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Charles Ogu Lauds Uzodinma Over Ekenguru Waterscheme



The coordinator of CampHope organization world wide Mbaise chapter Chief Charles Ogu within the week commended the executive Governor of Imo state senator Hope Uzodinma over the Commissioning of Eke- Nguru Water Scheme, Aboh Mbaise LGA of Imo state.

Representing the Imo state government, was Commissioner of Public Utilities, Barr Tony Umezuruike, who disclosed that, the Governor is committed to see Imo people healthy through drinking of clean water.

Umezuruike added that the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, has created enabling environment to generate regular clean water for the people of Aboh Mbaise, saying challenges of security, pipes and reticulation of water have been tackled as the contractor handling the project has assured that soon the project will be completed and water generated to the people.

Umezuruike posited that the Governor has paid all counterpart funds that made it easy for the revival of the water project at Eke- Nguru and other parts of Imo State.

Umezuruike, while eulogizing the Governor for reviving the Eke- Nguru Water Scheme, urged the contractor handling the project to continue to put in tangible effort to timely complete the project for prompt generation of water for the people as instructed.

The Commissioner begged the people of Nguru Nweke to always ensure that they secure the project to avoid it being vandalized by the enemies of progress.

Also speaking, Chief Executive Officer, Imo State Water and Sewerage Corporation, Engr Emeka Ugoanyanwu, explained that the water project will soon be completed as the contractor has been instructed to improve on standard so that safe water could be enhanced, appreciating government and World Bank for the feat.

Commending Governor Hope Uzodimma for reviving the Eke- Nguru Water Scheme, Chief Charles Ogu, Coordinator, CampHope Organization Worldwide, Mbaise chapter and APC Stalwart, on behalf of the people, said Uzodimma has done what Achike Udenwa, Ikedi Ohakim and Rochas Okorocha could not do within short space of time in government.

According to Chief Charles Ogu, “this is dividends of democracy in action. Water is important. Yes, water, shelter and food are basic needs of human beings. Uzodimma has provided water to the six villages of Nguru Nweke, Umunneato and Amaohuru autonomous communities. The people will reduce spending money on borehole water. For doing so, the rural water project of the Governor has been 50% achieved. We are happy with the Governor and the Commissioner for Public Utilities, Barr Tony Umezuruike, for achieving this feat”.

Ogu assured the Governor of the continued support of Mbaise people as he recovers the State to the good of all persons.

Promising the government of improvement and timely completion of the project, contractor handling the project, Engr Femi Peters, noted that the project is 50% completed, maintaining that “what is remaining are installation of pipes followed by pumping of water to the tank and reticulation of water to the supposed areas. Our challenge is the weather because whenever it rains, there would be no work”.

However, the traditional ruler of Nguru Nweke, whom the Commissioner, his entourage and Chief Charles Ogu visited after the inspection of the Eke- Nguru Water Scheme, HRH, Eze James N. Nnamdi ( Mirioma Duruaku Ubima), Nguru Nweke autonomous community, Aboh Mbaise local government area of Imo State, noted that “the Eke- Nguru Water Scheme was installed in the 1960’s, but was vandalized by the military after the civil war”, but expressed happiness that the government through the World Bank has intervened to revive it.

Eze Nnamdi pleaded with the government of Imo State to provide employment to idle youths to reduce poverty and insecurity in the State.

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Benue Releases 210 Impounded Cattle To Owners



Benue State government has released to the owners a total of 210 cattle earlier impounded by the state Livestock Guards Task Force for violating its laws against open grazing in two Local Government Areas.

Commander of the Livestock Guards, Linus Zaki, said that 140 of the cattle were arrested at Mballgh council ward in Makurdi LGA while the remaining 70 bringing the total to 210 were impounded from Ggbajimgba in Guma LGA.

Zaki who handed the seized animals to their owners in Makurdi, encouraged them to respect the state’s law which banned open grazing since 2017, adding that they had fulfilled the requirements for violating the law.

“We can’t stop implementing the law so they (herders) should do the right thing by obeying the law,” the Livestock commander said.

Reacting, the State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Risku Mohammed, who led some members of his executives to include his secretary, Ibrahim Galma and the owners of the cattle to receive the animals appreciated the Benue government for keeping the cattle safe.

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Mohammed admitted that the herders had trespassed the anti-open grazing law of the state as he stressed that some of them were yet to fully understand the law and that was why there were still pockets of violation in different areas of the state.

He appealed for time to enable the association effectively educate and orientate their members about the law, stressing the need for government to provide a pilot ranching for them to learn the rudiments.

On his part, the owner of the 140 animals, Abdullahi Haruna, said he had followed the due process for the release of his cattle and therefore came with vans to evacuate them.

While the owner of the 70 cows, Haro Audu, said his children had herded the cattle into Benue state but appreciated the peaceful release of the animals back to him.

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45-year-old man sentenced to death, 10-year imprisonment for murder in Ekiti



The Ekiti State High Court has sentenced a 45-year-old man, Mohammed Isiaka, to death by hanging for killing one Yakubu Jimoh.

The court, nonetheless, discharged and acquitted two others – Ismaila Okoro, 20, and Awolusi Bidemi, 23.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, said, “The first accused is sentenced to death by hanging for murder on count one; and on count two, he is sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with N20,000 option of fine for unlawful possession of firearms.”

The judge also sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment for unlawful possession of the Nigerian Army uniform with an option of fine of N2,000.

He, however, acquitted the second and third defendants, saying, “In the case, there was no bit of evidence before me from which it could be inferred that the accused persons conspired to commit the offence of murder.

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“The only option open to me in the circumstance is to hold that the prosecution had not proved the offence of conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt against the accused persons. In the circumstance, the 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted.”

According to the charge, the first accused committed the offence on or about March 27, 2017, at Igirigiri village in Ado Ekiti, when he murdered one Yakubu Jimoh contrary to Section 316 and punishable under sections 319 and 428 (d) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16 of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.

The prosecutor, Mr Gbemiga Adaramola, called six witnesses, while exhibits tendered included a gun, an army belt, a portrait picture, a mask, a human skull and bones, charms, among others.

The second and third defendants, who spoke through their counsel, Sunday Ochayi and Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, called one witness each.

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New dates, centres for post-UTME – OAU



New dates, centres for post-UTME - OAU

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, in Osun State, has fixed new dates for its post-UTME screening exercise.

Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the University read this in a press statement titled, ‘OAU fixes new post-UTME dates’ on Thursday.

The statement read in part, “All candidates are hereby informed that new dates, which starts from Saturday, 27th February 2021, will be conducted in two centers: Ile-Ife and Abuja.

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“The Post UTME Screening Exercise, which will be conducted in Ile-Ife centre, between Saturday, 27th February and Wednesday, 3rd March 2021 will be on OAU campus and its Centre for Distance Learning, in Moro, while the Abuja Centre will hold on Saturday, 6th March 2021 at the JAMB CBT Centre, Bwari, Abuja.

“In view of this, candidates are advised to log in to the to print out their Screening Slips which contain actual dates and venues for each of them, beginning from Sunday, 14th February 2021.

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