Missing state assets allegedly found in Okorocha’s warehouse

Ex-gov cries foul, demands proof of ownership Imo State Government has claimed the discovery of missing equipment of Nsu Ceramic and Tiles Industry in a warehouse owned by former governor, Rochas Okorocha, along Owerri/Aba road. The administration of Sam Mbakwe established the industry in the early 1980s, but Okorocha’s government attempted to resuscitate it. The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Simon Ibegbulem, told newsmen in Owerri, yesterday that the government assets were discovered by his team in the warehouse. The warehouse, The Guardian gathered, is adjacent another one where the then Emeka Ihedioha administration allegedly discovered some of state’s properties. According to him, the discovery was made possible after some patriotic citizens of the state revealed the hidden warehouse to the government. “The equipment were looted from Ehime Mbano Council, the location of the industry, to the private warehouse of Okorocha (for use) to establish a personal industry. “We gathered from those guarding the warehouse that sometimes, Okorocha’s people come here to pick some items and sell. “However, some of the equipment we are looking for are here and we have come to

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Leaked Sex Video: Court Convicts 20 year old in Owerri

An Imo State Magistrate Court, sitting at Umundugba, Isu local government area of the state, has convicted a 20-year-old school leaver, Peter Nwoke, for being the mastermind of a simulated group sex video that recently went viral, allegedly involving the state’s Public Complaints Commissioner, Chief Willie Amadi.     Giving a graphic account of what happened to the Magistrate, His Worship, C. P. Nnoromele, in suit number MCI/2C/2021, the Prosecutor, Mr Okereke Chikodi, said that soon after getting a formal complaint from Chief Willie Amadi, the Commissioner of Police set up a crack team of detectives to go after the people behind the alleged crime. According to the Prosecutor, after a painstaking investigation by the detectives, Peter Nwoke was arrested and he freely made a confessional statement to the police. Mr Nwoke was, according to the charge sheet, accused of “defamation of character, an offence punishable under Section 373 of Criminal Code, Cap C38 Laws of the Federation 2004, as applicable in Imo State”. When the matter was called up in court Tuesday, January 19, 2021, and the charge read out to the accused person, he pleaded guilty to the c

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Accident Claim 6 lives in Imo State

Accident Claim 6 lives in Imo State

Prisons Wardens blamed Owerri, the capital of Imo State, Thursday witnessed fatal accident that claimed seven lives and left about four persons severely injured. The fatality happened on Thursday between Nworie River and Mbari Kitchen, Portharcourt Road, Owerri, in the afternoon. According to eye- witnesses, the tragedy involved a truck (tanker) carrying diesel product and two mini commercial buses which also carried passengers (males and females). The eye- witnesses, who told our reporter, who visited the accident scene that the diesel tanker which was coming from Control Post, met slow traffic within Nworie River and Mbari Kitchen area. "Because of the traffic slow, the truck moved slowly, suddenly a Prison Warden, who was inside the Prisons Van following behind the tanker, brought out a gun, made to hit the tanker driver, who dulged the hit, waved his steering and ran into the two mini commercial buses, killing six passengers including one of the drivers of the mini bus who also died at the spot. The Prisons Wardens were inpatient to pass the tanker". The eye- witnesses frowned that the "victims would have survived the road mishap if there was quick rescue resp

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End of Sars Brutality: Gov. Hope Uzodinma Approves release of #2B for youth Empowerment,

End of Sars Brutality: Gov. Hope Uzodinma Approves release of #2B for youth Empowerment,

In fulfilling his promise of initiating a dedicated empowerment package to address the needs of youths in Imo state, the state Governor, Hope Uzodimma has approved the immediate release of a takeoff fund of two billion naira out of the six billion naira earmarked for an accelerated youth empowerment programme. The Governor disclosed this in a statewide broadcast in Owerri the Imo state capital on Saturday. Governor Uzodinma said the two billion naira will be deployed for the training of the first batch of beneficiaries of the scheme known as the Imo State Special Youth Empowerment and Intervention Programme which will commence next week. He added that an estimated number of 500,000 Imo youths in different skills acquisition will be given start-up capital. While also assuring Imo indigenes that the security operatives are on the trail of those that masterminded the carnage and destruction of properties in the state, he noted that the 24 hours curfew earlier imposed in all parts of the state has been reviewed. According to him, the curfew will now be between 6 pm and 6 am. ©️ Channels

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Imo CP dismisses 11 Cops, Investigates 19 others for corruption

Imo CP dismisses 11 Cops, Investigates 19 others for corruption

The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Isaac Akinmoyede, has dismissed 11 policemen in the state for corruption. According to the CP, no fewer than 19 others are currently being investigated by the command for corrupt practices and other unprofessional conducts. Akinmoyede, who spoke during a radio programme in Owerri, the state capital, said the command had no tolerance for acts that put the image of the Nigeria Police Force in disrepute. The CP disclosed that the dismissed policemen were found to had indulged in acts considered to be contrary to the oath they took during their enlistment into the Force. He stressed that the acts were against the rule of engagements in NPF. The CP advised the people of the state to keep bringing to his attention, actions of officers which negate the standard of professional engagements. He said the command was also investigating issues of extortion of the citizens at checkpoints. An official in the state command confirmed this to our correspondent, saying, “As of the last count, 11 officers have been dismissed from the force with about 19 being investigated in Imo State. They were found to have engaged in acts that damaged t

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Imo Speaker lied, Ihedioha gifted us 2019 SUV- Oguta House Member

Imo Speaker lied, Ihedioha gifted us 2019 SUV- Oguta House Member

The lawmaker representing Oguta state constituency at the Imo State House of Assembly, Frank Ugboma, has described as false, a statement made by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Collins Chiji, that former governor Emeka Ihedioha gave lawmakers refurbished vehicles as official cars. The speaker made the claim at a state function in Owerri, on Wednesday. However, Ugboma who is the deputy minority leader of the House, on Thursday urged the speaker to stop “bootlicking.” Ugboma said, “I refuse to believe that the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Mr. Chiji Collins, actually made such statement as credited to him, but if he did, I say, that it is most unfortunate, appalling and embarrassing to the entire 9th House because that statement is false. “May I inform the general public that the official vehicles under reference are 2019 Brand new Prado Jeeps given to the House members in the year 2019. One wonders how imaginable a 2019 model Prado Jeep could be refurbished in the same 2019.” Copyright PUNCH

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Sex for Mark: Imo Varsity Probes HOD in Viral Video

The Imo State University, Owerri, has set up a committee to investigate the authenticity of the footage circulating on the Internet in which the Head of Department of Biochemistry of the institution, Prof. Emmanuel Agumuo, was allegedly having sex with ones of his students.   The HoD, who was handcuffed in the footage, was arrested by plain-clothed security men. Sources said the don, apart from allegedly collecting N150,000 as bribe from the female student, also demanded sex from her in order to pass her. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent, “The female student, who is about getting married, had issues with her result after her mates had graduated. She approached her Head of the Department, but he demanded N150,000 bribe, which she paid. The professor also demanded sex from her. “The professor rejected the girl’s plea that she was getting married soon. The girl then played along with the aid of security men. The don was arrested naked in a room with the girl. Of course, the nude video is all over the Internet.” Responding to the brewing scandal, the university said that it had set up a committee to investigate the authe

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Gun men attack police men, snatch rifles

Suspected armed robbers have attacked policemen at Egbu in Owerri and Owerre Nkworji in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State, respectively The robbers attacked the policemen at Nkwerre on Monday, gave a sergeant machete cuts and snatched his service rifle. Our correspondent learnt that the armed robbers set ablaze the operational vehicles of the policemen. Our source said that the sergeant, who was rushed to hospital in Orlu with multiple machete cuts, died on Tuesday. The source said, “Hoodlums suspected to be robbers on Monday attacked policemen at Owerre Nkworji. The Siena vehicle the policemen were in was set ablaze. One of the police officers was given several machete cuts. He was rushed to a hospital at Orlu. He died on Tuesday.” Similarly, hoodlums on Tuesday attacked policemen at Egbu in Owerri, the state capital. Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the hoodlums, who laid siege, snatched a service rifle from one of the officers and equally gave one of the officers machete cuts. Our correspondent learnt that the wounded cop was rushed to an undisclosed hospital. When contacted the state Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, conf

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