Akpabio’s N6m Lunch Money Was To Support Party Members — Commissioner

Still on allocation, commissioner Umanah said despite the large federal allocation from the FG, the state is still in need of money to complete on-going projects in the state, which is still where the state directs its local revenues generated to after he was asked by Kayode Akintemi to highlight what the state does with its local revenues.

He went further to explain that since the inception of governor Akpabio, the salaries of the State staff has been jacked up several and it has not stopped as there are plan in the pipeline to jack it up to N3 billion soonest.

On the issue of Governor Akpabio giving PDP South-South Chairmen and their delegates up to 1,200 people were given N1m each which totalled N6m according to the commissioner for information. The commissioner said that it is not supposed to be a problem as it was the governor gesture towards being humane because the chairmen and delegates have been waiting for the governor’s arrival without breakfast and lunch.

Wedding Gift To Tuface Not Too Much – Akwa Ibom Commissioner

In a swift reaction, the issue of SUV and N3 million cheque as wedding gift to popular singer Tuface Idibia and Annie Macaulay was brought to light.

The commissioner went on to defend the gesture by Governor Akpabio saying ‘Annie Macaulay and Tuface Idibia have created something very significant for Akwa Ibom State’

They brought in a galaxy of the entertainment industry, music stars and so on likewise new ambassadors into the state’.

He said if it is to fund destination marketing of branding then he doubts if the cost of one SUV and N3m is too much.

‘If we were to fund the destination marketing of branding ,i do not think N3million and the cost of one SUV is too much, even if we were to place advert on Channels Television to attract people to the new destination Governor Akpabio is building’.

He said governor Akpabio’s gesture was to repay a daughter of the state; Annie Macaulay for contributing to the repositioning of the state and has done the state proud too.

Akwa Ibom Imbroglio: Akwa Ibom Glowing With Development — Commissioner

It is no news that Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio emerged as the Chairman of the Governors Forum but what has taken Nigerians aback is the spending spree that the governor has embarked on. As if bitten by money bug, Governor doled a whooping N1m to south-south PDP chairmen for lunch at Mr. Biggs as he called it.

Kayode Akintemi and Bisi Coker Sunrise Anchors had Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Infrormation; Aniekan Umana, a journalist and a legal practitioner Uche Onu to debate on the recent spree trip that the governor has decided to embark on.

According to Bisi Coker one of Sunrise anchors, Akwa Ibom has the largest allocation amongst all the 36 states in Nigeria and despite that most part of the state is lacking development, not to talk of the horrendous daily living of the Akwa Ibom people.

And with focus on the commissioner for Information, he reacted to this saying ‘the assertion has to be objective because talking of oil production, the indices has to be understood for it fluctuates’ meaning that the said allocation does not have a regular figure.

The commissioner however debunked the assertion that development has not radiated the length and breadth of the state as he challenged our anchors to travelled down and see the level of development that reached the 36 local government areas of the state.

Senate Begins Probe Into Mystery Bodies In Ezu River

The Senate committee on Police and National Security Affairs has commenced investigation into the bizarre incident at Ezu river where twenty two decomposed bodies were found floating.

The six-member delegation led by Senator Paulinus Igwe Nwagu paid a courtesy call on Kenneth Okonkwo, the traditional ruler of Amansea, the community mostly affected by the odd event, from where they proceeded to Ezu River, the scene of the incident.

The intriguing part of the exercise took place at the conference Hall of the Government House, Awka, where the Senate committee with its chairman, Mohammed Mangoro but led by Senator  Nwagu, thoroughly cross examined relevant government functionaries and members of the public to extract information that could lead to the unravelling of the mystery of the decomposed floating corpses spotted at Ezu River on the 19th of January this year.

The Anambra state governor who was represented by the deputy governor expressed his appreciation to the committee and thanked the federal government for deeming it fit to assist the state in getting to the root of the matter.

The leader of the delegation, Senator Nwagu  cleared the air on the purpose of the probe and the grilling began with the state commissioner for Health,  Lawrence Ikeakor But it did not commence until after oath-taking which was made compulsory to show the seriousness of the exercise.

The health commissioner said it would take 48 hours for a body to decompose and autopsy examination can take one day, one year depending on the circumstance.

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police absolved himself and his men of the blames of the burial of the dead men as he also denied the arrest of MASSOB members, even though the Director of communications for MASSOB countered the police commissioner’s statement of not arresting any MASSOB member at any date or time last year and directly accused the SARS Division in Awkuzu for the crime.

Yet another Lawyer stepped forward with more revealing information pertaining to the activities in Awkuzu SARS office where his kinsmen; an elderly man was killed extra-judicially by the police in the SARS office. He specifically mentioned the name of the police officer in charge at the Awkuzu SARS station, Celestine Ani.

His presentation left all dumbfounded and the Senate committee concluded that issues arising be taken really serious with investigation and the legal practitioner’s account of the events at the SARS office must be taken seriously as it is a credible clue to unravelling the mystery of the Ezu River floating bodies.

Kwara Communal Clash Claims 3 lives, Properties Worth Millions

Three people are reported to have died in the recent communal crisis between Offa and Erin Ile in Offa and Oyun Local Government Areas of Kwara State, which has witnessed the destruction of properties running into millions of naira.

Although the rift between the two communities over land dates back to forty-two years ago, there are conflicting reports over the cause of the current scuffle. While some residents blame it on the tussle over land, the Chairman of Offa Local Government Area, Mr. Saheed Popoola, attributed the latest violence to disputing transport unions.

Offa, the second largest commercial city in the state, after the state capital, Ilorin, has been deserted following the two-day crisis with its age-long neighbour, Erin Ile.

The latest fracas was the first in the New Year, but the sixth in the last two years and has been described as the worst in terms of the scale of destruction on both sides of the communities. A visit to Offa by Channels Television correspondent, Hakeem Garba, showed bullet pellets still littered the ground, although it could not be confirmed if they were fired by the warring parties or the military personnel drafted to the battleground to keep the peace.

The newly commissioned town hall in the town was not spared, as some of the windows were shattered with pebbles while a nearby petrol station was razed down.

Although the state government has imposed a 24-hour curfew, this has made most of the commercial institutions located in Offa especially banks to shut down, while the students of the Federal Polytechnic were seen rushing to make their way out of the town with the few available commercial vehicles cashing on the situation to inflate transport fares.

Meanwhile, the state command of the Nigerian police in a statement signed by the public relations officer, DSP Femi Fabode, revealed that an hotelier, Bukola Lawal of Adlag Hotel, located at the border of the two communities, was reported to have lost his life in the crisis while a police officer was also shot dead, together with an unidentified victim while trying to escape the scene of the fight.

Efforts by our correspondent to get to Erin Ile, the other community involved in the dispute, was not successful as he was turned back by the security personnel stationed at the buffet between the two warring communities.

 

Niger Police arrests two suspected Boko Haram members

The Police in Niger State have arrested two suspected Boko haram members at Angwa Daji community in Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.

The arrest was made following a complain made by members of the sleepy community after the discovery  of an AK 47 rifle inside a popular Mosque at an Islamic school   where some Almajeris were being kept to  learn  Islamic education.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television in Minna, the Police Public Relations Officer Niger State Police Command; Pius Edobor mentioned that the rifle which belongs to the Nigeria Police was loaded with 27 rounds of live ammunition.

He further mentioned that an empty shell of an expelled bullet was also recovered from the mosque.

The suspects which include the head of the school are presently helping the Police in the investigation, the Police boss concluded.

Uncompleted 3-storey building collapses in Owerri, worker trapped inside

A 3-storey building under construction along Works Layout in Owerri the Imo state capital has collapsed.

Sources said the building collapsed around 11 pm yesterday night during a heavy downpour.

It was also disclosed that a 28 year old man identified as Joseph Ekanem  a carpenter who happens to be one of the workers  inside the building have been trapped inside, even though they cannot ascertain if there are more workers trapped inside and they cannot ascertain as there are 6 workers working in the building on daily basis.

Sources also disclosed that the owner of the building who lodged in a hotel close to the building came to the scene of the incidence but quickly locked up the building and ran away, when Channels Television contacted him on the phone, he denied ownership of the building.

At the time of filing this report, State emergency management agency (SEMA), Imo rescue team, Road Safety and combined security operatives in the state forcefully broke into the premises in order to rescue the trapped man.

However, some of the people living in the neighbourhood attributed the collapse to quack and shabby job by the contractor as the foundation is not strong enough to carry a 3-storey building.