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Gunmen Attack Bende Police Station In Abia, Free Inmates

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Gunmen Attack Bende Police Station In Abia, Free Inmates

Dare-devil gunmen, numbering at least 100, have attacked Bende Divisional Police Station in Abia, leaving two operatives with gunshot wounds.

Eyewitness account said the hoodlums set the station on fire at about 11 pm on Wednesday.

“We heard a cacophony of gunshots around 10.45 pm and when we rushed outside, we saw the station on fire.

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“At that point, it dawned on us that the station was under attack so everybody began to scamper for safety,” the eyewitness said on the condition of anonymity.

The Spokesman of the state command, SP Godfrey Ogbonna, confirmed the attack, saying the operatives were shot in the leg and that the attackers also burnt down the generator house and a multi-purpose building, belonging to Bende Local Government.

He said the hoodlums later released criminal suspects, who were detained at the station.

“They also burnt two vehicles, including the Divisional Police Officer’s Highlander Jeep, and three motorcycles, parked at the station,” he said.

Ogbonna said that it was not clear how the bandits arrived at the place in their numbers.

“We do not know yet how they all gathered to execute the attack at the station.

“Maybe they parked their vehicles away from their target and walked through footpaths to the place,” he said.

He said the command had embarked on full investigations into the incident and other recent gunmen attacks in different parts of the state.

It was reported that the police station is located at the main entrance to Bende council headquarters.

The attack happened barely six hours after Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu left the council premises, venue of the reception of a former legislator, Nnenna Ukeje, back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ukeje dumped PDP for the All Progressives Congress in 2019 after losing the party’s ticket to return to the House of Representatives for the fourth tenure.

According to reports, gunmen recently embarked on serial attacks on government facilities in Abia, including police formations and the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The violent attacks have left many operatives dead with many others sustaining gunshot wounds.

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LG Polls: Protesters Storm Amuwo-Odofin LGA, Ask For Re-Run

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LG Polls: Protesters Storms Amuwo-Odofin LGA, Ask For Re-Run

A group, Concerned Residents of Amuwo-Odofin, on Wednesday in Lagos staged a peaceful protest to register their dissatisfaction with the conduct of the Saturday local government elections in the area.

The group called on the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) to cancel the exercise and order a rerun, citing electoral malpractices.

LASIEC on Tuesday presented Certificates of Return to the 57 council chairmen elected in the July 24 polls.

READ ALSO: Police Ban Protests In Lagos

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates won all 57 chairmanship seats, with Mr Valentine Buraimoh returned as victorious in Amuwo-Odofin LGA.

LASIEC had described the election as ‘pretty good, though with pockets of hitches, noting that the exercise was peaceful and without any major uprising and rioting.

But the group, which held a peaceful protest in Festac Town, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, demanded that the election should be cancelled.

It alleged that the election was a far cry from public expectations from LASIEC.

It further alleged that the exercise was plagued by electoral malpractices.

One of the conveners of the group, Mr Mayowa Ademola, expressed concern over what he referred to as “violent elections” in the area.

“It’s getting too much. It’s not right that we can’t joyfully have an election.

“Many people didn’t come out to vote because of fear of what may happen,” he said.

Ademola opined that LASIEC would disenfranchise many people if the election was not cancelled.

Amuwo-Odofin resident, Mr Fidelis Mamuyovwi, claimed that he was forcefully carried out of the council because he insisted that the correct results be announced.

“After the election, we went to the council but we were not allowed to enter the collation centre,” he said.

Mamuyovwi, who was also a PDP agent, said that a voter, who tracked his votes to the collation centre, raised alarm when figures that were announced were different from what was recorded at the polling unit.

Another protester, Mrs. Anthonia Monday, said she was part of a group of residents who protested at the council secretariat when some party agents were denied entry into the collation centre.

“The results were collated and announced at the polling units but the figures changed at the final collation point,” she claimed.

She urged LASIEC to cancel the July 24 elections and conduct a rerun that would be free and fair.

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LAWMA Showers Encomium on Dangote Sinotruk

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Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), heaped praises on world Dangote Sinotruk, a company owned by Dangote Industries Limited and Sinotruk of China.

 

In an exclusive interview with NEWSRAND during a visit to the company’s plant factory at the Ikeja area of Lagos, Engineer Ajayi Abimbola, Assistant General Manager, (AGM) Engineering Services, LAWMA, said the automobile company is customer-friendly, adding that the trucks and other products from the company are world-class.

 

In the course of the conversation, Abimbola disclosed that the agency has procured waste management trucks, numbering 102, from the company.

 

“For over a year now, we’ve been working with Dangote Sinotruk to achieve a cleaner Lagos. So far, we were able to patronise 102 trucks to ensure that Lagos environments are clean and wastes are properly managed. The trucks are ready, and we hope to commission them any moment from now,” he stated.

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While assuring that the partnership between LAWMA and Dangote Sinotruk will continue, Abimbola explained that the newly-purchased trucks from the company will “ensure that we have a cleaner environment, the health hazard will be totally eliminated.”

 

According to him, amongst the new-purchased trucks are -24cbl and 12cbl, adding that the waste management operations in Lagos will experience a new revamp.

 

“Unlike before, it takes 2-3 days to lift waste, what we are looking forward to doing with the new trucks is a turnaround evacuation of market wastes. The marine waste too, will be taken care of, because the truck is will guarantee us that capacity we need to do it,” he added.

 

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YABATECH Emerges As Nigeria’s Best Polytechnic

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The Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) has emerged as the best polytechnic in Nigeria for the second time in the Webometrics ranking released in July.

Mr. Felix Alade, Media Relations Officer of the institution, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

The statement said the ranking was based on web contents impact, top-cited research, and papers published on research and publication platforms online.

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It added that the primary objective of the ranking web was to promote open access to the knowledge generated by institutions.

“YABATECH has been able to implement strategies to improve her ranking through the increase in the quantity and quality of the web content,” it said.

The statement said the ranking web which started in 2004 was currently in its 18th year of publication.

It added that the ranking was aimed at offering full coverage of higher institutions in whatever country or discipline involved.

The statement noted that 31 institutions from over 200 countries in the world were ranked in the Webometrics ranking released in July.

It said that editors of the ranking web were scientists working at one world-class public research institution, with long experience in metrics-guided evaluation.

Commenting on the ranking, the Deputy Registrar of the institution, Mr. Joe Ejiofor, in an interview with Newsmen, described the development as a wonderful achievement.

“The news came to us as a surprise and at the same time a welcome development, the Rector and management are very happy with this latest web ranking.

“It is a pointer to the growth and development recorded since the current management led by the visionary Rector, Mr. Femi Omokungbe, came into office in 2018,” Ejiofor said.

Ejiofor said YABATECH, known for its pace-setting role, would remain dedicated to its vision as a leading institution of higher learning in and outside Nigeria.

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