Defence/Security

NSCDC dismisses report indicting personnel in Ebonyi market theft

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed reports that its personnel were involved in a theft incident at the Ebonyi International  market on Aug. 8, 2020.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. David Umahi during a state function on Aug.13, disclosed that the Close Circuit Camera (CCTV) installed at the market captured NSCDC personnel being involved in the theft incident.

The corps’ State Commandant, Lucy Samu, in an interview with NAN on Friday in Abakaliki, dismissed the report, insisting that it was a ‘misinformation’.

Samu, who said she was saddened by the report, noted that the CCTV footage clearly showed that the culprits were not the corps’ personnel but those of a private security firm contracted by the market authorities.

“The NSCDC personnel guard the ‘lot’ 1 of the market while the private security outfit guards the ‘lot’ 2 where the incident occurred.

“We have made adequate representations to the state government on the matter and it has discovered through the CCTV footage, that it was not my personnel.

“I appeal that thorough investigations should be conducted before such reports are made as this is very important,” she said.

Assistant Superintendent of the Corps, Gideon Njoku, Leader of the NSCDC team at the market, told NAN that the corps personnel could never be involved in such act.

“I received information on the morning of Aug.8 that a certain vehicle entered the market the previous night around 11.30pm which made me rush to the market.

“I interrogated the private security outfit’s personnel who confirmed that one of them on duty on the night of Aug.7, interacted with some unknown persons that night.

“The particular personnel according to them, opened the market’s gate to the unknown persons after interacting with them for about 30 minutes.

“Details of their discussions were not made known to me but they said that the personnel allowed the unknown persons to enter the market with their vehicles without knowing where they were actually going.

“The CCTV captured the footage and three personnel of the private security outfit were consequently arrested on Aug.8,” he said.

He said that he kept guard at the market with the corps’ personnel on Aug.8 and on Aug. 9, the Secretary to the State Government visited the market and interrogated him.

“I narrated the whole incident to him and it is clear that our personnel were not involved in the incident,” he said.

Efforts made by NAN to get the reaction of the SSG proved abortive as he did not pick the mobile phone calls or replied the text message sent to him.

Edited By: Nick Nicholas (NAN)

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Politics

Gov. Umahi congratulates Obaseki; lauds electoral process

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Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on his re-election  following the release of the  result by INEC of the just concluded governorship election.


Mr Francis Nwaze, the  Special Assistant to Ebonyi Governor on Media and Publicity, released the congratulatory message to newsmen on Sunday in a statement from Abakaliki.

According to Umahi, though it was a keenly contested election, Obaseki’s re-election has again rekindled hope in the nation’s democracy.

He added that the re-election had also rekindled hope in the electoral process which allowed unhindered, the wishes and aspirations of the people to prevail.

The governor said  that Obaseki’s electoral value and his capacity to deliver democratic dividends were fully acknowledged and accepted by Edo people.

Umahi urged the re-elected governor to remember not the former things, but propound approaches for greater Edo  which unarguably underlie his re-election.

“I congratulate you on your well-deserved victory. Your re-election has confirmed your electoral appeal in Edo state.

“Remember not the former things, get to work and take Edo State to another greater heights.

“I am happy because your re-election has rekindled faith in the electoral process and our democracy,” he stated.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Peter Dada
Source: NAN

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COVID-19

COVID-19: Ebonyi Govt. lifts restrictions on weddings, others

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Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has lifted restrictions placed on public burials, wake-keeps, weddings, conferences, meetings, festivals, religious services, among others in the state.


The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that restrictions were placed on such activities in the state since March,  due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic across the country and the globe.

The lifting of the restrictions was contained in a statement signed by Mr Uchenna Orji, State Commissioner for Information and Orientation and made available to NAN on Sunday.

Orji said that the measure was in furtherance to the state’s post COVID-19 economic recovery plans.

“It’s also in the exercise of the powers conferred on the governor by the state’s Coronavirus and other Dangerous Disease and Related Matters Law 005 of 2020 and other relevant laws.

“It is also subject to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 protocols and other directives of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19,” he said.

The commissioner said that closure of public places such as event centres, bars worship centres, educational institutions, public parks, night clubs, cinemas among others had been lifted.

“All restrictions on conduct of business and commercial activities are hereby rescinded.

“Regulations on wearing of facemasks, hand washing, use of  hand sanitisers, observance of social distancing among others, are still in force in public places, events and gatherings,”  he said.

He further disclosed that the governor charged security agencies and public office holders especially Chairmen of Local Government Areas and Coordinators of Development Centres, to enforce subsisting regulations.

“These are regulations contained in the proclamation hereof, in the interest of the safety and health of our people,” he added. 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 189 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,145.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.

“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.

The NCDC said that the figures also showed that Lagos, Plateau and the FCT accounted for 131 out of the 189 new cases.

“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.

The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.

“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.

“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.

The NCDC advised older persons, especially those who were living with health conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Hypertension, not to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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Ebonyi police confirm alleged murder of motorcyclist by suspected lunatic

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The Ebonyi Police Command has confirmed an alledged murder of a commercial motorcyclist in Abakiliki, Mr Elias Ofoke, by a man suspected to be mentally deranged .


The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki, on Saturday that the incident happened at Udensi Bridge on September 18.

Odah said that an eyewitness told police that the suspect was attacked by some youths in the area, who beat him to a state of coma, over an undisclosed offence.

“We were told that the suspect was beaten by the youths until he became unconscious.

“Suddenly, he woke up and picked up a wooden plank that was used to beat him and began to walk down the street.

“On his way, he accosted an innocent unsuspecting motorcyclist, who pulled by the street to drop a passenger, and allegedly hit him in the head with the plank,” Odah said.

She said the victim was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where the doctor confirmed him dead.

She said that the suspect was receiving treatment at the police clinic, following the injury imflicted on him by his assailants.

“We are watching over him and investigation is ongoing to identify and arrest those youths,” Odah said.

She said that the remains of the motorcyclist had been deposited at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, mortuary.

Edited By: Sam Oditah
Source: NAN

 

 

 

 

 

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