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Even as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed by a whole week, at least 102,741 students in the 75 accredited private universities in the country will still not be able to cast their votes in the elections.

The presidential and National Assembly elections which will now hold on February 23 due to postponement by INEC, while the governorship and state of Assembly elections will take place on March 9.

 

 

However, the 75 private universities will be in session during the period of the elections.

During investigations by THE PUNCH, some of the private universities told newsmen that they won’t risk the lives of their students because of the incidents of violence during elections in the country.

 

 

An admission officer at Achievers University, Ondo State, who identified himself simply as Bunmi, said the , which has a student population of 1,000, would be in session.

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He said, “We are not going on break because of the elections. Actually, the management has not said anything concerning that. They will have to be the ones to speak on that. Sometimes during elections we send the students home but the management has not said anything about that.”

Bunmi also noted that the nearest polling unit to the school was at the traditional ruler, Oba Ilale’ s palace.

 

 

Similarly, Augustine University in Ilara -Epe area of Lagos State, which has 500 students, stated that the school would be in session during the elections.

When asked if the students were eligible to participate in the election, the acting director of ICT at the Catholic-owned institution, Sister Adebola Daramola, said, “Yes, (but) there is no polling unit within the campus.”

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The Communications Officer of the university, Nicholas Obayi , said members of staff would vote but the students could not leave the campus on the election day.

 

 

Obayi said, “It’s a fully residential university. The school won’ t allow students go out and do anything, but lecturers live in their different houses, so if they want to do anything, everyone is free to go and do whatever they want.

“With lecturers, you can’t be asking who wants to vote and who doesn’t want to vote. As I said, the elections would hold on Saturdays, so you can’ t control the movement of people.”

An admissions officer, Baze University, who gave his name simply as Usman, also said he did not believe the school, which has 1 ,300 students, would release the students to vote.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered police commanders to mobilize all operational assets and resources, to immediately stop the descent to anarchy across the country.

This follows the widespread of looting and arson by suspected hoodlums.

Adamu has directed commanders to reclaim the public space from “criminal elements masquerading as protesters in some parts of the country.”

According to a statement by the Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP gave the order to all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, Commissioners of Police, heads of police operational Units, Squadron and Base Commanders in charge of Zonal/State/FCT Commands, the Police Force, Counter-Terrorism Unit and the Special Protection Unit, on October 24, 2020.

“In addition, CPs and heads of police formations in the various states had also been charged to mobilize their men and work in sync with the command CPs in the areas where they are domiciled, to dominate the public space and ensure peace and safety in the affected areas,” the statement added.

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No fewer than seven persons have been arrested in connection with the invasion of Sen. Teslim Folarin’s in Ibadan on Saturday.
Mr Yinka Folarin, the lawmaker’s elder brother, told newsmen on Saturday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that some hoodlums had on Saturday invaded Folarin’s house, carting away items worth more than N200 million.
NAN reports that among the items carted away are about 300 motorcycles, deep freezers and food items.
He said that the suspected hoodlums were arrested at the residence of the lawmaker by the Oyo State joint security task force ‘Operation Burst’.
“Most of the equipment had been looted before the arrival of the security men, while seven of the them, identified by the residents, were arrested at the scene,” he said.
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The lawmaker’s elder brother said that the looted items were meant for the 11 local government areas constituting Oyo Central Senatorial District.
He said that the empowerment programme was postponed due to the ongoing protest.(NAN)

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