All primary, post primary and tertiary schools in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra have been temporarily closed down in reaction to the flood disaster in the area.
The council Chairman, Mr Arinze Awogu disclosed this while inaugurating the distribution of relief materials at the council headquarters, Atani on Tuesday.
Awogu said the closure of the schools was in line with the directive of Gov. Willie Obiano who said schools in the affected areas should close down to avert loss of life.
“We are in an emergency situation and for us, safety of life is paramount, people will not have need for education when they are dead.
“So in line with the directive of the governor, we have asked that all the schools in Ogbaru be temporarily shut down,” he said.
He said that a 12-man Local Emergency Management Committee had been set up to ensure effective rescue and coordination of victims as well as distribution of relief materials to those in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
The council boss said Ogbaru had taken delivery of buckets, mattresses, mats, mosquito nets and blankets from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) but noted that it was still a far cry from what was required.
According to Awogu, about 190 households comprising of no less than 1, 100 persons are presently at the three IDPs camp located at the council secretariat, Community primary school Odoekpe and St James Anglicans Church, Iyiowa.
He noted that 13 out of the 16 villages were on the coastal bank of River Niger and all had been critically affected by flood adding that the remaining three were also highly exposed to the menace.
The chairman, who had also been sacked from his house, said no life had been lost to the flood in Ogbaru at the moment stressing that destruction of property, farm, farm produce and livelihood of the people was massive.
He urged people to move to the camps and decried their reluctance to leave their ancestral homes.
“We are close to where we found ourselves on 2012, when the water height was 12.84 metres and as at yesterday it stands at 11. 80 metres, so you can see how close we are to it.
“There are 16 communities in Ogbaru and 13 of them are along the river bank; all these towns are terribly submerged.
“These are Odoekpe, Atani, Akiri, Ochuche, Mputu, Osamala, Oguikpele, Obaogume and Ummunankwo and they are all gone.
“Others are Obagu, Umuzu, Obaogume, Ogbakuma, all these towns are submerged, no place is safer than the other.
“It is a humanitarian challenge here, we need the best help we can get, it is good that the federal government has declared Anambra flood a disaster, we want to see massive deployment of relief materials here.
“We need effective medical assistance because of the looming epidemic; we need food, disinfectants, toiletries and other emergency items.
“What we are distributing is what we got from SEMA, we want NEMA to react to their declaration by massively deploying relief materials here,” he pleaded.
He thanked Obiano and the people of Ogbaru who had helped to draw attention to the disaster and also rendered assistance.
Ritualists abduct New born baby from sleeping mother in Ondo
Less than two-week-old baby has been abducted by ritualists at Uro-Ajowa in the Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Thursday while the mother of the baby, Mrs Oluwaseun Olomodi, was still sleeping.
Two suspected ritualists reportedly sneaked into the room where the newborn baby and the mother were sleeping and took the baby away, for apparent money rituals.
The source said, “It happened around 1am on Thursday. The hoodlums gained entry into the house through the kitchen. After the hoodlums had abducted the baby, an elderly woman, who woke up at that time and attempted to rescue the baby, was cut with a machete by the hoodlums.
“The elderly woman’s scream woke up the neighbours and the victim’s mother, but the kidnappers had left.
Immediately, the community members started combing the bushes but their efforts have not yielded any fruit up until now. “
The Public Relations Officer for the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, said the police had begun investigation into the matter.
Woman caught trying to kill her daughter for alleged money rituals
A middle age woman was on Wednesday caught, while allegedly trying to behead her daughter in an uncompleted building in Delta state.
According to Facebook user, Isaac Omoyibo, the woman was caught trying to behead the girl in a building under construction.
Timely intervention of locals allegedly helped foil the attempted murder which people are attributing to money rituals.
16-yr-old stabs friend to death while testing charms used against weapons in Ekiti
A 16-year-old pupil, Kehinde Timilehin, who allegedly stabbed his schoolmate to death, has been remanded by an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adesoji Adegboye, ordered that the accused be kept at the State Children Correctional Centre pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions.
Adegboye subsequently adjourned the case till January 18, 2019.
Timilehin, a pupil of Ado Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, is standing trial for allegedly stabbing his schoolmate, Favour Matthew, in the chest on Thursday, December 6, 2018, after school hours.
Timilehin and Mathew were said to be testing the efficacy of a charm believed to prevent the penetration of weapons like cutlass and knife.
But the charm failed Mathew as the weapon with which Timilehin allegedly attacked him penetrated his body and he reportedly died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.
The suspect was arrested and detained at the Ekiti State Criminal Investigation Department on the day of the incident.
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