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Fr. Mbaka: Enugu Diocese calls for ‘Prayer of Atonement and Reparation’



Fr. Mbaka: Enugu Diocese calls for 'Prayer of Atonement and Reparation'

The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has called for Prayer of Atonement and Reparation over the desecration of “the holy altar of sacrifice” at the Diocesan Cathedral by the followers of Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka of Adoration Ministry.

A statement issued on Thursday, May 6 and signed by Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, called on all Parishes, Chaplaincies and Religious Houses in the Diocese to embark on this prayer.

The statement reads:
“On 5 May 2021, the followers of Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria violently broke into the diocesan cathedral Church and desecrated the holy altar of sacrifice. Over and above this, they brutally vandalized the diocesan bishop’s residence, the cathedral parish house and the secretariat building complex.

“Therefore, I hereby declare and call for a one week union of prayer in reparation and atonement for this heinous act against our central place of worship and the sanctity of the Church. The prayer begins from Friday, 7th May to Friday, 14th May 2021. Every parish, chaplaincy and religious community in the diocese is obliged to participate in this holy activity.

“In addition to the traditional May devotion prayers (like daily benediction), the following prayers are to be offered for this purpose: 5 decades of the Holy Rosary; Act of Reparation to the Most Blessed Sacrament (attached to this letter) and Psalms 51 and 23.

“I enjoin you to remain sober and keep the diocese in prayer. With divine assistance and grace, we shall overcome this challenging moment. May Our Lady, the Queen of May intercede for us, Amen.”

It should be recalled that on Wednesday, 5th of May, the followers of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka took to the streets of Enugu to protest alleged disappearance of Fr. Mbaka, Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu. The controversial priest has been having face-off with the presidency. The protesters invaded the Bishop’s official residence at Igboeze Street, Independence Layout Enugu and the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Ogui Road where they destroyed some parts of the building and desecrated the place of worship.


Akabo residents flee over burning of houses by troops

One of the houses burnt down by troops at Umuori Amii Akabo last Sunday and the suspect who led security operatives.



Say, we’re not aware of ESN camp in our community

Sunday June 6 was indeed a dark day for the people of Umuori Amii Akabo in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State as more than 10 houses were set ablaze by the security operatives. This was revealed to our reporter Stan Amadi who visited the community to investigate what led to the burning of the houses.

On getting to Amii Akabo, the whole community was deserted as everyone had out of apprehension, fled from their homes to the nearby communities for safety.

A carpenter, Mr. James Onuekwusi, aged 80, whose house was among those burnt down, told The Leader that they were in church that fateful Sunday when they got the news that houses in the community were being set on fire by security operatives. According to Mr. Onuekwusi, security operatives came to Amii Akabo alongside a young man who was alleged to be one of the unknown gunmen attacking police stations. The young man was said to have told the Police that their camp is at Akabo.

Answering questions as to whether anyone from the community identified the said young man, Mr. Onuekwusi said no one could identify him as he is not from Umuori Amii Akabo. On the whereabouts of his family, Mr. Onuekwusi said he has no child, adding that he only lives with his wife. He also took our reporter round the vicinity to show him some other houses that were burnt down.

Also speaking to The Leader, Mr. Lumumba Chituru Uzomba, who is also in his late 80s, whose house was similarly burnt down also confirmed the incident. Asked if he had knowledge of what led to the invasion of the community and the consequent burning of the houses, Mr. Uzomba said he had no idea.

According to Mr. Uzomba, when the news broke in the church that houses were being set ablaze, everyone ran away. He however told our reporter that no life was lost in the course of burning the houses. He further told our reporter that he did not see the young man who was brought to the area let alone identifying him as coming from the community.

Since last Sunday the mayhem took place, the people of Umuori Amii Akabo have been living in constant fear.

Some youths who spoke on  condition of anonymity, however appealed to the State Government, and the Federal and State House members,  Hon. Henry Nwawuba and Hon. Uche Ogbuagu (who hails from Amii Akabo) to do everything possible to ensure that peace and normalcy returned to the community, to enable them live their lives without any form of apprehension.

Reacting to the story, the Police Public Relations Officer  (PPRO) in the State SP. Bala Elkana told our reporter, Stan Amadi; that the community and those who spoke to him while on investigation were being economical with the truth. SP. Bala wondered why the people did not tell him (our reporter) that a policewoman held hostage for weeks in the camp was rescued during the operation

According SP. Elkana, the Policewoman was used as a pointer, adding that it was through the young man arrested earlier that led the troop to go there and rescue the policewoman from there camp. “By their being economical with the truth and not telling you that a woman police was rescued there, means they are encouraging what is going on in their community.” They should tell you the truth, why are they being one sided?” SP Bala  asked.

He added that the details of the troop’s operation in the community and their rescue mission could be obtained from the Command’s Facebook  page.

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Unknown gunmen kill 3 at Ehime Mbano … Abduct woman in Orlu



Unknown gunmen kill 3 at Ehime Mbano ... Abduct woman in Orlu

Orieagu-Nsu Ehime Mbano LGA was thrown into confusion on Friday May 5, as an unidentified gunmen opened fire on passers-by and residents, killing three persons; two men and a lady.

The remains of one of the dead victims were seen lying along the road with visible gunshot injury on his hip. The attack took place around 9.30pm.

The second victim simply identified as Chibueze Okoroji (Enwe), native of Umuehie Umuakagu Autonomous community who was shot on the stomach died at Federal Medical Centre, Umuhia where he was rushed to after the shootings.

Members of Akunachi Age Grade contributed the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand naira medical bill requested by the hospital but the time they intervened, he had died. The father of a boy, became a victim for being at the wrong place when the unknown gunmen struck.

The third  victim who could not be identified was said to be a commercial sex worker in the area.

Questions agitating the minds of some members of the public include: What is the motive of unknown gunmen in attacking soft targets and what do they gain? And what do they gain from taking innocent lives?

Similarly, he vicinity of the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) Orlu was thrown into pandemonium on Thursday June 3, following the abduction of a lady whose name was not identified at the time of going to press. The incident happened at about 10am, near IMSUTH Orlu.

An eyewitness told The Leader that four young men, two riding in a motorcycle and the other two in a Lexus Jeep with no registration number, abducted the lady who was on a commercial motorcycle heading towards IMSUTH.

 Our source said the two men in a motorcycle blocked the commercial motorcyclist, abducted the lady at gunpoint and ordered him to lie down, as they dragged the lady into their Lexus Jeep that was already waiting and then they zoomed off to unknown destination. Some staff of the Imo Sate University Teaching Hospital who were around disclosed that the victim is not their staff but could be a patient coming to the hospital.

 The Leader gathered that the abductors did not fire shot while the operation was on, but people scampered for safety. A shop owner within that area said, “When they stopped the lady and brought out their gun, we ran away thinking it was the same unknown gunmen that have caused civil unrest in the state”. He alleged that the robbery and kidnapping, of even children have been on the increase in Orlu in recent times.

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At last, IMSU graduates 52 medical doctors … It should be govt priority – CMD



At last, IMSU graduates 52 medical doctors ... It should be govt priority – CMD

The Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri on Thursday, June 3, 2021 held the induction ceremony of a total of 52 newly graduated medical students from the college of medicine of the university.

The State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma was represented at the ceremony by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bartholomew Okorochukwu. The Chief Medical Director, Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) Orlu, Dr. Ifeanyi Nwamba, the Provost College of Medicine, Prof. Ugochukwu Anyaehie,    Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), families and friends of the graduands witnessed the occasion.

 In his speech, the Governor said government was aware of the challenges facing both the university and the teaching hospital, adding that measures were being put in place to tackle them, especially in the areas of accreditation for the college and assured that the issue of payment of salaries for the teaching hospital is being handled.

 The Acting Vice Chancellor of Imo State University, Prof. Peter Akah commended the governor who is a visitor to the university, for his urgent intervention by rescuing the hospital road and ensuring that the students eventually graduate after spending several years due to issue of accreditation. Prof. Akah gave kudos to the graduands and their parents for their patience, irrespective of the various challenges they encountered during the course of their programme. He urged the newly inducted medical doctors to maintain the high standard for which the college is known as they go into the profession.

In his address, the Chief Medical Director of IMSUTH Orlu, Dr. Ifeanyi Nwamba said that he came to share their joy after sharing their sorrows during the challenge of accreditation. He noted that graduation of medical students of the college should be a government priority to ease their sufferings. He commended Governor Uzodimma for his visionary leadership and for paying particular attention to health and education as well as emphasizing the need for timely graduation of the medical students of the university.

Dr. Nwamba pointed out that failure to graduate medical students is also a failure to both the management and government. He said that the teaching hospital provided an enabling environment for the college as well as working in synergy. The CMD reminded the graduands of the task ahead and urged them to apply caution and be patient as they attend to their patients. He encouraged them to work towards achieving the best as they were taught while wishing them success.

The highpoint of the event was the administering of Physician’s Oath to the new doctors by the Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

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