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 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