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Abducted ABSU student regains freedom – Gov Ikpeazu

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has announced the release of a student of Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU), abducted on Wednesday night on the Okigwe-Uturu Road.


News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the student was abducted by hoodlums, along with other passengers in a Sienna Van between 7.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. on their way to Uturu.

On an official Twitter handle@GovernorIkpeazu, the governor “expressed joy over the development’’

He vowed that he would surely take justice to those involved in the kidnap and would not share the state with criminal elements.

“I spoke with her (the student) and her mother minutes ago and want to thank God, our security agents and the management of ABSU for a job well done.

“Our administration has since taken measures to strengthen the security around the area where the incident happened and even beyond to ensure the security of lives and property.


“Security of lives and property remains my number one assignment as governor and it is one duty I will never take lightly,’’ Ikpeazu tweeted.

Meanwhile, gunmen on Sunday morning attacked the Mike Okiro Police Station at Ubani, near Umuahia, leaving one operative with a gunshot wound.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Abia, SP Godfrey Ogbonna, who confirmed the attack to NAN, said the incident happened around 9.00 a.m.

Ogbonna said the bandits came in one Hummer Bus, two Siena Vans and three motorcycles.

According to him, the command, working on intelligence report, relocated the operatives out of the station.


“But when they got wind of the attack, they returned and made frantic attempt to repel the assailants, unfortunately, one of them got shot in the leg,’’ he said.

The PPRO said that the bandits torched office furniture, files and other official documents, two police vehicles and two motorcycles parked on the premises.

He said the command had begun an investigation into the incident but that no arrest had been made.

NAN reports that Sunday’s attack brought to three, the number of police formations, including Uzuakoli and Nkporo police stations, so far torched by gunmen in Abia.

He also confirmed the arrest of two members of a five-member armed robbery gang in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia.

He said the suspects were arrested on Saturday while their vehicle, charms and drugs were recovered.

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2021 UTME: JAMB says mock examination slips ready for printing

2021 UTME: JAMB says mock examination slips ready for printing.

JAMB made this known in its Weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.


“Candidates who had registered for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and indicated interest to sit for the optional mock examination are to print their mock notification slips from Sunday, May 9.

“This is in preparation for the mock examination scheduled for Thursday, May 20.

“The optional mock notification slips can be printed from anywhere candidates find to be convenient, provided they have access to the internet.

“Candidates are to visit then click on e-facility and print their slips.”


The board added that the slip contained candidates’ details such as registration number and the centre to which they are to sit for the examination within their chosen examination town.

The slip, it further said, also contained the expected time the candidates were to be at the centre.

It further urged candidates to study the contents of the slip after printing it out in order to know the location of their examination centres on time, to avoid confusion on the scheduled date of the exercise.

JAMB also said that a total of 845,517 candidates have so far registered for the 2021 UTME and a total of 38,886 candidates have registered for Direct Entry (DE) as of Sunday, May 9.

NAN reports that the registration commenced on April 8, to end on May 15, while the examination is scheduled to commence from June 5 to June 19.


In a similar development, the board has cautioned the public against falling victims to scammers whom it said have continued to use its name to commit illicit acts.

The board said that its attention had been drawn to ”the activities of criminal elements who claim to be recruiting invigilators on behalf of the Board for the 2021 UTME/DE.

“They do this while also requesting the payment of acceptance fee of N5,000 payable to the syndicates.

“The board wish to state unequivocally, that it is not recruiting any invigilator or any official in that capacity for that matter.

“It should be noted that even the term ‘invigilator’ is alien to the Board’s operations and therefore, the public is advised to be wary of anybody purporting to be acting on its behalf.”


The board added that it had in place a transparent and fool proof process of recruiting ad-hoc staff or any other officials it needed to make progress.

JAMB said it has become necessary to notify the public on the development so that people were not scammed and parted with their hard-earned resources on the premise of securing non-existing jobs with the board.

“To ensure that the public is not misled, the Board has provided several platforms for the public to verify any information purported to have been released by it, to save the public from being misled.”

The board also stated that it has commenced series of meetings with its critical stakeholders to consolidate on its preparations for the 2021 UTME/DE exercise.

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