Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was on Sunday, whisked away in Ulunya, Ovoko, Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State, when some suspected thugs invaded a football pitch where he kicked-off a match.
Vanguard gathered that some thugs who were not comfortable that a football tournament was sponsored by Ike Oha Foundation, owned by Ekweremadu, pulled down the goal posts and allegedly chased the lawmaker and his entourage out of the match venue.
Some youths who spoke to Vanguard on the incident on the condition of anonymity alleged that the thugs were hired by the member representing Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency in the House of the Representatives, Pat. Asadu.
The youths further alleged that they had approached Asadu to sponsor the tournament but he declined, forcing them to seek for Ekweremadu’s financial assistance.
However, when contacted, Asadu denied any involvement in the incident.
He said: ”At my level, there is hardly anything that would happen in Ovoko and the people won’t call my name. I didn’t know that Ekweremadu was coming to my country home. I only read that on social media. How he came and where he went are his personal businesses which he has a right to embark on.
“Anyone alleging that I hired some boys who pulled down the goal posts where he was to kick-off the football match should provide evidence linking me to the incident.
“What I noticed was that there was a football tournament which the vigilante group said they should not play because they noticed the politics and the misgivings involved.
“For the 24 years that the tournament held, this is the first time that the football association is inviting someone from Aninri or Orba or any community outside Ovoko to sponsor it. Therefore, some people were not comfortable with the arrangement and they went to court to obtain an order to stop it.”
When contacted, Ekweremadu thanked the youths for not giving in to violence. He said he would not be distracted in his mission of bringing good governance to the people of the state.
He further pledged to execute some development projects in Enugu North Senatorial District, adding that he would equally continue to support Ovoko Football Association in order to discover talented footballers from the community.
Anambra State DPO Wins Security Officer of the year
By Oge Onyeanusi , Onitsha
Divisional Police Officer (DPO)Fegge Police Division,Onitsha, Anambra State,Mr.Rabiu Garba has won the 2020 Best Security Officer in Nigeria because of his sound professional approach in tackling the complex security challenges bedeviling the coutry.
The award which was organised by civil society groups, network of Crisis Management teams in conjunction with Emergency Digestion Publication was to strengthen conventional security officers who have consistently displayed professionalism in their line of duty.
The panel of jury was headed by AVM Mohammed Audu-Bida who chaired the nomination process.The award ceremony which was held in Abuja attracted notable personalities, including lawmaker representing Onitsha North/South in the National Assembly,Hon.LyndaChuba- Ikpeazu who presented the award to the recipient.
While presenting the award to Mr.Garba,Hon .Ikpeazu appreciated efforts made by the DPO in tackling the security challenges confronting her constituency and described the recipient as a combatant and dedicated police officer in which she was proud to be associated with.
In his remark after receiving the award,Mr.Garba told journalists in onitsha that he was dedicating the award to armless civilian society and other fallen heroes who lost their lives for the good of the country.
The gallant police officer who shocked the audience in his speech explained that the civilian society have powers to express themselves, while the police own the duty to protect lives of innocent citizens., including the police.
The professionalism and wisdom in which the police officer applied in safe-guarding lives and public institution during the Endsars protests when some angry mob attempted to burn down the police station and his consistent hostile approach to crime must have earned him the recognition.
Wike Donates N500 Million To Support Rebuilding Of Sokoto Central Market
FLASH: Governor Nyesom Wike earlier today announced the donation of N500million to the Sokoto State Government to support the rebuilding of the Sokoto Central Market.
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Wednesday donated N500 million to support the Sokoto State Government in rebuilding the Sokoto Central Market ravaged by fire on Tuesday morning.
Wike who visited the scene of the market inferno barely 24 hours after the disaster, expressed shock and dismay over the incident.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal ’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Muhammad Bello , disclosed this in a statement in Sokoto on Wednesday.
The Rivers governor said part of the donation was to also support the victims of the inferno.
He noted that whatever affected Sokoto state concerned Rivers, adding that his administration would ensure that the affected market was reconstructed and made functional.
Earlier, Tambuwal, while conducting Wike round the fire disaster scene, explained that the market had 16,000 shops out of which at least 60 per cent were affected by the fire.
He said when the fire broke out the relevant state government agencies and those of the Federal Government within the state were mobilised to control it.
After inspecting the scene, Wike and his entourage also paid a courtesy visit to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar in his palace.
He condoled with the state government, the Sultanate Council and the people over the death of the state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abubakar , the younger brother of the Sultan.
In his response, Abubakar, who noted the age-long relationship between Sokoto and Rivers, expressed gratitude to the governor for his visit and support to the state
He commended Tambuwal for his prudent management of the state resources, a performance which fetched it a World Bank grant under the State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability And Sustainability (SFTAS) programme.
Nigerian Airforce Apologies For Using Old Photos As Images Of Marte’s Battle
The Nigerian Airforce have apologised for using old photos as images of Marte’s battle, CHRYSORA MEDIA reports.
In the early hours of Tuesday, SAHARA REPORTERS called out on the Nigerian Airforce reporting that they placed old photos as images of marte’s.
CHRYSORA MEDIA on investigation realised that SAHARA REPORTERS were right. Early this Morning we discovered that the Nigerian Airforce have apologized for the costly mistake.
According to the tweet released by the airforce twitter handle below
(1/4) Our attention has been drawn to the inclusion of some erroneous pictures amongst those posted earlier on the terrorists’ gun trucks & other vehicles destroyed by the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE (ATF OPLD) at Marte on 15/16 January 2021
(2/4) On further investigation, it has been discovered that the pictures sent from the OPLD Theatre inadvertently included a few pictures from other encounters with terrorist elements. The error is highly regretted.
(3/4) The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) wishes to state that the inclusion of the pictures was not deliberate & does not take anything away from the huge success of the air operation that dealt a decisive blow on the terrorists as shown in the widely circulated video.
(4/4)Most of the pictures earlier circulated were indeed from the recent successful air strikes at Marte. The few erroneous pictures have now been expunged & all pictures here are those from the “Battle of Marte”. Thank you for your understanding and continued support for the NAF
(1/4) Our attention has been drawn to the inclusion of some erroneous pictures amongst those posted earlier on the terrorists’ gun trucks & other vehicles destroyed by the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE (ATF OPLD) at Marte on 15/16 January 2021. pic.twitter.com/f8JOL4nL87
— Nigerian Air Force (@NigAirForce) January 19, 2021
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