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91-year-old man says he’s been security guard in Imo school for 54 years

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Godson Iruka, a 91-year-old security guard at Government Secondary School Owerri, says he has been on the school’s payroll for 54 years.

Iruka, who hails from Oboro-Ogwa in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo, said he was employed as the school’s security guard in 1970, and has seen more than 25 principals through the years.

A member of the administrative department of the school confirmed Iruka’s longevity on the job to TheCable.

Popularly known as ‘old soldier’, Iruka said he can still withstand the pressure from students and is still capable of whipping recalcitrant wards into line.

He added that he has not stopped doing things students know him for, including lifting them when they challenge him to a fight, jogging in the mornings, and reporting to work regularly and on time.

“As I speak to you, I am 91 years old, but I am still strong and sound. It is by the grace of God and being fair and honest,” he said.

“I came into this school in 1970, although, the management had regularly swapped me into a chef role because they have implicit confidence in me.

“I see school as my home and the students as my children. So many of the old boys always come to me for appreciation.

“There are so many of them who are very rich now and in positions of authority in government. Like, whenever they have an old boys reunion, they feel so happy seeing me not just alive, but hale and hearty.

“Most of them have supported me and my family financially and otherwise.

“And for the school principals and teachers, I can’t thank them enough for the massive love they have shown to me over the years. I will continue serving the school till I die.”

He said some of the challenges confronting the younger generation are impatience and the quest for money, adding that these factors have sent most to early graves.

“Patience is the key to success. I always advise young people not to be desperate in search of their desires,” he said.

“Many have died as a result of that. But I am very happy that students of this school who passed through me, are doing very well in business and politics.

“And I pray they go higher in life.”

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Man stabs six people to death at shopping mall in Australia

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An unidentified man has stabbed six persons to death at a shopping mall in Australia.

The incident occurred on Saturday at a six-level shopping centre located at Bondi Junction Westfield in Sydney.

Anthony Cooke, assistant commissioner of New South Wales police, said at a press conference that six persons were killed in the incident, while eight others were injured and are receiving treatment at a hospital.

He said the attacker was shot dead by a female police officer.

“She confronted the offender who had moved by this stage to level five (of the shopping center) as she continued to walk quickly behind him to catch up with him. He turned, faced her, raised a knife,” Cooke said.

“She discharged a firearm and that person is now deceased.”

An infant is reportedly among those stabbed by the attacker.

The attacker was said to have been to the shopping mall earlier, left and then returned to commence the killings.

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Abducted Channels TV reporter regains freedom — after 24 hours in captivity

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Joshua Rogers, a reporter with Channels TV, has regained freedom from his abductors.

Rogers was abducted on Thursday night near his residence in Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers state.

The journalist was said to have covered the inauguration of a healthcare facility in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, as donated to the state government by Peter Odili, former governor of Rivers.

He was returning home when he was abducted.

Rogers’ abductors reportedly contacted the family and demanded N30 million in ransom.

NAN reports Charles Oporum, his colleague, as saying that the journalist regained his freedom around 10 pm on Friday unharmed.

“Yes, he has been released about an hour ago, and has reunited with his family,” Oporum said.

The management of the television station also confirmed Rogers’ release in a brief statement.

“Channels Television reporter, Joshua Rogers, who was abducted last night in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been freed,“ the statement reads.

“We thank our viewers and all those who expressed concern over the unfortunate incident.”

It is, however, unclear whether he was rescued by security forces or if a ransom was paid for his release.

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Princess Owowoh becomes first Nigerian female officer to graduate from UK military academy

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Princess Owowoh has become the first-ever Nigerian female officer to graduate from the United Kingdom’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).

The 24-year-old was one of the 135 officer cadets to graduate during RMAS’ sovereign’s parade in London on Friday.

In 2018, Owowoh joined the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna where she was appointed as a cadet lance corporal in her second year.

She rose to a cadet sergeant in her fourth year and was appointed company senior under officer Charlie (CSUO C) in her fifth year.

Owowoh held the appointment with two other female counterparts and made history as the first female to assume the position of CSUO in the academy.

In her fourth year, she also completed the academics wing of the commissioning course and achieved first-class honours in biological sciences.

“It is a profound honour to be the first Nigerian female officer to be commissioned from the esteemed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst,” Owowoh said.

“This achievement is not mine alone, but a testament to the unwavering support of my family, mentors, instructors, and countless individuals who believed in me every step of the way.

“As I look ahead to the future, I am committed to representing Nigeria with pride, and to making a positive difference in the world.”

Some of the RMAS Nigerian alumni include Yakubu Gowon, former head of state, and Emmanuel Undiandeye, chief of defence intelligence.

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