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Rice millers in violent clash in Ebonyi

The leadership tussle rocking the Abakaliki Rice Milling Company got messier at the weekend as two rival factions clashed in the Ebonyi State capital. A factional Chairmen, Chukwuemeka Nwankashi, was hospitalized following machete cuts he received on his head and face. It was gathered that the clash could have been…

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Ebonyi prosecutes 138 residents for open defecation

Over 138 persons have been arrested and prosecuted by the Ebonyi State Government for defecating in open places. The Commissioner for Environment, Ogodo Nome, disclosed this in Abakaliki, the state capital. Also, over 60 landlords in Abakaliki alone have been prosecuted for refusal to install toilet facilities in their houses.…

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Ebonyi governor suspends adviser for revenue fraud

The Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, on Thursday suspended his Special Adviser on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Jeremiah Oketa, indefinitely. Although the details of why Mr. Oketa was suspended was not disclosed by the government, PREMIUM TIMES learnt that he was suspended for creating a separate bank account for payment…

Fire razes INEC office in Ebonyi

The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, has been razed down by fire. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the fire was caused by bush burning in the area, which later spread to the nearby INEC office. Witnesses said the fire was…

Fire razes 16 shops, warehouses in Ebonyi market

An early morning fire on Monday razed shops with goods worth millions of naira at Abakpa main market in Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi State. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the fire, which started about 3am on Monday, destroyed at least 16 shops, most of them electrical appliances shops, and warehouses behind the building. It…

Tragedy as mother, seven children die in inferno

Tragedy struck Friday morning in Ebonyi State as eight members of a family in Ohufu village, Ogboji community in Ishielu local government area were burnt to death in a fire outbreak. Among those killed in the disaster include a woman and her seven children while the husband, Sylvanus Nefuru and…

Lassa fever kills student in Ebonyi

Lassa fever has claimed one life in Ebonyi State, the governor, Dave Umahi, has confirmed. The governor disclosed this during a town hall meeting with stakeholders on Monday, saying the victim was a student. "Unfortunately we lost one student, a 26-year-old boy from Izzi," said the governor. Mr. Umahi directed…

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Ebonyi records first bird flu case

The first case of Avian Influenza infection has been recorded in Ebonyi State. The virus was detected in a poultry farm at Ugwuachara area of Abakaliki. The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Orji Uchenna, confirmed the detection of the virus after a visit to the farm for an on…

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Call Biafra agitators to order, SGF tells Igbo leaders

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, has urged leaders in the South East geo-political zone to call Biafra agitators to order. The SGF condemned the activities of the groups, saying they threaten the peace of the country. Mr. Lawal spoke in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State…

Gunmen stone man to death after gunshot failed to kill him

Gunmen, numbering eight, on Wednesday stoned a middle-aged man in Iyiazu, Oshiri community in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Chikezie Agu to death after failing to kill him with their guns. The hoodlums had intercepted Mr. Agu and wife, Blessing, who were going to see someone in a…

Police rescue boy from kidnappers in Ebonyi

The police in Ebonyi State have rescued a five-year-old boy abducted at Okwu-Ngbo, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state. The state commissioner of police, Peace Abdallah, confirmed the incident, saying the victim was kidnapped at 9:45 pm on December 30. She said the prompt action of the police anti-kidnapping squad led…

I have no Facebook account — Minister

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, on Friday, denied owning a Facebook account bearing his name. Mr. Onu, while addressing leaders of the Ebonyi All Progressives Congress who visited him, said an account purportedly owned by him, was created by unscrupulous elements to defraud people. "So many people…

Police officers attacked, disarmed by mob in Ebonyi

Two police officers attached to the Ebonyi State command were on Monday hospitalized following injuries they sustained when they were attacked by a mob at a scene they went to provide security. Also, they were dispossessed of their service AK-47 rifles. The two officers whose names and ranks could not…

Yuletide: Onu pays surprise visit to Governor Umahi

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, on Saturday paid a surprise visit to the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, at his country home in Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area. Neither Mr. Onu nor Mr. Umahi spoke to reporters after the visit which was seen as ending the political…

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Ebonyi NYSC end-of-camp parade cancelled over bomb scare

The end-of-camping parade for the 2015 Batch B stream two National Youth Service Corp, (NYSC) members deployed to Ebonyi State was Wednesday put off following a bomb scare at the camp ground. The parade was scheduled for the Old McGregor College orientation camp Afikpo, Afikpo North Local Government Area of…

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Worsening Economy: Nigeria sliding towards revolution, Ekweremadu warns Buhari, APC

The Deputy Senate President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has warned that unless the downward slide of the Nigerian economy is halted, the country may witness a revolution by citizens. Speaking at the opening of the Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) South East Zonal Executive Council meeting, Mr. Ekweremadu expressed dismay…

Appeal court upholds Ebonyi governor’s election

The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu on Friday upheld the election of Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, in the case brought against his election by Labour Party gubernatorial candidate, Edward Nkwegu. In throwing out the appeal, the court described the suit as "functionally useless and lacking in merit." The…

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Court of Appeal: Gov. Umahi, Edon know fate tomorrow

The governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, and the governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the April 11 election in Ebonyi State, Edward Nkwegu, will know their fate tomorrow as the Court of Appeal delivers judgement. The Labour Party candidate had appealed the judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal,…

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Ebonyi governor presents N100 bn budget

The Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, on Wednesday presented a budget of N101.1 billion to the State House of Assembly for the 2016 fiscal year. The appropriation bill, tagged “Budget of Divine Actualisation” set aside N62.3 billion for capital expenditure, representing 61.68 % of the budget outlay, while N39 billion…

One killed in Ebonyi, Cross River communal conflict

There was panic and tension in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State following an alleged beheading of one Uche Ossinye and shooting of other indigenes of Ochienyim Community in Ikwo Local Government by suspected warriors from Adadama Community who invaded the community. The people of Ochienyim village in Amagu…

Community protests takeover of land by Ebonyi government

Hundreds of residents of Amuzu community in Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State have protested plans by the state government to take over a vast expanse of land belonging to the community. Reports said the state government was planning to use the land, among many other hectares of…

South-East traders appeal for Kanu’s release

The South-East Amalgamated Marketers Traders Association has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to release the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, so as to stop the series of protests which is crippling their business. In a statement signed by the President of SEAMATA, Okwudili Ezenwankwo, and the Secretary, Temple Udeh,…

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Police arrest MASSOB members in Ebonyi

Four members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, were Friday morning arrested by police officers attached to the Ebonyi State Police Command. The MASSOB members, who protested peacefully along some streets in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, including Vanco Junction, were seen carrying…

NCC “working to check unsolicited messages from telecom providers”

The Nigerian Communications Commission on Tuesday said it was taking steps to develop a regulation that would deal with unsolicited text messages and illegal data charges to service consumers by telecommunication service providers in the country. The vice chairman of the commission, Umar Danbatta, disclosed this in Abakaliki during the…

We’ve blocked fraud, saved Nigeria N100m monthly – Pension body

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate on Tuesday said it saved the Nigerian Government about N100 Million monthly in fraudulent pension payments. The director general of the directorate, Nellie Mayshak, made this known during the Abakaliki leg of the ongoing nationwide verification exercise of Civil Service Pensioners. He said the objective…