Unilag students arraigned over alleged attempted rape of course mate

Two University of Lagos students, who allegedly attempted to rape their course mate, on Thursday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on a five-count charge. Ikedi Okpanlanedu, 21, and Samuel Idongesit, 20, are facing charges of conspiracy, attempted rape, assault, impersonation and threatening violence. Police Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, prosecuting the case, told the court that the undergraduates invited the course mate, who was a makeup artiste, to a hotel room and attempted to rape her. Olaluwoye said that the defendants committed the offences at 4.40p.m. on April…

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UNILAG produces 150 PhDs

Ovia, Okunnu, others seek adequate funding for varsities   Worried by current level of education development in the country, Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc., Mr. Jim Ovia yesterday reiterated that the sector required the intervention of private sector in the provision of qualitative university education. This was as he called on the Federal Government to approve the establishment of more private universities to encourage private investors in order to create more access for Nigerian youth to acquire university education. He, however, urged private sector operators to support in the rebuilding…

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Gang-rape: Court to rule on UNILAG students’ bail

Justice Sururat Soladoye of an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court yesterday fixed separate dates to rule on the bail applications of five students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) who allegedly defiled and gangraped a schoolmate. The defendants, Moboluwaji Omowole (19), Chuka Chukwu (19), Peace Nwankama (female, 19), James Aguedu (20) and Osemeka Josephine (female, 20), were remanded by the court after being arraigned by the police. Soladoye fixed March 26 and April 29 for ruling following the hearing of the separate bail applications filed by the defendants…

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Alleged UNILAG gang-rape: Change in counsel stalls trial of 5 students

The trial of four undergraduates of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and an undergraduate of Babcock University who allegedly gang-raped a female student, was on Monday stalled in an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court due to a change in counsel. Moboluwaji Omowole, 19, Chuka Chukwu, 19, Peace Nwankama, 19, James Aguedu, 20 and Osemeka Josephine, 20 are alleged by the prosecution to be some of the students involved in the serial gang-rape of a UNILAG student within the premises of the institution. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…

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Stakeholders divided over new Mass Comm curriculum

Focus should be on varsity Senate, not NUC – Dons   CURRICULUM A new curriculum that will refocus and rebrand Mass Communication in Nigerian universities has been proposed to the National Universities Commission (NUC) by communication professionals, but some stakeholders are of the view that such issue should best be handled by university Senate     Critical stakeholders, including Mass Communication lecturers, tariners and professionals in the university system, as well as industry practitioners are worried over the poor quality and standard of Mass Communication practice and products. These, they…

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ARCON moves to uncover cause of collapsed 7-storey UNILAG’s building

  Apparently worried by the spate of building collapse in the country, the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has moved to investigate the partial collapse of on-going seven-storey building project domiciled in the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, Lagos. The university’s on-going building, a seven-storey project that experienced partial collapse during construction, is proposed as new library. Although, there was no life lost. The building is located beside the UNILAG bookshop, adjacent to Mariere Hall. ARCON’s Chairman, Sir. Dipo Ajayi, who was at the university with other members, including…

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Babalakin mourns ex-Total Oil chief, visits wife

  Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Wale Babalakin, has described a former Director of Total Plc, the late Chief Sunny Jegede, as “a humble man, who impacted many lives”. Babalakin spoke yesterday in Lagos when he led a delegation of Government College, Ibadan, Old Boys’ Association (GCIOBA) on a condolence visit to the deceased’s family home in Ikeja. The lawyer, who is the National President of GCIOBA, said the late Jegede was “an illustrious old boy, who helped a lot of GCI old boys”. Urging people to…

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Rape: Prosecutor’s absence stalls defence of UNILAG lecturer

Absence of Lagos State counsel yesterday stalled the trial of a former lecturer of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Afeez Baruwa, accused of defiling an 18-year-old admission seeker (name withheld). Baruwa was scheduled to open his defence at an Ikeja High Court yesterday, a year after the prosecution closed its case against him. The trial, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has experienced setbacks caused primarily by unavailability of counsel and the court not sitting for other reasons. The lecturer arrived at the court at 9a.m. with…

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Krav Maga debuts in schools, public places

Following the success that trailed its introduction in Nigeria, the Krav Maga form of self-defence and combat tactics will be introduced to various schools and public places across the country. President Augmenter Martial Arts, Adebola Otubushin, made this disclosure at the final day of the programme held at the Sports Hall of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) yesterday. Otubushin the boss of Augmenter Securities Limited, the organisers, stated that with time, the introduction of Krav Maga to Nigerians will, among others, help the operational efficiency of military and security personnel…

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UNILAG’ll host best NUGA ever –VC

Twenty years after it first hosted the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA), the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is prepared to host the 26th edition of the university games. This was as the university’s Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, promised that the institution was prepared to set a new standard for the games, saying it would be the best ever. Hesaid:“Theforthcominguniversity games to be hosted by the university will be the mother-of -all editions. It is not a mistake that we are situated in Lagos, the Centre of Excellence. All delegates…

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