Saturday, July 26, 2014

Politicians buy human parts from me, says suspect (photo)

The Kwara state Police command on July 23rd paraded two men who they said are involved in trading of human parts.

The men whose names were given as Amos Kareem and Abubakar Ladan were arrested with human head, leg and hand in Tabira village, Okuta in Baruten LGA of the state, according to a report by Vanguard.

When interviewed, one of the suspects, Abubakar Ladan said Amos Kareem promised to give him a motorcycle if he could find him human head, hand and leg. His desire to own a motorcycle made him go to a cemetery where he exhumed bodies and cut off their heads, hands and legs (pictured above).

When asked what he wanted to do with the human parts, Amos Kareem said he sold them to politicians. He however refused to disclose the identities of the politicians.

The police also paraded a man said to be an accomplice, having accommodated the suspects in Tabira village, though the man denied knowledge of the business Kareem and Ladan were involved in.



Again, Faculty of Science Wins VC’s CupAs Faculties of Arts, SOMASA, Others Shine in Athletics

For a fourth record time and third consecutive time, the Faculty of Science, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, on Tuesday, won the Soccer Competition of University's 7th Annual Inter-Faculty competition, tagged, "Vice Chancellor's Cup".

Faculty of Science defeated Faculty of Social & Management Sciences 2-0 on a penalty shootout after the regulation time ended in a one-all draw.
Faculty of Education had, on Thursday penultimate week, in a third-place match, beaten Faculty of Arts 1-0.

Meanwhile, Faculty of Arts topped the Medals Table in open races of the competition, having won one Gold, one Silver and two Bronze Medals. Faculty of Science was placed second with one Gold and two Silver Medals.

Faculty of Social and Management Sciences also earned one Gold and two Bronze medals to occupy third position. Faculty Law got the fourth position with one Gold Medal, while Faculty of Education struggled to grab just one Silver Medal to settle for the fifth position.

Corporate gift items were presented to the Faculties of Science, Social and Management Sciences, Education, winners of the open races; and officiating officers, while the trophy was presented to the Faculty of Science by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Femi Mimiko.

The University Librarian, Mr. William Akinfolarin and some Top Officers of the University were the dignitaries at the 1,000-capcity Sports Pavilion of the University, which was filled to capacity.


My Tenure Ends January 4, I Am Eager to Return to Class, Says AAUA VC

Contrary to widespread speculations of possible extension of his tenure as Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Professor Femi Mimiko, on Monday, disclosed that he would not stay in office beyond January 4, 2015.

Prof. Mimiko made the disclosure at the post-confab reception held in his honour by the University.

Prof. Mimiko, who appreciated those clamouring for extension of his tenure because of their conviction that he had done well, however, stated the reasons why such a call was out of place.

He said, "First, there is the need to protect the legal framework for the appointment and tenure of Vice Chancellors as laid out in our laws. Second, we must seek to nurture institutions rather than individuals. Third, for those who are persuaded that I should stay on because I had done well, the truth is that they wouldn't have had an idea of my own modest capacity if I hadn't been allowed to serve as VC because somebody had to be kept on for doing good job.

"Fourth, there is no end to the work of a University, indeed of any organization. So, even if you give me 10 more years, there would always be something still asking to be done at the end of the 10th year. Fifth, what I had was a five-year plan for the University, which I sold to the Council/Senate Selection Committee at the interview sessions it had with all the candidates in late 2009. That is the programme I have tried to implement assiduously since January 4, 2010 when I resumed as VC. I did not and still do not have plan for a sixth or seventh year.

"Sixth, and perhaps most importantly, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I just want to move on! My tenure ends on January 4, and under no circumstances am I going to be on this seat on January 5, 2015. I am eager to return to class."

Prof. Mimiko urged the University Community to trust God to get the right person to take over the administration of AAUA after him.


AAUA Holds Post-Confab Reception for VC

Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, on Monday, held a reception in honour of its Vice Chancellor, Professor Femi Mimiko, who just returned to his turf as Vice Chancellor from the four-month National Conference at Abuja.

Prof. Mimiko, who was received by members of the University Community at a colourful ceremony which started from the University main gate, inspected a guard of honour mounted by the University's Nigerian Army Cadet Corps and the Man O' War, before he was ushered to the Council Chamber venue of the reception, by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, other Principal Officers of the University, Professor, Deans of Faculty, Heads of Department, senior officers of the University and a teeming army of students.

Prof. Mimiko is the only serving Vice Chancellor delegate to the Confab.

In his speech, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, who held the fort for four months, welcomed and congratulated the VC on behalf of the entire University Community on his successful participation in the Confab and his safe return home.

The DVC described Prof. Mimiko as a highly resourceful academic leader and an astute administrator "that is full of innovative ideas and a painstaking listener."

Prof. Ajayi noted that Prof. Mimiko did not only do the University proud at the Confab, but also represented Ondo State well and served the country diligently and patriotically. He expressed the hope that the Conference recommendations, when adopted, would help to reshape the country for the better.

He thanked the VC for the confidence reposed in him to hold the fort, adding, "Let me particularly thank the Vice Chancellor for not leaving me alone in the saddle as he was always providing the needed guidance for me whenever I asked for it even from Abuja."

The DVC appreciated the staff and students of the University for their demonstration of love and acceptance to the VC by turning out en-masse to welcome him back to campus.

He specially thanked the Vice Chancellor's wife, Abosede, for her prayers, support and encouragement for the VC, saying, "Behind every successful man is a woman of substance."

Prof. Ajayi also thanked the Visitor to the University and Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, for the robust support the University enjoyed from him during the period.

Some members of the University Community, who spoke at the occasion, commended the robust and meaningful contributions of the Vice Chancellor at the Confab and noted that the initiative of the Vice Chancellor to have institutionalized the structures of the University through policy and regulatory books kept it (AAUA) running smoothly throughout the four months.

Responding, Prof. Mimiko, who was obviously delighted at the warm reception, thanked the DVC for holding the fort successful and tenaciously and appreciated other Principal Officers, all staff and students of the University for the support and cooperation.

The VC highlighted some of the core recommendations of the Confab and said the University would create a platform on which the take-homes from the National Conference would be discussed.

As a demonstration of his avowed belief that education should be for all, background notwithstanding, Prof. Mimiko announced the donation of part of his allowance from the Conference to the University's Scholarship Scheme for indigent students.

The VC said, "There is a particular programme that is so dear to my heart. I know that there are so many indigent students on our campus. Under the University Advancement Office, we had thought of floating a Scholarship Scheme into which we will put funds from everywhere. And I can see that in the future the funds will be so big that every student that has the need will be able to draw from. I had decided before I left Abuja to donate part of my allowance into the Scheme's account as a seed fund to support indigent students of AAUA."

Prof. Mimiko expressed delight that the students were going about their activities smoothly, adding, "It is good that staff and students have kept the Campus clean and green. I give kudos to all on this!"

The VC advised the students, especially their leaders, to always appreciate the critical place of leadership and have the courage to make hard choices that would define their future for good.

He said, "At all times, leaders must consider the wider implications of all their actions and what all of these mean for their constituents. Your mission should be how to contribute to the stability of your University. It was not for nothing that AAUA was rated the Best State University in Nigeria in 2013."

Prof. Mimiko promised that the University would further pay attention to issues that are of critical importance to students.

On the notorious power challenge ravaging Akungba community where a huge population of students is resident and other student-related issues, the Vice Chancellor said, "We would seek ways of working with the community to intervene in the electricity situation in town. We would keep upgrading our infrastructure. As a matter of fact, we may be able to have a few more classrooms for use during the upcoming Semester examinations. On transportation, we may be able to deploy a few more tricycles to ease movement around the Campus.

"We are going to explore the possibility of constructing a number of Bus/Relaxation Centres on the road to the Umaru Yar'Ardua LT. We are also recruiting more medical doctors at the health centre to reduce waiting time for staff and students."

The regent of Akungba, Princess Toyin Omosowon also graced the reception.


Zinny (Video) Ginikinacho

Known in the capital city as the most promising Diva of the fast growing music scene in Abuja, Zinny pulled off a fantastic 2013, dropping hits after hits.


Amongst Zinny's exploits last year is "The Way You Make Me Feel" a track that rocked through last year and is still stuck on our lips. Shortly after the audio, Zinny went ahead and dropped a video to it and it lasted through the year on our screens via Soundcity, Chanel O, Afro Music Pop, blogs and the likes.


Still in 2013, she rocked the biggest stages and walked hottest red carpets around the nation, including the Terry G album lunch concert, the flux factory and Kay-money summer rave, Spotlight Abuja, The Avant-Garde Series just to name a few.

She went ahead to wrap up a fantastic year by winning the biggest award of the female categories at the 2013 AMA awards.


2014 opened her doors and Zinny walked through with a lot of promise, dropping the audio for Ginikinacho, a dope joint she called 'Temptation'. Here is Zinny yet again proving that some inspirations will never run dry with the video to Ginikinacho. Directed by Kayzee MOTA for MOTA Films, expect worthwhile viewing experience while you hit that download button.


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Impeachment: Fear grips Ebonyi lawmakers over threat text messages

Some members of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly loyal to the new Speaker have raised the alarm over threat to their lives as following the political crisis in the state.

The alarm came barely two days after one of them was abducted by unknown gunmen.

This is coming at a time the people of Ikwo North state constituency have also passed a vote of no confidence on the member representing their constituency, Hon. Sam Nwali.

They argued that their representative does not deserve to serve them any longer because of his role in the impeachment of the former Speaker.

But the lawmakers, who addressed journalists in Abakiliki on Friday, said although the threat was linked with the impeachment of their former speaker, Rt Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku, no amount of threat and intimidation would deter them from stamping their authority.

The 15 members who are loyal to the new Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Helen Nwobasi expressed dismay over the level of desperation currently being displayed by some top politicians in the State.

Speaking, on the matter, the member representing Afikpo South West constituency, Hon. Eni Uduma Chima said that the impeachment remains valid and cannot be upturned.

He said, "We have been receiving threat messages from some top politicians over this matter."

Also, the Speaker, Helen Nwobasi urged Nigerians and Ebonyians not to be deceived by the activities of those members she described as dissidents.

"As a result, any claim by Nwazunku and his few supporters that his impeachment has been or would be reversed should be seen as a political and constitutional impossibility".

“We won’t call off strike because of Ebola virus” – Doctors

As anxiety mounted across Nigeria following the report of first case of the Ebola Virus Disease, striking medical doctors have ruled out the possibility of calling off the strike to attend to the national emergency.

The Lagos State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr Tope Ojo, said the ongoing strike was not called because of Ebola and cannot be called off because of the threat of the viral infection in the state.

Ojo who spoke at a press briefing organised by the newly elected officials of NMA in the state said, "We are not on strike because of Ebola. It was never part of our demands. It wasn't our fault".

While assuring that the doctors would continue to partner with the State government to monitor the trend of the disease to check its spread, he blamed the on-going crisis in the health sector on the Federal Government's mismanagement if the sector.

He said, "Why should a government be willing to concede the headship of the medical institutions to the hands of allied health workers?

"Will the same government not concede to a hostess the right to fly a plane or Court bailiff the post of a judge or the head of a university maintenance unit to be the vice chancellor because of the so-called opportunistic explanation of a team work?"

Speaking on the contentious issue of granting the prayers of other health workers to become consultants , Ojo said that decision of the government if allowed will only create unending anarchy.

Ojo explained that "The title of ' Consultant' in medical practice is preserved exclusively for a doctor that has gone through a minimum of six years excruciating full time, postgraduate academic training.

"The patient is traditionally registered under a consultant, who owns the patient and reserves the right of success or failure in the chain of events. We therefore warn the Nigerian people of the inherent danger of this conspiracy to deceive and confuse them as they attend hospitals for their health needs.

"NMA is not against the normal professional advancement of any allied health professional. Our position is that the situation must not arise where there will be anarchy and disruption of the chain of command that is bound to jeopardise patients' lives," he warned.
He added that a situation where doctors are paid N5000.00 monthly allowance for hazard is not only laughable but unbelievable.

Ojo said, "A doctor's life can be lost in an instance when exposed to fatal illnesses such as Ebola, Lassa fever or he may be subjected to a life-long suffering from HIV or Hepatitis B infection."