MY OPEN LETTER TO FELLOW ABIANS -BISHOP NWAMKPA
I bring you greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom lies our salvation and redemption.
I am one of you in the Lord, by name, Bishop Emeka Michael Nwankpa. I am a servant in the vineyard of our father, Jesus Christ. I am contesting to become the Governor of Abia State on the platform of the Accord Party.
I am on a mission to restore the glory of God to Abia State. Our dear state, Abia, is in its present bad state because those who govern us do not have the fear of God in them. The Bible says in the book of Proverbs 29:2 that When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice. That is why Abia State needs a true child of God as its Governor.
As children of God, we have a role to play in the upcoming governorship election which will hold on Saturday, March 11, 2023. We cannot keep quiet while our state continues to be backward in all indices of development.
We cannot keep quiet when we have no good roads, hospitals, and modern schools. We cannot sit down and do
nothing when teachers and doctors are not paid. We cannot keep quiet when our youths are unemployed. We cannot sit down and do nothing while our old citizens die because they are not paid their gratuities and pensions. We cannot allow the future of our children to continue to be mortgaged by a few corrupt individuals. We cannot
keep quiet anymore as our state is made a laughing stock among other states of the federation. As Christians, we must rise and take action by coming out on Saturday to elect a true child of God as the Governor of Abia State.
As a child of God, I want to be that instrument through which God will change the story of Abia State. It is time to give a true child of God the opportunity to govern Abia
State. That is why I am appealing to you to vote for me as Governor on Saturday, March 11, 2023, by voting for the number one party on the ballot paper with the “THUMB” as its logo. Together, we shall build a New Abia with the fear of God.
God bless you.
I am yours in the Lord,
Bishop Emeka Nwankpa, PhD
Accord Party Governorship Candidate
BREAKING NEWS: EKWEREMADU, WIFE CONVICTED OF ORGAN TRAFFICKING
A former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice, have been found guilty of organ trafficking in the United Kingdom.
The duo alongside their daughter, Sonia, and a medical doctor, Dr. Obinna Obeta, were found guilty of facilitating the travel of a young man to Britain with a view to his exploitation after a six-week trial at the Old Bailey.
They criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney, the jury found on Thursday.
The judge, Justice Jeremy Johnson, will pass a sentence at a later date, The Guardian UK reports.
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Ekweremadu, Beatrice, Sonia and Obeta had been standing trial at the Old Bailey for organ trafficking.
Their conviction on Thursday was the first verdict of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act.
Ekweremadu and his wife were last year arrested in the United Kingdom for allegedly trafficking a young man into the country to harvest his kidney.
The young man was said to have been falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin in a failed bid to persuade doctors to carry out an £80,000 private procedure at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
The young man was said to have been offered an illegal reward to become a donor for Sonia after kidney disease forced her to drop out of a master’s degree in film at Newcastle University.
The prosecutor, Hugh Davies KC, told the court the Ekweremadus and Obeta had treated the man and other potential donors as “disposable assets – spare parts for reward”.
He said they entered an “emotionally cold commercial transaction” with the man, The Guardian UK report added.
The behaviour of Ekweremadu showed “entitlement, dishonesty and hypocrisy”, Davies told the jury.
He said Ekweremadu “agreed to reward someone for a kidney for his daughter – somebody in circumstances of poverty and from whom he distanced himself and made no inquiries, and with whom, for his own political protection, he wanted no direct contact”.
Davies added, “What he agreed to do was not simply expedient in the clinical interests of his daughter, Sonia, it was exploitation, it was criminal. It is no defence to say he acted out of love for his daughter. Her clinical needs cannot come at the expense of the exploitation of somebody in poverty.”
On March 14, The PUNCH reported that Beatrice denied involvement in the search for an organ donor for their ailing daughter, Sonia.
The PUNCH also reported that Ekweremadu claimed he involved the young man after he was advised by his doctor against seeking a kidney donor from among his family members.
YOU SELECTED YOURSELF, NOT RE-ELECTED – FALZ REACTS TO SANWO-OLU
Famous Nigerian singer, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz the bad guy, has reacted to the Lagos State re-elected Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s appreciation post.
Governor Sanwo-Olu had on Monday, in a post shared on his official Twitter handle, appreciated Lagosians for believing in him.
He wrote: ”I’m deeply humbled and grateful for the overwhelming support and trust of the good people of Lagos State. I’m honored to be re-elected as your governor and pledge to continue to work tirelessly to deliver a better Lagos for all. Thank you for believing in me.”
Reacting to this, Falz, who quoted the tweet, said everyone had seen the electoral irregularities unfold and Sanwo-Olu was only deceiving himself.
”You were not re-elected. You selected yourself. Everybody saw it unfold. You are only deceiving yourselves,” he said.
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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced a 20 per cent increase in the salaries of civil servants in the mainstream public service.
Others to benefit from the new structure that takes effect from January 1, 2023, include those in local government areas, local council development areas and the State Universal Basic Education Board.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, on Monday.
The statement read, “Furthermore, kindly note that the arears for month of January 2023 will be paid along with salaries for the month of March, while the arrears for the month of February 2023 will be paid together with the month of April 2023.
“This action further demonstrates the administration’s commitment to staff welfare. Public servants are enjoined to show more commitment and dedication in the delivery of quality service to the citizens of the state.
“Accordingly, all accounting officers are to note the content of this circular and give it the service-wide publicity it deserves.”
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