Onitsha-fire-702x336Barely five days after a mysterious fire ravaged Onitsha Car Paints market, another fire yesterday razed down the Onitsha International Electronics Market, Anambra State.
No life was lost but three security men sustained injures while goods worth about N60 million were destroyed by the inferno which started at about 3am.
It was gathered that mostly affected was the double musical equipment shop (Amson Electronics) where over N35 million worth of wares were destroyed by fire.
The cause of the fire, which has not been ascertained, started from one of the lock-up shops, according to an eyewitness and one of the vigilante in the market who said he immediately alerted his commander when the fire started.
President General of the market, Mr. Izuchukwu Okoye who expressed shock over the fire incident, commended Governor Willie Obiano for the provision of fire service equipment that was used to put out the inferno adding, “if not for this equipment and readiness of the fire service men at that point in time, the fire would have escalated to the entire market.”
He urged the Governor to extent his hand of fellowship to the market by providing them with fire fighting tools like he did in other markets.
The Onitsha Police Area Commander, Mr. Philip Ezekiel, while speaking on the incident said “I promptly sent my men to the scene, the Okpoko Divisional Police Officer, (DPO) mobilized his men to the scene when contacted”.
He expressed satisfaction that the concerted efforts of the market security operatives, the fire service officials and the police rapidly prevented the fire from spreading. – The Sun

OnitshaFour students were allegedly shot with one in critical condition when students of the Federal Government-owned Metallurgical Training Institute (MTI), Onitsha took to the streets yesterday.


The students were said to have engaged in violent protest over poor hostel accommodation and rejection of the school’s diploma certificate by other federal institutions, among other agitations.


Trouble started in the school on Wednesday  when some graduates of the school, who had gone to Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta State to further their studies were rejected by PTI and allegedly chased out by some security agents attached to the school on the ground that MTI Diploma Certificate was not recognised by the Petroleum Training Institute, which is also a Federal Government-owned institution.


The affected students returned to MTI in anger, organised themselves and delegated the Students’ Union Executive and some of the best minds to approach the Director of the school, Mr. I. I. Okonkwo to know his reaction.


On reaching the Director’s office yesterday, the delegation of students was reportedly turned back by the school’s boss, who was also accused of not showing enough sympathy to the plight of the students.


Angered by the development, the students immediately mobilised themselves, started rioting and allegedly vandalised some of the school properties like Plasma TV and Computer sets. About 15 vehicles belonging to the staff and management were also destroyed.


Sensing danger, the institute’s director,  reportedly ran into his office with some members of senior staff of the school in a bid to escape the students’ wrath.


The rampaging students also trooped into the main road and blocked the ever busy Onitsha-Owerri Expressway and it took the spirited efforts of the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command,  Hosea Karma, who led other police officers and men from Awada, Okpoko and Obosi divisions before the situation could be brought under control.

apga-igbo-political-party-nigeriaWidow of late Ikemba of Nnewi, Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, yesterday lambasted Igbo politicians who used Ojukwu’s name to win elections only to abandon him and his party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA for selfish reason.

Speaking during the 3rd Memorial ceremony of her late husband at Ojukwu Memorial Convention Centre, Owerri, she pointed out that politicians in Igbo land only remember Ojukwu when seeking elective position using APGA platform, but when they ascend the political office, they abandon the party saying that Ojukwu is dead.

“A lot of people have been using Ojukwu’s name to make money and even build companies. Some people visit Ojukwu’s burial ground to weep because they want political power and tonnes of handkerchiefs, which they used to wipe their tears to attract sympathy, litter everywhere. They do this to deceive people they are members of APGA; but when they get their desires they will say APGA is an empty shell and that Ojukwu is dead,” she said.

She added: “Even the man in Imo State who came crying to Ojukwu pleading when every party rejected him, has today gone to APC claiming that APGA today is an ethnic party.”

Bianca admonished Ndigbo to be wary of the politicians using Ojukwu’s posters to campaign in order to further deceive the people again for the 2015 elections, adding that none of the politicians had ever published advertorial or erected any structure in his memorial except Chief Ralph Uwazuruike who she said built a library in remembrance of Ojukwu.

“I want to challenge them to show me what they have built in the name of my husband, but they have used his name to establish beer companies,” she stated. -NationalMirrow