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Navy Rejects Calls for FG Intervention in Admiralty University

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By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja

Appointment The Nigerian Navy has described as arbitrary and unlawful, calls in certain quarters urging the Secretary to Government of the Federation(SGF), to advise the President on the appointment of a new Governing Council and Principal Officers for the Admiralty University of Nigeria (ADUN).

In a statement in Abuja, Navy Spokesman, Commodore AO Ayo-Vaughan, said the University was now operating under an Act signed by former President, Muhammadu in February  2023 and therefore, it was unnecessary tosidetrack its enabling Act as  was being suggested in some quarters.

“The University is a law-abiding corporate citizen and a veritable centre for educational excellence.

In the last few years, ADUN has been an oasis of academic stability in the milieu of crisis in the university system. Indeed, it celebrated its first convocation in November 2022 after four years of studentship by the pioneer undergraduates.

“The University is currently in a delicate period of transition being midwifed by the NN through the NHL. This is akin to the transitions of erstwhile military tertiary institutions such as the Nigerian Defence Academy, Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna and Nigerian Army University, Biu.

“What the University needs at this time is a speedy completion of the processes of takeover by the Federal Ministry of Education and change of status by NUC as well as the constitution of its Governing Council in accordance with Section 9 of the ADUN Establishment Act 2022.

“Admiralty University of Nigeria remains committed to providing quality education and contributing to the development of Nigeria’s Maritime Sector. ADUN will not be deterred by baseless and malicious allegations and will continue to work towards the vision of becoming a world-class institution of higher learning, educating luminary leaders. It is absurd that the writer would refer uncharitably to the former President as “not to have given

a hoot” to governance and then advise his successor to arbitrarily intervene in a budding tertiary institution against the spirit and letters of its Establishment Law. In summary, the said report revealed the ignorance and unethical tendency of the writer, his sponsors and unpatriotic collaborators” the statement said.

The Admiralty University of Nigeria (ADUN) was established in 2017 as a Public Private Partnership between the NN (represented by Navy Holdings Limited (NHL)) and Hellenic Education Nigeria Limited (HENL). It was issued a provisional license as a private university by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 19 December 2017 and commenced academic activities in January 2019. Due to irreconcilable differences between the partners, the NHL decided to buy off the interest of HENL and convert it to a public university.

 By mutual consent, NHL and HENL dissolved the partnership on 21 March 2022 and in December 2022, the National Assembly passed a Bill to convert the University to a conventional public university.

This Bill was assented to by former President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on 8 February 2023 as the Admiralty University of Nigeria, Ibusa (Establishment) Act 2022.

“The change of status of a university from private to public is not an event but a process involving key Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). In furtherance of this process, NHL has caused multiple high-level engagements between the NN and both the Federal Ministries of Education and Defence as well as the NUC.

“The Federal Ministry of Education has commenced the process of conversion but to date is yet to take the University on strength and the NUC is yet to change its status as a Federal public university.

In the meantime, and in deference to Section 38 of the ADUN Establishment Act 2022, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) constituted the Transitional Governing Council (TGC) to govern the University “before the coming into force of the Act”. 

“The NN through the NHL is resourcing the University and with the instrumentality of the Council, management and leadership has nurtured the University to stability” the Navy explained.

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Police Nab Suspected Human Trafficker in Kaduna

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The Police Command in Kaduna State, said it’s operatives have arrested one Bulus Danladi, a suspected human trafficker.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, confirmed the arrest on Sunday in Kaduna.

Hassan said “On March 1, at about 0900hrs a complain was lodged by Mrs Jummai Danjuma and two others in Katari area in Kachia Local Government Area of the state.

“That on Feb.

27, the arrested suspect, Bulus Danladi of Ankwa area in Kachia LGA, trafficked five youth from Katari to Eruku in Kwara with intent to work in a factory.

“On reaching there, the suspect carried the youth to a farm in Eruku where he abandoned them and returned to Katari.

Hassan said out of the five youth trafficked to Kwara three had returned home and reunited with their parents.

He added that efforts to trace the remaining two was going on.

The command spokesman said the suspect would be prosecuted after full investigation. (NAN)

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JTF Commander Solicits Support in Combating Oil Theft

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Rear Admiral John Okeke,  the new Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) deployed to protect oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta, on Thursday sought more support and collaboration from security formations in Bayelsa.

Okeke, deployed to JTF (Operation Delta  Safe (OPDS), made the appeal during a familiarisation tour of security formations in the state.

During a courtesy visit to the Flag Officer Commanding  Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Samson Bura, Okeke urged partnership in combating oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other criminalities.

In his reponse, Bura promised  sustained and improved support and collaboration between JTF and the naval command.

Bura said that the synergy would enable the country to have a maritime domain free from illegal activities.

Okeke also visited the Air Officer Commanding Mobility Command, Air Vice Marshall Tajudeen Yusuf, and similarly requested for support.

Tajudeen expressed readiness to continue to support JTF, saying that the military was focused on the same aim and objective of safe environment for Nigerians to carry out lawful activities.

The new JTF commander further visited the Nigerian Naval Ship (NNS) SOROH, where he was received by the Commander, Commodore Nanmar Lakan.

At NNS SOROH, Okeke was briefed on the ship’s efforts in combating threat within its area of responsibility.

He praised JTF troops for efforts toward  increased oil production in the region, and urged them  not to relent.

He also warned the troops against sabotage and engaging in illegal activities, saying that  disciplinary actions would await erring officers men.

Reports says that the JTF commander was accompanied by component commanders and some principal staff officers of OPDS. (NAN)

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Security Situation Getting Better, not Worse – FPRO Says

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Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, says the security situation in Nigeria is getting better.

“The security situation is getting better; I don’t agree that it is getting worse. It is improving,” Adejobi told newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday.

He was in Ibadan for the presentation of award to the overall winner of boxing and archery competitions in the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Game (BIPOGA 2024).

He said that most of the unfortunate incidents of insecurity being circulated on the social media were old stories.

“They are being recycled to make people believe they are new or current incidents. Actually, they are not.

“You cannot see any conventional media house publishing these stories the way we have them on social media.

“The security situation in Nigeria is not bad. Let us always analyse the situation based on empirical facts and not just on speculation,” he said.

Adejobi said that the Nigeria Police Force collates data and has information on the security situation from all its offices.

“We shall tell Nigerians if the security situation is worrisome.

“We have issued statements to tell Nigerians that most of the kidnapped cases were fake and have given instances and even paraded some suspects for Nigerians to know.

“It is not in all situations that these incidences are real; some people fake and plan kidnappings to get ransom from their families.

“Let us always differentiate between the real and staged kidnap,” he said.

Adejobi said that the force was not denying the fact that there are isolated cases of incidences of insecurity, but pointed out that the force had arrested and neutralised many kidnappers.

He said that the police and other security agencies in Nigeria would continue to collaborate toward securing the country. (NAN)

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