Enugu Jail Break: Police Rearrest Five Fleeing Suspects, Go After Remaining 12

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The Enugu State Police Command has rearrested five suspected criminals that escaped from police custody.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Daniel Ndukwe.

He stated that the police authorities were on the trail of the remaining 12 suspects still at large, noting that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmad AbdurRahman, ordered an immediate discreet investigation into the matter.

“The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force wishes to inform the general public, particularly residents of the State, that on 20/12/2020 at about 2130hrs a total of seventeen (17) suspects, mostly remanded in Police Custody by the Court for different offences, escaped from the Command’s State CID’s Cell after breaking the Cell’s key and resisting efforts of personnel on duty to restrain them. However, five (5) of them have been re-arrested,” the statement partly read.

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“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad AbdurRahman FIPCDS, FICMC, FCAI, MNIM has ordered an immediate discreet investigation and intense search to re-arrest the remaining twelve (12) escapees.

“He also directs the commencement of investigation to determine the culpability and punishment of any personnel found wanting during the unwarranted incidence. He further warns that such unbecoming lapses on the part of the personnel of the Command will not be tolerated.”

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

ENUGU STATE POLICE COMMAND PRESS RELEASE

In Reply, Please Quote Ref. No.: AZ:5052/ENS/PRD/VOL.1/96

Date: 21st December 2020

The Director of News

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ESCAPE OF SUSPECTS FROM POLICE CUSTODY: CP DIRECTS INTENSE INVESTIGATION AND RE-ARREST OF FLEEING DETAINEES; ENJOINS CITIZENS TO ASSIST THE POLICE WITH CREDIBLE INFORMATION

The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force wishes to inform the general public, particularly residents of the State, that on 20/12/2020 at about 2130hrs a total of seventeen (17) suspects, mostly remanded in Police Custody by the Court for different offences, escaped from the Command’s State CID’s Cell after breaking the Cell’s key and resisting efforts of personnel on duty to restrain them. However, five (5) of them have been re-arrested.

  1. Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad AbdurRahman FIPCDS, FICMC, FCAI, MNIM has ordered an immediate discreet investigation and intense search to re-arrest the remaining twelve (12) escapees. He also directs the commencement of investigation to determine the culpability and punishment of any personnel found wanting during the unwarranted incidence. He further warns that such unbecoming lapses on the part of the personnel of the Command will not be tolerated.
  1. In addition, the Commissioner has convened an emergency meeting of all Management Team members, Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, Heads of Departments and directed them to deploy all the Command’s personnel and operational assets to emplace adequate security and ensure hitch-free movements and celebrations during the Christmas and New Year season.
  1. To this end, the CP, while reassuring commitment to provide adequate security during this festive season, has called on residents of the State and the general public to assist the Command with credible information that will lead to the re-arrest of the twelve (12) fleeing detainees.
  1. Meanwhile, residents of the State and members of the public have been enjoined to promptly volunteer such information or report any person(s) suspected to be the escapees at the nearest Police Station or by calling the Command’s hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172; or via email on: [email protected]

E-SIGNED:

ASP DANIEL NDUKWE

Police Public Relations Officer

FOR: Commissioner of Police,

Enugu State Command

People Trusting Herbalists Contributed To Strange Deaths In Enugu – Health Commissioner

 

 

The Enugu Commissioner for Health, Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi on Thursday faulted the failure of communities to report irregular health symptoms as cases of strange illnesses in the state persists.

“The issues of health-seeking behaviour are real,” he said while appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. “We have an emergency reporting network that has to deal with the health system.

“If people do not report to healthcare systems in the primary healthcare facilities at least, it becomes difficult for infectious diseases surveillance and response to be initiated.

“People stay away from hospitals, thinking that they will get better care from herbalists and from patent medicine vendors sometimes.”

Deaths resulting from a strange illness have been reported in Delta and Enugu states this month.

Yellow Fever has been identified as the most likely candidate, authorities have said.

Commissioner for Health in Delta State, Mordi Ononye, on Thursday also blamed the lack of communication between local communities and the government health system for the deaths.

“There was some resistance from some of the communities who felt the issues were not medical” when a response team from the Delta government was despatched, Ononye said.

“It wasn’t the fault of the medical system but issues that have to do with the belief system.”

Large Number Of Deaths

Obi on Thursday was elusive about the number of strange deaths recorded in Enugu, although he admitted that it was “a large number of deaths.”

“We are still calling them deaths from probable cases of Yellow fever,” he said.

“We can only confirm two deaths from Yellow Fever. And we have confirmed 19 cases of Yellow Fever, based on the PCR diagnosis.

“The report of strange deaths are ongoing. It is very likely that a lot of the deaths reported may have been from Yellow fever.”

 

Enugu Govt Confirms Spread Of Yellow Fever In Three LGAs

 

Enugu State Government has confirmed the spread of Yellow Fever in three Local Government Areas of the state.

In a statement issued on Sunday night, the Commissioner of Health, Dr Emmanuel Obi, who listed the LGAs as Nsukka, Isi-Uzo and Igbo-Etiti, said the state government has received reports of strange deaths within the communities.

The Commissioner also disclosed the ministry’s response in handling the disease in the affected communities.

“Following the confirmed cases of Yellow Fever in Igbo Eze North LGA of Enugu State and the concerted efforts to control the situation in the LGA by the Enugu State Government, Stakeholders and Partners; Federal and International, reports have also been received of “strange deaths” within communities in Nsukka, Isi-Uzo and Igbo-Etiti LGAs,” the statement partly read.

“The Enugu State Ministry of Health Rapid Response Team, LGA Rapid Response Teams, International and National Partners have also visited these LGAs to investigate the reports and take samples for testing just as was done for the reports at Igboeze North.

“The new set of samples from these LGAs have been sent to the National Reference Laboratory at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja for a thorough and complete examination to determine conclusively the reasons for these new set of reports and the results are expected back early this week.”

While commiserating with families that lost their loved ones in the unfortunate development, Obi reminded residents of the state that “Yellow Fever is transmitted through mosquito bites.”

File photo of Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

 

He advised that people should keep their environment clean and remove mosquito breeding sites around their homes.

“Yellow Fever Vaccination is not for treatment of Yellow Fever, it is for prevention of Yellow Fever. If you have been recently vaccinated against Yellow Fever, you do not need to be vaccinated again.

“It takes 10 days or more for Yellow fever vaccine to start working after you have received it. If you or your loved one are not feeling well, please visit or take your loved one to a nearby hospital for treatment.

“Trained Health Workers can recognize most of the diseases of public health importance and know what to do,” he added.

Enugu Govt Links Mysterious Deaths To Yellow Fever

A map of Enugu state in the south-east.
A map of Enugu state in the south-east.

 

The Enugu State Government has confirmed that Yellow Fever is the cause of deaths from a reported strange illness in Ette Uno and Umuopu communities of Enugu Ezike town in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi, the disease was confirmed through verifiable diagnostic tests.

He explained that Yellow Fever is not a new disease but one of public health importance controlled with a set of routine and mass immunisation

For Obi, the Ministry of Health has called for an immediate Emergency Operations Centre with representatives from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other implementing partners in the state, to articulate specific next steps to effectively respond to and control this disease in Igboeze North LGA, and prevent its spread in the state.

SEE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

Yellow Fever cause of alleged unusual deaths in  Enugu Ezike – Enugu govt

The Enugu State Government has confirmed that Yellow Fever is the cause of deaths from a reported strange illness in Ette Uno and Umuopu communities of Enugu Ezike town in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi, stated that the disease was confirmed “through verifiable diagnostic tests”.

Dr. Obi explained that “Yellow Fever is not a new disease but one of public health importance internationally and in Nigeria” adding that “It is one of the diseases controlled for in the Nigerian set of routine and mass immunizable diseases.”

According to him “a suspected case is anyone with a sudden onset of fever who develops jaundice (yellowness of the eyes) within 14 days it is verifiable by diagnostic tests”.

The Health Commissioner therefore disclosed that “the Enugu State Ministry of Health has called for an immediate Emergency Operations Centre Meeting this morning at 10am, with representatives from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other implementing partners in the state, to articulate specific next steps to effectively respond to and control this disease in Igboeze North LGA, and prevent its spread in Enugu State”.

His words: “We are collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health and with nearby states to prevent its spread within Nigeria. The General Hospital, Enugu Ezike, and other hospitals in the state are prepared to provide the supportive treatment needed for Yellow Fever.

“It is transmitted by the aedes or haemogogus specie of mosquitoe, causes symptoms within 3 – 6 days of infection, which range from a mild febrile illness in some individuals to a more toxic illness that can, unfortunately, lead to death in others. Only 15 percent of infected persons enter this toxic phase.

“This is a time to continue in earnest the hygienic practices that we have become used to due to the COVID -19 pandemic, while now improving our environmental hygiene practices; keep our surroundings clean and free of overgrown bushes, ensuring that we do not allow containers and gutters around us to collect water for long periods which allows mosquitoes to breed. We should protect our homes by screening doors and windows with nets, and ourselves by sleeping under mosquito nets and wearing clothes that limit mosquito bites.

“Most of all, if you recognize the above symptoms in yourself or a loved one, please visit the nearest hospital”.

Enugu State is in the hands of God.

Enugu Accident: Buhari Condoles With Victims, Asks Vehicle Owners To Ensure Road Worthiness

Twenty-one persons were confirmed dead from the auto crash.

 

President Muhammadu has condoled with the victims of an auto accident in Enugu State, emphasizing the need for vehicle owners to ensure their cars are roadworthy. 

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement on Friday, quoted the Nigerian leader as expressing sadness over the incident which took place on Thursday in Mgbowu, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

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A photo from the scene of the accident.

 

“He also commiserates with the Catholic Church of Awgu, which runs Presentation Nursery and Primary School that the pupils attended, and the Enugu State government,” the presidential aide said.

“President Buhari enjoins vehicle owners to ensure roadworthiness, as initial reports attributed the accident to brake-failure by the truck involved.”

Deaths Confirmed

Twenty-one people, including schoolchildren, died in the accident in the south-eastern Nigerian state.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Enugu, Ogbonna Kalu, confirmed the incident on Thursday.

He explained that the nature of the accident was a collision that involved a school bus and a trailer in the state.

Kalu added that the incident was due to dangerous driving.

Read Adesina’s full statement below:

PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS VICTIMS OF ENUGU CRASH INVOLVING PUPILS
President Muhammadu Buhari is saddened by the gruesome vehicle accident in Mgbowu, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, in which scores of people died, most of them school pupils.
The President condoles with families and kith and kin of the dead, praying that God will grant them succour, and spare the country of such tragedy in future.
He also commiserates with the Catholic Church of Awgu, which runs Presentation Nursery and Primary School that the pupils attended, and the Enugu State government.
President Buhari enjoins vehicle owners to ensure roadworthiness, as initial reports attributed the accident to brake-failure by the truck involved.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
October 30, 2020

 

Atiku Condoles With Families Of Enugu Accident

A combination of photos from the scene of the accident in Enugu State.

 

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has condoled with the families of an auto accident in Enugu State.

Atiku sympathised with the families through his Twitter handle on Friday.

He said, “My deepest condolences to the affected families, management and staff of Presentation Nursery and Primary School, the Catholic Diocese of Awgu, owners of the school, and the government and people of Enugu State. May their souls rest in peace.

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

“The gruesome accident in Mgbowo, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, in which scores of lives, many who are school children is heartbreaking”.

PHOTOS: 21 Dead As School Bus, Trailer Collide In Enugu

A combination of photos from the scene of the accident in Enugu State.

 

Twenty-one people, including schoolchildren, have died in an accident in Enugu State, south-east Nigeria.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Enugu, Ogbonna Kalu, confirmed the incident on Thursday.

He explained that the nature of the accident was a collision that involved a school bus and a trailer in the state.

Kalu added that the incident happened at Mgbowo in Awgu Local Government Area of the state, saying it was as a result of dangerous driving.

See some photos from the scene of the accident below:

Sympathisers at the scene of the accident in Enugu State.

 

Enugu Govt Lifts 24-Hour Curfew

File Photo of Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

 

The Enugu State Government has lifted the 24-hour curfew earlier imposed on Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas of the state.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the State Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, the adjustment was made following the hardship faced by residents of the areas as a result of the curfew.

“The 24-hour curfew imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas stands lifted with effect from 7 am on Sunday, 25th October 2020,” the statement partly read.

“In its place, a 13-hour curfew (6 pm to 7 am) daily, is imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas, with effect from 6 pm on Sunday, 25th October 2020 until further notice.”

While noting that security agencies in the state have been directed to ensure full compliance of the order, the commissioner said persons on essential duties were however exempted from the curfew.

For Aroh, healthcare workers, staff of Water Corporation, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, Fire service, State Emergency Management Agency, among others would continue with their duties.

The state government had earlier restricted movements in the three local councils to curtail violence in the face of the #EndSARS protests.

FULL TEXT OF THE STATEMENT READS AS FOLLOWS:

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Following the hardship occasioned by the 24-hour curfew imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas in the face of the #ENDSARSprotests, Enugu State Government hereby rejigs the curfew as follows:

  1. The 24-hour curfew imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas stands lifted with effect from 7 am on Sunday, 25th October 2020.
  2. In its place, a 13-hour curfew (6 pm to 7 am) daily, is imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas, with effect from 6 pm on Sunday, 25th October 2020 until further notice.
  3. Persons involved in the delivery of essential services such as Health Care Workers, staff of Water Corporation, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, Fire service, Enugu State Emergency Management Agency, etc. shall continue to attend to their duties.

The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Police Command and other Security Agencies are hereby directed to ensure full compliance with this order.

Dated this 24th day of October 2020

Nnayelugo Chidi Aroh

Hon. Commissioner for information

Enugu State is in the hands of God!

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DSS Says IPOB Attacked Its Patrol Team In Enugu, Killed Two Officers

A file photo of DSS officials.
A file photo of DSS officials.

 

A patrol team of the Department of State Services (DSS) was attacked in Enugu state on Sunday by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), according to DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya.

Afunanya, in a statement, added that the Service lost two of its officials “in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack”.

The group, which is calling for the secession of the South-East region from Nigeria, has been proscribed by the Federal Government.

The DSS, in its Sunday statement, said measures have been put in motion to fish out the killers.

 

READ THE DSS FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

UNPROVOKED VIOLENT ATTACK ON DSS PATROL TEAM IN ENUGU

The DSS wishes to inform the public that its patrol team was, today, 23rd August, 2020, attacked in Emene, Enugu State by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The Service lost two personnel in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack launched by IPOB on the team.

The Service hereby condoles with families of the departed officers and also prays for the repose of their souls.

However, all measures have been put in place to ensure that their killers and everyone involved in this dastardly act are promptly apprehended and brought to justice. Consequently, a full scale investigation will be carried out with regard to the incident.

Once again, the Service reaffirms its commitment to assiduously work with other security agencies to maintain public safety and order. It, therefore urges law abiding citizens and residents to go about their normal businesses without fear.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D
Public Relations Officer
Department of State Services
National Headquarters
Abuja
23rd August, 2020

House Of Architect Who Demolished Enugu Airport Fence Destroyed

House of Architect John Emejulu was destroyed on August 14, 2020.
House of Architect John Emejulu was destroyed on August 14, 2020.

 

The Enugu State Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA) on demolished a residential building belonging to an architect John Jerry Emejulu, Channels Television can confirm.

Emejulu had earlier demolished part of the Enugu Airport fence claiming ownership of a portion of the land.

The Federal Government, on Thursday, condemned his actions and promised to take punitive actions.

Chairman of ECTDA, Dr. Josef Onoh, who supervised the demolition, denied that it was a reprisal action.

He said his agency obtained a court order to demolish the building after concluding that it was built on a waterway and needed to give way.

The private residence is situated along Eziokwe street, off Nike Lake road, Trans Ekulu, Enugu.

‘Totally Unacceptable’

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Thursday, said Mr Emejulu, accompanied by hundreds of armed thugs and bulldozers, had demolished up to 2km of the Enugu airport fence before the Nigerian Air Force and Police intervened to arrest the situation.

“This is certainly unfortunate, unbecoming,” Sirika said during a visit to the airport on Thursday. “Emejulu has done his best. But in doing his best, he has given the opportunity to government to show how not to wilfully destroy public assets belonging to 200 million people. It’s totally unacceptable.”

House of Architect John Emejulu was destroyed on August 14, 2020.
House of Architect John Emejulu was destroyed on August 14, 2020.

 

Sirika stressed that the airport fence demolition was carried out when President Muhammadu Buhari was devoting large amounts to the nation’s infrastructure, including the Enugu airport, which he noted had been abandoned for decades.

“Without hesitation, Mr President provided the funding” to revive the airport, Sirika said, but a “cantankerous, cranky individual” decided to disrupt the process.

Rubble from the demolished house of Architect John Emejulu.

 

“There is a government in place and it is wrong time to test our resolve,” the Minister said, adding that Mr Emejulu had threatened to destroy more properties within the airport but was only stopped by the swift intervention of security forces.

“I am sure he will regret this,” Sirika said. “And this is an opportunity for the government to show that no one can take the law into his hands and wilfully destroy national assets.

“We will not forgive him. The Chief of Air Staff, the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General of DSS will be directed to do the needful and bring him to book.

“For emphasis, airports are national security assets and we are determined to protect them.”

Enugu Governor Signs N146.3bn Revised 2020 Budget

File photo of Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

 

The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has signed into law the revised 2020 budget of N146.3billion.

The budget represents a 13.6 per cent decrease after a downward review from N169.5 billion initially proposed in December 2019.

Out of the budget size, the capital expenditure stands at N69. 7billion while the recurrent expenditure is N76.5billion, representing 48 per cent and 52 per cent respectively.

Governor Ugwuanyi signed the budget on Wednesday in the presence of his deputy, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, the Speaker of the House, Edward Ubosi, members of the State Executive Council, among other top government functionaries.

While thanking the lawmakers for their diligent and expeditious passage of the budget, the governor said he is optimistic that the budget of responsive and accountable governance will enable his administration to consolidate its developmental agenda.

The budget was revised in response to the negative consequences of the outbreak of COVID-19 on the economy.

Enugu Airport Runway Will Be Ready In August, Says Sirika

 

A file photo of the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

 

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has assured Nigerians that the rehabilitation work at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport runway Enugu will be completed by August 30.

He made this known on Tuesday during a working visit to ascertain the level of work at the international airport.

Sirika explained that the work progress is currently at the last stage of pavement wearing, thus bringing it up to over 90 percent completion.

He also noted that Perimeter fencing, roads, and air landing systems will all be ready to enable a 24-hour operation when it reopens again.

The Minister appreciated the South-East Governors, particularly the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for their efforts and assistance in the job.