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Divine Deceit: How fake deacon fooled entire community – Now in police net



Fake Rev. Jude Chinonso Amadi imparting blessing on the congregation.

Fake Rev. Jude Chinonso Amadi imparting blessing on the congregation.

The story of a fake and self acclaimed deacon, Jude Chinonso Amadi is both intriguing and shocking as he deceived his family, his parish priest and the entire  faithful of St. Theresa’s Catholic Parish, Nguru in Ngor Okpala LGA making them believe that he was ordained a deacon of the Catholic Church by Pope Francis in Rome.

Mr. Chinonso Amadi couched his gimmicks so cleverly that no one was able to decode him until a rousing reception by his family in honour of his fake ordination and a thanksgiving Mass had been successfully organized by the parishioners.

In connivance with his sponsors, Mr. Amadi forged banns for his Diaconate Ordination dated 24th July, 2013 written with the official letter head of the Society of St. Paul (Paulines) and signed by one fake Rev. Fr. Williams James (SSP) who acted as the Delegate Superior to the fake reverend.

In the banns addressed to St. Theresa’s Catholic Parish, Nguru, Ngor-Okpala, Imo State, the Society of St. Paul in Dugbe, Ibadan, Oyo State allegedly informed that their student, Jude Chinonso Amadi had been approved for diaconate ordination.  The banns went further to state that the ordination would take place on the 7th of September, 2013 at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.  All the documents were discovered to be fake as Jude verbally maintained that his ordination took place on August 30th by Pope Francis in Rome.

Narrating how the entire scene unfolded, the Parish Priest of St. Theresa’s Catholic Parish, Nguru, Ngor, Rev. Fr. Ikem C. Ogugua, Cmf, said he met Jude as soon as he entered the parish on September 1, 2010 when he gave him the impression that he was a seminarian with the Society of St. Paul.  He said that the entire Nguru community had the same impression and were not surprised to hear the banns announcing his Diaconate Ordination.  Fr. Ogugua said that they didn’t entertain any doubt until after the thanksgiving Mass when Jude began to parade himself and pontificate as a deacon of the Catholic Church.  Some of those who encountered him outside the church expressed shock at his misdemeanor.

Meanwhile, luck ran out on the deceitful deacon after he had assisted at Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church, Igondu, Lagos.  When the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Cletus Anyanwu asked to know his identity, the smart fake reverend introduced himself as a deacon of the Society of St. Paul, Ibadan.  Fr. Anyanwu did not waste time to invite his seminarian also a Pauline, who providentially could not identify Jude as a deacon of their society.  They then alerted the Superior General of the Congregation, Rev. Fr. John Watacura who put up a disclaimer immediately on the person of Jude Chinonso Amadi.  The matter was reported to the home Parish Priest; Fr. Ikem Ogugua who commenced investigations only to discover that the said Chinonso had deceived the entire parish into believing him and even remotely preparing for his priestly ordination.

As if that was not enough, when Mr. Amadi realized that his game with the Paulines was up, he began to make alternative arrangement, claiming that he had switched over to the Crosian Congregation based in Enugu.  He then contracted one Stanley to act as his superior in the congregation and detailed him on what to say.  Together with Stanley, they started making plans on how the fake deacon would travel out to Cameroon under the guise of the Crosians.  When the original Crosian Congregation in Enugu came to hear about the development, they paid a visit to Nguru where they met with Fr. Ikem on Monday, Nov. 25.  Having gathered enough data on Jude and in order to safeguard the image of the congregation, they alerted the police on the matter.  Ignorantly however, the fake reverend came in on Thursday, Nov. 28 for onward movement to Cameroon on Friday when he was nabbed by the police for impersonation.

The Leader learnt that the youth of the Parish had planned to storm the Imo Airport, with traditional dance to receive their new deacon on “arrival from Italy.” They were however persuaded by the elders not to go that distance but wait for him at the major road, from where our reporter said, they accompanied the fake deacon home with pomp and pageantry.

Meanwhile, the Umuagu-Nguru Umuaro born fake deacon, who was expelled by the Paulines since 2010, is currently cooking-off in Police net at the time of going to press.


HRH Eze Peter Opara inaugurates cabinet



HRH Eze Peter Opara  inaugurates cabinet

…As traditional leadership gets boost at Umunumo Ancient Kingdom

By Magnus Ibe

The Traditional leadership of Umunumo Autonomous Community, Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State received a resounding boost on Sunday August 23, as the cabinet members were formally inaugurated by HRH, Eze Peter Chima Opara (Eze Udo II).

The assemblage of top brass personalities into the cabinet is indicative of robust prospects for the growth and development of the Ancient Autonomous Community.

Inaugurating the members of the Eze-in-Council, the Royal Father charged the inductees to shun personal interest and put the community in the front burner for a rapid transformation and development. He enjoined the cabinet members to be proactive, articulative and dogged about the welfare of the community, employment and empowerment of the youths so that a new chapter is enacted.

According to him, many are called, but few are chosen. He charged them to move the community to the next level by articulating right attitude and formulate policies that will accelerate the development of the community. He cautioned against indolence and insubordination that can retard the unity and development of the community.

HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara with Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu and other priests

HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara with Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu and other priests

In his remarks, the President-General of the Town, Chief Godwin Uwah working in synergy with the royal father advised that the various Town Unions leadership should synergize and work in one page with the cabinet members. Chief Godwin Uwah observed that membership of cabinet is subject to review every four years.

Among the cabinet members comprise Chief Godwin Uwah PG, Sir MCN Asawalam (KSM), Chief Chidi Ogueri, Chief Sir Emmanuel Ibe, Chief Aloka Alexander, Nze H.D. Eze, Mr. Emeto K. Michael, Nze Godwin Amaku, Mr. Columba Ohazurike, Chief Mel Daimeon Osuji (Omereoha), Hon Ononamadu Emeka Joseph, Chief Peter Crown Duru, Chief Romanus Ogueri, Comrade Godwin Ihekwoaba, Nze Romanus Chukwu, Nze Vincent Ukah, Chief E. Evaristus Okafor, Chief S. Okele, Nze Clement Iwueze, Hon Felix Iwuji, Chief S. Obikaonu, Hon Kelechi Iwueze, Mr. Joseph Obi Onyema (Deputy PG), ACP H. Agbiogwu, Chief M.C. Okoro, Nze Nneji Boniface, Nze Charles Nwokoro, Nze Edmund Nwokeke, Chief Joseph Anosike, Chief M. Dingwo, Chief Columbia Isikuma, Chief Oliver Agbaso, Ichie Bernard Nwohiri, Nze Titus Iwunze, Chief Romanus Ijejiobi and all village chairmen constitute members of the enlarged cabinet. HRH Eze P. Alozie, Abunumo I graced the event.

In a vote of thanks, Chief Mel-Daimeon Osuji, promised on behalf of the members of the Eze’s cabinet to live above board like Caesar’s wife. He observed that he was humbled to speak on behalf of the top brass personalities who constitute the Eze-in-Council and also made a personal donation of one million naira.

Centre: HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara (Ezeudo II) with the cabinet  members, Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu & Eze & Ugoeze P.O. Alozie (Ebunumo I)

Centre: HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara (Ezeudo II) with the cabinet
members, Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu & Eze & Ugoeze P.O. Alozie (Ebunumo I)

In his contribution, Hon. Emeka Joseph Ononammadu, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Enugu State, who is also a member of the cabinet made a mouthwatering financial support and others including Sir. M.C.N. Asawalam donated handsomely.

Inducting the new cabinet members, Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu prayed for God’s guidance and wisdom for the Royal Father and the cabinet members.

He eulogized the royal father for putting God first in his nascent leadership. He admonished the PG and the members of the Eze-in-Council to ensure peace and unity in their various domain. He spoke against injustice, insubordination and manipulative divisive tendencies that will sow seed of discord in the community. He prayed God to bless the royal father with the Wisdom of Solomon.

Msgr. Ofoegbu prayed for longitivity, peace and development of Umunumo Ama-Iri community. He cautioned against sectionalism and maltreatment of widows, orphans and the less privileged in the society.

Traditional cuisine of palm wine, Ugba with stockfish and other local delicacies were served to all and sundry. Eze & Ugoeze Ekwunno, Eze Umuezeala Oguara graced the event amid pomp and pageantry.

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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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Aham Umukwu-Odenkwume Bridge, a death trap – Eze Iwuoha



Aham Umukwu-Odenkwume Bridge, a death trap - Eze Iwuoha

…As truck survives crash into river

By Magnus Ibe

The Traditional Ruler of Odenkwume Autonomous Community, HRH, Eze Iwuoha Austin (Nkwume II) has cried out against the deplorable and deadly condition of the Aham Umukwu-Odenkwume bridge which he described as a death trap and an accident waiting to happen.

According to him, the very narrow and dilapidated bridge pose serious threat to lives of natives and commuters plying the only route leading through his domain to their kits and kins in Obowo Local Government Area.

Nkwume (II), disclosed that several persons have lost their lives through accidents occasioned by the porous and deadly bridge. He narrated a chilling experience of how two occupants of a car drowned in the Aham River when their vehicle which could not climb the high hill, descended and crashed into the river, killing the two occupants before any help could come.

Corroborating their nasty experience, Hon. Julius Ogoke, the Palace Public Relations officer narrated how an Okada rider crashed and died on the very deadly bridge.

A near fatal accident occurred on the same bridge on the afternoon of Thursday August 27th when a truck with Registration No Lagos AGL 504 conveying crates of beer crashed into the same bridge. It was only through divine intervention that children who were swimming at the time cheated death by whiskers and were lucky as the truck hung on the base of the bridge.
Concurring to the views of Hon. Ogoke, Okenze Gerald Kekeocha and Nze Augustus Ibe observed that the leaders of the community are contemplating shutting down the bridge to heavy duty trucks and trailers to avoid the collapse of the bridge.
The duo posited that the community began the construction of the bridge in 1977 through communal efforts. They expressed worry at the present state of the bridge which is a smooth ride from Orieagu and Aguneze axis.

Investigation reveals that the construction of the bridge which was allegedly part of the design awarded under the defunct Ikedi Ohakim administration was abandoned by contractors after was ousted by former Governor Rochas Okorocha.

A road user, Dr. Bonaventuru Chukwu described the bridge as a flash point for criminal activities as hoodlums capitalize on the porous nature of the bridge to snatch cars kidnapp, rob and fleece commuters of cash and valuables.

It was observed that natives of Odenkwume Community embarked on remedial measures of dropping stones on the craters on both sides of the bridge. They also tried to rehabilitate the bridge with make-shift support of bamboo sticks with mixture of cement and chippings.

The leaders of the community made a compassionate appeal to the state government to quickly intervene before the bridge caves in.

Vehicular traffic on the rout increases daily as a result of the immotorable road networks at Ihitte-Uboma, Ehime-Mbano, Mbaise and Obowo as commuters divert through the road which is a smooth ride.

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