Author: Kenechukwu Ofomah

The last is yet to be heard of the turmoil that the recent suspension of a traditional ruler by the Anambra State Government has thrown up, as the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, ASTRC on Tuesday, officially responded to the Anambra State government over the imbroglio. The State Government had earlier this year, suspended the traditional ruler of the Neni Community, Igwe Damian Ezeani, for allegedly violating the Code of Conduct of the ASTRC in the conferrment of chieftaincy on the APC Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah. Following the suspension, the Neni…

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In line with the directive of Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State that all ongoing urban road projects must be completed immediately, the State Commissioner for Works And Infrastructure, Engr. Gerald Otiji has handed a 20-day ultimatum to all the affected construction firms. He warned that failure to meet the deadline given to them would attract sanctions in line with the laws of the state and their contract terms. The commissioner issued a 20-day ultimatum to the construction companies to speed up all the ongoing phase one road projects across the state by mobilizing for day and night work. The commissioner who…

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Barr. Sly Ezeokenwa has implored Nigerians to embrace love and unity, so as not to make futile, efforts of the valiant men and women who served and sacrificed for Nigeria’s peace and stability. Armed Forces Remembrance Day, observed every 15th of January, is a day Nigeria commemorates the supreme price paid by its service men and women, in keeping the country united and safe. It climaxes a week-long activity that includes the Launching of the Armed Forces Emblem, Religious programs as well as wreath-laying ceremonies across the states of the federation. In his…

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Igbo youths on Sunday, commended President Bola Tinubu for his proactiveness and adherence to the Rule of Law in the matter of the recently suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Poverty Alleviation,  Dr Betta Edu. The Igbo youths under the aegis of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide also thanked the President for setting up a Presidential panel to investigate the veracity of the allegations rather than axing her. In a statement by the National Youth Leader of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu urged Nigerians to hold their peace during the pendency of a series of investigations targeted at either proving or disproving her wrongdoing. He also…

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Three persons were on Sunday evening, burnt beyond recognition in a fatal motor accident that occurred along the Ezinano-Nkwo Agulu section of the Agulu-Ekwulobia road. The fatal lone accident involved a 14-seater commercial transportation bus, headed from Amawbia in Awka South Council Area, to Ekwulobia in Aguata LGA. An eye witness had said the bus was at high speed when it tried to avoid a major pothole on the road, resulting in its veering off the course. As a result of the sudden veering, the bus somersaulted many times and caught fire. As the fire escalated to an inferno, many passengers with minor injuries were able to…

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The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, the Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide says the massive community development projects commissioned by Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo during the Yuletide celebrations, was proof that Ndigbo are harkening to the calls to take their destiny in their own hands in ensuring the development of Alaigbo. Governor Soludo was Christmas celebrations touring parts of the state, commissioning various developmental projects, including constructed roads totaling over 30 kilometers, reconstructed health facilities, leisure and hospitality investments, educational and health infrastructure projects, and scholarships among others. There were also empowerments of various kinds, all undertaken by individuals and groups,…

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A factional Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Anambra State, Arc. Okelo Madukaife has slammed the Basil Ejidike led faction of the party for casting aspersions on the immediate past Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Dr. Chris Ngige. Madukaife distanced the party from the utterances made against the former Anambra State Governor, former Senator and two-time Minister, by the spokesman of Ejidike faction, Mr. Iyke Oliobi. According to him, Oliobi lacked the capacity to speak for Anambra APC, since no valid congress produced him as the Publicity Secretary. The spokesmanof the Ejidike-led faction, had in a press statement, attributed what he called…

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Barr Sly Ezeokenwa Jr, on Wednesday urged President Bola Tinubu to ensure a comprehensive investigation into the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, following troubling revelations about the allocation of funds meant for vulnerable individuals. Ezeokenwa appealed while addressing journalists in Awka, on the urgent need for government officials to prioritize public welfare and to address the critical issues affecting the nation. Recall that President Tinubu had on Monday, suspended the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, over suspected illegal financial transactions. Eduis under fire for authorizing the transfer…

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The alarming rate at which children are abandoned across parts of Anambra State has been described as a worrisome development, that is putting a lot of pressure on the State Ministry of Women and Social Welfare, the state government has said. Across Anambra State, there are about 35 motherless homes, including the ones owned by the state government, six in the local government areas, and 28 being run by nongovernmental organizations, and NGOs. An analysis of the inmates at these homes shows that a greater percentage are those abandoned by their mothers after birth, those left at the homes as…

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party during the 2023 general election, Mr Peter Obi on Thursday handed over a cheque for the sum of N75million to the management of Immaculate Heart of Mary Specialist Hospital, Nkpor, Anambra State. The total sum Obi explained during the handover, comprised $50,000 he raised for the hospital through his friend and renowned New York-based paediatrician, Dr Philip Ozuah, and his support of N15 million. He appreciated the Immaculate Heart Sisters for the wonderful work they are doing in health, education, and poverty reduction. He said: “I have always talked to people of like minds to support the society in critical areas like…

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A former Secretary General, CommonWealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku says the Nigeria of today has moved away from the original ideals envisioned for her, by the founding fathers of the nation, which he identified as justice, peace, and unity. He said unlike during his younger days, when there was value for human life and people of any tribe could travel and live in any part of the country, contemporary Nigeria is characterized by bloodshed and sectionalism. Anyaoku was speaking to a TNC correspondent recently in Oba in Idemili South of Anambra State, over the recent happenings in the country.…

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In what appeared to be a panic move, the traditional ruler of Ojoto in Idemili Council Area of Anambra State, Igwe Gerald Mbamalu has apologized to Governor Chukwuma Soludo for violating the Monarchs’ Code of Conduct in conferring chieftaincy titles on some individuals. Recall that the state government had on Monday, suspended the certificate of recognition of the traditional ruler of Neni, Igwe Damian Ezeani for conferring a chieftaincy title on the APC Senator representing Anambra South, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, without due diligence. This has not gone down well with many quarters in the state, who believe the governor was…

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The Anambra State Police Command on Monday vowed to sustain operations to hunt down every member of the criminal gang that killed two policemen attached to the Enugu Police Command, who were killed at Uga, Aguata Council Area of the state on the 28th of December, 2023. The State Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye made the vow yesterday at the State Command Headquarters, Amawbia, during a press briefing on the activities of the command. Recall that the Command had earlier this year, said three members of the gang were killed during a raid on their camp in Ogboji, Orumba South…

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The Old Boys Association Worldwide of Merchants of Light School, MOLS, Oba in Idemili South Local Government Area, has floated a two billion naira Endowment Fund, for the revitalization of the school over five years. The initiative which was launched on Saturday during the 2024 Summit of the association, saw the Old Boys commit through donations, to bringing back the school to its lost glory. In partnership with a US-based Old Boy of the school, a comprehensive masterplan for the revitalization of the school has been developed and the funds will be raised through the goodwill of the Old Boys…

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The Anambra State branch of the Civil Liberties Organization, CLO has hailed the decision of President Ahmed Bola and the House of Representatives, to reverse the increment in the fees paid in Unity Schools, which went up to over one hundred percent. It will be recalled that students resumed new sessions in September last year, only to witness outrageous school fee increments from #43,000 to #87000. This has led to mass outrage by Nigerians, who believe the Federal Government should be alleviating the economic hardships necessitated by fuel subsidy removal, instead of aggravating them through such increment. Civil rights and…

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The immediate past Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has assured members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the elderly, and persons with disabilities in Anambra State of continued assistance as much as God blesses him. He said quitting public service would not pose a hindrance to his benevolent disposition, saying he was already wealthy before becoming a Minister. Ngige spoke in his Alor country home in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state during the distribution of over 5000 bags of rice, tubers of yams, and other palliatives to party members, the elderly, and persons with…

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It was a heart-rending scenario at Enugwu village in Nsugbe Community, Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State on Thursday, as the remains of two youths murdered during an invasion of the community by some youths of neighbouring community, Umueri, were laid to rest. Late Mr Chukwurah Nweze aged 53 and late Prince Gozie Anyansi aged 36, had left their homes in the early hours of 22nd November, without knowing the sad fate that awaits them. They were said to have been shot dead by some youths from Umueri community, around Monastery Junction, Nsugbe, where the irate youths were…

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The proliferation of universities across Nigeria will not in any way, contribute to reducing the quality of education but will rather improve the quality. This is according to the Chairman, Board of Trustees, University on the Niger, Umunya, Oyi Council Area of Anambra State, the Rt. Rev Dr. Owen Nwokolo. Many have criticized the establishment of multiple universities, arguing that with the development, standards are compromised to allow students entry unlike what was obtained when there were fewer higher institutions. They believe that the proliferation of universities stems from the commercialization of education by not just the government, but also…

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The management of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, has debunked a report making the rounds about the appointment of next vice chancellor of the university. An article authored by one Mathew Ugwuadi, had alleged that certain political parties and the current vice chancellor of the university, Professor Charles Esimone, had preferred candidates in the race for the next VC of the university. However, a statement on Thursday by the Special Adviser on Public Relations and Special Duties to the University’s VC, Dr Emmanuel Ojukwu, described the report as ‘fabricated falsehood’, saying insinuation that the incumbent vice chancellor, Professor Esimone…

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Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, has revealed plans to fund the state’s N521.5bn 2024 budget, which he recently signed into law, through Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Mbah, who also assured that the budget would be implemented to the letter, to address lingering poverty, hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy, while raising workers welfare and purchasing power, however called on the workers to be ready to put in their best. The governor stated this at a Holy Mass held at the Government House Chapel, Enugu, to mark the commencement of work in the New Year and pray for…

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As part of efforts to get youths of Awka community out of cultism and related criminal activities that have claimed hundred of lives, an indigene of the community, Chief Ossy Onuko has ohranized the Ife-Igbo Awka Peace Cup Competition. The tournament had youths from all the villages in the capital city participating. At the grand finale of the maiden edition of Ife-Igbo Awka Peace Cup Competition held at Awka Township Stadium, Umuayom village team beat Umozocha village 2-1 to emerge victorious. Onuko, who is the Managing Director of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), while speaking at the event, noted…

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The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dauda Ali Biu has urged Nigerians to be more tolerant on the roads, as well as improve on safe road use culture, in view of the improved road rehabilitations and constructions going on across the country by the Renewed Hope Government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Biu, in his new year message to Nigerians signed by Deputy Corps Marshal, FRSC, Bisi Kazeem also urged members of the public to sustain the tempo by ensuring strict observance to all traffic rules and regulations as they drive into the new year. He expressed gratitude…

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It was joy all over Oba Community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, as a new town Union Executives of the Oba Patriotic Union, OPU, were on Sunday elected to oversee the affairs of the community. The absence of the elected town union executives had made it impossible to elect a new traditional ruler for the community, while all manner of crimes and illegalities, including youth restiveness, sales and encroachment of communally-owned lands, had thrived in the community, due to lack of leadership. The Anambra State Government had through the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town…

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It was indeed a wonder sight to behold on Sunday, as the daughters of Nsugbe community in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, marked the 3rd edition of Umuada Nsugbe Orula cultural Carnival. Held on the last day of the year 2023, the event was concluded with an end of the year prayer session by the daughters of the soil, both home and abroad. Umuada Nsugbe cultural festival is celebrated annually by the Umuadas of the ten villages that makes up Nsugbe which include, Amagu, Aba, Akpalagu, Ofia nta, Agbalagbo, Ogwari, Amumu, Enugu, Ama ofuu, and Nnadi. Speaking…

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Anambra State Police Command says its operatives have killed three of the armed criminal gang that attacked and killed police personnel of Enugu State Command at Uga, in Aguata Local government area of Anambra State, on 28th December, 2023. Commissioner of Police, Mr Aderemi Adeoye who confirmed this in an interview with reporters, said A 51-year old kidnap victim was rescued during the operation. Recall that the gunmen were said to have invaded Uga community, kidnapping people freely, while allegedly being in operation for hours without any form of resistance. According to an eyewitness, the gunmen, who came through the…

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The leadership of youth wing of the Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide has expressed its sincere commendations for the philantropic and humanitarian gestures of the Founder of Unubiko Foundation, Chief James Ume, especially in the area of education and infrstructural development. Chief Umeh, who hails from Abam in Arochukwu, Abia State, had on Tuesday, during a thanksgiving at the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria in Atan Abam, officially flagged off a N300m scholarship grant for Abia State students. Chief Umeh, who is the Publisher of THE WHISTLER, was on the 26th of December, honored with the chieftaincy title of Omeroha (I) of Ovukwu’,…

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Over 3,000 widows on Friday, received free medical tests and treatment for various ailments as well as Christmas gifts under the 2023 Christmas Outreach of the Ebuka Okafor Foundation, a charity organization. Under the medical outreach, tests and treatment were provided for ailments such as blood pressure, sugar level, malaria, typhoid, ulcer, eye defects, bacterial and fungi infections. The outreach which took place at the residence of the Founder of the Foundation, Dr Ebuka Okafor at Ebenesi, Nnobi in Idemili South Council Area of the state, also saw the distribution of over 8,000 bags of rice, beans and garri, as…

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In what appears to reinforce their commitment to taking back their community, people of Ezumeri Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State have warned criminals in the community to desist from their nefarious activities or be ready to face the consequences. They vowed to join hands to smoke all bad elements out of their holes, insisting that there was no hiding place for hoodlums in the town. Speaking during the Ezumeru General Mass Return at the Obi Ezumeru Palace, President, Ezumeru Progressive Union, Chief Offor Obiora said the occasion, the first in over 10 years, was borne out…

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The Anambra State Police Command on Thursday, launched an intensive manhunt for armed insurgents who infiltrated from a neighbouring state and killed two Police Personnel on 28th December 2023 at about 18.30 hours. In what was described as bloody Thursday, the gunmen invaded Uga community in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, kidnapping people freely, while allegedly being in operation for hours without any form of resistance. According to an eyewitness, the gunmen, who came through the Umunze-Umuchu axis, upon sighting a group of policemen coming up from EZINIFITE axis, opened fire and gunned down two of them. But according to the Police Public Relations Officer…

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The traditional ruler of Umunya in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Kris Onyekwuluje is dead. Onyekwuluje who died on Tuesday at age of 61, had reportedly suffered from cancer related illness. Confirming the monarch’s death, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Tonycollins Nwabunwanne described his death as a huge loss. He sympathized with the people of Umunya over the incident, praying for his soul to find eternal rest in the Almighty. He noted that the royal father would be dearly missed. Also speaking, President general of the community, Chief Innocent Nwabueze, described the death as…

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