Dr Nze Honours Late Mother As Chief Ekeh, Others Attend

Dr Nze Honours Late Mother As Chief Ekeh, Others Attend
A picture and a bust potrait of the late Evangeslita Onyemaechi Obiageriaku Nze

The family of the esteemed New York-based prolific writer, publisher and literary genius, Dr MarkAnthony Ujunwa Nze popularly known among peers and fans as ‘Amadioha’ recently commemorated the memory of their late mother, Evangeslita Onyemaechi Obiageriaku Nze at their hometown in Ubowalla, Emekuku, Owerri-North.

The ceremony which took place on the 10th of April, 2021 saw the attendance of many relatives and family friends some of which included some elite dignitaries from all around the country and those that came from all over the world to honour the very important event. Some communnity leaders, religious leaders and other notable faces in Emekuku were also present.

Dr. MarkAnthony Nze

Among these dignitaries was the Chief Better Joseph Ekeh, a London based international entrepreneur and the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the renowned Alaowerri Restaurant in London located at 129 New Cross Rd, London, United Kingdom, and Ada Vinn Inn in Owerri. He is also an administrator for the Owerri-zone socio-political group a group which Dr. MarkAnthony Nze is a part of.

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Another notable dignitary who graced the event was Reverend Father Kenneth Nwaimo, a revered Catholic Parish Priest of Saint Michael, Ezioha in Imo and a cousin of Dr MarkAnthony Nze. He gave a few heartfelt speeches at the event whilst pouring encomiums on Dr. MarkAnthony Nze on the steadfast way that he has upheld and honoured his mother’s memory.



Okorocha’s Arrest Affront To Ndigbo – Igbo Group

Okorocha’s Arrest Affront To Ndigbo – Igbo Group

A group known as Igbo Youths For Equity (IYE), has described the recent arrest of the former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as an affront to the Igbo people.

Recall that Senator Okorocha was arrested by the EFCC on Tuesday based on a petition from the Imo State Government over the alleged excesses of the senator while he was the state governor.

The group’s spokesman, Izundu Marcel, in a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday, expressed concerns over alleged attempts by ‘political hawks’ outside of the South-East to frustrate an Igbo presidency.

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He warned that Igbo youths will not fold their hands while some interests continue to allegedly single out their key leaders for humiliation.

‘We are concerned that over the last two years there seems to have been deliberate attempts by a group of “political hawks” from outside Igboland to humiliate and demoralize key leaders from Igboland whom they consider as threats to their ambition to continue denying the Igbos the right to produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023,’ the statement read.

According to the group, Senator Okorocha is one of the most formidable politicians from the South-East and might have been singled out for humiliation and attacks because of alleged 2023 conspiracies.

It was former Abia State Governor Senator Orji Uzor Kalu who was unjustly sent to prison by the same EFCC before the Supreme Court came to his rescue. Today, it’s Rochas Okorocha,’ the group observed.

‘We know that other Igbo leaders have been penciled down for political elimination. We warn that Igbo youths cannot continue to watch while our leaders are used as scapegoats for the endemic corruption that has eaten into the fabrics of our public governance, while the main culprits are allowed to continue walking free because they are not Igbos. This affront on Igbos must stop.’



We Have Deployed Ebubeagu To ‘Troubled Areas’ – Umahi

We Have Deployed Ebubeagu To 'Troubled Areas' - Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, who is also the Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, Engineer David Nweze Umahi says the newly launched Ebubeagu Security outfit has been deployed to quell pockets of disturbances in parts of the zone.

Governor Umahi stated this while featuring on Channels Television Breakfast Programme ‘Sunrise‘ on Wednesday.

The Governor while stating that the Security outfit was already doing tremendously well in assisting other conventional security apparatus to combat kidnapping, banditry, and other forms of crimes in the zone, noted that Governors of the Zone would ensure adequate funding of the outfit to guarantee optimum productivity.

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The Forum Chairman also appealed for assistance from the Federal Government to enable States to domesticate the fight against insecurity according to their peculiarities.

‘Security is number one before health and education because it is he who is alive that can talk about Education. We must commend Mr. President but we continue to request that whatever resources that are available at the center should be used to assist States because the States are currently going through all kinds of challenges’

Umahi assured that measures have been put in place to ensure that the Ebubeagu Security outfit would not be hijacked by politicians over time.

We have launched the formation of the Security, we already have security men and we are going to be expanding, we have deployed them and they are working and they are going to be effective, everyone has to operate within the confines of the law to ensure that it is not hijacked by politicians’

While commenting on the recent attack on the people of Ohaukwu, Governor Umahi warned leaders of the Country to desist from what he described as extreme politics in order not to plunge the nation into anarchy.

‘The Country is going into extreme politics because we have departed from the culture of hard work and we must go back to the drawing board, we have deployed security and we have deployed Ebubeagu there and we are going to make sure such attack does not happen again; we have identified the flashpoints and we are interfacing with the Nigeria Police Force to establish a buffer zone within the area’, he said.



Google Celebrates Oliver De Coque On 74th Posthumous Birthday

Google Celebrates Oliver De Coque On 74th Posthumous Birthday

Nigerian guitarist and legendary highlife musician, Oliver De Coque, was yesterday honoured with Google Doodle on his 74th posthumous birthday. The illustration for the doodle was made by Lagos-based Ohab TBJ.

The artiste shared the image of his work via his Instagram handle as he stated that working on the project is a dream come true. He wrote in the caption section, ‘Ayyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Darling, I illustrated a @google Doodle. It’s a doodle to commemorate the late Oliver De Coque, a Nigerian guitarist and one of Africa’s prolific recording artist, on his birthday today.

‘OMG! This is one of my dream projects come true and I still can’t believe it!!! Today I’m literally googling everything before the day ends. AD shout out to @helenecleroux. Go Google everything today too darling! (It’s only live in Nigeria tho) Make sure to click on the Doodle to learn more about Chief Oliver De Coque.’

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Born Oliver Sunday Akanite, he was one of Africa’s most prolific recording artists. Coque began to play music at 11. He was taught to play the guitar by Piccolo, a Congolese guitarist living in Nigeria.

He further served as an apprentice with juju stars Sunny Agaga and Jacob Oluwale; he was a star by his late teens. Attracting international attention with a London performance in 1973, he played on Prince Nico Mbarga’s album Sweet Mother four years later.

Since releasing his debut album Messiah Messiah in 1977, Coque recorded about 93 albums in his homeland. His dance-inspiring “Ogene” style of Nigerian high life, which blends modern high life and traditional Igbo music, has produced such hits as ‘People’s Club of Nigeria‘, ‘Nempi social club‘, ‘Biri Ka Mbiri,‘ ‘Ana Enwe,’ ‘Nnukwu Mmanwu,‘ and “Identity,” which remained on Radio Nigeria 2’s Top Ten throughout most of 1981.

Coque was often backed by his brother Eugene’s Igede International Band. Oliver’s sons Edu de Coque, Safin de Coque, and Solar de Coque are also musicians. Oliver De Coque died on June 20, 2008. He was 61.



Bandits Responsible For South-East Attacks Not IPOB – Umahi

Bandits responsible for South-East attacks not IPOB – Umahi
Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has stated that bandits are responsible for attacks in the South-East however, he believes the Eastern Security Network (ESN) operated by the Indigenous People of Biafra of being the masterminds.

Umahi, however, said the governors of the South-East will not back illegality in any form but will operate within the context of the law.

According to him, the regional security outfit, Ebubeagu, recently launched by the South-East governors was not formed in a hurry as widely insinuated in some quarters, adding that the only recognized security outfit in the region is Ebubeagu.

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The governor spoke on Wednesday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme monitored by The Eastern Updates.

He said, ‘Of late, we have bandits that are doing a lot of evil and say that they are Eastern Security Network. They commit a lot of crimes and say that they are IPOB and later IPOB will say they have no hand in it. This is what is going on. We will not allow illegality to thrive in our land. Conflict will not resolve conflict.’

‘Ebubeagu is to protect the lives of everyone in the South-East,‘ the governor stressed.

Umahi also blamed some politicians for the insecurity in the country.

He said; ‘A lot of people want to get to the top by all means and they hire bandits who go to burn police stations, kill people and they come out to say that they are IPOB, they are not IPOB, they are just criminals being hired by people.

‘The truth remains that the country is going into extreme politics, it is easier to make money in politics, blackmail people and so, we have departed from the culture of hard work,’ he said.



Igbo Leaders Are Selfish – Ex-Ohaneze Spokesman

Igbo Leaders Are Selfish - Ex-Ohaneze Spokesman

The immediate past spokesman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chuks Ibegbu has lambasted Igbo political leaders accusing them of extreme selfishness and not doing enough for their people.

Ibegbu who spoke with newsmen on Wednesday, in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, noted that politicians only think for themselves, families, and girlfriends, and nothing more and not about the people.

The Ohanaeze chieftain held politicians responsible for most of the challenges the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, and the Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra MASSOB, are protesting against.

Ibegbu questioned Igbo political leaders for not taking time to challenge the federal authorities on several issues affecting the people, including poor representation in the security forces, posting of non-Igbos in top security positions to Igbo land, least number of states, and local government.

According to Ibegbu ‘these are issues they should take up and pursue vigorously for their people but their interest is only on security votes and the federal allocation. What manner of rulers are these,’ he queried.

The former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo however, lauded the formation of the Ebubeagu Security group by South-East Governors.

He advised that the group cooperate with vigilantes and the Eastern Security Network ESN and not constitute itself as a rival.



SE Should Get Additional State Before Restructuring – Apugo

SE Should Get Additional State Before Restructuring - Apugo

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress in Abia State, Prince Benjamin Apugo, has posited that an additional state should first be created for the South-East zone ‘before talking of restructuring.’

This according to the APC’s Board of Trustees, BoT, member is to bring the zone at par with other zones with six states except for North West that has seven states.

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Apugo who spoke with Newsmen in Abia argued that without equity and justice, no meaningful restructuring could take place in Nigeria. He regretted that South East had lost so much for having the least number of states, and urged the federal government to quickly address the imbalance as part of the restructuring process.

Apugo, however, blamed South East political class who failed to take advantage of their privileged positions while in power to advance the cause of the zone.

On zoning of the Presidency, Apugo said he did not believe in zoning as it could give room for mediocrity.

He said that emphasis should rather be on the competence and integrity of aspirants.



Philanthropist Adopts 3 Lions From Imo Zoo

Philanthropist Adopts 3 Lions From Imo Zoo
Imo Government on Wednesday announced that it has given out its three Lions to a philanthropist Innocent Onwubiko for adoption.
The State government and the philanthropist had earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the adoption of the Three Lions which is expected to terminate after one year according to the terms of the agreement.
Giving reason for the adoption, Onwubiko told journalists on Wednesday that he had decided to adopt the animals to support wildlife conservation in the state and  Nigeria.
He said he would cater for the welfare of the three Lions until the expiration of their MoU.
‘I want to support Imo government to sustain the life of the Lions because to feed a Lion is very expensive.
‘I am a lover of nature and this is one of the ways Onwubiko Foundation will show love to animals and promote wildlife conservation in the country’, he said.
Onwubiko commended the Imo government for approving the adoption of the wild species, admonished the government to upgrade the  Owerri Zoological garden and wildlife park  to an international standard.
The General Manager of Imo Zoological Garden and Wildlife Park Mr. Francis Abioye commended Onwubiko for showing interest in wildlife preservation.



Again, Unknown Gunmen Attack Enugu Community

Again Unknown Gunmen Attack Enugu Community
Unknown gunmen numbering about 5 yesterday attacked Ogboro-Eke-Abugu village Ibagwa-Ani in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu state, killed one, and injured two people.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity told correspondents in Nsukka on Wednesday that the gunmen stormed the village around 9 pm Tuesday night and shot one James Ugwu dead, shot his wife on the leg, and another person on the stomach.
‘the sound of gunshot and crying by members of Ugwu’s family attracted neighbors and other villagers.
‘before we rushed to the scene the gunmen have escaped through the bush, they are up to five in number.
‘Ugwu has been deposited a mortuary in Nsukka town, while his wife and Ejike Ugwuanyi was shot on the leg and stomach respectively have been rushed to hospital in Enugu,’ he said.
Dr Emma Ugwuerua who is from Ibagwa-ani and also the representative of Nsukka-West constituency in Enugu State House of Assembly confirmed the incident but declined to give more details.
He said; ‘Yes there was an attack by unknown gunmen on Ibagwa-ani on Tuesday night but I can’t give more details because we are already in a meeting over the issue,’ he said.
Also, the Nsukka Police Area commander Mr. Yahaya Hassan said that they are aware of the incident.
‘Yes I am aware of the attack by the unknown gunmen, I have visited the area and have sent my men who were already on the ground to beef up security in the area’, he said.
Confirming the attack, the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer Mr. Daniel Ndukwu said “We got a report that on 13/4/21 at about 2315hrs, yet to be identified armed men attacked and killed one James Ugwu in Ibagwa-Ani Nsukka, while his wife and one other were injured.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu has directed the SCID to launch a full-scale investigation to unravel the mystery behind the attack, arrest, and bring the perpetrators to book.
‘He pleads with people of the community to remain calm, assist the Police in the investigation and avoid doing anything capable of breaching public peace of the area,‘ he said.

FUTO Gets First Female Vice Chancellor

FUTO Gets First Female Vice Chancellor
Prof Nnenna Oti

The Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has elected Prof Nnenna Oti as the new Vice-Chancellor of the institution.

Prof. Oti would be succeeding the outgoing vice-chancellor, Prof. Francis Eze who is expected to leave office in June.

She was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic until her new appointment

The first female Vice-Chancellor of the university emerged top with 75.5 points to beat six other candidates.

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Her closest rival was Prof. Ikechukwu Dozie who scored 69.7 points.

Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof. John Offem, announced her appointment after a day-long selection and interview of the seven candidates that scaled through the initial selection process.

Prof. Offem said that there were a total of 29 applications at the initial stage and only seven emerged after the final selection.

Prof Oti hails from Ebonyi state.