Umahi’s Commissioner Refuses To Join APC, Resigns Appointment (Pix)

The Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs in Ebonyi State, Hon. Laz Ogbe has resigned his appointment,

In a letter dated 12th November, 2020 , Hon. Ogbe said he has resigned his appointment and thanked the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

It was gathered that Ogbe’s resignation is because of his refusal to join All Progressives Congress, APC with Umahi.

It was also reported that Umahi on Tuesday met with the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and told him he is leaving PDP for APC.

Umahi is reportedly making moves to contest for bigger position come 2023 General elections.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Recall that Ogbe contested for a second tenure for the House of Representative in 2019 and won but was later sacked by the Election Tribunal sitting in Enugu state.Recall that Ogbe contested for a second tenure for the House of Representative in 2019 and won but was later sacked by the Election Tribunal sitting in Enugu state.

Afikpo Women Protest Destruction Of Farm Produce By Herdsmen

…Call On FGN, State Govt. To Forestall Clashes

Abakaliki- Hundreds of women from four communities of Nkpoghoro, Ugwuegu, Ohaisu and Itim in Afikpo North L.G.A have taken to the streets of Afikpo town in Ebonyi state protesting destruction of their farm produce by herdsmen.l

They chanted songs, carried sticks in their hands, called on the state and federal governments to wade in to the matter before their people retaliated.

Their grievances were on alleged high rate of destruction of their farm produce by the Fulani herdsmen.

According to their spokes person, Madam Ogwu Idume, their rice and cassava farms, including streams which is the source of drinking water in the farm areas had beendestroyed, polluted.

“Several efforts have been made previously through discussions with the head of the Hausa and Fulani community in Afikpo with no results”, she stated.

The protesters went through Eke Market and the Local Government Council headquarters.

The Coordinator of Afikpo North L.GA Mrs Amuche Otunta Godwin calmed the women, stating that violence has never solved any problem, appreciated their peaceful protest and commended their courage and efforts but charged them to go home and stop further protest.

“As women in government we will approach the issue at the state level”.

36 feared killed in road mishap in Ebonyi

No fewer than 36 persons have died in a road accident along Akaeze-Ishiagu highway in Akaeze Development Centre, Ivo local government area of Ebonyi state.

It was gathered that the incident occurred on Friday at about 5:45pm.

A witness told our correspondent that the accident occurred when an Enugu –bound 608 bus conveying people returning from a burial ceremony in Ebonyi state attempted to overtake a trailer just before a bridge in the area .

The driver of the bus was said to have lost control of the vehicle and veered off into the river and got submerged immediately.

As at the time of filing this report, only five persons in critical conditions had been reportedly found and rushed to the hospital for treatment.

‘’An accident just occurred at Akaeze Development Centre. A 608 bus carrying 36 persons returning from a burial in Ebonyi heading to Enugu while trying to overtake a trailer, the driver lost control and the bus jumped into the river .Up till now, more than 20 minutes after the incident none of them has been found’’ the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Ebonyi Command of the Nigeria Police DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident to our correspondent ,describing it as ‘very unfortunate incident ‘

She however disclosed that about five persons had so far been rescued from the river, adding that efforts were on to rescue others.

”It is a very unfortunate incident. The DPO of the area just told me that about five persons have been rescued and rushed to the hospital while efforts were on to see if some other persons can be rescued too. Our men are already on ground to see what can be done to help the situation” Odah said.