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Notorious robbery suspect lynched in Mbano amidst jubilation by his people



The victim

The victim

It was rather good riddance and a well-deserved respite for the communities of Mbeke and Umuelemai, especially commercial motor cyclists in Mbano and its environs, following the apprehension and lynching of an intractable notorious armed robbery kingpin identified as Chinedu Nwachukwu, Sunday morning, July 13, 2014.  Chinedu hails from Mbeke community in Isiala Mbano.

True to an old Igbo adage, which has it that it takes accumulated offence of home-breaking by the stubborn he-goat for it to be beaten to death.  And so for many okada riders whose source of livelihood have been snatched, widows whose houses have been broken into severally and many indigenes of Mbeke and contiguous communities who used to sleep with one eye open for fear of the unknown, courtesy of the fallen thief, the ultimate fate that befell the hoodlum was a welcome development as they rejoiced openly watching an angry mob beat him to pulp, garland him with old motor tyres and set him ablaze.  Before the police arrived, what remained of the hitherto invincible gun-trotting marauder was a nude charred body, hardly recognizable that lay battered and broken at the Umuelemai in Mbeke-Anara road round about, beside the robber’s family compound.

Events that led to the waterloo of the robber began the previous day, (Saturday), when he was said to have dispossessed an okada operator of his machine at Dim-na-Nume community in Nwangele LGA and as fate would have it he did not wear his usual mask, only his gang member who carried him on a motor bike did, while he bone the gun.  The victim recognized him, traced him to his home spot on Sunday morning, caught up with him and raised an alarm which attracted people, especially okada men, many of who live in fear of him.  On interrogation, he confessed committing the act the previous day.  His past met with his present.  The mob beat him blue and black and dragged him to certain places where people were recently robbed of their motorbikes including Nkwo Umuezeala and Umueze all of which he owned up and also named the man who bought off the stolen items said to be from Bayelsa State.  The accomplice was also promptly nabbed and handed to the police at Umuelemai.

The young man who still bore fresh injury marks on his face as a result of gun butt battering by the kingpin while he lost his machine to him at Umueze told story of how Chinedu shot him twice as he ordered him to run into the bush while he snatched his machine.  “He thought I died”, said the teenager who pleaded anonymity.

A woman from the community spoke of how he caught the deceased hoodlum right inside her house some minutes after she locked up and went out but later returned to pick her Bible.  She said he had threatened and warned her not to discuss it in town or face the music.  Many people came up with similar tales of woe.

A community leader in Mbeke who would not want to be mentioned told THE LEADER that the late armed robber had not only remained a thorn in the flesh of the community but had remained above the law since he intimidated his victims into silence.  He had continually eluded the police in the style of “Anini the law”.

A family source has it that Chinedu had served a prison sentence courtesy of his elder sister whose house he burgled but he was not deterred.



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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