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UNIBEN seeks partnership with Nigerian army on forensic, DNA studies

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UNIBEN seeks partnership with Nigerian army on forensic, DNA studies

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By Sumaila Ogbaje
Abuja, March 20, 2020 (NAN)

The Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, has solicited for partnership with Nigerian army to boost the university’s Centre for Forensic and DNA Studies.

Salami made the call when she led the management team of the university on courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Friday in Abuja.

She said that in response to the dynamic nature of crimes in the country, the university decided to establish the Centre in the university to look at ways to tackle crimes in different dimension.

“One of the reasons why we are here is yes we do recognise and appreciate your patronage but we think that we can a do a little bit more than that.

“Also to carve or create a path where we can have an MoU, a lasting one with the university so that we can synergise for you to bring in your people while we are there to train them so that we can continue to partner in that direction.

“We cannot continue to emphasise that there is the need for us to begin to fight crime in a different direction.

“We are actually empowered, we have the resources available to train your officers and one of the reasons is that we do appreciate your patronage but we do hope that would be able to give us more men because primarily this a new intervention invention.

“We want to use this medium to solicit that you should take the lead for the military who are already enjoying these facilities.

“We also want to ask that you continue to patronise us getting into signing MoU with us that we can be rest assured that the programme would be sustained while your men benefit from the programme.

“This becomes a win win situation for you as the military and for us as an institution,” she said.

The Vice Chancellor disclosed that the decision of the institution to look at forensic and DNA studies was borne out of the need to fight crimes in that direction.

She commended the Nigerian army for the sacrifice of its personnel in ensuring that Nigerians sleep with their eyes closed.

Responding, Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, said that University of Benin remained one of the most recognised universities in Nigeria.

“We appreciate you and the university community for appreciating the efforts of the Nigerian army to providing peace and security across the nation.”

He said that the army would continue to partner the university and all other institutions of learning in the country, adding that the army now has its own university at Biu in Borno.

He said that the army university was a specialised university that was established to address contemporary security challenges.

Buratai assured that the Army would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Benin to train its personnel on forensic and DNA studies.

According to him, Nigerian army takes education and knowledge very seriously, saying that a number of army personnel are undergoing different courses in different universities across the country. (NAN)

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open

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Against the usual practice of picking from the top echelon of the Civil Service,  Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Tuesday threw the position of Head of Service (HoS) of the state open, asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to apply within two weeks.

Umahi, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, said civil servants across the 13 LGAs of the state are qualified to apply within two weeks.

“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi requests applications from Civil Servants from Grade Level 14 and above to fill the vacancy of the Head Of Service (HOS), who shall be bowing out of Civil Service on 30th June 2021 after a meritorious and selfless service to the government and people of Ebonyi State,” the statement read in part.

The Governor further directed the civil servants to forward their applications to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG): “All applications are to be addressed to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, and submitted with all relevant credentials no later than 30th June, 2021.

Umahi added that “In replacing the outgoing Head of Service, the Government will be looking for the best for the State to continue the good work that the outgoing Head of Service began.

He applauded the loyalty, committed efforts and selfless service rendered by the out-going Head Of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Federal High Court Issues New Practice Direction For Filing Of Processes As Workers Resume

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The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC), Justice John Tsoho, has issued a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filing of processes.

The development, according to a statement by Catherine Oby-Nwandu, Chief Information Officer of FHC, on Friday night, followed the resumption of work after the two-month strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) was called off on on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN had, on April 6, shut down all courts nationwide to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level.

Although the industrial action was called off on Wednesday, June 9, the workers union directed all its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.

Justice Tsoho, in the statement, therefore ordered that notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the court rules, 2019, on computation of time for filling of court proceedings as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time, the period covering the JUSUN strike action would be exempted.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new Practice Direction on EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF DEFAULT FEES FOR FILING OF PROCESSES computation of time for the payment of default fees for extension of time for filing processes in the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the above period.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following Practice Directions:
“COMPUTATION of Time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;
“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on computation of time for filling of court proceedings or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“APPLICABILITY; These practice Directions shall, save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“CITATION; These Practice Directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The Practice Directions take effect from Tuesday, June 15, 2021.”(NAN)

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BUHARI REMOVES ARMSTRONG IDACHABA, REPLACES HIM WITH SHEHU ILELAH AS NBC DG.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the new director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

The statement said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.

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It added that Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster.

Ilelah takes over from the acting director-general of the agency, Armstrong Idachaba, who had been acting since the removal of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the esthwhile director-general who was removed over alleged corruption last year.

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