Anambra Govt. Partners With Firm To Ease Traffic

Anambra, ObianoThe Anambra State government and a private company, Business Link Limited, are partnering to contain the challenge of poor parking lots for both private and commercial vehicles in Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government.

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the management of the company, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, says the project will decongest the ever traffic jam area, displace miscreants hanging around the area and encourage sanitation.

Traffic congestion, environment littered with refuse, street trading, random and reckless parking of vehicles by some motorists are all daily sights around and under the flyover bridge at Nkpor New Parts Market, in Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Before the present administration of Governor Obiano, it also used to be the den of criminals who snatch bags and extort money from motorists and cyclists.

But the growing concern over the daily chaos and poor sanitary condition in the area moved the state government to seek private partnership to undertake the construction of an ultra-modern park that could accommodate at least one hundred vehicles under the Flyover Bridge.

Speaking about the project the Managing Director of Anambra State’s Investment Protection and Promotion Agency (ANSIPPA) Mr Joe-Billy Ekwunife, noted that the project at completion, would create 30 direct jobs, 80 indirect jobs, increase revenue and improve the aesthetics of the area.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mr Ralph Nnabuife, assured the Governor that the project would be completed at the contractual four-month time frame.

He says it will go a long way to showcase Anambra as a state where cleanliness and orderliness is paramount.

For the governor, the revenue sharing formula for the first six years is 60% for the company and 40% to Anambra state, but will be subsequently changed to 50% for all for three years wherein the contract would be subject to review.

Mr Nnabuife says he is committed to actualising the project within the stipulated time as his company has all it takes to transform the Nkpor flyover to an ultra-modern park.

Police Parade Criminal Suspects In Anambra

Edo_House_of_Assembly-police-at-complexSixteen suspected criminals have been paraded at the State CID, Awka, and at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) premises, Awkuzu, for sundry crimes in Anambra State.

Addressing journalists during the parade, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ali Okechukwu, said that some of the suspects were suspected members of the notorious gang presently terrorizing Nanka community and its environs in Orumba North Local Government Area, while the others are involved in murder and cultism cases.

Among those paraded is Boniface Ikechukwu, also known as Idemili, a suspected notorious armed robber who has been on the Police wanted list for years with six other suspects.

The case of Boniface was in connection with the murder of one Adimora Chukwudelue Emmanuel who he allegedly lured to Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state with his gang, where they dispossessed him of his car and thereafter beat him to death.

Mr Okechukwu said that further efforts were still being made to arrest other members of his gang who were still at large while Boniface would be arraigned soon in court.

The Police also paraded the notorious gang of youths at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Awkuzu, for several cases of kidnapping, rape, armed robbery and assassination at Nanka community.

Their continued criminal activities prompted the Anambra State Police Command to re-mobilize and raid the community.

The Police Public Relations Officer appealed to parents to always monitor the activities of their wards and urged the public to continue to volunteer credible information to the Police to ensure that the state continues to be the safest in the country.

The Police rounded off the exercise with the parade of one Ifedilichukwu Nwankwo who with his gang killed two young men at Tarzan junction at Nkpor and several attempts by the Police to arrest them proved futile since 2014.

Mr Okechukwu revealed that on one occasion, a team led by the Divisional Police Officer of Ajalli Police Division was ambushed by the gang. The allegedly stripped the DPO naked and chopped off one of his ears.

Obiano Set To Fight Insecurity With Job Creation

Willie Obiano1Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has assured the youths and the unemployed of his readiness to provide over five hundred thousand jobs to as many as are willing to work.

He announced the plan aimed at in ridding  the state of all criminal elements after the Joint Security Operation embarked on a show of might in the rural communities of the state as most criminals who have fled the urban areas as a result of the brigade attack on them were hibernating in the rural villages.

The governor said registration of unemployed youths had commenced in the 21 Local Government Areas of the state and called on all youths to utilise the opportunity and get employment.

From the Divisional Police Station, Ogidi, in Idemili North Local Government Area, the Joint Security Operation comprising the Police, Army, Navy, State Security Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Civil Defense moved in a convoy to patrol the rural areas.

The patrol was not to create fear or terror in the hearts of the people but it was a show of might and superiority over kidnappers and armed robbers in order to affirm the resolve of the Joint Security Operation to dismantling their command and control centers for those who have fled the major cities of the state. The state commissioner of police urged the rural residents to give information to the police if any unknown fellow or activity is noticed in their neighborhood.

When the patrol team got to Oyeagu Abagana, Dunukofia local government area, residents express satisfaction at the level of security they are presently enjoying unlike before.

People stood in awe and wonder as the patrol team moved from Oyeagu to the notorious Awkuzu Junction where navy and military check points were permanently stationed.

On issues of security and unemployment in the state, the Governor assured the people of his commitment to a safe and secure Anambra and announced the registration of youths in the 21 Local Government Areas for meaningful job opportunities.

It is on record that within the two months the Joint Security Operation onslaught commenced in the state. Over 250 criminals have been arrested with 47 as kidnappers. Their property and hideouts have also been demolished with the latest being the Ezinifite and Azia demolition which took place less than a fortnight ago.

Anambra: Electoral Officers Were Of High Integrity – INEC

Despite the several allegations that many electoral officers who officiated during the Anambra State governorship election were corrupt, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria has insisted that they were of ‘high integrity.’

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, the Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, Kayode Idowu warned that “people should be careful about making sweeping generalisations.”

He also said that it is expected that other electoral officers are suspected once someone is caught but “there are people of integrity in the institution.”

“I do know that the people that handled the election in Anambra State are people of high integrity but one bad apple spoils the basket.”

He added that more than 60 per cent of the electoral officers were not permanent staff of INEC as the POs (Poll officers) were corp members of the National Youth Service Corps.

He denied allegations made by APGA that the electoral officers posted to Idemili North were sent there to foil the whole process.