Some armed men suspected to be members of a cult group have engaged security operatives in a gun battle that lasted for about one hour.
It was gathered that the incident happened late on Saturday at Aguleri community in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Aguleri is the hometown of the immediate past governor of the state, Chief Willie Obiano.
The armed men were said to have invaded the community and started shooting before police operatives stormed the area and both parties continued to engage themselves in the gun battle.
The reason for the invasion could not be ascertained, but sources in the area said the youths were heading towards a police station in the community before they were repelled by the police operatives.
Although, no person was killed, but sources said some policemen and members of the armed gang were injured during the shootings.
No fewer than 15 persons have so far been arrested and are in custody, according to police sources.
Confirming the incident, the state police spokesman, Toochukwu Ikenga, said the situation has been brought under control.
“The incident happened late on Saturday and the situation has been brought under control, on the directive of the Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, the deputy commissioner of Police in charge of the operation led police operatives to the scene and prevented the youths from attacking the police station.
“We have made some arrests and recovered some dangerous weapons. Meanwhile, other means of resolving the conflict is in place to hear from the aggrieved youths.
“We have also intensified patrols in the area, aimed at enhancing peace and safety, please. Further details shall be communicated.”
Local Governments Will Enjoy Autonomy But Be held Accountable Under My Administration – Frank Nweke Jr
Frank Nweke Jr, the APGA gubernatorial candidate for Enugu has assured the people of Enugu that Local Government authorities will enjoy autonomy and full access to their funds instead of what currently obtains in the PDP-led administration.
He made this statement while engaging Chartered Accountants at the end-of-year retreat of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Enugu Chapter.
Responding to a question and concern raised by one of the participants, Nweke was emphatic in his statement that all funds meant for the local government areas will be properly channelled to them for the purpose of carrying out development initiatives for the people under their direct care.
“Under my leadership, the autonomy of local governments will be total and respected in every way. I, Frank Nweke Jr, will never touch revenue approved for the third tier of government. This is the tier of government that is closest to the people and provides the immediate succour needed for social and economic development. They will be treated with the utmost respect.
“However, we will put in place policies and programs that will ensure maximum accountability by local government officials to make sure that funds are deployed for the welfare of the people.” He said.
The former minister of information also spoke extensively on his administration’s commitment to practice radical transparency by putting the right governance structure in place and allowing government officials to carry out their duties with minimal interference from the executive arm of the government while ensuring due processes to avoid financial malfeasance.
Enugu 2023: Frank Nweke Jr. Draws Up School Feeding Plan To Tackle Issues Of Food Security
We will implement a school feeding program to ameliorate effects of food insecurity – Frank Nweke Jr.
Frank Nweke Jr, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance on Saturday, November 26, stated that one of his administration’s cardinal policy initiatives will be a functional feeding program for public schools across the State.
Addressing members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) Enugu Chapter at their end of year retreat, the former senior fellow at the Lagos Business School said nutrition was a key factor in the ability of children to learn. Citing his experience while on campaign ward tours across the State, he lamented the unfortunate level of poverty and hunger especially in the rural areas.
“Food security is a problem in the State. We have too many children malnourished and unkempt and that needs to be addressed holistically even as we improve our curriculum. Only children who are well-fed can learn. We will implement a school feeding program across our public schools because of the importance of nutrition to brain development and learning.”
Going further, he said his administration’s plan is to address food insecurity from multiple angles, by first ensuring that the security challenges affecting farming communities and other parts of the State are effectively resolved. Then, improving the productivity of itinerant farmers for local consumption by providing high-yield seedlings free of charge, subsidising fertiliser and rendering extension services through a dedicated cadre of the Ministry of Agriculture in the State.
“Our itinerant farmers will be encouraged to learn modern farming techniques and provided with the tools. On the commercial level, we are going to invite corporate farms and investors to cultivate their farms here and have factories in the State.
Carlos Farms was about to start exporting Pineapples from Enugu but the poor regulatory environment and corruption put an end to that project. My administration will revive it and attract more agricultural investors.” He noted.
Enugu 2023: APGA Suspends Guber Campaign Activities Due To Insecurity
Following the incessant and rising cases of insecurity in the State and most recently, the grotesque attacks on our brothers and sisters at Agu-Amede, Mgbuji, Umujiovu, Abor communities in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State by suspected herdsmen, the All Progressives Grand Alliance has suspended our gubernatorial campaign activities for the next few days.
We strongly condemn these acts of criminality and terrorism and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, the communities and the entire State.
The incessant attacks on our citizens and in particular, farming communities have gone beyond worrisome and resolute actions must be taken by the PDP-led administration to arrest the situation, have the perpetrators punished and ensure that these communities are properly restored to a sense of normalcy.
The safety of every resident of Enugu must be the priority and in these trying times, we call on everyone to maintain a spirit of compassion and unity.