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Glo present prizes to new winners in Onitsha. (Photos)

Foremost digital services company, Globacom, on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 presented another set of prizes to winners in the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State in the on-going Festival of Joy promo.

The venue of the presentation ceremony, Conoil Gloworld, Onitsha Bridgehead was filled to the brim with family members and friends of the winners who came to celebrate with them.

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At the event, 30 year old Construction Technician, Chukwuemeka Chikezie received the keys to a brand new car while other winners went home with different home appliances, including Power Generating sets, Sewing Machines and Rechargeable Fans.

The car winner, Chikezie who is impaired in his left arm from a job related accident, stated that, “If anyone had told me yesterday that I would be a car owner today, I would never have believed”, adding that “I love the Glo network very well and I have always depended on it for my calls and data needs”
Chikezie who was full of praise to Glo for transforming his life through the car prize said he received Glo call on Tuesday while working on a project in Enugu, far away from his Onitsha base. He said he found it difficult that he could become an instant car winner just like that.

He explained that he travails that led to his being unable to use his left hand was enough to make anyone lose hope, but he never gave up.

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Speaking at the event, Hon. Emeka Orji, the transition Chairman, Onitsha South Local Govt Area, Anambra State, Hon. Emeka Orji, who commended Globacom for putting the promo in place, expressed his joy and happiness that the event was held his territory.

Also the representative of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Mr Ezelue Nnamdi, stated that the promo has been very transparent all through.
The event was by attended by Hon. (Mrs) Beverly Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche, representing Onitsha South 2 Constituency, Anambra State House of Assembly as well as nollywood duo of Ebube Nwagbo and Stephen Odimgbe (Flashboy).


2023: Obi of Onitsha visits Kaduna, says Nigeria’s unity sacrosanct.

The Obi of Onitsha (AGBOGIDI), His Royal Majesty (HRM), Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe , has called on Nigerians to remain united and love one another irrespective of tribe or religious affiliation.

The Royal Father spoke to journalists in an interview on Thursday after commissioning the Digital Resource Centre named after him at the Green Field University (GFU), City Campus in Kudenda, Kaduna,saying Nigerians are brothers and sisters and they must live together.

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Ahead of the February election, the Royal Father charged Nigerians to pick up their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and vote massively during election.

“What matters most at this point of the nation’s history is a unifier.What Nigeria needs is a good president, but if you say South East today, South East tomorrow, it doesn’t matter. What we want is a Nigerian leader who will unite the country and lead it to greater heights,” he said.

The Founder/Pro-Chancellor, Greenfield University, Chief/Engr Simon Ifediora Nwakacha (Onwa of Umueri), described the Obi’s visit to the university as a wonderful day, adding that “this is the first First Class traditional ruler. His coming here is good for unity of Nigeria,” he said.

“The prospects for the university are very bright.We look forward to the university being great. Already now the first set of accreditation was succesful. Greenfield scaled through getting its permanent license to operate campuses from any part of the country,” he said.

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In his Keynote address, Engr. Nwakacha welcomed the Obi of Onitsha, whom he described as the first First Class Traditional Ruler to visit their city campus.

“During deliberation in one of our council meetings to choose who we would name the digital resource centre after, your name was suggested and widely accepted,” he said.

He recalled that when they were setting up the Imperial Academy, a school owned by his wife in 1996 in Kudenda, they met the traditional ruler and begged him to name the road leading to the school after his village in the South East, Umueri, which he obliged and the name has remained till date.

He described the feat as an understanding that promotes unity among the diverse people of Nigeria

Military comb Onitsha as gunmen abduct Naval officer, civilians.

The Nigerian military have deployed troops at entry and exit points in Anambra State, particularly in and around Onitsha.

The soldiers are searching vehicles and combing locations after unknown gunmen abducted an operative of the Nigerian Navy.

Lieutenant IS Ozuowa was kidnapped at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday alongside civilians, whose number is yet to be ascertained.

Currently serving at Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) OLOGBO, he was on transit from Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.


The officer was released on last Friday to attend his Long Course programme.

A military personnel confirmed Ozuowa and others were ambushed at the Upper Iweka area in Onitsha.

“Own Quick Response Force (QRF) was deployed immediately. Efforts are ongoing to rescue the officer”, the source told PRNigeria.

At incident time, Ozuowa sent a distress message to Slt Bomadi, the Base Operations Officer of Naval Outpost (NOP) Onitsha.

The superior then alerted military troops stationed at checkpoints along different routes to be on the look out.




Many injured as explosion rocks Onitsha market; four death cases.


Four persons are feared to have died, while 12 others sustained varying degrees of injuries, following an explosion at the Onitsha Chemical Market on Tuesday.

Sources told DAILY POST that the explosion led to an inferno in the area, with over N850million worth of goods destroyed in the process.

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The explosion occurred at about 12:45pm at the market, which led to stampede, and later fire, a source said.

He added that the four deaths were as a result of stampede as traders scampered for safety.

“Chairman of Onitsha South Local Government Area, Mr Emeka Orji contacted the Anambra State Fire Service boss, Martin Agbili, who deployed officers of the department from Okpoko in Ogbaru Local Government Area and that of Asaba in Delta State.

“Also the Council Chairman contacted the DPO Fegge, Rabiu Garuba who deployed officers and men to the market to guarantee security of goods and other properties belonging to the traders,” the source said.


A trader, who spoke to this reporter, Mr Nweke Uchenna said: “We were at our shops as usual when we heard a loud noise like a bomb blast and we saw thick smoke from some shops upstairs and everyone started running for safety.

“Then people started shouting for help and we saw people carrying traders from those shops that were on fire and some were burnt badly, while some seem to have been suffocated by the smoke and the stampede.

“We don’t know how much that has been lost to the fire but it can be estimated at N850million to about N1 billion because the goods are strong chemical products that are highly inflammable,” he said.

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The incident was confirmed by the Anambra State Police command spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga.

He said: “The casualty figure is not certain now, but our operatives led by DCP John Ogbodoaga are still there, and the situation has been brought under control.”


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[Nigeria] Security Guard kills Man in onitsha for not wearing Face Mask.


A private security guard attached to Coca-Cola market, Onitsha, Anambra State, has allegedly killed a 22-year old man for not wearing a face mask.

The deceased, Cletus Chisom, was stabbed in the chest after he had an altercation with the security guard, Ibuchi Nwoju, over his refusal to wear a face mask.

Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Haruna Mohammed, said that the security guard had been arrested.


He also revealed that the body of the deceased has been deposited at Toronto Hospital Mortuary for autopsy.

This occurred after the Federal Government eased the lockdown which lasted for five weeks due to coronavirus pandemic in the country.



COVID-19: Men full Onitsha market, attack traders who increase prices of food items. (Nigeria)

A group of irate men in Onitsha, Anambra State reportedly went into town today to attack traders who increased prices of food items.

According to reports, a female trader was used as an example for other traders as a big bowl of her garri was thrown away by the said men who were not happy that she hiked the price of her goods with over a 100% increment from N500 to N1500.

A Facebook user identified as Jestymoore Nnokwa who shared the story wrote;

“Today In onitsha, igbo boys went into town to see those wicked and cruel market women selling food items at exorbitant prices, unfortunately for this Garri seller, she was selling Garri of N500 for N1500 and the boys threw everything away on the ground. They were upset with what they saw in the market today in onitsha market.


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


Nigeria should seek the happiness of themselves – Archbishop, Onitsha.

…says the only way to be happy

The Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev Valerian Maduka Okeke, has charged Nigerians to promote peace and avoidi actions that could incites anger, sadness and heartbreak in society.

Archbishop Okeke, who marked the Christmas celebration with the inmates of the Onitsha Correctional Centre, said the greatest way to be happy on earth is to seek the happiness of others.

Dwelling on his Christmas Message titled ‘Be Joy to the World’, the Archbishop said all are called to be part of the peace which people are yearning for, but are often unwilling to give. He said Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ who is the Prince of Peace, inviting all to be followers of Christ.

“You don’t have to be a Christian, but be a follower of Christ by your behaviour, by being a source of joy, a source of peace, a true agent of reconciliation, a true angel of peace, a true builder of peace and giver of joy,” he said.

Christmas: Archbishop Okeke charges Nigerians to spread joy, peace
Archbishop Valerian Okeke and Mr Peter Obi waving for the inmates of Onitsha Correctional Services yesterday after the Christmas

Archbishop Val, Mr Peter Obi, Nwakaeze, Fr Barth and Nwankwo after the Christmas mass inside Onitsha Correctional Centre
He enumerated steps one can take to be a source of joy to the world, which includes being great, not by being served but by serving others; being rich, not by receiving, not by grabbing, not by destabilising others, but by enriching others; being happy, not by doing what is popular and profitable to oneself, but by doing what is right.

The Archbishop admonished the inmates of Onitsha Correctional Centre to be a joy to the world, even in their cells, noting that their momentary periods of confinement can be a stepping stone to future greatness.

The Archbishop presented gift items to the inmates and also inspected the progress report on the skill acquisition centre he had earlier built and donated for the usage of the inmates.

Former Governor Peter Obi, who accompanied the Archbishop to the Correctional Centre emphasised the need to remain thankful to God at all times, no matter the circumstances. He made a monetary donation to complement the Archbishop’s equipping of the skill acquisition centre.


(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.


Kerosene fire disaster kills 2, injures 2 in Anambra.

Two children of the same parents have been confirmed dead following kerosene explosion in their house at No. 12 Savanah Street, Ugwuagba Obosi, Awada in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Also, their mother, who is nine-months pregnant, sustained injuries, with her son. They were at the intensive care unit of Hillcrest Hospital, Awada where the doctor has been battling to save the lives of the pregnant woman and unborn baby.

It was gathered that the explosion occurred after one of the sons of Chamberlain Anyaegbu bought a litre of kerosene for their lantern suspected to be adulterated. He poured the kerosene into the lantern, lighted a match and it was exploded.

A weeping Anyaegbu, who spoke to Daily Sun, said that when the incident happened they were rushed to the hospital close to their house where the two daughters, aged 6 and 10, while his pregnant wife and his son sustained serious burnt.

He said: “It was around 7pm when I came back from business and gave my son money to go and buy kerosene to put in our lantern to enable since there was no electricity. The boy bought the kerosene and gave it to my daughter who to put the oil into the lantern and as she lighted the matches, it exploded and burnt my two daughters deeply and they died in the hospital while my nine months pregnant wife and my son who were far from them also sustained serious burnt injuries and now receiving treatment at the hospital.”


Ontisha: Catholic priest stumbles and die in football pitch.

The catholic community in Onitsha Archdiocese was thrown into mourning yesterday following the reported death of her Director of Social Communications, Rev. Fr Pius Uchenna Ukor.

Ukor, a happy and easy going priest also in charge of the Onitsha Archdiocesan owned newspaper, Trinitas, reportedly slumped and died in a football pitch in Asaba Delta State Wednesday evening while coaching a football match between the catholic priests of Onitsha Archdiocese and Issele Uku diocese.

The death has also been confirmed on the verified Facebook page of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN

The statement from the page said: “Just yesterday, Onitsha Archdiocese lost one of her priests to death. Rev Fr Pius Ukor slumped in the stadium at Asaba while the Archdiocesan Priests were playing a football Match with the Issele-Uku Diocesan Priests. He was a bit resuscitated by the nurses and rushed to the FMC hospital in Asaba but on reaching there, he was confirmed dead.


Anambra – Mount zion ministries general overseer arrested.

…for raping a minor

34-year-old General Overseer of Mount Zion Ministries in Obosi community of Anambra State, has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping a minor.

Evangelist Chukwudi Chukwumezie a.k.a Agudo Jesus allegedly lured the victim to his church with a prophesy of her bright future being hindered by evil spirits.

Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the arrest and also told newsmen that they’ve obtained a medical report showing that the victim’s hymen was lacerated after a penetration.

Haruna said, “On 24th September 2019, we got a report from a woman in Obosi police station that the pastor of Mountain Zion Ministry, Obosi had an unlawful canal knowledge of her daughter.

“Police officers went to the scene, inspected it and victim was rushed to hospital and medical report revealed that her vagina was penetrated and laceration of the hymen of the victim occurred.

“Police went to the hotel and the evidence seen at the hotel corresponded with what the victim told the police.”

Mount Zion Ministries General Overseer arrested for allegedly raping a minor

The 15-year-old Secondary School Student who recounted how the incident occurred, said she lost consciousness after entering the Pastor’s car and regained it at the hotel where she was stripped naked.

“I didn’t know what happened immediately I entered his car, but I regained consciousness in a room, and I was naked, and the pastor was on top of me, and there was blood in my private part.”

Mrs Edith Idika who confirmed that her daughter was raped, said the Pastor told her that her daughter needed a deliverance.

“I sent my daughter there, especially as the pastor had said that my daughter had bright future, but had something covering her. He even said he was ready to train her for us” she said.

The Pastor however denied having carnal knowledge of the minor. According to Evangelist Chukwudi, he is being set up by another Pastor based in same Obosi. He recounted speeding past the girl’s house while dropping her off as she was the last person in church on the day of the incident.

“When I asked her, she said I had passed her house, so I stopped at Nkwo ATM point since I had to withdraw money to pay transportation for our members who were going to the mountain” he said.