There was pandemonium at the Ugbowo main campus of the University of Benin, on Friday when a graduate was gruesomely murdered by suspected cultists.
CAMPUS GIST learnt that the victim popularly called “Aficionado,” was taking part in a jean carnival organised for final-year students of the Faculty of Arts at the Twin-Lecture Theatre when he was shot in the head by the assailants around 6pm.
A source in the institution, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that the late Aficionado’s body was later taken away by school authorities who came after the incident.
Another student who doesn’t want his name to be mentioned confirmed the incident, adding that there has been tension on campus since the incident.
“Yes, I can confirm it. The incident happened few minutes ago while the celebration was going on.
“A final-year jean carnival was being held for students of the faculty of Arts...and he joined them. Suddenly, we heard a gunshot.
“We didn’t even know that he was the one that was shot. It was later that we saw him on the ground.”
Efforts to reach the university's Public Relations Officer, Mr. Michael Osasuyi for comments proved abortive.
But a source close to his office, who confirmed the incident, said that the case had been reported to the Ugbowo Police station while investigation had commenced.
Chief Alex Mascot Ikwechegh on Tuesday graced the investiture of the new executive members of the Aba Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA).
Igbere TV reports that the event which held at Hotel De Gulf in Eziama, Aba North Local Government Area, saw Chief Ikwechegh as Chairman of the occasion.
Our correspondent reports that Ikwechegh donated the sum of N1 million cash to ACCIMA, with a promise to convince other Aba billionaires in diaspora and outside Aba city to encourage the development agenda of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
He said the need to support Ikpeazu became necessary because the Governor is encouraging made in Aba products, local industries and increase in employment for all Abians.
Worthy of note is that Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has, recently, approved 28 hectares of land for the development of the new Aba Estate to be powered by Gross Group of Companies owned and Chaired by Chief Alex Ikwechegh.
Speaking with Igbere TV on the telephone on Wednesday, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia said the approval was a welcome development.
“Alex Ikwechegh Foundation has empowered, encouraged the development and empowerment of Abia citizens”, he said.
“This is a commendable development and in support of youth leadership, we encourage Alex Ikwechegh and applaud his leadership initiatives”, the chieftain added.
Those who graced Tuesday’s event include the current ACCIMA President, Sir Lawrence Nnaemeka Obetta and Vice-President, Chief Jerry Kanu, alias Osimiri.
Notable members also in attendance include Engr. Dennis Okafor, Chief Eke Eleanya, Chief Geoffrey Uzoagbara, Mr Julius Ndukuba, Mazi Jude Nwosu, Engr. Alex Adaelu and Chief (Mrs) Ann Osakwe.
Others are Mazi Osita Okoro JP, Sir Jude Okafor, Engr. Ozo Okey Igbonekwu, Chief Dr. Nally Iheotuonye, Engr. Cletus Ekpo, Mr. Nnamdi Amala, Chris Agbo and Rotarian Andy Una.
Mrs Tracy McWary, Founder of Tracy McWary Foundation – organizers of Miss Amnesty Nigeria, has spent at least five days outside her residence since her forceful abduction.
Igbere TV had reported that McWary was recently forcefully taken away by armed men believed to be from the Police Force headquarters, Abuja.
This is coming weeks after she accused the Force Deputy Inspector-General (DIG), Michael Ogbuzi of colluding with the Presidential Amnesty Office to blackmail her.
According to her, the force DIG had demanded that she sleeps with him as the only condition to stop the unprovoked attack against her person, an offer she rejected.
Trouble started after McWary exposed some shady dealings in the Presidential Amnesty Office, wherein she accused the embattled Amnesty boss, Prof. Charles Dokubo, of multimillion naira scam.
Dokubo had hijacked McWary’s Miss Amnesty Nigeria programme in 2018, and fraudulently got the support of some organizations by impersonating her office.
She said the Amnesty boss had threatened to kill her, after she refused to sign some papers to divert the funds made available to her by the government to empower Niger Delta women.
In a clip exclusively obtained by Igbere TV over the weekend, McWary could be seen arguing and struggling with her abductors while on steering on the expressway.
The abductors believed to be men from the force DIG’s office, all dressed in suit, had earlier blocked her private vehicle before forcefully taking her away.
Efforts to obtain comments from the Presidential Amnesty Office and the Force DIG regarding the development, proved abortive.
But a Personal Assistant in the McWary Foundation, Heavens McWary, confirmed the development to our correspondent over the telephone on Sunday.
He said the Amnesty Boss and Force DIG had illegally blocked all bank accounts belonging to his boss (Tracy McWary) before her forceful abduction.
According to him, “Trouble started after my boss, Tracy McWary refused to fall for their tricks and game plan. She was approached to transfer some funds earmarked for empowerment to a fraudulent account which she openly rejected.”
Mr McWary said the Amnesty boss, Charles Dokubo was reported to the FCT Police Commissioner for thorough investigation, “but he (Dokubo) colluded with the Force DIG and transferred the case”.
“The DIG did the biddings of the Amnesty boss and eventually took over the case file from the CP despite the progress recorded. He frustrated the case using his office.
“McWary was subsequently abducted by the police and locked up in the cell. She was given some outrageous bail conditions including a surety who has over N100 million in his bank account, houses in Abuja and was asked to deposit N300,000 as bail charges. She met all the conditions in two days and was later released.”
On how Mrs Tracy was forcefully abducted recently, Mr McWary said Dokubo planted a lady in their Foundation who posed as a Miss Amnesty contestant and ended up selling out the Founder to the DIG.
“My sister (Tracy) got friendly with the said lady not knowing what her real mission in the organization was. Eventually, the lady sold out Tracy’s movements to DIG’s men which led to her forceful abduction.”
He said men of the DIG later stormed Tracy’s residence, ransacked the building and took away her laptop, and equally wiped off all vital information on her phones and ended up blocking her bank accounts.
Asked if any contact has been made confirming Tracy’s whereabouts, Mr. McWary said the force DIG denied having her sister, and even barred them from seeing her and refused her bail.
“This is not right, how can you arrest a nursing mother denying her little baby breast milks and even refuse to issue any official statement about the arrest. We the family cannot even reach her on the phone. It is over five days now since she was forcefully taken away.
“We are calling on the President, Muhammadu Buhari and all well meaning Nigerians to call Prof. Charles Dokubo and the Force DIG to order, this is an act of kidnapping and not just right”, Mr. McWary added.
Professor (Mrs) Lilian Imuetinyan Salami has been appointed as the 10th substantive Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin City, Edo State.
A home economist and former Dean of the Faculty of Education, Salami takes charge as the second female VC of UNIBEN after Prof Grace Alele Williams, who was also the first female VC in Nigeria.
CAMPUS GIST reports that Salami takes over from the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof Faraday Osasere Orumwense, whose tenure elapses November 30.
Orumwense has been the VC since December 2014 after the exit of Prof Osayuki Oshodin. He is from the Faculty of Engineering.
The appointment of the new VC which takes effect from December 1, 2019 was made by the Governing Council of the University, on Friday, October 25.
Salami emerged top among other candidates who sat for an interview, including Professor Kensington from Engineering and Professor Oviawe.
Her emergence means another Bini indigene succeeding Prof Orumwense who, in 2014, succeeded Oshodin, also from Edo State.
Prof Lilian I. Salami, FNSN, FIHE/HEPAN
Professor Lilian Imuetinyan Salami (Nee Emovon), Ph.D., Professor of Home Economics/Nutritional Education is a Benin and hails from Edo State, Nigeria, West Africa.
She was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria on the 8th of August, 1956.
Her early schooling started in Jos but was truncated by the Nigerian Civil War. Her both primary and secondary education were then completed in Edo State. She obtained her West African School Certificate (O’ levels) from Baptist High School, Benin City.
In 1975 she travelled to the United States of America to University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Campus and had her summer schooling in the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. She later transferred to North Dakota State University, Fargo after she got married in 1977. There she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 in Home Economics and Master’s degree in Nutrition in 1982.
She returned back to Nigeria in 1983 and enrolled to serve in the National Youth Service Corps in Benin City. Upon completion of the national service, she made a brief start of her teaching career with the then University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo, Nigeria. Between 1985 and 1994 she lectured Nutrition at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. This was interjected when she gained admission into University of Nigeria, Nsukka for a doctoral degree in Human Nutrition in 1989 which she obtained in 1991.
In 1994, she was appointed a Senior Lecturer with the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria and acted as a Head of Department between 1996 and 1998 and rose to the rank of Professor in 2005.
In her desire to be well-grounded in teaching, she gained and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2001 from the University of Benin.
In 2004, Prof. Salami proceeded to the Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa as a post-doctoral fellow which she obtained in 2005.
She has held numerous positions at the prestigious University of Benin, Director of General Studies, Part-time programme and Chairman of the Board of University of Benin Integrated Enterprise.
She has also served as a member in many other committees.
She is the immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Education and was a member of the apex body of the University, the Governing Council.
Prof. Salami has taught numerous undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Home Economics and Nutrition.
She has successfully supervised over 40 masters and 15 PhD students.
She is a fellow of Nutrition Society of Nigeria and International Federation of Home Economics/Home Professional Association of Nigeria.
As an administrator, she has held numerous administrative positions in the University of Benin and currently the Director General/Chief Executive of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo State.
She has to her credit over 75 peer reviewed articles in national and international Journals.
Outside academic, she is a member of the Advisory Council to his royal majesty, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Ukukpolokpolo, Ogidigan, Oba Ewuare II.
Prof Lilian Salami has bagged so many awards including the most recent Pan-African Leadership Excellence Award by the African Students’ Union Parliament (ASUP).
The National Judicial Council headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed has recommended the appointment of four new Supreme Court judges.
In a statement obtained by Igbere TV on Thursday, the NJC also recommended the appointment of 13 judicial officers for Federal, State and Sharia Courts.
Those approved for the Supreme Court are Adamu Jauro (North-East); Emmanuel A. Agim (South-South); C. Oseji, (South-South); and Helen M. Ogunwumiju (South-West).
A statement signed by Soji Oye, Esq., Director of Information, said the recommendations were sent to President Muhammadu Buhari who has the powers to appoint the judges with the backing of the Senate.
Oye Esq. said the NJC had set up Empanels Committees to investigate eight erring judges, and equally approved the recommendation of some Committees earlier set up to investigate some judges.
23rd October, 2019
• NJC recommends appointment of four (4) Supreme Court of Nigeria Justices, four (4) Heads of Court, Thirteen (13) Judicial Officers for Federal and State High Courts and one (1) Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal;
• Empanels Committees to investigate eight ( Judges.
The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its Meeting of 22nd and 23rd October, 2019, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the Governors of Edo, Ondo, Akwa-Ibom, Kogi, Anambra, Taraba, Abia, Osun, Nasarawa and Jigawa States, twenty-two (22) successful candidates for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court, Heads of Courts and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria.
They are: –
1. APPOINTMENT OF FOUR (4) JUSTICES, SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA
iii) Hon. Justice C. Oseji, JCA (South-South Zone)
iv) Hon. Justice Helen M. Ogunwumiju, JCA
2. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, FEDERAL HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Justice Tsoho John Terhemba
3. APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT, NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL COURT OF NIGERIA
i) Hon. Justice B. B. Kanyip
4. APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE, EDO STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Hon. Justice Esther Amenaghawon Edigin
5. APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, ONDO STATE
i) Hon. Justice Eunice Aderonke Alade
6. APPOINTMENT OF FOUR (4) JUDGES, OSUN STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Mathias Olusegun Agboola, Esq.
ii) Sikiru Adeposi Oke, Esq.
iii) Olorunfemi Judith Ajanaku, Esq.
iv) Lawrence Olawale Arojo, Esq.
7. APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, NASARAWA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Bawa Sunday Baba, Esq.
8. APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, AKWA-IBOM STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Nkeruwem Martin Obot, Esq.
9. APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, KOGI STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Yahaya Adamu, Esq.
10. APPOINTMENT OF TWO (2) JUDGES, ANAMBRA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Onyinye Samuel Anumonye, Esq.
ii) Victoria Toochukwu Nwoye, Esq.
11. APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) JUDGE, TARABA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Goje Yahaya Hamman, Esq.
12. APPOINTMENT OF THREE (3) JUDGES, ABIA STATE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
i) Benson Anya, Esq.
ii) Enyinnaya Okezie, Esq.
iii) Adiele Ogbonna, Esq.
13. APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) KADI, SHARIA COURT OF APPEAL, JIGAWA STATE
i) Ibrahim Alhaji Ya’u
All the appointed Judges are expected to be sworn-in after the approval of the President and their respective State Governors and or confirmation by the Senate and State Houses of Assembly as the case may be.
Council at the Meeting deliberated on the Report of its Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee and decided to empanel eight ( Committees to investigate eight ( Judicial Officers from amongst the 35 petitions written against 37 Judges of the Federal and State High Courts.
The remaining petitions were summarily dismissed for obvious and manifest lack of merit, being subjudice, concerning administrative matters, or that such petitions were matters for appeal.
The dismissed petitions were against Hon. Justice Adamu Abdu-kafarati, the immediate past Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justices Anduwi Chikere, H. I. O. Oshoma, Ayo Emmanuel all of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice J. D. Peters, National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice S. E. Aladetoyinbo (Rtd), of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke (Rtd), Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justices K. A. Jose, S. S. Ogunsanya, T. A. Oyekan-Abdullahi, O. O. Femi-Adeniyi and D. T. Okuwobi, all of the Lagos State High Court of Justice. Hon. Justice Mojisola Idayat Sule, Oyo State High Court, Hon. Justices R. D. Harriman, A. O. Omamogbo, Michael Nduka Obi, High Court of Justice, Delta State, Hon. Justice E. N. Thompson, River State High Court, Hon. Justice Inaikende Eradiri, High Court, Bayelsa State, Hon. Justices N. B. Ukoha and B. C. Iheka of High Court of Justice, Imo State, Hon. Justices F. I. N. Ngwu, R. O. Odugu, Enugu State High Court, Hon. Justice Abdulkadir H. Suleiman, Bauchi State High Court and Hon. Justice Garba Abdulkadir of the Katsina State High Court of Justice.
Council also approved the recommendation of two (2) Committees earlier set-up to investigate Hon. Justice Winifred I. A. Effiong of Akwa-Ibom State High Court of Justice and Hon. Justice Bello Aliyu Gusau of High of Justice, Zamfara State which absolved them of any judicial misconduct.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 participated in the opening ceremony of the Russia-Africa Economic Summit in Sochi, Russia.
Buhari had arrived Sochi on Monday ahead of the summit in company of Governors Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti.
In a statement obtained by Igbere TV, the Presidency said the summit which focuses on peace, security, and development will take place between today, October 23 and 25.
Those with the President in Russia are ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite and Minister of Petroleum (State), Timipre Sylva.
During the opening ceremony, President Buhari met his Russian counterpart and one of the world's acclaimed powerful president, Vladimir Putin.
In a statement sighted on a presidential aide’s handle by Igbere TV, President Putin said Russia would aim to double trade with Africa over the next five years.