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BAN ON END-OF-EXAMINATION CELEBRATION ON THE CAMPUS OF KOGI STATE POLYTECHNIC: OUR REASONS

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The leadership of Kogi State Polytechnic has has just taken a decision to suspend end-of-examination celebration on campus until further notice.

The decision is not in anyway an attempt to cut short the joy of our law abiding students who have every reason to mark an important milestone in their lives.

As a Management, we have no reason whatsoever to go against such celebration if conducted with civility and decorum.

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In times past, including mine as a student, examination celebration was all about handshake, hugging, and other merriments devoid of social upheavals.

But events in recent years have proved that this is is no longer the case.

Instead, what we now have in most cases is the despicable use of water (both dirty and clean) mixed with soap, kerosene and other dangerous chemicals to immerse colleagues who have just graduated.

In the name of such celebration, students even drive recklessly on campus and causing avoidable accident; a clear instance was a case of a female student who almost lost her legs in Kogi State University Anyigba in 2017 as a result of such careless driving.

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As if such practice is not worse enough, students have further resorted to hitting and jabbing themselves with heavy “booths”, falling in the process and uttering all manner of jargons familiar only to a people belonging to outlawed groups or societies.

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The worst of it all is that it is in the process of such “celebration” that students openly show their respective cult groups through what they term “flying of colour”

Further, we have strong information that it is this period that members of cult groups are invited from other institutions and places for the handing over of batons of leadership and celebration of their “successes”; whatever that means.

Worst still, the celebrations have taken a more dangerous dimension that students now mark end of examination with gunshots on campus in company of their respective cult groups.

Consequently, institutions across the country have considered the trend as not only worrisome but also dangerous; and have accordingly banned the practice at various times.

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In Kogi State Polytechnic, for instance, there were reported cases of sporadic gunshots at the end of examination in 2019; an indication of cultists demonstrating their respective strengths.

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The highpoint was a particular case of cultists that came with guns looking for a Lecturer on the campus.

The 2019 celebration eventually ended tragically as it claimed the life of a student at the back of the Matriculation Ground.

This time, we have credible information that arrangements have been concluded by suspected cult groups to avenge the 2019 killing by using end- of-examination celebration as a launchpad.

We have also been informed that some external mercenaries and old students who are suspected leaders of rival cult groups have been invited and have been around for the past 5 days rehearsing the execution of their plan.

As a Management, even as we are working closely with relevant security agencies who are on the close trail of these suspects, we have every responsibility to be proactive.

This informed our decision to ban any form of end-of-examination celebration on the campus.

In essence, we did so to prevent the imminent violent attack on students on campus and beyond.

The welfare, security of lives and properties of our staff and students are our topmost priorities; and we must do everything humanly possible to live up to such responsibility.

Therefore, even as we could have loved our law abiding students to have celebrated their end-of-examination in a decent manner (through handshake and hugging) as was the practice, we are constrained by security concerns to stop any form of celebration on campus until further notice.

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We sincerely appreciate the understanding of our dear students whom we are determined to protect and in whose interests the decision was taken .

After all, genuine celebration without security concern is just for fun as it would not add grade to students performance after the examination.

We wish you the very best in your examinations.

We love you ALL.

Signed:
Dr. Salisu O. Usman
Rector

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Just In: Kogi Polytechnic Security Operatives Nab Students With Revolver Pistol, Round of Ammunition.

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The security operatives of Kogi State Polytechnic have arrested one Shehu Tenimu Mohammed, an ND II student of the Department of Public Administration of the institution for being in possession of a locally fabricated revolver pistol while making his way into the campus.

The student with Matriculation Number 2018/ND/PAD/170 was, in addition to the illegal possession of the pistol, also carrying five rounds of live ammunition while making his way through the main entrance of the Polytechnic on Friday, 9th April, 2021.

The arrest of the student was made possible by the strong security network put in place to halt any attempt to breach the ban on End-of- Examination Celebration.

It should be recalled that the ban itself came into force in view of intelligence report that some suspected cultists would be coming to the campus with ammunitions to avenge their colleague who was killed after the end of examination in 2019

Management under the the proactive leadership of Dr S.

O. Usman therefore beefed up security on campus, including daily routine check at the Polytechnic entrance and the premises.

Ever at alert, the security operatives of the institution had on Thursday, 8th April, 2021, impounded a Tricycle, (Keke NAPEP) which apparently was intended as a decoy for hiding and releasing gun shots outside the school gate.

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In the same vain, the gallant security operatives also arrested a non student suspected to be a hired merchainary with a cham made “African – bullet” proof on the campus on 7th April, 2021. The suspect who have since been handed over to the law enforcement agency claimed that, he came to the campus to celebrate end of the examination with his sister.

It was the continuation of the security check at the gate that led to the arrest of Shehu Tenimu Mohammed who was coming to the campus purportedly to write his ND II final examination on Friday, 9th April, 2021.

Mohammed was stopped by the ‘stop and search’ officer and was asked to hand over his belongings.

He took to his heels when he realised he would be caught with live ammunition, but it was too late for him

He has since been handed over to the appropriate law enforcement agency for further interrogation and investigation.

Meanwhile, the Rector, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, has assured members of staff, students and the general public that no stone would be left unturned in the efforts to ensure that sanity is restored on the campus to make the atmosphere conducive for teaching and learning.

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The Rector who commended the security unit of the institution for a yeoman’s job however appealed to members of the Polytechnic community to always be on the side of the law.

Compiled By:
Uredo Omale
Head, Public Relations and Protocol Unit.
Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja.

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Kogi poly expels four students for exam malpractices, other

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The Academic Board of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja has approved the expulsion of four students over issues bordering on examination misconduct and other social vices.

A statement issued on Thursday by Uredo Omale, the institution’s Head public relations and protocol unit stated that the expulsion was part of far-reaching decisions made at the Board’s meeting held at the institution’s Main Campus in Lokoja.

The Board chaired by the Rector, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, also approved the results of the First Semester for the 2019/2020 Academic Session.

The students expelled for examination malpractice were Abdulrahman, an ND I student of Science and Laboratory Technology (2019/ND/SLT/216), Danjuma (HND I), Graphic Department (2018/HND/IDD/011), and Abubakar (2018/HND/CPS/183), an HND II student of Computer Science Department.

Another student, Wahab of the Mechanical Engineering Department (2018/ND/ME/043) was also expelled and with an added clause of never to be offered admission into the institution, for being in possession of a dangerous weapon and evidence of involvement in cultism.

Durojaiye Helen Taiye, an HND II student of Industrial Design (2018/HND/IDD/007) was found with extraneous materials not related to the particular examination inscribed on her palms and was rusticated for one semester.

The Rector, who appreciated the committees on examination misconduct for the thorough job done, said the polytechnic would not condone any act capable of bringing it to disrepute, and therefore, appealed to students to always be on the side of the law.

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NUC grants licenses to 20 new private varsities

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Friday directed universities to reopen for academic activities on January 18.

The Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, gave the directive in a statement issued by the commission’s Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki, in Abuja.

He said the announcement on reopening of the universities was in compliance with the directive of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended its nine-month strike on December 23 last year.

The commission, however, directed officers on Grade Level 12 and below to remain at home for a period of five weeks as earlier directed by the Federal Government.

The statement read: “I am to add that universities on the resumption of academic activities must under no circumstance violate the full cycle of the university semester system, consistent with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards approved by the NUC, as well as other extant quality assurance standards and guidelines.

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