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Ebonyi governor sacks council chairpersons, reshuffles cabinet

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has sacked the 13 Local Government Council Caretaker Chairpersons he appointed a year ago. This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Emmanuel Onwe. "The Caretaker Chairmen are directed to hand over to Heads of Personnel Management (HPMs) in their respective…

Ex-Council chairman, four others arrested for stealing diesel from public generator

A former Vice Chairman of Abakaliki Local Government Area, John Nwofoke, and four others were on Sunday arrested by the police for allegedly stealing diesel. The five men were accused of draining over 450 litres of diesel from a sound proof generator that powers street lights in the state. The…

Ebonyi jailbreak: Rights group demands names of ‘killed’ inmates

A rights group, Campaign for Democracy in Ebonyi State has given the Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed, 48 hours to release the names of prison inmates killed by prison officials during the purported jailbreak at the Abakaliki prisons. The group is accusing prison authorities of opening fire…

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Abakaliki prisons was extrajudicial murder, not jailbreak – CDHR

A rights group, Committee for the Defence of Human rights, Ebonyi State Branch, on Monday accused security officials of extra judicial killings at the Abakaliki Prisons. While the Comptroller General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, said six people were killed and ten others injured in the attempted "jailbreak", others have said…

Nigerian prisoners undergo surgery for gunshot wounds after failed jailbreak

Some inmates of the Abakaliki prisons who sustained gunshot injuries during the August 18 botched jailbreak are set to undergo surgery. The prisoners are receiving treatment at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, where they were rushed after the riots. While sources said 19 inmates died during the attempted jailbreak with…

Ebonyi governor suspends commissioner, disbands empowerment committee

Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, on Friday suspended the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters/Rural Development, Samuel Okoronkwo. Although Mr. Umahi did not clearly state the reason for his action, it was learnt it had to do with the lopsided selection of youth in the state for the…

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Jail break attempt foiled in Ebonyi as inmates riot

Police in Ebonyi State on Thursday morning foiled a jailbreak attempt at the Abakiliki Prisons, where inmates rioted for hours. Security sources told PREMIUM TIMES that at least two people died in the fracas. One source said two prison officials were killed by the inmates. Police have cordoned off all…

EXCLUSIVE: Minister Ogbonnaya Onu rejects Ebonyi Governor’s car gift

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has rejected the Toyota SUV given to him by the Ebonyi State Government. The minister, in a letter to Governor Dave Umahi, said he rejected the gift because the laws of the state excluded him from persons eligible to collect such gifts.…

Three Nigerian police officers docked for assaulting teenager

Three police officers in Ebonyi State were on Wednesday arraigned on a ten- count charge for their role in the torture of Uzoamaka Chukwu. The officers, all corporals, arraigned are Paulinus Nwadonwe, Monday Nweke, and Irondi Obinna. Others arraigned are the Coordinator of Ohaozara West Development Centre, Ene Ogbonnaya, and…

Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President

South East PDP moves to save Ekweremadu

The South East zone of the Peoples Democratic Party has commenced moves to save the Deputy President of the Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, from being removed from office. There have been alleged plots to remove Mr. Ekweremadu from office by the All Progressives Congress. Against the calculations of the ruling…

Man ‘hangs self after killing wife in Ebonyi’

Mgbaleze Isu community in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was in a mournful mood weekend as a 36-year-old man, Chijioke Ani, and his wife were found dead in their farm. Mr. Ani was found dangling from a tree in the farm and his wife battered, in a manner…

Parents reject govt-administered drugs in Ebonyi schools

Some parents in Ebonyi State are against the administration of a drug donated for the control of tropical diseases among children aged between five and 15 years of age, the state government has said. The government on Tuesday criticised lamented that parents were stopping their children from receiving the World…

Gov. Umahi condemns stripping, battering of 14-year-old girl

Police in Ebonyi have arrested four persons over the treatment meted out to 14-year-old girl, Uzoamaka Chukwu. The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Tuesday condemned the stripping and battering of the girl, Uzoamaka Chukwu, in Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state. Chukwu, a JSS 2 student, was allegedly…

Ebonyi students abroad face deportation for non-payment of fees

Some students of Ebonyi State origin studying abroad under the state government’s scholarship scheme have raised alarm over their imminent ejection from their school following the inability of the state government to pay their fees and other expenses. They accused the Governor David Umahi administration of abandoning them to their…

Ebonyi govt offers N600 million to 2400 youth entrepreneurs

In a bid to reduce rising unemployment rate in the state and curb youth restiveness, the Ebonyi State government says it has earmarked N600 million to be given to 2400 youths in the state to start new businesses. Already over 5000 persons have collected the forms for the scheme. The…

Presidency plotting to remove Dogara, others, lawmaker alleges

A member of the House of Representatives from Ebonyi State, Linus Okorie, has accused the Presidency of plotting to remove Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the entire house leadership by capitalizing on the allegations raised by another member Jibrin Abdulmumin. Mr. Okorie, a two term member of the House, said in…

Absentee teacher to refund N1.4million to Ebonyi govt

The Ebonyi State government has ordered a primary school teacher in Izzi local government area of the state to refund N1.4million which she received as salary even while staying away from work for five years. Angela Nwofoke was suspended indefinitely and is to be prosecuted for alleged fraud. Also, the…

Ebonyi chief judge frees 9 prisoners

The Ebonyi State Chief Judge, Alloy Nwankwo, on Tuesday discharged nine prison inmates in Abakaliki and Afikpo federal prisons. Mr. Nwankwo also granted bail to 22 other inmates during his jail delivery exercise at the two federal prisons in the state. Speaking at the event, the chief judge said the…

Pastors working for Governor Umahi fight dirty in Ebonyi

The Divine Mandate Pastors, a group of over 500 Pastors that worked for the emergence of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, has descended into crisis. The peace that existed among the pastors crumbled on Sunday. A leadership crisis suddenly split the group as the pastors met at the Pastoral…

Ebonyi suspends unified exam in schools

Following protests against the unified examinations introduced in the state school system, the Ebonyi State government on Wednesday announced the suspension of the policy indefinitely. It based the decision on the illegal fees collected from students by schools. The state Commissioner for Education, John Eke, announced this while briefing reporters…

Another court says Abia’s Okezie Ikpeazu must remain governor

The Federal High Court in Owerri, Imo State, on Friday, dismissed a suit challenging the nomination and election of Okezie Ikpeazu as governor of Abia State last year. A former governorship aspirant, Friday Nwosu, had filed a suit challenging the nomination of Mr. Ikpeazu as candidate of the Peoples Democratic…

Ebonyi proposes 5-year jail term for female genital mutilation

A jail term of five years awaits anybody who practices female genital mutilation in Ebonyi State, the state government has warned. The warning was handed out on Tuesday during the flag-off of the campaign against female genital mutilation in the state at the Women Development Centre, Abakaliki. In her speech…

Ebonyi ‘uncovers 250 ghost teachers’

The Ebonyi State government says it has uncovered about 250 ghost workers in its teachers' pay roll. The executive chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Hyacinth Ikpor, said this on Monday in Abakaliki, the state capital. He said the board had also uncovered teachers who had been fraudulently receiving double…

Umahi, Elechi in war of words over N29 million car gift

The disagreement between Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State and his predecessor, Martin Elechi, has got messier with the two leaders exchanging barbs over a N29 million car gift. The government had acquired four SUVs for former governors and a former senate president from the state at the cost of…

Confusion in Abia as Ikpeazu, Ogah lay claim to governorship seat

Abia State descended into confusion on Thursday following the insistence of Sampson Ogah that he should be sworn in as governor of the state to replace the incumbent, Okezie Ikpeazu, who was sacked by the Federal High Court on Monday. Mr. Ogah had left Abuja for Umuahia Thursday after he…