Nigerian Army to build Bailey bridge in Enugu State

The Enugu State Executive Council has approved that the contract for the reconstruction of a bailey bridge over Ivo River in Okpanku, Ani Nri Local Government Area, be awarded to the Nigerian Army’s works unit for N54 million.

Speaking to journalists on decisions taken by the council, the commissioner for information, Godwin Udeuhele, said the army got the contract award based on the engineering expertise it had garnered over the years.

The commissioner also announced a planned collaboration between the state’s ministry of education and the Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN) towards the implementation of Literacy Enhancement and Achievement Project (LEAMP) in three local government areas of Udenu, Oji River and Enugu South. He disclosed that the education ministry has as a result been directed to express the state’s interest to the World Bank towards attracting the project.

“The LEAMP project is a reliable one that has the potential to enhance the proficiency of secondary school teachers as well as the performance of students in core subjects like English language, mathematics, sciences, among others,” he said.

Mr. Udeuhele revealed that the council further approved a review of rural electrification projects in Igbo-Etiti and Igboeze North by ten per cent of the project sum valued at N80,506,545 and N75,589,686 respectively. This review was informed by the need to ensure speedy and efficient completion of the projects, he explained.

Equally approved was the recruitment of 10 social welfare workers for the state’s ministry of gender affairs and social development to boost the establishment’s child welfare department.

The commissioner noted that the council meeting also witnessed the presentation of the Best State Government Website of the Year award to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi by the Institute of Information Management of Africa’s Records and Information Management Awareness, RIMA, foundation, adding that the sum of N10 million was subsequently approved for the purchase of ICT equipment for the ministry of science and technology’s Computer Training Centre to help it meet its mandate on computer literacy.


Source: Premium Times

Robbery kingpin killed in gun duel with Police in Enugu

The Enugu state police command has confirmed the death of a notorious armed robbery suspect, Chukwuemeka Ugwu, who operated in Enugu and Abakaliki, after a gun duel.

Ebere Amaraizu, the command’s spokesperson, confirmed the death via a statement issued on Thursday in Enugu.

Amaraizu said that the unrepentant armed robbery suspect had served years of imprisonment in Enugu and Abakaliki prisons in recent time.

“In the morning of March 28 and through intelligence information, the armed robbery kingpin, Chukwuemeka Ugwu, alias Akpuike, was trailed by police anti-robbery squad to his criminal hideout at Aguowa axis of Trans-Ekulu in Enugu,” he said.

Amaraizu explained that a gun duel ensued between the suspect, his boys and the police anti-robbery squad when he sighted the police operatives.

The spokesperson said the suspect was overpowered by the superior fire power of the police, who had laid siege for him in a carefully coordinated operation.

“The superior fire power of the police operatives resulted to the armed robbery kingpin sustaining serious injuries.

“The suspect was promptly rushed to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku/Ozala for medical attention,” he said.

Amaraizu said that the doctor on duty later confirmed him dead.


Source: The Cable

“PDP is dead”, former Enugu governor, Sullivan Chime declares.

A former governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, on Friday confirmed that he had dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Mr. Chime said the PDP is dead, according to a News Agency of Nigeria report.

The PDP, Nigeria’s largest opposition party governed the country for 16 years (1999 to 2015) during which period it also had majority in both houses of the National Assembly as well as majority of the state governors.

The party has been enmeshed in a major leadership after losing power and is currently split ?into two factions.

Many former PDP leaders have, like Mr.? Chime, dumped the party to join the current governing All Progressives Congress.

Enugu Governor Calls For Overhaul Of Electoral System, More Credibility.

The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has advocated an overhaul of Nigeria’s electoral system to foster greater credibility and consequently ensure good governance.

Speaking at the southeast public hearing on the review of Nigeria’s electoral system, Ugwuanyi suggested that the Justice Uwais report serves as a background to the present review.

“The reform we envisage will have to include overhaul of the electoral process and the proposed reform should help entrench culture of respect for the will of the people expressed through the ballot box.

“I believe that the recommendations of justice Uwais’ electoral reform should be adopted to serve as a background in appreciation of any reform measures.

“This exercise avails us the opportunity for a robust engagement on the recommendations of the committee as it affects the strengthening and protecting the autonomy of INEC from political interference,” Ugwuanyi said.

He also noted that the issue of pre-election litigation should be considered critically.

“Another issue of concern is the area of election litigation in the country. A situation where the pre-election litigation runs through the strata of courts in the country and even sub cedes after the winner of election has been sworn in is worrisome.

“The question therefore arises as to whether it would not be necessary to set a timeline for determining issues arising from party primaries and other pre-election matters just like post-election petitions.” he noted.

The committee chairman, Ken Nnamani, who told the gathering that the single objective of the public hearing is to see how electoral systems can be reformed to strengthen democracy, urged participants to discard every fear that the outcome of the reform would not be implemented.

“For those of you who are afraid that the outcomes of this hearing will not be implemented, be rest assured that if Mr President, who has been a victim of our electoral system for more than three times is on seat, he is most likely to implement the outcome of this hearing”.

He, however called on other citizens who could not make presentations to send email to the committee before the end of two weeks.


Source: Channels TV

Enugu Internal Revenue Board Goes Tough, Seals Off Eight Banks.

The Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue has sealed off eight banks in the metropolis, for failure to remit about 1Billion Naira tax to the government.

The exercise which started on Monday morning at about 5:30am, affected Access Bank PLC, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Skye Bank, Union Bank, Unity Bank, Heritage Bank, Keystone Bank and Sterling Bank, in the metropolis.

The Chairman, Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr Emeka Odo made this known to newsmen in Enugu, that the board obtained an order from the state High Court to seal the affected banks.

Mr Odo, said sealing of the banks which is the first phase of the enforcement exercise on the major companies and institutions will remain under lock and key, to ensure that they perform their civic obligations to the state government.

He however called on customers of the affected banks not to panic as the banks are expected to take necessary actions, to enable the government serve them better.


Source: Channels TV

Police nab two vigilante for alleged kidnapping in Enugu

The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested two members of vigilance group in Nimbo, Uzouwani Local Government of Enugu State, for alleged kidnap of Enechi Ejiofor on Dec. 13, 2016

The command’s spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu, made this known to journalists in Enugu on Thursday.

Mr. Amaraizu said the suspects abducted Mr. Ejiofor, a Special Assistant on Security Matters to Uzo Uwani Local Government Area Chairman, in December on his way to an official assignment at Ugwuiyi Ekoro.

The victim is still in the custody of the kidnappers.

He said that the kidnappers demanded N10 million ransom on December14, 2016 from the family but later reduced it to two million which one of the suspects collected.

The police spokesperson said that the two suspects were helping the operatives in their investigations.

He said that the first suspects revealed that they allegedly collaborated with the community vigilance group to kidnap the victim.

Mr. Amaraizu said that the first suspect, who claimed to be a Nollywood actor, said that he played a big role in monitoring the victim’s movement because he “knows him very well.”

The police spokesperson said that the suspects claimed not to know the whereabouts of the victim, saying that some vigilante members known as Ratty, Miri and Earthquake, whom he did not know their real names, knew better.

The second suspect also said that it was the first suspect, his friend, that lured him into the group.

Amaraizu said that first suspect accepted being involved in the kidnap as a full member of the vigilante while the second suspect just joined the group.

Enugu Government Signs 2017 Budget Into Law.

The Enugu State governor,  Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has signed the 2017 budget estimated at 105.72 billion Naira,  themed budget of Economic Recovery and Inclusive Development into law.

Governor Ugwuanyi commended the Enugu State House of Assembly members for a speedy passage of the budget and promised to fully implement it for the development of the state.

“I wish to express appreciation to the good people of the state for the opportunity to serve and reassure that our promise to deliver good governance and selfless service remain non-negotiable.

“I wish to assure you of our commitments to fully implement this budget so that we can achieve the objectives we have set out for rapid growth of the state.

However, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, said that there was no alteration to the budget as it was the size presented by the governor on December 23, 2016.

Mr Ubosi, however, said that the lawmakers juggled some of the entries where they found necessary to make the document more responsive to the yearnings of the state. He said that some ministries and government had unnecessary allocations to themselves but such were moved to other more pressing areas.

“In the course of looking at the budget we made some adjustments in areas we deemed necessary,” for instance the Ministry of Works was allocated two hilux vans, one of such vans was for five million Naira, the other was for 10 million Naira.

He said that the office of the Secretary to the State Government had allocated some money to rent a house “but we found it unnecessary and put the fund to another ministry.

Mr Ubosi appealed to the governor to ensure the full implementation of the budget, adding “the budget is a social contract between you and the people”.

Enugu Assembly to blacklist, prosecute erring contractors

The Enugu State House of Assembly has threatened to blacklist any contractor who failed to complete the job given to him on schedule.

The Chairman, House Committee on Works, Housing and Urban Development, Sunday Ude-Okoye, made the assertion when he led members of his committee to Aninri and Awgu Local government Areas in an oversight function.

He expressed disappointment over the slow execution of work in some of the project sites visited.

Ude-Okoye regretted that some contractors collected over 30 per cent of the total sum of the contract awarded to them and abandoned the job.

He vowed to organise a thorough Public Hearing on ongoing state projects in all the local government councils in the state.

The chairman warned the contractors to mobilise back to site or risk being blacklisted and prosecution.

He said, it will no longer business as usual in the state, where some scrupulous individuals collect government money without doing the work they were paid to do.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Enugu government in October, 2016, inaugurated over 35 projects in 17 local government areas of the state.

Enugu police rescues kidnapped girl sold for N350,000 in Abia

The Enugu State Police Command said that it has burst a kidnapping and human trafficking syndicate that abducted and sold a four-year-old girl in Abia for N350,000.

Ebere Amaraizu, the command’s spokesman, said in a statement that the little girl’s kidnap was aided by a family member from Inyi community in Oji River Local Government Area.

According to Mr. Amaraizu, the little girl went missing from school without a trace at about 12:45 p.m. on December 15, 2016 and was only recovered by the police one month later.

“The report of the missing girl threw the entire family, especially the mother, into confusion and sorrow.

“In the course of investigation, one Miss Chinedu Chukwu, immediate younger sister to the mother of the victim, and her boyfriend, Osunkwo Chinonso, were nabbed for their involvement in the dastardly act.

“They conspired and came in from Anambra to the school where little Chinecherem was, tricked and whisked away to Umuahia in Abia.

“They sold the child at Ihe Olokoro community of Abia to one Florence Nwokocha at the price of N350,000.

“Police operatives on January 16, nabbed Nwokocha who provided information leading to the recovery of the girl from where she was kept at Faulks Road, Aba, awaiting a buyer,” he said.

Mr. Amaraizu said the police had also launched full scale investigation and manhunt for the person who harboured the little girl in Aba.

“All the suspects are assisting the police in their investigations just as little Chinecherem Irechukwu has been reunited with her family,” the police spokesman said.

The mother of the victim, Mrs Irechukwu, expressed gratitude to God and the police for their prompt action which led to the arrest of the suspects and the rescue of her daughter.

“God is at work,” the relieved mother said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

She expressed regret that her immediate younger sister was involved in such a woeful act.

Buhari messed up by not traveling to Enugu – By Jude Egbas

In the minds of the average South Easterners, President Muhammadu Buhari doesn’t care about them.

It’s ‘constitutional’ to hate or deride Buhari in several parts of the South East. He’s persona non grata  in these parts.

South East States are Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu and Abia. It is not uncommon to hear people from these States refer to the President’s political party, APC, as Hausa party.

In the last presidential contest, only a few persons in the South East turned up for Buhari.

Buhari received a paltry 198,248 votes from the South East. In contrast, Goodluck Jonathan harvested 2,464,906 votes from the region.

Even Jonathan’s South South base handed Buhari more votes. 418,590 people voted for Buhari in the South South. Jonathan had the most votes in the region, polling 4,714,725 votes.

The South East has always been wary of any politician from the North of Nigeria. That fear of the Northern politician in the Igbo speaking States stem from the ills visited on Biafra by Nigeria during the civil war.

The Head of State at the time of the civil war was a northerner and majority of the rank and file in the Nigerian Army hailed from the northern geopolitical zone of the country.

Buhari was in the top echelon of the Army at the time of the civil war. He was never going to get love from the South East during the 2015 presidential election. The grudge from the South East for Buhari for “fighting against them” during the war, was evident in the eventual outcome from the 2015 polling.

The civil war scars have yet to heal in Igbo-land.

Buhari was flatly rejected in the region.

After winning the general election thanks to the votes from the South West and the northern geopolitical zones, Buhari’s first job was to unite a fractured country. It’s what decent leaders do.

He didn’t.

At an event in Washington DC in July 2015, Buhari said people from the region who gave him 5% of the vote shouldn’t expect to be treated the same way as those who gave him 97% of the vote.

“I hope you have a copy of the election results”, Buhari said at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP). “The constituents, for example, that gave me 97% [of the vote] cannot in all honesty be treated on some issues with constituencies that gave me 5%. I think these are political realities”, the newly elected President said.

It was a careless and flippant thing to say.

Where the South East was looking for inclusive governance cues from the new leader, Buhari handed them one more reason to believe that he isn’t their friend.

With one careless remark, the President had marginalized sections of the country even further.

In the months that followed, groups like the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) became more vocal and destructive; and a certain riff-raff called Nnamdi Kanu gained more sympathizers for his misguided Biafra cause.

Still, Buhari didn’t read the signs.

In his first set of federal appointments, he made sure to ostracize the South East and South South regions some more, handing critics who say he is clannish, more arrows for their bows.

Buhari is yet to visit a State in the South East region of Nigeria since he assumed the reins.

When the security summit recently held in Enugu, it was perfectly normal for the entire country to wonder why Buhari was nowhere near the venue of the event, especially because the government he heads holds up security as one of its cardinal objectives.

For the South East, this was one more reason not to trust Buhari.

What a difference his visit would have made!

Imagine what a charm offensive to this region during the visit would have done for his ratings.

In his defense, the President said he shunned the security summit because he yielded to counsel from South East elders.

“The President was presented with a request to attend the Economic and Security Summit by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. The President happily accepted”, a statement from the Presidency read.

“The visit to Enugu was scheduled for Thursday 22nd as can be found on the weekly programme.

“After this was done, some other stakeholders from the South East came and advised him to not go in view of the closeness of the date to Christmas; that given the sensitivity of the period to the people, a presidential visit may come with over-exertion and possibly, be disruptive of Christmas.

“In view of this, President Buhari requested that the event be pushed forward to January, 2017. Given his nature, he did not insist. He said if the change of date is not possible, then the event can go on without him. That is what the organisers chose to do.

“The President did not, and he absolutely has no reason to snub anyone.”

Tell that to the birds!

It was a lame excuse from the nation’s number one citizen.

A Commander-In-Chief should be able to show up in any part of the country whenever he chooses—whether at Christmas, Yam Festivals, Ogboni rituals, Cultists’ initiation, hailstones, earthquakes, flooding, Boko Haram war—whenever.

He’s the C-In-C for a reason. A packed Christmas schedule in the host State shouldn’t prevent the President from making a most important trip to any part of this nation.

Citing closeness to Christmas as reason for not making the trip to Enugu was rather hollow and infantile. It was pure, unfiltered baloney. It made little sense.

It would have been better to shut it.

Buhari has to do more to unite a fractured country. He has to assure persons of other regions who didn’t vote for him that they are part of his plans for a better Nigeria.

He’s got to be the unifier in Chief. Thus far, he hasn’t.

Not making the trip to Enugu and canceling an earlier trip to Rivers to flag off the Ogoni cleanup, were missed opportunities.

The President has no one else to blame (for the agitations and unrests in these geopolitical regions) but himself.

President Buhari, Ministers Shun South-East Summit After IPOB Threat

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday stayed away from the maiden South-East Economic and Security Summit in Enugu, which started about 48 hours after some pro-Biafra agitators warned him not to set foot in Igboland.

Buhari was meant to be the Chief Guest of Honour at the summit, which held in the Enugu State Government House, according to the programme of the event.

Although the President was expected at the event, as noted by several speakers who spoke during the event, he did not show up, neither was he represented.

Also, ministers from the South-East, who were slated to make presentations at the event, all stayed away.

A pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, had in the build up to the summit, issued a statement, warning Buhari to stay away from the South-East, in his own interest.

IPOB, whose leader, and director of pirate radio channel, Nnamdi Kanu, is being held by the Federal Government, accused Buhari of ‘persecution’, and threatened ‘a breakdown of law and order’ should the President attend the summit.

While no mention of the IPOB warning was made throughout the opening session of the summit, Buhari’s absence was a major talking point as several speakers expressed surprise, and confusion, at the development.

The Chairman of the South-East Security and Economic Summit, former power minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji, in his opening remarks, observed, “We have not seen the President.”

Later on, in a presentation by the summit committee, Nnaji had to substitute Buhari’s name with that of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who attended the event as the ‘Distinguished Guest of Honour’, in the introductory part of a prepared address where he was to thank Buhari for attending the occasion as the Chief Guest of Honour.

Instead of thanking Buhari for gracing the occasion as the chief guest of honour, as stated in the prepared address, Nnaji thanked Obasanjo for attending the event as the distinguished guest of honour.

Nnaji also thanked the Enugu State government for undertaking to sponsor some aspects of the President’s visit.

The chairman of the event, former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, drew attention to Buhari’s absence.

“I was going to start by saluting the representative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but I have not been told of such a person,” the retired diplomat said.

Anyaoku went further to express regrets that Buhari was not present at the event.

Rounding up his address with a call for the restructuring of the country, he said, “I had hoped that Mr. President would be here to hear me.

“Like Cato, the Roman senator who always ended his speeches by calling for the destruction of Carthage until his call was heeded, I will restate my assertion that if the Nigerian federation is restructured to have less federating units, this country will achieve greater stability and faster pace of development, and there will no longer be a need for the Federal Government to bailout many of the non-viable 36 states.”

Buhari was meant to be the Chief Guest of Honour at the summit, which held in the Enugu State Government House, according to the programme of the event.

Although the President was expected at the event, as noted by several speakers who spoke during the event, he did not show up, neither was he represented.

Also, ministers from the South-East, who were slated to make presentations at the event, all stayed away.

A pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, had in the build up to the summit, issued a statement, warning Buhari to stay away from the South-East, in his own interest.

IPOB, whose leader, and director of pirate radio channel, Nnamdi Kanu, is being held by the Federal Government, accused Buhari of ‘persecution’, and threatened ‘a breakdown of law and order’ should the President attend the summit.

While no mention of the IPOB warning was made throughout the opening session of the summit, Buhari’s absence was a major talking point as several speakers expressed surprise, and confusion, at the development.

The Chairman of the South-East Security and Economic Summit, former power minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji, in his opening remarks, observed, “We have not seen the President.”

Later on, in a presentation by the summit committee, Nnaji had to substitute Buhari’s name with that of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who attended the event as the ‘Distinguished Guest of Honour’, in the introductory part of a prepared address where he was to thank Buhari for attending the occasion as the Chief Guest of Honour.

Instead of thanking Buhari for gracing the occasion as the chief guest of honour, as stated in the prepared address, Nnaji thanked Obasanjo for attending the event as the distinguished guest of honour.

Nnaji also thanked the Enugu State government for undertaking to sponsor some aspects of the President’s visit.

The chairman of the event, former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, drew attention to Buhari’s absence.

“I was going to start by saluting the representative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but I have not been told of such a person,” the retired diplomat said.

Anyaoku went further to express regrets that Buhari was not present at the event.

Rounding up his address with a call for the restructuring of the country, he said, “I had hoped that Mr. President would be here to hear me.

“Like Cato, the Roman senator who always ended his speeches by calling for the destruction of Carthage until his call was heeded, I will restate my assertion that if the Nigerian federation is restructured to have less federating units, this country will achieve greater stability and faster pace of development, and there will no longer be a need for the Federal Government to bailout many of the non-viable 36 states.”

Fear of mass defection looms in Enugu PDP as President Buhari visits.

There are strong indications that a mass defection capable of impacting on the political dominance of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State may happen soon.

The Guardian gathered over the weekend that some prominent PDP politicians in the state led by former Senate President, Ken Nnamani are on the verge of concluding arrangements to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) hopefully by January next year.

Sources claimed that the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state today would be used to further cement the emerging relationship as he is billed to meet with members of the party and those intending to join in the state.

Majority of those said to be talking with the national leadership of the APC are persons believed to have played prominent roles in the state during the immediate past administration of Sullivan Chime including former members of the National Assembly, former State House of Assembly members as well as those who served as cabinet members in the administration, among others.

Nnamani had earlier in the year disclosed that he was quitting PDP because the platform had abandoned “the path of its noble vision and values”, stressing that “the PDP as present is not the party I joined years ago to help change my country”.

Although, he had since then not announced his new party, his romance with the presidency clearly signposted that he would likely pitch tent with the APC should current discussions which sources said, “Is almost concluded.”

It was gathered that those itching to defect to the APC are allegedly disenchanted with the style of leadership of the party, which had shut some of them out of the scheme of things in the state.

For instance, they are said to be pointing at the recently held ward, local and state congresses in the state in which many of them were allegedly not allowed to make input or make recommendations for appointment into the party hierarchy.

Former governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo; former Senator, Fidelis Okoro; Chief Gbazuagu Nweke Gbazuagu; as well as Mrs. Dorothy Nwodo, are among prominent politicians that have joined the APC in the state.

The development is said to be unsettling the PDP, as there are heightened fears that the move could threaten the chances of the PDP in the 2019 general elections in the state.

Efforts to get the comments of the State Chairman of the PDP, Augustine Nnamani on the development proved abortive, but the immediate past Publicity Secretary of the party, Dr. Okey Eze stated that nothing has happened to threaten the political dominance of the PDP in Enugu and even beyond 2019.

He said that PDP has remained formidable and that her dominance in Enugu politics was based on the confidence the people reposed on it as a party they could always trust, explaining that the party had done things according to its guidelines.

He said: “Those who have left the party in the state have not communicated us that they are leaving. But these are big time politicians whom you may not know where they are until the chips are down. I want to assure you that PDP is Enugu state and Enugu is PDP. We have been in this business since 1999 and no other party has won Enugu and till thy kingdom come, Enugu will remain PDP. The highest political office holder in PDP is from Enugu state. PDP has never failed the citizens of this state and therefore they have absolute confidence in PDP. So many had left before now and they later came back. PDP will continue to exist in Enugu state and will certainly retain the state in 2019”.

Nigeria police officer clubbed to death in Enugu State.

The Enugu State Police Command says it has commenced investigation into the clubbing to death of a police officer who was attempting to apprehend some hoodlums smoking Indian hemp in Enugu metropolis.


The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the incident took place at about 5.p.m on Saturday at the popular New Artisan Market within Enugu metropolis.


NAN gathered that the hoodlums, who were intoxicated with the hard drugs, overpowered the officer and then used hard objects to club him to death.


Reacting, the command’s spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, said that the police had begun massive crackdown and investigation into the matter.


“We are saddened with the development that we lost one of our own in the line of duty.


“It is unfortunate that at this age, people still engage in maiming law enforcement officers meant to protect and ensure they live peacefully in their neighbourhoods.


“We have launched investigation into the matter.


“The command would unravel what happened and deal with the culprits decisively,” he said.

Hoodlums strangle widow to death, steal money, bags of rice.

Suspected robbers at the weekend reportedly strangled an Enugu State indigene resident in Kwara State.


The victim, a widow, identified as Florence Ede, was a food seller when she came to the community in 1985, but became a commercial farmer after the death of her husband.


The incident happened on her farm in Chikanda, a border community in Baruten Local Government Area of the state.


Speaking on the incident, a member of the Igbo community in Chikanda, Mr. Mayor Akonobi, said the deceased, popularly known as Mama do good was strangled by the assailants, who had trailed her to the farm.


Akonobi told the Punch that the robbers also carted away 12 bags of rice harvested from the victim’s farm.


“She had a huge amount of money on her and had wanted to pay the labourers before she was killed,” Akonobi added, noting that the only guard at the farm when the incident occurred ran away when the assailants attacked her.


Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, said the police had commenced investigation into the death of the mother of four.


“The guard and the labourers have been arrested. They are helping us with our investigation,” the PPRO stated.

One dead, 11 unconscious in Enugu accident; police seek help to identify victims.

The Police in Enugu on Thursday said one person died and 11 others lost consciousness in an accident that occurred at Ezeagu community, along Onitsha-Enugu Expressway.


The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the accident happened at about 9 p.m. on Wednesday.


Mr. Amaraizu said the police were yet to identify and contact the relatives or friends of the victims.


He appealed to members of the public to report to the police any missing person or someone that undertook a journey through the Onitsha-Enugu road that had not returned home.


“The accident involved an empty luxurious bus and a mass transit company mini-bus loaded with passengers coming from Enugu.


“It was gathered that both vehicles collided while plying one way which left one person in the mini-bus dead while eleven others are in critical condition.


“Police intervention saw the conveyance of the injured persons to Ekochin Hospital 9th Mile Corner, Ngwo, near Enugu,’’ he said.


Mr. Amaraizu said that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at Our Saviour Hospital Mortuary, 9th Mile Corner, Ngwo, near Enugu.

14 deaths, 5 injuries; NERC decries incessant electrical accidents at EEDC.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has decried the worrisome electricity accidents resulting in 14 deaths and five injuries in 2016 alone in the Enugu Electricity Distribution Network.

The Acting Chairman of NERC, Dr. Anthony Akah, expressed the worry in a statement by Dr. Usman Arabi, the Head Public Affairs Department of NERC, in Abuja on Monday.

Akah frowned at EEDC’s violation of NERC’s standards on performance.

He expressed dismay over alleged disregard of the commission’s directives on mass disconnection of communities and high incidences of high estimated billing resulting from inadequate electricity metering of its customers.

He said among the various violation of EEDC was its failure to submit inventory data for 2016 to the commission; hence it was slammed a fine of N13 million.

Akah said it was on record that from January to September, EEDC recorded over 2,466 unresolved electricity complaints from customers who were dissatisfied with services rendered.

He said NERC would open its 17th forum office to ensure speedy resolution of complaints by electricity customers within EEDC’s network.

He said the members of the forum were appointed among representatives of all classes of customers, including industrial, commercial and residential.

Akah said the forum was devoid of class, adding that electricity customers across the country must desist from taking electricity complaints to court.

He urged customers with electricity issues to approach the forum when dissatisfied.

According to him, growth and development of the electricity sector remains a joint responsibility of both operators and electricity customers.

Police in Enugu arrest three suspected robbers with bullet wounds in hospital

The Police Command in Enugu State on Wednesday said that it had arrested three armed robbery suspects ridden with bullet wounds through hospitals’ surveillance in Nsukka axis of Enugu State.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on Friday engaged bandit in a gun duel, leaving one dead and many with bullet injures fleeing at about 7:15pm in Odenigwe Road in Nsukka.

The command’s spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, told NAN in Enugu that the first suspect was arrested following continuous surveillance and information from a public spirited individual at about 6:30am on Tuesday.

Amaraizu said: “One of the suspects, identified as Kelechukwu Isiani of Amukpa Ogboalla Opi in Nsukka Local Government Area, was arrested at a hospital where he had allegedly gone to treat bullet wounds he sustained in the hand and chest.

“Suspect is now helping the police in their investigations, which also led to the arrest of two other members of the gang at their hideout.

“The two arrested members of the notorious robbery gang who gave their names as Nnamdi Omeje, a.k.a. Obele, and a female member of the gang identified as Chiamaka Agbo.

“The three of them are currently helping police operatives in their investigation.”

The police spokesman noted that the command had already renewed and increased its onslaught against crime and criminality in the state.

Enugu gives 24-hour ultimatum to NRC to replace malfunctioning facilities.

The Enugu State Government on Wednesday gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to replace malfunctioning facilities in the state to avoid train accident.

The ultimatum was sequel to the killing of a resident of the state by a train on Tuesday along the Ogbete Main Market Enugu.

It could be recalled that the victim, Ikechukwu Imediagwu, a native of Isikwuato in Abia State, the only son of his parents, died instantly, while other persons were said to have sustained injuries.

A government delegation led by the State’s Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Sam Ogbu Nwobodo, expressed anger at the railway crossing in Ogbete Market Enugu, where it discovered that none of the barriers was in good working condition.

Other government officials on the team included the Commissioner for transport, Vitalis Okechi, the caretaker chairmen of Enugu North and Enugu South, Isaac Igwe and Sunday Ugwu among others.

Officials of the Railway Corporation and men of the police traffic unit had engaged in heated argument, as the latter and other eye witnesses insisted that nobody was on ground to give signal before the train suddenly bumped into the market road.
Nwobodo, however, intervened insisting that government must get to the root of the matter as it was not ready to toy with lives of residents.

“We are talking of loss of life here and I want us to bear that in mind. All the parties involved must cooperate with the government to ensure that this does not happen again.”

Enugu to prosecute suspects over Nimbo massacre.

Enugu State government has ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police to transmit original case file of suspects arrested in connection with Ukpabi Nimbo incident in Uzo-Uwani Local Council of the state to enable it begin their trial.

This followed an alleged refusal by the Kogi State High Court presided over by Justice H.A Olusiyi to grant application for leave to enable the police prefer charges against five suspects arrested on May 25 and a suit by the Civil Rights Realization and Advancement Network (CRRAN) against the Attorney general of Enugu State over his alleged inability to prosecute the suspects.

The suspects, Mohammed Zurai, Ciroma Musa, Saleh Adamu, Suleiman Laute and Haruna Laute had been arrested and paraded by the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase in connection with the massacre, stressing that there were overwhelming evidence which included video recording of the incident found on one of the suspects.

CRRAN had on July 29 written the Enugu Attorney General to invoke his constitutional power and demand the case file from police and prosecute the suspects since the offence was committed in Enugu.

Piqued by the manner the letter was handled in prosecuting the alleged suspects, CRRAN had on September last month, dragged the Enugu Attorney General and Inspector general of Police to court, asking it to declare illegal the continued detention of the suspects by the police without trial.

FAAN woos cargo operators, others to Enugu Airport

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has urged airline operators, service providers and the business community to take advantage of the new freight opportunities now available at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The authority’s invite is on the heels of international cargo operations that has since commenced at the Enugu airport with weekly flight by Ethiopian Airlines.

In a related development, the Managing Director (MD) of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, has urged workers in airports across the country to rededicate themselves to place FAAN at the highest pedestal and among organisations that have excelled against all odds.

Dunoma said that the new export window provides opportunities for start-ups and cargo related businesses especially in perishable and non perishable produce.

He said: “This will enable our people participate in the export market, earn foreign exchange and contribute to the GDP of the country,” adding that FAAN has put in place, processes and procedures to sustain its commitment to safety, security and passenger comfort.

Speaking at the 2016 annual performance review meeting of the directorate of commercial and business development held in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, the MD noted that the dwindling fortunes arising from the negative impact of the present economic realities is a wake-up call on all to respond to President Muhammed Buhari’s charge to “think outside the box”.

Dunoma said: “There must be a major paradigm shift in our business model. This will provide us the opportunity to collectively carry out a forensic audit of our activities, processes and values in the pursuit of our vision to be amongst the best airport groups in the world.”

He charged participants to evolve new and efficient measures to improve on non-aeronautical revenue sources while attaining best practices in service contract with its stakeholders.

“My expectation is that attention will be given to the critical areas of commercial operations targeted at the urgent optimisation of revenue performance, enhanced work processes, and substantial decline in revenue losses,” Dunoma said.

Acting Director of Commercial and Business Directorate, Tito Okpaise, said the retreat, with the theme, “Fortifying processes for sustained growth” was meant to renew commitment, determination and zeal of staff to deliver beyond expectations.

Ogun, Enugu, Abia teachers want better remuneration

Ogun State teachers have asked for better condition of service and remuneration. They made the appeal in Abeokuta, the state capital, at the ceremony to mark the World Teachers’ Day.

Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Dare Ilekoya, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues in Abeokuta, the capital, said that the time had come for both the federal and state governments to accord them the “necessary” recognition.

His words: “The teachers as veritable agents of change need to be empowered both financially and intellectually. It is time to re-appraise the roles of teachers and accord them the necessary recognition without struggle.”

Governor Ibikunle Amosun assured the teachers that his administration would continue to create a good and conducive environment for them to operate.

Amosun, represented by his Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, called on stakeholders to join hands with the government to move the sector forward.

But the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Akeem Ambali, said the union would not go back on the 21-day ultimatum given to Amosun government to address the issue of unpaid allowances of the state workforce.

In Enugu, teachers bemoaned the age-long non-payment of retirement or death benefits to retired teachers and next-of-kin of the deceased teachers.They lamented that the last time gratuity was paid to primary and secondary school teachers in the state was in 2002 and 2009 respectively.

Represented by the state Chairman of the NUT, Ozor Paul Nnaji, the teachers decried the fact that even pension was not paid on regular basis, particularly as it concerned retired primary school teachers who might have to stay for some months without it after retirement. Abia teachers urged the state government to ensure that their rights were given to them.

The state NUT chairman, Akparanta Chizobem, who stated this in his address to mark the day, disclosed that primary and secondary school teachers were owed four months and five months salaries respectively.

He said: “We humbly appeal to government to value the teacher and improve on his status to give his best to better the society, as the working condition of the teacher is the learning condition of the child.”

No more Business for Portfolio Contractors in Enugu – Ugwuanyi

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State says the era of engaging portfolio contractors who do shoddy jobs for the state government is over.

Ugwuanyi, presenting school furniture to the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board on Tuesday, said only seasoned contractors would henceforth be engaged to work in the state.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Cecelia Ezeilo, reiterated his appeal to contractors to deliver quality assured jobs in line with agreed specifications.

He said that the state government would no longer tolerate contractors who abandon projects after mobilisation, insisting that contractual terms must be met.

Ugwuanyi said that he was moved to donate the school furniture due to the situation and challenges in the public schools, where pupils study under unfriendly circumstances.

He said that his administration would embark on massive turnaround of infrastructure in public schools in the state, promising that the situation would never be the same again.

The governor expressed satisfaction with the ongoing reconstruction of 370 classroom blocks in the state, which he said, had attained 90 per cent completion.

Ugwuanyi said: “We are committed to ensuring that our children are comfortable in their classrooms in order to make the job of teaching easier for the teachers.

“We shall continue to respond to the needs of these children in schools because their comfort and safety today guarantee the comfort and safety of our future.”

Ugwuanyi said that education remained a priority in his reform agenda, being the fulcrum for sustainable development.

Responding, the Chairman of ENSUBEB, Chief Ikeje Asogwa, said the gesture would help to boost the morale of pupils and teachers.

Asogwa said that the furniture would be equitably shared to benefitting schools across the state.

He urged the education secretaries to generate the list of the beneficiaries in line with their scale of need.

The governor donated 12, 480 desks and chairs for use by primary school pupils and 868 tables and chairs for teachers.

BREAKING: Anxiety in Enugu as MASSOB declares war on Nigeria

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Thursday, declared full blown war with the Federal Government to press for the unconditional release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other Biafra agitators detained in various prisons nationwide and in Diaspora.

A palpable anxiety pervades Enugu State over the would-be clash between pro-Biafra groups of MASSOB, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and security agencies following the Friday sit-at-home order, to protest the continued detention of their members in detention.

Vanguard monitored the mood of the people within the metropolis and found out that many parents may have decided to withdraw their wards from school even as they were apprehensive of going to their various places of work.

There was copious presence of security personnel at strategic places within the metropolis especially at the three-arms zone housing the Government House.

At the Okpara Square, a detachment of Mobile Policemen numbering over 200 were seen rehearsing crowd and combat techniques as early as 9.30AM. Unusual siren blaring police vehicles patrolled the streets intermittently while Police authorities had earlier assured the public of adequate safety, advising them to go about their lawful businesses.


A statement signed and made available to Vanguard by MASSOB Leader, Uchenna Madu read,” MASSOB in the spirit of Biafranism and brotherhood among Biafra agitators have declared full support for the call for civil disobedience against Nigeria state on the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other Biafra agitators detained across Nigeria and in Diaspora.

“In the spirit of collaboration and for Biafra sake, MASSOB will engage positively in every steps, programs and activities that will draw Biafra closer to actualization. We shall continue to collaborate and partner with every positive move and steps that will affect the release of our Comrades in different Nigeria prisons and detention camps.

“The call for stay at home tomorrow which has been our recalling measure and steps for effective civil disobedience is totally voluntarily, this exercise has always been the life wire of the Biafran struggle which boomed the potency and acceptability of the Biafra struggle. The request for closure of Markets, public / private motor parks, schools and other public business premises is voluntarily, not by force, it is a mark of respect and love for our fatherland. As a non violence organization, Biafrans shall not be compelled, pressurised or forced to observe the stay at home exercise.

“MASSOB, IPOB and other pro Biafra groups will not molest, compel or intimidate anybody to observe the stay at home exercise as all our members shall stay indoors, there shall be no physical demonstration, street march, procession or any other public functions tomorrow in Biafra land.

“The heavy presence of armed Nigeria Army, Mobile police, SSS operatives, Navy, Civil Defence in major cities of Biafra land since yesterday are all signs of Military jittery, fear and cowardice, it is mesmerization of President Buhari’s soldiers. The security panic, the presence of Soldiers has created in Biafra land will assist immensely and positively on the people to comply to our demands.

“The Nigeria security agents are complimenting and justifying the Biafra struggle. MASSOB is demanding the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi kanu and others detained in Nigeria prisons. The Biafra struggle will continue to unfold more confusing nature to Nigeria state until they realize their fruitless efforts in the unjust detention of Biafran Jews.

“No amount of security intimidation, mesmerization, killings, detention, oppression, incarceration etc will ever stop the will power of an indigenous people for self determination. MASSOB also condemned the brutalities, unlawful subjection and detention of Uchenna Inya (Abakiliki correspondent of New Telegraph Newspaper) on the day of MASSOB anniversary, the use of force can never stop the inflow of the spirit of Biafra”.

Police investigate shooting, abduction of farmers in Enugu

Police have commenced investigation into the alleged shooting of a farmer and abduction of two other farmers by suspected gunmen in Enugu State.

The police spokesman in Enugu State, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Enugu that the incident took place at Akpakume-Nze Community in Igbo-Etiti Council Area.

According to him, the incident happened at about 12 noon on Tuesday, while the victims were weeding their farms.

“It was gathered that yet to be identified gunmen had allegedly shot one Lazarus Amadi, who had gone to farm and injuring him as well as abducting two other farmers.

“The command mobilised and went into the farmland where the injured Lazarus Amadi was rescued and taken to a hospital where he is responding to treatment,’’ he said.

It remains unclear if the attack was carried out by herdsmen, who have been accused of such in recent months.

The leader of Hausa Community in Enugu State, Alhaji Abubakar Sambo, last week revealed why the state is prone to attacks from Fulani herdsmen.

But Amaraizu said that police operatives in partnership with members of the community embarked on intense manhunt with a view to rescue the abducted farmers identified as Paul Ugwu and Hycenith Eze.

“After a day intense manhunt by the police operatives with members of the local communities, the two abducted persons were rescued and returned to their families unhurt,’’ he said.

Armed Herdsman Arrested In Enugu

A 20-year-old herdsman, Ibrahim Adamumale, has been arrested by the Police in Enugu for allegedly being in possession of an AK47 rifle.

The suspect, who claimed to have hailed from Nasarawa State, was also found with 24 rounds of live ammunition.

The Spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Enugu.Amaraizu said that the suspect, who revealed that he lives at Hausa quarters in 9th-mile area and had some cows at Affa-Udi bush, was arrested on Sunday.

“The suspect was nabbed by the combine efforts of the police and the members of the public from Affa-Udi community acting on a tip off.

“The suspect before he was nabbed had expended about six shots on the air to evade being nabbed.

“Before now, the police and members of the public have gathered information about the suspect’s antecedents in relation to bearing of sophisticated weapon within Affa-Udi axis in Udi council area and its environs,’’ he said.

Amaraizu said that the suspect was already helping the police in their investigation to determine how he came about the rifle.

He said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, had expressed delight at the effort of his men and the community that led to the arrest of the suspect.

“The Commissioner has reassured that under his watch, he will continue to partner relevant stakeholders and sister security agencies for a safe, secure and peaceful Enugu State.”


Enugu Herdsmen’s Attack: Senator, Others Call For State Of Emergency

Angry voices have continued to rise over last Thursday’s attack, by suspected Fulani herdsmen, on Ndiagu Attakwu community in Nkanu-West Local Government Area of Enugu State that left a seminarian and a woman dead, and three others critically wounded.
With the reported death of the second victim of the attack, the Councillors’ Forum, an association of former and current Councillor’s in the state has called for an immediate ban on grazing in the state.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after their visit of the community, leader of the Councillors Forum Hon. Chidiebere Oko, noted that the situation has become so serious that it should no longer be treated with kid gloves.
“Just as we condemn the act, we cannot continue to fold our arms not knowing what tomorrow has in stock. This is getting out of hand and it is time to act. We have, thus, decided as a body, to call for an immediate ban on any form of grazing across the length and breadth of Enugu State.” Oko said.
He called on the state House of Assembly to urgently make a legislation outlawing grazing in Enugu State “be it by Fulani people or any other person for that matter.”
Reacting to the attack, the Senate Committee Chairman on Communications, Gilbert Nnaji, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on activities of herders in the country, while others, including the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), and Igbo Ohanaeze Media Forum have called for various measures ranging from introduction of bills criminalising indiscriminate grazing to outright ban of buying and selling of cow meat by the Igbos.
The Senator, while condoling with families of the victims, warned that until governments at all levels recognise the menace as a national concern, all the public outcries would amount to nothing.
He added that apart from ensuring that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are brought to book as a deterrent to further attacks, the Federal Government should come up with stringent measures to tackle the issue once and for all, in the interest of the country.
The senator had made a similar call while contributing to the motion, at the senate in April this year, on the massacre of the people of Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani LGA of Enugu.
Describing the killings as callous and provocative, the Civil Liberties Organisation, (CLO), South-East Zone, urged the governors of the states that make up the zone to sponsor bills in the state Houses of Assembly that would make it a criminal offence for herdsmen to engage in indiscriminate grazing within the zone.
A statement signed by the South-East zonal Chairman of the body, Comrade Aloysius Attah, described the incessant killings by herdsmen as an act of barbarism and terrorism against Igbo people.
In its own reaction, Ohanaeze Media Forum (OMF), the umbrella body said to be made of Igbo journalists called on Ndigbo in every part of the country to shun cow meat as a way of registering their displeasure over the incessant killing of their kits and kins by Fulani herdsmen.
In a communiqué issued at the end of their emergency meeting in Lagos and signed by Chidiadi Elendu and Ngozi Emedoluibe chairman and secretary respectively, the body called on traditional rulers in the South East to ban the use of cow meat in any festival activity in Igbo land.
“When everybody begins to shun cow meat the herdsmen would realize that they no longer have business in Igbo land and would leave,” it noted.

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False Prophecy Church Syndicate Busted In Enugu

The Enugu State Police Command has nabbed a suspected fake prophecy syndicate that specialises in working with owners of churches to confirm prophecies in order to win more members for such churches.
A statement signed by the command’s spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, in Enugu, yesterday, said  the syndicate was nabbed at Holy Ghost park axis and popular P&T axis of Enugu metropolis by police operatives of the Central Police Station, Enugu.
He noted that the syndicate, who were nabbed on August 19 and 20 included Obi Ejike from Ubaho Okija in Ihiala Local Government in Anambra and Kuku Mary from Ijebu-Ode in Ogun.
The others were Oluwakemi Joy from Ojo in Lagos State, Nwosu Chizoba from Umunze in Anambra and Peter Uchechi from Ebonyi.
The spokesman said the syndicate was nabbed on their way to a church in Abakaliki and in Enugu to join in the fake prophecy deal.
“Luck ran out of the syndicate as confusion broke out at a bus-stop among them leading to arguments, which attracted the attention of police operatives.”
He said the police team observed that Ejike and Joy were up to a nefarious act and on further interrogation they revealed their mission.
The spokesperson said, “the other group billed for Abakiliki church prophecy were trailed and nabbed at P&T bus stop while waiting for a bus to Abakaliki’’.
Mr. Amaraizu said one of the suspects, Uchechi, maintained that they were recruited in large numbers and kept in a house in Onitsha, Anambra.
Uchechi, he said, maintained that they shuttle to various states to confirm prophecies for the purpose of winning souls for churches and were usually paid through their coordinator.


Enugu Approves School Feeding For Pupils In Primary 1-3

Enugu State government has taken another giant stride to ensure quality and affordable education through the provision of one free meal daily for its pupils in primary one to three.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the state who inaugurated a steering committee to drive this free meal project yesterday stated that his administration was not only committed to move education to the next level but that it would make the development projects in the sector sustainable.

Prof. Uche Eze who is the state commissioner for education heads the steering committee and explained during the inauguration that the introduction of the single free meal daily for pupils in primary one to three would stimulate sustained attention by the pupils as well as encourage school farming since the feeding is home-grown based.

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Chris Ngige Booed In Enugu Over Buhari’s ‘Lopsided Appointments’

The people from the South-East region on Monday, in Enugu, booed the Minister of Labour ?and Productivity, Chris Ngige, after he tried to defend appointments so far made by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Ngige was in the Enugu State capital to speak at the Town Hall session for the South-East region organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.

But as he spoke, he was repeatedly jeered by those in the hall who kept shouting “No no no”.

At a point the hall became uncontrollable, and it took a lot of efforts for organisers to restore order.

Some participants complained that Mr. Buhari had so far marginalised the zone in the appointments made so far.

Mr. Ngige had tried to defend President Buhari’s appointments, saying a leader must be allowed to work with people he could trust, a line of argument that sparked further jeers.

Some of those at the event expressed displeasure at the level of neglect they said the region was facing.

Among the issues raised was the ongoing forgery trial of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, with the Ohanaeze Ndigbo vowing to resist any move to remove him.

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ICPC Arraigns Surgeon For Demanding N320k Bribe Before Carrying Out A Surgery In Enugu

A former Consultant Cardio-thoracic Surgeon in the Department of Surgery, University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, Professor Martin Aghaji, has been arraigned before Justice R. O. Odugu of a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on a 4-count charge of allegedly demanding and receiving bribe in the course of his official duties.

The charges bordered on administrative corruption, extortion and conferring corrupt advantages on himself, which violate Sections 8 and 19 and are punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. Professor Aghaji, had sometime in 2003, while being a public officer used his position as a Consultant Cardio-thoracic Surgeon at UNTH Enugu, demanded for N320, 000 and received N70, 000, before he could carry out a surgical operation on one late Francis Ebeogbodi, which he never did before the patient passed on.

Investigations have shown that although it is unethical for doctors in public service to demand and accept money before performing their official duties, the accused had allegedly done so. Professor Aghaji pleaded not guilty and was granted bail on self-recognition.

NAF Begins Construction Of Permanent Base In Enugu

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Saturday, revealed that work had commenced on the construction of a permanent base for officers and men in Emene near Enugu metropolis.

The Commander, NAF Base Services Group, Enugu, Air Commodore Ebenezer Alade, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the move would further boost the morale of officers in Enugu.

Alade commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, for the special attention given to NAF officers and men in Enugu.The vision of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is being felt in all units and formations of the NAF, and for us in Enugu, we bear testimony of that vision.

We are all excited about this development of construction of our permanent base in Emene near Enugu.

We are also happy that Enugu has become a re-occurring decimal in the agenda of the Chief of the Air Staff.

Alade, who, however, did not mention the cost of the ongoing project, said that a team of officers from NAF headquarters recently inspected sports facilities in Enugu toward the conduct of NAF Games 2016 later in the year.

All these are pointers to the strategic importance of Enugu to the NAF family,’’ he added.

NAN recalls that the CAS about two weeks ago inaugurated eight projects at Air Force Comprehensive Secondary School, Agbani near Enugu.

The projects inaugurated included a 16-bed ultra modern clinic, drains and reconstructed sections of collapsed school perimeter fence.

Others were the renovated dining hall, five classroom blocks, administrative block, three blocks of students’ hostel and reclamation of eroded football field.

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Three Dead Bodies Found Buried In Foundation Of Enugu Church [PHOTOS]

There was outrage yesterday in Enugu State following the discovery shocking images of dead bodies buried in shallow graves along the Enugu Port-Harcourt Express Road.



The incident, which occurred on Monday evening at the Ugwuaji Area of the State has kept residents in tears.
The corpses were buried inside the foundation of the building suspected to be a church under construction and totally covered with concrete.

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DailyPost gathered that construction of the building whose owner could not be immediately ascertained, commenced recently and was at the foundation level before the gory discovery Monday.



Unconfirmed sources said one of the workers at the site, who heard about the burial of the deceased inside the foundation before it was concretized, alerted security operatives about the evil act.
Policemen were said to have after receiving the tip-off mobilized some labourers who dug the foundation open and discovered the corpses.



The discovery attracted several passersby and motorists plying the road to the scene.



They expressed shock at the discovery and called on security agents to do everything possible to fish out the perpetrators of the act, who they suspected could be ritualists.



Some residents of the neighbourhood alleged that the building believed to be a proposed place of worship, belonged to a ritualist who disguised to be a man of God.



The State Police spokesman, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the report said the corpses were recovered from the site following a tip-off.



“On information, three decomposing bodies were discovered and full scale investigations have commenced with a view to unmasking circumstances surrounding the incident,” he said.



Meanwhile, fear has gripped residents of Ugwuaji as security operatives were said to have swung into action to crackdown on the ritualist and his cohorts who killed and buried the deceased persons.



One of those who were at the scene described the act as “wicked and the most inhuman action I have seen in my entire life.”

“I was traveling when I saw the crowd there and had to stop. This is wickedness of the highest order. Accusing fingers are being pointed at a particular new church along that road; I don’t know who did this; but I must say that the wicked will never go unpunished.

“People no longer value human lives; for whatever purpose this was done, it is heart breaking”, he lamented.



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Genevieve Nnaji Wows At Movie Premiere In Enugu (PHOTOS)

Natural beauty is a thing to die for in this era of make up magic. Seeing Genevieve Nnaji with that pony tail, the light make up and her body working that Ankara dress… *Sigh* She is indeed beautiful and graceful.

Below are photos of her during the premiere of her movie, “Road To Yesterday”, in Enugu last night.

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#aboutlastnight ..Enugu screening of #roadtoyesterday ?
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Corps Member Dies At NYSC Enugu Orientation Camp

A female Youth Corps member in the early hours of Today, Wednesday, 4th November, died in her sleep at the Enugu orientation camp.
Cause of her death still has not been ascertained, but activities in the camp have been suspended till further notice.
The deceased who lost her mum, reported late for camp owing to her staying back for the burial, which was conducted last week. On reaching the orientation camp, she was initially rejected over late
coming but was later considered and registered for the service year.
Some drugs are said to have been found in her bag.

Lord rest her soul!

Retired Teachers Lament Non-Payment Of Pensions

Some retired primary school teachers in Enugu State, on Wednesday, cried out over the non-payment of their pensions for about 27 months.

The elderly former teachers, who narrated tales of woe during a visit to the Enugu State House of Assembly, also said they were yet to be paid their gratuities since they retired in 2002.

The aggrieved pensioners urged the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr. Edward Ubosi, to come to their aid by facilitating the payment of the outstanding entitlements.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Chief Mathias Onovo disclosed that they had written several letters to the relevant authorities, demanding payment of their entitlements.

Unfortunately their persistent pleas had continued to fall on deaf ears, Onovo said.

Onovo added that many of the pensioners died as a result of difficulties occasioned by the non-payment of the outstanding entitlements.

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Nnamani To Forfeit Multi-Billion Naira Assets – Court

The Federal High Court in Lagos Tuesday ordered the forfeiture of multi-billion naira assets allegedly belonging to a former Enugu State Governor Dr Chimaroke Nnamani.

Among the forfeited assets are undeveloped properties and transmission equipment of Rainbownet Limited; properties of Hill Gate Investment Limited/Cuena Phones Limited; assets of Cosmo 105.5FM, and 22 duplexes at Ebeano Estate (now Fidelity Estate).

Others are Rainbownet’s shares in Zenith Bank and Guarantee Trust Bank, with a combined account balance of N4.6million; as well as monies in its bank accounts worth about N34.8million.

The balances are in different accounts with GTBank (N313,700); Sterling Bank (N986,958); Ecobank (N24.5million); First City Monument Bank (N3.8million) and Zenith Bank (N761,156).

EFCC said it is awaiting details of balances in Rainbownet’s 10 accounts with Access Bank.

Rainbownet’s undeveloped properties forfeited include seven plots at Independence Layout; 567.96 Square meters (Sqm) at Abakpa; 574.96 Sqm at Emene and 2,951.98 Sqm at Achara Layout.

Others to be forfeited include thousands of square metres of properties at Abia State, namely Ogbor Hill (914.633), Abayi (one and half plots), Port Harcourt Road (1,856.449), Ariaria (640.32), Umuagari (573.263) and Assannetu (954.396), as well as Abakiliki, Ebonyi State (one plot).

Others are in Onitsha, Anambra State, such those at Barracks (one plot), Nkpor (1088.644), Awada (465.14), Fegge (one plot); as well as 2,200.06 square miles of land at Okpumo, Awka.

The company is also to lose 693.636 square meters of undeveloped property located opposite the War Museum, Umuahia.

Assets of Rainbownet Communications Limited, including Central Switch Room, Microwave Radio, Rectifier, Microwave Backhaul Transmission, among others at various locations in Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia and Imo states are to be forfeited.

The former senator was charged along with his former aide, Sunday Anyaogu, and six firms – Rainbownet, Hillgate Nigeria, Cosmos FM, Capital City Automobile Nig Ltd, Renaissance University Teaching Hospital and Mea Mater Elizabeth High School.

Justice Mohammed Yunusa later split Nnamani’s trial from his co-accused as he was abroad receiving treatment.

EFCC re-arraigned them on 105 counts of money laundering and economic crimes involving about N4.5billion.

Part of the alleged laundered money was from the Excess Crude Oil Funds meant for some local government areas, including Aninri, Enugu South, Agwu, Igbo Etiti and Isi Uzor, which was allegedly transferred to Nnamani’s bank account in the United States.

The crime was allegedly committed while Nnamani was governor between 1999 and 2007. The defendants pleaded not guilty.

However, after the trial was split, four of the companies on May 19 pleaded guilty to a 10-count amended charge through their counsel.

The companies are Rainbownet, Cosmos FM, Capital City Automobile and Renaissance University Teaching Hospital.

They were alleged to have failed to comply with lawful inquiry made by the Commission.

On June 11, Justice Yunusa adjourned to July 7 for review of facts and sentences after EFCC’s lawyer Kelvin Uzozie told the court that he was still trying to get a list of all the companies’ assets.

He prayed the court to convict the companies in view of their plea after tendering some documents, including the assets’ schedule.

He also urged the court to make an order of the assets’ forfeiture, and for the commission to be involved in their management.

The companies’ lawyer Mr Ifeanyi Ezeome, during the alucutus (plea for mercy), urged the court ?temper justice with mercy since they were first offenders.

Justice Yunusa, said a company can be treated as a natural person in law and held that: “It is hereby ordered that the properties listed in the schedule be forfeited to the Federal Government.”

He adjourned till November 12 for the trial of the remaining accused persons.

Enugu Govt Wants FG To Settle Disputed Border With Ebonyi

The Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, has called on the National Boundary Commission to intervene in a boundary dispute between the state and Ebonyi.

The deputy governor made the call in Enugu on Wednesday when she received her counterpart from Ebonyi, Dr Kelechi Igwe.

She said the two neighbouring states had maintained a robust relationship and efforts should be made to sustain it.

The deputy governor appealed to the residents of the disputing communities to sheathe their swords and allow the relevant government agencies to settle the matter in the interest of peace.

Ezeilo commended the Ebonyi deputy governor for initiating the peaceful consultation, adding that the state government would do everything to bring the tussle to an amicable end.

Earlier, Igwe said that he was in Enugu to work out a lasting solution to the impasse between Ihenta in Akaeze, Ebonyi and Okpanku in Aninri, Enugu before it degenerated.

He said that it had become imperative to get the affected communities to respect protocols established in respect of the boundary pending a final resolution.

The deputy governor said that the two states needed to work out a lasting solution by mapping out a permanent boundary in the designated areas.

“We have to do everything within the law to protect the lives and property of our people,” he said.

Igwe solicited the cooperation of the residents of the concerned communities in finding a lasting solution to the problem.

9 Pregnant Girls Rescued From Enugu Baby Factory #Photo

The Enugu State police command, yesterday, disclosed that it has discovered a baby factory located within Etiti Amankwo Ngwo, 9th Mile in Udi local government area of the state.

A statement made available by the command’s public relations officer, Ebere Amaraizu, in Enugu, said  operatives of the 9th Mile Division of  the command, through their robust intelligence network and patrols within the area and its environs discovered the baby factory.

Pictured! Two Young Nigerians Get 55 Years Jail Term In Enugu For Drug Trafficking

A Federal High Court sitting in Enugu, has sentenced two drug traffickers to fifty-five years in jail.

One of the convicts, Deborah Okafor, a 30-year-old professional dancer, was charged with conspiracy, trafficking and unlawful possession of 3.450kg of amphetamine, while the other, Iheme Onyemauchechukwu, was charged with trafficking and unlawful importation of 9.975kg of heroin. They were both arrested at the Enugu airport.

A statement by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said Okafor would have been paid the sum of $3,500 if she successfully made her trip to Malaysia.

She was convicted and sentenced by Justice D. V. Agishi to 10 years each in counts one and two and 20 years in count three making her sentence 40 years altogether.

The second convict, Onyemauchechukwu, 27, was charged with trafficking and unlawful importation of 9.975kg of heroin. He was convicted as charged and sentenced to 10 years in count one with a fine of N1m and five years in count two with a fine of N500,000,000.

Okafor reportedly hid 3.450kg of amphetamine inside the pockets of jean trousers in her luggage.

She told the court that she was broke and needed money. “I had been approached on many occasions to smuggle drugs but I declined. I thought that I could earn some quick money in few days,” she stated.

Onyemauchechukwu said he was recruited in Tanzania by a suspected drug cartel in East Africa. He told investigators that he smuggled drugs because he was stranded.

“I used to sell phone accessories before I left the country. I wanted to go to Malaysia in search of job opportunities but I was stranded in Tanzania. Then I met a Nigerian who gave me money and promised to assist me get back to Nigeria. He offered to give me some money to start up my business. He later took me to Bujumbura in Burundi where I was given 9.975kg of heroin hidden inside cosmetics,” he stated.

NDLEA Chairman,Ahmadu Giade, expressed satisfaction with the judgment.

He said, “While this punishment is expected to correct the convicts, it will equally help to deter others from getting involved in drug trafficking. The agency commits huge resources in drug investigation, arrests and prosecution. Judgment like this will further lend credence to the nation’s anti-drug campaign.”

Source: Punch

Enugu Tampered With Property Seized From Ex-Governor- EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has alleged the Enugu State Government tampered with the assets of companies associated with the former governor of the state, Chimaroke Nnmani.

A complaint has been issued to the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The companies in question are Rainbownet Nigeria Limited, Cosmos FM, Capital City Automobile Nigeria Limited and Renaissance University Teaching Hospital.

The companies, which had last month pleaded guilty to a ten-count amended charge EFCC brought against them, are alleged to have failed to comply with lawful inquiry made by the commission.
Their assets are central to the review of facts of the four companies linked to the ex-governor which was fixed for Thursday.

Counsel to the EFCC, Kelvin Uzozie, told the court that he was still working to get a schedule of all the assets and properties of the companies.

He told the court that in the course of preparing the schedule it was discovered that some of the assets and properties had been taken over or tampered with by the immediate past government of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime.

“We discovered that most of the properties have been allocated to their friends, family members or political office holders. We are interested in getting all the assets as there was an interim forfeiture order by the court on the assets and properties. We believe it is not right for anybody no matter how highly placed the person may be to tamper with properties that are before the court. We want the properties to be harmonized,” said Uzozie.

Nnamani, who was governor for eight years until 2007, was first arraigned before Justice Tijani Abubakar in 2007.

The ex-governor was docked alongside Sunday Anyaogu, his then aide, and some firms linked to them are alleged to have conspired with other accused persons to launder funds from the state treasury, especially monies meant for the local government areas of Enugu state.

Justice Mohammed Yinusa has adjourned the case against the companies to July 7.

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Four Men Nabbed At Enugu Airport Trying To Smuggle Hard Drugs To China And Turkey

They are Emmanuel Chukwuebuka Ifeanyichukwu, caught with 1.293kg of cocaine on his way to Istanbul, Turkey. Ukaeji Eric Tochukwu, with 1.408kg of cocaine on his way to Hong Kong. Nwoye Ekene Godfrey, caught with 1.283kg of cannabis on his way to Guangzhou, China.

38-year old Godfrey Nwoye, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, for concealing 1.283 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa inside garri en route Guangzhou, China.

The culprit, who hails from Ukpommili Village in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, said he wanted to sell the cannabis in China and use the proceeds to buy goods.

Another suspect, Samuel Anele, a commercial tricycle rider, who was about to board a flight to Bombay, India, was arrested with 4.892 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, the NDLEA said in a statement Wednesday.

Mr. Samuel Anele, 45, and other suspects were arrested for offences ranging from concealing illicit drugs in their luggage to ingesting the drugs, the NDLEA said.  Samuel said he’s going to Bombay to see how big it really is after Wizkid claimed a girl’s bum bum was bigger than Bombay n her backside was making him throway in his song titled “Bombay” where he featured Phyno

The suspects were arrested on their way to Turkey, China, and Hong Kong with 8.876kg of various illicit drugs.

According to the NDLEA Commander at Enugu Airport, Nsikak-Abasi Udoh “The suspects are helping our team of investigators”.

Mr. Anele was caught with 4.892kg concealed in false bottom of his luggage aboard an Ethiopian Airline on the Enugu-Addis Ababa-Bombay route.

“Life is not fair to me. Every day it is one problem after another and the money I earn is not enough,” said Mr. Anele, from Ichi village, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

“It was frustration that made me to smuggle drugs. They promised me that the drug has been properly hidden and that when I return they will pay me the sum of one million naira.

“At the airport, my bag was searched and the drug detected. Now I am now left alone to suffer”, he lamented.

The other suspects, Emmanuel Chukwuebuka, was caught with 1.293kg of cocaine on his way to Istanbul, Turkey; while Eric Ukaeji was arrested with 1.408kg of cocaine on his way to Hong Kong.

Mr. Chukwuebuka, 31, who is married with a child and hails Ezioko in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State, ingested 1.293kg of substances that tested positive for cocaine. He was to depart Enugu to Istanbul through Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airline flight before he was nabbed.

His reason for trafficking in drugs was to raise more money for his business, according to the NDLEA.

If he had successfully trafficked the drug, he would have received US$ 3,000 on arrival in Turkey.

Mr. Ukaeji, 43, who hails from Ajali in Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra State ingested cocaine weighing 1.408 kilograms.

According to the NDLEA, his route was Enugu-Addis Ababa-Hong Kong on an Ethiopian Airline.

I his confession, Mr. Ukaeji said he wanted to raise money for his business and the treatment of his sick daughter.

“I used to buy clothes from Hong Kong. I am married with three children. I dropped out of school in Junior Secondary class 3”, said Mr. Ukaeji.

“They promised to pay me 5,000 dollars on delivery in Hong Kong, which I would have used to buy goods”, he added.

NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, said that the Agency would continue to step up security checks at the nation’s entry and exit points.

Protest In Enugu Over Planned Impeachment Of Gov. Chime

Hundreds of protesters have flooded the Enugu government house, kicking against the planned impeachment of Governor Sullivan Chime by members of the State’s House of Assembly.

Fifteen members of the House of Assembly, led by the speaker, Hon. Eugene Odo, had on Monday directed the clerk to serve Chime the impeachment notice.

However, reports gather that hundreds of members of the Peoples Democratic Party, especially women and youths, have taken over the Government House, calling on the lawmakers to drop the plan.

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Drama As 2 PDP Members Struggle For Certificate Of Return

A drama ensued on Friday at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Enugu, when two persons presented themselves to collect the certificate of return for the Nsukka/Igboeze South federal constituency.

The two men, Ikechukwu Ugwuegede and Patrick Asadu, both members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were engulfed in a legal tussle over the party’s candidacy for the election.

Mr. Asadu, a member of the House of Representatives, secured a ruling at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja recognising him as the right candidate for the election. Mr. Ugwuegede, however, appealed the ruling.

The two appeared at the INEC office during the presentation of certificates of return to the governor- elect and National Assembly members-elect, but were denied the certificate.

Each of the candidates pleaded to the National Commissioner of INEC, Gladys Nwafor, to collect the certificate but the commissioner declined.

Presenting the certificates, Ms. Nwafor, who is the INEC National Commissioner for Enugu, Imo and Ebonyi states, urged the elected officials to fulfill their campaign promises to the people. “It has not been an easy task for both the commission and the contestants. I call it a divine mandate to serve the people.

“Enugu State is one of the most peaceful states and I am happy to be associated with the state,’’ she said.

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Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill Enugu Village Chief

Suspected Fulani herdsmen, Thursday, killed a member of the traditional rulers’ cabinet at Eke community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, Tamgbo Ogueji. The 85-year-old was allegedly shot in his house in the early hours of the day.

According to the President-General, Eke Town Union, Anthony Enu, the community was irked and the youths restive.

“Last year, the same Fulani herdsmen killed two of our brothers, Matthew Aniugo and Chiagha Chigbo, in their farms. The town is boiling with anger now.

“We have reported the matter to the Police. We are calling on all relevant authorities to prevail on these Fulani herdsmen to ensure justice for our people.”

Enugu State Police Command is yet to confirm the incident.

My Girlfriend’s Love For Money Pushed Me Into Robbery – Armed Robber Confesses

Guys, please don’t allow any girl push you into nonsense so you don’t end up in regrets. Some of these so called fine girls their own brothers are broke, yet other girls agree to marry them. So, any girl who can’t marry you for who you are, just let her go and live your life with a virtuous woman.

As you read this, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Enugu State police command, have arrested Uchenna Ikwuegbu who was allegedly on the verge of launching a robbery attack on residents of Maryland axis of Enugu.

Uchenna was arrested on February 16, following surveillance reports. He was arrested with a locally-made pistol, cut to seize with two live cartridges.
In his confession, Uchenna said:
“I acquired the gun from a timber mill at Maryland. The urge to meet up with the demands from my girlfriend, Chinaza, living at Uwani axis of Enugu, propelled me into robbery.
“I had acquired the gun to unleash robbery attacks on residents of Maryland in order to dispossess them of their valuables. I was on the verge of carrying out the act when the operatives swooped on me. I do not know how they knew I was carrying a gun. I am so ashamed of myself now. I do not know what led me into this.
“My parents are crying their hearts out over this incident. They are so disappointed in me. I want to call on teenagers like me to shun robbery and other nefarious activities because the security operatives are always watching.”

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning #NewsBits

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning

1. President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday told Senators agitating for his removal to focus more on issues of national importance instead of plotting against him. Jonathan had reacted to the impeachment threat through his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe.

2. The Lagos state police are in search of a 13-year-old girl, Chikwuo Ezennia, who reportedly fled her house with a yet-to-be-identified man, who is alleged to be her lover. The girl who has record of fleeing her home to stay with men was in Lagos for holiday, but alleged that she was being maltreated in her aunt’s house and would be staying away for one week. Report says she was seen with a man.

3. Lagos state has been chosen as the venue of December 10 presidential primary of the APC. Report says eight thousand delegates are expected to participate in the convention. The primary will hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.

4. Olubukunola Onabanjo, the daughter of the late governor of Ogun state, Chief Bisi Onabanjo has resigned her appointment as the chairman of the Ogun State Teaching Service Commission. in her reason for the decision, she said the governor had accused her of having a ‘soft spot’ for a former governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba.

5. The All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Rivers State, Mr Dakuku Peterside has said that the allegation leveled against him by the Rivers Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that he is a cultist was not only unkind but uncharitable and evil. He has vowed to challenge any attempt by anybody or a group of persons to tarnish his hard-earned reputation.

6. Nigeria is now 39th most corrupt nation in the world. According to the Corruption Perception Index 2014 released by the global corruption watchdog, Transparency International, on Wednesday, Nigeria scored 27 out of a maximum 100 marks, occupying the 136th position out of the 175 countries surveyed for the report.

7. Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party from Rivers State, numbering over 200 stormed the national headquarters of the PDP in Abuja, protesting against the alleged plan by the party and the Presidency to impose a former Minister of State (Education), Mr. Nyesom Wike, on them as the party’s governorship candidate. The protesters who took over the party secretariat forced the secretariat to shut down, as the entrance was blocked.

8. The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday in Abuja said that the conduct of the 2015 general elections in the North-East would be based on advice from security agencies. INEC says only assurances from security agencies on the safety of its personnel, materials as well as free atmosphere will determine whether election will hold in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in 2015.

9.A former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has said he will appeal the Federal High Court judgment on Tuesday where his bid to return as PDP chairman was dismissed. Tukur through his lawyer, Mr. Adeboro Adamson, on Wednesday told journalists that the notice of appeal would be filed in the Court of Appeal, Abuja, on Thursday.

10. About nine persons were reportedly killed and scores injured as gunmen, suspected to be Fulani marauders, on Tuesday evening invaded Ashige community of Lafia East Development Area of Nasarawa State. Report says the incident occurred at 5pm when the gunmen attacked farmers who were returning home from their farm.

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Enugu North PDP Chairman Explains Why Ugwuanyi Got Endorsed

The Zonal Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu North, Chief Mike Ejinima has explained why the Chairman, House Committee on Maritime , Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi got endorsed as the party’s preferred candidate as regards the race for who becomes the party’s flag bearer in the 2015 governorship election in Enugu State.

He said it was because of the democracy dividends the lawmaker has brought to the people while representing them at the National Assembly.

Ejinimi noted that leaders of the zone believes that Ugwuanyi will make available to people of the state more dividends of democracy if given the chance to become governor, describing him as a man of the people who has shown honesty and selflessness as a member of the National Assembly.

Ejinima, who at a point was a Director in the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, argued that the decision to endorse Ugwuanyi was one of the best things that will happen to the Party, stressing that, “Ugwuanyi is an experienced politician of over 20 years, before he became a member of the House of Representatives. He is a very nice human being, humble and social.

He is somebody who has performed creditably as a legislator. He has given us a lot of democracy dividends, not only in his constituency but beyond.”