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There were sporadic shootings, Tuesday night, at Cathedral Church of St Michaels, Umuikwu Anam, Anambra West Local Government, Anambea State, by some hoodlums who went to pull down the ongoing cathedral building of Diocese of Mbamili.

Addressing newsmen, yesterday, at Cathedral Church of St Michaels, Umuikwu Anam, the Bishop, Diocese of Mbamili, Rt. Rev. Henry Okeke  sent a save-our-soul message to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and other law enforcement agents to save his life and that of his family, his priests and lives of  church members from the community who are constantly being threatened by the hoodlums.

How the situation started

According to Okeke, our problem with the miscreants who are also from Umuikwu Anam started in 2018, when we wanted to fence off the cathedral and subsequently, commence  the construction of the cathedral building. The miscreants pulled it down twice and prevented us from fencing it.

“However, the question we keep asking them is: who owns the land if we cannot build on the land already housing our temporary cathedral and mother buildings in the cathedral?

“The compound housing the cathedral also houses Crowther Memorial College, Tabitha House Women Skill Acquisition Centre School and other buildings, including the priests of the church.

“Over the years, the church allowed the community  to use the field to do their trainings and other activities and now that we want to extend our developmental projects, they are preventing us. This is baffling.

“The land belongs to the church, well gazetted with complete documents. We do not understand why these miscreants are preventing us from carrying out our projects.

“The youths said they do not want Anglican Church in Umuikwu Anam and they have been disrupting the activities of the church.

“On December 22 to 25, 2019, they disrupted many church activities, including a crusade, by putting off our lights, saying their masquerade was coming out. We did not disturb them  along the roads, we were holding our programmes in our premises.

“Tuesday night, about 10 pm, we started hearing gun shots resulting from their sporadic shootings while pulling down the ongoing cathedral building project. They were threatening and shouting on top  of  their voices that anybody, including the Bishop that comes out, will be shot.

“The Primate came and laid the foundation stone of the Cathedral building on 8th December 2018 and as you can see, they have pulled down some parts and destroyed the irons.

“They have done so many things to threaten lives here but God had been keeping us. Last year, we were with the former Commissioner of Police for about three or four times over similar destructive activities of the miscreants.We have also written to the governor and the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Umuahia.They all  know what is happening.

“We  do not want to take laws into our hands or resort to self help. In fact, the youths of our church are a set I have never met  anywhere because of their obedience to the rule of law. If it is in other places, you would have been hearing something else.”

Umuikwu Anam monarch reacts

However, when newsmen went to the house of the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Ben Nworji Onyeke, to know his position on the matter, he said the four quarters of Umuikwu Anam community gave the land to the church and the land is not in contention with anybody, adding that  the activities of the youths is bringing bad name to the community.

Asked what his position is about the disruption of construction activities in the cathedral, particularly the ongoing construction of the cathedral, he said: “the community gave the land to the church but the community will decide if the cathedral will be built or not.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for the state, Mr. Mohammed Haruna, did not pick his call when called.

(SOURCE: Vanguard)


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The Senate on Wednesday waded into communal clashes in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State by demanding for the rehabilitation of affected communities.

The position of the Senate was contained in resolutions reached sequel to the consideration of a motion brought to the floor for consideration by Senator Isah Jibrin (APC – Kogi East).

According to the lawmaker, “Communal hostilities ravaged most parts of the local government area in 2016 and 2019, rendering over 100,000 inhabitants of some of the communities homeless, leading to exodus of these inhabitants to other parts of Kogi State.”

He added that media reports indicated that about 100 people were killed in clashes involving the Igbira and Bassa Komi people, and another 146 killed by ethnic militias, in addition to destruction of properties worth millions of naira.

Senator Jibrin lamented that “educational institutions have been destroyed, with many buildings and other facilities completely burnt down, thereby making it absolutely difficult for the children of the affected communities to access educational facilities.”

“The destruction of schools, health centers are obviously non-existent to cater for the health needs of the affected communities as the few hitherto existing ones have been lost to the hostilities, and this has increased the rate of mortality in the affected communities.

“Markets, Petrol stations, shops and various business outfits in the affected communities have been completely destroyed, thereby throwing people to an inevitable state of economic helplessness.”

The Senate in its resolutions accordingly urged the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to assist the affected communities with shelters, educational and health facilities.

It also urged the Ministry to provide minimal seed capital s for the women and youths in the the affected communities, to facilitate their various economic activities.


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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Sokoto zonal head, Mr Abdullahi Lawal, has expressed the Commission’s readiness to join forces with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to end terrorist financing, money laundering and curb the menace of drug abuse, among Nigerian youth in Sokoto State.

Lawal made the pledge on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, when the management team of NDLEA, led by the state commandant, Mr. Yakubu Kibo, paid a courtesy visit to the Sokoto State Zonal Office of the Commission.

Welcoming the team, Lawal promised that the Commission would partner with the NDLEA to curb the menace of drug abuse, terrorism financing, and money laundering in the country.

He urged Nigerians to continue to support both agencies in their mandates, noting that the nefarious activities of drug peddlers, arm bandits, and economic and financial crimes in the country can be easily tackled, if law enforcement agencies join forces collaborate.

“Inter-agency cooperation is a key to checking restiveness in this country. We need each other to forge ahead and have a crime-free society. We have areas of cooperation where we inter-connect. There is an economic crime to every act of drug abuse, terrorist financing and money laundering and as EFCC, we look at every crime from the economic perspective,” Lawal said.

In his response, Kibo explained that the purpose of the visit was to seek collaboration and synergy between the two agencies, and promised to collaborate with the EFCC in the area of intelligence sharing.

He called on the EFCC to join hands with the NDLEA to tackle illicit financial flow that stem from illicit drug traffickers who are involved in huge money transfers in and out of the country.


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 The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has expressed readiness towards increased collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and to partner with the Commission for the success of its 10 million-man anti-corruption walk, billed for February 14, 2020.

The Enugu State coordinator of the NYSC, Steven Gabriel Dewan gave the assurance on Tuesday, February 4, 2019, at the state’s NYSC Secretariat, when he hosted EFCC Zonal Head, Ibrahim Bappa, who paid him a courtesy visit.

“Like you rightly pointed out, the need to increase the level of interventions aimed at recovering the youths from the moral decadence is not only imperative but urgent, seeing that they are on a very high speed to ‘make it’ by all means,” Dewan said.

While thanking Bappa for making NYSC his first port of call, since arriving at the zone, Dewan assured that NYSC in the state was ready to partner with EFCC in this year’s Valentine Day, 10 million-man anti-corruption walk, scheduled to take place across the country.

Dewan noted that the youth are a vital component of the society, regretting that “unfortunately, this segment has brought us much sorrow and bad name in the comity of nations through their engagement in various forms of crimes and still lay claims to be the leaders of tomorrow.”

In his remarks, Bappa noted that his visit to the NYSC was well-thought out. “It is not accidental that my first courtesy visit is in the NYSC. This is because I feel it’s extremely important to start with this place because you deal with the youth who are the engine of the society.

“I came to familiarise with you and seek your collaborations in some of our programmes, which without the youth, cannot be successful and in particular, the proposed ‘10 Million-Man- March –Against Corruption,’ which is expected to come up on February 14, 2020.”

Bappa stated that the anti-corruption walk, which was initiated by the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, was meant to create awareness to the terrible and devastating effects of corruption on Nigeria’s economy and image.

“In Nigeria today, the major problem which drives other problems is corruption. That is why we have security challenges; we have bad roads, decayed infrastructures and other social challenges. Let us join hands to make this country a better place,” he pleaded.


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The Senate on Tuesday considered a bill seeking to establish a National Agency for the Research and Management of Persons with Special Needs.

The bill which scaled Second Reading on the floor during plenary was sponsored by Senator Betty Apiafi (PDP, Rivers West), and was read for the first time on December 5, 2019.

The lawmaker said, the bill among other things, seeks to create an agency charged with improving the social, economic, mental and with Physical well-being of persons diagnosed with disorders that have special needs.

Among cases of special needs which the bill seeks to provide for are persons with Down’s syndrome; Autism; Cerebral palsy; Dyslexia; Bipolar disorder; Albinism and hypo-pigmentation; Vitiligo; Psoriasis; Lupus; Scleroderma; Severe Atopic Dermatitis; Lamellar Ichthyosis; Sickle cell disorder; Thalassemia; Haemophilia; Hydrocephalus/Neural disorders; and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

The piece of legislation, according to Apiafi, while “addressing the plight and hardship of citizens with Special needs in Nigeria”, would cater for various disorders.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, after the bill was considered by the upper chamber, referred same to the Committee on Sports and Social Development for further legislative work.


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Suspected riders of motorcycles and tricycles, on Monday, protested their ban by the Lagos State Government.

During the protest in Ijora area of the state on Monday, the riders reportedly clashed with police officers.

It was learnt that the clash occurred when the police officers attempted to stop the protest embarked upon by the riders.

During the protest, which started around 08.21 am, the protesters blocked the road, burning tyres.

Before the Monday protest, thousands of motorcycle riders working for Gokada and Max had on Friday protested at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

The riders, who carried placards with different inscriptions, demanded the suspension of the planned ban on motorcycle and tricycle riders in 15 local council areas of the state.

The riders lamented that the ban would not only take their means of livelihood but also render them jobless.

Meanwhile, commuters have lamented that they were stranded at Bus Stops, had to trek long distances and pay higher transportation fares to their destinations since the ban commenced.

The Lagos State Government had on January 26 announced that it would commence enforcement of the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018 from February 1.

The law banned the operation of motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, and Tricycles in some Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas.

They include Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs and Ikeja LGA,

Others are Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.

The state government also listed highways, bridges and roads where the law also banned motorcycles and tricycles from operating in the state.

Barely 24 hours after the implementation of the law, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said the compliance level on the ban of the commercial motorcycle and tricycle was over 90 per cent.

The Lagos State Police Command also said it had impounded 188 motorcycles and 78 tricycles as well as arrested 40 persons for refusing to comply with the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in certain areas by the state government.


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Some Nigerians who are currently in Wuhan, the Chinese city where coronavirus broke out two weeks ago, are appealing to the federal government to evacuate them.

As of Monday morning, the virus had killed 362 people in China. Many countries have been evacuating their citizens as a result of the health crisis, agencies reported.

But last week, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, said 16 Nigerians who are in Wuhan have not indicated interest to return home.

“I know we have Nigerians in Wuhan; our Embassy in China has confirmed that we have about 16 Nigerians in Wuhan and they are in touch with them. They have, however, not indicated their interest to come home. They will, however, contact our embassy if they like to come home,” he had said at a press conference in Abuja.

However, a Nigerian resident in Wuhan said there are over 50 Nigerians who are in the city at the moment, the Cable reported.
He said they all are willing to leave China because of the situation. The businessman, who did not want to be named, expressed fears that things could get worse.

“When this virus broke out, the Nigerian embassy in China contacted us and asked us to form a group on WeChat (a multipurpose messaging social media app) where all Nigerians who are in Wuhan could communicate on the latest development,” he said.

“We told them that none of us had contacted the virus but we were worried and needed to be evacuated. But they told us to exercise patience since no country had evacuated its citizens because of the outbreak.

“We then asked them to provide us with face masks and some items that we could use, especially those of who have children. Purchasing items have been difficult since the outbreak of this epidemic.

The masks are no longer available in stores that open briefly on a daily basis and if you go online, they are very expensive. We are 57 Nigerians in Wuhan and government has banned public movement without masks. We expected the embassy to assist us with this but nothing of such happened.”


The man said all efforts to reach Ahmad Jidda, Nigerian ambassador to China, and Bakori Aliyu Usman, an official of the Nigerian embassy in Beijing who contacted them in the early days of the outbreak, have ended in futility.
The Cable also reported that another Nigerian resident in Wuhan said that they are worried that the Nigerian embassy in China is not handling the situation properly.

He said other countries have started evacuating their citizens because of the situation but Nigerians do not know their fate.

“The other day we read in the news that we are just 16 Nigerians in Wuhan; this is a pure lie. We are over 50 Nigerians here as I speak to you. We have been abandoned by government; we called the consulate in Shanghai, no response, we reached out to consulate in Guangzhou still no assurance.”

“The situation is getting out of hand. There is a Nigerian here who just came on a visit; he was about returning home when this virus broke out here; now he is trapped.

“There is a student who was sick and was finding it difficult to get adequate treatment here; plans were being made to move him out of China before this issue of coronavirus outbreak, now he is also trapped.

“There are people with children here, how does the government expect them to cope when the city is virtually on lock down?

“We are stranded here; the federal government should please rescue us… shops are closed, banks shut, we find it difficult to get the things we need. Although, we are not out of cash or foodstuff, we don’t know how long this situation will continue.”

He said they have written to Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairperson of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), seeking help but no form of assistance has been rendered.


However, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, spokesman of NIDCOM chairperson was quoted by the Cable to have said there were no plans to evacuate anyone from China.

“Let them come if they are willing to… we have made arrangements for their safety in China but if they want to come on their own volition, no problem,” he said.

Asked why there are no plans for evacuation, he said: “Discuss with foreign affairs if it has to do with evacuation.”
Two days ago, the Nigerian embassy in China told Nigerians in the Asian country that the federal government is committed to their safety.

Lawal Bapah, minister, public communications at the embassy, urged them to be more vigilant in the face of the current outbreak of coronavirus.

“Representatives of all Nigerian associations, such as Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO-China) and the Association of Nigerian Students in China (ANSIC) as well as Nigeria-China Bilateral Education Agreement Scholars Association (BEASA-CHINA) are enjoined to remain calm,” he said in a statement.
“They should abide by all public health announcements and instructions issued from time to time by various Chinese authorities to prevent themselves from the current scourge.

“Specifically, Nigerians in Wuhan are strongly advised to keep indoors while restricting their movements and to take all necessary precautions and strictly adhere to all medical precautions and instructions issued by Wuhan Municipal authorities and their respective academic institutions. They should also avoid crowded and closed areas as well as close contact with people who might likely be carriers of the dreaded virus.

“They should always wash their hands and face regularly, maintain personal hygiene and wear surgical masks, especially when stepping out from their respective accommodation. And to use face masks whenever the need arises to guard against the spread of the disease.”

Bapah also asked Nigerians to maintain regular contact with the embassy through some telephone lines but a citizen based in China said nothing meaningful has been achieved through that means


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Again, A non-profit organisation, Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiative, has dragged the Corporate Affairs Commission before the Court of Appeal over the refusal of the CAC to register it.

Daily Mail that LGBT activist, Pamela Adie, had in 2018 sued the CAC for refusing to register the organisation, but lost the case.

The activist said on Twitter that she had filed a notice of appeal on the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court.

She tweeted, “Notice of appeal has been filed in the case of Pamela Adie V CAC. As some of you may be aware, I applied to register a non-profit called Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiative but was denied by the Nigerian government agency, CAC, because it said ‘lesbian’ was offensive.

“I felt this was an infringement of my constitutional right to freedom of association. My team and I filed a suit against CAC in 2018 at the Federal High Court, Abuja.”


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Members of the Ebira community in Ondo State have lamented being sacked from their homes and farmlands by fulani hersdmen.

They called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to save them and their farmlands from incessant attacks by some Fulani herdsmen who have taken over most of their homes and farmlands.

They alleged that no fewer than 20 members of the community had been wounded by the herders following the attacks.

The Chairman of the Ebira Farmers Association, Alhaji Amuju Ovoro, said this on Sunday that Fulani herders attacked them on a regular basis.

“They invade our farm with their cows and uproot our crops, causing us great losses.

“As of today, 20 of our members have been hospitalised following attacks by Fulani herdsmen on our farms. Our crops are being destroyed, our water contaminated, the herdsmen will arm themselves with weapons in the night and embark on massive destruction of our farm crops and assault us.

“They even went to the extent of raping our women. We are pleading with the governor to rescue us.We have been operating in Ondo State for several decades without molestation from any quarter.”

Similarly, the President of the Ebira Community in the state, Alhaji Abdulsalam Dagana, urged the governor to swiftly intervene before things got out of hand.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Femi Joseph, said the matter had not been officially reported at the police command.


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Friends and family members of David Iyoha have been thrown into confusion after he left home for his clearance in school in the Yaba area of Lagos State and has not been seen since November 25, 2019.

It was gathered that David left his parents’ house in the Ago Palace Way area of the state for clearance at the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, prior to the issuance of the Senior School Certificate, but had not returned home.

It was learnt that David neither got to the school nor returned home to his parents.

David’s father, Hamilton, said that all efforts by the family and friends to ascertain his whereabouts had proved abortive, adding that the family had resorted to prayers and hope in God that he would return soon.

He said, “Since he finished his Senior Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination, he had been at home waiting for when he would resume at an institution for computer programming; while he was waiting, we had a conversation about his secondary school clearance that would enable him to get his school leaving certificate and testimonial.

“I told him that to be on a safer side whenever he wanted to go to a university, he should do his clearance and get his certificate, and on November 25, 2019, he left home for school to do the clearance, but he has not come back since then.

“At first, we thought it was the traffic that delayed him, but when it was taking longer than necessary, we became worried and my wife called him around 7.38pm and he said he was on his way but far away from home. My wife asked him exactly where he was but he did not tell us and the phone dropped and subsequent calls put across to his telephone line did not connect as the line indicated that it had been switched off.

“When I got home from work, I attempted to call the number, it was still switched off. We waited till around 1am thinking that he would be back by then, but we did not see him; so, I told my wife to go and report at the police station the following day.

“When I came back from work, there was still nothing about him, so I went to the police station the next day and I was told that they had made an internal announcement to all the stations so that if he was in a cell, he could be released but there was no response that he was with them.

“I was linked with someone at the Police Intelligence and Response Team, who collected his phone number to track it, but it was discovered that since his phone went off, it had not been switched on.

“I went to his school to find out if he ever got there and the head of the department said he had not seen him and when other teachers were called, they said he did not come to the school and that he had not done the clearance; and from the tracking information the police did, it was obvious that he never got to the school; there was information about where he got to before his phone went off.”

Hamilton added that before David’s phone went off, he called his friend around 3pm and told him that they should go for the clearance, but the friend declined, stating that the teachers would have left the school and they agreed to go the next day.

The father added that some people told the family that David was seen around the Bode Thomas area of Surulere fiddling with his phone on the day of his disappearance, adding that when a search party was mobilised in the area and its environs, he was nowhere to be found.

The father added, “We keep trusting God to bring him back home as we have resorted to praying that one day, he will come back, but I still repost tweets about his disappearance on the social media, hoping that someone may see him.”

Our correspondent gathered that the matter was reported at the Ago Palace Way Police Station.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, stated that efforts were being made to trace the teenager’s whereabouts.

“We got the report of a missing person and we have declared him missing and commenced an investigation. Efforts are being made to locate his whereabouts,” he said. (Additional reports from agencies)