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IPC kicks as police detain, arraign Wikki Times publisher, reporter

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PUBLISHER of online newspaper, Wikki Times, Haruna Mohammed, was detained after honouring an invitation by officials of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) of the Bauchi State Police Command on Monday.

He was detained alongside a reporter, Idris Kamal, over a report on the death of a politician in Bauchi State.

The ICIR gathered that after writing their statements at the SCIID, Mohammed was placed in a cell along with Kamal. It was learnt that the journalists were brutalised by other inmates in the cell.

Despite the presence of their lawyers, Mohammed and Kamal were detained for at least 10 hours before they were released.

The Investigating Police Officer (IPO) in charge of the case, Bilyaminu, however, told The ICIR that Mohammed is being investigated for publishing defamatory report concerning a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi.

The IPO denied reports that the journalists were beaten up in detention.

“Yes we are investigating the issue. They published something defamatory about the late APC chieftain here in Bauchi. They came in today, we are still trying to investigate the matter, I don’t know what you mean by rough-handled,” he said on Monday.

The ICIR also reached out to Ahmed Wakil, spokesman of the Bauchi State Police Command, on Monday. He promised to look into the matter and effect the immediate release of the journalists.

“I am presently not in the office, but I am heading back now. If this is true I will do everything possible to see that he is released. I will take up the matter,” he said.

Wakil reached out to The ICIR about an hour later saying that Mohammed would be released in a matter of minutes and the journalists regained freedom shortly after. They were, however, asked to return on Tuesday for further interrogation.

Following their return on Tuesday, June 28, the journalists were arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Bauchi where they were charged with criminal conspiracy, defamation of character and cyber stalking.

The court remanded them in custody till Wednesday, June 29.

The case is connected to a report published by Wikki Times on the sudden death of the APC chairman in the Bauchi Local Government Area of the state on May 18.

According to the report, the late APC Chairman, Hussaini Musa Gwaba, received series of threats before his death.

Wikki Times reported that Gwaba was considered as a threat by an APC member of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, representing Bauchi Federal Constituency.

Abdullahi eventually filed a petition which led to the arrest and detention of the journalists.

Meanwhile, the International Press Centre (IPC) condemned the harassment and detention of the journalists in a statement released on Tuesday.

The IPC expressed concern over the incident and urged the police to desist from being used as objects of oppression.

“Since the petitioner alleged defamation, the Police should have in the first instance advised him to seek legal redress instead of illegally detaining the journalists for 10 hours on Monday, June 27, 2022 and subjecting them to physical and mental harassment in the process”, IPC Executive Director, Lanre Arogundade, said in the statement.

Heurged the police to ensure the safety of the journalists, adding that the rule of law regarding petitions should also apply with media professionals as with other citizens.

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Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (MAAUN), Kano, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pune, India sign MoU on academic excellence 

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Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (MAAUN), Kano, on Wednesday, 27th July 2022, signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pune India as part of renewed efforts to promote internationalization for academic excellence.

The signing of MoU which was conducted virtually, was witnessed by the representatives of the two universities.

Speaking at the occasion, The President of MAAUN Kano, Prof. (Dr.) Mohammad Israr, said the National Universities Commission (NUC) issued a License to the University on Monday, 15th February, 2021 and currently offers courses at four Schools namely: School of Computing, School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing Sciences and the School of Social and Management Sciences.

He said the collaboration between the two institutions would focus on Research and Development, publications and relevant scholarly and academic works, sponsorship of Seminars and Workshops as well as Exchange of Faculty and Students.

In his remarks, the Registrar of Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pune India, Mr. G Jayakumar described the collaboration as a very crucial one in view of the fact that Nigeria and the university have a long-standing relationship.

He pointed out that Nigeria had awarded scholarships to no fewer than 25 Students to study in the institution adding that Nigerian students have been good ambassadors of their country.

According to him, the collaboration would promote Faculty association, innovation and mutual benefit between the two universities.

He, therefore, expressed optimism that the partnership would strengthen the bond between the university and Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Vice President Administration of MAAUN, Dr. Habib Awais Abubakar expressed confidence that the MoU would yield significant development in the areas of research and exchange of Faculties.

He assured that the partnership would also promote academic excellence as Maryam Abacha American University has a history of academic excellence and expressed hope that MAAUN would be the leading research center and innovation.

Dr. Awais Abubakar congratulated the two institutions for signing the agreement which is aimed at promoting academic excellence.

Among those who also attended the virtual MoU signing ceremony include Vice Chancellor of the Bharati Vidyapeeth, Dr Manikrao Salunkhe, Dr. Kirti Mahajan, Director, International Students Cell and Welfare and Engr. Bashir Muhammad Garba, Head International Office, MAAUN Kano, Nigeria.

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MAAUN students to graduate as bilingual– Prof. Abubakar Gwarzo 

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The Chairman, Governing Council of Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (MAAUN), Kano, Prof. Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo has charged the students of the university to learn other foreign languages in addition to the English language saying that every MAAUN student would graduate as bilingual.

Prof. Abubakar Gwarzo gave the charge at the maiden matriculation ceremony of the newly admitted students of the university held at the Ibrahim Usman Yakasai Sports Complex of the institution on Monday.

Over 500 students matriculated at the university’s Sports complex on Monday.

He said the call was necessary because bilingual education helps students effectively connect with people of different cultures and backgrounds, increasing their ability to empathize with others and promoting emotional intelligence.

According to him, the future of Nigeria needs French language but unfortunately the country lacks bilingualism.

He enjoined the students to make the best use of the opportunity provided by the university to turn their individual dream into a working reality.

Prof. Abubakar Gwarzo told the inducted students to face their studies with all the seriousness it deserves as anybody who is here to buy a certificate is wasting his time.

Earlier in his address, the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nasiru Gawuna, said the State government would provide maximum security and land to support the operation and expansion of the university in the state.

Gawuna lauded the effort of Prof. Abubakar Gwarzo for making education a priority not only in Nigeria but in the West African sub-region.

He also commended Gwarzo for his kind gesture in giving students scholarships to study both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The Governor charged the inducted students to make proper use of the opportunity for their academic development.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Adamu Abubakar Rasheed, represented by Prof. Ibrahim Usman Yakasai, saluted the University for breaking the record of being the first private university in Nigeria to start with the number of students.

Rasheed added that of the 111 private universities in the country, MAAUN is the first to set this historical milestone attributing the feat to the financial capacity of the Founder as well his commitment to providing quality education.

He expressed his admiration at the rate in which MAAUN was able to, within a short period, meet all the 14 steps of the NUC accreditation requirements as a precondition to establishing a university.

Highlighting the elements of university ranking, Rasheed expressed hope that MAAUN is at the verge of emerging at the top ranking university.

Prominent personalities that attended the maiden matriculation ceremony include Vice Chancellor of Federal University Dutsinma, Prof. Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi, Representative of the Emir of Kano and Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo, chairman Board of Trustees of MAAUN.

Others were, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu, Wazirin Dutse, Speaker, Jigawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Idris Garba Jahun, Ma’azu Abdulrahman, Comptroller General of Immigration, and President of West African Union of Universities, Benin Republic, among others.

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MAAUN Kano Matriculates over 500 new Students for 2021/2022 academic sessions

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Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (MAAUN), Kano on Monday, 25th July, 2022 matriculated over 500 newly admitted students for the 2021/2022 academic session.

The admission statistics shows that MAAUN Kano is the only Private University out of the 111 existing private universities in Nigeria that started academic activities with about one thousand students at a go.

Speaking at the occasion, the President of MAAUN, Prof. (Dr.) Mohammad Israr said the event was important because it marks the official enrollment of the matriculating students into the university academic program and in line with the approval of the National Universities Commission (NUC).

“It is with great joy that I welcome all the students into the university. I trust that God will use this university to nurture your growth and development in all facets of life.

“I congratulate your parents for the central roles they have played in your lives. It is my prayer that their labour will not be in vain,” the MAAUN President said.

The President said Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria offers only courses that are of commercial value to students stressing that the teaching approach in the university is market-oriented and entrepreneurially based.

“Therefore, graduates of this university cannot join the army of job seekers in the country, they will be owners and pioneers of businesses in some years to come,” Prof. Isar said.

According to him, MAAUN Kano is a student-centred university as it is an avenue for grooming generational leaders.

“We take pride in training students in academic work. We are focused on the character development of our students based on the assumption that when they graduate, they would contribute meaningfully to the developmental discourses across the globe,” he said.

The President, who, congratulated the new students for being admitted after passing through rigorous screening and examination exercises, counselled them to follow the foodsteps of their lecturers by exhibiting high sense of discipline and responsibility.

He cautioned the matriculated students to strictly abide by the University’s rules and regulations and be of good character, as well as dress decently.

In her remarks, the Kano State Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Mariya Bunkure advised the inducted students to concentrate on their studies in view of the huge amount of money their parents paid for them to study in the university.

Bunkure, who is also a governing board member, cautioned the students against acts capable of tarnishing the their image and that of the university.

She commended the Founder of the university, Prof. Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo for establishing the university which is one of the best in the country.

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