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UNILAG Reacts To Arrest Of Lecturer Accused Of Raping Female Student

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The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has reacted to the case involving a lecturer, Dr. Kadiri Akeem Babalola, accused of raping a female undergraduate student in his office.

According to the student, who asked to remain anonymous, the incident allegedly occurred on Wednesday, August 16, when she went to the lecturer’s office to sort out issues about her result,

A non-governmental organisation, Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation (InclusiveSWEF), where the victim reported the case, said rather than Dr. Kadiri attending to the undergraduate’s result issues, he allegedly raped her.

The NGO reported the case to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command. The state Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa then issued a warrant of arrest for Dr. Kadiri through the state High Court.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, September 6, stated that the lecturer was arrested and is expected to appear in court in the coming days.

UNILAG’s spokesperson, Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, in a statement on Thursday, stated that the university is aware of the investigation and is cooperating with the police.

“UNILAG Management, on August 28, received a letter from the Nigeria Police Force, inviting an employee of the university for questioning. The employee was immediately informed of the development and advised to comply,” Alaga-Ibraheem said.

“On August 29, the employee complied. While we are not yet privy to the full details of the incident that led to the arrest of the employee

“We are fully aware that the investigation is ongoing and we are cooperating with security agencies to ensure that the matter is resolved in the interest of justice.”

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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over trial

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– Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over ongoing trial
– Kanu’s lawyer moves two applications before the Federal High Court
– FG’s counsel says defendant should approach Attorney General for negotiation

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government over his ongoing trial.

Through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu informed the Federal High Court in Abuja of his intention to seek negotiation under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Ejimakor had earlier moved two applications before the court, including one objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. If the applications are denied, Kanu’s lawyer plans to invoke Section 17, which promotes reconciliation and amicable settlement among parties.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, stated that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation for negotiation.

Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, clarified that the court’s role is to hear cases, not to solicit negotiations. Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021, facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the government.

His lawyer’s latest move may signal a potential shift in the case’s trajectory.

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30,000 Students to Benefit from FG’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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– Over 30,000 students selected for federal government’s student loan scheme
– Scheme aims to support underprivileged students in pursuing higher education
– Loan is interest-free and does not require a “godfather”

The federal government’s student loan scheme has selected over 30,000 students to benefit from the initiative.

This was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio praised the student loan bill, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, for enabling vulnerable Nigerian students to access higher education without financial burdens.

He expressed his personal admiration for the bill, stating it is one of the most important bills passed by the 10th National Assembly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has assured the public that every eligible Nigerian student will benefit from the interest-free loan program.

Thee application process will be open, fair, and transparent, without requiring a “godfather,” according to Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, NELFUND’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

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