34—Vanguard, TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 Protest trails detention of Enugu community leaders By Dennis Agbo E N U G U — HUNDREDS of men and women of Ogbozinne Ndiagbu- Akpugo community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, yesterday, besieged Agbani Divisional Police Headquarters in protest, over the detention of their community leaders. Those detained included the chairmen of Ogbozinne and Ngwenchi villages, Chief John Okoh and Gabriel Nwodo, respectively, who were invited to Agbani Police Station last week and were detained for undisclosed reasons. Worried by the development, the community mobilized in large numbers to the Divisional Police Headquaters where they laid seige. Addressing the protesters, Mrs Zainab :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Embei said she was delegated by the state Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed to maintain peace in the area. She however failed to give reasons for the detention of the community elders but said they would be released as soon as investigations were concluded. One of the community leaders, Mr. Onyejiuwa Edeh however said the matter was not far from the case the community has with its traditional ruler, HRH Igwe Stephen Nwatu at the State High Court in Agbani, bordering on alleged obnoxious policies of the monarch in the community. Edeh said: “The Police invited the chairmen of villages that make up our autonomous community and two reported on Saturday and were detained. Others have now refused to report. The police have refused to tell us their offence.” FG boosts power supply in Abia By Anayo Okoli U MUAHIA—THE Federal Government yesterday, announced that it has added 40 megawatts mobile power transformer to the 132/33KV to Ohiya Transmission sub-station in Umuahia, as part of its effort to improve power supply in Abia State. It also said that the transformer in Aba transmission sub-station was equally boosted with 60 MVA transformers. Speaking at the inauguration of the transformers at the Umuahia sub-station, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, explained that the Umuahia project has brought to 90 such booster transformers across the country in the last few months. According to Fashola, "with the inauguration of the Umuahia transformer, power supply to city and its environs, including Bende, Ikwuano, Ohafia and parts of Arochukwu, Isuikwuato and Umunneochi council areas will improve." He further stated that the Aba sub-station would ensure steady and quality power supply to the over 30,000 shops at the Ariaria International market and would boost the economy of the state. British Council, Foundation train teachers, school administrators NO fewer than 300 participants comprising teachers and school administrators drawn from various schools in Rivers, Cross Rivers and Lagos states were trained during the Training of Trainers, TOT, programme put together by The Fast Forward Project for more innovation, infuse workreadiness skills in a regular day-to-day teaching. The dissemination phase of the programme target for training 1,000 secondary school students on employability skills was held in Lagos April 4, 2018. Fast Forward Project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the British Council and supported by LEAP Africa is an action research pilot project with a work-based learning model. One of the highlights of the dissemination included the internship aspect where the chosen secondary school students embarked on two-week internship training at designated employers. "This experience brought about significant transformation in the students’ communication skills, critical thinking, problem solving, values, vision, time management, leadership, confidence level and goal-setting among others," the organisers said in a statement. Abia Poly lecturers begin strike over 11 months salary arrears By Ugochukwu Alaribe ABA—THE Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Abia State Polytechnic chapter, has embarked on an industrial action over the non-payment of 11 months salary arrears and 14 months check-off dues owed the union. The lecturers in a protest yesterday, bore placards which read; '11 months salary unpaid, we are not slaves;' 'Eboh is working against Gov. Ikpeazu;' 'Rector Eboh must Go;' ' Mr. Rector, pay our 11 months arrears and 14 months check off dues;' 'Gov. Ikpeazu, give us a new management team at Abia Poly;' 'As long as Eboh is here, there will be no lecture until the 11 months salary arrears are paid;' among others. They barricaded the gates of the institution along Aba- Owerri road before a detachment of soldiers forced them to shift from the road. It was a theatre of confusion as the lecture halls were shut while students gathered in groups discussing the situation. In an interview with Vanguard, vice chairman, ASUP, Abia Poly chapter, Comrade Emelike Ndubueze Ogbonnaya, stated that the lecturers have vowed not to resume work until their 11 months arrears of salaries and 14 VISIT: From left—Pastor Ghandi Olaoye, Head Pastor, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus House, Washington DC; 2019 presidential aspirant, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu; and his wife, Maryanne, during Prof Moghalu's Washington DC town hall meeting as part of his "Build a Nation" tour. months check-off dues are paid and accused the Acting Rector, Prof. Ezionye Eboh of being insensitive to the problem of salary arrears owed workers. He said: “The Acting Rector is the problem of Abia Poly. He must be sacked because he has mismanaged the institution. There will be no negotiation. As long as Eboh is here, there will be no lectures. We will not resume work until the 11 months arrears and 14 months check off dues are paid. "He has collected school fees from 15, 000 students and the State government has paid subvention up to February but the Rector does not want to pay us arrears of our salaries. The strike is indefinite; there will be no lecture in Abia Poly until Eboh is removed. We refuse to be intimidated.” The lecturers alleged that the Acting Rector has sacked over 89 staff of the institution on flimsy excuses and removed their names from the institution’s payroll and urged the state government to constitute another management team for the polytechnic. Efforts to contact the Acting Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. Ezionye Eboh, were unsuccessful as he was said to be in a management meeting when Vanguard called at his office. Suspected herdsmen kill widow in Anambra By Vincent Ujumadu AWKA—A middle-aged widow has allegedly been raped and murdered in her farmland at Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State by persons suspected to be herdsmen. The woman was said to have recently completed the burial rites of her late husband, who died in February this year. It was gathered that the corpse of the woman, whose name was not immediately given, was discovered after her relations waited unsuccessfully for her return from the farm. News of her death went round the community, prompting several meetings by the people of the area on the best way to handle the situation. The traditional ruler of Nteje, Igwe Rowland Odegbo who confirmed the death, however said the deceased was not from his community, adding that the picture of the deceased was circulated round the community but nobody could identify her. According to him, the incident might have happened in a land belonging to the neighbouring Umuleri in Anambra East local government area, adding that the deceased might also have been from that community. The monarch, however, explained that the matter had already been reported at the Otuocha police division. Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, Mrs. Nkiru Nwode said she was not aware that the incident had anything to do with herdsmen. “There is nothing to show that herdsmen were involved in the killing,” she said. She, however, said that one person arrested in connection with the incident was still being detained in police custody, explaining that investigation into the matter was still on. Abia politicians shelve differences, attend Emenike mother’s burial By Anayo Okoli U MUAHIA— PROMINENT Abia politicians, weekend set aside their political differences when they converged at Umukabia for the burial ceremony of the mother of APC chieftain, Chief Ikechi Emenike. At the occasion, President Muhammadu Buhari stressed the need to build strong bridges across ethnic, religious and political divides for a better Nigeria. Addressing the burial ceremony of Mrs. Helen Egobekee Emenike Uwagbama, mother of Ikechi Emenike, which saw the coming together of some hitherto bitter political rivals of Emenike, including Senators Theodore Orji, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, among other PDP members, President Buhari who was represented by Education Minister, Adamu Adamu said "such bridge building among the political class would help Nigeria achieve national cohesion, peace and harmony among the diverse peoples." Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu led his two colleagues, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to attend the burial ceremony which also saw the presence of Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu as well as former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Silva.
Vanguard, TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018—35 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Onoja, Gov Bello’s Chief of Staff has threatened to kill me—Daily Post editor •Odunsi a lying janjaweed reporter; should go back to journalism school—Onoja By Boluwaji Obahopo LOKOJA—THE Deputy Editor of Daily Post Newspapers, Mr. Wale Odunsi, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, accusing Mr. Edward Onoja, Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, of threatening to kill him. However, in a swift reaction, Mr. Onoja has refuted the claims, declaring that he has already instructed his lawyer to institute a law suit against the online newspaper over a false, disheartening and discrediting report that his wife, child and he were involved in a road mishap. According to Onoja, “the Daily Post has reported that I am incapacitated and unconscious after the road mishap. So I ask how possible it is for an ‘unconscious’ person like me to threaten an ablebodied person? “That cannot be true. It is the continuation of the spirit of lies that has enveloped them. That is a quantum of lies and falsehood. I never threatened anybody’s life. “Wale Odunsi is a quack and ‘janjaweed’ reporter. I never travelled with my wife or child; I am hale and hearty. “He should enroll back into a journalism school and spend at least six months to get the proper journalism training. They failed to look into the tenet of the journalism profession. They didn’t try to cross check the authenticity of the story. “They will soon hear from my lawyer. But on the issue of threat to life; it is a lie. I didn’t and can’t threaten his (Odunsi) life.” Odunsi’s petition Meanwhile, in the petition submitted to the Force Headquarters in Abuja yesterday, Odunsi said: “Mr. Onoja called me at exactly 10:39a.m. on Sunday, April 8, via phone number 07088698212. “The call was less than three minutes. He complained about a story we published about him and insisted it was false. I politely told him to write to our management to formally complain. But he dismissed my advice. “He claimed the story was a hatchet job, but I quickly replied him that some other media houses reported a similar story. “Mr. Onoja continued to speak in harsh tones and told me point blank that he would order a hit on me. I asked if he was threatening me and he said ‘Yes, mark my words. I will kill you’. “He went on to say ‘Anywhere I see you, I will tear you apart’. These are weighty statements which any reasonable person must not take lightly. “I am writing to you to please use your good offices to investigate this threat before my life is cut short. “Even though I believe God Almighty gives and takes life, a direct and unequivocal statement such as Mr. Onoja’s should not be swept under the carpet.” NOAH'S ARK ANNIVERSARY: From left— MD, TBWA Concept, Kelechi Nwosu; MD, Noah's Ark Communication, Lanre Adisa; Dean, School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya; Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Ahmed Mokhles, and Keynote Speaker, Thomas Kolster, during the 10th anniversary of Noah's Ark Communication in Lagos. Prayers, only option to sustainable peace— Al-Makura By David Odoma L AFIA—FOLLOWING increasing cases of farmers/herdsmen clashes leading to loss of By Suzan Edeh BAUCHI—THE United Nation Children Fund, UNICEF, yesterday, said it had supported the enrollment of no fewer than one million girls in school under the Girls’ Education Project, GEP, in the last eight years. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Development Workshop on Gender Right to Education, Advocacy lives and properties across Nigeria, Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has taken the campaign for peace and tolerance to the and Mentoring Skills for High Level Women Advocates, HILWA, in Bauchi, the Chief of Field Office of UNICEF, Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office, Mr. Bhanu Pathak, said: “Over the years, UNICEF has supported the development of women and children through teacher training, including training of 1,417 female teachers though Trainee Scholarship Scheme. “UNICEF is also Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, for spiritual intervention. Governor Al-Makura, who spoke when he received the leadership of We've supported enrollment of over 1m girls in Nigeria—UNICEF supporting school enrollment drives, empowering communities and assisting in the establishment of the Girls for Girls (G4G) and HILWA groups in various states.” In her address, the First Lady of Bauchi State, Hajia Hadiza Abubakar, said HILWA had been working round the clock to ensure enrollment of the girl-child in school, that she remains in school and transits from one level to another. Nasarawa State branch of CAN, said with the unabated killings of innocent Nigerians, the only option left for a sustainable peace was for the religious bodies to take Nigeria’s problems to God in prayers. According to the governor, “my administration has put in place several measures including resuscitating the state’s inter-religious council to foster religious unity and peaceful coexistence in the state.” Earlier, state Chairman of CAN, Bishop Joseph Masin, commended Al- Makura for his policies that had brought about relative peace across the state and assured him of CAN’s continuous prayers for peace to rein in the state. Mark saved our democracy from collapse—Ekweremadu By Peter Duru M AKURDI—THE Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has said the political tenacity and foresight of former Senate President, David Mark, helped stabilise Nigerian polity and saved the country’s democracy from collapse. He explained that Mark's ‘doctrine of necessity’ saved the country’s democracy from collapse and the constitution review which he anchored were achievements and BMSG lauds Buhari’s decision to seek re-election BUHARI Media Support Group, BMSG, has lauded the resolve by President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019, describing it as encouraging and soul lifting. In a statement by BMSG Coordinator, Austin Braimoh, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, in Abuja, the group congratulated All Progressives Congress, APC, on the President’s declaration, noting that it could not have come at a better time, “as Nigerians expect he will continue to serve as a stabilising factor.” The group urged APC to get prepared with strategies to lead a successful campaign for the President to get reelected. Winners emerge in DiamondXtra promo DIAMOND Bank has rewarded 1,016 customers with N59 million, with Miss Catherine Ulunma from Abuja branch emerging winner of the star prize of an Hyundai Accent car, in the DiamondXtra Season 10 first quarterly draws. At the draws, held in Lagos, Richard Anyanwu from Mbaise branch emerged winner of the educational grant category of N100,000 every month for five years, while Millicent Dufia, Adedayo Adewale and Charles Ikechukwu won N1 million each in the rent for a year category. Speaking at the event, the bank’s Head of Consumer Banking, imprints that would remain indelible in Nigeria’s history. Ekweremadu, who spoke at the 70th birthday and thanksgiving service at Saint Augustine’s Catholic Church, Otukpo, in honour of Mark, said: “No doubt, the period the former Senate President presided over the National Assembly was the golden era of our democracy.” In his speech, the celebrant, Senator Mark, appealed to Nigerians to continue to pray and ensure the enthronement of peace and stability in the country. According to BMSG, “we praise the President that his efforts to diversify the economy yielded fruits in many folds, making agriculture to take the driver’s seat and offering employment opportunities to millions of hitherto deprived Nigerians. “It is also apposite to laud the President on the zeal his government displayed in fighting corruption with emphasis on loot and assets recovery, as stolen monies were recovered from impossible places where they were stashed. “For these and more, we appeal to Nigerians to appreciate the President’s declaration of intent to run again, strong in our conviction that he will continue to run an open and transparent government if given a second chance.” Karmont Tukur, revealed that since the inception of the promo, the bank has rewarded 11,000 customers with over N5 billion in the last nine years, adding that the bank will continue to change lives and ensure closer bonds with its customers. Also, a representative of the KPMG, the audit firm in charge of the validation process, Kenneth Ukanwa, said the processes put in place for picking eventual winners and even those qualified for the promo were eligible Xtra savings customers, adding that the winners were selected from a pool of electronic tickets belonging to DiamondXtra Savings subscribers who had balances in the account.