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UI mourns death of DLC student



Authorities of the University of Ibadan have suspended the remaining first semester examinations at its Lagos centre following the death of one of its students, Bolaji Pelewura.

Pelewura, a 100 level student at the department of political science, was said to have died on Friday few minutes after writing one of his examination papers at the institution’s Adebayo Akande e-Centre, Ikeja, Lagos.

A statement by the institution’s spokesperson, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo, quoted the centre’s director, Prof. Bayo Okunade, as describing the death as “a huge loss to the university as the institution’s students are its precious assets.”

He said: “You are all aware of the sad event of yesterday which led to the demise of Pelewura Bolaji, a 29- year- old Political Science Student.

“We regret the situation and commiserate with the family and you all.   May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. By His grace, we will never have a repeat.”

He continued: “Since the incident and even before, certain measures were taken to put the situation under control with the support of many of our students in Lagos who took the lead in managing the situation.

“In particular, we appreciate our students who provided assistance to Bolaji before he finally gave up and subsequently the link with the family.

“We thank you all for the maturity and support that averted breakdown of law and order.”

Okunade advised that “this is not the time to apportion blame.”

He said: “I have read many posts and discussed with some of you on the incident and wish to appeal for your understanding.

“There was no way we would have continued examinations as some of you desired. We appreciate the concerns of those who had approved releases from their places of work.

“We will try to see how we can manage the situation to minimise inconveniences,” he said.

The remaining examinations have been suspended as a mark of respect for the deceased.

According to Okunade, the remaining examinations would re-commence soon while the interactive session for the returning students continues.

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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew



Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.

Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.

The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”

Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.

However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.

The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.

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Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra



Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.

Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.

Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.

The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.

“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.

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National Assembly transmits amended Electoral Act to Buhari




The National Assembly has transmitted the amended Electoral Act 2022 to the Presiden Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The bill was transmitted to the Presidency on Friday.

Sources in the Presidency and the National Assembly confirmed the transmission.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he had not been authorised to announce the development officially, said, “Yes, it has been transmitted. But wait till Monday when it may be announced when the President will sign it.”

Another source in the National Assembly said, “It was transmitted on Friday. I needed to confirm it before saying anything.”

It was further learnt that Buhari would sign the amendment ahead of primaries of political parties beginning next week.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had last week passed an amendment to the Act to recognise statutory delegates at primaries, congresses, and conventions of political parties.

The lawmakers particularly amended Section 84(8) of the Act to provide automatic or statutory delegates, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries, from where candidates would emerge for the 2023 general elections.
In March, the National Assembly had passed the bill for the Act while the President signed it into law.

While political parties are close to conducting primaries to elect candidates for the 2023 general elections, the Act did not allow members elected into public offices and executives of the parties, known as statutory delegates, to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of parties.

The chambers had described the omission as “a fundamental error.”

Without the provision by the law, Buhari; the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of local government areas, councillors, executives of political parties, amongst others, would have been disenfranchised.

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