​World Water Day: Water Corporation carries out free water tests in Lagos

                    Tap water
The Lagos Water Corporation on Tuesday said the Corporation would carry out three-Day water tests in its eight operational regions in Lagos State, to mark the 2018 World Water Day.

Mrs Monsurat Banire, the Lagos Water Corporation’s Head of Quality Assurance, said this in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Rasaq Anifowoshe, in Lagos.

Newsmen report that the theme for the 2018 World Water Day is entitled: ‘Nature for Water’.

The theme explores how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

According to Banire, its team from the Quality Assurance and Sales & Commercial Departments will take samples of water used in the locations covered, whether from LWC or boreholes, among others.

“The essence is to show the general public the quality of water the corporation is serving them.

“The corporation’s water is clean, safe and good for human consumption.

“Borehole water could be contaminated.

“After the exercise, we expect those using boreholes to migrate and connect to the corporation’s water supply once water pipes pass through their locations.

“The LWC water conforms to the World Health Organisation’s standard,” she said.

Banire said that as worthy ambassadors of the corporation, the staff were expected to be polite in answering questions and friendly to all consumers.

She said that the exercise would cover the corporation’s eight operational zones, which have been mapped into four areas for easy accessibility.

Newsmen report that among the four areas are: Lagos Island, Surulere and Ikeja.

Source: vanguardngr.com

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​Residents flee as two Bayelsa communities clash over Shell trust

YENAGOA —RESIDENTS of Amatu II community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State yesterday fled the community following the clash which marred the election of members of the Community Trust of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC.
The leadership tussle which reportedly turned violent is between Amatu II and Iduwini communities.

It was gathered that trouble started when some armed thugs allegedly imported by one of the contending communities invaded the venue of the election and started inflicting machete cuts on the community people who had assembled for the exercise, forcing the residents to run for safety with some fleeing into the forest for refuge.

It was learned that the armed thugs began the attack on the community indigenes when it became obvious that the handpicked candidate of one of the contending communities were going to lose the election.

The community has now been deserted as residents particularly women and children have fled the community to seek refuge in the forest.

A community leader, Chief Paul Oweipade, who confirmed the incident, said: “It is unfortunate that what was supposed to be a peaceful election turned bloody because certain highly placed people in government from the community wanted to impose their candidates on the people by intimidating them with armed thugs who unleashed mayhem on our people.

“As we speak, our women, children and youths have fled the community and are hiding in the forest because of the violence perpetrated by the thugs. We are therefore, calling on the Bayelsa State Government to come to our aid and intervene before the situation degenerates into full blown communal crisis.”

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​Herdsmen killings: Edo APC berates PDP over money gift to victims families

                     APC & PDP
BENIN CITY —All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, yesterday, said Governor Godwin Obaseki will not be distracted with what it described as the “Greek gift¨ being given to some families of victims of herdsmen killings in the state by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The party regretted that the PDP was politicizing “the pains the families of the victims are passing through,” adding that the people of the state know the sincerity of the Obaseki-led administration to check the excesses of herdsmen, therefore, would not allow the governor to be distracted by the ¨antics of the PDP.”

While the state secretary of APC, Lawrence Okah described the criticisms and actions of the chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who donated N200,000 to one of the families of victim of herdsmen killings as shameful, a chieftain of the APC, Mr Washington Osifo, said Chief Orbih was seeking relevance with his actions.

According Okah,“this is not supposed to be a political matter because it has to do with the lives of our people. But it is shameful that the PDP is going about giving money to some victims that is a Greek gift. When did Orbih become a father Christmas? For us as a party we will remain focused to fulfil our promises to Edo people and that is what the governor is doing.”

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​Amnesty: Militants give FG 4-week ultimatum to reinstate Boroh

         BGen. Paul Boroh (retd)
YENAGOA —A coalition of nine militant groups in the Niger Delta, under the aegis of Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, has given President Muhammadu Buhari four-week ultimatum to reinstate sacked Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd).

They threatened to resume fresh attacks on oil facilities across the region if Mr. President failed to reinstate the former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta on the expiration of the ultimatum.

Leader, RNDA, ‘General’ Johnmark Ezonbi, who handed the threat, yesterday in a statement after an enlarged meeting of the militant groups in the creek of Bayelsa State, said it was obvious that the Federal Government was toying with the destiny of the Niger Delta region.

They alleged that nothing tangible had been recorded since the coming of the current All Progressives Congress-led government at the centre.

Ezonbi said, “I want to warn that any intruder into our planned action in four weeks’ time if the Federal Government fails to reinstate Gen. Paul Boroh will be severely dealt with without mercy. Our attack will make security agencies in the creek very small.

“We are fully ready to take on anybody as we have the instrumentality of warfare that will make the biggest military might to marvel at our coordinated attacks.

“We are ready to dirty our rivers and creeks with our oil, it is better we spill it than allow government use it to develop other parts of the country.

“We are not unmindful of the roles played by self-styled leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the South-South region by sponsoring falsehood against the person and office of Boroh for his blunt refusal to grease their palms to the detriment of the Amnesty Programme meant strictly for ex-militants and agitators.

“We have always known those leaders to be anti-Niger Delta since the coming on board of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government as the latter kicked against the establishment of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko.”

He said Boroh had made concerted efforts to put the amnesty programme back on track with the regular training of ex-militants and payment of monthly stipends without delay.

He added, “The RNDA declares Prof. Charles Dokubo unfit for the job because of his age. He has long lost touch with happenings in the creeks.

“The Federal Government will hear from us at the expiration of the four weeks ultimatum as no single stone will be left unturned as the Buhari-led administration prefers to go back to the recession period where Boroh played a major role by visiting the creeks with other stakeholders to prevail on the ‘boys’ to drop their arms and embrace peace.”

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​South Africa man reports 3 women kidnapped him, gang-raped him for 4 days

A man in South Africa has reported how he was kidnapped by three women and gang-raped for four days.
Many men would love to be in the position of this Gauteng, South Africa man who has filed a report of rape and sexual assault at a police station, the Tembisan newspaper reports.

According to the Tembisa police spokesperson, Captain Manyadza Ralidzhivha, the 31-year-old man who cannot be named, opened a case of rape after he was abducted by three women and repeatedly sexually assaulted » for four days when the women gave him a lift.

The man told the police that he caught a lift on a Saturday with the three women from Germiston to Tembisa.

The trio were driving a BMW and drove around with him until they reached a garage in Oakmoor, Tembisa. When the women got to their destination, they demanded payment and when the man told them he had none, they pointed a gun at him and blindfolded him.

Capt. Ralidzhivha said:

“He was then gang-raped by the three women. He was kept as a sex slave

 » until Wednesday morning when he was given a cold drink. After drinking the beverage, the victim claimed to feel sleepy.

The man was later found sleeping under a bridge in Olifantsfontein by people. He immediately came to the police station and opened a case of rape.

We are appealing to members of the community with information about the women to come forward or to SMS information to 32211.”

Source: pulse.ng

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​2019 election: INEC depriving Igbos of voters’ registration – Ohanaeze NEWS

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of making deliberate efforts to disenfranchise Igbo people in the forthcoming 2019 general election.
Chief John Nnia Nwodo, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, stated this on Monday while receiving the Enugu State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Emeka Ononamadu, who paid him a courtesy visit.

Nwodo said he encountered shortage of registration materials in the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise in all the states in the South-East zone.

According to him, this led to the conclusion that the South-East was being shortchanged.

“I am of the conclusion that INEC has deliberately denied this area of registration materials in order to ensure that we are under-registered.

“I say this not because I am the PG of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, but I say this as a lawyer who respects evidence.

“The machines deployed to the South-East for the CRV exercises were slow and not enough, while the ones deployed in Northern Nigeria for the same exercise were modern and efficient.

“Let me use my hometown as an example: I come from Ukehe in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area.

“Last week, I went home to check what was going on. First, I went to confirm whether my own voter’s card was valid and gladly, I was told that it is valid.

“But my local government area had the presence of INEC in less than three polling units. In my ward, INEC was present in only one polling unit in my village, and luckily it was my polling booth.

“That booth has between 18 and 20 polling booths which are registration booths. Now there is only one machine in my ward.

“That one machine is in my registration area and, unlike the machines I saw in the North, when I went to the North, which capture five fingers instantaneously, the machine in my registration area can only capture one finger at a time, and it is two polling booths in one side and, therefore, it should be two registration centres, but there is only one registration machine.

“They had run out of laminating sheets and therefore everyone given a temporary voter’s card didn’t have it laminated and villagers who deal with palm oil and all sorts of charcoal and firewood would have the tendencies to mutilate the temporary voters card before the election if they don’t get a permanent one before the election, and it may even be difficult to recognize their faces or their thumbprint or signatures.

“Secondly, your staff was very hard working, but the maximum registration they could achieve in a day was 48 people and there were twice the number, waiting who were not registered.

“My projection is that in two days they will be able to register 96 voters against over 500.

“To make matters worse, in the immediate vicinity of this registration area, where three other polling booths were within a three-mile radius, old people on Election Day would not be able to trek to those polling booths, especially when there is no movement of vehicle to go to the same place where they are now forced to register,” Nwodo said.

Nwodo further assured that Ohanaeze was prepared to give logistics to INEC to register people who turned out for the exercise and solve shortage of registration materials.

“If you want us to pay to hire more machines, we are ready to do so. If you want us to pay for staff to deploy to our places, we are prepared to raise money from Igbos,” he added.

Responding, REC representative, Ononamadu said the visit was part of INEC’s outreach to critical stakeholders in the election process of which Ohanaeze Ndigbo was one of them.

Ononamadu said he had gone round the 17 local government areas of Enugu and re-activated the mechanisms of continuous voter registration and noted that currently, Enugu State was not doing badly, compared to other states.

Source: dailypost.ng

​Military takeover: Millions of Igbo youths will defend Ekweremadu – Ohanaeze NEWS

The Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has warned that any attempt to intimidate the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu over his recent comments on ‘military take over of government’ would be resisted by the Igbo youths.

DAILY POST recalls that Ekweremadu had at Senate plenary cautioned that Nigerians should be careful not to undermine democratic principles as it was still possible for the military to capitalize on that..

However, his comments did not go down well with the military authorities, who immediately issued a reprimand.

In a statement issued Tuesday, signed by the OYC President General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, he said Igbo youths would defend Ekweremadu against any form of intimidation.

He said, “We have followed with keen interest the controversies that have so far trailed a very honest statement made by the Distinguished President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu on the floor of the Senate.

“Without mincing words, all honest men and women in the country cannot feign ignorance over various abuses of the country’s laws by governments at various levels.

“Suffice it to say, therefore, that Ekweremadu merely stated the obvious by cautioning Nigerians not to take our much cherished democracy for granted.

“However, it is quite shocking that some enemies of democracy, the same kind of people Ekweremadu talked about have so misinterpreted his comments to mean that he is calling for a coup. What could be farther from the truth. Some mischief makers have even gone to the extent of falling for his arrest.

“We, therefore, warn sternly that Igbo youths will not sit and watch some idle minds disparage Ekweremadu for no just cause.

“For those calling for his arrest, they should be prepared to arrest him alongside millions of Igbo youths who are ready to defend him.

“Any attempt to harass, prosecute, Ekweremadu will lead to a civil disturbance that will have no control.

“Ekweremadu is a law abiding Senator, who chooses his words very carefully; those calling for his arrest should channel such energy towards resolving the crisis in Benue and other parts of the middle belt.

“From this hour onwards, the Ohanaeze Youths in their millions will be guarding Ekweremadu; so, before they will touch him, they should first of all be prepared to take along millions of Igbo youths.”

He called on Ekweremadu to be calm, stressing “we are solidly behind him; he should remember that millions of Ohanaeze youths behind him are more than those against him.”