My Story- Bianca Ojukwu
As the inaugural ceremonies for Prof Charles Soludo and his deputy began and all guests were seated, the Former First Lady of Anambra State, Mrs. Ebele Obiano, was noticeably absent. She then arrived some one-and-a-half hours later while the ceremony was on. I didn’t pay any particular attention to her arrival. Surprisingly, she then walked towards me and I thought she was coming to greet me. Instead, when she got to where I was seated, she verbally attacked me with her voice raised, taunting me and asking me what I was there to do and using unprintable vile language.
She asked if I had come to celebrate their last day in office. But I ignored her completely. Then, she kept aggressively putting her hands on my shoulders and shouting. While I ignored her verbal onslaught, as advised by those sitting around me, I requested twice that she refrained from touching me with her hands. She proceeded to do so yet again and went further to grab at my head-tie, which she attempted unsuccessfully to remove. This very act is considered a sacrilege to a titled matriarch such as myself in Igbo culture. It was at this point that I stood up to defend myself and gave her a dirty slap to stop her from attacking me. As she made towards me, I then pulled away her wig. She held on to her wig with her two hands and tried to take the wig away from me. The former APGA chairman, Umeh, told her to leave me and told engaged APGA members that had gathered at the spot to lead her away, which they did and took her to the seat next to her husband Chief Willie Obiano who sat through the entire episode completely speechless. What struck me through the whole episode was the fact that she was clearly intoxicated. I was stunned by the stench of whisky in her breath at such an early hour of the day. How could a first lady be so drunk and proceeded to turn up in that state at an Inauguration ceremony that began at 9 am? It is unfortunate that she threw all caution to the wind and imported this kind of melodrama to a state ceremony. This was highly embarrassing to the Governor who left the venue almost immediately, taking her along with him. Luckily, this did not disrupt the proceedings and I stayed back to witness the ceremony to the end after which we were treated to a sumptuous reception at the Government House.
– Ambassador Bianca Odimegwu- Ojukwu, former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain and APGA BOT member.
NDLEA Nabs Mkpuru Mmiri Cook In Imo, Five Airport Drug Syndicate, Others
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a professional methamphetamine cook (Mkpuru Mmiri), Reuben Bekweri, in Owerri, Imo State capital.
Bekweri, 34, was arrested while trying to distribute a kilogramme of the illicit drug, he cooked and packaged in seven nylon sachets in the Irete area of Imo State capital on Saturday, March 26.
Also, the agency arrested a fleeing drug kingpin heading a syndicate operating at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos and six other members of his gang.
Spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said the arrest followed a string of fresh offensives against drug cartels across Nigeria.
He noted that the Lagos airport drug syndicate was behind the smuggling of 1, 584,000 tablets of tramadol seized on Tuesday, March 15 by NDLEA operatives in collaboration with Aviation Security (AVSEC) and Customs service personnel at the airport.
The seizure includes, 17 cartons of 250mg tramadol branded as “Tamra” weighing 669.70kg and five cartons of 225mg tramadol under the brand name “Royal” with a gross weight of 217.15kg.
Babafemi stressed that the psychotropic substance, which was imported into the country from Pakistan was smuggled through the airport tarmac using one of the vehicles of the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) and was intercepted at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Personnel Yard.
According to him, two suspects: Ofijeh John Mowa, a SAHCO driver and Nyam Gazu Alex, who is a security guard with the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) were initially arrested in connection with the seizure.
Further investigations by NDLEA operatives, he said, however led to the arrest of five other persons involved in the crime including the ringleader, Yunana Fidelis , who fled Lagos to Kaduna the moment their lid was blown open.
Others are Adesanwo Temitope; Owoseni Taiwo Temidayo; Fasoranti Shola and Bamigbade Jonathan. Fidelis who is also a staff of NACHO had escaped and fled to Kaduna after depositing N19.8 million cash with a Bureau De Change (BDC) operator to be paid later into his bank account.
After tracking him for days in Kaduna, on Friday, March 25, Fidelis relocated to Abuja, where he was eventually arrested by NDLEA operatives at about 7:00p.m. on Sunday, March 27, while he was trying to collect N1 million cash from an undercover agent, who posed as a BDC operator.
In addition to recovering the cash Fidelis deposited with the BDC operator in Lagos, the agency had also placed a post no debit order on his identified bank accounts.
In Ado Ekiti, narcotic officers on Monday, March 28, also arrested a 42-year-old lawyer, Mr. Mayowa Oluwanisomo, in Zone 4, Embassy Island, Moferere area of the Ekiti State capital following credible intelligence that he deals in psychotropic substances.
A total of 11, 570 tablets of tramadol weighing 7.3 kilogrammes were recovered from him when his residence was searched.
The NDLEA spokesperson, said the lawyer admitted ownership of the drug exhibits, adding that he graduated from Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti and Abuja campus of the Nigerian Law School in 2016.
MEANWHILE, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), has commended officers and men of MMIA, Imo and Ekiti states Commands for sustaining the offensive action against drug cartels in their respective areas of responsibility.
OKOWA ASSURES NDOKWA PEOPLE OF HIS ADMINISTRATION’S COMMITMENT TO THEIR WELL-BEING
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Friday (today) reassured the people of Ndokwa nation that his administration will remain fair and just to the area with respect to the distribution of the dividends of democracy
The Governor, who was speaking when the leadership of Ikolobie Ndokwa paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Asaba, said the perceived marginalisation of the Ndokwa nation was only an imagination of a few individuals bent on polluting the minds of Ndokwa people in order to discredit his administration.
He cited the Beneku bridge and road project, as well as the Kwale Industrial Park as key development initiatives of the state government, which on completion, would change the narrative of underdevelopment of Ndokwa land, emphasizing that things would soon get better for that part of the state.
While assuring that the projects, and indeed others initiated by his administration across the state, would be completed before the end of his tenure of office, Senator Okowa thanked Ndokwa youths for their peaceful disposition, which had aided the smooth execution of projects in the area.
The Governor commended one of his aides, Honourable Nnamdi Ezechi, for diligently serving the interest of youths, particularly of the Ndokwa nation, noting that he had always carried the youths along and vigorously sensitizing them on government policies and programmes.
Okowa, who announced the approval of five Special Assistant slots for the visiting youths, stated that Ndokwa sons holding key positions in his cabinet had contributed immensely to the success story of his administration and promised to continue to partner with people of the area in his determination to finish strong.
Earlier, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Ikolobie Ndokwa and Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Development, Honourable Nnamdi Ezechi, who led the delegation, thanked me Governor for all he had been doing for the people of Ndokwa nation, citing the execution of key projects, including the ongoing Beneku bridge and road project, the Kwale Industrial Park, as well as the appointment of Chief Fidelis Tilije, Chief Festus Ochonogor, Chief Chika Ossai and Sir Monday Onyeme to key positions in government.
Also speaking, the President General of Ikolobie Ndokwa, Comrade Anslem Nzete and spokesperson for the group, Comrade Fidelis Azaka, urged the Governor to prevail on the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to increase the quantum of oil and gas in Ndokwa land in view of the huge reserves of the natural resources in the area, among other requests.
While pledging continued support for the state government, the duo disclosed plans by the group to embark on a sensitization tour of all the wards in Ndokwa land ahead of the 2023 elections.
Keke operators commend Okowa for making roads motorable
The operators of tricycles in Asaba, the Delta State capital have commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State especially for making roads motorable for them and others.
Also commended was the State Chairman, Tricycle/ Motorcycle Association Delta state chapter, Obi Nzete, and the breach A Chairman in Oshimili South, Mr. Dauda.
Rising from its monthly meeting at Ogbe-Ilo Unit, the Chairman of the Association Ogbe-Ilo Unit, Mr. Johnfreema Chiadikabia passed a vote of confidence on the governor Okowa for road infrastructures in the state.
“We the Keke operators after carefully examining Governor Okowa’s roads infrastructures in the state, especially in Asaba, we want to commend the Governor for making roads motorable for Keke drivers.
It makes our work easy and the maintenance of our tricycles less than what it used to be. We also commend our leaders Obi Nzete and Branch A Chairman Mr. Dauda for their implicit leadership so far” they declared.
Meanwhile, operators lamented the alleged extortion, harassment, and ceasing of their tricycles by the police in the state.
Lamenting their ordeals in the hands of the police, Keke operators, said, “Immediately 6:30 pm, the police will start disturbing us. All the money we work from morning to 6:30 pm will be collected from us in the name of the arrest.
“As I speak to you now, many of our tricycles are currently parked at police B’ Division. Their patrol team have been chasing us even to the extent one of our member was involved in an accident where his leg was cut off by a truck”
In his remark, Chairman of the Tricycle/Motorcycle Association Branch ‘A’ Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Dauda Ismaila said the union will interface with the Police Command to address the issue of alleged extortion.
He urged members to maintain rules and order, assuring that the union will continue to meet the police to address the situation.