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Obosi community protests arrest of suspect in murder of former Anambra lawmaker

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The people of Umu Ike Diugwu village in Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State have protested the arrest and parade of their son, Ernest Okoye a.k.a IBB as one of the principal suspects in the murder of the President-General (PG) of Nimo community in Njikoka Local Government Area of the state.

IBB was arrested yesterday by the Anambra state Police Command after he was reportedly traced and arrested in his hideout at old INEC road Awka.

Recall that the PG, Chief Tony Igboka, who is an ex-lawmker of the Anambra House of Assembly, had his body riddled with over 25 bullets three weeks ago on his way home at night. 

However, IBB’s kinsmen marched from his family home to Obosi town hall calling on the police and Governor Willie Obiano to intervene and release their son, wondering while Okoye was arrested and paraded by the police after they arrested the prime suspect and declared three others wanted and Okoye was not among them.

The leader of the village and head of the family, Diokpa Onuora, Jonas Onobuogu, described the arrest of Okoye as a set up by those who vowed to deal with him after he (Okoye) was elected chairman of village/family and had contributed to the progress of the area.

“We know Ernest Okoye as a quiet person; he is our chairman; he works with Julius Berger construction as ad hoc surveyor at the site of Second Niger Bridge.

“His arrest was a set up by those who wanted to bring him down after he was elected the chairman of the village after many years those who were in the position refused to step outside even when their tenure had expired.

“We call on Governor Obiano and police to conduct a serious investigation into the matter and release our son because he is innocent of the allegation. Okoye has never participated in any evil thing in this village; he is an upright and honest person who wants peace and progress of our village and Obosi community,” Elder Onobuogu stated.

The oldest man in the family Ogbueshi Mike Maduegbuna said that the allegation against Ernest Okoye was false and a set up to dent the image of the young man and the entire family.

He said that those orchestrated the ugly thing were from the village; they had been in a leadership position for over ten years but refused to step aside but wanted to continue in office forever, saying that the truth must be unveiled by the security agencies that Okoye was never involved in the murder case as alleged.

“We are not happy that some people will cook such falsehood against his own brother. Government should institute an inquiry into the matter. Why did the first suspect arrest mentioned those who committed the murder with him yet the police declared them wanted and after some days the police proceeded to arrest an innocent person who was not among those wanted persons? Something is fishing; it is totally set up, so he should be released,” Maduegbuna stated.

The mother of the suspect, Mrs. Obiageli Okoye said that since his son finished his programme at ESUT, Enugu, he came back home to form Obosi Youth Vanguard to fight cultism in the community.

She said that he was given the nickname IBB by the nurses at the hospital where he was born on the day former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, took over the government in 1985.

“My son is a peaceful man, some children are on his scholarship scheme; he has his own football team called Umuchineke Football Club.

“It was Obosi community that nominated him to represent them as an ad hoc worker as a surveyor at Second Niger bridge project, since that time he will go to work in the morning and come back in the evening. I wondered when he had the time to go to another community to murder somebody; my son is innocent; they should release him,” she appealed.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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