Two Feared Killed As Gunmen Attack Military Checkpoint In Enugu

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Gunmen have reportedly attacked a military checkpoint at Obeagu-Amodu Road in the Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.

According to reports, the gunmen stormed the checkpoint in two Lexus Jeeps and one Toyota Sienna on Tuesday and shot a combined team of the policemen and soldiers at the checkpoint.

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Although two security personnel were reported killed but the military and the police in Enugu did not confirm the incident.

This is not the first time the checkpoint in Obeagu has come under this kind of attack hence, the reason for the combined security presence in the area.

The incident caused panic among the residents of the area and its environs.

Efforts to get the comments of the police proved abortive as the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Daniel Ndukwe, did not take calls or respond to text messages for confirmation.

PHOTOS: Atiku Visits Enugu, Reechoes Vow To Rebuild Nigeria

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday visited Enugu State where he reechoed his pledge to rebuild the country.

Atiku, a former vice president, was accompanied on the visit to stakeholders by his running mate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

He arrived at the Akamu Ibiam International Airport and was welcomed by the host Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and other party faithful.

At a meeting with stakeholders, Atiku restated his love for Ndigbo which he said led to his choice of Igbo men as running mates in 2019 and for next year’s election.

Aside from this, he reassured them of his commitment to restructure Nigeria and enthrone true federalism.

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Atiku is promising to rebuild Nigeria. [email protected]

 

On his part, Okowa maintained that the PDP will unite Nigeria and rebuild the economy from its fallen state.

For the host, the state is well positioned to give the main opposition party a block vote for the 2023 election.

At the event, representatives of the five southeastern states also endorsed the Waziri Adamawa. 

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Atiku says his love for Ndigbo can be seen in the choice of his running mate. [email protected] Atiku

Police Launch Manhunt As Gunmen Kill Three Officers In Enugu

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The Enugu Police Command said it has launched an intensive manhunt to arrest the assailants of three police officers in Enugu State on Wednesday night. 

Enugu Police Command spokesman ASP Daniel Ndukwe said the armed men, who operated in a Lexus Jeep, opened fire on a moving patrol vehicle shooting the officers critically.

The men, who were said to have died at the hospital were on patrol duty within New Haven when the incident happened.

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ASP Ndukwe also called on residents to remain calm as the Command will do all it can to apprehend the culprits.

Wednesday’s incident is the latest in attacks on security personnel, especially police officers, in the southeast region.

Several police posts have been attacked in the region in the

Police Probe Mysterious Death Of Six Residents In Enugu

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Police authorities have launched a probe into the mysterious death of six persons in Eka Utara, Adani community in Enugu State.

They were said to have died in an unclear circumstance last Saturday in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

A few hours later, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Ammani, ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

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Ammani in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, directed the CID department to unravel why eight persons were hospitalised under the same strange circumstances in Akutara village in the Adani community of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area.

According to the police spokesman, the directives followed the receipt of a report alleging the sudden and unnatural deaths and hospitalisation at Akutara village in Adani community on August 27.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that one of the confirmed deceased persons, Obinna Dike, 31, attended his own traditional marriage ceremony at Obollor-Eke in Udenu council area on August 26 with his relatives and other victims of the incident,” he said on Sunday.

“They, thereafter, went back home and continued with the celebration. However, the following morning, none of them came out of the room where they slept.

“This caused the door to be forced open, with all of them in the room found to be unconscious with foamy discharge from their mouths.”

The police PRO stated that the victims were conveyed to the hospital where six of them were confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

While commiserating with the families and friends of the deceased, the CP urged residents of the community to remain peaceful and support the police with the necessary information in the investigation to unravel the cause of their deaths.

2023: 260 Enugu Councillors Pledge To Deliver PDP In Their Wards

 

Councillors in the 260 electoral wards in Enugu State have assured Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State that they will work round the clock and mobilise massively in their respective wards to deliver the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidates in the 2023 general election.

The 260 councillors, who gave the assurance when they paid a ‘Thank-you’ visit to Gov. Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu, on Tuesday, unanimously declared their support for the governor, the PDP governorship candidate, Barr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, and all other candidates of the party in the state.

They stressed their solidarity to Gov. Ugwuanyi and expressed gratitude to him for the uncommon leadership role he played towards their emergence as councillors in their respective wards on the platform of the PDP.

The elated councilors added that if not for the magnanimity and selfless leadership style of the governor, none of them would have emerged as a councillor in the state.

They also appreciated Gov. Ugwuanyi for always believing in the youths, disclosing that 99.9 percent of the present councillors in the state are youths.

Speaking on their behalf, the Coordinator of 260 Ward Councillors in Enugu State and Leader of Udenu Legislative Council, Hon. Nnamdi Odo, said that past councilors during previous administrations did not enjoy the privilege they enjoyed during the selection process leading to their emergence, stressing that they emerged without godfathers.

“Your Excellency, we came to tell you thank you. We owe you thank you and part of our coming is to also tell you that we are going to deliver our wards to the PDP come 2023. There is no ward in the 260 wards that will be lost to the opposition.”

Stressing their eagerness to work as grassroots mobilisers, Hon. Odo said: “Your Excellency, if you look carefully, you will see that we have the strength to work and we are eager to work. It is not that of social media. We are on the ground at the grassroots.

“The debt we owe you, our father and leader, and our great party, the PDP, is come February 2023, we will deliver all the candidates of our party starting from you, Your Excellency, our governorship candidate, Barr. Peter Mbah, and other candidates for the senatorial seats, House of Representatives and House of Assembly.

“It is our task and we are going down to our wards to ensure that we deliver all these candidates come 2023 elections.”

Commending Gov. Ugwuanyi for his youth-friendly initiatives, the coordinating councillor pointed out that Enugu youths have never had it so good, saying: “You (Ugwuanyi) are the only governor in this state who came and accommodated many youths in your administration through political appointments and election into public offices.”

Pointing out that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration is “the only administration that faced the nation’s recession twice within five years,” Odo added: “We are wondering and we said when we come today, we will ask His Excellency, how he is doing this magic of entrenching peace and good governance in Enugu State.

“At the end of every month, our parents receive their salaries, workers are not being owed, and you construct projects in all nooks and crannies of Enugu State. The communities in Enugu State bear testimonies to what His Excellency is doing. We urge you to keep it up.

“Your Excellency, as a man with a large heart, you accommodate all. The payback time will come by 2023. We are united more than ever. We have become a formidable structure in the 17 local government areas and 260 wards in the state and we assure you as grassroots mobilisers that we will deliver all the PDP candidates.”

Corroborating Odo’s remarks, the Zonal Coordinators for Enugu East and Enugu West senatorial districts, Hon. Caleb Ani (Enugu South LGA) and Philip Igwe (Aninri LGA) respectively, applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi’s exemplary leadership qualities, peace and grassroots development initiatives and commitment to the well-being of youths of the state, reassuring him that the 260 councillors will deliver all the candidates of the PDP in the forthcoming elections.

Encouraging the councillors to remain focused, steadfast and committed to the ideals of the PDP and progress of the Gov. Ugwuanyi-led PDP administration, the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, thanked them for opting to work for the victory of the PDP at the polls in 2023, assuring them that they stand to benefit more in the future.

Listing the challenges his administration has encountered since inception to include economic recession which was experienced twice within five years, COVID-19 pandemic and EndSars protests, Gov. Ugwuanyi who appreciated the councillors for the solidarity and support, attributed their emergence as councillors to the will of God.

The governor thanked them for their contributions towards the peaceful atmosphere in Enugu State and reiterated his administration’s commitment to their well-being, disclosing that Enugu was not among the eight states in the country listed by BudgIT to be owing at least six months salaries of some of their workers.

He therefore called on the councillors to continue to pray for his administration, the state and a peaceful transition in 2023.

Enugu: Voter Registration Suffers Setback As Gunmen Attack INEC Officials

 

Gunmen have attacked officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State resulting in the suspension of Voter Registration in the affected areas.

The attack led to two voter registration machines and personal items of the staff such as mobile phones being lost.

INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, confirmed the attack via a statement issued on Thursday.

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He said electoral officials were involved in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise before gunmen stormed the Community Primary School Umuopu in Umuozzi Ward 19 in the South-Eastern state.

After the Administrative Secretary in Enugu State, Mr. Jude Okwuonu reported the incident to INEC Headquarters, the commission decided to suspend the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in the affected area.

“The gunmen fired sporadically into the air to disperse registrants and registration officials. In the ensuing stampede, one of our staff sustained injuries and is receiving treatment in a hospital,” the statement read.

“Two voter registration machines and personal items of the staff such as mobile phones were lost. Consequently, Ward level registration of voters in Igboeze North is hereby suspended.”

According to Okoye, the commission has reported the incident to police authorities in Enugu State to commence an investigation.

Attacks on INEC facilities have been frequent in the South-East as the nation prepares for the general elections in seven months’ time.

On July 3, arsonists attacked the INEC office in Ogboeze North Local Government Area and burnt down the facility.

PHOTOS: Arsonists Attack INEC Office In Enugu, Destroy Buildings, Ballot Boxes

 

An office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu State, has been set ablaze by yet to be identified arsonists. 

This development was confirmed in a brief statement on Monday by INEC’s National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq.

Mr Okoye disclosed that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, reported that INEC’s Igboeze North Local Government Area office had been burnt.

According to the REC, the attack happened at about 11.48pm on Sunday the 3rd of July, 2022.


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The arsonists are said to have overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises and set the building ablaze.

Although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture and equipment were destroyed in spite of the best effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.

According to Mr Okoye’s communique, the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

He added that the incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.

“The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for 2023 General Election, is worrisome,” the INEC spokesman stressed.

It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, an INEC office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.

This followed earlier attacks on Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.

Okoye said the Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the CVR and collection of PVCs.

He emphasized that the Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities.

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Vigilantes Allegedly Kill 22-Year-Old Man In Enugu, Police Order Probe

Enugu, usually referred to as Enugu State to distinguish it from the city of Enugu, is a state in southeastern Nigeria, created in 1991 from part of the old Anambra State.
Enugu, usually referred to as Enugu State to distinguish it from the city of Enugu, is a state in southeastern Nigeria, created in 1991 from part of the old Anambra State.

 

Two vigilantes have allegedly killed a 22-year-old man at the Mkpulogo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The victim – Philip Okoro – was shot on June 29 and was later confirmed dead after he was rushed to a hospital.

Following the incident, police operatives swung into action by arresting the vigilantes for their roles in the murder of Okoro.

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In a statement issued on Thursday, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Daniel Ndukwe, identified the suspects as Annene Idu and Chijioke Ezugwu, saying a pump-action rifle has been recovered.

The police equally deposited his corpse in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

While Idu is accused of shooting the Okoro, Ezugwu is said to be the Chief Security Officer of the LGA where he led the vigilantes to the scene of the incident to arrest hard drug dealers.

According to the police spokesman, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abuabar Lawal, has ordered a probe into the incident.

Specifically, he directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department to conduct a full-scale investigation into the alleged shooting.

“Consequently, two members of the Vigilante Group directly linked to the shooting and murder of the victim have been arrested. They include one Annene Idu (m), alleged to have shot the deceased, and Chijioke Ezugwu (m), the Chief Security Officer of the L.G.A. said to have led the Vigilantes to the scene of the incident to arrest hard drugs dealers. Additionally, the Pump Action used for the act has been recovered,” he said.

“Meanwhile, in protest of the death of the said victim, an angry mob set ablaze the house of the mentioned team leader. However, the fire was put out by Police Operatives, who swiftly mobilized to the scene on receipt of a distress call, before the building could be burnt down.”

The police commissioner also asked residents of the community to remain law-abiding and avoid acts capable of breaching public peace in the area, while supporting the police in the ongoing investigation.

Gunmen Attack Police Checkpoint In Enugu, Kill Two Officers

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
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Gunmen have reportedly attacked a police checkpoint, in Enugu state killing two officers in the process.

The attack is said to have happened on Thursday morning at Gariki, MTD area in Enugu South Local Government Area of the state capital.

The Enugu State Police PRO, Daniel Ndukwe, who confirmed the attack said he cannot specifically state if there were police casualties.

Eyewitnesses’ accounts said there was a gun duel between the policemen and the gunmen during the attack.

 

Mbaka Disowns Adoration Ground Protest, Pledges Obedience To Bishop Onaga

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Enugu-based Catholic priest and Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has distanced himself from Sunday’s protests by his followers at the Adoration ground.

Bishop Callistus Onaga of Enugu Catholic Diocese had imposed a ban on the Adoration Ministry, a situation that forced demonstrators to take to the state’s capital city, calling for the bishop’s removal.

But in a statement on Monday, claiming he never knew about the protest and did not authorise it. The cleric explained that rather, he received in obedience the ban on his Adoration ministry and had since shut the ministry till further notice.

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Mbaka asked his members who had resorted “to attacking or insulting my dear Bishop,” to desist from it, stating that the Bishop is the shepherd of the church in the Diocese and must be respected.

“My attention has been drawn to activities that took place in the Adoration ground on Sunday. I am not in any way involved in such activity,” the statement partly read.

“We received with obedience the directive issued by my Bishop, His Excellency, Most Rev CVV Onaga on June 17, 2022

“May I, therefore, appeal to the faithful, in particular members of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria, to remain calm and united with the body of Christ in the Diocese and also refrain from any measure of violence either in action or by abusive utterances.

“Those who take to attacking or insulting my dear Bishop should desist from such.

“The Bishop is the Shepherd of the Church in the Diocese and we remain his flock who in every way and at all times is expected to be respectful, obedient, and willing to respond favourably to his apostolic directives.

“May I also remind you that all Adoration activities have been suspended till further notice. Adoration Ministry is ever submissive to the mother Church. I enjoin all adorers to know this and remain constantly in prayers for the manifestation of the will of God in the life of the Ministry.”

Ekweremadu Denies Joining Labour Party

File photo: Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu,

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has denied joining the Labour Party.

Ekweremadu, who is currently representing Enugu West Senatorial District, earlier joined the Enugu State governorship race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A day before the commencement of the PDP primary election, the lawmaker announced his withdrawal from the race on Thursday.

His withdrawal from the race, however, sparked speculations that the Senator may join ex-Anambra State Governor Peter Obi at the Labour Party.

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But Ekweremadu’s media office issued a statement on Saturday, debunking reports that the ex-deputy Senate President plans to join the LP.

“Our attention has been drawn to an online misinformation to the effect that former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has joined the Labour Party,” the statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, read in part.

“This is false and should be disregarded.”

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.