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Chukwu Hails OCDA Boss On Hardwork



The Special Adviser/General Manager, Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) Engr Innocent Ikpamezie has been commended for his show of Commitment, Hardwork, and Steadfastness in discharging his duties.

The Eze-Elect of Amaocha Afara Autonomous Community in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State Dr Andrew Uchenna Chukwu gave the commendation in a chat with Newsmen at Mbaitoli Council Headquarters Nwaorieubi recently.

He said that the people of the Afara Ancient Kingdom and Mbaitoli at large are indeed very happy for Engr. Ikpamezie who according to him has really made them proud of running a result-oriented Administration in OCDA and for being proactive in the discharging of his duties without fear or favor. Dr. Chukwu thanked Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State for not only giving Engr. Ikpamezie the opportunity to showcase his talent by this appointment as GM, OCDA but also a free hand to operate, and assured him that the people of Afara would continue to support his shared prosperity Administration as he would never regret to have identified Engr. Ikpamezie whom he described as an intelligent and hardworking young man.

In his words, Dr. Chukwu has this to say “Your Excellenry, our Governor, this is our son on whom we are well pleased because he is tested and trusted, With due sincerity, he would never disappoint you. We are assuring you of our continued support to your Administration, if not for any other thing at least for this singular love you showed our community by not only appointing him SA/GM, OCDA but having confidence in him and also tutoring him as your political son. We cannot thank you enough only God Almighty would pay you back.

Dr. Chukwu also appreciated the staff and management of OCDA for their support to Engr. Ikpamezie whom he said could not have achieved the much he did without their encouragement and support, and however appealed to them not to relent. And to all and sundry to rally round the young man which would serve as a source of encouragement he urged to him to continue to give out his best and above all should never size in remembering him in prayers for Godly direction and protection.

The Eze-elect, while urging the OCDA Boss not to development cool feet by the uncertainties of live and office challenges but should continue to push harder by making God Almighty his comforter and teacher.

He prayed to God to grant him his favor, good health, and every enablement to continue to discharge his duties to the benefit of Ndi Imo.

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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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