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Imo insecurity: Concern as residents mention flashpoints, call for govt action

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The heartland city of Owerri, there capital of Imo State, famous for fascinating nightlife as it houses mostly hotels, bars, high street casinos, nightclubs and lots more , has been grappling with severe security challenges, including attacks on security agencies.

Despite the fact that Owerri is one of the places in the Southeast that embraces its rich culture and history, we findings shows that the town is currently a shadow of itself.

This development has prompted residents to call for more effective and improved security measures in the State.

Some residents interviewed on Tuesday said places like Control, before Rochas Foundation College , Douglas road by Ama Hausa , Mbaise Road, Edede , Ama JK, World Bank Road by Orange room, Concord Arena by All Seasons Hotel, and 40-40 located in new Owerri and Owerri municipality council area of Imo State have become hot spots for criminals, giving residents sleepless night.

A resident, Mr Fabian Ayuba told us that most phones snatched or items that suddenly go missing are always traced to Ama Hausa and some of these places.

He said these areas provide shelter to all sort of criminals, including drug peddlers, cultists, prostitutes and even armed robbers.

Ayuba called on the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, to ensure concrete plans were made to curb the looming security threats.

Only on Monday, three suspected car snatchers met their waterloo when luck ran out of them as Naval Officers who stationed at the Imo Airport junction pursued and caught them.

The suspects who allegedly snatched a vehicle in Immerienwe, Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of the State were overpowered by the military men.

The gunmen may have taken advantage of the fourth Monday sit-at- home, knowing that residents were still obeying the order before the intervention of the military men who according to reports shot down the three suspects.

When contacted for reaction on the development and others, the police spokesman in Imo State, Mike Abattam, said he was in a meeting and could not react as at press time.

 

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BREAKING: Troop of soldiers in Abia as court hears Nnamdi Kanu’s suit against FG

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Security has been tightened up at the Abia State High Court located at Ikot Ekpene Road Umuahia, the state capital, as the suit filed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, comes up for hearing today.

Recollect that the secessionist, had through his special counsel, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor, sued the Federal Government of Nigeria over his extradition from Kenya few months ago.

The suit is demanding that Kanu be returned to Kenya where he was allegedly extradited from and subsequently to Britain where he was residing and N5 billion is also demanded from the Federal Government over alleged violation of his fundamental rights.

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Olatunji Bello, the new LASU VC Assumes office.

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Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji Bello Monday, the ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), pledged that the welfare of the staff and students will be uppermost in her administration, adding that the management would create more opportunities for their advancement.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello, who assumed office assumed office amid fanfare, was welcomed into the Ojo main campus of the 37-year-old institution as early as 8a.m, with songs and dance in a carnival-like reception by students, who were adorned in a purple t-shirts with the inscription “31st LASUSU welcomes Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, 9th Vice Chancellor of LASU.”

The appointment of Olatunji-Bello was disclosed last week by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso following the approval by the Lagos State Governor and Visitor to the university, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Olatunji-Bello, a Professor of Physiology succeeded Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, a Professor of Environmental Law and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), whose five-year single tenure expired on January 11, 2021.

The new Vice-Chancellor, who was received at the Iba Gate and escorted to the Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building by the happy students and other members of the LASU community, promised that the new administration would ensure that the learning environment is conducive and competitive with provision of relevant infrastructure, equipment and facilities.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello was received at the foyer of the Senate Building by the university’s management, led by the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oyedamola Oke, who was appointed on January 11, 2021 to avoid a vacuum created by the inability of the university to name a substantive Vice-Chancellor to take over from Prof. Fagbohun.

“Your welfare is important to me. We will also ensure the University Scholars Award is revamped. All university scholars will get a 50 per cent refund of their school fees yearly. We will also provide studentship employment opportunities,” the Vice-Chancellor said amid loud ovations from the students.

While addressing members of staff, Prof. Olatunji-Bello, however, sought their support and cooperation for her administration, even as she called for peace and stability to reign foremost in the university.

She said: “I want to thank you for giving me this warm welcome. I promise that your welfare will be paramount to me and you will get whatever is due to you. All your allowances will be paid. However, I want to seek your support and urge that we all allow peace to reign for the good of our university.”

The Vice-Chancellor after addressing the staff later commenced meetings with various stakeholders of the university, including staff and students’ unions.

 

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The Political Future Of Femi Fani-kayode, a Man Who Has Married 5 Times 

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Femi Fani-kayode’s marital life speaks more about his philosophy of life than anything else, 9jaflair observed

His recent decamp to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and his meeting with President Buhari even after he had insulted President Buhari severally, left many Nigerians in shock.

But on systematic observation of his marital life, one can predict that Femi Fani Kayode who is lacking in endurance and steadfastness will dump the APC if he sees a better opportunity elsewhere.

The short-fuse man, as he had once called himself is presently in his fifth marriage after leaving unsettled misunderstandings in his previous marriages.

Below is a list of the women he has married.

1- Saratu Attah (1987-1990)
2- Yemisi Adeniji now Yemisi Wada- (1991-1995)
3- Regina Amono (1997-2002)
4- Precious Chikwendu (2014-2020)
5- Nerita (2021-)

 

 

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