Police Arrest Suspected Seven-Man Armed Robbery Gang Terrorising Enugu

The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested seven-man suspected notorious armed robbery gang disturbing peace of Enugu within one month.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO], SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Saturday in Enugu that the suspects were arrested in Lagos, Awka, Ebonyi as well as Ezeagu and Enugu metropolis.

Amaraizu said that the feat was achieved by the command’s operatives of Anti-Kidnapping Unit through painstaking intelligence operation.

He said that the highly specialized armed robbery gang had killed one Chinedu Nzegwu, a trader and a policeman at Obioma Street in Uwani, Enugu on Sept. 12.

“The arrested suspects gave their names as Obunike Ugbene, 27, alias Paparazi, who is the ringleader of the gang from Amaofiagu in Affa of Udi council area of the state but residing at Obinagu road Abakpa Nike near Enugu.

“Kenneth Uchenna, 27, alias Madubuagu who is a highly skilled driver from Imezi Owa community in Ezeagu Local Government, Nkemdilim Mathew, 23, alias Alone from Nodu-Okpuno Awka of Anambra and Chukwuma Mbam, 22, alias revolution from Ikwo in Ebonyi.

“Stanley Uchenna, 23, alias Posiga from Aguobuowa in Enugu State, who acts as informant for the gang; Chinedu Mbam,25, alias Nwaiboko from Izzi in Ebonyi and Patrick Okoli, 33, alias Chika Tokor from Obunofia-Ndiuno Ezeagu in Enugu State’’.

Amaraizu said that the gang leader, Ugbene, had regretted the killings and prayed God to forgive him as he never intended to kill anyone but circumstance led him and the gang to do that.

He noted that the gang leader had confessed and revealed to police operatives their numerous operations, the locations where they had operated in the state and number of people they had killed so far.

“Through intelligence information, the gang leader was nabbed in Lagos by the operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit where he had escaped to and his arrest facilitated the arrest of other members of his gang,’’ he said.

Amaraizu noted that the gang leader, Ugbene, while regretting his action, advised youths to desist from involvement in any criminal activities as “there is no peace for any criminal and no matter what, he must be caught’’.

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EFCC Arraigns Fake Prophet For Alleged N2.4million Fraud

The Enugu Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on December 17, 2018 arraigned one Kingsley Ifeanyi Eluma (aka Doctor Eluma), Managing Director of EEAL Global Links Nigeria Limited before Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court Enugu, Enugu State on a two-count charge bordering of obtaining the sum of N2, 452,500 (Two Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) under under false pretence. He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to him.

Eluma who had for many years paraded himself as a Phd holder and a prophet was said to have sometimes on or about March 23, 2018, presented himself to the petitioner as a Director at the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, capable of securing a job for him at Federal Civil Service Commission, FCSC. He also obtained several funds with a promise to secure visa to Dubai and USA for the petitioner’s relatives as well as to import a fairly used Toyota Camry from USA for him.

Soon after his plea was taken, the defence counsel E.O. Isiwu prayed the court for permission to move his application for bail which was opposed by the prosecuting counsel, Innocent Mbachie, who argued that “he might jump bail”.

The presiding judge, however, decided otherwise and granted the defendant bail in the following terms: One surety and the sum of N2, 000,000 (Two Million Naira) in like some.

“The surety shall have a landed property within the jurisdiction of Federal High Court Enugu,” the judge held.

Justice Liman, while adjourning to February 13, 2019 ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail terms.

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Enugu Gov Tasks Contractors On Speedy Completion Of Projects

Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has mandated contractors handling various government projects in the state to ensure that they continue to deliver quality jobs and adhere to the contract completion deadline.

Ugwuanyi, who spoke through his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, when she paid unscheduled visits to some ongoing projects for inspection, reiterated the state government’s unflinching commitment towards providing quality infrastructure for the people of the state to continue to enjoy more democracy dividends.

The sites inspected include the Ogurute-Mkpamute-Igogoro-Ikpamodo-Okpo-Amaja road and the Ogurute – Umuogbo-Umuopu-Ette road in Igbo-Eze Local Government Area; the Enugu State Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA) dump site road at Ogui, Enugu North L.G.A.

Others include the Igbo Ano Specialist Hospital; the Agbani District Hospital, Nkanu West L.G.A; Nsukka Magistrate Court building and the erosion control project along Ugwogo Nike –Opi Nsukka road.

Mrs. Ezeilo, who was accompanied to the project sites by the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, said that the essence of the inspection was to ensure that the contractors lived up to expectation and “deliver these essential amenities to the benefiting communities on record time”.

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Vice President Osinbajo Visits Enugu, Approves Special Window Registration For MSMEs

In its bid to further ease the process of registering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo today, announced the Federal Government’s approval of a 90-day special window to register businesses at a reduced rate of N5000 only.

The Vice President who made the disclosure on Tuesday at the launch of the 19th edition of the National MSMEs Clinics in Enugu, Enugu State, said the special window of 90 days starts from October 1st to Dec 31st 2018.

According to Prof. Osinbajo, “It was observed during some of the earlier editions of the MSME Clinics that a lot of MSMEs were finding it difficult to register their businesses as a result of cost.

Speaking on other initiatives by the Federal Government designed to consolidate the gains of the MSMEs Clinics, Prof. Osinbajo said, “we will be establishing shared facilities for MSMEs based on a partnership between the Federal Government, interested States, Bank of Industry, NEXIM Bank, FIRS, NAFDAC, SON and interested private sector partners, as part of our efforts at deepening the impact of the Clinics.”

He also announced the Federal Government’s willingness to partner with State governments in establishing more One-Stop Shops, to further enhance business registration and facilitate seamless interaction between owners of small businesses and the relevant regulatory agencies.

According to him, “we are also aware that some States have gone on to set up ‘One-Stop Shops’ after the Clinics. These One-Stop Shops bring all the relevant agencies together in one place so as to enable the MSMEs access their services on an on-going basis.

Prof. Osinbajo also said there were follow-up plans to “ensure that all the finalists from the maiden edition of the MSME Awards are supported with publicity and media exposure, to enable them to reach even larger markets at home and abroad.”

He stated that the ongoing disbursement of collateral and interest-free loans given to petty traders under the GEEP TraderMoni programme would soon be launched in Enugu.

He thanked the Federal Government for the launch of the National MSMEs Clinics in the state, noting that it would greatly improve the lives of many youths especially those seeking employment opportunities.

Earlier in his remarks, Governor Ifeanyi, Ugwuanyi of Enugu said the State government had already keyed into some of the social investment programmes initiated by the Federal Government, assuring that the State would continue to cooperate with all federal authorities to improve the well-being of the people.

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Security Agencies Conduct Joint Show Of Force In Enugu

Security agencies in Enugu State, on Wednesday, commenced a joint training exercise to sustain the peace and order in the state.

The training exercise comes ahead of the September 14, sit-at-home order of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mark the alleged killing of its members during 2017 Army Operation ‘PYTHON DANCE II.

Addressing the joint security personnel at the parade ground of the 82 Division of Nigerian Army, the General Officer Commanding the division, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Kabuk, said the training became necessary for better understanding among themselves.

“It is better we train together so that we will understand ourselves. If we don’t train together we may not be able to handle some of the threats when they actually show up.

“It is important to tell Nigerians that government is not wasting resource on us,”  Kabuk said.

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FG Approves N17.73 Billion For Road Project In Enugu

The Federal Executive Council, on Wednesday, approved N17.73 billion for road project in Enugu State.

The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola stated this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting chaired by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, the project which was initially awarded at the cost of N10.3 billion in 2012 was to serve six different communities.

He however noted that the project suffered failed implementation due to lack of funding.

Giving reasons for the increase, Fashola lay emphasis on the need to provide for erosion control in the State.

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Nigeria’s Problem Is Not Religion But Systemic Corruption, Says Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has said that the problem with Nigeria was neither ethnicity nor religion but systemic corruption.

Professor Osinbajo said this at the 30th National Biennial Conference of the Students Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigeria holding in Enugu.

He said that corruption had been so entrenched in the country that if you dare challenge it, you will be in the minority.

He, however, challenged the youths to change the narrative and make the difference by checking the impunity of those that had stolen the resources of the country.

“Our problem in this country is not ethnicity or religion; it is not about Christians or Muslims. Our problems are the same wherever you go in this country.

“The story of our country is about good and evil. It is about those that have left us in this condition by stealing our common resources.

“Do not let anyone deceive you.”

The acting president challenged members of SCM to ensure that the movement becomes one of the tools that will move the country forward.

“You should understand that our country can be delivered by people like you.”

According to him, young Christians have special and distinct roles to play in the transformation of the country which is superior to those of other sets of people.

“All of the great nations of the world were transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not a gospel that tickles people’s imaginations or dwells on prosperity.

“It is not a gospel that fits your fancy. It is a gospel that teaches that righteousness exalts a nation.”

Osibanjo appealed to Nigerians to stand against the plundering of the nation’s resources as well as support the anti-corruption initiative of the Nigerian Government, irrespective of party affiliations.

 

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Enugu Police Command Arrest ATM Fraud Syndicate

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested a three-man Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fraud syndicate operating in the state.

In a statement on Friday, the Command’s spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, said police operatives recovered 30 ATM cards belonging to different individuals from the syndicate.

He said the syndicate was smashed by the Command’s Anti Cultism Squad who acted on a well-coordinated intelligence information.

He said the syndicate specialised in swindling their victims of hard-earned money through ATM cards’ transactions.

According to him, they do this smartly under the guise of offering assistance to customers, but exchange their non-workable ATM cards with the customers’ version.

“They will pick the real ATM cards and also spy on the pin code of the customers’ cards.

“They use this trick to wreak havoc on the affected victims and withdrew the customers’ deposits in few hours,’’ he said.

The suspects are – Chinweuba Ogodo, a tricycle operator in the city, Okechukwu Nwoke, a bus driver and Sopuruchi Emmanuel.

NAN

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Court Orders Enugu Govt To Produce Detained MASSOB Members

An Enugu Magistrate Court yesterday ordered the state Attorney General and the Nigeria Prisons Service (NIS) to produce members of the Ralph Uwazurike-led Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) in court.

About 32 BIM members were arrested on May 22, 2018 during their celebration of Biafra anniversary in Enugu and were subsequently arraigned on treason charges.

When the matter was mentioned yesterday, none of the accused persons was brought to court, prompting the defence counsel, C. O. Obiekwe, to ask the Attorney General and the NIS for explanations.

He told the court that the Federal Government, in collaboration with the Enugu Attorney General and the Nigeria Prisons, were doing everything possible to keep the BIM members in detention, knowing that they committed no offence.

“We are in a democracy and not a dictatorship as it is being exhibited in this matter. This case portrays this government as anti-democratic.

“I have gone to the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) and I was told that they have concluded their job and sent their report to the Attorney General.

“However, every effort I made to see the Attorney General failed. I have gone there up to six times. The last time I went, he said he was tired and did not want to see anybody,” Obiekwe said.

He insisted they gave no genuine reasons for their failure to bring the accused persons to court, saying: “These people are freedom fighters, they have not committed any offence known to law and that is why I call this government dictators.”

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Enugu Police Command Debunks Herdsmen Attack On Community

The Enugu State Police Command has debunked rumour making the round that suspected herdsmen militia were planning to attack an agrarian community in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for the Command SP Ebere Amaraizu, said this in an interview on Friday in Enugu.

He said the rumour of planned attack on Ezi-Nze community in Udi council area was unfounded.

Mr. Amaraizu said it was a blatant lie being peddled by idle minds who wanted to cause panic in the minds of residents of the state.

The police spokesman said that the state had remained and would continue to be peaceful and the police was not resting on their oars to ensure peace.

He warned those planning to obstruct peace in the state to retrace their step, stressing that they would be arrested and made to face the law.

The President-General of the community, Chief Kelvin Ochinanwata also denied the media report about the rumour of pending attack on the community and advised the public to disregard it.

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2019: Enugu APC Endorses President Buhari For 2nd Term

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Enugu State Chapter, on Sunday, endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office as the 2019 General Elections draw close.

The party equally passed a vote of confidence on the president and Dr Ben Nwoye, led executive committee of the party in the state.

The unanimous decisions were taken during the state’s APC’s enlarged State Executive Council and stakeholders meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Enugu.

Addressing the executive members and stakeholders, State Chairman of APC, Dr Ben Nwoye, said that the party would field candidates in all elective positions in 2019.

According to Nwoye, the Lion Building (Enugu Government House) is our target, and in doing that, we must also make ensure that President Buhari gets the highest votes that will be cast in the state.

“We have the power and all it takes to confront the PDP in 2019,’’ he said.

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2019: South East Women Rally Support For President Buhari

The Woman Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South East region, Mrs. Sally Chinedu, has appealed to the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ndigbo, to support President Muhammadu Buhari for re-election into office.

Chinedu stated this at a rally held in Enugu over the weekend to receive Ambassador Ginika Tor Williams, a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain who joined the APC.

According to her, a support for Buhari is a support for Igbo Presidency in 2023.

She assured that victory for the APC in 2019 would ultimately impact on the overall development of the southeast region.

Chinedu added that she was happy with what APC was doing and decided to support the “change” going on in the country.

 

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