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Three out of the six students of the state College of Health and Technology in Offa town allegedly raped their female colleague in the institution, according to The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command, Mr. Ambrose Aisabo on Friday.
During a media briefing in Ilorin The CP said the victim was allegedly drugged by the suspects (names withheld) before they allegedly raped her.
According to the police boss, the suspects allegedly raped the female student ‘mercilessly until she became unconscious.’
He stated that the female student was being treated at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
He added that the remaining three suspects would be apprehended and the six suspects prosecuted.
Aisabo also said the command had arrested three suspects (names withheld) for cultism.
The President of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), Dr. Nasir Fagge, told Saharareporters about the decision to suspend 5-month industrial action.
The ASUU leader also held a press conference in Minna, after the marathon National Executive Council meeting was over at about 12.50 a.m. on December 17, 2013, Tuesday. In attendance at the meeting were all the ASUU branch chairmen and secretaries, the national executive members of the body, coordinators and past leaders, including 56 members from 52 universities.
The decision should take effect starting from today.
Another confirmation came from ASUU Chairman, University of Lagos Chapter, Dr. Karo Ogbinaka, who also confirmed in an interview to Channels Television that the union decided to suspend the strike.
Dr. Ogbinaka said that, in line with procedures, the different chapters of ASUU would hold congress meetings on Wednesday to inform members and managements of the institutions of the latest development.
“We expect the students to resume and expect their members to go back to class immediately after the congress meeting and we expect the government to keep to the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU),” he stated.
It would be noted that the decision to end the protracted industrial action was taken after ASUU signed a new agreement with the Federal Government on December 11, 2013 (see the official document below).
Finally, the end of now 5 months, 10 days old ASUU Strike is in sight.
The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities yesterday in Abuja signed a fresh Memorandum of understanding.
ASUU had demanded for:
- a non-victimisation clause,
- proof of the payment of the N200bn into a Central Bank of Nigeria account for public universities,
- a review of their agreement in 2014, before they call off the strike.
Their demands were met by FG.
ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Faggae, now says ASUU would make its position known to government “within one week”, after their Ntional Executive meeting.
According to Faggae:
“This is the response to the letter we wrote to Mr. President and this document would now be forwarded to our members and our members would give us direction. We are hoping that we would be able to meet with our members in less than a week.
I don’t have the power to call off the industrial action, it is only our members that can do that. And our members gave us a message to give to the Federal Government which we have done and within one week our members would meet. We already have the document which shows that Government is committed”.
The Senate of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) has sacked all academic staff on its payroll with immediate effect on December 2, 2013, Monday, for failure to return to classrooms.
This has been confirmed by Mr. Chike Ezenwa, the Public Relations Officers (PRO) of the institution, in a telephone conversation with the Nigerian Tribune in Owerri.
According to him, the senate of the university had declared all the positions of academic staff in the institution, adding that they would be advertised starting from December 2, 2013, Monday. Read the rest of this entry
A faction of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter on Monday alleged that the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) is planning to end the ongoing five-month strike mid-January next year. Leader of the faction, Dr Adeyemi Daramola, a lecturer in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts accused the body of assuming oracular posture on the strike. According to him, “The position of ASUU has not demonstrated original function of its rules which says “reports on agreement from the union universities’ branches should be collated and announced”. “ASUU-NEC has assumed an oracular posture by its very poor communication to members, government and the Nigerian society. “The target of ASUU is to call off the strike by mid-January of 2014 which is no longer a rumour in the domain of its members. We have postponed other meetings of this pressure version of UNILAG “If necessary, we shall take all legitimate steps to ensure that normalcy is restored to all the Nigerian universities as soon as possible, as the group would not accept the rumour of a resumption date fixed for January, 2014. About two universities’ academic calendar have been wasted on strike, including lecturers’ four months salaries lost.” The faction, however, insisted that the closure of Nigerian universities by the lecturers must end this week. Another leader of the anti-strike faction, Dr Michael Ogbeide of the History Department said that “the ASUU strike had become nonsense and must be stopped. A lot of our members also believe so but are afraid to speak out,” adding that the faction would keep pressurising its leadership until the strike is called off. Meanwhile, there were reports on Monday that the UNILAG ASUU had decided to withdraw from the strike but this was debunked by some members of the union, though it was confirmed that there was a split among the members with some kicking against the institution’s continued participation in the strike. According to a source who pleaded anonymity, the congress actually turned out disorganised and divided, as some members, during the meeting began to protest, demanding UNILAG’s withdrawal from the strike. The meeting became rowdy and the two factions later held separate meetings, with both reportedly resolving to maintain their postures. The main body insisted that the strike would be on until grey areas are sorted out.
The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU, has said that the 4month old strike would only be called off if the federal government pays them their four month salary arrears since the inception of the strike as well as the full implementation of the N1.2trillion federal govt proposed funding for public universities with the immediate release of N100billion this year. The remaining N1.1trillion would be spread for 5 years.
They made this resolution after their Friday November 23rd National Executive Council meeting held in Kano state. A meeting between them and President Jonathan is been called for by the association before they can call off the strike.