The Police Command in Ebonyi has arrested a suspected fake police officer in the state, Mr Enyi Friday.
SP Chris Anyanwu, Spokesman of the command, in a statement on Sunday in Abakaliki, said the suspect was arrested on Saturday.
“The Ebonyi State Police Command on Saturday, July 3, through a coordinated effort with Anyigor Lazarus, the Commander of Ebubeagu Security outfit in Ezza South Local Government Area, apprehended Enyi Friday.
“The suspect, who hails from Umunwagu Idembia community in the area, was impersonating the police.
“The young man, who is not a police officer, was caught wearing the uniform of a Police Corporal, hence his arrest.
“He has been handed over to the State Investigation and Intelligence Department, for further investigation,” Anyanwu explained.
The Spokesman urged the general public to continue to partner with the Police in the statetate, to rid communities of criminal elements.
The Police Command in Ebonyi says it has raided the Indigenous People of Eastern Security Network suspected camp, killed one and arrested another.
The command’s Spokesman, SP Chris Anyanwu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abakiliki and made available to newsmen on Friday.
Anyanwu stated that the operation was carried out by the tictical team of the command, led by SP Jerry Maigorosom.
He stated that the camp was located at Oriuzor Village in Ezza North Local Government Area (LGA).
“At about 1435hrs of June 30, the tactical team of the command stormed the camp of suspected IPOB adherents at Oriuzor Village through a credible intelligence at the disposal of the command.
“On sighting the operatives, the hoodlums opened fire on them, leading to a gun duel.
“In the process, one of the hoodlums, identified as Elijah, was fatally wounded, while six others escaped with gunshot injuries.
“Fortunately, one of them, Chibundu Ali, 18, a native of Ezzama, Ezza East Development Centre was arrested and taken into custody.
He is being interrogated to unravel the identity of other fleeing suspects,” Anyanwu stated.
He added that the camp was ransacked and destroyed and some items recovered.
According to the statement, the items included one cut-to-size AK47 rifle with a few rounds of its live ammunition.
Others were locally-fabricated revolver pistol and expanded ammunition shell, amongst others.
It alleged that the items were stolen during an attack on a Divisional Police Station in Ezza South LGA.
It added that operatives attached to the Ohaozara Divisional Station also nabbed an armed robbery syndicate, which allegedly specialised in snatching of vehicles and motorcycles from Enugu and other neighboring states.
It stated that three suspects, including a lady and Ebubeagu personnel, were rounded up at Uburu in Ohaozara LGA, while negotiating the sale of one of the stolen motorcycles.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deployed five additional INEC Voter Enrolment Devices (IVED) to boost the ongoing voter registration in Ebonyi.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr Chukwuemeka Chukwu, disclosed this at a news conference in his office in Abakaliki on Friday.
Chukwu expressed delight over the large turnout of intending registrants in the state.
He said that INEC’s decision to increase the devices, in addition to the 46 in use, was to facilitate the process for interested residents of 18 years and above.
He also said that the commission had embarked on mass sensitisation of residents through the electronic media and town hall meetings with key stakeholders, including traditional rulers.
“INEC in Ebonyi as of today has 51 IVED due to the deployment of additional five.
“The gesture was necessitated by the upsurge of prospective registrants and our desire to ensure that we capture all of them,” Chukwu said.
He said that the extension of the registration deadline from June 30 by the commission was in obedience to popular appeals by Nigerians from different walks of life.
“We started the 20212022 continuous voter registration on June 28, 2021.
“INEC as an organisation has a roadmap and, according to our roadmap, the exercise is supposed to end on June 30.
“But, because of the number of eligible people coming out to register, the commission decided to extend the deadline, indefinitely.
“We, therefore, call on residents, who have yet to register, to avail themselves of the window to get registered,” the REC further said.
He also said that as part of the efforts to scale up the registration, INEC deployed two intervention mobile machines that would be taken around some institutions in Abakiliki to register people, due to the peculiarity of their jobs.
He said that the state had 2,948 polling units with 48 registration centres spread across the 13 local government areas.
Chukwu said that only 242 old PVCs had so far been claimed, while 131,728 were still in INEC’s custody.
He said that the PVCs of those who registered between June 28, 2021, and Feb.14 were already for collection.
He said that of the 19,294 persons that registered, only 18 persons had so far collected their cards.
He said that another category of 7452 PVCs belonged to those who updated and did transfers, among others.
He said that their PVCs had been distributed to INEC Local Government offices.
He appealed to relevant stakeholders to assist the commission to sensitise the people on the need to collect their cards.
Chukwu further said that the commission had activated the portal for the uploading of particulars of the Governorship and House of Assembly Candidates for the general elections.
“The portal will be open between July 1 and July 15 and once we close on Friday, July 15, there will not be any room to reopen it,” he said.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has commended Chief Chinedu Ogah, representing Ezza South Federal constituency of Ebonyi,for facilitating impacting projects in his constituency.Gbajabiamila gave the commendation on Friday in Amagu, while inaugurating some of Ogah’s projects in his constituency.Represented by Rep.Abdullahi Abdulkarim,Gbajabiamila said the House was proud of the great things Ogah had done for his people.He called on politicians to emulate Ogah, who ,he said,had done a lot to make his constituents happy though life-enhancing projects.“The streetlight projects, rural health care centres, communities civic centres, water boreholes among others constructed and rehabilitated by Ogah, are true reflections of democratic dividends.“We are happy that such feats were accomplished by our member and we urge the people to judiciously utilise them,” he said.He urged the people and Nigerians in general to procure their Permanent Voters Cards to ensure that credible leaders were elected in the 2023 general elections.“It is constitutional for people to procure their PVCs and vote during elections and Ogah is also performing his constitutional obligation of enjoining the people to obtain such.“It is heartwarming that leaders from all spheres of the country are united in urging the people to procure their voters cards,” he said.The Chairman of the Ebonyi Traditional Rulers Council, Chief Charles Mkpuma, thanked Ogah for providing such Infrastructure to the people, noting that it had not been witnessed from a lawmaker before.“The construction of civic centres across communities in the constituency would deepen the people”s cultural heritage and the state’s traditional institution is gratified.“We are particularly impressed because the usual notion we hear is that lawmakers do not do projects.“We are assuring Ogah that the people would always support him no matter the period he intends to serve them at the national assembly,” he said.Ogah in his remarks, noted that his passion to uplift the people’s wellbeing made him construct and rehabilitate such projects.“I have been engaged in acts which enhance the people’s wellbeing before I became a federal legislator and will continue doing so to make the people comfortable.“I urge the people to procure their PVCs to guarantee the protection of their future,” he said.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the projects inaugurated include the street lights project at Ohatekwe Amagu in Ikwo LGA and the primary healthcare centre, Enyibichiri, also in Ikwo.The Civic center at Orinte, Ezza South LGA, various water borehole among other projects were also inaugurated.The occasion was also used to celebrate the federal lawmaker’s 46th birthl anniversary,on which occasion he donated gifts to orphanages and gave free petroleum products to commercial motorcycle riders.
National Population Commission (NPC), on Friday, said it was intensifying preparations for the conduct of a trial census in nine local government areas in Ebonyi, ahead of the 2023 national census.
NPC’s Federal Commissioner in the state, Mr Darlington Okereke, stated this at a news conference in Abakaliki.
Okereke said that the commission had begun training for 90 enumerators and nine supervisors, drawn from the selected nine council areas in the state.
He listed the local government areas to include: Abakaliki, Izzi, Ohaukwu, Ezza South, Ezza North, Ishielu, Afikpo North, Onicha and Ivo.
Okereke said that a total of 7,718 enumeration areas had been selected nationwide for the trial census to test run the suitability and readiness for the actual census in 2023.
According to him, the trial census, also known as the ‘census dress rehearsal’, is a process in which all census operations are tested in a detailed and comprehensive manner.
“In line with the approval of the Federal Government, the trial census will be conducted from June 27 to July 30 nationwide.
“The timeliness for the trial census activities are: 12 days for training of field functionaries in the state; three days for validation of enumeration area (EA) frame; five days for enumeration of persons and five days for mop-up enumeration.
“The trial census will test all aspects of census operations, from planning to implementation, including logistics arrangement management, questionnaire design and format, training procedures and fieldwork operations, amongst others.
“Others are: publicity, payment system, data processing, data tabulations and analysis.
“The specific objectives are to assess the quality and the usefulness of EA map that has been created.
“It is also to determine the possible demographic as well as geographical changes that might have occurred between 2016 and 2018, and their implications for census taking, amongst others,” he stated.
The NPC commissioner noted that the outcome of the trial census would not form the basis of the 2023 census.
One of the trainees for the trial census, Mrs Clementina Obeta, said that she was elated to be part of the training, noting that she looked forward to acquiring the much- needed knowledge to effectively carry out the task.