If extra measures are not taken to arrest the deplorable situation at the Imo State Specialist Hospital Umuguma, New Owerri in Owerri West LGA, patients, and staff of the state-owned hospital would be risking epidemic owing to foul stench oozing out from decomposing bodies littered within the hospital complex. Apart from those within the hospital complex, residents of neighbouring Federal Housing Estate, Umuguma, are also at risk over the bizarre state of the hospital mortuary which has not only been taken over by decomposing corpses but also overfilled with unkempt fresh dead bodies. The hospital mortuary located near the building complex shares borders with adjoining houses within the Umuguma Federal Housing Estate road. Checks by Weekend Trumpeta at the Specialist Hospital Complex revealed that the mortuary seems to have been abandoned as the attendant was found missing at his duty post.
Speaking, the traditional rulers of Mbaise led by HRH Eze Mike Abii, HRH Eze Reginald Amadi, HRH Eze Nwokocha (Umara) and HRH Eze Nwaturuocha, commended the resilence and patriotic spirit of the Maj Al-Mustapha, Chief Uwazuruike and Asari Dokubo. Abii thanked God for saving the lives of Maj Mustapha and others noting that God has prepared them to work for the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria. Important personalities that spoke include; Hon Sam Daddy Anyanwu, a Senatorial Aspirant and Chief Batos Nwadike, a former presidential candidate of Peoples Mandate Party.
The traditional ruler of Nri Kingdom in Anambra State, Igwe Obidiegwu Onyesoh, has at last brokered peace between the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and the founder of the Association of Igbo Youths, AIYO, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka. Onyesoh had conferred the chieftaincy title of Ijele Ndigbo on Uwazuruike and the title of Ogirishi Igbo on Ezeonwuka in January, 2012 at his palace in Nri during his Igu-Aro annual festival. During the conferment, Onyesoh had charged the duo to lead Ndigbo with peace and harmony, adding that Uwazuruike, as Ijele, the biggest masquerade in Igbo land, should always move about and chart Igbo course together with Ogirishi Igbo, which in turn should serve as the spiritual cleanser to the Ijele. But barely a year after the duo moved about together and charted Igbo course, misunderstanding crept in and they parted ways. At a stage, they even used their individual organisations to fight each other in a bloody battle.
President makes concessions to end PDP crises Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi is to be recalled from suspension, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) source told The Nation yesterday. This is one of the four concessions made by President Goodluck Jonathan to the Group of Seven governors (G7) at a meeting on Sunday. But the President was said to have been adamant on 2015, insisting that he never said he would not seek re-election. He claimed that what he said in Ethiopia was that he would not be a party to tenure elongation. Despite the concessions, the G-7 governors and the Kawu Baraje-led New PDP are taking their case to the House of Representatives.
I was the tactics instructor at the Nigerian Military School (NMS) Zaria in 1962, where I met Mr. H.H. Kirk Greene, the Principal of the Institute of Administration located at Zaria. He was a very nice British gentleman, and very friendly. He was the first to inform me, before my commanding officer Major Wakeman of NMS, told me, that I will be sent on tour of the entire Northern Region to educate students in all schools about joining the army and the NMS. The recruitment drive took 60 days. This gave me a lot of opportunity to know the entire Northern Region of Nigeria. Any officer, who joined the army from 1962 and from the North, did so after the tour. It was almost made compulsory. It was an awareness tour, and I had to explain the benefits of joining the army. The incentives included the fact that you will be able to continue your education; you will be paid a salary – especially those from primary schools not older than 13 years, to enter NMS for 4 years training. You were fed free, with free uniform, free accommodation and opportunity for sports. I was the sports officer for NMS as well as their military tactics instructor.
Pregnant woman, Ekaiquo Ewa, and her two children aged 7 and 3, were burnt to death, when a building that served as a residential building and business outlet caught fire, weekend, in Ugep, Yakuur Local Government Area, Cross River State. The inferno, which engulfed the 27, Calabar Road house on Friday at 7p.m., caught the woman and her children in their one-room apartment, while her husband, Denis Ewa, was away from the house. Okoi, a mechanic, whose shop is close to the burnt house, told Vanguard: “We did not know the source of the fire. It is still a mystery how the fire started and spread so fast that the woman and the two children could not escape.”
Imo State Police Command, has with the assistance of villagers, smashed a gang of dare-devil kidnappers that recently abducted