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August 15, 2018

Two Catholic Priests Beaten By Masquerades In Enugu

Two Catholic Priests Beaten By Masquerades In Enugu (photos)

  Two Catholic Priests of Nsukka Diocese were on Thursday 12 July 2018, manhandled and severely injured by some youths of Ogbodu-Aba in Udenu Local Government Area, Enugu State. Rev. Fr. Peter Chikwado Udaya, the parish priest of St. Patrick’s Parish Ibenda and Rev. Fr. Daniel Tochukwu Akubue, the parish priest of St. Mary’s Parish Ada-Obollo and the assistant Diocesan Liturgist, were attacked as they were going back to their duty posts after a brief visit from St. Charles Parish Eha-Ndiagu. It was gathered that as the two clergy men got to Ogbodu-Aba, they were stopped, blocked and shamefully harassed…

Deputy Superintendent of Prisons arrested for armed robbery in Enugu

Deputy Superintendent of Prisons arrested for armed robbery in Enugu

  A Deputy Superintendent of Prisons in the Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr Collins Ugwu, has been arrested by the police in Enugu for an alleged involvement in armed robbery. Ugwu, a native of Ezza in Ebonyi State, who resides in Abuja, where he works at the headquarters of the Nigeria Prisons Service, was nabbed in Enugu on June 26. The senior prisons officer was arrested with suspected accomplices, Ifeanyi Ozor, a native of Enugu State who is also resident in Abuja; and Smart Osetu from Oguta in Imo State. The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, Mr. Mohammed Danmallam, disclosed, while…

Enugu diocese gets Auxiliary Bishop

  The Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Ernest Obodo, of the clergy of Enugu, Rector of St. Bernard Senior Seminary Hostel and professor at the Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Enugu, assigning him the titular seat of Mediana. The new Bishop was born on 24 October 1966 in Awha-Imezi, Diocese of Enugu. He entered the “Sacred Heart” Minor Seminary, Nsude, and carried out his studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary in Owerri. He was ordained a priest on July 22, 2000 for the Diocese…

Enugu Catholic Church explosion not bomb – Police

  Police in Enugu State Monday dismissed reports of a “bomb explosion” at Holy Cross Catholic Church Iji Nike, Enugu  on Sunday.   In a statement, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, urged members of the public to go about their normal and lawful businesses, noting that analysis carried out by the command’s Explosive Ordinance Department showed that the minor explosion had nothing to do with Improvised Explosive Device (IED).   He said: “The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force wishes to make it categorically clear to the members of the public that there was…

Re: In total support – Call Okorocha to order now, Anglican Archbishop tells Buhari

Okorocha presents N190bn budget for 2018

I am strongly in support of the statements made by the Anglican Archbishop Enugu Ecclesiastical province, Most Revd. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, where he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently call Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha to order (in the Leader, Sunday December 31, 2017; P.7) We are not foreigners in Imo State and Nigeria as a whole. Even those, who are strangers and foreigners, know the truth. Let us say the truth at all times. Let us stop telling lies. Let us remove sentiments and politics and call a spade a spade. The questions are: of what economic values and…

Rivers massacre: Mastermind killed in Enugu – Army

THE 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt on Sunday confirmed the death of a notorious cultist and kidnap kingpin, Johnson Igwedibia, also known as Don Waney. General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, Major General. Enonbong Udoh, confirmed the killing when he displayed the corpses of Don Waney alongside two of his gang leaders to journalists at the division’s headquarters in Port Harcourt. He said the dreaded militant leader was tracked down at his new acquired residence in a suburb village in Enugu State. The GOC further said the deceased and his gang members were responsible for the…

Enugu government to employ disabled graduates

Enugu State Executive Council has approved the automatic employment of 50 graduates living with disabilities in line with the United Nations Convention on non-discrimination against such persons. Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe, said this last week Saturday in Enugu while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the council meeting held on Friday evening. Anikwe said that the approval followed council’s deliberation on a letter of employment appeal from a league of visually impaired graduate applicants. “The council received a letter of appeal from unemployed visually impaired graduates, who are indigenes of the state. “They wrote to the governor and passionately…

Quit notice: Don’t panic, we are monitoring situation in the North – South-East Governors

South-East Governors on Monday re-assured Ndigbo residing in different parts of the country of their safety.   The Governors, who met in Enugu said they were in constant touch with the Northern Governors over the October 1 ultimatum issued to Igbos in the area. Chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, who read the communique issued after the meeting, said the position of the Northern governors was commendable.   “Ohanaeze Ndigbo briefed us and of course we have been in touch with the federal government; we have also been in constant touch with our colleagues in the…

South-East, South-South Governors resolve to reinvent Region

Governors of the 11 states in the South East and South-South geo­political zones have declared that the time to rebuild the two zones had come. The governors took the decision on Sunday night in Enugu after a meeting they convened to reinvent the old Eastern Region. In their resolutions after the parley that lasted for sever­al hours, the governors agreed to pursue a common econom­ic and political agenda to devel­op the two zones. According to them, the two regions share common and identical cultural and eco­nomic traits. The joint meeting of the South East and South-South governors commenced at about…

Photo Report on the Biafra Protest, May 30 Sit-Home exercise

The weekday, May 30, sit-home exercise as projected by the autochthonal individuals of Biafra (IPOB), has come into being within the southeast. Photos creating the rounds everywhere social media show that a lot of individuals inside the region have complied with the order to remain home. only a few individuals are seen on the streets and businesses are latched down for the day. Below square measure photos of sure areas in Anambra state wherever the protest exercise is in progress. The streets inside the southeastern region are deserted. Many individuals inside the region have complied with the order to remain…

Enugu State abolishes Osu/Ohu caste

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Wednesday, announced the abolition of ‘Osu’/‘Ohu’ caste practice in the state. The governor who described the practice as ‘satanic’ said the abolition takes immediate effect. The governor, during a protest by some indigenes of Obuno Ndi Uno community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state, said on no account should anybody be described as a slave (ohu) in the community. Osu or ohu is a practice in some parts of Igbo land which proscribes some individuals as outcasts. Such individuals who are also indigenes are referred to as slaves (ohu) in…

Man disappears after wife gives birth to triplets

A woman whose husband absconded when she gave birth to triplets has appealed to government and individuals to come to her rescue. Mrs Queen Udekwe, 35, had previously given birth to a set of twins. She told newsmen in Benin on Tuesday that her husband, Mr. Matthew Udekwe, from Enugu State took to his heels when she gave birth to triplets nine months ago. Mrs Udekwe, who took her case to the secretariat of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Benin, said that she was looking onto public-spirited individuals and government. He said, “My husband…

Why APGA merged with UPP – APGA National Chairman

Reasons for the recent merger of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) with the United Progressives Party (UPP) have been made public. They include: The party being engulfed in an intractable and lingering leadership tussle for the past 13 years, with the likelihood of the court litigations lasting till 2019 general elections. That Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi State stakeholders perceive the way their Anambra counterparts run the affairs of the party (as if it were only an Anambra affair) as a betrayal of the mission of the founding fathers of APGA. These facts were contained in the address by…

Enugu: Communities give herdsmen 72 hours to vacate domain

Five communities in Ozalla, Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, on Monday 24, protested the presence of suspected Fulani herdsmen in their communities. The communities have given the herdsmen 72 hours to leave their domain. The protesting villagers claimed that the herdsmen numbering over 100 had arrived their communities with their families and belongings in five Mercedes Benz-911 lorries. The protesting villagers comprising farmers, market women, men and youths gathered in one of the community primary schools, chanted solidarity songs with placards and brandished green leaves as they demanded the herdsmen leave their communities. President General of Ozalla…

ICPC summons 4 IMT officials over N113m

Four principal officers of the Institute of Management and Technology, IMT, have been summoned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, over alleged illegal collection of N113 million from students. The petitioners noted that in contravention of the lawful directive of ICPC that the Rector and his principal officers refund the N40,000 collected from each students for hostel accommodation, the said money was not refunded. In a letter dated October 14, entitled Investigation activities – letter of invitation, by Adedayo Kayode, on behalf of ICPC Chairman, asked the Rector of IMT to release the officers to…

Why we killed kidnapped Catholic priest – Suspects

After collecting N1.5million as ransom, four suspected kidnappers and killers of Rev. Fr John Adeyi of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo in Benue State have revealed that they killed the cleric out of fear. Deputy gang leader of the killers, Saidu Abdullahi disclosed while being paraded before journalists at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Wednesday , that on seeing members of the vigilante group chasing after them (suspects), he (Saidu) shot and killed the priest. He disclosed further that it was even after they killed the priest that they collected the ransom. While parading the suspects, Force Public Relations Officer,…

Insecurity: A threat to farming

Governments all over the country, both Federal and States, have continued to shout it loud and clear that there is need to deemphasize our over-dependence on oil, in favour of the Agricultural sector. Although experts have come up with numerous slogans calling on Nigerians to go back to farm as the surest way of growing the economy, hardly any government seems prepared to give what it takes to nip in the bud the various challenges facing farmers. Top among these challenges is the insecurity to famers lives and crops.  The security challenges take different forms in different parts of the…

Under – Cover Islamisation?

Rumours that there are covert plans to Islamise Nigeria have been on-going. Some people dismiss them while others insist the handwriting is on the wall. Even if it is only a rumour, what is happening in the country – the kidnaps, forced conversions and mass massacre of Christians and Ndigbo by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, resemble such an obnoxious plan. It is sad that in this day and age anyone or group of people could think of forcing others to adopt their religion. Unless the motive is to oppress or ridicule the so-called converts, anyone with the slighted common sense should…

Fulani herdsmen attack another Enugu Community, kill Seminarian, others

Blood-thirsty Fulani herdsmen are at it again. Barely four months after they unleashed terror at Uzo – Uwani, Nsukka, in Enugu State killing many, they have struck at another community in the same state, killing at least three persons, including a Catholic seminarian on apostolic work in the community and a pregnant woman whose stomach was ripped open. The herdsmen attacked Attakwu community, Awkunanaw, in Nkanu West Local Government Area, in the early hours of Thursday. Attakwu, a 10-minute drive to Enugu the state capital,  is home of two notable seminaries: the Claratian Missionaries and Spiritan International School of Theology….

We buried 80-year-old woman after collecting N5m from family – Enugu kidnap suspect

A suspected kidnap syndicate was Saturday nabbed by the police in Enugu State for allegedly abducting a woman in the Ezeagu area of the state. The kidnappers were said to have demanded a ransom of 20milllion naira from the family of the woman believed to be in her late 80s. However, after much dialogue with the family, they were said to have negotiated and agreed to pay 5million naira which was reportedly paid by the family. Trouble, however, started when the family kept waiting on the kidnappers to inform them on where to pick up the victim. After much wait,…