Tension in Imo as Police Disperse Pro Okorocha Group

Tension in Imo as Police Disperse Pro Okorocha Group

DEMOCRACY AND ITS ATTENDANT ADVANTAGES ARE BEING SUBMERGED, THREATENED AND UNDER SIEGE IN IMO - THE PRESIDENT, HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI & THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE, SHOULD PLEASE, MONITOR CLOSELY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN IMO, UNDER GOVERNOR HOPE UZODINMA - THE WHOLE SCENARIO IS GETTING OUT OF HAND Democracy and its attendant ingredients or advantages, to say the least, are being submerged, threatened and under siege in Imo, under Governor Hope Uzodinma. And we humbly call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Abubakar Adamu to closely monitor what is happening in Imo, under governor Hope Uzodinma, with the Commissioner of Police in the State, not giving anybody the confidence to call upon him when certain situations arise. Today, being Wednesday, March 31, 2021, two Summits were slated to hold in Owerri, the Imo State Capital. One was being organized by a Pro-government group. And the other one was christened “Imo Good Governance Summit” being organized by “Imo Transparency Group International”. While the Pro-government Summit was allowed to go on, a team of Police men arrived at the Immaculate hotel, Venue of the other Summit and o

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Owerri: Imo Teachers protest, demand 12 months unpaid salaries

Owerri: Imo Teachers protest, demand 12 months unpaid salaries

Primary and secondary school teachers in Imo State on Wednesday cried out over the non-payment of their salaries running into 12 months. The teachers’ protest followed Governor Hope Uzodimma’s comments last weekend that “those complaining of unpaid salaries in Imo state are ghost workers or fraudsters”. The governor had told journalists, “This government has paid every genuine worker; those complaining of non-payment are either ghost workers or fraudsters. I am challenging anybody who has not received his or her salaries to come to Government House with his employment details and we will pay him or her immediately.” But, in response to the governor’s challenge, the affected teachers numbering over 300 stormed the government house, Owerri with their employment details and placards. While singing such songs as, “We’re not ghosts o; Hope, we’re not fraudsters”, the angry teachers alleged that their salaries were paid last in February 2020, just one month after Senator Hope Uzodimma became the governor of the state. One of the teachers at Community School, Udo in Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA, Mrs. Grace Ajaegbu, who said she has spent 29 years in service, said, “I was employed

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Comedian Accuses Imo Deputy Speaker of Brutalization

Comedian Accuses Imo Deputy Speaker of Brutalization

A comedian, Franklin Ozuruigbo, has accused the Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Amara Iwuanyanwu, of allegedly brutalising him. Addressing journalists in Owerri, the state capital, on Monday, Ozuruigbo alleged that the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Speaker, Paul Duru, tricked him to the deputy speaker’s lodge in Owerri on Friday. He claimed to have been deceived into waiting for the deputy speaker, who reportedly arrived at midnight and ordered he should be beaten up for his skits on social media. The comedian, who hails from the same community with the deputy speaker, Dim na Nume community, said he was later taken to the police command headquarters in Owerri. He said the member representing Nwangele/Nkwerre/ Njaba/ Isu Federal Constituency of Imo State, Ugonna Ozurigbo, secured his bail. Ozurigbo, who showed journalists one of his broken arms tied with bandages, said he had been hospitalised since he left police custody. He said, “I am here to let the world know how the Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Amara Iwuanyanwu, brutalised me in his lodge on Friday night. “After ordering his boys to beat me up, he whisked me away to

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Imo hotel set ablaze as Commercial Sex worker kills Customer

Imo hotel set ablaze as Commercial Sex worker kills Customer

Commercial activities were on Thursday halted as a commercial worker killed his customer who refused to pay her after sexual intercourse in Owerri the Imo State capital. As a result, angry residents set the hotel where the incident took place ablaze. Our Correspondent who arrived at the scene saw policemen and firefighters working hard to put out the fire. It was gathered that the commercial sex worker was enraged when the man (customer) refused to pay the agreed amount after several rounds of sexual intercourse and stabbed him to death. The source said, “A prostitute killed his male friend because he was unable to pay him after marathon sex. This is what happened.” Angered by the death of the customer, residents mobilized and set the hotel which was said to be a beehive of commercial sexual activities on fire. Hours after the hotel had been razed, soldiers believed to have been deployed from the 34 artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, to the scene were seen trying to maintain order. When contacted, the Interim Management Committee Chairman of Owerri West Local Government Area of the state, Chief Okechukwu Enyioha, said that security men had taken over the scene. While confir

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Imo Government Brutalizes Journalist

Imo Government Brutalizes Journalist

VICTIM HOSPITALIZED, IN CRITICAL CONDITION By Collins Opurozor The publisher of Nigeria Watchdog Newspaper, Comrade Nwadike Precious U, yesterday escaped death by a whisker in the hands of Gov Uzodinma's younger brother, Uche Uzodinma, and his tribe of thugs. Nwadike, who was pummeled and left half-dead, was resuscitated and taken to hospital through the help of passersby who picked him up as he lay beside his car. Recall that Nigeria Watchdog Newspaper has been unbiased in its assessment of the Uzodinma administration, which most Imo residents describe as a total failure. When he could mutter some explanations while bedridden, Nwadike said, "I had visited National Identity management office, which is located along Port-Harcourt Road, by Eberelinks fuel station to enroll for National Identity Number. Upon arrival to the office, I was given a form and referred to OCDA office( still at Port-Harcourt Road) for data capturing. Knowing that it was already getting late, I pleaded with the lady to accompany me to OCDA so she could make case for me and she obliged me. "The lady and one other woman who came for the enrollment got into the vehicle and we drove to OCDA.On getti

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Police launch manhunt for care taker who killed a Student

The police in Imo State have launched a manhunt for a caretaker, whose name has not been ascertained, for allegedly killing a 100-level student of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Anthony Chinweotito. The incident, which happened at the Ezinwanne Lodge, Nekede, caused tempers to flare in the area. The students of the institution went on the rampage and destroyed the windows and doors of the hostel. Our correspondent gathered that the caretaker, who is now on the run, had engaged in a heated argument with the occupants of the lodge over rent. While the students argued that concession should be given to them since they did not enjoy the rents they paid last year as a result of the several months of lockdown, which affected academic activities, the caretaker was said to have insisted that they must pay the new rents in full. When the argument became heated, the caretaker allegedly disconnected the tap that supplied water to all the rooms in the building and left. A source told our correspondent that the students reconnected the tap, which provoked the caretaker upon his return. The source said, “The caretaker got angry when he returned and noticed that the student

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Owerri: Ex NBA Chairman found dead in Office

Owerri: Ex NBA Chairman found dead in Office

The police have begun the probe of a senior lawyer, Ndionyenma Nwankwo, in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Sunday by suspected assassins. The victim was a former Chairman of the Owerri branch of the Nigerian Bar Association. Nwankwo was found dead in his office located at No. 43 School Road, Owerri, with deep machete cuts. It was gathered that his driver fled with his car and mobile phones. The secretary of the Owerri branch of the NBA, Chinedu Agu, who confirmed Nwankwo’s killing to our correspondent on Sunday, said the Homicide Section of the state police command was involved in probing the murder. Agu described the murder of the Anambra State born lawyer as a big blow to the branch. Agu, who narrated how Nwankwo was killed said, “Around 8.15am today (Sunday) while on my way to church for the 8.30am Mass, I received a call from the Chairman of the NBA, J. I. Ogamba, who asked me to liaise with the former Secretary of the association, Ishmael Nkwocha, to take the police to the deceased’s office to ascertain the safety of Nwankwo, who left home for work on Saturday and had yet to return. “Nkwocha, who shares the same office space with him, had in response to f

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Police Brutalize Monarch in Imo

The traditional ruler of Uzoubi Umuna community, in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Okereke, has petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Muhammed, over the humiliation he suffered in the hands of a policeman posted in the community to enforce the curfew imposed by the state governor. While enforcing the curfew, the monarch said in a statement addressed to Muhammed on Wednesday that the cop ordered him to lie on the ground at gunpoint, adding that the cop humiliated him in the presence of his subjects and passersby. The statement read in part, “Around 2pm, I was returning from a meeting of the Orlu Traditional Rulers Council held at Umudioka ancient kingdom, in the palace of His Royal Majesty, Eze Thomas Obiefule. I visited my office at No 5, L.N. Obioha Street, Uzoubi Umuna, Orlu LGA. “On getting to the Carrot Junction, I met a team of mobile policemen on duty. One of them ordered me to get down from my car. I quickly obeyed. Despite the inscription on my vehicle number plate asserting my status as HRH Eze B.C Okereke, the traditional ruler of Uzoubi Umuna autonomous community, my physical appearance as an old man and my verbal expressions to him tha

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Two Killed, 6 injured in Imo market

Two Killed, 6 injured in Imo market

Two persons have been killed by gunmen who invaded the Afaor-Awo Market in Awo¬-Omamma community, in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State. PUNCH Metro gathered that no fewer than six persons sustained varying degrees of bullet injury during the attack, which occurred on Wednesday. The gunmen were said to be chasing a member of their gang when they stormed the market and shot continuously, forcing traders to close their shops and scamper for safety. A witness, who does not want to be identified, said two persons, including a five-year-old boy, were killed during the attack. He added that the man being chased had absconded with the ransom collected during a kidnap operation of the gang. The witness said, “The hoodlums, numbering three, went on a kidnap operation early this year, but one of them, popularly known as Orjiwuagu from Umuifa, Ubachima Awo Omamma, ran away with the ransom, said to be millions of naira. “He was said to have used part of the money to buy a Lexus car and commenced building a house while living large in the village. His gang members traced him to the village and upon sighting them, he drove towards the Afor Awo Market where thousand

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Imo: Slain Soldiers children get Scholarship

Imo: Slain Soldiers children get Scholarship

A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has awarded scholarships to the children of the four soldiers who died during the crisis between troops and members of the Eastern Security Network on January 25 at Orlu in the state. Okorocha also announced scholarships to the children of the six civilians who died in the incident. The senator representing Imo West, who made the announcement when he visited the traditional ruler of Uzoubi Umuna Autonomous Community, Boniface Okereke, on Friday, advocated national unity. He expressed regret that Orlu, known as one of the most peaceful local governments in the state in particular and the nation at large, could be in the news for the wrong reason. The former governor assured the public that steps would be taken to prevent the recurrence of the “ugly incident” in the senatorial district. Okorocha said, “The incident in Orlu was very strange. It has become a concern to all of us. It must not happen again. Anger and acrimony cannot help our society. But peace and love for one another can help us and help our society. “I call on all the traditional rulers in Orlu, most of them very prominent, to come together without furt

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