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N400m Fraud: Metuh, EFCC To Adopt Written Addresses, Nov 26

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The Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed November 26 for counsel to adopt their final written addresses in the ongoing trial of the former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh.
Justice Okon Abang fixed the date after Destra Investment Ltd, Metuh’s company, which is the second defendant in the matter, closed its case after calling one witness.
The court gave the defendants 21 days to file their final addresses and upon service, the prosecution also has 21 days to file its reply.
Thereafter, both counsel were given seven days to file their reply on points of law if any.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr Sylvanus Tahir, told newsmen that after adoption of the final addresses on November 26, a date will be given for judgment.
It would be recalled that Metuh was arraigned in 2015 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged money laundering.
He was accused of allegedly receiving the sum of N400million from the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), monies earmarked for the purchase of arms at the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency.
He was also accused of transacting with cash of $2million without going through a final institution in violation of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act.
Metuh called 15 witnesses in his defence while the prosecution called eight witnesses.

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Nasarawa Assembly Orders Completion Of Abandoned School Projects

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Nasarawa State House of Assembly ad-hoc Committee investigating the N1billion abandoned secondary schools projects awarded by the state government in 2018, has given the various contractors  two weeks to complete their works.
The committee said its directives to the contractors were to create an enabling environment for teaching and learning as well as to ensure justice in the utilisation of the state government resources.
Chairman of the Committee Mr Daniel Ogazi, gave the directive when the management of the Ministry of Education and the contractors appeared before the Committee last week in Lafia.
He said that the meeting was aimed at getting information from the contractors regarding the ongoing investigation of the abandoned schools projects.
“ In the course of our oversight functions, we discovered a lot of abnormalities in the execution of the renovations of secondary schools across the state.
“ This meeting is not to witch hunt any contractor but to get relevant information from you which will help this committee in our investigation.
“ Some of you have completed your works, some of the works are ongoing and some contractors did not even start their work.
“ It is in view of this that we are giving all contractors two weeks to complete their work in the interest of our children as we cannot allow our children to learn under the trees, “ he said.
He noted that the works need to be completed while the House liaises with government to ensure that they were dully paid.
Ogazi expressed disappointment that the Ministry of Education paid some contractors 100 per cent without project evaluation  and  others  30 per cent and 70 per cent respectively.
The chairman said that the committee would continue to intensify efforts in ensuring that right things were done in the interest of the education sector and for the overall development of the state.
Some of the contractors who spoke during the sitting complained of non release of  money to them by the Ministry of Education hence their inability to complete  work.
Our source also recalled that on March 17, the House had set up an ad hoc committee to investigate N1bn secondary schools renovation contracts awarded in 2018 by the state Ministry of Education.
On March 16, the House had summoned a former Commissioner of Education and now, the Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State (SSG), Alhaji Aliyu  Tijani and Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Fati Sabo over abandoned schools  projects awarded in 2018.

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Mobile Classroom App Offers Free Portal For Students

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Mobile Classroom, the first indigenous mobile application, which enables students to learn audio-visually through devices like phones and computers, has offered all Nigerian secondary school students free access to its online portal without subscription for the period of the suspension of academic activities in schools nationwide.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Save-A-Lot Limited and the originator of the app, Mr. Akeem Salami, “Mobile Classroom online portal has been declared free without subscription for Nigerian students throughout this period of nationwide school closure by the federal government. To us, Mobile Classroom will be a great learning hub for millions of Nigerian students, particularly those who will be sitting for their senior secondary school examinations.”
Salami explained that the subscription-free mobile classroom offer is easy to be part of; “students are to register to log-in by downloading Mobile Classroom App from Google Playstore using their mobile phones. For those who prefer laptops, they can go through the registration process, logging-in through our website:  www.mobileclassroom.com.ng. All participants are to sign-in with their functional email addresses and choice passwords. Students can then access lectures on any topic and subject of their choice and enjoy different lectures in the comfort of their homes.”
According to the initiator of the app, “this is the best moment parents and students will enjoy the support of a mobile classroom to save lost moments after paying tuition. This is coming at no cost for them within this emergency break. In the mobile classroom, students can select topics and the teacher will pop up right on their device to teach them within the comfort of their homes. This platform is hereby declared free for this period as the world manages the pandemic.”
He advised students to stay away from crowded gatherings to avoid the risk of possible spread of the infection.
“We are making an effort to reach out to all state ministries of education to communicate this opportunity to their respective students across the federation,” he said.

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College Of Medicine Provost, Deputy Test Positive For COVID-19

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The provost and deputy provost of the University of Ibadan’s College of Medicine, Professors Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa and Obafunke Denloye respectively have tested positive for coronavirus.
Our source  reports that Prof. Olapade-Olaopa made this known in a statement released yesterday.
The Public Relations Officer of University College Hospital, Ibadan, Mr Toye Akinrinlola, confirmed this in a telephone interview with our source.
“I wish to inform you that the Deputy Provost and I tested positive for the COVID-19 following tests done on Friday.
“Although we are both asymptomatic, we have gone into self-isolation for 14 days whilst our contacts are being observed closely to determine if they should also be tested,” he said.
Earlier, the Chief Medical Director of UCH, Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, also tested positive for coronavirus.
He said, “On Monday 23rd of March, we commenced a 12-man quarterly board meeting which was meant to last 5 days in the hospital, we observed social distancing and other precautionary measures for COVID-19 as much as possible.
“However, on Wednesday morning, one of us presented with what appeared to be symptoms of COVID-19, his samples were immediately taken for test and the meeting called off.
“His results returned positive on Friday morning and every participant (including me) immediately went into self-isolation while our samples were also taken for test.
“Unfortunately, my result returned positive on Saturday afternoon and I remain in isolation as I am not symptomatic.”

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