The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a notice of mass actions over the protracted crisis between the Council of Legal Education (CLE) and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

It said the crisis had hindered the law graduates of the university from admission into the Nigerian Law School for over five years.

A statement by the national vice president (External Affairs) of the association, Mr Taiwo Bamigbade, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, said the protest would begin on August 27 and would be in two phases

Bamigbade said that the association had earlier written a letter to notify President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday over the crisis.

Recall that the student body had issued a three months ultimatum to the federal government on May 23 to admit the Law graduates from NOUN into the Nigerian Law school.

The students apex body described as unfortunate that its 3-month ultimatum to the federal government received no attention, despite the plight of NOUN law students for the past 5 years instead it continued with gimmicks.

“Sequel to our petition dated 23rd May, 2018 in respect of the intimidations, injustices and inhumanity to man meted out to students that were offered admission and graduated in the faculty of law of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

“As stated previously, it amounts to fraud, deceit, discrimination and mischief against the Nigerian students and inhumanity to vulnerable citizens, especially the youths to formally admit, graduate and issue them deficient certificates after several years of study despite financial implication.

“We will commence our mass actions with Phase-1 in the Federal Capital Territory from 27th to 31th August.”

Edo Govt Orders Arrest Of 2-man Motor Licencing Syndicate    

BY Patrick Ochoga, Benin City

The Edo State government has ordered the arrest of two persons for allegedly operating a fake motor licencing syndicate and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

The two suspects are Igbinidu Osagbemworhue and Austin Nwadili, who were allegedly processing fake motor licence and vehicle particulars.

Senior special assistant to the Governor on Security and Surveillance, Comrade Emmanuel Orukpe, said that the suspects were apprehended when a team of surveillance operatives tracked them and uncovered their dealings in fake motor vehicle particulars.

According to him, “The suspects in the course of a fresh negotiation for the production of drivers’ licences were arrested. The two suspects who were arrested gave their names as Igbinidu Osagbemworhue and Austin Nwadili. The suspects were searched on the spot and found with two sets of drivers’ licences, bearing the name of one of the suspects, Austine Nwadili, suspected to be fake; Courier Service Report belonging to Mr Igbinidu, which was suspected to have been unlawfully obtained and one suspected fake PCRC ID Card bearing the name Igbinidu.”

He said that the suspects claimed that the documents were perfected by another suspect who hangs around the premises of the Board of Internal Revenue.

He said that investigations on the documents found on them showed that they were fake, as, “the two documents bear the same date, whereas the one with Reg. No. ASB372 RK was handed over before the one with No. EJ543 BEN. The Certificate of Road Worthiness seems to have originated from ML 9. The Road Worthiness Certificates for the two vehicles which were purported to have been issued on the same day were also from different booklets.”

He said that investigation is in progress at the State Criminal Investigation Department, and that the chairman of the state’s Board of Internal Revenue will look into the matter.

He warned others engaging in such criminal act to desist forthwith as the state government has a standing surveillance team which will leave no stone unturned in fishing them out for prosecution.