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Igweship Tussle: Women Group Protest Killing Of 5 Youths, Declare 4 Kidnapped, 20 Missing



By Chuks Eke

The intra-communal strife resulting from the ongoing chieftaincy tussle at Ogwuaniocha community in Anambra state’s Ogbaru Local Government Area continued unabated yesterday, with a factional women group protesting against the ongoing killings, abductions, and arrests of their sons and husbands by those they perceived as their opposition parties, aided by security agencies.

The women’s protest comes just two weeks after those loyal to the community’s missing government-recognised traditional ruler, Igwe Oliver Nnaji, protested publicly in Onitsha, accusing some youths in the area, whom they identified as Lion Squad, of abducting Igwe Nnaji in 2021 and killing and maiming others who are loyal to Igwe Nnaji.

Mrs. Ngozi Freda Nnaji, wife of the missing Igwe Oliver Nnaji, and Nkemdilim Onwurah, a woman leader in the area during the protest, recounted what they termed as their individual and collective ugly experiences they encountered in the hands of the Lion Squad which they alleged was led by an Igweship contender in the area, Chief Okwudili Ogana who is currently remanded in prison custody for various allegations.

But in their protest yesterday in Onitsha, the factional women group loyal to Okwudili Ogana told newsmen that they have gone into hiding since 2021 when those loyal to Igwe Nnaji collaborated with security agencies to suppress Ogana who was already selected and crowned as the Igwe by the entire community, only for Nnaji to use his connection in government to grab the chieftaincy certificate and staff of office from the previous administration.


The women numbering over 20, and led by the wife of Chief Ogana, Loveth Ogana alleged that the rate of killings, abductions, and arrests of their husbands, sons, and relations by those they identified as Pillar Youths otherwise known as Oliver-in-council has become so alarming that they have no other option than to protest.

According to Mrs  Ogana, “They started attacking my husband after his selection and installation. The government should come to our rescue because the intimidation by these deadly  Pillar Youths is much. We don’t know anything about the whereabouts of the so-called Igwe Oliver.

“I urge Governor Soludo to prevail on the Pillar Youths to release the husbands of those women and stop attacking us and killing our sons. Now pillar youths have declared us wanted and attack us daily,” she explained.

“We are therefore urging Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, to come to our rescue, even though we are insisting that the militant killer Pillar Youths have declared all of us who are in the opposing camp wanted and the said youths are in the payroll of a missing monarch, Igwe Oliver Nnaji”.

According to the protesters, some of them carried placards with the inscriptions, “Stop attacking us with Naval personnel,. Gov. Soludo comes to our rescue, releases our abducted husbands, and stops killing our sons, enough of this destruction of lives and property, among others, the pillar youths invade and attack them daily in their various camps in the area where they are taking refuge.


In her contribution, Mrs. Augustina Obijiadi Ejiofor, whose husband was abducted said, “My husband, Sunday Ejiofor, was abducted by Pillar youths when we went to sympathize with a relation that was bitten by a snake. Also, my husband’s brother was arrested by the same youths and is now at Awkuzu SARS. They didn’t commit any offense”.

“The problem in the community is lgweship/oil revenue derivation. Our monarch, Igwe Okwudili Ogana is now in detention, they started to attack him when he was installed as our monarch. They accused him of being responsible for the disappearance of one Oliver Nnaji who claimed to be our monarch by imposing on us himself as the igwe to collect oil money from our oil-rich community”.

“Oliver calls us amusu, (witchcrafts), for opposing him and always sends his pillar youths to abduct us and declare us wanted, in collaboration with the Navy, police, and Ebube Agu security outfit,” she further explained.

“We plead for the release of our abducted husbands and for them to stop killing our sons and destroying our property, we ran to camps where we have stayed for about three years without help and they come and abduct us there daily.

“Their people in Diaspora supply them with weapons and money to attack our boys who also fight them. Our boys are the Lion Squad,” she further disclosed.


In her contribution, Ndidi Ikechukwu Ohamanwa, sister to the detained Igwe Ogana disclosed that she was detained for five months just because she is a sister to Igwe Ogana who they accused of opposing the missing Igwe Nnaji.

“We have been declared wanted by Pillar Youths to be killed, some of our sons killed by Pillar youths were buried in the camps because of fear of burying them in their fathers’ compound.

We are protesting the abduction of our husbands, the constant killing of our youths, and arrest by Pillar youths in collaboration with Navy and other security operatives,” she hinted.

In her reaction, ljeoma Elumeziegbo whose husband was abducted, including her son-in-law, by Pillar Youths, said that she has not set her eyes on her husband and son-in-law since they were abducted a few weeks ago.

“At a point, our President General, PG, and the warring factions agreed that all abducted people should be released and we released those our people were holding but the Pillar Youths didn’t release our husbands and others they were holding till today


“The pillar youths and their people call us unknown gunmen to blackmail us when they are the unknown gunmen. Their people in the Diaspora supply them weapons and money which they use to attack and kill us,” she lamented.

Mrs Njideka Anene, a woman whose son, Uzodinma Anene, was killed, cried to Gov. Soludo to come to the rescue of the people adding that her 34-year-old son was killed in the camp when the pillar youths stormed it.

“He was married with two kids and now, l, an old woman takes care of the two kids left by my son. They still attack us in the camp where we run to for safety, she maintained.

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Group Calls For Protection Of Journalists In Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi States



The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged for necessary measures to protect journalists and other media workers during this weekend’s off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.

The group sent the request to the federal and state governments, as well as law enforcement and security agencies, stressing that the role of journalists in disseminating information about the electoral process is critical to ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.

In a statement issued ahead of the elections in Lagos and signed by the Communications Officer, Media Rights Agenda, Idowu Adewale, MRA also urged journalists to be cautious and to use its existing hotline (08138755660) to report any threat or attack they may encounter during the process, as well as any obstacle.

Adewale said in the statement: “Given the pattern of heightened attacks on journalists and the media during previous elections, including the recent 2023 general elections, as well as the tense political climate in the three states in the lead-up to the elections, measures must be taken to ensure general security during the elections and provide adequate protection for journalists covering the elections.”

“Access to information allows citizens and other members of the public to have the information they need about political and electoral processes, facilitating effective public participation in elections,” he says.


“Journalists and the media play an important role in ensuring residents and other members of the public have access to information and may participate in the process.

“As part of efforts to preserve the integrity of the polls, it is also critical that the safety and well-being of these interlocutors be assured and safeguarded.”

Lamenting the increased number of attacks on journalists in the run-up to the off-cycle elections, as well as earlier this year in the run-up to the general elections, he emphasised that “a free and vibrant media is fundamental to a healthy democracy, and journalists must be able to carry out their duties without fear, coercion, or violence.” During this vital phase, MRA stands ready to assist them and assure their safety.”


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Police Nab Husband, As Mother Of ‘Mummy Be Calming Down’ Boy Takes Own Life



Men from the Edo State Police Command are said to have detained Mrs. Toluige Olokoobi’s husband after he allegedly murdered her.

Olokoobi was the mother of Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, the tiny boy whose video went viral in 2020 after he pleaded with his mother, “Mummy be calming down.”

Oreofeoluwa rose to prominence on social media after a video of him crying in an attempt to confidently appeal to his mother, who chastised him, went viral.

The film inspired Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who used it to deliver an Eid-el-Kabir appeal to Muslims and Lagos people in general to remain calm during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Following that, the youngster and his family met with the governor, who praised his bravery and poise.


While little has been heard about the family in three years, heartbreaking news broke on social media on Tuesday that the boy’s mother had committed suicide.

According to an X user, Olokoobi committed suicide in Benin, the capital of Edo State, for unknown reasons.

The X user, who stated that he was present at the site on Monday afternoon, went on to say that she had refused to disclose her difficulties with anyone before committing herself.

“The woman in the viral Mummy Calm Down video has just committed suicide here in Benin,” he stated in an email.

“She refused to discuss her problems with anyone.” She abandoned three children for her husband, including the well-known Mummy Calm Down boy.”


Meanwhile, confirming Olokoobi’s death in a chat with BBC Pidgin, the spokesperson of the Edo State police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said her husband has been arrested and detained for questioning.

Nwabuzor said the husband reported the matter to the police.

The police spokesperson quoted the husband to have said that “he came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck”.

Nwabuzor said she was rushed to the hospital and then to the mortuary after she was confirmed dead. (Adapted from a Vanguard report).

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Anambra: CP Aderemi Adeoye Decorates Promoted Officers With New Ranks



The Anambra State Police Command Headquarters Conference Hall was a hive of activity Thursday as CP Aderemi Adeoye took turns decorating around 18 promoted officers of the command with their new titles.

The delight of some of the officers whose wives assisted the CP in decorating their husbands with their new ranks knew no bounds, as their husbands duly saluted their wives and the CP for their new positions and responsibilities.

Obi Innocent, one of the officers elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), whose wife joined CP Aderemi Adeoye in adorning him with his new rank, said it was wonderful that the Inspector General of Police thought him worthy.

CSP Obi Innocent, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13, Police Zonal Headquarters Ukpo, stated that his new rank was a call to service and that he would do his best to uphold the charge given to them by CP Aderemi Adeoye to respect and protect the citizenry’s fundamental rights in the discharge of their new assignments.

Charity Akharame, who was honoured with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and was the only female officer among the 18 promoted officers decorated with new ranks, said it was not an easy feat but she was grateful to be among those who were decorated with their new ranks.


DSP Charity Akharame, the officer in charge of stores in the Anambra State Police Command, recalled how she began as a Police Constable and worked her way up to her current position as Deputy Superintendent of Police.

She stated that as a very disciplined police officer, she would follow the Police Commissioner’s directions regarding respect for all and sundry in the fulfillment of her constitutional obligations.

Jane-Frances Obi, one of the spouses of the officers elevated to the level of CSP, stated that being the wife of a police officer was not an easy assignment. As a result, she recommended any lady who is married to a police officer to be patient and understanding because the job is quite demanding.

Jane-Frances Obi, whose husband is Innocent Obi, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13 Ukpo, believes the promotion is a reward for years of being patient, understanding, and standing in for them when they are not present.

Meanwhile, Emenike Chinenyenwa, who was decorated with the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and presented a vote of appreciation, expressed deep gratitude to the IGP and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission for considering them worthy of being adorned in their new ranks.


ACP Emenike, the officer in charge of Medicals, stated that the elevation comes with increased responsibility and that they will work harder in their new tasks.

CP Aderemi Adeoye praised the current promotion winners in his remarks, noting that two aspects make the police career very interesting and eventful. He stated that one is for promotion and the other is for positions.

CP Adeoye, on the other hand, urged the newly honored officers to develop more empathy, compassion, care, and dedication in the performance of their jobs.

The police chief insisted that newly promoted officers must first recognise that they share the same humanity as others, and as a result, they must treat all people with dignity and protect their fundamental human rights at all times.

CP Aderemi Adeoye stressed that without the enormous roles of spouses, they wouldn’t have been successful in their careers. He therefore congratulated all the promoted and prayed that God gives them good health to enjoy the new ranks and the energy to discharge the responsibilities of their new offices.

  • Source: Independent


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