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Saturday, March 27, 2021

March 27, 2021

Singer, Harrysong Marries Girlfriend


By Obio Monday

Nigerian music star, Harrysong today, March 27, 2021 got married to the woman after his heart, Alexer Perez Gopa in Warri, Delta State, south south Nigeria.

The singer shared a video on his Instagram page as he ties the knot with his lover.

The music crooner had announced sometime ago that he'd be getting married to his girlfriend, Miss Gopa, on Saturday, March 27.

In the video, he was spotted in a pair of white suit with fellow singer, Skiibii, who is the best man of the day, heard hyping the husband-to-be as they prepared to head to church.

March 27, 2021

8 Members Of RCCG Kidnapped In Kaduna


By Ibrahim Hassan Wuyo

A number of RCCG members on their way to Kafanchan in Kaduna State were kidnapped on Friday.

Responding to inquires, Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State, Rev (Dr) John Joseph Hayab, confirmed the abduction, adding that eight Christians were taken.

Although the authorities are yet to make a statement, one Eje Kenny Faraday posted on his Facebook wall that “all the passengers in this bus are just kidnapped along Kachia Road KM 63 from Kaduna” (sic).

The Head, Media and Public Relations of the RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, confirmed the incidence to journalists.

Contacted on the abduction, Chairman of CAN in Kaduna State, Rev (Dr) John Joseph Hayab, confirmed the abduction, saying the RCCG members were taken away near Doka along the Kachia-Kafanchan Highway on Friday evening.

He said he got the information earlier when an unknown number called him on Friday, adding that he was made to understand that more than eight worshippers were abducted by the gunmen.

March 27, 2021

Prof. Ogban Rigged The Election For PDP, Not Me - Akpabio Reacts To Judgement

From L-R: Prof. Peter Ogban, Senator Godswill Akpabio


By Obio Monday

Minster of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, has denied claims that the jailed University of Calabar lecturer, Professor Peter Ogban, rigged the 2019 Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial election in his favour.

The former Senator said, rather, the elections was manipulated in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Recall that a High Court in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, on Thursday, sentenced Prof. Ogban to three years imprisonment for altering and announcing false election results in favour of Akpabio and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

Prof. Ogban, a professor of soil science, who was the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer for the election, was found guilty on Thursday by the trial court. He however vowed to appeal the judgment.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Aniete Ekong, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State maintained that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, twisted the judgment by claiming that Ogban rigged the poll in his favour.

“In their desperation in a continuing campaign of calumny against Senator Akpabio, the INEC in Akwa Ibom State twisted the context of the judgment and maliciously claimed that the election was rigged in favour of Senator Akpabio.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. The facts of the case put a lie to this assertion.

“Contrarily, Senator Akpabio was a victim of the fraudulent manipulation of the election of Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District held on February 23 2019.

“Professor Ogban was the Returning Officer who in a bizarre twist to manipulate the election and rig Senator Akpabio out, hijacked the electoral results of Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District from Ikot Ekpene, the Senatorial District headquarters to Uyo where it was announced after cancellations of lawfully collated votes and against the dictates of the Electoral Act.

“The question is: who was the beneficiary of the electoral fraud and manipulation in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District?

“Certainly, not Senator Akpabio, which was why he challenged the outcome of the election up to the Court of Appeal which upheld his appeal and ordered a rerun election with very strong condemnation of the activities of the Returning Officer and INEC. How then could the same man whose actions Senator Akpabio was dissatisfied with and challenged in Court be said to have rigged the election for Senator Akpabio?

He added that:

“For the avoidance of doubt Prof Ogban never announced Senator Akpabio as the winner of any election.”

The Minister stressed that Ogban “cancelled lawful votes” and announced his opponent as the “winner of the manipulated election.”

Friday, March 26, 2021

March 26, 2021

Lagos-Calabar Railway Project To Commence Before 2021 Ends - Amaechi


Nigeria's Minister of Transportation Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has hinted that work on the proposed Lagos-Calabar railway will commence before the end of the year, 2021.

Mr. Amaechi made this on Friday in Calabar while delivering the 34th Convocation Lecture of the University of Calabar with the topic: “The National Question and the Challenges of Nationhood in Nigeria”.

The minister said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration was committed to massive infrastructural development across the country.

“In a few weeks from now, we are going to sign the loan agreement for the commencement of that project and before the end of the year, contractors will move to site.

“The President Buhari administration has embarked on railway construction and rehabilitation from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, from Ibadan to Kano and from Abuja to Kauran Namoda among others.

“We are also renewing the Lord Lugard railway line that has been out of effective service for decades,” he said.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

March 23, 2021

Many Missing, Properties Worth Millions Destroyed As Cross River/Akwa Ibom Communities Renew Communal War


By Patrick Odey, Uyo

Several people were said to be missing on Tuesday morning and houses set ablaze in a renewed boundary hostilities between the people of Ikot Offing in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State and Oku Iboku, in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The two communities have been at each other’s jocular over control of a piece of land for the past 30 years, leading to loss of lives and property at both ends.

“Earlier today, the assailants came loaded in two 75 horsepower speedboats, they engaged in a 25-minute gun battle with the military at the checkpoint.

“The calibre of weapons used by these assailants forced the people to flee for their dear lives, although the military officers were also equipped with machine guns,” a source told The PUNCH.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, who confirmed the attack, said the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, has mandated the Divisional Police Officer in Itu Division, Celestine Ude, to carry out an assessment of the situation and report back to him.

Macdon, who confirmed that some houses were torched, said until the DPO gives first-hand information, the command would not be able to say what actually transpired.

He said, “We have received a preliminary report about the renewed crisis, no lives reported lost. We are still awaiting a more discreet situational report because the CP, has ordered the DPO of Itu LGA division to proceed and give him first hand information about the crisis.

“For now, the situation there is under control, there is no cause for alarm. It’s only when the DPO comes back that we can get comprehensive report. I hear that some houses were ransacked and some shops were burnt, but we are yet to get more information about what really transpired”.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

March 18, 2021

Cross Riverians, The Future and The Historical Move


As the Population Council and Civilian Panel of Citizens' Solution Network make the pro-citizens' move to sign an historical Pact on the Political and Citizens' Future of Cross River state with both the New and Purpose-Driven Leadership of Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) in the State –a body overseeing the political discourse and processes within the State across the 18 Local Government Areas/196 Wards, and the dedicated and visionary Executive of Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN) –an institution committed to shaping national debate and media conversation across the country;

several media houses, political leaders, traditional, women, religious, academic, NGOs and youth leaders, etc, from across the divides, and a greater section of the 4.2 million Cross Riverians across the length and breadth of the State have been adorned with this pan-Cross Riverian objective that seeks to engage citizens across the State, end voters' apathy, oversee the political process and ensure that the right leaders emerge with a level playing field for all aspirants, while shaping and leading media discourse to enforce its mandate and build a Cross River state where only true and sound leaders emerge for the socio-economic transformation of the State.

Hence, the general public has been enjoined to be hopeful with the prospective and potential of the much anticipated historical Pact Signing on The Political and Citizens' Future of Cross River State by the aforementioned leaderships of the three giant and uncompromising multi-demographic institutions.


Joint Executive Boards

To: *Cross River Joint Alliance On Political and Citizens' Future. (CROJAP-CF)*


Citizens' Solution Network.

Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC)_ CRS.

Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN)

PS: As a citizen in the State you are encouraged to share  and join to build a better Cross River.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

March 17, 2021

Hijab Controversy: Muslims & Christians' Clash Turns Bloody In Kwara


Violence broke out between Muslims and Christians in Ilorin on Wednesday after the Kwara state government reopened some schools it had shut down over controversy on hijab.

The state government had ordered the reopening of 10 schools it closed on February 19 over a dispute on the usage of the hijab headgear usually worn by Muslim female students in the state.

The government had set up a committee to find a solution to the discord. It had also announced that the schools should resume with Muslim female students allowed to use hijab.

But the violence, however, ensued after Christian officials of the Baptist School situated in the Surulere area of the capital city were said to have disallowed girls in hijab from gaining access into the school.

It is understood that this caused a stir among Muslim parents, leading to arguments and a clash where both Christian and Muslim adherents hurled objects at one another.

It was also gathered that the security operatives close to the area immediately called for back up after which the crowd was dispersed with tear gas.

Speaking on the incident, Ajayi Okasannmi Jeffrey, the spokesperson of the state police command, charged citizens to remain calm while the state government works towards fully resolving the controversy.

“You’re aware there’s been a disagreement about the female Muslim students and the wearing of the Hijab. The government directed that the school should be reopened today,” the PPRO said.

“The Muslims are insisting on entering the school with Hijab; the Christians are saying they’re not going to enter.

“Our primary duty is to ensure that there is peace and that’s exactly what we are doing. We’ve responded by ensuring that there is no breakdown of law and order.

“The commissioner o police have deployed so many police operatives there. So we’re managing it. We advised the citizens to maintain peace and abide by the decision of the government until the matter is fully resolved.”

March 17, 2021

Biden To Russian President, Putin: You'll Face Consequences Soon For Interfering In US Election

President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin will face consequences for directing efforts to swing the 2020 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump, and that they would come soon.

"He will pay a price," Biden told ABC News in an interview that aired on Wednesday. Asked what the consequences would come, he said, "You'll see shortly."

His comments come after a U.S. intelligence report on Tuesday bolstered longstanding allegations that Putin was behind Moscow's election interference, an accusation Russia called baseless.

At the same time, Biden noted that "there's places where it's in our mutual interest to work together" such as renewing the START nuclear agreement, adding that the two leaders have a known history.

"I know him relatively well," Biden said, adding that "the most important thing dealing with foreign leaders in my experience ... is just know the other guy."

Of Putin, Biden said he does not think the Russian leader has a soul. Asked if he thought Putin was a killer, he told ABC: "I do."

Monday, March 15, 2021

March 15, 2021

Road Accident Claims 6 Lives Along Calabar - Itu Road, Many Seriously Injured

Report reaching GRASSROOT REPORTERS say no fewer than seven persons have died from a ghastly motor accident involving a fuel tanker and two tricyles popularly called Keke Napep, along Calabar - Itu road in Itu LGA of Akwa Ibom State.

The accident happened along the failed portion of the road at Ntak Inyang area which is currently under repair by the Akwa Ibom State Government after it was cut off by a landslide.

Eyewitnesses said that the tricycles were conveying school children and some passengers before the unfortunate circumstance occurred.

Reports said that the driver and the passengers including school children died after the tank ran over the tricycle, with scores seriously injured.

When contacted, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in the state said the agency was gathering facts about the accident.

The Sector Commander in Akwa Ibom State, Oga Ochi, told newsmen that FRSC officers have been dispatched to the scene after receiving information about the crash.

The FRSC sector commander further said that the accident occurred because the truck was at an excessive speed when it rammed into the tricycles,  adding that investigation into the incident was still ongoing.

March 15, 2021

Ukorebi Esien Elected Cross River State Coordinator Of P4P

Ukorebi Esien

The Publisher of an online newspaper, The Daily News Ng and  erstwhile Research and Documentation Officer of an NGO, Partners for Peace in the Niger Delta (P4P) in Cross River, Mr. Ukorebi Esien was on Friday, March 12, 2021, elected the Coordinator of the P4P Network in the state. 

The election which took place at the state secretariat of the P4P Network, Peace House, Calabar, saw to the emergence of 6 others including Atim Edet as Welfare Officer, Shaabam Abdullahi as

Research & Documentation, Gabriel Ekpenyong as Treasurer, Michael Essien as Financial Secretary, Wisdom Jonah as Assistant Secretary, and Arit Ukpong as Secretary of State.

Esien who beat Cletus Bassey to emerge the Coordinator-elect scored a total of 14 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr. Bassey who scored 6 votes.

Meanwhile, a by-election will subsequently be conducted for the offices of Deputy Coordinator and Public Relations Officer, as candidates in those categories failed to meet the criteria, hence, were disqualified.


Saturday, March 13, 2021

March 13, 2021

C'River PDP Chairmanship Tussle: Appeal Court Upholds Disqualification Of Ikem, Upturn High Court Judgement

Barr. Venatius Ikem

By Edem  Edem (Daily Post)

The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, on Friday, upturned a Port Harcourt High Court judgement on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Cross River State chapter chairmanship tussle.

The Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal Calabar, Justice M S Owoade, who delivered the judgement in suit CA/C/386/2020, between Venatius Ikem and others versus PDP and Alphonsus Eba, held that the PDP rules and guidelines on election of its officials override whatever interferes with the election process.“Section 147 of the PDP Constitution has explicitly spelt out the qualification for anyone to contest for any position in the party and any one seeking office should abide by the terms contained in the Constitution,” Justice Owoade held.

He said the Appeal Court finds the appeal by the Cross River PDP competent as the lower court which earlier delivered judgement failed to take into cognisance salient issues raised by the appellant during initial hearing of the matter before delivering its judgement.

He held that a political party has vested authority to insist on imposing the rules contained in its constitution without restrictions and such rules are sacrosanct.

The judgement brings to an end the contention over the disqualification of Mr Venatius Ikem former National Publicity Secretary of the Party for not meeting the terms to participate in the chairmanship election and clearance of Barrister Alphonsus Eba as the sole candidate for the electionReacting to the judgement, Mr Alphonsus Eba, the appellant said the litigation which has held the conduct of State Congress of the PDP has ended and called on all party members to come together so that a State Congress can be conducted for the party to forge ahead.

“With today’s judgement, I have been confirmed as the sole chairmanship candidate of the party and my hands are wide open to receive everyone including those who have opposed and even abused me in the past.”He said many members would have been won into the party in the last one year but for the litigation which has held the state congress from holding

With the judgement, reprieve may have come the way of Governor Ben Ayade as the pronouncement of the court in relying on the recent Supreme Court judgment of Aguma V APC clearly stated that the respondent has no locus to challenge the internal affairs of the party.


Friday, March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021

Serial Rapist Who Drugs Victims Food Arrested In Rivers State


The Rivers State Police Command has paraded one Mr Favour Ibama, for allegedly drugging, raping, and robbing over 20 young ladies after luring them on social media with enticing promises.

It was gathered that Ibama is a married man and father of four children.

During the parade five of his alleged female Victims were present, but three agreed snapshot, backing the cameras.

The ladies claimed that the actual number of victims were about 20 who may not want to show up immediately for obvious stigmatization but would testify as the investigation continue.

The Spokesperson of Rivers State Police Command, SP Nnamdi Omoni, on while parading the suspect on Thursday, disclosed that he lures his female victims on social media dating site called “Tinder” and other sites with mouth -watery promises and allegedly drug them after which he will rape and cart away all their belongings.

SP Omoni stated that the suspect was arrested when he was spotted at a popular supermarket at Ada George, Port Harcourt, by one of his recent victims who raised an alarm that attracted passers by who apprehended him and handed him over to the Police.

SP Omoni revealed that his modus of Operandi is the same as the serial killer but only that he does not kill his victims.

Omoni disclosed that the command has deployed technical intelligence to recover the items he carted from the ladies, while the investigation is ongoing.

Some of the victims that spoke to our correspondent explained that after days of chatting with him on social media, he books a date with them in a hotel where he drugs their food, and after they consume the food they will fall asleep only to wake up to discover that he slept with them and made away with all their belongings.

Two of the victims revealed that he transferred N135,000 and 185,000 naira respectively from their phones while they were fast asleep.

Meanwhile, the suspect Mr Ibama denied the allegation in an interview with journalists.

He, however, admitted making love to his victims after enticing them with enticing amounts of money but never fulfilled his promises, blaming his action on the “devil, idleness and cashes on the greed of his victims”.

Mr Ibama admitted chatting one Blessing up on social media and the lady agreed to have sex with him if he pays 20,000 naira.

He disclosed that after they ate and had sex the lady who had allegedly smoked ‘weed’ suspected to be Cannabis Sativa slept off, and he left her without paying her the agreed money.

He denied stealing any of their properties or withdrawing money from their accounts.

The victims claimed that he drugs their drinks and food only to wake up and discover that he had sex with them and abandoned them in the hotel rooms.

He confessed in an interview that his wife just gave birth to in January is already threatening to divorce him because of his randy lifestyle and alleged criminal tendencies.

On why he doesn’t pay his victims as agreed, he said:” You know after sex there’s the tendency to get tired. Like the last girl, I left her in the hotel bed and bolted away while she was fast asleep.”

In the meantime, the Chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers chapter, Susan Serekara -Nwikhana, has condemned the incident and called for justice on the matter.

The NAWOJ Chairperson, Susan Serekara -Nwikhana advised ladies to scrutinize people they meet on social media before mingling with the person.

Also, a female legal practitioner, Yvonne Aimiegheme, and a representative of the International Federation of Women Lawyers(FIDA) tasked the Police to ensure a thorough investigation and justice on the matter.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

March 10, 2021

Covid-19: Vaccination To Begin In Cross River As State Receives 58,840 Doses Of Vaccine


Cross River State on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, received 58,840 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines.

The consignment was received by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, in company of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Williams.

Other dignitaries who accompanied the commissioner included the Director General of Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr Janet Ekpeyong, Dr David Ushie, Bar Takon, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, WHO officials UNICEF Officials and NPHCDA officials as well as Directors from the ministry.

The arrival of the vaccines, the state is set to begin the vaccination of its residents against the pandemic.

March 10, 2021

Court Jails Medical Doctor, 13 Others In Calabar For Engaging In Yahoo Yahoo


The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Monday March 8, 2021, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Mbewu Chijioke Precious, a 28-year old medical practitioner before Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State.

Precious was jailed alongside eight others: Chikezie Ogochukwu Michael, Victor Chijioke, Johnbosco Chidiebere, Kenneth Williams, Anthony Joshua Tobechukwu, Mmesoma Oparanozie, Nwosu Emmanuel and Uchechukwu Divine.

The convicts were arrested on February 17, 2021 at Umuguma area of 'World Bank, in Owerri, Imo state following a petition by a concerned Nigerian on their illicit activities.

During questioning, the convicts confessed to the crime.

They all pleaded guilty to separate one-count charge bordering on impersonation, obtaining by false pretence and fraud preferred against them by the EFCC.

In view of their pleas, Segun Akinrinlade and Joshua Abolarin, the prosecuting counsel reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court to convict them accordingly.

The defence counsel, Innocent Eze and C. N. Nweke Junior prayed the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendants were first time offenders and had shown remorse.

Justice Amobeda, while condemning the rising incidence of cybercrime amongst youths in the region, convicted and sentenced them as follows; Mbewu, Michael and Joshua were sentenced to 6 months imprisonment each with an option of fine of N50,000.00 each; while Chijioke, Johnbosco and Divine were sentenced to 3 months imprisonment each with an option of fine of N50,000.00 each.  Oparanozie was given 3 months imprisonment with an option of fine of N20,000.00 while Nwosu bagged 6 months imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000.00. Williams was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment with an option of fine of N10,000.00.

The Court also ordered that the convicts forfeit all instruments used in committing the crime to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Similarly, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 the same Court convicted and sentenced five internet fraudsters popularly known as "yahoo boys" on a separate one-count charge bordering on impersonation, obtaining by false pretence and fraud.


The convicts who were also arrested in Imo state by Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Commission are, Ibe Chukwuebuka Osmond, Bassey Kingsley, Chukwuebuka Cyprian, Iroadinma Chibuike Michael and Henry Mezie Onwuesi.

They were also arrested in Imo state by Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Commission.

The Court sentenced them as follows: Ibe, Kingsley and Cyprian were each sentenced to 3 months imprisonment with an option of N50,000.00 fine each; While Iroadinma was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment with an option of N250,000.00 fine.

Onwuesi bagged 3 months imprisonment with an option of fine of N100,000.00.

March 10, 2021

EFCC Arrests 29 Suspected Yahoo Boys In Awka


Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal office on Tuesday March 9, 2021 arrested 29 (Twenty Nine) suspected internet fraudsters for various offences bordering on cyber Crimes at a hideout in Awka, Anambra State.

The arrest was sequel to credible intelligence obtained by the Commission on their nefarious activities necessitating an extensive surveillance on them before they were arrested in the early hours of March 9.

The arrested suspects are; Izuchukwu Precious Chinonso, Izuchukwu Chukwuebuka Goodness, Ogu Chukwuebuka Kingsley, Iheagwam Sixtus Chijoke, Igwemadu Kenechukwu Emmanuel, Joseph Igwe, Ilegbukem Justin, Ilegbunem Paschal Onyeka, Paul Okoye, Muolokwu Osita, Okechukwu Ifeanyichukwu, Nnamdi Agbo, Chinyeluba Ifeanyi and  Mbanugo Ifeanyi.

Others include Bernard Femi, Okafor Ekene, Nwabueze Ifeanyi, Edeh Chukwuebuka, Mgbemefulu Henry, Chinecherem Okpara, Kosisochukwu Chukwuemeka Harrison, Okoroafor Elochukwu, Edeh Gerald, Chukwuemeka Emmanuel, Chimezie Ugwu, Aguguom Ifeanyi, Mgbemfulu Collin, Edeh Izuchukwu Dominic and Oputa Ekene.

In the course of the arrest, five exotic cars; a brand new Mercedes Benz GLK with registration number HAL-160-MX,  Lexus IS 250 with registration number UMZ-145-MX, Toyota Avalon XLS with registration number KRD-641-FL,  Lexus ES 350 with registration number GWA-489-KZ, Lexus ES 330 with registration number AAH-25-AE were recovered  from them.

Other incriminating materials recovered from the suspects include various mobile phones and laptops.

They will soon be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.

March 10, 2021

Fake Soldier Arrested In Cross River After 4 Years Of Impersonation


By RICHARD NDOMA (Leadership)

Troops attached to Operation Akpakwu,13 brigade Nigerian Army has arrested a fake soldier who have been going about impersonating to be a personnel of Nigerian army in the last four years ago.

Luck ran  out of the  28-year-old Mr Ogbona Paul Chuwudi ( fake soldier ) who is an indigene of Ebonyi State but was caught in Cross River State as he also resides in Cross River State.

Ogbona was arrested by officers of the NSCDC at Igoli, Ogoja and handed over to the 130 Battalion who after preliminary investigation decided to  hand over  the alleged fake soldier to authority of the  13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Calabar.

At the handing over ceremony  of the fake soldier to the authority of the Cross River Police command, which took place at  Headquarters of 13 Brigade Nigerian Army for further investigation and possible prosecution, the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Mohammed Abdullahi stated that the suspect has been impersonating for the past 4 years until he met his Waterloo and was apprehended by security agent who have working round the clock to ride criminality in the state.

Representing the Brigade Commander, 13 brigade Military Police,  Major Stanley Ikpeme stated that  several items were recovered from the impersonator including charms and photographs where the suspect took with military uniform claiming to be a barracks boy as his late father was a soldier.

In his words, the Brigade commander said, “During the course of investigation, it was revealed that the suspect has been presenting himself as a serving soldier for four years.

“Items recovered from his residence at 7 stadium road, Igoli Ogoja includes camouflage t shirt, some of his pictures on military uniform, fake Military ID card, prescreening certificate of the Nigerian Army among others”, he said.

The brigade commander averred  that the suspect and the exhibits have been handed over to the police for further investigation.

The Brigade commander  called for update from the police authority so that the army can be updated with  outcome of it’s investigation so as to update the record of the army when it has to do with crime in the state.

Receiving the suspect, Assistant Police Public Relations officer, Assistant Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Igiri Ewa, stated that suspect would be investigated and subsequently charged to court for prosecution.

In a brief interaction with suspect Mr. Ogbona Paul who regretted his action stressing that he is aware that he had erred, stressing that wearing the soldier uniform was one thing that excited him stressing that as a soldiers son, who had obtained training in Enugu but was unfortunately disqualified in Zaria where he was to commence full army training.

March 10, 2021

I Challenge N'Assembly Members To Show What They've Done For The People, Politicians Don't Have Conscience - Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade


The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade says politicians do not have conscience when it comes to fulfilling their mandate to the people who elected them, reports DailyTrust.

Ayade, who has been having a running battle with some federal lawmakers from the state over the control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) structure in the state, said this at the flag-off of enrolment into the states’ Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).

He tackled politicians for taking advantage of the people who they run to for votes during elections.

“After donations of Keke, they pay millions to national television to advertise instead of spending the money for the people.

“Let the politician show us what they have done for the people, stop abusing the poverty of the people, when the election comes you look for something to entice the people. When these people have accident, they don’t have health insurance. Politicians have no conscience. I challenge national assembly members to show the report card of what they have done.

“They never come to Calabar until during elections; the citizens are waiting for you to tell us what they have done,” the governor said.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

March 09, 2021

Queen Elizabeth Says Royal Family Saddened By Harry And Meghan's Experiences


Queen Elizabeth and her family said on Tuesday that they were saddened to learn of the experiences of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, saying they would address issues around race that were raised by the couple in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

March 09, 2021

EFCC Arrests 25 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos


The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 25 suspects for their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

The suspects are: Ibrahim Olaiwon Olatunji, Kelechi Daniel David, Olutayo Oluwapelumi, Abiola Baruwa Gideon, Adesuyi Toheeb Adeyika, Wano Abdullahi Ahmed, Imoukhuede Idowu Peter, Ige Emmanuel Oluwatobi,  Durodola Peter Tolulope, Makanjuola Olamide Elijah, Emmanuel Edward Enyiema, Oguniran Samuel Boluwatife, Onikosi Olasukunmi Idris and Abdulateef Adegoke Oriyomi.

Others are: Ogbere Sunday Ojulari, Abdulwaliu Aderuju Adeyemi, Emmanuel Ibuchi Ezeh, John Ayokunmi Bagbale, Moses Tarh, Emmanuel Ovie Okpe, Murtala Mohammed Oyinlola, Ayomide Hassan Semiu, Adebayo Michael Adetola, Covenant Chizaram Eze and Emmanuel Chidi Okwor.

They were arrested during an operation by operatives of the EFCC in the early hours of today, March 9, 2021 at a Hotel on Governor Road, Ikotun, Lagos, following a credible intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

March 09, 2021

16 Armed Hausa Men Intercepted By Amotekun In Oyo

Sixteen armed Hausa men with 18 dane guns were on Monday, arrested in Ori Awo Area of Oyo town in Oyo State by the Oyo State Chapter of the Western Security Network codenamed Amotekun. 

Reports say they were arrested at Atiba town.

The armed men when quizzed by security operatives claimed to have come from Sokoto State and were heading to Igbo Nla Village with their final destination to be the Old Oyo National Park.

The 16 men have since been over to the Atiba Divisional Police Headquarters for more interrogation and investigation.

March 09, 2021

South South PDP Defies Court Injunction, Elects New Excos (See List)

Despite a court injunction restraining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from conducting its South South Zonal Congress, the party on Tuesday, March 9 elected new executive members to pilot the affairs of the party in the zone.

A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar had on Monday, March 8, granted an interim injunction restraining the party from going ahead with its South south zonal Congress which took place today in  Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The restraining order was consequent upon a suit instituted against the party by four aggrieved members- Kingsley Ntuisong, Raphael Stephen Ntui, Ogar Solomon Aloho and Odama Thomas Odama.

The four applicants said they were suing for themselves and also on behalf of some members who emerged PDP chapter chairmen in Ogoja, Calabar South, Akampa, Yakurr, Odukpani, Akpabuyo, Boki and Obubra local government areas of the state in the party's Congress held on 21st February, 2021.

Joined in the suit is the PDP national organizing secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu ( rtd).

Granting the interim injunction, the court forbade the "1st Defendant ( PDP), her agents, privies or servants or howsoever called from holding its South South zonal Congress on the 9th of March, 2021or any other date pending the determination of the Applicants' Motion on Notice for Interlocutary injunction"

The court further granted the Applicants leave to serve the suit on the respondents by substituted means.

The case was adjourned to March 21st, 2021 for motion on notice.

However, the party went ahead with the Congress today at Obiwali International Centre, Port Harcourt Rivers State.

The following persons were elected as Zonal Officers:

1) CHIEF DAN OSI ORBIH - National Vice Chairman (Edo State)

2) CHIEF MRS TESSY TORU - Woman Leader (Delta)

3) CHUKS NWABUNÍ - Ex. Officio (Delta)

4) AMADI SILVER NWANYANWU - Ex. Officio (Rivers)

5). EVELYN WEKE - Treasurer (Rivers)

6) FELIX OMENU - Secretary (Bayelsa)

7) BARR. GEORGE TURNAH - Legal Adviser (Bayelsa)

8. BARR, LLOYD OWONARU - Youth Leader (Bayelsa)

9) SAMSON ABU Ex-officio (Edo)

10) ANTHONY IKUENOBE - Financial Secretary (Edo)

11) OBONG PAUL A. EKPO - National Ex-officio (Akwa Ibom)

12) MR. MONDAY CHARLIE AKPAN - Ex- Officio (Akwa Ibom)

13) BISHOP ANTE ANTE - Publicity (Akwa Ibom)

14) HON. PATRICK EGBEDE - Auditor (Cross Rivers)

15) ARCH. EKOM AKON-JOM - Organizing Secretary

16) CHIEF OGBODUM OGBODUM - Ex Officio ( Cross Rivers)

March 09, 2021

Ayade Flags Off Health Insurance Scheme In Cross River, Promises Affordable Universal Healthcare

Cross River state governor, Professor Ben Ayade Ayade Tuesday reiterated his administration's commitment to ensuring that all Cross Riverians enjoy quality and affordable healthcare.

He therefore, charged the Cross River state Health Insurance Agency, CRSHIA, "to cater to the vulnerables particularly in terms of their healthcare because you must be people centred.”

The governor spoke at the U.J Esune stadium, Calabar, venue of the  formal flag off of enrollment into the Cross River state Healthcare Insurance Scheme, christened, "Ayadecare".

He urged the citizenry and corporate organisations to key into the scheme, saying the goal of his administration was to take healthcare to all parts of the state, including the hard to reach areas where drones would be used to distribute drugs.

"As a government, I am conscious of the fact that we have 196 wards. I have a challenge of providing 196 vehicles that will be responsible for the management, movement of men and materials across each ward to ensure that anybody who is sick will have access to the primary health care centre. 

"I therefore call on all public spirited individuals and corporate organisations to please come to the aid of Cross River, to use Cross River as a model where even the poor, those who have zero income have insurance", Ayade said

The Cross River state governor stressed that with enrollment into the health Insurance scheme with just N1000, the people of the state can now acces quality health care.

"This  insurance programmes are geared towards those who have no income. So for you to be zero income earner and still have medical attention that can attract the cost of 5 million or 10 million or above, shows the commitment, the will, and the might of kindness of our administration.

"I call on every single resident in Cross River to enrol into the scheme. Go to our primary health care agency or to our main ministry and register,“ he said.

Director-General of CRSHIA, Sir Godwin Iyala in his remarks commended the governor for his foresight and health friendly policies describing the commencement of the  enrollment as "yet another historic milestone in His Excellency's quest for good health for our people.”

Iyala assured that  CRSHIA's would be embarking on an aggressive enrollment drive to see that all Cross Riverians are captured in the scheme.

Earlier in his speech the Executive Secretary/CEO of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS,  Professor Muhammed Nasir Sambo commended the Cross River state government for keying into the NHIS scheme saying the state could now benefit from the grant available to states that have commenced the enrollment.

"We are pleased to report that the scheme has commenced implementation of this statutory assignment with the disbursement of #6.5billion naira to 15 states and the FCT, which fulfilled the requirements for inclusion. I am happy to note that Cross River State, having successfully met the conditions, is today flagging off the commencement of enrollment, which opens a window of succour and new possibilities for the people of this great state", the NHIS boss said.

Governor Ayade has earlier commissioned a new office for the Cross River Health Insurance Scheme located in State Housing, Calabar


Monday, March 8, 2021

March 08, 2021

NDLEA Arrests Suspected Drug Trafficker With 3 Parcels Of Cocaine At MMIA

Operatives of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested Hassan Bishi Taiwo with three parcels of cocaine concealed in a false bottom created in his suitcase.

NDLEA operatives also intercepted narcotics billed for US, China, UAE; recovers cocaine, heroin in monarch’s palace.

This was contained in statement by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, on Monday.

The statement, preliminary investigations revealed that Hassan who was intercepted at the E-Arrival hall of the MMIA at the weekend upon arrival on board Ethiopian airlines at 1:30pm Friday, has been plying the illicit trade through the middle east routes for sometime.

According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the Agency, Ahmadu Garba, “the suspect came in to Nigeria through Addis-Ababa but he actually travelled to Addis-Ababa from Abuja. Upon a thorough search, we discovered another ticket on him while our findings also show that he has been plying his criminal trade through some Middle East countries.”

In a related development, operatives of the Anambra state Command of the Agency have recovered 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroine concealed in the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in the state.

“Investigations are on-going to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in the palace and the palace security guards are helping in tracing the dealer behind the consignment”, Muhammadu Misbahu Idris, the Anambra state Commander of the NDLEA stated.

In the same vein, narcotic officers attached to a courier company in Lagos have intercepted 500grammes of unaccompanied cocaine going to the United Arab Emirates and concealed inside the walls of packed cartons containing clothes. The operatives also intercepted in another courier firm one kilogramme of cannabis concealed in cream bottles going to UAE while 500grammes of ketamine hidden in artefacts and going to the US was also recovered from the same company in Lagos. Equally, another 480grammes of unaccompanied methamphetamine going to China was recovered from the same courier company.


Sunday, March 7, 2021

March 07, 2021

It's Unfair For C'River To Get N2b Monthly, Return Our 76 Oil Wells - Ayade Cries Out To NASS


The Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade has requested that the Senate should include the vexing issue of the 76 oil Wells taken from Cross River State to Akwa Ibom State by returning same to the state. 

Ayade who stated this when the Chairman of the Senate Joint Committee on PIB, Host Communities  visitation Group A for Cross River and Akwa Ibom States, Senator Sabo Muhammed Nakudu, his Vice Chairman, Senator Philip T. Aduda and 19 other members of the committee paid him a courtesy call in Calabar recently.

The Governor  lamented that a situation where between N13 billion to N14 Billion is given to sister states monthly with just a paltry sum of N2 Billion to Cross River State is unfair and painful to the government and people of Cross River State. 

Ayade said that oil spillage impacted negatively on the people of Cross River State, especially our people who depend on fishing as a means of earning a living."

He further stated that the nation can only remain one , when there is equity, fairness and justice which is what him as the Governor of the state, seek the Senate and the federal Government to address to ameliorate the pains of the state over the years which has reduced Cross River to the state of  abject poverty.

Also, Ayade explained that the PIB bill started when he was a Senator, representing the northern senatorial district of Cross River State, asserting that the bill is a delicate and controversial subject matter which the contents and details remain a subject for further analytical dissection for caution, to ensure that the bill can address the unique concern of the people of  Cross  River State where oil spillage find their way into the state using the Calabar river as a corridor for discharging oil spillage which becomes disastrous to us, and our people who are dependent on fishing for a source of livelihood who becomes victims of the oil spillage.

The Governor also advised that when making a new law and taxes, the price regulation given to the oil industry should be commensurate to what the state consumes, saying that it is unfair for Cross River to suffer loss from oil wells which is supposed to undergo review after ten years but yet the review has not been done and the federal Government  is doing nothing about that review.

 Ayade equally mentioned Biase and Odukpani local Government areas in the southern senatorial district which have an inland deposit of hydro carbon raw materials as well as deposits of gas at Ogoja Local Government Area in the Northern senatorial district of the state. 

He appealed for speedy passage of the PIB bill reflecting all the concerns raised above for the benefits of Cross Riverians and  urged the national Assembly to draw the attention of the executive to the pains of Cross River state, and for the state to be given a fair opportunity and immediate response to her pains to reverse the financial consequence that Cross River suffers from the ceding of Bakassi and loss of our oil Wells. 

 Governor Ayade frowned at the paltry N2 Billion allocation Cross River State with a population of 4.2 million people and 23 thousand square kilometres of land with a wage bill of civil servants that is far higher than the state allocation, outside the thirty thousand naira monthly payment to over eighteen thousand youths of Cross River state as response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 Ayade maintained that Governance is meant to focus on the vulnerable people and Cross River state as a vulnerably affected state should be factored into the stabilization account, while also appeaing for a fair treatment to the state and need for the  Federal government to grant the state the discretionary right of approval and opportunity to exploit the hydrocarbon resources in the state  as this will effect the payment of royalty to the host communities and reduce the level of abject poverty In the state.

The Governor concluded by saying that every consultations done during the PIB bill should be  consider and captured including  the humanistic aspect that is most critical beyond the business consideration.

March 07, 2021

Ayade: PIB Must Address Delisting Of Cross River As Oil Producing State


As the Joint Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) tours the country for stakeholders' inputs, Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade, has tasked the National Assembly to handle related issues to the bill with circumspection to avoid contentions that are likely to trail its ultimate passage into law.

Addressing the committee members led by its Chairman, Senator Sabo Muhammed Nakuda, during a courtesy call at the Governor's Lodge, Calabar, Ayade said owing to its delicate and controversial nature, "the details of the PIB remains a subject for further analytical dissection."

Governor Ayade added that "inspite of the haste with which we want to drive the PIB, we must exercise ecclesiastical caution to ensure that the PIB bill does not throw up other developments that will bring about other contentions and continuous struggle."

Specifically, Ayade flayed the focus of the bill which he noted, centered more on oil bearing communities, with scant regard to communities that suffer direct impact of exploration activities. 

"While we make haste, we must show caution as the people of Cross River State have a very strong feeling that the PIB bill must address their unique concern," the governor charged, decrying that "the PIB bill focuses so much on producing communities without emphasizing on the adversely impacted communities.

"We are the most impacted, because all the oils within the "Akpami" fields find their way into Cross River State.

“Right here where you sit, directly behind my house here, is the Calabar River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean directly into the Akpami wells. One of those wells is just 36 kilometers from here. When there is a spill, where does it go to? It comes here."

Ayade who lamented the plight of some of his coastal subjects whose main occupation is fishing, said "our people depend on fishing, our state has been completely dislocated from the oil producing states."

On the state’s non oil producing status, Ayade queried : "I do not understand how on earth Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom States, as well as Cameroon will have oil and only Cross River will be non-oil producing state.

As a professor of science, and one who had worked in the oil industry before coming into politics, there is no science, no spiritualism, no magic that can explain this except politics." 

According to the governor, "the PIB must address that. You cannot even in law and even biblically, take from a brother who has so much to give to a brother who has little. But to take from a brother who has nothing to give to a brother who has more, is a political issue that the National Assembly and indeed the PIB must cure. 

"A good example is how Cross River State gets less than two billion naira allocation in a month while a sister state will be dealing with twelve, thirteen billion. Such an unequal distribution of wealth exacts pains and anguish. It is unnatural and that is the essence the National Assembly.

"For an egalitarian distribution of resources, this nation can only become one when there is fairness, equity and justice. That's all we seek and that's all we crave as a state.”

Reeling out more of the litany of woes wrought on the state,  occasioned by a series of  injustices by the federal government, Ayade wept: "As a state we feel pained. I have been in the same downstream Committee. I asked what is the petroleum consumption of Cross River State? It is near nothing because they have kept us in abject poverty. We have been reduced to want in body, spirit and in soul."

Seeking remedy from the Joint Committee of the National Assembly on PIB,  Governor Ayade entreated: "This is a great opportunity for us as a people to say if you are making a new law, please whatever is the revenue, whatever are the taxes ensure that the price regulation you give to the oil industry should also be commiserate to what the state consumes. If I don't consume as much diesel and you are giving a waiver or discount, let that discount, it's applicability to Cross River be relative to the consumption.

"It's unfair for Cross River to suffer losses in oil wells, a loss which was meant to be temporary, because the political solution that engineered that was intended to last for ten years and subject to review. That review had not been done."  

Ayade disclosed that in spite of the delisting of Cross River from the oil bearing states, the state still boasts of huge hydrocarbon deposits, "so as PIB comes before me and I know that in Biase and Odukpani Local Government Areas of Cross River State, we have huge inland deposits of crude. 

"I have done this analysis and have sent the report since 2016 to the President and asked for a discretionary right for the exploration and exploitation of our hydrocarbon deposits. I have not received a correspondent to date."

Other finds, according to the governor, "is a huge deposit of gas in Ogoja axis sharing boundary with Ebonyi. This, I have also reported with a geo locations and issued as a report.

"How does PIB address this? So why not review the marginal fields allocation process to fast track the process of extracting the hydro carbon reserves, to take advantage of it and diversify the economy before it becomes old fashion.  

"So I agree with the need for us to show some speed in passing the PIB,  but I feel that the people of Cross River State have treated unfairly. Where is the moral conscience of this country, a state with a population of 4.2 million people gets a little over a billion naira while another state with about the same demography gets 14 to 16 billion naira monthly?"

March 07, 2021

Boxing: Blachowicz Defeats Nigeria's Isreal Adesanya


Nigerian-born Israel Adesanya's meteoric rise to UFC superstardom hit a rather large obstacle Saturday night.

Jan Blachowicz beat the previously undefeated Adesanya by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 49-45) to retain his light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 259.

Adesanya, the UFC middleweight champion, was attempting to become just the fifth fighter in UFC history to hold two titles concurrently.

"It didn't go exactly the way I wanted it to go, but dare to be great," Adesanya said. "You know, the critics are the ones on the sideline, but I'm the one putting it on the line."

Adesanya added: "If I was gonna lose to anyone, I'm glad I lost to him. Credit to him. He's a great champion."

The story of the fight leading in was that Blachowicz would have a significant size advantage. Adesanya tipped the scales at 200.5 pounds during Friday's weigh-in, 4.5 pounds under the 205-pound limit for a light heavyweight title fight. Blachowicz weighed 205 pounds and said he planned on competing Saturday at 220 pounds.

Adesanya, who typically competes in the 185-pound division, likely didn't gain much weight since weigh-ins, meaning Blachowicz would be about 20 pounds heavier in the Octagon.

"Size is always a factor when you move up a weight class in this sport," UFC president Dana White said. "It was definitely a factor. Weight was a factor. When you move up a weight class like that, strength is a factor. How hard these guys hit is a factor. And Jan is the real deal."

That size disparity paid dividends for Blachowicz. The Polish fighter took over the fight late with big takedowns in the fourth and fifth rounds. Adesanya seemed to be building some momentum in the fourth when Blachowicz exploded in for a double-leg takedown. Both times, Adesanya could not get up. While Blachowicz didn't do a ton of damage on the mat, he held Adesanya there very effectively and sprinkled in some punches.

As the clock was expiring to end the fight, Blachowicz finally landed some hard hammerfists and advanced into full mount. The final flurry all but sealed the bout.

"When I took him to the ground, he felt the difference between his category and [light heavyweight]," Blachowicz said.

Adesanya said it was Blachowicz's defensive skills, not his size, that might have been the difference Saturday night.

"I wouldn't say size, because I can hurt big dudes," he said. "I think it was just his defense. He was really tight with his defense and smart with his defense."

Judges Derek Cleary and Sal D'Amato gave Blachowicz every round except for the third, and Cleary gave Blachowicz a 10-8 in the fifth. Judge Junichiro Kamijo gave Blachowicz every round except the second and also scored the fifth 10-8 for him.

Blachowicz had a 107-78 edge in significant strikes, outlanding Adesanya in every round, including 28-12 in the fifth.

"This guy is a tough guy," White said of Blachowicz. "You've seen all the guys Izzy has fought and what he's done. Jan is a tough guy."

Coming in, ESPN had Adesanya ranked the No. 4 pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world. Adesanya is ranked No. 1 at middleweight, while Blachowicz is ranked No. 2 at light heavyweight, behind only all-time great Jon Jones, who is currently moving up to heavyweight.

UFC 259 took place with COVID-19 protocols in place inside the UFC Apex, a facility across the street from the promotion's corporate campus.

Blachowicz (28-8) has won five bouts in a row. He claimed the UFC light heavyweight title in beating Dominick Reyes by second-round TKO at UFC 253 in September. Blachowicz, 38, has won nine of 10 fights overall and has had a pretty incredible late-career surge. He has been a pro since 2007, and he was the light heavyweight champion of his home country's KSW promotion in 2011.

"Everybody is different. I just found a way how to be the best," Blachowicz said of his late success, adding, "No question, I'm the best. I'm the best in the world."

Adesanya (20-1), a former champion kickboxer, won his first nine fights in the UFC before Saturday. The Nigeria-born New Zealand resident is coming off a second-round TKO over Paulo Costa at UFC 253, in the headlining fight of the card in which Blachowicz won the light heavyweight title. The flashy Adesanya, 31, has 15 knockouts in 20 career wins and has been UFC middleweight champion since October 2019.

Blachowicz entered Saturday's main event as a plus-210 underdog, according to Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill. In the past 10 years, no fighter has more wins as a betting underdog than Blachowicz, who is tied with Neil Magny and Andrei Arlovski with eight.

March 07, 2021

Supreme Court Judge Dies

Honorable Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria is dead.

Ahuraka Isah, Spokesperson of the Supreme Court, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Sunday.

According to Isah, the Justice who had been ill for some time died on Sunday morning.

He said Ngwuta’s illness took a turn for the worse on Thursday and was subsequently taken to the intensive care unit.

The Supreme Court Spokesperson, however, said Ngwuta tested negative for COVID-19.

“He has been ill for a while. He was supposed to preside over a matter on Thursday but the illness became severe,” he said.

“He was moved to the intensive care unit on Friday. They even conducted COVID-19 test on him but he tested negative.

"We were already preparing for his valedictory service slated for March 30.”

Ngwuta is the third most senior judge on the bench of the apex court, behind Justices Tanko Muhammad CJN and Bode Rhodes-Vivour (who is due for retirement on March 22, 2021).

March 07, 2021

Federal Lawmaker, Eta Mbora Empowers Constituents With 2 Grass Cutting Machines

Rt. Hon Eta Mbora

A member of the House of Representatives representing Calabar Municipality/Odukpani Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Eta Mbora has presented two grass cutting machine to members of his constituents as an empowerment.

GRASSROOT REPORTERS gathered that the presentation took place on Saturday, March 6, at his residence in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The lawmaker has been criticised for giving out such an empowerment and for poor performance. A constituent from Odukpani LGA who spoke with GRASSROOT REPORTERS on condition of anonymity said:
"It's a big shame that such empowerment could be given by the lawmaker. These people get billions for constituency projects but nothing to show for it."

Hon. Edim was elected under the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in 2003 to serve as a member of the Cross River State House of Assembly. 

After a four-year term at the House, he was elected Chairman of the Calabar Municipal Council. He held the position from 2007 to 2013. 

In 2015, he was elected into the Federal House of Representatives to represent Calabar Munincipal/Odukpani Constituency and was re-elected in 2019.