Gov. Ikpeazu Finally Lifts Curfew In Aba

Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu finally lifted the 10p.m. to 6a.m. curfew imposed on Aba on Sept. 12, as a result of improved security situation in the commercial city.

Ikpeazu via a statement issued in Umuahia on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Enyinnaya Appolos, commended Aba residents for compliance during the period the curfew lasted.

The governor commended the residents of Aba for complying with the curfew order and urged them to remain law abiding in order to ensure lasting peace in the city.

He thanked security agencies for their efforts during the period the curfew lasted and protection of lives and property in Aba.According to news reports, the governor imposed the curfew following clashes between some members of pro-Biafra group and the military.

The curfew was reviewed on Sept. 18 from 10 p.m to 6 a.m.

Abia Govt Extends Curfew Till Friday

Abia Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has extended the three-day dusk to dawn curfew he imposed on Aba to Friday, Sept. 15.

Ikpeazu made this known in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Enyinnaya Appolos in Umuahia on Wednesday.

He advised residents and visitors to cooperate with security agents in order to ensure the maintenance of law and order within the commercial city and its environs.

Ikpeazu expressed displeasure that people were being compelled to raise their hands while passing through security checkpoints.

He, therefore, urged security agents and all authorities concerned to ensure that such acts and other forms of inhumane and barbaric treatment of people were discontinued immediately.

Okezie Ikpeazuon Tuesday clamped a three-day dusk to dawn curfew in the state’s commercial nerve centre beginning 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The curfew has now been extended to Friday.

Ikpeazu, Traditional Rulers, Army Meet Over ‎IPOB-Military Face-Off

The face-off between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Nigerian Army has changed the security situation in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia state, Southern Nigeria.

The tensed security situation in the state came after the Nigerian Army launched Operation Python Dance II in the Southeast region.

The operation led to a face-off between the Nigerian Army and some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday, September 10.

The Sunday clash in its wake left three (3) people injured, with the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu saying the Nigeria Army is instigating IPOB members to pick up arms.

The Nigerian Army returned to Kanu’s Afaraukwu country home in Abia state on Tuesday, September 12 with about 10 Armoured Carrier Vehicles and seven Hilux vans, with the development forcing shop owners in the area to close immediately.

Apparently displeased with the security situation in the state, the Abia state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, imposed a three-day curfew on Aba in a statement signed by him and sent to the media

On Wednesday, the Governor extended the three days curfew in Aba to Friday, September 15, 2017, a move which is aimed at calming the tension in the commercial nerve centre of the state.

The governor, alongside Traditional Rulers in the State, met with the General Officer Commanding (GOC) commanding the 82 Division of the Nigeria Army Enugu, Major General A.B. Abubakar, at Government House in Umuahia, the Abia state capital on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Ikpeazu and the Traditional rulers appealed to the GOC to reduce military presence in the state, particularly in Aba and Umuahia, as tension in the areas have gone down

The governor noted that the Nigerian Police and other security agencies should ensure that those who are brought into Abia from other states, in order to cause trouble and engage in acts capable of causing breach of law and order, should be prevented from entering the state.

In a related development, the Nigerian Army says the General Officer Commanding 82 Division is investigating a viral video which shows some soldiers molesting some people suspected to be members to be members of the IPOB

Abia Govt Impose 2-day Curfew Over The Turmoil Between IPOB, Nigeria Army

The state government of Abia State on Tuesday proclaimed a two-days curfew to the fact of the recent brawl between the IPOB and the Nigerian Army.

In a press statement, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu cited the reported skirmishes between some groups in the state, especially the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), with men of the Nigerian Army, noting a frenzy of activities in the past few months, particularly in the area of Afara–Umuahia, the home of the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, whom he did not name.

“Government is equally aware of the recent proclamation by the Nigerian Army of Operation Python Dance II within the South – East geopolitical region of Nigeria,’ he said, adding that the operation as declared by the Army is intended to check kidnapping, banditry, assassination, secessionist activities within the region, amongst other forms of criminal activities.

According to the statement, the recent confrontation between the Army and members of IPOB last Sunday may be attributed to the commencement of Operation Python Dance II.

“The Abia State Government unequivocally states that Abia is a component State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and subscribes to the supremacy of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and all other extant laws,” Governor Ikpeazu affirmed.

He further stated that while his government recognizes the right of the Army and other security agencies to perform their statutory duty of protection of lives and property of Nigerian citizens, such duties must be carried out within acclaimed Nigerian and international standards of engagement with the civil populace, with due respect to the human rights of citizens and sanctity of human lives.

He committed his government to the protection of the lives and properties of its citizens and others residing and doing business within Abia, advising them to remain law abiding and carry on their lawful business without fear, as the government will make efforts to reduce friction between the civil populace and military personnel in the State.

He strongly advised all persons residing within the State to remain law abiding, while going about their lawful business without fear of molestation, saying they must not engage in any form of confrontation with military personnel or other security agents.

Governor Ikpeazu stressed that the government recognizes the constitutional right to freedom of movement for all Nigerians, but objects to the influx of people into Abia State for purposes of unsettling the enduring peace in the State, adding that Abia State will co-operate with security agencies to maintain the rule of law and order.

 

 

 

Source: Sahara Reporters

Okezie Ikpeazu Wins At Supreme Court, Remains Governor Of Abia State

The supreme court has upheld the position of Okezie Ikpeazu as Abia state governor.

On June 27, Okon Abang, a judge of the federal high court, Abuja, ordered Ikpeazu’s removal on the allegation that he submitted false tax documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This followed a suit filed by Uche Ogah who placed second in the PDP governorship primary election Ikpeazu won.

Abang had directed INEC to issue Ogah with a certificate of return, but Ikpeazu filed an appeal against the judgment.

On August 8, the appeal court set aside the judgment of the lower court, and held that the judge ignored examining the tax documents which were tendered to his court as exhibits.

At the apex court on Friday, a five-man panel of judges led by Walter Onnoghen, chief of justice of Nigeria (CJN), faulted the lower court’s decision on the tax documents.

Onnoghen said Ikpeazu could not be held responsible for the discrepancies in his tax documents because there were given to him by the state.

The court then dismissed Ogah’ suit challenging the judgment of the appeal court which reversed the order of the high court sacking Ikpeazu

 

Supreme Court Confirms Ikpeazu As Abia Governor

The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the election of Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governor of Abia.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Ejembi Eko held that the apex court had no reason to set aside the Aug.18 decision of the Court of Appeal that upheld Ikpeazu’s victory.

Two out of the three-man panel of the court had struck out the appeal instituted by Mr Uche Ogah.

Ogah, also a PDP member had challenged Ikpeazu’s nomination as a candidate of the party to contest the 2015 governorship election on account of alleged tax fraud.

“The court having studied the merit of the appeal came to the conclusion that the respondent (Ikpeazu) had done no wrong.

“The allegation of tax fraud levelled against Ikpeazu and the trial court judgment that accompanied it was misrepresentations of facts,’’ he said.

He said: “ As a staff of the Abia State Government at a point, Ikpeazu’s taxes were deducted from source and what that means was that he had no power to change anything.’’

Eko said that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court erred in judgment when he (Abang) indicted the governor to have committed tax fraud.

He also held that whatever errors found in the Tax Clearance Certificate issued to the governor was entirely the fault of the Abia State Tax Office.

“The appeal is hereby dismissed for lack of merit’’, Eko held.

Justice Abang of the lower court had on June 27, 2016, removed the governor from office after the court found him guilty of tax offences.

The trial court’s decision was on Aug. 18, 2016, set aside by the Court of Appeal, leaving Ogah with no option than to approach the apex court.

Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), counsel to the appellant (Ogah) had urged the court to reinstate his client as the only authentic governorship candidate of the PDP in that election.

He argued that Ikpeazu had been found to be unfit for the position by the trial court having been found guilty of falsifying tax documents.

Izinyon submitted that Ogah’s prayer was apt as he emerged runner-up to Ikpeazu in the party primaries.

The apex court’s decision also rendered the interest of the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the governorship election, Chief Alex Oti in the matter useless.

The court had on Jan.27 granted leave to Oti to be joined as an interested party.

Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), who was on the panel, had urged politicians to stop adopting divisive means to clinch power.

The CJN expressed dissatisfaction on failed attempts by some agents to subvert the court’s security measure in order to access the judgment before the date of its delivery.

“That is not the right thing to do. This must be investigated further. I am therefore urging politicians to leave the judiciary alone.

“I am aware you own the executive and the legislative arms, but the judiciary must be left alone. Nobody has control over it.

“ We must allow the laws to be our compass as a nation.

Addressing newsmen after the session, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), counsel to the governor said the apex court displayed mastery of the law.

“We thank God Almighty for this decision. It is indeed a victory for democracy,” he said.

Mr Bonnie Iwuoha, Abia Commissioner for Information and Strategy expressed delight on the conclusion of the long-drawn legal battle.

He said the victory was all Abia indigenes, adding that there was “no victor or vanquish’’ in the tussle.
Iwuoha noted that in any competition, there must be victors and losers, and urged all the litigants to join the governor and move the state in order to move the state forward.

Iwuoha said that though the litigation was a detraction, the governor never allowed it to truncate his vision and mission.

He said that throughout the period of the litigation, the government never stopped the execution of development projects.

“Now that the legal tussle has come to an end, the administration is open for all to join it in order to reposition the state for greatness,’’ Iwuoha stressed.

Iwuoha as saying that the governor was determined to correct the errors and mistakes of the past

We’ll Continue To Patronize Made-in-Aba Materials, Buratai Assures Ikpeazu

The Chief of Army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Burutail, has assured the Governor of Abia State that the  Nigeria military will continue to patronise made in Aba materials, including uniforms and boots.

General Buratai gave the assurance when he led a delegation of High ranking military officers on a courtesy visit to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the Government house, Umuahia.

According to him, the military has directed their suppliers to emphasize on made in Nigeria, stressing that the patronage was motivated by the Governor’s letter he received months ago.

He thanked the Governor for the excellent relationship existing between the Army and the good people of Abia State.

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The army boss said that he is in Abia to assess the progress of the “operation python dance” which the Military launched to mark her end of the year training activities.

He also assured his host and the people of Abia State that “Operation Python Dance” is a peaceful engagement that builds synergy between the army and other security agencies.

The army chief emphasized that the army is not out to intimidate or harass anybody, stressing that Nigerian army and other security services belong to the Nigerian people, and promised that the army will  not intimidate law abiding citizen, adding that  the security of law abiding Nigerians is the primary concern of the army.

General Burutai who is visiting the state for the first time since his appointment stated that the Nigerian Army has succeeded in maintaining peace in the country as well as defending Nigerian territories against external aggression.

Responding, Governor Ikpeazu thanked the military for their support to his administration’s push to boost patronage of made in Aba products.  He observed that the Leadership of the Army under Lt General Buratai, has performed well in internal security operations, especially in the volatile north east region of the country.

Governor Ikpeazu also told his guest that he believes his visit to Abia will further boost the morale of soldiers and other residents of Abia state.
Governor Ikpeazu further  cautioned Nigerians to respect one another regardless of the position they find themselves.

The high point of the courtesy visit was the donation of 2 new Hilux vehicles to the Military Chief by the Governor, which was eventually handed over to Brig. Gen. Lawrence Fejokwu of the 14 brigade barrack at Ohafia, Abia State by the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen. Buratai.  Brigadier General Fejokwu assured that the vehicles will be utilized for the benefit of good people of Abia.

Abia: Governor Ikpeazu Will Remain In Office Until All Court Matters Are Settled

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Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, will remain in office as governor of the state, pending the conclusion of matters in courts.
This was the decision of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja, who adjourned hearing to Thursday on the application for Stay of execution  by Governor Ikpeazu against Abang’s ruling in favour of Uche Ogah.
Justice Abang also said that the enrollment order he gave to uche Ogah was not an enforceable order.
He thereafter adjourned hearing till Thursday, 7th July, on Ogah’s application seeking to vacate the order by Justice Chibuzo Ahuchaogu of Abia State High Court, that restrained the Chief Judge of Abia State from swearing him in.
In a related development, a Federal high court sitting in Owerri, has reserved ruling for Friday 8th of July in a suit filed by Mr. Friday Nwosu against the eligibility of Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.

Abia Confusion: Wait For Courts, AGF Tells Ikpeazu, Ogah

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, says his attention has been drawn “to lies being peddled and disseminated by a cross-section of Nigerians and the various media platforms that he is behind the legal logjam over the Abia state governorship seat.”
A statement by his Special Adviser, Salihu Isah, said of particular concern was those who had peddled “ill-natured rumours with a view to misinforming Nigerians that the office and by extension, the Federal Government of Nigeria gave directives to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Certificate of Return to Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, declaring him Governor-Elect.”‎

“He has definitely not taken any action either by spoken words or body language as far as Abia governorship crisis is concerned,” it said.

“I wish to, therefore, on behalf of my principal declare that these rumours are untrue and a figment of the imagination of those pushing these selfish, shameless and irredeemable lies into public space which only translates to partisanship on the side of its purveyors.

“As far as the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation is concerned, the constitutional powers for the legal opinion of his office have not been invoked on this issue. So far, nobody has approached him to proffer any legal opinion to it.

“As a strong believer in the rule of law, it is his belief that the law should naturally take its cause. The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation will not be dragged into this controversy and mind-games being played out by the various legal minds and spin doctors of both camps at this point.

“The parties involved should await the decision of the courts. We advice those in the habit of dragging the highly esteemed Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice into knotty issue of this kind even when it is yet to take a position. They should desist from these unwarranted presumptions henceforth”, the statement further stated.

I Remain Governor Of Abia – Ikpeazu

Embattled Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has reacted to the issuance of Certificate of Return to Mr. Uche Ogah by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as governor of Abia State.

A statement he personally signed on Thursday said it was said that INEC carried out the issuance, “despite dependency of a notice of appeal and motion on stay of the orders made by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja”.

He added that, “Our laws are clear on this matter. No one may be issued with a certificate of return let alone be sworn in as governor, when there is a subsisting appeal and application for stay.

“I want to appeal to Abians to remain calm and law abiding in the face of this provocation, unless and until the appellant courts have conclusively resolve the appeal, the status remains, I am still the Governor of Abia State.”

INEC Issues Certificate Of Return To Uche Ogar As Abia Governor

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday issued certificate of return to Uche Ogah, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the new governor of Abia state.

This follows Monday’s judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja annulling the election of Okezie Ikpeazu over alleged tax evasion.

The Justice Okon Abang-led court had held that Ikpeazu submitted false tax information to his party, the PDP during the governorship primary in December 2014, and as such was not qualified to contest for the party’s primaries.

Justice Abang also ordered INEC to immediately issue a certificate of return to Ogah, while ordering Ikpeazu to immediately vacate the office of the governor.