Tragedy struck in Okuku, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, on Tuesday, after some siblings allegedly beat their eldest brother, Chinonso Azuatalam, popularly known as Dakwada, to death over a disagreement on the sharing of their late father’s wealth.
Chinonso, a father of two whose wife is pregnant, was allegedly beaten to death in the presence of their maternal uncles in the compound, who came to share the inheritance.
A source in the community, who confided in our correspondent, disclosed that while the deceased, who was a welder, was fighting with his immediate younger brother, Chibuzor, their younger brothers, who are twins, hit Chinonso with a big stick on the back of his head and he lost consciousness.
Chinonso was said to have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The source disclosed that their sister, Chioma Azuatalam, a serving police officer, also allegedly beat up the deceased’s pregnant wife.
According to the source, on getting information that their eldest brother had been pronounced dead, the brothers fled immediately.
According to the source, the sister has been allegedly arrested by the police.
The source said, “Chinonso Azuatalam was the eldest son of the family. He had three younger brothers, Chibuzor and the twin boys. They were having serious issues with the sharing formula of their late father’s wealth.
“While Chinonso was insisting that the properties be shared equally, the three other brothers, Chioma and their mother connived to share them without his consent.
“In accordance with Igbo culture, their maternal relations from Agwa in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State were invited. While their uncles presided over a meeting on Tuesday, house, tempers flared.
“The first and second sons started fighting. While the exchange of punches lasted, one of the twins hit the first son with a big stick and he lost consciousness. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Their sister, Chioma Azuatalam, who is a police officer, also beat the deceased man’s pregnant wife. The brothers ran away on realising what had happened, but Chioma has been arrested.
“The deceased had two daughters and his wife is heavily pregnant.”
The President-General of the community, Martin Daniel, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.
He said the community was working with the police in ensuring that other casualties would not be recorded.
The community leader added that so far, only the female cop had been arrested over the incident.
The police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed that Chioma had been arrested.
He also said one of the siblings, who hit the deceased with a wood, had been apprehended.
Ikeokwu stated, “The deceased picked up a knife and threatened to kill his mother. His sister, who is a police officer, called her two other brothers. They came and a fight ensued and one of them hit him with a wood. He lost consciousness and was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, where he was pronounced dead.
“Their sister, who is a police officer is in police custody. One of the brothers, who hit the deceased with the wood, has also been arrested.”
We Will Recover Oyo’s Money From Contractors Who Failed To Deliver – Makinde
Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, said, on Friday, that his administration will recover every Kobo of Oyo State’s money in the hands of contractors who failed to deliver on projects.
The governor gave the assurance during an inspection tour of the newly renovated Jericho Nursing Home, Jericho, Ibadan.
He said that he will never allow any fund belonging to Oyo State to be frittered away, adding that he will go after contractors who failed to deliver on assigned projects.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that
his administration will ensure the people of the state get the desired value for their money.
The governor stated that the previous contractor handling the project did not complete the work, a development, which, he said, was “unacceptable by this administration.”
He said: “Every kobo of Oyo State money that people have taken without delivering value to the people, they will give it back to us.”
Makinde, however, maintained that he is satisfied with the level of on-going renovation work at the hospital by the present administration.
The governor further said: “Well, for the ones that we did, yes I am satisfied. But the previous contractor, we can all see, did not finish the work. We went round to look at the transformer but it is not yet energised and it is just really unacceptable.
People may think we are not going to go after them but I can give you the assurance that we will.”
The governor explained that the purpose of the inspection was to examine the renovation work at the hospital and to see some of the challenges being faced by the staff of the hospital.
“Basically, I am here to see the renovation work that has gone on in here and also listen to them about the challenges they are having. As you probably must have known, health is one of the major pillars of this administration.
“So, we have to keep working to ensure that the health care in Oyo State is well delivered,” Makinde stated.
Workers’ Day: Ecobank Nigeria to Host Webinar On Survival Tips Amidst Rising Inflation
Ecobank Nigeria Limited has concluded plans to host a digital conference as part of its commemoration of this year’s Workers’ Day.
According to Korede Demola-Adeniyi; Head, Consumer Banking, the webinar which is scheduled for the 29th of April titled “Inflation and Your Money – Our role As Your Bank” is targeted at educating members of the public on how to manage limited resources at their disposal, stressing that it would also provide tips on savings, borrowing, investments and how Ecobank can be useful to the participants and general public amidst the rising inflation.
According to Mrs. Demola-Adeniyi, though Nigeria recorded early exit from the recession in the fourth quarter of last year, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have continued to impact negatively on the revenues of many corporate entities, businesses and income of individuals; noting that this development has been further compounded by inflation.
In her words, “Inflation rate has continued its upward trend to settle at about 18.1% in March with prices of goods rising significantly in the last six months.
This, in turn has significantly reduced the disposable income and cash available to consumers.
” Consequently, as a bank set up to contribute to economic development, we thought it important to facilitate a discussion during this period of Worker’s Day, that will provide some guidance to our customers and the general public on how they can manage their cash and resources through rising inflation.”
She disclosed that the webinar which will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams’ platform will converge important stakeholders who will discuss the realities of the economy of the country and also proffer solutions on how to stay afloat financially and better manage resources.
Some of the speakers include Jimi Ogbobine, FCA – Head, Agusto Consulting Ltd; Fela Popoola, Managing Director, EDC Nigeria Limited and Daberechi Effiong, Head, Consumer Products, Ecobank Nigeria, amongst others.
While imploring members of the public to join the webinar, Mrs. Demola-Adeniyi maintained that “The webinar is bound to provide financial education and financial planning tips to our customers and every other participant.
Participants will be informed about relevant investment opportunities to create wealth and most importantly, how the bank can be useful to them at this time.
It is important to make an informed decision regarding how to manage your money”.
The Ecobank Digital Series is a virtual programme organised by Ecobank to educate and enlighten the public on crucial issues of public interest, especially as it relates to their financial freedom.
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Atiku: How Long Shall We Continue To Lose Precious Souls?
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the death of three abducted Greenfield varsity students.
The Nation reports three of the kidnapped students of Greenfield University, Kasarami Kaduna, were found dead.
Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the development on Friday.
Atiku, in a terse post on Friday, described the killing of the abducted students as heartbreaking.
He asked States to be granted constitutional roles in securing their terrains.
“Heartbreaking to learn of the killing of 3 of the abducted students of Greenfield University, Kaduna.
“How long shall we continue to lose precious souls? May their families and friends be comforted.
“It is time states are granted constitutional roles in the management of security,”Atiku said
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