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Anambra Traders Petition Soludo, Accuse Commissioner Of ‘Racketeering’



A group, under the aegis of Anambra Elite Trader’s Forum, has accused the Anambra State Commissioner for Commence and Industry, Dr Obinna Ngonadi, of selling market leadership offices.


In a petition to the state Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, the group accused Ngonadi of selling leadership spaces of markets in the state to the highest bidders.

They claimed that the petition became necessary to notify the governor of the alleged atrocities of the commissioner and the danger such action portends for the state.


The petition was signed by the executive members of the group led by Chikeluba Odiche and Micheal Nwangwu and copied to journalists in Onitsha, Anambra State, on Tuesday.


They also alleged that the commissioner disobeyed the court process at the New Auto Spare Parts market where he approved the construction of new shops on top of the existing ones owned by members of the association without their consent.

The petition read, “We wish to intimate your Excellency that the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Dr Obinna Ngonadi is presently selling the leadership offices in the different markets in Anambra State to the highest bidders.

“The sale bazaar has passed through many markets which include Bridge-Head Market, Nkpor Main Market, Electronics Market Ogbaru, Ose okwuodu Market, Ogbaru Main Market, NASPA Nnewi Market and several other Markets.

“In each of these markets, the commissioner auctioned the different executive officers and positions existing in the markets, wherein traders paid varying sums of money for these positions.

“The commissioner ignore in a brazen manner, different court cases pending in respect of his unlawful removal of market leaders.


“The action of this commissioner has caused many traders in the market to institute different court cases in different law courts in the state. It might interest your excellency to note that some of these cases involve not just the ministry and Dr. Ngonadi as parties, but also the Anambra State Government.”

The group claimed that at present, there are over 40 court cases pending in different courts against the state ministry of commerce and industry and the Anambra State Government.


The traders, however, appealed to the governor to critically look into the matter and ensure that the commissioner is called to order and be made to retrace his steps as tension in the different markets is already charged, hence the need for the intervention.


Meanwhile, the commissioner, Ngonadi, in his reaction, dismissed the petition, describing it as the handiwork of criminals in the market fighting back because the government is doing the right thing.


“We ignore all these baseless petitions because we know what we are doing and we know they will definitely fight back. The criminals in the market, we know who they are and we know they will definitely fight back. I don’t respond to such petitions, I deal with them,” Ngonadi said.

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Frank Nweke Jr. Casts Vote, Addresses Reports Of Violence By PDP In Enugu




Frank Nweke Jr has cast his vote in Ozalla and addressed newsmen immediately after, citing reports of violence and voter intimidation by the People’s Democratic Party in many parts of Enugu State.

He also revealed that an APGA House of Assembly candidate was attacked and almost killed this morning in Udenu and the five polling units cordoned off by men in security outfits.

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Enugu2023: APC Collapses Structure For APGA, Burns Brooms And Party Artefacts




Members of the All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem, Nsukka Local Government Area, have collapsed their structure, vowing to redirect their energy into ensuring the victory of Frank Nweke Jr as the next Governor of Enugu State.

Addressing the community at Afor Ozzi market, the former ward chairman of now defunct All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem ward, Hon. Mathew Enete said that their decision was based on the premises that APGA is their own party. They vowed to prove this at the polls on March 11.

The declaration was followed by the burning of brooms and other party artefacts.

In his address, Nweke thanked the Edem people for the warm welcome they accorded him and for aligning with APGA’s core philosophy of shared prosperity – being one’s brothers and sister’s keeper where nobody is left behind.

Nweke assured the people of his commitment to rehabilitate the major road that led to the Edem community, which has remained in terrible condition for decades.

He vowed to ensure that all outstanding pensions are paid and further guarantee the timely and regular payment of pensions and gratuities to retirees.

Nweke therefore urged the people to vote massively for him and other APGA candidates for the State House of Assembly on March 11, so that with his emergence as Governor, he will fulfil his promises to the good people of Enugu State.

He concluded by welcoming the former members of the All Progressives Congress to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, stating that he was confident that God would grant their request for good leadership.

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Protest In Enugu Over Murder Of LP Senatorial Candidate, Oyibo Chukwu




A group of concerned indigenes of Enugu State under the aegis of Citizen Against Violence, at the weekend staged a peaceful protest on the streets of Enugu metropolis, demanding justice for the late 2023 Labour Party candidate for the Enugu East senatorial zone, Barr Oyibo Chukwu.


He was recently killed alongside five others and burnt by yet to be identified gunmen.


The protesters, who were clad in black and black attires, were led by kinsmen of the slain Labour Party chieftain who hailed from Amuri in Nkanu West local government area of Enugu State.


Leader of the group and immediate past Enugu State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Ben Nwoye called for an end to political killings in the state.


Nwoye said what they were demanding was nothing but “Justice for Barr Chukwu who was brutally murdered on February 22 on his way back from campaign.”


He said the Amuri people have lost a rare gem who had contributed meaningfully to the development of the area and called for an investigation into his murder and the perpetrators brought to book.

It would be recalled that since the incident occurred, there had been series of protests across the state including the one staged by lawyers.


The protesters carrying placards with inscriptions such as “we demand for Justice for Oyibo Chukwu”, “What has our brother done to be murdered like a goat” urged the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the evil act.

Before taking to the streets, they had stormed the premises of the State High Court and the Court of Appeal where they equally registered their displeasure of the killing.


Some of the protesters who spoke with our correspondent decried the gruesome killing of the former chairman of NBA, Oji River branch who came out to represent his constituents under Labour Party but was allegedly murdered.


Another protester who gave his name as Mr Kenneth Egbo, said “today it is Oyibo Chukwu, tomorrow who knows who will be the next?”


He emphasised that politics was never a do or die game, advising the constituents to be careful of the people they vote into power during the March 11 elections.

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