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Gunmen Kill Two Policemen, Two Prison Warders In Anambra

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Two policemen and two prison officials have been killed in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State by unknown gunmen

But an attempt to burn a Police Station at Ekwulobia by the group was repelled by security operatives at 4am, yesterday.

The Prisons vehicle conveying some prisoners to court was however attacked around 11am yesterday in the same Ekwulobia, and two officials were killed, while all the prisoners in the vehicle were set free by the attackers.

An eye witness alleged that the unknown gunmen were members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who according to him had metamorphosed into Eastern Security Network (ESN).

According to the witness, “they came in a commando manner, brought out the prisoners and shot and killed the officials inside the vehicle.

“The prison officials are a man and a lady. The ESN members were shooting sporadically which made everyone to run for safety. It was like a war, “the source said.

Also, confirming the attack on prisons vehicle, the Public Relation’s Officer of the Nigeria Correctional Service in the state, Francis Ekezie, said the command was still trying to get the full report.

He confirmed that their officials conveying crime suspects to court were attacked.

“Yes, there was an attack on our men who were going to the court but the information is still sketchy now. I’ll get back to you”, he said.

 

The current situation came about 12 hours after three naval men were killed at Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area and three other policemen killed at Neni, Anaocha Local Government Area of the state on Thursday

Also, one of the security vehicles of the policemen on duty at Neni, Anaocha Local Government Area, was burnt.

The attack on Ekwulobia Police Station yesterday morning was confirmed to The Nation by the Police Public Relation’s officer in Anambra State, Ikenga Tochukwu.

However, he said efforts to burn down the rebuilt police station by the hoodlums were repelled by the gallant men at the station

On the number of his men killed by the assailants, he said nobody was sure if there was any killings, adding that “command was still expecting further reports.”

Meanwhile, a source told The Nation that some policemen were gunned down, adding that the number of casualties had not been ascertained

Another Senior Police Officer, who spoke with The Nation in confidence, said it was unfortunate that some people do not want the existence of police again in Anambra State.

He said, “how do you want us to fold our arms and continue losing our men on daily basis?

“We have lost about seven men within few hours and some equipment to hoodlums and when our men retaliate now, people will start shouting. We can’t bear this anymore,” the aggrieved officer said.

However, the pro- Biafra group, IPOB or ECN, had denied being responsible for the attacks in Anambra State.

Rather, it’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said they were only interested in looking out for Fulani herdsmen in their bushes and not killing innocent citizens of the land.

IPOB therefore, dismissed alleged involvement in the killings of Thursday and Friday in Anambra State.

Emma Powerful described those linking the group or its security outfit as insane, insisting that its members were not murderers.

According to him, “We don’t kill human beings. IPOB is a peaceful movement seeking for the restoration of Biafra freedom.

“ESN is only looking for Fulani in our bushes and forests, so anybody linking IPOB or ESN to these activities of attacking security operatives is insane.

“Our people must understand that IPOB cannot be part and parcel of those killing people on highways; we are a known organisation not an unknown organisations or gunmen,” the group said.

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You Need UTME To Gain Admission Into Our Academy – NDA

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The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has announced that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is a basic requirement for admission into the academy.

This was made known in a statement by Maj. Bashir Jajira, the NDA Public Relations Officer, on Saturday in Kaduna.

He said the academy had nothing to do with fake news speculating that academy suspended UTME for the incoming members of 73 Regular Course.

Part of the statement read: “The academy wishes to inform the general public that UTME is one of the basic requirements for entry into the academy.

“All interested applicants into the academy must have passed the UTME and attained an acceptable minimum national standard as determined by JAMB annual policy meeting before gaining entry into the 73 Regular Course.”

He advised the general public to ignore any information on social media purporting the suspension of JAMB exam for 73 Regular Course.

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No Oil Money Again, FG Printed N60bn To Share In March – Obaseki

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has warned that there would soon be no crude oil revenue for Nigeria to spend, adding that the federal government had to print extra N60 billion for states to share in March.

The governor made this statement on Wednesday during a meeting with the state’s Transition Committee in Benin.

Mr Obaseki noted the Nigerian economy can no longer rely on global oil prices because major oil-producing companies are now investing in alternative sectors, Channels news reported.

The governor further expressed his concern over the habitual borrowing system of the government, he explained that by the end of the year that there would be additional N16 trillion debt owed by the Nigerian government.

He mentioned that the situation may cause a collapse in the economy of the country and the value of naira because there is no way of paying back borrowed loans.

“In another year or so, where will we find this money that we go to Abuja to share every month? Last month, we got FAAC for March. The federal government printed an additional ₦50 to ₦60 billion to top-up for us to share,” he said.

“We say remove subsidy, they say no. This April, next week again, we will go to Abuja and share. By the end of this year, the total borrowing is going to be in excess of ₦15 to ₦16 trillion.

“My worry is that we will wake up one day like Argentina, the naira will be ₦1,000, ₦2,000 and will be moving because we don’t have money coming in. You are just borrowing, borrowing and borrowing without any means or idea of how to pay back.”

Speaking further, the governor explained that the people are concerned about the 2023 election while they keep blaming the president for the current state of the nation’s economy.

Also, the governor commended the effort of the Independent National Electoral Committee for adopting technology to bring a change to the voting system in the country so it will be difficult to rig election results.

“INEC itself had also begun its own process of change. They have been worried, scandalised by what happened in Kogi and Bayelsa and were trying to redeem themselves.

“So using technology, they made sure that as soon as you finish voting in the polling unit, that result was uploaded straight into a portal so they can see the pattern which makes it difficult to change results at the collation centers.’’

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JUSUN To Consider NBA’s Proposal To Call Off Strike

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The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has said it would table before its National Executive Committee (NEC) a proposal to reopen federal courts and courts in states that have complied with its financial autonomy demands.

JUSUN spokesman Jimoh Musa, however, warned the proposal, made by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), was likely to split the union, whose members are on an indefinite strike.

According to a statement by NBA Publicity Secretary Dr. Rapulu Nduka, Musa spoke during a JUSUN national officers’ visit to officially communicate the circumstances leading to the Union’s ongoing strike action, as well as to seek the NBA’s support.

JUSUN began a near-nationwide indefinite strike last Monday over the non-implementation of judicial financial autonomy.

NBA 1st Vice President, John Aikpokpo-Martins, who received the delegation, decried the failure of the State government to comply with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the Executive Order, No. 10 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 20, 2020, to enforce the autonomy of State Judiciaries.

He reiterated the NBA’s position as contained in an April 5, 2021 statement, that the timing of the strike action was “rather inauspicious.”

Aikpokpo-Martins pleaded with the union “to consider calling off the strike for its members in the federal judiciary (since the Federal Government has complied with the constitutional provisions on Judicial autonomy), as well as in the states which have given effect to the provisions of the Constitution.”

Responding, Musa expressed JUSUN’s dissatisfaction with the NBA’s “historical apathy to the autonomy of the Judiciary which left the Union with the unfortunate option of shutting down the courts.”

He however expressed the hope that the current administration of NBA President Mr Olumide Akpata will approach things differently.

Musa also bemoaned the failure of the government to enforce its previous undertakings with the union and underscored the union’s resolve not to call off the strike, until all its demands are met.

On the proposition to call off the strike for the federal judiciary, Musa observed that such a step would be a recipe for division within the union, as solidarity was at the core of the struggle.

He, however, promised to table the proposal before the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting for consideration. He thereafter sought the support of the NBA in charting a new course for the Judiciary towards ensuring its independence.

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