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Police ban Sallah parties in Kaduna

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The Kaduna State Police Command has place a ban on all forms of social gathering at recreation centres, parks and events during the activities to mark the end of Ramadan in the state.

This followed a security alert by the state security outfit, code-named ‘Operation Yaki’ that the sate might be attacked on Sallah day by terror group, known as ‘Surasuka’ or ‘Masushara’.

Coordinator of the outfit, Col Yakubu Yusuf(retd.), who raised the alarm, had said security operatives had been placed on a red alert, but cautioned residents to be vigilant during the period.

He also warned residents against accommodating or harbouring strange fellows as the Boko Haram terror group had changed their tactics of attacks.

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The State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Umar Shehu, announced this while speaking to journalists in Kaduna on Thursday.

He said places for fun seekers such as Gamji Gate Amusement Park, Galaxy Park and others would be closed down during the celebration.

The police chief said, “Praying in Eid Ground is a sign of ending the Ramadan and after the prayer, it is expected that everybody returns back to his house.

“We have banned all social gathering and all operators of such centers have been instructed to lock up the venue because of the present security situation in the country and anybod,y who violates the order, will be arrested.

“The state command also wishes to inform the residents that operation order/strategies to checkmate activities of criminal have been put in place.

“The command has deployed both conventional and mobile policemen as well as undercover operatives to man and monitor vulnerable points with a view to ensuring tight security across the state.

“The command urges parents/guardians to be vigilant, monitor and warn their children/wards and not allow them to be used by mischief makers.

“More so, use of okada/street begging and hawking are still in force, all in the bid to ensure that Kaduna residents have a crime and violence free Eid-El Fitr celebration.”

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APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has opened applications for its 2022 Young Professional Programme (YPP).
The programme provides opportunity for young professionals to enhance their knowledge of the organisation and international trade issues.

In 2021, 14 professionals out of 2,400 candidates were selected for the programme from Bangladesh, Belize, Dominican Republic, Eswatini, Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.

WTO said “The YPP is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience which can help open the door for future professional opportunities in the field of multilateral diplomacy and global trade.

“The YPP selection gives preference to young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO and whose nationals are currently under-represented or not represented in the organization’s Secretariat.

“The programme is part of the Secretariat’s overall goal to increase its diversity to better reflect the make-up of its membership.”

To be eligible, applicants must be of age 32 as of January 1, 2022, and selected candidates will work at the WTO secretariat for one year, starting from the beginning of next year.

The areas of work at the programme includes accessions, agriculture, dispute settlement, intellectual property rights, market access, media and external relations, WTO rules, trade and development, trade and environment, trade in services and investment, trade facilitation, trade policy analysis and trade-related technical assistance.

WTO said candidates must have advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work; must possess relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.

Equally, candidates must similarly have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.

The trade organisation further said selected candidates will be paid $3821.66 (N1,454,141.63 million) monthly and applications can be accessed on the WTO e-Recruitment website and should be completed no later than 29 April 2021.

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Buhari receives briefing from Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President had last Thursday returned to the country after a16-day medical trip to London, United Kingdom.

He left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs as well as other security sector managers.

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Gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap officer

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A police officer has been abducted in an attack on Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday morning.

This comes three days after the state Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Center were attacked while 1,884 inmates released.

A resident of Mbieri said the gunmen released the suspects in custody.

However, the policemen on duty were said to have engaged the attackers in a gun duel but they were reportedly overpowered by the gunmen who had sophisticated weapons.

A community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told newsmen that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt but only freed the suspects in detention after vandalizing it.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station but did not go into details.

It was gathered that aside the officer who was abducted, two others sustained injuries in the incident which is the second major attack on a police station since an armed gang invaded the state police headquarters on Monday.

The Police authorities have blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.

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