Seven Killed By Cholera In Enugu

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

 

At least seven people have been killed following a Cholera outbreak in New Artisan Livestock Market, Enugu.

Also, 19 sick persons were identified with the symptoms of loose stool and vomiting in the market.

This was confirmed in a statement on Friday by the State Commissioner for Health, Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi.

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He said the Ministry’s rapid response team, upon receiving reports of the incident carried out an immediate investigation, and “it was observed that the patients presented with sudden onset of the passage of loose stool and vomiting.”

He added that, “the ill persons identified within the area were immediately and safely evacuated to the state teaching hospital and are receiving treatment, while health education on safe and hygienic practices was given to the inhabitants of the market.”

According to the Health Commissioner, “further tests carried out by the State Ministry of Health at the Teaching Hospital revealed that all the persons were suffering from Cholera.”

He added that samples were collected for further confirmatory tests of this finding.

However, surveillance, contact tracing, and risk assessment have commenced at the market and its environs, while the Enugu State Ministry of Health Emergency Operations Centre for Cholera outbreak response will be activated on Saturday 17th July 2021.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that is a potentially life-threatening and primarily waterborne disease.

In Nigeria, cholera is an endemic and seasonal disease, occurring annually mostly during the rainy season and more often in areas with poor sanitation.

Two Soldiers Killed As Troops Repel ESN Attack In Enugu

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A file photo of soldiers.

 

Two soldiers were killed during a firefight between troops of the Nigerian Army and Eastern Security Network (ESN) members at Adani community of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

This was contained in a statement signed on Wednesday by Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu.

The incident occurred when the troops were trying to repel an attack by the ESN on troops’ location at Iggah/Asaba checkpoint.

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“Nigerian Army troops deployed to checkmate the activities of gunmen at Adani community of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, yesterday 13 July 2021, repelled Eastern Security Network (ESN) gun attack on troops’ location at Iggah/Asaba checkpoint.

“Sadly, during the firefight that ensued, two soldiers paid the supreme price. Troops are currently on the trail of the criminals,” Nwachukwu said in the statement.

The Nigeria Army, therefore, assured the general public of its commitment to provide adequate security in the general area in collaboration with other security agencies.

They also urge members of the public to complement the effort of the security agencies by remaining law-abiding and provide useful information on the fleeing gunmen.

IGP Launches Operation Restore Peace In South-East

Flag-off of Operation Restore Peace at the Michael Okpara Square in Enugu State on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has flagged off a new Operation codenamed Operation Restore Peace in the Enugu State to contain the rising insecurity in the South-East region.

The event was held on Tuesday at Micheal Okpara Square in Enugu capital city and was attended by Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

This is coming barely two days after the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu State was attacked and properties set ablaze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Sunday night.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and other top officials at the event.

 

Six vehicles were razed with two others damaged following the attack INEC office in Enugu.

Also in April, two officers were killed in an attack on a police station in Adani, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, raising concerns over incessant assaults on security formations in the South-East region of Nigeria.

 

See more photos from the flag-off below…

Six Vehicles Razed As Hoodlums Attack INEC Enugu Office

Some of the burnt vehicles in the INEC Enugu office.

 

Six vehicles have been razed with two others damaged following an attack on the Enugu State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by hoodlums.

INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye who disclosed the attack via a statement on Monday said the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, reported that the incident happened on Sunday night.

“Some unidentified persons overpowered the security personnel on duty around 9.00 pm and tried to set the entire building ablaze. The attention of the security agencies, as well as the Federal and State Fire Services in Enugu, was drawn to the unfolding situation and they responded swiftly,” he said.

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“The attackers set the foyer ablaze, vandalised some offices in the main building and caused extensive damage to some of the Commission’s movable assets within the premises.

“Six utility pick up vehicles (Toyota Hilux) were burnt down while two more were smashed and damaged. The security agencies who were at the scene have commenced an investigation.”

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INEC offices have been witnessing series of attacks by unknown persons lately with the most recent happening a few days ago.

 

On Thursday, INEC’s office in Enugu was also involved in a fire incident. However, the remote cause of the inferno is yet unclear.

Also last week, the Commission’s office in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State was set ablaze by hoodlums on Sunday night, a week after the Commission’s Headquarters in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State was also razed by unknown persons.

The Commission has lamented the spate of attacks on its facilities, noting that it portends danger to national electoral activities.

Following the ugly incidents, INEC said it would hold an emergency meeting with all Resident Electoral Commissioners across the states over attacks on its offices.

INEC Laments Loss To Fire Outbreak At Enugu Office, Demands Probe Into Incident

Fire guts INEC Office in Enugu

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is lamenting over the loss of materials and equipment destroyed during a fire outbreak at their office in Enugu.

The fire in a statement by National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye explained the incident occurred around 8.40 pm on Thursday 13th May 2021.

“He said no casualties were reported.

“However, the office building was extensively damaged while electoral materials and office equipment were destroyed in spite of the best efforts of the Enugu State Fire Service to contain the inferno. The Commission appreciates the intervention of the Fire Service”.

Read Full Statement Below:

INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION

PRESS RELEASE

INEC LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OFFICE IN ENUGU STATE SET ABLAZE

Some documents destroyed in the fire

 

The spate of fire incidents involving the facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in some states of the Federation has unfortunately persisted. This time around, it is Enugu State, where the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the State, Emeka Ononamadu, has reported that the INEC office in Udenu Local Government Area was set ablaze.

The latest tragic incident occurred around 8.40 pm on Thursday 13th May 2021. No casualties were reported. However, the office building was extensively damaged while electoral materials and office equipment were destroyed in spite of the best efforts of the Enugu State Fire Service to contain the inferno. The Commission appreciates the intervention of the Fire Service.

The attention of the Police has been drawn to this yet another very worrisome development for investigation.

This is the third incident involving INEC’s Local Government offices in three States in less than two weeks. First, there was the destruction of the office in Essien Udim LGA of Akwa Ibom State on 2nd May 2021. This was followed by the fire at the Ohafia LGA of Abia State on 9th May 2021.

This is yet another setback to the Commission’s ongoing activities and preparations for upcoming electoral activities.

Following the attack in Abia State, the Commission resolved to convene an emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) next week to discuss this disturbing trend. The latest destruction of the Commission’s physical infrastructure and electoral facilities in Enugu State calls for an immediate review of the measures necessary to secure INEC’s assets across the States.

Consequently, the Commission is convening an emergency meeting with all the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Wednesday 19th May 2021 in Abuja ahead of the meeting of ICCES.

Meanwhile, the Commission is determined to continue to discharge its responsibilities, including the conclusion of the expansion of voters’ access to Polling Units, resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), capacity-building activities, the review of the draft Strategic Plan 2022-2026, engagement with stakeholders as well as all scheduled and pending elections.

Festus Okoye Esq.
National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee.
Friday 14th May 2021.

Fire Guts INEC Office In Enugu

 

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

 

The Enugu office of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been gutted by the fire.

The spokesman of the state police command, Daniel Ndukwe confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday.

Mr. Ndukwe stated that preliminary investigation suggests that the fire, which was eventually put out before it could spread to other offices may have been caused by a power surge.

According to him, It’s not certain the level of damage this may have caused but the state Police Commissioner has ordered the cordoning off of the scene and launch of a thorough investigation to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire and damages incurred.

Read Full Statement Below:

FIRE INCIDENT AT INEC OFFICE IN OBOLLO-AFOR: CP ORDERS THE CONDUCT OF THOROUGH INVESTIGATION TO ASCERTAIN CAUSE OF THE FIRE OUTBREAK AND DAMAGES INCURRED

Following a distress call received at Udenu Police Divisional Headquarters of Enugu State Command on 13/05/2021 at about 2140hrs, alleging that there was a fire outbreak at the Obollo-Afor Office of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Udenu L.G.A. of the State, Operatives attached to the Division immediately raced to the scene, while contacting Fire Service Office in the area to promptly put out the fire.

The affected portion of the office

 

2. Preliminary investigation suggests that the fire, which was eventually put out before it could spread to other offices around the building, through the combined efforts of the State Fire Service, the Police, and law-abiding citizens, may have been caused by a power surge due to sudden power supply to the building.

3. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, psc, has ordered the cordoning off of the scene and launch of a thorough investigation to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire outbreak and damages incurred.

ASP DANIEL NDUKWE, Anipr
Police Public Relations Officer
FOR: Commissioner of Police
Enugu State Command

Insecurity: South East Governors Meet In Enugu

Southeast Governors and stakeholders meet in Enugu to discuss rising insecurity in the region

 

Governors in the southeast region are currently meeting at the Enugu Government House, in Enugu State.

The meeting may not be unconnected with the rising insecurity in the region.

Another issue that is likely to come up is the domestication of the regional security outfit, code-named Ebube Agu in each of the five states.

The outfit is meant to oversee and monitor the activities of vigilante groups in the southeastern part of the country.

Some of the stakeholders at the meeting

 

This is the second time, the governors are meeting this month to deliberate on the safety and security of lives and property in the south-eastern region.

The meeting is coming barely 24 hours after gunmen attacked the resident of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

The gunmen were said to have invaded the governor’s village house in the early hours of Saturday.

Commissioner of Information in the state, Declan Emelumba, confirmed the attack to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

He explained that the attack was repelled by a combined team of security operatives attached to the house.

Southeast governors meet over insecurity in the region

 

“Gallant security operatives this morning repelled an attack on the Omuma country home of the governor of Imo State, Sen Hope Uzodimma,” he said via a statement.

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“At about 9 am today, Saturday, April 24th, a group of hoodlums numbering about 15 driving in a motorcade of three vehicles accompanied by a tipper loaded with used tyres, stormed the country home of the governor in Omuma,  Oru East  LGA and attempted to burn down the house.

“However, vigilant security operatives attached to the Governor’s house successfully repelled the attack and consequently minimised the damage they had planned to unleash.

“In the crossfire that ensued a few casualties were recorded.  Preliminary investigation suggests that the foiled attack may have been politically sponsored.”

Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi and Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

 

The commissioner noted that security agencies have been asked to investigate the incident, promptly apprehend the sponsors and their agents and bring them to justice.

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