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Police commissioner warns criminals to repent or leave Ebonyi
The Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi, Mr Philip Maku, has warned criminals operating in the state to repent from their evil ways or leave the state.
Maku, who gave the warning on Sunday in Abakaliki while interacting with newsmen, stressed that the command, under his supervision, would make the state uncomfortable for criminals to operate.
He also urged the people of the state to support and cooperate with the community policing initiative to curb the state of crime and criminal activities.
“I want to urge people with criminal tendencies and those indulging in different kinds of crimes to think twice and repent or leave the state, because we are going to make the state uncomfortable for them.
“We appeal for the people’s cooperation through communities to rid the state of crime, because communities have vital role to play in combating crime.
“The command has put in place all the necessary strategies needed to flush out criminals from their hideouts and our men are battle ready for the task.
“I am calling on criminals and those indulging in different crimes to repent so that they will be integrated back into the society.
“Let me reiterate here that there is no room for criminals in the state and anyone caught perpetrating crime will be made to face the law,” Maku said.
While soliciting for the support of the people, he assured that the safety of their lives and property remained the top priority of the police.
The police commissioner noted that his officers and men had been equipped with necessary equipment, adding that they would make the state hot for criminals.
He further urged members of the public to report to the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) any police personnel who intimidated or assaulted them unlawfully, for appropriate disciplinary action.
Maku stressed that members of the police force were not trained to bully people that they were trained to protect, but to protect them and their property.
Maku further explained that the command would give full backing to the community policing programme, noting that the scheme would enable communities to be fully in charge of policing their areas and assisting the command in combating crime.
According to him, every member of the community has a role to play in the formation by giving vital information that would expose criminals in their areas so that immediate action would be taken.
On the recent inter-communal crisis between Ekoli Edda Afikpo South and Biasie LGA over Erel palm, Maku said that the five missing persons had not been found.
He added that the command was not relenting in its investigation to unravel their disappearances.
“We are on top of the situation and hopeful that we will soon unravel the mystery behind the disappearances of the missing persons.
“We are also relying on those in the Cross River axis for any useful information but we have not seen any of their dead bodies. So we believe they are still alive,” he said.
“The National Boundary Commission should come and do proper demarcation of the disputed area and other disputed areas in the border areas across the state.
“We assure that the police will do everything possible to ensure that the missing persons are reunited with their families and relatives,” he added.
Ebonyi Governor, Umahi, Aides Test Positive For COVID-19
Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, has tested positive for Coronavirus.
The governor broke the news in a statement he personally signed on Saturday.
He said the result of the test conducted by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control came back positive.
Umahi, who said some of his aides also tested positive for the virus, noted that they remained asymptomatic but have since self-isolated in compliance with the NCDC protocols.
The governor further directed Kelechi Igwe, his deputy, to take over the frontline coordination of the state’s fight against the pandemic.
Ebonyi donates office to NYSC
The Ebonyi Government has donated a building to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to serve its permanent office in the state.
Mr Charles Akpuenika, state’s Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, said this while presenting the building to Mrs Ann Ibe, the state NYSC Coordinator, on Sunday in Abakaliki.
He said that the donation showed the government’s concern for the scheme.
Akpuenika, who is the Chairman of the NYSC Governing Board in the state, said that state Executive Council (EXCO) approved the donation after a memo on the need for a befitting office for NYSC was presented to it.
“The building which was formerly occupied by the state Ministry of Works and Transport, is one of the best official structures in the state .
“The state NYSC Coordinator had consistently complained of the dilapidated nature of the present office and this prompted its consideration by the EXCO,” he said.
The commissioner said that the state governor has always demonstrated his resolve to enhance the well being of the NYSC in the state.
“The governor became the first in the state’s history to approve N10, 000 monthly allowance for youth corpers in the state, a development that has greatly enhanced their welfare.
“He also released N400 million for the reconstruction and renovation works at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Afikpo with work ongoing at the camp.
“All the internal roads and the one leading to the camp have been tarred, hostels and other structures renovated, streetlight installed, steady water supply provided among other amenities,” he said.
He urged the NYSC to reciprocate the gesture by adequately maintaining and keeping the building clean to enhance aesthetic status of the state capital.
Ibe thanked the governor for the gesture, noting that it would enhance the productivity of the corps in the state.
“We are happy to be relocating into a befitting edifce at last as our present office fortunately did not ‘collapse’ on us.
“The building’s foundation has been seriously affected by flooding in that area and this is seriously affected us,” she said.
Police Demand N200,000 To Grant Bail To Woman Whose Land Was Forcefully Taken Over By Ex-Senate President Of Nigeria, Pius Anyim, Through Thugs In Ebonyi
The police on Wednesday afternoon arrested one Mrs Orji, who was physically assaulted by Chindeu Nicholas Makwe, a director with the National Health Insurance Scheme on June 12, 2020 at her husband’s farm in Ovumnte, Ishiagu, Ebonyi State.
SaharaReporters gathered that the woman was arrested and detained at the Ebonyi State Criminal Investigative Department on trumped up charges, while the police are demanding N200, 000 to grant her bail.
She was taken away by officers of the state CID at Ivo Police Station after being invited by the Divisional Police Officer, Nwornu Daniel, in respect of a complaint she made against Makwe, who has the backing of former Senate President, Pius Anyim.
The ex-lawmaker had employed thugs led by Makwe to terrorise residents of the community.and forcefully take over their lands.
Mrs Orji had earlier made a complaint against Makwe on June 13 but the DPO refused to investigate the matter or make any arrest.
It took the intervention of lawyers and members of the community before she was granted bail around 9pm on Wednesday and told to report back for questioning on Thursday.
Makwe, a brother to member of the House of Representatives representing Ohaozara/Ivo Federal Constituency, had last Friday led thugs and surveyors into Moses Orji’s farm where they placed beacons on the land despite a bailiff of the state High Court of Ebonyi served on them (FORM 48/Notice of disobedience to court order).
Orji and his wife, who arrived to feed their remaining livestock, left after Makwe had used a bulldozer to destroy the farm in January, 2020 in company with thugs.
Mrs Orji then brought out her phone to video and take pictures of what Makwe and the surveyors were doing on the farm despite a court order.
Realising his pictures were being taken, he rushed to the woman with four thugs and pushed her to the ground, then kicked her and attempted to take her phone from her.
The woman hid the phone in her cloth and shouted for help on top of her voice that they wanted to tear her clothes and take her phone.
It was at that point that they left after verbally abusing her.
When contacted by SaharaReporters, the police in Ebonyi refused to speak on the matter, stating that there was a court case on the issue.