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Plateau Govt faults police over unsealing of LG secretariats for suspended chairmen




Last Updated on August 28, 2023 by Fellow Press

Plateau Government has faulted the directive issued by the Police Commissioner in the state, Julius Alawari, to unseal the secretariats of the 17 Local Government Areas of the state and allow the suspended chairmen to operate.

The Attorney General of the state, Mr Philimon Daffi, faulted the move while briefing newsmen shortly after an emergency Security Council Meeting on Sunday in Jos.

The meeting was presided by the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs Josephine Piyo.

Recall that Gov. Caleb Mutfwang had on June 1, suspended all democratic structures in the 17 local government areas of the state and appointed Transition Committee Chairmen.

The suspension followed the recommendation of the State House of Assembly over allegation of financial mismanagement by the suspended chairmen.

NAN also reports that recently, the police had unsealed the secretariats of the local government areas and directed workers to resume work.

The directive, however, exempted all political office holders pending the outcome of their litigation.

The attorney general, said that the new directive issued by the command on Aug. 26, asking the suspended council chairmen to resume official duties was faulty.

He maintained that the directive has the tendency of throwing the state into serious tension if not properly handled.

‘’The directive has generated a deep seated animosity; it is heating the polity and also creating serious tension across the state

”The suspended chairmen have sued the state government seeking for restorative order after the interim transition chairmen were inaugurated.

‘’The application for restorative injunction has not yet been heard, it is a matter that is still pending in court,’’ he said.

He explained that the state government had also gone to court regarding directive by the immediate past commissioner of police in the state , Bartholomew Onyeka, who directed the sealing of local government secretariats.

‘’ We went to the Bukuru Upper Area court and prayed the court for an order to open up the local government secretariats.

”The court heard our prayers and granted the order

”The order was served to all security agencies and other relevant organisations, but we received with deep shock another directive asking the suspended chairmen to resume office,”he lamented.

Daffi said that the emergency security meeting was organised to consult with all security agencies in the state toward ensuring law and order.

According to him, the council also deliberated on ways to manage plans by some groups in the state to react to the new directive by the police.


Gunmen kill three while enforcing sit-at-home in Anambra communities



Last Updated on June 19, 2024 by Fellow Press

Some gunmen, who were enforcing sit-at-home, have reportedly killed many people and injured others in two Anambra communities.

The gunmen invaded Nnewichi community in Nnewi north LGA and Nnobi community in Idemili south LGA, on Monday morning.

At Nnewichi community, the gunmen were said to have invaded a hotel after discovering that some persons were having a meeting there. The gunmen started shooting sporadically at the hotel premises, while destroying properties.

The assailants were said to have killed Oseloka Ubajiekwe, head of the vigilante group and chief security officer of the community, while he was attempting to wade off the attackers.
Those who sustained injuries have been taken to various hospitals in the state. At Nnobi community, the gunmen shot sporadically to scare away residents and engaged in gun duels with security operatives.

Confirming the attacks in a statement, Tochukwu Ikenga, Anambra police spokesperson, said only three persons, including a 22-year-old lady, have been confirmed dead.

“The commissioner of police, CP Nnaghe Obono Itam, has ordered an immediate manhunt operation on the armed men operating in a red Highlander jeep, who abducted a citizen in Nnewi by 1:30 pm yesterday 17/6/2024 and were trailed to Nnobi, where they engaged security operatives in a gun battle,” Ikenga said.

During the gun duel, one of the security operatives was fatally hit by the bullet and due to the indiscriminate shootings by the hoodlums in an attempt to escape the scene, the bullet also fatally struck two innocent passersby in the area.

“The police responding team at the scene recovered the bodies of the victims and took them to the hospital but regrettably, three of the victims including a 22-year-old lady were confirmed dead by the doctors on duty while two others are currently receiving treatment.”

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Gunmen kidnap another Catholic priest in Anambra



Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by Fellow Press

Anambra State based Catholic priest, Reverend Father Christian Ike, has been abducted by assailants.

The clergyman was reportedly taken away by the assailants on Sunday, along Amagu junction, Ndiokpaleke, in Ajali community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

An eyewitness in the area, who narrated the incident our correspondents, said the priest was returning alongside two other persons from an early morning Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church when the assailants double-crossed his vehicle.

The source said unknown gunmen kidnapped the priest and took some personal belongings in the vehicle, but the reason for the incident has yet to be ascertained.

The eyewitness said, “The priest and two other persons were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church, where they attended morning service.

“On getting to Amagu Junction, their vehicle was double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two other persons escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.”

Confirming the incident, the Anambra State police spokesman, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the command had deployed its intelligence and operational assets for the priest’s possible rescue unhurt.

He added that further development will be communicated as it unfolds.

Ikenga said, “Anambra State Police Command received the information of the abduction of Rev Father Christian Ike and has deployed its intelligence and operational assets of the Command for possible rescue unhurt.

“Eyewitness account revealed by 10:30 am on 16/6/2024, the priest and two others were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church Ndiokpaleke where they attended morning service, along Amagu Junction, they were double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.

“To this end, the Command has activated its intelligence and operational assets for possible arrest of the assailants and rescue unhurt of the priest.”

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