Police Arrest Crime Suspects With Toy Gun, Marijuana In Anambra Raid

89-Year-Old Man, Three Others Jailed For Land GrabbingAhead of the yuletide season, the Anambra State Police Command has commenced an aggressive crack down on crime and criminality, with renewed raid operations on criminal hideouts and dens at Ogidi, Nkpor, Obosi and Onitsha.

In a raid at the popular Nkpor Junction Market, two suspects with a toy gun and a bag containing Marijuana and stolen handsets were arrested by the Joint Security Operation Team.

Addressing reporters during the combined team operation involving the Police, Army, Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Civil Defence, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sam Okaula, maintained that the security infrastructure that had been established in Anambra State would never be compromise.

He assured the residents that the Joint Security Operation Team would continue with all measures to keep criminals at bay.

“We are having a joint operation with all the security agencies. It is an ongoing process.

“We are taking the war to their door steps. We are mopping up and we are going to ensure that the peace that Anambra state is known for will remain intact so that everybody will go about their lawful duties.

“These are ember months and we cannot allow criminals to come back to this state. We are working on them and we will continue to work on them. As a matter of fact, we have flash points, Ogidi, Nkpor, Obosi.

“We are focusing on these areas. We are going to target them and we are going to ensure that we rout out all those elements that are giving us some concerns.

“We want to assure Anambra people that the state is the safest in the country and they should look at it from that perspective. Any element that comes to test our resolve will definitely be dealt with,” he told reporters.

Mr Okaula said the operation would be continuous ahead of the yuletide season and all the flash points of criminal activities would continue to be patrolled, searched and sanitised, as several measures had been undertaken to ensure crime-free ember months.

He said: “It is an ongoing operation and we are not going to stop until we have these elements completely routed out of the area. That is the position we have taken on this.

“You will also want to know that we are blocking off all the outlets, we are checking elements that are coming in and going out. We have a robust stop and search process and we have been able to identify criminals and been able to arrest many of them”.

He hinted reporters of a renewed synergy and cooperation between Anambra State Police Command and the neighbouring states Police commands.

“I am in touch with Commissioners in Imo State, Enugu State and also in Kogi and all other states. We work together. We pass information across. We cross check information we get from these other commands and we have been working together effectively.

“If we have any reasons to cross over to these states to pick criminals, we will definitely do that and we have been doing that. We have received maximum cooperation from my colleagues in these states.

“Gentlemen of the Press, I want to assure you that Anambra state remains one of the safest states in the country. We are calling on all Anambra people to come home and enjoy their Christmas.

“This operation is ongoing. We will not allow any criminal to create any problem for us. They have been relocated and they should continue with where they have gone. If they come back here, they will meet their waterloo. I can assure you that,” he stressed.

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.

MASSOB Members Stage Peaceful Procession To Mark Anniversary

MASSOB, BiafraMembers of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in Abia State on Tuesday defied the rains as they marched in a peaceful procession through Umuahia and some local government areas.

The procession was to celebrate the 17th year anniversary of the group.

Men, women and retired soldiers who call themselves ‘Freedom fighters’ were seen carrying placards and singing songs hinting that they have reasons to celebrate.

Some of them who spoke to Channels Television disclosed that they would only believe in Nigeria as one nation if things would be done differently.

They condemned what they described as recent massive killings of their fellow southerners in the northern part of the country, inequality in governance, amongst many others.

According to Evans Okoronkwo and Kingsley Nwosu, the way the country is going has become a source of concern that indicates that it is not one nation as being portrayed to the world.

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.

MASSOB Protest: Deputy Senate President Condemns South-east Killings

Ike-Ekweremadu-Senate-Deputy-president on MASSOB and south-east killingsThe Deputy Senate President, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, has condemned in strong terms, the reported killing of young men and women by security operatives in parts of the South-east Nigeria.

At Tuesday’s legislative proceedings at the Senate, Senator Ekweremadu raised a point of order drawing the attention of the Upper Chamber to the bloodbath in the South-East region of the country on Monday.

The Deputy President of the Senate further noted that the country had recorded so much bloodshed in various parts of the country in the past, urging security agencies to apply caution in quelling perceived disturbances in any part of Nigeria.

MASSOB Clash With Police

On Monday members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) clashed with security operatives in some states in the south east.

Two police officials were reported killed, with some other persons injured.

Members of the groups also claimed that some of their members were killed.

Tension had started in Anambra State, as persons suspected to be members of MASSOB mounted road blocks and set bonfire in Nkpor and Onitsha causing the roads to be deserted.

According to the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, the suspected members of MASSOB gathered at a school in Nkpor with identifying flags emblazoned with the rising sun symbols and charms but with mission unknown.

Agitation For Biafra Republic

Also, in Asaba, the Delta State’s capital, several people were injured as a planned protest by members of MASSOB degenerated into a fight.

The MASSOB members had planned peaceful protests across south eastern states to mark 49 years of the agitation for Biafra Republic (1967 to 2016), on Monday.

The fight reportedly broke out when Police tried to disperse the protesters by firing teargas at them.

This action infuriated the protesters who allegedly reacted angrily and this degenerated into a larger fracas.

Two policemen died in the process.

The Police, however, arrested eight and wounded four members of MASSOB alleged to have been involved in the killing of the two policemen.

The arrests were made by the Delta State Police Command on Monday.

According to a statement signed by the acting Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Charles Muka, the members of the group attacked policemen and army patrol team at three locations at Cable Point and Abraka areas where they killed two policeman, injured two others and made away with one AK.47 rifle and one smoke gunner.

Two Policemen Killed As MASSOB Members Protest In Delta, Others

massobTension is high in Anambra State, as persons suspected to be members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, mounted road blocks and set bonfire in Nkpor and Onitsha causing the roads to be deserted.

The protest has claimed the lives of two police officers.

According to the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, the suspected members of MASSOB gathered at a school in Nkpor with identifying flags emblazoned with the rising sun symbols and charms but with mission unknown.

He said that the Joint Security Operation, on moving in to ascertain their mission, the group opened fire on them but the situation was later brought under control as the group fled and two people were arrested among them.

The Commissioner disclosed that those arrested were not from the state and warned all and sundry who felt they could hide under any guise to foment trouble in the state to desist as it would not be tolerated.

While assuring the people of Anambra state to remain calm as proactive measures were on cause to bring the situation under control, he advised that all residents should embrace peace and not infringe on other people’s freedom while agitating for their own freedom.

However, an eyewitness who spoke off camera said that it was the security agencies that first disrupted the peaceful protest of the group at Nkpor when they were marching to commemorate the one year in memoriam of the victims of the struggle for freedom.

Fracas In Asaba

Also, in Asaba, the Delta State capital, several people were injured as a planned protest by members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) degenerated into a fight.

The MASSOB members had planned peaceful protests across south eastern states to mark 49 years of the agitation for Biafra Republic (1967 to 2016), on Monday.

The fight reportedly broke out when Police tried to disperse the protesters by firing teargas at them.

This action infuriated the protesters who allegedly reacted angrily and this degenerated into a larger fracas.

Two policemen died in the process.

According to eyewitnesses, others injured in the fracas, including policemen, were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba for treatment.

Arrests in Owerri

Meanwhile, the Imo State Police Command has arrested over 20 members of MASSOB for what they termed disturbance of public peace.

While parading the members of the group at the command headquarters in Owerri, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, said that the group were rounded up around Tetlow Street by Okigwe road at about 11AM where they were said to be gathering to storm the city metropolis.

Mr Enwerem said that the action by the group was unacceptable and a disturbance of public peace that is capable of causing breakdown of law and order in the state.

He said that the Imo State Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, would not condone any act of terrorism, thuggery or unholy association that is capable causing breakdown of law and order in the state as all such acts would be treated as a high criminal offense.

Erosion Threatens Two Major Federal Roads In Anambra

Erosion-in-OnitshaSizable parts of the federal roads of Nkpor axis of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway and Okija area of Onitsha-Owerri Expressway in Anambra State have been destroyed by erosion.

The threat on the roads, which are now on the verge of total collapse and have become death traps to both motorists and pedestrians, draws outbursts of ‘save our soul’ from community members as well as those doing business in the area.  They want the State and Federal Government to provide immediate remedy, as lives and property are endangered.

The State’s Commissioner for Information, Uju Nwogu, who paid a fact finding visit to the area, urged the residents  staying around the area to relocate elsewhere immediately.

Mrs Nwogu also called on the Federal Government to come to the assistance of the State Government, as the erosion was already beyond the capacity of the State Government.

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A portion of the Nkpor axis of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway damaged by erosion.

“Half of the road has been cut off and if it is allowed to stand without any assistance from the Federal Government, the road will completely be cut off. This road leads to the biggest market in West Africa, which is the Onitsha main market,” Mrs Nwogu said.

It was indeed a scary sight as pedestrians walk with caution through the road that is virtually hanging, waiting to give way on any slightest pressure.

Houses in their hundreds, scattered near the erosion site, wore helpless looks, with road cordoned off to avoid fatality, as unsuspecting motorists might plunge into it unknowingly.

It was a deluge of complaints from business people in the area.

While the Nkpor erosion continues to raise concern, the erosion which has nearly cut off the Onitsha- Owerri road at the Okija axis, is really worrisome, as the size was not only big, but had continued to devastate farmlands, homesteads and churches.

Lamenting the menace, the Priest in charge of St. Theresa’s Parish, Uli, Dominic Nwuzo, recounted the untold hardship the erosion brought to them, saying the church has been cut off from some residents by the erosion.

Other residents also spoke about the economic implication of the erosion on the community.

Anambra Tribunal Declares Senator Ekwunife Winner

EkwunifeSenator Uche Ekwunife, representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone, has been declared winner of the March 28 Senatorial Election by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra State.

Justice Naiyi Aganaba, who read the over 2-hour judgment held that the petitioners, Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and APGA failed to establish their case which they hinged on alleged mutilations and incorrect figures from which INEC declared Senator Ekwunife winner of the senatorial election.

The court also struck out the relief sought by Mr Umeh, urging the court to declare him winner on the grounds that he got the highest number of lawful votes cast.

Concluding the judgment, Justice Aganaba ruled that the petitioners failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt as to have the election nullified and insisted that it lacked merit.

Senator Uche Ekwunife, reacting to her victory, commended the judiciary for restoring hope, once again, to the common man and said that the judgment was a reflection of the wishes of the people.

Earlier, the tribunal had nullified the result of the PDP candidate for Anaocha/Dunukofia/Njikoka Federal Constituency, Prince Emeka Eze and declared the APGA candidate, Mr Dozie Nwankwo, winner of the House of Representatives election.

Gov. Obi inspects road projects in Onitsha

The Anambra state government is spending about Ten Billion Naira on the on-going reconstruction of Nkpor to Amawbia road on the old Enugu/Onitsha road.

The governor, Peter Obi, revealed this during the inspection of the project accompanied by the managing director of the contracting firm.

He urged those living in the neighborhood of the construction to take full ownership of the project through supervision and forwarding of observation and complains to the appropriate bodies.

The governor said though Nkpor/Amawbia stretch is a federal road, his administration having considered the strategic importance of the road embarked on the reconstruction project of the road.

In order to enhance movement as well as boost economic activities in the state and its environs. He urged residents in the area to ensure effective supervision of government projects.

Also on the on-going reconstruction of the Onitsha/Awka/Enugu expressway, the governor expressed gratitude to the federal government for increasing the tempo of work on the project.

Inspecting the extent and quality of job done on the overhead bridge at New Parts, Nkpor, the governor accompanied by the managing director of the contracting firm was satisfied with the effort, he said work will be completed by December while the massive erosion that threatened houses in Omagba Phase One has been controlled with the water channeled into Nkisi River.

Though an appreciative measure of road construction is on-going in various parts of the state, the people say nothing could be more meaningful than an urgent attention being paid to the entire Enugu/Onitsha expressway which could only be described as a slaughter slab.