BREAKING: Mbaka reportedly missing – Ohanaeze raises alarm, warns FG
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, on Wednesday raised the alarm over the whereabouts of the fiery Enugu priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.
The cleric of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, has been in the news after he asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.
This was followed by a revelation by the presidency that he was attacking Buhari because he was refused a contract.
Ohanaeze Youth Council has now claimed that the priest was missing.
In a statement issued by the President-General of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, he said Mbaka was last seen on Tuesday, adding that every effort to trace him had failed.
“We have it on good authority that his aides have neither seen nor heard from him since Tuesday.
“Calls put to his mobile line have also remained unanswered; this has now prompted us to issue this alarm as we would not take it lightly should anything untoward happen to him.
“We are giving the Federal Government 48 hours to produce the priest, else they should be ready to face Igbo youths. They were dining and wining with him all along and now that he told the truth, they are no longer comfortable with him.
“Let nothing happen to Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka. It will not be in anybody’s interest,” the group warned.
Meanwhile, DAILY POST reached out to close aides of the Catholic Cleric but they declined comment, noting that the picture was not clear yet.
“Today is the Wednesday programme, ‘E no dey again’, if he don’t officiate, it will then be clear that something is wrong,” one of them said.
But a source who refused to be named disclosed that he was last seen yesterday, Tuesday, when he departed to honour an invitation by his Bishop.
DAILY POST also learnt that following the apprehension, all the youths of the ministry have been summoned to the Adoration ground.
The message inviting the youths to the Adoration ground, obtained by DAILY POST read, “Important!
“Good morning friends and well-wishers. Please if you know you stand for justice and you do not want the lone voice that speaks for the poor in this country to be silenced, gather at Adoration ground let’s go for a protest at the Bishops court.
“Fr. Mbaka is nowhere to be found. He went yesterday to answer the Bishop’s call and up till now, he’s not taking his calls. Let’s gather! SSG.”
STATE OF THE NATION: Southern governors in emergency meeting
Governors in the Southern part of the country under the Southern Nigeria Governors Forum met to discuss the state of the nation. The meeting which was held virtually was at the instance of the chairman of the South West governors forum, Rotimi Akeredolu and the chairmen of both South-South and South-East Governors’ Forums Ifeanyi Okowa and David Umahi of Ondo, Delta and Ebonyi respectively.
Vanguard was informed that fifteen of the 17 Governors from the Southern part attended the meeting.
They include; Ekiti State Governor who doubles as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Nyesom Wike(Rivers), Ifeanyi Okowa(Delta), David Umahi(Ebonyi), Godwin Obaseki,(Edo), and Lolo Cecilia Ezeilo(deputy governor of Enugu representing the governor). Others are Douye Diri(Bayelsa), Emmanuel Udom(Akwa Ibom), Okezie Victor Ikpeazu(Abia), Hope Uzodimma(Imo), Dapo Abiodun(Ogun), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Seyi Makinde(Oyo) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu(Lagos).
The Governors who called for commitment and unity in addressing issues that affect the country, particularly Southern Nigeria, stressed the need to put the country first in the face of the trying times. The full details of the outcome of the meeting were still sketchy as of press time.
Many killed in Benue, Abia, Akwa Ibom boundary clashes
Seven persons were on Tuesday reported killed on the outskirts of Makurdi, the Benue State capital, following fresh hostilities between two communities over land.
Radio Nigeria Harvest FM station in the area has been shut and staff sent home for fear of being caught in the crossfire. Houses were set ablaze and other property destroyed, it was learnt. Police spokesperson Kate Anene did not respond to calls or text messages.
In Usaka Ukwu and Nkaria, two communities on two sides of the Abia and Akwa Ibom border, an unspecified number of persons have been killed in a land tussle.
Usaka Ukwu is in Ikwuano council area of Abia where some accounts claimed that six persons were killed while a larger number of people have been hospitalised in parts of the state. The clash, which took place on Monday, forced many from their homes, the reporter learned.
Both communities have been at loggerheads over land for years.
The clash lasted from 10pm to 5am, it was said, but within that time, no security agency intervened.
It was gathered that the government of the two states have met over the land under contention and were waiting for the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to delineate it.
Police spokesman in Abia Geoffrey Ogbonna told the reporter on the phone that he was yet to receive any recent clash report in the area.
Information Commissioner John Okiyi-Kalu confirmed the incident but denied that many people died, saying one person was killed.
“As a government, we condemn in totality the act of violence. The National Boundary Commission has visited the area and very soon they will delineate the boundaries properly. We are calling on the communities involved to exercise restraint and avoid shedding of blood.”
Source: The Nation