Officer Shot Dead As Gunmen Attack, Burn Police Patrol Van In Anambra


A police officer died of gunshot injuries on Thursday, following an attack on a police patrol team at Okacha Junction in Neni, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state confirmed the incident, adding that another officer also sustained gunshot injuries during the attack.

Tochukwu Ikenga said further that the gunmen numbering over 20 came in a Sienna vehicle, opened fire on the officers, killed one, and injured two others as well as burnt a patrol vehicle.

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The Police spokesman added that the gun battle lasted for about 30 minutes before reinforcement from the State Police Command forced the hoodlums to flee.

The spokesman added that the Commissioner of Police, Monday Kuryas, visited the scene of the incident and ordered an investigation into the attack.

He maintained that those behind the attack would be brought to justice.

Six Anambra Traditional Rulers Receive Certificate Of Rulership

Traditional RulersSix communities in Anambra State are overwhelmed with joy as the state government has officially handed over to their traditional rulers their Certificates of Rulership.

Some of the communities are those whose leadership crumbled due to crisis, as well as those who are without rulers due to the demise of their traditional rulers.

Handing over the certificates to them at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Willie Obiano, charged them to rule with honesty and compassion having scaled through the conditions enshrined in the law guiding the institution as provided by the Anambra State House of Assembly.

Governor Obiano also emphasized the need to maintain good relationship with community members, government, churches, and any other recognized institutions in their domain but most importantly treat non-indigenes living amongst them with affection.

He tasked them to represent the state well wherever they will find themselves.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Greg Obi, reminded them of the rigorous hurdles they passed through to get to their present status and so urged them to rule well as the government would not hesitate to withdraw the certificate from any of them who foments trouble.

Some of the subjects spoke of their expectations from their traditional rulers, while some of the traditional rulers also shared some of their plans for their communities.

The six communities are Amesi in Aguata Local Government Area, Amaetiti in Orumba North, Umumbo in Ayamelum, Adazi Nnukwu in Anaocha, Eziagulu Otu and Nsugbe both in Anambra East local government areas of the state.

The traditional rulers were accompanied by their families and community members who rolled out their drums in support of and solidarity to their monarchs.

Anambra Assembly Poll: Voters Revolt Over Stolen Result Sheet

anambra state-voters revolt on electionThe House of Assembly re-run in 32 wards and 500 polling units in Anambra State has been conducted amidst complaints of electoral fraud and malpractice.

Several inconsistencies during the April 11 House of Assembly election led to the cancellation of the poll in 32 wards and 500 polling units spread across Anaocha, Aguata and Ekwusigo Local Government Areas.

At a primary school in Egbema Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, where there were three polling units with over 500 registered voters each, accreditation with the card reader was successful. Though, the turnout of voters was not impressive.

The situation was not the same at Umuoru Hall in Uga ward 1. The center had five polling units but voters were at daggers drawn fracas with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials who they asked to produce the result sheets.

The suspicion of the missing result sheets was created by the two Supervising Presiding Officers posted to the unit who suddenly disappeared with their cell phones switched off.

The people accused some of the political heavy weights in the community, who they felt were battling for supremacy, as responsible for the electoral fraud.

Uga ward 1 had 25 polling units. The incumbent Senator representing the Anambra South senatorial zone, Senator Andy Uba, as well as the incumbent member of the House of Assembly, Honorable Ikechukwu Umeh, were both registered voters in the ward and are in different political parties.

As the war raged on, many voters left while some in polling unit 023 continued with accreditation.

However, the Presiding officer succumbed to the intense pressure of cancelling the election in Umuoru as the calls he put across to his superiors ended with him writing a report on the election that couldn’t hold due to disruption by party agents.

While voting was successfully done at polling unit 005 at St Peters, voters at Umumonye Hall did not see any INEC official or ballot materials and they were not given any reason for the disenfranchisement.

Obiano Thanks Anambra Residents For Voting APGA

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Anambra State Governor has thanked the people of the state for voting massively for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in last Saturday’s House of Assembly election in the state.

Delivering the thank you message in a Special Broadcast at his Aguleri residence in Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA), Governor Willie Obiano said the gesture had massively renewed, re- invigorated and re-validated the sacred mandate the people had given him and his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke, to build a better state as well as a nudge to them to shape the future of Anambra state.

He said the victory of APGA in the House of Assembly election had exposed the large scale fraud perpetrated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the presidential and National Assembly elections of March 28.

Governor Obiano said the PDP also made same attempt during last Saturday’s election, but was nipped in the bud, leading to the cancellation of the election in five state constituencies.

He however, urged the people of the state in the affected areas to be vigilant and ensure that their constitutional rights of deciding who represents them is not tampered with, while pledging maximum security towards a peaceful, free, fair, and credible election on Saturday, April 18.

INEC has rescheduled the elections in Ekwusigo, Anaocha and Aguata LGAs.

Ekwunife Seeks Support For PDP In Anambra’s Awka-north

Uche_EkwunifeThe Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Uche Ekwunife, has assured residents of the area of her readiness to attract developmental projects as well as be a strong voice for her people if elected Senator in the February 14 National Assembly election.

Ekwunife gave the assurance during her ward tour of Awka North and South Local Government Areas of Anambra State which are in the central senatorial district.

Anambra state is an APGA controlled state, but she urged the people to wake up from being at the periphery and aspire to be at the center which voting PDP would guarantee. She solicited votes for President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office, stressing that it would be a stepping stone to getting to the center.

In her ambition to represent the people of Anambra Central Senatorial Zone in the red chamber, she explained to the people that Anambra Central Senatorial District was made up of seven Local Government Areas in which Idemili Local Government area had produced senators for four times, Awka and Njikoka have also taken their shots with the exception of Anaocha and Dunukofia.

Ekwunife said in all of the representations, no woman had ever been elected.

She, therefore, urged them to allow a female representation with quality this time and feel the difference.

The people also expressed their support for the woman they described as an Amazon.

INEC Promises To Distribute PVCs To 1.7 Million Anambra Voters


INEC LOGO4 The Aambra State Public Relations Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Frank Egbo, has assured the 1.7 million voters in the state that their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) will be given to them at their various registration centres.

The issuance of permanent voters card exercise in some monitored registration centers in some parts of Anambra state witnessed a large turnout of electorate who were eager to have in their possession their power of bargain during elections even as the state government announced the day as public holiday.

At Ward 5, Agulu Awka, electorate were either busy checking their names on the list or waiting to collect their permanent voters card having found their names on the list pasted on the wall.

Some of them gave the assessment of the exercise in terms of turnout and INEC’s effort in creating awareness for the exercise, noting that this experience would be a reflection of what will obtain in 2015.

At Amawbia Ward 1, people were frantically searching for their names on the list while the electoral officers were yet to begin the issuance of the cards.

One of the registrants in the ward said the ward has eight polling units and the electoral officers are sorting out the issues affecting the commencement of distribution of the cards.

He, however, said the people received adequate sensitization both from INEC and the leaders in the grassroots.

Away from the capital territory, at Aguluzoigbo in Anaocha local government area, the early arrival of the INEC officials and the large turnout of people were impressive.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA), Mr Victor Umeh, who collected his voters card commended INEC for their efficiency and improved service delivery in the exercise.

At the state INEC office, Mr Egbo said the large participation was consequent upon the level of awareness created by INEC for the exercise. He also said 1.7 million voters were registered in the state and their cards are available for collection.


House Committee Wants Sachamori Drainage Redesigned

The Federal House Committee on Environment has called for the redesigning of the Sacamori drainage and also a review of the cost of the ongoing dredging project at Fegge Onitsha, Anambra State.

The Chairman of the committee and member representing Anaocha, Njikoka, and Dunukofia in the House of Representatives, Uche Ekwunife, made this request when the committee inspected the Sacamori project at Fegge Onitsha, accompanied by Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi.

The project was awarded in November 2011 at the contract sum of 1.2billion Naira and was expected have been completed by June 2013. Inspecting the project at Fegge Onitsha, what greeted the committee members was a drainage filled with all kinds of waste and refuse.

The Committee Chairman stated the terms of inspection and demanded answers to questions concerning the execution of the project.

The State Governor, who accompanied the committee members, explained the difficulties posed by the drainage and the various efforts from the state until the Federal Government intervened.

The drainage, which was filled with both solid and liquid waste had become a haven for pigs, and it was said that this was no fault of the contractors, as they were indeed working but the residents of the area were not helping matters.

The contractor also said that 80% of the project had been completed while only 65% costs had only been paid to him. He said that he had written to relevant authorities on the need for the scope of the project to be widened to ensure a total and permanent solution to the flooding menace.

Summarizing the committee’s findings, the Chairman stated that the entire essential components of the project that would really check flooding and erosion in the project area were not captured in the present contract. He made clear that except a second phase of the project was well designed and awarded soon enough to provide a permanent solution to the environmental challenge; the first effort of the project would soon be devastated by flood.

She said that the ecological fund has the responsibility to ensure that the project was comprehensively and effectively executed to serve the desired purpose.

Honourable Ekwunife disclosed to the contractor that he had outstanding payment of 202million Naira and urged him to work with speed while the second phase process undergoes consideration.

Anambra Police Arrests Robbers, Rapists And Assasins

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Anambra state have arrested three gangs terrorizing some areas of the state.

The gangs were operating in the Nnewi, Awka, Aniocha and Orumba local government areas of the state.

The three gangs arrested separately and paraded at the Headquarters of SARS in Awkuzu, Anambra state,were alleged to be specialists in armed robbery, assassination and rape.

Addressing journalists, the Anambra state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka said the suspects who are 16 in number, while one lost his life during a gun battle with the police, have been terrorizing Onitsha, Nawfia, Enugwu-agidi, Agulu, Awka, Nnewi, Oko and Awgbu.

The arrest, according to him, will bring respite to people living in those areas.

Some of the suspects admitted their involvement in armed robbery and other crimes while others denied.