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OAU Announces Death Of Professor, Bamidele Faleye

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A Professor at the department of Educational Foundations and Counselling, Obafemi Awolowo University, Bamidele Faleye, died following the suspension of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, The PUNCH reports.

 

The professor who died on Saturday, October 15, 2022, was a member of the OAU chapter of ASUU.

 

Announcing his death in a statement which announced the suspension of the local strike by the OAU ASUU, the branch chairman, Dr Adeola Egbedokun, noted that the branch congress held prayers in his honour.

 

“The chairman announced the saddened demise of Professor Bamidele Faleye of the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling who died on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Congress observed a minute silence in his honour and was led in prayer sessions. Professor Abel Afon led the prayer in a Christian way while Dr Saheed Adekilekun led the prayer in an Islamic way.

“The chairman gave a report of the NEC meeting that was held on Wednesday/Thursday. The main highlight of the report was the suspension of the eight-month-old strike action embarked upon by the union to press home demands for a decent work environment and a better welfare package for its members.

“Congress noted the actions of the Minister of Labour to ensure the proscription of ASUU which eventually amounted to nullity. The Congress also noted that the strike was suspended in obedience to the Court of Appeal order.

 

Furthermore, Congress commended the resoluteness and doggedness of the Principal Officers of the union during the period of the struggle.

“NEC has approved the suspension of ASUU OAU local strike that was declared on January 31, 2022, to demand payment from the previous University Administration. Congress noted the need to consider the plight of our members, respect the interest of our students and the need to honour the new Vice-Chancellor.

 

“NEC has approved November 16, 2022, as the election date for ASUU OAU.

 

However, Congress resolved to uphold the suspension of both the national and local strike actions as directed by NEC, adding, “the suspension of the strike was officially pronounced at the ASUU OAU Congress held on Monday, October 17, 2022, at exactly 12:27 pm.

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AIB Signs MoU With Saudi Arabia On Training For Aircraft Engineers

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The federal government has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia on training of aircraft accident investigators between the two countries.

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria, which has transmuted to National Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) signed for Nigeria, while the Accident Investigation Bureau of Saudi Arabia signed for the Arabian country in Abuja yesterday.

Speaking after signing the MoU, the commissioner of AIB-N, Akin Olateru said: “there is one aviation in the world and the rule of the game is cooperation. There is no one country that is an island. We need to work together as a team to enhance safety.

“We are both established. We both have equipment. We both have human capital but there are a lot of lessons we can learn from each other.”

 

Speaking on the details of the MoU, Olateru said, “Saudi Arabia will help us in the area of human capital development, we can engage ideas and its all about improving safety for the flying public.

 

We are going to have constant exchange of ideas.

There will be some form of training exchange programme.

This agreement would have signed before COVID but we are glad, it is signed now.”

 

Also speaking, the director-general, AIB Saudi Arabia, Abdulelah Felimban said: “We came to meet our counterpart in Nigeria, the Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria to open the channels of communication, of cooperation, of sharing experiences, learning from each other and benefiting from the capabilities that each of us have.

“We do investigations to ensure and promote sir safety.

 

Our business is to collect data, evidences, analyse them and put forward recommendations to make our skies safer.”

 

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Man Electrocuted While Stealing High-tension Wire In Abuja

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A middle-aged man, identified simply as Ezekiel, was electrocuted while trying to steal a high-tension wire in the Utako area of the Federal Capital Territory.

 

The incident occurred on Saturday night.

 

A commercial driver, who asked to be identified only as Hassan, told our correspondent on Sunday that Ezekiel sustained severe burns from the incident.

He said, “This early morning, a man known as Ezekiel, was electrocuted. He wanted to steal a wire from the high tension belonging to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company and in the process of doing that he was electrocuted.

“We heard the sound of an electrical spark in the night and also heard the scream of the man.

 

“If not for the fact that saw, plier, and torchlight scattered on the ground, I would have thought that he wanted to commit suicide. But with those tools, he went there for a mission. The man was lucky he did not die, but he sustained multiple burn injuries.”

 

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident.

Adeh said, “Our men while on patrol came in contact with him; he had severe burns, and they rushed him to the Wuse General Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment. He will definitely be prosecuted but we will wait till he fully recovers. His tools are in our custody.”

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Aisha Buhari Withdraws Suit Against Detained Undergraduate

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Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has withdrawn the defamation of character suit she filed against a 500-Level student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Adamu, before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

Adamu was arraigned on Tuesday before Justice Yusuf Halilu by the FCT Commissioner of Police following a complaint by Mrs Buhari over a tweet by the defendant on a one-count charge bordering on defamation of the character of the president’s wife.

 

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was subsequently remanded at the Suleja Correctional Centre in Niger State by the judge, pending hearing of his bail application.

 

The matter took a happy turn for Adamu on Friday at the hearing of his bail application when the prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, informed the court that the president’s wife had decided to withdraw the case against the defendant following the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

 

Based on the development, Ogbobe then applied for the withdrawal of the case, hinging the application on Section 108 (2) (a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

 

Ruling on the prosecution’s application to withdraw the case against Adamu, Justice Halilu commended Mrs Buhari for her gesture.

 

The judge, however, admonished parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards.

 

He thereafter discharged the defendant.

 

Adamu’s travails began in June when he tweeted on his Twitter handle, @aminullahie Catalyst, in which he screenshot Mrs Buhari’s image and wrote in Hausa “su mama anchi kudi talakawa ankoshi”, meaning, “mama has eaten monies meant for the poor to satisfaction”.

 

Following the president’s wife’s complaint, the police traced Adamu to Dutse, Jigawa State, five months after his tweet and arrested him on the premises of the university, brought him to Abuja and allegedly drove him straight to the Presidential Villa, where he was allegedly beaten and tortured.

 

His arrest and alleged torture on the instructions of the president’s wife were greeted with outrage from Nigerians, prompting the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the umbrella body of Nigerian students, to first apologise to Mrs Buhari for Adamu’s indiscretion and pleaded for his release.

 

The body, however, later threatened a mass protest by students against Mrs Buhari pending when Adamu would be released.

 

The planned protest was scheduled to commence on Monday.

 

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