Child Trafficking: Kano Govt Promises To Commence Investigation, Ensure Justice For Victims

 

The Kano State Government has promised to investigate the case of nine children who were kidnapped and trafficked from Kano to Anambra State.

The governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, gave the assurance in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, on Tuesday.

He also gave an assurance that the arrested suspects would be prosecuted and punished accordingly if found guilty.

“Kidnapping is seriously abhorred and condemnable. What is more worrisome is the age of the victims, kids for that matter. My administration, Kano people and any right-thinking individual or groups of individuals, condemn this from all standpoints,” he said, adding that “no criminal will go scot-free”.

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He further stated that the government will identify and invite the parents of the rescued children for further discussion while working with the security agencies to unearth similar cases.

“No stone will be unturned,” he stated.

“We are coming up with a powerful committee that will critically look at this disturbing scenario, with the view to seeing to the root cause and avert re-occurrence.
The children were rescued by the police in Kano State on Sunday.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, the victims had been trafficked from Kano to Onitsha, the Anambra state capital, over the last five years.

Police Rescue Nine Kidnapped Children In Anambra

 

The police in Kano State have rescued nine children kidnapped from the state and trafficked to Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu confirmed this to journalists on Sunday.

He also stated that eight suspects have been arrested in connection to the crime.

 

According to him, the victims had been trafficked from Kano to Onitsha over the last five years.

Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has lauded the police and all other security agencies for their efforts in rescuing the children.

 

 

“This singular action shows the real and patriotic synergy and commitment of the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security Service, Military and all other security agencies in making sure that criminal activities are faced head on,” he said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor, Abba Anwar.

Speaking further, He assured the security agencies of his administration’s continued support and dedication in the area of security.

 

 

He, however, noted that “all hands must be on deck for the state and the nation at large, to enjoy lasting peace.”

Governor Ganduje also called on parents “to be very vigilant with what is happening around them” adding that they should “keep vigil at all times and nothing should be taken for granted.”

15 Persons Killed In Anambra Road Accident

Trailer Crushes Seven People To Death In Onitsha

 

No fewer than 15 persons have lost their lives in a road accident in Agulu town of Anambra State.

The incident occurred when a lorry carrying iron beams lost control while descending the hilly road near the Agulu lake and rammed into three oncoming commercial vehicles.

While inspecting the scene of the accident, Governor Willie Obiano regretted the unfortunate incident that left at least five persons dead.

Obiano who blamed the accident on the over-speeding of the truck driver promised to construct a barrier and speed breakers to avoid a recurrence of such in the future.

“I have been fully briefed of the cause of the accident. The big truck loaded with iron metals apparently failed brake and with that speed collided with two buses at the opposite direction.

“There are some casualties; I am yet to be fully informed of the number. So what we are going to do to stop this is to put a barrier before tomorrow so that we can divert the bigger truck to the other side.

“This place is a very good, smooth road as you can see. So they run as if (they are being pursued). So we are going to put speed breakers too and do a big barrier so that they can go the other way,” he said.

Conflict In APGA As Victor Oye Emerges National Chairman For Another Tenure

 

National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Oye, has been re-elected, alongside 29 other executive members of the party.

The election, which took place at Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre in Awka, the Anambra State capital, had delegates from all the states of the federation.

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The re-election was done through a voice vote by over one thousand five hundred delegates who participated in the partys National Convention.

APGA Sweeps Idemili Federal Constituency In Anambra Supplementary Poll

 

 

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), candidates for Idemili North and South Federal Constituency in Anambra State have won the rerun elections held on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who announced the results, declared Ifeanyi Ibezi winner after he polled 29,566 votes for Senate seat. The incumbent, Obinna Chidoka who polled 26,026 votes, came second in the rerun.

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The case was however similar at the House of Representatives rerun elections in Aguata federal constituency, with APGA’s candidate, Chuma Umeoji garnering 15,942 votes.

However, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party APC and YPP polled 12,440, 2,758, 4,606 respectively.

Elections in Idemili North and South Federal constituency was declared inconclusive after reported disruptions on February 23, and rescheduled to March 9, 2019.

Anambra: Business Activities In Top Gear On Election Eve

 

Awka, the Anambra State capital, was a beehive of activities on Friday as residents put final touches to their preparations for the general elections.

Traders were seen trying to make last-minute sales before the polls on Saturday during which there would be a restriction of movement.

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Court Sacks Margery Chiba-Okadigbo As Anambra North Senatorial Candidate

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, has disqualified Margery Chuba-Okadigbo as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Anambra North Senatorial District.

At the hearing on Tuesday, the judge, Justice I. B. Gafai, thereafter, pronounced Mr Nelson Onubogu as the legitimate candidate.

Counsel to Onubogu, Barr. Tochukwu Nweke had argued that Okadigbo was wrongly nominated by the APC because she did not contest the election.

Nweke further argued that Onubogu who was the only aspirant at the primary election must be declared the candidate.

Consequently, all documents presented by Senator Okadigbo and the APC were rejected by the court.

Fire Guts Electoral Materials At INEC Office In Awka

 

Two containers said to be packed with sensitive electoral materials meant for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections have been gutted by fire at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awka, Anambra State.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Nkwachkwu Orji, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He said although the burnt containers were the Commission’s major storage facilities in Awka, it was too early to say how much damage was done to the materials or to what extent it would affect the forthcoming elections.

While the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, Mr Orji ruled out the possibility of arson, saying that a spark could have triggered the fire.

The incident is said to have caused confusion among INEC officials, as firefighters and security officials battled to put out the blaze.


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This comes on the heels of a similar fire disaster which occurred at the INEC office in Isialangwa South Local Government area of Abia State on February 3, where Permanent Voter Cards stacked in the office were set ablaze last week.

The following Sunday (February 10), fire also destroyed permanent voter cards and other electoral materials at the INEC office in Qua’an Pan Local Government of Plateau State.

The incidents prompted the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to direct that security be beefed up around all offices and facilities of INEC across the country.

Two Trapped, Nine Rescued As Building Collapses In Anambra

 

Two persons are currently trapped, while nine others have been rescued from the rubbles of a story building which collapsed in Anambra State in the early hours of today (Thursday).

According to a statement issued by the Police, the three-story building belonging to one Mr Avoyi Collins ‘m’ collapsed at Okpuno Otolo in Nnewi Local Government Area of the state at about 5:20 am.

Following a distress call from a vigilante group in Okpuno, patrol teams led by the Area Commander, Nnewi, Acp Nnanna Ama, rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area to prevent looters from taking advantage of the situation to rob.

 

According to the police, with the help of other volunteers, the nine persons were rescued alive, while two others are still trapped.

The rescued victims were immediately rushed to the community health Center for medical examination.

Flood Disaster: Osinbajo Visits Anambra

 

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has arrived in Anambra State to assess the flood situation.

He arrived in the company of the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, among other dignitaries.

The Vice President initially made a stop in Asaba, the Delta State capital, where he assessed the flood-ravaged communities in a chopper before he took off to Anambra.

He is expected to return to Delta State where he will be visiting the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps established by the state government.

 

VP Osinbajo with the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa; his Anambra State counterpart, Willie Obiano other government and security officials.

2019 Elections: Anambra APC Adopts Consensus Primaries

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Anambra State has adopted the consensus method of primary election, ahead of the 2019 elections.

The State Chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Ibeh and the State Secretary, Mr Chukwuma Agufugo, disclosed this on Monday, saying the choice of primary followed critical consultations among the party’s stakeholders.

They further explained that of the three options presented by the party’s National Executive Council, the consensus was accepted by the majority of the members, after which a committee was set up to commence operations.

Ibeh, however, stated that subsequently if the aspirants are not satisfied with the method, they will be allowed to fashion out another approach to ensure a peaceful process.


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Several states, on the other hand, such as Oyo, Nasarawa and Kaduna, have gone ahead with the choice of indirect primaries.

Ozubulu Killings: Trial Of Four Suspects Commences

The trial of four suspects in the case of over 12 persons who were killed at St. Philips Catholic Church, Amakwa Ozubulu, of Anambra state has commenced.

The trial commenced on Friday, at a High Court in Nnewi, with many gathered at the entrance of the courtroom to catch a glimpse of the accused persons, who were slammed with 25 charges.

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On August 6, Gunmen attacked the church during the early morning mass, shooting sporadically at worshippers and in the process, killing about 12 persons while leaving several others injured.

Onlookers at the High Court

Shortly after, the Police arrested some of the suspects involved in the killings while the government promised that all those behind the attack will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Subsequently, they were arraigned on November 16, before an Anambra State Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Ozubulu.

Among those invited as a witness at the commencement of the trial on Friday is one Dr. Onwuka, the former President General of Ozubulu.

Meanwhile, a cross examination of witnesses by the prosecuting counsel is still ongoing.