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Ebonyi State Must Not Be Turned Into a Slaughter Slab by Herdsmen – Monica

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Ebonyi State Must Not Be Turned Into a Slaughter Slab by Herdsmen – Monica

… Security Agents Must Fish Out Perpetrators

 

Utterly bewildered and eternally pained by the recent spate of killings that greeted the people of Nkalaha, Obegu, Amaezu and Umuhuali, all of Ishielu local government area, Lady Monica Chidinma Ada Eze, Technical Assistant to the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State on Media, has joined, Governor, Engr. Dave Umahi, Civil Society Organizations, Religious Leaders, South East Senators and other people of conscience and goodwill, to condemn in very strong terms, the inhumane and unprovoked massacre of Monday, March 29, 2021, which has within seconds, turned women into widows and children into orphans.

 

In a statement made available to media houses in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, Lady Monica described the act as dastardly, heinous and calamitous, stressing that Monday 29 March, 2021 remains a date never to be forgotten in a hurry, given the scares, it has left in the hearts of sons of men and the vacuums it has created in the affected communities.

 

Condoling with the families of those affected by the fatal misfortune, Monica encouraged them to believe in the assurance offered by Gov. Umahi, that perpetrators of the satanic act will be brought to justice to serve as a deterrence to those who may be nurturing similar crimes against humanity.

 

Recall that the Chair of the South/East Governors Forum and Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi, had visited and commiserated with the affected families and communities and assured that justice must manifestly be seen to be done on the matter.

 

According to the Governor, “…it is very shocking that overnight, all the herdsmen in Ishielu local government vacated the area which means that the local herdsmen in Ishielu are part of the conspiracy in killing of our people. They vacated despite all efforts my government, Governors of the South/East and security agencies have been making to give them full protection not only in the state, but in the entire South/East region”.

 

“We feel so sad that this kind of thing should happen to Ebonyi State, we feel so worried for our country Nigeria and we are short of words …I am going to escalate the identities of the people to the highest authorities and we wait to see what they will do, but we condemn this attack …if it is allowed to go this way, it is capable of generating very serious civil war among the nation of Nigeria” …the Governor continued.

 

Commending the Governor for his rare efforts and proactive commitment towards the protection of lives and properties of residents, Lady Monica categorically faulted comments credited to International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (intersociety), over the massacre, describing their criticism as calumnious and a display of their gross insensitivity and disregard for the sanctity of human life.

 

She said Gov. Umahi should be commended for always holding the lives of citizens in high esteem, stressing that a proper assessment of the inhumane and condemnable gory attack on Nkalaha, Obegu, Amaezu and Umuhuali, will reveal that intersociety, in its press release, was only concerned in tainting the image of the Governor, as they feigned ignorance over the rapid response and mechanisms put in place by government to restore calm and forestall further breakdown of law in the affected communities.

 

The Technical Assistant, Monica, who also doubles as the President of DUNAETA an NGO formed to promote good governance and democratic principles called on the group, to be a bit more constructive in its criticisms, noting that employing hateful tactics targeted at disparaging Gov. Umahi will definitely turn out counterproductive.

 

READ ALSO: From North To Ala-Igbo: Herdsmen Abduct Village Head, 4 Others In Ebonyi

 

She commended the Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. Dave Umahi, for quickly approving the constitution of local vigilante groups and Neighborhood Watch in each of the local government areas, to complement the efforts of security agencies in policing Ebonyi communities.

 

Furthermore, Lady Monica said the creation of additional Mobile Police Units have been approved by government in addition to the deployment of over 600 soldiers to affected communities to restore calm, assuring that with the interventionist measures so far taken by the state government, a possible recurrence has clearly been staved off.

 

Monica hailed Umahi for his display of good mastery in the art of governance and called on the good people of Ebonyi State to continue to support and pray for Gov. Umahi and the APC-led state government.

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PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion

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National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC), has been accused of mismanagement of N10bn generated from the sale of forms for four years.

 

The country’s anti-corruption agencies, EFCC and ICPC have been petitioned by one of the chieftains of the party over the matter.

 

The petitioner, Prince Kassim Afegbua, alleged that the leadership has mismanaged close to N10bn which accrued from the sale of nomination forms for the presidential, gubernatorial, house of assembly and senatorial elections from 2017 to date.

 

Responding to the petitioner, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the claim as “spurious” and “irresponsible”.

 

“The PDP did not raise Afegbua’s fictitious sum of N10 billion as alleged by him. For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP generated the sum of N4.6 billion and raised a budget for its expenditure, in line with all known financial regulations of our party.

 

“This budget passed through the organs of our party and received the approvals from the NWC, the governors’ forum, the Board of Trustees as well as other organs of the party.

 

“As a law-abiding political party that respects the doctrine of rule of law and transparency, the budget was presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) where it also received a final approval,” the party stated.

 

The petitioner, in a statement, said, “Much of the financial transactions of the PDP under Prince Uche Secondus have been shrouded in mystery.”

 

He said in the event the anti-graft agency delayed in carrying out its investigation, he would have no option but to seek legal redress in the law court.

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IPOB’s Ikonso Killing: Embrace Dialogue Now – Ohanaeze Tells South-East Governors

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IPOB’s Ikonso Killing: Embrace dialogue now – Ohanaeze tells South-East Governors

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Tuesday, urged the South-East Governors to without further delay enter into negotiations with angry youths in the zone.

 

This is coming on the heels of heightened tensions in the region, with unknown gunmen wreaking havoc on a daily basis across the five States in the zone.

 

Recall that in the weekend killing of Ikonso Don, the commander of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB’s Eastern Security Network, ESN, has added to the tension in the zone, with the pro-Biafra group vowing to go all out for revenge.

 

In a statement made available to Daily Post, the Secretary-General of the Chidi-Ibeh led Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro said any delay in entering into a negotiation process with the youths would spell doom for the zone.

 

He said the rising insecurity in the zone was a product of age-long neglect of the youths by the political class, and unprovoked killing of agitators.

 

READ ALSO: People Are Reporting Killing Like It Had Never Happened Before – Garba Shehu

 

He recalled that, “there have been instances where security agencies opened fire on Biafra agitators where they are holding their meetings and nothing was done about it. That is where the problem started and we must address it from there.

 

“We have two challenges- the killer herdsmen who have been ravaging the land and nothing serious was done to checkmate them. Secondly, the neglect of the youths while politicians lived in affluence.

 

“However, we must all know that whatever is happening is to our own disadvantage and the enemies are happy that the South-East is burning.

 

“The Federal Government has also not implemented the promises it made during the EndSARS, especially with regards to financial compensation of victims. We also did not see much from them in the form of palliatives during the COVID-19 lockdown, so the youths are angry.

 

“Now, talking about the South-East Governors meeting on Sunday, they still missed the point. The people at the centre of it all- the youths, were not in any way represented during the meeting.

 

“What we are saying is that everybody should rise up to the occasion; the governors are trying but what is happening is beyond them and we have to help them.”

 

“There should be town hall meetings; there should be interface, engagements with the youths, the youths are not happy with the system they found themselves in Nigeria.

 

“The governors are even setting up committees without the youths, without their representatives. We are calling on the governors and other stakeholders to reach out to the youths, they should give what belongs to the youths to them. There is danger ahead and that danger can be averted now. If they fail to do so, it will not augur well for our people,” he warned.

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EFCC Charges NGOs, CSOs On Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing

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The Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  has reminded Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs and Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, that they have critical roles to play, in curbing money laundering and terrorism financing in Nigeria.

 

EFCC Lagos Zonal Office, Ahmed Ghali, stated this on Monday at a seminar jointly organised by ECOWAS, the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa, GIABA, AML/CFT Forum, Nigeria and NGOs/ CSOs Consortium in Ikeja, Lagos.

 

Delivering a paper entitled, “The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations in Countering Terrorism Financing in Nigeria”, Ghali stressed the law will not spare any NGO/CSO that allows itself to be a tool for perpetrating money laundering or terrorism financing in Nigeria.

 

“The varied funding sources and the ability of NGOs and CSOs to process large amounts of cash to beneficiaries and regularly transmitting funds between jurisdictions make them prone to money laundering and financing of terrorism,” he said.

 

According to him, it is mandatory to report to the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, SCUML, any transaction through any formal financial channels in excess of $10,000 and any cash donations in excess of $1,000.

 

“Failure to do this is punishable by the law,” he said.

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