Suspected Explosives Discovered In Abia Primary School

A file photo of Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu
A file photo of Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu


The Abia State Government has uncovered suspected explosive materials found at Union Primary School, Afaraukwu in the Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by the Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu.

Following the discovery, the Commissioner said the state government is “currently working with relevant security agencies in the state to unravel the source and nature of the explosives.”

“While initial examination of the devices show evidence of corrosion leading to suspicion of the materials being relics of the civil war era, we are awaiting a definite official report from the EOD squad of the Nigeria Police who are currently investigating the incident,” the statement read.

“Meanwhile, necessary measures have been taken to protect the pupils and staff of the school with security sweeps ongoing while the school is temporarily closed.”

On his part, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed security agencies to embark on proactive checks in other vulnerable locations out of an abundance of caution.

While noting that no life or property was lost, the state government asked citizens and residents to continue to maintain vigilance and report suspicious situations to security agents.

Youths Protest, Ask Abia Governor To Recall Suspended Chief Of Staff

Some Abia youths on December 14, 2020 protested against the suspension of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Anthony Agbazuere.


Youths have taken to the streets of Umuahia, the Abia State capital asking Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to recall his suspended Chief Of Staff, Anthony Agbazuere.

The Abia governor had on December 6 ordered the immediate suspension of Agbazuere following a viral video that captured him spraying naira notes on a controversial Nigerian prophet, Odumeje, inside the Government House.

Speaking to Channels Television on Monday, the youths noted that the Chief of Staff had abused his office by spraying cash on his guest during visiting hours.

The leader of the group, Donatus Obiukwu, however, explained Governor Ikpeazu is a kind-hearted man, adding that he should indeed ignore calls from those who are enemies of progress and recall the Chief of Staff.

“We know the Chief of Staff goofed by his actions. But we beg you, Governor Ikpeazu, our loving father, please forgive Agbazuere for his offence,” Obiukwu said.

“We are begging you to recall him back because we can guaranty you that such a thing will never happen again, please, our Governor, recall the suspension and give him back his job.”

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Addressing the protesters, the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Chris Ezem called on the youths to calm down as their message will get to the Governor.

The SSG reminded them of the protocols involved, stressing that the governor has the prerogative to sack or suspend depending on the magnitude of offence.

“You all know that the governor is in charge, but I will pass the message across to him, but I want you all to be calm and peaceful in your conduct, lets allow the governor to decide the next line of action,” he said.

Supreme Court Begins Hearing On Appeal Against Ikpeazu



The Supreme Court has commenced hearing on the appeal filed against the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

At the onset of proceeding on Wednesday, counsel to Mr. Alex Orti and APGA Mr. Lateef Fagbemi adopted his processes.

According to him, claims by the Appellate Court that the documents tendered at the tribunal were dumped on the court should be set aside.

Mr. Fagbemi argued that the findings by the Appellate Court that the documents tendered were not true certified document was also an error because the issue of proper certification did not arise.

He added that there must be respect for the rule of law and the required procedure.

In the final analysis, he asked the court to allow the appeal and set aside the position of the Appellate Court and order a fresh election.

On his part counsel to INEC, Mr. Zakawanu Garba asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the appeal.

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Counsel to Governor Ikpeazu, Mr. Wole Olanipekun also asked the court to dismiss the appeal.

According to him the appellant came third and wants to usurp.

Mr. Olanipekun said the appellant wants to make a mountain out of a molehill of evidence at the trial tribunal when the tribunal has already said it is not of any probative value since the maker of the document was not called to testify with respect to the document.

He further stated that it is an error for the appellant to ask the court to take notice that his client did not appeal the tribunal position on the documents, adding that there is nothing in this appeal.

The counsel to the appellant was in Atiku vs Muhammadu Buhari and he made a clear statement in that case, noting that the court cannot make any decision based on hearsay.

He also added that it is law sanctioned by the apex court that INEC guidelines are not and cannot be accorded the same standing with the provisions of the constitution.

The smart card reader he stressed cannot depose or dethrone the election register.

Judgment has been stood down to 2pm today.

The 7 man panel was presided over by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour.

General Yakubu Gowon Calls For Peace In Nigeria

GowonFormer Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, says the insurmountable problems facing  Nigeria, which include insecurity and the state of the economy, among others, can be solved through prayers.

Gowon, who spoke to journalists shortly after a Church thanksgiving service on Sunday at Umuda, Isingwu, Abia state, noted that such problems are usually obtainable in any country because people have different ideologies.

“Look, I think that whatever problem we have as a country, we should pray concerning it, I know that if we pray sincerely, God will hear the prayer for peace and well-being of the country.

“There would be problems as long as there are human beings living in this country.

“But I can assure you that the problems are there to be dealt with and to be solved, and part of the true solution in the end is prayer, I believe in prayer and I know that this country is heading for the better,” General Gowon said.

Meanwhile, the Abia state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu who was also at the service, made a commitment to take the state to a higher level of development and promised to ensure that all the youths in the Umuda community will register for the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), as education is priority for his administration.

“I want to assure you that each and every youth in Umuda must register for the Secondary School Certificate Examination.

“I have taken it upon myself to relieve parents of the financial burden, I do not want to hear that any child did not participate in the examination because he or she cannot obtain the form.

“I have no other direction, rather than upwardly mobile to take Abia state from one level of development to another higher level,” the governor said.

Abia Polytechnic Makes Waste Management Bins For State Govt.

waste-management-equipment-abia-polytechnicThe Engineering Department of Abia Polytechnic will be partnering with the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) in the provision of waste disposal bins that will be used for waste management.

The Made-in-Aba Products campaign which has taken another positive turn is now showcasing the capability of the state owned polytechnic and its readiness to make waste conversion and disposal equipment locally.

It is part of the government’s efforts to ensure the state relies solely on Aba-made products.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had reiterated his commitment to stimulating and firing up the innate spirit of ingenuity in all indigenes of Abia State, with the strident and focused campaign to produce and buy made in Aba products to generate jobs and grow the economy of the country.

“My goal and agenda is to make Abia truly the number one state; and SME capital of Nigeria as well as the commercial nerve centre/production hub of Nigeria.

“The equipment that you are seeing here (popularly known in Aba as ASEPA bucket) are all fabricated by the Engineering Department of the Abia State Polytechnic in Aba.

“It is in our best interest, as a state and people, to stop distracting the government and instead support the efforts and drive for made in Aba products,” he pointed out.

Governor Ikpeazu further assured residents that the focus to build Abia State through the promotion and promoting the made-in-Aba products would yield great results.

“It will go a long way to generate the needed revenue to fund some of our critical infrastructure that serve as an enabler to provide the conducive environment for investment and business to thrive, thereby creating wealth and reducing unemployment and over dependency on oil and federal allocation,” the Governor stated.

He further stressed that the campaign of buying and selling Made-in-Aba Product had come to stay.

Other crafts produced also, include desks for primary and secondary school children that will be used in Abia and other states amongst many others.

Abia State Councils Elections To Hold December 17

Election in NigeriaThe Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) will on December 17 hold elections into the chairmanship and councillorship positions in the 17 local government areas and 292 electoral wards of the state.

The electoral body announced the date of the election on Wednesday while briefing reporter in Umuahia, the capital of the state.

The Commissioner for Information of the electoral body, Comrade Bonnie Iwuoha, hinted that the administration’s decision to conduct the LG elections despite all the variables and challenges was due to the determination of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to better the lives of the citizenry especially at the grassroots.

Meanwhile, all candidates of political parties intending to participate in the election have been asked to proceed to ABSIEC’s headquarters for collection of nomination forms not later than October 14.

Abia Governor, Ikpeazu Says He Is Not Distracted

okezie ikpeazu, Abia State,Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, says he is not distracted as Nigerians await the judgement of the Appeal Court over the power tussle in Abia State.

The man in the eye of the storm, following allegations of tax certificate forgery, spoke to State House correspondents over the matter.

Dr Ikpeazu said he was only worried that the uncertainty and the kind of rumours milled by his detractors are capable of scaring away investors and stopping the good work he has started for Abia people.

According to him, those who are perpetrating the act in the state do not have the welfare of Abia citizens at heart.

Ikpeazu Vows To Defend Abia Electorates’ Mandate

okezie ikpeazu, Abia State,Governor Okezie Ikpeazu says that the mandate given to him by Abia electorates is the pillar of equity and bond of progress, justice and unity which cannot be ignored or taken for granted.

The Governor said this on Tuesday at the Government House in Umuahia during a solidarity rally organised by supporters from Abia North senatorial district.

He said that the solidarity support have strengthened him the more to defend his mandate.

Governor Ikpeazu vowed to continue to render quality service to the people of the state despite the distractions.

Charter Of Equity

In their remarks, the Deputy Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Cosmos Ndukwe, and a former member of the state assembly, Sampson Orji, said that they came to voice their support to ensure that the right decisions were taken for the peace of the entire people of the state.

Other notable supporters, Abraham Amah, Barrister Nnennna Obewe and Mathew Ibe asked any person wishing to be Governor of the state to do so only when it is the turn of their senatorial district in order to avoid political upturn.

They said that the governorship seat rotates among the three senatorial districts which include Abia North, Abia Central and Abia South.

The supporters noted that the state is governed by charter of equity as prescribed by the founding fathers of Abia State.

Abia Political Crisis Is Threat To Democracy – Ikpeazu

okezie ikpeazu, Abia State, courtAbia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that the political upturn in the state is a threat to democracy.

The Governor raised the alarm on Monday at the executive chambers of the Government House in Umuahia, during a visit by a delegation of some Senate members.

He said that the tussle for the state executive leadership would affect the economic development of Abia State if not checked on time.

Governor Ikpeazu stated that no business stakeholder would be encouraged to invest in an atmosphere of political uncertainty.

The leader of the legislative delegation, Senator Biodun Olujimi, stressed the need for the Governor to surround himself with wise counseling.

Departing the Government House, the lawmakers made a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Abariba Kingdom, Eze Kalu Ogbu.

Eze Ogbu emphasised the need for a total reform of the economic policy to better the lives of Nigeria citizens.

He challenged the government to improve the standard of living, saying that people are dying of hunger caused by abject poverty in the land.

The monarch expressed displeasure that at 56 years, Nigeria was still going through high rate of unemployment and decay in infrastructure among others.

He called for the implementation of the national conference report.

Ikpeazu vs. Ogah: Court Dismisses Application For Stay Of Execution

Court, PDP, AbiaThe Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday dismissed an application filed by the PDP asking for a stay of execution on judgement removing Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, and ordering his replacement by Mr Uche Ogah.

Justice Okon Abang in his ruling said there was no evidence to show that the application was filed before the judgement authorising the issuance of certificate of return was carried out.

He said that the judgement had been delivered ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Mr Ogah, and since his judgment has been carried out by INEC’s issuance of the certificate to Mr Ogah, therefore there was nothing to stay.

The judge then dismissed the application for what he described as lack of merit.

Justice Abang also set aside an earlier damage fine of 40,000 Naira given against Governor Ikpeazu. He noted that his ruling subsists until set aside by an upper court.

Counsel to Ikpeazu, Mr Wole Olanikpekun, had earlier argued that the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to take any further decision since the matter was on appeal.

Counsel to Mr Ogah, Dr. Alex Iziyon, on his part urged the court to dismiss the argument of his colleague, saying the court cannot keep a blind eye to the abuse of its orders.

In an earlier ruling, Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High Court in Owerri, the Imo State capital had affirmed the election of Governor Ikpeazu.

He also ruled that the Governor’s tax documents were not forged, pointing out that the plaintiff was unable to prove that the tax documents were forged.

Fed. High Court Orders Ikpeazu To Pay Ogah N40,000 Damages

Ikpeazu, Uche OgahThe Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, ordered Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to pay what it described as a 40,000 Naira damage fee to Mr Uche Ogah.

In his ruling, Justice Okon Abang said that the sum should be paid before further proceedings will be taken before the court.

Justice Abang said that in his attempt to malign the court, Governor Ikpeazu only succeeded in slapping the court in the face.

Abang also dismissed a post judgement application made by both parties involved in the matter.

He ruled that the application lacked merit as Ikpeazu undermined the integrity of the Federal High Court.

In addition, Justice Abang ordered a stay on proceedings in the matter before it pending the Appeal Court’s decision on a related motion filed by Governor Ikpeazu.

Court Affirms Okezie Ikpeazu As Abia State Governor

okezie ikpeazu, Abia State, courtA Federal High Court on Friday declared that the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State is valid.

Justice Ambrose Allagoa made the declaration in his judgement at the Federal High Court in Owerri, the Imo State capital in southeast Nigeria.

He was ruling on the matter filed by Mr Friday Nwosu against Governor Ikpeazu, Mr Uche Ogah, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on alleged forgery of tax documents by the Governor.

The judge also affirmed that Governor Ikpeazu’s tax documents were not forged.

The court ruled that the plaintiff, Mr Nwosu was unable to prove that the tax documents were forged.