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Impeachment request against David Umahi rise days after defection

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The group maintained that there is no there is no known factionalisation nor internal crisis in the PDP before Dave Umahi defected from the PDP to the APC last week.

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has enjoined the Ebonyi State House of Assembly to embark on the impeachment of the Governor Dave Umahi for allegedly breaching constitutional provision due to his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The group referred to a subsisting Supreme Court verdicts which insist that a governor cannot defect to another political party unless there is internal leadership crises as basis for its assertions.

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AESID’s President General, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, in a statement contended that the PDP had been at peace since the court ousted the Ali Modu Sheriff as PDP’s factional chairman four years ago.

“In view of the foregoing breaches of the fundamental rights of citizens of our dear State therefore and the potentialities of same to plunge Ebonyi into a serious political crises , a threat we had foresaw and consistently cautioned Governor Umahi about, AESID boldly urge Ebonyi lawmakers to immidiately commence impeachment proceedings against the Governor,” Oluchukwu said.

” We make this call due to our believe and understanding of Umahi as a brutal dictator who is ready to set our dear state on fire in pursuit of his ego-laced selfish interests.”

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The group condemned in its totality and took a swipe at Umahi for his subtle threats to his appointees and the State legislators including the suspension of Victor Aleke from the State’s House of Assembly for keeping fate with the mandate given him by his people of Ebonyi North-west constituency.

“Finally, like we have always reiterated, Ebonyi belongs to all of us and one man’s personal ambition and interest cannot plunge the rest of the State which our fore-fathers laboured for many years to have into crises of monumental proportion,” Oluchukwu said.

” Ebonyi cannot be set aflame simply because Governor Umahi wants to protect his wealth belonging to Ebonyi people with the pretence of running for the highest office in the land.

“It has become obvious to us and every discerning mind that Umahi is deliberately creating the crises in PDP through Barr. Nwebonyi in order for some of the State lawmakers to have a fertile ground to defect with him in the guise of cracks, factions or crises in Ebonyi PDP.”


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Umahi reveal what PDP Govs do at Night amid Wike’s untrue Story.

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I have no other boss apart from Mr. President. And by my culture and upbringing you do not insult the elders. It’s not in my character.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has responded to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made him (Umahi) what he is today.

Governor Umahi told NoRM‘s known Media that he had contributed so much in the making of PDP, serving as a peacemaker and negotiator, insisting that he made the party what it is today and not the other way around.

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Wike had in one of his recent interviews said that “Umahi has the right to move to the APC, it’s his constitutional right, but we cannot in all cases allow Umahi blackmail PDP that made him chairman of the party, deputy governor, and governor and then you now realize there is an injustice against southeast.”

Furthermore, the Governor who dumped the PDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress on Thursday, said that some Governors of the opposition party who speak against the Buhari government during the day, ‘go up and down at night’ begging.

“People say PDP made me what I am. That is absolutely rubbish. We made PDP what PDP is,” he said.

“It is the people that make the party and I’ve contributed so much in the making of PDP not the other way around. I’ve been a peacemaker.

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“I’ve been a negotiator and even the Governor of Edo State coming on board was my prophecy which my fellow Governor directed the working committee to come and probe me but that was a big minus for them because you don’t probe a sitting Governor.

“Another one is that the PDP wants me to be castigating Mr. President.

“And some of them [PDP Governors] speak rubbish in the day and in the night they’re caps in hands and they start going up and down. I don’t do like that. So Mr. President remains my boss, father and boss and I’ve no regret about that.”


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Ebonyi: PDP suspends Reps members, senators over Umahi’s defection to APC

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The three Senators are Sam Egwu, a former governor of the state, Michael Ama Nnachi and Obinna Ogba.

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi has suspended the three Senators from the state and five House of Representatives members over anti-Party activities.

The suspension came as a surprise as the elected members on Wednesday vowed to remain in the party, despite the defection of Governor Dave Umahi to the APC.

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But the PDP Chairman, Barrister Onyekachi Nwebonyi suspended them, accusing them of anti-party activities.

The suspended House of Representatives members are Chukwuma Nwanzunku, Sylvester Ogbaga, Livunus Makwe, Idu Igariwey, Victor Aleke and Chris Usulor.

The party further invited them to appear before its disciplinary Committee to defend themselves over the allegations today.


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Ebonyi: NASS disowns David Umahi over defection to APC

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The National Leadership of the PDP had in a statement denied that Umahi dumped the party because of alleged injustice.

The Ebonyi State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the National Assembly has disowned Governor David Umahi over his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Umahi had on Tuesday formally announced his defection from the PDP to the APC.

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The Chairman of the Ebonyi National Assembly caucus and former Governor of Ebonyi State, Senator Sam Egwu, at a press conference in Abuja, said though Umahi has the right to join any political party of his choice, the reasons he advanced for his defection were untenable.

He said the National Assembly members from the state, would not abandon the PDP because of Umahi.

Egwu said: “We remain proud card carrying members of the PDP, the platform on which we contested elections in 2019 and won.

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He insisted that the Governor should be the last person to jump ship having benefitted immensely from PDP in the past which included his appointment State PDP chairman, election as deputy governor and two-term governor on the platform of the party.

Egwu while reading the text of the press conference, said: “We, the undersigned members of the Ebonyi State PDP caucus of the National Assembly, wish to address our fellow PDP members and other well-meaning Nigerians, on the defection of the Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi from the PDP to the APC.

“For the sake of clarity, we wish to state that not a single member of the Ebonyi State PDP caucus of the National Assembly is defecting to the APC.

“The three Distinguished Senators and five House of Representatives members remain proud card-carrying members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the platform under which we contested and won elections in 2019.

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“The major reason given by Chief Umahi for defecting from the PDP to the APC is now in the Public domain which is that the PDP has not been fair to the People of the South East on the issue of zoning the Presidency and vice Presidency.

“While we support that it is the turn of the South East to fly the Presidential flag of any of the major political parties come 2023, yet we consider it impolitic, indecent and unwise to give ultimatums and conditionalities in a bid to secure zoning.

“Indeed, if there is any Ebonyi person who should remain eternally grateful to the PDP, that individual ought to be the Governor David Umahi; a man who was appointed the Ebonyi State Chairman of the PDP, made deputy governor of a PDP administration, and was elected for two terms under the banner of the PDP.

“As Governor, his two younger brothers were elected to principal offices of the PDP; one (Mr Austine Umahi) as the National Vice Chairman (South East) and another (Mr. Maxwell Umahi) as the Deputy State Chairman of the PDP.

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“As democrats, we concede Chief Umahi’s right to join any political association of his choice.

“However, as Federal Lawmakers we are not unaware of the Supreme Court decision that candidates are products of political parties.

“What it means is that political office holders are not at liberty to migrate from one political platform to another, particularly when there is no division in their party.

“We wish to use this opportunity to thank the leadership of our grate party, the PDP for their prompt action in dissolving the ward, local government, state and Zonal structures of the party in Ebonyi State, and their announcement of a state caretaker team.

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“We also wish to thank teeming members and supporters in our various constituencies who have remained undaunted and committed to their membership of the PDP.

“We also wish to thank the South East caucus, and indeed the entire PDP family of the National Assembly.

“The lawmakers were joined at the press conference by the Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South).”

The text of the press conference was signed by Senator Sam Ominyi Egwu, Senator Obinna Ogba, Senator Mike Ama Nnachi, Rt. Hon. Sylvester Ogbaga, Rt. Hon. Igariwey Iduma Enwo, Rt. Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku, Rt. Hon. Edwin Anayo and Rt. Hon. Livinus Makwe.

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South), joined the Ebonyi State PDP lawmakers at the press conference.


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Storyline: PDP constitutes Ebonyi caretaker committee

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All our leaders, members and teeming supporters in Ebonyi state and the southeast are by this guided accordingly.

Following the dissolution of the Ebonyi State Exco of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the National Working Committee (NWC) has constituted a state caretaker committee to pilot the affairs of the party in Ebonyi state in line with the provisions of the constitution of the PDP .

Disclosing this in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, the party listed the following as its Ebonyi state caretaker committee.

  1. Hon. Fred Udeogu – Chairman
  2. Barr. Luke Nkwegu – Secretary
  3. Dr. Gideon Osi – Publicity Secretary
  4. Hon. James Alaka – Organizing Secretary
  5. Mrs. Amaka Igboke – Women Leader
  6. Barr Mudi Irenede – Legal Adviser
  7. Barr. Ibeshi – Youth Leader
  8. The decision of the NWC in this regard is pursuant to the powers conferred on it by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (2017 as amended).

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Ebonyi Gov, David Umahi defects to APC from PDP

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He also said that he has no deal with the APC or any member of the party with regards to zoning of the presidential position to the southeast.

The Governor of Ebonyi state, Governor David Umahi has formally defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Umahi diclosed to newsmen in Abakaliki that he moved to the APC because of injustice metted out to the Southeast by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

More to come….


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Ebonyi LG Poll: PDP Wins All Chairmanship, Councillor Seat. [Nigeria]

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won all the chairmanship and councilorship seats in the elections conducted in the 13 local government areas (LGAs) of Ebonyi State.

The Chairman of the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC), Jossy Eze, announced this on Sunday in Abakaliki, the state capital.

He disclosed that among the 13 political parties that participated in the polls conducted on Saturday, the candidates of the PDP won all the 13 LGAs and cleared the 171 wards in the state.

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Eze explained that EBSIEC adopted the chairmanship results for the 13 LGAs as announced by various LGA returning officers, as well as the councillorship results announced at the 171 electoral wards.

He commended all stakeholders involved in the conduct of the elections, especially the contestants for their spirit of sportsmanship.

The EBSIEC boss also thanked the state government “for not interfering in the conduct of the elections,” noting that this helped in making the polls credible, free, and fair.

He said, “The elections have been won and lost, but the victory is for everybody who participated in the elections.

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“The winners should carry everybody along and everyone should contribute to delivering democratic dividends to people at the grassroots, which the local government areas represent.”

In the poll conducted in Abakaliki LGA, Emmanuel Nwangele was declared the winner of the chairmanship position while Obiageri Oko-Enyim, Eni Uduma, Chinyere Nwogbaga, won the chairmanship seats in Afikpo North, Afikpo South, and Ebonyi LGAs respectively.

Similarly, Dr Nora Alo won the chairmanship seat in Ezza North LGA, while EBSIEC declared Kenneth Eze, Stephen Orogwu, Henry Eze, and Onyebuchi Ogbadu as the chairmen-elect in Ezza South, Ikwo, Ishiellu, and Ivo LGAs.

Others who won the chairmanship seats in the polls included Paul Nwogha (Izzi LGA), Chinyere Iyioku (Ohaozara LGA), Clement Odah (Ohaukwu LGA), and Felix Igboke (Onicha LGA).


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Create special courts for rape cases – Ebonyi gov, Umahi calls.

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Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has called for the urgent creation of special courts in the state.

In a communique issued after a Security Council meeting on Tuesday in Abakaliki, Governor Umahi said the move is necessary to try offenders of COVID-19 laws, cases of cultism, herdsmen attack, rape, and killings in the state.

Umahi spoke through the Deputy Governor Kelechi Igwe after meeting with members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) at Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre.

The governor who said the special court will resolve the cases of rape, killings, attack in some communities suspected to be members of Miyetti Allah, added that these incidents have led to the destruction of farmlands and disruption of peace in the communities affected.

(file photo) Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi

He warned the leadership of the association that they will be held responsible for any destruction of crops, rape, killing, and attack on communities if they do not produce the perpetrators of the evil act amongst their membership within seven days for arrest and prosecution.

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Governor Umahi also asked the community leaders and other political stakeholders in the state to take responsibility in their communities.

In doing this, he urged them to produce attackers on herdsmen and their cows for arrest and prosecution, whenever such occurs within seven days.

While expressing worry over the killings and attacks in the communities, Governor Umahi directed that all herders must reside within communities where they graze their cows.

This comes as the state government prohibited the grazing of cows around school premises, churches, and government properties.


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Ebonyi bullion van attack: Seven arrested

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The police have arrested seven suspects involved in the robbery attack on a bullion van and the killing of four policemen in Ebonyi State.

According to a report obtained by Noble Reporters Media on Tuesday, the arrests were made barely five days after the incident.

Among those apprehended for the attack were two soldiers – one in active service and the other dismissed.

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Noble Reporters Media had reported that the bullion van was being escorted by policemen to one of the first-generation banks along Ogoja Road in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital on Wednesday last week before it came under attack.

Following the incident, the police launched a ‘serious manhunt’ of the assailants which led to their arrest in less than one week.

The operation was carried out by police detectives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), with support from the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU).

While on the operation, the police team arrested one Alfred Robinson on Saturday last week in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

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The 45-year-old suspect is said to be a native of Gelegele town in Ovia North Local Government Area of Edo State.

A photo released by the police shows some ammunition recovered from the suspects involved in the attack on a bullion van in Ebonyi State on July 29, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Olamide Noble)

Upon his arrest, the police recovered a Toyota 4 Runner SUV said to have been snatched alongside others for the purpose of the attack.

Also recovered from Robinson included a GPMG rifle with 153 rounds of live ammunition, five AK 47 rifles with 1,402 rounds of live ammunition, a K2 rifle with loaded magazine, and 51 AK 47 magazines.

An intensive follow up operation by the police team also led to the arrest of six more suspected members of the robbery gang within 24 hours.

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Those arrested include Sergeant Ayeni Samuel, 43, who is a serving soldier attached to the Command Day Secondary School at the Nigerian Army Cantonment in Ikeja, Lagos and Corporal Emeka Harrison, 33, a dismissed soldier who until his dismissal was attached to 7 Division Garrison in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Others are Sunday Soyemu, 46, and a native of Alegnene in Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa State; Emeka Illo, 37, and a native of Igwachi community in Orji River LGA of Enugu State; Abuchi Elijah, 27, and a native of Nsalangwa in Nsalangwa LGA of Abia State; and Ibanifiroi Ekiene, 38, and a native of Tombia community in Degema LGA of Rivers State.

According to the police, the six suspects arrested on Sunday came from various parts of the South-South and South-East.

They were said to be perfecting a planned intended bank robbery in Asaba this week before they were apprehended.

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A Lexus 350 SUV containing various arms and ammunition were recovered from them.

The items include 136 rounds of K2 ammunition, five K2 magazines, 12 locally made bomb (unexploded), a KPT power tool 230MM angle grinder, and assorted charms, among others.

“All suspects, upon interrogation, confessed to the bullion van robbery in Ebonyi State where four policemen were killed, with many other armed robberies/kidnappings across the South-East and South-South.

“Suspects also confessed that four out of the rifles recovered belong to the policemen they killed during the bullion van robbery in Ebonyi State. Suspects are assisting police to arrest their remaining gang members,” the report said.


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COVID-19: Ekiti gov, Fayemi test Negative

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The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has tested negative for COVID-19.

The Governor, who went on isolation eleven days ago after testing positive for the virus, expressed gratitude for the prayers and good wishes received from well-wishers while the period lasted.

Governor Fayemi, in a tweet on Saturday, reminded Nigerians of the need to sustain efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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After 11 days in isolation, I received news that my CoviD 19 repeat test came back negative. My sincere gratitude goes to God Almighty, my family, my medical team and all well wishers for the prayers and solidarity. We must continue to do all we can to tackle the pandemic. JKF

— Kayode Fayemi (@kfayemi) August 1, 2020

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Ekiti State has recorded 132 cases of the novel coronavirus with two deaths, as of Friday evening.

Ebonyi Governor Recovers
On Friday, the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, confirmed he had recovered from COVID-19.

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He disclosed that his daughter and three of his close aides, who had earlier tested positive, also tested negative for the virus.

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, speaks during an interview on Sunrise Daily in Abuja on February 24, 2020.

The governor thanked God for his recovery and the people of the state for their prayers and support.

His recovery came four weeks after the confirmation of his infection.

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Cases continue to rise
Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases have continued to rise within the country.

On Friday, Nigeria recorded 462 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total infections to 43,151, according to the NCDC.

Unlike most previous cases, the FCT topped states with new infections after reporting 93 fresh cases, followed next by Lagos with 78 cases.

Other states with new cases include Plateau – 64, Kaduna – 54, Oyo – 47, Ondo – 32, Adamawa – 23, Bauchi – 19, Rivers, Ogun and Delta each reporting 9 cases, Edo – 7, Kano and Enugu each reporting 6 cases, Nasarawa – 5 and Osun – 1.


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COVID-19: Ebonyi Governor, Umahi recovers

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The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has recovered and tested negative for COVID-19.

The Governor confirmed this in a statement he personally signed on Friday.

He disclosed that his daughter and three of his close aides also tested negative for the virus.

The governor thanked God for his recovery and the people of the state for their prayers and support.

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This comes four weeks after they were infected by COVID-19.

On July 4, Governor Umahi announced that he, his daughter and aides tested positive after carrying out the test.

Although he said they were not showing any symptoms, he, however, said they went into isolation in line with protocols laid down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He, therefore, directed the Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe, to take over the frontline coordination of the state’s fight against the pandemic to protect Ebonyi people.


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Ebonyi bullion van attack: Four policemen lose to death

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A robbery attack on a bullion van in Ebonyi State has led to the death of four policemen.

The Ebonyi State Police Command confirmed the killing of the security officials on Wednesday, hours after the incident occurred.

A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Loveth Odah, explained that the policemen were escorting the bullion van to one of the first-generation banks along Ogoja Road in Abakaliki, the state capital.

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She added that they were attacked and killed by suspected armed robbers along Ezzamgbo axis of the Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway.

According to the police public relations officer in Ebonyi, the driver of the van and other officers sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries during the encounter.

She noted that the bullion van was trapped in traffic at Ezzamgbo around the flyover in the area which was still under construction.

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Odah said the assailants stormed the scene of the attack in two vehicles and took advantage of the traffic to open fire on the security operatives.

She, however, disclosed that the robbers were unable to succeed in carting away the money as the bullion van driver was able to escape.

The command’s spokesman stated that the robbers were forced to turn back to neighbouring Enugu State after the failed operation.

She said the bodies of the policemen have been deposited at the morgue and others who sustained injuries have been taken to the Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki for treatment.


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Ebonyi community lament over bad road

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Indigenous people of Ibii community in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi have called on the state government’s urgent intervention over the deplorable condition of their roads.

They are also calling for restoration of power supply to the community.

The Ibii community made the call in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to them, the community has suffered abandonment for years, even before creation of the state.

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Ebonyi was created in October 1996 from the old Abakaliki division of Enugu State and old Afikpo division of Abia.

Mr Nelson Otu, an indigene of the community residing in Abuja, said the people of Ibii, an agrarian community, had suffered long years of neglect particularly the bad roads, making their daily survival a difficult task.

Otu said the people depended on proceeds from their farm produce for their livelihoods.

He, however, lamented that Ibii road that traverses the community to Afikpo town and the one that connects it to Akpoha community has been in deplorable state for many years.

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He noted that the bad road network often limited expected income from their agricultural produce such as rice, cassava and yam, saying their worst nightmares were during the rainy season.

“So, we are calling on Gov. David Umahi to please come to our aid.

“The major road that connects us to the state is so bad; if not for community effort we would have been cut off completely.

“They should do something. We are an agrarian community and our people are finding it difficult to transport our agricultural products to other areas,” he said.

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Mr Kelechi Ability, a Technical Assistant to the Governor on Attitudinal Change, said that besides bad roads, “the community also suffers from lack of power supply.”

Ability, therefore, called on the community representatives in the National Assembly and state House of Assembly for intervention.

“We call on the state government to intervene in our plights, especially in the area of electricity and road network as we’ve been cut off from our brother communities in the state.

“We make bold to say that since 1999, PDP has never failed any election in our community, but the height of neglect and marginalisation is heartbreaking,” he said.


#Newsworthy…

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Tragedy as Siblings dies in Ebonyi River. [Nigeria]

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>>> Police inspector found dead in Imo <<<


Residents living around Shell Camp near Alvana Primary School, Owerri in Imo State, were yesterday morning thrown into confusion as they woke up to see the lifeless body of a Police Inspector attached to the Imo State police command, Kaura Haruna, on the floor.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Orlando Godson Ikeokwu, said the deceased had no history of suffering from any ailment, adding that they were surprised by his sudden demise, especially as there were scars on his body showing signs of “shuffling and violence”.

His words: “Haruna Kaura, until his death, was attached to the Government House, Owerri. The team of officers that removed the body discovered marks of violence on his back and neck regions. The ID of the deceased was seen on his palm, with a marked number 18 PMF Squadron, while his service pistol was carted away.”

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Also yesterday, another tragedy occurred in Umudafa-Awo Mbieri, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo, when residents woke up to see a dangling lifeless body of a 45-year-old man, Osita Ezurike, in his room. No one could ascertain the reason behind the suicide as he lived alone.

Meanwhile, a Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, River State has ordered the remand of ex-police officer, Sgt Bitrus Osaiah, to the Rivers State correctional centre, for allegedly killing a female police officer, Lovenda Elekwachi. Osaiah was arraigned on a one-count charge of murder.

The accused who was attached to the Rivers State task force had allegedly shot the female officer during a raid with the task force team in some markets around Eneka junction, where the deceased was controlling traffic.

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When the charge was read out to Osaiah, he was not allowed to take plea as the Magistrate, Ipalibo Iyabo, ordered that the case file be sent to the Director of State prosecution (DPP), for report and ordered that Osaiah be remanded in custody pending the outcome of the DPP report and adjourned the matter till May 26.

The accused is being prosecuted by the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, who had during a condolence visit to Elekwachi’s family assured them of justice in the matter, adding that the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, is interested in getting justice for the deceased.

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>>> Siblings drown in Amaeze river, Ebonyi state, Mother of 2 die in Kerosene disaster <<<


Mother, two daughters killed in kerosene explosion in Rivers
It was a black day last Saturday, April 25, as three sisters drowned in a river at Amaeze village in Ishiagu community of Ebonyi State. The death of the girls, between the ages of 14 and 20 still remains a mystery to residents of the village.

The three sisters who attended Comprehensive Secondary School in Ishiagu, were found floating on the water. Their bodies have been buried beside the stream without caskets, as culture and tradition demands.

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The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ivo Divisional Police Post, Mr. Nwornu Daniel, confirmed the incident and said it was a case of “sudden and unnatural death.”

Meanwhile, two siblings and their mother yesterday lost their lives in a kerosene explosion at Aliko Estate in Choba community of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State. NobleReporters gathered that the incident occurred at about 8:00a.m. on Tuesday and that the Police Divisional Headquarters in the area have moved the bodies of the victims to the morgue.

The explosion was suspected to be as a result of adulterated kerosene. The state police public relations of the command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said he is aware of the incident, but noted that the information he has on it was still sketchy.

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However, N.Rs learnt from sources around the area that husband to the late woman had left the room earlier, locked it and left with the keys before the incident occurred. One of the neighbours, who craved anonymity, alleged that the stove the late woman was using to cook had exploded with no way for the victims to escape from the locked building.

The neighbour said the three victims burnt to death in the locked room, adding that property were also destroyed in the fire.


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Ebonyi State Governor Relax Lockdown, Lift Okada Ban. [Nigeria]

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Ebonyi State Governor Chief Dave Nweze Umahi, on Tuesday, has lifted the ban on Commercial motorcycle operation popularly known as Okada, and also relaxed the curfew imposed on the state between 7pm and 7am.

Governor Umahi made the announcement during a statewide broadcast on the update of preventive measures taken by the State government to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.

The Governor stated that the lifting of the ban on Okada operation and the relaxing on the curfew followed the level of corporation by citizens of the state and announced that the ban still continues within 300 meters away from the different boundaries in the state.

Umahi maintained that the ban on Religious activities and shutdown of drinking joints in that state continues adding that the World Health Organization (WHO) stipulates that opening on drinking joints exposes the people to dangers of contracting the virus.


#Newsworthy…

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[Nigeria] Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi to experience 8-hour power outage on April 18th.


Ebonyi State capital – Abakaliki will experience an 8-hour power outage on Saturday, 18th April 2020.

The outrage is to enable the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to carry out trace maintenance on the Nkalagu-Abakaliki 132kV transmission lines.

SA to the state governor on Media, Mr Nwaze Francis who made the announcement, wrote:


POWER OUTAGE IN ABAKALIKI AND ENVIRONS, SATURDAY 18TH APRIL, 2020.


Please, be informed that there will be a power outage from about 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday 18th April 2020.

This will affect the entire Abakaliki metropolis and environs and it is to enable the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to carry out trace maintenance on the Nkalagu-Abakaliki 132kV transmission lines.

The exercise will improve the reliability of the lines and stability of power supply in our dear state.

From Ebonyi State Commissioner for Power & Energy


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Ebonyi: Man cut off 2 of his children’s head, leaves one in coma.


A man, Chinasa Ogbaga, has allegedly killed two of his children and left one fatally injured in Okpuitumo community in Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the incident in an interview on Monday in Abakaliki, the state capital. N.Rs learnt


Odah said the suspect went to the estranged wife’s home where he took the children on the pretence of taking them home to cater for them for the Christmas.

She said Ogbaga instead veered off into a nearby bush where he allegedly “slaughtered the children with a cutlass.”


“The Divisional Police Officer, Ekumenyi Divisional Police headquarters reported a case of multiple homicide at Okpuitumo community in Abakaliki.

“The suspect, a vulcanizer who is already in police custody allegedly killed his two children and inflicted heavy multiple injuries on one on December 16 at Egwuagu, Okpuitumo in Abakaliki LGA.


“The suspect is arrested and currently been detained at the state police headquarters.

“No individual has a right to take another’s life and as a law enforcement agency committed to securing lives and property, police will ensure that justice is served by bringing the suspect to book.”

Odah said the suspect had been arrested while investigation was ongoing to unravel the cause of the incident.

She said the suspect would be arraigned as soon police investigation was concluded.


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Army seized 85 bags of rice smuggled in Ebonyi.


The Nigerian Army has intercepted no fewer than 85 bags of smuggled rice in a compound in Abor-Uwani community in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi.

The raid was part of the ongoing “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’. Col. Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director, Public Relations of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.


Yusuf said that the smuggled bags of rice, each weighing 50kg, were intercepted on December 19 through intelligence received by troops of Sector 6 (Abakaliki) of the exercise.

“Troops on patrol following a tip-off from the Department of State Security (DSS) raided a compound where a Mercedes Benz truck loaded with 85 bags of suspected smuggled foreign rice was packed.


“This was in Abor-Uwani community in Afikpo North Local Government Area (LGA) of Ebonyi State. The suspects; Bartholomew Obioha Nwankwo, 49, and Mr Nkama Agu, 57, – both from Unwana community in Afikpo North LGA were arrested in connection with the smuggled rice,’’ he said.

The army spokesman added that the suspects, the truck, and the bags of rice had been handed over to the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Internal Affairs for further action. Yusuf said that in a related development, troops in Sector 6 in conjunction with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) recently raided the hideout of suspected drug dealers in Abakaliki town.

“Five suspects were arrested while items recovered in the area included suspected wraps of Indian Hemp, tramadol, and cocaine among other things. He added that a brown Mercedes Benz car with registration number Ebonyi NAC 399 AA was seized.

“Suspects and exhibits have been handed over to the relevant security agency for further action,’’ he said. “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’, otherwise known as Peaceful Dance, is currently ongoing in the South-East zone and Cross River within the Area of Responsibility (AOR) of the 82 division of the army.


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Ebonyi government to begin minimum wage payment in January.

…plead with NLC

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has said he will pay the N30,000 minimum wage agreed with organised labour from January 2020.

He made this known during the signing of the state’s 2020 budget in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Friday.

He however, pleaded with labour unions to accept the inability of the state to pay the backlog of salaries, which had accumulated since the wage increase was reached.

In the absence of the arrears, he noted that the state had set aside N500m to help workers earn some income from agriculture.

“We have the N500m approved by the state House of Assembly to assist workers and other segments of the society, engage in alternative means of livelihood which is agriculture.”

Speaker of the state’s legislature, Francis Nwifuru, said the lawmakers were impressed with the implementation of budgets it had signed under Umahi’s administration.

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Court demand arrest of local government chairman.

…for slapping lawmaker in ebonyi

The Ebonyi State House of Assembly has ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of Clement Odah, the Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, accused of assaulting one of its members Chinedu Onah at the committee room of the assembly complex in Nkaliki.

The incident reportedly occurred after four nominees Odah selected for management committee members and liaison officers were allegedly disqualified.

Ebonyi State House of Assembly calls for arrest of local government Chairman who slapped a lawmaker

The local government chairman was accused of storming a room where house of assembly members were drilling Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA) in the state on the budget presented by the state governor and slapping one of the committee members.

Recounting how the incident occurred, Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Benjamin Ezekomam said;

“What happened is that Chinedu Onah stepped outside from the committee room because he said he saw his chairman and he went and greeted him so the chairman walked out on him and started going inside the committee room.

“Chinedu Onah as an honourable member, moved in to the committee room and the chairman said ‘you small boy, you are interrupting me by stopping my nominee. I put you there’.

“Chinedu replied, ‘you didn’t put me there, my constituency put me here not you as a person’. He (the Chairman) said ‘is that what you said, is that what you said’ and he slapped him. We all were embarrassed, we didn’t know what to do, so the guy calmed himself down.”

Ebonyi State House of Assembly calls for arrest of local government Chairman who slapped a lawmaker

Mr Onah who represents Ohaukwu south constituency in the assembly corroborated the claim. He said;

“Yes the local government chairman of Ohaukwu barged into the community room this morning where we were taking some MDA’s on their various budgets as was presented to the house and started shouting ‘this small boy, you stepped down my nominees as members of management committee members, I have come here to tell you that you must clear them’.

“But unfortunately I did not step down anybody that is not my constituency. I am not from his constituency, I am not representing Clement Odah beside if I had seen any reason to step anybody down on the course of the screening, I owe him no apology to have done that because that is my job to represent my people. But unfortunately I did not do that.

“The next thing he did was that when they asked him that chairman you should have asked me if I did or not before accusing me, the next thing I heard was a very huge and dirty slap on my face for just doing nothing. But the only thing I did was not retaliating because I am an honorable member and the law should take its course. That was exactly what happened.

“The honourable members simply suspended the committee room and moved over to the plenary, resolved that he should be invited by the committee on LGA and that the psychiatric hospital should ascertain the level of insanity in him.

“That the security agencies should get him arrested and prosecuted and that the committee on LGA should investigate more and ascertain his activities at the local government.

“The plenary was presided by the deputy speaker, the motion was moved by the leader of the house and every other honorable member was allowed to make an input.”

Premium Times reported that Mr Odah denied slapping the House of Assembly member. He said;

“I did not slap anybody. Yes I was at the house of assembly today but I went there to meet one of my friends. While I was waiting for him, I seized the opportunity to exchange pleasantries with some of the honorable members, most of whom are my friends and colleagues.

“Yesterday the nominees for management committee members and liaison appeared in the house for screening. About four of them were not screened on the basis that there was petitions against them. On getting to the house of assembly, I sighted one of our honorable members. I felt it was a ground to get some clarification so I inquired from him, Chinedu Onah to be precise.

“That was all. Then I moved in to interact with other honorable members where they were waiting for other members at the conference hall. It was not a sitting, not at all. I believed they were waiting for the principal officers.

“After about three minutes, he came in and advanced towards me shouting that he was not happy the way I talked to him. I said there is nothing wrong with the way I talked to you. I just proffered my little advice as my younger brother and your council chairman.

“When the argument was heated, other honorable members advised that we should call it off and then they advised me to leave the conference hall. I entered my vehicle and left the assembly complex. The other version of slap is alien to me.”

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Ebonyi: Over 100 women nakedly protest over detention of their children

…intending to meet with the governor

Over 100 women between 50 and 80 years of age from Agubia Community in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State stripped naked, in protest of the arrest of their children by security agents operating in the state.

The women stormed the Government House gate at about 11 am on Monday, demanding the immediate release of their sons who were allegedly arrested by police following the crises that erupted in Agubia Ikwo recently.

However, the women whose intention was to meet with the governor, could not gain entrance into the government house in Abakiliki.

It was gathered that a bloody clash had erupted between two rival groups four weeks ago over which group should control a popularly motor park in the community. The incident claimed many lives and left dozens wounded while property worth millions of naira were destroyed.

Mrs Mercy Nwali, who spoke on behalf of the women, said the crux of the protest was to demand urgent and amicable resolution of the matter as their lives and that of their family members had been in danger.

“What we demand is that all of them should come home so that we make peace. They shouldn’t be in town here and be terrorizing us in the village. We no longer sleep in our homes and we want government to intervene”, she explained.

Another aged woman, Mrs Juliana Nwali, told Daily Trust that three of her children; Mr. Igwe Nwali, Chikwendu and Chineme were among those in detention.

It took the intervention of the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace and Conflict Resolution, Hon. Stanley Okoro to pacify the women to vacate the government house gate.

“You know, you are our mothers. Our Governor was not happy to see you in this way and mood. So, whatever is the problem, I assure you, it will be resolved not later than today,” said Hon. Emegha, who cut short his 2020 fiscal year budget defense at the state House of Assembly to rush to the scene.

“What we want is peace. We are tired of running away from our home. We want the governor to help us, release our children from detention” the protesting women cried.

The commissioner assured them that government will ensure that their demand are given immediate attention.

He urged them to go home and be assured that government is determined to returning permanent peace in the area.

However, the women bluntly refused to collect money released to them nor enter the bus provided by the government to convey them back to Agubia Community.

Over 100 women protest naked over unlawful detention of their children by security agents in Ebonyi (photos)

Over 100 women protest naked over unlawful detention of their children by security agents in Ebonyi (photos)

Over 100 women protest naked over unlawful detention of their children by security agents in Ebonyi (photos)

Over 100 women protest naked over unlawful detention of their children by security agents in Ebonyi (photos)

Over 100 women protest naked over unlawful detention of their children by security agents in Ebonyi (photos)

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Just in – Ebonyi state leads in fertility & infant mortality – Survey.

…improved to collect high quality height and weight measurements

Ebonyi has been identified as the state with the highest fertility rate in the South East with 5.4 children per woman, while Enugu has the lowest with 4.1 children per woman.

Ebonyi also boasts of the worst child mortality rate in the zone, according to statistics from the 2018 National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS).

The survey, conducted by the National Population Commission in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, was targeted at identifying and tackling health and family issues that affect children and parents in the country.

In the report released in Enugu during the 6th national dissemination and official launch of the 2018 NDHS, Ebonyi had the highest cases of under-5 mortality in the region with 91 deaths from 1, 000 live births, while Enugu is the lowest with 61 deaths.

On the cases of under-five stunting in children, Ebonyi also topped other states in the South East with 25 per cent, while Anambra is lowest with 14 per cent.

The report also indicated that with 21 per cent of children between 6 to 59 months testing positive to malaria, Ebonyi ranks highest, while Imo with eight per cent is the lowest in the zone. Federal commissioner of NPC, Mr. Ejike Ezeh said statistics gathered from the survey will be of significance to social development and wellbeing of citizens.

On the method used in conducting the survey, he said, “the anthropometry process was improved to collect high quality height and weight measurements from children and women and a new biomarker checklist was introduced to ensure that no important tasks were missed.”

He also revealed that the new improved processes piloted in Nigeria had been adopted as standard procedure in demographic health surveys by other nations especially in Africa.

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Ebonyi government bans the use of banger.

…this Yuletide does not need explosion

Ahead of the yuletide, the Ebonyi State government, yesterday, has placed a ban on sale and use of fireworks popularly known as knockout, anywhere within the state.

The development came as a result of an explosion that rocked one of the schools in the state, Glory Land High School, Azugwu, on Thursday and which shattered the left arm of an SS2 student identified as Chibuike, while leaving many other students injured. Report gathered that the incident caused fear and pandemonium around the area. But yesterday the state government announced that investigations revealed that the explosion was caused by careless application of fireworks by the students.

Addressing newsmen in Abakaliki, Special Assistant to Governor, David Umahi, on Media, Francis Nweze, warned that henceforth anyone caught in possession of fireworks would be arrested and prosecuted.

When His Excellency received the message about alleged bomb explosion in one of the secondary schools in the state, he was shocked,” he said.

And he gave immediate directive for further investigation about that. It was later found out that it was a mere knockout.

As a result of this, His Excellency has banned the use of knockout in the state, especially in this festive period. He gave the directive this afternoon and that is the stand of the governor.

“When the governor gives a directive, it is expected that the general public should obey it, if they don’t, any person caught will face the full wrath of the law and the government disciplinary committee.”

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