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Shot Unilorin student, not dead, says Sub Dean

Contrary to reports that a student of the University of Ilorin who was recently shot at Oke-Odo area of Ilorin, by unknown gunmen is dead, the Sub Dean of Student Affairs University of Ilorin, Dr Alex Akanmu, has said that the victim is alive and responding positively to treatment.
The victim, whose name was not disclosed is a 25-year-old male 200 level student of Education Technology.
While narrating the incidence, Akanmu disclosed that the victim was said to have had a female-related feud with an unknown group of students not registered with the Student Affairs Unit of the school.
He added that the outlawed group had allegedly made an earlier attempt to gang beat the victim a day before the penultimate Saturday shooting, an act widely perceived as a warning signal to the victim.
In his words: “The news got to the unit about the incidence and we took appropriate action as expected. The boy in question, is a 200 level student, from the Department of Educational Technology. For security reasons, I may not be mentioning his name.
“A day before that time, he had some issues with some guys. It’s about girlfriend issue. So, they came again before that time to beat him up…they came on Saturday evening. It was a kind of run for your life. He was shot at his hand in the process.
“Those who shot him, obviously, they could be friends before that time. But being in possession of gun, automatically indicate that he also belongs to a group that is not registered with the university.
“And for the fact that they’re in possession of a gun, is a clear indication that it’s a group that is surfacing. His own affiliation with them is, of course, not clear. But there’s a link to a friend of his that is said to be, possibly, in a relationship with those guys…he is at large.
“He’s lucky (the victim) to have survived. But as expected, the university will take appropriate action by conducting an in-depth investigation. His father has been invited, we saw him yesterday(Thursday).
“And on our own side at Student Affairs, we’ve played the role. We’ve linked up with the security unit, external security and the school clinic. The idea was to move him away from the public hospital because there could be a reprisal attack.
“That is when people started carrying rumours that the boy was shot dead because they couldn’t locate him. The wisest thing we did was to make his location unknown and inaccessible.
“As I speak, he’s responding very well to treatment. The other duty is left for the university to do as expected. Those who shot him, of course, you know will not sleep. However, the police are doing the needful in searching out everyone connected or involved in the recent act,” he assured.


…matriculates 11,500 students, warns against cultism, social media attachment

By Mumini Abdulkareem

The University of Ilorin on Thursday matriculated 11,500 new intakes as part of formal process of admission to the institution for the 2018/19 academic session.
The management, during the ceremony held at the institution’s auditorium equally warned the newly admitted students against cultism and wasting precious time on social media, among other social vices.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Suleiman Age AbdulKareem said the number of new intakes is slightly higher than the 10,886 students admitted during the 2016/2017 academic session,
In his advice to the new students, AbdulKareem charged them to face their studies and be good ambassadors of the institution.
The university, he noted, will not tolerate any shade of exam malpractices in its entirety and called on the parents and guardians to partner the university in its quest to producing morally upright graduates, by monitoring them in and outside the school.
The Vice-Chancellor charged the students to abide by the Code of Conduct of the institution, adding that indecent dressing would not be tolerated on campus.
“As a means of achieving academic success, your statutory duties include attending classes regularly and promptly, writing test, assignments and examinations. There should be cordial relationship between the university authority and the parents.
“We do not subscribe to indecent dressing among our students. Students of our institution are to be models, not prostitutes, touts and miscreants and they should comport themselves in terms of morals and proper dressing and appearance.
“For many unbroken years, the university has experienced and enjoyed smooth, stable and peaceful academic sessions. One of the factors attributable to this feat is zero tolerance to cultism. I encourage you to shun cultism in all its forms because we will not condone it. So, choose your friends appropriately and know the son/daughter of whom you are”, he added.
On the issue of the craze for white collar job, the VC who noted that entrepreneurship is the fallout of unemployment, however called on the students to key into the new world order.
“In our contemporary world, there is paradigm shift from the old order where emphasis was placed solely on academic pursuit. Today the emerging reality of entrepreneurship vocation is here with us.
“The university has also keyed into this development through the introduction, teaching and learning of various entrepreneurship skills and vocation. We urge you to make the best use of the opportunity which the programme present,” he submitted.

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