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Police arrest 10 suspects, recover arms, ammunition in Enugu

The Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday said it arrested 10 suspects in July for various criminal offences within the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Abdurrahman, said the offences included conspiracy, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and cultism.

Abdurrahman said the items recovered from the suspects included six arms, 15 ammunition of 5.56mm caliber, 36 live cartridges and 12 expended cartridges.

Other items recovered were a television set, one mobile phone, one cutlass and other miscellaneous items.

The commissioner said the arrests and recovery were made possible by intelligence and robust collaboration with other security agencies, and local security outfits like the Neighbourhood Watch Group of the state.

“We also have to thank our partners, stakeholders and the general public as well as the dedication and diligence of the officers and men of the command,” he said.

The Commissioner said two suspects were arrested at Ugbawka, Nkanu East Local Government Area on July 26 and Onueke Izza South Local Government on July 30 through a combined operation.

Abdurrahman said: “Their arrest is sequel to intelligence gathered that the duo and other members now at large, allegedly attacked and killed one Onyebuchi Aninwagu, the Chief Security Officer of Amodu-Awkunanaw Community on July 19.

“They were also alleged to have on July 21 at about 6am attacked police officers attached to Ozalla Division of the Command and carted away two assault rifles, after killing one of the police officer, ASP Ominiyi Chukwu, while the other, Inspector Princewill Ebiriem, sustained severe degrees of bullet wounds.

“The deadly gang was further alleged to have attacked one Alhaji Ibrahim Yaro at Isiaji Road in Nkanu West LGA, shot him on the leg and made away with his unregistered Bajaj Motorcycle.”

Abdurrahman said on July 26 at Premier Layout, Enugu through a combined effort of police operatives and Neighbourhood Watch Group, two armed robbers, who forcefully took possession of valuables of residents on gun point, were arrested.

He said the command also arrested two suspects on July 17 and recovered some home items, phones, wristwatch and a belt belonging to residents of Independence Layout, Enugu.

“This group specialises in using cutlass and other dangerous instrument to rob,” he said.

The commissioner, however, said investigation was ongoing on the nefarious activities of the various suspects as well as manhunt for their other members that were presently at large.

“The command will not leave any stone unturned until these criminals are apprehended and given appropriate punishment for their actions so far,” he said.

You’ve No Right To Beg Sen. Kalu’s Intervention On Aro Road, Ex-council Boss Tells Ohuabunwa

A former Chairman of Arochukwu local government area of Abia State, Chibuike Jonas, former Chairman has taken a swipe at former senator for Abia North, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa.

This is in reaction to the request made by the former lawmaker at the weekend during the burial of Mr. Jumbo Offor in Arochukwu.

Ohuabunwa had asked Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, the current Senator for Abia North and Senate Chief Whip to use his office to repair the road leading to Ihechiowa from Arochukwu. This however did not go down well with Mr. Jonas who queried the moral ground for which Sen. Ohuabunwa is demanding such.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd learnt the former local government chairman stated that Sen. Ohuabunwa was a member of House of Representatives for eight years, accusing him of neglecting the road. He further observed that while Sen. Ohuabunwa was in the Senate for 4 years, he could not repair the road for which he is begging for Sen. Kalu’s intervention.

Mr. Jonas further said the burial ceremony where the people were in a mourning mood was not a perfect avenue to make such demand. He added that Sen. Kalu has started work on the road, expressing regret that it has not been completed due to the demise of the contractor handling the project.

According to the former council boss, Kalu has expressed commitment to complete the project in no distant time. He further urged Sen. Ohuabunwa to go back and apologize to the people of Abia North over what he called poor performance during his stay in office, advising him to make good of his office if re-elected in the future.

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Gregory University Uturu Flags-Off Tree Planting Campaign

The management of Gregory University Uturu has launched an aggressive tree planting campaign aimed at reducing deforestation, increasing oxygen level in the environment and enhancing the aesthetic beauty of the campus.

Speaking during the formal flag-off event of the campaign, Vice Chancellor of the face paced institution, Prof Augustine Uwakwe stated ” the vision of management is to create a people- friendly smart environment devoid of unhealthy pollutants and by so doing encourage knowledge assimilation”.

According to Prof Uwakwe, the objective is to realise an eco green campus environment that will be conducive for the smooth conduct of all forms of schorlary activity.In his words,”this campaign is part of the larger vision borne by the Chancellor of our university,Prof Gregory Ibe, which has found expression in the initiation of many contemporary life-enhancing and health-supportive products, including such anti COVID-19 herbal solutions as Sniff-Sniff, Adonis Yellow,Hybrid Fuelless Generator, Sanitizing Chamber and Furnaces.

Shading more light on the tree planting campaign, the university Farm Manager, Ikechukwu Emezue, stated that his unit had nursed different species in order to realise the objective of raising a total of 1000 trees during the first phase of the exercise.

The exercise witnessed the symbolic planting of trees in different parts of the campus by members of the university management led by the Vice Chancellor.

Enugu State: HELP, People after my life! Adaba Community Town Union President Cries Out

The following is a narrative made by the Adaba Town Union President, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, Agubuchie Eugene

Good day great people of Adaba Community, last time I informed the general public about the mini general assembly meeting convened by the Elders Council on 20th June.

One agenda of that meeting is the lingering issue of selected town union executives and Premier Brewery land. I had also been off line because I had to stay at home and face the many challenges confronting our people.

I sincerely apologise for my absence on this platform. But today, I am pleased to update you on the resolutions of the Elders Council and the state of things in Adaba Community.

Before my election on 1st December 2019, we as a community witnessed factions which was a result of the constitution violation orchestrated by Jude Okonkwo.

The present councillorship position of Adaba was zoned to Amaogbo by our constitution but Jude Okonkwo gave it to Obinagu/Umuezeke zone for reasons best known to him.

This led to the suspension of our constitution during the President-General election. My election was done on gentleman’s agreement. So as it stands, we do not have another working constitution except the one of 1976 which basically spoke on election of Igwe, and lacking in other matters in the community.

Note that we were also singing progress and change during the election.

However, a week after my election, I was summoned by Jude Okonkwo and Chukwuma Ekwueme in a hotel and I was told that I must start paying two of them 100,000 naira every month. I pleaded to pay them 50,000 each but the refused. They threatened to drop me and put another PG if I do not play along with them. I did this for a couple of months and then the timber dealers noticed that there were no meaningful project going on from the money they paid and they stopped paying into the account.

Then Jude Okonkwo resorted to using the selected town union executive that he planted to checkmate me and possibly use them to impeach me if I try to pull out of the agreement. In one of the occasions, his PA Osita Ochi (Figo, sub committee chairman on electricity) on Ifeanyi Okonkwo’s instruction collected electricity money to the tune of 300,000 naira and went to pay only 100,000 naira to EEDC and share the rest to God knows. Two weeks after that our light was cut for two months and my name was ringing bell every where in Adaba. I managed to pay 320,000 naira out of 634,000 naira that was billed to us before our light was restored.

Then two weeks after, EEDC brought another bill in my presence and handed it over to Osita Ochi and I asked him to give me the bill so I can view but he refused and told me that the stakeholders of APU Enugu branch gave him the job as I was given. That evening, I summoned him and his committee for a meeting but he declined and went ahead to collect money from the people in the community. When I approached him to stop, he beat me up in the old Nkwo market.

The next day Jude Okonkwo summoned me for a meeting at Dragon Recreation Centre, 82 Division with the stakeholders. In that meeting, Osita Ochi was asked to bring two cartons of Heineken while I was told to bring one carton on top of the beating. So I refused and pulled out of them and told them that I had already dissolved that committee on electricity. But Jude Okonkwo told me that I don’t have the capacity to do that.

Before now, Jude Okonkwo and Benjamin Ogwudile had told me that I can never assert myself as a PG, that they must control me. In three occasions, I as the PG of Adaba had knelt down before Ifeanyi Okonkwo and the so called few Enugu stakeholders pleading for forgiveness on offense I never know but was alleged by Ochi Uchenna (ocha) and Uche Okafor (Uche O) who were imposed on me as the Bush Manager and Secretary by Ifeanyi Okonkwo. Ifeanyi Okonkwo once told me that his boys will beat me up one day and they had done exactly that.

In all these, what hurt me most, is that even the selected executives have been handling me as a mere stooge.The VP 1 Oforedu will always tell me that as VP 1, I cannot do anything without his approval. The worst of it all is that Jude Okonkwo mandated my financial Secretary Philip Udozor to be the only signatory that will sign before I withdraw money out of the four signatories. So that only Philip Udozor will be aware of what we are doing. Last time, there was a need of 10,000 naira by the Elders to visit Omasi but the Financial Secretary refused to sign until I took permission from Jude Okonkwo.

The Town Union Government has been run by the four of us i.e. myself, Jude Okonkwo, Chukwuma Ekwueme and Philip Udozor while other executives are ignorant of what we are doing.

One Saturday (Eke day) while I was having a meeting with the Elders Council, Prince Engr Arthur Eze came in the ccompany of Chief Isaac Amalunwaeze and Chief Cyril Iloanya. Nobody was informed of his visit. He gave the Elders Council 1,000,000 naira as a palliative for Covid 19 and told us that he has a land in Adaba (Premier Brewery land )which he wishes to start agricultural farm immediately. He also asked us what we want him to do for us. I enumerated our problems but he told me to write them down and bring to him. He also promised to give 20 youths Federal jobs employment and as well will summon the Governor on our behalf to talk about autonomous communities which I requested.

However before, he left, I told him to send his team of lawyers and land documents that will help us know more because as for me, Premier Brewery land was sold in 1987. So I will need to have the documents of the said land. I also called Barr IK Ekwueme to update him and ask him to search his father’s archives for such documents.

Then to my surprise, I was summoned for a meeting on 27th of May by the Enugu State Commissioner for Rural Development with all my Executives. When we got there, it turned to be an impeachment saga by my Executives sponsored by Jude Okonkwo and Chukwuma Ekwueme forcing 27 of my excos to sign against me.Their claims were that I personally sold Adaba land to Prince Engr Arthur Eze. But God gave me victory before them. Unfortunately, when we came out of the Hon Commissioner’s office, my younger brother saw Osita Ochi and beat him up. Five days later, Jude Okonkwo and Chukwuma Ekwueme sponsored again five of my executivesa, namely Barr Osita Ekwedigwe, Oforedu, Philip Udozor, Osita ochi and my Secretary Abraham Chineke in writing a petition against me and 7 Amaogbo youths in the state CID accusing us of banditry, conspiracy, planning local war, attempted murder and stealing etc.

Police came and arrested me and 5 others which I paid huge amount to bail myself and others. Till now, that case is still open.All these issues made the Elders Council to call for a General Assembly. After both parties explained what happened, the Elders Council wrote a resolution as attached in this platform and sent to each parties and to the Ministry of Rural Development. When APU Enugu Branch/Town Union executives recieved theirs, they flared up and sent their selected township-based executives to go home and demonstrate that the PG had been removed and that the VP 1 Oforedu is now the PG.

On 24th of July, they demonstrated. While they were doing their demonstration, I was reliably informed that I am their target to be killed as directed by their boss if I came out.Precisely on Tuesday 21th July, I was at Umulokpa Police Station to bail one boy from Adaba when Jude Okonkwo , Chukwuma Ekwueme, Benjamin Ogwudile, Dr John Chineke and their agents drive in from Enugu to Umulokpa Police Station and had a closed door meeting with the DPO for close to 3 hours and left back to Enugu.

The next day, police started invading Adaba everyday to extort money from people especially those that loading firewood they cut from Nkume communjty.

Then on Friday 24th, police came to extort those loaders again but they refused while they were quarrelling with the loaders.

Some of our boys who were returning from work at Prince Engr Arthur Eze farm saw the police and join in the issue because of previous provocations from the police.

In the process, the police started shooting and shot one Ukpata man that parked to mediate with them. He is now recieving treatment at Parklane Hospital.

Jude Okonkwo on hearing the incident at home, connived with Police and told them that my boys was trying to disarm the police.

Furthermore, in a meeting, we Adaba Community summoned by the Commissioner of Police on 27th of July, Jude Okonkwo stood up to mention three young men that he felt that was his problem to having his way in dealing with me and have Adaba pocketed. Then I was mandated by the CP to bring those boys the next which I did.

As I speak, the Elders, major stakeholders of Adaba had been in the state CID for four days now mediating over this issue. One of the young men has been released while two others are still in detention pending when the Police conclude their investigation.

Soonest, I will update us on what transpired over the CSDP project attracted to Adaba and how it was messed up by some selfish persons. For now, I will take time to elucidate to my people why I am being haunted to be killed by some people. They are desperate and determine to pocket Adaba. I had refused to be used as an instrument. Adaba people should know that my life is being threatened because I want to bring the change we promised during my election. I refuse to be a divide and rule PG. Adaba must unite to face our common enemy which is the cause committed in the land by our forefathers. Finally, I make bold to say that I was born and elected at a point like this for liberation of the land occupied by Adaba.Please my people, I need the support of everyone to build Adaba of our dream again. I refuse to be sectional PG and I refuse to be an instrument of war.

I will rather resign to the general assembly of Adaba than succumb to threat and intimidation of selfish persons. I will keep us posted from now and don’t keep silence if you are in this platform. Adaba belong to all of us.

Thanks.

Agubuchie Eugene, Adaba Town Union President General.

PHOTOS: South West Governors perform Pass Out Parade for Amotekun Security

Yesterday, governors of the South West Stats of Nigeria performed a colourful ceremony for the Amotekun Security outfit.

The Amotekun army was adorned in very colourful red military regalia and leopard skin belts.

The Amotekun qmwas launched to undertake the issue of community policing in the South West region of Nigeria by the governors.

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REVEALED! How Northern Governor Heads Boko Haram, to launch civil war in 2022

Mailafia Obadiah, former African Democratic Congress, ADC, presidential candidate, has exposed the alleged plans of Boko Haram for Nigeria.

Obadiah, who was a former deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, alleged that Boko Haram insurgents are plotting to start a civil war in Nigeria by 2022.

He disclosed this during an interview on Nigerian Info while speaking on the Southern Kaduna killings.

Obadiah said Boko Haram insurgents are also planning to invade and kill prominent Nigerians in their homes in urban cities.

He claimed this would be done after they have wiped out Nigerians in the rural areas.

According to the former presidential candidate, the insurgents are planning to carryout this act in phases.

Stressing that a Northern governor was the overall Commander of Boko Haram, Obadiah disclosed that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has a hand in the killings in Southern Kaduna.

When asked about the killing in Southern Kaduna, Obadiah said: “We have good reasons to believe that government is part and parcel of the killers. The body language of this administration shows clearly that they have a hand in the killings, no doubt about it.

“Let me make some revelations because some of us have our internal security networks, we have met with some of the bandits high Commanders who have repented and they told us that one of the Northern governors is the Commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

“Boko Haram and bandits are one and the same, they have a sophisticated network, during the lockdown their planes were moving up and down with ammunitions, logistics, money and distributing them in different parts of the country.

“They are already in the rain forest of the South, they are everywhere. The told us that when they finish this ruler killings, they would move to phase two.

“In phase two, they will go into the urban cities, moving from house to house killing prominent people.

“I can tell you this is their game plan and by 2022, they want to start a civil war in Nigeria.”

If the UK can feed school children during lockdown, why can’t Nigeria? – Onyema Dike

A June 12 report by the BBC informs us that – “About 1.3m children in England will be able to claim free school meal vouchers in the summer holidays, after a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford.

The Manchester United forward, 22, welcomed the six-week voucher for eligible children, saying: “Look at what we can do when we come together.”…Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised Mr Rashford’s “contribution to the debate around poverty”.

The Manchester United forward, 22, welcomed the six-week voucher for eligible children, saying: “Look at what we can do when we come together.”…Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised Mr Rashford’s “contribution to the debate around poverty”.

During the Coronavirus lockdown the government was providing food vouchers to families whose children qualify for free meals. But the UK government had insisted that free meals would not continue outside of term time.

Rashford’s campaign led to a policy U-turn with the UK prime minister directing that vouchers be provided to indigent families outside school term and during the summer.

In the UK, this special Covid-19 intervention is called the “Covid Summer Food Fund” while in Nigeria a similar initiative has been dubbed the modified Home Grown School Feeding Programme and was launched in Abuja on May 14, 2020 following a presidential directive asking the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to come up with strategies to keep school children fed during the lockdown.

Following the presidential directive the minister held wide ranging consultations with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum following which it was resolved that Take Home Rations remained the most viable option for feeding children during the lock down.

That collective decision based on a presidential directive to feed school children while at home during the pandemic seems to have become an albatross around the neck of the Honorable Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq with many traducers asking why and how school children were fed while others have bandied around figures with some alleging that N697m is being spent daily to feed “invisible’ school children.

Before we go further and because money is always at the root of many contentions let us make a quick comparison. In the UK, school children on the “Covid Summer Food Fund” get weekly food vouchers worth £15. That comes to £60 per month or N30,402. In Nigeria, the primary school pupil enrolled on the school feeding programme gets free meal worth N70 daily. Multiply that by 20 school days per month and you have N1,400.

Sadiya Umar Farouq addressed what she described as “rumours and innuendos and speculations around one of our key interventions; the Home Grown School Feeding Programme” during her briefing at the Covid-19 Presidential Task Force on August 3, 2020.

Reeling out figures and proof to show how the programme was prosecuted she noted that “it was a joint resolution of the ministry and the state governments to give out Take Home Rations and the stakeholders also resolved that we would start with the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states as pilot cases. Each Take Home Ration is valued at N4,200 and that figure was not arrived at without proper consultation. It was not invented.”

At this juncture it is pertinent to consider two core issues attackers of the minister have with the modified school feeding programme.

The first is why feed children during the lockdown? The answer is a simple one. The president made a directive and because ministers serve at the pleasure of the president they are bound to obey directives. While that may well be the case it is important to note that Nigeria is not the only country offering Take Home Rations during the lockdown. Liberia was and the UK too.

The second issue is that of cost and a lack of comprehension amongst so called critics and commentators. The ministry had noted in a press release that it was targeting a total of 3,131,971 households under the modified Home Grown School Feeding. Using that number and the cost of N4,200 per Take Home Ration a figure of N13,154,278,200 was arrived at but what the so called critics failed to realise is that it was a target but the programme has only run in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States and impacted only 124,589 broken down as follows: FCT 29,609, Lagos 37,589, Ogun 60,391.

If 124,589 households were impacted in 3 states at a cost of N4,200 per Take Home Ration we would be looking at a total figure of N523,273,800 far below the figures being bandied around without any iota of proof.

The case of the UK is particularly interesting because it is not a poor African country neither is it a 3rd world country. So, why is it giving out food vouchers? Because governments around the world have recognized the need for school children, especially the vulnerable, to get adequate nutrients for physical and mental development. Giving them food has also been identified as key to keeping them in school and reducing absenteeism caused by hunger.

Finally, isn’t the figure of half a billion naira too much? Well, the first thing to consider is that if there was no Covid-19 and children were still in school, they would be getting free meals but as things stand only a fraction of the budgeted sum has been spent.

But ultimately the question we may have to ask ourselves is why is it that a British child gets N30,000 per month in free meals while his Nigerian peer gets a mere N1,400. Shouldn’t we be up in arms?

Onyema Dike, a public analyst wrote in from Lagos

Details of Abia PDP Congress, as Alwell Okere emerge state chairman

The Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has elected a new executive with a Former Speaker Abia House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Alwell Asiforo Okere as the State Chairman and Hon. Obinna Nwachukwu as deputy.

The Chairman polled a total of 2,105 votes while his Deputy Obinna Nwachukwu garnered 2051 votes.
Addressing party faithfuls at the end of the the State Congress of the party held at the Umuahia Township Stadium, Governor and leader of the party in the State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu congratulated the newly elected PDP State Executive and Working Committee on their emergence. He also thanked the Chairman of the Electoral Committee and his team for a job well done and reminded the incoming executive of the PDP that the party is one family.

According to the Governor , despite winning elections in the past, the tasks of winning elections cannot be taken for granted and therefore charged the new executive to ensure that the party grows from strength to strength in order to continue recording electoral victories.

In that regard, the Governor charged the new executive to begin work immediately, traversing every nook and cranny of the State and reminding party faithfuls of the need to cooperate with the new party leadership in the State. He said he has no doubt that the new Chairman is capable of leading the party to the path of victory and disclosed that the State PDP is willing to help the party at the national level to regain power.

The Governor, who said that PDP seems to be the only hope of the people called on aggrieved members of the party to seek redress within the available channels in the party.

Announcing the results, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Rt . Hon. Kenneth Okon thanked the Governor for his patience and appreciated the delegates for conducting themselves accordingly.

Earlier, National Organising Secretary of the PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) stressed the need for peaceful running of the party by the new executive and urged them to take the party to the next level, especially as the party was getting ready for the next general elections.

Also speaking earlier, the acting Caretaker Committee, PDP Abia State chapter, Chief P.C Onyegbu called on the new State executive to run a unified party devoid of rancour and ensure no factions exist as it was in the outgoing executive.

Other State officers that emerged were;

Zonal Chairman, North: Chief Amah Abraham

Zonal Chairman, Central: Hon. Chukwu Ezebuiro

Zonal Chairman, South: Chief David Chigbu

State Secretary: Barr. David Iro

Assistant Secretary, North:Ndubuisi Ukaegbu

Asst. Scretary, Central: Prince Obinna Okey

Asst. Secretary, South: Rich Nwagbara

State Treasurer: Prince Ben Okezie

Asst. Treasurer North: Chief Isaac Elekwa

Asst. Treasurer, Central: Obioha Nwosu

Asst. Treasurer, South: Chukwudi Dike

State Financial Secretary: Chinyere Onuoha

Assistant Financial Sec: Chief Emmanuel Awa

State Legal Adviser: Barr. Dan Nkaru

State Assistant Legal Adviser: Barr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Nwangwa

State Publicity Secretary: Chief Fabian Nwankwo

Assistant State Publicity: Godfrey Ogbonna

State Auditor: Hon. Gabriel Okereke Elendu

Assistant State Auditor: Prince Arthur Ajuzieogu

State Organising Secretary: Chief Victor Ebere

Asst. Organising Secretary, North: Ndubuisi Onugo

Asst. Organising Secretary, Central: Barr. Obinna Nwaogwugwu

Asst. Organising Secretary, South: Barr. Eze Onwunma

State Woman Leader: Lolo Christy Emenike

Asst. Woman Leader, North: Mrs Nwaoma Mgbeoye

Asst. Central: Mrs. Gloria Agumuo

Asst. South: Mrs. Ogbonna Best

State Youth Leader: Chief Patrick Onwuka

Asst.Youth Leader, North: Hon. Mba Akuma

Asst.Youth Leader, Central: Okpokpo Christopher

Asst. Youth Leader, South: Okechukwu Chinedu

Ex-officio members:
Mrs. Comfort Wamanta
Mrs. Love Onina,
Peter Nwaokonko,
Nduka Nwarisara,
Sunday Nwakudo
Madubuike Onochie.

The event which attracted many party faithfuls including the Deputy Governor, Speaker and members of the State Assembly, Members of the National Assembly, Local Government Party executive among others featured taking of oath of office and observation of a minute silence in honour of the late PDP State Chairman, Sir. Johnson Onuigbo while delegates wore facemasks in line with the NCDC guidelines.

JAMB to meet Universities today, fix new 2020 admissions’ date

Friday Olokor, Abuja

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, on Sunday, said it was considering a new date for the commencement of the 2020 university admission process.

It added that it had scheduled a meeting with all the tertiary institutions in the country for today (Monday) on the issue.

JAMB said the meeting would look at the possibility of ensuring that the institutions either delayed or prolonged their screening to accommodate candidates, who would be taking their exit examinations to be conducted by agencies, including the West African Examinations Council, the National Examinations Council, and National Business and Technical Examinations Board.

The board had issued a guideline for all tertiary institutions to begin their admission with effect from August 20.

The spokesperson for JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in a weekly bulletin on Sunday, said the board desired that all candidates, who had taken its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, be given equal opportunity to compete for the available openings.

He said, “This is the reason for its call for another meeting with all the institutions with a view to amending the earlier and mutually-agreed date for the conduct of post-UTME screening and other processes.

“It is in view of this that the board is working to pre-empt any unpalatable situation that may arise if institutions conduct their admissions without accommodating the vast number of candidates that are about to take their O’level examinations.

“Consequently, the board will, at the meeting, be looking at the possibility of ensuring that the various institutions either delay or prolong their screening to accommodate candidates, who will be taking the 2020 O’level examinations to be conducted by WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, etc.”

Edo Guber : Oba of Benin Sues For Peaceful Campaigns, Election

Favour Percy -Idubor, Benin

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare the 11 yesterday called on political parties participating in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State to go about their campaigns in a peaceful manner.
The Benin Monarch made the call when he received a delegation of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on a courtesy visit at his Palace in Benin City on Saturday.
The APC delegation, led by Yobe Governor, Hon Mai, Mala Buni, were in Benin for the official flag off of the party’s campaign for it’s Edo 2020 Gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osage Ize-Iyamu.
The Oba said the Palace had not been happy with the recent happenings in the state, and, called on everyone in the state to pray for a peaceful Edo election.
“There is nothing as powerful as prayers. It is even more powerful than the gun.
As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness”.
The Royal Majesty also reiterated that he remained non-partisan and had never supported any political candidate.
Said he, “we remain non-partisan because of the lay down rules of our ancestors; we must be fathers to all.
We see every candidate as our children and we pray for everybody. It is wiser to leave the fate of the election to God.
“I am not against any candidate; I have never been for or against any candidate but when the people have chosen via the election, we will pray for him to succeed in office.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Yobe Governor and Chairman APC National Caretaker Committee,Hon Mai, Mala Buni, said the visit was to present the Edo 2020 APC Governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings.
He expressed optimism that APC would reclaim the state come Sept 19.