2023 Guber: Adopt Your Predecessors’ Approach In Choice Of Successor, Group Tells Ugwuanyi

 

A socio-cultural organization in Enugu North Senatorial District of Enugu State, known as ‘Nsukka Ezue Group’, has joined the league of partisan and non-partisan groups supporting the adoption and strict adherence to the established rotational zoning arrangement of the governorship position in the state, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Speaking when a delegation of the Nsukka Ezue Group, comprising intellectuals, academics, members of the clergy and traditional institutions, politicians, and men and women of different political persuasions, paid a solidarity visit to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, at the Government House, Enugu, the Chairman, Prof. Damian Ugwutikiri Opata, stated that they support the current zoning formula in Enugu State.

Prof. Opata pointed out that “Zoning, whether called Federal Character, or Rotation of offices, is very well established in Nigeria”, adding that ‘it is the embodiment of equity, justice, and inclusivity in any polity, especially one as diverse as the Nigerian Federation”.

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The group, therefore, declared that “Any person openly or clandestinely against zoning or campaigning against it in Nigeria in general, and in Enugu State in particular, is neither patriotic nor altruistic and peace-loving”.

Speaking particularly about Enugu State, the Chairman said: “Any person or persons against the established zoning principle are selfish and self-bent on destabilizing the prevailing atmosphere of peace, security and stability your (Gov. Ugwuanyi’s) regime has successfully entrenched in the state”.

Commending Gov. Ugwuanyi for the good job he has continued to do in Enugu State, the group declared support for the governor and urged him to “go ahead and anoint your successor as your predecessors in office did”.

“Your Excellency, you did not start the zoning in Enugu State, and you should never allow it to fail or collapse under your regime. It is a sacred obligation for you to succeed where your predecessors succeeded.

“We, therefore, call on you to endorse and implement the current zoning formula which provides that the next Governor of Enugu State should come from Enugu East Senatorial District’’, the group said.

 

Stressing on the benefits of zoning, the group further said: “It is well known that zoning of political offices reduces the cost of primaries, and also reduces stress, friction, violence, and thuggery during primaries. It inculcates the discipline of one waiting for one’s turn and ensures that at one time or the other, each component unit gets its share of particular political offices.

“Particularly in a democracy, it ensures that minority populations are never shut off from political offices. Furthermore, the zoning of political offices has a soothing effect on the polity by assuring components of the state that their turn will surely come at the expected time.

“So, zoning brings peace and stability in the political processes of nations. Above all, zoning is ethical by ensuring that what ought to be done is actually done in electing and appointing people to different political offices”.

 

The Chairman of ‘Nsukka Ezue Group’, Prof. Opata informed and invited Gov. Ugwuanyi to their proposed National Dialogue on zoning scheduled for April 7, 2022, at Adada Hall, Nsukka Local Government Area, stressing that it will birth massive interactions with different groups with the aim of creating awareness and fully mobilizing the larger voter population.

They promised Gov. Ugwuanyi that they “will continue to produce ideological support positions from a non-partisan political perspective that will appeal to both PDP and non-PDP members in the state”.

 

Lending their voice, the Director-General of the group, Hon. Chineme Onyeke, Rev. Fr. Dr. Emeka Ngwoke, HRH Igwe Herbert Ukuta, Venerable Dr. Nnamdi Ijeudo, Prof. Mrs. Helen Nwamba, Hon. Celestine Ogbu and Hon. Kentus Eze reiterated the group’s stance on zoning and enjoined Gov. Ugwuanyi to remain focused, prayerful, strong, and steadfast in his untiring efforts at entrenching peace, and good governance, and providing effective political leadership in Enugu State.

 

They reassured the governor that members of the group, numbering thousands, are solidly behind him and his political decisions in respect of the choice of his successor and other engagements ahead of the 2023 general elections.

EFCC Arrests 120 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Enugu, Ibadan

Some of the suspected fraudsters.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 120 suspected internet fraudsters in Ibadan and Enugu State.

A statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said 40 suspects were arrested by the Enugu Zonal Command of the agency while 80 were nabbed for similar crimes in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The suspects arrested in Ibadan include Victor Abumere, Kehinde Samuel, Adedeji Ibrahim Olamilekan, Akinbowale Emmanuel, Taiwo Azeez, Adenuga Sunday, Sidiku Olubodun, Ekhuemelo Jerry, Agboola Khalid Babatunde, Alex Kelvin, Akande Jonah, Tobiloba Adekanye, Fatai Olalekan T., Giwa Babatunde David, and Emmanuel Victor Mayowa.

Others include Taofeek Toheeb Olamilekan, Olamilekan Fafilolu Quadri,  Olayinka Taiwo Olaniyi, Emmanuel Abiodun Olalekan, Awoleke Opeyemi Uthman, Ikenna Anyanwu Victor, Mosuro Daniel Oluwaseun, Amoo Abdulmalik Ademola, Oluwaseun Adeniran, Kehinde Kehinde Olatunji, Bakare Kayode Augustine, Okoli Prosper, Kolawole Blessing, Okeolu Moshood, and Hammed Khalid Ayomide.

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The rest were: Hassan Waris Ademola, Taiwo Ademola, Adewale Ayomiposi, Abdullahi Maleek Olaniyi, Masika Adekunle Andrew.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects, who were arrested in various parts of Oyo State, include 13 exotic cars, three motorbikes, mobile phones, and laptops of different brands.

A cross section of the suspects.

 

In Enugu State, the suspects were arrested between March 29 and 30 and were listed as Chimezie Onyegwa, Chukwuebuka Jamespaul, Adams Nengi, Chibua Emmanuel. Mmoh Henry, Kingsly Obinna, Francis Alex, Nelson Chidiebere, Paschal Eze, Eke Emmanuel, Ezeme Johnpaul , Aroh Kenneth, Ugwu Darlington , Chukwuemeka Collins and  Ejielo Ifeanyi.

Others are Justin Obidiwe, Chibuike Henry, Chukwuemeka Okafor,  Osodiuru Prince,  Nwachukwu Steven, kelekchukwu Ugwu, Ugwuoke Victor, Udeh Victor, Ekata Endurance, Ukpabi Evidence, Eze Obinna, Amobi Eya, Victor Joshua, Gabriel Noel and Chisom Ede Nnamuchi.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects.

 

The rest include Onwe  Nnamdi, Okonkwo Somtochukwu, Nnaji Ifeanyi, Ezeagu Ifeanyi, Maduabuchi Nwangbo, Onyenamaya Tochukwu, Wisdom Solomon, Agu Chibuzor, Nwokoro Sochima, and Ifeanyichukwu Miracle

“They were arrested in Nsukka, and the Premier Layout Axis of Enugu, Enugu State following verified intelligence linking them with suspected internet-related offences,” the EFCC statement explained.

“Items recovered from them are three cars, mobile phones, and laptops of various brands and other incriminating documents. The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”

EFCC Arrests Suspect On FBI Wanted-List In Enugu

Emmanuel Dike Chidiebere,

 

The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested Emmanuel Dike Chidiebere, a suspect on the watch list of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering.

Acting on verified intelligence, operatives of the Commission on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, tracked the suspect to Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State where he was arrested.

Chidiebere is alleged to have defrauded some victims in America, Cote D’Ivoire and Poland of some undisclosed amount of money and went underground.

Three of his accomplices are still at large.

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The suspect’s arrest comes few weeks after the EFCC apprehended two other individuals on the FBI’s wanted-list.

Osondu Igwilo and Kelechi Vitalis Anozie, were apprehended in Lagos and Enugu respectively, they had been on the watchlist of the FBI for a few years now.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, revealed that fifty-two-year-old Igwilo, who is the alleged leader of a criminal network of ‘catchers’, was arrested at a studio in the Sangotedo area of Lagos for alleged fraud, money laundering, and identity theft to the tune of about $100 million.

“Before their arrest, Igwilo and his accomplices had allegedly been involved in an advance-fee scheme that involved false promises of investment funding by individuals who impersonated some United States of America (USA) bank officials in person and via the internet,” Uwujaren said in the statement.

“Investigation revealed that those who fell victims of the suspects’ criminal activities were asked to make certain payments before they could receive their funding.

“It was also revealed that proceeds of the scheme were allegedly laundered through U.S. bank accounts and diverted back to the alleged perpetrators in Nigeria.”

Igwilo, the EFCC spokesman stated, was consequently placed on the FBI watchlist following a criminal complaint filed against him at the U.S. District Court in Houston, Texas in December 2016.

He added that the anti-graft agency’s operatives recovered five houses located in choice areas of Lagos from Igwilo following the arrest.

In Anozie’s case, the EFCC disclosed that suspected fraudster has been wanted since 2019.

Uwujaren said operatives arrested Anozie on the 10th of March, following an investigative trail of activities not unconnected to fraud and illegal money laundering.

Anozie, who is a self-professed clergyman and four other suspects: Valentine Iro, Ekene Ekechukwu (alias Ogedi Power), Bright Azubuike (alias Bright Bauer Azubuike), and Ifeanyi Junior, is alleged to have defrauded one F.F, who lives in Illinois, United States, the sum of $135,800 and another $47,000.

The suspect, who is the founder of a church called Praying City Church in Owerri, Imo State, was first placed on a watch list in 2019 when the FBI announced charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering operation that netted millions of dollars from victims of internet con jobs.

Enugu Govt Bans Keke, Okada, Others In Three LGAs

 

 

The Enugu State Government has banned the operation of tricycles (Keke), motorcycles (Okada), and tipper-truck in all communities in Nkanu East and Nkanu West local government areas of the state.

The state government also extended the ban to the following communities/neighbourhoods in Enugu South LGA; Amechi Uno, Amechi Awkunanaw, Amechi Uwani, Obeagu Main, Obeagu Uno, Centenary City/Obunagu, Obeagu, One day, Garki, Akwuke, Ugwuaji, Ndiagu Onunyo, Maryland and Ikiriki.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, disclosed that the decision was sequel to an emergency security council meeting held at the Enugu State Government House, on Thursday “on the heels of the recent spike in insecurity in parts of the state and Executive Order No.1: 2022 dated 24th February 2022”.

The statement enjoined members of the public “to comply with this order as the security agencies in the state have been directed to enforce it”.

The full text of the statement reads:

“Following an emergency security council meeting held in Enugu State Government House today, Thursday, 24th February 2022 on the heels of the recent spike in insecurity in parts of the State and Executive Order No.1: 2022 dated 24th February 2022, the operation of Tricycle popularly called Keke, Motorcycle otherwise known as Okada, and Tipper Truck have been banned forthwith in the following areas in the state:

“All communities in Nkanu East Local Government Area;

“All communities in Nkanu West Local Government Area; and

“The following communities/neighborhoods in Enugu South Local Government Area:

I. Amechi Uno

II. Amechi Awkunanaw

III. Amechi Uwani

IV. Obeagu Main

V. Obeagu Uno

VI. Centenary City/Obunagu

VII. Obeagu

VIII. One day

IX. Garki

X. Akwuke

XI. Ugwuaji

XII. Ndiagu Onunyo

XIII. Maryland

XIV. Ikiriki

“Members of the public are enjoined to comply with this Order as the security agencies in the state have been directed to enforce it.

Enugu LG Election: NUJ Condemns Attack On Journalists, Seeks Compensation For Victims

 

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu State Council has condemned the attack by gunmen on some journalists on local government election duty in the state.

Chairman of the union, Comrade Sam Udekwe, in a statement on Wednesday, while expressing his concerns, also called on the government to ensure adequate compensation for the victims.

His comments come days after a team of four reporters from the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) and one from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had run into the gunmen at Obeagu, Enugu South Local Government Area.

The masked armed men came with Sienna and Toyota Highlander vehicles and shot sporadically, scaring away voters, election officials, observers and journalists.

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As the gunmen turned their attention to the oncoming ESBS branded bus on election duty, most of the journalists in the bus scampered for safety.

However, one of the reporters, Chigozie Alex-Nwafor and the bus driver, Ebuka Ogbozor, were held back in the bus only to be released after receiving machete cuts.

The NUJ chairman described the unprovoked attack as morally reprehensible and an incident that must be condemned by every Nigerian.

“I find it inexplicable that journalists have suddenly become endangered species even while discharging their constitutional duties.

“This type of act against innocent citizens must not be allowed to take roots in the society,” he said.

Udekwe appealed to security agencies in the state to be alive to their responsibilities of protecting lives and security.

He also called on the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission and the media organisations whose reporters were injured to pay commensurate compensations to all the victims.

“Journalists should also have it at the back of their minds that they must be alive to report. Therefore, our safety should always be our utmost concern each time we are in the field,” Udekwe said.

Photos: Lawmakers Drum Support For Ugwuanyi As PDP Flags Off LG Elections Campaign In Enugu

 

Former Governor of Enugu State and the Senator representing Enugu East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, his Enugu North Senatorial District counterpart, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, members of House of Representatives from the state, the state legislature, Council Chairmen of the 17 local government areas and other stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State, on Wednesday, reaffirmed their endorsement of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as the de facto leader of the party in the state in particular and the southeast geo-political zone in general.

The Enugu PDP stakeholders, who spoke during the flag-off of the 2022 Local Government elections campaign, held at Ikem, Isi-Uzo LGA headquarters, declared that Gov. Ugwuanyi remains their leader while they are his followers.

They commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for how he has been managing the affairs of Enugu State in spite of the nation’s economic, security, and public health challenges, stressing that it is unprecedented.

The stakeholders also appreciated the governor for entrenching enduring peace and good governance in Enugu State, as well as his consistency in conducting local government elections since the inception of his administration.

Speaking at the well-attended rally, Senator Nnamani, who stated that “politics is a serious business”, described Gov. Ugwuanyi as “a master of political leverages and the leader of the PDP in the southeast”.

Flanked by Senator Utazi and Senator Ben Collins Ndu, Senator Nnamani said that the forthcoming local government election in the state is a rehearsal to the 2023 general elections, stressing: “It is a serious business and that is why I am here”.

The former governor reiterated their loyalty to Gov. Ugwuanyi and the governor’s decisions in respect of the 2023 general elections, saying: “What Gov. Ugwuanyi wants us to do in 2023, we will do it. The governor is our party leader; we are his followers”.

Speaking on behalf of the members of the House of Representatives from Enugu State, the member representing Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency, Hon. Cornelius Nnaji, described Ugwuanyi as a peace-loving governor, pointing out that the mammoth crowd at the rally was a testament to the overwhelming popularity of the PDP in Enugu State and the acceptability of Gov. Ugwuanyi as the leader of the party.

Hon. Nnaji, who spoke alongside Rt. Hon. Ofor Chukwuegbo, Rt. Hon. Dr. Pat Asadu, Rt. Hon. Princess Peace Nnaji, Rt. Hon. Dr. Kingsley Ebenyi, Hon. K.G.B. Oguakwa, Hon. U.S.A. Igwesi and Hon. Chijioke Edeoga, maintained that “it is well established that we have one Governor of Enugu State and one leader in the person of His Excellency Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi”.

The federal lawmaker applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for keeping faith with his peace initiative and the promise he made in his inaugural address to develop the rural areas where the majority of the people reside.

“Let’s all continue to support our governor and his peace initiative which is expensive to maintain. He is a calm and humble leader”, he said.

Also speaking on behalf of the members of the Enugu State House of Assembly, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for “the way you have been managing the affairs of Enugu State”, stressing that the governor’s leadership style is uncommon in the history of the state.

Hon. Ubosi enjoined PDP stakeholders and members in the state to “follow your leader”.

The PDP State Chairman, Hon. Augustine Nnamani, on behalf of the party executives, expressed gratitude to the party faithful for coming out en masse at the event. He equally thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi who he described as “the game changer and bridge-builder” for keeping faith with his campaign promises to the people of Enugu State, stating that “the PDP we see is Gov. Ugwuanyi”.

 

He said that “there is no part of this state that has not felt the impact of the governor’s administration”, stressing that “our governor pays workers’ salaries (new minimum wage) regularly and still attends to development issues with the state’s lean resources”.

Hon. Nnamani appreciated members of the National and State Assemblies for the synergy between the executive and the legislature in the state, revealing that “everybody is happy with the PDP-led government of Gov. Ugwuanyi. There is no shaking!”.

The party chairman, therefore, urged the electorate to vote for the candidates of the PDP in the February 23 LG elections in the state.

In their goodwill messages, the former chairmen of PDP in Enugu State, Dr. Charles Egumgbe, Chief Engr. Vita Abba and Chief Ikeje Asogwa, said they are impressed with Gov. Ugwuanyi’s performance in office. Speaking on behalf of other ex-Chairmen of the party, Engr. Abba commended the governor for keeping the ideals and tradition of the party alive. He went further to thank Hon. Nnamani for taking the party to a new level.

Handing over the party flags to the 17 LG Chairmanship candidates of the PDP and their deputies, after prayers were offered for them by the Spiritual Director of Okunerere Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Dr. Paul Obayi, Gov. Ugwuanyi thanked the leadership of the party at all levels and indeed all the stakeholders for providing the leadership that facilitated the success of the primary elections.

The governor disclosed that “the politicking was intriguing, the sound was loud, the suspense was thrilling and the tension was palpable yet the processes were consultative, conclusive and consensual”.

He revealed that all the aspirants in the primary elections, irrespective of the outcomes, have long joined hands to build a stronger and more formidable PDP that is ready and prepared to go to the polls. Gov. Ugwuanyi assured the people of Enugu State that the party candidates, if elected, shall serve them with the fear of God and in their best interest, consistent with the PDP tradition, and urged them to vote massively for PDP on February 23, 2022.

“I extend my reverential greetings and gratitude to the clergy and our traditional Rulers for their prayers, support, and wise counsel.

“I must pertinently tell you that our administration is keen on activating the local economy of our rural communities. Therefore, it has become our Directive Principle that all elected Council Chairmen and Councilors must reside in their electoral constituencies henceforth.

“By so doing, they will necessarily work to secure these constituencies (being residents) and also activate their local economies.

“Ndi Enugu, as I flag off the 2022 LGA elections campaign of PDP in Enugu State, I present to you, the Party’s flag bearers for the Council Chairmanship election in the 17 LGAs of the state, persons who have been found worthy and capable of superintending the affairs of these LG Councils by the Party in their respective LGAs.

“I passionately plead with you to massively support these candidates in the 23rd February 2022 local government council chairmanship elections in the 17 LGAs of the state. I assure you that these candidates if elected by you, shall serve you with the fear of God and in your best interest, consistent with the PDP tradition”, the governor said.

The Deputy Governor, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, members of the State Executive Council (EXCO), members of the ALGON, led by the Chairman and Chairman of Udenu LGA, Hon. Solomon Onah, were among the dignitaries at the event.

Again, Gunmen Kill Four Policemen At Enugu Checkpoint

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A file photo of three armed men.

 

Forty-eight hours after four policemen were killed in the Enugu capital, another four have been reportedly killed at a checkpoint in the outskirts of the city.

Reports say the gunmen, who operated in Sienna and Lexus Jeep, stormed the checkpoint at Obeagu in Enugu South Local Government Area, killing at least four. Efforts to reach the police have proved abortive.

The killing of security operatives has become commonplace in the country’s southeast region. Aside from attacks on security personnel, police and other agencies formations have been targeted by assailants.

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While many claim the attacks are masterminded by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the group leading calls for the secession of the region, the organisation has denied responsibility for the incidents, labelling the claims as false.

Gunmen Shoot Three Policemen Dead At Enugu Checkpoint

A file photo of two armed men.

 

Gunmen on Thursday killed three policemen at a checkpoint in Enugu State, a situation that created panic in the metropolis.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the incident happened near the popular Cashew Bus Stop, close to Timber Junction, Loma Linda Estate. The officers were said to be on stop and search when the gunmen opened fire on them, killing three at the spot. The gunmen also kidnapped a woman and her driver who ran into them.

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Meanwhile, the Enugu State Police Command has reacted to the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Daniel Ndukwe, added that the command is still getting facts about the development.

Gunmen Kill Two APC Chieftains, Kidnap One Other In Enugu

A file photo of a man holding a gun.

Gunmen have killed two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and kidnapped one other from a party ward in Enugu state.

The gunmen were said to have stormed ward III venue in Obeagu Awkunanaw of Enugu South Local Government Area.

According to eyewitnesses, members of the party were having a reconciliation meeting for opposing factions, when the armed gunmen numbering over seven invaded the venue, killing the two party members instantly and abducting one other person.

Other attendees sustained gun injuries and were rushed to a medical facility to receive treatments.

An APC chieftain and the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria Osita Okechukwu has condemned the act.

He called for calm amongst party members in the state, asking the security agencies to unravel the incident and bring the perpetrators to book.

A festering leadership crisis has plagued the Enugu State chapter of the APC, despite a state congress held last year to try and bring cohesion in the state chapter,

Three factions emerged claiming leadership and control., with the third faction claiming authority after the state congress.

Policewoman Missing As Hoodlums Attack Divisional HQ In Enugu

FILE PHOTO: The crest of the Nigeria Police Force is seen on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Yet-to-be identified hoodlums have attacked a police divisional headquarters in Enugu, authorities at the state command have said.

The affected facility is the Umulokpa Police Divisional Headquarters located in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state.

The whereabouts of a policewoman, attached to the facility, is unknown following the incident which occurred on Saturday evening.

Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu, Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

Ndukwe explained that the assailants, in their numbers, attacked and vandalised vehicles and other items at the police facility.

The Commissioner of Police in Enugu, Abubakar Lawal, was said to have led a team of senior police officers and commanders of the command’s tactical and operational units to the scene.

He ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and tactical teams of the command to intensify ongoing efforts to locate the missing policewoman and apprehend the assailants.

According to Ndukwe, residents of the state have been asked to assist the police with credible information that will lead to the location of the said security official, and arrest of the hoodlums.

In another statement, he confirmed the killing of a young man identified as Stephen Ajah by yet-to-be-identified armed men.

Although he did not state when the killing occurred, the command’s spokesman explained that the incident took place along the Ozalla-Agbani Road in Nkanu West LGA.

He said the victim was rushed to the hospital by police personnel who arrived at the scene where he was confirmed dead.

The remains of Ajah, according to Ndukwe, have been deposited at the mortuary while the police have begun an investigation to arrest the gunmen.

Gunmen Attack Enugu Police Checkpoint, Kill Two Officers

A file photo of three armed men.

 

Gunmen have attacked a police checkpoint in Nachi, Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State, killing two policemen.

The officers were conducting a stop and search on the axis when the incident took place on Tuesday.

Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the attack in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Although it is unclear what ensued, the police spokesman said the State Police Command has commenced a full-scale investigation that will lead to fishing out the assailants.

“Full-scale investigation that will lead to fishing out of the assailants has commenced. Further development will be communicated, please,” he said.

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A Growing Trend

Tuesday’s incident is the latest in a growing trend of attacks on police stations and security personnel in the South East region of the country.

Over the weekend, gunmen went on a rampage in different parts of the region, killing people and destroying properties.

Three days ago, a police officer and two civilians were killed in an attack at the Ukaegbu Junction by Ezeiweka Road, Awada Obosi Layout in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state.

The incident also saw the attackers setting fire on the police patrol van before leaving the area.

Apart from attacks on police formations, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices in the region and the South South have also been torched.

Election materials were destroyed in Sunday morning’s attack on its Awgu Local Government Area office in Enugu State.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, had explained that the attack on the facility was reported by INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Emeka Ononamadu.

Okoye said the office was set ablaze, resulting in extensive damage to mainly the stores’ section where election materials were kept.

In May, the commission’s headquarters in Enugu was burnt down, three days after another office in Obollo-Afor, Udenu LGA of the state, was razed.

INEC had earlier warned that repeated attacks on its offices will affect its preparations for the 2023 general election.

The commission had said sensitive and non-sensitive materials, including generators and card readers, were lost to the attacks.

INEC Office Set Ablaze In Enugu

INEC says attacks on its offices may hamper preparations for the 2023 polls. Photo: INEC.

 

The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State has been set ablaze by yet-to-be identified persons. 

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, confirmed this via a statement on Sunday.

The attack, which took place in the early hours of the day, resulted in extensive damage to the stores section where election materials are kept.

He said that all movable election materials had been evacuated following recent attacks on the commission’s offices in the state, adding that there were no casualties in the incident.

Security operatives inspect the Enugu INEC office that was gutted by fire on September 19, 2021. Credit: INEC

 

“The identity or motives of attackers are unknown while the incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation,” the statement added. “This unfortunate incident is the first since the last attack on our facilities four months ago in May 2021.”

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Okoye commended the prompt response of the security agencies comprising the police, the Army, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as well the Enugu State Fire Service and the Awgu Local Government Neighbourhood Watch.

INEC offices have been attacked in recent times in some parts of the country. Photo: INEC.

 

Sunday’s incident is the latest in a series of attacks on INEC offices especially in the South-East and South-South regions.

In May, the commission’s headquarters in Enugu was burnt down, three days after another office in Obollo-Afor, Udenu LGA of the state, was razed.

INEC had earlier warned that repeated attacks on its offices will affect its preparations for the 2023 general election.

The commission had said sensitive and non-sensitive materials, including generators and card readers, were lost to the attacks.