PHOTOS: 28 Suspected Fraudsters Arrested, Cars Recovered In EFCC Raid

A photo combination of arrested suspects and cars recovered by the EFCC. Photos; [email protected]

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 28 suspected internet fraudsters in Enugu State.

A statement from the anti-graft agency on Friday disclosed that the suspects were arrested during a raid of two residential buildings at Maryland by operatives of the EFCC Zonal office in Enugu.

According to the statement, the raid was in line with the anti-graft agency’s resolve to completely wipe out the menace of internet and cybercrimes in the South-East region.

The arrests made on Thursday followed intelligence obtained by the Commission regarding activities of some of the suspects alleged to have defrauded many unsuspecting victims within and outside the country of huge sums of money through their nefarious operations.

In the course of executing a search at the residences of the suspects, the EFCC said many of them attempted to destroy some phones found on them with.

It added that a female suspect was caught trying to flush a broken iPhone down the toilet but the phone was recovered by the operatives.

Items recovered from the suspects include four Apple MacBook systems, two iPhone XS Max and other types of iPhones and HP laptop computers.

Other are two Toyota Camry, four Toyota Corolla, one Mercedes Benz GL450 cars and several mobile phones.

The EFCC said the suspects have volunteered their statements and would be charged to court as soon investigations were concluded.

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IGP Replaces Police Commissioner In Enugu

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate posting of Mr Ahmad Abdulrahman to Enugu State Command as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the state.

A statement on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, says the posting is with immediate effect.

Mr Abdulrahman takes over from Mr Suleiman Balarabe, who has been redeployed to the Force Intelligence Bureau, FCID, Abuja, as the CP in-charge of Intelligence.

According to Mba, the new police commissioner in Enugu was until his recent posting, the CP in charge of Intelligence at the FCID, Abuja.

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He has held many command positions across the Federation and his posting as the CP Enugu State was predicated upon his action-oriented approach to work, his track record of outstanding leadership and interpersonal relations, the Force Public Relations Officer noted.

The IGP asked Mr Abdulrahman to bring to bear his wealth of experience, leveraging the Force policy on community policing and intelligence-driven crime-fighting strategies towards overhauling the security architecture of the coal-rich state.

He also urged the people of the state to partner with the police and accord the new police commissioner maximum cooperation in his efforts at revamping the security situation in the state.

Mr Abdulrahman holds double Masters Degrees – one in Criminal Justice and another in Conflict, Peace & Strategic Studies, both from the Kaduna State University.

He is a graduate of Political Science and Administration from the University of Sokoto and holds a post-graduate certificate in Corruption Studies from the University of Hong Kong.

Offu’s Death: Miyetti Allah To Shut Down Activities For Two Days In Enugu

 

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, and northern leaders have resolved to shut down business activities for two days to allow intensive security sensitisation against killer herdsmen in the state.

The south east zonal leader of the association, Gidado Siddiki, who briefed journalists in Enugu said the sensitization tour from august the 14th, will cover both market and every Fulani settlement in Enugu.

The group regretted the unfortunate killing of Reverend Father Paul Offu and pledged its commitment to work with security agencies in ensuring peace in the state.

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He said, “In appreciation of the good gesture, which Enugu State has extended to us, we are prepared to join hands with the police, the military and other security agencies in ensuring maximum security in our neighbourhood.”

The Northern leaders, therefore, expressed their “profound appreciation to Enugu State Government for the peace that prevails in the state which according to them has helped in their business as well as “the peaceful co-existence they have enjoyed over the years.

Rev. Fr. Paul Offu was shot dead along Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu Local Government Area by yet to be identified hoodlums.

Enugu Govt Pledges To Equip Forest guards

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (file)

 

The Enugu state government has resolved to overhaul the vigilante and neighbourhood watch group in the state and engage, equip 1700 forest guards within one month to tackle security challenges in the state.

The state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi stated this on Monday when he met with of the vigilante and neighbourhood watch group to review the security situation in the state and chart a way forward.

According to the communique , their will be an immediate review of the Enugu state neighbourhood watch law 2006 with an executive bill on anti kidnapping to be sent to the state house of assembly as soon as possible.

Killing Of Priest: Ugwuanyi, Security Agencies, Others Pledge To Apprehend Culprits

 

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, heads of security agencies, religious leaders and other relevant stakeholders in the state, rose from an emergency security meeting at the Government House, Enugu, condemning in its entirety the killing of the Parish Priest of St. James, The Greater, Ugbawka in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu.

The priest, according to reports, was shot dead along Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu Local Government Area by yet to be identified hoodlums.

Gov. Ugwuanyi upon receiving the unfortunate news of the incident summoned an emergency security meeting at the Government House, Enugu, which was attended by all the security agencies in the state, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), representative of the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. Nnamdi Nwankwo, among others.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the State Commissioner of Police, Suleiman Balarabe, stated that they “condemned in totality the dastardly act and we all prayed that his soul rest in peace”, adding that the governor mandated the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous act.

Balarabe disclosed that the state government resolved to have air surveillance in all the flashpoint areas, stressing that the exercise will commence on Monday, August 5.

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The police commissioner added that the meeting resolved that the security architecture of the affected areas will be reviewed with immediate effect.

He said that the meeting observed with deep concern the proliferation of dangerous arms in the state, stating that those in possession of illegal weapons have been given three days to submit them to the police “and after which anybody found with illegal weapons will be dealt with in accordance with the law”.

Balarabe revealed that in keeping with the outcome of the recent meeting of the South East Governors Forum, the Enugu State Government resolved at the emergency meeting to employ the services of Forest Guards and equally strengthen the services of the Neighborhood Watch groups in the state.

In his remark, Archbishop Chukwuma, condoled with the Catholic Church over the sad incident and appealed to the Inspector General of Police to increase the number of policemen in the state, saying “they are inadequate”.

The Archbishop insisted that “Enugu State is safe and secure for everybody”, stressing: “We are very much behind the government of Enugu State and we are commending the efforts of the governor and the state government in their efforts to make sure that lives and property are secured in Enugu State”.

According to him, “we are not afraid and nobody should think that he can get Enugu State into a state of violence or insecurity”.

Commending Gov. Ugwuanyi for his prompt action in summoning the meeting, Archbishop Chukwuma said: “I think the governor and the security agencies are out to make sure that anybody who goes after priests or human beings again in Enugu State will have himself or herself to blame”.

Speaking on behalf of the Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Nwankwo, stated that “the Catholic Diocese of Enugu wishes to thank the governor for his quick response to this sad incident that has taken place in this state”.

The priest said that “some people are trying to sabotage the efforts of the state government and the popular saying, which is true, that Enugu is safe”, noting that “we are sad”.

His words: “We have come here to dialogue with the governor and the state security agencies and I am very much impressed with the outcome of this security meeting and all the resolutions taken.

“I am particularly interested, that the Miyetti Allah and other Northern groups have been helping the governor in security issues and discussions. I am particularly impressed; however, we are asking them to do more because we don’t want to live in fear.

“So we thank everybody, we thank especially the governor. We know what he is going through, we know the pressure, and this state is the ideal state for peace in the whole nation, and we encourage him not to be distracted, relent or in any way give up his efforts. Rather, let these things happening encourage him to work harder. He is the father of the state and as he has given some directives today. I am impressed, and may God bless our Governor.

Earlier, the Enugu State Government had condoled with the family of the late Rev. Fr. Offu and the entire Catholic Diocese of Enugu over the painful death.

In a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, the state government noted that the priest’s death “represents another ugly manifestation of security challenges in the entire country- East, West, North and South”.

The state government in the statement summoned a crucial meeting of all local vigilante and Neigbourhood Watch groups with the governor at the Government House, Enugu, on August 5 at 1pm.

It also notified the public of planned air surveillance by the Nigerian Air Force along Ihe –Agbudu axis, Awgu, Aninri, Nkanu East Local Government Areas and their environs and enjoined citizens not to panic in the course of the exercise.

Airport Safety: Enugu Govt Closes Orie Emene Market

 

Following safety concerns raised by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on potential air hazards in and around the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, the Enugu State Executive Council has ordered the immediate closure of Orie Emene Market near the airport.

Briefing newsmen after the council’s meeting on Friday, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe, disclosed that the council also closed the abattoir near the airport and equally ordered the immediate removal of all illegal structures encroaching on the land of the airport.

Mr. Anikwe added that “the Chairman of Enugu East Local Government Area has been directed to effect the immediate closure of the market”.

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He explained that “the State Executive Council had on 12th October, 2018 approved funds for relocation of the State Broadcast Mast on the approach of the runway to Okpatu Hill (Ugwu Rerenkwu) in Udi Local Government Area but the implementation of this project has been hampered by the disruptive activities of some youths in the community”.

According to the information commissioner, “Enugu State Government hereby directs immediate cessation of all hostilities against the project as any further interference will attract the full wrath of the Law given that the government has paid all the necessary compensation.

“The Traditional Rulers of Okpatu communities and Town Union Leadership are hereby called upon to ensure full compliance with the above directives”.

INEC Declares Ugwuanyi Winner Of Enugu Governorship Election

 

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the PDP has been declared the winner of the Enugu governorship election.

He polled 449,935 votes to defeat Ayogu Eze of the APC who polled 10,423 votes.

Below are the results from the various local government in Enugu.

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Enugu South LGA – PDP: 17,513 APC: 533

Aninri LGA – PDP: 21,450 APC:496

Awgu LGA – PDP: 23,025 APC: 1,232

Ezeagu LGA – PDP: 21,448 APC: 255

Isiuzo LGA – PDP: 19,698 APC: 284

Nkanu West LGA – PDP: 30,698 APC: 243

Igboetiti LGA – PDP: 25,557 APC: 1,223

Oji River LGA – PDP: 22,369 APC: 536

Udenu LGA – PDP: 39,437 APC: 394

Udi LGA – PDP: 25,124 APC: 823

Enugu North LGA – PDP: 15,120 APC: 276

Igboeze North LGA – PDP: 30,666 APC: 1,607

Nsukka LGA – PDP: 51,207 APC: 572

Enugu East LGA – PDP: 22,300 APC: 352

Igboeze South LGA – PDP: 38,326 APC: 705

Uzouwani LGA – PDP: 22,879 APC: 256

Nkanu East LGA – PDP: 23,118 APC: 636

Police Confirm Killing Of Party Supporter In Enugu

Police Confirm Killing Of Party Supporter In Enugu

 

The police command in Enugu State has confirmed the killing of one person they identified as Osondu Odoh at Igboeze North Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

In a statement by the police command’s spokesperson, Ebere Amarizu, the police debunked reports in some quarters that the victim was an election observer.

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“The Enugu State command of the Nigeria Police Force, through its operatives have commenced a full-scale investigation into the alleged shooting and death of one Osondu Odoh, aged about 30 years believed to be at Ayogu Eze’s residence,” the police stated.

Senator Eze is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

His participation in the election was confirmed by the court just days to Saturday’s election.

According to the police, “The victim is not an observer but a supporter to the candidate”, adding that the deceased’s body had been deposited in the mortuary.

It was reported that the killing was as a result of “accidental discharge” following an argument between some APC supporters and the police near the home of Senator Eze.

Governorship Election: Court Affirms Candidacy Of Senator Ayogu Eze

 

 

The court of Appeal has affirmed Senator Ayogu Eze as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Saturday governorship election.

The Appellate Court in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Abdul Aboki upheld the appeal filed by Senator Anyogu Eze to affirm his candidacy as the rightfully nominated candidate to represent the party.

In the judgment, the Court of Appeal set aside the judgment of Justice Iyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja who had earlier ordered INEC to replace him with one Barrister George Ogara as the APC governorship in Enugu state.

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Justice Aboki voided the Federal High Court decision on the grounds that the suit brought before it had become statu barred and not competent in law having been filed outside the mandatory fourteen days stipulated by section 285 subsection 9 of the 1999 constitution.

The Appeal Court specifically held that the suit filed by Ogara at the trial court caught by the fourth alteration act to the 1999 constitution which as a new law makes it mandatory for all pre-election matters to be filed within fourteen days of the cause of action.

In the instant case, Justice Aboki held that the case was filed more than thirty – two clear days after the primaries which took place on the 4th of October, thereby rendering the suit to a mere academic exercise.

Justice Aboki said that the failure of Ogara to file his suit within fourteen days as offered in section 285, removed jurisdiction from the Federal High Court and made the case to be statu barred.

The Appeal Court also said that “whatever right the respondent may have in his suit has been extinguished by law” and therefore has no right to benefit any longer from the case.

The Appeal Court, therefore, set aside the judgment of the federal high court which ordered INEC to remove and esponge Senator Anyogu Eze’s name from inec list of candidates for the governorship election in Enugu state.

Ekweremadu Wins Enugu West Senatorial Seat

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(File) Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu

 

Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate and Deputy Senate President has won the seat for Enugu West Senatorial District.

Ekweremadu joined the Senate in 2003, making his victory on Saturday, the fifth time in which the lawmaker will be heading back as a member of the Upper House.

Ekweremadu polled 86,088 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 15,187 votes.

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The Returning Officer, Prof Douglas Nwagbo of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) announced the results in Awgu on Sunday.

In reaction to the development, the Deputy Senate president said he was humbled by the result.

 

Youths Protest Suspension Of CJN In Enugu, Cross River

A group in Enugu protesting the suspension of the CJN

 

Youths in Enugu and Cross River State are protesting the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.

The protest in Calabar the state capital was led by Mr Portrait Peterson, described the development as an assault on the sacred temple of Justice.

In their numbers, the youths converged at the eleven-eleven roundabout in the state capital to express their displeasure over the attempt by the executive to ‘belittle’ an arm of government.

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They called for the immediate reinstatement of the CJN with all his rights and privileges as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, adding that the rule of law must abide to restore the nation’s lost integrity.

The group further tasked Nigerians of voting age, to ensure they get their PVC’s handy to vote for credible leaders in the forthcoming general elections.

Also in Enugu, a group under the aegis of Coalition of South East Voters Voice has taken the streets to protest the suspension of the CJN describing it as a midnight order of the court.

The group is arguing that the order cannot stand in the face of section 292(1) of the 1999 constitution which delineated the removal, suspension or exerting of any other disciplinary action against a judicial officer.

According to the group leader, they are not against the fight against corruption but that due process of the law is followed in exerting disciplinary action against the CJN as the actions of the president is capable of impeachment.

Buhari Visits Enugu, Anambra States

Buhari Visits Enugu, Anambra States
President Muhammadu Buhari visits Enugu State on January 24, 2019.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday arrived in Enugu State.

The President’s aircraft touched down at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport at about 9:54am.

He was received by the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as well as some ministers including Geoffrey Onyeama (Foreign Affairs), Ogbonnaya Onu (Science and Technology), and Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation).

Some members of the State Executive Council and heads of security agencies among others were also at the airport to receive the President.

Shortly after his arrival, President Buhari and his entourage headed for Anambra State where he would pay a courtesy visit to the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe.

He is also expected to inaugurate the Zik Mausoleum at the commercial city of the state before addressing members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a rally.

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, along with several traditional and religious leaders among other dignitaries are already present at Igwe Achebe’s palace to receive the President.

Meanwhile, President Buhari would return to Enugu to inaugurate the Post-Graduate Centre of Excellence built by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and donated to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

He is also expected to attend a rally of the APC in the state before returning to Abuja.

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