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US to withdraw foreign students’ visa

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News from the United States of America have it that foreign students will not be allowed to stay in the country this autumn if their universities have moved classes fully online, unless they switch to a course with in-person tuition.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said people could face deportation if they do not comply with the rules.

Many universities are moving classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Large numbers of foreign students travel to the US to study every year and are a significant source of revenue for universities as many pay full tuition.

Harvard has announced all course instruction will be delivered online when students return for the new academic year, including those living at the university.

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The Student and Exchange Visitor Program, which is run by ICE, had permitted foreign students to continue with their spring and summer 2020 courses online while remaining in the country.

But Monday’s announcement said foreign students who remain in the US while enrolled in online courses and fail to switch to in-person courses could face “immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings”.

The rule applies to holders of F-1 and M-1 visas, which are for academic and vocational students. The State Department issued 388,839 F visas and 9,518 M visas in the fiscal year 2019, according to the agency’s data.

According to the US Commerce Department, international students contributed $45 billion (£36 billion) to the country’s economy in 2018.


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Secondary school student stabs mate in Calabar.


A secondary school student suspected to be a cultist allegedly stabbed his fellow student in Calabar, Cross River State

The incident occurred at Government Secondary School, State Housing, Calabar, during school hours.


It was gathered that the student who brought an axe to school, hit the other student who is also a suspected cultist, in the head, before attempting to flee.

He was caught and handed over to the men of the Anti-cultism Unit of the State Police Command in Calabar.

The Special Adviser on Education to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Mr. Castro Ezama, who visited the school, ordered that the suspect and others involved in the act be handed over to the police for further investigation and possible prosecution.

Ezama insisted that the administration of governor Ben Ayade will not tolerate any form of cultism and anti-social behaviours in the State’s school system.


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Secondary school mate married after dating for 2 weeks.

…students of Rhodes High School in South Africa.


Two students who are in love reportedly got married on March 4, 2020 and the internet has gone wild over it.

According to reports, the yet-to-be identified lovers are students of Rhodes High School in South Africa.


They were reportedly together for two weeks before tying the nuptial knot.

The story was shared via a post by a Twitter user identified as @Yeyethu_Baballo, who also released photos of the two student couples.


In one of the photos, they cold be seen signing what is believed to be court documents, while the other photo shows the young man holding up the supposed marriage document.

Checkout the post below:

Rhodes students got married today after being together for 2 weeks. pic.twitter.com/xzoSii91f7

— I am Xhosa. Yithi Sisi. (@Yeyethu_Baballo) March 4, 2020


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Teenager suddenly ‘No where to be found’ after leaving home for clearance


Friends and family members of David Iyoha have been thrown into confusion after he left home for his clearance in school in the Yaba area of Lagos State and has not been seen since November 25, 2019.

It was gathered that David left his parents’ house in the Ago Palace Way area of the state for clearance at the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, prior to the issuance of the Senior School Certificate, but had not returned home.

NobleReporters learnt that David neither got to the school nor returned home to his parents.


David’s father, Hamilton, said that all efforts by the family and friends to ascertain his whereabouts had proved abortive, adding that the family had resorted to prayers and hope in God that he would return soon. N.Rs culled

He said, “Since he finished his Senior Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination, he had been at home waiting for when he would resume at an institution for computer programming; while he was waiting, we had a conversation about his secondary school clearance that would enable him to get his school leaving certificate and testimonial.


“I told him that to be on a safer side whenever he wanted to go to a university, he should do his clearance and get his certificate, and on November 25, 2019, he left home for school to do the clearance, but he has not come back since then.

“At first, we thought it was the traffic that delayed him, but when it was taking longer than necessary, we became worried and my wife called him around 7.38pm and he said he was on his way but far away from home. My wife asked him exactly where he was but he did not tell us and the phone dropped and subsequent calls put across to his telephone line did not connect as the line indicated that it had been switched off.


“When I got home from work, I attempted to call the number, it was still switched off. We waited till around 1am thinking that he would be back by then, but we did not see him; so, I told my wife to go and report at the police station the following day.

“When I came back from work, there was still nothing about him, so I went to the police station the next day and I was told that they had made an internal announcement to all the stations so that if he was in a cell, he could be released but there was no response that he was with them.


“I was linked with someone at the Police Intelligence and Response Team, who collected his phone number to track it, but it was discovered that since his phone went off, it had not been switched on.

“I went to his school to find out if he ever got there and the head of the department said he had not seen him and when other teachers were called, they said he did not come to the school and that he had not done the clearance; and from the tracking information the police did, it was obvious that he never got to the school; there was information about where he got to before his phone went off.”


Hamilton added that before David’s phone went off, he called his friend around 3pm and told him that they should go for the clearance, but the friend declined, stating that the teachers would have left the school and they agreed to go the next day.

The father added that some people told the family that David was seen around the Bode Thomas area of Surulere fiddling with his phone on the day of his disappearance, adding that when a search party was mobilised in the area and its environs, he was nowhere to be found.


The father added, “We keep trusting God to bring him back home as we have resorted to praying that one day, he will come back, but I still repost tweets about his disappearance on the social media, hoping that someone may see him.”

Our correspondent gathered that the matter was reported at the Ago Palace Way Police Station.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, stated that efforts were being made to trace the teenager’s whereabouts.

“We got the report of a missing person and we have declared him missing and commenced an investigation. Efforts are being made to locate his whereabouts,” he said.


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Student sues FUNAAB ..


A Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has fixed February 24, 2020 for the hearing of a case between student activist, Ifemosu Michael Adewale, and Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta over the expulsion of the student.

Adewale was expelled from the institution over some publications he made on social media and also due to his relationship with rights activist, Mr Omoyele Sowore.

Recall that Adewale was expelled on October 18, 2019 over an open letter he wrote to the university’s management on the July 12, 2019 concerning his relationship with Sowore.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has since taken up the matter and sued the school.

The matter comes up for hearing at the Federal High Court, Abeokuta.


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Delta poly student protested, disrupt school activities ..

…as management ban driving in school premises


Protesting students of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, on Tuesday disrupted academic and other activities in the school.

The students, SaharaReporters reliably gathered, were protesting what they called introduction of ‘draconian’ policies by the management as well as a ban on students driving their vehicles into the school premises.

The protest led by members of the Students Union Government, saw the students barricading the main entrance of the school as well as the busy Ughelli/Asaba Expressway, thereby obstructing the flow of traffic.

The polytechnic’s SUG led by Gabriel Udemude has demanded that the school’s management urgently reverse the rule.

Rector of the institution, Job Akpodiete, did not responded to calls and a text message sent to him by our correspondent over the matter.


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Meet Unizik graduate who made machine that turns pure water nylon to fuel


A just graduated student of Chemical Engineering, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anthony Obikwelu, has stunned the science world after he developed and manufactured a machine that can convert plastic and other waste materials into fuel.

Below is the detailed inscription on what the machine is all about. He writes:

This machine produces petroleum based fuel (closely diesel) from thermal pyrolysis of waste plastics.

Pyrolysis is the process of heating organic material at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen. Since no oxygen is present, the organic material does not combust. Instead, the chemical compounds that make up the material decompose into combustible gases and char. The produced gases is condensed to give a liquid fuel.

Pyrolysis presents an opportunity to manufacture low- carbon liquid fuels and decrease the emissions of the industry. These fuels are also compatible with our existing transportation infrastructure which eliminates the need to introduce costly new infrastructure. Complete pyrolysis of organic matter usually leaves a solid residue that consists mostly of elemental carbon; the process is then called carbonization.

As we all know, Plastic goods and packaging and the inevitable plastic waste resulting from them are found all over the world. Plastic is a relatively cheap, durable and versatile material. However, as waste it constitutes a sizeable percentage of the litter we see every day in public places. It is also non-biodegradable; presents risks to human health and the environment; and some types are difficult to re-use and/or recycle. Almost 100 million tons per annum are produced every day. So the process of pyrolysis of plastics is attempted to reduce the waste plastics and to find a source for alternative fuel.

This is really quite an invention as it solves the problem of cost of mining oil. It would help reduce the emiison of harmful waste matters into the air which affects our ozone layer. It will prevent issues of oil spilliage and ocean pollution. It’ll also create direct and indirect employment as plastics and other waste materials would be sourced for, thereby creating an avenue through which people can earn a living.

Right now, the only hindrance to this machine is that it needs funding from the government, so it can be developed into a large scale model where millions of litres of oil can be produced daily. He can be contacted via email on Tonytopaz1@gmail.com or Facebook with the name Anthony Obikwelu.


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UNIABUJA undergraduates reacted to expulsion of 100s, says it is ‘Babaric’


Students of the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) have expressed displeasure over expulsion of 100 students in the institution, saying management’s decision was harsh and inconsiderate.

Recall that the management of the university had last month expelled about 100 students of the school for their involvement in examination malpractices.


But some students of the university, who spoke with The Guardian, claimed that the school management did not follow due process in their judgment, as they also expelled innocent students for the offence they didn’t commit.

They alleged that the decision of the management was too drastic and harsh, as no prior notice was given to the accused to defend themselves.


A student, who identified himself as Michael, said while some innocent students were wrongfully accused, some offenders who were influential brought their families to plead on their behalf, “and the senate accepted their pleas.”

Another student who pleaded anonymity, said, “I was shocked when I heard that they released an expulsion list during my examination period. I was shocked not because they released the list but because there was no prior notice or warning. There was no invitation, like first or second call to the panel before the victims were expelled. The management went to the extreme. Some of the affected students are innocent.”


Another 400-level student, simply called Joe, said: “It is irrational to dismiss these students without following due process. I saw the name of a friend to my classmate on that list that dreadful day. This guy is good and notable in his department. He is intelligent and a faithful Christian. He is not only a church worker, but also a nice person in reality. Many of us can vouch for him. He was supposed to write his exams in UNIABUJA in two weeks and now, his four years in UNIABUJA is a waste due to the drastic decision taken by the school management without proper investigations.”

Also, a victim of the expulsion, who identified himself as Sage, said: “I almost committed suicide when the news broke out. I honestly could not believe it. I believe people should be given fair hearing and second chance. I thought that is the way life should be. But, it seems that the system will always be corrupt and I could not bribe my way through or will I say I don’t have those who will plead my case.”

He called on the school management to reconsider its decision, and call back the affected students if possible. “They can call us back, scrutinise their decisions, caution some offenders and discipline others accordingly. They cannot throw away the baby with the bath water.”

Meanwhile, Head of Information and University Relations, Dr. Habib Yakoob, has informed that the university’s Senate approved the expulsion and rustication of the students, after due diligence.


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UTME enrollment: Candidates complain over delay


Some prospective candidates of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination has expressed displeasure at the cumbersome process of registration and enrolment for National Identity Number.

A large number of the candidates, who besieged the headquarters of National Identity Management Commission on Wednesday in Abuja lamented the stress they were made to pass through and spent three to four days before issuance of temporary card.

Most of the students said the exercise was a waste of time and energy as they spent four days before they were registered.

The students said the process was slow because the officials were not on the ground to attend to them.


The candidates fumed at how they were made to line up and suffered under the scotching sun.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board had recently announced its partnership with NIMC with a view to harmonising data of candidates for the forthcoming UTME.

The House of Representatives had asked JAMB to suspend the policy till 2021 to allow more time and better awareness for prospective candidates.


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Students from LASU fully charged to fight for justice over murder of mate.


National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Southwest (Zone D) has vowed to ensure that justice is done in the gruesome murder of a 22-year-old Lagos State University (LASU) final year Theatre Arts student, Favour Daley-Oladele.

Late Daley-Oladele was reportedly murdered by her boyfriend, some of her body parts dismembered, cooked and eaten by the boyfriend’s mother, as part of a bizarre money-making ritual. NobleReporters learnt

LASU students?vow?to seek?justice in the gruesome murder of?22-year-old final year?student, Favour Daley-Oladele

The murder occurred early in December at Ikoyi-Ile, Ikire in Osun state, 270 km from the lady’s school. A candle light procession was held in her honour on Monday, December 30th by LASU students, who mourned her demise.

NANS promised to follow the matter to a logical conclusion and “update the public on our actions and findings in due time.”

LASU students?vow?to seek?justice in the gruesome murder of?22-year-old final year?student, Favour Daley-Oladele


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NAN exonerate Fayemi’s wife over FUOYE killings.

…give ‘stay away’ order

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has exonerated wife of Ekiti Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi of involvement in the recent killings of two students of Federal University, Oye Ekiti.

The students’ body also lifted an order warning Governor Kayode Fayemi and his wife to stay away from all the tertiary institutions in the country.

Two FUOYE students, Joseph Okonofua and Kehinde Dada were on September 10 allegedly shot dead during a protest that coincided with the visit of Mrs. Fayemi to Oye Ekiti, which led to confrontation between the First Lady’s security details and students.

The incident forced the NANS to make a public statement directing students to henceforth treat Fayemi and his wife as persona non grata in all tertiary institutions.

A communiqué by NANS’ Senate President, Gambo Abubakar Mohammed and Clerk, Kabiru Mohammed after its Senate meeting in Ado Ekiti on Monday, said neither Fayemi nor his wife knew anything about the death of the students.

The SUG President Federal University, Lokoja , Kogi State moved a motion for the lifting of the order, seconded by SUG President of Niger State College of Education, Zakari Mohammed.

It was later affirmed by other Senators at the plenary.

Exonerating Fayemi and wife further, NANS said: “Ekiti State government has taken the responsibilities of paying for hospital bills of all injured students and for the burial arrangement of the deceased.

“The government also visited the deceased’s families and compensated them while processing the employment opportunity two members of the bereaved families.

“We realised that it is time to move on and allow the sleeping dog lies in the interest of peace and love among all those that were involved”.

The students appealed to Fayemi to fulfill his promises to those who suffered any form of calamity during the incident.

The Senators also lamented the death of a students’ leader, Com. Yemi Adeniran, who died in a ghastly motor accident, saying the deceased did well as a member of the SUG during his lifetime.

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Report on how high numbers of unqualified tutors teach students in the north.

The report of the 2018 National Personnel Audit (NPA) unveiled in Abuja on Monday has revealed that Sokoto, Kebbi, Jigawa, Gombe and Yobe states have the highest number of unqualified teachers in their classrooms, with Ekiti, Benue, Oyo, Edo and Osun states having an impressive number of qualified teachers in their school systems.

The report revealed that 48 percent of teachers in Sokoto State are unqualified, with 56 percent unqualified in Kebbi State, 59 percent in Jigawa State, 62 percent in Gombe State and 63 percent in Yobe State.

It also indicated a high deficit of teachers, furniture, and other teaching and learning materials in the basic education systems of some states, particularly in northern and a few southern states; meaning that a high number of children in basic schools attend classes on bare floors, for instance.

The report, which was unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, revealed that there were 1,571,800 pieces of furniture in Early Childhood Care Development and Education systems across the states. While North East had the lowest number, with 76,735, the South West states had the highest, with 538,128 pieces of furniture in its schools.

The report documents a total of 6,847,685 pieces of furniture in primary schools in Nigeria, with North East states again having the lowest numbers, with 594, 425 in its primary schools; and the South West states having the highest numbers, with 1,770,463.

President Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, appreciated the effort of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and other contributors that led to the success of the exercise.

He said that while the content of the report may not completely reflect the reality on ground, it is nonetheless a useful guideline for further actions to be taken with regard to basic education intervention in Nigeria.

He assured stakeholders that actions that would herald significant improvement would be taken soon for the sake of the future of Nigerian children.

He disclosed that huge financial and manpower resources have been committed to the country’s basic education system through the UBEC, and a renewed commitment to funding.

Meanwhile, UBEC Executive Secretary Dr Hamid Bobboyi, in his remarks, said the objective of the personnel audit was to produce a credible enough data set to guide policy makers in the administration of the basic education system in Nigeria.

“For the first time, the exercise covered public and private schools across Nigeria. Initially, we had unfriendly responses from the private schools. But after several meetings, they bought into the idea, and offered their support that led to success of the exercise,” he said.

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Suicide Mission: Young Boy From Depression.

Sadly, Adokpela Simeon, a young graduate from Esep le Berger, one of the accredited and reputable Universities in the Benin Republic, forcefully killed himself due to what he said was family pressure.

The news of his death went viral on social media platforms as they mourned the dead soul, N.Rs reported

In a suicide letter obtained Vanguard, it was revealed that Simeon killed himself with consumption of sniper basically because of pressure from his family, which has however led to depression.

According to witnesses, he wrote a letter for his parents to know the reason he killed himself.

“Dear mom, aunty Hadija and Kpela, by the time you are reading this letter, you should know that I am dead. I drank sniper and killed myself because you pushed me to any earthly possession that I have in this life, including the car that daddy gave to me should be given to my younger brother, Sunny. I can’t keep up with the pressure you are putting on me and daddy, I want to thank you for everything that you have done for me in this life, no one can ask for a better father.

God will bless you abundantly. It is a shame I had to lose my life this way. Please, I ask you, people, to come to Cotonou and retrieve my corpse. This is supposed to be a moment of celebration but the pressure that you are putting on my HEAD mummy and aunty Hadija has forced me to quit life, get ready to mourn a dead son. Thank you all, yours faithfully, late Adokpela Simeon.

Not more than few related people have said that favouritism is added to the reason of the suicide, nevertheless, the best reason is known to the late soul, family and friends of the pressure on him that led to self-killing.

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ASUU accused FG, says Presidency is trying to localise University system.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Nigerian government of trying to over-localize the university system in the country through its insistence on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

ASUU’s President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi who spoke with newsmen after a meeting with members of the union at the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi (FUAM), stated they are in the age of internalization and it would be an anathema for them to allow government to over localize the university system.

He said;

“What they are trying to do in Nigeria is to over-localize us (ASUU) but universities are international learning and research environments. We are now in the age of internationalization.

“That is why people talk about global ranking of universities, they don’t talk of local ranking of universities. So, it would be an anathema for us to allow government to over localize us. To buy into IPPIS means we are surrendering the autonomy of the universities which is highly cherished all over the world.”

Biodun stated that their members are ready to face the Federal Government head-on if it goes on with its threat of not paying its members salaries following their refusal to enrol in the IPPIS.

According to the ASUU President, getting back into core civil service would not augur well for the education at the tertiary level as universities are meant to be governed by their employers – the Governing Councils and not the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

He added;

“The employers of universities academics are their governing councils and not the Head of Service. Universities are not part of civil service and there is nowhere in the world where such practice as they are trying to impose on us in Nigeria obtains.

“And we have sited this example before. In Ghana at some point, they introduced IPPIS but later they excluded the universities because they know it would not work.”

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Babcock V.C reacts to November’s sex tape of student having sex, says it’s not normal for a lady to be swallowing a man’s d*ck.

Vice-Chancellor of Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Prof. Ademola Tayo, has said the institution decided to expel its female student in the viral sex video as part of measures to protect the school’s name.

Babcock: It is not normal for a young woman to take the manhood of the man and be swallowing- VC Ademola Tayo reveals why lady in the sex tape was expelled

Recall that in November, a sex tape of a female student of the Instiitution and another male student that had been expelled, went viral. The school released a statement immediately after the video hit the internet, expelling the student.

Speaking during a luncheon with journalists at the Babcock Guest House today Sunday December 8th, the VC said:

“We had to take that decision in order to protect this institution and to protect its alumni because anywhere they go they say the University where they are all prostitutes. They said the girls are always swallowing and all kinds of ridicule. If we keep mute, in the public opinion they would think that anything goes in the institution. We had to make a statement to show discipline.

But I need to tell you that I signed it off with tears in my eyes as a responsible father but we are not leaving this young lady to her doom. The pastor called me last week and I prayed with the family. The father called me and said pray with your daughter. I said she is still my daughter. Sometimes discipline is therapeutic. It is when you go that you realise that this is not right what I have done and then you go back to yourself.

I look forward to a time when this young girl would graduate and be celebrated. It may not be here; I don’t know where but we are not throwing the baby out with the bath water.” he said

Tayo described the act by the girl giving the boy a blow job as abnormal.

”It is not normal for a young woman to take the manhood of the man and be swallowing. That is a very dirty thing which supposed not to be heard,” he said, adding that the institution had to apply discipline but with love.

The VC however said some stakeholders commended the university’s decision to expel the student, saying that they would have pulled their wards out of the University.

Tayo also described as mischievous a publication by an online publication that listed the institution as the third worst to attend in the country.

“I see that as a sponsored campaign to smear the institution. I know where it is coming from but we will not relent because we will do our best to offer holistic education to the children.

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Mapoly undergraduate dies after jumping into the well

…screams my money is in the well

A Moshood Abiola Polytechnic student who died after jumping into a well on Wednesday December 4 at Fagba, Lagos has been buried.

Samson aka Asese Lee said to be an ND 2 student of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) Abeokuta, reportedly woke on Wednesday shouting “my money is inside the well.”

Eyewitnesses said the deceased jumped into the 180ft well before they could get a hold what he was saying. He reportedly died before he could get help.

MAPOLY student screaming

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