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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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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Supreme Court suspends hearing of Tambuwal, Ihedioha, four other govs appeals

The hearing of the appeals of Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano States , including four other governors was suspended by the Supreme Court on Monday . Other governors , whose appeals were affected are Emeka Ihedioha ( Imo) , Bala Mohammed ( Bauchi) , Simon Lalong ( Plateau ) , and Samuel Ortom ( Benue ) . Before the apex court in Abuja suspended the hearing of the governorship appeals from the six states , there was rowdiness and high noise level in the court. The Chief Justice of Nigeria , Justice Tanko Muhammad , was also present in the court . Meanwhile , the Supreme Court on Monday said it adjourned till Tuesday the hearing of 13 appeals filed in respect of the governorship tussles in six states . Muhammad abruptly suspended proceedings after indicating that an unnamed member of the seven -man panel was seriously ill . The panel was being expected back to resume sitting when, in about an hour ’s time , a top official of the court announced to the packed courtroom that all the appeals had been adjourned till Tuesday . Meanwhile , there has been tension in Imo State following the announcement by the Supreme Court that it would o

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Command probes killing of Imo teenager by sergeant

The Imo State Police Command , on Tuesday , said investigation into what led to the killing of 18 - year -old Awuzie Duru by a police sergeant at Umuaka in the Njaba Local Government Area of the state , had commenced. The sergeant , who is currently in custody , allegedly shot the victim dead for slapping him. Speaking to our correspondent in Owerri , the Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Orlando Ikeokwu , said the killer cop was in custody contrary to speculations that he had fled. The police spokesperson also said the state Commissioner of Police , Rabiu Ladodo, had ordered an investigation into the incident . Ikeokwu said the command did not want to act based on assumptions . According to him, a detailed investigation will determine what actually happened . The police spokesperson assured the residents of the state that nothing short of justice would be served . “No , he ( sergeant ) did not run away . He is with the command . We don’t want to work on assumptions . The commissioner of police has constituted an investigative team . The aim is to get first - hand information on what actually happened ,” he stated . Copyright PUNCH  

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Ihedioha shuts hotel, water factory over attack on officials

The Imo State Governor , Emeka Ihedioha , has ordered the immediate shutdown of the M 2 International Guest House , Amakohia , Owerri , and the Tapa Pure Water Factory, Orji , over attacks on officials of the state Environmental Transformation Enforcement Team on Illegal Dumping of Refuse, while performing their lawful duties . The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor , Chibuike Onyeukwu , said in a statement on Tuesday that Ihedioha vowed to discipline any interim management committee chairman of any local government area who failed to keep their area clean . The statement said the governor equally charged his aide on sanitation , Alex Emeziem , to improve on the sanitation of the state . The statement read in part, “Ahead of the Yuletide and towards improving the sanitation in the state , Governor Emeka Ihedioha has charged the chairmen of interim management committees and chairmen of ENTRACO in the 27 local governments in Imo State to rid the state of filth and ensure a healthy environment. “He also warned that he would not hesitate to take appropriate actions against any LGA chairman or ENTRACO official , who fail to keep his or her LGA clean . “This is also as

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Angry mob beat three suspected transformer vandals to death

A mob has beaten three suspected transformer vandals to death in Umuohiagu community in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area and Egbelu Obube community in Owerri North Local government area of Imo State. Two of the suspects, Ifeanyi Mgbakabala and Kelechi Eke (aka Agwo) are natives of  Umuagwu village in Umuohiagu, while the identity of the third suspect cannot be ascertained at press time. Witnesses said the suspects, who specialized in vandalizing electricity transformers within the airport communities, were apprehended at Umuekwune kindred in Umuorisha village, while attempting to vandalize the only remaining transformer in Umuohiagu. The suspects had allegedly vandalized eight transformers in Umuohiagu in the past three months, effectively throwing the community into darkness. They were said to have also vandalized the dedicated cables being installed for the new radio house for the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri. The suspected vandals were also four weeks ago linked with the vandalization of a transformer at the permanent base of the  Nigeria Air Force at nearby Umuowa community, a development that led to detention of the two Airforce personnel

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Nine hospitalised as truck rams into seven vehicles in Imo

No fewer than nine persons have been hospitalised after a truck rammed into seven other vehicles on Njaba bridge along Owerri / Orlu Expressway. Uju Onwudiwe , who represents Njaba constituency at the State House of Assembly confirmed the accident while moving a motion on the floor of the House . She called on Governor Emeka Ihedioha to repair the Njaba bridge as a matter of urgency . The lawmaker said that she cried when she got to the scene of the incident . She said that the accident could have been averted if the damaged bridge had been repaired . She said , “Mr Speaker and my colleagues , you need to see what happened at Njaba bridge . That accident would have been averted if the damaged bridge had been repaired . “As a lawmaker and as a mother I am very concerned . It could have been any of us . As I speak, nine persons are still hospitalised and others have gone . I also urge that the cars be removed from the roads before hoodlums hijack them . ” While urging her colleagues to support the motion , she said that lives should not be politicised. Eddy Obinna ( Aboh Mbaise ) who spoke against the motion said that the road could not be given speedy attenti

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Iheanacho loses aide in Auto Crash

The personal assistant to Nigerian -born Leicester City player , Kelechi Iheanacho on Saturday died in a ghastly motor accident. The victim , David Nwachukwu , was said to be the Super Eagles player ’s closest confidant . Nwachukwu , who hailed from Ohaji /Egbema area of Imo State , the same area with the footballer was in a jeep when the deadly accident occurred . An eyewitness told our correspondent that the incident happened beside Alvana modern secondary school , located along Owerri -Onitsha Expressway in Owerri , the Imo State capital . He was riding alone when the crash occurred . A source said that the deceased ran into a stationary vehicle and died on the spot. His remains had been deposited in a morgue , our correspondent gathered . His neighbours , Paulcy Iwuala and Abuoma Ozurigbo , confirmed his death. Ozurigbo said “What a black Saturday . Just yesterday at our estate we ( David Nwachukwu and him) discussed how we were going to fly together to Abuja soon because your friend , Kelechi Iheanacho , is coming back. “ What a life . This one hurts badly .” Iwuala , described, Nwachukwu , as a good person who would be missed by everybody who

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