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Chime Lauds Army Over Internal Security

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The Governor of Enugu State, Barrister Sullivan I. Chime, has commended officers and soldiers of the 82 Division , Nigerian Army, Enugu, for the excellent manner with which they conduct internal security  operations in Enugu and other   states in Nigeria within their area of responsibility.
    Governor  Chime, who made his feelings known recently  on the occasion of the 82 Division End of Year 2009 Nigerian Army  Social Activities held at the  Headquarters of the division, also commended the wisdom of the leadership of the Nigerian Army for setting aside a day every year for senior and junior officers, members of their families as well as their friends and  well wishers to come together to celebrate.
    According to Chime who spoke through his deputy , Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, “It is indeed a success story for the 82 Division which is a highly rated military formation  in the country whose professional  competence  has never been in doubt . The excellent manner with which the 82  Division conducts internal security operations in Enugu and other states within their responsibility is worthy of commendation .  I am particularly impressed with the manner in which they conducted security especially during the last Christmas celebration in the state.”
    While urging the 82 Division under the command of  Major- General  MD Isah,  to keep it up, governor Chime  further praised troops from the division for their achievements in the United Nations African Mission  Peace –Keeping Operations  in  Darfur, assuring them of the cooperation of his government at all times.
    Earlier in his welcome address, the General  Officer Commanding the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army , Enugu, Major- General  MD Isah, explained that the Nigerian Army  Social Activities which was previously referred to as the West African Social Activities (WASA) , took its origin from the days of the Royal West  African  Frontier Force (RWAFF).
    His words: “Is an occasion bringing together series of social activities to celebrate the success  in the course of our duty throughout the year , with our families, friends and well wishers. This social tradition, which remains highly valued in the Nigerian Army, is necessary for the promotion of the ideals  of  adherence to military values and excellent civilian-military relations , as part of the Chief of Army Staff ’s  vision for the Nigerian Army.”  According to him, the year 2009 was  very successful  in the 82 Division , adding that the  impact of their training and high level of professional  competence was  not only felt within  the country, but  even outside the shores of the nation.
    He  made it clear that  “Over 1,500 personnel of the division participated successfully in the United Nations  African Mission  in Darfur , and by the grace of  God, returned home successfully with out recording any casualty.” The GOC, therefore, reasoned that all these  remarkable  achievements coupled with successes recorded by the officers and soldiers of the division especially in the area of internal security operations, among other feats, are worthy of  celebrations.
    “It is imperative that I sincerely acknowledge  the executive governor  and the good people of Enugu State for their wonderful support to the division in its drive towards achieving the successes recorded in the year 2009.”
    Major-General  Isah, however, urged all officers and soldiers of the division to intensify their efforts so that their achievements in the year 2010 , will to a great extent surpass that of  year 2009.

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Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room

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The police in Ebonyi State say they have discovered the body of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Loveth Odah, stated this yesterday.
She said the body has deep cuts on the chest and neck and has been deposited in a mortuary. According to the spokesman, it was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel located along the ever-busy Afikpo road in the capital city.
Mrs Odah, who said that the victim was found in the pool of her own blood, said the suspect had been identified as one Uchenna Awoke.
She said the hotel manager, Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor, and other workers had been taken to the police station for questioning and accused the hotel management of negligence.
“The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management. How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and days after, the management is not aware of the incident.”
“We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”

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Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill

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The Senate yesterday passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.
It also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the zone.
The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the President’s assent to become a law.
Senators Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) jointly sponsored the bill read in the Senate on June 22, 2016.
Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by its former Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa), on the floor of the Senate.
The bill, after Paulker’s presentation, was considered clause by clause by the committee of the whole, and amendments made by the lawmakers were read for the third time and eventually passed.
In his remarks, presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, commended his colleagues for a job well done.
In his words, “Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country.
“This faith will in turn help us to pursue peace and progress,” he said.
Briefing newsmen after plenary, members the South East caucus of the Senate, led by Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), thanked their colleagues and members of the committee for their efforts.
Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the caucus, urged the President to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him, in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria”.
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East, and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war.
“All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he said.
The lawmaker said he hoped the House of Representatives would give concurrence to the bill as it went in the Senate.
When established, the South East Development Commission would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country.

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2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria

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Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Presideng Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, on Saturday predicted that nothing would disturb the peace of Nigeria and its story would change for the better in the year 2019.
Oyedepo made the declaration at the just concluded annual prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, christened the “Dominion”, in a satellite telecast of the church.
In the telecast monitored in Abuja, the cleric also declared that 2019 would be a year of “I have Dominion”.
“Nothing will tamper with the peace of Nigeria; the story will change for the better in the name of Jesus.
“Nigeria shall not see bloodshed, the Prince of Peace will continue to dominate in Nigeria, in Africa and Nigeria is declared blessed.
“Anywhere you step, accident is forbidden; death will not come near you and our nation.
“Anything that is of grace in my life, I freely release upon you today.
“God has opened the year 2019 to us, celebrate Him because its our year of “I have Dominion,” he said.
The Bishop added that the year 2019 would be a year of humbling testimonies for Nigeria and pace-setting testimonies.
He further declared that 2019 would be a colourful year for the nation.
According to the cleric, as long as Jesus has the final say on the issues of Nigeria, it will experience greatness.
Oyedepo said that there would be no more cause of alarm in any area of the nation and its citizens.
He advised Christians in Nigeria to delight themselves in the spirit of servant-hood, adding that the spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood.
“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood. As you keep rising on the ladder of leadership, you must retain our spirit of servant-hood, constantly working to add value to others and be kingdom minded,” he said.
According to him, dedication is at the root of dominion, saying: “Sow yourself as a seed by being totally dedicated to God and His Kingdom’’.
He told his congregation that sacrificial giving guarantees the meeting of all their needs.
“When you engage in taking care of the well-being of others, God is also committed to your well-being,” he explained. The cleric admonished Christians would engage in meeting the needs of the needy, every barrier on their path of destiny would be crushed.
“Nobody tampers with your life, your career, your family and goes away with it because you are promoted to God’s kingdom.
“God will stand for your defence in the day of trouble. Every sacrificial giver has a defence around him in the day of trouble always have that in mind,” he said.
He reminded his congregation that the Church is not a building; the Church is a people and the Redeemed of the Lord.

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