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Flood: Anambra Community seeks provision of basic amenities in holding camp as water level rises



Flood: Anambra Community seeks provision of basic amenities in holding camp as water level rises

Aguleri Community in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra has called on Gov. Chukwuma Soludo to provide basic utilities at Fr Joseph Memorial Secondary School displaced person holding camp.

Chief Ifeanyi Iloakasia, the President-General, Aguleri Community Assembly, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Friday.

Iloakasia said water level is rising at an alarming rate and that people in the heart of the Omambala River have been directed to move to upland areas.

According to him, “water is rising very fast and we are making arrangements to begin to evacuate our people to upland.

“We have three communities along the river, these are Ezi-Aguluotu, Enugu-Otu and Mkpunando. Whenever flood comes, these communities are usually totally submerged and the destruction often devastating.

“We used to get assistance from the emergency agencies but it usually comes late, we are hoping that they will do better this time.

“We have just one holding camp, that is the Fr Joseph Memorial Secondary School holding camp, very big but it is just an empty hall, no water, no clinic, no electricity,” he said.

Iloakasia called on the Anambra and Federal Governments to come to their assistance now that there is still time before it became pressing.

He said it would not be good to have the usual practice where victims would go to the camp with their mats, mosquito nets and the burden of providing water would be on the Community.

“Already, our people are carrying out forced harvesting, the crops are not ripe for harvest,” he said.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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