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Army Stops Attack On Imo Police Command, Kill 5 Gunmen

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Army Stops Attack On Imo Police Command, Kill 5 Gunmen

The Nigerian Army (NA) says its troops operating in Owerri, Imo State capital on Sunday, foiled an early morning attack on the Imo State Police Command, killing six assailants.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima disclosed in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Yerima said that the troops, assisted by the Police Special Forces eliminated a top IPOB/ESN operational commander, Joseph Nnachi, alias King of Dragons.

READ ALSO: Troops Intercept Attempt kidnapping kills 1 Bandit In Kaduna

He said that Dragon had been orchestrating attacks against security agencies and government establishments in the South Eastern States.

According to him, Dragon has been at the center of several heinous attacks since the death of Ikonso, who gave up the ghost, during an encounter with security forces on April 24, at Awomama Village of Orlu East Local Government Area of the state.

He added that four other members of the gang were neutralized along with Dragon, while one was captured alive and had been assisting security forces with useful information.

According to him, troops recovered four AK-47 Rifles, a Toyota Hiace Minibus used as an operational vehicle by the assailants as well as several assorted ammunition and charms.

“Recall that IPOB/ESN Terrorists attacked the Imo Police Command on April 5, and since then, the security forces had been on the trail of the assailants leading to the successful elimination of the key figures involved.

“The NA wishes to place on records its a profound appreciation to the peace-loving citizens of Imo and the entire citizenry for their support towards combating security challenges in the South East and the rest of the country.

“The Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya particularly noted this as a patriotic gesture and appealed to the public to do more while assuring them of the NA’s resolve to end the reign of terror in the country,” he said. 

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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.

READ ALSO: Dangote Cement Acquires 2,000 Trucks for Distribution of Products

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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