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18 Anambra children unclaimed two years after rescue –Police

The Anambra State Police Command, on Wednesday, said no fewer than 18 children it rescued from traffickers remained unclaimed two years after.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement in Awka.

He said the command had arrested four women allegedly involved in the trafficking of the children.

Mohammed stated, “It will be recalled that on October 22, 2019, following an intelligence report, police operatives attached to the Anambra State Police Command arrested three female suspects at the Nkpor Market/Tarzan junction in the Idemili North LGA of Anambra State with three children suspected to have been stolen.

“Investigations revealed that the children were stolen from Gombe State by one Hauwa Usman on the October 20, 2019 and brought to her accomplices in Anambra State.

“Following the public announcement by the command on October 27, 2019, the parents of two of the kids from Gombe State came to Awka and identified their children.

“The children have since been reunited with their parents and the suspects were handed over to the Gombe State Police Command for discreet investigation and prosecution.”

He added, “Upon interrogation by the police in Gombe State, the suspects voluntarily confessed that they usually steal the children and bring them to their sponsor, one Mrs Nkechi Odinye, here in Anambra State, who buys each child at the rate of between N200,000 and N400,000, depending on their age and gender.

“Following voluntary confession by the suspects and while acting on a tip-off, police detectives attached to the 3-3 Division, in Collaboration with operatives attached to the command’s Special Anti-Cult Section, stormed the hideout of the principal suspect, one Mrs Nkechi Odinye, aged 55, and effected her arrest at Obosi in the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

“The suspect had hitherto evaded arrest for over three years by changing locations until her arrest.

“The team equally recovered from her custody 16 other children of various age brackets, comprising 10 boys and six girls, reasonably suspected to have been stolen from different parts of the country.

“Both the suspect and the found children were handed over to the Gombe State Police Command; four of the children were identified and reunited with their biological parents after exhaustive investigation and forensic analysis, including DNA tests. Also, one of them was handed over to the parents in Asaba, Delta State.

“However, on January 18, 2021, the Gombe State Police Command returned 11 unclaimed children, comprising seven boys and four girls, to Anambra State, where the children were originally found.

“They were subsequently handed over to the Anambra State Ministry for Social Welfare, Women and Children’s Affairs for safe keeping until their biological parents emerge.

“Meanwhile, the command now has a total of 18 unclaimed children rescued from suspected child traffickers.”

While urging members of the public to disseminate the message to enable the parents and close relatives of the children to come out, identify and collect them, Mohammed appealed to anyone with useful information about the kids to report at the Area Command, Onitsha; the 3-3 Divisional Police Station, Nkwelle Ezunaka, or contact the PPRO, Anambra State Police Command.

Obiano Reassures Of Support To Security Agencies

Governor Willie Obiano has called on the citizenry to always support security personnel to encourage them to be more committed to the job of securing life and property.

Governor Obiano made the call in Awka, during a state function to honour and support both serving and retired members of the Armed Forces, who devoted their active years to the service of their nation.

The governor, who spoke through his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke reminded the people that the security agents make lots of sacrifices to ensure safety for all, hence the need to support them when necessary.

He commended serving and retired security agents in the state for all their efforts in safeguarding the state, and assured continued support for them.

#EndSARS: Lecturer narrates ordeal in detention as Anambra judicial panel receives 114 petitions

The State Panel of Enquiry on Police Brutality, Extra-Judicial Killings and Other Related Matters yesterday announced that petitions from victims of the recently disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have increased to 114.

Anambra is noted to be one of the states with the highest number of SARS brutality, torture and extrajudicial killings in the country, with the police unit’s Awkuzu headquarters officially code-named ‘hellfire’.

Chairman of the panel in Anambra, Justice Veronica Umeh (Rtd) announced during the panel’s sitting yesterday at the Anambra State government house that more petitions were coming in, and that so far, 114 petitions had been received.

She said, “We have started in earnest. We have 114 petitions so far. We dismissed some the other day and treated some too. We have a total of 114 now, and from Thursday, we will announce a new sitting arrangement, and we want you all to bear with us.

“From next week, we will produce a tag for all members of the panel, so that it would be easy for us to know who is who. I urge you all to submit your passports. Journalists are also expected to clearly display their press tags very clearly, so we know those who are here.”

Meanwhile, the panel entertained some petitions, including testimonies from a lecturer with the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Dr Justin Nwankwo who said the defunct SARS operatives ruptured his scrotum in the process of torturing him in 2013.

He also asked for compensation for properties confiscated by men of the SARS from his room during his ordeal, and compensation for unjustly branding him a kidnapper and human parts dealer.

He told journalists that, “The incident happened in 2013. I was the manager of the Upper Class Hotel in Onitsha, and I was also a PhD student then. We had rented out one of our rooms to a guest, who was properly checked in.

“In the morning, policemen came and searched the hotel and discovered some skulls in room 102, and the guest to whom we rented the room was not there. We told them that we duly recorded the guest before check-in, and that same morning, we had taken our manifest of all people who were guests to the CID department as was the practice, but they refused to listen.

“We urged them to investigate the guest as only he could tell how the skulls got there, but they were more interested in parading us as kidnappers and human parts dealers. I was brutally tortured and had a near-death experience for 81 days in SARS office Awkuzu, and I almost died.

“We (staff of Upper Class Hotel) were detained, tortured and released without any charge. I sustained damaged testicles, and ruptured scrotum, with lots of bodily harm. I am seeking compensation for the demolition of the hotel and for my name to be cleared, and my properties paid for.”

He regretted that immediately after they were arrested, no investigation was carried out, nor any panel set, but the then state governor, Mr Peter Obi ordered the demolition of the hotel on the same day.

“The police knew that no one was missing in that room, the man who rented the room had a name and the manifest was submitted to the police. The person who brought the skull is the person who should be investigated.

“Under one day, there was an executive, a judiciary and all investigation carried out in one day and the hotel was demolished, all in one day. Peter Obi was hasty (with the demolition) but said he had information, and never made such information known.

“We were paraded to the world as people selling human parts and taken for torture. That to me as a PhD student then was enough blacklisting. They know you cannot as hotel management ask to search the bag of guests. Our instinct is clear and we know that it was a plant. The hotel owner (Mr Bonaventure Mokwe) was set up by his adversaries and we (staff) were caught in the web,” he said.

Anambra police command resumes patrols across state

Anambra State Police command has resumed its regular security patrols and check points across the state in a bid to deter criminals.

The resumption of the security patrols and check points was necessitated due to the shutdown of the security posts during the October #ENDSARS protests Nationwide.

The move by the state police command also seeks to gain on-the-spot assessment of the various flash points in the state, police check points, patrol teams and security posts to ascertain the level of damage done and the normalcy restored, and also to get information on level of crimes committed during the absence of the police in order to strategize on more ways of securing lives and property of the state’s residents .

Addressing Journalists, the Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Abang said the move became imperative due to observed criminal activities by some misguided elements who rob members of the public of their belongings especially during the period, and assured that the police personnel have been deployed to all parts of the state to ensure normalcy.

Mr. Abang who spoke through the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Haruna Mohammed revealed that the state police personnel have been sensitized and briefed on police Public relations while the welfare of the members of the command is being taken care of by the federal government.

The Police Commissioner also hinted that a total number of ten persons have been arrested during their first day of their resumption of patrols at Upper Iweka Onitsha.

Mr Abang went further to extol the state residents for their support and partnership in rebuilding the vandalized facilities and appreciated their tireless support to the command which has demonstrated that there is existing peace, love and acceptance between Ndi Anambra and the police. Up Sot

Reacting to the return of the security agencies to their posts, a petty trader, Mrs. Ebele Nwoye and a road user, Chief PC Emenaka at Oye-Agu junction, Ifitedunu said that the development has restored their confidence in going about their businesses without fear and urged the state residents to remain law abiding.

A newspaper vendor at Ugwu-Nwasike Ogidi Ifesinachi Kalu and Ejike Obiana recalled how dangerous the area had become due to the absence of the police personnel as residents of the area have been living in fear. Up Sot

At Afor Nkpor and Nkpor Junction, a restaurant owner Mr. Christopher Onyekuba, Ifeanyi Uzoegbu and Felicia Nnakwe asked the police personnel to rewrite the perception of the public about them which will go along way in Promoting good working relationship between them and the members of the public. Up sot

Other places visited included, Amawbia round about off, old Enugu-Onitsha Express Way check point, Enugwu-Ukwu-Abagana boundary check point, Upper Iweka Onitsha, Obodo-Ukwu Junction, Bridge Head Onitsha and Three-Three.

Senator Ngige inspects property destroyed during #EndSARS violence in Anambra, asks states to compile list of damaged facilities

Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has said that the Federal Government will support Anambra State in rebuilding facilities destroyed during the #EndSARS protests that recently rocked the country.

Senator Ngige stated this when he made an on-the-spot assessment of the damage done to facilities in different parts of Anambra State.

Senator Ngige, a former Governor of Anambra State toured the facilities in company of the Secretary to the Government of Anambra State, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu and other government officials.

The property visited by the minister included Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade office, Central Police Command, Ogidi, Divisional Police Headquarters, also in Ogidi, Divisional Police Headquarters, Nnobi and Nnewi Central Police Station and barracks as well as the Area Command Headquarters, Nnewi.

Note that Governor Willie Obiano had visited the facilities days ago, where he promised that immediate re-construction would soon commence.

The #EndSARS protests had began peacefully in Anambra State as with others states in the federation, with Governor Obiano once addressing the protesters, making crucial promises to ensure that police officers who perpetuated crimes in the state are expeditely brought to book.

However, at the tail end of the social agitation, hoodlums capitalized on the volatility of the period and the conspicuous absence of security officials to unleash crimes including torching government property and looting anything their hands could reach.

Anambra Govt declares 24-hour curfew as hoodlums burn police station, one killed

There is tension in Nnewi, Anambra State following the razing of the Central Police Station in the area by hoodlums.

One person was allegedly feared dead during the incident, which occurred around 11pm on Wednesday.

The situation led to the closure of Schools, Markets, Banks and all other offices in the industrial city.

Our correspondent gathered the hoodlums, who broke the cell to free detainees after burning down the CPS office, proceeded to the Police Area Command but were repelled by officers on duty.

#ENDSARS protesters, as early as 6:00am on Thursday, filled the streets, making fire with tires and other inflammable objects at the popular Nkwo Nnewi roundabout and other major streets.

Some were also seen milling up and down with motorcycles.

One of the protesters said they were not happy with police officers in the town because of the activities of Anti-cult unit housed also at CPS.

A medical doctor at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), who preferred anonimity said he saw a lifeless body in front of the burnt CPS.

“They burnt down CPS and another Police Station last night. They zoomed through the hospital gate this morning. Burn fires everywhere, roads are being closed. A corpse already lying in front of the burnt CPS,” he said.

Police spokesperson, SP Haruna Mohammed could not be reached as at press time as his phone was switched off.

Meanwhile, Governor Obiano declares 24 hour curfew, starting from 8pm today. All Schools and Markets closed. All social gathering at 8pm closed.

Earmarks N200 million compensation for families and victims of disbanded SARS/Police brutality, upon recommendation by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

Anambra Sacks Over 1000 Civil Servants Amidst 8 Years Controversial Salary Arrears

By Sunny A. David

Anambra State Government has confirmed the termination of appointment of the staff of the State moribund Water Board Corporation.

Our correspondent reports that the board, which was officially shutdown in 2012 had over 1000 staff out of which about 300 had died waiting for their unpaid entitlements running from January 2012 to date.

A notice from the State Ministry of Public Utilities dated December 27, 2019, signed by one Rev. Dr. P. C. Amanzechukwu (for Commissioner of the Ministry) but was reportedly pasted last month at headquarters of the agency in Awka the State Capital, said their termination of appointments took effect from 2015.

It read, “The officers-in-charge, Anambra State Water Board Corporation (defunct), Awka. Formal notification of the termination of appointment of the erstwhile staff of the Anambra State Water Corporation.

“I am directed to refer to the Executive Council’s directive of December 9, 2019 and to formally convey the notification of the termination of appointment of the erstwhile staff of the defunct water corporation with effect from June 2, 2015 based in the cumulative effects of the Anambra State water supply and sanitation Law 2015 and reorganisation of the State’s water policy.

“Please advice the staff to report to the Ministry to collect their letter and take necessary steps to protect the moveable and immovable assets of the company.”

The State Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Engr. Emeka Ezenwanne, who confirmed the notice to our correspondent, said they were sacked in line with the Anambra State Water Law 2015 which repealed the edit establishing the agency and other general conduct of their staff.

“Anambra State Government under Governor Willie Obiano is a law abiding government. Yes, we have issued letter of termination to the former staff of Anambra State Water Board Corporation. The letter is in line with the Anambra State Water Law 2015 that repealed the edit that established the water board.

“Again, they have not come up to account for the money they took from the state government account through garnishing. EFCC is currently investigating it.

“They were sacked due to their general conduct which is affecting the entire process including the unbundling processes stated in the 2015 Anambra State Water Law. After the garnishing, they have continued to make other efforts we don’t know what they are up to,” Engr. Ezenwanne added.

He said the State government was still providing water to the populace through Urban Water Supply and others.

But reacting, a retired staff of the defunct water corporation, Mr. Hilary Izuagu, said they were still employees of the State Civil Service, adding that the State Government was owing them from January 2012 to July 2020 and still counting.

Mr. Izuagu, who urged the State government to abide by all the provisions in the Anambra State Water and Sanitation Law 2015 and other extant laws of the land while dealing with them.

He explained that the money the agency took through garnishing were paid to their deserving staff accordingly, adding that he was unaware that EFCC were investigating its disbursement.

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Anambra closes Eke Awka market for violating COVID-19 protocols

ANAMBRA State government has shut the Eke Awka Market in the state capital following alleged widespread violations of protocols in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C Don Adinuba, who said the market would be shut for two weeks with effect from Monday, June 15, 2020, observed that violations were carried out by traders and buyers, as well as suppliers in the market.

According to reports, the state government was worried that most of the COVID-19 cases in the state were traced to the market, despite the warnings and threats for the people to observe the requirements outlined for effective fight against the pandemic.

Although all the major 64 markets in the state were earlier shut during the nationwide lockdown, Governor Willie Obiano, while announcing the reopening, gave them conditions, among which were full observation of the Covid -19 protocols, including wearing of face masks, placing buckets of water and soap on their shops for washing of hands, providing sanitizers and maintaining social distancing.

However, a visit to the market showed that most of the people ignored the directive, with some even saying that they did not believe in coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Information Commissioner, the major condition for the reopening of markets on Monday, May 4, 2020, after five weeks of closure was that all stakeholders in the markets, like buyers and sellers, must always wear face coverings, provide water, soaps and hand sanitizers in every line, regretting that this was not the case in Eke Awka.

He said: “It is regrettable that these precautionary measures meant to protect the lives of millions of our people have flagrantly been violated habitually, especially in Awka Market. The result is the recent spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and even fatalities in our dear state.

“Awka South local government area, where Eke Awka is located, has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases of all LGAs in the state.”

Anambra, Delta Hold Talks To Check Movement On Niger Bridge

The Anambra and Delta state governments are currently holding talks to check the influx of people, seeking to cross the Niger Bridge in defiance of the presidential order restricting inter-state movements.

Mr Adinuba, Anambra Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Onitsha on Monday.

Adinuba was commenting on the barricade built on the bridge on the orders of Gov. Willie Obiano at the Asaba-end of the bridge.

The iron barricade was reportedly pulled down at the weekend by youths in Delta.

NAN learnt that the development necessitated a meeting where the two governments resolved to jointly police the Niger Bridge to curtail the movement of ‘strange persons.’

“Top officials of both Delta and Anambra State governments have met thrice today and will meet again tomorrow or so.

“The meeting is to conclude arrangements on how to check the influx of people, who defy the presidential order restricting inter-state movements as part of the far-reaching measures to check the spread of COVID-19,” Adinuba said.

According to him, the meetings have been held in a convivial and brotherly manner.

“Subsequent meetings will follow the same trajectory of peace and solidarity as each party is quite committed to the battle against the coronavirus pandemic,” Adinuba said.

COVID-19: Anambra State Govt bans all public gatherings, begins shutdown of schools

The government of Anambra State has banned public gatherings, from 23rd March 2020‬ until further notice.

A government house publication which listed the modus operandi in markets, schools, residents, eateries and other public places was made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited this morning.

Tertiary institutions will go on a compulsory break on 20th March, while primary and secondary schools will be proceeding on holidays on March 27 till further notice.

All schools sporting activities have also been banned, and traders and shoppers have been advised to wash their hands with soap and water all the time.

Hand shaking, hugging and all other forms of contact salutation has also been strongly discouraged, and the statement advices that a distance of 6-feet should be maintained between customers and traders.

It further read “All residents in Anambra state are advised to avoid handshaking, hugging and all other forms of contact salutation.

“They are to avoid unnecessary travels.

“Every body must keep a reasonable social distance when conversing with each other.

“All residents returning from countries and states with active COVID-19 cases, must self-isolate for 14-days and contact the Anambra state Public Health Emergency Operation Center immediately (PHEOC). During self-isolation they must take their temperatures twice daily.

“PHEOC numbers are ‪080309531; 08145434416;0810446408‬.

For hotels, travelers and transporters, the statement said

“Management of all hotels, restaurants and nightclubs must check the temperature of all their staff on daily basis. Staff with temperature more than 37.9 degrees Centigrade should not be allowed to serve and must report to the hospital.

” Restaurants must avoid overcrowding patrons at the table. Hotels are encouraged to maintain a database of their guests.

” all luxurious bus owners and operators must maintain a travel manifest for inbound and outbound passengers to Anambra state.

All luxurious bus owners must maintain hand wash stations and provide hand sanitizers in their buses.

“Passengers are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and running water.

“All intrastate buses are encouraged to have hand sanitizers in their buses and encourage passengers to use same”.