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Ebonyi leaders instigating crisis, APC about God, people – Umahi

Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, has accused some political leaders in the State of causing violence.

He told the new Police Commissioner, Aliyu Garba to tackle insecurity in Ebonyi.

Umahi spoke in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Wednesday when Garba visited him, NAN reports.

“You are coming at a very trying moment and should deal decisively with anyone instigating insecurity. It should be stated that some leaders instigate crises but when it comes to security issues, my party is God and the people,” he said.

Umahi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) accused the past police leadership of hobnobbing with politicians.

“I nearly severed my relationship with the police but was restrained by the integrity of its Inspector General. How can police officers be inside their offices and hoodlums would attack them and collect their guns?” He asked.

The governor said it happened more than three times under the former police boss.

“It is unfortunate. Cultists would be arrested and three or four days later, they are released into the society to further cause problems,” he said.

Umahi disclosed that his administration would soon distribute operational vehicles to security agencies.

Umahi warned new Coordinators of Local Government Development Centres and Special Assistants against disloyalty.

In his remarks, Garba pledged to ensure the protection of the peoples’ lives and property.

2023: Ebonyi Indigenes in Diaspora kick against zoning

As 2023 governorship election in Ebonyi state gathers momentum, some indigenes of the state under the platform of Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) have said that competence and credibility will determine who emerge the next governor and not zoning.

The association implored Ebonyi people to continue to study the records in and out of office of any contender and place same side-by-side with the prevailing challenges facing the state and seek out for only those who can reverse the negative indices.

In a statement signed and released to newsmen on Sunday by its President, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, urged the people to ignore “paid political permutators, jobbers and hatchets men mislead, misdirect or misinform Ebonyi people as they battle to choose a credible and competent leader who would take-over the baton as Governor David Nweze Umahi’s successor.”

The association was reacting to an opinion piece by one Sunday Okwerike- one of the Izhi youngsters on social media who lamented that the rest of Ebonyians should probably leave the battle of Umahi’s successor in 2023 to only his Izhi clan.

But while responding to the development, the AESID said Ebonyi people will also not support to be elected into the office of Governor in 2023, any leader or persons who have records of having been used particularly by the Umahi administration to dispense mindless violence on Ebonyians with many of such leading to deaths of the young and elderly.

“First, AESID wishes to assert that the number one criteria which we implore every Ebonyian and lover our dear State to seek out in any intending aspirant or candidate is COMPETENCE and CREDIBILITY which would ultimately translate into such a leader’s capacity to reverse the numerous growing negative statistics and economic woes that the current government of Umahi has brought upon our dear State.

“Apart from the incontrovertible fact that there has never been a time when the rest of the zones in the State allowed only aspirants and candidates from a particular part of the State to seek the Governorship office in keeping with the so-called unwritten charter of equity, power as such pundits and analysts should be made to know only comes from above and it is never given but taken.

“Much more than the zone of an aspirant, AESID would, we reiterate implore Ebonyi people to continue to study the records in and out of office of any contender and place same side-by-side with the prevailing challenges facing the young State and seek out for only those who can reverse the negative indices.

“We, as a group has variously raised the alarm over the rising poverty in the State which has placed us in a woeful third position among the 36 States of the federation and whoever wish to succeed Umahi must not only be worried about this ugly trend but have the feasible prognosis to proffer credible solutions to them.”

According to Oluchukwu, the government of Engr. Umahi has remained a family business with capital flights being the order of the day.

“Governor Umahi boasts that he knows even the costs of production and supply of ordinary nails, all because he is the sole supplier all to and by himself and his family. This is why the government has placed higher premium on concrete roads, flyovers and decorative water fountains cum lights over and above the economic survival of a greater number of Ebonyians. Come 2023, Ebonyi people should choose, follow, support and elect a leader who would run an all-inclusive government that would see humans as humans and not as machines.

“It is our firm believe that the economic prosperity of Ebonyi people is more important than the antiquated zoning of political positions that would not afford us to put our best foot forward as Umahi’s successor in 2023. More so, our people will not elect any leader who has shown manifest greed and looting of previously or presently occupied public office, neither would we encourage them to support anyone hanging on the shoulders of any leader who has vaults in his massive country-home wherein he’s been saving looted public funds.”

9 confirmed killed in Ebonyi cult clash

Ebonyi Commissioner for Border Peace and Internal Security, Stanley Okoro-Emegha

By CHUKWUEMEKA OPARA

The Ebonyi Government, on Monday, said that nine persons were killed in a renewed clash between two rival cults in the state.

The Commissioner for Border Peace and Internal Security, Mr Stanley Okoro-Emegha, made the disclosure in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the state Security Council meeting.

Okoro-Emegha, who is also the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, said that 37 suspected cult members had also been arrested by security agencies.

“It is pertinent to note that some members of the Neighbourhood Security Watch, the state’s security outfit, were among those arrested for the cult-related activities.

“The suspects will soon be charged to court, as the government is exploring all avenues to eradicate cultism in the state.

“The government has also given security agencies seven days to expose cult members in the state or take the blame for cult disturbances,” he said.

The commissioner assured residents of a secured yuletide, with efforts already made to protect the lives and property of the citizens.

“The government requested that divisional police officers and other security enforcers in all the local government areas attend the meeting to evolve ways of protecting the people during the yuletide.

“The security officers at the council areas complained of logistic challenges, such as operational vehicles and the governor pledged to swiftly address the challenges.

“The aesthetic nature of the state has been greatly enhanced by the governor and visitors will be thronging the state during the yuletide.

“Traditional rulers and town union leaders, among others, will be held liable in cases of disturbances in their areas, as they were also enjoined to ensure adequate security,” he said.

The commissioner also stated that 9,000 live cartridges were recently discovered at a building material market, adding that the owner of the shop, where they were discovered, was being interrogated by security agencies.

(NAN)

Abia Onyeike abandons APC, returns to PDP, says he can’t cope with Umahi’s style

An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and former Commissioner for Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi State, Chief Abia Onyeike, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to him, his decision to return to PDP remains that Governor Umahi is not prepared to change his ‘dictatorial, totalitarian and autocratic leadership style’ in the governance of Ebonyi state.

He alleged that this has unleashed mass poverty and mass impoverishment on Ebonyi citizenry.

Onyeike made this known in an open letter on Thursday while noting that the present leaders of PDP in the state “now are tested leaders and like-minded patriots who are committed to the genuine development of Ebonyi State.”

He said, “I will remain opposed to Gov. Umahi’s government because of his lawless approach to governance and administration. The PDP in Ebonyi State must be used as a liberation movement to rescue Ebonyians from the stranglehold of Gov Umahi, whose inordinate ambition is to hand over power to his proxy with his son as the next speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, come 2023.

“That Gov. David Umahi is not prepared to turn a new leaf in his dictatorial, totalitarian and autocratic leadership style in the governance of Ebonyi State – a situation that has unleashed mass poverty and mass impoverishment on Ebonyi citizenry.

“Gov Umahi wants to continue in his usual government of anarchy through which instability, violence and lawlessness are exacerbated in the governance of the state. As we speak, a new wave of killings and loss of lives is gradually unfolding in the state in Ezza North and Ezza South LGAs, no thanks to the regime of impunity prevalent in the state. The political space is already fouled by antagonistic propaganda being fuelled and targeted against those wanting to toe a different and independent path of political party affiliation, especially those who have expressed their resolve to be in PDP.

Onyeike alleged that Umahi sees public office not as an instrument for the provision of welfare for the citizenry, but as a platform for personal and family aggrandisement.

DEFECTION: Umahi sacks Sam Egwu’s kinsmen from cabinet despite solidarity

The Ebonyi Governor, Chief David Umahi, has sacked political appointees from Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.

Umahi gave the order on Friday in a statement signed and issued to newsmen in Abakaliki by the Secretary to the State government, Mr Kenneth Ugbala.

“In the avowed determination of Ebonyi State Government to allow greater participation of people in governance, Gov. David Umahi has approved the sack of political appointees from Ohaukwu Local Government Area with immediate effect.

“The office holders include: all the Coordinators, all the Executive Assistants (EAs), all the Senior Technical Assistants (STAs).

“Others include all the Technical Assistants (TAs), all the Liaison Officers and all the Management Committee Members of Development Centres,” Umahi stated.

“All the affected officers are directed to handover all the State Government property in their possession to the Secretary to the State Government before the close of work on Monday, Nov. 23,” he directed.

Ironically, the sack came barely hours after stakeholders of Ohaukwu LGA threw their weight behind Governor Umahi, who days earlier defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The stakeholders who made their position known at a meeting held at the Council headquarters, Ezzamgbo, said they were solidly behind Governor Umahi, adding that the people of the Council were 99.9% APC.

The Chairman of the Council, Barrister Clement Odah, who addressed journalists on behalf of the stakeholders, said the people of the council had benefitted heavily from Umahi’s administration, assuring that they were fully with him.

According to him, on moral ground, none of them is entitled to take a different direction other than the direction of the Governor.

He maintained that Ohaukwu people would deliver 100% votes to the APC in 2023.

Senator representing Ebonyi North Senatorial district and first civilian Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr Sam Egwu, who is opposed to Umahi’s defection to APC hails from Ohaukwu LGA.

Odah said: “Ohaukwu Local Government are part and parcel of the All Progressives Congress (APC). At a personal level, I want to let the world know that I am the son of the Governor, David Umahi. He made me what I am today. As long as politics is concerned, he is the beginning and the end of my political sojourn. He remains my father, benefactor, and boss.

“Beyond me, we have appointees of Government and elected persons here. All of us are beneficiaries of the magnanimity of the Governor. On moral ground, none of us is entitled to take a different direction other than the direction of the Governor.

“As a people, we have witnessed tremendous development in our area. We have the gigantic and longest flyover and only a person that loves you can give you such a gift.

“Every Ohaukwu man, every Ohaukwu youth and every Ohaukwu woman will continue to support the Governor. As long as we are concerned, this LGA is 99.9 percent APC. I would have said Ohaukwu is 100 percent, but our Governor himself has conceded 0.01% for a certain class of persons.

“If anybody is not in agreement with the Governor, the question is: what are your reasons? We have flyovers, good roads, ecumenical centre, international airport, international stadium and international market. We have all the good things we see in Dubai. Anybody saying we shouldn’t stand with David Umahi, does he have anything better than what he had offered us? So, we stand with the Governor and we will always stand by him.”

Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr Sunday Inyima, who was rumored to have resigned his appointment sequel to the defection of Umahi to APC, described the rumor as false, insisting that the entire Ohaukwu people including himself, were solidly behind Governor Umahi.

Gunmen murder legislative aide in Ebonyi

Gunmen have killed a legislative aide in Ebonyi House of Assembly Kingsley Obasi.

The victim is the legislative assistant to Ebonyi Deputy Speaker, Obasi Odefa.

It was gathered the gunmen trailed Obasi on Wednesday night while he was on his way home before killing him.

One of his colleagues, Thomas Eluu, who is the legislative aide to Deputy Leader of the House Kingsley Ikoro, confirmed the incident on his Facebook wall Wednesday night.

“My colleague at Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Kingsley Obasi, who happens to be a Legislative Aide to The Deputy Speaker shot dead today by unknown men,” he wrote.

The victim was said to be planning his wedding.

It was further gathered his killers also made away with his bag containing money, his wedding invitation cards and other valuables.

A member of the decessed’s family, who spoke with The Nation in Abakaliki, onThursday morning confirmed the death.

The source described the incident as robbery gone bad.

The family source, who pleaded for anonymity said: “Yes, he was the one. I don’t think it was politically motivated. I think it was a case of robbery gone bad’.

The source said the armed robbers accosted the victim and collected his bags containing his wedding invitation cards.

As the robbers were about to move, he was said to be shouting ‘it is armed robbers oo. It is armed robbers ooo’, then they shot him”.

Police spokesman in the state confirmed the incident.

She said the Police Command is investigating the incident with a view to arresting the culprits.

People Are Destroying Properties In The Name of IPOB in Ebonyi State- Govt.

STATE-WIDE BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, ENGR. DAVID UMAHI, FNSE, FNATE ON THE RECENT INVASION OF HOODLUMS INTO THE STATE ON TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER, 2020

I bring greetings to you all.

2. Let me apologize to you all for the crippling of our state activities by criminals and hoodlums who came to loot and kill our people yesterday, Monday, 26th October, 2020.

3. I offer my sincere condolences to security agents and traders who lost their lives yesterday when these criminals entered the state.

4. Let me also offer my sympathy to all those wounded, killed, whether security agencies, civilians, or criminals as every live is sacred before God and should be seen as such by everyman.

5. On Tuesday, the 20th of October, 2020, those who invaded our state and destroyed our infrastructure came from outside. Yesterday, Monday, 26th October, 2020 those who came are Ebonyians from a particular village and a Local Government in the name of IPOB.

6. We know these people, we know their fathers. Same people that abducted some policemen who were on peace mission in their community sometime last year even though the policemen were later released by my intervention.

7. I have offered details here so that you know we know you very well and you are responsible for the killing and looting in your state using the cover of IPOB. I refuse to buy into this as a criminal is a criminal and criminality is criminality.

8. I, therefore, appreciate our security agencies for their maturity and listening ear to me yesterday not to retaliate. However, it is unconventional for people to invade a police station, burn the police station, kill the police people and take their guns.

9. It is uncommon for you to attack the army who were protecting you, strategic government assets too and yet they remain unprovoked. Security agencies in the state have asked me to please plead with you to stop attacking them and burning their stations.

10. Let me assure Ebonyians that more security agencies were deployed from outside the state last night and they have been deployed to protect you.

11. Social-economic activities in Ebonyi State must return now, go about your normal businesses in peace.

12. To our young children who are hiding under IPOB to kill us, we do not deserve it, our government has done their best to give you good governance, where we have failed as human beings, I here again offer my apologies with a firm offer and promise to make amends with your inputs.

13. Today, I plead with these young hoodlums killing us in the name of IPOB to withdraw peacefully to their houses. Security agencies must please give them peace to do so. They must be allowed free access to return to their communities.

14. I will compensate all families whose loved ones were either injured or killed during this unfortunate period, whether security agencies or civilians or even these hoodlums.

15. On palliatives, we have shared all palliatives we bought for our people.

16. You are aware that we spent billions buying palliative which we shared to you, polling unit by polling unit irrespective of political alliances.

17. We reached over 600,000 Ebonyians including those in Lagos and Abuja, the little one left now is left for our Ebonyi State University Students who were not in session.

18. School has resumed; they have started carrying their items, the only items left are being taken now by students and they are 50 bags of just 10kg rice, 200 bags of 20kg rice 1,500 cartons of tin tomatoes, 2000 gallons of oil, 2000 cartons of noodles and these items for the students put together is not up to what we gave to polling units.

19. We do not have any palliatives unshared. We have gone ahead with both the state and Local government to make provision for the second phase of palliative slated for December for our people.

20. We have stood with our people in this trying period notwithstanding our meager resources.

21. We are working on how to assist our parents to ensure our students go back to school by reducing school fees, but you must know that there is opportunity cost, when one is done, another one may not be done because of our meager resources.

22. I, therefore, ask Ebonyians to go back to their normal activities while I offer my heartfelt condolences to all those who lost their lives, property and wounded.

23. I call on all youths, whether good or bad to dialogue with my government and make their inputs in governance.

24. I have today set aside the sum of 2.6bn SME fund for organized youths cooperative in all the Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State. Let us dialogue on how you could benefit from it. This is aside from the over 100 Executive Council members, over 1100 TAs and over 2000 Ebonyians who occupy political positions in the state of which 90 percent of those who occupy this political position are youth and over 30 percent of them are also women.

25. We have done a lot in our empowerment program including the One Man, One Hectare of Land which over 2000 youths are participating.

26. I again plead with our young ones, please, no more attacks, no more destruction of our common asset, no more killing us, killing you or even security agencies.

27. Together we are strong and together, this moment will pass over us to the glory of God.

Ebonyi State Government lifts curfew, directs reopening of all businesses

The Government of Ebonyi State has lifted the 24-hour curfew imposed on the state due to the #EndSARS violence.

It also directed all businesses and schools to reopen in the state from Monday, the 26th of October. A statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji read;

“1. Having carefully reviewed the security situation in the State with the Security Chiefs, Youth and CAN leaders, as it concerns the recent civil disturbances, the Governor of Ebonyi State,
His Excellency, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE, FNATE, has directed the re-opening of Banks and Filling Stations across the state, with effect from Monday 26th October 2020.

“2. The Governor assures all business owners in the state and the general public of their safety and urges them to freely go about their lawful businesses as the situation is under control.

“3. Please, be assured always of the unflinching commitment of our dear Governor towards building a virile and prosperous economy that guarantees the future of all the inhabitants of the state”, it stated.

BREAKING: Governor Umahi has defected to APC, says Ebonyi lawmaker

Controversy has greeted the alleged defection of Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the 2023 general election.

The member representing Ezza South/Ikwo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, had on Saturday congratulated the Governor Umahi for finally joining APC.

Ogah, who spoke authoritatively, said: “We don’t need division in South-East; we need unity in South-East, we need to be part of the Central government. We can’t continue to be in opposition.”

Ogah, the only National Assembly member from Ebonyi State elected on the platform of APC, revealed that Umahi’s defection was perfected after his meeting with critical stakeholders and leaders of APC including President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “Yes, Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, APC is a step in the right direction. We cannot afford to remain in opposition. We must join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of democracy.

“I am calling on other Governors in south east to toe the line of Governor Umahi and join APC. We have to be at the centre, we have to join the mainstream politics for overall development of our zone and the country in general.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has done well. Everybody should join the APC to encourage him.”

But the Governor in a press statement this afternoon through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Francis Nwaze, in Abakaliki, denied Umahi’s defection to APC.

The statement reads: “My attention has been drawn to the news making the round in some quarters of the media, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The news is a product of a figment of imagination on the part of the carriers as Governor Umahi was, is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“It is, however, difficult to observe how people are easily persuaded to believe in fake dummies in the name of rumours.

“If for any reason, Governor Umahi wishes to leave People Democratic Party (PDP), it will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers,” he stated.

When contacted for further reaction, the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr. Uchenna Orji said he is somewhere and may not be chanced to react to the defection.

Orji who insisted on seeing the lawmaker’s statement before reaction said: “send to me the report, let me know what they are saying, “so that I can react. I am somewhere now.”

Ebonyi State PDP Chairman, Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi, when contacted couldn’t pick calls or respond to text messages sent to him by our reporter for reaction.

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Ebonyi police arrest 2 minors for gang-raping teenage girl

Two teenage boys are now in police net in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital for gang-raping another teenager.

According to the information, the two boys, Chidubem Onwe (14 years) and Chidiogu Okonkwo (15 years) were said to have gone to the family house of the girl, Mmesoma Nwoye (15 years), when they noticed everyone had left the house, overpowered her, tore her dress and raped her.

The ugly incident happened at Ishieke, Abakaliki on Tuesday, 16 June, around 1:00pm, when the compound of the victim was lonely.

AJM NEWS gathered that Mmesoma’s father alerted the police when he came home from the day’s business and got information about what happened, as narrated by his daughter.

The police immediately swung into action, got the boys arrested and took the raped girl to the hospital for medical checkup.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi, DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the report and said that the suspects had been arrested and had confessed to the crime.

The PPRO said: “On June 16th, 2020, at about 1:15pm one Fidelis Nwoye of Nkelegu in Ishieke community, in the company of her daughter, Nmesoma Nwoye 15yrs, came to the station and reported that at about 12pm June 14, one Chidiogu Okonkwo, 15yrs and one Chidubem Onwe, 14yrs, all of the same address went to his house while he was at his shop at Ishieke and tore his daughter’s cloth and raped her.

“So Police in Ishieke quickly swung into action and arrested the suspects and all of them confessed to the crime.
“I know that the only thing that can make children of that age do that kind of a thing is cultism and drugs.

Though they are minors, we have where we keep minors and they will be charged to court as soon as we are done with the doctor’s report”.

It is of note that recently, there had been several reported cases of rape in different parts of the country, as many suspects had also been arrested in connection to that.

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