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Feather Weight Politician: Former Deputy Leader Accuses Ex-Assemblyman of Being a Political Liability | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  Politics    File Image  Aba, Abia State – In a heated exchange of political accusations, Hon. Augustine Akomas, the former Deputy Leader of the Aba South Legislative Council, has labeled Prince Ikedi Ezekwesiri, an ex-lawmaker who represented Umunneochi in the Abia State House of Assembly, as a "political liability." The confrontation erupted on Friday afternoon when Hon. Akomas responded to comments made by Ezekwesiri via a post on his Facebook page. Ezekwesiri had claimed to have worked  tireless for the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the most recent election, a statement that Akomas vehemently disputed. "I have read the publication from Prince Ikedi Ezekwesiri, where he boasted about working for our party in the last election. His assertions are baseless and hold no weight," Akomas wrote. "For years, he has been a political liability within our party, and we are glad that such a burden has left us." Akomas challenged Ezekwesiri’s influence and

I inherited bleeding Nigeria; my first year has been challenging says President Tinubu | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News    Bola Ahmed Tinubu  President Bola Tinubu says his first year in office has been challenging because he inherited a bleeding country from his predecessor, former President Muhammadu Buhari. “It has been challenging. It has been fulfilling as well. We took over, and we have stopped the bleeding. I can say categorically now that Nigeria is no longer bleeding. And it will not bleed to death, but rather will now move to prosperity,” Mr said. He added, “We are managing to swim through the pond. The current is not a good one. We will turn the tide. We are turning the bend. This I assure you. I am being very careful. The worst is over for Nigeria. We will prevail.” The president, in a statement by his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, said this when he hosted Yoruba leaders in the presidential villa on Friday. The president’s statement comes as Nigerians berate his performance in the past one year, lamenting the high cost of living and economic hardship caused by his policies. On assumpti

Ohanaeze Youth Council Submits List of 578 Nigerian Youths Detained in Benin Republic to National Assembly's Public Petition Committee | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News    Ohaneze Youth Logo  The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural  organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has said that it has submitted the list of 578 Nigerian youths languishing in the Republic of Benin prison detention to the Public Petition Committee of the National Assembly. The National President of OYC, Comrade Igboayaka Igboayaka, said the 578 Nigerian youths were illegally arrested and are being detained by the Republic of Benin authorities in D'Akpro Misserete & Cotonou Prison. Igboayaka in a statement issued on Friday recalled that on April 30, 2023, the OYC revealed that 5000 Nigerian youths are held captive in 13 different prisons in the Republic of Benin. According to him, during the second summon at the Public Petition Committee hearing on Thursday, the House Chairman, Public Petition Committee, Mike Etaba, adopted the list of the 578 detained Nigerian youths from OYC as a working document that would aid in investigatio

Chimaobi Ebisike Resigns from PDP, Joins Labour Party | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Photo: Dr Alex Chioma Otti and Chimaobi Ebisike. In a significant political shift, Honourable Chief Ebisike Chimaobi Iheanyichukwu, the former representative for Aba North and South Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, has announced his resignation from the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and his subsequent entry into the Labour Party (LP). Chief Ebisike made this announcement through an official statement, emphasizing that his decision followed a thorough evaluation of the current administration under His Excellency Dr. Alex Chioma Otti (OFR), the Governor of Abia State. He praised Governor Otti's dedication to initiatives that directly benefit the masses and his commitment to completing projects initiated by previous administrations, highlighting a belief in the continuity of governance. "I have tendered my letter of resignation to the ward chairman of PDP Ward 3, Aba North LGA," stated Chief Ebisike. "After carefully observing Governor Otti&

Another Road Reconstructed by Gov Otti Collapses After Two Months: Residents Demand Accountability (Video) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Umuafai Road Collapses Two Months After Reconstruction: Residents Call for Accountability | #NwokeukwuMascot  File Image  Umuahia, May 22, 2024 – The recently reconstructed Umuafai Road has collapsed just two months after its commissioning, raising concerns among the residents and sparking calls for greater accountability in public infrastructure projects. Residents of the area, located in the capital of Abia State, documented the current state of the road in a video, highlighting the rapid deterioration and questioning the quality of the materials used in the construction. They expressed their frustration and disappointment, urging the government to address the issue promptly. In addition to the failure of Umuafai Road, residents pointed out problems with another ongoing project, Dozie Way. They claimed that inferior materials were being used, which could lead to similar issues in the future. Their plea emphasized the need for the government, led by Governor Alex C. Otti, to

Federal High Court Remands Social Critic VeryDarkMan in Police Custody | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News    VDM  Abuja, Nigeria – A Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded Martins Vincent Otse, widely known as VeryDarkMan, in police custody following the Nigeria Police Force's opposition to his bail application.  VeryDarkMan, a prominent social critic and vlogger, faces five counts of cyberstalking. During the court session presided over by Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon, the police prosecuting team requested additional time to respond to the bail application, which the court granted. The case has been adjourned to next Wednesday, May 29, 2024. The prosecution sought to have VeryDarkMan remanded in prison custody. However, his defense lawyers successfully argued for his detention at the National Cybercrime Centre, a request the court approved. In recent developments, VeryDarkMan has been vocal in his criticism of the Nigerian police, particularly for their inaction against Idris Okuneye, known as Bobrisky, a controversial cross-dresser. VeryDarkMan condemned Bobrisky's recognit

Governor Alex Otti Admits to Borrowing N50 Billion Despite Previous Denials | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News    Alex Chioma Otti  In a significant development, Ferdinand Ekeoma, spokesman for Governor Alex Otti, has confirmed that the administration borrowed N50 billion in October 2023. The funds were secured through a contractor finance facility with Access Bank Plc to support Craneburg Construction Company, owned by the Wigwes. During an interview with Urban Radio Enugu, Ekeoma disclosed that only "less than N10 billion of the money" has been spent so far. This admission contrasts sharply with Governor Otti's statements from April 2024. During a media chat in Umuahia, he assured journalists that his administration had not borrowed from any bank. Ekeoma's revelation raises serious questions about the governor's transparency and the management of the state’s financial resources. In addition to the N50 billion loan, Governor Otti's administration has reportedly borrowed a total of N145 billion through similar processes. This pattern of borrowing and the subsequ

Two Friends Missing After Traveling from Port Harcourt to Abia to Meet Facebook Acquaintance(Photos) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News    File Image  Port Harcourt, Nigeria (May 22, 2024) – Two friends, Celine Ndudim and Afiba Tandoh, a Ghanaian national, have been reported missing after traveling from Port Harcourt, Rivers State to Abia State on April 27, 2024. The pair allegedly went to meet a man they had connected with on Facebook but have not been seen since. The incident has been confirmed by activist Harrison Gwamnishu, who disclosed the developments in a social media post on Wednesday, May 22. According to Gwamnishu, police have arrested a suspect, Andrew Amaechi, in connection with the women's disappearance. Amaechi was reportedly found in possession of the missing women's belongings. "On April 27, 2024, Celine Ndudim and Afiba Tandoh, a Ghanaian citizen, traveled from Port Harcourt, Rivers State to Aba, Abia State to visit a friend they met on Facebook. They have been missing since then," Gwamnishu wrote. "A suspect named Andrew Amaechi has been arrested by the police for being

Widow of Biafra's Last Leader, Mrs. Josephine Philip Efiong, Passes Away at 88 | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News    Gen Effiong Phillip  Uyo, Nigeria – Mrs. Josephine Philip Efiong, the widow of the late General Philip Efiong, the last leader of the Republic of Biafra, passed away on May 21, 2024, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Mrs. Efiong, who would have celebrated her 89th birthday on June 29, 2024, leaves behind a legacy intertwined with a significant chapter of Nigerian history. General Philip Efiong played a pivotal role during the Nigerian Civil War, stepping in as the leader of the secessionist Republic of Biafra after General Odumegwu Ojukwu went into exile. Mrs. Efiong supported her husband through this tumultuous period, marked by intense conflict and profound human suffering. Born in 1935, Mrs. Efiong's life spanned numerous significant events in Nigerian history. Her passing marks the end of an era for many who recall the Biafran struggle for independence and the subsequent reintegration of Biafra into Nigeria. Family members, friends, and numerous well-wishers have expressed the

Seun Kuti Reveals the Reasons Behind His Father's Multiple Marriages | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  Entertainment    File Image  In a recent revelation, Seun Kuti, son of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, disclosed the reasons behind his father's decision to marry many women, including his female singers and dancers. This disclosure sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of Fela Kuti's life, which was often surrounded by controversy and media scrutiny. Seun Kuti explained that his father was subjected to intense media scrutiny throughout his career. This scrutiny was not only directed at Fela himself but also at the women who were part of his life. His female backup singers and dancers, who lived with him, bore the brunt of the negative attention. The media, Seun noted, began to label these women as prostitutes, a term that not only tarnished their reputations but also cast a shadow over their personal dignity and honor. In an effort to combat the damaging labels and preserve the women's dignity, Fela Kuti made a significant and unconventional decision. He propos

Biafra Remembrance Day: IPOB Declares May 30 Sit-At-Home Day, Writes Nnamdi Azikiwe University, WAEC To Reschedule Convocation, Exam | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   “IPOB will not enforce the 30th May sit-at-home but will also not take responsibility for whatever happens to the violators.“ | #NwokeukwuMascot  File Image  The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned the management of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in Anambra State against holding its convocation ceremony on May 30. The day has been selected by the group for its Biafra Remembrance Day to honour Nigerians of South-East extraction killed during the 1967-70 civil war. IPOB in an open letter addressed to the Vice Chancellor of UNIZIK and the management of the West African Examination Council on Tuesday by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, also warned the management of the examination body against holding its examinations on May 30 across the South-East states. Declaring May 30 a sit-at-home day across the region, IPOB warned UNIZIK and WAEC not to endanger people's lives by disobeying its order, stressing that UNIZIK and WAEC should reschedule their

Ekcleen Integrated Services Responds to KPMG Process Report on Abia State Projects | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News    File Image  Abia State, Nigeria – Ekcleen Integrated Services Nigeria Ltd., a prominent indigenous construction company with over a decade of experience, has issued a formal response to the KPMG Forensic report released by the Abia State Government. The report named Ekcleen among the companies involved in state projects from 2015 to 2023. Ekcleen, known for its expertise in both rigid and flexible pavement construction, emphasized that all its projects were executed according to global best practices. The company cited notable projects, including those in Osusu, Omuma, Ibadan, Agharandu, and Onyebuchi, as examples of its commitment to quality. In a statement, the company addressed the inaccuracies in the KPMG report, stressing the importance of presenting a complete and accurate narrative. "The forensic report did not get the facts accurately," Ekcleen stated. "All contracts awarded to us, especially those funded, were executed according to specifications. We h

Osisioma Ngwa PDP Holds Extensive Stakeholders Meeting, Commits to Rebuilding the Party | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News    File Image  In preparation for the upcoming Ward and Local Government (LG) congresses, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders in Osisioma Ngwa convened yesterday at the residence of the party's Chairman, Elder Sam Njoku. The meeting featured the Deputy State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Obinna Nwachukwu, who briefed attendees on the party's program and timetable at the state level. Chief Nwachukwu emphasized the importance of unity and strategic planning in the forthcoming political activities. During the session, Chief Ogumnka Iheanacho, the immediate past Transition Committee Chairman of the Local Government, proposed a motion for the ratification and confirmation of Rt. Hon. Njoku Kennedy Azubuike as the Leader of the Party in the LGA. Chief Iheanacho highlighted the need for leaders to demonstrate true commitment and loyalty to the party. This motion was seconded by Prince Enyinnaya Ubani, the former Commissioner for Petroleum. Rt. Hon. Njoku Kennedy A

Former Abia State Accountant General, G.C. Onyendilefu Joins APC | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  Politics    File Image  In a significant political shift, Sir G. C. Onyendilefu, the former Accountant General of Abia State, has officially joined the All Progressives Congress (APC). The announcement was made at his residence in Ikem Nvosi. Onyendilefu, who previously vied for a seat in the House of Representatives under the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in 2018, has a notable political and administrative history. He served as the Accountant General of Abia State under the administrations of Chief T.A. Orji and Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu. His tenure included a role as the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the immediate past PDP government. A loyalist of Rt. Hon. Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, Onyendilefu's move to APC is seen as a strategic realignment ahead of the upcoming electoral cycle. His transition to the APC is expected to have significant implications on his political career in Abia State, particularly in the Isiala Ngwa North and South Federal Const

The Cuckoo's Conspiracy: Abia's Political Struggle and the Ukwa la Ngwa Betrayals | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  Opinion   The Cuckoo Bird Domination: Abia Emerging Political Reality by Eric Ikeagwu | #NwokeukwuMascot Photo: from the left - Sen T A Orji, Center - Dr Okezie Ikpeazu PhD, Right - Sen Orji Uzor Kalu.  The cuckoo is a long-tailed, medium-sized bird, typically with a grey or brown back and barred or pale underparts. Cuckoos lay their eggs in the nests of other birds; they do not make their own nest. They will sit on their own eggs and eggs laid by the bird that owned the nest, hatch the entire eggs but will ultimately kill the chicks of the other bird that made the nest that sheltered it. There is so many myth about the mystical cuckoo bird but the outstanding behaviorism of the cuckoo is its ability to cunningly take over the home of other birds to establish its own kingdom while it annihilates the host. The cuckoo's main behavioral trait is similarly playing out in Abia politico-sphere, where a people is indirectly mocked for no justification other than to continuously put the

BREAKING: Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Request | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News    Photo: Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his legal counsel  ABUJA – In a significant legal development, the Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a fresh bail request from Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Justice Binta Nyako rejected Kanu's plea for bail and a change in custody during a hearing on Monday, citing previous rulings on similar issues. Kanu, who is currently detained by the Department of State Services (DSS), sought the reinstatement of his bail after it was previously revoked due to his absence from court proceedings which was after the invasion of his country home by the Nigerian Military. Additionally, he requested to be transferred from DSS custody to either house arrest or a conventional prison. In her ruling, Justice Nyako emphasized that Kanu had previously jumped bail and fled the country, which led to the discharge of his sureties who were unable to ensure his appearance in court. She underscored that Kanu’s appropriate legal