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14-year-old Boy Killed In London Sword Attack

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A 14-year-old boy died on Tuesday after a man wielding a sword stabbed the youth, two police officers and two other people, in a street attack in east London, police said.

The man used what appeared to be a Samurai-type sword in the Hainault district shortly before 7:00 am (0600 GMT).

Police said they arrested a 36-year-old man using Taser stun weapons and took him into custody. The incident is not believed to be terror-related, they said.

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Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell, from London’s Metropolitan Police, said all five victims were taken to hospital.

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The two police officers were awaiting surgery for “significant” injuries, he added. But they, and those sustained by the two members of the public, were not believed to be life-threatening.

It’s with great sadness that one of those injured in this incident… has died from their injuries,” he told reporters at the scene.

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“He was taken to hospital after being stabbed and sadly died a short while after.”

King Charles III called the stabbings “horrific” and paid tribute to the “courage” of the emergency services, Buckingham Palace said.

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“His thoughts and prayers are with all those affected — in particular, the family of the young victim who has lost his life,” a spokesman said.

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the stabbings “shocking”. “Such violence has no place on our streets,” he added in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

“I’d like to thank the emergency services for their ongoing response, and pay tribute to the extraordinary bravery shown by police on the scene.”

Video footage and photographs posted on social media appeared to show a man in a yellow jumper on the streets near houses with the weapon.

Emergency service vehicles, including police, fire and ambulances, were seen behind cordons, including near the town’s underground railway station.

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One resident, who asked not to be named, said she hid behind a window while the suspect was outside her home shouting at police that “do you believe in God?”

We were very scared and trying to hide and not show ourselves through the window because he was standing right next to our house and he could have seen us if he looked up,” she added.

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“We were very scared and we didn’t know what to do.”

Another witness said he saw two police chasing the man, shouting at him to put down the weapon.

Police in England, Scotland and Wales are not routinely armed but do carry Taser weapons to disable suspects.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “absolutely devastated” by the incident and was in close contact with the city police commissioner.

“The police offices and emergency services showed the best of our city — running towards danger to protect others and I thank them from the bottom of my heart,” he said.

Last week, Sunak criticised the mayor’s record on knife crime in the British capital.

According to official statistics, knife crime increased in London by 20 percent in 2023, with 14,577 offences — one percent lower than pre-pandemic levels in the year to March 2020.

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In England and Wales as a whole, there was a seven-percent increase in knife crime to 49,489 offences, with most (29 percent) in metropolitan areas, the Official for National Statistics said

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MTU Emerges First Among Nigerian Varsities On World Ranking

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Mountain Top University, Ogun State has emerged first in Sustainable Development Goal four, quality education in Nigeria according to the 2024 World University ranking by Times Higher Education.

Times Higher Education, the topmost global university ranking body, assesses institutions by identifying and celebrating universities that excel across multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

A statement by MTU said that the institution also took second place in SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), fifth place in SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), and fourth place overall in the Impact Rankings.

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It read, “It is an impressive performance in the 2024 THE Impact Rankings is a testament to its dedication to creating a positive impact on society. Here’s how its achievements make the university unique:

“Mountain Top University’s first place in SDG 4 (Quality Education) in Nigeria demonstrates its commitment to providing exceptional education, setting a high standard for others to follow.

“Holistic Impact; with top rankings in multiple SDGs (2, 3, 4, and 17), Mountain Top University showcases its comprehensive approach to addressing various sustainable development goals, making it a model for interdisciplinary impact.

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“Healthcare and Well-being; Its second place in SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being) highlights the university’s significant contributions to healthcare and well-being initiatives, improving lives and communities.’’

“ The 5th place in SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) demonstrates Mountain Top University’s success in forging effective global partnerships, amplifying its impact and influence.

-“Overall Excellence; achieving 4th place overall in the Impact Rankings is a remarkable feat, solidifying Mountain Top University’s position as a leader in social impact and sustainability.”

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It added that these achievements made Mountain Top University a beacon of excellence in Nigeria and globally, attracting students, partners, and collaborators seeking a like-minded community dedicated to creating a better world.

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Yobe Police Arrest Notorious Terrorist Gang Leader

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The Yobe State Police Command has announced the arrest of a 40-year-old leader of a notorious terrorist gang, Haruna Mohammed.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Dungus Abdulkarim, in a statement shared on Facebook on Monday, Mohammed was apprehended by men of the State Intelligent Department on June 16 in Nangillam village, Tarmuwa Local Government Area.

The statement read, “Haruna Mohammed, a 40-year-old resident of Lantewa Village, Tarmuwa LGA, has been apprehended by the State Intelligent Department (SID).

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“Mohammed, a gang leader, specialises in demanding money and valuables from victims through menacing phone calls, threatening death, or harm.

“The command had been tracking Mohammed for his involvement in terrorising towns, villages, and neighbouring states.

“A victim from Siminti Village, Lantewa, Tarmuwa LG reported that Mohammed demanded N3m or threatened to kill him and his family.

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“In an intensive intelligent operations, on 16th June 2024, at about 1415hrs, detectives from the SID, in a coordinated operation, arrested Mohammed in Nangillam Village, Tarmuwa LGA.

“The suspect confessed to the crime and implicated other syndicate members, who are currently being trailed by the police.”

The police urged communities to report security breaches promptly, assuring that they are committed to stamping out criminal activities in Yobe.

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IYC Pushes For Constitution Review, Deputy N’tional President Tasks Committee On Encompassing Law

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The Deputy National President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Comrade Freedom Atigbi, has appealed to the committee saddled with the responsibility of reviewing constitution of the apex Ijaw youth body to do all it could to bring to bear a constitution that is encompassing.

The Deputy National President made the appeal at a constitution review public hearing held at Ogbe-Ijoh clan in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, Western Zone.

According to Atigbi, the present national executives of the IYC met and deliberated extensively on the present constitution, discovered several lucuna, and agreed an amendment of the present constitution, a process he said would have commenced since January but due to some circumstances it couldn’t start.

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The National Deputy Presiden acknowledged the fact that successful IYC national executives made attempts to review the constitution but failed due to the manners they handled it – starting the amended process towards the end of their tenure.

He said: “Before now, successful governments at the Council have promised to put a constitution review committee but along the line they would not do anything until ro towards the end of their tenure. And you know when you start a constitution amendment process towards the end of your tenure a lot of politics will come to play.”

He continued: “But the present NEC sat and discussed issues extensively, and agreed that the constitution amendment process should commence immediately. Our plan was that the process will start by January, and by March it should be adopted but due to some circumstances we are still on it.

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“So, at NEC, we have done our part, I want to therefore appeal to you to put all that is possible to bring to bear a constitution that is encompassing so that at the end of the day, your names (constitution review committee members names) and our names (National Executives of IYC) will be in good record.”

He also appealed to members of the executives to give the necessary support to the committee for a successful process.

On his part, Chairman of the 9-man Constitution Review Committee, Barrister Matthew Ayibakura, promised to do everything possible to be transparent and make sure everyone aired his or her view.

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According to him, the committee members have no right to input their opinions but to take people’s views across the three zones and chapters, compiled such opinions and submit such to the National Executives for further action.

The committee chairman said they have been to Eastern and Central zone for the public hearing, adding that after Western Zone hearing, the committee would move to Lagos and Abuja before compilation of council members’ views for onward submission to NEC.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Chairman, Western Zone of the IYC, Comrade Nicholas Igarama, while thanking the committee members for effort being put in place so far, promised the committee of an enabling environment.

 

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