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Soldiers, Policemen At War In Aba.


 

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Hell was let loose on Monday evening in Aba, Abia state as more than fifty
soldiers invaded the Aba Area Command of the Police threatening to burn
down the station if they did not produce a policeman who allegedly slapped
their colleague.

Trouble started when a policeman in company of his pregnant wife who is
also a police officer, rammed their Mercedes Benz car into another car
driven by a man in mufti later identified as Captain Abubakar who was also
in company of his colleague.

According to eyewitness accounts, the soldiers got out of their car
demanding to know why the policeman hit their car. The situation was said
to have led to an exchange of words between both parties with one of the
soldiers landing a slap on the policemen.

Angered by the action, the policeman returned the slap while the soldier
pulled a gun threatening to shoot but was held back by the wife of the
policeman who insisted that they be shot together.

The exchange which held up traffic at the Jubilee road junction near the
old site of the Abia State University Teaching Hospital(ABSUTH), a
shouting distance from the Aba Area Command, attracted some policemen who
ran back to inform their colleague about the development.

Another group of Policemen converged at the scene pleading with the
soldiers to let go of the incident since both parties should work
together. But unknown to them, one of the soldiers had contacted their
colleagues who stormed with area with an Armoured personnel Carrier
(APC)and five Hilux jeeps.
On arriving at the gate of the Aba Area Command, the angry soldiers
started beating anyone they on sight, including policemen. Even shop
owners and passersby were not spared as they were horse whipped.

The policemen who ran for cover were said to have been embarrassed when
their colleague simply identified as DSP Rotimi was stabbed on his head
and hands. The policemen ran into the Area Command and brought out guns
even as another Hilux jeep filled with soldiers landed at the area.
Rotimi was said to be discussing with an Army captain on how to settle the
matter when a soldier pulled a dagger and stabbed his hand and head.

The situation further enraged policemen who also brought out their own
APC, blocked the gate of their premises and started shooting tear gas.
Some of them went into the premises and returned with guns, threatening to
return fire for fire.

The incident which lasted more than two hours would have degenerated but
for the intervention of the Aba Area Commander, ACP Tunde Mobayo who
rushed back to the Command to douse the situation. Sources hinted that the
erstwhile Area Commander in Aba, ACP Rabiu Dayi who is on transfer to Edo
state Command was contacted to help douse the situation. Dayi was said to
have contacted some of the soldiers he worked with at Aba, some of whom
expressed surprise that he didn’t inform them that he has gone on
transfer.

A policeman who spoke on the condition of anonymity told
Pointblanknews.com that one of the irate soldiers almost attacked the Area
Commander who was on mufti, but was stopped by his colleague who
identified the former.

Sources said a senior police officer also contacted one Major Bello who
serves as the head of the Army Unit at Ngwa road, Aba who also stormed the
scene and pulled out his men who threatened to burn down the offices of
the Aba Area Command unless they produce the officer who slapped their
colleague.

“We are not happy that soldiers will attack us at every opportunity, even
when their colleague was the wrong party. How can they attack us at our
office every time? We refused to be intimidated, that is why we stood up
to them. It would have been deaths on both sides if they crossed our
gate,” a cross section of MOPOL men told Pointblanknews.com

When the fracas died down, not less than 2 policemen and 5 shop owners and
passersby sustained injuries inflicted on them by soldiers.

According to one of the injured shop owners, a patent medicine dealer, “I
was attending to a customer when soldiers came into my shop, asked me what
I was doing there and used their horse whip on me. I ran away. Even Keke
riders and other people who were going through Hospital road at that time
were beaten mercilessly. They even collected our money, everybody closed
shop and ran away”

As at the time of filing this report, the injured policemen were said to
have been invited to the office of the state Commissioner of Police,
Alhaji Usman Tilli Abubakar at Umuahia, the state capital.

Abia Police spokesman, ASP Ogbonna Geoffrey who described the incident as
unfortunate, added that it has been resolved as the two agencies will
continue to work together to maintain law and order in the state.

Source: Radio Biafra.

President Jonathan divides Ohanaeze over 2015.


 

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The purported 2015 presidential ambition of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has divided the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Special Adviser to the President on Inter-party Affairs Senator Ben Ndi Obi, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Senator Edwin Onwudiwe said Jonathan had done well and deserved another term.

But Ohanaeze Ndigbo President, Chief Enwo Igariwey, said Igbo had not made any statement on the issue, adding that the body would declare its stand at the appropriate time.

Eleven states formed what they called Oriental Peoples Movement (OPM), founded by Andy Campbell Onyeaqanam.

 

The states are Anambra, Abia, Abuja, Enugu, Ebonyi, Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa-Ibom, Cross-River and Imo.

At the official launch of the Anambra State chapter yesterday, Onwudiwe, the chairman of the occasion, said the idea was to protect Ndigbo interest.

He said Jonathan should be given opportunity to translate Nigeria, adding that it was too late for Ndigbo to work against the Southsouth presidency. ”We should support Jonathan next year so that Southsouth will support us when our time comes. We will lose it if we create a vacuum now,” Onwudiwe added.

Obi said the President was being unjustly criticised by the opposition, adding that he was focused and determined to develop the country.

Said he: “Jonathan has done well in the last three years. But there are still grounds to be covered. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a huge movement. We are grounded in the ethics of democracy.

“We are waiting for Jonathan, having assured that Nigerians will enjoy more democracy dividends in 2014. Ndigbo were major contributors to his 2011 success story at the polls.

“Ohanaeze met with him last December 9, during which issues concerning Ndigbo were discussed and the people said they were satisfied with his explanations.”

Igariwey said yesterday that individuals were entitled to their opinions, adding that no decision had been made on next year’s presidential election.

Iwuanyanwu, a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, said Jonathan’s stay in office was “to allow the labours of our hero’s past not to be in vain”, adding that that was why every ethnic group should support his 2015 project.

He said: “Jonathan represents that unity as preached by our past heroes. The reward for hard work is more work. Therefore, I hail the initiators of this project called, ‘Think presidency, think Jonathan'”.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Jonathan, Igbos, And The Second Niger Bridge By Frank Onia.


 

By Frank Onia, PhD

The standard criteria for decisions on infrastructural deployment include need, available resources, competing demands for finite resources, alignment with related infrastructure, incubatory foundation for progressive deployment, social benefits, political patronage, economic benefits, minimization of stress and hardship for the citizens, potentials for stimulating overall economic development, balancing considerations, replacement of obsolete infrastructure, need to embrace emerging and efficient technology, etc, etc. When viewed from an objective prism and against the backdrop of the itemized criteria above, it is long overdue to replace the Niger Bridge at Onitsha, which has verifiably and universally been identified as a deathtrap. This bridge was constructed in 1963, and is the ONLY link between the South-East of Nigeria and the rest of the country (towards the West). This bridge serves as the ONLY access point to Anambra, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Benue, and Plateau States, when you approach from Lagos, and, indeed, all the states that formerly constituted the Western and mid-Western Regions, as well as from Abuja and segments of the North.

It is trite to mention that this bridge handles the highest concentration of vehicular traffic in the country, and has served this purpose progressively and exhaustively for fifty years! The exponential growth in population and number of vehicles in the country in the past five decades have added to the pressure on the bridge, with the result that it is nearly collapsing, with the attendant risks for human lives, economic activities, mass psychology, and national development. Citizens from the Eastern parts of the country are the most itinerant in the country, with the evident implication that tens of millions of individuals make frequent trips to their homeland, relying on a safe passage through this same bridge. This assumption of basic safety has been denied them perennially for several years, and is currently being toyed with even further. The significance of this bridge is emphasized during the festive period at the end of each year, when millions of people are trapped and delayed at the bridge for several hours in what should, otherwise, be pleasurable commutes back home. As a country, we have witnessed this for several decades and have failed to do anything about it. When any attention has been paid to the need to replace and expand this bridge, it has been suffused with empty promises, vacuous platitudes, cheap politics, and exploration of the underlying potentials for corruption. The Obasanjo civilian administration played games with the need to replace this bridge for eight years, ensuring that new promises were recycled as elections approached. And, yet, nothing was done.

While the South East, as a Region, contributes very significantly to the development of Nigeria, especially outside Igboland, there is NO single Federal Government institution or semblance of infrastructure in the entire Region. Even though Igbos and their brothers from the South-South are among the most widely-traveled people in the world, there is NO worthy international airport in the larger Region, thereby forcing residents of the Region/s to travel to Lagos or Abuja, before they can travel overseas. Professor Chinua Achebe was involved in a ghastly motor accident near Awka, Anambra State, because he had to travel overseas from Lagos, even though he then resided at Nsukka in Enugu State. This accident cost him his limbs, paralyzed him for life, and hastened his relocation to the United States, where he died many years later.

There are thousands of others who have lost their lives in a similar manner; the additional cost and inconvenience involved in these unnecessary local travels are best imagined, as such travelers must stay in hotels, eat, utilize local transportation, and incur sundry expenses in (mostly) Lagos and Abuja, purely on account of a deliberate State policy to punish Igbo people for whatever reason, While Igbos easily dominate the trading and commercial sectors of Nigeria and West Africa, there is no discernible effort to dredge the River Niger at Onitsha, to enable port activities. The only federal “investment” on River Niger has been the deliberate channeling of the water to the Northern parts of the country, for irrigation activities, while the Onitsha end of the River has been drying up in the  past 20 years, thereby impeding fishing, subsistence farming, and overall economic growth. While Abuja, the North, and other Regions of the country, continue to attract comparatively-significant infrastructural investments and upgrades (for example, the hundreds of billions of Naira being spent to expand the access road from the Abuja airport into the City, as well as the scandalous budget of over N55 billion for the erection of a mere City Gate in Abuja), it is clear that holding the South East down is a Directive Principle of State Policy in Nigeria. No other conclusion is possible from the continued neglect of the Niger Bridge, and the criminal disrespect with which the belated redemptive measures are being packaged. It is noteworthy that the Federal Government funds projects in Abuja and elsewhere directly and does not charge tolls on those roads.

In a society like ours, ethnic agitation for legitimate attention is entirely understandable, hence the tone and tenor of this submission. When our statecraft develops to the stage of objectivity, justice, and fairness, then, possibly our micro-national identities may become muted. The Jonathan Administration has failed both the South-South and South-East by its singular failure to provide basic infrastructure in the two pivotal Regions. The fact that the so-called East-West Road remains uncompleted after all these years, while humongous budgetary allocations have officially been designated to its conclusion, should remain a source of embarrassment for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, well after his stay in office. Pray, how did a treasonous impostor like Mr. Ibrahim Babangida manage to utilize both federal funds (from oil sales!) and oil futures to build a new federal capital city in Abuja, when the man who literally owns the oil cannot construct the road leading to his hometown, even with a democratic mandate? Shame has only one definition.

As it pertains to the need to construct the second Niger Bridge, a categorical imperative, the same Jonathan Administration is being clever by half, by concessioning the bridge to that veritable purveyor impunity and corruption in Nigeria, Julius Berger Construction. This initiator and exemplar of corruption in Nigeria has since announced that the 1.8 kilometer bridge will cost them N100 billion to construct, as a justification for the sweetheart deal extended to them by Jonathan and his Administration, whereby Julius Berger will install three toll gates on that bridge in perpetuity, ostensibly to recover their “investment”. Knowing Julius Berger and Nigeria, this project will eventually cost N200 billion on paper, when completed. Julius Berger did not bring any foreign investment whatsoever when it left its decrepit office in Wiesbaden, Germany, to emerge on Nigeria’s shores 40 years ago, on the private invitation of the late Major General Shehu Musa Yar Adua, number two man in the erstwhile dictatorship of the perennial fumbler and dissembler, Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, which lapsed in 1979.

Let it be made clear that a bridge is a road with its foundation in water. Nigerians need to be aware that the same Julius Berger has just paid penalties to the United States Government totaling tens of millions of dollars for specific cases of corruption it perpetrated in Nigeria. The United States Government, which was not victimized, benefited by way of this penalty payment by Julius Berger, while this construction company that has been at the forefront of corrupting public officials in Nigeria for the past 40 years, neither paid any penalty or compensation to the real victim, Nigeria, nor is it being blacklisted or censured in any way.

Rather, successive Nigerian Governments continue to reward Julius Berger with heavily-inflated contracts, responsibility for maintaining strategic locations like the Aso Rock Presidential Complex and the National Assembly. The same company is constructing the new residences for the Vice-President, Senate President, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, projects that have already gulped close to N60 billion on paper even before completion. To deepen the culture of impunity and complete the psychological humiliation of the illustrious Igbos of Nigeria, the Jonathan Administration, which owes the South-East a second Niger Bridge as well as tangible federal presence, has mortgaged the entire East to Julius Berger by criminally acquiescing in the perpetual exploitation of the teeming people under a most suspicious and fraudulent Concession Arrangement. Where else in the country is a whole Region held prostate and captive in this manner? Where else is the ONLY bridge leading into a Region casually assigned to a criminal enterprise for the exploitation of citizens who have no alternatives?

In this, it must be stated that Jonathan and his Administration are playing a script already tested and fine-tuned by Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Governor Fashola of Lagos State, wherein residents of the Lekki axis have effectively been hemmed in and subjected to unnecessary and usurious toll charges each time they either access or exit their homes, despite the very significant contribution these residents make to the much-vaunted Internally-Generated Revenue of Lagos State. It is significant that the same Julius Berger is the partner to Messrs Tinubu and Fashola on the bridge toll exploitation project linking Ikoyi and Lekki Phase One. Yet another toll gate ensures that you also cannot get to Lekki from Victoria Island without feeding Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his crony, Fashola’s, insatiable greed and appetite.

It is very clear from this single example that both the PDP and the APC (seeking leprous and blind navigators) are the same in philosophy, orientation, and content; both are fraudulent and self-serving devices.

If our dealers must feel entitled to collecting both public revenue and IGR, and yet charge the citizens for token infrastructure provided in their areas of jurisdiction, all in an environment of opaqueness, arrogance, impunity, and absence of citizen input, it might well be better to sack all governments and share the revenue of the country among the citizens, who are perpetually burdened with the direct provision of basic services, for which Governments exist in the first place. In all of this, these dealers feel perfectly justified in magisterially cornering significant chunks of State resources under various guises, notably the poorly-christened Security Votes.

Regarding the second Niger Bridge, there is NO WAY that a 1.8 km bridge of the best quality, together with immediate access roads, will cost up to N10 billion, yet, we are told that the initial assessment for the bridge is N100 billion. Why must Julius Berger be the only company handling all these projects? What process leads to these awards and appointments? Why are competent and established construction companies all over the world being frustrated from accessing the Nigerian market by Government Officials protecting this small German company, with a small office in their home country? Are they not aware that the unrivaled access given Julius Berger’s engineers and staff is a grave national security risk? What is the role of the National Security Adviser and the DG-SSS, in guiding the government appropriately? Are people now so incompetent or corrupt that they neither know nor care that sophisticated Intelligence Collection devices are installed in all these sensitive locations, with the downloading and processing taking place at the Julius Berger Operational Headquarters at Life Camp, Abuja, under the able supervision of German Intelligence Officials – all of this intrusive and aggressive collection against Nigeria paid for Nigeria. What a country!

Given the identified urgency of the need to construct the second Niger Bridge, you would think that, in the absence of common sense in high places, senior government officials of Igbo origin would be easy and strident advocates of the Federal Government swiftly constructing the bridge as its duty to the people, with an apology to the citizens for the delayed implementation. Some of the referenced officials are the Coordinating, Supervising, and Overseeing Secretary to the Federal Government, His Massive Excellency Mr. Anyim Pius Anyim; the so-called Coordinating Minister of the Economy (in hubris-free English, the Minister of Finance), Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Viola Onwuliri; the Deputy Senate President, Mr. Ike Ekweremadu; the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha; the Chairmen of the Works Committees in both the Senate and the House of Representatives; the crisis-ridden and inflated Supervising and Coordinating Minister of Aviation and its Parastatals, Ms Stella Oduah; the immediate past Army Chief, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika; the recently-relieved Chief of Naval Staff; Vice-Admiral Dele Ezeoba; the Director-General of the so-called Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Mr. Emeka Eze – whose village roads have all been tarred by contractors executing Federal Government contracts; 15 undistinguished Senators from the South East; several dishonorable Members of the House of Representatives; the five state governors of the South-East; ex-this and ex-that, etc, etc.

Even if the objective case fails to penetrate thick skulls, surely the selfish and symbolic motive of garnering solid Igbo votes should impel the urgent construction of that overdue bridge. I say this because expectations have been grossly lowered in Nigeria, to the extent that a 1.8 km bridge could guarantee you bloc Regional votes. Mr. Jonathan could even extend the tokenism by naming the new bridge after Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, in a symbolic gesture of connecting the erstwhile Biafran heartland with the rest of the country. The identified officials are rather satisfied with having Julius Berger construct private homes for them in Abuja and their remote villages, in a well-oiled program of corruption, collusion, and compromise. The definition of shame has still not changed.

If all of this fails, what stops the Governors of the South-East from reducing their greed quotient by utilizing their so-called Security Votes (since kidnappers have taken over the Region anyway!) to construct this vital bridge for their people, and then heap the necessary propaganda guilt on the Federal Government that has been permanently negligent and wicked towards Igbos? The failure to do the right thing, and at the right time, is the bane of the Nigerian society. The complacency of the Nigerian society is yet a latent contributing factor to the charade that is called governance in Nigeria.

Let it be clear, though, that Julius Berger, or any other company so-called, should not be allowed to exploit the people under whatever Concession Arrangement involving a critical piece of infrastructure like the second Niger Bridge. Their so-called investment should and will come to nothing. A bridge built on a fraudulent foundation MUST fall. Citizens must begin to demand their due dessert from pretenders to the throne. A life of surrender, conditioned by endless prayers and exploitation by clerical purveyors of hope, will not suffice in this case.

Mr. Jonathan, his handlers, and cronies from the South-East and South-South still have very limited time to reverse themselves, as well as their deeply-offensive and odious ineptitude and policies, by directly and quickly completing the East-West Road and the second Niger Bridge, without further ado and delay. They could, as always, collect multiples of the real contract value as bribe; someday, the United States Government will extract penalties from the complicit Construction Company. In other countries where non-strategic infrastructure have been concessioned out, the Government acts as the protector of the citizens, setting standards, aggregating public interest, achieving optimal costs, minimizing waste, setting the tariff, and defining the time-frame for toll collection. In Nigeria’s case, both the Government and the so-called Concessionaires are a united usurious entity, exposing the citizens unduly to endemic exploitation. In any case, competing and several alternatives are provided before roads are tolled. Not in Nigeria. Our dealers will do well to study the Latin American model, to understand how this program works.

I have discussed with a wide range of Igbo professionals in Nigeria and overseas, and they are in unison regarding the egregious insult involved in the structure being proposed by Mr. Jonathan, his Minister of Works, and their Administration. They affirm that, rather than accept the so-called concessioning of the Niger Bridge, Igbos should be allowed to float a Municipal Bond or contribute among themselves, to construct the bridge. The implication of this would be a final severance of whatever psychological link Igbos have with Nigeria. It is common knowledge that Igbo people have typically taxed themselves to provide electricity, water, roads, schools, etc., in their communities, through a well-honed self-effort system. They can also construct this short bridge that will save their lives, without the involvement of their politicians and their mentors in Abuja. In the case of the second Niger Bridge, let it be made very clear that the Igbos will not forget or forgive the perpetuation of marginalization, exploitation, and insult under any arrangement that involves the erection of toll gates on that bridge. Indeed, that bridge shall not stand, under the Jonathan paradigm, and Mr. Jonathan will do well not to delude himself that he is guaranteed of Igbo votes in 2015.

 

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

Return to develop your land, group tells Ndigbo -says Igbo World Union.


 

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A socio – political group, Igbo World Union, IWU, has called on Igbo people living overseas to return home and develop Igbo land.

In an interview with journalists in Umuahia, President-General of the group, Dr. Mishak Nnanta, said his group is ready to partner with any organisation that shares its major objective of the development and unity of Ndigbo.

“We are appealing to well meaning Igbo sons and daughters to return home and help develop Igbo land. IWU is poised to stop the brain drain among our people. Only Ndigbo can develop Igbo land; not the Hausa, Yoruba or Ijaw people.

Igbos are hardworking people and should use our God-given resources to our advantage. Igbo World Union is about culture, tradition, development and bringing Ndigbo to the realities of the present day Nigeria.

 

“We are a new generation; a new generation in thinking, in strategy, in bringing glory and honour to our country, Nigeria.”

Nnanta disclosed that he will soon embark on a campaign abroad to sensitise Ndigbo on the need to return and invest at home.

“In February 2014, I will be away to Germany, Russia, England, USA and other countries to sensitize Ndigbo to remember their roots. We need more development in Igbo land. What sets us apart from other groups is that the unity of Ndigbo and the development of our land is of utmost concern to us. We are set to build a new Igbo.”

He commended the recent visit of the leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to President Goodluck Jonathan, stressing that such visits should be on regular basis and extended to other ethnic groups to build bridges of understanding in the country.

The president-general further dismissed reports in a national daily alleging that leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo fought over a gift given to them by President Jonathan.

“Such reports are not true. We have credible people in Ohanaeze Ndigbo like Prof. Anya O. Anya; Chairman of the Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Eberechi Dick; Chairman of South-East Council of Traditional Rulers; Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, among other eminent personalities who are highly respected.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Why More Governors Will Leave PDP – Gov. Amaechi.


By SaharaReporters, New York

Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said at the weekend that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has already failed the leadership test in the country and needs not strive to be the custodian of leadership in the future.

For perhaps the first time since his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the governor was explaining to journalists in Port Harcourt why he believes even more state governors will abandon the PDP and join the APC.

He accused the PDP of perpetrating injustice and promoting maladministration in the country. According to him, the APC was aggrieved by PDP’s poor performance, and if voted into power, would bring about the needed change nationwide.

He recalled the political pressure being brought on the state by the wife of the President, Patience Jonathan, whom he accused of attempting to ‘micromanage’ the state.

He also bemoaned the fact that President Goodluck Jonathan had failed to keep the promises he made to Rivers State after getting a huge electoral backing from it for his electoral victory in the last election.

Amaechi reiterated that he was in the APC to protect the interests of the state.

“I have since left the PDP to a better party called the All Progressives Congress (APC) because PDP is a drowning party and the facts remain that PDP is a drowning party,” he said.

“I can assure you that more governors will leave the PDP,” he stressed.  Just put it on record that more governors will leave.  They are uncomfortable, they need to come out (of the PDP) and I believe that by God’s grace they will come.”

He told the journalists that despite his travails, he would continue the fight for change and good governance and accountability in the country.

He acknowledged that the APC was winning more support and membership in the country to signal the end to PDP’s dominance in Nigeria’s political scene.

He further urged Nigerians to embrace and tolerate religious freedom and play politics without ethnic and religious sentiment, stressing that politics based on ethnicity and religion as being canvassed in some sections of the country was unwise. He equally enjoined Nigerians to vote and protect their votes during election.

He expressed his disappointment and displeasure at the continued grounding of the state aircraft by the federal government, and the unwillingness by the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to sign off on a World Bank water project loan for the state.

The governor also decried the ceding of Soku oil wells to Bayelsa and another 41 oil wells in Etche, Rivers State to neighbouring Abia State.

“They don’t like Rivers State, they hate us”, he said, recalling that President Jonathan had brushed aside attempts by some interested foreign bodies to mediate in the crisis between the state and the federal government.

Former Lagos State Governor and APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu at the last APC rally in Port Harcourt said the APC was having a ‘broom revolution’ across the country and referred to Governor Amaechi as the “Wonder Boy”.

Literally, An Abia Man Lost Two Of His People For Not Thinking Straight, Sold His Child To Bury Father.


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Kingsley Ubani, 26, from Eziama Nsulu in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abi, has admitted selling his three-year-old son to raise money to bury his father.
Mr. Ubani said this on Thursday in Umuahia when the Abia State Police Command paraded two child trafficking suspects and 19 pregnant young ladies.
He said that he sold his 44-month-old son in November 2012 at the rate of N260, 000 to a woman who is now at large.
“I told my wife that I don’t have money to bury my father who was in the mortuary at that time and she approved of the transaction,” Mr. Ubani said.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in Abia, Usman Tilli, told journalists that the suspect was arrested following a tip-off.
He said that investigations led to the recovery of the child who had been handed over to the grandfather for care and protection.
Mr. Tilli said that the police had on November 11 also arrested another suspect, ChimereSunday of Osisioma Local Government Area of the state for selling his two children.
He said that upon investigation, one of the children was recovered, adding that the buyers were on police wanted list.
Also, Mr. Tilli said that the 19 pregnant teenagers / persons, who were also paraded, were rescued from an illegal charity home at Umuobia Housing Estate, Olokoro in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state.
“A team of policemen from the command raided the home during which the pregnant girls between the ages of 15 and 23, including a nursing mother, were rescued,” he said.
Mr. Tilli said that the son and daughter-in-law of the operator of the illegal home were arrested while the prime suspect, Nma Achumba, was at large.
He said that Achumba hitherto operated her illegal charity home in Aba, but decided to relocate to the rural area due to police crackdown on traffickers in the commercial city.
“We have given child traffickers a lot of chase in Aba and they now relocated to the rural areas,” he said.
Reacting to the development, Uchechukwu Ohuabunwa, son of the operator of the illegal charity home, said that he had severally advised his mother to stay away from such illegal business.
“I don’t know where my mother is at the moment though she told me that she was going for our father’s burial.
“I had earlier told her to let go of this business but she did not listen,” Mr. Ohuabunwa said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tilli has assured residents of the state of a crime free Yuletide.
He said that his confidence stemmed from the fact that the Command had cracked down and arrested notorious armed robbers and car snatchers who terrorised the area.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Again Abia police rescue 19 pregnant girls from illegal home.


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The Abia State Police Command yesterday paraded 19 pregnant girls in Umuahia, the state capital.

The rescued pregnant teenagers are: Mercy Francis, 18; Valentine Ikediora, 18; Martha Joseph, 19; Tina Inau, 20; Oluomachi Friday,19; Nkechi Eze, 22; Chidinma Andrew, 19; Grace Bassey, 23; Ifunaya Chika,19; Ibe Amarachi, 18; Uduak Thomas,19; Favour Sunday, 21; Caroline Peter, 22; Chikamso Magbo,15; Peace Patrick,16; Mary Linus, 19; Gift Nwankwo, 22; Ogechi Okoro, 22 and Happy Sunday, 18.

The state Commissioner of Police, Usman Tilli Abubakar, told journalists that the teenage mothers were arrested at an illegal charity

home at Umuobia Housing Estate in Olokoro Umuahia, a suburb of the state capital.

The illegal home reportedly belongs to one Mma Achumba.

The pregnant girls were said to have hailed Abia and other neighbouring states. During the raid, a nursing mother with a day-oldbaby was rescued as the son and daughter in-law of the fleeing proprietress were arrested.

Similarly, one Kingsley Ubani from Eziama Nsulu in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of the state was arrested for allegedly stealing the male son of one Mrs. Chioma Onu.

Upon investigation, the suspect confessed to have sold the male child to one Mrs. Nma to enable him raise money for the burial of his relation. But the victim child was later recovered and handed over to his grandfather for care and protection.

Also two hoodlums were found with three AK 47 rifles and one military rifle hidden in a bag and buried in the ground. Investigations revealed that the recovered AK 47 rifles were those grabbed from Inspectors Jimmy John and Kingsley Etuk who were shot dead recently along the Aba/ Enugu Expressway by some armed robbers.

However, three men suspected for gun running namely: Nwandi Emmanuel, 39; Ngozi Chiyere, 25, and Ekechi Emmanuel, 39; were arrested. Exhibits recovered from them are one locallymade revolver pistol and components of .8mm pistol concealed in a polythene bag. Some suspected armed robbers and car snatchers were also arrested.

They are Ikenna Chukwu who hails from Aha village in Orlu East Local Government Area of Imo State; Ndubuisi Emmanuel of Nkpa village in Afikpo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State; Moses Chimezie Amuchionu of Isingu Mbutu Osisioma Local Government Area of Abia State and Kelvin Chinedu Goodluck of Umuchi Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State.

Items recovered from them are three locally made pistol, Keke Napep, one black Toyota Camry car marked LSD 478 BT, a dark grey Toyota Camry car marked DQ 231 DBU and various master keys and other incriminating items.

The police commissioner, however, said he would arraign the suspects before court as early as possible and promised hoodlums’ hard time this Yuletide season

 Source: Radio Biafra.

7 more PDP governors to join APC.


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Seven more governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will join the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the first quarter of 2014,

an APC chieftain has said.

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of New PDP, who became an APC member following the November 26 merger deal, disclosed this in a statement issued this afternoon in Abuja.

“About seven more PDP Governors will be joining APC by the first quarter of 2014 at that time they will be preparing on how to bury PDP formally by 2015,” Eze said in the statement in which he dismissed PDP’s suit asking a Federal High Court in Abuja to sack the G5 Governors for defecting to APC.

“The suit is laughable and betrays the ignorance of the PDP leadership about the laws of the land. It is also a further demonstration of the impunity associated with PDP in its disdain for democracy and due process,” Eze said in the statement, a copy of which was made available to News Express.

He quoted relevant sections of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution to prove that the seats of the affected governors, namely, Alhaji Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Alhaji Magatakarda Wamakko (Sokoto), Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Alhaji Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara), are safe.

His words: “For the education of the confused PDP leadership and its legal team, there is no danger of any of our Governors losing their seats as made clear by sections 68(1)(g) and 109(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) in relation to the status of members of a legislative house (state and national) who defect from the political parties from which they were elected to join another political party.

“The wordings of the aforesaid sections are in agreement with those of sections 64(1)(g) of the 1979 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria given judicial interpretation by the Supreme Court in the case of FEDECO Vs Goni (1983) FNR 203. This case was argued by the best legal minds of that era (Chief FRA Williams SAN and GOK Ajayi SAN). The court held that such a member keeps his seat if his defection is as a result of a division or split in his party.

“G5 Governors must be commended and congratulated for standing against the draconian and undemocratic acts of PDP and should go about their normal business as both PDP and its sponsors lack the power to sack any of them. This as well covers all members of the National Assembly who desire to join the Aso Rock-bound train (APC) come 2015.”

Eze said it was not debatable that PDP is crisis-ridden, thus guaranteeing that none of its members who defects can be punished as a result. He quoted and attached a recent letter by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) voiding the suspension of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje and Dr. Sam Sam Jaja as proof that PDP is in crisis.

The letter signed by INEC’s Secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, was dated November 25, with reference number INEC /EPM/PDP/02/024/Vol.T/161 and titled: ‘Re: Suspension of Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Ambassador Ibrahim Karaure from the PDP”. The letter, addressed to the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, reads: “This is to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated November 12, 2013 informing the commission on the suspension of four members of your party.

“The commission notes that some of the individuals so suspended held positions covered by the provisions of section 85(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and that no notice of the meeting which approved their suspension was provided to the commission. “Accordingly, the records of the commission does not reflect the process and composition of the meeting that approved the suspension of the individuals, as such, the commission cannot establish an informed position on the matter “Please accept the commission’s highest regard and consideration.”

Eze supported INEC’s position by quoting Section 85 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which states thus: “Every registered political party shall give the commission at least 21 days notice of any convention, congress, conference or meeting convened for the purpose of electing members of its executive committees, other governing bodies or nominating candidates for any of the elective offices specified under this Act.”

The former New PDP Spokesman accused PDP of mischief for instigating the Houses of Assembly in the affected states to start impeachment proceedings against the defected Governors as being witnessed in Rivers State, where six rebel legislators are desperately trying to impeach Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. He warned PDP to desist from any further act of destabilisation capable of plunging the country into chaos and truncating the country’s hard-won democracy.

In conclusion, Chief Eze asked why PDP received Governor T. A. Orji of Abia State, who defected from APGA, former Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State, who defected from PPA, and Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, who defected from ANPP, without declaring their seats vacant. “Now that PDP is at the receiving end of the same medicine they administered on others, they are window shopping for ways to have their cakes after devouring them,” he said.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Baby Factory Problem, Evidence of Rochas Okorocha’s Evil Rule, What Can Imo People Do?.


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Rescue 16 pregnant teenagers
Imo State Police Command yesterday arrested one Dr. Ezuma for alleged human trafficking, operating under the guise of a non-governmental organisation (NGO). Ezuma, a native of Ndiokeke Ndiakunwanta in Arondizogu in Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State, was arrested in his residence at Egbu Road, Owerri which he had allegedly registered as an NGO called women and children rights protection initiative along with 16 pregnant teenage girls.
Parading the suspect before newsmen, the state Commissioner for Police, Mr. Muhammad Katsina, said the suspect had used the NGO as a cover for his heinous activities of encouraging teenage girls to get pregnant and after delivery, they were paid N100,000 on the condition that

they would abandon their babies. “You may wish to know that when a search was conducted in the premises being used as an office for an NGO, 16 pregnant teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 19 years, who are at different stages of pregnancy, were seen. Also recovered in the premises was an automatic eight loader pump action gun which is a prohibited firearm.” The police boss also  expressed concern over a missing newborn baby who was sold to unknown persons who were yet to be found. He said the child was delivered on November 24 by one Chinaza Nnachi, a native of Ebonyi State, who came to the home when she was stranded during her pregnancy. Katsina said efforts to locate the child proved abortive as the suspect had refused to lead the police to where the baby was being kept. “So far he has taken us to Abia State, where he said the baby is but we were unable to recover the baby; though investigations are still ongoing, the presumption at the moment is that the baby may have been used for ritual purposes.” The Imo State police boss alleged that the suspect was a gun runner who had been arraigned for unlawful possession of firearms. “It is pertinent to mention that the suspect was arraigned before an Owerri Chief Magistrate Court 1 in November 2013 for the offence of conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms.” The police also found 10 unregistered vehicles which the suspect claimed to own; the commissioner however said Ezuma could not provide any proof of purchase or ownership of the vehicles. He warned parents and guardians to be vigilant and ensure that their children do not fall prey to exploiters, adding, that the command would continue in its campaign to ensure that the business of trading in unborn babies in the state was eradicated and the perpetrators brought to book.

From GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, Owerri

Source: Radio Biafra.

President Jonathan’s 2nd term will serve Igbo’s interest better in 2015.


 

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Chief Friday Nwosu is a political activist and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State. In an interview with OKEY SAMPSON in Aba, he spoke about the proposed national confab as well as how President Goodluck Jonathan‘s second term in office would serve Ndigbo’s interest better.
Excerpts:

The inauguration of an advisory committee on national conference by President Goodluck Jonathan has been greeted with mixed reactions. Some people have condemned the timing while others want it to be sovereign. What is your view?

President Goodluck Jonathan should be commended on the inauguration of that committee. I don’t think there is anything wrong with somebody, saying ‘let’s sit down and talk’. Opposition to the national conference is unfounded and highly misplaced. If you analyse the flank from where the opposition has been coming, you

will discover that it is from the same people and groups, who have been clamouring for a national conference even before the advent of Jonathan’s administration. Is it not the same Bola Tinubu, who has been shouting himself hoarse on the issue of convening a national conference? Does it not show double standards? Even though we didn’t agree to come together, we have a lot of things going for us for coming together. Any conference that could foster our unity is welcome. Let there be a discussion. Let us agree to ratify some things that may have been done with mischievous intentions by the British colonialists.
Having come so far, let us say, even though the British people did this thing for so, so and so reason; let us harmonize it for the interest of every Nigerian. So, there is no crime in sitting down to discuss issues. For those who insist the timing is too close to the general election, it is mischievous for them to express such opinion. The president’s action is for the interest of the nation. It is unfair for them to infer that Jonathan will stand to gain advantage in the next election in 2015 through the national conference. The president is entitled to contest elections in 2015. If the people of Nigeria want him, the few disenchanted minority cannot stop him.
Can we look at the clamour for the conference to be sovereign?
We have to look at issues squarely. One, there is a sovereign authority as today in Nigeria. There is the National Assembly; there is the presidency, the courts at all levels. Nigeria’s sovereignty is invested in the people through their elected representatives in the National Assembly and the elected president and governors as well as other organs of government. For those who want a sovereign conference, are they telling us that if the type of conference they are calling for sits and asks the president and other elected officials to resign, will such people resign? Or that the state governors should resign or that the courts should be disbanded. How can that be done when the people have elected these representatives, governors and the president. What I am trying to emphasize here is that you can’t have two sovereignties at the same time. There is already a sovereign authority in the country with constitutional backing to preside over our affairs. So, those calling for a sovereign national conference should know that it is not possible. The whole issue is that if people can be sincere and have the interest of this country at heart, we can achieve a lot of our desires with this national conference.
What is your take on the allegation by Governor Babangida Aliyu that President Jonathan signed a one term pact that would lapse in 2015?
Has he produced what he claimed the President signed? Could the president have signed such an agreement? Is he on appointment to the office? We are talking about being the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria elected by an overwhelming majority of Nigerians. I have been wondering what Babangida Aliyu is talking about? Is he Nigeria? The office of the president is not a thing between Governor Aliyu and Goodluck Jonathan, it is a Nigerian thing. The president could not have signed off the choice of Nigerians. The president is constitutionally entitled to two terms in office; you can’t stop him from enjoying his right. It will be a different thing, if he tries to re-contest and Nigerians say ‘no we don’t want’. Or if Jonathan says I don’t want to re-contest in 2015, then we will begin to talk of where his successor would come from. It is unconstitutional to say the president will do only a term. Those saying so should go and read the Nigerian Constitution well. Even If Governor Aliyu is agitating for a president of Northern extraction, let him wait till 2019 when Jonathan completes his term. I am in agreement that in 2019, power can shift to the North.
Is the adoption of President Jonathan for 2015 by a section of leaders of the South East zone not too hasty going by the fact the zone supposed to have bargained with him?
For me, that is freedom of choice. I have also adopted Jonathan for 2015. He should go ahead to complete his constitutionally guaranteed two terms. The Igbo man should leave the race to Jonathan in 2015. It is not right for us to first present a list of demands to him before declaring support. I don’t see such kind of support as being genuine. I think what can be done is to say Mr. President, we supported you above every other group in 2011 and we are again supporting you in 2015 because we believe you have done well; you have done A, B and C projects and appointments for us. Please our people still need D, E and F projects or appointments to be done for them. So, if when you assume office in 2015, we want you to look into X, Y and Z projects for our zone. Jonathan has done well for the South East zone. He has given us a befitting international airport at Enugu. And I am sure his second erm in office will serve our interest better.
He has appointed our people to positions that remained ‘No go areas’ to Igbo people to occupy in the past. Other things he has not been able to do for us may wait. He still has up to one year for his first tenure to end, we must be patient because he will do more. He has done very well. Many sectors of the Nigerian economy have started to take shape. Look at the Aviation, Power, Agriculture and transportation. He has improved them from what he met on ground.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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