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WAEC: proprietress bags jail term over diverted N5m

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Maiduguri Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of Josephine Udeh before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, sitting in Maiduguri, on a one-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N5,059,000.

Udeh, who was the Proprietress of Dala Standard Secondary School, Maiduguri, allegedly collected the said sum as WAEC registration fees from 284 students of her school and converted it to her private use.

She however pleaded not guilty upon her arraignment on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution presented 10 witnesses and 10 exhibits which pushed her to enter into a plea bargain agreement with the EFCC.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, prosecution counsel, Benjamin Manji, prayed the court to substitute an earlier charge filed on the April 9, 2019 with an amended charge of the day, July 31, 2019.

The amended charge reads: “That you, Josephine Udeh being the director of Dala Standard Secondary School, Maiduguri, sometime between 2017 and 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did dishonestly misappropriate the sum of N5,059,000 (Five Million and Fifty-nine Thousand Naira) only, being monies meant for 2017/2018 WAEC registration fees for 284 students of the said Dala Standard Secondary School, Maiduguri and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law cap 102 Laws of Borno State of Nigeria and Punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.”

She pleaded guilty to the amended charge in line with the plea bargain agreement she opted for.

Following her guilty plea, the prosecution counsel prayed the court to convict her as charged.

However, the defence counsel, B.G Sanda, prayed for leniency and urged the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant has already repaid the misappropriated sum.

Consequently, Justice Kumaliya pronounced her guilty as charged with a fine of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) and to spend one year in prison custody in default of the payment of the fine.

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Age barrier: JAMB tells candidates what to do

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Saturday advised candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to always read and strictly adhere to instructions contained in the examination brochure before registering for the examinations.


The board’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Fabian Benjamin, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.

Benjamin spoke to NAN against the backdrop of concerns being raised by the public on the fate of some candidates who sat and passed the UTME with high scores, but were not sure of their plight as they did not meet the age requirement.

NAN reports that one Ekele Franklin, a 15-year-old candidate, who reportedly scored the highest at the 2019 UTME, but who may not be offered admissions into University of Lagos (UNILAG), his choice of institution, because of his age, is one of such examples.

According to Benjamin, the board, in its examination brochure, states the age limit for admissions into tertiary institutions in the country, but because candidates hardly read the item, fall victims to the unfortunate circumstance.

“Although universities have different requirements for entries into their institutions, where some may be stern with the age limit, others may be flexible.


”Some schools will never admit one who is not up to the required age into their institutions, even after scoring high marks in the UTME and other examinations.


“It is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, it happens in other countries too,” he said.

Benjamin therefore urged prospective UTME candidates to be cautious and become acquainted with, as well as follow all the instructions stated in the procedure so as not to fall into problems.

He also said that admissions process for the 2019/20 would commence on Wednesday, Aug. 21, as the board was working tirelessly to ensure a smooth process.

Meanwhile,JAMB, on Friday disclosed the result cancellation of another candidate of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

JAMB said the candidate, Kingsley Unekwe’s result was canceled because he altered his score.

Addressing reporters Abuja, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said 18-year-old Unekwe was caught inflating his original UTME score from 201 to 269.

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JAMB cancels UTME result of another candidate, gives reasons

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has disclosed the result cancellation of another candidate of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

JAMB said the candidate, Kingsley Unekwe’s result was canceled because he altered his score.

Addressing reporters on Friday in Abuja, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said 18-year-old Unekwe was caught inflating his original UTME score from 201 to 269.

Oloyede said the discovery was made when Unekwe and his mother appeared before some officials of the board in Abuja.

The JAMB Registrar also disclosed that the boy would be handed over to security agencies for prosecution.

According to Oloyede: “Anybody who does post-result infraction will have their results withdrawn by the board.

“You are the fifth person. Two of them are already being prosecuted because we showed them clearly that they forged their results to deceive their parents who are desperate like your parents are to study medicine.

“We will prosecute you for attempting to damage the image of the board. We told your father that we have all the facts, if we find out that the facts are not correct you will be prosecuted.”

The 18-year-old becomes the fifth person whose UTME result was withdrawn and canceled by the board.

Oloyede said the boy edited the original score allocated to him by the board and presented it to his parents as the original result, adding that Unekwe’s parent had called the board, alleging irregularities in their son’s result.

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NITDA, TETFUND seek technologies for quality education

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Nigeria’s information and technology agency, NITDA, in collaboration with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), seek to provide emerging technologies in tertiary institutions, to improve the quality of education in Nigeria.

Speaking at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), on Friday, the Director General NITDA, Isa Pantami, said the technologies are important and strategic.

“We are talking about emerging technologies and digitalisation, no longer computers because this is what education requires,” he said.

He appealed to TETFUND to pay more attention to information technology in their intervention across institutions.

The technology boss said this will improve the quality of education given to Nigerian students.

Recall that the IT agency had outlined five new regulatory instruments for the improvement of the Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) in Nigeria.

The regulatory instruments will promote indigenous innovations.

They hope to address various challenges facing Nigeria towards effective ICT adoption.

The NITDA boss said with the presence of digitalisation, there will be less need for physical classrooms in various institutions in Nigeria.

On his part, the Executive Secretary TETFUND, Suleiman Bohoro, said the issue of emerging technologies is one the most important activities of digital inclusion.

Bohoro said there are a number of emerging solutions that are creative and makes learning easier.

“Without the role of IT, there will not be knowledge of the economy,” he said. “This project will go a long way in checking plagiarism in various institutions.”

Below are the areas of cooperation between the Technology and Education agencies.

1.IT infrastructure and development in tertiary institutions- This will help in deployment of information in the institutions.

  1. Human capacity development in tertiary institutions- This is to support training and development of human capacity for Nigeria especially in tertiary institutions in identified areas of critical information technology skills and emerging technologies.
  2. Development of emerging technologies in tertiary institutions.
  3. Digitalisation of services in tertiary institutions: This is towards the improvement of the learning and teaching environment.

5.Project management in tertiary institutions: This is the development of ICT platforms and capacity in the area of management of project in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

  1. IT academy deployment in tertiary institutions: This is the provision of local sources for the development of a specialized information technology academy to sustain the development.
  2. ICT policy development in tertiary institutions: This is to support the development of standard ICT policy and framework.
  3. Emerging technologies and deepening of research and development in tertiary institutions.

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