The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, alongside some religious leaders on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to allow the South-East to establish their security outfit to be known as Operation Ogbunigwe.
Meanwhile, the governors of the zone adopted the community policing programme of the Nigeria Police Force for the zone.
The two parties spoke at the end of South-East Security Summit held in Enugu with the theme, ‘Strategic Partnership for effective Community Policing in the South East Geo-Political Zone.’
The Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, who read the position of the governors at the end of the summit organised by the Nigeria Police, said that they were satisfied with the strategies for the implementation of the community policing programme in the zone.
Umahi said, “We reached a satisfactory and acceptable decision and agreement.
“The IG’s presentation was not different from “our neighbourhood watch, our vigilante operation and forests guard, the herdsmen and farmers peace community among others. “When we saw that this is totally in tandem with what we are doing, we decided as your governors to embrace the initiative of community policing.”
But the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, appealed to the Federal Government to allow the South-East to establish their own security to take care of their challenges and peculiarities.
Nwodo said, “Mr IGP, our farms have been devastated and the herders that devastated our farms carry AK-47 rifles. You cannot be talking about community policing when the people you want to supervise, you do not understand their language.
“Your legal architecture doesn’t take into consideration that our governors, by the constitution, are the chief security officers of their various states, and this gives them the responsibility to protect the lives and property of their citizens. So when you begin to talk about recruitment, with the commander and control, and you do not share with the governors and representatives at the local areas this command and control and recruitment, this exercise is dead on arrival.”
Addressing the stakeholders on community policing programme, the Inspector General Police, Adamu said, “The community policing model is one that will draw on the legal opportunities provided by the Police Act for the engagement of special constables who will be engaged as community policing officers under the coordination of the Nigeria Police Force toward evolving a community-focused policing architecture.”
Man Wakes From COVID-19 Coma To Find His Entire Household Killed By Virus
A Scottish man suffered one of the most tragic experiences, as he woke up from coma to find out that his household had been killed by COVID-19 during his time away.
The man identified as, Scott Miller, shared a flat with his 76-year-old mum Norma and her 69-year-old partner.
But in March this year, his mum had a fall, and later tested positive for Covid-19, and by the end of the week, Scott was also in the hospital fighting the disease.
His condition rapidly deteriorated, and he was placed in a medically-induced coma, due to the virus complications.
Scott’s sister-in-law Sharlene Miller told the BBC;
“Norma was in Ward 220 in the Royal Infirmary and Scott was in ICU.
“On the Sunday morning we got a call to say Norma had passed away, and we got a call from the consultant to say that Scott was very ill as well. Then Norma’s partner passed away the following Sunday.”
Scott’s condition got worse still, and it looked like the family may lose him too, with the family nearly making a decision to turn off his life support.
Thankfully Scott Miller scaled through, but he had been in ICU for three weeks and had no idea that both his mum and her partner had been killed by the virus – until a nurse broke the sad news to him.
“When I came round, I just had a gut feeling that something had happened to mum and when the nurse told me it was just disbelief and shock. It was very hard.”
“People need to understand it’s a real killer, I don’t think people are really taking it seriously.
“People need to know we’re not out of it yet. They need to know, just be safe and secure and watch out.”
Igbo Leadership Now In The Hands Of Orji Kalu And Myself — Okorocha
The Senator representing Imo West, Senator Rochas Okorocha, says that leadership of the Igbo nation has fallen on the shoulders of Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu and himself.
He said that this followed the demise of previous leaders like Chukwuemeka Ojukwu and inactivity of others like Senator Arthur Nzeribe and Jim Nwobodo.
Okorocha, who is a former Imo State Governor and current Chairman of Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, disclosed this in a Thursday statement.
The statement itself followed a meeting with Kalu at the Abuja home of First Vice National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) South East, Dr Julius Anyim Nyerere.
Okorocha said, “Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu is late, politicians like Jim Nwobodo, Arthur Nzeribe and many others are no longer active as they use to be. Many other great leaders are no more and that vacuum must be filled up. So the responsibilities have fallen on other people’s shoulders, and that shoulder is that of Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and myself. So it is important that we gather as brothers and discuss issues that will help the entire Igbo people. Because if a child knows what killed his father, he wouldn’t allow himself to die same way.
“I am using this opportunity to tell my brother, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu that the dance we are dancing now is not for ourselves but to entertain the public and know if they will be happy. If I dance for you to give me money, that means something is wrong. So the dance now is not for us but to see if there will be a better future for Igbo people. We have decided to work together. We are learning on the job on how to work together. We have to make a shift from the normalcy.
“The political ideology inherited from our predecessors and political forefathers are not really the best. We were taught to maintain political enemies for the rest of your life. That is why the likes of Jim Nwobodo and Alex Ekwueme never agreed until death, Mbakwe and Arthur Nzeribe never agreed until death and so we must carve out a niche so we don’t transfer this to subsequent generation of “Ndigbo”, that is why people like Orji Uzor Kalu and myself must profess love amongst ourselves and not only within us but within our enclave.
“We should never allow division among ourselves. We must distinguish ourselves in character and at the same time know when to extend our hands of fellowship to our brothers who are not on the same political stand with us. This will help us to know when political war will end and when brotherhood will start. Because in life you need to know when to start and when to stop. We need to come together to make sure that Igbo people are no longer used as political spare tyres. I saw a protest yesterday in Abuja and Lagos and that protest is a pointer. We need to dramatize our love and peace so that subsequent generations can key in to it.”
In a reaction, Kalu said, “I am happy because Owelle (Okorocha) has spoken so well. I want peace to return to APC in the Southeast. I am the highest politically-elected officeholder in the Southeast by virtue of my office as the Chief Whip.
“In the Senate, I am ranked number four and I have never taken it for granted. The only problem I am facing is resolving the issue between the Governor of Imo State (Hope Uzodinma) and the former Governor (Rochas Okorocha); for them to be on the same page. I will be fulfilled politically any day both of them decide to work together. My dream is to have a roundtable discussion with Governor Uzodinma, yourself (Okorocha), Senator Ken Nnamani, Hon Minister Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Chris Ngige and Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and others. Once we achieve that, the sky will be our starting point. If we are unable to resolve the political issues in Imo State it will be difficult for us to move forward.”
He said his concern was not limited to the South-East but for the whole Nigeria to live in unity and prosperity.
“I want to see a larger Nigeria where every citizen will be comfortable, where Igbos will be reintegrated into the socio-economic and political fabric of our nation, where our people will be more respected.
“There are two basic factors in democracy; the software and the hardware of democracy, but people are always focused on the hardware and pay less attention to the software, the software talks about strict compliance to the rule of law governing the society.
“People think democracy is only about building infrastructure but it is also about managing people I am talking about participatory democracy, where we create room for dialogue,” Kalu said.
The former Abia state governor advised governors and other stakeholders in the South-East to learn to resolve their differences amicably in private quarters instead of watching their dirty linens in public.
Drama In Edo Assembly As New Speaker Emerges
There was drama on Thursday at the Edo Assembly complex with forces for and against Governor Godwin Obaseki reeling out different narratives.
There was indication that trouble was brewing in the morning when Police operatives stormed the complex.
Their mission was unknown but the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleged the police were there to provide security for those out to effect a regime change in the Assembly.
Obaseki and his deputy Phillip Shuaibu moved promptly to the complex with PDP supporters also mobilised.
Obaseki and the Speaker loyal to him Frank Okiye later addressed PDP supporters at the complex.
They alleged there were plans by All Progressives Congress (APC) forces to take over the complex and impeach Okiye.
Obaseki vowed he would do anything within his powers to forestall forceful takeover of the complex.
It was alleged that 14 lawmakers opposed to the Governor had been seen around the complex reportedly to move against Okiye.
Three other lawmakers earlier with Obaseki later joined forces with them.
To prevent this, sources said the Governor allegedly ordered the heaping of sand at the front of the Assembly complex, claiming it was undergoing immediate renovation.
Several artisans were also seen removing the roof of the complex around 3pm.
But anti-Obaseki lawmakers later met at an undisclosed venue where they impeached Okiye and his Deputy, Roland Asoro.
They elected Victor Edoror of Esan Central constituency as new Speaker at an emergency plenary session attended by 17 of the 24-member Assembly
Representative of Akoko Edo constituency II, Emmanuel Agbaje, was elected as Deputy Speaker while the 14 members-elect were also inaugurated at the sitting in Benin.
Edoror assured the 7th Assembly would focus on its legislative duties and never pursue removal of any member of the executives.
He called for unity while declaring that there was no victor, no vanquished.
Edoror also directed security chiefs to eject vandals that invaded the Assembly complex for rancor-free plenary sessions from Friday.
The 17 lawmakers are backing APC governorship candidate for the September 19 poll, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu while seven are with Obaseki.
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