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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SARS arrests killer of PA to Ihedioha’s aide

SARS arrests killer of PA to Ihedioha’s aide

The Special Anti -Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command has arrested the suspected killer of Bruno Uchechukwu. Uchechukwu, until his death last week at the Cherubim junction in Owerri , was the Personal Assistant to Jasper Ndubuaku , who is the Chairman of the Committee for the Recovery of Movable Stolen Assets belonging to the state government and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters . The state Commissioner of Police , Rabiu Ladodo, said the suspect , Leonard Dennis, was arrested based on credible intelligence. Ladodo, who described the suspect as a notorious criminal , said he belonged to a cult. The CP , who said the suspect was popularly known as Toothpick, added that the SARS Commander , Godfrey Victor , led the operation to the School Road in Owerri Municipal , where the suspect was apprehended . He said , “ On September 29 at No . 13 School Road , Umuoronjo , Owerri Municipal , the SARS , led by CSP Victor Godfrey , arrested a notorious criminal , one Leonard Dennis Junior , 22 , aka Toothpick, based on a tip -off. “He is a member of the New Black Movement of Africa , also known as Ayes Confraternity . On interrogation ,

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Gun men murder Aide to Chairman, Imo Asset Recovery Committee

Gunmen suspected to be political assailants have killed Bruno Uchechukwu, the personal assistant to the chairman of Imo State committee on the Recovery of Stolen Movable Assets belonging to the Imo State government , Jasper Ndubuaku . The committee , which is chaired by a former member of the state House of Assembly, Ndubuaku , was inaugurated by the state governor , Emeka Ihedioha , shortly after his swearing- in. Our correspondent learnt that the victim was murdered on Sunday evening at Cherubim Junction, a popular junction in the state capital . Bruno , who was rushed to a hospital was confirmed dead by the medical experts . The deceased , 32 hailed from Atta in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state . He was the first son of his only surviving aged mother , a relative told our correspondent . Ndubuaku expressed deep worry over the incident , saying that the killing was either targeted at him or done to frighten him on his job . He also accused the opposition in the state of being behind the killing , stressing that , “ever since the administration of Emeka Ihedioha , came to power , the oppositions have caused series of havocs in the state .” He

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Ararume Sacks Staff for Attending Ihedioha’s Victory party, Order him to Vacate Company Apartment Same Day

Ambrose Nwaogwugwu For Anyanwu Chidiebere, Monday the 23rd of September was just like every other working Monday but he was unaware of what fate had in store for him when he was invited to his M. D's office who happens to be the the biological son of Sen. Ifeanyi Araraume. Anyanwu Chidiebere is a supervisor at EXCLUSIVE STORE LTD in Abuja owned by Senator Ifeanyi Araraume. He was never queried or anything but was ordered to vacate the company's house before an hours time. Puzzled Chidiebere begged for forgiveness although he was not told of any particular reason or offence he committed to have warranted his being sent packing from the company's house and loss of job until he recalled the event that happened penultimate night ago. Anyanwu Chidiebere is from Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of Imo State. On Saturday he had received a call from his Mbaise brothers to come over to Jabi High court in Abuja where the Imo state governorship election petition tribunal were sitting. On his arrival to the place, told Nwaogwugwu, people were jubliating for the victory of his state governor, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, it was from there they proceeded to the maitama residence of the gover

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Xenophobia: Police Cordon off Owerri Shoprite

Xenophobia: Police Cordon off Owerri Shoprite

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The police in Imo State have cordoned off the Shoprite Complex in Owerri following rumours that angry youths were planning to attack it. This is even as the management of Shoprite Owerri has shut down the business outfit over the fear of being attacked . This is coming as Nigerians are protesting the killing of Nigerians in South Africa . The Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Orlando Ikeokwu , told our correspondent that the police took the action in order to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the state . He said that other businesses owned by South Africans which were in the state were being protected from attacks. Copyright PUNCH

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