Latest News in Nigeria this Morning (Flliqqa)
Here are the latest NEWS in Nigeria this Morning, Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
152 New Covid-19 Cases, 175 Discharged And 0 Deaths On November 17
On the 17th of November 2020, 152 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 65,457 cases have been confirmed, 61,337 cases have been discharged and 1,163 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (Latest News)
The 152 new cases are reported from 12 states which are;
Defection: Wike fumes as Umahi blames injustice in PDP
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, alleged that his Ebonyi State counterpart, David Umahi, left the Peoples Democratic Party to pursue a presidential bid.
This is as Umahi at a media briefing in Abakaliki on Tuesday said his decision to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, was premised on his conviction that the All Progressives Congress was more amenable to working in the interest of the South East zone. (Latest News)
Umahi, explained that he was leaving the PDP because of the injustice meted out to the people of the zone despite several years of loyalty.
But Wike said, in a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Kelvin Ebiri, on Monday, that contrary to Umahi’s claims, the PDP had not been unfair to the South-East.
Wike noted that Umahi’s defection did not come to committed PDP members as a surprise because the Ebonyi State governor had been fraternising with the ruling party over time. (Latest News)
He said, “My friend, Umahi wants to be president. There is no problem about that. You have a right to be president. Nobody can stop you. You are educated. You have been a governor for two terms, so you are qualified to say I want to be president of Nigeria.
“My reaction to Governor Umahi’s defection is not that he has no right to defect, but to say he is defecting because of injustice meted to the South-East that is insulting to the South-East.”
While demanding that Umahi should retract his alleged false claims against the PDP, Wike argued that under the PDP, the South-East had over the years produced Senate Presidents; National Vice Chairman of the PDP and Secretary to the Federal Government. (Latest News)
He urged the PDP National Working Committee and the National Executive Committee to take decisive steps to ensure that PDP does not die in Ebonyi State.
Umahi, at the briefing, had explained that he was leaving the PDP because of the injustice meted out to the people of the zone despite several years of loyalty.
He equally dismissed speculations that he was dumping the PDP to pursue a presidential ambition.
Umahi said, “I have been a successful governor for two terms and a successful business man in business, where I also have a calling.
“I am not driven by selfish interests but because we need to protest against marginalisation. We have benefited more from the APC government. I didn’t start this protest today. I have no regrets. In life, you have to be courageous. (Latest News)
“The South-East has remained faithful to PDP, voted for its candidates yet had not been considered fairly in Nigerian polity. The APC is amenable working for the South-East zone than the PDP.”
The governor also faulted claims made by the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jubrin, that the South-East never requested for the party’s presidential ticket.
Umahi saud contrary to Jibrin’s claims, over 50 organisations, the Ebonyi Assembly, as well as the PDP State Working Committee had demanded that the position should be zoned to the South-East.
According to him, the quest for the emergence of a President of Igbo extraction come 2023, was in the interest of Nigeria’s peace and progress.
However, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan said, “The PDP is not aware of the defection of any of our governors. Our governor in Ebonyi State raised some issues which as a party, we are looking into them.” (Latest News)
Ikpeazu orders restructuring of Ulonna Farm Settlement
The Executive Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the immediate restructuring of the Ulonna Farm Settlement in Ohuhu Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor, who gave the directive on Tuesday, saying it was in line in ensuring that there is food sufficiency, availability of raw materials for export and local use, and job creation for teeming youths through agriculture in Abia State.
He also directed the Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof Ikechi Mgbeoji, to immediately enter into discussions with leaders of Ohuhu Development Foundation (ODF) and other stakeholders to produce a workable plan for the take off of the project.
“Yesterday, I directed that the process of revitalising the Ulonna Farm Settlement in Ohuhu, Umuahia North LGA of our State commence immediately.
“This is in line with my administration’s policy of ensuring food sufficiency, availability of raw materials for export and local use, and job creation for our teeming youths through agriculture.
“This is sequel to the proposal presented to me by representatives of Ohuhu Development Foundation (ODF) led by Chief Onyema Ugochukwu. (Latest News)
“I have therefore directed the Honourable Commissioner for agriculture, Prof Ikechi Mgbeoji, to immediately enter into discussions with leaders of ODF & other stakeholders to produce a workable plan for the take off of the project.
“As Governor, I am determined to ensure that the impressive footprints of the Late Dr Michael
Okpara are sustained for the good of all Abians.
“This prompted the gigantic strides we have so far recorded in the agricultural sector especially in the areas of rice & oil palm production.
“Our dream of creating an agro cluster in Umuahia for agro value remains alive even as we recognise the need to create a platform to add value to agriculture in Abia as a whole.
“In this era of dwindling resources, agriculture remains a viable hope for a sustainable future, and I am determined to explore its potentials for the benefit of our people,” he said.(Latest News)
Cult gangs on rampage in Edo, kill 20, take control of 3 LGAs
No fewer than 20 persons have been killed in battle between cult gangs in Benin, following the degeneration of the security situation in the Edo State capital.
Three police operatives, including an assistant commissioner of police, who doubles as Benin Area Commander, were also victims of the gun-wielding cult members as they were shot around Upper Sakpoba area of the city while responding to a distress call.
The warring cult groups have literally taken control of about three local government areas, namely, Ikpoba Okha, Egor and Ovia North East, in the southern senatorial district of the state.
Areas such as Upper Sakpoba, 3rd Junction, Three House and St. Saviour, all in Ikpoba Okha local government area are under the control of rival cult groups suspected to be members of Black Axe and Eiye confraternities respectively. (Latest News)
The criminal cult gangs are also said to be in full control of areas like Medical Store Road, Textile Mill Road, and Ogida Quarters in Egor local government area, while Ugbowo, Isiohor and Oluku, in Ovia South local government area were also left out of the turf fight.
Taking advantage of the lax security situation as a result of destruction of police stations and patrol vehicles in the violence that trailed the EndSARs protests, the cult gangs now engaged in free-for-all unhindered fight, using dangerous weapons in broad day light, while residents scampered for safety.
In some occasions, the cult gangs engaged in robbery from one shop to another, following the absence of police operatives who have stayed off the streets since the #EndSARS protests.
It was believed that the security situation was further compounded by the escape of about 2000 inmates from two correctional centres in Benin where there jailbreaks during the violence which followed the EndSARS protest. (Latest News)
The Commissioner of Police in Edo, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, had attributed the inability of the police to adequately respond to the degenerating security situation to the burning down of three police stations located along Sokponba Road many patrol vehicles in several other parts of the state capital in the violence.
He, however, said that his men were making frantic efforts to restore normalcy to the state.
See young people as asset, UN official advises Nigeria leaders
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed has advised Nigeria leaders to see young people as an asset, if they want peaceful retirement.
Mohammed gave the advice during her visit to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat, in Abuja on Tuesday as part of her tour of some West African States including Ghana, Sierra Leone, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. (Latest News)
A statement issued by the Head, Media and Public Affairs of NGF, Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, quoted Mohammed as commending the governors for the mature manner with which they handled that EndSARS demonstrations.
She, however, regretted that some ugly influences eventually contaminated the EndSARS protests.
Dr Kayode Fayemi, the NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, while welcoming the UN General Assembly scribe, stressed the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the country and governance at its sub-national level.
Fayemi said that although the virus hit Nigeria in March, its impacts had been ravaging with over 64,090 confirmed cases and 1,154 deaths.
The impacts according to him include the fall in oil prices, contracting tax base, loss of sources of livelihood, unemployment and youth restiveness (EndSARS Protests).
Others impacts according to Fayemi include increasing inflation rate, worsening exchange rate, decline in productivity due to necessary lockdown measures initiated globally and nationally.
Fayemi, explaining how the various states handled the pandemic at the subnational level, said that the governors worked collaboratively, co-opting ideas and welcoming support from critical stakeholders including partners and the private sector.
“At the wake of the pandemic, we worked with the Federal Government to ensure the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Presidential Task Force (PTF), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development got all the support it required in delivering swift containment measures (Latest News)
BREAKING: Tension in Imo as gunmen engage police in shootout
There is palpable fear in Imo State on Tuesday as gunmen engaged police in a gun duel as they attempted to burn Orji Divisional Police Headquarters situated on Owerri-Okigwe Road in Owerri under reconstruction.
Security operatives made up of soldiers, policemen and Air Force engaged the hoodlums in shootout which resulted to casualties on the side of the hoodlums
The situation caused panic in the area that forced two banks in the area to hurriedly close.
Customers and passersby took to their heels as vehicles diverted while motorists scampered for safety after running out of their vehicles. The situation caused serious gridlock around the city
Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the gunmen, numbering over 20 attacked the police station after blocking the expressway with their vehicles.
Reacting, the police spokesman, SP Bala Elkanah said the police were able to repel the hoodlums before they could destroy the police station.
Some hoodlums in their number launched an offensive on the reconstruction site of Orji Divisional Headquarters which was earlier burnt by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest in 2020. A philanthropist contracted the reconstruction project.
The hoodlums, who believed that the re-establishment of a functional police station may prevent them from carrying out their nefarious acts in Orji and environs, decided to invade the construction site.
Before the arrival of reinforcement team, the hoodlums melted into the neighbouring townships area but abandoned their operational vehicles. The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc personally led an enforcement team to the scene.
The whole area was cordoned and five suspects, namely Chigaemezu Sabastine ‘m’ 26 years old, Casmir Ibe ‘m’ 36years old, John Chinonso ‘m’ 24years old, Chukwudi Okoro ‘m’ 28years and Alozie Daberechi ‘m’ 25years old were arrested. No life was lost. Three vehicles were recovered.
He said, mop up operation is ongoing to arrest more suspects and recover their firearms.
It was not ascertained whether there was any casualty on the said of the security agents, but the police Spokesperson in the state, Bala Elkana, said that ” we are repelling them. The war is ongoing. There is heavy security operatives detachment deployed to the scene. We have taken the way to them. We are wining. There is high number of casualties on the side of the hoodlums.”
It would be recalled that the same police Divisional headquarters was in 2020 burnt during the nationwide #ENDSARS protest.
Primate Ayodele exposes three PDP govs allegedly planning to decamp to APC
The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has revealed three state governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, planning to decamp to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Primate Ayodele revealed that the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammed Matawalle, Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and their Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu are planning to defect from PDP to APC.
In a statement on Tuesday, the clergyman noted that Matawalle has made up his mind already, while Ugwuanyi and Ikpeazu are still contemplating defecting from PDP to APC.
He warned that if the PDP’s reconciliation committee fails to work things out, they will eventually decamp to the APC.
‘’The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammed Matawalle has made up his mind to leave the PDP. He is 99 percent out, If the party does not manage its situation well, the Governor of Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu will follow suit.
“They are currently contemplating and planning a strategy to leave the party, they are 40% out.’’
This is coming after the popular prophet made a prophecy days back that he foresees that PDP will lose more governors soon after the Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade decamped last week.
Primate Ayodele made it known that six top members that include governors, senators and honourable will leave the party if the party leaders do not work things out.
BREAKING: Suspected Suicide Bomber Blows Self Up In Ebonyi
A yet-to-be identified middle-aged man suspected to be a suicide bomber blew up himself in Afikpo local government area of Ebonyi State.
The incident happened at about 11.30am on Tuesday opposite the campus 2 of Amaizu/Amangbala primary school in Afikpo LGA of the state.
A resident of the area, who spoke to LEADERSHIP on condition of anonymity, said that on hearing the sound of the explosion, residents of the area scampered for safety.
He said that the yet-to-be identified man was carrying explosive, which exploded on his body killing him instantly.
He noted that after few minutes, the residents reconvened at the scene of the incident only to discover the suspected suicide bomber laying dead in the pool of his own blood.
The resident, who pointed out that the incident happened close to the Eke Market in Afikpo, which happens to be the biggest market in the area, said that there was tension and panic in the community following the incident.
According to the source, the suspected bomber was earlier seen wandering within the area, adding that “He first came into a beer parlour and when the people inquired who he was, he left.”
He was said to have moved to the school side and when the gateman asked him to go back, he made effort to remove his clothes when the explosive went off.
Efforts to get the reactions of the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Loverth Odah and the State Commissioner for Internal Security, Boarder Peace and Conflict Resolutions, Chief Stanley Emegha, proved abortive as several calls put across to them were not answered.