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Abia Governorship Crisis: The Presidency Connection *Govt alleges plan to kidnap judicial officers

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Fresh facts emerged at the weekend over the ongoing governorship crisis in Abia State with the alleged unseen hands of the presidency believed to be responsible for the attempted plot to remove Governor Victor Okezie Ikpeazu of the state.
This is coming even as the state government, this morning alleged plans by some persons loyal to the “emergency governor-appoint” of the state, Uche Ogah, to kidnap some judicial officers in the bid to further complicate the tense situation in the state.
Inside sources revealed at the weekend that beyond the position of Governor Ikpeazu on the Grazing Bill believed to have put him against the presidency is the issue of ‘no certificate’ against President Muhammadu Buhari recently withdrawn by Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaiwe, an Abuja-based lawyer, who had initially sought to see the case to a logical close.
Unfortunately, for the governor, Nwokocha-Ahaiwe is not only an indigene of the state but also on the employ of the government, where he was said to be heading an agency. Therefore, there is said to be the belief in the presidency that should an employee of the government be seeking to remove the president, then, there is no way the governor could feign ignorance.
It was at this point the plot to remove Ikpeazu was allegedly hatched. Although intelligence had allegedly reached the governor, who according to sources immediately asked Nwokocha-Ahaiwe to withdraw the case because of the likely consequences and which he did. But the intervention appeared to have come late as those alleged to be behind the removal plot had already swung into action.
Recall that Nwokocha-Ahaiwe had last Thursday withdrawn the suit seeking an order from a Federal High Court in Abuja to declare President Buhari not qualified to contest last year’s presidential election for allegedly not possessing requisite education qualification.
The plaintiff had alleged that Buhari was not qualified to contest the 2015 presidential election – which he won – as he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 as he claimed. The application was filed on June 27.
However, at the resumed sitting on Thursday, presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola struck out the case in a short ruling following the plaintiff’s notice of discontinuance of the case. Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe declared his intention to withdraw the suit, though failed to adduce any reason behind the decision.
Meanwhile, the Abia State Government, this morning said it uncovered plots by desperate politicians to kidnap judicial officers in the state.
“We call on security agencies in the state to increase surveillance and protection services around all the judicial officers in the state,” a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Eyinnaya Appolos, said, adding that, “We wish to warn those involved in this plot to desist from their nefarious activities as the government will not hesitate to apply the full weight of the law against them.”
The government therefore called “on Abians to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement around them to the security.”

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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

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…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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