Friday, 10 July 2020

Police nabs man for Allegedly Killing four years old Son with Cutlass

... buried corpse in shallow grave at his compound

Ukpa Ewa | 10th July, 2020

Police operatives attached to Azia Police Station in Ihite Azia, Ihiala LGA Anambra State has arrested Mr. Christian Alisigwe, 35 for allegedly killing his four years old son with a cutlass.

Suspect allegedly used a cutlass and killed his own biological son Master  Ebubechukwu Alisigwe aged 4years  and buried the corpse in a shallow grave at his compound.

Meanwhile, police detectives visited the Scene, exhumed the corpse and deposited same at Abam mortuary for autopsy after it was certified dead by a medical doctor.

When contacted, SP Haruna Mohammed, PPRO, Anambra State Police Command For-Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command confirmed the story adding that the case has been transfered to the Criminal Investigation Department, CID 

NUJ urge citizens to support Nigeria Police as New Zonal command kicks off

NUJ urge citizens to support Nigeria Police as New Zonal command kicks off

By : Ukpa Ewa | 9th July, 2020.

The Nigerian Union of Journalist has called on Nigerians to rally support for Nigerian Police force in order to help them carry out their duty effectively. 

Mr. Emmanuel Ifesinachi, Chairman of Anambra state chapter of NUJ, made this known during the opening ceremony of the New Police Zonal command known as "Zone 13" in Ukpo, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra.

According to the Chairman, the choice of locating the zone in the 13th Zonal Command in Ukpo to cover Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states is a noble one as it has brought law enforcement agency closer to the people. He therefore urged the people of Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi to rally round the  police force and ensure they discharge their duties to the people of the zone.

Speaking at the event, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu said the new zonal command was an addition to buttress the existing security in the South East geopolitical zone.

Adamu who was represented by DIG Celestine Okoye said 
He noted that though there were contestations about the supposed location of the zonal command but explained that Ukpo met every requirement as it was within the state capital territory.

DIG Okoye further stated that the cry of  Nsugbe Community in Anambra East LGA for functional mopol base has been approved by the IGP while urging them to prepare the ground for the police to move in as soon as possible.

Also, in his remarks, the new AIG of police zone 13 Ukpo, AIG Mohammed Danmallam thanked the IGP for appointing him to head the zone and promised to discharge his duties for greater peace and security in the states under the zonal command.

In his appreciation, Engr. Gibson Okeke on behalf of Ukpo Patriots thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the re-organisation of police force in tandem with one of his agendum for enhanced security in the state.

He also thanked Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State for his unparalleled effort in providing an enabling environment for the force in the state.

Dignitaries present at the formal handing over of the zone were ; Commissioners of police in Anambra, Enugu Ebonyi, Engr. Arthur Ikpechukwu Eze, Igwe Dr. Robert Chukwudilim Eze (Okofia VI) , Clergy Men, Royal father's Women groups among others.

Ben Akak Foundation salutes C'River ex-governor on birthday, calls for partnership to touch more lives


Ukorebi Esien 10th July, 2020 

Today is July, 10th 2020, birthday of former governor of Cross River State, Sen. Liyel Imoke and as expected numerous Cross Riverians especially those from the political scene have side circulated the social media and conventional media space with messages felicitating with the ex governor. 

Not left behind in the euphoria, is the Ben Akak Foundation, which has been known for its philanthropic works across the state. In a statement signed by the Chairman, of the Foundation, Engr Ben Akak, acknowledged the great works Sen. Imoke has done in the past as governor of the state and the human transformational works he is accomplishing through his Bridge Leadership Foundation.

Akak who acknowledged imoke's simplicity, humility and great contributions towards human capital development said the such labours will not be forgotten in a hurry. While stating that the Ben Akak Foundation looks forward to partnering with the Bridge Leadership Foundation to touch more lives. 

The statement reads in full: 

Birthday Message to great leader

Having the privilege of tapping from your wealth of knowledge and experience every single time the rare opportunity presents itself has indeed added value to my beign.

The history of Cross River State can never be complete without the mention of your name, not because you were a governor, but because of the transformations your administration brought to the state especially our rural communities. 

Your open door policy has drawn many far and near, young and old, cutting across economical barriers towards you. And this has greatly increased capacity in many who come close, because they keep drawing from your wealth of knowledge and experience.

Your legacy projects through the Bridge Leadership Foundation is second to none especially in Cross River State. Many young minds have been reshaped, remolded and given direction. Young entrepreneurs and Career leaders have also emerged from the Foundation. This liitle acts that may look insignificant today will greatly be appreciated in the nearest future. I sincerely admire your forseigtness.

As you celebrate your 59th birthday today, all of us at Ben Akak Foundation join the world to celebrate with you while we thank God for giving us a father like you. Indeed you are an Avatar.

The Ben Akak Foundation greatly looks forward to partner with you, in touching more lives, changing them and making them better. 

Happy birthday the great avatar, Happy birthday our father.

May your days on earth be long and fruitful. 

Engr. Ben Akak
Chairman, Ben Akak Foundation

Thursday, 2 July 2020

C'River IPAC interim Chairmanship and the Politricks in between

Ukorebi Esien | 2nd July 2020

Politics they say is a game of interest but when the interest becomes selfish and self centered it leads one into going the extra mile, while morality, ethics and character may be shoved aside all in a bid to satisfy fleshly desires.

Recent happenings and investigations reveals that things weren't different in the case of the recently purportedly conducted election said to have ushered in an interim state executive council for he Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC in Cross River State, with one Anthony Bissong who is said to be the state Chairman of Young Progressive Party, YPP, emerging as the interim Chairman of IPAC. 

On the 29th of June 2020, news broke out that the Cross River State Chapter of Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC has elected a new leadership to hold forth in the interim pending when an official election would be conducted in September. 

A statement by Mr. Ogar Emmanuel, Secretary of Cross River State chapter of Young Progressive Party, YPP, who broke the news on social media reads thus: 

"Following the meeting with the new Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Emmanuel Alex Hart at the INEC Secretariat, Calabar, today, 29th June, 2020, eight (8) out of the eleven political parties recognized by INEC in CRS met and unanimously agreed to elect a seven man interim Executive to lead the Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC. This became necessary in order to fill the vacancy created by the deregistering of political parties housing the defunct Executive members of the Council. 

Accordingly, Comrade Anthony Bissong Attah, the State Chairman of YPP was elected Chairman..."

The statement which was accompanied by an attendance list which had the names of members from other political parties as members of the new Exco.

But surprisingly, some persons whose name appeared on the said attendance list used to enthrone Anthony Bissong as Chairman of IPAC have denied their involvement in the process calling it a hoax and a charade. In detail, those who denied their involvement through a disclaimer are representatives of New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP), Engr. Christopher I. Ashabe and Labour Party (LP), Comr. Ekpo Bassey Ekpo

In his argument, Engr. Christopher I. Ashabe, pointed out that there was never an election but rather he was called upon to meet with one Dr. Vincent Ebu who cajoled him into signing a document called attendance list. 

"I want to categorically disclaim that I was never part of the illegal meeting, I actually met Dr. Vincent by the road side along Abitrans park... Inside his car and Anthony Bissong including one other person. and I was handed a piece of paper to write my name and signature."

"I am fully aware that IPAC election is not done by the road side and can attest that there was no gathering of eight (8) persons anywhere to choose an interim Exco..."

Comr. Ekpo Bassey Ekpo of Labour Party who also disclaimed, through a press release dated 1st July, his involvement in what he referred to as an illegal meeting that saw to their emergence as part of the interim leaders of IPAC in the state.

Ekpo disclosed that 'it is horrible that these fraudulent set of persons went as far as including my name, phone number and signature in their treacherous act... I was cajoled by Mr. Vincent Ebu'.

In his defense, Anthony Bissong Attah, the alleged interim state Chairman of IPAC, when approached by TDN asked if those disclaiming their involvement in his emergence as state chairman of IPAC are kids to be cajoled into doing what they don't want to? 

"How can a man at the status of a state Chairman of a party say he was cajoled to append his name, his party's name, his phone number and signature, were you flogged or was it at gun point? And after how many days you now went and wrote a disclaimer..." 

On the need to have an interim government in place Bissong said its a national affairs but not a state government issue. In his words "When 74 Political Parties were deregistered the surviving parties met and came up with an interim National Exco and many states have been following suit.

" This entire IPAC thing is not a state affairs but a national affair, so the only first meeting we have had after a long while was on Monday and a state chairman asked now that we have started meeting what happens now that elections are by the conner,...So apart from the ACCORD and APC representative we all sat down there in INEC office and did the election."

Anthony added the state INEC Residence Electoral Commissioner had asked them to go and take a position and report back to him. As they were shocked that the state was without leadership. 

But a senior staff of INEC who pleaded not to be quoted said the state REC had asked the visiting party chairmen to wait until he gets back to them on the issue of IPAC leadership. The source informed that since the REC was still new in the state so he needed to get more information on the matter before getting back to IPAC members on what to do to fill in the gap created by the delisting of parties. 

When contacted, the National Chairman of IPAC, Ezenwa Leonard told TDN
that he has instructed all states to stay put until they receive a directive from the National, which he stated will be communicated soon. 

Back in the state some former members of IPAC whose parties were deregistered said two of their Exco members survived the deregistration process of INEC. Specifically, Christopher Ashabe of 
NNPP who is the state Youth Policy Adviser and Enoh Enang of ACCORD party the state Organizing Secretary are said to have survived the delisting process of INEC, it is therefore, incumbent on these two to have assumed leadership of IPAC and manage the house till September 2020 when a new election will be conducted by the expiration of their tenure. 

Going by the last statement, it's worrisome why the whole brawlhalla when there where still remnants of the Leadership of IPAC after INEC deregistered some parties. 

As at this morning TDN learnt Comrade Anthony Bissong and some persons have been invited by the state police command. We are still monitoring the entire situation as we promise to update you as events unfold. 

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

C'River North by-election: Frank Ayade might just be the next Senator
Dr. Frank Ayade 

By: Lukman Olabiyi

According to news story published be, brother to the incumbent governor of Cross River State might be on his way to the National Assembly all things been equal. 

The story has it that a sociopolitical group known as Youth Vanguard for Good Governance, has thrown its weight behind Frank Ayade who happens to be the biological brother of the sitting governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade for the Cross Rivers Northern Senatorial by-election.

The group made the call in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Bassey Akpan who said their support for Frank is not unconnected with the fact that the Ayade family is tested and trusted in terms of leadership.

He insisted that there is nothing wrong having a governor and a senator from the same family, arguing that John Kennedy and siblings had occupied strategic positions in the American government without anyone raising an eyebrow.

He also cited the case of former president of the United States of America, George Bush and his sons, who equally occupied top political positions in that country.

He described Ayade as a grassroots politician, who has proved his sagacity as the engine room of Cross River government by virtue of his activities.

"We, members of Youth Vanguard for Good Governance wish to declare our support for the younger brother of the governor of Cross River State, Frank.

"He is the one that can fill the vacuum created by the death of Oko in March," the group said.

Recall that the senator representing Cross Rivers North, Rose Oko, died in March, thereby creating room for a by-election to fill the vacuum.

JUST IN: APC Out Of Edo 2020 Election
Eze-Iyamu and Obaseki 

By Chidi Cali

About two hours after the deadline for the submission of candidates for the Edo State governorship election 2020, INEC has not officially received any candidate from the opposition party in Edo State, the APC.

The primary that produced the embattled Pastor Ize-Iyamu's is an effort in futility as it was conducted by an illegal faction lead by the disgraced former chairman, Adam Oshiomhole and not Victor Giadom, the official acting chairman at the time of the primaries in Benin.

The newly constituted caretaker committee headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni has no time to organise fresh primaries, living the party in another state of quagmire.

Unless INEC deliberately flouts its own rule by admitting APC's candidate through the backdoor, Edo State APC May be joining the same fortune shared by Rivers and Zamfara in 2019, while Ondo State APC's case may be loading.

From: Press Express 

Thursday, 25 June 2020

NASS Bye-Election: C'River seeks collaboration with INEC, calls for use of PPE

The Cross River State Government has called on the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC to ensure safety measures are put in place in the forthcoming Senatorial bye elections, stating that there's need to digitalis the process while emphasing on the need to ensure voters make use of Personal Protective Equipments during the election. 

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Betta Edu made this call in Calabar during a courtesy visit/familiarization visit earlier in her office by the newly posted Resident Electoral Commissioner Dr. Hart Emmanuel. She emphasized that when the process is digitalised, it will reduce human contact as this will help reduce the high risk of Corona virus spread associated with conventional voting system in Nigerians.

"Let me start by congratulating you on your appointment as the REC for CRS and to officially welcome you to our State, as you know, CRS is the People's Paradise and a land of hospitality made up of very civil, peace loving people. We're pleased to have you sent to our State and I can ssure you of our unflinching support and synergy all through your stay. There's going to be a great working relationship between the health Ministry and INEC especially as we approach the northern senatorial elections where we must monitor full compliance to the preventive measures to Gaurd  against Corona Virus spread in our state.

I'll wish to use this medium to solicit your Commissions cooperation to see that our Electoral Processes can be Digitalize, void gathering, making use of infrared thermometers for screening, provide hand washing items as well as hand sanitizers and encourage electorate to use mask; as this will help reduce the risk associated with conducting an Election during outbreak of COVID-19 or other pandemics even though we're not praying for any future occurrences of such."

Dr Edu expressed her confidence towards the new REC stating that with the zeal, passion and experience shown so far, the State is rest assured that they can always get the best of electoral practices just like CROSIEC displayed in the just concluded Local Government Area elections.

On his part, Dr Hart Emmanuel and his team thanked the Honorable Commissioner for the warm reception amidst her busy schedule and assured her of partnership/synergy to ensure that elections in CRS remains free, fair and without violence. He also reiterated that INEC has strategized and brought out policies/guidelines that are in accordance with the NCDC guidelines to help reduce the spread of the virus and other subsequent pandemics. We will work with your team to achieve our mandate while keeping Cross Riverians safe.

In the visit was the Permanent Secretary of the Cross River Ministry of Health Barr Takim Asu Takim, the Director of Public Health Dr Iwara Iwara, INEC Head of Operations Mr Hezekiah Monday, INEC Head of ICT Mr Tonye Dudefia, INEC protocol officer Mr Kingsley Nsa and a host of other dignitaries.
BREAKING: APC Dissolves National Working Commitee

The National Executive Committee of the All Progressive Congress has Dissolved the Party's National Working Committee.

The NEC dissolved the National Working Committee at it's ongoing NEC virtual Meeting being Presided by the acting Chairman Sir Victor Gaidom.

president Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President YEMI OSIBANJO are among Top Dignitaries in attendance.

The Party may Constitute a Caretaker Committee for the Party.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Traders close shops, says Calabar now safe haven for Kidnappers, armed robbers
Shopping complex along Goldie - Bedwell axis of Watt Market in Calabar

Traders in Cross River under the umbrella of Calabar Traders Union have vowed to continually leave their shops and market stalls shut for two days, in protest against what the described as an ugly trend that has besieged the state capital. 

The traders lamented that over 18 of their members have been kidnapped in the last 10 months adding that it ugly development has become very disturbing following the kidnap of one of their patron, Chief Jude Odinka who has been in captive for eight weeks.

Speaking with Journalists at Bedwell, the biggest spare parts hub in Calabar, Vice President, Electrical dealers & Allied product, Akparawa David  Essien said the issue of insecurity was strange and alien to Calabar.

Essien bemoaned that they have been become a veritable target as many of their 
members have either been kidnapped or attacked or died in their captors den.

"We are closing  our shops,shades and markets including timber markets, spare parts market/shops, electrical stores amongst others for two days to protest the incessant kidnap of our members.

"Just recently, it has degenerated to kidnap of ordinary traders and not the moguls,that's how bad it is now. we laud their effort in demolishing houses of Kidnappers but the state government must rise up and take the bull by it's horn.

"We can no longer keep quiet because

our members are suffering, some of theses traders use loans, while some get goods from importers on credit and pay back after sales .

"But due to ransom they pay to these criminals they have become perpetual debtors because it seems they now work for the kidnapper because  booty capital and profit are paid to the hoodlums after they kidnap our members, some have paid as high as 7million naira .

"We are appealing to Gov Ayade ,the police to come to our aid, the two day closure is just a warning to drive home our grievances 

"we are not happy,we do business in fear, the level of insecurity in Calabar is already out of hands and the state at large, there is an anti kidnapping law, it should be enforced seriously and to the latter, they should beef up security, equip security agencies," he  said.

On his part, Bro Festus Mbanu Chairman building materials Traders Association Calabar, called on government to come to their rescue as they are afraid to do business as they used to for fear of being attacked, kidnapped or killed 

His words:" This is our way of letting the authorities know that we are now doing business as traders in fear, most of us no longer go to our shops or business places, because you don't know if you are next. We are kidnapped daily.

"Many of our members both male and female, no one is spared, once you are perceived to be able to pay, you will be picked up and you are forced to pay the ransom for your release a lot of shops and businesses have packed up already because of this ugly trend," he said.

Spare parts dealers Association Chairman Calabar, Obi Ajuluchukwu also urged the government to help security agencies carry out their duty adding that within the last six months about 7 of his members have been abducted. 

"Some of my members have been kidnapped more than once, other traders too have been picked up many times, even a pregnant woman (Mrs Peter Okon) is still in their den, Mrs Etim B Okon and many others, we can no longer bear the pain.
Closed shops along Bassey Duke axis of Watt Market 
shops along Bedwell axis of Watt Market closed 

Closed shop along Goldie axis of Watt Market in Calabar 

"Over 25 of my members are now in Akwa Ibom state some no longer bring goods to their shops in Calabar instead to go to Uyo, Calabar is no longer safe as it used to be. Government should take a critical look into the matter. The two day shut down is a warning strike.

"The government should declare a state of emergency on security, because a lot of people especially business men and women are no longer at ease ,and it is not acceptable, security of lives and property is the primary responsibility of government.

"We know we have our role to play ,which is part of what we are doing, by letting the authorities know, that we are no longer safe in the metropolis and beyond,kidnapping is really strange in Calabar," he said.

NYCN election: Hope restored as Congress constitute new CPC

According to a statement made available to TDN, there seems to be renewed hope for those who had lost hope in the electoral process ongoing in the Cross River State Chapter of National Youth Council of Nigeria after the election was called off for security reasons and some candidates were later announced as winners of the election the following day. 

The unfortunate situation had caused the gathering of stakeholders and the entire youths of Cross River State as well as the Elders Forum of National Youth Council of Nigeria who condemned what has transpired within the last few days in its entirety the ugly trend calling it a charade of illegality while calling for a proper and credible election. 

In its resolutions during the emergency congress held on the 19th of June 2020 at the election venue, the congress had passed a vote of no confidence on the Congress Planning Committee constituted by the outgoing Executives stating it inability to conduct a fair and unbiased election as reasons. 

The congress in a motion Constituted a new CPC with the mandate to conduct a free and fair credible elections within 30 days as stipulated by the constitution. 

In a press statement signed by the Secretary of the CPC Comrade Leonard Akwo, the CPC has called for order stating that it currently consulting wide and will in due time come up with it schedule for the elections even as it has promised to conduct a free and fair election. 

The statement reads in full: 


Following the CPC constituted on the 19th of June, 2020 after a failed attempt to deliver a hitch free election by the  former CPC and their subsequent dissolution upon a vote of no confidence passed, the public is hereby advised to remain calm and hopeful. 

The names of the CPC are stated hereunder:
a. Eyo Boco : Chairman
b. Leonard Akwo: Secretary
c. Akwagiobe Ernest : member
d. Oku Ekpenyong

We are aware of the  charade for an election which happened  yesterday, and like you, we understand how it feels to note that the same youths on whose hands tomorrow lies could drag our very integrity to such a reeking mud. We are here to inform everyone that the actions of those few does not and cannot represent the entire youth of Cross River State. Be informed too that NYCN CRS does not have a state executive council until a proper election has been conducted.

We have also heard concerns from cross Riverians within and outside the state and can confidently assuring all of you that we have all that it takes to arrest this anomaly and to ensure that it does not rear it's ugly head.

In the light of the above, we are carrying out a proper consultation to all relevant stake holders in the State  and in the end, we would drive the most formidable process towards birthing a brand new state executive that every youth would be proud of.

Under the firm leadership of Comrade Eyo Boco, the new Congress Planning Committee is poised to deliver a very credible election within 30 days.

Please be advised that the new CPC has the capacity to spearhead  a transparent process towards ensuring the birth of a new set of leaders who would steer the affairs of the state NYCN for another term.

We sincerely apologize for the irregularities witnessed from the previous committee and for the brief silence. Be sure that we would keep you  updated through every process until the day of election.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Leonard Akwo
Secretary CPC