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Wema Bank hosts maiden conference to build SMEs’ capacity in Enugu.

Wema Bank Plc is hosting its maiden Business Growth and Innovation Conference in Enugu, the Enugu State capital.

The conference, being organized in partnership with the Enugu SME Center, the Enugu State Government’s SME development agency, will hold on Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th, 2023.

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The bank noted that the programme is in its bid to equip small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in the state with adequate knowledge and skills to boost their businesses.

The Head, SME Banking at Wema Bank, Arthur Nkemeh, said that the two-day conference, which will cover key areas of business management, such as strategy and innovation, digital transformation, sales and marketing, and financial management, will upskill business owners and managers and boost the capacity and growth of SMEs in Enugu.

“The Enugu Business Growth and Innovation Conference is intended to bridge the knowledge gap that exists in the SMEs space. It will equip attendees with best-in-class knowledge and skills in business management. The capacity building program will be delivered by world-class facilitators who are subject matter experts in various aspects of business management, in keeping to our position as the leading bank in the SME Advisory space in Nigeria.”

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He noted that, being the leading bank in the SME banking segment in Nigeria, Wema Bank has been a champion of the growth of the SME sector in the country through its various financial and non-financial (business advisory) services for SMEs.

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“As a champion of the growth of the SME sector in Nigeria, Wema Bank has put in place many initiatives that will drive the growth of the sector in the country. We not only have low-cost banking products that speak to the needs of SMEs, but we also ensure that the managers and promoters of these businesses are equipped with top-notch knowledge and skills that will ensure that their businesses thrive in any given situation they find themselves.”

Arthur called on owners and managers of small and medium-scale enterprises in and around Enugu to avail themselves of the opportunity that this conference presents to build their capacity and ensure that their businesses growth potentials are achieved.



“The needs of the SMEs in Nigeria are enormous and range from access to capital to talent acquisition and retention, to management operation and so on. These needs, as diverse as they are, could be better and more effectively addressed through adequate capacity building. This is why it is imperative that SMEs owners and managers, especially those in and around Enugu, endeavour to participate in the Conference to learn new strategies that they can use to grow their businesses,” he concluded

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Enugu: Our Gov’ship Candidate Didn’t Forge NYSC Cert – PDP

The Enugu State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council yesterday described allegation of forgery of the National Youth Service Corps certificate against its governorship candidate, Peter Mbah, as false.

The party said the allegation was the conjecture of an indolent opposition and the last kick of a dying horse.

This is contained in a statement by the Director of Public Communications and Spokesperson Enugu State PDP Campaign Council, Nana Ogbodo.

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The statement said the opposition in Enugu had since come to terms with the fact that they had no prospects in the 2023 governorship election and resorted to smear campaigns.

“We make bold to say that Mbah was duly mobilised for the one-year mandatory National Youth Service in Lagos in 2002, duly completed the exercise and was issued with an NYSC discharge certificate.

“We state unequivocally that these purveyors of malicious falsehood are the real forgers, as everything about the letter they claimed to have emanated from the NYSC bears all the imprimaturs of forgery.”



The statement added that the campaign group called on media organisations and interested Nigerians to approach the NYSC to confirm the veracity of the purported letter

Group petitions INEC, alleges Enugu APC parading fake guber candidate.

A civil society group, the Enugu Good Governance Group, E-3G, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sanction the Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), its governorship candidate, Chief Uche Nnaji, and the State Chairman, Chief Ugochukwu Agballah.

The group hinged its petition on the claim that the party is deceiving Enugu people with ‘a fake deputy governorship candidate’.

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It said the final amended list of candidates for the 2023 governorship election published by INEC on its website on 30th January 2023 had further confirmed that the Enugu APC was parading a fake deputy governorship candidate in George Ogara.

The group said the reason for parading Ogara, who hails from Enugu North zone as the deputy governorship candidate, was to hide the fact that the real governorship candidate of the APC, Chief Robert Ngwu, and the governorship candidate, Uche Nnaji, hail from Enugu East senatorial zone.

In a statement issued on Thursday by its National Coordinator, Comrade Odinaka Okechukwu, the group said it petitioned the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to stop what it called “fraudulent governorship campaigns by the Enugu State chapter of the APC”.

“The INEC published the final list of candidates for Governorship and State House of Assembly elections on 4th October, 2022, which had the name of Uche Nnaji, serial number 277, as the governorship candidate of the APC in Enugu, and Robert Ngwu, serial number 778, as the deputy governorship candidate.

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“On 30th January 2023, INEC published the ‘Amended List of Final Candidates Pursuant to Court Orders, Death, and Corrections of Errors Made by Political Parties’ in line with Section 287 of the 1999 Constitution.

“We observed that the changes did not affect any political party in Enugu, hence Robert Ngwu remains the deputy governorship candidate of the Enugu APC.

“We, therefore, wonder why the Enugu APC has continued to deceive the electorate by parading a fake deputy governorship candidate in the person of George Ogara.

“We hold that it is fraudulent, ignoble, anti-democratic, and must be immediately sanctioned by the INEC”, the group stated.



An enquiry sent to Ogara was yet to be responded to as of the time of filing this report.

Enugu Reverend in trouble after kneeling for PDP’s Mbah. [Video]

An Anglican Bishop, Rt. Rev. Onyeka Onyia of the Nike Diocese in Enugu State has come under verbal attack after kneeling before Barr. Peter Mbah, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in the State, during a church service.

The video of the incident has surfaced on the internet.

The incident reportedly occurred during a thanksgiving service in honour of Venerable Prof. Chinedu Nebo, former minister of power and steel.

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In the video, Mbah was said to have arrived late during the church service and opted to sit at the rear part of the church.

However, the Bishop approached him and pleaded that he relocates to the front row, an offer the governorship candidate declined.

With Mbah choosing to remain at the back row, Bishop Onyia went on his knees to make him change his mind.

But Mbah, who looked stunned in the video, also went on his knees.

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A bewildered priest, who appears to be a chaplain to the Bishop and another congregant were seen pulling the Bishop up.

𝕹𝖔𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖆 reports that the development has not gone down well with many Anglican faithfuls.

They are currently venting their anger, with many of them describing the Bishop’s action as a total debasement of the office of a Bishop



Court adjourns suit seeking disqualification of Enugu Reps candidate, Martins Oke.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned hearing on the substantive suit seeking disqualification of a House of Representatives candidate for Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency, Hon. Martins Oke.

Oke is the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the forthcoming election.

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𝕹𝖔𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖆 reports that the plaintiffs, Chief Samuel Ekwueme and the All Progressives Congress, APC, are challenging his candidature on the claim that he did not emerge in line with the relevant laws.

Joined as defendants are the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The plaintiffs alleged that the PDP primary election which produced the serving lawmaker was in contravention of section 77(3) of the Electoral Act.

The Electoral Act made it mandatory for the PDP to submit its membership register to the INEC not later than 30 days to its primary election.

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At the resumed hearing on Thursday, the presiding Judge, Hon Justice J. B. Omotosho asked the defendants’ counsels to file all their defences on time to allow the plaintiff’s counsel, Chief Chukwudi Igwe to reply before the adjourned date.

The Judge warned that he wouldn’t want any delay on the matter, adding that after the hearing on 10th February, 2023, the matter would be adjourned for judgement



PDP chairman slumps, dies during campaign in Enugu.

The Enugu State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been thrown into mourning.

𝕹𝖔𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖆’s known online news outlet reports that this is following the demise of Mr. SKB Ogbuagu, the Acting Chairman of the party in Udi Local Government Area of the State.

Ogbuagu was said to have collapsed during a town hall meeting of the Enugu guber candidate, Barr. Peter Mbah at Ezeagu Local Government Area.

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Sources hinted that towards the end of the rally, the Chairman, said to be an asthmatic patient, had a crisis.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he gave up the ghost.

The Party hierarchy in the State, led by Mr. Augustine Nnamani, is yet to issue any official statement on the development.

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Unknown gunmen attack Enugu INEC office, kill policeman.

Unknown gunmen have again attacked an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.

This is coming a few hours after a similar attack in Imo State which led to the killing of a local security man.

𝕹𝖔𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖆 learnt that the Enugu attack claimed the life of one policeman on duty.

INEC’s National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, confirmed the incident, disclosing it occurred around 9.12pm yesterday, Sunday.

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The statement said the report of the incident was made by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Enugu State, Dr. Chukwuemeka J. Chukwu.

He said the Commission’s security gatehouse was razed but that the attackers could not gain access to the main building as a result of the rapid response from the Police and Army personnel from 82 Division.

𝕹𝖔𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖆 gathered that the other policeman, who sustained injuries, is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The attack was also confirmed by the Chairman of Enugu South Local Government Area, Barr. Chimezie Robinson Nkwuo.

While sympathizing with the family of the deceased policeman, he urged the residents not to panic to come out and collect their Permanent Voter’s Card, PVC.

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Eha-Amufu massacre: Over 50 killed by Herdsmen in Enugu

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Deserted. Grave silence. Terror stricken. These words capture the mood of Eha-Amufu, a town in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State, now a ghost village.

DAILY POST correspondent, who visited the town, reports that the communities are totally under siege, with markets locked up, houses abandoned, and all the residents now seeking refuge as Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in neighbouring towns and cities.

Residents say over 50 persons have been allegedly killed within the last few weeks by rampaging Fulani herdsmen aided by Igala people of Benue State. Sources from the town put the number of those killed in the last two years to 160.

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Prior to the latest sad event on Thursday, the 8th day of December, 2022, Eha-Amufu has been synonymous with killings and other criminal activities, with every effort made by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuayi of Enugu State unable to yield the desired result.

On several occasions, the Governor had summoned an emergency meeting involving all the stakeholders from the area. During such meetings, revelations are always made and actions taken. However, as soon as the residents return home, the marauders, said to be Fulani herdsmen will strike again and leave the village bleeding.

This has led to the assertion in some quarters that the ruthless attacks are politically-induced.

Apart from the killings that usually occurred at night, the Eha-Amufu-Neke road has been a den of kidnappers, making it unsafe for any member of the community to pass by once it is 6pm. Road users are always kidnapped and taken to the Benue State axis where they are kept until ransom is paid.

Eha-Amufu, an agrarian community, has a population of over 70,000, with a larger portion of the residents dependent on farming for their survival. It shares boundaries with Ebonyi and Benue States.

However, the entire residents are under threat, including the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu, which has attracted some significant development both from the government, as well as private individuals in the area.

A tour of the communities showed that no human activity is going on at the moment.

Shops are under lock, markets and businesses have been closed down. The Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu is deserted as students of the College have all gone home for fear of being killed.

To make matters worse, the abandoned houses are now vulnerable as criminals vandalise properties and cart away personal belongings of the displaced villagers.

A trader, one Asogwa Nneka, a settler in Eha-Amufu, told journalists that criminals broke through all the shops in their line on Sunday the 11th day of December, 2022, looking for money and other items. She stated that food items were stolen by the burglars.


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It was gathered that there are about 40 farm settlements which cut across the various villages in Eha-Amufu community. The living conditions of these farm settlers have been worsened by the incessant attacks by the Fulani herders who attack them almost on a daily basis. The brutal attacks have made the said farm settlers to abandon their houses and farms and run back to the community.

“As a result of this, no one goes to the farm for fear of attack by the Fulani herders. This has plunged the community into some serious social issues, including hunger.

“It has even become worse as the marauders have also pursued our people from the farm settlements right here into the heart of the town,” a village source revealed.

While giving an insight into one of the latest invasions, an indigene, Mr. Chukwudi Omeri confirmed that about 10 people were killed in Ama-Obelebe village, including his brother, Mr. Friday Omeri, a father of five.

“The attack occurred at about 6 a.m. on the fateful day when sounds of heavy gunshots were heard around the community. Most people, including myself, had thought that it was the security agencies that were shooting but we discovered that the gun-wielding men wore black and black attire, while those leading them were in mufti.

“The attackers of the community came through the farmlands. I saw some faces that looked like the Fulani herders, while others looked like the faces of Igala people from Benue State who are our neighbours. They led the Fulani herders to the community.

“I was able to identify the Igala people through their dialect, as well as on face recognition as some of them are traders who come to the Eha-Amufu markets to trade on a daily basis.”

He further stated that though he could not give the exact casualty figure, “about 4 people were killed in Ama-Okwebe, one person was killed in Ama-Ogbu, while four people were killed in Ama-Nkpaka.”

He told journalists that when the crisis subsided, some dead bodies littered the community, adding that “as the tradition demands, we buried the corpses that were recovered by digging shallow graves beside the dead bodies. While some of the corpses were being buried, some police officers came and took some of the unburied corpses away, including that of my brother, Mr. Friday Omeri.”

According to Chukwudi Omeri, his late brother Friday Omeri was gruesomely murdered in his house with matchet.

“Four other persons, who were all men, were killed in the same compound and the police took their bodies away on arrival,” he added.

When asked if the members of the community were able nab any of the killers, Chukwudi said that they were all defenceless and could not fight with the attackers who were armed to the teeth.

DAILY POST reports that as at Monday December, 12, 2022, more corpses were still being discovered and buried in the community.

The Labour Party Governorship candidate in Enugu State, Barr. Chijioke Edeoga, who is also a native of Mgbuji community, Eha-Amufu, was on a sympathy visit to the affected communities on the said date.

While he was talking with some journalists, Chukwudi Omeri said the survivors were facing extreme hunger.

He thanked Edeoga for providing them with meals.

When asked of the whereabouts of his wife and children, he told journalists that they ran to Nkalaha, a neighbouring community in Ebonyi State and that some of his relatives ran to Anambra for safety.

He asked the government to come to their rescue as the community is at the verge of going into extinction.

Another eyewitness, Mr. Anthony Onunze, a 60-year-old man, revealed that the crisis started from the farm settlements where the members of the community were killed by Fulani herders.

He said that the latest crisis started on January 6, 2022, when the Fulani herders started killing their people.

“Since then, no one goes to the farm again. And this has brought hunger and hardship on the people. He stated that the attack on 8th December, 2022, led to the death of 25 persons in Abor village. The victims were all men as the attackers never killed any woman during the attack.

“The aged men were not left in the attack as my age mate’s lifeless body was discovered and buried on Monday the 12th of December, 2022.

“We have not done anything to warrant these mindless killings; I’m not aware of any issue with the Fulani herdsmen except that they want to chase us away from our ancestral land,” he lamented.

He equally alleged the attackers were assisted by the Igala people of Benue State.

He told journalists that “the said Igala people are so desperate to take over our lands as they have begun harvesting our palm fruit since the crisis started. The Igala people have common boundaries with the Eha-Amufu community, which may be what has necessitated the rift between the two communities.”

A woman, who lost her husband and relatives, Mrs. Nkechi Ebeh was seen crying, which attracted the attention of journalists.

In an interview, she disclosed that she lost her husband and relatives to the attack of 8th December, 2022.

“We were going to the farm on that fateful day when some persons holding guns and machetes started pursuing us which made me run back home. On getting to the house, I could not find my children at home.

“In the evening of the same day, I got my children in Ama-Nkanu, a neighbouring community, which is very far from Eha-Amufu. My husband was buried when his corpse was discovered the next day,” she lamented.

On the identity of those who attacked them, Nkechi Ebeh said that they were Fulani herders, together with Igala people of Benue State.

She pleaded with the government to come to their aid as they would not live as IDPs forever.

According to a list signed by the chairman of Abor Development Union, Mr. Ebe John and made available to DAILY POST, a total of 23 persons lost their lives in just one village as a result of the crisis that erupted on the 8th of December, 2022.

The victims were identified as Chief. Odo Godwin, alias Double, Olinya Joseph, Agu Onyema, Agu Elias alias Onyenze, Agu Ikechukwu and Chief Ede Emmanuel who are members of Ama-Okpebe Abor. Others are Idu Samuel, Odo Odo Friday, Chief. Onodugo Odo-Ebe, Ogbu Gabriel, Igwurube Ogbu, Igwurube Obioma, Alu Nweke and Chukwuka Solomon who hailed from Ama-Obelebe Abor. Olinya Odo Nwuzu and his son, Ambrose Ogenyi’s son and Emeka Orji from Ama-Okpaka Abor also lost their lives.

In Ama-Ogbo Abor, the deceased included Onunze Onyeka, Ede Brown, James Idenyi and Ede Nwa Leonard, all from Umujiovu.

Two persons, whose names could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report died in Mgbuji Eha-Amufu, the village of Barr. Chijioke Edeoga.

The chairman of ADU, among other things, asked the Enugu State government to help the communities with security and logistics.

He also pleaded with the government and other good spirited individuals to help them with food and other materials as hunger has overtaken the communities.

During his tour of the communities, Edeoga said the reason behind his visit was to build confidence in the minds of the community men and women who had abandoned their respective homes and are now refugees in the neighbouring communities.

He encouraged the people to go back to their respective ancestral homes as running away would not solve any problem.

He reassured them that normalcy had returned to the community as the military, as well as other sister agencies were on top of the situation to prevent future occurrence.

Meanwhile, DAILY POST reports that late in November, Governor Ifeanyi had stormed forests in the Eha-Amufu area after one of the deadly attacks by the suspected herdsmen.

Governor Ugwuanyi, on arrival at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, after a trip outside the State, proceeded straight to Eha Amufu, on a fact-finding visit to obtain first-hand information about the issues that led to the recent crisis in Aguamaede and Mgbuji communities.

He was accompanied by the State Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Ammani, the Garrison Commander, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. M.K Ibrahim, and the Anglican Bishop of Nike Diocese, Rt. Rev. Dr. Christian Onyeka Onyia, visited Mgbuji community, different forests, markets, village squares and other locations in Eha Amufu where he interacted with the indigenes to ascertain the remote cause of the recent crisis in the community with a view to addressing the lingering issues in the area decisively.

The governor empathised with the people, ascertained how they were faring, and assured them of his administration’s commitment to their safety and wellbeing as well as the resolution of the crisis between farmers and herders.

The Eha-Amufu indigenes appreciated Governor Ugwuanyi for the rare visit, especially at night, stressing that the gesture was a demonstration of his commitment to ending the farmers/herders issues in Eha Amufu.

They pointed out that Ugwuanyi was the first governor to visit Eha Amufu over the lingering crisis in the area and thanked him for the N10 million he released for the immediate needs of the victims, among other interventions.

However, there are concerns that despite government promises and efforts, respite is yet to come the way of the indigenes of Eha-Amufu.

The Enugu State Police Command had also on various occasions assured the people of protection, but residents say the killings were yet to abate.

Their claims were justified as the killers struck again a few days after the visit by the Governor and the heads of the security agencies.

This may have prompted the villagers to allegedly invite the members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, as a last resort.

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However, the burning of a truck conveying foodstuff with some of the occupants has heightened tension in the area.

The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Ammani, who visited the area, in company of the 82 Division Garrison Commander of the Nigerian Army Enugu, Brig. Gen. M. K. Ibrahim, other Senior Police/Military Officers and the Chairman of Isi-Uzo Local Government Area, Honourable Obiora Obeagu, condemned the burning of the truck and unspecified number of persons, at Umuhu in Eha-Amufu community.

According to a statement by the PPRO, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the Commissioner, while commiserating with the families of those who lost their lives in the heinous criminal act and other reported attacks in the area, “made it clear that the Police, with the active support and collaboration of other security agencies, will leave no stone unturned in fishing out the assailants and perpetrators of other acts of attack and murder in the area.

“He reassures members of the Eha-Amufu community of the avowed commitment of the Security Agencies to deploy both kinetic and non-kinetic measures to decisively deal with the untoward security breaches in the area, while enjoining them remain law-abiding, cooperate with the Joint Security Team and avoid acting in ways that could further breach public security and peace in the area.

“Consequently, the CP has ordered the further deployment of operational and intelligence resources to the area, while also ordering the State CID to thoroughly investigate the incident, harmonise ongoing investigations into other recent criminal incidents in the community and come up with actionable findings.

“In addition, the Commissioner has dispelled in its entirety the news making the rounds that rather than goods and some travellers, as preliminary investigation has revealed, the truck was instead loaded with firearms, ammunition and bandits.

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“He described the rumour as baseless, misleading and an act of disinformation capable of creating unnecessary panic and escalating the situation in the area. Hence, he warns the creators and peddlers of such fake news to desist forthwith, as they will be made to face the full wrath of the law if apprehended.”

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Remove Enugu CP now – Ohanaeze sends SOS to IGP

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Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has demanded the immediate removal of the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani.

Ohanaeze said the lives of the Enugu State residents were now in total jeopardy under the Commissioner.

The alarm followed an alleged order from the CP, asking police officers and men under various units and formations in the State to remain in their barracks until further notice.

The said order quoted by Sun Newspapers was contained in a signal by the Commissioner of Police to all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, Heads of Department, and Heads of Tactical Units in the State.

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The signal ordered all officers and personnel in the State to remain in their barracks until further notice, warning that any official or personnel who violated the order shall be disciplined.

“Given the prevalent security situation in Enugu State, the Commissioner of Police has ordered, with immediate effect, that all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, Heads of Department, Heads of Tactical Units in the state and the officers and personnel are, hereby, confounded to barracks until further notice.

“Any officer who violates this sworn-in shall be isolated for severe disciplinary action. Make this subject of lecture to your personnel, and confirm compliance by return signal,” the signal stated.

Within the past few weeks there have been security breaches in the State, with both residents and security personnel as victims.

DAILY POST reports that the latest was on Saturday, during which no fewer than five civilians were killed by hoodlums enforcing sit-at-home. A police patrol vehicle was also burnt in the process.

However, in an open letter to the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Alkali Baba Usman, Ohanaeze said any delay in the removal of the CP would spell doom for the residents of the State.

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Ohanaese said in the letter signed by Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the National President of the Youth Council that “the signal in circulation means that the CP has abdicated his responsibility.

“Before now, we had earlier raised the alarm that there is a connivance between some security personnel and criminals ravaging the State in forms of kidnappers and Fulani herdsmen.

“Most of the roads in Enugu State are now safe haven for these marauders; Eha-Amufu, in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area is now a shadow of itself, with thousands of residents now living in neighbouring towns as Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.

“But what have we got? A Police Chief who should lead the war to the den of these hoodlums has handed over the State to the criminals by pulling his men back to the barracks.

“It is in the light of this that we prevail on you, the IGP Sir, to immediately remove the CP from Enugu State as he has shown lack of capacity to police Enugu State.

“We are sending the SOS to you on behalf of the distressed people of Enugu State whose fate now hangs in the balance.

“Boko Haram and bandits have ravaged many Northern States for over a decade now but we have never seen any CP recall his men to barracks. The directive by the Enugu CP is not only weird but unprofessional.

“The Police Service Commission should be alive to its responsibility and not let this negligence of duty slide.

“We also urge the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to beam their searchlight on the happenings in Enugu State, as our people are now endangered species.

“We alert the entire Nigerians and the international community that there is a looming genocide and massacre of Enugu State residents.

“Enugu is now in a total state of anarchy and the time to stop it is now,” Ohanaeze declared.

Meanwhile, when contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Police Command, SP Danile Ndukwe denied the existence of any such order.

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“It is not possible,” Ndukwe stated, describing the said signal as “fake, malicious, mischievous and unfounded.”

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Mentally derailed woman burn down two storey building in Enugu.

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A mentally deranged woman has set ablaze a two-storey building at Bigard Seminary Avenue by Hassan Lane Uwani, Enugu state.

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The 39-year-old lady, whose mental breakdown was said to have started since 2017, was said to have run berserk when her parents attempted to send her to a psychiatric hospital in Enugu.

The suspect who lives with her parents on the last floor of the two-storey building, started causing trouble lately, a development that forced her parents to invite policemen to help take her to the hospital.

An eyewitness told The Nation;

“But when the policemen came early this morning, and the lady noticed that she was about being taken away, she took the gallon containing fuel and poured the content everywhere.

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“When the policemen climbed up the building, the lady lighted up the place. Her parents, who were coming up with the policemen and the cops themselves all ran for their lives.

“Her mother’s shout of fire helped us to know that something was wrong. But, soonest, men of the Enugu State Fire Service rushed here and put out the fire that already consumed the two flats up.

“The fire men were able to save the entire building from burning completely.”

While no life was lost in the incident, the inferno however destroyed properties worth millions.

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The fire affected the last floor of the building and would have spread to the entire house and adjoining buildings but for the alarm raised by the residents.

Firefighters quickly responded to the alarm and brought the situation under control immediately.

The lady who was later rescued from the burning fire, has been taken to the Enugu Neuropsychiatric Hospital

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Passengers burnt alive in Enugu road accident – one survivor.

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No less than 13 passengers were burnt to death in a fatal accident near the Four-Corners Enugu at about 9 pm on Sunday.

The ill-fated 14-seater bus, which was said to be travelling from Imo State to Adamawa, reportedly ran into a trailer before going up in flames.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that all the passengers save one, were said to have burnt beyond recognition in the accident, which occurred at the Enugu end of the Enugu/Port Harcourt expressway.

Only one passenger survived the auto crash, with varying versions of how he escaped. Some said sympathizers rescued him; others said he jumped out of the vehicle from the window.

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The lone survivor, Noble Reporters Media learnt, is currently receiving treatment at the Emergency Unit of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla.

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Rights group kicks as community abuses, strips Enugu widow naked over snails.

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The South East Human Rights Situation Room has condemned in strongest terms, the dehumanizing abuse, and stripping naked of a poor widow by the youths of Agunese Affam-Mmaku Autonomous Community in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that the incident occurred on Thursday 28th October 2022, in the community.

According to a press statement signed on Saturday by Blessing Igwe on behalf of the Secretariat of the South-East Human Rights Situation Room, she said the victim is currently hospitalized, as a result of the injuries caused by the physical, and emotional torture she received from the errant youths of the community.

“The information available to us revealed that the victim received jungle justice for merely collecting snails from a sacred site which caused the boys and men in that village to subject her to this humiliation treatment, while the women watched and urged them on. The vile act was further recorded, and the video was shared on the internet.

“In the trending video also shared in the South-East Human Rights Situation Room by a member of the forum, the woman was seen beaten to a stupor, stripped naked, and paraded in the community like a common thief. This barbaric act is dehumanizing, satanic, and a violation of the human rights of this poor widow.

“The fact that a community in this 21st century can commit this heinous crime against their daughter, and wife all in the name of culture speaks volumes of their level of backwardness. Interestingly, this incident is not the first time that such flagrant desecration of women was perpetuated in this same community.
In the time past, the WomenAid Collective (WACOL) a Gender justice Non-governmental Organization also received and handled the similar case from the same community.

“The SE Human Rights Situation Room reiterates that any cultural practice that is anti-human, is in conflict with the constitution of the Federation Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law of Enugu State 2019, and the Widowhood Law of Enugu, and also repugnant to natural justice.

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“We also noted, that in recent times, there has been a spike in such nauseating acts of man inhumanity to women as recorded in our communities, especially in Igbo land, hence the need for urgent action to be taken by the stakeholders toward stemming the tide.

“It is disheartening and condemnable that despite high-level advocacy interventions carried out by CSOs in the county to create a gender-friendly environment where women and girls feel safe just like their male counterparts, women in Nigeria, especially in the South-East geopolitical zones have continued to suffer huge physical, emotional, and psychological abuses, due to harmful cultural practices. Enough is enough!

“The traditional ruler and the cabinet members of the Agunese Afam-Mmaku Autonomous community should take urgent steps to check the excesses of their subjects, so as to prevent a repeat of such injustices against women.

“We, also appeal to the concerned authorities, especially the Awgu Local chairman, as well as the State government to do everything within the ambit of the law to ensure that the perpetrators of these monstrous act prosecuted.”

Igwe, who is of WACOL, added that “Ndigbo should as a matter of critical urgency speak out in unionism in condemnation of harmful cultural norms, that bring shame to the Igbo race, and perpetually project them in bad light before the comity of nations.

“It is our earnest desire as a group that communities and law enforcement agencies continue to raise the accountability stakes, and take proactive actions to protect the poor, and the vulnerable members of our society such as the woman in the viral video.

“We want to sincerely commend the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), other officers, and men of the Awgu Divisional Police for their swift action that led to the arrest of seven (7) perpetrators.
We, therefore, request their prompt prosecution under the extant laws of the land.

“Furthermore, we also extend our deepest appreciation to Mr. Vincent Okafor Esq, for his effort so far in ensuring that the victim has access to medical treatment and for also ensuring that the case was reported to the police.
Accordingly, we shall continue to work with all interested individuals, and agencies to ensure that justice is fully served in the matter.

“The South East Human Rights Situation Room is a coalition of like-minded NGOs working in South East Nigeria. Our core objective is to protect the human rights of all residents of the zone through advocacy, dialogue, and sensitization.”

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PMT reacts to Enugu Court judgment on ‘refund after payment’

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The Management of Peace Mass Transit Limited has reacted to the Enugu High Court judgement which borders on refund of money after payment.

The PMT’s reaction was contained in a statement signed by Ifeanyi Enete, the company’s General Manager.

It reads in full:

“Peace Mass Transit (PMT) Limited, having been made aware of Thursday’s judgement of an Enugu High Court in a civil suit instituted by a customer, is taking immediate steps to address the outcome.

While we review the said judgement with our lawyers to come to a decision on the next best line of action, we feel obliged to make the following clarifications, with regards to the way and manner we operate as a service enterprise, viz:

As a routine, we make refunds in the event of unforeseen service failure, particularly when it is operationally impossible to fully deliver.

In our industry, we have the best record and capacity to move passengers on, and get them to their destinations safely, in the event of a break-down, in the course of a journey.

Our longevity so far, and appreciable record of service, have been fully merited coming only from God and loyalty, support and commitment of our core customers who continue to partner with us, making valuable, selfless inputs to how we can serve them better, always.

We don’t, and can never take your patronage for granted.

However, we don’t rule out the possibility that some overzealous staff down the line, can sometimes constitute obstacles to realisation of our corporate policy of prompt, enjoyable and safer road transport service for our valued customers.

We shall continue to train, re- train and reorient them to become better service delivery agents.

Meanwhile, we urge the travelling public, particularly our esteemed dedicated customers, to remain calm and continue to support us as we strive to provide them always, with better, safer and affordable travel facilities.”

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Ugwuanyi calls for emergency meeting over killings in Enugu.

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, yesterday, invited critical stakeholders of Nkanu West, Nkanu East, Enugu South, Enugu North and Enugu East local government areas to an emergency security meeting, today, Thursday, February 24, 2022.

Noble Reporters Media reports that the meeting is not unconnected with the activities of unknown gunmen in the affected local government areas.

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According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Information, Steve Oruruo, those invited for the security meeting scheduled to hold at the Government House, Enugu at 2.30pm are Chairmen of the above mentioned local government areas.

Other invitees are all members of Enugu State House of Assembly, representing the people of Nkanu West, Nkanu East, Enugu South, Enugu North and Enugu East constituencies, all Traditional Rulers and Presidents General of autonomous communities in the affected five LGAs.

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The statement reads:

“The following persons are hereby invited to an emergency security meeting with His Excellency, the Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Thursday, 24th February 2022, at the Government House, Enugu.

“Chairmen of Nkanu West, Nkanu East, Enugu South, Enugu North and Enugu East Local Government Councils.

“All members of Enugu State House of Assembly, representing the people of Nkanu West, Nkanu East, Enugu South, Enugu North and Enugu East State Constituencies.

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“All Traditional Rulers of Autonomous Communities in Nkanu West, Nkanu East, Enugu South, Enugu North and Enugu East Local Government Areas.

“All Presidents-General of Autonomous Communities in Nkanu West, Nkanu East, Enugu South, Enugu North and Enugu East Local Government Areas.

“All invitees to this meeting are expected to be seated by 2:30pm on Thursday, the 24th day of February, 2022 at the Government House, Enugu.”

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