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Cracks in MASSOB – As chieftains accuse Uwazuruike of fraud



Tension and apprehension now pervade the headquarters of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, following a marching order given to some key officers of the Movement by their leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike to vacate the organization or face forceful ejection.

According to the  Saturday  Sun, the officers, National Chief Security Officer, Chief Security Driver, National Secretary, Chief Intelligence Officer, four National Commanders and over two hundred security men camped at MASSOB headquarters, Okwe in Imo State since 2006 were affected by Uwazuruike’s orders to vacate Okwe within a week or be ejected by force.

As a result, the National Director of Information, Comrade Uchenna Madu yesterday raised the alarm that the action of the MASSOB leader may lead to the collapse of the group and bloodshed in Igbo land.

Madu described the affected officers as diligent, loyal, faithful and committed to the MASSOB struggle, adding that “they have been arrested, tortured, detained, persecuted and even abandoned by their families in the cause of MASSOB struggle, many are living with their wives and children.”

In a statement, Madu who expressed worry over the possible outcome of Uwazuruike’s directive said, “as national security men, they have followed our leader to almost all his official and personal engagements. They have more confidence in Uwazuruike than other administrative officers.”

According to him, “Now our leader has ordered their forceful exit from MASSOB because they advise him to reduce the monthly national dues of N10,000 minimum from each Adminstrator. In MASSOB set up, each L.G.A. as a region consists of at least 20 Area Administrator who pay their dues into Uwazuruike’s personal account in First Bank Plc and they told Uwazuruike that since millions of naira are flowing into MASSOB as leverage and financial support from external sources including the money from Igbo politicians who sought for MASSOB members vote and political support and also funds from other sources seeking MASSOB support for 2015 general election, he should stop or reduce the MASSOB members monthly dues paid to him.

“They also reminded Uwazuruike that the money he assured members that will be paid into their special bank accounts opened last year which has been released to MASSOB but refuse to distribute the money to members. They also reminded him that some dead members are still in mortuary in Onitsha as abandoned corpses, some that were shot dead by security agents without seeing their corpses, they have not been accorded proper burial rites, the families of dead members have been forgotten without proper care.

“He was also reminded that some members who died in Onitsha at old spare parts market was as a result of his order to regional administrators to take full charge and operate like governors as parallel government to Governor Peter Obi.

“During our last national meeting at Owerri, Uwazuruike in his usual way of blackmailing me before the members claimed that he spent N400,000 during the burial of my late father, Mazi John Ejimchukwu Madu but I see this proud talk as an insult to my late father and late step mother whose deaths were caused by my long incarceration between 2005 and 2009 as a result of psychological trauma. I was arrested, persecuted, detained because of Uwazuruike, MASSOB and Ndigbo in general, not as a criminal.

“Uwazuruike is not happy with us because we supported and voted for APGA during the last governorship election in Anambra State. We ignored his directives to vote for Labour Party because of our great Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu who always reminded us that APGA and MASSOB are children of the same parents and we must support APGA. We decided to obey Ojukwu even in death and will continue to support Igbo interest in Nigeria.”

“Instead of our leader to make some corrections or clear himself from these allegations of embezzlement, he started blackmailing his officers who have suffered for him as saboteurs and enemies of Biafra.”

“Now the security men and other administrative officers of MASSOB headquarters, Okwe have vowed that they have no other place to go after spending over 14 years in MASSOB, and they will resist any attempt by Uwazuruike to dislodge them from MASSOB headquarters which was built with MASSOB money. Any attempt to push them out of Okwe may result to MASSOB members going into all sorts of criminalities in Igbo land.”

Madu urged Ndigbo to stand up and save MASSOB. His words: “We appeal to patriotic Igbo leaders including the governors, members of parliament, traditional rulers, religious leaders, Ohaneze Ndigbo and well meaning Igbos to intervene now and save MASSOB from total collapse and imminent bloodshed at Okwe before two weeks.

“We have MASSOB and Igbo land. As other ethnic regions have their own political pressure group, MASSOB is our own, the pride of Ndigbo, MASSOB belongs to Ndigbo. As a result of this development, the zeal of the Biafran struggle has waxed cold, thousands of members are confused, many have lost confidence on possibility of Biafra actualization. Ndigbo should rise now or our enemies will, laugh at us”.



USAID begins Covid-19 testing in Imo rural areas



USAID averts 25,000 unwanted pregnancies in Ebonyi, Kogi

…Umuagwo Varsity of Agric kicks-off October

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun Covid-19 testing in the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State, “in a bid to reduce the impact of community spread of the virus in the rural areas of the state.

The Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba disclosed this in Owerri while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Weekly Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday.

Chief Emelumba said so far, the USAID officials have carried out reasonable number of testing in Njaba LGA and reported that all those tested came out negative and that the council prayed that the result from other Local Government Areas will be the same.

He announced that the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the take off of the Imo State University for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Umuagwo in October this year.

According to him, the approval underscores the efforts which the Imo State Government ably led by Governor Hope Uzodinma has made towards the establishment of a second university for the state.

Recently, the NUC panel was in Imo State to carry out the necessary verification exercises on the state facilities, human and physical infrastructures.

Mr. Declan Emelumba, who was flanked by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, Commissioner for Health Dr. Damaris Osunkwo and the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, informed that the Executive Council is happy that something new is happening in the Education Sector of the State.

Emelumba said that the Imo State University of Science and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo will take off by October when other universities would be resuming for a new academic session.

In the same vein, the Council has approved the immediate relocation of Faculty of Engineering Imo State University Owerri to its permanent site at Okigwe, stressing that Government has put all processes and facilities on ground to ensure the immediate take–off of the faculty.

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital



Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM  Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku has visited Mr. Ogechi Iwu, a journalist with Osiza FM.

The media man is hospitalized at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri over complications from diabetes that led to his right leg being amputated.

Mr. Nwachuku said the visit was to show solidarity on behalf of Governor Uzodimma to his professional colleague, assuring him of their prayers, particularly that of his principal, and the prayers of Mr. Iwu’s numerous friends and well wishers who are touched by his plight.

“I am here on behalf of my principal to associate with him in this time of health challenge and to encourage him not to see the sickness as a death sentence.”

Oge Iwu at fmc

L-R: Chief Akaraonye, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku with Ogechi Iwu during the visit

Mr. Nwachuku urged Mr. Iwu to continue in the high spirit he saw him and trust God for his total recovery “because healing is a thing of mind and when a sick person is in high spirit the patient gets recovered quickly.”

The spokesman of the Governor promised to bring the plight of the journalist to the attention of his principal, and assured that the Governor will, in his usual manner of one with milk of human sympathy, show concern over Iwu’s plight.

Earlier, Mr. Iwu thanked the CPS/Media Adviser, the State Chairman of NUJ, Imo State, Chief Christopher Akaraonye and other journalists who were on the entourage, for coming to identify with him on his sick bed, and assured that God in his infinite mercy will quicken his recovery.

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council



Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has inaugurated a new Governing Council, for the Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri.

At the inauguration ceremony on Monday, August 31, the governor named Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji as the Chairman of the Governing Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University.

Other members of the Council include: Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, Chief Tony Ezenna, Prof. (Ven.) Chinedu Nebo, Sir. Louis Ezeigwe, Chief Engr. Ernest Nwapa, Dr. (Mrs.) Uwandu Uzoma, Ugoeze Victoria Adaku Ekezie, Prof. Adaobi Obasi (Vice Chancellor) and others.

Speaking at the inauguration, Governor Uzodimma said the choice of the members is to infuse fresh air into the university because “It is in dire need to bounce back to reckoning.”
He added that the choice of the members was because they have carved a niche for themselves in their chosen fields of endeavour and that they have earned solid reputation as men and women of substance in their individual trade, indices that qualified them for the appointment.

He challenged the members to bring their reputation to bear on the University, bearing in mind the task for good quality scholarship in Imo State University as well as service to humanity.

The Governor urged the members to deploy their individual accomplishments, excellence, expertise, passion for service as effectively as necessary to actualize the dream of his administration of having a highly reputable University comparable to the best Universities in the World.

He also requested the Council to “restore in words and deeds the motto of Imo State University, which is Excellence in Service”.

“Imo State University currently is a classical example of a failed University,” Governor Uzodimma said but strongly believed that “with a star studded Governing Council such as the one inaugurated there is no doubt that Imo is on the track to realize the dreams of her founding fathers.”

He further enjoined the Council members to quickly hit the ground running and come up with policies and programmes that will reassure Imo people that the University that made them proud 20 years back is on track as he assured them of Government partnership in this regard.

In an acceptance speech, on behalf of the Council, the Chairman, Most Rev. Ugorji who is the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia thanked the Governor for the absolute confidence reposed in them by giving them the assignment and acknowledged that though the task is daunting he has a strong belief that with the calibre of members of the Council and support of the management, staff and students the University will be returned to a centre of excellence which was the dream of the founding fathers.

He said that Imo State University deserves the best and that he and his members as inaugurated will work acidulously to ensure that the target of the governor in making Imo State University one of the best universities in Africa is realised.

He congratulated fellow members and promised that God’s willing, they will not fail the government and people of Imo State.

Present at the inauguration were the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, the Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, and other members of the expanded State Executive Council.

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