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Tuition hike: Poly students protest, rector escapes attack

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Angry students of the Isa Musthapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, Nasarawa State, on Thursday, staged a protest against the closure of the school’s registration portal by the institution.

The protest, which began around 12.30pm, lasted for two hours and led to the blockage of the Lafia-Jos federal highway.

It was gathered that the students damaged some property, including part of the administrative block, streetlights, vehicles belonging to staff, the Information and Communication Centre security house, among others, until they were dispersed by personnel of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force.

Our correspondent, who visited the scene of the protest in Lafia, learnt that the rector narrowly escaped being attacked by the students.

The National President of the Nasarawa State Students Association, Mr Alkamis Ladan, said the protest was caused by the closure of the registration portal.

According to him, students are to commence examination on Monday, March 15, 2021, adding that those who have yet to pay for their registration are being compelled to pay N10,000 for late registration before they can access the portal.

Also Read: Niger State Shuts All Public Secondary Schools Over Insecurity

Ladan urged the management of the institution to reopen the portal in the interest of peace and the development of the institution.

He also admonished his fellow students to remain calm, assuring that student representatives would engage the management to find a solution to the problem.

The Rector of the polytechnic, Mrs. Justina Kotso, said the management was meeting with officials of the Ministry of Education to decide on the next line of action.

She said, “The management of the institution is currently on top of the situation and as soon as the committee set up by the management concludes its findings, it will brief the press.”

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Eze Mbamara inaugurates new Amato-Amaraku town union excos

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Obi-Aku, Uzi of Amato-Amaraku in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, His Royal Highness Eze J. C. Mbamara (VI) has inaugurated the new Executive Officers of the town union.

Inaugurating them at his palace on Tuesday 5th of April,2021, the monarch sought God’s blessing upon the new leadership.

The former Chairman Isiala Mbano Council of Traditional Rulers also charged them to be a uniting factor in the community.

Recall that the new President General Mr. Andy Pace Osunwa was earlier inaugurated alongside other 39 President General of different autonomous communities in Isiala Mbano LGA by the Interim Management Committee Chairman Evangelist Chika Okoroike recently.

Those Inaugurated by the monarch included, Mr. Andy Pace Osunwa, President General; Chief Anthony Onwubuariri, Vice President; Mr. Jephter Mbamara, Secretary General; Mr. Alphonsus Duru, Treasurer;

Others were Mr. Chijioke Abiazie, Financial Secretary; Chief Byron Louis Ugwonali, Organizing Secretary/PRO; Mr. Gordon Obi, Assistant Secretary; Mr. Rev lord Osuji, Provost(I) and Mr. Ignatius Njokeji(II).

In his acceptance speech, the President General, Mr. Osunwa expressed delight over his emergence just as he called for unity in the community.

He further promised to lead the community with fear of God, even been hopeful of great change.

During the inaugural meeting on Wednesday 7th April, 2021, the new PG inaugurated a 9-man Peace and Reconciliatory Committee headed by Chief Lawrence Amadi.

While calling their attention on divergent interest in the community, he charged them to maintain integrity as a veritable tool to restore tranquility and togetherness in the land.

This is even as he tasked them to discharge their task without fear or favour. In his remark, one of the leaders Chief Lawrence Ibeh encouraged the new leadership to reach out to other leaders and stakeholders with a view to addressing some nagging issues hindering the progress and development of the community.

The Ikeoha 1 of Amato-Amaraku however assured them of support whenever they are needed.

Read Also; MBIERI NWOT: Traditional Rulers Lack Powers To Control Mbieri Nwaotuoke Union, Says President General.

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[BREAKING] Arms fund probe: Finally, Army chief appears before Reps

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, is currently appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Need to Review the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.

The committee had no less than two times invited Attahiru and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to answer questions on the procurement of arms and ammunition.
On Friday, the committee, after a long wait, postponed the investigative hearing till Monday.

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Earlier on March 22, 2021, the committee had, after the failure by the CBN governor and the COAS to appear before it, summoned them to appear before on April 7, 2021.

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“I speak with millionaires” – Mercy Eke replies bad belle people

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Mercy Eke replies bad belle people

The winner of the Big Brother Naija show (season 4), Mercy Eke has responded to some bad belle people on social media, who mocked her for her Igbo accent.

Recall that Mercy Lambo has repeatedly been a subject of online troll largely because of her local accent which clearly depicts her origin (Igbo).

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However, the media battle started, after a fan admired Mercy due to her beautiful looks.

A lady reacted saying that the reality star is beautiful till she opens her mouth to speak.

Responding to the statement, Mercy told the lady that she opens her mouth to speak with millionaires on how to make billions.

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