Students at the Metallurgical Training Institute in Onitsha, Anambra State, have initiated peaceful protests due to severe flooding that has disrupted both academic and non-academic activities on campus. The President of the Student Union Government, Chigozie Onyenyili, voiced concerns about the challenging situation faced by students, including sleepless nights caused by flooded hostels and the destruction of their belongings.
The rising water levels have inundated students’ beds, causing significant discomfort and distress. Onyenyili emphasized that the chronic flooding issue in the federal government-owned institution was exacerbated when government contractors removed an existing drainage system within the school as part of flood control efforts. However, they failed to implement alternative measures to manage the floodwaters.
During the peaceful demonstrations, some students were observed trying to remove water from their rooms in the hostels, while others attempted to salvage their damaged property, including laptops, phones, clothing, and beds from the flood.
One student, Nkiru, expressed her frustration, citing damages to their laptops, mobile phones, learning materials, beds, and even pots of soup. She described how their belongings were suddenly submerged by the flood, leaving them sleep-deprived and in distress.
The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Owoh Ugochukwu, placed blame on the Anambra State government for the flooding situation. Ugochukwu explained that the state government directed water from surrounding areas, including Obosi, Nkpor, and Onitsha-Owerri Road, to flow through the school without providing adequate drainage measures. He revealed that the state government had excavated an existing drainage system, claiming it was for expansion, but the work was left incomplete, leaving the institute vulnerable to flooding.
Currently, the flooding has engulfed various buildings on campus, including student hostels, the school mosque, the church, and lecture halls. Students’ belongings, such as beds, mattresses, learning materials, and even pots of soup, are submerged in the floodwaters, causing considerable disruption to campus life. The students’ protests aim to draw attention to their plight and seek solutions to this ongoing challenge.
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The release of N119 million in favor of Alitho Nigeria Limited for the development of Premier Road in Onitsha has been authorized by the Anambra State Executive Council. Various companies received contracts to build additional Onitsha highways.
The contract’s completion deadline is four weeks after the date the mobilization fee is paid, and it includes preliminary costs, contingencies, and 7.5% VAT of N8,911,125.45.
This information was revealed in a statement issued on Tuesday by Sir Paul Nwosu, the Anambra State Commissioner for Information.
According to Nwosu, the action is a step in realizing the aim of Anambra State’s governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, to transform the region into “a liveable and prosperous megacity with the best road network.”
He added that the state executive council also approved the release of N1.9bn for the construction of Ukwuorji Awka – Umuenechi Village – Ifite Nibo – Isiagu Road with a 2.1km Spur to Zik Avenue.
He disclosed that the contract was awarded to J. Quarison Int’l Limited with a completion period of five (dry weather) months from the date of the payment of the mobilisation fee.
The statement read, “In line with the march towards fulfilling the vision of Governor Chukwuma Soludo of making Anambra State a liveable and prosperous megacity with the best road network.
“The Anambra State Executive Council has approved the release N119million inclusive of preliminaries, contingencies, and 7.5 per cent VAT of N8,911,125.45 for the construction of Premier Road, Onitsha in favour of Alitho Nig. Ltd. Date of completion is a period of four weeks from the date of the payment of the mobilisation fee.
“ANSEC also approved the release of N1.9billion being the Revised Estimated Total Cost for the construction of Ukwuorji Awka – Umuenechi Village – Ifite Nibo – Isiagu Road with a 2.1km Spur to Zik Avenue.
“The contract was awarded to J. Quarison Int’l Limited with a completion period of five (dry weather) months from the date of the payment of the mobilization fee.
“The reconstruction of Port Harcourt Street, Onitsha was equally accented to by ANSEC at the sum of N1.8 billion for the reconstruction of Port Harcourt Street, Onitsha.
“The contract was awarded to FEROTEX Construction Company with a completion period of five months from the date of the payment of the mobilisation fee.
“Miss Elems Road, Onitsha was awarded for reconstruction by the council at the sum of N430 million. The contract was awarded to Mashuchun International Ltd with a completion period of 3 months from the date of the payment of the mobilization fee. There’s no denying the fact that Solution is indeed here.”
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Five men were allegedly burned to death today in Onitsha, Anambra State, after attempting to dispose of a tricycle operator’s tricycle.
According to a source in Onitsha who told Newsmen the story, the men tried to take a tricycle from the owner in broad daylight before being apprehended.
According to the source, the incident occurred on the old Nkpor road, near the People’s Club headquarters in the commercial hub of Onitsha.
“Mob who gathered after the men were rounded up, refused the advice of some people to call in the police.
“They first started by striping the men naked and beating them up, and eventually, some people brought old tyres and fuel, and they were set ablaze.
“It was a very bad sight today, and everyone watched and supervised, while the men burnt to death,” he said.
The incident was not confirmed by the Anambra State Police Command. As of the time of filing this story, a text message made to the command’s spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, has not been responded to.
The state police commissioner, CP Echeng Echeng, has previously warned Anambra State residents against using jungle justice.
Echeng has long argued that reporting suspected to police would aid in the investigation and determination of a suspect’s guilt before charging him in court.
On the contrary, in Onitsha, where jungle justice has persisted, many assume that denouncing a criminal court in the act will merely give them the opportunity to bribe their way out of jail.
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In the Upper Iweka neighborhood of Onitsha, some 80 people who were thought to be prominent criminals were detained.
In the commercial metropolis of Onitsha’s Upper Iweka neighborhood, which is known for having a high crime rate, the alleged perpetrators are thought to be responsible for petty crimes.
The Anambra Youth Volunteers’ leader and the Anambra North zonal coordinator of the Anambra Joint Enforcement Team (ANJET), Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu, claimed in a press release that the team’s efforts were spurred by Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, the state governor, who wanted a peaceful Christmas celebration.
In the past few weeks, a voicemail complaining about criminal activity in Upper Iweka went viral.
Okpalaezeukwu confirmed that after hearing the voice note, the group entered.
He said: “Going forward, the Anambra Youth Volunteers in collaboration with ANJET and other law enforcement agencies will continue to make Upper Iweka and its environs inhabitable for criminals.
“We have deployed a team of local youth volunteers around the state to support law enforcement agencies with intelligence and enforcement where necessary. We urge Ndi Anambra to support Mr Governor, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo’s effort to make our homeland liveable and prosperous.”
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Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanemere, better known as Odumeje, is the general overseer of the Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention Deliverance Ministry World Miracle Center. He was assaulted by Anambra state government authorities for impeding the demolition process.
Recall that the Anambra State government designated the ministry at No. 88B Bida Road, Fegge, Onitsha, for demolition in April.
According to reports, the church structure is perched on a sizable canal and is obstructing waterways, prompting the government to order its demolition as an illegal structure in accordance with Soludo’s plan to knock down over 200 structures in Onitsha that are obstructing the drainage system that connects the River Niger.
Government personnel can be seen striking the pastor in the viral footage before escorting him out of the church grounds.
Governor Soludo of APGA Party demolish Prophet Odumeje's church in Onitsha. The Indabosky beaten up and bundled out of the premises pic.twitter.com/CF3hygOSBH
— Chief Pigo Hedliger (@OfficialPigo) July 7, 2022
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On Monday, residents of Anambra State’s numerous cities, towns, and villages observed the weekly sit-at-home practice with increased gusto.
This was in response to last Monday’s killings in which over five people were killed by hoodlums implementing the order in various areas across the state.
Residents of Anambra had abandoned the weekly sit-at-home protest after the Easter break, but in what appeared to be a reminder last Monday, anonymous hoodlums, presumed to be IPOB members, restarted enforcement of the practice, resulting in fatalities.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, major cities including as Onitsha, Nnewi, Ekwulobia, and Umunze were completely shut down.
Businesses in Awka reopened skeletally, but the roads were barren of automobiles, as were most schools, marketplaces, banks, and other public areas.
Mr Ekene Eze, a journalist, believes the renewed observance of the Monday sit-at-home may be linked to the deaths last Monday.
“You know, these bad boys know what they are doing. Once people begin to think that normalcy is returning and that they can go to their businesses on Monday again, they will go to obscure places in Anambra and kill people, and the news will spread everywhere, and people will sit back in their houses,” he said.
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The girls were tested mainly for hepatitis B and C, the two most deadly variants of the killer disease, as well as HIV and AIDS.
Reverend Sister Dorathy Okoli, a Catholic nun, has carried out free medical tests for pr*stitutes at brothels in Onitsha.
Sister Okoli has been campaigning to rescue young girls who are into commercial s3x business.
The girls were tested mainly for hepatitis B and C, the two most deadly variants of the killer disease, as well as HIV and AIDS. There were also tests for malaria and typhoid fever, and S3xually Transmitted Infections, STIs.
In an interview with the Anambra Broadcasting Service, the Reverend said that getting the girls to run the test was another uphill task.
She said though the exercise was carried out free of charge, it took more than just the usual persuasion to get them to comply.
The Reverend said that ordinarily the medical tests should not be carried out in the brothels giving that the girls mostly return to the same vocation to meet the same disease that had been detected and treated.
The founder of an NGO, Save Young Girls Motherhood Foundation, maintained that organization direly needs a rehabilitation home where the repentant girls could be kept to learn vocational training, after which they would be empowered, to help them become financially independent and keep their minds away from the odd job.
She said the results of the tests would later be sent to their collated phone numbers, after which those whose test came back positive would be expected to visit hospitals for immediate treatment.
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Commercial operations in Onitsha, Nnewi, Awka, and other cities in Anambra State were halted on Wednesday as a result of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra’s sit-at-home home order.
Due to the order, significant businesses like as banks, car parks, fuel stations, marketplaces, schools, and roadside stores were closed, according to Anaedoonline.ng.
In several regions, it was difficult to spot even pedestrians because all highways in the cities named were empty of motor traffic.
Even the various police and military checkpoints surrounding Anambra, according to a source, were vacant, as was the River Niger Bridge in Onitsha, which is normally a hive of activity on a typical day.
Though the IPOB had called off the Monday sit at home, people in the southeast have continued to observe it.
The group said official days for the sit at home would only be days when its leader, Nnamdi Kanu would be taken to court.
It was, however, gathered that Kanu’s matter in Abuja was on Wednesday adjourned to Thursday. This may lead to another round of sit at home, which will make it three days in just one week.
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Onitsha and Nnewi, the commercial and industrial nerves of Anambra State, respectively, were grounded on Tuesday, as traders and businesses, including banks, closed shops to observe the prayer appeal by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, for its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Schools were not left, as primary and secondary school children were seen returning home.
Parents and guardians were also seen rushing to take their children and wards home.
Traders, who rushed to their businesses as usual for every Tuesday, since they continued to observe the IPOB suspended Monday weekly sit-at-home, were seen rushing back home.
They were not allowed to enter their market by their respective market leaders.
Onitsha Main Market, Ochanja Central Market, over 28 markets that make up Bridge Head Market, and their counterparts in Nnewi, including Nkwo Nnewi Market, Agbaedo Market and others were shut down to observe the prayer appeal.
According to IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful, there was no time IPOB issued a sit-at-home over its appeal for prayers for its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“We have cancelled everything about sit-at-home except on the days our leader is appearing in court,” said Powerful.
There was, however, normal vehicular and human movement on the streets and roads in Onitsha and Nnewi.
Awka Road, Oguta Road, Old and New Market roads, all in Onitsha; Nkwo Nnewi Roundabout, Owerri Road, Old Nnewi-Onitsha Road, Emecourt Road, Bank Road and other major streets in Nnewi industrial community were busy.
However, IPOB expressed surprise that the traders and private business operators including banks will shut down just because of mere appeal it made for prayers for its leader Mazi Kanu.
They said: “We did not issue any shut down today. What we appealed to the public for was prayers for the unconditional release of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and not for a sit-at-home.
“We have since cancelled and suspended all sit-at-homes except on the days our leader appears in court as Igbo elders demanded.
“Continued observance of Mondays’ weekly sit-at-home is a distractions to our people and we do not intend to add to Nigerian Federal government humiliation of our people.
“We are sure they will obliged us when we feel sit-at-home is necessary, not the sit-at home they are forced to obey by hoodlums, who wants to tarnish our image.”
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