Sunday, January 23

South East

Don’t disappoint yourself, ndi Anambra – IRC urges Soludo
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Don’t disappoint yourself, ndi Anambra – IRC urges Soludo

By: Awesome Ekene A group, Integrated Religious Council (IRC) has urged Anambra state Governor-elect, Prof Charles Soludo not to disappoint himself in view of his international status and intimidating profile. National President of the group, Nzeh Ferguson Chukwuka who stated this in a chat with newsmen on Sunday, described Soludo as a material with very weighty credentials. He said the exalted seat offered Soludo opportunity to prove himself and to the people of the state that he is worthy of the credit being given to him. He said, "Now that God has appointed him to be the governor of Anambra state, all we need to do is to encourage him so he doesn't disappoint himself and us. "He has a very weighty credentials and the whole world is looking at him. He has the opportunity ...
Residents, traders groan as protesting keke operators block roads in Onitsha
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Residents, traders groan as protesting keke operators block roads in Onitsha

By: Awesome Ekene Tricycles operators in Onitsha, Anambra State on Saturday protested alleged stabbing of one of their members by suspected revenue operator in the state. The protesters, under the aegis of Tricycle Owner Association of Nigeria, TOAN also protested collection of illegal levies from their members. They blocked major roads in the commercial city, forcing resident and traders from within and outside the state who were in the town to transact one business or another to trek long distances. Addressing reporters, spokesman and one of the protest Coordinators, David Emmanuel said the tricyclists went home daily with nothing, while the revenue agents who claim to work for government smile to the banks. He said, "We spend between N4,500 N8,000 on the revenue collecto...
Soludo rejects ‘His Excellency’ title as Obiano shuns transition inauguration c’ttee
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Soludo rejects ‘His Excellency’ title as Obiano shuns transition inauguration c’ttee

By: Awesome Ekene Anambra State Governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has rejected the title, ‘His Excellency’. He rather chose to be simply addressed as Prof Chukwuma Soludo. Speaking during the inauguration of the 80-man inuaguration transition committee, Soludo asked those who find it inappropriate to address his as Charlie Nwangbafor’ can feel free to call him Mr Governor. The former CBN Governor explained that some of such little mistakes were things that would be addressed during the meeting. He said: “I was called His Excellency a while ago, but may I plead that that Excellency tag should please wait for now. “That is part of what we will discuss in this committee. You may just need to learn how to call me by my name, but if that isn’t good for you, then, may I req...
Stop frequenting my house, prepare your CV for interview – Soludo tells prospective commissioners
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Stop frequenting my house, prepare your CV for interview – Soludo tells prospective commissioners

By: Awesome Ekene Anambra Governor-elect, Prof Charles Soludo has advised those eyeing various positions under his administration to stop frequenting his Isuofia country home in Aguata local government area but prepare their CVs ahead of the swearing in ceremony when the panel would be set up. Soludo spoke through the Coordinator Anambra Leadership Forum, Mr Samuel Ejimofor. He said prospective members of the Anambra Executive Council under Soludo's stewardship might officially apply to be part of government instead of the old order of making recommendations by some tin gods in the area. He said applicants might likely write applications, attach their certificates and curriculum vitae and go through oral and written interviews before a panel of judges to merit their positions....
Don’t expect too much from Soludo – APGA stalwart
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Don’t expect too much from Soludo – APGA stalwart

By: Awesome Ekene A chieftain of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, Chief Ikechukwu Tabansi has advised people of the state not to expect too much from the Governor-elect, Prof. Charles Soludo in his first tenure. He argued that the economic instability of the state occasioned by alleged mismanagement of state resources would likely reduce his speed in hitting the ground running. Addressing reporters on Monday in his country home, Nri kingdom in Anaocha local government area of the state, Tabansi however said Soludo would be among the greatest achievers in the state history. He listed payment of workers' salaries and roads rehabilitation as some major projects he would have to contend with. He said, "It's true that we have a functioning brand new airpo...
NEMA donates relief materials to 2,900 flood/windstorm victims in 3 Imo LGAs
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NEMA donates relief materials to 2,900 flood/windstorm victims in 3 Imo LGAs

By: Ikechukwu Iweajunwa The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to 2,900  flood/windstorm victims in Owerri North, Owerri West and Owerri Municipal council area of Imo. The agency flagged-off the relief distribution on Jan. 14, where it captured 2021 flood/windstorm victims in the federal constituency. The Acting Head Imo/Abia operations office of the agency, Mr Ifeanyi Nnaji told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that the items were graciously approved by the Director General of NEMA Mr Mustapha Ahmed to assuage the sufferings of the victims. "NEMA undertook the assignment on behalf of the federal government to bring succur to the plights of the victims. "The approval was an outcome of the assessments carried out ...
Ohaneze Ndigbo goes tough on unapproved persons making statements on her behalf
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Ohaneze Ndigbo goes tough on unapproved persons making statements on her behalf

Ohaneze Ndigbo on Friday says business will no longer be the same for unauthorized persons making press statements on behalf of the group. This fact was contained in a press release signed by the Director General, Strategic Planning and Implementation of Ohaneze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide, Amb. Tony Chiemelu Obizoba Amb. Obizoba said that the group conscious of the fact that the statement being her first in 2022, has risen to be specific this year by announcing to Nigerians home and abroad that it will no longer be tolerated that some people would issue statements or make comments and attribute them to Ohanaeze Ndigbo without the Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide endorsing them. He said that those comments cannot stand and so should be disregarded because those is...
Ezekwesili, Chidoka, Utomi, others make 80-man Soludo transition c’ttee
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Ezekwesili, Chidoka, Utomi, others make 80-man Soludo transition c’ttee

By: Awesome Ekene Anambra State, Governor-elect, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has released an 80-man ist of people to midwife his sweating in as governor of Anambra State on 17 March. The list which was released by Soludo’s media aide, Joe Anatume comprised prominent Nigerians who will play diverse rolls. While former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili will head the committee, Prof Benedith Oramah, Prof Pat Utomi and Mr Osita Chidika will play rolls in the transition of government. The press release by Anatune, with the full names of members is published below… "This is to announce the constitution of a Transition Committee which will liaise with a team set up by the government of Anambra State to ensure a seamless transition from the Governor Willie Obiano’s administration to ...
Crisis looms over gruesome murder of farmer in Anambra community
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Crisis looms over gruesome murder of farmer in Anambra community

By: Awesome Ekene Tension has risen in Ayamelum local government area of Anambra state following gruesome murder of Mr Okoye Tagbo, a middle-aged farmer by yet-to-be identified assailants. The deceased remains was found in a shallow grave near the scene of the attack with head, heart, hands, feet and genital missing, fuelling speculation that he was murdered by warlords from neighbouring Anaku community. Anaku and Omor communities have remained at daggers’ drawn over ownership claims of the disputed border farmland. Amidst efforts to resolve the lingering land tussle, abduction and killing of Omor indigens by suspected Anaku youths have continued to ignite tension with the recent incident in mid-May 2021 culminating in wanton destruction of property in both communities. Mr Tag...
Why my enemies are calling for my sack – Anambra Commissioner
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Why my enemies are calling for my sack – Anambra Commissioner

By: Awesome Ekene The Anambra State Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Markets and Wealth Creation, Hon. Uchenna Okafor has explained reasons why he was being attacked by Integrity Group which claimed to be representatives of traders in the state and political opponents. He said the group were after him following his mobilisation of traders that gave 95 per cent votes to the Governor-elect, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo during the November 6 gubernatorial election in the state. Reiterating that he has no regret for what he did, the Commissioner said that he restored peace in all the markets which prompted enemies of progress in the markets like the Integrity Group and political opponents to attack him and called for his sack to enable them continue in their selfish interest as the...
BREAKING: Hon. Chidoka distributes  bags of rice to constituents today
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BREAKING: Hon. Chidoka distributes bags of rice to constituents today

The lawmaker representing Idemili North and South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Obinna Chidoka will today, Friday, 7 January 2022, distribute no fewer than one thousand bags of rice to his constituents. Recall that Hon. Chidoka had in early December, 2021 splashed cars, shuttle buses, tricycles, generators, sewing machines and others on his supporters. A source close to the lawmaker told The Daily Vendor Newspaper that the latest giveaway ceremony is expected to commence at 8am today. Details soon…
Group sponsored to smear Commissioner’s image – permsec alleges
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Group sponsored to smear Commissioner’s image – permsec alleges

By: Awesome Ekene The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Anambra State, Barr. Ike Samuel on Thursday alleged that a group, Integrity Group, that composed of Representatives of all traders in the state, was a sponsored group established to tarnish the good image of the Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Markets and Wealth Creation, Hon. Uchenna Okafor. Ike stated this while reacting to the allegations levelled against the Commissioner by the group who also demanded for the sack or swap of the Commissioner to another Ministry . Briefing newsmen, the permanent secretary said the so called Integrity Group has no fixed address or phone number to know how to get to them and iron out issues with them. He said, "The petition they wrote to His Excellency, Governor Will...
Tears, agony as murdered 24-year old man goes home
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Tears, agony as murdered 24-year old man goes home

By: Awesome Ekene The 24-year-old man, Chisom Johnchris Ezeh allegedly murdered by unknown gunmen would be laid to rest on January 6, 2022 in his hometown, Umudieleke Umuoru in Uga, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra state. It was gathered that the deceased who came home for the Christmas holidays was shot along Uga Ezinifite road, on December 26 and died the following day. A source close to the family linked the babaric act to gang war or a revenge assassination “They brought him down from his car in the hold up and shot him. It’s probably a gang war, or a revenge assassination” one Kelechi Obi wrote on Facebook. “God knows the best, but your demise is painful! Late Chisom Johnchris Ezeh who his sudden painful death occurred on Monday 27th December 2021, will be burie...
Imo Speaker, Ibeh commends Uzodinma on stakeholders interface
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Imo Speaker, Ibeh commends Uzodinma on stakeholders interface

...as Gov presents scorecards By: Ifeanyi Onyekachi The Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly (IMHA), Rt. Hon. Barr. Kennedy Chidozie Ibeh, has hailed His Excellency, Sen Hope Uzodinma, for initiating a regular interface with  various  shades of stakeholders in the state. Imo Speaker, Rt. Hon. Kennedy Ibeh The Rt Hon Speaker who led other Honourable Members of IMHA to the event at Government House, Owerri, said that the  stakeholders meeting initiated by the Governor is  a clear demonstration that he  is a  pure democrat who deemed it proper to present his achievements to the people he is leading from time to time. The IMHA Speaker described the  stakeholders meeting as a step in the right direction.  He observed t...
Pay minimum wage, gratuities or risk mass protest – NLC warns Soludo
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Pay minimum wage, gratuities or risk mass protest – NLC warns Soludo

By: Awesome Ekene The Nigeria Labour Congress in Anambra State has urged the governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo to pay minimum wage and arrears of gratuities due to state workforce or be ready to face the wrath of workers. It said the State was yet to implement the new minimum wage, stating that the workforce would engage Soludo on that immediately after his swearing in on March 17, 2022. The state chairman, Chinwe Nwizu, in her new year message to workers of the State said Soludo would also be compelled to pay arrears of gratuities owed retirees from 2018. She raised the alarm over a plot to destabilize the workforce in the state, calling for the workers' unity in the state to enable them achieve their goals. She said," We assure you that this administration shall assidu...
Duke of Obowo, Onukaogu pledges support for Imo Speaker, Gov. Uzodimma
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Duke of Obowo, Onukaogu pledges support for Imo Speaker, Gov. Uzodimma

By: Ikechukwu Iweajunwa The Duke of Obowo and President General Imo Union South-Africa (IUSA) High Chief Kingsley Onukaogu has pledged total support to the leadership of the Imo Speaker Rt. Hon. Kennedy Ibeh and Gov. Hope Uzodimma. Onukaogu, a multinational business man who is based in South-Africa said he was moved by the leadership style of the Speaker and his philanthropic gesture to not only people of his constituency, but across the state. Onukaogu disclosed his total support to both the Speaker and the Governor on Friday, when he witnessed donation of bags of rice, motorcycles among others at the Speaker's home in Obowo council area. He said the Speaker has demonstrated huge leadership qualities and would henceforth enjoy total support of his entire members in diaspora. ...
Obi, not Obiano built Awka stadium – Aide
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Obi, not Obiano built Awka stadium – Aide

By: Awesome Ekene Valentine Obienyem, a media aide to a former governor of Anambra State , Mr Peter Obi, has said that the credit for the Awka Township Stadium should be given to Obi and not Chief Willie Obiano. He said the outgoing governor only did 20 percent of the project. Obiano had Wednesday commissioned the stadium as one of his legacy projects. Other of such projects are the Anambra Cargo and Passenger International Airport at Umueri and the International Conference Centre in Awka, the state capital. But Obienyem in a statement made available to our correspondent in Awka on Thursday said,” If had the choice, I would not have opted to correct the factual details, but since the lies were told at this joyful season, I think nothing is wrong correcting it out of season as ...
Anambra community protests building of Secretariat on access road
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Anambra community protests building of Secretariat on access road

By: Awesome Ekene Landlords and tenants of Ihionu Street Ozalla Layout Obosi Urban in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State on Thursday protested alleged building of a Secretariat on an access road by leadership of Ozalla Landlord Association. Ihionu Street is one of the over hundred streets and roads, that make up Ozalla Layout Obosi Urban, it is linked with popular Ezeiweka Road, Awada, and Oraifite, Urum and Osumenyi Streets all in Obosi and shares boundary with Anambra State Broadcasting Service, ABS, Radio and Television. Addressing reporters on behalf of the Chairman, landlords and tenants of Udokamna Zone Ozalla Landlords Association, landlord of the aggrieved Ihionu Street residents, Chief Kelvin Nnandi, said there was no prior information to landlords and ...
Imo Speaker, doles out motorcycles, food items, preaches the word to indigents
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Imo Speaker, doles out motorcycles, food items, preaches the word to indigents

By: Ifeanyi Onyekachi. Within seven weeks of being the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly (IMHA), Rt. Hon. Barr. Kennedy Chidozie Ibeh, has taken philanthropy to another level. He has consistently demonstrated deep empathy as he empowers and feeds the lowly. It was therefore a day of bliss as the weak, the hungrry, the lowly in the community were brought together in his country home and treated to a sumptuous meal. He also gave four motorcycles to coordinators of four structure woman leaders who worked hard during his 2019 election.These structures include Victory Ladies, Kennedy Babes, Pink Ladies and Grassroots Support for Kennedy. The Speaker gave out one of the machines to Mrs Ijeoma Oguyiriofor for her hard work during that election. The kind gesture, according ...
Land Grabbing: Community Elders invoke ancestral spirits for intervention
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Land Grabbing: Community Elders invoke ancestral spirits for intervention

…As Justice Ezeugwu Orders Status Quo to Remain By: Izunna Okafor and Odogwu Emeka Odogwu   It was tears of sorrow yesterday in Obinagu Village, Ugwuoba, Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State when some elders of the community bitterly complained of the plans of the Enugu State Housing Development Corporation to forcefully hijack 88.9 hectares out of their 150 hectares of their ancestral land.  The elders, led by 96-year-old Boniface Igweze decried the destruction of their property worth several millions of naira, including houses, cash crops, farmlands and ancestral deities by the Housing Corporation in order to forcefully take over their Anioma Obinagu Ogboo land for a housing estate, without their consent. Addressing newsmen in Awka shortly after thei...
Our 71-year old monarch can’t spend Christmas in captivity – Anambra community cry out
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Our 71-year old monarch can’t spend Christmas in captivity – Anambra community cry out

By: Awesome Ekene People of Ogwuaniocha community in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State have decried government's alleged abandonment of their abducted traditional ruler, Igwe Oliver Nnaji. The community had two weeks ago staged a peaceful protest at the government house and State Judiciary Headquarters, calling on Governor Willie Obiano to rescue the monarch from captivity and declare the abductors wanted. Speaking to newsmen on Friday, fourth son of the monarch, Prince Onyebuchi Nnaji, described as unbelievable government's 'helpless' disposition towards ensuring quick release of his 71-year old father. He said, "It's roughly six weeks my father was kidnapped. Despite several efforts we've made, including petitioning concerned authorities and placing calls on Loca...
Imo Speaker sets new political record, donates his salary to 6 party loyalist
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Imo Speaker sets new political record, donates his salary to 6 party loyalist

By: Ikechukwu Iweajunwa The Speaker Imo State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Kennedy Ibeh has set a new political record in Imo by donating 100 Per cent of his salary to six Youth Leaders from the six LGAs in Imo North, also known as (Okigwe Zone). The latest political record came barely 48 hours when the Speaker visited Heartland FC of Owerri during the unveiling of new players of the team at the Dan Anyiam stadium, where the Speaker received accolade from over 10,000 fans of the club. The Speaker has through his leadership style and magnanimity, gained huge support across political line, for the administration of Gov. Hope Uzodimma and his 3R mantra. The 100 Per cent donation of his salary as Speaker was a total change of narrative which will stand test of time in the political ...
Nnubia kicks as NLC elects new chairman in Anambra
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Nnubia kicks as NLC elects new chairman in Anambra

By: Awesome Ekene Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Anambra state has elected a new chairman of the Council. He is Humphrey Nwafor. Nwafor who is the state chairman, Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), was returned unopposed in a by-election conducted at the council's Secretariat in Awka, the state capital. Speaking to reporters on Monday after the election, Returning officer of the poll, Comrade Igwebuike Jude, said the by-election which was a constitutional duty, followed unanimous declaration of the seat of the chairman vacant. Igwebuike who doubles as State Chairman, Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, Anambra state, said the former NLC boss, Jerry Nnubia who had retired as civil servant, seized to hold any position in the union following elapse of his tenure on September 16, 202...
2023 biggest opportunity for Igbo presidency – IPAN
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2023 biggest opportunity for Igbo presidency – IPAN

By: Awesome Ekene A group, Igbos For Progressive And United Nationhood (IPAN) has expressed worry over what it termed unseriousness of Igbo politicians towards contesting the office of the President in 2023. The group also regretted the beggerly disposition of certain elders of the zone to the exalted position, reminding them that the presidency would not be handed over to Ndigbo on a platter of gold. Addressing newsmen on Saturday in Awka, Anambra State, National President of the group, Comrade Lawrence Onuzulike said 2023 remained the biggest opportunity for Nigerian president of Igbo extraction to emerge. He called on potential Igbo aspirants in the major political parties to wake up and put themselves in contention for the presidential tickets in their parties. He said,...
Nnewi monarch pays working visit to NAUTH, applauds new CMD
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Nnewi monarch pays working visit to NAUTH, applauds new CMD

By: Isaac Ojo The royal father of Nnewi, His Royal Highness, Igwe Dr KON Orizu 111 has applauded the new Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Prof Joe Ugboaja over his developmental strides at the permanent site of the health institution. The highly revered monarch who was accompanied by members of his royal cabinet, President Generals and other stakeholders in the industrial town commended the CMD during his working visit to the hospital. The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the health institution, Dr Joe Ugboaja and his management team conducted the monarch and his entourage round some of the ongoing projects in the hospital Some of the ongoing projects inspected by Igwe Nnewi include laboratory building complex nearing completio...
Anambra CP, medical experts, others to speak at Online groups inaugural lecture
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Anambra CP, medical experts, others to speak at Online groups inaugural lecture

By: Awesome Ekene Online groups, WELCOME TO ANAMBRA and ANAMBRA TODAY have concluded arrangements for a one-day inaugural Home Coming Party and Lecture Series. The event scheduled for December 18, 2021, at Obeledu, Anaocha Local Goverment Area of Anambra State, would feature paper presentations and lectures by Anambra State Commissoner of Police, CP Echeng Eworo Echeng, medical experts and others. According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the groups, Comrade Ikechukwu Okafor, the decision to host the event was informed by growing moral decadence and unwholesome practices youths engage in for money, fame and power. He said, "I thought about the worrisome moral decadence and unwholesome practices that good number of today's youths engage in for money, fame and power, the...
Onitsha market leaders planning construction of illegal shops in motor park during Christmas – Traders allege
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Onitsha market leaders planning construction of illegal shops in motor park during Christmas – Traders allege

By: Awesome Ekene Traders at the main market, Onitsha, Anambra state have raised the alarm over alleged plans by the market leadership to build shops in the only remaining motor park at the market. The traders alleged that the market leadership was contemplating such plans in collaboration with some traders under the aegis of Progressives Traders Against Congestion during the Christmas and New year break. Addressing newsmen, spokesman of the aggrieved traders, Chief Okwuchukwu Nwafor also alleged the leadership plan to extend the normal reopening of the market from January 4 to 14 or 15 to enable them complete the buildings. He called on Governor Willie Obiano to prevail on the leadership of the market to perish such plan to avoid breakdown of law and order in the market. H...
Tricycle operators protest killings, multiple levies, harassment in Anambra
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Tricycle operators protest killings, multiple levies, harassment in Anambra

By: Awesome Ekene Tricycle (keke) operators on Wednesday protested over what they termed obnoxious levies and harassment by government task force as well as killings by cultist in Anambra state. The keke operators under the umbrella of Awka North and South Keke Drivers Welfare Forum drove round Aroma, through Enugu-Awka-Onitsha expressway to Unizik junction before terminating at Alex Ekwueme square. The protesters displayed placards with various inscriptions like, "Say no to monthly dues quoted for security money", "Government can not continue to play Ostrich to our plight", We are Union not slaves to tax masters", "Say no to cultist leadership", Say no to intimidation and physical abuse to Keke operators". Speaking to newsmen, the Coordinator, Awka North and South Keke Driver...
Anxiety in Ojukwu varsity as armed anti-cult security men disperse ASUU members
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Anxiety in Ojukwu varsity as armed anti-cult security men disperse ASUU members

By: Awesome Ekene There was palpable tension at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Anambra State following disruption of meeting of a faction of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) of the institution. Members of the group had converged at the ASUU Secretariat of the institution for what they termed reconciliatory meeting when a splinter faction of the union stormed the meeting venue, insisting the meeting alleged to be on strike plans should not hold. The faction had held their meeting at another venue in the institution before storming the venue being used by the other faction. Addressing reporters shortly after the crisis, Chairperson of ASUU, Comrade Okechukwu Aniebo expressed disappointment over the incident, describing it as animalistic. He...
Anambra community protests monarch’s abduction, seeks Obiano’s intervention
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Anambra community protests monarch’s abduction, seeks Obiano’s intervention

By: Awesome Ekene People of Ogwuaniocha community in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Tuesday stormed the government house in protest of alleged abduction of their traditional ruler, Igwe Oliver Nnaji. The protesters who carried placards with various inscriptions marched along Enugu-Onitsha expressway to the Governor's office and the State Judiciary Headquarters, in Awka. Some of the placards read," Gov.Willie Obiano rescue Igwe Oliver Nnaji from captivity", "Declare Mr Okwudiri Ogana and his Lion Squad Gang Wanted for Kidnapping Igwe Nnaji", and "Ogwuaniocha Community Cries Out for Help". Others are: "Justice Emeka Okuma of Ogbaru High Court has caused doom in Ogwuaniocha" and "Chief Judge reassign our community case to a neutral judge". Spokesperson a...