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.

72 Healthcare Workers Infected With COVID-19 In Enugu

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

 

The number of healthcare workers infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) in Enugu State has increased to 72, the government has said.

The Commissioner for Health in Enugu, Dr Obi Ikechukwu, confirmed this in a statement on Friday while giving an update on the outbreak of the disease in the state.

He disclosed that the results of 28 more suspected cases of COVID-19, whose samples were collected earlier, came back positive.

According to the commissioner, this brings to 202 the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.

Of the infections, 154 cases are receiving treatment at the government’s facility and 43 recovered patients have been discharged.

READ ALSO: 49 Health Workers Test Positive For COVID-19 In Enugu

Dr Ikechukwu added that five people have died from complications related to COVID-19.

He urged the residents to be responsible and stay in their various homes when it was not absolutely necessary to go out.

The commissioner stressed that it was important for residents to wear face masks when in public places, as well as keep a safe distance from other people at all times.

He also asked residents to report to the relevant authorities if they develop symptoms or know anyone who may have developed symptoms of the disease.

The latest figure shows that 13 more healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19 in the line of duty in the last four days.

On Monday, the state’s Ministry of Health said 49 healthcare workers had tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Enugu Records 30 New COVID-19 Cases

(File) A health worker collects the sample of a man to test for COVID-19. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Enugu State government has announced 30 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

The Commissioner for Health in Enugu, Dr Obi Ikechukwu, announced this in a statement on Thursday.

According to him, this brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Enugu to 174.

Of the cases, 138 are receiving treatment, and 31 others have been successfully treated and discharged while five COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded.

Dr Ikechukwu urged the residents to stay at home when not absolutely necessary to go out and wear a face mask if they must be out of their houses.

He also advised them to always keep a safe distance from other people at all times and avoid crowded places, as part of measures to curb the spread of the disease.

Some other ways to tackle the disease, according to the commissioner, include practicing good respiratory hygiene and washing hands with soap for 20 seconds under running water as often as possible.

He also asked residents to report to the relevant authorities if they develop symptoms or know anyone who may have developed symptoms of the disease.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 649 new COVID-19 infections across the country.

The new cases were reported from 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), bringing the nation’s total figure to 22,020.

The health agency revealed that 7,613 have been discharged after successful treatment but 542 deaths have been recorded.

Enugu Records 68 New Cases Of COVID-19

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

 

Enugu state on Monday confirmed 68 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total caseload to 144.

In a statement obtained by Channels Television, the state’s Ministry of Health said the number of active cases is 110.

The statement, signed by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu, also added that at least 49 health workers have been infected in the state.

However, the Ministry asked residents to remain calm and follow prescribed health guidelines such as the washing of hand and wearing face masks.

“Following some misconceptions over the spread of the pandemic in the state, it has become necessary to correct and inform the public that Enugu has had its share of COVID-19 infections, just as it is happening all over the world,” the Ministry’s statement said.

“No individual category has been spared by the pandemic. Consequently, men, women, children, old and young, people of every profession, and socio-economic class have been affected.

“The State Ministry of Health COVID-19 Response Team continues to follow the protocol and public health advisories of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and that of the Federal Ministry of Health, in responding to the pandemic.”

ICYMI: Enugu Confirms Five New COVID-19 Cases

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

 

The Enugu state government on Friday confirmed five new cases of the novel coronavirus involving health workers, hospital support staff, and a patient.

The cases are a female who worked as a cleaner in a private hospital and another 32-year-old female who is a health worker in a private hospital in the state.

The third and fourth persons are medical doctors who work in a private hospital in the state, and the fifth is a 43-year-old male who had been admitted as ill in one of the tertiary hospitals in the state on a high index of suspicion.

According to the state’s commissioner for health, Dr. Ike Obi, the four health workers were contacts of an earlier case, a patient they initially managed before the state’s rapid response team was alerted.

Dr. Obi also noted that the state has unfortunately recorded its second and third fatalities. So far, 35 cases have been reported, 16 cases are active, 16 discharged with 3 deaths.

Citizens are however advised to stay home, wear facemasks in public, observe the social distancing protocol, and practice good respiratory hygiene, the commissioner said.

Enugu Records Three New COVID-19 Cases With Travel History From Lagos, Rivers

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

 

The Enugu state government has confirmed three new cases of the novel coronavirus in the state.

In a statement on Saturday, the state’s Ministry of Health said all three cases have a travel history, two from Lagos state and one from Rivers.

The new cases bring the total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Enugu to 30, with 16 discharged and one death.

“Two of the new cases are male patients admitted for other severe underlying conditions,” the statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Health. Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu, said.

They were being treated at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu when, on a high index of suspicion, were transferred to the hospital’s holding area while the State’s rapid response team was contacted for sample collection.

The other case is also a male patient who developed symptoms and contacted the COVID-19 emergency number.

He was assessed and subsequently invited for sample collection.

“Two of these cases hail from Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State and the other from Enugu North LGA,” the statement said.

“Two of them came into Enugu State from Lagos while the other person came in from Rivers State.”

Two COVID-19 Patients Recover In Enugu

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Enugu State Ministry of Health has announced that two (2) of the ten (10) previously active COVID-19 cases undergoing treatment in Enugu State have now tested negative and are being assessed for discharge from the isolation and treatment centre where they have been receiving treatment.

These two cases are the three-year-old and 13-year old contacts of the 3rd case in Enugu State, the indigene of Bauchi State with a positive travel history to and from Jos, Plateau State.

According to a communique from the ministry, the unwavering support and commitment of the Enugu State Government ably led by His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has continued to yield good results as the motivated staff of the State Ministry of Health continue to work tirelessly to identify, isolate, and treat COVID-19 cases in the state.

READ ALSO: Plateau Records First COVID-19 Death 

The health ministry urged the people of Enugu State to continue to comply with the directives of the Federal Government, the Enugu State Government on containment of the spread of COVID-19 as well as the precautionary measures in the public health advisory of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the Enugu State Ministry of Health.

“The best options remain:

To stay home when it is not necessary to go out.

To wear a facemask/covering whenever you must go out.

To keep a safe distance from other people at all times, which is social/physical distancing protocol and avoid crowded places

To practice good respiratory hygiene (when coughing or sneezing).

To clean surfaces with a 1 in 6 concentration of bleach and water.

To wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds under running water as often as possible.

And when facilities for handwashing are unavailable, to sanitize your hands as often as possible using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

When You do these, you protect me, and when I do these, I protect you.

Keep staying safe!,” the statement read in part.

COVID-19: Infected Couple Deceived Officials To Evade Quarantine – Enugu Govt

A health practitioner tests for COVID-19. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
A file photo of a health worker holding a COVID-19 test sample. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

 

A man and his wife have deceived medical officials in a bid to avoid being isolated after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Commissioner for Health in Enugu State, Obi Ikechukwu, disclosed this in a statement sent to Channels Television on Sunday.

He noted that two new positive cases were confirmed in Ebonyi and involved a couple who travelled to the state from Oji River in Enugu, where the man purportedly deals in phone accessories.

Ikechukwu explained that the Enugu State Ministry of Health COVID-19 Rapid Response Team immediately moved to investigate and identify their contacts in Oji River for follow up.

He, however, decried that the team could not find any proof that the couple lived in Oji River as claimed and none of their contacts could be traced.

“Further communication with the health authorities in Ebonyi revealed that this couple intentionally deceived the medical team on duty by saying they were coming from Oji River in Enugu, in order to hide the fact that they were on a trip from Lagos State, in an attempt to evade quarantine,” the commissioner said.

He, therefore, appealed to the residents of Enugu to remain calm and continue to abide by the preventive measures as directed by the Federal Government, Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the state government.

Ikechukwu asked them to stay home and only go out when absolutely necessary and wear a mask if they must go out.

He also urged them to practice physical and social distancing, proper respiratory hygiene, and wash their hands as often as possible with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, as well as use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser in the absence of water.

Nine-Year-Old Tests Positive For COVID-19 – Enugu Govt

A file photo of a health official helping his colleague with his PPE.

 

 

The Enugu State government has confirmed a new positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

In a statement on Friday, the Commissioner for Health in Enugu, Obi Ikechukwu, revealed that the case involved a nine-year-old child.

He explained that the patient had contact with the fourth case reported in the state.

“Thus, the total number of cases ever reported in Enugu now rises to nine with seven active cases.

“The patient has been admitted into one of our Isolation and Treatment Centres, further contacts are being identified and line listed, and necessary samples will be taken for testing,” the commissioner said.

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He noted that the decontamination of the patient’s home had been promptly carried out and urged the residents to stay at home but only go out when it was absolutely necessary.

The commissioner also advised them that when going out, they should wear an appropriate cloth face mask, avoid touching the front of the mask, and always remove the mask from both ears at once and wash it as soon as they get home.

“Continue to practice physical/social distancing of at least 2m (or 6 feet) apart from each other.

“Practice proper respiratory hygiene – cough or sneeze into your elbow, use a tissue if you must and discard immediately into a safe and secure bin,” he stated.

He added, “Wash your hands as often as possible with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds (or the length of time it takes you to sing the happy birthday song twice) or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser when there is no facility to allow you to wash your hands.”

Ikechukwu also urged residents to sanitise surfaces in their environment as often as possible with a mixture of bleach and water.

He asked them to stay safe and report anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to appropriate authorities.