Saturday, March 28, 2015

Enugu Bomb explosion: Normalcy returns to WTC Primary School, accreditation commences - Police

The Nigeria Police Force in Enugu, capital of Enugu State, this morning reported that a bomb exploded in the coal city near a polling station, but normalcy has since returned to the centre and accreditation commenced, reports ITRealms.

“Our men has foiled an attempt by some men to plant explosive device in one of the Polling Stations in Enugu,” official source of Enugu State Police declared on Twitter without further details.

But ITRealms gathered that according to the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Dan Bature, the explosion occurred through a device hidden under a Honda car at about 7am.

He confirmed that an explosion, Saturday rocked a polling unit at the Women Training Center (WTC) Primary School in Ogui-Enugu at the early hours as voters prepared to file out for the presidential and National Assembly elections.

Also, the  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Mr. Bature, as saying that the Police also detonated three other bombs hidden under cars in the premises.

He said there were no arrests and that no motives had been established as there is no casualty.

Also speaking, the Commandant of the Civil Defence Corps in Enugu State, Mr Steven Lar, said there were traces of blood at the scene, but no corpses or injured persons on site.

Just as NAN reports that accreditation of voters had since commenced at the centre. 

Chuks Egbuna with addition reports from NAN/GEE

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I’ll never abdicate my security responsibilities, Jonathan warns political gladiators


President Goodluck Jonathan has sternly warned political gladiators to stay off the polling stations of today’s Presidential and National Assembly elections nationwide by desisting from fomenting troubles in any part of the country, reports ITRealms.

“… I will never abdicate my responsibilities in that regard” he declared during a national broadcast on the eve of the elections last night, advising security agencies to summarily deal with any person find causing trouble according to the laws.

He also restated his belief that no political ambition could justify violence or the shedding of the blood of any Nigeria.

President Jonathan reaffirmed his personal preparedness to ensure fair play during the elections and to deploy the resources and institutions of state only in the manner prescribed by the laws.

“Let me warn, however, that as President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, I am under oath to protect the lives of all Nigerians and the security of our country at all times,” he maintained.

He pointed out that those who may harbor any intentions of testing his administration’s will by unleashing violence during the elections in order to advance their political ambitions should think again as all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that any persons who breach the peace or cause public disorder during or after the elections are speedily apprehended and summarily dealt with according to our laws.

He emphasised that the nation’s security agencies are also fully prepared and ready to deal decisively with any group or persons who attempt to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the elections or cause any form of public disorder.

“Our dear country, Nigeria is the largest democracy amongst black nations of the world. We are a nation of great accomplishments, with a proud history of evolving affinities,” he noted.

President Jonathan therefore enjoined Nigerians to vote peacefully and set a fitting example of political maturity for other emerging democracies to follow.

“I wish you all and our dear nation, very peaceful and successful elections,” he said.

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ITU deploys emergency communication equipment


*In Vanuatu
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment to Vanuatu following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, a category 5 tropical storm which hit the archipelago on Friday, 13 March, reports ITRealms

ITU, ITRealms also reports, dispatched 40 satellite phones, 10 Broadband Global Area Network terminals and 35 solar panels to the Island nation to support relief coordination efforts, just as the deployment is in the bid to coordinate relief efforts in aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao said the frequency and intensity of disasters is increasing worldwide with a disproportionate impact on developing countries.

“We are working with our partners to increase the capacity of Member States to integrate ICTs in their disaster risk reduction policies. ITU is also encouraging governments, especially those in developing countries, to invest in telecommunication infrastructure that is resilient to disasters,” he said.

“Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, which hit Vanuatu with devastating force, paralyzed telecommunications and affected rescue and rehabilitation efforts,” said Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “ITU is committed to assisting Member States restore telecommunication links in the aftermath of natural disasters to facilitate humanitarian response to support the affected populations.”

Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Mr Joe Natuman, thanked ITU for the support, noting that all 83 islands in Vanuatu suffered substantial devastation as a result of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

“ICTs are critical in these hard times,” Mr Natuman said. “As communications are down, the ITU emergency equipment, which we have received and distributed throughout the country, will help us coordinate the relief efforts as well as report the situation in outer islands.”

Cyclone Pam slammed into the Vanuatu archipelago, including its capital Port Vila, on Efate Island. Winds are estimated to have reached 250 Km/h with gusts peaking at around 320 Km/h, causing damage to the infrastructure, impacting services such as electricity and leaving debris across the capital.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an estimated 90 per cent of structures have been damaged or destroyed in Efate. More than 2000 people are sheltering in over 25 evacuation centres in Efate, Torba and Penama.

Vanuatu has a population of 267,000 spread over 65 islands. About 47,000 people live in the capital.

ITU recently participated in the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. The Union has addressed the importance of linking information and communication technologies to disaster risk reduction. 

ITU considers emergency telecommunications an integral part of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Star Wars Rebels wanted!

Are you ready to stand up against the Empire?  Microsoft Devices say it has become an intergalactic hero in Star Wars Rebels as it introduces free with In-app purchase (IAP) options.

The new action-platformer mobile game! Microsoft also says takes on 4 free levels of battle against the Empire as Ezra Bridger, dodge TIE fighters, blast Stormtroopers, and drive an Imperial AT-MP. 

And with the in-app purchases, wield a Lightsaber, fight Star Wars bosses, drive an AT-DP, and unlock 30 more levels and 50+ unique challenges.

Customize and expand a secret Rebel Haven where heroes can hide out and rescue citizens. 

And, interact with characters like Zeb the muscle of the Ghost team, Hera the pilot, and even Chopper the grumpy Droid. Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions is available now in the Windows Store!

From the hit TV show, this app is now available for your Windows PC, Tablet or Phone – it’s Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions

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