UI2The management of the University of Ibadan have directed the students to proceed on a two-week semester break from yesterday to Sunday, June 7, pending when the shortage of water and electricity would be addressed in the country.


The Director of Public Communication of the institution, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo, in a statement issued yesterday said the decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the Committee of Provost, Deans and Directors.

“At its emergency meeting held on Monday, May 25, 2015, the Committee of Provost, Deans and Directors considered the current situation in the country as it affects the running of the university activities due to lack of fuel to generate electricity.

“The committee advised the vice chancellor, who accepted and directed on behalf of the Senate, that students should go on a two-week mid-semester break from today, Monday, May 25 (yesterday).

Oladejo stated that the students were expected to vacate the halls of residence while the break would not affect other non-teaching activities on campus.

He quoted the Registrar of the university, Mr. Olujimi Olukoya, in a university’s special bulletin, as saying that lectures would resume on Monday, June 8, 2015.

old-woman-bird-turns-humanYesterday, the heavy crowd in the Ajegunle area of Lagos could not believe their sights as some of them thought they were watching another episode of Nollywood thriller or “Super Story” movie but this time, unfortunately, they represent the “camera team” as the actress is just performing before their very eyes in amazement.


Everyone was shocked and a couple of persons were gripped with great fears, after a bird was said to have transformed into an old woman who confessed to being a witch. She confessed before the bewildered crowd that she was on her way back to Ibadan, Oyo State (as a bird) when she missed her track and plummeted to the ground were she turned into an old woman.


Residents of Ajegunle area of Lagos were, yesterday, thrown into shock, after a bird was said to have transformed into an old woman who confessed to being a witch.


The dark-complexioned nonagenarian with tribal marks, who spoke in Yoruba, told a bewildered crowd that she was on her way back to Ibadan, Oyo State (as a bird) when she missed her track.


She was also said to have told the mammoth crowd that her mystical powers disappointed her because it was dawn.


Eye-witnesses told us that three black birds were seen at about 7am, flying side?by?side along Old Ojo Road.


Then, all of a sudden, one of them landed on a moving pick?up van owned by Eko Electricity Distribution Company.


Bird Flying From Ibadan Turns Into Old Woman in Lagos[/caption]An eye witness who identified himself simply as Mr Okafor said: “Immediately the bird landed on the van, it transformed into an old woman.


“Everyone ran away at first but we later gathered round the woman only to discover that she had a bruise on her forehead with which she landed.


“When we asked her what her mission was, she said three of them were sent to Lagos from their coven in Ibadan but that on their way back, they missed their way.


“She said they started hovering in the area until it was morning, adding that she fell because she was tired.


“She also told us that she initially did not want to embark on the journey and that she used to restrict her witchcraft activities to Ibadan because of her age.


“She was thereafter taken to the Baale of Ajeromi, where she confessed to have killed her husband through witchcraft.”


Policemen from Layeni Police Division were said to have been contacted to prevent the woman from being lynched and they came and took her away.


Police sources told us that the woman would be released to any of her relations who shows up, explaining that the law does not recognise witchcraft.


“She has not committed any crime and will, therefore, be released to any member of her family who shows up. We did not arrest her. We only prevented a likely jungle justice,” the police source said.

bH-threatConfusion  and  pandemonium took over  Lagos and some parts of Ogun state on Wednesday over false information disseminated through the social media that the highly dreaded Boko Haram sect have invaded the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, killing nine policemen and 11 civilians.
The message which spread like wide fire via Facebook left many motorists and Lagosians worried over the fate of their loved ones who had embarked on journey through the route.


Many Lagosians and motorists who disembarked on the journey also expressed fear that the deadly terrorist group has at last gained entrance into South- West region of the country.


There was traffic snarl on the expressway as many motorists stopped their vehicles waiting to get security report on the safety of the road.


In the traffic congestion, people who had their loved ones traveling on the expressway were making frantic calls to find out if they were safe.


In a bid to face the security challenge Mobile policemen, the State Security Service, SSS, members of the JTF and others were seen moving towards the direction in search of the rumoured Boko Haram.


Spokesperson, National Emergency Management Agency( NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye in responding to the development said,” The rumour started spreading on Facebook in the morning NEMA received a false alarm message on the invasion of Boko Haram on the expressway, but we discovered that it was a mere rumour.”


Farinloye added that the rumour had it that nine policemen and 11 civilians had been killed by Boko Haram on the expressway, saying that after the police and soldiers combed the expressway, nothing was discovered, making the whole episode a rumour.


He said “This is to inform the general public that NEMA received false alert about a purported Boko Haram attack along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as complete lies and unfounded. Security agencies have combed all routes and beyond without any trace of such incidents.


“Mischief makers broadcasting this evil machination are strongly warned to desist from circulating unfounded messages in the country. The public should disregard and discourage further circulation of such inciting messages against the nation.”


Confirming the development, police public relations officer, (PPRO) Lagos State command Ngozi Braide said the purported attack was a rumour.


She emphasised that there was nothing like Boko Haram attack on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.


Braide explained that what happened was that a trailer conveying wheat to Lagos around Idiwo area on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway fell with all the contents littering the expressway.


She added, “When the trailer fell, area boys rushed to the place to foment trouble, but the police came to the scene and salvage the situation.”

A 26-year-old student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, Dayo Olaniyi, was killed in Ebute Meta, Lagos on Thursday by thugs who invaded  Moshood Abiola Way (Apapa Road) and neighbouring streets.

The killing came less than 24 hours after one Hakeem Omisore was killed in Oto, near the same area.

Residents said the attack on Thursday was a reprisal by about 40 thugs.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Olaniyi was with his friends on Iya Agan Street around 8am when the thugs, clad in black T-shirt and black jeans, invaded the area and started shooting indiscriminately.

A witness, who craved anonymity, said the thugs also vandalised some vehicles in the area before fleeing.

He said, “Olaniyi was a student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan. He just came home briefly to see his aunt. He had just finished eating and we were all talking when the thugs started shooting.

“We all scampered to safety as the shooting continued. Some minutes later, after the hoodlums left, I saw Olaniyi’s corpse. He was shot in the face.”

Our correspondent learnt that parts of Ebute Meta; particularly Moshood Abiola Way and Oto, have become a hotbed for criminals who engage in perennial supremacy battles.

About three weeks ago, four persons were injured and 28 vehicles vandalised in the same area.

An Islamic cleric on Daudu Lane, who refused to give his name, said violence continued to recur because of the lackadaisical attitude of law enforcement agents.

He said, “The feud can be traced back to 2009. Initially, the bone of contention was the collection of money from commercial bus operators and shop owners.

“However, it has escalated from petty crimes to murder and armed robbery. One wonders where they get these sophisticated weapons from.

“The recent attack was carried out by combination of youths from Jones Street and Oto on one hand and youths from other streets on Moshood Abiola Way. Olaniyi was even in my house a few minutes before the incident.”

Our correspondent observed that a commercial bus with number plate AK 442 EKY was vandalised by the hoodlums on Daudu Lane.

Scores of residents gathered around Olaniyi’s corpse and rained curses on his killers.

A few minutes later, policemen in plain clothes, attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, besieged the area, shot into the air indiscriminately and arrested some youths.

Also policemen from Iponri Division were seen in patrol vehicles combing the area.

As at the time our correspondent left the vicinity, the policemen were seen searching residents and bystanders.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, said she was unaware of the incident but promised to find out.