Police Arrest Suspected Killers Of Priests, Others In Enugu

 

The Police have paraded 30 suspects including the killers of Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, the parish priest of St James Catholic Church, Ugboka, Enugu State.

They have also arrested suspected killers of Rev. Fr. Clement Rapuluchukwu, the parish priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Obunofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu LGA, as well as suspected Kidnappers of the traditional ruler of Obum-Agbogwugwu, Igwe Sunday Orji and his wife.

According to the state Commissioner of Police CP Suleiman Balarabe who briefed journalist in Enugu, the paraded suspects all confessed to the crime.

He, therefore, stated that they would be arraigned before a court very soon.

Security: Enugu Govt Orders Demolition Of Criminal Hideouts

 

Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has ordered the immediate demolition of some hideouts in Agwu forests and the clearing of bushes around Umuogbua Ihe tunnel of the state.

According to the governor, the areas have of recent, been notorious for all sorts of criminal activities.

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One of such cases was the killing of a priest and kidnapping of a traditional ruler and his wife.

But the governor, while inspecting the ongoing construction of a military base along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway by Umuogbua Ihe, Awgu LGA, assured the citizens of his commitment to the security of lives and property.

Insecurity: South East Governors Meet In Enugu

 

Governors of the five southeastern states of the country have converged on the Enugu State Government House for their first meeting since the beginning of the year.

Top on the agenda of the meeting is a review of the security situation in the zone and ways to improve it.

The meeting would also address the issue of effective community policing as well as the possible establishment of the southeast security trust fund.

So far, governors of Ebonyi and Abia State, as well as the Deputy Governor of Anambra State have arrived at the venue.

Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State is also expected at the meeting.

Fire Guts Over 60 Shops In Enugu Market

 

An early morning fire has burnt at least 68 shops in Amaigbo market in Enugu state.

The cause of the fire is yet to be known, but there are speculations that it may have occurred from a power surge.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who paid a condolence visit to the traders, directed the Chairman of Enugu North council area to take inventory of the loss caused by the fire and ascertain the cost of reconstructing the market and forward same to his office.

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Enugu Govt Signs Health Sector Reform Bill Into Law

 

The Enugu State Government has signed into law, the State Health Sector Reform Bill.

Giving details of the law, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Fintan Ekochin on Wednesday said it captures a total overhaul and repeal of the now defunct District Health System and re-establishment of the Ward Health System.

He said the development is part of the government’s commitment to improving the healthcare system and making quality health services more accessible to the masses.

Enugu Govt Commences Road Repairs In Udi LG

 

The Enugu State Government has commenced repairs on a major road in Udi Local Government Area of the state.

A section of the interstate linking road had caved in about two weeks ago after a downpour, making the movement of residents difficult.

But the Commissioner for Works in the state, Greg Nnaji, says the commencement of repairs will in no time, help to alleviate the suffering of the people.

Speaking to Channels Television, a resident who decried the state of the road,  appreciated the government for intervening.

She said, “I thank God for this intervention because when the road caved in, everybody was afraid because it became narrow and cars wobble when they pass through it. We thank the government and ask that they do more on the other side.”

The state government has, however, called on the Federal Government to reimburse funds spent on federal roads in the state, to enable it carry out its elected responsibilities.

Kidnappers Release Mikel Obi’s Father

Mikel Obi’s father after he was released from kidnapper’s den. Photo credit/TheCable

 

The Enugu State Police Command has confirmed the release of Michael Obi, the father of Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi.

State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement that Pa Obi and his driver, John Ishaya, were abducted on Makurdi-Enugu Road on June 29.

“Michael Obi, the father of the (Super) Eagles captain, has regained his freedom,” Amaraizu said.

According to the police, Obi’s father was on his way from Jos, Plateau State, in a  grey colour Toyota Prado Sports Utility Vehicle with number plate, MUS 604CG, when he was kidnapped.

The kidnappers were said to have demanded a N10 million ransom but the police swung into action to secure his release.

Although the elderly man was not hurt, he was however forced to walk for about five kilometres (three miles) barefoot in the heavy rain.

The release comes one week after he was seized at gunpoint, even after he was previously kidnapped in Jos in 2011.

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Police Arrest 21 IPOB Members In Enugu

Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Danmallam Mohammed,
Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Danmallam Mohammed.

 

Some protesting members of the outlawed Independent Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) have been arrested by the police in Enugu State.

The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Danmallam Mohammed, who confirmed the arrest told Channels Television that the IPOB members, numbering 21 were arrested while protesting in front of the Government House in the state capital.

“My attention was called that there were some group of people in front of the government office wearing IPOB and Biafra movement flag. I moved into action with some of my officers and we arrested them,” he said.

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The Commissioner of Police added that those arrested will not go unpunished.

Among those arrested by the police include one Benjamin Onwuka, who the Commissioner alleges killed a police officer during an IPOB protest in 2014.

Meanwhile, economic activities in the Enugu State capital were grounded on Wednesday as traders comply with a sit-at-home order from the outlawed IPOB group.

Stalls and shops around the town were closed, while the main market was completely deserted.

Only a handful of business premises were opened with some of the traders saying it is in partial compliance with the IPOB order, as opposed to a total compliance.

Ugwuanyi Signs N103.5bn 2018 Budget Into Law

 

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, has  signed the 2018 budget of N103.5 billion, recently passed by the House of Assembly into law.

The governor promised that the budget will be fully implemented for the benefit of the people and to ensure a sustainable development of the state.

During the signing which took place at the Government House, Enugu, Ugwuanyi noted that the House after due deliberation on the budget and consideration of the defence by the various ministries, MDAs, Parastatals and all concerned with the budget, increased the budget size from N98,563,500,000 to N103,563,500,000.

Furthermore, he commended the members of the House for the speedy and considerate passage of the budget and the “wonderful” cooperation they have accorded the state government since inception.

He also expressed appreciation to the people of the state, whom he described as the true heroes of democracy, for the opportunity to serve and their “unwavering” support and prayers for his administration, reassuring them that his promise to deliver good governance and selfless service to the state remains sacrosanct.

“Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, I equally wish to assure you of our commitment to the full implementation of this budget as we are fully aware that this will enable us realize all the objectives that we have set down in it for the benefit of our people and for the rapid and sustainable development of our dear state,” Ugwuanyi said.

Earlier in his remark, the Speaker, Honourable Edward Ubosi, commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the modest budget, which he said reduced both the internal and external borrowing to 16 percent, describing the governor as a good manager of finance.

He stated that the budget will not put the state in “a very tight condition” and “cannot hang any debt on us”.

Ubosi further explained that the Appropriation law was increased by N5 billion to accommodate road projects that need urgent attention such as the Nkalagu-Eha-Amufu federal road at Isi-Uzo Local Government Area and other roads across the three senatorial districts of the state.

He also applauded the state’s Board of Internal Revenue led by Prince Emeka Odo for its innovation and resourcefulness in generating income for the state.

The Speaker equally appreciated members of the State Executive Council, especially the commissioners for their “wonderful” cooperation and support during the budget defence, stressing that the synergy was unprecedented and commendable.

Also present at the budget signing were the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo and other members of the State Executive Council; members of the House of Assembly, state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Augustine Nnamani, among other top government functionaries.

Ugwuanyi, Others Pay Last Respect To Ekwueme

The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his counterparts in Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo states on Monday paid their last respect to the late elder statesman, Alex Ekwueme whose remains arrived in the state for the final burial rites.

Also present to witness his laying to rest were other leaders from the South East region.

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The remains arrived at the Akana Ibiam Airport at about 2:10 pm from Abuja where it had landed from London, United Kingdom earlier in the day.

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Family members, cabinet members and top government functionaries including the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo were on standby to witness the parade of honour of the former Vice-president.

Ekwueme died on November 19, 2017 at a London Hospital after battling with what the family described as a chest infection.

He was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria and was in office from 1979 to 1983.

Ugwuanyi Receives Enugu Returnees From Libya

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Wednesday, received 10 out of the 11 indigenes of the state who were among the 490 Nigerians that were recently repatriated from Libya.

Addressing the returnees at the Government House, Enugu, Governor Ugwuanyi thanked God for their safe return and also expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and his team for facilitating the return of the affected Nigerians to the country.

The governor noted that the female returnee from the state could not return with the others because she was currently receiving medical attention in Port Harcourt.

He then promised to assist the returnees undertake necessary medical examinations as well as “reintegrate them with their families and society at large”.

Speaking further, Ugwuanyi advised Nigerians, especially the youths to desist from traveling to Libya and similar unsafe places in search of greener pastures and charged them to positively invest their resourcefulness and creativity “at home rather than expose themselves to slavery and other untold difficulties abroad”.

Narrating their ordeals, the returnees thanked God for their safe return after the “trauma” they experienced in Libya. They also applauded the Federal Government for what they termed a “surprise” intervention and Governor Ugwuanyi for receiving them back to the state.

“It was only God that saved us. I never believed I will return to Nigeria. I trusted my hope in God. I didn’t have any bad intention traveling to Libya. It was because of my condition that I traveled out. I was a shoemaker in Nigeria. I sold my tools, everything, to be able to travel.

“It pains me a lot that I had to pass through all these. But I thank God that the Federal Government still remembered somebody like me, more especially my Governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who sent his team to come and bring us back home from Port Harcourt, after we returned from Libya,” one of the returnees, Hyacinth Mathias Ikechukwu said.

Another returnee, James Chioma Ogbo said: “While I was in the prison, I was surprised to hear that the Federal Government of Nigeria, our President sent people to come and rescue us. We are surprise that our country can remember us. That was our greatest surprise and we are equally very grateful to our Governor and members of his team”.

Earlier in her remark, the Executive Secretary of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mrs Nkechi Eneh, who accompanied the returnees to the Government House, disclosed that the governor “quickly” provided the logistics for their return to Enugu from Port Harcourt, and thanked him for his prompt response.

A prayer session was also held in honour of the returnees and other Nigerians in similar conditions abroad by the Chaplain of the Government House, Rev. Fr. Chinedu Ozoude and Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, who was represented by Venerable Emeka Ezeji.

Enugu Govt To Complete Nsukka Road Construction In Four Months

Chairman of Nsukka local government, Mr Patrick Omeje, has assured residents of the government’s commitment to delivering its campaign promises and addressing the pressing needs of the people.

He made this known when he flagged off five community roads in Nsukka Local Government Area which include Lejja, Nru, Edem, Echara and Ibagwani, totalling about 50 kilometres.

He stated that the project will cost about 68million naira with a four-month completion mandate.

“Some of these roads especially Lejja is a virgin road which is being done for the first time. All the roads will be completed by the first quarter of 2018.

“Asides building roads, we would look at other pressing needs of the people, youth empowerment and several others, we will deliver on our campaign promise which is in line with governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration’s commitment to develop hinterlands and make it habitable for the people,” he said.

One of the indigenes of the benefiting community, Mr Edwin Ajibo, expressed his gratitude for the new development saying it will not only help in the evacuation of their farm produce but will also improve the wellbeing of the people.