Fire kills Woman, Children In Anambra

A pregnant woman and two of her children have been burnt to death by fire in umuoffor village, in Ihiala local government area of Anambra state.

According to an eye witness, Mr Pius Ukachukwu said the fire incident started at about 7:30 in the evening at the residence of one Mr maxwell okeke.

The pregnant woman Nwazuru okeke and two of her children makuochukwu and chidiebube okeke were trapped in the inferno and were burnt beyond recognition.

Police public relations officer in Anambra state, Mr Haruna Mohammed said the commissioner of police had ordered a full scale investigation into the matter to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Mr Mohammed however, advised residents to always be conscious of any activity that would cause fire incidents especially at homes.

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Police Rescue kidnapped Priests In Anambra

The Anambra State Police Command says it has rescued two catholic priests who were kidnapped on Christmas Eve, few days ago.

The Police in a statement by PPRO Anambra State Police Command, SP Haruna Mohammed on Friday, says the rescue of the priests was in joint operation with other security agencies.

According to the statement, the victims, Rev Fr Peter Nwachukwu, parish priest of St Theresa’s Parish Umueze-Anam and Rev Fr Cajetan Apeh who is the Assistant priest are now in stable condition and have since reunited with their families.

However, effort is being intensified to apprehend perpetrators of this heinous crime in order to bring them to Justice.

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Gunmen kidnap Two Catholic Priests In Anambra

Gunmen have kidnapped two Catholic priests at Nneyi Umeri area of Anambra.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday reported that the clergymen were abducted while on their way back from Onitsha on Monday evening in Umueze Anam in Anambra West Local Government Area of the state.

They were returning to prepare for the visit of Cardinal Francis Arinze to the town.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Muhammed, said a patrol team attached to Otuocha Division recovered a light grey Toyota Corolla car marked FST 689 FL which was abandoned on the Nneyi Umueri road.

He said  preliminary investigations revealed that the car belonged to a reverend father who was allegedly kidnapped.

Muhammed said security personnel were working to rescue the victims.

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NDLEA Arraigns Drug Peddlers In Anambra

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Anambra State has arraigned three suspected persons at the Federal High Court sitting in Awka for peddling illicit drugs in the state.

The suspects were arrested with fifty-one point three kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, two hundred and twenty grammes of cannabis sativa and one point one grammes of methamphetamine.

When the charge was read to them before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, two of the suspects pleaded not guilty while Ossai Chime pleaded guilty to the crime.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo therefore fixed the hearing for bail application on the twenty seventh of this month and ordered that the suspects should be remanded in prison custody .

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NYSC Swears In 2,032 Corps Members In Anambra

No fewer than 2,032 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) were on Thursday sworn in for 2018 Batch C Orientation Course in Anambra.

Mr Kehinde Aremu, Coordinator of the NYSC in the state, made the disclosure this during the Oath taking ceremony at the Umunya Temporary Orientation Camp, Oyi Council Area.

Aremu said the number was made up of 986 males and 1,046 females.

He said the corps members would be deployed to rural and hard to reach areas of the state to complement government’s effort in sustaining educational and health facilities provided in those places.

The coordinator said the corps members would be served with the full bouquet of the orientation course, including discipline and skill trainings.

He congratulated the new corps members for being part of those mobilised for the national service and urged them to adhere to the camp rules.

In his speech, Gov. Willie Obiano welcomed the newly sworn-in corps members to the state and urged them to take advantage of the opportunities in Anambra.

Obiano, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, said they should contribute positively to the development of Anambra so that they could proudly lay claim of being part of the history of Anambra’s greatness.

He said corps members’ welfare and security would remain the priority of his administration, while assuring that efforts were still on to complete the permanent orientation site.

“You must avail yourselves of the lectures and other activities which have been carefully packaged to make you useful to yourself, community and humanity,” he said.


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We Will Deploy More Resources To Ease Your Sufferings, Osinbajo Assures Communities Ravaged By Floods In Anambra, Delta, Niger

Having declared the recent flooding of communities in parts of the country as a national disaster, the Federal Government will deploy more resources to mitigate sufferings of people in the affected areas, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

While commending the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and the state emergency management authorities for its quick responses, Prof Osinbajo also said the Federal Government would work together with the state and local governments to ensure that people in the affected communities are resettled so that they can get back to normal lives.

The Vice President gave this assurance during his visits to Anambra and Delta states on Thursday to inspect communities in the states that were affected by the severe flooding that has ravaged several states in the country.

He assured the people affected in the states he visited that the Buhari administration will do everything possible to bring relief and restoration to all who have suffered on account of this flood disaster.

Prof. Osinbajo visits to the affected states is on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, and it comes a day after he also visited Zungeru Primary School in Niger State, where persons displaced by the flooding resulting from the construction of the dam were being camped.

The Vice President also directed NEMA to immediately supply materials needed for the building of the permanent resettlement site for the communities affected by the construction of the 700MW Zungeru Hydro Power Project in the State.

He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari asked me to come and see to your welfare. We will also do our best to help everybody so that you can resettle well. We are paying attention to everything that is going on here. And we will make sure that we do everything necessary to make you as comfortable as possible and to resettle you as quick as possible.

“Already, I’ve asked NEMA to supply immediately some relief materials to start some construction and the resettlement site. We have a new resettlement site, which as you know, has been in the works. We are going to continue construction and put a few structures there so that those who are here can move away from the school.

“We will also do our best to help everybody so that you can resettle well. Nobody wants to be in any trouble like this. You are hard working people, doing your work in your farms or trade. We want you to be able to go back and continue your work and your life.”

On the directive of President Buhari, the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) had on Monday declared flooding a national disaster in four states – Kogi, Niger, Delta and Anambra. “This underscores the enormity of the disaster here and what needs to be done. There is a lot of work that needs to be done not just by way of providing temporary relief and succour which is being done in IDP camps,” Prof. Osinbajo said.

Speaking earlier in Otuocha LGA in Anambra State while interacting with some leaders of communities affected by flooding in the state, and having flown over the affected communities to see the extent of damage, the Vice President said, “I am here to see for myself and to be in a position to brief Mr President about the extent of the disaster. As you know the disaster here and in several other states has resulted in the situation where the Federal Government has ordered that the situation be declared a national disaster.”

According to Prof. Osinbajo, “It is an unprecedented act for the President to so declare especially because there are certain things that need to be done as quickly and as efficiently as possible.”

He said: “I have overflown many of the disaster areas on my way here and we recognized that Ayamelu, Onitsha South and North, Anambra East and West, are experiencing varying degrees of flooding and many are already under water, and tragically also farmlands, especially at a time when we are ramping up rice production. I overflew the Coscharis farm and it is practically under water.

“This is really a disaster of immense proportion and we intend as a Federal Government, to deploy federal resources as much as possible to assuage some of the challenges that have been caused by this disaster.”

He added that “as an interim measure, NEMA has already sent allocation of food and relief materials to several areas.”

Prof. Osinbajo however advised families that are reluctant to relocate from their flooded homes to move children and other vulnerable persons to safe places, assuring that government would still reach out to them.

According to him, “we also noticed that aside from the IDP camps, many people have insisted on remaining in their homes, but because children and other vulnerable people are involved, we insist that they must be taken to safe places.

“But for those who insist on staying in their homes, we will be sending allocation of food and water to some of such communities, so we are not just going to be focusing on the IDPs.

“Already NEMA is taking a look at that, they have facilities for water purification, they also have some high-quality water treatment plants that are mobile. So, we would deploy clean water and other relief materials as quickly as possible.”

In the aftermath of the flood, the Vice President said “the most important is what happens in the long term. When these floods clear, people have lost their livelihoods, their farmlands, we have to find ways to assist them get back to their normal lives. We will be working to see how that can be done as quickly as possible.”

In his remarks, Governor Willie Obiano thanked the Vice President for the visit and the Federal Government’s efforts in supporting the state assuage the hardship faced by the people.

He appealed for additional support to enable people regain their livelihoods in the aftermath of the disaster especially those who lost vast expanse of farm lands.

In the same vein, during his visit to the camp for displaced persons in Asaba, Delta State, Prof. Osinbajo said the Federal Government would collaborate with the state government to help in restoring the livelihood of the people affected by the floods.

He said, “Let me say first how touched I am just seeing all you who are here and who has had to be evacuated from your homes and from the various places where you live, the various communities to this place as a temporary shelter.

“We are going to be working with the state government and of course with the local government authorities and we will do everything that is necessary to ensure that the sufferings, the pains that you’ve gone through already is not allowed to continue and as quickly as possible you can return to your homes and return to your livelihood and return to your work wherever that may be.”

Continuing, he said “The implications of a national disaster obviously means that the Federal Government will be working with all of its agencies and with the state government to ensure that lives are protected and those who need medical help are granted the medical help.”

“We have also asked that the National Emergency Management Authority move quickly to supply additional relief materials to all IDPs, adding that “by tomorrow we should have an additional relief material including water, food, beddings and whatever is required, not only in this camp but in all the IDP camps or holding camps as is now called all across the state.”

The Vice President commended the Delta State Government and its Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, for “moving very swiftly to assuage the sufferings of the displaced persons and for putting place adequate facilities in the camp for them.

In his remark, Governor Okowa said the camp for displaced persons was just a holding place, noting that they would soon be relocated as soon as the flood receded.

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Police Dismiss MASSOB’s Claims, Says Only 13 Persons Arrested

The Anambra State Police Command has dismissed claims made by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), that 125 members of the movement were arrested during a rally to mark the 19th anniversary celebration of the organisation.

Commissioner of Police in the State, Garba Umar, said the police have in their custody 13 MASSOB members who were arrested for blocking the highway and hoisting of flag which he described as ‘unconstitutional’ and would not be tolerated.

Chief Arinze Igbani, Biafra Elder-in-Council had earlier claimed  that many of his members sustained various degrees of injuries as a result of alleged assault and subsequent arrest by the security operatives.

According to him, three bus-load conveying  MASSOB members including Gen. Innocent Ejioforbiri, the General of Biafra veterans, Anambra South zone and other Biafra war veterans some of whom are octogenarians, were seized  by security operatives while returning home from similar celebrations at Uga in Aguata Local Government Area of the state.

He also claimed that two other buses were destroyed by the security operatives during the raid.

He however urged members of the organisation to remain calm and peaceful while they await the response of government to its demand.

He also urged the international community to come to its rescue and support its call for the realisation of a state of Biafra.


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Anambra Police Command Rescues Toddlers, Arrest kidnappers

The Police Command in Anambra says it has arrested five kidnappers/child traffickers and rescued five victims in the last seven days.

Mr Haruna Mohammed, the Public Relations Officer of the command, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Awka.

He stated that the suspects conspired and kidnapped five children namely: Ifeanyinchukwu Obiukwu ‘m’ (3years from Umunze), and Chigozie Emeka, 8 years from Okigwe, Chimaobi Emeka ‘f’ aged 6 years from Okigwe, Chisom Emeka aged 4 years from Okigwe and Onyiyechi Emeka ‘f’ aged 3 years of Okigwe.

Mohammed gave the names of the suspected kidnappers/child traffickers as Emeka Nnoruo ‘m’ (44 years), Ekene Obodoako ‘m’ (27 years),  Maduabuchi Ekwema ‘m'( 25 years) , Chika Obi ‘m’ (28 years), and Eberechi Onyeghara ‘m’ aged 14 years.

He said the arrest of the suspects followed intelligence report and efforts of Joint Police/vigilante Patrol teams attached to Umunze in Orumba South Local Government Area of the state.

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Over 100,000 Unclaimed Voters Cards In Anambra State – INEC

Over 100,000 unclaimed permanent voters cards (PVCs) remain unclaimed in the
twenty one Local Government Areas of Anambra State, South east Nigeria.

A breakdown of this figure indicates that the cards were from voter registrations just before the 2015 general election.

According to the Public Relations Officers for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra State, Mr. Leo Nkedife:  “People register and they do not come to collect their voter’s cards.

“We have been creating awareness and carrying out sensitization programmes and even when you fix dates for people to come, they will not until the rush hour when it is about two or three days to close the exercise.

“As I speak to you, we have over 100,000 permanent voter’s cards that are yet to be claimed by the owners.

“These are registrations carried out before now and during the last general elections.”

He, however, added that permanent voter’s cards for the extended period were not ready at the moment, promising that when they were, it would be made public, before December.

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Anambra Police Command Arrest 6 Man Robbery Gang

Anambra State Police has arrested a suspected six man armed robbery gang .

In a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Haruna mohammed, said the gang was arrested following an intelligence report.

He said the police operatives attached to the command ‘s special Anti robbery squad, FSARS, arrested the suspects at Oba in Idemili South LGA of the State.

Mr Mohammed listed the names of the suspects as Obinna Ibeh-male- aged 24, Edwin Chibuzor-male-aged 24, Orji Onyema-male-aged 26 and Friday Nwankwo-male-aged 23.

According to him the suspects intercepted a trailer loaded with cements along Onitsha/Owerri road on the 9th of June and carted away all the cement in the trailer.

He explained that further investigation led to the arrest of the two receivers of the stolen goods .

Mr Mohammed said exhibits were recovered and investigation was in progress after which the suspects would be arraigned in court.

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FRSC Recommends Use Of Bicycle For Nigerians

The Anambra State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Sunday Ajayi, has called on Nigerians to embrace the use of bicycle as a means of transportation, being cheaper and healthy.

Ajayi, made this call at the first World Bicycle Day in Awka on Tuesday, after leading a team of cyclists comprising officers of the Corps, government officials and professionals in an awareness ride.

The sector commander said it was due to the overwhelming benefits of bicycle that the United Nations met in 2017 and declared June 3 of every year as World Bicycle Day.

“Advanced countries have adopted bicycle transportation system as a matter of public health wellbeing and control of greenhouse effects of carbon emissions.

“We want our people to come back to the basics, cycling is good for the body and environment and economical to maintain.

“That is why we are raising the awareness again and calling on the Anambra Government to join us in this campaign to revive the culture of the use of bicycle as a means of transportation,” he said.

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Gov Obiano Orders Enforcement Of Ban On Street Trading

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, on Thursday, ordered the enforcement of the ban on street trading in urban and semi urban areas of the state.

Speaking with journalists in Awka on Thursday,  the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mike Okonkwo, warned that defaulters were liable to pay  a fine of N10,000 and two weeks imprisonment for each offence on conviction.

He said the  government enforcement unit drawn from the Ministry of Environment had  been briefed  on its schedule of duty and urged  residents  to cooperate with it.

Mr. Okonkwo  said the team would tackle filthy, obstructive and dirty environment, the operation would  focus on major cities such as Onitsha, Ekwulobia and Nnewi.

He said that government had given the affected roadside traders notice to vacate their structures.

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