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Ebonyi Football Fans Celebrate Nwankwo Kanu at 45

Football fans in Ebonyi on Sunday celebrated the birthday of former Nigerian international and Arsenal legend, Nwankwo Kanu. The former Super Eagles skipper turned 45 on Sunday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 1993 FIFA U-17 world cup winner, fondly called “Papillo’’ by his fans had 86 caps for Nigeria. The former Iwuanyanwu Nationale Football Club of Owerri’s talisman scored 13 goals for Nigeria in an enviable career that spanned from 1994 to 2010. Kanu is a recipient of the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), an Olympic Games football gold medalist and had illustrious club careers with Ajax Amsterdam of Holland, Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion of England. Defunct Ebonyi Angels FC of Abakaliki Defender, James Onele, said that Kanu thrilled soccer fans a...
Imo, Uzodinma Under Attack By Enemies – APC
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Imo, Uzodinma Under Attack By Enemies – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that enemies of Imo attacked the residence of Governor Hope Uzodimma and other public facilities. The party, in a statement on Monday, condemned the target on security personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra and Rivers States. John Akpan Udoedehe, National Secretary of the APC Caretaker Committee, commiserated with agencies and families over the loss of law enforcement officers. Udoedehe said breaking into the Governor’s residence was an attack on democracy and constituted authority. The scribe said the party was in shock over the ugly turn of events after learning there were fatalities with others injured and maimed during the attack. He vowed that the party and security services will not allow persons and inte...
Soldiers Deployed To Stop Benue-Ebonyi Boundary Clash
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Soldiers Deployed To Stop Benue-Ebonyi Boundary Clash

Armed soldiers are presently engaging some unknown gunmen at Ebele village in Ngbo, Ohaukwu Local government area of Ebonyi State, Daily Trust has learnt. It is suspected to be in direction of Agila community in Benue state which shares a common boundary with Ngbo in Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi state. Ngbo and Agila communities have been locked in boundary dispute for decades. Many have been killed and properties destroyed in recurring clashes between both communities. Casualty figures from the ongoing engagement are not clear yet. When contacted by Daily Trust at about 12:20 noon on Monday, Ebonyi state commissioner for Internal security and Border Peace, Stanley Okoro Emegha, confirmed the attack. “We have not gotten the exact number of persons killed if...
Woman Who Survived Ebonyi Herdsmen Attack Reveals What The Herders Said
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Woman Who Survived Ebonyi Herdsmen Attack Reveals What The Herders Said

ICYMI: While killing our men, herdsmen boasted nothing would happen to them because their people head security agencies - Woman who survived Ebonyi killings Mrs Ngozi Odo-Abuchi is a graduate of the National Teachers’ Institute, who works in the Education Department of the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. In this interview with RAPHAEL EDE, the 49-year-old widow who survived herdsmen’s attack on Obeagu community in the Ishielu LGA on Monday last week, explains her face-to-face encounter with death We learnt that you narrowly escaped the herdsmen’s attack on the Obeagu Road. How did it happen? Why did they spare your life? On Monday, while I was coming home from where I went to, I mounted an okada from their park at the Nkalagu junction to convey me to Obeagu, my ...
25 Persons Killed In Ebonyi By Suspected Fulani Herdsmen (Disturbing Photos)
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25 Persons Killed In Ebonyi By Suspected Fulani Herdsmen (Disturbing Photos)

Suspected Fulani Herdsmen are currently on rampage in Ebonyi State and have killed at least twenty five persons. IGBERE TV gathered that the ugly incident happened at Egedegede Community, in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. Speaking with IGBERE TV correspondent, a resident of the area who cried out to our correspondent said the herdsmen stormed their village on Monday’s evening, killing at least twenty five persons. According to her, "our village is currently under attack. About 25 persons were killed yesterday's evening by Fulani herdsmen." "About five motorcycles were equally set ablaze and three farmlands destroyed, we need help". When asked how it started, she said trouble started last year when the herdsmen destroyed farmlands of the villagers. "So ab...
Gunmen Attack Iboko Police Station In Ebonyi
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Gunmen Attack Iboko Police Station In Ebonyi

Armed men have attacked the Iboko Divisional Police Station in Izzi local government of Ebonyi State. Though details of the attack were still sketchy at the time of this report, it was gathered that the attack took place around 1 am on Monday. The attackers were said to have set the building ablaze with fire bombs. Police Commissioner Aliyu Garba confirmed the incident. He said no casualties were recorded in the attack adding that the fire did minimal damage to the station. “Yes they attacked the station around 1 am but there were no casualties. They threw improvised fire bomb at the station and it ignited but it only affected a small part of the building,” he stressed. The CP said the Command was taking steps to protect police facilities and personnel in the state. ...
Governor Umahi Flags Off APC Membership Registration In Ebonyi
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Governor Umahi Flags Off APC Membership Registration In Ebonyi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has flagged off the membership registration of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state. The exercise scheduled to take place across the 13 local government areas of the state was flagged off on Tuesday at an event held at the Ecumenical Centre in Abakaliki, the state capital. Governor Umahi directed the commencement of the exercise in the presence of a former governor of the state, Martin Elechi, and other party stalwarts who attended the event. Delivering his keynote address, he appreciated leaders and members of the APC in Ebonyi state for their steadfastness towards the progress of the party in the state. He stressed the need for party members in Ebonyi to support the efforts aimed at moving the APC forward and ensure the deliv...
Ebonyi State Leaders Instigating Crisis, APC About God, People – Umahi Alleges
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Ebonyi State Leaders Instigating Crisis, APC About God, People – Umahi Alleges

Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, has accused some political leaders in the State of causing violence. He told the new Police Commissioner, Aliyu Garba to tackle insecurity in Ebonyi. Umahi spoke in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Wednesday when Garba visited him, NAN reports. “You are coming at a very trying moment and should deal decisively with anyone instigating insecurity. It should be stated that some leaders instigate crises but when it comes to security issues, my party is God and the people,” He said. Umahi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) accused the past police leadership of hobnobbing with politicians. “I nearly severed my relationship with the police but was restrained by the integrity of its Inspector General. How can police officers be inside their offices and h...
Gunmen Kill Ebonyi Lecturer Engaging In Taxi Services To Feed His Family
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Gunmen Kill Ebonyi Lecturer Engaging In Taxi Services To Feed His Family

Suspected gunmen have shot and killed a lecturer with the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ịkwo (AE-FUNAI) in Ebonyi State, Kyrian Nwoke along rice mill axis of old Ogoja road Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital. IGBERE TV gathered that the lecturer, a middle aged man had gone to pick up some passengers with his car which he was using for taxi services, following the prolong strike of the Academic Staff Union and the non payment of University lecturers by federal government for over six months now. A source from the university said that the lecturer had registered the car with an online car-hailing service so as to make ends meet and take care of his young wife and child. The liveless body of the deceased was discovered near the popular Rice Mill with bullets wounds...
Lady Survives Bullet In Her Head For Five Days In Ebonyi (Graphic Photos)
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Lady Survives Bullet In Her Head For Five Days In Ebonyi (Graphic Photos)

A Nigerian lady on Facebook with the username, Valentina Grey, took to her page to give the testimony of her sister, Favour, who survived having a bullet in her head for five days. While Valentina however didn’t state how her sister got the bullet, she revealed that it stayed in her head for five days and her sister had to fight through those times for it to be removed from her. She calls her sister a fighter who while during her surgery, was still joking and smiling. Sharing photos of her sister and an X-Ray scan of the bullet in her head, Valentina wrote: "Meet my kid sister a fighter Girl lived five days with a Bullet in her head, playing Joking and smiling. This God sew her through. If u Don’t believe in this God I Pity you he sew my family. Through this hard days And we ...
Ebonyi Age-Grade Members Allegedly Beat Pastor To Coma For Criticising Them On Facebook
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Ebonyi Age-Grade Members Allegedly Beat Pastor To Coma For Criticising Them On Facebook

The Ebonyi State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of an age grade community leader in Afikpor North Local Government Area who allegedly beat a clergyman, one Pastor Oko Chukwu Obeni, to coma. It was gathered that the embattled age-grade members allegedly dragged the pastor out from his church and gave him 36 strokes of cane for allegedly criticizing their leadership on Facebook. they equally tied his hands to his back, bathed him with murky water while his elder brother who came to the scene was forced to pay the age-grade leaders the sum of N9,500 to buy off another remaining 18 strokes of canes they wanted to give him (pastor). According to the pastor, Quote “They called me out. They forced me to lie down and face the ground. After that, they asked me to sit up and come...
Governor Umahi Declares Partial Lockdown (7pm To 7am) In Ebonyi
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Governor Umahi Declares Partial Lockdown (7pm To 7am) In Ebonyi

Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State, on Saturday, ordered full lockdown in the State. Umahi said that there shall be full lockdown of Communities and Villages from 7pm to 7am. All borders, entry and exit points shall be closed down against all movements including those on essential services with effect from today, 18th April, 2020. The Governor gave the order during an expanded emergency State Security Council meeting which started about 12 noon. *RESOLUTIONS:* The State Security Council resolved as follows: 1. There shall be full lockdown of the Communities and Villages from 7pm to 7am. All borders, entry and exit points shall be closed down against all movements including those on essential services with effect from today, 18th April, 2020. All businesses and mo...
“Arrest Anyone Not Wearing Face Mask In Ebonyi” – Governor Umahi Orders
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“Arrest Anyone Not Wearing Face Mask In Ebonyi” – Governor Umahi Orders

Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State, on Friday, ordered security agents to arrest anyone not wearing face mask in the State. Umahi gave the order in a statement signed by his Commissioner for Information, Orji Uchenna Orji. He said with effect from 4th of April, 2020 and throughout the entire Ebonyi State, anybody that is seen outside his/her house must wear a face mask. Note that Handkerchief/Head tie/pre-made medical mask could serve the purpose of face mask. Security agencies, all sub-committees on COVID-19, Chairmen of Local Government Areas, Coordinators and indeed all Government officials are hereby directed to arrest anyone seen outside his/her home anywhere in Ebonyi State without wearing face mask. The statement reads in full, The Governor of Ebonyi State...
Lassa Fever: NCDC Confirms 11 New Deaths in Nigeria
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Lassa Fever: NCDC Confirms 11 New Deaths in Nigeria

11 new deaths have been confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the recent Lassa fever outbreak ravaging most states in the country. The development brings the total number of death recorded to 132. In its report for week 9, NCDC revealed that out of a total of 421 suspected cases, 85 were confirmed and 11 deaths reported from 30 local governments in nine states.   The affected states are Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Taraba and Kebbi. From week one to nine, a total of 3054 suspected cases, 775 confirmed cases, nine probable and 132 deaths have so far been reported from 118 local governments in 27 states. Out of the 73 per cent of all confirmed, Edo State has 34 per cent, Ondo State, 32 per cent and Ebonyi State has 7 per ce...
103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States
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103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday February 19, revealed that that 103 people have been killed by Lassa fever since its recent outbreak on December 30, 2019. Late victims of the disease resided in Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina. A total of 586 cases have been confirmed across the country. Edo has the highest burden of confirmed cases at 35 per cent, followed by Ondo with 32 per cent and Ebonyi at six per cent. 26 states have also recorded at least one confirmed case across the 101 local government areas in the country. NCDC's report reads in part; “Cumulatively from week one to week 07, 2020, 103 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 17.6 per ...
Muhammadu Buhari Glass Tunnel In Ebonyi Constructed By Umahi (Pictures)
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Muhammadu Buhari Glass Tunnel In Ebonyi Constructed By Umahi (Pictures)

Governor David Nweze Umahi has constructed a beautiful glass tunnel called "Muhammadu Buhari’s Glass Tunnel which is located at the heart of the state capital. Speaking to Igbere TV about the glass tunnel, Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Francis Nwaze, described it as first of its kind in design and quality in Nigeria. He noted that "Few days ago, I met with one of the Presidential aides right here in Ebonyi State, we exchanged greetings and he said to me, "MR. FRANCIS, I was thinking that you were hyping the new Ebonyi State before not until I came down to see things by myself, of a truth, what you share on the Media is nothing but factual." "In truism, what I have seen on ground are unbelievable." "In the same vein, I was speaking with a friend from Imo State ...
FG Approves 6 New Federal Colleges Of Education
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FG Approves 6 New Federal Colleges Of Education

In order to increase the number of quality of teachers in the country, the federal government has approved an establishment and immediate take-off of new six Federal Colleges of Education in each of the geo-political zone in the country. According to the public relations officer of National Commission for Colleges of Education, Mr Ameh Isaac, the newly approved institutions would be situated in Bauchi, Benue, Ebonyi, Osun, Sokoto, and Edo states, where there were no presence of Federal Colleges of Education. Mr Ameh noted that details on the take-off of the institutions would be made published through the committee set up by the Federal Ministry of Education to be chaired by Permanent Secretary of Education. In his words of appreciation, the Executive Secretary of National Commiss...
Suspension Of Ebonyi Christian Corpers: MURIC Reacts, Supports CAN
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Suspension Of Ebonyi Christian Corpers: MURIC Reacts, Supports CAN

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic human rights organization, has reacted to the expulsion of two female Christian youth corpers from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Ebonyi State. MURIC declared support for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). MURIC leader, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Tuesday, said those expelled have the right to satisfy their conscience regarding what to wear and what not to wear in public. “There is freedom of religion in the Nigerian Constitution and NYSC is flagrantly violating Section 38 (i) and (ii) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. NYSC is behaving like the notorious Gestapo. It is time to liberalise”, it said. “It is not just a religious matter. Morality is involved here. ...
Umahi Will Pay For Brutalisation Of IPOB Members In Ebonyi – Nnamdi Kanu
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Umahi Will Pay For Brutalisation Of IPOB Members In Ebonyi – Nnamdi Kanu

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has threatened the governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, over alleged brutalisation of the group’s members in the state by security operatives. Mr Kanu had on October 27 posted a video on Twitter showing a group of people whom he referred to as IPOB members scampering for safety. According to him, security operatives invaded the venue of IPOB gathering in Ebonyi and shot at them. However, in a tweet on Thursday, Kanu threatened Mr Umahi and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) saying they would account for the treatment of every Biafran. “The brutalisation of our people in Ebonyi will surely be avenged. This is a formal notice to all, including Miyetti Allah and Dave Umahi that sooner t...
Nigeria Police Confirm Arrest Of 50 Cultists In Ebonyi
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Nigeria Police Confirm Arrest Of 50 Cultists In Ebonyi

The Ebonyi State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of over 50 suspected cult members who allegedly terrorising the state. Investigation revealed that the arrest followed the rise in cult-related activities that is ravaging the state, especially in Ohaozara, Ohaukwu, Ezza south, Ezza north and Afikpo North local government areas. Recall that three persons at the weekend lost their lives at Onueke, capital of Ezza south LGA and in Ezza North LGA as a result of cult clashes between two cult rivals. Confirming the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ebonyi state command, DSP Loveth Odah said the command is doing everything possible to rid the state of cultism. According to her, “when it comes to crime rate, Ebonyi record low in Nigeria as a federation. ...
Man sets self ablaze in Ebonyi
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Man sets self ablaze in Ebonyi

A 37-year-old man was rushed to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, for treatment after he allegedly set himself ablaze. The man, identified as Chinedu Nweze, allegedly set himself ablaze beside a classroom block at St. Patrick’s Primary School, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki. He was said to have tied his legs and wet himself with petrol before igniting fire. It was gathered that Nweze, who hails from Umuogharu, Ezza North Local Government Area of the state, had complained to his neighbours of frustration and inability to feed himself, a day before the incident.
Man Opens Fire On Churchgoers In Ebonyi, Kills Mother Of 7
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Man Opens Fire On Churchgoers In Ebonyi, Kills Mother Of 7

A 55-year-old woman was on Sunday shot dead while on her way to the church. Mrs Chinyere Agwu, who is the mother of seven children, and two other women were going to the Solution Ground International Ministries located on Okigwe Road, Amasiri, in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State around 5am on Sunday, March 24, 2019, when the incident happened. On approaching the church door, the women were said to have spotted a man, whom they identified as Paul, and he allegedly opened fire on them. The General Overseer of the Church, Pastor Michael Uche, told newsmen that he was alerted to the incident by one of the victims, who ran home after the gun attack. Uche said the suspect’s target was his mother and not the late Agwu. He added that the suspect had threate...
53 New Cases Of Lassa Fever Recorded In Nigeria In The Last Seven Days – NCDC
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53 New Cases Of Lassa Fever Recorded In Nigeria In The Last Seven Days – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in its weekly situation update for the reporting week (March 4 to 10), disclosed that 53 news cases Lassa fever was recorded in Nigeria in the last seven days. According to NCDC, the 53 new confirmed Lassa Fever cases recorded in the last seven days were reported from eight states, Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Delta, thus increasing the number of patients to 472. 11 deaths were reported for same week in Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi and Nasarawa States, bringing the death toll of the disease since the outbreak began this year, to 110.The new cases counters claim made by the NCDC , which said there has been a gradual decline in the outbreak for this year. Premium Times reported that the reported confirmed cases for week 10 are th...
Ebonyi State Governor orders arrest of hoodlums who allegedly inserted hot-iron inside private part of Local Government Vice Chairman
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Ebonyi State Governor orders arrest of hoodlums who allegedly inserted hot-iron inside private part of Local Government Vice Chairman

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has directed the Commissioner of Police, Mr Awosola Awotunde, to fish out the criminal suspects, who allegedly inserted a hot-iron inside the private part of the Vice Chairman of Ikwo Local Government Area of the state. Governor Umahi, who gave the directive on Thursday, when the new police boss paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Abakiliki. Umahi, expressed bitterness over the incident, and described it as “barbaric”. "The hoodlums inserted a hot-iron inside the private part of the vice chairman, while they cut the tendons of some men in the area. I have demanded for the immediate arrest of the perpetrators and would never allow the matter to go untreated. I will follow the matter up to any level, even reporting it to President Muham...
Ebonyi is Not part of Biafra – Gov David Umahi
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Ebonyi is Not part of Biafra – Gov David Umahi

Ebonyi state Governor, Engr. David Umahi, on Sunday said Ebonyi is not part of Biafra. According to him, his state was not part of the states that formed the “Sovereign States of Biafra,” which had been proclaimed by the Indigenous People of Biafra, the Punch reports. Umahi, who also serves as Chairman of the South EastGovernors’ Forum, however, said some of the agitations of IPOB members were genuine, except that the approach used in actualising their objectives were bad. Umahi also raised the alarm of an alleged threat of kidnap on the five governors of the zone by the group and added that the fresh threat was received via text messages, sent to his wife. He spoke on Sunday at the Nkwegu Military Cantonment in Abakaliki, the state capital, during the inauguration of Operation...
Police Arrest 7 Suspected Armed Robbers in Enugu state
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Police Arrest 7 Suspected Armed Robbers in Enugu state

The Nigeria Police Force has arrested 7 suspected armed robbers in Enugu state. The notorious robbers were nabbed in different locations. This was made known by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO], Ebere Amaraizu, who said the suspects were arrested in Lagos, Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states. He said that the highly specialized robbery gang had killed one Chinedu Nzegwu, a trader and a policeman at Obioma Street in Uwani, Enugu on Sept. 12. The suspects are Obunike Ugbene, 27, alias Paparazi, who is the ringleader of the gang from Amaofiagu in Affa of Udi council area of the state but residing at Obinagu road Abakpa Nike near Enugu. Three dead, 15 injured in Enugu road accident Kenneth Uchenna, 27, alias Madubuagu, who is a highly skilled dri...
MASSOB, BIM mark 19th anniversary amidst tight security
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MASSOB, BIM mark 19th anniversary amidst tight security

ABAKALIKI—THE Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB and Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, yesterday celebrated their 19th anniversary with pomp and pageantry despite the mobilisation of security agencies towards checkmating the activities and excesses of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB which declared tomorrow a sit-at-home in all Biafra land in the country.   Members of MASSOB and Biafra Independence Movement, BIM celebrating Biafra Day The group had their celebrations in the three senatorial zones of the state with members gathering at designated points with their flags in uniforms as they chant Biafra songs with vigour to the admiration of all and sundry. Speaking during the occasion at Amasiri in Afikpo North local government are...
Domestic Debts Of 36 States, FCT Hit N3.5trn In H1’18
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Domestic Debts Of 36 States, FCT Hit N3.5trn In H1’18

The Debt Management Office (DMO), yesterday, said the domestic debt stock of the country’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) stood at N3.5 trillion as at the first half of 2018 (H1’18). The figure indicates that the states and FCT increased their debt stock by about N200 billion or 6.0 percent over the N3.3 trillion recorded at the end of December 2017. According to data released by DMO on its website, Lagos State has the highest debt stock at N517 billion or 17 percent of the total debt stock of states. The data showed the domestic debt stock of the other states among the top five during the period under review are: Delta (N223 billion), Rivers (N191 billion), Akwa Ibom (N179 billion), and Osun (N136 billion). The states with five lowest debts are: Anambra (N2...
Ebonyi APC To Pick Candidates Through Consensus
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Ebonyi APC To Pick Candidates Through Consensus

Abakaliki – The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi says it will pick candidates for the 2019 general elections through consensus, as the approach “best suits the state’s peculiarities.’’ This was the resolution reached after an emergency State Executive Committee (SEC) meeting, held on Wednesday night in Abakaliki, with APC leaders, including past members of the national and state assemblies in attendance. Buhari in Ebonyi Chairman of APC in Ebonyi, Chief Eze Nwachukwu, who addressed stakeholders, said the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) had given the state chapters the latitude to choose among consensus, indirect or direct primaries to conduct their primaries. “We are here today following a directive from our national secretariat, which has mandated all state c...
NCDC: Lassa Fever Death Toll Rises To 101
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NCDC: Lassa Fever Death Toll Rises To 101

The death toll from the Lassa fever disease ravaging the country since the beginning of the year has risen to 101, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has said. The health agency, in its situation report of April 8, said 408 cases of the disease had been confirmed from 20 states, where the disease has been active. The states are Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba and the Federal Capital Territory, with Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi having the highest reported cases. The NCDC epidemiological report for week 14 since the disease started, shows that 408 cases have been classified as confirmed and nine probable cases, including 101 deaths. There are also 4,480 contacts identified through ...
Lawmakers ‘Harass’ Heads Of Fed. Agencies For Bribes To Pass Budgets
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Lawmakers ‘Harass’ Heads Of Fed. Agencies For Bribes To Pass Budgets

Some federal agencies and their heads have alleged that National Assembly members are 'harassing' them for bribes to pass budgets. Some Nigerian federal lawmakers are demanding bribes as conditions for passing the 2018 budgets of federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), some heads of these agencies have told us The officials say the unceasing demand for gratification is responsible for the reluctance of a number of heads of MDAs to honour invitations by Senate and House of Representatives committees to defend their budgets. Four officials of notable MDAs, who spoke to this newspaper in separate interviews alleged that the senators and members of the House are desperate and bent on shaking them down because Quote ”the 2018 budget is the last they would consider before th...
Police: Four Killed In Herdsmen Attack On Ebonyi Community
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Police: Four Killed In Herdsmen Attack On Ebonyi Community

The Ebonyi police command on Monday confirmed the death of four persons in an attack by herdsmen on Onunwakpu community in Izzi local government area of the state. Loveth Odah, the state police public relations officer, told NAN that the dead included three natives of the community and a herdsman. Odah disclosed that the incident had occurred when one of the victims had gone to tie down his cow inside his farm to feed it in the traditional way. She said it was in the process of this that he had encountered herdsmen whose cows were also feeding inside the farm. “We cannot ascertain what transpired between him and the herdsmen, but his shouts attracted fellow villagers who rushed to the scene to discover that his two hands had been severed,” Odah said. “The ensuing altercation...
Lassa Fever: Federal Govt To Receive Vaccine To Address Outbreak
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Lassa Fever: Federal Govt To Receive Vaccine To Address Outbreak

The Federal Government on Monday said it would soon receive vaccine to check the spread of Lassa fever in the country. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known to newsmen after the signing of a joint approval of the biennium WHO Programme Budget of 2018 to 2019 in Abuja. Adewole explained that before the end of the year, the government would receive vaccine to address the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country. The minister said that he had summoned the Commissioners for Health in the five states affected by Lassa fever to get an update on the situation in their states. According to him, the meeting will take place on Tuesday in Abuja. The minister listed the affected states as Ondo, Ebonyi, Edo, Nasarawa and Imo. Adewole commended Ondo and Ebonyi Stat...
Security Agencies Pledge To Assist FRSC In Reducing Road Crashes
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Security Agencies Pledge To Assist FRSC In Reducing Road Crashes

Security agencies in Ebonyi have pledged to assist the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in reducing road crashes in the state. The security agencies which include the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Prisons Service made the pledge on Sunday during the celebration of FRSC’s 30 anniversary in Abakaliki. Mrs Chinwe Kannu, the NSCDC Commandant in Ebonyi said that the agency would complement FRSC’s efforts to ensure that the state and nation’s roads were safe for citizens. “The FRSC’ s reduction of road crashes is a form of ensuring security in the country and we are ready to exchange ideas, logistics and other forms of collaboration to ensure zero crashes on the roads,” she said. Mrs Emilia Oputa, the Controller of Prisons in Ebonyi...
APC Leaders Attacked By Suspected PDP Thugs In Ebonyi
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APC Leaders Attacked By Suspected PDP Thugs In Ebonyi

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ebonyi, Paul Okorie, was on Monday attacked by suspected political thugs at Ugwulangwu area of Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi. The thugs also attacked Nnachi Okoro, the Ohaozara APC Chairman, one John Ogbonnaya, and two members of the party. The victims according to reports were reportedly brutalised by gun-wielding thugs from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, numbering over 30. They were reportedly led by three Ebonyi government officials from the local government. Mr. Okorie said in Abakaliki on Tuesday that the attackers invaded the venue where party members were holding a meeting preparatory for the visit of the APC State Working Committee, SWC, slated for Friday, February 9. Mr. Okorie, a...
Lassa Fever Death Toll Hits 31 In 15 States
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Lassa Fever Death Toll Hits 31 In 15 States

Health minister Isaac Adewole Monday announced that the outbreak of Lassa fever has spread to 15 states, recording 31 deaths. He added that there had been 105 laboratory confirmed cases and three probable cases. The minister told the Emergency National Council of Health in Abuja that cases were recorded in Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Ebonyi, Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Osun and Lagos states. The minister added that 10 health care workers were affected in four states (seven in Ebonyi and with one each in Nasarawa, Kogi and Benue states). Prof Adewole said four health workers died (three in Ebonyi and one in Kogi,) adding that the meeting was summoned to discuss the state of public health challenges in Nigeria with a focus on some of the challenges th...
Expert Calls For Proactive Measures On Fight Against Lassa Fever
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Expert Calls For Proactive Measures On Fight Against Lassa Fever

A public health expert, Dr Toni Iken, has called on policy makers at all levels of government to be proactive in the fight against Lassa fever. Iken, the Programme Coordinator, Health Development Initiative, Ibadan, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Ibadan. Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic fever and infectious disease which occurs frequently in different parts of the country. He said: “Policy makers must always envisage circumstances and make provision for the unseen and unexpected when it comes to infectious diseases like Lassa fever in order to prevent its frequent recurrence. “There is need to provide basic amenities including easy access to quality healthcare, availability of potable water and clean environment,” she...
Federal Govt Opts For Decisive Military Action To End Herdsmen-Farmers Crisis
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Federal Govt Opts For Decisive Military Action To End Herdsmen-Farmers Crisis

The Federal Government last night hinted that it would opt to take decisive military force to deal with the bandits and mercenaries who were behind the killings in some parts of the country especially regarding the crisis associated with herdsmen. According to a reliable Presidency source who spoke on condition of anonymity, “The role of bandits and suspected mercenaries in what has become known as herdsmen/farmer clashes and violence may have provoked the need for a fresh approach to dealing with the crisis, informed sources close to the Working Group formed recently by the National Economic Council have hinted. “The settled view in official circles is that the reported killings and violence recorded are the work of bandits and mercenaries since in many cases the herdsmen are often ...
Benue Killings Federal Government Set To Deploy Decisive Military Force Against Herdsmen
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Benue Killings Federal Government Set To Deploy Decisive Military Force Against Herdsmen

The Federal Government has opted to use decisive military force to deal with perpetrators of killings in Benue State and parts of the country, SaharaReporters has learned. This website gathered that it is widely believed official circles that the killings are the handiwork of bandits and mercenaries. An authoritative source told SaharaReporters that the proposed use of decisive military force is one of the outcomes of a meeting of the working group formed about less two weeks ago by the National Economic Council (NEC), which is chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Kano State governor, Umar Ganguje, who read out highlights and decisions of the NEC to reporters after the council's meeting on Thursday, said the working group “will work in accordance with the Presid...
FG Abandons Cattle Colonies, Tells States To Design Solutions
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FG Abandons Cattle Colonies, Tells States To Design Solutions

The 10-man working committee constituted few days ago by the National Economic Council to end attacks by herdsmen has decided that every state should, by a rigorous consultative process with all stakeholders, design its own solutions. The committee, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, comprises the governors of Zamfara, Kaduna, Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Ebonyi and Oyo States. A highly placed Presidency official privy to the activities of the committee, revealed to State House correspondents on Sunday that the committee had resolved that the Federal Government would not impose any solution on any states. The official disclosed that Osinbajo, at a recent meeting of the committee, assured that the Federal Government would certainly not impose its ideas on the states. ...
2018 Budget: Federal Govt Earmarks 1.2 Billion To Fight Polio
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2018 Budget: Federal Govt Earmarks 1.2 Billion To Fight Polio

The Federal Government has earmarked N1.2 billion to decisively eradicate polio across the country, according to the proposed 2018 budget. Polio, which can cause paralysis leading to death, has three types which are wild poliovirus type one (WPV1) vaccine derived poliovirus 2(cVDPV2) in Nigeria, underscores the importance of maintaining high levels to minimise the risk and consequences of polio circulation. In July and August, 2016, three cases were detected from Borno State, in children between the two and five years. Two of them developed acute flaccid paralysis while one was asymptomatic, identified as a close contact of a child with AFP. Also, N1 billion is to sort out health emergencies and contagious diseases outbreak such as meningitis, measles, yellow, monkey pox and Lassa...
2019: I Will Not Stop Any Ebonyi NASS Member – Governor Umahi
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2019: I Will Not Stop Any Ebonyi NASS Member – Governor Umahi

Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi on Wednesday said that he was not against the re-election bid of any National Assembly member from the state. Umahi, who made the assertion in Abakaliki during the signing into law of the state’s 2018 budget of N208 billion, noted that many of the lawmakers were nursing the fear of not being re-elected. The governor said that he never told any of the National Assembly members that he would not be re-elected, adding that power, however, belonged to God and the people. “I think that our federal representatives have not performed badly even though I see fear in some of them. “They should go back to their constituencies and work for their re-election as Ebonyi people should know that as a father, I am not against the lawmakers and that is 50 per cent succ...
19 Die Of Lassa Fever In 10 States
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19 Die Of Lassa Fever In 10 States

Sixteen deaths from Lassa fever have been recorded in the country in three weeks, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Out of 107 suspected cases of the disease, 61 have been confirmed. These figures describe the prevalence of Lassa fever in ten states across Nigeria in January alone. This is as three persons have also died from Lassa fever and seven others have been hospitalised in Imo State, according to the governor, Rochas Okorocha. Governor Okorocha disclosed this when he addressed journalists in Owerri on Wednesday. According to NCDC, the states affected so far are Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, and Lagos. The NCDC, in a statement on Wednesday, disclosed that ten healthcare workers were infected in four states ...
Lassa Fever: What Health Professional Must Do To Curb Spread – Minister
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Lassa Fever: What Health Professional Must Do To Curb Spread – Minister

Nigerian Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, has warned all health professionals to investigate every case of fever before treatment.   The warning is coming as Lassa fever, a killer disease, resurfaces in parts of the country.   In 10 days, Lassa fever, a disease commonly caused by contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces, has already claimed about 10 lives including health workers in Ebonyi, Kogi and Ondo.   Hundreds of persons have been hospitalised following the return of the disease.   “Every fever must be investigated properly and treated appropriately. No one should treat malaria without diagnosis”, Mr. Adewole warned in a text message sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday.   The first Lassa fever case t...
Fuel Scarcity: DPR Warns Marketers To Sell At N145 Or Lose Petrol
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Fuel Scarcity: DPR Warns Marketers To Sell At N145 Or Lose Petrol

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned marketers within its Enugu Zone to comply with N145 pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or have their products dispensed to customers free. Mr Unyime Akpan of Health, Safety and Environment Department, DPR Enugu Office, gave the warning in Awka when he led an enforcement team to Anambra on Tuesday. Akpan said the team sealed one filing station for allegedly refusing to revert and enforced the pump price sale of the product in nine other stations on Atani road in Ogbaru and some parts of Idemili North Local Government Areas. He expressed regret that some marketers had remained defiant, in spite of DPR’s efforts to ensure compliance, noting that the DPR might apply more stringent punishment by dispensing products of default...
Major Health Stories Last Week
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Major Health Stories Last Week

Cluster cases of Lassa fever in Ebonyi, Kogi The Ebonyi State government confirmed the death of one doctor and a nurse from suspected Lassa fever infection. The National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, also confirmed that the state notified it of a cluster breakout of the fever in the state. There were also reports of a doctor infected with the disease in Kogi state. NCDC has however deployed an emergency response team to assist the Ebonyi State Ministry of Health in response coordination, contact tracing, case management and strengthening infection prevention and control, IPC procedures. Medical supplies and drugs were also given to support case management in the state. Nigerian soldiers, policemen have high HIV risks – FG The National Agency for the Control of AIDS...

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