Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Abia

    ‘One of them gave me a slap’ — how soldiers harassed journalists in Abia

‘One of them gave me a slap’ — how soldiers harassed journalists in Abia

Some journalists in Abia have recounted how they were “slapped and our phones smashed” on Tuesday by soldiers of the Nigerian army at the state's Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat.The soldiers had invaded the NUJ office in Umuahia, the state capital, during an operation in the area.The journalists said about 20 soldiers, who were on a "show of force," [...]

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    At 26, Abia still crawling like a baby, says NLC chairman

At 26, Abia still crawling like a baby, says NLC chairman

Uchenna Obigwe, chairman of the Abia state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), says after 26 years of its creation, “the state is still crawling like a baby” in terms of development.Obigwe said this while speaking on the 26th anniversary of the state and the level of progress so far recorded.Ibrahim Babangia, former military president, created Abia on August [...]

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    Alex Otti to Ikpeazu: Why are you not paying salaries despite huge revenue?

Alex Otti to Ikpeazu: Why are you not paying salaries despite huge revenue?

Alex Otti, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2015 Abia governorship election, says Okezie Ikpeazu, the governor, is resorting to personal abuse instead of addressing issues he raised on the management of the state's finances.In a response he shared with TheCable, the former MD of Diamond Bank said despite the billions of naira that have accrued [...]

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    Two FRSC officers shot by ‘security aides of top govt official’ in Abia

Two FRSC officers shot by ‘security aides of top govt official’ in Abia

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday confirmed the shooting of two of its officers on duty in Abia.An eyewitness had earlier told the NAN that the officers were shot by security aides to a top government official in the state.Bisi Kazeem, the public education officer of the corps, who confirmed the shooting to NAN, was silent on the [...]

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    You laid a wrong foundation in Abia, APC chieftain blasts Orji Kalu

You laid a wrong foundation in Abia, APC chieftain blasts Orji Kalu

Paul Ikonne, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia state, says Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of the state, laid a "wrong foundation that may have taken the state backwards by 16 years.Kalu was governor between 1999 and 2007.Speaking with journalists on Thursday, Ikonne who was a governorship candidate on the platform of the Action Congress of [...]

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    Ikpeazu dissolves cabinet, retains chief of staff, two commissioners

Ikpeazu dissolves cabinet, retains chief of staff, two commissioners

Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia state governor, has dissolved the state executive council.The dissolution was contained in a statement signed and posted on the state government’s official website by Onyii Wamah, the permanent secretary, government house, on Friday.According to the permanent secretary, the governor retained Sunny Nwakodo, his chief of staff, and Obinna Oriaku, the commissioner for finance.Also retained is Umeh Kalu, [...]

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    Abia polytechnic ‘recovers’ N43m from students who faked school receipts

Abia polytechnic ‘recovers’ N43m from students who faked school receipts

Abia State Polytechnic has recovered more than N43 million from students who faked the school’s receipts, Ezionye Eboh, the acting rector, has said.Eboh, while briefing journalists in Aba, Abia, on the latest development in the institution, said that more than 700 students were involved in the act of obtaining fake receipts from unauthorised sources. [...]

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    Army says ‘no woman molested, arrested’ during IPOB rally in Abia

Army says ‘no woman molested, arrested’ during IPOB rally in Abia

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said that soldiers did not harass or arrest anyone during a recent demonstration by women members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abiriba, Abia state.A statement signed by Sagir Musa, deputy director army public relations 82 division, noted that there was no contact between the women and a patrol team dispatched to monitor [...]

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    Abia police arrest suspected killers of Bakassi vigilantes

Abia police arrest suspected killers of Bakassi vigilantes

The Abia state police command has arrested three kidnap suspects involved in the killing of four members of the state vigilance group known as Bakassi in Aba, says Leye Oyebade, Abia police commissioner.The deceased were reportedly attacked in February by the assailants who allegedly ambushed them on Aba-Owerri road in February.The Bakassi men were said to be returning to their office [...]

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    Abia varsity students protest scrapping of management science courses

Abia varsity students protest scrapping of management science courses

Students of the college of management sciences (COLMAS) of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia, on Thursday protested against the federal government’s policy scrapping seven courses in the college.The affected courses are Accounting, Banking and Finance, Marketing, Economics, Entrepreneurial Studies, Industrial Relations and Business Administration. [...]

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    Varsity VC to NANS president: People like you should be fished out and arrested

Varsity VC to NANS president: People like you should be fished out and arrested

Francis Otunta, vice chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, in Abia State, has urged the police to arrest Chinomso Obasi, president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), for "telling lies" about him.Otunta said this while reacting to Obasi’s newspaper publication, which called for his resignation over alleged incompetence and corrupt practices in the university. [...]

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    Abia speaker resigns after 24 hours in office

Abia speaker resigns after 24 hours in office

Kennedy Njoku, the ninth speaker of the Abia state house of assembly, has resigned his appointment less than 24 hours after he was elected.Njoku was elected around 4:10pm on Thursday following the impeachment of Martins Azubuike over alleged gross financial misconduct and autocratic leadership style.Njoku, who announced his resignation at the resumption of plenary on Friday, thanked members for their [...]

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    Generator fumes kill environmental health officer, wife in Abia

Generator fumes kill environmental health officer, wife in Abia

The Abia state police command on Thursday confirmed the death of an environmental health officer and his wife in Aba south local government area after inhaling generator fumes.Nta Ogbonnaya, the public relations officer of the command, told NAN that the couple died in Bende, their local government area of origin where they had gone to observe the yuletide holidays.Ogbonnaya said [...]

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    Abia assembly impeaches speaker

Abia assembly impeaches speaker

Twenty of the 24 members of the Abia state house of assembly have impeached Martins Azubuike, the speaker.The aggrieved lawmakers elected Kennedy Njoku, representative of Osisioma Ngwa north constituency, to take over the leadership of the assembly.Azubuike, a three-term lawmaker, was said to have fallen out with the powers that be in the state.He was elected speaker in June; and in just [...]

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    Pensioners beg Ikpeazu to pay 3 years’ arrears

Pensioners beg Ikpeazu to pay 3 years’ arrears

Pensioners of Abia State University Teaching Hospital have urged Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of the state, to use part of the refund given to the state from Paris debt deductions to settle their three years pension arrears.Victor Nwogwugwu, chairman of the hospital’s pensioners, made the appeal in an interview with NAN.He said the government should use part of the N10 billion [...]

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    Aggrieved delegates set man ablaze at PDP primary in Abia

Aggrieved delegates set man ablaze at PDP primary in Abia

A man identified as Onyemaechi was burnt alive during an outbreak of violence at the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia state.Ogbonnaya Nta, spokesman of the Abia state police command, confirmed the incident to NAN, but did not give details of how Onyemachi was killed.Nta said the deceased was a member of staff of Isialangwa north [...]

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