BREAKING NEWS: Uche Ezechukwu, popularly called Onukwube is dead

Uche Ezechukwu, popularly called Onukwube, seasoned journalist from Amesi, Aguata LGA, Anambra State is dead.

On February 2nd, he wrote on his wall on Facebook:

“The trumpet is sounding so loudly and so frequently. And our comrades are needing the call. In that Gana Street office alone, Sam Nda,, Tony Momoh, etc. When will it be my turn? Only God knows. None can evade or avoid it’s call
Oh God keep us ready at all times
May God bless his soul.”

That was his last known post on Facebook.

More details later.

BENIN WATER STORM PROJECT PROBE: Eholor to Gov Obaseki- Resign now for a transparent probe, as Oshiomhole’s Economic Adviser

Social Crusader and Political Activist, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor has asked Governor Godwin Obaseki to resign from government as part of measures to ensure that a transparent and unbiased prove is achieved in the Benin Storm Water Project Probe.

Eholor said that as the Special Adviser to Oshiomhole on Economy, Governor Obaseki was part and parcel of the corruption that took place during the water storm project and must not try to exonerate himself.

Eholor while reacting to the decision of Governor Godwin Obaseki to probe the Benin Storm Water Project said he was ashamed of the level of corruption ravaging government driven institutions.

He said the corruption in the public sector is not limited to the Benin Storm Water Poject but to every other government projects in Nigeria with all institution of governance comprising the executive, legislative and judiciary arms of government as pepetrators of the massive corrupt practices affecting the nation.

His words: “The Benin Storm Water Poject misappropriation is a typical and recurrent culture in governance we are used to all over the country.

“The abuse of power and privilege by public office holders on the treasury and commonwealth of those that entrusted them with their future.

“They use all manner of decoy to perpetuate this act of wickedness and insensitivity to the welfare and progressive growth of the masses. The count of these type of scenarios nationwide is alarming in proportion.

“Public funds are depleted by looting with no value addition to the quality of life of the people, but rather subject them to untold hardship and penury.

“The call for the head of those who masterminded this shameful act cannot be overemphasized. To muster courage to defraud the good people of Edo is quite sad. The precedent of deceit and cover up in governance in this country must be rooted out and the players banished from participation in government.

“We as a people cannot let this endure. If we don’t speak up and act, we are mortgaging our future and the survival of our great country. Let those responsible be apprehended and be brought to public shame to serve as a deterrent. Good spirited activists should raise their voices high and loud. Enough is enough.”

“I Challenge Governor Godwin Obaseki to begin the probe but with on the condition that he resigns as he was a part and parcel of the Approval and Evaluation of the project, more so all the commissioners and SSG, even himself as Special Adviser and Chairman of Economic Team be subpoenaed as witnesses. Lets see who is probing who, even the first N25billion bond obtained from the stock market was facilitated by Afrinvest.

“Tell the world how much you and the HCF collected as facilitators fee. The major consultant to Edo State Government from 2016 has been Afrinvest. Tell Edo people and Nigerians how much Afrinvest has made from taxpayers money from Edo State.

“Godwin Obaseki, please keep Edo safe and clean better or as you inherited it from your boss (predecessor) who is now your enemy. May God heal Edo State from deceit!”, he said.

Army arrest 6 fake military men in Asaba

Men of the Nigerian Army attached to Operation Delta Hawk last Tuesday, 23 February 2021 arrested six suspected Army impostors along Midwifery school Road at Okpanam General area of Asaba, Delta State.

According to a Press Release signed by Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, Army Director Army Public Relations, the suspects arrested were Mr Nwokoye Chidera Emmanuel aged 20 years, Mr Nwokoye Francis aged 24 years, Mr Chigozie Arinze aged 23 years, Mr Kingsley Ndukuba aged 32 years, Mr Chidera Anichukwu aged 21 years and Mr Chinedu Akwali aged 29 years.

During the arrest, the following items were recovered; 1× Mercedes Benz GL350, 1× Toyota Corolla with registration number ABJ 49 AA ABUJA,1× Fabric Nationale bayonet and pairs of military kits from one of the suspects, Mr Chidera who claimed to be a Cadet from Southern Maritime Academy at Ughelli, Delta State and suspect confessed to have gotten the Military kits from one Mr Hassan nicknamed(Commander).

Meanwhile the suspects have been handed over to 63 Brigade Military Police Group for further investigation and prosecution.

Consequently, the Brigade called on the general public and law abiding citizens of the state to be wary of such people who parade themselves as military personnel and to report any suspicious person(s) to any nearest military formation/security agencies.

You Have Disappointed Ndigbo – MASSOB tells Uzodinma

The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have condemned the Adolph Hitler’s style of administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma in Imo state.

According to a statement by the National Director of Information, Comrade Samuel Edeson, his uncontrollable and amature utterances shows his inability and inactiveness in governance of Imo State.

MASSOB said: “Gov Hope Uzodinma claiming that he invited the Nigeria fulanistic army to destroy our villages in Orlu province in disguise of searching for members of pro Biafra agitators shows that the governor of Imo State has join the league of Igbo political saboteurs and enemies.

“MASSOB is highly disappointed on Gov Hope Uzodinma utterances against his own people. It is very unfortunate that a sitting governor in Igbo land will descend so lowly and inferior in defense of his people because of political allegiance to the Arewa caliphate.

“MASSOB also condemned the burning down of Abayi police station, killing of some police men and looting of their armoury at Aba.

“We can never condole or support evil in our land. This is the handiwork of cultist boys who always terrorize the society. They are being sponsored by enemies of Ndigbo. They want to create artificial tension in Igbo land and erroneous impression that Aba city is not stable for economic stability. Abia State is rated the best third state for foreign investment and economic stability in Nigeria.”

Champagne-Drinking Governor: Adeyemi Must Apologise -Prof Ibe

The Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly Chief Smart Adeyemi has been advised to tender an unreserved apology to the Governor and people of Abia state, “for making unsavory statements likely to malign the person and office of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, while disparaging the enterprising and industrious people of God’s own State”.

Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Prof Gregory Ibe gave this charge while reacting to an online news publication that reported a statement credited to Senator Adeyemi, in which he allegedly referred to the Governor of Abia state as a ‘champagne drinking Governor’ and also erroneously asserted that ‘Abia is governed by drunkards’.
According to Prof Ibe,” I have read with utter dismay comments credited to Chief Smart Adeyemi, who while contributing to discussions on the hallowed chambers of Nigeria’s senate, cast aspersions on my Governor Dr Okezie Ikpeazu by labelling him a champagne drinking Governor and added pepper to injury by describing my Abia as a state governed by drunkards.

While taking exceptions to these wild, frivolous and obviously libellous remarks, I think it smacks of nothing but juvenile delinquency by a misguided adult for Senator Adeyemi to attempt to convert Nigeria’s highest legislative chamber into a road side shack where unrelated and uncoordinated old ladies gossip will be accepted as legal tender for yet another plate of peppersoup”.

Speaking further Prof Ibe wondered how a one time national President of Nigeria Union of Journalists could exhibit disorientation, obtuseness, balminess and feeblemindedness in the face of a very serious matter of urgent national importance, enjoining the leadership of the Senate to restore the confidence of the people on the parliament by appropriately reprimanding the erring member.

In his words,”Being a private citizen I do the impetus to hold brief for the government of Abia state, however I am aware of the level of public-private collaboration in God’s own State that has manifested in the soaring fortune of business and enterprise, which recently gave rise to the emergence of our state as the third destination of choice for direct foreign investment in Nigeria. A state governed by drunkards cannot achieve this feat. I am surprised that a man who has been one time national President of Nigeria Union of Journalists before becoming a ranking senator can manifest such high level of disorientation, obtuseness, balminess and feeblemindedness,especially when crucial issues are being debated. Unfortunately, such shameful brazen act of public disgrace lack the capacity to undo the amount of hard work performed by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in particular and other Abia faithfuls in general, which continue to draw the likes of Senator Adeyemi to our Abia born artisans, who have the God-given task of dressing them up in our ‘made in Abia’ senator suits,belts and shoes, like the set he wore on the day of his despicable charade.

Subsequently, while urging the leadership of the Senate to restore our confidence in the quality of debates on the floor of the parliament, I want to call on Chief Smart Adeyemi to save his face by tendering unreserved apology to our Governor and the good people of Abia state, for making those unwise, unguarded and unwarranted comments, in order to douse the high tension currently being generated by the matter”, he concluded.

PFN Condemns Marginalization Of Christians In Federal Appointments

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has condemned in strong terms the glaring marginalization of Christians in appointments into federal government offices by the Buhari-led government.

National president of the fellowship, Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude who disclosed this in a statement in Benin City, stated that the government actions could further negativity affect the unity of the country.

He noted that Nigeria has never been as divided the way it is now under the present administration.

Dr. Omobude, stated that the PFN was most saddened with the on-going appointment exercise in the judiciary where only adherents of a particular religion are favoured for appointment as Court of Appeal Justices at the expense of merit and equity.

The PFN leader expressed displeasure that over the years, some Nigerian politicians and top government functionaries have hijacked religion to continue to fester their desires to pursue their selfish ambition.

According to Dr. Omobude, “PFN is deeply saddened that out of 13 nominees from the Northern part of the country for elevation to the Court of Appeal, not a single Christian is among them.

“This unacceptable situation has further buttressed the fact that the nation’s judicial system has been hijacked, politicized and an object of ridicule.

“This is one of the reasons why some Nigerians are fast losing confidence in the nation’s judicial process.

“The PFN hereby calls on President Muhammadu Buhari and all those concerned in the appointment of Justices to the nation’s Court of Appeal, to revisit the issue and ensure that fairness and justice are done irrespective of religious and ethnic background.

“The PFN will not continue to bemoan such brazen acts of provocation and unfairness, as the Fellowship will henceforth take all necessary lawful steps to defend and protect the interests of its marginalized members.

“PFN has always called for justice, fairness and equity in all governmental activities because to subvert a man of his rights on the basis of his religion is corruption.

“PFN once again, calls on president Mohammadu Buhari to stand by his promise that he is for every Nigerian because the country belong to all Nigerians.

“PFN also therefore called on President Buhari to quickly call on whosoever is concerned to correct the imbalance in the on-going appointment to the Court of Appeal and every other areas of government where imbalance exist” Dr. Omobode added.

How Gallant Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole Killed Scores of Boko Haram/Iswap Terrorists and Recaptured New Marte

Gallant troops of Sector1 and 402 Special Forces Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole, Tuesday afternoon re-captured New Marte from the Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists.

The operations to free the town from the grip of terrorist was clinical even though it met a lot of resistance from the criminals who implanted several Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) along the troops’ axis of advance, especially on the fringes of New Marte. The troops moved in professionally and safely detonated all IEDs implanted by the terrorists.

At the fringes of New Marte, troops encountered very stiff resistance from the terrorists who took vantage positions including on tree-tops. However with superior fire power, acting professionally and decisively, the gallant troops destroyed the terrorists’ resistance and dealt a decisive blow on their positions and inflicted heavy casualty on the criminals.

Consequently, 14 of the terrorists were neutralized while two gun trucks and Vehicle-Born Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) were destroyed and several high calibres of arms, ammunition and other equipment were captured.

Recall that the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, had on Sunday 21 February 2021 visited Dikwa and gave the troops marching orders to re-capture New Marte within 48 hours.

The gallant troops immediately mobilized and commenced advance to the objective culminating in the successful recapture of New Marte today.

The Chief of Army Staff has commended and congratulated the troops and urged them to keep up the momentum, pursue the terrorists and smoke them out of their hideouts and enclaves.

You are please requested to disseminate this information to the general public through your medium.

Mohammed Yerima
Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations

23 February 2021

Abia Calls for Enforcement of Anti-Open Grazing Law

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has called on security agencies in the State to assist government in enforcing the Anti-Open Grazing Law of Abia State.

Governor Ikpeazu who was represented by his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, requested the cooperation of stakeholders to ensure government fights and wins the war against criminality in the State.

He charged critical stakeholders especially, the Traditional Rulers to live up to expectations, stating that the security of the State is also in their hands.

The State Chief Executive equally called on the people of the state to always avail useful information and intelligence to Traditional Rulers, security agencies and government authorities, saying that the era of not knowing who to report to has gone. He assured that the government is committed to protecting the informants.

The Governor who commended stakeholders for making themselves available for the workshop assured that the State would continue to ensure that her citizens were secured and disclosed that he has been assisting security agencies in the state with vehicles and necessary equipment/gadgets and would sustain the gesture.

In a keynote address, coordinator of the workshop and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Anthony Agbazuere said the workshop was initiated to consolidate Abia State’s status on security and create more awareness among the people of various crimes thereby making it difficult for criminals to perpetrate their nefarious activities.

He further disclosed that the workshop would be taken to the grassroots in the 17 LGAs of the State.

According to him, the primary responsibility of any government is the welfare and security of the people, hence, the need to enlighten the people on how best to report criminal activities.

Dr Agbazuere who said Abia State has maintained tremendous peace since the inception of Governor Ikpeazu’s administration, called on all to cultivate the habit of giving information on criminal flash points in the communities. He informed that security experts were also invited to the workshop to speak on various issues of security in the State.

Presenting their separate lectures, the State’s Commissioner of Police, Janet Agbede, representative of
State Director of Security Services and Director Operations, Mr. Etuk Enang, and representative of the Commandant, 14 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Ohafia, Major O. B Olayiwola,
commended Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for putting together the workshop and for enacting laws against criminality in the State as well as providing vehicles to support the various security agencies.

They emphasized the need for critical stakeholders such as Traditional Rulers to collaborate with government to achieve peace and appreciated Governor Ikpeazu for establishing the farmers/herders conflict resolution committee which has helped in enhancing peace in the State.

They further stressed the need for all to synergize with the government to ensure that security thrives in the state.

The security experts said everybody was the target and beneficiary of the workshop and made a case for all to be conscious of their environment as well as report security issues promptly to the security agencies in the State.

Contributing, the Chairman, Abia State Council of Ndị Eze, Eze Joseph Nwabekee stated that the Igbo culture abhors criminality and urged his fellow Traditional Rulers in the State to deploy the Chiefs, village heads, vigilante groups, youth organizations etc, to ensure peace and tranquility in their communities. He also enjoined them to carry the message of combating and reducing criminal activities in their domains as well as sustain their support for the Governor

Earlier in his address, the Executive Chairman, Umuahia North Local Government Area, Mr. Ugochukwu Njinkeonye stressed the need for all to embrace peace and ensure security is maintained in the communities, adding that security is for all and should be the responsibility of all. He advised that the messages from the workshop should be taken to various communities.

Also in their various reactions, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Elisha, Chief Uche Akwukwegbu, Saint Moses Ogbonna among other participants
stressed the need for the Police to always cooperate with informants in the State. They said that security agencies should build confidence among the people, pointing out that the police should live up to expectations. They emphasised on the need to take the sensitizations to secondary school students also, adding that prosecution of alledged criminals is not effective in the State and called for a change in that direction.

Former House of Reps member, Hon. Chukwuemeka Ujam joins APC in Enugu

Hon Chukwuemeka Ujam

…says “I didn’t leave PDP, it was PDP that left me”

Hon. Dr. Chukwuemeka Ujam, a member of the 8th National Assembly that represented Nkanu East and West federal constituency has officially joined the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Dr. Ujam joined the ruling party at his country home Boys’ Secondary School Akpasha, Akegbeugwu on Sunday, 21st February, 2021.

The former Lawmaker was ushered into the APC by Chief Senator Ken Nnamani, former Nigerian Senate President who described Dr. Ujam as a man of excellent education and exposure coupled with an intimidating family and social pedigree.

“Your quality education and exposure are well documented. As a big fish that only swims in big water, we, APC, stand to gain what the PDP mistakenly have lost in you.”

Chief Ken Nnamani enjoined  him to bring his wealth of experience in politics to bare in his new political expedition with APC.

Speaking at the event, the APC Chairman Enugu State, Dr Ben Nwoye, expressed happiness over the progress of APC in Enugu state under his watch, especially by “successfully wooing and enlisting PDP’s finest brains such as Emeka Ujam.”

He thanked the party Stalwarts and faithfuls that graced the occasion for their unwavering faith and support to the APC.
In his acceptance speech, Hon. Dr. Chukwuemeka Ujam, disclosed that his decision to join APC was not an easy one as it involved a wide range of meetings and consultations with friends, superiors and political allies across the length and breadth of the country.

He further stated, that: “I did not leave the PDP, it was the PDP that left me” and promised to bring his political expertise to bare in his new party. He thanked all that graced the occasion, including his boss, though not in attendance – The former Governor of Enugu state, His Excellency, Barrister Sullivan Chime.

The registration of Dr. Ujam was witnessed by the Enugu State APC Registration and Revalidation Committee from Abuja which is chaired by Sen. Jonathan Zwingina.


Other dignitaries that attended the event include: All State Excos of APC Enugu State; Major General Ugwu, rtd, Nigerian ambassador to Poland; Chief Sunday Eze, APC Chairman, Nkanu West; Hon. Fidelis Anyaogu (Onwa Nsukka); Barr. Jerry Ene, Former Council Chairman Nkanu West; and so many others.

Emeka Kalu calls for probe of Akpabio, Okon Akwa over N22billion NDDC funds, N100m bribe

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Engineer Emeka Kalu has called for a thorough investigation of alleged squandering of a whopping N22 billion by Senator Godswill Akpabio, who is the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, and the Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Effiong Okon Akwa.

Kalu also expressed support for the ongoing investigation of allegation of attempting to bribe some officials of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB by Akpabio.

Kalu in a statement he signed himself, and made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited via electronic mail, said that the current corruption charges against Akpabio are one too many, and must not be ignored.

Kalu who sent the mail from the United States of America, warned that the Minister and the Sole Administrator of NDDC, Okon Akwa must not be allowed to get away with the alleged massive fraud which he said has further impoverished people of the Niger Delta.

Hear him: “We are appalled at the high level of corruption cases against Misters Akpabio and Okon Akwa, who heads the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, and the NDDC. What’s really tragic in the whole matter is that the funds being squandered have been allocated for the upliftment of the people of Niger Delta.

“But these two men sit on our money and dare us. I hereby call for a thorough investigation of these men, whom it has become obvious are far from being honest. Pregnancy cannot be hidden forever, and anyone whose hands are not clean should be tried and jailed for corruption.

“I hereby call on the present administration not to relent in its efforts to curb corrupt practices in this country, and to ensure that justice is served against those who have committed fraud on behalf of the people of the Niger Delta, as well As Nigerians across the globe”, he stated in parts.

Recall that a Federal Commissioner in CCB, Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma on Monday, 22nd February 2021 told newsmen that his subcommittee is currently investigating the allegation of N100 million bribe against Akpabio.

According to media reports, Akapabio allegedly offered bribe to the CCB officials to give a “soft landing” to Sole Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Efiong Okon Akwa over discrepancies in his asset declaration form.

Agbonayinma said the Bureau was looking at the accusation first made against Mr Akpabio by Jackson Ude on Twitter.

“We have been given a mandate by the bureau to investigate the allegation against some officials of CCB that we saw on social media. Let me be specific, one Mr Jackson Ude twitted, and it went viral, that money was given to some officials of CCB by Akpabio. Because of that, a committee to investigate the allegation was set up, with myself as the chairman,” he said.

The embattled Minister, Godswill Akpabio and Effiong Okon Akwa (Sole Administrator of NDDC) were recently accused of having squandered N22billion released to the agency by the Federal Government.

It was also alleged that the Minister is building a multibillion naira mansion in Abuja, and would soon take delivery of two private jets bought on his behalf by a front, one Dubem Obaze.

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