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Umeh to Soludo: Shame on you! Ask for Igbo forgiveness not votes, for betraying Obi



Nothing short of immediate and unreserved apologies, is needed from Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, to assuage the feelings of the people of the South East, particularly the indigenes of the state for his attempt to destroy the presidential quest of Peter Obi, in the February 25 election.

On November 14 2022, Soludo had come out with his infamous public letter to Nigerians, in which he claimed that Obi was a non-starter in the election, as the race was purely between Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and had since then acted in manners suggesting that he did not want Obi to win the election.

Against the backdrop of Soludo’s recent campaigns to the people of the state to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APGA) in Saturday’s state elections for the House of Assembly, which is the only election that would be taking place in the state, given that the governorship election had just taken place, last year, Victor Umeh, a top politician from the state, advised him to take the first step of apologising to the people currently hurting from his anti-Igbo activities.

Umeh, former National Chairman of APGA, who was quite instrumental to Soludo’s emergence as governor, said on Wednesday, said APGA had no moral justification to seek votes for candidates in the coming election, after sabotaging Obi in the just- concluded presidential election.

Umeh, who dumped APGA for LP, after he was denied ticket by the party leadership, said the required apology, not only to the people of Anambra but entire Igbo, should come in form of a statewide broadcast.

Making his point as a guest of a radio programme in Awka, the Anambra State capital, Umeh who said the governor should not expect any reward for his infamy, added that the people had no place for the treachery for which the new leadership of APGA had become known.

Describing as unnecessary Soludo’s plea for votes, which he said was borne of out fear of impeachment, urging people of the State to ignore such last minute appeal and vote for LP candidates in the Saturday’s election, he said: “Governor Soludo should do a state broadcast and apologise to Anambra State, Peter Obi, Ndigbo and Nigerians for campaigning against the leader of the new political movement in Nigeria Mr Obi before asking for votes for candidates of APGA in the State Assembly election coming up on Saturday.

“Our campaign in LP is top to bottom and top to bottom ends on March 11. Mr. Obi called a world press conference at Abuja and asked us to vote for LP candidates for governorship and the house of assembly election on march 11.

“Soludo said that Peter Obi will not get 25 per cent in three states but according to INEC, Peter Obi got 25 per cent in 20 states but when they announce the real result, Obi will get 25 per cent in 30 states.

“It is surprising and amusing that Governor Soludo is now desperate to call meetings and begging everyone to vote for APGA on march 11 so that he will not be impeached. But that is an exercise in futility, House of Assembly is not the property of anybody.

“No one will impeach him, but we need legislators that will check his executive recklessness. He should stop being afraid of his shadows, and face his work and do well instead of pleading for rubber stamp lawmakers. The only way for democracy to thrive in Nigeria is when you have independent lawmakers.

“Soludo’s arrogance should be checkmated. If he doesn’t have a skeleton in his cupboard then he will do his work with his executive power. Independent legislators are needed to stop his impunity.

“If he doesn’t commit an impeachable offence, then he won’t be impeached. Obi was a governor in his first term in office with no APGA legislator. When he was removed by the legislators, he came back through the court because he committed no impeachable offence.”




Again Nigeria, has missed out in the list of African countries given the official nod to visit Canada without visa, as two other countries for the continent has been added to the list of 13 different countries across Asia, Africa, Central and South America, announced by the country’s authorities.

The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, said visa-free travel is extended to Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts-Nevis, Panama, Argentina, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Morocco, Seychelles, st. Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand and the Philippines.

While north Africa’s Morocco and East Africa’s Seychelles joined the list, Nigeria the most populous African nation didn’t make the cut, with Fraser, saying: “An expansion of the electronic travel authorization better known as the eTA programs makes it easier for ‘known travellers’ from those countries to come here for fun and business.’

Stating that the expansion not only enhanced convenience for travellers, it would also increase travel, tourism and economic benefits, as well as strengthen global bonds with these 13 countries, he said: “The known travellers from these countries can save a lot of money as a result of the visa exemptions.”

A visitor visa currently costs $100 per person and $500 for a family of five or more, but an eTA only costs seven dollars per person and is valid for as long as five years.

According to the government, introducing visa-free air travel will make it faster, easier, and more affordable for thousands of travellers to visit Canada for up to six months for either business or leisure.

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Police save man, lady accused of ritual murder from lynch-mob in Anambra *Say victims innocent



It has turned out that the two people, a man and a lady, seen in a viral video, being assaulted by an angry mob who were about to set them on fire for allegedly killing two men in Anambra community for ritual purposes, are not guilty of the offence.

Anambra State Police Command, who confirmed on Thursday that the two had been rescued by their operatives, from the hands of the angry mob in Ihiala, Ihiala Local Government Area of the state, who attempted to set them on fire, claimed that they were being wrongly accused.

Spokesman of the command Tochukwu Ikenga, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), and spokesman of the command, who made the disclosure in a statement, said that its operatives rescued two victims and a suspect who was about to be lynched by an angry mob at the Total Junction in Ihiala.

Stating that the incident was not a case of ritual killing but a pure incident of murder, he said: “Preliminary information reveals that the two victims, a man and a woman, who were humiliated and paraded as shown in social media video by the angry mob, were erroneously accused by the mob. The victims were seen at the scene where the murder took place and were not the perpetrators.”

Ikenga, who informed that both the suspect and the victims were currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital while the deceased has been deposited in a morgue, appealed to the public never to take laws into their hands irrespective of assumed offence.

Disclosing that the Commissioner of Police (CP), Echeng Echeng, was already on top of the situation and had since sued for calm, he added that the police boss had also ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), for a comprehensive investigation, while assuring that further developments would be communicated to the public and that all residents to go about their lawful duties.

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Panic! Gunmen storm Anambra Assembly, attempt to bundle away lawmaker



Panic-stricken members of the Anambra State House of Assembly, watched in utter horror on Thursday as one of their colleagues was bundled into a waiting vehicle, by four gun-wielding men, preparatory to being whisked away, before mother-luck came calling.

It took the quick reflexes of security guards at the entrance who locked the gate, to prevent the armed men, who later turned out to be operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) from completing the operation.

The target of the operatives was Onyekachukwu Ike, the House of Assembly-elect member for the Nnewi North constituency, who had joined in the valedictory session for outgoing members, though it is not known why the members of the agency were after him.

Eyewitness account, said the operatives arrived the Assembly complex in three vehicles in a commando version, grabbed the member-elect as he emerged from the venue validectory thanksgiving mass for the seventh Assembly and forced him into their waiting vehicle.

However, it took the eagle-eyed members of the security team of the assembly to truncate the attempt to drive the lawmaker away, because they quickly locked the exit gate, thus halting the operation, as it gave people the opportunity to intervene.

Reacting to the incident, Acting Clerk of the Assembly, Esther Aneto, who bemoaned the manner the operatives carried out the operation, said neither the authorities of the assembly, nor the police was informed about it.

It took the intervention of the Speaker, Uche Okafor, and the Deputy Governor, Onyeka Ibezim, who came to represent the Governor at the Valedictory session before the member-elect was released from the vice grips of the DSS operatives, who however, explained that they had a court order to arrest him.


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