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20-years After Unjustly Disengaged, Nigerian Lecturer Wins At Appeal Court

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20 years after he was wrongfully dismissed, a Nigerian lecturer, Inih Ebong, finally gotten justice.

According to reports, Ebong was an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Uyo, when he was sacked in 2002

However, the Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, delivered the judgement in Ebong’s

Before his sack, Ebong had a running battle with Akpan Ekpo, the then vice-chancellor and Peter Effiong, registrar.

It was gathered that Ebong was hated for always speaking up against alleged maladministration and corruption in the school. In what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to render Ebong jobless and discourage potential employers from engaging, University of Uyo (UNIUYO) published a disclaimer on him in some national dailies shortly after his sack in 2002.

Being out of a job for several years, the lecturer could hardly feed himself and his family, let alone take care of his medical treatment.
The 73-year-old lecturer was diagnosed with cardiac failure in October 2020 and was dying before a Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola, stepped in to take care of his medical treatment.

As reported by the newspaper, a court document showed that the Court of Appeal, Calabar, on 21 July 2023, dismissed an appeal filed by UNIUYO against the National Industrial Court’s judgement which ordered the university to reinstate Ebong and pay him N10 million damages. The court also ordered the university to pay Ebong his accumulated salaries and allowances. Ebong appreciates Otedola after sponsored medical treatment

Earlier, in a video shared on Instagram by Dele Momodu, a frail Ebong walking without assistance thanked Otedola for coming to his rescue.

According to the medical report, Ebong was brought to the hospital with congestive cardiac failure.

At the time of filing this report, ni official response from the University authority.

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Police probe alleged killing of Inspector by ‘Naval officers’

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The Police Command in Lagos State has begun investigation into the alleged killing of an Inspector by some Naval officers at Okokomaiko area of Ojo.

The Spokesperson for the command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday.

Hundeyin said a report on the incident was received at the Okokomaiko police station about 4.30 p.m. on Saturday from the public.

He said the report indicated that some policemen, who were on routine patrol along Igbo-Elerin, tried to impound a motorcycle riding against traffic at the Beno Filling Station.

The spokesperson said two men on the motorcycle in mufti, who claimed to be Naval officers, resisted arrest and attacked the policemen.

“Other Naval personnel in uniform arrived at the scene and supported their colleagues in the attack.

“It was when one Inspector (name not given) slumped and was unconscious, that the Naval personnel escaped from the scene.

“The inspector was rescued and rushed to a hospital in the area, where he was confirmed dead.

“The body has been deposited at the Idi-Araba Mortuary, Yaba, for autopsy, while investigation is ongoing,” he said.

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Bandits kidnap Catholic priest in Zamfara

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Suspected bandits have kidnapped the parish priest of St. Raymond Catholic Church Damba, Gusau, Zamfara State, Revd. Fr. Mikah Suleiman.

The Acting Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Very. Revd. Fr. Nuhu Iliya, confirmed the development in a statement on Saturday.

“With sadness in our hearts, we write to inform the general public of the kidnap of one of our priests, Revd. Fr. Mikah Suleiman.

“This sad event occurred in the early hours of today, Saturday, 22nd June 2024 in the Father’s rectory. Fr Mikah is the Parish Priest of St. Raymond Catholic Church Damba, Gusau, Zamfara State,” the statement said.

The statement urged Christians and all men and women of goodwill to earnestly pray for the quick and safe release of the protest.

The spokesperson of Zamfara State Police Command, Yazid Abubakar, said in a statement that Father Mikah was kidnapped around 3:00 am on Saturday at his residence in the Damba area of Gusau.

He added that the Command had deployed a Police tactical squad to the trail of the kidnappers, in a bid to rescue the priest.

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Police arrest six armed robbery, one-chance suspects, recover weapons

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No fewer than six “one chance” operators have been arrested by operatives from the Federal Capital Territory Police Command.

In Nigerian parlance, “one chance” is a form of robbery in which criminals disguised as commercial motorists dispossess people who board the vehicles of their belongings and push them out afterward.

According to a statement on Saturday by the FCT Command spokesperson, Josephine Adele, the suspects arrested were Abubakar Adams, Ismail Salisu, Yusuf Bello, Nasiru Saidi, Sani Usman, and Ibrahim Kasa.

The statement partly read, “The operatives of the police command attached to Utako divisional headquarters, on June 16, 2024, acting on credible intelligence, trailed and arrested six armed robbery suspects: Abubakar Adams, Ismail Salisu, Yusuf Bello, Nasiru Saidi, Sani Usman and Ibrahim Kasa.

“They specialise in attacking unsuspecting residents who board their vehicle or tricycle, robbing them of their valuables and pushing them off the moving vehicle or tricycle.”

Adeh added that their arrest was a result of complaints from victims, adding that cutlasses and knives, among others, were recovered from the suspects.

“The suspects were apprehended on the heels of complaints received from multiple victims of these atrocious acts, some of whom reported losing their mobile phones, money, gadgets, and other belongings to these criminal individuals who have since confessed to the crime.

“Light weapons such as cutlasses, knives, and a phone believed to have been stolen from a victim were recovered from them,” she added.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, reaffirmed the command’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all and sundry.

“He also urged the populace to be vigilant and take advantage of the police emergency lines in reporting suspicious activities through,” the statement said.

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