The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has hinted the intention of the Nigeria Army to partner Abia state in patronizing made in Aba products.
He dropped the cheering news during a visit at the Government House, Umuahia, where he acknowledged the receipt of the letter written by Governor Ikpeazu on the patronage of made in Aba products.
Lt Gen Buratai thanked the Governor for the excellent relationship between the government and people and the Nigerian Army hinting that the purpose of the training programmes by the Nigerian Army is to train the troops.
He gave the assurance that the Army do not intimidate the people as is alleged in some quarters.
“We are looking more inwards rather than going out, trying to conserve scarce foreign currency and do more things.
“I want to acknowledge and say that I received your letter sometimes back on the patronage of certain products that you produce as I can see them in my front.
“And I want to let you know that we have long queued into this. The Army has been partnering and been directing our suppliers to contact the producers to ensure that they get made-in-Nigeria products.
“And this move, I want to guarantee will continue, because we are channeling them home so that our local industries can thrive and serve us better,” the COAS said.
Governor Ikpeazu commended the Chief of Army Staff on his efforts at ensuring the unity of the country and for the various operations going on in the Army aimed at optimizing the capacity of his men.
He called for mutual respect for one another as a way of harnessing all the country’s attributes irrespective of tribe and religion in order to maintain the oneness of the country.
The Department of State Security Services (DSS), Abia State command has apprehended four suspected cultists for beheading two students of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu.
The suspects, whose age bracket is between 21 and 25 years, are allegedly members of Burkina Faso cult group.
They are Chukwuemeka Awom, Chikezie Macdonald, Chidozie Obi and Chigozie Francis Eberendu.
Asides being accused of beheading two students and posting pictures of the beheaded bodies on the social media, they are also suspects in the shooting of one, supposedly from a rival cult group.
The incident took place in March 2016 at one of the hostels in Abia State University, Uturu.
It took the combined effort of security operatives in the state to fish out the suspects.
The suspects claimed that the crime was committed “under the influence” but the Governor who expressed disappointment by their act, stated that they would not be given the freedom to mingle with the society anymore.
According to Governor Ikpeazu, the crime and the suspects’ decision to post pictures of the beheaded bodies on the social media, showed the level of moral decadence in the society.
He disclosed that the young men would face the full wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to others.
The Governor reaffirmed that the zero tolerance to any form of criminality was still in course in the state and urged the security agencies to ensure that no criminal is allowed to walk freely.
The People of Ukwa Ngwa from Abia South and Central local councils are protesting against the judgment of the Appeal Court that upturned the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and disfranchised three local government areas.
The protesters on Saturday carried placards with different inscriptions. Some read: “We have confidence in the Supreme Court”, “Where in Nigeria has Judiciary disenfranchised voters from three different local government areas”?
Meanwhile, Security personnel were on Standby to forestall any break down of law and order.
The protesters were at Ntigha Junction and Umuika in Isiala Ngwa, Osisoma Ngwa, Ariaria Market Junction in Aba as well as Ugwunagbo, restricting vehicular movement and causing a major gridlock on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway to express their displeasure with the ruling of the Appeal Court.
While the motorists bear the brunt of enduring the slow movement of vehicles, protesters carry their placards about, chanting songs and appealing for the reversal of the judgment which they said was undemocratic. “Every vote count in the election,” they claimed.
To ensure that the youths follow the line of order, some of the elders of Ukwa Ngwa, who were among the protesters, hinted that decision of the Appeal Court to cancel votes of electorates was unwarranted and called on the Supreme Court to critically look into the matter.
The Abia State government has warned the opposition party to refrain from making unguarded statements that are capable of inciting the public and heating up the polity.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ikpeazu, Godwin Adindu, said that the attempts and actions of some elements, especially the major opposition party in the state to malign and assassinate the integrity of members of the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in the state is totally uncalled for.
The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) supporters had protested in Umuahia, Abia State capital in south-east Nigeria against the outcome of some of the Election Petition Tribunal judgment.
Describing the judgment as an ‘injustice and rape to democracy’, the angry protesters carried placards with various inscriptions – “God, come to our rescue”, “We want justice”, “APGA leaders, can you recover our mandate” – as they marched to the APGA Secretariat.
The Chairman of the party described the judgments as an injustice to democracy with a promise that the leadership of the party would reclaim their mandate.
The Abia State Government has held a one-day interactive session with principal stakeholders agenda on education and infrastructural developments among many others.
At the meeting, the State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, reiterated that his administration would prioritise the enhancement of the lives of the citizens in the state.
He called on the stakeholders to make their input and opinions, stressing that his administration’s intention is to run an all inclusive government where everybody will be part of governance.
The session, which took place at the Banquet Hall of the Government House in Umuahia, had in attendance representatives of Landlord Association, Market Association, National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), who took time to ask questions on issues and challenges as it concerns their immediate constituency.
In his speech, the Governor told local government workers to fish out ghost workers among them, saying “it is a source of worry that the workforce of Abia is taking huge chunk of state statutory allocation”.
Responding to the Youth Council’s question about what his administration had in mind about tackling youths unemployment, the Governor said some of the solutions would be to reinforce technical education and create a hub for the youths to have a platform to be self-reliant and employers of labour.