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Oborevwori Visits Late Asagba’s  Family, Condoles Asaba People

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Oborevwori (centre) during the visit

Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Monday, has visited the palace of the  Asagba of Asaba to commiserate with the family and the people of Asaba at large on the passing of His Royal Majesty Obi Professor Chike Edozien.

Governor Oborevwori while addressing palace chiefs, the widow and family members of the late monarch in company of his Deputy, Sir Monday Onyeme, members of the State Executive Council and other top government functionaries, expressed shock at the passing of the revered monarch.

The Governor said; “a few days ago, I received a letter from the Palace of the Asagba of Asaba, informing me of the demise of HRM Obi Professor Joseph Chike Edozien.

“It came to us as a rude shock because I remember during my campaign I was here, Agunwanyi was also seated beside the Asagba and he prayed for me.

“After my swearing-in, I came to this same palace one quiet evening and we discussed at length about the development of Asaba.

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“It is sad that His Royal Majesty has passed on because he was somebody that was well respected and who got to the peak of his career.

“When you listen to him, you know he is somebody with so much knowledge and anybody who cares to listen must tap some knowledge from him;  I can tell you that we are using some of his advices to work.

“I want to assure the family that we are with them at this time of grief. I commiserate with our mummy, Her Royal Majesty, Agunwanyi, the children, his family, the Palace of the Asagba of Asaba, Asaba people and the entire people of Oshimili South Local Government over his demise.

“We pray that God grants him eternal rest. We know that he has gone to rest with the Lord and we are with you at this time of grief.”

In an interview with journalists during the visit, Governor Oborevwori expressed sadness at the passing of the respected monarch whom he described as a leader who was passionate about the growth and development of his people and the peace and unity of the state and the nation.

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He said: “The news of his death came to me as a rude shock because, no matter the age a person, if he passes on you will still feel it.  Well, it has happened and we cannot question God and that is why I have come here with my Deputy Governor and other members of the State Executive Council to commiserate with his family, his subjects and the entire people of Oshimili South over this great loss.

“Our prayer is for God to grant him eternal rest.”

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Gov. Otti Visits Late Ogbonnaya Onu’s Family In Abuja, Condoles Wife

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*Governor Otti and Dr. Onu's widow are photographed with the former Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi (left), and the Principal Secretary to the Abia State Governor, Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, as well as other Onu family members.

Dr. Alex Otti, governor of Abia State, paid a condolence visit to the family of Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the state’s late former governor, on Wednesday.

Onu, Abia’s first civilian governor (January 1992-November 1993) and former Minister of Science and Technology, died on April 11, 2024, in an Abuja hospital.

According to Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Otti immediately expressed his condolences to the family in a statement issued by his office following the death announcement.

The Governor was accompanied on the visit by Rotimi Amaechi, the former Governor of Rivers State and former Minister of Transport, and his Principal Secretary, Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu.

 

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Gov. Otti Condoles NSA, Nuhu Ribadu, Over Brother’s Demise 

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Nuhi Ribadu

Dr. Alex Otti, the Governor of Abia State, has expressed his heartfelt condolences to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the National Security Adviser (NSA), on the death of his elder brother, Salihu Ahmadu Ribadu.

Governor Otti’s sympathies were conveyed in a statement by Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

According to the Governor’s statement, while death is a natural part of life, losing a close family member in their prime can be extremely painful and traumatic.

Governor Otti prayed that God would by His infinite grace comfort Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and all the other family members.

“On behalf of my family, government, and the people of Abia State, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and the entire Ribadu family on the passing of your brother, son, and father, Salihu Ahmadu Ribadu.

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“While we accept that death is an inevitable part of life, we also recognise that the loss of a loved one or close family member is frequently accompanied by a great deal of pain, regret, and anguish, and this is one of them.

“In this time of grief, we are thinking of you and your family. The Governor said, “It is our prayer that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the departed eternal repose and give you the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”

 

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Police Urged To Interrogate Producer Of Movie Production Where Junior Pope Died In Boat Mishap.

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Reactions have continued to follow the tragic death of superstar actor JohnPaul Obumneme Odowondo, also known as Junior Pope, who died on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, while returning from a remote filming location on a speed boat along the coast of the River Niger.

A viral video shot by the late actor himself while on board sail that fateful day shows him warning the boat captain to slow down and concentrate to avoid mishaps. That he has three children (3 boys) to care for and watch grow into adults in his lifetime.

In the video, Junior Pope also stated that he was crossing the River Niger in a boat without a life jacket, and that the world could see the level of risk they took just to entertain them. Not too long after he made the video, the recalcitrant boat captain colluded with a fisherman’s boat and all passengers on board drowned as boat capsized.

According to online reports, Tochukwu Okafor, another upcoming star actor who was one of the victims of the boat mishap, said he narrowly escaped death because none of the actors or crew members, except the producer and director, wore life jackets.

Although recent reports have it that Emeka Rollas, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has banned movie productions in coastal areas after confirming the death of Junior Pope; there was need for the Anambra State Police Command to arrest and interrogate the Producer and Executive Producer over the non-use of lifejackets by their artistes and crew, as confirmed by the late Junior Pope and TC Okafor, who narrowly escaped death during the catastrophic boat accident.

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Furthermore, the late actor’s remains have sparked a series of controversies, with social media stories revealing that the Anam community in Anambra-West is demanding that Junior Pope’s body be buried inside the Anam River where he died, or that his family pay the community N40 million to bury him in his Ukehe country home in Enugu State.

Reports say the reason Anam community insisted Junior Pope be buried inside the Anam River was because he died in the River and his body belonged to the goddess of the River. That anything on the contrary would amount to dire spiritual consequences.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Command had commiserated with the families of the victims of the catastrophic boat mishap.

A statement from the Police Public Relations Officer of the command SP Tochukwu Ikenga reads, ” The Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, CP Aderemi Adeoye, has extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of actors who lost their lives as a result of a Boat Accident which occured on the River Niger in the afternoon of Wednesday, 10th April, 2024.

The boat, one of two that conveyed the crew to a film location in Anambra West LGA of Anambra State, was returning to Asaba, where it took off from when the accident happened.

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Anambra Command Marine Police responded to the capsize and successfully rescued six actors and one actress from the water.

Two others who were unconscious were also pulled out with the aid of fishermen and conveyed to the Delta State Command Marine Police Jetty where other members of the crew who travelled in the first boat were waiting and handed over to the President of the Actors Guild for conveyance to the Hospital while the rescue team went back in search of three others who are still missing as at the time of this release.

Although the accident happened within the jurisdiction of Anambra State Command, issues relating to release of bodies of the accident victims for a decent burial are to be handled by Delta State Police Command.

The Commissioner of Police CP Aderemi Adeoye commiserate with family, friends and fans of the actors who died as a result of the boat mishap. He prayed Almighty God to grant their souls a sweet repose.

Preliminary investigations have shed light on the cause of the accident. The Commissioner of Police has ordered an exhaustive investigation to determine criminal liability for any persons involved in the mishap.

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