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Ohanaeze Ndigbo youths appoint Okpalaezeukwu as Acting National Youth Leader




Youth wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has appointed Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu as its Acting National Youth Leader.

The appointment is contained in a communique signed by Mazi Chika Adiele, the National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide and made available to newsmen in Owerri, on Friday.

Adiele said that Ohanaeze youths unanimously endorsed the appointment of Okpalaezeukwu as the Acting National Youth Leader of Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide, pending the due process of electing a substantive National Youth Leader of Ebonyi extraction.

He said that the resolution was reached at a meeting convened by President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, on Wednesday, August 30, in Owerri, the Imo capital.

He added that the youths passed a vote of confidence, solidarity and support on Iwuanyanwu for the promising efforts so far and other convincing new agenda for visible and sustainable development and economic growth of the Igbo nation while pledging their absolute allegiance and fealty.

“ Rising from a crucial meeting of the National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide with our President-General, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, we have unanimously endorsed the appointment of Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu as our Acting National Youth Leader,” he said.

Adiele further reaffirmed the group’s resolve and commitment to end “sit-at-home” in the South-East, and shall not rest on its oars until Peace and Security is restored in the geopolitical zone and Nigeria at large.

He condemned in strong terms, the activities of some mischief makers whom he said parade themselves and make unfounded and unruly statements in the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.

“We admonish such peddlers of falsehood to desist forthwith as any attempt by any individual or interest group in this regard shall henceforth be appropriately sanctioned by Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

“We adopt total implementations of the declared vision and mission of the Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu led Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide on security, economic growth and development in Ala Igbo (Igbo land), Nigeria and Africa in general,” he said.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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