Fake admission: Unilorin expels 108

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  • As Russians Insult Barack Obama by Naming Black Goat After Him

The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has said it has expelled 108 students for gaining admission through dubious means.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, who spoke yesterday in Ilorin while chatting with Police Commissioner Sam Okaula, who visited him, said because of the stable academic calendar and culture of excellence prevalent in the university, the pressure to secure admission was high.

“This results in candidates seeking illegal and unauthorised ways to gain admission into the university,” he said.

Ambali assured the commissioner of the university’s cooperation by giving the police information required in the course of their work.

He said: “We will volunteer any information you need to succeed.’’

The VC reiterated the university’s stance on zero tolerance for cultism and indecent dressing, saying this had helped to maintain sanity on the campus.

Prof. Ambali assured the police boss that eligible personnel of the Force interested in higher education could take advantage of the opportunity provided by the university’s Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies.

Okaula said the university was regarded as one of the best in Africa because of its stable academic calendar.

He said security was a collective responsibility of every member of a community, adding that Unilorin demonstrated zero tolerance for cultism.

The police commissioner said no student of the institution was among the 118 arrested for cult-related activities.

He hailed the university’s security unit for its focus, discipline and professionalism, assuring the VC of police’s support.

Okaula said the police adopted scientific investigative method, noting that some officers would require more education in that regard.

He urged Ambali to assist such personnel in securing admission to improve their capacity to better deal with crime.

In another development, a Russian safari park has adopted a black goat named “Obama,” calling the newest addition to their menagerie a “rare, exotic animal.”

“Goat” in Russian is an insult used for obtuse, obstinate and headstrong people.

The Primorsky Safari Park obtained the animal from a farmer in Sochi who had named it after the U.S. president.

Officials first tried to take the creature to one of Vladimir Putin’s residences but were informed the Russian president “holds no meetings with goats,” according to a statement from park director Dmitry Mezentsev.

He added: “It took a while to prepare the paperwork for Obama’s move [from Sochi to the park]. Guarantees were required that Obama would bring no pests, that Obama has no tapeworms etc.”

President Barack Obama is not a popular man in Russia. Restaurants throughout the country have said they would ban him, should he stop by, and he has unwillingly lent his name to a brand of chocolate ice cream.

The park in Russia’s far southeastern corner has dabbled in tasteless gimmicks in the past. Earlier this year, it added a female goat named after German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Russia’s relations with the West soured dramatically after Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014 and subsequent meddling in the Ukrainian civil war. In March, 64 percent of Russians said they disliked the U.S., according to a survey by independent pollster Levada.

Primorsky Safari Park earned headlines around the world last year after one of its tigers struck up an unlikely friendship with another goat.

In November, Timur the goat was sent into Amur the tiger’s cage as lunch. However, Timur rebuffed Amur’s attacks and settled into the tiger’s enclosure.

When the goat’s harassment became intolerable to Amur, the tiger literally lashed out at the animal and they were split up in late January.

Nation with additional report from NBC