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14 Abducted Greenfield University students released

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Reports from Kaduna have indicated that 14 abducted students of Greenfield University in Kaduna State have been released.

Another report by Channels Television said they were released on Saturday afternoon at a location on the Kaduna- Abuja highway.

The Chairman of the Parents Forum, Markus Zarmai and few others were expected to receive the students at the drop-off location.

Although, the government and police authorities have yet to confirm the development, the parents of the abducted students said that they paid ransom, in addition to providing eight new motorcycles to the kidnappers before they agreed to release their children.

The students were abducted by bandits from their hostels on April 20.

On April 23, the remains of three of the abducted students were found in Kwanan Bature village, a location close to the university.

The Kaduna Government reported on April 26 that the kidnappers had killed an additional two students.

At a meeting held in Kaduna in April, parents of the students appealed to the government and public to help with the N800 million ransom demand by the kidnappers.

The Kaduna State Government and the Federal Government had discouraged ransom payments to bandits.

In a statement on May 5, 2021 President Muhammadu Buhari appealed for “the release of the students of the Greenfield University.”

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SON insist on international best practices, set-up committee to audit, certify education sector

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In ensuring that educational management system in the country deliver on their mandate of impacting knowledge and skills, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has inaugurated national technical committee for adoption and certification of education management standards.

At the inauguration in Abuja, Farouk Salim, Director General of SON, said one of the challenges facing Nigeria has been international standards both in products and services delivery, which is why the organisation is aligning to best international practice.

“One of SON mandate is to support all businesses in determining quality of products/services using ; standardization, certifications and quality assurance. As such our decision to adopt this international standard on educational organizations management system ISO 21001:2018 is apt at this time when we have opened our borders to all forms of trade with other African countries.

“It is important that we promote and sustain our learning institutions by ensuring that the services that are provided in our schools meet the needs of learners, promote equal opportunities for all students and earn the confidence and approval of learners’ sponsors in order to contribute their quota to national growth and development,” he said.

Salim, represented by Engr. Timothy Abner, Director Training services at the SON added that although government is doing a lot to upgrade the standard of products and the education sector, he however also noted there should be additional effort of adopting and establishing this international best practice will assist Nigeria to always deliver globally recognized services and products in different sectors of the economy.

The Committee is to draw up requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of educational organizations management systems.

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Breaking: Ex-Police IG, Tafa Balogun dies

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A former Inspector General of the Nigerian Police Force, Tafa Balogun is dead, firstweeklymagazine reports.

Balogun, who was eased out of office by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo over corruption allegations, reportedly died of heart related diseases in Reddington Hospital, Lagos today Thursday August 4, 2022.

Sources said he had been down for a while before passing on moments ago.

He was 75 years old.

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Insecurity: PDP Senators stage walkout, calls for Buhari Impeachment

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The Senate caucus of People Democratic Party today stage walkout from plenary session giving President Muhammadu Buhari six months to address mounting security challenges confronting  the country or face impeachment process.

The crisis started when Minority Leader of the Senate Philip Adudua called the attention of Senate President , Ahmad Lawan to the resolution of the Lawmakers to serve the President Buhari Impeachment notice if there is no improvement in Security situation after a period of time.

However, Lawan blocked the move by Senator Adudua a development that led to the walking out of chamber by the Opposition Lawmakers.

Speaking with Journalists at the National Assembly Complex, the Minority Leader of the Senate Philips Adudua said the security challenges has overwhelmed the President.

He explained that Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory is under threat of Bandits and terrorists .

According to the Minority Leader, Senate has passed so many resolutions which were aimed to address the insecurity challenges in the Country.

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