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Anambra State Vigilante Head Warned Killer Fulani Herdsmen To Stay Away From South-East |RN

Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

The Chairman of Anambra North vigilante services, a subsidiary of Anambra state Vigilante Group, (AVG) Chief Chinenye Ihenko (Okpompi) has warned the armed killer herdsmen operating in any guise to steer clear of Anambra state and entire Southeast geopolitical zone.

He warned that any further killings in the South-East state by either the herdsmen, gunmen or suicide bombers would be reciprocated to with immediate effect.

Ihenko who sounded the note of warning while reacting to speculations making the round in various parts of Anambra state that Fulani herdsmen have taken over forests in the zone declared: “let them strike again we are ready for them”.

“Nigeria is our country and we all must defend the peace, unity and stability of Nigerian at all costs. We are ready to pay the supreme sacrifice now because Enough is Enough”.

Ihenko spoke to newsmen in his office at Onitsha Main market assured customers coming to buy or sell goods in Onitsha of their safety, adding that they should have no course to fear of any attack.

He also assured the Federal government of their readiness to give support if called upon, even as he called on President Mohammed Buhari to rise to the challenges of insecurity in the country.

“Ndigbo has no other place to go and we have learnt our lessons during and after the civil war “We will rather die together than to allow our people to be slaughtered like a goat on daily basis”.

He, therefore, called on all the stakeholders, traditional rulers town union leaders, members of the National Assembly, civil society groups and Nigerian women to join hands in the crusade to return Nigeria to its formal glory.

According to him, “I wish to align myself with the former president of Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo’s call for dialogue by all the sectors of Nigerian society to put a stop to the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians.

“All hands should be on deck to tackle this insecurity headlong now or else it will consume all of us. As it stands now, nobody or place is safe in Nigeria of today and if the ugly trend is allowed to continue, it will degenerate to a catastrophic situation” Ihenko stated. (The Sun)

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Sit-at-home Order: You Are Proscribed, Your Activity Is Illegal – Police Warn IPOB

RN file photo: IPOB members during a protest march

The Anambra State Police Command has warned the Indigenous People Biafra not to dared it or be ready to face the consequences. The police warning followed insistence by IPOB that it would on 30th, May paralyse economic activities in the South-East and beyond with a sit-at-home protest.

According to the secessionist group, it would use the day to honour people of Biafra allegedly killed during the civil war of 1967-1970 and others allegedly killed recently by security agencies in different parts of the geopolitical zone.

But in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, the command warned IPOB not to dare it by going on with the planned protest, reminding the pro-Biafra group that it remained a proscribed organisation.

The statement read in part, “Information at the disposal of the Anambra State Police Command has revealed that the outlawed group, Indigenous People of Biafra is perfecting plans through public announcement and threats in Nnewi and other parts of the State in order to enforce a “sit-at-home,” warning people to stay at home and not to come out for any business activities on the 30th of May,2019.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Indigenous People of Biafra is still a proscribed organisation hence all its activities remain illegal.

“The Commissioner of Police Anambra State, Mustapha Dandaura enjoined all Anambra people to disregard alleged calls by any group urging them to sit at home on the 30/5/2019 and go about their lawful businesses.

“The CP further assured the public that adequate security arrangements have been put in place by combined security forces in the State to nip in the bud any threat emanating from such groups.”

The statement added, “The Command will therefore not hesitate to deal decisively with and in accordance with the law any individual or groups under any guise that will disrupt public peace in the State”.

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Anambra House Of Assembly Moves To Control Expensive Burial Ceremonies

By CHUKWUEMEKA MODILIM

The State House of Assembly has passed a bill for a law to control burial and funeral ceremonial activities in Anambra State.

The bill which is sponsored by Honourable Charles Ezeani, representing Anaocha Two Constitiency was passed during yesterday’s plenary after it was considered at the committee of the whole.

The Anambra State Burial and Funeral Ceremonial Activities Bill is aimed at cutting down the cost of burial activities in the state.

The bill provides that in the event of death, no person shall deposit any corps at the mortuary or any other place beyond two months from the date of demise, while burial ceremonies in the state shall be for one day.

It further stipulates that during burial and funeral ceremonial activities, the family of the deceased shall provide food for their kindred, relatives and other sympathizers at their own discretion.

The bill places ban on destruction of property, gun shots, praise singing, blocking of roads and streets during burial ceremony in the state as defaulters shall be punished according to the law.

It made it clear that from the commencement of the law, no person shall subject any relation of the deceased person to a mourning period of more than one week from the date of burial ceremony.

Speaking on the Bill, the sponsor, Honourable Ezeani revealed that the Bill also put in place a monitoring and implementation committee that will enforce the law as well as their responsibilities.

On his part, the Deputy Speaker, Sir Hafford Oseke described the bill as à welcome development as it has put to rest high cost of burial and ceremonial activities in the state.

Speaker of the House, Mrs. Rita Maduagwu commended the lawmakers for passing a bill that will arrest unnecessary burial expenses in Anambra State.

 

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Onitsha Businessman Arrested Over Wife’s Murder In A Shrine |The Republican News

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Aloysius Attah,Onitsha

TheEnugu State Police Command has arrested an Onitsha based businessman, Mr. Ikechukwu Odoh, for alleged complicity in the murder of his wife, Mrs. Chinenye Odoh, who was shot dead by a gunman in a shrine at Obollo Afor, Udenu Local Government Area, Enugu State.

 Sunday Sun gathered that Ikechukwu and his late wife, Chinenye, had engaged in a protracted family dispute, which warranted their leaving their Onitsha base to the village in Obollo Afor for settlement in a traditional manner. A resident, who spoke on the matter, said the mother of two was taken to a native doctor in the neighbourhood who recommended that the couple should go to a local shrine to settle their marriage issues.

  “Before now, the husband wanted a divorce but Chinenye did not want their marriage dissolved after two kids and that was how the issue of going to the shrine for settlement was arrived at though she didn’t know that danger was lurking around.  

On their arrival at the shrine, a lone gunman hiding within the premises opened fire and shot Chinenye at close range and ran away leaving her in a pool of blood,” the source said. 

  The source further disclosed that the chief priest of the shrine was not aware of the couple’s visit prior to the incident while Ikechukwu was seen making some suspicious phone calls before the attack. Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the incident, said Ikechukwu has been arrested while police have commenced full-scale investigation into the case. A community leader in Obollo Afor, Chief Matthew Agu, called on the law enforcement agents to do everything within their powers to make sure that justice is served.  (The Sun)

 

 

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BREAKING: Innoson Takes Over GTBank Over N8.7bn Debt, As Supreme Court Dismisses GTB Appeal

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By Editor

This is a case that has generated so much euphoria among those who have seen the action of GTBank as a very wrong one.

There have been reports and counter reports concerning this case which has even reached the table of the EFCC. EFCC was at some point invited into the case by GTBank, and the agency has invited Chief Innocent Chukuma over for interrogation.

In the last case even GTBank denied the report from the Appeal court and called it media propaganda that has no weight.

The Republican News gathered from the social media account of the Innoson Vehicles a press release made available to the public.

Here is the press statement from Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing, IVM, company.

PRESS RELEASE

INNOSON TAKES OVER GTB OVER N8.7 Billion JUDGEMENT DEBT; AS SUPREME COURT DISMISS GTB’s APPEAL

The Chairman of Innoson Group, Chief Dr Innocent Chukwuma, OFR has through a Writ of FiFa taken over Guaranty Trust Bank PLC for and on behalf of Innoson Nigeria Ltd as a result of the Bank’s indebtedness to Innoson Nigeria Ltd.

In a landmark decision on February 27th 2019, the Supreme Court of Nigeria dismissed GTB’s appeal – SC. 694/2014- against the judgment of Court of Appeal, Ibadan Division.

The Court of Appeal, Ibadan division had in its decision of 6th February 2014 dismissed GTB’s appeal against the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division. Thus, the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division which ordered GTB by way of Garnishee order absolute – to pay N2.4 Billion to Innoson with a 22% interest, per annum, on the judgment sum until the final liquidation of the judgment debt.

Rather than obey the judgment of the Court of Appeal, GTB approached the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeal’s decision.

However in an ruling delivered by Honourable Olabode Rhodes-Vivour JSC on Wednesday, February 27th 2019, the Lord Justices of the Supreme Court (JSC) dismissed GTB’s appeal and thus affirmed the concurrent judgment of both the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division which ordered GTB by way of Garnishee order absolute – to pay N2.4 Billion to Innoson with a 22% interest, per annum, on the judgment until the final liquidation of the judgment. The Judgment debt of N2.4B has an accrued interest as at today of about N6,717,909,849.96 which results to about N8.8 Billion.

Based on the Supreme Court’s decision of 27th February 2019 the counsel to Innoson, Prof McCarthy Mbadugha ESQ, had approached the Federal High Court, Awka Division for leave to enforce the judgment having obtained Certificates of Judgment from the Ibadan Division of the Federal High Court.

Having obtained the requisite leave, the Federal High Court issued the necessary process for levying execution – the Writ of Fifa.

Cornel Osigwe
Head of Corporate Communications
Innoson Group

This is now a very serious issue for the bank and one wonders why the bank has found it difficult to settle such debt.

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Viral Video: Lady Who Flogged Victim Begs, Asks Nigerians To Stop Her From Going To Jail

By Chibiko Ikenna Offor

It is wisdom to think before acting and one of the ladies who humiliated the victim in the viral video, wishes she did just that.

The Nigerian lady, who allegedly helped her sister to strip naked, humiliate the lady in the viral video, who also flogged the lady they lured to their house, is begging Nigerians to speak up on her behalf to prevent her from going to jail.

In her own words:

“Nigerians please, arise and speak for me; I don’t want to go to jail; I am deeply sorry for my action. This is not my character, I acted based on my emotions for my child of which my ex -husband took away from me. I don’t want to go to jail help me Nigerians protest for my sake”.

The problem is that she cannot take back the pains and humiliation she and her sister caused the other lady, who is also a widow.

Obviously, a long jail term is beckoning on her and her accomplice. She will learn her lessons in prison.

This video has generated a lot of euphoria, anger, discussions and a lot of attention on the social media. And many have shown disgust, anger than acceptance for the actions of these two ladies on their fellow woman.

Their plans was evil and criminal and a punishment is something they well deserve.

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Viral Video: Perpetrators Who Stripped Lady Naked Face 5 Charges, Jail Term |RN

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The victim being brutalised by the prepetrators

By Editor,

The case of a lady  whose video went viral on the social media has finally changed to blackmail, conspiracy, and deprivation of liberty, and jail term is now beckoning on those behind such a shameful act.

The video ignited a strong discussion among Nigerians about husbands or male parnters and their so-called sidechicks and how the women handled this case.

Arrest have been made in the case of the viral video showing a naked lady being beaten by another lady for allegedly having an affair with the husband of the beater.

The video made it look like those were caught having sex but the lady in question was invited by the husband of one of the ladies and she came over before the ladies came in to embarras her and stripped her naked and locked her up for several hours.

The details of the case and charges are a follow below:

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CONSPIRACY, BLACKMAIL, DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY AND ASSAULT OCCASIONING HARM.

On the 21/3/2019 at about 2:40pm, one Okafor Ogochukwu ‘F’ of Osile Village Ogidi reported at Central Police Station Awka that on 19/03/2019 at about 11:36am, she was invited by her male facebook friend, one Ifeanyi Azota ‘m’ to his house at Ezimezi village in Amawbia. All of a sudden a woman who claimed to be his wife namely Azotani Toochukwu ‘f’ suddenly appeared into the house with her friend one Ogochukwu Nwankwo ‘F’ and Locked her inside the bathroom for almost four hours and left.

  1. The women later came back with two big canes and opened the bathroom door.
  2. However, while the suspect’s friend, one Ogochukwu Nwankwo stripped her naked and flogged her severally, the principal suspect was busy video taping the incident and thereafter pushed her out from the compound naked.

  3. Complainant further alleged that the principal suspect, Azotani Toochuckwu called her on phone the following day and demanded for the sum of Sixty thousand Naira (N60,000) or they will post her nude video on the internet.

  4. Consequently, when the complainant refused to pay the money as requested, the principal suspect Azotani Toochukwu actualised her threat and posted the naked video to the internet and since then the video went viral.

  5. Meanwhile, three suspects have been arrested and scene of the incident was visited by police detectives attached to Central Police Station Awka. The case is under investigation after which suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.

SP Haruna Mohammed PPRO Anambra State Police Command,
For -Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command.

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Diggers In Anambra Made Interesting Archeological Findings, But Unaware Of Its Value

By Ike A. Offor

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Some local pit diggers or excavators have made a very surprising findings while they were digging. They stumbled on what seems to be an interesting archeological find, that could open a floodgate of further findings for ancient artifacts.

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Well decorated or designed bronze work

The Igbo of Nigeria in West Africa were known for bronze culture known as Igbo Ukwu, which dates back to 1500BC to 300 AD and they were among the first to work with iron and  bronze smelting and moulding in human history. These findings seem to be the very same iron and bronze works dating back to NOK culture or Igbo Ukwu era in early human history.

The bronze artifacts of Igbo Ukwu dates to 9th Century AD according to Wikipedia.

The Nok people of Nigeria were smelters of iron but also agriculturalists. C. Elliott describes how the culture they founded may have a deep effect upon the ancient history of Africa.

Igbo-Ukwu is notable for three archaeological sites, where excavations have found bronze artifacts from a highly sophisticated bronze metal-working culture dating to 9th century AD, centuries before other known bronzes of the region.

The first, called Igbo Isaiah, was uncovered in 1938 by Isaiah Anozie, a local villager, who found the bronze works while digging beside his home. Five bronze artifacts from the original excavation are now in the British Museum‘s collection. They include a small staff, a head of a ram, a large manilla, an intricately designed crescent-shaped vessel and a small pendant in the shape of a local chief’s head with scarification (ichi) marks on the face.

Formal excavations by the archaeologist Thurstan Shaw in 1959 at the request of the Nigerian government, resulted in the discovery of two other sites, Igbo Richardand Igbo Jonah, containing the remains of an ancient culture. Later, these were excavated as well. Artifacts have included jewelryceramics, a corpse adorned in what appears to be regalia, and many assorted bronzecopper, and iron objects. Some of these contain materials that are evidence of a long-distance trading system extending to Egypt.

Radiocarbon dating placed the sites to 850 AD, which would make the Igbo-Ukwu culture the earliest-known example of bronze casting in the region. The craftsmen were working centuries before those who made the more well-known Ife bronzes. The archaeological sites in southeastern Nigeria are associated with the Nri-Igbo. The three sites include Igbo Isaiah (a shrine), IgboRichard (a burial chamber), and Igbo Jonah (a cache). Artifacts found in these sites have shown that by the 9th century AD, the Igbo-Ukwu people had established a complex religious system and an economy based on agriculture and trade with other African peoples as far as the Nile valley.

The NOK culture covered the entire region of West Africa, and Igbo Ukwu, which covers the entire South Eastern Nigeria. Anambra, where these youths made this finding is a perfect area where likely artifacts of great archeological values could be found. So, it is most likely that what these youths stumbled upon could be of a great archeological value.

It could as well be newer and not as old as the olden days NOK culture iron works or the Igbo Ukwu bronze archeological findings. But whatever it is, it is something that needs further studies by the professional archeologists from within Nigeria and beyond.

 

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Gunmen Shoot Pastor In Front Of His Church In Anambra |The Republican News

                                        Scene of the attack: Victim being helped into the car

Tony Okafor,  Awka

 

Gunmen on Thursday attacked Grace and Power Prophetic Ministry, Awka, Anambra State, and shot its pastor.

The condition of the pastor, whose name was given as Elijah, could not be ascertain as of press time as he was rushed to an undisclosed place by his church members who had gathered for their Thursday worship.

The incident reportedly occurred a few metres from the B Division of the Anambra State Police Command in the Anambra State Secretariat area of Awka, the state capital.

The middle-aged pastor, popularly called Miracle Pastor, was said to have had his legs hit by bullets.

It was gathered that the gunmen had trailed the pastor from Enugu State.

A source told our correspondent that the assailants had demanded N5m from the victim for an undisclosed purpose but were offered N1m by the pastor, which they allegedly rejected.

“As soon as they got to his church, they opened fire on the pastor. They snatched some undisclosed amount of money from him, leaving him unconscious. His vehicle was riddled with bullets,” he added.

When our correspondent visited the church, parishioners and sympathisers were seen discussing the incident.

A resident, who gave his name as Johnson, said he was passing by when he saw some persons pulling out a man from a shattered vehicle.

He said, “When I enquired, I was told that he was the pastor of the church. Who knows what he must have done to attract this kind of treatment to himself?”

When contacted, the Police Public Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, said he would get back to our correspondent.

He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this story.  (Punch)

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Willie Obiano Will Join APC After Tenure, Says Chris Ngige |RN

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Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Ngige insisted that supporting re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari remained the best bet for the South-East to produce the Nigerian president in 2023.

• Gov is APGA, will not go anywhere – Commissioner

From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has disclosed that Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, will join the All Progressives Congress (APC) immediately after his tenure.

The minister, who spoke to newsmen in Awka, said he was sure of the move, as he knows governor Obiano to be a pragmatist and a realist.

“When he finishes serving, he will come. I’m sure. He is a pragmatist, he is a realist. I have tried to let him know that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is good, but it’s a regional party. You can’t use a regional party to go and do election and fight. People have abandoned the idea of regional parties. That’s why AD, AC decided that after many years of staying at the periphery of Federal Government, they decided to coalesce with LPP; CPC and rebel faction of APGA, led by Rochas Okorocha and formed APC.

“So, regional parties are not in vogue and the governor knows. Even his predecessor, Peter Obi, when he was using APGA to canvass and do other things, it dawned on him that he cannot be playing in the region with a regional party. He can’t come to national with a regional party and that is why he unceremoniously defected. In fact, they started the defection you are seeing today. Obi is part of the early defectors.

“So, he joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but Obiano is a progressive. Any day he will do it, we will sit with him and arrange it in such a way that the Igbo will go to a party that will reckon with them and that party is APC.”

Meanwhile, Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba has said nothing will make Governor Obiano leave APGA.

Adinuba said both APC and PDP have failed Nigerians as they had nothing tangible to offer.

“Governor Obiano is what the great Zik of Africa would refer to as the “beautiful bride” wooed by every confident suitor. He is wanted by all the parties because of his record and brand of politics devoid of bitterness and primordial cleavages.

“But, he is not going anywhere. He is an APGA man, through and through. He is strongly backing a candidate who all Nigerians expect to win the presidential election.”

In a related development, Ngige has insisted that supporting re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari remained the best bet for the South-East to produce the Nigerian president in 2023.

Ngige said President Buhari and the APC would have the moral grounds and the basis of equity to support a president of South East extraction if the zone gives him and the party full support in 2019 general election.

The minister, who spoke to newsmen in Awka warned the zone against making the mistake he claimed they made in 2015 when, according to him, they put all their eggs in one basket of the PDP against his advice and turned back to cry of marginalisation.

“All I’m saying in effect is that the Igbo of the South-East must do political engineering and the step to take is to support the Buhari presidency for 2019 and vote for it with all their strength. Because by so doing, they will not be left out in the power-sharing that will come thereafter.”   (The Sun)

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