Tag: Abia state

Abia Governor sacks commissioner for transport, suspends others

Abia State Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has sacked Commissioner of Transport Barr. Ekele Nwaohammuo. A statement by Chief of Staff to the Governor Dr. Anthony Agbazuere on Sunday said the Transition Committee Chairmen for Aba North Victor Ubani;  Aba South Cherechi Wogu and Ibe Local Government Areas, Umunnoechi Mathew have[Read More…]

Breaking: Governor Ikpeazu of Abia tests positive for COVID-19, hands over to deputy

The governor of Abia State in southeastern Nigeria, Okezie Ikpeazu, has tested positive for the Coronavirus and gone into isolation. The state commissioner for Information John Okiyi Kalu, announced this in a statement on Monday, June 8, 2020. Kalu said the governor has handed over leadership of the state to[Read More…]

Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (1) By Jude Ndukwe

Since the creation of Abia State in 1991, development has no doubt been slower than Abians expect, and this can be attributed to a lot of factors which range from politics to near-absent or constantly dwindling internally generated revenue and federal allocations. Compared to other neighbouring states who have the[Read More…]

In A Widespread Crackdown, Police Arrest 59 Biafran Agitators, to be Tried as Terrorists

The police say they have arrested 59 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia state. They have also confirmed the death of an officer after an attack by members of the now outlawed group. Anthony Ogbizi, the state police commissioner, who disclosed these, also said the[Read More…]

Abia Crises: Army’s 7 Reasons Why IPOB Is Now A Terrorist Group

The Nigerian Army has given seven reasons why it believes separatist group Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, is now a terrorist group. In a statement release to newsmen, the Director Defense Information, John Enenche, said the group’s claims of having a “national guard”, a “secret service” and “extortion of innocent[Read More…]

JUST IN: Python Dance: We Are Not Withdrawing Troops From S/East – Army

Contrary to reports in the media also carried by this platform, the Nigerian Army has debunked claims that it is withdrawing troops from the southeast, especially Abia State.   In a press release by the Director, Army Public Relations, Gen. Sani Usman, the army said the exercise will continue as[Read More…]

Widespread Violence: IPOB Tension Hits Jos, Residents, Traders Scamper for Safety

DailyTimes Newspaper is reporting that residents and traders in Jos metropolis scampered for safety on Thursday at about 5:15pm. The panic started at Katako market situated in Jos north. The Special Task Force STF Media Officer Captain Umar Adams said the panic was ignited by rumor mongers who are bent[Read More…]

Suspected IPOB Members Burn Police Station Amid Widespread Violence

Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Thursday morning, burnt a police station in Abia State and injured one officer, the force spokesperson for the state has told PREMIUM TIMES, amid ongoing military operation there. According to the spokesperson, Geoffrey Ogbona, the attack was carried out around 6:30[Read More…]

Breaking: End of Operation Python Dance, Nigerian Army Withdraws Soldiers From Aba And Umuahia

The Nigerian army has agreed to withdraw soldiers from Aba and Umuahia in Abia state. Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia state governor, made the announcement of the planned withdrawal during a press conference on Thursday. Troops had been deployed to the state for a military exercise tagged Operation Python Dance II. The[Read More…]

“Slapped And Our Phones Smashed” – Accounts On How Nigerian Soldiers Attacked Journalists In Abia

Some journalists in Abia have recounted how they were “slapped and our phones smashed” on Tuesday by soldiers of the Nigerian army at the state’s Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat. The soldiers had invaded the NUJ office in Umuahia, the state capital, during an operation in the area, TheCable[Read More…]