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Unknown gunmen burn INEC headquarters, attack police station in Anambra

The Police in Anambra State have confirmed attacks on the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission and Police B’Division in Awka, the State capital on Sunday night.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, who confirmed the incident said he had scanty information on the development.

He said, “Please, I will get back to you as soon as I get the full details.”
Gunmen had around 9pm on Sunday invaded B Division Police Station and the INEC office in Awka.

Some police officers were feared dead in the attack.

Eyewitnesses said the attack lasted for about two hours with gunshots.

“The gunmen set the police station and INEC office ablaze. It was followed by what looks like mass robbery in the area with gunshots everywhere. It was like we were in Sambisa Forest,” an eyewitness said.

It was gathered the gunmen invaded the area in three Hilux vehicles.

“They shot for more than one hour at B-Division before leaving. They then stopped at Ekwueme Square and shot for about 10 minutes before proceeding to the INEC Office which they set on fire,” the eyewitness added. Punch

Anambra: How I strangled creditor disturbing me to repay N100,000 - Suspect

A revenue collector in the Umuleri area of Anambra State, Ifeanyi Ezinwa, is being held by the police for the murder of his relative, Chukwuebuka Iloegbunam.

Ezinwa reportedly strangled 19-year-old Iloegbunam for persistently demanding repayment of N100,000 he borrowed from him.

City Round learnt that Ezinwa, 29, asked the victim to meet him at a bush path near a secondary school in the town around 8.30pm on the pretence of paying the debt.
It was said that Ezinwa hid a knife in a loaf of bread and aimed the weapon upon Iloegbunam’s arrival.

In the ensuing altercation, Iloegbunam reportedly managed to collect the knife from Ezinwa and stabbed him. The debtor later overpowered him and strangled him. Ezinwa was said to have gone to the town, claiming that he and the deceased were attacked by robbers.

He was consequently arrested and transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Awka.

The case was later taken over by the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team led by DCP Abba Kyari, following a petition by the deceased’s family.

“It was at the IRT office that he finally confessed to the crime. He said he committed the act alone on January 15, 2021 around 8.30pm. He lured the deceased to a lonely path near Umuleri Technical School, stabbed and strangled him,” a police source told City Round.

Ezinwa, who collects levies at markets in the town on behalf of elders, explained that he took N100,000 from the revenue. He said he borrowed N100,000 from the victim so he could turn in the revenue on the designated date.

He said, “I am married with three children. I dropped out of secondary school at SS2, months after my father died. I learnt how to drive and started driving commercial buses. It was not easy for me. About two years ago, some of our kinsmen invited me to work for the community. I am a revenue collector for the elderly men in the community.

“We have markets and every trader is expected to pay a certain amount of money. I spent part of the money I collected. I knew I would lose my job if they noticed a shortage. It was out of desperation that I approached Chukwuebuka (Iroegbunam) who ran a provision store in our village. He is my relative. We are from the same kindred in Umuleri. I borrowed N100,000 from him in December 2020 and promised to pay back on January 10. I could not meet up with the deadline and he kept disturbing me and threatened to report me to the Igwe (king).

“I made up my mind to silence him. I bought a loaf of bread and hid a sharp knife in it. I called him to meet me at Aguleri junction around 8pm. He came with an okada man and I asked the rider to go.”

Ezinwa said they both took a walk under the guise that they were heading for where to get the money, adding that along the way he lied to Iroegbunam that he wanted to urinate.

He stated, “There are bushes around the school and people hardly pass through the route. I immediately brought out the knife. He saw me on time and started fighting. He took the knife and stabbed me before I grabbed his neck and strangled it. I ran to the palace and the Igwe of Umuleri was not around. I told the security men I met that I was attacked by armed robbers and they asked me to go to the hospital for treatment.

“The next day, the chairman of security in our community came with the police and arrested me. They found Iroegbunam’s body but I insisted that we were attacked. I eventually told the police the truth. I cannot explain the devil that entered me.” Punch

Africa: Anambra commissioner alleging corruption in govt resigns

The Anambra State Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism, Dr Christian Madubuko, has resigned.

In his letter of resignation, Madubuko alleged that he was leaving office because of alleged endemic corruption within the system and the increasing threat to his life.

Madubuko, was at various times within the last three years, Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Commerce, Commissioner for Road, Rail and Water Transportation and lately as Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism.

The resignation letter read in part, “In the cause of fighting corrupt, individuals holding the state revenue on the throat, all manner of frivolous petitions against me were written to the governor accusing me of several misdeeds particularly distablising our party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance and advising the governor to remove me before l do more harm to the party.

“In several occasions, agents of darkness tried bribing me with millions of the Naira. I arrested these criminals which was applauded by the governor at the EXCO meetings. Within these three years, l has been redeployed to three key ministries in the state as Commissioner.

“With all these happenings, it became clear that when you fight corruption, corruption fights back in several forms.

“I now understand clearly why Nigeria (nay Africa) can never develop like Europe. I came down from Australia to help in developing our state.

“True to my believe, l worked tirelessly to actualize that dream. In working to meet the target, we setup mobile courts and jailed several revenue thieves and significantly raised the state revenue.Madubuko added, “I fought various parasitic interests and jailed many of them. I stepped on toes risking my own life for the survival of the state.

“Those toes l stepped on are now in the prowl for my life. I am no longer safe as l speak. In three different occasions, l received baptism of fire by unknown gunmen/assassins. I was equally attacked severally at the Onitsha Main Market by the agents of the revenue criminals.” Punch

Missing child from Ogun found with adopted mother in Anambra after two years

The police in Ogun State have narrated how a seven-year-old boy, Joshua Joseph, who was declared missing two years ago, was found with his ‘adopted mother’, Blessing Ozor, in Anambra.

DAILY POST learnt that the adopted mother, Ozor, allegedly paid N1.05m for Joseph’s ‘adoption’.

Ozor claimed to have paid the N1.05m to a level-13 civil servant in the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs, Ifeoma Joy, before she could adopt the boy.

Joshua, it was learnt, was declared missing by his parents, who live in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, in 2017, but he was found by men of the state police command in Anambra State.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, gave the details at the state police headquarters, Abeokuta, on Sunday, while handing over Joshua, who had been renamed Chisom by Ozor, to his father. He paraded Ozor and Joy in connection with the incident.

Makama intimated that the boy was found after thorough search and investigations by operatives of the command over the last two years.

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The police boss stated that Joshua was stolen in Ijebu-Ode and sold to Ozor.

According to the police boss, two other members of the syndicate, Rita and Angela, were being held in prisons in Edo and Ondo states, respectively, for the same offence.

It was gathered that both Rita and Angela gave information from their prison cells that led to the recovery of the boy and the arrest of Ozor and Joy in Anambra State.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, accused Joy of collecting over N1m from the acclaimed adopted mother and forged adoption documents from the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs.


In Anambra: Sex traffickers from southeast worry Anambra residents in Malaysia

Anambra residents in Malaysia have raised the alarm over number of Southeast girls being used in sex trafficking business in that country.

The residents under the umbrella of Anambra State Welfare Association Malaysia (ASWAM) lamented that the situation had become embarrassing and unbearable to them.

Speaking with reporters in Awka, Anambra state, the Chairman of the group, Mr Okwunwanne Mmaduka, said they were not only fighting the menace of sex trafficking but also kidnappings.

He debunked the claims that every Igbo staying in Malaysia was regarded as a kidnapper, adding that most of them were doing genuine businesses and studying at the same time in the place.

Mmaduka, who addressed reporters in company of his colleagues, said they would meet the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe and other monarchs as well as Governor Willie Obiano with stakeholders from the state on how to stop the trend

He said the group received over 20 complaints each week on the activities of the traffickers, adding that a lot of them had lost their lives in the process as a result.

He also said the group had rescued most of them and sent them back to Nigeria, while some others had been sent to school in Malaysia by the group, noting that the trend was giving Ndigbo bad names.

According to him: “ASWAM is disturbed by the increasing cases of Anambra State women and girls in Malaysia falling victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

“ASWAM is therefore, employing community based and state wide campaigns to combat the menace of sex trafficking and other of commercial sex exploitation of Anambra women and girls in Malaysia.

“We are taking the campaigns to our families, communities and traditional institutions here in Anambra State.

“We are raising awareness among our young people, parents, government and the public on the dangers therein.”


Buhari gave two ministerial slots to Anambra, despite low votes - Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday praised President Muhammadu Buhari for what he described as his “magnanimity,” having nominated two ministers from a “state that contributed less than five per cent of his votes in the 2019 presidential election.”

In particular, Oshiomhole mentioned Anambra State, where, he said, Buhari nominated two individuals, even when “he got less than five percent of presidential votes there.”

He also questioned the credibility of those criticising the 43-man ministerial list submitted by Buhari to the Senate for screening.

Oshiohmole made his position known when he addressed State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja on Monday.

The APC chairman, who was reacting to criticism that the ministerial list was based on political patronage, said that, rather, the list was meant to boost formation of an all-inclusive government.

Oshiohmole, who descended heavily on the critics, said the President was magnanimous to have nominated up to two ministers from state that contributed less than five per cent of the President’s votes in the 2019 presidential election.

He said: “Whose credibility? How credible are some of those who are talking? The point is that, I don’t know if there is a Nigerian who knows every Nigerian.

“Even as I can say that I have worked for Nigerian people at all levels, as a worker in a factory, as president of the NLC, as governor of a state and now as a national chairman of a party, there are too many Nigerians I will never be able to know.

“The screening process is meant to enable those watching… it is not for nothing that it is televised, it is to enable Nigerians see who these people are.

“But you will find that people started dismissing the list even before they saw it, just like some other things that Nigerians dismiss without knowing the meaning.

“So, what you and I should insist on is that in the President’s second term, in this next level, our party, our government at the centre, state and local government level must deliver. That is the entry point for every Nigerian.

“And when you talk of patronage, should we appoint… have you heard of Americans appointing Russians because they are experts to go and preside over their Ministries, Departments and Agencies?

“Even in your newspapers, do you invite me as APC chairman to come and write your editorial? He queried

According to Oshiohmole, the President has shown the capacity to patronise all geo-political zones of the country, including where he did not win election.

He said: “Otherwise, where we got less than five percent, I saw two ministers coming from that state (Anambra), in spite of the fact that he got less than five percent votes there.

“That speaks volumes about a large heart, to accommodate, appreciate and to have an all-inclusive government.”

The APC boss, who narrated his achievements so far, expressed optimism that the incoming ministers would perform creditably well after taking oath of office in a few days’ time.

“I am very optimistic that these ministers coming, all of us working together, the party, the executive which the ministers belong and the National Assembly where we have overwhelming majority, we have what it takes to take Nigeria to the next level and the next level we are going there,” he said


Mystery fire destroys property worth millions of Naira in Anambra

Property worth millions of Naira were weekend destroyed when a 14-room building was gutted by fire at Saint Stephen’s Road, Inland Town, Onitsha, commercial city of Anambra State.

The bungalow building is said to be the property of one Njaka family of Ogbeabo village Onitsha.
A staff member of the Anambra Newspapers Printing Corporation, Mr. Okey Njaka, who spoke to journalists, said the incident took them unawares and that the cause of the inferno is yet to be ascertained.

According to him, none of their belongings could be salvaged from the mystery fire.
He said that there was power outage in the area when they heard someone shouting from within the building alerting them of fire outbreak.

Njaka added: “Before we knew it, the fire has engulfed the whole building. Unfortunately, our wives and children were not around to salvage the property.”
Their elder brother, Mr. Lawrence Njaka, commended the efforts of some youths who came to their rescue before the arrival of fire fighters an hour later.

Lamenting their loss, one of their sons, Mr. Chike Njaka, said they had been rendered homeless by the incident.
While regretting that the building was their only hope as they all live with their aged parents, he called on the state government and other good spirited individuals to come to their aid. News Express

Miracle baby cheats death at Anambra erosion site

An abandoned three-day-old baby boy dumped by an unknown person at an erosion site behind Girls Secondary School Amaenyi, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State was, on Monday, night discovered by teenagers on a snail hunt.

News Express learnt that the baby reportedly wrapped inside a black sack was discovered alive by four teenagers.

Handing over the rescued child to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, the Transition Committee Chairman of Awka South local Government Area, Mr. Leo Nwuba, said the council decided to hand the baby over to the state so as to ensure he gets good upbringing. He described the child as a miracle baby having survived death.

While commending the teenagers who were instrumental to his discovery and rescue, Nwuba expressed hope that the baby would become a shining light for the state through the love of the wife of the State Governor, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano.

Narrating their encounter to journalists, one of the rescuers, Obinna Onyebuchi, said they had mistaken the baby for a dog when they first saw the black sack.
He said: “When we got closer and looked at it, we saw that it was a newborn baby. We immediately ran home in fear to alert our sister who instructed us to bring the baby home.”
Onyebuchi’s elder sister, Miss Onyekachi Eze, while confirming that the baby was brought home to her said the baby had blood on him when she unwrapped it.

“I quickly cleaned him up and took him to a police station before taking him to a hospital for medical examination,” she said.
The four teenagers witnessed the handover ceremony which took place at the council headquarters, Amawbia.


Youth Corp member stabs brother to death in Anambra

A 28-year-old youth corper, Victor Ohale, has allegedly stabbed his younger brother, Kelechi Ohale, to death for a yet-to-be ascertained reason.

The incident happened over the weekend at 8, Oraeri Street, GRA, Awka.
It was gathered that the youth corper who is law graduate, recently returned from his national service in Owerri, Imo State.

Reports have it that the suspect stabbed his younger brother with a knife in the head and he died on his way to the hospital.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police, said that both the suspect and his deceased sibling hail from Owerri, Imo but reside in the state.

“About 4am, police detectives attached to B’ Division Awka arrested one Victor Ohale, aged 28 years of No. 8 Oraeri Street GRA Agu Awka.
“The suspect who was a law graduate from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, recently returned from the NYSC programme at Owerri in Imo State.
“Suspect allegedly used a knife and stabbed his younger brother, Kelechi Ohale, aged 19 years of the same address but hails from Emekuku in Owerri North LGA of Imo State in the head.
“Scene was visited by Police detectives and victim rushed to the hospital where he was certified dead on arrival at Amaku Teaching Hospital Awka, by the medical doctor and the corpse deposited at the hospital morgue for autopsy.” News Express

Striking Anambra resident doctors reject Obiano’s N120,000 wage increase

The striking resident doctors of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka Anambra State, on Wednesday, rejected N120,000 wage increment offered by the state Governor, Willie Obiano.

The Association of Resident Doctors of COOUTH had embarked on an indefinite strike, following the failure of the State Government to honour the agreement it signed with the association on 17th January, 2019, during their warning strike.

The doctors insisted on continuing on the indefinite strike which kicked off on May 13, 2019.

They wondered why doctors in the hospital should suffer continued neglect, saying that full payment of their salary should be paid and back dated from April 2019, as agreed to by government representatives.

Conveying the governor’s message to the visibly upset doctors during their Congress meeting on Awka, the President of the association, Dr. Obinna Aniagboso said the governor had offered to pay them N12,000 minimum wage.

He said: “The governor said the wage would amount to N12,000 increment to all Anambra State Civil Servants as soon as the national guidelines were released.”
Aniagboso explained that the governor while regretting the poor monthly salaries the doctors receive said it was due to low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
According to him, the governor promised to look into the issue of resident doctors’ salaries next year when the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) might have increased.

The doctors however expressed shock and disappointment at the minimum wage offer saying, “We will no longer continue to receive 40% of our salary. We’ve been languishing in penury with no progress in our residency training.

“With many of us leaving in droves, the hospital will continue to remain stagnant if nothing is done urgently to remedy the situation.
“We are continuing with the strike action pending the implementation of 100% of CONMESS as obtained elsewhere. Let government approve and grant In-service training for all qualified medical officers.”

They doctors further condemned the “devious tactics and insincerity of the hospital management”, insisting on no services until demands were met.

Obiano meets Buhari, lobbies for more Federal appointments for Anambra

Governor Willy Obiano of Anambra State on Monday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, where he lobbied for federal appointments for indigenes of the state.

Governor Obiano also explained that his much touted closeness to President Buhari was a result of their shared commitment to honesty and passion for infrastructure development.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with the President, the governor said that he came to congratulate the President on his election victory and to brief him on the level of work and state of some federal projects in Anambra.

According to him, “If you get closer to what the President is doing. Like me, I am a hands-all governor and I don’t treat federal government projects as if they are in Abuja, no. I go there and supervise the projects as if there are my own projects initiated by Anambra state government.

“I know he is doing a great work. I told my people to know where we headed, that this man keeps his words just like me and he is doing a great work. He is honest, straight forward, his yes is yes, his no is no. So why can’t I like such a fellow? He is a very good friend of mine and that friendship exists.”

On his mission to the State House, he said, “I called the President real time when he won the election and this is the first time I am seeing him physically since after that election. So I came to congratulate him on his well-deserved victory.

“That is one, then I gave him update on the federal government projects that are going on in Anambra. For example, Second Niger Bridge, which is going according to plan, work is going on there very well. The minister of Power, Works and Housing and myself were at the sites recently and I came to brief him fully how that work is going as planned.

“Secondly, the road they are doing between Onitsha and Awka -17.5km – is going on very well, they have stone-patched about eight kilometers of that road already and they have asphalted four kilometers already.

“Again, I commended him for that initiative. Initially, people thought it was election fluke but you can see long after the elections those works are still going on very well.”

The governor said he was however, asking for more support concerning social programs and other federal roads in Anambra State.

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“They have concentrated majorly on the main one now which is Onitsha-Enugu Express Way. But we have over seven more dilapidated federal roads in Anambra that have not been touched for over twenty years. Quite honestly, it was under his tenure – under Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) that those roads were made and now he is the fellow fixing them many years after.

“So we did ask for favour in that area, we did ask for increase in the social programs that the federal government is handling; more support for school feeding. Now we are feeding 126,000 pupils every day.

“So far about N2.3 billion has been spent by the federal government in school feeding in Anambra State – a very good program. Also, on the NPower program, we have over 8000 youth are already employed.

“Youth that ordinarily would have been doing some other things, are gainfully employed by the Federal government and of course, I did ask for support in appointments: ministerial, ambassadorial, parastatals and so on so that all of us can move to the Next Level.” (Vanguard)
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