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10 killed in soldiers, IPOB shootout in Imo

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Ten residents have reportedly been killed and over 13 buildings and shops razed on Monday in Ogboro, Orlu of Imo State during a fresh clash between the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and soldiers that spread to other communities.

Governor Hope Uzodimma has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the affected areas, just as he ordered security agencies to fish out the perpetrators.

It was learnt that soldiers initially deployed to dismantle the formations of the ESN were almost subdued by the superior forces of the IPOB vigilante, leading to the alleged killing of one of the soldiers during a gunfight.

Irked by the killing, the soldiers reportedly launched a reprisal, killing some of the residents.

A source said, “The soldiers came back to search for the vigilante that killed their colleague, but in the process started shooting at everybody they see. I can’t actually say how many have died, they are many but I think I counted over 10.”

The Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, said, “I have said it time without number. Did we go to their barracks to look for their trouble or they came into our forest to attack us?”

Many people from the troubled area are said to have fled their homes, as tension pervaded the community.

Meanwhile, Governor Uzodimma maintained that the curfew was an interim measure to immediately restore peace in Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ideato North, Ideato South, Njaba, Isu, Nwangele and Nkwerre local government areas of Orlu zone.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Oguwike Nwachwuku, Uzodimma , “I have directed the security agencies to fish out, without fail, all those behind the carnage and immediately bring them to book.”

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Don’t interfere with 2023 census, NLC appeal to pro-Biafra group

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Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Abia State chapter has appealed to Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), not to interfere in the 2023 census to ensure correct census figure for not only Abia State, but the entire South East.

Speaking during the Abia State stakeholders summit on the 2023 population census, in Umuahia at the weekend, NLC chairman in the state, Obi Igwe said he was making the appeal following what happened during the 2006 census when a pro-Biafra group dissuaded the Igbo from coming out to be counted.

Obi who said this contributed to the low population figure ascribed to Abia, pleaded for such not to be allowed to repeat itself.

He promised to mobilise the 45 trade union affiliates of the NLC in the state to come out and be counted during the exercise.

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Federal Commissioner representing Abia State at the National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Nwabuisi Nwanne said those agitating for Biafra should have no reason to disrupt next year’s census in the state, since it was also in their interest.

“We had a situation in 2006 where a group agitating for Biafra sold a dummy to people in the state not to present themselves to be counted during that year’s census exercise as they were not Nigerians and that impacted negatively on the state population after the exercise as it made Abia to be under-counted.”

Nwanne said the beauty of next year’s exercise was that even if any group was clamouring for a referendum for Biafra, the population the world body would rely on, would be that conducted by Nigeria.

“Even if any group agitating for Biafra is clamouring for a referendum, the population the United Nations will be relying on for such exercise, will be the one conducted by Nigeria and that is why everybody should come out and be counted instead of the other way round.”

Nwanne said to ensure a credible census figure, and for the first time in the history of Nigeria, the Commission was going to do away with paperwork, but will be going digital, anchored on Personal Data Assessment (PDA).

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Flood Submerges 12 Communities In Edo

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No fewer than twelve communities mostly in Etsako Central and Etsako East local governments of Edo State have been submerged by flood as River Niger overflowed its banks.

 Daily Trust learnt that the affected communities were Udaba-Ekphei, Anegbette, Ukpeko Orle, Ofukpo, Agbabu, Osomegbe, Udochi, Yelwa, Ake Island and Ifeku Islay.

Farmlands of agricultural produce like rice, cassava, vegetables, potatoes, ground nuts and others have been completely submerged by the flood.

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 Residents said churches, mosques, markets and schools have all been submerged by flood and called on the state and federal governments.

 A resident of Udaba community, Mr Isaac Omoaka, said the flood was worse than the 2012 flood.

When contacted, the Edo State Commissioner for Special Duties, Osasere Evboumwan, said relevant agencies had visited the places and were compiling their reports.

 On his part, the Head of Operations, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Edo State, Dahiru Yussuf, said, “We have a local contact in the local government area who gives daily reports on what is going on here.

 “We have food and non-food items for people to be evacuated to assist them. We are ready to move in.

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Panic as Port Harcourt lady leaves suicidal notes on Facebook

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A Port Harcourt based woman, Onwuzuruike Chidera, has got friends worried after she posted suicidal notes on Facebook.

In the notes posted on Sunday, October 2, 2022, she bid herself farewell, saying that “they are here to take her home”

“Rest In Peace, Dera. You have done your best. Rest, now.” she added.

According to entrepreneur, Chukwudi Iwuchukwu, the lady has been battling chronic clinical depression.

“Please, who ever that knows where Onwuzuruike Chidera lives in Portharcourt should please go and check up on her. My friend is battling chronic clinical depression and I came online to see her posing cryptic suicidal message on her page on Facebook. She is not taking my calls as I have been calling her for the past 30 minutes,” he said.

"They are here to take me home" - Panic as Nigerian leaves suicidal notes on Facebook

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