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Ebonyi crisis: Sabotage suspected as 55 suspects arrested by Police escape from custody

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Ebonyi: Sabotage fingered as 55 suspects arrested by Police allegedly escape from custod

 

… Crisis will be over in days – Ebonyi Deputy Governor
…This is a promise – Ebonyi Commissioner
…We came back with suspects not up to 66 – Ebonyi CP

55 out of the 66 suspects arrested by a combined team of the Police and Army, Saturday escaped from Police custody in Effium Community of Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The suspects are alleged to be those behind the attacks and killings taking place in Effium/Ezza Effium Communities of the State.

Before their unfortunate disappearance, Ebonyi State Police Command was putting modalities in place to ensure their eventual transportation from Effium Community to the State Headquarters of the Command in Abakaliki.

The whereabouts of the said suspects are still not known as their disappearance occurred immediately after the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr Kelechi Igwe, other delegation including, the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division, Major General Taoreen Lagbaja who was on a-one day operational visit to the war-torn communities left the area.

Confirming the escape of the suspects, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha who condemned the development alleged that the escape of the suspects was done in collaboration with the Police.

“The Governor is not sleeping over the crisis in Effium. There has been the deployment of 150 soldiers and 120 mobile men, visiting team. Not minding the presence of other personnel therein.

“Our visit today was a major breakthrough as we arrested 66 suspects. It is unfortunate that 55 escaped. The security agencies whose responsibility it is to guard the suspects to Abakaliki compromised. As we moved they released them. The Governor through the Deputy Governor has demanded an explanation from the Commissioner of Police and the Officer Commanding troops there.

“The Commissioner of Police was there and he was reluctant. It was because of my insistent that the warlords were arrested. They said those arrested were vigilante. Vigilante again? When the Governor has announced a dusk to dawn curfew in the affected Communities. Who constituted such vigilante? This is a compromise. The suspects were rounded up and handed over to them. We are not getting the necessary support that we are supposed to get from the police.”

Reacting, the Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Aliyu denied any form of compromise adding that the Police came back with suspects as they were not up 66 in number.

“We came back with some suspects. They are not up to 66”

Addressing Newsmen at Effium Police Station, the Deputy Governor of the State, Dr Kelechi Eric Igwe expressed optimism that with the strategy on the ground, peace would soon return to the Effium/Ezza-Effium Communities in the State.

“The Community has left us with chains of predictability. Governor has done so much to ensure that the crisis in Effium is settled once and for all and when you think all is well something else crops up. It’s either they hire machinery (both sides) and disguise them as being indigenes of the community

“The Military and Police are still considerate; that there’s a force they could deploy to this place and innocent people will become casualties. From the strategy in place, we anticipate that there will be peace in Effium within some days.”

The GOC Commanding 82 Division, Major General Taoreen Lagbaja said he was the crisis-ridden Community to familiarize himself with the situation on the ground and advise his Commanders on the way forward.

“I have to come to Ebonyi this morning in response to the security challenges in Effium and Ezza Effium and advise my commanders on the way forward so that there will be peace as soon as possible.”

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open

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Against the usual practice of picking from the top echelon of the Civil Service,  Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Tuesday threw the position of Head of Service (HoS) of the state open, asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to apply within two weeks.

Umahi, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, said civil servants across the 13 LGAs of the state are qualified to apply within two weeks.

“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi requests applications from Civil Servants from Grade Level 14 and above to fill the vacancy of the Head Of Service (HOS), who shall be bowing out of Civil Service on 30th June 2021 after a meritorious and selfless service to the government and people of Ebonyi State,” the statement read in part.

The Governor further directed the civil servants to forward their applications to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG): “All applications are to be addressed to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, and submitted with all relevant credentials no later than 30th June, 2021.

Umahi added that “In replacing the outgoing Head of Service, the Government will be looking for the best for the State to continue the good work that the outgoing Head of Service began.

He applauded the loyalty, committed efforts and selfless service rendered by the out-going Head Of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Federal High Court Issues New Practice Direction For Filing Of Processes As Workers Resume

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The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC), Justice John Tsoho, has issued a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filing of processes.

The development, according to a statement by Catherine Oby-Nwandu, Chief Information Officer of FHC, on Friday night, followed the resumption of work after the two-month strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) was called off on on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN had, on April 6, shut down all courts nationwide to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level.

Although the industrial action was called off on Wednesday, June 9, the workers union directed all its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.

Justice Tsoho, in the statement, therefore ordered that notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the court rules, 2019, on computation of time for filling of court proceedings as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time, the period covering the JUSUN strike action would be exempted.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new Practice Direction on EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF DEFAULT FEES FOR FILING OF PROCESSES computation of time for the payment of default fees for extension of time for filing processes in the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the above period.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following Practice Directions:
“COMPUTATION of Time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;
“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on computation of time for filling of court proceedings or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“APPLICABILITY; These practice Directions shall, save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“CITATION; These Practice Directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The Practice Directions take effect from Tuesday, June 15, 2021.”(NAN)

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BUHARI REMOVES ARMSTRONG IDACHABA, REPLACES HIM WITH SHEHU ILELAH AS NBC DG.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the new director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

The statement said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.

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It added that Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster.

Ilelah takes over from the acting director-general of the agency, Armstrong Idachaba, who had been acting since the removal of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the esthwhile director-general who was removed over alleged corruption last year.

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