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Alex Otti Slams Gov Ikpeazu Over Mismanagement Of Funds in Road Constructions In Abia

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Alex Otti Slams Gov Ikpeazu Over Mismanagement Of Funds in Road Constructions In Abia Chrysora Media reports

In an article titled ‘Governor Okezie Ikpeazu: Flyover Gbasara Anyi’ which was signed by Ferdinand Ekeoma, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, Otti displayed dissatisfaction on Gov Ikpeazu’s arrogance both in choice of words and mismanagement of funds.

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Being Text of a Press Release Issued by Dr. Alex Otti OFR, in Reaction to the Latest Controversial Interview Granted by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.

Dear Governor Ikpeazu, I watched with rude shock and unbelievable disappointment your responses to some of the questions posed to you during a radio interview program concerning some lingering projects in Abia, and felt I should lend my voice as a way of helping to extricate you from your self inflicted leadership blunders which obviously gave room for such embarrassing public spectacle that has added to your numerous miscalculated media gaffes that are making Abia the most hilarious comedy skit on social media.

Permit me to react on two subject matters; Faulks Road and Osisioma Flyover.

During your interview, you admitted releasing extra N2.5 billion to the contractors handling Faulks Road. If this sum is added to the N6.8 billion which your government previously claimed was spent on the construction of the road, we would be talking of N9.3billion spent on the construction of a road of less than 6 kilometers. Whichever way you look at it, the Faulks road project has not only become an embarrassment to your government, but has obviously gulped very questionable amount of resources, while still remaining a nightmare to road users.

You and some of your appointees have now been left with the difficult task of continuously explaining why the road collapsed. Tile Sellers, Truck drivers, hot water, and indeed all Abians have been blamed for the collapse of the road. You may not be embarrassed, but Abia people are.

What happened at Faulks Road would have been avoided if Sincerity, Transparency and Competence were taken into consideration in the award of the road contract as I have always advised, bearing in mind its strategic importance. Your government has also refused to come clean on who the contractor is and what the contract says about failure of the road before its commissioning. We must get our money back from whoever this contractor is, if not now, then later.

Responding to a question on why the Osisioma Flyover Project which has become a subject of national comedy has remained uncompleted, seven years into your administration, you retorted “Does the Flyover concern you people? Were you people the ones that asked me to build the Flyover? Was I not the one that took the decision to build it? It has now moved from Center Table to Flyover. I was the one that woke up, designed my thing, brought White people and asked them to build the Flyover for me, and I have been paying them according to my income and they have been doing it. You can see that it’s stretching, and it’s at stone base level, and you people keep asking me about Flyover. Some of the people that are asking me about the Flyover don’t even have cars. Are they going to climb the Flyover on foot? What concerns them with Flyover?

Haba Mr. Governor, your tirade was poor, uncouth, rude, thoughtless, disrespectful and very demeaning. You displayed a stone age mien of an autocratic emperor. You gave the impression that Abia is your personal estate that can be administered as it pleases you, without any objection from any corner.

You forgot that the resources being used to execute the Flyover project belong to Abians, hence their right to ask questions and demand answers.

You gave the impression that the outrageously costly Flyover project which has been going at a snail speed for over six years is your personal project being constructed by your personal resources which no one should question. But we know that is not the case.

Yes, the people may not have freely chosen you to govern them, but the fact that you preside over their affairs as governor and superintend over the management of their resources, confers on them the right to demand good governance, and care in the management of their resources.

Above all Mr. Governor, you demeaned Abians who do not have cars, and concluded that lack of ownership of cars should take away their democratic rights to demand for the completion of the Flyover project which has hindered movements and other activities on that part of the expressway.

Mr. Governor, the simple truth is that if you had confronted governance with the desired developmental mind-set, seriousness and sincerity of purpose, and taken the decision to assign critical projects to people and institutions with the capacity and track record, you wouldn’t be getting yourself engaged in needless interviews aimed at verbal marketing and offering of explanations for the failings of your government.
Kindly permit me to advise that you stop these media interviews which have been most embarrassing in the recent times and concentrate on the job which has not been receiving serious attention.
Finally, as your administration begins to wind down, do ensure that every project you are executing is of the highest quality so that your successor wouldn’t have to redo jobs that had been paid for as you are presently doing, especially when you are obviously going to leave humongous debt profile behind, courtesy of loans which their utilisation remains questionable.

Thank you and Happy New Year.

Signed
Ferdinand Ekeoma
Special Adviser
(Media and Publicity) to
Dr. Alex Otti, OFR
13/01/2022.

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Police Arrest Vigilante Commander For Torturing Female Cop In Anambra

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The Anambra State Police Command has arrested the commander of the Anambra State Vigilante Group for allegedly torturing a female police officer on January 12, 2022.

The police spokesman, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the arrest in Awka on Saturday.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, ordered the arrest of the suspect, whose name was not mentioned, following a report of harassment and torturing of a female police officer at the AVG’s Awuda Nnobi security office.

He described the act as cowardly and assured members of the public that the command was always ready to protect the women against violence even when the person is not from the security community.

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He thanked the members of the public especially Ndi Anambra for their advocacy in condemning the act and protecting the female gender.

He said, “Following a trending video on the social media showing when some members of the Anambra Vigilante Group were seen harassing and torturing a female in their office at Awuda Nnobi. The CP ordered the immediate arrest of the commander and investigation has since commenced.

“The command, today, wishes to inform the general public, especially Ndi Anambra, that the commander of the AVG has been arrested for allegedly torturing a female police officer on 12th January 2022 at Awuda Nnobi security office and he is in our custody.”

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Ondo Women Protest Half-Naked Over Insecurity (Photos)

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Hundreds of women across four local government areas in Ondo State staged protests on Saturday, against the spate of insecurity in the area.

It was gathered that the peaceful protests were staged in Oka Akoko, Akungba Akoko and some other Akoko towns.

The protests were said to have been triggered by the recent kidnap of teachers by some bandits in Auga Akoko, the killing of a police officer by unknown gunmen at Oka Akoko last week, and the attack on 17 travellers on Ifira Akoko-Isua Akoko road by armed robbers among others.

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Some of the protesters, who were holding brooms in their hands, were half-naked, chanting various solidarity songs along the streets.

They called on the security agents and the state government to come to the rescue of the area from the attack of the bandits.

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Illegal Refinery: NSCDC Disbands Anti-vandal Unit After Wike’s Outburst

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NSCDC BOSS DISBANDS THE ANTI VANDAL UNIT OF RIVERS STATE COMMAND.

The Commandant General of Nigeria security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, PhD, mni, has received with shock and dismay, the allegations levelled against the anti vandal unit of Rivers State Command of the Corps by the Executive Governor of the state, Nyisom Wike, wherein the team was accused of aiding and abetting vandals and illegal bunkerers to carry out their nefarious activities in the state.

Worried by this disappointing development, the CG has ordered the suspension of head of the anti vandal team and the disbandment of the unit with immediate effect, pending the outcome of an independent enquiry set up to look into the weighty allegations levelled against the unit by the governor.

He said that the extant rules and regulations guiding the NSCDCl operations and the general ethics of the service requires complete display of total discipline, integrity, incorruptibility, transparency and accountability on the part of every Corps personnel, hence, the reason for this immediate action.

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He further directed the Acting DCG in charge of investigation and intelligence to summon all the personnel involved to the National Headquarters, Abuja for further investigation to determine the level of involvement and or culpability with a view to dispensing justice appropriately.

He decried the allegations as not being in tandem with his vision for the Corps, stressing that he will not condone any criminal act or act of compromise by any personnel. He emphasized that a thorough investigation would be conducted to ascertain the veracity of the allegation and roles played by the individuals involved and whoever is found guilty would face necessary disciplinary actions and punishment.

Illegal Refinery: NSCDC Disbands Anti-vandal Unit After Wike’s Outburst

He assured the Governor of Rivers state of getting to the root of the matter without delay, promising more synergy with the state government towards discharging more effective service delivery to the good people of Rivers state. Reiterating further that his administration has come with a renewed vigour to reposition the service in line with global best practices and will not condone any act of sabotage by any personnel no matter how highly or lowly placed.

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“The swift action taken by me is to close any identified gaps in our operations and service to the nation, I will not tolerate any act of indiscipline, compromise or sabotage under any guise; our founding fathers have worked so hard to earn good name for the service as a noble organization and I will not allow a few bad eggs to spoil our name, image, our credibility and integrity. We will investigate those fingered in the allegations and deal decisively with them if found guilty to serve as a deterrent to others” the CG said.

Audi emphasized that as the lead agency in the protection of critical national asset and infrastructure, the Corps management would beam more searchlight into that area by reorganizing and reconstituting the anti vandal unit with a view to making it more responsive, transparent and accountable to Nigerians.

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“Our moral principles are not negotiable; we are going to rejig the unit and fish out those spoiling the name of the Corps, my fight against vandals, illegal oil bunkerers and those stealing our collective wealth and sabotaging our economy is unflinching and we will redoubled our efforts to whittle down this act of sabotage and bring to justice anyone not in tune with our vision and mission for the service” he concluded.

Signed:

Olusola Odumosu
Director of Public Relations
NSCDC NHQ, Abuja.

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