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August 15, 2018

Court Declares Imo Task Force Illegal …Awards N5m to victim

If you have been bruised and insulted by the excesses of some young, over-zealous and under-employed men, ambushing motorists on “One Way” streets with nails and planks, deflating tyres, removing plate numbers, extorting money, bullying and harassing motorists and impounding vehicles, you may now dry your tears. This is because the Imo State High Court has declared the task force illegal and awarded N5 million to one of their victims. Hon. Justice Eze Francis Njemanze turned the table, when he delivered judgment in favour of Mr. Jude Ogamba on March 21, 2017. He declared as illegal, the Task Force Committee…

Police display N111m cash INEC officials allegedly received from Rivers government

Police on Tuesday announced the recovery of more than N111 million from electoral officials alleged to have been bribed by Rivers state government. The money was part of the sum allegedly disbursed during the December 10 rerun polls for legislative elections in the state. An investigative panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police presented its report in Abuja. The panel said the money was recovered from 23 suspects allegedly bribed to rig the polls. Chairman of the panel, DCP Damian Okoro disclosed that,” the sum total of N111.3 million was recovered from 23 electoral officials out of N360m. ”Some…

Christianity under Siege: DSS tried to arrest pastor for Speaking out against Fulani herdsmen

Apparently, Christianity is under siege.  A pastor who got sick and tired of the assault on Christians by the so-called Fulani herdsmen and advised his congregation to prepare for self defense was to be arrested by the Department of State Services – DSS, if not for the prompt intervention of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose. Rather than fishing out and arresting the blood-thirsty herdsmen responsible for the numerous killings in Southern Kaduna, Enugu and Benue States, the DSS wants, to lock up Christians who speak out. Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, in the early hours of Wednesday foiled…

Pensioners Storm Owerri Again …Demand pay and say no to forfeiting 60% of it

Christmas and New Year rice didn’t make any difference as pensioners had none. For the 3rd time, pensioners in Imo State last Thursday blocked traffic in Owerri to make clear their point and to demand that government pays their arrears of pensions and gratuities. “As at December 2016 the State is owing Imo pensioners between 22 months and 77 months arrears of pensions.Our gratuities have remained unpaid since 1998 till date. Also the Government has refused to harmonise our pensions since 2000 to date” said Chief G.U. Ezeji, chairman Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Imo State in a press release. To…

Why I was impeached – Abia Ex-Speaker, Martins Azubuike

Six days after being ousted from office, Martins Azubuike, ‘former Speaker of Abia House of Assembly, said his uprightness cost him the job. Azubuike, who made the disclosure at a reception by his community Umunneato-Ngwa, said he was impeached because he refused to consent to sharing of funds meant for projects. “I chose to deploy available funds to projects and not sharing it among members. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the group comprises three sister-local government areas of Osisioma Ngwa, Isiala Ngwa North and Isiala Ngwa South of the state. He told the audience that he committed no…

NBA condemns Imo ‘obnoxious’ pension form

The Nigeria Bar Association, Owerri branch, has condemned in strong terms  plan by the Imo state government to pay pensioners in the state 40% of their pension arrears; forcing them to forfeit the balance of 60%. Addressing the press on important issues concerning Imo State and its government on Friday, December 16, the NBA Chairman Owerri, Barr Lawrence Nwakaeti said information reaching the association indicated that government has cost a form to circulate for pensioners to sign and upon signing the form they will forfeit 60% of their entitlements. NBA described the form as callous, wicked and insensitive and called…

Gov Okorocha parleys with journalists

…Appeals for understanding over demolitions, pension delay The Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has appealed to the people of Imo State, especially residents of Owerri, the state capital, to appreciate the on-going demolition exercise in the city as it is aimed at making Owerri the pride of the people. Addressing Journalists at the NUJ Press Centre Owerri on Monday, July 11, Governor Okorocha said his passion for the development of the State in the best interest of the people and children yet unborn. He said he won’t relent until he realized his ambition, adding that his plan includes making…

Open letter to the Governor: Governor Okorocha, Please Rescue Retired Workers In Imo State

  Non – payment of Retirees their entitlements, such as gratuity and pension arrears since 1999 needs to be looked into with every seriousness it deserves. When conditions are desperate the suffering has no strength to bring about revolution. The improved communication, be it in print or electronic media enables the poor to know about the rich and the hungry to hear about the well fed. These factors some times may cause a revolution of rising expectations. Labour unrest and specter of revolution after world war 1, brought the international labour organization into being with the key thought, universal and…

Peter Obi’s ‘Final Push’

All of Anambra State Governor Peter Obi’s expenditures, from July 2013 to the end of his tenure in 2014, are designed to speed up the delivery of all of his government’s developmental initiatives. This is his ‘final push’ to round off the sustained focus of his administration since its inception. Having adopted the ‘With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)’ as his governance template, Obi is clearly attentive to Gordon Brown’s recent call for accelerating delivery of the MDGs. But he is also a politician who also wants to finish strong and give the lie to the insinuations of those who,…

Power tussle in Taraba: SAN petitions Jonathan

Nigeria seems poised to witness another Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua saga in Taraba State, as an ailing Governor returns home and reportedly tries to recover power from an unwilling deputy. Governor Danbaba Suntai’s  home coming has opened a can of  worms in Taraba as his deputy Alhaji Garba Umar, who acted as Governor during his ten months medical treatment overseas, is reluctant to hand over. Suntai was involved in a plane crash last year and was receiving treatment in Europe and America until his recent return. However, renowned constitutional lawyer Sebastine Hon (SAN) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to call…

Anambra pays N1.5bn for 2012 gratuities, pensions

Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi has cleared the 2012 gratuity of retired local government workers totalling over 1.5 billion naira. Governor Obi presented the cheque to the benefitting pensioners and next of kin of deceased ones at the Women Development Centre, Awka. Shortly before the presentation, Governor Obi said his administration had sustained prompt payment of pensions and gratuity because of prudent and skillful management of available resources and recalled that his administration liquidate arrears of pension and gratuity accumulated by successive pension administration since 1996. He explained that government introduced a new innovation of paying the beneficiaries simultaneously through…

Governor’s Overseas Trip paralyses Imo

Imo State appears to have grounded to a halt and nothing seems to be moving since Governor Rochas Okorocha travelled to the United States of America, last month. Our investigations revealed that government activities were paralysed as most of his aides were neither empowered nor have any authority to transact serious business. Last week, the Deputy Governor ordered the contractor handling the Nekede-Ihiagwa Road to return to site immediately. The order was ignored as the contractor is yet to return to site more than a week the order was issued. Observers say the contractors feel the deputy governor doesn’t have…

Umuna Flood Victims yet to be rescued

The traumatic experience of the torrential down pour of 27th of June, 2013 still lingers in the minds of inhabitants of Orlu Urban particularly in Umuna, where the trapped victims are still begging for attention to save them from this perennial floods that have been ravaging the city, getting worse each year. As the rescue government of His Excellency, Owelle Rochas continues its massive road construction of the Orlu Urban Town; the residents of Umuna continue to count their massive losses worth millions of naira. Buildings and perimeter fences were pulled down, demostic animals-birds, goats, sheep and their likes were…

Some governors’ achievement claims are mere propaganda – Mark

Senate President, David Mark, took stock of the delivery of democracy dividends in the states and declared that some state governors have merely engaged in propaganda with nothing on ground to show for their performance. Mark made this remark while declaring open a two-day retreat for the Senate Press Corps in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital. “We have cases of governors who claimed they have constructed tunnels but you cannot find them.  We have cases of overheads and you could not see them.  We have cases of those who claimed they constructed dams and there were no dams”, he said….

Imo govt abandons Nsu tiles and ceramic industry -Equipment looted

The question agitating the minds of Agbahara Nsu indigenes in Ehime Mbano LGA is whether the Owelle Rochas Okorocha led administration in Imo State has abandoned the Nsu Tiles and Ceramic Industry. It will be recalled that the Governor informed natives of the community during a visit in 2012 that his administration is poised in establishing the Nsu Tiles Industry under a joint partnership with Italian investors who will provide machinery and technical expertise, while the government will provide the logistics, financial backing and enabling environment as the raw material is readily available in commercial quantity. A high powered government…

Deportation of Ndigbo: Obi drags Fashola to Jonathan

-As Igbokwe gives reasons Anambra State Governor Peter Obi has formally complained to President Goodluck Jonathan over the dumping of 72 people at Onitsha by the Lagos State Government. Last week, 723 people were conveyed in a truck and escorted by armed security men and dumped in Onitsha overnight.  The ‘deportees’ said they were picked up on Lagos streets, detained for months before being herded into the truck that was escorted to Onitsha overnight, where they were forced to disembark and abandoned. In the protest letter, Obi stated that the ‘deportation” of people from Lagos to Anambra State was unconstitutional…

Pension: Not in my hands – Dr Mrs Uche Ejiogu

In church circles, she is popularly known as “Nwanyi Ukwa,” in recognition of her culinary skills in making the delicious, traditional dish Ukwa. Dr Mrs Uche Ejiogu has proudly defended that title every Harvest at Assumpta Cathedral. But she has other names not connected to her culinary ability. Nicknames such as Iron Lady and Air Raid refer to her penchant for rattling nerves when she pays a surprise visit to schools. In one of her visits, she found that teachers at the school had taken more money from students than was allowed for a particular exercise. She ordered a refund…

Imo gets 16 new Perm Secs – Dr. Iwuagwu for Education

The Imo State governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at the Government House Owerri, swore in 16 new Permanent Secretaries for the Imo State civil service. The swearing in ceremony which witnessed a huge gathering of friends and well-wishers at the Government House was the actual confirmation of the senior civil servants who were appointed acting permanent secretaries about a month ago. Speaking at the occasion, Governor Okorocha congratulated the new Perm Secs on their appointment. He urged them to work hard to meet up with the expectations of his rescue mission agenda. He challenged them to…

RE: ROCHAS OKOROCHA MUST HEAR THIS

I read with amplified interest the story of one Dr. James Madubuonu, said not to be real names, as submitted by one Dr. John Onwukwe on page 3 of The Leader of June 30, 2013, who had tried severally to meet with Owelle Rochas Okorocha on an issue of urgent importance for about two years but was bureaucratically prevented by his aides. This is really very sad especially since the person to be seen is a public servant who should be accessible to people. The situation becomes more sad when considered that the individual seeking to have audience with the…

Jonathan condemns irregularities in Oguta rerun election – As PDP, APGA trade Accusations

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday in Abuja, condemned the irregularities that characterized the rerun election to the Imo State House of Assembly in Oguta on Saturday, June 29, saying that the conduct of certain persons and groups involved in the election negated the spirit of one man, one vote, which his administration was trying to foster in Nigeria. Speaking at an audience with a delegation from the Nigerian Senators’ Forum, President Jonathan urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and the nation’s security agencies to take immediate steps to bring all those who played any role in the violence and…