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Imo Gets New Fed. Science And Technical College



President Muhammadu Buhari has acceded to the request of Governor Hope Uzodimma for the establishment of a Federal Science and Technical Secondary School in Imo State.

According to the Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Uzodimma on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, the ground breaking ceremony of the College sited at Umuaka in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State had already been done.

Briefing newsmen after the weekly session, the State Commissioner for Information Declan Emelumba in company of the Commissioner for Education, Prof Bernard Ikegwuoha, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mrs. Damaris Osunkwo and the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, informed that the State Government is grateful to the President Buhari and the Federal Ministry of Education for finding Imo suitable and worthy to site the Federal institution.

In the same vein, Emelumba said that Imo State is seriously considering a date for the soonest resumption of tertiary institutions in the state so that the students who have been at home as a result of the prolonged ASUU strike can “resume and continue with their studies because they are tired.”

Emelumba said that one critical concern to the Government is the noticeable indifference shown by Imo citizens to the Executive Order on the wearing of face masks as a major tool to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 in the State.

Consequently, he said the Exco has directed security agencies to henceforth enforce the order comprehensively in the interest of the health of Imo people.

He reiterated that wearing of face mask, observation of other Covid-19 protocols such as social distancing, regular washing of hands, use of alcohol based sanitizer where there is no water in Imo State to avoid resurgence of Corona virus is still compulsory.

According to the Commissioner, the Covid-19 Community testing is still ongoing and will soon be completed in all the 27 local government areas of Imo State, noting that reports from the exercise indicate that the rate of spread from areas covered is very low, hence the need for the citizens to obey all the protocols.

The Exco also used the opportunity to inform that the new Commissioner of Police residence on Shell Camp has been successfully completed, furnished and commissioned by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu when he visited the State recently, and that the Police Command in the State has expressed their gratitude to the Government and people of Imo State.

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Benue Releases 210 Impounded Cattle To Owners



Benue State government has released to the owners a total of 210 cattle earlier impounded by the state Livestock Guards Task Force for violating its laws against open grazing in two Local Government Areas.

Commander of the Livestock Guards, Linus Zaki, said that 140 of the cattle were arrested at Mballgh council ward in Makurdi LGA while the remaining 70 bringing the total to 210 were impounded from Ggbajimgba in Guma LGA.

Zaki who handed the seized animals to their owners in Makurdi, encouraged them to respect the state’s law which banned open grazing since 2017, adding that they had fulfilled the requirements for violating the law.

“We can’t stop implementing the law so they (herders) should do the right thing by obeying the law,” the Livestock commander said.

Reacting, the State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Risku Mohammed, who led some members of his executives to include his secretary, Ibrahim Galma and the owners of the cattle to receive the animals appreciated the Benue government for keeping the cattle safe.

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Mohammed admitted that the herders had trespassed the anti-open grazing law of the state as he stressed that some of them were yet to fully understand the law and that was why there were still pockets of violation in different areas of the state.

He appealed for time to enable the association effectively educate and orientate their members about the law, stressing the need for government to provide a pilot ranching for them to learn the rudiments.

On his part, the owner of the 140 animals, Abdullahi Haruna, said he had followed the due process for the release of his cattle and therefore came with vans to evacuate them.

While the owner of the 70 cows, Haro Audu, said his children had herded the cattle into Benue state but appreciated the peaceful release of the animals back to him.

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45-year-old man sentenced to death, 10-year imprisonment for murder in Ekiti



The Ekiti State High Court has sentenced a 45-year-old man, Mohammed Isiaka, to death by hanging for killing one Yakubu Jimoh.

The court, nonetheless, discharged and acquitted two others – Ismaila Okoro, 20, and Awolusi Bidemi, 23.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, said, “The first accused is sentenced to death by hanging for murder on count one; and on count two, he is sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with N20,000 option of fine for unlawful possession of firearms.”

The judge also sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment for unlawful possession of the Nigerian Army uniform with an option of fine of N2,000.

He, however, acquitted the second and third defendants, saying, “In the case, there was no bit of evidence before me from which it could be inferred that the accused persons conspired to commit the offence of murder.

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“The only option open to me in the circumstance is to hold that the prosecution had not proved the offence of conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt against the accused persons. In the circumstance, the 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted.”

According to the charge, the first accused committed the offence on or about March 27, 2017, at Igirigiri village in Ado Ekiti, when he murdered one Yakubu Jimoh contrary to Section 316 and punishable under sections 319 and 428 (d) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16 of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.

The prosecutor, Mr Gbemiga Adaramola, called six witnesses, while exhibits tendered included a gun, an army belt, a portrait picture, a mask, a human skull and bones, charms, among others.

The second and third defendants, who spoke through their counsel, Sunday Ochayi and Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, called one witness each.

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New dates, centres for post-UTME – OAU



New dates, centres for post-UTME - OAU

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, in Osun State, has fixed new dates for its post-UTME screening exercise.

Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the University read this in a press statement titled, ‘OAU fixes new post-UTME dates’ on Thursday.

The statement read in part, “All candidates are hereby informed that new dates, which starts from Saturday, 27th February 2021, will be conducted in two centers: Ile-Ife and Abuja.

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“The Post UTME Screening Exercise, which will be conducted in Ile-Ife centre, between Saturday, 27th February and Wednesday, 3rd March 2021 will be on OAU campus and its Centre for Distance Learning, in Moro, while the Abuja Centre will hold on Saturday, 6th March 2021 at the JAMB CBT Centre, Bwari, Abuja.

“In view of this, candidates are advised to log in to the to print out their Screening Slips which contain actual dates and venues for each of them, beginning from Sunday, 14th February 2021.

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