the Batch C, Stream 2 Corps members yet to take COVID-19 vaccination to do so without further delay.

Ibrahim gave the directive at the Bauchi State permanent orientation camp, Wailo, in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, during the swearing-in ceremony of Batch C, Stream 2 Corps members.

The NYSC chief, represented by the state Coordinator of the scheme, Alhaji Namadi Abubakar, said the vaccine would go a long way in keeping the corps members safe from COVID-19.

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The Federal Government has made the presentation of evidence of the vaccination a prerequisite for civil servants to access public offices from December 1.

“I therefore, encourage those of you, who are yet to take the vaccine, to do so without further delay as the rule could apply to corps members in their places of primary assignment.

NYSC To Corps Members: Be Vaccinated, It Will Keep You Safe

“Of greater significance is the fact that the vaccine will keep you safe.

“We are already in touch with relevant authorities to ensure that the vaccines are made available to you in the course of this programme”, he said.

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He expressed gratitude to the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for support and facilitating the safe and efficient conduct of the NYSC orientation camps.

“Our appreciation also goes to other stakeholders, including the National Agency for the Control of AIDS and the TY Danjuma Foundation who both donated tens of thousands of Rapid Test Kits to the Scheme.

“In the same vein, I thank the State Ministries of Health as well as Federal and State tertiary health institutions for their support in the areas of COVID-19 prevention and general health services,” he said.

He added that the deployment policies of the scheme were aimed at placing Corps members them in good stead for effective contribution to the promotion of national unity and integration, advising them to always be security conscious during and after their service year.

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The D-G also urged the corps members to ensure healthy interactions and build lasting friendships with a view to advancing a united Nigeria.

Justice Rabi Talatu, the Chief Judge of Bauchi State, represented by Justice Sa’ad Zadawa administered the oath of allegiance to the 1,600 corps members.

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Ayatu Momoh: Federal Poly Offa Lecturer Slumps And Dies In Kwara (Photo)

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Ayatu Momoh, a Mass Communication lecturer who works with the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, is dead.

He slumped at a community meeting on Sunday, Nov. 28, in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State.

He was saying the closing prayers to bring the community meeting to an end when he slumped.

Efforts to revive him proved abortive and he was later pronounced dead.

Momoh, an Igala man from Kogi State, was the secretary of the Igala community in Offa and its environs.

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NANS Threatens To Shut Down Nigeria Over FG’s Planned Subsidy Removal

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has reportedly vowed to shutdown the country, if the federal government remove the fuel subsidies in 2022, Newspremises reports.

Recall that the National Labour Congress(NLC) had earlier rejected the alleged plans by the federal to remove the fuel subsidies, NANS on Friday, also kicked against the fuel subsidies removal.

Malam Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), had announced that petrol could increase to N340 from February 2022.

NANS threatened that Nigeria will be shut down if the federal government attempts the removal of fuel subsidy and an increase in the price of fuel.

NANS in a statement signed by its President, Asefon Sunday noted that Nigerians are presently suffering; therefore any attempt to aggravate the social woes and economic manacles that are already faced will not only be reckless but amount to testing the patience of Nigerians too far.

The statement read, “Let’s first of all categorically state that on behalf of the suffering millions of Nigerian Students; and on behalf of the millions of the frustrated masses of the Nigerian people who are our parents; brothers and sisters; uncles and aunts; friends and neighbours, we reject this socioeconomic evil proposal and we shall resist it. Nigerians are really suffering. We are in dire socioeconomic straits. We are weeping in our hearts and souls. We are dying in silence. We feel the agony and anguish because we are practically involved.

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“We wish to warn against it. The country is very stretched and tense. In case the government is not aware, we are passing them this intelligence free of charge now. Again we advise, let the government not stretch it further. The consequences will be dire. The people are already flamed. Mendacity will beget mendacity.”

“NANS is happy that the organised labour and civil society groups have all rejected the proposal. We shall ensure that the entire country is shut down and paralysed should the Federal Government proceed with its insensitive plan of deregulation or even any further increase in the pump price of fuel. We have had enough.”

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NANS noted that deregulation cannot change anything in the country except the practical reality of the socio-economic condition of Nigerians changes.

“No deregulation can happen on the basis of import-driven deregulation. We are aware of our reality with all the ones already deregulated, including Kerosene, diesel and cooking gas (which price has gone totally out of control).

“May we remind the Federal Government that NANS is not totally against deregulation. But they were conditions already agreed upon before any talk about deregulation can start. And none of those conditions are in place at the moment.”

They described the intending plan by the government as very strange especially at a time when no refinery is functioning in the country insinuating that the sinister plan is outright the quest of the government to get money at all costs to squander and finance the ostentatious lifestyles of public officers and senior civil servants.

“The four (4) refineries are not functioning, and if they are functioning at all, it is at a near-zero level. There is zero consultation with stakeholders to even consider issues around deregulation and why it should or should not be. The survival of Nigerian workers and their wards is yet to be discussed, yet a date that may take lives out of them has been fixed.

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“It’s really sad that the government can contemplate something as critical as deregulating the petroleum sector without thinking it through, without consultation and without a robust debate.”

NANS demanded that the Federal Government rescind the plan to remove fuel subsidy till adequate arrangements like refining at home and utilising our petrochemical by-products are made.

“Then, after that, there will be a robust discussion by all stakeholders to deal with associated socioeconomic issues and discuss the details of the new regime. It is only on this condition that there can be a corresponding social equilibrium, economic prosperity, job and wealth creation for Nigerians,” the statement read.

NANS in conclusion admonished all comrades, allies, and structures of NANS to be on the alert and not be swayed or distracted.

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