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Achi suspected herdsmen murder: one suspect nabbed as Governor reassures safety of communities in Enugu

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A suspect has been arrested in the Amamkpunato Achi herdsmen attack in Oji River LGA of Enugu State

The Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi made this known when the Presidents General of communities in Oji River Local Government Area led a protest of Oji River concerned citizens to Government House, Enugu

The Governor who was represented by his Aide De Camp, in an amplified phone conversation with the Presidents General, consoled the family and people of the Local Government on the death of Mr Eugene Iloabana.

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He said no stone will be left unturned in the effort of security agencies in the State to arrest other accomplices to the crime.

The Governor said he was pained by the unwarranted attack and he would do whatever it would take, to ensure such attacks no longer take place in the State.

He advised the people not to take laws into their hands but allow the Police to fish out the culprits

He made a cash donation to the family and offered scholarship to the three children of the deceased.

The Town Union leaders also took their protest to the Oha n ‘eze President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, at the Oha n ‘eze Secretariat in Enugu

They told the President General that this recurring attack and provacation must stop as they were having a herculean task holding back angry youths from re-sorting to self help.

Nwodo who regretted that this criminality was allowed to be taking place in Igbo land expressed his condolences and called on the Federal Government to put a stop to the senseless killings

Below is the communique by the Association of Presidents General of Oji River LGA

COMMUNIQUE REACHED BY THE 29 PRESIDENTS GENERAL OF OJI RIVER LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

FOLLOWING THE MURDER OF OUR BROTHER LATE MR. EUGENE ILOABANI YESTERDAY 29TH JUNE, 2020 AT HIS FARMLAND IN ISIOKWE, AMANKPUNATO ACHI AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY AND THE INCESSANT ATTACKS, KILLINGS, MOLESTATIONS AND DEVASTATION OF OUR FARM LANDS BY SUSPECTED HERDSMEN/ARMED BANDITS ACROSS THE LENGTH AND BREADTH OF OJI RIVER.

In consideration of the following:
Yesterday, 29th of June we were starred with the reality of the murder of our brother Late Mr. Eugene Iloabani from Isiokwe Ukwu in Isiokwe Amankpunato Achi Autonomous Community while farming to fend for his dependants as it is customary in igboland.

This criminal act by the suspected herdsmen/armed bandits was the culmination of very many provocations by these criminals against our people.

Just a couple of months ago, at Ehuhe Achi community another of our brother Mr. Elias Umeano from Umuarugwu, who had gone to fetch bamboo sticks for his local church escaped death by the whiskers. He had his hand nearly severed from the rest of his body but he was luckier than Eugene from Amankpunato.

Similarly, in Umulobe family, Umuagu Inyi Autonomous Community yet another brother, Mr Donatus Ikpeameze sustained serious matchet cuts in his head but was again lucky to come back alive.

In Amankwo and Nkwere Inyi villages in Agbada Inyi Autonomous Community, farmland and crops were devastated and destroyed by suspected herdsmen/bandits who maliciously traverse the farm uprooting crops and cassava and feeding their cattle leaving our women and farmers in agony of hunger and deprivation.
The women protested to their traditional ruler HRH Igwe Ignatius Okpara who ensured that the Local Government Chairman at the time convened a settlement meeting with the herdsmen who promised to pay for the damages and ensure there will be no future occurrences.

In Mbogu, Awlaw, Ugwuoba, Agbalaenyi Nachi, Egwu Achi, Ishikwe Achi, Elugwu Akwu Achi, the list is endless, it is the same cries of woes and helplessness.

And considering the fact also that our people are essentially farmers and their main source of livelihood is greatly encumbered without a clear hope of how to sustain their families.

Again in realization of the fact that we had complained severally to the herdsmen and the police through the Local Government Chairman about these menace in the past but the provocation and attacks instead of abetting is on the increase to the extent now that our brother Late Eugene, has now been slain in cold blood on his own soil for no reason at all.

Our people are killed and their agricultural products damaged while suspected herdsmen/bandits are prospering their own businesses and interests.

It is our resolve therefore to call on the State Government and all Security Agencies to stand up on the security and welfare of our people in Oji River and indeed the entire Enugu State which is the primary aim of governance as enshrined in Nigerian Constitution.

We further resolved after our meeting that after three days we may be constrained to start defending ourselves as we cannot be second class citizens on our own soil. We are not cattle rearers and we don’t want them or their cattle and their deadly weapons.

Hon. Ejike Ilo Sir Victor Udah
Coordinator & PG Ehuhe Achi Secretary & PG Agbada Inyi
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Police dismiss IPOB Oct. 1 sit-at-home call

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The police on Wednesday dismissed the call by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for a sit-at-home on October 1.

Ebonyi State government urged residents to ignore the order and go about their normal business.

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo said it had nothing to do with the call.

IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu said the directive was to protest “bad governance and economic annihilation”.

In a statement by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, Kanu urged the Igbo everywhere to boycott all activities organized to mark the Independence Day.

The statement said: “We, the global movement of IPOB, wish to announce to all Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom all over the world that Biafrans across the globe shall observe a sit-at-home in Biafra land  in public protests to mark October 1, 2020.

“We, therefore, enjoin all Biafrans and every conscious Nigerian, especially those ethnic nationalities reeling from the triple blow of terrorism, bad governance and economic annihilation, to boycott every government organized ceremony designed to eulogize the failure that Nigeria has become.

“This is the time to let the world know how disastrously intolerable human existence is in Nigeria.

“If you want to see an end to terrorism and organized mediocrity, now is the time to register your anger by ensuring that you and your household sit-at-home on October 1, 2020.

“Do not risk the life and well-being of your children by allowing them to gather in groups in the open where terrorists may find it easier to blow them up or kidnap them.

“This order is to highlight our position and resolve as Biafrans that we are no longer interested in propping up a crumbling state.

“The leadership of this great movement in conjunction with supporters of Biafra freedom across the globe has concluded every arrangement to let the whole world know and understand that we are no longer part of this shambolic monument to terrorism and failure.”

The group said it remained committed to “the full and irreversible restoration of Biafra sovereignty and independence for all oppressed ethnic groups in Nigeria”.

Ebonyi State government urged the people to go about their normal activities on October 1 as IPOB has no legal basis to compel anyone to stay home.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Stanley Emegha, said: “Who is IPOB to tell people to sit at home? That is the height of craziness on their side.

“How can you tell people who have a family to sit at home? To do what? Will you come and put food on their table?

“In the first place, we don’t even know if there is anything like IPOB existing in the state.

“People should disregard the said statement and go about their normal business on that day.”

Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi, Philip Maku, warned IPOB to steer clear of the state.

He said the proscribed group does not have the right to tell people to sit at home.

“People have the fundamental right to movement. If you try to restrict their right to move about and transact their lawful business activities, you are crossing the red line.

“If anyone tries to force people to sit at home, the Police will not fail to deal decisively with such persons,” he said.

The Anambra State Police Command also urged residents to ignore the call.

The spokesman, Mohammed Haruna, told our correspondent that IPOB remained banned and had no right to make the call.

The Anambra State President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, said the socio-cultural organisation has nothing to do with the directive.

Besides, he said Ohaneze had no control over IPOB.

He said: “They have their Modus Operandi and we have ours. That means, we have no control over them and they also don’t have over us.”

Activist-lawyer Emperor Ogbonna said IPOB lacked the right to compel non-members to stay at home.

He told our correspondent that the banned group would be infringing on others rights by stopping anyone from exercising their right to movement.

Ogbonna said: “IPOB members and their sympathizers have the right to stay-at-home and to go out.

“IPOB doesn’t have the powers to tell everybody in the Southeast not to go out because not everybody belongs to IPOB.

“They cannot compel non-members to comply with their order. If they do so, they will be infringing on the rights of those who are not members.”

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Kogi declares two-day mourning over tanker explosion

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Kogi has declared a two-day mourning period in memory of those that died in the tanker explosion in Felele, along the Lokoja-Abuja highway on Wednesday.

No fewer than 25 persons, including five students of the state-owned polytechnic, three nursery school pupils and passersby were burnt beyond recognition in the resulting explosion from an auto crash.

The crash, which was said to have been caused by brake failure in the fuel- laden tanker involved five cars, two motorcycles and three tricycles, all of which went up in flames in the ensuing inferno.

Kogi government in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, said full investigations will be carried out to determine the “causes of the painful incident.”

It called on the relevant Federal Government agencies to provide relief materials to support what the State Government shall be providing to the relatives of the victims.

Governor Yahaya Bello had also called on Federal Government to quickly repair failed portions of its roads strewn across the state, to curb incessant accidents.

The Governor made the request when he paid a visit to the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Bello was quoted to have said that the deplorable state of federal roads in the state has led to many accidents.

The statement reads: “The government of Kogi State has declared a two-day state mourning in honor of the victims of the Felele tanker accident on Wednesday 23rd September, 2020.

“The governor and the government of Kogi State are saddened by the unfortunate incident that claimed many lives in the early hours (of Wednesday).

“The primary responsibility of government is to ensure the safety and well-being of the Kogi people. As a result of the importance placed on the lives of our people, government has declared a two-day state mourning to honor the departed souls.

“In this time of grief, we urge the people to be deep in sober reflection and stand together for one another to pull out of the agonizing loss.

“Government wishes to reiterate her call on road users to act responsibly in order to avert unfortunate situations that simple care and caution could have averted.

“Full investigations will also be carried out to determine the causes of the painful incident.

“The Kogi State government wishes to assure families that lost loved ones and those whose houses were affected of support at this trying moment. We also call on relevant Federal Government agencies to provide relief materials to support what the state government shall be providing.

“Our hearts are with the affected families. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.”

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Ondo 2020: We’re committed to hitch-free polls, burnt smart readers replaced – INEC Chairman

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Following the destruction of over 5000 card readers in the ICT unit of the Ondo State headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Chairman of the commission, Prof Mammud Yakubu has disclosed that the card readers have been replaced.

The INEC boss revealed this on Wednesday in Akure while speaking with newsmen during a three-day working visit to the State.

Recall that about 5,141 smart card readers meant for the governorship election were burnt in the inferno that occurred on September 10.

According to Prof. Yabuku, the visit was to have on-the-spot assessment of the level of preparedness of the commission ahead of the October 10 governorship polls.

While stressing that the governorship election in the State will be hitch-free as witnessed in Edo State last Saturday, Yakubu maitainted that the commission had made provision for the card readers from other States and they have been configured ahead of the polls.

“We have already recovered some smart card readers. We unfortunately lost over 5000 smart card readers to the fire incident.

“We have, however, recovered by getting requisite a number of smart card readers from neighbouring Oyo State,” he said.

Yakubu explained that he was in the State to meet with the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Ambassador Rufus Akeju and Head of Departments ahead of the October 10, Governorship Election in Ondo State.

He also stated that during the visit, he would interact with all the stakeholders in the election, including traditional rulers in the State to ensure the success of the election.

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