Anambra: Gunmen kidnap 10 herders, demand N4m, AK-47 guns as ransom

Suspected gunmen have allegedly kidnapped 10 persons, suspected to be herders in Anambra State, with a demand for N4 million and AK-47 rifles as ransom. It was gathered that the incident happened at Obene community, in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra State in the early hours of yesterday. The South-East Chairman of Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN), Gidado Siddiki, who alerted newsmen about the incident, said those kidnapped were his members. Siddiki said the incident took place at Fulani settlement at exactly 1.30 am yesterday, while the…

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APGA reveals leader of ‘unknown gunmen’ terrorising Anambra

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has said that Simon Ekpa, a Finland-based member of a banned Nigerian separatist movement, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is “the leader of the criminal gang terrorising Anambra State and the whole Igboland under the guise of enforcing the ‘Monday sit-at-home’ order”. Addressing newsmen in Awka on Sunday, the National Coordinator, APGA Media Warriors Forum, Chinedu Obigwe, claimed that Ekpa has been ‘blackmailing’ Anambra State governor, Prof. Charles Soludo. Obigwe also said that Ekpa dumped Nnamdi Kanu, the detained IPOB Leader. “Investigation proved…

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Sit-At-Home Directive: ‘Report to work on Mondays or face sanctions’, Soludo warns Anambra public servants

The newly elected governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo, has ordered all public servants and political office holders in the State to begin reporting to their places of work on Mondays or face sanctions. It was learnt that the directive is part of Soludo’s efforts to end the Monday sit-at-home order usually observed in Anambra and other South-East States. The sit-at-home order was introduced by the proscribed pro-Biafra group, (IPOB), to put pressure on the Federal Government to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is standing trial in Abuja for…

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Just In! Ex-Gov Obiano’s wife, Ebelechukwu, slaps Bianca Ojukwu at Soludo’s inauguration

Drama ensued on Thursday at the inauguration of Prof Chukwuma Soludo as the Governor of Anambra State, when the wife of outgoing Gov. Willie Obiano, Ebelechukwu, slapped Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu at the event. According to an eyewitness, who was at the scene of the event, the incident occurred immediately after Soludo took his oath of office. Dignitaries, including Obiano, were already seated when Mrs. Obiano stepped in and moved to the front row where the widow of Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu was seated and slapped her. The spectacle drew the attention…

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Anambra: Angry residents react as only 50 guests allowed at Soludo’s inauguration

A cross-section of Awka residents have expressed dismay over the restriction of the public from attending the March 17 inauguration of Prof. Charles Soludo as the next governor of Anambra. Recall that Soludo’s inauguration, according to earlier reports, is scheduled to take place at SSG Conference Hall within Government House, Awka, as against the popular Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, where previous a similar event was conducted. The Director, Soludo Governorship Campaign Organisation and former state Commissioner for Information, C-Don Adinuba, had earlier announced that only 50 guests would be allowed…

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IPOB ‘militants’ gunned down in Anambra forest

Nigerian troops on a special operation in the South-East region have raided some identified camps of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network, (ESN), killing many at Lilu Forest, in Ihiala local government area of Anambra State. Lilu, a border town between Imo and Anambra States, is known to be the operational base of the IPOB/ESN. According to an issued statement, the Nigerian Army’s Director, Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the troops conducted early hours operations on January 17, 2022, and neutralised…

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EFCC places Anambra governor, Willie Obiano, on its watchlist

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has placed the incumbent Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, on its watchlist, ahead of the handover of government in the State. This was contained in a letter to the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS), dated November 15, 2021. The development comes months before Gov. Obiano is expected to leave office as governor and hand over power in March, 2022. According to reports, the EFCC requested the NIS to place Governor Obiano on a watchlist and inform it anytime he is…

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Anambra Guber Election: 36,000 police and security personnel on ground

As Anambra State faces a momentous governorship election today, the Federal Government has vowed to spare no effort in ensuring the 6th November poll holds in a secure environment and the Nigerian Police have deployed massively, with some 36,000 personnel mobilised, in readiness to protect voters against any harassment. The Police said it deployed 2 Deputy Inspector-Generals, (DIGs), 5 Assistant Inspector-Generals, (AIGs), 14 Commissioners of Police, 31 Deputy Commissioners of Police, (DCPs), 48 Assistant Commissioners of Police, ACPs) and 34,587 personnel made up of conventional Police officers, Police Mobile Force,…

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Anambra 2021: ‘Anarchy looms ahead of governorship polls’

Late last week, a gory video showing two freshly murdered corpses, which a narrator identified as an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), and his police orderly murdered by some unknown gunmen working to ensure that Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State doesn’t hold, went viral on social media. The video, along with another one of a certain self-declared General Innocent Orji, leader of a new armed separatist group, Biafra National Guard, (BNG), announcing that in line with the declaration of the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous…

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Anambra election: CUPP urges parties to ignore alleged $4m INEC bribe and focus on campaign

In the wake of the allegation of a $4 million bribe against officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), the Coalition of Political Parties, (CUPP), has called on politicians to focus on campaigns and leave frivolous allegations against the commission. Urging security agencies to be on top of their game, the CUPP said that it has concluded after a thorough investigation that the allegations are false and a figment of the imagination of the elements that spread the news. CUPP, in an issued statement by its spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere…

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