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Edda Killings: Allow Court Try Suspects, Umahi Urged




There seems to be a new twist to the gruesome murder of four persons, which took place in Edda, Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, on 26th December, 2022 and 1st January, 2023.

Recall that apart from lives that were lost during the ugly episode, properties worth millions of naira were equally destroyed.

Members of the affected communities, Thursday raised alarm over an alleged plot by some prominent individuals to release all the suspects before their trial begins in the State.

As the trial of the fifteen suspects alleged to have killed the four persons in two Edda Communities of Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State resumes on 26th May, 2023, there is general apprehension in the two affected Communities as rumours are rift that the suspects may be released on the orders of the outgoing Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi.

Disclosing this in a statement, a prominent Community Leader from Ekoli Edda, Fidel Amaobi, who spoke to Vanguard said the people will not be surprised if the trial of the fifteen suspects behind the killing of the four persons was discontinued because some people are already boasting about their connections in high places.

However, the people of the area have stressed that those who had a hand in the gruesome murder of the four persons during the last Christmas and New Year festivities in Edda Clan, should be made to face trial, so that justice can be served appropriately.

Recall that three persons were murdered in cold blood in Ekoli Edda on 26th December, 2022, following the vicious attack launched on the convoy of the Ebonyi State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha as those killed in Ekoli were Essien Kalu Egwu, Emeka Oji and the Escort Commander of the APC Chairman, Inspector Festus Akpan.

The crisis, according to investigation, in Ekoli had a spillover effect in Amoso Edda on 1st January, 2023, when a 7-month pregnant woman, Mrs. Urenma Kalu Çhima was also killed in the night of the first day of the new year.

Following Police investigations, arrests were made and fifteen persons were charged to Court and remanded in custody at the Abakaliki Correctional Centre.

Among those standing trial for the gruesome murder of Mrs. Urenwa Kalu Chima are namely: Okechukwu Ogbuagu, a former Coordinator of Edda East Development Centre, Kenneth Agha Okoro (alias Mukoro), Azubuike Okorie (alias Zino), Offorkansi Chinedu and Emeka Nwafor, among others.

The suspects were charged with murder, unlawful possession of firearms, armed robbery, malicious damage and arson. 

As the resumption of Court proceedings gets nearer to the adjourned date of 26th May, 2023, there is palpable tension in the Community, following rumours that arrangements have been finalized for the suspects to be released by the outgoing Governor of the State.

Reacting to the allegations against the Governor, the former Council boss of Afikpo South LGA, Barr. Eni Uduma Chima explained that despite the powers of the Governor to pardon and release anyone from prison, he (Umahi) was not interested in releasing any suspect involved  in the December 26th, 2022 crisis that took place in Edda Community.

He described the Governor as a man of peace who has put modalities in place to ensure sustainability of law and order and peaceful coexistence among members of the affected communities.

“And in the second instance for crying out loud, the Governor of a State wields the power and authority of the State and he has the right to free anybody including the masterminds; including someone who has been pronounced guilty by the Court. 

“He has the right to forgive and arbitrarily sovereign but that’s not the case. The Governor of the State State, Engr. David Umahi is not interested in the release of anybody involved in the crisis. He has not ordered to the best of my knowledge the release of anybody involved in the crisis of Ekoli Edda of 26th December, 2022.

“I don’t know why anybody would want to mention him in the matter. The Governor has visited the community several times since that crisis and he is the person that made sure that peace, law and order came back to the community immediately. He controlled it and prevented it from escalating.

“The community people are eternally grateful to him. Anybody mentioning his name in the negative sense have come from the pit of hell to bring disrepute and make the Governor sad over the good works he has done for our people.”

On the matter affecting the former Coordinator Edda East, Mr. Okechukwu Chima Ogbuagu, Barr Eni further explained that: “Okechukwu Chima Ogbuagu should not have been charged by the Police in the first place. There was a serious mix up; omission in the first place. There was an aspect of the case that was not thoroughly investigated and I think new insights are emerging as evidence would prove me right and the proper people will be charged. Okechukwu has nothing to do with the issue. Of course, there is presumption of the innocence on his part until he is proven guilty.

“Now, let me tell those people who feel that he should have been in detention attending Court, that he did not escape from prison custody. There is presumption of innocence in his favour. He didn’t escape from the prison custody, he was granted bail by a Court of competent jurisdiction and if they have any issue with the granting of bail, they should go back to the Court and convince the Court to revoke the bail or even appeal against the decision to grant him bail. As for granting of bail, it is the discretion of the Court.

“Why are they interested in him being in detention? We are interested in the trial happening and the trial is going on and he has not jumped bail. He has been attending Court regularly and in every Court sitting, he has been there standing trial. Why do they want him out of circulation? The same reason they framed him up perhaps as we made mention to the Police, which has necessitated further investigation, that is bringing up the truth of what took place.”


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NIS Will Focus More On Passport Insurance, Staff Welfare – New Ag. CG



The newly appointed Acting Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Caroline Adepoju, has promised to promote staff welfare and passport insurance.

Adepoju, therefore, directed all passport offices nationwide to take necessary steps to ensure no Nigerian is subjected to unnecessary delays or substandard treatment in the course of applying for passports.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Comptroller of Immigration, Mr. Tony Akuneme, in Abuja, yesterday.

The Acting CG read the riot act, when she addressed top management of the NIS minutes after taking over from Alhaji Isah Jere, her immediate predecessor.

Adepoju affirmed that she would focus majorly on passport issues and staff welfare as those two aspects contribute mostly to the complaints of Nigerians and NIS personnel.

She announced that a stakeholders meeting would be convened in the next few days to x-ray the real issues in passport process and proffer far-reaching solutions.

This, she said, would include opening more front offices in the Lagos area, where the bulk of complaints emanate from.

Adepoju equally said she would adopt a bottom-top approach in tackling officers’ welfare.

“We will start by meeting all cadres of staff to hear their genuine needs, in a bid to hit the ground running with a blue print that will be based on an all inclusive needs assessment,” she said.

She appreciated the immediate past Comptroller General for making positive impact on the service during his tenure and asked God to guide him in his future endeavours.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adepoju had served in various locations during her career in the NIS.

Until her appointment, she was the Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Finance.

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Tinubu Reinstates Sanity As DSS, EFCC Squabble Over Property In Lagos




A protracted conflict between Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a building at No. 15 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, appeared to have taken a dirty twist, yesterday.

The incident, however, earned a place in the archive of the new administration as one of the first interventions by President Bola Tinubu, who was sworn in barely 24 hours earlier.

Operatives of the DSS had barricaded entrance to the EFCC’s office, located at the said building, leading the anti-graft agency to issue a protest statement.

Meanwhile, the DSS issued a counter statement, denying it barricaded the premises, and claiming it was “only occupying its own” facility.

According to a statement released by presidential spokesman, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu “directed DSS to immediately vacate the office of the EFCC in Ikoyi, Lagos,” adding, “if there were issues between the two important agencies of government, they would be resolved amicably.”

EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, described the incident as bizarre, given that both agencies had shared the controversial facility for decades.

The statement reads: “Operatives of the Lagos Command of the EFCC arrived at their office on No. 15 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, this morning, May 30, 2023, to be denied entry by agents of the DSS, who had barricaded the entrance with armoured personnel carriers.

“This development is strange to the Commission, given that we have cohabited with the DSS in that facility for 20 years without incident.

“By denying operatives access to their offices, the Commission’s operations at its largest hub, with over 500 personnel, hundreds of exhibits, and many suspects in detention have been disrupted.

Cases scheduled for court hearing today have been aborted, while many suspects who had been invited for questioning are left unattended.

“Even more alarming is that suspects in detention are left without care, with grave implications for their rights as inmates. All of these have wider implications for the nation’s fight against economic and financial crimes.

“The siege is inconsistent with the synergy expected of agencies working for the same government and nation, especially when there are ongoing discussions on the matter.”

DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, however, said: “It is not correct that the DSS barricaded EFCC from entering its office. No. It is not true. The Service is only occupying its own facility where it is carrying out its official and statutory responsibility.

“By the way, there is no controversy over No 15 Awolowo Road, as being insinuated by the media. Did the EFCC tell you it is contesting ownership of the building? I will be surprised if it is contesting the ownership.

“Awolowo Road was NSO headquarters. SSS/DSS started from there. It is a common knowledge. It is a historical fact. Check it out.

“There is no rivalry between the Service and the EFCC over and about anything. Please, do not create any imaginary one. They are great partners working for the good of the nation. Dismiss any falsehood of a fight.”


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Three Killed While Travelling To Attend Inauguration Of New Ebonyi Governor, Nwifuru




The victims who hailed, from Izzi Local Government Area, the home town of the new governor, Francis Nwifuru, were said to have died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Abakaliki.

Three persons travelling to attend Monday’s swearing-in ceremony in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, Southeast Nigeria, have reportedly been killed.

The victims who hailed, from Izzi Local Government Area, the home town of the new governor, Francis Nwifuru, were said to have died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Abakaliki.

Although the details of the accident were still sketchy, reports claimed many others also sustained varying degrees of injury.

According to one report, the vehicle carrying the victims had gone to Izzi to pick up villagers. Unfortunately, while they were travelling from the local government area to Abakaliki, one of the car tyres was deflated. 

Those injured in the accident have reportedly been moved to the Ebonyi Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki.

The swearing-in ceremony in the state, like it is happening across the country today (Monday), is holding at the Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki.

Meanwhile, efforts made by SaharaReporters to speak with the State Police Public Relations Officer SP, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, were unsuccessful as she didn’t answer her calls.

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