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Owerri: Tears, outrage over demolitions

Section of a school structure affected by the demolition exercise in Owerri

OWERRI, the Imo State capital, has been in the news lately for diverse reasons bordering on the good and the bad, according to the perceptions of the people. But of all the recent incidents and events recorded in the city, the ongoing demolition of structures has featured more prominently in the news as it continues to draw a lot of tears and scathing criticisms.

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Parts of some of the deserted villages

How militants sacked Lagos, Ogun communities

WHILE some Lagos and Ogun communities in Igbo-Olomu and Ita-Oluwo areas of Ikorodu are still counting their losses following the invasion of their communities by some suspected militants, 13 riverine villages located in different areas of the two states have suffered same fate following fresh attacks launched by the rampaging invaders.

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Mrs. Oluyemisi Alatise

Mutilators of female genitals can’t hide anymore — Alatise

Oluyemisi Alatise was recently elected in Manchester, United Kingdom as President of International Inner Wheel, IIW, one of the largest women’s service voluntary organisations in the world, active in more than 103 countries and has over 103,000 members in its 94 years of existence. IIW draws its membership primarily from the wives of Rotarians and other female professionals. Occupying the lofty position that comes to Africa, especially to a Nigerian woman for the first time in history, Alatise, who will pilot the club till 2017, took over from Mrs. Charlotte de Vos of Belgium.

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•The late Chief Dada Oyateru and wife

Assailants strangled 83-yr-old Akure chief after tying his hands and legs — Wife

THE murder of 83-year-old Chief Dada Oyateru in cold blood has sent jitters down the spines of notable personalities in Akure, Ondo State capital. Detectives are battling to unravel the mystery behind the murder of the old man weeks after he was allegedly strangled in the presence of his junior wife, Titilola. They are said to be investigating if the murder of the chief was a case of armed robbery or assassination.

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Ford Foundation West Africa Rep, Mr Innocent Chukwuma, Mrs Yemisi Akinadeniyi and Lagos SSG, Mr Tunji Bello after cutting the tape to open the new classrooms

Farm school ‘rescued’ from street urchins, armed gangs

The story of the Farm Settlement Primary School, first built in 1978, is intriguing. The authorities had conceived of a primary school to serve poor communities located in the outskirts of Ikorodu, the Lagos twin city which is now home to over two million people, many of whom live in slums and shanties. The school has over 1,000 pupils, showcasing the grimiest images of poverty, with several of the pupils going to school barefooted, many unable to afford lunch.

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•Soldiers stationed at Nkpor Junction

Nkpor Junction: Sad memories of another blood spill

Days after Igbos, and indeed many Nigerians, continue to lament and condemn the unfortunate killings at the popular Nkpor Junction in Idemili North Local Government Area, near the commercial city of Onitsha in Anambra State on Monday, May 30, 2016 during the remembrance day of Biafran heroes and heroines who died during the 1967 civil war. It has, however, emerged that this was the second of a major blood spill at Nkpor Junction which is an intersection of roads linking Onitsha, Obosi, Umuoji, Ogidi and the expressway leading to Awka and Enugu.

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•Mr. Ephraim Inyang-Eyen(c)

Oron Nation re-unites with rest of A’Ibom by road after years of neglect

Oron which was hitherto the nerve centre of maritime activities for the entire Oron Nation comprising Oruefong Oruko, Mbo, Okobo, Odung Uko, and even Calabar, had virtually lost its pride of place and capacity due to deplorable roads that used to connect those places with it for the supply of high quality sea foods at very reduced costs, especially as the use of engine boats to traverse the area was not too fashionable again because of sundry ugly occurrences in the waters.

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