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Change of name tears Anambra community apart, as women protest alleged killing

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A community in Anambra State is currently boiling over the decision by some people in the community to change its name from Nkerehi to Umuchukwu.

The community which is in Orumba South Local Government Area has been in crisis since a referendum championed by one of its sons, Dr Godwin Maduka caused a change in the name of the community from Nkerehi to Umuchukwu. A part of the community has, however, insisted that it will continue to bear the old name.

Women from the community numbering over 200, on Thursday, beseeched the Anambra State government house in protest, calling on governor Obiano to wade into the crisis in the community, accusing Maduka of reigning terror on them.

The women who were all dressed in black wielded placards with various inscriptions, and banners, showing pictures of those who thugs allegedly loyal to maduka maimed.

Spokesperson of the women, Dr Mrs Maureen Igwike who addressed government officials on behalf of the women said, “we are Nkerehi people in Orumba South LGA. Dr Godwin Maduka has been using his brother, Kenneth Maduka to terrorize us.

“They killed my husband recently, and took the corpse away. The problem is that in 2007, they changed the name of our community, and many objected. Since then, they have been visiting the homes of some of us who insist we remain Nkerehi.”

Addressing the protesters, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs, Mrs Vera Okonkwo commended the protesting women for coming to notify government of the anomaly happening in their community, instead of taking the laws into their hands.

She said, “I am here on behalf of Anambra government to receive you people, and to thank you for a peaceful protest. I know that whatever could make you people to be wailing like this is not a joke.

“I advise you to be calm, the governor is a calm man and does not allow intimidation, so he will not allow you to be intimidated by anyone, now that he knows. We have your petition, and the governor will look into it,” she said.

Meanwhile, Dr Godwin Maduka has denied being involved in any case of intimidation, harassment and molestation among women in his community, but rather described the protest as one sponsored to tarnish his image.

Mr Obinna Okafor, Special Adviser to Dr. Godwin Maduka on Media & Strategic Communications who reacted to inquiries from DAILY POST said, “The alleged cases of molestation, intimidation and harassment were untrue and non-existent. Such futile political blackmail could simply be described as hand of Esau, voice of Jacob.

“No doubt, Dr. Maduka’s (Okosisi Orumba) presence in politics has changed the narratives; a lot of desperate political merchants are uncomfortable with what he’s bringing to the table for Ndi Anambra. Hence, they continue to seek ways to smear the widespread grassroot support and towering reputation of the Umuchukwu born globally renowned medical expert.”

He insisted that due process of a referendum was followed in changing the name of the community, and the name was gazetted by the Anambra State Government, stating that the dissenting families were less than three and constituted those mobilized by political opponents for the protest.

Dr Maduka is an aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.

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End SARS: Judicial panel disposes 23 cases in Osun

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The Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra Judicial Killings, on Friday said it has disposed of 23 cases out of 34 petitions before it.

The chairman of the panel, Justice Akin Oladimeji (rtd.), disclosed this on Friday in Osogbo while speaking with journalists.

He disclosed that it reserved its recommendations as part of efforts to ensure justice and adequate compensations for all.

The retired Justice said the panel reserved its recommendations in some of the cases already concluded in line with judicial procedure.

Justice Oladimeji, who reaffirmed the commitment of the panel to ensure fairness and equity in all the petitions brought before it, said members of the panel had been working rigorously to ensure adequate compensations to those with good cases.

“We struck out 12 cases out of 23 cases that we have concluded and 3 cases had reached the final address stage, while 8 cases are pending for hearing and further hearing,” Oladimeji added.

Asked why the panel has not been awarding compensations to petitioners with genuine cases, Oladimeji said, “It is conventional to complete all the cases before awarding compensations”.

A petitioner, Chief Jelili Adegoke Raheem, had voluntarily withdrawn his petition before the panel following his decision to settle the matter.

The petitioner had in his petition claimed that he was beaten to stupor by one Superintendent Dayo Ezekiel who allegedly punched him for no reason on October 2nd, 2020 while exiting a motor-park around Oke-Baale, Osogbo.

The Counsel for the petitioner, Barrister Michael Akinwande, in an application forwarded before the panel for the withdrawal of the case, said his client had settled the matter amicably with the accused person before the adjournment.

He said it was interesting to know that the erring officer had complied with the order of the superior police officer that had earlier charged him to formally apologise to his client before the case was brought before the panel.

The panel however adopted the final address written by the counsel for Mr. Ibrahim Olagoke who had petitioned the police for brutality.

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EPL: Tuchel names player to miss Chelsea vs Man United match

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Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that centre-back, Thiago Silva, will not take part in his side’s Premier League clash against Manchester United on Sunday evening at Stamford Bridge.

Silva had missed Chelsea’s last five games because of a muscle thigh injury.

The Brazilian international sustained the injury during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.

However, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Tuchel revealed that the 36-year-old would return to his squad next week.

“He [Thiago Silva] did an individual session today, on the pitch, and felt it was big progress,” said Tuchel.

“It’s a big step ahead for him, so I hope he will join the group next week.”

Chelsea head to the game after beating Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The kick-off time for Chelsea vs Man United is 5:30 pm.

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APC has failed – PDP condemns kidnap of Zamfara schoolgirls

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has condemned Friday’s attack on Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State, where hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted.

The party in a statement on Friday, said the terrifying spate of abduction and acts of terrorism in the country validates concerns that the All Progressives Congress and its administration have become bereft of solutions to the escalated insecurity under their watch.

The party, while calling for full-scale investigation into the abduction, said it is alarmed by the current situation wherein outlaws have turned the kidnapping of innocent school children and other vulnerable citizens for ransom, into a lucrative business following the lethargic approach and compromises under the Buhari administration.

”Only last week, gunmen had a field day invading communities after communities in Niger state, killing and maiming our compatriots after which they descended on Government Secondary School Kagara where they killed a student and abducted 40 others alongside their teachers.

”In December, just two months ago, the nation was jolted when gunmen invaded President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, Katsina, at the time he was holidaying in the state and abducted over 600 students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.

”Indeed, our party weeps over the unfortunate situation that our nation is being plunged into by the incompetent, deceptive and uncoordinated APC and its administration that not only caused the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country but also failed to run an effective command structure to secure the nation.

”APC had earlier been alerted of a link between APC and the outlaws. It is unpardonable that the APC has failed to rein in their bandits, who they brought from neighboring countries to help them to muscle the 2019 election

”Instead, they had allowed them to continue to invade our communities and wreak havoc on our people.

The party, therefore, charges President Buhari to step out of the Aso Rock presidential villa and ensure the immediate rescue of the abducted students.”

It also empathized with the families of the abducted children and well as the victims of the worsened insecurity occasioned by the failures of the

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