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Nigerian Law School audit uncovers N32m annual payment to unnamed cleaner, N36m dressing allowance to staff

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The Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation has uncovered financial infractions in the records of the Nigerian Law School.

The 2015 Auditor-General’s report submitted to the Senate Committee on Public Account, indicted the apex legal academic institution.

The infractions ranged from outright misappropriation to spending without approval and diversion of pension.

The 2015 Financial Report of the office is currently being scrutinised by the Senate Public Accounts Committee for investigation.

Nine queries were issued by the Office of the Auditor-General of Federation to the management of Nigerian Law School in 2015, according to the report.

The report said the management of the Nigerian Law School illegally paid N32m to the account of an unnamed cleaner over a period of 12 months.

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The Auditor-General report also queried the payment of N36m as dressing allowance of 52 workers to the account of a single member of staff in violation of Nigeria’s Financial Act.

The report reads in part:

“The examination of payment records revealed that the Nigerian law school several times paid N36 million to staff as dressing allowance in 2013 alone.

“The Management could not substantiate these payments with any approval from Salaries and Wages Commission to enable the audit team to determine the genuineness of these payments to staff. No appropriation in this request.”

The queries also said that N34.3 million was paid for the training of staff without approval from the federal government.

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The Auditor-General’s report further revealed from the examination of payment voucher that the Law School, at various intervals, made use of the pension funds to offset expenses not related to payment of pension, contrary to extant Financial Regulation.

The management of the institution, led by its Director-General, Prof. Isa Chiroma, appeared before the Senate panel on Thursday, July 2, to defend queries.

Prof. Isa Chiroma, while responding to the queries, said that he was not the Director-General of the institution during the period under review, but agreed that “government is a continuum.”

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On payment of N36 million as dressing allowance, the Director-General said:

“I can’t imagine the Law School paying N36 million into one account on behalf of others.”

His defence was, however, not strong enough for the Senate panel to vacate the query.

Members of the committee established that Chiroma was not the DG of the Law School when the financial impropriety took place. The panel, nevertheless, asked him to recover the money involved and return it into the school’s account.

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FUTA student allegedly hacks Premium Times website

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A final year student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State has been placed on an indefinite suspension.

The management of the Institution has suspended Afolabi Emmanuel of the Department of Food Science and Technology.

Emmanuel was sanctioned by the varsity for his alleged involvement in the hacking of the website of an online news medium- the Premium Times.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Deputy Director of, Corporate Communications of the institution, Mr Adegbenro Adebanjo, the student was alleged to have committed an act that constituted misconduct and misuse of the university information technology infrastructure.

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According to the statement, the university received a complaint from Premium Times about a Denial of Service, attack on its website

“between 28th and 29th February 2020 through a concerted vulnerability scanning by a person using IT infrastructure of the university.” Adebanjo said.

“Following the complaint the university management initiated an investigation and it was discovered that Emmanuel carried out the alleged act of misconduct using the log in credentials of two members of staff, without authorization, to perpetrate the act.”

The university spokesman noted that the notification of indefinite suspension letter addressed to Emmanuel read in parts, “In the extant
Student’s Handbook of Information, your action is a misconduct to abuse the use of university IT Infrastructure.

“While still putting in place an arrangement to give you an opportunity to explain yourself, you are hereby placed on an indefinite suspension retroactively from 18th March 2020.”

Adebanjo explained that the suspension letter implied that Emmanuel should not be found anywhere in or near the precincts of the
institution throughout the period of his indefinite suspension.

“The University deplores such behavior and reiterates that it will continue to visit such aberrant act with the full weight of the rules and regulations governing students behaviour and conduct off and on the campus.

“For the avoidance of doubt only students who are worthy in learning and character can lay claim to and be addressed as FUTA students.” Adebanjo stated

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Female cassava thief paraded in Abia

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A woman who was recently caught stealing cassava from a farm in Nkwedi village of Ohafia local government area of Abia state has been paraded.

The lady got more than she bargained for as she was paraded around the village with what she stole.

According to a Facebook user, Endurance Kalu who shared the story wrote, the owner of the farm had struggled to cultivate the farm, only for the woman to come and steal it all.

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He wrote;

“A vibrant married lady without a disability was caught stealing cassava from someone farm who also struggle to cultivate the farm.

She was made to carry the cassava on her head and was paraded round the village as she has to bear the heavy pain on her neck and shame of her act..

Is the villagers right or wrong for such jungle justice??”

The incident happened at Nkwedi village, Ohafia local government, Abia state.

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Nurses, one other arrested for stealing newborn baby abandoned in Katsina hospital

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Three women have been arrested in Katsina State for allegedly stealing a newly born baby girl abandoned in a private hospital in the state.

WuzupNigeria gathered that the suspects included two nurses – 35 years old Misira Tijani and Grace Ejigu,43 – and the buyer, one Eucharia Onyema, 45.

The Police in the state said that one Shamsiya Sani, 25, of Dandagoro Quarters, in Katsina, the state capital, delivered the baby in a private hospital on 25 July 2020. She, however, abandoned the baby shortly after delivery, leaving behind a handwritten note which explained that she took the action because the baby was borne out of wedlock.

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The two nurses – Tijani and Ejigu – picked up the baby and allegedly sold her to Onyema.

The three women were paraded at the headquarters of the Katsina police command on Monday evening.

The Command’s Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, told newsmen during the suspects’ parade, that the bubble bust after the driver of a commercial tricyclist hired by the three women to convey them to their various houses from the hospital drove them to the Sabongarin police division after eavesdropping to their conversation.

SP Isah added,

“Nemesis caught up with them (the three women) when they were arrested on their way from the hospital to their houses with the child through the help of a Keke NAPEP rider who suspected them of stealing the child.”

The police spokesman said the baby was already receiving attention at the Social Welfare department of Ministry of Youths and Social Development.

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The two nurses, in an interview with journalists, denied selling the baby, insisting they gave her to Eucharia Onyema on humanitarian grounds.

Tijani, who spoke on behalf of the duo, said,

“We took the step we took on humanitarian grounds. We never sold the baby. The only mistake we made was not informing the hospital management before taking the decision.”

Eucharia equally said she did not buy the baby, declaring that she collected her from the two nurses with a view to taking care of her since she has no child of her own.

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She said,

“It’s true I am barren. I only collected the baby from the two nurses in order to be taking care of her.”

The police spokesman, however, said an investigation was ongoing on the incident.

 

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