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Enugu Government Threatens To Shut Down Schools, Markets Observing Sit-At-Home

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The Enugu State Government has issued a strong warning to schools and markets that participate in the contentious one-week sit-at-home order declared by a faction of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Simon Ekpa, the leader of the Autopilot faction of IPOB, had announced the sit-at-home order in a statement on June 14th. He stated that the action would take place from July 3rd to 5th, and then continue from July 7th to 10th. Ekpa, who identifies himself as the prime minister of the “Biafra Republic Government in Exile,” called for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of IPOB, and the preparation of a self-referendum for Biafra.

However, Emma Powerful, the spokesperson for the IPOB faction led by Nnamdi Kanu, later disowned the declaration, stating that the sit-at-home order did not originate from their group. In response to reports that some private schools were informing parents of their closure for a week due to the sit-at-home order, the Enugu State Government issued a statement on Tuesday through the Secretary to the State Government, Chidiebere Onyia.

The government warned private school owners that failure to open their schools and operate normally would result in the immediate revocation of their licenses. Market unions and shop owners were also cautioned, with a demand for all markets and shops to be open for business or face indefinite closure. The Enugu State Government restated its ban on sit-at-home orders issued by non-state actors, assuring residents that security measures were in place to protect lives and property.

The government expressed its discontent with faceless groups and individuals attempting to dictate the lives of the people by issuing unlawful orders, such as when to work, go to the market, or send their children to school. It declared that such behavior would no longer be tolerated and vowed to confront and defeat it using all available resources. The government further warned individuals spreading false information to intimidate residents into observing the sit-at-home order, emphasizing that they would be prosecuted under the Cybercrime Act of 2015.

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Police Rejects Tainted Recruitment List, Demands Transparency

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– Police discovers anomalies in recruitment list
– List contains unqualified and medically unfit candidates
– IGP demands transparent review of recruitment process

The Nigeria Police Force has rejected the Police Service Commission’s recruitment list due to alleged irregularities and corruption.

The list contained names of unqualified and medically unfit candidates who did not apply or failed the recruitment exercise.

Furthermore, the police spokesman, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed that the list included individuals who were disqualified due to financial dealings and corrupt practices.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, has written to the Chairman of the Police Service Commission objecting to the list.

Consequently, the police have dissociated themselves from the published list and called for a transparent review of the recruitment process.

“The same people who recruited anyhow for the police today will turn round to accuse the police tomorrow of inefficiency when their recruits start messing up,” Adejobi stated.

The police are determined to recruit “qualified, competent, trainable, and productive hands into the Nigeria Police Force.

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Rivers Varsity Suspends Four Students Over Brutal Assault

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– Four students suspended for assaulting a colleague
– Suspension lasts for one academic session
– Students urged to live in peace and harmony

The Rivers State University has suspended four students linked to the brutalization of their colleague, Victor Tobins. The students, who are members of the Man O’ War, were suspended for one academic session.

According to the university’s management, the students’ actions contravened the institution’s regulations. Management saw the actions as contrary to the regulations of the University.

The students had beaten Tobins, a 300-level student, black and blue, inflicting injuries on his right eye and other parts of his body. The development sparked a protest among students, who demanded the disbandment of the Man O’ War from campus.

The university’s management intervened, promising to take action within 24 hours. The management has since suspended the four students, urging students to live in peace and harmony.

“We urge the student population to continue to live in peace and harmony and comply scrupulously with all the rules and regulations of the University,” the management said.

 

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