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Abia: Ikpeazu approves reopening of schools from January 11

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This is contained in a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Education, Dr Kanaelechi Nwangwa, in Abia on Friday.

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, has approved the reopening of all schools in the state on Monday, Jan. 11, for the continuation of the first term of 2020/2021 academic session.

Nwangwa directed all school heads and proprietors to ensure the observance of COVID-19 protocols for the safety of teachers and students.

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He said that this was imperative following the the second wave of the COVID-19 in Nigeria.

“They should also note that by this directive, the first term of 2020/2021 will now officially end on Wednesday Feb. 10, 2021.

“This is to ensure that the first term runs a full course as expected.

“Any school proprietor that shortchanges this schedule and decides to cut corners by running an abridged term will be appropriately sanctioned.

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“The duration of the first term for the 2020/2021 academic session is from Nov. 2, 2020 to Feb. 10, 2021 with the Christmas break in-between,” he said.

Nwangwa urged school heads and proprietors to be properly guided by the directive to avoid unwanted consequences.

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News+: Ikpeazu bans ‘unneccessary’ levies

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The governor noted that the activities of touts had increased in parts of the state due to the culture of revenue collection along major roads.

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has banned the collection of revenue along major roads to check activities of touts in the state.

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Ikpeazu made the announcement in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Onyebuchi Ememanka, and made available to newsmen in Aba on Saturday

He said that revenue collection along major roads had been hijacked by touts, who had become nuisance to residents.

Ikpeazu further directed the Chairman of Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area, Mr Christian Kamalu, to immediately rid the Osisioma Flyover of touts to restore decency.

“Henceforth, is has become illegal for any revenue agent to waylay or harass motorists or other road users along major roads in the state.

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“The police and other law enforcement agencies have been told to enforce this directive, anybody found culpable will face the law,” he said.

Activities of touts had remained visible in the state despite a law passed by the Abia House of Assembly, and the state governent banning touting in 2016.

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Abia Gov, Ikpeazu suspends Chief of Staff, Agbazuere

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Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has ordered the immediate suspension of his Chief of Staff, Dr Anthony Agbazuere.

A statement issued on Sunday in Umuahia by Mr Chris Ezem, the Secretary to the State Government, said the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr Alozie Odoemelam, would perform Agbazuere’s duties till further notice.

Noble Reporters Media (NoRM) reports Agbazuere was appointed as the Chief of Staff to the Governor on Nov. 5, 2019.

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EndSARs: Gov’t orders 24-hour curfew in Abia State.

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The commissioner said that the curfew was declared to ensure the continued security of lives and property of law abiding citizens in the state.

Abia State Government has declared a 24-hour curfew in two major cities in the state, joining the growing list of Nigerian states where curfew has been declared as protests against police brutality escalates.

Information Commissioner John Okiyi Kalu late Tuesday said in a statement that the curfew was ordered by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

According the statement, the curfew was slated to start at 6 pm on Tuesday evening till further notice.

He also stated that the governor approved a cash reward of N5 million to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of hoodlums and armed cultists in the state.

He stated that another reward of N1 million was approved for each authentic video evidence on brutality and extra-judicial killings by security agents in the state that will be submitted to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

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He urged parents and guardians to monitor the activities of their children and wards to ensure that they are not engaged in nefarious activities or predispose themselves to harm or allow themselves to be used to cause mayhem in the State.

According to the Commissioner, “last night a contingent of police officers on official duty around Azikiwe Road by Asa in Aba, was attacked by yet to be identified hoodlums numbering over 30 who sadly killed one of the officers and also carted away their arms and ammunition even though one of the suspected attackers was apprehended with gunshot injuries.

“After detailed review and assessment of the general security situation, including reports of armed cultists and hoodlums sneaking into the state from different parts of the country in large numbers, the burning down of at least two police stations, reported killing of two policemen in the last two days as well as leaked plans to unleash more violence on innocent citizens, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed security agents to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of the hoodlums, pursue a swift and complete recovery of the stolen arms and ammunition with the necessary vigour, and ensure the cultists are comprehensively flushed out”.

The #EndSARS protests continued Tuesday in Umuahia and restricted people movement, business activities and vehicular movements.


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Just in: COREN decries massive building collapse in Abia

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The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has decried the spate of building collapse in Abia State.

Speaking to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Monday, the Chief Inspector of COREN in the state, Victor Ihediwa, said the body has moved to assess all other buildings in order to avert future tragedy.

He made this known when COREN and the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) visited the site of a collapsed building.

“This building, no matter when it was done, there is a clear sign that the foundation design is in error because the building started falling by the sinking of the foundation and then the sharing of the columns.

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“It is clear as seen from this picture that there is no aggregate here. What we have here is a collection of muds used in building the beams and the slabs, no wonder they all shared away.

“Again, it is also clear to us that the walls of this building are very close to the soakaway, no wonder the foundation was quickly affected. It is unconnected with the fact that waters from the soakaway are draining to the foundation of the building and that could have caused this problem,” he said.

Ihediwa also called on the people to space their soakaways when constructing their buildings.


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Firm gives EFCC 2 Day ultimatum to reopen Orji’s estates

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The management of Trademore International Holding Limited in Abia State on Friday gave the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) a 48-hour ultimatum to reopen its estates.

The commission had during the week took over some properties traced to the former governor of the state, Theodore Orji.

The properties include the Abia Mall which accommodates ShopRite and other business entities, Benac Hotels and a housing estate located at former Umuahia Main Market.

The EFCC alleged that the properties were proceeds of corruption.

The Trademore legal representative, Nwoke John Kalu, said in a statement that the EFCC action was carried out without due diligence.

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He advised the commission to remove the notice of seizure placed on the respective estates within 48 hours.

Kalu said: “As a company, we are deeply startled by this development as the owner of these properties is a successful businessman with no involvement in politics whatsoever.

“We expected thorough due diligence from an organization like EFCC before going ahead to mark our housing estates.

“This shouldn’t be happening, it sends a bad signal to those planning to invest in Nigeria. There should be an enabling environment for businesses to operate without being caught in political games or be victims of inaccuracies.”


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COVID-19: Gov Ikpeazu test positive as Abia record 63 single day cases.

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Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has tested positive for coronavirus.

Details Shortly..


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Solomon Ogunji, Abia Commissioner is Dead


Abia State Government on Sunday announced the demise of its Commissioner for Environment, Solomon Ogunji.

The State Commissioner for Information, John Kalu in a statement said Ogunji died on Saturday after a brief illness related to high blood pressure.

“It is with great sadness and a deep sense of loss that we announce the demise of a member of Abia State Executive Council and the Honorable Commissioner for Environment, Dr Solomon Ogunji, who passed away on Saturday, 23rd May, 2020, at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, after a brief illness related to high blood pressure.

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“Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, who received the sad news with shock yesterday has personally communicated and condoled with the family of the bereaved and is currently in mourning,” the statement read in part.

Kalu therefore prayed that God will give the family of Ogunji the fortitude to bear the loss and rest his soul in the bosom of the Lord.


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Police rescue 2 kidnap victims in Abia. [Nigeria]

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The Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of Nigeria Police, Abia State Command headed by Johnbull Obioguru at the weekend rescued two kidnap victims at Amauzo, Okpolu Umuobo Community near Aba, the commercial capital of Abia State.

It was gathered that the hoodlums had on Wednesday at about 10 pm despite the curfew imposed by the state government as a result of COVID-19, abducted two persons along Okpolu Umuobo road near Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint Church in Osisioma Local Government Area.

The kidnapped victims were identified as Nwankwo Chinedu (male), 42, and Ndukwe Agu (male), 48, and both were abducted at the same time and place.

A source hinted that after the incident happened, the commander of SARS in the state, SP Obioguru got intelligence that the kidnappers had moved their victims to a hideout at Amauzo, Okpolu Umuobo community.

The SARS commander was said to have stormed the kidnappers’ hideout with his team.

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On sighting the SARS team, the hoodlums opened fire, the police responded and in the ensuing gun duel, two of the kidnappers sustained gun shot injuries although they escaped with the wounds, abandoning the victims in their hideout.

Police rescued the victims and when the criminals hideout was searched, a Techno cell phone suspected to belong to the hoodlums, and a RX 350 Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) belonging to one of the victims were recovered.


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[Nigeria] Abia driver killed by NSCDC official.


An official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) identified as Isiala Ngwa Division, in Abia State, allegedly shot a commercial driver dead.

The victim was reportedly carrying perishable and non-perishable food items in his car to deliver when he was stopped by the NSCDC official.

The driver and the official later got into an argument. The reason for the argument cannot be verified at the moment but some people have claimed that it was over bribe.

The driver allegedly tried to drive off during the argument and the NSCDC official allegedly shot at him, killing him.

The death of the driver led to heavy traffic on the Umuikaa, Isiala Ngwa South LGA axis of Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway as youths in the area took to the road to protest the alleged killing.

The incident was said to have angered youths in the area who attempted lynching the NSCDC official.

The NSCDC official narrowly escaped death by running into a police station in the area.

The state governor has expressed shock over the development.

In a press release signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu and made available to newsmen in Umuahia on Wednesday, the state governor condemned the act.


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COVID-19: Group applaud Abia Governor. [Nigeria]


Abia State Governor Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has been commended for being proactive in his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state to ensure that citizens are free from the viral infection.

The governor also received kudos for providing palliatives worth millions of naira to the vulnerable groups as a means of cushioning the effect of the lockdown of the southeastern state.


In a statement in Umuahia, the Abia North Integrity Group described Governor Ikpeazu’s response to the crisis as “measured, realistic and in tandem with global best practices during such a turbulent time.”

The group expressed happiness that the governor rose to the occasion as a “seasoned administrator and technocrat,” it noted in a statement made available to Daily Sun, signed by group spokesperson Chief Idika Idika Kalu Agwu


It further added that Ikpeazu brought his experience as a scientist to bear on the decisions he took to safeguard the lives of Abia residents by locking down the state for two weeks in the first instance.

According to the group, the governor’s choice of churches and mosques as an avenue for distributing food and money to the less privileged was a master-stroke aimed at ensuring that only the poorest of the poor received the state palliatives.


The group also made reference to the public campaign by the governor which has endeared him to the people of Enugu, describing him as an adept crisis manager.

It appealed to wealthy Abia people, residents and corporate organisations to support the efforts of the governor by donating relief materials to the less privileged.


The Abia North Integrity Group which is advocating the retention of Abia Charter of Equity urged those from Abia North to lead the way in offering succour to those suffering the effects of the lockdown.

“It is at a time like this that we know those who truly love our people. We must come together to protect the weak among us,” it said.

The group counselled Abia residents to continue to obey directives from the state government concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and prayed for their protection against contracting the virus.

Abia has so far recorded no confirmed cases of COVID-19.


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Nigeria: CP, Mr. Ene Okon confirm arrest of 3 kidnap suspects in Obingwa, Abia State.


The Police Commissioner in Abia, Mr Ene Okon, on Saturday confirmed the arrest of three persons suspected to be kidnappers at Obikabia community in Obingwa Local Government of the state.

Okon said that the arrest was one in many of such arrests. NobleReporters learnt.


“We arrest suspected kidnappers almost on daily basis.

“They have informed me of the arrest of three kidnappers by a Police team at Obikabia in Obingwa.


“At the moment, we are investigating them and if they are found culpable, we will take them to court to face prosecution,” he said.

A police source had earlier said that on March 23, at about 8.00 a.m., a man named Ezechi Omenihu reported that his sister-in-law had been kidnapped by a group of gunmen. N.Rs


He said that the suspected kidnappers took her to their hideout in an unknown destination in the area.

He said that immediately men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Aba got the information, they stormed an uncompleted building at Obikabia community in Obingwa.


The source said that the team, using tactical initiatives, launched an operation against the gang in their hideout and rescued one Miss Kelechi Solomon of MCC road, Aba.

He said that the operation was led by the SARS Commander in Aba, Mr Johnbull Obioguru.

The source said that the trio had confessed to the alleged crime of kidnapping the girl found in their possession.


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COVID-19: There is no coronavirus in Nigeria – Abia Pastor.


Abia-based Pastor, Kingsley Innocent a.k.a Talkanado has shared his thoughts about the recently recorded cases of coronavirus in the country.

According to the General Overseer of Bible-Believing Mission, there is no coronavirus in Nigeria because it cannot survive in the country.


He added that the flu-like virus cannot survive in Nigeria when there is “corrosive anointing”.

He added that anytime it is genuinely confirmed in Nigeria, it will stop all over the world.

Pastor Talkanado who insinuated there is a plan to divert N620m meant to combat coronavirus in the country, backed his claim by pointing out that the identity of the Italian man who was the index case of the disease was not made public.


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COVID-19: Abia state is being recognized in Bible, coronavirus can’t get to us – Gov. Ikpeazu


Despite the increasing spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state strongly believes the disease won’t get to his state.

‘Coronavirus can’t get to Abia State because it is the only State mentioned in the Bible’ – Gov. Ikpeazu


In a video that surfaced on Twitter on Sunday, the governor said, God had promised the people of the state that no disease would touch them, adding that Abia is the only state mentioned in the Bible.

He said, “Abia is the only state that is mentioned in the Bible. We have been promised by God that none of these diseases will get to us. We saw Ebola and pox, even this one (coronvirus) it won’t get to us”.

Meanwhile, since the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of the disease in five states including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

As at 11:00 am on the 22nd of March, there are 27 confirmed cases of the disease in Nigeria.


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Feb’14: Nnamdi Kanu parent’s body awaits funeral

abaribe, obi storm abia state


A large crowd has arrived the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu waiting for the arrival of the bodies of Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Kanu. The bodies left the mortuary at about 10am and were taken to the headquarters of Umuahia North council.


The bodies were being awaited at the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Afaraukwu for commendation service.
The PDP vice presidential candidate in the last election, Mr. Peter Obi and Senator Enyinnya Abaribe are already in the church.

Some of the mourners including Uchenna Madu who spoke to our correspond said they came to the parents of one of their own to pay them their last respect.
Some of the mourners said they came to Afaraukwu since Wednesday.
Banks in Umuahia were closed for business as well as shops in Afaraukwu. Schools in the area were also closed perhaps for the fear of the unknown.


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Kanu parent’s funeral: We will storm Abia – IPOB


Emma Powerful is the Media and Publicity secretary of IPOB. In this interview with OKEY SAMPSON, he warned police not to dare IPOB, insisting that despite police threat, the pro Biafra members would come to Umuahia in their numbers from across the globe to participate in the burial of parents of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.


Parents of your leader, Nnamdi Kanu will be buried next week, what are we expecting from IPOB?

The burial will be done the way burials take place in Igbo land; IPOB is an organization that wants peace in Igbo land and when we talk of Igbo land, we are also talking about parts of Delta, Kogi and Benue States.


Is IPOB going to super head the burial?

No, the point is that the father of our leader was the traditional ruler of a community, you know how communities bury their traditional rulers, the community cannot be left out in the burial, they are the people that will direct us on what to do. But IPOB will participate fully.


When the parents of your leader were alive, they supported IPOB fully, now they are no more, are you missing their support?

We are missing their support terribly but we must forge ahead; wherever they are today, we are promising them that their death would not be in vain, we are going to achieve Biafra in the shortest possible time.


What are we expecting on the date of the burial?

The atmosphere will be calm, there will be no problem, nobody will quarrel with anybody. All the criminals should leave Afaraukwu on that day so that we will bury our daddy and mummy peacefully.


As the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, you are close to your leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Will he be coming home for the burial?

Well, we cannot expose our strategy again, whether our leader will come or not, will not be made public now. If he is coming back if the need be, the IPOB high command only knows. The arrangement for him to come is not for public consumption.


Are you aware police said he will be arrested if he comes home for the burial?

Police can say whatever they want to say because they are serving their masters, but we know what we are doing and we must get Biafra. IPOB does not fear any threat neither is our leader.

Police are emphatic that they will not allow IPOB participate in the burial, are you not foreseeing a clash between your members and security personnel?

How can police arrest people that came for burial? We are not coming there for war or to cause problem, rather we are coming there to pay our last respect to our parents. Police should not dare us, we are not posing any threat to anybody and we don’t fear anybody; we will conduct ourselves peacefully on that day, that’s all.


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CP: IPOB should not come near Umuahia


Following the tension that is building up as the date for the burial of the parents of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu draws closer, the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon in this interview with OKEY SAMPSON in Umuahia has warned members of the pro Biafra group not to come near Umuahia, the Abia State capital under the guise of coming for the burial or they would have themselves to blame.

The burial of the parents of IPOB leader, Nnmadi Kanu is coming up next week, the pro Biafra group said they would participate actively. Is the Police comfortable with that?


Do you think we will sit down here and allow IPOB to participate in the burial? Whoever thinks along that line is fooling himself. IPOB will dance during the burial and the police elephants will dance too.

IPOB said they are not coming for war or cause any trouble, but just to pay the parents of their leader their last respect. How would police react to that?


I have already reached out to the traditional prime minister of Afaraukwu (Nnamdi Kanu’s community) and told him that if they want the burial to go smoothly and for police to give them security, they should tell IPOB not to near the area not to talk of participating in the burial. If they fail to adhere to what we’ve told them, that means they do not want the burial to go on smoothly because we are going to scatter the place. IPOB is proscribed by the Federal Government. I, as the Commissioner of Police in Abia cannot sit here and allow any proscribed group to operate anywhere in this state. I am saying this again for emphasis that there is no way police will allow a proscribed group to participate in the burial of the King and Queen of Afaraukwu simply because they are the parents of their acclaimed leader, we will not allow that and we cannot take anything for granted in the face of abundant intelligence on threat by IPOB. If the burial committee writes to police to provide security during the burial, we will oblige them on the condition that they will guarantee us that IPOB will never, ever be part of the burial, IPOB will never get near there, in fact that IPOB will never, ever enter Umuahia. That police will not see any Biafra flag, IPOB insignia or IPOB member disguising as Jewish or Zionist Church members.

In a burial of this nature, how would one identify who is an IPOB member or not?


If they come for the burial as ordinary people, not as a group, without Biafra flag or insignia, we won’t know them. But if they come

as a group, with their Biafra flags and insignia and we identify them that is where the problem will come because as a group, the Federal Government has described them as a terrorist group and proscribed them. And it is within our mandate to maintain law and order and we have to make sure that law and order is maintained.


IPOB is emphatic that its members will participate in the burial, what are we expecting?

By saying they were coming for the burial, they are sending signal to us telling us to be ready for them and we will be ready for them. We’ve told the organizers of the burial, if IPOB members are allowed to participate, we will do everything within our powers to disperse and if in the process the burial is disrupted, police will not be blamed.

Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon


Would the police contemplate cancelling the burial if intelligence report has it that IPOB participation may cause a break down of law and order?

Police did not organize the burial and so cannot cancel their burial, but if IPOB insists on hijacking the burial and taking it up, I will do everything within my powers and within the ambit of the law to make sure that IPOB does not bring a breakdown of law and order in this place. So, they are seriously warned in their own interest.


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Police nabbed armed robbers after killing couple in Abia ..


The Abia State Police Command has arrested and paraded a suspected armed robber identified as Kingsley Emezue alias Pakins alongside his gang members Enyinna Asiegbu (25) and Promise Sunday Obilor a.k.a Esere (26), for reportedly killing a couple before their three children.

Abia State’s Police Commissioner, Ene Okon told newsmen that the arrested suspects were connected to Sampson Iheukwumere Nwokocha a.k.a Grave, a notorious robber killed in December by the police.

He said the suspects who initially relocated after their gang leader was killed, returned to Umuahia in January 2020 after they thought the manhunt for them has been called off.

“The gang seemed to have gone on holidays to enjoy their loots and resurfaced around January 10, 2020, in what seems like recouping of expenses made during the Yuletides. The six-man gang on January 25, 2020, operating in a tricycle, snatched a Toyota Sienna van with registration number RBC477RL, along Health Center Road in World Bank Housing Estate, Umuahia.

“The gang, while operating in a Sienna van, shot and killed a couple, Mr and Mrs Darlington Chinyere Uzoma, along Secretariat Road, Ogwurube Layout, Umuahia. This was after robbing them of proceeds of the day’s sales.

“They robbed and shot Basil Okechukwu of Obowo, Imo State, on January 16, around Post Office Umuahia Road. Okechukwu was killed while on transit with the money he withdrew from bank.

“Officers from the Central Police Station, Umuahia and operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on ‘Operation Puff Adder’ went after the hoodlums and intercepted a tricycle conveying two of the hoodlums named Precious Chukwuebuka Okoro and Ogbonna Ifeanyichukwu Justice. Interrogation of the duo resulted in the subsequent arrest of the other members of the gang namely; Enyinna Asiegbu (25), Promise Sunday Obilor (26) aka Esere and Emezue Kingsley (20) aka Pakins.”

Emezue introduced himself as a butcher when questioned by newsmen and also disclosed that he was lured into armed robbery by bad friends.

He said;

“We did the robbery operation actually on Saturday night, but I did not shoot the couple. It was our driver that shot them.”


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Abia: Man set ablaze for killing wife ..


An angry mob in Etitiama Nkporo in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State has killed one Kalu Ilum for allegedly murdering his wife.

Ilum reportedly shot his wife in the mouth over a misunderstanding that started at home before the woman left for her shop.

The corpse of Ilum was also set ablaze by the crowd.


It was gathered that angry youth, who went in search of the man, eventually found him hiding in a disused well.

They fished him out, clubbed him to death and set his body on fire.


It was also learnt that the youth damaged his house before descending on him.

“The woman was not a violent woman,” one resident of the area said. “She owned a restaurant in the village.

“We were told that she was sustaining her family with the proceeds of the business while the husband was not contributing anything.”

Spokesperson for the police in the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said he was yet to be informed about the incident.


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Abia: Wanted terrorist in Aba arrested – CP


The Abia Police Command says it has arrested an alleged member of a kidnap/armed robbery gang, said to be terrorising the residents of Aba.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ene Okon, confirmed the arrest in Aba, yesterday. NobleReporters learnt


He said that a reliable police source identified the suspect as Darlington Olewumbu from Obazu Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo.

He said that the suspect was residing at No. 20 Christ Street, off Ibere Road, Aba.


Okon said that the suspect was a member of a three-man kidnap/robbery gang on the wanted list of the Intelligent Response Team.

Olewumbu was arrested at Agu Street, off Elvina Road by a team of detectives led by SP Alphonsus Ayang, the Divisional Police Officer, Ndiegoro in Aba, following a tip off. He was allegedly arrested while in possession of one locally-made revolver pistol with one live ammunition, one locally-made double barrel short gun and six rounds of live cartridge.

A police source said that during interrogation, it was discovered that the suspect and his gang were getting set for a kidnap operation, before he was arrested.

The source said the command had intensified search for the two other members of the gang, who were on the run, following Olewumbu’s arrest.


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LG office on fire, burnt court records into ashes


Fire on Saturday razed Bende Customary Court and some office blocks at the Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.

The office blocks house the Agriculture Department, Board of Internal Revenue Unit, Examination Development Commission, National Population Unit, and many others.

Lamenting over the inferno, the Local Government Chairman, Dr. Hagler Okorie, noted that the damage by the fire will cost millions of naira to rebuild, including records of court proceedings and exhibits among others.


He expressed his gratitude that no life was lost and ordered the council staff to clear bushes around their offices and residential quarters.

He also advised the staff to switch of electrical appliances when they are not in use or when leaving the office to forestall a recurrence.

Furthermore, Dr. Okorie called on the federal and state governments to urgently intervene by assisting the LGA to rebuild the damaged structures so as “to restore normal official functions of the court and the council”.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.


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37years vigilante stabbed 17 years old teen in Aba.

…over minor argument


A 37-year-old vigilante member, Sunday Kalu has been arrested for stabbing a 17-year-old boy identified as Chinemerem Ifeanyi to death over a minor argument. NobleReporters learnt

The deceased and the vigilante member clashed on his way home from work around 8 p.m at Agu Road in Ndiegoro community of Aba South LGA.


A resident of the community who spoke to The Nation said he overheard the late Ifeanyi and Kalu arguing over a phone.

He said;

“I overheard him saying leave my phone while the man he was arguing with kept struggling to take the phone


“As at then, I never knew the person was Bakassi, I was thinking it was a mere street boys argument. It was later we got who he is.

“It was when I heard a scream that I and some persons rushed to behold Ifeanyi in a pool of his own blood stabbed on the neck and shoulder.


“The whole place was becoming dark. The man quickly abandoned the phone and tried to escape.

“Some persons who recognized him gave information made a call to Cameroun Barracks Police Station and they went after him and got him arrested.

“The unfortunate thing was that we later found the receipt of the phone on Ifeanyi and it bears his name which means, he bought the phone and it was still new.”

Abia State’s Police Commissioner, Ene Okon confirmed the incident and and also revealed that the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID).


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2023: Isuikwuato leaders insist on governorship


Ahead of the 2023 polls, key stakeholders from the Old Isuikwuato District of Abia State, have insisted that it is their turn to produce next governor.

Arising from a meeting at the country home of third republic senator and immediate past state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emma Nwaka, the people of the district resolved to pursue the project with every weapon in their arsenal.


The group met under the auspices of Isuikwuato District Welfare Association (IDWA).

Those at the meeting cut across different political parties,technocrats, traditional, religious leaders and other non-state actors.


“The principles of Abia charter of equity demands that the next governor of the state should come from the Old Isuikwuato Division comprising Umunneochi and Isuikwuato local government areas,” the said.

They said each political bloc,except Isuikwuato in the four letter acronym ‘A-B-I-A’ that make up Abia state, had variously taken their turn to produce governors.


According to them, three letters “A, B, A” representing old Afikpo, Bende and Aba Divisions have produced governor leaving “I” which is Isuikwuato.

The stakeholders threatened to declare persona non grata, any of their own who sabotages their aspirations by accepting to be running mates to governorship candidates from other zones.


However, Mben Political Assembly (MPA), a political group of Ohafia Udumaeeze Clan, has restated its commitment to the actualisation of governorship of Ohafia extraction.

Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, former President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) lamented that despite the avalanche of rich natural resources and abundant human capital, the state had little to showcase in development.


He said aside agos, no other city possess the potential inherent in Aba, while regretting that Abia’s destiny had been in contention with the challenge of poor leadership.

He also drummed support for the Enyimba Economic City project, oting that it would create chains of jobs.

President of Mben Political Assembly, Dr. Eme Uche Onu and Chairman, Board of Trustees of MPA, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu said the Assembly was formed to achieve the political needs of Ohafia people.

They described the group as a think tank aimed at positioning Ohafia for political and economic leadership of Abia.


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