PHOTOS: Buhari Inaugurates Ariaria Market Power Project In Abia

President Muhammadu Buhari In Abia


President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Ariaria market Independent Power project in Abia State.

The President during the inauguration assured the residents of 24 hours electricity.

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NERC Issues Licences To Power Ariaria Market In Abia



Nigeria’s largest indigenous entrepreneurial facility, popularly known as the Ariaria market in Abia state, may soon overcome decades of inadequate electricity that hampers the output of thousands of Nigerians working and trading at the multi-million dollar hub.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Wednesday announced that licenses have been issued for the generation and distribution of 9.5 megawatts of electricity to serve the Ariaria market in Aba.

The new licenses were issued to ”Ariaria Market Independent Power Plant Limited” and ”Ariaria Independent Energy Distribution Network Limited”

Ariaria market is West Africa’s largest hub of entrepreneurs who produced goods that are distributed across West and central African countries.

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Sixty-seven people have been remanded in prison for their alleged involvement in the mayhem and security unrest that rocked Abia State recently.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, disclosed this to reporters in the Umuahia, the state capital.

According to him, seven of the suspects were arrested in Aba for alleged arson, killing a police officer and burning of vehicles at the Police Station in Ariaria International Market.

The Police Commissioner added that the other sixty suspects were arrested across the state capital for conspiracy and road blockage among other offences.

He, however, assured people of the state that efforts have been put in place by the Police Command to return normalcy to every part of the state.

Ogbizi hinted further that investigation was ongoing to fish out others involved in the mayhem.

The suspects, who are said to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), were arraigned on Monday before a High Court in the state.

Police Station Set Ablaze Over Alleged Killing In Abia


Tension remains high in Abia State, as about three people are reported to have been killed in Umuahia, the state capital, allegedly by soldiers.

The incident is said to have triggered a violent reaction in the neighbouring town of Aba, resulting in the burning of a police station by an angry mob at Ariaria International Market.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the soldiers shot the three people and immediately took their bodies away, condemning the action of the soldiers whom he said opened fire on people going about their daily business.

Following the violence, people were said to have closed their shops, while some of the angry youths were said to have mounted road blocks but were prevailed upon to remove them and remain calm.

But the Nigerian Army has denied invading any community in Abia State and in the entire south-eastern part of Nigeria neither was anyone killed by soldiers in Umuahia.

Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Col. Sagir Musa told Channels Television that the rumour is baseless and mischievous and should, therefore, be disregarded.

He added that soldiers are lawfully deployed, with a clear mandate, rules of engagement and code of conduct to combat identified obvious security challenges in the South-East Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Anthony Ogbizi, who took over from Adeleye Oyebade, this morning, has given the assurance that his men are patrolling all the city to maintain the peace.

He said, “When people take the law into their hands, go attack and destroy, they are hoodlums. If you carry out peaceful agitation, it is a different thing. But when it comes to violence, of course, we will not stand idly by and allow you get away with it. And because of that, everybody is already being directed to take the necessary steps to involve the law.

“I think nobody should test the will of the state. We’ve deployed people to go and ensure that the whole of that area is clear. And wherever there are those pockets of hoodlum activity, we will ensure that it’s cleared.”

Persons Protesting Appeal Court Ruling Block Roads In Abia

abiaThe People of Ukwa Ngwa from Abia South and Central local councils are protesting against the judgment of the Appeal Court that upturned the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and disfranchised three local government areas.

The protesters on Saturday carried placards with different inscriptions. Some read: “We have confidence in the Supreme Court”, “Where in Nigeria has Judiciary disenfranchised voters from three different local government areas”?

Meanwhile, Security personnel were on Standby to forestall any break down of law and order.

The protesters were at Ntigha Junction and Umuika in Isiala Ngwa, Osisoma Ngwa, Ariaria Market Junction in Aba as well as Ugwunagbo, restricting vehicular movement and causing a major gridlock on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway to express their displeasure with the ruling of the Appeal Court.

While the motorists bear the brunt of enduring the slow movement of vehicles, protesters carry their placards about, chanting songs and appealing for the reversal of the judgment which they said was undemocratic. “Every vote count in the election,” they claimed.

To ensure that the youths follow the line of order, some of the elders of Ukwa Ngwa, who were among the protesters, hinted that decision of the Appeal Court to cancel votes of electorates was unwarranted and called on the Supreme Court to critically look into the matter.

Abia Tragedy: Governor Asks NDLEA To Carry Out Duty With Extreme Care

Abia-TragedyThe Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has asked the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Nigeria to approach their jobs with restraints, caution and extreme care. 

Governor Ikpeazu gave the caution on Monday while condemning the recent sporadic gun firing at the Power line, Ariaria market in Abia State, South-east Nigeria .

Two persons lost their lives and about eight casualties are receiving treatment at some private hospitals with various degree of bullet wounds.

On Sunday, it was revealed that security operatives attached to the NDLEA were at the area on a raid of some drug dealers who took to their heels on sighting them.

Commotion started with gun shots fired in the air, as people, traders, passers-by scampered for safety. Some unlucky ones were hit by the stray bullets and died on the spot while other injured persons were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Although the police had denied involvement in the shootout, police spokesman in the State, Onyeke Ezekiel, said that an in-depth investigation had begun to unravel those involved in the manslaughter and mayhem that led to tragic loss of lives.

The NDLEA has accepted shooting in the air, with the Commandant of the NDLEA in Abia State, Bamidele Akingbade, saying that the shots were fired in the air “in a bid for them to escape from the mob action”.

For now, police officers are guarding the Ariaria Area to forestall any attempt by mobs to attack security personnel.

The Police Command said angry miscreants may hinge on the crisis to attack police offices.

Men Nabbed Over Mysterious Death Of A Little Girl

Child Murder SuspectsTwo men have been arrested by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Abia State Command in connection with the mysterious death of a little girl.

They were arrested on Thursday, at Ariaria junction in Osisioma Ngwa LGA axis in Aba, the commercial hub of the state carrying a sack containing the lifeless body of the dead girl. They argued  on top of their voices and this attracted the attention of the public and passers-by, who on getting there discovered that the sack they were carrying contained a dead body.

The public started to mob the men involved as the second man claimed he was helping out until the NSCDC intervened and took the men to their headquarters at Umuahia. On getting there, a most horrific sight was shown of a lifeless body of  a little girl with hospital intravenous gadget around the neck and in the hand.

The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Andy Dateer, described the act and circumstances surrounding the alleged murder of the little girl as barbaric and inhuman. He hinted that the matter would be transferred to the appropriate authorities for further investigations.

The public gathered to get a glimpse of the dead girl and the men allegedly involved while on interrogation and one of the men claimed that he did not commit any crime but was helping the father of the dead girl to discard the body.

According to him, the father of the dead girl contacted him and paid him the sum of 2,000 Naira to throw away the body because he (father) could not afford the money to bury her after she died at an undisclosed hospital and in the process of carrying out the wish of the man he knew nothing about, the hand of the law caught up with him.

However, the intriguing part in all these, is that there was no death certificate from the hospital at the time of arrest, and the time and place or the hospital that the incident happened and who the father of the dead girl is could not be traced.