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Igarra: Masquerade festival went bloody

The peace of Igarra, headquarters of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, was last week shattered after shootings that accompanied the celebration of a masquerade festival in the community, writes BANJI Read More »

Mother Of Three Axes Husband To Death In Aviele

A 35-year-old housewife identified as Zenab Agbontine has been arrested for allegedly murdering her husband, Egberise Agbontine, in Ubiane Aviele village near Auchi, Edo State in cold blood with an axe for Read More »

Auchi Poly to Award Degree in 11 Courses

Federal Polytechnic Auchi, have concluded plans to start the award of degrees in 11 disciplines. THE Rector of Auchi Poly, Dr Philipa Idogho, who made this known on Thursday at the polytechnic’s Read More »

Drama as teacher can’t read own certificate

It was a drama of sorts at the verification of certificates of Primary School teachers in Edo State yesterday as a teacher at Asologun Primary School, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, Benin Read More »

Okada riders sue Oshiomole over ban

Commercial motorcycle operations, commonly called Okada in Edo State, have dragged the state government before a Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, challenging the recent ban on their operations by the Read More »


Basic Greetings in Igarra Language


Igarra Language is spoken by the people of Igarra, the headquarter of Akoko Edo Local Government Area in the Northern part of Edo State. It is a rocky town surrounded by the Kukuruku Hills with an area of 1,371 km² and a population of 262,110 at the 2006 census.

Historically, the land is referred to as ETUNO. ‘Etuno’, Igarra is unique in many respects. The Igarra language, ‘Etuno’ is a lone voice in Afemai. It is similar to what is spoken in Ebiraland, Kotonkarffe, Toto, Abaji, Igala land and Wukari in Taraba State.

Basic Greetings in Etsako Language


The Etsako people are to be found in the Northern part of present day Edo State.
The people are presently distributed among three Local Government Area: Etsako-East, Etsako Central and Etsako West, with Agenebode, Fugar and Auchi respectively as their administrative headquarters.
Below are some basic greetings in Etsako language:



Consensus Candidates Emerge In APC Ward Congresses Across Edo-North


The All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the Edo-North Senatorial District of Edo State on Tuesday elected their ward leaders through consensus agreements at the party’s ward congresses.

A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored the congresses reports that officers in Ihievbe Ward 3, in the Owan-East Local Government Area of the state, were chosen through consensus agreement.

Ayogwiri Community of Uzairhue Clan

Ayogwiri is one of the communities that makes up the Uzairhue Clan of Etsako West Local Government Area of Afemailand in Edo State.

With a zip code of 312101, Ayogwiri is located along Auchi – Agenebode road. Some neighbouring communities to Ayogwiri include Ugbeno, Apana, Irakho and Ekperi.

Ayogwiri is believed to have been founded by a great hunter called Agiana who migrated from Ekperi later after the initial migration of the Etsako people from Benin.

Edo Needs N1.5 Trillion to Tackle Gully Erosion – Commissioner

Ravaging Gully Erosion in Auchi

The Edo Government on Wednesday said it would need more than N1.5 trillion to effectively address the menace of gully erosion in the state. The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Clem Agba disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin.

He said that over 100 gully erosion sites have been identified across the state, noting that some had caused damages to lives and properties.

Agba added that gully erosion was threatening more lives and properties in the state.

He cited gully erosion areas in Auchi including Queen Ede, Warranke, Ewu, Emu Ekenwan, UNIBEN, Edo college and Ibore as the worst.

Obende lauds Edo North Trad Rulers on Ozekhome

Otaru of Auchi

UZAIRUE – The Director General of Senator Domingo Alaba Obende Campaign organizations, Chief Brutus Ogedengbe, the Okhai of Uzairue has commended the Edo North traditional leaders for ensuring that their choice earlier chosen by them, Chief Barr. Mike Ozekhomhe (SAN) to represent them at the ongoing National Conference finally made the list.

Chief Ogedengbe, who spoke on behalf of his group said they were surprised when names for the confab were published and the traditional leader nominee was conspicuously absent and they wondered what might have happened!

Group Protest Ozekhome ’s Removal From Confab Delegates List


Tempers are rising in Edo State among the elders and youths over the removal of the name of constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), from the list of delegates from the state to the forthcoming national conference and his replacement with Senator Yisa Braimoh on the list.

The Afemai people in the Edo North senatorial district of the state under the umbrella of Kukuruku Youth Renaissance Network (KUKNET), in a statement signed by their president, Theophilus Ibodeme, and secretary-general, Tony Igiebor, which was made available to newsmen yesterday in Benin, questioned what Senator Braimoh could do to promote and protect the interest of Afemai ethnic nationality at the conference.

College of Agriculture, Agenebode Gains Autonomy


AGENEBODE – The town of Agenebode, headquarters of Etsako East Local Government Area was thrown into wild jubilation over the weekend following the formal pronouncement of autonomy for the college of Agriculture, Agenebode which was a satellite campus of the college of Agriculture Iguoriakhi.

The students, staff and members of Agenebode Community who expressed happiness over the development danced round the streets and to the palace of the Okumagbe of Weppa Wanno, Dr. George Oshopi Eghabor.

Auchi Poly To Become Degree Awarding Institution – NUC


The National Universities Commission (NUC) said on Friday that the Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo, would soon become a degree awarding institution.

Mr Adamu Yakassai, the NUC Team Leader, disclosed this when he led members on a resource verification tour of the institution.

The visit was in preparation for the school to affiliate with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, for the award of the degree certification programme.

Owan APC Pass Vote Of Confidence On Iriase

Hon. Pally Iriase

Otuo – Ahead of the 2015 general elections, leaders and stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in axis 2 of Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State have passed a vote of implicit confidence on Hon. Pally lriase, representing Owan Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives for his leadership style.

A communique issued at the end of a well-attended enlarged meeting of leaders held at Otuo, equally condemned in strong terms, attempts by a group of aspirants to denigrate the federal lawmaker over a position they said, is not vacant.