The Nigerian Army has inaugurated 28 solar-powered classroom blocks and a science laboratory in various parts of Imo.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, who inaugurated the projects on Tuesday, said that the projects were part of the efforts by the Nigerian Army aimed at fulfilling its Corporate Social Responsibilities.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the inauguration of the projects was part of activities marking the year 2022 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).
Of the 28 classroom blocks, 12 were inaugurated at the Army Children Primary School, while six were at the Army Day Secondary School, both in Obinze, Owerri West Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
Other inaugurated projects were 10 classroom blocks at Nkwerre LGA and a medical science laboratory in Obowo LGA.
Speaking at the various locations, the Army Chief thanked the communities for cooperating with his officers and soldiers and urged them to maintain a robust relationship with the Nigerian Army.
He said that the social needs of host communities remained an area of great concern to the Force.
According to him, the social needs would help to make life easier for the people and improve civil-military relations in the areas.
“We are very conscious of our responsibilities toward our host communities and that is why we decided to, in the spirit of nationhood, embark on these projects.
“We are confident that these projects, when put to their best use, would not only benefit the people but also improve civil-military relations in our areas of operation,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the Force in a related development, also conducted a free medical outreach in Avu town, Owerri West LGA.
A 51-year-old man, Oladele Ahmed, was on Tuesday arraigned in a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for alleged land grabbing and assault.
Ahmed, whose house address was not given, was arraigned on seven count charges bordering on conspiracy, forcible entry, stealing, willful damage to property and assault occasioning harm.
Police prosecutor, SP Idowu Osungbure, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in Oct. 2021, at Ado Town, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area (LGA), of Lagos State.
Osungbure said the defendant allegedly forced his way into a land which belonged to the Abule Ado family, and which they had sold to new owners, and tried to claim the property as his own.
She alleged that the defendant, in the process, damaged some bags of cement, blocks and other building materials, valued at N5 million belonging to Mr Anthony Agupusi and David Nwize, and their company, GodsFavour Multi-properties Ltd, the new owners of the land.
The prosecutor alleged that the defendant also stole 40 pieces of Iron rods, planks, cements and other building materials, valued at N10 million.
Osungbure further alleged that the defendant also invaded the plots of land with stern looking men, who attacked Nwize and two other persons, Miss Judith Obiezue and Mr Isiaka Adio, with cutlasses and sticks and caused them bodily injuries.
She said the offences contravened sections 411, 52, 173, 350 and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015, (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that sections 52 and 350, bordering on forcible entry and willful damage to property respectively, provides for two years imprisonment each.
While sections 173 and 287, assault occasioning bodily harm and stealing respectively, prescribe three years jail-term each for convicted offenders.
Ahmed, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olatunbosun Adeola, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N10 million with three responsible sureties in like sum.
Olatunbosun held that one of the sureties must submit copies of their National Identification Number (NIN), and their Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) cards to the court’s registrar.
She also directed that all three sureties must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction, and that they must be gainfully employed.
The Magistrate also ruled that the sureties must show evidence of an affidavit of means, and three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government, as part of the bail conditions.
She further ordered that one of the sureties must be a land owner.
Adeola adjourned the case until Aug. 3, for further mention.
The Police Command in Ebonyi says it has raided the Indigenous People of Eastern Security Network suspected camp, killed one and arrested another.
The command’s Spokesman, SP Chris Anyanwu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abakiliki and made available to newsmen on Friday.
Anyanwu stated that the operation was carried out by the tictical team of the command, led by SP Jerry Maigorosom.
He stated that the camp was located at Oriuzor Village in Ezza North Local Government Area (LGA).
“At about 1435hrs of June 30, the tactical team of the command stormed the camp of suspected IPOB adherents at Oriuzor Village through a credible intelligence at the disposal of the command.
“On sighting the operatives, the hoodlums opened fire on them, leading to a gun duel.
“In the process, one of the hoodlums, identified as Elijah, was fatally wounded, while six others escaped with gunshot injuries.
“Fortunately, one of them, Chibundu Ali, 18, a native of Ezzama, Ezza East Development Centre was arrested and taken into custody.
He is being interrogated to unravel the identity of other fleeing suspects,” Anyanwu stated.
He added that the camp was ransacked and destroyed and some items recovered.
According to the statement, the items included one cut-to-size AK47 rifle with a few rounds of its live ammunition.
Others were locally-fabricated revolver pistol and expanded ammunition shell, amongst others.
It alleged that the items were stolen during an attack on a Divisional Police Station in Ezza South LGA.
It added that operatives attached to the Ohaozara Divisional Station also nabbed an armed robbery syndicate, which allegedly specialised in snatching of vehicles and motorcycles from Enugu and other neighboring states.
It stated that three suspects, including a lady and Ebubeagu personnel, were rounded up at Uburu in Ohaozara LGA, while negotiating the sale of one of the stolen motorcycles.
Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun on Friday, expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious in the July 16 governorship election, to enable him to secure a second term in office.
Oyetola said this during a re-election campaign in Ila-Orangun, Ila Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
“It will take the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) 30 years to recover from the shock it will receive due to the defeat the party would suffer in July 16 governorship election.
” My eight years in power as governor is sure with God on my side.
” The opposition parties should use this period to prepare for governance rather than contesting. Governance is not child’s play,” he said.
The governor, however, appealed to the electorate not to sell their votes, saying that those who were planning to buy votes will not be around after the election.
” Don’t panic. God has ordained us. They will be going about with money, but do not be swayed by their actions.
” Do not sell your children’s future. They will not be available after the election. They are opportunists.
” But we are here for you any day. Do not partake in oath taking because of their money,” he said
The governor also appealed to the electorate to get their Permanent Voter Cards to enable them to vote.
He also commended members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for always standing by him.
“Do not look for Oyetola on the ballot box, my photograph will not be there.
” You will look for APC logo with broom and vote with your index finger.
“APC will emerge victorious in Osun,” he said.
Speaking on the ongoing projects in the town, the governor said the Federal Government had established a university in the town.
“We have brought a university to the community which will create job for youths.
“We have done this and you should reward us by voting for us.
“We have invested in health, education, agriculture and other sectors massively and we are feeding 30,000 vulnerable persons on a monthly basis,” he
Amb. Lucky Isaac, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, has urged aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to put aside their differences.
Isaac urged the APC faithful to sheath their swords and work for the success of the party ahead of the 2023 General Elections.
He made the call on Wednesday, during an APC stakeholders’ expanded reconciliatory meeting at Wamba, Wamba Local Government Area (LGA), of the state.
The commissioner also urged members of the party to embrace unity and peace for APC’s success beyond 2023.
While congratulating winners of the recent APC primaries; Isaac pleaded with aggrieved members of the party to show spirit of sportsmanship.
“Join forces with all flagbearers of the party in the council to emerge victorious in the general elections,” he urged.
Isaac said that Gov. Abdullahi Sule was fully committed to the affairs and activities of the APC.
“And he is working assiduously with all chapters of the party across the state to restore complete peace wherever there is a rift,” the commissioner said.
Isaac also urged the people of the area and Nigerians to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
The commissioner called on the people of the area, and the state at large, to vote for Sule to succeed beyond 2023.
Also speaking, Mr Murtala Lamus, Special Adviser to the governor on Special Duties, said the stakeholders’ meeting was convened to address some pressing issues within the party in the area.
“The meeting was called in order to brainstorm on how to take our party forward and beyond 2023,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that those in attendance included: Mohammed Barde, Deputy State Chairman, APC), Alhaji Aliyu Dogara, member representing Wamba constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr Ashiru Suleiman Executive Chairman, Wamba Local Government Area, among others.