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July 16, 2018

That Brazen Assault on Archbishop Obinna (2)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

  Read previous – That brazen assault on Archbishop Obinna (1) OKOROCHA’S OPINION OF UCHE NWOSU When APC members from Owerri visited Governor Okorocha on Tuesday, February13,2018, His Excellency told them:”Whatever he [Uche Nwosu] tells you in the morning is what he will tell you in the evening. Uche Nwosu is hardworking and never gets tired. He is a very humble young man. Not proud or arrogant. So, power won’t enter his head. Despite the position he occupies you can’t see him quarreling with anybody or maltreating anybody. I have checked him in and out. I have not found him…

Archbishop Obinna Versus Uche Nwosu and Ugwumba Movement

– The untold part of the story My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, fellow priests, “Alter Christus”, what is this hullabaloo, this commotion, fuse, uproar over WHERE, WHAT and HOW the Archbishop performed just a little bit of his clerical function!! Where should the Archbishop have addressed his “sermon”, “homily” or “Statements”? At a political rally, in the market place or street corner? WHERE SHOULD IT BE? WHERE did Christ the Lord, the Master, the Teacher and our MENTOR make similar “speeches” those days? Not in their TEMPLES AND SYNAGOGUES? (our modern houses of prayer, nicely dedicated churches and mighty…

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…

Four perish in Owerri gas explosion … 3 days after 19 roasted in tanker accident in Orlu

Gas explosion in owerri

  There was pandemonium on Monday at Orji, town near Owerri, the Imo State capital, after a gas plant exploded, killing four persons. The tragedy occurred just three days after a truck, laden with diesel, rammed into an 18-seater bus at the Njaba bridge end of the Owerri-Orlu Expressway. About 19 people were burnt to death in the incident, when fire broke out after the bus travelling from Orlu to Owerri collided with the fuel tanker penultimate Friday. The victims were buried in a mass grave the next day as they were burnt beyond recognition. Three days later, Monday Nov….

Corps member shot dead in Owerri

A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Ekene Uwaoma Martins was on Monday killed by some unknown gunmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The 23-year-old was shot dead around 8.30pm at Ama-wire Junction, while he was returning to his residence, alongside a friend, MacDonald. Ekene a 2016 graduate of History and International Studies from the Imo State University, Owerri, was serving at Ogun state for his one year National Youths Service Corps programme. It was learnt that four men bearing arms waylaid Ekene and his friend MacDonald, demanding for mobile phones. On his refusal to release…

Ejike Uche bemoans state of Imo – As UPP honours him

Renowned politician, Chris Ejike Uche has decried what he called “hogwash, hiccups and mob type” of growth in Imo State, noting that the so called “Urban Renewal Programme” of the current administration is turning into “urban destruction.” Speaking during a reception organized in his honour by UPP executives, Orlu zone, Sept. 4, Ejike Uche who is the Deputy National Chairman UPP (South) said the present administration has not established any industry since inception, rather, the ones established by late Governor Sam Mbakwe have all been erased. He listed the industries as – Shoe Industry, Abutu Poultry, Tile Industry, Adapalm, Concorde…

Quit notice: Don’t panic, we are monitoring situation in the North – South-East Governors

South-East Governors on Monday re-assured Ndigbo residing in different parts of the country of their safety.   The Governors, who met in Enugu said they were in constant touch with the Northern Governors over the October 1 ultimatum issued to Igbos in the area. Chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, who read the communique issued after the meeting, said the position of the Northern governors was commendable.   “Ohanaeze Ndigbo briefed us and of course we have been in touch with the federal government; we have also been in constant touch with our colleagues in the…

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 parade 50 armed robbery, murder, kidnapping suspects in Imo

No fewer than 50 suspects nabbed for alleged armed robbery, murder and kidnapping were yesterday paraded by the Imo state Police Command. Addressing newsmen at the state Command , Commissioner of Police, CP Taiwo Lakanu, said 11 people were arrested for armed robbery, murder,  cultism and vehicles snatching. Ten others, he said, were nabbed for kidnapping and child stealing/trafficking.  Others were arrested for burglary/stealing and vandalism of PHCN property, he said. Lakanu  also revealed  that the command rescued five stolen babies, recovered 10 vehicles as well as one locally made single barrel gun, and another local pistol. He said the…

Imo Poly Rector briefs press on forthcoming Convocation

The management of Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo has set aside February 23 and 24 as days for the school’s 5th Convocation ceremony. The Rector, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Wence Madu who disclosed this on Wednesday February 15 in a press briefing at the school’s conference hall stated that the convocation would be for students of the 2005 to 2016 sessions.  He  noted that the event would feature reward of students’ performances. This he said would be “demonstrated by giving of prizes to best students of various departments in the institution.” The rector who on behalf of the school management, staff…

Imo is Marginalised… Okorocha laments

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, threw politics to the wind, on Tuesday, during a visit by Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and spoke earnestly about the marginalisation of Imo State and south east by the Federal Government. Okorocha, a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), put his best foot forward on the occasion and surprised many, complaining seriously about the neglect of the South-East and absence of Federal Government projects in the region. He told Prof. Osinbajo that Imo-State, Ndigbo and the South- East had nothing to show for being part of Nigeria, despite their contributions to national growth…

Why APGA merged with UPP – APGA National Chairman

Reasons for the recent merger of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) with the United Progressives Party (UPP) have been made public. They include: The party being engulfed in an intractable and lingering leadership tussle for the past 13 years, with the likelihood of the court litigations lasting till 2019 general elections. That Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi State stakeholders perceive the way their Anambra counterparts run the affairs of the party (as if it were only an Anambra affair) as a betrayal of the mission of the founding fathers of APGA. These facts were contained in the address by…

Workshop on female genital mutilation ends in Imo

A two-day workshop for community champions on female genital mutilation and cutting in 10 communities in Ngor-Okpala and Ikeduru Local Government Areas has ended at Star Arrival Hotels New Owerri, Imo State, October 19. The workshop organized by the National Orientation Agency NOA, Imo State in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, was aimed at accelerating the campaign against the obnoxious practice in their respective local government areas. In his welcome address, the Imo State Director of National Orientation Agency, Mr. Vitus Ekeocha, stated that Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting, FGM/C, is widely regarded as anathema and perceived…

Troops clear kidnappers’ camp in Imo

Troops of 34 Field Artillery Brigade involved in field training exercise of Operation CROCODILE SMILE conducted raid on 2 major kidnappers  camps belonging to “De-Well” and “De-Gbam” cultists groups  in Umoubi and Umudike forests, both in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State on Thursday 8th September 2016. A press release issued by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman Acting Director Army Public Relations, said during the raid one Chigozie aka “Chi boy”, a notorious kingpin of one of the cult groups  lost his life, while another member was later discovered dead in the forest and quite a number of the…

Stakeholders condemn reduction of work days in Imo, Benue

Labour leaders, lawyers, academics and other stakeholders have condemned the move by Imo, Benue and Sokoto to reduce the working hours and days in their states. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that the development was illegal, unconstitutional and a fundamental breach of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention. NAN reports that Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue had directed civil servants to use Fridays for farming, while Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo pushed for a law that provides for three days for work and two days for farming. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba…

EDDC blames Imo Govt for blackout

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, has found excuse for its abysmal performance in Imo State: It is the on-going road expansion in the state. EEDC officials told members of the Imo State House Assembly that the  frequent poor power supply in the entire state was caused by the on-going road dualization in the state which they claimed was affecting their equipment and other familities. The Imo House of Assembly had summoned EEDC to the House to explain why it is short changing and exploiting citizens of the state, through excessive billings without corresponding power supply. The EEDC officials who…

Avoid another Otokoto riot – Nde Owere tell Imo Governor

Moving Eke-Ukwu Owere market, a traditional landmark of the Owerri people, may not be a good idea and may spark off another mayhem on the scale of the Otokoto riots of 1996. This is the warning of Nde Owere whose elders are shaking their heads and snapping their fingers over the planned relocation of the market outside their Owerri Municipal Council. In a press release, the elders said Government should avoid a repeat of the Otokoto saga. They said there was no consultation with the Elders of Owerri Municipal or major stakeholders in the municipality before Government embarked on what…

US warns citizens against travelling to 20 states in Nigeria, Imo inclusive

The United States has cautioned its citizens to avoid all travel to 20 states in Nigeria for security reasons, stating that the security there remains fluid and unpredictable. The Department of State, specifically warned Americans against travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, noting that it’s ability to provide assistance to US citizens in the three states remains severely limited. The Department of State in a travel warning on its website on Wednesday, strongly urged US citizens in Nigeria to consider their own personal security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of their travel planning. The Department recommended…

Indian hemp smoker hacks grandfather to death in Imo

Fighting crime as a collective responsibility

The Imo State Police Command on Saturday confirmed the case of a 22-year-old man, identified as Chukwuebuka Umunna, who allegedly hacked his grandfather, a centenarian to death. The incident happened on June 11 at Umuoke Otulu Ahiara Auton­omous community in Ahiazu Mbaise Council Area of the state. While confirming the incident to newsmen in the state, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Andrew Enwer­em said, “This is a murder case and the police are still investigating the matter. The suspect will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded”. The Sun reports that Chukwuebuka  murdered his…

Tension in Imo as APC, PDP lock horns in Okigwe re-run election Saturday

–   Police warn trouble makers Tension is high in Imo State, especially in Okigwe Senatorial Zone, as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), the major contenders lock horns  in the Okigwe Senatorial election, scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2016. The combatants are Senator Athan Nneji Achonu for PDP and Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, former Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly for APC The re-scheduled election had been postponed several times following claim of insecurity. Senator Athan Nneji Achonu had won the first election under the PDP. Chief Benjamin Uwajumogu, the former Speaker was elected into…