Police Nab 25 Criminals In Abia

Police-Arrest-Army-official-in-Imo-StateThe Abia State Police Commissioner, Oyebade Adeleye said that the command has strategically put in place measures that would guide against abduction of school students from their dormitory or on the way home.

He made this statement at the Police Headquarters in Bende Road, Umuahia, during the parade of suspected criminals who were accused of being involved in various hideous crimes that include rape, murder, armed robbery, stealing and snatching of vehicles amongst many others.

The items recovered from them include televisions, phones, money, AK-47 rifles, live ammunition, locally made pistols and two vehicles.

According to the CP, the suspects, if found guilty, would be arraigned in court to face the full wrath of law.

One of the suspects is a 23-year-old motorcycle operator from Lokpaukwu, carrying the picture of the lifeless body of the 65-year-old victim whom he allegedly raped and later murdered. He refused to admit to the crime.

Another suspect is Nwaka Aka from Owo Ahia Afor in Obingwa Local Government Area, who specializes in buying stolen goods from an armed robber.

The Police Commissioner hinted that the command is also making efforts to prevent abduction and kidnapping in the schools across the state.

He urged all and sundry to partner with them by volunteering information at all times.

Abia Election: PDP, APGA React To Appeal Court Verdict

apga-pdp-abiaThe Abia State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Emma Nwaka, has disagreed with the judgment of the Appeal Court that orders INEC to swear in APGA governorship candidate, Dr Alex Otti.

While briefing reporters in Umuahia, the state capital, Sen. Nwaka said he is yet to understand the rationale that made the judges arrived at over voting and subsequent cancellation of votes from Obingwa, Osisioma and Isialangwa North Local Government Areas, thereby denying Abia indigenes of their fundamental right to vote the candidate of their choice.

However, the State Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Augustine Ehiemere, said that his party is pleased with the Appeal Court verdict.

He denied the allegation that the party is running a parallel government, hinting that the party cannot be part of any illegality.

An Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, declared Dr Alex Otti as winner of the Abia State Governorship election.

In its ruling, the court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately return Dr. Otti as the rightful winner of the April election, having won majority of the votes cast during the polls.

Reactions trailed the court verdict as the people of Ukwa Ngwa from Abia South and Central local council protested the ruling.

Abia PDP Accuses APGA Of Masterminding Card Reader Theft

Card readerThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State has accused the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) of masterminding the theft of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Card Readers in the state.

At an interactive session with reporters in Umuahia, the state’s capital, the legal team of the PDP alleged that the drama behind the INEC Card Readers’ theft among many others that were being perpetrated and orchestrated by the APGA and its leadership were targeted at triggering sentiments and score cheap emotional blackmail.

The Legal Adviser of the PDP in Abia State, Mr Gabriel Igboko, led the team. They tried to put an end to insinuations about the INEC Card Readers’ theft.

Meanwhile, APGA has filed a petition at the Electoral Petition Tribunal, sitting in Umuahia, against the declaration of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, as the winner of the Abia State Governorship election held in April.

Joined in the suit are INEC and the Peoples Democratic Party.

The party also said that whatever claim the PDP was making were pointless, as they will not give not give up their mandate.

According to them, the APGA Governorship candidate, Dr. Otti was the winner of the 2015 polls.

In their petition, they are seeking the  nullification of the election results of Obingwa, Osisioma, Isialangwa-North and two other Local Government Areas for alleged electoral malpractices and misconduct.

However, the legal team of the PDP, led by Mr Ann Uchendu, said they were not deterred, as they had prepared the evidence to meet them in court.

Even though the electorates in Abia State have spoken by voting the candidates of their choice, it seems they may have to keep faith and wait for the outcome of the Election Tribunal.