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March 18, 2018

2019: APGA is the party to beat in Imo – Ike C. Ibe

  Former speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ike C. Ibe has said that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is the party to beat in the state, come 2019. Hon. Ibe, a governorship aspirant, said the increasing number of politicians decamping from both the ruling party and other political parties to APGA was a clear indication that Imo people have lost confidence in APC and PDP. At the last count, APGA has 15 governorship aspirants. The Obowo-born politician, who stated this during a media chat in Owerri condemned in strong terms NEPOTISM which he alleged is…

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Prof Protus Uzorma rallies support for Imo Pensioners

  All roads led to the Nigeria Union of Pensioners Office in Owerri Imo State March 5, 2018, as Prof Protus Nathan Uzoma celebrated his birthday with Imo senior citizens. It was a gathering of who is who in the society including governorship aspirants, priests, academics, traditional rulers, nollywood stars and the pensioners. Rev Fr. Prof John Obilor of the Imo State University Owerri, who stood in for the chairman of the occasion Prof Aloysius U. Awuzie thanked God for the lives of all present especially that of the celebrant Prof Uzorma. He prayed God to grant him many more…

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Imozurukwuo pays sodality visit to Archbishop Obinna

  – Talks tough about 2019 Imozurukwuo, a socio-cultural pressure group comprising seasoned technocrats, academics, professionals and politicians, visited His Grace Most Rev. Anthony A.J.V. Obinna Catholic Archbishop of Owerri penultimate Saturday to appreciate him for being vocal and courageously standing firm on the side of truth and the oppressed masses at a time many of those expected to speak out against bad governance in the state have suspiciously kept quiet. Speaking at the occasion, the President General of the group, Barrister George Eke expressed satisfaction that the bishop has consistently refused to be cowed or compromised. “We, as a…

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Archbishop Obinna Inaugurates Assumpta Parish Council

  The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and Parish Priest Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri on Sunday, Feb. 24, inaugurated the Parish Pastoral Council. Speaking during the inauguration, Archbishop Obinna said because of the four-year tenure regime the new Parish Council will be the last he will appoint before his retirement. Catholic Bishops are expected to retire at the age of 75. Archbishop Obinna will be 72 this year. He therefore charged the councilors to show commitment in their various posts and co-operate with the Administrator who represents him in the Pastoral administration of the parish. Turning to…

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Fr. Ethelbert Iwu laid to rest

Cross section of Late Fr. Iwu family at the funeral

…As Bishop Amatu, Ochiagha, commiserate with family Tears flowed uncontrollably as the mortal body of Very Rev. Fr. Ethelbert Ifeanyi Iwu who died in the USA, at the age of 53 was committed to mother earth at the Diocesan priests cemetery Okigwe. The interment was preceded by a requiem Mass at which Bishop S.A. Amatu of Okigwe Diocese and Bishop G.O. Ochiagha (Emeritus Orlu) officiated, assisted by no fewer than 500 other priests from Nigeria and the diaspora. Preaching the homily, Rev. Fr. Ignatius Nwoha recalled the life and times of Late Fr. Ethelbert Iwu as a priest. He described…

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Christians must be ready to sacrifice treasure to God – Fr Nwoha

Standing: 3rd from left: Rev. Fr. Joe Nwoha flanked by the celebrants with home members of the organizing committee.

  …As St. Patrick’s Umuezeala Owerre confers Ezinna Awards to parishioners Very Rev. Fr. Joe Nwoha, Parish Priest, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Umuezeala -Owerre, Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State, celebrated the Eucharist on Sunday 25th February 2018, heralding the elevation of distinguished parishioners to Ezinna status (Good Fathers). He concelebrated with Rev. Fr. Finbarr Chukwu Tochukwu, Rev. Fr. Ignatius A. Eneche, Rev. Fr. Paul C. Nwagwu and Rev. Fr. Okwy Jude Ugwu. In his homily, Fr. Nwoha observed that the greatest gift to man from God is the gift of life. He posited that the selection and elevation of Ezinna…

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Don’t take devil for granted – Bishop Amatu warns

Don't take devil for granted – Bishop Amatu warns

  …As KSM Okigwe Diocese fetes Papal Awardees Knights and Ladies of the Order of St Mulumba Okigwe Diocesan Council recently converged on the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception podium Okigwe for thanksgiving Mass and reception in honour of their members recently elevated by Pope Francis to the prestigious Orders of the Knights of St. Gregory the Great, KSG, Knights of St Sylvester (KSS); Ladies (Dames) of KSS, Benemerenti Medalists and also KSM Chaplains raised to Papal Chamberlain. Most Rev S.A. Amatu presided at the Mass. Admonishing the knights and ladies, the prelate enjoined them to persevere in faith and holiness,…

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Include Security Education in school curriculum – Adekunle�

Rev Fr. Major Cletus Obidike (Chaplaincy Chaplain 2nd line, Fr. Samuel Agu and Fr. Oliver Amaechi pose with the awardees.

…As Page Group Ends Convention Rev. Fr. (Major) Clestus Obidike, Chaplain of St. Jude’s Chaplaincy, Army Barracks Obinze, celebrated the Eucharist at the opening Mass at the National Convention of Members of the Page Group Organization held at the 32 field Artillery Brigade, Obinze on Friday 9th February 2018. In his homily, Fr Obidike admonished the members of the Page Group Organization drawn from Elele, Onitsha and Obinze Barracks and others from 30 Parishes in Okigwe Diocese to be of good conduct during their stay to avoid unpleasant consequences as their rule of engagement does not tolerate indiscipline and unguided…

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Maco Feeds provides free poultry management training for Okigwe Zone

A cross section of the organizers and participants during the training

  The Ihitte/Uboma Local Govt Council Headquarters Isinweke turned a beehive of activities, 19th and 20th February. 2018 as it received its fair share of the free poultry Management Training (PMT) Programme for Okigwe zone organized by Maco Feeds Company with the view to alleviating rural poverty, enhancing the income scope of the working class, providing meaningful means of livelihood for the unemployed, and providing soft-landing for the retirees. The free programme drew a large crowd of enthusiastic trainees from among the council work force, indigenes of the Local Government Area, contiguous communities, private sector operatives etc. Declaring the workshop…

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Life is man’s greatest gift from God – Fr. Nwoha

Ezinna Award

  As Chief Nickolas Nkume bags Ezinna Award Very Rev. -Fr. Joe Nwaoha, Parish Priest, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Umuezeala Owerre, Ehime Mbano L.G.A, Imo State, has observed that the greatest gift of God to man is the unique gift of life. Fr. Nwoha spoke during the celebration of the Eucharist heralding the conferment of Ezinna Award to some parishioners recently. Ezinna, Chief Nocholas Ezeigbo Nkume, the Chief Medical Director of “Nkume Bone Healing Clinic” Umuopara Umuezeala, Ehime Mbano LGA, a professional traditional Orthopedic specialist, was the former State Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) from 2009…

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Claret Academy wins Sir James Foundation prize for Chemistry�

  Master Okoko Chimere Princewill of Claret Secondary School New Owerri has won this year’s Sir James Foundation award for excellence in Chemistry. The award is for the best SS3 Chemistry student in Catholic schools in Owerri Archdiocese. The test was part of the activities marking this year’s Catholic Education Week of Owerri Archdiocese. The runners up that received consolation prizes were, Ifeanyi Wisdom of Holy Ghost College Owerri and Igbokwe Chiedozie of Father Cloonan Memorial Secondary School Emekuku. The only girl Ibegbulam Emmanuella from Claret Academy Nekede that passed the exam was given a special token. Lady Pep. M….

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2019: We’ll resist rigging in Imo – PDP

  The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned that the era of rigging or writing fictitious results is over, stressing that the party will never allow that happen again. Chief Charles Ezekwem, Imo State Chairman of PDP gave this warning during a press briefing in Owerri, March 8. “We must ensure that the people’s will prevail contrary to the scheming and expectations of the APC,” he said. The PDP boss alleged that the APC in Imo State was working assiduously on how to subvert the will of Imolites in 2019 having become very unpopular because of its gross mal-administration and…

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Hon Igbokwe flags off construction of Obodo Ahiara Civic Centre

Hon Nnanna Igbokwe flanked by HRH Eze GeofferyAnyanwo

Promises quick completion of Project Joy was on the faces of natives and leaders of Obodo Ahiara, Ahiazu Mbaise LGA as Hon. Nnanna Igbokwe, Federal House of Representatives member laid the foundation of an Ultra Modern Civic Centre at Orie Ahiara Ofo Iri recently. The event began with a courtesy visit by Hon. Igbokwe and his entourage to the palace of His Royal Highness, Eze Geoffrey Anyanwu, Onugotu I, Obodo Ahiara Autonomous Community. Among the personalities present at the event included: Sir L.N. Okorie, Nze Peter Akonye, Chief Emmanuel Njoku, Chief Henry Ohajianya, Dr Shia Azu Okorie (former chairman Ahiazu…

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Imo Bank Robbery: Police Nab Pastor for Keeping Rifles in Church

  Policemen attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command have arrested the founder of Jesus The Rock of Salvation Healing Ministry, Uratta, in the Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, Pastor Chiedozie Anochima, in connection with the February 22, 2017, robbery in a bank. The attack on the Wetheral Road branch of Zenith Bank in Owerri, the state capital, left two policemen dead, with another injured, while one of the armed robbers was gunned down during the operation. The police, who had since rounded up the fleeing members of the gang, said…

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What Archbishop Obinna told Uche Nwosu

Rochas and Uche Nwosu

  His Grace Anthony Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri, has no apology for saying that Imo State needs a seasoned administrator to govern it and not Uche Nwosu. “What we need is a democratically elected Governor and not a handpicked successor”. The Archbishop also has no regrets in saying that Governor Okorocha cannot succeed himself and that pushing for his son-in-law, Ugwunba Uche Nwosu, to replace him is an indirect way of doing that, which is unacceptable. That was basically the beginning of what caused the fracas at a funeral mass at St Michael’s Catholic Church, Ngwoma, Saturday 3rd of…

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Barr. Nwoga joins Imo Guber Race

Barr Nwoga joins the guber race

  The number of candidates wishing to occupy Douglas House Owerri is swelling day by day. The latest entrant is Barr. Stephen Nwoga who said he is very much interested to restore hope to Imo State. Barr Nwoga, who will be contesting under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) made his intention public at Kanu Nwankwo Events Centre, Owerri Feb. 24. He revealed that one of the major reasons he is running for the highest political office in the state is to repair the damages that have been inflicted on the good people of Imo State. Speaking…

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Ahiara Diocese:  No Victor No Vanquished

Bishop Okpaleke

  To the glory of God, the protracted saga over the appointment of a bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara is over. No victor, no Vanquished! God won the battle, the church won the battle. This followed the resignation of Bishop Peter Okpaleke on Wednesday, Feb. 14. It would be recalled that he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 as Bishop of Ahiara to succeed the pioneer Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev Victor Chikwe who died 2010 but Okpaleke was rejected by a majority of the local clergy and the faithful of the diocese. While the…

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Take heart, God hasn’t abandoned us – Archbishop Obinna tells Ndi Imo

  Traumatized people of Imo State, especially those whose means of livelihood have been hampered, disorganised or business locations inconvenienced by the dispossession, dislocation and demolition inflicted on them, have been told to take heart, as God has not abandoned them. These words of consolation were contained in the 2018 Lenten message to Christ’s faithful and Imo people by His Grace, Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri titled: “Take heart God cares for you” – A message of consolation… in the face of our people’s agony and groans. The message was read in all parishes in Owerri…

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Shun touting, acquire skills, Oweaya advises Owerri youths

Hon Francis Onyewuchi flanked by Chief Christian Oweaya Anukam

  … Inaugurates Umuororonjo Youth Exco Chief Sir Christian Oweaya Anukam has advised youths in Owerri zone to refrain from touting and collecting tolls from motorists and shop owners. They should rather acquire skills and engage themselves in meaningful activities that will help change their lives for good. Addressing the youths prior to the inauguration of the Umuororonjo Youth Executive on Sunday February 18 2018, the community leader enjoined them to seek alternative means of generating income for the youth organization. The event was attended by top politicians including Hon. Ezenwa Onyewuchi of the Federal House of Representatives, Ugwumba Uche…

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Archbishop Obinna confirms 327 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Umuagwo

  A total of 327 parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Umuagwo, Ohaji Egbema LGA, on Sunday 11th February 2018, received the sacrament of Confirmation, administered by His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri. The prelate who arrived the fast-growing parish the previous day  was received by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Raymond Onyekwere, his Assistant Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Nnanabu, the Parish Pastoral Council, many jubilant faithful and friends of the parish. On arrival to the parish, he started with a Benediction, followed by an interactive session with the faithful. The grand finale of the…

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