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Sunday November 3, 2013
BAD PORTION OF THE LAGOS/ABEOKUTA EXPRESS ROAD
The deplorable condition of the Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road, Abule Egba, Oja Oba and IIe Epo of Lagos State, a reflection of the harrowing experience of tax payers
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Delta Speaker escapes death in bomb attack T he Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Victor Ochei, yesterday at Obomkpa in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, emerged unhurt from what his loyalists described as assassination attempt. Two locally made Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D.) exploded and critically injured a female aide to one of the Speaker’s associates
The explosion, however, left two persons with severe injuries. A source identified one of the injured persons as a female personal assistant to Bishop Ken Ebolum of Dominion Christian Centre, Asaba. He added that the two victims were rushed to the Delta State Teaching Hospital, Oghara, for treatment. Several eyewitness sources said that chaos broke out as
soon as the suspected bombs exploded, with the speaker and other scampering for safety. One of the sources disclosed that the speaker had arrived in Obomkpa to inaugurate his political group, “Otumowane,” in preparation for the 2015 general elections. His close associates have revealed that he has indicated an interest in running for the governorship.
Ochei, who was on a routine familiarisation and thank-you tour of his Aniocha North Constituency, had barely finished exchanging pleasantries with political faithful at the Eke Market square venue, when a loud explosion and its attendant smoke threw the crowd into pandemonium. According to a source at the scene, Hon Ochei had not taken his seat immediately
on arrival, as he was busy exchanging greetings when the canon which was ignited and propelled from the rear on trajectory to the Speaker’s seat on the front row, was however inhibited y the set of chairs which even though were shattered provided some cushioning effect. A police source said that an Assistant Commissioner of Police from the Delta
State Police Command immediately mobilised a team of police officers to the scene. Efforts to reach police spokesman, Lucky Uyabeme, proved abortive but a police source confirmed the event. The source revealed that some arrests had been made and that the suspects were being interrogated at the police headquarters in Asaba, the state capital.
14 bag first-class degrees at Bell varsity graduation Low turnout as PDP
he Bell University of Technology, Ota in Ogun State yesterday said 14 students had bagged first-class degrees at its 2012/13 convocation. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adebayo Adeyemi, made this known at the 5th convocation and the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees, and presentation of prizes in Ota. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 208 graduating students participated in the ceremony.
They comprised 14 students bagging first class honours, 64 being in second upper division, 83 second class lower division, 43 in third class, and four receiving ordinary pass. Adeyemi urged all the graduating students to have belief in their abilities that they could make it in life in spite of the existing situation in the country. He emphasised the need for them to be patriotic in their bid to move the nation forward. ``I also wish to inform
you all that the postgraduate degree programmes (PGD) and postgraduate diploma programmes had been approved by National Universities Commission. `` The approval of these courses will give room for the institution to carry out numerous researches that will lead to development of both human capital and the nation,” he said. Adeyemi said that the approved PGD courses included M.Sc in biochemistry, industrial chemistry,
computer science, information science. He said the diploma courses were to be offered in microbiology and applied physics. He said that eight students had since registered for their masters’ degree programmes in the institution. Adeyemi announced that a philanthropist, Prof. Emmanuel Edizien had donated a 500-seater theatre to the institution, saying the hall would be properly put to use.
Don’t post Igbo in police to B’Haram states, group tells IG CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI
pan-Igbo human rights group, NdiIgbo Voice, has urged the Police Service Commission and the InspectorGeneral of Police to halt “the deliberate, proposed plan to transfer policemen from South-East to Boko Haram troubled states.” It was learnt that about 97 policemen and officers, were pencilled down to be transferred from Imo State to Borno State. Addressing a World Press Conference in Owerri in Imo State at the weekend, Chief Uzoma An-
unihu, President-General of the group, warned that such the move was ill-intentioned since the policemen to be transferred did not understand the terrain of the Boko Haram troubled states of the North. Anunihu said that policemen especially those from Imo State had not been duly trained in counter-terrorism in order to effectively equip them for the task ahead. ``Again, why must it be solely a massive transfer of policemen within Imo State Police Command; and others from the SouthEast that are being pushed to the North?” He queried.
``If such deployment should be made, it should have a national spread considering the nature of work and hostility of the said troubled northern states. ``We should recall the Ombatse group case, where over 110 security operatives, who included police officers and SSS Operatives, were allegedly ambushed and killed in a mysterious way. And up till now, no single arrest has been made and no progressive investigation is done on the matter. ``Again, we cannot easily forget the attack on Nigerian Army troop, meant for the Sudan Mission, on
their way to Lagos in Akure by suspected terrorists few months ago,’’ he said. The group, however, urged the Chairman of Police Service Commission, Mr Mike Okiro, to use his expertise to stop the proposed transfer in the interest of the unity of the country. In a related development, Ndi-Igbo Voice, condemned the on-going personal and vociferous attacks on the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, by some groups and individuals without relevant anti-grant agencies concluding their investigation.
sweeps Enugu council poll
ate arrival of materials and apathy in most places marked yesterday’s local government elections in Enugu State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that with the candidates of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were unchallenged in most of the wards and councils, as the exercise was merely a rubber stamp. Reports from some areas, however, indicate that the elections took off smoothly and witnessed large turnout, especially in the constituencies of chairmanship candidates. A correspondent who visited Umabor, the hometown of the chairmanship candidate for Nsukka, reports that a large crowd showed up to affirm the candidacy of Mr Charles Ugwu, the only contestant. A civil servant in the area, Mr Festus Aleke, told NAN that it was incumbent on the people to show solidarity with their own. ``Charles is our son and we have to support him. Even if he doesn’t have an opponent, we have to come out and support him,’’ Aleke said. Conversely, voter apathy was recorded in most of the polling stations in Acha-
ra Layout, Enugu South Local Government Area. The voters were yet to arrive for accreditation at the Igbariam Primary School polling station and others as at 10 a.m. One of the presiding officers, Mr. Chibueze Chukwu, told NAN that the election materials had not been supplied just as the voters were yet to show up. ``We are still waiting for the supervisor to come with the materials. Whenever they come, we will start accreditation after which the voting will start,’’ he said. In Udenu local government, the outgoing chairman, Dr Godwin Abonyi, told NAN that the turnout was impressive and that the election was going on smoothly as at mid-day. At Ikem, headquarters of Isi-Uzo local government, voting started late as the APGA councillorship candidate for Ward 2, who is the incumbent councillor, insisted on the right way of doing things. An eyewitness disclosed that there were skirmishes between the supporters of the APGA candidate and their PDP counterparts, which held up voting in the area.