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CP Itam Commends Anambra State Government, Lawmakers for signing Anti Cultism & Anti Touting Bill into Law

The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Police Command CP Nnaghe Obono Itam has commended the Anambra State Government and the State House of Assembly members, as His Excellency Governor Chukwuma Soludo CFR signs into law a 21 years jail term,with no option of fine on any person found culpable of cult-related activities today the 11/6/2024.  In a press release made available to Nigerian Notch, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ikenga Tochukwu said that the CP, applauded, the approval for legal confinement of six months or the option to pay half a million naira on anyone harassing innocent individuals to obtain illegal tolls, illegal scalpers, or any related activities in the State. The CP however stressed that these developments shall further re-echo the campaign and stand against touting and cultism, especially the Police advocacy program; and Campaign Against Cultism and other related vices He said that POCAVCO, a program targeted to sensitize the youths on the da

Disruption of Electricity in the South East Imminent as ECTDA seals its offices EEDC Offices

There is imminent loss of electricity distribution in the South East as the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, today without notification locked out the staff of the company in Enugu, south east Nigeria for reasons that are yey to ascertained at the moment. This is so, because the management of the company through it's Head, Corporate Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh explained in a press release issued to this medium.  He said that "On arriving for work this morning, we were surprised to meet our Corporate Head Office sealed by the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA)." "This development is strange because there was no notice of any sort by the agency to our organisation." "We were informed by the Security Men on duty that in the early hours of today (Tuesday), at about 1.53am, a group of men came and locked up the gates, claiming that the State Governor directed the action." "Our Abakpa, Awkunanaw, and Ogui D

No Protest On Democracy Day In Anambra -- Police Declare

BY RAYMOND OZOJI, Awka  The Anambra State Command of the Nigeria Police have declared that there will be no protest whatsoever in the state on June 12 declared as Democracy Day in the country.  The Police Commissioner CP Nnaghe Obono Itam has directed all law-abiding citizens in the state to go about their daily lawful businesses and disregard threats of planned protest to truncate Democracy Day celebration in the state.  A statement from the Police Public Relations Officer SP Tochukwu Ikenga reads, " The Commissioner of Police CP Nnaghe Obono Itam urges Ndi Anambra and residents alike to dissociate themselves from any act that threatens our public peace and national unity and reiterates that the Command shall live up to its mandate of ensuring that no person or group of persons is allowed to infringe on the fundamental human rights of others, especially the rights to freedom of movement and right to dignity of human persons. This affirmation is given after a critica

ACTDA Ends Street Trading As Soludo Commissions 50 Unit Free Shops For Petty Traders In Awka

BY RAYMOND OZOJI,  Awka Petty traders selling fruits, vegetables and other related items by the roadside in Awka heaved a sigh of relief as Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo commissioned 50 unit free shops known as Solution Arena built by the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA) along Club Road Awka last weekend.  The commissioning of the multi-million naira project marked the end of street trading in the capital city as some of the traders who were present at the commissioning ceremony testified that the 50 unit free shops were a laudable and commendable initiative by the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA) as it would go a long way to alleviate their sufferings as well as eradicate menace associated with trading along the roads.  Mrs. Ifeoma Nwadimma who sells vegetables, confirmed to this journalist that hawking her wares hasn't helped her but the construction of the Solution Arena by ACTDA would help her find a more permanent place wh

Count us out of anti-INEC protest - Ohanaeze youths

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has distanced itself from a planned protest against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and its chairman, Prof Yakubu Mahmood.  This is also as the Igbo group urged the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate during the 2023 election, Mr Peter Obi to accept the outcome of the polls and move on.  A group, South Unity Youth Coalition, had announced a mass protest on June 12, Democracy Day, to demand the removal of Professor Mahmoud Yakubu as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The coalition believes that Professor Yakubu’s leadership has severely compromised the credibility of Nigeria’s electoral process. On his part, Obi had on Saturday while reacting to South-Africa's presidential election, said the last general election was plagued with fraud and widespread irregularities. However, in a statement by Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the National Presiden

Senator Ubah Replies Flavour, Says Anambra State Government's Interference Hindered His Security Initiative's Success

Senator  Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah CON, Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and the Chairman Ad-hoc Committee, investigating the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) Projects of Nigerian Refineries, has responded to Mr. Chinedu Okoli (aka Flavour Nabania)'s recent statement regarding his decision to hold his father's burial in Enugu due to insecurity in his hometown, Umunze, Orumba South LGA, Anambra State. In a press release made available to Nigerian Notch by Kamen Chuks Ogbonna, Special Adviser Media and Strategic Communications to Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah (CON), stated that Senator Ubah, would have secured Orumba and the entire Anambra South senatorial district if the state government hadn't stopped his security initiative, despite its success in the Nnewi Pilot program.  He stressed that his security initiative launched in 2023, aimed at providing a comprehensive security coverage for Anambra South senatorial district. Following its success in Nnewi

In Anambra, Nnobi PG, Monarch In Supremacy Battle

BY  RAYMOND OZOJI,  Awka  From investigations, it is indicative that mere anarchy has been loosed upon Nnobi community in Idemili-South Local Government Area of Anambra State as two quarters, Ebenesi and Awuda are currently enmeshed in supremacy battle over who lords it on the other.  While accusing fingers point in the direction of Ebenesi quarter as secretly plotting to dethrone His Royal Majesty Igwe Nick Obi over alleged inordinate ambitions of some dramatis personae who are said to be endlessly and selfishly interested to become the Igwe even when the incumbent traditional ruler is still alive, hale and hearty.  The President-General Nnobi Welfare Organization (NWO) Barr. Dominic Savio Okpala, on the other hand, held that Awuda quarter which is the last in the order of seniority, has always constituted a cog in the community's wheel of progress.  Okpala who spoke exclusively with this journalist, opined that Awuda always exhibited superiority complex because they a

JUNE 12: I was accused of raising private army to overthrow Abacha — Akhaine

•‘I didn’t know I will come out of detention in Kebbi alive’ •Says Tinubu not exhibiting the values of democracy •‘Beko and I warned Saro-Wiwa not to return to PH’ The momentous events that shaped the Nigeria we know today, the June 12 presidential election, of 1993 stands out for good and not for worse or bad. The significance it embodies accounts for why the event still resonates 31 years later. Reflecting on the import of the poll, which was won by the late Chief MKO Abiola, Prof Odion Akhaine, who was detained for fighting for the revalidation of the election, laments that the ethos of June 12 is not being displayed by the current crop of leaders in Nigeria. He also shares his June 12 story, which explains the price some patriots paid to birth democracy in the country. Within the context of the significance June 12 has assumed in Nigeria’s history, do you think June 12 has been substantially immortalised? I think the best way to imortalise June 12 is to actually practic

Politicians Waiting For Appointments Should Key Into Soludo's New Vision -- APGA Chairman

BY RAYMOND OZOJI, Awka  The State Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra, Barr. Ifeatu Obi-Okoye has advised politicians waiting for appointments to key into Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo's new vision of building millionaires through the One Youth Two Skills Development Initiative.  Obi-Okoye who stated this while x-raying the achievements of the party under his headship in the last one year, noted that Governor Soludo has come up with a new attitude of teaching the citizenry how to fish rather than giving them fish and subjecting them to the proverbial Oliver Twist.  He told this journalist that about 3000 people were appointed Executive Assistants, Special Assistants, Senior Special Assistants and a host of others in the last regime but today, he observed that most of them were out of employment.  He said instead of waiting for political appointments, politicians should join thousands of people being empowered by the governor with hands


The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) has concluded plans to commence the metering of customers served by “Band A” feeders across its network through its mobile MAP metering initiative. The exercise which is expected to kick off in Enugu on Tuesday, June 11th, 2024, will focus on EEDC customers served by “Band A” feeders under its Ogui, Awkunanaw, and Abakpa districts. The Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC. Mr. Emeka Ezeh, who made this known through a press statement, said the Mobile MAP metering approach is part of efforts by EEDC to ensure that customers under service “Band A” across its network are metered within 48 hours. According to him, the company adopted this approach to ensure that the affected customers who enjoy minimum daily availability of 20 hours can begin to manage their energy consumption and pay for what they consume. EEDC customers under Awkunanaw district, served by Topland 11KV, Gariki 11KV, Amaechi 33KV, and UNEC 11KV feeders are t

2025: APGA Will Retire A Lot Of Politicians In Anambra -- Obi-Okoye

BY RAYMOND OZOJI, Awka The Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, High Chief Barr. Ifeatu Obi-Okoye says APGA will retire a lot of politicians in next year's governorship election in the state.  Obi-Okoye who spoke exclusively with this journalist in his office at the APGA Regional Headquarters Agu-Awka on Thursday, observed that in every election season the same set of politicians recycled themselves only to contest, fail and return again another season for another round of noisemaking.  He said they will make sure they retire those set of politicians in next year's governorship election because they will make them loose very disgracefully.  Obi-Okoye who explained that APGA is the choice political party for Anambra people, maintained that to beat APGA in any governorship election in Anambra State, one needed more than the flamboyance and noisemaking of some loud-mouthed politicians.  He said that one needed to do more than cheap

EEDC gives notice for disconnection of indebted customers

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) wishes to notify her customers with outstanding electricity bills that effective from 10th June 2024, the company will commence the disconnection of electricity supply to these indebted customers. This exercise has become necessary considering the huge unpaid electricitby bills and accrued arrears, which has consistently put the company in a precarious revenue deficit position, making it difficult to meet up with its power purchase obligations. For EEDC to continue providing services to its esteemed customers, it is pertinent that electricity bills, which are for energy already consumed, are paid in full. If this is not done, it will be difficult for the company to keep up its operations to serve customers and enhance the quality of service. Some of the indebted customers include, Enugu State Government, Ebonyi State government, Anambra State Government, Abia State Government, Imo State Government, Innoson Technical &

BREAKING: Finance Minister, Edun Propose N105,000 New Minimum Wage' To Tinubu

The Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, on Thursday submitted the estimated cost implications of implementing a new national minimum wage to President Bola Tinubu. Officials in the know of the matter reported that Edun submitted a proposal of N105,000 to the president as the new minimum wage.   The disagreement between organised labour and the government over the implementation of the national minimum wage. While organised labour is asking for a wage of N494,000, the government said it would pay N60,000.   However, following the declaration of an indefinite nationwide strike – which commenced on Monday and was relaxed for one week – the government committed to pay above N60,000.   The Trade Union Congress President, Comrade Festus Osifo, noted that there was no new development or offer from the government.   “The government is yet to present anything to us. What we have been discussing are principles but no new template yet,” he said.   Details loading......

NLC Bicker with Anambra House Members: Cheap Propaganda to Tarnish members image - Tony Muobike

Fresh narratives have emerged on the true reasons behind the blackmail by some sections of the media, directed at the members of Anambra House of Assembly, with particular reference to Hon. Muobike over the recently failed picketing of the state assembly yesterday, 3rd June 2024 by union leaders of the NLC, Anambra chapter.  A viral video which emerged yesterday which has been confirmed as fake claiming that the lawmaker representing Aguata 2 State Constituency in the 8th legislature, Hon. Tony Ifedilichukwu Muobike said that Anambra workers will be replaced by Robots, is nothing but a doctored video, aimed at tarnishing the image of the law maker. In an exclusive chat with the lawmaker this morning, he enumerated how the altercation started and what he told the said person, as he cautioned him not to disturb the peace of the assembly. He however restated the fact, that he didn't say such thing neither did he make any unwarrented statements against civil servants in the

I Didn't Call Anambra Workers Robots -- Tony Muobike

BY RAYMOND OZOJI, Awka   Contrary to a false viral video trending on the social media where the peddlers claimed that the lawmaker representing Aguata 2 State Constituency in the 8th legislature, Hon. Tony Ifedilichukwu Muobike called Anambra workers Robots, the lawmaker has said that he didn't say such thing neither did he make any denigrating statements against civil servants in the state.  Muobike who spoke exclusively with this journalist with an emotionally ladened voice said opposition elements were bent on dragging his hard earned reputation in the mud because he simply could not comprehend the reason some people would purposely dish out falsehoods and blatant lies only for reasons of cheap blackmail.  He said what really happened on Monday 3rd June at the state assembly complex Awka was that striking NLC members carrying sticks and other destructive objects found their way into the complex chanting war songs.  He said lawmakers who were present at the time came

Which State is Ugwuoba Town In ?

Ugwuoba town, which is a gateway into Enugu State, most times is construed to be in Anambra for those who don't know the difference as the town is bordered with Amansea, a border town on the fringes of Anambra and Enugu.  Ugwuoba is bounded by Amansea to the West, Oji River urban on the East, Ozzu Ndiukwuenu and Agbalaenyi to the South and Obinofia Ndiagu to the North. Ugwuoba is however a border town on the bank of Oji River in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria. Ugwuoba is made up of seventeen (17) villages, which includes: Upata, Okwe, Agungwu, Aguabosi, Mkpagu, Eziachi, Okpuno, Ude, Egbeagu, Agolo, Obinagu, Efulu, Ogbudu, Umualu, Agungwu-ogboo, Umuonwu and Aniocha. The Ojinator and Dodo community is an extension of Okwe. Ugwuoba is known for its arable land and enormous agricultural potentials. The town is known for its gas reserves within the gas-rich Anambra Basin, South Eastern Nigeria, but it's unfortunate that government after governmen

Igba Boi System And The Need For Introspection By Ndi Igbo

By Hon Kamen Chuks Ogbonna By the end of the Nigeria Civil War(1967-1970 BB), the Igbo people of Nigeria faced devastating losses, including estimated 3 million deaths, displacement, and economic ruin. Despite the federal government's "no victor, no vanquished" rhetoric, the policies of the country post civil war left the Igbo people feeling marginalized and excluded from Nigeria's affairs. Fifty years after, Ndigbo are still nursing that feeling of systemic exclusion from government appointments, infrastructure development, and resource sharing.  This has led to renewed agitations for secession and the resultant insecurity challenges in the southeast region of Nigeria. However, the message behind this treatise is to refresh our memories back to the igbo communal collaboration system, the bedrock of Igbo lightening speed progress especially in the past 50 years. I also wish to propose this as the underlying recipe that made Ndigbo not just survive, but als


The Transmission Company of Nigeria through the GM Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah in a press release made available to this medium has informed the general public that the Labour Union has shut down the national grid, resulting in black out  nationwide. The national grid shut down occured at about 2.19am this morning, 3rd June 2024. Mbah said that at about 1:15am this morning, the Benin Transmission Operator under the Independent System Operations unit of TCN reported that all operators were driven away from the control room and that staff that resisted were beaten while some were wounded in the course of forcing them out of the control room and without any form of control or supervision, the Benin Area Control Center was brought to zero. Continuing, he said that other transmission substations that were shut down, by the Labour Union include the Ganmo, Benin, Ayede, Olorunsogo, Akangba and Osogbo Transmission Substations. Some transmission lines were equally opened due to the o

Anambra: Hamilton Emeka Ezeonu Remains Authentic Ikemba Nnobi -- Indigenes Declare

BY RAYMOND OZOJI, Awka Nnobi community in Idemili-South Local Government Area of Anambra State have unanimously endorsed the Ikemba Nnobi Special Chieftaincy title bestowed on High Chief Hamilton Emeka Ezeonu, a son of the soil whom they all attested has used his wealth and vast experience to transform Nnobi into another London.  Indigenes of the community also categorically declared that High Chief Emeka Hamilton Ezeonu is the authentic Ikemba Nnobi they know and that any other character parading himself or impersonating Hamilton Emeka Ezeonu as Ikemba Nnobi is doing so at his own peril because Emeka Hamilton Ezeonu, according to them, fulfilled all the necessary constitutional requirements for the Ikemba Nnobi Special Chieftaincy title to be conferred on him by His Royal Majesty Igwe Engr. Nick Obi.  Although they said a certain individual is claiming to have been conferred Ikemba Nnobi sometime in 1999 by the then traditional ruler His Royal Majesty Igwe Edmond Ezeokoli