Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has assured some victims of the recent flood in the state of immediate intervention and permanent solution.
The Governor’s statement is sequel to a heavy down pour on Saturday, that washed away the properties and means of livelihood of some residents of Iboro layout, Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State in Nigeria’s south-east region.
The flood, which ravaged vehicles, farmlands and ripped open the only access road to the layout, left residents crying for immediate and prompt intervention.
The residents attributed the cause of the flood to the improper channeling of waterways by a construction company, during the rehabilitation of Ezeiweka Road in Awada Obosi.
Inspecting the area, Governor Obiano expressed sympathy to the victims and revealed that he had directed the Anambra State Ministry of Works to assess the flood pattern and find a permanent solution to the menace for the safety of the people.
He also visited the site of the collapsed Nkisi Bridge at Three-Three GRA Road in Onitsha.
Officials of the Ministry of Works were on emergency response at the sites of the mishaps and had also commenced reconstruction work on the bridge.
There had been complaints that the collapse was caused by illegal structures built on waterways which blocked free flow of the heavy water at the bridge.
Governor Obiano then ordered the immediate demolition of all buildings erected on the waterways, which caused the worrisome incident that left many motorists and cyclists trapped in a traffic jam.
The Governor of Anambra State , Peter Obi, has refuted claims from some quarters that he was responsible for the stampede in Uke, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
The stampede which left about 25 people dead happened in the early hours of Saturday, November 2.
In a state broadcast, the governor said that his visit to the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry crusade on Friday was on the invitation of the serving priest of the ministry, Reverend-Father Obimma.
He pointed out that he left the crusade ground at 3:00am, local time, whereas the incident took place at 5:00am. He went further to blame the supporters of the All Progressives Congress Governorship Candidate in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship elections for the unfortunate incident.
“When I was called upon by the presiding priest after the Holy Mass to speak at about 12.15am, a group of people located in 3 different spots started shouting the name of a gubernatorial candidate, Dr Chris Ngige and waving the brooms of All Progressives Congress and pictures of the same candidate in the November 16 election.”
“It took up to 20 minutes for the presiding priest to calm them down. I was surprised that some people would turn a prayer ground into a campaign venue.”
While sympathising with the victims’ families, the Governor said that investigation into the incident had commenced.
Governor Obi was at the scene of the incident and also visited the hospital where those injured were taken to for treatment.
Officers of the Anambra state Police Command, Awka, have arrested an armed robbery suspect who had in his possession over N6 million, a pistol and six rounds of live ammunition.
Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Bala Nasarawa, while parading the suspect said the he confessed to have gotten the money through a robbery operation along Building Materials Market, Ogidi, in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
Mr. Nasarawa maintained that the effectiveness of the police in recent times in the state is a clear indication that they are adhering strictly to the ideals of the code of conduct launched in the state recently in line with the transformation agenda of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar
However the suspect was not allowed to speak as the matter was said to be still under investigation.