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Heavy shooting in Anambra community as suspected IPOB members enforce sit-at-home

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There was heavy shooting in the boundary between Oko community in Orumba North Local Government Area and Ekwulobia community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State on Monday.

It is gathered that suspected members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) got to the boundary and started shooting sporadically, causing panic in the area.

A source in the area said the shooting forced residents of the area to scamper into hiding, just as a Toyota Sienna vehicle belonging to an unidentified indigene of Isuofia, neighbouring community to Ekwulobia was set ablaze.

“The man was driving towards the area when the men started shooting. He left his car on the middle of the road and ran for his life, but before he could return, the men had set it ablaze,” the source said.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the incident.

The spokesperson for the Anambra State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed it, said the State Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Eworo has deployed men to the area.

He said: “The Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng has since ordered reinforcement teams from the command headquarters to intensify patrols around major areas like Onitsha, Nnewi, Ihiala, Aguata, Awka and other environs in the State.

“The reinforcement teams comprise Police Mobile Operatives, Counter Terrorist Units, Special Forces and other tactical teams. They are to address any security concern that may arise and to forestall any breakdown of law and order in the State.”

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IYC applauds Buhari over Tonlagha’s appointment

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The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Western Zone, led by Dr Doubra Okotete, on Sunday, applauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Capt. John Roland Tonlagha as Executive Commissioner on Health and Safety Environment, HSE.

This is contained in a statement signed by Olu Derimon and Lugard Izuokumor, Secretary and Information Officer, Western Zone, respectively.

The IYC described the appointment as a momentous call that will address the devastating environmental setbacks in Ijaw communities and the Niger Delta by extension.

“As a socio-cultural organization empowered to speak for the socioeconomic and adverse environmental effects on Ijaw people, we believe our brand new Executive Commissioner HSE who is an Ijaw man understands the issues affecting our ecosystem and our people.
“The IYC’s leadership in Western Zone [Delta, Edo and Ondo States] will give Mr Tonlagha the necessary support and by extension the commission where a conducive atmosphere will be created for the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) for the overall good of Ijaw Communities and indeed the Niger Delta at large,” it said.

The IYC expressed astonishment over the delay in the constitution of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Board.

According to the IYC, “Ijaw people and Niger Deltans in general, particularly the youths are becoming agitated by the excessive politics hovering around constituting a substantive board of the NDDC.

“We, therefore, call on President Buhari to take thorough introspection to the kind of legacy he may wish to imprint in constituting the substantive board which sole mandate is the development of the Niger Delta.”

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Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Oyetola Salutes Fallen Heroes, Living Gallant Officers For Sustaining Nation’s Corporate Existence

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Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Let’s seize this day to recommit ourselves to the ideals of nationhood, Oyetola urges Nigerians

…salutes fallen heroes, living gallant officers for sustaining nation’s corporate existence.

As the year 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration ended with the traditional ‘laying of wreaths’, the Governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has urged Nigerians to seize the day to recommit to the ideals of nationhood by taking responsibility to create a society that works for all in line with the vision of our forefathers.

He said citizens must resolve to give all for the development of their fatherland, saying “no one of us should find an excuse for giving up on this dearly-beloved nation.”

This is even as the Governor saluted the fallen and the living heroes of the Nigerian Armed Forces for their selfless service and for paying the supreme price to keep Nigeria one, united and indivisible entity.

Governor Oyetola spoke shortly after he laid the wreaths in honour of fallen heroes at the military cenotaph, Osogbo.

He said the Armed Forces Remembrance Day was a day of sober reflection to consider the sacrifices of the soldiers who, in the quest for sustaining unity and collective sovereignty, paid the supreme sacrifice to keep the country united, indivisible and peaceful.

Governor Oyetola said that his Administration was fully committed to further encouraging members of the Armed Forces through diverse interventions and would continue to raise the bar in the provision of qualitative governance in a manner that improves the living standard of the people.

“When on this day over 50 years ago, the nation reunited in the pursuit of the shared goal of peace after a protracted civil war that lasted three years, it was to recommit to a new dawn of a nation that is both at peace with itself and refocus on its quest for territorial prosperity.

“That foundation was made possible through the monumental sacrifices of our armed forces — a rare breed of distinguished men and women who placed us all first above their own security and safety. It is to these illustrious professionals we owe this annual commemoration.

“These are men who have fought gallantly for the sustenance of our collective peace and territorial integrity. From their exploits in the world wars, their peace support operations and fledgling internal security operations, especially as exemplified by their sustained combat against terrorism, they have made us proud and surmounted imposing mountains for our sakes.

“Through their lives and sacrifices, they speak to us eloquently that ours is a nation that is great, cherished and worth fighting for. In their pains, they beckon to us to rediscover hope amidst the challenges that characterise today.

“As an Administration, we will continue to draw inspiration from their lives, knowing that the journey to a brighter future will be determined by unparalleled patriotism, loyalty, dedication and sacrifice to the common good.

“Therefore, as a people, let us seize this day to recommit ourselves to the ideals of nationhood that is reflective of the vision of our forefathers, by taking responsibility to create a society that works for all.

“While thanking members of the armed forces for their immeasurable contributions to nation building, I, on behalf of our people, charge them to give more for our nation, knowing that no true and genuine service to humanity shall go unrewarded.

“As a government, we are fully committed to further encourage members of the Armed Forces through diverse interventions and will continue to raise the bar in the provision of qualitative governance in a manner that improves the living standard of our people”, he added.

The occasion was attended by the leadership and members of the State Chapter of the Nigerian Legion; the Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye who was represented by his Deputy, Hon. Femi Popoola; Chief Judge of the State, Justice Adepele Ojo; some members of the State House of Assembly; members of the State Executive Council, other top government functionaries, among others.

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BREAKING: Court clears Imo Deputy Speaker accused of N75 million Fraud

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A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja on Thursday struck out a criminal charge brought against the Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Amarachi Chyna Iwuanyanwu, over his alleged involvement in a N75 million fraud.

In a ruling, Justice Charles Agbaza struck out the charges upon the request of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The IGP, who filed the charges, however, on Thursday brought a motion on notice to the court requesting that the charges be terminated.

In the motion argued by his counsel, Mr Umoh Inah, the police chief asked the court to throw away the charges in the interest of justice.

The motion was not opposed by Chief Chris Uche (SAN), who stood for the Deputy Speaker.

Agbaza consequently ruled that the charges be immediately terminated.

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