The Late 5: ‘Troops withdraw from Abia’; LAUTECH calls of months-long strike; and other top stories

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Here are the top 5 stories that drove conversation today:

The Nigerian Army has agreed to withdraw its soldiers from Aba and Umuahia in Abia, according to the governor of Abia, Okezie Ikpeazu.

Military troops were deployed to the state for a military exercise tagged Operation Python Dance II on Friday, but, so far, have only met resistance.

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Ariaria police station in Aba, Abia, was burnt down, early Thursday, according to reports.

Security operatives were seen arriving at the area command headquarters shortly after the incident, throwing residents into a panic mode.

The attack on the police station is coming a day after members of the group were said to have killed a police sergeant in Rivers state.

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Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has said there is no tension in the country. Although, he later said efforts are on to quell the little tension in the Southeast.

He said, “I don’t think there is tension in the country. Which country? This Nigeria? No. Nigeria does not have any tension. At least you are in Abuja you have gone around there is no tension.”

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The strike embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Zamfara on Monday, had led to water scarcity, especially in the state’s capital, Gusau.

According to reports, many people moved from one house to another in search of water as the staff of the board refused to go to work in compliance with the NLC directive.

The state radio station, Zamfara Radio and Television, also remained off air in compliance with the NLC order.

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Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, will reopen on Friday, September 15, 2017, after 4 months on strike, according to a statement by the University registrar Jacob Agboola.

The students are to resume on September 25, however, lectures are not scheduled to commence until after the Independence day holiday.

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