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Tension In Elugwu Okabia As Police Arraign Monarch, 9 Others Over Alleged Criminal Activities

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Tension over what becomes the fate of HRH, Eze Ochoma, the Traditional Ruler of Elugwu Okabia Autonomous Community in Orsu Local Government amongst nine others as Imo police command arraigned them in court over alleged criminal cases.

At the hearing of the suit which took place at the magistrate court in Orlu, the police prosecutor Osagie M.A counted four charges against the Defendants which they all pleaded nonguilty.

The charges as alleged by the police prosecutor include stealing of fifty-five thousand naira property of one Obinna Ike which according to the police was committed by the said Eze Oliver Ochoma on the 15th day of September 2019.

According to the police, Eze Ochoma together with Ignatius Onyekwerum, Moses Adibe amongst other seven others committed the said offense.

Another charge against the Defendants by the police was an assault by the same persons on one Chief Christopher Onyenemezue.

Other charges by the police against the said persons include conspiracy to harm one Stephen Okolie and Patrick Okolie amongst other charges.

Addressing the court, the defendant lawyer Barr. Imo submitted that the alleged offenses was bailable ones, hence his clients should be granted bail.

Imo who argued that the Traditional Ruler, Eze Ochonma should be granted bail on self cognizance submitted that one of the former  Directors in Imo Civil Service, CC Imo would stand as surety for the other nine accused persons which the magistrate court under Ozioma Amaechi granted and the matter was adjourned to 11th of September 2020.

The accused persons include Eze Oliver ochonma, the Traditional Ruler of Elugwu Okabia, 47years Emeka mmoleta, 43years, Arinze Onyekwere, 41years, Ignatius Onyekwerum, 37years, Udeozor Emmanuel Chukwuemeka, 30years and Emmanuel Anozie 33years.

It would be recalled that the said Eze Oliver Ochoma was one of the Ezes elect which the former administration of Rochas Okorocha issued certificate of recognition as Eze on the eve of his exit on May 29th, 2019.

The said recognition which the Ihedioha administration through both the 8th and 9th Houses of Assembly proscribed on the grounds of illegality has been a subject of discourse in Imo and beyond.

The Okorocha’s administration through the then SSG Mark uchendu was said to have issued a certificate of recognition to 35 Ezes in one of the Hotels in New Owerri on the 28th of May 2019.

Available information to lead revealed that in suit No HOR/166/2017, one of the contestants to Elugwu Okabia Traditional Stool, Chief Aloysius Ekpunobi obtained an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the government from recognizing any person from the said community was a traditional ruler.

In flagrant disobedience to the said order Okorocha went ahead to recognize the said Eze Ochoma.

While the matter is still pending in court which would be heard in October, as well as the prescription by two Houses of Assembly, the said Eze ochoma allegedly has started performing the functions of the traditional ruler of Eluwgu Okabia.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

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The Senate, after a two-hour session on Wednesday at plenary confirmed the appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission.

Bawa was nominated for the role by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

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Speaking during the screening, the new Chairman denied an allegation that he sold the seized property in EFCC custody at its Port Harcourt Zonal office.

He said the seized property in Port Harcourt were properly disposed off by the agency’s officials from its headquarters.

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Fresh Attacks: Gunmen attack Niger communities

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Still handling the tears caused by some gunmen who kidnapped some Kagara school students, another attack, has been launched at Some Communities in the Gurmana ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of the same Niger State.

New Attack: Gunmen attack Niger communities

On Wednesday evening, Sarkin Zama, Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Siyiko, and other adjoining villages were invaded by gunmen, who stormed the villages in their large numbers.

Some unverified casualties were recorded as the operation lasted for hours.

Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Kokki, said some died while others who sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries were rushed to various health facilities for medical attention.

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Kokki said scores of others were also abducted and taken to unknown destinations.

“Countless deadly attacks have become daily occurrences, thereby compelling the affected victims to live at the mercy of hydra-headed monsters. Defenceless, unarmed, and peaceful locals have been abandoned to their fate,” Kokki added.

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Gunmen Break Into Niger School, Abducts Students, Staff

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Some students and staff of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, headquarters of Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, have been abducted by gunmen.

It was gathered that the attackers invaded the school around 2am on Wednesday.

A witness said a student, who tried to escape lost his loss through a gunshot while some others were injured but on our own, we cannot give verification to this claim.

Commenting on the abduction, Shehu Sani, a former Senator, said he has spoken with the principal of the school who confirmed the incident to be true.

The incident took place 48 hours after 21 passengers heading to Minna, capital of Niger State, were held hostage in broad daylight.

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While they were released on Tuesday, news of fresh abductions in the state was received.

The high rate of insecurity in the nation has been a source of concern but all efforts to check the trend have not yielded the desired results.

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari replaced the service chiefs he appointed in 2015 but insecurity hasn’t stopped under the new service chiefs.

Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi Yobe State, and Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, are some of the schools where gunmen have abducted students in the past.

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