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Buhari, Atiku, others extol virtues of late Eze Enweremadu

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From Okey Sampson, Umuahia

President Muhammadu Buhari has extolled the virtues of the late Ezeukwu of Ngwaukwu, Eze Bernard Enweremadu, describing him as a reputable Igbo monarch.

Buhari stated this during the burial of the late paramount ruler of Ngwa land, at his Ahiaba Ngwaukwu Autonomous Community in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State.

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Represented by the Minister of State for Steel Development, Dr. Uche Ogah, Buhari said Enweremadu “served the state and the nation in many capacities, leaving a legacy of fairness and charity.”

While condoling with the family and state over his demise, the president urged the children of the deceased to emulate the footprints of their father.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, in his own tribute, said Enweremadu was a true patriot who served the state and nation with zest.

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Similarly, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said Enweremadu was “a first class grade of contemporary Nigeria traditional ruler.”

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said the Ngwa nation, Abia State, and Ndigbo in general, had lost a great hero in Enweremadu’s death.

He said Enweremadu was an epitome of dignity, and humility who sacrificed so much for the advancement of Ngwa nation and Abia state.

Senate Minority Leader and Senator representing Abia South, Enyinnaya Abaribe, described the late monarch as the symbol and embodiment of Ngwa tradition.

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Former fovernor and senator representing Abia Central, Senator Theodore Orji said the late monarch was “one of the brightest satellites in the firmament of traditional rulers”.

First son of the deceased, Hon Christopher Enweremadu, who is a former Abia House of Assembly Speaker and incumbent Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, described his late father as a man of peace and a role model. He promised to uphold his father’s ideals while thanking all those who came to identify with the family in their moment of grief.

 Some of the dignitaries at the funeral were former Governor of Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha; former Deputy Governor, Acho Nwakanma; Senator Nkechi Nwogu; and Senator Emma Nwaka.

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Gunmen blow up Catholic church in Taraba

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Less than 24 hours after terrorists killed three relatives of the village head of Wuro Bokki, in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State, an explosive suspected to have been planted by terrorists blew up at the Catholic Chapel of St. John’s College, Mutum-Biyu, the headquarters of Gassol LGA.

The Principal of the College, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Vershima Ikyaan, told that the explosion went up at about 7:20 pm.

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He said, “We thank God no life was lost, but the Church has been destroyed. About 10 minutes after the explosion in the school, we started hearing gunshots in the town.

“The youths and some students were holding a programme in the Chapel which doubled as the school hall and had left the premises shortly before the explosion.

“This is a religious premises and if attacks like these are happening to the Church, where will people run to?

“I want to call for a thorough investigation to unravel those behind the attack and the perpetrators brought to book.”

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The Taraba State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Usman, confirmed the attack in a telephone interview with our correspondent.

“What happened was that some kidnappers came to kidnap the owner of one filling station in the town, unfortunately for them, they could not achieve their mission.

“In the process of running to escape begin trapped, they started shooting sporadically to escape.

“It was in the process that they threw an explosive into the church to cause fear to enable them to escape. The explosion blew up and caused some damages to the building,” Usman said.

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NAFDAC bans alcohol production in sachet, PET bottles

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Deborah Tolu-Kolawole, Abuja

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has stopped the registration of alcohol in sachet, small volume PET and glass bottles below 200 millilitres.

The Director-General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this in a statement issued by the agency on Monday.

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Adeyeye said the registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume PET and glass bottles above 30 per cent alcohol by volume had been banned by NAFDAC, following the recommendation of a high powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and Industry in December 2018.

Other members of the committee are the Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers and Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria.

According to the NAFDAC boss, the agency will ensure that the validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category does not exceed the year 2024.

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She explained that manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before the decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to the stipulated standards free of charge.

She said, “Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria was also given a matching order to embark on intensive nationwide sensitisation campaigns against underage consumption of alcohol by adolescents below the age of 18 years in the bid to stem the tide of alcohol abuse in the country.

“Producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 per cent with effect from January 31st, 2022 while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024.

“The agency is committed to the strict implementation of the regulations and regulatory measures towards safeguarding the health of Nigerians particularly the vulnerable youths against the dangers of reckless consumption of alcohol.”

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