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Okata Monarchs Invoke, gods, Ancestors Over Killings

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Faced with the daunting challenge of secretly or publicly fishing out those behind the killing of four indigenes of Okata Ward in Ihitte/Uboma LGA, Eze Christian Iwueke, Okata Community; Eze Romanus Uwanawanti, Uzinomi and Eze Dr. George Etugo, Umuchiaku Lowa all in Okata Ward, assembled the creme of the membership of the traditional rulers in the area expected to perform the traditional rites of invocation of both the gods of the land and their ancestors to go after those responsible for the killings.

Chairman, Ihitte/Uboma Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Innocent Onuoha, Ikpe l of Ikpeweafor in union with other royal fathers poured libation with palm wine said to have stayed four market days without touching the ground and eight unblemished Igbo kolanuts.

Eze Iwueke, Eze Ji Udo ll of Okata while pouring the libation, called on the gods to not only view the act as abominable but visit them with torture that would herald their deaths.

In his prayers, Uzi l of Uzinomi, Eze Romanus Uwanawanti solicited his ancestors to be quick in rendering the perpetrators useless before striking them death including their accomplices.

Egwunte of Umuezegwu, Eze Marcellus Iheme, said that in his capacity as the representative of Ihitte Royal fathers, with his ofo, a royal symbol of authority,  he was proclaiming authoritatively that the perpetrators have reached their waterloo.

Chairman of the traditional rulers in the area, Eze Innocent Onuoha said his presence as the chairman of  Ndi-Eze was an indication that the royal fathers have raised steely war chests such as evil and their future occurrence in the entire local government area. He stated further that the entire royal fathers are united in measure to shore up the war against insecurity in the area.

A concerned son of Okata and a media professional,  Mazi Tennyson Ogueri, who not only openly appreciated the action of the royal fathers but bemoaned that his community has been trapped by the recurring cycle of killings in the area, advised the royal fathers not to relent in their unison in condemnation of such abominable acts.

Mazi Tennyson Ogueri pleaded with them to be neck-deep in the provision of massive public security awareness in their various communities stressing that security must not be left in the hands of security agents alone.

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina

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Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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Alleged Non Payment Of Salaries: Imo Staff Ass. of Nig Universities Embarks On Strike Today, As Nonso Nkwa Raises Alarm Over Plot To Silence Him

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Owing to allegations on non payment of salaries, staggered payments, under payment of salaries amongst others, the senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities Imo State Chapter vowed to embark on strike today.

In a release titled “Notice of Indefinite Strike Action by the Organized Labour of Imo State, and signed by the Acting Chairman of the group Harrison Agumbah and the secretary Ambrose Okereafor and made available to Lead they accused  Imo State Government of Non Payment of salaries, under payment staggered payment amongst others Imo State Government has recently published the names of genuine civil servants in the state totaling 42,000 out of which they have paid salaries to 41000 upto December 2020.

Addressing the press on the said issue, the commissioner for Information Declan Emelumba revealed that the remaining one thousand workers yet to be paid were those with BVN and other related issues which according to him would be paid as soon as the problems were ratified.

Meanwhile, One of the Radio presenters of Ozisa FM, Chinonso Uba Popularly known as Nonso Nkwa has raised alarm over plot to silence him.

In a press release signed by Nonso Nkwa himself and  made available to Lead, the presenter who did not mention the name of  any person, group or organization as responsible for the said threat, revealed that the said threat  was coming as a result of his stand on the alleged non payment of workers salaries in Imo.

I have reliably gathered information that some persons are planning to make me disappear for my constant defense and advocacy for Unpaid Imo Workers and Pensioners…

I therefore wish to state categorically that I will never stop advocating for the suffering Imo workers and Pensioners no matter the threat to my life because this is a divine assignment am doing…

Nonsonkwa is not a saint but definitely a Defender of the Masses;and the goodwill of the Masses and the Grace of God will Protect my going out and my coming in….

Finally, Nothing scares a Man of Integrity and an advocate of the Masses!!!

Ndi Imo remains my Constituents and I will never back out…God Forbid!!!

Am simply doing Gods Work;nothing more nothing less!!!

If God be for Us,Who can be against Us!!!

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Herdsmen attacks: Seyi Makinde seems to be paralysed by fear, says sports minister

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Following the various alleged attacks in various parts of the states in Nigeria wherein Oyo state is experiencing the same heat, Mr  Sunday Dare,  Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has advised Seyi Makinde the Governor of Oyo State, to be more proactive and decisive in tackling the security situation in the state.

In a statement on Monday, Dare implied that the governor is too scared to take a decision that would protect the indigenes of his state from attacks.

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There had been reports of alleged attacks, that some Fulani were kidnapping, killing, and raping residents in Ibarapa area of the state

Sunday Dare urged the governor to seek assistance from states and non-state actors and stop “responding out of fear that his political status is being damaged”.

Part of the statement termed, ‘Minister wants Makinde to be more decisive on security’, read, “For several months, citizens of Oyo state have watched with increasing concern as the security situation in our beloved state degenerated. Troubling accounts about killings, kidnappings, and herdsmen versus farmers conflicts abound.

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Like all the people of Oyo State, I expected the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde to act fast and prudently but with reasonable dispatch to quell the security situation before it got out of hand.

We all waited for proactive steps and responses from the state authority, but certainly in vain.

“Governor Makinde seems to be paralysed by fear regarding this important security situation. This is the first serious test of his leadership in the state.

“Instead of tackling it, he has retreated. His policy has not been proactive enough to resolve the issues so that the protection of lives will be guaranteed and our people spared the mourning over dead ones.

Instead, his policy has been to act as if nothing was happening in forlorn hope that all would simply go away as if it were a bad dream.”

“The worsening developments in the state in the area of security are a direct result of a temporizing fiddling leader.

The Governor has paid more lip service to the issue of security instead of offering solutions or taking proactive steps to stem the attacks and chart the path of resolution.

For this is a complex issue that requires political courage and vision to resolve.”

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