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The Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi has approved the dismissal of two lecturers, Malam Abubakar Baba and Mr Adebusoye Sunday, accused of allegedly sexually harassing of their students.

The Rector, Mr Sunusi Gumau, stated this while briefing newsmen at the end of the 98th meeting of the council, on Sunday in Bauchi.

Gumau said that the decision was reached after thorough investigation of the matter by a committee set up by the institution.

He said that Baba was a lecturer in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics while Mr Sunday was a lecturer of the Department of General Studies.

“This is the final verdict of all that has been making waves in the media concerning the issue of our staff reported on alleged case of rape.

“This issue of Abubakar Baba came up on the Aug. 4, 2021. In the rules of the Polytechnic, if an issue of this magnitude happens, the complainant has to write and immediately she wrote.

“I asked the staff to be queried.

“When we queried him, the suspect replied and the reply was not satisfactory, and we established a committee to investigate the matter thoroughly to logical conclusion.

“We did that and after the committee submitted its report, the Senior Staff Appointment and Disciplinary Committee met, invited the suspects, cross examined and we made our recommendation to the council.

“Today; the council has finally approved the dismissal of Abubakar Baba from the services of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi,” said the Rector.

Sanusi further revealed that Mr Sunday was equally dismissed from the service of the Polytechnic with immediate effect.

The Rector said that concrete evidence had been established against Sunday for sexually assaulting his student.

He further said that the victims had military background which propelled the exposure of the culprits.

Gumau said the two lecturers were no longer staff of the Polytechnic and assured that their dismissal letter would be handed over to the necessary security agencies for appropriate actions.

“In the case of Baba, the father of the student involved is a military personnel while in the case of Sunday, the victim is a sister to a military woman.”

The Rector commended the Bauchi State Government, traditional leaders and host communities for their support to the institution.

Meanwhile, the Rector revealed that the Students’ Academic Board of the institution had also expelled 30 students for various offences.

Gumau said that 14 of the students were expelled for examination malpractices while 16 others for certificate forgery. (NAN)

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By Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation/ THE NATION

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has interrogated a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, in connection with the ongoing probe of a former Aviation Minister, Sen. Stella Oduah.

It was learnt the interrogation was based on N780million out of a lump sum allocated to a rehabilitation project in Oduah’s ministry allegedly traced to a company in which Senator Anyim has interest.

Anyim was yet to be released as at the time of filing this report.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The EFCC on Sunday commenced the interrogation of a former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim in a case of corruption and diversion of public funds.

” Anyim who arrived the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Jabi, Abuja around 3pm, was currently being grilled by a team of operatives.

” The interrogation is tied to the corruption and money laundering case involving former Aviation Minister and serving senator, Senator Stella Oduah.

” Part of the rehabilitation funds to the tune of N780 million were allegedly traced to a company in which Senator Anyim has interest.”

Contacted, the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said he has not been briefed on the matter.

Published in Business and Economy

By Samuel Oamen/ THE NATION

Finally, the Big Brother Shine Ya Eye edition, which took off on Saturday July 24, ended today.

Hazel Oyeye Onou popularly known as Whitemoney, a 29-year-old entrepreneur emerged winner of the reality show.

He edged out other 24 Housemates to win the N90million grand prize.

Here are Eight things you probably didn’t know about Whitemoney:

1. His real name is Hazel Oyeye Onou

2. He was born in Enugu on July 6, 1992.

3. White Money is one of three children – all boys.

4. According to White Money, he stopped his education at NECO level but he intends to marry a very educated woman and make sure that his kids get enough education.

5. He is an entrepreneur who has been involved in different types of hustles like photography, generator repair, fixing of telecommunications masts, barbing, Okada riding, etc

6. While in the BBNaija House, White Money disclosed he recently began the business of importing designer shoes into Nigeria. He confirmed that this is his biggest achievement so far as it has brought a turnaround in his career.

7. He revealed he has the intention to launch his personal shoe business and take it to the next level.

8. In one of his discussions with his fellow BBNaija Housemates, White Money stated that he is an upcoming artiste and has a few songs and music productions to his name.

Published in Arts & Culture
Monday, 04 October 2021 00:56

Awoniyi strikes twice as Union beat Mainz

Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi netted two goals against his old club Sunday as Union Berlin fought from a goal down to beat Mainz 2-1 and continue their fine start to the Bundesliga season.

Awoniyi struck twice in four minutes in the second half to give high-flying Union their first away win of the season and fire them up to seventh in the table.

After a sluggish first half with few chances at either end, it was Union loanee Marcus Ingvartsen who gave Mainz the lead shortly before the break.

A mistake from Union midfielder Genki Haraguchi allowed the home side to launch a lightning-quick attack down the left, and the unmarked Ingvartsen stroked Karim Onisiwo’s low cross inside the near post.

But it was former Mainz striker Awoniyi who had the last laugh as Union bounced back after the break.

Having missed a handful of chances throughout the game, the Nigerian levelled the scores with a cool finish on the counter-attack 20 minutes from time.

A few minutes later, the 24-year-old scored an almost carbon copy of his equaliser to put Union ahead, once again latching onto a long ball and holding off the Mainz back line before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

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Finally, the Big Brother Shine Ya Eyes edition, which took off on Saturday July 24, 2021 ended tonight.

Afije Rose Omokhoa popularly known as Liquorose, a 26-year-old professional dancer emerged the first runner up of the reality show.

Here are nine things you probably didn’t know about Liquorose:

1. Liquorose was born in 1995 in Lagos.

2. She hails from Edo State.

3. She attended Del International College, Ijeshatedo, Surulere, Lagos State.

4. She schooled at the University of Lagos.

5. She is the first Housemate in the 2021 big brother Naija show to get N1 million followers on Instagram.

6. She has been active as an entertainer since 2012.

7. She is a member of a dancing group called ‘Girls Gone Bold’ (GCB).

8. Liquorose has featured in Tv series as an actress, she is also a professional video vixen and a dancer.

9. In 2012, BBNaija Liquorose was featured in the popular miniseries ‘The Johnson’s. BBNaija Liquorose also had roles in movies like ‘Hex’ and ‘The OAP’.

Published in Entertainment

BY MODUPEOLUWA ADEKANYE/ GUARDIAN.NG

Whitemoney has emerged as the winner of the 2021 BBNaija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ season with a #90 Million grand prize which includes a ₦30 Million cash prize.

The finale kicked off with Made Kuti performing to a large crowd who were ready to see which of their favourites will emerge as the winner. Right after Kuti’s thrilling performance, Big Brother gave the finalists a heartwarming speech.

Emmanuel who was the veto power holder became the first finalist to be evicted. After Emmanuel, Angel left in 5th place. The 21-year-old won fans over for her free-spirited nature. She says she believes she will make the #90 Million outside the house, and also has plans to venture into real estate, salon business, mental health, and spa business.

After an awesome performance from ex-BBN housemate Avala, Ebuka announced the eviction of another fan-favourite housemate Cross. Cross hoped to be the 2nd or 3rd evicted housemate, sadly, he ended up in the 4th place.

The second runner-up of the season turned out to be Pere, who is popularly called the General. The 36-year-old had an intriguing run on the show from joining as a wild card to his spot in the finals getting nearly lost to Angel. Interestingly, he declared his love for Maria.

While the fans were anticipating who the winner would be between Liquorose and Whitemoney, the winner of the last season, Laycon gave an outstanding performance. Laycon’s performance preceded performances from Lojay, Ajebo Hustlers, and the biggest announcement of the night confirming Whitemoney as the winner of the ‘Shine Ya Eye’ season.

Whitemoney won the season in a landslide victory scooping 47% of viewers’ votes. Liquorose came second place with 22.99% of viewers’ votes.

Liquorose says she never expected to get this far and the excitement from Whitemoney can be seen.

This marks the end of BBNaija ‘Shine ya eyes’ season, till it is time for the reunion where issues during and after the house would be thrashed before another season starts.

Published in News & Stories

By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja/ THE NATION

BBNaija season six winner Whitemoney will on Monday be presented with his N90 million grand prize.

According to the organisers, the winner’s prize presentation will commence at 3 pm on Monday.

Whitemoney displaced Liquorose with 47% of the total votes cast for finalists.

He will be awarded a cash prize of N30 million, a two-bedroom flat courtesy of Renovation Plus, Innoson IVM G40 and TravelBeta travel package for two (a trip for two to Dubai, including Airport Transfer and Tours.

Other items include cash in Abeg Wallet, cash prize from Patricia, a weekend getaway to Seychelles courtesy Diageo, Arla makers of Dano will provide cartons of Dairy products.

He will also enjoy Pepsi supply for 1 year + merchandise, packs of Munch It and merchandise, Tecno Products including the Tecno Phantom X mobile phone, WAW Detergent Cartons and Hawaii Soap products.

There will also be consolation prizes which are are yet to be disclosed for the runners up.

Published in Headliners

By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja/ THE NATION

Whitemoney has won the sixth edition of the BBNaija show.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu declared him winner at the finale on Sunday night.

This leaves Liquorose as the first runner up of the Shine Ya Eye edition.

He displaced Liquorose with 47% of the total votes for the finalists.

Liquorose was left with 22.99%.

Whitemoney bagged the N90 million grand prize.

Details shortly…

Published in Business and Economy
Saturday, 02 October 2021 19:13

Nigeria at 61: Time for reflection

To use the word ‘celebration’, in reference to the marking of the 61st Independence anniversary of this country today, is a glaring misnomer about which the Nigerian leadership should be ashamed.

Given the fact that achievement, high performance, triumphs and successes are the outcomes that right-thinking people celebrate, there is no justification for any pageantry highlighting the failure, low performance and crass ineptitude that have dogged the country in recent times, and on many ramifications. This is why in the light of the gruesome realities enveloping the country, Nigerians rightly consider as pure tokenism and a shameless act of deceit to be excited about independence, let alone celebrate this annual ritual in pomp and merrymaking.

Nigerians are not enamoured with Independence anniversary, not just because of the country’s failings and steady descent into unbelievable anarchy, but more because such degeneration is grossly irreconcilable with her enviable human and material resources that leaders, in succession, mismanage even as they desperately pretend that what is amiss is insignificant, If the years of military dictatorship were regarded as the ‘‘years eaten by the locusts,’’ the abysmal descent of today’s Nigeria may be said to be ‘‘more years eaten by the locusts.’’

Significantly, the narratives of Nigeria’s transit revisited regularly on occasions such as today, have changed only in the reflection of a deepened tragedy of state failure, leaving as cause for chest-beating only the fact that the country remains one, miraculously; along with sparkles of personal development and individual break-through that have emerged from resilient Nigerians who have risen above the crassness and mediocrity of state institutions.

On the home front, successive leaders have abandoned the dream of our founding fathers for Nigeria and replaced it with motivations of self-aggrandizement. The country is divided, people are very poor, life and property are insecure and life is worthless. Every now and then, we witness Nigerians disowning their country with so much disgust and, spewing the worst kinds of invectives at their motherland. While persons of means have secured foreign citizenship for themselves and their families, others are making frantic efforts to do likewise or emigrate from Nigeria. This is the Nigeria that has been bequeathed to the upcoming generation of leaders: a disillusioned country, morally weak, socially fragmented, religiously disoriented and economically comatose.

This is not how a truly independent country carries on. To chart a course for progress, Nigeria needs big dreamers and, more especially, people who would not want to do things the usual way. To justify any claim of being independent, Nigerians must, first of all, ascertain the basis upon which they lay claim to independence. Do the different people that makeup Nigeria see themselves first of all as Nigerians? Or do they lay claim to clannish or tribal allegiance as their most fundamental identity?

Nigerians need a sense of national pride and national spirit, through which all the values, ethos and cultures from their different ethnic groups are harnessed. In other words, there must be a genuine sense of belonging in this country we call ours. To this end, the political class and ruling elite must not privilege a section of the country over others or treat others as second class citizens. Leadership is not about ethnic domination or selfish power imbalance; it is rather a disposition of moral strength and sacrifice to genuinely carry out a mission for the common good.

The imperative before Nigeria as she marks her 61st independence anniversary is to take a leadership position in Africa and the black world. Nigeria is naturally endowed for this leadership role which indeed she has played creditably in past engagements in the African continent and abroad. Leaders should be looking at the exemplary and inspirational roles the country can play, say, 50 years away. However, this can only happen if Nigeria rids herself of incompetence, greed and avarice that have become embedded in her leadership.

If there is anything worth celebrating at all, it is the tenacity and resilience of Nigerians who have decided to own their country despite its repeated embattlement by various categories of outlaws. These Nigerians include the farmers and locals trapped in the enclaves of terrorists and bandits, the repeatedly hounded school children, the disillusioned women and children in IDP camps, the soldiers in the trenches of war and police officers sacrificing their lives on the altar of parochial leadership; and the forlorn Nigerians who everyday hope in God that this too shall pass away. It is these Nigerians, who have kept this country together, that deserve the greatest courtesies.

If the government, especially the Muhammadu Buhari administration needs to do anything it is to fall in line with the nationalistic agenda of the founding fathers of Nigeria. President Buhari should accept that under his leadership, Nigeria has witnessed the worst deterioration ever. Leaders and followers must do their best to ensure that they desire a new, better Nigeria. Leaders must lead well and wean themselves off the selfishness and minimalism into which they have immersed themselves. To make this country work, citizens, especially the leadership, must be truly Nigerian by patronising Nigeria.

Nigerians at all levels should be well-meaning enough to embark on conscientious sober reflection on the state of the nation. Leaders should examine themselves on the quality of leadership they have meted out on the polity. They should reflect on whether or not they have fostered any home-grown solutions to Nigeria’s problems in the economic, educational and health sectors. Leaders must ask themselves whether their stewardship has done the basic minimum for their people. All Nigerians must question themselves about their positive contribution or negligence or indifference to the fight against corruption. Everyone should respect the rule of law and place a high premium on its human capital.

The need for concerted efforts is hinged on the fact that both the leadership and followership are complicit in this degeneration at all levels. Whereas the elite are parasitical on the misfortune of the hapless masses, the followership is largely complacent. As we have often noted, the duty to salvage the country is a moral obligation built on character. Great nations are built on the strength of character of their people. If Nigeria must be great, every person must take responsibility; everyone must commit to doing what he ought to do to his/her community. This is the basic moral obligation to the country. This is the meaning of being truly independent.

Published in Business and Economy

Liquorose, a two-time Head Of House in the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye edition, recently got a message to help her forge ahead.

Liquorose used some of her BB tokens to get an encouragement letter from her friend, Emeka.

Liquorose was taken to the executive lounge to listen to the message which got her emotional.

Emeka, speaking to her, encouraged her to be herself and continue to make her fans proud.

“I was so excited when I heard I had to make a message for you. I expected you to go into the house and do us proud but you exceeded our expectations.

“Few more days to go, we can’t wait to see you and we’re doing our own part out here for you. Just be yourself,” Emeka told Liquorose.

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