Po­lice de­ploy 15,000 per­son­nel to mon­i­tor Akwa Ibom lo­cal poll

Am­bas­sadors Col­lege, Royal Re­gency, oth­ers for CLB Acad­emy Spell­ing Bee com­pe­ti­tion • Okowa cam­paigns for PDP can­di­dates

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Ineme­sit Ak­pan-nsoh Uyo and Owen Aken­zua, As­aba

THE first pre­lim­i­nary Pri­mary School Cat­e­gory CLB Acad­emy Spell­ing Bee Com­pe­ti­tion re­turned last week­end in the Ju­nior Sec­ondary School Cat­e­gory with over 10 schools and 55 stu­dents in at­ten­dance.

The com­pe­ti­tion com­menced with an open­ing speech by its host and CEO of Qtaby Events, Vic­to­ria Nkong, who in­tro­duced the Jury for the day, Efe Omorogbe and renowned jour­nal­ist, CEO Buck­wyld Me­dia and man­ager of Tu­face Idibia (a.k.a 2Baba), Oladapo Oyewumi, among oth­ers.

Isolog Schools, Royal Re­gency Schools, Am­bas­sadors Col­lege, Rul­ing Stars Schools, Strait­gate Col­lege, Covenant Child Acad­emy, Lekki Bri­tish In­ter­na­tional School, Prince­ton Col­lege, will par­tic­i­pate at the Sec­ond Pre­lim­i­nary Stage.

Oth­ers are Dan­sol High School, Rain­bow Col­lege, Strait­gate High School, Je­silo High School, Brain Breed­ers School, Attwool School and De­biruss School.

It was a tough com­pe­ti­tion at the Ju­nior Sec­ondary School Cat­e­gory, as all con­tes­tants com­peted vig­or­ously among them­selves to qual­ify for the grand fi­nale.

At a stage, two keen con­tes­tants were evenly matched and went through sev­eral rounds of com­pet­i­tive spell­ing be­tween the two of them be­fore a win­ner could emerge.

Ten fi­nal­ists emerged from five rounds and will pro­ceed to the grand fi­nale on De­cem­ber 9, 2017 at the Land­mark Event Cen­tre, Oniru, La­gos.

The Grand Fi­nale will fea­ture a spe­cial French spell­ing cat­e­gory for Ju­nior and Senior Sec­ondary Schools con­tes­tants, which will test the con­tes­tants’ French spell­ing skills and the use of words in French.

THE Po­lice Com­mand in Akwa Ibom has said it would de­ploy 15, 000 per­son­nel to mon­i­tor lo­cal coun­cil elec­tion in the state this Satur­day. The Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer (PPRO), Mr. Bala Elkana, said the num­ber is made up of spe­cial units, those on plain cloth and the con­ven­tional po­lice­men, adding that, two or three of th­ese men would be at­tached to each polling unit across the 31 lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun c i l s .

“Con­ven­tional po­lice will not carry arms into the polling units, but those out­side will carry arms in case of any un­fore­seen oc­cur­rence,” he said. He ex­plained that, par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion would be paid to ar­eas des­ig­nated as flash points, stress­ing that, more po­lice pres­ence would be seen in such ar­eas as Etim Ekpo, Ukana­fun and the l i k e s . The com­mand would also have the ser­vices of po­lice­men from neigh­bour­ing states to re­in­force the num­ber of se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives that would help mon­i­tor the elec­tion. The spokesman ex­plained that, the com­mand so far has suc­ceeded in the pre­elec­tions ar­range­ments as the state did not wit­nessed any ugly in­ci­dence dur­ing the pri­maries and camp a i g n s .

“Politi­cians have been warned not to go into polling units with armed de­tail; the Nige­rian Po­lice Force will not al­low any­body with arm to en­ter polling units.” He called on par­ents to talk to their wards against be­ing used as po­lit­i­cal thugs by politi­cians or go­ing to the polling units with dan­ger­ous weapons as any­body ar­rested with such would be made to face the law ac­cord­ingly .

“We will put on standby anti-riot po­lice men at strate­gic lo­ca­tions across the 31 lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cils to check­mate any form of prob­lem that may oc­cur af­ter elec­tion re­sults must have been an­nounced,” he said.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, cam­paign for the Jan­uary 6, 2018 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in Delta State took a new di­men­sion on Tues­day when Gover­nor Ifeanyi Okowa, and the im­me­di­ate past Gover­nor, Em­manuel Ud­u­aghan led top politi­cians to cam­paign for the can­di­dates of the Peo­ples’ Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

Mem­bers of the 2017 Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps (NYSC), Batch ‘B’ Stream 1, cel­e­brat­ing the visit of Wife of the Vice Pres­i­dent, Mrs. Do­lapo Os­in­banjo, at the ori­en­ta­tion camp in Kubwa, Abuja…yes­ter­day PHOTO: NAN

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