Onitsha North Local Government
01. THREE BOREHOLE DRILLERS FEARED DEAD AT 3.3 ONITSHA. Tragedy struck at the Federal Housing Estate Trans-Nkisi Layout recently when a borehore drilling professional who was hired to maintain a borehole facility in a completed storey building in the estate got trapped under the ground and died.
It was gathered that immediately a colleague went down to rescue him, he also became a victim in the process.
Our correspondent reports that the men of Anambra State Fire Service, Okpoko station were immediately called in on a rescue mission at the estate, near St. Augustine’s Anglican Church 3.3 by the Commander, Area Police Division, Onitsha.
The firemen who quickly responded to the call got to the venue where they saw a group of people clustered in amazement. As they were about to throw in their rescuing line, a man who claimed to be the head of the rescue job in that area and also a borehole driller hastened to the place and narrated his ordeal while trying to rescue the two dead people.
According to the man who prefers to remain anonymous, “when I found out that the two men were dead under the ground, I went down with a rescue apparatus because I have been doing that kind of thing successfully, on reaching there, something which I did not see started hitting my whole body indiscriminately with a big and painful object, I saw the two dead men lying lifeless, I quickly started giving sign to the people on the plain ground to take the rope upwards so that I will not be beaten to death.
The man said he came out of the well with his body badly battered and blood gushing out from his body.
The firemen were still contemplating what next to do to help the situation, when a young hausa boy appeared and boasted that they should keep a sum of hundred thousand naira for him that he would get inside the hole and bring out the dead, he went down the rescue line and in a moment, the hausa boy started giving a sign of danger, in the process of taking the line up by the people, the rescue line cut off from the boy and he fell to the bottom of the pit and died.
The firemen who experienced how the last victim died decided to go back to seek reinforcement for the rescue job. The people around were still surprised about the bad omen. Some said it was the handiwork of an angry evil spirit that was behind the tragedy, while others said they could not understand the mystery.
At the time of filing this report, the management of Anambra State Fire Service is still concluding plans with the Police on how to tackle the problem.
Ekwughe Gladys Obianuju
02. ONITSHA NORTH: HON. PATRICK MBA RESUMES OFFICE
By Nwankwo Chioma F.
The new Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairman, of Onitsha North Council of Anambra State, Hon. Patrick Agha Mba has officially resumed work on Monday 3rd of April 2017 at Onitsha North Local Government Council Onitsha.
All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)stalwarts that gathered to witness his first day in office, are Hon, Edward Ibuzo, member representing Onitsha North 11 constituency, Hon. Martins Obika, Chairman All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) Onitsha North, member of Onitsha North transition Committee, NdiIchie, members of Onitsha Youths Council (OYC) and others supporters too
In the speech Hon. Patrick Agha Mba, said that his government would record enviable landmark that subsequent administration would emulate. He also said that the Governor of Anambra State Chief (Dr.) Willie Obiano (Akpokuo dike) is in partnership with Local Government to embark on a lot of developmental projects in the area of Education, Health, human and infrastructural transformation.
Hon, Patrick Mba, thanked the entire guests who found time to honour the occasion and urge, them to support the Governor in his second tenure.
03. Arch. Bishop Okeke Celebrates Easter with Prisons’ Inmates, Preaches Peace, Love.
Gloria Anaeze Onitsha
The Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke has called on Nigerians to embrace peace and always show love to one another, stressing that Christ laid down His life for love of mankind.
Arch Bishop Okeke who made the call in a homily while celebrating this year’s Easter with the inmates of the Federal Prisons Onitsha, Anambra state, noted that Easter was a special season when the death of Jesus Christ liberated mankind from sin and His resurrection assured man of victory over all forms of afflictions.
The Catholic Prelate made it known that Christ suffered humiliation for the liberation of the mankind, which later turned to victory through His resurrection. He however prayed for peace, unity and stability of Nigeria as a nation and Anambra State in particular.
The Bishop enjoined all Christians to always work for God no matter the circumstances of life, stressing that the economic challenges facing them and the country would soon be over.
His words, ‘”I am happy to be with you people (inmates) once again. I think despite all odds, I am sure you people still have confidence in God”.
He eulogized Governor Willie Obiano’s effort in creating a peaceful atmosphere in Anambra State especially in the area of security of lives and property of the citizenry
According to him “these days we hear about Boko Haram, kidnapping, armed robbery and other social vices, but we must exercise hope because we do not know the plans God has for us”.
In his remark, the State Comptroller of Nigeria Prisons CP Anthony Ubabuike thanked the Archbishop for his kind gesture and humanitarian services to the inmates and mankind
The Anambra state Governor who was represented by the Chief of Staff Professor Joseph Asike expressed happiness over the synergy between the church and the state government and pledged that the present administration would continue to partner with the church.
Highlight of the celebration was the administering of sacrament of confirmation to seven prison inmates.