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Court dissolves 10-year-old marriage over disobedience, lack of care



LIGHTER MOOD: My wife still denies me sex, 80 year-old man tells court

…As FECA Students tell mgt, lecturers: Resolve your dispute within 5 days or face our wrath***

Chief Ademola Odunade, the President of a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Wednesday dissolved a 10-year-old marriage between one Laide Adedokun and Nafisat over disobedience and lack of care.

In his judgment, Odunade, who led two other arbitrators,  Alhaji Suleiman Apanpa and Chief Rafiu Raji, said that the court dissolved the union between Laide and Nafisat to prevent a break down of peace and order.

He granted the custody of the two children produced by the union to Nafisat and directed Laide to pay N8,000 as the children’s monthly feeding allowance.

He also ordered the plaintiff to be responsible for the children’s education as well as their other welfare.

Narrating his ordeal, Laide,  a commercial motorcyclist, informed the court that he could no longer tolerate his wife’s disobedience and rudeness to him.

Laide said that he had stayed till this time in the marriage thinking that his wife would have a change of heart in her usual gross disobedience and rudeness to him, but that was not to be.

“Nafisat is usually acting against my wishes and normal marital ethics.

“I told her to learn chemist trade, but she ran away from it.

“I also established a business for her, but she squandered the money and refused to continue with it.

“All that Nafisat desired was to go into music, a field which I know she doesn’t fit because she is a bad singer,” Laide said.

Consenting to the suit, the respondent denied most of the allegations leveled against her.

Nafisat, who claimed to be an Islamic musician, said she would have a new lease of life if the court granted the prayer for separation sought by her husband.

“I have endured pains, hunger and wretchedness with Laide, but he is now paying me back with evil.

“When he had nothing, I worked tirelessly like a slave to feed him and our two children.

“Laide is a sadist because he enjoys seeing me in sorrow.

“With his care-free attitude and lack of love towards me, I decided to make living out of my God given talent which is music, but Laide strongly opposed the idea.

“In order not to continue wallowing in starvation, I disobeyed him and forged ahead with my musical career,” Nafisat said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the duo lived at Omiyale and Odo-oba communities in Ibadan.

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In the meantime, the Students of Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA) have given the management and lecturers of the institution a  five-day ultimatum to resolve their disagreement or face their wrath.

The Students’ Union President, Mr Oluwaferanmi Omotosho gave the ultimatum while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Akure.

He warned that peace within the campus would no longer be guaranteed, if the disagreement was not resolved by Sept. 2.

Omotosho noted that the two parties should have considered the implication of their differences on the students and resolved it amicably.

He condemned the disruption of the ongoing tests, noting that some of them were at on the verge of completing of their academic programme in the college.

“As at now, they are not attending to our research projects; even the tests which some of us were supposed to have yesterday were disrupted.

“Our concern is not who becomes the provost but that our second semester examination should not be hindered. If it is obstructed, we will take control of the school and turn it into a total mess,’’ he said.

According to him, the local politics being played by the two parties should not be allowed to have negative effects on the students, since they had paid for their education.

Omotosho added that the students’ union had made its grievance known officially to the school authorities.

“We are not touts or rascals, but we are radicals. We believe in consultations but if we are hindered from having our smooth academic calendar, we will fight back. If not for our maturity, we ought to have been on streets,” he stated.

NAN reports that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), FECA chapter, had, on Monday, declared an indefinite strike over alleged unjust removal of the institution’s provost, Dr Emmanuel Moyinjesu.

Comrade Abimbola Ogunyinka, the institution’s ASUP Chairman, who led the protest, said that the newly-appointed acting provost, Dr Akinyemi Fadiyimu, was fourth in hierarchy, contrary to the rules that the most senior lecturer should be appointed into such position.

NAN reports that a meeting is currently ongoing between ASUP, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) and the school’s management to resolve the crisis.



Lion Kills OAU Zoo Attendant 



…Lion killed instantly 

Mr Olawuyi Olarewaju, a veterinary technologist with Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun,  has been killed by a Lion.

It was learnt that Olarewaju, who had been in charge of the OAU Zoological Garden for over a decade, was attacked by a nine -year-old male lion on Monday.

He was said to have been attacked while feeding the lion at the zoological garden of the university.

Confirming the incident, Mr Biodun Olarewaju, the OAU Public Relations Officer, said the management of the university had been thrown into mourning following the incident.

Olarewaju, in a statement in Ile-Ife, said that other members of staff of the university, who were at the scene of the incident did everything within their powers to rescue the deceased but the wild cat had already caused severe fatalities.

He said that saddened by the tragic event, the aggressive lion had been euthanized.

“On hearing the sad news, the management team, led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebayo Bamire, abruptly ended an on-going meeting for an on-the-spot assessment.

“The vice chancellor was informed on arrival by the Acting Director of the University Health and Medical Centre, Dr Tirimisiyu Olatunji, that all first aid and medical efforts to save the life of the victim failed.

“The deceased has been taking care of the lions since they were born on campus about nine years ago but tragically, the male lion killed the man who had been feeding them.

“The university management has sent a delegation to the widow and children of the deceased,    imploring them to take solace in God who gives life and also has the power to take life,” he said.

Olarewaju said that the management had ordered a comprehensive investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

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ASUU Says 46 Members Lost Their Lives To Economic Hardship



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abuja zone, has disclosed the death of some of its members due to economic hardship alongside poor remuneration of academics and unfavourable working conditions.

The 1st zonal coordinator, ASUU, Abuja zone, Salahu Muhammed made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday.

Muhammad said no fewer than 46 academics lost their lives in universities under the Abuja zone.

They are the University of Abuja, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State University, Nasarawa, and the Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai.

He said that the union recently lost an eminent Professor of Fisheries, Johnson Oyero, of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, due to inability to afford quality medical facilities.

“In the last decade, more Nigerian academics are leaving the country in droves in search of greener pastures, thereby overworking the patriotic ones that remain in the system whose level of patriotism is dwindling daily due to poor remuneration and working conditions.

“It is also worthy of note that the union has lost several members during the period under review due to herculean working conditions, psychological and emotional stress, and diseases related to these conditions.

“For instance, universities in the Abuja zone have lost 46 members,” Muhammed said.

He decried the payment to their members, of amputated two-month salaries by the Federal Government out of the seven-and-a-half month withheld salaries.

Also, the 2nd ASUU Abuja Zonal Coordinator, Mr Salahu Lawal, said the salaries were withheld when the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari invoked a ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy on members of the union that embarked on a strike that lasted eight months in 2022.

Lawal said despite the order by President Tinubu for the release and payment of their withheld salaries, some members have reportedly received an amputated two-month salary of the seven-and-a-half-month withheld salaries, while many were yet to get anything.

“This is far below the expectation of the union and further weakens the morale of our members and the union’s trust in government promises.

“We use this medium to call on all that are involved in this inglorious act to do the needful with regards to lecturers’ withheld salaries as there is nothing more to prove,” he said.

Lawal also lamented the inability of the government to implement the exemption of Federal Universities from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as approved by the federal Executive Council in December 2023.

‘’In December 2023, the Minister of Education after a FEC meeting told the world that tertiary institutions are now exempted from the IPPIS an imposition on federal universities by the immediate past Buhari-led government.

“It is worrisome that two months after that pronouncement, the directive has not been implemented rather there was a funny narration on the salaries paid in January stating ‘’New IPPIS’’.

“This is lack of political will to carry out a directive from the president or even FEC by some elements who are beneficiaries of the dubious payment platform,’’ Lawal stated.

He further called on the Federal Government to sign and implement the Professor Nimi Briggs committee renegotiation agreement.

The ASUU Zonal Coordinator called for the immediate implementation of salary awards of 25 percent and 35 percent and payment of its arrears from January 2023 to date

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SIFAX Chairman, Afolabi Agrees To Deliver LAUTECH Convocation Lecture In April



…Following the University’s Special Visit and Invitation

The Chairman of SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi has agreed to deliver the Convocation lecture at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology LAUTECH, Ogbomosho, come April 2024.

This was a sequel to an invitation by the management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho led by its Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Rasak Olatunde Rom Kalilu, following a courtesy visit to the revered SIFAX Group Chairman, recently. 

*L-R: Professor Temisan Ebijuwa, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology; Chike Ogeah, Managing Director, Mac-Folly Hospitality, a subsidiary of SIFAX Group owners of Lagos Marriott Hotel; Professor Rasak Olatunde Kalilu, Acting Vice Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho; Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group and Wunmi Eniola-Jegede, Executive Director, Business Development and Strategic Planning during the formal visit of the LAUTECH management team to invite Afolabi to give the University’s convocation lecture in April 2024 held at the Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja.

The SIFAX Group Chairman, in the course of the visit, was adequately briefed on happenings in the University.

ALSO READ: SIFAX Chairman Lauds Gerar University On Infrastructure, Donates Bus

The LAUTECH has been at the forefront of Nigerian universities actively promoting transportation logistics and maritime studies.

*R-L: Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group; Professor Rasak Olatunde Kalilu, Acting Vice Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho; Professor Temisan Ebijuwa, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology and another staff of the university during the formal visit of the LAUTECH management team to invite Afolabi to give the University’s convocation lecture in April 2024 held at the Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, 

Consequently, the Maritime First learnt that the Convocation lecture would provide a unique opportunity for the renowned business mogul, not only to further expose the lucky audience, to the unfolding opportunities in the various industries where he presently towers like a colossus; but also to impact them with the tools and motivation needed for a successful exploration of the nation’s Blue Economy.

ALSO READ: SIFAX: Ajayi Crowther University Honours Taiwo Afolabi With a Doctorate Degree

* L-R: Professor Rasak Olatunde Kalilu, Acting Vice Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho and Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group in a discussion during the formal visit of the LAUTECH management team to invite Afolabi to give the University’s convocation lecture in April 2024 held at the Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, today.

 The University’s next convocation is scheduled for April 2024.

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