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Herdsmen Menace, Libya Slave Trade, Edo Diaspora Prominence and Wait and See Aplenty. Edo Connect Re

January:

Edos in London celebrate the coronation of Oba Ewuare II in grand style “the most colourful Edo celebration with all 3 cardinal tribes of Edo State present”. PDP opens election tribunal in Benin. Benin Traditional Council announces suspension of the Isekhure of Benin Kingdom. Oba of Benin backs traditional rulers over herdsmen. Edo State Chief Judge Cromwell Idahosa retires, Esohe Frances Ikponmwen appointed Edo State’s new Chief Judge. Edo state’s assistant commissioner of police commits suicide. Buhari says “I am not dead”. Federal Govt warns Nigerians to stay clear of Libya after killings. Governor Obaseki promises 10,000 Edo youths to be employed as revenue collectors in Edo State, Okpella cement to create 1000 jobs, inaugurates Agric committee targets 80,000 jobs, inaugurates family court concludes that Benin will generate electricity from waste.

February:

9th February 2017 marks 120 years since the British invasion of Benin Kingdom. Oba of Benin dissolves CDAs. Ex EDHA Speaker Justin Okonoboh escapes assassination at Igueben. Buhari writes to National assembly to extend vacation. Ambrose Alli University First female vice chancellor Prof. Agbebakun dies at 55. Frustration grows as Gov Obaseki’s delays appointing commissioners. Tuface bows to pressure and cancels protest against Buhari. 161 Nigerians return from Libya. Betsy Obaseki struggling to maintain 2 jobs as managing director of BOI and 1st lady of Edo State. Gov Obaseki promises to make 100 millionaires in 2 agricultural seasons. Senate wants Benin Airport renamed after Oba Erediauwa. Odion Ighalo dropped for friendly games against Senegal and Burkina Faso.

March:

Ex Governor of Mid-West State Dr Samuel ogbemudia passes. Edo connects meets Oba Ewuare II “spends 1.30 hour record time presenting Edo Diaspora update to his royal Majesty”. Edo Connect Meets Pastor Osagie Ize-iyamu “he is confident the tribunal will declare him winner”. EDHA passes CDA bill. 128 Nigerians drown in Mediterranean in 21 days. 17 activist prevent deportation flight from Heathrow to Lagos. Lovely Edobor reports “I was dragged around by the chains like a goat”.

11 countries participate in Okpeke race in Benin-City. Oshiomhole tells Nigerians to stop celebrating corruption. Gov Obaseki promises Edo state 24 hour electricity in 6 months. UK Odionwere Pa (Eng) Bernard Woghiren sends condolences to the family of Dr Samuel Ogbemudia.

April:

Betsy Obaseki commissions dialysis centre in Benin. 50 Nigerians deported from Europe arrive in Lagos. UK deports 23 Nigerians. Godwin Obaseki wins at tribunal. 253 Nigerians return from Libya. Gov. Obaseki vows “I will rather upset man than God in turning Edo into Dubai”. Swears in 7 new members to Edo House of Assmebly, signs CDA into law, summits list of commissioners and assures pensioners of arrears. April was the month of the whistle blowers, N448m discovered in Lagos shopping mall, $38m dollars in a Lagos house and N13b in Ikoyi apartments making reps declare 2017 budget can be funded with these recovered loots. Edo’s Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli cleared to release Okafor’s Law. Godwin Obaseki foots bill for Quintuplets born in Benin-City to Uduehi family.

May:

Federal Govt tells Nigerians to come home and be billionaires. US based Charles Ihaza to establish $2bn refinery in Ovia North East. Oba of Lagos states Lagos was founded by the son of the Oba of Benin. Elder stateman Ken Enahoro passes unexpectedly at 63. Buhari goes to London for treatment, Osinbajo named as acting president by senate. Oba of Benin orders ex-CDA chairman to return properties in 14 days. Obaseki shuts Edo Line. Herdsmen rape Edo Women and beats husband to pulp. Chief Tony Anenih’s loses son Eugene and wife Patricia to heart attack and illness. Oshiomhole’s wife Iara gets Nigerian citizenship. Dion Osagie’s Godsent foundation making waves all over the world for his good work in Benin-City. Deputy governor Philip Shaibu denies sponsoring failed impeachment of EDHA Speaker Justin Okonoboh. UK Odionwere felicitates with Anne Osawenwenze Imafidon and Anne Ughoghide on the recognition of their achievements by the Queen and the Mayor of Houslow. 165 Nigerians return voluntarily from Libya. Edo court refuses activist Curtis Ugbo bail.

June:

Herdsmen rampage into Edo classrooms as students flee. Edo Govt ask outlawed CDA members to exchange arms for money. Chief Osamede Adun “Bobizua” loses wife to gas explosion in Lagos. Obaseki advises against birthday messages, says donate to charity. Victor Uwaifo inducted as UNESCO living legend. Obaseki tells SSA to relocate to wards. Edo court sentences mother of four and pastor brother to jail for human trafficking. Dangote condemns Arewa youths over quit notice given to Igbos living in the North. IBB says it’s time to restructure Nigeria. Yoruba Assembly led by Alan Akinrinade ask federal govt to consider referendum on restructuring. Emir of Kano vows to sacrifice his last blood to protect Igbos in the North. Appeal court upholds Obaseki’s victory. Benin City is tagged the capital of human of human trafficking “Sister Bibiana says there are cartels of human traffickers everywhere in Benin”. Two suspects arrested in Benin for murder of Italy based Omoruyi Okundolor- by an ex-lover who has fled to Italy. US based Charles imafidon task Gov.Godwin Obaseki to use sports to eradicate crime in Benin. Oba of Benin intervenes in the deposition of Ojuromi of Uromi. Oba Ewuare II reveals plans for a special market where food will be sold at discounted prices for the less privileged. 44 Nigerians/ Ghanaians die of thirst in the desert trying to reach Libya.

July:

London Uniben Alumnae host new vice chancellor Faraday Orunmwense. Nigerian customs seize 140 species of snakes and 660 exotic animals shipped into Nigeria. Edo offices of INEC complain over 460,000 unclaimed permanent voter’s cards. Dangote refinery shuts down for 3 days due to flood. Monaco footballer Elderson Echiejile launches 100 smiles in Benin city. Ize- Iyamu congratulates Obaseki. Gov Fayose visits the Oba of Benin. Benin Groups warn Ijaws against Gele-Gele. Obaseki assigns portfolio to commissioners and informs them -No room for corruption. Auchi’s Michael Bello shoots and kills 7 people in New York before killing himself. Edo Global organisation held its annual conference in Manchester with the main theme "Empowering African Youths to Prevent Migration".UK’s Ben Omoregie facing trial after multimillion Lloyds bank fraud. Afenifere advises to restructure Nigeria before it’s too late. Edos in US caution against inflammatory statements. Edo State’s Ex deputy Governor Odubu turns 60. Gov. Obaseki celebrates 60, Says 100,000 unemployed Edo youths have registered on to government job portal. Betsy Obaseki is named as Edo state’s mosquito net ambassador.

August:

EDHA Speaker Justin Okonoboh is toppled in “Agberu Style”. Kabiru Adjoto installs himself as new speaker amid claims Okonoboh sent law makers on a 3 weeks holiday to celebrate son’s graduation. Dr Oguigo walked out of the Oba’s Palace. BBC launches pidgin English Channel. Italian government accused of paying Libya Militants to curb migrants. Nigerian gay rights activist wins UK asylum claim after 13 years battle. Oba of Benin condemns disgraceful act of thuggery at EDHA. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen resigns from PDP. Odionwere of UK & Ireland sends solidarity message to Edos in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey. Benin club Houston makes donation to victims of hurricane Harvey. Vice president Osinbanjo praises Lucky Igbinedion for Okpella Cement factory. Hollywood’s Kay Oyegun tapped to pen the biopic of civil rights activist -Angela Davis. Edo Union Netherlands mourn the passing of social secretary Mr Austin Akpata. Canada’s Great Benin Kingdom media GBKM wins cultural promoter of the year 2017. Edos in north America launch the AAU Alumnae north -America. Betsy Obaseki says 200 Edo Women to get interest free loans to start-up businesses. Protesters call for Buhari’s resignation. Esan voice UK launches Ekpoma Township stadium.

September:

Crown Prince Ezelekhua Ewuare makes an entrance at ex-governor Oshiomole’s grand reception. His presence caused a frenzy for Edo girls on social media. Dr Taiwo Idemudia celebrates his 70th birthday in London with the Iyase of Benin Chief Sam Igbe as special guest. Trump tells African leaders in UN general assembly in New York “so many of my friends go to Africa to get rich”. Prof Ambrose Alli’s family want the stigma “felon” removed from his legacy to celebrate his post humous 85th birthday. British Airways air hostess sacked for racist comments about Nigerians. Adesua Etomi meets Gov Obaseki. Fraudsters soliciting for funds on fake Obaseki website and social media. 3 policemen killed as gunmen kidnap Ogba Zoo boss. Obaseki to meet Buhari on security challenges. Edo connect goes live on facebook to discuss Edo security matters. Former Edo Governor aspirant Eng Chris Ogiemwonyi releases statement that sacked stock exchange broker Victor Ogiemwonyi and himself are not related.

October:

CNN exposes slave trade in Libya. Edos and Africans being sold for $400. Popular musician Osayomore joseph is kidnapped in Benin-City, N200m ransom demanded by kidnappers. Edo state’s commissioner of police Hilaru Gwandu is removed after protest. Edo Connect debuts on American TV. Federal ministry of health advices Nigerians to stop eating monkey and bush meat to avoid Monkey pox. Uniben professor is shot dead. Security challenges in Benin at an all-time high. Edo afrobeat artistes’ express unhappiness at not been given an opportunity to perform on Oba Ewuare II first coronation anniversary. Major Charles Airhiavbere marries a new wife in Benin city. Madrid honours Wilson Oruma . Oba Ewuare II inaugurates dispute resolution committee. Gov. Obaseki in London to sell Aloghodaro to the London stock exchange, he ignores the Edo diaspora which makes an even bigger story. Eranomigho Edegbe exposes malpractices in Nigerian embassy Madrid, charging €40 for a Benin name. Love drama from Spain leads to arrest in Benin-city. Ex-deputy speaker Elizabeth Ativie returns official vehicles after threats of criminal actions against her. Osayomore Joseph is released but amount of ransom paid undisclosed. Edo Govt promises to revisit Uromi Monarch dethronement

November:

Oba Ewuare II commences thank you tour, stops in Abuja and Sokoto to meet president Buhari and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubaker III. 26 Nigerians are buried in Italy after being found suffocated in a boat compartment. Uniben is 47 years old. Demonstrations in Abuja against the selling of Nigerians in Libya. Eki Igbinedion blames the government for underestimating human trafficking in Edo state. Edo connect to publish book on the 1st Odionwere of the UK and Ireland. Ijaws in Gele gele ruler attempt to swear in a so “pere of Oladiama”. The foiled attempt is met by stiff opposition from all quarters of Benin. Benin Traditional Council called this a sacrilegious act, Gov Obaseki condemned and warned the Edo Ijaws not to abuse our kindness. So called “Ijaw Freedom Fighters” issue 21 day ultimatum to the Oba of Benin and Governor Obaseki. The UK Odionwere issues a stark warning to the Ijaws not to attempt any trouble in our royal household or Benin-city. Benin heritage fund UK raises money to support Ogida Health Centre. Governor obaseki’s and EDHA speaker Adjoto disastrous trip to Italy. 826 libya returnees arrive in Edo state. Benue senator attacks leaders that have taken our wealth to western countries- it is the cause of illegal migration. Miss Ogbebor Omosigho is shot dead in Georgia. Buhari vows to make Nigeria conducive for Nigerian youths.

December:

Comrade Eranomigho Edegbe visits Cimitero Urbano in Italy to lay flowers on the graves of the 26 Nigerians who died in a ship compartment trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy. Edo Ijaws meet Gov Obaseki for peace talks, blame offenders for agitation. Edo Libya returnees test positive for HIV. Edo Libya returnees tell tales of deaths, drinking urine and petrol to survive. Figures show that over 75% of Libya returnees are from edo state. Edo state govt plans to track down and destroy homes of human trafficking cartels in Benin. Edos UK celebrate Igue with special “Inota session”.

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