[ Masterweb Reports: From Abia State ] - Abia State government has demolished a building belonging to one Ogbuonye Ogbonna Daniel due to his involvement in kidnapping activities in the state.
Security Adviser to Abia State Governor/State Task Force Chairman, Capt. Awa Udonsi Agwu (Rtd.), who spoke to newsmen after the demolition of the bungalow at Umuariaga Oboro in Ikwuano LGA, said the measure is to serve as deterrent to other kidnappers and those nursing the idea to enter the illicit business.
He said that the state government abhors kidnapping and would stop at nothing to stamp the menace out of the state.
According to him, other kidnappers who have property in the state will have them pulled down once the government identifies such property and assured that the process is an on-going one.
Meanwhile, residents of Umuariaga who spoke on condition of anonymity have applauded the state government for embarking on the demolition exercise,pointing out that they have been living in fear due the activities of some suspected kidnappers operating in the area.
It would be recalled that not long ago, a hotel belonging to another kidnapper at Afaraukwu was demolished by the state government in its bid to flush out kidnappers from the state.
*Photo Caption - Map of Abia State
[ Masterweb Reports: From Abia State ] - In this season of politicking as the nation gears up for the 2015 general elections politicians would characteristically employ every imaginable method to achieve their goals. There would be kite flying, innuendoes, intrigues, blackmails, false allegations and even blatant lies. To this category of persons, especially the most desperate of the desperadoes, the end justifies the means hence nothing is sacrosanct so long as it would feather their nests. This brand of politics is not only played in the field but also in the media. It suffused in a fictitious day dreaming article passed off as news story entitled ‘2015: Orji’s selection panel creates crisis in Abia PDP’ published in the Daily Newswatch edition of Thursday, July 17, 2014, page 9.
We, the united family of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State are utterly appalled and exasperated over this satanic piece of irresponsible journalism. Maxwell Oditta, who wrote the so called story threw every journalistic ethics to the wind and dwelt on fiction, concoction and blatant lies to achieve the goal of the sponsor of the ill-fated story. It was dead even before it was put to bed. That was why Oditta in his desperation to satisfy the whims of the person who used him to plant the fiction started by committing a grievous error of facts. He wrote in the very first paragraph that “barely 48 hours after the Abia State Commissioner for information died of gun shot wounds from unknown assassins; there is growing disquiet in the state not associated with Ken Nwosu’s death.” Oditta, the journalist could not grasp the facts of an unfortunate incident that left the people of Abia in mourning mood. For his information, the Abia State Commissioner for Information, Eze Chikamnayo, is hale and hearty. It is his counterpart in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Kenneth Nwosu that passed on following attack by evil doers. That suffices for a journalist who does not crosscheck his fact before rushing to the press.
To put the records straight, the Governor of Abia State, Chief T.A. Orji has not set up any committee for the purpose of choosing the next governor. He is a democrat and has never arrogated to himself the autocratic power of lording it over others. Our amiable Governor has said it publicly for the umpteenth time that he would not dictate to the state the person that would succeed him. For this reason, he has maintained that only God and the party would decide the governorship candidate of the PDP in Abia. He has not reneged on this solemn promise.
Governor T.A. Orji neither prevaricates nor equivocates. He is a man of his words and we don’t have any reason to doubt him. The party leadership in Abia would in due course set in motion the process of choosing the person to carry the party flag in 2015 through the party primary. We don’t know of any selection committee. It does not exist in Abia. It only exists in the dubious imagination of Oditta and the person who used him to plant the story in Daily Newswatch.
The reporter’s desperation railroaded him to link notable Abia PDP elders to his non-existing selection committee. Obviously, he was hell bent on making his concoction palatable. But it didn’t jell. The fiction writer failed to recognize the democratic credentials of the people he disrespectfully mentioned their names in his fallacious story. He should have known that Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, whom he branded as the chairman of the selection committee, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, and Senator Ike Nwachukwu are not the run of the mill politicians. These respected Abians and other mentioned as members of the fictitious committee are men of integrity who will not lend themselves to be used as tools to achieve any sinister political objective.
Oditta regaled his readers with quotes from fictitious “sources” that supplied him with what happened at a meeting that never took place. The recourse to hide under fictitious sources is the trademark of mischievous journalists like Oditta. It’s all part of adding seasoning to his fallacious concoction. What a pity for a writer who strives hard to pass a work of fiction as a factual work. It doesn’t work out that way and it leaves the floundering in self-pity. It would do the nation a lot of good if journalists could separate facts from fiction. They need to be circumspect in accepting to do the bidding of desperate politicians, who are wont to use them to plant stories to damage their opponents.
Let it be known that Abia State PDP is strong, peaceful and united. The party owes its strength to the exemplary leadership of Governor T.A. Orji. It was our governor, who through his inclusive leadership style, humility, believe in equity and fairness brought together all the disparate tendencies in the party. We make bold to say that today Abia PDP is the most peaceful in the country. There is no “disquiet” in the party and our high flying Governor has done nothing to create such situation as purported by the pedestrian journalist that goes by the name of Maxwell Oditta. If only he knows the man in charge of God’s Own State he would have known that Chief T.A. Orji is not one to pull down the house he has built. Not even for any political expedient would he drag the party into crisis. If that is the wish of Oditta and his sponsor it would never come to pass. The PDP would remain strong and united as we march on to yet another resounding victory in Abia State come 2015.
We therefore assure all Abians that the Abia PDP as a party of democrats, led by the Icon of Democracy, Chief T.A. Orji would ensure that the success process is rancor free and conducted in accordance with democratic principles. We understand that as a party of Abia people the PDP is held in high esteem and there is equally high expectation from Abia people that the party would by popular choice give them a fitting successor to Governor Orji. Abians want a person who would continue the legacy of unprecedented development that the Ochendo era has brought to Abia. The PDP would not disappoint the people. Democratic principles would be our guiding principle in the choice of our gubernatorial candidate as well as candidates for other elective positions in Abia. There will be level playing field for every aspirant.
Long Live His Excellency, Sir T. A. Orji (Ochendo)
Long Live PDP
Long Live Abia State
Hon. Chief Ogbuka Uchechi (JP)
State Publicity Secretary
*Photo Caption - Map of Abia State
[ Masterweb Reports ] - A few hours after Abia State Information Commissioner, Eze Chikamnayo, on Tuesday announced the death of the Agriculture Commissioner, Kenneth Nwosu, Abia people resident in North America, under the aegis of Abia State National Association of North America (ASNA), have expressed shock over the demise.
In a statement to The Guardian, ASNA's President, Christian Ike, described Nwosu's death, who was shot by unknown gunmen near his Olokoro Village, Umuahia, the state capital, as shocking.
According to Ike, the death of Nwosu, whom he described as a great administrator, was a great loss to Abia State, Nigeria and agriculture sector.
While formally announcing Nwosu's death to journalists on Tuesday on behalf of the state government, Chikamnayo said: "On Thursday, July 10, 2014, the news of the gruesome attack by some unknown gunmen on the Commissioner for Agriculture, Ken Nwosu, a world class entomologist, an accomplished agro-researcher and former executive director, National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCI), Umudike, Abia State, was reported.
"It was gathered that some unknown gunmen shot Dr. Ken Nwosu on his way home from the office on the July 9, 2014, but didn't disposes him.
He was subsequently rushed to Abia State Specialist Hospital where a team of medical experts operated on him".
*Photo Caption - Late Dr. Kenneth Nwosu being visited by Governor Orji at the hospital before his death.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Dr. Kenneth Nwosu, Abia State Commissioner for Agriculture and former Executive Director, National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) Umudike, Abia State, who was shot by gunmen July 9, this month died July 15 after doctors at Abia State Specialist Hospital, Umuahia unsuccessfully battled to save his life. Dr. Eze Chikamnayo, Abia Commissioner for Information and Strategy announced Nwosu’s transition at a press conference shortly after his death.
In his speech, Chikamnayo said: “Last night, we received the very sad news that the easy going Ken Nwosu was gruesomely attacked on his way home by unknown gunmen. The state government on getting that information made spirited effort to save his life at the Specialist and Diagnostic Centre. The government made sure that the best team was assembled promptly. After that, we looked forward for the quick recovery of Dr Ken Nwosu. The idea was to stabilize him before flying him abroad for medical treatment.
“The changes he brought to the Agriculture ministry are too obvious even from the environment. It is on this sad note that I on behalf of Abia State government announce the demise of Dr Ken Nwosu. From his antecedents, we have lost a colossus. Security agencies have been directed to fish out those involved in the dastardly act. The burial arrangements would be made public subsequently.”
Dr. Nwosu, who hails from Amizi Olokoro in Umuahia South LGA, retired from civil service as Executive Director of NRCRI and was appointed Commissioner for Agriculture in Abia State cabinet in September 2013.
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*Photo Caption –LateDr. Kenneth Nwosu
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Yesterday, July 16, at about 2:45pm, a patrol team of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abia Command apprehended two men suspected to be ritualists along Aba expressway, Aba, Abia State close to Ariaria International Market. The men were carrying fresh dead body of a female child aged between 6-8yrs in a sack bag when........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - The two suspected ritualists on display with the body of the female child.
[ Masterweb Reports: Josh Brannon reports ] - Everything going on in the world is a bit scary. We have countries building nuclear power plants. Nations warring with themselves and each other. It’s scary. I have to ask myself, what is going on?
Some people say the wars in the Middle East are over religion. If you read my post called Man Should Not Live On Bread Alone, I think you will see that religion is most likely not the entire problem. With the amounts of oil that can be found across the planet, I find it hard to believe that oil is the primary issue. If you look at this area on a map, it looks like some nations could possibly be defending their countries.
We the people of the world share this one planet whether we like it or not. When I look at this world, I see multitudes of people that walk together. People that have the same goal of living and enjoying their lives. People that realize that they’re lives are not sustained by themselves, or their personal nations alone.
I see people that appreciate the fact that different societies or even neighboring cities have different standards. I accept the fact that other individuals have different things that are acceptable in their lives. I love the fact that I am given the freedom to be myself in America. I have the right to be myself, and I have the right to life liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I see a world where nations, the people that live within their nations have the right to function as the nation’s that they want to be without the threat of war. Where the individuals of the world function in harmony. Where we solve our differences by compromising. By finding ways to meet each other’s needs without violence.
Within my friendships and family, compromise has to be met. My family is very important to make and has helped me to accomplish many of my goals over the years. When I look at the world, I see friendships. I see people doing business with each other from one side of the globe to the other. With this being true, I have to ask myself, why all the casualties? Why would we fight over things such as religion, but be willing to do businesses at the same time. Do we hate one another so badly that we are willing to die for our hate?
I love the way the 50 states of America operate in sync with each other. We might not always be in perfect agreeance, but we are a union. I cannot imagine what my state would be like if it were a country. Would the surrounding states be considering invasion? Would I have to convert my currency to visit relatives? Would another country try to control us?
Division amongst the nations causes an obvious conflict of interest. It divides the people of the world. Most of who simply want to enjoy their lives. When I look at other nations, I don’t see nations of enemies. I see nations of human beings. When I look to our future, I see a people united. A world for the people by the people. A place where we do not have to war with each other. Where we are comforted in the fact that we don’t have to send our children overseas. I believe there will be a day when we the people will be one people.
When I look at our corporations competing with one another, I see dysfunction. A conflict of interest. I have worked for companies where it simply does not make sense to act in the best interest of the people. When we the people of the world are working against each other to obtain our own personal goals, much of the time we are working against ourselves. There may also be times when people are accomplishing great achievements, but functioning as individuals is preventing them from obtaining the goals that could be possible if we worked as one people.
When there are 10 people doing something that only takes 5 people to do, we are robbing ourselves. Certain things must be accomplished in order for us to make purchases. To maintain our lives. The services we render as individuals help us to be able to get, what we also as individuals need. I am not an economist, but I think that having two phone companies, doing the same thing, while competing with each other, would cost we the people of the world money. I don’t think that conflicts of interest like this only cost us money, but I think they cost us human life.
I believe a union amongst the people of the world is an absolute necessity. I am not a Politician, but years ago I was reading the book of Revelation, and I saw the number 7 appeared over and over again. I thought that this correlated to the 7 continents. The number 6 might be a warning against an incomplete world. An incomplete union. One left out.
I originally thought that the world could have leaders by continent, but after looking at populations, I’m not sure that this would be true. I am not a politician, but I think that this will help to at least point the people of the world into a decent direction.
Here’s the layout that I’ve kind of worked on. An elected president with an elected balance to insure that the president isn’t misdirected would approve votes. Possibly 56 people, maybe more. 7 on top with 7 under each of them. I think that 7 sections of the world would then need leaders. These 7 would each have 7 leaders underneath them and each of them with 7 under them. I’m unsure of how many there should be, but these peoples focus would be on the law. Depending upon the seriousness of the law, these congressmen could vote left to right whether or not it would work for their people as well as the world. There would be votes on laws amongst politicians on lower and higher levels in this pyramid.
I also believe that an additional side to congress would be necessary. Whose function would be to approve laws? Possibly the presidential section which approves law, and an additional, larger division, that approves their approval.
I think a supreme court would help to further complete the balance. Possibly one for each country. Maybe one for each of the 7 divisions of the world, and possibly one for the world. I am not completely sure, I am not a politician, but I think it might help to protect the rights of the smaller countries.
After all of this, I think that there should be another side that looks the same, but is for the businesses of the world. I think that having a corporate side and a legal side could help people to focus on areas of the government that they have experience in. I think this would also allow the states to join the union at a speed that they are comfortable with, as well as allowing companies to join at speeds they are comfortable with.
I think that this government should be able to hear the voices of the people, and that one way would be through the elected leaders in the communities. I think a military would be inappropriate. I think the UN is adequate in that area.
Josh Brannon ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - An AK-47 Rifle. *One of the tools of evil in the world.
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - The abducted Christian school girls aged between 13 and 18 must have been raped 1500 times by 1500 different Islamic Jihadists in the name of Allah since the 90 days they have been in abduction. Going by the testimony of one of the escapees from their camp currently receiving emotional therapy from groups of Christian Counsellor the abduction are raped 15 times daily. A Christian councellor by name Oladimeji Thomas had told the press that one of the escaped abductees said she was raped 15 times daily by 15 different men daily.
This simply means that within 90 days of abduction, these Christian girls have been raped 15 x 90 days giving 1350 rape per kidnapped girl from 1350 sex starved Jihadists and if the President and his armed forces continues their everlasting strategizing, by the next ten days, making it 100 days in abduction, each of them would have been raped 1500 times.
Chibok town has been neglected since the creation of Borno State. The road from Maidugeri, Borno State capital to Chibok, a distance of about 130 km, as at 2010' long before the Chibok attacks, takes three hours by private transport and three hours and half by public transport due to deplorable state of the road. Vistors from Maidugeri to Chibok, after the trip to the town, will need some medication to put their bones and joints back to order. That is why analgesic drug market hawked at road sides thrives in the town.
Chibok Local Government has four primary schools and only one secondary school due to years of neglect, despite the willingness of the Christian community to embrace western education. No Chibok indigene had ever represented the state in the Nigeria's National Assembly despite the overwhelming population advantage they have. Senator Ali Ndume , formerly arraigned in court by Nigeria's secret police for being a Boko Haram sponsor, is the Senator representing the zone where Chibok falls into, and report has it that he rarely visits the town , except passing through the town enroute other places.
Therefore, Chibok is not in the list of development priorities of successive Borno State Governments because of their Christian heritage , dating back to over eighty years, which they refused to surrender. Why Boko Haram chose to humiliate Chibok is still a puzzle to be unravelled soon. The Chairman of Northern Christian Elders Forum, Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye, addressing ministers of the gospel in Kaduna recently wondered "why Boko Haram single out Chibok of all the local governments in Borno State for abduction, it is because they are a christian minority".
Two weeks ago, Chibok residents disappointed that the over eight hundred thousand personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces could not deliver their precious daughters from the hands of the Jihadist rapists despite empty promises, resorted to prayers to intercede for God to save their children. Boko Haram would have none of their prayers, they attacked them in their churches and by the time the violence was over, nine churches were burnt down and eighty worshipers killed, including some relations of the abducted girls.
Chibok is literally dead, the town is deserted, residents are hiding inside the bush, parents of the abducted girls are dying one by one, as at last count, nine have died while the rest are walking corpses. The rest of the nation sees the Chibok issue as stale news, politicians are looting treasury, including funds meant to fight the insurgents, and political spokespersons are throwing tantrums at each other. Each passing day , these girls are raped 15 times and the Islamic leaders in Nigeria are still playing politics, instead of going after their brothers perpetrating atrocities in the name of Allah. In the next ten days, if these girls are not rescued, they would have stayed in the Jihadist den for 100 days, and would have been raped 1500 times, and yet an insensitive Federal Government is amassing trillions of naira from various oil deals and distributing such for 2015 elections.
Truly Nigeria is a nation where wickedness thrives, ruled by wicked people and controlled by wicked religious leaders who prefer religious sentiments to fairness, equity and justice. The die is cast, it is discernible in the spirit, the blood of these Chibok girls will bring calamity untold to this nation and these religious leaders and politicians who played politics with Boko Haram will be pursued with strange calamities , incurable diseases and will be the first partakers of the curses hanging upon the nation for abandoning these little girls in the hands of Jihadists of the penis, manhood and rape to be sexually molested to the tune of 1500 times.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.
[ Masterweb Reports: Vivian Onyebukwa reports ] - A few days after President Goodluck Jonathan forwarded two names to the Senate as ministerial nominees, facts have emerged on why immediate past governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, lost out in the appointment.
Jonathan had last Thursday nominated Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (NYSC), Mr. Osita Chidoka (Anambra) and Dr. Suleiman Abubukar (Kwara) as ministers representing their states in the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Chidoka is expected to be confirmed Minister of Aviation, while Abubakar would become Minister of Sports.
Sources close to the Presidency told Daily Sun that Obi, who was reportedly tipped to be appointed Minister of Aviation, to replace Princess Stella Oduah, who is also from Anambra State, lost out owing to stiff opposition from PDP stakeholders in Anambra State. He also lost out for refusing to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as suggested by the Presidency and others.
It was gathered that stakeholders in Anambra PDP vehemently opposed the plan to nominate Obi as minister representing the state, saying a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) should not represent them.
Daily Sun learnt that apart from opposing Obi based on his party membership, those against him also used all manner of argument to discourage President Jonathan, especially telling him how non-appointment of the PDP members into key positions was affecting the fortunes of the party in Anambra State during elections.
They were said to have used subtle threat to remind Jonathan that the people opposing Obi were those who would contribute meaningfully to his re-election programme.
In the midst of opposition, it was gathered that supporters of Obi, in the PDP, had written to Jonathan saying the former governor’s appointment had the blessing of the Anambra PDP.
They argued that their support for Obi was owing to his popularity in Anambra, stating that in Jonathan’s re-election campaign, the former governor would be more useful.
The PDP members pushing Obi’s nomination stated: “He is at home with the common people, the Church and market people, the critical mass that actually vote during election.”
Sources revealed that President Jonathan had stuck to his guns to appoint Obi. To douse the opposition, the Presidency had asked the former governor to join the PDP.
“He (Obi) was actually in the Villa on this. At this point, everybody that wanted him pleaded with him to join the PDP rather than allow the opposition have a field day,” our source revealed.
Vivian Onyebukwa reports.
*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Reprieve came the way of the 148 Local Government Chairmen and councilors sacked in 2006 by the government of Abia State, then led by Orji Uzor Kalu, as the Supreme Court last Friday in a unanimous decision by a seven-man panel, faulted their sack describing it as official recklessness.
It would be recalled that Kalu’s administration had sacked the local government official before the expiration of the statutory three- year tenure they were elected. Kalu, who then reduced the tenure of the local government officials from three to two defended action,having amended the law through the State House of Assembly. This development forced the affected local government officials to seek redress in the law court.
The apex court of the land, declared in its ruling that no governor possesses the right to remove any democratically elected local government officials from office.
The government was ordered by the court to pay the affected officials their salaries and entitlement for the 23 months they were to stay in office. The court awarded N25,000 as cost against the appellant and dismissed the appeal.
Commenting on the development, Mazi Kalu Ogbonna, regretted the turn of event, stating that the action by the then administration was part of its disposition to recklessness and arbitrariness, adding that such culture of high-handedness is no more the trend in the current Abia State government.
*Photo Caption - Orji Uzor Kalu, former Abia State gorvernor.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has described the death of the Human Rights Activists and Lawyer, Barr. Bamidele Aturu as a colossal loss not just to the human rights community and the Legal Profession, but to the country at large. Obi said it was one of the deaths that Nigerians were united in wishing it was not true.
Describing Aturu as a friend, Obi said he was consistent in his support for his legal battles to regain his mandate, to come back from his illegal impeachment and for the interpretation of his tenure. "At each point during those dark times, Aturu was one person who kept calling me intermittently to encourage me not to relent in my search for justice through the courts", he said.
Consoling members of the bar for the loss of their illustrious member, Obi advised them to look up to people like Aturu as role models. "Aturu believed in law as an instrument of justice. I urge lawyers, especially the younger ones to emulate Aturu in his belief that law should serve the interest of justice and not the contrary", Obi
Concluding, he prayed to the Almighty to strengthen all those affected
by his demise.
*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi