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The National Universities Commission has drafted the curriculum of a course in Cyber Security and Forensic Science which will be taught in universities.

The Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said this in Abuja on Tuesday during a visit to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

The visit, according to Rasheed, was a follow-up to a similar visit by the EFCC boss to the NUC in August 2017, when “you advocated the introduction of a course focusing specifically on anti-corruption in the curriculum of Nigerian universities.”

Magu had, during the said visit, promised that the EFCC would sponsor up to 20 PhD researchers on any aspect of corruption every year, for the next 10 years.

In response to the call, Rasheed presented a draft curriculum of a course in Cyber Security and Forensic Science to the EFCC for its input.

While commending the EFCC’s efforts at ridding Nigeria of corruption, the NUC boss acknowledged the assistance of the anti-graft agency in strengthening the universities by creating an atmosphere for a corrupt free academic system.

Responding, Magu expressed delight over the visit, saying, “The EFCC cannot claim ownership of the achievement recorded; the credit goes to every Nigerian who supports the fight against corruption.”

He thanked the NUC boss for the draft curriculum on the anti-corruption course, promising that the commission would study it and make necessary input for its effective take-off.

The EFCC boss also assured the NUC of the preparedness of the anti-graft agency to go after fraudsters operating illegal institutions in the country, with a view to restoring sanity to the system.

The EFCC says it has recovered N28bn from tax defaulters on behalf of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Babatunde Fowler, lauded the EFCC for helping the tax agency to recover the money.

“Through the intervention of the EFCC, the agency has been experiencing a high level of tax compliance and it is yielding positive results,” Fowler was quoted as saying.

Fowler gave the commendation on Tuesday when he led a delegation of the FIRS officials, comprising top management members of the agency, on a visit to the anti-graft agency.

He said, “When tax defaulters are reported and invited to your office (EFCC), we see results; we don’t know how you do it, but we are seeing results and people are complying.”

He said the FIRS alone could not curtail the activities of tax evaders without the collaboration of other national and international agencies such as the EFCC.

The FIRS boss emphasised the need to strengthen the existing collaboration and synergy between the two agencies and assured Nigerians that his organisation would explore every means backed by law to ensure that taxes were paid and not diverted.

According to him, if taxes are paid, funds will be available for the government to provide the infrastructure needed for the socio-economic well-being of the citizenry.

Responding, Magu promised that the commission would always be ready to partner any agency, organisation or individual in fighting corruption for the purpose of moving the nation forward.

The EFCC boss appreciated his visitors and called on all Nigerians to join the fight against corruption right from home, offices and in whatever way they could in order to ensure a better future for present and future generations.

A 53-year-old teacher, Deborah Lowe, has been accused of having sex with one of her students, who is 15 years old.

According to Metro UK, Lowe sent him a card asking “who else can I be a slut with?”, a court has heard. Lowe sent the card to the teenager, when he blocked her on social media after she had sex with him at her house.

The incriminating card was found by the boy’s mother and police were called, the jury heard at the start of Lowe’s trial for sexual offences.

The card depicted a woman face down in grass with a short skirt on and revealing her underwear, and Lowe wrote alongside: ‘This is me after I found out you blocked me!’

“I’m a mess. You blocked me and I don’t know what I have done. Who else can I be a slut with? ‘I would never, ever upset, hurt, harm or make you unhappy. So please tell me what I have done. Is it my fat old arse? It’s my birthday and I’m so sad.”

Lowe, who was responsible for pastoral care at the boy’s school, sent the card to him on her own birthday, the court heard. She signed off the card with, “I bloody miss you, love the slut.”

Lowe
The defendant’s lawyer, denied the one count of sexual activity with a child and five counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in position of trust.

Upon her arrest, Lowe gave a ‘no comment’ interview to police but did give a prepared statement.

In it, she accepted she had been involved in a sexual relationship with the boy, but said it started when he was 17, so she was no longer in a position of trust as he had left school.

The prosecuting lawyer, Mr Justin Hayhoe added: “The issues really are at what point did this relationship commence? At 15, as the boy would say, or 17, as the defendant would say.”

Lowe is also alleged to have had ‘telephone sex’ with the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons. She went on to fondle and had sex with him on a second occasion at her home.

She paid for a tattoo for the youngster – while pretending to be his aunt, the jury heard.

The prosecutor told the jury of six men and six women that it was the crown’s case that sex began when the boy was 15 and at school, and though he was not ‘forced or coerced’ he was too young to consent by law.

On other occasions although the boy had turned 16 and could legally have sex, Lowe had broken the law because she was a teacher and in a position of trust.

The court heard the two first exchanged telephone numbers and had telephone sex before Lowe progressed things further.

The boy confided in friends what was going on and felt ’embarrassed’ before blocking her from contacting him on social media.

A 400 level student at the department of electrical/electronics engineering at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, has reportedly died in the swimming pool of the Yankari Games Resort.

The student was said to have drowned while swimming in the pool on Sunday.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kamal Abubakar, who confirmed the incident to newsmen said that the Command got a call from an undisclosed source concerning the incidence.

He said that men of the Command were immediately deployed and they recovered the student, after which he was rushed to the Remee Clinic, GRA, where he died while receiving treatment.

He gave the the name and identity of the deceased as Gabriel Emmanuel Chinonso, a 400 level student of the Electrical Electronics department at ATBU.

Abubakar said that the student died “an unnatural death,” with no foul play suspected.

He said the corpse was transfered from the Renee Clinic to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, where it was deposited.

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