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Anambra’21: Zoning for Governor over! – Youths flare


A youth organisation called Anambra Ekunie has flayed what it termed imposition of governors in the state over the years and said the era was over as the state prepares for the 2021 governorship election.

The group also warned politicians using a purported zoning gimmicks to fan the embers of disunity in the state to desist henceforth.

President of the organisation, Dr. Ifeanyi Achusi made the disclosures in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu.

Achusi said that the popular position among the various sections of the state was that zoning of the governorship seat ended with the emergence of Gov. Willie Obiano.

He said that the insistence that the successor of the incumbent governor must come from a particular zone was against democratic tenets and hence unacceptable.


Achusi said that the group after its recent meeting in Enugu resolved to encourage qualified candidates to vie for the governorship position in 2021 irrespective of the zone they come from.

He noted that the governorship position had successfully rotated among the three zones of the state since 1999, adding that it was morally wrong for a particular zone to appropriate the 2021 contest to itself.

“Anambra Ekunie is insisting that it is now the turn of Anambra people to elect their governor. We are done with the imposition of a governor on us.

“Our people must now rise to demand that their votes count and it must count for the most credible and most competent,” he said.


According to Achusi, Anambra remains one and cannot be balkanised by political merchants who see zoning as an avenue to impose a governor who will be subservient to them.

“We are disturbed by the outcome of a recent meeting of political and traditional rulers from Anambra South Zone wherein they insisted that their zone must produce the next governor in 2021.

“Anambra belongs to all of us and the governorship of the state is open to every Anambra son and daughter who wants to contest.

“Therefore, let all who are interested, male and female, young and old from all the zones enter the ring and let the people make their choice. That is our stand,” he said.


Achusi said that politicians from Anambra South Zone had in every election year contested for the position of governor alongside others.

“There is no doubt that Anambra rotates the governorship among the three senatorial zones but as it is now, all the zones have taken their turns.

“So, the logical thing to do is to begin the rotation afresh from the zone that wins the 2021 governorship election and not to ask others to stay away for you alone to present candidates.

“That has never been done in Anambra and will not begin now,” he said.



We found 6 herbal products in fight against COVID-19 – Anambra claims


The Anambra State government claimed it had identified six herbal products for the management of the deadly COVID-19 disease.

This was revealed on Tuesday by Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, the Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra on Indigenous Medicine and Herbal Practice.

Ibezim who gave the information during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka, said that the agency had forwarded the products to the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

According to him, the process of producing the six herbal products which are in capsule, powder and liquid forms were reviewed by a team of medical experts before they decided to take the products to NAFDAC for its final confirmation and approval for public consumption.


He said; “We have a team of medical experts in all areas of medicines who are saddled with the responsibility of reviewing herbal products in the state before they would be made public for use.

“We will give approval if the products fit our standard. We do not discriminate, the government has provided a friendly environment for business to thrive for all genuine herbal practitioners despite their states of origin.

“Anambra Traditional Medicine Board has been assigned the responsibility of properly analysing herbal products in the state and declare them fit for use by the public or otherwise before they are pushed out; all practitioners are advised to comply,” Ibezim concluded.



Oby Ezekwesili loses Mother – Ezekwueme commiserate


Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), a civil right advocacy group has commiserated with former Minister of education Dr Oby Ezekwesili, over the death of her mother.

Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, CLO Chairman in Anambra said this in a condolence message on Tuesday in Enugu.

Ezekwueme described Ujubuonu as compassionate, caring, disciplined and God fearing wife, mother and grandmother who lived and died for God and humanity.

”She inculcated moral virtues and rectitude in her children, which manifested in selfless and patriotic life of Ezekwesili and her other siblings.


“The sorrow we bear over our loved ones is the price we must pay for having had them in our lives.

“It is on record that her generosity, selfless sacrifices for common good has earned her the appellation of Dorcas and Mother Theresa of our time which Ezekwesili inherited naturally from her.

”CLO prays for eternal repose of her gentle and kind soul.

“We asked God to give Ezekwesili, her siblings, Nnewi South council area and her loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable and irreplaceable lost,” he added.



Police arrest Man in Anambra after killing his 2 Children – injure Father


A 34-year old man identified as Mr Ifeanyi Apusiobi has been arrested by the Police in Anambra for killing his two children with pestle, and also inflicting injuries on his 72 –year old father.

The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said Apusiobi said investigation into the murder is ongoing and the corpses of the children, aged seven and five years, had been deposited at Iyienu Hospital mortuary, Ogidi for autopsy.

Haruna said:

“At about 1 am on June 21, 2020, police operatives attached to Ogbunike Police Station arrested one Ifeanyi Apusiobi aged 34years of Azu Ogbunike in Oyi LGA of Anambra State.


“The suspect allegedly ran amok in a circumstance yet to be ascertained and attacked two of his biological children namely, Chinecherem Apusiobi aged seven years and Obinna Apusiobi aged five years, with a wooden pestle on their heads while they were sleeping.

“He equally used the same object and injured his father, Dominic Apusiobi, aged 72years on the head.

“Police detectives visited the scene and rushed the victims to the hospital for medical attention where the two children were certified dead by a medical doctor, while his aged father is responding to treatment”

The PPRO said the police recovered the pestle as an exhibit, adding that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, CID, Awka for discreet investigation.



Just in: 6 die in Anambra tanker accident


The Anambra State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Andrew Kumapayi, on Tuesday confirmed the death of six people as a container fell on vehicles along Awka-Onitsha expressway.

Kumapayi, who confirmed the incident to the Media in Awka, said the brakes of a trailer carrying a 20ft container failed, and the driver lost control of the vehicle, which fell on six others.

The commander said the accident occurred at about 10.46 a.m. at TRACAS bus stop.


“The fatal multiple road traffic crash involved a Mack Trailer with registration number UMA259XB, a Toyota Previa with registration number ENU849XE, another Toyota Precis with registration number ENU575ZU and a Toyota Sienna with registration number JJT434ZF.

“Two tricycles with registration numbers AAH705UW and AGU482QE and another without registration number were also involved in the crash.


“A total of 10 people ( eight male adults and two female adults) were involved in the crash. The victims were rushed to Toronto Hospital, Onitsha by the FRSC rescue team from Upper Iweka Outpost.

“Out of the 10 people involved, six, (five male and one female) were confirmed dead at the hospital, while four males were critically injured, but responding to treatment.


“The corpses were deposited at the morgue in the same hospital, ” the sector commander said.

Kumapayi said the obstruction created by the crash was cleared by Julius Berger Construction Company and the vehicles towed to Central Police Station, Onitsha.


While consoling the families of the victims, he warned motorists, especially articulated vehicle operators, against plying the highway with faulty vehicles.

” They should ensure that their vehicles are checked and serviced regularly, with particular interest on the brake systems to avoid unnecessary road mishaps and death, ” he said.



Breaking: Billionaire Businessman nab with unlicensed gun (Photos)


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Best Aluminum Manufacturing Company, Onitsha, Chief Pius Nweke, has been arrested by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Special Tactical Section (STS) Team for alleged possession of an unlicensed gun.

This is coming at a time the Abba community, where Chief Nweke hails from, has alleged that he was abducted, Vanguard reports.

Anambra State police commissioner, CP John Abang who confirmed the arrest, said that Nweke was arrested by policemen attached to the Inspector General of Police team, known as STS.

He said,

“Policemen of the IGP’s STS while on routine patrol at Awada area saw and intercepted a Lexus Jeep which its number plate was covered and then searched the car and the occupant and in the process found a barreta pistol with 10 rounds of ammunition in it.


“The fellow who was in the car, who owns the pistol is one Mr Pius Nweke, male, from Anambra State.

“He has been taken into custody for further interrogation at Onitsha there with STS. He will be taken to Abuja because the STS headquarters is in Abuja. So, definitely he will be moved to Abuja for further necessary actions and interrogations.”


Meanwhile, the president General of Abba community, Engr. C. Anaenwe has described Nweke’s arrest as a frame up.

“Chief Nweke was abducted by the men of the Nigerian police. As at the time of this release, the whereabouts of Chief Nweke is still unknown,” he said.


The President General said the arrest may not be unconnected to a tussle between Abba and Ukpo community over a large plot of land, citing that Abba people were being oppressed and intimidated by their Ukpo neighbours, using the police, daily post reports.

“Since June, 2019 citizens of the Abba community have been subjected to police intimidation, harassment and victimization with not less than 19 citizens of the Abba community charged to Courts for offences ranging from obstruction to armed robbery.


“At present, two out of the five persons arrested on 18th December, 2019 in the Magistrate Court, Umudioka are still in the facility of the Nigerian Correctional Service,” he said.

He added that Abba community hats placed the world on notice that should anything happen to Chief Pius Nweke, the Nigerian police under IGP Mohammed Adamu and another influential son of Ukpo community who he accused of sponsoring attacks on them, should be held responsible.



Anambra in confusion over unknown diseases attack | Details.

Some Nigerians have taken to social media to report alleged strange diseases experienced by some residents of Onitsha, Anambra state.

Strange diseases reported in Onitsha, Anambra
According to the reports, sufferers are allegedly losing their senses of taste and smell, and many of them are reportedly treating malaria.

Taking to Twitter, a lady identified as Unachukwu wrote that people should reach out to their loved ones as the alleged strange disease has been confirmed by many residents of the city


She wrote:

Hearing this news on how a lot of people in Onitsha are sick and losing their sense of smell and taste too. A few friends have confirmed it to be true, please reach out to your family and friends.

Creamy_Jaunty (Anaeriaku 1 of Ihiala)
Hearing this news on how a lot of people in Onitsha are sick and losing their sense of smell and taste too.
A few friends have confirmed it to be true, please reach out to your family and friends.


@OluchukwuBelon1 wrote:
Not only in Onitsha, in Lagos state, some many people are treating either malaria or typhoid and this baffles me because they are too much of them now than before.

no big deal, seen a lot of people in Aba with the same symptoms, treatment is basic malaria drugs and vitamin C supplements, or if you are traditional, boil a mixture of neem, lime, grape in water and drink 2 cups everyday( 1morning and 1night) for 3 days. Not a medical advice.


@onyeka01 wrote:

Everybody is onitsha is sick, malaria drugs has increased in the local market . We are all taking injections


I live and work in Fegge. I can confirm that this is true but more true is that they’re recovering. Speculations say it is a result of the fumigation that was carried out in the markets.



Nigeria: Catholic priest found dead in his car.

The parish priest of Holy Cross Parish in Oroma Etiti community of Anambra State, Rev Fr. Charles Okeke-Odogwu was found dead in his car on Tuesday March 24.

Prior to his death, the Catholic Priest who managed Fr. Ohai Memorial Secondary School in Oroma- Etiti attended the regional meeting of his region of the Archdiocese on Monday March 23. He reportedly showed no sign of ill-health and participated actively in the meeting.

Rev Fr. Charles Okeke-Odogwu was found lifeless at the front of vicarage gate, with his car engine still running. From the photos shared online, it was gathered that the Catholic Priest vomited before he died.

MC Ikebobo wrote;

A Roman Catholic Vicar of Holy Cross Parish, Oroma-Etiti in Anam, Anambra State was found dead in his car at the front of Vicarage gate.

The priest identified as Rev Fr. Charles Okeke-odogwu was found dead before the gate of the vicarage on the steering. It is still unclear what killed the priest.

May his soul RIP.Amen.


PMS stations yet to sell at N125 in Anambra

marketers in Anambra, Lagos still selling @ N145

Two days after the Federal Government announced a downward review of the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from N145 to N125, marketers in Anambra are yet to adjust to the new price.

NobleReporters gathered that retail outlets in Awka, the state capital were still selling at N145.

A manager of one of the outlets on Enugu-Onitsha expressway said it was not realistic that they would adjust immediately when they still had products procured at the old rate.

The source said the reduction in pump price was good, but marketers should not be made to bear the cost.

“We cannot sell at N125 for now because the product we have came at above N141, let them allow us to sell off what we have now.

“The depot owners have to start loading based on the adjusted price and that will make us sell at the new goverment price,” he said.

Chief Cletus Obi-Okoye, the state Chairman of Petroleum Dealers Association of Nigeria said implementation of the new price regime should start with the depots.

Obi-Okoye said most of his members still have old stock and appealed that the marketers be allowed to exhaust their stock before enforcement commences.

However, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it would ensure that marketers adjust to the new price.

Mr Okiemute Akpomudjere, DPR Operations Controller in the state, faulted the marketers for refusing to adjust their meters to reflect the new pump price, saying that the adjustment should be automatic.

“Our people are already in the field because there is an ongoing operation.

“The government pronouncement of reduction in pump price is a policy that has to be implemented.

“DPR will ensure that Nigerians, petrol customers are protected by ensuring immediate adjustment, “ he said.

The Federal Government on March 18 announced a downward review of price of petrol from N145 to N125 per litre in response to falling crude oil prices to less than 30 dollars per barrel


Gov. Obiano dedicates new NYSC permanent orientation camp in Anambra

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has commissioned the new Permanent Orientation Camp for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Mbaukwu-Umuawulu, in Awka South Local Government Area.

According to the governor, apart from accomodating the corps members, the camp can generate about three hundred direct jobs and over one thousand indirect jobs.

“The orientation camp is expected to cater to 300 direct jobs and over 1,000 indirect jobs. That is the essence of our investments in this project apart from the fact that it will be a comfortable place to put together men and women who are serving their fatherland for a mandatory period of one year. My advice to all of you is to an effective participant in this programme,” he said.

On his part, the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare praised the governor for his administration’s support to the scheme.

The Minister noted that Obiano “is making the best investment in our youths, those of the ground here and the youths of Anambra who are in different skill acquisition centres.”

Speaking also, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, Mr Kehinde Aremu, confirmed the clean health status of all corps members.

He noted that prior to the commencement of the Orientation Course for the Batch A, Stream II corps members, mandatory Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests were carried out for all participants.

Aremu also reiterated the commission’s commitment to safeguarding the health status of all corps members and others involved in the scheme.


Man Dies In Anambra Hotel After Taking Drugs To Boost His Sex Performance. {Photos}

A 40-year-old man, Paul Okwudili, died in Plus View Hotel Onitsha, Anambra state over the weekend after allegedly taking suspected drugs to boost his s*x performance.

A statement from the state police command public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, says the manager of the hotel reported at Central Police Station, Onitsha that Okwudili, a resident of Ogboliolosi, off Awka Road, Inland town Onitsha, allegedly took a lady to the hotel and lodged. Minutes later, the lady came out shouting for help and the hotel management went to the room and discovered the man gasping for air.

He was rushed to St Charles Boromeo hospital Onitsha for medical attention where he was confirmed dead on arrival by a medical Doctor on duty.

The hotel was visited by Police detectives attached to CPS Onitsha and photographs of the victim was obtained. No marks of violence was seen on the deceased body but some drugs believed to be for s*x enhancement, were seen in the room.

Haruna said the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the hospital motuary for autopsy. He added that the lady has been arrested for questionning.


Four allegedly injured in severe Anambra crash

Four persons on Friday sustained serious injuiries in a multiple auto crash in Igbariam junction, along Onitsha-Awka Expressway of Anambra State m

The accident, which occurred close to FRSC Nteje Unit Command at about 09.30am, involved two vehicles, a trailer and a commercial bus.

NobleReporters gathered that the trailer which was heading towards Onitsha overtook wrongly and collided with the bus coming in the opposite direction.

Confirming the incident, the state, Sector Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Pascal Anigbo attributed the cause to wrongful overtaking.

He said no death was recorded.

According to him: “One Mitsubishi L300 with registration numbers, AKU855YI and a Trailer, with registration number ENU228RA were involved in the crash.

“A total of Twenty (21) victims, made up of Thirteen (13) male adults and Eight (8) female adult were involved.

“The injured victims were rushed to Chukwuemeka Odemegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Awka for immediate medical attention, by FRSC rescue team from Nteje Unit Command.”

Anigbo hinted that the driver of the trailer has been handed over to the Nigeria Police Force, adding that the FRSC operatives were on ground to ensure obstructions were cleared.

“The Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Corps Anambra State, Andrew A. Kumapayi warns motorists against wrongful overtaking, over-speeding, dangerous driving and other activities that will endanger their lives and those of other road users,” he added.


Anambra: 3 casualties, eight injured in 06.00am accident – FRSC

Three people were confirmed dead, while eight others sustained injuries in an accident involving two vehicles at Amansea near Awka, along Awka – Enugu old road on Saturday.

Mr Pascal Anigbo, Public Relations Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, confirmed the accident in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday in Awka.

Anigbo said the accident involved a stationary DAF truck with registration number: GGE 167 XP suspected to be faulty and a 14-passenger Toyota Hummer bus with registration number: BAL 266 XA.

According to him, the crash occurred around 6.00a.m.

He said preliminary investigation revealed that the commercial bus, which was on top speed, rammed into the stationary truck.

“The commercial bus was driven by one Ibrahim and they were on their way to Lagos from Jalingo, Taraba State.

“The FRSC team rushed the injured victims to Chukwuemeka Odumegu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku, while the dead, all male, have been evacuated to the same hospital mortuary,” he said.

Anigbo expressed the sympathies of Mr Andrew Kumapayi, the state’s Sector Commander of FRSC, to the family of the deceased and prayed for the quick recovery of the injured victims.

He however, advised motorists to ensure that they placed adequate caution signs whenever their vehicles broke down along the road.


Minimum wage: NLC gives Anambra a 14-Day Ultimatum

The organized labour in Anambra State on Monday gave the state government a 14- day ultimatum to implement the new minimum wage or be prepared to face industrial action.

At an emergency meeting of the state executive council of the organised labour in Awka, the unionists expressed dissatisfaction with the implementation of the January 24 agreement with the government on the issue.

The state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), Jerry Nnubia said what is being implemented fell short of what the labour negotiated with the government.

He said ..

“The SEC decided to meet on the issue and took the necessary decision. We are dissatisfied and we frown at the decision of the government to renege on the agreement.

“We hereby give the government a 14- day ultimatum from today, after which the organized labour would not guarantee industrial harmony in the state.

“The state government did not follow the agreed chart with the organized labour in the state and as far as we are concerned, the difference we saw in the salaries of workers in January was just a bonus which government decided to give to workers.”


Anambra: Fire dares INEC office

The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State has been gutted by fire.

This was confirmed by police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed, on Sunday.

Haruna said the fire started from a nearby bush set ablaze by locals.

He said, “At about 12:30pm on Sunday, there was another fire incident at INEC office Ogidi in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.

“Police patrol team led by DPO Ogidi Division rushed to the scene and fire Service department was contacted.

“The fire allegedly emanated from bush burning. However, the extent of damages done yet to be determined.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, John B.Abang, has ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.”


Man operating illegal JAMB centre in Anambra caught, arrested ..

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Anambra State command, has arrested one Ezennia Onyeka for allegedly operating illegal Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) registration centre in Nnewi.

The state Commandant of the corps, Mr David Bille, confirmed the arrest in an interview in Awka on Friday.

Bille said the suspect was arrested in Nnewi, following intelligence report that he was registering JAMB candidates at the cost of between N5,000 and N7,000 each.

Bille said that many unsuspecting candidates had fallen victim to the fraud at the centre, known as 100 Per Cent Computer Center.

He said: “The suspect was charging the unsuspecting candidates above the official N4,700 stipulated by JAMB.

“After careful and discrete investigation carried out by men of NSCDC, it was uncovered that the cyber cafe being operated by the suspect was not in the list of centres accredited by JAMB to sell its forms.’’

Bille said that the NSCDC operatives, who arrested the suspect, disguised themselves as prospective JAMB candidates.

“The operatives observed that the suspect was exploiting innocent and young Nigerians seeking for brighter future.

Bille said that the suspect admitted the offence and pleaded for forgiveness with a promise to turn over a new leaf.

The commandant said that investigation was still ongoing and that he would be made to face the full wrath of the law at the end of the investigation.


11 year old student burnt to death in Patterson college, Anambra (Photos)

...burnt beyond recognition

An 11-year-old student, Chigozie Anyichie, was killed in a fire outbreak at the Patterson Memorial Grammar School, Awada, Onitsha, Anambra State on Sunday.

The spokesman of the state police command, Mohammed Haruna, who confirmed the incident, said the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Abang, has commiserated with the family of the deceased and ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

Haruna said the incident was reported by the school Principal, Rev. Cajetan Anuforo.

He said a section of the school dormitory was destroyed, adding that the incident happened when the students were out in the field for night prayers.

According to him, the fire was eventually put out by staff and students of the school who later discovered that Chigozie Anyichie, who did not go out with other students for the prayers, was caught up in the inferno. The deceased was burnt beyond recognition.

11-year-old student dies as fire razes school dormitory in Anambra

Police detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer, Awada Division, CSP Tony Adeyi visited the scene and took the victim to the hospital where he was certified dead by a medical doctor.

The corpse has been deposited at the mortuary for postmortem examination. The cause of the fire and value of property destroyed had not been ascertained.


Man shot dead on Xmas in Anambra.

A tragic incident occurred on Wednesday December 25, as a man identified as Onyeocha Umuokwu was allegedly shot dead by a policeman.

The incident reportedly occurred at the home of one Engineer Eze in Alor Idemili South Local Government area of Anambra state.

Eyewitnesses alleged that the deceased was killed by a stray bullet shot by a policeman aiming at a fleeing cow in the community.

A post shared by This is Anambra on Facebook read;


Onyeocha Umuokwu was shot by a police officer at Engineer Eze house yesterday been 25th December 2019, in Alor idemili south LGA Anambra stat

The news have it that a cow cut the rope they use to tied it and started running then the police officer on the duty now try to shoot the cow but mistakenly shot and killed this Alor popular/jovial man Onyeocha Umuokwu na Alor.

Very horrible…

Anambra man allegedly shot dead on Christmas day by policeman shooting at a cow


(Video) Alleged Masquerade Arrested In Anambra State.

A video which has gone viral on social media captured moment a masquerade was arrested by police officers.

Media personality, Gwen Divy Ifeson who shared the video revealed that the incident occurred in Anambra State.

She wrote;

Masquerade arrested in Anambra, Aru





4 people arrested by anambra police.

…for robbing female tricyclist

Four suspected tricycle snatchers have been arrested by the Anambra State Police Command at their hideout in Oba, Idemili South local government area of the state.

The suspects who allegedly robbed their female victim Adaobi Obuegbe of her tricycle at Okpoko in Ogbaru local government area, were identified as Chinedu Nwokwu (20) Chukwudi Ezebilo (27), Nwafor Uba (24) and Ugochukwu Ekechi (21).

The snatched tricycle, a locally made double barrel pistol, locally made revolver pistol, 2 rounds of .9mm ammunition, three cartridges and two expended cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

Anambra State Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed confirmed the arrest and also disclosed that two other suspected fraudsters were nabbed at Upper Iweka, Onitsha.

He said;

“Following intelligence report, Police detectives attached to Awada Division arrested at Upper Iweka, Onitsha two suspected fraudsters namely Ikechukwu Ogbona ‘m’ aged 56yrs of Asaba, Delta State and Ndubuisi Nwobodo ‘m’ aged 46years of Nkpor-Agu Village, Nkpor in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.

“The Suspects allegedly hoodwinked one Okeke Chinemerem ‘m’ aged 17yrs of Abajuo Street, Awada into believing that they were foreign businessmen desirous of converting their hard currency into naira. In the process, the victim was swindled of the sum of N65,000 cash.”

Haruna further disclosed that the suspects who have already confessed to the crime will be arraigned in court after investigation has been concluded.


Togetherness Spirit Has Left Nigeria Long Ago – Sen. Jim Nwobodo

Senator Jim Nwobodo is the former governor of old Anambra State in the Second Republic. He later represented Enugu East Senatorial District in the Senate. In this interview, he looked at the Nigerian state, agitation for 2023 presidency, saying that it is to early to be talking about 2023. He also spoke about his unpaid pension since 1983 and how Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State came to his rescue.


You disclosed recently that you received your pension for the first time since you left office this year?

Yes. I left office as governor in 1983. Since then, I have received no dime as pension until few months back when God smiled on me through the kind act of the governor.

You were governor of old Enugu and Anambra states. So, which of the governor paid you the pension?

I was the governor of three states then. Old Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi states. But it was the governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, that considered it worthy to asked me about my pension and followed it up with actions that culminated in the payment.

What was the reasons for the delay?

It was basically political. Though, states were later created, but that does not mean that things were not supposed to be properly done.

What about governors that came after you, did they collect theirs?

Yes. Many of them came into office, change the laws in their favour regarding pensions and other entitlements. Many of them have been drawing their pensions since them, and none of them bothered to remember me.

Did you make efforts to get the pension paid?

I did the little I could, but nothing happened. When they were not responding to my request, I backed down. However, at that level, I am not supposed to be chasing or writing letters to the governors for my pension and other entitlements. It’s supposed to come to me statutorily without any push or lobby.

There was court judgment recently that governors should not draw pension from the states. Are you comfortable with that?

But some states have initiated legal processes against the court judgment. For instance, Lagos State openly said they won’t obey that court judgment because it runs contrary to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Agitations have been on now for political power to move to Southeast in 2023. What’s your take on that?

That is one of the problems with Nigeria. The second term of President Muhammadu Buhari has just started. It’s barely one year in office and people have begun political calculations for 2023. I am from the Southeast and we are not agitating as being reported in the media. Some people may be agitating, but definitely not the genuine people from Southeast. When people are talking, look at their person, level of education, intelligence and calibre. That would help you in giving consideration to their statement. Our priority should be how to support the government to succeed for the good of Nigeria and not to distract the government with 2023 political calculations. You don’t waste your energy fighting for something you cannot control. People will decide when the time comes.

You mean it’s too early to start political calculations ahead of 2023 general elections?

It’s too early for that. The current administration is barely a year in office for four years tenure. Such could be political distractions that might affect smooth governance. I am a politician, and for some of us, these things are frivolous.

But politicians look forward to next election?

Yeah, but that’s too early. There are lots of off-seaaon elections that are part of this administration. We just had Kogi and Bayelsa elections. There are several other elections that are being contested in court, and many of them might be upturned or upheld. So, it’s unwise to start talking about 2023 elections now. Let’s pray to God to survive next years that would herald the 2023 general elections.

So you mean that the agitation for shift of political power to Southeast is needless?

No! It’s not needless, but the approach being used. We need to apply wisdom in the approach. However, the best way to achieve peace, unity and development is to be fair and just to all component of the country. Be fair to everybody. If I own something with you, and every time you threaten to take it, then there won’t be peace. We should constantly talk about unity, peace and development of Nigeria. That’s the way forward. I contested an election during my school days at Ibadan and won, in the spirit of one Nigeria. From all indications, that spirit of one Nigeria has left us long ago. We are more divided in Nigeria today than ever before. It pains me so much that the united country our forefathers bequeathed to us has collapsed. I weep for this country. I seriously weep for this country and I mean what I am saying This is obviously not the kind of country we fought for. The media have a big role to generate discussions that would centre on peace, unity and development of Nigeria.

Unpatriotic politicians are the centre of this division. What’s the way forward?

One thing is instructive. Peace, unity and development would continue to elude us if justice is not served to the people. The country will continue to go down in all terms when the judiciary and other arms of government are compromised. There’s no rule of law in Nigeria today neither is there respect for the law.

Are you comfortable with the state of things in Nigeria today?

I don’t have answer to that question. You are obviously driving at something else and I don’t want to be involved in that.